Oklahoma! at NCHS

Natrona County High School will celebrate 75 years of Rodgers and Hammerstein with their classic musical Oklahoma! at 7 p.m. March 21-22 and at 2 p.m. on March 23 in the John F. Welsh Auditorium. This classic musical centers around the love triangles of strapping cowboy Curley, the spitfire farmer Laurey and her less-than honorable farmhand Jud, as well as the comic relationship of bronc-buster Will, town flirt Ado Annie and Ali Hakim, the Persian peddler. Audiences will thrill at the fantastic music of Richard Rodgers and the clever lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II.

NCHS is also home to International Thespian Society Troupe No. 1. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the International Thespian Society is a honor society that promotes and celebrates theatre excellence at the highest level. “For 90 years, NC has led the way as Thespian Troupe No. 1,” Schneider said.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the NCHS Main Office, at www.nchs.booktix.com, or at the door. For more information, contact Zachary Schneider at 253-2670 or zach_schneider@natronaschools.org.

Western history looks at schooner

The topic for this year’s 36th Annual Western History Center Celebration at Casper College will be the schooner “Wyoming” presented by Con Trumbull on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The “Wyoming” was built by the Bath, Maine, ship-building firm of Percy and Small in 1909. It was the world’s largest sailing vessel complete with six masts and the ability to carry 6,004 tons of cargo, usually coal, in its hold.

Trumbull, a local rancher, author and historian, will discuss the “Wyoming” schooner beginning with its construction in 1909, its history as a coal-hauler, and its demise in a gale off Cape Cod in March of 1924 when it and its crew were lost in 65 to 70 feet of water. Trumbull will also provide background to how the schooner got its name “Wyoming.”

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Goodstein Foundation Library Classroom, Room 215 on the Casper College campus. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served.

Dead dinosaurs March 21

“Dead Dinosaurs in Arctic Alaska,” by JP Cavigelli is the next presentation for the Werner Wildlife Study Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Cavigelli’s presentation will focus on the challenge of collecting dinosaur fossils 30 miles south of the Arctic Ocean, and what those fossils say about ancient Alaska. Cavigelli, museum collections specialist at the Tate Geological Museum, spent part of his summer in 2018 on the North Slope of Alaska.

Cavigelli received his B.A. in biology at the University of Chicago where he became interested in paleontology. In 1983 he fell in love with Wyoming while doing fieldwork in search of small Cretaceous mammal teeth with a University of Wyoming team.

“Dead Dinosaurs in Arctic Alaska” is free and open to the public. The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information call the museum at 307-235-2108 or email indiahayford@caspercollege.edu.

Lamb and pig sale April 6

The Casper College Agriculture Department is hosting its 39th annual Lamb and Pig Sale on Saturday, April 6 starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Casper College Grace Werner Agricultural Pavilion on the Casper College campus. Viewing of the animals up for sale will begin at 11 a.m.

Lamb consignors scheduled to attend are Boldt Club Lambs, Carlisle Club Lambs, Casper College, Delong/Kawcak Club Lambs, Dona Livestock, Double D Ranch, Freeman Club Lambs, Griffith Club Lambs, Hornecker Livestock, Meyers Club Lambs, Rives Club Lambs, Stewart Livestock and Triple G Livestock.

Pig consignors scheduled to attend are Black Show Pigs, Burkett Show Pigs, Custis Show Pigs, Rathbun Show Pigs and Schroeder Show Pigs.

Forty lambs and 55 pigs will be up for sale at the auction.

For more information contact Hornecker at 268-2525, hhornecker@caspercollege.edu, Jeremy Burkett at 268-2417, jburkett@caspercollege.edu or online at caspercollege.edu/events/lamb-pig-sale.

New art at CC

The final art exhibition of the 2018-2019 school year at the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery is “The Western Landscape” featuring the paintings of Aaron and Jenny Wuerker. The couple’s paintings will be on display through May 9.

“These spaces have a penetrating stillness the cuts through the distraction of stressful activity, a beauty that demands pause. These images are of the iconic West,” she said.

Aaron said that his work always returns to a realist vision of the landscape and is fueled by the austere beauty of common sights. “Manufactured objects lend a geometry that celebrates the hard lines of the mesas and tepee buttes of the Western Plains,” he said.

Both the exhibition and the artists’ talk are free and open to the public. The Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Music Building. Both the Goodstein Visual Arts Center and the Music Building are located on the Casper College campus.

Head Start accepting applications

Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Head Start is a free, quality preschool program that prepares children for school. Applications are available at 301 W. B Street. Head Start is a United Way agency. Call 577-1864.

Chorale travels to San Antonio

The Casper Children’s Chorale will travel to San Antonio, Texas, April 4-7 to perform and compete in a Heritage Music Festival. They will visit the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, rehearsing music together and presenting a combined concert. The chorale will clinic with the choral music department at Trinity University, as well as a team of choral clinicians from Heritage. The Alamo, Texas history presentations, the Riverwalk and Sea World round out what should be an amazing trip. Thank you to the community of Casper for its support in making this opportunity possible for 80 young musicians.

New scholarship available

The first scholarship available through the Marcia and Richard Engum Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

To qualify, the recipient must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester during the scholarship year and be 30 years of age or younger. The scholarship also gives preference to students who do not qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship.

“The Engums were just average hard-working individuals who invested so that they could leave something behind to help future students,” said Ann Dalton, associate director of development for the Casper College Foundation. “The Engums loved the city and people of Casper. They wanted to leave a gift that would improve the lives of young people in the community,” she said.

Established in September of 2017 as the Marcia and Richard Engum Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, investment monies earned by the fund are used to finance the scholarship in perpetuity.

SME offers mining scholarships

The Central Wyoming Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) is offering several $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors in Natrona, Converse, Johnson and Sheridan counties. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, with an intent to major in a physical science (such as geology, chemistry or physics), math or engineering. Applicants will also be required to write a short essay on a specified subject. Applications or further information can be requested through smecasper@gmail.com and are due April 12, 2019.

Preschool to celebrate 50 years

Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool will celebrate 50 years of successful preschool in Casper, with its 2019/2020 fall open registration.

The school offers a Christian preschool that prepares Pre-K children ages 4 to 6 for entering kindergarten ready and excited to learn.

Children ages 2 through young 4’s are offered developmentally appropriate classes.

POP welcomes all children to a child development environment which meets their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs.

The schools’ curriculum follows the Wyoming Early Learning Foundations and Early Childhood Readiness Guidelines.

If you would like a tour or have questions please call the office at 265-7016 for Gwen or Kiley, or leave a message and your call will be returned.

Writers’ workshop at Werner

Werner Wildlife Museum hosts an informal Writers’ Workshop on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. Casper College staff conducts the workshop — Chad Henson, “Don’t Stop the Dance: Prose, Poetry and the Rhythm of Nature,” on April 2. No prior writing experience is necessary. Snacks are provided.

Werner seeks artisan entries

The Werner Wildlife Museum is seeking entries for the spring artisan show “Genesis: Fine Craft from Wyoming Artisans.”

The juried exhibition of contemporary crafts and decorative arts is open to all Wyoming artisans and artists who work with natural materials, according to India Hayford, museum assistant. Natural materials include fiber, leather, bone, horn, wood, stone, gems and metal. Paintings and photographs are not eligible for this show.

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. The show will open on Thursday, April 11 and close on Friday, July 5. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded to the work that receives the most votes from the general public.

Entry forms and guidelines can be obtained by calling 235-2108, emailing indiahayford@caspercollege.edu or stopping by the museum. Located at 405 East 15th Street, the Werner Wildlife Museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Consider St. Anthony

St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic school is an educational choice that is different from the public schools, including a comprehensive, rigorous, hands-on academic program for students in preschool through high school. Numerous extracurricular activities are offered, including sports, STEM, the arts, religion, project based learning, service learning and much more. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Students from all Christian denominations are welcome. Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Call today for a private tour at 234-2873, visit www.sascasper.com or on Facebook @stanthonycasper.

KW ‘69 sets 50th

Hello, Kelly Walsh 1969 classmates. The 50th class reunion is quickly approaching. Save the dates June 21-22, 2019. Please get the word out to any and all members of the class that you know so there will be a large turnout at the event. There will be more information forthcoming as the weeks progress, so stay tuned.

There is a Facebook “KW69” page that will post information as it becomes available. And for those who are not Facebook users, keep updated on the Classmates Reunion Page at: KW69.com.

Finally, if you would like to stay in touch with Casper classmates, please email Dan at: dcgalles@alluretech.net.

Register for Mount Hope

Mount Hope Lutheran School is now accepting registration applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Mount Hope is a classical, Christian, conservative pre K-10th grade school which has served the Casper community for over 20 years. Please come for a school tour or call for more information at 234-6865.

Historical firearms on display

“The Good, The Bad, and The Banned,” an exhibit of historical firearms, is open for public view at the Fort Casper Museum and runs through Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

The show was organized by student curators from the Casper College Museum Studies seminar. The students researched the artifacts and wrote signage for each group of firearms on display. A highlight of the exhibit is the revolver of Tom O’Day, a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Wild Bunch.

“Working with the students from the ‘Museum Studies’ class is always fun and exciting. They offer different ways of looking at the objects and bring a new perspective to the exhibit,” said Michelle Bahe, curator of collections at Fort Caspar Museum.

The Casper College “Museum Studies” seminar is part of the college’s museum/gallery studies degree program.

Coffee, Tea and Dee

The public is invited to attend “Coffee, Tea and Dee” on the first Wednesday of each month. The dates are April 3 and May 1 at the Tate Geological Museum from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The coffee and caffeine-free tea is provided by P. Hawk Coffee Roasters and is free of charge courtesy of the museum. Coffees served include a unique blend, “Pleistocene Epoch Coffee – Mammuthus columbi,” along with special varieties of Rooibos tea.

A free monthly drawing is also held with the winner receiving a Tate coffee mug and half a pound of fresh-roasted coffee from P. Hawk.

The Tate Geological Museum is located on the Casper College campus, and the event is free and open to the public.

Alumni board seeks nominations

The Casper College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for exemplary alumni to be honored as part of the 75th Anniversary of Casper College in 2020.

From the nominations received, the alumni association board will choose 25 for exemplary status. Nominees will be selected based on their commitment to Casper College and success following graduation.

To nominate someone online go to www.caspercollegefoundation.org/exemplary-alumni. Nominations can also be emailed to Danica Sveda at dsveda@caspercollege.edu or mailed to the Casper College Foundation, 125 College Drive, Casper, Wyoming, 82601. All nominations must contain the name of the nominee, their mailing and email addresses, phone number, graduation year if applicable, biographical information, connection to Casper College, the name of the person submitting the nomination, and their email and phone number.

Nissan offers car, scholarships

Nissan of Casper has announced the 2019 Scholarship Awards, which includes a 2017 Nissan Versa and two $2,000 cash scholarships to be awarded to 2019 Natrona or Converse county high school graduates. Deadline for entry is March 31, 2019. The complete application is available at www.nissanofcasper.com; click on the “About Us,” tab, go to Scholarship Application. Requirements for consideration include a minimum 3.5 GPA, minimum 24 ACT and minimum 1700 SAT. The application process includes a copy of high school transcript, list of AP classes completed, IB and BOCES if applicable, a minimum 500-word essay explaining education goals, two letters of recommendation, family financial information and a letter of acceptance from a university or college.

NC ‘62 sets 75th birthday reunion

The NCHS Class of 1962 has set a 75th birthday reunion for August 9, 10 and 11, 2019. Contact Kaye Hunt at 797-2412 or Dick O’Quinn at 472-1117 for details.

CC theatre and dance

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance will take theatergoers “Around the World” during the 2018-2019 season.

The final event for the season will be the dance concert April 4-7 and 11-13. “Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ Ballet will be directed and choreographed by Jodi Youmans-Jones. This ballet by the Russian composer Stravinsky is very popular and will be done on the McMurry Mainstage,” said Olm.

Tickets for all productions are available online at caspercollegearts.cc or by phone at 268-2500 or toll-free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2500. Tickets for each performance are $12 for adults and $10 for students aged 5 to 18.

Little Free Library at ALC

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is now the site of a Little Free Library. The library consists of two former newspaper racks each featuring a selection of books for most ages.

Everyone is welcome to “take a book and share a book.”

The two newspaper racks were donated by the Casper Star-Tribune, while the Friends of the Library Foundation donated some of the reading materials and also facilitated the acquisition of the Little Free Library.

Little Free Library book exchanges are located in all 50 states and 85 countries.

Started in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Hudson, Wisconsin, Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization. According to LFL, the mission of the organization is “… to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.”

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