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Town Crier: Help Yourself

Town Crier: Help Yourself

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Eating disorder workshop for youth

The Youth Empowerment Council, an organization dedicated to creating a safe space to foster and inspire Casper’s youth, will be the first group to host an Eating Disorder Workshop in the state of Wyoming. The workshop is open to those struggling with an eating disorder and their loved ones, as well as educators and professionals who need more education about the disease. Admission is free to all and will be held at the Natrona County Public Library in the Crawford Room from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 15, 2021.

This is a crucial event to have in the Cowboy State. We want those who are struggling to know that while there are limited resources here, an entire team of professionals are ready and willing to walk with you on your journey. The Youth Empowerment Council is imploring educators and other professionals to join us on May 15, because this is a topic that needs the community’s support.

The Eating Disorder Workshop is expected to have a specialized therapist, dietician, and dentist speak, as well as connect those in attendance to other professionals, support groups, and strategies associated with recovery. For more information about this event, visit the Youth Empowerment Council’s Facebook page.

Community healing event set

The community has experienced much grief and loss over the last year, including that which was caused by the pandemic. In addition to deaths from all causes, isolation from loved ones, uncertainty over the future, and the inability to gather and mourn all result in forms of grief that most of us have experienced.

We invite you to come together with your community for a time of healing and remembrance at the Healing Park on Conwell (formerly Conwell Park) from 4 to 6 p.m., on May 19. You can tie a Ribbon of Remembrance and listen to people speak about their journey starting at 4:30, including Mayor Steve Freel, members of the medical community, community member Peggy Whitaker, and Todd von Gunten, the Central Wyoming Hospice grief care coordinator.

We’ll be gathering by the Gazebo, come when you can and stay as long as you like.

The event is presented by Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions and sponsored by AARP Wyoming.

Spring shopping at Methodist thrift

Yes, Wyoming, this is spring in the Cowboy state. The United Methodist Thrift Shop is open for you to shop the treasures on a sunny spring day when you are looking to spice up your wardrobe, get the camper set up with a few new items, or some fun jewelry for a get together. If it’s a day of spring precipitation, come browse the racks and shelves for a book, a craft or puzzle. Feeling like putting some new art on the wall? That can also be done.

The United Methodist Thrift Shop is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10-4, and Saturday from 10-2.

And, of course, your new and lightly used donations are always appreciated.

Your shopping helps local charities, Holy Cross and Interfaith, both serving many who need a hand up, especially in these difficult times.

You will find the United Methodist Thrift Shop at 2111 East 12th in the Beverly Plaza Shopping Center, near Big Lots and the Dollar Store.

But wait. Have you got a special occasion coming up this summer or fall? Take a chance that you can find that perfect-for-you outfit that probably was only worn once before. And if you are a guest to that special time, there is a large selection of dress-ups, shoes, and jewelry.

Did you see the news that the rodeos will happen this summer? You just might to see what’s in the shop for fun times.

Learn about Habitat application

Register today at for informational sessions regarding the application process for Habitat for Humanity’s home ownership program. All sessions will be offered through a free conference call system in April, May and June. These sessions will not exceed 30 minutes. Topics include collecting debt statements, child support documentation and an overview of the program.

The next application cycle for the Home ownership Program will be July 1-30, 2021.

For more information or to schedule a one-on-one appointment, contact program manager Kelly Cooper at

Habitat for Humanity, The Heart of Wyoming is an equal opportunity lender.

Block party vendors needed

Joshua’s Storehouse is having a “Start of Summer Blcok Party” on May 22 and is searching for vendors, musicians, and people to enter the sidewalk chalk art contest. There will be food, games, vendors, live music, a 50/50 raffle and so much more. For more information, contact Kody at 359-8781 or email

Spring grief support at hospice

Central Wyoming Hospice grie support groups are for those adults grieving the loss of a loved one, providing a safe and supportive place to share your grief experiences and develop coping strategies.

Casper Group: Six-week group to May 18, meeting Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Douglas Group: Four-week group meeting through May 3, Monday nights from 5 to 6 p.m.

Grief care services are available to the general public as well as hospice families at no charge.

For more information about our Grief Care or to register, call 577-4832 or email Todd at

Parkinson’s exercise group

This exercise class is open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease and focuses on improving balance, endurance, safety, and managing symptoms. It is open to all ages and the class can be tailored to meet varying exercise needs. The cost of the class is $5. The group meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 East 2nd Street, Building #500. If you have any questions call 577-5204 or 237-1200.

Winter Market returns in May

Wyoming Food for Thought Project hosts a monthly Winter Market on May 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Good Food Hub, 420 W. 1st St.

Markets are dedicated to creating a more equitable local food system in response to local growers and producers’ demand. Wyoming Food for Thought Project encourages everyone to participate and welcomes all vendors who only sell products they have grown or processed.

For more information about the Winter Market or other Food for Thought programs, or for volunteer information, call 337-1703 or email or visit

Shop St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store is a great place to visit and shop. It is located at 301 E. H Street, 237-2607. Local charities benefit from 100 percent of the profits. Consider donating unwanted items including but not limited to clothes, household items, books and jewelry. Spring and Easter are coming soon and we have items to get you ready for the upcoming season. You ca Suicide prevention group plans event

J.R.’s Hunt; for life is hosting its annual Festival of Hope from 1 to 3 p.m., on May 1 at The Lyric in downtown Casper. The mission is to give hope and save lives from suicide as well as offer awareness. Everything is free to the public and will offer hope in many eclectic forms. Therapy horse and dogs, free food, face painting, physical and mental professionals, massage therapy, super heroes, free suicide prevention training in one theatre and Mastermind of Monkey in another theatre, plus much, much more. n visit us on Facebook.

Art4Expression with Central Wyoming Hospice, Nic

Art4Expression is a unique collaboration between Central Wyoming Hospice and the Nicolaysen Art Museum and is designed for kids ages 11-15. The process of grief requires expression. The act of creation and the use of images draws out that expression. Art4Expression allows processing grief through art, along with other kids who have suffered the death of a loved one. The class is every third Saturday, October through May, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Please call 577-4832 or email

Confidential Zoom suicide grief support groups

Due to COVID-19, there are no in-person suicide grief support groups at this time. However, there are Zoom support meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month that are announced and with invitation on J.R’s Hunt; for life Facebook support page. Join the page and watch for the announcement invitation and join. These are confidential and closed to the public. You must join via the Zoom application/invitation to attend. If you have problems, they can also FaceTime you into the meetings. Once you join the Facebook group you may message with any questions.

Child care food policy

Wyoming Child and Family Development, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Child Care Food Program. The same meals will be made available to all enrolled children at no separate charge regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap, and there is no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at the facilities listed below: Wyoming Child & Family Development, Inc. Head Start Casper, 301 West B; Wyoming Child & Family Development, Inc. Early Head Start, 160. N. Washington, Casper and Wyoming Child & Family Development, Inc. Head Start Mills, 4981 W. Buick St.

Updated food pantry list

  • Casper Community Church food pantry, 249 N. Wolcott, Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Eugene, 307-462-6821
  • Oasis Food Pantry, College Heights community center food pantry, 1927 South Walnut, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 307-224-4104 (X 7)
  • Faith Assembly of God food pantry, 4301 Casper Mountain Road, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 265-9121. Staff is providing pre-made boxes at the front door of the church during pandemic.
  • First Church of the Nazarene food pantry, 2020 S. Jefferson, Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. 258-9646
  • First Christian Church, sandwich ministry begins Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon in breezeway at First United Methodist Church downtown. Info:
  • Holy Cross Center Inc. food pantry, 1030 N. Lincoln, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. 577-1041
  • Mountain View Baptist food pantry, 4250 Poison Spider Road, Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 234-4381 or
  • Joshua’s Storehouse food pantry, 334 S. Wolcott St., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab and go format. 265-0242
  • Wyoming Rescue Mission serves weekday breakfast, 6:30 to 7 a.m., lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m., dinner, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays brunch, 11 a.m., dinner 5 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Glenrock, second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 506 West Birch, Ste. 15 (downtown), 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Mary Ann Budenske: 307-215-4732 or

Free health coaching by phone

Natural Grocers is offering free one-on-one health coaching sessions right now (by phone or Microsoft Teams only) for anyone who is interested. Classes focus on nutrition as it relates to health. Examples of topics covered are general nutrition, nutrition and sleep, pregnancy, athletic performance, anxiety, weight loss, digestion issues (as they relate to nutrition) and more.

The way to sign up for these is by calling Natural Grocers (265-0909) during business hours and asking to schedule a coaching session with the nutritional health coach. Customers are also eligible to receive a $5 off coupon (one per quarter) after completing a coaching session, if they are signed up for the (also free) Natural Grocers rewards program. That’s $20 off annually if they complete a session every quarter. The sessions are one hour long.

Food for Thought offers online marketplace

The Wyoming Food for Thought Online Marketplace will open at 5 p.m. on Mondays and close at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, with the Food for Thought Drive-Thru to take place on Fridays between 2 to 4 p.m. at the Food for Thought Program Center, 900 Saint John St.

Customers will start by selecting their drive-thru pick-up time via the Drive-Thru Time Window Registration form on the website. Upon receiving a confirmation email, a link to the Online Marketplace will be provided to shop.

SNAP users will also have access to this opportunity.

To learn more about the Food for Thought Online Marketplace and Drive-Thru, visit the website at or call 307-337-1703.

Wyoming Food for Thought Project works to create a strong and vibrant local food system. This is an integral part of ending hunger in the community. When every person has access to good and healthy food, the community is better for it; health issues go down, mental health improves and the community becomes stronger.

Poverty Resistance open

Poverty Resistance Food Bank, 450 S. Wolcott, is committed to serving people in need throughout the county. They are maintaining their normal hours of operation 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

First, don’t come for food if you are sick. It is okay to have a non-sick friend or relative pick up for you during this outbreak.

Second, hand washing stand at the door. You must wash your hands prior to picking up food. This is as much for your health as for the volunteers.

Third, social distancing — that means you need to stay about six feet away from others in the pantry. People might have to wait in their cars during times there are a lot of people coming in but, again this is as much for your health as for the volunteers.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Mary Ann Budenske: 307-215-4732 or

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Community News Editor

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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