Cheyenne Animal Shelter Adoption Promotion
Love is in the air at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter with $14 adoption fees for pets who are part of the Lonely Hearts Club. The Lonely Hearts Club is signified by a red heart on pet bio photos online and in the Shelter and means that the cat, dog or critter has been in the care of the Shelter for more than two weeks. To participate in this special adoption promotion, patrons can visit the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, 800 Southwest Drive, between the adoption hours of noon-6:00pm. No applications are necessary and adoptions are on a first-come-first-served basis. To view adoptable pets and learn more about the adoption process, visit cheyenneanimalshelter.org. For questions, contact the Shelter front desk at 307-632-6655 or email [email protected] today.
Registration for Adult Co-Rec Dodgeball League
Registration for the City of Cheyenne’s Adult Co-Rec Dodgeball League is open. Late registration runs from February 17-March 2, where a $50 late fee will be added if space is available. Registration forms and information can be found online at www.cheyennerec.org or in person at the Kiwanis Community House, 4603 Lions Park Drive. Please contact David Contreras at 307-637-6425 or [email protected] should you have any questions.
Cheyenne Women Newcomers and Friends
Cheyenne Women Newcomers and Friends are welcoming new members. Their activities include bunco, canasta, crafts, dutch lunches, games, mahjong, parties and pinochle. If you are new to Cheyenne or just want to meet new ladies, contact Linda at 307-287-8724 for more information.
Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a global event February 17-20. See www.birdcount.org/ for more information. On Saturday, February 18, join Cheyenne Audubon members at 10:00am in Lions Park by the parking lot by the Children’s Village, 616 South Lions Park Drive, to count birds in the park. Binoculars available.
Cheyenne Winter Farmers’ Market
Join the Cheyenne Winter Farmers’ Market the first and third Saturdays of each month through May 6 to shop from local vendors offering the best foods and crafts. All of this will be happening between 9:00am-1:00pm at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza, 121 West 15th Street.
In observance of the Presidents’ Day Holiday, the Cheyenne Transit Program office will be closed and city buses will not run on Monday, February 20.
Mayor’s Youth Council Accepting Applications
Applications are being accepted for community-minded young people interested in learning more about city government, civic trusteeship and community leadership. To join the 2023-2024 Mayor’s Youth Council, students must be in grades 9th-12th and reside in Cheyenne. The 2023-2024 term will begin in June 2023 and conclude in May 2024. The selection committee will review the applications and interview selected candidates. Applications are available at www.cheyennecity.org/myc or pick up from the career/counselor offices at public junior and senior high schools. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 28, 4:00pm. For information, call Devyan Paiz at 307-637-6480.
FREE Pancake Supper
Free pancake supper on Tuesday, February 21 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, at St. Christopher’s Church, 2602 Deming Boulevard (East Pershing and Henderson Drive).
Historical Records Advisory Board Meeting
The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) will meet in-person and via video conference at 10:00am, Wednesday, February 22. The in-person meeting location is Room 461 in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue. The conference call-in information is meet.google.com/hdz-ggxt-hog or join by phone at 1-513-818-1684 pin 281 250 026#. The meeting is open to the public. The Wyoming SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations and others involved in records care in Wyoming. For further information, please contact Sara Davis, Wyoming State Archivist, at 307-777-7826 or [email protected].
High Altitude Gardening 101: Flower Seed Starting
A class about High Altitude Gardening 101: Flower Seed Starting will be held on Saturday, February 25, 1:00pm-3:00pm, at the Laramie County Library Early Literacy Center, 2200 Pioneer Avenue. Learn what different ornamental seeds need to sprout and how to get a jump on growing a beautiful garden by planting flower seeds in the dead of winter. The program is presented by the Seed Library of Laramie County, a joint project of Laramie County Library System and Laramie County Master Gardners.
2nd Annual High Plains Arboretum Plant Sale
Come by to learn about and pre-order shrubs, trees and vegetable seeds cultivated and/or tested at the High Plains Arboretum at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 710 South Lions Park Drive, Saturday, February 25, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. Orders will be taken February 25 with purchase pickup in late May.
Join the Laramie County Library, Sage Room, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, on Tuesday, February 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, for fun and interesting activities during your trip to the library. At each hangout, they will offer crafts, STEM or improv activities for grades 3-12. You never know what you will get, so come and see what’s happening.
Guest Speaker at the Cheyenne Audubon Society
Cheyenne Audubon’s free program, “eBird Demystified: Tips, Tricks and Best Practices” with Don Jones will be February 21, 7:00pm, in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue. The public is welcome to attend. Jones will talk about how eBird, the world’s largest citizen science project, is a powerful resource for birders and ornithologists alike. This presentation will include best practices for submitting checklists, using eBird to explore data and plan birding trips, the data review process and how your eBird observations are being used by researchers in Wyoming. The Zoom link will be posted at the Cheyenne Audubon website, cheyenneaudubon.org/.
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 [email protected].
Spring Fling Craft Show
Now taking applications for the Spring Fling Craft Show in Burns on April 29. For more information and application, contact Toni Shiery at [email protected] or call 307-630-5557.
Delta Kappa Gamma Used Book Sale
The Delta Kappa Gamma, International Society of Women in Education, will hold their Annual Used Book Sale on Saturdays and Sundays, March 4, 8:00am to 6:00pm and March 5, 9:00am-4:00pm and March 11, 8:00am-6:00pm and March 12, 9:00am-1:00pm, with Snow Dates of March 18 and 19. There will be several locations throughout Frontier Mall, 1400 Dell Range Boulevard. Please donate books from February 6-26 at Safeway, Gold’s Gym, both Albertson’s and the YMCA. For pick ups or drop offs please call 307-369-2940 or 307-421-1755, leave a message. Pick ups for large donations, within a 10-mile radius, must be boxed or bagged in an easily accessed location. To drop off at the mall, call for directions and times.
Registration Open for Girls’ Fast-Pitch Softball
Teamwork, fundamentals, and friendly competition are on deck for the upcoming Girls’ Recreational Fast-Pitch Softball program this summer. The program will feature age divisions ranging from 8u-18u. Players must be no younger than seven and no older than 18 on June 5. Registration is open until Thursday, March 30, and late registration will run from Friday, March 31, to April 13. Practices will begin May 15. Volunteer coaches are needed! Register online at www.cheyennerec.org or in person at the Kiwanis Community House, 4603 Lions Park Drive. For more information, contact Harley Tekerman at 307-637-6408 or [email protected].
Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Collaboratives
Wyoming’s Office of Outdoor Recreation facilitates seven outdoor recreation collaboratives convened throughout the state that bring together local community members, recreation stakeholders, businesses, conservation groups, federal and state agencies and elected officials to identity and prioritize grassroots opportunities for the growth and enhancement of outdoor recreation. Dates, times, locations and call-in information are available at www.wyorec.com under the Collaboratives tab.Learn more about the Office, meeting materials of individual collaboratives and future community collaboratives by following them on social media or visiting www.wyorec.com.
Kiwanis 100th Celebration and Casino Night
Join the Kiwanis Club as they celebrate their heritage and 100 years of service to Cheyenne. Proceeds go to the Cheyenne Kiwanis Park and other projects benefitting children. Social hour will begin at 5:00pm, dinner at 6:00pm, casino and dancing at 7:30pm, Friday, March 10, at Little America Hotel and Resort, 2800 West Lincolnway. Early registration ends February 27, 5:00pm. Visit visitcheyenne.regfox.com/cheyenne-kiwanis-100th-anniversary-and-casino-night-2023 to purchase tickets today.
Western Spirit Art Show and Sale
The 42nd Annual Western Spirit Juried Art Show and Sale will take place from Saturday, March 11 to April 23, at the CFD™ Old West Museum, 4610 Carey Avenue. On March 11, the Opening Reception begins at 6:00pm. There will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks available for attendees at the Opening Reception. Tickets to the Opening Reception can be purchased by calling 307-778-7243 or visiting www.oldwestmuseum.org/spirit.
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.
Applications are currently being accepted for the DADS program, where you can earn a Class A CDL, a certification in heavy equipment operation and life skills needed to better provide for your family. You can pick up an application at the Cheyenne Workforce Center, 1510 East Pershing Boulevard or call 307-777-3639 or 307-777-3454.
Zonta Club Seeking Applicants
Applications for the 2023 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Cheyenne through its website www.cheyennezonta.org. Deadline is March 15. The goal of the YWPA Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector. The recipient of the club’s award will be awarded $1,500. Their application will then be sent to Zonta District 12 and be reviewed for another possible $5,000 reward. The application for the YWPA award along with instructions for submission may be found on the Zonta of Cheyenne website at www.cheyennezonta.org. The local award recipient will be selected no later than April 1.
Cheyenne Kiwanis Club Foundation Grants
The Cheyenne Kiwanis Club Foundation’s 2023 grant cycle opened February 1. Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to apply for funding support. The Foundation’s purposes are to support children’s programs in the broadest sense, followed by human services, to assist needy persons, particularly young people, to assist worthy youth in attaining vocational excellence, and to aid handicapped persons in regaining useful lives. Additional details and the 2023 application can be found on the club’s webpage, www.cheyennekiwanis.org. The grant application deadline is March 17.
Youth Alternatives Foster Grandparent Program
Start out the 2023 year by helping the children in our community. Volunteers are needed to make a difference for the students. The Office of Youth Alternatives Foster Grandparent Program is looking for tutor/mentors that are 55 years and older to work with children in a classroom setting that need extra support. Foster Grandparents make a difference in the lives of children in our community and earn an average of $300/month in a non-taxable stipend (some qualifications apply). Individuals interested in serving may call 307-637-6480 for more information.
Pull Tab Donations Benefit Shrine Club
The Cheyenne Shrine Club, in the Memory of Tom Tammen, is asking for donations of pull tabs from aluminum cans. After being recycled, the funds generated will go to the Cheyenne Shrine Club Travel Fund which is used solely to send Shrine Kids and parents to either Salt Lake City or to one of 21 other Shrine Hospitals that perform orthopedic, burn or cleft palate care. For more information, contact Diane Tammen at 307-638-3341, or drop off your tabs at Underwood Flowers, 2121 Central Avenue.
Murder Mystery Dinner at the Red Lion Hotel
Keep your wits about you, and join the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum for a vintage romp through the 1920s during the Bullets in the Bathtub Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, May 19, 5:30pm, at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, 204 West Fox Farm Road. Fedoras and flapper dresses are encouraged and get ready to bid on some amazing items during the live auction throughout the night’s festivities. Tickets are available at www.oldwestmuseum.org/event-calendar.
Request for Proposals for Fort Rustle
Fort Rustle is a village of forts. The Paul Smith Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is seeking to bring a new community event during their dormant season, February through April. They are seeking creative artists, architects, students, construction and tradespersons to design and build forts for visitors to creatively play with, play in, and on. The Fort Rustle request for proposal is available for download at: www.botanic.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Fort-Rustle-RFP.pdf.
Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Have you ever considered volunteering with your dog? If so, please consider joining Alliance of Therapy Dogs. As a member of this national organization, you will have opportunities to volunteer in the community as an insured, certified team that has completed a registration process. This gives you credibility and support while you are volunteering. A working dog is a happy dog. There are many venues open to therapy dog visits and the request for visits are constant. Go online to www.therapydogs.com, click on “Join”, click on “Be A Member” for the requirements. If you still have questions, contact the office 307-432-0272 or email [email protected]. There are several testers here in Cheyenne waiting to assist with test and observations.
Our Community Article Deadlines
Does your not-for-profit organization or club have an event coming up that you would like publicized? Submit a paragraph with who, what, when, where and contact information and we’ll put it in Trader’s “Our Community” section at no charge on a space available basis. The deadline is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 307-634-8895.
Ladies 55+ Are You New to Cheyenne?
Or are you just tired of being cooped up due to COVID or other restrictions? Do you think you might be interested in joining a group of women who meet for lunch twice a month at various restaurants in the Cheyenne area? Or occasionally take a day-trip to an agreed-upon interesting/fun destination, for strictly social purposes? If so, please feel free to call one of the ladies listed below, for more information. Eileen at 307-287-1881 or Dorothy at 307-635-6132.
Veteran’s Rock “Ensure the Future” Fund
Veteran’s Rock is experiencing growing pains, how wonderful is that! They have become so busy, their volunteers can no longer sustain the activities and goings-on each day brings. They have made a decision to hire a Program Director, someone who can help with all the day to day stuff, lead fundraising, outreach and writing grants. However, they do not have the funding to do this right now. They have opened an account for this very purpose. If you can help with their Veteran’s Rock “Ensure the Future” fund, they will most definitely appreciate every penny. Please make a donation to Veteran’s Rock, 605 South Greeley Highway Suite 1, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007. For more information call 307-514-0035. We love our Veterans.
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.
The Pantry is Empty
Prior to the pandemic, Needs Inc. served around 31 households per day. Currently, they are serving more than 100 households each day and the need for their services continues to grow. This unprecedented demand for food and clothing assistance is forcing them to burn through their reserves quickly. They are committed to providing food for families and individuals in Laramie County but they need help to do it. Please consider donating to the Needs Inc. WyoGives Campaign. Thanks to generous match sponsors, they have the opportunity to double, triple or even quadruple every donation. Be a hunger hero and donate now at www.wyogives.org/organizations/needs-inc-158679a9-30e5-4a4e-873b-52af7d4d206f!
Help Veterans’ Rock Help Veterans in Need
Veterans’ Rock is a non-profit organization created solely to help veterans in need and their families. The community has certainly stepped up to help them and they say thank you! They are so full of wonderful things for our veterans, they only have room for small amounts of things at a time. If you would like to donate to Veterans’ Rock, please call ahead of time to see if they can take the donation. They accept small apartment size kitchen tables and chairs, small dressers, night stands, TV trays, recliners and love seats, all must be in good condition and clean. They are located at 605 South Greeley Highway. For more information, please call 307-514-0035.