I was assured that turkeys don’t like pinwheels. So I purchased three shiny aluminum pinwheels and planted them in the front yard, to mystify the neighbors and annoy the multitude of turkeys. I am impressed. Since the first day only one or two turkeys have appeared in the front yard and taken off for the high trees to roost overnight. This is astonishing. Will it continue to work? I don’t know. But I can tell you that my young granddaughters will be delighted with Nana’s new garden of pinwheels when they arrive.

I wish I had known earlier that the Farm Neck Tennis Tournament will benefit the M.V. Cancer Support Group. That starts tomorrow. You do have time to enjoy the pizza at Flatbreads on Tuesday evening in support of the M.V. Cancer Support Group. For more, call 508-696-9849.

Cynthia Riggs was honored by many fans at the Vineyard Haven Library last week. They are all excited that she is working on a new mystery series set on the waterfront in Washington, D.C., where she lived on a boat on the Washington Channel at the Capital Yacht Club for 12 years.

The first book is “Murder on C-Dock.” The protagonist is divorced and works at the Smithsonian’s Division of Paleobiology, where Cynthia worked for a time. Persie Lee Butler lives aboard a houseboat with Carlin, her 14-year-old daughter.

Cynthia assured me that she will continue the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series featuring Victoria Trumbull. She also said that the new series is much darker and scarier.

You can see a free movie at the V.H. Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. It is an uplifting tale about a fisheries expert who is asked to help a sheik with his dream of bringing fly-fishing to the desert. Free lemonade and popcorn, too.

Want an unpaid sit-down job in air conditioning? The Tisbury Senior Center needs receptionists to cover from 9 to 12 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

You know that the Vineyard Playhouse is restoring their historic building. In celebration of their 30th season, they are offering live theater off-site. And, of course, donations are welcome. Next week’s Monday Night Special is “Emily & Joyce,” wherein the sweet poetic world of Emily Dickinson collides with the dark and dangerous world of Joyce Carol Oates. The play begins at 7 pm at the Hebrew Center. Call 508-687-2452 or boxoffice@vineyardplayhouse.org.

Also Shakespeare has returned to the Tisbury Amphitheater. Enjoy Shakespeare out of doors at the Tashmoo overlook Wednesday through Saturday at 5 pm all summer. The shows alternate between “Twelfth Night or, What You Will” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Tickets at the “door.” Performances are cancelled if it is raining at showtime.

A week from Saturday is the annual celebration of one of my favorite people. The program for Della Hardman Day begins at 4 pm under a tent in Ocean Park. Oak Bluffs sponsors this event to honor the life of this very special woman. Wouldn’t she be pleased that Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned poet, author, and educator, is the featured guest? Everyone is invited to “Savor the Moment,” as Della always told us.

Next Thursday is August 2. You’re invited to the free Walter Cronkite Awards at 5 pm at the Old Whaling Church. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, longtime TV reporter for CNN and The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour, will be honored. She also has a new book about her work in civil rights. There will also be a reception on North Water Street.

A free interactive workshop and open rehearsal for kids will be held next Thursday from 1 to 2 pm at Featherstone as part of Opera Weekend. Children from first grade up, with an adult, are welcome to take part in opera theatrics and comedy. The workshop will start and end promptly.

Three public performances — Friday at 6 pm and hour-long performances on Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm — are great for kids age 8 and up. Tickets and more: wendytaucher@gmail.com.

Island students in grades 6 to 8 can learn leadership, dance, teamwork, and tumbling. Now is the time to sign up for Jr. High Cheerleading. Call Sue Costello at 508-627-9568 or email costellofamilymv@comcast.net.

Our best wishes go out to our friends Rupert and Rozetta Hughes. Two weeks ago our fine hospital personnel arranged for Rupert to be flown to Mass General where he is now recuperating from serious surgery. Rozetta sends her thanks to all involved as well as her appreciation for so much support from their many friends.

Happy anniversary to Lil and Ed Colligan on Saturday. They are celebrating 61 happy years together.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Michael Bulkin, Pam Cassel, and Rory Mayhew. Wish the best tomorrow to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro. Happy birthday to Dale Perry on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: If you are going to try cross-country skiing, be sure to start with a small country.