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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

Pumpkin Picking in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Get in the fall spirit by planning a weekend trip to Enchanted Acres! Located less than 20 miles away directly south of Mason City, this fabulous, family owned farm offers the perfect weekend retreat! Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy arts & crafts, take a hayride, feed the goats, fire the pumpkin cannon, and so much more! There are also incredible Special Events & Workshops planned throughout the season. Your entire family will love their day on the farm!


Fall Season Information

Address: 1071 250th Street, Sheffield, IA 50475

Phone: (515) 371-0450

Dates: Friday, September 16th - Sunday, October 29th

Hours:

  • Monday - Wednesday | CLOSED

  • Thursday - Saturday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $5 per person | Children 2 & under are FREE

  • Admission includes regular attractions, unlimited hayrides, and entry into Books in the Barn


Whether you are picking pumpkins to decorate your Mason City home or bake a delectable pie, you want to make sure you pick the perfect pumpkin! Here are some helpful pumpkin tips!  


  • Look for pumpkins that are visually appealing. The color should be an even deep orange.

  • Make sure there are no cuts, soft spots, or bruises. The exterior should feel hard. If it doesn’t, it could indicate that it is starting to rot! Make sure the stem is attached.

  • Cure your freshly picked pumpkin in a dry place to toughen its rind and reduce the chance for rotting. Place it in a cool (50-65 degrees), low humidity environment so it lasts throughout the season!

  • If you are using the pumpkin for carving, odd shapes and lopsided pumpkins can make for the coolest looking creations!

  • Pumpkins for pies are a different variety. You want one that has been developed for eating. They are smaller, sweeter, and smoother than decorative pumpkins.

Great River City Festival in Mason City!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Head to downtown Mason City this weekend for the Great River City Festival! There are fun events all weekend long for you to celebrate everything you love about Mason City, past and present! Don’t miss out on any of the festivities!

 

14th Annual Ethnic Lunch

Date: Friday, September 15th

Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Federal Avenue (East Side of Central Park)

Come for the incredible ethnic food, cultural exhibits, diversity awards, and so much more.

Menu

  • April Concepcion – Filipino egg rolls, rice noodles, fried rice, & meat on a stick

  • Bethlehem Lutheran – German brats, runzas, apple dumpling, hot potato salad, & baked goods

  • Columbia Club – Beef tacos, taco salad, & fried ice cream sundaes

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa – Beverages

  • MC Noon Lions Club – Indian Bhel-Chat snack & Mithai dessert

  • Mr. Taco – Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, & burritos

  • Ruth Anne’s Home Baked – Breads & pastries

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church – English bangers and mash & scones

  • State Street Deli – Italian roast beef sandwiches

  • Suzie Q – Greek gyros & Philly cheesesteaks

  • Trinity Lutheran Church – Norwegian meatballs & almond bars

 

Friday Night Live

Date: Friday, September 15th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Central Park

Enjoy live music by Mason City favorite’s The Chocolate Crackers. Check out the craft show, kids games and inflatables, delicious food, and pub crawl! There might also be a special appearance by the gangsters!

 

The Great River City Festival

Date: Saturday, September 16th

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Downtown Mason City

See John Dillinger and the Public Enemies of 1934 as they “rob” the First National Bank at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm! It will be a fun-filled, action-packed reenactment! In between the “robberies”, Denny's School of Dance will be performing. Join in the fun by participating in the costume contest! Enjoy delicious snacks and beverages throughout the event.

 

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!   

Iowa Independent Film Festival in Mason City!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Enjoy the finest independent films from around the world at the IOWA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL!! Head to downtown Mason City on Friday, August 18th, and Saturday, August 19th, for 29 films! The 10th annual IIFF features feature films, short films, and documentaries, and discussions with some of the filmmakers! Films will be screened at The Main Event (112 2nd Street Southeast) and a student film showcase will be head in the Mason City Room at the Mason City Public Library (225 2nd Street Southeast). Tickets cost $30 per person and include access to ALL movies on both days as well as coffee, lunch, dinner, and popcorn on Saturday! Purchase tickets at the door or in advance HERE! Don’t miss out on any of the cinematic fun!

 



FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th | THE MAIN EVENT

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • The Gurgle (6 minutes)

  • King in the Mountain (55 minutes)

  • Controlled Burn (3 minutes)

  • Elly* (10 minutes)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Ten More (12 minutes)

  • Untruth* (11 minutes)

  • Camp Algona* (57 minutes)

8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

  • Bakemono (49 minutes)

  • Repartiation (72 minutes)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th | MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

9:15 am - 11:00 am

  • Everything’s Gonna Be OK (15 minutes)

  • Beyond the X (17 minutes)

  • The Way Out (26 minutes)

  • Running Condition (16 minutes)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • The Canjoe Man* (20 minutes)

  • Release* (84 minutes)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Fish (4 minutes)

  • A Night at the Movies* (16 minutes)

  • Bridging Color (24 minutes)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Rise of the Sea Urchins*

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th | THE MAIN EVENT

10:00 am - 11:45 am

  • North & Nowhere (12 minutes)

  • Falling South (39 minutes)

  • No Name Maddos (26 minutes)

11:45 am - 2:00 pm

  • Strongroom (23 minutes)

  • The Tree* (94 minutes)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • After Hours Trading* (103 minutes)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • The Whole World (30 minutes)

  • The Barn Raisers* (56 minutes)

6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

  • The Ragman - A Hobo’s Story Untold (16 minutes)

  • The Gatehouse* (96 minutes)

8:45 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Gary Kroeger Awards Ceremony



Mason City is filled with incredible cultural events, such as the Iowa Independent Film Festival, all year round! If you want to call this incredible community home, give the Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.



Image Credit: Iowa Independent Film Festival  

Back 2 School in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

August means the start of school for students throughout North Iowa. It's time to check those school supply lists, pick out your first day's outfit, and get a good night's rest before that first school bell of the year. Mark your calendar with the your district's first day of school!


 

Central Springs Community School District | 105 South East Street, Manly

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Clear Lake Community School District | 1529 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  


Mason City Community Schools | 1515 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 29th (Grades 7 & 9) | Wednesday, August 30th (All Grades)

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Osage Community Schools | 820 Sawyer Drive, Osage

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 22nd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock CSD | 1460 210th Street, Rockford

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


West Fork Community School District | 210 South 2nd Street, Rockwell

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd (Grades 9-12) | Thursday, August 24th (Grades PreK-8)

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

 

Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes all students in North Iowa a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

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/.  



Content and Image Credit: Only In Your State

Fill Your Bellies at the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Fill your bellies in Mason City at the 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!!! The Globe Gazette is sponsoring this favorite yearly event this weekend, July 21st and 22nd, in East Park! Come dine on the best BBQ in the Midwest as teams compete for the coveted title!  


The Kansas City Barbeque Society has sanctioned the competition and teams will be cooking for certified KCBS judges. Enjoy incredible brisket, chicken, pork shoulder, ribs, and more! There will be an overall grand and reserve champion along with divisional winners. Other competitions include desserts, Spam and Anything Butt!


Although food is the main attraction, there are lots of other fun activities and live music planned for the weekend festivities! Check out everything happening at this incredible, FREE community event in beautiful Mason City!


Schedule of Events

Friday, July 21st

  • 5:00 pm | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Opens

  • 5:30 pm | Sheltered Reality

  • 6:00 pm | Beer Sampling

  • 7:00 pm | Standing Hampton

  • 9:00 pm | Kids Inflatable Playground Closes

  • 10:00 pm | Food Court Closes

  • 11:00 pm | Beer Garden Closes

Saturday, July 22nd

  • 11:00 am | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Opens | The Grant Family

  • 11:30 am | KCBS Competition

  • 1:00 pm | Mason City Jaycees Bag Tournament ($20 per team) | The Magic of Mike Prestby

  • 2:00 pm | Bolder Road

  • 4:00 pm | Awards Ceremony

  • 6:00 pm | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Closes


Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone in Mason City a weekend filled with delicious food and good cheer at the 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!  



Image Credit: Globe Gazette

Rockford Fun Days and Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It’s time for Rockford, Iowa’s biggest celebration of the year…..9th Annual Rockford Fun Days!!! Celebrate summer and everything you love about living in this charming town at this great annual festival on Saturday, July 15th! The day is filled with family fun activities. Dine on delicious food, compete in the disc golf and kickball tournament, catch the parade, play some games, see incredible live performances, and so much more! Be sure to participate or cheer on the runners in the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge and Kids Frogman Fun Run! This great event honors the memory of Navy Seal and local hero 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. Do not miss the stunning fireworks show at the end of the evening! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the 9th Annual Rockford Fun Days!


Schedule of Events

8:00 am | Opening ceremony for the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge | Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park

  • Race Registration and Packet pick up on Friday, July 14th, 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Rockford Fossil Prairie Park

  • Register HERE!

8:30 am | Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run starts

9:30 am | Kickball Tournament | Town Hall Fields

  • Open to anyone ages 16 and older; 5 girls and 5 boys per team

  • Contact Monica Murray at (641) 430-5253 to participate

10:00 am | Jon Tumilson Frogman Fun Run | Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park

  • Open to kids ages 12 and under

11:00 am | Parade | Downtown Rockford

  • Parade Line Up at 10:30 am in the RRMR School parking lot (1460 210th Street)

  • Contact Monica Murray at (641) 430-5253 for parade inquires

11:30 am | Awards Ceremony for the Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run | Central Park

11:30 am - 3:00 pm | Food, Games, Inflatables, and Vendors | Central Park

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Photo Booth | Central Park

  • $1.00 for one 4x6 photo

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Kids Disc Golf Clinic & Tournament | Central Park

  • Contact Jeremy Schlader at (319) 415-6055 to participate

1:30 pm | Pedal Tractor Pull | Central Park

  • Open to kids ages 3 to 8

  • Register that day at the Wrist Band Stand

3:00 pm | Magic Show | Central Park

3:30 pm | Greased Pig Catch | Rockford Fire Station

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Adult Disc Golf Tournament | Central Park

  • Contact Jeremy Schlader at (319) 415-6055 to participate

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Dead Engine Drag | Main Avenue

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BBQ Rib Dinner | Rockford Fire Station

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Hypnotist Show | Rockford Fire Station

8:00 pm - 12:00 am | Sideshow Bob (80’s & 90’s Rock) | Rockford Fire Station

Dusk | FIREWORKS! | Central Park



Jane Fischer and Associates Team would like to take this time to remember the sacrifice that Navy Seal Jon Tumilson made for us and our country. And, we wish everyone in Rockford a very happy & fun day at this year’s Rockford Fun Days!

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