Tour art in homes, and studios, hike a prairie, find treasures at a "junkapalooza," and enroll your kids in after-school art programs. The calendars are filling up for fall.
• The Clear Lake Arts Center's after-school youth arts programs begin the first week of September. To register, call 641-357-1998 or visit the arts center at 17 S. Fourth St. Scholarships are available.
Creative Kids Classes for grades 1-2 and 3-5 begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, and Middle School/High School Art Club begins Wednesday, Sept. 6. Cost is $8/class, or a 5-punch card may be purchased for $30. Instructors are Linda Dlouhy and Lynnette Clark. Art FUNdamentals is offered every second Saturday for children of all ages.
• Back to back events are planned at the historic Windsor Theatre in downtown Hampton. Admission is free to both events, with a free will donation accepted for the theater.
Singers and listeners are invited to the Old Fashioned Sing-Along at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, for an hour of community singing. Doors open at 3:30 for socializing and free popcorn.
The next Old Time Country Hoedown will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. The hoedown is a music jam open to all levels of musicians and music lovers, with old time country, bluegrass, and gospel songs.
• Join the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a hike at Kothenbeutel Prairie from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, as part of Iowa Prairie Heritage Week. Ryan Schmidt, INHF Land Stewardship Director, will guide attendees through the 40-acre native prairie preserve near Sheffield, which features more than 200 plant species and diverse wildlife.
Kothenbeutel Prairie is located in northern Franklin County approximately 20 miles south of Mason City. Hikers may park along the road on 240th St. west of Thrush Ave. Look for INHF signs and staff. New and experienced hikers are welcome. To register, visit www.inhf.org/register/hike-the-prairie/.
• 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 will be available at the Charles City Community Development Office, 401 N. Main, beginning Sept. 1, 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.
• 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.
• The 2017 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. The tour is supported by Art on the Plaza in Mason City.