Spring is nearly here — the birds are singing each morning, the natural thaw is occurring, buds are forming on trees, and the deer are returning to the center of the woods and feeding less frequently along the roadside. We are still waiting for the temperature to warm up a little as the scalloping season was curtailed for most of the month of February. March came in like a lamb — most likely in response to all the baby lambs born recently.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force will sponsor Stress, Anxiety, and Coping in teens with presenter Dr. Lisa Machoian on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center. She will provide valuable insight into the lives of youth ages 11 to 17, and will focus on providing parents and community members with helpful strategies to foster healthy coping and resilience. A panel discussion will follow her presentation with Vineyard health care providers.

The First Baptist Church will host its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Baptist parish house on William street in Tisbury. Beverages and dessert will also be provided. The suggested donation is $12.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will sponsor a concert performance on Friday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center. Jan Wightman, Abigail Chandler and MV Chamber Music Society board member Diane Katzenberg Braun have organized this New England Conservatory vocal residency program. The concert is free and open to the public.

Reminder — the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival will be held at the Chilmark Community Center next weekend with a variety of films shown March 13 to the 16th.

Anthony Devine, son of Kevin and Tabitha Devine, grandson of Herbert Devine Jr. and Wendy King Oliver, and great-grandson of Cynthia Moreis Viera is participating in LIVE LOVE TRI — an indoor triathlon on March 15 at YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard to benefit the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard Financial Assistance and Community Outreach Program. If you would like to assist Anthony and perhaps boost him to first place, you may make a pledge of a minimum of $10 on Facebook under LIVE LOVE TRI or send a donation in Anthony’s name to YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, 111 Edgartown Road #R, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. 

Happy 61st anniversary wishes to Ted and Shirley Dewing as they celebrate their special day on March 9.

Happy birthday wishes to Michael Johnson if you see him at either UPS or Stop & Shop on March 9. Linda McCarthy will celebrate on March 11. My favorite James V. Taylor will celebrate his special day on March 12. March 13 is a day of celebration for Lisa Bibko-Vanderhoop, Nina P. Butler, Ken Wentworth, and twins Jade and Maya Araujo. March 14 is shared by Robert W. C. Manning, Herb Slater, Nancy Edwards Thompson, Jay Smalley, Todd Araujo and Richard Skidmore.