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From Ho-Hum to Ho Ho Ho!

Forget the itchy sweaters. Here are some ways to celebrate with creativity.

Brace yourselves: The next few weeks will be a blur of holiday parties. These galas and gatherings, big and small, certainly add to the joy of the season, but sometimes they can run together.

Small Treats, Big Taste

From sweet to savory, here are some bite-sized recipes sure to please your seasonal guests.

These pumpkin cheesecake bars are quick, easy, and seriously almost TOO good (if there is such a thing)! The crust is a simple mixture of ...

Drinking It In

Infinity Beverages creates innovative wines and spirits with local pride

Drop by drop, bottle by bottle, barrel by barrel, Matthew Rick has built Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, a thriving wine and spirits business, in Eau Claire.

Fantastic Fabrics

Muldoon’s Men’s Wear keeps it real, stylish, and personal

Sixty eight years ago, Hastings Way looked a lot different than it does today. Where in 2018 it’s lined with bustling small businesses, back in 1950 there was a gas station, a bowling alley, a grocery store, a couple restaurants, and Muldoon’s Men’s Wear.

De-Stress With the Best

Da Vinci Therapeutic Massage offers holistic healing for overall health

Every reservation against having a professional massage melts away during a session, according to Kari Tatu, owner of DaVinci Therapeutic Massage in Eau Claire.

Something for All Seasons

Green Oasis Gardens and Gift Boutique is paradise year-round

This friendly shop is stocked up with year-round supplies for savvy gardeners, but also offers a wide selection of forward-thinking fashions for women, cute home decor, gifts, seasonal trinkets, and other goodies to discover.

A Shop That Sparkles

Nicole Lasker strives to create special moments while enriching her hometown

Max Lasker was a Jewish immigrant from Poland who came to the United States through Ellis Island and somehow made his way to Wisconsin. In 1928, he founded what would become Eau Claire’s Lasker Jewelers.

Driven by Community

Markquart moves into Menomonie to offer friendly sales and services

Three generations have built a strong association between the Markquart name and easy, personable car sales in the Chippewa Valley over the past 50 years.

A Story of Humanity

show portrays legendary World War I Christmas truce

The UW-Eau Claire Artist Series will stage Peter Rothstein’s All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Nov. 26 at the Scofield Auditorium on campus.

Expansion on Pointe

Diamond School of Dance broke ground Nov. 6 on a new dance instruction facility scheduled to open next August. The new digs will house four dance studios with room to expand to seven over time.

Eau Claire Filmmaker’s Work Featured at Austin Film Festival

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Austin Film Festival. Founded in 1993, the festival was the first event of its kind and is recognized for bringing together all levels of screenwriting, filmmaking, and artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

Cinderella With a Spin

ECCT’s first Pablo show is holiday-themed Cinderella

Ladies and gentlemen, be prepared for a magical holiday experience – the first of its kind to debut at the Pablo Center at the Confluence – as the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre puts on a special production of Cinderella Nov. 16-18.


exploring the tools we use to get by

My dad showed me how. He said look at your compass. Look at the direction you need to go. Pick out a tree in that direction. Walk to it. Then do that again and again until you’re out of the woods. And in general, if you’re trying to walk in a straight line through a rectangular patch of trees, this is good advice ...

Eau Claire Opens North Side Dog Park

Eau Claire-area pooches have a new place to play with the opening of Sundet Dog Park, the city’s second off-leash park dedicated to canine cavorting. The dog park, 3403 Sundet Road, is next to Sundet Community Park ...

Sketches, Sculptures, & Now Wine at 200 Main

Just off of Graham Avenue tucked away on the corner is the quaint 200 Main – a charming art gallery that invites whoever is looking for a place to revel in art without restrictions.

Lives, Both Still and Moving

Barbara Shafer displays landscapes, dancers at library

Barbara Shafer is a sculptor, dancer, advocate, teacher, wife, mother, and more. Throughout the month of November, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will celebrate just one of Shafer’s identities by displaying her work as a painter.

Bringing Their Words to Life

local authors of the Valley read live at the Pablo

Chippewa Valley Local Authors will host Local Authors Live in the Jamf Theater at The Pablo Center on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 1:30-4pm.

Giving Thanks

aunt/niece duo team up for children’s book

Two years ago, on the day after Thanksgiving, Vivian Riley paused to reflect on her life and all the things she was grateful for.

Good Times, Bad Art

a one-day music fest at the Pablo for locals, by locals

That lines comes near the end of a promo video for the upcoming Bad Art Music Festival, which will take place in the Jamf Theatre at the Pablo Center Nov. 23

Shop Local for the Win

Chippewa Falls Main Street organization promotes local shopping with sweepstakes

As the holiday season ramps up and families find themselves shopping for gifts, decorations, food, and more, Chippewa Falls Main Street is encouraging residents to support their community by buying from businesses in downtown Chippewa Falls.

Menomonie Spot Sobers Up, Reopens as 18+ Club

After a four-month closure beginning in the spring, Rehab (631 Broadway St. S), formerly a bar in downtown Menomonie, reopened at the beginning of October as an 18-plus club.

Are You an Artrepreneur?

workshop series aimed at teaching business skills to artists

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education’s Artrepreneur program was conceived as a way to teach members of the Chippewa Valley’s burgeoning artistic community strategies to build their businesses, find funding, and connect with each other.

Evers Wins Valley Vote

region’s election outcomes reflect state results

A slim margin of victory in the Chippewa Valley helped propel Tony Evers to an even narrower statewide win over incumbent Gov. Scott Walker on Nov. 6.

Involved in a Charity? Apply for a Community Foundation Grant

Are you involved in a local nonprofit organization looking for funding? (Come to think of it, is there any other kind of nonprofit organization?) If your answer to the first question is “yes,” then you should ...

Go, Fight, Uwin

three colleges work to keep grads in western Wisconsin

Three western Wisconsin universities are teaming up to help their students’ job prospects as well as the region’s economy.

Opening Shot | Nov. 14, 2018

THROW YOUR HANDS UP FOR THE TWENTIES. The fifth installment of the Gatsby’s Gala took place throughout UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gala is a 1920’s themed party with UWEC’s jazz ensembles providing the soundtrack for dancing, costumes, food, and more.

Mourning Portrait

The night before Mom’s funeral, I sit at my kitchen counter drinking beer and listening to audio recordings I made before she stopped speaking a year ago. Each time I recorded Mom and Dad I’d come home and listen, usually like this, late at night ...

On the Cover | Nov. 14, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Alicia Jungwirth

“I am a self-taught artist working primarily with watercolors. I don’t consider myself a traditional watercolorist because while this is my preferred medium, my style is more of a mix between realism and pop art ..."