The Chappy Community Center continues Foreign Film Fridays with the Finnish film The Man Without A Past July 7 at 7 p.m. The second part of Aki Kaurismäki’s Finland trilogy is about a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, through the kindness of strangers he slowly starts putting his life back on track. Future Friday showings include French, Iranian, German, Danish and Canadian films.

The Chappaquiddick Island Association (the CIA) will hold its July gathering on Saturday the 8th at the CCC. Coffee is served starting at 8:15 a.m. with the meeting convening at 9. The second meeting of the summer is scheduled for Saturday, August 5. Ticks and how to deal with them is the topic most on people’s minds this summer and will be addressed at the meeting.

The CCC music festival starts off with the Aeolus Quartet on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. performing Haydn, Copeland, Schubert and Schumann. Tickets are $25 in advance at the center or by calling 508-627-8222 or $30 at the door. The next concert is on August 12 featuring the Manhattan Chamber Players performing Mozart, Fung, Devienne and Mendolsohn. Considering how far you would have to travel and how much you would spend on tickets, this intimate setting for these concerts right here in our own backyard is truly a gift.

Every Wednesday there is a farmers’ market and craft sale on the porch of the CCC from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This coming Wednesday the 12th, lobster roll dinners will be available for sit-down or take-out from 5 to 6 p.m. $17 dollars gets you a Marion Harding recipe lobster salad roll, potato chips, and a drink of your choice, all without having to make a trip into town. Preorder by 1 p.m. the day before by stopping in or calling the center at 508-627-8222. The following Wednesday come to the ice cream social from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a big bowl of ice cream with your choice of toppings for a mere $5. Thereafter, lobster dinners and ice cream socials will alternate.

The Edgartown transfer station will hold a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, July 15. I would be happy to save you the trip to town. If you meet me at the CCC that morning between 7 and 8 a.m. with your yucky stuff I will take it over for you. Last year they sent me back home with old fire extinguishers and batteries both car size and flashlight size, so don’t bring any of those. They do accept motor oil, oil based paints, stains, thinners and other stuff that is hazardous to your health or the environment. To keep me healthy and the bed of my truck non-hazardous the containers that you bring this stuff in must not be leaking. As usual they don’t want old latex paint. Just open the lid, let it dry out and then throw it in your regular trash. Products that contain mercury are not part of the collection. They are accepted at the transfer station every day. That would include watch and hearing aid batteries, fluorescent and neon bulbs and old type thermometers.

Mark your calendars for the annual fair on Saturday the 15th and the community tag sale on Saturday, July 22. Volunteers for many different jobs are needed for both these events as well as other CCC activities. See Lynn or call her at 508-627-8222.

All of the many activities that take place at or are sponsored by the Chappy Community Center require a whole lot of behind-the-scenes planning and fundraising. Add to that the vigilance and planning required to keep the building in good repair. You will have a chance to meet the folks who do all of that when you come to the annual CCC meeting on Saturday August 15.

Good news for some, sad news for others: Labor Day is only eight weeks away. The other day at the grocery store amid the dense crowd of eager consumers I came upon someone I actually recognized from my off-season shopping sprees. He asked me if I felt ready for another summer season. I said I feel like I’m on a wet slate roof and hoping that my pants will get caught on those scallop shell things that are there to keep ice from sliding off in the winter.

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