Oak Bluffs: Calling all photographers


I love the colors of the leaves on the different trees during the fall season. The most beautiful scenery is when different varieties of trees paint their diverse portrait of beauty in the same area. This diversity enhances the view and brings more beauty into our sight and lives. Perhaps Mother Nature is teaching us a lesson here. But remember that it would be somewhat unwise to take a walk near or in the woods during hunting season. Please wear orange if you must walk in these areas, to keep yourself safe.

Photographers take notice: The town of Oak Bluffs invites amateur and professional photographers of any age to submit photographs of Oak Bluffs for a community photo contest. They are looking for digital/electronic, high-resolution photos that celebrate life in Oak Bluffs. The photos may be used on the town’s website and publications, and there will be cash prizes. The deadline for entries is midnight, Nov. 30. Contact the planning board administrator with any questions.

Remember our PTO Literacy Night is tonight, Nov. 8, from 6 to 7 pm. You will be able to check out the Scholastic Book Fair and get helpful suggestions from teachers.

All schools will be closed for Veterans Day, Nov. 12. Please take time to greet any veterans you happen to meet and offer them a hand of thanks for their service to our country.

Head to the Waste Disposal site in Edgartown on the West Tisbury Road for the next hazardous waste disposal day on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 am to noon. There is no charge for this service for Island residents, so here is your chance to get rid of hazardous waste materials you might have, at zero cost.

I continue to be grateful for our Oak Bluffs library and the numerous programs and services it offers to all of us. There will be a tech help drop-in on this Saturday from 10 am to noon. Please call Nina at 508-693-9433 to sign up for a 30-minute slot to receive help. Our technology librarian may be able to help you with your device. Please bring any passwords for accounts you need to access. This program is part of the Technology How-To series of workshops.

Also on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, you are invited to International Games Day, where the library’s amazing board and card games will be displayed all day, and you can come and play them also.

If you find it difficult to write letters of gratitude, Peg Regan will be leading a 1½ -hour workshop from 11 am to 12:30 pm, in this sometimes-difficult task.

Each participant will craft and finalize a letter to a loved one full of recollections, vibrant scenes, and moment of shared past. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Kids 3 and up will enjoy the Sail In Storytime on Nov. 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. There will be a maritime-themed storytime that ends with a craft.

Once again during November, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will hold two presentations for our enjoyment. On Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 pm at the West Tisbury library, the free artist-in-residence concert will be performed.

The annual Thanksgiving Concert will be held on Nov. 23 at the Chilmark Community Center, at 7:30 pm. What a beautiful, peaceful way to close out your Thanksgiving day celebrations.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) will hold a public forum to review opportunities and constraints of existing facilities of the athletic campus at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The public forum will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 pm in the MVRHS Performing Arts Center (PAC).

It’s not too late for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 5 to join Cub Scout Pack 90.They will be meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven. If you have any questions, please call Molly at 508-939-4063. Pack 90 is a family pack, and includes separate dens for girls and dens for boys.

We send birthday smiles to Arianna Peters on Nov. 9; Todd deBettencourt, Trulayna Rose, and my great-grandson Ethan Rivers on the 10th; Amanda Gonsalves and Deanna deBettencourt on the 11th; Katie Davey on the 13th; Manny deBettencourt on the 14th; and Pat Alley and Barbara Humber on Nov. 15.

Enjoy your week. Peace.