Monday, October 22, 2018

Local Briefs

Around Town Briefs 10/11/18

BOOK SALE: The AAUW Used Book Sale will be Friday through Sunday at the Eau Claire County Exposition Center, 5530 Fairview Drive.

The sale is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Hardcovers are $3 and paperbacks are $1.50.

A bag sale will be held on Sunday.

Proceeds help support local and national scholarships and AAUW activities.

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GENEALOGY: The Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park.

A short business meeting will be followed with a presentation by Todd Johnson, who will discuss his five-country journey of his genealogy-focused trip to Europe this past summer.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 715-874-6678 or visit 

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HEALING AFTER TRAUMA: Internationally recognized animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell will share “The Education of Will,” a memoir of healing after trauma in both people and pets, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at UW-River Falls.

The presentation, part of the Lydecker Lecture Series, is free and open to the public in Room 200 of the Agricultural Science building.

McConnell has consulted with pet owners for more than 25 years and has taught The Biology and Philosophy of Human/​Animal Relationships in the Integrative Biology Department at UW-Madison for 25 years.

She is the author of 11 books on training and behavioral problems. Her newest book, “The Education of Will,” tells about how a messed up, crazy dog named Willie taught her that willpower is not enough to heal you when you are broken.

Through her research, McConnell discovered that humans tap into a core of resilience when using their voice to recover following traumatic situations. She believes animal owners have the opportunity to do the same in support of their dogs, cats or beloved animals.

For more information, contact Kathleen Hunzer at or call 715-425-3304.

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CAR CARE CLINIC: Students from Western Technical College’s Automotive Skills Club will be hosting a free car care clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the NAPA Auto Parts store, 23511 Cedar St., Independence.

Students will perform vehicle inspections, including fluid checks, battery and charging system tests, visual inspection of belts and hoses, and testing of exterior lights and wiper/​washer systems.

For more information on the college’s programs and services, visit

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READING RIDDLES: The Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is sponsoring its sixth annual “Riddle Me Readers” book hunt for children in celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

Each day from Sunday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 27, kindergartners through fifth graders can pick up a riddle at the Youth Services desk at the library at 400 Eau Claire St. and hunt for the book that matches the riddle.

Correct matches will be entered in a prize drawing at the Youth Services desk. Each child may enter the contest once per day.

There will be different riddles, books and prizes during the week. Winners will be contacted by library staff. 

For more information, call 715-839-5007 or email the library at

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FIRST AMENDMENT: The annual First Amendment Free Food Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the UW-Eau Claire campus mall.

The festival invites students to enter the country of “Freelandia,” where they can temporarily sign away their first amendment rights for a free lunch. There, they are subject to a dictator and police force.

The event is held to teach students about their first amendment rights and what can occur should they be taken away.

The festival is open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the university’s communication and journalism department, and Toppers.

“The event is something we do every year, but it never loses importance,” UW-Eau Claire SPJ President Taylor Pomasl said. “We hope the event continues to teach people how vital protecting their first amendement rights is.”

From staff reports  

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