Welcome to the “dog days of summer” Carleton Place, that glorious period between July 3 and August 11 when the sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the Dog Star. It was once believed that the star and sun conspired to make the days hotter. The heat was blamed for causing madness in dogs resulting in the lore. The busiest town in the valley has plenty to help you pass the time and avoid madness. There are regular social gatherings this month like Tuesday afternoon cribbage at the Legion from 1 pm-4 pm. Just $5 per person and that includes snacks and prizes! Carleton Place Cruise nights is back at Market Square on Wednesdays at 6pm. Come out and satisfy your inner gearhead and support the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital. Also at Market Square every Saturday from 8:30 am-12:30 pm is the Farmer’s Market where you can grab a basketful of seasonal produce, homemade treats and enjoy weekly entertainment and special features. July 8th you can check out the Retro Rockers and enjoy a steak BBQ at the Legion for only $20. If you are looking for a few more thrills the midway at the Carleton Place Funfair opens at 4pm and goes all weekend in the yard at the Woolgrowers. Keep rocking through the weekend with “Rockin’ the Mill” at Slackonis. From noon until 10:30pm enjoy live music with the 5 Man Electrical Band headlining, a Beach Volleyball tournament, Rib Fest, Wippersnapper Ale Beer Gardens and some special visitors from the Ottawa Senators and our own Carleton Place Canadians. July 16th you can start your Saturday off at 10am at Findlay Park with the next installment of “I Love My Parks” followed by a picnic lunch in 1916 at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. At 1 pm join your neighbours in the Victoria School Gardens at the museum for $2 enjoy live music, heritage displays, games and raffles. Bring a picnic, a period costume (or try some provided) and enjoy a lovely summer tradition. Top your busy weekend off on July 17th with a Sunday spent on the banks of the Mississippi at Riverside Park for the 1st Annual Carleton Place Truck Show. From 10am -3pm enjoy displays, vendors and of course trucks in every category from classics to lifted 4x4s. Can you believe that only brings us to the middle of the month? July 20th Carambeck has a special surprise for all our young adventurers. Between 6pm-7pm children can experience Jungle Sports rope course and rock climbing inside the gymnasium. Only $10 but pre-registration is recommended as the spots will fill up fast. Thursday July 21st is another full day of CP fun starting with the Rynestone Magic Show at the Town Hall Auditorium at 10am ($4 at the door), one of Linda Seccaspina’s famous Walking tours at 7:30pm entitled,“Wine, Women and Song it is sure to be well worth the $20. Finally, head out to Riverside Park for a free outdoor screening of “Zootopia” presented by Turpin KIA. Enjoy a movie under the stars, face painting, crafts, games and of course popcorn! If summer for you means riding then join the folks at March Ford for “Rock n’ Ride” for food, prizes and live music. Finally, the crown jewel in July’s cap is the 11th Annual Bridge St bazaar on July 30th. Tour Bridge St like you never have before as the entire downtown is closed to traffic and filled with vendors, live entertainment, a petting zoo, pop up patios and more! There are far too many things happening in July to ever be able to share them all in one column from library lego drop ins, reading programs and day camps, public swimming, the beach, splash pad, weekly mixed slo pitch, trails, boating, and fishing you’ll be having too much fun to notice the heat.