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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

7:30am-1pm Wed. Aug. 22

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Seasonal, locally grown vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, dairy products, meat, honey, maple syrup, flowers, and more.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Age: All ages

8-9am Wed. Aug. 22

Body/Mind/Spirit Class

Experience your full wellness potential through tapping into your spiritual practice, embodiment practices, creative movement expressions, and understanding basic mental health.

Anandaworks Wellness Education Center
320 Putnam st.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-3pm Wed. Aug. 22

Watercolor Classes by Jeff Nelson - Beginner

This class is for the beginning painter (see Winter Birch image for intended subject). Class will be limited to 12 people.

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

Cost: The cost of the beginning class is $50 without materials, $60 with materials (14" x 16" size).

Age: HS and above

10am-5pm Wed. Aug. 22

The Chetek Gang: CJ Conner, Bruce Marsh, Don Olson and Nancy Dutmer

It must be something in the water. Chetek, Wisconsin is home to some of the best and most eclectic artists in western Wisconsin. This exhibit will feature the work of four Chetek-based artists. No cost for admission. Artwork will be available…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-11am Wed. Aug. 22

Summer Storytime

Summer storytime and activities for children birth-5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

11-11:30am Wed. Aug. 22

Sky Stories: Planetarium Show

Aan outta this world show. Visitors will lie down under the stars and learn all about the incredible constellations in tonight's sky. 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

Age: All Ages

11am-6pm Wed. Aug. 22

Menomonie Farmers Market

Features local produce, meats, breads, berries, herbs, desserts and baked goods, spices, handcrafted items, arts & crafts. Kids activities, hot lunches, and music performances.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East
Menomonie

Age: All Ages

11am-1pm Wed. Aug. 22

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

11:30am-noon Wed. Aug. 22

Sky Stories: Planetarium Show

Aan outta this world show. Visitors will lie down under the stars and learn all about the incredible constellations in tonight's sky. 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

Age: All Ages

noon-4pm Wed. Aug. 22

Mini Monets Art Lessons

Come in and express your inner artist with our friendly staff who will guide you through the process of creating a finished painting. Mini Monets. Kid friendly instructions. Kids will paint on a 12x12 themed canvas. All supplies included.…

Craving Canvas and Ceramic Studio
2807 East Hamilton Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $25; Call ahead to reserve your spot. Advance payment not necessary.

Age: Kids Age 6+

noon-8pm Wed. Aug. 22

Sense of Place: HERE Art Exhibit

View how 42 local and international artists explored their Sense of Place: HERE using realism, abstractions, sculptural expressionism, botanicals, surrealism, wildlife and architectural photography, contemporary, artist books and other ways…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-4pm Wed. Aug. 22

10th Street Recreation Center Open Play

This drop in program has supervised activities for children kindergarten through eighth grade; children are allowed to come and go. While at the Recreation Center they will be encouraged to participate in ongoing activities. Should not be…

Altoona City Park Pavillion
10th Street West
Altoona

Cost: $50 for entire summer

Age: Grades K-8

3-5pm Wed. Aug. 22

All Ages Open Lab

Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather craft, make music, create art or play games, the Dabble Box makerspace has something for you. All ages open labs offer time for self-guided exploration with staff on hand to…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Austen in August

A celebration of Jane Austen; one of the greatest writers of all time. Recreate a Regency Era High Tea, play a few rounds of Jane Austen Trivia Bingo, with readings of her works in between rounds of bingo.

The Duke and Dagger
120 6th Avenue West
Menomonie

Age: All Ages

5:30-6:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Belly Dance Classes

Learn the foundation of belly dance in Level 1. Everyone is welcome to drop-in and add a bit of dance energy to your day. Each class consists of detailed instruction of two foundational belly dance moves, plus time to test out all the…

Dragonfly Dance & Wellness
308 N Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: Drop-in $15; call for monthly rates

Age: 16+

5:30-6:15pm Wed. Aug. 22

Butts and Guts

Are you ready to jump-start your fitness with a full body, calorie burning workout? Create your own intensity while receiving a full body workout with extra focus on abs and legs. Pre-register online or at the Altoona Parks & Recreation…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $25

Age: 16+

6-8:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Kids Drop-In Art Discovery Centers

Introductory throwing and hand-building clay class using wheel, slab roller, and extruder. Clay, glazes and firing included. Student choice of projects with instructor guidance.

Meadowsong Studios
E15501 County Road D
Fall Creek

Cost: $150

Age: Adults and Kids age 10+

6-7pm Wed. Aug. 22

Treatment Foster Parent Informational Session

Become a Treatment Foster Parent. Come for an informational session at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Community Services office. You are under no obligation to become licensed as a foster parent by attending this event.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Community Services
2004 Highland Avenue, Suite M
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-9pm Wed. Aug. 22

Durand Music in the Park

Live music at Durand's Memorial Park Bandshell. Check out their website for developments on which bands are booked which dates.

Memorial Park
2nd Avenue East
Durand

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Young at Heart New Optimistic Single Seniors Club

Young at Heart is a local single seniors club for the separated, divorced, and widowed. It's a chance to get out and enjoy social gatherings. Email or call for more information. Second and Fourth Wednesdays the group meets for a burger night…

Brickhouse Pub & Grub - Bar & Banquet Hall
2233 Birch St
Eau Claire

Age: 50+

6:15-8:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Summer Rink Rat Hockey

Ever Wednesday April - August. Mite/Squirt (ages 7-10) from 6:15-7:15pm. Peewee/Bantam (ages 11-14) from 7:30-8:30pm.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch)

Age: Ages 7-10 only

6:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Ski Sprites Water Ski Show

A Wisconsin tradition, everyone should spend at least one night at the beach, watching the Ski Sprites perform on the water. Concessions available.

Lake Altoona County Beach
604 Beach Rd.
Altoona

Cost: FREE event admission, but a $5/car Eau Claire county parking permit is required

Age: All ages

6:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Rock'N On the River Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday night at the River Prairie park in Altoona you can enjoy live music. Shows start at 6:30pm and food trucks will be onsite.

River Prairie Park
1419 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Wed. Aug. 22

Experience the Sound of Soul

Experience the Sound of Soul. Discover your inner guidance, healing for body, mind, and spirit, and a higher form of creativity by chanting the sacred sound of HU. Spiritual discussion and light refreshments afterward.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library - Chippewa Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8:30-10:30pm Wed. Aug. 22

Telescopes In Phoenix Park

The CVAS will hold this event in Phoenix Park if the weather is good. Start with the gibbous moon and keep an eye out for Mars and Saturn. Watch the CVAS facebook page for weather status updates.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

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