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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

9am-4pm Thu. Aug. 23

Watercolor Classes by Jeff Nelson - Advanced

These classes will cover techniques including washes, gradient wash, splash bleed, masking, dry brush, spattering. To register, please contact instructor Jeff Nelson.

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

Cost: For the advanced class, the cost is $75 for two days without supplies, $85 with supplies (18" x 20" size).

Age: Ages Teen and above

9:30-11:30am Thu. Aug. 23

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. Aug. 23

Mini Makers - Open Lab

They'll provide all of the string, beads, cardboard, wood, tape, etc. to create the project of your dreams, and then you get to take your masterpiece home with you. Drop in anytime during the two-hour window.

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. Aug. 23

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 Thu. Aug. 23

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

10am-2:30pm Thu. Aug. 23

Bridging Memories

For those living with dementia and their family members. Find joy and humor in your journey by bridging memories together. Assorted activities for all ages. Featuring Keynote Speaker: Jim Adams - Author of "Other Me's".

Kamp Kenwood
19161 79th Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE. registration required

Age: All Ages

10:45-11:45am Thu. Aug. 23

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. Aug. 23

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-4pm Thu. Aug. 23

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 Thu. Aug. 23

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

noon-5pm Thu. Aug. 23

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

1-4pm Thu. Aug. 23

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

1-4pm Thu. Aug. 23

Fairfax Pool: Superhero Day

Join Fairfax Maxx for a day of super hero fun. Super hero themed games and activities will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4.25 or Season Pass

3-5pm Thu. Aug. 23

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

3-6pm Thu. Aug. 23

5th Annual Smile Fest

Join Herbert Dental for free pizza from JimBob's, face painting, music, games and activities, and the Make a Parent Smile contest giveaway.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

4-8pm Thu. Aug. 23

Together Farms Burger Night

Burger Nights are a unique, casual night at Together Farms. Burgers are made right on the farm using their 100% grass-fed beef. Also serving slaw, fries, beer, wine, and more. Relax by the bonfire, check-out the farm animals, and live music…

Together Farms
W93 Norden Rd
Mondovi

Cost: FREE to attend; Burgers are $11-13

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Thu. Aug. 23

Open Mic Night at Farm to Fork Retreat

Farm to Fork hosts an open mic on Thursday during its Wood-Fired Pizza Nights. Pizza nights offer wood-fired pizza with locally sourced ingredients and veggies straight from their garden.

Farm to Fork Retreat at Dancing Yarrow
S193 County Road BB
Mondovi

Cost: FREE to attend, consult menu for prices

Age: All Ages

5-10pm Thu. Aug. 23

3rd Annual Grizzly's Pig Roast and Luau

This all you can eat pig roast will be held outside in the beautiful sunshine. Games, raffles, beer, and food. Mention you found the event in the V1 calendar for $5 off of your admission. Limited tickets available.

Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill & Steaks
4890 Golf Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 for meal + 2 beers; $30 for meal

Age: All Ages

5:30-6pm Thu. Aug. 23

One Day Wonders- Cowboys & Cowgirls

During this parent/child class you will enjoy a themed book, craft and snack! Giddy-Up so you don't miss out on feeling like a cowboy or cowgirl for the night! All Cowboys and Cowgirls are encouraged to dress in their favorite western…

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.
Altoona

Cost: $10 Resident of Altoona; $12 Non-Resident of Altoona

Age: 2-5 years old

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 23

Burger King Classic Car Show

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

Burger King - Hastings Way
926 S. Hastings Way
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 23

A Night at the Museum

Unveiling of the new Agriculture in Pepin County exhibit. Scavenger hunts for the kids and refreshments for all. Many other exhibits to tour in the courthouse built in 1874, along with a pristine courtroom and jail.

Old Courthouse Museum & Jail
315 W Madison St
Durand

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Aug. 23

Ordinary Magic Art Classes For Kids of All Ages

Drawing, weaving, crochet, painting, architecture design & Having Fun. Your child will discover, explore, imagine & create works of art.

Ordinary Magic
1812 Brackett Ave. Suite 6
Eau Claire

Cost: $25 per student

Age: K-15

6pm Thu. Aug. 23

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: AcoustiHoo + James Ignacio + Company Express

James Ignacio moves effortlessly from blues to soul to a more traditional singer/songwriter sound. Company Express use rich vocal harmonies over acoustic instrumentation. Bluesy, jazz-esque, or simply musical come the tones of AcoustiHoo,…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 23

Sounds like Summer Concert Series

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One's Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa River in June, July, and August. Enjoy a pre-show set from area…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6:15-10pm Thu. Aug. 23

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

8:30-10:15pm Thu. Aug. 23

Movies Over Menomin: The Princess Bride

From celebrated director Rob Reiner and Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman comes an enchanting fantasy filled with adventure, romance and plenty of good-hearted fun.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages