Thursday, Nov. 20th, 2014

Danger Zone! Blue Angels back for 2015 Chippewa Valley Airshow

The Blue Angels defy death at the 201o Chippewa Valley Airshow.
The Blue Angels defy death at the 2010 Chippewa Valley Airshow.

The roar of freedom you will hear next Independence Day won’t just be fireworks: It will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the legendary aerobatic performance team, who will take part in the 2015 Chippewa Valley Airshow. A pair of pilots visited with organizers at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Nov. 18 and confirmed that the team will be part of the airshow next July 4-5. “We were confident in the Boy Scout’s ability to produce the show and decided to announce this afternoon our intentions to perform in Eau Claire in 2015,” said Capt. Jeff Kuss, Blue Angel No. 7, and narrator for the 2015 Blue Angel season. Matt Hill, executive for the Boy Scouts’ Chippewa Valley Council, said organizers are “beyond thrilled” about the Blue Angels’ participation. The Blue Angels had planned to perform in Eau Claire in 2013, but their season was truncated because of federal budget cuts. The loss of the Blue Angels, in turn, led to the cancellation of the 2013 air show. The 2015 airshow will be a major fundraiser for both the Boy Scouts and other community groups that help produce the event. Organizers say that further announcements about performing acts and event details will be announced in the coming weeks. To keep up with the latest, you can find the airshow’s Facebook page.

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Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 2014

The Return of Bruce the Spruce!

As holiday legend tells it, many years ago (in the '80s) children of the Chippewa Valley could venture into the London Square Mall at Christmastime, and deep within the heart of Prange’s department store, they could find a talking Christmas tree. And with this tree, they could share their hopes and dreams for the holiday season. The tree's name? Bruce the Spruce. (Read more!) Some kids were awestruck. Others were terrified. The older ones were bored. And now, those of you who remember and believe (or just like awesome t-shirts) can relive the spruce-scented magic with a limited edition tee from The Local Store! Last year's run of Bruce tees sold out quickly – so don't wait. 

$22, in the shop and online here. 

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Sunday, Nov. 16th, 2014

Sunday Event Picks (Nov. 16)

Head over to the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts today for An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Details below!
Head over to the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts today for An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Details below!

From early in the morning and into the night – a lot of fine quality events occurring on Sunday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do. Our picks are below. Check out the rest of Sunday here.

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Saturday, Nov. 15th, 2014

Saturday Event Picks (Nov. 15)

Behold! The Mentalist Christopher Carter will amaze The Heyde Center today. Details below.
Behold! The Mentalist Christopher Carter will amaze The Heyde Center today. Details below.

From early in the morning and into the night – a lot of fine quality events occurring on Saturday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do. Our picks are below. Check out the rest of Saturday here.

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25% OFF bulk orders!

The Local Store features a business-only discount program for organizations who buy holiday items or gift baskets for their staff, clients, or partners. Up to 25% OFF bulk orders, starting at just 12 items. Everything is Wisconsin- and Chippewa Valley-focused, so it's a great way for an organization to show some local pride. Pick from gift-worthy and fun, locally-branded items like caramels, pancake mixes, beer bread, hot cocoa, glassware, mugs, candles, soaps, Wis. cutting boards and much more. And lots of combinations of gift baskets at a variety of discounted prices. Custom ones too!

Click the here to see the Special Business Only Catalog. But there's MUCH more to choose from in the store too, so stop in soon to plan!

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