Aquinnah: The completion of a family

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Last Friday the “Sauer 6” hosted a party at the old Town Hall, celebrating the adoption finalization of their two daughters, Jaleah and Luz. Parents Nonie Madison and Dan Sauer were both delighted and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection they received. Big brothers Waylon and Amos were obviously proud, and their two sisters did not seem to mind all the attention that was lavished on them. It’s a great thing to find family that is not blood; it happens to many of us once we leave home and find “our tribe.” But it’s an even greater thing for children to find parents, or for parents to find children, who are not blood and discover together that they are family. I could go on about how many people came together that night, how many people helped and how good the Town Hall looked (no, seriously), but the night was really about celebrating the completion of a family, and what a beautiful thing that is to witness.

The Aquinnah library is keeping things cooking through the winter. Coding Club started this past Tuesday, a weekly group for kids 8 and up to learn the basics of creating a computer game. It meets every Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm. The afterschool club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm. This Thursday (Valentine’s Day), the meditation group will begin; it will meet weekly at 2 pm. The drawing group for all ages meets on Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. There will also be a Valentine’s Day Party this Thursday from 4 to 6 pm. Storytime is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids‘ craft is on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.

The next emergency preparedness meeting for the townspeople of Aquinnah will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 pm at Town Hall. Town emergency manager Gary Robinson will lead a brief training on how to prepare our homes for winter storms and potential prolonged power outages. At the last meeting, groups were formed to work on key issues: emergency shelter, communication, training, and education. These groups will report on their progress and share information at the meeting. There will also be pizza and dessert. The first gift to arise from the original meeting is a FREE “CPR and Emergency First Aid” class on March 9, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Town Hall.

ACE MV, Vineyard Power, and Bristol Community College have formed a partnership to bring educational and career-focused opportunities to Martha’s Vineyard. Beginning in April they will be offering an Offshore Wind Power Technician Certificate Program. This 28-credit program prepares students as technicians for the offshore wind power industry. They are hosting an information session to answer questions regarding the Offshore Wind Power Technician Certificate Program and career opportunities on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 pm at the Aquinnah town offices in the meeting room. Please RSVP to megan@acemv.org.

Pathways will host “Sing Love: An Evening of Music” on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 9 pm. There will be many Island musicians performing love songs, including Jemima James, Isaac Taylor, Missis Biskis, and many others.

On Friday, Pathways will present an evening of multi-arts projects in the works called “What are you working on?” There will be presentations and performances of new and developing works from Sam Low, Graham Smith, Milo Silva, and Bruce MacNelly, among others. The presentations start at 7 pm. “Monthly Meditative Sound Saturdays” organized by Valerie Sonnenthal, continues this Saturday at 5 pm. The theme this month is “Make Space in Your Heart.” There will be a M.V. Young Writers Workshop starting this Saturday from noon to 2 pm. It will be held at Pathways Arts Studio at 151 Beach Rd. (not the Chilmark Tavern space) on the second floor. This group is for young writers who want to work on new materials and skills, and will be facilitated by Lara O’Brien. For more information contact leah.i.littlefield@gmail.com. Last, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Peter Luce Playreaders will present “The Glass Mendacity” at Pathways at 7 pm. The play is a spoof of three of Tennessee Williams’ best-known plays. The cast features Michael Sellitti Jr., Joe Corbo, and Felicity Russell. After all that activity, Pathways will be closed from Feb. 23 to March 3 for school vacation.

Please remember that it is still winter on Martha’s Vineyard, and many people do not have enough food to eat. The Island Food Pantry distributes food to Islanders all year long. Right now, there is usually a dip in donations (understandably, as this is a lean time of year for many people). There are purple boxes all around the Island where you can bring nonperishable food donations — all the libraries have them, and both Cronig’s locations. You can also go to islandfoodpantry.org to donate money or to sign up to volunteer. So the next time you’re at the store, if you can pick up some extra food and bring it to one of the purple boxes, that would be very helpful.

Happy birthday to Rachel McDonald, whose birthday is the day of love, Feb. 14, and to Meg Higgins ,who will celebrate on Saturday, Feb. 16. I am lucky in that I count both these fabulous women as friends, and I hope they both have wonderful days. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone — if you don’t have a sweetheart, be extra sweet to yourself.