Cowboy State Games nordic skiing, a two-mile race and gymnastics classes for youth are just a few of many activities scheduled for the second Saturday of the new year. Here is a summary, as provided to the Star-Tribune.

Join the Windy City Striders at the Tate Pumphouse for the first race in our winter series. You can register on-line at or meet at 8 a.m. to register the day of the race. The first race is two miles and starts at 9 a.m. Strider members pay $10 for each race or $45 if you pay for all of them at the same time. Members who pay for all five races will receive this year’s premium five-race prize. Non-members pay $15 for each race.

The Cowboy State Games begins its second full year on Saturday and Sunday with a nordic ski competition at the Casper Mountain Biathlon Club. The race is also a USSA NRL & Citizen Race in both freestyle and classic competition and will be a 4.5 kilometer distance. For specific information, see or

Wyoming Food for Thought Project hosts a Winter Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Wyoming National Apartments building in downtown Casper. See all of your favorite Casper vendors, who will be selling everything from holiday gifts, baked goods, body care products, canned goodies, fresh produce, local honey and more. All forms of payment are accepted, including cash, debit/credit cards, checks, as well as SNAP benefits. Double Up Food Bucks are also offered, an incentive program that offers double the buying power of locally grown produce to SNAP recipients.

Creative Approaches to Drawing for All is the first workshop in Art 321’s 2018 lineup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $95 for Art 321 members and $125 for nonmembers. Taught by Mary Jane Edwards, noted ceramicist, accomplished mixed media artist and executive director of the Jentel Foundation, the class will explore creative approaches to drawing that can translate seamlessly to other media.

Gymnastics classes at the Casper Recreation Center start with Youth Beginning Gymnastics for ages 5 and over from 10 to 11 a.m. Students will learn balance, coordination, and body awareness while working on tumbling, balance beam, vault, and bars. Registration fee is $78 for the nine-week session. Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Gymnastics is for ages 6 and up who have taken the beginning class and have permission from the instructors to move up. This class is held from 11:05 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $105 for the nine-week session.

Art Club for ages 6 to 12 meets 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. The class is free for members and $10 for non-members per class. Explore, create, and invent with a variety of art materials and projects including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, collage, and 3-D design.

The Casper Chapter of the Cowboy Future Historians for youth in grades 6 through 12, ages 13 to 18, meets at noon the Ag Resource Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd., to provide scholastic aged youth the opportunity to explore the Wyoming Veteran Museum’s dough boy and airman’s foot lockers. There will also be World War I and World War II uniforms from the Wyoming Veteran Museum’s Education Collections available to try on and wear. No reservation is required, and the meeting is open to the public without cost.

Join Cathy Adams for a free 1-1/2 hour introductory class, “Universal Energy & You: How to start creating your best possible life,” in which you will learn how thoughts, feelings and agendas form the blueprint from which individual and mass experiences are created. The class is 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Natrona County Public Library, Crawford Room.

Join Fort Caspar Museum for its monthly Fremont Story Hour from 3 to 4 p.m., on Saturday. First, a children’s book will be read aloud, then participants may make an art project inspired by the story. This month’s book is “Mammoths on the Move,” by Lisa Wheeler and Kurt Cyrus. No reservations are required and all supplies will be provided. The workshop is open to all ages and is free with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Senior dance is 7 to 10 p.m., at the Eagles Hall, 306 N. Durbin St., with music by SwingSounds Band. Potluck snacks at 8 p.m., door prize drawings at 9 p.m., for various items including copies of “Memories III,” books from the Casper Star-Tribune. Admission $5 per person, children under 15 free.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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