Issue for the week of February 14, 2020
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Weeks of February 14-23

The following articles are for The weeks of Weeks of February 14-23. If you would like to be a part of this section, stop by Traders Shoppers Guide at 2021 Warren Avenue, E-mail: info@wyotraders or fax: (307)634-8530. Any questions, please call (307)634-8895.

Glass Art Show

See the 37th Annual Glass Art Show Celebration at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Grand Conservatory, 710 South Lions Park Drive, February and March, 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, featuring professional and amateur glass artists from around the region. Being Wyoming’s largest glass art show, it offers a wonderful winter escape and allows for natural light to illuminate the incredible glass art pieces in a tropical setting. As always, admission is free and many pieces are also available to purchase. For more information about the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, visit www.botanic.org.

Free Beginner Pickleball Classes

The Cheyenne Family YMCA is offering free beginner pickleball classes Fridays, from 8:00am-9:00am, starting February 7 through February 28. Reservations to the free beginner pickleball classes are strongly suggested, so please call (307)634-9622 Ext. 19 to register now.

F.E. Warren Youth Show

Come view artwork done by the youth at F.E. Warren. Artwork will be on display at the Cheyenne Artists’ Guild from February 12-18, Tuesday-Friday, from 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, contact (307)632-2263.

Healing Rooms of Cheyenne

The Healing Rooms of Cheyenne are open to anyone in need of prayer for healing and/or an encouraging word. They are open every Thursday, from 6:30pm-7:30pm, at the Moment Wellness Studio, 1020 East Pershing Boulevard. For information, call (307)206-4330. Everyone is welcome.

Wyoming Arts Council Board Meeting

The Wyoming Arts Council board will hold its next quarterly meeting, Thursday, February 20, 1:00pm, at Little America Hotel, 2800 West Lincolnway, Big Horn Room. The board will convene to hear reports, plan for upcoming events, get updates on current Arts Council initiatives, and conduct business. An executive session may be called if necessary. The board invites individuals and organizational representatives to attend any part of the meeting to observe the board process. The board will be available to hear public comments at 4:00pm on Thursday. The mission of the Wyoming Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Wyoming by providing resources to sustain, promote and cultivate the arts. For more information, contact Brittany Perez at (307)214-2701 or brittany.perez@wyo.gov.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Birdwatchers of all ages can join Cheyenne Audubon members for a Great Backyard Bird Count event on Saturday, February 15, 10:00am-12:00pm, at the Paul Smith Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 710 South Lions Park Drive. There will be a short discussion about the kinds of birds that can be seen in Cheyenne at this time of year. Then everyone will go outside to see what birds can be found in Lions Park. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Afterwards there will be a demonstration on how to enter information in the https://ebird.org/ database. Contact Barb Gorges, Cheyenne High Plains Audubon Society, for more information at bgorges4@msn.com.

Wyoming State Historical Society Meeting

Free and open to the public, the Laramie County Chapter of the Wyoming State Historical Society will meet on Sunday, February 16, 2:00pm, at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Cottonwood Room. “Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters,” the play about the history of women’s rights that was presented on the lawn of the Supreme Court Building to commemorate the reopening of the Wyoming State Capitol in July, will be presented. For information contact, Mary Jane at (307)635-2151.

Free Single-Grind Mulch Giveaway

The City of Cheyenne’s Compost Facility, 3714 Windmill Road, will provide free single-grind wood mulch to residential homeowners through Friday, February 28. Stop by the Compost Facility for this unlimited free offer while supplies last. The Compost Facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about the Compost Facility, call (307)632-5518 or the Sanitation Division at (307)637-6440.

Spaghetti Fundraiser at Moose Lodge

The Moose Lodge, 1019 South Greeley Highway, will be having a Spaghetti Fundraiser on Saturday, February 15, at 6:00pm, to benefit a mission to Thailand. Pre-sale cost: $20 singles, $30 couples. Tickets at the door, $30 per person. Delicious food, entertainment, dancing and photo booth. Grand prize winner of Lip Sync Battle. Bring cash to cast your votes. For more information, contact (307)214-9069 or patekatana@gmail.com.

Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances

The Cheyenne Family YMCA will hold their annual Valentine Dances for the Cheyenne community in February. The Father/Daughter dance Saturday, February 15 and the Mother/Son dance on Sunday, February 16. Each dance will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and are held at the Cheyenne Family YMCA, 1426 East Lincolnway. Dances include dinner, dessert, DJ, photos from Christine Kronz Photography LLC, a flower for the ladies, and raffle for one adult and their child(ren). Tickets are on sale now for $30 per adult until February 14 and will go up to $35 on the 15 and 16. These dances are made possible through sponsorships from Charles Schwab and RE/MAX Capitol Properties. For more information, call Chris Shay at (307)634-9622.

Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP TaxAide Program will be offering Free income tax preparation assistance, by appointment only, by calling (307)635-2435 at the Senior Activity Center, 2101 Thomes Avenue, February 3 through April 15, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-2:20pm. Please bring social security card, picture ID, all tax forms such as the W-2, 1099 and a copy of your 2018 last year tax return. Certain items may be out of scope for tax preparation.

Trash and Recycle Pickup for President’s Day

The City of Cheyenne announces trash and recycle schedule for President’s Day Holiday. There will be no trash and recycle collection on Monday, February 17. Residents scheduled to have their trash/recycle picked up that day will instead have their bins emptied on Saturday, February 15. Please have your trash and recycle containers out on Saturday by 6:30am.

Free Audubon Program

The Cheyenne Audubon free public program is Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm, at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Cottonwood Room. Grant Frost is a Wyoming Game and Fish department wildlife biologist. He will give a presentation on some of the species that the Department is surveying or studying that are of great interest including long-billed curlews, burrowing owls, black-footed ferrets, and others that he has helped study throughout the state. For more information about this and other Cheyenne Audubon activities, visit https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.

Carpenter Kindergartner Screening

Do you live in Laramie County School District #2? Do you have a child who is five years old or will be five years old by September 15, 2020? If so, Carpenter Elementary School invites you to bring your prospective kindergartner for screening on Friday, February 28. Please call the Carpenter School Office at (307)245-4180 to set up an appointment for your child to be screened. All children being screened will need to bring their birth certificate, social security card, and current immunization records on this day. They are looking forward to meeting you and your kindergartner!

Sankofa African Heritage

Sankofa African Heritage Awareness Inc. and the LCCC Department of Student Engagement and Diversity present African American Black Film Expo which will take place Wednesday through Saturday, February 19-22. Free admission and refreshments, ADA seating available. All screenings at LCCC Rooms for Conferences and Institutes, 1400 East College Drive, Wednesday, February 19, with The First Grader at 5:30pm and Rabbit-Proof Fence at 7:15pm. Thursday, February 20, with Deacons For Defense at 5:30pm and Tell Them We Are Rising at 7:15pm. Friday, February 21, The Displaced Person at 5:30pm and No Way Out at 6:45pm. Saturday, February 22, Glory at 9:00am and Tyler Perry’s For Color Girls at 11:30am. For more information, please contact Jill Zarend (307)635-7094.

2nd Annual Tacos and Tequila Fundraiser

Comea Shelter hosts the second annual Tacos and Tequila fundraiser on Saturday, February 22, 5:30pm, at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, 204 West Fox Farm Road. The event will include music, silent and live auction items and a tequila tasting. Comea Shelter provides housing service, free meals, case management and limited transportation assistance for anyone who is homeless or at high risk for homelessness in Laramie County. All proceeds benefit those in our community who are experiencing homelessness. If you are interested in attending the event, would like to volunteer or can make a donation, contact the shelter at (307)632-3174 or visit comeashelter.org.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry Eligible Seniors

Starting February 21, eligible seniors will pick up their monthly (CSFP) Commodities’ Supplemental Food box from the new location at St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, 206 Van Lennon, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. These monthly nutritional boxes will be distributed every 3rd Friday of the month. They are also eligible to receive weekly groceries once a week from the pantry. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA program designed to improve the health of low-income people at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods. If you are a low-income, 60 or older, or know someone 60 or older, who needs food assistance, they can get an application at the Food Pantry. The pantry is open Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-1:00pm, at 206 Van Lennon. For more information, please call (307)275-0567 or email stjo sepantry@gmail.com.

Delta Kappa Gamma, Annual Used Book Sale

Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of educators, will collect used books beginning February 2 through March 2 for the 37th annual used book sale. Collection boxes are in Albertson’s at 5800 Yellowstone Road and at 3355 East Pershing, Safeway at 700 South Greeley Highway, Natural Grocers, 5116 Frontier Mall Drive, Golds Gym, 1616 East Pershing and YMCA, 1426 East Lincolnway. Please note that there will be no collections at King Soopers. If you are unable to deliver books or have a large quantity and live within a 10 mile radius, call (307)637-5347 or (307)369-2940 for an appointment. Books on CD, DVDs, games and puzzles are appreciated. Old texts, condensed books and encyclopedias do not sell. Please recycle them elsewhere. The book sale is Saturday, March 7, 8:00am-6:00pm and Sunday, March 8, 9:00am-3:00pm, former Big Lots, Cheyenne Plaza, 3741 East Lincolnway.

Be Bold Get Cold for Special Olympics

2020 Jackalope Jump is coming to Cheyenne. Jump in and join the freezin fun! Help raise funds for Special Olympics Wyoming athletes as they jump into freezing water at Cheyenne Sloan Lake Kiwanis Community House, 4603 Lions Park Drive, on Saturday, February 22, at 10:00am. Go www.sowy.org/fundraising/jackalope-jump, visit the Special Olympics website to find your jump and choose “donate” or “join”. You can register as an individual or create and join a team. Create your fundraising page to share via email and social media! Individual Jumpers commit to raise at least $100. Teams with five or more commit to at least $50 per member. Costumes and teams encouraged! Help raise funds to provide equipment, training, and competition opportunities for more than 1,900 Wyoming athletes. More importantly join them to spread the message of joy, courage, and inclusion in one fun filled event. Contact Mike Fernandez, Mfernandez@cheyen nepd.org or Laura Michael Lmichael@cheyennepd.org. For more information, contact Tara with Special Olympics Wyoming, (307)235-3062 or develop ment@specialolympicswy.org.

St. Joseph’s CCW Making Tacos for Fat Tuesday

St. Joseph’s CCW (Council of Catholic Women) will be making taco plates for Fat Tuesday on February 25, 11:30am-6:30pm, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 608 Evans. Celebrate by eating taco plates prepared especially for you by the women of St. Joseph’s CCW. The price for a plate is $7.50 which includes two tacos, beans and rice. A single taco is $2.50. Celebrate with your whole office and have your order delivered. Order by 8:00pm on Monday, February 24, at FatTuesdayTacos@outlook.com, $30 minimum on delivered orders. Pick up orders can be submitted by text or call (307)634-1338 or at the above email address, just come and enjoy them at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Call Nancy Hall at (307)634-1338 for more information.

6th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop

The Cheyenne Habitat Hero Committee invites the public to attend the 6th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop on Saturday, February 29, 8:00am to 4:00pm, at Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive, Pathfinder building, rooms 108 and 109. Registration is $25 (including lunch) and is limited to 125. Registration is through Brown Paper tickets, www.brownpape rtickets.com/. Search for “2020 Habitat Hero”. The theme of keynote speaker Panayoti Kelaidis is “Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping-Learning from the Natives.” He is an international plant explorer and the Denver Botanic Gardens’ senior curator and director of outreach. Kelaidis has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG and is particularly noted for the Rock Alpine Garden plantings. He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture. Presentations by Cheyenne Habitat Heroes make up the “Native Plant Gardening 101” part of the workshop and will illuminate the steps for planning, installing and maintaining a native plant Habitat Hero garden for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. For more information about the Cheyenne Habitat Hero program, see https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/habitat-hero/.

Craft Show at VFW 4343 with Baked goods

VFW 4343, 3216 South Greeley Highway, will have a craft show on Saturday, February 15, 10:00am-6:00pm. Items for sale: handmade wood, leather, crocheted crafts, jewelry, nail and hair accessories, baked goods, pickles, jelly, Scentzy, candles, soaps, active wear, custom printed T-shirts, Easter crafts and so much more. Come out and see them!

Prairie Garden Club Meeting

The Prairie Garden Club Meeting will be held Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Storytime Room. Speaker is Michelle Bohanon talking about master gardener and winter sowing. For more information, please call Lisa Provance at (307)221-1686.

Art at the YMCA

The Cheyenne Family YMCA is pleased to display the original painting of Laurie Christensen during the month of February. Artwork is for sale all month, so come on in and take a look, and many 8-1/2 by 11 original art pieces for $25. The community is invited to meet Mr. Christensen at an Artist Reception Tuesday, February 18, at 10:00am, at the YMCA, 1426 East Lincolnway. Mr. Christensen has been painting for over 50 years, primarily land and seascapes along with abstract artwork. Since moving to Wyoming from California to retire and paint, he has enjoyed taking on new challenges and tackling new art forms especially of the beauty that is Wyoming. If you would like to feature your art at the Cheyenne Family YMCA, contact Chris Shay at cshay@cheyenneymca.org or by phone at (307)634-9622.

Sweet Heroes Sweetheart Quarter Auction

Bring your quarters and your friends and please join the Sweetheart Quarter Auction on Sunday, February 16, at 2:00pm. Proceeds of this fundraiser benefits the Cheyenne Police Department Explorers Post #112. The fundraiser is being held at Cheyenne Public Safety Center, 415 West 18th Street. Doors open at 2:00pm for viewing and shopping and the auction begins at 2:30pm. Have your chance to win amazing gift baskets and gift certificates donated by local businesses and direct sales consultants. Paddles are $5 for one or three or $10. Concessions will be available. For more information, please contact Michelle Shimmin at (307)631-1210 or simplyheroes307@gmail.com.