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Holiday shop at Art 321

Be sure to check out original artworks and gifts at Art 321 while doing holiday shopping. The gift shop is fully stocked with paintings, jewelry, furniture, unique lights, fiber arts and pottery while the gallery walls will contain perfect gift options priced under $150. In addition, the Art 321 Holiday Art Bazaar on December 7, 8 and 9, will provide a treasure trove of hand-made and one-of-a-kind objects by Wyoming artisans who will be present to sell their wares, explain their techniques and answer any questions you may have.

P.E.O. offers help with education

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.

Support groups for Parkinson’s, caregivers

Rocky Mountain Therapy is offering the following support groups.

Parkinson’s Support Group: This support group is open to anyone with Parkinson’s or caring for some with Parkinson’s on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 East 2nd Street, Building #500. The next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The guest speaker is Clayton Jensen, Casper Boxing Club. He will be discussing the benefits of boxing for Parkinson’s individuals. Exercise can ease the symptoms of PD, but boxing also tests both balance and coordination while giving suffers an outlet for frustration.

Caregiver Support Group: This support group is open to anyone caring for someone with a debilitation condition. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday’s of the month. The next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Therapy. The guest speaker is Nancy McKenzie, National Family Wyoming Caregiver Support Coordinator. Participants in support groups usually stay well-informed and benefit from information shared among the group.

To RSVP or for more information about these support groups, please call 577-5204 and ask for Jerri.

Free memory screenings

Memory screenings, free and open to the public, will be offered by Wyoming Dementia Care on Nov. 9, Casper Senior Services (The Casper Senior Center), 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Nov. 20, YMCA of Natrona County, 10 a.m. to noon.

Mindful Warrior class new location

The Mindful Warrior Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at its new location, First United Methodist Church on Second Street, downtown Casper. Dates are Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 16. This is a class for veterans of all eras for learning and practice of wellness mindfulness for brain health. There is no charge. Contact David Allhusen at 307-259-0350 with questions.

How to check out eBooks

The Natrona County Library will offer a How to Check Out eBooks class from noon to 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Learn how to use your library card to download books, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming video for free. Call 577-READ x2 or email reference@natronacountylibrary.org for more information.

Learn about geriatric pharmacology

Join pharmacist Scott Soulek of Geneva Woods Pharmacy for an informative presentation on geriatric pharmacology at 10:30 a.m., on Nov. 21, at Casper Senior Services (The Senior Center). The event is free and open to the public.

Food closet schedule

The food closet for people in need at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Seventh and Wolcott, will be open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on the first and third Sundays from 10:30 a.m 11:30 a.m.

Quilts to be given away

Quilts of Valor will be awarding quilts to local veterans who have been “touched by war.” If you are a veteran who served during a foreign war or know a local veteran who has not received a quilt, we are planning an award ceremony to be held Nov. 12. For more information: Sandy Elliott, 307-554-0331, Hilda Eckert, 406-939-3388, or Linda Tackett 307-253-0110.

Truck driving scholarships available

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.

UW Extension classes

A series of classes through December steps participants through the seasons with cooking, baking, canning and gifting.

Classes are taught at UW Extension, 2011 Fairgrounds Road in Casper. A materials fee covers the costs of food and supplies, and participants will take home the products of their efforts. Class sizes are limited.

Soup It Up is Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants make a variety of homemade soups. Materials fee is $10.

Gifts in a Jar is Dec. 6 or Dec. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants make a variety of jars to give as gifts or to keep. Materials fee is $15.

To reserve a space or request more information, contact Karla Case at 235-9400 or kcase@natronacounty-wy.gov.

Bag leaves for extra collection

Fall is in full swing, which means that residents are raking leaves. During the month of November, Casper residents with city trash service may place bagged leaves for extra collection. Residents may place as many bags of leaves as they have gathered.

To make sure that bagged leaves are collected, residents should:

Curbside customers should place bagged leaves at the curb at least 3 feet from garbage containers; not on sidewalks.

Alley customers may place the bags behind their property in the alley.

All bags should be placed by 7 a.m. on the day of collection.

Extra collection days are either on the first and third or second and fourth trash days of the month. Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Thursday customers will have their trash collected on Friday and Friday customers on Saturday. Those customers whose extra collection falls on that week may place their leaves on their delayed trash day. Residents can find their extra leaf collection day on the city’s website at www.casperwy.gov or by calling 235-8246.

Leaves collected will be taken to the compost yard and used to make compost while also saving landfill space. Yard waste including grass, leaves, and branches may also be taken for free to the compost yard located at the solid waste facility. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Apply for United Way grants

The United Way of Natrona County has released its grant application for funding and RFP and is now accepting applications from nonprofit agencies that service human needs in Natrona County. If an agency would like to be considered for funding, please contact Mandy Anderson at 237-9367 or mandy@unitedwaync.com for the grant application. All applications are to be brought to the United Way office located in the McMurry Building at 1701 E. E Street no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Anderson.

Family life ministry at HPCC

Family Life Ministry (FLM) at Highland Park Community Church is offering premarital, married people and parenting workshops, seminars, retreats and conferences.

Currently offered are “FOCCUS,” marriage preparation (ongoing); “Your Best Us: Marriage is Easier Than You Think (Nov. 12 through Dec. 10); “Divorce Care,” (meets weekly through Dec. 19) and Married People” experience (Nov. 9).

Visit the website for more information or to register: http://hpcc.church/FLM.

Sinclair Tix announce outlets, offers discounts

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.

Open ceramics at Art 321

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.

Tips for purchasing tickets

With the announcement of the Foo Fighters performance in Casper this December, the Casper Events Center would like to take this opportunity to provide some tips for purchasing tickets for this and other Casper Events Center events.

Beware of secondary market sellers and scalpers.

Purchase your tickets only through authorized agencies: SinclairTix.com; FooFighters.com; in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center, or by phone at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center at (800) 442-2256.

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Unauthorized purchases are often counterfeit or stolen and may not be honored on the night of the show.

The Foo Fighters will perform on Dec. 10. Tickets are on sale at www.SinclairTix.com, by phone at 1-800-442-2256 or in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center.

Buddhists meet

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 davidvaughn991@yahoo.com.

Saturday watercolor sessions

The schedule for the Saturday Morning Watercolor Sessions from 10 a.m. to noon through October at Art 321 is below. These are coordinated by Ellen Black, 265-6783. $10 per session if there is an instructor. Nov. 11, watercolor on canvas, Bev Mathisen; Nov. 18, working with Colorblast watercolor powder, Margaret Johnson-Ayres; Nov. 25, practice session. There will be no sessions during December.

Two-hour scarf Nov. 18

Want to make a fuzzy and fancy scarf in about two hours? Sign up for the 2-Hour Scarves class that will be held at the Casper Recreation Center. The one-time class is available to those who knit or crochet. It is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18. You can register online at Active Casper or contact the Rec Center at 235-8383. There are several spots available. Please register at least one week before the class starts.

Reserve for holiday art bazaar

Artists and crafts people are invited to reserve booth space at this year’s Art 321 Holiday Art Bazaar. The bazaar starts during the Dec. 7 Art Walk and runs through Dec. 9. Exhibitor guidelines and exhibit times for each day are available online and at the gallery, Art 321. Call soon to reserve your space.

The cost for your booth space is $100 for Art 321 members and $150 for non-members. No commissions from your sales will be paid to Art 321, so you alone are responsible for collecting money from your sales and for reporting sales and sales taxes appropriately.

Dementia caregiver support

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 wyodementia@casperseniorcenter.com or call Dani Guerttman at 265-4678.

Family continues suicide support

“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 jlh35@hotmailcom.

New depression group begins

“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 jlh35@hotmail.com.

Parkinson’s exercise

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 every Friday

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.

Here and Now: Dementia-focused monthly art class

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 wyodementia@casperseniorcenter.com or Zhanna Gallegos at 235-5247 or at zgallegos@thenic.org.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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