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Senior Center New Year's Eve dance

Come join the Casper Senior Center for a New Year's Eve dance with Larry Neef and the Jackalope Ropers from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. There will be a break after 8 p.m. for potluck snacks and a break after 9 p.m. for a drawing for door prizes.

New Year's Eve at Racca's

Racca's is hosting a Solid Gold New Year's Eve from 7 p.m. to 1 am. Tickets are $89 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Dancing, dinner and drinks with appetizers and cocktails served 7 to 8 p.m. and dinner buffet from 8 to 10 p.m. There will also be late night bites.

The open bar includes a signature cocktail from Backwards Distilling, house wine, draft beer and mixed drinks. A Prosecco toast will be offered at midnight.

Book club Jan. 28

The Natrona County Library and Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions' quarterly 'Til Death Due You Part Book Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. This gathering provides a comfortable atmosphere in which to share a respectful, thought-provoking and life-affirming conversation on the topics of death, dying and bereavement. January's title is "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi. Stop by the library's second floor desk to register and pick up a copy, and then meet at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions with an open heart and an open mind. Call 577-READ for more information.

Eclectic art for January

Art 321's Eclectic Arts Group meets Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and welcomes all. The cost for each session is only $5 and there is no need to register in advance. Scheduled projects for January are: January 4, clothespin snowflakes. Bring a glue gun if you have one; January 11, quilling, all supplies provided; January 18, polymer clay with Connie Atkinson. Bring a purple clay roller and tissue blade if you have them; January 25, steampunk revisited. Bring old buttons, keys and other small items (especially metal) to use in your creation.

Portraits at Art 321

If portraits are your thing, or if you would like to improve your portrait drawing or painting skills, please take part in Art 321's Wednesday morning Portrait Group. Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is a different model and no preregistration is necessary. The cost is only $10 per session and there are plenty of experienced portrait artists there who would be happy to provide suggestions or advice if you request it.

Gallery seeks feedback

Art 321 invites both members and the public to tell what is valued most about having Art 321, the Casper Artists Guild present in the community. Please come by to give your thoughts. Staff is continually focusing on providing and improving the services and opportunities that are offered, so input will help the group stay effective and focused. Please come by and fill out a short form, either with or without a name attached.

Traveling show of late artist

Art 321 is hosting a different kind of solo gallery show in January. In addition to two groups, Anything Goes and Art from the Boar, Staff & Volunteers, a retrospective of the work of artist Joe McGowan from Lander will be on display. While a talented student majoring in art at the University of Wyoming, Joe was tragically killed in 2014 while attempting to break up a fight. His parents first showed his artwork at the Lander Art Center and have organized a traveling show, starting with the January 2019 exhibition at Art 321. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, January 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the shows close on January 30.

Play pinochle at Senior Center

Pinochle players are wanted. Come on down and join the Pinochle Club on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Central Wyoming Senior Services, 1831 East 4th Street.

Theater company mini-series tickets on sale

The sequel to Chae Tres Chic mini-series has been written, and the tickets are on sale now. Perfect gift for that friend of yours who has everything. The mini-series starts January 19 and runs every other weekend to March 24, just like last year. What’s new? There will be an additional performance on Saturday night and the usual performance on Sunday afternoon. Busy on Sundays with family, now you can come on Saturday night instead. Two new characters have been added and all of last year's are back. The ticket price is the same, $60 or two for $100 for all five new episodes. You can get your ticket online at www.caspertheatercompany.net or the Casper Senior Center, 1841 E. 4th St. Tickets will also be sold at the door, 735 CY Avenue, during the first performance only. There are no individual episode tickets sold.

The group listened to what you had to say at the end of the series last year, and have done their best to incorporate all of your suggestions. Last year was sold out before the first episode started in mid-January. This year it starts in mid-January so please don’t get left out. Get your tickets before they are gone. Tell your friends how fun it was and bring them along. If you have questions please call 267-7243.

View vintage train collection

Come reminisce for an old-fashioned Christmas with Vaughn Cronin's train collection, with additions and staging by Janet Field and Connie McCoy.

View the display now through January at the Senior Center, 1831 E. 4th St. Call 265-4678 for information.

Free senior fun

Free to people 60 or older, if you like to dance, come join Joyce's Stompers for easy clogging (a form of tap dancing) specially designed for seniors on Monday mornings only at 10:50 a.m. on the dance floor in the dining room at 1831 East 4th Street. First call Joyce at 237-4908, so you will not be sent somewhere else. It is moderate, easy clogging giving great exercise for helping flexibility, coordination, increasing endurance and strength and helps exercise the brain by learning different dance routines. If you cannot stand, you can exercise your legs tapping the steps to the music sitting on a chair. You are most welcome. Come make new friends.

New plan for Saturday watercolor

The Art 321 Saturday morning watercolor group is charting a whole new course for 2019 and all water media artists are invited to participate in fun and creative watercolor projects. Each week, group leader Ellen Black will introduce an activity designed to stretch your imagination and engage you creatively within a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment. Another new feature for 2019 will be the opportunity to sign up for a 30-minute private session during the regular 10 a.m. to noon time frame. The cost for each Saturday watercolor session is only $5 to pay for the use of the gallery and support Art 321. Sessions are open to all without the need to register in advance. More information can be obtained by Art 321 or by calling 265-2655.

Sign up for Art 321 emails

Art 321's shows and workshop schedules for 2019 have not been set. Please be watching the website for announcements about upcoming open call gallery shows and art classes. Everyone is invited to enter their email address on the www.art321.org home page to receive emailed monthly newsletters and special announcements about upcoming events. Only a few notices are sent out each month to keep you informed and your contact information is never shared with others.

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Open call deadline Jan. 3

Art 321 invites up to three entries from individual artists for the January Anything Goes! open call gallery show. Artwork in any medium will be accepted and the deadline for these submissions is Thursday, January 3. The public is invited to the opening reception, which is 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 10. Please visit Art 321 or www.art321.org for additional information.

Workshop committee open

Nancy Geldien is stepping down as chairman of the Art 321 Workshop Committee after serving for two years. The 2019 schedule is almost set, making this a great time for another Casper Artists Guild member to volunteer to become the next chair of the committee. If you might be interested, please talk with Diane or Susie soon.

Wednesday weaving group

Art 321 has started a new Weaving Group which will meet each Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. There are small table looms available for in-house use or for sale for $20, tax included. If you have ever wanted to learn how to weave or to sharpen existing skills, please bring in some yarn and join the group. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, experienced weavers will be there to help you get started and the cost is $5 per attendee.

Informal artists' mingle

Art 321 is now hosting an informal Artists Mingle session each Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Artists are invited to meet one another, network and find new friends. Please bring something you are working on to show others and request valuable feedback if you desire. Plan to share ideas and learn what has -- and hasn’t -- worked for others. No sign-up is necessary. Just come by and become part of a dynamic community of local artists.

Tai Chi for health

Tai Chi is easy to learn, effective and safe. It gently increases flexibility, muscle strength, mental activity, improves posture, balance and integrates the mind and body. Classes will be held at east side Wyoming Athletic Club, 455 Thelma Drive, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon, and Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. with certified instructor Harry. No charge for members, $5 drop in fee for nonmembers. For more information call Harry at 262-7018.

Food pantries in Casper

Here is a list of food pantries in Casper, as compiled this fall by Mary Ann Budenske.

Casper Community Church, 249 N. Wolcott, Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. 267-7430.

College Heights Community Center, 1927 S. Walnut, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 224-4104.

Faith Assembly of God, 4301 Casper Mountain Road, Tuesday, noon to 6. 265-9121.

First Church of the Nazarene, 2020 S. Jefferson, Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. 258-9646.

Holy Cross Center Inc., 1030 N. Lincoln, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. 577-1041.

Mountain View Baptist, 4250 Poison Spider Road, Wednesday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Joshua’s Storehouse, 334 S. Wolcott St., Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. 265-0242.

Restoration Fellowship, 411 S. Walsh Dr., fourth Tuesday of month, 4 to 6:30 p.m. 235-9100.

Salvation Army, 441 S. Center St., Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon. 234-2002.

First Christian Church, King’s Corner, Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Budenske, 307-215-4732; email mbudenske@aol.com.

First Saturday Jan. 5

The First Saturday study at Bethel Baptist Church, 3030 S. Poplar, will be on the intermediate state between death and resurrection. Where does one go when they die? Is there a time period between when death and entering eternity? Or is there no waiting period at all? February's study will be on a missing clue to understanding the Book of Revelation which is the interaction between Babylon and Jerusalem. Starting at 9 a.m. on January 5. Refreshments are provided. Phone the church office at 234-8812.

Seniors enjoy night on the town

The Reveille Rotary Club of Casper has partnered with AARP Wyoming, the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra to provide an evening out on the town for seniors (age 60+) who prefer not to drive at night. The fee for the event is $15 and includes transportation, dinner and admission to the concert. The Reveille Rotary Club will offer transportation to and from seniors’ homes in the Casper area to dinner and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra evening performance Saturday, January 19, 2019.

The evening will begin with dinner at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center at 5:30 p.m., followed by a ride to the John F. Welsh Auditorium at Natrona County High School for the WSO concert. Transportation arrangements can be made for those who already hold a symphony ticket as well as for those who need a ticket. Everyone wishing to participate must call 266-1478 to reserve a spot, as availability is somewhat limited.

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s 69th season celebrates Aspects of Love, with the January 19 performance entitled Dedication.

The opening performance of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is directed by music director candidate Christopher Dragon. For more information about the evening to the symphony, please call 266-1478 or visit www.wyomingsymphony.org.

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