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Kid Culture

The Valley's Favorite Sledding Slopes

3 hills where you can make priceless winter memories

Picture this: The sun is shining, there’s a crisp blanket of snow on the ground, and you’ve got the day off with the kids. What, are you just going to sit indoors, eyes glued to the TV, twiddling your thumbs ...

She Has Talent in Store

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 ...

Teaching Folks to Fish

get all the anglers’ tricks while you fish for free

A Free Fishing Weekend event hosted by the Chippewa Family YMCA, Chippewa Rod and Gun Club, and the DNR will take place Jan. 20, from 1-3 pm on the Glen Loch Lake Reservoir directly below ...

Forming a Friendship

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 ...

Farewell to Swing Sets

childhood gear carries memories of days gone by

Frida Kahlo once said “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” I would like to claim that I was enjoying a mindful moment of reflection ...

8 Tips for School-Year Meal Planning

prep early in the week to help your family eat healthier and more efficiently

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. As a working mom, I could not agree with that statement more. Since the birth of our daughter just over a year ago I have been meal planning my butt off and I ...

Orange, Black, & Teal

specially painted pumpkins make Halloween less scary for kids with food allergies

Halloween can be a scary time for the millions of families across the country managing food allergies. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening conditions and are a growing public health issue ...

Who Will Be My Friend?

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?

Larger Than Life

new Bunyan book collects the giant’s many tall tales

Necessity is the mother of invention. Diana Peterson, executive director of Eau Claire’s own Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, could not find any new books about Paul Bunyan and Babe ...

Up to 12 'Born Learning Trails' to Be Installed Throughout Chippewa Valley

Ten area communities in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have approved the installation of Born Learning Trails in their area parks. These are in addition to the Born Learning Trail installed last year at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. One more trail is pending approval.

Good Reasons to Give

gala brings together three charities for music, dancing

In a combined effort to provide more benefits for kids and families, three of the Chippewa Valley’s nonprofit organizations are coming together and holding a fun and exciting spring fundraiser ...

Extending a Friendly Hand

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 ...

Off the Ground – and Off the Hook

Action City’s new zipline, go-kart track opening in May

Eau Claire’s Action City is about to get even more exciting with the addition of a motorized zipline and a larger go-kart track with brand-new, gas-powered go-karts opening in early ...

Korea in Eau Claire

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 ...

Fab Lab for Everyone

Children’s Museum’s latest gets creative with science

‘A ship in harbor is safe,” author and professor John Augustus Shedd once wrote, “but that is not what ships are made for.” Those core concepts of being willing to make attempts and risk failure have led the leadership ...

Mindfulness in the Classroom

students, teachers say meditative practice improves kids’ lives

Mindfulness, one of the many forms of meditation, is gaining recognition in educational systems throughout the world. In the Chippewa Valley, there are many teachers either applying formal mindfulness skills or skills such as deep breathing to help students be more ...