The people of the town of Aquinnah will be the recipients of a wampum belt that has been specially created by Joan LeLacheur, Kate Taylor and her late husband, Charles Witham. This has been a work in progress for the past 30 years and will be one of the town of Aquinnah’s treasures to keep forever. The presentation will take place on Saturday, August 6 at 5 p.m. at the Cliffs. There will then be a show, Wampum Live, at the Howwasswee Trading Post from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring the latest works of Joan LeLacheur, Kate Taylor, Berta Welch and Donald Widdiss. A wonderful opportunity to get your 2011 wampum and to see a wonderful display of wampum.

Adult Community Education (ACE MV) in collaboration with Haiti Peace Quilts Project and the African Artists Community Development Project (AACDP) are honored to host an evening with Joseph Sebarenzi (author of God Sleeps in Rwanda) on Saturday, August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Howes House in West Tisbury across from Alley’s Store. The evening is open and free to the public.

Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs will celebrate 15 years of arts and the community. Please join in the fun on Saturday, August 6 from 3 to 8 p.m. with food, music, dancing, and cake.

The 20th annual Martha’s Vineyard Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Anchors in Edgartown. The breakfast is all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, and juice. Limited parking is available at the Anchors or the VTA bus will drop you off on Mayhew Lane. The MV Rotary Club assists many charities across the Vineyard.

The Chilmark Book Festival is on Sunday, August 7 at the Chilmark Community Center. This is your opportunity to listen to some of your favorite authors, get a copy of their latest book autographed, and enjoy food from the ArtCliff Diner food truck. Always a fun afternoon for all to enjoy.

Vineyard author Kate Feiffer will be at the Chilmark Library on Monday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. Kate will read from her new book, My Side of the Car, which is illustrated by her father, renowned cartoonist Jules Feiffer and is about their trips to Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.

The 5th annual Federated Church house tour will be held on Tuesday, August 9, with a lecture by historian Mary Jane Carpenter, who specializes in early Vineyard homes. The tour will be of four beautiful and historic homes within two blocks of the Meetinghouse. Luncheon is at noon with the lecture at 1:30 p.m. and the tours 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $60 for the lecture, lunch, and tour. For further information please call 508-627-4421 and for reservations please e-mail Voses@verizon.net.

Arnold Zack will be the guest speaker at the Aquinnah Public Library speaker series on Tuesday, August 9 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Arnold’s discussion will be “Is there a future for collective bargaining?” Refreshments will be served.

Geraldine Brooks will be at the Vineyard Haven Library on Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. to discuss her latest book, Caleb’s Crossing, which has been thoughtfully researched about the life and times of Caleb Cheeshatumuck, the first Wampanoag to graduate from Harvard College and the first Vineyarder to attend Harvard.

Duncan Caldwell will be the guest speaker at the Aquinnah Public Library speaker series on Thursday, August 11 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Duncan’s discussion will be Neanderthal Reconstructions Wrong? Refreshments will be served. Thank you to Duncan and his wife, Nancy, who was the speaker on August 2 for their wonderful hospitality.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dorothy Benoit, who passed away recently. We enjoyed many fun times at the Benoit home in Somerset with her family.

Condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and thousands of patients of Dr. Russell S. Hoxsie, who passed away on Saturday in Wilbraham. Dr. Hoxsie cared for five generations of our Manning family members. We worked in adjoining offices together for three years and he was always a welcoming presence each morning on the way into work. Dr. Hoxsie will also be remembered as the pioneer of having the first walk-in clinic on the Vineyard when he opened a summer office at Beetlebung Corner. He will be remembered by many for his dedication and medical care over the decades on the Vineyard.

Family and friends of the late Rev. Peter R. Sanborn will gather on Saturday, August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church parish house in Vineyard Haven. Please bring with you your stories and memories as we celebrate the life and ministry of Reverend Sanborn, who ministered to many in his years on the Vineyard where he served the First Baptist Church as well as Community Baptist Church of Gay Head. He faithfully visited his Aquinnah parishoners every Tuesday and his time with all was enjoyed.

Condolences to the family and friends of Bob Yapp, who passed away peacefully at his home in Tisbury. Bob was always there to lend a hand, whether while he was at work at Leslie’s Pharmacy, or his work at the Steamship Authority. His services will be held today at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Welcome to our August neighbors who have arrived this week and a fond farewell to those who have returned to their off-island abodes after spending the month of July in Aquinnah.

Happy 42nd anniversary wishes to Arnold and Norma Zack as they celebrate their special day on August 10.

Happy 33rd anniversary wishes to Barry and Judith Manning Milavsky as they celebrate on August 11.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Layne Bazzy, who celebrates her special day on August 9. Teri Morse will celebrate on August 10 and shares the day with Peter Jeffers, and Jim Boales, who will observe a major milestone. Dr. Helen Mays will party on August 11.

Laina Benoit will be five years old on August 12 and is looking forward to kindergarten. Bettina Washington will party on August 12.