Education

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 10am-2pm;

Houseplant Air Purifier Container Class

Create your own unique mixed container of houseplants, succulents, moss and rocks. They help purify air, can reduce stress, they are pretty house decors, help you sleep better, help fight colds and, improve well-being.

Green Oasis Gardens 1403 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $25

Age: All Ages

Kids

Every Monday until Mar. 26, 2-5pm;

Monday Matinees at the Chippewa Falls Public Library

Every Monday through March, Chippewa Falls Public Library will be playing a movie at 2pm. The movies are newer releases. Check their website or Facebook page to see what movie is playing.

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

Cost: FREE

Music

Mon. Feb. 19 10pm

Live at the Mousetrap: Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy's sound has been described as a stage coach in overdrive, has brought their eclectic blend of punk, bluegrass, and dixieland to packed bars, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007. Doors @ 8

The Mousetrap 311 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Community

Tue. Feb. 20

Eau Claire County Local Elections

For general information about voting, current office holders, election history, polling hours, local polling place, and more, you can check out myvote.wi.gov. Spring Primary is Feb. 20, Spring Election is Apr. 3, Partisan Primary is Aug. 14, Fall & Gubernatorial election is Nov. 6.

Your Local Polling Place, Eau Claire

Education

Tue. Feb. 20 8:30am-3:30pm

Excel Basic

This hands-on, instructor led seminar is easy to follow and gives you the most information possible to help you become a savvy beginner. Learn how to build a worksheet from the ground up, understand basic formulas and functions to let you calculate averages & percentages, and produce attractive, readable charts.

Durand Middle/Senior High School 604 7th Avenue East, Durand

Cost: $124

Age: Adults

Kids

Tue. Feb. 20 11:30am-noon

Super Small Science: Mystery Sand

Introduce your preschool scientist to exciting hands-on and age-appropriate experiments. This week's activity is mystery sand.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Education

Tue. Feb. 20 12:30-4pm

Live Webinar: Current Issues in Pain Management and End of Life Care

Use the case study approach to address pain management at the end-of-life, including issues surrounding the use of opioids, communication with patients and families, regulations, policy implications and drug monitoring systems. Will be followed by an in-person panel of local professional experts.

Mayo Clinic Health Systems 1221 Whipple St., Eau Claire

Cost: $59

Food & Drink

Tue. Feb. 20 6-8pm

Ivory Whiskey Club- Round Table Event

At a Whiskey Roundtable Meeting you will get a chance to learn the history of different Whiskeys, taste test their inventory, and share whiskey stories with people of all ages.

Ivory Piano Bar 2526 Golf Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

Food & Drink

Tue. Feb. 20 7-8:30pm

Wandering Spirits Cocktail Series: “Absinthe-Minded”

Lakely Manager Jorja Vradenburg and Head Bartender Logan Slaght will be giving a detailed presentation on one of more storied and mysterious spirits out there: Absinthe. Participants will have a chance to taste a variety of modern versions of absinthe from around the globe as well as sample cocktails in which it is employed.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Age: 21+

Music

Tue. Feb. 20 7:30-10pm

Joshua Allen at Caffe Tempo

Joshua Allen makes a second appearance at Caffe Tempo bringing it country and guitar singer/songwriter style. Plenty of originals and some well-chosen covers to boot.

Caffe Tempo 315 E Madison St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Wed. Feb. 21 10-10:30am

Super Small Science: Just Dance Party

Designed to keep your kiddos moving, these fun and physical games teach teamwork and skills that can carry home to your own living room. This week's activity is a Just Dance Party.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Visual Art

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from Feb. 21 to Mar. 28, 10am-5pm;

Fire and Ice Exhibit - Alex Mooney Jones and LeAnn Nelson

Alexandria “Alex" Mooney Jones has always been drawn to experimental mediums and "thinking outside the box,” thanks in large part to her mother who was an art teacher. Her mother taught Alex to see artistic potential in everything. LeAnn Nelson finds inspiration for her forms, textures, and colors in the beauty of nature.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

First, Third Wednesday until Feb. 21, 10am-noon; First, Second, Fourth Wednesday from Mar. 14 to Mar. 28, 10am-noon;

The Paint Shack

A talented social artist will walk you through step by step how to recreate the featured painting. Paint on canvas, wood, bags, glasses, and more.

The Paint Shack 2524 Golf Road Suite 2c, Eau Claire

Cost: $10-$40 depending on the specific class

Age: All Ages

Education

Wed. Feb. 21 12:10-12:50pm

Creative Placemaking in Louisiana

Presented by Jessica Miller, professor of Languages at UWEC. The people of Arnaudville, Louisiana have come together in the past ten years to highlight their Cajun French identity by tying it to local art. Miller will describe this process, known as creative placemaking, explain how Cajun French was used as one of the catalysts and share my field observation.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning UWEC Old Library, 105 Garfield Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Leisure

Wed. Feb. 21 12:15-12:45pm

Bach's Lunch Concert

Elaine Mann, Organist, plays a concert for your noon refreshment and reflection. Music will include movements from Widor's Gothic Symphony. Mann is the organist at Grace Lutheran, and has performed frequently in the area.

Grace Lutheran Church 202 W. Grand Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

Wed. Feb. 21 6-7pm

Series: Intro to Wellness: Eat Well

Part 4: Learn steps to transition your eating habits and see improved health, and how supplements affect your body. Instructor: Dr. Angie Lew.

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

Cost: FREE (Registration required)

Age: All Ages

Food & Drink

Wed. Feb. 21 6-9pm

Lakely Loves: Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

Colin Walsh of Wollersheim Winery & Distillery will present a variety of their delectable estate-grown wines, made using grapes that were designed to thrive in an Upper Midwestern climate. Executive Chef Nathan Berg and The Lakely staff will be presenting a six-course dinner, with each dish created specifically to pair with one of the Wollersheim offerings.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $75 (call for reservations)

Age: 21+

Business & Entrepreneurship

Wed. Feb. 21 6:30-8pm

Musky Tank Mixer

"Know your numbers!" is good advice for any entrepreneur. In fact, success in business is built on understanding how you make money. Stop by Brewster Bros. for a refreshing brew, networking, and expert advice from an experienced panel.

Chippewa River Distillery & Brewster Bros. Brewing Co. 402 W River St, Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Education

Wed. Feb. 21 7-9pm

Ask a Scientist: Sharks

Sleek, powerful and predatory, sharks are considered by some to be the ultimate killing machines. Built from an ancient body plan that has changed little over the millennia, these fish are critical components of today’s marine ecosystems, yet much of what we know of them is shrouded in myth and based on Hollywood fiction

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Education

Wed. Feb. 21 7-8:30pm

Songwriters In-The-Round

Working on new material? Want to gain experience sharing your music? Want to learn more about what other local musicians are doing? Songwriters In-The-Round is a group that meets regularly where musicians can do all of these things.

Eau Claire Music School 1620 Ohm Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $5

Age: All Ages

Leisure

Wed. Feb. 21 8pm

Twin Peaks Trivia At The Plus

How much do you know about Twin Peaks? 3 rounds of fast paced, fun trivia - prizes in store.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Kids

Every Day from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 8:30-11am;

Babysitter Training

This class will provide participants with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. Participants will learn and practice skills in these six critical areas: leadership, safety, age-appropriate activities, basic care, First Aid, and professionalism.

Eau Claire YMCA 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: Member: $40, Community: $60

Age: Ages 10-15

Education

Thu. Feb. 22 8:30am-3:30pm

Excel Intermediate

In this hands-on, instructor led class you will learn to use this powerful tool quickly and effortlessly to create the most challenging spreadsheets. Develop skills to use an automated procedure or macros, build formulas quickly and accurately, define the all-important functions and what each does.

CVTC Applied Technology Center, Room 204A 2322 Alpine Road, Eau Claire

Cost: $124

Age: Adults

Kids

Thu. Feb. 22 10-10:30am

Mini Makers: Bracelets and Necklaces

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking! Build and create using real tools of the trade. This week's activity is designing and creating bracelets and necklaces.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Leisure

Thu. Feb. 22 1:30-2:30pm

Dustyn Dubuque on Best Movies of 2017

Dustyn Dubuque will talk about the best movies of 2017. Dubuque has a wide-ranging knowledge of films and is a popular and engaging speaker. His day-job is Menomonie Main Street Exec. Director.

Bookends on Main 214 E. Main St., Menomonie

Community

Thu. Feb. 22 4-7pm

Paint the Town Red

An evening filled with fashion, positive energy, and heart health. Browse the sales and specials in over 30 participating businesses. Enjoy drawings and giveaways, food and refreshments, free blood pressure screenings, and information from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital health professionals. Do the “Word Scramble” Scavenger Hunt for your chance to win prizes.

Downtown Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Falls

Kids

Thu. Feb. 22 4:30-5:30pm

Painting & Popcorn: Bunny Silhouette

Calling all pint-sized Picassos. Your child will be able to create their own one-of-a-kind painting to hang on the wall at home or give to a special person in their life. Plus, snacks and juice boxes are provided to fuel that creative energy. Online registration is required.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Words

Thu. Feb. 22 5pm

Booktalk with Molly Patterson

Molly Patterson was born in St. Louis and lived in China for several years. Her work has appeared in several magazines, including the "Atlantic Monthly" and the "Iowa Review." She was the 2012-'13 Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington D.C., and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, "Rebellion," was published by Harper in 2017. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Community

Thu. Feb. 22 5-8pm

The 10th Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards

An evening of food, drink, awards, and celebration. Gather the Downtown community to highlight and cheer those that did it best in 2017. Voting categories include: Best Business, Best Event, Best New Business, Best New Renovation, and Best New Development.

The Lismore 333 Gibson Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $35

Age: All Ages

Visual Art

Thu. Feb. 22 5-7pm

Artist Reception for Fire and Ice Exhibit - Alex Mooney Jones and LeAnn Nelson

Alexandria “Alex" Mooney Jones has always been drawn to experimental mediums and "thinking outside the box,” thanks in large part to her mother who was an art teacher. Her mother taught Alex to see artistic potential in everything.LeAnn Nelson finds inspiration for her forms, textures, and colors in the beauty of nature. This Chippewa Valley native is driven by functionality!

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Education

Thu. Feb. 22 5-9:30pm

Mental Health and Drug Abuse Crisis in Healthcare Symposium

Hosted by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Featuring 3 sessions related to providing safe and compassionate care in any practice setting to those with mental health or drug abuse concerns. The program also includes methods to reduce stress and anxiety for both caregivers and patients. A buffet dinner and exhibits will be included in the price of admission.

River Prairie Park 1419 Front Porch Place, Altoona

Cost: $30-65

Causes

Thu. Feb. 22 5-7:30pm

Spaghetti Dinner + Silent Auction/Raffle Fundraiser for Southview Playground

100% of the proceeds will help support a new, fully-inclusive community playground, a first in Chippewa Falls. The playground will enhance children’s ability to enjoy challenges at their own developmental levels and gives every child the chance to play.

Southview Elementary School 615 A Street, Chippewa Falls

Cost: $7 adults, $4 children age 11 and under, FREE for 3 and under, $30 max per family

Age: All Ages

Music

Thu. Feb. 22 5:30-8:30pm

Dinner Jazz: Jeremy Boettcher + Josh Gallagher

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. He will be joined by good friend and incredible talent, Josh Gallagher, on the piano.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Food & Drink

Thu. Feb. 22 6-8pm

Wisconsin Foodie Viewing Party

Together Farms invites you to join them for a FREE viewing party at Dive Bar to watch the show and celebrate. There will be a burger slider bar, meat raffles, a cash bar, drawings, and much more. Support your local farm and enjoy a great night out.

Dive Bar 333 Gibson Street (Inside the Lismore Hotel), Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Food & Drink

Thu. Feb. 22 6-9pm

K Point Beer Dinner

K-Point will host its second beer dinner in the taproom. You can expect a multi-course meal with beer pairings. More details will unfold closer to the event.

K-Point Brewing at The Coffee Grounds 4212 Southtowne Drive, Eau Claire

Cost: Tickets available online

Age: 21+

Education

Thu. Feb. 22 6-8pm

Panels and Frames

Join us for our monthly Anime and Manga Moot bookclub-ish thing! For anime, we'll be talking about Last Exile (full 26-episode series). And for manga, it's Spirit Circle (Vol. 1) and Kiniro Mosaic (Vol. 2).

Books a Million 4030 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 18+

Music

Thu. Feb. 22 7-9pm

Live Music at the Acoustic Cafe: The Sixes

A special release show. The Sixes will be releasing a two song digital EP and celebrating with a show in downtown Eau Claire. Album is soon to follow.

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Movies

Thu. Feb. 22 7-8pm

The Making of the Film “The Lumber Baron” with Karen Hurd

This movie has been filmed in locations across the Chippewa Valley and writer/producer Karen Hurd will share about how the film was made, behind the scene photos, and the process of putting this movie together. Refreshments provided.

Fall Creek Public Library 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Food & Drink

Thu. Feb. 22 7-8:30pm

ABV Beer Club: Get Bent! (Paddle)

One of the most exciting (and northernmost) breweries in the Upper Midwest over the past decade, Bent Paddle only recently made its way across the Cheddar Curtain to become available here in Wisconsin. Patrick Johnston from BP will be on-hand to sample out a wide variety of the brewery’s offerings.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: $15/person

Music

Thu. Feb. 22 8pm

The Happy Children with Why Not

The Happy Children's newest album, “Self Help Book”, was released on the 16th of January and has drawn more attention to the band from a larger audience. This album is easy to listen to and incorporates new sounds in to the band’s already vivid repertoire. The Happy Children is for fans of Early Eyes, Hippo Campus, and Good Luck Finding Iris.

Memorial Student Center, Terrace (on the upper level) 302 10th Avenue East, Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Comedy

Thu. Feb. 22 8-9pm

Improv: The Backwards Thinkers Society

The Backwards Thinkers Society is a college Improv theater group at the UW-Eau Claire that likes long walks on the beach, dinosaurs, shenanigans, and you. No scripts, no preparation, no cares in the world. Just laughs and a bunch of people having a good time.

The Cabin UWEC Davies Center, Eau Claire

Comedy

Thu. Feb. 22 8:30pm

Clear Water Comedy Presents: Shelly Paul

Shelly Paul's comedy is incredibly personal, bitingly poignant and just a little bit absurd. She’s not afraid to be vulnerable and honest on stage, which might make you leave her shows feeling that somehow you’ve known her your whole life. Has opened for top acts, and won a handful of Minneapolis comedy contests.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: $5 GA, $3 with valid student ID, includes free soda/rail drink/dome

Age: All Ages (18+ Recommended)

Food & Drink

Every Day from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24;

Chetek Winter Fest

Chetek's yearly winter extravaganza featuring a snowmobile race, music, bonfire to follow, poker run, pancake feed, snowshoe/cross country, and a scavenger hunt. There is an Ice rink available all day and kid's activities.

Lake Chetek Lakeview Drive, Chetek

Cost: $5

Age: All Ages

Kids

Fri. Feb. 23 7am

2nd Annual UWEC Trumpet Festival

Aims to educate high school students in the greater Eau Claire area. Students have the opportunity to perform in a large group trumpet choir, smaller chamber ensembles, and learn from esteemed professors of trumpet Professor Robert Baca of UW-Eau Claire and Dr. Amy Schendel of the University of Iowa.

Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UWEC 121 Water St., Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Kids

Every Day from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 9am-4pm;

Winter Camp

Ever wonder what camp looks like when it's covered in snow? Winter Camp is a great opportunity for youth to spend their February break enjoying winter activities such as snowshoeing, tubing, drinking hot chocolate, and warming up by the fire. Transportation provided. Two night over night camp.

Camp Manitou 27960 137th Street, New Auburn

Cost: Member: $120, Community: $160

Age: Grades 2-7

Kids

Fri. Feb. 23 9:30am-3:30pm

Cardboard Construction

Failsafe will convert into a fort-building space, full of cardboard, MakeDo Kits and all of the necessary items to create some huge structures. Feel free to stop in anytime to join in the architectural fun.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

Kids

Fri. Feb. 23 10am-noon

Dr. Seuss Party

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s (early) Birthday with cupcake decorating, stories, games, and activities. Don’t be surprised if some Seuss friends stop by!

Fall Creek Public Library 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: Geared towards ages 2-10

Kids

Fri. Feb. 23 12:30-2pm

Parents, Kids, and Money Matters

TV, movies, friends, websites--all influence your kids' attitudes about money. Get tips and tools to help you talk to your child about how to share, save, and spend money.

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

Cost: Workshop is free; guests can pay discounted $5 museum entry fee if they mention they are attending "Money Matters"

Age: All Ages

Community

Fri. Feb. 23 1-8pm

40th Annual Home & Garden Show

The 40th coming of this event is new and improved, featuring three days of new programming. 130+ vendors, and live music by Dawn Marie with beer & wine on Friday night from 5-8pm. Friday features programming for seniors. Saturday features kid-focused activities. Sunday features a DIY painted wine glass, sign, and succulent planter workshop.

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire

Cost: $6 advance (until Feb. 22), $8 at the Door

Kids

Fri. Feb. 23 1:30-2:30pm

Family Bingo

The whole family can drop-in on this no-school day and play BINGO for fun and prizes.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room 400 Eau Claire St., Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages