Tom Giffey

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Thu. Jun. 15th, 2017

Our Taste Buds Are Ready for Restaurant Week

Tom Giffey

A brand-new celebration will highlight the Chippewa Valley’s ever-evolving culinary scene later this year. The first-ever Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week, Sept. 15-24, will include special deals and unique menus at participating eateries, plus the First Taste Culinary Crawl, a ticketed event in Banbury Place ...

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Founding Females

Tom Giffey, photos by Eric Christenson

Red Letter Grants awarded to women-owned startups

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Their Very Own Fest

Tom Giffey

with the help of some musician friends, an Eau Claire couple throws a sonic shindig in their own backyard

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Stage a Shindig in the Street

Tom Giffey, photos by Dan Zerr

the City of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Block Full of Bluegrass

Tom Giffey, photos by Dan Zerr

neighborhood parties can be easy: just add yard games, some food, and a few banjos

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Run Like a Boss

Tom Giffey

Blugold alum creates running app to give your workouts a musical push

Tue. Jun. 13th, 2017

Ignition Achieved

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new gym sets fire to metabolisms, adds to downtown Eau Claire growth

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

All Along the River

Tom Giffey

a journey down the Chippewa in time, space, and memory

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

The Real McCoy

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

retiring chamber chief reflects on how EC has changed – and how it hasn’t

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Confused by Patriotic Holidays? Here's How to Tell Them Apart

Tom Giffey

American flags and American pride are on full display during a number of upcoming patriotic holidays. But these holidays aren’t interchangeable. Here’s a brief description of why we celebrate each one.

Thu. May. 18th, 2017

A New Place to Fish

Tom Giffey

Erickson Park will have accessible fishing pier, boat launch

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Riverfront Revival

Tom Giffey

downtown Chippewa Falls’ new park project brings visitors down to the water

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Giddyap for the Sculpture Tour!

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

one-third of this year’s citywide collection of 3D artwork is from Wisconsin and Minnesota

Tue. May. 16th, 2017

Meet the Meat Man

Tom Giffey

co-op’s meat buyer isn’t shy about his philosophy of food

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 16th, 2017

The Great Pagoda Rescue

Tom Giffey

The saga of a quirky piece of Eau Claire’s architectural history took a positive turn recently when a local business offered space for the storage and repair of the iconic roof topper from Woo’s Pagoda Restaurant ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Children's Legacy Luncheon Celebrates Movers and Shakers

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now in its 16th year, the Children’s Legacy Luncheon has a new organizer but a continued commitment to honoring Chippewa Valley residents who work tirelessly in the community to improve the lives of children.

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Fire up the Grill! Grill Safety and General Know-How

Tom Giffey

Grilling can be dangerous – especially with kids around. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 18,000 Americans were injured in grilling accidents in 2009 (the latest year for which national statistics are available).

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Learn About the Women’s Giving Circle

Tom Giffey

Are you connected to a nonprofit in the Chippewa Valley that works to improve the well-being of local women and children? If you answered yes, you should know about the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

Tue. May. 9th, 2017

Stuffed Animals Inspire Teen's Nationwide Charity

Tom Giffey

Katharine Rhoten’s visit to a Florida theme park as a 9-year-old was a life-changing experience, but not in the way that she could have imagined at the time ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. May. 8th, 2017

Tourist Spending Hits Record in Chippewa Valley

Tom Giffey

From massive music festivals to quiet weekend getaways, tourism is a huge component of the Chippewa Valley’s economy. That’s the story told by new figures released by the state Department of Tourism about spending by visitors last year in Wisconsin ...

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

Time Is Tight for Pagoda

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

museum needs big space to stash iconic restaurant roof

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

The Doctor Is Out

Tom Giffey, photos by Jeff Thompson

36 years after falling in love with Eau Claire, Linton retires from Mayo Clinic leadership role

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

Can You Dig It?

Tom Giffey

maybe not ‑ only diggers Hotline knows for sure

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

Let the Parade Begin

Tom Giffey

Chippewa Valley builders put their work on display for 43rd annual home showcase

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

GO VOTE: People’s Flag of Eau Claire Finalists

Tom Giffey

How do you sum up the spirit or our fair city on a rectangle of cloth? A diverse slate of six finalists think they have the answer, and now local people have an opportunity to select a design for the People’s Flag of Eau Claire ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 2nd, 2017

5 Numbers: Wisconsin's Art Economy

Tom Giffey

A new state-by-state study examines the number of Americans who work in arts- and culture-related professions and how much they are paid. Overall, this sector contributed $729.6 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014. Here’s how Wisconsin stacks up ...

Fri. Apr. 21st, 2017

Traveling in Time

Tom Giffey

1930s guidebook offers a glimpse of what awaited tourists in the Chippewa Valley

Fri. Apr. 21st, 2017

Get on the Bus!

Tom Giffey

new Chippewa Valley travel company offers retiree-friendly motorcoach trips

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody

Tom Giffey

Czech out an evening of squeezebox tunes in Cadott

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

New Digs for Blugolds

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UWEC-affiliated foundation buys apartments in new Water Street building

Fri. Apr. 7th, 2017

Shark Attack!

Tom Giffey

an Eau Claire man’s dream car is now one of the show circuit’s hottest hot rods

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Boys & Girls Club Opening Again in Menomonie

Tom Giffey

An after-school option for elementary students in Menomonie is up and running again as of Monday, Feb. 13, thanks to generous community donations and an agreement with the Menomonie school district ...

Thu. Mar. 23rd, 2017

How to Impress Visiting Guests When They Want to Dine Out

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You know the scenario: Friends or family are visiting from out of town and they want to go out for a bite. Because they’re not from around here, they look to you for suggestions ...

Thu. Mar. 23rd, 2017

Hey Valley Artists: Get Outside and Go Paint!

Tom Giffey

The hills will be alive with artists May 6-13 during the Fifth Annual GO Paint! Chippewa Valley. Artists will be invited to paint the riverbanks, farms, forests, prairies, and towns within a 10-mile radius ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 20th, 2017

Wisco Domination at U.S. Cheese Contest

Tom Giffey

Wisconsin cheese stood alone in the winners’ circle at the recently completed 2017 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay. West-central Wisconsin’s own Marieke Gouda of Thorp took ...

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Former Eau Clairian Pens Children's Book About Accepting Yourself

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ava Gustafson’s charming children’s picture book, Willow, drew its inspiration from a yoga class exercise and a childhood dream about a loving tree. The book, which was published late last year, is a gentle, poetic tale of personal acceptance and love.