Community Baptist Church of Gay Head will have a business meeting following worship on Sunday, April 17; all members are encouraged to attend and to participate.

Eggsciting egg coloring will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Duck Inn from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. Elise LeBovit will once again host her fantastic egg hunt on Easter Day.

Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis and her daughter, Rosalie, arrived this week from their home in Masset, British Columbia for a visit with family and friends. They were accompanied by her sister, Tiffany Amber Vanderhoop, and her children, Brian Luther, and Maysel. We will look forward to their visits around Aquinnah.

Congratulations to Chantal Booker, daughter of Spencer and Belinda, who scored a goal in her first Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School lacrosse game on April 7 and was “thrilled.” The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School team lost 8 to 4 in their first game of the season but will keep their spirits high.

Ken Kaufman would like to invite all of their West Coast friends to his 10th annual New Living Expo at the Concourse Exposition Center in San Francisco, connecting body, mind and spirit with speakers and exhibits from April 29 to May 1. More than 12,000 attended in 2010. The following week Ken and his wife, Corinna Majno, will arrive in Aquinnah for an extended stay at their home and to visit with friends.

Get well wishes to Dr. Curtis Langer as he undergoes orthopaedic surgery today at Massachusetts General Hospital. He will be accompanied to Boston by his wife, Molly Purves, and their son, Rodeo.

Get well wishes to Jean Levesque, who has been a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jean is on Ellison 10 for an extended stay and I am sure he would enjoy a card from his Vineyard friends.

Noah James Manning returned home on Monday evening after spending five days in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with his Kistner family. He was accompanied on his journey by his parents, Paul and Theresa. Four generations of the Kistner family arrived from across the country for the grand opening of Billy Bob’s Barbeque in Poughkeepsie which was the former site of the Dutch Cabin. Bill Kistner is brother of Theresa, and Bob is her nephew. Bob spent time on the Vineyard as a chef following his graduation from the Culinary Institute of America. Their opening week was spectacular as they combine good food, friends and fun. All the best to them. Noah enjoyed meeting his uncle Dan, who flew in from California and his cousins, Shane, Ryan and Nolin. It was a fun time for all.

Larry and Dee Mollin have arrived from California for a visit at their Aquinnah home. They will assist us in welcoming spring.

Get well wishes to Captain Robin Robinson, who is healing from her extensive orthopaedic surgery also performed at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Get well wishes to Todd Vanderhoop, who suffered a severe injury on Sunday afternoon and was transferred from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is home now and expects a long recovery from his orthopaedic surgery.

Woody and Jamie Vanderhoop have returned after spending the weekend at the 10th annual Brown University Powwow. They enjoyed the weekend with their family and friends.

Happy 50th anniversary wishes to John O. Vanderhoop and his wife, Gabi, as they celebrate their special day on April 14.

Happy 37th anniversary wishes to Captain Hugh Taylor and his wife, Jeanne, on April 15. They will arrive home soon from their Caribbean island to open the Outermost Inn for the season.

Happy second anniversary wishes to Durwood and Jamie Sue Vanderhoop on their special day of April 17.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Erick Angelo Moore, son of Alex Moore and Heidi Vanderhoop, who celebrated his first birthday on April 13. Prudy Whiting partied on April 13 and shared the day with Riley Cameron, who turned nine years old.

Dakota Delviento celebrated being 18 years old on April 14. Lucas Kenneth Belain was six years old on April 14. Samuel Vanderhoop Lee partied on April 14 and shared the day with Lexie Roth.

Oliver Hughes and Todd Keegan shared the date on April 15. Basil Welch will celebrate his special day on April 16. Lenny Baker also parties on April 16. Peyton Briscoe Jeffers will be seven years old on the same day.

Ben Cameron parties on April 16. Greg Martino parties on April 17 and Curtis Chandler on April 18; both are members of the Tribal Natural Resources Department. Josie Iadicicco will party on April 18 and shares the day with Sam White, Mary Shea and Maya Glavin.

Peter Ives will celebrate a major milestone on April 18, hopefully with a round of golf.

Eleanor Hebert will party on April 19 and shares the day with Mitzi Pratt, Larry Mollin, twins Jules and Noah Stuber, Cameron Cuch, Todd Follansbee and Richard Randolph.

A very special Happy Birthday to my Vineyard Gazette managing editor, Lauren Martin, as she celebrates on April 21 and keeps it all in perspective for me each and every week!