James Johonnott

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Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020

Indigenous Approaches

James Johonnott

exploring the wellness movement in Indian Country

Wed. Dec. 11th, 2019

Help and Be Helped: 6 Local Charitable Organizations

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At this time of year, as we all focus on what makes the holiday season bright, it does well to remember what we can do to aid those less fortunate. The Chippewa Valley has a number of services available for those in need, so this ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 10th, 2019

How Wisconsin "Lost" Michigan's Upper Peninsula

James Johonnott

It's (kind of) common knowledge in Wisconsin that what is now Michigan's upper peninsula was once part of America's dairyland, and was somehow ceded our eastern neighbors. But just like most common knowledge, this isn't quite as true ...

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018

Spooky Stories: Live radio play brings life to horror storytelling

James Johonnott

Get your Halloween creepy vibes and horror fix with some spooky stories, eerie performances, and live sound effects. “The Live Radio Collection: Spooky Halloween Show,” performed by the Speck of Dust Theatre Company at The Plus on Oct. 21, is a collection of five spooky radio dramas ...

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

The Cure for Boredom Is at Your Local Library

James Johonnott

The fight against summer boredom has never been easier to win. There’s a lot for families to do in the Chippewa Valley during these warmer months. There’s no better summer hangout than your local library, and Chippewa Valley libraries have got you completely covered for learning, fun, and A/C.

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

No Cuts: Expect bawdy fun at the Big Uncut Flick Episode 2

James Johonnott

The Big Uncut Flick Episode 2: Murder On the Gay White Way, which opens April 11 at the Grand Theatre, is equal parts homage and parody of show business in the 1950s. The play depicts a husband-and-wife ...

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Warm up Your Green Thumb: Plan a Community Garden Plot Now

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Looking to dig in the dirt and grow your own food this year? Do you yearn for more yard space than you have? Community gardens are a convenient answer for the green thumb with A square footage limitation. It’s never ...

Fri. Jul. 28th, 2017

Stealing the Stage

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UWEC alum returns to produce original comedy in Eau Claire

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017

Roll Into These Local Skateparks

James Johonnott

Looking for a new place to shred? With skate parks in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie, there are plenty of great, safe places to hang out, practice your moves, and meet some fellow skaters.

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

25-Cent Flicks Offer Summery Savings

James Johonnott

Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Just scoop between the couch cushions and find a handful of quarters, then head to Micon Cinemas in Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls for 25-cent movies this summer.

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

Back in Session: School Start Times for Fall

James Johonnott

We know, it's STILL summer. But just in case you are ambitious and want to mentally prepare yourselves. Here are the start dates for local schools in the Chippewa Valley!

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

Everyone Out! Here's When Local Pools Close

James Johonnott

Summer's not over yet, and neither is the public pool season. You can still get plenty of use out of the public pool season pass. Be sure to check out the events, discount days, dog swims, and other happenings that go on at your local public pool.

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

7 Kid-Friendly Spots You Can Eat at With No Worries

James Johonnott

If dirty looks could kill, many parents would never have made it out of certain dining experiences, especially in establishments where Happy Meals aren’t on the menu ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

6 Chippewa Valley Farmers Markets

James Johonnott

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who actually grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Grab your shopping lists and canvas carrying bags ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

3 Chippewa Valley Swimming Pools

James Johonnott

You don’t have to go far this summer to cool off. Outdoor pools make for a great way to socialize, exercise, and of course have some wet fun!

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

Raising Visibility

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UWEC students’ immersive theater presentation highlights homelessness

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Life's a Cabaret

James Johonnott, photos by Anna Mateffy

UWEC’s theatrical extravaganza thinks outside the box

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Who Do You Believe?

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

with Doubt, CVTG tackles tough questions

Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

'Nun' of Your Business

James Johonnott

the goofy nuns from Nunsense stage a holiday musical

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2016

Staging the Holidays: Local theater groups bring Christmas to life

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the holiday season ahead, the urge to get out of the house for an evening will be greater than ever. If you’re looking for a night out at the theater or an afternoon show for the kids ...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Kid-Friendly Holiday Plays Take the Stage

James Johonnott

Let’s face it – with the holiday season on the doorstep, there’s only so much time indoors you and your kids can take. But just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out. Check out one of the many holiday plays put on by local talent...

Tue. Oct. 4th, 2016

Fall Into Freshness

James Johonnott

explore western Wisconsin byways on the Fresh Art Tour

Fri. Jul. 15th, 2016

Gamer Haven: The District Company triples the size of its kingdom

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The movement to think and buy local is nothing new to gamers. “Support your local game store” is a phrase that has been passed around gamer culture for years. Gamers are the first to understand that having a friendly local game store at the center ...

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

2016 Summer Music Schedule

James Johonnott, photos by Mike O'Brien

all the wheres and whens for summer music in the Chippewa Valley

Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016

On (and Off) the Rails

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

circus train crash inspires experimental play at UWEC

Fri. Feb. 26th, 2016

Overcoming Enormous Odds

James Johonnott

Dragonfly throws benefit for instructor hurt in car accident

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 16th, 2015

Wisconsin's Most Popular Liquor Brand

James Johonnott

Business Insider determined the most popular brand of liquor in each state. Given the Sconnie love for Old Fashioneds, Wisconsin's most popular brand is a bit surprising ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 15th, 2015

4 Eccentric 19th Century Wisconsinites

James Johonnott

The 19th century was weird. Really weird. Consult any book of historical accounts from the time period and you'll find sea monsters, "zombies," ghosts, cattle monstrosities, and Hodags. The people were weird too, and 19th century Wisconsinites were no exception. Every town from Madison ...