witches, classic cars, pet blessing, headlight

There’s a lot to learn this week on varied and potentially fascinating topics: Did people once believe there were “witches” in Massachusetts? What happened to a modern-day captain captured by pirates? Are algae our future? What was it like for a woman to be in charge of a lighthouse? See details on a variety of conferences below.

Other highlights include a race along the canal to aid distant troops, a classic car rally, a chance to have your pet (or stuffed animal) blessed, and a walk through a gallery that includes Oysters. Take a look at all the choices:

Scientists talk about growing algae

The MBL Falmouth Forum Series will kick off with a talk on “Can seaweed be grown sustainably for food, feed and fuel?” featuring Loretta Roberson, Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Scott Lindell, Research Specialist at the W Hole Oceanographic Institution. They will talk about the current state of algae science and agriculture, the opportunities and challenges involved, and the new tools they are developing to support the sustainable growth of the industry in the United States.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 30

Where: Cornelia Clapp Auditorium, in the Lillie Building, 7 MBL St., Woods Hole and available virtually

Admission: Free, registration required for online viewing; masks required in person

Information: https://www.mbl.edu/

Passage of the canal will benefit troops overseas

The Cape Cod Cares for the Troops organization will hold its 14th annual Canal Run for the Troops on Saturday, a family-friendly event featuring 5K and 10K races timed by Racewire. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants and prizes by age group will be awarded. Entertainment will be provided by Cape Country 104 radio. Money raised will benefit the non-profit organization started in 2005 by then 12-year-old Dylan DeSilva to honor our troops for their service, dedication and their sacrifices to our country. Proceeds will be used to support Christmas care packages for deployed troops and Operation Santa Claus for military families and veterans. Teams can participate in honor of a deployed person, a veteran, a wounded warrior or a Gold Star hero. Companies can sponsor water points along the canal.

When: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1 for the 5k and 10k races, starting at 10 a.m.

Where: Buzzards Bay Recreation Area, 33 Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Costs: $25

Registration and information: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=12768 or http://capecod4thetroops.com

Information on sponsors or organizing teams: 774-216-9052 or http://capecod4thetroops.com

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Follow vintage cars to the beach

The seventh annual Cruise to Kalmus Beach Classic Car Meet will take place on Saturday, October 1, beginning with a parade of classic and vintage cars and trucks, followed by a meet and greet at Kalmus Beach near Ocean Street.

When: noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 1 (rain date Sunday, October 2); cars must arrive by 11:45 a.m.

Where: Main Street, Hyannis to Kalmus Beach

Admission: Free

To register a vehicle: https://www.hyannis.com/kalmus-car-meet

Get tips for winterizing your garden

Jeanne Dodson Eagers, Barnstable County master gardener for 64 years, will give a talk on setting gardens to bed for the year, sharing advice on issues such as fertilizing before winter, what mulch is best, which plants should be transplanted and more.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, October 1

Where: Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, and by Zoom

Admission: Free

Reservations in person (recommended): 508-428-5757

Information and participation by Zoom: http://www.ostervillefreelibrary.org/

Enjoy art and oysters together

Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting Inc., the folks behind OysterFest, will host the fourth annual 2022 Art and Oyster Crawl to celebrate the city’s well-known shellfish and its many art galleries. Guests will get an overview of the evening, receive a gallery guide and a SPAT mug for drinks, and then can tour at their own pace. Participating galleries will include the Jeff Soderbergh Gallery, Front Porch Gallery, Frying Pan Gallery, Works Gallery and more on a 1.6-mile circuit. Refreshments will include wine, craft beer from Devil’s Purse Brewing Company and soft drinks, with Wellfleet clams and oysters to eat and the chance to talk to people in the shellfish fishing industry. Authorities advise bringing a flashlight for dimly lit streets.

When: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 1 (rain or shine)

Where: Various art galleries

Tickets: $85 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-art-oyster-crawl-tickets-421874446827

Information: https://wellfleetspat.org/events/art-and-oyster-crawl-2022/

The church will bless local pets

The Pilgrim Congregational Church will host an Animal Blessing as an open community event, with Pastor Helen offering blessings to animals who share our lives. Photos of pets and stuffed animals can be brought for a blessing. Donuts and cider will be served on the lawn. Attendees are asked to leash or crate pets for public safety.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 2

Where: Pilgrims Congregational Church, 533 Route 28, Port of Harwich

Admission: Free

Information: 508-432-1668

Local historian and retired District Court Judge Gregory Williams will speak throughout October about the ancient belief in local witches.

Were there “witches” beyond Salem?

Local historian Gregory Williams will lecture on ‘Before Salem: “Witches in Massachusetts” at two locations this week and two more later in the month of Halloween. His lecture focuses on the obsession with witchcraft before the famous Salem Trials of 1692-1693 and what is described as “a dark and humorous look at our chilling local history”.

When and where: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, Tales of Cape Cod, 3046 Main St., Barnstable Village; 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, Eastham Public Library, 190 Samoset Road; then 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26 at the Hyannis Public Library (401 Main Street) and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at the Bourne Public Library (19 Sandwich Road).

Information on this week’s conferences: https://talesofcapecod.org/, https://easthamlibrary.org/

blooming hydrangeas

Hydrangeas become home decor at an open club meeting

A demonstration of how to create hydrangea wreaths will be part of the upcoming meeting of the West Dennis Garden Club, considered the oldest garden club (1924) on Cape Cod and the islands. There will be lunch and a brief business meeting, which new members and the public will be invited to attend.

When: noon tuesday october 4

Where: Dennis Center for Active Adults (formerly Dennis Senior Center) at 1045 Route 134, South Dennis

Admission: $10 donation for non-members; members are asked to bring flour, sugar or artificial sweeteners for the Family Pantry

Information: 508-385-7722

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Learn the principles of a different kind of life care

Titcomb Bookstore in Sandwich is participating in a Zoom conversation with authors Alyson Young Gregory and Jayarajan Kodikannath about their new book, “The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ayurveda: Principles, Practices, and Recipes for Happy, Healthy Kids.” The guide is described as a comprehensive, user-friendly guide featuring over 50 Ayurvedic health and wellness practices for children aged 3-16, with linked customizable dietary, herbal and self-care practices. lifestyle and common ailments. Kodikannath is an Ayurvedic specialist with two decades of pediatric health experience, and Gregory is an Ayurvedic health counselor and educator.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4

Where: Via Zoom

Admission: Free

Information and reservations (mandatory): https://www.titcombsbookshop.com/

Those who rocked the headlights

The Hyannis Public Library will host a virtual lecture by Jo Ann Tufo on “Ladies of the Light,” exploring the lives of women who have been called to serve as lighthouse keepers throughout centuries of United States history.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4

Where: On line

Registration and information: https://hyannislibrary.org/event/ladies-of-the-light/

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Captain Richard Phillips, whose ship was attacked by Somali pirates, will talk about his ordeal and the resulting book during a lecture at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Captain Phillips will talk about a daring rescue at sea

Captain Richard Phillips, a merchant seaman who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009 as they attempted to take control of his ship, will speak at Massachusetts Maritime Academy about meeting and rescuing him. The talk, part of the Ed Fouhy Speaker Series program presented by the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, will also be available to watch via Zoom. Phillips wrote about his experience in “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea”, and what happened was the subject of the 2013 film “Captain Phillips” which starred Tom Hanks. A book signing will follow the conference, with books available for purchase.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6

Where: Admirals Hall at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay

Admission: $20 in advance for in-person event, $25 at the door, with student discounts available; $10 for the Zoom event. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required by MMA.

Reservations: https://www.chathammarconi.org/.

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