Education

Thu. Mar. 23 10-11am

Caregiver Grief and Stress

This presentation will show how to manage grief, stress and daily routines as caregiver caring for your loved one.

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

Kids

Thu. Mar. 23 11:30am-noon

Art Class: Watercolor + Yupo

Join the CMEC's March Artist-in-Residence Kristine Crowe for a lesson in watercolor and yupo painting.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Kids

Thu. Mar. 23 1:30-2:30pm

Bingo

Play Bingo and win prizes.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Thu. Mar. 23 4-7pm

Family Free Night: Lost in Spaaaaaace!

Thanks to Group Health Cooperative, it’s free Museum admission for everyone! Join us for a night that’s outta this world. Activities include showings in the brand new inflatable Planetarium. You might even get to try some astronaut ice cream.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Thu. Mar. 23 4:30-6pm

Reading with Rover

Reading with Rover features adoptable pets from the Eau Claire County Humane Association. All ages and reading levels are welcome to attend. Bring your favorite storybook from home or choose one of ours. Parents must accompany their children and sign a waiver to participate. Reading times will be first come, first serve.

Pet Food Plus 2819 Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Thu. Mar. 23 5:30-8:30pm

Dinner Jazz: Mike Malone Trio

Mike Malone is a musician based out of Northeast, Wisconsin. He performs over 300 shows a year with a myriad of groups ranging from jazz, funk, gospel, and original music. A graduate of UW-Eau Claire's music program, Mike is excited to return to Eau Claire with some of the Fox Valley's finest players.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Food & Drink

Thu. Mar. 23 5:30-8pm

Suds & Sustenance 5 Course Beer Dinner

Broaden your horizons with a five-course beer dinner at K Point Brewing. Five courses, six brews. Each course will be paired with a K Point beer, including the not-yet released barrel-aged stout and our barrel-aged red ale. Tickets available online.

K Point Brewing (Inside Coffee Grounds) 4212 Southtowne Drive, Eau Claire

Cost: $35/person

Age: 21+

Kids

Thu. Mar. 23 6:30pm

Bedtime Book Forts

Wear your PJs, bring a blankie and the CFPL for bedtime stories followed by building reading forts between the books.

Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

Music

Thu. Mar. 23 7-9pm

Live Music: Company Express

Company Express is comprised of husband and wife duo David and Jessica Yentsch along with cellist Carter Clay. Their music has rich vocal harmonies backed by acoustic guitar, keyboard, and soaring cello lines. They perform several originals, as well as covers of songs by artists such as the Civil Wars and Glen Hansard.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Thu. Mar. 23 7:30-9pm

Snowbirds: A Musical Comedy Road Trip Script & Songs by Jerry Way

Lou and Beth Ralston and neighbors Ernie and Jo Ann Straw temporarily escape the cold Wisconsin winter of 1963 by driving to sunny Florida. Unexpected detours introduce them to southern hospitality along the way. Arriving at their vacation destination, a Tampa Bay resort hotel, they are treated to sightings of movie stars and cruise ships.

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

Cost: Show Only - Adults $14, seniors $13, youth $7, Dinner and Show on Fri/Sat -Adults $32, Seniors $31, Youth (under 13) $19

Age: All Ages

Comedy

Thu. Mar. 23 8-10:30pm

Kris Kristofferson

His renown as a songwriter triggered Kristofferson's successful career as a performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to his flourishing career as a film actor. Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films.

The State Theatre 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: Tickets $35-55

Age: All Ages

Music

Thu. Mar. 23 8-10pm

In Search of Solace

In Search of Solace is a heavy melodic-metal/hardcore band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Incorporating heavy riffs, grooves, and melodic harmonies accompanied by meaningful lyrics and dynamic vocals, In Search of Solace is surely a band you won’t want to miss. Founded in 2010, they have played many shows and worked incredibly hard to have the following they do.

The Terrace, Memorial Student Center, UW-Stout 302 10th Ave. E, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Thu. Mar. 23 9pm

Vinyl Night: DJ Cooper's "Spring Break Set"

DJ Cooper will be taking you to the islands.. or floribama.. or somewhere warmer than here with a mix of "island" themed songs from reggae to Jimmy Buffet and maybe Volcano Choir? (They have a song "Island, IS", you know...)

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Fri. Mar. 24 9am-2pm

Nature Break for Kids

Gather your fledglings to celebrate birds and introduce your young ones to taking an active role in citizen science. Children age 4-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Spring Bird Count (Age 4–12) from 9–11:30 am; Spring Fling (Age 4–7) or Maple Magic (Age 8–12) at12:30–2pm.

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

Cost: Check website for pricing

Age: Ages 4 - 12

Education

Fri. Mar. 24 10-11:30am

Five Wishes Workshops I & II

An easy-to-use legal document that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. Written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most - the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal.

Augusta Senior and Community Center 616 West Washington St., Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Fri. Mar. 24 1:30-2:30pm

Double Digit Days - Strawbee Catapults

Whose catapult can fling things the furthest? We'll design and build catapults with recycled plastic and straws, then test them out!

Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W Central St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: 10+

Visual Art

Fri. Mar. 24 3-8pm

Artist Eye Spring Reception

Enjoy Fresh Art at the Artist Eye Exhibit with wine, cheese, music and fun. See art from Visionaries, Explorers, Seekers and Makers.

Galaudet Gallery LLC 618 South Farwell, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Visual Art

Fri. Mar. 24 4-9pm

Dancing in the Garden

Artisan Forge Studios kicks off their first spotlight artist event featuring two extremely well known artists in the Chippewa Valley and call AFS home.

Artisan Forge Studios 1106 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Movies

Fri. Mar. 24 6-11pm

UW-Stout Film Series: Rogue One - A Star Wars Story

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Now Jyn must steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.

UW-Stout, Applied Arts 210

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Fri. Mar. 24 6-9pm

Bloomer High School Jazz: Mardi Gras Dessert and Dance

Middle School and High School Jazz Bands, plus Chippewa Valley Weapons of Brass Destruction playing Dixieland-rooted jazz while you enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and desserts in a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere. There'll be dancing and a photo booth with props to help capture the fun.

Bloomer High School 1310 17th Ave., Bloomer

Cost: VIP advanced adults $10, students $6, under 4 Free; General Admission adults $5, students $3, under 4 Free

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 7-9pm

Upright Figurine "How To Drown" Record Release Party

Upright Figurine will be celebrating the release of their new album "How To Drown". There will be a listening session to hear the new album in it's entirety, and discuss the making of it, a couple of live acoustic performances, and copies of the album for sale.

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

Cost: FREE

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 7-9pm

Live Music: The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

A guitar/fiddle duo that performs original songs and tunes inspired by classic hillbilly, ragtime, vaudeville, western swing, and old-time fiddling. Their specialty is on the Scandinavian-influenced regional tunes of the upper Midwest, picked up from old-timers in the hills around their Wisconsin home.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 7-9pm

Live Music: Larry Past Solo Show

Enjoy the music of Larry Past playing songs off of The LP3 EP and Al Julson and Larry Past CD as well as select classic to current covers.

Acoustic Cafe 102 Main St., Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 7:30-10pm

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar has a career that has seen the releaser of eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter, and a mantle full of awards.

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: Tickets $30-35

Age: All Ages

Comedy

Fri. Mar. 24 8-10pm

Comedy Night and Contest Finale with Headliner Mike Brody and Host Sue Kelly!!

The Sheeley House Saloon brings back Comedy Night! Nationally touring headliner Mike Brody, along with Host Sue Kelly and 3 contestants battling it out for the cash prize in the comedy contest finale! Come early for an incredible dinner and get a seat, they go really fast! The Sheeley House Saloon does comedy night right!!

Sheeley House Saloon 236 W River Street, Chippewa Falls

Cost: Free with beverage purchase

Age: 21+

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 9pm-2am

Live Music: The Cragars

Rock the weekend away with the Cragars.

Red Zone Sports Bar 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chippewa Falls

Age: 21+

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 9pm-2am

Bear Klan Entertainment: Hip Hop Show

Will feature performances by Cudlino, B-Str8 the Clippa, Dee Bomb, RJQ, Miles Boulevard, Coldhearted Ent, Grime Corps, and Jaymob da Prodigy. Doors open at 8pm.

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

Cost: $5

Age: 21+

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 9pm

Vinyl Night: Ben Lester

EC's own Ben Lester grew up in a musical family and has gone on to tour the world with the likes of The Tallest Man on Earth, S. Carey, Aero Flynn, and AA Bondy. Ben's wide array of musical interests will be on display at the DJ table with an emphasis on his favorite old country records.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 9-11pm

Gallery Friday: Advance Base + Karima Walker

Owen Ashworth used to release his lo-fi keyboard pop under the name Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, but these days he calls it Advance Base. Walking the line between electronic music & traditional singer/songwriter forms, Ashworth writes minimalist, heavy-hearted, & nostalgia-obsessed songs of longing & regret.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Fri. Mar. 24 9pm-1am

Live Music: JFT Party Band

Audience selects the music to be performed each night. Every show is different. U2, Rolling Stones, REM, Neil Diamond, John Mellencamp, CCR, Billy Idol, Black Crows, Deep Purple, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick and more.

Missy's Bar 1705 County Highway OO, Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Education

Sat. Mar. 25 8-11am

Business Plan Basics

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to attend Business Plan Basics. Learn how to create an effective and engaging business plan that can be presented to lenders and used to guide the launch and growth of a new business.

Western Dairyland 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire

Cost: $29, includes materials. Scholarships available for income-eligible individuals.

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Mar. 25 9am-3pm

Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Sale

Arts, Crafts, Vendors & Concessions. Elementary Level Used & Vintage Book Sale.

McDonell Area Catholic High School 1316 Bel Air Blvd., Chippewa Falls

Cost: Adults $1, Children Free

Age: All Ages

Education

Sat. Mar. 25 9am-4pm

Nature's Delicate Details: Watercolor Techniques

Students will add new watercolor techniques to their artist's "toolbox" in this one day class. From the fine ridged veins of a leaf to the delicate symmetry of a fern frond, Jean Accola will share her experience from over three decades of watercolor nature paintings.

Arts Coming Together: School of the Arts 107 Wilson Court, Menomonie

Cost: $50

Age: Adult

Education

Sat. Mar. 25 10-11:15am

Ayurveda & You

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “the complete knowledge for long life” and is a system of natural health care that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Yoga’s sister science, it is based on a five element theory that the body and all living things are comprised of various amounts of ether, air, fire, water, and earth.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op 814 Main St. East, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Mar. 25 10am

Julie Bowe Book Release: Big & Little Questions

Join local children's author Julie Bowe for a reading of her brand new middle-grade novel, Big & Lttle Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) - "A warm and rewarding story about dealing with change." --Publishers Weekly, starred review. Free refreshments and a make-n-take craft for kids!

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

Cost: FREE

Movies

Sat. Mar. 25 10am

Chippewa Valley Anime Convention

See anime on the big screen at 10am. Come in costume and part of the costume contest. Play cosplay chess and other large games. Yu-Gi-Oh! has no banned card list here.

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls 475 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls

Kids

Sat. Mar. 25 10:30am-noon

Lise Lunge-Larsen, Award Winning Author and Storyteller

The Waldemar Ager Association presents Lise Lunge-Larsen, award winning author and storyteller. Lise will do a dramatic storytelling presentation of Norwegian folktales and talk about the unique role the folktales have in Norwegian history and culture.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Mar. 25 10:30am

Norwegian Folktales Presented by Award-Winning Storyteller Lise Lunge-Larsen

Lise Lunge-Larsen will do a dramatic storytelling presentation of Norwegian folktales and talk about the unique role the folktales have in Norwegian history and culture. She has received multiple awards including the Minnesota Book Award, American Library Association ALA Notable Book of the Year, and more.

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

Education

Sat. Mar. 25 11am-2pm

Menomonie Market CSA Fair

Meet local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers and learn about the great benefits of purchasing a CSA share for you and your family. There will be samples, raffles and the opportunity to purchase your summer share from local farms.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op 814 Main St. East, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

Sat. Mar. 25 noon-6pm

Supplier & Product Pitch Day at The Local Store

Calling All Makers. Do you make any finished products you think would be a great addition to The Local Store? Or do you have the skills and the tools, but are open to ideas for what to create? We want to talk to you! By appointment only. At your appointment, please have basic pricing, cost, and production time information ready to share, as well as samples of work to leave behind.

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

Cost: FREE

Causes

Sat. Mar. 25 2-4pm

Bingo to Benefit the Alzheimer's Association

Come for some fun & refreshments, and a chance at prizes and drawings, as you help raise awareness & money for The Chippewa Valley Alzheimer's Association.

Wissota Place Retirement Community 2801 Cty Hwy I, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10/Bingo Card - Donated to the Alzheimer's Association; RSVP by March. 23rd

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Mar. 25 5:30-8:30pm

Dinner Jazz: Jeremy Boettcher Trio

Jeremy Boettcher has performed music throughout the world. He has toured extensively in S. Carey, traveling throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Recently, Jeremy finished a residency for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar. Jeremy’s musical tastes are eclectic, and he emphasizes music that feels good, and also stimulates one’s intellect.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Nightlife

Sat. Mar. 25 7-10pm

Fill Inn's 38th Anniversary

Celebrate the Fill Inn's 38th Anniversary. Mark Stary will be performing live in the bar and there will be drink and food specials.

Fill-Inn Station 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls

Music

Sat. Mar. 25 7-10pm

Live Music: Eggplant Heroes

Eggplant Heroes is an Americana collaboration among Duffy Duyfhuizen, Max Garland, Joel Pace, Olaf Lind, Caleb Horne, Dan Zerr, and Lucas Fischer. Mixing original tunes with songs by others that we like to play, EPH tries to bring a rich and eclectic musical experience.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Mar. 25 7-9pm

Live Music: Woodshop

Come and enjoy an evening of Rockin Country, Boogie and Blues with Minneapolis' premier Skiffle band Woodshop. Drink Beer, Drink Wine and have a good time. Start your Saturday off on the right foot.

Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Music

Sat. Mar. 25 7:30-9:30pm

John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon's eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children's songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations.

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts 205 Main St. E, Menomonie

Cost: VIP $35 / Adults $30 / Seniors and Students $28

Age: All Ages

Kids

Sat. Mar. 25 7:30-10pm

The United States Navy Band

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. The Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for more than 90 years.

The State Theatre 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE; Call to reserve your tickets. Reserve tickets by phone, or in person at the box office

Age: All Ages

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

Ongoing Events For 10/29/2012

karaoke/DJ, galleries, classes, etc