Wyovore: Wyoming Food News, May 3


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Wyoming foodies unite! For the Wyoming foodies (from epicureans to great grub lovers), we are excited to offer a regular blog post dedicated to culinary happenings in the Cowboy State. Find weekly specials, updates and news from restaurants and other food services state-wide — and if you have a restaurant or food service that you’d like to see featured in this blog, email us at editor@wyolifestyle.com for more info!


We’re VERY excited to announce that we are the new publishers of The Wyoming Woman Magazine. The inspirational content that the awesome ladies of Woman began with will continue in a special section of each issue of Lifestyle.  To celebrate our first section, with our summer 2012 issue, we’re kicking off a search for summertime recipes — read on for more info!


Image by Keith Turbitt’s Shutter-Vision, Cheyenne

In our upcoming summer issue, we will feature a summertime recipe section, supplied by the readers! Submit your recipes to us at sweepstakes@wyolifestyle.com — our selection committee will review the submissions and pick their selections. We will select one dish from each category — categories include:

–beef grilled main dish (steak or ground beef)

–side dish


Guidelines:  All recipes submitted must be original creations. Submissions must include name, contact information, all ingredients needed and instructions, number of servings recipe makes. Chosen recipes will be included in the summer 2012 issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. Recipes will be accompanied by a photo of the creator and their name. No prizes or awards are being offered — just an opportunity to see your recipe in print and share with our readers!

Submit your recipes by May 10, 2012 to sweepstakes@wyolifestyle.com. Our selection panel will select the featured recipes based on elements such as:  creativity/originality, flavor, appeal. We’re excited to see what comes in!

LARAMIE: New & Favorite Brews on Tap at Altitude’s Chophouse & Brewery

Mexican Chili Ale — Everyone’s favorite, and Altitude’s most award winning beer is back for the summer! A blend of five green chilies create a potent pepper aroma and moderate heat in this lightly hopped blonde ale. 5.4% ABV.

The Hop Fieney — This beer was brewed at Altitude by Jeff Doyle of Odell Brewing Co. A portion of the sales will be donated to charity. Jeff led this IPA deep into a forest of hops and added an inspirational touch of tropical hop aroma. This “hard to lose” ale boasts firm hop flavors on the palate. 7.3% ABV.

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LARAMIE:  Specials at Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill

taco crunch — Warm flat bread spread with refried beans and wrapped around a fried tortilla. Stuffed with ground beef or shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, lettuce and black olives. Served with a side of sour cream. 6.00

mexican beef tips — Grilled tenderloin tips, sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms served over rice and topped with a Mexican adobo sauce. Served with your choice of soup or salad. 11.00

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ON THE CALENDAR: Worland 5K/10K, Pinedale Leadership Event & More…


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WORLAND — Big Horn Mammoth Run June 9, 2012

Looking for a great run/walk program? Check out the Worland/Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce’s Big Horn Mammoth Run, held on June 9, 2012 in Worland.  Visit their website for more information and the registration form. A half marathon, 10K run and 5K run/walk are all available for every level of participant. All events begin at the Worland High School Warrior Stadium. The half marathon kicks off at 6:30 AM, the 10K/5K at 7:30 AM. The event is sanctioned by USA Track & Field.  Registrations are handled through the Worland/Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce — 307-347-3226.

PINEDALE — Chick-fil-A Leadercast at Sublette County Library May 4, 2012

Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale on May 4, 2012.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Pinedale.  Speakers for this year’s event include:

Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author; Urban Meyer, ESPN analyst and former head football coach for the University of Florida; Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and special correspondent for CNN; Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author and president of The Table Group; John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”; Marcus Buckingham, Strengths strategist, best-selling author and researcher; Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry; Roland Fryer, Professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory; Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator; Sheena Iyengar, Author of The Art of Choosing and world-renowned expert of choice.

This year’s program will focus on the power of choice. The diverse group of internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership experts and practitioners will share insights to help leaders empower and equip others at work, at home and in the community through his or her choices.

Last year, 85,000 leaders from 17 countries attended Chick-fil-A Leadercast. In its 12th year, this full day, experiential conference is predicted to reach its largest audience to date. “The Chamber focuses on a variety of business development opportunities for our membership and the community.  Leadercast is one of the best, most consolidated sources of leadership that I know of to be offered to people in Wyoming,” said Brian Gray, resident for the Sublette Chamber of Commerce. “But it goes beyond that. I think this conference, although very focused on leadership, transcends the topic and really shows you how to lead in life.”

“The Chamber is proud to host for a second year along with Gillette and Cheyenne. It’s exciting  for our organization to reach out to bring this renowned business event to leaders on the western part of the state,” said Terrie Swift, Executive Director for the Sublette Chamber of Commerce.

For local ticketing information, call 307-367-2242 or visit www.sublettechamber.com. Breakfast and lunch will be served and the event will be presented in a comfortable working environment.  $100/pp. Limited seating available.

Cheyenne Chamber Singers — Image by Keith Turbitt’s Shutter-Vision Photography, Cheyenne

CHEYENNE & GILLETTE — Cheyenne Chamber Singers and Gillette Chamber Singers to Perform in Cheyenne April 29, 2012

Wyoming Voices — A joint concert featuring the Cheyenne Chamber Singers and the Gillette Chamber Singers.  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G-Minor.  $15, $10 for seniors and students. South High School Auditorium, Cheyenne, 6:00 PM April 29, 2012

Tickets:  $15 Adults/$10 Seniors and Students

In a first-time collaboration, the Cheyenne Chamber Singers, under the direction of Sean Ambrose, will join the Gillette Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Pat Patton, in a spring program of secular and sacred works.

LARAMIE — University of Wyoming Women’s Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary April 28, 2012

Whether you’re a member (present or past!) of the UW Women’s Club or a community member who wants to see a great fashion show… Join the club this Saturday, April 28, from 6:30-9 PM for their 100th anniversary event! Held at Hart’s Alley in Historic Downtown Laramie (404 S. 2nd St.), “Fashion Through the Ages” will present ladies’ fashion from 1912 through present day.  A $5 charge at the door provides hors d’oeuvres and the show — a cash bar will be available. Come celebrate this club, a part of Laramie life for 100 years — as well as the changes in women’s fashion over 100 years!

Learn more about the club on their website — http://uwwomensclub.com/ — The club is open to all female Laramie residents, whether they are connected to the university or not!

GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS — Celebrate National Park Week, April 21-29!

Visit our blog post to read more about National Park Week and how it is being celebrated, particularly in Grand Teton National Park — free admission to all of America’s national parks through April 29!

‘Til Next Time,

Kati Hime, Editor



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WYOVORE: Wyoming Food News April 19


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For the Wyoming foodies (from epicureans to great grub lovers), we are excited to offer a regular blog post dedicated to culinary happenings in the Cowboy State. Find weekly specials, updates and news from restaurants and other food services state-wide — and if you have a restaurant or food service that you’d like to see featured in this blog, email us at editor@wyolifestyle.com for more info!

LARAMIE — Altitude Chophouse & Brewery

Here are the specials for Altitude Chophouse & Brewery in Laramie for the following week (through Thursday, April 26) — new specials come out every Thursday!

appetizer special pita pizza — Topped with lamb, basil, onions, tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese. 9.
sweet and spicy chicken — Two baked chicken quarters brushed with an Asian lime chili sauce. Served over cellophane noodles with chili and seaweed infused oils. 13.
pan seared salmon — Served on top of creamy risotto studded with roasted red bell peppers, lemon, basil, capers and fresh oregano. 16.5
steak special — Eight ounce bacon wrapped tenderloin served with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. Finished with a dijon horseradish sauce with fresh herbs. 21.
Beer — We are tapping one keg of Sierra Nevada’s special realease, Hoptimum, on Tuesday, April 24th at 5 pm. Scott Cargile from Sierra Nevada and Altitude’s Brewmaster, Nathan Venner, will be in the bar to talk beer throughout the evening.

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LARAMIE — Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill

Here are the specials for Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill in Laramie for the following week (through Thursday, April 26) — new specials come out every Thursday!

chicken churasco salad — Fresh spinach topped with grilled chicken breast and a pineapple and peach salsa. Served with a side of Portuguese spicy red pepper sauce. 8.00
ham and swiss panini — All natural, preservative free black forest ham and melted Swiss cheese stacked on a croissant bun. Accompanied by your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or a dinner salad. 7.50

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CODY — The Terrace Restaurant & Bar

The Artini Festival last Saturday (April 14) was another HUGE success! The event was held at the Terrace Restaurant & Bar in Cody, and was sponsored by the Park County Arts Council. Thanks to all who came out and participated — and to those wonderful artisans and mixologists out there! A few images from the event…

Cece Tolin of Vintage in Casper with her floral martini creation!

Lisa’s Black Sambuca…winner of Best Display

And the winner was…….Ginger Martini with Red Pepper Flakes

Artini inspired food

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JACKSON — Green Drinks Return!

Green Drinks JH — Tuesday, April 24 — Join Green Drinks JH at Lotus, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Please join Green Drinks JH this Tuesday at Lotus! Come to connect with green thinkers, hear about some exciting projects going on in the community, and stay for 2-for-1 dinner!

Shelley Simonton from the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project will be discussing the Eco-Fair. Lotus Cafe will discuss their green business practices.

Hope to see some of you there. And, as always, please walk, ride your bike, carpool or take the START bus to the event!

Special thanks to Lotus Cafe for hosting, and the US Green Building Council and JH Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in either hosting or presenting at a Green Drinks JH event, please email Green Drinks JH.



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ON THE CALENDAR: Art, Earth Day, GTNP and more!


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Tonya Pepper, “Encaustic Work”


The Lander Art Center’s Annual Members Show is scheduled to open May 18, 2012.  We encourage artists around the state to become a Lander Art Center member and participate. Entry fee is $20 for up to three pieces or free to members at the supporter level and up.  All mediums accepted.  Please see Lander Art Center website for details and entry guidelines.


Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour of out-of-Wyoming filmmakers of movie locations around Southeast Wyoming in conjunction with the Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF).

The CIFF begins May 17 in downtown Cheyenne with the local filmmaker and festival reception at the Depot Museum before the festival opens Friday evening May 18 and extends through Sunday May 20. Visit Wyoming Community Media’s website for more information on CIFF and the filmmaker tour.


The University Women’s Club (formerly the Faculty Women’s Club) is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a look at fashion through the ages.  Come celebrate the evolution of women in Laramie from 1912 to present — fashion from every decade along with hors d’oeuvres and libations to purchase. Tickets are $5 at the door, Saturday April 28, 6:30-9 PM (fashion show to begin at 7:15); Hart’s Alley, 404 S. 2nd St. (parking most convenient in the back of the buildling!).  Contact club president Kati Hime at 307-755-6896 for more information on the event, organization or serving as a model!



Tribal Sportswear has partnered with Fashion Crossroads (228 E. 2nd St., Casper) for their signature charity event, “Heart for Art”. Kyleen Stevenson-Braxton, Co-Owner of Fashion Crossroads, selected art teacher Nancy Lee of Dean Morgan Junior High. “Nancy is a creative and dedicated art teacher who continually motivates her students to produce and to tap into their creative spirits,” says a local resident. “She has a great sense of humor and she is the best art teacher I ever had in my life,” says a student.

On April 28th, Mrs. Lee will be awarded with a plaque and $250 gift card to purchase art supplies. Fashion Crossroads will offer food and refreshments all day for guests, a gift with purchase “Heart for Art” signature t-shirt and raffle of a Tribal outfit to any customer who purchases.

ABOUT HEART FOR ART:  Tribal Sportswear launched “Heart for Art” initiative in 2012 to support art programs in middle schools. “‘Heart for Art’ was created to engage our retail partners and the local communities by supporting and strengthening creativity in the visual and performing art departments,” Tribal Sportswear says.

Visit Fashion Crossroads in Casper — 228 E 2nd St. — April 28th for this special event!


Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29. (Not close to GTNP? ALL 397 US National Parks are FREE during National Park Week!)

Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year’s theme “Picture Yourself in a Park” suggests, it’s a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

Visit our blog post for more information on events, activities, specials and more to enjoy throughout Grand Teton National Park during National Park Week — April 21-29, 2012!


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FROM THE PARKS: Explore GTNP for FREE during National Park Week, Apr 21-29


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Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29.

Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year’s theme “Picture Yourself in a Park” suggests, it’s a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

To celebrate National Park Week and the arrival of spring, ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Tours will take place April 21–22 and April 28–29 and begin from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. Reservations are required; call 307.739.3399 to make a reservation and get advice on what to wear and bring along

The Teton Park Road is free of snow, but vehicles are not allowed to drive it until May 1st. Consequently, National Park Week presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a hike, bike ride or rollerblade outing on the road before summer traffic begins. Spring weather can be changeable and inclement, so be prepared with layered clothing and/or a windproof jacket, and carry water and energy snacks.

In recognition of National Park Week, The Murie Center staff will offer guided tours of the historic Murie Ranch at 4 p.m. on Saturday April 21 and Saturday April 28. Explore the Teton home of the Murie family that served as a base camp and center for the American conservation movement in the 1950s and 60s.

Several activities are scheduled for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28 at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. Festivities include:

10 a.m. —a living history demonstration on mountain men

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — an inspection of vehicles and equipment regularly used in park operations; these will include an ambulance, fire

engine, patrol car and snowplow.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — a live bird demonstration by Teton Raptor Center bird biologists

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — a ranger boot camp and obstacle course where children compete in physical activities that mimic park ranger      jobs; an animal Olympics game where youngsters can test their skills against the abilities of various wildlife species; a story corner for     listening to tales about Grand Teton; a touch table with animal furs, feathers and bones to feel; a cultural history station that showcases objects from the David T. Vernon Collection of Indian Arts; and a station where children can dress up in an genuine ranger uniform.

2 p.m. — a second mountain man demonstration.

Children who participate in at least three of the activities will earn either a Junior Ranger patch or badge. Grand Teton Association will offer a 15% discount in the Discovery Center bookstore on Junior Ranger Day.

Numerous educational and informational books and other interesting items (videos, posters, ornaments, plush animals, toys, etc.) may be purchased using the special Junior Ranger Day discount.

During National Park Week, all 397 national park areas offer free admission all week long. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is normally $25 for a private vehicle.

Kati Hime, Editor



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Chabad Jewish Center of WY Celebrates Passover


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Thank you to Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming for sharing this information on Passover! Happy Easter and Passover to our friends across Wyoming — Passover begins on April 6 and is celebrated through April 14.

Passover, The Universal Holiday of Freedom

by Howard Goldstein, Jackson, Wyoming
Passover –Pesach in Hebrew– has an interesting distinction. It is not the holiest day of the Jewish calendar—a superlative reserved for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement— and it is not the most well-known; most likely, this is Chanukah, a festival that’s modern tradition of gift exchange and temporal proximity to Christmas has resulted in it being the closest thing to a “culturally mainstreamed” Jewish holiday. Despite Passover being neither the most “important religious” holiday nor the one most seemingly accessible to modernity, the central activity of Passover—the Seder— is, in one form or another, the single most widely practiced ritual among Jews worldwide. Like any group of people, individual Jews run the gamut of philosophical convictions from atheism to orthodoxy, with innumerable varying degrees of observance by those in between. Yet regardless of level of personal observance, more of the world’s Jewish population will participate in some form of a Seder than will fast on Yom Kippur, light candles on Chanukah, attend Friday night or Saturday morning Sabbath services, or perform any daily religious ritual. What is it about Passover that makes it the most universally imbedded holiday within worldwide Jewish consciousness?

One possible reason is the story of Passover itself. One does not need to be observant or believing Jew—or even a Jew at all— to appreciate the Torah’s account of the events surrounding Passover. The story of a great spiritual hero chosen by the Omnipresent One to challenge an evil and seemingly invincible tyrant in a (successful) quest to free his people from hundreds of years of slavery and lead them to their great destiny in the Promised Land must surely rank as one of the great epic tales of human history, regardless of whether one regards it as historical fact or allegorical legend. The themes of hope in the face of crushing oppression, deliverance of the innocent from the hands of the cruel, and the ultimate victory of freedom over slavery are universal and indeed has inspired the world beyond the Jewish people; Dante’s description of  penitent souls working their way to redemption with allusions to the Hebrews’ song of thanksgiving to God at the Exodus in Purgatorio; American revolutionaries frequent equation of the colonies with the Children of Israel and Great Britain with Egypt (and especially, King George with Pharaoh) in separationist literature; movie mogul C.B. DeMille production of The Ten Commandments, a film which ranks as the fifth highest grossing movie in the United States of all time (when adjusted for inflation) are but a few examples.

Yet this does not fully explain why world Jewry observes the Seder more than any other Jewish ritual. While the themes of hope and freedom present in the Passover story apply to all humanity, only Jews commemorate Passover with an outlined ritual—the Seder—composed of 15 steps including the retelling of the Exodus story, holiday specific prayers, and once a year ritual foods laid out on a special plate. Of course, how much one’s Seder conforms to Jewish religious law varies with the beliefs and inclinations of individuals, but this is the whole point: as the most widely practiced ritual, many Jews who may not perform a single other Jewish ritual all year will participate in this one; even the most intentionally non-religious Seder, not performed to meet religious law and consisting of little more ritualization than a family meal in which matzah is also on the table, is still willing participation and acknowledgement in a specifically Jewish observance.

And that may be the reason. For Jews, Passover is not only the Festival of Freedom, but the origin story of Jewish peoplehood. While the first Jew, Abraham, lived before the events of Passover, it is in the Exodus in which Jews go from a single family line (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah, Rebekkah, Rachel, and Leah) to a nationality; to a group of people. It is in the Passover story that descendants of the last Patriarch Jacob have become a numerous people organized into 12 tribes; that this people is recognized as distinct by another established nation and persecuted; that the collective suffering comes to end when God appoints Moses to lead his people to freedom; and that this exodus concludes with this people’s acceptance and reception of the Torah, the laws upon which Judaism is defined. More Jews participate in Passover more than any other holiday because, for all its many themes and meanings (too numerous and too complex to discuss in this article), Passover is also essentially the holiday that celebrates simply being Jewish.

On April 6, 2012, the world’s orthodox Jewish population will observe [the first night of] Passover, as indeed, they observe all of the holidays and rituals of Judaism, and Jews of innumerable variations in beliefs and lifestyles will participate in innumerable variations of traditional Passover observances, but the most astonishing of this number will be those with little or no religious beliefs at all, who yet will attend some form of a Passover Seder. A person who defines themselves as both a Jew and an atheist may not believe in God or divine authorship of religion, but they do believe in the reality and existence of Jews, and many of these people will attend a Seder precisely because acknowledging Passover, in essence, is acknowledging being part of the Jewish people. Passover is a time for any Jew of any description to reconnect with simply being a Jew.

Passover recipe from www.JewishWyoming.com/passover

Serves 6–8

olive oil
6 green peppers, sliced
4–5 lbs. short ribs
1 large onion, diced small
1 cup dry or semi-dry white wine
3 t. water
3 t. sugar
1 t. potato starch


Saute the green peppers in oil until they are soft. Remove them from the pot and refrigerate. Add a little oil to the pot and brown the meat on both sides over a medium flame. Reduce the flame, add the onion, and sauté. Add the water and wine to the ribs. Cover and simmer the meat for 8–9 hours, checking and basting it occasionally. Remove the ribs from the pot, reserving the juices. In a small bowl, mix 1 t. water, the sugar, and the potato starch until smooth. Combine this with the reserved juices and heat, stirring, until thick. Add the green peppers to the liquid and then return the meat to the pot. Simmer.


Do not cut meat pieces too small as they shrink in cooking, and will therefore dry out much.

About Passover

Passover, beginning this year on the eve of Friday night, April 6, until after nightfall on Saturday, April 14, recalls the Jewish People’s miraculous redemption by G-d from Egyptian slavery more than 3,300 years ago. Directed by G-d to leave hastily, the nation of a few million could not even wait for their dough to rise and ate unleavened bread. To commemorate this miraculous exodus, Jews abstain from eating — or even owning or benefiting from — any leavened substance during the eight days of Passover. On the first two nights (in Israel: only the first night) of the holiday a Seder (literally: Order) is held to commemorate the liberation from Egypt. Seder rituals include eating Matzah, four cups of wine, bitter herbs (to recall the pain of the Egyptian enslavement), and recounting the exodus story.

To learn more about Passover, make reservations for the Jackson Hole Community Seder led by Rabbi Zalman and Mrs. Raizy Mendelsohn or for further information, please contact the Chabad Jewish Center at 307-462-0847 or visit www.JewishWyoming.com/passover.

About Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming

Simply put, Chabad’s mission is to reach out to others with acts of goodness and kindness. We’re a community-based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values — and many of our programs help the needy regardless of background or belief.

Chabad Rabbi Zalman and Mrs. Raizy Mendelsohn came to serve the Jewish community of Wyoming in 2007 and now run a network of nonsectarian educational and social services. Thanks to our generous supporters, we’ve been able to educate, comfort, and give hope to countless people in need.

Chabad of Wyoming is part of the largest Jewish organization in the world, with over 3,700 branches spanning the globe. Chabad embraces a philosophy of study, meditation, and social outreach that combines rigorous academics with proactive community involvement. Our rapidly growing array of educational, cultural and social services programs has made us one of the most dynamic forces in modern Jewish life. “Chabad” is a Hebrew acronym for “Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge.” Founded in 1772 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Chabad promotes the mystical, traditional, legal and social principles of the Torah — while using modern methods and technology for education, community outreach, youth programs, crisis intervention, and other social services.

Chabad has consistently been at the forefront of Jewish education and community activism. The work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Chabad Rebbe of blessed memory who assumed leadership of the movement in 1950, is legendary. Motivated by a profound love for humanity and spurred by boundless optimism, the Rebbe lifted the global Jewish community from the ashes of the Holocaust and launched an unprecedented range of Jewish institutions, outreach programs and social services.

Today, more than 4,600 of the Rebbe’s emissaries and a workforce of more than 20,000 continue and expand the Rebbe’s mission to create a world of goodness, kindness and G–dliness, as Chabad constantly innovates new approaches in educational, social and community services throughout the world.

  • In 1995, the Chabad Rebbe of blessed memory was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously, an honor bestowed to only 100 Americans since Thomas Jefferson, for “outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality, and acts of charity.”
  • Since 1994, Chabad has nearly doubled in size to over 3,700 branches around the world; in 2007, more than 100 new Chabad centers were established.
  • In 2007, Rabbi Zalman and Mrs. Raizy Mendelsohn, together with the encouragement of local and statewide supporters, came to Jackson Hole to establish the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming.
  • On Friday, April 6, 2012 the Chabad Jewish Center will host its fourth annual elaborate Community Passover Seder. On all major Jewish Holidays including Passover, the Chabad Jewish Center distributes packages of food and holiday supplies to needy families across the State of Wyoming.
Thanks again to Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming for sharing this information — Happy Passover to our Wyoming Jewish friends, and Happy Easter to our Wyoming Christian friends — and many blessings for peace in this spring season!
Til Next Time,
Kati Hime, Editor


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On the Calendar: Art & Adventure


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Seader Rose & Aaron Davis, Screen Door Porch

“All my years are gone, faded one by one, washed into the grain,” professes Seadar Rose in the opening lines of “Wrong the Right,” the lead track on Screen Door Porch’s self-titled debut album. Check out Screen Door Porch from Jackson, named NPR’s Best of Wyoming! Friday 4/13  Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

CHEYENNE — Art, Design & Dine kicks off the season in April 

Check out Art, Design & Dine’s Season Opener, April 12 from 5 – 8 PM  See the map for locations! Contact artsygeorgia@yahoo.com or call 229-546-5183 with questions!

FT. LARAMIE — Historical Fiction Writing Contest Announced

Dust off that old typewriter or fire-up that slick, new iPad® because the Fort Laramie Historical Association would like to invite you to create a short piece of historical fiction for our writing contest. Your story needs to be as historically accurate as possible and take place at Fort Laramie sometime during 1834-1890. Will your story be a mystery with an added twist of time travel or a love story that ends with an exquisite wedding at the fort? Whatever you envision, we can’t wait to read it! Make sure you follow the rules below and submit your story by 12:00 p.m. MST, April 30, 2012. The winning stories will be published in our May 2012 e-Bugler. Good luck and happy writing!

The Rules:  must be an original, unpublished piece of historical fiction — 10 pages maximum — Times Roman, 12pt font — double spaced — topic: historical fiction that takes place at Fort Laramie sometime between 1834-1890 — due date: 12:00 p.m. MST, April 30, 2012 — submit papers to: Fort Laramie Historical Association, Historical Fiction Writing Contest, 965 Gray Rocks Rd, Fort Laramie, WY 82212 or flha@vistabeam.com. Whether mailing or e-mailing, your story must be in our possession by 12 p.m. on April 30th to be included in the contest.  Please type “Entry Form” information at the top of your story. You don’t have to attach an official “Entry Form”.


LANDER ART CENTER — 32nd Red Desert Audubon Wildlife Art Show 

Art by Christopher Bookout

The 32nd annual Red Dersert Audubon Wildlife Art Show opens April 6, 6-8 pm, at the Lander Art Center.  Featuring over 70 artworks from 25 artists, the show features detailed watercolor, painting, encaustic, and ceramic works depicting Wyoming natural flora and fauna. On exhibit through May 12, 2012 4pm.


Show some love for Lander’s Holly Allen as she journeys to Las Vegas for the Miss USA competition — best of luck to Holly, Miss Wyoming USA 2012!


Throughout the evening, The Terrace Restaurant & Bar will provide sumptuous hors d’ oeuvres to tantalize your taste buds and compliment your martini palate. Cash prizes and prestigious awards are available to daring martini mixologists and inspired artini artists. All media is being accepted to guarantee a wide variety of interpretations of the martini and the martini culture from the past and its new resurgence. To reserve your bartender table, advance notice is required. Artwork must be delivered prior to the event. Contact The Terrace for more information — click on this link to be connected with their Facebook page or call The Terrace at 307.587.5868.

The $25 ticket price when purchased in advance — $30 at the door) provides a lively evening on Saturday, April 14 at Geyser on The Terrace, 525 West Yellowstone Avenue in Cody starting at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance at The Terrace (contact them for more locations for ticket pre-sales,) and of course at the door on the day of the festival – tickets are limited. All proceeds from this event benefit thePark County Arts Council. For further information, please call The Terrace at 307.587.5868 or the Park County Arts Council at 307.899.6693.

Shake out your favorite cocktail attire and head to Cody for a stirring night of Martinis and Art!



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Girl Scouts Turns 100 — WY Celebrates the Year of the Girl

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Girl Scouts Today:  Today girls have a variety of options at camp, from horseback riding to pottery to rock climbing. This photo was taken at the Outdoors and S’mores camp in Casper, Wyoming, in 2010. Girls learned skills to cook foods over a campfire while enjoying some traditional camp activities, such as s’more making and singing around the campfire.

Who hasn’t heard of Girl Scouts? Generations upon generations of girls and women have experienced the leadership and skills that Girl Scouts teaches.  This legendary organization is celebrating their 100th birthday in 2012, and a fun event is taking place in Billings, MT for Montana and Wyoming Girl Scouts of present and past to celebrate! Stay tuned to our Sprinter issue for some fun images from Wyoming Girl Scouts over the past 100 years!

Girl Scouts of the USA has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl!  During this centennial year, Girl Scouts councils nationwide will celebrate the organization’s 100 years as the premier leadership experience for girls.

Inspired by the trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low launching Girl Scouts in 1912, Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming are hosting a journey through the last century of Girl Scouting.  At special events held throughout the council, girls will be transported to a period in history to experience activities enjoyed by girls of that time.

A celebration was held in Casper in January 2012, where girls were invited to take a trip back to the 1930s and 1940s.  Celebrations will continue throughout the year:  Cody will be held on April 21, where girls will experience life from the 1950s; Missoula, MT on July 13-15, where a campout and activities from 1972-1991, and Cheyenne, featuring a sing-a-long and activities (date TBD).

On March 30-31, the annual Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) will hold a 100th birthday celebration at its annual meeting in Billings!  Visit their website at http://gsmw.org/ for more information!  Congratulations on Girl Scouts and welcome to the Year of the Girl!

Some Girl Scout stories from fans on our Facebook page:

Jana:  “I was a Girl Scout and my Mom was a scout leader…so many cherished memories!!!”

Cat:  “I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout…..it’s an amazing program. It allows the girls to form their own thoughts and opinions along with learning self reliance and independance. Happy 100th Girl Scouts!!!”

Laura:  “Happy 100th! I started in Brownies and received my Gold Award around 1990. Loved my Girl Scout experience”

Susan:  “I was a Girl Scout leader and all three of my girls were Scouts. My oldest daughter acheived her Gold Award.”

Lori:  “Wheatland/Guernsey are having a huge lockin for GS birthday!!!”

Shantelle:  “The Governor will sign the Girl Scout Proclamation this Friday in Cheyenne and then Girl Scouts of all ages will march to the depot. 100 Years!”

Cheryl:  “Yep, I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout–even have my Senior Girl Scout uniform, along with all the “stuff” on the jacket & gold cording, hanging in a closet. Great character building program–I have many fond memories all my gal pals from those long ago days. Thanks for the memories, and Happy 100th Birthday to the Girl Scouts. ♥”

Mary:  “Started with Brownies in the ’50s, got my curved bar in G.S. I still have my book and my sash. My mom was a leader and camp nurse. I was a Brownie then Girl Scout leader and camp counselor for my daughter. Great memories. Sold G.S. cookies for $! a box…that wasn’t discount but the real price ;-)”


‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



Wyoming Happenings in February!


WOW there are a LOT of great events happening in Wyoming in February! Read on below for information…and if you have events that you’d like to add to our list here, just give us a shout at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

image — South Fork Ice Festival

SOUTH FORK ICE FESTIVAL —  This awesome annual event is on its way! News from the South Fork Ice staff…

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From the staff of southforkice.com — We now have 23 more days until the 14th annual “Waterfall Ice” Festival starts in CODY, WY! Event starts on Friday, February 17 at noon and will end on President’s Day, February 20th at noon.

image — South Fork Ice Festival

We are very excited for the 83 participants already signed up on-line and for the sponsors and vendors who are coming to support this “friendliest little ice festival” at the Cody Auditorium located at 1240 Beck Ave, same as last year.

image — South Fork Ice Festival

Visit www.southforkice.com for schedule of events, details on registration and more — this is a great annual Cody-area event!

image by Rebecca Stern

JACKSON HOLE JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL —  Read on for exciting details on the upcoming Jackson Hole Jewish Music Festival! (Read our current issue for more information on Chabbad Wyoming.)


Klezmania — www.bennybemusic.com

The opening concert for this year’s annual Jackson Hole Jewish Music Festival is the widely acclaimed Klezmania, founded in 1989 in San Francisco by world-class artist Ben Brussell.

A classically trained jazz musician and musicologist, Brussell plans to perform primarily Klezmer and Yiddish music followed by a sing-a-long with traditional Israeli songs that are popular in the US. He became enamored with Klezmer upon discovering it in high school. “I was a Jewish typical kid from the suburbs and I was so proud that this was part of my culture,” he said.

Klezmania is a contemporary representation of Klezmer music, he explained. “It’s interesting to be a modern Jew doing this antiquated music with the community and hearing peoples’ response to it.” He stresses that here has been much innovation, noting the influence of classical and American jazz.

Much of the band’s improvisation is based upon Eastern European folk music idioms. “My contention has always been to push the boundaries of music. I think the music itself shouldn’t be sacrificed spiritually. The Ashkenazi Jewish experience is channeled through this music. The music itself is very pure, a soulful expression of the Jewish narrative.”

“Our approach is more like a New York society band. We dress up in suits. We’re a jazz band doing Klezmer. We don’t use a clarinet; we use a soprano saxophone. We’re probably the only Klezmer band on the planet that doesn’t use a clarinet,” Brussell says.

The accolades they get are manifold. “Their performance exceeded our wildest hopes,” one fan enthused.

“No words can describe how terrific you were,” raved another. “Being a musician myself, I’ve always believed that music is the most important element of any event.”

According to Brussell, “what we’re doing is unique because we’re a thriving simcha [celebration event] band that has transcended into the concert realm.” The musicians are of diverse backgrounds and were chosen for their superior talent.  Depending on the event, they play mandolin, violin, saxophone, accordion, keyboard, guitar, bass and drums. “Klezmer has many layers, just like any type of music,” Brussell said.

As for the Jackson Hole event, he thinks that it’s “exciting, and I’m honored to be going.” The kick-off event takes place Sunday, February 12, 5 pm, at Snake River Lodge & Spa, Sundance Ballroom, 7710 Granite Loop Road, Teton Village, Wyoming.

image by Rebecca Stern

For more information about the Klezmania concert and for tickets call 307.462.0847, or visit jhjmf.org.


February 17 & 18 brings annual excitement to Green River, as ice sculptors, foodies, runners and more from many locations converge for the Crystal Classic Winter Festival! An $11,000 purse prize is being offered in the Crystal Classic Ice Sculpting Competition…events such as Soup Cook-Offs, Snowshoe Softball, a 5K run, Human Dog Sled Racing, a pancake breakfast and more add to the fun — visit the City of Green River’s website and find schedule, registration information, and more! The whole community gets into the event! Green River is known for its love of art and this weekend doesn’t disappoint — make sure to visit the ice sculpting competition while you’re there to view some acts of wonderful winter art!

image www.cityofgreenriver.org


image from Wild West Winter Carnival

The annual Wild West Winter Carnival in Riverton is FULL of fun! Ice sculpting, Quick Draw, Crab Crack and more! Visit their website for event schedule and lots of details!


Check out all the fun at Sleeping Giant Ski Area in Cody — an AWESOME community resort right in Yellowstone’s backyard!

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Kati Hime, Editor




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Stage Stop Begins!


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All images by Chris Havener

The 2012 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) starts Friday!  Visit their website at www.wyomingstagestop.org for lots of information, past results and some great images by Chris Havener.  According to the IPSSSDR’s website:  “In 1996 Frank Teasley, with the help of public nurse Jayne Ottman, launched the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race to showcase the beautiful state of Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race worked to spread the word about the need for childhood immunizations—and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route for childhood immunizations.”

All images by Chris Havener

The 2012 schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 27: Jackson Hole

Saturday, January 28: Travel Day

Sunday, January 29: Lander

Monday, January 30: Pinedale/Cora

Tuesday, January 31: Big Piney/Marbleton

Wednesday, February 1: Alpine

Thursday, February 2: Evanston 1st day of racing

Friday, February 3: Evanston 2nd day of racing

Saturday, February 4: Park City

All images by Chris Havener

Here is the kickoff day’s timeline for events from Jackson!

Timeline race start at Town Square Friday, January 27, 2012:

5:00 Music on the sound system, food and booths

5:00 Storm Show’s 2011 ski/ride film “Action Jackson” playing on the JumboTron

6:00 P.M.  Welcome


7-9 Pedigree Party at Snow King

8  Torchlight Parade

8:30 Fireworks

Please note: START Bus runs every 15 minutes from the Town Square to the corner of Cache and Snow King from 7-8 PM then from 8-9 it runs from Town Square to Snow King Center Bus Stop.

All images by Chris Havener

Time to get mushin’!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



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Ring in 2012 in Wyoming!


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Looking for something to do in Wyoming on New Year’s Eve?  We have some suggestions for you — and let us know what we’ve missed, we’ll be sure to add it!

CHEYENNE:  Wyoming Community Media is bringing live video streaming of Cheyenne’s New Year’s celebration online — and we get to play hosts! Join Levi & I as we interview folks and bring the celebration to you! http://wyocomedia.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/live-coverage-lightson-nye-ball-drop/  Coverage will be streamed on KGWN TV 5’s website beginning at 11:30! http://www.kgwn.tv/

CASPER:  First Night Casper — Substance-free, family-friendly and culturally rich — a great event! Check it out on our blog:  http://www.wyolifestyle.com/blog/?p=536

CASPER:  Lai Thai’s New Year’s Eve celebration:  http://www.facebook.com/events/260871460639248/

CASPER:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151072188080650&set=a.10150248260140650.489664.517285649&type=1&theater

LARAMIE:  Attend the coronation of Laramie Jubilee Days Queen-to-be! http://laramielive.com/2012-laramie-jubilee-days-coronation-audio/

JACKSON:  Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has a LOT of events listed on their website:  New Year’s Eve Champagne Special at Terra Cafe at Hotel Terra…Glow Worm & Torch Light Parade & Fireworks…New Year’s Gondi Gala at Couloir…Kids’ Night Out…New Year’s Eve Party at the Peak, Four Seasons Resort…WOW! http://jacksonhole.com/activities-events/calendar-of-events.html

JACKSON:  Thanks to Aaron Davis for the scoop! Screen Door Porch is playing the lobby of Snow King Hotel in Jackson. 9pm-12:30am. $5. Americana, Rock, Folk-Blues. Get there early because it fills up fast! More info at ScreenDoorPorch.com.

JACKSON:  Check out the music scene for New Year’s Eve in the Teton area thanks to Aaron Davis Music:  http://aarondavismusic.com/2011/12/new-years-eve-music-in-jackson-hole/

JACKSON:  Check out The Mountain Pulse for a full list of Teton New Year’s Eve happenings! http://www.themountainpulse.com/2011/12/new-years-eve-event-roundup/

LANDER:  Thanks to Jennifer Cole O’Connor for the scoop! Lander Children’s Museum is hosting New Year’s at Noon on Saturday! http://www.landerchildrensmuseum.org/calendar.html  

EVANSTON:  Thanks to Samantha Hill for the scoop! Evanston has Time Square in Depot Square…always a good fireworks show!  http://www.evanstonwy.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=247

ROCK SPRINGS:  Thanks to Bernice Shuster for the scoop! From Rock Springs Main Street:  Have you gotten your tickets for this year’s Top Hats and Tiaras New Year’s Eve Ball? We still have a few left and it’s a great way to ring in 2012! Call TODAY to reserve your tickets: 352-1434.  Click on the name for their Facebook page!

ROCK SPRINGS:  Thanks to Bernice Shuster for all sorts of great tips! The Young At Heart Sr. Center (YAH) is having a New Year’s Eve Family Night Dinner and Dance at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs. Roast Beef dinner and all the extras from 6pm to 8pm. The dinner and dance is from 6 pm to 1 am. $20/person ($5 ages 10 and under). The Sundowners & EIO Bands will be playing. Tickets available at the door or at the YAH. You can reserve a table by calling 307-352-6737. Games for the kids.

ROCK SPRINGS:  The Rock Springs Civic Center will be hosting a New Year To Remember. Kids 7-12 can stay until 1am for $17.00. The fee includes a t-shirt, swimming, games, dinner and snacks. Sign up starts at 8pm on Dec. 31st and children must be picked up by 1 am. This is not an all night party! Proof of age may be requested.

SHERIDAN:  Thanks to Buy Local Sheridan for the scoop! Check out the Rails to jam to the Teka Brock Band and Greenhorse … Or head to the Holiday Inn for Gumby Brown & The Nifty Critters! 

CODY:  New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club:  http://www.codychamber.org/events.cfm?id=3045  Celebrate the ball dropping at the Irma Hotel! http://www.codychamber.org/events.cfm?id=3125

See what we’ve missed?  Shoot us an email at editor@wyolifestyle.com and we’ll be sure to add your event!

‘Til Next Time…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Kati Hime, Editor



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First Night Casper

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The holidays are upon us! Looking for something to do New Year’s Eve? Check out First Night Casper!  This family-friendly event is organized by the 1224 Club, a Casper community resource built around recovery.  See the paragraph at the bottom of this post for more information on the 1224 Club!

Started in Boston in 1976, the First Night program is a drug- and alcohol-free, family-friendly arts & culture celebration. Today, the program is a licensed event, occurring internationally. The First Night program is held in communities throughout the United States — the closest locations to the Casper program are Fort Collins, CO and Missoula, MT.

The program is simple:  Purchase a button for admission to LOTS of events, entertainment, and fun city-wide!  Buttons cost $10 each for adults; children 5 and under are free with a paying adult.  In Casper, purchase buttons at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Downtown Development Authority, Messy Moose, Mercer Family Resource Center, Chamber of Commerce and the 1224 Club.  The theme for the First Night program changes annually — this year, the theme is ‘Reflections’.  Buttons have become collector’s items, with new designs and new themes every year — in addition to buttons, First Night Casper will offer logo apparel and other souvenir items for sale.

Once you have your buttons, get ready to have some fun!  Click here to connect with the First Night Casper activity schedule — or visit www.1224club.org and click on the ‘First Night Casper’ link, then the schedule link.  Check out their awesome sponsors while you’re at it! Thanks to Ken Knight Photography who has graciously offered photography services for the evening as well.

The buttons are your admission into the whole series of events — the 10 locations for fun include:  MC Market, 2nd Street Community Area, First United Methodist Church, Yellowstone Garage, WY National Apartments Lobby, The Downtown Grille, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Children’s Theater, The Science Zone and the 1224 Club.  Attendees may visit the locations in any order they wish — allowing them to create their own map to fun for the evening. Each location contains its own form of entertainment — musicians, illusionists, comedians, art galleries, dance performances, theater, play and discovery space for the kids — there is a LOT to take in! Visit food vendors at the 2nd Street Community Area and take part in an inexpensive chili dinner at the First United Methodist Church.  Be sure to check out First Night Casper for a fun and substance-free, culturally-rich event for the entire family!

The 1224 Club was formed almost 20 years ago by a group of nine recovering alcoholics. They derived their unique name from the 12 step programs and the 24 hour a day work that it requires to overcome addiction.  An organization unique to Casper, the community resource is built around recovery from addiction.  While they serve occasionally as a facility for 12 step program meetings, the 1224 Club is not a 12 step program in itself.  The club does not employ counselors, but does provide free resources in a safe and anonymous environment open to all individuals seeking recovery from addiction.  The club also provides its facilities for a wide variety of other addiction groups as well.  The 1224 Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) entity, funded primarily by donations and grants through gracious corporations and foundations.  The proceeds from First Night Casper will go to benefit the 1224 Club.  For more information on the organization and the services they provide to the Casper area, visit www.1224club.org.       

Thank you to The 1224 Club for sharing what they do as well as providing such a valuable and welcoming service to the Casper area.  Visit their website to see how you can help, donate and support their service — and be sure to attend First Night Casper for a fun and unique event for the entire family!

‘Til next time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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