A Paint-and-Pizza Party for ages 10 and up will take place Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marstons Mills Public Library.
The event will be directed by experienced art educator and local artist Maureen Carven.
Call 508-428-5175 to sign up.
March 2 dance
Each month First Lutheran Church of West Barnstable offers a concert series, "First Fridays at First."
On Friday, March 2, however, wear soft-sole shoes because you won't be a mere spectator. Linda Leslie, renowned contra dance caller on Cape Cod, will lead you through simple but invigorating dance moves. No need to bring a partner, dress fancy, or even know how to dance. Just come prepared to work off the bountiful dessert potluck.
Event takes place at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1663 Route 6A, West Barnstable. Free will offering.
BHS receives STEM grant
Barnstable High School was one of 73 schools across the state to receive a STEM grant.
The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced $1.7 million in school grants to expand computer science, engineering, and biomedical science education for students at the 73 schools across the Commonwealth in grades K-12.
Project Lead The Way, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving computer science, engineering and biomedical science for K-12 students and teachers, was awarded the state grant, along with a matching grant from the One8 Foundation. The funding goes directly to schools to support professional development, curriculum, and equipment to bring innovative project-based learning to students. Of the 73 participating schools, 49 schools are implementing their first Project Lead The Way course and 24 schools are expanding STEM course offerings for students.
The STEM Career Pathway Capacity Grant program, which awarded $1 Million to 46 schools for the first time last year, was created to expand the number of students able to engage in project-based STEM courses. The grant program gives priority to schools in districts that are building STEM pathways across all grade levels.
The Centerville Historical Museum will hold its "Wine in Winter Social Event" Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the museum.
The museum will provide the wine and the atmosphere. Participants will bring their favorite hors d'oeuvres or desserts to share.
Cost is $20 and reservations need to be made by Feb. 19. To RSVP or for more info, call 508-775-0331.
The museum is located at 513 Main St., Centerville.
GALE Fund grant deadline
The Cape Cod Foundation is accepting grant applications to the Gay and Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund for 2018. The application process is entirely online; the deadline for proposals is midnight on Friday, March 16.
Established in 1998, the fund raises awareness and support for issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) community on Cape Cod and the Islands.
The grants program encourages informed, relevant, collaborative, and effective programming about LGBTQ issues, responding to the most pressing needs identified by the community. Advocacy for LGBTQ at-risk community members is a priority.
The fund seeks proposals that include, but are not limited to, activities and programs focusing on: Equal/Human/Civil Rights, Youth and Elders, Health Care, Arts and Culture, and Education. Programs addressing LGBTQ immigration are also welcomed.
Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000.
For more info, visit www.capecodfoundation.org. For assistance, contact Dara Gannon, director of Programs and Donor Services, at 508-790-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring planting prep
The Hyannis Garden Club will host Rebecca Warner, author of "The Sustainable-Enough Garden," on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Warner's talk features sustainable ways for making mulch and compost, improving soil, and preparing garden beds, along with an easy recipe for non-peat potting mix.
Guests are welcome for a $5 fee to cover a light lunch, which begins at 11:45 a.m. at the West Barnstable Community Building, 2377 Meeting House Way, Route 149. RSVP c/o Simone Perrier at email@example.com.
For details about the club, its activities, and future programs, visit thegardenclubofhyannis.org.
Call for oral histories
Join Gene Guild, executive director of Tales of Cape Cod, at Zion Union Heritage Museum on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m.
Guild and Zion Museum President John Reed will present a new oral history project about the Kennedy family on Cape Cod.
Zion Museum's 2015 DVD, "Journeys in the Light: Untold Stories of Cape Cod," also will be on view and available for purchase.
Free admission; donations appreciated. For more info on this and other local history programs, visit www.zuhmi.org and www.talesofcapecod.org.
Trapp to compete
Mike Trapp of Marstons Mills is scheduled to compete in Olympic qualifying runs for the giant slalom, which are streamed live at www.NBCsports.com, on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Elimination races and finals in the giant slalom are scheduled to air on Friday, Feb. 23.
Keep GIZ as-is?
The Cape Cod Commission will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in the First District Courthouse to consider and potentially vote on proposed amendments to Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone regulations.
Public testimony is welcome, or residents may send written comments on or before Feb. 22 to www.capecodcommission.org.
The Barnstable Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in town hall regarding swimming pool lifeguard exemptions.
Last year, the board voted in favor or removing the lifeguard and qualified swimmer requirements for “low-usage, semi-public pools," including hotels and housing complexes with 75 or fewer units.
Tuesday retail forums
at Cape Cod Beer
The Cod Chamber of Commerce invites members to talk shop at Cape Cod Beer on Tuesday evenings Feb. 27, March 20, April 24, and May 22.
This is an open forum for business owners, retail managers, and retail staff to talk about industry challenges and share best practices. Multiple people from the same company are welcome.
Feb. 27 attendees are scheduled to discuss the "State of Retail on Cape Cod," along with topics for subsequent forums.
Free to chamber members, the 6-8 p.m. event is $10 apiece for non-members. For questions or online registration, visit www.capecodchamber.org.
Virtual reality demo
Heard of Virtual Reality? Curious to try it out?
Bring your questions and curiosity to a free demo at Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
Jarred Kalweit will lead the evening with a quick tutorial and abundant play time for visitors of all ages.
Registration is appreciated but not required, and drop-ins are welcome. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more info, visit www.wheldenlibrary.org or call 508-362-2262.
Commemorating Civil Rights
Zion Union Heritage Museum is screening the documentary "Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present" on Monday, Feb. 26, at Barnstable Senior Center, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Immediately following the one-hour screening is a discussion with Zion Museum resident artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and her husband, the Rev. David A. Purdy, who researched and wrote the film’s historical material.
Free admission. Call 508-862-4750 for details, or log onto www.townofbarnstable.us/seniorservices/ or www.zuhm.org.
January building permits
Residential building permits issued in Barnstable County last month increased 4.75 percent over January 2017, according to the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod.
The number of new construction permits was up 13.8 percent (58), a 51.9 percent increase in monetary value.
The number of remodeling permits was up 86.2 percent (361), a 48.1 percent increase in value.
See www.capecodbuilders.org for the latest stats.
A sure sign of summer
Barnstable Recreation Division 2018 Parking Permits are now available by mail-in process. Residents who already have supplied Barnstable Recreation with an email address will receive an application via email. Otherwise, applications may be downloaded from the town's website.
In order to reduce postage costs, applications will not be mailed via the postal system. If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing and include a self-addressed stamped return envelope c/o: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Ln., Hyannis, 02601.
Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning Monday, May 7.