Veterans Day Ceremony

Members of the Natrona County High School Mustang JROTC program wait to exit during a 2014 Veterans Day ceremony at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville.

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Veterans Day observances at a cemetery and Casper College, and two craft fairs — one huge, one homey — highlight a busy day of activity. Here is a summary, as provided to the Star-Tribune.

The Casper College Veterans Club will hold a roll call at 9 a.m. in the foyer of the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building. The Veterans Day event was created to honor those who are currently serving, have served or have been lost. The event is free and open to everyone, both those who want to call names or those who just want to be at the event to show support.

The Natrona County United Veterans Council will present the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Tom Walsh Chapel, Wyoming State Veterans Cemetery, Evansville. Chris Wash will serve as master of ceremonies and Col. (U.S. Air Force Ret.) Stephen M. Kravitsky will speaker. Kravitsky was recently appointed the director of the Wyoming Veterans Commission after serving almost 32 years in the United States Air Force.

The largest craft fair in Wyoming is the Community Recreation Foundation’s Annual Craft Fair at the Casper Events Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but a $3 recommended donation to support the efforts of the Community Recreation Foundation is appreciated. Strollers are welcome in the wide, shopper friendly aisles and concessions are available throughout the event.

The 40th annual Midwest Community Bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Midwest School small gym. A salad luncheon is served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a small donation is requested for the lunch to assist with church projects.

The third annual Canstruction Casper event is at the Eastridge Mall to benefit the Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Teams of all ages can participate, including businesses, youth groups, classes, school groups and more. The schedule is: 6 to 9 a.m., load canned goods into the mall; 9 a.m. to noon, build can structures; noon Saturday to Sunday evening, the public votes. For more information, visit the website at

Casper Amateur Hockey Club invites all to watch youth hockey this weekend at the Casper Ice Arena. Saturday has four games on the schedule: Squirt A vs. Park County at 8:30 a.m., high school vs. Park County at 9:45 a.m., Squirt B vs. Riverton at 3:15 p.m., and Pee Wee B vs. Riverton at 4:30 p.m.

Ladies who enjoy shopping for purses and helping a good cause will not want to miss Vital Network’s unique breakfast event at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at King’s Corner, 112 South Beech. Attendees are asked to donate a gently-used purse with a Christmas ornament inside, which will be auctioned. Cost for the event is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Call Julie, 235-8848, or Sally, 577-5144, for information and reservations.

Casper Community Drum Circle meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 112 S. Beech, the Kings Corner building. Info: David: 259-0350.

Saturday Morning Watercolor Session from 10 a.m. to noon at Art 321 is watercolor on canvas, instructed by Bev Mathisen. Cost is $10 when there is an instructor.

ToyTown is hosting a FUNDay for everyone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday. There will be FUNstations where children and adults can play. Some of the FUNstations will be “Make your own Thinking Putty,” create a PlushCraft animal, explore with science experiments and many more. There will be giveaways throughout the day. Come and celebrate at ToyTown, 130 S. Wolcott St. For more information, call 235-0550.

The Fireball 500 Club hosts the 2017 Turkey Bowl, a 9-pin, no tap invitational singles/doubles handicapped tournament at 1 p.m., at El Mark-O Lanes. Entry fee is $22 per event, there will be a man’s and a woman’s singles prize fund. Each doubles entry must include a Fireball 500 Club member. All bowlers must be sanctioned. Entry forms available at El Mark-O and Sunrise Lanes.

The Casper Red Dog Players present two plays as fun for the whole family with audience participation. For the two, Saturday afternoon shows with sweets and treats, tickets are $5 for those 60 or over, and $8 for those under 60, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Casper Senior Service Center, 265-4678.

Head to Fort Caspar for back-to-back family fun. Drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. for this month’s “Fremont Family Funday,” hands-on workshop, then stick around for “Fremont’s Story & Craft Hour” at 3 p.m. The topic of this month’s Funday program is “Make a Hand Turkey,” and the Story Hour book will be “The Hole Story: A Children’s Story About Prairie Wildlife.”

Join The Nic from 4 to 6 p.m., for a celebration of “Cannons and Cowboys: WWI Drawings,” from George Ostrom. The Ostrom show is currently displayed in the Ptasynski Gallery and will be up until Jan. 14.

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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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