We're looking forward to enjoying theater under the stars, exploring the history in our cemeteries, and celebrating a woman's right to vote by creating art. Let's mark our calendars.
• “Our Town,” the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, will be presented July 14-16 at Central Gardens of North Iowa, 800 Second Ave. N., in Clear Lake.
The ‘summer theater under-the-stars,’ directed by Craig Rule, is presented by Central Gardens and the Clear Lake Arts Center. People are encouraged to bring blankets and folding lawn chairs. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the arts center, 17 S. Fourth St., 641-357-1998, email@example.com, at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 205 Main Ave., or online at www.eventbrite.com.
• The “Story Behind the Stones” is the 150th anniversary celebration of Mason City’s Elmwood St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery. The family-friendly event will be from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
There's a program at 11 a.m., followed by an Old Fashion Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, headstone hunt, walking tour, preservation tours, displays and old fashioned games for families will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
• Mason City Community Theatre will present a special showing of "Smoke on the Mountain" by Stebens Children's Theatre at 7 p.m. July 15. Tickets are $15 for general admission. This is the last public performance of the hilarious musical revue show. Call 641-424-6424 for tickets.
• The Clear Lake Noon Lions Club's annual Chicken Barbecue is Sunday, July 16, in City Park. Tickets are $8 in advance from any member of the Noon Lions Club and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets the day of the event are $9 each.
Serving is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out. A drive-through pick-up service will be offered on North Lakeview Drive.
• Local artist Janiece Bergland, a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society, will lead a watercolor workshop July 29-31 at the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home near Charles City.
The subject will be the 150-year-old brick girlhood home, located at 2379 Timber Avenue. Workshop hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Cost is $50; participants provide their own materials. Reservations are required with payment made by July 21 to National 19th Amendment Society, Box 33, Charles City, IA 50616. Visit www.catt.org for the workshop brochure and scholarship application
The finished paintings will be display at the National 19th Amendment Society's open house Aug. 19, and will be included in a show at the Charles City Art Center.
• Thrive Concerts is bringing several bands to Mason City for a concert on the Grace Church lawn on Saturday, July 29. Featured bands are Rend Collective with GAWVI, Mike Mains and Shawn McDonald.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m., with the show set to start at 5. Tickets are $20 per person, or $15 with a group of 10 or ore. Tickets are available at tinyurl.com/thriveiowa, iTickets.com, the Grace Church office, 440 N. Illinois Ave., and North Iowa Community Credit Union.