Favorite Kids Books for Grown-ups

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

V1 Staff

We asked some local parents what books they loved when they were kids, and what they are sharing with their own children today!

Lifting up Young Voices

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Lauren Fisher

Last year, Eau Claire Male Chorus member Marty Pederson assembled a team of youngsters in order to revive the Chippewa Valley Boys Choir. Nearly 10 years after the group disbanded, a few members of the Male Chorus were reminiscing and wondering aloud whether such a project would have success today

5 Uses for Apples (other Than Food)

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

If your family is anything like OURS, autumn is time for apples – lots of apples – and sometimes you end up with more than you know what to do with. If you’re tired of making applesauce and apple pie, here are some ways to use apples that don’t involve putting them on your plate.

Show Off Your Talents at New Show Choir Camp

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Julia van Allen

Something musical this way comes! The Chippewa Valley will welcome its first ever show choir camp June 25-29. Campers in grades 6-12 will ...

The Cure for Boredom Is at Your Local Library

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

James Johonnott

The fight against summer boredom has never been easier to win. There’s a lot for families to do in the Chippewa Valley during these warmer months. There’s no better summer hangout than your local library, and Chippewa Valley libraries have got you completely covered for learning, fun, and A/C.

Take a Ride with Student Artwork

Fri. Jul. 6th, 2018

Tom Giffey

This wasn’t the beginning of a field trip; instead, the students filed on and off the buses to check out the art inside – art they had created themselves that was displayed as part of the Art on the Bus program ...

Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready for the Hullabaloo!

Tue. May. 8th, 2018

V1 Staff, photos by Mike O'Brien

Chippewa Valley Family & Prevea offer music series

For three Saturday mornings this summer – during the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market and the Artist Market of Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Family will host FREE live music on the Phoenix Park labyrinth ...

Mabel Tainter Comes to Life on the Page

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Haley Wright

Mystery at the Mabel Tainter, a new children’s book written by local author Mary Heimstead and illustrated by UW-Eau Claire student Taylor Nicole Kysely, explores the history of the landmark Menomonie ...

Get the Family Jazzed up for the Eau Claire Jazz Fest

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

For more than half a century, Eau Claire has welcomed spring with big band standards and wandering improv riffs. This year, families will be able to enjoy the rhythm of 52nd Street as they wander South ...

Color Between the Lines, Then Let It Rip

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Objectives/Outcomes: Allows participants to make their own creative decisions (there are no right or wrong solutions) ...

Party Time With Peter and the Wolf

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Barbara Arnold

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two” at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s annual free concert for family and friends. Music director ...

For These Old Abes, It's Always Showtime

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you ask people connected to the Old Abe Show Choir to describe the ensemble, the most often-used synonym is “family.” And, like most families, amid all the affection and good times is a lot of hard work ...

Craft Time: Miro and Lines

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

V1 Staff

If you’d like, start with inspiration from one of these books (both available via the public library): Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman or When a Line Bends ... a Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene ...

She Has Talent in Store

Thu. Jan. 25th, 2018

Cassandra Kyser

9-year-old brings her unique artwork to market

At 9 years old, Presleigh Olson-Buehler is already an accomplished artist and entrepreneur. She recently started selling her artwork at Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire, and so far, she is the youngest artist to do so ...

Craft Time: Olympic Medals

Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Kids can draw their favorite Olympic sport or something to celebrate a country on their medal with crayon. They can then use metallic paint or glitter glue to decorate and tape on a ribbon ...

Forming a Friendship

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...

Light the Way: Paper Lantern Craft

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

You and your child can make a paper lantern that’s perfect for Eau Claire’s New Year’s Eve Lantern Parade in Downtown Eau Claire. the parade begins at 4:30pm on Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, 220 S. Barstow St.

Local Kids Making Joyful Noises

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Tom Giffey

The Chippewa Valley Youth Chorus, now in its second year, was created to help children grow musically and socially. Its founders, music educators Cathy Reitz and Nick Poss, also want to give young people the opportunity to experience the joy of music.

Who will be my friend?

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

Cassandra Kyser

The Chippewa Valley’s youngest readers have a new book to enjoy at story time. Colfax author Jeanne Styczinski has published her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?

Turning Leaves & Pages: Autumn-y Writing Prompts

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up a beginning.

A New Swing at Paul's Tall Tales

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Barbara Arnold

Expertly written by Peterson and exquisitely illustrated by Dacia Sjolund, a UW-Stout student and Minnesota illustrator and animator, the hardcover picture book provides extraordinary storytelling for all ages.

Who Will Be My Friend?

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

that’s the question asked (and answered) in a retired teacher’s colorful tale

The Chippewa Valley’s youngest readers have a new book to enjoy at story time. Colfax author Jeanne Styczinski has published her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?

Bright Ideas: Fun Writing Prompts for Summer

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up an amazing idea. It’s like a simple game to play: No judgment on how it turns out because it’s just for fun. Check out some prompts below to get the writers in your life scribbling away ...

25-Cent Flicks Offer Summery Savings

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

James Johonnott

Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Just scoop between the couch cushions and find a handful of quarters, then head to Micon Cinemas in Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls for 25-cent movies this summer.

DIY Paper Plate Butterflies

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Looking for a fun new art project this summer? Try these crafty paper plate butterflies.

Homemade Art: Sunflower Sculpture

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Summer is here! Get your kids excited about all the warmer season has to offer by making this homemade sunflower sculpture!

7 Creative Ways to Use Sidewalk Chalk

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Timber Wolf

School is out and things outside are heating up! As the summer season gets rolling, the kids will be heading outside to play and you’ll be looking for ways to keep them busy.

Art Therapy in 30 Seconds

Fri. Jul. 14th, 2017

Amy Hahn, ATR

The decision to seek professional help is rarely an easy one. I have worked with a number of people challenged with a variety of life experiences. From adults struggling with depression ...

Exploring Creativity with DIY Beats

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

by Maggie Cook

A simple homemade instrument can tune up your child’s social development. There’s just something about the joy of crafting a homemade activity that’s not only enjoyable for a child but also rewarding as a parent.

DIY Paper Flowers

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Summer is coming up! Get your kids excited about all the warmer season has to offer by making these homemade paper flowers that will last even in the coldest of seasons.

Great Homemade Gift: Seasons of Trees

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Celebrate Mom and Dad with this fun ARTmobile activity for a homemade Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts from the heart!

Extending a Friendly Hand

Tue. May. 9th, 2017

Emily Kinzel

Hands of Peace performance comes together against bullying

Chippewa Valley Montessori Elementary School is teaming up with BaredFeet Co., a local nonprofit, to produce an art performance piece aimed at charity and peace, while conveying an anti-bullying message ...

5 Steps to Turn a Garage Sale Bargain into a Beauty

Mon. May. 8th, 2017

Pan Thao

Garage sales have become a gold mine for upcyclers, and you’d be surprised at the many ways you can find a new life for your latest deal. Check out the tips below to turn your bargain into a beauty.

Korea in Eau Claire

Thu. Apr. 6th, 2017

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kgam Studio hopes to create art across cultures and help us dance together

The dance community in the Chippewa Valley is always growing, and its newest resource comes in the form of Kgam Studio, a Korean cross-cultural dance studio, which opened ...

Former Eau Clairian Pens Children's Book About Accepting Yourself

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

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.

Little Girl, Big Questions

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Haley Wright

Mondovi author’s latest explores girl’s response to divorce

Divorce is never easy for anyone, and it’s especially difficult for children, who have no say in the decisions being made. Mondovi author Julie Bowe, who also wrote the Friends for Keeps series, is debuting ...

Seeking Peace in Words, Music, and Movement

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Tom Giffey

Are your kids interested in expressing themselves through dance, music, drama, art, or poetry? If so, there’s an opportunity for them to take part in a unique, multidisciplinary project in Eau Claire ...

WeBop Gets Kids Hip to Jazz Jive

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Eric Christenson, photos by Katie Larson

There’s a room full of people and instruments buzzing. A rhythm section taps out a basic tune while kids, their parents, and other musicians alike are dancing, moving, and singing together ...