Issue for the week of December 19, 2014
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Weeks of December 19, 2014-January 1, 2015

The following articles are for the weeks of December 19, 2014-January 1, 2015. If you would like to be a part of this section, stop by Traders Shoppers Guide at 2021 Warren Avenue, E-mail: info@wyotraders.com or fax: (307)634-8530. Any questions, please call (307)634-8895.

Noon Years Eve Party

Free Noon Years Eve Party for all ages! Wednesday, December 31, from 10:00am-12:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne, 3005 Thomes Avenue. Do you have a hard time staying up until midnight? How about a party until noon! They are going to celebrate the New Year with a count down and Ball Drop at noon. They will have a bounce house, a hot cocoa/coffee bar, cookie decorating, bean bag toss, obstacle course and face painting. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the church at (307)638-4554.

Taizé Style Service

All are invited to attend a service of contemplative worship in the style of Taizé on Friday, December 19, at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 1908 Central Avenue. These services are held the third Friday of every month. Doors open at 6:30pm for silent mediation and the service begins at 7:00pm.

Healing Rooms of Cheyenne Has Moved

The Healing Rooms of Cheyenne are open to anyone in need of prayer for healing and/or an encouraging word. They meet every Thursday except holidays, starting at 6:30pm, now at 421 East 4th Street, corner of Van Lennen and 4th Street. For more information, please call (307)630-5710. Everyone is welcome.

WinterMart Arts and Crafts Sale

Once again the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne, 3005 Thomes Avenue, is hosting the WinterMart Arts and Crafts Sale which runs Friday, December 19, 4:30pm-6:30pm and Saturday, December 20, 9:00am-4:00pm in the social hall. Come find that last minute gift for that special someone or even for yourself! For more information, contact Kathleen at (307)421-4496 or Shelley at (307)638-4554 or see their website at www.UUCheyenne.org.

Free Childrens Christmas Party

VFW 4343, 3216 South Greeley Highway, is hosting their annual free childrens Christmas party for the community and surrounding areas on Saturday, December 20, at 1:00pm. The children will get to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, receive a gift, treats and hot cocoa.

Christmas with Santa and the Grinch

Come have free breakfast on Saturday, December 20, from 10:00am-12:30pm. Goodie bags will be given away. They are offering pictures with Santa and the Grinch for purchase. A photo with Santa for $3 and a photo with the Grinch for $10. There will be a holiday craft show from 8:00am-4:00pm. All proceeds go to Father Factor. Contact Damion Aldana at (307)421-9506 or Lisa at Comfort Inn and Suites, 201 West Fox Farm Road, (307)514-6051 or (307)221-4430.

Meal after Carols Celebration

Bask in flickering candlelight while singing time-honored carols as the Christmas season is ushered in at Ascension Lutheran Church, 712 Storey Boulevard. Join the Ascension Praise Band as they sing carols on Saturday, December 20, at 5:00pm. Afterwards, join them for a free dinner and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information on Carols by Candlelight, contact the Church Office at (307)634-6575.

Cheyenne Boxing Club Tournament

The Cheyenne Boxing Club Wyoming State Silver Gloves tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Elijah Mata, a member of the Cheyenne Boxing Club, who died on July 3, 2014. The dedication will take place Saturday, December 20, at 5:00pm, at Storey Gym, 2810 House Avenue. Admission is $12 for those over 5 years old. Grace for Two Brothers, a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention through awareness and education, will also be there. Members of the organizations will be present to discuss the services they have to offer the residents of the community.

Floor Hockey and Indoor Soccer

Register now for floor hockey and indoor soccer. Both sports begin mid-January 2015 and registration deadlines are December 21. Beat the winter cold with indoor action that is sure to warm everyone up, including the crowd. Scholarships are available. For more information, call the Y at (307)634-9622. To register go to sports.bluesombrero.com or stop by the YMCA, 1426 East Lincolnway.

Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Meetings are held every Monday evening from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Willow Room of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue. Guests are welcome to visit any of the meetings to see what the organization is about. Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself, and it gives you the opportunity to build your skills in a fun, friendly environment. For more information, call (307)220-1109 or visit http://6633.toastmastersclubs.org/.

Tinsel Through Time

Enjoy the glitter, lights and decor that dress the Wyoming Historic Governors Mansion during the Tinsel Through Time: Presents Under the Tree running through December 23, Wednesday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm and December 24 from 9:00am-12:00 noon. Please call (307)777-7878 for more information or go on online to wyospcr.state.wy.us for a full calendar of holiday events at the Wyoming Historic Governors Mansion.

Wrap Gifts for a Great Cause

This is the 33rd year for volunteers to offer gift wrapping as a service to the community and the hospital. Their booth will be open through December 24 at the Frontier Mall, 1400 Dell Range Boulevard, during mall hours. The volunteers welcome employee help with many shifts being available. Proceeds will go toward volunteer projects that benefit Cheyenne Regional. For more information, call (307)633-7513.

Clothing Needs

The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless is in need of mens jeans size 34-42, mens coats sizes M-2XL, gloves, hats and scarves. They would also like to have new mens flannel shirts, sizes M-2XL, to be handed out as Christmas gifts. The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless provides a day shelter for the homeless individuals and provides them with basic clothing needs. Please bring donations to 907 Campbell Avenue. Hours are 9:00am-3:00pm Monday-Saturday and 9:00am-1:00pm on Sunday. For further information, call (307)634-8499.

Twelve Days of Guns and Gear!

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation invites you to take part in their 14th Annual Month of Guns and Gear Giveaway. All proceeds from this event will go to conserve wildlife, habitat and other outdoor opportunities. They run programs and projects that support wild animals and places in Wyoming. Order online at wyomingwildlife.org or call 1(800)786-5434. Drawings have already commenced and tickets are accepted until 3:00pm on December 23. Items will be given away in the order presented. All winners will be notified by telephone after each days drawing.

Crafters Needed

Come join the fun making crafts at Post 6, 2001 East Lincolnway. Supplies are available or bring your own. Mondays, 1:00pm-3:00pm; Thursdays, 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th of the month, 6:00pm-8:00pm and Fridays, 9:00am-11:00am. Open to members and guests. Contact Marti at (307)635-2253 for more information.

Holiday Art Show

The Cheyenne Artists Guild is currently displaying their Holiday Art Show through the end of December. Their gift shop has been newly remodeled and they are proud to carry Kathy Tarantola exquisite hand-blown glass pieces. While you are out shopping, go to 1701 Morrie Avenue in Holliday Park to see all of the wonderful art for sale by this talented local group. Hours for the Guild are Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 noon until 5:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, call (307)632-2263 or go to www.cheyenneartistsguild@weebly.com.

Game and Fish Comment Period

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a public meeting and has opened a comment period through Monday, December 29, on proposed regulations governing access to public records and licenses and permits. The Game and Fish is proposing to expand those eligible to qualify for a landowner license to include siblings of the landowner. Other significant license regulation proposals include: simplifying resident elk license quotas to be the number of licenses approved by the Commission in April minus the number issued to nonresidents in February, prohibiting Governors, Commissioners and Super Tag license holders from hunting in Grand Teton National Park and changing the alter/withdrawal date of big game license applications to the last day of the application period. Written comments will be accepted through 5:00pm December 29 by mailing: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604 or through the Game and Fish website at http://wgfd.wyo.gov. All signed comments will be presented to the Game and Fish Commission before they address the proposals at their January 22-23 meeting in Cheyenne.

Couples Workshops

Free, 16-hour workshops, for Veteran couples willing to nurture and sustain their relationships. Open to Veterans from every branch of service and every era, it is especially helpful for couples affected by trauma or by the stresses of reintegration to civilian life. The workshops are offered evenings or weekends and in various locations based on demand. Call (307)778-7370 to learn more or to register.

Journey Stories: Family Histories

Enjoy family history exhibitions on display from members of the Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical Society that feature journeys around the world. The exhibits are located in display cases on all three floors of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, January 2 through February 15.

Cheyenne Scrabble Club

The Cheyenne Scrabble Club is a fun group of people of all ages who play Scrabble, Boggle, chess, cribbage and other games, including Trivial Pursuit! Come and join the fun! They meet every Thursday at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, from 6:30pm-8:45pm, usually in the Cottonwood Room. They provide the games. For information, call Barbara at (307)220-1494.

American Legion New Years Eve Party

Join the American Legion Post 6 for a New Years Eve Party and dance to Drivin Dynamics at 2001 East Lincolnway. The party will be held Wednesday, December 31, social hour at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm. Reserve your seats. Tickets are $20 each or $35 for a couple. There will be free party favors and champagne. Dinner will consist of your choice of salmon/crab cakes or chicken Marsala, rice pilaf, veggies, salad, lobster bisque, dessert and breakfast ala carte at midnight. Members and guests are welcome. Please stop by the Adjutants office for tickets or call (307)635-3696 extension 11 for more information.

Noon Years Eve at the YMCA

The Annual Noon Years Eve celebration at the Cheyenne Family YMCA, 1426 East Lincolnway, is Wednesday, December 31, from 10:30am-12:30pm. The event is for ages 10 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. There will be jump castles, face painting, party favors, crafts, hot dogs and beverages. Right before noon, everyone counts down to the hour and welcomes it with music and balloon popping. There is a suggested donation of $1 per child. For more information, call Chris at (307)634-9622 extension 15.

Circles Wyoming

Can you give one Wednesday to help someone on the journey out of poverty to become self-sufficient? If you have a heart to help others, Circles Wyoming invites you to consider being an Ally. To learn more, contact Community Coordinator Chad Werner at (307)634-3333 or werner@circleswyoming.org. For information on Circles Wyoming, please visit www.circleswyoming.org.

Cheyenne VIP Singles 40 and Over Meeting

The Cheyenne VIP Singles 40 and Over meet and greet will be held on Tuesday, January 6, from 5:30pm-8:30pm in the Teton Room at the Holiday Inn, 204 West Fox Farm Road, east side of the building. They always welcome new members. It is a casual atmosphere with no cost for the meeting. Dinner may be purchased from their exclusive dinner menu or just go and have fun. For more information, call (307)287-8882 if no answer, please leave a message.

New Years Eve Cowboy Style

The Rotary Club of Cheyenne and Little America present an evening of dinner, gaming and dancing to live country music to be held on Wednesday, December 31, 6:00pm at Little America, 2800 West Lincolnway. For $75 per person, you can receive a chuck wagon buffet, gaming, dancing and a champagne toast with light hors doeuvres. For $40 per person, you receive dancing with a midnight champagne toast and light hors doeuvres. Proceeds to benefit Rotary Club project in Laramie County. For more information, contact Rosalyn at (307)630-5466.

Graffiti Abatement Program

The Cheyenne Police Departments Graffiti Abatement Program is continuing to offer a valuable service to citizens to help eradicate graffiti in neighborhoods. Members of the program have painted over graffiti on hundreds of different properties over the past several years. In most cases, graffiti will be painted over by the Cheyenne Police Department free of charge after a report has been made and the property owner has authorized the abatement. The graffiti hotline, (307)287-3713, is available for people to report graffiti in their neighborhoods. Graffiti may also be reported by using the online Graffiti Report Form on the Cheyenne Police Department website.

Youth Spring Soccer Registration

Registration for the Spring 2015 Cheyenne Soccer Club Spring Season is open now through February 27 via their online registration system at www.cheyennesoccer.com. Limited scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. Those registering will be assigned to fill openings on existing teams; new teams will be formed only if necessary. The season runs April 18 through May 23 with practices possibly beginning the week of April 6. For additional information call (307)635-4625.

Food Items Needed

Needs, Inc., is in need of non-perishable food items to distribute in Laramie County. Items can be delivered to Unified Peoples Federal Credit Union, 414 East 18th Street, 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. The Credit Union holds a food drive the 1st month of each quarter, January, April, July and October. Soups, pasta and sauce, canned tuna, chicken, vegetables and fruit are especially needed. Call (307)632-1476 extension 211 with any questions.

Bluegrass Jam

The Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue, is having a Bluegrass Jam on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month, from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Beginners are welcome and all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, dobros, etc. Call (307)214-5023.

Christmas Celebration

The Louis E. Canady American Legion Post 60, 210 West 3rd Street in Pine Bluffs, will be holding their Sixth Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 20. Everyone is invited. This is their main fundraiser for the year with a dinner and silent auction. Funds raised go for programs for veterans and the annual food baskets for next year. Dinner begins at 5:30pm. The meal is free, but donations are appreciated. Silent auction items will be on display from 9:00am-6:00pm.

Cheyenne Artists Guild Photo Show

The Cheyenne Artists Guild announces their annual photo show! Entries are open to the public and cash prizes will be awarded. Entries are $10 each. The last day to enter is January 3, 2015. The Guild is located at 1701 Morrie Avenue, hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm. They will be closed December 22-29 for the Christmas holiday.

YMCA Family Night

First Saturday of each month is Family Night from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Cheyenne Family YMCA, 1426 East Lincolnway. Open to the community are basketball, racquetball, wellness center workout, open gym and open swim from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

X-JWC Monthly Meeting

The X-JWC is looking for fun people who want to support their community while making friends and volunteering. The X-Junior Womens Club (X-JWC), a member of the General Federation of Womens Clubs, meets monthly on the first Tuesday of every month at the Holiday Inn, 204 West Fox Farm Road, 11:30am-2:00pm. X-JWC is dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Fundraising for Friday Food Bag, Comea Shelter and LCCC scholarships are X-JWCs primary focus this year. If you are interested in finding out more and/or attending a monthly meeting, please contact Julia Ortner at (307)632-7084.

Cheyenne Guitar Society Meeting

The next meeting for the Cheyenne Guitar Society will be held, Tuesday, January 6, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Wyoming Bank and Trust, 5827 Yellowstone Road, across from Albertsons. All styles and skill levels are welcome. They would love to have anyone come join them to play or just listen. For more information, contact Keith at (307)634-6621 during the day.

Adult Soccer League

The Cheyenne Soccer Club sponsors a summer adult soccer league. Information on the upcoming adult soccer season will be available on their website at www. cheyennesoccer.com after January 26.

Pistol Shooting Skills Program

Develop needed skills for accuracy and precision with the NRA Basic Pistol Qualification Course, which will be offered through April 19, 2015. To sign up for the course, go to http://cheyennerifleandpistolclub.org, fill out the form and one of the instructors will contact you. For more information, call (307)634-8948.

Project Linus

The Cheyenne Chapter of Project Linus began in 2001 to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are ill, traumatized or other- wise in need, through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans lovingly created by volunteer Blanketeers. Since then, more than 8,000 blankets have been delivered to children in need, in Cheyenne and Laramie County. The group is unique in that they pay no dues and are 100% non-profit, so they turn to the community for help in maintaining their mission. If you are able to help with either monetary donations or acrylic yarn donations (no wool, please), please give Rose a call at (307)701-7703.

Arts Cheyenne

There is always something happening in Cheyenne! Fine and performing arts, culture and science. For details and calendar of events, please visit them online at ArtsCheyenne.com.

Funding Opportunity

GFWC Womens Civic League of Cheyenne (Community Improvement Committee) is accepting applications from Laramie County Non-Profit Organizations that support community development and the improvement of residents quality of life. For information and/or an application, contact the Community Improvement Committee Chairwoman, Fran Smyth, (307)221-2308 or visit the website, www. WomensCivicLeagueCheyenne.org and click on the Christmas House tab. Funding for these grants comes from the Annual Christmas House.

Wags to Wishes Hoedown Gala

Denkai Animal Sanctuary and Dog Adoption will hold their 3rd annual Wags to Wishes Hoedown Gala on Saturday, March 14, 5:00pm-10:00pm, at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado. There will be a western buffet, silent and live auction, entertainment as well as a live band. Contact Denkai at (970)454-3353 for more information.