At the very top of your list of things to do — and which will only take a half hour — should be a visit to Mytoi Garden. This is the time of year when Mother Nature puts on her springtime show. Lindsay Allison and the volunteers have been hard at work getting the place tidied up. Just the other day a new Franklinia tree went over on the ferry with returning staff gardener Marc Fournier.

The second Chappy Community Center potluck supper this spring will be on Tuesday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. There was a big turnout at the previous one. This is the last one for this spring. Check the Chappy Community Center website for the beginning dates of the summer programs and sign up information.

The first household hazardous material collection of the season will take place Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Martha’s Vineyard Refuse District near the big airport. The second collection is scheduled for Saturday, July 16. Hopefully there will be an early morning Chappy collection at the community center to save you the trip to town on a busy summer day.

According to the community center’s calendar, two big events will occur on Saturday, July 30. Both the annual Chappaquiddick Island Association meeting and the Chappy Tennis Tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

In the meantime, if skies are clear this Friday night, drag yourself out of bed after midnight to see up to 30 meteors per hour from the Aquarids meteor shower. The show started weeks ago and will continue to the end of May, but this is the peak of activity.

If getting out of bed in the middle of the night won’t work for you, just stay up a little late on Sunday, May 15 to see a total lunar eclipse. It starts at 9:30 P.M. and reaches maximum eclipse at midnight. As the moon passes through Earth’s shadow ,it will grow darker and gradually take on a blood red tint. In this age of science, we know all about the movements of celestial bodies. Imagine how our ancient ancestors struggled to explain such a strange and probably frightening occurrence.