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Posted July 18, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Come to 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 this week. You can get more information of events & activities by just visiting: www.clearlakeiowa.org.

Lions Chicken BBQ July 20, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Annual Noon Lions Chicken BBQ & Lioness Pie Fundraiser, serving from 10am until sold out. Meal includes a half grilled secret-recipe chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, roll, and beverage. City Park.

UntitledRAGBRAI Pass Through Town – July 23, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Clear Lake will welcome RAGBRAI riders on their way from Forest City to Mason City on Wednesday, July 23rd. RAGBBRAI® Clear Lake announced the entertainment that will be featured as they play host to riders as they pass through Clear Lake on Wednesday, July 23rd. The main entertainment stage will be located at the corner of Main Avenue and South Third Street.  “RAGBRAI-Clear Lake has worked very hard to provide a fun, diverse mix of entertainment options” says Diane Thompson, General Chair of RAGBRAI-Clear Lake. “Not only will riders be able to enjoy great live music beginning at 9:30am but they will also have the opportunity to enjoy the sand and cool water at Clear Lake’s City Beach where a live DJ will keep the party rolling all afternoon.” Scheduled to appear: Island Time Band – A trop-rock duo featuring Dave Herzog on steel drums, percussion & vocals; and, Chuck Fox on guitar, steel drums & vocals.
Abby Normal -Their song selection is aimed to delight-from timeless rock songs to current hits they are sure to strike a chord with everyone. Planet Passengers –This diverse and eclectic group of seasoned musicians will entertain with a vast repertoire and a big band sound. Jam Time– These longtime favorites will be spinning RAGBRAI classics throughout the day. And, at approximately 2:00pm the famous Ragbrai-Blues Brothers” will make their first appearance since 2004. Don’t miss the chance to dance, party and sing along with this famous biking duo. Jam Time will also host a party on City Beach from 12pm-4pm.  “We invite riders to enjoy the sand, waves, and great live music as they pass through Clear Lake. We look forward to welcoming our guests and hope that they have as much fun while they are in our town as we will have being their hosts” said Thompson.

Lampost Theatre Presents: Modern Anxieties – July 11, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. http://www.lampost.com Join us for Lampost Theatre Co.’s premier summer season in Clear Lake with a dessert theatre! In the original musical-comedy “Modern Anxieties,” follow a modern everyman through the ups and downs of life as he finds himself trapped between fading hopes and technical difficulties. Join us on a delightful journey, a collage of old and new and everyday, it’s a journey through the “stuff that dreams are made of.” Lampost Theatre 15 N. 5th St. Clear Lake, IA 50428. June 27 – July 19 Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm. Tickets/info: www.lampost.com or (319) 277-8034. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Ticket price includes show, gourmet dessert, and coffee.

Open Mic Night July 16, 2014, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM. http://www.surfballroom.com. Do you sing?
Are you a comedian? Express yourself. The Surfside lounge at the Surf Ballroom will hold Open Mic Nights at 7 pm on Wednesday nights in July. Those interested in performing are asked to contact Nicki Barragy at 641-357-6151 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or nicki@surfballroom.com Surf Ballroom’s Cypress Room. Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:00pm. 

Thursdays on Main – June 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. http://www.clearlakeiowa.com. Come to downtown Clear Lake for Thursdays on Main! This Chamber event features live music, featured entertainment, classic cars, a bounce house, hand-powered kiddie train rides, our retail stores stay open late, vendor street market, topped off with a movie in the park! Main Avenue activities are 6:00-9:00pm; 6:30pm Special Entertainment on the 300 block (SE corner of City Park): Denny’s School of Dance; 7:00-9:00pm: Live Music on the 400 block (next to Larson’s Mercantile): You Knew Me When (Folk Rock Duo); 9:00-10:45pm: Movie in the Park in City Park: Safe Haven (PG13). All activities are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors! Main Avenue activities 6:00-9:00pm. Thursdays from June 12, 2014-August 14, 2014* Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. All activities are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors!

*No Thursdays on Main July 3rd.

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.  

Don’t let your summer go by without visiting Clear Lake! You can shop here, visit our unique shops, and enjoy your summer vacation or day trip 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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