Would you believe, more than three days in a row of sunshine? The lilacs are in full bloom, the shad are bursting with buds, beach plum bushes are also blooming, and mayflowers are found along ancient paths. Spring has perhaps finally arrived.

The Outermost Inn opens this evening with dinners being served nightly, with the exception of Monday nights when Captain Hugh Taylor, his wife, Jeanne, and their staff take the night off. Please call for reservations, 508-645-3511.

Aquinnah Public Library will host Saturday morning story time and art program with the assistance of director Jennifer Christy. Please stop by and see the new books, videos and compact discs.

The Chilmark Church will be sponsoring a yard sale and plant sale on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Menemsha Crossroad.

While in Chilmark on Saturday, one will find that the Harbor Craft Shop is now open for the season, as is the Home Port restaurant and the Bite. The Chilmark Store opened this week and pizza is once again the favorite.

Theresa Manning and Jamie Vanderhoop, coordinators for the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force, will be sponsoring a Chat and Chowder Dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at the West Tisbury School for the West Tisbury and charter schools. Any parents of seventh and eighth grade students from Edgartown, Oak Bluffs or Tisbury schools who missed their respective sessions over the past week will still have an opportunity to attend on Tuesday evening.

In February 2009, all Martha’s Vineyard students in grades 7 to 12 took a survey that asked questions concerning risky behavior and substance abuse. The Youth Task Force has the results of this survey and would like to share them with the parents and/or guardians of the students. It is a free evening of delicious food, fabulous door prizes, and a presentation along with fellow parents. As an added bonus, each location will have a Family Fun Pack valued at over $200, filled with gift certificates for Giordano’s, Dairy Queen, Island Cove Mini Golf, Entertainment Cinemas and more — awarded to one very lucky attendee. If your child’s school has at least 25 per cent parental participation at the dinner, a $300 prize of choice will be awarded to the school. For further information, please call Theresa or Jamie at 508-696-5304.

Lisa Bibko-Vanderhoop will have a show at the Sovereign Bank of Martha’s Vineyard at Beetlebung Corner over the next week. Her show opens today with her new photographs, greeting cards and art. Please stop in over the next week to view Lisa’s latest creations.

Nicholas Bibko will arrive today to spend the week with his daughter Lisa and her husband Captain William D. (Buddy) Vanderhoop Jr. and get in some time fishing.

Congratulations and all the best to Aquinnah police officer Charles Chaprales as he and Jeannette Filling travel to Aruba this week for their wedding on May 30 on the beach at 5:30 p.m. They will be surrounded by family and friends and look forward to their wedding reception close to home upon their return.

Congratulations and all the best to Brian Cioffi upon his appointment as the new Chilmark police chief. His work in the up-Island community sometimes goes beyond that of simply his police duties, and his respect for others is graciously acknowledged by those who know Brian.

Samuel Vanderhoop Lee has arrived home from his freshman year studies at Yale University. He has joined his parents, Martha Vanderhoop and Marshall Lee, and his brother Jo Jo for the summer season at their Aquinnah home and to work at their family business HatMarCha at the Cliffs.