It's All There...In LeClaire!

It's time for Christmas in LeClaire! Join us for First Friday, First Saturday, special wine tastings, live music, fun events at the Library, and much more! Enjoy shopping, touring, wining, and dining, too, every day of the week. And find those special gifts for your loved ones! Be sure and browse the "save the date" section at the end of this e-news and start making plans to #VisitLeClaire all year! More information about LeClaire, Iowa, can be found on our website at: www.visitleclaire.com 

NOVEMBER
Now thru December 30: Mississippi Cottage Antiques is calling all Christmas shoppers! Spend $99 or more receive 11% reward. Spend $199 or more receive 12% reward. Spend over $400 receive special quote from manager. (These discounts cannot be used with any other promotion or discount and can't be used to purchase quilts or home paintings.)

Tuesday, November 28, 5-7pm: Join 129 for "Tuesday Tasting". $15 for 10 wines. Call 563-729-1035 to reserve your glass!

Wednesday, November 29, 6:30pm: Faithful Pilot is hosting half price wine night with live music by
Mark Hestness.

Thursday, November 30, 6pm: Faithful Pilot is hosting Tony's Wine Class. 4 Flights for $35. Topic is "everything you need for the holidays!" Call 563-289-4156 to reserve your spot.

DECEMBER
Friday, December 1, 6pm: Faithful Pilot Holiday Wine Tasting at the Black Watch Room of Pebble Creek. There will be 5 vendors with 50+ wines to sample and small bites. $25 per person. Call 563-332-5072 to reserve your spot.

Friday-Sunday, December 1-3: First Friday, First Saturday & Christmas in LeClaire Specials!
  • Antique Archaeology is open until 6pm on Friday, and on Saturday from 1-3pm they will have fun with Mrs. Claus handing out candy canes and Live Music by Liv Carrow.* Aunt Hattie's is having a Holiday drawing for a $100 gift card and is sampling Glogg. Enjoy a brownie bite (while supplies last) and sales on many items all over the shop. There are drawings for giveaways just for Aunt Hattie's in-store shoppers. Find a mini silver Top Hat (get it, Hats/Hatties?) hidden around the shop during Christmas in LeClaire. If you bring one up to the check-out counter with your items, you will receive 10% off of your order! Only 1 hat/discount per person.
  • Bela has extended hours: Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-5pm with food and drink samples throughout the weekend.
  • Decades will be celebrating First Friday and Christmas in LeClaire with 10% off storewide (including antiques, seasonal decor, cheese, sausage, and Ackerman wine)! Cheese samples available Friday and Saturday; wine samples always available! Hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-5 pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
  • Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits, 8-11pm has live music by Bobby Ray Bunch on Friday.
  • Flutter is open until 7pm on Friday and has a hot cocoa bar and ugly Christmas sweater contest on Saturday.
  • Green Tree Brewery is giving away a magnet during First Friday with purchase. Angela Meyer will be playing Christmas tunes on Friday from 6-9pm. On Saturday, receive a small gift if you participated in the Christmas in LeClaire Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K. Or wear your ugly Christmas sweater into Green Tree Brewery and receive a small gift while supplies last. Dave Ellis is playing Saturday night, 7:30-10:30pm. 
  • Isabel Bloom is open Friday and Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 12-4pm.
  • Jones St Java House is open until 8pm and has live folk music Friday evening. They will also be sampling their gourmet hot chocolate!
  • LeClaire Olive Oil Company is open until 8pm Friday and Saturday. They will be sampling oils, vinegars, dips, spreads, and mustards.
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company will have: Friday, 5-8pm - free food and drink samples and from 7-10pm live music by Corey Wallace. Saturday, 5-7pm "Recipes from Cody Road" samples and book signing by Chef Steph and at 7:30pm Cocktail Cinema with "Elf" on the big screen.
  • Razzleberries is open late.
  • Royal-Tea is open until 7pm on Friday & Saturday. They offer wonderful loose-tea blends, brewed tea, tea-related accessories, local paintings, handmade jewelry from South Africa, fun t-shirts and hats, and more! Royal-Tea is a non-profit that helps children and families in need in Africa. 
  • The Shameless Chocoholic is open 10am-8pm Friday and Saturday and is sampling several of their products and including their wine.
  • Two Gems Boutique has holiday treats and drawings all weekend long for some great prizes.
  • Unique Creations and Sassy Pants Boutique has the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who on Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from noon-3pm, and the kids can make FREE reindeer food Saturday and Sunday.
    They have a fun photo opp, too! They will be open until 7pm both Friday and Saturday.
  • Wide River Winery Tasting Room is offering samples of Merry Berry dip on First Friday and First Saturday. You can also purchase one bottle of wine and get one bottle of Jury Duty free this weekend!

Friday-Saturday, December 1-3: Christmas in LeClaire - fun for the whole family!
 

Friday, December 1

  • 10-5 - Masonic Lodge - Cookie Sale, Soup, Sandwiches & Crafters.
  • 10-8 - LeClaire Civic Center - Crafts, Silent Auction & Baked Goods. Author Blake Ross will be signing his books and prints. Author Tim Ayers will be signing his books from 10-noon. Jaan Hebrank will demonstrate her leather crafts from noon-4pm.
  • 10-8 - Riverside 4-Square Church - Bake Sale & Family Activities. Kids can decorate their own cookies. Warming station with FREE coffee & hot chocolate.
  • 11-4 - LeClaire Civic Center - South End - Santa's Gift Shop! Kids can use "Christmas in LeClaire Dollars" to shop for family & friends.
  • 5-8 - Mississippi River Distilling Company - First Friday Open House - Free food & cocktail samples from our spirits made in LeClaire.

Saturday, December 2

  • 8-10 - Happy Joe's - Breakfast with Santa! Sponsored by the LeClaire Happy Joe's and Blackhawk Bank & Trust. Kids - $4.50, Adults, $8.50.
  • 10am - 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run! Line up across from Blackhawk Bank & Trust, 323 South 2nd Street, LeClaire. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127227 
  • 10 - noon - Strolling Santas, downtown!
  • 10-2 - LeClaire Information Center - Watch lace making demonstrations in our windows.
  • 10-2 - Masonic Lodge - 2nd floor. PPALS Ministries presents "A Christmas Fun Festival" - Crafts, activities and snacks for kids.
  • 10-5 - Masonic Lodge - Cookie Sale, Soup & Sandwiches and Crafters. 
  • 10-8 - Riverside 4-Square Church - Bake Sale & Family Activities. Kids can decorate their own cookies. Warming station with FREE coffee & hot chocolate.
  • 10-8 - LeClaire Civic Center - Crafts, Silent Auction & Baked Goods. Watch as Master Carver Luke Travers creates wooden shoes from 10-4. Author Blake Ross will be signing his books and prints. Author Tim Ayers will be signing his books from 10-noon. Jaan Hebrank will demonstrate her leather crafts from noon-4pm.
  • 11-4 - LeClaire Civic Center - South End - Santa's Gift Shop! Kids can use "Christmas in LeClaire Dollars" to shop for family & friends.
  • 11-5 - FREE Trolley Ride with designated stops throughout the downtown.
  • 12-3 - Mississippi River Distilling Company - Visit the WQAD Selfie Set on the patio.
  • 2-4 - Strolling Santas & Christmas Characters from around the World throughout downtown.
  • 3-5 - Granite Exact - Balloon Artist Jason Hamilton will be entertaining.
  • 5-8 - Mississippi River Distilling Company First Saturday Event - Open House - Cooking with Spirits and Free Food Samples.

Sunday, December 3 

  • 10-4 - LeClaire Civic Center - Craft Show, Baked Goods, Silent Auction (bidding closes at 2pm). Author Blake Ross - signing his books & prints. Author Tim Ayers will sign his book from 10-12. Jaan Hebrank will demonstrate her leather crafts from 12-4. 
  • 11-4 - FREE Trolley Ride with designated stops throughout the downtown.
  • 11-4 - LeClaire Civic Center - South End - Santa's Gift Shop! Kids can use "Christmas in LeClaire Dollars" to shop for family & friends.
  • 1-3 - Strolling Santas & Christmas Characters from around the World throughout downtown.
Great Shopping and Dining at our Unique Shops and Restaurants all Weekend!

Saturday, December 2, 10am: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k Run/Walk. Sign-up soon to guarantee your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k sweatshirt! You must pre-register; no registrations the day of the race. Line up across from Blackhawk Bank & Trust, 323 South 2nd Street, LeClaire. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127227 

Sign up by December 2 for the
Monday, December 4, 5:30pm: DIY Wood Sign Workshop at Bierstube in LeClaire. You MUST pre-register to attend. Come enjoy a great time and bring some friends! This is great for girls night out, couples date night, or just a relaxing night away. You will have a fun time and get to take home a wonderful piece that you made for your home or a gift. Choose from any of our designs or have them custom design something for you! Cost depends on size of the sign you pick. Prices range from $20-$85. Custom designs may cost $10 more for design time. Please check out the Gallery page on their website to see designs and prices - www.creativeexpressionsgalena.com 

Saturday, December 9, 6-8pm: Riverside Church is excited to present Boss Baby, an interactive movie experience at 302 N. Cody Road. Your child will love when the movie comes to life with actions, tasks, and snacks. This is a free event! Kids 6 and under should have a guardian with them. Any questions, please call April 920-287-8851.

Tuesday, December 26, 5-7pm: Join 129 for "Tuesday Tasting". $15 for 10 wines. Call 563-729-1035 to reserve your glass!

Sunday, December 31, 6pm or 8:30pm: New Years Eve at the Faithful Pilot. Four courses for $75 per person. Two seatings to choose from. Call 563-289-4156 to make a reservation.

Sunday, December 31, 5pm-Midnight: New Years Eve at the Black Watch room. Dinner buffet and dancing for $50 per person. Call 563-332-5072 to make a reservation.

Other News:
Football Special at Blue Iguana! $2 Bud Light Pints during every NFL & college game at Blue Iguana.

Faithful Pilot and the Black Watch Room have the perfect environment for all of your party needs.
Faithful Pilot for groups 10-65 | 563-289-4156; Black Watch Room for groups 10-300 | 563-332-5072.
They have fully customizable menus with an award winning culinary team offering wine tastings, coursed dinners, buffet, heavy appetizers.

Join the Mississippi River Distilling Company and Cody Road Cocktail House "Cocktail Cruise!" If you've been to the Cody Road Cocktail House, you know how exciting and somewhat overwhelming the giant wall of cocktail choices can be. They always have 20 different feature cocktails on the menu. It's a tough choice because they are all delicious! Once you've tried one and you love it, then it's hard to veer off from a home run and try another. They want to encourage you to take a tour of all the cocktails on the menu. Each of the 20 cocktails will be numbered on the "Cocktail Cruise" card. Order each cocktail and have your card stamped. Fill it up and get free stuff and discounts in their store. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.

Unique Creations & Sassy Pants Boutique has kids' Iowa shirts. They have sizes 6 months to youth size 18/20 in various colors for boys and girls; these make great gifts!

Join in on the fun at the LeClaire Community Library in November & December!
For more information, contact: LeClaire Community Library, 323 Wisconsin Street, 563-289-4242, opt. 4, afry@leclaireiowa.gov

  • Tuesday, November 21, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Junior Explorers. Explore a new science theme each month at the library - November's theme is Farming! Go in for a fun storytime and hands-on exploratory stations. This program will take the place of Family Storytime and is best for children aged 3-7. 
     
  • Wednesday, November 22, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Adult Book Club. This month they'll be reading Faithful by Alice Hoffman. Books are available at the library's circulation counter free of cost AND are now available as an eBook through our RiverShare Digital Library Catalog. 
  • Saturday, December 2, 11am: LeClaire Community Library - Crochet with Calla. Class limited to SIX adults. Call 563-289-4242 ext. 4 to reserve your spot. Must bring your own yarn and needles. 
     
  • Monday, December 4, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - DIY Hot Wheels Mason Jar. Jenn will teach how to make Winter Mason Jars! Class size limited to 10. Adults and Teens. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 3pm: LeClaire Community Library - LEGO Club. Robots? Aliens? Flying cars? Find out what building challenge is waiting for you at LEGO Club! This program is best for children ages 7 and up.
     
  • Wednesday, December, 6, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Mostly True Tales with Spinsby & Wales. Join an ongoing series of LeClaire history talks hosted by local history keepers, Dick Wales and Marie Spinsby. These will be treated as a community dialogue - so bring your memories, photographs, and any questions you might have about LeClaire's history! This session will focus on Cody Road and the Business District - Part 2.
     
  • Thursday, December 7, 10:30am: LeClaire Community Library - Mini Makers. Sensory play encourages toddlers to explore and get to know the world around them. Go to the library to make a mess, have fun, and experience new things on the first Thursday of every month. This program is best for ages 10 months to 3 years.
     
  • Thursday, December 7, 4:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Tinker Lab (Sugar Scrubs & Bath Bombs). Learn all about how to make your own unique sugar scrubs and bath bombs in this free, hands-on workshop. Exercise your chemistry and creativity skills and leave with two amazing products! Best for ages 10 and up.
     
  • Saturday, December 9, 11am: LeClaire Community Library - Cooking with Chef Sheena. Learn how to make homemade Broccoli and Parmesan Cheese Soup! Recipe sheets will be given out along with tasty samples. Class size limited to 18. Adults only.
     
  • Tuesday, December 12, 4:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Biblioteens. Go to the library on the second Tuesday of every month to share what you've been reading (whether you loved it or hated it), learn about new books, hang out, and have some free pizza! This program is best for ages 12-18.
     
  • Tuesday, December 19, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Elf Training Academy. It's time for the third annual Elf Training Academy! This free, all-ages event will have crafts, activities, treats, and more to help certify you as one of Santa's elves. They might even have a surprise visitor at the end of the night! All are welcome to come get your jingle on at the library!
     
  • Thursday, December 21, 4:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Teen Advisory Group (TAG). Help plan cool events, request new library materials, eat snacks, and get the inside scoop on what's happening at the library! Don't forget - your attendance earns you service learning hours and looks great on college/job applications! For 7th grade & up.
     
  • Wednesday, December 27, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Adult Book Club. This month they'll be reading I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Books are available at the library's circulation counter free of cost AND are now available as an eBook through our RiverShare Digital Library Catalog.
     
  • Friday, December 29, 2pm: LeClaire Community Library - Drop-In Tech Help. Take in any device and they will give it a shot! Please arrive with passwords needed to access your device or accounts.
January 2018
Friday, January 5, 5pm-Midnight: First Friday. Fun food and cocktail sampling at the Mississippi River Distilling Co., wine tasting at Wide River Winery, live music at Faithful Pilot, restaurant specials, and some shops open late.
  • Antique Archaeology is open until 6pm.
  • Bela is open late with samples of drinks and food.
  • Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits, 8-11pm: Live music.
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company will have food and cocktail sampling and the Cody Road Cocktail House is open until midnight.

Friday-Monday, January 12-15: Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard in LeClaire! Find deals for this weekend at: www.qcbeatourist.com 


Sunday, January 14, 2pm: Bald Eagle Day Presentations. Join us for a bald eagle photo and video presentation by local wildlife photographer Burt Gearhart at 2pm at the LeClaire Civic Center, 127 S. Cody Road in LeClaire. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees may join Burt at Lock & Dam 14 to view and photograph the eagles. Kelly McKay, local wildlife biologist, will also share his bald eagle research and posters. This program is FREE and open to the public.

Sunday, January 14, 1-4pm: Enjoy a "Taste of LeClaire!" Receive FREE food and beverage samples from various shops and specials at several restaurants and bars. Discover many great tastes!

2017 Save the Date!
December
1 First Friday
1-3 Christmas in LeClaire
2 Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
2 First Saturday

January 2018

5 First Friday
12-15 Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard
14 Bald Eagle Day and Taste of LeClaire
20 Trivia at Civic Center

 

 

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LeClaire, Iowa is located at the intersection of Highway 67/Great River Road and Interstate 80 at exit 306. This charming town is just a scenic 2 minute drive to Lock & Dam 14, just off of highway 67, along the Mississippi River. Lock and Dam 14 is only a few miles from all the LeClaire hotels and is known for some of the BEST eagle watching & photography in the country. 
 
LeClaire is a quaint river town full of historic surprises. LeClaire offers the Twilight Riverboat 2 day Adventures, Mississippi River Distilling Company, The Buffalo Bill Museum, unique shopping and wonderful restaurants, which make LeClaire the must visit town in the Quad Cities area. 
 
LeClaire is only 30 minutes from the Quad Cities International Airport and is also the home base location for Mike Wolfe, owner of "Antique Archaeology" and the host of "American Pickers," a cable TV show on the History Channel. 
 
LeClaire has award winning hotels, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts with views of the Mississippi River. 
 
If you're looking for charming and friendly, the downtown shops in LeClaire will delight you. 
 
Also, If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Tourism Manager at 563-289-4242 x 61135 or email: info@visitleclaire.com  
 
Free Wireless Internet Access is available to visitors downtown at Happy Joe's Pizza, the LeClaire Information Center, or the LeClaire Community Library (3rd and Wisconsin), which has 7 public access computers.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, visit  www.visitleclaire.com or contact us at info@visitleclaire.com.   


 
LeClaire Information Center
117 South Cody Road
Open 7 days a week
Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday Noon-3pm

Voted Best Place to Take an Out-of-Town Guest in the 2017 Quad City Times Reader's Choice Poll for the 6th year in a row!
 
Go to 
www.visitleclaire.com for details on everything that is going on in LeClaire, Iowa throughout the year.
 
  
On-Going Events:


LeClaire Rec Center Events See www.leclairereccenter.com   for details
 
NEW Blue Iguana Specials!
  • Monday - Cheese Quesadilla $5
  • Tuesday 2 Campechano Tacos $6
  • Wednesday - Diablo Chicken Salad $5
  • Thursday - 2 Chicken Enchiladas $6
  • Friday - 1/2 Torta Ahogada $6
NEW Blue Iguana Drink Specials!

  • Monday - Margaritas 16oz $3 / 24oz $5
  • Tuesday - Titos & Tonic $4 
  • Wednesday - Wells $4 or MRDC Whiskey $5
  • Thursday - Beans & Rice $5
  • Friday - Bartenders Choice $4
  • Saturday - Sangria $4 Pints | $14 Pitchers
  • Sunday - LeClaire Iceberg $3.50

LeClaire Community Library Programming and Activities for All Ages! www.leclairelibrary.org 

LeClaire Community Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. All teens are welcome, and don't forget - your attendance earns you Service Learning Hours! Email Bailey Keimig at bkeimig@leclaireiowa.gov for more details.


Meals for Seniors at the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12pm. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call (563) 289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.

Hungry Hobo: Don't forget about our family night special! Get a Baby Bo Meal for $.99 with the purchase of any menu item & a combo pack every Wednesday after 5pm. No coupon required. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. www.hungryhobo.com 

Faithful Pilot Cafe On-Going Events:
Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 3-6pm in the bar area only
  • Monday: Half Price martinis
  • Tuesday: 45 House Made Margaritas, $3 Street Tacos, $3 Chips and Guac
  • Wednesday: Half Price Wine Night and Live Music from 6:30-8:30pm
  • First Fridays: Live Music 8-11pm
  • Saturday: Open at 11am 

Monday and Tuesday is Family Night at Happy Joe's Pizza - get the Family Meal for under $20. www.happyjoes.com  

 
The Buffalo Bill Museum is a great place to take visiting family and friends and "free admission" is a benefit of your membership! The gift shop is also a great place to pick up unique items as well as books about local history, "Buffalo Bill" sweatshirts and t-shirts, and other items you can't find elsewhere! WINTER HOURS: open Monday - Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm. www.buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com
 

First Friday of each Month: 
First Friday 5:30-8:00pm Downtown LeClaire - beverage and food samples, live music, shops open late, and more!

Monthly Trivia Nights at the LeCl aire Civic Center benefiting Local Non-Profits. Usually 3rd Saturday of the month: See calendar for details.  
Every Friday Night - Karaoke at Sneaky Pete's from 9pm-1am, 207 North Cody Road, 563-289-4277