Events For 05/17/2018

Thu. May. 17

Creative Economy Week

Attend throughout the week celebrating and furthering Eau Claire's creative economy. Presented in partnership with Arts Wisconsin, Creative Economy Week is your chance to support and contribute to our local creative economy. Events will be presented in partnership with the cities of Eau Claire and Altoona, as well as other local partners.

Downtown Eau Claire, Eau Claire

Age: All Ages

8am-7pm Thu. May. 17

Veterans & Home Front Heroes Appreciation Week

This Living Heritage Legacy Tour will cherish past Heritage & future Legacy – at 50 plus locations. Another 27 moving Salutes will be performed on the route.“What really happened behind the scenes and beneath the radar screen”, will be shared by former State Senator, Dave Zien and other invited VIP’s.

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Thu. May. 17

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may participate in if they choose or continue with open play. Please check their online schedule before going.

L.E. Phillips YMCA Indoor Sports Center 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire

Cost: $4/child

9:15-10:15am Thu. May. 17

Gentle Yoga

The journey to yoga begins with tuning in to the breath, to the body, to the mind, to the personal experience of health and enjoyment. Open your heart to new possibilities.

The Center 3701 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $10

10am-noon Thu. May. 17

Mini Makers with Chef Kent

We're cooking up a storm with Chef Kent this month, learning all about healthy snacks and basic food prep skills! Edible playdough is on the menu and you'll be able to take the tasty treat and the lessons home to your very own kitchen. Drop in anytime during the two-hour window.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. May. 17

Spinning Demos and Fiber Trunk Show

Celebrate Creative Economy Week at Blue Boxer Arts. Watch local fiber artists Spin wool into yarn and learn about the age old art of Spinning. Purchase locally produced Fiber and Yarns at the Trunk Show - A one day only event with the best selection of yarns and fibers by Shabby Wool Jane.

Blue Boxer Arts 416 S Barstow Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-3pm Thu. May. 17

Royal Wedding Tea Party

In celebration of the upcoming Royal Wedding, enjoy a complimentary English tea, scones, and snacks while shopping. Green Oasis will be introducing their newest tea selection and many in store shopping specials available as well.

Green Oasis Gardens 1403 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-1pm Thu. May. 17

Summer Lunch Break Open Skate

Cool off this summer at Hobbs Ice Arena's Summer Lunch Break Open Skate.

Hobbs Ice Arena 915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch). Fee includes skate rental

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. May. 17

All Ages Open Lab

Explore the library's newest DIY, hands-on space. Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather color, paint or knit, the Dabble Box has something for you.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-8pm Thu. May. 17

Together Farms Burger Night

Burger Nights are a unique, casual night at Together Farms. Burgers are made right on the farm using their 100% grass-fed beef. Also serving slaw, fries, beer, wine, and more. Relax by the bonfire, check-out the farm animals, and live music on Friday & Saturdays (schedule online). Bring chairs, blanket, or table in case they run out.

Together Farms W93 Norden Rd, Mondovi

Cost: FREE to attend; Burgers are $11-13

Age: All Ages

4:30-5pm Thu. May. 17

Little Dancers Preschool

Little Dancers Preschool dance class + older dancers. Tap Ballet Creative dance.

Jean Marie's School of Dance 31 W Spring St., Chippewa Falls

Cost: $36/month

Age: Preschool 3 - 4 Yrs & older

5-7pm Thu. May. 17

Language Exchange: Habla en la Cabra

Practice your second language with us, English or Spanish. We sip coffee and help each other practice conversational English and Spanish. Bring the family, all levels and ages are welcome. Brought to you by El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley.

The Goat Coffee House 336 Water St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Thu. May. 17

Syttende Mai 2018 (Norwegian Independence Day)

Celebrating Norway Independence Day. A plated meal of cod, meatballs, cole slaw, red potatoes, vegetable, lefse and almond cake. Program following by Pastor Grant Aaseng who was a past contestant on Norway's number 1 television reality show, "Alt for Norge". Silent Auction. Tickets available at Festival Foods, Mall Dr., Eau Claire.

Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center 3340 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire

Cost: $20 Adults, Youth 12 & under $5 (Tickets must be purchased by 5/10) No tickets at door!

5-7pm Thu. May. 17

Wander With Me Gallery Walk

Wander With Me is a non-traditional gallery walk for novices and newbies to the gallery scene. Wander as a group to several galleries around Downtown Eau Claire, wrap up at The Lakely, and hang around for one of the three other Creative Economy Week events that start nearby at 7pm.

Galaudet Gallery LLC 618 South Farwell, Eau Claire

5:30-6:30pm Thu. May. 17

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

Z.Vida Fitness has been bringing their passion and flair for Zumba to the Chippewa Valley for over 5 years now. Participants are eager to admit it's like dancing with family.

The Center 3701 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $6/drop in; $40 unlimited monthly; $25 5-class punch card

5:30-6:30pm Thu. May. 17

Painting & Popcorn: May Flowers

Calling all pint-sized Picassos. Join us for our next Painting & Popcorn class. Your child will be able to create their own one-of-a-kind painting to hang on the wall at home or give to a special person in their life. Plus, snacks and juice boxes provided to fuel that creative energy. Register online today.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: $5 per child

Age: All Ages

5:30pm Thu. May. 17

Thrillers, Fillers & Spillers Workshop

Discover how to create dazzling porch pots. Learn the basics of how to design and plant annual containers, using three types of plants that perform different functions, but work in harmony to create luscious porch pots.

Down To Earth Garden Center 6025 Arndt Ln., Eau Claire

Cost: Cost Varies

5:30-8:30pm Thu. May. 17

Burger King Classic Car Show: Opening Night

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family.

Burger King - West Side 2833 North Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE to exhibitors and spectators

Age: All Ages

5:30-7pm Thu. May. 17

Advance Your Asana: Yoga Wheel Workshop

This fun-filled workshop will explore creative ways to use the yoga wheel to enhance flexibility in hips and hamstrings, fully open the front of the body and expand the chest and heart, explore depth in supported asana using breath, and support the spine in backbends.

Latitude 44 Yoga Studio 313 E. Madison St., Eau Claire

Cost: $20

5:30-8:30pm Thu. May. 17

Dinner Jazz: Flat Arp Society

Sean Carey and Jeremy Boettcher welcome Chicago saxophonist, Dustin Laurenzi (Twin Talk, Bon Iver) for their first incarnation of an exciting new band - Flat Arp Society. Monk tunes, Originals, and more.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. May. 17

Blue Ox Group Run/Walk

Enjoy a night with runners & walkers of all abilities as you traverse the beautiful downtown area along the river on a group run ranging from ~3.5 to 6 miles. Special events held about once per month with the weekly Thursday group-runs. See website for more details on the calendar.

Blue Ox Running 417 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. May. 17

Local Life of Bees

Keeping up with the buzz Bees play a vital role in the food you eat, our local ecology and more. Learn from beekeepers in the Chippewa Valley how to utilize this important insect for good in your garden, your community and possibly as a business venture.

UW Eau Claire Campus 105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire

Cost: $99

Age: All Ages

6-10pm Thu. May. 17

Lifeguard Training

Learn the skills to recognize, prevent, and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course certifications include Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer (valid 2 years).

Eau Claire YMCA 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: Member $185, Community $225

Age: 16+

6-8:30pm Thu. May. 17

Wine & Whimsy

A 2 to 2.5-hour workshop with friends, a canvas and wine. An instructor will guide you through the painting of your very own masterpiece.

Eau Claire Regional Arts Center 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: $35; supplies, wine and light munchies

6-7:30pm Thu. May. 17

ABC's of Home Building Seminar

This seminar, sponsored by Security Financial Bank, is a great way to learn more about the first steps of building a home. Learn what to discuss with your lender, the financing of your property, different ways to build your home, choosing a builder and more.

Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association Board Room 4319 Jeffers Road, Eau Claire

Cost: $10 and each attendee receives a FREE ticket to the 2018 Parade of Homes

Age: 21+

6-9pm Thu. May. 17

Live Music: Victoria Shoemaker and Peter Phippen

Victoria Shoemaker is a musician who performs free form improvisation flute music on contemporary wooden and bamboo flutes. Peter Phippen is a Grammy Award Nominee, International Acoustic Music Awards Nominee and Native American Music Awards Nominee.

The Red Mixer 2526 Golf Road, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 21+

6:15-10pm Thu. May. 17

Thursday Bingo at the Moose Lodge

Doors open 6:15. Games start at 7. Regular and Progressive Bingo. 50/50 Raffle, All proceeds after expenses go to Charity. Food and Drink served. Lunch Served before play and at intermission. 17 games played for as low as $4. Different Fundraiser every night.

Menomonie Moose Lodge 720 19th Ave., Menomonie

Cost: Varies

Age: All, under 18 must have Guardian

6:30pm Thu. May. 17

Valley Gospel Choir First Rehearsal

If you love to sing, join Valley Gospel Choir. You can sing with them for the first rehearsal to see if you'd like to join with no obligation. If you join there are eight summer rehearsals and three concerts in July.

Grace Lutheran Church 202 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $30 annual dues + $10 uniform fee

6:30-7:30pm Thu. May. 17

Retire Wisely

Will you have enough money to retire? Will your retirement income last? Join this free workshop hosted by Thrivent Financial to discuss how you can prepare for your financial future.

Calvary Baptist Church 3036 Epiphany Lane, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6:40-7:40pm Thu. May. 17

Zumba with PS-Get Fit

Zumba fitness with PS-Get Fit, LLC. No experience needed and we can modify for all fitness levels and abilities. Join a great group of women who support one another, have fun, and sweat to burn a lot of calories.

Pinehurst Fitness 3027 N Hastings Way, Eau Claire

Cost: 3 classes for $5; $5 drop-in and punch cards available

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Thu. May. 17

Chippewa Valley Toastmasters Meeting

The Toastmasters are a mixed group of people who exercise public speaking skills through both prepared and impromptu speeches at every meeting. The mission of a Toastmaster club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills.

Mayo Health Clinic - Luther Hospital, Room 11103 1221 Whipple St, Eau Claire

Cost: FREE for Guests

Age: 18+

7pm Thu. May. 17

Hitchhikers, Carnivals, and Roadside Saviors

Join Derick Black, Savannah Shaurette, and Ken Szymanski for an album-length performance of interwoven stories and songs. Think fun but not frivolous; sad but not depressing; artistic but not pretentious. These are simply the tales and rhythms that would make good company on the late-night highway home.

The Volume One Gallery (Inside The Local Store) 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Thu. May. 17

The State of Craft Beer

Take a brewery tour of Wisconsin with Matthew Janzen, author and photographer of State of Craft Beer. Program is in the Eau Claire Room.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library – Eau Claire Room 400 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

7pm Thu. May. 17

Live Music: Sage Leary

Guitarist/singer-songwriter Sage Leary has emerged as a powerful creative force on the music scene. A shining, young talent with a fresh new sound, he recorded his instrumental debut album Feel the Sound at the age of 14.

Acoustic Cafe - Eau Claire 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-8:30pm Thu. May. 17

Wandering Spirits: Keep Your Gin Up

Join in a sampling of a number of various gins, focusing heavily on many from craft distilleries of the Upper Midwest, talking about their individual profiles. They will also be mixing & sampling a couple of gin cocktails, as well as discussing many of its uses in mixed drinks.

The Oxbow Hotel 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire

Cost: $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door

Age: 21+

7:30pm Thu. May. 17

ECCT Presents: "Avenue Q"

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and all heart. Filled with raunchy humor and a catchy score, not to mention puppets, it's a unique show that addresses adult issues and has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Rated PG-12 for mature themes, language and suggestive situations.

The Oxford 1814 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire

Cost: $22 adult, $20 senior, $14 student, $9 youth

Age: Rated PG-12

7:30-9:30pm Thu. May. 17

Live Music: Jim Phillips

UWEC's very own Jim Phillips comes to Caffe Tempo making his first appearance. Original guitar and lyrics to match.

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8pm Thu. May. 17

Clear Wate Comedy Presents: Sean White

Sean White returns to The Plus for the third time, delivering what Chicago Magazine calls, “jokes that look misery straight in the eye.” Originally from Alambama, Sean's comedy is honest, biting, and some of the most exiciting and hilarious comedy happening today.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: $7 GA | $5 with student ID

Age: All Ages (18+ recommended)

8pm Thu. May. 17

Clear Water Comedy Presents: Sean White

Originally from Alabama, Sean White tells jokes that Chicago Magazine says, “look misery straight in the eye.” Sean White- one of the most refreshing, honest, and original voices in America - makes his third return to The Plus. Each ticket comes with one free domestic tap, rail drink, or soda.

The Plus 208 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

Cost: $7 GA | $5 with student ID

Age: All Ages (18+ recommended)

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