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Community Calendar for Friday, June 28th, 2019

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, June 28th, 2019.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Our summer exercise program is underway here at the BIC Center—in its first week this week. Basic Yoga on Mondays, restorative and realignment on Wednesdays and therapeutic on Fridays. Tuesdays, Tai Chi and Thursdays kick boxing. And, Saturdays, Self Defense classes. All classes starting at 9:30 in the McDonough’s Market Theater. And, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is running this summer, too, but at a new time so you can do Tai Chi and Yoga as well. The new times for the Arthritis program is 10:30 to 11:30—still Tuesdays and Fridays.
Today the Beaver Island Eco Fair gets under way with all sorts of activities. Check the calendar for details. Opening ceremonies with an Irish Cairn start at 6 at Holy Cross Hall. Seth Bernard plays at 8 and there’s star gazing planned after that.
Lots on tap for the weekend. Bake Sale Saturday morning from the Holy Cross Altar Society. They’ll be across from the Post Office starting at 10. Saturday events for the Eco fair get underway at 10, too, in Heritage park with art and goods on display from vendors, presentations starting at 10:30. Lunch at noon and more speakers in the afternoon. Check the calendar for details or give a listen to our podcast interview with the fair’s organizers. It’s on the website under podcasts.
Also Saturday, Whiskey Point Light house open Saturday 11 to 1. Lego Club at the Library at 1. Protar’s House open 1 to 3. Peter Sinclair will be speaking at the Eco fair at 4:30. Also Saturday evening, a Contra Dance at the Episcopal Mission. That starts at 7. And, the main event of the day here at the BIC Center is Dave Bennett and his quartet. They’ll be here at the BIC center on Saturday evening at 8. Get your tickets at the BIC Center front desk or call 2022.
Sunday, services at all four island churches. Details are on the calendar.
Hard to believe, but next week is July 4th week. And it’s going to be a busy one. Vacation Bible School Monday to Wednesday. Open Studio at the Beaver Island Gallery on Monday 9 to 12. Bring your project down and Lois will work with you on it. $15 fee. And Cindy Ricksgers has a drawing class there at 2. $15 fee for that too. Whiskey Point Lighthouse is open Wednesday from 11 to 1, plus a Historical Society Picnic at the point organized for noon. Protar’s home open 1 to 3.
And Thursday, we heard something about there being a parade downtown. Yep, it’s Beaver Island’s Independence Day parade with a theme of Discover Beaver Island. No carnival this year, but fireworks at dusk—maybe a venetian boat parade just before. Plus, there is a rumor that the Whiskey Point Brewery will be open for the 4th. Pretty good rumor since I’m one of the guys working on it.
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market: Today Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Saturday Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. Sunday Night A 50 percent chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Monday A 40 percent chance of showers before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Out on the Big Drink… Today Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am, then Patchy fog between 11am and 3pm. Waves 1 ft or less. Forecast for both Saturday and Sunday… Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Water temps :55 in Little Traverse Bay. 45 at the mid-lake buoy this morning. Those temps are still dangerously cold if you wind up in the water for more than a short time. Remember, if you go out on the big lake in a small craft, dress for the water not the weather. Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with no bridge delays. But, but it is summer and it is getting busy. Turtle crossings. Deer crossings, including fawns. Turkeys. And people. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Today Pinky Harmon, Bill Thomas, Sandy Kilmartin and Jon Fogg are all celebrating. Happy birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you to from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DATE in 1965 Intelsat I, the first commercial communications satellite, is activated for service. It was nicknamed “Early Bird” after the famous proverb, and became famous for carrying the first commercial telephone call between America and Europe, as well as helping provide TV coverage of the Gemini 6 splashdown. And, ironically, on this date just 10 years earlier in 1955, the HMTS Monarch, the largest cable laying ship in the world at the time, launches from Clarenville, Newfoundland to begin laying TAT-1, the first Transatlantic telephone cable. TAT-1 would be inaugurated 15 months later on September 25, 1956. TAT-1 may be best known for carrying the famous “hot line” between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
DID YOU KNOW: human beings may dominate the planet with our sprawling cities and far-reaching technology, but we are, in fact, just one species among some 8.7 million that live together on planet Earth. One 2011 study published in the journal of Biology estimated that “the various forms of life on the planet included 7.8 million species of animals, 298,000 species of plants, 611,000 species of mushrooms, mold and other fungi, 36,400 species of protozoa, and 27,500 species of algae or chromists.” And it’s worth noting that the researchers did not venture to put an estimate on the number of bacteria.
WORD OF THE DAY strawhat (STRAW-hat) which means of or relating to a summer theater situated outside an urban or metropolitan area. Strawhat used as an attributive or adjective, as in strawhat circuit, was originally an Americanism and referred to the custom, still common, of people wearing straw hats in the summer for comfort. Strawhat entered English in the mid-1930s.
Here’s a reminder about the PABI Summer Auction. Auction items are filling up the lobby. You can bid on a huge variety of items. Lots of art work. Stays at island homes and apartments. Fishing charters. Too much to go over here, so you’ll have to come down to the BIC Center and see it. Or, if you aren’t on the island, you can see items on the BIC Center web site. Head to BIC Center dot org and scroll down to the just below the summer gala 2019 banner. All proceeds from the auction go to help support operation of the BIC Center and W-V-B-I.
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday… Here’s a thought today from Alexander Grahm Bell: “Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought into focus.”
On a the lighter note … What do you get when you put a vest on an alligator? An investigator.
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That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, June 28th, 2019. I’m Kevin Boyle at the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking you: why not make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.