Itâ€™s County Fair time!
The Barnstable County Fair runs from July 16-23, at the fairgrounds on Route 151 in East Falmouth. $10 age 13+; $8 seniors and those with current military ID; $2 ages 6-12; age 5 and under free with paying adult. The Gin Blossoms open the fair on the main stage July 16 at 7:30 p.m. For complete listing of events, entertainment lineup and fair-related info, visit www.BarnstableCountyFair.org.
Happy Anniversary, Seashoreâ€¦
The Cape Cod Mall hosts a celebration of the Cape Cod National Seashoreâ€™s 50th anniversary, with interactive displays and activities at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Park Service and the Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore.
Taste of Cotuit
This annual benefit event supports the programs of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit. Held July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Samuel B. Dottridge Homestead, 1148 Main St., Cotuit, the event features fine wines and foods from local establishments, as well as a silent auction and music by Flipside. $50. Call 508-428-0724.
Clean your car for a cause
ACME Glass will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16 at the shop location on 123 Barnstable Road, Hyannis. All proceeds benefit Alzheimerâ€™s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands. $10 washes your car for a worthy cause.
Village Crafters fair
The Village Crafters of Cape Cod is again holding Craft Fairs to benefit local libraries. Next up: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at Osterville Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, and part of Osterville Village Days.
"The Barnstable Association of Recreational Shellfishing (BARS) is offering FREE "Learn to Shellfish" classes on July 23 at noon, at Bridge Street Landing in Osterville. A shellfishing license (obtained from the Marine &Â Environmental Affairs department on Phinney's Lane, Centerville) is required if you wish to keep your quahogs.Â Rakes and/or baskets are available to borrow. For more info, call Jon Gorecki at (508) 775-6234.
Fairy Garden Festival
Hyannis Country Garden holds its first Fairy Garden Festival on July 23 and 24. The winning creators of spectacular Fairy Houses will receive a $25 gift certificate to Country Garden, presented in age categories (under 12, 12-20, 20 and above). Fairy gardens are miniature landscapes created in the landscape or in containers, and most fairy houses are created out of natural materials such as sticks, bark, stones and moss. Advance registration required: 508-775-8703.
Barnstable Senior Center
Upcoming events at the BSC include:
â€¢ July 19: Marlene Spengler of Caregiver Homes discusses services for caregivers provided by Parkinsonâ€™s Support Network of Cape Cod, 1 p.m. Free.
â€¢ July 19: AARP Driver Safety Program â€“ a 4-hour class to keep you safe on the road. No testing. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $14.
â€¢ July 20-Aug. 24: 6-session series on Aspects of Death & Dying, led by Barbara Nordstrom, Hospice & Palliative Care. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Free.
July 21: Alternative Medical Approaches for Managing Pain, led by Jay Rosenfeld, M.D., of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 1:30 p.m. Free.
The Center holds ongoing classes on computer use and software programs. Call for info on dates.
The Senior Center is located at 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis. For a list of programs and events, call 508-862-4750.
African dance, drum and song
Dance & drum on the Hyannis village green â€“ Mondays July 18 and 25, 7-8:30 p.m. $12.
Ongoing classes in African Dance are held every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School gym, 165 Bearseâ€™s Way (next to Hyannis Youth & Community Center). $12 each class. Call 508-274-8626.
â€¢ The Cape Cancer Thrift Shop, 1085 Route 6A, West Barnstable, carries furniture and accessories for the home to suit every pocketbook. Open year-round 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sales benefit Dana Farber Cancer Research. 508-375-0433.
â€¢ High Hopes Thrift Shop, First Baptist Church, 486 Main St., Hyannis (opens April 5). Hours are 10-3 Tuesdays & Fridays, 10-12:30 Saturdays. 508-775-1846.
â€¢ Cape Abilities Consignment & Thrift Shop is located at 3239 Main St., Barnstable Village, next to the fire station. Open year-round, the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 508-362-3417.
Waiting for homes
The New England Society for Abandoned Animals is looking for loving homes for a passel of cats and kittens. All are healthy and up to date on shots and vaccinations. Interested pet parents are invited to call 508-776-5767 and ask for Suzanne Trasavage. Or visit the shelter at 89 South Main St., Unit A1, Centerville, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.