Welcome back from April vacation, to those of you who were on break. It was nice to have the week off, but as usual, I had more work planned than I actually accomplished. If you ventured on any fun trips, I’d be more than happy to share any of your adventures here in next week’s column, if you want to share. Many friends went on wonderful vacations during this break, and I can’t wait to hear more about them. At school we are now on the fast and slippery slope into end-of-year activities, and then summer.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Zoe Nugent and Warren Gaines, who both celebrated on April 23, Judy Murray and Melissa Montesion Vasiliadis on April 24, and Paulo DeOliveira, who actually celebrates tomorrow, April 28.
May 4 is the annual Walk and Bike to School Day at the Edgartown School. Many families enjoy this fun day, so please be on the lookout for more kids getting to and from school that way on that day.
There is an All-Island Orchestra Concert today, Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 pm at the high school Performing Arts Center. These kids work hard all year long, and this is always a wonderful event. They’d love a big audience to appreciate their efforts.
Mark your calendars! Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will be holding its spring Electronics Disposal Day on Saturday, May 20, from 9 am until 2 pm. This fundraiser benefits the programs of MVCS, and helps you get rid of your old electronics affordably. For a fair fee, you can drop off air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, and scrap metal.
Stolen from The MV Times website: By purchasing tickets this week to two or more Martha’s Vineyard Summer Concert Series events, you can nab your tickets now. Beginning Friday, April 21, tickets will be available to all 10 shows for those who buy tickets for at least two different performances. Want to snatch up your seats for Aretha Franklin? Get your Aimee Mann tickets at the same time and get early access to the best seats in the house for both.
Whether it’s Pink Martini and Black Violin, or Garrison Keillor, Graham Nash, and Loudon Wainwright III, or the Capitol Steps, Jackopierce, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band — or all of them, the combination is up to you. The series offers music across genres — folk, rock, jazz, soul, classical, hip-hop, and more, with a little humor, including observational comedy and political satire, thrown in the mix. The special ticket purchasing offer lasts until Saturday, April 29, at 10 pm. Find tickets at https://oss.ticketmaster.com.
The Second Annual Friends & Family Island Autism Group 5K Walk/Run will happen on Saturday, April 29, with the start time of 9 am. This walk/run benefits Island Autism Group. Sign-up starts at 8 am, or register on the website, islandautism.org. The entry fees are $35 for a single participant, $25 each for two entries, and $20 each for 3 or more.
The Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health, in collaboration with C.E.O., is co-sponsoring a Volunteer Recruitment/Employment Fair. MVPH Healthy Living MV Commonwealth Corps members will be focusing on the health benefits of volunteering (socialization, teams, positive interaction, learning something new) as well as the recruitment of volunteer “peer health mates” to support the graduates of our health programs in meeting their health goals. Learn about volunteer-to-employment as an approach to build work skills and a strategic résumé. This event will be held on Saturday, April 29, at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria from 9 am to 1 pm.
The 15th annual Rainbow Run is coming to Main Street, Edgartown, on June 3 this year at 9 am. The students, staff, friends, and family of Rainbow Place are super-excited for this fun-run fundraiser for their school. I took part in several myself back in the day. If you’re interested in sponsoring a runner, you could email me at email@example.com and I’d be happy to pass it on to the amazing Cindy Andrews. You or your business usually get your name on a rainbow that is carried on the run to advertise your support of this great school. And even if you don’t sponsor a runner, it’s always a fun event to watch, so mark your calendar so you can go cheer on these wee runners.
It was a pretty slow news week this week. Even my “regulars” didn’t send me anything to write about. But that’s OK. There is so much going on during the spring here on our little Island that it’s pretty easy to load up the column with events. I wish you all a wonderful week, and I wish us all many more blue skies and sunny days ahead.