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Holiday weekends in Wyoming are always FULL of excitement!  Check out these events happening this weekend around the state — and let us know what we’ve missed and we’ll add it!

This beautiful image is by our dear friend Bernice Shuster! Bernice keeps us supplied with gorgeous photos of Wyoming — especially Southwest Wyoming — all year long! Thanks Bernice!


Centennial — Christmas in Centennial December 10, 9:30-2:30

Laramie — Holiday Home Tour hosted by University Women’s Club December 11, 12-4

Snowy Range Ski Area is open!

UW Cowgirls Bball Action vs. Maryville University Saints! December 10, 2 PM

Downtown Laramie — Be sure to pick up your Mistletoe Mosey buttons! See our blog for information — or visit the Downtown Laramie on links!

Ivinson Mansion Open House — December 10 & 11


Greybull — Christmas Dinner Theater & Silent Auction December 10, 4:30


Gillette — Christmas Pictures with Ponies December 10, 11-3 PM


Cheyenne — Santa Visits the Depot December 11

Cheyenne — Dubstep/House Show December 9


Cheyenne — Black Dog Animal Rescue’s Merry Mutt Fair December 10 from 9-5 at the Archer Complex! Come support a wonderful cause!


Casper — “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” December 9, 10, 11

Hogadon Ski Area is open!



Sleeping Giant Ski Area is open!


Big Piney — Big Piney Choir Christmas Concert December 11

Pinedale — The Pinedale Community Choir presents “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” December 11 


Rock Springs — 2nd Annual Home Vendor Gift Show December 10 — America’s Best Value Inn & Suites from 11-6

Green River — Ladies Christmas Tea Party December 10, at the Green River Pavillion at Expedition Island. 5-8 pm. Come and enjoy ladies from the community. Free.


Jackson — Dancer’s Workshop presents “Snow White” December 9, 10

Jackson Hole Mtn. Resort is open!

Grand Targhee is open!

Snow King is Jackson’s Town Hill! They’re opening TODAY for upper intermediate & experts skiers — beginner runs will be opening soon!


Our buddies at the Mountain Pulse in Jackson ALWAYS have the latest scoop and awesome info — check them out!


Meadowlark Ski Area is open!






Wyoming State Capitol Chanukah Celebration

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Thank you to Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming for sending us this information on the State Capitol’s Chanukah Celebration! You can learn more about Wyoming’s Jewish community in our upcoming winter issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine — in the meantime, mark your calendars to attend this important event!


Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming to Light Up One of 10,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom


Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming, based in Jackson but serving Jewish Wyomingites across the State, will ignite a public 10-foot menorah erected at the State Capitol Building, followed by a community-wide celebration on the 7th day of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 27, 2011. The ceremony will feature Chanukah songs from the Montessori School of Cheyenne children’s choir, Menorah kindling with beloved Holocaust survivor siblings Zolly Gancz and Hellen Zigmond and greetings from community leaders and elected officials.  Following the menorah lighting ceremony, many will dance, sing and eat delicious Chanukah treats such as potato latkes and jelly doughnuts.

The public menorah lighting was organized by Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, Executive Director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming, who remarked, “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Wyoming’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride.  Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”

Shira Michaels from Cheyenne, who is looking forward to attending the public menorah lighting commented, “I want my kids to grow up with pride in their Jewish heritage and a feeling of equality and self-confidence as an American. Chabad’s Chanukah Menorahs are arguably one of the most important developments ever to help my child’s education. I wish they had this where I grew up.”

The Capitol menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.

Throughout the State of Wyoming, Chabad will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including public menorah lightings, public menorah displays, joyous Chanukah parties and more. To find a local event in Wyoming or practically anywhere throughout the world, visit www.JewishWyoming/ChanukahEvents. For more information about Chanukah and a local schedule of events, visit



Tuesday, December 27, 2011; 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.


State Capitol Building, 200 West 24th Street, Cheyenne, WY; West Hallway


Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory – more than 2,200 years ago – of a militarily weak, but spiritually strong, Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land and its people in darkness.

The miraculous victory of religious freedom was compounded by a second great miracle that took place when only one jug of sacred oil was found still pure and sealed.  The Maccabees poured the one-day supply of oil into the great Menorah and rekindled the Menorah that had been desecrated and extinguished by the enemy.  The small amount of oil did not burn out at the end of the first day, but continued to burn continuously for eight days, until the special process for preparing new oil could be completed.

Lighting the Chanukah Menorah reminds us of these events and also serves as a universal symbol and a cosmopolitan message of triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of right over might, of light over darkness. This crucial message is at the heart of every Wyomingites’ and every Americans’ hope for better days ahead.

Chanukah Low-Fat Potato Latke Recipe

· 3 teaspoons vegetable oil, preferably canola

· 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 or 5), peeled

· 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion (about 1 medium onion)

· 1/4 cup all-purpose white flour

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

· 1 large egg, lightly beaten

· 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Set oven racks at middle and lower positions of the oven. Preheat oven to 450° F. Prepare 2 baking sheets by brushing with 1 teaspoon oil on each sheet.

Grate potatoes using hand grater or shredding blade of food processor. Place in a large bowl and add onions, flour, salt and pepper; toss to mix well. Add egg, egg white and remaining 1 teaspoon oil; toss to mix.

Drop onto prepared cookie sheets by the tablespoonful and press lightly to form cakes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip latkes, switch position of baking sheets, and bake about 5 more minutes, or until golden brown.

Transfer to a platter, arranging browned-side up, and serve with no-fat sour cream or applesauce, or both. May be made ahead and stored overnight in fridge. Reheat at 350° F for 10 minutes. Makes about 24 latkes.

Tip: Use the grater attachment of a food processor to simultaneously grate both the potatoes and the onion. Set the shredded material in a colander over a bowl to catch the dripping liquid. When the grated potato-onion mixture stops squishing combine with the egg, egg white and remaining teaspoon of oil as above. Carefully pour out the liquid collected from under the grated potatoes and onions, taking care to save the white cake which has formed at the bottom of the bowl (the potato starch). Add this white stuff to the latke mixture and mix well. Complete the above recipe as written.

At WLM, we strive to appreciate all walks of life, and are proud of our history as The Equality State. Thank you to the Wyoming state government for recognizing this important event!

‘Til Next Time,

Kati Hime, Editor

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Have you purchased your Mistletoe Mosey button in Downtown Laramie yet? You can learn more about the program in our upcoming winter issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, but in the meantime, here’s some information about one of Dowtown Laramie’s energetic and successful programs that links the business owners together, as well as with the community!

Primed for an enthusiastic repeat of 2010’s success, the Mistletoe Mosey was launched on Black Friday (November 25) and will run until 6 PM on December 23.  The program is simple, and a lot of fun:  purchase a button with your favorite number on it, and search through 50 participating businesses (see the list in this blog; buttons can be purchased for $5 at any of these businesses).  Match the number on your button to the number displayed at one of the stores for a chance to win a $50 prize!  You’ll also be entered into a drawing for $1,000 in downtown gift certificates.  The Grand Prize Drawing will take place at the First Street Plaza in Downtown Laramie on December 24 at 11 AM.  Businesses will also be offering extended hours on Tuesdays during December – shop until 7 PM on these days for extra time to search for that number! Participating is easy and fun – plus you can take care of your holiday shopping and support the local economy at the same time.

As a thank you for shopping local, bring your gifts to the Laramie Main Street Alliance office at 207 Grand Avenue for FREE gift wrapping December 10 through 23, Monday through Saturday, 2 to 6 PM and December 24, 10 to 1 PM.

The Mistletoe Mosey is just one of the ways that Downtown Laramie celebrates the holidays.  The annual window decorating contest brings out the creativity in the local merchants; this year’s theme is ‘A Gem City Starlight Christmas’.  A nod to Laramie’s nickname, ‘Gem City of the Plains,’ the theme also extends to the annual Christmas parade as well.  “Pull out your decorations, find some creative helpers and go wild with lights!” encourages Laramie Main Street Alliance.  Judging will take place December 1 from 4:30-6 PM, and winners announced after the parade on December 2 from the First Street Plaza. Categories include:  Best Use of Theme, Most Original, Creative Use of Merchandise, Best Design, Most Welcoming, and Best Overall Design.

Be sure to visit Downtown Laramie on Facebook and if you’re in Laramie, get your button today! Whether you’re in Laramie or not, remember to SHOP LOCALLY and give your friends & neighbors your business whenever you can this  holiday season!


A Touch of Country  312 S 2nd St

Alexander’s Fine Jewelry 205 S 2nd St

Altitude Chophouse & Brewery 320 S 2nd St

Ambience Hair Design  218 E Ivinson St

Antique Fever  211 S 2nd St

Asparagus Printshop  216 Ivinson

Atmosphere Mountainworks  210 S 2nd St

Back of the Wagon Antiques  207 S 2nd St

Bank of the West 222 E Garfield St

Beaduwoo  223 E Garfield St.

Bella Home Boutique & Bakery  304 S 2nd St

Big Hollow Food Coop  119 S 1st St

Boomers BBQ  615 S 2nd St

Byrd’s Paradise  211 S 3rd St

Clure Brothers Furniture  520 S 2nd St

Coal Creek Coffee Co.  110 E Grand Ave

Connor Flower Shop  217 S 3rd St

Cowgirl Yarn  119 E Ivinson St

Curiosity Shoppe  206 S 2nd

D&L Music  114 E Grand Ave

Digital Blues, Inc. Printing  217 E Garfield St

Dodds Shoe Company  401 S 2nd St

First Interstate Bank  221 E Ivinson St

Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center  2229 E Grand Ave

Killian Florist  312 S 3rd St

Laramie Plains Community Federal Credit Union  365 N 3rd St

Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill  101 E Grand Ave

Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano  100 E Ivinson St

Ludwig Photography  224 E Ivinson St

Maurices  308 S 2nd St

MiMi’s Consignment & Resale  158 N 2nd St

Mountain Valley Bridal  220 S 2nd St

Mountain Valley Properties  113 E Grand Ave

Muddy Paws  117 E Grand Ave

Night Heron Books  107 E Ivinson St

Poppy’s Flower Shop  119 Grand Ave

Quilt Essentials  314 S. 2nd St

Sensuous She  106 E Ivinson St

Snowy Range Vet Clinic  3025 Fort Sanders Rd

Spic & Span Laundromat  272 N 4th St

Spine & Injury Clinic of Laramie  409 S 4th St

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe  213 S 1st St

Sweet Pickles  117 E Ivinson St

The Chocolate Cellar  113 Ivinson Ave.

The Copper Kettle  209 S 2nd St

The Grounds Internet & Coffee Lounge  171 N 3rd St

The Laramie Boomerang  320 Grand Ave.

The Music Box  300 S 2nd St

The Pedal House  207 S 1st St

The Tutoring Club  502 S 3rd St

Undercover Waterbeds & Spa  400 S 2nd St

‘Til Next Time… I’m so excited about, and proud of, what our local downtown districts do around Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor

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Casper Chrsitmas Parade, 2011 — Image copyright Lona Patton

The holiday season is here, and Wyoming is especially springing to life this weekend of December 1 through 4! Here’s a list of some activities going on around our state this weekend, and if you have things that we’ve missed, please let us know!


Laramie – Gem City Starlight Christmas Parade:  December 2, 6:00 PM

Laramie — Holiday Festival, Laramie Plains Civic Center:  December 3, 10-4 with Ballet 7220 performing ‘Snow White’, 7:30 PM LPCC Theater


Greybull – Greybull Holidazzle:  December 2-3  Chili dinner, Holidazzle Lighted Parade, Christmas Craft Bazaar, Santa


Gillette – Annual Parade of Lights:  December 3


Saratoga – Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland:  December 3,

Saratoga – Festival of Trees Gala and Auction:  December 1-2,

Rawlins – 2011 Festival of Trees and Wreaths:  December 1-3 for viewing; December 3 for Live & Silent Auction and Treats,

CONVERSE COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!

CROOK COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!


Riverton – Festival of Trees:  December 1-2:

Lander – Light Up Lander:  December 2:

Lander — Art in the Afternoon, Noble Hotel:  December 4, 10am-2pm. Lots of great local arts & crafts for easy Holiday shopping!


Torrington – Christmas Parade:  December 3:


Table Mountain Vineyards:  December 2-4:  Winery open house series Fri-Sun. 11-4pm. for more info.

HOT SPRINGS COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!


Buffalo – Christmas Parade:  December 3:



Cheyenne – Santa Visits the Depot:  December 4:

LINCOLN COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!


Casper —  “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”: December 2, 3:

Casper — Casper is the host city for the Wyoming First Lego Robotics Competition on Saturday Dec 3rd at the Events Center, and the Broadway Show Young Frankenstein is at the Events Center on Dec 4th.

Casper — Gun Show in Casper this coming weekend, at the Natrona County Fairgrounds.


Lusk – Chamber Christmas Celebration:  December 1:

Lusk:  Christmas Bazaar:  December 3, 9:00am at the fairgrounds. 66 vendors from 3 state area.:


Powell – Powell Country Christmas:  December 3:

Cody – Yellowstone Harmony Chorus:  December 3:

Cody — Buffalo Bill Historical Center Open House:  December 3, 10-5:


Guernsey – Hub City Toy Run:  December 3

Wheatland – Parade of Lights:  December 2


Sheridan – Festival of Trees:  December 1:

Sheridan – Kalif Shrine Kids’ Christmas Party:  December 3:


Pinedale – Museum of the Mountain Man 18th Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction: December 2:


Green River – Green River Craft Fair & GHSC Christmas Bazaar:  December 2-3:

Rock Springs – 14th Annual Lighted Holiday Parade:  December 3:


Check out The Mountain Pulse’s website & Facebook page for LOTS of Teton county info and events!

Jackson — Christmas Kick-Off at the Museum:  December 4:  Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum


Evanston – Christmas Open House & Lighted Christmas Parade:  December 1:

Evanston – 3rd Annual Festival of Trees:  December 3:


Worland – Christmas at the Washakie Museum Opening Night:  December 1:

WESTON COUNTY:  Let us know an event that we can share!

If you have an event to add, please let us know! — THANKS!


‘Til Next Time…

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Thanks to the Niobrara Conservation District for sending us this awesome information!  All images of the kids at work & finished products are compliments of the Niobrara Conservation District.

The Niobrara Conservation District in Lusk is trying to obtain grant funding from Pepsi for a recycling trailer built by the students of Niobrara County High School. The structure of this grant contest is such that 100+ projects have been submitted; now it is up to the communities’ support to cast votes in favor of their project!  After the top 20 projects will be finalists for the monetary award. Currently Niobrara is ranked at #65. As I am sure you know, Niobrara County is the least populated county in this Great State, so obtaining many votes is a challenge. I know it would be greatly appreciated if Niobrara County could call upon the entire State of Wyoming to cast some votes for the remainder of the month of November. Votes can be cast daily via phone text (send to 73774 message 109190), and by following this link, creating an account and signing in to vote . The sign up is free and there is no obligation to receive any other information from Pepsi.

Hey Wyoming, let’s help these guys out! What a neat idea!  For questions, contact Lisa Shaw with the Niobrara County Conservation District in Lusk: 307-334-2953 ext 101.  

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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2011 Winter Roundup

Youth Scholarship & Membership Contest

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) is offering 10 scholarships to Wyoming college students to attend the 2011 Wyo. Stock Growers Winter Roundup, December 13-15 at the Parkway Plaza in Casper.  WSGA is a statewide membership organization serving the needs of Wyoming’s livestock producers through advocacy and promotion.  Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to network with livestock industry producers, specialists, employers and leaders.  They will participate in discussions about current issues and will witness presentations about the latest and most relevant industry information available.  Each scholarship will cover the cost of one full convention registration, which includes all convention programs and meals.  Recipients will also receive a one-year Youth Membership donated by WSGA members.  Recipients are responsible for lodging and traveling expenses.

To apply, applicants must create a short (1 minute or less) video telling their agriculture story.  They must also fill out an application form (below).  The video or link to the video to, submitted to or mailed to 113 E. 20th St. Cheyenne 82001.  Application forms must be emailed or mailed to the same addresses.

Deadline is November 18, 2011.  The 10 winners are chosen by the WSGA staff and will be notified by November 23, 2011.  Applicants must be a student of the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming community college.


This is a great opportunity for Wyoming’s future of agriculture to attend a very informative event! Pass this along to someone who would benefit from this opportunity!

Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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Halloween in Wyoming!

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It’s Halloween in Wyoming! There are LOTS of fun activities coming up — we have a growing list below that we’ll continue adding to as new info arises, so be sure to post on our Facebook page or email us at with any events that we’ve missed! Thanks to the people that contributed this info!

ROCK SPRINGS:  Halloween Stroll — for children of all ages, family members and pets! Sat., 10/29, 11 AM – 2 PM; Pick up a bag & a map at the Rock Springs Historical Museum, 201 B St., at the start of the Stroll. 

WHEATLAND:  The Younger Brothers Band is playing 10/28 — visit their website for details!

DUBOIS:  Main Street Merchants are planning a Halloween Event for Dubois children, Monday, October 31st. The Spookytown Parade begins at 5 PM, with Carnival Games – Trick or Treat Goodies – dancing to Dave Raines’ Monster Mash Street Band and an old fashioned Hayride. Festivities are planned from 5 until 8 PM.  Visit Dubois’ Main Street website!

JEFFREY CITY:  Costume Party at the Split Rock Bar and Cafe in Jeffrey City. Saturday night, 7PM – prizes for costumes in several categories, lots to eat, drink and be MERRY!

SARATOGA:  Downtown Saratoga/Halloween walk kids cam trick-or-treat at local retail shops… convenient and safe for all! Visit the Saratoga Chamber’s website!


GUERNSEY:  Guernsey trick or treaters can trick or treat at Guernsey’s Treat Street at over 20 businesses from 3:30 until 5:00. The annual Halloween Carnival will be held at Guernsey-Sunrise High School from 6:00 until 8:00. This community event is for everyone and will feature inflatables, games and food. The carnival is sponsored by the Guernsey Lions Club. Platte County Chamber website


JACKSON:  Don’t miss this year’s Haunted Maze!! Everyone loves a “CARN-EVIL”!!!  October 28th, 29th, 30th an 31st from 7-10 pm nightly. Great for kids and adults of all ages. (Unless you scary easily) The cost is $10 per soul and a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity. Located at Amaze’n Jackson Hole, 45 E. Snowking Avenue. (307) 734-0455

JACKSON:  Day of the Dead — Nov. 02, 5:30-8 PM Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church; Contact the Latino Resource Center for more information:  307-734-0333

SHERIDAN:  Sheridan Wesleyan Church is having the annual Family Fall Fun Fest. October 31 5-8 PM Here are some hilights from last year Over 1700 guests last year. Free admission, Free pictures Free Candy. Come have some fun with us.

CHEYENNE:  Goblin walk at Paul Smith’s Village in Lions Park — This walk through the gardens is going to be filled with Halloween themed scenes and costumed actors appropriate for children. There will be a pumpkin patch, Shreck, Disney characters, Superheroes, Princesses, moving hallway, fog machines, lights, a mine shaft, pirate cave, and many other attractions. October 27th (5-9pm) and 28th (2-4pm & 5-9pm), 2011 Visit the Cheyenne city website


CHEYENNE:  Haunted Ghost Tours on the Cheyenne Trolley on Oct. 28-30. Tours are at 6:00 and 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are going fast!

CASPER:  Trick or Treat Trail at The Science Zone in Casper Monday night 10/31 4-8pm  Science Zone website


PINEDALE:  Pinedale- Pinedale Aquatic Center’s Annual Haunting. Thurs 7-9 and Friday 6-9. Recommended for ages 8+ $5.00. Fall Festival ages 10 and under Friday 6-8 FREE! Pinedale Aquatic Center


CODY:  If you’re in the CODY area here are some activities: Fri 10/28 party at the Rec Center; downtown trick or treat 4-6 on Halloween; Cody Church of the Nazarene is holding a Family Fall Festival on 10/31 6-8 PM — the Cody Chamber website has an AWESOME calendar!

TORRINGTON & LINGLE:  Ellis’ Harvest Home in Lingle offers a great deal of family fun. Corn maze, corn boxes, hay maze, giant spider web, tomatoe launcher, fresh produce, and of course lots of pumpkins. Call 575-2567 for more details. (By the way, if weather is good Ellis Harvest Home does the maze in the dark w/flashlights!) The Halloween Safety Treat Night happens on 10/31 from 5-6 in downtown Torrington for ‘ghouls & goblins under the age of 12’ 🙂 — accompanied by an adult of course! And the Elks Lodge is holding a haunted house from 10/29-10/31, 5-10 PM; $3 admission! Call 532-2547 for more info! The Goshen County Chamber has an AWESOME website!

LARAMIE:  Scaramie is happening Sat 10/29 from 10-12 in AMAZING Downtown Laramie! Visit the Main Street website!  The Wyoming Union’s Safe Treat happens 10/31 from 4-6 PM (visit their website), and Laramie Physicians for Women & Children is having their open house & trick or treat afternoon on Friday 10/28 from 4-6:30 at their office.  Laramie Film Society is having a special showing of Coraline in 3D, Saturday 7PM!  Visit their website!  Looking for something to do Friday or Saturday? Go to this!! Albany County 4-H to host Haunted Barn Friday, Saturday | Laramie Boomerang

LANDER:  The Asylum is happening in Lander, Wy, fri the 28th, sat. the 29th and sun. the 30th from 7- midnight. The location is 576 Main street and will kick off at 6:30pm at Ace Hardware for a Zombie Walk to the haunted house. (It’s only about a block but zombies are slow….) We will be showing scary movies in the lobby… $5.00 entry fee to The Asylum.

GLENROCK: Halloween Costume Parade is Monday, Oct. 31, at 3:30pm. The parade lines up at the Deer Creek Drug and will parade in the down town area.  The parade is for little kids through the 4th grade.  If you would like to hand out goodies that would be great. Last year we had 40ish kids. Halloween Carnival at the Rec Center from- 4pm-6pm.
Tickets are 25cents each and games cost 1-4 tickets. Visit the Glenrock Chamber on Facebook!

Thanks for all the info! Send us what we’ve missed and we’ll add it! Post on our Facebook page or email — thanks!

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WY PEOPLE: Lander Children’s Art Museum


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Wednesday Early Out After School Program — Now registering for Session II!

“World Cultures”

Dates: October 19 – November 30 (No class November 23rd)

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Cost: $60 per session, museum members receive a $5 discount.  Class size is limited to 10 students.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

Come join us for an opportunity to learn about each other!

We will explore Canada, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa through play, stories, songs, celebrations, art, toys, food, and school experience.

Discovery Clubs — Tiny Tots

Drop-in program for pre-K (ages 2-6), free with paid admission.  Caregivers must accompany children.

When: Tuesdays beginning October 4th

Time: 10:00 – 10:45 am

After School

Program for children ages 7 and up.  Work on Science Fair projects, general science discovery, robotics and technology.  Pre-registration strongly encouraged.

When: Thursdays beginning October 6th

Time: 3:30 – 4:45 pm

First Friday Family Nights

Discounted admission of $5/ family.

Light dinner is offered for $2 per person

Time:  5-7 pm

Dates:  October 7 — November 4 — December 2 — January 6 — February 3 — March 2

Don’t Miss Out on a Great Night Out!


Thanks to the Lander Children’s Museum for some great programming for Lander families! I’m impressed!

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WY PEOPLE: Support Black Dog Animal Rescue For Just $1!

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The Doo House and Black Dog Animal Rescue Team Up for $1.00

Laramie/Cheyenne, WY – Southeast Wyoming’s premiere pet waste removal and pet services company has partnered with Southeast Wyoming’s premiere no kill animal shelter for just $1.00.

The Doo House – Pet Waste Removal and Pet Services has partnered with Black Dog Animal Rescue (BDAR) in hopes that everyone will donate just $1.00 in the first ever “Donate a $1.00 to the Dogs” campaign to support Black Dog Animal Rescue.

This idea is the brainchild of Matthew Blaylock, owner of The Doo House in Laramie, WY. “I believe what Black Dog Animal Rescue does is extremely important and want to support it anyway I can,” Blaylock said. “We at The Doo House try and do something for charity every year over the holidays and doing something for animals just felt natural, so I sent an email, made a phone call and poof an idea came together.”

It was natural fit for a pet waste removal and pet services company to look to dogs to raise money as they are cleaning up after them daily.  The goal of the whole fundraiser is not to break anyone’s bank; that is the reason for only asking for $1.00. If everyone that reads or hears about this donates just $1.00 it is hard to tell how much could be raised!

“When The Doo House approached us with this idea, we were really excited,” said Britney Wallesch, founder and president of Black Dog Animal Rescue. “We’re excited about the opportunity to work with a company in Laramie and host a big event there. The community has always been very welcoming and we think this will help us save a lot of dogs.”

The “Donate a $1.00 to the Dogs” fundraiser officially kicked off on October 8, 2011 but is just now getting into full swing.

You can donate to this great cause by going to and searching it out or by clicking the provided link  Learn more about Black Dog Animal Rescue at:  Learn more about the Doo House in Laramie at:

If you do not have access to a computer you can also mail a donation to:

The Doo House

P.O. Box 2093

Laramie, WY 82073

All checks can be made out to The Doo House just put in the memo line “Donate a $1.00 to the Dogs.”

The fundraiser will officially end December 31, 2011 but to cap it all off the Black Dog Animal Rescues with The Doo House will hold an adopt-a-thon in Laramie, WY on January 14, 2012 where a check will be presented to the Black Dog Animal rescue. More info will be released in the near future.

About the Black Dog Animal Rescue: Based in Cheyenne, WY the Black Dog Animal Rescue is a 501c non-profit no kill animal shelter that runs strictly on donations and volunteers. BDAR believes that no healthy, treatable, or rehabilitatable animal should be euthanized in Wyoming’s shelters because of population restrictions the length of time it may take to find a permanent home. BDAR can be found on the web at

About The Doo House: Based in Laramie, WY The Doo House – Pet Waste Removal and Pet Services started in business in January 2010. They come to your home or place of business and do the worst part of being a pet owner, cleaning up after them. After almost two years in business The Doo House has become not only Southeast Wyoming’s premiere pet waste removal company but also the premiere pet services company. The Doo House can be found on the web at


Thanks guys for such a wonderful cause! Black Dog Animal Rescue does WONDERFUL work in Wyoming — and the Doo House is awesome for coming up with such an easy way to give back! Contact them for more info!

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Kati Hime, Editor


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We’re familiar with breast cancer awareness month in October, and here is another worthwhile awareness topic for the month — domestic violence. Our agencies and SAFE houses across Wyoming work tirelessly protecting the lives of individuals affected by abuse. It’s an emotionally challenging profession and these individuals deserve applause for their efforts! Thanks to Governor Mead for recognizing the importance of this cause in Wyoming.

On October 5th, 2011, Governor Matt Mead signed an official Proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wyoming.

 Observing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month began in 1987 to promote increased rights and services for domestic violence victims; to educate the public about the crisis of domestic violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in all of our lives; and to encourage involvement and support from our community for domestic violence victims and those who serve them.

 This year marks the 24th commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for communities to unite in their support of victims and to work cooperatively to be a part of the solution through efforts to prevent violence before it occurs.

According to the CDC’s most recent statistics, 1 in 4 women in the United States will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in her life. It is the single largest cause of injury to American women, yet the Federal Bureau of Investigations lists it as one of the most underreported crimes in the country. Men are also affected by domestic violence; the same study by the CDC found that as many as 1 in 9 men will be a victim of an abusive partner during his lifetime.

Ending domestic violence requires a community commitment.  In order for policies and resources to be effective, there must be a coordinated effort between criminal justice professionals, victims’ service providers, prosecutors, health care providers, educators, and elected officials.  Individuals can be proactive in addressing violence in their lives, in the lives of their families and friends, and in their workplaces and schools.

Every county in Wyoming has a domestic violence shelter program and each program commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month with specific community events and activities.  To learn more about activities in your community, or to find out information about the local services available to victims & survivors of domestic violence, please contact the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at 307-755-5481 or

Thank you again to all the agencies and places of help for those suffering from domestic violence. Their efforts help improve our friends’ and neighbors’ lives, but it also takes the work of friends, family members, co-workers, teachers, health care workers, etc. to help give support and encouragement to those in need.

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Wyoming’s libraries highlighted on Snapshot Day

 On Tuesday, Oct. 11 the state’s libraries will host Wyoming Snapshot Day, an event highlighting the importance of libraries to the state. More than 60 libraries will collect photos, comments and usage numbers to illustrate their impact every day of the year. Participating sites include public, school, special, community college and University of Wyoming libraries.

“Wyomingites love their libraries,” Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library statistics librarian said. “They use them to encourage their kids to read, to find a job, to further their education. Last year, circulation was well over 5 million. Wyoming public libraries alone typically have between 3 and 4 million visits and nearly a million computer uses a year. The typical school librarian sees every student in the building at least once a week.”

Many libraries will be taking pictures of their activities and asking patrons to fill out short survey forms and to provide comments. “Beyond the numbers, we really want people’s stories,” Mark said. “Whether it’s a child checking out a book for the first time, a high school student learning how to do research, or someone finding information on how to re-enter the workforce, we want to know how people are using our libraries.”

Wyoming residents can participate in Snapshot Day by visiting their local library and providing their comments. More information on the event, and a list of participating libraries may be found at

Wyoming Snapshot Day is a project of the Wyoming State Library (WSL) and the Wyoming Library Association. For more information, contact Susan Mark, WSL statistics librarian at 307-777-5915 or

Thank you to our fabulous Wyoming libraries and librarians who dedicate their time to enriching our lives in the Cowboy State!

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Kati Hime, Editor

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