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Wed. May. 31st, 2017

5 Huge Local Festivals Bring the Heat With Musical Greats

V1 Staff, photos by Mike O'Brien, Luong Huynh

Bluegrass, for being a somewhat niche genre, has a passionate, open, and fun-loving audience all over the globe. So it’s no surprise that the Blue Ox Music Festival, now in its third year, is quickly gaining fiery support in the area and reverberating across the country as one of the best ...

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

2 Can't Miss Big Local Shows

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

Earlier this month, it was announced that The House of Rock, the long-running rock club staple of the Eau Claire music scene, will be shutting its doors for good. The venerable Water Street venue has long been home to Decadent Cabaret ...

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

5 Top-Notch Music Festivals Within Driving Range

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This will be the 50th year of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, billed as the “World’s Largest Music Festival”. An incredible lineup of top-notch headliners featuring performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon ...

Fri. May. 26th, 2017

May 27-29: Weekend Events in the Chippewa Valley

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Don't miss out on all of the action taking place this weekend in the Chippewa Valley, Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29. See our full events calendar for more!

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. May. 25th, 2017

Fairfax Pool Opens for Season on May 27

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dive into summer as Fairfax Pool opens for the season Saturday, May 27. The outdoor pool will be open from 2 to 6pm May 27, Saturday and May 28, Sunday, and then from noon to 6pm Monday, May 29, before resuming its regular season schedule.

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

The Big To-Do: May/June 2017 Installment

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Looking for some family-focused fun in May and June? Check out our 5 family event picks. We receive a number of event submissions on a daily basis and you can find the most current happenings ...

Thu. May. 18th, 2017

UWEC Student Picked for Board of Regents

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A two-year veteran of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate will now be representing university students statewide. Ryan Ring, a sophomore ...

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Eau Claire Receives 2nd Playful City USA Honor

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National non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City of Eau Claire with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the 2nd time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country ...

Tue. May. 16th, 2017

Sliding into Home: A Sports Family with a Busy Schedule

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Joel, a father of four, youth baseball and softball coach, and small business owner, has been an active member of the Chippewa Valley his entire life. He attended the Chippewa Area Catholic Schools in grade school and graduated from Chi-Hi (Chippewa Falls Senior High School) in 1994.

Tue. May. 16th, 2017

5 Local Grilling Sidekicks

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1. Sconnie Foods squeezable sauerkraut – Accessibility has never been one of sauerkraut’s advantages, until now. The locally made handheld condiment is a must when you’re out and about and need some kraut.

Fri. May. 12th, 2017

Local Cap and Gown Recycling Program

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Do you have a cap and gown from graduation in the back of your closet or in a box somewhere? Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (“ECAHMAA”) is working to establish a Cap and Gown Recycling Program ...

Thu. May. 11th, 2017

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Starting Seeds

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Your family will be good to GROW with this month’s Family STEAM Challenge! This activity invites families to inquire, predict, observe, and record the way in which a seed becomes a plant ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

Learn the Signs of Stroke to Save a Life

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A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. The acronym F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

In Wisconsin, Summertime Is Tick Time

V1 Staff, design by Janae Breunig

Not to bring down the mood, but with warmer temperatures and the humidity Wisconsin is so famous for, other living beings of the eight-legged kind will also be out and about. Here are a few things to remember about tick season ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

School's out, Baby! Here's When Summer Starts

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The long-awaited summer vacation is about to begin, so parents mark your calendars and start planning those trips, bucket lists, and beach days. And kids can look forward to time outdoors in the sun, not in the classroom.

Tue. May. 9th, 2017

Chippewa River Distillery Rakes in Some Cool Awards

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Last week, the owners of Chippewa River Distillery in Chippewa Falls won a Wisconsin Main Street award for “best adaptive reuse project” for their renovated building at 402 River St. ...

Mon. May. 8th, 2017

Music Quick Hits | May 2017

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Eau Claire native and lo-fi experimental pop artist Pat Keen has been getting some pretty heavy hitting press as we await the release of his debut LP Albatross on June 2 via Ramp Local. Impose Magazine premiered ...

Thu. May. 4th, 2017

Jump-Start Contest Seeks Eager Downtown Entrepreneurs

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you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 13th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. ...

Thu. May. 4th, 2017

Chamber Small Biz Awards Go to Kristo, C&M Properties

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A well-known orthodontic business and an up-and-coming homebuilding firm were honored recently as Small Businesses of the Year by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Kristo Orthodontics ...

Thu. May. 4th, 2017

Jamf's Halmstad Receives Statewide Tech Council Honor

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An Eau Claire software entrepreneur has won a statewide award for entrepreneurial innovation. Zach Halmstad – a UW-Eau Claire grad and founder of Jamf (formerly JAMF Software) will receive ...

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

Symposium Explores Poetry Translation

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How does one translate a poem? In an effort to find out, the Department of Languages at the UW-Eau Claire will host a symposium, Mission Impossible? Poetry Translation, from Monday, May 1, through Thursday, May 4 ...

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

Combined March for Science, Climate Slated

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Chippewa Vallians can mark Earth Day – that’s Saturday, April 22, this year – with a March for Science and Climate. The local event is combination of two international marches: the March for Science ...

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

EC Team Picked for TV Adventure Show

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A pair of economic development professionals have been chosen to represent Eau Claire in the TV travel adventure series Fireball Run, which will begin its 11th season next fall in Eau Claire ...

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

It's Sign-Up Time for Senior Americans Day

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Registration is now open for Senior Americans Day, the annual gathering of the 55-plus crowd at UW-Eau Claire that shows that age ain’t nothing but a number. Presented by UWEC Continuing Education and UW-Extension ...

Mon. Apr. 10th, 2017

5 Great Easter Events in the Chippewa Valley

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Easter is coming up fast! If you're looking for some family fun on Saturday (April 15), check out five great options from our full events calendar ...

Thu. Mar. 30th, 2017

Local Robotics Teams to Converge on Children’s Museum April 1

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This April Fools’ Day (4-1-17), kids can try their hand at driving a real, life-sized robot during a special program hosted by the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. Two local high school robotics teams ...

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Paratroopers

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The gravity of this month’s Family STEAM Team Challenge is of utmost importance! This challenge invites families to inquire, predict, observe, test, and record the effects gravity has on different toy paratroopers ...

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Help Your Kids Say 'Bonjour' to Language Learning

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It’s a scientific fact that there’s no better time to learn a new language than when your brain is young. UW-Eau Claire is helping Chippewa Valley kids get a head start on being bilingual ...

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Special Times for Special Kids at the Children's Museum

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The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire has launched a series of Special Kids Day events during which the museum will make extra efforts to accommodate kids with special needs ...

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Travel to Prehistoric Times With One-Of-A-Kind Stage Show

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Millions of years ago, triceratops and tyrannosaurs roamed the Outback. Plesiosaurs ruled the coastline, and giant insects swarmed through the sky. Today, the only remnants of the countless creatures that shared ...

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Have No Fear! Spring Break Is Nearly Here!

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It's hard to believe, but spring break is right around the corner. Public school districts in the Chippewa Valley offer varying dates for spring break, so take a look at the list below and get these dates on the calendar ...

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Miracle League Wants All Kids to Make It Around the Bases

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The camaraderie of team sports is often out of reach for children with physical or intellectual disabilities, but it shouldn’t be. The Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley was created to ensure that all kids ...

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Colorful Easter Eggs With a Ukrainian Twist

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Have you and your family reached the creative limits of what you can do with store-bought egg-coloring kits? Are you looking for a new challenge ...

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

UW-Stout Students Plan Solar Panel Project on Campus Building

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By this fall, UW-Stout plans to install 36 solar panels atop Price Commons as a first step toward the goal of powering the campus entirely with renewable energy. The Stout Student Association, the university’s student ...

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Ashley Furniture Gives $25k to Confluence Project

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A western Wisconsin furniture company has pitched in $25,000 for the Confluence performing arts center. Arcadia-based Ashley Furniture announced the donation toward the public-private arts center in late February. Ground was broken ...

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

The Oxbow, Haymarket Win Downtownys

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You like the Oxbow – you really like it! That’s the takeaway from the Ninth Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards – a.k.a. the Downtownys ...

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

Doll & Pet Parade Has New Date, Route

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Eau Claire’s Doll and Pet parade, a tradition now in its 70th year, is moving in 2017 in more ways than one. It’s also got a new sponsor: The Clear Water Kiwanis Club will be overseeing the parade ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

Citywide April Fools Day Pillow Fight Returns w/ Big Prizes

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 Volume One will revive its citywide April Fools’ Day Pillow Fight in downtown Eau Claire, Wis. The huge community pillowfight used to be an annual tradition, held each April 1 from 2006 through 2012 until the squishy brawl went on indefinite hiatus ...