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Spring shows at planetarium

New shows are playing at the Casper Planetarium. Toggle the Flying Robot takes you on an adventurous, interactive tour of the solar system in “Planetary Visions,” playing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 4:15. Discover the secrets of this most important star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in “The Sun, Our Living Star,” playing Saturday nights at 7 p.m. (except for the first Saturday of each month, which is a presentation of an extended live tour of objects to look for in the night sky). Be surprised by how much the ancients knew about science in “Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity,” playing Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 per person for all shows; cash or check only, no cards please. Find details about all our shows and more at casperplanetarium.com.

Tween Monday

Based on the popular book series “I Survived,” by Lauren Tarshis, the Natrona County Library will offer a series of STEAM activities connected to historic events, natural disasters and other topics for children in grades 4-6 at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 14. Make a boat out of aluminum foil and see if it floats at the “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912” station. Construct buildings with Legos on a cookie sheet and then shake the pan to see what happens to the buildings at the “I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906” station. Make a tornado in a bottle at the “I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011” station, track sharks online at the “I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916” station or create a hurricane at the “I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005” station. All supplies provided at no cost. Call 577-READ for more information.

UU sets calendar

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper is a doctrine-free spiritual community joining together to make a difference for the good, and welcoming all who come with open hearts and open minds. Located at 1040 West 15th Street, Sunday services are at 10 a.m. with youth programming and child care available.

On January 13, Don Benson will lead the annual Burning Bowl service: a ritual to bid farewell to the old year, and welcome the new, reflecting on and releasing the areas of life that no longer serve the highest good. The January 20 service will feature guest speaker Leah Reeb, granddaughter of the Rev. James Reeb, who was killed on March 11, 1965, during the voting rights protests in Selma, Alabama. Service leaders are Janet DeVries and Leanne Woodfill. On January 27, Jim Brown will present “Poetic Justice: Comedy or Tragedy?” When most think of poetic justice, they somehow see “poetry” in the redress of a wrong, such as a highway patrolman pulling over a car that sped past in a reckless manner or a bully being bullied. But turnabout is not always fair play, and sometimes it’s all a matter of point of view. From a spiritual perspective, maybe there is such a thing as poetic justice, or maybe not. On February 3, Rev. Leslie Kee will introduce the monthly worship theme of “Morality.”

On Saturday, February 2, at 2 pm, Athne Machdane will lead a special earth-centered service: Imbolc—Festival of the Eternal Flame. Embark upon a journey with Brighid — Fire Goddess of healing, poetry, and smithcraft — to stoke the eternal flame of love, inspiration and passion within and empower the work as co-creators.

UU Casper has an opening for a Religious Exploration “lead teacher” to teach youth RE two Sundays each month. More information is available at uucasper.org/learning/.

The UU Casper weekly meditation, led by Buddhist Stuart Mackenzie, is held each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

On Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m., Brenda Evans will lead a Meditation Drumming Circle. No experience is necessary, and world instruments are available to share during this free and free-flowing drumming circle.

For more information, go to uucasper.org or visit UU Casper on Facebook.

Sunday breakfast at Elks

Breakfast is served at the Casper Elks Lodge every Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Serving 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 are free. This is open to the public. For more information, call 234-4839.

After school at the library

Elementary-age children are invited to celebrate all things unicorn with crafts, stories and snacks at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 at the Natrona County Library. All supplies provided at cost. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Teen anime club

Teen Harry Potter Club is taking a break for the semester, and by popular request, Teen Anime Club will take over the third Thursday spot. Teens in 7th-12th grade are invited to bring their ideas, interests and anime knowledge to the group at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 at the Natrona County Library. Join fellow anime enthusiasts around Casper, where otaku and noobs alike come to hang out, explore Japanese culture, enjoy anime, showcase cosplay, munch on Pocky, and borrow from the library’s extensive manga and anime collection. January’s group will be a get-to-know you session with tea and treats provided. New members are strongly encouraged to join! Call 577-7323 for more information.

Winter markets debut in new location

Wyoming Food for Thought Project has announced the dates for the 2019 Winter Market. Markets will take place at the Good Food Hub, 420 West First Street downtown. Markets will happen every Saturday, January 19 through May 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each market will feature locally produced food and handmade goods. Produce, eggs, baked goods and more will be available for purchase from the people who grow and create them.

SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks will be accepted at the market. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, to become a sponsor, vendor or to learn about the markets and their part of Food for Thought’s Local Solution to Hunger, call 337-1703 or visit http://www.wyomingfoodforthoughtproject.org/wintermarket.

Experience Virtual Reality

Immerse yourself in a new world by testing out the Natrona County Library’s virtual reality system on Saturday, January 19. Stop by at your leisure between 2 and 5 p.m. to choose from over 30 virtual reality games and apps to play on the HTC Vive. Free and open to the public. The HTC Vive is provided by the Natrona County Library Foundation. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Wyoming Reads registration

All home schooled first graders are invited to choose a book to receive at the 2019 Wyoming Reads celebration. Parents and children can preview the books and register for Wyoming Reads in the Children’s Department at the Natrona County Library. Selections must be made by January 22, 2019.

Brunch & Bach at Nic

Join the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and The Nic for a morning of art, music and brunch on February 3, March 3 and April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the current Nic exhibitions while experiencing Wyoming Symphony Orchestra ensembles play classical and pop music. Grant Street Grocery and Urban Bottle will be selling brunch, coffee and craft cocktails.

Brunch and Bach is fun for the whole family. The Nic’s Discovery Center will be open for projects for ages 4 and up (must be potty trained) during each performance. Entry is free for WSO season/pick three ticket holders and Nic members. General public (over age 4) is $5 per person.

For more information, check The Nic’s Facebook page or visit thenic.org.

Nic sets winter education programs

The Nicolaysen Art Museum has set its winter education programs. Details follow:

Preschool Picassos: ages 2 to 5, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16-Feb. 20. Fees $30 (members), $55 (nonmembers) per child/adult duo for each six-class session. The Nic offers member families $10 off class fees per each additional sibling.

Home School Art: ages k-3rd 1 to 2 p.m.; 4th to 8th, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20. Fees: $40 (members), $50 (nonmembers) per child for each six-class session. The Nic offers member families $10 off class fees per each additional sibling.

Art Studio: fourth Saturday of every month, noon to 3 p.m. January to May, ages 7th to 12th grades. Fees $15 (member) and $30 (nonmember) per student per class. All skill levels welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

For more information, contact Zhanna G. at zgallegos@thenic.org or call 235-5247.

PBR at events center March 30

The PBR (Professionals Bull Riders) announced that the Casper Events Center will host the 2019 Velocity Tour event on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The bull riding action begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $100, go on sale Friday to the general public and are available at the Casper Events Center Box Office, online at www.sinclairtix.com, and by phone at 800-442-2256.

Each rider will face one bull in Round 1 with the Top 10 scoring riders of the night moving on to one more ride in the championship round. At the end of the competition, the rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion.

The 2019 Velocity Tour will culminate with the PBR Velocity Finals at South Point Arena in Las Vegas, leading into the PBR’s 2019 PBR World Finals November 6 to 10, 2019.

Kids’ night at the Nic

A Night at the Art Museum for children ages 5 to 12, also known as Parents’ Date Night, is scheduled for January 25 and February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

Space is limited, must register and pay in advance (before January 23, February 20).

Parents, enjoy a night on a town or opera at the Nic while your child has a blast at the Discovery Center. There will be fun with art activities, museum exploration, games and more. Have kids bring a favorite pillow and PJs and let them meet new friends in a safe and creative environment. Pizza, popcorn and movies are complimentary.

For more information, contact Zhanna G. at zgallegos@thenic.org or call 235-5247.

Art Club

Art Club for ages 6 to 12 at the Nic is the second Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, except September and June. Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Explore, create, and invent with a variety of art materials and projects including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, collage and 3-D design.

Students will be introduced to basic art vocabulary and explore different art concepts related to the current museum’s exhibitions. The class will focus on the concepts behind the works of art, while encouraging students to acquire new skills.

For more information, contact Zhanna G. at zgallegos@thenic.org or call 235-5247.

StoryTime

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.

Library to close Sundays year-round

Due to budget constraints that led to understaffing at the Natrona County Library System, the main library will be closed on Sundays year-round effective immediately.

This staff shortage also led administration to evaluate programs and services in order to best utilize tax dollars. Because StoryTime: TinyTots for babies and toddlers is offered at the main library, this program will no longer be duplicated at the Mills branch.

The Natrona County 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. The library will be closed on Sundays.

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.

StoryTime therapy dogs

Paws to Read with a furry friend. Dogs and handlers will attend StoryTime on the second Saturday of each 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 Go Team Therapy Dogs. 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. Learn line dance, country and pop, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and country swing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn swing, two-step, waltz, cowboy cha cha and more 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 non-members.

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.

Dance on Mondays

The Casper Dance Club classes are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday nights at the Senior Center ballroom, 1831 E. Fourth. Only $3. Beginners and experienced dancers of all ages are welcome. We do two-step, waltz, cha-cha, East and West coast, etc.

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 zgallegos@thenic.org.

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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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