Community Calendar: November 7, 2017

WyoPoets national contest entries sought

CHEYENNE – Calling all Wyoming poets. The Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest wants you.

Deadline for entries in the premier contest, hosted by the group  WyoPoets, is Dec. 15. First prize is $100, second, $50, third, $30 and fourth, $20. As many as five honorable mention awards will be presented also.

Entry fee is $3, plus $1 per poem entered, with no entry limit. Poems, both published and unpublished, with a a maximum of 40 line – including title and line breaks – are eligible. For guidelines and entry instructions, visit Questions may be directed to contest chair Kate Smith at [email protected]

This annual contest is named in honor of Eugene V. Shea of Hanna, a long-time member and past president of WyoPoets. Shea chaired the national contest for eight years, represented WyoPoets at numerous meetings of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and served as a juror for poetry contests in other states. A prolific writer, he wrote more than 1,300 poems and published eight volumes of poetry.

WyoPoets is an organization of persons who write poetry for publication and/or as a hobby, open to all poets, both in-state and nationally.

Dog agility class changed

TORRINGTON – A beginners dog agility class that was to be offered at Eastern Wyoming College has been changed.

The class, set to begin Nov. 11, will now cover Level II On-Leash Dog Obedience. Successful completion of a Level I obedience class is required for participation in the course.

Classes will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Wyoming National Guard Armory. Cost for the class is $65.

For a full class schedule and to register, contact the EWC Community Education office, by phone at (307) 532-8323 or in person in the CTEC Building, 3200 West C St., in Torrington.

Business Roundtable set

TORRINGTON – The Goshen County Economic Development Corporation will host its regular monthly Business Roundtable and luncheon beginning at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in The Loft of the 21st and Main building in downtown Torrington.

Guest speaker will be Kate Debow, coach and owner of High Ground Coaching and Development of Riverton. Debow has worked in sales, finance and fundraising, along with experience in volunteerism and education. Her business offers coaching services to teams and individuals on sales, hiring and training, political aspirations and more, according to a press release.

To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] or call (307) 532-5162.

Overeaters Anonymous

TORRINGTON – The Torrington chapter of Overeaters Anonymous hosts two meetings Tuesdays locally. The organization is a 12-step group designed to help stop compulsive eating and food behaviors while working toward attaining and maintaining healthy body weight.

Call or text (307) 338-0622 for more information.

Ladies, start your welders

TORRINGTON – Eastern Wyoming College is offering a beginners welding class geared specifically toward women.

From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, faculty in the EWC Welding Technology department will offer instruction to women interested in welding. In the class, students will be guided through the welding process while making a project they’ll be able to take home at the end.

Students are urged to wear sturdy shoes and long-sleeve shirts. Welding gloves, helmets and other necessary equipment will be provided.

Cost is $40 and the registration deadline is Nov. 15. To register, contact the EWC Community Education Department, (307) 532-8323 or in person in the CTEC building on the Torrington campus.

Goshen County Democrats

TORRINGTON – The Goshen County Democratic Party invites and welcomes interested county residents to their monthly meetings, held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. at the Goshen County Library Annex, 2017 East A St. in Torrington.

GoCo Quilters meetings changed

TORRINGTON – The regular meeting place for the Goshen County Quilters group has changed.

Monthly meetings will still be on the second Saturday of the month, but will be hosted in the Bethel Baptist Church gymnasium, 2980 East D St., in Torrington.

The group does not meet during the months of July and August.

Contact Jane Dorn, (307) 640-4002, for questions.

Vet services offered in Torrington

TORRINGTON – A service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will be in Torrington, conducting community outreach events, throughout November.

Greg Gauntlett will host a series of outreach events. He will be at the Torrington Workforce Services Center, 1610 East M St., from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 21. He will also be at the Veteran of Foreign Wars post, 908 W. 25th  St., from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28.

Topics will include state and federal benefits, Dept. of Veterans Affairs claims and healthcare services through the Veterans Administration. He will also be available to help veterans and their families apply for benefit, file claims and schedule healthcare services.

Zumba offered at EWC

TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College Community Education Department invites people to Zumba the Week’s Stress Away with a new class featuring instructor Teresa Brott, beginning next month.

Classes will be held from 3-4 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 10 and 17 and Dec. 1, 8, and 15, in the dance studio of the EWC Fine Arts Building. Cost for the class is $25.

To register for this or other Continuing Education classes, call the department office at (307) 532-8323.

Water operations topic of meeting

TORRINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation will host an informational meeting on water operations on the North Platte River system next month in Torrington.

Bureau staff will be in the Brand Room on the Goshen County Fairgrounds here at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, to answer questions and talk about operations and accounting from water year 2017 in the reservoirs on the North
Platte River.

Water year 2017 ran from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.

Operational scenarios for the current water year will also be presented. Information will include reasonable minimum, most probable and reasonable maximum water supply conditions.

Discussion group invites public

TORRINGTON – The Political Discussion Group of the Goshen County Democratic Women invites interested area women to a series of round-table meetings.

GCDW will host four sessions to discuss local, state and national issues. The meetings will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, at Garcia’s Restaurant at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 26 and U.S. Hwy. 85 in Torrington.

For more information, call (307) 532-5966 or (307) 534-4609.

Auxiliary breakfast set

TORRINGTON – The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5 will host veterans, active military and their families for breakfast in honor of Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 at the American Legion hall in downtown Torrington.

Serving hours will be 7 to 10 a.m.

EWC to host final in concert series

TORRINGTON – The Patti Fiasco Band will be the featured artist for the third and final performance in the Eastern Wyoming College Community Education Department
concert series.

The Patti Fiasco will take the stage at the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium here at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets for the performance are $15.

The band, originally from Wyoming and featuring lead vocalist Alysia Kraft of Encampment, is currently based out of Fort Collins, Colo. Their music has been described as a “soulful brand of rock and roll, with a heavy dose of rockabilly, blues and ballad,” according to an EWC press release.

For more information, contact the Community Education office at
(307) 532-8323.

Sugar tour set for Dec. 5

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce AgriBusiness Committee will host its annual Sugar Tour at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The tour is a fund raiser for scholarships awarded to eligible students pursuing Ag-related careers. Cost is $30 per person and includes a tour of the Scottsbluff sugar factory, an educational presentation and supper. The meal is provided by Western Sugar, BetaSeed and WESTCO. 

For reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 308-632-2133. Please respond quickly as tickets
are limited. 

Participants must be 18 years of age, and are encouraged to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes, as there is walking and stairs involved in the tour. For safety and food production purposes, jewelry, dangly earrings and necklaces, rings, and watches, are not allowed to be worn.

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