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CONTENTS Create Happiness and Well-being in Kids

6 Eat Well, Move More, Be Well 7 Summer Essentials for Dogs


Why We Love Native Plants at Tin Roof Garden Concerns and Solutions as We Age in Place Funeral Services for Veterans


Dementia Risk Factors for Veterans




Veteran Memorials Throughout the Chippewa Valley


Girl Scouts: Inspiring Girls to Love Nature and Seek Adventure Food - Slow Down, Be Grateful


Cannabis Edibles and Their Benefits: A Guide for Beginners Chiropractic For Your Brain & Beyond Parenting with Grace





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Create Happiness and Well-being in Kids

By Sandra Anderson RM.,KT.,LUT, Life & Soul Coach Intentions ~ Life and Soul Coach Integrative Energetic Healer Spiritual Guide, Speaker


appiness and well-being are learned. Raising happy kids is certainly not easy in this fast-paced, techfilled world we now live in. Most parents or grandparents, when asked what they want for their children or grandchildren’s lives, respond: happiness. We want this for our kids so they can have adulthoods of meaning, purpose and satisfaction. Finding that right and perfect path can be mind-numbing. The idea of happiness, how to get it or make it, has filled decades of studies and research. Tips are plentiful, just ask Google. Fortunately, there is a road map parents can use to guide children towards emotional well-being. From all the research, the “science of happiness” has identified several habits that help make happiness a likely outcome for kids (and adults, too). 1. Attitude of gratitude. Gratitude feeds our soul, making us happier and healthier. Encouraging kids to share what they are grateful for is a great idea. Even the kid who is in the “crabby pants” stage can get better at gratitude with practice. Encourage them to create their own gratitude wall with Post-it notes. Every day, have them write or draw a picture of two things they are grateful for. Pick a place where you spend a lot of time, like the kitchen, to display them. The visual is a reminder of the good things in your life, and seeing it frequently, will help your gratitude will grow. 2. “Screens are dessert.” To have healthy and happy kids, research has shown that excessive screen time leads to an unsettledness and a less focused brain. Think of the connection of diet and health. Is it OK to feed children cookies, soda or ice cream all the time? Ahh…No! Let’s think about screen time as dessert as

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well. Inspire them to have a healthy balance of reading, exercise and being outside. 3. Practice kindness. Kindness is like a muscle—with practicing kindness, our happiness and the quality of social connections improves. Have your kids pick a neighbor or friend to bake cookies for. Kids (the younger ones in particular) love to be kitchen staff. They will return again and again, especially if they can be the quality control sampler. 4. Feed their creativity. Those who spend time and have time to create tend to be happier and less stressed. Encourage them to create their own storybook words and pictures, dinner ideas, silly skits with a friend, happy dances or songs. Don’t forget building forts on bad weather days—dining room tables and couches can become a works of art. 5. Be curious. Find something new to learn. We’re happier when we are learning something new and learning to grow as people. As we learn more, we become more creative. Pick a county or favorite state to learn about, or look into ancestry. Have your kids plan a trip that includes topics of culture like food, music or sports that they relate to. Now you can take these few tips and add your own to help create those happy and well kids by being involved in the process. It is doable, but it does take patience and humor. Pay attention, look at yourself (parent), and give. Resources: Mike Ferry - The Australian Parenting | 5

Summer Essentials for Dogs By Melissa Kullman, Puckabee's Eco-Friendly Grooming


t's finally here! The temperatures are on the rise, the days are longer, we’re shedding our layers, we are ready for spring and summer! The snow and blistering temperatures are behind us and we’re planning summer getaways, weekends to cabins, outdoor adventures and backyard fun with family and friends. In all the excitement, let’s not forget the changing needs of our best fur buddies. Here are a few tips and reminders as we head into the glorious warm spring and summer months.

Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitoes (Oh, my!) Yep, they’re back. As soon as we see temperatures rise, we will also see reemergence of ticks and fleas. Fleas and ticks are more than willing to share a variety of diseases with us and our dogs. From Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis to the dreaded Lyme disease, these diseases are sure to make you and your pet miserable and ruin any planned summer fun. Speaking of pesky bugs, mosquitoes are high on the list of pests that target your dog, too. If you need to move indoors to avoid being a blood buffet, so does your fur friend! Avoid traditional bug sprays for your dog because dogs lick and will ingest what is sprayed on them. However, do check out Wondercide brand products for help keeping fleas, ticks and mosquitoes at bay. Wondercide has a wide range of plant-powered products to protect your pet this season!

Sun Protection With all the sun in our future, it’s so important to remember that your dog can get sunburn too. Dogs 6 |

that have very short haircuts, thinning hair areas, or bad spots due to various skin conditions are at a higher risk, but all dogs need protection on exposed skin areas, like those adorable snouts. Use extra care when your dogs are swimming all day at the lake, sleeping out in the yard in the sun and on the boat. Check out Petkin SPF 15 Doggy Sunstick or Lucky Pup Dog Sunbalm—both are nontoxic!

Keeping Cool Summer heat is dangerous for dogs—they suffer from heatstroke just like we do! As a rule, never leave a dog in a heat trap. A heat trap is a space with little to no air circulation where heat can quickly increase: your car, rooms in your house, tents, enclosed plastic, metal or wooden kennels, or an enclosed garage or shed. It can take as little as 15 minutes for a dog to die of heatstroke. A dog’s healthy body temperature is 101°. At 103° heatstroke has set in and at 109° organs begin to fail, and sadly only about half of dogs with heatstroke survive. Minimize sun and heat exposure by restricting exercise and saving walks for early morning or later in the evening. Always offer plenty of cool fresh water, and consider investing in a cooling pad. Many dogs like a little pool time too: a small kiddie pool to wade through and lounge in to cool themselves. Warmer weather can be an amazing time to find adventure and make memories with our family and pets. Make sure to take the proper precautions and plan ahead so you and your pet can enjoy this spring and summer to the fullest!

Eat Well, Move More, Be Well

By Janessa VandenBerge, MPH, CHES®, Community Health Educator, Eau Claire City-County Health Department


right red tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, warm corn on the cob means fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables. Despite all the fresh produce grown in Wisconsin during the summer months, 83% of adults in Eau Claire County report not eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables each day for good health (Wisconsin Behavior Risk Factor Survey, 2015, 2017, 2019). Additionally, obesity and physically inactivity are local health concerns. Based on self-reported height and weight, an estimated 2 in 3 of Eau Claire County adults are either overweight or obese (Wisconsin Behavior Risk Factor Survey, 2017-2019). Additionally, almost 2 in 5 adults aged 20 and over report no physical activity (2021 County Health Rankings, 2017). Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast, enjoying dinner with your family, or walking the dog, the foods and activity you choose can make a real difference. Healthy eating and getting active doesn’t need to be complicated. Stick with a few simple and sustainable changes that most health professionals agree will promote a long, happy, and healthy life.  Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Choose a variety of colorful fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits and vegetables. Pack it as a snack for long car rides or even at work. Add fruit to your breakfast oatmeal. Add a vegetable to your stew, soup, or pasta dish. Check what’s in season to help save money.  Balance the other half of your plate with whole grains and lean protein. Make at least half of your grains whole grains by adding brown rice to your stir-fry dishes. Go lean with your protein such as fish, skinless chicken breast, or beans.  Add a serving of low-fat Wisconsin dairy to your meal. Enjoy a yogurt parfait for breakfast. Add cheese to your sandwich or make a smoothie with low-fat milk. Make or order your next coffee, latte, or cappuccino with low-fat milk.  Sip healthy drinks. Sweet coffee drinks, juice drinks, energy drinks, or soda are a major source of added sugars.

Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages like unsweetened tea. You don’t have to force down plain water. Try adding fresh fruit to your ice-cold water or even sparkling water.  Cook at home. Many processed foods contain high amounts of sodium (salt). Sodium is often hidden in breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, sandwiches, pizza, soup, and chicken.  Enjoy your food, but eat less. Avoid oversized portions by reading and following the serving size on the food label. Eating food off a plate instead of straight out of the box or bag will also help limit your portions. Another great tip is to turn off the electronics during mealtime to help you focus on what you are eating and fully enjoy the smell and taste of your food.  Move more, sit less. Eating a healthy diet is not the only key to lifelong health. Being active for 30 minutes, 5 days per week is also important. Move your body more -- whether that is walking at the mall, cleaning the house, or dancing to music! Any physical activity is better than none, so find something that you enjoy and can do often. By making small changes in your diet and your activity level, you can lower your risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Take control of your health today! It’s up to you—pay the farmer now or the doctor later.

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Why We Love Native Plants at Tin Roof Garden Native plants provide many benefits for people and wildlife, while contributing greatly to healthy soil and water. Native plants have adapted to the climate and soils of our mid-western region for optimal durability and offer the most sustainable habitat for birds, insects and wildlife. A plant is considered native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction.

Native plants require less fertilizer & fewer pesticides. Vast amounts of fertilizers are applied to lawns and non-native gardens. Excess phosphorus and nitrogen (the main components of fertilizers) run off into lakes and rivers causing excess algae growth. This depletes oxygen in our waters, harms aquatic life and interferes with recreational uses. The overuse of a limited number of non-native plants in gardens has produced a homogenized landscape susceptible to pests and diseases, requiring the increased use of pesticides. Nationally, over 70 million pounds of pesticides are applied to lawns and gardens each year. Pesticides can also contaminate rivers and lakes. Native landscapes provide habitats for wildlife and encourage the presence of native insects and microorganisms. These native organisms benefit plants by keeping them healthy without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants have a symbiotic relationship with the environment.

Native plants help keep the air cleaner. One gas-powered lawnmower emits 11 times the air pollution of a new car. Excessive carbon from the burning of fossil fuels contributes to global warming. Natural landscapes do not require mowing or very much maintenance at all.

Native plants help with water conservation. The non-native gardens and lawns require significant amounts of water to thrive. The deep root systems of many native mid-western plants increase the soil’s capacity to store water. Native plants can significantly reduce water runoff and loss of topsoil to erosion.

Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife, support pollinators and promote biodiversity and stewardship of nature. In the U.S. there are approximately 20 million acres of lawn, covering more land than any single crop. There are very few benefits to native wildlife from a manicured lawn. Likewise, gardens that mostly feature non-native species of plants are often of little benefit to wildlife. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other insects and wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources. Natural landscaping is an opportunity to reestablish diverse native plants, thereby inviting the birds and butterflies back to your yard. 8 |

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Concerns and Solutions as We Age in Place By Karen Hauck, Chippewa Valley Aging in Place


asks that didn’t seem like a problem a few years ago become more concerning as we age. Changing the light bulb, that when we were younger took more time to find than actually change it out, now takes planning. Now, we not only have to find a new bulb, but we also need to assess the safest way to replace it. Challenges can include poor eyesight, falling, lessened strength, or arthritis that makes the twisting of the bulb or the shade difficult. Because it takes a lot of time and planning, we often decide it is easier to let it stay burnt out, or we ask a friend or relative to help. This is just one example of the many concerns we face when looking to stay in our homes as we age. Aging in place is all about planning. Continuing with the light bulb as an example, while it may take a bit of extra time, consider investing in long-lasting LED bulbs for hard-to-reach fixtures and get help to install them all at once. Then set a reminder to replace the light bulbs in four to five years. While this does not take away the challenges of changing light bulbs, it does make it a less common task. That same strategy can be used with many concerns about staying in your home. We can make small changes over time that can make our home a safer and more comfortable place for us as we age. We start by taking those concerns and developing solutions for them. According to a study done by AARP, adults who consider themselves “Baby Boomers” or older have the following concerns: being able to move about their homes safely, being able to use the features of their homes, finding the help they need to stay in their homes, being able to afford any home modifications needed, and having to be the primary caregiver 10 |



for another person. These are all very important concerns that can be solved by looking at them one at a time and connecting with professionals, family, and friends who can help with the planning. Develop a “roll-a-deck” of your go-to connections to help you overcome your concerns. Start with assessing your home to be sure it will serve you into the future. Connect with your local ADRC or a Certified Aging in Place Specialist in your area— both resources will not only help with your home, but also have connections for in-home help for household chores and home healthcare. As you expand your connections, include your local senior center, medical professionals, and financial planners. Each of these will provide additional options as you find the solutions that are right for you. Keep in mind, every person and family has unique situations, and you deserve to be completely comfortable with wherever you choose to live. Karen Hauck, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Chippewa Valley Aging in Place, LLC. CHIPPEWA VALLEY


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Funeral Services for Veterans By Arnie Zimmerman & Randall Mundt, Cremation Society of Wisconsin


hen planning a loved one’s funeral or cremation, a number of questions need to be asked by the individual helping with the planning, which most likely is a Pre-Need Specialist at a funeral home if preplanning, or the Funeral Director themselves. All aspects of the planning phase are the same for everyone except in the case of a veteran, there are a few additional steps. The funeral home will need a copy of the veteran’s honorable discharge papers (DD214) to move forward with organizing any veteran benefits. If the veteran or family do not have a copy of this, one can be obtained with the help of the Veteran Services Office in the county of residence. The question is then asked where the burial of the veteran might take place. If it will be in a veterans’ cemetery, a veteran can pre-register themselves, or their family can do so after their passing. There is no cost for the burial to the veteran, which includes a grave marker or the inscription on a columbarium. The veteran’s spouse can also be buried in the veterans’ cemetery. However, there is a fee for the opening and closing of the grave or columbarium, but it does include a marker or inscription on the columbarium. If the veteran is buried in a non-veterans’ cemetery, the cost of the opening and closing of the grave must be paid by the family. The veteran is entitled to a military plaque or grave marker which is free to the veteran, but does have a cost of mounting or placing the marker on the grave, along with other cemetery fees. At the family’s request, all veterans may receive military honors at their funeral. There is no fee to the family for this service. If burial takes place in a non-veterans’ cemetery, a flag staff and small US flag can be provided by the county Veteran Services Office to be placed on the veteran’s grave. A U.S. flag should be ordered by the funeral home assisting the family. In a tradition funeral service, the U.S. flag is often placed on the casket in place of flowers. The

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flag is removed by the military honor guards and is folded, and then given to the family. The folded flag is often on display at a memorial service. It is the responsibility of the funeral home to organize military honor guard services, which might be local or from one of the military branches that the veteran served in. The family also may request that honor guards be present during a visitation or service and stand in attention on either side of the casket or urn. The funeral home may also display a flag representing the branch of service they served in. There is also a Presidential Memorial Certificate available to the members of the family which is signed by the current president. More than one certificate can be requested for family members and other loved ones. The family needs to be in touch with their local Veteran Services Office to see if there are any other benefits for which they may be eligible (i.e. if the veteran had a service-related injury). The local veteran’s office quite often reaches out to a family member after the passing of their loved one to answer any questions. Military service requires a lot of sacrifice by veterans and their families. Some dedicated their entire lives to serving our country. Honoring a veteran at their funeral or memorial service not only shows respect to the veteran, but also to their families and can be part of the healing process.

Dementia Risk Factors for Veterans by Shelley Krupa, Business Operations Coordinator Lake Hallie Memory Care


s there is a connection between a younger veteran's time in the service and their contracting dementia after being discharged? Maybe. Isn’t dementia or Alzheimer’s disease an older person’s disease? Yes, we know the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is being over the age of 65, but every person with a brain is at risk for dementia, at any age. When a younger veteran is admitted to a memory care facility before they turn 65 years of age, they’ve no doubt struggled due to an early onset of some type of brain injury-induced dementia. Veterans are significantly more at risk for a diagnosis of dementia than those who haven’t served. What are the risk factors for veterans who served? Traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, blast-induced neurotrauma, successive concussion syndrome, and depression. A daunting list, right? Damages to the brain resulting from stresses once a veteran is no longer in service can add up. While depression can linger for years, it often leads to drinking or drugs, damaging the brain even further. Lifestyle risks, plus their in-service risks, compound their brains for contracting dementia as veterans age. What about their diets? When in service, veterans are fed 3 balanced meals a day, comprised 50% or more of carbohydrates in the 3000-4000 calories/day. Those calories provided the energy needed for daily activities. Once they are out of service, the need for so many calories diminishes. Any overindulgence in carb-loaded meals and treats for comfort measures adds to the hidden causes of dementia. That slow icing on the cake adds layers to the progression of damage to the brain via a less than healthy diet. When they are out of service, daily exercise decreases. Coupled with continued eating of sweet treats, many veterans will find the need to loosen up belt buckles around their waistlines. Those who continue eating a higher calorie and carbloaded diet, like the standard american diet, will end up adding pounds, causing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. These all increase their risk factors of causes for a variety of dementias.



What can veterans do to prevent or help their brains stay healthy for as long as possible after they discharge from service? At the first signs of mild cognitive impairment, seek out a professional evaluation or research Veterans Against Alzheimer’s for tips on who to contact. Protect brain health by enlisting in healthy lifestyle changes. Revive the daily discipline of exercising - a 30-minute brisk walk per day is beneficial. Pull out the old uniform from storage and try it on for size - if it still fits you’re on a great track for maintaining a healthy weight. If not, and there's a bulging waistline or a BMI that's growing in numbers, retreat from sugar-loaded treats that aren't good for your brain. Skip out on the cookies, cut down on carbohydrateloaded meals, switch your meals to a Mediterranean diet, and notice if your symptoms improve. Be bold, brave, and do your best to protect your brain! | 13

monument and more engraved benches can be found throughout the memorial. Additionally, over 1800 granite pavers cover the floor of this tribute.

Veteran Memorials Throughout the Chippewa Valley By Johnson Monument


s Americans we owe a great debt to the men and women who have served our country. At Johnson Monument, we believe it is important to help local communities and individual families honor and memorialize our area veterans. Since 1917, Johnson Monument has completed dozens of civic projects to do just that, and several of these memorial parks can be found within just 60 minutes of Chippewa Falls. Veteran Memorials Throughout the Chippewa Valley

As Americans we owe a great debt to the men and women who have served our country. At Johnson Monument, we believe it is important to help local communities and individual families honor and memorialize our area veterans. Since 1917, Johnson Monument has completed dozens of civic projects to do just that, and several of these memorial parks can be found within just 60 minutes of Chippewa Falls.

Ridgeland Veterans Memorial, located on the north side of Ridgeland along Hwy 25 and Cty Rd AA, was completed in 2020 with the help of the Ridgeland America Legion Auxiliary Unit. Three large, jet-black granite tablets respectively display bronze medallions for each branch of the military, a sandblasted American flag, and a sandblasted Purple Heart. Several granite benches line the memorial and two walls also stand to commemorate area individuals who served in the military.



sided structure with the names and conflicts of the veterans captured, missing, or killed in action. This is topped with the bronze "Fallen Soldier" rifle and helmet sculpture. Three The Citizen Soldier Monument, along HWY 29 and HWY 27 in Cadott, is a great addition to the Cadott Veterans Tribute. This monument was created to honor the Citizen Soldierscurved-seat who showed courage and strength on 9/11, including all of the firefighters, EMT's, police officers, nurses, doctors, and anyone who benches came to the aid of those in need. Spanning over 14 feet long and 10 feet high, each side of this massive face the POW * MIA * KIA monument and more engraved benches can be found throughout the memorial. Additionally, over 1800 granite pavers cover the floor of this tribute. monument is hand-etched with scenes from some of 9/11's most poignant moments. Topping t

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Girl Scouts: Inspiring Girls to Love Nature and Seek Adventure G

By Missy Brozek, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

irls have struggled with isolation over the past couple years, spending long hours indoors, often in front of a screen. But girls are forces of nature, and they were meant for outdoor adventures. Time in nature is more necessary now than ever. Whether it’s a walk through a city park, a horseback ride through the countryside, or navigating the rapids on your kayak, time in nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention spans, better moods, lower stress levels, reduced mental disorders, and more. For over 100 years, girls have discovered, explored, and strengthened their outdoor skills and commitment to environmental stewardship through Girl Scouting. Guided by supportive adults and peers, Girl Scouts find the wonders of nature, experience the thrill of adventure, and challenge themselves and one another to reach new heights. Girl Scouts’ national outdoor programming features a variety of fun, challenging, and experiential activities that empower girls as they develop values, skills, and behaviors essential to effective leadership in the outdoors. In Girl Scouts, girls learn: • Outdoor Competence – helping girls engage safely and responsibly in a range of outdoor activities like practicing “leave no trace” and knowing what to bring to be prepared. • Outdoor Confidence - giving girls confidence in their outdoor abilities and helping them try new and challenging outdoor activities. • Outdoor Interest - helping girls find their love for nature and an interest in the natural world. • Environmental Stewardship - helping girls understand how their behaviors impact the environment and what they can do to protect the natural world.

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Eight in ten girls say Girl Scouting allows them to do outdoor activities they have never done before and wouldn’t have done otherwise—suggesting Girl Scouts opens the door to novel outdoor experiences. These experiences go beyond just providing fun. When Girl Scouts get outdoors, they discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges, develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and be happier overall. Screens have become tough competition when trying to encourage kids to get outdoors. Kids and teens are becoming widely disconnected from nature, spending much of their time indoors with their favorite devices in hand. For older kids, the element of challenge and adventure can be an excellent motivation to get them moving and exploring. Try these ideas to get your teens and tweens out in nature: • If your kids enjoyed scavenger hunts when they were little, encourage them to try geocaching. They’ll be solving mysteries, deciphering clues, and tracking down hidden treasures while soaking in the benefits of being outdoors. Geocaching combines orienteering, problem-solving, and outdoor adventure. Teens and tweens will love the challenge. • Older kids love taking selfies and snapping photos on their phones. Try setting them out on a photo scavenger hunt in your neighborhood or a local park. If you have tech-savvy kids, this is a fun way to get them exploring outside while tapping into their interests. Look up! Daytime: try cloud watching and see what shapes or animals you can make out of the clouds. Nighttime: find a cozy spot for stargazing and see which constellations you can point out. • Gather a group of friends and build a hammock village in a park or your backyard. A hammock is the perfect outdoor option for teens who love reading or listening to music! And you can wrap up the night with s’mores around a campfire! Continued on next page

JJ, a 14-year-old Cadette Girl Scout, said, “Even if I’m not in the mood at first, when I take my skateboard out and ride around my neighborhood or meet my friends to hang out at the park, I’m always in a better mood afterward.” Encourage outdoor adventure through Girl Scout camp! Whether they’re swimming in a lake for the first time, discovering wildlife in the woods and water, or hiking through an incredible vista, every outdoor adventure grows a girl’s “I’ve got this” attitude. Once they unlock that confidence, they’ll aim as high as the stars they see outside their cabin window. Girls can choose their own adventure with Girl Scouts. Learn more at

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Food - Slow Down, Be Grateful “Food, glorious food” is the first line of the chorus in Laurence Jeffcoate’s song of the same title. The orphan boys in the musical, Oliver, danced and sang while they imagined all sorts of gastronomical delights. Food affects every part of our lives, doesn’t it? It’s personal, comforting, social, familial, traditional, and spiritual. Ever hear someone reminisce about grandmother’s fried chicken? Ever try making a major change in your own dietary habits? Diet is always bit of a hot topic. The conversation may go, “What is your eating plan? Keto? Vegan? Pescatarian? Low FODMAP?” So many different types of dietary trends exist touting “good for you” or “bad for you.” The truth is that no one dietary plan fits all. Because we are all bio-individuals, while one dietary plan is appropriate for one person, or for a particular therapeutic regimen, it may be absolutely inappropriate for another. I strongly recommend working with someone trained and knowledgeable in the practice of using food and nutritional supplementation therapeutically rather than going it on your own. That being said, what and how we eat may affect the results of your digital infra-red thermal imaging, particularly when it comes to inflammation. Certain foods, additives, colorings, preservatives, etc. are known to stimulate an immune response in the body often as inflammation. Not everyone responds to these ingredients in the same way. Food sensitivities and current state of health may play a part in a reaction. The fast pace of culture leaves many of us eating on the run in the car or standing by the kitchen sink. This finds us in the sympathetic state. Unfortunately, digestion occurs during the parasympathetic state of rest and repair. So, not only are you not digesting properly, but your sympathetic nervous system may also be triggering an inflammatory response in your body. Eating in a hurry or mindlessly robs your body in so many ways. You miss out on the flavors, which stimulate proper digestion.

You may not be chewing thoroughly, which then, like the snowball effect, adds pressure and inflammation down the line in your digestive system and the inability of your body to extract and metabolize nutrients from the food. Your body is able to handle temporary bouts of inflammation, however, chronic inflammation in the body, whatever the source, has been implicated with acne, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, and even serious disease such as autoimmune disease and cancer. All the above only scratches the surface of the impact of food on wellness and your thermographic images. Here are some ideas to try in order to make a positive impact on your thermographic image: Eat whole foods of each food group, properly prepared to preserve the most nutritional value. • Select foods (not the packaging) with bright colors. Darker colors typically relate to higher nutrient content. • Chew your solid foods until they are in a liquid state, and likewise, chew your liquids like they are solids. This technique will help to stimulate your digestive system. • Avoid mixing meals with meetings or working at your desk. ‘Nuf said. • Can’t relax? Try sitting on the floor or the ground in a quiet spot while you eat your meal. It may help you switch to a parasympathetic state. • Don’t like to eat alone? Find someone to share a meal with you. • Give thanks for your food. This simple act is powerful in that you are stopping and expressing gratitude. A possible link exists between expressions of gratitude and lower levels of inflammation. What’s the bottom line? Slow down. Be grateful. Bring a copy of this article with you to your next appointment and receive $25 off the regular price of your screening. Thermography, or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a non-invasive, radiation free method of viewing the body.


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Cannabis Edibles and Their Benefits: A Guide for Beginners By Chris Buske, Wonders of Nature (416 S Barstow St. Eau Claire)


annabis offers many medical and recreational helpful benefits. Whether it’s CBD-rich products to calm the nervous system of stress and anxiety, or THC-dominant products for chronic conditions like insomnia and pain, this plant is helping many. On the recreational side, when used responsibly, THC can provide a pleasurable, euphoric experience which is an effective way many manage everyday stress and anxiety. Even though smoking is still the most popular way to consume cannabis, THC edibles are quickly closing the gap – you don’t have to smoke cannabis to get the desired benefits. A wide and tasty selection of THC edibles are now entering the dispensary market, including at Wonders of Nature. With specific dosage labeled on the product, they are easier to obtain and safer to consume. Ideal Amount Varies We’re all designed differently and have different mental perspectives, so the impact of cannabis varies. While one person can feel the effects of THC on just 2.5 mg, another might need 3-5 times that amount to get the same desired results. Dosing of cannabis edibles is personal with everyone’s ideal amount being unique to them. And everyone’s ideal effect varies: some people enjoy the euphoric high, some the intensity, and some want just the medical benefits.

the dosage. 2.5mg is considered a safe starting point where you may feel some of the euphoric high, as well as the medical benefits, but is safe enough to determine if you want to add or remove milligrams in your next dosage. Additionally, microdosing is a medical way of using cannabis where the effect is not to get high but only to receive the benefits like improved sleep or improved appetite. To do this, take 0.5-2mg of edibles and observe your body’s reaction – the goal is finding the right amount to take without experiencing the euphoric high. Mood or focus may also improve as the THC, and other active compounds, will still interact with your body’s natural cannabinoid receptors. At Wonders of Nature (WoN), in addition to our wide selection of trusted craft quality CBD products, we now offer natural, non-synthetic, 100% Hemp Derived THC Delta9 products that start at 10mg of THC per serving on up. Cannabis can be an effective relaxation and medical tool. Each individual needs to discover their own relationship with cannabis. There is no right or wrong way, just YOUR way! Our experienced and trusted staff can help find the best experience for you as you discover the benefits of this amazing plant.

Edibles are a different experience than smoking— it’s really up to you to discover how your body reacts to cannabis in order to understand what works best for you. With today’s edibles, we can dial in the dose and slowly increase to find an optimum amount. Retail packages, like those sold at Wonders of Nature, clearly mark the milligrams on the packaging, which removes any guessing game from the equation.

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Chiropractic For Your Brain & Beyond By Emily Smith Nguyen, Smith & Prissel Chiropractic and Massage


f there’s one thing we can all agree on, it is that the last couple of years have been hard on our mental health. There have been so many decisions to make and the potential consequences for each choice lends itself to an endless loop of uncertainty, leading to stress that tends to be stored as tension in the neck, upper back and jaw. Over time, this unrelenting pain and tension can result in disease. As a chiropractor, I often see stress present as symptoms of neck/upper back pain, frequent headaches, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and even contribute to depression and anxiety. Use of a licensed therapist and medications can be invaluable for addressing mental health challenges, but if you have never considered chiropractic care as a tool to help with these issues, I would encourage you to do so. In addition to relieving tension and pain, a chiropractic adjustment can help to regulate the nervous system and provide emotional and psychological balance. This isn’t a new concept; in the 1920’s, multiple mental health facilities were opened with chiropractic care being the predominant treatment used with great success. Unfortunately, the facilities struggled to get insurance reimbursement for this holistic drug-free approach and eventually the facilities were forced to close. Over the last 100 years, there have been a number of books written on the connection between chiropractic and mental health, as well as research studies showing positive outcomes.

system determines the extent of your adaptability, resilience and ability to self-regulate. There is also a biochemical reason as to how chiropractic can help with mental health: by triggering the release of “feelgood” hormones. These hormones include neurotensin, oxytocin and cortisol. Neurotensin neutralizes stress-induced pain, oxytocin boosts communication between nerves and increases feelings of connectedness, and cortisol blocks pain resulting from inflammation. This accounts for part of why patients can experience a natural “high” following their adjustment. But that’s not all. Endorphins, like dopamine, are released when we exercise or laugh, resulting in a better mood. These same endorphins are released when you get a chiropractic adjustment. People often report improved mood, as well as less pain and improved sleep—all without the need for a prescription! Medications certainly have their place, but whenever possible, it’s best that they be avoided in order to eliminate the risk of negative side effects. Chiropractic care is a great drug-free option for any age and provides a natural way to improve your mood, while also reducing pain. When it comes to supporting your mental health, it’s worth taking a look at natural methods, such as chiropractic, to help keep your nervous system functioning at its best. Sources: https://www.dynamicchiropractic. com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54709

A somewhat recent study concluded that “there was some evidence that spinal manipulation improved psychological outcomes compared with verbal interventions….The clinical implications are that physical treatments, such as spinal manipulation have psychological benefits.” This is entirely plausible considering that a vertebral subluxation (which is what a chiropractor treats) can cause dysfunction in the nervous system and interfere with the afferent/efferent messages going to/from the brain. The subluxations can also alter how well you adapt to the stressors of life that come your way. The proper function of your nervous | 23

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e all know that this past year was unusual and difficult in so many ways. Most parents spent a lot more time with their kids which was a blessing and also very hard at times. I think it’s great to remind ourselves – as parents – of a few important things. These lessons have helped me so much as a parent. I had a wonderful childhood, fantastic parents who modeled wonderful things to me and loved me well. They also weren’t perfect. Sometimes we think back and laugh about the things we were and weren’t allowed to do as children or the way they handled things. But they did know how to show grace. Grace is defined as undeserved favor, consideration of others, and disposition of kindness and compassion. It’s about love and mercy. We all need it. We all want it. We all need to show it. Here are a few things that have helped me along the way: 1. Understanding someone’s point of view: Have you ever been in a situation with your child where you reacted before you knew the whole story? Of course — we all have. Perspective is important here. So are patience and kindness. We need to remember that we don’t think the same way and that can be a wonderful thing. I recently watched an animated video where an elderly woman bought the last package of cookies out of a vending machine. She then went out to sit on the bench to wait for the train. As she looked down on the bench, the young man next to her started eating the cookies.

She was puzzled, curious, and then very angry. She grabbed her cookie as he ate his. When she boarded the train, she saw the cookies that she had purchased were in her purse. The cookies on the bench belonged to the young man! Perspective. We can be so sure we’re in the right, when we’re totally wrong, because of our understanding of the situation. 2. Stop and listen: We don’t always know the whole story when we react, do we? What a great reminder to slow down, listen and find out the whole story. Life is better when we react with grace, kindness and consideration for our children, our spouse, and even ourselves. Sometimes we punish the child who didn’t start the fight because we don’t take the time to listen to both sides. 3. Give grace to myself and my children: Which reminds me — am I being too hard on myself? Am I expecting perfection — or something close to it? What if we accepted grace from God, from others, and from our family? Doesn’t that overflow into “powerful, practical helpfulness” to others? It’s much easier to give grace to our kids when we can accept grace ourselves. If you or someone you know could use some support during pregnancy or parenting, the APPLE Pregnancy Care Center is here for you. We offer “Bright Course” – a way to learn more about pregnancy and parenting. You receive material help with clothing, diapers, baby items and much more. Just call 715-834-5254 for more information or an appointment. All services are free and confidential. | 25

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Tick Season is Here!

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Theatre Guild

theatre classes for kids

The Theatre Guild's 21st annual Summer Youth Drama Camp for kids 4 to 18 and 17th annual Shakespeare Workshop for Teens returns this summer. We are partnering with the Eau Claire Area School District to provide free classes (Acting, Dance, Music, Tech, Costuming, Improv, Creative Dramatics...) Brochures available online at or email at cvtgact@aol.


Hansel and Gretel Tickets are available at the door.

Tickets are available at the door. The show is appropriate for all ages!

7pm, July 28-29 Grand Theatre

4pm & 7pm, July 10 10am & 1pm, July 11 & 12 Grand Theatre Adults/Youth $5

Adults/Youth $5 715/832-7529

Warrens Cranberry Festival September 23-25, 2022

Opens Friday & Saturday-7am / Sunday-9am Phone: 608-378-4200 Fax: 608-378-4250

warrens, wi 8 Miles North of Tomah Take I-94 West to Exit #135 • Cranfest Marsh Information & Video • 850 Arts & Crafts booths all 3 days! • 80 Food Booths

• 350 Antiques & Flea Market booths all 3 days! • Gigantic Parade Sun., at 1:00 p.m.

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Opening August 2011!

Giving your children their best start!

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their best start! Accepting Enrollments for Where Caring Begins! is opening soon! Days Gone By offers one Summer Programming

Your child will experience: of the most experienced and respected  5-Star National Accreditation child caresummer leadership teams in handsthe Days Gone By is looking forward to an amazing filled with • Back-to-basics learning through play on activities, indoor and outdoor experiences, fieldtrips (2 ½John years +), Chippewa Valley. Sandi and Polzin  Licensed, Professional Teachers • Highest integrity nature walks, gardening, cooking, drama, sportsWallerius and so much more! along with Loralie welcome you and • Our Faith-based curriculum school age program is runyour by children a DPI-certified teacherto who is you. and look forward serving Play-Based preparing for good ol’ fashion withLearning exploration and imagination. • Intentionally serving each fun child will experience: If your school age kids are looking for aYour placechild to belong, a place to have • Warm environments  Enrichment Programs fun, and a place where you will feel secure, Days Gone By is that place! • Back-to-basics learning through play • State-of-the-art Call today for afacility tour and enrollment information!! • Highest integrity • Swim & gym  opportunities EC4T Partner for 4K • Faith-based curriculum experience: • Your Exercise child program will • Intentionally serving each child  Nutrition & Exercise Emphasis •• Back-to-basics learning • Faith-based principles Incredible playground • Warm environments through play to 12 years old•• State-of-the-art facility • Serving 6 weeks Serving 6 WeeksCharacter to 12 Education Years • Good Swim &ol’gym opportunities • Fieldtrips and activities • fashion fun! Where caring begins! • Exercise program • Sports and program •Philosophy Serving 6 weeks to 12 years  exercise Faith-Based • Incredible playground

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(in the EC Fitness building) 3221 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire (in the Gold’s Gym building)

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SUMMER SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM 3221 Lorch Avenue - Eau Claire (in the EC Fitness building)

 5-Star National Accreditation  Licensed, Professional Teachers  STEM & Enrichment Programs  Faith-Based Philosophy  Weekly Field Trips  Healthy Meals & Snacks  Social/Emotional Learning  Serving Ages 5K (completed) – 12 years old  Summer Fun in a Safe Setting





June 20-24 9:00-11:45am Ages 3 ½ to 6 (Must be 3 by January 1, 2022). Peace Lutheran Church 501 East Fillmore Ave. Eau Claire


Blugold Camps

June 27-July 1 9:00am-12:00pm Ages 7-11

If you’d like to advertise in the 2023 School’s Out, Now What Guide, contact us at 715.831.0325 or

ALL ABOARD to VBS at Our Redeemer!



August 15th-18th, 2022 9-11 am

Register at: 601 Fall Street, Eau Claire School’s Out, Now What? Summer Guide


Chippewa Valley’s Pediatric Dental Specialists Where lasting smiles begin!

Happy, confident summer smiles for the whole family! Smile all summer long with the #1 Best Orthodontic Practice in the Chippewa Valley! Schedule your FREE consultation for braces or Invisalign® clear aligners today! 715.835.5182

Schedule your child’s appointment today!

Your child will love visiting the dentist! Warm, welcoming & safe environment

Building trust & confidence at every visit

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715-723-2000 | Chippewa Falls | Eau Claire | Menomonie | Rice Lake

ks! Healthy Summer Snac MARY’S GONE

Super Seed Crackers Seed-crafted with a hearty combination of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and more - each serving of Super Seed crackers offers 5 grams of plantbased protein to fuel your lifestyle. Always gluten free and organic.


Organic Himalayan Pink Salt Popcorn Shouldn’t a handful of popcorn only have a handful of ingredients? Theirs has three: organic popcorn, extra-virgin coconut oil, and Himalayan pink salt. They make it with minimal processing for maximum snackability.

All of these great companies share the same philosophy that we do at Second Opinion by being organic, or mostly organic. Visit their websites to see all the other products they offer!


Cauliflower Bites Their organic Cauliflower Bites are bursting with savory flavor and packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Fiber. They are low-heat crisped to preserve the vital nutrients that keep you crunchin’ to the beat!


Coconut Maple Clusterbucks Organic, grain-free superfood clusters. Gluten-free, vegan, prebiotic, 3g plant-based protein. The tropics meet the tundra with the ultimate coconut and maple syrup combo.


Wilderness Pursuit Horseback Adventures

Open in May for 2-hour trail rides through Clark County Forest! Horseback Youth Camp/Weekend

Weekend Camps consist of cabin stays with emphasis on nature and horses. Cabins are comfortable and cozy, logsided sleeping cabins. Gentle, well-trained horses. A picnic shelter and small lodge are available for meals and visitation. Sign up today • June 18-19th, 2022 More dates coming soon!

Mother Daughter Coming In May

Check our Facebook page and website for more events and special days throughout the summer.

(Call or email for reservations) 715-937-5652 •

Starting today we can get you on the trail to having an unforgettable adventure.

W7448 Chili Road Neillsville | (715) 937-5652

GOD’S KIDS BIBLE CAMP 2022 Kamp Kenwood in Chippewa Falls, WI

The mission of this free Bible camp is to provide an opportunity for all children ages 8-11 to enjoy a summer camp experience. We are especially trying to share this camp with children who might not be able to afford summer camp.

Many different activities are planned for the kids at camp:

Crafts • Swimming • Bible study • Music Boating and tubing • Outdoor games The camp is compliant with all state regulations and maintains a low counselor to camper ratio. A certified lifeguard is on duty during all swim times and a nurse is on the campground 24 hours a day.

God’s Kids Bible Camp is staffed and funded by members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. School’s Out, Now What? Summer Guide


Moms on the Run:

Inspiring and Transforming Women through a Healthy Lifestyle of Fitness, Fun & Friendship You may have seen the logo around town on a minivan window or across the chest of a hot pink tank top of an Eau Claire Marathon participant: Moms on the Run aka: MOTR. It easily could be the name of a sitcom or explanation for the harried driver you see in the lane beside you. And that double meaning explains a lot about the organization of women encouraging their fellow runners to keep a healthy outlook through all the facets of life they are juggling. Eau Claire Moms on the Run has officially been up and literally running for over a decade supporting hundreds of women along their running journey. MOTR offers year-round programming with three official seasons: a Signature Training Program in Spring/Summer, an 8 week Strength & Cardio Bootcamp in the Fall, and Winter Polar Running. Their signature 18 week spring/ summer session starts again this coming April and culminates at the end of August with the group’s own 5k run and celebration. The eighteen-week Spring/Summer session offers the most structure and support. MOTR classes include coaching, optional nutritional challenges, and runningspecific strength training. They offer interval classes, endurance classes, and trail running groups. Interval classes include taking beginning runners (the Learn to Run group) from mostly walking to running a 5k at the end of the summer and offers intermediate runners a chance to work on speed, cardiovascular strength, breathing, form, and more. Danielle LeBarron, Eau Claire Moms on the Run Franchise Owner, notes, “Each of our groups have experienced coaches that help motivate and push each individual to the extent that they want/need. At MOTR, we believe that if you want to be a runner, you can be. We strive to help every woman to feel empowered to take steps towards a healthy lifestyle, and we know that exercise, accountability, and encouragement play a huge role in achieving this goal.” MOTR tries to help connect women in a way that helps them have fitness, fun, and friendship all in one. It also forces them, so to speak, to put class on their calendar and not just “hope to fit it in.”

Coaches follow up with women to make sure that their needs are being met and they are feeling connected to the group. LeBarron elaborates, “One thing that we stress at MOTR is that everyone is welcome and we are an encouraging, positive, nojudgment kind of group. We know that women have enough stress and battles in their lives, so we want MOTR to be a safe place where they can come just to be on the journey together.” Women need to prioritize themselves and a healthy lifestyle. It can fortify you as a caregiver, being able to care for yourself first so you can then care for others. Tapping into your known strengths, or those you didn’t even know you had, can leave you feeling rejuvenated and joyful about the other responsibilities that make up your family’s fabric. After being involved in MOTR for several summers one participant wrote: “I am continually in awe of the impact of MOTR because it is powerful, it is positive, and it really is changing women’s lives in more than just physical ways. When I think of the ripple effect through a family when a mom is healthy, confident, supported, and fierce in the belief in herself, it’s hard to comprehend the power of her positive influence on those around her. When I show up to class or to a race and stand in this sea of strong women, I can’t help but feel proud to be a part of it.” LeBarron sums up the MOTR mission: “Our goal is to help our women feel healthy, confident, and encouraged so that they can in turn encourage others along what often feels like an uphill battle. Running not only connects us to ourselves, but our neighbors, our community, and the outdoors at large. Taking time for self-care is never selfish.” Check out this website to register for a program or for more information on the local and national group:



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Butterfly House opens July 5!

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Summer Camps Rentals

Family Fun All Summer Long! • Kayak, Telescope, and GPS Rentals • Scheels Discovery Room • Nature Nook Playgrounds • 9 miles of trails to explore • And so much more!

RegisteR eaRly to save!

We are a structured fitness program for women of all ages who want to get in shape and have a great time doing so. Start where you are and run your first 5K, improve your speed and endurance or train for your next race with us.

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CHIPPEWA VALLEY AIR SHOW EVENTS Scout Display Area June 4th & 5th 8:30am-12pm All Troops will have Unit Displays on the air show grounds, showcasing scouting activities like knots, monkey bridge, Klondike sleds, or other specialties from their units.

2022 Camporee June 3rd - 5th Enjoy the air show and scouting activities, while camping with your Troop or Den!


There's something for every Scout at Camp Phillips summer camp! Session 1: June 12-18 Session 2: June 19-25 Session 3: June 26 - Jul 2 Session 5: July 10-16 Session 6: July 17-23 Session 7: July 24-30

Experience the adventure of your summer at Cub World! Session 1: June 17-19 Session 2: June 24-26 Session 3: July 1-3 Session 5: July 15-17 Session 6: July 22-24 Session 7: July 28-30



Get out & Sc out Cub Scout


Claim your Free Cub Scout adventure kit & learn more about joining scouts!




Scouting EVERYONE! in the Chipp ewa Valley for everyone! offers adven Our progr tures ams are open girls, from Kinde to boys and rgarte n through a School Fifth grade Night for Scou . Attend ting event to learn more Find the Pack ! that's right for you! Call: 715-8 32-6671 Email: Matth ew.Dienge r@scoutin Visit: WeAr eScouts.o rg

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Our overnight youth camps promise a summer experience full of memories to last a lifetime! Camp programs focus on cooperation, leadership, and sustainability.

Affordable rates Open to ages 7-18 *COVID-19 precautions will be implemented* Learn more at

It’s Time to Enroll in 4K for the 2022-23 School Year! Eau Claire 4 Tomorrow/EC4T/4K:

Eau Claire 4 Tomorrow is a 4 year old Kindergarten Early Learning Program offered to all four year olds in the Eau Claire Area School District. * There is no charge for EC4T, however fees may apply for families participating in extended services beyond the EC4T program day.

How Do I Enroll?

If you child is 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2022, an Eau Claire Area School District enrollment form must be completed at:, click Enrollment at the top of the main page, click Early Learning Programs tab, click on the green Enroll Online! Click Here! tab.

Rachel’s Place Early Learning Center 715-832-1414 x2200

KinderCare Learning Center 715-832-8099

Mayo CHS Child Development Center 715-838-3198

The Kiddie Patch Early Learning Center 715-833-9464

Little Bloomers 715-839-1050

Genesis Child Development Center 715-830-2275

Chapel Heights Preschool 715-832-2333

Eau Claire Area School District-Head Start 715-852-3630

Babes In Toyland Childcare Center 715-830-9432

Children’s House Montessori School, Inc. 715-835-7861 Color My World Childcare & Preschool Inc. 715-835-2060 Days Gone By Early Learning 715-835-1234

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The Learning Tree Child Care Center 715-834-5439

Redeemer Early Learning Programs 715-835-9207 Regis Child Development Center 715-830-2274 UW-Eau Claire Children’s Nature Academy 715-836-2178 Western Dairyland EOC, Inc. Eau Claire Head Start Center 715-985-2391 x1253

For information regarding EC4T, contact the Eau Claire Area School District Early Learning Office at 715-852-3608.

EN AVANT SCHOOL OF DANCE  Competitive & Recreational Programs  Experienced and Educated Staff  Ages 18 Months and Up

 5 week Summer Session starting July 11th  Classes offered: Mommy and Me Pre-Ballet/Creative Movement Ballet and Tap / Pointe Jazz and Hip Hop Modern and Lyrical Award winning Competition teams

Sharing the joy of dance in Eau Claire for 42 years

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