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Autumnal and Halloween Fun in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Fall is fully upon us and Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy the festivities of the season in North Iowa! Whether you are looking for something frightfully scary or something that celebrates the beauty of autumn, there is a great event for you. Check out our recommendations for things to do this October in Mason City and Clear Lake!

Halloween Hike at Lime Creek Nature Center

Explore Lime Creek Nature Center on a spooky evening hike. Learn about all the creatures that call the center home from your trail guide and enjoy refreshments after all that fresh air. The outdoor fun takes place on Thursday, October 19th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The hike costs $3 per person and reservations are required. Call (641) 423-5309 to reserve your spot!

 

Cocktails and Canvas "A Night in the Pumpkin Patch" at Clear Lake Arts Center

Get artistic at an Arty Party at Clear Lake Arts Center on Friday, October 20th. Join instructor Linda Dlouhy as she helps you create your very own “Starry, Starry Pumpkin Patch” while enjoying refreshments. The cost is $30 for members and $32 for non-members (cost includes all supplies right down to the paint smocks). Space is limited. To register, Call (641) 357-1998 or email clac@cltel.net to register!

 

Haunted Hike at The D and D Ranch

Find frights around every corner at The D and D Ranch (2532 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake). Every Friday and Saturday night, along with Halloween, 7 pm to 11 pm. Begin in the Halloween Museum before braving the haunted, wild west town. This fun and scary Halloween attraction costs $12 per person.

 

Scarecrows at Central Garden

Enjoy the crisp fall weather and beautiful autumnal setting of Central Gardens as you admire the scarecrows that now populate the gardens. All the scarecrows were handmade by local residents and organizations. This exhibit is open daily.

 

Boogie Spooktacular at Surf Ballroom

Dance the night away with Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z at Surf Ballroom. This great concert will take place on Saturday, October 28th. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at door. Must be 21+ to attend.


 

Celebrate Fall at the Clear Lake Harvest Festival!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Celebrate Fall in beautiful Clear Lake for the annual Harvest Festival!! Head to Main Street on Saturday, October 7th, for a day of autumnal fun and festivities! This great street festival features Beer & Wine Tastings, farmers market, vendors market, trolley rides, live music, fun events, and so much more! Find something for everyone from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm this Saturday at Clear Lake’s 13th Annual Harvest Festival!


*Events Schedule*

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Vendor Market

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | A Table Setting Affair | Wilcox Furniture

11:00 AM, Noon, 1:00 PM, & 2:00 PM | Fall Color Trolley Tours | Yacht Club

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Make Your Own Wine Charm | Larson's Mercantile

2:00 PM | Grape Stomp | Unique Boutique

3:30 PM | Pumpkin Roll Relay Race & Bennigan's Waiter Race | Chamber Office


*Live Music Schedule*

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Betty & The Gents | Festival Stage

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Five Friends Jazz Combo | Lady of the Lake

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM | NOVA Jazz | Clear Lake Arts Center

2:15 PM - 4:30 PM | Feldspar | Clear Lake Arts Center

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Last Minute Combo | Lady of the Lake

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | According to Hoyle | Festival Stage



Purchase the Harvest Festival Tasting Pass ($35) HERE.



Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone a very happy Fall weekend in Clear Lake!  

 

Image Credit: Clear Lake, Iowa

Fun Ideas for Labor Day Weekend in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Labor Day Weekend is Here! Often considered as the last hurrah of summer, this long holiday weekend is the perfect time to spend with family and friends. is considered to be the last hurrah of summer. There are so many ways to make the most of your weekend in the Mason City area! Here are our top recommendations for things for you and your family to do this Labor Day weekend! As an added perk.....these are all affordable options that ensure the most amount of fun without breaking the bank!


Go Camping!

Camping is a time honored tradition over Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the beautiful summer weather and stunning natural setting in North Iowa. Get active and explore the great outdoors. There are many campgrounds nearby at local and state parks for you and your family to enjoy. Each of these spots offers unique recreational options that will keep you and your family having fun all weekend long! Check out these great spots nearby for your camping adventure:

Beed's Lake State Park (1422 165th Street, Hampton)

Camp at the Woods (22097 Fallspark Drive # B, Mason City)

Clear Lake State Park (6490 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake)

MacNider Campgrounds (901 Birch Drive, Mason City)

McIntosh Woods State Park (1200 East Lake Street, Ventura)

Pilot Knob State Park (2148 340th Street, Forest City)


Have a Potluck!

Invite family and friends offer for a delicious feast! Prepare a delicious main course and ask each of your guests to bring a side dish to share. After all, we love our potlucks in the midwest! Enjoy time dining with your guests and set up some fun lawn games or outdoor activities to enjoy.

Vacation at Home!

We often overlook the incredible local sites and attractions that are located in our own backyard. Explore all that Mason City and the North Iowa region have to offer. Check out the local tourist spots that you never visit. Pick some great outdoor spot for some recreational fun to take advantage of the warm weather. You will find a whole new appreciation for everything that our communities have to offer while saving money by lodging in your home for your staycation!

Attend a Local Event!

There is always something going on in our area. Labor Day Weekend is no exception! Check out the Mason City Events and Clear Lake Events calendars for great local events taking place all weekend long! You are sure to find something fun and unique for the whole family to enjoy.


Jane Fischer & Associates Team wishes you and your family a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!   

Top Public School District Found in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The 2018 Best School Districts in Iowa have been announced! Congratulations to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community Schools for being ranked the 15th best out of the Top 25 districts throughout the state!

 

Who put GHV Community Schools at the top of the class? Educational review and ranking website Niche is responsible for the rankings. They gathered data from the US Department of Education and reviews from statewide students and teachers. Important factors such as academics, athletics, facilities, extracurriculars, teachers, and more were analyzed to find the best of the best. When the results came in, GHV received top grades!

 

#15 Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community Schools  | 605 West Lyons Street, Garner



SEARCH ALL HOMES FOR SALE IN THE GARNER-HAYFIELD-VENTURA COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

If you are interested in Buying a home within this top school district, give Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Clear Lake: Iowa's Charming Beach Town!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

There is no better place to beat the summer heat than the beach! Think that living in Iowa means that a beach is out of your reach? Guess again!! The beautiful North Iowa community of CLEAR LAKE was just featured by website Only In Your State as The Tiny Beach Town In Iowa You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit!



This carefree, laid back lake town is home to around 7,000 people. Despite its small size, it is filled with so much to do on and around the beautiful waters of Clear Lake!



  • Take a stroll down Main Street to find unique gift shops, antique stores, and more.

  • Head to City Park (Main Avenue) for a paddlewheel cruise, delicious sweet corn, and live music by the municipal band on the weekend.

  • Explore the great outdoors and go fishing at McIntosh Woods State Park (1200 East Lake Street, Ventura).

  • Lounge on the beach and splash around at Clear Lake State Park (2730 South Lakeview Drive).

  • Grab a delicious bite to eat with incredible views of the lake at one of the great local spots, such as The Anchor Inn (468 North Shore Drive) or The Landing Patio Bar & Grill (1603 South Shore Drive).

  • Dance the night away to live music at the historic Surf Ballroom (460 North Shore Drive).

  • Enjoy family fun community events that occur throughout the year, including Thursdays On Main and Lakeside DixieFest.



Don’t just visit Clear Lake! Make it your home! Whether you are looking for your permanent residence or a great second home for your family, there are so many options in Clear Lake. Check out the incredible Homes for Sale. Give Jane Fischer and Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.  



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Mark Your Calendars for Clear Lake's Lakeside DixieFest!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Be a part of a great 25 year tradition in beautiful Clear Lake…..the Lakeside DixieFest!! Enjoy the very best regional and national Dixieland jazz performers the last weekend of July! This incredible, FREE music festival takes place downtown City Park (Main Avenue & Lakeview Drive). Bring the whole family down to the shores of Clear Lake for two days filled with live music, dancing, and good times!

 

Saturday, July 22nd Lineup

6:00 pm | Foxtrot Hotshots

7:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

8:00 pm | The Fat Babies

Sunday, July 23rd Lineup

12:00 pm | Raiders of the Lost Art

1:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

2:00 pm | Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars

3:00 pm | The Fat Babies

4:00 pm | Raiders of the Lost Art

5:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

6:00 pm | Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars

7:00 pm | The Fat Babies

 


Jane Fischer & Associates hopes everyone in Clear Lake has a great time during the Lakeside DixieFest!

Celebrate Freedom at Clear Lake's July 4th Celebration!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Head to Clear Lake this weekend for their premiere annual festival…...the July 4th Celebration! Celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday and all of the freedoms we have enjoyed since achieving independence at this fantastic community event. From Thursday, June 29th, through Tuesday, July 4th, fill your days with amusement rides, bingo, a midway, open-air vendor market, live music in the bandshell (North Lake View Drive), and so much more in beautiful Clear Lake! The week long celebration will culminate in an Independence Day parade down Main Avenue and North Iowa’s most spectacular firework display over the lake! Don’t miss out on any of the 4th of July fun this year!

 

 

Thursday, June 29th

5:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

7:00 pm | Live Music by Crossfire

 

Friday, June 30th

10:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair 10am-9pm

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Wristband Day for $17)

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

7:00 pm | Live Music by The Punching Pandas

 

Saturday, July 1st

10:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

7:00 pm | Live Music by Arch Allies

 

Sunday, July 2nd: Family Fun Day

11:00 am - 5:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Wristband Day for $17)

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

1:00 pm | Family Feud Game Show

3:00 pm | Family Fun Time Games

7:00 pm | Live Music by StraitRun Band

 

Monday, July 3rd

10:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

7:00 pm | Live Music by The Hepperly Band

 

Tuesday, July 4th

10:00 am | Parade (Click HERE for parade route)

11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | ​Denny's School of Dance

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm | Clear Lake Municipal Band

10:00 pm | ​Fireworks over Clear Lake (Musical Tribute on 106.1FM, AM1490, & AM1300)

 

 

Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone in North Iowa a very Happy & Safe 4th of July!  


Fun Filled Weekend in Clear Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Summertime in Clear Lake means the fun never ends! And, this weekend is no exception! There are tons of incredible events planned all weekend long in this beautiful community! Enjoy the warm, summer weather with your friends and neighbors throughout Clear Lake. Whatever your interests, there is an event for you to love this Thursday through Sunday. To ensure that you do not miss out on any of the fun, check out all the information you need to know about the great, upcoming community events in Clear Lake, Iowa.


 

Thursdays on Main

Date: Thursday, June 15th

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown Clear Lake

Cost: FREE!

Head to Clear Lake’s beautiful downtown for an evening of fun. Enjoy live entertainment from Dancin’ with Roxie at 6:30 pm (Southeast corner of City Park) and live music from Crossfire between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm (near Larson’s Mercantile). The movie Rogue One will be screened at 9:00 pm in City Park. In addition to these great events, check out the vendor street market, classic cars, bounce house, kiddie train rides, and so much more!

 

Quarterly Chamber Coffee

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Location: Surf Ballroom (460 North Shore Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Learn more about what is happening in Clear Lake at local businesses and beyond at this fun, informational event. The event will begin with an update from Clear Lake Mayor Nelson Crabb.

 

Central Gardens Fresh on Friday

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: Central Gardens (800 2nd Avenue North)

Cost: FREE!

Learn more about Kale, the delicious, super-food! You will learn more about planting this vegetable as well as 4 ways to experiment with the kale you grow in your garden! This event is being presented by BeWellness.

 

Midwest F-100 Nationals Truck Show

Dates: Friday, June 16th - Saturday, June 17th

Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Friday) | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: City Park (Main Avenue)

Cost: FREE!

Truck enthusiasts will love to see all the Ford trucks from 1979 or before! On Friday afternoon, enjoy a hot dog roast, kids games, dash plaques, and more. There will be a lunch, afternoon cruise, and awards ceremony on Saturday.

 

City Wide Garage Sales

Dates: Friday, June 16th - Saturday, June 17th

Location: Throughout Clear Lake

Cost: FREE!

Find some new treasures for your family and home at the City-Wide Garage Sales. Click on the link above for locations and times for each of the sales around town!

 

Let's Celebrate! Clear Lake Arts Center's Annual 'Fun'draiser and Auction  

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Clear Lake Arts Center (17 South 4th Street)

Cost: $40 per person

Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Clear Lake Arts Council! Enjoy live music, delicious food, art auction, and more during this fun event! Call (641) 357-1998 or email clac@cltel.net to purchase tickets.

 

The Mockingbirds at The Landing

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: The Landing on Clear Lake (1603 South Shore Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Dance the night away to live music by hometown favorite The Mockingbirds. The night will be filled with all your favorite music from the 70s, 80s, and 90's!

 

Tyler Farr at Surf Ballroom

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Location: Surf Ballroom (460 North Shore Drive)

Cost: $28 in advance | $33 at the door

See country music star Tyler Farr perform his chart topping hits at the famous Surf Ballroom. Click HERE to purchase tickets.  

 

Clear Lake Farmer's Market

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Surf Ballroom Parking Lot (460 North Shore Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Stock up on the most delicious fresh produce and unique, handmade products from local vendors at this great farmer’s market! Plus, all your purchases help support our local economy!

 

Jane Fischer & Associates wishes everyone a happy, safe weekend in Clear Lake!


Thursdays On Main All Summer Long in Clear Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Thursdays On Main is back this summer in beautiful Clear Lake! “Sail into the weekend” every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 205 Main Avenue, Clear Lake, at this fun community event!

 

 

The Thursdays On Main summer kick off is taking place on Thursday, June 8th! Head to downtown Clear Lake for classic cars, delicious food, street market, live entertainment, movie in the park, unique shopping, and so much more. There are also endless activities, including bounce houses, Kiddie Train Ride, Laser Tag, and Main Street Trolley Rides! The best part…..all activities and entertainment are FREE!


 

June 8th Entertainment Schedule

6:30 pm | Turbo Tumbling

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Midwest Rock & Soul Revue on the Street Stage

9:00 pm | Disney’s Moana (PG) Screening at City Park

 

June 15th Entertainment Schedule

6:30 pm | Dancin With Roxie

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Crossfire on the Street Stage

9:00 pm | Rouge One (PG-13) Screening at City Park

 

June 22nd Entertainment Schedule

6:30 pm | Mason City Black Belt Academy

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Marshall Star Band on the Street Stage

9:00 pm | Sing (PG) Screening at City Park

 

Check out the Clear Lake Events Calendar for information about the Thursdays On Main schedules for the rest of the summer!

 

 

Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you all summer long at Thursdays On Main in Clear Lake, Iowa!   

 

 

 

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Easter Events in Mason City and Clear Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It is almost time for Easter! Mason City and Clear Lake have several great Easter events planned for the whole family. Get in the holiday spirit by spending time with your loved ones at these fantastic community events! 



2017 Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 11:30 am

Location: North Iowa Area Community College Activity Center (500 College Drive, Mason City)

Cost: FREE!

Come meet the Easter Bunny the Sunday before Easter. Bring your own basket to fill it with the eggs you find during the hunt. There will be designated egg hunts based on age groups, including 4 and under, 5-6 year olds, and 7-10 year olds. Enjoy a day of fun Easter activities for the whole family.


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: City Park (Main Avenue, Clear Lake)

Cost: FREE!

The Clear Lake Jaycees are hosting their annual egg hunt. During the hunt, look for the Golden Egg for a special prize. The Easter Bunny will be there to join in on all the fun!


Easter Bunny Pictures

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Willowbrook Mall (1631 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)

Cost: FREE!

Have your photo taken with the “Crayola Bunny”! Be sure to bring your own camera!


Easter Tea

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: North Park (200 East Dove Road, Southlake)

Cost: $15 per person

Enjoy a special Easter Tea in the parlor at The Decker House. Dine on three courses of scones, sandwiches, and treats as you sip on tea served in antique cups. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (641) 423-4700​​.



The Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!


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