Take Him Out to the Ball Game(s)

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Luc Anthony

Eau Claire fan achieves goal of visiting all 30 major league ballparks

To the truest of fans, the baseball lover’s dream vacation is an expedition to see every team, in every home venue, all across our land. In 1994, I read Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks, written by a man ...

Successful Similarities?

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Barbara Tzetzo Gosch

rising cities Eau Claire and Buffalo, N.Y., follow similar paths

While creating a “sweet” American Dream story about my Albanian immigrant family’s candy business – which grew to become the largest in western New York – I had an “aha!” moment ...

The Flyest of Hairstyles

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Hannah Mumm

fundraiser for veterans puts awesome ‘dos on the runway

Local hairstylists Amanda Jonas and Coli Burke combine creativity and charity in the second annual Hairica show: Hairica: Unlit. Part hair show, part dinner party, and part fundraiser, Hairica is the only event ...

Feed My People – and My Pets – Over the Holidays

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Hannah Mumm

Many people think of their pets as furry little children. When they can’t come up with enough cash to feed Fido, it’s devastating. And pet owners usually can’t just pick up a can of Purina at their local food pantry ...

Think Globally, Buy Locally

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

by Bonni Knight

Eau Claire Global Market will boost multitude of international projects

Fifty years ago, Ginny Close was assigned to a small village in Turkey as a Peace Corps volunteer. She recalls being struck by the beautiful tatting (lace-making) the women in her village were doing ...

What Do You Crave?

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a new downtown smoothie shop with a nutritious twist

Mr. Smith's Supper Club

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Smith’s Country Inn owner to retire after 38 years

Mark Smith, the owner of Smith’s Country Inn, a supper club on the edge of Eau Claire on Highway 37, is ready to retire after running the popular local establishment since 1978 – and now he’s looking for a new owner to take over the reins ...

Poliça Comes to Campus

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Ed Hudgins

Minneapolis band hits UWEC on November 19

The Music Capital of the North is about to host yet another tremendous musical experience. On November 19 at Schofield Auditorium on the UW-Eau Claire campus, an incredible fusion of electronic ...

Little Mermaid Swims Again

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Brendon Paucek

Children’s Theatre stages fishy encore production

It seems Ariel just couldn’t get enough of the Chippewa Valley! Once again, Ariel’s underwater world will rise from the sea (or Chippewa River) and become a part of your world ...

Writers Guild to Launch Local Literary Journal

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Brendon Paucek

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild wants you, your creative talent, and your ideas for a new literary journal they have in the works. They’re looking for ideas for just about everything pertaining ...

Beauty in Growth

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Brendon Paucek

new author’s first novel helped her heart heal

‘Everyone has a garden ... Even if it’s that piece of soul that nurtures dreams.” Like a garden, can the soul grow? With a bit of love, support, and guidance, Jennifer Schulz-Johnston thinks so. In fact, she’s dedicated her life to it from an early age.

Time Travel in Town

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Tom Giffey

vintage postcards show how Eau Claire has changed

David Tank’s Postcards from the Past book series is based upon a simple concept: Take a vintage picture postcard showing a local scene and use a camera to reproduce the image in the present day ...

Whale House on Film

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Eric Christenson

local band cuts video of unique live performance

Local alt-rockers Whale House are debuting two new videos for “Red Sun” – a spacey, fuzzed out rock gem – and “Think Of Me” – a stomping psych-rock tune with a ton of muscle. The videos were a multi-faceted ...

Miss Direction

Fri. Nov. 4th, 2016

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

hey, not all those who wander are lost (almost)

My wife is so good with directions it frightens me. On the other hand, I’m so bad with directions it frightens her. If you were to superglue a blindfold onto my wife’s eyeballs, throw her into a helicopter, fly her into the heart of the Amazonian jungles ...

Chamber Orchestra Gets Bach to Basics

Thu. Nov. 3rd, 2016

Barbara Arnold

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will be going for baroque in its second concert of the season at 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 5, at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave. Performed under the baton ...

Eau Claire Chamber Launches Entrepreneur Conference

Thu. Nov. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

Entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels are invited to the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Entrepreneurs’ Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The conference, sponsored by Chippewa Valley Technical College ...

Opening Shot | Nov. 2, 2016

Thu. Nov. 3rd, 2016

photos by Andrea Paulseth

BET HE’S EVEN FASTER IN THE WATER. The Carson Park Five and Ten + Kid’s BOO-gie Run took place on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Eau Claire where kids and adults ran in costume.

On the Cover | Nov. 2, 2016

Thu. Nov. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

learn more about V1's cover art from Alecia Acker

“I was inspired to create this piece in the fall of 2015 as a focal piece for my Artist’s Premier in November. The inspiration for the piece came to me while out on a run near Mount Tom in Eau Claire. I have always had a connection with nature ..."