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Sat. Mar. 17

Wisconsin ArtsWest 39

This year 81 artists from 22 communities submitted 144 works to be judged for entry into the show. The juror for the exhibit is Cameron Anderson, an artist and a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Sat. Mar. 17

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

9am-2pm Sat. Mar. 17

Annual Spring Craft Fair

Arts, Crafts, Vendors and Homemade Concessions. Over 70 Exhibitors. Sponsored by the MACS Music Boosters.

McDonell Area Catholic High School
1316 Bel Air Blvd.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $1

Age: All Ages

9am-9pm Sat. Mar. 17

March Madness Basketball Tournament

Each team’s number of games will be determined by the number of teams per division. All teams will get at least 3 games.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $60 per team

Age: Grades 1-5

9am-6pm Sat. Mar. 17

9th Annual Wisconsin Sport Show

Over 150 exhibitors and displays: boats and pontoons; RVs and ATVs; US and Canadian resorts and lodges; hunting and fishing retailers, outfitters, and guides; professional presentations and seminars; dog trainers, kennels and rescues;…

Eau Claire County Expo Center
5530 Fairview Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $7 Advance Tickets, $9 at the Door, 11 and younger Free

Age: All Ages

9am-1pm Sat. Mar. 17

Winter Market of Menomonie

A typical Winter market day is presented by 15-20 farmers and artists selling everything from vegetables to fruits, eggs, breads, meats and handmade crafts. Friendly atmosphere, fresh coffee, hot prepared foods and live music every week. All…

Raw Deal
603 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sat. Mar. 17

ArtMobile at Oakwood Mall

The ARTmobile connects children to the visual arts with fun and relevant art projects that have an educational aspect to them.

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-3pm Sat. Mar. 17

Grow Your Own Grass Easter Basket

Grow your own Easter basket and decorate with pussy willow catkins. Make a beautiful spring accent for your home. Class includes a liner, potting mix, grass seed, willow catkins, make a tissue paper butterfly accent, and decorate one hand…

Green Oasis Gardens
1403 122nd Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: 1 for $10; or 2 for $15

Age: All Ages

10am-1pm Sat. Mar. 17

Weekend Brunch with Musical Guest

A farm-focused weekend brunch with live music. The kitchen offers an array of midwestern and other brunch classics, and the stage offers such names as Shane Leonard, Nick Seeger, Mari Carlson, Colin Heshmat, and many others. Visit The Lakely…

The Lakely
516 Galloway Street
Eau Claire

Cost: Music is FREE, consult menu for food prices

Age: All Ages

10am-6pm Sat. Mar. 17

Pour Painted Easter Eggs

Create/decorate a dozen regular plastic pour painted easter eggs and 1 large Egg. Light snack and beverages.

Arts, Etc.
930 Galloway Street, Banbury Place Building 13, Suite 27
Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Sat. Mar. 17

Moons: Worlds of Mystery (Planetarium Show)

Explore the different moons in our galaxy. You'll see incredible images that will blow your mind. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission.

10-10:30am Sat. Mar. 17

Pop-Up Play

Museum Playologists could pop up anywhere with a fun new challenge for you and your family to enjoy. Exercise your brains and bodies with a variety of action-packed activities.

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

10am-3pm Sat. Mar. 17

12th Annual Stampede - Stamping and Scrap Booking EXPO

Featuring Make & Takes, Demonstrations, Stamps, Embellishments, Scrap booking ideas, Inks & Papers. Enter the 2017 Stampede card contest. Meet creative expert Donna Sanders. Experience the Card Buffet. Door prizes awarded throughout the day.…

Eagle's Club
2588 Hallie Rd.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $4

10-11:30am Sat. Mar. 17

Youth Artist Workshops

Enhance your creativity and arts ability at the YMCA. Each month, a guest artist will lead a small group of students in a project of their own design. An exclusive opportunity to work one-on-one with a talented local creator.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $30, Community $42

Age: All Ages

10:15am Sat. Mar. 17

L.E. Phillips Library: Family Storytime

Stories, songs and fun for the whole family, designed to ignite children's language and brain development.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 0-6

10:30-11am Sat. Mar. 17

Moons: Worlds of Mystery (Planetarium Show)

Explore the different moons in our galaxy. You'll see incredible images that will blow your mind. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission.

noon-8pm Sat. Mar. 17

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

1pm Sat. Mar. 17

Polar Bear Plunge in Bloomer

All proceeds of pledges and sponsorships will go directly towards the purchase of a pontoon boat to give local seniors, Veterans, terminally ill, and others with special care needs a beautiful, relaxing day on the lake.

Lake Como (Public Boat Landing by Lakeshore Drive)
Bloomer

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

2-6pm Sat. Mar. 17

Spring String Art and Felt Flower Bouquet Workshop

Create a beautiful felt flower bouquet and string art mason jar to adorn your home. In these four hour workshops, instructors will first walk you through creating a variety of beautiful and intricate felt flowers to create your bouquet as…

Blue Canvas Art Studio-Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Rd
Eau Claire

Cost: $40

2:30-3pm Sat. Mar. 17

Pop-Up Play

Museum Playologists could pop up anywhere with a fun new challenge for you and your family to enjoy. Exercise your brains and bodies with a variety of action-packed activities.

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

3-5pm Sat. Mar. 17

The Berenstain Bears Live

Approved by the authors themselves, The Berenstain Bears live in Family Matters: the Musical is an adaptation of three of The Berenstain Bears' most beloved books. This is appropriate for Mamas, Papas, and Young Cubs of all ages.

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $20-30; Youth $10 (prices subject to change)

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Sat. Mar. 17

The Shillelagh Lads' St. Patty's Day Commemoration Shows

The Chippewa Valley's favorite Irish band bring you 2 shows of song and dance for an inspiring, mug poundin', jig dancin', foot stompin', rollickin' good celebration of the Life and work of St. Patrick.

The Plus
208 S. Barstow St
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 at the door

7-9pm Sat. Mar. 17

12th Annual WHYS 96.3fm St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Eau Claire's Shortest Sidewalk Parade leaves WHYS station and parades at 6:30pm to the Acoustic for an evening of Irish music, Janelle Irish dancers, sing-a longs, limericks, jokes & jugband music. Silent Auction/Admission by Donation. All…

Acoustic Cafe
505 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Admission by Donation

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Sat. Mar. 17

Barefoot Wonder - Ric Gillman and T. Bruce Bowers

With almost a century of musical experience between them, Bruce Bowers and Ric Gillman bring a wide variety of flavors to the table. From Doc Watson guitar picking to blazing Led Zeppelin electric violin, it’s a musical banquet every night.

Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Inc., Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Adults $15, Seniors $14, Youth $10.

Age: All Ages

8-9pm Sat. Mar. 17

Hobbs Observatory Astronomical Series

Programs on various astronomical related topics are presented CVAS members and invited guests. Programs run 45-60 minutes in length. Check the website for upcoming topics. Observing follows programs if skies are clear.

Hobbs Observatory
In Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 Cty Hwy K
Fall Creek

Cost: Free. Dontations accepted

10pm Sat. Mar. 17

The Shillelagh Lads' St. Patty's Day Commemoration Shows

The Chippewa Valley's favorite Irish band bring you 2 shows of song and dance for an inspiring, mug poundin', jig dancin', foot stompin', rollickin' good celebration of the Life and work of St. Patrick.

The Plus
208 S. Barstow St
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 at the door

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