Happenings at the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week begin today with Holly Herbster of Public Archeological Lab discussing artifacts excavated from non-ceremonial archeological sites and explaining why site preservation is important. Saturday the center is open for house tours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On Wednesday, August 27, Woody Vanderhoop will demonstrate how he uses clay to make colorful creations and Ramona Peters will be there with traditional coiled pottery.

Community Baptist Church will be holding the regular service at 9 a.m. at the church. At 2:30 p.m. the annual Baptismal service will be held at Lobsterville Beach at the turn-off with a potluck luncheon and beach picnic. Please bring a dish to share. There will be kite flying, and Frisbee playing, and a day of fun. Rev. Spinney will be serving his famous hot dogs and hamburgers, please bring a dish to accompany.

Aquinnah Public Library’s end of the season programs start on August 28 when Cindy Kane, longtime Island artist, will discuss her new traveling show at 5 p.m.

Join in the Summer Celebration at Aquinnah Public Library on August 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and join in the fun — and as parking is very limited, please car pool, ride the VTA, bicycle or walk. Cambridge Latin music band Sol y Canto will be on their second visit to the Library and will perform with Black Brook Singers and Drum of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). Throughout the day, Friends of Aquinnah Public Library will have a book sale, face painting on the deck, an art exhibition of local artists inside, a visit from the Aquinnah Fire Department with display of their fire engine, bread from the Orange Peel Bakery, beverages and ice cream will be available. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, from the Aquinnah community programs committee, Friends of Aquinnah Public Library, Friends of the Chilmark Library, the Aquinnah Community Association and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah. Please stop by to enjoy the festivities and to catch up with your neighbors before summer ends

Thank you to Luther and Anne Madison for their recent donation to the library of a framed Vineyard Gazette article from 1966 regarding the one-room school. A lovely trip down memory lane and to imagine the lives of the students 42 years later.

Join in the Walk for Animals on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the MSPCA. Registration will be at 11 a.m. and the walk at noon. Refreshments will be served. There will be raffles and canine good citizen testing. Registration is $25 and please have sponsors to donate. For further information, please call Jen Morgan at 508-627-8662.

Community Baptist Church of Gay Head will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Tickets are $10 per person, and one may purchase a burger or hot dog basket with chips and a soda for $5. Music will be performed by Ed Fantasia’s Tayke 3. Eat, dance, and party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Funds will go towards the major improvements necessary at Community Baptist Church and at the Parsonage on Church street. For further tickets or further information, please call Fawn Fantasia at 508-645-3877.

Condolences to the family of E. B. Collins, former Steamship Authority governor, who served with distinction as a member of the Vineyard Transit Authority Advisory Board representing the town of Edgartown for two decades. He was well respected for his wisdom and his dignity as well as the gentleness in which he made important decisions. It was such a pleasure to serve with E.B. on the VTA Board for the past decade — we will miss his guidance.

Congratulations to Maura Fitzgerald and Allen Carney of State Road who were married two years ago on August 19 on Philbin Beach. In honor of the occasion, on Sunday, August 17, Allen surprised Maura when he hired a plane to fly over Philbin Beach towing a banner that proclaimed “I Love Maura.”

Thank you to Thad and Cassandra Hyland for sharing the portion of their property that was once the Town Pound where stray animals were kept by the Poundkeepers. For a brief history and photograph of the Pound, please refer to the Aquinnah Town Report of 2006. In the future, a report will be available on the town Web site.

In the meantime, the interior of the pound was cleared of debris and brush by our highway superintendent Forrest Alley. Over the past few weeks, Jim Costello has removed the overgrowth of brush on the exterior to the east of the pound. Many residents have been amazed that such a bit of history still exists in Aquinnah. A sturdy wooden enclosure has been placed at the entrance to the pound and has been enjoyed by all thanks to the Hyland family.

Chief F. Ryan Malonson is a patient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was transferred there from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on August 21 and is recuperating from orthopedic surgery. He would appreciate telephone calls or cards at this time.

Herb Ward has donated his award-winning quilt to raise money for the Federated Church choir trip in 2009. Look for Herb and his quilt at the Fair for raffle tickets ($5 or five tickets for $20). Herb is not only a master quilter always winning a blue ribbon each year at the Fair, but also a master family historian and fellow genealogist, and now also included in the documentary Zeb, as well as a former schoolmate at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. See you at the Fair!

Condolences to the family of Nancy Prada (Convery) Young, who served her beloved community of Edgartown over the years. Nancy and her late husband Arthur were always at the helm at the Harborside Navigator Room. Her dedication, extensive research and contributions to Our Portuguese Heritage book with her dear friend Marianne Thomas will serve Vineyarders for many generations.

Happy 25th anniversary wishes to Edward and Fawn (Vanderhoop) Fantasia as they observed their special day on August 13.

Happy first anniversary wishes to Arlen Roth and his bride, Maria, who celebrated their first anniversary on August 14.

Happy second anniversary wishes to Allen Carney and Maura Fitzgerald on August 19.

Happy 41st anniversary wishes to Barry and Grace Reeves as they celebrate on August 25.

Happy 48th anniversary wishes to Dr. Gary Zwicky and Elaine as they celebrate on August 28.

Happy birthday wishes to Micah Washington as he celebrated on August 14 and shared the day with Beth Johnson. Carl Crocker observed his birthday while busy at work at Menemsha Texaco on August 16 and while planning his next concert adventure.

Samantha Maltais celebrated her 12th birthday on August 17. Kenneth Lane also partied on August 17. Barbara Bassett and Wendy Swolinsky shared the day as they have for many years on August 20.

Teresa Temple will be observing her special day today, as will Cera Garvin, Giles Welch and Philip Moreis Jr., who will be 10 years old. Tricia Mulligan will party on August 23 as will Wilde Whitcomb, Noli Taylor, Virginia Hall and Leonard Vanderhoop. Victoria Moreis will party on August 24 and shares the day with Linda Jeffers Coombs and Moshup Alexander Galbraith who will be 13 years old.

A very special happy birthday wish to Garth W. Edwards as he observes his 93rd birthday on August 25 amidst his household full to the brim with four generations of his Edwards family.

Barry Reeves will party on August 25. Marilyn Maciel will party on August 26 and shares the day with chef extrordinaire Daphne Lewis. Kathy Vanderhoop will observe a major milestone on August 28.

Alice M. Rose will be 98 years old on August 29 and one will still find Aunt Alice in her luxurious garden each day throughout the summer or in her kitchen making dozens of stuffed quahogs.

Oliver Noble will party on August 29 and shares the day with Dawn Widdiss and Tom Bramkamp.