Summertime and the living is easy. In that spirit, we’re going to take it easy on ourselves and combine two Humm Happening updates into one.

In the “mark your calendars” category we have two upcoming events that are perfect Summer fare: The Almonte Fair and Herbfest.

The Almonte Fair takes place July 20-22 and this year’s theme is “Christmas in July” so don’t be surprised if you see Santa judging heifers or Rudolph tasting rhubarb pie. Enjoy the midway, livestock and homecraft displays, children’s games, musical entertainment, beer tent and Friday night demolition derby. Visit the Almonte Fair Home Page for more information.

On July 29, from 9am to 5pm, The Herb Garden is the setting for the 7th annual Herbfest. This celebration of all things herbal is a must-attend event for gardeners, cooks, those interested in healthy living… pretty much everyone. Get the full rundown of events and vendor list at the Herbfest website.

Those of us for whom the phrase “mark your calendars” has little or no meaning in July and August prefer a more casual approach to summer event planning. A weekly catered barbecue with some high quality entertainment? The good folks at Arts Carleton Place think that sounds like a great idea. Every Wednesday until August 22 you can stop by the Old Train Station at 132 Coleman Street in Carleton Place between 6 and 8pm with your picnic blanket or beach chairs for a great family-friendly evening. On July 18, blues lady Maria Hawkins will bring her energetic, interactive show to the park, and on July 25, Junkyard Symphony will present “Recycle Rock” — a fun, high energy hour of edutainment about recycling.

And if you accidentally miss the Wednesday event, you can always catch up with the Arts Carleton Place crowd at Ballygiblin’s Restaurant & Pub for this month’s Flippin’ Art Night, July 19 from 5-7pm. The featured artists are Angelique Willard & photographer Marc Rochon, and the munchies are free.

Finally, here’s an event that came to our attention too late for the July issue. ‘A taste of’ Avenue Q is an evening of songs from the Broadway hit musical. Hosted by Almonte’s own Joey Graff, who is also the director of this Kingston production, this promises to be a very funny, VERY raunchy evening. The show is at 8pm, July 28 at the Almonte Old Town Hall and tickets are $12, available at Baker Bob’s (73 Little Bridge Street, Almonte).