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“Gone Too Soon: Threatened and Endangered Species in Wyoming” is the topic for the January Werner Wildlife Study Group at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 18. The event is free and open to all.
During his presentation, naturalist Mike Bardgett will look at the endangered and threatened species that call Wyoming home. Bardgett, who obtained his B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Wyoming, worked for the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Parks, and the Natrona County School District #1 before his retirement. Bardgett now volunteers his time as a naturalist for the Werner Wildlife Museum and the state park system.
The monthly presentations of the Werner Wildlife Study Group take place in the Werner Wildlife Museum’s Africa-Artic Room. The museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information call the museum at 235-2108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Recreation Foundation and Casper Recreation Division will host this year’s annual winter Family Pool Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Casper Family Aquatic Center. “We invite families to join us for two hours of swimming and games,” said Blaise Grant, aquatic supervisor. “We will have door prizes and refreshments and everything is free!” Grant also announced the theme is superheroes. More information on this event is available from the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, 1801 E. 4th Street or Casper Recreation Division Facebook.
The Casper College Community Education Department is offering a class on make-ahead meals that will be offered on four different days. Participants will learn about meal planning and preparation while they prepare five to six meals to take home and freeze during the two-hour class. The hands-on class will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 23; Wednesday, Jan. 31; Thursday, Feb. 8, and Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Taught by Karla Case, RD, LD, “Make-Ahead Meals” will inspire participants to plan and make-ahead easy and healthy meals that fit into a busy weekday schedule, according to Laura Ryan, community education specialist.
The cost per person is $65, “which is less than $11 for each meal prepared during the class,” noted Ryan. Seating for each session is limited.
For more information or to register, call the community education department at 268-3401.
The Casper Woman of Distinction Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Casper Woman of Distinction. Residents of Natrona County are asked to think about the important work women do in our community through work and/or volunteerism. Nominate a woman you would like to honor by receiving the 2018 Woman of Distinction Award. All nominees will be honored at the annual luncheon on March 8, 2017. Nominations are due by Jan. 31, 2018, and forms may be obtained by contacting Kim at 472-4272 or by email email@example.com.
Casper College is offering a Spanish language immersion course in May 2018. The course includes travel to study Spanish in Spain.
According to Eric Atkins, world languages instructor, participants will spend one week in language classes in Seville, Spain. In addition to the classes, the 12-day trip will also include travel to Madrid and Granada, Spain, for linguistic and cultural immersion.
The cost of the trip will include round-trip airfare from Denver to Madrid, classes, train and bus travel between cities, full room and board, and several guided tours, which will include the famous Alhambra in Granada and the Palacio Real and Prado Museum in Madrid.
For more information, contact Atkins at 268-3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Himalayan, Indian, and Nepalese dishes will be available at the first of two cultural dinners scheduled for the 2018 spring semester. The dinner will be held at the Himalayan Cuisine Restaurant on Monday, Feb. 12. Two seating times will be available: 5:30 or 6:15 p.m.
The dinner will be buffet-style, all you care to eat and will feature both chicken and vegetarian main dish options. In addition to the authentic cuisine and camaraderie, longtime Casper resident Nimi McConigley, originally from Madras, India, will give a presentation on India.
“We are staging this dinner as a fundraising event for Casper College students to be able to travel internationally and are partnering with Himalayan Cuisine Restaurant to do this,” said Melissa Stahley-Cummings, member of the Casper College International Education Advisory Board. “So many of our students are ready to explore foreign horizons and enrich their studies by bringing the world back to Wyoming, but the cost is often a barrier for them,” noted Stahley-Cummings.
Tickets are $21.49 for adults and $12.49 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at https://bitly.im/ah1jU. Casper College students will bus the tables, but there will be no waiters or waitresses.
The Himalayan Cuisine Restaurant is located at 232 East 2nd Street in downtown Casper. For more information contact Melissa Stahley-Cummings at 268-2349 or email@example.com.
The final dinner for 2018 will feature French Canadian cuisine on Friday, March 23.
Everyone interested is invited to a Baha’i Faith fireside discussion at 6 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 14. The topic is “Imagine the Earth as One Country.” One of the core teachings of the Baha’i Faith is Unity of Mankind. Participants will talk about how this can be accomplished while preserving national sovereignty and individual freedom. RSVP to Dan at 307-251-3741 for directions.
Learn a new portable life skill at the Casper Recreation Center‘s Beginning Knitting & Crochet classes beginning Tuesday.
Join Nancy Pawlowski and learn the basics of Knitting or Crochet in this six-week class that meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Crochet or knit a scarf or hat for the windy Wyoming weather. A supply list is available at registration, but there will be supplies to use the first night. Fee for the class is $68 for non-members and $56 for those with a Recreation Center pass.
An Intermediate Knitting & Crochet class will be offered in March for those who already know the basics.
For more information or to register, please call 235-8383, stop by the Casper Recreation Center at 1801 E. 4th St., or check online at www.activecasper.com.
The Heart of Casper Community Bible study will meet for a women’s bible study Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday through March 6 at 6:30 p.m., at Hilltop Baptist Church, 2555 E. 2nd Street. We will be studying from the book of John, in Jennie Allen’s study, “Proven: Where Christ’s Abundance meets our Great Need.”
“Too many of us walk through life feeling as if we don’t measure up. We always seem to thirst for more. We think if we could only work harder or be better, we could be enough. But the truth is, we will never be enough. And thankfully, Jesus is.”
For more information, please call 267-1351.
Puppy classes and canine manners obedience classes will be held at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Central Wyoming Kennel Club.
Manners Obedience classes will be hosted by Charlie Vogel and Nora Pridham. Cost ranges from $50 to $100. Build the best relationship with your dog. Get your dog’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate for dogs over 1 year old. This may help lower your home insurance rate.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 473-1614.
Beware of websites offering free (or even paid) legal forms. Poverty Resistance director, Mary Ann Budenske warns people in need of legal assistance to be suspicious of web sites offering free legal assistance. Whenever people do a Google search for legal assistance and do it yourself forms, paid sites jump up to the top of the search. Budenske has surveyed many of the on-line commercial sites selling legal forms. Paid commercial sites offer free forms (which is a scam because anything even remotely useful costs money). Paid commercial sites often offer Wyoming specific forms (which is also a scam as most of the forms that are available are not up-to-date Wyoming specific forms).
The Wyoming Supreme Court and other state entities have worked to make information more available to ordinary folks in need of legal assistance. Equal Justice Wyoming, a program sponsored by the Wyoming Supreme Court, does have free and up-to-date legal forms. The web site is http://www.legalhelpwy.org. The Equal Justice phone number is 307-777-8383. The toll free number for legal aid is: 1-877-432-9955, available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Mark your calendars and join Wyoming Food for Thought Project on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, January through May, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Wyoming National Apartments building in downtown Casper. January’s date is Jan. 27. You will get to meet and see all of your favorite Casper vendors, who will be selling everything from holiday gifts, baked goods, body care products, canned goodies, fresh produce, local honey and more.
All forms of payment are accepted, including cash, debit/credit cards, checks, as well as SNAP benefits. Double Up Food Bucks are also offered, an incentive program that offers double the buying power of locally grown produce to SNAP recipients.
For more information on the Winter Makers Market, or to become a vendor, visit the website at www.wyfftp.org or call 337.1703. Vendors who sell handmade, homemade or homegrown items are encouraged to participate.
Saturday Morning Watercolor Classes from 10 a.m. to noon at Art 321 for January and February 2018, with Ellen Black, are as follows: January 20, Watercolor Skies taught by Michele McDonald; January 27, practice session.
Feb. 3, Hints and Tricks, What I Have Learned, taught by Chuck Smith; Feb. 10, practice session; Feb. 17, Techniques for Pouring Backgrounds; Feb. 24, practice session.
Cost is $10 per session when there is an instructor. For questions about the class, please call facilitator Ellen Black at 265-6783.
Rocky Mountain Therapy is offering a Parkinson’s Support Group. This support group is open to anyone with Parkinson’s or caring for someone with Parkinson’s. People in support groups usually stay well-informed on the newest and best types of treatments. It can also be an important asset to your survival—a lot can happen when a group of determined people rally around one uniting cause! We will be meeting on the following dates: March 13, May 8, and June 12. Different topics will be discussed at each meeting. Meetings are held at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 East 2nd Street, Building #500 at 5:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you. To RSVP or questions please call 577-5204 and ask for Jerri.
On Saturday, Feb. 3, The First Saturday study at 9 a.m., at Bethel Baptist Church, 3030 S. Poplar, will be on Matthew 16:19 where Jesus gives Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” What were these keys and why was Peter chosen to receive them? This will be a short study on interpreting the scriptures, especially the Old Testament. For more information, phone the church office at 234-8812.
This support group is open to anyone caring for someone with a debilitating condition. Meetings are Jan. 23, March 27, May 22, and June 26 and are held at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 East 2nd Street, Building #500 at 5:30 p.m. Different topics will be discussed at each meeting. Meeting and talking with others who are going through the same experiences you are can benefit your well-being by providing an emotional outlet, ideas to help with situations, adapt home/lifestyles you may face with the progression of the illness. We look forward to seeing you. To RSVP or questions please call 577-5204 and ask for Jerri.
Habitat for Humanity will be taking applications for its home ownership program through February 2. To request an application, please call Kelly Cooper, program manager, at 234-1348 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. You can also visit the Habitat for Humanity office at 232 East 2nd Street, Suite 204 on the second floor. Habitat for Humanity Heart of Wyoming is an equal opportunity lender.
Looking for a great time with your children or grandchildren? Or are you looking for that unusual holiday gift for someone? The Wyoming Arts Council, Pacificorp, and Art 321 are offering the first Inter-generational Arts Class for Casper families. The series of four classes will provide an exciting exploration of four different art media for parents or grandparents and their children or grandchildren. All classes will be on Saturday afternoons. Jan. 20 will engage the families in drawing together; Jan. 27 in trying their hands at pottery; Feb. 3 in exploring the fun of watercolor; and Feb. 20 in learning about pastels. The tuition for all four classes, including all supplies, is $150 for an adult and one child. $50 extra will be charged for each additional child. Scholarships are available. Call Art 321 at 265-2655 to register or purchase a holiday gift certificate for someone special. Class instruction by Tony Elmore, Ryan Olsen, Holly Bryson, and Carolyn Rodgers.
Start 2018 off in full color by signing up for Holly Bryson’s six-week Beginning to Intermediate Watercolor Painting class at Art 321. Class instruction will begin with the basics of materials and brush strokes, progress through color theory, negative painting, textures and composition before concluding with a final painting that incorporates newly-learned techniques and skills. The six-week class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning on Jan. 23. The cost is $150 for all students.
The next Better Breathers support group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Nerd Health and Wellness Center at Wyoming Medical Center, 1233 E. Second St.
The topic for January will be “Nutrition for Lung Disease, given by George Ovecka, MS, RD, LD.
Designed by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers is a support group for patients with chronic lung diseases and their caregivers. It offers tools and encouragement for managing COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, lung cancer and other chronic lung disorders. It is locally facilitated by the NERD Health and Wellness Center.
The Better Breathers meets on the fourth Thursday of every month and offers presentations on exercise, breathing techniques, supplemental oxygen, general medication education, among other topics. For questions or to sign up for the Better Breathers Club, call 577-2929.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women: educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. The sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women’s lives with six philanthropies that provide educational assistance. If you are a woman who needs funds for higher education, please visit the website www.peointernational.com and or call Becky, 307-259-3350.
Sage Truck Driving School provides quality CDL training. Any adult who is eligible to obtain a CDL (commercial drivers license) is welcome to apply. There currently is funding, for those who qualify, made possible through a Families Becoming Independent grant. Interested people are welcome to call Sage at 234-0242 for more information.
The Casper Events Center is expanding its partnership with Sinclair Oil to establish six statewide ticket outlets.
The Spectra/Sinclair partnership was formed this summer with the launch of SinclairTix.com and the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center. The ticket outlets are an extension of that agreement and provide easier access to tickets for fans across Wyoming.
SinclairTix outlets locations include: Hat Six Travel Plaza in Casper/Evansville, Big D #36 in Gillette, Little America in Cheyenne, K’s #3 in Rawlins, Kelly’s #3 Convenience Store in Rock Springs and Pit Stop #3 Travel Center in Riverton.
As part of the launch of the six new outlets, the 16th person to purchase tickets from each outlet will get a $50 Casper Events Center gift card.
Art 321 hosts an open ceramics studio every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 per session and an instructor is present during studio hours to assist you. Clay is available for purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own. All other supplies are provided. This is a great opportunity to learn (or relearn) basic and intermediate construction and wheel techniques and to produce fully finished pottery.
David Vaughn is a Buddhist living in Casper who proposes to establish a Casper Buddhist Fellowship. Vaughn invites all who are interested to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyoming Dementia Care offers five Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support groups each month. Caregivers of those with dementia-related illnesses and the loved ones they care for are welcome at any of the group sessions. Professional staff from Intermountain Home Companions will be on hand to offer separate activities and snacks for those who need care. There is no charge for Wyoming Dementia Care’s support groups or for the respite care provided during the approximately one-hour sessions.
The morning support group sessions meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Central Wyoming Senior Services, 1831 E. Fourth St. The afternoon support groups meet at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Life Care Center of Casper, 4041 S. Poplar. The evening groups meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Meadow Wind Assisted Living, 3955 E. 12th St.
For information, email email@example.com or call Dani Guerttman at 265-4678.
“Good Grief, Support” will continue at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the 12-24 Club, 500 S. Wolcott, by request of attendees. Anyone who is grieving a suicide or death or considering suicide is encouraged to attend. Attendance, as well as the content, will be strictly confidential. The Fresh Start Cafe will be open, and you can eat during the meetings. This meeting place was offered by Dan Cantine of the 12-24 Club. You need not be a member to attend. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“J.R.’s Hunt for Life” is offering “See it Clearly,” a free peer support group for people suffering from depression and other mental conditions that lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. The group is led by like-minded peers wishing to offer support. Anonymity and confidentiality is offered to all attending. Meetings are at 6:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 500 South Wolcott in the conference room on the second floor, (12-24 Club). Those who have considered or attempted taking their life or are struggling are welcome. For more information, email email@example.com.
Rocky Mountain Therapy is offering a Parkinson’s exercise program from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 E. Second St., Building 500. These classes are open to anyone with Parkinson’s or caring for someone with Parkinson’s.
Thursday’s class is tailored for the individual with more advanced Parkinson’s and focuses on improving endurance, safety and managing symptoms. The class is open to all ages and can tailor the class to meet varying exercise needs. The cost of the class is $5. To RSVP, call 577-5204 and ask for Jerri or Shannon.
Celebrate Recovery meets at 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Highland Park Community Church, just south of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital on East Second Street. A family meal starts the evening, followed by praise and worship. At 7 p.m. there’s either a lesson from Celebrate Recovery’s planned curriculum or a testimony by a person who has found recovery through Christ. Then, people go to gender-specific small groups until 8:30 p.m. when dessert and fellowship conclude the evening. Child care is available at no cost. For more information, contact Chris at 265-4073.
Classes are every third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no charge. Here and Now is a program made possible through a collaboration between Wyoming Dementia Care and the Nicolaysen Art Museum. It is designed to provide a supportive environment for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
To register, contact Dani with Wyoming Dementia Care 265-4678, ext. 106, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zhanna Gallegos at 235-5247 or at email@example.com.
CASPER -- No services for Mary Laura Dickhute, 93, will be held at this time. She died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Casper. Bustard’s Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Funday Mondays at the Elks have resumed each Monday at 5 p.m. This is a members only event. Start the week off right with a burger.
The Guild will meet at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday at the Central Wyoming Senior Center, 1831 East 4th Street. We will begin a series on The Basics of Embroidery, starting with ground fabric, the foundation on which we stitch.
For further information, please contact Ann Hudson at 265-5510.
The Casper Posse of Westerners’ first meeting of the year is 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday at the Ag Resource Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.
U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran and Wyoming Veterans Museum volunteer Bill Hoover will be talking about guns of the Old West. He will bring in numerous historic and reproduction weapons. Hoover is the Wyoming State Champion for Cowboy Single Action Shooting, and has years of experience firing and repairing these historic weapons.
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, the meeting program will be an open discussion of the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Meetings are always open to the public with no admission or registration fee.
For additional information contact Douglas R. Cubbison, sheriff of the Posse, at the Wyoming Veterans Museum, 472-1857, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Casper Garden Club meets the third Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Casper Senior Center, 1831 E. 4th St. Membership dues are $15. There are monthly educational programs pertaining to plants and gardening. All are welcome to join, learn and share gardening and growing ideas. Casper Garden Club is a branch (twig) of the National Garden Club of America. For more information, call Joanne Tanner at 234-6266.
The Natrona County Historical Society holds its January meeting at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Oil & Gas Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd. next to Three Crowns Golf Course. The presentation will be “Investigating and Documenting Little-Known Places in Wyoming History,” by Bruce McGirr. Guests are always welcome to attend.
The Natrona County Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Natrona County Library, will hold its monthly genealogy workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday at the Natrona County Library. During this month’s class titled, “Adoptions for the Genealogist,” local NCGS members will offer a webinar outlining some tips and techniques for finding details of an adoption that aren’t readily available. Call 577-READ x2 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Queen Bee Red Hat luncheon for January is 11:30 a.m., Wednesday at Outback Steakhouse, 229 Miracle Rd. Hostesses are Mary Burgess, Ilene Peck and Janice Traylor. For reservations, contact Ilene 234-5183 or Janice 237-7463.
Natrona County Republican Women kick the new year off at 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday at Fire Rock Steakhouse in the Granite Room by hosting a pre-legislative panel. Speaker Steve Harshman, Sen. Jim Anderson, and Reps. Pat Sweeney, Joe MacGuire and Jerry Obermueller will speak about the upcoming session and taking questions.
The cost is $15 and reservations are a must. NCRW is open to all registered Republicans in Natrona County.
The AAUW Readers Favorites book club will meet at noon on Tuesday at the Lilacs and Lavender Tea Room. After a no-host lunch, Carolyn Deuel will review “Home,” Julie Andrews’ autobiography of her early years. Please contact Robin at 259-4174 for reservations or information.
Supper Club at the Casper Elks Lodge dining room is Friday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. The menu is prime rib, $19; walleye, $15, and a chef’s special. Dinner includes one trip to the salad bar, potato, roll and dessert. Please make your reservations by calling the lodge at 234-2432 or sign up at the bar. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839. The lodge will be closed at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Casper Chapter #358 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will have a business meeting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in the meeting room at the Casper Senior Center, 1831 East 4th Street. The guest speaker will be George W. Wynn with the Wyoming License Plate Society. He will be making a presentation on the history of Wyoming license plates.
The Casper German Stammtisch, a group that has met for 15 years and is interested in German-American heritage, the German language, history, culture, and fun discussions in both English and German, invites you to join the following events:
Stammtisch monthly no-host gatherings, 5:30 p.m. at The Office Bar & Grill (Ash and Collins): Feb. 8, March 8, April 5, May 10.
Kaffeestunde (German language for all levels), a monthly no-host gathering to enjoy speaking German together, 3 p.m. at City Brew west side: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1.
Sommer im Park mit Musik potluck picnic, 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park near the lower playground: June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, Aug. 2.
Casper Chapter #358 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will have a no-host Social Meeting at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in the meeting room at the Casper Senior Center, 1831 East 4th Street.
Statewide Beta Sigma Phi members chose suicide prevention as its major goal for the year. Many auction items and donations were received for that casue.
Casper Beta Sigma Phi members presented $2,752 to representatives of Drew’s Decision on December 11. The money will be used throughout Wyoming for anyone dealing with suicide. For assistance or information, please call Drew’s Decision at 277-5667 or write P.O. Box 4877, Casper, 82604.
Beta Sigma Phi chapters would like to extend thanks to all convention attendees who go graciously gave money or donated gifts to help with suicide prevention.
Beta Sigma Phi is an international sorority that began as a social and culture organization during the Great Depression years as an outlet for women to meet others for a friendship network. Members are all ages, interests and backgrounds, and make the largest organization of its kind in the world. For those interested in the organization, please feel free to call Mary at 237-3420.
Toastmasters is a step-by-step program designed to learn how to prepare and deliver presentations (both planned and impromptu) and improve communication and learn leadership skills. Students are welcome. Toastmasters is a national/international organization aimed at self-improvement. Review their website at toastmasters.org. There are three clubs in Casper:
Morning Tour Toastmasters meets weekly Mondays, 6:30 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant. For information, contact Jens at 267-6406 or Mary Ann at 234-0158.
Pathfinder Toastmasters meets weekly Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Arepa Barn Restaurant. For information, contact Frank at 462-6125, or Brandon at 277-0301.
Pioneer Toastmasters meets the first and third Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. at Eggingtons Restaurant (upstairs meeting room). Contact Kevin at 307 371-5364 or Mary Ann at 234-0158.
Toastmasters is devoted to providing the opportunity for men and women to develop communication and leadership skills in a mutually supportive learning environment.
Elections were held at the last meeting of the Oil Capitol Auto Club. Results are president, Rocky Smith; secretary, Mark Milliken; treasurer, Ken Lantta, and newsletter, Jerry Russell. The following donations were made in the last year, $1,000 to Food for Thought, $1,000 to Hunting with Heroes, $500 to American Legion and $5.000 in scholarships for five veterans. These are all because of the Memorial Weekend car show each year.