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Thu. May. 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

8am-7pm Thu. May. 17

Veterans & Home Front Heroes Appreciation Week

This Living Heritage Legacy Tour will cherish past Heritage & future Legacy – at 50 plus locations. Another 27 moving Salutes will be performed on the route.“What really happened behind the scenes and beneath the radar screen”, will be…

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Thu. May. 17

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

9:30-11:30am Thu. May. 17

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-noon Thu. May. 17

Mini Makers with Chef Kent

We're cooking up a storm with Chef Kent this month, learning all about healthy snacks and basic food prep skills! Edible playdough is on the menu and you'll be able to take the tasty treat and the lessons home to your very own kitchen. Drop…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-9pm Thu. May. 17

Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists Group Show

This collective show features artwork from members of the Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists group, showcasing techniques that range from traditional watercolor, to experimental and mixed media. These area artists bring different backgrounds…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:45-11:45am Thu. May. 17

The Hillcrest Dog Walk

Join ChiroElite's clinic pup Surly on a casual 3 mile walk through the old Hillcrest golf course trail. The walk starts at ChiroElite in Altoona and follows a beautiful public walking trail along Otter Creek. All well mannered dogs are…

ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab
1219 10th St. W
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-1pm Thu. May. 17

Summer Lunch Break Open Skate

Cool off this summer at Hobbs Ice Arena's Summer Lunch Break Open Skate.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch). Fee includes skate rental

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. May. 17

Serious Art: Terry Meyer and Holli Jacobson

Artists Terry Meyer and Holli Jacobson don't take themselves too seriously. That's evident in their artwork. Terry paints horses, landscapes and sailboats, often in an abstract form; Holli paints with whimsical abstract shape and attitude.

200 Main - Gallery & Studios
200 Main St.
Eau Claire

3-5pm Thu. May. 17

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, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4:30-5pm Thu. May. 17

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

5-9pm Thu. May. 17

Syttende Mai 2018 (Norwegian Independence Day)

Celebrating Norway Independence Day. A plated meal of cod, meatballs, cole slaw, red potatoes, vegetable, lefse and almond cake. Program following by Pastor Grant Aaseng who was a past contestant on Norway's number 1 television reality show,…

Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center
3340 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $20 Adults, Youth 12 & under $5 (Tickets must be purchased by 5/10) No tickets at door!

5-7pm Thu. May. 17

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

5:30-8:30pm Thu. May. 17

Burger King Classic Car Show: Opening Night

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family.

Burger King - West Side
2833 North Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE to exhibitors and spectators

Age: All Ages

5:30-6:30pm Thu. May. 17

Painting & Popcorn: May Flowers

Calling all pint-sized Picassos. Join us for our next Painting & Popcorn class. 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…

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

Cost: $5 per child

Age: All Ages

6-10pm Thu. May. 17

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+

6:15-10pm Thu. May. 17

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

7:30-9:30pm Thu. May. 17

Live Music: Jim Phillips

UWEC's very own Jim Phillips comes to Caffe Tempo making his first appearance. Original guitar and lyrics to match.

Caffe Tempo
315 E Madison St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

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