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A very abbreviated schedule of events kicks off the new year Saturday in Casper, with skating lessons at the rec center, meditation for veterans and an evening dance at the Eagles hall. Here is a summary, as provided to the Star-Tribune.

Mindful Warrior Project, a class of free mindfulness-based meditation training for veterans, is 8:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on 2nd Street. For more information, phone David Allhusen at 259-0350.

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.

The Casper Skating School will be starting winter ice skating lessons on Saturday and Monday at the Casper Ice Arena. Each ice skating program guides students to develop their strength, confidence and techniques on the ice. In addition to their weekly skating lessons, students will receive a six week public skating membership during their course session to practice their skills outside of class. For additional information about the Casper Skating School, please call the Casper Ice Arena at 235-8484 or visit

The Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association will hold its annual business meeting at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse, 1356 N. Center Street. Some of the agenda will include collections/contributions donated during 2018, improvements to the clubhouse lighting/flooring, improvements to track and scenery on the three layouts, success of the annual open house, success at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, new members and open membership policies, election of officers and other items. For more information call any of the current officers, Harry at 235-4950, Homer at 266-6439 or Nathan at 258-7869.

Come to the dance at the Eagles Cafe. Music will be provided by DJ, Machelle Holloway. Bring your music suggestions. All ages are welcome, $5 per person 15 or older. Potluck snacks are served after 8 p.m. and door prizes will be drawn after 9 p.m.

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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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