Local Guides

Seasonal Local Guides & Theme Issues

Volume One produces new local guides in almost every issue. The guides listed below contain up-to-date listings, articles, and events for a number of important local topics.

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Beer and Cheese

It’s hard to imagine life without beer and/or cheese. Just typing those last words makes our native Wisconsin blood boil. Come with us, as we explore these important issues.

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Shop Talk

Volume One’s “Shop Talk” focuses on some of the Chippewa Valley’s most engaging local businesses – those that have made a name for themselves serving our region for years, and even decades. These venues are owned and operated by locals, to serve locals, and these are their stories.

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Pet Project

A loyal guide for those looking to find the perfect companion.

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Farm Fresh

Find out what you need to know about local produce - a harvest schedule, list of community gardens Eau Claire CSA's and farmers markets.

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Summer Occasions

Summer is officially here, which means it's time to party! It's the perfect time of the year to get together with friends and family. Whether you're celebrating grads, dads, family reunions, Independence Day, weddings, and other such sunny get-togethers, our newest special section will outline ways to make your gathering warm and fun, just like the season itself!

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Summer Music Preview

It’s that time of year again. The one where we can finally unbury from the snow and go outside. In Wisconsin, we cherish our summer months closely, and try to do anything and everything we can while soaking up the sun. Music is definitely no exception. In the Chippewa Valley, we have a stunning music scene, and it never blossoms as beautifully as it does in these precious summer months. From major music festivals, to outdoor concert series, to bar shows, to one-off concerts, music in the great outdoors is where it’s at. So take a look at our newest special section and start planning your musical summer.

Sponsored by Leinenkugel's

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Best of Summer

Your guide to summery excitement in the Chippewa Valley.

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Up North

Heading "north" for the weekend is a part of the culture of living in the Chippewa Valley. Presented by Green Oasis

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MEAT!

Volume One's guide to everything meat! Grilling tips, local meats, preparation, and more!

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Wine Time

Despite Wisconsin being known as a beer state, we hold our own in the sweet (or dry) treat. Presented by Woodman's Market

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Outdoors Adventures

Whether you're into biking, fishing, climbing, paddling, running, or walking, the very second when it looks like winter is fading in the Chippewa Valley your pulse starts racing. You can't wait to get out and hit the trails, waterways, and other landmarks of natural beauty that define our area. And that's why we make this guide. It's all for you. So you know where to go and what to do when you're hankering for an adventure.

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Death & Taxes

Nothing is certain in life, the old saying goes, but death and taxes. And we’ll admit that, under most circumstances, neither subject is very uplifting to talk about. They can be pretty boring topics, too: Skimming through a stack of IRS paperwork may make you wish you were dead, and that’s even before you find out what you owe.

Nonetheless, both death and taxes – and the financial and legal intersection of the two – are critical topics for all of us. Making sure we’ve planned well, financially and otherwise, can ease our anxiety and make our lives more comfortable and fulfilling ... at least until the inevitable happens. Until then, you’ve got this guide.

Sponsored by Clifton Larson Allen

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Weddings & Occasions

Let us provide the elbow that guides your trip down the aisle. Because we all know that aisles—though straight and narrow – can trip you up sometimes. We believe that, until you've read this section—and subsequently gathered all the green wedding advice possible, internalized the folly of movie brides & grooms, turned to local vendors for wedding gifts, scouted out local organic caterers, and pondered the varied wedding customs of the world—your first step will be a doozy.

Sponsored by 29 Pines Hotel and Convention Center

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Holiday Party Planner

Planning that big holiday party, but overwhelmed? We’re here to help! This guide is designed to help you with ideas, planning and hosting the BEST holiday party you've ever thrown.

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Journey Ahead

We all get old. In fact, some of us, right at this very moment, ARE old. Guide to challenges and opportunities of growing older in the Chippewa Valley. Presented by the ADRC of Eau Claire County

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Halloween Hauntings

Halloween originated centuries ago as a Pagan festival among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Fast-forward a few hundred years to the present day Chippewa Valley where Halloween has become a night when kids stuff their faces with processed sugar and grownups dress up and parade around like idiots. In short, Halloween has become more awesome than ever before. And more than any other time of year, Halloween time is when our thoughts turn to monsters, ghosts, and that ... eerie presence ... lurking just around the corner. The next few pages are a guide to all of it. Rip the pages out and place them beneath your pillow at night – they will protect you.

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Student City Guide

UWEC and CVTC students' guide to Eau Claire. This guide has everything from restaurants to parks to local music.

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Getaway Guide

Whether it’s roadside attractions, cultural tours, cross-country road trips, beach resort relaxation, romantic getaways, family outings, outdoor conquests, or out-of-country experiences, Volume One’s annual summer travel section has got you covered. In this year’s edition, we focus on the regional waterways and the cities and attractions that surround them – from adventure getaways to relaxing cruises and lighthouse tours. Check it all out in Hip Trips, where it’s always 70 and sunny.

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Back To School

We know. It's still summer. The last thing you're thinking about is having to go back to school. Well, sorry to throw a wet blanket all over your sunny, summer dreams, but wake up! The new school year is upon us. Use this special section to gear up and get ready to learn!