A legend comes to town, along with a classic musical and puppets, some history and antiques, and as always, art. Mark your calendars.
• Comedic pioneer, movie star, living legend and feminist hero Lily Tomlin will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus.
"An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin" is part of the 2017-18 Performing Arts and Leadership Series for the 20th Anniversary Season. For tickets, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188, or online at niacc.edu/boxoffice.
Tomlin began her career on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. She's won seven Emmys, two Tonys, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics’ Circle Award, a Grammy, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
• Tickets go on sale next week for the Stebens Children’s Theatre production of “Cinderella.” The show runs Oct. 11-22.
Tickets for the musical are $13 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under, on sale to members Sept. 27, and the public Sept. 28, at Stebens Children's Theatre, 616 N. Delaware Ave., Mason City, 1-5 p.m. weekdays, 641-424-9802.
• Iowa State University Theatre’s first production of the 2017-18 season, “Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues,” opens Friday, Sept. 29, during Banned Books Week, and runs through Oct. 8.
Cast member Ellie Seaton is from Mason City. Seaton, who plays Librarian, “Bad Librarian,” is a sophomore at ISU, double majoring in Performing Arts and English. For information, visit theatre.iastate.edu.
• The Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery History Walk will be Saturday, Sept. 30. The theme is “Celebrating 150 Years of Service to the Community” and will feature people that guided the cemetery through the first 100 years.
Afternoon portrayals will include Irving and Jennie Card, Ralph Stanbery, Mary Knapp, Nettie Cadwell, Carl Parker, Monsignor P.S. O’Connor and Guy Zach. The evening stroll will highlight the lives of Daniel Durkin, Frank Sheffler, Benjamin Randall, and Willie Doolittle.
• The seventh annual North Iowa Art Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 1, with 19 artists in 10 locations in Mason City, Clear Lake and Sheffield. Admission is free.
Hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 30, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Brochures with maps are available in Mason City at Visit Mason City, Art on the Plaza, and MacNider Museum, in Clear Lake at Clear Lake Arts Center and Central Gardens, or find them on Facebook.
• Fall Fest Junkapalooza is Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Heritage Park of North Iowa, with vintage finds, antiques and repurposed pieces, swap meet dealers, home-based businesses and other craft vendors. There will also be family activities, kid train and horse rides, and Giant Pumpkin carver demonstrations. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Admission is $2 per person; kids 12 and under are free. Former Minnesota Vikings football player Ted Brown will sign autographs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
• The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company will present three showings of "Uncle Rabbit’s Adventures" on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Salsbury Room at the MacNider Art Museum. Performances are at 10 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m., admission is free, and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open 15 minutes before each show. Call 641-421-3666 to register groups of ten or more for the daytime shows. Schools are eligible for a bus subsidy while funds last.
• Clear Lake's annual Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 7, with many family-friendly activities, music and street vendors.
Harvest Fest Bags are on sale for $30, with a sampling glass, gifts from Clear Lake businesses and chances to win prizes. They can be purchased on-line at harvestfestivalcl.eventbrite.com. For information, visit clearlakeiowa.com.
• Fertile Public Library will present an antique appraisal event with author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wisconsin, at 1 p.m. Oct. 15. Moran is author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, and bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years.
All items to be appraised must be registered in advance. To register, contact the library help desk, or call 641-797-278. Moran will be available to make home visits for people with large or fragile items, or a lot of things. House calls are $75 an hour. To arrange, call 715-281-5060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.