Giving the Gift of Literacy

Fri. Dec. 2nd, 2016

Tom Giffey

Give a Kid a Book program brightens season with reading

The seasonal charitable effort by the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is summed up pretty well in its name: Give a Kid a Book. Of course, this program ...

Ladies' Night Out at Apricot Lane

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Katie Larson

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be about everyone else but you. Apricot Lane Boutique, the newer fashion store in Oakwood Mall, hosts private Ladies Night Out fashion parties to help encourage you to think about yourself for at least one ...

Young Volunteers Make a Difference

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

author & photographer by Katie Larson

Lakeshore Elementary School teacher Kelly Ballard believes in showing her fifth grade students the value of community service and volunteering. Every year, she encourages her students to volunteer their time and energy at the Feed My People Food Bank...

The Power of the Arts

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

Individuals who go out of their way to ensure the arts don’t die in their schools deserve recognition for continuing to support the activities that enrich student’s lives...

Making Tracks for Holiday Fun

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Tom Giffey

Long before anyone had ever heard of Legos, Pokemon, or Nintendo, kids waited anxiously to see if Santa would leave a toy train under the Christmas tree. Electric toy trains made their debut around 1900, and quickly became more sophisticated as model railroading caught on as a hobby for kids and adults alike...

Making Carson Park Even More Playful

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Considering all of the attractions in Carson Park – the baseball stadium, the trains, the two museums, the fishing spots and horseshoe pits – it’s easy for some of us to forget that the park is also home to one of the Chippewa Valley’s biggest and best playgrounds...

Children's Museum Shows Off New Digs

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Most people love to experience something new when in a familiar space. The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire played with this notion by combining several creative ideas and funds, generated from 9 months of consecutive revenue growth...

Helping Keep Each Other Warm

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

Over the winter months, there is nothing better than the warmth generated from a soft, cozy blanket, especially when you are sick. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are in need of new, clean, and comfortable blankets for their palliative care patients...

Safe Spaces and Familiar Faces

Thu. Nov. 17th, 2016

Katie Larson

The Eau Claire Police Department, other area law enforcement agencies, and 24-7 & West Wisconsin Telcom, have joined forces to promote safe practices and the Green Bay Packers by handing out trading cards...

Slide Into Winter Break 2016!

Mon. Nov. 14th, 2016

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

The holidays are approaching, which means the kiddos are going to be filled with holiday cheer and delight (or – if you are surrounded by teens – waning enthusiasm)...

Breaking Ground for Inclusion

Tue. Oct. 4th, 2016

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The cry of “Let’s play ball!” will be heard at the newly developed baseball and softball fields at Jeffers Road Park next spring. However, come June 3, those words will be directed for the first time at the players ...

Your Coats Can Help Warm Up Cold Families

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Katie Larson

The idea of not having a winter coat or proper winter apparel when the cold weather approaches is a scary thought for some Chippewa Valley residents ...

Car Seat Safety Made Easier by the Pros

Thu. Sep. 22nd, 2016

Katie Larson

Loading the kids into the car can be a sweaty, stressful, hair-raising chore, which means that the importance of safety is, unfortunately, often overlooked ...

Boys & Girls Club Seeks Sustainable Funding

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Tom Giffey

Worries about financial sustainability led the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley to announce in July that it was suspending its Menomonie programs as of Aug. 19. However, a subsequent ...

Back to School, One-Room Style

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

Tom Giffey

To today’s students, a laptop is a computer and logging on is something you do to connect it to the Internet. A little over a century ago, however, these words had much different meaning to student ...

Local Trick-or-Treat Dates & Times (2016)

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016

V1 Staff, photos by Randy Lee

If you’re a candy-loving kid, it’s never too early to plot your trick-or-treating route for Halloween night – or Halloween afternoon, as the case may be. In downtown Eau Claire, the bonanza of treats from generous ...

Ready for Referendums

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls school boards seek funding boost from voters on Nov. 8

Voters in two of the Chippewa Valley’s largest school districts will decide whether to increase school funding via referendums on the Nov. 8 election ballot ...

Building Fresh

Wed. Aug. 24th, 2016

Tom Giffey

program helps at-risk youths rebuild lives, one two-by-four at a time

Before signing up for the Fresh Start Program, the biggest thing Travis Rosciszewski had ever built was a skateboard ramp. Now the biggest thing he’s ever built is a house.

Where All the Action Is

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Hailey Novak

Action City to add trampoline park, outdoor go-karts, more

Get ready to quite literally jump for joy as Action City gets closer to opening an updated and expanded facility chock full of exciting new stuff. Originally set to be completed in September 2017 ...

Getting Their Feet Wet

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

V1 Staff

Rivers are inseparable from the Chippewa Valley – after all, our rivers literally formed the valley – and their influence, positive and negative, has been huge. Rivers can be fun, but they can also be dangerous ...

4 Great Summer Activities that are absolutely free

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Renee Sommer, design by Serena Wagner

If you’re on a budget, it may feel like you’re going to be stuck at home all summer figuring out how to keep the kids busy. But luckily, the Chippewa Valley is full of free fun that’ll get you out of the house ...

Helping Those With Disabilities reach for a better life

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Emily Kuhn, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The first thing I noticed about Jesse was his smile. It was friendly, outgoing, and sincere, and it was offered to me – along with his hand to shake and an enthusiastic, “Hi! I’m Jesse!” ...

Making The Community Friendlier for those with dementia

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Do you know someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? Purple angel logos are popping up on the doors of Chippewa Valley businesses and organizations that are joining ...

Boys & Girls Club's New Digs

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Gigi Roelant

Back in November the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley announced that it was buying the former First Lutheran Church and turning it into a newer, larger location ...

Your Candy Fantasy Awaits and it's local

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Renee Sommer

What screams “kid wonderland” more than a magical place filled with candy, ice cream, and confections of every kind? Nothing – that’s what. That’s why if you’re looking to make all your kids’ chocolate-y dreams come true ...

School Is Out, Work Is In Tips for high school and college students seeking summer jobs

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Susan Fanning

For millions of students, summer is about beaches and barbecues. But for many high school and college students, summer is also a time to bank some bucks. Here are some steps that will help students succeed in finding the perfect summer job. First, you need to do is decide on the summer job you want or need: the type of job ...

Swinging for the Fences

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

Whether it’s baseball, softball, or T-ball, hearing the crack of the bat for the first time has been one of the best parts of spring for generations of kids. This photo from the Chippewa Valley Museum, which dates to 1953 or 1954, shows an Eau Claire Little League Team called the Midgets ...

A Place to Call Home Beyond Home Plate

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

The Eau Claire Express baseball season comes out swinging in May, and while fans are gearing up to scarf down hot dogs and cheer for the home team on the Caron Park fan deck, players are looking for places to call home. Each year, approximately 30 young men from across the nation leave behind their homes and families to play for the Express ...

Childhood Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Rebecca Baader

Every morning as I drive to work, I pass the bus stop in my neighborhood. About 10 kids stand waiting to head off to school, and it hit me one morning that – statistically speaking – two out of those 10 students do not have enough food at home and struggle with hunger. Many of the students rely on school meals as their main source of nutrition ...

Come Out and Play, Everyone! Children’s Museum initiative opens doors to all kids

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is a unique destination for the children of the Chippewa Valley to learn and be inspired by engaging all of their senses in hands-on exhibits and interactive programming. The museum’s recently launched Play for All Initiative is intended to open up the museum’s doors (and unlock its wonders) to all children ...

Savor the Flavor at Chippewa Valley Farmers Markets

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

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 and head out to load up on fresh fruits and veggies, locally raised meat and eggs, and – of course – amazing baked goods! ...

Counting Down: final area school dates

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

The long-awaited summer vacation is about to begin, so parents mark your calendars and start planning those trips, bucket lists, and beach days! Eau Claire Area School District: June 2: Graduation June 3: Last day of school for students Chippewa Falls School District ...

Prom Guide 2016 a list of every tux rental, florist ...

Tue. Mar. 22nd, 2016

Attending prom can be one of the most magical experiences in a high school student’s career. From dresses to limos, we’ve pulled together everything you’ll need to make your dream of the perfect prom night come true!

Kid History! time to tune up your bikes

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Tom Giffey

Whether at the turn of the last century or today, springtime is a good time to tune up your bicycles and get the family outside for a ride. If you had lived in Eau Claire during the early years of the 20th century, the place to buy or repair your bike was James L. Lund’s shop. In this picture from the Chippewa Valley Museum ...

Get to Know your local school librarians

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

If I could be one fictional character it would be: King Bidgood (King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub) because he gets to stay in his enormous bathtub all day long and play.

Melina Alexakis runs with the big dogs

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Barbara Arnold

Melina Alexakis, an Eau Claire native and fifth-grader at Putnam Heights Elementary School, is anything but your average 10 year old. While many kids her age love animals – I mean, who doesn’t love a puppy? – Melina took it to another level by starting her own pet-related business. “Melina created everything about the business ...

Moving Wisconsin Students Forward

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Alison Wagener, photos by Kristin Craker

This spring, Wisconsin students will be taking the Forward Exam, the state’s third standardized testing suite in the last three years. The Forward Exam was preceded by the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, used annually from 1997 until 2014, and the Badger Exam, which was only partially implemented due to technological difficulties in 2015 ...

Registering for School is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Sam Fisher

It is no secret the Chippewa Valley prides itself on quality education, from pre-kindergarten all the way through college. Check out these tips to get your children started on their educational journey. When should I start my child in school? In Wisconsin, formal education can start as early as age 4 with the state’s 4K program ...

Get Your Annual French Toast Fix

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

The annual French Toast Breakfast at Beaver Creek Reserve will be from 8:30am-12:30pm on March 19. Besides a hearty breakfast of French toast and sausage from Augusta Meats, visitors will have the opportunity to win door prizes, participate in nature education games and activities, stroll through the Chippewa Valley Water Color Art Exhibit ...

Lend a Hand for a spring community spruce-up

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

Litter-free public spaces aren’t just easy on the eyes; they’re signs of communities that care. That’s why local organizations bring volunteers, both young and old, together for days of community action. City clean-up efforts help to ensure safe and sanitary environments for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get in on the action ...

What Your Teen Needs to get a work permit

Wed. Mar. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

Work permits are required by the state of Wisconsin for anyone under the age of 18 (except for agricultural or domestic service work), and employers have to have a permit on file prior to the minor beginning work. You can apply for a work permit right through your school office. Either the minor alone or the minor and parent must visit the permit officer ...

Family University offers parenting skills to community

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Raquel Dorf

Being a parent can sometimes be confusing and chaotic, and as the expression goes, “Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.” That’s why the Augusta School District and the Healthy Schools Grant Team paired up to offer free parenting classes for community members.

Once Upon a Prom helps teens’ dreams come true

Tue. Feb. 16th, 2016

Tom Giffey, photos by Leslie Duffy Photography

Like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Once Upon a Prom can make young women’s dreams of a storybook night at the dance come true. The organization, which was founded in 2012 by Jennifer Rooney and Liz Poteete ...

So Much More Than Just a Crossing Guard

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Rosie Hartung probably doesn’t consider herself a hero, but there are a whole lot of people in the Chippewa Valley who would disagree. Rosie started out as a playground supervisor in the Eau Claire School District but eventually moved to being a crossing guard ...

“I Don’t Like the Chippewa Valley”

Tue. Jan. 12th, 2016

I don’t like the Chippewa Valley. I mean that wholeheartedly. I think I’ve always sort of had this feeling, but just recently it hit me in the gut with the strength of an 800-pound gorilla. I don’t like the Chippewa Valley ...

Haunted Hustle Brings $8,500 to YMCA

Thu. Jan. 7th, 2016

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire raised over $8,500 for the Eau Claire YMCA’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) initiative at the 3rd Annual Haunted Hustle 5K Run/Walk in Owen Park in Eau Claire in fall of 2015. Over 300 people registered to take part in the race.

'Love Your Melon' helps kids with cancer

Mon. Jan. 4th, 2016

Shari Lau

When UW-Eau Claire students in a small group communication course were challenged to find and address a social issue in the local community, one group decided to make it personal and partner with the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Love Your Melon, an organization founded and ...