Monday's Highlights

Fun stuff to do Monday.

Tween Book Club

Students in grades 4-6 can read great books and make new friends by participating in a special book club just for Tweens. During March, club members will read “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull. The book discussion will be at 4 p.m. in the Natrona County Public Library Crawford Room. Stop by the children’s department at Natrona County Public Library to pick up a copy of the book. For more information, call 577-READ or visit www.natronacountylibrary.org.

Summary: “Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among the greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. But when the rules get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and maybe even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most...”

Spring break at rec center

Space is still available for Spring Break Camp at the Casper Recreation Center, but these spaces won’t last long! School will be out for the break soon and the Casper Recreation Center has some great activities planned for elementary school age children (ages 5 to 12). Spring Break Camp will run March 30 to April 3. Children are fully supervised at all times and leaders are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

The program features a variety of activities including sports, arts and crafts, games, movies, swimming on Tuesday and Thursday and ice skating on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The registration fee for the full camp is just $87 ($75 for Recreation Center members) and includes afternoon snacks and skating or swimming! Children will need to bring a sack lunch and a morning snack if desired. A limited number of daily registrations are available for $18 per day.

Pre-registration for Spring Break Camp is highly recommended as space is limited. Registration can be completed in person at the Casper Recreation Center, 1801 E. 4th Street, by phone at 235-8383, or online at www.activecasper.com.

Lifeguard training over break

The City of Casper Aquatics Section, through American Red Cross, offers a Lifeguard Training Certification Course to everyone 15 years old and over who can pass a pre-course swim test. American Red Cross Lifeguard Training is a professional program that may lead to a two year certification in Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, and AED.

Registration for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training is now open for the next 30-hour class scheduled to be held over Spring Break Week, beginning March 30 at the Casper Family Aquatic Center, 1801 East 4th Street. The course is fee is $125. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as class sizes are limited. Additional information about this program and other aquatics classes is available by contacting the City of Casper Aquatics Recreation Coordinator at 235-8395.

School's Out Bounce and Skate

School's Out Bounce and Skate at the Wagon Wheel Roller Rink, 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3. Admission for the three-hour session is $7, includes any skate rental and bounce inflates. Come in out of the cold and have fun with family and friends. We will be CLOSED Easter Sunday, April 5.

Cancer documentary event

Wyoming PBS will be showing Ken Burns’ latest film series, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" on TV. "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," airs Monday through Wednesday, March 30 through April 1, at 8 p.m. on Wyoming PBS. The series will also be available to view online and on over-the-top devices at video.wyomingpbs.org beginning April 1, 2015.

Main club open when school out

Parents of school children may find it difficult to find care for the days school is not in session. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming will be OPEN for “No School Day Camps” throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Regular after-school program fees apply. Members of any Central Wyoming club site can attend. New members can fill out an application and pay the $10 annual membership fee at the Main Club site, 1701 East K Street, Casper.

The Main Club will be open for “No School Day Camps” on the following dates: March 30, 31, Spring Break; April 1, 2, 3, Spring Break, Good Friday.

For more information, visit the Main Club at 1701 East K Street in Casper or call 234-2456.

KWHS important dates

March 30 to April 3: Spring Break, no classes

Holy Week at FUMC

Servants United invites everyone to attend Holy Week services hosted by First United Methodist Church, 332 E. 2nd Street, from 12:05 to 12:35 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 30 to April 3. Lunch will be available immediately following each service. This is an annual interdenominational community wide event. For more information, please contact Pastor Craig Brandon at 262-4710.

 

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for the whole family.

Holy Week at Christ Episcopal

Christ Episcopal Church, 415 West Cedar, Glenrock, invites you to our Holy Week and Easter services. On Maundy Thursday, April 2, the liturgy with Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar begins at 7 p.m. On Good Friday, April 3, Stations of the Cross for Children and Families will be at 5:30 p.m. and the Service of Tenebrae (Shadows) will be held at 7 p.m. Then join us on Easter Day, April 5 at 9:30 a.m. for the celebration of the Resurrection with Holy Communion, followed by a festive brunch. For info, call 258-2524. The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

Lent at Our Saviour’s Lutheran

Our Saviour’s Lutheran (OSL) Church, 318 E. 6th St., has Wednesday night Lenten soup suppers at 6 p.m., followed by Lenten Evening Prayer (Vespers) at 7 p.m. Wednesday,  March 25. A free will offering will be taken for the supper and at the service for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Domestic Disaster Fund. Also, OSL will hold Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Communion services April 2 and April 3 at 7 p.m. Easter morning worship services are Sunday, April 5 at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with a free-will offering Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from the Easter Pancake Breakfast support OSL youth Megan Scharpe for her 2016 nationally selected honor choir concert tour to Washington, DC and Europe including Rome, Italy, Prague, Czech Republic, and Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

Journey to the Cross

The Rocky Mountain Men of Integrity host the annual Journey to the Cross at 7 a.m., on Saturday, April 4, from Faith Assembly, 4301 Casper Mountain Road. Men and women of all ages are invited to come and take up your cross. Take a reverent hike up the hill or remain in prayer in the sanctuary. Breakfast will follow, provided by Faith Assembly. There is no cost for the event. For more information, call 267-6138 or rockymtnmen.org

Army Jazz Ambassadors at CC

The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Wheeler Concert Hall located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 7 p.m. The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert in Casper is sponsored by the Casper College Music Department. For tickets to the Jazz Ambassadors’ performance in Casper, please contact Kathy Coe at 268-2606, kcoe@caspercollege.edu or order online at caspercollege.edu/music.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America's greatest original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

Best summer ever at BGCCW

Summer may still be a couple of months away, but the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is busy planning the best summer ever for Wyoming youth!

When school’s out, clubs are in! The Boys & Girls Club will offer daily summer camp at five convenient locations in Natrona and Converse counties, including Paradise Valley Elementary, Mills Elementary, Verda James Elementary, the main club, and the Glenrock Recreation Center. Camp participants can expect fun, interactive field trips, movie days, sports activities, creative arts, academic enrichment to prevent summer brain drain, plus much more.

Summer Camp begins June 8, 2015. Camp is open to kids who are at least 5 years old and have already completed kindergarten up to age 18. For more information, call 235-2456 or visit the main club at 1701 East K Street in Casper.

March at Holy Family

On the Penitential Sundays of Lent at 9 a.m., at Holy Family-Anglican Rite Parish, 4100 SE Wyoming Blvd., we review our own relationships with the Lord and with His people in the Eucharistic celebration.

Wednesdays in Lent, we meet at 6 p.m., in the parish hall for consideration of the Psalms in Lent as they apply to our spiritual lives. This study is preceded by a simple soup supper.

All interested people are invited to attend these services.

Call Bishop Ken Kinner, 262-7505, or Fr. Jim Dean, 262-6875, for more information.

St. Mark's sets Lenten services

Lenten services at St. Mark's are scheduled every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Holy Eucharist followed by a soup supper at 6:10 p.m. All are welcome.

The Lenten book study led by Father Philip Major, at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, will focus on "The Essential Henry Nouver," a collection of spiritual writings from Nouver's extensive collection of spiritual meditations.

For further information, contact St. Mark's at 234-0831.

Lent at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley invites the community to share in Sunday morning and Wednesday night Lenten services. The Wednesday night services will include a fellowship hour at 6 p.m., followed by the usual 7 p.m. worship service. The emphasis in 2015 will be on prayer and our everyday communication with the Lord. The Sunday Lenten morning services begin at 9:30 a.m., starting February 22.

Join us for an inspiring time of song, Word, and biblical messages. Good Shepherd Lutheran is located at 51 Primrose Street in Casper, behind Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center. For more information, call the church office at 237-3503.

Harlem ambassadors in Glenrock

Hoops and hijinks are coming to Converse County on April 23, 2015 when our very own local challengers, the Purple Pride, take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a comedy basketball show the whole family will enjoy. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Glenrock Middle School gym.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Glenrock Boys & Girls Club and will be used to support youth development programming.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults, and free for children four and under and can be purchased at the Glenrock Boys & Girls Club or by calling 262-1892. A special Family 4-pack is being offered for just $20. The event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors Process Power and Control, Arctic Energy, and Ailport Family Trust.

Miss Wyoming U.S. Pageant in Casper

The Miss Wyoming United States Pageant will be held April 25, 2015, at the Parkway Plaza in Casper. The winners selected will go on to compete at the nationally televised Miss United States Pageant in Washington, D.C., in July. Areas of competition include interview, swimsuit, evening gown, and an on-stage question. Winners will be chosen from three age divisions: Junior teen, 13 to 15; Teen, 16 to 19; and Miss, 20 to 29.

The Miss United States Pageant is currently the third largest pageant system in the United States and has recently partnered with Miss World. For more information, or to enter the pageant, visit online at misswyomingus.com or call 797-3186.

Breakfast at the Elks

Join us every Sunday for breakfast open to the public at the Casper Elks Lodge. Open from 8 to 11 a.m. Serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage links, potatoes, scrambled eggs, French toast and omelets to order. Also served is toast, juice, tea and coffee. All you can eat for $7, children 5 to 12 are $3, 4 and under free. Come down for the best breakfast in town. For more information, call 234-4839.

Sunday breakfast at the Eagles

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 306 N. Durbin, host Sunday Morning Breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m., open to the public in a non-smoking atmosphere. We provide a full menu and sit-down service. Because it’s not a buffet, plan to take a little more time.

Our profit goes to our many charities. This month’s charity is our Memorial Fund which assists children with medical and educational funds if a parent passes away while at work.

Marbling Paper Workshop

April 2, 2015, 10 a.m.-Noon

Grades: K-5

Fee: $5 for participating child/adult.

Stop by the NIC between 10 am and noon for a morning of fun and art. We will explore exciting ways of marbling paper. We might get messy-dress accordingly.

Elks activities

Saturday April 4th

Easter Egg Hunt in the City Park across from the Elks Lodge, starting at 11am. For ages 1 or walking to 12 years of age. Bring all the Kido's down for a fun filled time of finding eggs and getting prizes. For more information call 234-4839.

Sunday April 5th

Easter Brunch at the Elks from 8am to 1pm, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, French Toast, Fried Potatoes, Baked Ham, Baron Beef, Mashed Potatoes with brown gravy, Hard Boiled Eggs, Vegetable Tray, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Crepes, Coffee, Tea and Juice. Cost is Adults $12, Children 6-12 is $6.00 and 5 & under Free If with a paying Adult. Please make reservations for parties larger than six (6) people! Open to the public. For more information call 234-4839.

NCPL Activities

Computer Class – Using Your Kindle Fire

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Would you like to get the most out of your Kindle Fire? Then come to our free class to learn how to use your Kindle Fire effectively. We’ll cover some of the most important settings and methods needed for you to become a Kindle Fire pro. The class will be held in the Crawford Room at the main library in downtown Casper on Tuesday, March 31 at 3 p.m. Natrona County Public Library computer classes are offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 577-READ or visit www.natronacountylibrary.org.

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Teen Book Club – “Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A book discussion of “Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at Metro Coffee Co. The group is open to teens in grades 9-12. Participants receive a free drink, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. To participate, pick up a copy of this month’s book in the Teen Zone at Natrona County Public Library (NCPL). NCPL Book Discussion groups meet monthly and new members are always welcome. Please call 577-READ (7323), extension 101 for more information.

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Wednesday Writers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Would you like to leave a legacy by sharing your memories with the world? Practice writing, share your work and receive constructive feedback from fellow writers Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in the Natrona County Public Library Crawford Room. For more information, call 577-READ (7323).

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School’s Out Movie: Big Hero 6

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Children of all ages are invited to celebrate Spring Break with a free showing of Big Hero 6. The screening will be Wednesday, April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Crawford Room at the Natrona County Public Library. The film is rated PG. Call 577-READ (7323) for more information.

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Computer Class – Appy Hour: Photos (Crawford Room)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

If you would like to take your photos to the next level, then come to our class to learn how to use a variety of photo editing apps. We’ll cover filters, collages, Snapchat and explain how to add text to your photos. This free class will be held in the Crawford Room at the main library in downtown Casper Thursday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Natrona County Public Library computer classes are offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 577-READ (7323).

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World at War: WWII Film and Discussion Series – Reckoning (1945 & After)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Natrona County Public Library will present four episodes from the documentary series entitled “The World at War.” Each episode features graphic World War II footage and interviews with a wide array of civilians and combatants. Tom Smyth, historian and frequent instructor of OLLI classes at Casper College, will provide a brief description of the historical setting of each episode and host Q&A sessions afterwards.

The final screening on Thursday, April 2 will feature “Reckoning (1945 & After)” The episode details “the situation in post-war Europe including the allied occupation of Germany, demobilization, the Nuremberg Trials and the genesis of the Cold War. The episode concludes with summations about the ultimate costs and consequences of the war.” The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Crawford Room. It is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For additional information, stop by your public library or call 577-READ (7323).

Saturday Club looks at "Bronto Bugs"

The April edition of the Tate Geological Museum’s Saturday Club will look at “giant insects from the Carboniferous Coal Age,” said Russell Hawley. The free event will take place on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Was there ever a dragonfly as big as a hawk? Or a cockroach the size of your hand?” asked Hawley, Tate Geological Museum Educational Specialist. “Those attending the next Saturday Club will find out the answers to those questions and more as we look at ‘Bronto Bugs,’ and the history of the most numerous and diverse group of animals that ever lived – the insects,” he said.

According to Hawley, those attending will learn about insect anatomy and discover why insects were so successful. “We’ll also see some of the gigantic – and sometimes horrifying – insects that lived during the Carboniferous Coal Age, and probe the mystery of how they got so much larger than the insects of today,” he said and added, “we’ll conclude the class by making our own simulated insect fossils.”

The Saturday Club usually meets on the first Saturday of each month. The club has two age divisions, one for students aged 8 and older, and the other for children aged 5 to 7. There is no cost for children to attend the club.

The Saturday Club takes place at the Tate Geological Museum, located on the Casper College campus. For more information, call the museum at 307-268-2447.

Unitarian Universalist Events

The public is invited to attend the Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper services and other events, to be held at our new location, 1040 West 15th.

Services are held Sundays at 10:00 a.m. On April 5th Rev. Leslie Kee will lead the annual Flower Communion service, to which participants are encouraged to bring flowers. On April 12th we will hear from guest speaker WMC Chaplain Keith Evans. On April 19th, our speaker will be Brian Lottman, who renounced his worldly life two and a half years ago and set out on a journey across the US and Canada, sharing the love and wisdom he’s discovered along the way. On April 26th Don Benson will facilitate a discussion forum on the themes of “Redemption, Rebirth, and Renewal.” On May 3rd, Rev. Leslie Kee and UUA Mountain Desert District Executive Rev. Nancy Bowen will co-present an “open-house” service in celebration of our recent capital campaign and move to our new home. As this dream has come true, there are new dreams to dream and to share with the larger community. An “open-house” potluck lunch will follow the service.

A youth religious education program and childcare are available, and discussion and refreshments follow each service.

The next monthly Care N' Share potluck will be April 1st from 6:00 to

8:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to share, your own beverage and tableware.

We will hold a round-table discussion on the theme of “Redemption, Rebirth, and Renewal.” Participants are asked to bring donations for our Minister’s Discretionary Fund. On April 19th, following a potluck lunch, Brian Lottman will lead a gathering with harmonium music, energy healing, inspired talk, and guided meditation at 1:00 p.m.

For more information about these events or Unitarian Universalism, visit uucasper.org, visit our Facebook page, or call Laura Gossman at 307-259-4469.

Raptor Rap and Animal House

How many times have you passed the Werner Wildlife Museum, thinking that you should stop in some time? Make April the month you start visiting! The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., including many holidays.

This month’s Animal House topic is, “Puma, Cougar, Panther: A Mountain Lion by Any Other Name Would Be as Fierce.” Did you know these big cats are as at home in swamps as they are in the mountains? Or that they are capable of leaping forty horizontal feet or fifteen vertical feet in a single bound? If you are already a fan of Quinn in the Wild Stories, you’ll enjoy the latest true tales of his encounters with Wyoming wild cats. If you’ve never heard a Quinn story, join us at 4:00 on April 9th in the Werner Wildlife Museum at 405 East 15th Street and see what you’ve been missing.

The April Raptor Rap topic is “Boils, Casts, Parliaments, and Convocations: Raptors in Communities.” How good is your collective noun vocabulary when it comes to groups of birds? Would it surprise you to know that when owls get together they are referred to as a wisdom of owls? Or that a group of vultures is called a wake? Join us around the pretend campfire on April 16th at 4:00 to learn which raptors like to live alone, which like to pair up for life, and which prefer to live in groups.

For information on these and other events, call the museum at 235-2108.

Pioneer Games & Gumbo Cook Off set

2nd Annual Pioneer Games and Gumbo Cook Off is coming Saturday, May 30, 2015 on the grounds of the Casper Events Center. The day will be filled with live music, gumbo tasting, adventure race, antique tractor show, car show, valve cover races and more! We are currently looking for vendors, gumbo cooks, and volunteers. There will be prizes for the car show and cash to the winners of the Gumbo Cookoff. Visit www.GhostTownGumboCookoff.com or contact Aubrey Valdez with the National Historic Trails Center Foundation at 307-265-8030.

Annual Quilt Show announced

Mark you calendar for the annual Quilt Show by Piece by Piece Quilt Club, April 17 and 18, 10 to 4 each day. It will be in the gym of Collage Height Baptist Church, the old Garfield school, 1927 South Walnut. Extra parking is available on the East side of the building.

Many beautiful quilts and other quilted items will be on display, several of them will be offered for sale. Admission is free. There will be a prize for winner of a button guess. A small gift is available at the door.

There will be a drawing for a beautiful Spring quilt, it is hand appliqued and machine quilted, it has been made by several of the ladies of the club. It is on display at Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing in Hilltop Shopping Center. Tickets may be purchased at Blakeman's when you view the quilt, or at the Quilt Show. The price of the tickets are $1 or 6 for $5

Milestones

Dates of note.

Local pastors retiring

Beloved pastors Norm and Cathy Brown are announcing their retirement after dedicated the past 18 years to pastoring Casper Foursquare Church.

Please join them for an open house in their honor on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Nowcap, 345 N. Walsh Dr., from 7 to 9 p.m. Their final service will be Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Casper Foursquare Church, 1400 S. Forest Dr.

 

Help Yourself

Stuff to help you.

NAMI support group

NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) is pleased to invite family members and friends 16 years of age and older to our caring and sharing support group. This group provides understanding association that individuals need when their loved one is diagnosed with serious mental illness. Many feel isolated and fearful. We endeavor to share education, encourage advocacy, coping skills and to direct ones to resources that are available in our community. We also encourage ones to learn how to communicate with doctors when dealing with an adult with mental illness. We are here to help ones with self-care while they support their family and friends with mental illness. We care and we share our lived experience and knowledge. Please join us the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00-8:30 pm. at 133 W. 6th St. in the little brick house. Call Linda at 333.5758 anytime for more information or if you need someone to just listen. Please leave a message if I am not available and I will return your call asap.

Garden Square offers respite stays

Garden Square Assisted Living understands the stress that being a caregiver puts on your shoulders. Taking time for your self to recharge is huge, but honestly how does a caregiver accomplish this?

Garden Square is here to help you find yourself again! Garden Square offers respite for your loved one.

Are you in the need of a break? Need services for your mom or dad for a day, a week, a month or a couple of months? This is a short-term stay designed to give caregivers a break while their loved one enjoys 24-hour staffing, salon services, a private, completely furnished apartment, medication monitoring, transportation to local physician visits, nutritious home cooked meals, assistance with daily living tasks such as bathing or grooming, weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry services, relaxation in a comforting home-like environment, participation in our Life Enrichment Programs and socialization.

Please call Garden Square Assisted Living for more information, 472-1153.

Casper Charla meets

Would you like to practice conversational Spanish or help others learn? Come and join the Casper Charla! ¿Te gustaría platicar en español? ¡Ven y charla con nosotros! Todos son bienvenidos!

Come and join us on the third Wednesday of each month this spring. We meet at a different Mexican restaurant and partake in food, drink and conversation. All levels of Spanish are welcome, from beginning to native-speakers.

Nos reunimos los miércoles en varios restaurantes mexicanos en Casper. Ven por una copa, un antojito o simplemente una charlita.

Wednesday, April 15, 5-7 p.m.: Guadalajara; Wednesday, May 20, 5-7 p.m.: TBA, Fiesta de Primavera.

For more information, contact Eric Atkins at 268-3116 or Joanne Theobald at 268-2255.

Wellness Conference set

The 27th annual Casper College Wellness Conference will be held April 8 through 10, 2015. The three-day event will feature a workshop by David Kaplan, Ph.D., and chief professional officer at the American Counseling Association.

“Friday morning will feature Dr. Kaplan presenting on the topic of ethics within the helping professions. This is the first time we’ve brought a national speaker to the Wellness Conference, and we’re extremely excited to welcome him to our campus,” said Teresa Wallace, director of counseling at Casper College.

“Counseling Services at Casper College believes in the importance of continuing education for professionals, students, and interested community members about psychological and health related issues,” Wallace said. “Many of this year’s sessions really focus on the connection between physical health and mental health. Attendees can learn about the best exercises to enhance mood, the benefits of meditation, and how to maintain sexual health,” she noted.

According to Wallace, the Wellness Conference consists of several mini-courses presented by professionals in the community. The presentations, which are free and open to the public, are held during the first two days of the conference and feature a wide variety of qualified speakers who will present on a variety of health and wellness topics.

“The documentary film, ‘The Anonymous People’ will be shown in one of our Wellness Conference sessions this year. Nearly all of us know someone in long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, and how best to support him or her is an often-asked question,” Wallace noted. "This presentation brings their stories of resiliency to light, while examining both anonymity and advocacy within the recovering population.”

The Friday workshops are designed for professional service providers. The morning workshop will be presented by Kaplan beginning at 9 a.m. His presentation, “Raising the Bar: Critical New Concepts in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics” “will highlight new ethical imperatives in such areas as professional values, social media, the imposition of counselor personal values, defining the moment ethical responsibilities begin, and fee splitting in light of the recent revision of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, which substantially raises the bar for the ethical practice of professional counselors,” said Wallace.

Janet Hoyt, MSW will present “Joy Capacity, Authenticity, and the Big ‘WHY’" during the afternoon session, which will begin at 1 p.m. "We’re equally excited to have our own Janet Hoyt wrapping up this year’s event with an interactive session on bringing more joy, gratitude, and connection into our daily lives. I can’t imagine a better way to close the 2015 Wellness Conference than with an uplifting look at the health benefits of positivity,” said Wallace.

Registration is required for the Friday workshops, which are intended for professional service providers who may also earn contact hours at the end of the conference. A small fee is charged for each, according to Wallace.

The Casper College Wellness Conference is sponsored by the Central Wyoming Counseling Center, Wyoming Behavioral Institute, NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming Education Project, True Care Women’s Resource Center, and Casper College.

All Wellness Conference presentations and workshops will be held in Room 225 in the Gateway Building located on the Casper College campus. For more information contact Wallace at 307-268-2621, twallace@caspercollege.edu or www.caspercollege.edu/events/wellness.

Wyoming Dementia Care Receives WyCF Grant

The Wyoming Community Foundation announced that Wyoming Dementia Care’s Family Caregiver Services Program has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Willard G. McNamara Memorial Endowment Fund and the Tony Cate Fund to provide Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support services.

Wyoming Dementia Care is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 by the late Tom Stroock. The mission of the organization is to help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses care for their loved ones. Wyoming Dementia Care’s Family Caregiver Services Program provides direct services, support, encouragement, access to community resources and techniques to help caregivers meet the challenges of caring for their loved ones.

According to board chair Dr. David Wheeler, the grant will make a significant difference in Wyoming Dementia Care’s ability to reach out and help caregivers. He said, “This award from the Wyoming Community Foundation will help us continue to support caregivers in an immediate and truly meaningful way.”

The financial assistance provided by the Wyoming Community Foundation through the McNamara and Cate Funds will ensure that Wyoming Dementia Care can continue to provide its direct services to caregivers at no cost to participants. These services include up-to-date information about dementia-related diseases, assistance with care techniques and long-term planning, caregiver counseling, recreational art and music and weekly support groups with respite care.

Wyoming Dementia Care’s Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups meet at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month, at Meadow Wind Assisted Living at 6:30 p.m. on the second and third Wednesday of each month and on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living. There is no cost to participate and respite care is provided. All caregivers of those with dementia-related problems are welcome to attend. For information about Wyoming Dementia Care’s direct services, call Dani Guerttman at 265-4678 or e-mail wyodementia@casperseniorcenter.com.

Grownup Stuff

Fun stuff geared to adults.

Vets monthly ceremony March 31

The Natrona County United Veterans Council, the staff of the Oregon Trail Wyoming State Veterans Cemetery, and the Wyoming Army National Guard Honor Guard conduct a monthly memorial service for those known Wyoming veterans who have died since our last memorial service which was held on February 27, when we honored 14 Wyoming veterans.

This month’s memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 31, in the Tom Walsh Chapel at The Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery. All are welcome to attend.

This memorial service is provided on behalf of a grateful state and nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by each of these veterans.

The veteran’s name, Wyoming community and branch of service is read at roll call. There is a rifle salute, taps, and the folding of a flag.

September trip to Scotland

The Casper Theater Company and Easy Trips Travel have once again teamed up to bring to you a spectacular trip. This time it will be to Scotland.

Scotland’s Fourteen day trip will cover Edinburgh to Glasgow with all stops in between. We will spend one week in Edinburgh, and one week in Glasgow with day trips to the Falkirk Wheel, Glenmoranglie Distillery, and castles. Your trip from fly-out of Denver to fly-in to Denver September 10 to 24, will include Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Edinburgh's Royal Mile, The Falkirk Wheel, Glenmorangie Distillery, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, the Glasgow Science Center, and possibly The Royal Yacht Britannia. There will be free days to do what you would like to see and do, with information on how to get there, costs, transportation information, and recommended sites and restaurants.

The tour includes your airfare to and from Denver, breakfast daily, hotels, ground transportation to and from each city, entrance fees into scheduled events, (but not free days) for $4,299, 50 percent is due at registration, the remainder is due May 1.

Registration is limited to 15 people so please call us at 267-7243, go online to www.easytripstravel.com, or email us at easytripstravel@bresnan.net or caspertheatercompany@gmail.net or for more information.

Western art at bank

If you are a Western art lover, the newest Casper Artists’ Guild Exhibit at the Bank of the West is a must see for you. Be sure to stop by to view these wonderful oil paintings by Robert Fowler. His work depicts the western way of life, landscapes and wildlife. He knows his subject well. As well as being a talented fine artist, he also worked as a ranch manager for many years and presently teaches horseshoeing classes at Casper College.

This exhibit at Bank of the West will be on display during the months of March and April.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these paintings you may contact Casper Artists’ Guild by calling the West Wind Gallery phone, 265-2655 to leave a message.

Though the Casper Artists’ Guild is presently involved in our move to our new location, Art 321 Warehouse, during the month of March, we will still be picking up all messages. You may also call 265-6129.

Great Decisions discussion

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion group concerning foreign policy. Groups all over the country study and discuss issues involving our relationships to many of the hot spots around the world. The results of these discussions are shared with those who are in a position to act on the information generated. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

Details can be found on www.greatdecisions.org

There is a video produced by PBS on each topic along with study materials. Each session consists of viewing a video, discussing data and information, and examining policy options. We try to have different leadership each week, and have some snacks to eat.

The sessions are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., at the United Church of Christ, 1511 S Melrose, beginning February 25. There is no charge.

The topics are April 1, Human Trafficking; April 8, India Changes Course; April 15, Brazil in Metamorphosis.

All are welcome. Come to all the sessions that you can, or just the ones that spark your interest.

If you have questions, email Jim Boal, jboal@bresnan.net, or Pastor Dee Lundberg, revdeeucc@earthlink.net, or by speaking with Jim, or Pastor Dee at the United Church of Christ.

Bird watching in April

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College is offering a special three-day trip to the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in April 2015.

“Everyone participating in this three-day trip to Seedskadee will learn about the spring migration of all kinds of birds,” said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist. The trip will include lodging in Green River, and then several trips to Seedskadee for birding lectures and viewing.

The trip will run from April 20 to 22 and includes a pre-trip lecture on Wednesday, April 15 “for participants to learn the importance of the spring and fall bird migrations and the aquatic habitats at the refuge,” Pollock said.

The cost for the trip is $350 per person for double occupancy and $440 per person for single occupancy. The cost includes transportation, lodging, meals, and lectures at Seedskadee. Pollock noted that the trip is also open to those who are not members of OLLI.

For more information or to sign up contact Pollock at 268-2097 or vpollock@caspercollege.edu or Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at 268-2099 or karnold@caspercollege.edu. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Clogging for seniors

Women and men who are 60 or older, join the Central Wyoming Senior Center (1831 E. 4th St., Casper) and dance with Joyce's Senior Stompers.

It is moderate easy clogging keeping us seniors young. It is great exercise for developing flexibility, helps coordination, increases endurance and strength and helps to improve memory.

Exercise is important to increase lung capacity and relieve stress and the dance is different from any other. Class is free at 10:50 a.m. on Mondays on the dance floor. Call 237-4908 for more info.

Discuss books monthly

Fort Caspar Museum and Natrona County Public Library are hosting a series of book discussions to be held on the first Tuesday of every month through June.  This is a free program: no reservations are needed and all are welcome. Those interested need not attend all of the discussions: join us for one or two, or come to all six.

Copies of the books have been going fast, but there are a few available for purchase at Fort Caspar Museum. Please call the Museum before you come down to check availability, 235-8462.

On April 7, the group will move to NCPL for a discussion of Owen Wister's "The Virginian," followed by Lee M. Cullimore's "The Boys of Company K" on May 5. The final book discussion on June 2 will also be at NCPL, and we will explore Charlotte Babcock's "Shot Down: Capital Crimes of Casper."

For more information on this program, contact the Museum at 235-8462 or call the library at 237-4935. You may also check the Fort Caspar Museum website, www.fortcasparwyoming.com and NCPL's website, www.natronalibrary.org. Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road, and Natrona County Public Library is located at 307 E. 2nd Street.

New theater in Casper

Casper Theater Company is pleased to announce the creation of a new semi-professional non-profit theater company in Casper. If you would like to be in on the ground floor of a new theater company, and if you are experienced in acting, directing or non-profit boards, we would love to have you join our team. Our mission is to produce the highest quality well-known wholesome classic plays for you to enjoy. We pledge to provide entertainment, education, and high quality performances to the citizens of Casper and the surrounding communities through partnerships and community involvement. If you would like to be a part of this new adventure, let us know by emailing us at caspertheatercompany@gmail.com. We will also provide workshops for teens, summer family historic tours of downtown, an annual cemetery tour, dinner theater, and provide entertainment for your Christmas party, convention, family reunion, or for any occasion. For more information please contact our new email address, caspertheatercompany@gmail.com

See 'Downton Abbey' in August

Casper College president Walter Nolte, Ph.D., and  World War I historian, will lead a trip to London and Highclere Castle August 2 to 8, 2015.

“Dr. Nolte will lecture on the historical aspects of various London and surrounding English sites visited during this trip as they relate to the popular PBS series ‘Downton Abbey,’ said Ann Dalton, work-force specialist at Casper College, who helped to plan and set up the trip.

“Those taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure will start with an exclusive evening gathering hosted by Dr. Nolte and then the following morning enjoy a grand overview London’s most famous sites, including those with historical relevance to the WWI era, and then spend the afternoon with a ‘Downton Abbey’ insider,” Dalton said. Other highlights include a lesson on the culinary history and a chance to sample foods of the early 20th century; a tour of the Queen’s central London home, Buckingham Palace; a tour of Highclere Castle and the village of Bampton, which is also featured in the series; a tour of the famous “Downton Abbey” costume shop; dinner at The Criterion Restaurant, one of London’s most exclusive eateries; and an opportunity to dress in the style of The Roaring Twenties, and take afternoon tea at Lady Violet Crawley’s (Dowager Countess) home in North London.

According to Dalton, a few spots still remain for the trip. To reserve a spot or for more information on the trip, contact Dalton at 268-2085 or adalton@caspercollege.edu.

Want to direct?

Stage III Community Theatre is looking for directors for the 2015-2016 season and ... beyond.

If you have experience or interest in directing, and would like to direct for Stage III, they would like you to email the name of two or three plays you would like to direct to stage3@wyoming.com, or call 234-0946. The theatre will purchase a perusal script of each play and pass it on to our play selection committee. Once reviewed, the theatre will contact you to share your vision and ideas for the show.

Most popular shows are comedies and mysteries, but if you have a dynamite drama they will consider it too.

Please be a part of Casper’s community theater.

Oil painters study

In-depth study of classical technique of glazing and color mixing to create beautiful paintings by Casper artist, Joyce Sisk. Call 237-4908 to register. Some experience required. Also do commissioned portraits, etc.

Democratic Women’s Forum

Three perspectives on how the Wyoming Legislature performed this winter will be presented by three different speakers at the Saturday April 11th luncheon of the Democratic Women’s Forum, meeting at the Casper Petroleum Club.

Bri Jones, the incoming Executive Director of Wyoming’s Equality State Policy Center, will represent the viewpoint of that non-partisan organization. Sharing the podium with Jones will be two Wyoming legislators: Representative Mary Throne (D), Minority Floor Leader in the House, and Senator Chris Rothfuss (D), Minority Floor Leader in the Senate.

Jones, who recently succeeded Dan Neal at ESPC, is a Wheatland native and 2009 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science. She came to her interest in politics at an early age, attending her first Citizen Lobbyist Training when 15. She has worked across the country with various political campaigns and nonprofit organizations, most recently in Florida, before returning to Wyoming in January.

Mary Throne was born in Gillette and now lives in Cheyenne, where she represents Laramie County’s House District 11. She received a B.A. degree in International Studies from Princeton University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. She is an attorney in Cheyenne, and is married to Kevin Boyce. They have three children.

Chris Rothfuss, who represents Albany County’s Senate District 9, lives in Laramie, where he is a Chemical Engineering instructor at the University of Wyoming. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, he graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper. He received his B.A. degree in International Studies and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wyoming, an M.S. in Applied Physics and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. He is married and has three children.

All persons interested are welcomed to attend meetings of the Democratic Women’s Forum. Reservations for the noon buffet lunch are requested by the Thursday prior to the April 11 meeting, by calling Jerre at 234-8625. Cost of the lunch is $15, which includes tax and gratuity. This is the final Forum meeting planned until September.

BINGO at the Eagles

We are sad to announce that due to our continued decline in Bingo Players, The Fraternal Order of Eagles will be cancelling our Bingo program in the next few weeks.

We provide a Smoke free atmosphere. Early Bird Bingo at 6pm and Regular Bingo at 6:30pm. Speed Ball every Wednesday night with a $100 winner. The Auxiliary has the Snack Bar open each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm. Come join us at 306 N Durbin St., 235-5130.

Our profit all goes to our many charities. This month’s charity is our Memorial Fund which assists children with medical and educational funds if a parent passes away while at work.

Civic Chorale announces annual Gala

Casper Civic Chorale, in its 43rd year, is excited to announce its Second Annual Gala. Mark your calendars for Tuesday April 28th! Singers, under the direction of Steve Grussendorf with accompanist Susan Stubson, invite you to share “A Musical Salute” honoring all veterans in this 75th anniversary of the USO. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Industrial Building, you may dance to the “big band” sounds of The “AWOL” Orchestra led by Shawn Weis. Dinner, catered by Famous Dave’s, and cash bar by JJ Group, will be served at 6:30, followed by the Chorale’s Salute at 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s Gala had more hungry people than we could accommodate, so please purchase tickets in advance by April 25th. Tickets are $30 /person or $50/couple. Outlets include Donell’s Candies, Hill Music & Cadillac Cowgirl. You may want to come in your “red, white & blue” or military uniform for a delicious meal and fine entertainment. Jack 235-9002

April 9th Relay meeting

Relay For Life team captains and committee members will be meeting Thursday, April 9, at the IBEW Hall to continue planning for Casper’s 2015 Relay on July 24-25. Committee members meet at 6 P.M., followed by the captains’ meeting at 7 P.M.

The monthly meetings are held to mark progress on this year’s goals, among them fielding 75 teams on Kelly Walsh High School track for the overnight event, raising $225,000, and attracting 165 cancer survivors and their caregivers to join the Survivor/Caregiver walk and dinner. Teams already registered are working on fund raisers, such as cookie dough sales, daffodil and plant sales, teddy bear raffles, Lemonade Day, Pottery making, and Bark For Life activities. Luminaria sales have started, to light the track with candles in honor and memory of cancer patients during the traditional Friday night ceremony.

There is still time to join one of the walking teams, or to form a team of your own to help in the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer through this Signature event. Relay For Life is 25 years old in Casper this year, and many teams have walked (or run) on the track for 14 years or more. New teams also join the event each year.

To learn more about Relay For Life and how to participate, either on the track on doing one of the many other volunteer jobs required to make Relay both fun and meaningful, please contact Jennifer Syvertson at the local ACS office, 235-0044, or email Jennifer.syvertson@cancer.org.

Casper Ladies Golf meeting

The Casper Ladies Golf Association's organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. at the Caddie Shack at the Casper Municipal Golf Course.

The Association extends an invitation to women ages 16 and over to join our ladies' league at the Casper Municipal Golf Course. We play Thursday mornings, starting April 30, 2015 through Thursday, September 24, 2015. The league as "play of the day" contests and various tournaments throughout the golf season for fun, prizes and friendship.

Call Glenda at 267-2031 if you have any questions. Hope to see you there.

Encaustic workshop

WarehouseART 321 and the Casper Artists’ Guild is excited to announce the very first workshop offered in our new location at 321 W. Midwest Ave, Casper, Wyoming 82601. You too can enjoy the rediscovered medium of ENCAUSTICS, also known as hot wax painting. Encaustic painting uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Paintings are done using heated tools such as special irons, stylus, heat guns, and hot plates. Brushes may also be used to apply the wax to the painting surface. This medium is very user friendly and you’ll be painting in no time even if you have never painted before! You will love the vibrant colors and texture of this medium.

Come experience this fun workshop, and see what our new facility will have to offer!

This encaustic workshop is instructed by accomplished Colorado Watercolor and Encaustic Artist, Camille Scott. Camille lives and teaches in the Denver area and also teaches in Hawaii, Arizona, and Utah. You may view her art at www.encausticreations.com.

WHAT: ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP

WHEN: MAY 2 & 3, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9-3PM BOTH DAYS.

WHERE: WAREHOUSE ART 321, W. MIDWEST AVE., CASPER, WY 82601

FEE: MEMBERS $185/ NON-MEMBERS $235.

You may register for this workshop online on our website: www.casperartguild.org. Click on calendar, scroll down to and click on workshop schedule for enrollment instructions.

You may also call our phone number, 307-265-2655 to leave a message for Holly Turner.

If you are not already, you may consider becoming a member by visiting our website. Click on MEMBERS to find fees and see the advantages you have by becoming a member.

Walks on the Wild Side Wearable Art Show

Do you sew? Weave? Knit? Crochet? Quilt? Macramé? Bead? Have you ever wanted to make and wear something imaginative, elegant, fanciful or just plain weird? Here is your chance: Werner Wildlife Museum presents Walk on the Wild Side Wearable Art Show.

Walk on the Wild Side Wearable Art Show is open to Casper College students, faculty, and staff as well as legal residents of Wyoming.

Participants shall execute a piece of wearable art inspired by exhibits at the Werner Wildlife Museum. The resulting clothing will be modeled before a live audience on May 19, 2015. Winning garments will be exhibited at WWM next to the display that inspired each.

Categories include Preteen: twelve and under; Teen: thirteen through seventeen; Adult: eighteen and up; Professional: (anyone who sews/crafts/ teaches the same for profit) and People’s Choice Award.

For guidelines and entry forms, contact the museum at 235-2108, indiahayford@caspercollege.edu, or come by Werner Wildlife Museum at

405 East 15th Street between 9 am and 5pm Monday through Friday.

Deadline for entries is May 8, 2015 at 4:45 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with the show and open house; please contact us today!

Needle Guild starting correspondence course

Casper Needle Guild is starting a Group Correspondence Course (GCC) in Beginner's Hardanger. If there are any interested non-members who would like to sign up, they can do so by becoming a dues paying member before the GCC starts in May.

Membership dues for the Casper Needle Guild are $57.00 per year, payable in April at our meeting on April 21st.

Contact Ann Hudson at 265-5510 if you are interested in this course. You can view the Beginner's Hardanger on the website at www.egausa.org under "education". Non-members cannot access more than the picture and brief description, but you will be able to see what the finished project might look like before you decide to join the Casper Needle Guild. This project takes 6 months from start to finish in order to attend GCC meetings and work on the piece.

Casper Needle Guild is affiliated with the Embroiderers Guild of America. The mission of EGA is to stimulate appreciation for and celebrate the heritage of embroidery.

Fundraisers

Nonprofits raise money.

Tom Osborne at September breakfast

We are extremely excited to announce the legendary Dr. Tom Osborne as the celebrity speaker for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming 17th Annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast honoring Larry and Margo Bean on Tuesday, September 1, at the Casper Events Center. Osborne is the retired athletic director and legendary coach for the University of Nebraska, and a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska's 3rd congressional district.

He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 45 years. They have three married children and four grandchildren. Tom and Nancy founded a school-based mentoring program for youngsters needing an additional caring adult in their life in 1991. The program is statewide in Nebraska, matching 3,000 youngsters with adult mentors. TeamMates has been awarded the Kellogg Foundation's "Best Practices" award and encouraged to go nationwide.

Chamber fundraiser in Glenrock

Glenrock Area Chamber of Commerce fundraiser dinner, all-you-can-eat snow crab and prime rib, will be held at 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 18, at Fort Diablo. Tickets are $50 each. Dinner includes salad and baked potato, cash bar available. For tickets, call 436-5652 or 436-2288.

Fort hosts murder mystery fundraiser

The Fort Caspar Museum Association is hosting a Murder Mystery Evening fundraiser, “Death in Them Thar Hills,” on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Best Western Ramkota. Money raised will benefit the “Platte Bridge 150th & Caspar Collins Days” event to be held at Fort Caspar Museum July 24, 25, and 26, 2015.

Graze on heavy hors d’oeuvres as you become the investigators in this fun-filled mystery evening. Question the cast of “suspects” and see if you can collect enough clues to solve the crime. Guests are encouraged to wear their best 1883 -- or modern day -- western gear.

The cost for the event is $35 for individuals and $60 for couples. Purchase your tickets at Fort Caspar Museum by April 25. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

For more information, call the museum at 235-8462, or visit our website at www.fortcasparwyoming.com.

Healthy snacks, Easter baking

Need a healthy snack alternative for your New Year's resolution? Ft. Casper #4, Order of the Eastern Star still has bags of pecans (halves) for sale as part of their annual fundraiser. Available at Casper Dry Cleaners or The Diamond Tree. $12 a bag.

Tina McCarty -- 399-2750

Spring clearance at Methodist thrift

Spring clearance is happening at the First United Methodist thrift shop, 611 W. Collins. All merchandise -- clothing, books, dishes, and miscellaneous will be priced at 50 percent off. As time goes on, the prices get lower until we close for cleaning and re-stocking April 3 through April 11. As our valued customers and friends know, the best goes first so don't wait too long for a good choice of quality merchandise at bargain prices.

All sales proceeds go to Interfaith and Holy Cross brothers' programs to help the community.

Store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donations of gently used clothing, small household items, books and other accessories cheerfully accepted during open store hours.

Mark your calendars for Monday, April 13,  our spring re-opening date with all new merchandise.

For more information, call 234-6611.

Hairball Ball helps Humane Society

The 3rd Annual Hairball Ball fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Parkway Plaza. The Ball begins at 5:30 p.m., and goes until the fun stops. There will be a no-host bar, prime rib buffet, silent and live auctions, music by Copasetic and dancing. Some of the shelter's adoptable animals will also be there.

Tickets are $40/person or $75/couple and can be purchased at the Casper Humane Society, Grant Street Grocery, and Creature Comforts.

For additional information on the event, visit the Casper Humane Society Facebook page or call 265-5439.

The winner for the 1968 VW Kit Car MG Replica ($6,000 value) will announced that evening.

The Casper Humane Society is a no-kill shelter supported entirely by local contributions and charitable donations. It receives no federal/local funding and is not affiliated with any animal rights, rescue group, or The Humane Society of the United States.

Food for Thought adopts Power of One

In another move to create the strongest and most sustainable community-driven effort to end hunger, Wyoming Food for Thought Project announces its monthly giving program, The Power of One.

“The Power of One is the idea that one dollar, one can of food, and one person can make a difference,” said Jamie Purcell, executive director. “With the continued increase in the number of children who are receiving our Food for Thought Food Bags (currently over 440 children every weekend), we are reaching out to increase the number of people involved in our efforts.

Rhonda Zimmerman, who helped craft the Power of One concept, asks, “What is The Power of One? It's really very simple. No one can do it all, but if we focus on the onein front of us, the onewithin our own reach, eachoneof us can help solve the issue oneperson,onepiece,onedollar at a time."

The Power of One asks you to give monthly: $1, $25, or more.

It takes just $300 to provide food bags to one child all year; every weekend and break from school, including weekends in the summer.

To take part in The Power of One, visit www.wyfftp.org or call 307.337.1703

Wyoming Food for Thought Project is a local organization founded in response to the need for more to be done in our community in regard to hunger and food access.

Homemakers cookbook

Wyoming Homemakers is commemorating 100 years as an organization. To celebrate, the state organization has made a cookbook (with some history in it) to help raise money for the organization. There are over 1,000 recipes from members all over the state, tried and true recipes for Wyoming's altitude. They sell for $20 and have a hardbound cover which stands on its own.

We have had several name changes through the years. However, our goal is the same -- family, community and education. We were Home Demonstration clubs, then Extension Homemakers, Family, Community, and Education, and now Wyoming Homemakers.

The Natrona County Homemakers' Council is a branch of Wyoming Homemakers. We have made and donated almost 6,000 comforters to the community since 1987. We also make small pillows for children 2 to 5 years of age. In the past, we have made sit-upons, book bags, tote bags and many other things for the community. We also donate to many organizations in town with either money or products that they may need.

You may purchase a cookbook by calling Ramel at 234-0240 or Barb at 234-2752. You may also pick them up at the Agriculture Resources and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd., 235-9400.

Win a gun a week

Tickets are now available for the 5th Annual 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 all 52 drawings. Drawing will begin when 1,500 tickets are sold. Proceeds help fund the St. Joseph’s Society for Retired Priests. Thank you for your support on our first four raffles. 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 277-0515.

Casper Youth Hockey Fundraiser

You're invited to Casper Amateur Hockey Club's 7th annual Hockey Extravaganza on Saturday, April 18 at the Best Western Ramkota starting at 5pm. Come enjoy a sit-down dinner, live/silent auction, and listen to former Montreal Canadien, Blake Geoffrion’s incredible story!

Blake is a 4th generation NHLer who was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2006. He won the 2010 Hobey Baker Award, a World U18 gold medal, and a World Junior bronze medal before his NHL career as a Montreal Canadien was cut short after a head injury in 2012 at the young age of 25. Blake’s childhood dream of playing in the NHL and road to recovery is inspirational and exemplifies the perseverance and character we hope to instill in our players! Tickets are $35 and available at the Casper Ice Arena and Bush-Wells. For more information, contact Diane at (307)315-0188 or visit website: www.casperhockey.com

Clubs

Service, hobbies, etc.

Joint dinner April 16

On April 16, the Natrona County Historical Society and the Oregon-California Trail Association will have a dinner at the Casper Petroleum Club in the downstairs Banquet Room. Johanna Wickman will talk on Camp Dodge, a short-lived military encampment at the base of Casper Mountain in the 1800's. Please call Robin at 473-9087 for more information.

Model railroaders set schedule

After the great success and wonderful attendance at our holiday shows, we announce that Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association is back to a schedule at the clubhouse, 1356 N. Center St.

Bob Baden is in his 95th year now and will there on some Tuesdays, when the weather permits, from 8:30 to about 11 a.m. He models in O Scale and will be happy to talk trains with all.

On Wednesdays Homer Whitlock and Harry Buhler will be working on projects from 11 to 2 p.m. They will have the HO and N Scale layouts in operation.

Friday evenings are generally work sessions, from 7 to 10 p.m. or so. We will be building another layout on a 3' wide hollow core door. There are several other projects we will be working on.

And on Saturdays we get together to run trains and work on projects from noon to around 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to come in and get further acquainted.

We thank this great community for the continued support we have witnessed. Again, thank you all.

Nathan Lange, 258-7869; Homer Whitlock, 266-6439; Harry Buhler, 234-4950.

Gun Club meat shoot

Rocky Mountain Gun Club will be having a meat shoot Friday April 3, 2015, from 5 to 10 p.m. $5.00 a round. Bring your friends and family and have fun shooting clay targets and win some meat. Ladies bring your friends and show off your shooting skills. We are open every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for practice and we will soon open on Wednesday afternoons. The club is 7 miles North of I-25 on Cole Creek Road. See you there 235-8067.

Sports and Recreation

Fun stuff for your body.

K-5 soccer clinic

The KW Boys Soccer team will be doing a soccer clinic for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade on March 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., at the KW Soccer Complex. We will not be charging a registration fee but will be collecting donations for Chase Mamot's Jason's Friends fund. Players should dress for the weather and bring water and a ball.

Bryan Chadderdon -- 247-2543

Register for girls J-O fast pitch

Register now for the girls Junior Olympic fast pitch softball porgram. Leagues will be offered for ages 9 to 16. Games begin Tuesday, May 26, at the North Casper Softball Complex with weekday evening play. The season ends with a city tournament in mid to late July.

No experience is necessary. Players need a glove sized for a softball (small baseball gloves are inadequate for the larger ball).

The $45 registration fee gives girls a summer of fun and friendly competition. Avoid the $10 late fee and sign up by the Saturday, April 25, deadline.

It is extremely important to be registered then for team formation. Late registrations will be placed on teams according to roster needs. Practices start in early May.

The Rec Center will hold a sign-up day at Bush-Wells Sporting Goods, 5th and Center downtown, on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a discountof $40.

Register today at the Casper Rec Center. For more information, call Larry Ramsey at the Rec Center, 235-8388, or Kirk Nelson (program coordinator) at Bush-Wells Sporting Goods, 235-6671.

Summer softball registration

Team registration is underway for the 2015 Adult Summer Co-Ed, Men’s and Women’s Softball Leagues. Registration packets are available at the Casper Recreation Center, 1801 East 4th Street or online at www.crlasports.com. League rules, registration procedures, entry fees, and deadlines and other pertinent information are included in the packets.

The registration deadline is Thursday, April 16. The team fee and a minimum of ten player’s fees must be paid before the deadline to secure a spot in the league. Team managers may register at the Casper Recreation Center.

Games will take place at the Crossroads Softball Complex and North Casper Softball Complex throughout the summer. Typically over 170 teams participate in summer softball making it the most popular adult team sport in Casper. For more information, call the Casper Recreation Center at  235-8383 or visit www.crlasports.com.

Fitness classes at rec

From controlling weight, sleeping better, improving mood and having more energy for combating health conditions and diseases, the benefits of regular physical activity are hard to ignore. Register now for the next session of fitness classes offered at the Casper Recreation Center.

RIP classes are offered Monday and Wednesday at either 5:45 a.m. or 5:30 p.m., or Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. This 60- minute barbell workout challenges men and women of all ages and fitness levels by using traditional strength training to tone muscles and burn calories.

Forever Fit, one of the most popular classes, is a special comprehensive fitness program designed for the 55-plus crowd, but also great for those just starting a fitness program. Improve circulation, flexibility and fitness level with a warm-up, low impact aerobics, weights and stretching. Class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 a.m.

Come and try out your first class for FREE, just sign in at the front counter. You can register for the class or buy a Fitness Punch Pass, $55 for 10 classes, or pay $6 per class. For further information, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, stop by 1801 E. 4th Street, or visit us online at www.casperwy.gov. See what’s happening on our Facebook page--search Casper Recreation Division.

TaeKwon-Do at rec

It’s not too late to register for the second session of the popular TaeKwon-Do classes at the Casper Recreation Center. This Korean form of karate is for ages 8 and up (6 and 7 year-olds allowed if accompanied by a participating adult).

Improve your fitness level and self-confidence, learn self-defense tactics and receive instruction in classical TaeKwon-Do under the requirements of US and International TaeKwon-Do Federations which involves the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet.

Beginners meet two times a week on Tuesday and Thursday, Advanced class meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For further information or to register, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, stop by at 1801 E. 4th St or go online at www.casperwy.gov .

Baseball umpires needed

Casper Youth Baseball needs umpires. It's a great opportunity for those who enjoy baseball and make money while having fun.

Most of our umpires are 14 to 16 and play baseball. We need more umpires in that age group, but more adults to fill the umpire shortage.

The required umpire course for school-age students runs six weeks starting at 7 p.m., March 24 at Casper College Thunderbird Gym, Room 158, and has a $30 registration fee. The Tuesday/Thursday course teaches baseball rules, field mechanics, and handling game situations. It is designed to help young umpires manage and control the game properly.

CYB also needs experienced umpires who have been away from baseball or who are new to Casper and would like to umpire. For adult veteran umpires, we recommend this optional course for teaching local rules and mechanics.

Help Casper's youth by contacting Kirk Nelson at Bush-Wells Sporting Goods, 235-6671, or Lorene at the CYB office, 234-7087. See you March 24.

Recreational baseball

Casper Youth Baseball is getting ready to start the 2015 baseball season.

CYB has a new Board of Directors and office manager and is committed to offering quality recreational baseball to all children ages 7 to 15 in Casper and the surrounding communities. Registration begins February 23 and closes March 31, to allow us time to establish teams and provide camps and practices prior to our season opener on May 9, 2015. The regular season runs from April to June with a city tournament in July. The fee to register remains $155 per player. Interested players can register online at www.cybaseball.com or download the necessary paperwork and deliver it to our new office located at 330 Kati Lane or mail to P.O. Box 1966, Casper, WY 82602. Interested coaches, managers and umpires can also access paperwork on our website.

Lorene Peterson -- 234-7087

Helping Others

Opportunities to help.

NAMI seeks board members

Are you willing to advocate for improvement in the quality of life for individuals living with mental health challenges? NAMI Wyoming, the statewide nonprofit agency working to assist our state's citizens in achieving a productive life, is seeking individuals interested in serving on the NAMI Wyoming board of directors. For more information please contact Gerard Baumstarck, 254-2744, or email: gerardb@ybhc.org.

Tour guide training at fort

Fort Caspar Museum invites you to share history with children for the Spring 2015 school tour season. Join us for training on Thursday, April 9,  from 9 to 11 a.m., or Tuesday, April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. We need help sharing the fascinating story of Natrona County with 3rd and 4th grade students from our own community and from around the state.

Volunteers must commit to leading two or more tours per week.

In training, we will cover Natrona County history, daily life at Fort Caspar, and tips for wrangling elementary school students. The class will provide research and note taking materials. Please come join us!

For more information, call Trey Corkern, Curator of Education at 235-8462 or email tcorkern@cityfocasperwy.com.

Visit our web site at www.fortcasparwyoming.com. Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road.

Red Cross assists Casper family

In February, the American Red Cross of Wyoming assisted two adults and one child after a home fire in Casper. ARC provided temporary lodging, food and clothing for the family. Further assistance will be provided if needed. For more information, contact Pat Kondas, American Red Cross of Wyoming, (509) 280-2201.

Looking for host families

Host families are needed for the 2015-16 school year. We have exchange students from over 40 countries all over the world. Currently we have students from Taiwan, France, Tajikistan, Portugal, Italy & Germany as well as other countries. Hosting a foreign exchange student is a rewarding experience. All you need to provide is a bed (students can share with same gender siblings) and a place at the table. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please call Barb Richards @ 473-1025 or go to host.asse.com.

Help rescue Springer spaniels

Love spaniels? Have a giving, caring heart? It's raining springer spaniels in the Rocky Mountain region, and English Springer Spaniel Rescue-Rocky Mountain Chapter needs you! Foster families sought throughout Wyoming for these active, lovable dogs coming into rescue. The dogs are given up for various reasons: no longer have time, human passed away and other family members don't want the dog, kid moved away to go to college … Learn more about becoming a temporary foster at http://www.springerrescue.org/join/foster.html or contact Suzanne Zutter, volunteer coordinator for Wyoming, at zutt1991@yahoo.com. Also needed: Transporters to bring springers into rescue. If you can give some of your time occasionally to drive to communities along I-80 or up or down I-25 (about two to four hours needed), contact Suzanne to get on a list; she sends out emails when transporters are needed. Help springers in need by becoming a foster and/or transporter!

Champions needed

Joshua's Storehouse & Distribution Center is looking for "a few good people" to serve on a very progressive board of directors.

For more information on board qualifications, please call 265-0242 and ask for Jay Martin.

Joshua's needs champions on its board. Joshua's engages in ongoing projects that benefit the community of Casper, the rest of Natrona County and the entire state of Wyoming.

Consider hosting exchange student

January and February are peak times for matching exchange students with host families.

Students come from 15 countries. They all have insurance, spending money and enthusiasm to be a part of the American culture and life style. They are screened for English language skills and a variety of other characteristics, which EF feels are important for a successful exchange year. Students are required to maintain a C or better in each and every class. They are expected to participate in family life, including chores, holidays and social aspects. Students typically stay for school year, with a few who elect to stay for one semester.

EF High School Exchange Year is non-profit and the largest exchange organization in the US. There are two local reps, and 9 statewide to provide counseling, support and information to host families and schools. We are State Department certified and participate in yearly training to stay current on regulations. As an international exchange coordinator for EF High School Exchange Year, I would be happy to discuss hosting an exchange student.

Suzanne Sandoval -- 259-2221

New caregiver support

Wyoming Dementia Care offers both daytime and evening Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support groups in Casper. Beginning March 10, a new collaboration with Mountain Plaza Assisted Living will expand the number of groups for caregivers to five per month at three community locations.

The new Mountain Plaza group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, 4154 Talon Drive, in the Rialto Theater Room. The morning support group sessions will continue to meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Central Wyoming Senior Services, 1831 E. 4th St. The evening group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Meadow Wind Assisted Living, 3955 E. 12th St.

Caregivers of those with dementia-related illnesses and the loved ones they care for are welcome at any of the group sessions. Professional staff from Caring Hands of Wyoming will be on hand to offer separate activities and snacks for those who need care. There is no charge for Wyoming Dementia Care’s support groups or for the respite care provided during the approximately one hour long sessions.

For information, email wyodementia@casperseniorcenter.com or call Dani Guerttman at 265-4678.

Help Yourself

Stuff to help you.

Casper girls welcome at Project Prom

Prom dresses for high school girls in need (including from Casper) are available Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Mondays, 2 to 5:30 p.m., at 213 W. 18th St., in downtown Cheyenne. Students must take a high school ID and may take one guest. Donations are accepted but not required. If you have a gently used dress gathering dust in your closet, you may bring it with you to donate. The nonprofit effort is in its ninth year. For more information, call Jean Richardson at (307) 630-9250.

Openings in housing program

The Wyoming Housing Network currently has openings in the EARN Wyoming Program, a 6 to 18 month program that provides financial training and homebuyer education for people who are interested in becoming first-time homebuyers but have current financial obstacles to home ownership. The EARN Wyoming financial management coach works individually with motivated individuals to resolve their credit challenges, develop money management skills, pay down debt, save down payment funds and become successful homeowners. EARN participants can receive up to $5,000.00 in matching funds toward their home purchase. For more information or to find out if you qualify for this free program, please call Elisa Jones at the Wyoming Housing Network, 233-8518.

Co-parenting class starts

Are you a single parent or step-parent? Are you raising kids between two homes? Casper Family Connections is offering a co-parenting class starting Monday, April 6, 2015. The class, "One Heart Two Homes", is an exciting small group that will support you in your co-parenting process. A few of the topics include: Creating Stability in a Single Parent Home, Parental Adjustment, Inter-parental Conflict, Handling the Handoff, Understanding the “Heart of the Child,” and Helping Kids Plan for Holidays and Special Occasions. The class will be held every Monday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p,m,, beginning on April 6, 2015 at Casper Family Connections, 2345 E. 2nd Street. There will be eight classes total and the program will end on May 18, 2015. The cost is $50 for the series of eight classes and Medicaid is accepted. Please contact Karlea LaFave at (307)233-2200 for more information.

Gardeners talk pollinators

Who has the busiest job in Wyoming?

Gov. Matt Mead? Nope.

Craig Bohl, Cowboy football head coach? Not if you like to eat.

Bees and other pollinators, and their influence on plant productivity of yards, gardens and fields across Wyoming, are session topics at the Natrona Master Gardener spring conference in Casper.

“The Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Bugs, and More” is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

“The conference is open to all gardeners or those interested in learning more about the pollinators in Wyoming,” said Donna Hoffman, horticulturist in the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

Pollinators of Wyoming and how they help a garden is discussed in the morning with nine presentations during three afternoon sessions.

Registration is $30 by March 31 and $45 after. Ticket information and registration information is at natrona.net/springbuzz.

Sing National Anthem at CNFR

The 2015 CNFR National Anthem Contest is here! You could win two tickets to a performance at the College National Finals Rodeo and a one-night stay in Casper AND perform our National Anthem at the CNFR!

Entering the contest is very easy. Video record yourself performing our National Anthem. You may use accompanying music or perform a capella. Upload your video to YouTube. Submit the entry form available at the CNFR Facebook page (facebook.com/CollegeRodeoFinals) with a link to your YouTube video. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on April 13, 2015.

Voting for the 2015 National Anthem Contest will open on April 20 and run through May 17. The public is encouraged to visit the CNFR Facebook page and cast their votes. The winners will be announced the week of May 18.

The nation’s best college cowboys and cowgirls from 11 different regions will be at the College National Finals Rodeo June 14 to 20, 2015.

Preparing for parenthood

The City of Casper-Natrona County Health Department Maternal-Child Health Nursing Team will be offering Preparing for Parenthood classes at our facility, 475. S. Spruce during numerous times throughout the year. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The next series of classes begins April 16.

The class topics include basic infant care, how to feed the baby, safe sleep, postpartum care, and CPR and first aid training with participation in the class.

Classes are limited to eight participants per class, allowing for more interaction with the teaching team as well as other class participants.

We will provide numerous community resources to participants to assist them in finding services within the community.

We would like to thank the Blue Envelope Health Fund for providing us with funds to offer these classes to the community without charge.

To sign up, please call 577-9735.

Attention, cancer survivors

Our organization provides assistance to cancer survivors at no charge! Women who have had mastectomies often find breast prosthetics to be heavy, uncomfortable and expensive. Bosom Buddies of Wyoming knits prosthetics that are light, washable, breathable, soft, and free! We also provide chemo caps to any cancer survivor in need of a soft, washable, well-crafted chemo cap. We knit caps for men, women and children, and will even knit one in your favorite color! We are based in Casper, but are happy to mail “Bosom Buddies” and/or caps if needed. For assistance, please contact Charlotte Kinner at Dancing Sheep Yarn & Fiber, 122 East 2nd St., Casper, WY 82601, 265-6173 or on our Facebook page.

Winter markets

The Food for Thought Winter Markets are April 4, and May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ag Resource & Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Road.

The vendors at the Winter Market will have all things local -- honey, spices, jams, jellies, baked goods, meats, homemade soaps and lotions, hand crafts, and more.

The Winter Market is part of Wyoming Food for Thought Project’s overall goal of creating a community where everyone’s access to good and healthy food is equitable and just.

An optional nonperishable food item to be used in the Food for Thought food bags, which go directly to children in need each weekend, is welcome.

Vendor space is still available. If you have a locally made or locally produced product, you can get a booth for just $20. Visit www.casperfarmersmarket.com for more information.

Flag drop box

The American Legion Post 2 of Casper has a Flag Drop Box (for retired flags) on 7th street off Center St. in front of the Elks Lodge. It is a red, white and blue old mailbox that was donated by the Sons of the American Legion. The flags are collected and disposed of in the proper manner. God bless America and our brave service members, past and present.

Free tax service

The Wyoming Free Tax Service (VITA) runs through April 11, 2015. Our hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be closed on Sunday and Monday as well as Easter weekend, Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4. Our location is the Aspen Creek Building, 800 Werner Court, Suite 180, Casper. This is a first come, first serve service so no appointments will be scheduled. Please bring the appropriate paperwork and identification that is needed, otherwise we will not be able to assist you in your tax return.

If you have any questions please feel free to call (307) 233-4332 during our hours of operation.

Reunions

Meetings, dates.

NC '50

We’re having our 65th class reunion in June, 2015. We have planned lunch at the Wyoming Veterans’ Museum on Friday, June 26. Curator John Goss will speak to us about the air base. We will have lunch at the Anderson’s cabin on Saturday noon, and a no-host cocktails and dinner at the Fire Rock Restaurant beginning at 5:30 on Saturday, June 27.

We’re having difficulty locating some of our classmates, so if you have current addresses or telephone numbers showing they have moved since our last reunion we would appreciate an update.

Several of our classmates from out-of-town are already making reservations, so please try to attend all three activities and renew some old friendships.

Please contact one of us before June 1st to let us know if you plan to attend the reunion and if you will bring a guest/guests so that we can make final arrangements. Thanks, the reunion committee: Jan 237-9296; Ruth 234-5869; Skip 237-3466; Dana 234-7243; Bud 235-6152

NC '60

The NCHS Class of 1960 will hold its 55th reunion July 31 to August 2, 2015, at the Parkway Plaza Hotel. Please visit our class website at http://bit.ly/1wSiVt6 for all of your reunion questions. If you have any comments or recommendations, please post them on our website or send them to our email address at nchs1960@gmail.com We would also request that you update your personal profile on our website to include your current mailing address, phone number and email address. Additionally, we would like to invite the NCHS classes of 1959 and 1961 to join us at our Ice Breaker and help us celebrate our 55th Reunion/Birthday on Friday, July 31, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Parkway Plaza. We will be serving cake and ice cream and a no-host bar will be available. There is no cover charge for this event. For more information, please contact Jim Dean at (307) 262-6875 or jdean2542@gmail.com or Earlene Garner-Daugherty at (307) 234-7762 or Earlene@bresnan.ent

NC '65

The NCHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50th reunion on August 21 and 22, 2015. We are in search of many missing classmates and are hoping to locate their addresses for future mailings. If you are or know of any 1965 classmates, please forward their name, address, email address and phone number to NCHS Class of 1965, Box #1888, Casper, WY 82602. You may also email or call with the information to either Patti Spaulding at wyspaulding@gmail.com, 266-1095 or Linda Chism Andre at chizwhiz@comcast.net, (303) 237-9419.

NC '71

Attention NCHS Class of 1971! We are in our planning stages for our 45th reunion. We need your input on dates, times and places. Please contact Laura Britton at 473-1273 or Becky Byron, 237-2123.

NC '75

It's that time again to mark your calendars for our upcoming 40th Class Reunion. The committee has met and set the dates. It will be held August 6 to 8, 2015. A golf tournament will be August 6, 2015 at the Casper Country Club. The ice breaker/dinner/dance will be August 7, 2015 at the Petroleum Club. The picnic will be August 8, 2015 at Washington Park.

To update classmates or questions, please contact Ellen at 234-7927.

KW '75

A 40th reunion is being planned for August 7 and 8, 2015. After forty years it’s difficult to locate 400+ classmates. If you are a member of the class or know a 1975 KW graduate, please provide the name, mailing address, phone, and email to kwhs1975reunion@gmail.com Whether you indeed to participate in the reunion or not, we would like contact information to complete our database. If you prefer to call, contact Renea at 262-9085 or Mary at 234-8537. Please put the date on your calendar!!

Schools

Openings, announcements, etc.

KWHS important dates

April 27: 9th Graders to take EXPLORE, 10th-12th classes as usual

April 28: 10th Graders to take PLAN, 11th Graders to take ACT, 12th graders taking COMPASS or regular classes, 9th grade class activity

April 29: WORK KEYS for seniors (sign up in Career Center)

May 21 & 22: Classes not in session at KWHS due to State Track

June 4: Last day of school unless we have snow days

Important dates for KWHS seniors

April 15: Important Senior Class Meeting during TROY (9:47 a.m.)

April 26: NCSD #1 Academic Awards Banquet for top 10 percent of NCSD #1 students, by invitation only

May 1: Copies of awarded scholarships due in Counseling office by 4 p.m.

May 18: KWHS Senior Celebration & Academic Awards at 7 p.m.

May 19: Last day to submit scholarship awards for inclusion in Casper media

May 26: Submit final transcript request in Counseling Office

May 26: Last day for KWHS seniors

June 1: Graduation rehearsal 8 to 11 a.m., graduation at 7:30 p.m. at Casper Events Center

FFA speech results

The Casper FFA had five of its members travel to Wright yesterday for the Wyoming FFA, Region 5 speech contest. There were agriculture students from Kelly Walsh/Windy City FFA, Douglas, Wright, Torrington, Southeast, Glendo, and Chugwater competing for a chance to continue to the state speech contest April 9 in Cheyenne. Only two students in each of the three areas (FFA Creed, Prepared Speech, Extemporaneous Speech) qualify for the state finals. Here are the Casper FFA results and Congratulations to all of the members.

FFA Creed: 1., Aletta Ziehl; 2., Matthew Willadsen.

Prepared Speech: 1., Kassi Witt.

Extemporaneous Speech: 1., Averi Reynolds; 4., Sierra Hiser.

Elementary art show begins

Beginning Friday, March 27, the Natrona County Public Library will be adorned with artwork made by elementary students in the Natrona County School District (NCSD#1). The Elementary Art show is put on by the art teachers of NCSD#1, and will be viewable throughout the library March 27 to April 23 during regular library hours. A reception for students, parents and the public will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, featuring student-led tours of their artwork and opportunities for kids of all ages to create their own art projects. The main library in downtown Casper is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Parents and families are welcome to drop by at any time to view the artwork.

Board retreat open to public

In accordance with State Statute 16-4-404, notice is hereby given that the NCSD #1 Board of Trustee has scheduled board retreats as follows:

April 20, 2015 from noon to 2 p.m., Jefferson Room, Central Services Facility, 970 N. Glenn Road.

The topic of discussion will be facility enhancements. This meeting is open to the public.

SME offers local scholarships

The Wyoming Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) is again offering college scholarships to area high school graduating students. Up to four $1,250 scholarships will be awarded to local high school seniors who will be majoring in a physical science field (chemistry, geology, or physics), math, or engineering. Only students graduating from Natrona County High School, Kelly Walsh, Roosevelt, Midwest, Glenrock, and Douglas High School will be considered. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required.

Application forms have been sent directly to the local high schools, and the deadline to submit applications is April 18, 2015. Please contact Wayne Heili at 267-7900 or by email at WWHeili@Bresnan.Net for additional information.

Cowboy Ethics at CC lecture

The 15th Annual Doornbos Agriculture Lecture Series will feature James P. Owen, founder, and Kent Noble, executive director, of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership on Monday, April 27, 2015. The day will feature a one-hour presentation by Owen and the two-hour ethical-leadership workshop: “Standing Tall: What Do YOU Stand For?” with Noble.

According to publicity materials, Owen is “an inspirational speaker, author, and social entrepreneur,” and the author of “Cowboy Ethics,” “Cowboy Values,” and “The Try.” “After more than 35 years in business, he was so dismayed by the country’s spreading epidemic of corporate scandals and social discord that he felt compelled to speak out, urging a return to the basic core values that all Americans can share.”

Noble, formerly the assistant dean of the University of Wyoming College of Business, was associate producer of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership’s documentary, “The Code of the West: Alive and Well in Wyoming.” He has since built the “Standing Tall” “approach to business ethics into an engaging interactive workshop.”

The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the workshop which is scheduled to run from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and those interested are encouraged to get their tickets early by going to caspercollege.edu/agriculture. Both events will be held in the Wheeler Concert Hall located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus.

The 15th Annual Doornbos Lecture Series is supported by the Casper College Foundation, the Casper College School of Science, and Casper College. For more information contact Marty Finch at 268-2595 or mfinch@caspercollege.edu

Free culinary, catering training

The Casper College Empower, Train, Employ (ETE) Program is currently seeking qualified applicants for no-cost training to learn the skills to become employed in the culinary and catering field.

Classes for the program will begin soon. The free program will include training on knife skills, safety skills, cooking skills and terminology; dietary information; hands-on skill practice; knowledge of available career paths; ServeSafe training and certification; and leadership, supervisor, and customer training. All supplies, tuition, and books will be provided at no cost to participants. Internships at local restaurants may also be available for participants, according to Ashley Mikels, workforce-training specialist at Casper College.

“O*NET OnLine lists many careers in the culinary and catering fields, including institution, cafeteria, and restaurant cooks; first line supervisors; and food preparation workers. These careers are Bright Outlook occupations, meaning that jobs in this industry are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years and there will be a large number of job openings through 2022,” noted Mikels.

ETE is a grant-funded program at Casper College through the Department of Family Services FBI Grant. Each year, research and needs assessments are conducted to locate industries and occupations with high growth rates or a demonstrated need for qualified employees.

'You Be the Judge' at CC

The Wyoming Supreme Court’s “You Be the Judge” program is coming to the Casper College campus on Monday, April 6, 2015. The program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in Room 322 of the Casper College Student Union/University of Wyoming at Casper building.

“Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke and several local judges will be on campus to discuss merit selection in Wyoming and ask the audience to ‘judge’ two mock cases, one custody dispute and one bond hearing on March 23,” said Maya Russell, Casper College political science instructor. “We will then open the forum for questions and answers. Local attorneys Mike Blonigen, Craig Silva, Jamie Woolsey, and Jason Ochs have volunteered to be our entertaining actors,” noted Russell.

On Monday, April 6, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Kate Fox will preside and discuss the rule of law and will also engage the audience in a mock case with several local judges and attorneys. “Both of these events provide a fantastic opportunity for the community to get to know their judges better and to see what goes into judicial decision-making,” Russell said.

According to information provided by the Wyoming Supreme Court, “’You Be the Judge’ is an interactive community outreach program designed to education Wyoming citizens on the purposes and responsibilities of the Wyoming judicial system.”

Both events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Wyoming Supreme Court, the University of Wyoming at Casper, and Casper College. Light refreshments will be served.

College holds lamb, pig sale

The Casper College Agriculture Department is hosting its 35th Annual Lamb and Pig Sale on Sunday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Casper College Grace Werner Agricultural Pavilion on the Casper College campus. Viewing of the animals up for sale will begin at 10:30 a.m.

“This is a great chance for kids to buy a high quality pig or lamb for show purposes,” said Heath Hornecker, Casper College agriculture instructor. The sale, traditionally held on a Saturday, has been moved this year to a Sunday to accommodate all those attending the Wyoming FFA State Convention April 8-11.

According to Hornecker 30 to 35 lambs and 60 to 70 pigs will be up for sale at the auction. “These are young animals that will be raised for 4-H and FFA projects. Folks buy these animals and then feed them to their optimal weight.” Last year the 2014 Reserve Overall Barrow, Natrona County Pig and the 2014 Second in Class and Fourth Overall Carcass Sheep in Weld County, Colorado were both sold in last year’s sale,” Hornecker noted.

Consignors attending the auction come from Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Nebraska. Pig consignors scheduled to attend are: Burkett Show Pigs, Black Show Pigs, and Custis Show Pigs, all from Wyoming; and S&D Show Pigs from Nebraska.

Lamb consignors scheduled to attend are: Hornecker Club Lambs, Double D Ranch, Griffith Club Lambs, Meyers Club Lambs, Lee Club Lambs, and Carlisle Club Lambs all from Wyoming; DeLong/Kawcak Club Lambs from Colorado; and Crazy H Club Lambs from Montana. The Casper College Agriculture Department will also have lambs and pigs raised by the department at the sale.

For more information contact Hornecker at 268-2525 or hhornecker@caspercollege.edu.

NC students earn CC scholarships

Natrona County High School is proud to announce the following students earned full ride scholarships to Casper College's Department of Theatre and Dance: Lacy Stephens, Shayna Shearer, Dallas Smith, Drew Stratton, Hannah Grube, Gabe Stanley.

This is the highest number of students at NCHS who have received these scholarships in one year and the first year that every student who auditioned received them as well. These wonderful and talented kids worked very hard to earn these honors. If you see them, give them a standing ovation!

Tate Easter baskets available

The Tate Geological Museum is selling Easter baskets in the gift shop now through Saturday, April 4, 2015.

“Each basket will contain an assortment of geological and fossil themed items from the gift shop, which can include plush animals; rock, fossil and mineral specimens; books; dinosaurs; toys, etc.,” said Patti Finkle, director of museums at Casper College. For those wanting to customize a basket, a ‘build-your’ own basket option is also available. Pre-made baskets will be priced between $20 and $25.

The Tate Geological Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be open on Good Friday, April 3, as well as the Saturday before Easter, April 4.

Julius Caesar in 1940's New York

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance will transport Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” to the late 1940s for the department’s next production in the Empey Studio Theatre.

Under the direction of Dr. William Conte, program director of theatre and dance and theatre instructor, “’Julius Caesar’ chronicles the revolution that transformed Rome from a republic to an empire and comments eloquently on the nature of ambition, power, loyalty, patriotism, and propaganda,” he said.

The Casper College production will have a slight twist. "I have resituated the play, transplanting it from ancient Rome to late 1940s New York City, and reimagining the characters as warring Mafia factions, with Julius Caesar himself as the ‘godfather,’” Conte said.

“Julius Caesar” will run April 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18 and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Krampert Theatre Complex Box Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 268-2500, one hour before each performance, for that performance only, or online at caspercollege.edu/theatre. The Empey Studio Theatre is located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex on the Casper College campus.

Nutrition carnival for kids

Students enrolled in the “Principles of Nutrition” class at Casper College will be holding a Children’s Nutrition Carnival on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. both days in Room 103 of the Myra Fox Skelton Energy Institute.

“The students have been working diligently on this carnival project,” said Kelsey Phillips, Casper College biology instructor. “This will be a really fun and kid-friendly spring break activity for pre-k through fifth grade kids and their families. Children will be able to sample nutritious snacks, and explore the food guide through hands-on activities and games designed to help them navigate current dietary recommendations,” said Phillips.

“The fun games and interactive exhibits that the students in this class have devised will also help children answer important questions like ‘Why can't I eat cookies all the time?’ ‘Why do I need to eat vegetables?’ ‘What does it mean to eat a rainbow?’ and ‘What are the food groups?’ We'll also have an educational scavenger hunt where kids can win prizes for their participation,” Phillips noted.

An adult must accompany children attending the Children’s Nutrition Carnival, which is free and open to the public. The Skelton Energy Institute is located on the Casper College campus.

Chinese language winners

Natrona County High School and Chinese teacher, Mrs. Kathy Zhao, are proud to announce and congratulate Natrona students, Danielle Zoeller and Jonathan Johnson, who had great presentations in the World Language Day (WLD) and tied for first place in the Chinese Level 1 competition at the University of Wyoming this past week.

Horses needed for shoeing class

Horses needing to have their hoofs shod or trimmed are needed by the Casper College Agriculture Department for its spring horseshoeing class.

The class, which begins Monday, April 6, will run for two weeks from 6 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, according to Tom Parker, Casper College rodeo coach.

The class will need three to four horses to shoe or trim each night beginning April 7, according to Parker.

Parker noted that owners would be charged only for the materials used on each horse. “It's good timing for those wanting to get their horses shod or trimmed up for the spring,” he said.

Anyone interested in signing up for “Horseshoeing” (AGTK 1570 80), or in providing horses for the class should contact Parker at 268-2262 or tparker@caspercollege.edu.

Enroll at PoP

Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool 2300 East 15th, is now enrolling for the Fall 2015/2016 school year. Prince of Peace is a Faith Based Christian Preschool, offering a complete early childhood curriculum, following the Department of Education’s guidelines, for the child’s successful entry into kindergarten. For more information please call Gwen Quig at 265-7016.

Preschool openings now

Is your child ready for kindergarten? Let us help! St. Mark’s Day School is the oldest operating preschool in Casper! We offer developmentally appropriate preschool classes for children ages 2 to 5 by degree-holding teachers. We have openings available right now! For more information, come down and visit us at 701 S. Wolcott, call at 234-0831, or email at stmarkscasper@hotmail.com

 Comets at Science Bowl

On Saturday, Feb. 21, students from Dean Morgan Middle School participated in the First Annual Wyoming State Middle School Science Bowl. Sponsored by the US Department of Energy, a science bowl competition has been held for high schools since 1999. This inaugural middle school event was held at the NCSD Star Lane Center.

Dean Morgan's Team #1, consisting of Eleanor Holloway, Briahnna Manning, Josh Schilling and Logan Moller, placed third overall in the competition, bringing home a trophy for the school and a $100 third place prize.

Dean Morgan's Team #2, consisting of Barbara Wigington, Catlyn Lubenow and Ronan Jones, placed fifth overall in the competition.

Congratulations to these students for a job well done. They represented Dean Morgan and themselves well at the competition.

Wyoming caves at Tate

The lecture series on Wyoming caves at the Tate Geological Museum continues this spring.

“The series that we ran last year on evolution and extinction was so well received by the public that we decided to do another one featuring four lectures this year on caves,” said Patti Finkle, director of museums at Casper College. The remaining presentations in the “Caves of Wyoming and Beyond” lecture series include Julie Meachem on April 28, and Bob Montgomery on May 12.

All presentations in the lecture series will begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Tate Geological Museum located on the Casper College campus.

Spring semester pre-K

First Christian Church Preschool has limited openings for the spring semester 2015 in the Pre-K Class. This class meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. This class is designed for students who will be attending kindergarten in the fall. Our program addresses kindergarten readiness skills as outlined by Natrona County School District. Students are taught in small groups that aid in the development of reading readiness, math concepts, science, music, art and Spanish. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 472-0649.

CC hosts "Days of Remembrance"

Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Balow, will be the guest speaker for the Casper College 2015 Holocaust “Days of Remembrance” commemoration ceremony on Wednesday, April 15 at noon in the Chapman Lobby on the second floor of the Gateway Building.

Balow was elected in 2014 and supervises public education in Wyoming. She is a member of many boards and commissions including state lands, loan and investment, University of Wyoming Trustees, school facilities, community colleges, and the Wyoming State Board of Education. Balow is a fifth-generation Wyoming native and taught for over a decade in Wyoming elementary and secondary classrooms and found her niche in literacy education and the professional development of others, according to the state’s public instruction website.

In addition to Balow’s remarks, Casper College District Board Member Kathy Dolan as well as Casper Mayor Charlie Powell will make brief remarks, according to Lance Jones, director of security and Days of Remembrance organizer.

There is no theme for 2015 according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. According to information provided by the museum, “Instead of recommending a specific theme this year, the museum is providing a wide selection of materials covering many themes and historical anniversaries. This will allow communities to choose a focus for a commemoration that is most appropriate for their specific needs.”

The 2015 Days of Remembrance event is free and open to all. The Gateway Building is located on the Casper College campus.

Hypnotist returns to CC

Comedy hypnotist Frederick Winters will return to Casper College on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Durham Auditorium, located in Aley Hall on the Casper College campus.

Winters is making his 21st appearance at the college. “We continue to bring him back year after year because Frederick Winters is such a crowd favorite,” said Nicholas Whipps, student activities coordinator at Casper College.

Winters, a certified hypnotherapist, is one of the busiest performing hypnotists in the United States. The 2010 Campus Activities Magazine Reader’s Choice Best Male Performer and 2011 nominee for Entertainer of the Year, Winters has performed more than 2,000 shows and entertained more than 500,000 people.

Those attending the show will “detect from the moment I'm introduced that there's no place I'd rather be then on stage entertaining a college or corporate crowd. I sure have fun hypnotizing people,” said Winters. “Frederick has a great show that always entertains everyone in the house,” noted Whipps.

The Frederick Winters show is free and open to the public.

Backyard Beginnings

Would you like to grow your own vegetable garden but don’t know how to get started? The UW Extension Office is offering another Backyard Beginnings program which will cover a variety of topics, including soil types, compost, fertilizing, planting, watering, container gardening and much more! In addition, we will have hands-on activities and door prizes every week. Class will be held on Monday nights: April 20, 27, May 4 and 11 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the UW Extension Office at 2011 Fairgrounds Rd. Cost for the 4-week program is $25. Classes will be taught by Extension Educators and Master Gardeners. Register soon as this program fills up quickly! For additional information or to register, call Karla at 235-9400 or email kcase@natronacounty-wy.gov.

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for the whole family.

Charlie Daniels, Los Lobos at Beartrap

The Charlie Daniels Band and Los Lobos will headline the 21st annual Beartrap Summer Festival August 1 and . Townsquare Media of Casper invites everyone to come up for these two legendary bands featured on the WyoLotto Stage at Beartrap. “It’s a larger stage with a fresh new look,” said Festival Coordinator Jana Price. “We’ve wanted to get these two awesome bands for quite some time, and with this new stage, we were able to make it happen!”

Both days of the Festival feature a full line-up of regional and nationally-known artists. Beartrap also includes an open-air marketplace full of arts and crafts, with a wide variety of foods from cold drinks and snacks to hot meals, a family activities area, yoga in the meadow, and the VIP Club -- perks of the club include VIP parking, shaded seating and libations. Also this year, we’ve extended the area for camping in the meadow, with other new and exciting announcements coming throughout the spring and summer.

The Beartrap Summer Festival is held in Beartrap Meadow Park atop Casper Mountain, just south of Casper. For information about tickets, vendor booths, camping in the meadow and all things Beartrap, visit www.beartrapsummerfestival.com.

The Beartrap Summer Festival is produced by Townquare Media, in cooperation with the McMurry Foundation and the Natrona County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department.

For more information, call  266-5252. Or email jana.price@townsquaremedia.com, or amy.crawford@townsquaremedia.com

Bar Nunn celebrates Arbor Day

The Town of Bar Nunn will be celebrating Arbor Day Saturday April 25. We will meet at the Fire Hall at 8 a.m., for opening ceremonies before planting the trees. Each family is to bring a brunch pot luck for all to share. As of this date, Bar Nunn will be a member of Tree City USA for 22 years. So come join our mayor, council, parks members, town employees and your neighbors. Bring appropriate tools to help with the planting and please bring your children. You don’t have to live in Bar Nunn to participate.

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