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Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

June 21: Parfaits with a Princess (and Alice in Dairyland!)

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

On June 21 The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire will host a special event called Parfaits with a Princess from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Crystal Siemers-Peterman, the 70th Alice in Dairyland, will join kids.

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Cinder City Heats Up

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

Altoona kicks off summer with annual festival

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

2 Can't Miss Big Local Shows

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

Earlier this month, it was announced that The House of Rock, the long-running rock club staple of the Eau Claire music scene, will be shutting its doors for good. The venerable Water Street venue has long been home to Decadent Cabaret ...

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Rock No More

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith, Lee Butterworth

The House of Rock will shut its doors in July

Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017

Opening Shot | April 19, 2017

photos by Kelsey Smith

IT GROWS ON YOU. At Fashion Without Fabric, UW-Stout’s art and design students showcase unique fashion creations using anything but fabric. This year’s show was April 8 ...

Fashion Without Fabric 2017

Mon. Apr. 10th, 2017

Fashion Without Fabric is a yearly show at UW-Stout unlike any other, with Stout’s art and design students showcasing unique fashion creations using anything but fabric ...

JE Sunde Album Release @The Oxbow

Mon. Mar. 13th, 2017

J.E. Sunde is the solo project of Jonathan Sunde. Before striking out on his own, Jon spent years making beautifully unusual music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright. On March, 3rd 2017 he released ...

5th Annual Eau Claire Improv Fest

Mon. Mar. 13th, 2017

The 5th Annual Eau Claire Improv Fest hosted two days of side-splitting shows on March 10 and 11 – made up on the spot, of course. Improv comedy headliners converged on The State Theatre ...

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Big Plans Are A-Brewin' at Lazy Monk

Hillary Bell, photos by Kelsey Smith

Phase 2 will consolidate the brewery and bier hall – and Phase 3 is a German / Czech restaurant

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Spontaneous Laughs

Hannah Mumm, photos by Kelsey Smith

Eau Claire Improv Festival gears up for year five

Decadent Cabaret 2017 (Saturday)

Mon. Mar. 6th, 2017

The Eau Claire House of Rock hosted the city's largest celebration of local musicians, Decadent Cabaret 2017 (the 38th annual installment), across March 2, 3, and 4 ...

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Rebuilding Pinehurst

Brendon Paucek, photos by Kelsey Smith

local nonprofit, volunteers turning vision into reality

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016

Flying Into the Future

Garrett Denney, photos by Kelsey Smith

While we’re still weeks away from regular snowfall, a flurry of fundraising activity is underway at a local ski club. Eau Claire’s Flying Eagles Ski Club recently kicked off its first-ever capital campaign. Dubbed “Flight into the Future,” the fundraising ...

Mon. Nov. 14th, 2016

Slide Into Winter Break 2016!

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

The holidays are approaching, which means the kiddos are going to be filled with holiday cheer and delight (or – if you are surrounded by teens – waning enthusiasm)...

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

This Is Land Is My Land

Hope Greene, photos by Kelsey Smith

new local art show Land:Mine explores our precious land

"​Land:Mine" Art Exhibit at The Heyde Center

Tue. Sep. 13th, 2016

Co-curated by Lori Chilefone and Jyl Kelley, the inspiration for the Land:Mine exhibit is to provide a diverse platform for visual, musical or performance art bearing witness to the transformations of the area’s natural surroundings ...

The Tallest Man on Earth

Tue. Jul. 19th, 2016

The Tallest Man on Earth features Eau Claire natives guitarist Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), pianist/pedal-steel player Ben Lester (S. Carey) and drummer Zack Hanson. The performance took place on Saturday, July 16 at The State Theater.

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Knowing What's in Season Is Key to Farmers Market Success

Claudia Cater, photos by Kelsey Smith

Shopping at the local farmers market is a great way to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs! The produce is harvested at the best time for freshness, which improves both the nutritional quality ...

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

The Fairest of Them All

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Kelsey Smith

the Northern Wisconsin State Fair's fun and fried food

Eau Claire Bike Week: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2016

Part of Wisconsin Bike Week, guided bike rides for kids and parents took place on the trails at Lowes Creek Co. Park on Saturday, June 11. Bike skill activities and a family cookout were hosted by the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association.

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Veteran Dog Trainer Offers Advice on Picking a Pooch, Breeder

Karen Rude, photos by Kelsey Smith

Selecting a pet for your family is a major life decision. And as with any major life decision, it warrants some planning, family discussion, and thoughtfulness. Here’s a quick guide to get you on your way. Things to think about when selecting a dog: Most important: Make sure if you have children, you pick a breed of dog that is good with kids ...

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Savor the Flavor at Chippewa Valley Farmers Markets

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who actually grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Grab your shopping lists and canvas carrying bags and head out to load up on fresh fruits and veggies, locally raised meat and eggs, and – of course – amazing baked goods! ...

Eau Claire Marathon 2016

Mon. May. 2nd, 2016

The eighth annual Eau Claire Marathon had over 3,800 runners racing through town on Sunday, May 1, beginning and ending in Carson Park. Fifty-five charities benefited from this year’s race ...

Eau Claire Jazz Fest: 52nd Street 2016

Wed. Apr. 27th, 2016

On Friday, April 22, Barstow Street in Downtown Eau Claire kicked off the '52nd Street' event, part of the 50th Annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival. It multiple downtown venues offering music and performances right on the street.

50th Annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival

Wed. Apr. 27th, 2016

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is a two-day music festival featuring student competitions for middle school, high school, and college vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as jazz events for the entire community to enjoy.

Princess Tea Party

Mon. Mar. 7th, 2016

The Children's Museum of Eau Claire held their 5th annual Princess Tea Party on Sunday, March 6. Guests enjoyed a visit with royalty from the Kingdom of Arendelle, a hot cocoa bar ...

The Fire Ball 2016: STRIPPED

Tue. Mar. 1st, 2016

The annual Fire Ball took place on Saturday, February 27 at UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. The Fire Ball is the Midwest's largest (and fiercest) drag ball fundraiser, which helps support social justice ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Slow-Fi Project

by Sam Clark, photos by Kelsey Smith

Two Castles adds emotional weight on new lo-fi EP

Wed. Jan. 20th, 2016

Difficult Postures

Mike Seitz, photos by Kelsey Smith

EC native’s novel traces struggles of literary life

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Roll Out the Barrel

Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Kelsey Smith

Lazy Monk’s new location will offer outdoor seating, food, and plenty of beer

Lazy Monk's New Taproom

Mon. Jan. 11th, 2016

Eau Claire's Lazy Monk Brewing unveiled its new taproom – part of its all-new building on Madison Street in downtown Eau Claire – in a soft opening on Friday, January 9.

Pinehurst Winter Safety Day 2016

Sun. Jan. 10th, 2016

The Eau Claire Parks & Recreation Department joined Eau Claire Fire & Rescue for Winter Safety Day on Saturday, January 9 at Pinehurst Park in Eau Claire.

Idle Empress EP Release Show

Sun. Jan. 10th, 2016

Local folk/rock band Idle Empress (Lauren Anderson, Josh Frederick, Elliot Heinz) released their debut EP at the Volume One Gallery at The Local Store on Saturday, January 9. Two Castles and Sniffle Party opened the show.

Eau Claire Improv Festival 2015

Tue. Dec. 15th, 2015

The 4th annual Eau Claire Improv Festival took place Dec 11-12 at The Plus. The Eau Claire Improv Festival is run by a tight knit group of local volunteers with the goal of entertaining and educating the city through improvisation ...

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Opening Shot | December 9, 2015

photos by Kelsey Smith

BIG & BRIGHT. On Friday night, Dec. 4, Downtown Eau Claire Inc. hosted its “Let it Glow!” celebration, unveiling the city’s holiday light display in Phoenix Park, which added to last year’s twinkle-tastic illumination levels. The night included fun family activities and more ...