Job fair Sept. 26
The Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, Forward Casper and the Casper Workforce Center are hosting a job fair from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, at the Ramkota for veterans only. General public job seekers are welcome from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event could draw as many as 70 businesses and training entities. Employers from energy, medical, manufacturing, government, retail and other fields will be there. All businesses have job openings they need to fill. Job seekers are strongly urged to bring copies of their resume and dress for an interview. For more call the Casper Workforce Center at 234-4591.
Heart of Casper starts Sept. 11
The Heart of Casper Community Bible Study welcomes all women for “The Battle Plan for Prayer Bible Study,” written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, producers of the movie “War Room.” This is an eight-week study. The cost of the study guide is $15. Come to Hilltop Baptist church on East 2nd Street at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 for registration and the first lesson. Scholarships are available. Please contact Julie with any questions at 267-1351.
Women in the Word
The interdenominational Women in the Word bible study is for women of all ages. The first meeting is September 12. Meetings are at Highland Park Community Church from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. (Breaks coincide with those of the public schools). Child care is provided.
Join in for a study of Isaiah, followed by Esther beginning in January and Joshua in late February.
For more information, go online to www.casperwomenintheword.com, on Facebook at casperwomenintheword or call Angela, 267-8061.
Evening in the Word
Evening in the Word, a women’s nondenominational Bible study, begins Tuesday, September 11, 2018, with Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God,” 13-week study. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in room 1321 at Highland Park Community Church. Books are $20. Bring your Bibles. Call Gwen at 262-0719 with questions.
Uranium, atomic workers get info
Thousands of former atomic and uranium workers in Wyoming may qualify for medical benefits and financial compensation due to chemical or radiation exposure in the workplace. Questions and answers with a Department of Labor specialist is a free, open-format event where former workers can have their questions answered about filing a claim for their benefits through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Program Act.
All uranium workers prior to 1972 or former atomic workers are invited to attend the event.
Questions and answers with a DOL specialist will take place on Wednesday, September 12 at the Natrona County Library in the Crawford Room. The event is open-house style, where former workers can stop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to have their questions answered. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Questions and answers with a DOL specialist will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Lander Community & Convention Center.
If a former worker has previously been denied their benefits, they should bring their denial paperwork with them to this event. Former workers can get more information about this event by calling 307-624-3059. If a former worker is unable to attend, they can call and request a free information kit.
Beginning Experience in Casper
Beginning Experience of Wyoming is a weekend program that offers healing and renewal to divorced, widowed and separated men and women. It is a nonprofit, faith-based comprehensive program offered to all persons, regardless of religious preference.
The next Beginning Experience weekend will be in Casper and starts promptly at 7 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, and runs through Sunday around 4 p.m., October 14. You must commit to the entire weekend. The donation requested is $150, which includes sleeping arrangements, meals, and materials. No one is turned away due to finances. Scholarships are available. Registration deadline is October 10, 2018.
A Beginning Experience weekend offers support and direction to help resolve grief or anger that can follow the end of a marriage by divorce, separation or death. The weekend can be a time for a real awakening, a re-evaluation and a new beginning. Beginning Experience is a positive experience of hope. You can anticipate an intense reflective, possibly painful, but spiritually honest self-encounter. You will also find support, warm fellowship, and community.
Contact these team members for more information: Curtis (phone or text) at 307-240-1232 (please leave message) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Diane at 262-4142 or Paulette at 267-6375.
Grief Share starts Sept. 11
Grief Share is a support group to support and encourage you during your grief journey. After the funeral, when the cards and flowers stop coming, most of the people around you return to their normal lives. But your grief continues and you feel alone.
Often, friends and family want to help you, but don’t know how. That’s the reason for Grief Share. The group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives.
Meeting weekly at Highland Park Community Church, 5725 Highland Dr., room 1335, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11. Please note that this is a new time. There is a $15 fee for the book. For more information please call Vickie Obermueller at 262-8024 or The Healing Place at 265-3977.
Poverty Resistance offers food
There are a lot of hungry people out there, not to mention dogs and cats. Don’t be fooled by claims that the economy is improving. Many low wage workers don’t earn enough money at full time jobs to pay rent and buy food. Many are in a serious financial bind if the car breaks down the same week that the rent is due. About a third of the folks that come to the food pantry have a job.
The Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, founded in 1987, is committed to helping reduce hunger in our community. The food pantry teamed up with the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies in 2012. The pantry was closed for most of July because the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies was moving to a new warehouse. The food available will increase now that the food bank is in its new location.
Even though the pantry was closed for most of July, volunteers served 1,545 households which included 1,279 children, 2,410 adults, 468 seniors, 206 cats and 416 dogs. The pantry distributed 16,739 pounds of food. Since January 1, 286,194 pounds of food has been distributed.
The food pantry is located at 450 S. Wolcott, Casper, Wyoming. The pantry is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The pantry is generally supported by private donations and small fundraisers.
When you see Mary Ann out and about face painting little kids and begging for money, please buy one of her Casper Rocks or a cold bottle of water or just drop some spare change into her jar.
For more information about Poverty Resistance, email Mary Ann Budenske at email@example.com, Friend her on Facebook or phone her at 307-215-4732.
Life after loss support
Life After Loss is a support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is a nine-week program designed to help you navigate the troubled waters of this time. The class starts Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the Highland Park Community Church, 5725 Highland Dr. in Casper, 5:30 p.m. in room 1327. There is a $12 fee for the book and materials, scholarships are available. Please contact Ardith at 267-3532 or The Healing Place at 265-3977.
Eagles seek craft vendors
The Eagles Auxiliary is seeking crafters and vendors for its 5th Annual Fall Craft and Vendor Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at the Eagles Aerie Back Hall, 306 N. Durbin.
Reserve your space today. An approximate 10-foot by 10-foot space is $50 and includes an 8-foot table. To reserve yours call Jackie Walther at 259-1719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for breast cancer grants
The Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative has opened applications for its annual grant program. Grants are available for breast cancer programs throughout the state.
The goal of the grants is to help local organizations support their breast cancer programs that are focused on any of the following areas: education, early detection screening or diagnosis, patient navigation and survivor services.
WBCI anticipates having at least $75,000 available, from funds raised in 2018. Grants are administered by the Wyoming Community Foundation, the WBCI’s fiscal nonprofit sponsor.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018. Award notifications will be mailed out in December 2018.
Full application details can be found at www.wyomingbreastcancer.org/grants.
Suicide survivor grief, depression support
J.R.’s Hunt for Life offers free Suicide Survivors Grief Support and Peer to Peer Depression Support at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday at the 12-24 Club, 500 South Wolcott, 2nd floor. Everyone is welcome.
Shop St. Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and its volunteers believes that love is at the root of everything. The store is a great place to visit and shop. It is located at 301 E. H Street, 237-2607. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Local charities benefit from 100 percent of the profits. Consider donating unwanted items including but not limited to clothes, household items, books and jewelry. Presently, wedding dresses are featured.
Great toys at thrift shop
The First United Methodist Thrift Shop has available a great doll house, fishing poles, educational games, dolls, trucks and more. Be sure to check out the men’s department, where there is a large selection of polo shirts, slacks and T’s, while the ladies department has a variety of blouses, swim wear, capris and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Proceeds benefit Holy Cross and Interfaith. Hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 611 West Collins Dr. Call 234-6611 for more information.
Firewood permits for Muddy
Firewood and post and pole permits for the Muddy Mountain area will be issued by the Bureau of Land Management Casper Field Office until September 20, 2018.
Permits are limited to three cords per person and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Permits are $15 per cord and $1.50 per post or pole. There is an additional $1 road maintenance fee per permit. Individuals must show up in person at the Casper Field Office, located at 2987 Prospector Drive between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to purchase a permit.
Actual cutting will end on Thursday, September 20, 2018. All products must be removed no later than September 20, 2018, and the areas will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All available areas and individual trees will be designated and marked by BLM prior to the sale. Firewood can be cut in these areas and only those trees marked are available for firewood use.
The Adult Health Program at Casper-Natrona County Health Department is hosting monthly clinics for diabetes screening, monitoring and self-management education. Diabetes clinic visits include a blood sugar fingerstick, a hemoglobin A1c test and one-on-one counseling with a diabetes nurse educator.
Those who should make appointments include any person with a pre-existing diabetes diagnosis, any person who has been told he or she has pre-diabetes or believes themselves to be pre-diabetic and any person wanting to be screened for diabetes. Patient maximum out-of-pocket co-pay is $25. To make an appointment call 235-9340.
Parkinson’s exercise Tuesdays
Rocky Mountain Therapy is offering a Parkinson’s exercise program on Tuesdays. The group meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 East 2nd Street, Building #500.
The exercise class is open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease and focuses on improving balance, endurance, safety and managing symptoms. It is open to all ages and the class can be tailored to meet varying exercise needs. The cost of the exercise class is $5. If you have any questions call 577-5204 and ask for Jerri or Amanda.
Suicide survivors support
A Suicide Survivors Support Group meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1032 E. First St., sponsored by the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force. This is a support group that is open to anyone who has been touched by suicide, attempted suicide or has lost someone to suicide. This group is open to all ages.
Acrylic, oil painting at Art 321
Art 321 is pleased to announce the formation of a new artists group specifically designated for anyone interested in acrylic and oil painting. This group, facilitated by Sheri McCoid, will be meeting each Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. These informal group sessions are open to any artists and no advance registration is necessary. The cost is $5 per session. Please bring some recent work to show and a project to work on while you are here.
Floor loom at Art 321
Art 321 is happy to be collaborating with the Natrona County Public Library in an exciting new way. A beautiful Pendleton floor loom was recently donated to the library. The original plan was to set the loom up there and invite local weavers to provide demonstrations and create a woven public art project. Lacking space, however, the decision was made to bring the loom to Art 321 where the weaving demonstrations and art project can take place. Art 321 now invites weavers to come in, leave their contact information and help get this going.
Caregiver support new location
New location for Caregiver Support Group Meetings is at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 120 S. Forest. Meetings are open to anyone caring for someone with a debilitating condition. Meeting and talking with others who are going through the same experiences you are can benefit your well-being by providing an emotional outlet and new ideas to help with situations. To RSVP or with questions please call 577-5204 and ask for Jerri.
Mindfulness for vets
Mindful warrior class is a special education opportunity for veterans to learn and practice mindfulness based forms of meditation designed to decrease stress and enhance one’s quality of life. No cost to veterans. Classes are held the first and third Saturdays of each month at the First United Methodist Church on 2nd Street, downtown. Morning classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Contact: Theraexpressions at 258-7955 or David Allhusen, LCSW, at 259-0350.
Beware of legal websites
Beware of websites offering free (or even paid) legal forms. Poverty Resistance director Mary Ann Budenske warns people in need of legal assistance to be suspicious of web sites offering free legal assistance. Whenever people do a Google search for legal assistance and do it yourself forms, paid sites jump to the top of the search. Budenske has surveyed many of the online commercial sites selling legal forms. Paid commercial sites offer free forms (which is a scam because anything even remotely useful costs money). Paid commercial sites often offer Wyoming specific forms (which is also a scam as most of the forms that are available are not up-to-date Wyoming specific forms).
The Wyoming Supreme Court and other state entities have worked to make information more available to ordinary folks in need of legal assistance. Equal Justice Wyoming, a program sponsored by the Wyoming Supreme Court, does have free and up-to-date legal forms. The web site is http://www.legalhelpwy.org. The Equal Justice phone number is 307-777-8383. The toll free number for legal aid is 1-877-432-9955, available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Open ceramics at Art 321
Art 321 hosts an open ceramics studio every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 per session and an instructor is present during studio hours to assist you. Clay is available for purchase or you are welcome to bring your own. All other supplies are provided. This is a great opportunity to learn (or relearn) basic and intermediate construction and wheel techniques and to produce fully finished pottery.
David Vaughn is a Buddhist living in Casper who proposes to establish a Casper Buddhist Fellowship. Vaughn invites all who are interested to contact him at email@example.com.
Dementia caregiver support
Wyoming Dementia Care offers five Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support groups each month. Caregivers of those with dementia-related illnesses and the loved ones they care for are welcome at any of the group sessions. Professional staff from Intermountain Home Companions will be on hand to offer separate activities and snacks for those who need care. There is no charge for Wyoming Dementia Care’s support groups or for the respite care provided during the approximately one-hour sessions.
The morning support group sessions meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Central Wyoming Senior Services, 1831 E. Fourth St. The afternoon support groups meet at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Life Care Center of Casper, 4041 S. Poplar. The evening groups meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Meadow Wind Assisted Living, 3955 E. 12th St.
For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dani Guerttman at 265-4678.
Celebrate Recovery every Friday
Celebrate Recovery meets at 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Highland Park Community Church, just south of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital on East Second Street. A family meal starts the evening, followed by praise and worship. At 7 p.m. there’s either a lesson from Celebrate Recovery’s planned curriculum or a testimony by a person who has found recovery through Christ. Then people go to gender-specific small groups until 8:30 p.m. when dessert and fellowship conclude the evening. Child care is available at no cost. For more information contact Chris at 265-4073.
Here and Now: Dementia-focused monthly art class
Classes are every third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no charge. Here and Now is a program made possible through a collaboration between Wyoming Dementia Care and the Nicolaysen Art Museum. It is designed to provide a supportive environment for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.