It's All There...In LeClaire!

Join us for special wine tastings, live music, fun events at the Library, and more! On Memorial Day weekend, have fun touring the Iowa History 101 RV or take a sightseeing cruise on the Twilight Riverboat! You can attend our Memorial Day service and visit the Scott County Freedom Rock, too. Enjoy shopping, touring, wining, and dining, too. 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  It's all there in LeClaire! 
 
May
Now through the end of May - Letty's Designs & Home Décor: FREE give away! Bridal bouquet valued at $200. TAG a friend on their Facebook post to be entered.
 
Friday, May 19, 5:45pm: LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for renovated Veteran's Memorial Complex. To commemorate the most recent updates to Vet's Plex Park (425 North 3rd Street) in LeClaire, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held. The contractor that completed the work, Murf's Turf, and received third place in an improvement project has donated cookies for the event. The ribbon cutting will take place prior to the kick-off of the softball season. The Vet's Plex is home to the LeClaire Youth Baseball & Softball program, which has 225 kids for the 2017 season with ages ranging from 4 to 14. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, LeClaire's Happy Joe's softball team will take on Donahue on the upper field, and LeClaire's 33 Carpenter baseball team will take on BPV's MVP team on the lower field.
 
Friday, May 19, 8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Dave Ellis.
 
Saturday, May 20, 8am: Tour de LeClaire Big Wheel Races and Pancake Breakfast. River Valley Optimist Club is sponsoring Big Wheel Races for all children 3-6 years old. Children will be divided into two age brackets - 3-4 year old age division and 5-6 year old age division. All Big Wheels needed for the race will be provided. The race is FREE for all participating children. All participant names will be placed in a drawing to win one of the big wheels. 5 names will be drawn! Open Registration will begin at 8am. Races begin at 9am. Speed up the check in process by registering in advance. For registration form, please private message the River Valley Optimist Club's Facebook page. Pancake Breakfast begins at 8am. Come join them for some fuel before the races! Donations will be accepted
 
Saturday, May 20: LiveFit with Lupus "Hills of the QC" Race & Festival
2017 Live Fit With Lupus Run - 1 mile, 10K, 5K and ½ Marathon Race at the Black Watch Room (at Pebble Creek Golf Course, 3851 Forest Grove Drive, LeClaire, Iowa. After the race enjoy a Post Party Event with live entertainment, vendors and other activities. To register for the race or more information: http://www.livefitwithlupus.org 
 
Saturday, May 20, 11am: LeClaire Community Library - Project re-Fashion (The "B" Series). Join them for the second installment of their Adult/Teen sewing program! In this class they will make bracelets! Class size limited to 16. Must be ages 14 and up. 563-289-4242 ext. 4, 323 Wisconsin St., LeClaire.
 
Saturday, May 20, 7pm:  LeClaire Lions Club Trivia Night at the LeClaire Civic Center. Doors open at 6:15pm; Trivia starts at 7pm. $10 per person; 6-8 people per table. Doors prizes and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to the LeClaire Lions Club. For reservations call Debbie at 563-349-4403.
 
Saturday, May 20, 8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Rob and Gary.
 
Sunday, May 21, 3-5pm: Faithful Pilot wine tasting 15 wines for $15. 563-289-4156.
 
Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm: Green Tree Brewery (309 N. Cody Road) has their monthly Quad City Mallards Booster Club Euchre Tournament. Enjoy friendly cards, raffles, and tons of fun! Half of the total entry fees go back to the players as prize money. Cost is $10 per person.
 
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Adult Book Club. This month we'll be reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.  Books are available at the library's circulation counter free of cost AND are now available as an eBook through their RiverShare Digital Library Catalog. 563-289-4242 ext. 4, 323 Wisconsin St., LeClaire.
 
Thursday, May 25, 4:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Books BeTween Bites. Calling everyone in 4th-6th grade! Join them if you like reading, hanging out with cool people, & having fun. Pick up your copy of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson at the library & join us to discuss the book, eat snacks, and meet some REAL roller derby players! 563-289-4242 ext. 4, 323 Wisconsin St., LeClaire.
 
May 26, 27, 29, 30, 10am-4pm; May 28, Noon-4pm: Iowa History 101 RV on the Levee in LeClaire. The State Historical Society of Iowa's new "Iowa History 101" mobile museum is a bright blue, custom-built Winnebago that travels the state's highways and back roads to share stories from the past. The museum on wheels currently houses a 300-square-foot exhibition called "Iowa History 101" and is filled with artifacts from the State Historical Society's collection. Like a visit to your grandparents' attic, the exhibition unpacks stories of Iowa's past with nearly 50 artifacts, including:
  • A battered hat from a coal miner in Boone 
  • A 1917 prototype of the state flag designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville
  • The pen Gov. William Harding used to sign the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote
  • A basketball jersey Lynne Lorenzen wore during her glory days at Ventura High School
  • An Olympic medal from sprinter Natasha Kaiser-Brown of Des Moines
  • A patch from a spacesuit worn by astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield 
As a bonus, Mike Wolfe, the creator and star of the hit television series "American Pickers," lent his voice and video talents to the exhibition's multimedia elements. A native of LeClaire, Wolfe has a long-standing interest in history and a knack for using artifacts to unlock its stories.
Contact info@visitleclaire.com for more information.
 
Friday, May 26, 2pm: LeClaire Community Library - Drop-In Tech Help. Bring in any device and they will give it a shot! Please arrive with passwords needed to access your device or accounts. 563-289-4242 ext. 4, 323 Wisconsin St., LeClaire.
 
Friday, May 26: Live music at Wide River Winery Courtyard by the Lonely Goats.
106 N. Cody Road, (563) 289-2509, www.wideriverwinery.com 
 
Friday-Monday, May 26-29: Twilight Riverboat Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm
$16 adults, $8 children (4-12), Free 3 & under but must have a ticket. What better way to see the river than from the deck of an old-fashioned riverboat! Treat yourself to a 1-½ hour sightseeing cruise aboard the Riverboat Twilight. These cruises will depart and return from the Port of LeClaire IA. Trip includes captivating Captain's narration and commanding views of the river, its wildlife, and quaint river towns. Cash bar and Gift Shop available. Complimentary coffee, tea, lemonade and water are available. There will be no food or snacks available, however, passengers are welcome to bring a sack lunch aboard. Sorry no coolers allowed. For online cruise reservations, go to: https://riverboattwilight.starboardsuite.com/choose-date 
 
Saturday, May 27, 10am-2pm: LuLaRoe Vendor Event. Come have a fun night with wine tasting with Wide River Winery and LuLaRoe Vendors. Also, there will be Glitz & Glam, Tupperware, and Mary Kay. Holiday Inn Express, 1201 Canal Shore Dr. SW. 309-945-3621

Saturday, May 27, 8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Jordan Danielsen.
 
Monday, May 29, Memorial Day: The American Legion Buffalo Bill Post #347, with the American Legion Women's Auxiliary and the Pleasant Valley School District invite you to attend Memorial Day Services in LeClaire. Events start at LeClaire's Glendale Cemetery on Monday, May 29 from 10:15-10:30am. The placing of a wreath at the Cemetery's Flag Memorial will be followed by events at the Bridgeview Elementary School gymnasium at 11am. The welcome will be given by Mayor Ray Allen. Returning as guest speaker is U.S. Army Brigadier General Richard B. Dix, Commanding General of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command at the Rock Island Arsenal. Music is being provided by the P.V.H.S. award-winning band. Come join us as we honor those who have served.
 
Open on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017
  • Antique Archaeology: 10am-6pm
  • Artswork: 10am-5pm
  • Bela: 10am-5pm
  • Buffalo Bill Museum: 9am-5pm
  • Divine Dezigns: 10am-5pm
  • Dwellings: 10am-3pm
  • Green Tree Brewery: Noon-10pm
  • Isabel Bloom: 11am-3pm
  • LeClaire Olive Oil Company: 10am-6pm
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company: 10am-5pm
  • Razzleberries
  • Unique Creations & Sassy Pants Boutique: 10am-5pm
  • Urban Classic: 11am-4pm
  • Wide River Winery Tasting Room: 11am-6pm
Tuesday, May 30, 5-7pm: Join 129 for "Tuesday Tasting". $15 for 10 wines. Call 563-729-1035 to reserve your glass!
 
Tuesday, May 30, 6:30pm: LeClaire Community Library - Preschool Explorers. Explore a new science theme each month at the library - May's theme is Music & Sound! Come in for a fun story time and hands-on exploratory stations. This program will take the place of Family Story time and is best for children aged 3-7. 563-289-4242 ext. 4, 323 Wisconsin St., LeClaire.
 
June
Friday, June 2, 5-8pm: First Friday in downtown LeClaire, IA.
Celebrate First Friday every month of the year! Enjoy fun, food, live music, and shopping in downtown LeClaire! Some shops open late and food and drink specials at bars and restaurants. Mississippi River Distilling Company has food and drink samples and specials on their spirits.
 
Friday, June 2, 5-8pm: Wide River Winery Tasting Room has live music by The Ripplers.
 
Friday-Saturday, June 2-3, 9am-4pm: Citywide Garage Sales in LeClaire, Iowa. Great sales all over town!
 
Wednesday, June 7, 4-8pm: Wine Women Wednesday Vendor Event - Let's Go Girls w/Rhonda. This Wine Women Wednesday Vendor Event will be held at LeClaire Holiday Inn Express (1201 Canal Shore Dr. SW) on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Vendors: Gliz & Glam, Mary Kay, Tupperware, and more. A wine night along with a little shopping for that ladies' night out. Contact Rhonda at 309-945-3621 for more information.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/areavendorshows/?ref=bookmarks 
 
Friday, June 9, 5:30-6:30pm: Join us at the NEW LeClaire Information Center, 117 South Cody Road, for the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting & Open House. Everyone is welcome!
 
Friday, June 9, 5-8pm: Wide River Winery Tasting Room has live music by the Whoozdads.
 
Wednesday, June 14, 4-8pm: Wine Women Wednesday Vendor Event. This Wine Women Wednesday Vendor Event will be held at LeClaire Holiday Inn Express (1201 Canal Shore Dr. SW). This is a monthly event for LuLaRoe; they will have several vendors for LLR, Glitz & Glam, Tupperware, Mary Kay, plus Wine. What a great night out - Wine and Shopping with Direct Sales. Contact Rhonda at 309-945-3621 for more information.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/areavendorshows/?ref=bookmarks 
 
Friday, June 16, 5-8pm: Wide River Winery Tasting Room has live music by Tapestry.
 
Saturday, June 17: Twilight Riverboat Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm
$16 adults, $8 children (4-12), Free 3 & under. What better way to see the river than from the deck of an old-fashioned riverboat! Treat yourself to a 1-½ hour sightseeing cruise aboard the Riverboat Twilight. These cruises will depart and return from the Port of LeClaire IA. Trip includes captivating Captain's narration and commanding views of the river, its wildlife, and quaint river towns. Cash bar and Gift Shop available. For online cruise reservations, go to: https://riverboattwilight.starboardsuite.com/choose-date 
 
Friday, June 23, 5-8pm: Wide River Winery Tasting Room has live music by Bobby Ray Bunch.
 
Friday, June 30, 5-8pm: Wide River Winery Tasting Room has live music by the Danny Whitson Band.
 
2017 Save the Date!
May
20        LiveFit with Lupus "Hills of the QC" Race & Festival
20        RVOC Big Wheel Races & Pancake Breakfast
20        Trivia at Civic Center
26-30  Iowa History 101 RV
26-29  Twilight Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm

June
2          First Friday
2          Live music at the Wide River Winery Tasting Room
2-3      City-wide Garage Sales
10        Food Truck Fight on the Levee
TBD    Cars & Coffee
17         10th Annual John Boesch Memorial Golf Outing for Museum
17        Twilight Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm

July
7          First Friday
TBD    Cars & Coffee
15        Twilight Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm

August
4          First Friday
5          Heartland British Auto Fest
10-12  Tug Fest
TBD    Cars & Coffee
19        Twilight Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm
26        Vettes on the River

September
1          First Friday
16        Trivia at Civic Center
TBD    Cars & Coffee
TBD    Dogtoberfest
16        Twilight Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm
16        Twilight Dinner Cruise with Chamber

October
6          First Friday
8          Apple Fest
21        Trivia at Civic Center
21        Twilight Sightseeing Cruises | 11am 1pm 3pm
28        Witches' Walk & Costume Parade

November
3          First Friday
18        Trivia at Civic Center
25        Small Business Saturday

December
1          First Friday
1-3      Christmas in LeClaire          
2          Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
2          First Saturday

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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.   


 
NEW! LeClaire Information Center
now open at 117 South Cody Road
HOURS:
Open 7 days a week
Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday Noon-3pm

Voted Best Place to Take an Out-of-Town Guest in the 2016 Quad City Times Reader's Choice Poll for the 5th year in a row!
 
Go to 
www.visitleclaire.com/index2.html  for details on everything that is going on in LeClaire, Iowa throughout the year.
 
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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.leclaire.lib.ia.us 

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! HOURS: open Monday - Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, and Sundays 12:00-5:00pm. 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