Visual Art

Every Day from May. 5 to May. 10;

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Show 1

The first of two senior shows by eleven Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates. Public reception May 9, 1-3 pm.

Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center, UWEC 121 Water St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Kids

Every Tuesday until Jun. 12, 9:15-10am;

ABC's for 2s and 3s

ABC’s for 2s and 3s is a fun step into exploring letters, numbers, and shapes. The Lily Pad Lab will be filled with “invitations to play” with our ABCs and 123s. 2 and 3 year old children and their parents will enjoy open…

Lily Pad Lab 2524 Golf Rd S2D, Eau Claire

Cost: 6 weeks for $40, drop in $8

Age: 2-3 yrs

Kids

Every Tuesday and Thursday in May from 9:30-11:30am

Play & Learn

You and your child will enjoy free play, songs, dancing, stories, crafts and snacks! Here you will find playing and learning go hand in hand. Come and experience learning through the eyes of your child.

River Source Family Center 403 High Street, Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Education

Every Tuesday from May. 5 to May. 12, 9:30-11am;

eBay Practice Class

If you have taken the Beginner Ebay Class from the Senior Center or have previous Ebay buying or selling experiences, would like time to practice under the supervision of an experienced ebay seller & have an email account, consider this class.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Cost: $15, $10 members

Education

Tue. May. 5 10am-4pm

Essentials of Reading: Vocabulary Workshop

When learners are unfamiliar with the meanings of the words in a text, they have trouble comprehending the text. Learn tips and techniques to improve your student's vocabulary. Presented by Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley.

Gillette Room, 4th Floor Bldg #2 Banbury Place 800 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire

Kids

Every Tuesday from May. 5 to May. 26, noon-12:30pm;

Art with Abby

Calling all aspiring artists ages 5+ (and grown-ups, too). Join Abby, artist-in-residence, and learn a new painting process to use in your masterpieces. Themes: May 5- Salad Spinning May 12- Sea Spray Watercolor Studio May 19- Fairy Tale…

Eau Claire Children's Museum 220 S Barstow, Eau Claire

Cost: Museum admission required

Age: ages 5+

Education

Tue. May. 5 1-2pm

Acupuncture 101 Q&A

Come with questions and receive detailed answers. There will be current patients available to share their experiences also.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Education

Every Tuesday, Thursday from May. 5 to May. 21, 2-3pm;

Tai Chi 24 Forms

This low impact exercise requires mental focus, provides regular, deep breathing and its slow, flowing movements make it one of the best stress relievers available. This class is meant for persons who have participated in Tai Chi 8 forms.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Cost: $22.50, $15 members

Education

Tue. May. 5 5:30-7:30pm

Evening Bird Hikes at the Reserve

May is exciting time for birds at the Reserve as migrants are moving north and stop at the Reserve to rest and re-fuel. Join a Reserve Naturalist for an after-dinner walk to see who we can find on the trails. All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome. Registration and full payment required by May 4.

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve S1 Cty Rd. K, Fall Creek

Cost: Friends $3 (per hike), Nonmembers $5 (per hike)

Recreation

Tue. May. 5 5:30-7:30pm

Evening Bird Hikes at the Reserve

May is exciting time for birds at the Reserve as migrants are moving north and stop at the Reserve to rest and re-fuel. Join a Reserve Naturalist for an after-dinner walk to see who we can find on the trails. All levels of bird enthusiasts are welcome. These hikes are designed for adults to upper elementary-aged children.

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve S1 Cty Rd. K, Fall Creek

Cost: Registration and full payment required by day before hike. Friends $3 (per hike) Nonmembers $5 (per hike)

Education

Tue. May. 5 6-9pm

Forage Cooking Class: The Basics

Learn basic culinary techniques from a professional standpoint, covering preferred kitchen equipment, knives, knife sharpening, knife techniques, sautéing, searing, blanching, braising, and kitchen time management.

Forage-Banbury Place Bld. 13-Suite 214 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $60 or $200 for the four class series

Kids

Tue. May. 5 6:30-8pm

Vehicle Fun Night

Join us in the Macy’s parking lot where children will be able to explore: police car, ambulance, fire trucks, garbage and city trucks, construction vehicles and more. If you have any questions call FRC.

Oakwood Mall 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Education

Tue. May. 5 7-8:15pm

Mortgage Refinancing: Learning Your Options

You’re paying your mortgage month after month, but have you ever thought about how many years you could shave off your mortgage by refinancing? This class will help answer your questions and give you an understanding of how mortgages work and if it makes sense to refinance. Register by April 30.

Voyagers Community Learning Center See contact info for event location, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $4

Words

Tue. May. 5 7pm

Writers Read: Open Mic - Spring!

Bring your Spring-themed prose or poetry and read aloud for 5-10 minutes.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Kids

Tue. May. 5 7pm

Growing Up Class

In separate classes, boys and girls and their parents learn about the natural process of growing up. Parents or guardians attend the class with their children. Register by phone or online. Arrive at 6:45pm for ice cream treats.

May 5 class for boys. May 12 class for girls.

Mayo Clinic Health System – Chippewa Valley in Chippewa Falls, 611 First Ave.

Cost: ages 10-13

Fitness

Every Tuesday until May. 26, 7-8pm;

Mama Yoga

Mama yoga helps you re-discover yourself in your role as mom, and helps give you physical and emotional strength and energy to meet motherhood. This class is just for moms in all stages of motherhood. Register online at lilypadlab.com or call…

Lily Pad Lab 2524 Golf Rd S2D, Eau Claire

Cost: $10 Drop In or $32 for a four class punch card

Age: All moms

Leisure

Every Tuesday from May. 5 to Dec. 31 2016, 9pm;

Open Mic Night

Here it is folks, Chippewa valley #hotspot for all local musicians to come together and rock it. Show The PLUS your style.

Pizza Plus 208 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Causes

Wed. May. 6 May 6 (see contact info for start time)

Excellence In Education Banquet

The Excellence in Education Banquet honors the top 5% of the graduating classes in Chippewa Falls and their most influential educator. 6pm reception, 6:30pm dinner.

Avalon Hotel & Conference Center 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls

Kids

Wednesdays 9am-10am for 6 weeks starting the week of May 4th.

Crafty Moms Create - Crochet

A creative class for moms who want to learn something new and get some "me" time, too. This session Katie from Tiny Love Boutique will be teaching the basics of crochet and will lead the group through a beginner level project.

Lily Pad Lab 2524 Golf Rd S2D, Eau Claire

Cost: 6 weeks, $24, Drop-in $6 (call ahead) Childcare for 6 weeks $18/child, Drop in $4 (call ahead)

Age: Moms

Kids

Every Wednesday until Jun. 10, 10:30-11:30am;

New Baby Series

For moms that are expecting or with babies under 9 months. Join us for a relaxing morning of conversation, support, information and fun. Each week learn from an expert in the baby field. Topics will include pediatrics, adjusting to new children, sign language, infant massage, infant care, and more. Space is limited, registration required. Register online.

Lily Pad Lab 2524 Golf Rd S2D, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE (registration required)

Education

Wed. May. 6 1-2pm

Decision Making on Advance Directives

Learn to inspire, educate and empower yourself to give a gift to the people who care about you. Learn about starting the conversation and start planning your advance directive.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Education

Every Wednesday from May. 6 to Jun. 17, 1:30-3pm;

Computer Class-Level One

For persons with little experience or in need of a refresher course. Topics include basic computer components and operations, introduction to WORD, Notepad, Wordpad; organizing files and folders, email & internet.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Cost: $45, $30 members

Education

Every Wednesday from May. 6 to Jun. 24, 5:15-6:20pm;

Beginner Belly Dance with Lasa Anahata Tribal

Bringing out the liveliness and fun in everyone, Lasa Anahata Tribal shares our love of American Tribal Style belly dance in class during this 8 week session. Through a unique teaching style and open, encouraging environment, you are empowered to explore how this dance fits on you. No experience required, no baring of your belly.

Visit us on Facebook or at our website www.lasaanahatatribal.com

Dragonfly Dance and Wellness 308 N Barstow St, Eau Claire

Age: 16+ with parental consent

Education

Wed. May. 6 6:30-8:30pm

Wine, Women and Whatev-ah!

Makin’ Art Paint Party. Cost includes all project materials (unless noted), wine & munchies. Pre-payment is required with registration as space is limited.

Autumn Harvest Winery 19947 Cty Hwy J, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $45

Words

Wed. May. 6 7:30pm

Paddling the Voyageur Highway: Lake Superior to the Canadian North

Reporter Julie Buckles tells the story of a year-long canoe honeymoon traveling the Voyageur Highway from Lake Superior to Wollaston Lake where she and her new groom stayed for the winter. Books are available. Sponsored by Sierra Club.

Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center, UWEC campus www.uwec.edu/servicecenter/, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Kids

Every Thursday until May. 28, 9:15-9:45am; Every Thursday until May. 28, 5:45-6:45pm;

Tiny Scientists-Plant Lab

You and your child will share in learning about plants, the Earth, and what it means to be a scientist. Be ready for hands-on experiments, interactive nature activities and science related art projects. Be ready for fun in the sun and dirt.

Lily Pad Lab 2524 Golf Rd S2D, Eau Claire

Cost: 5 weeks $50, drop in $12

Age: 2-6 yrs

Education

Every Thursday from May. 7 to May. 14, 9:30am-noon;

Free-Form Knitting

Take the fear out of knitting; you cannot make a mistake! You will knit a “scrumble”, an inventive piece of free-form knitting, which you can then use as a piece of jewelry, embellishment for a scarf, sweater or coat. Must know how to knit. Request a supply list from office.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Education

Thu. May. 7 11am-noon

Medicare and Your Options

Confused about Medicare, looking for peace of mind with a Medicare Supplement insurance policy, learn different parts of Medicare and what your options are.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Education

Every Thursday from May. 7 to Jun. 11, 1:30-3:30pm;

Beginning Watercolor II

This class is a continuation of Beginning Watercolor. Pre-requisite is to have taken Beginning Watercolor with Judy.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire

Education

Thu. May. 7 3-6pm

The Past Passed Here

Explore Chippewa Valley history with historic lumbering displays, impressive fur trader camps, authentic food vendors, knowledgeable re-enactors, trader's row, and much more.

Allen Park, Chippewa Falls (corner of River and Bridge Streets)

Cost: $3 adult, $10 family pass, ages 5 and under FREE

Age: all ages

Music

Thu. May. 7 3-6pm

Peter Lea

At The Past Passed Here, live music adds historic melodies from bygone years to create a warm and colorful atmosphere! Wandering musicians and singers stroll through the event grounds and serenade re-enactors and visitors to their camps.…

Allen Park S. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: $3 or $10 family

Age: All ages

Education

Thu. May. 7 4-5:30pm

Human Diversity Expo

Come and indulge yourself in thoughtful dialogue with UWEC's ES 385 students. You will be challenged and inspired by a candid display of critical and creative thinking.

Ojibwe Room, Davies Center, UWEC

Causes

Thu. May. 7 4:30-7pm

Women's Giving Circle Spring Gathering

You are invited to join the members of Eau Claire’s Women's Giving Circle at their annual Spring Gathering. They will celebrate the accomplishments of the six local nonprofits that received W.G.C. grants in 2014 and share information about the W.G.C. Refreshments will be provided.

Eau Claire Golf and Country Club 828 Club View Lane, Altoona

Cost: $15

Visual Art

Thu. May. 7 4:30-6:30pm

Artist Reception: The Chippewa Falls Area School District-wide Art Show

During the month of May, art from the Chippewa Falls elementary schools, middle school and high school will abound at the Center when it hosts the 2015 Student Art Show. An exciting exhibit that enables the children to receive recognition for their talents for the community to enjoy.

The Heyde Center for the Arts 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Music

Thu. May. 7 5:30-8:30pm

Two Rivers

Randy Sinz on guitar/vocals and Sue Orfield on tenor sax/piano- along with friends sitting in- bringing you an evening of blues, old rock and roll, and originals. Enjoy the music and some great wood-fired pizza.

Foster Cheese Haus E10934 County Hwy HH, Osseo

Cost: FREE

Recreation

Thu. May. 7 5:30pm

Nurses Walk

The walk is free and open to the public, but walkers will need to register at the park. Registration will begin at 4pm. The event will end with a yoga session.

Irvine Park Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Education

Thu. May. 7 5:30-7:30pm

Literacy Festival: Nature Night

You and your family are invited to the annual end of the year potluck and literacy festival @ Carson Park. Come for a fun evening of wonderful food, games, storytellers, and nature-related games. Please bring a dish to pass.

Carson Park (Rain site: Lakeshore Elementary 711 Lake St.), Eau Claire

Education

Thu. May. 7 6-9pm

Organics, Composting, and Preserving Your Garden

Learn the basics from start to finish on preparing, planting, caring for and harvesting your own organic garden. This class will cover composting how to, pest control easily and naturally, and ways to preserve your bounty all year long. Register by May 4.

Voyagers Community Learning Center See contact info for event location, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $4

Education

Thu. May. 7 6-8:30pm

Honest Herbs & Simple Spices Class

Join the Palate Professor (Chef Michelle Kauffman) teaches about herbs and spices. Experience the difference between fresh/dried herbs and whole/ground spices. Learn the 24 essential herbs and spices to always keep on hand and how to best use them. Make your own herb/spice blends and more. Advance registration required (visit online or email chefmichelle@palateprofessor.com)

Forage-Banbury Place Bld. 13-Suite 214 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $40 per person

Age: All Ages

Food & Drink

Thu. May. 7 6pm-1am

The PLUS invites you to: The Patio Kickoff Party w/ Deshutes, WOODY!

Come to the PLUS's patio party featuring Deschutes, Woody. Who needs the belly of Buddha for good luck – just rub the side of Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, Woody. Join our traveling beer-barrel bar, WOODY, out back in the Beer Garden for some tasty beer and pizza. Also be sure to watch the Clear Water Comedy​ 9-10:30pm.

Pizza Plus 208 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Nightlife

Every Thursday, 6pm;

9 Ball Pool Tournament

Registration 6-7pm. Tournament begins at 7pm. $10 entry full payback also includes one entry to win a McDermott or Schmelke pool cue. Two tables available. Double elimination. Race to three.

Every Buddy's Bar 19 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: $7 green fees, $10 entry

Kids

Thu. May. 7 6:30pm

Mother's Day Mini Paint Retreat

Join local teacher and artist Cyndee Kaiser for an evening of acrylic painting and fun. Beginners are shown simple techniques, color mixing and composition as you follow her demonstration. Try something new and surprise yourself on your results.

Tiny Tots Children's Playhouse 320 S Wisconsin St, Fall Creek

Cost: $25 registration fee (see contact info for mailing address)

Education

Thu. May. 7 6:30-7:30pm

Learner's Lounge: Quiet Beauty Revealed Through a Lense

Join Maria Lewis as she offers a glimpse into the past and present features of Main Street Menomonie. She will present original photos of the intricate features of some of Menomonie's oldest buildings as well as the history behind the buildings.

Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: all ages

Kids

Every Thursday from May. 7 to May. 28, 6:30pm;

Children's Museum of Eau Claire: PJ Story Time

Book Nook - Put on your favorite footie pajamas and cozy into the book nook for soothing stories & a bedtime snack before drifting off to dreams.

Eau Claire Children's Museum 220 S Barstow, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE with museum admission

Words

Thu. May. 7 7pm

Beneath the Bonfire Book Launch with Nickolas Butler

Join local author Nickolas Butler, author of NY Times Best-Seller "Shotgun Lovesongs," for a reading and signing as he launches the hardcover edition of his new book, "Beneath the Bonfire", a collection of critically acclaimed short stories.…

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

The Volume One Calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire

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