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The Mitten Tree - Give the Gift of Warmth
This holiday season, help WESTconsin Credit Union give the gift of warmth with donations to their Mitten Tree campaign. Each WESTconsin office will display The Mitten Tree - a tree in its lobby decorated with donations of mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and more. The purpose of The Mitten Tree is to collect cold weather apparel and accessories for those in need as the winter season's sub-zero temperatures set in. 2021 marks the 11-year anniversary that the credit union has been hosting this fundraiser. In 2020, over 1,500 items were collected along with $5,732 raised in monetary support.
WESTconsin will begin collecting donations for The Mitten Tree Monday, November 8 through Saturday, November 27. Donations can be dropped off at any WESTconsin office during regular office hours. Acceptable items include new mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs, earmuffs, coats, boots, and blankets. Items can be handmade or store purchased, and suitable for all age groups. Monetary donations will also be accepted at all WESTconsin offices or over the phone. Local distribution will take place prior to the holidays.
Antique Emporium to Sell After 30+ Years
306 Main St., home to The Antique Emporium for more than 36 years, will come under the ownership of Eau Claire’s
Pablo Group per current proprietor Hugh Passow, who announced the impending sale of the property on Thursday.
Hugh, along with his wife Marcella, has been considering the transition for some time, but remarks that the COVID-
19 pandemic expedited this decision: “We don’t really want to quit, but I’m 69 years old and the world has
changed: the antique business is not like it used to be. Everything is online now, and I can’t run out to an auction
and buy big lots to haul back and poke through like we used to.” Passow has expressed interest in possibly
continuing operations on a smaller scale at another location and plans to boost his online retail presence.
The three-story structure at 306 Main St. was originally constructed in 1899 as a Masonic Lodge and has been home
to The Antique Emporium since 1985. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has housed
many other businesses, including Kelly Furniture Company, The Eau Claire School of Dance, and The Main Street
Deli. Passow commented that he always liked the idea of the space housing a deli-style restaurant but is confident
in Pablo Group and their vision for the building. “When I knew it was time to move on, Pablo Group was the first
group I thought of because I’ve seen the good things they’ve been doing in and for downtown Eau Claire.”
An inventory sale will commence immediately, with many items being sold at a discounted price. Through the
holiday season, the Antique Emporium will be open each Thursday through Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm.
Assorted items are also available for purchase through the online retail platforms eBay and AbeBooks.
“We have found a lot of treasures at the Antique Emporium over the years--including the tip jar at ECDC,” says Pablo
Group co-founder Julia Johnson. “It will be sad to see Hugh and his business leave the building, and we hope the
building’s next use will be beloved as well.”
After completion of the sale to the new owners, the building will be renovated and updated while preserving its
historical integrity. Pablo Group is also excited to announce that CoLab, downtown Eau Claire’s coworking space,
will relocate to the building upon completion of renovations.
Local Mom Creating a Ripple of Kindness Around the Globe
Rewired & Real, a new company in the Chippewa Valley with the mission of unlocking kindness and creating impact in our community, is launching a movement called Million Acts of Kindness to create a ripple effect of kindness across the world!
The goal of the MillionAOK Movement is to help make the world a kinder place by performing acts of kindness. The movement starts Nov. 13 for world kindness day and runs through Random Acts of Kindness month ending Feb 28th, 2022. You, your business, family, team, school or organization are invited to join in on helping to make the world a kinder place. Visit the Rewired & Real website to register and start tracking your acts of kindness today. There will also be awards to celebrate kindness categories.
“Being a mom two three boys and two bonus boys, I wanted to make sure they all understand the impact one act of kindness can make in someone's life,” said Kjersten Berard, Rewired & Real Founder.
In conjunction with performing acts of kindness, we will also be raising money for the Rewired & Real Fund which will allow additional acts of kindness such as sending care baskets to our brave military and service people, sending gifts of encouragement to our selfless health care workers and help provide supplies to our impactful educators.
“Being kind does not need to be difficult and doing something kind for someone can have an immediate impact. Let's come together and help make the world a kinder place,” Berard added.
Rewired and Real is a new organization that was founded by a local mom, Kjersten Berard who is passionate about spreading kindness to help create a ripple of impact locally and globally. The Rewired & Real Fund is able to accept donations that are tax-deductible because it operates through a fiscal sponsor that that has obtained tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).
Racing Toward Justice on Nov. 16: In Conversation With Andre M. Perry
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Racial and Restorative Justice will host the third installment of the 2021-22 "Racing Toward Justice" speaker series at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. This will be an in-person presentation in the Woodland Theater of Davies Student Center.
Masks are required for all attendees, per UW-Eau Claire's campus COVID-19 protocols.
Guest speaker Dr. Andre M. Perry is the author of “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives in America’s Black Cities,” which breaks down his analysis of Black-majority cities in the U.S. and how American institutions fail to adequately invest in the assets these cities hold.
Perry is the scholar-in-residence at American University and a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit public policy organization whose mission is in-depth research aimed at solving problems in the realms of foreign policy, economics, governance and metropolitan development.
A nationally respected commentator on issues of race, structural inequities and urban education, Perry is a frequent guest, commentator and contributor in national media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, the New York Times and many more.
Perry’s most recent research has focused on COVID-19 infections and deaths in majority-Black communities. His findings highlight how some forms of social distancing accelerated economic and social disparities that disadvantage Black people, and that housing, income and health care inequities make Black Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Perry is a Pittsburgh native and earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Tuesday's event will consist of a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the audience. The event will be moderated by Dr. Roderick Jones, assistant professor of special education and inclusive practices, and co-chair of the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice’s implementation team.
“Racing Toward Justice” is the flagship program of the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice. The monthly program, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, features speakers on topics of race and social injustice and provides microgrants for student programs or initiatives committed to advancing racial justice. The program also will sponsor diversity fellows each academic year.
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