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Julia van Allen


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Friendly Food: Dos Amigos Brings Choice Mexican Eats

Julia van Allen

A new Mexican restaurant is making a splash on the Eau Claire culinary scene. Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant, owned and operated by Pascual and Michael Niedes, opened June 29.

Unique Uni: UW-Stout's stand-out programs

Julia van Allen

UW-Stout is one of few polytechnic universities in the country to offer such a range of specialized programs. Students from across the country flock to Menomonie to learn about these fields ...

A Delicious Puerto Rican Meal to Help Heal

Julia van Allen

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly a year ago, the island of Puerto Rico needs aid to rebuild the businesses, roads, and homes that were destroyed by the vicious storm. Local organizers and impromptu activists chef Molly Barnes and Jake Lindgren are determined to help.

Annual WHYS Bluegrass Festival Turns 11

Julia van Allen

Local radio station WHYS 96.3 FM is hosting its 11th annual WHYS Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lake Altoona County Beach.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Airfest & Autorama showcases air and land speedsters

Julia van Allen, photos by Timothy Mather

Fly high on Aug. 4 at the Sixth Annual Menomonie Airfest and Autorama. This event is a full day of planes and cars that will entertain kids and adults alike. This year’s excitement will feature a two-hour acrobatic airplane show ...

Going Once, Going Twice ... Auctions, estate sales offer unique finds

Julia van Allen

Estate sales and auctions are a bit of an enigma for those outside of the usual circuit. For those who are first-time buyers or first-time sellers at an auction or estate sale, the experience can be stressful. But old pros know estate sales and auctions are treasure troves for unique finds ...

Now Streaming: SmokeStream food truck’s hip hop-themed entrees

Julia van Allen, photos by Branden Nall

Housed in a renovated ‘71 Airstream, managed by Mark Schuh, SmokeStream Food Truck combines the classic intrigue of a food truck with the eclectic and eccentric menu that’s taking the Chippewa Valley’s tastebuds hostage ...

Show Off Your Talents at New Show Choir Camp

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 ...

Bound for a Laugh: Locally-produced podcast Wisconsin Bound

Julia van Allen

‘In my head, I picture people like us that find interest in humor and weird, fringe-y cultures and enjoy them by looking behind the curtain without being in a place of judgment,” said Tyler Haas ...

4 Weekends, 4 Big Music Festivals

Raquel Dorf, Haley Wright, Julia van Allen, Measha Vieth, photos by Caitlyn Berlin, Marcie Pannell

Rock Fest, Country Jam, OneFest, and Blues On The Chippewa are up next. Here are the details ...

4 Helpful CSA Hacks

overcoming common challenges your weekly box of local produce presents

Julia van Allen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs, are spreading through the Chippewa Valley and bringing an abundance of delicious and healthy foods straight from farm to table ...

Fire Away: Your guide to lighting up the night with fireworks

Julia van Allen, photos by Frank H. Robinson

With summer fully in swing and the nation’s birthday coming up in just a few weeks, we can’t imagine a world without fireworks. What better way is there for a backyard pyromaniac to kick off the summer ...

Getting Some Air

Chippewa Valley Air Show will turn your world upside down

Julia van Allen, photos by Carolyn Tiry

Things at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport will be flying high on June 16-17 when the Chippewa Valley Air Show comes in for a landing. The air show only happens every few years, so don’t miss out on the chance ...

The Most Important Meal

free breakfast for nearly 3,000 hungry Chippewa Vallians

Julia van Allen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes community members to the 22nd annual Breakfast in the Valley. Multitudes of delicious breakfast foods, including eggs served on four-foot griddles crafted by students of the Chippewa Valley Technical College, will be prepared ...

Fest With the Best of ’Em

Northwoods Blues Festival, Rock Fest, and Eaux Claires are on deck. Are you ready?

Julia van Allen, Raquel Dorf, Joseph Lynch, photos by Luong Huynh

Rock n’ roll fans from around the world will gather Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14 for some head-banging, crowd-surfing, beer-drinking kind of fun at Rock Fest ...

Chippewa Valley Nature Festival Features Fun for All

Julia van Allen, photos by Nick Meyer

From June 1-3, the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society will sponsor the Chippewa Valley Nature Festival, which will integrate aspects of environmentalism, conservation, and fun into the first weekend ...

Thinking Songs

Americana strummer finds inspiration everywhere

Julia van Allen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Now, Lemme Get This Straight” – This album is the perfect soundtrack for the summer ... Imagine Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles got together and brought a musician under their collective wing ...

4 Popular Proteins Tempting the Chippewa Valley

Julia van Allen

The latest trend in the culinary landscape is to take a trip on the carnivorous side. So, what are the latest meat fads? According to Bob Adrian of BNC Foods and Rump’s Butcher Shoppe in Altoona ...

Eau Claire Music School Shows Gratitude With Community Party

Julia van Allen

The Eau Claire Music School wants to thank the community for the support it received throughout the process of purchasing its building and for the overwhelming response when it needed the community’s help ...

It’s a Big World out There

UWEC professor creates award-winning short film

Julia van Allen

Jyl Kelley ignores dimensions and transforms still photos into a sensory experience. The UW-Eau Claire professor leans on technology and nature in her creative process. As an intermedia artist, Kelley plays with these distinctions ...

Visit EC Offers Eaux Claires Tix Giveaway

Julia van Allen, photos by Shane Newman

Calling all music lovers! Visit Eau Claire is hosting giveaways for tickets to the Eaux Claires Festival. The two-day music festival will return with a mystery lineup July 6-7 at Foster Farms outside Eau Claire ...

Big Screen, Short Films

Julia van Allen

Micon Cinemas Downtown in Eau Claire is hosting the Chippewa Valley Film Festival on April 21. The third installment of the short film showcase will screen that Saturday with a collection of student ...

A World of Vibrant Verse

Julia van Allen

On Tuesday, May 1, UW-Eau Claire will host the 12th Annual International Poetry Reading, which celebrates linguistic diversity at its finest. The Dakota Ballroom in the Davies Center will be alive with poetry written ...

Will the Fake Paul Ryan Please Stand Up?

comedian to host town hall in EC as Paul Ryan

Julia van Allen

On Friday April 13 join Clear Water Comedy for a town hall assembly like none other. Internationally touring comedian Chris Fairbanks uses his quick wit and quirky improvisations to parody a town hall ...

Both Twig and Barstow & Grand Now Accepting Submissions

Rachel Witthoft, Julia van Allen

Twig, an independently published, Eau Claire-based art zine collective is now accepting poetry submissions for the fourth edition. Poets residing in the Midwest – Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa ...