Frantic, Phonetic Fun

exercise word building muscles at the Scrabble Bee

Fri. Apr. 5th, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Scrabble doesn’t have to be a quiet, deliberate game played on a coffee table or a smartphone app: At Literacy Chippewa Valley’s annual Scrabble Bee, it’s a fast-paced, team-oriented – and above all, fun – game ...

Fun Fun Family Times

third Family Fun Fest is free outing for the whole crew

Fri. Apr. 5th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher

The Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center, the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department, and the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services are partnering to present the third ...

Here’s the Pitch

local aims to establish adult women’s fastpitch softball league

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019  |  Luc Anthony

The end of a high school or college athletic career can sometimes spell the end of an athlete’s ability to play the sport they love. For high school and college fastpitch softball players in the Eau Claire area ...

Cracking the (Area) Code

715 Supper Club revives a west side EC hot spot

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019  |  Nicole Withers, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new dining option is opening where the Local Lounge and Varsity Club used to be on Eau Claire’s west side, and unlike its predecessor, it’s not going to be a sports bar. The soon-to-open 715 Supper Club ...

Massive Music

Menomonie Singers take on Handel’s masterpiece

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Hallelujah! It’s polyphonic, it’s melismatic, it’s jubilant and ecstatic: It’s Handel’s Messiah. The Menomonie Singers are in the final stretch of preparation for their spring concerts, during ...

Downtown Crowns

The District, SHIFT, Pablo among 2019’s Downtowny winners

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019  |  V1 Staff

More than 1,000 votes were cast by members of the community to determine the victors in five categories of the Downtowny Awards, ranging from Best Business to Best Renovation. The awards ...

A More Neighborly Way

Pinehurst residents organize neighborhood association

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Pa Thao, a longtime resident of the Pinehurst neighborhood on Eau Claire’s northeast side, noticed last summer that people were more likely to know their neighbors’ dogs’ names than the names ...

On the Cover | April 3, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Lorrinda Benavides

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019

“What inspired this drawing is an old flame. Although we weren’t as odd as this couple dancing, we certainly came from different worlds. He played in a band and the only song ..."

Opening Shot | April 3, 2019

Thu. Apr. 4th, 2019  |  photos by Branden Nall

THIS PERFORMANCE IS BLOWING UP. Staged in the RCU Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Wednesday, March 27, Air Play was a modern spectacle that brought the very air we breathe to life with flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, and a massive snow globe.

Puddles and Ships

Wed. Apr. 3rd, 2019  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

He picks out a few good peanut shells before I throw the pile into the trash. Five or six large ones without cracks or holes. He wants the seaworthy peanut shells ...

Pathways to Art

local artists find their way to ArtsWest 40 exhibition

Tue. Apr. 2nd, 2019  |  Marie Anthony

One set off to be a nurse; one was a sociology professor; and one found art to be the truest expression of her life. Whether art became a part of their lives at first breath or whether it found them later ...

Willing to Collaborate

creatives open downtown co-working space for other creatives

Tue. Apr. 2nd, 2019  |  Parker Reed, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire is growing into becoming one of the cultural centers of the region, but collaboration is key to the area’s success, two new business owners say ...

Time to Saddle Up

Northern Light Cowboys ready for Carson Park action

Tue. Apr. 2nd, 2019  |  Luc Anthony

Since the mid-2000s, organized warm-weather adult football has had a presence in the Eau Claire metropolitan area. The Chippewa Valley Predators had been around for over a decade, and were ...

‘If God Created Monsters, He Also Created Heroes’

research conducted at UWEC informs off-Broadway play

Tue. Apr. 2nd, 2019  |  Rebecca Mennecke

Jos akys ryškios, pilnos šviesos. Translated to mean “Her eyes are bright, full of light,” these are the words of 19-year old Lithuanian poet, Matilda Olkin, who was executed by Lithuanian Nazi collaborators in 1941 ...

The Riverfront Blues

Riverfront Park will host the Northwoods Blues Festival

Tue. Apr. 2nd, 2019  |  Lea Kopke

Beautiful views, mouthwatering food, and nationally-acclaimed blues will hit the new Riverfront Park in Chippewa Falls this summer. The Northwoods Blues Festival will be back in Chippewa Falls ...