Town Crier for September 10

2010-09-10T00:00:00Z Town Crier for September 10 Casper Star-Tribune Online
September 10, 2010 12:00 am

Today's Highlights

Fun stuff to do today

 The Story of Dee

Jean-Pierre "JP" Cavigelli will be the guest speaker for the Murie Audubon Society program on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at 7 p.m., at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd.   JP  is prep lab manager, collections manager and field trip organizer at that Tate Museum.  JP has lived in Wyoming for 20 years, 14 of those in Laramie and six in Casper.  Part of his job at the museum was to co-lead the Dee excavation with Kent Sundell as well as co-ordinate the preparation of the bones.

In early 2006, a bulldozer operator in northwestern Converse County scraped up a few large chunks of bone while building an oil well drilling location pad.  These bones were the initial discovery of what turned out to be the largest and most complete mammoth skeletons in found in Wyoming.  After four years of field work and prep work, the skeleton of Dee (named after the bulldozer operator) was mounted in the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College.  This presentation will be the story of Dee… his discovery, his life, his death and his resurrection.  There will even be a few pictures of birds.     

Please join us for this “big” show.  As always, the program is free and open to the public!

Steak feed at the Elks 

Friday Night Steak Feed at the Casper Elks Lodge, sirloin steak with potatoes, roll and tossed salad; $5, serving from 6 to 7 p.m., or until gone. Stay and listen to some music TBA. Members, significant other and guests accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839.

Mothers Day Out

New moms need some time for themselves once in a while!  First United Methodist Church has limited openings for their Mothers Day Out program, a nonprofit group, starting in September.  Playgroup for children 18 months to 4 years old located in the church nursery, or get your newborn on the waiting list.  Year-round on Fridays only, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Please call Michele for details, 234-1050. 

Spay/Neuter program

Spay/neuter for low-income pet owners Spay/Neuter Wyoming Program!  The Animal Adoption Center of Jackson is sponsoring a statewide program to offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to Wyoming residents in need of assistance.  The next clinic will be held in Casper on September 10 and 11.  If you are NOT in need of financial assistance, please leave this program for those who are.  Dog spay - $35; dog neuter - $25; cat spay - $25; cat neuter - $10.  It is strongly recommended that your animal be vaccinated prior to the clinic.  Please call 307-699-5473 for more information and to make an appointment for your pet.  We can be a no-kill nation.  Please spay and neuter your pets!

Master percussion

Percussionists and interested community members are invited to a free master class by members of the Denver Taiko at 2 p.m. in Durham Hall of the Aley Fine Arts Center of Caper College. Aiko Kimura, Director of the Denver Taiko will be the presenter, and the full ensemble will perform at a free concert on Saturday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the John F. Welsh Auditorium of Natrona County High School, sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Denver, Mariko T. Miller, Natrona County School District No. 1, and ARTCORE. Also performing in the Saturday concert will be the Denver Buddhist Temple Dancers, performing ancient and modern Japanese dances. For information, call 265-1564.

Healthy yoga

September is national yoga month and studios across the US will be hosting free events and classes for new students. The Healthy Life Studio will be offering foundational yoga instruction every Saturday in September free of charge. The class runs from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. and is suitable for students of all levels.

Sleepytime Yoga is a sweet end to the week. We'll meet on Friday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 24,  from 7 to 8 p.m. Come in your pj's and explore fun and relaxing movement, yoga poses, and a story. The class is $15 per family per session and is designed for children ages 2-7 and their parents.

Each event is held at the Healthy Life Studio, located at 235 S. David St. Unit B in Casper. For more information, call 472-1962, or folks can check out our website, healthylifestudio.com.

Lizz Cowley --Healthy Life Studio

Deadline nears for Nic reservations

Time is running out to make reservations for the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s 25th Annual Dinner and Auction Gala, during which guests can bid on amazing works of art and/or more than a dozen great travel/entertainment packages – including a trip to the final round of the 2011 Masters golf tournament and special New York City shopping trip.

“The theme for the evening is Art Matters,” acting director Val Kulhavy said.

 The event, set for Friday, Sept. 10, from 6-10 p.m., wraps up the museum’s Rocky Mountain Invitational Exhibition that opened August 17 with more than 85 pieces by 50 artists from throughout the region. All the artworks – which include paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography, sculptures and more – will be sold to the highest bidders that night during the silent art auction. Minimum bids for pieces will range between $25 and $6,000.

Tickets for the dinner and auction – which will feature gourmet cuisine by Chef Bernard of Armor’s Silver Fox Restaurant, plus fabulous desserts and the finest of wines – are $150 for members or $175 for non-members and reservations can be made immediately by calling the museum. Corporate sponsor tables are also available.

Master of ceremonies for the evening will be K2 Radio personality Brian Scott.

For more information or reservations, call the museum at 235-5247.

New “Poetry Box” Discussion Group

Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? The Natrona County Public Library is starting up a new discussion group just for poetry lovers! “Poetry Box” will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the library, Fridays, September 10, 17 and 24 and then monthly thereafter.

The group will discuss attendees’ original poems, read and discuss published poetry, and do creative exercises for poetry writing. Each attendee is encouraged to bring a short poem to share (either original or published). Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 577-READ ext 2.

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Tom and Carol Harris are preparing a great dinner and dance party to raise funds for their favorite charity the D D Dunlap Kidney Fund through the Eagle's Charity programs. Tom and Carol are preparing a smoke free dinner and dance on Friday, September 10, 2010 at Eagles Hall 306 N Durbin Casper, WY. The dinner will consist of Flat Iron Steaks, Salad, Vegetable and a roll, all for only $10.00 per person. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM and dance at 7:00 PM featuring the "Swing Sounds" band. Dance to classic Country Western, Old Pop Standards, Swing Music and Blues. There is no charge for the dance, but donations to the charities are always graciously accepted. Dance and dinner is open to Eagle members and their guests. Have a great meal and then dance it off. If anyone is not a member of the Eagles and are asked to sign in as a guest then do so as a guest of Robbie Daniels or Jim Trantham.

Izaak Walton League presentation

"The Sea Life of Monterey " is the title of a Power Point presentation by Sarah Bucklin Friday, Sept 10, at the lodge on Ft Casper campground. She is a Environmental Specialist with the BLM and has a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Wyoming where she specialized in the studies of sage grouse. She attended a special program at Monterey aquarium in Monterey, California under the auspices of a Leadership Institute program of the Wildlife society. Visitors are welcome for the program at 7:30 PM.

 

Special events at Trails

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) has returned to extended hours. NHTIC will be open, seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through late September.

Upcoming events include:

Today through Saturday: Outdoor Expo Days at the Casper Events Center

Special programs offered during the summer include the Children’s History Club and the Saturday Evening Speaker Series. Call the NHTIC at 261-7700 for details and updates.

Free admission at trails

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is waiving admission today through Saturday for Community Appreciation Days. The free days at the NTHIC also coincide with the Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo, which will take place at the Casper Event Center.

“We are fortunate to live in an area that has such a rich history and heritage,” said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. “And we want to show our appreciation to the local community for supporting the Trails Center and our mission, which is to promote the significance of our historic trails to both Wyoming and U.S. history. This year, the support of the Trails Center by Casper residents has been strong, and we want to say, ‘thanks.’”

The annual Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo is free and open to the public. The event celebrates Wyoming’s diverse wild lands and wildlife.

The Expo includes hands-on activities and educational opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or experience.

The family-friendly event is coordinated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with exhibitors from over 150 businesses, agencies and organizations, including BLM staff and the Trails Center.

This Just In

New to Town Crier.

Tween Mondays for 4, 5 & 6

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders are invited to discover something new at the Natrona County Public Library this school year.  “Tween Monday” events will be held at the library each Monday at 4 p.m., giving students the opportunity to participate in book clubs, craft projects, games and other activities designed for their age group.  The first “Tween Monday” will be held September 13 at 4 p.m. in the Crawford room.  For more information, please call 577-READ ext 122.

Night races at Valentine

Valentine Speedway just west of Glenrock hosts the 9-11 Memorial Race on Saturday night, beginning at 7 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. It is the first night race at the speedway. There are several special events with $250 added to the biggest class. This night only, membership is waived. The first 10 hobby stocks race for free. Classes include dwarf cars, hobby stock, classic coups, and mini sprints. Special classes include micro sprints and slingshots.

This is the final race of the season. Car and driver fee, $25; pit pass, $20; gate admission, $7.

For more information, http://valentinespeedway.org/ 

Free liturgical dance workshop

We sing praises. We speak praises. So why not dance praises? Casper's First United Methodist Church will hold a free liturgical dance workshop noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at 307 Dance Academy, located at 225 N. Wolcott in Casper.

Liturgical dance is an expression of worship used to praise the Lord. It can be done to various types of music, such as gospel, Christian hip-hop, contemporary praise and slower, melodic music.

At the workshop, you will not only learn the basics of liturgical dance, including a couple of fun dances, but how to choreograph your own dance, as well. Chris Oliver, dance minister, will lead the workshop with the help of members of Transforming Grace Dance Ministry, a ministry of First United Methodist Church.

The workshop is open to ages 13 and up. No previous dance experience is necessary. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothes and tennis shoes or dance shoes. Bring your Bible and be ready to praise the Lord with dance!

For more information or to register, call Oliver at 267-5477 or e-mail her at chrisoliver808@hotmail.com.

 Museum hosts new exhibit

Fort Caspar Museum is hosting a new traveling exhibit from the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne. "Room for the Night: Roadside Lodging in Wyoming," is open through December 4, 2010. This photographic exhibit explores the transformation of Wyoming roadside lodging from hotels to motels during the late 19th and 20th centuries. From downtown hotels, auto camps, cabin camps, and motor courts to the modern hotel, Room for the Night traces the architecture along Wyoming’s highways.

Did you know that the automobile impacted trends in lodging? Well-known Wyoming hotels such as The Virginian in Medicine Bow, The Irma in

Cody and The Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, are featured in this exhibit along with many other places of lodging throughout the state. Maybe you’ve stayed in some of them.

For more information about this exhibit call 235-8462 or visit the museum website at

www.fortcasparwyoming.com.

The museum is open daily in September from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees are: Children 12 & Under free, Youth 13-18 are $2 and Adults 19 &

Over are $3. Please note: Beginning October 1 and through April 30, the museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The fort buildings are closed in the winter and admission is half-price. Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road.

Train for ski patrol

Do you have a desire to help people?  Do you have at least upper intermediate ski or snowboard skills?  Would you like to become a member of the National Ski Patrol?  The Casper Mountain Ski Patrol will begin Outdoor Emergency Care classes for volunteer patrollers on Tuesday, September 14.  Outdoor Emergency Care classes will be twice a week for about 10 weeks.  Ski/snowboard and toboggan training will begin during January 2011, and continue for about eight weeks.  If your ski/snowboard skills are a little rusty, inquire about the National Ski Patrol’s Auxiliary program.  The total cost is $201.  For more information call Fred Crockett at 797-5506 or Arik Christensen at 235-7939, or visit www.nsp.org.

Red Hats lunch

All Red Hatters are invited to join the Queen Bee Chapter of the Red Hat Society for lunch.  The luncheon will be held at Guadlajara Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. For reservations please call Lila at 266-0775 or Sharon at 234-0410 or email lilanpets@msn.com.

Please make your reservations by Monday, September 20.

Dyann Durst -- 237-1334

Park hosts dual observances

Casper Veterans Park is the site on Saturday for both the War Memorial Panel dedication at 9:30 a.m., and the Patriots Day program at 10 a.m.The speaker for the panel dedication is Cecil V. Barnes and the panel will be unveiled by Mrs.

Rita Walsh, Tom's widow. The panel chronicles Desert Shield, The Cold War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama and Women's Role in the Service. This will be followed by Patriot's Day Memorial at 10 a.m.

Chief Mark Young of Casper Fire Department and Capt. Chris Walsh, Casper Police Department, will read the names of every first responder who lost their life in the line of duty during the past year. Lt. Stu Anderson of the Natrona Sheriff's Department will make comments as a responder to Ground Zero, New York City, after 9-11-2001. The public is invited.

Any questions call Gary Cohee 237-7864.

Walker returns to discuss journey

Samuel Clear, a native of Australia, walked around the world in 2007 and 2008. On his journey, he came through Casper. He returns to talk about his mission on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend his presentation, where he will describe some of the challenges he faced as he walked around the world spreading the Gospel and a message of peace and unity. All are welcome to hear the stories of his amazing journey of faith.

Blood drive honors fallen

On Saturday, Sept. 11, United Blood Services will host "Honoring Our Fallen Heroes," at 1416 E. "A" Street, two bnlocks north of the hospital, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Since 2001, more than 25 Wyoming soldiers have lost their lives in the war for freedom; this blood drive allows donors to give blood in their memory and to recognize the sacrifices they and their families have made.

A poster with the fallen soldiers' names will be displayed throughout the day. The motto for the day is, "Many lives have been lost but others can be saved in their honor." United Blood Services is hoping for 60 donors.

Every donor will receive a camouflage T-shirt and a commemorative wrist band while supplies last.

To make an appointment, call 237-2328 or walk-in.

Free cooking classes begin

Free cooking classes at Cost Plus Appliance & Design Center, 1518 E. "C" Street, will be held this fall with Lesley Travers as the chef/instructor.

Suibjects include: Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hot or Not Tamales; Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m,. Come have Coffee Cake and Coffee; Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Two Italian Lovers; Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, 50 Ways to Love Polenta, and Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chicken Fricassee and mille-feuilles (Napoleons). Classes fill quickly. Please call 577-7404 to reserve your place.

Community Bible study

The Heart of Casper/Community Bible Study starts Sept. 21, 2010. We are doing Priscilla Shirer's new bible study, "Jonah." What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times we run! Shirer redefines interruption -- it is actually God's invitation to something beyond our wildest dreams. Looking forward to seeing you on Sept. 21, First Southern Baptist Church, 220 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m. Call Jean Brown at 234-3594.

Community sets Yom Kippur services

The Jewish Community Association of Casper invites you to join Cantor Jerome Herbert and Rabbi Sam Wiseman at Temple Beth-El, 4105 S. Poplar, to honor Yom Kippur in solemn worship with the congregation for Kol Nidrei services, Friday evening, Sept. 17, at 7:15 p.m. 

On Saturday morning, Sept. 18, Yom Kippur worship continues, beginning at 10 a.m., with a study break at 12:45 p.m., and resumes with afternoon services starting at 4 p.m.  The Memorial (Yizkor) service starts at 5:15 p.m.  Concluding services are anticipated to commence at 6 p.m., and end with the break-fast meal (for which reservations are recommended).  In view of the Yom Kippur fast, Shabbos kiddush and meals are suspended until the completion of the concluding service, after which kiddush is joyously celebrated. 

This is Jerry's second year in Casper.  His strong, rich and mellifluous voice has inspired synagogue congregations and delighted Broadway and opera audiences for decades.  His conduct of the Passover Seder at the world famous "Sammy's Roumanian Restaurant" in New York lives in the memories of generations and is anticipated with pleasure every springtime.  For more information, please call the synagogue office at 237-2330.

 

CALVS begins season

CALVS Casper Areal Low Vision Support group will be starting our fourth season together on Monday, Sept. 13, with a luncheon at noon at St. Mark's Episcopal Parish Hall, 701 S. Volcott St. Afterwards, we will  welcome our guest speaker Lt. Stewart Anderson of the Sheriff's Dept. who will talk on Emergency Preparedness.  This will help us with low vision and anyone, so bring your family, friends and support people.  He will be able to answer your questions. If you need a ride, call Lois at234-3980 by Friday.

Celebrate 80th

Please join us  in celebrating Byron Stamm's  80th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Casper Senior Center. Cards only, please.

Paws2Help needs help

This year Paws2Help is teaming with Big Sky Rottie Rescue for a garage sale!

Paws2Help provides medical care for animals housed at the Metro Animal Control shelter and for stray animals in need of care before going to rescues, foster homes or forever homes. This year's sale will be held Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 4081 Swingle Road, right next door to Ark Animal Hospital. We are in need of volunteers to help sort and price merchandise and to work the sale.

We are also in need of donations of clean, saleable items (Please no car tires, batteries, clothes, etc.). If you can help, or to schedule pick up or drop off of donations, please contact Lisa at 265-0387. 100% of money raises stays in Casper to help our homeless animals!

Candlelight vigil

Self Help Center would like to invite you to attend our 22nd annual Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of the 52 women who were killed by domestic violence in the state of Wyoming on Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., at Morad Park, 2800 SW Wyoming Blvd.

Food pantry needs help

College Heights Baptist Church is in need of adoption from local entities to support its food pantry, “Oasis.” They have hundreds of needy people come to their community center (1927 S. Walnut) each week in need of food items and even more recently, in need of household goods, furniture and clothing.  They have outgrown their church budget and  would find it helpful to have a regular donation each month to support this increasing need and keep the Oasis in operation.  Please contact Hallie Scott at 267-1773 or at nimbyjan@aol.com for more information. The church website is collegeheightschurch.org, and they can also be found on Facebook under “Oasis”.  Hours of operation are Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they are also looking for volunteers willing to be a witness as they serve.

 

Geo Wives host brunch

The Casper Geo Wives will hold their Fall Brunch Tuesday, Sept 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Petroleum Club. The cost of the brunch is $11. Our yearly membership dues are $10.

The brunch starts off our year catching up on old and making new acquaintances. We sign up for our activities including a book club, bridge and gourmet groups.

We have a monthly luncheon with programs except in December when we have a dinner and invite the men in our lives to join us.  The WGA (Wyoming Geological Association) has a Spring Dinner Dance which we help host.

Our membership is composed of wives of paid WGA members, women members of the WGA and/or the Casper Geophysical Society, wives of landmen, petroleum or mining engineers or a widow or divorcee of a geologist, geophysists, landman, petroleum or mining engineer.

If you are eligible, we welcome new members and would like to have you join us for a good time.  If you would like more information please call Lynne at 265-8466 or Nanci at 266-6824. 

If you are already a member and would like to make a reservation for the Fall Brunch, please call Joanie at 237-7771.

Downtown merchants meet

The Downtown Merchants & Professionals Association (DMPA) is holding their monthly meeting at Mountain View Sub Shop located at 100 N Center (corner of Center and 1st Street), on Tuesday, September 14 at 8 a.m. You may order breakfast.

    Due to the holiday agenda and activities to discuss, there will be no guest speakers. Topics to discuss will include the following: Downtown Trick-or-Treating, Casper Christmas Parade and the 50 percent match for in-kind funding now required by the city council, Holiday Madness Sales, free holiday matinee and Santa’s Christmas Corner.

   DMPA membership dues are $75 per year. Dues are used to help promote downtown activities and events such as Crazy Days, Children’s Trick-Or-Treating Downtown, Proud to Host the Best, Casper’s Christmas Corner, Free Holiday Children’s Matinee, and Casper’s Christmas Parade.

   We welcome those with an interest in helping with these events or other downtown activities and invite all downtown business owners/managers and professionals to attend on the morning of September 14.  To RSVP or for further information please call Lory Palm at 266-3050.

Rally honors fallen soldiers

The Wyoming 9-12 coalition will be holding a rally honoring fallen soldiers.  The rally will be held at Casper College at the Roberts Commons from 1 to 3 p.m., on Sunday, September 12.   The public is invited to come join in honoring those who have served our nation and fallen while doing so.  We will specifically be honoring those Wyoming soldiers who have served and fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan.

There will also be speakers who will talk about our founding fathers and principles of our Constitution of the United States.  Please come and join us while we celebrate our national heritage and honor those who have paid the ultimate price.

Saturday lunch at the Elks 

Saturday lunch at the Casper Elks Lodge is deep-fried pork chops and fries. Each lunch includes one draft beer or soft drink for $8, serving 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members, significant other and guests accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839.

 

Lego robotics info

The Science Zone will be conducting and hosting a Lego Robotics Club and Team. Our first informational meeting will be Saturday, September 18, at 12:30 p.m. at The Science Zone.   All are welcome!   Please call with any questions, 473-9663.

 

DDA recognizes board changes

The Casper DDA recognizes two outgoing board members and two new board members at its September Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 8, 2010.

Retiring from the board are Bob Ide and Drew Perkins. Bob Ide, of Ide Land & Leasing, served the on the board as both a member and an executive from August 1998 through June 2010. Drew Perkins, of Perkins Law PC, recently completed his term as Chairman and has also served on the board from July 2003 through June 2010.

Also being introduced and welcomed to the board are two new members. Sona Rummel is the owner and operator of Absolute Fitness by Sona as well as part-owner of The Commissary Mall, 138 S Kimball. Sona brings marketing, management and leadership to the Board. Mike Stepp, of Donells Candies, brings 35 years of business experience to the DDA Board. Donells is a family owned Casper business located in the Atrium Plaza on East 2nd Street. Of its 56 years of operation, 15 have been in downtown Casper.

Tina Wulf -- 235-6710.

Social Change meets

During September CSCC will continue planning for the annual Coming Out Day Ceremony set for October 11, which will be coupled with a fundraiser for the Wyoming AIDS Walk. We are counting on volunteers to make this event a success and raise funds for this worthy cause.

This month’s meeting will be held Tuesday, September 14, at 7 p.m., at the Casper United Church of Christ, located on the corner of 15th and Melrose. Call Bob Warburton at 265-4414 for more information about CSCC and/or upcoming events.

Dem men meet Sept. 14

Democratic men and women are always welcome at the “Democratic Men’s Group Luncheon.” The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, at noon. The group will meet in the Wyoming Room at the Parkway Plaza Resort in Casper. The public is invited. Attendees can order from the menu. Current events and Democratic Party news will be discussed. A report from communication director for the Wyoming Democratic party Bri Jones will be featured. For more information, contact Tom Davis at 266-3015.

Dems host giant garage sale

The Natrona County Democratic Party is holding a GIANT GARAGE SALE Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale will be held at the Iron Workers Local 27 Building, 344 N. Walsh Drive in Casper. Donations will be accepted at that site from Monday, September 13 through Thursday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please no clothing or outdated appliances or electronics. For more information, call Mary Gilmore at 234-5730.

Girl Scouts plan adult overnighter

Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout! Girl Scout alumnae are invited rekindle and reconnect with fellow alumnae during an overnight event Sept. 25- 26, at Camp Sacajawea on Casper Mountain.

The event, themed around traditional Girl Scout camping, begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will include hiking, campfire and s’mores, and spending the evening in the lodge. Participants are welcome to bring their sleeping bags and sleep at the property or just spend a few hours at camp.

The event is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. All adult former Girl Scouts are welcome to attend.  The cost is $15 per person (plus $12 Girl Scout membership renewal if applicable). Attendees must register before September 17 to attend. To register, visit www.gsmw.org or call 800-736-5243. For more information on the event, call 237-4545 (evenings) or email  janetdevries@hotmail.com.

 Book drive for Detention Center

Donate your used paperback books to provide reading material for inmates. Paperbacks requested are science-fiction, adventure, action, fiction and non-fiction novels. Romance novels will be limited. No hard-backs. Call Joan at 472-3720 for pick-up.

 

Bishop's Guild meets

Bishop's Guild will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the new Tri-Parish School at 5 p.m. Dinner will follow at the Petroleum Club for $15. Rita Dean will be sharing her experiences from "The Holy Land to the Holy See." New members, please contact Barbara Haigler at 265-2544.

Head Start program

Do you know a child who is three to five years old? Why not give them the Head Start they deserve? Call 577-1864. Head Start is a FREE, quality preschool program that prepares children for school. Applications are available at 301 W. B Street in Casper. Head Start is a United Way agency and free to qualifying families. Call 577-1864.

Meditations in Nature

An After Work, Mid-Week Meditation Retreat for all levels

Thurs 9/30, 5:30-7pm

• Feeling stressed?

• Feeling scattered and un-centered?

• Suffer from anxiety & tension?

Meditation can help.

Join Jess Ryan, MSNS-E-RYT for an introduction to meditation with

nature as your backdrop. We will be doing walking, seated, &

listening meditations to reduce stress, increase health, & find your

center.

Cost: $20 pre-pay & register by 9/27, $30 after 9/27

Location: Audubon Center at Garden Creek

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Audubon Center

SPACE IS LIMITED. Pre- register. Save your spot. Save money.

Email: jess@jessryanyoga.com, call 330-881-0487

Visit: www.jessryanyoga.com for more info.

Join Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is holding a membership drive Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Science Zone from 10a-2p. All girls interested in joining Girl Scouting are encouraged to stop by! We’ll have membership registrations available, Leaders available for Q&A, placements right away into a troop, girls to share their experiences and more!! Girl Scouting is for all girls Kindergarten - High School Senior. Adults looking to participate as leaders or volunteers are also encouraged to attend. In Girl Scouts you will: meet new friends, go on amazing adventures, sell cookies, and discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. For more information please contact Michelle at 262-6891 or GSMW at 1-800-736-5243. Girl Scouts, building girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place. www.gsmw.org

CALVS fall session

Casper Area Low Vision Support will begin their fall sseason with a luncheon provided by Dr. Dodds. It will be served at noon before our regular meeting time of 1:00pm.

The location will be as always, at St Mark's Parish Hall, 701 so. Wolcott. Red allety door off parking lot allows us a level entry way.

We start offf the season with a timely and importaant program, by lt. Stewart Anderson, On Emergency Preparedness.. Please come and get reacquainted with old friends, and meet new during lunch. As always, we welcome you family, friends, or support people, so they know what's going on in lur lives. Please join us and hear what Lt Anderson has to suggest in case of unforseen emergencies.

Call Lois at 234 3980 if transportation needs to be arranged.

Clubs

Ways to participate.

Zilah Club begins season

Zilah Club will begin their fall meetings on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at the Casper Shrine Club. A hearty luncheon prepared by Ann Comeaux will be served at 12:30 pm with President June beginning the meeting at 1 pm. Members are reminded to bring a brief biography of themselves, so we can get to know each other better. Please make your reservation with the telephone committee. See you there.

Ann Comeaux -- 235-1994

 

Golden K sets speakers

The followiing is the September speaker schedule for the weekly meetings of the Golden K Kiwanis. Golden K meets weekly at the Senior Center on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Any and all interested parites are welcome. For any further information please call the number below.

Sept. 14: Russell Hawley, education doordinator for Tate Museum, on Dee, the mammoth.

Sept. 21: Dr. Robert Tobin, Rocky Mountain Oncology

Sept. 28: Report on Special Olympics

Nick Nicholson -- 234-1220

Help Yourself

Stuff to help you.

Senior Center computer classes

Jan Burnett will again be teaching computer classes in the Casper Senior Center Computer Lab at 1831 E. 4th St. this fall from September through December. Regular classes include Introduction to Computers, Introduction to the Internet, E-Mail Basics, and Digital Photography. New classes are Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher 2007 and E-Mail II, Internet II, Keyboarding Skills (typing), and Windows 7 Operation System.

Please join us for some of these enjoyable, informative classes taught in a very relaxed atmosphere! Most classes are a total of eight hours of instruction and many do not require a book purchase. All ages are welcome and class sizes are very small to allow for individual attention. For more information and registration, please contact Jan Burnett at 259-2869 or e-mail to djburnett7777@msn.com.

Computer classes listed

Jan Burnett will again teach the following computer classes in the Casper Senior Center Computer Lab for Fall, 2010.

September: 20 & 23, Introduction to Computers; 27 & 30, Computer Keyboarding (typing).

October: 9, Windows 7 Operating System; 11 & 14, Introduction to Internet; 23, Microsoft Word 2007; 25 & 28, E-Mail Basics.

November: 1 & 4, Digital Photography; 6, Microsoft Excel 2007; 8 & 11, Introduction to Computers; 15 & 18, Introduction to Internet; 20, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007; 29, Internet II (& Dec. 2)

December: 4: Microsoft Publisher 2007; 6, E-Mail II; 13 & 16, Digital Photography.

For more information and registration, contact Jan Burnett at 259-2869.

Free computer classes

Natrona County Public Library offers basic computer classes monthly to help you navigate the computer, the internet, and basic programs such as Microsoft Word.  Additional classes are given periodically on topics like downloading audio and video, using EBay and specialized library resources.  Please stop by the library’s Reference Desk to sign up for these free classes, or call 577-READ ext 2.

Classes for September 2010: Introduction to Microsoft Word, Friday, September 17, 3 p.m.; Introduction to Genealogy, Thursday, September 23, 10 a.m.; Introduction to Excel, Monday, September 27, 2 p.m.

Beginning Experience in October

Beginning Experience of Wyoming is a weekend program that offers healing and renewal to divorced, widowed and separated men and women. It is a nonprofit, faith-based comprehensive program offered to all persons, regardless of religious preference. A Beginning Experience weekend offers support and direction to help resolve grief or anger that can follow the end of a marriage by divorce, separation or death. The weekend can be a time for a real awakening, a re-evaluation and a new beginning.

The next Beginning Experience weekend will be in Douglas and starts at 8 p.m, on Friday, Oct. 8, and runs through Sunday afternoon, Oct. 10. The cost of the weekend is $100, which includes sleeping arrangements, meals and materials. Scholarships are available. Registration deadline is Oct. 5. Ask these team members for more information. Curtis at 436-2677; Rick at 265-3201, Diane at 234-7214 or Sandi at 266-4340.

Seniors health fair

The Central Wyoming Senior Center, 1831 E. 4th, hosts its Annual Health Fair on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy wine and appetizers at 5:30 p.m., and keynote speaker Dr. John Roussalis at 6 p.m., who will discuss skin cancer and the latest in skin enhancers, Botox, Juviderm, and more.

Free memory screenings

Free, confidential memory screenings are available to the citizens of Natrona County in conjunction with the Senior Center's annual health fair , Thursday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 277-1086 to set up an appointment.

Screenings will be held at the Central Wyoming Senior Center, 1831 E. 4th St., sponsored by The John P. Ellbogen Foundation in collaboration with Central Wyoming Senior Services.

 GriefShare

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. Grief Share is for people grieving the death of someone close to them. This group will help in your journey from mourning to joy. GriefShare begins September 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and will continue for 14 weeks on Tuesday nights at Highland Park Community Church in room D210. For more information please call The Healing Place at 265-3977.

 

Class for couples

Communicating Your Love Couples Class is based on Power of Two and the 5 Love Languages.

Saturday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Highland Park Community Church, 411 S. Walsh Dr. This 1-day intensive class is designed to give couples another way to show their family/spouse how much they care! They will learn the types and key characteristics of the 5 Love Languages,

their love language, and how to love their special someone in a “language” they understand.

This class also includes a session on communication. Communication is the vital and essential link to every aspect of our relationships. Couples will learn how to become an active listener and how to move from hinting and hoping to Say It! and much more. Childcare is available, free!

Training includes lunch. Class Fee $5 per person (scholarships available).

The class is sponsored by the Wyoming Healthy Marriages Initiative. Register online at www.WYOFAMS.org or by calling 1-866-WYO-FAMS.

Great Date Nights

Combining fun dates and marriage education skills, this class gives couples time-out to build their marriage and enrich their relationship. The nine dates are: Choosing a High Priority Marriage; Learning to Talk; Resolving Honest Conflict; Becoming the Encourager; Finding Unity in Diversity; Rekindling the Romance; Sharing Responsibility and Working Together; Balancing Your Roles as Parent and Partner; Having an Intentional Marriage.

Class Fee $10 per couple (scholarships available)

Natrona County Library, 307 East 2nd Street, Casper.

When you complete all nine dates you will receive a FREE dinner for 2 at Firerock!

Date nights are September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18. Class time is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., date time to follow!

The class is sponsored by the Wyoming Healthy Marriages Initiative. Register online at www.WYOFAMS.org or by calling 1-866-WYO-FAMS.

Mothers Day Out

New moms need some time for themselves once in a while!  First United Methodist Church has limited openings for their Mothers Day Out program, a nonprofit group, starting in September.  Playgroup for children 18 months to 4 years old located in the church nursery, or get your newborn on the waiting list.  Year-round on Fridays only, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Please call Michele for details, 234-1050. 

Shingles vax at health department

Casper Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) has Zostavax, a vaccine that prevents shingles licensed for use in persons age 60 or older. Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only someone who has had chickenpox, or rarely, has gotten a chickenpox vaccine can get shingles. The cost of the one time vaccination is $175. The CNCHD is located at 475 S. Spruce, at the corner of Midwest. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. We are closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.. Call 577-9757 for any questions or visit our website at www.casperhealth.com. More information on the vaccine and illness can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Schools

Celebrations, schedules, etc.

OLLI talks football refereeing

For everyone who questions why football referees make the calls they make “C’mon Ref! Are You Blind?!” will attempt to help answer those questions.

Offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College, “C’mon Ref! Are You Blind?!” instructor Matt Pollock will discuss the fundamentals of football, common fouls and rule infractions, and the rule differences that exist between high school, college, and professional football.

“For anyone who has ever attended a football game and booed the referees over a ‘bad’ call, this class will hopefully explain why football officials make some of those bad calls that often include holding, pass interference, horse collar tackles, and blocks in the back,” said Pollock.

If there is enough interest, the class will attend a local high school football game. “Everyone will be able to impress the other fans with their informed booing,” Pollock joked.

“C’mon Ref! Are You Blind?!” will be held on three Monday nights, Sept. 13 through 27, from 7 to 8:30. To register, or for more information call OLLI at 268-2097 or 268-3401.

Comets learn Code of the West

At Dean Morgan Junior High, 30 minutes per day is devoted to reading and building positive adult/student relationships during Comet Block. During the 2010-2011 school year, the “Code of the West” which was adopted by the State of Wyoming as the official code, will be implemented. All Comet Block staff members received a book courtesy of Jonah Bank entitled, "Cowboy Ethics What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West," authored by James P. Owen. Students and adults will focus on activities that incorporate the ten codes to promote positive character development and strong leaders for tomorrow.

A sampling of the codes include: Live each day with courage, take pride in your work, always finish what you start, do what has to be done, be tough but fair, when you make a promise -- keep it, talk less and say more.

Students travel abroad

High schools students can travel abroad.  Parents and students can learn about the upcoming trips during Back To School nights at NCHS, CYMS, Dean Morgan and KWHS.  Representatives from EF tours will be there to answer questions.  Contact Suzanne Sandoval, 259-2221, for more information.

 

German girl needs host family

Talvikki from Germany needs host family for 2010-11 school year.  She plays the guitar, piano, and violin.  She enjoys singing in a choir.  She loves to travel.  She also ice skates and does ballet.  Her favorite animal is a dog and she also likes children. If you would be interested in hosting this student, please call:

Barb Richards -- 473-1025

Enroll for Head Start

The nationally recognized, free preschool Head Start program will help prepare your child for school. Don't miss this opportunity. Call today to find out how to enroll. Natrona County Head Start is a United Way agency. Call 577-1864.

St. Anthony Open House

The St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School will host an open house on Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. School staff and parents will provide tours of the new school located at 1145 West 20th Street. All are welcome. There will be a Mass dedication of the school chapel and commons area on Monday, September 20, at 7 p.m. The Most Rev. Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL, 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne will be the principal celebrant. On Tuesday, September 21, the 4th annual school alumni Mass will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the school chapel. For more information please contact the school at 234-2873.

Casper College offers online tutoring to students

Casper College has partnered with SMARTHINKING, to provide students with real-time assistance in math, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, biology, introduction to anatomy and physiology, economics, introductory finance, accounting, statistics, and writing support for all subjects.

According to Ana Thompson, Casper College director of distance education, the college is subscribing to the online service to augment those tutoring services already on campus such as the math, writing, and world language labs. “The on-campus services have limited hours and can only be accessed easily by local students. Now Casper College can offer all of its students, both local and outside the Casper area, access to a tutoring service 24/7.”

SMARTHINKING has been providing assistance to students since spring 2000 and currently serves over 500 clients across the nation. Based in Washington, D.C. “SMARTHINKING will allow Casper College to provide students with access to an additional academic tool to support success,” said Thompson.

Students to Europe

London, Paris and Rome! High school students entering ninth - 12th grades in the fall of 2011 and adults can travel to London, Paris and Rome in June 2011. An EF tour director accompanies the group 24-7. Trip dates are June 7-15, 2011.  To view the proposed itinerary, click www.eftours.com/enroll and enter tour number 552028. For more information, contact Suzanne Sandoval at 577-2190.

Helping Others

Aid opportunities.

Instruments on consignment

Wyoming Music is now accepting instruments on consignment for The Annual Instrument Swap. The sale will continue through September. This is a great way to buy an affordable used instrument for elementary music students. All types of band or orchestra instruments will be accepted. Instruments should be taken to Wyoming Music in the Sunrise Shopping Center at 4230 S. Poplar from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A portion of the proceeds will be used to help provide instruments for those children who would otherwise be unable to play. Any instruments that don't sell can either be picked up by the seller or donated for use in the public schools. Lessons are also available for the fall for piano, guitar, violin, drums and trumpet. For more information, call Dean Lorimer at 237-7322 or go to WyomingMusic.biz.

Hogadon Tune-Up

The 16th annual Hogadon Ski Area Tune-UpDay is Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Hogadon Ski Area on Casper Mountain. Join us for a worthwhile day helping Hogadon prepare for the upcoming ski season. We will spend our time improving the enironment and facilities for all to enjoy. All who participate will receive a T-shirt and the chance to win some great door prizes from area merchants. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Registration is required at the door. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Proper dress is recommended. For more information, call Hogadon at 235-8499 or check the website, www.hogadontuneup.com

CASA sets advocate training

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an organization that uses volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children who are in the custody of the State of Wyoming.  A CASA advocate receives 30 hours of specialized training prior to being sworn in and assigned to a case by a District Court Judge.  The advocates familiarize themselves with the case; the needs of the children involved, they attend meetings and court hearings and write a formal report to the court as to what course of action would be in the children’s best interest.  All of this is done with the assistance of a Case Manager.  If you can spare a couple of hours a week, you can be an effective advocate for children in a difficult situation. The next training class will begin on September 30.  Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on one Saturday through October.

If you are interested, please call 237-0889 to schedule an interview and receive an application packet.

Dementia care offers support

A support group for those caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or similar dementia-causing disease is sponsored by Wyoming Dementia Care.  The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 332 East 2nd Street.  Caregivers should enter by the east door, under the big roof, and follow the signs leading to the meeting room. Wyoming Dementia Care is the not-for-profit group working to build a six-cottage nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients. Each cottage will give 12 patients their own private rooms and baths.

Mary Hein -- 265-2494

School supplies at Pine Ridge

It's back to school time on Pine Ridge Reservation. Pine Ridge Reservation in southwest South Dakota is one of the largest reservations in the nation, and is located in two of the poorest counties in the country.  Parents have little or no money to spare for school supplies.  .

We can help them by donating pens, pencils, scissors, wood rulers, protracter, glue sticks, pink erasers, pocket  calulators, markers, etc., for all grades.  Everything is needed except paper. Supplies are on sale now.  Please, help us to help the kids! Education helps to break the cycle of poverty.

Mary Hopkins -- 472-1052

Stage III offers scholarship

Are you interested in theater but think you lack the knowledge to become involved?  Stage III Community Theater is awarding a scholarship to an enterprising individual to develop skills necessary in creating successful productions.  The scholarship focuses on theater classes at Casper College for the fall semester.  For more information, contact Sandra @ Stage III, 234-0946 or 267-7868.

Poverty Resistance to move

Poverty Resistance Thrift Store is moving to 342 East K St. (Oil City Building) this week.

The Thrift Store, which opened in March 1987 at 450 S. Wolcott, will accept donations at the new address Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new store will be open for shoppers in mid-September.

The old site will remain open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday until the new site opens.

The new site will allow the store to expand with a wider selection of clothing, furniture and other items. To facilitate this expansion volunteers are in need of more clothing racks and other store fixtures.

The new site will be a great improvement over the Wolcott store with loads of free parking, central heat and functional bathrooms. The newer building and more open floor plan will make shopping easier for senior citizens and people with disabilities as well.

The new site is also on the Casper Bus route.

Poverty Resistance programs including the weekend food pantry and vouchers for clothing and household items will continue at the new building.

For more information, call Kim at 232-8725.

Kids' Stuff

Fun stuff for kids to do.

After school at the library

Weekly library activities for elementary ages will resume for the school year starting Wednesday, September 8 at 4 p.m.  After School at the Library programs provide free, fun and educational activities for kids to enjoy in the afternoon hours throughout the school year.  They are held weekly on Wednesdays at the main library, and once monthly at the Mills branch.

September’s events include: September 15, 4 p.m.: Map Quest; September 22, 4 p.m.: Ahoy Ye Mateys!;

September 23, 4 p.m., Mills Branch: Ahoy Ye Mateys!; September 29, 4 p.m.: Journey through the Center of the Earth.

For more information, please call 577-READ ext 122.

Casper Children's Theatre fall workshops

This fall's production workshop for children ages 4-7 will be dedicated to all things Seuss! We will perform our own Seuss-like stories, create crazy costumes, pecuilar props and bizarre backdrops. for a most fantastical play! Workshops on Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. beginning Sept. 11. Final dress rehearsal is November 11th from 6-8 p.m. Performances held Nov. 12, 13 and 14. Prerequistite "Playtime" Class or instuctor permission. Workshop fee is $118.

This fall's production workshop for ages 8-11 will perform The Not Ready for Bedtime Players' The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, a play that takes Bard's most romantic tragedy and turns it upside down, inside out, and retells it in Seussian Rhyme! Workshops on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. beginning Oct.9, with a final dress rehearsal on December 9th from 6-8 p.m. Performances held Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Workshop fee is $159.

Babysitter class

The American Red Cross of Natrona County is offering the Babysitter’s Training course on October 23.  Babysitter's Training targets youth ages 11 to 15 with a core course that is 6 hours and 30 minutes and covers topics such as injury prevention, first aid and basic care skills, decision making and leadership. This course will be expanded by adding first aid and CPR – Child and Infant.  The unique interactive, educational format tasks youth with activities such as identifying safety problems around the house and yard and selecting age-appropriate toys and games for children in their care. Participants learn by doing.

For more information about this Babysitter’s Training course, please contact the Red Cross office at 237-8436.

Grownup Stuff

Fun stuff geared to adults.

 Parsons turns 80

Come celebrate Jean Parson's 80th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Della Works' home, 3211 Glacier. RSVP to Della at 234-8649.

Bingo at Legion

The American Legion Post No. 2, 1650 English Ave., hosts Bingo sessions open to the public Monday through Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. Meals are available at the club Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. The meals are available for dining in or taking out. For more information, call 235-1203.

Casper College OLLI holds annual High Tea and Theatre

The Casper College Osher Lifelong Learning Center will hold its annual High Tea and Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The event will feature a variety of special teas and “delectable treats,” according to Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist.

“Each year we select a variety of teas to serve along with a large buffet table of goodies including fresh fruit, homemade shortbread, finger sandwiches, and pastries. All the food is specially prepared for this event,” she noted.

In addition to the teas and food, Richard Burk will speak on Casper College’s fall musical “The Sound of Music.” Burk, director of “The Sound of Music,” will discuss the production while cast members will perform one or two musical numbers from the show.

“Everyone is invited to the high tea, and they do not need to be a member of OLLI to participate. We are encouraging everyone to bring a friend and enjoy a relaxing afternoon,” Pollock said.

The cost per person is $18 and reservations are due by Monday, Sept. 20. The High Tea and Theatre will be held in the Barbara and Leland Scifers Dance Performance Theatre from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, or to reserve seats, call Pollock at 268-2097 or Karen Arnold, administrative assistant, at 268-3401.

Guild hosts member recital

The Annual Wyoming Chapter, American Guild of Organists Member Recital will include members and students on Sunday, September 12, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. The organists will perform on the three-manual pipe organ of the First Presbyterian Church, 804 S. Wolcott, and refreshments will be served in the Parlor after the recital. A free will offering will be accepted to help bring nationally-known organist Jan Kraybill to Casper to perform in February.

Performers for the September concert will include Carolyn Deuel, Nathaniel Kuhn, Beverly Lorimer, Ted Loveland, Donna McIntire, Beverly Reese, and Mark Schenfisch. For information, call 265-1564 or 235-5709.

Phantom needs friends

Long-running Phantom of the Opera star Franc d'Ambrosio is searching for a Christine and a Raoul to join him on stage during his Casper performance for ARTCORE on October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the John F. Welsh Auditorium of Natrona County High School. All singers are invited to submit CD's to ARTCORE, P. O. Box 874, Casper, WY 82602, by September 25. The recordings will be reviewed by d'Ambrosio in New York, and the finalists will be invited to perform in a master class at the Casper College Theatre Department at 4 p.m. on October 26. The class will be open to the public, and those attending will assist d'Ambrosio in choosing the winners. Other music included in the concert will be World War II songs. For further information, call 265-1564.

Searching for Mrs. Casper

Sheree Channel, executive state director for the Mrs. Wyoming Pageant,  is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Casper. Once selected, the lucky lady will advance on to represent her community in the 2011 Mrs. Wyoming Pageant to be held on February 19, 2011, at the Cheyenne Civic Center. Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at over $8,000, including an all expense paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a Wyoming resident, no performing talent required. Celebrating its 35th year, the Mrs. America pageant is the only competition to recognize the one person who contributes so much to modern day life... America's married woman. To request the official application or for information, call Sheree, Wyoming's state director, at 307-631-4447 or www.mrswyomingamerica.com

SwingSounds dances

The SwingSounds Dance Band fall and early winter schedule at the Casper Senior Center Grand Ball Room, 1831 E. Fourth St., will be October 2, 16; November 6, 20; December 4, 18. Come out and practice your dance moves in a friendly environment to a six-piece dance band playing Western swing, pop and jazz standards, traditional country and 50's rock 'n roll.. Admissions are $4/person.. For details, call the Casper Senior Center, 265-4678 or Jim Trantham, 234-7239.

Exhibit at Women's Expo

Do you have a product or service that appeals to women? Exhibit space is now available for the 6th annual Wyoming Women’s Expo to be held at the Casper Events Center on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, 2010. Exhibitor booth reservation forms can be downloaded at www.WyomingWomensExpo.com.

This event is a great opportunity for women of all demographics to attend a show for inspiration, education, empowerment, health and beauty, food, fun, and of course, a little shopping. We know women attend the show for a variety of reasons and 2010 will again offer a diverse and balanced group of seminars, activities, resources, and of course you – the exhibitor!

All exhibit space will be on the Arena Floor this year. That means that space is limited, so don’t delay in reserving your space. Prices start as low as $250. Call Kendra Ziler at 235-8441, by email: kziler@cityofcasperwy.com; or visit www.WyomingWomensExpo.com to reserve your space now.

Wyoming Women’s Expo hours are Friday, October 1 from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday’s activities include Tradeshow from 4 to 8 p.m, Hands-On Classes and Seminars from 4 to 8 p.m., Holistic Fair from 4 to 8 p.m., Girls Night Out from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, and Comedian Karen Mills from 8 to 9 p.m.

Saturday’s activities include Tradeshow, Holistic Fair, Farmers Market, Science Zone Kid’s Area, Hands-On Classes and Seminars from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for Friday (all ages); $5 for Saturday (Children ages 12 and under free); $17 for two-day pass. For more information please call 235-8441 or www.WyomingWomensExpo.com. The Wyoming Women’s Expo is produced by the Casper Star-Tribune, the Casper Events Center, and Townsquare Media.

 

Sports and Recreation

Fun stuff for your body.

Healthy yoga

September is national yoga month and studios across the US will be hosting free events and classes for new students. The Healthy Life Studio will be offering foundational yoga instruction every Saturday in September free of charge. The class runs from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. and is suitable for students of all levels.

Sleepytime Yoga is a sweet end to the week. We'll meet on Friday, Sept. 24,  from 7 to 8 p.m. Come in your pj's and explore fun and relaxing movement, yoga poses, and a story. The class is $15 per family per session and is designed for children ages 2-7 and their parents.

Each event is held at the Healthy Life Studio, located at 235 S. David St. Unit B in Casper. For more information, call 472-1962, or folks can check out our website, healthylifestudio.com.

Lizz Cowley --Healthy Life Studio

Jump Rope Club starts

The Jump Rope Club introduces foreign language development and nutrition awareness through play and combines fun with learning by using jump rope games or walking exercises. This fun class will get children to exerciseand learn the basics of fancy jumping tricks. Spanish will be incorporated into the exercise program. Good snacks will be provided. Participants 8 to 18 are welcme to "join the club."

Jump ropes are provided or you can bring your own. Free jump ropes will be given to those who complete the program.

Two sessions are scheduled through Casper College Community Education. Instructors are Sharon Smith and Charles Meeks.

Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 24 to Oct. 16, AD Gym, $25.

And Friday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 29 to Nov. 20, AD Gym, $25.

Register through Casper College Community Education, 268-3399.

Need Sunday night bowlers

The 4-10 mixed league at Sunrise Lanes is looking for bowlers.  Teams are four people, co-ed, 2 & 2 or 3 & 1.  League starts on September 12, and goes until mid-May, bowling on Sundays at 6 p.m.  Fees are $12 per week. If interested, please call Connie at 267-8687

Back-to-school skates

Regular sessions at the Wagon Wheel Roller Rink are Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 to 9 and 9 to 11 p.m.; Saturday afternoon, 12 to 2 and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon, 1 to 3 p.m., and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Regular session admission $4 with own skates and $6 admission with any rental.  Double session, $6 with own skates and $8 admission with any rental. $3 more includes inflates for single or  double session. More information call 265-4214 or www.wwskate.com

Ladies afternoon bowling

Anyone interested in bowling on Thursday afteroon on a 3-lady bowling league from 1 to 3 p.m.? We need full teams of three or individuals. This is a very fun league! Please call soon! Contact Nadine at 265-8824 or 262-1887.

Non-smoking women bowlers

A non-smoking women's bowling league started Aug. 31, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., but could use a few more bowlers. This is a league with three women per team, every Tuesday morning for 32 weeks at El Marko Lanes. It's a fun league, with all ages and levels of experience. It's good exercise and a great way to meet people. New bowlers would be welcome. We could use individuals and three-person teams. For more information, or to join, please call Debby Coleman at 234-1612.

Special equestrian training

Special Olympics equestrian training is starting at Reach 4A Star Riding Academy. If you have ridden before or would like to sign up, please call the arena at 472-7827 or Karol Santistevan to schedule your time. This training will culminate with Special Olympics equestrian competition at Fall Games in October

Fundraisers

Helping folks raise money.

Breakfast helps wrestlers

VFW Post 9439 and Auxiliaries, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail will host a benefit breakfast for Browns Wrestling on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, from 8 to 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to Browns Wrestling. Menu includes ham, bacon, link sausage, and biscuits with sausage gravy, eggs, hash browns, pancakes, French toast sticks, Danish, fruit and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Please come out and give your support! Public is welcome! Info: 235-4867.

Patriot Walk Sept. 11

Lace up your walking shoes and show your patriotism by wearing red, white and blue at the annual Community Walk on September 11. Individuals and teams are welcome to attend this fun event. Plaques presented for the Best Team Patriot Attire, the Best Individual Patriotic Attire and the Largest Team.

Dr. Gail Zimmerman, Wyoming Financial, has been named “Honorary Chairman” for this annual event, volunteering his community leadership in support of Wyoming residents in need.

The walk will offer 1-mile and 5k routes, a brunch, photos for team captains, new games and music by the Working Hands Band.

This walk is a benefit for Wyoming CARES, a statewide 501(c)(3) charitable agency which can provide assistance to Wyoming residents in need with little or no options.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will earn a water bottle with a $25 donation; a t-shirt and water bottle for a $50 donation and a sweatshirt, t-shirt and water bottle for a $100 donation.

So join the fun, enjoy the music and food on September 11 while doing something wonderful for folks in Wyoming. All funds raised stay in Wyoming for residents in need.

To register, contact the office of Wyoming CARES at 237-7025.

10K for Angels

“Support The Girls” is a 10K benefitting the Angels Network and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.  The money raised will be deposited into funds that will financially assist women in our community in receiving mammograms or other breast cancer treatments. The race will be held Saturday, September 25, 2010, at 9 a.m.  The start and finish line will be at Crossroads Park.  Entry forms can be found on Acitve.com or picked up at either Wyoming Athletic Club location.  The race costs $25 if you pre-register or $40 on race day.

Stage III seeks nonprofit partners

Stage III Community Theatre is proud to support our community by offering our benefit performances to nonprofit organizations. If your organization is interested in hosting one of our performances, please submit information regarding your organization along with a first and second choice of preferred performances to: 900 N Center St., Casper, WY 82601; ATTN: Dee. Performances available are The Rainmaker, Nov. 4; Agnes of God, Jan. 6; The Foreigner, March 3, and Wait Until Dark, April 21.

Firewood sale benefits Casper Nordic Club

Get firewood for the winter, $70 per pick-up load, every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., in September until weather closes the road. East End Road on Casper Mountain. Look for the sign, "CMBC Firewood Sale." Benefits Casper Nordic Club and efforts to build new trails. For more information, call Harry at 262-6567.

Fall book sale set

The Friends of the Library will hold their Fall Book Sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24, 2010 at the Natrona County Public Library, 307 East 2nd Street.

Hours are Saturday, October 23: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 24, noon to 5 p.m.

This popular weekend sale offers a huge amount of slightly used books, videos, audio books and more at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the programs and collections of the Natrona County Public Library.

Celebrity Dinner helps children

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, the Casper Children’s Theatre will hold its 6th Annual Celebrity Dinner at the observation deck of the Natrona County International Airport. The theme “Oh the Places You’ll Go” will integrate the Seuss themed fall productions and take guests around the world. Celebrity waiters from our community will provide entertainment taking the guests to various countries (imaginary and real) while doing special “tasks” to garner extra tips. The event is hosted by Brian Scott and will feature performances by CCT students (ages 4-17), a raffle and auction of a variety of packages. All proceeds benefit the programs of the Casper Children’s Theatre. For more information about ticket prices and reservations, call or email Candice at 333-5624 or candice@casperchildrenstheatre.com.

Gun-a-week raffle

Tickets are still available for the Knights of Columbus Gun-A-Week raffle. Drawings will be held for a gun every week for a year. Each ticket is $50 and winning tickets are eligible for future drawings. Proceeds help fund the St. Joseph’s Society for Retired Priests. Drawings will begin in September. For a list of the prizes, rules and ticket information please go to www.kofc9917.org or call Grant 234-2891, Bill 472-0173 or Steve 265-9169.

Avalon in concert

Central Wyoming Rescue Mission is pleased to announce its next Circle of Friends Concert featuring award winning contemporary Christian artists AVALON on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at Highland Park Community Church. General admission $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Gold Circle seating with Meet and Greet $35 in advance/$40 at the door (Gold Circle available only at cwrm.org or Rescued Treasures.) All proceeds from ticket sales and the Circle of Friends Pledge Drive will benefit the poor and homeless at CWRM. Ticket sites: Aspen Ridge Dental, Kids Works, The Galilean, Cadillac Cowgirl, Rescued Treasures, Highland Park Church, CWRM, www.cwrm.org, or call 268-4474.

Craft fairs

Vendors, dates, etc.

Crafters sign up

The Wyoming Crafters Guild would live to invite crafters and artisans to join our first Craft Fair, to be held on November 5 and 6 at the Parkway Plaza. Please contact Kathy Frickel at 237-3524 or Trish McDaniel at 277-0314 for more information. The fair will run Friday afternoon, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the door will benefit Joshua's Storehouse. Booth space is limited, call to reserve yours today.

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for families to do.

 RMSD Open House

Rocky Mountain School of Dance invites you to join us for our Open House, Sunday, September 12, noon to 3 p.m., 736 N. Glenn Road.  We are accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 dance season.  We offer Kinderdance, Mommy & Me, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Conditioning.  RMSD's Eleve Outreach continues to offer classes and support for those with special needs.  For information please contact Eleve Outreach Director, Kelleen at 265-5497.  For RMSD registration and scholarship information, please contact Tristan Sheets, Studio Director @237-6792 or rmsdwyo@gmail.com.

West Wind Gallery show

The West Wind Art Gallery invites you to stop in and view our September show, Portraits and Animals. Many interesting mediums have been hung including pastels, photography, watercolors, pencil and scratchboard. Almost all of the art is for sale and don’t forget, Christmas is looming! The Gallery’s hours are noon to four, Tuesday thru Saturday. Call 265-2655 for more information.

The winners of the 16th Annual Miniature Show last month were as follows; Best of Show-Murray Muldofsky of New York-”Light in the Canyon”. First place-H. Francis Sellers of Utah-”Original Paintings for Sale”. Second place-Victoria Schon of Michigan-”Still Life Pitcher”. Third place-Lenz Leitzke of Washington-”Summer”. Honorable mentions-Robert Graham of South Carolina-”The Red Bandanna”, and Bev Mathisen of Casper-”Long Lake”. If you didn’t take time to come in, you missed a delightful, “little” Show!

Reminder-Bank of the West is showing artwork for sale by Casper Artist Guild Members!

Equality State Book Fest set

The Casper College/ARTCORE Equality State Book Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25 at the college and at a number of other venues around Casper.

According to Holly Wendt, Equality State Book Festival co-director, the festival will include readings, panel discussions, author visits to the public schools, book signings, craft talks, a banquet, and a late-night poetry slam.

This year the festival will feature more than 15 authors and illustrators, including Jack Gantos, Larry Watson, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Zak Pullen, Gene Gagliano, Ravi Shankar, Ray Troll, Nina McConigley, and John Vernon. Wyoming Arts Council fellowship judge, Lee Gutkind and three fellowship winners will participate in readings and George Vlastos will again emcee the ever-popular poetry slam to be held at the Metro Coffee Company.

The festival continues the tradition of celebrating books and readers begun in Casper in 2006 with the first Equality State Book Festival.

This is the 24th year that Casper College and ARTCORE have collaborated on a fall literary event, noted Wendt.

All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the gala banquet. Gantos, noted children*s author and the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) Award winner, will provide a brief keynote speech at the banquet. For more information on the Equality State Book Festival log on to www.equalitystatebookfest.com . To purchase tickets contact Laurie Lye at 268-2639 or toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2639.

New Storytime at the Library

The library will be providing a new storytime this year, beginning September 11. Children ages 3-5 and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the main library in downtown Casper. Attending storytime is a great way to start children on the path to learning and literacy as they develop skills they will need when they begin school. See the children’s department at the library or at www.natronacountylibrary.org for the full storytime schedule. For more information, please call 577-READ ext 122.

Back to School Germ-Free

Are you dreading the germs and illnesses that often accompany a return to school? Learn to keep your family healthy the natural way at the Natrona County Public Library Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Naturopath Janet DeVoogd as she teaches families how to have a positive start to the school year and stay healthy all year long. Janet will teach you to create natural antibacterial and viral sprays, essential oil treatment for sinus infections, herbal decongestants, bug-fighting bath recipes and immune boosting drinks.

To learn more about the Healthy Life series at your library, call 577-READ ext 2.

We encourage your attendance at one of these one-hour presentations. Questions? 253-3100

New “Poetry Box” Discussion Group

Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? The Natrona County Public Library is starting up a new discussion group just for poetry lovers! “Poetry Box” will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the library, Fridays, September 17 and 24 and then monthly thereafter.

The group will discuss attendees’ original poems, read and discuss published poetry, and do creative exercises for poetry writing. Each attendee is encouraged to bring a short poem to share (either original or published). Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 577-READ ext 2.

Planetarium shows spirits, space

Casper Planetarium Shows, 904 N. Poplar. Saturday evenings through Nov. 13:

7 p.m., Spirits from the Sky  will show you the Pawnee's interconnection between the sky and the earth.

8 p.m., Dawn of the Space Age -- relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration.

Admission $2.50/person/show.  For info, call 577-0310.

Water communion Sept. 12

The public is invited to join the Unitarian Universalists in their first regular meeting of the year, the focus of which will be a Water Communion, on Sunday, Sept. 12. Sara Saulcy will preside and conduct the communion, during which participants talk of their summer activities and bring water from a place they visited. Ordinary water may be used symbolically and will be provided.

The communion will take place at the UCC, 15th and Melrose, at 9 a.m.

For more information, call 265-2144 or 259-4469.

CHS Poker Promenade set

Come 'Strut your Mutt' at our Poker Promenade on Saturday, September 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at City Park. Promenade with your pet through downtown Casper, stopping at participating business. They will have treats and surprises at each stop. Collect playing cards - best poker hand (and worst!) wins great prizes. A picnic at the park will follow the promenade.

A $25 registration fee buys you one 'hand.' Collect additional cash donations early - we'll have a special prize for the most donations collected.

No mutt to strut? No problem! Please come promenade in support of a "less adoptable" CHS dog or cat.

We encourage our alumni - former CHS residents and their family members - to join in and show off what great pets come from Casper Humane Society!

We encourage pre-registration, forms available at 849 East E Street. You may also register at the event.

Clubs

Red Hats to service.

Ladies of the Petroleum Club

The first luncheon this season for the Ladies of the Petroleum Club will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 12:30 p.m., in the banquet room. Once again Fashion Crossroads will present a fall style show using members of the club as models.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Vera at 235-6446. If you have made reservations and are unable to attend, please call the club at 234-3588 and cancel.

Pre-snow for skiers

Casper Nordic Club & Casper Mtn. Biathlon Club invite you to join us for our Pre-Snow Kick-Off Meeting  Tuesday, Sept.14, 2010, 7 p.m., at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Road. Highlights include demonstration and audience try-out of Infrared Biathlon rifles and updates on current projects, trail expansion updates and planning for the upcoming season.

Warm welcome for Democratic candidates

Our Democratic candidates, Leslie Peterson for Governor, David Wendt for Congress, Andrew Simons for Secretary of State, and Mike Massie for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will receive a warm and tumultuous welcome at the Democratic Womens Forum on Saturday, Sept. 18. The buffet luncheon at the Casper Petroleum Club begins at noon and is $11.50.

We acknowledge our underdog status with pride and with conviction. The public has always harbored a genuine interest in and support for the underdog that is eminently qualified and has a vision for Wyoming.

Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all those who are genuinely repelled by the body politic are welcome. For more information, or for luncheon reservations, please call 234-8625 by the Thursday prior to the Saturday meeting.

Mariko Miller -- 234-2317

Shirley Russell -- 234-3262

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