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Posted April 08, 2015 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Come to fabulous Clear Lake, Iowa! 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.com.

Re-Purpose Exhibit – April 7, 2015 – May 2, 2015. http://www.clartscenter.com. 2nd Annual Re-Purpose Exhibit (in conjunction with the Clear Lake Earth Days Committee). : Using the premise that everyone in an artist. This competition is open to anyone who has applied creativity in his/her own area of specialization and in the process changed the reason for which something exists (or repurposed something). Works must fall into 5 Categories 2-D Work of Art (could be a collage/painting), 3-D Work of Art (free-standing structure) may hang on the wall but 3-dimensional in nature), Functional (has dual functions, it’s a work of art and an object of use), Wearable (has dual functions, it’s a work of art and an object to wear), Fiber (not wearable). Artist’s Reception: TBA. Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street, Clear Lake, IA. 641-357-1998, clac@netins.net. FREE

QUILT SHOW – April 11, 2015 – April 12, 2015. QUILT SHOW Lake Area Quilters’ Guild Show will feature quilts of various sizes and designs made by quilt members Includes Merchant Mall, boutique, demonstrations, antique quilt presentation. Lunch Available. Show Hours: Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday noon – 4om Admission is $3.00. Children 12 and under free. Clear Creek Elementary School 901 S. 14th Street Clear Lake, IA. Contact Information- Lucinda Zieman.

Art of Recycling Show and Sale – April 11, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT. http://www.clartscenter.com. Art of Recycling Show and Sale – an intimate gathering of artisans and their wares – this group of people are engaged in the act of producing items from recycled materials.

Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street, Clear Lake, IA. 641-357-1998, clac@netins.net. FREE.

Green Expo – April 16, 2015, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT. http://www.earthdaynorthiowa.org. The regional Green Expo and Clear Lake Earth Days are fun ways to celebrate the arrival of spring!   Sample fresh local food, get started with your garden, learn about outdoor fun, how to cut your fuel bill or starting a career in wind turbine technology.   Exhibitors include everything from landscapers, spa professionals, local food organizers, outdoor adventurers, health consultants, artists, energy consultants, students and much more.  Numerous local businesses will showcase their green products and representatives from numerous local and statewide non-profits will be available.  A complete list of vendors and other information is available on the website listed above. The Green Expo is held from 4-7 p.m. and sponsored by the Clear Lake and Mason City Earth Day Committees and the Clear Lake and Mason City Chambers of Commerce and is held in conjunction with Business After Hours. Surf Ballroom. Free Admission


Other cool 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.

We invite you to visit Clear Lake! There are lots of great activities this spring. For more information on all Clear Lake happenings, visit our new website, www.clearlakeiowa.com

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