Spring gives way to summer, but before then, some fun things are happening: fundraisers, concerts, art, theater and more. Put these events in your phones, and write them on your calendars.
• The Empty Bowl project returns to Mason City May 1, sponsored by Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank and CENT Credit Union. More than 100 "empty bowls" will be available through May 19 at the new CENT locations, 25 W. State St. and 3124 Fourth St. S.W.
"Last year's Empty Bowl project raised more than $3,000," said Ozzie Ohl, chairperson of this year's project. "We really are hoping that this year we can raise $5,000" for the food bank.
Bowls were created by Pamala Bergo Coffey, Bill Mateer, Peggy Cornick, Margie Kline, Katie Jo Wold, Linda Hunt, Pepsi Beverages Company, Rebecca Hill, Tina Wilhm, students in the art program at Newman Catholic High School, and Bits & Spurs 4H Club from Clear Lake.
Professionally-created Empty Bowls are available for a donation of $50 or more, with a $20 or more donation for bowls created by individuals and students.
• BrickStreet Theatre will present "Wit" at 7 p.m. May 4-6, and 2 p.m. May 7 at its new location, 122 N. Clark St., Forest City. Tickets are $10, general admission, at www.brickstreettheatre.org, the Forest City Chamber of Commerce or at the door.
• The Scottish Collective, a collaborative effort between the Clear Lake Arts Center, Clear Lake Public Library and MacNider Art Museum, will showcase Scottish art, culture and history May 9-11 with visiting artist and speaker Moira Ferguson of Holy Loch Pottery Studio in Scotland. The multi-event program began as the brain-child of Charla DiCamillo of Clear Lake.
May 9: Ferguson will present “The Extraordinary Persistence of the Green Man” at 5:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake Arts Center. This CreativeSynergy event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Charla DiCamillo. Registration appreciated, but not required, by calling 641-357-1998, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 10: Explore the heart of Argyll, Scotland, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake Public Library. Discover Scotland through the eyes of a local as Ferguson shares landscapes, culture, the arts and people. Free and open to the public. To register, call 641-357-0315.
May 11: Ferguson, a potter and teacher with more than 40 years experience, will lead a special pottery workshop for adults from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. Glazing will be 5:30-8 p.m. May 25, with pickup June 1. Cost is $40 for museum members, $45 for non-members. Register early by calling 641-421-3666; space is very limited.
• Coming May 6: A concert featuring Family Force 5, Social Club Misfits and Mr. Talkbox will be at The Bridge, 440 N. Illinois Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Tickets are $15. Find ThriveIowa on Facebook for more information.
• Kinney Pioneer Museum, Mason City, opens for the season Sunday, May 7, with its pork barbecue dinner. Serving is noon to 4 p.m. The museum remains open until 5. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children and includes museum admission. Museum-only admission is $3 and $1.
• The North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT), in conjunction with Main Street-Mason City, is preparing for the 14th annual Ethnic Lunch by Central Park on Friday, Sept. 15. This is an opportunity for people to share their culture with the community, and church groups, service organizations, or individuals are welcome to participate.
If interested, contact Jane Ginapp at 641-425-3307, or attend the next NIDAT meeting, 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 10 in the “large group study room” at the Mason City Public Library. Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month, and the public is always welcome.
• The Artist of the Month at "Art on the Plaza," 11 S. Federal Ave., is Sandra Quintus. People are invited to meet Quintus and enjoy light refreshments during the event from 3 to 6 p.m. May 11.
The Artist of the Month event will continue every second Thursday featuring a different artist. Find Art on the Plaza on its Facebook page, Art on the Plaza Gallery Owned.
• Una Vocis Choral Ensemble, along with children's choir NordKor, will present its spring concert, Eternal Bloom, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students in advance, $12 and $6 at the door. Visit www.unavocis.org.
• The Clear Lake Arts Center’s annual ‘Fun’draiser is set for 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the arts center. "Celebrate 2017" pays homage to the 40th anniversary of the Clear Lake Arts Council, the 15th Anniversary of the council’s first home in a downtown location and the 10th anniversary at its current location, 17 S. Fourth St.
The public is invited to join in the celebration - an evening with live music, entertainment and heavy hors d’oeuvres that raises funds for the arts center. Tickets on sale now at $40 per person.