• The community of Bolan is hosting its 15th annual fall event on Saturday, Sept. 23.

It features a bazaar and a pancake breakfast fundraiser in the Bolan Schoolhouse & Cultural Center, plus vendors along Tulip Lane and in the schoolhouse.

There's also the 17th annual Bike Ride from Bolan though neighboring communities, music by Sam Crosser, lunch, pie with ice cream, and a sign and sidewalk dedication ceremony on Tulip Lane.

• On Sunday, Sept. 24, five Charles City homes will be open for public viewing of their private are collections. The Home Art Tour will be 1-4 p.m. Tour tickets are $10 each, with proceeds going towards downtown beautification efforts.

Tickets are available at the Charles City Community Development Office, 401 N. Main, as well as at each of the Home Art Tour locations the day of the event: Jon and Ann Schneckloth, 3050 227th St.; Donna and Larry Stewart, 1208 Ellis Drive; Norma Breitbach, 1207 Ellis Drive; Art and Susan Strong, 99 Riverside Ave.; Janiece and Bruce Bergland, 2534 155th St.

• The Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery History Walk will be Saturday, Sept. 30. The theme is “Celebrating 150 Years of Service to the Community” and will feature people that guided the cemetery through the first 100 years.

Afternoon portrayals will include: Irving & Jennie Card, Ralph Stanbery, Mary Knapp, Nettie Cadwell, Carl Parker, Monsignor P.S. O’Connor and Guy Zach. The evening stroll will highlight the lives of: Daniel Durkin, Frank Sheffler, Benjamin Randall, and Willie Doolittle.

• The seventh annual North Iowa Art Studio Tour is set for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. Visit 19 artists in 10 locations over the three-day tour in Mason City, Clear Lake and Sheffield. Admission is free. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 30, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. 

Brochures with maps are available in Mason City at Visit Mason City, Art on the Plaza, and MacNider Museum, in Clear Lake at Clear Lake Arts Center and Central Gardens, or find them on Facebook.

• Fall Fest Junkapalooza is Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Heritage Park of North Iowa, with vintage finds, antiques and repurposed pieces, swap meet dealers, home-based businesses and other craft vendors. There will also be family activities, kid train and horse rides, and Giant Pumpkin carver demonstrations.

Former Minnesota Vikings football player Ted Brown will sign autographs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Admission is $2 per person; kids 12 and under are free.


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