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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Feb. 22

Bread and Roses

Inspired by Rose Schneiderman who said, “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." encouraging everyone to think beyond just survival and to believe we should have art too. Enjoy illustrations by fashion designers like…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8:30am-3:30pm Thu. Feb. 22

Excel Intermediate

In this hands-on, instructor led class you will learn to use this powerful tool quickly and effortlessly to create the most challenging spreadsheets. Develop skills to use an automated procedure or macros, build formulas quickly and…

CVTC Applied Technology Center
2322 Alpine Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $124

Age: Adults

8:30-11am Thu. Feb. 22

Babysitter Training

This class will provide participants with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. Participants will learn and practice skills in these six critical areas: leadership, safety, age-appropriate…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member: $40, Community: $60

Age: Ages 10-15

9am-noon Thu. Feb. 22

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

Tiny Tots is a place for kids to bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for some creative, dramatic, memory making fun. Come on in and get your play on. Make some memories, and burn off some energy.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9:30-11:30am Thu. Feb. 22

Play & Learn

You and your child will enjoy free play, songs, dancing, stories, crafts & snacks. Here you will find playing & learning go hand in hand. Come & experience learning through the eyes of your child.

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

10am-2pm Thu. Feb. 22

Houseplant Air Purifier Container Class

Create your own unique mixed container of houseplants, succulents, moss and rocks. They help purify air, can reduce stress, they are pretty house decors, help you sleep better, help fight colds and, improve well-being.

Green Oasis Gardens
1403 122nd Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $25

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. Feb. 22

Fire and Ice Exhibit - Alex Mooney Jones and LeAnn Nelson

Alexandria “Alex" Mooney Jones has always been drawn to experimental mediums and "thinking outside the box,” thanks in large part to her mother who was an art teacher. Her mother taught Alex to see artistic potential in everything. LeAnn…

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Thu. Feb. 22

Mini Makers: Bracelets and Necklaces

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking! Build and create using real tools of the trade. This week's activity is designing and creating bracelets and necklaces.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. Feb. 22

Nate Rylander - the Jackson Pollock of the Midwest

View work by abstract expressionist painter Nate Rylander. “Action painting” can be seen in his artwork along with reclaimed materials such as hollow core doors. Inspired by several masters, we refer to Rylander as the Jackson Pollock of…

B-Framed Galleries
313 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Thu. Feb. 22

Menomonie Public Library: Learning Together

Storytime for children birth and older. Children attend with a parent or caregiver. No registration required.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15am Thu. Feb. 22

L.E. Phillips Library: Little Movers Storytime

For babies who love to move. Interactive rhymes, parachute games, songs, stories, bubbles, and social time for parents and children.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: 6-18 months

10:30-11am Thu. Feb. 22

Altoona Public Library: Preschool Story Time

For children ages 3 - 5 years who are able to independently sit for a 30 minute session.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Parents and 3-5 yr olds

10:45-11:15am Thu. Feb. 22

Menomonie Public Library: On My Own

For children 3-5 years old. Children attend by themselves. No registration required.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: Children Age 3-5

noon-8pm Thu. Feb. 22

Choix Roses: les Deux

Discover floral wonders both romantic and gothic in beautiful artwork of bouquets, botanicals, roses and rose inspired art that spans the Age of Enlightenment to today. Experience authentic art that questions beauty and values, or just enjoy…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30-2:30pm Thu. Feb. 22

Dustyn Dubuque on Best Movies of 2017

Dustyn Dubuque will talk about the best movies of 2017. Dubuque has a wide-ranging knowledge of films and is a popular and engaging speaker. His day-job is Menomonie Main Street Exec. Director.

Bookends on Main
214 E. Main St.
Menomonie

3-5pm Thu. Feb. 22

All Ages Open Lab

Explore the library's newest DIY, hands-on space. Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather color, paint or knit, the Dabble Box has something for you.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4:30-5pm Thu. Feb. 22

Little Dancers Preschool

Little Dancers Preschool dance class + older dancers. Tap Ballet Creative dance.

Jean Marie's School of Dance
31 W Spring St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $36/month

Age: Preschool 3 - 4 Yrs & older

4:30-5:30pm Thu. Feb. 22

Painting & Popcorn: Bunny Silhouette

Calling all pint-sized Picassos. Your child will be able to create their own one-of-a-kind painting to hang on the wall at home or give to a special person in their life. Plus, snacks and juice boxes are provided to fuel that creative energy.…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Thu. Feb. 22

Artist Reception for Fire and Ice Exhibit - Alex Mooney Jones and LeAnn Nelson

Alexandria “Alex" Mooney Jones has always been drawn to experimental mediums and "thinking outside the box,” thanks in large part to her mother who was an art teacher. Her mother taught Alex to see artistic potential in everything.LeAnn…

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Thu. Feb. 22

The 10th Annual Downtown Eau Claire Awards

An evening of food, drink, awards, and celebration. Gather the Downtown community to highlight and cheer those that did it best in 2017. Voting categories include: Best Business, Best Event, Best New Business, Best New Renovation, and Best…

The Lismore
333 Gibson Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $35

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Thu. Feb. 22

Language Exchange: Habla en la Cabra

Practice your second language with us, English or Spanish. We sip coffee and help each other practice conversational English and Spanish. Bring the family, all levels and ages are welcome. Brought to you by El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa…

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Feb. 22

Wisconsin Foodie Viewing Party

Together Farms invites you to join them for a FREE viewing party at Dive Bar to watch the show and celebrate. There will be a burger slider bar, meat raffles, a cash bar, drawings, and much more. Support your local farm and enjoy a great…

Dive Bar
333 Gibson Street (Inside the Lismore Hotel)
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Feb. 22

Winter After Hours 2018

There will be ice skating, snow shoeing, winter kubb, a firepit, music, and hot drinks. Snowshoe and skate rentals will be available during the special event only. The warming house and restrooms will be open and supervised. Hundreds of…

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

6:15-10pm Thu. Feb. 22

Thursday Bingo at the Moose Lodge

Doors open 6:15. Games start at 7. Regular and Progressive Bingo. 50/50 Raffle, All proceeds after expenses go to Charity. Food and Drink served. Lunch Served before play and at intermission. 17 games played for as low as $4. Different…

Menomonie Moose Lodge
720 19th Ave.
Menomonie

Cost: Varies

Age: All, under 18 must have Guardian

6:45-8pm Thu. Feb. 22

Eau Claire Jazz Jam

A monthly, guided jam session led by one of Eau Claire’s top jazz musicians, Paul Brandt. Students of all abilities are welcome to attend and participate, but attendees should have a basic knowledge of chords and scales. Get your musical…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $5, free for ECMS students

Age: 13+

7-8pm Thu. Feb. 22

The Making of the Film “The Lumber Baron” with Karen Hurd

This movie has been filmed in locations across the Chippewa Valley and writer/producer Karen Hurd will share about how the film was made, behind the scene photos, and the process of putting this movie together. Refreshments provided.

Fall Creek Public Library
122 E Lincoln Ave
Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Thu. Feb. 22

Live Music at the Acoustic Cafe: The Sixes

A special release show. The Sixes will be releasing a two song digital EP and celebrating with a show in downtown Eau Claire. Album is soon to follow.

Acoustic Cafe
505 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire