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Local Groups Spread Joy With Rockin' Affirmations

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Rebecca Mennecke | VolumeOne

rock-hunting groups hide hand-painted stones around the Valley for others to find

Have you been feeling a little down lately? Well, there's nothing like some local folks spreading rockin' affirmations to cheer you up. Literally. Eau Claire Rocks, Menomonie Rocks, Altoona Rocks, and Rocks of Chippewa comprise lots of joyful, cheerful locals looking to spread positivity in the community through hand-painted rocks.

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"There are so many negative things happening in our world today," said Sheila Castleberg Kalish, the admin of the Eau Claire Rocks Facebook group. "This group has the potential to add something positive in someone's life with art and a message." People from all around the Chippewa Valley hide these colorful, delightful rocks - and they hide them all over the place: in a parking lot, near restaurants, in parks, by a light post. "The deeper they are hidden, of course," Castleberg Kalish said, "the harder they are to find."

Sometimes the groups host formal scavenger hunts, such as the Altoona Rocks group did in September. But organized or not, you can always find some positivity peeking around a hidden corner. You can find each of these rock groups on Facebook. To get involved, Castleberg Kalish recommends joining the group and painting some rocks of your own for other folks to find!

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