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Town Crier: This Just In

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Wednesday services at OSL

Please join us at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church for our Wednesday mid-week Advent Services during the Christmas Season on December 4, 11 and 18. We’ll have light appetizers and fellowship in the Narthex starting at 6:30 p.m., with Holden Evening Prayer service following at 7 p.m. All are welcome and invited. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 318 Sixth Street, 237-9087; on the web, www.oslwyo.org; Facebook page Osl.casper.

Spaghetti at the Elks

Wednesday Night Special at the Casper Elks Lodge is baked spaghetti with garlic bread. Cost is $7, all you can eat. Children 5 to 12 are $3.  Enjoy a dessert for $1. Serving from 6 to 7 p.m. or until gone. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839. This menu is subject to change. All proceeds go to Elks Charities.

Habitat application class

Don’t miss out on one of Habitat for Humanity’s Application 101 classes to make sure your application for homeownership is complete. Come either Thursday, December 5, at noon to the Habitat offices at 232 E. 2nd Street, Suite 301 or at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, at the Natrona County Library.

The next application cycle is from December 30 to January 31, 2020.

For more information or to set up a one-on-one appointment, call 234-1348 or e-mail Kelly Cooper at kelly@heartofwyoming.org.

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

New shows at Art 321

For the month of December, Art 321 is very excited to feature two new shows. Bria Hammock will be showing a study in Wyoming Wildlife and vistas in unique and unexpected colour. She loves creatively painting subjects realised in hues different than occur in nature. The work is exciting, exuberant and pretty unforgettable. In addition to her collection of acrylic on canvas, she is also bringing a hood of a VW bug that she has painted. Also showing during December will be Upcycled Affordable Art. This is your time to purchase art from your favourite artists at an affordable price. Join Art 321 this Thursday, December 5, for the Artist Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. with Pat Patton providing his wonderful acoustic sets.

Libraries host Christmas concerts

The Converse County Libraries are excited to be bringing a talented duo of singer/songwriters in for a pair of festive Christmas Concerts this year. The dynamic team of Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin (www.bettmanandhalpin.com) will be performing their show, “Christmas is a Funny Thing,” in Douglas at the library on Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m., and at the library in Glenrock on Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. The hour-long concert is free, and interested parties are asked to RSVP at 436-2573, or tlehner@conversecountylibrary.org. For information on either concert, or directions, contact Tamara at the number or email above.

“Christmas is a Funny Thing” is a combination of all-time favorite Christmas tunes, and some of Bettman and Halpin’s original songs, interspersed with warm and humorous tales of the “ups, downs, and in-betweens of everyone’s favorite holiday.” This show, appropriate for all ages, is guaranteed to entertain and uplift, and leave the audience completely immersed in Christmas Spirit

Stephanie Bettman is an accomplished writer, singer, and fiddler, and has been compared vocally to the soaring soprano of Joan Baez and the plaintive emotion of Emmylou Harris.

Partner Luke Halpin is a master of the guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo.

Meat shoot Dec. 6

Rocky Mountain Gun Club will be having a meat shoot Friday December 6, 2019, from 5 to 10 p.m., $5 a round. Bring your friends and family and have fun shooting clay targets and win some meat. Dress warm you never know what the weather will be like. Ladies bring your friends and show off your skills. We are open every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for practice. The club is seven miles north of I-25 on Cole Creek Road. See you there, 235-8067.

Republican women gather

Natrona County Republic Women hold the Christmas party, ornament exchange and food drive at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday at the Casper Elks Lodge. Bring one friend, two ornaments to exchange (one for you, one for your friend), and three nonperishable food items to be donated to a local food bank. Also, please bring a potluck brunch dish to share with the group. Coffee will be available and the bar will be open. Republican Women is open to any registered Republican. For more information, call Kimberly Walker at 258-5936.

Pearl Harbor remembrance

The Natrona County Veterans Council will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony with the program presented by the Natrona County High School Jr. ROTC Unit. The event takes place at 6 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Casper Elks Lodge, 7th and Center. All are welcome.

UU Casper services, events

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 childcare available.

On December 8, Elizabeth Otto and Laura Gossman will present “Yuletide Traditions: Ancient Roots, Modern Relevance,” an exploration of the history of yuletide traditions, how yule is celebrated across many religions, and the joy and meaning that yule traditions and stories hold for us in our modern times. As part of our holiday “Love Notes and Cookies” project, Cyndia Caravaggio will lead a Love Notes writing opportunity during and after the service. UU Casper will also be collecting food donations for Food For Thought at each service throughout December.

On December 15, the Religious Exploration Program youth and volunteers will present an intergenerational holiday program.

On December 22, Reverend Leslie Kee will lead a traditional Christmas service, with the nativity story and Christmas carols. Those who wish to are invited to bring one dozen of their favorite holiday cookies for a Holiday Cookie Exchange.

On December 29, Laura Gossman will lead “Poetry in Winter.” Robert Frost said "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." For this service, everyone is invited to bring a favorite poem to share – your own or a poem from a favorite poet. On January 5th, Reverend Kee will introduce the January worship theme “Power.”

A special UU Casper earth-centered service will be held on Saturday, December 21, at 1 p.m., “Winter Solstice Celebration, Inanna’s Seven Gates,” led by Athne Machdane and Elizabeth Otto.

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

In partnership with Cyndia Caravaggio and Wyoming Food For Thought, UU Casper is “spreading the love” this holiday season by helping to write notes of love on 750 cookie bags, which will be filled with Cyndia’s delicious cookies and distributed to children throughout the Casper community in Food for Thought’s holiday food boxes. Everyone is invited to a note-writing “lovefest” on Tuesday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Food For Thought’s winter market location, 420 West 1st Street.

On Thursdays, December 12 and December 26, 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 curious folks interested in a deeper exploration of science, technology, and other topics of interest, UU Casper will host "Lunch With TED" on Sunday, December 29, from noon to 1 p.m. Bring a sack lunch to eat while we view a selected TED Talk, followed by a facilitated discussion. This month's TED Talk is "We are Dead Stars," by Michelle Thaller.

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

Christmas Cantata Dec. 15

The Choir of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and a chamber orchestra of talented local musicians will perform the cantata “Christmas Presence", December 15th, under the direction of Musical Director Carolyn Deuel.

From the publishers: From the pen of Pepper Choplin comes "Christmas Presence," a musical telling of the Christmas story and its impact on our lives and the lives of those around us. From the energetic opener, "The World Awaits Your Coming," to the reflective "Still They Are Here," this work inspires us to dwell on the important and profound way that Christmas brings us together through the joy of Christ’s birth.

The Cantata will be performed at our 9 a.m. service on Sunday, December 15, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 318 Sixth Street. For more information, you can call the church office at 237-9087 or see our website, www.oslwyo.org, or our Facebook page Osl.casper.

Christmas Eve at Hilltop Baptist

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…” (Isaiah 9:6) Join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior with a very special candlelight service on Christmas Eve, at Hilltop Baptist Church, 2555 E. 2nd St., at 6 p.m. Please bring the whole family and invite a friend to a service you won’t want to miss.

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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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