Pancake festival Saturday
The Kiwanis Club of Casper is hosting its 65th annual Pancake Festival this Saturday. The all you can eat pancake breakfast is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Casper College Tobin Dining Hall. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Only $7 for adults and $5 for kids. All proceeds will fund local Kiwanis youth and community improvement projects. Kids need Kiwanis. And Kiwanis needs you.
Rislov, Pullen sign children's book
Rowdy Randy is Casey Rislov’s fifth children's book. Growing up in Wyoming, riding horses, and hearing tales of old west legends inspired Rislov to create the tall tale. “Turning a typical tall tale on its head and telling the story of how something very small can create so much chaos was the inspiration for Rowdy Randy. I love her big, confident personality!” Rislov said. The book is illustrated by Zak Pullen, also of Casper.
The two will sign copies of the book from 1 to 3 p.m., on Saturday at Wind City Books downtown Casper.
Discover the constellations that can be seen from Earth’s southern hemisphere. Dr. Guilherme Marranghello will give a one-time-only, free presentation at the Casper Planetarium that includes a tour of the constellations in the southern skies and recounting some of the Brazilian folk tales that supply the names and stories behind those constellations. His talk will be Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m., the Planetarium is located at 904 North Poplar Street.
Marranghello, the director of the Planetario da Unipampa (a university planetarium in Brazil), is spending a week at the Casper Planetarium as part of an international exchange program for planetarium professionals.
Prayer, bible reading
National Day of Prayer and Bible Reading Marathon reading, Genesis to Revelation, starts May 2 through May 5. Reading slots begin at 6 a.m. and will go 24 hours until May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the Hobby Lobby parking lot. For more information, contact Camilla at 315-7486.
Saturday study April 6
The First Saturday study at 9 a.m., on April 6 at Bethel Baptist Church, 3030 S. Poplar, will be on the theme of the Garden in Eden in the Bible. There are several themes that tie the Old Testament and the New Testament together. One theme is the Garden in Eden: How it was lost and how it will be regained. Refreshments will be served. Phone the church office for further information at 234-8812.
Make a pinata
Art 321 will host a Papier Mache Pinatas workshop on Saturdays, April 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you take this fun class taught by Jo LaPerriere, you will be able to complete a pinata that would be the perfect party mascot for Cinco de Mayo, Easter or any other special celebration. Bring items from home that can be used as a form and to decorate your final creation. All other supplies will be provided, and the class takes place in two parts -- one for building and the second for decorating. The cost is $25 for members/$30 for nonmembers and is open to all ages. Children must, however, be teamed with an adult.
New exhibit at Fort
Fort Caspar Museum has mounted a display of paintings by long-time Casper resident Jim Curkendall entitled “Impressions of Wyoming.” It will be on view through April 20, 2019.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Curkendall says he has been an artist his entire life, beginning with crayon drawings when he was a small child. When not playing sports in high school, he was drawing. He later attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, and majored in art education. It was there that he first began to paint. He later transferred to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. After college, he served as a Marine and worked at several jobs in Colorado, but none of them were in the arts. In 1965, he was lured to Wyoming for work because he had knowledge of the kind of punch cards used for early computers.
Curkendall’s paintings are in private collections in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Michigan, and many have won awards at the Central Wyoming Fair. This exhibit is his first solo show.
Fort Caspar Museum’s hours in the winter are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission prices are $2 for adults; $1.50 for youth (ages 13-18 years) and seniors (ages 62 years and up); and free for children (12 years and younger) and for museum members.
'Wyoming Navy' traveling exhibit shoves off
Fort Caspar Museum has organized a traveling exhibit that features many of the U.S. Navy ships named after the state of Wyoming -- its people, cities and towns, counties, and rivers -- beginning with the earliest ship in 1900 up through ones that are in service today. “Wyoming Navy” will travel to 11 towns and cities throughout Wyoming for 18 months before returning to Fort Caspar Museum for its final showing in October 2020.
The first of the twelve cities hosting the free exhibit is Wheatland, where it is on view at the Platte County Library to April 12, 2019. After that, it will travel to Torrington, then to Rawlins, Rock Springs, Pinedale, Dubois, Riverton, Cody, Sheridan, and finally, to Fort Caspar Museum. This exhibit is sponsored by the Fort Caspar Museum Association and the Casper Memorial VFW Post 9439 & Auxiliary. FCM is grateful to the VFW for transporting the “Wyoming Navy” exhibit to communities throughout the state.
The exhibit consists of 26 panels with photos and histories of 40 vessels, from simple tugboats to a nuclear-powered submarine capable of launching multiple nuclear missiles. Fort Caspar Museum staff and a Casper College Museum Studies intern researched each ship and have included details such as shipyards where vessels were constructed, dates they were commissioned and decommissioned, crew and armament sizes, and the various missions in which they were involved during both times of peace and war.
For more information on exhibit dates and locations, call Fort Caspar Museum at 235-8462, or visit our website at http://www.fortcasparwyoming.com.
Spring shows at planetarium
New shows are playing at the Casper Planetarium. Toggle the Flying Robot takes you on an adventurous, interactive tour of the solar system in “Planetary Visions,” playing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons at 4:15. Discover the secrets of our most important star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in “The Sun, Our Living Star,” playing Saturday nights at 7 p.m. (except for the first Saturday of each month, when we present an extended live tour of objects to look for in the night sky). Be surprised by how much the ancients knew about science in “Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity,” playing Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 per person for all shows; cash or check only, no cards please. Find details about all our shows and more at casperplanetarium.com.
Sunday breakfast at Elks
Breakfast is served at the Casper Elks Lodge every Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage links, potatoes, scrambled eggs, French toast and omelets to order. New to the menu is build your own breakfast burrito. Also served is toast, juice, tea and coffee. All you can eat for $7, children 5 to 12 are $3, 4 and under are free. This is open to the public. For more information, call 234-4839.
Winter markets debut in new location
Wyoming Food for Thought Project has announced the dates for the 2019 Winter Market. Markets will take place at the Good Food Hub, 420 West First Street downtown. Markets will happen every Saturday through May 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Each market will feature locally produced food and handmade goods. Produce, eggs, baked goods, and more will be available for purchase from the people who grow and create them.
UU sets events
The Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper is a doctrine-free spiritual community joining together to make a difference for the good, and welcoming all who come with open hearts and open minds. Located at 1040 West 15th Street, Sunday services are at 10 a.m., with youth programming and child care available.
On March 17, Laura Gossman will present "How Shall We Be Together?" Covenant is the silk that joins UU congregations, communities, and individuals together in a web of interconnection -- among themselves and the greater world. "The practice of promising to walk together is the precious core of our creedless faith" (uua.org). How does covenant honor and sustain our community?
On March 24, Debra Park and Margaret McAtee will present “Pilgrims on the West Highland Way.” Walks like the West Highland Way in Scotland often re-enact medieval religious rituals, but what would it mean for two Wyoming UUs who probably wouldn't call themselves "religious"? Join us for a presentation that will show you the beauty of Scotland and what kind of pilgrims we became.
On March 31, Janice Holz will facilitate a discussion forum on the monthly worship theme “Covenant."
On April 7, Rev. Leslie Kee will introduce the monthly worship theme "Finding Common Ground."
On Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m., Athne Machdane will lead a special earth-centered service, Ostara/Spring Equinox Celebration, invoking Eostre, a fertility goddess of European pagan tradition. The group will cast the sacred circle, call the Elements and raise energy for the coming season of warmth, new growth and abundance. Join in an esoteric journey to meet Eostre in Her court of eternal springtime and discover what messages She may have for you.
The UU Casper weekly meditation, led by Buddhist Stuart Mackenzie, is held each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursdays, March 14 and 28, at 7 p.m., Brenda Evans will lead a Meditation Drumming Circle. No experience is necessary, and world instruments are available to share during this free and free-flowing drumming circle.
UU Casper will host "Lunch With TED" on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Those who are interested in this new program should bring a sack lunch to eat while a 20-minute TED Talk video is viewed and participate in a facilitated discussion.
For more information, go to uucasper.org or visit UU Casper on Facebook.
Afternoon book club
An afternoon book club, sponsored by the Natrona County Library, will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday at Metro Coffee Co. Participants will discuss "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz. The group is open to teens in grades 7-8, and new members are always welcome. Participants receive a free drink, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. To participate, pick up a copy of this month's book in the Teen Zone. Call 577-7323 for more information.
Experience Virtual Reality
Immerse yourself in a new world by testing out the Natrona County Library's virtual reality system on Saturday. Stop by at your leisure between 2 and 5 p.m. to choose from over 30 virtual reality games and apps to play on the HTC Vive. Free and open to the public. The HTC Vive is provided by the Natrona County Library Foundation. Call 577-7323 for more information.
Brunch & Bach at Nic
Join the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and The Nic for a morning of art, music and brunch April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the current Nic exhibitions while experiencing Wyoming Symphony Orchestra ensembles play classical and pop music. Grant Street Grocery and Urban Bottle will be selling brunch, coffee and craft cocktails.
Brunch and Bach is fun for the whole family. The Nic's Discovery Center will be open for projects for ages 4 and up (must be potty trained) during each performance. Entry is free for WSO season/pick three ticket holders and Nic members. General public (over age 4) is $5 per person.
For more information, check The Nic's Facebook page or visit thenic.org.
Bishop presides at eucharist March 24
ELCA Bishop James Gonia, Denver, will be at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's communion service at 9:30 a.m., on Sunday, March 24. Bishop Gonia will preside at the eucharist, Pastor Jack will bring a message on “Gotta Stay on the Train,” and church members and friends will bring the scriptures and prayers.
Bishop Gonia, of the Rocky Mountain Synod, will also be at the annual Bishop's Retreat in Thermopolis with the national presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton. Bishop Eaton will bring a message from the ELCA, and meet with Wyoming pastors and spouses, and then speak on Sunday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
This is a special event for Wyoming, and Good Shepherd Lutheran in Paradise Valley. All are invited to attend the March 24, 9:30 a.m., communion worship service and fellowship with Bishop Gonia.
Following worship, he will lead a discussion on "Claiming Our Gifts," which focuses on the paradoxes and grace of Lutheran theology, ministry through the sacraments, the local and global ecumenical Church, and our rich immigrant, reformation legacy.
Good Shepherd Lutheran is located at 51 Primrose Street, next to the Paradise Valley Country Club Inn, and behind the Shepherd of the Valley care center. For more information on the church, visit the website at goodshepherdlutheranchurch.biz.
Shrine Circus May 13
Casper Shrine Circus will be on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. Children’s tickets are free and include a change to win a brand new bicycle. One winner will be drawn at the afternoon show and a second will be drawn at the evening show. Adult tickets are $10. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Doors will be open one hour before each showtime. Interested sponsors are encouraged to call the Casper Shrine Club, 234-6154 or visit Casper Shrine Club on Facebook. Performances presented by Jordan World Circus.
Nic sets winter education programs
The Nicolaysen Art Museum has set its winter education programs. Details follow:
Art Studio: fourth Saturday of every month, noon to 3 p.m., to May, ages 7th to 12th grades. Fees $15 (member) and $30 (non-member) per student per class. All skill levels welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
For more information, contact Zhanna G. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-5247.
Celtic Eucharist March 17
Join us for a joint Celtic Eucharist on St. Patrick’s Day with St. Mark’s, Casper, Christ Church, Glenrock and St. Stephen’s, Casper, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4700 S. Poplar. Join us for the feast afterwards of Irish stew. Bring your favorite potato dish to share, and make it green if you wish. There will also be desserts, games and always, fellowship. All are welcome, you are loved and come as you are.
Telescope workshop March 29
Are you thinking about getting a telescope? Do you already have one, but would like to learn how to get more out of it? Join Casper Planetarium staff members Michele Wistisen and Rod Kennedy on Wednesday, March 27, for a workshop that will cover the basics of selecting and using a home telescope, as well as observing the moon, planets, and constellations.
The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You'll learn about different sizes and types of telescopes, see a presentation in the dome, do some hands-on observing, and go home with a star wheel, planet locator, and other useful handouts.
The cost is $30 per person, which includes lunch. Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult for the entire workshop (one $30 admission covers both the child and the adult). The workshop is limited to 12 participants. To sign up, stop by at 904 North Poplar, or download a printable registration form at casperplanetarium.com. Cash or checks are welcome -- no cards, please.
PBR at events center March 30
The PBR (Professionals Bull Riders) announced that the Casper Events Center will host the 2019 Velocity Tour event on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
The bull riding action begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $100, go on sale Friday to the general public and are available at the Casper Events Center Box Office, online at www.sinclairtix.com, and by phone at (800) 442-2256.
Each rider will face one bull in Round 1 with the Top 10 scoring riders of the night moving on to one more ride in the championship round. At the end of the competition, the rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion.
The 2019 Velocity Tour will culminate with the PBR Velocity Finals at South Point Arena in Las Vegas, leading into the PBR’s 2019 PBR World Finals November 6 to 10, 2019.
Art Club for ages 6 to 12 at the Nic is the second Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, except September and June. Free for members and $10 for non-members.
Explore, create, and invent with a variety of art materials and projects including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, collage, and 3-D design.
Students will be introduced to basic art vocabulary and explore different art concepts related to the current museum’s exhibitions. The class will focus on the concepts behind the works of art, while encouraging students to acquire new skills.
For more information, contact Zhanna G. at email@example.com or call 235-5247.
The Natrona County Library’s StoryTime for children ages 3-5 is held each Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Natrona County Library. In addition to being fun, free outings for children and families, StoryTime instills the joy of reading at a young age and helps prepare children for school. Call 577-READ for more information.
Library to close Sundays year-round
Due to budget constraints that led to understaffing at the Natrona County Library System, the main library will be closed on Sundays year-round effective immediately.
This staff shortage also led administration to evaluate programs and services in order to best utilize tax dollars. Because StoryTime: TinyTots for babies and toddlers is offered at the main library, this program will no longer be duplicated at the Mills branch.
The Natrona County Library will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be closed on Sundays.
It’s never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of books and reading. Together you will discover the joy of songs, finger plays, simple books and bouncing rhymes. The Natrona County Library’s StoryTime: TinyTots for babies and toddlers is held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the main library. In addition to being fun, free outings for children and families, TinyTots instills the joy of reading at a young age and helps prepare children for school. Call 577-READ for more information.
StoryTime therapy dogs
Paws to Read with a furry friend. Dogs and handlers will attend StoryTime on the second Saturday of each 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 Go Team Therapy Dogs. Call 577-READ for more information.
Free dance lessons Wednesdays
Free dance lessons at The Eagles Lodge, 306 N. Durbin (use the side door) on Wednesdays. Teens and adults are welcome. Learn line dance, country and pop, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and country swing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn swing, two-step, waltz, cowboy cha cha and more. Learn to dance with Machelle. Call 259-2501 for more information.
Art club for elementary
Explore, create, and invent with a variety of art materials and projects including drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, collage, and 3-D design at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. This is for ages 6 to 12, the second Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free for members and $10 for non-members.
Students will be introduced to basic art vocabulary and explore different art concepts related to the current museum’s exhibitions. Join the class at any time.
Dance on Mondays
The Casper Dance Club classes are held from 7 to 9 p.m., on Monday nights at the Senior Center ballroom, 1831 E. Fourth. Only $3. Beginners and experienced dancers of all ages are welcome. We do two-step, waltz, cha-cha, East and West coast, etc.
StoryTime with therapy dogs
Paws to Read with a furry friend! Dogs and handlers will attend StoryTime on the second Saturday of each 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 Go Team Therapy Dogs. Call 577-READ for more information.
Birthday parties at Nic
Have an art-filled birthday party at the Nic. Visit the website to choose from a variety of age-appropriate art projects. To reserve a party date or for more information please call 235-5247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.