Get together for a High Tea fundraiser, judge a chili cook-off, and celebrate Oktoberfest on the Plaza this weekend.
Rock favorites Loverboy coming to Clear Lake
Double-platinum selling rockers Loverboy will perform at the historic Surf Ballroom & Museum on Friday, Oct. 12.
The high-energy group saw a flurry of successful singles in the '80s, such as “Turn Me Loose,” “Loving Every Minute of It,” and sing-along anthem “Working for the Weekend.”
The band formed in 1978, and is made up founding members Mike Reno on vocals, Paul Dean on lead guitar, Doug Johnson on keyboards, and Matt Frenette on drums, along with Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve on bass guitar, who replaced the late Scott Smith.
Popular local rock group GRIN will perform as the opening act.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.surfballroom.com, or by calling 641-357-6151, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ticket prices are $34 in advance, or $39 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Surf Ballroom & Museum is located at 460 N Shore Drive, Clear Lake.
Annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Mason City’s Federal Plaza
The Quarry & Tapas Bar will host its annual Oktoberfest event on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 11 a.m.
The celebration will include a bean bag tournament, a special German menu for those wishing to order food or beverages, and free live music both on the Plaza and inside the restaurant.
Noon-1 p.m. - Riley, Mark, and John noon-1 p.m.;
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Keifer Brandt and Scott Larsen
4-6 p.m. - The Hats
8-11 p.m. - B.J. Huffman
The Quarry & Tapas Bar is located at 10 S Federal Ave., Mason City.
Youth Art FUNdamentals class offered in Clear Lake
Clear Lake Lake Arts Center will hold its Art FUNdamentals class on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The class is open to children of all ages, and will explore the work of Clear Lake artist Jim Larson. Instructor Paula Hanus will guide students through drawing and painting their favorite North Iowa scene.
The fee is $9 per child or one punch on your Arts Center punch card. A five-punch card may be purchased for $35, and is good for all After-school Art Programs, Art FUNdamentals, and Summer Creative Kids Open Studio. Register by calling 641-357-1998. Clear Lake Arts Center is located at 17 S Fourth St., Clear Lake.
North Iowa Farmers Market is open this Friday
North Iowa Farmers Market will be open this Friday, Oct. 12, 4-6 p.m., in the city parking lot, located at the corner of First Street NE and N Delaware Ave., in Mason City.
Boasting a wide variety of growers, bakers, and artisans from the area, you’ll find a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, homemade baked goods, locally farmed honey, desserts, homemade jellies and jams, and hand crafted soaps and candles at the biweekly event.
All vendors accept cash, but many are equipped with card readers, and a number of them accept WIC, as well.
Their summer season runs every Tuesday and Friday, May 18 – Oct. 30. For details, or vendor registration information, visit www.northiowafarmersmarket.com.
Fall family breakfast event to be held in Bolan
The Bolan Schoolhouse & Cultural Center is hosting Pancakes & Pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9-11 a.m.
The public is invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast and pick out pumpkins. There will also be stemless wine glasses available for purchase, along with a new railroad memorabilia display.
The Bolan Schoolhouse & Cultural Center was built in 1923 and operated within the school district until 1956. It currently serves as a community center, and houses a collection of local historic artifacts.
It’s located at 4206 Tulip Lane in Bolan, approximately 5 miles east and 1 mile north of Kensett.
Elmwood to host fascinating tour of gravestone art
Mason City’s Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery will offer a guided tour of its grounds, showcasing the artwork of various memorial monuments, and highlighting each design’s significance on Sunday, Oct. 15, 1-2:30 p.m.
The tour may serve as a companion event to those who have participated in the MacNider Museum Architectural Walk or Historic Park Inn tours, and will explore granite, marble, and white bronze “Zinkie” monuments that have been adorned with intricate designs, often giving a glimpse into the life of the person being memorialized.
The event is free, but a donation will be collected. Attendees should enter through the gate located at 1400 S Federal Ave. and follow the signs.
To pre-register, email the cemetery office at email@example.com.
Clear Lake Farmers Market is open this Saturday
Clear Lake Farmers Market will be open this Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, in the Surf Ballroom parking lot, located at 460 N Shore Drive, Clear Lake.
This market hosts a large number of area vendors. Shoppers can purchase fruits, vegetables, eggs, beef, baked goods, desserts, homemade soaps and candles, Iowa-cultivated maple syrup, art, textiles, and jewelry. There is also a weekly Kid’s Activity Table.
All vendors accept cash, but some accept cards, WIC, and senior FMNP, as well.
The 2018 season runs every Saturday, through Oct. 20. For details, or to register as a vendor, visit www.clearlakefarmersmarket.com.
Unique fundraiser event to be held in Mason City
A High Tea and Historical Fashion Show event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at The Music Man Square, in a joint fundraising effort with Make-A-Wish Iowa.
Admission to the fundraiser is $20 and includes High Tea appetizers, beverage, and desserts table, along with a fashion show featuring wardrobe styles from past eras. Call 641-424-2852 for ticket reservations.
The Music Man Square, located at 308 S Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, is named for the Meredith Willson musical and features a replica of the film’s streetscape, museum, ice cream parlor, gift shop, and an events hall available for rent.
Regular hours of operation are 1-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Visit www.themusicmansquare.org for more information.
Chili cook-off planned at Pilot Knob
Non-profit organization Friends of Pilot Knob State Park will host its inaugural annual chili cook-off beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the park campground.
Those wishing to enter the contest are asked to send a message to the Friends of Pilot Knob State Park Facebook page, indicating whether your chili recipe is spicy or mild.
Anyone is welcome to be a judge in the contest. Shredded cheese, sour cream, and crackers will be available as garnishments for the chili. Cinnamon rolls will also be served.
The event is free for all ages, but donations will be accepted.
Pilot Knob State Park is located at 2148 340th St., Forest City.