License plates recently spotted in Chilmark. —Valerie Sonnenthal

I was lucky to catch the July 29 screening of Thomas Bena’s film “One Big Home,” a movie that will now be shown to young architects to expand their understanding of the impact that large homes have, not only on the environment but on the local communities where they are built. If you can get to the upcoming screening of the film on Monday, August 8, at 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center, don’t miss it, otherwise you’ll have to wait for shows to be scheduled in the future. On Wednesday, August 10, also at the C.C.C., see “Trapped,” which “takes you to the frontlines of the fight for reproductive rights by following two Southern clinics that struggle to provide care in an increasingly hostile legal and political climate.” The Mangku food truck serves dinner from 6:30 pm.

I finally had the opportunity to attend Polly Simpkins’ Cup of Karma storytelling event, including Chilmarker Mollie Doyle, whom I once heard speak at the Chilmark Women’s Symposium. I was thrilled to get a further window into some of the transitions and challenges she has had to face in her life and yoga practice. It was an honor to hear stories from each of the presenters. Don’t miss the last two events, including one at Camp Jabberwocky on August 13 and back in Chilmark for the culmination of this year of inspiration at the Yard on Sept. 10. See for more information.

Sunday softball at Pasture Road Field enjoyed perfect playing weather. Following the game, there was a bagels and lox brunch for Bill Eddison, organized by 12-year-old Sophie Balaban (pinch runner extraordinaire). Bill was sent home with plenty of leftovers. In fact, I had a call from Bill later that evening, who is so thankful for the outpouring of warmth from all the players who are helping to keep his spirits up. Games start at 8 am; all ages are welcome to play.

Yes, the Obamas arrive on Saturday, August 6, until the 21st. We welcome them, and hope they will try some delicious local Chilmark eats and enjoy their Island stay.

If you want Chilmark Chocolate, plan accordingly, as they will be closed from August 14 till Sept. 8. Be prepared to wait on line, and be patient driving in.

Congratulations to the Grey Barn and Farm’s Prufrock washed-rind cheese for winning first place in the American Farmstead Cheese category of the American Cheese Society Awards. On Fridays at 1:30 pm through September, Grey Barn offers a Cheese Tour and Tastings for $15 per person, or take a farm tour on Thursdays at 10 am; kids are free up to age 12, everyone else is $10 (with a $5 discount on products purchased after the tour).

Meet the Fleet is not to be missed on Thursday, August 4, from 4 to 7 pm on the commercial dock in Menemsha.

The Martha’s Vineyard Author Series continues Thursday, August 4, with local Carly Simon talking about her memoir, “Boys in the Trees,” a book I enjoyed listening to her read and sing on the recorded version. Join Margo Jefferson on Sunday, August 7, speaking about her memoir on race, sex, and American culture, growing up as a member of the black elite in Chicago. And next Thursday, August 11, NPR’s Diane Rehm will discuss her memoir with author Alexandra Styron. All programs begin at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. More info and tickets at

Native Earth Teaching Farm’s Family Campfire, with popcorn, roasting marshmallows, and stargazing, happens on Friday, August 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm. A working group for natural dyers meets Wednesday, August 10, from 2:30 to 5 pm. Check out all the great activities at

Have your voice heard on Monday, August 8, at the annual summer meeting of the Chilmark board of selectmen and the Town Affairs Council, where the Chilmark planning board will be present to address questions regarding the ongoing Menemsha master plan work, at 7 pm in the Chilmark library.

The Chilmark library rocks the cradle with Brett “Ouch” Outchcunis’ inspiring Yo-Yo Show on Tuesday, August 9, at 12:30 pm, all ages welcome. Come back on Wednesday, August 10, for photographer Mia Davidson’s talk about her new book, “Cuba: Black and White,” at 5 pm. Also if you are a sixth- to 12th-grader, enter the Elisa Brickner Poetry Contest; the deadline is Monday, August 8, at 5:30 pm, with winners reading their poems on Monday, August 15. Call 508-645-3360 for contest guidelines.

Do not miss Kara Taylor’s sublime exhibit “40 Flowers” at her South Road gallery — you will feel like you’ve entered a sanctuary.

Lobster Rolls to Go are happening all month at the Chilmark Community Church on Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 7 pm (unless they sell out first). Be sure to stop by the Chilmark Flea Market Wednesdays and Saturdays on North Road from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Yard offers daily yoga, daily dance classes, a kids’ dance camp, and on Saturday, August 6, at 11 am, a family pay-what-you-can puppet show of Sandglass Theater’s “Punschi.” Join Roberta Kirn for a Community Sing at the Yard, free, on Tuesday, August 9, at 5 pm, all ages welcome. Check for all their offerings.

Have a good week.