How exciting for students and teachers: a three-day weekend, and then only four days of school until February break. Ski trips and visits with Mickey Mouse, sledding and baking cookies, movie-watching and sleepovers — whether home or away, I hope everyone has something fun planned.

Welcome home, Prudy! Prudence Athearn Levy, her husband Joshua Levy, and their two boys, Kyle and Judah, have come home to the Island and have moved in to her grandmother Ruth Galley’s house on the West Tisbury Road. They have bought the nutrition counseling practice, Vineyard Nutrition, from Denise Guest and will be opening an office next to Edgartown Seafood on Cooke Street this month. Both Joshua and Prudence are registered dieticians who studied at Colorado State University together. They had been living in Boulder, Colorado, for several years and had recently been living in South Portland, Maine.

We had a fun girls’ night at Nonnie Garvin’s last week, where Jane Ford and Katie Jordan introduced us to the upcoming jewelry trends for spring. Little Anina Garvin had her own party going on in the other room, taking guests by the hand and leading them one at a time to the living room to dance. She is undoubtedly inheriting her mother’s skills as the hostess with the mostess.

I ran into Lee and Cheryl Welch the other night. They have spent most of the late fall and winter boating around the East Coast. As of this week, the two are back off to the high seas, this time aiming to explore the many islands of the Bahamas, particularly the Abacos. Bon voyage!

The Edgartown Library
continues to host their International Film Series at 7 pm Tuesday evenings, through March 6. Next up on February 21 is a playfully provocative film from director Michele Leclerc, which features a star-making performance from Sara Forestier. It addresses volatile political issues with the buoyant energy of a screwball comedy (France, 2011). Note that the movie is adult-appropriate.
For further info, call 508-627-4221.

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard
will host a public reception on February 16, from 6 to 8 pm, to celebrate their official opening. The public is invited to tour the Shelter, meet the people who run the Shelter, and enjoy refreshments. Call 508-627-8662 for information.

Did you know the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living provides round-trip medical taxi service from Woods Hole to various medical appointments in Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Hyannis? This service has become increasingly popular with the fifty-five and over clients, who pay at a significantly reduced rate. To keep the service affordable, a grant was applied has funded part of the service but that funding is nearly depleted. Clients are responsible for the service, but funding is required to fill the unmet need. For further information regarding the service or how you can donate, call 508-939-9440.

Happy birthday to my neighbor, Rick Convery, who celebrates February 21. Also, special birthday wishes go out to Cinnamon White on February 22. Hope you have a lovely day.