5 Great Wisconsin Beaches

nearby beaches that offer ocean experiences without the flight

Fri. Apr. 21st, 2017  |  Travel Wisconsin

Think you need to travel to the Atlantic or Pacific to enjoy an ocean or beachside vacation? Think again!

Get on the Bus!

new Chippewa Valley travel company offers retiree-friendly motorcoach trips

Fri. Apr. 21st, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

If you want to take a day trip without the hassle of planning, parking, navigating, and (not least of all) driving, a Menomonie-area entrepreneur’s new business may be just the ticket for you ...

5 Easy Wisconsin Day Trips

an exploration of our state’s beauty is only a short drive away

Fri. Apr. 21st, 2017  |  V1 Staff

It’s pretty easy to love the Chippewa Valley. But as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sometimes you need to take a day off and go see the rest of the great state of Wisconsin ...

The 5 People You Meet at a 4-Way Stop

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

All over the city, strange little pockets of insanity are nestled at the intersections of our fair roadways. Few of us seem to understand how to navigate these asphalt obstacles, making out our own rules as we go along ...

Should Leagues Dump the Draft?

pro sports drafts are unfair to players, but getting rid of them could have unintended consequences

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Luc Anthony

One of the remarkable aspects of sports in the 2010s has been the challenging of assumed athletic norms. Whether you agree with the alterations or not, a 2009 version of yourself may not have expected ...

Choice Sounds

EC Chamber Orchestra wraps up season with Haydn, Bach

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Barbara Arnold

“Musician’s Choice,” the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the 2016-17 season, will be held April 22, at Grace Lutheran Church. Conductor Frank A. Watkins will lead the orchestra in performing ...

Bohemian Rhapsody

Czech out an evening of squeezebox tunes in Cadott

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

Are you an accordion aficionado? A concertina connoisseur? Or are you simply craving some kolachy? If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, plan a trip May 5 to Cadott ...

Open Your Mind

Psychic & Wellness Fair features Reiki, readings, more

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

The annual Spring Psychic & Wellness Fair is blooming with presentations, vendors, readers, and more! Events ranging from spiritual therapy to wellness coaching to healing paraphernalia ...

Friendly Revolution

Christian music legend Smith and friends to play Zorn

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Marie Anthony

I still remember that feeling. It was as if the sun was kissing my neck and slowly wrapping its warmth around my heart. Barely out of kindergarten, I couldn’t tell you what exactly gave me that sense ...

Off the Ground – and Off the Hook

Action City’s new zipline, go-kart track opening in May

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Haley Wright

Eau Claire’s Action City is about to get even more exciting with the addition of a motorized zipline and a larger go-kart track with brand-new, gas-powered go-karts opening in early ...

Murder and Mystery in Menomonie

Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap sets trap for theatergoers

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Hannah Mumm, photos by Timothy Mather

London’s longest running play is coming to the Chippewa Valley. Beginning April 28, the Menomonie Theater Guild will stage a production of The Mousetrap, a fast-paced thriller based on an Agatha Christie short story ...

Far-Ranging Festival

film fest screens short flicks from around state, world

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel

Grab your popcorn, your Twizzlers, and your oversized soda because it’s time for the second annual Chippewa Valley Film Festival. The CVFF – April 22 at Micon Cinemas Downtown in Eau Claire ...

Raising Visibility

UWEC students’ immersive theater presentation highlights homelessness

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Homelessness isn’t a glamorous subject to create art about, but that isn’t deterring UW-Eau Claire professor Arthur Grothe or the students involved with the UWEC production of Invisible Truth ...

Symposium Explores Poetry Translation

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

How does one translate a poem? In an effort to find out, the Department of Languages at the UW-Eau Claire will host a symposium, Mission Impossible? Poetry Translation, from Monday, May 1, through Thursday, May 4 ...

International Reading Reveals Power of Verse

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Hannah Mumm

Poetry exists for everyone. It is enjoyed by little kids and octogenarians, billionaires and the homeless, academics and the illiterate. In every language, it is a force that educates and unites ...

Electric City

children’s book brings music, Chicago to life

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Vibrant colors, various textures, and one creative story fill the pages of Eau Claire author Nanci Mortimer’s newly released children’s book, Electric Angel ...

Combined March for Science, Climate Slated

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Chippewa Vallians can mark Earth Day – that’s Saturday, April 22, this year – with a March for Science and Climate. The local event is combination of two international marches: the March for Science ...

EC Team Picked for TV Adventure Show

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

A pair of economic development professionals have been chosen to represent Eau Claire in the TV travel adventure series Fireball Run, which will begin its 11th season next fall in Eau Claire ...

It's Sign-Up Time for Senior Americans Day

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Registration is now open for Senior Americans Day, the annual gathering of the 55-plus crowd at UW-Eau Claire that shows that age ain’t nothing but a number. Presented by UWEC Continuing Education and UW-Extension ...

New Digs for Blugolds

UWEC-affiliated foundation buys apartments in new Water Street building

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The apartment building rising in the 200 block of Water Street in Eau Claire has a new owner – or at least most of it does. The Blugold Real Estate Foundation – an arm of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation – announced April 7 ...

Norway's Big Day

Eau Claire celebrates Syttende Mai with flags, songs, and laughter

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017  |  by Doug Pearson

On the 17th of May about 200 years ago in Eidsvold, Norway, 112 elected men approved a constitution. Article 2 proclaimed, “This Constitution shall ensure democracy, a state based on the rule of law and human rights.” ...

A Vision for Veterans

downtown memorial trail would honor vets

Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

A group of veterans and civic leaders are working to create a memorial trail in downtown Eau Claire that would provide a space for people to learn about and honor those who’ve served in America’s wars ...