JULY 1 NOISE AWARENESS DAY Barking dogs, burglar alarms, music blaring from speakers are just some of the noises which affect us, especially in summer when windows are open and everyone wants to enjoy gardens and parks. Details of nationwide youth and community events aiming to draw attention to this problem are available from: Mary Stevens, 01273 326313; e-mail: Info@nsca.org.uk JULY 2-3 PARK LIFE Wildlife and a children's play area are under threat from plans to site a toxic waste dump on the local park. How can the community fight this? Hexham middle school pupils are performing this music and dance drama, written by themselves, at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, Northumberland, 7pm. Tickets: pound;4, pound;2 children. Details: 01434 607272.
JULY 4-5 SEE THE THRUST CAR Following the University of Wales in Swansea's involvement in designing its aerodynamic shape, the land-speed record breaking car is "coming home" to spend a weekend on public display there. It will be the focus of events and entertainment. Details: 01792 295050.
JULY 7 APPEAL: 1997 A-LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE The Independent Appeals Authority for School Examinations will hear the appeal at The Royal Scot Hotel, Kings Cross Road, London WC1, 10am. Open to the public. Details: 0171 243 9245.
JULY 7 RNIB VISION 98 Free national exhibition held by the Royal National Institute for the Blind at Kensington Town Hall, London W8, 10am-6pm. The programme includes a seminar (fee pound;15) on the latest education developments for visually-impaired children to be given by Paul Ennals, RNIB's director of education and employment, and a workshop for teachers of VI children with severe learning difficulties (fee pound;15). Details: Louise Clunies-Ross, 0171 388 1266.
JULY 8-15 WAYS WITH WORDS Kate Adie, Roy Hattersley, Roy Strong, Ben Okri, Mary Wesley, Tom Paulin, Mario Vargas Llosa, Juliet Stevenson and Claire Tomalin are among those speaking at this literature festival in Dartington Hall, Devon. The programme includes: workshops, writing picnics, story walks and a cabaret with Fascinating Aida. A seven-day residential package starts at pound;419; half-board weekend packages start at pound;168. Tickets to individual events: from pound;4. For a programme send two 26p stamps to: Festival box office, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6JQ. Details: 01803 867373.