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Posted June 13, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Summer is now playing in Clear Lake!! We hope you will enjoy a day trip or weekend visit to Clear Lake.  Great shopping & dining is yours.   Here is a peek at some of what you can do. You can get more information of events & activities by just visiting: www.clearlakeiowa.org.

UntitledBBQ & Brew Fundraiser with The Rotary Club of Clear Lake June 13, 2014, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM. The Rotary Club of Clear Lake is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Autism Center @ Opportunity Village. Doors open @ 5:30pm Tickets are $20 and include meal, drink ticket and live music. The event will be held at the Clear Lake Arts Center in downtown Clear Lake. You can purchase tickets from any club member or by calling Spenser at 641-355-3779.  Sponsors for this event include: Ace Hardware, Cancun Restaurant, Clear Lake Bank & Trust, Clear Lake Pharmacy, Farmers State Bank, Hall Realty, Lake Iowa Realty, Spenser Rahm, Edward Jones, Starboard Market, Bill Nicholas, Clear Lake Boats, Elly’s Lakefront Tap, Emerson’s, Manufacturer’s Bank & Trust and The Anchor Inn.. $20/ticket includes meal, drink ticket and live music

Shooter Jennings wih Waymore’s Outlaws June 13, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:55 PM. http://www.surfballroom.com. Singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings teams up with his father’s legendary band for the very first time! Tickets are on sale now for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Surf Ballroom. Doors open at 8pm. $20 advance/$25 at the door

Midwest F100 Nationals Truck ShowJune 13, 2014 – June 14, 2014. Annual Midwest F-100 Nationals at the City Park. Sponsored by the Twin City F-100 Club – Open to Ford trucks thru 1979. Registration 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm Friday, 8am to 11am Saturday, door prizes, goodie bags, dash plaques, kids games, hot dog roast Friday night, Saturday Noon lunch, Saturday afternoon cruise, prizes and trophies – Awards at City Park at 4:00 pmBottom of Form

Maynard Reece Exhibit- May 29, 2014 – July 31, 2014. An exhibition of the work of Internationally known wildlife artist Maynard Reece. Maynard Reece combines a love of nature and a talent for art, which together have made him America’s foremost wildlife artist. The only five-time winner of the Federal Duck Stamp competition and America’s most distinguished painter of waterfowl and game birds. In 1998, Maynard Reece, who says he was born about 100 yards from being a duck, was honored by the Iowa National Heritage Foundation, which named a wetland restoration project near Algona in his honor. He has been associated with duck stamp programs for over 40 years; and the success of his 1972 First of Iowa Duck Stamp remains the benchmark by which other programs are measured. Other than an exhibit last fall in Ames this is the only time the work of Maynard Reece has been exhibited in a gallery type setting. Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street, Clear Lake, IA, 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesdays – Saturdays until the end of July. Clear Lake Arts Center 641-357-1998.clac@netins.net. Free.

Other ways to enjoy Clear Lake during your visit:

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.

Central 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 centralgardens@netins.net.  Our website is www.central-gardens.org.  

Summer is here! Come to Clear Lake, to do your shopping, at our unique shops, and enjoy your summer holiday here. For more information on all Clear Lake happenings, visit our website, www.clearlakeiowa.com, and check out our events calendar.

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