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Posted December 20, 2013 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

We hope you will enjoy a day trip or weekend visit to Clear Lake. Great shopping & dining.  Here is a peek at some of what you can do. For more information of events & activities, visit

ChamberHoliday Open House at Farmer’s State BankDecember 20, 2013, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Farmers State Bank – Holiday Open House- Dec. 20th 9:00am – 4:00pm, 210 First Ave. N. Clear Lake & 5 West Ventura Street, Ventura, Please join us for refreshments! Farmers State Bank – Clear Lake and Ventura locations.

Holiday Fun Night December 20, 2013, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Join Kaplan University for a Holiday Fun Night! Cookie Decorating, Pictures with Santa, and a Holiday movie with Popcorn and refreshments! Kaplan University – 2570 4th St SW, Mason City IA 50401. 12/20/2013 5-8pm Julie Valencia – 641-421-8246.

North Iowa Nordic Cross Country Demo December 21, 2013. Skis provided. All ages. Downtown Seawall. 1pm. Casey Martin,  641-583-1559.

Tuesday Painters Open Studio. December 24, 2013, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Open Studios are free to Clear Lake Arts Center members. No registration necessary, just show up and bring your stuff! Clear Lake Arts Center. Tuesdays, 10am-2pm. 641-357-1998.Free for CLAC Members

Sit & Knit Open Studio. December 24, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Open Studios are free to Clear Lake Arts Center members. No registration necessary, just show up and bring your stuff!. Knitting instruction available from 1-2pm, $10. Learn to knit or get help with problems. Come as needed, all ages welcome. Sign up! Clear Lake Arts Center. Tuesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm. 641-357-1998. Free for CLAC Members

Surf Ballroom 2014 Winter Dance Party Entertainment Announcement – January 30-February 1, 2014.  Here’s the entertainment lineup – Thursday evening, January 30 – Tommy Roe, The Four Preps, The Fireballs featuring Jimmy Gilmer, Marvelous Marvin Short; Friday, January 31 – “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” 35th anniversary celebration, The Whitewalls, Jimmy Clanton, the original Drifters; Saturday, February  – Chubby Checker, Los Lobos, Chris Montez, Albert Lee, Tommy Allsup, Buddy & the Boys. Tickets went on sale for $110 per person on November 12, at 8 a.m. To get more information, call the Surf Ballroom at 641-357-6151 or go to their website, Bottom of Form

Other Points of Interest

Downtown Clear Lake – Visit our unique shops, offering a surprising array of items for you to choose from.  We have been told that our retail shops in Clear Lake are not only unique but outstanding.  Come to Clear Lake & see for yourself!!

Lakeside Restaurants – Clear Lake offers an abundance of great dining venues.  Here are several that are on the Lake: Ge-Jo’s by the Lake, The Landing, PM Park, The Muskie Lounge, The Other Place, District 619, The Anchor Inn, Half-Moon and many more for your dining pleasure

Surf Ballroom & Museum – One of the most sought out places for visitors to Clear Lake. You can visit the historic Surf Ballroom during the week to see the location of where Buddy Holly & the Crickets, J. P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, and Richie Valens performed their final concert, “the day the music died,” before their tragic plane crash five miles from Clear Lake on that fateful night in February, 1959.  The Surf still has numerous live musical performances and has been ranked one of the top 12 music venues in the United States for 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Plus it has a terrific gift shop and a Wall of Fame you can view. Guided tours for groups are available.  Visit the Surf for music history and great memories!

City Beach– rated as one of the top 50 beaches in the United States by USA Today. A little slice of heaven where beaches are concerned!!

McIntosh Woods State Park – a 60 acre mecca for campers, where you can also rent “yurts,” go fishing, swimming or boating or picnicking. Reservations are required, tool-free 1-800-427-2757.

Clear Lake State Park – another gem for camping (176 campsites), a beautiful 900-foot beach, great for picnicking, fishing or boating.  You can also use the day lodge for meeting or gatherings.  Reservations are required, 1-800-427-2527.

City Park – This is the location in downtown Clear Lake, right off of the Lake where most of the community activities and events are held.  It has playground equipment and a beautiful band shell as well as picnic tables and benches.  Come relax and enjoy our beautiful City Park, and then stroll through downtown Clear Lake for shopping and dining.

UntitledCentral Gardens of North Iowa. Explore one of the most unique gardening experiences in the state of Iowa with a walking tour of our beautiful Central Gardens, open to the public and at no cost, located at 800 2nd Ave. in Clear Lake. For general information, call 641-357-0700, or email us at  Our website is

Come to Clear Lake, to do your last minute Christmas shopping, visiting our unique shops. For more information on all Clear Lake happenings, visit our website,, and check out our events calendar.


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