The Old South Road Neighborhood Association will be holding its seventh annual Fourth of July children’s parade again this year, and will once again need your help. As always, the road association anticipates that police chief Randhi Belain will provide security and lead the parade, Aquinnah town officials will participate, Jim Vercruysse will make arrangements for the Aquinnah fire truck, Kristin Mannion and HP Goldfield will allow face painting at their home, Arlen Roth will supply a few of his antique automobiles, Dr. Low and family will decorate their “float,” the Donahue-Pattons will help with face painting, the Kaufmans will provide music at the reviewing stand, the Schillers and Donnellys will help bury treasure, Sue Jensen will be in charge of the buried treasures, the Murphys will provide flags and a reviewing stand, the Norkuses will provide the birthday boy, the Bazzys will drive a vehicle (perhaps one of Arlen’s), the Batzers will bring The Thing, the Fosters will bring The Motorcycle, the Paul Manning family including Noah will participate, the Vanderhoops will bring Amos and Izzy, the Vickerys will bring their grandchildren, and yours truly will be the official publicist.

The grand parade will start promptly at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4. Volunteers are needed to bury treasure at Philbin Beach at 9 a.m. Children should arrive at the Goldfield-Mannion home for face painting and flagging at 10 a.m. Floats, cars and bikes should line up at the top of the hill beginning at 10 a.m. Donations of flags, toys and decorations are encouraged. All children and their families are invited. All questions or concerns should be addressed to founder Kristin Mannion at irishfey@aol.chiller or to tmurphy007@comcast.net. P.S. Rob Schiller is totally responsible for the weather.

Island Thunder will perform this evening at the Aquinnah Shop during dining hours from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy fine reggae music while dining.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center today will feature an oral history video and house tours. On Saturday, tribal elder Kristina Hook will lead a native plant walk at 2 p.m., and First Farmers, a video loop of traditional 17th century Wampanoag farming, will be presented with photographs courtesy of Plimouth Plantation.

The annual Martha’s Vineyard Library Association summer reading kickoff will be held on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the new Agricultural Hall. Bill Ross will perform for the children at 11 a.m. Tickets are $3 and face painting is $1, all to benefit the library association.

Allen Whiting will have his annual opening at Featherstone this year. Enjoy a retrospective of Allen’s work over the past 40 years. Allen will be at Featherstone on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Spindrift Marionettes rescheduled their performance of Catkin, a Celtic tale, which will now be held on Tuesday, July 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall.

Raising the Roof will be a benefit concert for housing on the Vineyard on Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church. The concert will benefit the Island Housing Trust and Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $50.

Dr. Mary Beth Norton, professor of history at Cornell University, will read from her new book Separated by the Sex: Women In Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World, on Thursday, July 7, at the Vineyard Museum at 5:30 p.m.

Speaking of new books, thank you to Alexandra Styron for including yours truly in her new book Reading My Father. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered her reference to our attending the American premier of Sophie’s Choice at the National Opera at the Kennedy Center in 2006. Great memories with the Styron family that I shall never forget.

Chilmark preschool graduates enjoyed an end-of-the-school-year potluck picnic at Menemsha Beach this past week. Aquinnah students headed to kindergarten will be Lily Duarte, Olive and Violet MacPhail, Noah Manning and Yossi Monahan. They were all delighted to see Chris Abrams, their teacher who has been ill and receiving medical care this past year.

Thank you to Elsie Fantasia, Yannick Gonsalves, Tiara Lee and Faith Smalley — all members of the Wampanoag Youth Group — for their community service work in providing assistance at the Summer Welcome dinner for the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living on Friday evening. Thank you to all of the valued volunteers who assisted including Michael Achille, Paul Bagnall, Jean Bishop, David Duarte, Carol Early, Hermine Hull, Jyl Manning, as well as Rosemary, Lynn, Page and many others.

Welcome to Jonathan Morgan Belain Jr. who was born June 16 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Jonathan is the son of Jonathan and Pamela (Leite). He is the first grandchild of Kenneth F. Belain Jr. and Janet (Crane) and John Leite and Martha (Nichols). He is the great-grandson of Stephen and Judith Nichols.

Congratulations to Caitlyn Hutchinson, daughter of Stephen and Amanda, who recently graduated from University of Vermont.

Darrius Lewis arrived on Tuesday from Philadelphia for his annual summer visit with his grandparents, Ted and Kristina Leslie.

Congratulations to Kate Murphy, daughter of Thomas and Christine Murphy of Old South Road, who was married to Timmy Kausch of Saratoga, N.Y., on Saturday, June 25 at the Connor’s Center in Dover. Katie is employed by Head Start in Salt Lake City, Utah and Timmy owns and operates a ski equipment business in Sandy, Utah. They are presently on honeymoon in Bermuda but will be returning in time for the Fourth of July parade on Old South Road.

Have a very safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. Reflect on the meaning of the day. Enjoy the parade in Aquinnah in the morning and the Edgartown parade in the evening.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Elaine Diotima Vanderhoop, who will celebrate today and shares the day with Stephanie Devine. Albert Hutchinson will party on July 2. Happy fifth birthday wishes to Robbie Manning as he celebrates on July 3 and shares his day with Debbie DeBettencourt Ratcliff, and Marissa Kaeka.

A very special happy birthday wish to Marianne Thomas, Jane Anderson, Robert Hughes, Celeste Glavin, Michael Norkus, Stephen Nichols and Mae Alice Baird, who will all celebrate on July 4. Marcia Vanderhoop parties on July 5. Jody Mendez and Sheryl Scott will celebrate on July 6. Marianne Spiller will party on July 7 and Gary Coates on July 8.