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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 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.

“We are very excited to showcase our new market home. It will become a beacon for local food in central Wyoming,” declared Cassandra Baker, market manager and associate director of Wyoming Food for Thought Project.

SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks will be accepted at the market. And 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.

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.

New exhibit at fort

Fort Caspar Museum has mounted a display of paintings by long-time Casper resident Jim Curkendall entitled “Impressions of Wyoming.” It will be on view through April 20, 2019.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Curkendall says he has been an artist his entire life, beginning with crayon drawings when he was a small child. When not playing sports in high school, he was drawing. He later attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, and majored in art education. It was there that he first began to paint. He later transferred to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. After college, he served as a Marine and worked at several jobs in Colorado, but none of them were in the arts. In 1965, he was lured to Wyoming for work because he had knowledge of the kind of punch cards used for early computers.

Curkendall’s paintings are in private collections in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Michigan, and many have won awards at the Central Wyoming Fair. This exhibit is his first solo show.

Fort Caspar Museum’s hours in the winter are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission prices are $2 for adults; $1.50 for youth (ages 13-18 years) and seniors (ages 62 years and up); and free for children (12 years and younger) and for museum members.

UU sets events

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper, 1040 W. 15th St., 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. Sunday services are at 10 a.m., with youth programming and child care available.

On March 3, Rev. Leslie Kee will introduce the monthly worship theme of “Covenant.”

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

On Thursday, February 28, 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.

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 our 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, when we present 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.

POP starts ladies’ bible study

Ladies Bible Study at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, “Entrusted, A study of 2 Timothy” by Beth Moore, will take place on Mondays, March 11 through April 15.

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves.

In this six-session Bible study, Beth will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations just as Paul once mentored Timothy. Because in this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live lives of faithfulness.

There will be two classes offered — 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Workbooks are $13 and scholarships are available. Please call the church office at 234-6475 to reserve your book and class preferences.

Prince of Peace is located at 2300 East 15th Street. For more information, please visit our website at www.princeofpeace.org or our Facebook page.

Brunch & Bach at Nic

Join the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and The Nic for a morning of art, music and brunch on 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:

Art Studio: fourth Saturday of every month, noon to 3 p.m., to May, ages 7th to 12th grades. Fees $15 (member) and $30 (non-member) 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.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday at Christ Church

Christ Church, 415 W. Cedar, Glenrock, will celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) with a soup and chili supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Lent will begin with the Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m. on March 6. After the Ash Wednesday service, there will be a short gathering and discussion for the youth aged 10 and up. These events are free and open to the public.

Ash Wednesday at CUMC

The community is cordially invited to attend the Ash Wednesday worship service at Christ United Methodist Church, 1868 S. Poplar, on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Come join in fellowship with Jesus each Wednesday from March 13 to April 17 for the Lenten study with soup/salad at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please call Rev. Dan Odell at 234-6371.

Celtic Eucharist March 17

Join us for a joint Celtic Eucharist on St. Patrick’s Day with St. Mark’s, Casper, Christ Church, Glenrock and St. Stephen’s, Casper, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4700 S. Poplar. Join us for the feast afterwards of Irish stew. Bring your favorite potato dish to share, and make it green if you wish. There will also be desserts, games and always, fellowship. All are welcome, you are loved and come as you are.

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 February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. Space is limited, must register and pay in advance (before February 20).

Parents, enjoy a night on a town or opera at the Nic while your child has a blast at the Discovery Center. We will have 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 non-members.

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., Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 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. Learn to dance 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.

StoryTime with 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.

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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