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Posted August 15, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

UntitledCome 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.

The Global Leadership Summit – August 14, 2014 – August 15, 2014. The Global Leadership Summit will be held August 14-15, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. For more information visit www.willowcreek.com/summit. Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N 4th Street, Clear Lake.

Ale to the Arts – August 15, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, http://www.clartscenter.com. BBQ*BEER*MUSIC – Supporting the Clear Lake Arts Center ; Outdoor Beer Garden, Local Ale from Lake Time Brewery, Wine/Beer Cash Bar, Live music with Spenser Rahm, Gift Shop Specials, BBQ Plate served from 6-8 pm.

Pioneer Kids Day – August 17, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Roast hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire, play old-fashioned competitive games like sack races and win prizes! Take in a magic show and visit the craft persons demonstrating their skills. Kinney Pioneer Museum. Kid’s Day activities 1-4pm, museum is open until 5pm . Museum admission is $3 adults, $1 children 12 and under.

Thursdays on MainAugust 21, 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.

Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention – August 9, 2014 – August 15, 2014. The Pyrotechnics Guild International presents “Iowa Thunderstorm 2014” the PGI’s 2014 Convention, which will be held at the North Iowa Events Center from Saturday, August 9th through Friday, August 15th. Only PGI Members, who are registered for Convention, are eligible to attend Convention events such as seminars, manufacturing, trade-show, supply sales and Class C vending. Members of the general public will be able to purchase tickets for the public displays that will be held during the Convention.

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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