Well thank goodness February is over. I know we still have cold, wet March to get through, but we are inching closer to the warmer months. People are returning from their vacations and then the preparations for the summer months will start up. And in a couple of weeks the Film Festival will start. That always helps to get through the last push of winter. It will be March 15-17 at the Chilmark Community Center. Chris Fischer of Beetlebung Farms will be preparing the food, Chilmark Coffee and Chilmark Cottage Baker will both have goods for sale in the café, there will be live music and of course wonderful movies. Go to the website at and get tickets now, especially if you would like to go on opening night; those tickets go fast.

The Aquinnah Library will host another kids’ dinner and movie night tonight, March 7 at 5 pm. Pizza and veggies will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Aquinnah Community Programs Committee.

On Tuesday, March 12, Kristina Hook-Leslie will teach a Wampanoag cooking class at the Edgartown School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm through ACE-MV. You can register at

The next blood pressure clinic will be held Thursday, March 14, from 2 to 3 pm at the town hall. This is free and open to all residents of Aquinnah. If you have any questions you can call the town nurse, Mary McLaughlin, at 781-534-2543.

Aquinnah resident Elliott Dacher will be teaching a meditation class at the MV Hospital for eight weeks starting Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8:15 pm. This is a great class that helps people develop a regular meditation practice and examines all the benefits of doing so. Elliott has been studying meditation for many years and is a wonderful teacher. He has been teaching this class for the past six years. There are discounts for hospital employees and YMCA members. Please email for rates and registration.

The following two events are happening down Island, but are relevant to up-Islanders as well. The MV Cancer Support Group will celebrate over 25 years of survival and support this Sunday at 5 pm at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. This is not a fundraiser; it’s a party for everyone who has been helped by the MV Cancer Support Group.

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network is hosting a breakfast social on March 12 at Café Moxie in Vineyard Haven from 8 to 9:30am. This event marks the start of their small business grant application process. Applications will be available starting March 12. Go to for all the details about the granting process.

Happy almost spring everyone.