Q: I got a great deal on a condo that the seller had bought at a foreclosure sale and cleaned up. I used my savings and did not take a mortgage.

Eau Claire is a diverse community. It’s populated by people of every race and ethnicity. It’s home to white collar and blue collar workers, retired people and children and college students. And it’s home to two-wheeled dreamers.

• HSHS VOLUNTEER PARTNERS HOLD CONCERT FOR STUDENTS: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Regis High School auditorium, 2100 Fenwick Ave., Eau Claire. Join the Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals for a fun concert. Featuring local singer/songwriter Jerry Way – …

NEW DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY: Kimberly Finlan, AuD, CCC-A, will join Prevea Health in western Wisconsin.

Matthew Makela of Eau Claire is a kindhearted 4-year-old who tucks in 20 stuffed animals nightly and gives his younger sister, Emily Makela, a kiss, hug and farewell message of “Bye, little girl” at day care drop-off daily. He also loves animals and playing outside.

SAWBILL LAKE, Minn. — Anyone who travels in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness becomes obsessed with portages.

• YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CLASS: Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is hosting a free all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid class, open to anyone who would like to learn the u…

NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Megan Stellpflug, D.P.T., a physical therapist, recently joined the Rehabilitation Services Department at Mayo Clinic Health System—Oakridge in Osseo.

CARDIAC REHAB PROGRAM RE-CERTIFIED: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program has been re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, according to a news release.

I know I’ve featured summer’s fruits and vegetables quite a bit in recent weeks, but there is just such a variety of fresh, healthy, tasty produce available this time of year, I can’t help but share recipes that include them. This week is no different. Summer vegetables are the best.

BUMBLEBEE TALK: A local gardening expert will give a free presentation later this month on bumblebees and their role in pollination.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore, Eau Claire, will host a half-day introductory workshop Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. regarding a lay ministry known as Stephen Ministry.

NEW CARDIOLOGIST: Brodie Marthaler, M.D., a cardiologist, recently joined the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

MAYO CLINIC NAMES NEW WISCONSIN LEADER: Jason Craig recently began his new role as regional chair of administration, Northwest Wisconsin Region, Mayo Clinic Health System.

• MEDICARE AND YOU: Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Eau Claire County Courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire. An Aging & Disability Resource Center Elder Benefit Specialist will present a free seminar open to anyone new to Medicare, currently on Medicare, caregivers and families on W…

Stocks have long been the most glamorous of the major asset classes. Many a Hollywood film has centered around making fast money in the stock market, and becoming a Wall Street big shot.

A young family with the urge to travel cross-country would fit into this three-bedroom home.

Q: My neighbor just brought home a chimpanzee to keep as a pet. He has always tended towards exotic pets, such as his ferrets, but I think this is too dangerous.

ANNUAL CORN FEST: St. Joseph’s Parish in Rock Falls will hold its Annual Corn Fest Sunday, Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Have you ever been called a turkey? I am sure I probably have been tagged with that moniker on several occasions. It is generally meant as a somewhat derogatory, but kidding, admonishment.

LACTATION COUNSELING: Prevea Health will provide breastfeeding counseling, education and support in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Mondovi.

NEW PHYSICIAN: Milan Radovanovic, M.D., has joined the Hospital Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

In recent days, a road trip that I had to make several times for a sporting tournament took me by two you-pick blueberry farms. The signs are out and blueberry season is here.

More Americans are taking out zero-down loans to buy a home, but not at the rate or with the risk that helped bring on the U.S. recession a decade ago.

ECKANKAR SOUND OF SOUL: The Sound of Soul event will be held Monday from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: An ice cream social will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, 6118 County Rd. M, Elk Mound.

GRANTSBURG — Most people have that special place where they like to go to escape for a while. It is the place where you can reload, charge your batteries and just disappear for a few hours. For me that spot is often the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area near Grantsburg, a sprawling wetland prairie …

BEHAVIOR THERAPY GROUP OFFERED: Prevea Behavioral Care, 2119 Heights Dr., Eau Claire now offers a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group for adults, 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

NEW PHYSICIANS: Five resident physicians have joined the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire. The physicians were selected out of 769 applicants from medical schools across the country.

GARDEN TOUR: Three Cornell area gardens and a barn full of antiques are on display today as part of a tour sponsored by the Lake Holcombe/Cornell Green Team garden club.

A year ago, Lake Street United Methodist Church hosted the first monthly Ecumenical Inclusive Ministry IM Church for people with cognitive disabilities, their friends and families.

NEW PASTOR: Michael D. Hollmann has been ordained and installed as a new pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3307 State St., Eau Claire.