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Rock out at Thursdays on Main

This is it. Tonight's the last "Thursdays on Main" of the season.

The event starts at 6 p.m. in downtown Clear Lake, with classic cars, bounce houses, kids' activities, laser tag, hand-powered kiddie train rids, crafts, vendor market, food trucks and more. Stores are also open late.

There's special entertainment with Sheltered Reality at 6:30 p.m. Rock and Soul Revue take the stage at 7 p.m., playing music until 9.

Thursdays on Main activities end at 9, when the fun moves to City Park for the movie "The Lego Batman Movie" (PG).

Preserve a little bit of summer at Fresh on Fridays

There's a Preservation Celebration at Central Gardens on Friday, Aug. 25.

The final event in the Fresh on Fridays summer series is 9 to 11 a.m., and the public is invited.

Taste test a variety of locally-made breads, jams, jellies and pickles while learning how to save seeds and preserve flowers, vegetables and more.

Enjoy a “bee walk” through the garden led by a local beekeeper. Make an up-cycled garden project with help from the Iowa Waste Exchange. Learn about the benefits of Kombucha from a local dietician.

Experts with the Iowa State Extension will answer questions on canning and freezing the garden’s bounty. Kids can taste, explore and harvest from the Kids’ Bee Happy garden. This event is free and all ages are invited. For more details, visit Central Gardens of North Iowa’s Facebook page.

Humane Society celebrates with End of Summer Bash

Join the Humane Society of North Iowa for its End of Summer Bash on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Clear Lake Yacht Club.

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.

The Humane Society of North Iowa will host an “End of Summer Bash” fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Clear Lake Yacht Club, 103 Main Ave., in Clear Lake.

The event, from 4 to 7 p.m., includes music with the Barnacle Bill Band, hot dogs, chips and watermelon, and of course, adoptable shelter animals from the Humane Society of North Iowa on site.

Admission for the family friendly event is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under the age of 10. The event is BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog). Friendly dogs are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit

Celebrate Watermelon Day in Goodell

Goodell's Watermelon Day celebration kicks off with a free-will offering meal served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by the American Legion and Sons of the American Legion.

The parade starts at 1 p.m., with a $100 prize for the best entry. The Little Watermelon Contest for kids 2-10 is at 2 p.m., and entrants need to have a connection with someone in Goodell.

Watermelon will be served from 2:30 p.m. until gone. The cake walk by the American Legion Auxiliary also begins at 2:30, followed by bingo in the Hall, inflatables for kids, and games for adults - miniature golf, bean bag toss, carpet pool - in the park.

The beer garden opens at 3 p.m., with music by Brad Reveland under the tent from 3-5 p.m.

A steak sandwich and sides will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. by the Goodell Firemen, and the day ends with a street dance from 7 to 11 p.m., featuring music by “4th and Maben.”

Picnic at Central Gardens with music by 2nd Chances

Mark your calendars for this Sunday, Aug. 27, when 2nd Chances performs for the next Picnics and Performances at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

The trio, featuring Mary Chambers on vocals and guitar, Chris Carrier on the keyboard and Joanne Stalberger on the drums, will perform a variety of music from 5 to 6 p.m.

Families are encouraged to bring picnics, beverages and lawn chairs. The event is free, underwritten by the Bertha Stevens Charitable Foundation and sponsored by Avangrid Renewables. 

Consider choral singing in Franklin County

The Franklin Chorale season will get underway with auditions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28-29, at the 1st Congregational Church, 22 First Ave. S.W., in Hampton.

Directing the chorale will be its founder, Mary Lou Semler of Hampton.

"I am excited to be back directing the Chorale,” Semler said. “The Franklin Chorale has been a huge part of my life since 1978, when it was just a dream.”

The Franklin Chorale, in its 39th season, is affiliated with the Franklin County Arts Council. The annual Christmas concert is set for Dec. 3.

Short auditions will be conducted on a one-on-one basis, checking range and vocal quality. An accompanist will be provided. Adults beyond high school are encouraged to audition. For information, contact Semler at or 641-456-2440.

Fiber art featured at MacNider Museum

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.

Current docents are asked to attend, and anyone interest in becoming a docent may ask the instructor for more information. 

Lunch ‘n’ Learn is offered the last Tuesday of each month over the lunch hour, and covers a variety of topics related to American art, the museum, and the museum’s permanent collection. 

Admission is free and open to the public. The museum, located at 303 Second St. S.E., Mason City, is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. More information about exhibits, programs, and events can be found at, on the museum's Facebook page, or by calling 641-421-3666.

Support local producers at Worth County's Farm to Fork dinner

The Worth County Farm to Fork Dinner, a collaboration of local chefs, producers and brewer, will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Beehive Ballroom, Worth Brewing Company, 835 Central Ave. in Northwood.

Healthy Harvest of North Iowa has hosted a number of Farm to Fork Dinners across North Iowa. This is its one in Worth County.

With the help of Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, Andrea Berger of Calliope Catering will make a three-course meal featuring all local ingredients. The dinner will feature a summer salad of watermelon, cucumber noodles, and feta cheese, a pork chop stuffed with a kale and onion stuffing, and a chocolate torte with a berry compote.

Advanced ticket purchase is requested by Friday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $40, $35 for members of Healthy Harvest, and are available at the brewery or by calling 641-324-9899.

Support is provided in part by Worth County Board of Supervisors and a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant.

Meet author Elizabeth Berg and her dog, Gabby, in Meservey

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.

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