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Mount Shasta Herald

Get ready for your visit with this roundup of entertainment recommendations and news items from GateHouse Media's Cape Cod publications.

10 best bets for the weekend

1. Making a short story long the Barnstable Comedy Club is paying tribute to author Kurt Vonnegut presenting three one act plays adapted from his short stories: "The Handicapper General, "Who Am I This Time?" and "The Euphio Question." Vonnegut, who lived in West Barnstable for many years, was former board president of the club and performed on the Comedy Club stage. Performances are 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Aug. 17, 18, 24, 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at Village Hall, Route 6A, Barnstable Village, $16, $14 students and seniors, 508-362-6333.

2. "Corpse!" a comedy thriller is being presented at Cape Playhouse at 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Wednesday, through Aug. 25; 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Route 6A, Dennis, $25-$45, 508-385-3911.

3. Weekend events at the Cape Cod Melody Tent West End Rotary, Hyannis, 508-775-5630. Aug. 17: Chris Botti. Aug. 18: John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin. Aug. 19: Comedian Jeff Dunham.

4. The Onset Blues Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. Music begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Gregerman Band Shell Prospect Park, Onset Village. Featured in concert throughout the afternoon are Johnny A, Sweet Melissa, Madeleine Hall, Chris Stovall Brown, Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, Sax Gordon, Blue Collar and Bluegils. Tickets are $17.50 in advance; $20 day of show. Call 508-295-7072.

5. On Sunday, Aug. 19, the Antique Car Motorcade leaves West Dennis Beach at noon, tours Dennisport and ends at Ezra H. Baker School, West Dennis. The Antique Car Display from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ezra Baker will feature an arts and crafts fair, food and entertainment. Call 508-760-5950 or go to denniscapecod.org.

6. The Festival of the Arts weekend begins Friday at Chase Park, Chatham. A fundraiser for Creative Arts Center, there'll be more than 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, food, a children's tent, and a puppet show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

7. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," a timeless tale of love both above and below the sea, will be presented by the Harwich Junior Theatre at 105 Division St., West Harwich on Fridays and Sundays at 4 p.m. and Monday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 23. For tickets call 508-432-2002

8. On Saturday, Aug. 18, a crafts festival will be held on the Cotuit Village Green from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. thanks to the Cotuit Federated Church. The event features more than 70 East Coast crafters.

9. Over at the Cape Cod Museum of Art on Route 6A in Dennis, Saturday is family day. There'll be kite flying, music, portrait sketching, a juggler, and treats, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10. Of all of Provincetown's historic art schools, Charles Hawthorne's Cape Cod School of Art, founded in 1899, stands out as both the genesis of the art colony and the crucible for an impressive number of talented artists. Their impressionist-style studies of his students were called "mudheads." A recent trove of them were discovered within the walls of the old studio and are on exhibit at the Julie Heller Gallery, 2 Gosnold St., Provincetown, until Aug. 23.

(Recommendations from Cape Codder arts and entertainment editor Doug Karlson and Joseph Burns, A&E editor for the Upper and Mid-Cape region.)

News roundup

Seals drawing great white sharks

CHATHAM - Much ado has been made about shark sightings, especially those eating local seals, but in fact sharks are off the Cape every summer and seals are what they like to eat. “Anytime there are seals there are sharks,” Chatham assistant Harbormaster Susan Rocanello said. “They’re one of their favorite foods.” The seal population off North and South beaches has been growing in recent years so it’s no surprise two seals have been eaten by one (or two) suspected great white sharks over the past two weeks, the second on Sunday. The town put out a notice advising, “Swimmers should exercise caution while swimming in Chatham’s ocean waters. In particular, people should avoid swimming in waters in the direct proximity of seals where sharks may be in search of prey.” The notice was put out Aug. 14.

Hotel developer eyes CanalSide

BOURNE - The Great Lakes Hotel Co. for the second time in nine years is expressing interest in developing a 400-room destination facility with a conference center at the CanalSide Commons tract above the Bourne rotary. Sam Park of Sam Park & Co. represents Great Lakes, saying the fiscal and economic viability of a CanalSide Commons site is being determined. If feasible, Park will talk with CanalSide Commons developer Len Cubellis and see if he is interested in abandoning his proposed Chapter 40B complex of 300 dwellings now being reviewed by the Bourne Board of Appeals.

Bourne questions bridge repair delay

BUZZARDS BAY - The Main Street Steering Committee will quickly compile a report on the deteriorating physical condition of the 86-year-old Cohasset Narrows Bridge and submit it to selectmen. Selectmen chairman Stephen Mealy asked for a summary report Tuesday night in a wide-ranging Buzzards Bay revitalization workshop discussion about turning Main Street around. The Massachusetts Highway Department plan to reconstruct the bridge on the Buzzards Bay-Wareham line was set for 2010 after spending a decade on a funding list for 2007. Now the project has been pushed back to 2014.

Michael Chertoff pays visit to MMR

CAPE COD - Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, visited the Massachusetts Military Reservation recently to evaluate the MMR’s potential as a future training and staging site. Chertoff was hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and toured Army training facilities, the Coast Guard Northeast Regional Fisheries Training Center and Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301. The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety and Security Team Boston demonstrated a mock law enforcement vessel boarding for Chertoff, who participated in a range shoot and other training during his Aug. 8 visit. The MMR is a primary training location for thousands of Homeland Security personnel. During the visit, MMR officials touted the MMR’s ample land and infrastructure for “significant training and operational expansion.” The MMR covers approximately 30 square miles.

Police probe aims to locate missing boats

HARWICH - Harwich police are trying to determine what happened to at least 20 boats that are missing from a Route 28 property formerly occupied by Cape Water Sports. The business ceased operations in April, and the owners of boats that were stored there last winter were never notified or told to make other arrangements for their boats, police said. Detective Robert Brackett is leading the investigation, and said that anyone whose boat has gone missing from the site, at 337 Route 28, should contact him at 508-430-7541, ext. 223.

Parents interrupt alleged kidnapping

HARWICH - A Harwich woman was charged Monday with the attempted kidnapping of a local child and was being held on $15,000 bail, Harwich police said. According to Lt. Thomas Gagnon, Paula Fobert-Gately, 55, entered a Sea Street home at 2 a.m. Monday, picked up an 11-month-old infant and took the child outside the house. The child’s parents were taking a walk at the time and were not in the house, Gagnon said, adding that caretakers in the home were sleeping when Fobert-Gately entered the property. The parents told police that when they returned to their home they found Fobert-Gately on their back deck holding their baby. Before Fobert-Gately could leave with the infant, the father managed to pull the baby from her. The suspect then fled, Gagnon said, and was soon arrested.

(Items compiled from GateHouse Media publications The Cape Codder, Bourne Courier, Sandwich Broadsider, Falmouth Bulletin, The Register and Harwich Oracle.)