Issue for the week of February 23, 2024
Our Community

Weeks of February 23-March 10

The following articles are for the weeks of February 23-March 10. 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.

Submissions Sought for Zonta Club Art Contest

Zonta Club of Cheyenne is seeking entries from artists of all ages and style and experience for its 9th Annual Art Contest. This year’s theme is Art Against Abuse. Artists are asked to convey their unique vision of how to promote positive change given the multifaceted impact of domestic violence and human trafficking on victims, their families and our community. Submissions must be dropped off at the RE/MAX office at 4000 Central Avenue in Cheyenne no later than 4:00pm on April 1. Include your name, contact information, age category and price, if for sale, with each submission. A brief interpretive commentary on the art is also welcomed but not required. A reception for the artists, their families and the general public will be held on April 15 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Cheyenne Civic Center. The art will be displayed at the Cheyenne Civic Center starting April 5-April 21. For information or questions, send an email to Zonta Club of Cheyenne at zonta.cheyenne@gmail.com.

Youth Alternatives Special Friends Program

The Office of Youth Alternatives Special Friends Program is looking for adult mentors that are 18 years and older to act as positive role models to youth in a one-to-one mentoring relationship, qualifications do apply. For additional questions and information, individuals interested in serving may call 307-637-6480.

Trader’s Office Hours

Trader’s office hours are 8:00am-3:00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We are open Wednesday from 8:00am-4:00pm. If you would like to place an ad outside these hours you may phone in your ad to 307-634-8895 and leave your ad, contact name and phone number on our voicemail or place your ad online at wyotraders.com. The deadline for classified advertising is 4:00pm Wednesday.

Make a Blanket Day

Blankets for Laramie County Kids is hosting their annual Make a Blanket Day on February 24 from 10:00am-2:00pm at 7006 North College Drive in Cheyenne. Blankets made will go to children in crisis in Laramie County. Soup and dessert provided. Monetary and/or yarn donations appreciated.

Daddy Daughter Dance

VFW 1881, 2618 East 7th Street, is holding a Daddy Daughter dance on Saturday, February 24 from 3:00pm-5:00pm, $10 per dad. Please send an RSVP to VFW1881events@gmail.com.

TOPS Club Meeting

TOPS #WY 002 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm in the basement of Faith United Methodist Church, 522 East 6th Street. Join them for fellowship and weight loss motivation. For more information, please contact Corinecb307@outlook.com or check out the national website online at www.tops.org.

Jackalope Jump

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wyoming and Special Olympics of Wyoming will host the Special Olympics of Wyoming Jackalope Jump on April 13 at the Lions Park Kiwanis Building, 4603 Lions Park Drive. Raise money and earn Jackalope Jump Tie Dye apparel. Registration for the Jump begins at 9:00am. For more information, call 307-235-3062 or send an email to office@specialolympicswy.org.

Tax Preparation

United Way of Laramie County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will offer free tax preparation and electronic filing by appointment only. Tax prep hours at the Cheyenne Senior Center are weekdays 9:00am-2:00pm. For appointments at the Cheyenne Senior Center site, call 307-635-2435 on weekdays between 9:00am-2:00pm. Tax prep hours at Laramie County Community College are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00pm-7:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. For appointments for Laramie County Community College call 307-778-8623 on weekdays between 8:00am-5:00pm.

Vendors Wanted

Western Frontier Traders will be hosting a craft show in Burns on April 27. If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Toni at 307-630-5557 or shiery22220@aol.com.

Weekly Camera Club Meetings

The Cheyenne Camera Club meets the first and third Thursdays each month from September through May at 6:00pm at the Highlands Presbyterian Church at 2390 Pattison Avenue. The public is welcome to attend. Coffee break meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Dazbog Coffee at 3911 East Pershing Boulevard at 9:00am. Call Judy at 307-634-0357 or go to cheyennecameraclub.org.

Youth Alternatives Foster Grandparent Program

The Office of Youth Alternatives Foster Grandparent Program is looking for tutor/mentors that are 55 years and older to work with children who need extra support in a supervised classroom setting. Foster Grandparents make a difference in the lives of children in our community and earn an average of $300 per month in a non-taxable stipend. Some qualifications apply. Individuals interested in serving may call 307-637-6480 for information. Make a difference for a child today

Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless

The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless is in need of blankets, comforters, sheets and neck ties. These items are used to make sleeping bags for the homeless population of Cheyenne. Deliver clean items to the Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless, 907 Campbell Avenue, 307-634-8499.

Chili Cookoff

VFW 1881, 2618 East 7th Street, is hosting a chili cook off for a cause on Saturday, March 2 from 2:00pm-6:00pm, $15 to enter, $5 to taste. Please email vfw1881events@gmail.com for information.

Blue Grass Jam Session at the Library

There will be a Blue Grass Jam Session in the Willow Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Saturday, March 2 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Musicians and listeners are all welcome. Call or text Jerry at 307-369-3904 for information.

The Cheyenne Dance Club Big Band Dance

The Cheyenne Dance Club is a non-profit club dedicated to the preservation of Big Band Music and Ballroom Dancing. Join them for a fun filled evening of listening and dancing pleasure to the sound of the DeKette Orchestra at Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 West Lincolnway on March 2, 7:00pm-10:00pm. Not sure how to dance, take advantage of a dance class from 5:15pm to 6:00pm. For information, contact David Urquidez at 307-630-6093 or email cheyennedanceclub@aol.com or Dusty7hr@gmail.com.

Purposeful Living

Purposeful Living with Cheyenne Women’s Connection and special speaker Cynthia Leibrock from Livermore, Colorado talking about Aging in Place: How to retrofit your home to aid in “Aging Beautifully”. Come enjoy fun, food and friends on Tuesday, March 12 from 9:30am-11:30am at Red Lion Inn, 204 Fox Farm Road for $17 per person. Please call Colette Johnson at 307-214-0874 or email colettejohnson87@gmail.com for more information and to make your reservation by March 6.

Thousands of Books, DVDs, Puzzles Available

2024 marks the 40th year of the annual Delta Kappa Gamma Used Book Sale! They have thousands of books, DVDs, puzzles, audio books, games, etc! It is being held in the former Big Lots in Cheyenne Plaza, 3741 East Lincolnway, next to Sportsman’s Warehouse. The first weekend is March 2-3, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm. In general, adult hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks $1. Children’s hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks 2 for $1. Some special volumes and sets are priced separately. Unusual, old and valuable donations will be sold through a continuous silent auction through Saturday, March 9. The $10 box sale is all day March 9-10, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm. Buy a $10 box at the door and fill it! Books that do not sell will be donated to organizations that can send a representative sometime between March 4 and 8 to make selections. See their website at dkgupsilonwy.org or call 307-630-3682.

Cheyenne Lions Club’s Blood Drive

An hour of your time could save three lives! The Cheyenne Lions Club’s Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 11:00am-2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, 220 West 22nd Street, with Vitalant technicians on site. Each donor will receive an ice cream token from Culvers and an entry into their free door prize raffle. The top prizes are pairs of tickets to upcoming Cheyenne Little Theatre productions. Other prizes include gift cards from local restaurants. To register, visit donors.vitalant.org and enter the blood drive code C7890. For more information, please call Dave at 307-631-5423.

Chicken Curling Tournament

Back for its ninth year, Cheyenne Ice and Events Center’s Chicken Curling Tournament is set for 2024, and registration is now open for the event. Chicken curling is exactly what it sounds like — the sport of curling, but with donated, expired frozen chickens instead of stones. Teams of four compete to win the contest in a double elimination format, and spectators are encouraged to attend. The 2024 Chicken Curling Tournament will be held at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, 1530 West Lincolnway on Saturday, March 23 at noon. Registration is open until Wednesday, March 20. Teams must have four members, all over 18 years old, and are encouraged to come up with a witty name and may wear costumes to the event. Teams should contact Bailey Miller at bmiller@cheyennecity.org to register and for information.

Garden Talk with the Master Gardeners

This is the last in a winter series of informal Garden Talks with the Laramie County Master Gardeners. They invite everyone to bring garden and gardening questions to the Laramie County Library, Willow Room, 2200 Pioneer Avenue on Wednesday, March 13, 6:30pm-8:30pm. They look forward to helping you grow in Laramie County.

Looking for a Few Good Dogs

Do you have a dog that seeks attention, has good basic obedience skills and has no aggression issues? Then consider doing therapy work in the community with your dog. Please go to www.therapydogs.com, the website for Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Click on join and How to Become a Member. Follow the steps to become a member. When registered through ATD, coverage is available through their insurance while visiting the various medical facilities around town. They also have visits to the Laramie County Library for reading with the kids and other visits that are not medically oriented. Contact the local tester/observers to go through the registration process. Contact the local office at 307-432-0272 with questions or email office@therapydogs.com or visit them at 1919 Morrie Avenue.

Registration Open for Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball

Teamwork, fundamentals and friendly competition are on deck for the Girls’ Recreational Fast Pitch Softball program this summer, and registration is now open. This program will feature age divisions ranging from under 8 to under 18. Players must be no younger than 6 and no older than 18 on June 5, 2024. Registration is open until March 28 at a cost of $65 per player. Late registration runs from March 29 to April 11. All registration closes after April 11. Practices begin May 13 and regular season starts June 5. Volunteer coaches are also needed. Registration can be completed online at www.cheyennerec.org or in person at the Kiwanis Community House, 4603 Lions Park Drive. Please contact Harley Tekerman at 307-637-6408 or htekerman@cheyennecity.org with questions or for more information.

Car Show Accepting Local Charity Applications

The Fourth Annual Charity Classic Car Show, Cars, Cigars, Guitars - Under the Stars, was held last year on August 19. The event was a huge success, raising money for local charities. Due to the support of the major underwriters and many sponsors and supporters, over $50,000 was raised to benefit Coats for Kids, South Side Sluggers, Veteran’s Rock and Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative. Over the last four years, this Annual AHEPA Community event has generated over $200,000 for local charities. The AHEPA Cowboy Chapter 211 is accepting applications from charities for the 2024 Fifth Annual Charity Classic Car Show, Cars, Cigars & Guitars - Under the Stars. Apply at www.carscigarsguitars.com/charity-application. For consideration, contact the AHEPA Cowboy Chapter 211 in Cheyenne, George Mores, 307-630-2027 or www.carscigarsguitars.com before April 24.

TOPS Club Weekly Meeting

TOPS 0117 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Thursday at the VFW Post 1881, 2816 East 7th Street, Nationway Frontage Road. Weigh-ins are from 8:00am-8:45am and meetings are from 9:00am-10:00am. TOPS provides tools, information and support to be successful in losing weight. The program focuses on health as well as weight loss. For more information email Pam, the leader, at gwawcuse@aol.com.

Family Karaoke

Sing your hearts out with an evening of karaoke fun with a variety of musical selections for the whole family at the Laramie County Library Early Literacy Center, 2200 Pioneer Avenue on Tuesday, February 27, 6:00pm-7:00pm.