Planetarium holiday shows
Include a visit to the Casper Planetarium in your holiday plans! Two Christmas shows are playing for December. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 4:15 p.m. see “The Light Before Christmas.” A kindly old sage rescues two lost children and reads them “The Night Before Christmas;” the two become characters in the poem, learning that the light of Christmas comes from the giver of all good gifts. Saturday evenings at 7, it’s “Season of Light,” a program about the holiday traditions of many cultures, followed by “Cosmic Journey” at, a tour of the universe featuring spectacular photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope.
All shows are $3 per person, cash or check only. The Planetarium Gift Shop is also open before each show, as well as Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, with science-themed toys and gifts for inquiring minds of all ages. The planetarium is located at 904 N. Poplar in Casper; for details about all programs, visit casperplanetarium.com.
Art 321 gift shop ready
Art 321’s Gift Shop is filled with wonderful one-of-a-kind handcrafted items that are perfect for giving as gifts. There is a large selection of paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, furniture, stained glass pieces, sculptures, cards, books and ceramics, all created by Art 321, member artists who put their hearts and souls into their artwork. Please be sure to check out the display of items made by Art 321 staff while you are here.
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.
UU 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 child care available.
On January 6, Rev. Leslie Kee will introduce the January worship theme “Justice.”
UU Casper has an opening for a Religious Exploration “lead teacher” to teach youth RE two Sundays each month. More information is available at uucasper.org/learning/.
The UU Casper weekly meditation, led by Buddhist Stuart Mackenzie, is held each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.
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For more information, go to uucasper.org or visit UU Casper on Facebook.
Wyoming Reads registration
All home schooled first graders are invited to choose a book to receive at the 2019 Wyoming Reads celebration. Parents and children can preview the books and register for Wyoming Reads in the Children’s Department at the Natrona County Library. Selections must be made by January 22, 2019.
After school at the library
Elementary-age children are invited to an afternoon of crafting where they can experience the Northern Lights through art at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, at the Natrona County Library. The library will provide paper, watercolors and silhouettes of trees for children to paint the Northern Lights, experimenting with a variety of colors and blending. All supplies provided at cost. Call 577-7323 for more information.
New Trails exhibit created by youth
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) announces the opening of a new temporary exhibit titled “That’s the Way We Roll!” The exhibit is open to the public from January 8 through February 9.
This exhibit is the creation of several youth from Casper who participated in a pioneer trail trek hosted by NHTIC staff to connect kids to public lands and to America’s cultural and natural history. The youth were members of the NHTIC Student Docent Program that assists with tours and outreach for the NHTIC. During this three-day, two-night journey, participants on the trail trek experienced the pioneer lifestyle, raised tipis and witnessed the beauty of Wyoming landscapes.
A special tree fort built by the youth participants is included in the exhibit and allows visitors an opportunity to climb in and out.
For more information regarding the exhibit or the NHTIC Student Docent Program, please contact the NHTIC at 261-7780.
The NHTIC is free and current hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.