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Volume One www.VolumeOne.org | Volume One magazine is the fast-growing culture and entertainment publication of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley.

Volume One Magazine is the Chippewa Valley’s fast-growing culture and entertainment magazine, website, event production group, and retail store. We print 14,000 copies every two weeks and distribute them FREE at more than 360 locations in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls. Find us online at http://www.VolumeOne.org. Publishing for over a decade, Volume One has an enthusiastic and engaged readership, and has always been focused on bringing interesting local culture forward in the Chippewa Valley. Their events are outside-the-box concepts that consistently bring out hundreds of people hungry for something new. AND ALSO! Twitter: https://twitter.com/volumeone YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/VolumeOneMag

WHAT'S NEW ON THE BULLETIN BOARD? Learn the latest from Chippewa Valley businesses and nonprofits who are creatively con...
05/07/2020
Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Bulletin Board

WHAT'S NEW ON THE BULLETIN BOARD? Learn the latest from Chippewa Valley businesses and nonprofits who are creatively confronting the pandemic. The most recent news comes from Eau Claire County Workforce Resource, Blue Ox Running, Feed My People Food Bank, Red Letter Grant, Larson Companies, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, and more!

A FREE community communications blog for pandemic affected non-profits and businesses.

Writing, Ken Szymanski says, is for everyone: “You don’t need to wait for permission. You just need to sit down and writ...
05/07/2020
Eau Claire’s New Writer-in-Residence Chooses His Own Adventure

Writing, Ken Szymanski says, is for everyone: “You don’t need to wait for permission. You just need to sit down and write.”

Ken Szymanski’s writing journey began with a spiral notebook. The then-eighth grader flipped to its opening page, held his pencil at the ready, and waited for inspiration to strike. It did ...

Is Country Jam still happening? What about Rock Fest, or Country Fest, or Blue Ox, or Eaux Claires, or your other favori...
05/06/2020
CANCELED, RESCHEDULED, OR UP IN THE AIR? Here’s the Status of the Valley’s Big Summer Events

Is Country Jam still happening? What about Rock Fest, or Country Fest, or Blue Ox, or Eaux Claires, or your other favorite summer festivals? Check out the latest cancelation and update news here:

COVID-19 threw a wrench in the Chippewa Valley’s spring event plans, and it’s doing so for summer events, too. Here’s a list of some of the area’s biggest summer events and their status ...

While in-person events aren't happening right now, there are plenty of musical, artistic, and charitable opportunities i...
05/06/2020
Chippewa Valley Virtual Event Roundup *Updated May 5*

While in-person events aren't happening right now, there are plenty of musical, artistic, and charitable opportunities in the online realm ...

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many local event organizers have pivoted into the virtual realm. Here's an ongoing, frequently updated list of online events in the Chippewa Valley ...

Drive-through testing sites will pop up in the coming days in Eau Claire, River Falls, Thorp, and elsewhere around the r...
05/04/2020
National Guard to Help With COVID-19 Testing in Western Wisconsin

Drive-through testing sites will pop up in the coming days in Eau Claire, River Falls, Thorp, and elsewhere around the region. Here's what you need to know ...

Part of the statewide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and re-open Wisconsin depends on ramping up testing for the virus. Gov. Tony Evers announced that the Wisconsin National Guard will help work toward that goal by setting up drive-through testing sites throughout ...

As part of the special Meat! section in our latest issue, we took a look at some results from our Best of the Chippewa V...
05/04/2020
MEET YOUR MEAT: The Valley’s Favorite Places to Buy Meat

As part of the special Meat! section in our latest issue, we took a look at some results from our Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll that you can *really* sink your teeth into ...

Rump's Butcher Shoppe in Altoona. 1st Place: Rump’s Butcher Shoppe When we published the results of our 2020 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll earlier this year, it was no surprise that Rump’s (1411 Lynn Ave., Altoona) rose to the top as the Best Place to Buy Meat. Readers

Print copies of Volume One are still available at grocery stores and several other locations around the valley, but of c...
05/02/2020
‘The New Normal’ – Read the Whole Issue Online

Print copies of Volume One are still available at grocery stores and several other locations around the valley, but of course not quite as many places as usual. Can’t get your hands on one? We’ve got a solution for you ...

Read our special May 2020 issue, “The New Normal: Part II of Pulling Together While Staying Apart” online. Click the link ...

"Library staff working the pickup service (will follow) recommended guidelines, which include wearing masks and gloves, ...
05/02/2020
Reader Alert: L.E. Phillips Library to Start Pickup Service May 11

"Library staff working the pickup service (will follow) recommended guidelines, which include wearing masks and gloves, proper handwashing, and sanitizing work spaces and equipment."

Are you stuck reading the same books you were before the pandemic hit? If you’re a patron of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, now you’re in luck: The library announced Friday that it will begin a library pickup service ...

Today, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share on all sales – meaning 100% of profits will go directly to artists. Here's ...
05/01/2020
15 Local Songs You Should Download from Bandcamp on May 1

Today, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share on all sales – meaning 100% of profits will go directly to artists. Here's a list of 15 great local songs you can (and should) buy right now.

Adelyn Rose
Orenda Fugue
Mistah
Matt Vold
Hemma
Naalia
FMDown
Arms Aloft
Cudlino
Caitlin McGarvey Music
The John Buxton Experience
Sue Orfield Music
Westkorea
Velvet Groove

So you want to support some local musicians during a pandemic. Sure, you can stream local music a million different ways, like ...

05/01/2020
Chippewa Valley Virtual Variety Hour: Episode 4

Aww yea, it's episode 4 of the Chippewa Valley Virtual Variety Hour!

This time we got baby foxes, a lesson about recycling, some pop tunes, a harpist, some trains, a musical collaboration, and a well-timed joke.

Shoutout to Shae Havenofear, Sarah Ohr, Ferguson's Orchards - Eau Claire, Jack Greenwood, Mistah, the School District of Altoona, and UW-Eau Claire Jazz Studies!

Remember to tag us (@volumeone) in your videos and you might be featured in the next one. Enjoy!

Another cool example of how Chippewa Valley businesses are pulling together in the face of economic challenges ...
04/30/2020
Feel the Love & Wear It: Ambient Inks Launches Community T-Shirt Webstore

Another cool example of how Chippewa Valley businesses are pulling together in the face of economic challenges ...

Local apparel business Ambient Inks normally makes T-shirts for artists like Bon Iver and Sylvan Esso, but through May 15, they’re turning the press over to local small businesses hit by ...

From Volume One columnist Mike Paulus: "To all those people peddling productivity via social media, here’s a question: H...
04/30/2020
A Productive Pandemic

From Volume One columnist Mike Paulus: "To all those people peddling productivity via social media, here’s a question: How many globe-crushing pandemics have you lived through? How many soul-wrenching, economy-crashing, health system-overwhelming pandemics have you lived through?"

How’s it going, Chippewa Valley? Anything new happening? Any world-shattering current events affecting us here at home? Any paradigm-shifting incidents gripping the planet, making things weird here in ...

"After a night of feeling sorry for himself, Bill 'Loopy' Kleich woke up the next morning wanting to figure out a way to...
04/29/2020
Chippewa Valley Restaurants Step Up to Help Residents in Need

"After a night of feeling sorry for himself, Bill 'Loopy' Kleich woke up the next morning wanting to figure out a way to give back. He decided to offer free meals to the elderly and sick people who can’t leave their homes."

As Chippewa Valley eateries try to survive during Wisconsin’s now-extended stay-at-home order, a number of them have decided to help the community despite being shut down for several weeks ...

Have you made dinner plans yet? A *TON* of Chippewa Valley restaurants are offering meals by delivery and takeout. Check...
04/28/2020
Save Your Faves: Restaurants & Shops with Delivery, Takeout, Gift Cards

Have you made dinner plans yet? A *TON* of Chippewa Valley restaurants are offering meals by delivery and takeout. Check out our special "Save Your Faves" website to find out how you can support these small businesses!

Find Local Establishments that have Delivery, Pick Up, Takeout, and/or Gift Cards

Just because you and your kids can't leave home doesn't meant the art ideas can't come to you! Find out how the Pablo Ce...
04/28/2020
Pablo Center’s ARTmobile Takes an Online Detour

Just because you and your kids can't leave home doesn't meant the art ideas can't come to you! Find out how the Pablo Center at the Confluence is reaching out with art education to brighten your days.

For years, the ARTmobile has been a colorful attraction for children and their parents across the Chippewa Valley, popping up at locations from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library to Oakwood Mall to Phoenix Park. The roaming program ...

BULLETIN BOARD UPDATE: Find out the latest from Chippewa Valley businesses and nonprofits who are coming up with creativ...
04/27/2020
Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Bulletin Board

BULLETIN BOARD UPDATE: Find out the latest from Chippewa Valley businesses and nonprofits who are coming up with creative ways to operate and help the community during challenging times. The most recent news comes from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard, Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, Prospect Place in Durand, and more!

A FREE community communications blog for pandemic affected non-profits and businesses.

“There is no ‘owner’s manual’ for this unprecedented situation we are all navigating through," says one local nonprofit ...
04/25/2020
YOU CAN HELP: Here Are the Collective Efforts to Meet Chippewa Valley Charities' Needs

“There is no ‘owner’s manual’ for this unprecedented situation we are all navigating through," says one local nonprofit leader, "but one thing is certain: We will do it together."

The Chippewa Valley’s nonprofits are struggling; operations have been suspended, fundraisers have been postponed or cancelled, and people who rely on these organizations have been left to go without ...

"Writing is a long game. Rejection I was prepared for, but no one told me there’d be a pandemic, too." Learn some ways t...
04/25/2020
How to Be a Good ‘Literary Citizen’ in the Time of the Coronavirus

"Writing is a long game. Rejection I was prepared for, but no one told me there’d be a pandemic, too." Learn some ways that readers can support authors and other writers during a difficult time.

There’s a certain shade of irony in the fact that many of us are relying on writing now more than ever: from the latest news articles and updates that keep us informed, to the novels and stories that keep us company ...

“We are experiencing the worst pandemic in over 100 years. This is an opportunity to help some of the best people in the...
04/24/2020
Pablo Foundation Steps Up with $1M for COVID-19 Relief

“We are experiencing the worst pandemic in over 100 years. This is an opportunity to help some of the best people in the world do what they do and save lives,” says Zach Halmstad, one of the Pablo Foundation's founders.

One of the bright spots among all the alarming news over the past few weeks has been the generosity of community donors who have pitched in to help deal with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pablo Foundation has been ...

The golden keg won't be tapped at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds this September.
04/23/2020
DON'T Roll Out the Barrel: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Delayed Until 2021

The golden keg won't be tapped at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds this September.

Now pandemic-driven uncertainty is leading even fall events to be suspended: The latest in the Chippewa Valley is Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, which has been postponed until September 2021 ...

"Experts say that it’s common for people struggling with anxiety or mental illness to feel calm during chaos; this kind ...
04/23/2020
When It Comes to Mental Illness, COVID Solidarity Brings Comfort

"Experts say that it’s common for people struggling with anxiety or mental illness to feel calm during chaos; this kind of panic doesn’t feel any different from our normal day-to-day panic. So, maybe my mental breakdown had really good timing, or maybe I’m learning something about how our lives aren’t really as different as we make them out to be."

About a week before the president of the United States declared a national emergency regarding the novel coronavirus, I traveled back home to Rochester, Minnesota, due to what can best be described as a mental breakdown ...

04/22/2020
PBS Wisconsin

THE FATHER OF EARTH DAY: The man who created Earth Day 50 years ago, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, grew up just outside the Chippewa Valley in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. This short video by PBS Wisconsin tells how his passion for the environment took him from the northwoods of Wisconsin to the halls of Congress.

Happy Earth Day! 50 years ago, Gaylord Nelson had an idea for a day focused on the environment. That idea would become the internationally recognized annual event Earth Day. Born and raised in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, Nelson went on to become a state senator, governor of Wisconsin, and a United States senator. All along the way, he made the environment a priority by protecting natural resources through advocacy, policies and inspiring greater awareness of the need to care for the earth. Learn more about Nelson and our newest Wisconsin Biographies story on his life in this blog post interview with environmental activist, public servant and Gaylord’s daughter, Tia Nelson: pbswisconsin.org/article/qa-tia-nelson-on-new-gaylord-nelson-education-resource/

IT'S EARTH DAY! From our Go Green section, here's a look at how you can reduce the amount of waste your household create...
04/22/2020
The Zero-Waste Lifestyle Feels Impossible. Low-Waste? Now That’s a Start.

IT'S EARTH DAY! From our Go Green section, here's a look at how you can reduce the amount of waste your household creates.

In the United States, 30 to 40% of food goes to waste, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It’s crazy, the amount of waste that we generate,” said Zacharious Pappas, the co-owner of ...

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A great question for for the Eau Claire City-County Department of Health: "What are your objectives for Eau Claire's viral transmission rates? Originally, the metric for success was to "flatten the curve," which has been accomplished. The curve of infection in Eau Claire is so slow that the hospitals do not have enough patients. Now, instead of slowing the spread, we are being told to #stopthespread. Is the intention of the current measures to stop the spread and eradicate COVID-19 from Eau Claire county by having zero additional cases? That seems like an unachievable goal. You've implied that "herd immunity" is a debatable theory at this point. However, it seems inevitable that healthy county residences will eventually need to contract and recover from the virus, given that most residents will safely recover from this virus--most without the need for hospitalization. Given these concerns, what is the county's acceptable rate of viral transmission? If it is zero, the measures in place will not achieve that rate. If the goal is to work toward immunity, then we need much higher rate of transmission than one a week, and our county hospitals can accommodate a greater rate of spread. Moreover, if an acceptable rate of transmission is in mind, then there needs to be communication that the current rates for Eau Claire county are either acceptable or below desired rates. We also need to know what that acceptable rate is and for what end it was designed. Is the target rate based on targeted hospital capacity; is it based on achieving a percentage of county cases recovered? You need to communicate these goals. Because, if the goal is to "wait for a cure," then the public needs to be told that is the objective as well. At this point, there does not seem to be clearly stated objectives that the public can understand and support. We don't know if you are trying to get to zero cases, an acceptable rate of transmission, or if we are waiting for some form of cure. Without a stated objective beyond "our goal is to safely reopen the state," the current measures are not warranted. Our community either needs to have no cases--achieved by complete quarantine, not "safer at home;" More cases, achieved by allowing people to return to community interaction sooner than what we are doing, while keeping the high risk isolated; or we maintain an arbitrarily conceived notion of "safer at home," unless you need to travel to just about anywhere for any purpose deemed "essential," with no clear objective for an indefinite period of time."
People stuck at home can enjoy a musical by Jerry Way in Chippewa Falls.
You guys make a pretty great cultural hub. Song has power to uplift us and help us feel connected in these times. Maybe this is nuts but... I’ve seen some really inspiring videos of shared singing from our dwellings. What if Volume One published an hourly (twice a day, whatever) song list. For example at 3PM, Living On A Prayer starts playing from a stream. On the interwebz, we see it start and are all synced to the same start. Open your doors, windows, and either listen or sing...together.
Thank you, Volume One and all the awesome people in the Chippewa Valley for voting Mojo Lemon Blues Band #2 Best Blues Band and #1 Best Musical Performance. We love you all and are very grateful!
Are you hosting the cribbage tournament again this year?
Jan 24 10pm Come support our local talent @ your local stones throw 5$ cover check out my page for details
Never supported a grass roots event
Trying to vote in the best of 2020 and it keeps telling me the code was entered wrong. Is there an issue today? I'm sure I'm entering the code correctly.
Do you have a listing of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving day in the area??
Just wondering if you guys might know of restaurants open on Thanksgiving? More specifically, Celiac safe places??
The Artistically Spoken Word is an open mic event at the Mabel Tainter Theater on Nov. 10 at 2:00 pm. The cost is $5 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/ArtisticallySpokenWord