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Am I a Bad Neighbor?

Neighborday a good excuse to interact with those living nearby

I don’t know if I’ve ever completely felt that feeling of “neighborhood.” Growing up, my family moved often or we lived on military bases where my friends were moving often. Once I moved to Eau Claire for school, it didn’t get easier. Living on campus and moving from student housing to student apartment, I always thought it would be impossible for me...

Sculpture Tour Comes to Water Street for 2013

Public art lovers, don’t let the empty pedestals get you down: Last year’s artwork may have been packed up, but the 2013 edition of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is on its way.

JAMF Office Plan Moves Ahead

JAMF Software has cleared the first hurdle on the path to building a new office building next to Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire. On April 9, the Eau...

On the Cover | April 25, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Kelsey Temanson

“This painting is a response to the excitement that comes out of rain showers during the spring and summer seasons. Splashing in the puddles on a hot rainy day is one of my fondest memories, and ..."

7 Awesome Locales to Paddle in the Spring

"... put your vessel in at Braun’s Bay’s easy and accessible landing. Paddle past the Carson Park cliffs (very scenic) and then under the Lake Street Bridge into the bay ..."

Comin' Round the Mountain

A look at the thriving local off-road biking scene

I was recently asked, “How’s the mountain biking scene in Eau Claire?” The selfish part of me that enjoys the peace of nature, solitude and a quiet ride through the woods...

Nest In Peace

my cohabitation with some feathered friends

I try to see it from the opposite perspective, I really do. I try to sympathize. I imagine myself, snuggled in all cozy upon the couch, doing the things I like to do at home while snuggled upon the couch. I imagine myself reading a classy, thought-provoking novel...

Cool as Ice

Blugold, Memorial championships are signs we’re becoming a hockey town

I wish I were more of a hockey fan. Sure, I have had my favorite hockey teams going back to the 1980s, but I rarely find myself hanging on each game in a season. For that matter...

World Belly Dance Day

come down and shimmy it up at this annual celebration

The second Saturday in May is dedicated to the celebration and art form of belly dancing. For the fourth year running, Eau Claire will be shaking its hips along with...

A Blast in The Past

Chippewa Falls event revives fur trade, lumbering eras

Hollywood’s got it all wrong: Time travel doesn’t require a futuristic machine. All you need is some historical knowledge and imagination, although guys in buckskin help, too. These elements...

Record Rodeo Rounds 'Em Up

remember kids tunes on vinyl? now your tots will too

he Record Rodeo is coming to town! The series of classes at the Eau Claire Music School is open to any children ages 2 to 5 who enjoy music, stories, and physical activity.

Straight from the Vineyard to Red Cedar

Menomonie wine lovers have a new destination to check out. The Red Cedar Wine Bar and Steakhouse is now open at 1705 Plaza Blvd. in Menomonie and offers scores of...

Wrapping It All Up

entrepreneur brings tasty (and musical) wraps to mall

A new local business is vying for attention among the big-name fast food restaurants that populate the Oakwood Mall food court. The Wrap Factory (three guesses...

Menomonie's Town

The Menomonie Theater Guild will be bringing the famous pantomimed performance of Our Town to the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts on two upcoming weekends.

Eating It Up

local comedian finds success in social media

Jacy Catlin’s humor can sometimes seem a little juvenile, but mostly to great (though NSFW) effect. The comedian who is behind a number of comedy zines (and now a blog...

Picturing Civil Rights

traveling exhibit features images of historic movement

Right now the Chippewa Valley Museum is hosting For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a nationally touring exhibition from NEH on the...

Navigating the Fairway

author finds golf-course owners defy stereotypes

Tom Franklin, author of Sun-Up to Sun-Down: The Lives of Golf Course Owners, is not your average golf enthusiast. A retired UW-Stout psychology professor with an impressive...

Hounds Before Lions

young Eau Claire indie rockers releases first EP

Every year brings new students to Eau Claire’s universities, many of which join the local arts scene and contribute their talent. One of those new groups is Hounds Before Lions...

New Chance to Unwind

Eau Claire native Brad “DJ Unwind” LaBarbera, who is now based in Minneapolis, has had a number of successes in recent years. His downtempo, chillout-style music has been...

Malone Together

jazz drummer draws on EC talent pool for debut album

Ever since coming to UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 2009, Mike Malone has worked hard to establish himself in the Chippewa Valley jazz scene. He’ll be the first to tell you...

Deal (mostly) Sealed For City

The civic symbol-bedecked image you see here is now (kinda, sorta) the official coat of arms and seal of the city of Eau Claire. On April 9, the Eau Claire City Council adopted...

Time to De-trash the Forest

The heavy-duty junk – stuff like tires, appliances, and even hazardous waste – illegally dumped in the Eau Claire County Forest has prompted a heavy-duty cleanup. The Our...

Thanks for Asking | April 25, 2013

our local Jack-of-all-Facts tells you how it is

Do you have any information on a large derelict house 12 miles north of Chippewa Falls on Highway 124 at the junction of 182nd Avenue? I believe it is known as Twelve...

To Work on Wheels

Bike to Work Week geared to promote local pedaling

If you’re like most people in the Chippewa Valley, your daily commute entails getting into your car and driving – almost always alone – to your workplace.

Note from the Editor | Apr. 25, 2013

I’m no theatrical scholar. But I have seen my share of high-quality productions ranging from Broadway to Hennepin, and even some of Wisconsin’s finest including both the American...