Sunday's Highlights

Fun stuff to do Sunday.

Elks Sunday Breakfast

Wes returns to cooking on Sunday and breakfast will be offered 8 to 11 a.m., every Sunday through Mother's Day, May 11. 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 and see the old crew again! This is open to the public. For more information, call 234-4839.

Sunday breakfast at the Eagles

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 306 N. Durbin, hosts Sunday Morning Breakfast from 8 to 11 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.

This Sunday’s special is chicken fried steak smothered in sausage gravy, along with hash browns, eggs to your likings and choice of toast, biscuit and gravy or a pancake. Coffee is always free.

Our profit goes to our many charities. This month’s charity is the Casper DARE program.

This Just In

New to Town Crier.

Passover at Prince of Peace

Everyone is invited to a DoorKeeper Ministries presentation at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 9 a.m., on Sunday, April 13.

During our regular morning worship service, we will gather for a very special celebration of the Feast of Passover. Kelly Ferrari Mills and her team will lead us in a very powerful time of worship and the Word. We will walk with Jesus through his last days on this earth, and discover all the ways in which He perfectly fulfilled the Passover feast. We will remember the deliverance the LORD God has given to His children, from the crossing of the Red Sea out of bondage in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land; and much later, our deliverance from the bondage of sin through Messiah’s perfect work on the Cross. Come join us and be blessed in a deeper understanding of the Passover Lamb!

Kelly’s presentation will take a portion of the worship service and then additional time during adult education at 10:30 a.m.

Prince of Peace is located at 2300 East 15th Street and welcomes everyone to their worship services. For more information, please call the church office at 234-6475.

Bosom Buddies April 9

The next meeting of Bosom Buddies will be held at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, April 9, at Dancing Sheep Yarn Shop, 122 East 2nd Street. Bosom Buddies is a knitting group that supplies knitted bosoms (prosthetics) to mastectomy patients and chemo caps to cancer patients free of charge. Most recently the group supplied 41 caps to Jason's Friends. Our knitted bosoms have been placed locally with the American Cancer Society, Rocky Mountain Oncology Angels Program, and at the Rocky Mountain Academy of Hair, Nails, and Skin. Bosoms and caps are available at Dancing Sheep as well. At this meeting, we will be resizing bosoms, making up kits, and organizing our outreach to the community. All interested are invited to learn about this volunteer group. Questions: call Charlotte, 265-6173.

Pre-register for church preschool

First Christian Church Preschool has limited openings for their preschool program for next fall 2014/2015 school year. We offer a two morning per week class for 2 1/2 or young 3 year olds, a three morning per week class for 3-4 year olds, and pre-kindergarten class five mornings a week for those 4/5 year olds that are planning on attending kindergarten the following year.

There are limited openings for our Playgroup and Pre-K program. There is the opportunity to be placed on priority wait list for our 3/4 class. This class is currently full, but many times openings occur throughout the summer months.

The preschool classes provide developmental, age appropriate activities. Children participate in music two times a week and have several programs through-out the year. Chapel and Spanish is taught to the 3/4 class and Pre-K. We meet all the kindergarten readiness skills as outlined by the NCSD.

To find out more information about our preschool, please visit our website at fcccasper.org and click on the preschool section. For questions or to set-up a visit, please call 234-8964.

Japanese film at CC

The 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film, “Spirited Away,” will be shown at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 11 at Casper College. The film is the second film of the 2014 Casper College Multicultural Film Festival, “Comedies from Around the World.” The film will be shown in Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103 of the Wold Physical Science Center on the Casper College campus. The showing is free and open to the public. The Motion Picture Association of America rated “Spirited Away” PG “for some scary moments.”

“Spirited Away” was written and directed by the renowned Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki,” said Erich Frankland, film festival director and political science instructor at Casper College. The English dubbed version will be shown, according to Frankland, and was done by Walt Disney Animation Studios under the supervision of “Toy Story” creator John Lasseter.

A post-film discussion will be co-led by Casper College’s Fulbright Scholar from Japan, Minami Mori, and Julia Whyde, Casper College Writing Center specialist.

UW Connection at RedStone

A pairing of art and music is scheduled for the Casper College RedStone Recital and Gallery Series on Saturday evening, April 26. The event, entitled “The UW Connection,” features University of Wyoming faculty. At 6:30 p.m., an exhibition of paintings and artist’s talk by Visual Arts Chair Ricki Klages will be in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery in the Music Building. At 7:30 p.m., the Verismo Trio, featuring music professors Theresa Bogard, piano, Nicole Riner, flutes, and J. Scott Turpen, saxophones, will present a recital in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

General admission tickets for the RedStone Recital can be purchased online at caspercollege.edu/events/redstone for $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are also available on campus in the Music Building, Room 137, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the evening of the performance. A reception will follow each event.

The concert is the culmination of the first annual Casper College RedStone Recital and Gallery Series. The RedStone Recital and Gallery Series is sponsored in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, Casper College, and the Casper College Foundation.

Birding class

Murie Audubon volunteers will again be offering a birding class this spring. All classes will be held at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regional office in Casper (3030 Energy Lane), in the Pronghorn Room. The first class will meet Thursday, April 17, to talk about General bird ID, use of Field guides and binoculars. The charge for the class is $5 per class per person. The remaining schedule is as follows: April 24, Waterfowl; May 8, birds of Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park; May 29, raptors, and June 5, mountain birds. There will be field trips on Saturdays following each class. Contact Ann Hines at 266-3160 for more information.

Egg hunt at City Park

Casper Elks Lodge hosts a public Easter Egg Hunt in the City Park across from the Elks Lodge, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. For ages 1 or walking to 12 years of age. Bring all the kiddos down for a fun-filled time of finding eggs and getting prizes. For more information, call 234-4839.

Easter Brunch open to public

Easter Brunch at the Elks from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, french toast, fried potatoes, baked ham, baron of 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 to 12 are $6, and 5 & under are free with a paying adult. Please make reservations for parties larger than six people. Open to the public. For more information, call 234-4839.

Discuss a mystery

A mystery book discussion on “The Driftless Area” by Tom Drury will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Natrona County Public Library. To participate, pick up a free copy of the book at the 2nd floor Reference desk (while supplies last), then join the group for discussion. NCPL Book Discussion groups meet monthly and new members are always welcome. Please call 577-READ (7323) for more information.

Make an Easter card

Beautiful greeting cards don’t have to be reserved for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Why not make a special card to celebrate Easter too? Kay Capps will present an Easter Cards Workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the Natrona County Public Library Crawford Room. Adults are invited to learn and practice decorative card making techniques with the supplies provided. Please sign up in advance for this free workshop by calling 577-READ (7323), extension 2.

Learn Legislature 101

Would you like to better understand how your government works? A Legislature 101 session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, at the Natrona County Public Library. Presented by Cheyenne League of Women Voters member Marguerite Herman, Legislature 101 is a non-partisan overview of the Wyoming legislative process and opportunities for the public to stay informed and participate. The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Casper League of Women Voters. For more information, please call 577-READ (7323) extension 2.

Coffee, Tea and Dee

The public is invited to attend the free April Coffee, Tea and Dee event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 16 at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College.

In addition to offering guests free coffee and tea by P. Hawk Coffee Roaster, courtesy of the Tate, a special sale will be held during the same time period in the gift shop.

“This month we are featuring 10 percent off on all rock, gem, and mineral specimens,” said Deanna Schaff, director of museums. According to Schaff, those who are current museum members will receive the sale rate in addition to the 10 percent discount they already receive with their membership.

Coffee, Tea, and Dee takes place in the Tate Geological Museum and is free and open to the public. The final Coffee, Tea and Dee for the school year will be held on May 21 and will feature a different sale.

Holy Week at Cornerstone

Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church welcomes all to join us in sharing the gospel globally and locally during our Holy Week services. The death of Christ will be remembered with a message from God’s Word, music, and the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m., on Good Friday, April 18. Then on Easter Sunday, April 20, Christ’s resurrection will be celebrated with three services at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The celebration will include a message from Isaiah 53, “The Satisfied Servant,” music from our choir, and a celebration of generosity! The entire Easter Sunday offering will be given to three ministry partners: Reach Global for the training of pastors in eastern Africa, and Central Wyoming Rescue Mission and True Care for their ministries in Casper. Nursery is provided at all services except 7 a.m. on Easter. We invite you to join us at 4100 Casper Mountain Road. For more information, call the church office at 235-6363 or visit www.cornerstonefree.org.

Muni season passes for sale

The Casper Municipal Golf Course is excited to announce that the golfpro shop is now able to sell and print season passes. Season passes are available at the Pro Shop and the Casper Recreation Center.

Take advantage of the "Early-Bird Special" by purchasing your pass before May 1.

Buy your season pass by May 1 and get a free cart rental for 18 holes and a bucket of balls for the driving range.

The Caddie Shack Restaurant is also offering a free six-pack to all early-bird season membership holders (6-pack for ages 21 and up; non-alcoholic choices are also available).

All golf play must be registered at the Golf Pro Shop, in the lower half of the clubhouse. PGA golf professional Gary Marsh is available in the Pro Shop at 233-6620, for all of your golfing and equipment needs.

Register for coed volleyball tourney

The 5th Annual Casper Coed Volleyball Tournament, hosted by the City of Casper Recreation Division, will be held Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014. It is anticipated teams throughout the region will participate. Saturday play will consist of five to six team pools playing a round robin format resulting in their placement in the Sunday double elimination bracket. Matches will be played at the Casper Recreation Center and Natrona County School District facilities.

The $100 per team entry fee is due no later than Friday, April 17, 2014. Checks should be made payable to the Casper Recreational Leagues Association (CRLA). Online registration is available. Entries may be mailed or delivered to Casper Recreation Center, 1801 East 4th St., Casper, WY 82601. If additional information is needed, contact the Casper Recreation Division at 235-8383 or go to the website, www.crlasports.com

NAMI Caring and Sharing

Do you find it difficult to discuss with friends and family how the mental illness of a loved one affects your life? Caring & Sharing is for you and it is free. We are volunteers that have the lived experience of a loved one with a serious mental illness. Educational materials and resources in the community that can help your loved one and yourself are available.

We desire to help families be the best advocates their loved ones can have in their recovery. Understanding mental illness and its behaviors are vital as well as self-care. Please join us from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at 133 W. 6th St. for positive discussion and treats. Call 333-5758 for Linda or 234-0440.

Linda Valenzuela -- 333-5758

Help Yourself

Stuff to help you.

QPR suicide prevention training

In as little as two hours, you can learn to save a life! QPR training will teach you to recognize the warning signs of someone in a suicide crisis and how you can Question, Persuade, and Refer them to help. This free community training will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with lunch provided April 10, May 15, and May 29 at the Natrona County Public Library in the Crawford Room. Please call Jana Gurkin at 472-5991 to reserve your spot.

Spring clearance at Methodist thrift

Spring has arrived and it's time to clear out the winter merchandise at the First United Methodist Thrift, 611 W. Collins.

Clearance of all stock is in progress with gradually diminishing prices daily.

However as the prices drop so does the selection of quality goods.

Our regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will be closed April 7 to 12 for cleaning and re-stocking of all new spring inventory.

Donations are cheerfully accepted during open store hours of gently used clothing and small miscellaneous items.

Shop early and often and support the local thrift shop completely staffed by volunteers who donate all proceeds back to the Casper community.

For more information, call 234-6611.

Free computer classes at library

Would you like to learn a new software program or brush up on your computer skills? The Natrona County Public Library offers free computer classes monthly in the Tech Center. Classes this month include: Apps Galore for Apple & Android from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 9; and Using Microsoft PowerPoint from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 14. All classes are offered free on a first come, first served basis. Please stop by the Reference Desk or call 577-READ (7323) ext. 2 to learn more.

Artists' workshops set

"Intaglio" workshop by Nate Abel, offering basic principles of intaglio printmaking to be held 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 19, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 20. The fee for this three-day workshop is $150 for members and $225 for non-members.

Register for this workshop no later than April 10.

For more information on this workshop or others, please contact the gallery during normal gallery hours.

West Wind Gallery, 1040 West 15th St., 265-2655. Gallery hours noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Twice at Nice Spring Fling

The "Twice as Nice Spring Fling Show" at the West Wind Gallery will offer two art exhibits in one.

One gallery room will feature artists from Glenrock, Douglas, and Midwest. This exhibit is open to all artists in these communities and all art forms are welcome.

The second gallery room will feature Casper Artists' Guild members showing Spring-themed works.

The exhibit is on display until April 26. A reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, April 13.

For questions, please call Teresa Cowan at 265-8031 or you may contact the gallery during gallery hours, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 265-2655.

Saturday morning art

The schedule for the upcoming watercolor sessions at the West Wind Gallery is as follows: April 12, Michelle Myers – glazing techniques; April 19, Holly Bryson – including figures in your paintings; April 26, free paint session. Classes are $10 per person per session unless otherwise stated. All levels welcome.

Carole Glenn -- 265-6129

Hospice starts caregiver support

New! Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions Care Giver Support Group begins Friday, April 11.

Caregiving for a relative or friend can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but it can also be draining. A spouse or child may find themselves caring for an aging or ailing loved one while still trying to navigate through their own life’s requirements. Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions Program is starting a caregiver support group from 4 to 5 p.m., on Friday, April 11.

Throughout the six-week program, you will find staff and fellow caregivers who can offer you education and, most importantly, a caring and safe environment to talk about the issues that are affecting you as a caregiver. You'll discover information that will help you make sense of the journey you are on as a caregiver, and the support of people going through similar situations.

Group discussions will be led by a facilitator and will include but are not limited to the following topics: self care and stress management, time and crisis management, locating resources, loss and grieving, financial issues, caregiving education, and other topics based on the group’s needs.

The Caregiver Support Group is a service that we provide at no charge to help support the growing population of at-home caregivers.

To register for a place in this group, call CWHTP at 577-4832.

No charge for military rites

The members of the Natrona County United Veterans Council and the Wyoming National Guard Honor Guard would like to reassure the families of veterans that final military rites will be preformed at no charge if requested by the family.

All that is required is proof of the veteran's service. The family notifies the funeral director of their wishes, or may contact Cecil V. Barnes direct at 234-0485 in Casper.

The Patriot Guard riders will also participate, at no charge, if requested by the family.

Cecil V. Barnes, president, Natrona County United Veterans Council

Episcopal church hosts conference

The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church are pleased to host "Life with the Good and Beautiful God," Conference April 11 and 12 at the Ramada Plaza Riverside in Casper. The theme is based on the popular book series of the same name by James Bryan Smith, and offered by staff from Smith's Apprentice Institute.

During the conference, presenters will explore the life of Jesus and what it means to be His apprentices, to take on the life, ideas, and practices He taught us. The event is open to everyone.

Cost is $25 for one person or $40 for two. For more details, visit www.diowy.org or call 307-265-5200.

Clubs

Service, hobbies, etc.

Audubon hears about river

Members of the Platte River Revival Advisory Committee including Brian Connely, Jolene Martinez, and Colin Tierney will present and answer questions about the Platte River Revival and how it will improve habitat along the river at the Murie Audubon April 11 meeting.

The Platte River Revival is a North Platte River restoration project for the 13.5 miles of river (and its banks) that traverse Casper. Its mission is to foster a healthy and sustainable river system that is a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life. This legacy project, with multi-generational impact, is a project that is, at the same time, an economic development project, a conservation project, and a quality of life project.

Please join us on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. for this program. As always, the program is free and open to the public!

Red Hatters lunch April 16

All Queen Bee Red Hatters are invited to attend the Wednesday, April 16 luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Caddie Shack Restaurant, located at the Casper Municipal Golf Course, 2120 Allendale Blvd. Please RSVP to Janice no later than Friday, April 11.

Soroptimists host philanthropist Binh Rybacki

The Soroptimists of Central Wyoming (SICW) will host a presentation by Children of Peace International (COPI) founder Binh Rybacki at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1,  at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Road. Children of Peace International is a non-profit organization that provides support to orphanages in Vietnam. Founder Binh Rybacki has been recognized internationally for her humanitarian work in Vietnam.

The Natrona County Library will also present “A Necessary Journey,” a 90-minute video of a COPI 2009 medical mission trip at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. The documentary, by Jake Ladder Productions, follows the medical team on a 17-day road trip through Vietnam, treating the children, orphans, families, and survivors of the Vietnam War.

For more information about COPI, please visit http://www.childrenofpeace.org. For questions about Binh’s presentation on May 1, please call Donna Cuin at 262-2253 or email Debbie Ehlers at debbiehlrs@yahoo.com.

Coin club meets

The Community Coin Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in the Gateway building on the Casper College campus, room 218. Tom Schelberg, president of the club, will present a short program on Liberty Walking Halves. Tom says that people should bring their "walkers" to grade them. Everyone is welcome. For questions, call Karen at 268-2099.

Dem forum hears Neal

Dan Neal, executive director of the Equality State Policy Center, will be guest speaker for the final meeting this Spring of the Democratic Women’s Forum. The luncheon meeting will be at the Casper Petroleum Club on Saturday noon, April 12.

The recently concluded budget session of the Wyoming Legislature, with its concerns about Medicaid and other issues, will be reviewed by Neal for forum members.

Neal has served at ESPC since 2005, and prior to that was a Wyoming journalist for 25 years. He monitors Legislative sessions and advocates on behalf of working families in the state, seeking safer working environments and nondiscriminatory jobs with decent benefits and living wages.

The Forum buffet luncheon meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, regardless of gender. Reservations are required by calling Jerre at 234-8625 by Thursday afternoon, April 10.

Archaeologists meet

The monthly meeting of the Casper Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. The meeting is on the ground floor of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd. Please use the entrance on the east side of the building.

Following a brief business meeting, Dr. Danny Walker from the Wyoming State Archaeologist's Office, Laramie, will be our speaker. His program, "Neat Artifact Types in The University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository," focuses on weights, bone beads, and incised stones in the collections. Dr. Walker, assistant state archaeologist and adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, has a doctorate in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming.

Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Please contact Mavis Greer, chapter president, at 473-2054 or via email at mavis@greerservices.com, if you have any questions.

Bishop's Guild April 12

Our spring program is set for Saturday, April 12, beginning with Holy Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 a.m.. We will then meet for brunch after Mass at the Casper Petroleum Club. The program will be Father Steve Titus and his mother, Tulip Titus speaking on the intercessory prayers.

The Casper Bishop's Guild is comprised of ladies from St. Patrick's, Our Lady of Fatima and St. Anthony's from Casper; and St. Louis in Glenrock. Our primary purpose is to support our bishop and priests through prayer, recognizing that these men have graciously dedicated their lives in services to us. We meet four times per year to celebrate Mass as a group, listen to an inspirational speaker and share a meal together.

Please join us as a new or continuing member of Bishop's Guild, or just come as a guest to see if you would like to join the group. To make a reservation, please call Rita at 265-6999 or Sharon at 267-2765. Reservations are a must and the cost of the meal is $15.50.

Readers meet April 15

The next meeting of the AAUW Readers Group will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 15, at the Casper Petroleum Club. There will be a no-host lunch, then Jean Sehlmeyer will review "The Stone Carvers" by Jane Urquhart, a powerful historical World War I novel that was a number one best seller in Canada. . Please contact Robin at 473-9087 for reservations or information.

GEO Wives luncheon April 8

Casper GEO Wives is celebrating its 60th anniversary, a diamond jubilee, with a “Garden Luncheon and Runway Show” on Tuesday, April 8, at The Casper Country Club. The luncheon will start at noon and the cost is $17 for a chicken Cobb salad and dessert.

The Runway Show will be presented by Nicholas Anthony Designs -- Anthony Heimann and E’lime by Amanda Wilson. Rocky Mountain Academy of Hair, Alex Andersen and Kayla Lawrence, will do the models' hair and makeup. Thanks to all who are participating.

If you are a professional woman, wife or widow of a professional in an energy related field and would like to join us, please call Joanie Dunlap at 267-7431.

Monday fundays

Funday Monday Burger Night and Queen of Hearts at the Casper Elks Lodge. Enjoy a third-pound hamburger or cheeseburger (from Weinrich's) and fresh cut French fries for only $7. Orders for the hamburgers start at 6 p.m. and drawing for the Queen of Hearts at 7 p.m. All proceeds go the "Save the Elks Habitat" to remodel and upgrade the Lodge. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839 or 237-2432.

Club offers Expo chances

Casper’s Natrona County Genealogical Society is offering one paid registration to the Family History Expo in Casper June 27 and 28 at the Parkway Plaza. At each NCGS meeting through May, attendees may enter a raffle, so if you attend all meetings until May, you could have four ticket opportunities. At its May meeting, NCGS will draw three tickets -- one to cover an individual’s registration fee and two $25 gift certificates for use at the Family History Expo. Visitors and members are eligible. For further information, contact Vernon at 265-0486.

DAR meets April 7

Fort Caspar Chapter, NSDAR will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 7, at the Casper Senior Center. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by a presentation on the 1812 Society by Regent Stephanie Prado, and a short business meeting. For more info, call Susan at 577-7146.

Dem men April 8

The Democratic Men’s Club will hear Al Condor, chief fish biologist in the Casper office of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, at our luncheon at noon on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Parkway Plaza in the Gourmet Room. Mr. Condor will speak about the Cutt Slam program and the department’s efforts to maintain cutthroat trout populations. Cutthroats are the only native trout species to Wyoming. He will also recount the blue ribbon status of the North Platte River. People from all over the world come to Wyoming to fish the North Platte. Finally, Mr. Condor’s presentation will emphasize the importance of angling to the economy of our state.

We welcome all Democrats and the public as well. Please come join us. You will be warmly welcomed. Please RSVP to Joanne Tanner at 234-6266. For more information call Tom Davis at 266-3015.

Casper Charla meets

Would you like to practice conversational Spanish or help others learn? Come and join the Casper Charla! ¡Todos son bienvenidos! Come and join us on the following Wednesdays 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 miercoles en varios restaurantes mexicanos en Casper. Ven por una copa, un antojito o simplemente una charlita. We will meet on the following Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.: April 16, Don Juan, May 7, La Costa. For more information, call Eric Atkins at 268-3116 or Joanne Theobald at 268-2848.

Sports and Recreation

Fun stuff for your body.

Water egg hunt at Aquatic Center

It has been a long winter -- with or without the warm weather, we are going to celebrate spring! Stop by the Casper Family Aquatic Center on Friday, April 11 and join us. We will have egg hunts featuring toy-filled eggs and “special eggs” for a prize and other goodies.

Children 6 to 12 years of age hunt from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m., children 5 and under hunt 6:35 to 6:50 p.m. Regular admission fees and rules apply. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times. After the egg hunt, everyone is invited to stay for Open Swim until 8 p.m.

For additional information on this event or any other upcoming event, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383 or check out the web at www.casperwy.gov.

Trail Mix Run May 17

The Trail Mix Run is coming May 17!

By popular demand, there is now a three-mile option, in addition to the 10-mile option.

Pre-register at http://bit.ly/O8NXy1 to get a shirt in your size on race day. (A second shirt order will be made following the race for racers who register the day of the race.)

There will be four water stations and lots more route volunteers this year. If you would like to volunteer to help out with the race, contact Denise Murphy ay 251-6868.

This year's race will benefit Reach 4A Star Riding Academy. Learn more at their website: www.reach4astar.org

Half off at YMCA

YMCA new member special is half off the joining fee, plus five free personal training sessions, which is a $125 value. The offer is good through April. Summer is coming and it's time to get in shape.

Girls' softball signup

Register now for the girls Junior Olympic fastpitch softball program. Three leagues will be offered -- ages 9 to 12 (12U), 13 and 14 (14U), and 15 to 16 (16U).

Games begin May 27 because of Memorial Day weekend for the 12U and 14U leagues at North Casper Softball Complex with weekday evening play. The 16U league games also begin May 27. The season ends with a weekend city tournament in mid-July, weather permitting.

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

Registration fee is $45. Sign up by the Saturday, April 26 deadline to avoid the $10 late fee.

A special signup day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 5, at Bush-Wells Sporting Goods for a $5 discount and a fee of $40 that day only.

It is extremely important to be signed up by the deadline so that teams may be formed and practices may start in early May.

Register at the Casper Recreation Center. For more information, call Larry Ramsey, 235-8388, or Kirk Nelson, 235-6671.

Muni ladies golf organizes

The Casper Ladies Golf Association hosts an organizational meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, upstairs in the Caddy Shack at the municipal golf course.

All women 16 and over are welcome to join the ladies' league. Play is weekly on Thursday mornings, beginning April 24 through Thursday, Sept. 25. The league features play of the day contests and various tournaments throughout the season focusing on fun, prizes and friendship.

For more information, plan to attend the meeting April 17 or call Kathy, 234-2919, or Jo, 234-8809.

Archery class starts April 7

Interested in learning archery but unsure where to start? Then come and learn the fundamentals of archery using our equipment! This archery course begins at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, and continues every Monday and Wednesday for four weeks. Ages 8 and up are welcome and will learn the fundamentals in a safe environment taught by NASP certified instructors. All archery equipment is provided. Participants fees are $20 (scholarships are available). All participants will receive a T-shirt. Please RSVP by Saturday, April 5, 265-6540. First Southern Baptist Church, 220 Pennsylvania Ave.

Delegation Run 5k

Windy City Striders are helping local students locals students who have been chosen as ambassadors to represent Casper in Wales, London, England, and Ireland with an academic focus on history, political science, geology, art, architecture, and earth science with registration at 8 a.m., the run/walk at 9 a.m., on Saturday, April 12, beginning at the pumphouse. This event includes a 1k for the wee ones. Entry fee is $25 with the free t-shirts for those registering early. More information and registration forms can be found at windycitystriders.com

Play table tennis

“Ping pong” isn’t just for the basement anymore! Drop in to the Casper Recreation Center to play table tennis from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Sundays, or 9 to 11 a.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teenagers through older adults are welcome to show up and challenge each other to some fun competition. Players vary in skill level from novice through quite experienced. Table tennis paddles are available for use. Recreation Center daily admission is $3.50. All drop in activities are included for anyone with a Recreation Center pass.

Drop-in Table Tennis will be held through May 25. Spectators are welcome. If additional information is needed, contact the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383.

Baby Boomer fitness classes

Be Strong Be Free 55+ Strength Training classes have started at Prana Yoga & Fitness, 4205 CY Avenue. This special strength training program for baby boomers and seniors of all levels takes place at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes cover the basics of age appropriate strength training and 55+ fitness expert, Neil Short, takes participants through a full 45-minute workout. Classes are $15 for drop in, $99 for a 10-time punch pass, or are included in a $69 per month membership. Call 267.2014 or email neil@bestrongbefree.com for more information.

Helping Others

Opportunities to help.

Stuff food bags weekly

Wyoming Food for Thought Project’s weekend food bag program continues to grow. Since starting just over a year ago, the program has grown from serving 200 kids in October of 2013 to 300 kids now. And we continue to grow.

Because the volume is increasing, we are proud to announce that from this week forward, we will be stuffing weekend food bags every week. You, your co-workers, school and church and service groups, are all welcome to join us each week on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at our program center, 351 N. Wolcott Street, to stuff bags with food for hungry kids who otherwise cannot eat over the weekend.

Food donations, monetary donations, and of course time is always needed. To feed a child all year, it just takes $300! And every time you give a can of food, it means someone eats.

Please join us as we create a local, community-based solution to childhood hunger.

For more information or to volunteer visit www.wyfftp.org, call 337-1703, or come down to volunteer.

Turn miles into smiles

Help make wishes come true by donating unused frequent flier miles to Make-A-Wish Wyoming. A statewide campaign to raise 1 million miles during the month of April will help grant the wishes of Wyoming kids battling life-threatening medical conditions. If Make-A-Wish Wyoming receives 1 million donated miles during April the chapter will receive a 500,000 mileage match.

More than 70 percent of wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Wyoming require air travel, making it the largest expense of the chapter’s annual wish budget. Miles can be donated online through the Wishes in Flight Program  anytime at wyoming.wish.org/miles or by calling 234-9474. Miles from Delta, United, and US Airways are accepted. Once the miles are donated, they never expire, and 100 percent of the donated miles stay in Wyoming. A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required.

Donate your unused frequent flier miles to Make-A-Wish and help bring hope, strength, and joy to local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Please contact CEO Morgan Legerski 234-9474 or mlegerski@wyoming.wish.org for more information.

Consider foster parenting

Would you like to be a foster parent and provide a positive but challenging home environment for a child in our community?

Therapeutic Family Care Program at Central Wyoming Counseling Center is looking for families to become foster homes.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent, please call 237-9583 and ask to talk with Midge or Susan.

Host a student next year

Host families are needed for high school foreign exchange students for the 2014-15 school year. Students come with their own spending money and health insurance. Host families provide a bed (bedrooms can be shared by a host sibling of the same gender) and a place at the table. We have students from around the world who are eager to learn they have a host family. Host families can choose their student based on religion, hobbies, country and other things. For more information on this incredible opportunity to learn about another culture and country please call  Barb Richards, 473-1025 or 253-0002.

Theatre needs marketing help

Stage III Community Theatre is looking for a volunteer(s) to do marketing for the theatre and its events. This entails writing press releases for plays, workshops and special events and getting them to all media sources including radio and television. It may include selling advertising about twice a year. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stage III at 234-0946 or stage3@wyoming.com.

Reunions

Meetings, dates.

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 '84

Join us for a fun-filled weekend on June 27 to 29, 2014, as the Natrona County High School Class of 1984 celebrates its 30th reunion! Lots of different events are scheduled to kick up your heels! Golf, ice breaker, 5K run/walk/crawl, poker run, dinner and then tour NCHS-picnic, and reunite with your friends. More info and registration at http://www.classreport.org/usa/wy/casper/nchs/1984. Please update your contact info for exclusive use for the committee to send correspondence.

Join the conversations at NCHS Class of 1984 Reunion FaceBook group.

For those who wish to register by mail, please dash off a note to Carrie Neuenschwander, 2817 S. Poplar, Casper, 82601. Help us find classmates! Anyone that attended school with us is welcomed.

So excited to see you and have some fun!

Connie Cain Stinson -- 267-0583

KW '94

KWHS Class of 1994 20-year reunion is June 27 to 29, 2014. Find our page on Facebook. More information will follow.

Schools

Announcements.

Three chosen for UW program

It's not often that as a sophomore in high school you get to spend three weeks on the campus of a university. Three 10th graders from Natrona County High School will get to spend most of June in Laramie getting a first taste of college life as part of the University of Wyoming's Summer High School Institute.

Kevin Thompson, Conor Willadson, and Collin Zoeller were chosen to represent NCHS for this prestigious program. They were accepted based on their academic record, entry essay, and recommendations.

According to the University of Wyoming's website, the Summer High School Institute accepts up to "100 high ability sophomores from across the state for a time of challenge, excitement, exploration, and discovery."

Star Lane students present

Please stop by at Star Lane Center, 1400 South Fairdale, on April 16 and 17 to see Star Lane's unique approach to learning.

Our students have been working in small groups sharing the knowledge they have gained through research, from community contacts, and other resources. Community input is vital to the learning process at Star Lane Center. Your audience participation with questions and comments will help our students gain knowledge in new areas and develop confidence as they present research results.

Selenium levels in the North Platte River watershed have historically been cause for great concern. Our 9th and 10th grade students at Star Lane have been identifying local stakeholders, analyzing multiple perspectives highlighting the impacts and implications of selenium in the local watershed, and working with the Natrona County Conservation District to identify options for decreasing selenium in affected waterways. They will share their cost-effective mitigation plan that will comply with EPA standards at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16.

Our junior and senior students have been studying the high demand of rare earth minerals by the electronic industry, as they are essential in the production of laptops and cell phones. The students will share the geo-political issues associated with the supply and demand of rare earth minerals, as well as a plan for development of alternatives to the status quo. They will also explain why they should care about this issue and the public's role in solving problems associated with rare earth mining at 9 a.m., and 1 p.m., on Thursday, April 17.

NC students to HOBY

Congratulations go out to Natrona County High School students Ally Edwards and Collin Zoeller. They were selected as ambassadors and will attend the 2014 Wyoming HOBY Leadership Seminar June 19 to 22, 2014, at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

HOBY seminars prepare high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their homes, schools, workplace and community.

Ambassadors benefit from improved critical thinking skills, enhanced leadership abilities, a better understanding of the democratic process, developed goal-setting skills, and the realization of the importance of leadership in their communities.

Ambassadors participate in small group activities, interact with a variety of panels, practice leadership skills, participate in community service, and have fun.

Please visit www.hoby.org for more information on the HOBY program.

Free music all day

Bria Skonberg Quintet clinics and concert happen all day Thursday, April 10, 2014, at John F. Welsh Auditorium in Natrona County High School. All sessions are absolutely free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the NCSD Discover program.

10 to 11 a.m., Vocal clinic: (Singing jazz in small group and big band setting) Bria will sing a short set for the students in attendance and then talk about what it takes to sing in a jazz setting! Questions encouraged!

1 to 2 p.m., Meet the Artists: Bria and her quintet will perform and talk about their experiences working as jazz musicians in New York.

2 to 3:30 p.m., Performing Early Jazz Works: Bria and her band are experts in performing the early jazz music of artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, etc. They will perform and discuss this music and its importance in jazz history. The Natrona County High School Armstrong combo will also perform some early transcriptions of Louis Armstrong and his Hot Fives.

7 p.m., Bria Skonberg Quintet in Concert!

This top-caliber event is being provided completely free to music lovers in Wyoming. Please consider attending so future events of this nature can be possible.

JROTC hosts open house

The Natrona County JROTC Mustang Battalion holds an open house at Natrona County High School from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 25, in the ROTC Hall.

This event is open to all former NC JROTC students and their families.

This may be your last chance to see NCHS before new construction and remodeling forever change our ROTC Hall and NCHS.

In order to get an idea of how many former cadets and families will be attending, please send an email to NCHS_JROTC@Yahoo.com. (Note there is an underscore between the S_J.)

If you have any pictures or stories of your time in the Mustang Battalion that you would like to share, please send them to the same email.

SME scholarships available

The Central Wyoming Section of SME (Society of Mining Engineers) is again offering scholarships to area high school graduating seniors. It is intended for students who will be majoring in a physical science (chemistry, geology, or physics), math, or engineering. It is open to students at Natrona County High School, Kelly Walsh, Roosevelt, Midwest, Glenrock, and Douglas schools. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required.

Applications have been sent directly to the local schools, and the deadline to submit applications is April 15. Please contact JoAnn True (joann.true@truecos.com) for additional information.

Make deposits for OLLI trips

Those interested in participating in one or both upcoming OLLI trips are encouraged to not delay and get their deposit in today. “Hotel reservations and tickets to performances must be made soon. Folks shouldn’t wait to tell us that they want to go,” said Karen Arnold, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

The deposit for the Golden, Colo. trip scheduled for June 5, 6, and 7, 2014 is $100 per person. The trip cost will include transportation, lodging at the Golden Hotel in downtown Golden, two breakfasts, VIP beer school, brewery tours, tickets to “The Fantasticks” and a pre-performance class.

The deposit for the Santa Fe, N.M. trip scheduled for July 31, August 1, 2, and 3, 2014 is $200 per person. The trip cost will include transportation via bus, tickets for three operas, opera house tour, one pre-opera dinner, one pre-opera champagne and dessert tailgate, two pre-opera classes, three breakfasts, two lunches, and lodging.

For more information contact Arnold at 268-2099 or at karnold@caspercollege.edu or Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at 268-2097 or vpollock@caspercollege.edu.

Apply for Title 1 preschools

All Natrona County School District Title 1 elementary schools are now taking applications for preschool registration. The application forms are available at the offices of the following schools: Bar Nunn, Cottonwood, Evansville, Grant, Midwest, Mills, Mountain View, North Casper, Paradise Valley, Pineview, University Park and Willard. Questions may be directed to those schools directly or to NCSD's preschool coordinator, Donna Shepherd at 253-5200.

Enroll for Head Start

Head Start is a free nationally-recognized preschool that will help prepare your child for school. Don't miss this opportunity! Call Natrona County Head Start (a United Way agency) to find out how to enroll, 477-1864.

How would you like that cooked?

A new class offered through the Community Education Department at Casper College, will look at the various way to cook with heat.

“How Would You Like That Cooked” (CMSV 0811 80) will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 12. According to Laura Burnett, community education specialist at Casper College, the class will show “different heating techniques to cook delectable entrees and side dishes. Students will learn to sauté, pan roast, grill, broil, braise, stew, poach, and steam meats and vegetables.”

The class instructors, Tamra Jayne and Carla Edwards, will provide “great recipes to take home from this hands-on class,” Burnett said.

The cost of the class is $62 per person and registration is going on now. To register or for more information, contact Burnett at 268-3399 or lburnett@caspercollege.edu.

Caps and gowns by April 11

All Casper College students who are planning to participate in the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 16 are urged to order their cap and gown by the April 11 deadline.

Orders for caps and gowns are being taken at the Jack McCann College Store. The nonrefundable cost of the cap and gown is $34. Checks should be made payable to the College Store. Credit cards cannot be taken over the phone.

In addition to caps and gowns, graduation announcements, class rings, tassels, keepsake key chains, and more are also available.

The Jack McCann College Store is located in the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. For more information stop by the store, call 268-2202, or e-mail at 0184mgr@follett.com.

Reception and concert April 26

The third and final RedStone Recital and Gallery Series for the 2013-2014 school year has begun with a display of art by University of Wyoming visual arts faculty member Ricki Klages in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery.

The Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus and is free and open to the public.

At 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 26, a reception for Klages will be held in the True Atrium, also located in the Music Building. The reception will be followed by a performance by the University of Wyoming’s Verismo Trio featuring Theresa Bogard on piano, Scott Turpin on saxophones and Nicole Riner on flutes in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

General admission tickets for the April 26 reception and concert can be purchased online at caspercollege.edu/events/redstone or in person in Room 137 of the Music Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

College hosts lamb, pig sale

The Casper College Agriculture Department is hosting its 34th Annual Lamb and Pig Sale at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 12 in the Casper College Grace Werner Agriculture 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.

According to Hornecker 30 to 35 lambs and 60 to 70 pigs will be up for sale at the auction.

The auction is used as a learning experience for the Casper College Agriculture Club members, who are responsible for the set-up and handling of the event. Proceeds from the auction will go to the club to help with general and travel expenses, and the Jeff Stafford Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to Casper College agriculture majors.

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

Spring hours for adult learning

Spring 2014 hours for the Adult Learning Center at Casper College, which offers assessment and instruction in reading, writing, science, social studies, math, and English as a Second Language, have been announced.

The center will be open on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. All those pursuing a high school equivalency certificate (HiSET) are required to attend a new student orientation held every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The center is closed on Fridays and the weekends.

“The Adult Learning Center offers free assistance to out-of-school adult students, 16 years old and older, who need to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills in order to reach their educational and employment goals,” said Lisa Mixer, Adult Learning Center programs coordinator. Educational services are also available to speakers of other languages through the center’s English as a Second Language program. All programs offered at the center, which is open-entry, open-exit, are free of charge.

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Werner Technical Center on the Casper College campus.

For more information stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center or call the center at 268-2230.

Milestones

Retirements, etc.

Retirement party

Larry Erdman is retiring! Come help us celebrate from 1 to 5 p.m., on Saturday, April 26, at VFW on Bryan Stock Trail. No gifts, just your presence.

Grownup Stuff

Fun stuff geared to adults.

Chamber hosts post-legislative lunch

The Casper Area Chamber of Commerce will be conducting its followup, post-legislative lunch forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Casper Petroleum Club.

This event will provide an opportunity for Casper area citizens to meet with their state legislators and engage them in a question and answer forum regarding actions that took place during this year's Budget Session. Registrations are required and must be received by Friday, April 11, 2014. RSVP by calling the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce at 234-5311, emailing information@casperwyoming.org, or register online at www.casperwyoming.org

Lunch will be provided at the forum and registration is $25 per person for chamber members and $35 per person for non-chamber members.

For more information please contact Rhonda Anderson at randerson@casperwyoming.org or via telephone at 234-5311.

Visit our website at www. Casperwyoming.org for more specific information regarding sponsorships and reservations.

Streetcar Named Desire

Stage III Community Theatre is in rehearsal for the fifth play of the season, Tennesee Williams' classic, "A Streetcar Named Desire." Tom Empey has returned from his new home on the west coast for the six weeks it takes to prepare a main stage performance.

Performances are April 25 and 26; May 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 4. Tickets are $12 adults; $10 seniors 65 and over, and students and can be purchased online at stageiiitheatre.org, The Cadillac Cowgirl, Grant Street Grocery or at the door beginning one hour before each performance. Due to the adult nature of the play, it is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.

Don't miss this Pulitzer Prize winning drama. For more information, call the theatre, 234-9046, email stage3@wyoming.com, www.stageiiitheatre.org or on Facebook.

Thank you to counselors

Every so often, Central Wyoming Counseling Center likes to thank those in our community who help our clients along towards a successful, healthy and productive life. The month of April is Counselors’ Appreciation Month. With over 80 professional counselors/therapists on staff, CWCC wanted to find a way to recognize the dedication of these skilled individuals. What better way than to invite our team to join their peers from throughout Wyoming for a networking event.

This is a special thank you reception for Wyoming's counselors and therapists to thank them for all they do for our clients and our community. Join us from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014, for a networking event designed especially to honor them. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, networking and door prizes.

If you are a professional counselor or therapist, please register for this event with an RSVP by calling 237-9583.

Wednesday Bingo at the Eagles

Bingo every Wednesday at the Eagles. Smoke free atmosphere. Chairman Angie invites you to Evening Bingo with Early Bird Bingo at 6 p.m., and Regular Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Speed Ball every Wednesday night with a $100 winner. The Auxiliary has the Snack Bar open each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come join us at 306 N. Durbin St., 235-5130.

Our profit all goes to our many charities. This month’s charity is the Casper DARE Program.

Carole Glenn -- 265-6129

Seniors have fun

Join the Granny Cloggers at 10:50 a.m., on Mondays. Gramps welcome as well. All is free. Great exercise for the mind and body to help you fight aging. Must be 60 or older to join the Senior Center at 1831 E. 4th Street, Casper. For more information, call 237-4908.

Senior singers needed

If you like to sing, come join in the fun with the Meadowlarks Chorus and make friends at the Senior Center, 1831 4th St., 265-4678. Must be 60+ years old to join the Central Wyoming Senior Center. They meet Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Also need senior musicians wanting to volunteer their time.

Chorale: 'Broadway' gala

On Saturday, April 29, at the Wolcott Galleria, the Casper Civic Chorale will present its season finale, a Gala Affair with dining, dancing and “An Evening On Broadway.” Dining and dancing is 6 to 7:15 p.m., with catering by Botticelli’s, a cash bar and dance music performed by the Casper College Jazz Ensemble.

At 7:15, all will adjourn to the Galleria Theatre for the Chorale’s presentation of Broadway hits, spanning several decades. Come and see how creative the singers are as they portray, in costume, their favorite musical characters.

Tickets for the evening are $20 per person and include a meal, dancing and concert. Tickets can be purchased at Donell’s Candy, downtown; Hill Music, Hilltop Shopping Center; Cadillac Cowgirl, Sunrise Shopping Center and Saddler’s Hallmark, Eastridge Mall, and at the concert.

This program will mark the end of the first season under the direction of Steve Grussendorf.

George Armijo -- 265-5931

Senior Center computer classes

Computer classes will again be offered this Spring in the Casper Senior Center Computer Lab at 1831 E. 4th St. Please join us for these enjoyable, informative classes taught in a very relaxed atmosphere! The cost for each class is $50 for eight hours of instruction (1 to 5 p.m., on Monday and 1 to 5 p.m., on Thursday). All ages are welcome and class sizes are very small to allow for individual attention. You may bring your own laptop or use one of the laptops in the lab. Please bring a 4 GB USB storage drive to your first class (available at local office supply stores). Contact Jan Burnett, instructor, at 259-2869 for more information and registration.

April 7 & 10: E-Mail Basics. Topics include creating an e-mail account or using your own to create & send new e-mails, replying to or forwarding messages, deleting, printing, sending/receiving attachments, contacts/address book management, junk mail, “netiquette”, and photos. Handouts will be provided.

April 14 & 17: Microsoft Word 2007/2010. Topics include creating, editing, printing, spelling/grammar check, Thesaurus, formatting & Themes techniques, inserting photos/WordArt/symbols & creating/formatting tables. Keyboarding experience recommended. Textbook required.

April 28 & May 1: Microsoft Excel 2007/2010. Explore workbook/worksheet cycle, creating, editing, printing, formatting, using formulas/functions, & creating charts. Bookkeeping or accounting experience is helpful, but not required. Textbook required.

New art in bank display

There is a new art exhibit presently on display at the downtown Bank of the West. You will be sure to enjoy these colorful works by local artists Joyce Rogers, Michele McDonald, and Claudette Mowery; all members of the Casper Artists' Guild.

This art will be on display for your viewing pleasure during the months of March and April. Please stop by when you are downtown.

For information on these works or the artists, please visit or call West Wind Gallery, 1040 West 15th St., 265-2655. Open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Matters in Question film session returns

Join us monthly as we explore a variety of issues facing our world through film and discussion, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., once a month.  Co-sponsored by Pax Christi and the United Church of Christ, Casper. Sessions will be held at the UCC at 1511 South Melrose. For more information, contact Dee, 406-930-1099.

April 28: A Powerful Noise, (80 min). Three women with very different lives are changing the world. These extraordinary women are each overcoming barriers to rise up and claim a voice in their societies overcoming AIDS, educating girls and rebuilding communities.

May 19: Thomas Berry -- The Great Story, (50 min). Berry created a quiet revolution in a field of spirituality and ecology. His values are rooted in the sacred cosmology which includes the entire natural world and the cosmos and the discovery of the sacred.

Artists set workshop calendar

Be sure to mark your calendars for one or more of Casper Artists Guild upcoming workshops for the year of 2014. Details for each will be announced as the time arrives, but this will give you a chance to look ahead to what may interest you.

April 18 to 20, "Intaglio," Nate Abel; May 2 and 3, "Portraits," Tom Loepp; July 11 and 12, "Oil," Jill Hartley; Aug. 7 to 9, "Photography," Dan Haywood; Aug. 22 to 24, "Painting on Location,"  Gabrielle Reeves; Oct. 11, "Felting," Lisa Shanor; Oct. 25, "Art Connections," Sharon Merschat; Nov. 7 and 8, "Metal Clay Magic," Lenore Portras.

For more information, please contact West Wind Gallery, 1040 West 15th St., Casper, WY 82604; 265-2655. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Fundraisers

Helping folks raise money.

Raffle at St. Vincent

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 301 E. H St., appreciates our friends and neighbors for all of their support. Your generous donations are always appreciated. We still need kitchen items and bath towels.

The silent auction is ongoing and new items have been added.

We are raffling Raggedy Ann, Andy and A.J. The raffle ends May 3 at 2 p.m., and the winner will be contacted by phone.

Thank you for supporting the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store community.

Shirley Temple birthday

Whether it is a walk down memory lane, or an opportunity to introduce your children or grandchildren to America’s Little Sweetheart, come and celebrate Shirley Temple’s birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Casper Petroleum Club, 1301 Wilkins Circle. The event is presented by Wyoming Fiddlers’ Association District #4.

In addition to enjoying birthday refreshments, you will have the rare opportunity to view a large collection of Shirley Temple dolls, photos, figurines and other memorabilia.

A highlight of the collection is an extremely rare Shirley Temple doll with a mechanical pipe organ which Ayres Jewelry of Casper acquired in the 1930s and used over the years in a window display in their store.

Wyoming has been selected Host State for the first time ever, for the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho in June. Proceeds from the Shirley Temple Birthday Party will be used to defray travel costs for local young fiddlers to participate in the week-long event, where they will proudly serve as ambassadors for the State of Wyoming.

Advance tickets are $15/adults, $10/kids 12 and under; $17/$12 at the door. If you can’t attend the party, donations will be greatly appreciated. Send payment for tickets and donations to WFA #4, P.O. Box 876, Mills, WY 82644. WFA #4 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contact Ann Robinson, 266-6347.

Community Impact at Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch, 5011 E. 2nd St., hosts Community Impact nights from 5 to 9 p.m., normally on Mondays and Wednesdays. Members of nonprofit groups bus tables for tips, and 20 percent of meal tickets from diners who mention the group are donated as well. Dine in, delivery or pickup orders qualify.

Here is the schedule: Monday, April 7, St. Marks Day School; Wednesday, April 9, CY Middle School Cheerleaders; Monday, April 14, Girl Scout Troop 1217; Wednesday, April 16, Nutrition & Child Development; Monday, April 21, Relay for Life; Wednesday, April 23, Reach 4A Star Riding Academy; Monday, April 28, Casper Deadly Ghosts Roller Derby Team; Wednesday, April 30, Highland Park Church and Horizon International Go Teams South Africa Mission Team.

Send cooks to nationals

A fundraiser will be held for the Glenrock High School culinary team's trip to the national ProStart competition in Minneapolis in early May. The trip will cost the four contestants approximately $4,000.

*6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16: Showcase at Glenrock High School. Watch the boys cook, bid on silent auction items, and sample homemade salsa and chips made by team members. Competition menu items prepared that evening will be auctioned individually.

To make a contribution to the team, send it to Glenrock High School, Attn. Wyoming Culinary Team, Box 1300, Glenrock, WY 82637.

Day school holds fundraiser

St. Mark's Day School is participating in a Community Impact Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch from 5 to 9 p.m., on Monday, April 7. Pizza Ranch will donate 20 percent of your order to St. Mark's. Just mention St. Mark's Day School before you place your order. They will donate on dine-in, delivery, or pick-up orders. Also, St. Mark's will receive 100 percent of the tips for busing tables that night. Thanks for supporting St. Mark's Day School. Hope to see you there.

Kerri Roszel -- 234-0831

Wine tasting helps Hospice

Join us for a special evening benefiting Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. Keyhole Outdoor Living, 5700 Poison Spider Rd., is sponsoring a wine tasting of six specialty wines along with a delicious array of complimentary hors d'oeuvres. $10 admission fee, all proceeds benefit CWHTP.  For more information, call Brittany at 473-8912.

Bling it on accessories sale

Bling It On! Accessory Sale is 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at Saks Consignment Boutique located in the Triangle Shopping Center across from Home Depot. It's a bargain sale of gently used purses, jewelry and scarves donated by various regional organizations, churches, businesses and individuals. Proceeds from the sale of the accessories will benefit Central Wyoming Hospice & Transition. Donations are still being accepted at Central Wyoming Hospice at 319 S. Wilson Street. Admission to the sale is $10 and includes wine, coffee, tea and hors d'oeuvres. Come browse our vast array of accessories (priced to sell!) along with a sampling of Saks everyday items with 25 percent of purchase price that night going to CWHTP. For more information, call 577-4832.

MOW gets grant

Natrona County Meals On Wheels, senior meal delivery program will receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, which includes Red Lobster and Olive Garden in Casper. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Natrona County Meals On Wheels project to provide meals to one of our city’s homebound seniors for almost a full year!

“I am really proud to have Red Lobster and Olive Garden as a part of our great city,” said Jamie Loveall, Meals On Wheels executive director. “It’s a great feeling to know they care about the community on a local level.”

Hairball Ball April 12

The 2nd annual Hairball Ball fundraiser will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 12 at the Parkway Plaza. 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 Face Book page or call 265-5439.

Easter Trot and Kids' Hop

The Soroptimists of Central Wyoming will host the second annual “Easter Trot and Kids’ Hop” fun run on Saturday, April 19. Kids can participate in a 1K Fun Run at 8:45 a.m. and the Adults’ 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. Walkers are welcome and dogs must be on a leash.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Casper Ramada Riverside Hotel, 300 West F Street in Casper. The run will be on the Platte River Parkway.

The registration fee is $20 for adults and $5 for kids. There will be candy and prizes, and a costume contest for kids. Proceeds will benefit women in the Casper community.

Soroptimist means Best for Women. It is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the world. Soroptimist volunteers contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

For more information about the fun run or the Soroptimists, contact Debbie Ehlers at 234-2173 or Michelle Drechsel at michelle@mountainkidd.com.

Pecans for sale

Fort Casper Chapter #4 Order of Eastern Star ia selling pecans to help the chapter with charitable giving projects. A 16-ounce bag of halves is $11 and a 16-ounce bag of pieces is $10.50. To purchase these fresh pecans, contact Tammy at 258-3156.

Paws2Help needs auction stuff

Paws2Help, a nonprofit that provides, in conjunction with Altitude Veterinary Hospital, much needed veterinary care for homeless animals, would like to express heartfelt appreciation to our recent donors, Access Midstream, Robby and Jessica Leavitt, Christopher Diller of “We’re Lovers Not Fighters” and Diana Spoenlein. Christopher and Diana put a ton of work into an online fundraiser for us, and it was awesome.

Paws2Help will be the beneficiary of My Country 95.5’s “Thankful Thursday” at the Beacon Club on Thursday, April 24. The event raises money for local charities in several ways, with a 50/50 raffle, live auction and silent auction items, raffle items, and donations. We are in charge of gathering our own donation items that will be used in the live auction portion of Thankful Thursday.

Examples of previous auction items have included art work, furniture, bar gear and signs, guns and farm equipment. Other items you might consider are small refrigerators, wine racks, coolers, neon signs, gift baskets full of goodies or small electronics items like iPods. Anyone can donate an item for us to auction, you don’t have to be a company (although it is great advertising for a company or direct seller!) Come to the Beacon Club and bid on great auction items, and have a chance to win $500 just for showing up! To donate, contact us at 262-8008, on Facebook at Paws2Help Foudation or email at paws2help@bresnan.net.

Children's Chorale sells pizza discounts

Casper Children's Chorale members are selling Papa Murphy Peel-A Deal Fundraising Cards to help with its spring trip to Anaheim, Calif. The cards are $5. The Peel-A Deal fundraising card has eight great offers on Papa Murphy’s most popular items. Each offer is a sticker that can be removed and then used at Papa Murphy’s locations throughout the country, just like a coupon. Each card has more than $30 of value. If interested in purchasing a card, please contact Debbie LaChance 235-5198.

Gun-a-week raffle

Tickets are now available for the 4th 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 three 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.

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for the whole family.

Pray for America

Join the community of Casper at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, in the grand ballroom at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in prayer for America. We will witness the Constitutional Congress of 1787 at work, listen to John Barry from "Jesus Economy," and praise God for all of His blessings.

Open house and pie

An open house and pie social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, 4154 Talon Dr. The public is welcome to join us for a piece of pie.

Acoustic group joins CYO

Acoustic Eidolon with Joe Scott and Hannah Alkier will be performing in collaboration with the Casper Youth Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Joe will perform on a unique double neck guitjo with Hannah a classically trained cellist. Together they charm audiences with their popular melodic mix of eclectic folk music. Casper Youth Orchestra will be joining their performance on select pieces. This event is sponsored by ArtCore and the Ramada Plaza Riverside. Tickets are available at Hill Music, The Shade Tree, Cadillac Cowgirl and Sonic Rainbow: Seniors (60 & over), $12; Adult, $13; students and school teachers, $7; children 12 and under, $5.

Children's chorale to Cali

The Casper Children’s Chorale, celebrating its 35th year singing choral music in Casper, will participate in a Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., April 11 to 14, 2014. Chorale has prepared four songs to be adjudicated and then directed by three nationally known choral educators. This particular festival will include over 2,000 middle and high school musicians. When they are not performing or listening to other participating choirs, singers will enjoy Disneyland, Hollywood, and the BEACH!

Numerous Casper sponsors and donors have generously made this trip possible for our 4th to 8th grade singers. Among those, we thank Dr. Rowan Tichenor and Nancy Brown for the donation of travel size sunscreen so that each of our Wyoming children can enjoy some California sunshine!

Touch-a-Truck

Touch-a-Truck is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 31, in the Sunrise Shopping Center parking lot. It's a family oriented event when children get to climb on and explore their favorite vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, and construction equipment. There will also be demonstrations, concessions, and a chance for children to meet local heroes.

This year, Manor Heights EFC and The Wyoming Food for Thought Project have teamed up to bring Touch-A-Truck to the Casper community. The coast  is $3 per person or a jar of peanut butter. All peanut butter collected will go into “weekend backpacks” for school aged children who might otherwise go hungry when school is not in session.

Handel's Messiah

Come enjoy an evening of music. Selections of the Easter portion of Handel's Messiah will be performed at 7 p.m., on Sunday, April 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3931 West 45th Street. This event is free to the public.

Boy Scout pancake breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 94 is hosting an all you can eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12, at St. Marks Church Hall, 701 S. Wolcott. Tickets are $6 per person at the door or $5 each in advance. Children 5 years old and under eat free. Proceeds will be used by the troop to purchase a new gear trailer and to help fund summer camp for the Scouts. For more information, call Wayne at 267-7900.

April after school

After School at the Library provides free weekly activities for elementary-age students at 4 p.m. each Wednesday in the Natrona County Public Library Crawford Room. April events include: Symphonic Stories, April 9; Numbers, Shapes & Games, April 16; Earth Day Celebration, April 23; and Sharpie Plates, April 30. Call 577-READ (7323) ext. 122 for more information.

Elementary art at library

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 district art teachers and will be viewable throughout the library until April 16 during regular library hours. 

The main library in downtown Casper is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., on Sunday. Parents and families are welcome to drop by at any time to view the artwork. Call 577-READ (7323) for more information.

Spring Art Labs at Nic

Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., March to May for grades 8 to 12. Fee: free. This course will present various ways to approach art, build artistic skills and aid in developing personal style. Each month students will focus on a different media and variety of techniques guided by professional artists. In March we’ll explore clay hand building techniques. All skill levels welcome.

Easter egg hunt April 19

Poverty Resistance 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at King’s Corner (Beech and First St.)

This free event will feature face painting, games and other activities.

Families will be able to hunt for eggs, candy and other goodies in small groups. Eggs will be replenished after each group so there will be plenty for the younger kids to find.

We need a few volunteers and donations of plastic eggs and other goodies. For more information, text Mary Ann Budenske at 253-8955, friend her on Facebook or check our website at povertyresistance.com

Holy Week in Glenrock

Christ Episcopal Church, 415 West Cedar in Glenrock, announces our Holy Week and Easter schedule: Palm Sunday Liturgy with Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. on April 13; Maundy Thursday, April 17: family-oriented liturgy with Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m.; Good Friday, April 18: Stations of the Cross for Children at 5:30 p.m. and the Service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m.

The 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist on the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day, April 20, will be followed by a festive brunch. All are invited to join us. For info, call 258-2524. The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

Arbor Day in Bar Nunn

The Town of Bar Nunn will be celebrating Arbor Day on Saturday, April 26. We will be meeting at the Fire Hall at 8 a.m. for opening ceremonies before planting the trees. Each participant is to bring brunch potluck for all to share. We will provide the utensils. Bar Nunn has been a member of Tree City for 19 years. So come and join our mayor, council, parks members and your neighbors. Children are encouraged to come.

Suicide prevention, awareness dance

A suicide prevention and awareness dance, free for all ages, is 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, April 11, at the 12-24 Club, 500 S. Wolcott. Free drawings for gift cards, snacks, and other prizes! Grand prize drawing is Beats headphones donated by The Mattie Project. For more information, contact Traci Gardner, 233-4277.

Never Too Old book discussion

A book discussion of YA novel “The Spectacular Now” by Tim Tharp will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at Metro Coffee Co. The Never Too Old Book Club, sponsored by the Natrona County Public Library discusses Young Adult (YA) literature with adult appeal. The group is open to both teens and adults, with parent-teen pairs especially encouraged. To participate, pick up a free copy of the book at the 2nd floor Reference desk (while supplies last), then join the group for discussion. NCPL Book Discussion groups meet monthly and new members are always welcome. Please call 577-READ (7323) for more information.

Library holds Longmire Month

One Book Wyoming is a statewide celebration encouraging all Wyoming residents to read “Spirit of Steamboat” sometime this year. The latest novella by Wyoming author Craig Johnson, this quick and easy read is filled with adventure, history, memorable characters, a plane named for Wyoming’s iconic bucking horse, Steamboat, a touch of tenderness, and a Longmire-esque ending.

The Natrona County Public Library will participate in One Book Wyoming by hosting “Longmire Month” this April. The month-long celebration will allow local residents to discuss themes raised in the book, enjoy episodes of the hit A&E TV show based on Johnson’s Walt Longmire book series, and meet the author in-person.

Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., TV show screening (part 2); Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., TV show screening (part 3); Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Learn About  Wyoming Territorial Sheriffs, stories & discussion; Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., TV show screening (part 4); Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Meet the author, Craig Johnson; Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m., book discussion of “Spirit of Steamboat” by Craig Johnson; Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., TV show screening (part 5).

All events will be held in the Crawford Room at the Natrona County Public Library. To learn more about Longmire Month and related events at your library, call 577-READ (7323) or visit www.natronacountylibrary.org/longmire.

Children to the symphony

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce our 2014 Family Symphony Concert. The orchestra will romp through a dazzling array of orchestral selections and popular tunes in this kid-friendly, fun-filled, All-American 50 minutes of music. Special guests George Washington, Betsy Ross, Lady Liberty and many more will join us as we take you through a Star Spangled tribute to the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“A Star Spangled Symphony” will be provided free of charge to 4th and 5th grade classrooms in Natrona County during school on Friday, April 11. The concert will then be performed for the public at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the John F. Welsh auditorium at Natrona County High School. A group pass for up to six people is $20.

This concert is sponsored by the Tom and Helen Tonkin Foundation and Sinclair Casper Refining Company. Group passes are on sale at Wind City Books (Downtown), Sadler’s Hallmark (Eastridge Mall), Cadillac Cowgirl (Sunrise Shopping Center) and the Wyoming Symphony Office at 225 S. David, Ste. B.

For more information call 266-1478 or visit the website at www.wyomingsymphony.org.

Send soldier off

Galen Crofut, US Army Specialist 4, is leaving for Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment after a two-week home stay. Please help us show support for all our troops, and this young soldier, by sending him on his way with our gratitude for his service at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 13. As a child, Galen and his sister always went to the airport with their parents to welcome home returning troops, waving flags and holding their hand-drawn banners. Now it's his turn. Please help us show a soldier we still support our troops.

Free movie April 26

A free showing of the movie, "Home Run," has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Highland Park Community Church youth sanctuary. The story is about a popular baseball player who had to confront his addiction to alcohol in order to rejoin his team. His journey is from the bottom of alcoholism back to a life of normalcy. Along the way he meets and is helped by countless people. And, he rekindles a romance and gets to know his son during his journey.

"Home Run" is a fictional story but has been inspired by thousands of accounts from ordinary people across the country who have struggled with and overcome their addictions. Parking is available in the northeast parking lot of the church at Betty Way and Highland Drive. Again, there is no charge to see the movie. Parents are advised to not bring children 12 years of age and younger.

For more information, contact Judy at 251-5644 or Tim at 234-3880.

A class aimed at creating great companion dogs is being offered at Casper College beginning Tuesday, March 25.

Community Holy Week services

Servants United is coordinating the 12:05 p.m. Holy Week services April 14 to 18 at First United Methodist Church, 332 E. 2nd Street. The 30-minute service features clergy from area churches speaking on different aspect of the theme, “Holiness in Holy Week.” Preaching are Rev. Steve Burnett on Monday; Pastor Jack Olsen on Tuesday; Rev. Cynthia McBride on Wednesday; Rev. Philip Major on Thursday; and Pastor Wes Connell on Friday. A men’s quartet will sing Monday and Tuesday; Natrona County High School Choir Wednesday; Alla Breve Thursday; and a Community Church Choir directed by Amber French Friday. A light lunch of soup, salad and pie can be purchased in the fellowship hall at 11 a.m. before the services each day or at 12:40 p.m. afterward. For more information, please contact First United Methodist Church, 234-9385.

Easter sunrise service at 3 Crowns

The public is invited to a Community Sunrise Service indoors at The Grille at 3 Crowns Easter Sunday morning at 6 a.m. Doors will open at 5:45 a.m. The service, planned and sponsored by First United Methodist Church and 3 Crowns Golf Course, will feature Rev. Cynthia McBride as guest preacher, Steve Frame as a soloist, and other musicians. Coffee will be provided. For further information, contact First UMC, 234-9385.

Easter Sunday at First Methodist 

Traditional services Easter Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 332 E. 2nd Street, will feature Rev. Brian Oliver at the 8:30 a.m. service with the Grace Singers, and Dr. Steve Burnett at the 11 a.m. service with the Chancel Choir. A brass ensemble will play at both morning services. Come early and enjoy a full Pancake Breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m. in Kings Corner, 1st and Beech, sponsored by some of our Methodist Men. The public is invited. For further information contact First UMC, 234-9385.

Summer at BGCCW

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is now registering for its upcoming 2014 Summer Day Camp which runs from May 28 through August 22. Our Main Club facility at 1701 East K Street and those located in the elementary schools of Evansville, Mills and Paradise Valley will serve members from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the weekdays. The teen program is free for members, while younger members ages 6 through 12 have a $60 weekly fee (or $700 for the entire summer if paid by June 6). We are a DFS provider. Summer day camp offers kids the opportunity to participate in field trips, educational programs, service opportunities, arts and crafts, technology programs and much, much more! The Boys & Girls Club will also offer sports leagues such as volleyball, t-ball, Coach Pitch, Nike Summer Basketball and Ultimate Flag Football. For more information on our Summer Day Camp and summer sports opportunities, please call 235-5694.

UU events

The public is invited to attend the services and other events of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper. Services are held Sundays at 9 a.m. at the UCC Church at 1511 S. Melrose.

April 6, Rev. Leslie Kee will present "The Very Human Need for Redemption." On April 13, guest speaker Dr. Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders will speak about the Woman's Bible, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The topic for April 20 is "New Life Stories: Faith Journeys of Rebirth and Renewal." An elementary and middle school religious education program is offered, based on the "Sing to the Power" Tapestry of Faith curriculum (available at uua.org) Childcare is available, and discussion and refreshments follow the service.

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

Tween Mondays

Tween Mondays are free, weekly after-school activities for students in grades 4-6, held each Monday at 4 p.m. in the Natrona County Public Library Crawford Room. April events include: My Pet Rock, April 7; An “Egg”-cellent Adventure, April 14; S’More Games & Stories, April 21; and Tween Book Club, April 28, featuring “Lion Boy” by Zizou Corder. Call 577-READ (7323) ext. 122 for more information.

Poetry slam April 12

April is National Poetry Month! The Natrona County Public Library will hold a Poetry Slam for teens and adults Saturday, April 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at Metro Coffee Company. Poets should prepare two or three original poems to read aloud during their three-minute timeslot, and will receive a free drink courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries. Don’t forget to bring your own audience! The event is free and open to the public.

Performance time is limited, so please sign up in advance at the library or by calling 577-READ (7323) ext. 2. Poets will need to arrive and check in at 5:45 p.m. the night of the event.

Book discussion April 14

A Book Discussion of the novel “The Dinner” by Herman Koch will be held at the Natrona County Public Library at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 14. To participate, pick up a free copy of the book at the 2nd floor Reference desk (while supplies last), then join the group for discussion. NCPL Book Discussion groups meet monthly and new members are always welcome. Please call 577-READ (7323) for more information.

Birthday and art at the Nic

Have an amazing art-filled birthday party at the Nic! Visit our website to choose from a variety of age appropriate art projects. To reserve a party date or for more information, please call 235-5247 or email zgallegos@thenic.org

For workshop and classes’ description, pricing and registration forms, visit www.thenic.org or call 235-5247.

Hispanic exhibit at museum

Fort Caspar Museum is hosting a new traveling exhibition from the Wyoming State Museum, "Construyendo Latinidad: Hispanic Influence in Wyoming." This display of photographs, maps, and informative text panels examines the complex history of Hispanics in the American Southwest and Wyoming from the late 17th-century to the present. It will remain through April 5, 2014.

In conjunction with this exhibit, Fort Caspar Museum will present two programs on Saturday, March 22. Drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. for the March Fremont Family Funday hands-on workshop: "Spanish Tin Work." No reservations are required, and all supplies will be provided. This program is free with paid museum admission and open to guests of all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., join curator of education Trey Corkern for a Curator Tour of "Construyendo Latinidad." This program is also free with museum admission, and no reservations are needed.

Fort Caspar Museum's winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission prices are $1.50 for adults; $1 for youth (ages 13-18 years); and free for children (12 years and younger) and for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 235-8462, or visit our website at www.fortcasparwyoming.com. Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road.

Winter Market set

The Winter Market takes place from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Ag Resource and Learning Center’s Casper Room, 2011 Fairgrounds Road. Local vendors have created wonderful food and products for the public. Shop local and get to know the people who make your food, soap, spices, and more. The market will have jams, jellies, honey, grass fed meat (roasts, steaks, hamburger, german sausage, summer sausage), dog bones, soup mixes, dips, cherry cider, locally handcrafted soaps, baked goods, and more!

The Winter Market is run by the Wyoming Food for Thought Project as part of their effort to create a more equitable and just local food system for everyone in our community.

An optional donation of $2 or a jar of peanut butter (or other non-perishable item) will go to help their childhood hunger program, the Weekend Food Bag program -- which gives kids access to food during weekends and long breaks.

To find out more about the Winter Market or any of Wyoming Food for Thought’s programs, or to become a vendor, please visit www.wyfftp.org or call 337-1703.

Spring shows at planetarium

The Casper Planetarium, 904 N. Poplar, announces its spring lineup of shows.

Tuesday and Thursday, 4 p.m., "Down to Earth," Saturday, 7 p.m., "Two Small Pieces of Glass," and 8 p.m., "Heart of the Sun."

Admission is $2.50 per person, cash or check only. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show.

The Planetarium is under the umbrella of the Natrona County School District and is a nonprofit entity. The office and gift shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 577-0310.

Lenten services at Prince of Peace

Please join us for the mid-week Lenten services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2300 E. 15th St., each Wednesday evening through April 9. Our soup suppers will begin at 6 p.m., and be followed by the Worship service at 7 p.m.

“Will You Betray Me?” This was Jesus’ question to Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night he was arrested. In our lives of faith as Jesus’ disciples, it is a question that could be asked of each of us as well.

This five-part drama series focuses on “betrayal” as a central theme. Written in a direct and edgy style, the monologues feature biblical characters that (knowingly or unknowingly) contributed to the betrayal and death of Jesus. You will hear from Simon, the upstanding Pharisee; Rachel, the concerned mother; Simon, the innocent bystander; Dinah, the forgiven adulteress, and Judas, the good disciple.

Our Sunday morning worship service is at 9 a.m. followed by fellowship and all ages Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact the church office at 234-6475.

Wednesday soup at Our Saviour's

Wednesday Soup/Suppers and Lenten Services at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 318 E. 6th St., will be exploring the theme of "Making Change". Each week we will consider various aspects of change, including Change of Season, Change of Habit, Change of Circumstances, Change of Heart, and Change of Plans. Please join us every Wednesday through the Lenten Season, with a soup supper and fellowship at 6 p.m., and worship at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Meantime, our regular Sunday worship services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. with adult bible study, faith formation, and choir rehearsal between.

For more information, please call the church office, 237-9087.

Lent at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS, 1240 S. Missouri, Lenten services will be held every Wednesday through April 9 at 7 p.m. Also, a soup supper will be provided at 6 p.m., prior to each Lenten service. For more information, call 234-0568.

Lent at Holy Family

Holy Family -- Anglican Rite Parish, 4100 SE Wyoming Blvd., announces its schedule for Lent 2014.

On Lenten Wednesdays, April 2, 9, and 16, at 6 p.m., there will be a plain Lenten supper and Bible study, "Facing the Cross," which includes the topics, "Facing Our Sins," "Facing Temptations," "Facing Our Fears," "Facing Our Wordliness," "Facing One Another," and "Facing Suffering."

Maundy Thursday is 6 p.m., April 17, with "The Paschal Meal." The Last Supper as a reenactment for the Christian Sacrament will be celebrated. Reservations are requested.

Good Friday, April 18, 9 a.m., Way of the Cross for Children; 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross.

All interested people are always welcome. For more information, call Bishop Ken Kinner, 262-7505 or Father Jim Dean, 262-6875.

Lent at St. Mark's

Join us for Lent at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 701 S. Wolcott.

Every Wednesday through Lent, we invite you to the 5:30 p.m. Lenten Service followed by a soup supper and a Lenten Book Study. This year’s study will be "The Good and Beautiful God," by James Bryan Smith and will continue through Lent for 10 weeks. All are welcome to join us for any or all of these Lenten opportunities.

We continue to offer Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. with Sunday School beginning at 8:45 a.m. We are handicap accessible from our parking lot at 7th and Durbin. For more information, please call 234-0831.

Lent in Glenrock

Join us at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 West Cedar in Glenrock, this Lent. Sunday services with Sunday School start at 9:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross with Bible Study and soup supper begin at 6 p.m. every Wednesday through April 9. For information, call 258-2524. The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

Easter Week at Shepherd of the Hills

The following Easter Week activities have been scheduled for Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4600 South Poplar (just south of Wyoming Blvd.)

Palm Sunday, April 13, 8:30 a.m.: Potluck breakfast will be followed by church service at Shepherd of the Hills with St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Communion is by intinction.

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.: Communion and a light meal in the fellowship hall with a service including washing of the hands.

Easter Service, Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m.: The blessing of the breads and celebration will follow the service.

Please call the church at 235-3536 during the week for more information.

Help Yourself

Stuff to help you.

Buddhist class on inner refuge

Tired of running the "rat race?" Looking for a refuge "getaway? It is already inside of you. No need to fly 3,000 miles. American Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Rinzin returns to Healthy Life Studio at Sunrise Shopping Center, 4200 S. Poplar St., from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., on Saturday, April 12, to teach on this great key to inner peace. Come join us. We are friendly and welcome everyone of any religion or no religion. You have nothing to lose except your stress. A $15 donation is requested to cover Gen Rinzin's travel expenses. Questions, call Joe at 315-1987.

Mental health community forum

NAMI-Casper and the 12-24 Club invite the public to a Community Forum, Education on Mental Health. The Forum will be from 6 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 8, in the Devil’s Tower Room at the 12-24 Club, 500 S. Wolcott, Suite 200. CEUs will be provided. The presenter is Archie Pettry, PLC. For more information, call 237-8035, ext. 205.

Suicide prevention conference

The Wyoming Suicide Prevention Conference, hosted by Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force, is May 7 and 8, 2014, at the Best Western Ramkota.

Topics include verbal de-escalation, prevention in rural communities, suicide prevention with youth and schools, crisis management and response, and more!

Visit www.natronacountysuicideprevention.org for registration information; contact Traci Gardner at 233-4277 for more information.

Walk-in counseling available

It’s a completely new way to gain access to behavioral healthcare, right when you need it most. Central Wyoming Counseling Center, offers “walk-in intakes” (Open Access.) This is how it works; simply call in or walk in between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and you will meet with a therapist; no appointment needed.

“This has been a re-imagining of our processes; from our staff’s roles to our lobby arrangement,” says David S. Monhollen. “We want to be available when people are hurting and when they want help. Our clients know that we will be here when they need us.”

Open Access is a system-wide commitment. Clients get in sooner, therapists intervene earlier; resulting in a reduction of overall treatment time and costs. There are 8 to 15 new clients each weekday, and they seldom wait more than 30 minutes for a therapist. CWCC’s main lobby is never full of patients “waiting.” However, it is very busy with clients arriving, going into appointments and leaving after consultations.

Founded as a charitable organization in 1959, Central Wyoming Counseling Center is Natrona County’s non-profit Community Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center. While most insurance is accepted; all Wyoming residents are eligible to receive services, regardless of their ability to pay. CWCC receives funding through grants, foundations and private donors.

Facebook marketing for business

The Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering a two-hour class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 8 titled “Facebook and Your Business” (CEU 1077 80).

Dana Volney will teach the class, which costs $60 per person and is worth .2 continuing education units. “Those attending this class will learn how to use Facebook to build successful and engaging marketing campaigns for their business,” said Ann Dalton, workforce-training specialist.

“During the class, students will learn the fundamentals of marketing their business on Facebook, building a page, growing their fan base, and driving relevant and authentic engagement with their business. Whether a person has a Facebook page or are just starting out, these tips and tricks will empower them as a Facebook advertiser,” noted Dalton.

To register or for more information, contact Dalton at 268-2085, adalton@caspercollege.edu

Free plumbing tech for income-eligible

Casper College Employment and Training for Self-Sufficiency (ETSS) through the Center for Training and Development at Casper College is offering no-cost training for qualified individuals to become pipe fitters or to enter a plumbing apprenticeship program in just 10 weeks.

“Those who successfully complete the Casper College Plumbing Technician Program can make as much as $40,000 annually in Natrona County and work in an industry that cannot be outsourced or automated,” said Ashley Mikels, workforce training specialist at Casper College.

According to Mikels, Casper College’s ETSS program will provide free training to low-income parenting adults, men and women, to get them started in the plumbing industry, which is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. Applications are now being accepted through Thursday, April 10, 2014 for the program, which will start this summer. The program includes hands-on job training, life skills training, professional development, continuing education credits, career counseling, community involvement, and books and supplies.

To participate in the program individuals must be a parenting adult of children 17 years old or younger, income qualify, complete an interview and program screening, and commit to attend all class and program sessions.

To apply or find out more interested persons should contact Mikels at 268-2124 or amikels@caspercollege.edu to determine if they are eligible. The 10-week training will begin during the summer of 2014.

The Casper College Plumbing Technician Program is funded by a grant awarded by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

High school equivalency possible

There is still time to earn a high school equivalency certificate from the Casper College Adult Learning Center before the High School Equivalency Graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

“For those who do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate there is still time for them to earn their certificate and participate in this year’s ceremony,” said Lisa Mixer, Adult Learning Center programs coordinator. A new student orientation is held every Tuesday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center where students can “begin their journey toward completion of their high school equivalency certificate,” Mixer said.

The program is free and open to out-of-school adults, 16 years of age and older. For more information stop by the Casper College Adult Learning Center located in the Werner Technical Center or call 268-2230.

Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at 307-266-0520; sallyann.shurmur@trib.com; read her blog at trib.com/dishin; or follow her on Twitter @WYOSAS

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