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CONTACT Phone: (715) 552-0457 Web: www.volumeone.org Email: mail@volumeone.org PUBLISHER / EDITOR / ETC Nick Meyer MANAGING EDITORS Eric Christenson + Tom Giffey ONLINE EDITOR Mike Paulus RESOURCE & LISTINGS EDITOR Tyler Griggs PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Andrea Paulseth DESIGNERS Serena Wagner + Janae Breunig ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Brian Maki ADVERTISING REPS Neil Hodorowski + Chase Kunkel STORE & PROGRAM MANAGER Lindsey Quinnies PHOTO CONTRIBUTORS Frank H. Robinson + Jen Schultz + Katie LeBrun SPECIAL THANKS TO: The third grade teachers and students of the Eau Claire Area School District. BASIC INFO The Holiday Handbook is published by Volume One – a locally owned, locally operated, and locally focused magazine. The Holiday Handbook prints 14,000 copies and is distributed to approximately 325+ locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. WEB VERSION Visit The Holiday Handbook online at VolumeOne.org. ADVERTISING INFO If you’d like to advertise in the 2015 issue of The Holiday Handbook, call: (715) 552-0457 or email: advertise@volumeone.org. © 2014 Volume One The writing, artwork, and photography in The Holiday Handbook remain the property of the authors, artists, & photographers. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the publication or its advertisers.

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handbook CONTENTS

greeting O P E N I N G L E T T E R ...................................................................06

frolicking Y u leti d e A c ti v itie s ...................................... 08

santa A ll T h ing s K ring L E . ..................................... 16

gift guide Lo c al G i f t s .................................................... 22

feasting Fe s ti v e Foo d . ................................................ 28

donating Lo c al S u pport .............................................. 30

happenings

Holi d ay E v ent Calen d ar .............................. 38

kids L etter s to U s . ............................................... 54

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Don’t Be Ashamed to Start Early

WO R DS : E R I C CH R I ST E NSON

kicking the season off on November 1 doesn’t deserve this much derision

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sel if you want to. Think about that! A dealt with it my way: Getting and stays I’m writing this, it’s mile of tinsel! ing festive. Halloween. Tonight is all about The point is: If you want the holiday But to everyone who starts comspooks, scares, and donkey season to last two weeks, you can do plaining about the cold, the snow, not sauce (I’m going out dressed as Guy that! If you want it to last two months, enough snowplowing, too much salt, how Fieri). But first thing tomorrow mornyou can do that! If you want to keep ing, as far as I’m concerned, the holiday the malls have their holiday stuff out the spirit alive all the year round, you already, and how the radio stations are season shifts into full swing. can do that! The holidays are a bright, playing Christmas music too early: Have I’m talking cheap plastic Santas warm oasis in the middle of the harshfun with seasonal affective disorder, I adorning my yard, a fruitcake I probest and most terrible of all the seasons. guess! The rest of us are out there trying ably won’t eat gently simmering the If you want to make that last longer, to have a good time, doing our best to oven, botched gingerbread houses, just do it, and don’t apologize for it. stave off winter as long as possible. perfectly-curated yuletide playlists, Unlike most radio stations, I’ve Because winter is terrible. Nobody that holiday episode of The Office been guilty of keeping my celebration likes winter. It’s long, it’s difficult, and where Dwight offers to clean a holiday subtle until Black Friday – the culturit’s a real hassle for those of us who goose he hit on the highway in the ally-accepted holiday season kick-off like to have fun and be joyful. But what conference room – hell, I might even date – by wearing headphones when I’m saying is: Don’t give up. You’ll whistle “It’s The Most Wonderful Time I’m listening to “Merry Of The Year” as I scrape Christmas Baby” by Otis inevitable ice off the windBut to everyone who starts complaining about Redding 12 times in a row shield of my deteriorating the cold, the snow, not enough snowplowing, too at work (one for each day Ford Taurus for the first of Christmas) or by watchmuch salt, how the malls have their holiday stuff of countless times. I’m gonna start celout already, and how the radio stations are playing ing Home Alone and eating candy canes in my apartebrating early; I always Christmas music too early: Have fun with seasonal ment at two in the morncelebrate early. And for ing under cover of darksome reason, I’m supposed affective disorder, I guess! ness. But I’m done feeling to feel bad about that. ashamed about it. A few years ago, when Starting Nov. 1, I’ll be bringing never run out of different versions of I was student at UW-Eau Claire, I cheer, y’all. So either accept it and different Christmas songs to listen to. remember it snowed on Oct. 13 and move on or get out of the way, because You’ll never run out of terribly cheesy while everyone else was whining when I wake up tomorrow, I’m a sleigh holiday Lifetime movies on Netflix and “woe is Wisconsin”-ing about it, bells-jinglin’, ring ting tinglin’ tornado about single moms trying to travel I walked up the hill after class to my ready to blow through town spreading across the country to be with their sons too-toasty dorm room, threw on Billie joy and merriment to everyone I come on Christmas Eve or whatever. There’s Holiday’s “I’ve Got My Love To Keep across – and I’m never gonna feel bad an endless supply of candy and treats Me Warm,” broke into some winter about it again. in the world. You can buy a mile of tinOreos (with the red frosting), and I

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Tree Farms

Nothing screams “Holidays!” like picking out that perfect tree, sawing it down, and dragging that lush evergreen smell of Christmas into your home. Anderson Christmas Trees N49531

County Road O, Osseo • 597-3509, Cell: 533-2864 Choose and cut your own trees at this 40 year-old farm. Precut trees available or you can cut your own. Balsam Fir, Eastern Balsam Fir, and Fraser Fir.

Lowes Creek Tree Farm

Caron’s Christmas Tree Farm 6760

Curvue Rd., Eau Claire • 878-4366 • info@ ctreesonc.com • ctreesonc.com Choose and cut Fraser and Balsam Firs, as well as White Pines. They have a local gift shop, Kids Corner, crafts, wagon rides, and more. Drilling for the Answer Tree Stand and Bailing is available. Fresh garland, wreaths, swags, and porch pots also available.

Conklin Tree Farms N 10595 State

Road 25, Wheeler • 632-2036 or 553-5364 • conklintreefarms@gmail.com • conklintreefarms.com Choose and cut your own or select a pre-cut tree. Balsam, Canaan, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or Black Hills Spruce trees available along with garlands and wreaths. We provide saws and tie down twine with free bailing, and help loading your Christmas tree.

Lowes Creek Tree Farm S9475 Lowes

Creek Rd., Eleva • (888) 878-4166, 878-4166 • christmas@lowescreektreefarm.com • lowescreektreefarm.com A 290-acred family owned choose-n-cut Christmas Tree Operation featuring the best selection of Balsam and Fraser fir, a warm log cabin Christmas Shoppe with hot apple cider and candy cane treats, handmade wreaths, and custom greenery.

Pleasant Valley Tree Farm N7240 810th St., Elk Mound • 879-5179 • pleasantvalleytree.com Create a country Christmas memory as you cut the perfect tree from our many fields or choose from our fresh, pre-cut display. Take a wagon ride through the fields to select from thousands of Balsam, Fraser Fir, Spruce, and Volume One 2014

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White Pine. Also featuring fresh Evergreen wreaths, roping, Christmas pots, nativities, and ornaments.

Smith Christmas Tree Farm 6202 Deer-

field Rd., Eau Claire • 832-3103 • smithchristmastrees.webs.com Featuring thousands Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs 6-15 feet tall. Also featuring fresh wreaths, garland, decorations, and refreshments including warm apple cider. Cash or check only.

Traditional Tree Farm 14997 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-5131 • traditionaltreefarm.com Cut your own or pick precut Christmas trees in a variety of sizes. Also featuring Evergreen wreaths, decorations and porch pots.


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Horse-Drawn Sleigh & Wagon Rides Fusing the travel technology of a bygone era with the yuletide magic and snowy weather of today.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Dec. 2, 4, 9-11, 16-18, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, and 7:30pm • Pick up and drop off at Gordy’s County Market/Chippewa Hardware Parking Lots in downtown Chippewa Falls • See contact info for cost • 723-6661 Tour downtown Chippewa Falls and through the beautiful Christmas Village on a horse-drawn wagon. Times are 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, and 7:30pm. Advance tickets go on sale November 28 at Gordy’s County Market downtown store. Christmastime in the City Dec. 6 • Downtown Eau Claire • downtowneauclaire.org • 839-4941 Held the first weekend in December, this event is a celebration of the traditional holiday spirit in Downtown Eau Claire. Enjoy this opportunity to create simple, special holiday memories that can be cherished for years to come, featuring activities including lunch with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, reindeer, the lighting of the tree, and much more. Cabin Ridge Rides 4271 220th St., Cadott • 723-9537 • CabinRidgeRides.com Wagon and sleigh rides through 400 acres of beautiful woodland scenery for groups of all sizes. Groups of 16 or more can enjoy bonfires, picnics and meals in the woods. Two pavilions allow groups to sit around the bonfire to toast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate. Private cabin and lodge parties available, along with a wide range of catered meals. Call for prices. Lowes Creek Tree Farm S9475 Lowes

Creek Rd., Eleva • (888) 878-4166, 878-4166 • christmas@lowescreektreefarm.com • lowescreektreefarm.com Featuring horsedrawn sleigh rides around their 290 acre family owned Christmas Tree operation located in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Call in advance for dates and times.

Swiss Shire Farm 626 19th St., Chetek • 837-1102 • Shire horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods in a three-person cutter, or a large sleigh that can accommodate 15 people. Festive bonfires and barn tours are also available. Call for hours and reservations.

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Sledding Hills

Nothing brings a family together like cramming together on a little plastic sled to shoot down a hill. Chippewa Fairgrounds Back Entrance Chippewa Falls They may no lon-

ger be serving cheese curds and cotton candy, but the rides are not completely gone when the carnival leaves town. The walk-in entrance to the grounds across from Irvine Park provides a perfect pat to safely walk to the top of a rather steep hill. Low person-on-tree collision rates have kept local kids sliding there for years. but look out, because they still like to build a jump or two at the bottom.

Drainage Ditch Run Menomonie It’s a

crazy drainage ditch on the southeastern side of Lake Menomonie that leads out onto the lake. It might be a lot of fun, but definitely watch out for the black ice.

Dunn County Snow Park Menomonie On the east side of the fairground below the looming water tower sits a hillturned-terrain park that provides local snow goers with a fresh spin on winter fun. Dunn County Snow Park, built and run entirely by volunteers, was once rundown and full of brush, stumps, and debris. Now beginner and freestyle snowboarders, skiers, and sledders will

A family tubes down a hill at Pinehurst Park, which took first place the category of Best Sledding Hill in our Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll this year.

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find a vast blanket of snowy hills where creativity runs freely.

Flag Hill Chippewa Falls Irvine Park

has provided a ton of fun opportunities for people of the Chippewa Valley, but many do not realize the awesome potential for its sledding hills. Venture to Flag Hill once we have gotten a decent amount of snow, and then walk to the edge of the hill in between the parking lot and the Rutledge manor. There is a wicked hill waiting, but it might take a few runs to pack the high grass/snow down before it’s super fast.

Forrest Hill (AKA “Seven Bumps” or “Dead Man’s Hill”) Eau Claire Right

next to the Forrest Hill Cemetery (on Huebsch Boulevard) on the East Side Hill, the slope is small and gentle with no major obstacles. (Just the thing for weak-hearted novices.) In recent years, its easy accessibility has made it a favorite among area snowboarders, but don’t be intimidated by them. If there is an altercation over a collision, they will have a hard time chasing you with their feet strapped to those boards.

Mount Simon Eau Claire This hill is known to be an intense thrill-ride, only for the adventurous and seasoned slider. It may not be Cool Runnings, but some bobsledding skills could come in handy. Usually constructed by area snowboarders, one winding trail could help you meet a tree up close and personal, and the other track’s gnarly plunge is not for the faint of heart, either. So bring a change of underwear, but be warned, parks and recreation does not condone the activities here. Oakwood Hills Eau Claire There’s a great little (unsupervised) hill near the Oakwood Hills Warming House on Golf Road. The hill is open Sat. and Sun. 1-6pm, and could be a pleasant alternative to some of the aforementioned and slightly more treacherous places.

Pinehurst Hill Delbert Road, Eau Claire On Eau Claire’s north side, the behemoth Pinehurst Hill stands as the mother of all sledding hills. This formidable giant was a downhill ski run in the 1960s and ’70s, but fell into disrepair and disuse over the decades. That’s about to change now that a group of winter sports enthusiasts called the Pinehurst Project is raising money for improvements. This fall they cleared trees on the slopes, opening up more space for skiers and snowboarders, not to mention sledders (though they’re on a different part of the slope). Look for more improvements in coming winters or visit pinehurstpark.org to learn more. The Flats Hill Eau Claire Look to the

left going down Pumphouse Road hill, descending from the East Hill of Chippewa Falls, and you’ll find winter bliss just waiting. A sledding hill for all ages and skill levels, this place is wide open, with little to no risk of hitting any trees.

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UWEC Campus Hill Eau Claire Feeling adventurous, or perhaps like getting flatout arrested? It has long been rumored that the most exciting hill in Eau Claire is also one of the most rare. With the perfect conditions, “The Hill” shooting down from upper campus gets covered with freezing rain then snow and becomes completely impassiblew. Mach 2 is potentially capable, but make sure to dodge the gate at the bottom... and the cops. X-Hill Eau Claire Just across the road from Chippewa Valley Airport’s runways, it’s a real treat when jets fly overhead, close enough that you can feel your chest rattle. A crisscross hill unofficially called the “X-Hill,” you can start at one of two steep, twin trajectories that cross each other at a wicked intersection before going off in any number of directions. This is never the same ride twice and the risk for some intense crashes is high. Consider yourself forewarned.

Holiday Tours Too lazy to decorate your house? No problem! Go check out other people’s hard holiday work.

Friends of the Symphony Christmas Stroll Nov. 22, 1-6pm • See contact info for

locations • $20 • 832-6366 • cvsymphony. org Tour six beautifully decorated homes and listen to Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra musicians perform. Join us along the way for some holiday treats from Saint Patrick Parish (322 Fulton St., 1-4pm).

Christmas Village in Irvine Park Nov.

27-Dec. 31 • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls • 723-0051 • chippewafallsmainst.org The Chippewa Falls Christmas Village is an impressive display of life-size Christmas scenes reminiscent of the Victorian era and local historical replicas, along with a dazzling display of over 60,000 lights. Opens Thanksgiving Day 5-6:30pm for walkthroughs only. Open daily after that 7am- 9:30pm until New Years Day.

Holiday Tea & Home Tour Dec. 6, 9am3pm • Tour starts at English Lutheran Church, 20588 Cty Hwy X, Chippewa Falls • $6 • 723-4231 • elcbateman.org Tour three homes decorated for Christmas. Tea and bake sale available at church. Christmas at the Cook-Rutledge Mansion Dec. 13-14, 2pm, 20-21, and 27-28,

2pm • Cook-Rutledge Mansion, 505 W. Grand Avenue, Chippewa Falls • 723-7181 • cookrutledgemansion.com Tours at the Cook-Rutledge Historic Mansion. Decorated for the season with handcrafted decorations. Previous years featured music, homemade dessert, and refreshments. Register in advance.

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Rejection Letters From Santa colorful correspondence between area folks and the big, bearded guy

Dear the Santa Claus, My name is Pierre, and I am sidewalk construction artist. I design all the sidewalk for North Barstow. I work very hard. Many bricks and textures. Very beautiful, like sunrise over hills of Languedoc-Roussillon. Now they build parking ramp?!? What the bullcrap is this? Now no one use my sidewalk! For Christmas, no ramp! People walk! People appreciate my sidewalk! Sincerement,

Dear Santa, My grandma says we’re already spoiled but we want MORE COOL STUFF! First, we want a new science building that floats in the air so you need personal helicopters to get there! And a ninja training building that comes out of the ground when you say the secret password! And an ice cream building that serves ice cream and is MADE OUT OF ICE CREAM! We know you can do this for us, Santa!

- Pierre

-The U niversit y of Wisconsin -E au C laire

Dear Pierre, Thanks for your work. Having an artist of your caliber come to America … Quite an honor. Here’s the problem. There was an agreement with the city, and winter. Let me tell ya’, we don’t get sissy cheese-ass winters like the south of France. Do you know how hard it is to carry a full coffee and a dozen donuts over two blocks of icy sidewalk? How about I get you some of those Segways. That will get more people on the sidewalks. Sincere-whatever you said,

Dear UWEC, Thanks to our new NSA partnership, the North Pole now has access to the National Gift Data Repository, which compiles statistics on what everyone got for birthdays, Easters, and other gifts. And your grandma is right! For Pete’s sake, a new student center, education building, and promises for a performing arts center AND a replacement for Zorn? Back in my day, college was just a math workbook and an old outhouse. I’ll bring you some of those workbooks.

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Dear Ultimate Spirit of Consumerism, You got us a DSW? And a Woodman’s? No you didn’t. No you did NOT! Oh my God! Shoes! And a crazy selection of cheap groceries! We’re freaking OUT! That is amazing! I’m getting, like five pairs of boots. And every type of curry paste we’re never heard of. Okay, next … I don’t know! Chick-Fil-A? Burlington Coat Factory? I just don’t know! –The Extremely Fickle Chippewa Valley Desire for National Chains and Franchises

Dear TEFCVDNCF, You know what’s funny? My thank you note for that Chipotle got lost in mail. Strange. Same with Dunkin’ Donuts. I just can’t figure out why you wouldn’t appreciate those after asking for them for so long … Oh, I know, because you’re IRRESPONSIBLE and CHILDISH. Sonic, Linens N’ Things, Outback Steakhouse… Chaps my backside, if you know what I mean. If, and I mean IF, you appreciate that DSW, take care of it, give it food and water, play with it every once in awhile, then maybe, MAYBE we can discuss an Apple Store. MAYBE.

—Santa

Dear Saint Nick, Please be advised that if you visit the Chippewa Valley after visiting West Africa, you will be subjected to a mandatory three-week quarantine in the old post office building. And if you are carrying any toys that make us think of Africa, stuffed zebras or giraffes or whatever, that’s a two-week quarantine. If you inadvertently hum anything that reminds us of Toto’s 1983 hit song “Africa,” one week. –Chippewa Valley Nurses

Dear Nurses, Oh geez. Here we go. You know I’ve been doing this for a while, right? I’ve lived through polio, SARS, Spanish flu. Didn’t infect everyone Christmas morning those times, did I? Give me a break. Hand sanitizer, cough into your elbow, rubber gloves. Got it.

—Santa

Dear Santa Claus, Hey. What’s up. I know… Look, I know I’m not as big as the Eau Claire River, but I meet up with the Chippewa River too. I’ve got a confluence too. I don’t need an arts center or anything. Maybe just a bench. Or a gazebo. Really, I’d be happy with anything. Sincerely, -Lowes Creek

Dear Mr. Creek, Aw, geez. I feel terrible. All these plans and discussion, it never occurred to me how that might make you feel. You’re right, you’re not as big as the Eau Claire River, but I’m sure we could out something together. How about a picnic table and one of those permanent grill things? We can call it “Confluence Junior.” Keep it flowin’,

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Behind the Beard

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legendary Chippewa Falls Santa Chuck Card chats about candy canes, carols, and fake whiskers FRANK H. ROBINSON

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or a quarter of a century, community booster extraordinaire Chuck Card has brought

Santa Claus to life in Chippewa Falls. Whether you attend the annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade (mark your calendars for Dec. 6 this year), line up to sit on St. Nick’s lap on a Saturday between Thanksgiving or Christmas at “Santa’s House” (aka the Rutledge Charity Building), or just run into him handing out candy canes on Bridge Street, this time of year you’re bound to see Card spreading the spirit of the season. “For me, it’s just seeing everybody having fun,” explains Card when asked about why he continues to don the red suit each yuletide. Volume One chatted with Card about his favorite Christmas song, what to do with crying kids, and what Santa’s beard is

Santa meets some fans in Chippewa Falls

really made of. Volume One: What is Santa up to in Chippewa Falls this time of year? Santa Claus: We do all kinds of neat things. Santa comes in on the day after Thanksgiving in a different way every year. We have a marvelous group of volunteers who give out ornaments. We try to make a different ornament related to the theme of the parade every year. The first year or two, we talked them into letting us use the Rutledge Building (404 N. Bridge St.) as a “Santa House.” They’ve been real neat with us in terms of letting us trim the place up. We have it looking like a Candyland inside. Every Saturday after Thanksgiving we have Santa there from 11 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Every Thursday night, Santa walks on the street in the downtown. Then the last four or five years now, I’ve gotten Jerry Way to come along on Thursday nights with a bunch of carolers and stop at restaurants and stuff, and people are just awestruck with it. The carolers can’t wait until the next year. It’s really a neat thing. I pass out candy canes to everybody I greet on the street. Last year we handed out 1,330 candy canes.

What’s it like being the featured attraction in the Bridge to Wonderland Parade?

What are the most commonly asked-for gifts, for girls and for boys?

That’s one of the most invigorating things I’ve done in my whole life. Two years ago we had 16,000 people there. Our parade is such that there’s only one Santa, and he comes down on the last float. It’s really something. Everybody seems to get fired up about the whole procedure.

A lot of electronic things right now that kids ask for, yet we still have quite a few little gals that like the Barbies. There’s just so much out there now there doesn’t seem to be any one particular thing that they go for like they used to.

Do you have a most memorable lap experience? I’ve got one little guy – they’re from the Twin Cities – he comes in and sings for me every year, and that’s kind of neat. It’s amazing. One of the first years we had this little gal came in with red hair and a green velvet dress. You run into some real strange problems. We had one little guy whose parents were separated, and he says, “I don’t know what I’m going to do, my mother wants me to be with her on Christmas Eve and my father wants me to be with him on Christmas Eve.” Do kids ever pull on your beard or poke your belly? Oh yeah, they try to pull the beard.

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What are the most common questions you get from kids? How do you answer them? Some of them are real talkative. They want to know where the reindeer are. I say they’re back up there are at the North Pole waiting for the big night. And then they ask me how I got there, and I say a friend lent me their vehicle. Have you ever had a kid cry or say, “You’re not the real Santa”? Once in a great while. I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve had my grandkids, one of them has been my elf for quite a few of the years. Sometimes these kids come in and they’re absolutely terrified with Santa. My elf helps me out. Sometimes they’ll go to Mrs. Santa when they won’t


go to Santa. I’ve got several hand puppets I bring along. Sometimes I bring out one of the hand puppets and that kind of breaks the ice. When you deliver presents on Christmas Eve, do you bring someone along or is it just you and the reindeer? I’ve gotta have help. You’ve always have to have an elf. Do you have a favorite part of the season? I would have to say probably parade night is the highlight of everything. Seeing all the kids and everyone enjoying themselves – their smiling faces and waving. I always tell them when they come in to see Santa that they have to be sure to wave at Santa or they can’t come to the parade. Do you have a favorite Christmas song? The carol that I’ve got my own part in is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I’m

usually busy handing out candy canes when they’re singing, but when they sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” they stop and Santa goes on with his little solo: “Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” What is the first thing that Santa does as soon as Christmas is over? Does he go on vacation? He sacks out. (Laughs.) I’m usually exhausted by the time I get done with it. I have some things I do on the side. We have a mentor program in Chippewa that really is successful, and Mrs. Santa and I appear at that. We do a thing at the library, too. Beards seem to be a popular fashion statement these days. Does Santa have any grooming tips? We had to get a new beard a few years ago, so we had a beard fund going. The beard I have is made out of yak hair. The beard and hairpiece ran about 500 bucks. One of the beauty shops here, the Styling Post, fixes up my beard every year.

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Appearances by Mr. Claus Santa’s PJ Party Nov. 14, 6pm • Oakwood Mall food court, 4800 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 715-836-0101 • www.oakwoodmall.com Get the kids in their PJs and join us as we welcome Santa back to Oakwood Mall. This holly jolly good time features fun activities, music, gifts, milk and cookies, and of course, the Big Guy himself. Please check in and find your seat early as space is limited. Check will begin at 5pm. Cookies and milk available. Make Memories with Santa Mon.-Sat.

from Nov. 15-Dec. 11, noon-8pm; Sundays Nov. 15-Dec. 11, noon-6pm; Weekdays Dec. 12-23, 10am-9pm; Saturdays Dec. 12-23, 9am-9pm; Sundays Dec. 12-23, 10am-7pm; Special Christmas Eve hours: 9am-5pm • Oakwood Mall, 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 715-836-0101 • www.oakwoodmall.com Santa made his way from the North Pole and is ready to greet children of all ages at his Northwood’s home located in the Sears Wing at Oakwood Mall.

Pet Photos with Santa Mondays Nov. 17-

Dec. 15, 6-8pm • Oakwood Mall, 4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire • 715-836-0101 • www.oakwoodmall.com Holiday guests are invited to bring along their favorite four-legged shopping buddy to capture an adorable holiday photograph with Old St. Nick. Dogs and cats only please.

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Stuff the Sleigh 5K Nov. 22, 10am • Carson Park, Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire • www.indianheadtc.org Bring any donations you would like to contribute to Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Feed My People, Food Bank, and the Eau Claire County Humane Association. There will also be a 50-yard dash Fun Run with Santa for the kiddos following the 5K Run/ Walk. Day of registration begins at 8am. Santa’s Arrival Nov. 28, 10am • BMO Harris Bank, 411 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • (715) 723-6661 • www. chippewafallsmainst.org It is always a surprise to see how Santa Claus will arrive in Chippewa Falls. Children will receive a special ornament made by Santa’s elves. After his arrival, visit with Santa at his house across the street. Santa’s House is open from 11am-3pm every Saturday until Christmas. Santa’s House Saturdays Nov. 29-Dec.

20, 11am-3pm • Rutledge Charity Building, 404 N Bridge St, Chippewa Falls • FREE • (715) 723-6661 • www.chippewafallsmainst.org Come visit Santa after his arrival in Chippewa Falls and share all of your Christmas wishes. Santa will be at his house in the Rutledge Charity Building every Saturday until Christmas. Don’t forget to bring your camera.


Christmastime in the City Dec. 6 • Downtown Eau Claire • www.downtowneauclaire.org • (715) 839-4941 Held the first weekend in December, this event is a celebration of the traditional holiday spirit in Downtown Eau Claire. Enjoy this opportunity to create simple, special holiday memories that can be cherished for years to come, featuring activities including lunch with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, reindeer, the lighting of the tree, and much more. WinterDaze Dec. 11, 4-8pm • Downtown

Menomonie, Main Street, Menomonie • FREE • 715-235-2666 • www.mainstreetmenomonie.org Downtown Menomonie’s Annual WinterDaze event - Visit with Santa and his live reindeer, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, sip Hot Cocoa and warm yourself by the fires from 4-6pm in the Clocktower Plaza. At 6:30pm watch the beautiful light parade down Main Street, followed by fireworks over the lake.

Santa’s Coming the Green Oasis Dec. 13, 10am-2pm • Green Oasis Gardens by Greener Grass Systems Inc., 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • FREE • 715-832-0800 • greenoasisgardens.com Join us for a great family fun day in our greenhouse. Santa will be stopping by to take pictures & color with the kiddos. In need of a Christmas Tree? We’ll have a great selection, along with evergreens for your front porch & fresh wreaths for your doors. Free treats and warm beverages to.

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ECLECTIBLES & WISCONSINALIA ECLECTICA ON GRAND, PRICELESS

Offering you a double shot of glitz and glam, Eclectica on Grand features a funky assortment of goods, including a wide range of styles in jewelry, unique worldly treasures, and charming antiques. 106 West Grand Ave., Eau Claire (715) 834-7811 • www.eclecticaongrand.com

ALEX & ANI® ( + ) ENERGY

LASKER JEWLERS, PRICES STARTING AT $28 Lasker Jewelers is honored to offer a full line of sustainable Alex and Ani bangle-bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings to adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit. These affordable pieces are cleverly designed for longevity – artisanal pieces to be passed from one generation to the next. Made in America, Alex and Ani’s mission is to make conscious living a way of life. 3705 S. Oakwood Mall Dr., Eau Claire (715) 835-5914 • www.laskers.com

MASSAGE SERVICES

DAVINCI THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, $50 - $120 Give the gift of health and relaxation this year with DaVinci Therapeutic Massage. Your loved one can reclaim their body’s artistry with one of DaVinci’s “healing hands” therapists. Voted Best Place for a Massage three years in a row by Volume One readers! Call or stop in to purchase your gift cards or purchase printable gift certificates through their website!

BIKES ,BOARDS AND MORE EAU CLAIRE BIKE & SPORT

Welcome to winter, where Eau Claire Bike and Sport has got you covered with their selection of new and used snowboards and accessories – perfect for adventuresome holiday gifts. When the snow melts, be ready to enjoy the outdoors with bikes, skateboards, roller blades, and more!

4714 Commerce Valley Rd., Suite B, Eau Claire (715) 379-1922 • www.davincimassage.com

403 Water St., Eau Claire (715) 832-6149 • www.bikeandsport.com

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WISCONSIN TREASURES GIFT BOX EAU GALLE CHEESE FACTORY, $51.75

Give someone a true taste of Wisconsin with Eau Galle’s delectable selection of Wisconsin favorites, including three varieties of cheese, summer sausage, jam, maple syrup, and a Wisconsin Cow Pie. They also offer a variety of other gift boxes available in different sizes and price ranges. Price includes shipping. N6765 State Highway 25, Durand (715) 283-4211 • www.eaugallecheese.com

HAND-KNIT INFINITY SCARVES AND OTHER GIFTS CARON’S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, $12

As long as you’re headed out to a scenic tree farm during the holiday season, why not get a little shopping done while you’re there? The Gift Shop at Caron’s Christmas Tree Farm features local artists’ creations such as these hand-knit infinity scarves. Caron’s offers a wide selection, hitting every style and budget!

GARDENING, DINING OR COUNTRY STORE GIFT CARDS

6760 Curvue Rd., Eau Claire (715) 878-4366 • www.ctreesonc.com On Facebook at Caron’s Christmas Tree Farm

DOWN TO EARTH GARDEN CENTER AND THE FIVE & TWO CAFÉ Down to Earth mixes together a full line of landscaping and lawn care services, a robust garden center, a gourmet café, and an old-fashioned country store (perfect if you’re shopping for that uniquely rustic gift). And the shopping experience at Down to Earth is a gift in and of itself, featuring a relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff. 6025 Arndt Ln., Eau Claire (715) 833-1234 • www.dwntoearth.com

CUSTOMIZABLE DENOVO GIFT BASKETS & GIFT CERTIFICATES DENOVO MEDSPA, STARTING AT $35

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP

Who wants better skin? Yep – EVERYBODY. Unless you were born with magically amazing, never-aging skin, odds are good that Denovo can help you out. With their customizable gift baskets and gift certificates, free consultations, physician-grade skincare products, professional laser treatments, and Botox and dermal filler treatments, the recipient of this gift will get their own bit of magic this year.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF EAU CLAIRE, STARTING AT $80 Are you a fan of those gifts that “keep on giving”? Well, buckle up because this is one of those. A membership to the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is perfect for parents or grandparents, especially with its newly opened second floor featuring exciting, brand-new exhibits!

745 Kenney Ave., Eau Claire (715) 835-2285 • www.denovomedspa.com

220 S Barstow St., Eau Claire (715) 832-5437 • www.cmec.cc

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CUSTOMIZABLE FAMILY PHOTO CALENDAR SHARP PHOTO, $24.95

What if we were to tell you that there’s an easy way to keep track of your days, weeks, and months, AND it features your favorite family photos? We’d be crazy, right? NOPE. Sharp Photo creates unique, customizable calendars that keep on giving all year round. Featuring 13 different photos, these calendars open up to 11” by 17” and can be easily ordered online. Get ready, grandma – you’re about to get a 12 month dose of fantastic family faces! 3306 Mall Dr., Eau Claire (715) 834-6588 • www.sharpphoto.net

TRENDY SCARVES AND FUN JEWELRY FOREIGN 5, $10 - $30

Foreign 5 has scarves to accent every outfit. Lightweight and colorful, warm and fuzzy, open end and eternity ... you get the idea. Prices start at $18. And don’t miss their selection of earrings, bracelets, watches, necklaces and more, with new items all the time. Prices start at $10. Perfect for gift giving! 123 N Bridge St., Chippewa Falls (715) 723-6389 • www.foreign5.com

ECLECTIC GLASS, GEM, BEAD & OTHER GIFTS LUCAS CLASSICAL GLASS, VARIOUS PRICES

Fretting over that “hard-to-buy-for” person? Relax and check out the unique gifts available at Lucas Classical Glass, featuring beads, metaphysical pieces, puzzle rings, claddagh, and more. With so many unique, one-of-a-kind items you can’t find anywhere else, you’re bound to find the perfect gift. They’ve also got the largest selection of stained glass and supplies in the area! 315 West Columbia St., Chippewa Falls (715) 723-7413

CUSTOM DESIGNED WALL QUOTE DECALS AND ART

WALL QUOTES, LLC, VARIOUS PRICES

PICANHA BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE GIFT CARD

Wall Quotes LLC offers pre-made and custom “wall quote” decals and art – surefire flair for your home’s humble walls. These decals are fully removable, keeping your paint clean and pristine. Check out the Wall Quotes website to try its easy ordering interface. A gift like this is sure to leave a lasting impression. Looking for a custom order? Just call to set up a consultation – or feel free to send a message through the website.

PICANHA BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE, STARTING AT $25 Voted the Best Restaurant in Eau Claire in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll, Picanha Brazilian Steak House offers a unique gift – delicious, authentic Brazilian food! Known for their Rodizio experience (one-of-a-kind in the Chippewa Valley), Picanha Brazilian Steak House is a fantastic place to treat friends, family, significant others, and pretty much anyone who enjoys a fun, tasty dining experience.

2425 Seymour Rd., #2B, Eau Claire (800) 720-1631 • www.wallquotes.co

5020 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire (715) 514-4802 • www.picanhasteakhouses.com

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND LESSONS OFFBEATS VIOLIN & GUITAR STUDIO

In addition to a wide variety of string instruments – from rentals and starters to fine instruments and bows – Offbeats also offers lessons for all ages and levels on a variety of string instruments and piano. But why stop there? They also provide music, accessories, and even performers for your holiday parties and events!

STORMY KROMER® ORIGINAL CAPS WITH EAR BANDS MULDOON’S MEN’S WARE, $39.99 AND UP

307 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire (715) 579-3016 • www.offbeatsviolinstudio.com

Seriously warm and comfortable caps for seriously cold and windy days! Inspired by a railroad engineer’s frustration after losing his beloved hat to the strong Midwestern winds, these classic caps are crafted of cozy, soft wool blends with fleece-filled ear bands for comfy fits designed to seal out winter breezes while locking in maximum body heat! 1506 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire (715) 832-3502 • www.muldoons.com

METROPOLIS RESORT GIFT CARDS ACTION CITY, CHAOS WATER PARK, THE PUB SPORTS BAR & GRILL AND HOTEL Give the gift of extreme family fun! Pulling together something for everyone under one big roof, Metropolis Resort is part family fun center, part indoor water park, part hotel, and part sports bar and grill. A Metropolis Resort gift card offers the perfect family getaway. Receive $10 FREE with every $50 gift card purchase. Available online; limited time offer! 5150 Fairview Dr., Eau Claire (715) 852-6000 • www.metropolisresort.com

HANDMADE JEWELRY

ROBERT GIEDE DESIGNS, $50 AND UP Treat your loved ones to something special with a custommade gift. Robert Giede Designs offers you heirloom quality originals like pendants, rings, and earrings – all of them created in-house by skilled hands. And don’t worry. Custom sounds pricy, but Robert Giede Designs has you covered on any budget. 2321 South Broadway, Menomonie (715) 235-7766 • www.setyourgoldfree.com

BOYFRIEND SWEATERS MAINSTREAM BOUTIQUE, $50-75 Get ready for the most comfortable time of the year! Introducing this year’s favorite fashion trend in a variety of fits and styles. Perfectly paired with your go-to denim or their fabulous assortment of leggings. 2857 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • (715) 514-1521 www.facebook.com/MainstreamBoutiqueEauClaire

FUSED GLASS, INDUSTRIAL & MID-CENTURY DÉCOR JACKSON MILL, $20 AND UP

Looking for a gift to make the entertaining season even more memorable? BOOM! Jackson Mill has just what you’re looking for, featuring one-of-a-kind fused glass or reclaimed industrial and mid-century décor. Imagine beautiful glass swizzle sticks and ice buckets for cocktail hour placed atop an industrial-chic bar with mid-century accents. The recipient of this gift is sure to be the party host everyone envies! Banbury Building 13, Suite 9, Eau Claire (715) 313-4664 • www.jacksonmill.etsy.com

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OLD FRIEND® SLIPPERS & FOOTWEAR MULDOON’S MEN’S WEAR Your feet deserve something nice this year. May we suggest an awesomely warm and comfortable pair of easy-on-easy-off 100% Sheepskin slippers, or moccasinstyled shoes with soft suede soles? Old Friend® slippers and footwear are versatile and comfy for knocking around the house, or for those bone-chilling trips outside. This is high quality, functional footwear that’s truly a delight to wear. 1506 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire (715) 832-3502 • www.muldoons.com

ORIGINAL ART SCARVES

M’ANTIQUES

RIVER TRADER ANTIQUES, PRICELESS

B-FRAMED GALLERIES, $250

River Trader Antiques features an array of local antiques on the manly side (m’antiques) that would make even Paul Bunyan proud. Don’t forget to check out the sports memorabilia and Americana – perfect for any man cave.

Wrap yourself up in an “Art Scarf” made by Wisconsin artist Bud Wall. 100% silk, hand rolled edges, beautiful to wear or even frame! Quantities are limited to 50 of each design, with six designs available. Matching artwork by the artist is also available.

110 West Grand Ave., Eau Claire (715) 836-7397 • www.rivertraderantiques.com

313 South Barstow St., Eau Claire (715) 832-4476 • www.bframed.com

HOUSE CLEANING GIFT CERTIFICATE ABSOLUTELY TAYLOR MAID, $55 AND UP

HOLIDAY SEASON BASKET MARIEKE GOUDA, $85 People, this is Wisconsin. You can’t go wrong with the gift of cheese. This gift box features your choice of four 6 oz. wedges of award-winning, handcrafted, farmstead Marieke Gouda alongside a bottle of local wine, snack sticks, fine chocolate, and specialty crackers. Order before December 13 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. (Shipping is included. Ice packs not included in total price and wedge weight is approximate.)

When your loved ones have all the neck ties and lavender bodywash they can handle, then it’s time to get creative! Get them a gift certificate for a house cleaning from Absolutely Taylor Maid. This locally owned company provides the needed cleaning supplies, they guarantee their work, they’re licensed and insured, AND their products are safe for children and pets. Seriously, who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of a clean house? (715) 828-0113 • www.absolutelytaylormaid.com

200 W. Liberty Dr., Thorp (715) 669-5230 • www.mariekegouda.com

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RELAXING GIFT BASKET & GIFT CERTIFICATES LOTUS SPA, VARIOUS PRICES

The holidays can be a pretty stressful time, but you can be a loved one’s hero by offering the gift of relaxation. Lotus Spa’s gift baskets are filled with luxurious products sure to help ease the stresses of everyday life, not to mention the post-holiday wrap up. Perfect for friends, family, or that special person in your life. Gift Certificates are also available on Lotus Spa’s website. 4956 Bullis Farm Rd., Eau Claire (715) 835-1100 • www.lotusspaeauclaire.com

GIFT CARDS

OAKWOOD MALL, $10+ You can have it all on one little card! Shop, dine, or indulge at over 100 retailers and restaurants at Oakwood Mall with your Shop Etc.™ Mall Gift Card. Available at the selfserve kiosk in the JCPenney wing. Hwy. 53 & Golf Rd., Eau Claire (715) 836-0101 • www.oakwoodmall.com

WISCONSIN STONEWARE THE LOCAL STORE, $24, $28 BOWL These beautiful stoneware pieces are designed in-house and made in Wisconsin by our local partner, Sunset Hill Stoneware. They’re hand-thrown pottery pieces that are hand-adhered, hand-dipped in glaze, and well you get it - completely made by hand. Happiness is a “state” of mind. Enjoy sipping your tasty beverage out of a unique mug that makes you happy! 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire (715) 552-0457 • www.volumeone.org

AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY SILVER FEATHER, $25 AND UP

Personalize your jewelry collection with gorgeous handcrafted American Indian jewelry. Silver Feather features one-of-akind pieces, many different shades of turquoise, and a huge variety of stones and shells set in sterling silver. Come see what their incredible silversmiths can do while supporting American craftsmen. 126 S Barstow St., Eau Claire (715) 832-3055

MAKE OLD FAMILY MEMORIES NEW AGAIN THOMAS VIDEO STUDIO

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Those treasured photos, slides, movie films, videotapes, memory cards and audio recordings are deteriorating over time. Even today’s storage technologies can become misplaced or accidentally deleted. Since 1980, Thomas Video Studio has made these old memories new again by professionally duplicating them to Digital Media, DVD or CD. Call or stop-in to visit with them, and you’ll discover why thousands of customers have trusted them with their family’s precious memories! 3621 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire (715) 832-4349 • www.ThomasVideoStudio.com

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Sweet Stuff Buttercream Cakes & Desserts 2751 London Rd. • 832-4048 • buttercream. eauclaire@gmail.com • buttercream.info Cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, desserts, and much more. Cadott Bakery 334 North Main St.,

Cadott • 289-4288 • Find this business on Facebook An old-fashioned bakery specializing in donuts, muffins, cupcakes and cakes, breads, buns, and more! Try their horseshoe donuts and new Jumbo muffins.

Chippewa River Dessert Co. 271-8857 • Find this business on Facebook Featuring European desserts, cakes, pastries, and more confections. Dairyland Delights 3375 Kothlow Ave.

Suite #15, Menomonie • 231-7551 • bakery@dairylanddelights.com • dairylanddelights.com Hand-made cakes including sheet cakes and one of the best cheesecakes you’ll ever taste.

Dessert First Bakery Café Inside

Awards & More at 2425 Seymour Rd. • 8338440 // Inside Avalon Floral at 506 Water St. • 838-8880 • getdessertfirst.com Famous for its multitude of many-flavored cupcakes, this bakery also offers homemade cookies, muffins, scones, and other sweets.

The French Press 2823 London Rd. •

Dessert First cupcakes 271-7680 • thefrenchpresseauclaire.com A cafe, bakery, and catering service offering fresh, made from scratch, high quality products that will satisfy customers’ pallets.

Gladys’ Dazzling Desserts 235-4929 (home), 309-8117 (cell) • gladysdazzlingdesserts@gmail.com Famous for her dazzling chocolate misty mint treasures and Czech kolaches. Hand-made from scratch, award winning, one-of-a-kind treats including mini bundt cakes, tarts, pies and a variety of bars. Grandma Ginna’s Located inside Scheels

at the Oakwood Mall, 4710 Golf Rd. Serving Starbucks coffee, plus fudge and other treats.

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Southtowne Pl. • 552-8000 • greatharvestbreadeauclaire.com Freshly baked every morning, Great Harvest Bread Company uses quality whole wheat from local farms to craft a variety of breads and sweets with no added chemicals or preservatives.

Jenuine Edible Creations 513-9244 •

orders@jenuineenterprises.com • JenuineEnterprises.com • Traditional wedding cakes, fruit bouquets, bars, fondant, and more.

Main Street Cafe 1418 Main St., Bloomer

• 568-2233 • donnie@mainstreetcafe.com • mainstreetcafe.com Featuring pies, sheet pies, tart pies, wedding pies, and other sweets including scotch-a-roos, brownies, cookies, muffins, doughnuts, apple dump-


lings, and pumpkin bars.

Marion’s Legacy 632 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-2580 • Find this business on Facebook A coffee shop with fresh homemade items including Legacy Chocolates truffles.

Norske Nook Bakeries At Northwoods Brewpub at 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr. • 552-0510 • eauclaire@norskenook.com // 13804 7th St., Osseo • 597-3069 and (800) 294-6665 • osseo@norskenook.com • norskenook.com Norske Nook bakery offers an assortment of baked goods, including muffins, breads, cookies, lefse, tortes, cheesecakes, and, of course, homemade pie. Sue’s Deluxe Bake Shop 1319 Birch St,

Eau Claire • 552-3931 A neighborhood favorite, Sue’s homemade items include bars, sweet rolls, cookies, and cakes. Take home a pack of the savory onion rolls, try their Custard Angel Food Cake made from scratch, or come in Thursdays for their meat-filled pasties.

Sweet & Savory 930 Galloway St. Building 13 • 703-0388 This self described “cookie shop” offers coffee, lattes, smoothies, and hot chocolate as well as baked goods and a limited lunch. The Chocolate Shoppe 3636 Melby St.,

Chippewa Falls • 836-0909 This casual, family-friendly shop will surely satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

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Help Them Help Others

Here are some of the Chippewa Valley’s many organizations working to help those in need. They’ll accept money, food, special items, or your time as a volunteer.

thearceauclaire.com Advocating for the rights of citizens with cognitive disabilities. Volunteer in the office or donate.

be a receptionist, provide child care services or transportation. Donate money, clothes and household essentials.

Beacon House (Interfaith Hospitality Network) 309 E. Lake St., Eau Claire •

Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley 201 E. Lake St., Eau Claire

834-4357 • ecihn@sbcglobal.net • beaconhouse.org A facility in downtown Eau Claire where the homeless can stay while seeking employment and housing. Please donate.

Beaver Creek Reserve S1 County High-

American Cancer Society 2519 N Hill-

way K, Fall Creek • 877-2212 • beavercreekreserve.org They provide programs, activities, and experiences to help people of all ages explore the natural world. Donate money and/or your time to assist the staff and naturalists run the reserve. Help with anything from answering phones to maintaining trails.

American Red Cross - Altoona 3728

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin 424 Galloway St.,

crest Pkwy Ste 100, Altoona • 832-0181 • cancer.org ACS are a nationwide, yet community based voluntary health organization.

Spooner Ave., Altoona • (877) 618-6628 • redcrossww.org Donate money, blood, or volunteer.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center 3485 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire

• (800) 733-2767 • redcrossblood.org Offering many charitable services. Check out the website for blood drive information, more donation sites and available appointment times. Donate money, blood, or volunteer.

Arc Eau Claire 800 Wisconsin St., Bldg D02, Suite 318, Eau Claire • 514-1825 •

• 855-0081 • cvclubs.org Established in 2001, “The Club” provides a place for kids to go after school and during vacations to get positive reinforcement in an open and safe environment. Whether it’s playing games, providing homework help, or just talking to the kids, volunteering makes a difference. Donations are always accepted.

Catholic Charities 448 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • 832-6644 • eauclaire@cclse.org • cclse.org Providing a plethora of public services for many years, they function mostly on the support of the community to continue to do so. Donate or volunteer. Children’s Hospital of WisconsinCommunity Services 2004 Highland

Eau Claire • 835-0161 • info@bbbsnw. org • bbbsnw.org Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported one-toone relationships. Donate or volunteer to be a “Big,” helping your “Little” better their life and relationships.

Ave., Suite N, Eau Claire • 835-5915 • chw. org They are the largest private, nonprofit provider of child welfare services in Wisconsin. Donate money, toys, art supplies, merchandise to be auctioned off, or volunteer.

Bolton Refuge House 807 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire • 834-0628 • boltonrefugehouse@yahoo.com • BoltonRefuge.com A nonprofit organization designed to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteer to

Children’s Museum of Eau Claire 220 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 832-5437 • info@cmec.cc • cmec.cc The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is a non-profit organization that provides an interactive environment for children and their

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Beacon House Offers Families Shelter From the Cold

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bright light of hope for Chippewa Valley families who find themselves homeless. The shelter, a collaborative effort among more than 20 local religious congregations, put a roof over the heads of 41 families last year alone. We talked to executive director Kelly Christianson about Beacon House and how you can help it, both during the holidays and year-round. There are a number of shelters for the homeless in the Chippewa Valley. What sets Beacon House apart? Beacon House is volunteer driven: Over 400 volunteers from over 20 area congregations provide over 8,000 hours annually. Volunteers staff the Beacon House from 8:30pm to 7:30am every night. The volunteers also provide a hot evening meal and items for their lunches. The Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network spent less than $100 on food last year to feed three meals a day to six families. We also provide case management for families while they are in shelter as well as for six months after they leave to help them find and maintain housing and employment as well as address other barriers that may be affecting their stability.

Beacon House How has demand for those services changed in recent years? We have been full since about 2008. We have five to 20 families to choose from when we have one room open. We make our decisions based off of the situation of the children. Children who are most vulnerable get served first. Sleeping in a car makes you more vulnerable than sleeping in an overcrowded situation.

What kind of donations – time, money, or other things – does Beacon House need during the holidays (or, for that matter, for the rest of the year)?

How was Beacon House started?

Beacon House was started back in 1995. We are part of a national organization called Family Promise. There are 180 affiliates nationwide. We originally started with our families rotating to a different church each week. In 1999 we purchased the building we are in and opened the doors in 2001. The volunteers maintained their commitment. So instead of our families rotating from church to church each week, the churches rotate to us.

Who makes use of your services?

Most of our families are single moms in their early 20s with about two children, The average family size is just over three. Most adults have no education beyond high school and a disproportionate amount have no high school diploma. All of our families have children. We also serve two-parent, blended, and multigenerational families as well as same-sex couples with children.

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Money is best! We can then put that where it is needed! Volunteers are always needed; volunteering through your place of worship is the easiest if you have one. We can make arrangements if you don’t. We utilize volunteers mostly for the meals and overnights but do have some other opportunities. As for donations, diapers, wipes, cleaning products, laundry soap and baskets, dryer sheets, gas cards, and bus passes are needed. Our website (www.beaconhouse.org) also has a wish list that is more comprehensive than this.


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grown-ups in the Chippewa Valley that inspires imagination, discovery, creativity, and “learning through play”. Donations help to fund memberships for lowincome families. Volunteers welcome.

Chippewa Valley Free Clinic 836 Rich-

ard Dr., Eau Claire • 839-8477 • cvfreeclinic.org Their mission is to provide health related services for people, who could not easily afford it otherwise. Donate or volunteer, even if you don’t have medical experience, your skills could be useful.

Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity 2233 Golf Rd., Eau Claire • 833-8993

• cvh4h.org This organization believes that everyone should have a place to call home that is decent and safe to live in. Donate or volunteer to help build houses during the construction season or help with smaller indoor construction during the cold months.

Chippewa Valley Museum 1204 Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire • 834-7871 • info@ cvmuseum.com • cvmuseum.com The Chippewa Valley Museum believes understanding the history of our community gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and better appreciation of our American heritage. Community Table 320 Putnam St., Eau Claire • 835-4977 • Rachel@thecommunitytable.org • thecommunitytable.org A collaborative effort of local churches, serving over 100 meals a day, 365 days a

Keep some change (or cash!) in your pocket for the Salvation Army bell-ringers you’ll see all around the Chippewa Valley this Christmas season. year. They rely completely on volunteers to function and serve our community effectively. Donate or volunteer to cook, clean, serve, etc.

munity with a televised outlet. Donate money, goods to be auctioned off, or volunteer.

Community Television 800 Wisconsin

3656 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-1030 and 552-1035 • dovehealthcare.com Dove residents cherish the time they spend with

St., Building D2, Suite 405A, Eau Claire • 839-5067 • cvctv.org Providing the com-

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volunteers, and both lives are enriched by creating new memories and sharing old ones. One-on-one visits could involve reading, cooking, helping with parties, shopping with a resident, bingo, board games, and much more.

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre 1814

N. Oxford Ave., Eau Claire • 839-8877 • info@ecct.org • ecct.org Providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience quality theatre for entertainment and educational purposes. ECCT allows children to express themselves in an encouraging and supportive way. Donate or volunteer with acting, hair/make-up, stage set and props, and to fill a variety of other needs.

Eau Claire Community Foundation

306 S. Barstow St., Suite 104, Eau Claire • 552-3801 • eccommunityfoundation.org Establishes charitable legacies through which individuals, businesses, organizations and private foundations can more effectively help non-profit groups provide much needed services in the Eau Claire area. Serve on committee groups or donate.

Eau Claire County Humane Association 3900 Old Town Hall Rd., Eau Claire

• 839-4747 • info@eccha.org • eccha.org They shelter animals until they are permanently taken in. ECCHA also has a foster pet program, if you can only temporarily volunteer. Donate money, your running/non running car, volunteer to care for the animals, and more.

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Eau Claire Hmong Mutual Assistance Association • ecahmaa.org Promoting a

spirit of loving friendship, cooperation, and benevolence among Eau Claire’s Hmong community, serving the economic, social, and cultural needs of the Hmong people, and promoting increased understanding, opportunity and sharing of resources in our area.

Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin 1812 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire •

Reads, author visits, and more.

Girls on the Run Eau Claire County Inc. P.O. Box 1041, Eau Claire • girlson-

therunec@gmail.com • gotreauclaire. org Building character in girls of grade school age so that they are empowered to pursue their dreams while creatively integrating running into other healthy and fun activities. Donate or volunteer to be a running buddy, a coach, or help with events, fundraising or writing grants.

834-4455 • epilepsywesternwi.org A nonprofit organization dedicated to leading the fight to stop seizures and SUDEP, finding a cure, and overcoming the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy, and research to accelerate new ideas into therapies.

Goodwill Industries 3605 Gateway Dr.,

Feed My People Food Bank 2610 Al-

Hope Gospel Mission 8 S. Farwell

pine Rd., Eau Claire • 835-9415 • info@ fmpfoodbank.org • fmpfoodbank.org Provides food pantries, community meal programs, and shelter programs in westcentral Wisconsin with enough food so that thousands of people needs can be met each year. Donate money, non-perishable food, or volunteer.

Friends of the Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd., Menomonie

• 232-2164 • friends.menomonielibrary. org Become a Friends member of the Menomonie Public Library and help support/sponsor Summer Library Program events, Music Over Menomin, Menomonie

Eau Claire • 835-0532 • goodwill.org One of the world’s largest nonprofit providers of education, training, and career services for people at a disadvantage and/or with disabilities. Donate money, household items, clothing, your time, or simply shop there to help out.

St., Eau Claire • 552-5566 • questions@ hopegospelmission.org • hopegospelmission.org Offers short term emergency shelter and long-term programs dedicated to addressing the root of homeless individuals’ problems. Bargain center store and auto sales on Moholt Drive. Donate household essentials and clothes or volunteer.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

400 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • 839-5004 • ecpubliclibrary.info Volunteer in tutoring programs to help others learn how to read, use computers more proficiently, or delivering library items to homes. Also

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contribute money at various membership levels.

Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley

800 Wisconsin St., Building D02, Suite 301, Eau Claire • 834-0222 • lvcv.org Teach people how to read and better their lives as employees and citizens through literacy tutoring. Donate or volunteer as a tutor, fundraiser, or work in the office.

Lutheran Social Services 1320 W.

Clairemont Ave., Ste. 200, Eau Claire • (877) 967-5577 • lsswis.org Offers a variety of compassionate social services focused on people in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Donations can go directly to a need of your choice, or volunteer.

Mayo Clinic Health System 1221 Whip-

ple St., Eau Claire • 838-3311 • mayoclinichealthsystem.org Donate or volunteer in various ways, such as transporting/ directing patients, clerical services, assisting families, and many more exciting opportunities.

NAMI: National Alliance of Mental Illness P.O. Box 0984, Eau Claire, WI 54701-

0984 • 450-6484 • namicv@yahoo.com NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Reach, Inc. 1324 W. Clairemont Suite

1, Eau Claire • 552-2763 • reach-inc.org A community-based, private non-profit charitable organization whose mission is


to provide innovative opportunities for people, in order to promote self-determination and full participation in the community regardless of their ability.

Salvation Army 2211 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 834-1224 • usc.salvationarmy.org/eauclaire A nonprofit, international organization that helps whenever and wherever possible. Donated funds, thrift store items and volunteers help make this one of the most recognizable charities around the world, so don’t pass by the bell ringers emptyhanded this year. Special Olympics Wisconsin 2310 Crossroads Dr., Suite 1000, Madison • (608) 222-1324, (800) 552-1324 • info@ specialolympicswisconsin.org • specialolympicswisconsin.org Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is a statewide organization which provides individuals with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and athletic competition. St. Francis Food Pantry 1221 Truax

Blvd., Eau Claire • 839-7706 • info@ stfrancisfoodpantry.org • stfrancisfoodpantry.org The St. Francis Food Pantry is a program developed for the purpose of assisting the hungry and needy of Eau Claire County. They are committed to gathering food and supplies to distribute. Volunteer or donate food/ funds.

St. Joseph’s Hospital 2661 County Hwy. I, Chippewa Falls • 723-1811 • stjoeschipfalls.com Volunteer to be involved in one of the many roles affiliated with the local hospital. Help at the information desk or being a waiting room host/hostess. Hospice volunteers also needed. Donate to sustain help to the sick and needy. Stepping Stones of Dunn County 1602 Stout Rd., Menomonie • 235-2920 • info@steppingstonesdc.org • steppingstonesdc.org A non-profit umbrella organization that manages a food pantry, homeless shelter, and a support services program which provides emergency financial assistance, volunteer support, and referral information.

The Bridge to Hope 1901 South Broadway, Menomonie • 235-9074 • manager@thebridgetohope.org • thebridgetohope.org A domestic abuse and sexual assault agency, helping victims of Dunn and Pepin counties rebuild their lives. Volunteer or donate money and other much-needed goods such as household items. Trinity Equestrian Center S5300 State

Highway 37, Eau Claire • 835-4530 • info@trinity-ec.com • trinity-ec.com Connecting horses and people, they offer Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, along with several programs for kids. Donate or volunteer in a variety of ways.

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Valley 3603 N. Hastings Way Suite 200, Eau Claire • 834-5043 • info@uwgcv.org • uwgcv.org Focuses on solutions to community problems, funding services that meet the needs of those goals. They employ a small staff, but rely heavily on volunteers. Donate or look into the dozens of volunteer opportunities online. West CAP 1421 Stout Rd., Menomonie • (866) 235-4511 • westcap@wcap.org • westcap.org A community action agency that works to promote the self-sufficiency of low-income families in the rural communities of west central Wisconsin. Donate. Western Dairyland Community Action Agency 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire •

836-7511 • westerndairyland.org Established to help disadvantaged individuals in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties. Their mission is to alleviate poverty-related conditions and provide opportunities that enable people to advance economically and socially. Donate or volunteer.

Western Wisconsin Childbirth Coalition First Thursday of every month,

5:30pm-7:30pm • Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 1120 122nd St., Chippewa Falls, WI • shelly.l.pierson@gmail.com The WWCC is and organization founded to improve the quality of maternity care and the health and mothers and newborn babies by promoting transparency in health care and connecting women with birth and parenting options.

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Chippewa Valley Calendar of Holiday Fun Festivals, Parades & Celebrations

Durand Dazzle Holiday and Parade

Nov. 29 • Masonic Community Center, 203 W. Main St., Durand • 715-671-3445, 715-495-8475 • www.durandimprovementgroup.org Craft, used book/DVD, and bake sale. Free Carriage & Trolley Rides and exotic animal displays. Christmas tree decorating contest, Illuminated Dazzle Holiday Parade down Main Street at 6pm, and afterglow show and parade awards at the Pepin County Courthouse Lawn.

Christmastime in the City Dec. 6 • Downtown Eau Claire • www.downtowneauclaire.org • (715) 839-4941 Held the first weekend in December, this event is a celebration of the traditional holiday spirit in Downtown Eau Claire. Enjoy this opportunity to create simple, special holiday memories that can be cherished for years to come, featuring activities including lunch with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, reindeer, the lighting of the tree, and much more. 25th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade Dec. 6, 6pm • Downtown Chip-

pewa Falls, Chippewa Falls • FREE • 715723-6661 • www.chippewafallsmainst.org

Join us as we celebrate our 25th year of this beautiful annual parade! Join us for over 50 illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse drawn wagons as they light up the winter sky. Don’t miss out on this Chippewa Falls tradition.

WinterDaze Dec. 11, 4-8pm • Downtown Menomonie, Main Street, Menomonie • FREE • 715-235-2666 • www.mainstreetmenomonie.org Downtown Menomonie’s Annual WinterDaze event – Visit with Santa and his live reindeer, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, sip Hot Cocoa and warm yourself by the fires from 4-6pm in the Clocktower Plaza. At 6:30pm watch the beautiful light parade down Main Street, followed by fireworks over the lake. Paint The Town Christmas Dec. 11, 4-7pm • Downtown Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Falls • FREE • 715-723-6661 • www. chippewafallsmainst.org Shop the holiday sales and specials, enjoy treats and refreshments, and stroll the beautiful Ice Sculpture tour. Stanley Holiday Festival Dec. 12, 6pm

• Stanley Public Library, 154 E. 4th Ave., Stanley • 715-644-2004 Holiday Festival with Santa, face painting, refreshments, entertainment, and a take home craft project for children, and a raffle.

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Advent at the Ager: A Nordic Christmas Dec. 14, 1-4pm • Ager House, 514 W.

Madison St., Eau Claire • FREE • (715) 835-8718 • www.agerhouse.org Featuring crafts for kids, traditional desserts, tours, an Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra performance, and Christmas carols. St. Lucia will sing and hand out cookies.

2014 Clearwater Winter Parade & Family Fun Celebration Dec. 20, 5-6pm

• Parade route is West Grand Ave. to First Ave., ending at the corner of First Ave. and Water St., Eau Claire • Featuring an all-new parade route, plus the usual celebration at Hobbs Ice Center 6-8pm (915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire). The celebration usually features ice skating, concessions, games, raffles, music, a bonfire, and more.

Craft Fairs & Art Shows

Ink & Paper: A Giftworthy Local Print Sale Every day until Dec. 31 • The Vol-

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JINGLE JAMS Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 20 • Volume One Gallery • 7-8pm

Take a break from the hectic season by catching a free concert of local music at the Volume One Gallery every Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Featured acts this year include Prismatic (a new collaborative including Sue Orfield), as well as Dames, Hemma, The Dust of Men, and Sarah Krueger.

2 Eau Claire’s Clearwater Winter Parade is followed by a Family Fun Celebration at Hobbs Ice Center Dec. 20 including ice skating, games, raffles, and hot cocoa. Local Store/Volume One Gallery will be hosting its third annual “giftworthy local print sale” throughout November and December. The Local Store will feature all kinds of 2D works on paper including screen prints, woodcuts, mono-prints and other traditional print forms, as well as quality digital prints of illustrations, photos, and more.

Holiday Art Fair Nov. 21-Dec. 23 • Janet Carson Gallery, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • 715-832-2787 • www. EauClaireArts.com Functional pottery, warm winter scarves, beeswax candles, shiny, shiny jewelry, fine art, beautifully framed photography, metal sculptures, greeting cards, and so much more all at affordable prices. Augusta Gift Celebration Nov. 13-22 • Augusta • www.cityofaugusta.org Specials in stores throughout the week in Augusta. Enjoy fun shopping in a small town atmosphere. 13-22, 10am-6pm • Henning Art Gallery and Sleigh & Carriage Museum, E21001 Henning Rd., Augusta (Two miles north of Augusta on County G) • (715) 286-2464 • www.henninggallery.com Featuring original paintings, prints, cards, and gifts with specials on everything.

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale Nov. 14,

9am-3pm • Dove Healthcare-West (New Community Room), 1405 Truax Blvd., Eau Claire • 715-552-1030 ext 122 Featuring re-purposed crafts, vintage items, quilts, mittens, dish towels, soy candles, jewelry, gift baskets, purses, aprons, wood signs, Thiry One, resident crafts and more.

Christmas at the Lodge Vendor/Craft Fair Nov. 15, 8am-3pm • Eau Claire Masonic Building, 616 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • FREE • 715-598-4986 • www.

2nd Annual Fall Bazaar & Craft Sale

Nov. 15, 9am-3pm • Augusta Library, 113 North Stone Street, Augusta • FREE • www.augustalibrary.org Come browse an array of crafts, art, and vendors, while picking through the Augusta Library’s Used Book Sale. Grab a snack at the luncheon or bake sale and try something new and fun during the Zumba Fitness Demos throughout the day.

Oxford Christmas Market Nov. 15, 9am-3pm • The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire • (715) 839-8877 • www.ecct. org Featuring products from high end art crafters, small businesses, home-based businesses, and artisan food makers. See contact info for details. Holiday Bazaar Nov. 15, 9am-4pm •

Christ Church Cathedral, 510 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire • FREE • (715) 835-3734 • www.cathedralec.org Holiday Bazaar at Christ Church Cathedral, Nov. 15, 9am4pm. Start the morning with cinnamon rolls while shopping for unique handmade items, have soup and hearty bread at lunchtime, or browse the wares of local artists before indulging in homemade apple pie in the afternoon.

Dec. 5-7, 12-13 • The Oxford

This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family – the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. Told with period songs and humor, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas celebrates the importance of family bonds.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Dec. 5-7, 12-14 • The Grand Theatre

When a couple attempts to produce a Christmas pageant after casting devilish children who cause utter pandemonium on stage, the success of the show is at risk, but the show must go on.

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25th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade Dec. 6 • Downtown Chippewa Falls • 6pm

Chippewa Falls definitely knows how to celebrate Christmas, and this parade really shows it! Don’t miss out on the popular tradition that includes 50 illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse-drawn wagons. JEN SCHULTZ

“A Winter’s Day” Open House Nov.

wicdc.org Craft & Vendor Fair to benefit Eau Claire Job’s Daughters. Food and raffle available as well.

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Christmas Boutique & Sweet Shoppe

Nov. 15, 9am-3pm • First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Rd., Eau Claire • 715-832-1011 • www.firstpres-eauclaire. org Featuring handcrafted items for Thanksgiving & Christmas decorating & gift giving - wood items, jewelry, scarves, home décor, cards, knits & decorations. The Sweet Shoppe highlights specialty candies, truffles, holiday cut-out cookies and much more. A Silent Auction showcases a Victorian Doll House, artwork by local artists & more. Volume One 2014

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Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with the whole family at this special event and enjoy DJ entertainment, games, prizes, inflatables, limo rides, and a huge balloon drop. It’s the biggest children’s New Year’s in the Chippewa Valley.


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Holiday Art & Craft Sale Call for Artists & Crafters Nov. 15, 9am-4pm •

Christ Church Cathedral, 510 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire • (715) 835-3734 • www. christchurcheauclaire.org Featuring a variety of artists and crafters with great holiday gifts.

Rock Falls Vendor Fair Nov. 15, 10am-

2pm • Rock Creek Town Hall, N995 County Rd. H, Mondovi • FREE • 7152715445 There will be a variety of vendors and items available to purchase including Homemade Candies and Baked Goods, Holiday Wreaths, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Lia Sophia, Burlap items, Fuller Brush and Watkin products, home décor, Stampin Up, and much, much more. Also 15 minute massages available.

Bazaar and Buffet Salad Luncheon Nov.

15, 10am-2pm • Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2010 Moholt Dr., Eau Claire • Bazaar and admission is free , luncheon is $7.50 • 715-835-5475 • www.pcucc.com Bazaar 10am-2pm, buffet luncheon 11am1pm. Crafts, bakery items, and a treasure trove for adults and for children.

A Night in November - Original Art Show/Sale Nov. 15, 7-10pm • Econo

Lodge Conference Center, 1815 N. Broadway, Menomonie • 715-664-8107 Artists will show/sell original art. Silent auction, $5 dessert/coffee/tea bar. Come and meet the artists, purchase one-of-a-kind items & be inspired.

Craft Country Expo Nov. 22, 9am3:30pm • McDonell Central Catholic High School, 1316 Bel Air Blvd., Chippewa Falls • $1 admission • 715-723-0538 • www. macs.k12.wi.us Featuring over 85 exhibitors. Admission and door prizes throughout the day. Lunch is available. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 5th Annual Ladies Day Nov. 22, 9am4pm • Green Oasis Gardens by Greener Grass Systems Inc., 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • FREE • 715-832-0800 • greenoasisgardens.com It’s the perfect time to start your holiday shopping & free gift wrapping is included with all purchases. While the men are away the ladies will shop. Enjoy our warm greenhouse full of unique vendors and handcrafted goods & Free Refreshments. Huge in Store Sales. Montessori MALLternative Craft & Vendor Fair Nov. 22, 9am-2pm • Chip-

pewa Valley Montessori Charter School, 400 Cameron Street, Eau Claire • FREE • www.facebook.com Come join us for a Holiday shopping alternative to big box stores. Come shop from a variety of area vendors and local artisans including Lavender’s Green, Backwards Beads, Heart of Gypsy, Frolic Knitwear – even pick up a new Kubb set. Many more vendors being added daily.

Craft and Vendor Show 2nd Annual Nov. 22, 9am-3pm • Econolodge Inn & Suites, 1815 N Broadway St., Menomonie • 715-505-2049 • www.econolodge.com Something for everyone.

Halmstad Fall Market Nov. 22, 9am-

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Christmas Village in Irvine Park dazzles visitors with more than 60,000 lights and dozens of life-sized scenes. 3pm • Halmstad Elementary School, 565 E. South Ave., Chippewa Falls • FREE • (715) 726-2415 • www.chipfalls.k12.wi.us Come on out, while the guys are hunting, and do some shopping. We will have vendors, crafters, a bake sale, and a silent auction.

The Holiday Art Fair supports local artist by selling their functional pottery, warm winter scarves, beeswax candles, shiny, shiny jewelry, fine art, beautifully framed photography, metal sculptures, greeting cards, and so much more all at affordable prices.

Holiday Art Fair Artwork Demonstration Nov. 22 and 29, Dec. 6, 13, and

Fine Arts and Crafts Faire Nov. 22, 10am-5pm; Nov. 23, 10am-5pm • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • (715) 235-0001 • www.mabeltainter.org Holiday shoppers celebrate the season of gifting at the Mabel Tainter Center featuring fine original artwork from dozens of artists.

20, 10am-2pm • Janet Carson Gallery, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • Free • 715-832-2787 • www.EauClaireArts.com Artwork demonstrations most Saturdays during the Holiday Art Fair at the Janet Carson Gallery. For details, visit online. Volume One 2014

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Black Friday ... Vegas Style Nov. 28,

noon-4pm • Green Oasis Gardens by Greener Grass Systems Inc., 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • FREE • 715-832-0800 • greenoasisgardens.com Get your early morning shopping done then head to the Oasis for some Fun & excitement. Try your hand at a game of Blackjack to earn extra savings on your entire purchase. Free gift wrapping included.

Jackson Mill Featuring Local Photographer Nov. 29, 10am-3pm • Jackson Mill,

Banbury Bldg. 13, Suite 9, Galloway Street, Eau Claire • Find us on Facebook Jackson Mill is featuring local professional photographer Elizabeth Jackson’s prints and cards for Small Business Saturday. Other interesting and one of a kind Christmas gifts and decor will also be available. We specialize in mid century and industrial decor and fused glass for your home.

Holiday Art Fair: Holiday Happy Hour Reception Dec. 4, 5-8pm • Janet Carson

Gallery, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • 715-832-2787 • www.EauClaireArts.com Functional pottery, warm winter scarves, beeswax candles, shiny, shiny jewelry, fine art, beautifully framed photography, metal sculptures, greeting cards, and so much more all at affordable prices. Meet the artists’ of the Holiday Art Fair and eat, drink and be merry.

Arts and Crafts Sale Dec. 5, 10am7pm; Dec. 6, 9am-3pm • Rambo Home, 2409 Fifth St., Eau Claire • 715-894-0279 • www.passionpursenality.com Ten local artists selling hand made goods. Perfect holiday shopping. Paintings and prints, knitting and crochet, sewing, scrap booking, re-purposed items, soaps, jewelry, purses and more. Winter Open House Dec. 6, 8am-5pm

• Green Oasis Gardens by Greener Grass Systems Inc., 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • FREE • 715-832-0800 • greenoasisgardens. com Looking for some unique gift ideas? Here at the Oasis we have everything you need this season & we will even gift wrap it all at no additional charge. Check out our fresh greens, wreaths, & Christmas trees too. Special in-store sales and free refreshments through out the day.

Community Christmas Fair Dec. 6, 9am-

2pm • Fall Creek Firehouse, East End of Fall Creek on Hwy. 12, Fall Creek • FREE • 715-877-2489 Join us for the Fall Creek Community Christmas Fair! Located at the Fall Creek Firehouse at the east end of Fall Creek on Highway 12 (turn south at Julie’s Beauty Studio). Coffee and sweets served at 9am, and lunch from 10am-1:30pm. Food, door prizes, quilt drawing, items for sale and more.

Christmas Art Sale Dec. 7, noon-3pm •

The Center, 3701 E. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire • FREE • www.thecenterec. com Come do your Christmas shopping at the Center. You can give a unique gift and support local artists ... a win-win! Pottery, unique jewelry/metal bookmarks, silk scarves, cards, notebooks, dream catchers, and much more wait to be connected

to just the right person.

3rd Annual Last Blast Santa Craft & Vendor Sale Dec. 13, 9am-4pm • Oak-

lawn Elementary School, 500 21st St. SE, Menomonie Featuring over 75 handmade crafters and direct sales companies. A perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Food and bake sale available too, with proceeds going to the Neighbors of Dunn County.

Live Music

The Singing Statesmen Nov. 14, 7:30pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Call ticketing office for prices • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ The Singing Statesmen, the Glee Club of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, is a male vocal ensemble composed of students from a wide array of academic backgrounds. Rock 4 Kids ft. The Cragars + The Big Deeks + Frantic Antics + Divided Highway Nov. 15, 5pm-1am • Horizons

Lounge & Banquet Center, 10764 County Hwy. Q, Chippewa Falls • FREE • 715724-1444 • horizonslounge.com Four great area bands getting together for a great cause. Horizon’s is hosting a party with all of the proceeds going to Chippewa Falls area schools.

Concert Choir Nov. 16, 2-4pm; Apr. 19, 2-4pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www. uwec.edu/mus-the/ Conducted by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff. Women’s Concert Chorale Nov. 16,

5-7pm; Apr. 26, 5-7pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ See contact info for details.

Percussion Ensemble Nov. 17, 7:30-9pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • 715836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ This ensemble is an extension of the percussion studio, offering students an opportunity to study and perform music in a wide variety of percussion instrumentations. UW-Stout Jazz Concert Nov. 19, 7-9pm • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • See contact info for cost • 715-232-1431 • www.tickets.uwstout.edu See contact info for details.

Jazz II Nov. 20, 7:30-9:30pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ See contact info for details. Wind Symphony & Symphony Band Nov. 21, 7:30-9:30pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Call the service cenVolume One 2014

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ter for ticket prices • 715-836-3727 • www. uwec.edu/mus-the/ The Wind Symphony is dedicated to the performance of the finest traditional and contemporary wind band literature. The Symphony Band, an ensemble comprised of music majors and talented non-music majors, is committed to the study and performance of the finest standard and contemporary works for band.

The Embellishment + The Jim Pullman Band Nov. 22, 9pm • House of Rock, 422

Water St., Eau Claire • $5 • 21+ • (715) 838-0158 • www.house-of-rock.com The Embellishment played their last show in Eau Claire almost 15 years ago. They’re back for one special night. Also playing: The Jim Pullman Band.

Symphonic Choir Nov. 23, 2-4pm •

Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/ mus-the/ See contact info for details.

Faculty Recital: Pianist Nicholas Phillips Nov. 23, 7:30-9:30pm • Gantner Con-

cert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ Pianist Nicholas Phillips maintains an active schedule as a soloist, having played in venues across the United States and abroad.

Women’s Chorus Nov. 24, 7:30-9:30pm

• Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/ mus-the/ See contact info for details.

Jazz III Nov. 25, 7:30-9:30pm • Gantner

Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UWEau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ See contact info for details.

The Rhythm Posse presents: STAGE FRIGHT 5, a tribute to The Last Waltz

Nov. 26, 8pm • The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • $5 • (715) 832-8844 • www.pizzapluseauclaire.com A recreation of the movie The Last Waltz now in its fifth year, featuring local musicians in the roles of The Band, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Emmy Lou Harris, and more. All proceeds go to Feed My People.

Jingle Jams: TBA Nov. 28 & Dec. 5,

7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-5520457 • www.VolumeOne.org Volume One is featuring local musicians as part of an in-store holiday concert series.

Jingle Jams: Prismatic Nov. 29, 7-8pm

• The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Come down to Jin-

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gle Jams for the debut of Prismatic, the musical collaboration of Sue Orfield and Angie Coyle on tenor saxophone with Cami Mennitte Pereyra on the drums. Prismatic play a wide variety of different musical styles and feature unique arrangements of familiar as well as notso-familiar songs.

Lorie Line: The 25th Anniversary Christmas Special Nov. 29, 7:30pm •

State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • $49 • (715) 832-2787 • www.EauClaireArts.com Pianist Lorie Line is celebrating a big year. This season marks her 25th anniversary of touring and she is making this year’s show special in every way. Line will showcase the best of the best of her holiday music over her 25-year career. She will feature her Fab 5 and this year she is bringing a special vocalist to the stage.

University Band Dec. 1, 7:30-9:30pm • Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/ mus-the/ The University Band is open to all UW-Eau Claire students regardless of major. The band is comprised of talented musicians from many academic disciplines as well as music majors, some of whom choose to perform on a secondary instrument. Madrigal Dinner Dec. 5, 6:30-9pm • Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire • Call the Service Center for ticket info • (715) 8363727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner is a 15th-century-style banquet with music and entertainment by the Court Chamber Choir, Court Brass Choir, Court Recorders and Court Thespians. A candlelit 15th Century banquet hall, draped with medieval banners and evergreen accents the scene as a court jester beckons the diners to join the festivities. Jazz I Dec. 5, 7:30-9:30pm • Gantner Con-

cert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715836-3727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ See contact info for details.

The Northwinds Brass Band Dec. 6,

2-3:30pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • adults $7, seniors $6, FREE to youth under 18 • (715) 726-9000 • www.cvca.net Nothing brings out the shine of Christmas like a full brass band. Join us at the Heyde Center for this annual concert before taking in the wonderful Chippewa Falls Christmas Parade. The Northwinds British Brass Band is an unusual combination of British brass bands and the American musical scene. Directed by Ana Amborn.

UW-Stout Choir Concert: From Farm To Table Dec. 6, 7:30pm • St. Joseph’s

Church, 910 Wilson Avenue, Menomonie • $5 • (715) 232-4920 UW-Stout Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir presents “From Farm To Table”. Boisterous shaped note music; German and Spanish


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madrigals; Swedish jazz; folk songs; Russian hymn; even a few words from The Simpsons. Donation of non-perishable food items or funds for Stepping Stones’ pantry accepted.

Starquest Dec. 6, 7:30pm • The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire • $12, $8 youth and student • (715) 839-8877 • www. ecct.org Join us for the finals of this vocal competition. Finalists compete in two age categories for cash prizes. Hosted by the reigning Miss Wisconsin. Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra feat. Wayne Bergeron Dec. 6, 7:30pm • State

Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • $15 adult in advance, $18 adults at the door, $13 seniors, $5 students • (715) 8322787 • www.EauClaireArts.com Grammy award-winning trumpet virtuoso Wayne Bergeron returns to the Chippewa Valley to join the CVJO for another amazing night of high-adrenaline big band jazz.

Holiday Concert Dec. 7, 2-4pm • Zorn

Arena, UWEC Campus, 105 Garfield Ave., Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715-836-3727 See contact info for details.

Lobby Concert Dec. 12, noon-1pm • Haas Fine Arts Center, 121 Water St., Eau Claire • FREE • 715-836-3727 See contact info for details. Tuba Christmas Dec. 7, 4pm • Alliance Church of Menomonie, 502 21st St. N, Menomonie • 715-265-4271 The choir “Christmas Cheer” will be joining the festivities. The Menomonie Band Boosters will be hosting a soup supper after the concert. Jingle Jams: Dames Dec. 12, 7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www. VolumeOne.org Dames is a acoustic playin’, harmony hittin’ trio featuring Dan Boetcher, James Ignacio, and Evan Middlesworth. Look for guitars, sax, banjo, harmonica, and high energy tunes. Jingle Jams: Hemma Dec. 13, 7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www. VolumeOne.org Local singer/songwriter Hannah Hebl and her band play tonight. Ballroom, Swing and Latin Dance - Dean’s List Dec. 13, 7:30-11pm • St.

Mary’s Community Center, 1812 Lynn Ave., Altoona • $20 • (715) 833-1879 Dance to the music of the Dean’s List Band. The band will play a variety of dances including Swing, ChaCha, Foxtrot, Waltz and more. All dancers are welcome to attend. Dressy attire please.

Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra: Winter Jubilee Dec. 13, 7:30-9:30pm

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Eliza’s Toyes – English Holidays Dec.

13, 7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • adults $11, seniors $10, youth $5 • (715) 726-9000 • www.toyes.info Six of the singers from Eliza’s Toyes will help us celebrate the holiday season with a cappella English sacred music from the medieval period through early Renaissance music. They reinvigorate these ancient works with their lively performances and show that madrigals are fun.

Healing Sounds of Christmas Concert Dec. 14, 1:30-3:30pm • Davies Center, UWEau Claire • (715) 717-6028 See contact info for details.

Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony: A Wonderful Time of Year Dec. 15, 3pm

• Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire • $5, children and students with ID are FREE • (715) 955-4085 • cvyouthsymphony.org The Youth Symphony is an auditioned music group drawing students, grades 7-12, from a 60 mile radius. This full symphonic orchestra is comprised of students in public, private and home school academic settings.

Tonic Sol-Fa Dec. 18, 7:30pm • State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • $29$37 • (715) 832-2787 • www.EauClaireArts. com Although they are simply four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol-fa has spent considerable time on the road carving their niche as the nation’s top vocal group. In the midst of touring, this quartet has been named one of the top five “must see” groups in America.

style combines an honest folk-rock presence with gospel and roots undertones.

The Memories Dec. 20, 7:30-9:30pm; Dec. 21, 2:30-4pm • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • $28 • (715) 235-0001 • www.mabeltainter. org The Memories have entertained audiences across the country for more than 40 years, including 29 consecutive performances at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. With their unique harmonies and great songs, the Memories continue to deliver a show that has been described as “Music, Laughter, and Wonderful Times.” Prelude to an Eve – Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra Dec. 31, 7:30-10:30pm

• The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • adults $12, seniors $11, youth $5 • (715) 726-9000 • www.cvca.net Need a boost into 2015? You’ll regret it if you miss this fantastic end-of-year party, an event that must be experienced first-hand. Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra will help you dance into 2015 laughing and singing all the way. So grab your dancing shoes and head for the Heyde Center for the Arts on this special evening.

New Year’s Eve at the Mabel, featuring the George Maurer Trio Dec. 31,

8pm-1am • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • $45 • (715) 235-0001 • www.mabeltainter.org See contact info for details.

The Master Singers - Lessons and Carols 2014: A Christmas Lullaby

Dec. 19, 7:30pm at First Congregational UCC, Eau Claire // Dec. 20, 1pm at Saint Charles Borromeo Church, Chippewa Falls • Adult: $16, $38 season pass; Student: $5, $15 season pass • (715) 836-4056 • www. themastersingers.net The Master Singers, a community chamber ensemble with membership from throughout the Greater Chippewa Valley, performs repertoire from a rich choral tradition.

Jingle Jams: The Dust of Men Dec. 19, 7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-5520457 • www.VolumeOne.org The Dust of Men is built on an aggressive foundation of alternative rock, framed in with folk, and roofed with revival music. Band members include Grant Schultz, Clark Strasburg, John Roemhild, Colin Carey, and Jon Wojcik. Jingle Jams: Sarah Krueger Dec. 20, 7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Sarah’s songwriting Volume One 2014

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The Man Who Came to Dinner Nov. 14-15, 7-9pm, Nov. 16, 2-4pm • Eau Claire North High School Auditorium, 1801 Piedmont Rd., Eau Claire • $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 Students outside district • 715852-6724 When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman’s home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. Minnesota Ballet Choreographers Showcase Nov. 14, 7:30pm • State The-

atre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • $20$30 • (715) 832-2787 • www.EauClaireArts. com The Minnesota Ballet, under the artistic direction of Robert Gardner, tells stories of enchantment, adventure and romance through the emotion of movement - a universal language. Join us for a choreographers’ showcase of select pieces that resonate with audiences of all ages.

Beauty and the Beast Nov. 20-21, 7:30pm; Nov. 22, 1:30pm & 7:30pm; Nov. 23, 1:30pm • State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • $8 youth, $12 student, $16 seniors, $20 adult • (715) 839-8877 • www. ecct.org Belle longs for adventure in the great wide somewhere, but she gets more than she bargained for when she discovers the enchanted castle in the woods. It’s a “tale as old as time” with all the enchanted characters and popular Disney


songs you know and love.

The Dance Exchange: A Student Dance Concert Dec. 5-6, 7:30-9:30pm •

Kjer Theatre, 1602 Park Ave., Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715-836-3727 • 715-836-3727 See contact info for details.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Dec.

5, 7:30pm; Dec. 6, 11am & 1:30pm; Dec. 7, 1:30pm; Dec. 12, 7:30pm; Dec. 13, 11am & 1:30pm • The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire • $12, $8 youth and student • (715) 839-8877 • www.ecct.org This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family – the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. Told with period songs and humor, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas celebrates the importance of family bonds.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Dec. 5, 7:30pm; Dec. 6, 1:30pm & 7:30pm; Dec. 7, 1:30pm; Dec. 12, 7:30pm; Dec. 13, 1:30pm & 7:30pm; Dec. 14, 1:30pm • The Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave, Eau Claire • $10-$20 • (715) 832-7529 • www. cvtg.org When a couple attempts to produce a Christmas pageant after casting devilish children who cause utter pandemonium on stage, the success of the show is at risk, but the show must go on.

Boeing Boeing Dec. 9-12, 7:30pm; Dec.

13, 1:30pm & 7:30pm; Dec. 14, 1:30pm • Riverside Theatre, Haas Fine Arts Building, 121 Water Street, Eau Claire • Contact the Service Center for tickets at 715836-3727 • 715-836-3727 • www.uwec.edu See contact info for details on this stage production.

Continental Ballet Company: The Nutcracker Dec. 19, 7:30-9:30pm • Mabel

Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • $28 • (715) 235-0001 • www. mabeltainter.org Designed especially for families, this seasoned production develops themes of generosity, non-violence, and responsibility through the timeless tale of Clara’s fantastic voyage to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy with her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer.

Deer Widow’s Weekend

The Original Chippendales Nov. 20,

8-10pm • Red Zone Sports Bar, 2071 S Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls • $15 in advance / $20 @ Door / $30 VIP (VIP gets choice of Chippendale DVD or T-shirt & Photo w/ Cast members) • 21+ • (715) 7263030 Chippendales is the ultimate girls night out show. The #1 name in ladies entertainment is coming to the Chippewa Valley, featuring the cast of the original Chippendales touring show.

5th Annual Ladies Day Nov. 22, 9am-

4pm • Green Oasis Gardens by Greener Grass Systems Inc., 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • FREE • 715-832-0800 • greenoa-

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sisgardens.com It’s the perfect time to start your holiday shopping & free gift wrapping is included with all purchases. While the men are away the ladies will shop. Enjoy our warm greenhouse full of unique vendors and handcrafted goods & Free Refreshments. Huge in Store Sales.

Halmstad Fall Market Nov. 22, 9am3pm • Halmstad Elementary School, 565 E. South Ave., Chippewa Falls • FREE • (715) 726-2415 • www.chipfalls.k12.wi.us Come on out, while the guys are hunting, and do some shopping. We will have vendors, crafters, a bake sale, and a silent auction. Widow’s Weekend Topsy Turvey Coin Toss Game @ Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery Nov. 22, 6-8pm

• Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, 930 Galloway Street Suite 4, Eau Claire • $1/round • 21+ • 402-374-6542 • www. InfinityBeverages.com Enjoy a fun night with the ladies this widow’s weekend and join in on our topsy-turvy coin toss: A live Heads and Tails game with Wine & Spirits at stake. Throw in a buck, put on your beads, and put your hands on your head or tail end. Hopefully the coin flips in your favor. There’s a winner every round!

Doe Camp ... Goes Game Show Nov.

22, 7-10pm • Horizons Lounge & Banquet Center, 10764 County Hwy. Q, Chippewa Falls • $35 advance, $40 at the door • 715724-1444 • horizonslounge.com Attention all ladies: While the bucks are away, the does will play.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Family Bread Service

Nov. 23, 10-11am • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire • FREE • 715-834-0690 • www. uueauclaire.com We will share our gratitude for the abundance in our lives and break bread together as a congregation. Bread has been one of the constants of the dining table through the ages – different cultures have created their own distinct versions. The result is a cornucopia of recipes and tales.

Turkey Skate Nov. 26, 1:15-3:15pm •

Hobbs Ice Arena, 915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire • Admission is only $3 or 1 punch on the City Pass. Skate rentals are FREE. • (715) 839-5040 • www.eauclairewi.gov Celebrate Thanksgiving on the ice.

Turkey Trot Nov. 27, 8am • Eau Claire

YMCA, 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • www.festivalfoodsturkeytrot.com The Trot starts promptly at 8am but there are two different start lines. Featuring a five mile run, two mile walk, and two mile dog jog.

Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 27, 1pm •

Snout Saloon, 13 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4848 See contact info for details.

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you want to build a snowman? We sure do! Join us for some good Olaf-fashioned fun as we celebrate the hit Disney movie, Frozen! We will make crafts, design snow globes, have a sing-along, and do all sorts of winter-related games and activities. There will also be plenty of delicious snacks.

Scheels Kids Klub Fudge Making with Mrs. Claus Dec. 18, 6-7pm • Scheels

All Sports, 4710 Golf Road, Eau Claire • FREE, pre-registration preferred but not required • (715) 833-1886 • www.scheels. com Mrs. Clause is here, and she wants to make a special treat with you! Learn how Scheels fudge is made, how it tastes, and the different flavors we have to offer. Each participant will receive a piece of fudge to decorate, as well as a chance to taste the fresh melted fudge.

Nearly New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 30,

You’ll see vehicles of all kinds in Eau Claire’s third annual Clearwater Winter Parade Dec. 20. This year the parade will travel W. Grand Ave. and First Ave.

2:30-3:30pm • Fall Creek Public Library, 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • 715-8773334 • www.fallcreekpubliclibrary.org Enjoy crafts, games, and other end-of-theyear treats for toddlers, elementary aged youth, and their families.

RCU New Year’s Eve Event Dec. 31, 27, 2pm • Farm to Fork Retreat at Dancing Yarrow, S193 County Road BB, Mondovi • $60 • 715-833-9975 • dancingyarrow.com Thanksgiving meal on the farm includes a wood fire roasted turkey, plus all the seasonal side one can dream up. Example: sweet potato bake, cream of broccoli soup, raw beet/carrots salad, red cabbage/apple sauce, mash potato & sour cream cabbage bake, just to name a few. Celebrate with the Harvest.

Turkey Bowl Nov. 29-30 • Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire • $140/team • (715) 552-1200 • www.ecsportscenter.com A 3v3 soccer tournament with a variety of age brackets. Register before Nov. 14.

Kids Events

For local Santa appearances, see page 20.

Holiday Crafting for Kids Nov. 22, 9:3011:30am • Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 Cty. Rd. K, Fall Creek • Registration and full payment required by Nov. 12: Friends $6, Nonmembers $8 • 877-2212 • beavercreekreserve.org Bring the children to the Reserve for a morning of creative fun. Using a variety of materials including natural and /or recycled items, children will make simple ornaments and decorations for the upcoming holidays. Activities are suitable for school-age children. Preschoolers need an accompanying adult. (No charge for the assisting adult.) Weather Art & Science Art with Local Author Karen Wise Nov. 24, 1-3pm

• Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • grades K-5 • (715) 723-1146 • www.chippewafallslibrary.org Children are invited to explore Karen’s book: Freebee the Grebe. A variety of activities, including science

experiments, painting, learning about Grebes, clouds, doing a craft and meeting the author. Karen is also the Chippewa Falls School Naturalist out at Lake Wissota State Park. Call to register.

Saturday Morning Kids Series Dec. 6,

13, 20, 10-11am • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • ages 4-12 • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Each Saturday morning we will have a special guest on hand to read a story or two in the V1 Gallery. Afterwards kids can pick from a handful of local coloring pages to color here or at home and enter to win a $50 Local Store Gift Card. After kids turn in their drawings, they will be up on Volumeone.org/store for public voting.

Kiddie Cocktails Party & Signing Holiday Edition with Stuart Sandler

Dec. 6, 2pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • 715-552-0457 • www. VolumeOne.org Local author and retro culture fanatic Stuart Sandler has created the first kiddie cocktail recipe book dedicated to the art of creating delightful non-alcoholic drinks at home. Join him as he mixes up samples (holiday style) and talks about his book - Kiddie Cocktails!

Annual Superyule Event Dec. 8, 6pm • Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 7231146 • www.chippewafallslibrary.org Expect to visit with Santa, make crafts, play Wii games, eat snacks, win prizes. Let it Go! Dec. 14, 2:30-4pm • Eau Claire

YMCA, 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • $10 Y Member | $12 Non-Member • (715) 836-8460 • www.eauclaireymca.org Do

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5-9pm • Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire • $5 admission, kids 2 and under are FREE • (715) 552-1200 • www.ecsportscenter.com Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with us at the Sports Center. Bring the whole family out


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Need to dispose of your over-the-hill tree? After Christmas, drop it off at Carson Park where the Merry Mulch program will transform it into woodchips. to this special event and enjoy DJ entertainment, games, prizes, inflatables, limo rides, and a huge balloon drop. Don’t miss out on the biggest Children’s New Year’s Event in the Chippewa Valley.

Rock’n New Year’s Family Skate

Dec. 31, 6-8pm • Hobbs Ice Arena, 915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire • Admission is only $3 or 1 punch on the City Pass. Skate Rentals are FREE • (715) 839-5040 • www. eauclairewi.gov Celebrate the New Year on the ice.

Film Showings

Volume One’s Holiday Claymation Classics: Frosty the Snowman Dec. 3,

7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • All ages • 715-5520457 • www.VolumeOne.org Enjoy these holiday claymation classics on the big screen in the Volume One Gallery/theater inside The Local Store. While we admit this one isn’t claymation, families will love this 1969 TV classic about a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician seeking the magical hat from the most famous snowman of all.

Volume One’s Holiday Claymation Classics: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Dec. 10, 7pm • The Volume One

Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE admission • All ages • 715-552-0457 • www. VolumeOne.org Enjoy these holiday claymation classics on the big screen in the Volume One Gallery/theater inside The Local Store. In this 1964 classic, two misfits, the misunderstood reindeer Rudolph, and Hermie, the elf more interested in dentistry than in making toys, go on

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Holiday Movie: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Dec. 12, 6-8pm • Fall

Creek Public Library, 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • FREE • 715-877-3334 • www. fallcreekpubliclibrary.org Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is an unrated 1964 sci-fi film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. Come throw popcorn at the screen with us.

Volume One’s Holiday Claymation Classics: Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town Dec. 17, 7pm • The Volume One Gal-

lery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE admission • All ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Enjoy these holiday claymation classics on the big screen in the Volume One Gallery/theater inside The Local Store. In this 1970 TV special, a charming mailman (who looks an awful lot like Fred Astaire) reveals the fantastic origin story of Santa Claus.

Recreation

Stuff the Sleigh 5K Nov. 22, 10am • Carson Park, Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire • www.indianheadtc.org Bring any donations you would like to contribute to Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Feed My People, Food Bank, and the Eau Claire County Humane Association. There will also be a 50-yard dash Fun Run with Santa for the kiddos following the 5K Run/ Walk. Day of registration begins at 8am. Turkey Skate Nov. 26, 1:15-3:15pm • Hobbs Ice Arena, 915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire • Admission is only $3 or 1 punch on the City Pass. Skate rentals are FREE. • (715) 839-5040 • www.eauclairewi.gov Celebrate Thanksgiving on the ice.


Turkey Bowl Nov. 29-30 • Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire • $140/team • (715) 552-1200 • www.ecsportscenter.com A 3v3 soccer tournament with a variety of age brackets. Register before Nov. 14. 3rd Annual Run for the Lights Nov.

29, 4pm • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls • $25/person, $60/family • (715) 723-0051 • www.chippewafalls-wi. gov/pr A family orientated 5k and 1 mile run/walk course through scenic Irvine Park and finishing through the beautiful Christmas Village lights. The 5k will be chip timed for the first time this year. Day of race registration begins at 2:30pm.

Frigid 8 and Thermal 3 Dec. 6, 10am •

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1300 Mansfield, Chippewa Falls • $20-$30 • (715) 723-6048 • www.indianheadtc.org Featuring three mile and eight mile courses, this race coincides with the Christmas Parade held in downtown Chippewa Falls in the evening. Weather ranges from sunny in the mid-40s to snowy, blustery winter winds with temperatures in the teens. The race generally draws between 160 to 200 runners and walkers.

Food & Drink

Mona Lisa’s Annual Wine Sale Nov.

13, 6-10pm; Nov. 14, 4-10pm; Nov. 15, 11am-10pm • Mona Lisa’s, 428 Water St., Eau Claire • (715) 839-8969 • www.monalisas.biz Featuring Mona Lisa’s favorite wines, cellar reserves, and plenty bottles under $10.

Black Friday Breakfast Nov. 28, 9am1pm • From the Vine Wine Room, 2526 Golf Road, Eau Claire • $15 • 21+ • 715833-8989 • fromthevineftv.com After shopping or instead of shopping, plan to have breakfast with friends at From the Vine Wine Room. Breakfast by Monteatza’s Eats & Treats, plus 2 mimosas for $15. Bloody Marys also available. Musical entertainment by Second Hand Hearts. Two seatings: 9am or 11am. Reservations required. Share the Flame 2014 Dec. 2, 5-10pm •

Fanny Hill, 3919 Crescent Ave, Eau Claire • See contact info for admission • 715-8344455 • www.epilepsywesternwi.org Fundraiser dinner presented by the Epilepsy Foundation Western Wisconsin. A dinner and silent auction featuring Master of Ceremony Bob Gallaher and guest speaker Mike Simmel. Social hour and silent auction at 5pm. Welcome and dinner at 7:15pm.

Madrigal Dinner Dec. 5, 6:30-9pm • Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire • Call the Service Center for ticket info • (715) 8363727 • www.uwec.edu/mus-the/ Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner is a 15th-century-style banquet with music and entertainment by the Court Chamber Choir, Court Brass Choir, Court Recorders and Court Thespians. A candlelit 15th Century banquet hall, draped with medieval banners and

evergreen accents the scene as a court jester beckons the diners to join the festivities.

24th Annual Cookie Walk Dec. 6, 9am-

noon • 510 S. Farwell Street, Eau Claire • 715-579-0895 Get your holiday baking done the easy way with our Cookie Walk. We have a beautiful and delicious assortment of cookies, candies, and other holiday goodies for sale.

Taste of the Holidays Sampling Event

Dec. 6, 10am-1pm • Indianhead Foodservice Distributor, 313 Hastings Pl., Eau Claire • (715) 834-4800 • www.callifd.com Try all of your holiday party favorites and take advantage of great one day sale prices. Sample prime rib, beef tenderloin, scallops, shrimp side dishes, desserts, and more. Open to the public with no membership fees.

Christmas Dinner Dec. 25, 5pm • Snout Saloon, 13 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4848 See contact info for details.

Words Events

Travis Dewitz Nov. 29, noon-2pm • Bookends on Main, 214 E. Main St., Menomonie • FREE • 715-233-6252 • www.www. bookendsonmain.com Meet and greet the author, get an autographed copy of Blaze Orange Rob Bignell Nov. 29, 2-4pm • Bookends on Main, 214 E. Main St., Menomonie • FREE • 715-233-6252 • www.www.bookendsonmain.com Meet and greet the local author, get an autographed copy of one of his books. Unwrap the Gift of Reading Early Dec.Jan. 6 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • (715) 877-3334 • www.fallcreekpubliclibrary.org Shhhh! It’s a secret! Read the book’s description on the wrapping paper and if it appeals to you, check it out! Each library book will be wrapped up with a special winter-themed treat. Let’s Be Honest - A Grown-Up Storytelling Series: Original Kin Dec. 4, 7pm

• The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Volume One’s new storytelling series, where some of the area’s best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. Each night multiple storytellers muse on a common theme. Tonight’s theme is Original Kin: Highs and lows with the people we call “family”.

Let’s Be Honest - A Grown-Up Storytelling Series: On the Road Dec. 11, 7pm

• The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Volume One’s new storytelling series, where some of the area’s best writers and yarn-spinners take Volume One 2014

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to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. Each night multiple storytellers muse on a common theme. Tonight’s theme is On the Road: Travel stories sure to make you trip.

is for you! There will be choices of several different cards to make and ideas that you can use as-is or add your own personal touches.

Michael Perry Reading and Book Signing Dec. 13, 3pm • The Volume One

1-5pm; Nov. 17, 5:30-9:30pm • Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 Cty Rd. K, Fall Creek • Registration and full payment required by Nov. 5: Friends $12, Nonmembers $15 • 877-2212 • beavercreekreserve.org Participants will have their choice of a variety of small and medium size holiday baskets. All baskets will be made up as kits. This is the perfect opportunity to complete those Christmas gifts. Basket materials range from $10-$25 and are paid directly to Linda on class night. Participants choose which kit(s) they want to make on the day of the workshop.

Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne. org New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry will be taking over the gallery for a special holiday season reading, with discussion and book signing to follow. Don’t miss this chance to get your books, CDs, and other Perry-related gifts personalized.

Let’s Be Honest - A Grown-Up Storytelling Series: Holiday Heroics Dec.

18, 7pm • The Volume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Volume One’s new storytelling series, where some of the area’s best writers and yarnspinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. Each night multiple storytellers muse on a common theme. Tonight’s theme is Holiday Heroics: Stories of yuletide successes and holly jolly failures.

Travis Dewitz Book Signing: Blaze Orange - Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin Dec. 20, 1pm • The Volume

One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • 715552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin, a new book by Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book profiles not only the hunters but also the businesses that support them - from taxidermists and knife makers to butchers and momand-pop stores where hunters gather to warm up and swap stories.

A Very Shotgun Christmas! - A Reading and Signing of “Shotgun Lovesongs” Dec. 20, 3-4pm • The Vol-

ume One Gallery, Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • all ages • 715-552-0457 • www.VolumeOne.org Local novelist and short story writer, Nickolas Butler, will read from his acclaimed novel, Shotgun Lovesongs. Butler will be available to answer questions and sign copies of the book.

Classes

Cricut Christmas Cards Nov. 15, 9amnoon • Voyagers Community Learning Center, See contact info for event location, Chippewa Falls • $30 • 18+ • (715) 720-3749 • cfsd.chipfalls.k12.wi.us Have you ever wanted to create your very own handmade Christmas cards for your friends and family? Then this beginner to intermediate Cricut card making class Volume One 2014

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Discussing Diabetes: Holiday Edition

Nov. 19, 5:30-7pm • 29 Pines Hotel and Convention Center, 5872 33rd Ave., Eau Claire • FREE • 715-717-7300 Featuring keynote speaker Terry Benson, MD, Internal Medicine specialist who will discuss the latest info in the treatment of diabetes and new medications. Other presenters and exhibitors will offer demos in cooking, exercise, and a variety of health info and screenings. Refreshments provided.

Healthy Holiday Cooking Nov. 21, 1011:30am • Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County, 4800 Golf Rd., Suite 450, Eau Claire • FREE • 715-833-1735 • www.frcec.org Turn your family’s favorite holiday recipes into healthier recipes! We will discuss ways you can maker the foods your family already enjoys healthier by using ingredient swaps and different preparation techniques. Bring your favorite recipes to discuss and take home new ones to try. Register online. Paper Crafting; A Card Buffet Nov. 29, 9am-noon; Dec. 7, 9am-noon • Green Oasis Gardens by Greener Grass Systems Inc., 1403 122nd St., Lake Hallie • $20 • 715832-0800 • greenoasisgardens.com Just like a food buffet, this card buffet lets you pick and chose 10 cards you want to make. With 10+ designs to choose from; you can make any combination you wish. Hand-make your cards this holiday. Additional card kits may be available while supplies last, the night of the class for $1.50 each. Make Your Own Snowshoes Dec. 6-7, 9:30am-3:30pm or Jan. 10-11, 9:30am3:30pm • Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 County Road K, Fall Creek • Friends $160, Nonmembers $170 • (715) 877-2212 • www.beavercreekreserve.org Choose from three styles of snowshoes or the great, all-purpose Ojibwa style. All shoes are laced with tubular nylon, which is comfortable to work with, and have great strength when varnished. Registration and full payment required by November 10 or December 15 for respective sessions. DIY Winter Decorations Dec. 16, 3:30-


5pm • Fall Creek Public Library, 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • all ages • 715877-3334 • www.fallcreekpubliclibrary.org We will have a variety of materials laid out on the tables for you to make winter decorations for your room, house, or as gifts. Be creative and make your own, or follow the patterns/examples and Jenna to create decorations. All ages and crafting abilities are welcome.

Pinterest Party: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Dec. 16, 6:30-8pm •

Eau Claire YMCA, 700 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • $10 Y Member | $12 Non-Member • (715) 836-8460 • www.eauclaireymca. org Join us for the first of our new series of Pinterest parties! December’s theme is “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” where we will do a series of Christmas and winter-related crafts. We will supply the instructions and supplies. All participants must be pre-registered by Friday, Dec. 12.

Winter Solstice

Solstice: Celebration of Lights Dec.

17, 6:30pm • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire • 715-834-0690 • www.uueauclaire.com Throughout the service the sanctuary will gradually illuminate, celebrating the return of the light. Holiday cookies and refreshments will follow the service. Families with children of all ages are welcome (childcare provided for children ages 3 and under).

Winter Solstice Celebration Dec. 21,

6:30-8pm • The Center, 3701 E. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire • Love donation accepted • 715-529-3344 • www.thecenterec.com Winter Solstice Celebration at the Center. Come and pause before the holidays and celebrate the winter solstice with candlelight restorative yoga and a spiritual time of reflection from many perspectives for all ages.

Remembrances

Finding Healing in the Holidays Every Sunday from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, 6:307:30pm • The Center, 3701 Hwy. 12, Eau Claire • 7155297683 • thecenterec.com The holidays can be challenging. This can come from remembering lost loved ones but also from losses in relationships, careers, health and etc. But the holidays also invite us to receive and share God’s comfort and care. Something Old, Something New & Something Just to Get You Through

Nov. 19, 6-7:30pm • The Healing Place, Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • FREE • (715) 717-6028 • www.sacredhearthospital-ec.org Journeying through a loss of any type can be difficult. As the holiday season approaches, that journey can seem overwhelming. This program will offer suggestions on how to navigate the holiday Volume One 2014

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season, not eliminating the pain of loss, but softening the edges that come. Register by Nov. 14.

Love-Light Christmas Tree Ceremony

Dec. 7, 5:30pm • Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire • $10 per love light, $100 lighted tree toppers, $250 nativity scenes • 715-717-4255 • www.sacredhearteauclaire.org Refreshments will be served in the lobby starting at 4:45pm. Donations must be received by Nov. 26. Event is held in the Hospital Chapel.

New Year’s Eve

For more New Year’s Eve events, check out our online calendar at Volumeone.org/ events as we get closer to the year’s end.

Nearly New Year’s Eve Party Dec.

30, 2:30-3:30pm; Dec. 30, 7:30-9pm • Fall Creek Public Library, 122 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek • 715-877-3334 • www. fallcreekpubliclibrary.org At 2:30pm, enjoy crafts, games, and other end-ofthe-year treats for toddlers, elementary aged youth, and their families. At 7pm, enjoy snacks, 2014 trivia, games, and other end-of-the-year goodies for ages 12-young adult. Dress as you are or come dressed up.

RCU New Year’s Eve Event Dec. 31, 5-9pm • Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road, Eau Claire • $5 admission, kids 2 and under are FREE • (715) 552-1200 • www.ecsportscenter.com Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with us at the Sports Center. Bring the whole family out to this special event and enjoy DJ entertainment, games, prizes, inflatables, limo rides, and a huge balloon drop. Don’t miss out on the biggest Children’s New Year’s Event in the Chippewa Valley. Rock’n New Year’s Family Skate

Dec. 31, 6-8pm • Hobbs Ice Arena, 915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire • Admission is only $3 or 1 punch on the City Pass. Skate Rentals are FREE • (715) 839-5040 • www.eauclairewi.gov Celebrate the New Year on the ice.

Prelude to an Eve – Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra Dec. 31, 7:30-10:30pm

• The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • adults $12, seniors $11, youth $5 • (715) 726-9000 • www.cvca.net Need a boost into 2015? You’ll regret it if you miss this fantastic end-of-year party, an event that must be experienced first-hand. Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra will help you dance into 2015 laughing and singing all the way. So grab your dancing shoes and head for the Heyde Center for the Arts on this special evening.

New Year’s Eve at the Mabel, featuring the George Maurer Trio Dec. 31,

8pm-1am • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • $45 •

Nothing beats downtown Eau Claire after a fresh snowfall like this one in 2011. (715) 235-0001 • www.mabeltainter.org A bass-driven electric blues-rock band featuring Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and wife Deb Klossner on bass, Blue Max has been performing since its formation in 1982. With the combination of talented slide guitar playing with a genuine, oldfashioned passion for the music, you’ve got a versatile groove that both young and old can appreciate.

New Year’s Bash feat. Howard “Guitar” Luedtke & Blue Max Dec. 31,

9:30pm • Snout Saloon, 13 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls • 21+ • (715) 723-4848 Live music performers TBA. See contact info for details.

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Jimmy’s Juke Joint, 2170 County Hwy. A, Bloomer • FREE • 21+ • 715-568-4858 • www.facebook.com Come out for a fun evening as Apollo’s Beacon brings in the New Year.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dec. 31,

8:15pm-12:15am • St. Mary’s Community Center, 1812 Lynn Ave., Altoona • Cost: $20/person in advance (until Dec. 24), $25/ person at the door • (715) 833-1879 Join us as we greet the year 2015 for dancing & camaraderie. Lesson at 8:15pm, 9pm-12:15am general dancing. Lesson and music by Dave and Karen Goggin. Snacks, party favors & midnight champagne toast included). Reservations encouraged.


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Kids Write: What Does Santa Do All Day? Over the years we’ve asked Chippewa Valley third-graders to ponder the season’s greatest questions, including “What does Santa do all day?” Here are some of the most creative peeks that young writers have given us into the personal planner of Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Santa wakes up and has breakfast (I don’t know what he eats.) He flufs up all his pillows and he straightens out the sheets. And after his bed is made, he gets to work on toys. Then he checks his “naghty/nice” list of all the girls and boys. And there are some other things he told me not to tell. Anyways I don’t remember them very well. Then he wraps up all the toys, and he sends them on their way. To where they’re stored til’ Christmas Eve and that’s all I have to say. –Riley, Locust Lane Elementary He wakes up and sits up in his bed and says, “Ho ho ho.” Then he gets out of bed and takes his Santa PJs that he gave to himself for Christmas. He walks out to his elves that have very pointy ears and says, “How are your ears today?” Every day he says “Put your ears up and listen” and he gives them all a new assignment or toy to make. Then he goes to his wife’s room and says “Ho ho ho” cause that is her alarm so she does not sleep all day. Then he has to go get all his reindeer – even Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer – so he can go to the mall and see what

toys boys and girls want. Then he hooks up all his reindeer and sneaks into the mall so nobody sees him. When he gets off his sleigh he decides to smeel the reindeers mouth and they stink so he gives them a mouthwash. Then he cheeks on his elves. They where all in bed, so he knows that he was late for bed. He says “Ho ho ho I think it’s time to go get my PJs on.” So he gets in bed and goes to sleep. The next day he does the same thing over again. – Josie, Manz Elementary I think Santa goes to the store and buys all the presents for all the children, then wraps them up. Then he goes home drinks hot cocoa and waches the snow. –Zoe, Sherman Elementary Mr. Claus gathers the coal for the kids who aren’t being not so good. ... “Hey Mrs. Claws bring me some milk and cookies!” Santa says. “OK dear,” Mrs. Claws says. “Elves wants some, too! They’re doing hard work! Yes they are! Skateboard, bel-t rake, wave master! It’s a frightening thing, OK! Hurry hurry! Jump on the sleigh,

Ethan, grade three

common guys. Go reindeers go! Up, up, and away! Here we go! Stephen’s house! Jacob’s house! Mason’s house! Tanner’s house. Hooray hooray! I see the sun! Get back to the North Pole.” –Mason, Manz Elementary Santa woke up in the morning and he feel out of bed. He ran to the kitchen and ate sausage, bacon, and eggs. He got into his sleigh and his elves loded the bag and put it in his sleigh. He headed towards China. His little dog named Snowie came with. Snowie was letting his ears get blown bake by the wind. He got to the first house. He feel down the chimney and found chocolate chip cookies and hot coco. He went to their tree, put down their presents as quit as can be. He went home to relax for a wile. All of a sudin, the phone rang. He answard, “Hellow who is this?” “It’s the Ester Bunny.” “What do you want?” “I just wanted to talk!” “Oh. I half to eat dinner.” “Well bye,” said the Ester Bunny. –Maya, Putnam Heights Elementary One day Santa got up and said “I want a cookie for breakfast!” So he went in the kitchen and then a brown thing ran across the floor. He said “It’s a rat!!!” He called the exterminator and they come and they caught what Santa thought was a mouse. But it was cookie and it was rolling around all that time. He picked it up and Santa almost ate it, but then the cookie said, “Don’t eat me!!!” And then Santa fainted. Then he got up and said “I am going to bed so I am not crazy anymore.” –Tyler, Locust Lane Elementary The alarm bell rang. “Oh it is time to go make sume toys.” Ring ring. “Let’s go elves! It is time. We don’t got all day! Well, we do, but let’s get a move on. Where’s Rudolph? I have to feed him. I got mint ice cream, Rudolph. You don’t need to eat all of it.” “Yes I do.” “No you don’t.” “Yes I do.” “No you don’t. We can do this all day!” And they did. The end. –Ethan, Locust Lane Elementary

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Olivia, grade three

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On a typical day at the North Pole I think Santa would go shopping for wood, hammers, nails, and beat up toys for his elves to fix up so they look good as new. (By the way, Santa had a cookie for breakfast.) “All the kids will love these toys when they are finished,” said Santa. Then when he was done shopping he had 100,000,050 beat up toys. (He already had 90,000 at home.) So when he got home he gave all those toys to the elves and they started to work and all the toys looked good as new. Christmas was good that year and I bet Santa is doing all the same stuff that I told you – and the elves, too. –Anthony, Locust Lane Elementary The day started when Santa’s alarm woke him up. “Ring ring ring.” So he jumped out of bed and went for a run to loose some pounds for about half hour. He runs around the penguin’s hut 20 times. After his long run he picks three elves for weights for one minute. After the minute was over he went to his bedroom to see if his suit still fits him. He was jumping up and down and shouting “It fits! It fits!” So Mrs Claus said, “What are you shouting for?” “I’m shouting because my suit for Christmas fits.” But Mrs Claus said “Well stop shouting.” So Santa took off his Christmas suit and went downstairs to bake some cookies for the guests. While he was

waiting for the cookies to be done, he set up the Christmas tree. Santa forgot all about the cookies by the time he looked at them they were burnt! So Santa called Mrs Claus ran downstairs. “What happened to the cookies?” “They got burnt,” Santa said. “I told you not to make cookies,” said Mrs Claus. His guests ate dinner but it was time for dessert. Mrs Claus said “Oh my! I forgot to make cookies. So now we have burnt cookies for dessert.” The guests all said “These cookies are awful.” So they left. –Olivia, Locust Lane Elementary When he wakes up he puts on his slippers and goes down the stairs. He says hi to all the elves. Then he goes to Hollymart to get some green, red, and white clothes. Then he pays the little elf and then he leaves. Then he might go to Santaville Park. He probably sits on the bench and watches all of the kid elves play. – Tierra, Manz Elementary After that Santa Claus would go and clean all of the reindeer because the day before that they had Christmas and got dirty in glops of mud. Rudolph the red nose reindeer said, “Mud! I love mud! I like splashing in dirty mud! So see? Oh no, it’s time to go to bed already. So good nappy nappy. Zzzzzzzzz!” –Ellie, Locust Lane Elementary Volume One 2014

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