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Today’s lineup of fun activities includes the annual Nic Fest arts festival on the grounds of the Nicolaysen Art Museum, a new splash pad opening in Casper along with all of the city’s outdoor pools opening for the season and a used book sale in the library. Here is a summary, as provided to the Star-Tribune.

The 3rd annual Be Kind to Your Mind 5 and 10K Run or Walk with an obstacle course for kids is at Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park. Proceeds will benefit the Iris Clubhouse, a working community for adults with mental illness. The 10k starts at 7 a.m. 5K begins at 8 a.m. Go to runsignup.com or irisclubhouse.org for more information.

Cars and Coffee returns to Casper’s Eastside City Brew from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, continuing throughout the summer. There’ll be plenty of parking, good brew and gearhead conversation. Come early for the best parking spot.

Casper Elks Lodge first Sporting Clays Charity Shoot, is at 8 a.m. at 700 JC Way. Cost is $50 per shooter with lunch provided at the Casper Skeet Club. Shooters provide their own shells. Eye and ear protection are required by each shooter. Shooting begins at 10 a.m. Proceeds go to Wyoming Elks State Trust. Event is open to the public. For more information call Larry Stroh at 259-6676 or John Brooker at 259-4959.

The semi-annual Friends of the Library Bag Sale is 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelves are brimming with great items in all areas. Customers are encouraged to come early as there are usually long lines. A grocery style bag sells for only $3 while a larger reusable bag is only $5. Each bag can hold dozens of books for the thrifty shopper. If you plan to use a larger bag, please bring that with you.

Marion Kreiner Splash Pad grand opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. Marion Kreiner Swimming Pool normal operating hours will be Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. but it will open at 10 a.m. for the grand opening. Washington Pool will open for the summer season on Saturday. Washington Pool’s normal operating hours will be Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. for adult lap swimming and individual water exercise followed by 1 to 6 p.m. for open swimming. Open swim is on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Paradise Valley Pool will open for the summer beginning Saturday. Paradise Valley Pool’s normal operating hours will be Monday though Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. for open swim. Paradise Valley will have two lap swim lanes available all day for lap swimming and individual water exercise.

The annual summer Nic Fest arts festival is held on the grounds of the Nicolaysen Art Museum from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy artisans, live music and many vendors. Admission to the grounds is free.

Fleece Blanket Project will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hall at First Christian Church, 520 CY Ave. This is the only meeting until September. Come cut or tie, no experience necessary. Donations of fleece are always welcome.

The kickoff celebration for Vacation Bible School at Mountain View Baptist Church is noon to 4 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Roller Rink. VBS is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church, 4250 Poison Spider Rd., in Mills. This year’s theme is “In the Wild.” For more information, call 259-7364 or mvbccasper@mvbccasper.com.

307 Dance Academy is proud to present its 2019 “Inspire the Fire” Spring Recital. There are two different performances at 1 and 6 p.m. at the NCHS Auditorium. Admission is $5 per person, children 5 and under are free. This admission fee is good for both shows. Come and enjoy some amazing talent and support the youth of Casper as our students ages 2 to 18 perform for the community. Any questions, please contact Tina Silva at 307dance@gmail.com or 315-6297.

The Wyoming Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club will hold its June meeting in Douglas. This is in connection with the Douglas car show. Meeting will be at 1 p.m. One need not own a Studebaker to attend or join the club.

Dance to the Avengers Band at the Casper Senior Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6 for 15 and older. The plan is to have potluck snacks after 8 and maybe even a door prize drawing after 9. All ages are welcome.

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Community News Editor

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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