Controlled Carnage

no flame throwers allowed at after school bot battle

by Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Rev your engines and sharpen those blades, kiddos: It’s time for robot mayhem. A group of sixth-through-eighth graders from the Voyagers after-school program have been pouring ...

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Passing Down the Past

Menomonie authors’ new book encourages passing down family stories

by Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Tim Mather

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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Flexing Creative Muscles

Eau Claire YMCA to host seven day arts-a-palooza

by Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

by Emily Albrent

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

by Tom Giffey

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

another movie themed family night comes to Phoenix

by Emily Albrent

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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Block Party

EC children’s museum exhibit spurs creative, constructive play

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

the nation’s second-biggest network for pet-sitters is based here in Eau Claire

by Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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!

CVTG production brings classic Dr. Seuss characters to life

by Tom Giffey

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

by Barbara Arnold

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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That's A Story-able

children’s boutique features topical summer storytimes

by Tom Giffey

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

by Tom Giffey

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

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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Record Rodeo Rounds 'Em Up

remember kids tunes on vinyl? now your tots will too

by Dustin Hahn, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

from Peeps to an anti-prom, Fall Creek library programs aim to engage

by Zach Schultz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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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