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Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Get Your Annual French Toast Fix

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The annual French Toast Breakfast at Beaver Creek Reserve will be from 8:30am-12:30pm on March 19. Besides a hearty breakfast of French toast and sausage from Augusta Meats, visitors will have the opportunity to win door prizes, participate in nature education games and activities, stroll through the Chippewa Valley Water Color Art Exhibit ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Here We Grow Again with big savings

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Kids are notorious for burning through clothing stashes in record time, either because they’re growing so fast or simply because they’re ridiculously messy. The Here We Grow Again Sale makes filling those closets with stylish, gently used clothing a breeze. Added bonus: It’s super easy on your budget. Each sale features more than 35,000 items ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Lend a Hand for a spring community spruce-up

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Litter-free public spaces aren’t just easy on the eyes; they’re signs of communities that care. That’s why local organizations bring volunteers, both young and old, together for days of community action. City clean-up efforts help to ensure safe and sanitary environments for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get in on the action ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

What Your Teen Needs to get a work permit

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Work permits are required by the state of Wisconsin for anyone under the age of 18 (except for agricultural or domestic service work), and employers have to have a permit on file prior to the minor beginning work. You can apply for a work permit right through your school office. Either the minor alone or the minor and parent must visit the permit officer ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Car Seats installed the right way

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According to Mayo Clinic Health System, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States, and 75 percent of car seats are improperly installed. Mayo Clinic Health System and Chippewa Valley Technical College are partnering to offer free car seat inspections March 14 and April 11 from 4-7pm at the Emergency Services ...

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

Craft Time: Pot o' Gold

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Named after a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day has become a cultural mainstay with plenty of parades, potatoes, and pinching ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Library, Museum Launch History Book Club

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The latest James Patterson novel not your thing? Not interested in cracking open Wuthering Heights again? Still hankering to join a book club? The Adventures in History Book Club is made for readers like you. The new group, formed by a partnership between the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the Chippewa Valley Museum ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Cyberbullying Expert Will Talk for UWEC – and Public TV

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UW-Eau Claire professor and nationally known cyberbullying expert Justin Patchin will deliver a lecture March 10 that will later be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. Patchin, co-author of four books on cyberbullying, will give a lecture titled “Addressing Cyberbullying: Promoting Teens’ Positive Use of Technology” ...

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Eau Claire Library Has a New Director

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An experienced library manager from southern Wisconsin is the new director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Pamela Westby, currently director of the Middleton Public Library and 2016 chairwoman of the Wisconsin Library Association Board, has been appointed to the post. “I’m very pleased with the results of our recruitment process ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | February 2016

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For local people who bought presale tickets to the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Feb. 6 was kind of like Eaux Christmas. For those people only, the festival snail-mailed custom-printed mixtapes – yes, actual cassette tapes – featuring B-sides and rarities from some of the artists on the 2016 lineup. In addition to a never-before-listened-to Bon Iver B-side ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

City of Eau Claire Launches Eco-Awards

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In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it ain’t easy being green – but at least now it may get you an award. The City of Eau Claire’s Advisory Commission on Sustainability is seeking nominations for the first-ever Sustainable Eau Claire Awards. The awards – which will be given out on Earth Day (April 22) – will recognize “individuals, businesses, and ...

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

New Crime Stoppers Group Wants Your Tips

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You don’t need to be a superhero or a police officer to stop crime: Anonymous tips can make sure the bad guys get what they’ve got coming, and now making these tips is easier than ever. Eau Claire Crime Stoppers, a brand-new nonprofit organization, is here to help community members anonymously report crimes to law enforcement ...

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Fri. Feb. 5th, 2016

Rock Fest Reveals 2016 Lineup

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Rock Fest over in Cadott just released its big lineup for 2016, which includes Slipknot, The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry), Alice in Chains, and Five Finger Death Punch ...

Thu. Feb. 4th, 2016

QUESTION: When a customer-facing business moves out of Banbury Place ...

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QUESTION: When a customer-facing business moves out of Banbury Place (ie Infinity, Lazy Monk, etc), is it a net-positive because they're growing/expanding OR a net-negative because they're abandoning an historically important downtown building?

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Music Quick Hits | January 2016

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The House of Rock announced its complete lineup for this year’s Decadent Cabaret – now in its 37th year putting local bands on stage and challenging them to develop short tribute sets ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Eau Claire: Buh-Bye Parking Meters, Hello License Scanner

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There’s no need to dig for spare change anymore when parking in parts of downtown Eau Claire. City crews recently removed about 90 parking meters east of Farwell Street along Dewey and Gray streets and Grand Avenue. The formerly metered spots will now be free, but parkers will be limited to two hours. Leah Ness ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Longtime Curator Picked to Lead Chippewa Valley Museum

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The Chippewa Valley Museum’s longtime curator is now officially its director. Carrie Ronnander, who became interim director last May, was appointed to the job permanently on Jan. 12. “I love this place,” Ronnander said, referring to both Eau Claire and its museum. “Eau Claire is so dynamic right now, and everybody involved in the museum ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

Six More Pickleball Courts Slated for Eau Claire Park

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Forget hoverboard racing and lunar golf. The real sport of the future is here now, and it’s called pickleball. The paddle sport – consider it a cousin of tennis and badminton ...

Wed. Jan. 27th, 2016

CVTC Event Offers Free Dental Care for Kids

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Do you know a kid from a family struggling to afford dental care? If so, here’s something that may put a smile on your face – and theirs as well. Friday, Feb. 5, is Give a Kid a Smile Day at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Dental Clinic in Eau Claire. From 8am to 4pm that day, children ages 2 through 13 will be able to receive free ...

Wed. Jan. 13th, 2016

Here's Your Slate of Spring 2016 Candidates

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Six candidates, including four incumbents, will vie for five at-large seats on the Eau Claire City Council this spring. As of the Jan. 5 filing deadline, incumbent council members Catherine Emmanuelle, Eric Larsen, David Strobel, and Michael Xiong had filed paperwork to run for re-election ...

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

The Big To-Do! 4 family event picks for Jan & Feb

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Winter After Hours • Thursdays from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 • Boyd Park, Eau Claire • 6-8pm • During one of downtown’s biggest festivals of the year, Barstow Street is open to pedestrians only and features all kinds of entertainment, kids activities, food vendors, a car show, and more. Afterwards visit Phoenix Park for a family-friendly film screening.

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

Favorite Movie Picks for major kid snuggling

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Grab the popcorn! Local parents and our readers share their favorite movies to pop in and watch with their kids ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

10 Cost-free Tips for big energy savings

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1. Lower the thermostat 5 degrees at night and whenever the house is unoccupied. This could reduce energy use by 5-10%.

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Kid History: a day in the Klondike

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If you need evidence that sledding has been an essential wintertime activity for generations of Chippewa Valley children, check out this image from the Chippewa Valley Museum’s collection. During a “Klondike Day” in January 1965, local Boy Scouts lugged their wooden sleds ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Wisconsin and Premature Birth

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Following the annual March of Dimes premature birth examination nationwide, Wisconsin returned with a “B” on its report card ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Start Packing! spring break is nearly upon us

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It's hard to believe, but spring break is right around the corner. Public school districts in the Chippewa Valley offer varying dates for spring break, so take a look at the list below and get these dates on the calendar ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Start Planning your Eau Claire pavilion party

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Registration for Eau Claire park pavilions is now open! According to the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, pavilions don’t usually completely book up citywide on any particular day ...

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

5 Tips for Painless Penny Pinching

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It seems as though everyone feels a financial crunch now and then, and when you’re in that situation the thought of saving money seems nearly impossible. At that point, you’re just hoping you have enough money until payday ...

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Winter Fest Event Aims for Snowmobile World Record

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If you’re a Chippewa Valley snowmobiler, you’ve got a chance to get yourself into the Guinness Book of World Records this winter. The second annual Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games, which will be Jan. 29-31 on the frozen surface of Lake Wissota ...

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Want to Run for Local Office? Now's Your Chance.

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Election season is almost upon us – and we’re not actually talking about the presidential race. (Despite the endless campaigning, we won’t actually vote for the next leader of the free world ...

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

UW-Stout Music Students and Faculty Head to China to Perform and Meet

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UW-Stout has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to take its Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra and Chamber Choir to China for a three-city tour from May 11 to May 21, 2016. The jazz group and choir are scheduled to perform in Yinchuan, Guilin and Hangzhou ...

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

Boys & Girls Club Buys Former First Lutheran Church

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The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley will soon have a new home: The group’s board of directors voted Nov. 18 to buy the former First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, for $900,000. The purchase will allow for the relocation of the club and its offices from the Mary Markquart Center, 201 E. Lake St. ...

Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

Developer Unveils Plans for N. Barstow Livery Lot

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Developer Unveils Plans For N. Barstow Livery Lot Eau Claire developer Geoff Moeding is seeking public approval to fill one of the last vacant spots in the booming North Barstow neighborhood in downtown Eau Claire. Moeding, who has been involved in the development of numerous buildings in the Phoenix Park ...

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Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015

Keeping It Local on Small Business Saturday

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Back in 2010, "Small Business Saturday" was started as a way to contrast the all-encompassing rush of Black Friday and its young cousin "Cyber Monday." Organizers figured that people will be spending extra money on holiday shopping no matter what ...

Thu. Nov. 19th, 2015

Home Cooking: Your Favorite Holiday Recipes

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There’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal fresh out of the oven around the holidays. That’s the inspiration behind Home Cookin’, Volume One’s newest special section. For this effort, we gathered treasured family recipes from our friends and contributors (well, the ones they were willing to share, at least) and ...

Thu. Nov. 19th, 2015

Community Builder Extraordinaire

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In her personal and professional life, she strives to connect the people of the Chippewa Valley around shared values.

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

The Big To-Do! 5 family event picks for Nov. & Dec.

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The Continental Ballet’s The Nutcracker • Dec. 18 • Mabel Tainter Center • 7:30pm • Whether produced by Bloomington, MN’s Continental Ballet Company or Russian performers who fly in for an annual tour, take the kids along for a this enchanting classic ballet.

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

6 Steps to Winter Fun for Kids

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

They might complain about the cold sometimes, but taking your kids outside and having fun in winter can actually be pretty beneficial to their well-being. According to loads of officials* around the country, they’re more likely to grow up an environmental steward with physical and emotional well-being ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Kid History: it came upon a midnight clear

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Wintry parades, caroling parties, and other cheery gatherings have been holiday traditions for generations of Chippewa Valley children and adults. Just before Christmas in 1964, families gathered in downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park to sing carols at a Nativity display. According to a contemporary newspaper account ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Nabs State Honor

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The great outdoors is a great place to be in Wisconsin, and a curriculum designed by the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department is doing a great job getting kids out and about in it. The Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association recently awarded the local department its Silver Star for excellence ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

4 Ideas for Dealing with Holiday Stress

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The holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful. From financial worries to scheduling conflicts to long-simmering family feuds rearing their ugly heads, this time of year is full of anxiety triggers. How can we cope? The key, experts say, is setting realistic expectations ...

Thu. Nov. 12th, 2015

Parents, Mark Your Calendars! holiday breaks are coming

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It seems like the kiddos just went back to school, and already we’re starting to talk about turkeys and Santa Claus (although if you’ve got young kids, they probably never stopped talking about Santa Claus). Public school districts in the Chippewa Valley offer varying dates for Thanksgiving and winter vacations ...