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activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Fri. Mar. 23

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

Fri. Mar. 23

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

9-11:30am Fri. Mar. 23

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/child

10am-3pm Fri. Mar. 23

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-3pm Fri. Mar. 23

Create Your Own Felted Bunny

Create a tiny felted bunny for Easter. These adorable wool bunnies make great gifts or keepsake. Join us for this fun teen and adult craft. We will be using felting needles to mold our natural & dyed wool into bunnies (1.5"x1" in size).

Green Oasis Gardens
1403 122nd Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 per person

Age: Teen & Adult

10-10:30am Fri. Mar. 23

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.

10am-4pm Fri. Mar. 23

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

10:15am Fri. Mar. 23

L.E. Phillips Library: Preschool Storytime

For children who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool

10:30-11am Fri. Mar. 23

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.

10:30am-10:50pm Fri. Mar. 23

Little Learners Storytime

This 15-20 minute program is for children birth to three and their family or caregivers. Short concept rich books, singing, finger plays, puppets and nursery rhyme repetition are used to help foster healthy brain development, enhance early…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth -3 and caregivers

11-11:30am Fri. Mar. 23

Growing Readers Storytime

For preschool children ages 3-6, this 30 minute storytime features books, songs, movement, and interactive learning activities that build pre-reading skills in your child, followed by an open activity/play period. Children may attend…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-6

11:30am-noon Fri. Mar. 23

Parachute Games

Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy jumping, dancing, moving, grooving and all sorts of games with the giant parachute.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: Ages 3+

noon-8pm Fri. Mar. 23

Easter Bunny at Oakwood Mall

There's an egg-ceptionally wonderful Easter Bunny headed to Oakwood Mall. Take the eggs-press lane and reserve your place in line online. Bring your furry (or not so furry) family members to meet the Easter Bunny for Pet Night on 3/26.

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

noon-8pm Fri. Mar. 23

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

1-2pm Fri. Mar. 23

Teen Fandom Flip Bookmarks

Dr. Who and his TARDIS? Ron and Hermione? Come make a ribbon bookmark with your favorite fandom pairs attached to either end,. or put an unlikely pair together for some fandom fun. Registration required online or by phone.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

1:30pm Fri. Mar. 23

Movie and Popcorn

A screening of a kid-friendly dinosaur movie, plus popcorn.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

1:30-2:30pm Fri. Mar. 23

Cartooning Academy

Love to draw? Join us for a cartooning lesson from professional artist Duane Barnhart. Draw along and get tips from the pro. Recommended for school-aged children and teens.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: School-aged

2:30-3pm Fri. Mar. 23

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

3:30-4pm Fri. Mar. 23

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.

4-4:30pm Fri. Mar. 23

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.

4-7pm Fri. Mar. 23

St Olaf Men's Club Fish Fry

The St Olaf Men's Club will be having their famous "All you can eat fish fry". The menu will feature 2 kinds of battered fish, baked fish, French fries, baked potato, vegetables, salad bar, coffee and milk.

Father Agnew Parish Center
2407 North Ln.
Eau Claire

Cost: $11 adult, $10 seniors (65 and older), $4 children 5-12, 4 and under free, carryouts $10

4:30-7:30pm Fri. Mar. 23

Knights of Columbus Fish Dinner

All you can eat Boiled Salmon, Baked Fish, Fried Fish, Boiled Red Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Boiled Onions, Creamy Cole Slaw, Rye Bread, Pudding, Coffee and Milk.

St. Joseph Parish
910 Wilson Ave
Menomonie

Cost: Adults: $11, Seniors: $10; Take outs: $9; Children 4-11: $.75 per year/ 3 and under: free.

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Fri. Mar. 23

Friday Family Nights

Basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, large inflatables, movie & color, free popcorn. In the youth area: dress up clothes, riding toys, building blocks. Sponsored by Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire.

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 per person; Family of 5+ $20 Max

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Fri. Mar. 23

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

5:30-9:30pm Fri. Mar. 23

Lifeguard Training

Learn the skills to recognize, prevent, and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course certifications include Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer (valid 2 years).

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $185, Community $225

Age: 16+

6pm Fri. Mar. 23

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever.…

Applied Arts Room 210
415 13th Avenue East
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Fri. Mar. 23

Learn to Knit

This class is for beginners who want to learn the basics. Each student will learn everything you need to know to get you started and receive 10% off your entire store purchase the day of the class.

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Age: Ages 16+

6pm Fri. Mar. 23

Night for the Fight: Musical Night to Support the Battle Against Cancer

Night for the Fight will feature 10 local and national bands. They have all been touched by cancer in some way and will perform live for the cause. Proceeds raised from this special night will be donated to the Gilbert Brown Foundation, which…

Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire
Davies Center, 105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: $13

6:30-9pm Fri. Mar. 23

Class Reunion: A Mystery Musical Comedy

A family-friendly “who-done-it” featuring loads of comedy and harmonious singing. Many years have passed since the “kids in the class” walked the halls of old, soon-to-be-demolished Crandall High School, but tonight they are gathered…

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

Cost: Dinner Show - Adults $34, Seniors $33, Youth $27 Show Only – Adults $15, Seniors $14, Youth $6

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Fri. Mar. 23

Music Man Musical - Colfax High School

Colfax High School presents The Music Man At the end of March, Colfax High School will present “The Music Man” on stage. Following the story of a traveling con man selling instruments and band uniforms for a boys’ band, “The Music…

Colfax High School
601 University Ave
Colfax

Cost: $5 Per Person

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Fri. Mar. 23

Music In March

Local musicians, music teachers and their students present a wide variety of classical music.

Menomonie United Methodist Church
2703 Bongey Dr.
Menomonie

Cost: Free, donations gratefully accepted

Age: All Ages

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