Speaking Volumes

programs’ goal is reading 1,000 books to your child

by Tom Giffey

Doing anything 1,000 times sounds like an achievement. It also sounds like a daunting task, until you break it down into smaller increments. That’s the rationale behind the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten movement, an early literacy initiative that’s ...

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Dracula vs. Dad

bridging the father-son divide, one horror film at a time

by Andrew Patrie, illustrated by Luke Benson

I got lippy with my father once (well, more than once) in high school, and he chased me half a block through our neighborhood before tackling me onto the Thompsons’ boulevard ...

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Hot Times in Cinder City

kick off summer right with Altoona’s annual fun fest

by Dustin Hahn

The 40th annual Cinder City Days is one of the first kick-off celebrations of summer in the Chippewa Valley. This four-day event in Altoona begins on Thursday, June 6, with a carnival, but the weekend brings even more fun. Starting Friday ...

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Empowering Local Kids in the Great Outdoors

by Rachel Mickelson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Young people in the Chippewa Valley have a lot to look forward to this fall. Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO), a grassroots, nonprofit organization focused on conservation-based mentorships, will be setting up camp in the area ...

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The Puppet Masters

CVTG stages adult puppet show Avenue Q

by Luke Hoppe, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As we’re jumping into summer, CVTG will be bringing us a new, interesting show to accompany the season. Opening May 30 the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild will be putting on the Tony award winning musical, Avenue Q. The show has also been noted ...

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Steak and Fake Lobster

breaking bread with mom and dad, supper club style

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Poor man’s lobster. It’s more than a great name for a funk band. Poor man’s lobster is what my mom usually ordered when dad took the whole family out to eat on a Friday night, back in the day. This is a seafood dish that usually comes with its ...

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Weather Permitting: Come and Play!

Parks & Rec puts on ice skating activities across EC

by Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’ve ever seen a Christmas card in your life you know that nothing on Earth is more picturesque than a child ice skating as snow lightly falls around their head. And I know every time you’ve seen those lovely illustrations and photos you’ve ...

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Bring in the Clowns!

we sat down to chat with a couple area children’s entertainers

by V1 Staff

"Not too long ago I had to stop in a small town to ask for directions to an event. The only public place open was a bar, so I walked in wearing my full clown getup to seek out some help ..."

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Schooled on Kubb

the Kubb Capital of North America starts 'em young

by Ben Rueter

Kubb has been tossed around the Chippewa Valley for a good few years now and it’s only getting more popular each year. Not only are adults enjoying knocking wooden blocks over but kids are getting in on the trend ...

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Kids Are So Dramatic

how South Middle School puts students in the spotlight

by Kristin Chang

The lights dim, the curtains part, and the show begins. The actors are engaging, the sets and costumes are just right, and the play is a show-stopper. After the last curtain call, the theater goes dark and everyone heads home, satisfied on an ...

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The Sound of Words

Jack Bushnell releases fourth children’s book

by Ken Szymanski, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Not many authors can say they learned the art of storytelling from a biology professor, but that’s how it worked for UWEC English professor Jack Bushnell. The biology professor who introduced Bushnell to the rhythm of words happened to be his father.

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An A+ Educator

local art teacher wins award from statewide organization

by Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Johanna Peterson, an art teacher at Eau Claire’s Northstar Middle School, recently won Art Educator Of The Year from the Wisconsin Art Educators Association. She chatted with Volume One’s Lindsey Quinnies about teaching...

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DaVinci's Workshop

veteran local artist starts new art program for kids

by Tuesday Wustrack, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Walking the concrete hallways of Banbury Place, you would never expect your next turn to be so colorful, creative and full of laughter. Colorful paintings scatter the walls, unique art pieces sit on shelves, and children busily sort through the ...

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Parading Around in the Snow

Eau Claire joins Chippewa Falls and Menomonie with a new winter parade

by Briana Bryant, photos by Marie Ketring

For the first time ever, Eau Claire will be hosting a parade to usher in the Holiday season. The theme for the inaugural Clearwater Winter Parade is “A Flurry of Activities.” The event will take place on Dec. 15, with the parade starting at 5pm...

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Area Schools Make the Grade in State Testing

by Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wondering how your alma mater is doing, or the school your kids attend? The Preliminary School Report Cards from the Department of Public Instruction have been released. The reports focus on priority areas such as reading achievement, math and ...

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Haunting the Hollow

new Halloween festival outside Eau Claire offers frightful sights for all ages

by Andrea Paulseth, Lindsey Quinnies

Halloween Hollow, a spooky entertainment event for both young people and families, has crept its way into the Chippewa Valley in hopes of becoming a standard part of our city’s annual Halloween entertainment. Halloween Hollow features several ...

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Fall Color Coming Early to Wisconsin

by Briana Bryant

Good news, leaf fans. Eau Claire County is currently amongst the most autumn-esque counties in all of Wisconsin – with an estimated Go Look at the Awesome Trees Cuz It Only Gets Browner from Here Time (our phrase, not theirs) around the third week...

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Across the Spectrum

local libraries gearing special programs towards autism spectrum disorders

by Kinzy Janssen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Twenty libraries throughout the region are taking advantage of a grant that will help address the needs of local children who fall along the autism spectrum. Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator for the Indianhead ...

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Bullying Awareness Event

by Katelyn Hendren

One Tree Martial Arts of Eau Claire will be hosting an event Friday August 17 from 6:30 to 8:30pm, to raise awareness about bullying. Law Enforcement Officials, Teachers, Counselors and other professionals will be speaking about bullying ...

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Once More with Feeling(s)

UWEC theater department puts on a show just for kids

by Jeanie Butzler, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Being a kid is not always easy. Children are often faced with difficult experiences just like adults are; however, it may be more difficult for them to understand these experiences and to cope with the emotions that accompany hard times ...

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