Tisbury: Driver’s license, energy assessment, chair yoga, poetry, art, and New Perennial garden

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Heard on Main Street: When is old enough to know better?

The M.V. Cancer Support Group is having its annual daffodil fundraiser this Saturday, April 1 — no fooling! Daffodil bunches will be sold on April 1 at both Cronig’s, Stop & Shop in Edgartown, and Reliable from 8 am to noon (or until they run out) to benefit the Cancer Support Group to help Island cancer patients with travel and other expenses.

I finally renewed my driver’s license. It should not feel as if it were a wondrous thing, but the relief is real. Not the special new ID — it should have been just a simple renewal in February, but the DMV insisted Massachusetts needed a new, certified copy of my birth certificate. I’ve been driving for more than 60 years, about 40 in this state, but they insisted that a new birth certificate was needed.

A month later I went back. At first the state didn’t like the new birth certificate, though the original was much older than any of those people involved. The one refused last month didn’t have a big round seal on it; neither did this one. It did look messy, the handwriting was atrocious, but it was a certified copy of the original. Then the negative reaction was overruled, and I will soon receive my new license in the mail. Or so they said. I think it was easier to get my first one.

You can sign up for a no-cost energy assessment by calling 800-797-6699 or visiting capelightcompact.org. Or mark your calendar now to go to our Vineyard Haven library on Sunday, April 16, from 2 to 4 pm. Would you like to save 70 percent of the cost of recommended upgrades? I can tell you that it works just like that.

I did it. The man who came had some good suggestions. I thought I could afford the proposed work. He said “they” would pay 70 percent of the cost, and would lend my cost at a very low rate, and gave a cost estimate of about $250. Two workers came on the date arranged. They were very nice, did the work in about five hours, about as quiet as one could be. Before and after they measured the amount of heat leakage in the house. The after was 25 percent less, which I hope shows up on the electric and gas bills. But they did cover 70 percent. My bill was a couple of dollars more.

Now I’ve done a bit to help climate issues, and I’m very pleased with the results that I can see.

At our Vineyard Haven library you can try “Yoga with Kat” at 11:15 am every Monday morning, like next Monday. Chair Yoga, a gentle form of yoga, is perfect for anyone recovering from injury or illness, especially if you prefer not having to get up and down from the floor. No sign-up or registration necessary. Go to the program room, lower level.

Or join the M.V. Poetry Reading Group online on the first Monday of each month at 10 am, next Monday, April 3. The leader selects poems from long ago to contemporary, which are read, then discussed as a group. The members say they get much more out of poems discussed as a group. Just bring a love of poetry. Zoom link from amcdonough@clamsnet.org.

More poetry: Try “Poetry Prescription with C.I. Marshall” at the Chilmark library on Saturday, April 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Does your poem need a visit to a poem doctor? She is taking appointments now. She will listen to your poems, ask questions, then prescribe possible improvements. For more info, go to consuelopoet.blog.

Art is also online: Join in to create a “Pointillism Art Seascape,” led by Barbara Freiberg, on Tuesday, April 4, at 6 pm. She has a studio art degree and 20 years of teaching experience. Classes include drawing instruction, as well as instruction in coloring in the picture. The drawings will be done with a regular pencil. Participants then would have a choice of supplies to use such as markers, colored pencils, and watercolor pencils. For the Zoom link, email amcdonough@clamsnet.org.

Zoom into “Not Your Mother’s Garden” on Wednesday, April 5, at 6 pm. Deborah Chud, a retired physician turned gardenmaker and educator, takes the audience on a tour of her highly unusual Piet Oudolf–style New Perennial garden, and describes the design principles underlying it. Many of the plants are unfamiliar, even to knowledgeable gardeners. What’s new about New Perennials, and what can they do for you? Walk through her garden to find out. Zoom link at amcdonough@clamsnet.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Tom Zinno on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

If you have any Tisbury Town Column suggestions, email Kay Mayhew, tashmoorock@gmail.com.