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Gather for a Party on the Prairie

new Altoona park at River Prairie offers outdoor and indoor space for summer shindigs and events

When Wisconsin enters its too-few months of warmth and sunshine, it’s time to take the party outside. Which parties? All of them. The new River Prairie Park off Front Porch Place in Altoona offers seven outdoor ...

A Whistle of Sunlight

In the future we will have better / names for sadness. Our clocks will ring open / the midnight sky not as a pit of darkness / flaked with all the glittery yearnings out of reach ...

Getting Some Air

Chippewa Valley Air Show will turn your world upside down

Things at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport will be flying high on June 16-17 when the Chippewa Valley Air Show comes in for a landing. The air show only happens every few years, so don’t miss out on the chance ...

Hickory in Hallie

Lake Hallie Golf Course hosts second annual Hickory Classic

A group of 16 golfers recently played 18 holes at the Lake Hallie Golf Course. What was different about this gathering was that all players in the Lake Hallie Hickory Classic on June 2 were using old-fashioned ...

Local Brewery Collaborates on Limited Run Eaux Claires Beer

When people think of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, they probably think of, well, music and art. They may also think of collaborations, such as the collaboration between Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner ...

Elk Mound Spot Specializes in Cajun-Style Seafood

When sisters Kay Vang and Yang Xiong decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to start something different. They found what they were looking for at the bottom of the sea – and deep in the bayou ...

A Tale Fit for a Queen

religious theater group stages female-fronted biblical musical

Maybe it was divine intervention. Maybe it was just a stroke of good luck. Either way, a musical version of the biblical story of Esther arrived in the hands of TAG Ministries, an Eau Claire-based Christian theater company ...

An Evening With Music Journalist Andrea Swensson

What is the Minneapolis Sound? How did it come to be? Author, radio host, and music journalist Andrea Swensson explores these questions in her book, Got to be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound ...

On a Lonesome Road

policeman turned attorney pens debut mystery novel

Rick Pendergast – a lifelong resident of Eau Claire, a former Eau Claire Police Department officer, and a current local attorney – recently published his first novel, Stoney Lonesome Road. The novel (named after an actual road in Boyd) is a mystery ...

Millenia of Melodies: New club sings old songs

Two crows discuss whether to eat the eyes of a fallen knight. No one is able to find a girl’s head after her gruesome murder. A young couple is buried together beside the Chippewa River after they ...

Music Quick Hits | June 2018

Upon the release of his forthcoming record People Are My Drug (which is streaming now), Phil Cook will make his way home to the Chippewa Valley to perform on Oct. 20 in the Jamf Theater ...

A Hitt Performance: Jazz album inspired by family, big ideas

She wore a shimmering black dress, nodding along to the improvisations of pianist Josh Gallagher, saxophonist Dr. Michael Schultz, drummer Jared Mondlock, and on bass, her son Eric Hitt. At times, especially when she introduced ...

Mabel Tainter Taps New Executive Director

The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie has hired an arts administrator from Illinois as its new executive director. Jeff McSweeney, who most recently was executive director of Youth Music Illinois in Peoria ...

UWEC Professor Earns Top Teaching Honor

Dr. Martina Lindseth, professor of languages at UW-Eau Claire, will receive the 2018 UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Lindseth, who teaches German, will receive the award during ...

On the Cover | June 13, 2018

learn more about V1's cover art from Derek J. Carlson

"The painting entitled “Somewhere on a Farm” is part of a series consisting of vintage pick-up trucks set in idyllic backdrops. This series is devoted to the shape, line, and contour of these beautiful machines and how they have survived, so far, the test of time. Far from being perfect ..."

Opening Shot | June 13, 2018

SUPER CUTE PARACHUTE. This summer Chippewa Valley Family and Prevea Health are hosting free live music and activities in Phoenix Park during the Saturday Morning Hullabaloo. The first installment was June 9; the two remaining dates are July 14 and Aug. 25 ...

6 Hot Tips for Safe Summer Dining

how not to get sick at the cookout

During this busy summer season of picnics, barbecues, and other activities involving food, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department would like to remind everyone about important ways to keep your food safe ...

4 Health Tips for Music Festival Season

keep safe while you rock out

Attending local or regional music festivals is an annual tradition for many people and can be a fun time to reconnect with friends while enjoying great music. I have staffed many first aid tents at music festivals ...

5 Common Mistakes Runners Make

and how to avoid them

You’re all fired up and ready to run! In fact, you might have a longer term goal you’re working towards and want to make this year your fittest year yet! Motivation is at an all-time high and you have daydreams ...

Riverfront Revamp: UWEC Garfield Avenue project slated for fall finish

The UW-Eau Claire campus riverfront and Garfield Avenue will look and feel much different in a few months when the current reconstruction project concludes. UWEC’s lower campus along Garfield Avenue has been under construction since early 2017 as part of a long-awaited ...

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