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Cannonball Day this Saturday in Mason City!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Enjoy a day filled with railroad fun at Cannonball Day! Head to East Park (717 3rd Street Northeast) in beautiful Mason City on Saturday, June 24th, from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm for lots of family fun! Now in its 12th year, this event celebrates trains and railroad history. The festivities go on all day with a kids fun run, talent competition, inflatable playgrounds, car show, Smoky the Train rides, live music, and so much more! Stick around for the delicious Mason City Evening Lions Club Chicken BBQ. All proceeds from this event benefit the maintanence, preservation, and restoration of the Cannonball 457, East Park's own Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad steam locomotive.

 

 

2017 Cannonball Kids Fun Run

Register your children for the annual Cannonball Kids Fun Run. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, medal, and tickets for Cannonball Day activities. There will also be water and healthy snacks available at the end of the race. Click HERE for the downloadable registration form!

Age Group Divisions

  • Ages 5-6 | ½ mile

  • Ages 7-8 | ¾ mile

  • Ages 9-10 | 1 mile

  • Ages 11-13 | 1.5 miles

 

 

Bill Riley Talent Search

 Let your child showcase their incredible talent during the Bill Riley Talent Search, which is held during Cannonball Day. The competition is open to any ages 2 to 21 years old. Each competitor will receive a ribbon and cash prizes are awarded to the top winners! Click HERE for the entry form.

 

Jane Ficher & Associates Team wishes all the families in Mason City a very happy and fun Cannonball Day!

 

Image Credit: Visit Mason City

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!


Register for the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Register today for the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge!! This great annual race is held in memory of Navy SEAL Jon T. Tumilson, who along with 29 other men and one service dog, gave his life for his country on August 6th, 2011 in Afghanistan.

 

 

The race will be held on Saturday, July 15th, at Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve (1227 215th Street, Rockford), a spot where Jon loved to run. Grab your family and friends and remember this brave man for his service.

 

 

Race Day Schedule

6:30 - 7:45 am | Race Registration

6:30 - 8:00 am | Timing Chip Pick-up

8:00 am | Opening Ceremony

8:30 am | Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge Race Start

10:00 am | Jon Tumilson Frogman Kids Fun Run Start

11:30 am | Awards Ceremony and Raffle (starts after the Rockford Fun Days Parade)

 

 

 

Register for this great event HERE! Those who register by July 1st will be guaranteed a race t-shirt. The cost is $35 per person for the 5K Run/Walk and $25 per child (ages 12 and under) for the Kids ½ mile Run/Walk. Be sure to create a team name while registering! There will be awards given out for largest Corporate Team and largest Family Team. Can't make it to the actual event? Do a Virtual Run in honor of JT no matter where you are!

 

Image Credit: Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge

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!   

 

 

 

Image Credit: Thursdays On Main


2017 North Iowa Band Festival this Memorial Day Weekend!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Check out the Midwest’s largest FREE marching band competition this Memorial Day Weekend in Mason City! It’s time for the 2017 North Iowa Band Festival! Now in its 79th year, this favorite annual festival features incredible live musical performances, spectacular community parade, carnival, marketplace, and so much more! The festival takes place all weekend long from Thursday, May 25th, through Monday, May 29th. Check out the full schedule of events below so you do not miss out on any of the fun!

 

Thursday, May 25th

6:00 pm | Middle School Band | Downtown Plaza

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Carnival Open | Downtown

6:45 pm | Mason City Municipal Band | Downtown Plaza

 

Friday, May 26th

5:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

5:00 pm | MCHS Mohawk Danzers | Downtown Main Stage

5:15 pm | Mason City High School Orchestra | Downtown Plaza

6:00 pm | Thrillbillies | Downtown Main Stage

8:00 pm | Chris Hawkey | Downtown Main Stage

 

Saturday, May 27th

8:00 am | 28th Annual Stu Nevermann Memorial Run | Aquatic Center

10:00 am | 79th North Iowa Band Festival Parade | North Penn and East State Street

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

1:00 pm | Newman Catholic Dance Team | Central Park

1:15 pm | Mason City High School Jazz Band | Downtown Plaza

2:00 pm | NIACC Extreme Makeover Announcement | Downtown Main Stage

2:00 pm | Awards Ceremony | Downtown Main Stage

5:00 pm | Betty and the Gents | Downtown Main Stage

7:00 pm | The Pork Tornadoes | Downtown Main Stage

 

Sunday, May 28th

9:00 am | Outdoor Worship Service | Trinity Lutheran Church

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

 

Monday, May 29th

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

 

 

 

Although Mason City and North Iowa will be filled with lots of festive fun this Memorial Day weekend, it is important to take the time to remember the real reason why we have this long weekend. Memorial Day is for us to honor and salute those brave men and women of our armed services who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms and our nation. Be sure to show your appreciation to veterans and active service members this weekend and beyond.

 

 

Jane Fischer & Associates extends a sincere THANK YOU to all current and retired United States military members for your service! We wish everyone a very happy & safe Memorial Day weekend!

 

Image Credit: Mason City Chamber of Commerce

North Iowa Farmers Market Opens this Friday!!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

This Friday, May 19th, marks the opening day of the North Iowa Farmers Market! Find the best produce, artisan goods, baked goods, eggs, and so much more from incredible local vendors every week until October 27th! The market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. It is located on the corner of 1st Street and Delaware in Mason City. Click HERE for an updated list of vendors who will be selling their goods at the market.



Come meet the newest member of the North Iowa Farmers Market team this Friday! The North Iowa Farmers Market is excited by the recent hire of Sarah Tweeten as the new Market Manager. An Iowa native, Sarah graduated from Iowa State University with a BS degree in Agricultural Communications. She volunteered with AgriCorps in Ghana after graduation, working in agricultural development. She now works for the Worth County Extension and Outreach office. Sarah will be a key role for the North Iowa Farmers Market as its Market Manager. She serves as the market representative while it is open, acts as a liason between vendors and the board, and will be managing NIFM’s marketing and social media. Welcome Sarah Tweeten to NIFM!



Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you this Friday at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City! It is the perfect way to support local farmers and put fresh, healthy food on your table for the whole family to enjoy!  

 

Image Credit: North Iowa Farmers Market

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!


Spend Time Outdoors This Spring At These Great Local Spots!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Today marks the first official day of Spring! After a long winter, we are all looking forward to warmer weather, blooming flowers, and days in the great outdoors. With spring finally here, it is the perfect time to start planning our adventures out in the sun. There are many fantastic recreational spots throughout the Mason City area for you and your family to enjoy this spring and beyond. Here are our favorite local spots that we recommend checking out this season!


Lime Creek Nature Center | 3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City

This facility is the perfect spot in the area to explore the great outdoors. The center offers educational exhibits and programming about North Iowa’s natural resources and wildlife. Outside, the Conservation Area includes a variety of natural habitats, including forest, prairie, and wetland. There are over 8 miles of trails that wind through these areas and allow for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.



East Park | East State Street, Mason City

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this fantastic community park. Covering 57.6 acres, there are endless facilities for your family to use. If you like to remain active outdoors, check out the basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, as well as the 9 hole disc golf course. For a more relaxing afternoon, wander through the natural spaces of the park or fish along Willow Creek or the Winnebago River. Your children will love playing on the city’s largest playground and in the wooden maze.


River City Sculptures on Parade | Downtown Mason City

One of the most notable features of our community’s downtown is the amazing display of public art located throughout. There are unique sculptures created by artists from around the United States. Take a self guided tour and marvel at these beautiful works of art. It is also a great way to explore downtown and all its amazing architecture, cultural facilities, and dining and retail options.


Central Gardens of North Iowa | 800 2nd Avenue North, Clear Lake

This tranquil and relaxing spot might truly be the most beautiful natural setting in our area. Located on 2.75 acres, it is currently home to 11 unique gardens. These gardens include wildflower, wetland, Victorian Shrub Rose, butterfly, children’s, container, and so much more. There are also ponds and terraces located throughout the gardens. It is a peaceful place when you want to get away from it all.


How to Care for Your North Iowa Home After this Week's Snowstorm!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Although spring is almost here, March weather can still mean plenty of snow in North Iowa….as we just saw this week. Snow and wintery elements can cause damage to your home. Be sure to properly take care of your home after this latest snowfall and prepare it for any potential storms in the near future. Follow these tips for winter home care to keep your North Iowa home in its best shape and ready for the warm spring weather ahead!

Concrete takes a beating in the winter. Ice and snow can cause cracks. Be sure to clear off your Driveway and Walkways as soon as possible after a snowfall. Take care of those slippery spots with eco-friendly gravel or salt. Once your driveway and walkways are clear, check for any damage that you might need to take care of this spring.  

The weight of snow can cause Dead Branches to fall from trees. If any of these branches are large and hang over an area of your home, they can cause serious damage when they break off. Go around your home to look for any potential issues and cut away the dead branches that you find.

Your Roof can crack under large accumulations of snow. Cracks in the roof can lead to more serious water damage in your home. Inspect your roof for areas with heavy snow accumulation. Safely remove some of the snow. Be sure to check inside your home for any signs that damage has already occurred and hire a professional to fix the problem if necessary.  

Ice and snow up against your home can cause moisture to enter the Foundation. Make sure you shovel all the way around the base of your home. Go inside and check for cracks in the foundation where moisture might have entered.

 

Cold temperatures can cause Pipes to burst. A burst pipe leads to expensive water damage if your home floods. Until spring, make sure that you keep the temperature at at least 55 degrees throughout your home. Check your pipes to see if any feel cold to the touch and add insulation to keep them warm.

Time to SPRING FORWARD

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Spring Forward 2017

Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tomorrow night before you go to bed! It's officially time to enjoy the longer hours of daylight! Daylight savings time officially starts at 2 am on Sunday, March 12th but it's best to do before you go to bed unless you plan on being up at 2 am to reset your clocks.

Although it doesn't feel like spring out there today or forecasted for the upcoming weekend it's just around the corner! 

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