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Posted September 26, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Autumn is here and that is the best time to come to Clear Lake!! The fishing and sailing is still terrific so don’t miss out on those two great things to do. 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.

UntitledFAM BAM COLOR JAM – September 27, 2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM https://www.facebook.com/FAMBAMCOLORJAM. Families First Counseling Services is pleased to announce the first annual FAM BAM COLOR JAM a 5K Family Color Run/Walk beginning at Pine Tree Park in Clear Lake, IA. Families First Counseling Services is one of the leading providers of family based, in-home and in-office services in 37 counties across Northern and Eastern Iowa. We are dedicated to the process of partnering with families to help foster growth and success for tomorrow and committed not only to our clients but also making an impact on the community. All proceeds will be given back to the local community in our area to provide families in need with daily basic items of food, shelter, clothing, transportation and access to medical and mental health services. Start at Pine Tree Park, Clear Lake, Iowa. Call  Danielle VanHooser 641-590-1645 if you have any questions. Children (age 17 and under, children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult). September 13, $25; September 14, September 27, $35; Adults September 13th – $30 September 14, September 27 – $35.

Wag & Walk 6-Legged 5K – September 28, 2014, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Come support the Clear Lake Dog Park!  Join the Clear Lake Parks & Rec department at a fun day in Clear Lake. You can run; you can walk; you can let your canine friend be your guide! Walk begins at noon, with festivities at City Park from 11am-4pm.  2K & 5K routes, or walk however far you’d like! 11am: Coffee & Breakfast Treats. 12pm: The First Annual Wag-n-Walk Begins! 2K or 5K (these are approximate), you can run if you like! Afternoon festivities include these fund raising fun events! Face Painting, Demos by the Mason City Kennel Club, Hot Dogs, & More! The ground is ready but there are still some items needed to make this Dog Park a reality.  The biggest current expense is the fence, estimated at $24,000.  A complete list of items needed and their related expenses will be released soon. Like the page on facebook for updates! Current sponsor: Three Eagles Communications. If you would like info on becoming a sponsor, contact Tracy Dorn, 641-832-0183 or email tdorn@masoncity.threeeagles.com Start at City Park. 5K route takes you to the site of the Dog Park at the Outlet Recreation Complex. 641-357-7010. $20 per person (dog included) in advance; $40 per team (up to 4 members) in advance. Day of event registration is an additional $10.

Homemade Cider & Donut Day – Homemade Cider & Donut Day, September 28, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Cider made with a 100 year old apple press, homemade donuts, apple butter made over an open fire, and a Bake sale featuring all homemade, apple-based treats, plus exhibits, demonstrations, and crafts. Kinney Pioneer Museum 1-4pm. Museum admission is $3 adults, $1 children 12 and under.

Austin Big Band – September 28, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM.. http://www.surfballroom.com

Part of the Big Band Dance Club series. Surf Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30pm with dancing from 6-10pm. $10

Iowa Ghosts & the After Life Presentation – September 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Terry Fisk will speak on “Iowa Ghosts and the After Life” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 at the Clear Lake Public Library. Fisk is a philosopher, author, paranormal investigator and lecturer for Unexplained Research LLC. He will give a 45-minute presentation, with a 15-minute question-and-answer period. Fisk studied philosophy and religion at the University of Wisconsin. He co-hosted “The Unexplained” radio talk show and directed “The Unexplained” television series. He also lectures at paranormal conferences throughout the United States, and has co-authored seven books, including “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations.” He also wrote the forthcoming environmental book, “Think Green.” He has spoken at libraries throughout the upper Midwest, and speaks at conference dealing with the unexplained and at universities and colleges. Clear Lake Public Library   641-357-6133

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.  

Don’t let your autumn 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 new website, www.clearlakeiowa.com, and check out our events calendar.

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