Events with pirates and puppies, comedy and drama are on the horizon, along with a little more history and art. Plus, planners are gearing up for a favorite fall festival. Mark your calendars.

• Terry Harrison, retired archivist, will give a program is on E.R. Bogardus, a local self-taught architect and contractor who worked with late-Victorian and Queen Ann style buildings. His presentation, sponsored by River City Society for Historical Preservation, will be at noon Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center.

Bogardus designed and built many of Mason City's most notable buildings, including the Decker House, the Cherry House, Klipto Building and the Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church.

• Britt Hobo Days begin Wednesday, Aug. 9, with hobo activities for kids in the Hobo Jungle, and a Hobo Cemetery Tour.

Events continue through Sunday, Aug. 13, and include various entertainment at the Hobo Jungle and Veteran’s Park, a carnival, craft show, King and Queen coronation, along with Saturday's parade and Mulligan Stew, and so much more.

• "Art on the Plaza," 11 S. Federal, will feature print-maker Lori Biwer-Stewart as its artist of the month. The public is invited to meet Biwer-Stewart and enjoy light refreshments from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10.

The event is offered the second Thursday of each month featuring a different artist. Find Art on the Plaza on its Facebook page, Art on the Plaza Gallery Owned.

• "Just Ann," a new musical by Cynthia Goatley and Rebecca Burkhardt, opens Aug. 10-13 at The Cedar Falls Community Theatre. The cast includes Christopher Phalen of Clear Lake.

This production tells the story of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, revealing a dynamic, larger than life personality. Richards was a recovering alcoholic who was always willing to support others on the path to recovery. For tickets call the box office, 319-277-5283, or visit

• It’s the Dog Days of Summer at the Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th St. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, the Art FUNdamentals class will create and illustrate dog and puppy stories. Local authors and illustrators Collette Lorentzen ("Wilber’s Scary Day!") and Amy Palmer and Willy Green ("Frosty Saves the Day!") will read their books and share a little bit about what it takes to illustrate a children’s book.

Art FUNdamentals is open to all ages; children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Class fee is $8 or a five-punch card for $30. To register, contact the arts center at 641-357-1998 or

• The fourth ‘Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Festival’ moves from Clear Lake to a new host site in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Morehouse Park & Chalet will be converted into Port Royale on Aug. 12-13, with a variety of shows, performers, artisan merchants, games of skill, rides, hands-on activities, contests, treasure hunts, food court delights, pirate pub libations and more.

Admission for adults is $10 with a two-day pass at $15. Kids from 5 to 15 are $5 and tots are free. Parking is also free. For location details patrons can go to For specifics on the festival activities go to

• Comedian Bob Zany returns to The Main Event in Mason City on Saturday, Aug. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. The show is sponsored by 103.7 The Fox.

Zany has appeared on more than a thousand national TV shows, including a 17-year stint on Jerry Lewis Telethon. His film credits include "Joe Dirt," "The Informant," and "23 Minutes to Sunrise." He has performed in all 50 states, D.C. and multiple countries, and his radio appearances include the "Zany Report" on the Bob & Tom Show.

• It's not too early to be thinking about fall. The 2017 Harvest Festival Souvenir Bags are on sale for $30 at

Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 7. New this year is brewery beer sampling along with Iowa distilleries, and a chance to win a trip for two to Chicago. Each Souvenir Bag will contain a sampling glass, gifts from Clear Lake businesses and the chance to win prizes.