The joke at the bank drive-up window is that I never know what day it is.

Because newspapering is always looking a day ahead, I never know the date of today.

From the moment I get to work until the work is complete, it’s all about tomorrow.

So it’s hard to believe that one full week of June has already vanished, evaporated, blown away.

We wait so long and then poof! there it goes.

With school now complete in Natrona County, “summer” can begin in earnest. And the weather is finally on the same page.

There are so many great things to do as families, and so many are completely or nearly free. Just because there is a food truck or a cash bar doesn’t mean you have to buy something.

For heaven’s sake, don’t let a tight budget keep you from experiencing what there is to offer.

Enjoy the weather and the atmosphere and the people, and sip from your own water bottle and munch on a peanut butter sandwich you brought from home. No one will blame you, and probably no one will even notice.

Pick a day or an evening and there is fun, free stuff happening.

Although there are many guides and lists available, here are a few from Sal. And if you see me at any of them, probably with the darling dog and maybe even with the friend if he’s not golfing, be sure to come say hi.

Tuesdays, the free Food for Thought summer markets are 5 to 8 p.m. at David Street Station (don’t take your dog to anything there or I’ll get in trouble). Tons of vendors selling homegrown and homemade goodness, live music and festiveness. Every single Tuesday.

Wednesdays, enjoy food trucks on alternating weeks from 4 to 8 p.m. outside Gruner Brothers Brewing at the old Casper Petroleum Club location.

Thursdays, beginning this week, the Casper Municipal Band free summer concerts at Washington Park start at 7:30 p.m. Conductor Roger Fenner does a great job and puts together a wide variety of intermission entertainment. Take a blanket or a chair, bug spray and sunscreen.

We’ll be in Wisconsin for 4th of July at Peggy Jane the Mom’s lake, but since it’s on a Thursday this year, the municipal band’s annual Fourth of July concert is actually on the holiday. Be sure to make that part of your family’s holiday plans.

Also on Thursday is Rock the Block downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. at Yellowstone Garage in the Old Yellowstone District. Grab a beverage and enjoy the music and people.

Twice a month on Fridays, David Street Station will show a free evening movie at 7 p.m. The remaining lineup is June 28, “Space Jam”; July 5, “How to Train Your Dragon”; July 19, “Trolls”; August 2, “The Secret Life of Pets” and August 30, “Hotel Transylvania.”

Also on Fridays, there will be live music concerts at David Street Station at 6 p.m. That lineup is June 21, Bret Andrew and The Two Tracks; July 12, Zack Schommer and Jalan Crossland; August 8, Zack Schommer and Few Miles South; August 16, Zack Schommer and Canyon Kids; August 23, Whiskey’s Alibi and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.

Add in Rotary Park and the mountain, Alcova and Pathfinder reservoirs, hiking and biking the miles of Platte River and Rails to Trails parkways, and there is really no reason to sit in the house.

Here’s to June in the 307. It’s about time.

Follow community news editor Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @WYOSAS

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Follow community news editor Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @WYOSAS


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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