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2017 Looking Ahead - Prediction Infliction

our educated guesses on 2017's local happenings

Let’s look forward! Using a combination of government espionage, crystal ballery, swamp voodoo, and thousands of focus groups, we have formulated what we believe to be some of the more likely (and noteworthy) local occurrences of 2017.

2017 Looking Ahead - Family Time Downtown

Goodbye, Summer Fest; hello, Family Day in Downtown! Downtown Eau Claire Inc. is launching a brand-new family-oriented event this summer: Saturday, July 8, will be the inaugural Family Day in Downtown.

2017 Looking Ahead - Read Books, Tackle Poverty

Read any good books lately? If you’ve resolved to make 2017 the year that you can answer that question with a resounding “yes,” then be sure to check out the upcoming “One Book, One Community” reading program spearheaded by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library.

2017 Looking Ahead - New Ways to Play

In 2016, we saw some incredible music pour out from our tried and true venues and the Chippewa Valley’s music festival slate is quickly becoming one of our strongest assets, bringing a cavalcade of remarkable musical talent to perform in our cities every year.

2017 Looking Ahead - River Prairie Goes Public

Expect Altoona’s River Prairie Development – which has gradually been filling in for several years – to really come alive in 2017, especially when it comes to public spaces.

2017 Looking Ahead - Seeking a Conventional Approach

2017 may be the year Eau Claire finally gets serious about building a convention center

Last year around this time, Volume One forecast that 2016 would be the Year of the Hotel in the Chippewa Valley. To be honest, the prediction wasn’t a hard one

2017 Looking Ahead

What's in store for the Chippewa Valley this year?

Life's a Cabaret

UWEC’s theatrical extravaganza thinks outside the box

UW-Eau Claire’s annual celebration of song and dance is returning for its 39th year. “Cabaret: Unboxed” will feature UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women’s Concert Chorale ...

Winter Fest and Games Returns to Frozen Lake Altoona

Put on your snowshoes and rev up your snowmobiles: The third annual Winter Fest and Games presented by CCF Bank is coming up! From Jan. 27-29 Lake Altoona will be the coolest spot around with a flurry ...

Black Ice & Other Problems

winter driving can be dangerous (because it’s dangerous)

I’m a little neurotic when it comes to driving long distances. I worry. I worry about how good of a driver I am. I worry about other drivers and mistakes they might make. I worry about animals ...

Classics and Kids

orchestra’s family show features reading, ‘petting zoo’

A live narration of Meet the Orchestra, a children’s book by Ann Hayes, will take center stage at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s annual and free Family Concert at 2pm Saturday, Jan. 28 ...

Perfecting Their Chops

Chippewa Falls hotel restaurant raises the steaks

Word on the street: Tucked inside the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in downtown Chippewa Falls is a new restaurant that will have you licking your chops – literally! The Wissota Chophouse ...

Attention All Weirdos and Film Buffs

new film festival celebrates all things weird and fantastic

Midwest transplant (by way of Australia) Dean Bertram is accepting submissions for the first ever MidWest WeirdFest Film Festival – a “cinematic celebration of all things frightening ...

Appleton Woman Is New State Poet Laureate

Wisconsin has a new No. 1 wordsmith: The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission has selected Karla Huston of Appleton as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2017-18. Huston has penned eight chapbooks of poetry ...

On Her Own

Jerrika Mighelle of sister trio QuinnElizabeth forges ahead with solo album

After years of being involved in a trio with her sisters, Jerrika Mighelle wanted to take a step in a new direction. The Eau Claire group known as QuinnElizabeth began to fade as her sisters, Jerissa and Elizabeth, followed different career paths ...

Celebrate King Day With Service and Song

Martin Luther King Jr. Day can – and should – be more than just a day that post offices and banks are closed. In the Chippewa Valley, there will be several ways you can honor King’s legacy and help the community ...

Opening Shot | Jan. 11, 2017

A NEW YEAR BOOM. Thousands gathered in downtown Eau Claire on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2017 with all kinds of festivities including lantern parades, live music at every conceivable venue, a swanky gala/fundraiser at The Lismore, a kids party at the Children’s Museum, and fireworks at midnight.

Southside Suds

Southtowne Pub busts into the Eau Claire bar scene

Southside residents of Eau Claire have traditionally had fairly limited choices for neighborhood watering holes. However, the landscape’s been changing dramatically in the last year, and now a new spot called Southtowne Pub is adding its own mark ...

Blooms in Winter

catch sight of summer at ECRAC’s Fabulous Florals show

Chippewa Valley: get ready to enjoy fine art while smelling the roses at the Fabulous Florals and Fine Arts exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, available for your sensory enjoyment daily Jan. 11-15 ...

Getting out of the Burrow

why we should fight the urge to withdraw during the Chippewa Valley’s cold season

I become more introverted in the winter. Something about the cold makes me want to badger up in a burrow until the sun comes back. Which was fine for Wisconsin’s early miners and, you know ...

Serious Laughter

Twin Cities group to host ambitious comedy retreat in the Chippewa Valley

Speaking of the upcoming ComCon winter retreat, Allison Broeren says, “I’m excited to be a nerd with a bunch of other nerds. Spending time with people that are interested in comedy and writing and performing will be the best.”

Twist and Stretch: Yoga for Kids

teaching kids yoga basics can boost their breathing and strength

The word “yoga” means “union” and is generally associated with bringing the mind and body together. Aside from building strength and flexibility, yoga incorporates breathing and relaxation techniques designed to release stress and negativity from our bodies and minds ...

The Weight Loss Hamster Wheel

understanding how your body burns fuel can help you lose weight for good

Has weight loss made it on to your list of New Year’s resolutions? Have you tried to drop pounds in the past only to feel like you weren’t making progress? If you answered “yes” to one ...

Going Yoga? How to Find a Teacher

Hot? Cold? Fast? Slow? The valley offers a vast array of yoga options

Having grown up around here in the 1980s and ’90s, I think I can safely say that the alternative health boom of the ’90s was only distantly echoed in the Valley. Practitioners of yoga, for instance, were few and far between, and yoga schools even fewer and farther ...

4 Haiku

poking a spider on the dock / the boy imagines himself in a web / small, struggling ...