Opportunities to be entertained and educated abound in North Iowa - take a class, feast on watermelon, meet an author, support the Humane Society of North Iowa and kick up your heels. Mark these on your calendar so you don't miss out.
• Wright on the Park is seeking docents to give tours of The Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City. A meeting for interested people will be part of the reception for current docents at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Wine Room at the hotel. Additional training sessions will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 28, Sept. 5 and Sept. 11. Docents give regular tours Thursday through Sunday, and one of things they enjoy most is the opportunity to meet many different people.
• “Birds, Butterflies, and Bees – Landscaping with Natives” will be given by Lime Creek naturalist intern Brianna Sholly at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Lime Creek Nature Center.
Sholly will discuss how to create backyard wildlife habitat, key habitat components for butterflies, bees, birds, and other wildlife, as well as how to maintain the habitat. A drawing will be held for a sail boat hull that can be used as a planter. Call 641-423-5309 to register for this free program.
The event, set for 4-7 p.m., will feature music with The Barnacle Bill Band, hot dog and watermelon feed, and adoptable shelter animals. Friendly, vaccinated dogs are also welcome. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 10. The event is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of North Iowa.
• Head down to Goodell for Watermelon Day on Saturday, Aug. 26.
Lunch will be served for a free will offering, followed by the parade, Little Watermelon Contest, free watermelon at 2:30 p.m., cake walk, bingo, inflatables for the kids, games for the adults, beer garden, music by Brad Reveland and a street dance with “4th and Maben.”
• Pamela Jost, program associate at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, will lead a discussion on “Fiber & Textile Art” for the next Lunch ‘n’ Learn on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the museum. Participants are invited to bring their lunches for this program, which takes place from noon to 1 p.m. over the lunch hour. Admission is free.
• Author Elizabeth Berg will be at the Meservey Public Library at noon Thursday, Aug. 31. There will be refreshments from local bakeries, including Othelia's Doughnuts and Fairy Kisses Bakery. At the author's request, there will also be an adoptable dog at the library from the Humane Society of North Iowa. The event is free. Berg will have some of her books there for purchase.
Berg is author of multiple New York Times-bestselling books, and her book "Open House" was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection. To promote her newest book, as well as her November release, "The Story of Arthur Truluv," Berg and her beloved dog Gabby will be visiting multiple libraries in the Midwest. Due to a random stroke of luck and a well-timed email, according to library director Chelsea Price, Meservey was added to her list of libraries - the only Iowa library she will be visiting.
• Northwood is getting ready to celebrate its 14th annual Founders Day on Saturday, Sept. 9, with the Aristocrats Classic car show, Cemetery walk, a 5k fun run, entertainment by Robby Vee and Caravan, vendors, contests, the opportunity to visit all five museums, and more.
Vendors are being sought for the day. Anyone interested in being a vendor, is asked to call Verla Perry at 641-324-2252 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for a space, but reservations are required.
• The Lime Creek Nature Center and Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board will host their annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the nature center.
Activities include canoeing/kayaking, air rifles, archery, trail tram rides, historical artifact display, live reptile and amphibian program, bee house building, bird Smart Trail challenge, nature art activity, Dutch oven cooking, monarch butterfly tagging, flint/steel fire starting, pond life, photo contest display, and minnow races. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a prize drawing at the event's end at 2:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by calling 641-423-5309. Registration is open for Lime Creek Nature Center members, and beginning Aug. 23 for non-members. Registration ends at noon Sept. 7.
• Mark your calendars for the 15th annual Duncanfest, set for Sept. 16-17 in the Community Ballroom in Duncan.
Bands include Malek's Fishermen Band, Mark Vyhlidal Orchestra, Adam Sandhurst and the Jolly Jammers, and Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen. Admission is $15 Saturday, $12 Sunday, $25 for a two-day pass. Youth 18 and under are free with a paid adult. For information, visit www.duncanballroom.com.
• The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum has a full roster of studio classes this fall.
Seven teen and adult classes, plus a special drawing workshop by Dick Leet, are being offered, including Mini Canvas Autumn Art, Learning to Throw, Christmas Photo Transfer, and more. Kids will be able to take classes such as: Painting Class for Kids!, Ghost Crafters, No School Fun Day, Ductigami, and Stuck in the Jungle, along with monthly Art Bugs classes for ages 2-4.
Two family classes are offered: Spooky Fun House on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Holiday Countdown on Saturday, Nov. 25. For more information, visit www.macniderart.org or call the museum at 641-421-3666. Scholarships are available to children who would otherwise not be able to take a class.