Arts festival

The Eastham Cultural Council will present the annual Hands on the Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, on the Windmill Green.

The free event features a juried arts and crafts show and sale with original works by more than 30 local artisans. There will be live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival also includes art activities for children.

Visit for a schedule of events.

Watch for turtles

Through mid-July turtles will be leaving the salt marshes and ponds to nest. With the lack of suitable upland nesting habitat near the water they often must cross a road to their destinations. Locations of particular concern in Eastham are Bridge Road (near the bridge), Herring Brook Road, and Samoset Road., including the parking area at First Encounter Beach.

The turtle most likely seen will be the threatened diamondback terrapin. The Eastham Conservation Foundation and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary caution drivers to be on alert for turtles on these roads.

If one is seen, the groups advise drivers to safely pull over, pick-up the terrapin (diamondback terrapins are not aggressive) and temporarily place it in the car. Call either Bill Allan of the ECF (508-951-6726) or the Natural Resources Department (508-240-5972) and they will retrieve the terrapin and relocate it to a safe nesting site.

Pond talk

The pond information series at the Eastham Library continues with a presentation from Curt Stager, author of “Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes,” on Saturday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m. Stager will present Lessons From Walden Pond: How Ponds Respond Over Time. This program is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Tern Foundation.

Join the Eastham Library Book Group on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. when the group will discuss "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng. Pick up a copy at the library circulation desk.

The Friday Foreign Film Series continues on Friday, June 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more details, see

At the COA

The COA on Wednesday, June 19, will host Wicked Good Wednesday lunch and bingo, at noon. Price is $5.

On Friday, June 21, at 11 a.m., the COA will present Unlocking Memory, a program for those with memory impairment. This program is courtesy of Maureen Bradley.

Father’s Day

Celebrate Father’s Day with breakfast at the Elks Lodge on Sunday, June 16, from 8 to 11 a.m. Fathers, and children under age 5, eat free, adults pay $8, children ages 5 to 12 pay $5.

Painters Guild

The Eastham Painters Guild will hold its Outdoor Fine Art shows from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of the library on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16. Stop by to see the artwork and meet some of the artists.

Red tide

The red tide closure has been lifted at Nauset Estuary, Salt Pond and Town Cove for the taking of shellfish.


Monday, June 17 Capital projects committee, 9, 10 a.m. Cable advisory committee, 4 p.m. Search committee, 4:15 p.m. Board of selectmen, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18 Eastham Elementary School committee, 5 p.m. Charter review committee, 5:30 p.m. Forest advisory council, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19 Planning board, 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 20 Affordable housing trust, 8:30 a.m. Harbor planning committee, 4 p.m. Eastham dog owners’ association, 6 p.m.