Chilmark: Uma Datta’s Indian Cooking class

The CCC is almost done and everyone will appreciate the covered entry. — Valerie Sonnenthal

Driving, walking, or moving through thick fog makes the world shrink, a feeling I enjoy each foggy day. It’s great seeing the parking lots full at Prospect Hill and Great Rock Bight now that it’s school break, which officially continues through March 4. I finally am taking Uma Datta’s wonderful Indian Cooking class thru; you can still sign up for the last three classes at a prorated fee. You won’t be sorry. The West Tisbury Dumptique reopens on Saturday, March 3.

The Chilmark School Spring Fling to benefit the Chilmark School outing program and the PTO will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 to 11 pm at the CCC, with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, live and silent auctions, desserts, beverages, photo booth, and live comedy. It’s $25 at the door or through any Chilmark School family. Adults only.

The Chilmark Community Church Tuesday Pizza Nights start up on March 13 after a needed one-week break; enjoy free food, conversation, and community. All are welcome, free. It’s at 9 Menemsha Crossroads, Chilmark.

The MV Partnership for Health needs 12 registrants to run any of the following programs: “My Life, My Health”: self-management for those with long-term conditions or caring for someone else. Learn healthful behaviors, including exercise, portion control, symptom management, coping strategies, and communication with providers. Develop a personal action plan for wellness in each area. Wednesdays, March 14 to April 25, 10 am to 12:30pm at the Tisbury Council on Aging. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”: Family caregivers must take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Learn to communicate effectively, find time for yourself, reduce guilt, anger, and depression, make tough decisions, set goals, and problem-solve. Mondays, March 5 to April 9, 1:30 to 3:30pm at the Edgartown Council on Aging. “A Matter of Balance”: Learn to manage falls and increase activity. Begin to view falls as controllable, set goals to increase activity, make in-home changes to reduce fall risks, start some easy beginner exercises to increase strength and balance slowly. Thursdays, March 8 to April 26, 3 to 5 pm. Call Kathleen at 508-627-5797, ext. 114, or email to register.

Come to Pathways Arts when Natasha Taylor hosts “Women Live: Honoring International Women’s Day” on Thursday, March 8, featuring music, spoken word, performance art, and more. Doors open at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm. Mondays join Rebecca Gilbert for knitting from 1 to 3 pm. You can stop by every day but Wednesdays and Sundays and find a warm environment to work in, with Wi-Fi and computer available. Learn more at

Lots going on at the library during the school break: Tabletop Game Zone on Thursday, March 1; and a Saturday Movie Matinee on March 3 at 2 pm to see the third movie about an evil genius, his minions, and now his twin. Local writer Amelia Smith will lead a four-part self-publishing workshop on Wednesdays at 5 pm, beginning March 7 with an overview of the process of publication, followed by discussion of possible publishing goals, from promoting a business to literary acclaim, that will inform each writer’s publication process. The March 14 class will cover packaging, pricing, and genre placement, along with a discussion of genre and formats (e-book, print, and audiobooks). The March 21 class will focus on the basics of book distribution, locally and online, along with some business and bookkeeping basics. The final March 28 class will be a session on marketing for authors, including how and why to set up your website, mailing lists, and other ways to reach readers online and at local events. Space is limited to 20 people, so RSVP by calling 508-645-3360 or emailing Stories and Song continue on Tuesday and Saturdays at 10:30 am.

The Yard presents the Wondertwins in “To Hip Hop, With Love,” choreographed and performed by identical twins Bobby and Bill McClain on Saturday, March 10, at the MV PAC, 7 pm. The twins “have created a distinctive style all their own, with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime.” Get tickets at

Thanks to MV Fisherman’s Preservation Trust, you can sign up for the Fishing Partnership’s CPR/First Aid Certification Course, to be held on Tuesday, March 13 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Tisbury EMS/Fire Building in the downstairs meeting room. This course has been modified for offshore situations, and is geared toward fishermen and their families. The class includes CPR, first aid, Narcan training, and ergonomics. This course will count toward your Captain License CPR/First Aid requirements. The cost for CPR is $25, and ergonomics is free, but the Fishing Partnership will waive the fee for hardship. Learn more and register at

Get tickets for the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, running Thursday, March 15, to Sunday, March 18. Schedule and tickets here:

Maybe you’ve always wanted to take one of Nancy Aronie’s “Jump Start Your Memoir: Writing from the Heart” Workshops. She’ll be offering one at the Rowe Center in Western Massachusetts on the weekend of March 16-18; sign up at Nancy will only be teaching on-Island once a month between May and October, but not in June. You can check her schedule here: I’ve taken two workshops, and am always lifted, inspired, and grateful for the experience.

Have a great week.