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Thu. Aug. 1

US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship

The world's best carvers create one-of-a-kind sculptures with an award ceremony and auction on Sunday. Family activities & inflatables. Friday night features a social night with entertainment, sculpture auction, and pizza, beer, and wine. Sue…

Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum
1110 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: Thursday, FREE; Friday-Sunday, Adults, $6/one day, $12/event; kids ages 6-17 FREE

Age: All Ages

Thu. Aug. 1

Bloomer Community Fair

Live music, carnival, 4-H and FFA exhibits, merchant displays, demo derbies, tractor pull, and more. Parade on Sunday.

Bloomer Community Fairgrounds
9th Ave.
Bloomer

9am-noon Thu. Aug. 1

Kids Acrylic Painting

Kick summer boredom with a painting class. Kids will leave with a masterpiece of their own creation. All supplies included (including snacks). Kids age 7+. Instructor Jean Graegert has been teaching art classes for decades and loves working…

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

Cost: $30

Age: Children Age 7+

9:30-10:15am Thu. Aug. 1

Little Kids Make Music - Class

Children and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments in this class. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Concepts such as high and low, soft and loud, up and down are explored.…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

9:30am-12:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

Kids In the Kitchen Camp

Spend time getting to know cooking tools, practice kitchen safety and learn about where our food comes from. Each young chef will learn to create snacks and meals for the whole family

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf ROad
Eau Claire

Cost: $200

Age: Finished Grades 2-6

9:30-11:30am Thu. Aug. 1

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-1pm Thu. Aug. 1

Book Bug

Program includes time for games, reading, computer use, and much more. Stay for a short time or the whole thing, attendance will earn each child a free book to keep.

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11 and under

10am-5pm Thu. Aug. 1

Ebb and Flow – Water

The 16 artists artists are a mix of some of the most recognized local artists and some new to the area.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15am Thu. Aug. 1

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

10:30-11:15am Thu. Aug. 1

Little Kids Make Music - Class

Children and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments in this class. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Concepts such as high and low, soft and loud, up and down are developed…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

noon-8pm Thu. Aug. 1

Sense of Place: THERE - Song of Myself

Galaudet Gallery takes you THERE, where you can experience local and global artists exploring questions about politics, rule breaking and self. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry and more in realism, figuration, abstraction,…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Aug. 1

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

noon-7pm Thu. Aug. 1

Shark Week

This is Fairfax Maxx's favorite week of the season. Join us for shark fun and games throughout the week.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4.50 or Season Pass

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Thu. Aug. 1

Kid Kraft Day

A variety of classes will be taught by local artists on Thursdays this summer. Drop ins welcome. Limit of 12 participants.

Valley Art Gallery & Gifts
304 N. Bridge St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: 6 and up

1-4pm Thu. Aug. 1

Teen Animanga Marathon

Calling all anime lovers! Watch anime, play Japanese games, and try themed crafts during this anime event of epic proportions. Snacks served.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

1:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

In the Dark

Discover what the darkest (or nearly darkest) places hold with experiments and activities.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School age

3-5pm Thu. Aug. 1

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

3:30-4:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

Crafternoon at the Augusta Library

Paint glow-in-the dark decor to give your room that Galaxy Glow. All materials will be provided for this free class. Program is geared towards students ages 11-18.

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11+

4-5pm Thu. Aug. 1

Menomonie Public Library: Teen Advisory Council

Join the MPL Teen Advisory Council. Help us choose books and media, help plan programs, be a voice. Council meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. For grades 6-12.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

4:30-7pm Thu. Aug. 1

Steak Fry: Partners of HSHS St. Joseph's Annual Event

Adult meal includes beef tenderloin sandwich, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, and desert. Children's meal includes hot dog, corn on the cob, potato chips, and desert. Dinner served in-house from 4:30-7pm. Carry out…

Knights of Columbus
236 Pumphouse Road
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (tickets sold by phone)

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

Burger King Classic Car Show

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

Burger King - 94 Exit at Hwy 12
6124 North Crossing Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

Quick Start Tennis 3- Session 2

This program will continue to develop the skills learned in QS2 while spending more time learning to play and apply rules of individual or doubles play. We will also continue to use and develop sportsmanship skills.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $35; Non-Resident $40

Age: 7-13 or proper skill level

5:30-6pm Thu. Aug. 1

Quick Start Tennis 2- Session 2

This program is designed to continue the on form and fundamentals taught in QS1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, to keep score and develop sportsmanship. There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: 6-7

5:30-6pm Thu. Aug. 1

Quick Start Tennis 2- Session 1

This program is designed to continue the on form and fundamentals taught in QS1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, to keep score and develop sportsmanship. There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: 6-7

5:30-6pm Thu. Aug. 1

Quick Start Tennis 1 - Session 2

This program is designed to teach 4-5 year olds the very basic fundamentals of tennis in a fun and engaging atmosphere! There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: Ages 4-5

5:30-6:15pm Thu. Aug. 1

Tball For Tots

Tball for Tots will focus on the basic skills of running bases, hitting and throwing as well as many fun games. This is a great chance for 4 year olds to have fun learning in a non-competitive environment.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $30; Non-Resident $35

Age: Age 4yo

6-8pm Thu. Aug. 1

The Dabble Box Makerspace Late 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: 13+

6pm Thu. Aug. 1

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Nici Peper + Jerrika Mighelle + Bugbear

Nici Peper’s lyrics reflect the soul and honesty of their influences. Jerrika Mighelle provides an authentic experience through her style of honest, playful, and lighthearted banter that makes you feel like old friends. Bugbear features…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

T-ball Game Play

Have your children gain even more t-ball experience in this short two week game play program. Players will be split into teams and will play a t-ball game the entire hour. This program will focus on all aspects of a t-ball game including…

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $15; Non-Resident $20

Age: Ages 5-8

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

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

7pm Thu. Aug. 1

Cinderella (If the Shoe Fits)

"Cinderella! (If the Shoe Fits)" is an 80s pop music parody about self-respect that will have your whole family singing, laughing and dancing!

Cedarbrook Church
N6714 470th St.
Menomonie

Cost: $12 GA or $8 for age 12 and under

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Thu. Aug. 1

Colfax Music in the Park

Rain location is the Colfax Fairgrounds building on Railroad Avenue. Bring your lawn chair. Popcorn and root beer floats will be sold at the concerts. Annual pie sale by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group on August 15.

Tower Park
Main Street and Highway 40
Colfax

Cost: FREE

7-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 1

Music Over Menomin: The Cutaways

The Cutaways are a group of fifty- and sixty-something gentlemen who like to treat our audiences to a good time. We play a wide variety of music spanning a longer time period than even the drummer has been living. There is no typical show for…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Thu. Aug. 1

Self Defense - Session 2

Learn how to subdue your opponent and gain compliance in a self defense situation. Classes will cover situations including: front attacks, rear attacks, and striking defenses, as well as kicks, punches, open hand strikes and more.

River Prairie Park
1419 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $20

Age: Ags 8-15