The world mourns the death of Patricia Neal, and sympathies go out to her devoted family from her many friends on the Vineyard. Her style and grace were truly understated. She enjoyed her years on the Island, and the Island enjoyed and embraced her in return. She was a great supporter of many causes and attended as many social gatherings as she was able to. We will miss her grand smile.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will sponsor a summer bazaar and fancy fleas at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School parking lot on Saturday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a vast array of artwork, jewelry, photography, fancy fabric purses and bags, collectibles and much more for everyone’s shopping pleasure. Beverages and sweet treats will be available during the bazaar.

On Tuesday evening, August 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., the Center for Living will be the recipients of the Flatbread pizza night at Nectar’s. You may dine in or take out, and Flatbread will generously donate a portion of the proceeds for each pizza sold.

At the Howes House in West Tisbury on Saturday, August 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the Martha’s Vineyard Democrats will hold their monthly meeting. There is no admission charge; even the coffee is free. The agenda is devoted to a discussion of current topics by candidates or their representatives for key state offices. For information, call Tom Dresser at 508-693-1050.

On Friday, August 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Aquinnah Cultural Center at Aquinnah Circle will present Sailors’ Valentines and the Aquinnah Whalemen. During the 18th and 19th centuries, whalemen often brought back these beautiful shell creations. Make one for yourself and hear the history of whaling and the story of the great white whale. There will be a $10 crafting fee.

On Saturday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be an antique Aquinnah postcard exhibit. Don’t miss this unique collection of antique postcards featuring the lighthouse at the Circle. Go back in time and view this important part of Aquinnah history. The exhibit will be on display for six weeks.

Also on Saturday at 5 p.m., the annual fundraiser and traditional feast and role-play performance of Epenow’s return will be held. There is always room for one more at the table and there is still time to call and get your ticket to this special and memorable evening while helping to support the museum and their programs.

On Wednesday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jonathan Perry will demonstrate flint-knapping or the art of shaping arrow points and other implements from stone. An original collection of Aquinnah artifacts will be on display. Friday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature Emma Brennan and Kitty Hendricks of Mashpee in a musical afternoon. Hear both traditional and contemporary native music from this area and see the variety of musical instruments used including flute, water drum and rattles.

On Sunday, August 15 from 3 to 7 p.m., bookbinder Mitzi Pratt will be the hostess at Books in the Bindery, Music under the Trees. Please join Mitzi and her friends at her home at 5 Moshup Trail in Aquinnah.

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard and the Friends of Oak Bluffs together are presenting an evening with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis at the high school Performing Arts Center. This event takes place on Sunday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Limited $200 reserved seating includes a post-show reception. General admission seating is $50. For tickets and information, please call 508-645-3550. Tickets are also available at Conroy’s, Our Market, DaRosa’s, Above Ground Records, and Bunch of Grapes.

The Aquinnah Public Library will present economist Perry Mehrling on After the Financial Crisis . . . Could it Happen Again? at the Aquinnah town hall on Tuesday, August 17 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Beatrice Gentry returned to her home on Tuesday after spending a few weeks at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Crystal Maida will be returning to her home in Ocala, Fla., this coming week after spending almost a month with her grandmother, Margaret Maida. She wanted to hear more stories of my babysitting days with her father Charles Jr. and his siblings. Next year, Crystal!

Lisa Bibko Vanderhoop would like to remind everyone that the Martha’s Vineyard 2011 Seadogs calendar has just arrived from the printer. Calendars are presently at Alley’s, the Aquinnah Shop, Cronig’s, Good Dog Goods, Rainy Day and SBS as well as several other outlets across the Island.

Baron Von Ochs, Peter that is, and his wife, Gudrun, arrived this past week and will be here for the next three months; they are staying in the Naftalin home on Lighthouse Road.

Happy fourth anniversary wishes to Allen Carney and Maura Fitzgerald as they celebrate their special day on August 19.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Lenny Butler and his wife, Mallory, as they share the day as always on August 14. Micah Washington will party on August 14 as will Beth Johnson. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. will celebrate on August 15 and shares the day with Kate Taylor. Bob Carroll will celebrate from the deck of his palatial penthouse on August 15.

Kendra Frakes will observe her special day on August 13 and it is anticipated that she will spend the afternoon with her Vineyard Gazette friends this week. As you pull into Menemsha Texaco on August 17, please wish Carl Crocker a very happy birthday. Samantha Maltais will be 14 on August 17 and is getting ready for her freshman year at St. George’s School.

My favorite President, William J. Clinton, will celebrate his special day on August 19 and I hope it is with a round of golf somewhere close by.

Mildred Mayhew will observe her special day on August 20. Wendy Swolinsky will party on August 20 and shares the day with Barbara Bassett, who will be observing a major milestone.