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Stepfamily Rx

Peace Church 501 E. Fillmore Eau Claire, WI
Informational and supportive event for stepfamilies, stepgrandparents, and couples getting married into a stepfamily. Dori M. Pulse and six speakers will have something for everyone attending!

Peace Church 715-834-2486

Laughter Yoga - 4 Sessions

Big Dot of Happiness 412 Technology Drive E. Menomonie, WI Thu. Mar. 19 5:15-6pm Thu. Apr. 16 5:15-6pm Thu. May. 21 5:15-6pm Thu. Jun. 18 5:15-6pm
Laughter yoga is positive energy that will boost your immune system and help heal a variety of illnesses. No prior yoga experience necessary. Laughter yoga instructor, Jodi Ritsch, M.D., is a certified coach and also board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. She will show you how laughter yoga can improve your overall quality of life. Come in and see how to brighten your day with laughter yoga.

Bring your own yoga mat or towel for relaxation afterward. This is an upstairs space without elevator access. If you have concerns, please call ahead.

Cost: $40 for all 4 sessions
$15 for a single session

Please register in advance.

Lindsey Mattson
(800) 274-4282

Navigating Pinterest

Augusta Senior and Community Center, 616 W. Washington St., Augusta
● $5.00 Covers: How to look for/follow friends ● How to find things that interest you! ● How to print out recipes & instructions once you find them.

Augusta Senior and Community Center
715 286-2953

Mat Cutting 101

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Enhance the beauty of your photos, paintings, posters and artwork in this class designed to teach participants about the tools, equipment and techniques in mat cutting. The Logan and Alto Mat Cutters will be used to cut single and double mats. See how simple it is to cut your own mats. Materials will be provided with some hands-on opportunities. Don’t forget to bring a photo or picture to be matted. Program is led by BCR volunteer Larry Bennett.
Registration and full payment required by April 29.
Friends $6 Nonmembers $9

Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212

Mat Cutting 101

Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Enhance the beauty of your photos, paintings, posters and artwork in this class designed to teach participants about the tools, equipment and techniques in mat cutting. The Logan and Alto Mat Cutters will be used to cut single and double mats. See how simple it is to cut your own mats. Materials will be provided with some hands-on opportunities. Don’t forget to bring a photo or picture to be matted. Program is led by BCR volunteer Larry Bennett.
Registration and full payment required by April 29.
Friends $6 Nonmembers $9

Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212

Serendipity Silk Design Class

Wise Nature Center Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek
Dye an infinity length silk scarf with translucent dyes that set without chemicals or steaming. The process is very serendipitous as the dyes move across the scarf surface, coloring the silk in a random pattern. These “no fear” dyes allow you to overlay colors without becoming muddy. After your scarf is dyed, you can add a touch of metallic bling. Add your signature and wear your beautiful new scarf on your favorite summer hat or give it as a gift.
Registration and payment required by May 15.
Friends $35 Nonmembers $40

Melissa O'Donnell (715) 877-2212

Growing Beyond Your Business feat. Priya Bettadapur, Streetsense / Vibrant Streets

The Volume One Gallery Located inside the Local Store at the Volume One World Headquarters, 205 N. Dewey St. Eau Claire, 54703
Your stores, shops, and restaurants have stories to tell, but what's the best way to tell them? Communication is key, and everything from internal & external storefront improvements, streetscape design, and making your street and business memorable is important. Learn how to make small, incremental changes to boost presence and visibility in the community, engage with each other to form a cohesive Eau Claire vision, and share it with the world. No registration required.

Cost: FREE

Wed. Feb. 25 7:30-8:30am

The Local Store, 715.552.0457, 205 N. Dewey St. Eau Claire, WI 54703

Planning for a Confident Retirement

UW-Eau Claire Centennial Hall, Room 1204, Eau Claire, WI
Whether you’re within 10 years, or newly retired, you likely know this won’t be your parent’s retirement. Presented in both an individual and group setting, six industry professionals will offer their insight and expertise on a range of topics to help you make informed decisions in this new generation of retirement. While access to such experts would normally cost hundreds of dollars, this small investment of time and money could mean the difference between uncertainty and a confident retirement.

In three convenient evening sessions, this program will explore:
• How to efficiently recreate your paycheck
• Strategies for maximizing Social Security benefits
• Unlocking the mystery of the Affordable Healthcare Act and Medicare
• Beyond retirement: how to leave a legacy for your family and the community

Seminar runs on three consecutive Tuesdays:
March 31
• Retirement and Financial Planning
• Charitable Giving Strategies
April 7
• Estate Planning
April 14
• Medicare/Affordable Health Care Act
• Social Security Strategies

Time (for each program):
5:30 pm: Casual conversation with experts (Come with your individual questions and talk one-on-one before the program starts!)
6:00 - 8:30 pm: Program (includes a break with refreshments)
8:30 pm: Casual conversation with experts

$100 (Buy one, get a spouse, friend or guest registration at half price -- $50!) Must be purchased together on same order to qualify for discount.)

Brett Schroedel

Motivational Interviewing: Helping Patients and Clients Make Positive Behavior Changes

Clarion Hotel Campus Area, 2703 Craid Road, Eau Claire, WI 54703
Motivational Interviewing is a well-established evidence-based approach to promoting positive behavior change. Motivational Interviewing has been shown to be effective across a variety of problem behaviors and populations. Attend this seminar and learn about this highly popular and sought after approach to behavior change.
This two-day exposure training will provide you with the most up-to-date information as well as the background on MI theory and research, including how and why behavior change occurs. It is presented as a guiding style of communication and contrasted with other methods of behavior change counseling. Engaging will be the featured MI process in this workshop. Through discussion, videos, and experiential exercises, learners will begin developing a MI practice.
For more information on this seminar or to register, visit the website at

Brett Schroedel

Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible!

Sunbow Farm, W4620 Langdell Rd., Eau Claire
Attend this FREE Hands-On Workshop to learn the Grow BioIntensive method of mini-farming/gardening. For absolute beginners through experienced gardeners we will cover site preparation, compost making, plant selection and spacing, watering, weeding and more. Call with questions (715-379-7284) or sign-up today by e-mailing Kristina at

Kristina Beuning


Eau Claire YMCA
Ages: 7-10
Fee: Y Member $30 | Non-Member $40

Learning a new language can build self-confidence, empathy for others, and respect for new experiences. This 6-week program introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Join in on this innovative new class and broaden your horizons!

Jen Zwicky

Explore! Junior STEM Institute

Eau Claire YMCA
Ages: 8-10
Fee: Y Member $45 | Non-Member $60

Are you in 3rd to 5th grade? Do you love science? Join us as we work to solve problems and perform experiments that are sure to excite all participants! After rules! This is a 6-week class.

Jen Zwicky

Young Artists Studio

Eau Claire YMCA
Ages: 8-12
Fee: Y Member $45 | Non-Member $60

We invite you to join us as we explore our creativity! This 6-week visual art class is aimed at broadening your artistic horizons. We will complete different projects each week using a variety of mediums and styles.

Jen Zwicky, Youth Development Director

Paint-a-Palooza (Charcoal Drawing)

Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Charcoal Drawing with artist DeVona Brodt
Wednesday, January 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
DeVona Brodt will lead a beginner class on drawing with charcoal. Charcoal has a unique look and texture when applied to paper and is perfect for the beginning artist to perfect her technique. Charcoal is a favorite artist medium for many people due to its versatile nature. Come give charcoal drawing a chance and leave the class with your own creation. DeVona Brodt a retired art teacher who is continuing her passion of teaching at her in home studio , Revelations Studio LLC near Cadott. All materials are provided. Cost $30 per person (paid in advance)

Debra Johnson, Executive Director

Gentle Yoga Classes

Beaver Creek Reserve, Wise Nature Center, S1 Cty Rd K, Fall Creek, WI 54742 Mondays, Jan. 5- Feb. 23, 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays, March 2-April 20, 6-7:15 p.m.
Gentle yoga provides all the benefits of the yoga experience at a slower and easier place. It helps to reduce stress, feel strong yet flexible in your body and increase positive energy. The eight-week session is led by BCR member Karen Wise and will include instruction in how to do poses, breathing techniques and relaxation practice. Please dress in loose-fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on the floor.
Registration and full payment required by Dec. 30 and/or Feb. 25. Drop-in rate is $12 per session.
Friends $64 Nonmembers $80

Sarah Bergstrom, 715-877-2212

Childhood ADHD: Evidence-Based Practice and Practical Solutions

Clarion Hotel Campus Area, Eau Claire WI
Describe the symptoms, diagnostic criteria and associated problems of ADHD.
Summarize the literature of conceptualization of ADHD including etiological formulations, developmental progression, gender differences and cultural considerations.
Identify four misconceptions about what causes ADHD.
Describe how negative reinforcement might contribute to inattention.
Implement best practices regarding ADHD assessment and conduct structured behavioral observations.
Effectively discuss ADHD with families and help parents cope with their child's ADHD diagnosis.
Implement evidence-based interventions that target problem solving, social and self-management skills.
Check the web for more info and prices.

Karen Konz, 836-5637,

Co-Parenting: Little Children, Big Challenges

Family Resource Center, Oakwood Malls, Sears Wing
Whether you’re divorced, separated or are looking for guidance in co-parenting, “Co-Parenting: Little Children, Big Challenges” is the place for you. While you learn about seeing through your child’s eyes and practical solutions for co-parenting—your child will be engaging in fun activities, learning about regulating emotions and ‘two-hug days’. Register online at or call 715-833-1735.

Family Resource Center

Yoga Tree Fundraiser

Dec 14, 2013 10 A.M. & 4 P.M.

3701 Highway 12, Eau Claire, WI
Have some fun by doing yoga this weekend! Signup to join any of the two classes being offered. The proceeds will benefit the Community Table in Eau Claire, which supplies meals to those less fortunate.

Using QuickBooks in Your Business

Jul 12, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jul 19, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI.
The Western Dairyland Business Center and Evlyn Carlile of Simple Office Solutions are presenting the hands-on training series Using QuickBooks in Your Business. Classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. on July 12 & 19 at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire.

In Session 1 (July 12) attendees will learn the basics, create a company file, and learn how to process and pay bills. Session 2 (July 19) will cover transactions with vendors and customers, including invoices and receiving payments.

During the classes, attendees will set up a personalized company file which they will be able to import to their own business computer system. Classes will use Premier QuickBooks 2011.

Laptops will be provided for use during the classes, therefore space is limited to 20 participants. Payment and registration are required by July 8. Tuition is $99 for the series and scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. No experience with QuickBooks is necessary, but attendees should have basic computer skills.

There are three easy ways to register and pay: online at, by phone at 836-7511 ext. 171, or in person at the Western Dairyland office at 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire.

Karman Briggs

Weight Management

Jun 6, 2011 5:30 pm

Jun 14, 2011 5:30 pm

Jun 20, 2011 5:30 pm

Jun 28, 2011 5:30 pm

Luther Midelfort Clinic, 733 W. Clairemont Ave
Free orientation meetings are held weekly on alternating Mondays and Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Luther Midelfort’s clinic on 733 W. Clairemont Ave. This month’s meetings will be held June 6, 14, 20 and 28. Call 715-838-6731 to register.