My dear friend Laurel Chapman died Monday morning in an accidental fall in her bedroom. She was the most thoughtful, considerate, loving friend one could want. This is devastating to all of us, especially for Laurel’s husband, John, and her daughter, Heather Angelastro, and her husband, Paul. A funeral service will be held, probably at the end of this week.

My husband and I went off last week for a doctor’s appointment. We had a wonderful though brief visit with our son Craig who has just moved his family to Massachusetts. That was a fun day to be off Island. Then I shipped off again the next day to meet a friend of nearly 60 years. The weather held and we enjoyed a day of memories and shopping.

Our sympathies to the family of Donald Mitchell, who died at the hospital in Boston last week. Many across the Island were sharing stories of their friend to ease the pain of this sad news.

People are asking but there is no date yet for the opening of the new restaurant at the Mansion House.

It’s Mother Goose on the Loose: Nelia and Amy will be reading to children up to age 3 at 10:30 today at our library.

You don’t want to miss an evening of music with the Long Point Five next Wednesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. This Island repertory ensemble is composed of John Schilling on trumpet, Jim Athearn on trombone, Julie Schilling on clarinet, Bud Larson on flute, and Jeri Larson on piano. Their repertoire spans pieces from early Dixieland jazz and American standards to classical and contemporary works. All arrangements are written by Bud Larson. I guarantee a grand evening of musical delight.

The Tisbury Senior Center announces that the SHINE counselor Sheila Curtis will be back next Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Get information on Social Security, Supplemental Insurance, and prescription drug plans. Call for your appointment at 508-696-4205.

This one is special, and I really should be there. A free workshop will be held on How to Remember Not to Forget. That is on Tuesday, October 15, at 3 pm exploring how the brain works and how to help you to remember. You must register by Friday, October 11, 508-696-4205.

The Vineyard Montessori School will benefit if you have pizza at Flatbread on October 10.

Don’t forget that next week is the annual Art of Chocolate Festival at Featherstone.

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard invites you to the second Walk for the Animals a week from Saturday (rain date will be that Monday) at Trade Winds Park in Oak Bluffs to raise funds for the Shelter. Bring your leashed pet and enjoy the beautiful autumn, away from noise and traffic. Anyone who likes to walk is welcome, even if you just want to walk by yourself. Start anytime between 10 am and 12 noon. The two-mile flat course winds through woods and along the old landing strip, with many cut-off points for a shorter version. Parking and registration is at the Oak Bluffs School, where the course starts and finishes. Water will be available as will poop bags and special treats. Registration forms are online at animalshelterofmv.org or in Edgartown and at the school on the day of the Walk. Call 508-627-8662 for more.

A big hug for our 53rd anniversary goes out to my husband Donald on Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Mya Houston. Saturday belongs to Peg Elwell. Donald Childs parties on Sunday. Wish the best on Monday to Pat Benway.

Heard on Main Street: The mystery of aging is how to remember not to forget.