FREE Public Fun Auction
The Wyoming Auctioneers Association will be hosting a Public Fun Auction and the Wyoming Bid Calling Championship Contest on Friday, January 10, at 6:00pm, at the Little America Hotel and Convention Center Ballrooms, 2800 West Lincolnway. It is a FREE event to the public and all are welcome to attend. There will be a nice selection of items you will be able to bid on during the fun auction while you watch some of the best auctioneers from around the state compete for the 2020 Wyoming Bid Calling Champion. Included in the evening events will be a hat auction which will offer two very nice firearms for the winners. They are raising money for their scholarship fund and to make a donation to two local charities in the Cheyenne area. A cash bar will be available for all who attend. If you have any questions or would like to donate any item for the fun auction, contact Rosie or Al Weston, Al-Rose Auction & Realty LLC, at (307)630-9791.
Craft Group Meeting
Scrappy Crafters will meet Saturday, January 11, from noon-4:00pm, in Grace Hall at 2950 Spruce Drive. Come late or leave early if need be. Everyone is welcome. Bring whatever you are working on, be it scrapbooking, paper crafting, knitting, coloring or whatever you wish. Lunch will be served at 1:00pm. If you would like to bring chocolate or a friend, please do. To RSVP or for more information call Pam (307)637-5193.
Free Alzheimer’s Association Workshop
The Alzheimer’s Association – Wyoming Chapter will hold their monthly workshop on Sunday, January 12, Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, 1:30pm-3:00pm. The topic of discussion will be healthy living for brain and body. Pre-register online at alz.org/wyoming/helpingyou/classestraining/classes or by calling (307)287-6569.
Family Bingo Night
They’ve got the daubers! They’ve got the cards! They’ve got the cage and balls! All they need is YOU! Come join other families as they share in the timeless fun of Bingo at Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Early Literacy Center, Wednesday, January 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Join them for snacks, prizes and lots of fun!
VFW Post 11453
Frontier Post is a non-drinking, non-smoking Veterans organization that meets the 2nd Tuesday each month, 7:00pm, at the Orchard Valley Recreation Building, 2111 South 1st Avenue. Frontier Post invites eligible veterans to apply for membership. (307)509-0839, vfw11453.org.
Friendship Force Meeting
Friendship Force International (FFI) is a worldwide organization that works to increase international understanding through the process of home hospitality. For 41 years, the Cheyenne members have invited visitors into their homes and have taken trips throughout the world visiting and staying in the homes of world citizens. A dinner meeting will be Monday, January 13, at Casey’s Club, 507 West 28th Street, entrance is on the west side next to the parking lot, starting at 6:00pm. Members and the public are invited to bring a covered dish and their own place settings and join the group. There will be a general business meeting and a discussion about the club’s outgoing journey to Miyagi and Kumamoto, Japan in 2020. There will also be information provided in order to start planning for hosting the Inbound Open World people from North Macedonia. For information, call (307)631-1764 or go to friendshipforcecheyenne.org.
Therapy Dogs For Teens
Grades 7-12 feeling the finals fatigue this semester? There’s nothing better than spending a little time with some good puppies to recharge your batteries at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Sage Room, Tuesday, January 14, 4:00-5:00pm.
Foster Grandparent Program
Could you use an extra $300-$400 a month? The Southeast Wyoming Foster Grandparent Program is looking for men and women to work with children in schools and human service agencies for an average of 20 hours per week. Must be at least 55 years or older and have a limited annual income. Benefits include a non-taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour, a nutritious daily meal, transportation assistance, an annual physical exam, accident/liability insurance, holidays, annual and sick leave, and training. You can make the difference in the life of a child. Call (307)634-1265 for an application.
Submissions for Library Con Panel Wanted
Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, is requesting panel proposals for its second annual Library Con, a day long, library-wide program that explores various aspects of comic culture. Community members who are aged thirteen years and older can submit panel proposals on a variety of subjects such as cosplay, science fiction’s role in the development of current science, the differences between Star Wars and Star Trek, or any other science-fiction related topic. Proposed panels may address any age group of the presenter’s choosing, but must be either 25 minutes or 50 minutes in length. The panel may involve a PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, crafts, hands-on activities, or other interactive components. All proposed panels must contain family-friendly material. Proposals are due by Wednesday, January 15. If accepted, presenters are expected to run their panel during Library Con on Saturday, April 4. For information on specific panel requirements and to submit proposals, please visit lclsonline.org/library-con-2020/.
Spirits Of Mardi Gras Tasting Event
The 8th Annual Church of The Holy Trinity “Spirits of Mardi Gras” tasting event will be held on Saturday, January 18, at Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 West Lincolnway. The event will begin at 6:00pm with a special one hour tasting for V.I.P. admission guests and 7:00pm for general admission. There will be a silent and live auction as well as live music by Whiskey’s Alibi and dancing. Tickets are $60 for a regular ticket or $75 for a V.I.P. ticket. There are also non-drinking tickets available for $40. There will be a free taxi service available at the event. Little America is also offering a special discount on rooms for those who choose to stay at the hotel that night. To purchase tickets or if you have any questions, please contact Holy Trinity at (307)632-5872 or visit www.holytrinitycheyenne.org.
CFD Hall of Fame Nominations are Open
The nomination forms for the 2020 Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame Class are now available. Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate the person or entity that you believe has helped shape Cheyenne Frontier Days into the “Daddy of ‘em All.” All nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, January 15. Nominations are open to the public (you don’t have to be a member of the CFD Old West Museum) and are limited to past and present Cheyenne Frontier Days contestants, contract personnel, entertainers, livestock, families, organizations, and volunteers. Nomination forms are available at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, 4610 Carey Avenue, online at www.oldwestmuseum.org, or send a letter explaining why your candidate is the best choice for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. Call the CFD Old West Museum at (307)778-7290, or email Danick Long, Registrar, at [email protected], for more information.
Positive Aging Film Series at the Library
Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue in the Cottonwood Room, Friday, January 17, 1:30pm, will host a free event with free popcorn provided and discussion to follow. The film for January is “The Book Club” directed by Bill Holderman, with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading the book “50 Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club. Visit www.lclslonline.org for more information.
Funding Opportunity for Non-Profits
The Community Grant Committee associated with GFWC Women’s Civic League of Cheyenne is currently accepting applications from Laramie County non-profit organizations that support community development and the improvement of community residents quality of life. Funding for these grants comes from the Christmas House project. For information, visit online www.womenscivicleaguecheyenne.org and click on the Community Grant Application tab or call the committee Chair, Deb McCann, at (307)631-0352 or Co-Chair, Barbara Kuzma (307)630-1070. Deadline is January 17.
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. Come join them for a fun filled evening of listening and dancing pleasure to the sound of the DEKette Orchestra in the Wyoming Room at Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 West Lincolnway on January 18, 7:00pm-10:00pm. Not sure how to dance, take advantage of this month’s class offering in basic in Waltz from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Meal reservations are required by January 13, at 6:00pm. Pricing: Dancing only: $35 a couple, $20 for singles and $15 for students. Dance lesson only: $5 per person (does not include the dance). Dinner and dance $85.50 a couple, $45.25 for singles. Dance lesson free with any dinner meal purchase. For information, contact David Urquidez at (307)630-6993 or email us at [email protected]
Cowboys – A Documentary Portrait Showing
Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, “Cowboys – A Documentary Portrait” is a feature-length film that gives viewers the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America’s largest and most remote cattle ranches. Filmed on locations across the American West, Cowboys features historic ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. Narrated through first-hand accounts from the cowboys themselves, the story is steeped in authenticity and explores the rewards and hardships of a celebrated but misunderstood way of life, including the challenges that lie ahead for the cowboys and ranches critical to providing the world’s supply of beef. This documentary is presented by Welding and Machine of Cheyenne, in support of Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s Capital Campaign. Showing will be at the Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 West 20th Street on Saturday, January 18, at 3:00pm. Tickets for this fundraising movie screening are $10-$30 and available by visiting www.cheyenneevents.org. Civic Center Box office is 307-637-6363.
There is always something happening in Cheyenne! Fine and performing arts, culture and science. Visit them online at ArtsCheyenne.com.
Winter 2020 Hamfest
The First Colorado Hamfest of the year will be held at the Larimer County Fairgrounds, Loveland, Colorado, on Saturday, January 18, 8:00am-1:00pm. ICOM, the international manufacturer of all types of radios will be there with products and demonstrations. There will be great raffle prizes and door prizes. New and used amateur radio and computer equipment for sale. Vendors and educational forums will also be available as well as free FCC licensing exams. Admission is $6. Contact Joe Hawley, (970)689-0828, [email protected] for more information or go online to ncarc.net.
Cheyenne Transit Closure
In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday, the Cheyenne Transit Program office will be closed and city buses will not run on Monday, January 20.
Caregivers Support Group
The Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting support groups for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Caregiver Support Groups will meet on the first and third Mondays of each month, at 6:30pm, at Primrose Retirement Center, 1530 Dorothy Lane and the first and third Wednesdays of each month, at 3:00pm, in the meeting room at Synergy HomeCare, 1720 Logan Avenue. All those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are invited to participate. For information about Alzheimer’s Support Groups, call (307)316-2892.
Prairie Garden Club Meeting
The Prairie Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, on Thursday, January 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm. The speaker will be Catherine Wissner, Horticulturist at the UW Extension Office. The topic of her discussion will be Native Bees and Bee Hotels. For information, please call (307)221-1686.
Job Seekers Can Earn and Update Job Skills
For many older Wyomingites, going back to work is not an option, it’s a necessity. The nonprofit organization Experience Works, Inc. operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program, SCSEP, in 21 Wyoming counties. The US Department of Labor funded program is geared for people 55 and older who are unemployed, with limited annual incomes and limited job prospects. The program is free and available to those who qualify. Experience Works accepts program applications by appointment statewide. Participants spend an average of 20 hours a week in work experience training at public and nonprofit organizations, earning minimum wage that is paid through the SCSEP. As participants become job-ready, their efforts provide extra support to tackle projects that might otherwise not be possible due to tight operating budgets. Participants have access to a variety of additional training and supportive services such as developing resumes, improving interview skills, and identifying job opportunities. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Experience Works, Inc. at (307)352-9406 or visit www.experienceworks.org.
Eagles Auxiliary #128 members meet at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 Thomes Avenue, 2nd and 4th Mondays, officers at 6:00pm, regular meeting 7:00pm.
Give Kids a Smile 2020
Give Kids a Smile is a non-profit organization that helps kids, who cannot afford treatment otherwise, receive free dental care. Give Kids a Smile 2020 will take place Saturday, February 1, 8:00am-2:30pm, at Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive, Science Building, Dental Hygiene Clinic. Uninsured children, ages 2-18, without a dental home are welcome to receive exams, cleanings, X-Rays, and fluoride treatments. To make an appointment with the Wyoming Delta Dental Foundation, please call (307)632-3313.
Have you been affected by someone else’s drinking? Al-Anon can help. Call AA/A-Anon hotline at (307)632-7706 or go to www.wyomingal-anon.org for information and meetings.
Genealogical and Historical Society Meeting
Have old family photos or old newspaper clippings that you’d like to preserve? And what should you do to care for that antique family Bible in your closet? Join the Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical Society at 7:00pm on Tuesday, January 14, in the Sunflower Room of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, for a session on how to preserve genealogy and family history documents. Angela Wolff, reference librarian with the Laramie County Library, will present the class how to keep valuable documents safe from the ravages of time and acidic paper. She will discuss affordable and practical ways to preserve these items, ways to plan for the future care of your genealogy research, and answer specific questions that you may have about items in your care. Registration is not necessary for this free evening program, which is open to the public. The meeting of the society begins at 6:15pm with a short business meeting, with the program starting at 7:00pm. For information, call (307)630-0924.
Pros from TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will be available to answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, Sage Room, Saturday, January 25, 1:00pm-2:30pm. The workshop will include information on completing the application and understanding the deadlines. The EOC pros will explain where the application goes, who sees it, and how it is used. Corrections and verifications will also be reviewed