Tom Giffey

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Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018

Writers Guild Will Oversee Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild has been chosen to become part of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, a volunteer group that promotes and administers the state’s poet laureate program ...

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2018

Blue Angels Will Return in 2020

Tom Giffey

The 2020 Chippewa Valley Air Show is a go, and it’s got a commitment from the U.S. Navy’s legendary Blue Angels demonstration squadron. The F-18 flight team, which performed at last summer’s Chippewa Valley Air Show as well ...

Wed. Dec. 12th, 2018

How diverse are we?

Tom Giffey, design by Taylor McCumber

a look at the Chippewa Valley's racial and ethnic makeup

Wed. Dec. 12th, 2018

Rolling Out a Tire Museum

Tom Giffey, photos by Chippewa Valley Museum

Banbury Place will house gallery dedicated to Uniroyal history

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018

Kansas Man Will Lead EC Economic Development

Tom Giffey

The City of Eau Claire has hired an economic development professional from Kansas as its new economic development manager. Aaron J. White will start with the city on Monday, Dec. 10, replacing Mike Schatz ...

Wed. Nov. 21st, 2018

From Ho-Hum to Ho Ho Ho!

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Forget the itchy sweaters. Here are some ways to celebrate with creativity.

Wed. Nov. 14th, 2018

Are You an Artrepreneur?

photos by Tom Giffey

workshop series aimed at teaching business skills to artists

Wed. Nov. 14th, 2018

Eau Claire Opens North Side Dog Park

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire-area pooches have a new place to play with the opening of Sundet Dog Park, the city’s second off-leash park dedicated to canine cavorting. The dog park, 3403 Sundet Road, is next to Sundet Community Park ...

Fri. Nov. 2nd, 2018

Let’s Get It Started!

Tom Giffey

Startup Wisconsin Week comes to Eau Claire with entrepreneurial activities

Fri. Nov. 2nd, 2018

A Place to Remember

Tom Giffey

county funding expected for planned Eau Claire Veterans Park

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Ride the rocket for your health

Tom Giffey

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire recently unveiled plans to add several new displays to its second floor that will emphasize healthy lifestyles to kids. The upcoming “Eat! Move! Live!” exhibit is expected to be open by next summer, said Mike McHorney, the museum’s executive director.

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

All aboard the museum’s toy train tradition

Tom Giffey

Take a nostalgic trip through a perfectly-to-scale winter wonderland this season with the annual Holiday Toy Trains display at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park. Now in its fourth year, the exhibit opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 29.

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Victorian holidays in the Valley

Tom Giffey

Even though this photo is from more than 100 years ago – around the time your great-great grandparents were kids – you probably see a lot of things ...

Thu. Oct. 18th, 2018

Return to Laramie

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UWEC stages documentary-style play about Matthew Shephard’s murder

Wed. Oct. 17th, 2018

Werthmann Seeks Top City Council Post

Tom Giffey

Andrew Werthmann would like to drop the word “acting” from his title: He wants to be elected president of the Eau Claire City Council in his own right next April. Werthmann, vice president of the Eau Claire City Council ...

Wed. Oct. 17th, 2018

Big Ideas for Downtown

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

three developers include new children’s museum in their plans for Block 7

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018

Powering Pablo: Female leaders are the new arts center’s not-so-secret weapons

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When the curtain rose for the first time at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Sept. 22, it wasn’t just a big moment for the performers on stage: It was a fulfilling, emotional crescendo for those who have been working for months to open downtown Eau Claire’s new arts center ...

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018

Art, Writing Contest Explores Theme of Poverty

Tom Giffey

The arts – both visual and literary – have a unique power to tell stories in a way that traditional journalism can’t. Consider poverty: Is the real story of poverty fully told through statistic-based journalistic reports ...

Mon. Sep. 24th, 2018

Pablo Will Host Big Book Festival Events

Tom Giffey

The new Pablo Center at the Confluence will host theatrical and musical events, of course, but it also will provide new opportunities for the region’s literary scene. This part of the Pablo Center’s mission will begin next month ...

Thu. Sep. 20th, 2018

Reid All About It: Eau Claire author’s latest book full of fun to spark kids’ learning

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At story time, even the most focused of youngsters will eventually tire of “This Little Piggy,” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider,” and “Five Little Monkeys.” If you’re a teacher, librarian, or parent – what then? Prolific author, librarian, educator, and rapper (more on that later) Rob Reid has the answers in his latest book...

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

City Again Seeks Plans for Block 7, Liner Site

Tom Giffey

The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority is once again accepting proposals from developers for two pieces of downtown property: The so-called Block 7 at the corner of North Barstow and Wisconsin streets and the lot in front of the city parking ramp on North Barstow.

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

Reflecting on Renewal

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Schatz looks back on role in economic, downtown development

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Sep. 19th, 2018

Visit Eau Claire Launches New Branding, Logo

Tom Giffey

Visit Eau Claire, the area’s tourism promotion agency, has unveiled a colorful new logo and brand identity that it says “captures the personality of the city known for its independent spirit, creative culture, penchant for originality ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 18th, 2018

5 Big Numbers: Eau Claire’s New Arts Center

Tom Giffey

The total floorspace inside the Pablo Center at the Confluence, which officially opens Sept. 22. That includes two theaters, two art galleries, a dance studio, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, a recording studio, offices ...

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

How You Can Teach Just by Talking

Tom Giffey

The “Word Gap” sounds like something that would trouble a headline writer or a Scrabble player. In reality, it’s the phrase used to describe the shortfall in the number of words that children who come from low-income families are exposed to by the age of 3.

Wed. Sep. 5th, 2018

Voters Will Say If They Favor Pot – or Not

Tom Giffey

Eau Claire County voters will be able to voice their opinion on legalizing marijuana (a.k.a. cannabis, a.k.a. pot, a.k.a. too many other nicknames to print) in a nonbinding referendum on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.