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This weekend, explore farming history and local history, enjoy independent films and community theater, picnic with music. There's still so much to do.

Don't miss Clear Lake's Thursdays on Main

Summer's winding down, but there's still time to catch "Thursdays on Main" in downtown Clear Lake.

The event starts at 6 p.m. 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. 

The dunk tank returns, with the chance to dunk your favorite teacher: Rachel Rolling, 6-6:30 p.m.; Francis Lapointe, 6:30-7; Doug Gee, 7-7:30; Val Southgate, 7:30-8; Chris Murphy, 8-8:30, Steve Kwikkel, 8:30-9.

There's special entertainment with Dance Team at 6:30 p.m. Tree Town All Stars 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 "Ghostbusters" (PG13).

Have some fun at Mason City Community Theatre

"Noises Off" opens tonight, Aug. 17, at Mason City Community Theatre.

Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 17-19 and Aug. 24-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 and 27, at the theater, 215 S. Delaware Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, available at the theater, 1-5 p.m. weekdays, 641-424-6424. Box office opens one hour before performances.

The Hepperly Band entertains at Friday Night Live

On Friday, head to downtown Mason City for the next Friday Night Live.

The free, family-friendly, outdoor concert is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

Music will be by local favorites the Hepperly Band. There will also be a classic car show, inflatables and games for the kids, a craft show, food vendors, beverage tent, lots of music and fun.

Sponsors include First Citizens Bank, Petersen Plaza, and Budweiser.

29 films on tap at the Iowa Independent Film Festival

The Iowa Independent Film Festival (IIFF) celebrates its tenth anniversary Aug. 18 and 19, with films showing at The Main Event Banquet Hall and the Mason City Room at the Mason City Public Library.

Twenty-nine films from six countries will be shown, including five from Iowa filmmakers. Several filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their films.

Friday’s event begins at 4 p.m. at The Main Event Banquet Hall. Saturday’s festivities beginning 10 a.m. at The Main Event Banquet Hall and 9 a.m. at the Mason City Public Library. The cost is $30 for both days and it also includes snacks and food, along with a cash bar at The Main Event. Visit and follow the link to order tickets on line at eventbrite. Tickets will also be available at the door.

There will be 10 feature length films and 19 short films, ranging from narrative storylines to documentary and animation. Among the premieres is the international short film, "The Whole World," currently being qualified for the 2018 Academy Awards.

More than 100 films were submitted, and it was a challenge to narrow it to the final selections, due the overall production quality, according to IIFF President Craig Binnebose.

An awards program will conclude the festival Saturday night at The Main Event, with guest speaker Gary Kroeger, a Saturday Night Live alumnus (1982-85).

This year, the IIFF has partnered with the Communications Department at Waldorf University to present a student film showcase in the Mason City Room. They hope to create a student film initiative where high school-aged students can learn filmmaking through the IIFF, and submit to the festival for an opportunity to earn a scholarship to Waldorf University and premiere their films.

In April 2007, Tanna Frederick and Dick Schinnow launched the first Iowa Independent Film Festival in Music Man Square in Mason City.

For more information, check out their Facebook page at Iowa Independent Film Festival.

Antique Power on display in Belmond this weekend

Fun and history will combine at the Prairie Homestead Antique Power & Craft Show from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20, at the Jenison-Meacham Memorial Arts Center & Farmstead. The site is located two miles north and one mile east of Belmond.

It will feature old favorites plus Ford tractors and trucks, Dearborn-Wood Bros. Equipment, and Galioway Engines. The Leaning Tree Border Collies will herd sheep, calves and ducks, there will be an antique tractor pull Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and daily entertainment by Clayton Severson.

The spark show and fireworks will be at dusk Friday. There will be a quality swap meet, quilt drawing and a Ford 8N drawing.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission is $8 fee for all weekend; children under 5 are free. For more information, contact show manager Dave Nelson, 515-571-6838.

Explore The Music Man Square on Saturday

Community Day will be celebrated at The Music Man Square on Saturday, Aug. 19.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., explore all The Music Man Square has to offer. There will be fun activities for kids, two showings of “The Music Man,” ice cream treats and cookies in the Ice Cream Parlor, 5-cent popcorn, and drawings for door prizes throughout the day. Admission to the 1912 Streetscape and the Museum will be free.

Mason City residents and the local community are invited to come and join the fun at The Music Man Square.

Jon, Jenn to perform at Picnics & Performances in Clear Lake

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Aug. 20, as Jon & Jenn return to Central Gardens for the Picnics & Performances series.

Jon & Jenn perform an array of songs that highlight their love of music across genres. Join them for an intimate acoustic performance from 5 to 6 p.m. of folk, soul, country, pop and blues tunes.

Families are encouraged to bring picnics, beverages and lawn chairs and sit back while being entertained.

The event is free and is underwritten by the Bertha Stevens Charitable Foundation and sponsored by Avangrid Renewables.

Remember good old days in Kensett

Take a walk down memory lane on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Kensett Museum.

"Kensett's Good Old Days: A Walk Down Memory Lane" will be presented at 2 p.m. Museum board members will share their memories of Kensett and invite those in attendance to share some of their Kensett memories. Guests are invited to bring a Kensett photo to share. Refreshments will be served.

Blue Horizon Players present continuing saga of Ocean Star

The Blue Horizon Players will present Ocean Star II “The Jock Strikes Back" on Aug. 23 at P M Park in Clear Lake, and Aug. 24 and 25 at the Mason City VFW.

This show is written and directed by Stef Penfield a new writer to the troupe.

Ocean Star II: “The Jock Strikes Back” is a sequel to last summer's production. The show features comedy and music - karaoke music, that is. Penfield hosts a popular, long time karaoke show at various places in Mason City, and has combined this with a plot line that is sure to entertain. It is the continuing story of cruise ship Ocean Star's annual karaoke contest, and the winner, hopefully, will receive a "big check." That is, if they all stay alive. There is madness and mayhem, and a little gunplay (typical competition aggression, you know).

The cast includes Dave Coulter, Jacky Garlock, Barb Halbach, Terri Masteller, Tim McCollum, Mark Mowrey, Dave Spilman, and host Stef Penfield.

Tickets are available at Lake Liquors and the Clear Lake Chamber office in Clear Lake, or online at Advance tickets are $10, and $12 at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m.


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