Allison Schrader

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Mon. Jan. 16th, 2012

Before adopting your four-legged friend

Allison Schrader

There’s nothing like a bringing home a new bundle of furry joy. Picking out a cat or dog to adopt is an exciting decision and one that should be taken seriously. A few years ago, my (not entirely sober) friend brought home a kitten from ...

Mon. Jan. 16th, 2012

Great apps for your youngsters

Allison Schrader

If your tyke isn’t amused anymore by the simple pleasures in life, here are some popular iPhone, iPad, and Android apps that are sure to keep them (and maybe even you) interested ...

Fri. Nov. 11th, 2011

What's your pet thinking?

Allison Schrader

Pets. They're always looking at you, biting you, or eating your unmentionables. But how can you tell what they're up to? This list of body sign language will help you get a grip on where your pet is at on an emotional level.

Fri. Oct. 14th, 2011

5 Popular Dog Breeds for Families

Allison Schrader

Not sure which pooch is the prime pick for your family? There’s lots to consider before adding a furry member to your household. Every family is different and so is every breed. Here’s a short list of five popular dog breeds for families.

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2011

Autumn Wedding Ideas

Allison Schrader

Don’t want to sweat in the heat of the summer on your special day? Wisconsin is a great location for an autumn wedding – the leaves are turning, the air is cool and comfortable...

Mon. Aug. 29th, 2011

Need a 'No-Firearms' Sign?

Allison Schrader

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard about Wisconsin’s new conceal and carry law. You know, that piece of legislation that allows us to walk around with hidden weapons?

The Daily Shakedown

Sun. Aug. 28th, 2011

The big Wisconsin cheese

Allison Schrader

How do you make cheese sexy? Simple. Add juicy beef, a photo shoot, a sultry narrative, and bam! You've got the Cheese & Burger Society, and they've created an awesome interactive website dedicated to Wisconsin cheese. On burgers across the country.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Aug. 25th, 2011

7 Local Things We Miss - Menomonie Edition!

Allison Schrader, photos by Jesse Johnson

Menomonie, Wis. is a much different town than it was in 1986 when I was born – and way different than in 1953, when my dad was born. Let’s take a few minutes to think back to when Billy Ray was the most popular Cyrus. Some things that are missing ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Aug. 4th, 2011

Tonight: Drunken Rooster’s final gig

Allison Schrader

An unprecedented blend of local musicians from various Eau Claire bands has created an original album in just under three weeks. The result: Drunken Rooster, a musical experiment.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 28th, 2011

LGBT Community Center seeks input

Allison Schrader

The LGBT Community Center, although no longer a physical building, has created a questionnaire to evaluate the LGBT and ally communities’ satisfaction levels with current programs, activities, and services available.

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2011

A vending machine for bikes

Allison Schrader

Those who like to travel on two, un-motorized wheels may be tired of bicycles taking a back seat to cars in the world of transportation. Well, the cyclist’s equivalent to a gas station has arrived to Minneapolis … in the form of a vending machine.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 21st, 2011

Impressions Bridal Affair: Sept. 25

Allison Schrader

Brace yourselves, ladies – one of the biggest wedding expos in the area is coming back to Eau Claire. On September 25, the Impressions Bridal Affair will host its seventh annual bridal fair and women’s expo event. If you plan on walking down ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 18th, 2011

Let your freak flag fly at the Freak 5K

Allison Schrader

Now you can finally combine your love of physical exertion, music, and socializing at this year’s Freak 5K in Chippewa Falls (August 27). The 20+ obstacles placed throughout the race will be sure to keep things interesting for both the runners ...

Mon. Jul. 18th, 2011

Sippin' Spot

Allison Schrader, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new Eau Claire wine bar From the Vine Wine Room

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jul. 5th, 2011

Butterfly House will flutter you up

Allison Schrader, photos by Mary Mihajlov

Butterfly lovers, your wait is over. Beaver Creek Reserve’s Butterfly House opened as of July 5 for the season. Available to the public since 2000, the Butterfly House holds multiple species of butterflies native to Wisconsin ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 30th, 2011

It's potty time at Phoenix Park

Allison Schrader, photos by Contributed

As of today, now the call of nature at Phoenix Park won’t be quite so unwelcome. The park's snazzy new public restrooms, located next to the Farmers Market pavilion, are up and running as of this morning.

Thu. Jun. 23rd, 2011

What a Bunch of Garden Enablers ...

Allison Schrader

Enabling Gardens, a recent vegetative community effort, officially opened on June 11. The garden was made a reality thanks to Phoenix Community Garden, the Best Buddies program, and the Eau Claire Area Master Gardeners. This is no ordinary garden.

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 20th, 2011

Madison 'Boomboxes the Wasteland'

Allison Schrader

Union Corners, the 15-acre construction graveyard in Madison, has been an eyesore since 2007. What better to do with ugly, wasted space than gather around a few hundred local people with music, dancing, hula hooping, grilling out and mural painting?

Mon. Jun. 20th, 2011

Keep On Rollin'

Allison Schrader, photos by Mike O'Brien

the Roller Girls gear up for second season

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 16th, 2011

"Raising" the community garden

Allison Schrader, photos by Contributed , Andrea Paulseth

Enabling Gardens, a recent vegetative community effort, officially opened on June 11. The garden was made a reality thanks to the help of the people of Phoenix Community Garden, the Best Buddies program, and the Eau Claire Area Master Gardeners.

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 15th, 2011

Chippewa Valley Roller Girls gearing up for season two

Allison Schrader, photos by Mike O'Brien, Kimberly Youngberg

Chances are you may have cheered the girls on flying up and down the track at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. For those of you haven’t yet experienced the magic that is roller derby, you’re missing out. Right now, recruitment is a top priority.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jun. 7th, 2011

A Museum a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Allison Schrader

Good news for all you cultured guys out there – apparently, men who enjoy cultural activities like going to the museum, a concert or play, or participating in clubs or volunteer work are healthier and happier than men who don’t. A study says ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jun. 2nd, 2011

Full Frontal (Lobe) Musicians

Allison Schrader

Do musicians have better brains? According to a new study, measurements of musicians’ brains have found “well-coordinated frontal lobes” – the part of our brains used for very high-function activities.