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Building Baby's Brain

6:30-8:00pm
Learn how positive interactions with your baby enhance social and emotional development, creativity, and even IQ. Activities for specific ages will be shared and demonstrated. Class content will be geared towards development from birth to age 3 years. Sponsored by the Eau Claire County BRAIN Team. There is a $10 fee. Register online at www.frcec.org or call 715-833-1735.


Family Resource Center
715-833-1735



Routines & Organization for School Success

Family Resource Center, Oakwood Mall, Sears Wing
Join us to discuss ways to organize your children’s school STUFF. We will talk about before and after school routines and how to make them smooth running for everyone. Learn how to make it a successful school year for both you and your child. Register online at www.frcec.org or call 715-833-1735.


Family Resource Center
715-833-1735



Give it a Whirl: Clay, On the Wheel and Off

Driftless Folk School, Viroqua, WI
Start your week off right. Learn to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. This series is being offered three times, choose a month for the full series. *Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time! $ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee. limited to 5 participants


Melody Smith 608-632-3348


How to Create a Routine

Dunn County
Do you have a smooth running routine in your house? Join us to discuss tips and tricks to set up a family routine that will make life easer for kids and parents alike. Register online at www.frcec.org or call 715-833-1735.


Family Resource Center
715-833-1735



Community Childbirth Education

Viroqua, WI
Spend an afternoon immersed in the emotional, physical and spiritual nature of birth and new parenting. We will utilize a variety of teaching methods including discussion, hands on, birth art, writing, movement and song. These classes aim to promote participants to explore their own beliefs and gain confidence in their unique birthing adventure. Together we will learn from each other and form community based on mutual respect and the shared joy of welcoming new life. $45


Melody Smith, Registrar 608.634.3348


The Parenting Class

Family Resource Center, Oakwood Mall, Sears Wing
The Parenting Class will cover general parenting topics such as: communication, responsibility, co-parenting, dealing with children’s anger, discipline and routines. A certificate will be presented upon completion. There is a $10 fee for this class. Register online at www.frcec.org or call 715-833-1735.

Family Resource Center
715-833-1735



Leather Moccasin Sneakers

Driftless Folk School, La Farge, WI
Cut, punch and handstitch your way to a brand new pair of casual leather shoes. Learn to measure your feet and discuss ways to alter patterns for new designs. Embellishment techniques will be introduced and soling options discussed. $ 75.00 course registration fee, $85 materials fee. limited to 10 participants.
608.632.3348 | http://driftlessfolkschool.org/


Melody Smith 608-632-3348


Summer Beekeeping

Driftless Folk School, La Farge, WI
This session covers a hive inspection in depth including recognizing colony patterns. We’ll be going into the hives so bring your gear and protective equipment. (we’ll have a few veils on hand) We’ll be looking at the health and production in the hive handling bars and frames of brood, honey and pollen. If able we will be harvesting honey, wax and propolis. We’ll talk about supering, splits and load balancing your hives. $ 75.00 course registration fee. Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.


Melody Smith, 608-632-3348


Natural Building: Straw-Clay Walls.

Driftless Folk School, Hillsboro, WI
The natural building style of Straw/Clay infill (a.k.a. “slip-straw”) is an alternative to conventional insulation such as fiberglass or foam products. Straw/clay performs very well in our Midwest climate, and is different than the better known straw bale wall because straw/clay builders add a slurry of clay to the loose straw fibers to creating a mold resistant, “breathable” wall. Typically, a straw/clay wall is plastered using clay and/or lime, though wood siding can also be used as long as ventilation and vapor concerns have been addressed. In this hands-on course, we will cover all aspects of frame preparation, sourcing the materials and tools needed, mixing the infill, forming walls, and the packing or “stuffing” of the infill mix. We will also demonstrate natural plasters and give tours of on-site examples. Straw/clay is suitable for homes and outbuildings.
$ 225.00 course registration fee


Melody Smith 608-632-3348


Thinking Outside the Jar: Unique Food Preservation

Driftless Folk School, Viroqua, WI
In the height of the season, it can be exhausting and HOT to can the abundance of produce from your garden. In this half-day class Annie will teach you other options for preserving what you grow through air/oven/dehydrator methods. We will work on drying leafy greens, beetroot and other vegetables, as well as some wild edibles (as available) to make shelf-stable smoothie supplements and seasoning mixes and incorporate these into a couple of dishes for sampling. We’ll discuss other unique dryables to help you get the most out of your harvest and food supply. $ 45.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee limited to 5 participants. Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.


Melody Smith 608-632-3348


Create 3 Crispy Gluten-Free Pizzas

Driftless Folk School, Viroqua, WI
For those hoping to enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle the joy and comforts of homemade pizza (that chewy crust!) can be hard to sacrifice. In this hands-on class, we will discuss the components of and the techniques for preparing three gluten-free pizza crusts from scratch: a yeasted crust, an almond flour crust, and a cauliflower crust. Find which one you prefer or rotate all three through your pizza repertoire. After crust-making we will prepare a variety of favorite toppings for a pizza bake. You won’t even miss the wheat flour! $ 45.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee – Discount if you take Ann’s “Thinking Outside the Can” $75 for both courses-please email the registrar. Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if VFC Owner ID is provided when registering. limited to 5 participants


Melody Smith 608-632-3348


Community Childbirth Education

Viroqua, WI
Spend an afternoon immersed in the emotional, physical and spiritual nature of birth and new parenting. We will utilize a variety of teaching methods including discussion, hands on, birth art, writing, movement and song. These classes aim to promote participants to explore their own beliefs and gain confidence in their unique birthing adventure. Together we will learn from each other and form community based on mutual respect and the shared joy of welcoming new life. $45


Melody Smith, Registrar 608.634.3348


Beautiful Batik

Driftless Folk School, Viroqua, WI
Turn a plain piece of cloth into a gorgeous batik using wax resist and dye. Learn the fabric decoration art form that was perfected on the Indonesian Island of Java and now is practiced the world over because of the beautiful results. $ 150.00 course registration fee, $40 materials fee. limited to 9 participants


Melody Smith, 608-632-3348


Level 1 QuickBooks

Western Dairyland, 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire, WI 54703
The Western Dairyland Business Center and Women’s Business Center are providing business QuickBooks classes. The two-session Level 1 QuickBooks class is being held on Tuesday July 28th and Thursday July 30th from 6:00pm to 9:00 at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire.

Level 1 Business QuickBooks No experience with QuickBooks is necessary for Level 1 Business QuickBooks, but attendees should have basic computer skills. Each session is hands-on using QuickBooks 2014 Premier and allows time for students to practice what they have learned.
• Getting started with QuickBooks, receive an overview of accounting terms and key financial reports as you learn how to set up QuickBooks specifically for your Business and work with a chart of accounts, registers and bank accounts.
• Begin entering sales in QuickBooks, Learn how to receive payments and make deposits, process payables and disbursements, and other useful features for the QuickBooks.

Tuition is $99. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. Laptops will be provided for use during the classes, therefore space is limited to 20 participants. Register online at www.SuccessfulBusiness.org or in person at the Western Dairyland office in downtown Eau Claire.

Classes will be taught by Janet Heidtke, president/CEO of Jr Global Solutions LLC. She is an expert in QuickBooks and also has experience in understanding and documenting a wide variety of accounting information systems through her experience as a accounting clerk and a payroll specialist.

715-836-7511 ext. 1171


Weave Your Own Pack Basket

Driftless Folk School, La Farge, WI
Weave Your Own Pack Basket. La Farge, WI. Vernon County. 9am-4:30 pm
Make your own basket backpack! Students will create a pack basket using rattan reed and a wooden rim. Students will learn to layout the base and shape the basket as well as attach a wooden handle, skids, and straps Beginners are welcome. Prior basket weaving experience will be helpful. Course Fee: $ 150 Supply Fee: $ 65


Melody Smith, Registrar
608-632-3348



Marketing 360

Western Dairyland, 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire, WI 54703
The Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center invites small business owners who need to update or create a strategic marketing plan to attend the Marketing 360 Workshop: A Comprehensive Examination of YOUR Small Business Marketing Plan on Tuesday, July 21, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Western Dairyland Business Center in Eau Claire at 418 Wisconsin Street. Tuition is $99 and includes materials. Because seats are limited, preregistration at www.successfulbusiness.org is required.

Developing a strategic marketing plan that is cost effective and fits the direction you would like to take your small business is no easy task. Join a limited number of small business owners as Western Dairyland Business Center’s Business Development Specialist, Ken Pearson, provides a fresh, outside perspective on what potential customers see and how to reach them in the most cost effective way possible. Starting from the first impression your business makes to the repeat sales and branding efforts, this interactive workshop will redefine your marketing strategy. You will walk away with a focused strategy that includes a mission and positioning statement, a framework for a marketing plan, and a renewed marketing mindset. You will also be able to partake in two one-on-one marketing follow up consulting sessions to further develop your marketing plan.

Seats are limited to a first-come, industry exclusive basis. This guarantees you will not be sharing your marketing strategy with competitors, but will be free to draw and discuss the best ideas from this dynamic group setting that will enhance your specific marketing efforts.

715-836-7511 ext. 1711


Give it a Whirl: Clay On the Wheel and Off

Driftless Folk School, Viroqua, WI
Start your week off right by learning to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time! 4 Monday evenings until Monday, July 27, 2015 Course Fee: $60 (for a month of classes) Supply Fee: $20


Melody Smith, Registrar


Quilt Addicts Quilt Club

Augusta Senior & Community Center 616 W Washington St, Augusta, WI
Do you enjoy quilting and other fiber arts? Then we’re the quilt club for you.
We are a community of kindred souls who enjoy each others talents. New members and visitors are welcome at any time!
We encourage the love of fabric and the art of quilting for the benefit of the community and for charitable causes. We aim to spread appreciation, enjoyment and knowledge of quilting as a source of inspiration and fellowship.
For more info contact Barb at 715-286-2953 or augseniors@aol.com

Joanne 715 286-2953


Spoon Carving

Driftless Folk School Viroqua, Wisconsin
This course will be an exploration of the various approaches to carving wooden spoons using hand tools. It is open to anyone, regardless of skill level or experience. Beginners are particularly welcome. There will be lots of carving with plenty of one-on-one instruction for all participants. Some topics to be covered include finding and selecting wood, designing and making a spoon blank, choosing and sharpening tools, and carving techniques, including hatchet use. Carving knives will be available for use (and purchase).

Melody Smith, Registrar
608-632-3348



Beginning Sign Language

UW-Eau Claire Campus – Human Science and Services Building
Knowing the basics of Sign Language can be an invaluable skill. Our Beginning Sign Language class is designed for anyone interested in learning to communicate through sign including parents, teachers, health care professionals, child care providers and others who work directly with the public.
Check web for more info: http://www.uwec.edu/CE/programs/signcourses.htm

Karen Konz, 7158363636, ce@uwec.edu


Ceramics 101- Creating with Clay (Carol Way) - TWO DAY CLASS

Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street , Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
TWO DAY CLASS: Wednesday, July 29 and Wednesday August 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is an introductory class for anyone who wants to dive right into clay. You will make two handbuilt projects and experiment with textures and design. You will also learn the basic methods for finishing and glazing your pieces. Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. This workshop will meet twice - Week 1 – Making your projects, and Week 2 – Glazing your projects. Class size is limited so register now! Cash bar available. Cost: $40 per person.

Debra Johnson, Executive Director
715-726-9000
cvca@cvca.net



Paint-a-Palooza (Watercolors with Ruth Lundblad)

Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street , Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Come spend two hours trying your hand at watercolor painting – each class is different. At the end of the night, you will have had a fun evening and you will go home with your own work of art! Register early as class sizes are limited to 12 people! Payment must be made in advance and is not refundable; however, if someone is unable to attend the class he/she signed up for, he/she can choose another class. Cash bar available. Cost: $30 per person.

Debra Johnson, Executive Director
715-726-9000
cvca@cvca.net



Farmer's Market Basket

Beaver Creek Reserve, Wise Nature Center, S1 Cty Road K, Fall Creek, WI 54742
Just in time for summer and visits to the local farmer’s market is this large, practical basket. This basket features sturdy construction and a D handle to support the weight of anything you might want to purchase. Basket has a filled bottom, is 10 inches wide by 17 inches long and is 7 inches deep. You may choose to incorporate color into the basket or weave with natural materials. This is a beginner level basket
Registration and payment required by May 3.
Friends $50 Nonmembers $55


Sarah Bergstrom
715-877-2212



Trampoline Bounce Class

Tiny Tots Children's Playhouse, 320 S. Wisconsin Street, Fall Creek, WI 54742 April 14, 4:00 PM April 22, 4:00 PM
Come join Sally is a fun energetic bounce class, designed for all ages. Set to fun children's dance music in our new Bounce & Sensory Room. Children will have a blast bouncing and watching themselves on TV. Only eight trampolines in each class schedule. If more than eight children register, another class will be created after the first. Let's everyone join in the fun!!!

Sally Ellison
sally@tinytotsplayhouse.org
715-267-6823



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
Time(s)

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

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


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 www.frcec.org or call 715-833-1735.

Family Resource Center
715-833-1735



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 www.SuccessfulBusiness.org, by phone at 836-7511 ext. 171, or in person at the Western Dairyland office at 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire.


Karman Briggs
715-836-7511



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.

715-838-6731