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Town Crier: This Just In

Town Crier: This Just In

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Register for preschool

Head Start/Early Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. It is a quality preschool program that prepares children for school. Applications are available at 301 W. B Street in Casper. Head Start is a United Way agency. For more information, call 577-1864.

Take & Make for Kids & Tween

Reduce, reuse, and recycle with this sea-worthy craft for students in grades K-6 at the Natrona County Library. Starting May 10, you can stop by the library to grab all the supplies you need to make adorable egg carton turtles. Pick up your free kit at the Children’s Department before supplies run out. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Dance at Eagles Saturday

Join us for a dance from 6 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, May 8, at the Eagles Lodge. Admission is $3 per person for those 15 and older. DJ Dallas will provide the music and feel free to bring any favorite music you would like him to play. Also, there is a potluck dinner around 7 so bring some goodies to share if you want to.

Motorcycle safety event a success

The CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) and WCA (Wyoming Central A.B.A.T.E.) teamed up on May 1, for the Blessings of the Bikes and the motorcycle safety and awareness runs. They both had extremely large turnouts.

The motorcycle blessings got started around 9 a.m., and continued until 11:30 a.m., in the Hobby lobby parking lot.

The awareness run speakers got started at the Eastside Walmart parking lot at approximately 11:30 a.m. The last speaker, Casper councilman Bruce Knell, read the Wyoming governor’s Motorcycle Safety and Awareness proclamation. The councilman also donated the needed insurance requirements money for the run this year. He was very adamant about the motorcycle community and the city working side-by-side to make a better Casper for us all. The city of Casper, the Casper PD and the Casper community workers all pitched in to make the Casper procession through town probably the safest ever. All motorcyclists, Abate, CMA and all spectators were very uplifted and pleased over the response that was shown to the motorcycle community.

Most riders stayed as the group also showed awareness in Douglas and Glenrock. WCA would like to thank all motorcycle riders, all the community’s effort to practice safety throughout the year, look twice and save a life. The patience of the community as we were running through the processions were the greatest ever. Also everyone that helped work to make this a safe and positive turnout, thank you.

Beef raffle at VFW

Frank’s Butcher Shop has generously offered to donate three halves of beef for the VFW to raffle off, including cutting and wrapping. The VFW, as well as supporting businesses around town, have begun selling tickets, one for $10, six for $50. There will only be 1,000 tickets sold. If interested, please stop by the VFW any time during business hours (1800 Bryan Stock Trail, at the top of the hill with the helicopter), or call 235-4867. Various Post and Auxiliary members will be selling tickets too. The drawing will be held on October 1. Need not be present to win. Keep an eye on this space, as monthly ribeye dinners from Frank’s will be announced as well. The VFW sincerely thank the entire Casper community, and especially Frank’s Butcher Shop, for their kindness in support of all veterans in our area.

Learning the Cricut vinyl cutter

Join us in the Creation Station for an introduction to our Cricut at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 8. This is a quick 30 minute workshop that teaches you how to use the Cricut vinyl cutter! “CRFT101” covers vinyl cutting basics and how to operate the Cricut Design Space software. Please make sure to enroll in the Maker Access Pass to ensure you receive a badge at the end of this course. You can use your badges to track what you’ve learned to show potential employers. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Craftastic Saturday

Join us for a special Craftastic at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 8, in the Crawford Room for a DIY project that turns sunshine into color and happiness. We will be making sun catchers out of CD’s—a “shab to fab” project, for sure. This crafting program is for ADULTS ONLY, and registration is required. This event is free and open to the public, with all supplies provided at no cost. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information. Sign up at natronacountylibrary.org/programs.

Rotary hears about WBI

On Monday, May 10, the Rotary Club of Casper is honored to welcome Dr. Stephen Brown, medical director of the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, at its noon luncheon meeting at the Ramkota Hotel. The meeting will also be held via Zoom. Rotary Club members and guests are invited.

Dr. Brown is board certified in General and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and directs the private practice in child and adolescent psychiatry in Casper. He currently serves as medical director of the Wyoming Behavioral Institute. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Southern California and trained at Washington University in St. Louis’ Barnes and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals where he received the Award for Clinical Excellence. Extensively involved in Wyoming medicine since 1990, Dr. Brown is presently serving on the executive committee of the Wyoming Medical Society and the Wyoming Association of Psychiatric Physicians, alternate delegate to the American Medical Society, and the Western States Deputy Representatives to the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Tween Monday

Does your tween like solving problems and puzzles? And maybe doing some geometry? And what about theme parks? Then have we got the afterschool program for you! The Natrona County Library will host a Ferris wheel craft program for students in grades 4-6 on Monday, May 10 at 4 p.m., in the Crawford Room. The kiddos will be using step-by-step instructions AND problem-solving skills to build their own spinning Ferris wheels. All supplies provided at no cost. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Intro to Singer sewing machines

This is a 60-minute workshop at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, May 11, for the Creation Station makerspace, and teaches you how to use the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine at the state-of-the-art maker space. You’ll need to attend this course before you can use the Singer sewing machines at any MAP facility. CRFT110 covers sewing basics and best practices, and allows you to become more familiar with basic stitches and patterns. Please make sure to enroll in the Maker Access Pass to ensure you receive a badge at the end of this course. You can use your badges to track what you’ve learned or show potential employers. Almost all of our equipment requires training and badges before use. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Things You Wish They Taught in School: Higher Education

For this month’s Things You Wish They Taught in School presentation series we will be joined by folks from Casper College to help us learn more about higher education, at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 11, in the Crawford Room. Join us for the first presentation in the series. This program is free and open to the public. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information. Register at natronacountylibrary.org/programs to get an email reminder about the event and for updates about these presentations.

This series — in partnership with local community organizations and businesses — is here to help fill some gaps about important information you might have missed at school to get you on track to building better life skills. Each month we will cover a different topic, led by experts in that field, to help answer some of your questions. Keep checking our website and Facebook page to learn more about this series and to find out what topic we will be covering each month.

Never Too Old Book Club

Join us for a discussion of “The Downstairs Girl” by critically-acclaimed author Stacey Lee. We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 11, at Metro Coffee Downtown. The Never Too Old Book Club, sponsored by the Natrona County Library, discusses young adult literature with adult appeal. The group is open to both teens and adults, with parent-teen pairs especially encouraged. Stop by the Library’s second floor desk to register and pick up a copy of this month’s book. This program is free and open to the public, and participants receive a free drink, courtesy of the Friends of Natrona County Library. Call 577-7323 or visit our website for more information.

Republican women meet May 11

Natrona County Republican Women’s meeting for May will be at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 11, at the Ramkota. It is the second part of the 2021 Legislative update. The speakers will be a mix of Natrona County senators and legislators. We split it up between two meetings to allow more time for our elected officials to speak as well as time for questions. May’s meeting will also be in the evening to allow more members to participate.

Please RSVP to ncrwmember@gmail.com or call 258-5936. Reservations are due by Friday, May 7, by 6 p.m., please. Space is limited to 40 to 55 spots. Republican Women is open to any registered Republican. Men are always welcome.

When you are a member of Natrona County Republican Women, you are also a member of the Wyoming Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women! Dues for the year are $40 and may be paid at the door.

Please when possible practice social distancing and masks are suggested but are not required.

Free Natrona County preparedness workshop

A preparedness workshop will be held on May 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, at 3931 West 45th St. The event is free and open to the public.

Booths will feature information on 72-hour emergency survival kits, employment, self-reliance, addiction recovery, internet security, food storage, disaster relief resources, personal safety, and fire safety. There will be classes on disaster preparedness, food storage, personal safety, and spiritual preparedness.

The keynote speakers will be Scott Cotton, UW Extension Educator/Disaster Education Specialist, and Kim Austin, regional manager of Self-Reliance Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elks golf tourney May 22

Elks Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m., at Casper Municipal Golf Course. Format is 2-person best ball scramble, $70 per person, $10 mulligans for a 50/50 drawing. Dinner and prizes at the lodge afterwards for all participants. Must be present to win. Member, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839.

Summer sports at BGCCW

Keep your kids active this summer with sports opportunities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. Youngsters can have their turn at the plate with t-ball and coach pitch baseball. The league is for children ages 5 to 8. Games and practices will be held in one hour increments between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., at the Soccer Complex across the street from the Boys & Girls Club. The season is scheduled to run June 14 to July 29, 2021. Registration deadline is June 3. All participants must be a member of the Boys & Girls Club. Registration fee is $30 plus $10 membership fee (if applicable).

Older youth and adult can get some play on the hardwoods with summer hoops. There is a youth division for those entering grades 6 to 12 and an adult’s division for those who are ages 18 and above and have already graduated high school. The season is scheduled for June 14 to Aug. 16, 2021, with the deadline to sign up May 28. Youth must be a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. Registration fee for youth division is $30, for adults is $35.

Registration forms for all sports are available at bgccw.org/sports or at the main club, 1701 East K Street.

For more information, contact Jake at 235-5694, ext. 3 or jwilson@bgccw.org.

First Saturday study

The Bible uses many words with significant theological meanings, such as grace, justification, judgment, sanctification and more. The First Saturday study on June 5 will explore the meaning of several important words that explain the nature of Christianity from scripture. This is an interactive study inviting anyone with questions to come. The study starts at 9 a.m., and refreshments are served. We meet at Bethel Baptist Church, 3030 S. Poplar. Phone the church office at 234-8812 for further information.

Elks fishing derby June 18-20

Elk’s Fishing Derby is at Alcova June 18-20, west side, first shelter past the marina. Tickets are $30. The fun starts at 1 p.m., on Friday, June 18, and ends at noon on June 20. Tickets must be purchased by noon on Saturday, June 19, to participate in the derby. Friday night dinner menu is TBD, cost is $15. Saturday night dinner is included in the derby ticket. If you don’t participate in the derby and just want to come and eat, the cost will be $15. Please bring a covered dish to share. Kids 12 and under are $10, which includes hot dogs. Rules and more information will be at the Casper Elks Lodge and in the Summer Corral. Members and guest only please. For more information, call 234-4839.

Register for preschool

Head Start/Early Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. It is a quality preschool program that prepares children for school. Applications are available at 301 W. B Street in Casper. Head Start is a United Way agency. For more information, call 577-1864.

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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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