Safe travels to Mya Houston. She has gone to Nairobi, Africa, to the Imani Rehabilitation Center, where she will work with a professional staff. Mya will live with a host family, and must quickly learn the language and customs of her new home on how to stay safe and healthy for the next year. The center helps young children with birth defects, burns, blindness, and other conditions that require care. This is a gap year for Mya to experience what she may like to study in the future. She was given a list of instructions, including “Punctuality is one of our weak points; there is no hurry in Africa.” Mya thinks this is probably a good thing. We wish you well, Mya, and would love to hear about your experiences.
This evening, Sept. 1, the Martha’s Vineyard Photography Club welcomes photographers of all kinds and all levels at 6 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. They enjoy photo sharing, presentations on various aspects of photography, and field trips.
Register now for the 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Vineyard Haven Public Library. The entry forms are at the library. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The fee is $15, with free T shirts to the first 100 registrants. The race will go from the library to the West Chop Lighthouse and back.
Peter Boak will be honored in a Celebration of the (first) 20 Years of Peter Boak’s Music Ministry at the Federated Church this Sunday, Sept. 4. He is a schoolteacher, director of the Island Community Chorus, winner of this year’s Inspiration Award, but has also been the Minister of Music, the choir director, and organist for the Federated Church for 20 years. The worship service will honor him, followed by a luncheon reception at the Mayhew Parsonage. You are asked to bring a short note to express your thanks and appreciation to Peter personally; bring or send one to the church office. There will be a collection basket in the Meetinghouse, the Parish House, and the Parsonage for the notes.
Mark your calendar now. A week from today is the state primary, where local officials will be chosen for election in November. Yes, Sept. 8 is a Thursday, but it is in fact the primary day. Be sure to vote. Choose the person with the most experience, in my view, or someone you decide will do a good job for all of us.
There are 12 people running for two positions with the General Assembly. At least two Democrats want the slot to run for County Sheriff. The sheriff is elected for six years. Did you know that?
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, you can enjoy the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival for six days. There will be screenings of films from around the globe, with special events, music, film discussions, and concerts. The festival includes an exhibition of artwork by Renee Balter, curated by Featherstone, at the Film Center’s Feldman Family Artspace lobby. These paintings will be on display through Sept. 20.
The annual Car Show hosted by the Tisbury Firefighters Association at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is Sunday, Sept. 4, at noon. This event benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Fallen Firefighters Fund. Enjoy antique cars and lots of car talk as well as food, music, a bouncy house, a rock wall, and vendors. Rain date is Monday, Sept. 5.
The Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival in Ocean Park is Saturday, Sept. 10, with a Sept. 11 rain date. Free kite making for children is offered from 10:30 to noon. Adult flying competitions start at 1 pm. This is a great family event. See mvwindfestival.com.
The kids will never admit it, but they are excited about going back to school next week. It’s up to you to watch out for children not paying attention to the traffic.
Meet the people involved with the Island Grown Initiative at the Vineyard Haven Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 pm. Learn more, and perhaps there is something you can do to support sustainable food systems on Martha’s Vineyard.
Mingle with Island artists during the evening of Saturday, Sept. 10, at Paul’s Point in a benefit for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The annual Art Party costs $175 per person; $100 is tax-deductible. Call Katy at 508-627-4441, ext. 123 for a special evening of cuisine and conversation.
There are only a few more performances of “Red” at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Vineyard writers should know that the playhouse encourages submissions of new unproduced plays for a reading in the 2017 Monday Night Specials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “2017 MNS.” Submissions accepted October through December.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Edwin Gould-Hart. Wish the best on Saturday to Island artist Maggie Masek (Pepp). Monday belongs to Melissa Gold and Janet Stiller. Happy birthday to Mike Ciancio, who parties on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.