Well, if you need a boost because of lack of sun, you could take a ride around and enjoy the colors of the fruit trees that are in full bloom. Maybe it is my imagination, but they seem extra full this year. They certainly are beautiful.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Grant Pertile and Sarah Pertile who celebrated their day May 1; Alice Keenan, May 2; Nicholas Costello and Matthew Garcia, May 3; Steven Jordan Jr., May 4; Cesar Bueno, May 6; and to Neemias Carlos, who celebrated his day May 7.

A special balloon goes out to Ruby Dellorusso, who celebrated her first birthday May 7.

With the new Martha’s Vineyard Animal Shelter now under local control, I have been asked to write the proper way to send donations to the shelter. The check should be made out to the The County of Dukes County with the name of Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard in the memo line. The address is County of Dukes County, PO Box 190, Edgartown MA 02539.

The shelter is now under way and people have been in to help clean, paint and do all kinds of projects there. They are still looking for volunteers to help with outside work and other tasks. If you can help, please stop by the shelter and talk to Lisa — it’s in the same building as the MSPCA was — or call 508-627-8662.

There will be a Celebration of the Life of Nancy Leighton on Sunday, May 17, at the Dr. Daniel Fisher house on Main street in Edgartown from 2 to 6 p.m. Join with the family and share your favorite stories of Mrs. Leighton. I am sure there are many out there, between her students at the Oak Bluffs School, her involvement in the horse and animal community on the Island, and as a mentor to many young people. There will be a cookout, so bring a dish if you wish, and please, in lieu of flowers make a donation to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.

Jane Carroll, president of the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, is pleased that this important Island nonprofit is holding its fifth annual gala celebration, An Evening Under the Stars, on Thursday, May 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mediterranean, now on Beach Road in Oak Bluffs. This year’s event is held in loving memory of longtime member and former support group president Judith Olson.

This festive gala is hosted by Mediterranean restaurant owners Doug and Leslie Hewsen and is generously sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank and Leigh Carroll of Carroll’s Trucking. Many other Island businesses and individuals donate goods for the event. Beverages and a wide selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvre will be served throughout the evening. Music will be provided by the Mike Benjamin Trio. Dress is “casual elegance,” and there will be door prizes and gift bags.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group is in its 23rd year helping Vineyarders in two very important ways. There is a support group meeting for cancer patients and their families every Wednesday at noon at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. The group also provides financial assistance to Island cancer patients in need. Since its inception, the group has given away over $250,000 to Vineyard families. The group is run by a volunteer board of directors; there is no paid staff. All monies raised go directly to Vineyard families living with cancer.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by mailing your check to MV Cancer Support Group, PO Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or at the door on the evening of the gala. Admission is $100 per person. For details, call Jane Carroll at 508-696-9849 or e-mail her at Jcarrollmv@aol.com.

If you have driven by the back of the Edgartown School, I am sure you have noticed the new raised bed being used for gardens. This week at the Edgartown School garden, the sugar snap peas, which the second graders planted, are starting to sprout. Melinda Rabbitt DeFeo started to hand out seeds to teachers. Most of the teachers will start planting in their own particular vegetable patch this week.

I think this is a great project for the school, and word has it they are going to have a farmers’ market to sell their crops as soon as town boards agree.

On Tuesday Ralph and I were in the yard and we noticed a bunch of men in a huddle in the Edgartown School parking lot. We soon learned that the Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters are planning instruction in how to cast, tie knots and understand boats first-hand, on-board one of three boats on the premises. The workshop will cover safety, sportsmanship and how to fish from the shore. It takes place on Saturday, May 16. Rain date is Sunday May 17. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. Children in grades kindergarten through eight are welcome, as are their parents. Everything is free. Refreshments (Dairy Queen treats) are to be served at the close, around 11:30 a.m., and there will be fishing lures for everyone. You don’t have to be a surfcasters member to help. Volunteers are welcome.

We are happy our neighbors Marge and Huck Look are home after a winter in Florida. However, the lawn wars have been started by Huck, as he mowed his lawn on Wednesday during the break of the rain. This leaves Ralph chomping at the bit until he can get the lawn mower out and do ours. Let the games begin.

The annual Alzheimer’s Miles of Memories Walk and Paddle happens on Sunday, May 17 at State Beach. Participants may walk the bike path from Little Bridge to Big Bridge and back or kayak through Sengekontacket. The Walk/Paddle sets off at noon from Little Bridge on State Beach, Oak Bluffs.

Funds raised remain on the Cape and Islands to assist people with Alzheimer’s. Call 508-775-5656 or see online alzcapecod.org for more information.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.