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Pablo Foundation Gives Library Expansion Project $750,000 Pledge

fundraising for project reaches 77% mark

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The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library has received a $750,000 pledge from the Pablo Foundation toward its $7 million Story Builder expansion campaign. The pledge, the largest made toward the campaign to date, brings fundraising up to 77% of ...

Wisco Congressman Pushes Bill to Aid Shuttered Entertainment Venues

Democrat Ron Kind and Republican colleague introduce ENCORES Act

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A western Wisconsin congressman is working across the aisle to help entertainment and music venues nationwide who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, a Democratic whose ...

Pablo Center Donates ‘Together Chippewa Valley’ Funds To Eight Arts Nonprofits

as local arts venues face extinction, COVID-formed coalition seeks to support nonprofits

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The Pablo Center at the Confluence announced Wednesday that it has donated a total of $9,484 in funds from Together Chippewa Valley – a fundraising coalition formed amid the COVID-19 pandemic in response to local community needs – to eight ...

Coalition to Public: ‘Mask Up, Eau Claire County!’

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A new coalition has launched an effort to encourage Eau Claire County residents to voluntarily wear face masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19. Organizations ranging from local governments to medical ...

Check Out the Cool Concept Plan for Upgrading Boyd Park

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The Eau Claire City Council has approved an ambitious concept plan to upgrade Boyd Park with amenities that would include an adventure playground, a skate park, and even a hammock lounge. Now a neighborhood association must raise ...

Sound of Silence: Blue Ox Pulls Plug on 2020 Festival

dates set for 2021 gathering

V1 Staff, photos by Mike O'Brien

After doing their best to weather the pandemic by first holding a virtual event and then rescheduling their in-person festival to late August, organizers of the Blue Ox Music Festival have finally decided to ...

Virtual Chalkfest 2020: View the Winners!

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Today, we’re announcing the winners! The (chalk) dust has settled, thousands of votes have been tallied, and you have chosen the winners from among the 142 solo artists and teams ...

E.C. Chamber of Commerce: Please Wear Your Face Masks

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In a public letter to supporters Tuesday, the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce asked businesses and community members to follow federal, state, and local guidelines about wearing face masks and social distancing to slow the spread ...

New Grant Offerings May Push COVID-19 Relief Impact Past $1M

V1 Staff, photos by Tina Ecker

Three Chippewa Valley charitable groups have announced they are working together to address community nonprofits’ COVID-19 needs in the hopes of making a $1 million economic impact. The United Way of the ...

Eau Claire County Takes Step to Relax COVID-19 Limits

bigger public gatherings, more people in businesses now allowed

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new public health order allowing gatherings of as many as 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors went into effect today in Eau Claire County. The latest order from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department loosens ...

Chippewa Valley Museum Collecting Quarantine Diaries

if you've been recording your thoughts throughout the pandemic, the museum wants to hear from you

V1 Staff

Have you kept a diary throughout these unprecedented, uncertain, chaotic – you name it – times? The Chippewa Valley Museum is collecting journals for its “Dear Diary” program ...

Eau Claire County Reports First COVID-19 Related Death

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After weathering several months of a global pandemic without a coronavirus fatality, Eau Claire County has experienced its first COVID-19 related death, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department announced ...

Back to the Past: Chippewa Valley Museum Ready to Reopen

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The Chippewa Valley Museum is the latest local institution to plan to reopen as the community and nation continue to turn the dial away from coronavirus-related restrictions. The museum, which closed its doors ...

Country Fest Postponed to 2021

despite their darndest efforts, Cadott music festival cancels August event

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

Joining the bandwagon of other high-profile music festivals in the Chippewa Valley, Country Fest is postponing its August festival until June 24-26, 2021 ...

Country Jam Canceled for 2020 Over COVID-19 Concerns

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

Another one of the Chippewa Valley’s high-profile music festivals has fallen silent this summer: Organizers of County Jam USA announced Monday that the three-day musical gathering won’t ...

Volume One Receives Emergency Funds from Google News Initiative

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Along with countless businesses forging ahead through the COVID-19 pandemic, Volume One has been adversely affected by the human and economic costs of the crisis. In fact, we’re part of an industry that has been hit particularly hard: Thousands of media ...

Rock Fest Postponed Until 2021 Amid Pandemic

organizers hope to book same bands for next year

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

It looks like there is a force in the universe stronger than rock ’n’ roll: COVID-19. Explaining that “the deck is stacked against us,” organizers of ...

How to Ensure Sunny Days Ahead for High Schools’ Solar Project

effort to put panels on North, Memorial nears matching gift deadline

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Thanks to some generous donations, Eau Claire’s North and Memorial high schools could both be outfitted with rooftop solar panels this summer, but some additional community help is needed to carry the project over the ...

SOUNDS LIKE BUMMER? A Quick Update on Our Annual Summer Concert Series

V1 Staff, photos by Adam Smith

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, you may be wondering about Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. The concerts – which typically bring nearly 2,000 people to Phoenix Park to enjoy local music, food, and community every Thursday throughout the summer ...

Phoenix Park Bridge Will Light Up to Honor 2020 Grads

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Among the many disappointments caused by this spring’s pandemic has been the cancelation of in-person graduation ceremonies for young people wrapping up their high school and college careers. From drive-by parades ...

Chalkfest Pivots to Virtual Display, Competition for 2020

participants invited to safely create chalk artwork wherever they are

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Since its inception 12 years ago, Chalkfest has been a celebration of creativity spread across concrete canvases – first at downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park, and more recently on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Last summer alone ...

Rock the Riverfront Has Gone Virtual

RCU announces changes for summer 10K fundraising event

V1 Staff, photos by Taylor Smith

The RCU Foundation is transitioning the 2020 Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic event to a virtual race. This decision has been made with the safety of attendees ...

New State Guidelines Designed to Help Businesses Reopen Safely

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Wisconsin retailers, restauranteurs, motel operators, manufacturers, and numerous other businesses owners have new guidelines on how to reopen and operate safely when “Safer at Home” restrictions are eased. On Friday, Gov. Tony. Evers ...

The 2020 Parade of Homes is Going Virtual

annual Chippewa Valley event will be free this year

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The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association has announced its first-ever VIRTUAL Parade of Homes, presented by Spin Vision Virtual Tours ...