How about that basketball game? Avidly watched by so many of us Celtics fans and my nephew in Brooklyn, David Gardella, who is a statistician for the Nets. What excitement! A nice finish to last Sunday.

The Boston Marathon on Monday continued the sports motif. The 126th event. Heartwarming to see 30,000 people proving Boston Strong.

A tradition even older than the marathon opened on the Island last Saturday. The 147th first day of the year for our Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs. Parents and children were lined up early for their chance at the brass ring.

Back Door Donuts opened on Thursday, April 21.

We can walk down wider sidewalks now and check out the new trees. There is still a lot of back and forth on Island sites about the trees, the parking, and the sidewalks. What is your opinion?

Earth Day is Friday, April 22. There are many volunteer projects available to all on Thursday between 5 and 6 p.m. you may attend an online course on how to help monitor the local horseshoe crab population for Felix Neck Sanctuary. Registration is required to receive the link. Visit Neck or call Liz Dengenis at 508-627-4850.

Volunteer day at Felix Neck is Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. There are lots of projects for you. This event will be followed by a barbecue. Bring your own place setting to make this a low-waste party.

That very night at the Grange Hall is our Empty Bowls fundraiser for the World Central Kitchen. The purpose is to feed hot meals to hungry, displaced Ukrainians. The event is from 5 to 9:30 p.m. You will have a lovely supper that includes a free handmade bowl to bring home. Glenway Fripp, David Stanwood and the Dock Dance Band will provide the musical entertainment. Call Holly at 781-261-5144 to reserve your place.

Our condolences go out to Marie Doubleday and Arthur Hardy-Doubleday on the loss of their companion of many years, Ricky. He was a good boy.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Jeremy Berlin on April 20. Joey Grillo, Lauren Martin and David Merritt partied on April 21. Jessica Cabanillas and Janice Headley celebrate on April 22. Bunny Alfano Wilson takes another year on April 24. And on April 25th Lorraine Clark, Sarah Codding and Deborah Di Santo take the cake. Many happy returns.