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Cars and Coffee every Saturday

Cars and Coffee returns to Casper’s Eastside City Brew from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, continuing throughout the summer. There’ll be plenty of parking, good brew and gearhead conversation. Come early for the best parking spot.

Funky Junk is set for May 18

The 8th edition of Funky Junk is 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 18, in the area of Petuniaz at 6th and Durbin streets.

Come enjoy the good vibes in this great community.

Help celebrate and support 75+ artisan vendors, local food trucks, live music and a beer garden.

Tween Book Club

The Natrona County Library’s Tween Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 20, in the Crawford Room.

Children in grades 4-6 will discuss “The Song from Somewhere Else” by A. F. Harrold.

Please register in advance by calling 577-7323 or sign up when you stop by the Children’s Department to pick up a copy of this month’s book.

Chamber music, workshop Sunday

Missincinatti Performance and free Improvisation Workshop is set for Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4600 S. Poplar. The free workshop for all instruments and ages is 2 p.m. The performance is at 4 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10, adults; $8, seniors. Students of all ages are free.

Memorial Day ceremony

The Natrona County United Veterans Council will present a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. May 27, in the Tom Walsh Chapel at the Wyoming State Veterans Cemetery, Evansville. The featured speaker will be Steven M. Kraviysky, director, Wyoming Veterans Commission. The emcee will be Chris Walsh. All are welcome to attend.

Use local food for Memorial Day

Food for Thought’s farmer’s market vendors have come together to offer a bundle of locally made and produced food, all ready to help you celebrate Memorial Day.

With a goal to produce wholesome foods that help heal, the Penny Cow offers Ground Beef, while Sunshine Valley Ranch’s meat offering will be filet mignon steaks.

Sevenfold Spices will include Burger Spice and Cattle Baron Steak Blend, both carefully formulated with no MSG, gluten, silicon dioxide or preservatives.

Dave Hinton with Lefty’s BBQ and Catering will include baked beans and coleslaw. Other products in the core bundle include deviled eggs, dinner rolls, salad and dressing, canned pickled beets, baklava, fudge and cherry bars.

Additionally, you can add on more products to round out your celebration.

Visit the Food for Thought Facebook Page, or order directly online at www.wyfftp.org.

All foods are locally produced by people you can meet at the Food for Thought Markets.

All money stays right here in the community, fueling the entrepreneurial spirit of Wyoming’s agricultural community.

Young Eagles flight June 1

The Casper EAA will be sponsoring Young Eagle flights, Ford Trimotor flights and breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Young Eagle airplane flights are free for young people ages 8 to 17. Rides are first come, first served.

No advance reservations are needed.

EAA Young Eagles is a nonprofit that has flown more than 2 million young people in a program designed to introduce them to the many facets of aviation.

Activities will include tours of the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, fire state and the Wyoming Veterans Museum.

The location of the Young Eagles event is the Good Warbird Museum, Hangar 1, 8220 Fuller Street (two blocks north of the airport terminal).

For more information about the Young Eagles event, call Joe MacGuire at 333-3653.

The EAA Ford Trimotor antique airliner will also be offering rides Thursday afternoon, May 30, through Sunday, June 2.

Price is $72 for adults and $52 when purchased online at www.flytheford.org.

Public welcome to marathon dinner

The Casper Marathon is proud to announce guest speaker Jacqueline Hansen who will speak during the spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., on Saturday night, June 1, at the Ramkota. Even if you aren’t running in the Casper Marathon, but are involved in the running community, this is a great opportunity to hear Jacqueline’s story. In addition to many firsts listed below, Jacqueline was instrumental in petitioning the Olympics for women to compete in running events.

In 1975, Hansen became the first woman to go below 2:40, winning the Nike-Oregon Track Club Marathon in Eugene, Oregon in 2:38.19. Only two months later she won the Honolulu Marathon in course record time. In 1978 Hansen set several American records at the 50-mile AAU Championship track race. She also won three Catalina Marathon titles and at age 36 qualified for the 1984 Olympic Marathon Trial for women. Additionally, she was World Champion in the Masters 1500 and 5000 meters.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased no later than May 29. They can be purchased by going to the link below:

Copies of Jacqueline’s book “Long Time Coming” will also be available. Any additional questions feel free to contact the Casper Marathon at: caspermarathonrd@gmail.com.

Summer camps at 307

Registration is now open for the Summer Junior Camps at 307 Dance Academy. These camps are open to all girls and boys ages 3 to 10. Each Camp will include learning specific skills, terminology, a daily snack and a daily craft. These fun filled camps end with an informal “recital” to showcase what the campers learned during the week.

June 24-28, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” Jazz & Musical Theatre; July 15-19, “Beauty & the Beast,” Ballet & Creative Movement; July 22-26, 2019 “Tricks & Cheers,” Cheer & Tumbling; August 12-16, “Hawaiian Roller Coaster,” Hip Hop & Tap.

All camps will take place at the 307 Dance Academy Studio, 225 N. Wolcott, 315-6297. (Payment is due at registration. Space is limited and registering early is recommended).

Summer meals for kids

Natrona County School District will provide free summer lunches for anyone 18 and younger at the following sites this summer:

  • Casper Recreation Center, 1801 E. 4th St., June 7 to August 23, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club, 1701 E. K St., June 10 to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club Paradise Valley, 22 Magnolia, June 10 to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club Verda James, 701 Carriage Ln., June 10 to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Midwest School, 256 Lewis St., June 10 to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • YMCA Cottonwood, 1230 W. 15th, June 10 to August 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Youth invited to apply for mountain music institute

Calling young musicians ages 17 to 23. Trinkle Brass Works proudly announces available applications and auditions for the first season of the Casper Mountain Music Institute. Young musicians who play violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet and piano may apply to participate for 10 positions in the Festival. All positions are open. This is an exciting opportunity for selected young musicians to work side-by-side with professional musicians.

The festival is June 17 through June 30.

Participating musicians will receive coaching and the opportunity to perform with the members of Portable Masterpieces in four performances.

Rehearsals will begin on Monday, June 17 with daily sessions scheduled over the two weeks.

Cost is $200 for the two weeks with scholarships available.

The festival is committed to producing the highest quality of performances possible. It’s important for young musicians to understand that they are committing to a professional creative process, including preparing for and attending all rehearsals and concerts.

To receive an application packet and schedule an audition, please send an e-mail to: strinkle@hotmail.com, or call 702-513-0867.

The festival is funded in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the many individual and corporate donors who make CMMI possible.

Wyoming State Parks passes

Explore Wyoming for free by checking out a Wyoming State Parks pass at the Natrona County Library. The Check-Out State Parks Library Program is an initiative providing youth and families the opportunity to visit and experience Wyoming’s state parks, historic sites and trails for free.

Wyoming State Parks backpacks and park passes are checked out together, for up to two weeks.

Park passes provide day-use entry into any state park or historic site, and backpacks include educational materials to inspire learning and adventure.

\Call 577-7323 for more information.

Father-Daughter Social May 18

The 17th annual Father-Daughter Social is scheduled for May 18th at the Ramada Plaza, Casper. This family fun event is for school age girls, ages 4 to 13 years, and is called a “social” because of the many fun activities hosted during the evening.

In addition to a buffet, activities include face painting, a wand walk, a princess auction, decorating princess crowns and dancing to the music of Rocky Mountain Sound and Light.

Fathers-daughters, grandfathers, granddaughters, uncles and nieces are invited to attend and enjoy this magical evening. Roses will be available at the event, and a free photo is included in the price of the ticket.

The Father-Daughter Social is a family-oriented program sponsored by Wyoming CARES.

Wyoming CARES is a state wide not-for-profit agency with a mission: to provide assistance to Wyoming residents in need.

Tickets are $25.00 per couple and can be purchased by calling the office of Wyoming CARES at 237-7035 or at Express Printing, 839 CY Avenue and Once Upon A Child, 1944 CY Avenue.

Tickets will not be available at the door. Limited scholarships available.

Anime Fest

The Natrona County Library and Centennial Middle School Anime Club will host an Anime Fest, open to teens in grades 6-12, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Natrona County Library. Join fellow anime enthusiasts around Casper, enjoy anime, showcase cosplay, munch on treats, borrow from the Library’s extensive manga and anime collection and show off your skills in one of the any contests at Anime Fest for a chance to win prizes! Registration for the cosplay and manga/anime art contests will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Limit of one piece of artwork per teen for the manga/anime art contest. The cosplay contest will start at 5 p.m. Teens participating in cosplay will need to bring a physical picture of their character with them for judging purposes. Call 577-7323 x101 for more information.

Summer camp registration open at BGCCW

Kids have a summer of possibilities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. Summer camps are scheduled at three locations in Casper and one in Glenrock. Casper camp runs June 10 to August 23, while Glenrock runs June 3 to August 16, 2019.

The daily camp will be jam packed with academic enrichment, field trips, games, creative arts, financial literacy, McDonald’s reading program, physical activity and so much more. Club sites are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Paradise Valley Elementary, Verda James Elementary, the Main Club, the Teen Center at the Main Club and the Glenrock Intermediate School.

Camp is open to kids who are at least 5 years old and have already completed kindergarten, up to age 18. Cost to attend the Casper camp is $75/week, $15/day, or $770 if paid in full before June 15. Glenrock’s fee is $50/week or $10/day. Lunch and healthy snacks are provided at all sites. There is no cost for teens, ages 13-18. Annual membership fees apply to all camp participants. BGCCW is a DFS provider.

For more information, call 234-2456 or visit the Main Club at 1701 East K Street in Casper. Look for registration information online at www.bgccw.org/summercamp.

Paws to Read: StoryTime with therapy dogs

Paws to Read with a furry friend this spring. 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.

Summer astronomy camps for kids

Can you believe it’s been 50 years since humans first set foot on the moon? Help your kids reach for the final frontier at the Casper Planetarium’s Summer Astronomy Camps. They’ll find the fun in stargazing, rocket launching, planet exploring and more, with one-week day camps designed by science educators and taught by an enthusiastic staff.

This summer’s lineup includes: June 10 to 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m.: “Launches and Landings” for 7 & 8 year olds, $35; June 17 to 21, 1 to 3 p.m.: “Mission to the Moon” for 9 & 10 year olds, $40; June 24 to 28, 1 to 3:30 p.m.: “Rocket Science” for ages 11 and up, $45; July 22 to 26, 1 to 2 p.m.: “Sunbeams” for 4 year olds, $30; July 29 to Aug. 2, 1 to 2 p.m., “Moonbeans” for 5 year olds, $30; August 5 to 9, 1 to 2 p.m.: “Solar System Explorers” for 6 year olds, $30.

Group sizes are small so every child gets personal attention. Sign your kids up today. You can download a printable registration form at casperplanetarium.com (under “What’s New”) or stop by the Planetarium at 904 North Poplar. (Cash and checks welcome, no cards please.)

‘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 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 http://www.fortcasparwyoming.com.

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 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 the shows and more at casperplanetarium.com.

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.

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.

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.

UU events for May

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 May 19, guest speak Rebecca Hunt will present “The Circle Grows: Letting in the Light of Life.” This interactive service will help plant the seeds of love and beauty . Melody Haler, service leader.

On May 26, Rev. Leslie Kee will present a special Memorial Day Service.

On June 2, UU Casper will hold its annual New Member Service, followed by the UU Casper Annual Congregational Meeting.

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

At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 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 curious folks interested in a deeper exploration of science, technology, and other topics of interest, UU Casper will host “Lunch With TED” on Sunday, May 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Bring a sack lunch to eat while and view Brené Brown’s TED Talk “Listening to Shame,” followed by a facilitated discussion.

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

Casper Pride seeks entertainers

Casper Pride is calling for entertainers of all disciplines to participate in the annual Casper Pride events June 6 to 9. Whether you’re a musician, actor or theatrical troupe, dancer, visual artist, poet, DJ, band, drag queen/king, comedian, community group or simply an entertainer at heart, the group wants to hear from you.

Casper Pride offers a unique stage for people throughout the Rocky Mountain region to come together in celebration and support of the lives of LGBTQ+. This year’s four-day festival offers multiple performance opportunities for entertainers to showcase their talents in vibrant concert venues including the Nicolaysen Art Museum and the Pride in the Park outdoor stage at Crossroads Park.

The 2019 Casper Pride Festival theme is: Trailblazers. Do you have an act or performance that will fit this year’s theme? You’re invited to visit www.casperpride.com and fill out the “Call for Entertainer” application form. Submissions will be accepted until May 17, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Casper Pride is a 501©(3) organization dedicated to educating, supporting, encouraging and advocating equality and growth for a supportive and tolerant community.

Uprising at DSS August 10

The Uprising Music Festival has changed locations and is at David Street Station on August 10, providing a community day of worship featuring musician Matt Maher and nationally renowned speaker and author Chad Varga as special guests.

The festival is free for all to attend and open to all ages. Activities include a public prayer walk downtown, food trucks, vendor merchandise, local worship bands and a grand finale with Maher and Varga.

For more information, visit event website at uprisingwyoming.org or contact Josh Kalinowskiat 267-7004 or joshkalinowski@gmail.com.

Ascension Day Stations of Light & TKC Prayers

The first of four Beacon Events held by the Glenrock and Casper Episcopal churches for Thy Kingdom Come 2019 will be held on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W. Cedar in Glenrock. Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide movement of prayer for more people will come to know Jesus Christ. TKC is held from Ascension Day, 40 days after Easter, through the Day of Pentecost, June 9 this year, 50 days after Easter. Join a walk through stations of Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension and stay for dessert. The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Day of Pentecost TKC Prayer Kite-Fly & Ice Cream Social

Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) is a worldwide movement of prayer, held from Ascension Day through Pentecost, that more people will come to know Jesus Christ. The last Beacon Event of the Casper and Glenrock Episcopal churches’ program for TKC 2019 starts at 9:30 a.m. on June 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W. Cedar in Glenrock, with the Sunday service of Holy Eucharist, and will be followed by a kite-fly for all ages and an ice cream social. Join for part or all of this joyous celebration. The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Earth science for kids in July

What animal makes that track? When the clouds look like that, what kind of weather can you expect? Kids who are curious about the world around them will have a ball in the new summer class at the Casper Planetarium: “Earth Science with Amber French.” Designed for 9 and 10 year olds, the class meets from 9 to 10:30 on each of the five Monday mornings in July (1, 8, 15, 22, and 29). They’ll learn about animals, habitats and ecosystems, weather and more. The cost is just $35 per student. Class size is limited, so get your kids registered soon. To sign up, download the registration form at casperplanetarium.com (under the “What’s New” tab) or stop by the Planetarium at 904 North Poplar weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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 (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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

‘We Will Rock You’ in September

With the recent Oscar-winning film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the music of Queen is more popular than ever. In 2002, many of those hits were compiled into a rock musical experience, “We Will Rock You,” which will be hitting the road once again for a North American tour. Spectra Venue Management is pleased to announce the show will include a stop at the Casper Events Center on Tuesday, September 24.

Ticket prices and on sale date are to be announced. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.SinclairTix.com, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center, by phone at 800-442-2256 or at any statewide SinclairTix outlet.

Produced by Annerin Theatricals in Alberta, Canada, “We Will Rock You,” will be offering a VIP package at each stop, which include cast member meet and greets, exclusive merchandise and much more. More information can be found on the musical’s official website (http://www.queenonline.com/wwry).

While We Will Rock You is a quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders, it’s also a creative cautionary tale for the cyberage. It reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. The audience can expect We Will Rock You to rock as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts.

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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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