The temperatures have been in the 50s most of the week. The forsythia is in full bloom, as are the dogwood trees and magnolias. There are daffodils galore and the Dreamcatcher at Aquinnah Circle is in the process of opening on May 22 for their delectable delights.

On Saturday, May 2, the Aquinnah Public Library will celebrate Kentucky Derby Day with a party at 11 a.m. Decorate a derby hat, participate in family trivia, and enjoy mint juleps. On Tuesday, May 5, it will be time to celebrate Family Cinco de Mayo with crafts from 4 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. a Mother’s Day brunch will be observed and there will be an opportunity to make a special bath gift for your mom.

The library has certainly flourished over the past few years with Barbara Lampson creating wonderful programs and crafts for the children to enjoy. She will be missed by many, especially the tribal youth whom she shepherded during her time at the library and encouraged their young minds to partake in all the programs she offered with the afternoon reading, crafts and gardening. Barbara will be missed by the community, but we know where we may find her doing many other great projects. Thank you, Barbara, for your energy, skills and wisdom.

One of the happiest days of the year at the YMCA is here. We hope you can join in the fun with your family for Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wear your clown costume for this free community event. There will be a bounce house, a chalk mural, face painting, paddle board, and so much more so enjoy the merriment.

John Crelan’s Arts and Society organization presents an evening with William Butler Yeats on Saturday, May 2, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Enjoy the evening with Gerry Yukevich and Arnie Reisman and their friends.

An Aquinnah candidates forum will be sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters on Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. This is your time to hear the candidates and to ask pertinent questions.

Joyce Stiles-Tucker, director of the Tisbury Council on Aging, would like to invite you to How to Remember Not to Forget on Monday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. At the Tisbury Coancil on Aging. The program is free and for all ages. Please call Carol at 508-696-4295 to sign up by May 8.

A year ago, a group of Island parents and like-minded community members organized the first after prom party for juniors and their dates. In the first year, some parent members did not yet have kids in the junior class but knew that creating an alternative tradition to after prom activities was the right thing to do. And it was a roaring success. This year the group is organizing the 2015 after prom party. The YMCA has generously donated its facility on the night of May 16 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Youth Task Force is helping with organization and finances. There is a DJ poolside at 2 a.m., excellent food, prizes, music, games, a photo booth and much more.

Condolences to the family and friends of Charles Blank who passed away recently. Charles spent many hours sharing his enjoyment of music, not only teaching piano but also teaching all about music. He is survived by his wife Nancy and their children.

Pam Glavin and her grandson Elliott returned home on Sunday after spending time in Hyannis over his school vacation. While there, they met up with Dan and Nonie Sauer and their sons Waylon and Amos.

Dr. Helen Mays returned to her home in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday after visiting on the Vineyard with her family and friends and attending the spring social at the tribe. Helen had spent a few days in Boston with her cousin Geraldine Smalley Smith prior to her arrival. We enjoyed dinner at the Square Rigger and breakfast at the new Waterside. We shared lots of laughter, family history and genealogy, and a quick tour — till next time.

Condolences to family and friends of Joan Manning Cobb who passed away on April 22 after a long illness. Joan was the daughter of Kaye Manning of Oak Bluffs and the late William Manning. She spent her summers at their Oak Bluffs home during her youth. Joan is survived by her mother Kaye, and by her husband Wayne Cobb and their children Ryan and Caitlyn and their families, as well as by her sister Marilyn and her brother Richard. She was predeceased by her sister Kathy Manning Maseda. Services will be held on May 5 at Prophett-Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Bridgewater.

Noah James Manning returned home on Sunday night after spending five days of his school vacation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with his grandparents Bill and Joan Kistner. On Saturday, Noah and his parents Paul and Theresa took the train into Manhattan where they visited the LEGO Store, dined at Italia, and attended a performance of Stomp. Back to school for two days, and then to Boston for surgery on Wednesday. Noah will be recuperating at home for the next few days following his surgery.

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