Today's Highlights

Fun stuff to do today.


Bingo at the Eagles

Chairman Angie invites you to Evening Bingo with Early Bird Bingo starting at 6 p.m. and Regular Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Speed Ball every Wednesday night with a $100 winner. We have non-smoking sections available. The Auxiliary has their snack bar open for your convenience each Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Come join us at 306 N. Durbin, 235-5130. This month's charity is our Memorial Foundation, to assist children who have lost a parent.

Wednesday night taco

Wednesday Night Special is Taco Bar with all the fixings. All you can eat for $6.00! Build your own Tacos, Nachos, Taco Salad or any combination you desire with Green Chili and Refried beans, Children 12 and under are free. Serving from 6 to 7pm or until gone. Also enjoy a dessert for a $1.00. Members, Significant other and Guest accompanied by a member. For more information call 234-4839.

Symphony hosts pre-concert lecture

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present a pre-concert lecture on the upcoming Eroica concert tonight at 7 p.m., in Durham Hall, Alley Fine Arts Center at Casper College.

The advent of Beethoven's third symphony, better known as 'Eroica,' was nothing short of earth-shaking in the course of music history, for it radically changed music forever. With it Beethoven proved to be a musical visionary almost beyond comprehension. 'Eroica' changed everything, from the structure of musical form to the elevation of instrumental music into a profound vehicle to access the transcendental--the infinite. Maestro Matthew Savery offers an "insiders look" at the many reasons why 208 years after it's premiere, 'Eroica' still stands as one of the most monumental achievements in music history. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome!

For more information call 266-1478 or visit the website at

St. Pat's hosts mission

St. Patrick's Catholic Church hosts a 2012 Lenten Mission, "Transforming the Power of Virtue," on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., through March 28, in the Lewis Gymnasium of the church complex. For information, call Dave Kalinowski at 577-6379. All are welcome.

Lent at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 1240 S. Missouri, hosts Lenten services every Wednesday through March 28, at 7 p.m.

Lent at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Casper will be traveling back in time to the book of Exodus in its Lenten journey this year. During the four Wednesday nights of Lent, there will be a 6 p.m. fellowship and 7 p.m. worship service, beginning tonight. Congregants and guests will hear dramatic scriptural readings from Exodus on Growing up Egyptian, The Burning Bush, Making Bricks Without Straw, Let My People Go, and Singing of Deliverance. The Exodus readings are part of the church's emphasis on the "Roots of the Faith" and how the Old Testament prepares the way for a deeper understanding of the New Testament, holy communion, and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Shepherd is at 51 Primrose Street, behind Shepherd of the Valley HealthCare Center. From CY Avenue in Paradise Valley, turn north on Paradise Drive, then left on Magnolia Street, then right on Primrose. For more information, call 237-3503.

Archaeologists meet

The monthly meeting of the Casper Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will be held tonight 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. Todd A. Surovell will speak on Folsom Households at the Barger Gulch Site, Middle Park Colo. Dr. Surovell is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. He received an MA and PhD from the University of Arizona, and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an expert in hunter-gatherer archaeology, New World colonization, and Pleistocene extinctions. In addition to extensive fieldwork across the Rocky Mountain West, he has field experience in Israel and Denmark. He will begin a new research project this summer with reindeer herding peoples in northern Mongolia. He has authored of more than 30 professional articles and a book titled Toward a Behavioral Ecology of Lithic Technology with the University of Arizona Press.

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



This Just In

New to Town Crier.

Rootz of Casper representing in Matrix

Rootz of Casper will participate and represent WY in the Matrix professional haircare company innovative Spread the Love initiative. The salon is one of 101 Spread the Love salons participating - two per state - in this year's program.

Armed with a new laptop, the team from Rootz will post regular blogs and updates on the Matrix website - Each week, David Anderson and Rootz team will share experiences, tips, and ideas online, revealing their unique approach to hairstyling and beauty. Additionally, a Matrix Family Facebook Tab will be added to those salons with an existing Facebook page, where they can post updates on all of their STL activities. And, for the first time this year Matrix has launched a salon blogging contest. Salons write and upload a blog entry every month to get exposure to new clients and to be in the running for the $500 prize. Each month, one Spread the Love salon or school will receive $500 for the best  blog based on votes. At the end of the year, the Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $1,000! Stylists and clients can follow Rootz's blog and vote for their favorite by visiting

Clients and friends are invited to follow along as they Spread the Love on behalf of all WY throughout the year. Rootz will be doing 8 makeovers, and a photographer will be there as well.

In addition, Rootz will host one of the national Matrix Spread the Love teams - two recent beauty school graduate students selected from a national competition to tour the country and use social and electronic media to share their experiences with all facets of the salon profession.

Rootz is located at 163 N. Park in Casper. Offers traditional, and contemporary styles, and coloring services for all ages. Ranging from highlighting, to advanced Matrix Signature services. For more information contact David Anderson at (307) 472-7668 or visit

Unitarian Universalists offer "Hope"

The public is invited to hear Karen Anfang discuss the topic of "Hope" at the 9 a.m. service of the Unitarian Universalist Community, held at the church at 15th and Melrose on Sunday, April 1. Music will be provided by Richard Cohen; daycare will be available. Refreshments follow.

The Ten Commandments: Part II

The public is invited to hear and join in the discussion of the second part of Charles Scott's presentation of the Ten Commandments at the 9 a.m. service of the Unitarian Universalist Community, held at the church at 15th and Melrose on Sunday, March 18. Starting at the end, and working forward, the first portion of Scott's presentation dealt with the last four Commandments. This Sunday he will discuss the First through Sixth Commandments to examine the relevance of their moral code for modern society.

Music will be provided by Richard Cohen, daycare will be available. Refreshments follow.

Eagles Sunday Breakfast

The Fraternal Order of Eagles at 306 N. Durbin will be serving Sunday Morning Breakfast this Sunday, March 18, serving from 8-11 a.m. Let us do the cooking for you this Sunday. Open to the public. non-smoking atmosphere. We provide a full menu and sit down service as this is not a buffet, plant o take a little more time. This Sunday's special is breakfast burritos (seasoned ground beef, hash browns, scrambled eggs) then add red or green chile or homemade sausage gravy - all for $7.25. Coffee is always free. This month's charity is our Memorial Foundation, to assist children that have lost a parent.

Sexual Assault topic of presentation

Casper College will host a presentation by Cindy Duncan on sexual assault prevention on Friday, March 16 at noon.

Duncan, who is employed by the Wyoming Medical Center and is the sexual assault nurse examiner for Natrona County and the chair of the Natrona County Sexual Assault Resource Team, will present issues related to sexual assault.

"Among the topics that Cindy will be addressing are what constitutes a sexual assault response team, why one is necessary, why rape happens, and what to do if someone close to you becomes a victim," said Lance Jones, director of security at Casper College. "As a member of the sexual assault response team, we felt it appropriate for Casper College to host this presentation," added Jones.

The presentation is free and open to all, and all those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. The presentation will take place in the Gateway Building, Room 225.

Casper Elks activities

Friday March 16th

Friday Night Steak Feed at the Elks, Sirlion Steak with potatoes, tossed salad and roll. Cost is $6.00 per person. Serving from 6 to 7pm or until gone. Members, Significant other and Guest accompanied by a member. For more information call 234-4839.

Saturday March 17th

St. Patty's Day party from 6pm till ? Serving Corn Beef & Cabbage. Cost is $6.00 a Plate, drink specials and Green Beer. Come down and enjoy fun times with some good friends! Members, Significant other and Guest accompanied by a member. For more information call 234-4839.

Beta Chapter of DKG meeting

The Beta Chapter DKG will be meeting this Saturday, 17th at 1:p.m. The meeting will be held at the Casper Classical Academy. The program will be Kaoru Slotsve, a Japanese teacher at KWHS who will talk about Japan.

After the program we will be working on the blankets for Transformation Center at the Rescue Mission.

Church hosts Newcomer's Brunch

St. Mark's Episcopal Church invites you to our 'Newcomer's Brunch at 11:15 on Sunday, March 18th. If you or your family is new to St. Mark's or the area, please join our Parish for our 10:00 service and then for this fun gathering of food and fellowship. For more information call 234-0831. We are located at 701 S. Wolcott. Handicap parking and access from Durbin St.



Grownup Stuff

Fun stuff geared to adults.

Interfaith Dialogue Series cancelled for March

The March monthly series exploring different religious traditions at the United Church of Christ (on the corner of 15th and South Melrose) has been cancelled.

Next month, Wednesday, April 10, OR April 24, we will have Nimi McConigley presenting a session on Hinduism and its similarities and differences from Christianity.

On the other date we hope to have a presentation on American Indian religion.

For more information call Rev. Dee Lundberg at 266-4447.

There is no fee for these discussions, though a good will donation to the church is appreciated!

Spring with SwingSounds

The SwingSounds Dance Band schedule for the 2nd quarter of 2012 at the Casper Senior Center Grand Ball Room, 1831 E. Fourth St., Casper, will be April 7, 21; May 5, 19; June 2, 16. Come on out and practice your dance moves to a six-piece dance band performing Western Swing, Pop and Jazz Standards, Traditional Country and 50's Rock 'n Roll. You do not have to be a senior to attend these dances; only a desire to enjoy an evening of entertainment in a non-smoking, non-alcoholic adult environment. Admission is  $4/person. We would like to see you there!! For additional details, call the Casper Senior Center 265-4678 or Jim Trantham 234-7239.

Wanted: men who sing

The Casper Oil City Slickers are a group of men who like to learn and sing great music in the barbershop style. We celebrate holidays and many special occasions in life with old and new songs with the great close harmony associated with the Barbershop Quartet tradition. If you are a man of good character who likes to sing you are invited to join with us to learn and perform some fine music. This chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society meets weekly for practice at St Mark's Episcopal Church. For more information call  267-2673 or 472-4722.

UW celebrates alumni in Casper

The University of Wyoming will reunite alumni living in Casper and surrounding areas at a reception on Monday, March 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Petroleum Club in Casper. The event will follow the afternoon groundbreaking of the new UW/CC Center/Student Union building on the Casper College campus.

In 1976, UW formed a partnership with Casper College to deliver its programs to the citizens of central Wyoming through onsite courses and student support services. Through the UW/CC Center, more than 3,000 students have earned degrees. Many of these students have been nontraditional: older residents with families and jobs that could not relocate to Laramie to complete their education. While opening with only three original programs, the UW/CC Center has grown to meet the needs of the community, currently offering 17 bachelor's degrees, 12 master's degrees, and numerous certificates and endorsements.

Brent Pickett, associate dean and director of the UW/CC Center, said, "The story of the first 36 years of UW/CC is one of growth-in enrollments, in the number of programs, and in the depth of the partnership with Casper College. The building we are breaking ground on is a great capstone to the first third of a century of UW/CC's history, and sets the stage for an even brighter future."

The reunion of UW graduates is sponsored by the UW Office of the President, UW Alumni Association, UW Foundation, and the UW Outreach School, and is intended to bring together former classmates while celebrating a new era of UW's partnership with CC. All UW alumni are invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Holly Herring at (307) 766-4166 or email her at by March 12.


Nurses hear about hospital

Join District Nurses #2 and other nurses in the community to learn about the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Are you aware that children from birth to 18 years of age can receive orthopaedic, burn, cleft lip and palate, or spinal cord injury care at no financial obligation to the family? Jill Conners, Shriners Hospital representative, will speak on what the hospital does for children and how the health community can contribute in making patient referrals. The meeting will be held at the Shrine Club, 1501 West 39th Street and is hosted by the Shriners. A complimentary dinner is being served so please RSVP no later than Monday, March 19, to Jolene if you plan to attend:

Jolene Knaus -- 262-1584

Symphony does Beethoven

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present Eroica, Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening with the explosion of creative genius for which no one was prepared. It broke all the rules! It shocked and bewildered the world. It was the piece that changed the course of music forever, and cemented Beethoven's reputation as the greatest living composer of his time. Join us as the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven's monumental Eroica. Also on the program is Ernest Bloch's vibrant Concerto Grosso no. 1 for Piano and Orchestra.

The concert will be performed at the John F. Walsh Auditorium at Natrona County High School.

Tickets 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. 1B.

For more information call 266-1478 or visit the website at

Seniors to symphony

The Reveille Rotary Club of Casper is offering transportation for seniors over 60 to the Symphony's next performance Saturday evening, March 17, 2012 to John F. Welsh Auditorium at Natrona County High School.

"Realizing that there are seniors in our community who would love to attend the Symphony but would prefer not to drive at night, members of our group are stepping up to provide a ride for an enjoyable night out" according to Shawn Bassham, president of the Reveille Rotary Club.

Anyone needing a ride and a ticket to the performance must call Denise at 265-4678 to reserve a spot as there is limited availability. There is no charge for transportation or the ticket; however, if possible, a donation toward the price of the ticket, $20, to the performance is appreciated. Those who register will be given a general admission ticket to the event and a ride from home to and from the concert. The Reveille Rotary Club and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra are working together to provide this affordable opportunity.

The March 17 performance presents Beethoven's monumental Eroica. Also on the program, Ernest Bloch's vibrant Concerto Grosso no. 1 for Piano and Orchestra. Beethoven's Eroica was the piece that changed the course of music forever, and cemented Beethoven's reputation as the greatest living composer of his time.

For more information about the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, please call 266-1478 or visit the Symphony's website at

Vegetarian potluck March 16

Twenty-Four Carrot Vegetarian Pot Luck will be held at the Senior Center in the conference room on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bring simple raw salads, whole grain breads or crackers.

Testimonials will be heard concerning the benefits of a plant-based diet and to answer questions about the acid build-up with no fiber in the meat-based diet. Recipes for a gourmet eating plan that strengthens the immune system as well as cutting down the costs of grocery bills will be discussed. An informational video called "Eating" will be shown. A donation of $2 per person is suggested.

Bring friends and family -- call Oleta Thomas, 237-9676 for more information.

Post-legi luncheon set

The Casper Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2012 Post-Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Casper Petroleum Club. Natrona County and central Wyoming legislators will be reporting on the recent budget session and any legislation that may be of interest to the residents of Casper and surrounding area. The cost for the luncheon is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Reservations are required and you can reserve your spot by contacting the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce at 234-5311. Sponsors for the event are: Rocky Mountain Oncology and Mountain View Regional Hospital.

District holds annual election

The North Mountain View Improvement District will holds its annual election for owners and residents within that district. Elections will be held on May 8, from 2 to 7 p.m., at 4693 Lafayette in Mills/North Mountain View.

The elected position will be for secretary, and anyone interested in filling this four-year term should contact president Elsie Herbort, 234-7989 or treasurer Mary DeHony, 237-5501.

Want to be Mrs. Casper?

The Mrs. Wyoming Pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Casper. Once selected, the lucky lady will represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. Wyoming Pageant to be held on March 24 at Cheyenne High Auditorium.

Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at over $8,000 including an all expense paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a Wyoming resident, no performing talent required.

To request the official application or for information, call Sheree Lynch, Wyoming's state director, at 970-674-0944 or visit

Dance away the winter

The SwingSounds Dance Band dance schedule for the first quarter of 2012 at the Casper Senior Center Grand Ball Room. 1831 E. Fourth St., will be March 17. Come out and practice your dance moves to a six-piece dance band performing Western Swing, Pop and jazz Standards, Traditional Country and 50's Rock 'n Roll. You do not have to be a senior to attend these dances; only a desire to enjoy an evening of entertainment in a non-smoking, non-alcoholic adult environment. Admissions are $4/person. We would like to see you there!! For additional details, call the Casper Senior Center, 265-4678 or Jim Trantham, 234-7239.

Library group meets

Meeting dates have been set for the citizen-led task force that is considering a new library for Natrona County. All task force meetings are open to the public.

Meetings will be held Monday, March 26; Wednesdays, April 11 and 25; and Wednesdays, May 9 and 23. All meetings are open to the public and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Natrona County Public Library Crawford room.

The task force will be considering the need for a larger library to adequately serve Natrona County, the size and cost of the proposal and potential funding options.

Interested citizens can find meeting dates, agendas and topics up for discussion via the library website:

For more information about library events or hours call 577-READ or visit

Six-day Trip to Santa Fe Set for July

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Casper College is currently taking reservations for a special six-day trip to Santa Fe, N.M. for opera and fun.

"We're headed back to the Santa Fe Opera this summer to see two operas, "The Pearl Fishers" by Bizet, and "Tosca" by Puccini," said Vicki Pollock, lifelong learning specialist at Casper College.

In addition to the two operas, the six-day trip will include four nights at the Hotel Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M. and one night on the return home at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colo. Travel will be in a luxury tour bus, especially chosen for the trip, according to Pollock.

Space is limited to 28 participants and a membership in OLLI is not required to sign up. Three price levels are available: $2165 per person for single accommodations, $1680 per person for double, and $1552 per person for triple. The cost of the trip includes lodging, transportation, opera tickets, buffet dinner at the opera, a special dinner at the Hotel Santa Fe, a dessert/champagne tailgate party, opera house tour, opera lectures, and much more.

For more information or to reserve a place on the Santa Fe Opera trip, contact Pollock at 268-2097, 800-442-2963, ext. 2097 or



Helping folks raise money.

Republicans do some boot scootin'

Dust off the belt buckle, shine up the boots and come to the Natrona County GOP, "Boot Scootin' for the Red, White and You" event on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Centre. Cocktails will start at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 7 p.m., and then dancing with music by The Avengers. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a wine auction, a dance competition and a whole lot of dancing for all ages. (No one under 18 please.)

The cost is $40/person or $75/couple and couples can be a combo of any two individuals. Reservations are a must and can be made by contacting Elizabeth Andress at 235-4153 or, or you can send a check to Natrona County GOP, P.O. Box 3576, Casper, WY 82602 -

Friends of NRA host banquet

The Friends of the NRA 20th Annual Banquet will be held on April 14, 2012 at the Parkway Plaza from 5:30 to 10 p.m. We are the only committee in Wyoming to celebrate 20 years, so please come on out and help us celebrate this fantastic distinction. We will have lots of great Live Auction and Silent Auction items as well as the myriad of games we offer. Tickets can be purchased at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports or you can call 277-5083 or 267-8577. Find us on Facebook at Casper Friends of NRA.

Pull for Kids

Pulling for Kids, the red wagon event fund-raiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Natrona County is Friday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Sonny's RV on E. Yellowstone Hwy. Tickets are $60 each or two for $100, and include ample tropical-style hors d'oeuvres provided by Armours, Gegi's, Eggington's, FireRock and Dsasumo. Poplar Wine & Spirits will provide two cash bars and the frozen margarita machine. Entertainment will be provided by Casper's own Pete Martinez, Nashville recording artist and founder of country band, "Way Out West."

There will raffles for a Spirit Wagon and an RV from Sonny's. Raffle tickets are $20 each for the spirit wagon and $25 each or five for $100 for the RV. Remember your childhood and the reason we give a voice to children who cannot speak for themselves.

For tickets, call 237-0889. Reservation deadline is March 15.


NWTF hosts banquet

The Bighorn Chapter of the NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation) will be holding its annual Hunting Herritage Banquet on Saturday, March 31, at the Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 7 p.m. The evening will be filled with games, raffles, and both silent and live auctions. There is a 12-Gun Raffle Board with the winners drawn that night. For information and tickets, please call Tony Schebler at 259-5181.

Horse racing fund-raiser

Reach 4 A Star Riding Academy presents the Tail Wind Derby video horse racing fund-raiser on April 28, 2012, at the Parkway Plaza. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a hat contest, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, raffle prizes and horse racing. With the purchase of an event ticket, you get an allotment of funny money to use when placing your bets. At the end of the race, go to the payout window to collect your winnings. You can always buy more funny money when you need it. Tickets are $50 each or two for $75. For more information or to get tickets, contact Karol at 472-7827 or Becky at 259-9421.


Popular event at St. Anthony March 24

In 2011, St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School Partners in Education (PIE) dinner/auction gala sold out.

It's time to reserve your tickets now for Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $70 each. You can purchase friends and family table for $700 and that guarantees you will all have a table reserved together. Corporate tables are $1,500. A corporate table gets you up front and close to the action. This year there will be a special raffle at the event. You buy raffle tickets and put them in one of three different purses (purses donated by Marcy Martin of Floral Rhino). One (unknown) of these purses will have a diamond necklace and earrings in it. There will be three winners, one of them gets the big prize -- purse and diamond jewelry. As always, this is a marvelous time to support your Catholic school and have fun bidding on silent and live auction items. We are always looking for special unique and upscale auction items.

If you are interested in donating something for the event, please contact the PIE chair, Jody Schmidt; Mary Schmidt, or call the school at 234-2873

If your calendar is already full, please consider supporting this event with a donation to help fund scholarship for students.

Ducks Unlimited March 17

Save the date, March 17, for Duck's Unlimited's 75th anniversary banquet at Sonny's RV with catering by Eggington's. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $55 for singles and $85 for couples; and $30 for green wings (16 and under). Reserved tables and sponsor tables are also available. Seating is limited so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

To kick off this spectacular year, we are having a 75-gun raffle. There are 35 shotguns, 25 rifles, and 15 pistols. Tickets are only $50 each and are being sold in advance. For more information on banquet tickets or the gun raffle, contact Lucy Pate, 265-8177; Dave Witt, 259-2735; or Bill Wernsman, 262-9487.

Tebow to Wyo

Casper Youth for Christ is asking Wyoming's young people (and adults) to write a letter to Tim Tebow, inviting him to Casper to speak at a fundraising event.

Casper YFC hopes to deliver 10,000 letters to Tebow between now and March 31.

Letters may be mailed to CYFC, 353 West A Street, Casper, WY 82601; emailed to; or faxed to 307-234-6453.

Once the letters are delivered and Tebow accepts, YFC will let Tebow pick the date of the fundraiser.

For more information, call the CYFC office at 235-6650.

Win a pickup and 5th wheel

Tickets are still available for the Wyoming Paintbrush 17th annual fundraising raffle of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD extended cab four-wheel drive pickup and a 2012 Montana Mountaineer by Keystone 33-foot 5th wheel duo. The drawing will be held May 5, 2012. Tickets are $100 each or five for $450. Forms of payment accepted are cash, money order, check, Visa or Master Card. Tickets may be purchased at the Wyoming Paintbrush office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you may mail your entry to Wyoming Paintbrush, 239 W 1st St, Casper, 82601 or call 237-8618 for more information. We are a non-profit organization that creates art opportunities for disabled individuals of any age, without discrimination. We thank you for your support both in the past and in the future.


Dates, registration, etc.

NC '62

The NCHS Class of 1962 will hold its 50th reunion July 6, 7 and 8, 2012. Contacts are Kaye Huffsmith Hunt, 235-0725 and Dick O'Quinn, 472-1117. Mailing address is 113 S. Lincoln, Casper, 82601. For more information, visit

NC '67

Please join us in celebration of our 45th reunion at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, July 28, 2012. We will gather for food, fun, and friendship at the Filling Station of Three Crowns Golf Course. Hors d'oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are due by July 14, 2012. Please spread the word to NC classmates and Kelly Walsh grads.

Judy Clark Santoni, 234-1703

Pam McIntyre Hopkins, 237-5498

KW '72

The Kelly Walsh Class of 1972 is planning its 40-year reunion for August 3 and 4, 2012. We are looking for committee volunteers and need to obtain contact information for fellow classmates. Find us on Facebook at 1972 Kelly Walsh Class Reunion or email

NC '82

The NCHS Class of 1982 will hold its 30th reunion June 29 and 30, 2012.

Please send your contact information to

Find us on Facebook at Natrona County High School Class of 1982 30 Year Reunion.

For additional information, contact Cindy Kjohede Klein, 232-9508.

KW '82

The Kelly Walsh High School Class of 1982 30th reunion will be held August 3-5, 2012, in Casper. The preliminary schedule of events includes a Friday night Icebreaker at the Yellowstone Garage; a golf tournament on Saturday, a dinner and dance on Saturday evening; and a picnic on Sunday.

If you have any information about 1982 graduates, or would like more information about the reunion, please contact Debbie Strube Ehlers at 234-2173 or There is also a KWHS Class of 82 Facebook group set up. You must be invited by an existing group member to join.

KW '92

The Kelly Walsh High School of 1992 20th class reunion will be held on August 10-11, 2012, in Casper. We tentatively have reserved Eggington's for the Friday night Icebreaker, Saturday will include a family picnic at Kelly Walsh High School in the court yard and Saturday evening there will be a dinner/dance at the Three Crowns Golf Course.

If you are a graduate or know a graduate and have or need additional information please contact the committee via e-mail at We have additionaly created a Facebook page so please check it out at Kelly Walsh High School Class of 1992.

A Web page is being created so please check back periodically for updates as we will be posting fees, times and web page address.

Help Yourself

Stuff to help you.

Buddhist spirituality March 24

Gentle, American Buddhist Monk, Gen Kelsang Rinzin returns to Healthy Life Studio, 1111 S. Poplar St. on Saturday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to teach on "The Path to Inner Freedom." The Buddha never sought to create a new "religion." He simply tried to explain reality and provide a method to deal with it honestly and compassionately in a way that brings inner peace. This class is the core of his teaching. A $15 donation is requested. Everyone, of any religion or no religion, is welcome! If you have questions, call Joe at 315-1987.

Engineers offer scholarships

The Central Wyoming Section of SME 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 6. Please contact JoAnn True ( for additional information.

JoAnn True -- 265-4925

ADD/ADHD support meets

The Parent Center will host a support group for parents who have children with ADD/ADHD or behavioral needs on Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Parent Center, 500 South Jefferson St. (former Jefferson School building). We'll serve a light meal, followed by an informal discussion on ‘Home & Classroom Tools'. We'll also brainstorm upcoming discussion topics. Free respite/child care will be available on site. For more info, please call the Parent Center at 253-4627.

Hiring heroes March 27

Hiring heroes! Veteran job seekers -- a Veterans Job Fair will be held at the McMurry Training Center in Casper on Tuesday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Veterans are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress for an interview. For more information, call Ken at the Casper Workforce Center: 234-4591, ext 4.

Dog obedience begins March 20

A class aimed at creating great companion dogs is being offered at Casper College beginning Tuesday, March 20.

"Dog Obedience" (CMSV 2100 80) will provide instruction on socialization, house training, mouthing, and good nutrition. It will also help train dogs to come when called and to develop good manners. The importance of veterinarian care, and many other topics will also be covered, according to instructors Jana Oler and Dawn Miller.

"Dogs of all ages are allowed in the class, however dogs less than a year old are encouraged to take Puppy Kindergarten," said Oler. Owners are asked not to bring their dog to the first session, and will be asked to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each dog, Oler noted.

Classes will be held each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 through May 1 at Casper College.

Registration is currently underway for "Dog Obedience" at Casper College. For more information or to register, call the college at 268-3399 or at

Kindergarten for puppies

A class just for puppies is being offered through Casper College on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30, March 19 through April 30.

"Puppy Kindergarten" (CMSV 2110 81) is specifically designed for puppies ages 6 months to 1 year and their owners.

Instruction will include socialization, house training, mouthing, good nutrition, come when called, good manners, the importance of vet care, and more, according to instructors Jana Oler and Dawn Miller.

Owners are asked not to bring their puppy to the first session, and will be asked to sign a general release-of-liability statement and provide proof of rabies vacation for each puppy, according to Oler.

For more information or to register, call the college at 268-2206 or log on to

Free classes at library

Natrona County Public Library offers basic computer classes monthly to help you navigate the computer, the internet, and basic programs such as Microsoft Word. Additional classes are given periodically on topics like downloading audio and video, using EBay and genealogy. All classes are held in the Tech Center at the main library in downtown Casper. Please stop by the library's Reference Desk or call 577-READ ext. 2 to learn more about these free classes.

Classes for March 2012: Intro to Internet class, Thursday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m.; Finding Health Information Online, Tuesday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m.; Intro to Word, Friday, March 23 from 9-11 a.m.; Intro to Excel, Monday, March 26 from 2-4 p.m.

Business, industry welcome at career fair

All businesses and industries from Casper, the state of Wyoming, and the region are invited to participate in Casper College's Annual Business and Industry Career Fair on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus.

"Because Casper College and its partner institutions offer a large variety of quality educational programs with certificates and/or degrees, this is a tremendous opportunity to recruit qualified employees," said Wes Bertagnole, Casper College Career Services counselor. "Prospective college graduates, alumni, high school students, working professionals, and the general public are invited to the fair to learn about current and future job opportunities," he added.

The free display space includes a nine by six foot table and chairs, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For registration information, contact Bertagnole at 268-2392, toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2392 or email at

 Catholics Returning Home

Non-practicing Catholics are invited to informal listening sessions and an update of the Catholic faith. Saint Anthony Church will conduct the series called "Catholics Returning Home," on six consecutive Monday evenings at The Parish Center, 642 S. Wolcott, beginning April 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more details, call 266-2666.

Annual blood draw set

Blue Envelope's Annual Blood Draw will take place March 20-31, 2012, (Tuesday through Saturday), at 115 S. Elm St. (the Wyoming Health Fairs facility). New hours this year are 7 to 10 a.m. Please remember to fast for 12 hours unless you are diabetic, and drink plenty of water. No appointments are needed, and your results will be mailed to you. Screenings provided are various blood screenings, stroke screening and bone density for fees, and free screenings of skin, vision, hearing, blood pressure and body fat. For questions regarding the blood screenings, call 233-4455. For other questions call Val at 235-8917 or Sue at 265-2254. If you would like to volunteer with Blue Envelope to help with our Blood Draw or other activities during the year, please call Val or Sue.

New hours, room at Oasis

The Oasis Food Pantry, inside the College Heights Community Center, 1927 S. Walnut (the old Garfield School) has moved across the hall in the same building. The pantry is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday evenings, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Thursdays. Use the main entrance to the building on Walnut Street, or the entrance on the south side of the building.

Legal info on debt collection

Poverty Resistance is providing legal information to help families combat questionable debt collection practices.

In 2011, there were 5,529 civil actions filed in Natrona County Circuit court, most of them debt collection actions on older debts. While most of the defendants in these cases do owe a debt, many do not owe as much as the creditor claims.

With the help of computers and the internet it is possible for debt collectors to raise ancient debts, many of which were "charged off" by the original creditor; bundle them and sell them to a variety of collection agencies for pennies on the dollar.

A big investor in this bundling and selling of debt are companies that were involved in the sub prime mortgage fiasco. Some of the larger companies are backed by Wall Street companies.

Poverty Resistance folks believe that consumers can and should protect and defend themselves from these practices. One good source of information is the National Consumer Law Center. This is the website:

Another good source of information is "The Debt Machine" a report that more specifically outlines the more outrageous practices of debt collectors and gives tips on how to protect yourself. The website for that report is:

Poverty Resistance has developed a forms packet that defendants can download free of charge. For specifics, go to or friend Mary Ann Budenske on Facebook.

Get your GED, learn English for free

NOWCAP Wyoming Family Literacy is a nonprofit family literacy program that offers free GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for parents, as well as preschool and infant-toddler programs for children whose parents attend classes. The proram also provides parenting education classes, tailored individualized instruction time and Parent & Child Together Time (PACT).

NOWCAP Wyoming Family Literacy-Casper is partnered with Casper College ABE/GED, Child Development Center and Natrona County School District No. 1.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact NOWCAP Wyoming Family Literacy-Casper at 472-5640.

Free tax help

Wyoming Free Tax Service (VITA) again offers free income tax preparation and e-filing in Casper, Glenrock and Douglas. All tax preparers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service. We serve taxpayers with incomes of $65,000 or less, senior citizens and students.

Help is available through Friday, April 13.

Monday, 2 to 5 p.m., Douglas Senior Center (conclusion of service March 19)

Tuesday, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Casper College Thorson Business Building

Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Restoration Fellowship Church

Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Natrona County Library Crawford Room

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Casper College Thorson Business Building

Mercer House offers classes

Mercer Family Resource Center is offering several parenting classes in the new year.

Class names, dates and times, and fees follow.

For more information or to register, call Jade McMichael at 233-4276.

Make Parenting a Pleasure: Project Magic, parents with children 0 to 8;  March 22 to May 10, Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., caregivers only, snacks and onsite childcare provided, $35 fee.

Family Stuff

Fun stuff for the whole family.

Breakfast at the Elks

Sunday Breakfast at the Elks will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage links, potatoes, scrambled eggs, french toast and omelets to order. Toast, juice and coffee. All you can eat for $6, children 12 and under are free. This is open to the public. For more information, call 234-4839.

Eagles Sunday breakfast

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 306 N. Durbin, will be serving Sunday Morning Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Let us do the cooking for you. Open to the public. Non-smoking atmosphere. We provide a full menu and sit-down service. As this is not a buffet, plan to take a little more time.  Coffee is always free. This month's charity is our Memorial Foundation to assist children who have lost a parent.

Greek food at college dinner

The foods of Greece will be featured at the next Casper College Ethnic Dinner on Thursday, March 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Selections for the dinner include hummus bi tahini with pita chips; fresh cucumber salad with tzatziki sauce; kalamata tapenade on crostini; avgolemeno soup; Greek flat bread; spinach salad with feta, red onion, tomato and Greek dressing; Greek style ouzo chicken with fresh lemon, yogurt, oregano and ouzo; Mediterranean rice with bay shrimp; vegetable moussaka with spiced lentils. Dessert will include baklava and figs and fresh green grapes.

Advance tickets for the Greek dinner will be sold through Friday, March 16 at a cost of $9.50 each. Tickets will also be available at the door for $11 for adults, $7 for ages 7 through 12, and free for children 6 and under. Tax will be added to all ticket purchases. Because dinners often sell out, advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended.

Tickets may be purchased at the Casper College Business Office or the Gateway Café, both located on the third floor of the Gateway Building. Other locations include the Roberts Commons Cafeteria, and the cafés in Liesinger Hall and the Wold Physical Science Center. Cash is accepted at all locations and credit cards are accepted at the cafeteria and cafés.

Skate with the Bunny

Bring the whole family and celebrate spring. Stop by the Casper Ice Arena on Saturday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., for "Skate with the Bunny." Admission is only $3 per person and includes skating, candy and lots of fun. Skate rental is free.

Book signing March 24

Orson T. Badger will be signing copies of his book, "Exodus Leaving Home," on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tomcats Learning Books & Cards in the Sunrise Shopping Center.

Badger, an architect with GSG Architecture in Casper, recently published the book, which is the first in a sci-fi thriller series that transports the reader from Earth on a grand voyage to the stars.

Badger was born in Utah and since has lived in South Korea, Washington, Idaho, Florida, and Louisiana. In 2002, he returned to college and earned a Master's degree in Architecture at the University of Idaho. He lives with his wife and four children in Casper.

Easter egg hunt at Poverty Resistance

This year's hunt will be Saturday, April 7, at noon at 450 S. Wolcott, which is the OLD Poverty Resistance store.

To avoid the traditional "stampede," kids will hunt in small groups and eggs will be replenished after each "hunt."

Mary Ann will also do face painting.

PR needs several Easter Bunny helpers for this event.

For more information, friend Mary Ann Budenske on facebook, email her at or call her at 253-8955.

The Reaping: A Hunger Games event for teens

Teens are invited to the Natrona County Public Library for "The Reaping," a celebration in honor of the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games," based on the popular book series by Suzanne Collins. On Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m., be ready for battles of wits and skill, friends, fun and snacks along the way. The event is free, open to teens in grades 7-12, and will be held in the Crawford room. Call 577-READ, ext. 101, for more information.

Winter clearance at thrift

The First United Methodist thrift shop at 611 W. Collins is having its annual clearance countdown of all winter merchandise and clothing. Everything is greatly reduced and will be further reduced as the sale progresses. However as the prices drop, so does the selection. So shop early and choose or shop later and choose from what's left.

The shop will be closed March 26-31 for cleaning and restocking. The re-opening on Monday April 2 will feature an all-new inventory of spring and summer clothing and merchandise.

Shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donations will be appreciated and accepted during open store hours.

Thank you Casper for your support. All of our income goes back to the community to 17 different organizations. Check out the list of recipients at the store.

For information, call 234-6611.


Lent at St. Mark's

St. Mark's Episcopal Church invites you to share your Lenten journey with them. On Wednesdays, Youth Group gathers at 5 p.m. (6th to 12th) and Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. followed by a soup supper. A Lenten book study at 6:45 p.m., and Healing Prayers and Compline at 7:45 p.m. Sunday services are at 8 a.m. (Rite I) and 10 a.m. (Rite II) with Sunday School at 9:45. Nursery care is available. (All adults caring for or working with children of any age have had "Safeguarding God's Children" training.) We are located at 701 S. Wolcott with parking and handicap accessible from Durbin St. For more information, please call 234-0831.

St. Pat's hosts mission

St. Patrick's Catholic Church hosts a 2012 Lenten Mission, "Transforming the Power of Virtue," on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,  through March 28, in the Lewis Gymnasium of the church complex. For information, call Dave Kalinowski at 577-6379. All are welcome.

Lent at Christ Church

Christ Episcopal Church, 415 West Cedar in Glenrock, announces its schedule for Lent, 2012.   Stations of the Cross, Bible Study, and soup suppers follow every Wednesday at 6 p.m., through March 28. Palm Sunday Liturgy with Holy Eucharist will be at 9:30 a.m. on April 1. Holy Week events, "Hearing St. Mark," a reading of the Gospel of Mark, on Tuesday, April 3; the Maundy Thursday Liturgy on April 5; and the Good Friday Service of Tenebrae on April 6, will all start at 7 p.m. Sunday services and Sunday School are at 9:30 a.m. weekly. For information call 436-2206 or 258-2524. The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

Lent at Trinity Lutheran

 Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS 1240 S. Missouri, hosts Lenten services every Wednesday through March 28,  at 7 p.m.

Lent at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Casper will be traveling back in time to the book of Exodus in its Lenten journey this year. During the four Wednesday nights of Lent, there will be a 6 p.m. fellowship and 7 p.m. worship service, beginning tonight. Congregants and guests will hear dramatic scriptural readings from Exodus on Growing up Egyptian, The Burning Bush, Making Bricks Without Straw, Let My People Go, and Singing of Deliverance. The Exodus readings are part of the church's emphasis on the "Roots of the Faith" and how the Old Testament prepares the way for a deeper understanding of the New Testament, holy communion, and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Shepherd is at 51 Primrose Street, behind Shepherd of the Valley HealthCare Center. From CY Avenue in Paradise Valley, turn north on Paradise Drive, then left on Magnolia Street, then right on Primrose. For more information, call 237-3503.

Crochet, stamp art begin

Two new classes are being offered at the Casper Recreation Center, 1801 E 4th St.

Crochet classes begin on March 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a five-week session. Students will learn beginning to more advanced techniques while making squares that can be turned into an afghan for those chilly evenings class is taught by Nancy Pawlowski.

With Easter and spring just around the corner, come and learn how to create your own cards, invitations and other projects centered on the upcoming holiday using all kinds of stamp art techniques. Class will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 17, and is taught by Kay Capps.

For more information or to register for any upcoming classes, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383. Information is also available at

New class for teens

The Casper Recreation Center at 1801 E. 4th St. has new classes geared for teenagers beginning this month.

New for teenage girls, ages 13-17 is Girl's Night Out on Friday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Girls will learn the how-tos of facials and manicures, get make-up tips, have a healthy snack and will even get to personalize a T-shirt. Class fee is $20 and includes all supplies.

Beginning March 22 on Thursday evenings, Brandon will help bring out your creative side with drawing, painting with acrylics and watercolor, working with clay and other media in the new Teen Art class. This class for ages 13-17 runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and all supplies are furnished. Class fee is $68 for 7 weeks.

Watch for more fun classes beginning in late March or April including Teddy Bear Teas for 3-5 year olds, Babysitting Clinic for 11-13 year olds, Ukrainian Eggs and another Girls Night Out in May., Stamp Art, and Ukrainian Eggs.

For more information or to register for any upcoming classes, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383 or visit .

Empey directs dark comedy

Stage III Community Theatre is proud to present "The House of Blue Leaves," written by John Guare. The play was chosen and will be directed by Casper's own theater celebrity, Tom Empey. Empey was theater director for 31 years at Casper College until his retirement in June 2010.

The play centers around Artie Shaunessy, a New York songwriter, moonlighting as a zookeeper while waiting to hit the big time. Artie and his wife live right upstairs from Artie's mistress in Queens. The cast of characters includes Artie's old pal Billy, now a famous movie producer, his starlet travel companion, and Artie's AWOL son Ronny.

The year is 1965. The Pope is about to visit New York City for the first time, and son Ronny has a homemade surprise planned for him. Will Billy be Artie's ticket to a new life or will his dreams disappear like smoke in the seedy bars where he plays piano?

The play at Stage III Community Theatre, 900 N. Center, is March 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be performed March 18 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for full-time students and seniors 65 and over.

Tickets are available in advance at Grant Street Grocery, Cadillac Cowgirl, and Sonic Rainbow or one hour prior to curtain time at the Stage III box office. Season ticket holders may call 234-0946 for reservations. For more information, call 234-0946, email us at, visit the website or find us on Facebook.

Arbor Day in Bar Nunn

The Town of Bar Nunn will be celebrating Arbor Day on Saturday, April 28. We will be meeting at the Fire Hall at 8 a.m. for opening ceremonies before planting the trees. Each participant is to bring a brunch pot luck for all to share. Bar Nunn will be a member of Tree City USA for the 19th year this year. So, come and join our mayor, council, parks members and your neighbors.

New shows at gallery

Looking toward Spring, the Casper Artists' Guild/ West Wind Gallery presents two new shows for your enjoyment during the month of March. If you are a fan of photography, you will enjoy this wonderful All Members Photography Show presented in our Centennial Room. Also, on display in the Goedicke Room, are many works of members' art following a "Green Theme" for St. Patrick's Day. Each month through the spring and summer, will bring a new and exciting exhibition.

The Casper Artists' Guild / WestWind Gallery is a non profit organization operated totally by volunteers. We offer beginning art sessions, workshops by local and national artists, painting groups, a venue for exhibiting and selling your artwork. We also offer an opportunity to work with other artists and organizations such as Game and Fish, Art Along the Parkway, and Bank of the West. Whether a beginner or an experienced artist, or if you just enjoy art, we encourage you to make a visit, check us out, and consider becoming an involved member.

We look forward to being an integral part of the growth of our community in the years ahead and welcome new members to join us in our efforts.

For more information or questions, please call or visit the WestWind Gallery at 1040 West 15th Street or call 265-2655.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

Father-Son Duct Tape Duel March 24

The 7th Annual Father-Son Duct Tape Duel will be hosted at Crest Hill Elementary School on March 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fathers, sons, grandfathers, grandsons, uncles and nephews of elementary school age boys are invited to participate in this fun event.

Usable building materials will be donated by sponsors of the event: Sutherlands, Kistler Tent and Awning, the Home Depot, What's In Store, Bushwell's Sporting Goods, Aaker Signs, Prairie Pella of Wyoming, S.A.M.E. Music and Peden's Inc. Each sponsor will choose a "Best of Show" award recipient at the end of the event.

Tickets are $20 per two-person team. A meal will be served. Seating is limited. Tickets must be purchased by March 21. No tickets will be available at the door.

The Father-Son Duct Tape Duel is a program of Wyoming CARES. Wyoming CARES is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit agency with a mission: to provide assistance to Wyoming residents in need.

For more information, contact the office of Wyoming CARES at 237-7035.

Girl Scouts celebrate

Western History Day celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts is Thursday, March 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Casper College Aley Fine Arts Center, 3rd Floor, Durham Hall.

There will be a Flag Ceremony by Girl Scouts in historic uniforms.

Three speakers will share stories from their Girl Scout backgrounds. The final speaker, Sarah Engstrom, will be a great role model for our younger Girl Scouts on the exciting things a girl can do as she gets older.

Enjoy refreshments. Families welcome and encouraged to attend.

There is no charge and no pre-registration necessary

Girls attending must wear their Girl Scout uniform.

Adults who have earned awards should wear them as well.

Edible Book Fest April 1

Have you eaten -- or cooked -- any good books lately? We hope so, because it is time once again for the annual Edible Book Fest. Sponsored by the Friends of Natrona County Public Library, the Fest gives imaginative readers the opportunity to make an creation relating to a book --  its title, content, pictures, etc., using edible materials. (Puns on any of the foregoing are always fun.) On Sunday, April 1, at 1 p.m., all amazing and amusing entries will gather at NCPL where viewers can vote for their favorites. There is no charge to enter or attend.

Entry blanks will be available at the circulation desk of the library after March 1. Come join us for the best April Fool's Day. Questions? Call 234-1678 or 265-2211.

'Wyoming Knits!' at trails

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is recognizing Women's History Month with a temporary exhibit, "Wyoming Knits! Contemporary Knitting in the Cowboy State."

The exhibit  runs throughout the month. The exhibit celebrates the beauty and diversity of the fiber arts, and features over 100 examples of knit and crocheted items by Wyoming artists.

"The exhibit provides a modern day connection to our pioneer past," said Trails Center interpreter Alex Rose.

Wyoming fiber artists from Casper, Cody, Lander, Riverton, Buffalo, Thermopolis, and Laramie contributed to the exhibit.

Some of the items in the exhibit are available for sale, with part of the proceeds benefitting the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

The following Wyoming yarn shops and organizations helped facilitate the exhibit: Cowgirl Yarn of Laramie, Dancing Sheep Yarn and Fiber of Casper, Fremont Fiber Arts Guild, Jennings Family Fibers of Riverton, Lucy's Sheep Camp of Thermopolis, Mountain Meadow Wool Mill of Buffalo, and Needlework Paradise of Cody.

Erin Rose, curator of education at Fort Caspar Museum, and a knitting instructor, contributed to the exhibit.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, 261-7780.

New art at downtown bank

While you are downtown, take a few moments to stop by the Bank of the West and view the new display of wonderful artwork by Casper Artists' Guild members Neva Bodin, Ingrid Burnett, Nadine McLeod and Irma Stolt. These local artists are displaying their artwork through the months of

February and March during normal banking hours.

If you would like more information about the artwork or to contact an artist, please call the West Wind Gallery at 265-2655, or visit our gallery at 1040 West 15th St., Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

Carole Glenn -- 265-6129

New board for Painted Past

Painted Past Productions has recently revamped its Board of Directors. The new board members are: Stephanie Petumenos, Lew Winsor,

Mary Jackson, Tom Empey and Cory Marshall.

Painted Past looks forward to entertaining you this summer with our tours. Dates have been set for the tours and are as follows:

The 1920's tour will be July 6, and 27, Aug. 10 and 24; The Ghost tour will be June 29, July 20, August 3 and 17; The Cemetery tour will be September 28 and 29, pending approval from the City Council; Halloween Ghost tour will be Oct 31.

We have a surprise tour for you this fall as well. Keep watching for details. For more information, please call Painted Past, 277-7243.

Spring Ring 2012

The Wyoming Spring Ring 2012, a gathering of Handbell Musicians of America Area XI will be held April 20 and 21, 2012, at Highland Park Community Church. Monica S. McGowan is the guest conductor/clinician. McGowan served for 12 years as the director of the Twin Cities Bronze in Minnesota. A concert open to the public will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, contact Carolyn Deuel at 265-1564 or email her at

Women's history at fort

Fort Caspar Museum hosts "In Pursuit of Equality," through March 24. The exhibit tells the story of Nellie Tayloe Ross, Thyra Thomson and Elizabeth Byrd, three Wyoming women who, through their actions as elected office holders, challenged and changed the conventional understanding of equality in Wyoming during the 20th century. Today, the true meaning of equality is still being explored and debated in Wyoming. The exhibit is from the American Heritage Center in Laramie.

For more information, call 235-8462 or check the website at

CC Robotics Department hosts FTC Competition

Public Invited to attend

The Casper College Robotics Department will host the 2012 First Technical Challenge competition on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The FTC competition is open to both junior and senior high students. Competitors must design, build, and program a small robot during the competition, according to Dave Arndt, Casper College electronics instructor.

Now in its third year in Wyoming, the FTC competition will feature 16 teams from Wyoming and 10 from surrounding states all competing for trophies and the chance to go on to the national FTC competition to compete against other regional winners.

The competition will take place both days in Liesinger Hall Gym and is free and open to the public.

Goodnews Church hosting revival

The Goodnews Church at 305 Grant St. will be hosting a healing revival March 16-18, 2012 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 251-6714. Come expecting.


Service, hobbies, etc.

Red Hatters host luncheon

Queen Bee Red Hatters are invited to a March 20, 2012, luncheon at 11:30 a.m., in the pool terrace area of the Ramkota, 800 N. Poplar. For reservations or cancellations, call Ardith, 265-2195; Ellen, 266-1047; or Noada, 234-0591.

Jan Roggow -- 237-8318

Highland Park hosts Servants United, simulcast

The next Servants United luncheon will be held at Highland Park Community Church, 5725 Highland Drive, on Thursday, March 15, at 11:45 a,m. The theme for this luncheon is Arts and Entertainment. Carolyn Deuel, executive director of Artcore, will be our speaker.

Highland Park is also hosting the Global Leadership Summit's National Leader's Gathering Simulcast at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel before the luncheon. Please RSVP for the simulcast and/or the luncheon by calling Marti at 265-4073 by Tuesday, March 13. If you would like to make an announcement at this luncheon, send an email to

Fiddlers meet

Wyoming Fiddlers' Association District #4 meets for jam sessions on Tuesday nights. The group generally meets at Natrona County School Central Services at 970 N. Glenn Rd. at 7 p.m. The jam session on the first Tuesday of the month is held at Primrose Retirement Community at 6:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to come listen to the music, and musicians who play acoustic instruments are encouraged to participate in the jam sessions.

For more information about meetings, jam sessions and bookings, call Billie at 307-462-3113.

AAUW readers meet

The Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the AAUW Readers Group will be at noon at the Casper Petroleum Club. After a no-host lunch, the book review will be presented by Jean Sehlmeyer on Morgan's Run, the story of the settlement of Australia by English convicts. The author is Colleen McCullough, who also wrote The Thorn Birds. For information or reservations, please call Jane Baker at 333-1690.

Stammtisch celebrates 9 years

The Casper German Stammtisch has been meeting weekly for nine years!

That is so hard to believe. Guess time really does fly when you are having fun.

Margo Perry began the group in March 2002 while she taught a German for Travelers class at Casper College. Several of those students came, as did others who read the announcement in the paper. And people just keep coming so that every week is different, and every week is enjoyable.

Over the past nine years, easily more than 200 different people have visited at one time or another, but never all at the same time. We have had visitors from Germany; students preparing for a stay in Germany; former US soldiers who were stationed in Germany; those whose grandparents and relatives were from Germany; German transplants;first generation German-Americans; Germans from Russia; and even a traveling salesman from Iowa who brought his German stamp collection to one meeting!

On Saturday, March 24, this year's potluck celebration wil begin at 5:30 p.m., at the Isaac Walton Club House (behind Ft. Casper/ part of the camp ground).

German Stammtisch of Wyoming - Casper meets regularly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., at the Wonder Bar, in the back near the pool tables. For more information, call Perry at 265-3696.

Soroptimist hosts membership party

Looking for a way to make new friends and business contacts? How about helping to improve the lives of women and girls at the same time?

Please join the women of Soroptimist International of Central Wyoming for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine, P. Hawk coffee and tea, and of course, desserts.

The membership event will be held Thursday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Old Yellowstone Garage, 355 W. Yellowstone. Social time is 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

RSVP is appreciated. Contact or Anne at 235-3376. Visit for more information about the international organization.

Margaret Johnson-Ayres -- 265-6489

Beta Sigma Phi meeting

Tuesday, March 20, the Epsilon Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet in the home of Ginger Dillon at 7:00 p.m. The theme of her program presentation is " Green Trees". The business meeting will include the nomination and election of 2012-2013 officers . Information: 234-2337.

K.I.S. Networking Group Meeting

K.I.S. Networking is a new group that meets the third Monday of each month at Noon at the Platte River Restaurant on E Street. Our next meeting is March 19, 2012. All are welcome to attend. There are no dues or fees for membership. Our goal is to Keep It Simple to network with each other in an open forum on a monthly basis.

This is a great opportunity to share our businesses with each other and with those looking for a business opportunity. Please bring your business cards and flyers to share with the group.

Blue Star Mothers holding a meeting

Blue Star Mothers of Wyoming are having an organizational meeting at the Petroleum Club Board Room on March 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. Please come support your solider/our troops. For more information, call Laura at 333-5406.

Sports and Recreation

Fun stuff for your body.

Men's golf league starts

Casper Men's Golf League needs all new and old members to get their membership dues in by April 2. Pick up applications at Durbin Street Golf, The Tile Center or Casper Municipal Golf Course. Call 472-7337 for more information.

Sign up for youth baseball

It's time to sign up for America's pastime-Baseball! Casper Youth Baseball offers baseball for boys and girls, ages 7 to 15. Games are typically played Mondays through Thursdays during the season. The season starts May 5. Managers, Coaches and Umpires also needed. Call 234-7087 for more information. Sign up now!! Deadline is March 23.

United Church Bowling League set

A United Church Bowling League will be a 12-week summer league beginning Wednesday, May 2, at Sunrise Lanes. Opening prayer and warmup is at 5:45 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m., bowling three games per night. Fee is $10 per person per night, plus shoe fee.

Weekly fee will include a donation to shared community ministries such as Interfaith and Central Wyoming Rescue Mission.

There will be 25-cent hot dogs and prizes each night.

Four people per team (any combination of men/women/youth).

Teams are invited to an opening night potluck on May 2, including an informational meeting and election of league officers.

To sign up your team or for more information, contact First Christian Church, 234‐8964, or Tom May, 315‐5892.

Please register your team by April 25 by phone, email, or "snail mail" to FCC, 520 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82601.

St. Patty's Day Skate

Stop by the Coolest Place in Town and help kick off the spring season! The Casper Ice Arena is hosting a special St. Patty's Skate on Saturday, March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is only $4 per person and skate rental is $2. Anyone wearing green with receive free skate rental. Children 4 and under are always free, with a paid adult.

The Casper Ice Arena has a full service concession stand, which is always open and will be offering specially priced green sno cones during this fun event.

For additional information regarding this or any other upcoming special events, please call 235-8484 or 235-8383.


Helping Others

Volunteer opportunities.

Hire Patriots is a free job board which all residents and businesses can use to post day job opportunities for veterans to help supplement their income while looking for full-time employment. The Wyoming contact is Warren Schroefel of Casper. For more information, visit or call Schroefel at 267-5520.

Scholarship for visually impaired

The Wyoming Council of the Blind is once again offering a $1,000 scholarship to further the education of visually impaired students. This is one of the prime objectives of WYCB, as they work to help others with vision issues.

For an application form, please go to on the internet, or contact Betty Matthews at 307-674-4157 to receive a copy by mail or for more information.

Theatre needs board help

The Stage III Community Theatre has two openings on the Board of Directors, for terms expiring in 2013. The Stage III Board is the active guiding body for the theatre, and members participate in leadership roles in all areas of theater operations.

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate for board membership, please send a letter with your interest and skills to Stage III Community Theatre, 900 N. Center St., Casper, WY 82601. You may also send your letter, or questions, via email to

12-24 needs board members

The 12-24 Club, Inc. serves as a central hub of recovery for the community and the state. The Club has been in existence for 19 years and strives to help those afflicted by addiction or alcoholism by providing a place with an attitude of recovery for networking and fellowship. The Club is open every day, 12 hours per day.

The 12-24 Club is in the final stages of a $3.5 million dollar Capital Campaign made possible by the kindness and generosity of the Casper and outreaching communities. In order to maintain this building and the mission of the Club it is vital that a strong board of directors be in place. Professionals with board experience are encouraged to send a letter of interest to Heidi M. Foy, executive director, at

Be a Big to a Little in need

A little time spent with a child can have a big impact on their future. Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for a few good men who are willing to make a new friendship with Casper youth ages 5-16. The organization currently has many young boys ready to be matched with a fun adult.

It can be tough to be a kid today. They sometimes face issues such as peer pressure, bullying, drugs and alcohol. A Big Brother can provide that little extra influence in their lives to help them make better choices and support the parents' values.

Being a Big Brother doesn't require a great deal of extra time. It's not about money, gifts or planning special activities. It realistically just means including the child in everyday activities and being a person they can talk to. Big Brothers work with their Little Brothers and their families to schedule one-to-one time. Activities may include going to the park, snowboarding, fishing, eating dinner, watching a football game on TV, playing games, talking, listening, or just everyday types of things like running errands. For these kids, a volunteer's willingness to spend time with them is a powerful act with great impact. For information on how to help a child in the community, call 265-2227 or visit

I-Reach 2 Inc. seeks board members

Are you passionate about helping others? Interested in becoming a leader in an innovative non-profit 501 (c)3 organization? I-Reach 2 Inc. is looking new Board Members with experience in a variety of areas (Nonprofit, Developmental Disabilities, Finance, Law, Public Relations, Fund Raising/ Development,) who have a have proven leadership skills and a commitment to provide mission focused governance. All positions are volunteer, but the rewards are immeasurable. To learn more about how you can help and get involved, please contact Tina Conley, executive director, by calling 265-8086, or by email at

No PR overnights

Poverty Resistance, 450 S. Wolcott, will no longer be able to let homeless folks stay at the thrift shop overnight no matter how cold it gets. This is because the fire department has issued an immediate desist letter threatening a fine of up to $750 per day for every day that people are allowed to stay at the store.

This is unfortunate, as agencies that had funding for emergency housing are broke and there are no other alternatives for the homeless during the coldest part of the winter.

Poverty Resistance staff wishes to thank the community members who supplied us with food and blankets for this project.

For more information, friend Mary Ann Budenske on facebook or email her at or call her at 253-8955.

Mary Ann Budenske -- 253-8955

Seeds of Hope

Joshua's Storehouse, in partnership with the Casper Garden Club, is proud to announce our 2012 Seeds of Hope program, which provides free seeds and seedlings to all Casper area gardeners. After harvesting what they need for their own household, they donate the extra produce back to Joshua's so that we can distribute it for free to needy families and individuals. Casper Garden Club will distribute the seeds to interested growers every Wednesday in April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joshua's Storehouse, 334 South Wolcott downtown.

We also have a limited supply of free seedlings of vegetable and flower plants for distribution on the same basis.

Call 265-0242 for more information.


Parents, fund-raisers, etc.

Centennial hosts breakfast

Centennial will honor all 3rd quarter scholars on Friday, March 23, 2012, at 7:15 a.m. in the multi purpose room. Honor Roll students and their parents will be honored with a breakfast of donuts, juice, milk, cereal and coffee. The list of third quarter honorees will be posted in all classrooms and at the office the week after Spring Break. Please call the main office at 253-2900 if you have any questions.

Parent University at Centennial

Please join members of the Centennial staff on Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. for our monthly Parent University Night dinner. The theme for this month is "Musically Speaking!" Learn about music and our Spring musical. You will also be treated to a round of bucket drumming and become familiar with the boomwhackers. Please note the date and time: Thursday, March 15th at 5:00 P.M. in the Centennial cafeteria. Come hear some funtastic music!

Legler scholarship available

The family of Glen Legler will be offering scholarships to four Wyoming seniors this year. The Glen Legler Memorial Scholarship was set up to benefit kids, remember our loved one, and celebrate his life by contributing to someone else's future. The family wishes to thank all the many generous donors who have enabled us to offer these scholarships. Information about the scholarship and application process can be found at

Preschool registration starts

Shepherd of the Hills Child Development Center will be starting registration for the 2012/2013 school calendar year this month. Open registration continues. The 3's attend Tuesday and Thursday morning, while the 4's are on Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings and the 5's are Monday through Thursday in the afternoon. This is a non-denominational Christian-based program that has been serving Casper since 1976 located at 4600 S Poplar. Contact Kristie Jones at 234-8522 for more information.

Open enrollment at FUMC preschool

First United Methodist Church Preschool is now enrolling children for the 2012-2013 school year, in addition to limited vacancies for the remainder of the Spring semester. We offer a play-based curriculum in a nurturing atmosphere for children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years (pre-Kindergarten). For more information, contact Kat at 277-3511 or or call the church office at 234-9385.

Our program focuses on Kindergarten readiness, such as social skills and self reliance, which is attained through active participation in cooperative play, music, and art, as well as indoor and outdoor field trips and hands-on learning experiences.

Prince of Peace begins enrollment

Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool, 2300 East 15th, has begun enrolling for their 2012 fall session. Prince of Peace was established 43 years ago as a part of the ministry to the community. The purpose of the school is to provide a developmentally appropriate Christian program in a safe, caring and nurturing environment for all preschool age children. The preschool follows the Department of Education's Guidelines on how they would like to see a child enter kindergarten successfully. Classes are available for children 2 years through pre-kindergarten. For more information you may call either the director, Gwen Quig or assistant director Kiley Whipps at 265-7016.

Apply for Early Head Start

Early Head Start, a United Way agency, serving pregnant women and children birth to age three is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 program year. We offer three programs: a home based option with weekly home visits and twice a month Discovery Groups, a 2:2 center based option with two home visits a month and two Discovery Groups a week, and a childcare option that accepts DFS. Call 265-9562 or 473-5831 for an application.

Head Start takes applications

Head Start, a United Way agency, is now taking applications for 3 to 5-year-olds. This quality preschool program is free to qualifying families. Please call 577-18864 for more information.

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