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Advent at Good Shepherd

All are invited on Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 at 6 p.m. for soup and short service following at Good Shepherd Lutheran. The offering will go to Wyoming Food for Thought.

Holidays on the Homestead with trains

Join the Casper Model Railroad Association at the annual Holidays on the Homestead during the month of December at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. The group will be there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on December 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 24, and 26-28. The entire trails center is free for everyone. For more information about the train exhibit, contact Homer, 266-6439; Harry, 235-4950 or Nathan, 258-7869; or the trails center for general information on the celebration, 261-7780.

Scandinavian bake sale Dec. 7

From Lefse and Kringle to Tea Rings and Stollen, the Women of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church will hold their annual Scandinavian Bake Sale on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The doors open for this popular holiday tradition at 9 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church, 318 East 6th Street, and close at 11 a.m., although items often sell out before that. There will be lots of goodies for sale including Lefse, Swedish Tea Rings, Kringle, Danish Kringler, Rosettes, Rusks, Krum Kake, Sandbakklse, Flat Brod, Jule Kake, Stollen, Anadama Bread and more, as well as a variety of candy and cookies. Please stay and enjoy a cinnamon roll and coffee, and good conversation.

The funds raised will be used for a variety of projects which have included support for homeless students, scholarships for seminary students, children’s Christmas books for the Adopt-A-Family program, and other help for those in need. For more information, you can call the church office at 237-9087 or on the web,, or our Facebook page Osl.casper .

Christmas Expo

The 5th annual Cowboy State Christmas Expo is December 6, 3 to 9 p.m., and December 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Eastridge Mall. See Wyoming’s finest crafters and vendors. Enjoy holiday shopping, raffle items, live entertainment and face painting. Raffles and donations will benefit Vision Beyond Borders. For more information, see

Winter bag sale Dec. 7

The Friends of the Library Winter Bag Sale will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, at Natrona County Library. This much anticipated sale has bargain pricing. Each grocery type bag will be $3 and each reusable shopping bag will sell for $5.

Early Bird and Second Chance tickets for this sale event will be sold in the sale area at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on November 18. Any remaining tickets will be available at the circulation desk until all are sold. These tickets provide the holders with early guaranteed access to the sale, but items will be sold at regular prices, not bag sale prices. There are limited numbers of tickets available, so you are encouraged to come early.

There are hundreds of great choices for your shopping pleasure. Many items are in like new condition. Plan your holiday shopping today.

First Saturday Dec. 7

Are there hidden messages and agendas that spoke to people in the first century behind the familiar Christmas stories in the New Testament?

The answer is yes and we will explore these on Saturday, December 7 at 9 a.m., at Bethel Baptist Church, 3030 S. Poplar. This is an interactive, non-denominational study with everyone invited to share. Phone the church office at 234-8812 for more information.

Symphony holiday concert Dec. 7

Tickets are now on sale for the WSO’s Holiday Concert on December 7, 2019. The orchestra will be rejoined by former artistic advisor Jerry Hou as guest conductor, and will also feature the talent of vocalist Devin DeSantis, who has performed all over the country in musicals like Hairspray and Les Miserables. The orchestra will perform classics such as Irving Berlin’s Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and The Nutcracker. These performances will include accompaniment from the Wyoming Choral Arts Ensemble as well as local ballet students. The concert will be December 7 at the John F. Welsh Auditorium with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., and doors opening at 7 p.m. There will also be a dress rehearsal at 11 a.m., on December 7, that is $10 admittance for a family or free with a canned food donation. There will not be a pre-concert talk for this event, but there will be a post-concert reception at Racca’s immediately following the show. Holiday Concert and Pick 3 Tickets are still available, visit the WSO Office as well as Wind City Books and Hill Music to secure your seat.

Candlelight Christmas Dec. 7

Fort Caspar Museum and the Fort Caspar Museum Association invites all to Candlelight Christmas at the Fort from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 7. The event is free and open to all. In keeping with the spirit of the season, we are encouraging visitors to bring in non-perishable food items to support the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.

Step back in time as you walk through the Fort buildings, illuminated only by candles and firelight. We will have army and civilian re-enactors to greet you out at the Fort, and in the Museum, enjoy free cookies and live music by the Wyoming Fiddlers Association of Casper. There will also be a hands-on activity for kids, exhibits to view, holiday shopping, and more. It’s an evening of holiday magic for all ages.

Call the museum for more information at 235-8462, or visit our website at Fort Caspar Museum is located in Casper at 4001 Fort Caspar Road.

Learning to love the Psalms

Join Casper Reformed Presbyterian Church, 71 Curtis Street in Evansville, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday evening of every month for a time of Bible Study and discussion as we go through the Ligonier study called “Learning to Love the Psalms.”

The Book of Psalms is one of the greatest treasures the Lord has given to His people. Through these sacred poems, God has given us a rich songbook and a divinely inspired guide for our prayers. In this teaching series, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey provides an overview of the Psalms with the specific goal of learning to love them through a study of their themes, structure, and beauty.

New pastor at Reformed Presbyterian

It is with great delight that the congregation of Reformed Presbyterian Church in Evansville welcomes Pastor Bill Roberts as interim pastor.

Bill has been married to his wife Rachel for nearly 37 years. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

Bill graduated from Cornell University with his bachelor’s degree and then pursued his Masters of Divinity at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.

Following his education and training as a pastor, Bill served for 27 years as the pastor of the Bloomington, Indiana, Reformed Presbyterian Church, and then 10 years as a church planter in the Terre Haute, Indiana, Reformed Presbyterian Church. Bill now continues his pastoral ministry as interim pastor at Casper Reformed Presbyterian Mission Church.

Come meet Pastor Bill Roberts at weekly worship services at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Christmas at the Bargain Basement

Christmas has come to the Bargain Basement! Come check out our wide selection of Christmas merchandise at bargain prices. We also have a large variety of other merchandise. Items with white tags are 50 percent off during the month of November, and clothing with orange tags are 50 cents each.

The Bargain Basement, located at the United Church of Christ on the corner of Melrose and 15th Street, is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 to 4. A portion of all sales is donated back to community non-profits throughout the year.

December at planetarium

Take in a planetarium show during the holiday season. With admission just $3 per person for all regular shows, the Casper Planetarium offers an affordable break from the holiday rush. Weekday programs play at 4:15 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays; the shows are “We Are Aliens” to December 13, and “Season of Light” December 17 to 27 (closed November 27, 28 and 29 and December 24 and 25). On Saturday evenings, “Imagine the Moon” plays at 7 p.m. and “Explore” at 8 p.m., except for December 7 at 7 p.m., which is “Entirely Live,” a survey of what you can see in the night skies during the coming month, and December 21 at 7 p.m., which will be “Season of Light.” Find details and trailers at

Weekly Story Times

Join us every week at the Natrona County Library for one of the four exciting story times for any age. Each week, a fun new theme is picked for the books we read. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is TinyTots story.time for babies and toddlers, complete with books, songs, and dancing specially-tailored for our youngest patrons. On Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., we have story times for children ages 3 and up. These story times include more of our favorite picture books with customized subject matter and word count for our early readers. To wrap up the week, we offer a Saturday (10:30 a.m.) story time with a special corresponding craft project for children ages 3 and up. Sometimes we’ll shake it up with special or holiday-inspired story times, so keep an eye on our program listings (either online, in the library, or on our monthly printed calendars) to stay up-to-date on all things story time. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Paws to Read

Dogs and handlers will attend Story Time on the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Natrona County Library. Children can sit with therapy dogs during Story Time and spend time reading with them before and after the program. All dogs are certified and licensed through Therapy Dogs of Casper. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Tot hour at Science Zone

The Science Zone is open for a special tot hour every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. There will be special science activities planned each week geared especially for preschoolers. Parents of preschool age young scientists are encouraged to visit the Science Zone at any time but this hour is especially dedicated to this age group.

Home school at Science Zone

The Science Zone offers an hour of educational opportunities geared for home school students from the ages of 5-14 every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. There are focused activities and instruction in addition to guidance for follow up home activities every week. The home school community in Casper and surrounding areas are invited to be part of this activity every Friday.

After school at the Science Zone

If you are a middle school or high school student that is looking for a fun program to be a part of after school, then you should check out the after school program at the Science Zone. This program is available to all middle school and high school students in Natrona County every day after school. This is free to all students and is made possible by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through Mercer House and the Wyoming Department of Education. There are opportunities for students to be involved in a multitude of activities and projects including Destination Imagination, building exhibits, taking care of animals, and helping with Science Zone birthday parties. Please call the Science Zone at 473-9663 to get more information about how to participate and how to arrange busing if needed.

Last Sunday of Advent

Join us at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W. Cedar in Glenrock, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 22, for the celebration of the Last Sunday of Advent (the fou weeks of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ into the world). Bishop John Smylie will be present to officiate and five young people will be confirmed. After the service there will be a reception and then everyone will be invited to participate in the greening (decorating) of the church for Christmas. All are welcomed at this special celebration.

Christmas Eve at Christ Episcopal

On Christmas Eve, December 24, join Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W. Cedar in Glenrock, at 6:30 p.m. as we sing Christmas carols in the candle-lit church, and stay for the 7 p.m., service and the festive reception that follows! Beautiful music, Holy Eucharist, gifts for the children, and wonderful fellowship.

BGCCW breaks ground for expansion

Children in Central Wyoming will soon have access to an improved, state-of-the-art technology lab to help prepare them for success in school and for their future careers. Construction has begun on an expansion at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s Main Club. This $890,000 project will provide more space for a larger Susie McMurry Technology Center.

By adding 2,290 square feet onto the west side of the building, the tech lab space will be nearly doubled. It will offer up to 90 computer work stations and “maker’s spaces” to explore in subjects like robotics, STEAM, digital arts, electronic media, and more.

Once the tech center is relocated, the second floor mezzanine will be remodeled to include a classroom and additional work spaces. This will provide a much needed area to support programs like Club to College, Passport to Manhood, SMART Moves, Torch Club, Youth of the Year prep, and private counseling.

The Susie McMurry Technology Center relocation and expansion is expected to be completed in early spring 2020. For more information, contact Ashley Bright, CEO, at 235-4079.

Twelve Days of Christmas open

The 12 Days of Christmas is open at 1743 E. Yellowstone across from the Alibi Bar. Hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., daily through December 23. Stop by and see the craftsmanship of more than 30 Wyoming crafters. Antiques, foods, fiber arts, jewelry, glass, rare rocks and tole painted ornaments all make perfect gifts. The charity this year is Hospice of Natrona County. For more information, call Joyce at 262-3378.

Monthly DIY challenge at library

Participate in the Natrona County Library’s free DIY Challenge for fun monthly craft projects! Stop by the Creation Station anytime during regular library hours to complete October’s DIY challenge: foam stamped stationery. All supplies provided at no cost. The Library’s Creation Station is a flexible, community, collaborative makerspace for individuals and small groups of all ages who can use STEAM-related supplies and equipment to bring their inventions and creations to life. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Children’s Chorale selects board

The 2019-2020 Casper Children’s Chorale Board has been selected. Serving this year will be president, Shawn Galles; VP Public Relations, Caitlin Dixon; VP of Contributions, Joy Gallup; VP of Children’s Projects, Lisa Smith; VP of Trip, Mary and John Doherty; Secretary, Jessica Weiss; Treasurer, Fawn Wallace; Publicity Chair, Traci Pike. These positions are volunteer and require a time commitment from each board member. We thank each of them for their service to our community and to the children and families of the Casper Children’s Chorale.

Scripture discussed at St. Mark’s

Theology Matters will be the topic discussed every third Saturday in the Guild Room at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Seventh and Wolcott.

Discussed will be both traditional and/or popular interpretations of Scripture. Participants are invited to bring an open mind and an open Bible. According to Father Jim Shumard of St. Mark’s “the Apostle Paul notes how we see through a glass darkly. And I would echo that saying we see both Scripture and God through a glass darkly. But together we see more clearly.”

The schedule for the study is each third Saturday, September through December from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For further information, call 234-0831.

Library winter hours

The Natrona County Library’s main library in downtown Casper has resumed its winter operating schedule. The library will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Paws to Read: StoryTime with therapy dogs

Dogs and handlers will attend StoryTime on the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Natrona County Library. Children can sit with therapy dogs during StoryTime and spend time reading with them before and after the program. All dogs are certified and licensed through Therapy Dogs of Casper. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Sunday breakfast at Elks

The public Sunday breakfasts at the Casper Elks Lodge are 8 to 11 a.m. The menu is pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage links, potatoes, scrambled eggs, french toast and omelets to order. New to the menu is build your own breakfast burrito. 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.

Preschool Picassos

Preschool Picassos for ages 2 to 5 meets at the Nicolaysen Art Museum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Wednesdays. Sessions are November 13 through December 18. Fee is $30 members and $55 non-members for each child/adult pair for each six-class session.

Preschool Picassos helps enhance fine motor coordination, increase creative expression, and strengthen problem solving skills through different art materials. Explore art concepts together in this age-appropriate and theme-structured six-week art class. The Nic offers member families $10 off full-session fees per additional siblings. To register for class or for more information, contact Zhanna at 235-5247 or

Home School Art

Home school students may enjoy art classes at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Ages K through third grade meet from 1 to 2 p.m., and ages 4th through 8th grade meet 2 to 3 p.m., on Wednesdays, November 13 to December 18. Fees are $40 members and $55 non-members per child for each six-class session.

The multidisciplinary, curriculum-based classes offer an unending variety of art projects and promote problem solving skills, communication and collaboration. The Nic offers member families $10 off full-session fees per additional siblings. To register for class or for more information, contact Zhanna at 235-5247 or

Outside the Lines: Art for vets and service members

Veterans and service members are invited to be inspired by art at the Nicolaysen Art Museum on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The class is free. The program will offer a wide variety of materials and projects including painting, ceramics, printmaking, and other media. To register for class or for more information, contact Zhanna at 235-5247 or

PJ Masks Live returns to CEC

Masks Live: Save The Day!” Based on eOne’s top-rated animated series, airing daily on Disney Junior, the new show features preschoolers’ favorite pre-school superheroes and familiar songs from the popular show along with brand new music and a whole new adventure. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, toe-tapping tunes and a whole lot of super fun as they go into the night to save the day from the Villains along with PJ Robot who is new to the live show.

See PJ Masks Live: Save the Day! at the Casper Events Center on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $26, $44 and $59 each. PJ Masks Live Meet & Greet Upgrade is available for $50 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center, by phone at 800-442-2256 or at any statewide SinclairTix outlet.

StoryTime with therapy dogs

Dogs and handlers will attend StoryTime on the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Natrona County Library. Children can sit with therapy dogs during StoryTime and spend time reading with them before and after the program. All dogs are certified and licensed through Therapy Dogs of Casper. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Mannheim Steamroller tickets on sale

Experience the performance of the #1 Christmas music artist in history and for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all, LIVE — “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.”

The Casper Events Center will welcome Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13. Tickets range from $57.60 to $78.60 each. Tickets are available online at, at the SinclairTix Box Office, at the Casper Events Center, at any statewide SinclairTix Outlet, or by phone at 800-442-2256.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at CEC

Just in time for the holiday season, everyone’s favorite Peanuts television special comes to life on stage on Monday, December 23, at the Casper Events Center. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage ( celebrates the timeless television classic as the whole family can join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now, available for purchase at, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center, by phone at 800-442-2256 or at any statewide SinclairTix outlet.

The live stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life, all set to the original special’s dialogue as well as the unforgettable sounds of the classic Vince Guaraldi musical score.

After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. The show is 90 minutes including intermission.

For the latest news and updates from cast on the road, follow A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage on Facebook and Instagram (@charliebrownchristmaslive) and Twitter (@cbchristmaslive). The tour hashtag is #CBXtour19.

‘Wyoming Navy’ traveling exhibit shoves off

Fort Caspar Museum has organized a traveling exhibit that features many of the U.S. Navy ships named after the state of Wyoming — its people, cities and towns, counties and rivers — beginning with the earliest ship in 1900 up through ones that are in service today. “Wyoming Navy” will travel to 11 towns and cities throughout Wyoming for 18 months before returning to Fort Caspar Museum for its final showing in October 2020.

The free exhibit will travel to Torrington, then to Rawlins, Rock Springs, Pinedale, Dubois, Riverton, Cody, Sheridan, and finally, to Fort Caspar Museum. This exhibit is sponsored by the Fort Caspar Museum Association and the Casper Memorial VFW Post 9439 & Auxiliary. FCM is grateful to the VFW for transporting the “Wyoming Navy” exhibit to communities throughout the state.

The exhibit consists of 26 panels with photos and histories of 40 vessels, from simple tugboats to a nuclear-powered submarine capable of launching multiple nuclear missiles. Fort Caspar Museum staff and a Casper College Museum Studies intern researched each ship and have included details such as shipyards where vessels were constructed, dates they were commissioned and decommissioned, crew and armament sizes, and the various missions in which they were involved during both times of peace and war.

For more information on exhibit dates and locations, call Fort Caspar Museum at 235-8462 or visit the website at


The Natrona County Library’s StoryTime for children ages 3-5 is held each Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Natrona County Library. In addition to being fun, free outings for children and families, StoryTime instills the joy of reading at a young age and helps prepare children for school. Call 577-READ for more information.

StoryTime: TinyTots

It’s never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of books and reading. Together you will discover the joy of songs, finger plays, simple books and bouncing rhymes. The Natrona County Library’s StoryTime: TinyTots for babies and toddlers is held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the main library. In addition to being fun, free outings for children and families, TinyTots instills the joy of reading at a young age and helps prepare children for school. Call 577-READ for more information.

Free dance lessons Wednesdays

Free dance lessons at The Eagles Lodge, 306 N. Durbin (use the side door) on Wednesdays. Teens and adults are welcome. Free Line Dance Classes are 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Learn line dance, country and pop with Machelle. Call 259-2501 for more information.

Art club for elementary

Explore, create, and invent with a variety of art materials and projects including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, collage and 3-D design at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. This is for ages 6 to 12, the second Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Students will be introduced to basic art vocabulary and explore different art concepts related to the current museum’s exhibitions. Join the class at any time.

Birthday parties at Nic

Have an art-filled birthday party at the Nic. Visit the 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

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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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