Passing Down the Past

At 9pm on a Sunday, Dick Edwards received a call from his grandson in Iowa. He had a report due the next morning and one request for his grandpa: “Tell me about your life.” ...

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Kid Culture

Flexing Creative Muscles

The Y in downtown Eau Claire is dedicating a whole week to the arts. Running Oct. 7-13, children, teens, and their families are invited to explore a wide range of artistic activities – free of charge – covering seven different mediums ...

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Banbury Kids Project Unleashes Creativity

Art is all around the Chippewa Valley, whether it’s the work of UW-Eau Claire students in the Foster Art Gallery or creations by acclaimed artists via Sculpture Tour Eau Claire. The Banbury Kids Project has added to that mix. The brainchild of artist ...

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Young Artists Sought for Pollock-style Project

Legendary abstract painter Jackson Pollock may belong to the art history books, but his spirit lives in Eau Claire. Artist and storyteller Paula Gorski is in the process of creating a large-scale art installation in Eau Claire that will be inspired by Pollock’s ...

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Summertime Seuss

While the Barstow Street construction will impede a true, daylong Summer Fest this year, you can rest assured that there will be another great family night. In fact, it is going to be Dr. Seuss-themed-great. This is not just for kids; we have all had a ...

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Cinema

Block Party

What can you do with a roomful of giant blue blocks? Pretty much anything you can dream up ...

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Pet-sitting Empire

Jake and Kelly VandenBush have a pretty neat niche in the pet care industry, and they might just be on the way to making Eau Claire even more famous. They began their business, Pet Sitters Associates in 1998, without the foreknowledge ...

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Oh, The Places You'll Go!

The fantastical stories of Dr. Seuss – filled as they are with hat-wearing cats, Christmas-stealing Grinches, green egg-gobbling Sam-I-Ams, not to mention assorted Drum-tummied Snumms, Fiffer-feffer-feffs, and ...

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Send Your Kids on a Trip Through Time

Future History Detectives can hone their craft this summer by taking part in one of two six-week classes for kids at the Chippewa Valley Museum. “Time Travelers,” a program for children ages 6 to 12 ...

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Kid Culture

That's A Story-able

Well, story time just got even cooler. Beginning this summer, That’s Adorable! Children’s Boutique in downtown Eau Claire is bringing in special guests (including some local celebs!) to read to kids and their grown-ups each week ...

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Children's Theatre Stages Wacky Irish Wake

The beloved Patrick James Finnegan has dropped dead – after winning a casino jackpot, no less – and now its time for his quarrelsome Irish-American family to celebrate with a traditional Irish wake, complete with singing ...

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Speaking Volumes

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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Kid Culture

Dracula vs. Dad

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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Opening Letters

UWEC offers summer cinema under the stars

If you are a fan of the Gemini Drive-in Movie Theater or were an aficionado of Volume One’s dearly departed Back Alley Summer Cinema Series, you’ll want to catch the free flicks and popcorn at the new Outdoor Summer Films series ...

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Hot Times in Cinder City

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

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

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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Record Rodeo Rounds 'Em Up

he Record Rodeo is coming to town! The series of classes at the Eau Claire Music School is open to any children ages 2 to 5 who enjoy music, stories, and physical activity.

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A Lively Library

Libraries pretty much rock, and I remember falling in love with them at a young age. Growing up in Elk Mound, we had to come all the way to Eau Claire for a library trip, so we made each library visit last as long as we could. Even now, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library sticks with me every time I open a book and experience its rich...

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Logs Will Roll

Paul Bunyan, sawmills, and rivers are as much a part of the Chippewa Valley as cheddar is a part of cheese curds. Now, thanks to the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA in Chippewa Falls, area families can reconnect with their inner lumberjacks and...

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