Tisbury: I am still smiling

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Heard on Main Street: My friend says the reason we are born with two hands is so that we can pet two dogs at once.

At 7 pm at the library this evening, Thursday, May 30, Maureen Matthews McClintock will give a talk on PeaceQuilts, art quilts from Haiti. I suggest you go early to see these quilts in the exhibit downstairs at the Vineyard Haven library. PeaceQuilts is a nonprofit organization supporting independent sewing cooperatives in Haiti. These women produce one-of-a-kind art quilts reflecting Haiti’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. PeaceQuilts helps Haitian women build their own businesses and earn a living wage.

The memorial reception last Saturday for Joan Glodis was crowded with Islanders enjoying the quilts and unique tiny pieces of art created by Joan over the years. Her three daughters and their families provided this collection for us to enjoy as we remembered Joan’s life here. I was especially pleased because her young granddaughter helped me join in by bringing me the rollator provided by the Friends of the Oak Bluffs Library. If you haven’t viewed these art treasures, you can do so through May 31.

The Tisbury Senior Center invites all to their Open House on Sunday, June 2, from 2 to 4 pm. This is your opportunity to see what you have been missing. While enjoying light refreshments, you can visit with your friends and neighbors to music provided by Serendipity.

On Sunday you can also learn about steps to prevent gun violence. The Hebrew Center offers a Forum on Gun Safety and Prevention of Gun Violence on Sunday, June 2, from 4 to 5:30 pm. The speaker is Janet Goldenberg of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. She will introduce a panel including teachers, police, and a state politician, moderated by Rabbi Caryn Broitman. You will have a chance for questions as well. I’d like to know what we can do to prevent school kids from shooting other kids.

When I sit at my computer, my view is the edge of my neighbor’s back deck. This morning I laughed out loud. Hanging over the railing was the back half of what looked like a tiger skin, complete with tail. I did call to thank her for my delightful surprise. Be assured, it was a lap cover she had made for her son. I am still smiling.

Next Monday, June 3, learn about the planning for a new addition to the Vineyard Haven library at 6 pm. Join the library committee and board of trustees as they hear plans from Maryann Thompson, Architects, for the new multipurpose meeting room at the library. All are welcome to comment, and refreshments will be served.

Did you know that seaweed could be used for fuel for homes and cars? Next Tuesday, June 4, at 6 pm, Scott Lindell will talk about this at our library. Imagine that such fuel could be made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms.

Currently seaweed is used in food for humans and animals, and most of it comes from imported farmed product or wild harvests. Seaweed farming avoids the increasing competition for fertile land, energy-intensive fertilizers, and freshwater resources associated with traditional agriculture. Learn how Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists are addressing global issues of food and energy demand with innovative solutions.

This one sounds like fun: You can learn more about the Yard at the Chilmark Community Church. Join in with the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, June 4, at 11 am. All are welcome, just bring a sandwich. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

I can’t believe I did this! I missed birthdays last week of people who are very special to me. So to each of you, I apologize, and send big bunches of birthday balloon wishes: Kristina Ivory last Monday, as well as Peggy McGrath, Bill Kingsbury, and Jane Pallatroni Chandler, who should have partied yesterday.

Tomorrow I send happy birthday wishes to Leslie Digby Rizza and Megan Buchanan. Wish the best to Myra Stark and Fred LaPiana on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Josh Kochin.

Heard on Main Street: Another wine bottle with no genie at the bottom? Keep looking.