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Posted January 11, 2013 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

UntitledThere’s a lot going on in Clear Lake in January.

Be sure to buy your tickets for two spectacular shows at the Historic Surf Ballroom.  On Saturday, January 12, see country western hit singer Dwight Yoakam.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Attend the Second Saturday at the Clear Lake Arts Center, this Saturday, January 12, from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Local artist demonstrations are held every second Saturday at the Clear Lake Arts Center.  For more information, call 641-357-1998.

The 4th Annual Jack Race weekend, on January 19 & 20, is filled with family friendly snowmobiling fun!

Friday evening starts with a guided snowmobile cruise around the lake which highlights many of the area’s finest eating & drinking establishments, fun & historic places.

Saturday features snowmobile racing including Lemans style racing and Radar Runs. The races consist of vintage and brand new sleds. There are many classes including a class where the age of the rider and the age of the snowmobile must add up to 80 (the older you are, the newer the sled you can ride!), and also a ladies-only class. Additionally there will be a Vintage Snowmobile Show, food tent, and raffle for a vintage snowmobile. The event is a memorial to Jack Helgren, an area businessman, avid snowmobiler, former dealer/racer and promoter of the sport in the area. This is the 4th annual event, and the inaugural year was enjoyed by all that attended.

Sunday: Clear Lake is first in the 5 race series which also includes Okoboji, Iowa, and Waseca, Waconia, and Spicer, Minnesota.

Visit to get all the latest info, details, and pre-registration forms. Bring the family and enjoy the best of winter in Iowa!

Don’t miss out on the Cabin Fever Sale with local Clear Lake merchants, on January 18 & 19.  Local retailers offer special deals and free treats during this winter indoor sidewalk sale!

Here is an example of 2012’s special deals! Check back for 2013’s sponsors.
Clear Lake Arts Center: 10am-5pm. Check out clearance items and get 10% off artwork! Free cake pops & coffee.
Emerson’s by the Lake: 10am-5pm. 50-75% off storewide! (some exclusions). Free cookies.
j avenue: 10am-5pm. 60% off Christmas items and up to 75% off Clearance items. Free soup & wine tastings.
Larson’s Mercantile: 8am-6pm. 75% off remaining Christmas items! Free hot apple cider.
Lyla’s Boutique: 10am-5pm. 50-75% off winter merchandise. Free wine & champagne.
Ralphene’s: 10am-5pm: 20% off your favorite things! Free hot caramel apple cider and goodies.
Roaring Lion Antiques: 10am-5pm. 15% off storewide! (some exclusions). Free hot apple cider & baked goods.
Unique Boutique: 10am-5pm: Large selection of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans $69.99 Free mimosas & snacks.
White Sail Spa: 10am-5pm: 50% off many items (Books, Holiday, Jewelry, Bath & Body). Free samples of Wind & Willow Dips.
Wilcox Furniture: 9am-5pm. 20% off all lamps, pictures & accessories! Free coffee & cookies.

Be sure to book your reservations for THE Winter Dance Party, January 31-February 2 at the Surf.  Guests include Mathew & Gunnar Nelson in a tribute to their Dad, Ricky Nelson, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Denny Laine, formerly with Wings and The Moody Blues, Terry Sylvester, formerly with The Hollies, and Gary US Bonds.  For ticket information purchase, call the Surf at 641-357-6151, or go their website at

See you in Clear Lake!!!

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