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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.

Mason City High School One of Top Schools in Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Mason City High School (1700 4th Street Southeast) has made it to the top 12% of its class for 2017! Educational review and ranking website Niche recently ranked 330 public high schools throughout Iowa to determine which were the best of the best. Based on data from the US Department of Education and user reviews, Mason City High School was found to be the 40th best high school in the state!


The data analyzed looked at factors such as state test scores, graduation rates, teacher quality, college readiness, SAT/ACT scores, high school ratings, and more. Mason City truly proved that it is dedicated to setting its students up for success. The school has a graduation rate of 97%. It was ranked the 19th best school in Iowa for college readiness. 15% of its students enroll in AP courses. Beyond the classroom, Mason City High School provides excellent extracurricular opportunities for its students. It is the 21st best high school for athletes in the state.


Check out the full report card for Mason City High School!


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Great local schools is one of the many reasons why Mason City is the perfect community for families to call home. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in Mason City, give Jane Fischer & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.    

North Iowa's Blizzard Warning & the 2017 North Iowa Home Show

by Jane Fischer and Associates

North Iowa's February 2017 Blizzard

Many of us in Northern Iowa were able to experience what they call thundersnow last night, not only was it snowing hard but there was lightning and thunder to go along with it! It's not often we have this type of weather but it was quite the site to see when the sky lit up the snow covered towns in the darkness of the night. The rain that preceeded the snow fall created an icy layer that will cause very slippery conditions. Not only are we expected to get 2-4 more inches of snow today but the winds will be gusting from 20 to 40 mph throughout the day leading to white out conditions in some areas. The storm is set to impact the entire Midwest region of the country, majority of the snowfall will be in North Iowa and to the west. The storm had closed 200 miles of interstate 80 yesterday in Wyoming, the system will stretch from the Rocky Mountains through the Great Lakes.

Many schools in the area cancelled for today ahead of the storm arriving last night including Mason City, Newman, Clear Lake, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, West Fork, and Central Springs.

Some office buildings in the area are currently without power because of the large build up of the heavy snow on the powerlines without an estimated time frame of when it will be turned back on, Alliant is working to address the problem but the snow and wind aren't making it easy to do so.

Kristin Chenoweth was set to perform at NIACC tonight at 7 pm but has been postponed to Sunday, February 26th at 4 pm. Anyone who had already purchased tickets can retain them for the Sunday performance, however, if unable to make the show you're able to drop off the tickets within 5 business days to the NIACC Box Office to receive a full refund. If you have any questions you're asked to call the box office directly at 641-422-4188.

The legislative forum scheduled for today in Clear Lake has been postponed to March 24th at 10 am at Clear Lake Bank & Trust at the Clear Lake office location. The representatives slated to speak included Iowa Rep. Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake and Sen. Amanda Raga, D-Mason City. They hope to have the same speakers available for the re-scheduled forum date at the end of March.

 

2017 North Iowa Home Show

 

The show must go on for the 2017 North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show scheduled for today and running through the weekend even with all this snow in the forecast. Today's hours are 3 to 9 pm, tomorrow's are 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday's hours are 11 am to 4pm at the North Iowa Events Center in both the All Seasons and Olson buildings. Admission is $5, youth 12 and under are free. The show features over 120 vendors from flooring to landscaping to bank lenders to complete kitchen remodels, whatever you need they'll have it all! They will have seminars throughout each day, door prizes, and various speakers - stop by and check it out!

North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show This Weekend!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Looking for great ways to update and renovate your Mason City home? Come to the 26th Annual North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show this weekend at the North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)! On Friday, February 24th, through Sunday, February 26th, you can find everything that you need inside and outside your home!

 


Turn your North Iowa abode into your dream home by discovering millions of ideas and meeting with 120+ exhibitors for the following areas and more:


Bath Repair | Carpet | Decorating | Doors | Energy Saving Products | Equipment | Fireplaces | Flooring | Garage Doors | Gardens | Grills | Heating & Cooling | Homebuilders | Hot Tubs | Insulation | Kitchens | Landscaping | Lawns | Mowers | Paving | Remodelers | Saunas | Security | Siding | Sunrooms | Water Treatment | Windows



There are also amazing home and garden seminars scheduled all weekend long! Here is the full schedule:


Friday, February 24th

4:30 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Kitchen (Steve Katkowsky)

6:00 pm - Backyard Birds and How to Attract Them (Ellen Montgomery)

7:00 pm - Transform your Garden & Bring your Living Space Outdoors (Steve Katkowsky)

Saturday, February 25th

11:30 am - Want a New Home and No Energy Costs for under $175,000? (Gregg Bacon)

1:00 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Bathroom (Steve Katkowsky)

2:00 pm - Want a New Home and No Energy Costs for under $175,000? (Gregg Bacon)

3:30 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Kitchen (Steve Katkowsky)

5:00 pm - Backyard Birds and How to Attract Them (Ellen Montgomery)

6:00 pm - Transform your Garden & Bring your Living Space Outdoors (Steve Katkowsky)

Sunday, February 26th

12:00 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Kitchen (Steve Katkowsky)

1:30 pm - Want a New Home and No Energy Costs for under $175,000? (Gregg Bacon)

2:30 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Bathroom (Steve Katkowsky)



North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show Details

Dates: Friday, February 24th - Sunday, February 26th

Times: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)

Cost: $5 regular admission, FREE for kids 12 and under!

*Click HERE for special discount coupon!  


If you are interested in Buying or Selling your North Iowa home, give Jane Fischer & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.


Iowa: A Great State for Well-Being!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Homebuyers looking to relocate want to find a place that promotes happiness, health, and overall wellbeing. The state of Iowa is the perfect place for just that! In fact, Iowa has been named the 19th best state for well-being in America, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways!


Gallup polled 177,192 adults over the telephone in order to determine the overall well-being of Americans nationally as well as statewide. The Well-Being index was calculated based on a 0 to 100 scale for the overall score as well as 5 element scores. 5 key elements of well-being were examined, including Purpose (happiness with what one does in their daily lives), Social (happiness with personal relationships), Financial (happiness and security with economic situation), Community (happiness in the city where they live), and Physical (ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle).


Iowa was ranked 19th overall for residents’ well-being. It ranked high for financial and community well-being.


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Mason City and the North Iowa region are the perfect spot for homebuyers looking for a sense of well being. With annual community events, endless park and recreational facilities, and strong economic development, every day brings happiness to residents in this beautiful area.



If you are interested in moving to the Mason City area, give Jane Fischer and Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.


Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

Clear Lake's Annual Winter Dance Party Started off with a Bang!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party

The 1950s themed sock hop kicked off the winter dance party yesterday at the Surf Ballroom with kids of all ages dawned in saddle shoes, Buddy Holly style glasse and poodle skirts which is the start of the annual three day tribute event. It has been 58 years since the plane carrying Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper", Buddy Holly and Roger Peterson the pilot crashed in the night. The first memorial event was held on February 3, 1979 which marked the 20th anniversary of the last performance at the Surf Ballroom prior to the plan crash, the event was entitled "The Tribute to Buddy Holly Concert" and has since grown into a large music celebration of 50's and 60s music. 

The executive director of the Surf Ballroom, Laurie Lietz said "We're exciited to mix new events and activities for our visitors with the many great traditions that have been around since 1979 when the event first began." Austin Allsup will be doing a tribute to his father Tommy Allsup  who was one of the original guitarists for the 1959 Winter Dance Party and played at the Surf on Feb 2, 1959. Tommy was scheduled to play today at the event but sadly passed away just weeks prior to the big event. The Killer Vees: Rmembering Bobby Vee will be performing a tribute on Saturday to Bobby Vee who was a supporter and performer of the annual Winter Dance Party event. Bobby Vee died in October 2016.

The Surf executive director has already started preparation for next year's event because of the large undertaking, even with the help of volunteers and countless hours of planning they stay ahead of the event each year to ensure the line up ofperformers are booked and to avoid scheduling conflicts. On average the event will take 12 to 14 months of planning ahead of time in order to secure all the performers outside of the 3,000+ hours dedicated to scheduling out the events. The community is very supportive of the event that draws thousands of people who fill up all the local hotels and restaurants for a good week; some people travel from as far as the UK to attend the annual event which includes the 28th annual British Buddy Holly Society luncheon at the Best Western on Friday this year. 

Lietz said, "Our event is like no other in the country. In addition to the four evenings of live entertainment here at the Surf, visitors will enjoy everything from dance lessons and wedding vow renewals to luncheons, movies at the local theater and record/memorabilia shows." The event will run through Sunday so make sure to get out and enjoy all the Winter Dance Party has to offer!

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