This week is fairly quiet on the Humm front, but we advise that you rest up for a busy weekend!

First up is an offering from the very talented Mudds Youth Theatre. Their 2011 production of MacBeth was hugely ambitious and equally impressive — these young people (under the very capable direction of Mark Piper) really dug their teeth into the bard and came up with a brilliant and nuanced performance. This year they turn their talents to somewhat lighter fare as they take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, once again directed by Mr. Piper. If you think you know Shakespeare, I encourage you to experience this play from their fresh and enthusiastic perspective. After all, who better than a teenage boy to deliver the line “When I said I should die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married…”?. Performances take place in the Carleton Place Town Hall on October 19 at 7pm and on the 20th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $10 from the CP Chamber of Commerce or at the door. For more details, visit the Mississippi Mudds.

Are you human? Do you own a computer? On Friday the 19th, the Almonte Lectures present a talk on “Computer Security for Humans” by Robert Biddie. Dr. Biddie is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carleton University, and is appointed both to the School of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science. Now that we use computers to manage much of what we value in life, from financial resources to social relationships, this talk may just prove invaluable! It starts at 7:30pm at the Almonte United Church and is free (although donations are gratefully accepted). For more information you can visit Almonte Lecture Series.

If you’re looking for a very friendly way to spend Friday evening, you have the opportunity to hear one of Almonte’s best-kept secrets in a very intimate setting. Jennifer Noxon & Friends will play a rare gig at Peace of Mind Creations & Friends (located in Almonte’s Heritage Court at the bottom of Mill Street). Jen’s original acoustic music includes melodies and rhythms tinged with jazz, blues, old-time and even hip-hop, and her musical friends are pretty darned talented too! The show starts at 7:30pm, and tickets are only $20 in advance or $25 at the door (but seating is limited, so we advise booking early).

You’re going to want to sew your old shoulder pads back in for this one… On Saturday, October 20 there’s going to be an ’80s Retro Dance Party at the Carleton Place Arena in support of Lanark County Interval House. From 8pm to 1am DJ Jack will be spinning tunes tinged with synthesizer and soul, and there will even be prizes and costume contests! Tickets are only $20 and are available at Valley Granite and Tile in Carleton Place or by contacting Interval House at 492-2522.

And the weekend’s not over yet! Local nature enthusiasts won’t want to miss the High Lonesome Nature Reserve Opening taking place on Sunday, October 21 2pm. The event will include a dedication ceremony, refreshments, and tour of the extensive trails. For directions and more details, please visit Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy.

And finally, country music lovers throughout the Valley are gearing up for the fourth annual Country Harvest Music Show at the Carleton Place Arena on Sunday the 21st. This fabulous all-ages show features Gail Gavan, the Bowes Brothers, Kathleen Stroud, Henry Norwood  and many more terrific entertainers, as well as emcee Charlie Kitts. Tickets are only $15, available at the CP Arena, Graham’s Shoes, Nicholson’s in Pakenham, and Mark’s Cobbler in Perth. Proceeds go to the CP Town Hall Auditorium Restoration Fund. Doors open at 5:30pm for social time, and the music starts at 7.