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Opening Letters

How to Win the Eastside Hill Thrift Sale

a step-by-step, yard-by-yard guide to treasure hunting

2. Wear comfortable shoes, for you do not live in the Eastside Hill, and you will get lost and spend hours searching for your car in the hot sun. You will be reminded of Sir Henry Morton Stanley searching the Congo for Dr. Livingstone except you are carrying someone else’s Crock-Pot ...

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The Rear End

Gust Cause

the answer is not blowing in the wind

One thing I didn’t expect when I moved into Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill neighborhood was all the wind. Because sometimes I can be kinda dumb. Maybe I should have expected things to be a little gustier when living in a place with “hill” right in the title ...

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Cover Art
Opening Shots

Opening Shot | May 3, 2017

THEY CALLED IN THE BIG DRUMS. One World Taiko came to The Heyde Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 29. One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble featuring Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki, who bring their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, and energetic spirit to the ancient art of Taiko.

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Interpretive Impressions

Quality Impressions tape impresses with a new way to make art with friends

I close my eyes as “Drum Womb” engulfs my senses. First, I get the feeling I’m in a mysterious forest with creatures calling out, then outer space as a spaceship becomes my home, lastly I imagine witnessing ...

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Music Quick Hits | May 2017

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 ...

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Reach for the Sky

EC natives formulate revolutionary online lit journal

Traditional literary journals are dying in today’s impatient world. Both print and online publications force writers to endure submission processes that last anywhere from a couple of months to nearly a year ...

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Engaging Young Readers

a new local book outlines ways to get reluctant readers enthusiastic about books

Rob Reid has devoted much of his career to helping teachers and parents understand the importance of reading in a child’s life, but it was on the drive home from Madison ...

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Visual Art

Grab Your Brushes

plein air painting event expands throughout Valley

Whether you’re a novice, an expert, or want to try something new, the fifth annual GO Paint! plein air event inviting all art enthusiasts throughout the Chippewa Valley to participate ...

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Things Are Looking Up

professors’ affinity for night sky inspires exhibit

It’s true that inspiration comes from anything, and in Wanrudee Buranakorn and Jyl Kelley’s latest gallery exhibit, it’s all about curiosity, collaboration, and connection. For the past nine years, both photography professors ...

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A Walk on the Creative Side

downtown EC art spots band together for Gallery Walk

From painting to music, from sidewalk sculptures to art galleries, hardly a corner of Eau Claire is untouched by art. Get to know your local artsy folks during the inaugural Creative Communities Gallery Walk from 4-8pm on Thursday, May 18, in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

GO VOTE: People’s Flag of Eau Claire Finalists

How do you sum up the spirit or our fair city on a rectangle of cloth? A diverse slate of six finalists think they have the answer, and now local people have an opportunity to select a design for the People’s Flag of Eau Claire ...

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Another Artistic Confluence

Confluence Council will absorb ECRAC next year

The skyline of downtown Eau Claire isn’t the only thing changing because of the ongoing construction of the Confluence Arts Center. On April 19, the Confluence Council, the entity that will operate ...

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The Doctor Is Out

36 years after falling in love with Eau Claire, Linton retires from Mayo Clinic leadership role

When Dr. Randall Linton came to Eau Claire in 1981 fresh from a medical residency at the University of Iowa, he joined what was then a relatively small practice known as Midelfort Clinic. Thirty-six years later ...

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Time Is Tight for Pagoda

museum needs big space to stash iconic restaurant roof

The Chippewa Valley Museum is racing against time to find a home for an iconic remnant of a Chinese restaurant it salvaged three years ago. Last month, the museum announced that it will end efforts to restore ...

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Carson Park Baseball Stadium Revamp Planned

nges to the historic Carson Park Baseball Stadium could be underway as soon as this August. The Carson Park Renovation Group announced recently that they are already one-third of the way toward meeting their fundraising goal of $3.5 million ...

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Food / Drink

Travel-Ready Coffee

Hikers Brew created by Eau Claire entrepreneurs

Campers who are avid coffee drinkers know it can be a struggle to fully appreciate the outdoors when they aren’t properly caffeinated. There is a depressing deficit in the coffee technology field preventing backpackers from enjoying a strong cup of joe in the morning before their next hiking excursion ...

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Get on the Beer Bus

Eau Claire Brew Hop will offer local brewery tours

Western Wisconsin – particularly the Chippewa Valley – is home to many local breweries, distilleries, and wineries. A new service called Eau Claire Brew Hop, the area’s the first and only craft brewery ...

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New Digs for Soul Brewed

Attention coffee aficionados: Soul Brewed Coffee Roasters is moving from downtown Eau Claire to Artisan Forge Studios in August. Troy and Elaina Hoyt, the owners of Soul Brewed Coffee Roasters, explain ...

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Kid Culture

Extending a Friendly Hand

Hands of Peace performance comes together against bullying

Chippewa Valley Montessori Elementary School is teaming up with BaredFeet Co., a local nonprofit, to produce an art performance piece aimed at charity and peace, while conveying an anti-bullying message ...

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Good Reasons to Give

gala brings together three charities for music, dancing

In a combined effort to provide more benefits for kids and families, three of the Chippewa Valley’s nonprofit organizations are coming together and holding a fun and exciting spring fundraiser ...

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outdoors or indoors, climbing can be a rigorous adventure

When we think about rock climbing, places like Yosemite or the Rocky Mountains come to mind. Serious climbers don’t waste their time dawdling in the Midwest, right? Of course, California and Colorado ...

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Keeping Kids Engaged on Outdoor Adventures

a Q&A with prolific hiking guidebook author Rob Bignell

There’s just something about getting outside and being one with nature. The sounds. The smells. The fresh air. Not to mention enjoying the great outdoors with the entire family. Insert sounds of a vinyl record screeching ...

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Opening Weekend

the first morning of fishing season is usually cold, but the memories formed couldn’t be warmer

The opening weekend of walleye fishing season is practically a state holiday where I grew up in northern Minnesota. And I suspect the same is true for many folks here in western Wisconsin. I rarely miss an opportunity to get together with my dad to fish “the opener” ...

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Other Stuff

6 Generous Bird Bushes

We seem to think of gardening primarily for summer flowers, but there are other seasons and attractions to consider: fall, winter, spring – and birds. When we moved into our house 29 years ago, the yard offered green grass and little else ...

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Let the Parade Begin

Chippewa Valley builders put their work on display for 43rd annual home showcase

A couple of the houses originally slated to be part of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s 43rd Annual Parade of Homes had to drop out – and for good reason: They have already been sold ...

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Housing Demand Is Growing

local home builders say tight market makes new construction more attractive

With the local job market continuing to improve, demand among homebuyers has continued to grow steadily despite rising mortgage rates. This demand has created record-low inventory in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Getting Started With Container Gardening

plant selection and timing are key to small scale success

Traditional gardens require ample space, appropriate sunlight, and an ongoing time commitment, but container gardening offers an alternative way to grow fresh fruits and vegetables with more limited resources ...

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Can You Dig It?

maybe not ‑ only diggers Hotline knows for sure

When sprig finally arrived in the snowbound Chippewa Valley a couple of years ago, my wife and I were eager to put in a modest garden behind our new home. And while I’m a newbie when it comes to gardening ...

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In the Garden, in the Zone

a Chippewa Valley master gardener shares her gardening expertise

Gardeners are lucky to have myriad traditional resources for finding plant information such as garden books, magazines, garden center staff, University Extension agents, and Master Gardener volunteers ...

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Don't Pass by the Past

travel in time to the fur trade era in Chippewa Falls

Step back into an authentic reenactment of a huge 1800s French fur trading camp at the 14th annual “The Past Passed Here” from Thursday, May 11, through Sunday, May 14, at Allen Park in Chippewa Falls ...

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