I don’t mean to lecture or accuse anyone of reckless behavior, but there have been a couple of gnarly car accidents recently. I have one friend who almost died when a truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle. Another friend managed to avoid crashing his car when someone pulled out in front of him without looking. I also heard about someone on a bike getting hit up Island last week.

Like many people in Aquinnah, I drive a lot. And sometimes that translates to: I drive and don’t pay much attention. These accidents and near misses have me changing my ways. I’m taking extra care to pay more attention to everyone else on the road and not just the song playing on the radio. After all, it’s only May and we have the whole season ahead of us. Let’s all try to make it in one piece.

This Saturday at the Aquinnah Shop is the benefit for Rick Vanderhoop. All the proceeds raised will help pay for his cancer treatment. The party is from 6 to 10 pm and there will be lots of food from 7a, Orange Peel Bakery, and of course the Aquinnah Shop. Also there will be music from Jennifer Clark and Kate Taylor. If you can’t make it you can drop off a donation at the Aquinnah Shop or mail one to Rick Vanderhoop c/o Aquinnah Shop Restaurant, 64 State Rd, Aquinnah, MA 02535; please make checks payable to Erick Vanderhoop. But we would really love to see you there because this is going to be a great party.

The M.V. Museum’s 5th Annual Lighthouse Challenge is this

Saturday, June 9, from 10 am to 4 pm. The object of the game is to visit all five lighthouses in one day. The Lighthouse Challenge includes the opportunity to climb to the top of the Edgartown, East Chop, and magnificent Gay Head Light, the chance to visit the West Chop Light, and the test of getting to the Cape Pogue Light, reachable only by over-sand 4-wheel drive vehicle (advanced reservations required through the Trustees of Reservations). Tickets also include admission to the Museum, home of the 1854 original Fresnel lens from the Gay Head Light. There are many deals being offered by local businesses to complete this goal, so go to the museums website for all the information,

Pizza Night at the Orange Peel Bakery is back! Wednesdays from 5 to 8 pm, weather permitting. Bring your veggies and your pepperoni and come on over. $10 suggested donation.

The next blood pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held June 14 from 2 to 3 pm in the Aquinnah Town Hall. Free and open to all. If you have questions, call Mary E. McLaughlin, RN at 781-534-2543.

There will be a benefit for the residents of Windemere next Friday, June 15, from 6 to 8 pm at the Ag Hall. The benefit includes both live and silent auctions as well as a raffle. Wine, desserts, and light fare will be served. Some of the items being auctioned include plane rides over the Vineyard, bass fishing trips, fly fishing lessons, catered dinner for 8 at a private beach, massages, handmade quilts and blankets, gift baskets, lobsters from Larsen’s, dinner from the Home Port, clams from The Bite, lunch from The Galley and Farm Neck and much more.