Take in a concert at the Surf, visit Brick Street Theatre for a performance, and attend a sensory-friendly event for children with autism at Central Gardens this weekend in North Iowa
Clear Lake Arts Center presents storytelling event
“Art of the Story” will be presented on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Clear Lake Arts Center.
The theme of the storytelling event is “Roads Less Travelled: Stories of Daring, Adventure, and Surprise.” Featured guest speakers Larry Day, Kathy Fisher, Mordecai Nsabaah, Dr. Curt Gedney, and Stuart Oltrogge, all with ties to the Mason City-Clear Lake area, will share their personal stories. Music will be provided by local musician Juni West.
Tickets may be purchased at the Clear Lake Arts Center, located at 17 S Fourth St., and are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.
Contact the Arts Center at 641-357-1998 for additional details.
Dramatic comedy play opens in Forest City
BrickStreet Theatre's production “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” will open Thursday night.
The play follows five bridesmaids who who sequester themselves in the bride’s younger sister’s bedroom. As they interact, they learn more about each other, touching upon topics such as, abortion, AIDS, and sexual assault. Scenes also depict smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use.
Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 and May 2-4 at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, April 28 and May 5.
Because of the mature content, it is not recommended for audience members under the age of 18.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Forest City Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.brickstreetthreatre.org.
BrickStreet Theatre is located at 122 N Clark St. in Forest City.
Central Gardens plans sensory-friendly seed-planting event
As part of Autism Awareness Month, Central Gardens of North Iowa and One Vision will host a two-day seed-planting event Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Children with autism and their families to the garden to plant seeds and gather spring blooms.
Central Gardens is located at 800 Second Ave. N, Clear Lake. Paved walkways lead visitors through the 2.75 acre grounds, which boast a variety of display gardens, water features, terraces, a learning center, and a moon gate arch. The gardens officially open to the public Monday, May 1.
Visit www.centralgardensiowa.com for additional information.
Green Expo to be held in Clear Lake
Clear Lake Earth Day will host the North Iowa Green Expo on Thursday, April 25, 4-7 p.m. at the Surf Ballroom.
The event will give the public the opportunity to sample local food, win door prizes, learn gardening tips, and share outdoor adventures, and will also include exhibitor booths featuring solar power displays, landscaping, artwork, and various local businesses.
Admission is free and open to the public. For a list of vendors and additional information, visit www.earthdayclearlake.org.
Grammy winner Delbert McClinton returns to Surf
Veteran rocker Delbert McClinton will perform at the historic Surf Ballroom & Museum on Friday, April 26.
McClinton’s signature sound is a blend of blues, rock, and jazz, and has earned him three Grammy Awards, along with seven nominations.
He’s performed with such notable acts as Tanya Tucker, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley.
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 $25 in advance, or $30 at the door until gone. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Surf Ballroom & Museum is located at 460 N Shore Drive, Clear Lake.
New York artist featured in exhibit at MacNider Museum
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is exhibiting a collection entitled Charles Keeling Lassiter - Portraits: An Outsider Looking Inward.” The display features 25 surreal, mixed-media works by the artist, and will be featured in the museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery, beginning Friday, April 12.
Lassiter was born in New York in 1926. He received degrees from Yale and New York University. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Brooklyn Museum Art School. His works can presently be found in numerous museums across the U.S. and Europe.
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is located at 303 Second St. NE, Mason City, and is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted.
Area art gallery is home to famous classical works
The Mooney Art Collection, a permanent display at the Charles City Public Library, features a diverse collection of artwork curated by well-known Charles City native, artist and photographer John Arthur Mooney.
Original works by Rembrandt, Goya, Gauguin, Picasso, and Dali are among those housed within the extensive gallery. Mooney also bequeathed his collection of books, manuscripts, monographs, and biographies pertaining to art and artists. The display provides an interactive experience for visitors with smartphones as well.
Charles City Public Library is located at 106 Milwaukee Mall. Regular hours of operation are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. For additional details, visit www.charles-city.lib.ia.us/artgal.
Osage museum gives glimpse at local history
Mitchell County Historical Museum is housed in the Cedar River Complex and is one of five sites comprising the Mitchell County Historical Society.
Guests will enjoy a locally-curated collection of antique and vintage items, including a vast rotating collection of clothing, commerce and household equipment, Pioneer-era artifacts, and historically significant memorabilia, as a gift shop.
Displays are updated throughout the year, and visitors will currently find a special WWI tribute alongside the permanent and rotating exhibits.
Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted. The Cedar River Complex is located at 809 Sawyer Drive, Osage.
For more information about this or other sites within the Society, visit www.mitchellcountyhistoricalsociety.org or the Mitchell County Historical Museum Facebook page.
Forest City's Pilot Knob has features unique to area
Pilot Knob State Park boasts 700 acres and is home such unique, naturally-occurring features, it’s been dedicated as a state preserve.
Among its many draws, visitors will find a man-made lake for recreation, miles of hiking trails, a large amphitheatre, picnic areas, and a lookout point, and the only sphagnum moss bog in Iowa. The bog yields three species of pond lilies which are exclusive to the body of water and cannot be found anywhere else in the state.
A stone lookout tower sits at the highest point of the park, which reaches an elevation of about 1,450 feet.
The park also features a seasonal modern campground, equine access, and a wintertime warming house.
Pilot Knob State Park is located at 2148 340th St., Forest City.