North Iowa Getaways from June 16 to June 22 |

  • Bingo at Fat Hill Brewing in Mason City –Invigorate an otherwise mundane Thursday with an invigorating game of bingo from 7-9 p.m. One card at a time per person. Free to play, but must be at least 21 years old. Consider buying a drink or two (and tipping your server) to help us keep events like this going. There will be 15 bingo rounds with small prizes from local businesses for each round, except for the first and last rounds, which feature larger prizes.

  • Outdoor Skills Workshop at McIntosh State Park in Ventura –Orienteering with County Conservation Naturalist Heather. Learn how to get around in nature with just a map and a compass. To fit with our theme of “Reading Beyond the Box,” we must learn to survive on this path. Join us for a fun day camp to learn outdoor survival skills. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the event. Registration is required for this event; register at the Clear Lake Public Library counter. This event is designed for tweens and teens ages 10-18.

  • First Baptist Church Community Blood Drive – donate blood from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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  • Surf Ballroom Instrument Petting Zoo at Clear Lake –Visit the traveling children’s zoo. String, percussion and keyboard instruments will be on display for students to gain hands-on experience. Students learn where the instrument comes from, how the instrument produces sound, and different playing techniques. Instruments from different cultures will also be featured for students to play and learn from 9-11am.

  • City of Charles Community Blood Drive at Messiah Lutheran Church – donate blood from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Charles City. To schedule your appointment, text LIFESERVE to 999-777, call 800-287-4903 or visit

  • Steam Threshing Festival at Heritage Park in Forest City –The annual Steam Threshing Festival is held June 17-19. Visitors will see rare steam engines, one-of-a-kind trucks and automobiles, large gasoline engines, prairie tractors and horses. Throughout the weekend, visitors can visit the many museums and historical exhibits on the grounds. Exhibitors and guests enjoy live on-farm demonstrations including grain threshing, log sawing, plowing, silage cutting, oat hulling, shingle making, power testing, corn shredding, corn tying, baling, timber planning, feed milling, corn shelling and much more. Admission to the Festival is $10 for all three days. Children 12 and under are admitted free. There are no admission fees for exhibitors.

  • Live Music: FELDSPARjazz at the Mason City Public Library -The Summer Live Music in the Library Commons returns to the Mason City Public Library. All performances take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

  • Pritchard Auto Show and Cruise in Clear Lake –Come show off your cars at Pritchard. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with 32 awards due from 2 p.m., including Best Oldie and Best to Present. There is a $15 entry fee. Free burgers, hot dogs, and apple pies are available, along with goody bags. Gift bags. A cruise will take place after the awards.

  • Breakfast on the Veranda at the Charles City Arts Center –Pass the kitchen and the dishes. Enjoy a homemade southern breakfast on the charming veranda while supporting the arts. $20 per ticket. Two seats available: Early Bird at 9 a.m. and Sleepy Head at 10:30 a.m.
  • Auditions for Summer Play at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hampton –The Franklin County Arts Council will audition for roles in its summer theater production, Getting Sara Married. Director Nathan Pralle and Associate Director Donna Speedy will hold auditions at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Six adult roles are auditioned, three men and three women for a production in early August. Machinists, set designers and other parties interested in the production must also come to the auditions or express their interest from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Live Music: Bruce Day at TAP’d in Clear Lake Bruce brings his Des Moines loop style to play all your rock, country and pop hits. Compared very closely to Ed Sheeran, there’s not much this guy can’t play. Listen to live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at TAP’d in Clear Lake at 9 p.m.

  • Moonlit Movie Night: We Bought A Zoo At Algona High School Stadium –Free movie “We Bought a Zoo” airs on the new large bulletin board at Algona High School Stadium at sunset (around 9 p.m.). Bring your chairs and blankets. Free popcorn provided. Concessions open for drinks and snacks. Sponsored by Algona Chamber in partnership with Algona Community Schools.

  • Sunday Slow Roll at Wayne’s Ski and Cycle in Mason City –Sunday Slow Roll is back. Organized by Wayne’s Ski & Cycle, this fun and relaxed bike ride begins and ends in downtown Wayne and will take a different route through town each week. The total distance will be 8-10 miles. The family-paced ride begins at 5 p.m. each week. Food will be available. All are welcome.

  • Blue Stars Community Appreciation Show at Bolstorff Field in Forest City –The Blue Stars Community Appreciation Performance will take place at 7 p.m. at Bolstorff Field. This is a free show and open to the public. The Blue Stars want to show their appreciation and invite you to a special performance as a thank you to the community.

  • Sports Camp at the Mason City Public Library –Stop by this sports-themed station event from 2-6 p.m. at the Mason City Public Library. Create a ball tennis game, join a STEM challenge, make your own pennant, and more. This event is designed to work with your busy life, so spend 30-45 minutes during the scheduled time to have fun. Suitable for ages 11 and under. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • Monday Fun Days at Central Park at Garner –Live music, food and craft vendors, family game nights and fun for the whole family from 5-9pm. If it rains, music and food vendors will move the VFW.

  • Teen Camp-in Movie at the Mason City Public Library –Enjoy a Teen Camp-In Movie Party at the Mason City Public Library at 4 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Teen Zone to vote on which movie to watch ahead of time. This event is for ages 12-18 only and will be held in the Foundation Room of the Mason City Public Library.

  • TimberCrest at Glen Oaks Open House in Clear Lake –Enjoy the first day of summer with an open house at the TimberCrest Independent Living apartments on the Glen Oaks campus from 1-3 p.m. Enter through the front doors of the apartments. Light refreshments, door prizes and information packages will be available. Visit the show apartment and the community hall as well as the wellness centre. Book your favorite floor plan and view before they’re all rented. TimberCrest Apartments are located at 200 Glen Oaks Drive in Clear Lake, north of Fareway. If you can’t attend the open house, call Kim to schedule a private tour or ask and an information packet will be mailed to you. 641-355-1203.

  • River City Rugby Football Club at Hoover Field in Mason City –Join River City Rugby Football Club for their weekly Sevens match from 6-8pm every Wednesday at Hoover Field. This is a great opportunity for newcomers who are interested in the sport or those who haven’t played for a while. Spectators are welcome. Born in 1972, River City RFC is one of the oldest adult sports teams in Mason City, Iowa. This brotherhood of rugby athletes is always looking for new members.

Rae Burnette is GA and Crime & Courts Reporter at the Globe Gazette. You can reach her by phone at 641.421.0523 or [email protected]

Dino J. Dotson