Town Crier 12/11/09

2009-12-11T00:00:00Z Town Crier 12/11/09 Casper Star-Tribune Online
December 11, 2009 12:00 am

Today's Highlights

Fun stuff to do today.

Elf Shop opens

The Natrona County School District Transportation Department and Champions Mentoring Program are hosting the Elf Shop, the chance for preschool to sixth graders to shop inexpensively for family members.

The Elf Shop will be hosted at the Old Johnson Controls Building, now owned by NCSD, at 1044 Foster Rd.

The Elf Shop will be open to preschool to sixth-grade aged children from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday. (A special shopping period will be open by invitation for targeted groups of children from 4 to 8 p.m. today.)

For more information, call Helene or Jennifer at 253-5270

Diversity group welcomes old players

The Natrona County School District Diversity Task Force will hold a special meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Garfield Room at the Central Services Facility, 970 N. Glenn Rd. The agenda includes approval of November's meeting. Then, the task force will welcome former members of the Negro Baseball League. Community members are welcome to attend.

Steak feed at the Elks

Steak feed at the Casper Elks Lodge, sirloin steak with potato, roll and tossed salad, $5, serving from 6 to 7 p.m. or until gone. At 7.30 p.m., music will be provided by “Old Country Band” in the lounge. Come join us for dancing, socializing or just listening to the music. Members, significant other and guests accompanied by a member. For information, call 234 -4839.

Snow Gypsies have party

Casper Snowmoblie Association is having its annual Christmas Party at the Elks Lodge, starting at 6 p.m. for cocktails and dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. The club is also asking that everyone bring a $5 gag gift for the adults and a present for your child for Santa to give out (please make sure names are printed clearly on present) For more information, call Lou or Betty at 234-9000.

New support for addiction

Break the chains of addiction.  RUI (Reformers Unanimous International) is one of the fastest growing faith-based addiction programs in America.  

RUI is a Christ-centered program with a complete curriculum for those with addictions. We want to support you in your desire for freedom with a well trained leadership staff, motivational awards, great teaching, weekly fellowship, free personal counseling, exciting children's  program, well staffed nursery, local church support and even free transportation if you need it. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, food or whatever that has you or someone you love held captive we want to help.

Meetings are every Friday at 7 p.m., at Calvary Baptist church, 1800 S. Conwell, 266-5417.

RSVP for Soroptimists

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls. The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

The Soroptimist International of Central Wyoming Business Meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at noon at the Casper Petroleum Club. 

Please RSVP by noon today. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jennifer Langevin at 259-9964 or

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Sorority has party

December 15, Tuesday, the Epsilon Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will have their Christmas dinner party in the home of Pat and Ron Potter. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a gift exchange among members' secret sisters. Spouses or guests will exchange gifts as well. Information: Pat, 472-5445 or 315-5144.

Winter Bridges for frosh

Ninth-grade students are invited to partake in Winter Bridges from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 4-7 at NCHS. This will be an opportunity for any ninth-grader to complete work for the recovery of any credit they might be at risk of not receiving. Parents will have to sign them out if they leave before noon; they will not be allowed to leave otherwise. Winter Bridges for ninth-graders will not be held with the upper classmen. It will be separate in room, 225V in the vocational building. Call Denise Schwartz at 253-1700 with questions.

NC All-Staters in music

Congratulations to the following Natrona County High School students who were selected for All-State Music. They will travel to Cheyenne Jan. 17-19, will rehearse for two days and then perform a gala concert on the night of Jan. 19.

Band students: Lexi Amick, Pheaby Amick, KC Baker, Mario Feraud, Bailie Marble, David Mayer, Sara Mayer, Erin Mellendorf, Jamie Mothersbaugh, Keller Paulson and Kristen Trohkimoinen.

Choir students: John Shreve and Lindsay O'Hearn.

Orchestra students: James Meyer, Christopher Unruh and Timothy Winckler.

Academy hosts open house

The Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas opened the doors at its current location 25 years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, the academy will host an Open House for the public on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be tours of the building each half hour, displays from law enforcement agencies in the area, and a slide show presentation on the curriculum and courses offered to law enforcement personnel. There will also be an interactive quiz where citizens can test their knowledge by playing “Are you smarter than an officer?”

Structured tours are being set up for the high school and other large groups and arrangements for similar groups can be made by calling the number below.

The academy is located at 1556 Riverbend Drive in Douglas, just north of I-25, exit 140.

For more information, call 358-3617.

Pathfinder hosts annual derby

The Pathfinder Boat and Fishing club is hosting the 21st Annual :"HAWG” Ice Fishing Derby Jan.30-31, 2010 at Pathfinder Reservoir in the Diabase Shelter. $57,000 in cash and prizes possible. Entry fee is $30 per person. There are limited RV spaces with electric hook-ups available for $20 per night. Hot food and refreshments will be available by JC Catering. There will be four places paid for largest game fish; three places paid per hour for largest game fish. Lots of great door prizes given away. For ice conditions, tickets and information, please call Bill Elmore at 262-6598/266-1859 or Jackie Martinez at 266-0312/265-6746.

College hosts concert

Enjoy a fun Christmas concert featuring the Casper College Concert Band and the Casper College Jazz Ensemble at Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts Center at Casper College, 125 College Dr., on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Band will all be performing for your listening pleasure. Free and open to the public.

College hosts recital

A selection of beautiful music from Vivaldi, Schumann, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and others will be performed during the String Studio Recital, featuring string students of the Casper College Music Department at Durham Hall, Aley Fine Arts Center at Casper College, 125 College Drive, on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The recital is presented in partial fullfillment of studio course work. Students from the studios of Jennifer Cowell (violin), Christine Dunbar (cello), Gary DePaolo (viola) and Ronald Ryan (bass) will present solos as well as small ensembles. Cindy Rogers will accompany the students. Free and open to the public.

Sunday breakfast at Eagles

This Sunday's special at the Casper Eagles, 306 N. Durbin, is a 6-ounce steak and eggs for $7, served with hash browns and choice of toast, pancake or biscuit and gravy. We have a full menu to select from with a different special each Sunday. Serving from 8 to 11 a.m., the charity for the month of December is our veterans. All proceeds go to veterans hospitals in Sheridan and Cheyenne. The public is welcome to attend.

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for families to do.

Christmas TV Mass

The Christmas TV Mass this year will be celebrated by our newly ordained bishop, Bishop Paul Etienne, on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 5:15 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, Casper. The Mass will be concelebrated by Msgr. James O’Neill and Fathers Kevin Koch, August Koeune, Bob Fox, and Phil Vasque – with Don Stewart, Russ Humphreys, and Ed McCarthy serving as Deacons.

The music for the Mass will be presented by the Life Teen Ministry of St. Anthony’s under the direction of Brad Zettl.

The Christmas TV Mass will be aired by K2TV at midnight, Dec. 24-25, and again on Sunday, Dec. 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. All are invited to the TV Mass recording at St. Anthony’s on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 5:15 p.m. A reception will follow in O’Reilly Hall. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and welcome our new bishop and to celebrate and pray with him and for him.

Bishop Etienne, who comes to us from Indianapolis, Ind., was ordained Bishop in Cheyenne on Dec. 9.

Msgr. James O’Neill -- 266-1420

Alla Breve gives free concert

Alla Breve will perform a free Holiday Concert on Monday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The 50-voice women's choir will perform holiday favorites, as well as music by contemporary composers Stephen Hatfield, Gyorgy Orban, and Ellen Keating. Singers include high school, college, and community women, many of whom are parents of singers or graduates themselves of the Casper Children's Chorale. Alla Breve is conducted by Marcia Patton, with piano accompaniment by Lynn Kahler.

Vet clinic hosts holiday open house

 Westside Animal Hospital, 631 South Ash, will host a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Join Dr. Justin Johnson and staff as we celebrate 14 years in practice, thanking our clients and customers with special treats.  Author Gayle Irwin and her blind dog Sage will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to autograph copies of her inspirational books.  She also has a new project, “Living with a Blind Dog”, a resource guide for blind dog owners that will be available. We are also taking donations for the Casper Humane Society (toys, treats, brushes, cat furniture, kitty litter, cat beds are some of the items needed by the shelter). Stop by and enjoy some cider, cookies, and other goodies, as well as some great conversation.  Get a book or two, some great information, and help Casper’s homeless pets!

Family fun at museums

The Casper Museum Consortium would like to invite you to visit the museums in town on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, where they are holding special Christmas events and programs. Be sure to visit the Museums’ Gift Shops, where you can find the most meaningful and memorable treasures to place under the tree. You are sure to find something for everyone on your list at your favorite museum store, and you can stop in and visit a favorite exhibit at the same time!

Here are the events happening at Casper’s Museums this Saturday, Dec. 12:

*Tate Geological Museum: Holiday Open House, located on the south end of Casper College Campus, Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., always free admission, 268-2447; pictures with Santasaurus, tours, slide shows, Mammoth ornament workshop and/or ice cave paintings, scavenger hunt, chocolate candy, free gift wrapping, 10 percent discount at the gift shop.

*National Historic Trails Interpretive Center: Holiday on the Homestead, 1501 N. Poplar, Saturday, Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., free admission, 261-7780; story time, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m.; snowflake competition, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., winners announced at noon; rag dolls, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supply lasts; women’s circle: knitting, crocheting and quilting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; popcorn garlands, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last; candle dipping, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; winter on the frontier, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; delightful Music from I Cantori, opera band, Casper College Music Department 11a.m. to noon, Ana and Friends from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Senior Strings from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*Fort Caspar Museum: An Old-Fashioned Christmas, 4001 Ft Caspar Road, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 3 p.m.; Admission: $1 for students in workshop, 235-8462; ornament making workshop, involves sewing with a needle and thread. Space is limited to 15 students.

*Casper Planetarium: Holiday shows in fulldome presentation, 904 N. Poplar, Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 and 8 p.m., $2.50 per person, 577-0310; 7 p.m., “The Little Star That Could;" 8 p.m., “The Star of Bethlehem.”

*The Science Zone: Santa at The Science Zone, 111 West Midwest (in the basement of Mossholder’s Furniture), Saturday, Dec.12, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., $3 kids, $4 adult, 473-ZONE;

Come join the fun and experience the new Science Zone!

And on Sunday, Dec. 13:

*Nicolaysen Art Museum: Family Free Sunday, 400 East Collins, Sunday, Dec. 13, noon - 4 p.m., admission: free on Sundays, 235-5247.

Photos with Santa

Free photos with Santa are back again this year by popular demand. Santa will be downtown for five photo appearances. His “Christmas Corner” will be just inside the Wyoming National Apartments building, 204 East Second Street in the first floor Community Room, on the other side of the large glass windows. Finally, Santa returns for two more Saturdays before Christmas: Saturday, Dec.12 and 19 from noon to 4 p.m. For questions regarding Santa’s Christmas Corner, please contact Debbie at the DDA, 235-6710.

UCC hears about Self Help

The Casper Self Help Center will be the topic of discussion at the 9 a.m. Sunday service of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper at the UCC, 15th and Melrose. The organization provides services to victims of domestic violence, including temporary housing and counseling.

A time for questions and answers will be provided, with food and fellowship to follow. Child care is provided, and guests are welcome. For more information, call 265-2144.

Upcoming topics include Dec. 22, the youth of the UCC, under the direction of youth leader, Jayne Cater, will present a program of "Holiday Celebration;" Dec. 27, Jim Brown will conduct a "burning bowl" ceremony.


'Daily Coyote' author visits

What would it be like to raise a coyote pup as your own?  Find out from Shreve Stockton, a resident of Ten Sleep, who wrote the book “The Daily Coyote” detailing her experience raising “Charlie.”  An author talk will be held at the Natrona County Public Library, Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. in the library’s Crawford room, followed by a book signing.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Call 577-READ ext. 2 for more information.

Cornerstone presents musical

Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 4100 Casper Mountain Road,  is presenting its children's Christmas musical, The Bethlehem Project, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 at 6 p.m.. The Bethlehem Project is a musical (featuring contemporary, country, 50s rock and roll, rap, and calypso) about the traditional Christmas story but with a fresh twist that involves both fun and life relevance.  The Bethlehem Kids and the Shepherd Kids don't get along until they find the same Savior. . . It is full of humor and colorful characters but moves to a pointed message of love, salvation, and reconciliation.  For more information call Cornerstone EFC at 235-6363. 

Holiday films at library

Looking for affordable family fun during the holiday season?  In addition to providing free books, movies and music to check out, your Natrona County Public Library will offer a series of family films on Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20 at 1 p.m. in the Crawford room.  We’re featuring “not-your-typical Holiday Films” on the big screen this year, and refreshments will be available to round out an afternoon of family fun.  To find out more about family events at your library, call 577-READ.

Skaters host holiday show

The Casper Figure Skating Club invites you to attend our 2009 Holiday Ice Show. "All I Want For Christmas" will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Casper Ice Arena. Tickets are on sale now for $5 for adults and $3 for kids. All advance ticket holders will be eligible for door prizes. Fresh mistletoe will be for sale during the show. Support local skaters by making Casper Figure Skating Club's holiday show part of your annual traditions! For more information contact Crissy Valdez at 265-0495.

Old-fashioned Christmas

 Fort Caspar Museum invites kids and families to participate in fun hands-on activities at the museum in December.  This is part of the Family Fun Program Series at the museum throughout the year.

Students in 4th-8th grade are eligible for an ornament making workshop on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. They will make feather stars, a Victorian Christmas ornament to take home with them. This activity involves sewing with a needle and thread. Space is limited to 15 students. Call 235-8462 to reserve a spot! There is a $1 special activity fee.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, families can stop by the classroom at the museum anytime between 10 a.m. to 1.p.m. to make old-fashioned Christmas ornaments. Choose between ornaments of trees, fish, candy canes or paper chains. This activity is recommended for kindergarten-3rd grade. The activity is free with admission. Children 12 and under are free, youth 13-18 $1 and adults $1.50. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult. 


Nic closes

The Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, as well as The Museum Shop at the Nic, will be closed several days during the remainder of the year so the museum’s staff can spend time with their families during the upcoming holiday season.

Specifically, the museum will be closed Christmas Day through Dec. 27; New Year’s Eve beginning at noon and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call the museum at 235-5247 or visit the web site:

Programs resume in January

During the holiday season, the Discovery Center will not be holding its regularly scheduled programs at the Nicolaysen Art Museum.

Preschool Picassos, Art’s Cool After School and Art’s Cooler, Homeschooler will resume in 2010. Watch for details and dates on the museum’s web site, www.

“Preschool Picassos” is the center’s weekly program of fun art activities and stories for preschool-age children.

Art’s Cool After School is a playful art educational event that explores the creative process under the guidance of the Nic’s skilled instructors.

Art’s Cooler, Homeschooler is the Discovery Center’s art program for home-schooled students.

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


Trikers meet

Brothers of the Third Wheel Wyoming chapter, an organization dedicated to trikes (three-wheeled motorcycles) and triking, will hold its monthly meeting at Casper's Restaurant, 581 N. Poplar St in Casper at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 12. We will be discussing the 2010 Black Hills Trike-in and our new chapter patch. Anyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to own a trike, just have an interest in trikes and triking. For information contact Don "Dusty" Howie at 472-7316 or

AAUW postpones party

Due to the inclement weather, the traditional Christmas party for AAUW (American Association of University Women) has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Parish Hall, 7th and Wolcott.

The evening's activities will include a silent auction of items provided by members along with holiday music and refreshments.

For further information, contact R.C. Johnson, 237-6889 or Char Benardis, 235-0103.

Panhellenic planning

There will be  a planning meeting for the Casper Alumnae Panhellenic at lunch on Monday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m., at the Filling Station Restaurant located at Three Crowns golf course. We will meet to plan the rest of the Panhellenic year including the spring brunch. Please RSVP by Saturday, Dec. 19 by contacting Dyann at 237-1334 or via email


Help build symphony guild

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Guild is looking for special people to become volunteers. Are you looking for an exciting organization to volunteer your spare time?  The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra would love to have you on our team. Our volunteers are able to assist in many different ways, such as mailings, selling tickets, usher at events, errands, office help, and much more. If spending time with other special volunteers or helping at the events interests you, please call the WSO office at 266-1478 or Denise at 258-7075.

Red Hatters to lunch

All Red Hatters are invited to a Norwegian Christmas luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 12 at noon at the home of Della Works, 3211 Glacier.  Parking is limited so car-pooling is advised.  Della won two paintings from Jim Reed and Sierra West, which she will unveil at the luncheon.  Call Jean at 234-1782 or Della at 234-8649 for reservations or email

Dyann Durst -- 237-1334

Low vision support meets

CALVS, Casper Area Low Vision Support group, will meet Monday, Dec. 14, at St. Mark's Episcopal Parish Hall, 701 South Wolcott St. at 1 p.m. We will have our Christmas party and will have lots of treats, play Bingo and possibly have entertainment.  You don't want to miss this festive day. If you need a ride, please call Lois at 234-3980 by Thursday, Dec. 10 so she has time to arrange this.

Betty Hess -- 266-1838

Short meeting, then party

The Natrona County Democratic Central Committee will meet for a very short business meeting and then for a long festive party Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 691 English Drive. According to county chairman R.C. Johnson, everyone is invited and should bring their own special chili or side dish, and the party will supply non-alcoholic beverages.

The night will feature fun, games, and great conversation. A “White Donkey Silent Auction” will be held, so please bring something of quality to auction. For more information on the party or the county Democratic Party, please call R.C. Johnson at 237-6889.

Helping Others

Your chance to give or volunteer.

Toys for Tots

The annual drive for Central Wyoming Toys for Tots is now underway.  The Outback Steak House will offer a free steak or chicken lunch on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., to anyone who brings a toy with a value of $10 or more; or who makes a cash contribution of $10 or more. The cut-off date for toy donations is Tuesday, Dec. 22. Distribution will be Wednesday, Dec. 23 at Suite 600 on Enterprise Way in Casper (behind Fire Rock Steakhouse on East Second Street).

A cash contribution of $10 or more is also being accepted.  Toys for Tots deposit boxes are distributed around the City of Casper. This Christmas the need is great because of the downturn of the economy and the many people out of work.

For further information, call 333-1052.  Someone will take any message and direct you to the distribution point.  Once again the distribution  point is behind the Fire Rock Restaurant.

Leo R. Sanchez -- 265-4579

Habitat dedicates home

Kenyne Schlager, mayor of Casper, will help Habitat for Humanity, the Heart of Wyoming, dedicate a new affordable home on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m., at 903 Saint John St. Dacia Edwards, with her three children, Octavia, Omiah and Omarion, will be the new homeowners. The public is invited to attend and tour the new addition to the Casper community.

The house was completed thanks to the devotion of a construction crew composed of local volunteers and assistance from many other groups, including the construction class at NCHS, the Bike and Build Foundation and many local churches and businesses. Donations of material and/or labor was provided by Fowler & Peth, Summit Roofing, Michaels Fence & Supply, Automation Electronics, Mobile Concrete, Larsen Plumbing, Forest Tobin and Kevin Tobin.

These donations made the home affordable for the Edwards family, who will purchase the home with a zero percent interest loan provided by Habitat for Humanity.

Melanie Cantu and her children, Kaleb and Adriel, have been selected as the next deserving local family to partner with Habitat. They have already completed more than 2/3 of the required 500 hours of labor working on Habitat homes. Work has begun on their home at 1023 South Chestnut. There is a great need for volunteers and materials for that project. For more information, call 234-1348.

Bruce Maurer -- 234-1348

Help with tax returns

The Central Wyoming Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Service is in need of volunteers to assist in the preparation of basic income tax returns. Basic tax training, along with computer training, will be provided in January 2010. Please call Cheryl at 265-6917 or Pat at 266-6387 for more information.

Applebee's has tree

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 359 Miracle Street in Evansville, will host a Salvation Army Tree of Hope in its lobby. People may choose a tag from the tree, purchase the gift requested on the tag and return it to Applebee's by the date listed on the back of the tag. The local Applebee's is owned by Concord Neighborhood Corporation of Lincoln, Neb., and the Trees of Hope project is carried out in all of its 42 restaurants in a nine-state region.

Help with bird count

The Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 19, is an annual census of birds in a specific geographic area – a 15 -mile diameter circle. The center of the circle for the Casper area is on Coates Road south of Highway 220, so the circle encompasses most of the city of Casper from Wyoming Blvd., on the east side, clear out to the Fish Hatchery on the west edge of the circle. The North edge of the circle is out near Soda Lake and the South edge is the back side of Casper Mountain.

We will meet at the Audubon Center at 101 Garden Creek Rd. at 7 a.m., for morning coffee and to assign counting areas to participants.  We will then proceed to our assigned areas to conduct the census.  We will gather again at the Audubon Center at 5:30 p.m., to compile our data and for a pot luck meal.  For details about the pot luck, please contact Donna Walgren at 234-7455 or For more information about Murie’s Christmas Bird Count, contact Stacey Scott at 265-6213.

 Worldwide candle lighting

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Event will be Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Join in this event by lighting a candle in your home at 7 p.m. and letting it burn for an hour until the next time zone lights candles to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Please call Sheila at 237-0735 or Gail at 235-0702 for more information.

Members do odd jobs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming teaches civic responsibility to all Club members. In doing so, the Club is looking for any jobs such as yard work, leaves needing raked, snow removal, and other odd jobs that kids and staff may do for a donation to the Club. Donations will go to help support programming at the Club. Anyone needing an odd job done by kids that are supervised by a professional youth development staff, please call Jason at 267-1435 or 235-5694.

Vigil for homeless

A Candle Light Vigil will be held on National Homeless Person's Awareness Day in remembrance of the homeless who have died needlessly in our community this year. The vigil will take place on Monday, Dec. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m., at The Soldiers of the Light , 949 N. Durbin Street. For additional information, you may contact Elise at the Health Care for the Homeless Clinic at 277-4294.

Warm your neighbor 

Cold, windy winter has started on Pine Ridge Reservation. Many, many children are in need of gently used  caps and scarves, and new socks to help stay warm. PRR is in southwestern South Dakota, is the second largest reservation in the country; and is located in the two poorest counties in the nation. Your donations will be gratefully welcomed.

Mary Hopkins -- 472-1052

Contribute to mission residents

Godfather's Pizza and Tina's Drive for Life is sponsoring its annual holiday food/needs drive for the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission and its residents from now through Jan. 1. Take nonperishable food items, personal hygiene items, new socks and underwear, gently used twin-sized bedding or gift cards to discount or grocery stores to Godfather's Pizza and place in the boxes in the entryway.


Helping folks raise money.

Indoor garage sale

Money is short and the weather is cold. In order to heat our building this winter, the Casper Artists Guild will have an indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,at the West Wind Gallery, 1040 W. 15th. This sale features art, art supplies, frames and miscellaneous other items that have been donated to the Artists Guild. For more information, call the guild at 265-2655 or Carolyn Rodgers at 234-5927.

Art, Theatre and More

 The Alzheimer’s nursing home project offers gift opportunities.

(1) A numbered, signed print of Together, a painting by James Reed showing two moose feeding in a mountain stream.  The price of $65 includes a $50 receipt for contributing to the not-for-profit organization building the Alzheimer’s nursing home.

(2) Tickets for Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that the group is sponsoring at Stage III Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 7.  Adults $ 12, Students and Seniors $ 8

(3)An attractive card to present which indicates that you have contributed to the nursing home project in that person’s name.  Cards are available which indicate the dollar amount and other cards do not show a dollar amount, just that a donation was given. Cards are from $20 up.  Receipts are issued for the full amount of the donations.

The Alzheimer’s nursing home is a project of Wyoming Dementia Care.  Six cottages, each containing 10-12 residents, are planned for East 12th and Newport Street. For more information, call Mary Hein, 265-2494.

Shopping at thrift helps others

The First United Methodist thrift shop board recently met and distributed more than $24,000 to the following agencies in Casper -- Interfaith, Joshua's, Meals on Wheels, Child Development Center, Central Wyoming Rescue Mission. Self Help Center, Youth Crisis Center, Mills Home for Boys,  Hemry Home for Girls, Central Wyoming Hospice, Mercer House, Habitat for Humanity, Westside Women's Clinic, and  Blue Envelope Health Organization.

This money is in addition to $8,000 already paid monthly to some organizations. 

The donations are the result of many hours of work by volunteers, donations from the community and support from our customers. Thank you one and all.

The shop located at 611 W. Collins is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Donations are cheerfully accepted during open store hours.  For more information, call 234-6611.

PEO sells throws

PEO Chapters AC, G and O are selling Wyoming throws.  The throw is a perfect Christmas gift.  The 100% cotton 4' x 6' throw designed by Casper PEO members, exhibits images of Wyoming in a multi-colored design.  All proceeds from the sales support PEO projects to help educate women through grants, loans and scholarships.  More than 80,000 women have been recipients of PEO projects.  To purchase or order a Wyoming throw, call Becky at 259-3350.

Win a trip to Broadway

Stage III Community Theatre is raffling a trip for two to New York City to raise money for new theatre seating. 

Raffle tickets are $50 each and only 500 tickets will be sold.  The drawing will be held March 20, 2010, during intermission of the production “Radium Girls.” First prize in the raffle is a trip to New York and includes three nights hotel, round-trip airfare from Denver, and tickets for two Broadway shows of the winner’s choosing.  Second prize is two tickets to a 2010 Best of Broadway show at the Casper Events Center and third prize is two season tickets to Stage III’s 2010-2011 season.  Tickets are available at Cadillac Cowgirl, Grant Street Grocery, World Wide Travel, from Stage III members, and at Stage III Community Theatre. 

Pecans for sale

Fort Casper #4 O.E. S. is selling Georgia pecans as a fundraiser to support our charitable work. The nuts are in one-pound bags of halves or large pieces.  The halves are $7.50 a bag; the large pieces are $7.25 a bag.

To purchase bags, call Cheryl at 237-1068, or go to Casper Dry Cleaners, 120 E. 5th. Fort Casper #4 appreciates the cooperation of Casper Dry Cleaners and the community of Casper. There are a limited number of bags, so get yours today.

Turkey group raffles guns

The Bighorn Chapter of athe National Wild Turkey Federation is having a three-gun raffle. The winner takes all three guns. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50 or eight for $100. The drawing is at the NWTF 2010 Banquet. Guns include a Bushmaster AR-15; a John Wayne 100th Anniversary .44 caliber and a Thompson Encore Endeavor .50 caliber. For more information, call Huge Vogel at 259-2290.

RMEF holds raffle

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is sponsoring the Wyoming State Super Raffle. The grand prize is a 2009 27-foot Interstate V-nose enclosed trailer, including ride on/ride off feature, holds four snowmobiles or six ATV's and comes with a customized Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation logo. In addition to the grand prize, 15 firearms are included in the raffle. Tickets are $50 each and only 800 will be sold. In Casper, tickets may be purchased at Bar-D Sign, 2425 East Yellowstone Highway. The drawing will be held Jan. 30, 2010, in Casper and you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets may be purchased with cash, check or credit card.


Celebrations, schedules, etc.

KW music students excel

Kelly Walsh High School Choir recently has had eight students selected to participate in the American Choral Director's Association All-Northwest Honor Choirs. These students auditioned and were selected from hundreds of applicants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming. Nathan Higginson, Matthew Brown, Matthew Stairs, Emily Appel, Ashlee Belveal, Katie Smith, Nathan Searcey and Alex Epp will travel to Seattle, Wash. March 9-13 to work with clinicians and perform.

Kelly Walsh High School Department of Music has 24 students who were accepted to the 2010 Wyoming All-State Music Honor Band, Orchestra and Choir. These band, choir, and orchestra students auditioned in October and were selected from the hundreds of applicants in Wyoming. These students will travel to Cheyenne Jan. 17-19 to work with clinicians and perform.

KW BAND:  Rachel Haass (Flute), Darren Lojo (Clarinet), and Ashley Saulcy (Flute)

KW ORCHESTRA:  Anastasia Beeson (Violin), Kendra Chalkley (Bass), Jack Hess (Viola), Jayne Jacobs (Bass), Emily Jensen (Violin)

KW CHOIR:  Matthew Brown (Bass I), Nathan Higginson (Bass II), Nathan Searcey (Bass I), Seth Marshall (Tenor II), Matthew Stairs (Tenor II), Heath McAteer (Tenor II), Nick Lewallen (Bass II), Logan Hendrickson (Tenor II),  Emily Appel, (Soprano II), Ashlee Belveal (Soprano I) , Elaina Armijo (Soprano II), Meilani Roan (Soprano I), Katie Smith (Alto I), Allison Cetak (Alto II), Jennifer Bradley (Soprano II), Ashley Gregory (Soprano I).

Katrina Rooney is director of KWHS Choirs.

Mustangs earn academic award

The following Natrona County High School football players earned the Wyoming Coaches Association Academic Award this fall. The award requires that student athletes earn a 3.5 GPA or better during their season. Congratulations to the 46 NCHS Mustangs who achieved this standard:

Brock Beddes, Jonathan Bisiar, Kristian Bisiar, Chase Cimburek, Cody Clutter, Kevin Crank, Jordan Dick, Austin Ducello, Brandon Fuhr-Storms, Cameron Fulller, Matthew Green, Tucker Hamilton, Jonathan Hovland, Friedrich Koehler, Jordan Kraft, Mitchell Krmpotich, Jordan Lance, Andrew Legerski, Kody Luckow, Miguel Maca, Christopher Manville, Bridger Martin, Todd McCoy, Paul Miller, Cole Milliken, Cole Montgomery, Thomas Myler, Jesse Page, Josh Palomo, Nicholas Palomo, Cody Parke, Daniel Reese, Brandon Rodriguez, Lucas Rowley, Taylor Schwahn, Caleb Segehetti, James Shellenberger, Jacob Thomas, Jacob Tuft, Benito Vann, Cody Vollmar, Nathan Waples, James Wiggins, and Ian Wragge.

Board recognizes schools

During the Natrona County School District Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, the following schools will be recognized as excelling for the 2008-09 school year: Fort Caspar Academy – Reading and Language Usage/Writing; Oregon Trail Elementary – Reading and Math; University Park Elementary  –  Reading and Language Usage/Writing; Willard Elementary - Math; Woods Elementary - Reading; Casper Classical Academy - Reading and Language Usage/Writing; Woods Middle School – Math; Verda James – Math.

Also, the following schools will be recognized as improving for the 2008-09 school year: Mills – Reading and Language Usage/Writing; North Casper – Reading and Language Usage/Writing; Centennial – Reading; Midwest Middle – Reading, Math; Cottonwood – Math;

Grant – Math; Bar Nunn – Language Usage/Writing.

Attention NC students

Natrona County High School students who are in danger of failing a class are invited to Winter Bridges Jan. 4, 5, 6 and 7. Times are from 8 a.m. to noon. (Please note, the home newsletter erroneously listed the times as being from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Students may arrive and depart any time, but they must sign in. Students must contact their teachers to see if they are invited to Winter Bridges.

Teachers will give the make-up work to students before the Christmas break, and students can bring it to Winter Bridges where tutors will be available to assist them. Students are encouraged to complete as much work as they can over the break.

Students are responsible for bringing in their work and handing it in to the teacher of record upon their return to school Jan. 11.

For more information, please call the Tutor Center at 253-1641, or students can contact their teachers.

NFL honors NC

Natrona County High School was honored by the National Forensic League (NFL) at its 2009 national tournament for making its remarkable 51st trip to the tournament. The team’s historic record was noted in front of thousands of students, coaches and judges at the National Tournament Awards Gala in Birmingham, Ala. NCHS's team is coached by Mary Hoard.

The NFL National Tournament draws students from all 50 states and as far away as the Pacific Islands, Korea and Singapore. To qualify for the event, a school must place a student in the top of his or her competitive event (usually the top two or three places). Natrona County High School has successfully achieved this distinction for more than five decades, demonstrating superior commitment to speech and debate education.

The National Forensic League is a non-partisan, not-for-profit educational honor society established to train high school students in the forensic arts: debate, public speaking and interpretation of literature. NFL believes that all students should be empowered to become effective communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers and leaders in a democratic society. Currently, more than 93,000 high school students and more than 7,000 high school teachers are building their linguistic, cognitive, leadership and presentational skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million people have found their voice in the NFL.

Girls need January host families

 I am looking for a host family for exchange students arriving in January -- Tiffany from Australia, who enjoys camping, hiking, playing the piano, swimming, dancing and horseback riding and Maria Camilla from Columbia, who enjoys playing the guitar, camping, aerobics, biking, dancing, golf, snowboarding, swimming and tennis. If you would be interested in hosting either of these students for a year, call Barbara Richards at 473-1025.

Busy time for FFA

This has been a busy year for the Casper Future Farmers of America at the national convention, agriculture in the classroom, the annual Rake-N-Run and many other activities, but they are not quite ready to slow down yet! The following is a list of upcoming FFA events:

Dec. 11-13: Elf Shop

Dec. 18: Christmas Party in the Ag Shop, NCHS vocational building room 103

Dec. 19: Casper FFA Day in the Ag Shop, NCHS vocational building room 103

Jan. 26: Local Creed Contest

Feb. 4: Local Prepared and Extemporaneous Contest

FFA alumni meet the third Tuesday of every month.

FFA members and their families are encouraged to attend all events. Thanks to all of the parents and families that have helped to make 2009 so prosperous.

Path to 2025 seeks input

Three community input sessions will be held to explain the recommendations brought forward by the Path to 2025 visioning committee for possible renovations and new construction of Natrona County high schools.

All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please plan to attend one of the following:

Dec. 15, Casper College, Wold Physical Science Center, Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103.

During the meeting, there will be opportunities for the community to give their input. Speakers will be limited to three minutes each.

Casper teacher wins award

At the recent Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD) annual conference in Riverton, the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award was presented to Lisa Colling of Casper.

Colling is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with eight years of teaching experience. Her teaching assignment includes two elementary schools -- Cottonwood and Mills. One of her principals wrote in her letter of recommendation: "Over the past 27 years, I have worked with lots of different physical education teachers. I can say without a doubt that Lisa tops them all in the way she works with her students and her peers."

Her supervising teacher from her student teaching wrote: "Lisa is very competent in her teaching. She knows the content of the skill or activity she is teaching and is very knowledgeable in all areas of physical education as well health education. She is able to adapt her lesson plans to meet the needs of her students. She is responsible for two schools and knows all of the names of her 500 some students. She has created a positive learning environment and a place for kids to achieve success."

As a young professional, Colling is very involved and committed to living a healthy lifestyle and leading her students by example. In the past she has been a coach for Special Olympics and has been the coordinator for Jump Rope for Heart in her schools since 2002. Colling also is currently serving WAHPERD as a member of its executive board as the vice president for physical education.

CY gets grant

CY Junior High greatly appreciates being chosen as a recipient of the $750 grant from Common Cents Stores of Casper and ExxonMobil’s Education Alliance Program.  The funds have been dedicated to support our Cyclone Pride activities.  Cyclone Pride revolves around three basic building-wide expectations for all of our students:  Be Safe...Be Respectful...Be Responsible.  Grant monies are being used to support efforts by students and staff working together for the betterment of CY.  For example, we are now recognizing Cyclone Citizens of the Month in a variety of ways including their pictures prominently posted in hallways in recognition of exceptional demonstration of Cyclone Pride.  The community and school working together for kids clearly makes “Common Sense.”


Center has limited openings

A limited number of full-day openings are available for 3 to 5-year-olds for the Spring semester at AppleTree Learning Center’s Pre-K and Enhanced Early Kindergarten classes.

AppleTree Learning Center takes a “whole child” approach with individualized expectations/goals based on the needs of each child, using their own unique style of learning.

The online curriculum PreSchool First, is used with opportunities for parent involvement at home and the ability to track growth and mastery of skills.

As a national model intergenerational program, children learn the value of service to others, diversity, acceptance and tolerance of those with differing abilities.

For enrollment information, contact Dianna Webb at 237-1952.

Student needs help

Markus from Finland needs a host family.  He attends KWHS.  He enjoys skiing, ice hockey, tennis,  fishing, skateboarding, snowboarding,  and golf.  He is allergic to cats and dogs.  If you would be interested in hosting Markus for the remainder of the school year, please call Barbara Richards,


Dean Morgan opens store

On Saturday, Dec. 12, Dean Morgan Junior High will host the Dean Morgan "Dollar" Christmas Store.  Students and parents of DMJH, as well as community members, can come to DMJH cafeteria to do their Christmas shopping from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.  This event is being sponsored by the DMJH National Junior Honor Society and by the DMJH mentors.  All proceeds will be donated to the Seton House and other charities.

Learn about new CY

Interested current 5th and 6th grade NCSD #1 students and parents are invited to learn more about the incredible opportunities available next school year at the new CY Middle School. Complementing rigorous academics, DEPCO LLC, whose interactive technologies are currently found in over 4,000 schools worldwide, reflects on the scope of exploratory offerings at the new CY when stating, “ you have the largest installation of DEPCO products, in one middle school, in the country."

Students at CY will explore such diverse areas as Computer Numeric Control (CNC) laser, pneumatics, hydroponics, hospitality and tourism, robotics, CAD technology, digital manufacturing, CNC router, rocketry and space, culinary, engineering structures, textiles and apparel, TV and film, aquaculture, plastics technology, forestry and natural resources, Global Positioning System (GPS), graphic design, dietetics, marketing, CNC Plasma Cutter, digital audio production, and much more….Brief demonstration sessions will be held at the current CY, 2211 Essex Monday, Dec. 14, (GPS/Germ Wars at 4:00 pm and Laser/ Router at 6:30 p.m.).

Additional demonstrations will be provided during CY’s Winter Open House at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. For more information regarding the sessions, or any aspect the new school, please call 253-2700.

NC students go global

Natrona County High School H.E.A.R.T. students raised approximately $600 last week for child survivors of AIDS in Africa. Students placed a live, caged chicken in a classroom. The class task was to raise $5 to move the chicken to another classroom of students' choice. At the end of the week, H.E.A.R.T. students raised more than $598, which will assist child survivors of AIDS in Africa and provide them with education and a support system for their adoptive families.

Preschool adds class

Paradise Valley Christian School is adding another 2- and 3-year-old preschool classroom beginning Jan. 4, 2010. Are you looking for that special place for your 2- or 3-year-old? Pre-registration is a must before Dec. 14. Please call and make an appointment to hear about this wonderful educational opportunity for your young child. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can choose from 5-day, 3-day or a 2-day program. Preschool runs 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily, with childcare before and after preschool. Call Jeanne at 234-2450 for more information. Six full-time spots are available.

Host an exchange student

Hosting a high school exchange student can broaden your horizons! There are students available now for full- and half- year hosting: students like Laura, from Spain, who likes to travel and wants to try camping. She would like to continue with dance and her favorite animals are dogs. 

If you are interesting in learning more about hosting an exchange student, please call Suzanne Sandoval at 577-2190.

Helping Others

Your chance to give or volunteer.

Habitat needs volunteers

Habitat for Humanity is in need of a large number of volunteers to frame and enclose a home during the month of December. The home is located at 1028 South Chestnut and will be the residence of a single mom and her children. To volunteer, please call 234-1348 or 262-7820.

Tax-deductible donations of new building materials, money and labor from licensed contractors is also needed. Help us provide a safe and decent home for the family's next Christmas.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership where the families chosen must work on the homes alongside the volunteers. The typical single head of household family must provide 500 hours of labor on their own or other Habitat houses.

For more information, call executive director Bruce Maurer at 234-1348.

Special rodeo needs help

We are looking for volunteers to serve as sidewalkers and horsehandlers for our Chutes n' Giggles Rodeo in January. If you are interested please contact Lynn Jackson at 235-3438. Also, if you would like to help us locate sponsors for the rodeo please contact Lynn at the same number. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Help Knife River help others

Knife River-Casper has been competing with other divisions in the Mountain Region (Montana and Wyoming) this holiday season to see which branch can deliver the most "tons" of food to their local food banks. On Friday, Dec. 18, we will fill up a dump truck with our donations, scale the load and deliver the goods to Joshua's Storehouse in Casper.

Donations of nonperishable food may be taken to the Knife River-Casper office at 1461 Bryan Stock Trail.

Kayne Schmidt -- 797-0715

Frequent fliers can help

Up, up and away! Air travel is a big part of making kids' wishes come true for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can help children with life-threatening medical conditions continue to go wherever their imagination takes them by donating your frequent flier miles.  To donate, please contact the Wyoming chapter office at 234-9474.                                             

Candy for holidays

St. Anthony Manor, 211 E. 6th St., is selling See's Candies for the holidays. All proceeds are used for the residents' activities. Purchases may be made weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to check availability, call Reggie or June at 237-0843.

Grownup Stuff

Fun stuff geared to adults.

Indy film at library

Would you enjoy viewing and discussing thought-provoking films with others in our community?  Try out the Natrona County Public Library’s Independent Film Series!  Our December screening will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m., featuring the film “The Pope’s Toilet.”   The screening will be followed by a discussion and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.  All films shown during the Indie Film Series are unrated and may be unsuitable for children.  Call 577-READ ext. 2 for more information.

Give handmade without the work

Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone special in your life?  Look no further than Natrona County Public Library’s display cases! The Casper Needle Guild’s annual Silent Auction is a great opportunity to find some lovely handmade gifts, including wall hangings, quilted blankets, cross-stitched pillows, stockings, ornaments and much more. The auction will run now through Thursday, Dec. 17. Bids can be placed at the library’s main checkout desk.  Winning bidders will be notified by December 21.  All proceeds will be donated to the library for the purchase of books about needlecrafts.

'Stage Tea' Dec. 12

Stage III Community Theatre and P. Hawk Coffee Roasters and Tea Merchants invite the public to “Stage Tea,” a tea, bake sale, and volunteer sign-up event on Saturday, Dec. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at the theatre, 900 North Center Street. 

P. Hawk will have a selection of their gourmet coffees and teas for sale, including a special Holiday Tea blend created just for this event, and Stage III members will have a variety of homemade baked goods for sale.  A “Taster’s Cup and Plate” for $2 (or two non-perishable food items for a local food bank) allows purchasers to sample the various teas and treats while supplies last. 

Other items available for sale include holiday gift sets that feature a Stage III mug, P. Hawk coffee or tea, and a half-season ticket at a substantial discount, t-shirts and sweatshirts, and Broadway Nights Raffle tickets to win a trip for two to New York.  

Stage III will also be signing up volunteers to help with the upcoming production of Our Town.   From ushers and people to bake goodies for intermission to backstage crew and more, there’s a way for anyone to get involved.  For more information, call Stage III at 234-0946 or visit our website at 

SwingSounds schedule

The Casper Senior Center and The SwingSounds Dance Band invites you to dance in the Casper Senior Center Grand Ball Room at 1831 East 4th St. SwingSounds is a 6-piece dance band featuring western swing, pop, jazz standards, traditional country and 50's rock 'n roll for your dancing and listening enjoyment.. "We Keep the Past Alive to Entertain the Present".

   These dances are for anyone who would like to dance or just enjoy the music and friendship in a beautiful non-smoking, non-alcoholic environment.. 

   The next scheduled SwingSounds dance will be held on December 19.

   The scheduled dates for the first quarter of 2010 are: January 2, 16; February 6, 20; March 6, 20.

Admissions are $4 per person.. For additional information you may contact the Casper Senior Center at 265-4678 or Jim Trantham at 234-7239.

Nic Fest seeks artists

Artists interested in having a booth at next summer’s Nic Fest, the Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center’s annual summer community art festival, can apply online now at The booth application deadline for Nic Fest -- which will be held June 25-27, 2010 -- is Dec. 31, 2009. For more information, call the Nic at 235-5247 or visit

Young pros plan safe New Year's Eve

Hey Casper, Rotaract of Casper -- Young Professionals Network (CYPN) is excited to announce and openly invite the public to attend a safe and rocking good time at their Toga/Roman Greco-themed New Year’s Eve Party, Rotaract Against Drunk Driving (RADD)! CYPN has partnered with the Ramkota Best Western in planning this 3rd annual event that is sure to bring in the 2010 New Year with a bang!

The 2010 New Year’s Eve Party will take place at the Ramkota Best Western, 800 N. Poplar. For just a $10 cover charge, attendees will enjoy music, hor d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, PLUS a chance at winning some great door prizes and a 50/50 raffle!

“The last two New Year’s Eve events have been great successes. In the past we have been able to raise money for community service projects. These funds have gone towards a scholarship at Casper College and the purchase of educational videos for MADD that were distributed to local high school students to educate them on the dangers of drinking and driving,” said Leah Reeb, CYPN president.

“CYPN and the Ramkota want to encourage people to make safe choices by not drinking and driving… that’s why it’s really hard to pass up the great package deals!” said Tara Greiner, CYPN activities board chairman.

You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. But the best part is… because CYPN and Ramkota want to make sure you have a safe holiday, they are offering some great package deals that are too good to pass up.

Room Rates and Package Deals: (All package deals include the cover charge into the party.) Package 1: Standard Room (king or queen bed) plus cover charge, $59; Package 2: Standard Room (king or queen bed), cover charge, dinner for 2 New Year’s Eve, plus brunch for 2 New Year’s Day, $139. Hurry, space is limited! Call 266-6000 to reserve your package now! Party like the gods, come dressed in yourbest toga attire.

Come dressed in your best Toga attire!

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for families to do.

Civic Chorale concert Dec. 15

Casper Civic Chorale will present their Christmas concert "Go Tell It" on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist church at 302 E. 2nd. The 75- voice chorale will be joined by the Chamber Orchestra. Donna McIntire will accompany on piano. Wayne McIntire will be directing. The concert will feature traditional carols in the first half of the program and select passages from Handel's Messiah in the second half, including the Hallelujah. The audience will also have a chance to raise their voices with a short sing along. The Chorale would like to welcome all to join them for this festive evening. A freewill offering would be appreciated

Christmas caroling chorale

The Casper Children’s Chorale will give the gift of music as they sing carols at local Casper businesses on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The singers will begin their tour at the Casper Star-Tribune at 4:15 p.m. Their next stop will be downtown at the Atrium Plaza at 4:45 p.m. They will conclude their tour with a visit to patients, guests and staff at the Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital at 5:15 p.m. Make plans to listen to these talented 4th-8th grade children as they spread some Christmas cheer to the Casper community.

Here comes Santa

Santa is coming to the Powder River Veterans Club VFW Post & Auxiliary #991 at 420 W. First on Saturday, December 12.

Children are invited to the party at 2 p.m. There will be games, refreshments, toys, apples and candy for all the good little boys and girls ages 2 -10.

Santa will arrive at 3:30 p.m., pictures will be taken by one of the members or parents can use their cameras. Look for the American flag above the building. Entrance at the east door leads to the ballroom. See you there for a fun time.

Don’t forget our Sunday morning breakfast will be December 20 this month. We always have Karaoke on Fridays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. And beginning December 5, we will have Karaoke every Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Our full service kitchen is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to keep your eyes open for more on information about our New Years Eve Party. Come down and join us!

Kids' Stuff

Fun stuff for kids to do.

Kids do Broadway

The Not Ready for Bedtime Players (ages 8-12) will be presenting a variety show featuring monologues and musical numbers from well-known Broadway productions. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Casper Children’s Theatre at 138 South Kimball in the Commissary Mall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and are available at the door or at Papa Murphy’s Pizza. It is recommended that you get tickets early, as most of the shows this season have sold out. Call 473-8470 with questions or to reserve tickets.



Register for spring theatre

The Casper Children’s Theatre will hold class registration for the spring season on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m -3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Casper Children’s Theatre in the Commissary Mall (138 South Kimball). Students ages 3-18 can sign up for various classes including: “Play”time (ages 3-5), KinderDrama (ages 5-7), Film Acting Camp (ages 8+) and Acting in the Afternoon (ages 12+). Adult and youth actors can also sign up for audition times for Wizard of Oz. For more information or to receive a registration brochure call 473-8470 or email


Dates to note.

Birthday greetings

Hilda Heinrich celebrates her 90th birthday on December 27. She moved from Chadron, Neb., just over three years ago and her family would love to have her friends and acquaintances send her cards with "best wishes" from now until her birthday. Special greetings would very much lift her spirits. Her address is: Hilda Heinrich, Shepherd of the Valley Care Center, 60 Magnolia, Room 107A, Casper, WY 82604. Her daughter and son-in-law are Jennifer and Bucky Walker of Casper. Hilda is the mother of three and grandmother of five.

Sports and Recreation

Fun stuff for your body.

Hogadon opens Saturday

Hogadon Ski Area will have a limited opening on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. Due to cold temperatures, Hogadon Ski Area has made great progress in snowmaking efforts this week and will open Morning Dew and Park Avenue ski runs. All lift tickets will be at a discounted price. Hogadon will continue snowmaking efforts on Boomerang and Dreadnaught ski trails as temperatures and water resources allow. Limited opening lift prices will be adult, $25 (full and half day); student, $25 (full and half day); child, $25 (full and half day).

Triathletes form club

New Years Resolution -- become a triathlete! Looking for triathletes of all levels, newly formed Casper Triathlon Club (CTC) will be holding group training at the Wyoming Athletic Club starting Jan. 5, 2010. Mark your calendar. There will be a meeting to introduce the CTC to the Casper Community on Jan. 12, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Wyoming Athletic Club.

CTC is an organized club dedicated to the educational, recreational and social pursuit of triathlon, the primary focus of CTC is to provide a fun way to practice the sport of triathlon and enjoy the company of a small and intimate group of friends that have a common goal. CTC will consist of athletes of all levels of experience, from novice to Ironman Finisher and everywhere in between. For more information contact the CTC at, go to website or stop by the Wyoming Athletic Club.

Sign up for coed hoops

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming youth basketball League. The league is open to all boys and girls in grades k through 6th. Games and practices will be held at the Boys & Girls Club located at 1701 East “K” St. Games and practices will be Mondays through Thursdays between 5:30 and 8:30 with 1-hour time frames. The season tentatively runs February 1 through March 27. The registration deadline is January 15 and the cost for this league is $25. All participants must be members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. The cost for membership is just $10. If you have any questions about the league or the Positive Place For Kids, contact Brian McCarthy at 235-5694 ext 3.

Youth sports coaches meet

Do you coach any of the multiple sports that are offered to the kids in our community. Then this presentation is for you! It is a fact that a youth sports coach will influence more young people in one year than most people will in a lifetime. On Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, Coach Rod Olson of the Coaches of Excellence Institute will be in Casper to speak to you and the other youth sports coaches in the community to show you how to reach your maximum coaching potential. Rod Olson is a former Division I football coach and founder of the Coaches of Excellence Institute. (See He will be presenting at 6 p.m., at the Casper Senior Center. Please RSVP to Bryan Chadderdon at 247-2543 or

School's out cheap skate

Weekdays at the Wagon Wheel Roller Skating, Monday, Dec. 22  through Thursday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 31. School's Out sessions 1 to 4 p.m., $3. Admission with your own skates, $5 with any rental. Three- hour session includes free bounce inflates.

Personal skates must be clean and in good repair. Regular sessions Wednesday 6-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 7-9 and 9-11 p.m.; Saturday afternoon 12-2 or 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon 1-3 and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday Family Skate maximum $12 per family. Regular session admission $3 with own skates and $5 admission with any rental. $2 more includes inflates. More information call 265-4214 or


Skate Christmas evening

Christmas evening skate, Friday, Dec. 25, 7-11 p.m.; New Year's Day evening skate Friday, Jan. 1, 7-11 p.m. Regular session admission $3 with own skates and $5 admission with any rental. $2 more includes inflates. More information call 265-4214 or


New Year's Eve at rink

Thursday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; admission $8 with own skates, $11 includes any rental. Admission includes Bounce Inflates, midnight countdown balloon drop. Everyone gets party bag! Many prizes, free skating, skates, $50 shopping in pro shop. More information call 265-4214 or

Register for boys hoops

The Natrona County School District and the Casper Recreation Division work together to provide the 5th and 6th grade sports program, also known as the Casper After School Program for Education and Recreation (C.A.S.P.E.R.). C.A.S.P.E.R. is open to all 5th and 6th grade students in the Natrona County School District. Students can pick up registration forms from their school, the Casper Recreation Center on 1801 E. 4th St., or online at All registrations for boys basketball should be turned into the Casper Recreation Center by Dec. 19, 2009. The cost to register is only $7. The season begins on Jan. 11, 2010 and ends on Feb. 27, 2010. Each registered child will be put on their school team, there are no tryouts. All coaches will be volunteers and will become certified though the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. Students will practice at their home school on weekdays. Practices will be held one or two times per week at the discretion of the coach. Students will play in six officiated matches on Saturdays at the Casper Recreation Center. The season lasts a total of eight weeks. C.A.S.P.E.R. has an “everyone plays” philosophy and emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork, fun, and trying new things. For more information contact the Casper Recreation Division at 235-8383 or visit

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for families to do.

Celebrate the season

Sunrise Baptist Church, 3990 S. McKinley, would like to invite you to celebrate this special Christmas season.  Each week, Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. each and Worship service at 10:30 a.m. "A Christmas Prayer" will be presented Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and a candlelight service will be Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. Call Pastor Gary at 235-0484 for more information.   

Holiday on the Homestead

Bundle up and visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) for a day of holiday cheer and family fun. The NHTIC annual “Holiday on the Homestead” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature holiday music, hot apple cider, and a variety of activities, including popcorn stringing and candle dipping. The event is free and open to the public.

Magician at Christmas show

The Magic of Christmas, Poverty Resistance's annual Christmas show will be Sunday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. at NCHS Gym. 

Magician Al Lampkin will perform extraordinary feats of magic in a kid friendly, audience participation show.  

Face painting will be done by Mary Ann before the show and Santa will be there at the end. Bring your camera! 

Tickets are available at Poverty Resistance and at the door. A family pass is $35; single tickets are $7 each. For more information call Poverty Resistance at 232-8725.

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