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The annual Break the Silence Walk for suicide prevention, along with a companion Festival of Hope at David Street Station headline a light slate of Saturday activity. Here is a summary, as provided to the Star-Tribune.

The Natrona County Master Gardeners Farmers’ Market will take place every Saturday to September 28 from 7:30 a.m. to noon (or until sold out) at the Agricultural Resource Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

Volunteers at First Methodist Church Thrift Shop are excited to announce the new location, in the Beverly Plaza Shopping Center, south of the Dollar Store. The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, for a celebration open house.

Special Olympics Wyoming will host its first annual stand-alone State Equestrian Show at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. Events include: in-hand trail, working trails, dressage, horse master, English equitation, stock seat equitation, Western riding, drill team, team relays, figure 8 stake race, pole bending and barrels. The Wyoming communities participating in this competition include Casper and Sheridan.

An old-fashioned Sheepherder Rendezvous will held at the South Rec Complex, just south of Glenrock on Mormon Canyon Road. See historic sheep wagons on display, as well as a knitter, spinners and weavers of wool, watch a working sheep demo and a Dutch oven care class. For more information, email mountainmemories info@gmail.com or call Norma at 436-2480.

Dogs and handlers will attend StoryTime on the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Natrona County Library. Children can sit with therapy dogs during StoryTime and spend time reading with them before and after the program. All dogs are certified and licensed through Therapy Dogs of Casper. Call 577-7323 for more information.

The parking lots of Shepherd of the Hills and St. Stephens, just south of Wyoming Boulevard on S. Poplar, are the site of a free, family fun block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food, games, fellowship that celebrate and welcome all neighbors.

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Fort Caspar Museum’s series of bi-monthly programs called “Hands-on History” continues with “School Lunch” from 1 to 3 p.m. Pioneer children were not always able to attend school, and most were expected to stay home and help the adults with farm work. If children did go to school, there were very few classes and usually they were all in one room. Hands-on History participants will play “Hunt the Thimble, pack a “pail lunch” and play “Pioneer” for the day. Anyone from age five and older are welcome to attend Hands-on History classes. Children ages 7 to 17 may participate unattended, but children ages 5 and 6 years must be accompanied by a participating adult. The cost is $3 for museum members or $5 for nonmembers, which includes admission to the fort and the museum. Class size is limited, so it’s recommend reserving a space in advance by calling the museum at 235-8462 or sending an email to pruppert@casperwy.gov. Attendees new to the program should arrive about 15 minutes early to complete registration paperwork.

The second annual Festival of Hope and the 16th annual Break the Silence walk have come together for this year’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention event to be held at David Street Station from 2 to 6 p.m. The family event begins at 2 p.m., with the memory balloon release and walk beginning at 3:45 p.m., and the barbecue at 4:30 p.m. Everything is free to the public. J.R.’s Hunt; for life and the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force are hosting the event that features local mental health providers and other agencies, the movie “Suicide; The Ripple Effect,” face painting, tie dye shirts, therapy horse, service dogs, Arapaho Dancers, super heroes, a free barbecue and much more all in unison to offer hope to the community and save lives. Hope spoken here for free.

The Natrona County Library will host an adult crafting program at 2 p.m. Staff will demonstrate how to make Harry Potter patronus frames. All supplies provided at no cost. No registration required. First come, first served. Call 577-7323 for more information.

A gathering with music, food, drinks, friends and fun will open the Casper Chamber Music Society’s 2019-2020 season at Art 321, 321 W. Midwest Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will feature brief performances by local classical musicians, along with an informal dinner buffet with beverages, including wine and beer. The party is free for season ticket purchasers, otherwise $20 per person, $35 for couples, $5 for students, available at the door. Season ticket purchase of $40 for seniors (60 and over), $55 for adults also available at the door, then the party is free. Come join us for some end-of-summer fun. Info: Casper Chamber Music Society on Facebook.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center presents the final free living history program in a series at 7 p.m., with storytelling on the Oregon Trail, presented by Omar and Lori Hansen, using monologues, music and actual accounts of pioneer women who made the trek in this one-hour presentation. The trails center is free and open to the public.

Please bring your list of favorite dance music to the Eagles from 7 to 10 p.m., as DJ Machelle plays your favorites. The Eagles Lodge has an excellent dance floor. Admission is $6 for anyone 15 and older and we ask that everyone bring a potluck dish to be shared and we may have a door prize drawing after 9.

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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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