Laramie’s UW Women’s Club Features 2013 Holiday Home Tour

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The University of Wyoming Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour is scheduled from noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets cost $10 in advance and are available at Ace Hardware and Turtle Rock Coffee. Tickets also are available the day of the tour for $12 at the featured homes. Children 12 & under are by donation.
From a new custom-built home to a historic tree-area Hitchcock home, the public will have the opportunity to view a variety of housing styles, all decorated with holiday cheer.

“The Holiday Home Tour is our main fundraising event for the year with the proceeds providing for a scholarship to assist non-traditional female students to attend UW,” says Kristen Klaphake, the tour’s co-chairwoman.
Stops on this year’s tour include a contemporary-designed home featuring interesting pieces from Thailand. A 1980’s home on the tour was beautifully and creatively remodeled into an attractive, modern space. Also on the tour is a historic tree-area home designed by Laramie architect Wilbur Hitchcock that has been beautifully renovated.
“This year we have a selection of beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. Taking the tour is a great way to bring in the season and to appreciate the architectural home designs we have here in Laramie,” says Klaphake.
For more information, visit or call Klaphake at (307) 399-1363.
Photo credit, University of Wyoming Women’s Club: This house at 2036 Nighthawk Drive will be among those featured during the 2013 Holiday Home Tour.

UW Women’s Leadership Conference features Dr. Erin Foley

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We’re very excited to introduce contributor Liberty Lausterer! Liberty moved to Wyoming with her husband and cats in July 2013. She is excited to explore the vast riches of this place, its people, and the cross-country skiing trails. Originally from eastern Nebraska, she studied history in college in Iowa, followed by graduate work in California. She spent the past nine years as a Lutheran pastor and is ready to see what new opportunities await her in Wyoming. Her hobbies include writing, swimming, herding cats, the adventure of high-altitude baking, trolling the web for interior design inspiration, and she is currently learning to knit her first hat. Welcome, Liberty!


by Liberty Lausterer

This weekend (November 8th-9th) I attended the UW Women’s Leadership Conference.  The conference was intended to empower women in Wyoming by teaching us to embrace our strengths, leave behind our weaknesses, and take hold of a life that brings us true happiness. The two day event featured a keynote speaker and three workshops, all intended to equip women with the tools necessary to live strong lives, embracing the very best of what we have to offer.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Erin Foley, teaches Communication Arts at State University of New York at Oneonta. In her keynote, entitled “The Fearless Female and the Freedom to be HAPPY,” Dr. Foley posed the following questions to women:

What if we were less obsessed with beauty?

What if we embraced confidence instead of modesty?

What if we got comfortable with confrontation?

What if we focused on abundance instead of scarcity?

What if we focused on our strengths and not our weaknesses?

Foley explained how cultural beliefs teach women to play down our strengths, creating a false sense of modesty and feeding into a mentality of scarcity. Rather than affirming ourselves and other women, we tell ourselves “I am not enough.” This hypercritical, “Mean Girls,” environment breeds desperation and jealousy. Women end up fixated on all that we are not, instead of engaging with the things that make us feel energized and strong.

The time we spend eradicating our weaknesses pulls us away from cultivating our strengths, says Foley. She defines a strength as the place where your skill meets an emotional state. When you are doing something well, and it leaves you energized, you have honed in on a strength. We may be good at many things, but if they don’t fill us up, we won’t be able to sustain the energy to excel at them. We can perform well in an area, and still end up feeling weak, tired, bored, and frustrated. Foley challenges women to look for the moments that feel good to us, lean into them, and we will lead more fulfilling, strong lives. “Excellence,” says Foley, “is fueled by passion.”

For a suggested donation of $10 this conference certainly delivered ten fold on content and encouragement. It feels especially meaningful when placed against the backdrop of Wyoming’s equality heritage. In a state with a long history of strong female leadership it is encouraging to discover ways women are coming together to support each other, find inspiration for our passions and purpose, and forge new pathways as leaders in Wyoming. 

ON THE CALENDAR: March 8, 2013


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CHEYENNE: WY State Museum New Exhibit

From Arts Cheyenne:  “Wyoming Passage,” a new temporary exhibit utilizing contemporary photographs and paintings, has opened at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne. The exhibit combines images relating to transportation and the varied Wyoming landscape.

Visit Arts Cheyenne online for more information!


CODY: Miss Cody Stampede Pageant March 16

From Cody Chamber:  Miss Cody Stampede Pageant Saturday March 16th. Orientaion Horsemanship competition begins @ 9 am at the Double Doc arena. Interviews begin at 1 pm at the Cody Library. Crowning of the new Lady In Waiting and Princess just prior to the parade. The new court will participate in the parade. Please email or call me with any questions and thank you for including this event on your calendar. Contact Shelley Causey Miss Cody Stampede Royalty Committee 307.272.1770 for more information.

JACKSON: Free Concert March 9 for the Family

March is National Music In Our Schools Month

Grand Teton Music Festival is Celebrating with a Free Concert!

4:00PM • Saturday, March 9

FREE Family Concert: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

WindSync takes the audience on a musical adventure in this exciting and educational program inspired by the writing of Dr. Seuss.  Learn about the sounds of the instruments, the teamwork and your potential to grow, change and conquer adversity. Congratulations, today is your day!

Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village

FREE! Tickets not required  307-733-1128 •

CASPER: Casper College Dance Classes



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ROCK SPRINGS — Community Fine Arts Center Celebrates Youth Art Month

From the Community F.A. Center:  YOUTH ART MONTH Student Exhibits have started at the Community Fine Arts Center! Rock Springs Junior High art students have filled the gallery with great art now through March 16th.

Next up will be the Rock Springs and Independence High Schools art students work — March 19-30. Reception will be March 20, 6-7 p.m.

SHERIDAN — Reception for Artist Beth Gleason

CASPER — Nicolaysen Art Museum Reception for Joshua Ray Smith


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