Diggers and shapers, unite! The Clamshell Foundation’s sand castle contest starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. There will be five categories of competition: Sand Fleas, for children up to 8, Sand Hoppers, for 9 to 15-year-olds, Sand Tribes, for families, Sand Shapers, for adults, and Sand Pros, for veterans of the sand castle arts.
The next session of Animal Rescue Fund classes for dogs and their masters is coming up. ARF will offer a recreational dog agility class, aimed at building trust between dogs and their handlers while giving both some exercise.
Classes start on Saturday and go through Sept. 1, 4 to 5 p.m. for beginners and 5 to 6 p.m. for the intermediate course. The cost is $150 for five classes; class size is limited.
Suffolk County is holding a photo contest, and County Executive Steve Bellone is asking residents to get involved.
All residents have to do is take a picture that depicts why they love calling Suffolk County home and load it to Facebook with the #SuffolkSnapshot. Suggestions include landmarks, tourist attractions, natural resources, and downtowns.
The contest, Mr. Bellone said, "gives residents a chance to capture that uniqueness and beauty of Suffolk County and share it with their friends and neighbors through Facebook."
School starts next week in East Hampton, but first students — and parents — have orientation meetings.
On Tuesday night, all parents of East Hampton students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to a workshop on how to access online school resources. Two sessions, one in English in the high school library, and one in Spanish in the auditorium, start at 6 p.m.
Incoming kindergarteners and their families will have an orientation at the John M. Marshall Elementary School on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Saturday's weather means you may have to change your day's plans.
The Clamshell Foundation's annual Sandcastle Contest at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett was canceled for the first time in its 23-year history, according to the announcement posted on the foundation's Facebook page Saturday morning. No rain date was set, so sandcastle builders will have to wait until next year. T-shirts designed by Peter Spacek are still for sale, though. Visit the Clamshell Foundation's website for more information.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored Richard G. Hendrickson, a volunteer United States Cooperative weather observer since 1930, for his longstanding service on Sunday.