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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Oct. 18

Harvest Moon Fall Tour

A self-guided tour, exploring the countryside and communities in Clark County. Follow the signs and explore any time. Pumpkin farms, corn mazes, greenhouses, specialty shops, cheese & meat shops, art studios, and honey & maple syrup shops.

Clark County

9:30-11:30am Thu. Oct. 18

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

10:15am Thu. Oct. 18

Little Movers Storytime

For babies that love to move. All storytimes feature stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required. Also includes parachute play, bubbles, and play group.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Babies

noon-8pm Thu. Oct. 18

Dancing with the Dawn

Enjoy rhythm, discovery, and explore Ed Abbey’s ideas about the wilderness inside and outside. Rhythm artworks show dancing and dawn and the idea of discovery is found in NASA’s current Dawn Mission to Ceres.

Galaudet Gallery
618 South Farwell Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Oct. 18

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

1:30-3pm Thu. Oct. 18

Monster Mayhem

School's out early, head to the library for monstrously fun games, crafts and contests.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School age

3-5pm Thu. Oct. 18

Dabble Box Makerspace 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. Self-guided exploration with staff on hand to answer questions.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-4:30pm Thu. Oct. 18

Introductory Dance Tap + Ballet + Jazz + More

Introducing children who are interested in dance, to tap ballet song and dance and more. Gain strong muscles while learning dance.

Jean Marie's School of Dance
31 W Spring St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $36 monthly

Age: 3-4 years +

4pm Thu. Oct. 18

An Introduction to Spoken Word Poetry by Guante

This session mixes performance, dialogue, and some writing in order to explore why spoken word is currently resonating with so many. Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator.

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

Cost: $10 registration fee

5-7pm Thu. Oct. 18

10th Annual Schneider Disability Issues Forum

Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year and a finalist for 2015 National Teacher of the Year, will present “What Kindergarteners and Canines Know: Lessons from a Life with Students and Service Dogs” at UW-Eau Claire’s tenth…

Woodland Theater, Davies Center UWEC
105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Thu. Oct. 18

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

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Oct. 18

Intro to Safe Dating

What are your #relationshipgoals? Find out about dating do’s and don’ts at one of these introductory sessions on dating safely in today’s world. Open to teens (grades 6-12) and their parents. No registration required. Presented by staff…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12 & parents

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Oct. 18

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

A Zumba dance party class hosted by Z. Vida Fitness. Bring some flat-soled shoes, a water bottle, and a sweat towel if needed and plan to have a great time moving and grooving to hit music from all around the world.

Z.Vida Fitness @ The Center
3701 East Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $6 drop-in, $25 for 5-class card, $35 unlimited month

Age: 7+

6-6:30pm Thu. Oct. 18

Bust A Move 1 - Session 1

Are you ready to get your groove on? Join this unique class and learn a combination of dance moves all while making new friends and creating new memories. All are welcome and no experience is necessary, just a desire to dance and have fun.

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.
Altoona

Cost: $20 Resident; $25 Non-Resident

Age: 4-6 years old

6:15-10pm Thu. Oct. 18

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

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Oct. 18

Junior Chefs

In this program, students will get a hands-on fundamental kitchen experience, learning skills such as reading and referencing recipes, ingredient identification, proper measuring technique and more.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $42, Community $52

Age: Ages 7-10

6:30-7:15pm Thu. Oct. 18

Bust A Move 2 - Session 1

Are you ready to get your groove on? Join this unique class and learn a combination of dance moves all while making new friends and creating new memories. All are welcome and no experience is necessary; just a desire to dance and have fun.

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.
Altoona

Cost: $30 Resident; $35 Non-Resident

Age: 7-12 years old

7-11pm Thu. Oct. 18

Ski Sprites Haunted House

The Ski Sprites are hosting their annual Haunted House. A scary walk-thru with interactive haunts, changing scares and a thrill around every corner. Not for the timid.

Ski Sprites Haunted House
415 S. Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 at the door, $9 with a non-perishable food donation, $8 in advance

Age: All ages, 12+ recommended

7pm Thu. Oct. 18

Spoken Word Open Mic with Emcee Guante

A free, open mic to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. It is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to…

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

Cost: FREE; donations included

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