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Infinitea Teahouse co-owners to present First Fridays program

RELEASED: Nov. 20, 2009

tea leavesEAU CLAIRE — A Dec. 4 presentation titled "This is Not Your Mother's Cup of Tea" will continue the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's First Fridays program for senior citizens. UW-Eau Claire alumni Jeffrey Mares and Andrew Seveland, co-owners of Infinitea Teahouse in downtown Eau Claire, will discuss the art of tea making and small business ownership.

Located at 112 E. Grand Ave., Infinitea offers more than 160 kinds of loose tea, including white tea, oolong tea, black tea, pu-erh, rooibos and honeybush, chai tea, yerba mat and herbal tisane. Infinitea sells loose leaf tea by the ounce, bulk tea, tea accessories, gift certificates and gift baskets. The teahouse also hosts tastings and live music.

A free continental breakfast will precede the formal program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m. For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be canceled if the Eau Claire Area School District has canceled or delayed classes due to hazardous weather.

First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts.

Now in its eighth season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler of the University Centers' Activities and Programs office, and is hosted by Robert Rademaker, the dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby are First Fridays' community partners. The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship. More information can be found online [www.uwec.edu/activities/firstfridays].

For more information about First Fridays or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS].

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JS/DW

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