BILLINGS— The Big Sky Dowser will meet at its 37th annual convention from Aug. 23-24 at the Moose Lodge in Billings, Mont.
Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oil and many other objects and materials without the use of scientific apparatus.
Come to the convention and learn about dowsing and see it demonstrated and learn the technique. The special presenter will be Big Sky Dowser Charter Member Vern Bandy who will demonstrate dowsing rods he personally designed.
For further information call Edris at 406-255-0928, Lois at 406-252-4215, or Gary at 406-670-0821.
BIG HORN— Professional polo announcer and young horse trainer Gus Whitelaw will be at the Brinton Barn in Big Horn Wednesday.
At 10 a.m. Whitelaw will give a horse demonstration and talk about training a young horse, getting a polo horse used to “traffic,” the polo ball, field work and other horse-related topics.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 672-3173. The barn is located at #241, to the west of the Brinton Museum Entrance, 239 Brinton Road in Big Horn.
BIG HORN— The first annual Big Horn Market will be Saturday, Aug. 30th from 9a.m.-2 p.m. Collette Eliason has been working with the Smokehouse and the Big Horn Mercantile to participate through great food and music. Although the event is small, there is a nice variety of participants from local artists paintings, pottery, baked goods (gluten free), home goods, locally made bath and body items, face-painting, wagon rides, locally grown vegetables and kids’ activities. Big Horn Heritage Days will also bring live music to the Big Horn Smokehouse Friday and Saturday night. For more information call Collette Eliason at 752-3764.
SHERIDAN—Sheridan College will celebrate Constitution Day, Wednesday, the 227th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Led by English faculty member David Golden, Sheridan College will present a complete reading of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the remaining Amendments. The reading will begin at 1 p.m. inside the Thorne-Rider Campus Center on Wednesday. The event is open to the public. For more information call Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801.
UCROSS—The public is invited to “Wyoming Voices: Reflections on the Natural World and Our Place In It” 3 p.m. Saturday at the Big Red Barn in Ucross. Wyoming Voices features readings, stories, presentations, and reflections from Wyoming writers, artists, students, and scientists. This year, the presenters will explore ideas of “wilderness” and “wildness” from a range of perspectives. Attendees will hear from Sheridan-based poet Jane Wohl, WyoFile reporter and Big Horn native Greg Nickerson, past Ucross resident and Wyoming Outdoor Council staff member, Stefani Farris, and American Indian Studies professor Caskey Russell. Susie Cannon of Big Horn will be the emcee. The public is invited and the event is free and open to the public. Both presentations will be followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. For more information, call Emilene Ostlind at 307-766-2604.
SHERIDAN—Sheridan College is having a presentation called “Memories of Heart Mountain: The Imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II” by Sam Mihara, a former prisoner at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and Pomona, California internment camps during World War II. During World War II, the U.S. government forced 9-year-old Sam Mihara and his entire family to move from their home in San Francisco to an internment camp in Wyoming. Seventy years have passed since the incarceration and Sam is one of the few survivors willing to speak about this experience. In his moving presentation, he talks about his years in the Heart Mountain and Pomona internment camps, providing a first-hand account of this great civil rights injustice that was experienced by more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. Sam Mihara is a rocket scientist who worked for Boeing and later started his own high-tech consulting firm. He was incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II, and he now travels around the country speaking about that experience. The presentation will be on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitney Presentation Hall. For more information, contact Misty Bateman at firstname.lastname@example.org
SHERIDAN — The next and final Sheridan Farmers Market will be held Thursday on Grinnell Plaza. From 5-7 p.m. vendors will sell produce, arts and crafts and more as live music, children’s activities, demonstrations and nonprofit booths are hosted. This week’s activities include an acoustic set by Bill Heide. Attendance is free for customers and vendor booths are available to rent. For more information or to sign up as a vendor call Bonnie Gregory at the Downtown Sheridan Association 672-8881 or visit sheridanfarmersmarket.org online.
SHERIDAN—Few people today know much about the largest child migration in history. Between 1854 and 1929 more than 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Organized by Rev. Charles Brace to rid New York City of homeless street children and provide them with a chance to find new homes, this nearly 80 year experiment in child migration is filled with horror stories and happy endings. Sheridan Fulmer Library will host “Riders on the Orphan Trains”, the official outreach program of the National Orphan Train Complex, at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Inner Circle. There will be a one hour presentation including music and photos. The library is located at 335 W. Alger St. For more information, contact Christina Schmidt at 674-8585 ext. 29.
SHERIDAN—The Kendrick Mansion at Trail End State Historic Site will open its doors free of charge for ticket holders on Saturday, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! nationwide event. Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. The Museum Day Live! tickets are now available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at a participating venue for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, go to Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues. Trail End State Historic Site is located at 400 Clarendon Ave. Call curator Sharie Prout with any questions at 674-4589. The museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, and visitors must present a Museum Day Live! ticket to gain free entrance.
SHERIDAN—There will be a free Caregiver Conference at the Holiday Inn Oct. 3 and 4. All caregivers all welcome and the conference will feature general information and focused sessions on Alzheimer’s Disease. Register by Sept. 30 by calling 1-877-926-8300 and ask for the Sheridan Caregiver Conference. Or go online at www.uwyo.edu/wycoa. Events will kick off Friday with an appreciation dinner and will wrap-up Saturday around 5 p.m. The Holiday Inn is located at 1809 Sugarland Dr.
SHERIDAN— Author Mark Smiley will have a book signing of ‘Surviving the Big Horns’ Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event will be held at Sheridan Stationery, 206 N. Main St. For more information call Robby Smith at 674-8080.
SHERIDAN—Election day is Nov. 4 and there will be another candidate forum next Tuesday and Wednesday. This is an opportunity for candidates to share their views with the public. Candidates for local positions will speak on Tuesday and state and federal candidates will speak on Wednesday. Both forums are in the Whitney Presentation Hall at the Sheridan College, 3059 Coffeen Ave. at 7 p.m.
SHERIDAN — Author Craig Johnson will sign copies of his book “Wait for Signs” on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery located at 206 N. Main St. For more information call Robby Smith at 674-8080.
DAYTON—Meet and greet Dayton’s local candidates for Mayor and Town Council on Thursday. Ask questions so that you can make an informed vote on Nov. 4. The event is being held at the Tongue River Valley Community Center from 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call the Community Center at (307) 655-9419.
SHERIDAN—For the next series of Brown Bag and After Hours lectures by Lynn Gordon, she will focus on fear.
The After Hours lecture is on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
There will be a repeat of the seminar on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Both lectures will be held at the Downtown Sheridan Association.
For more information call 307-674-6446 ext. 2200. The lectures are offered by Family and Personal Counseling Center and Sheridan College Community Education.
SHERIDAN — Field representatives for Wyoming’s congressional delegation will host office hours Wednesday at the Sheridan County YMCA.
The office hours provide area residents an opportunity to discuss issues, views, questions and concerns with the field representatives. The comments and concerns will be relayed to Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis.
The office hours will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.
The Sheridan County YMCA is located at 417 N. Jefferson St.
For more information, contact any of the three congressional offices:
• Enzi’s Gillette office: 682-6268;
• Barrasso’s Sheridan office: 672-6456;
• Lummis’ Sheridan office: 673-4608.
STORY— Story is having their second annual chili cook-off Thursday as part of their Fall Festival at the Story School. Contestants are needed and entry forms are available at the Story school, Story store and the Story library. For more registration information call Stevie Phillips at 752-6140. The Fall Festival is from 5-7 p.m. and features the chili cook-off, family photos, cake walk and tons of activities and games.
SHERIDAN— The Sheridan Bar Association along with the Sheridan College are holding a free legal advice clinic on Thursday, Oct. 23. From 6-9 p.m. at the Founders Hall, lawyers will be present to answer your legal questions for free. To schedule an appointment, call the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid at 307-777-8383.
SHERIDAN — A free retirement strategy presentation will be held Thursday at the Powder Horn Clubhouse.
The event, “Plan Your Retirement on Your Own Terms,” will include cocktails and conversation about retirement preparation and strategies to maximize Social Security benefits.
The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The retirement presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Organizers ask those planning to attend to RSVP by the end of today. To RSVP, call 674-6288.
The Powder Horn Clubhouse is located at 23 Country Club Lane.
SHERIDAN — To help mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and educate residents about Sheridan County’s contribution to the war, Sheridan Fulmer Library will host an exhibit through Nov. 30.
The exhibit will be on display in the Inner Circle and The Wyoming Room.
On Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Inner Circle, Michael Dykhorst, an assistant researcher in The Wyoming Room, will give a presentation about Sheridan County men and women who participated in the war. The presentation will include many photos of Sheridan events during the war and local historian Bob Wilson will present WWI military uniforms and weapons of the time.
The Inner Circle exhibit will include photos and information about Sheridan enlisted men and women who served as nurses, pencil sketches of war scenes by Sheridan resident George Ostrom — who was a soldier during the war — and photos of bond drives held in Sheridan. Display cases in The Wyoming Room will feature WWI uniforms and other memorabilia.
The Children’s Library will also have a WWI display and various age-appropriate activities during the month.
The library is located at 335 W. Alger St. For more information, call the library at 674-8585.
SHERIDAN — The WYO Theater will host a 25th anniversary celebration for volunteers, patrons and the Sheridan community on Saturday.
WYO Theater staff and board members invite the community to an evening of memories, music and surprises. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are complimentary, and may be obtained by calling the theater at 672-9084. Organizers ask community members to RSVP by Tuesday.
The WYO Theater is located at 42 N. Main St.
SHERIDAN — Santosha Yoga will host a free day of yoga and meditation Saturday, March 7, on the top floor of the Old Taylor School.
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up at 3:30 p.m. Throughout the day, five yoga and meditation classes will be held.
There will also be two breaks for snacks, drawings and tours and a break for lunch.
Prizes for the drawings will include Chamber Bucks, coffee gift cards, beauty products and free class sessions.
There will also be an opportunity to donate to a local nonprofit to be voted on by attendees.
For additional information, see balancedlivingconsultants.com, call 763-0017 or email email@example.com.
The Old Taylor School is located at 1030 N. Main St.
SHERIDAN — Every Tuesday, beginning March 10, the Sheridan Senior Center will host “Love a Book” at 10 a.m. in the center’s community room.
Jackie McMahon will read aloud to attendees. She will begin with some of John Erickson’s stories, such as “Hank the Cowdog.”
The new program is geared toward older adults who love books, but whose vision may be preventing them from reading.
For additional information, contact Jane Perkins of the Sheridan Senior Center at 672-2240.
The Sheridan Senior Center is located at 211 Smith St.
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Community Land Trust will host its annual community open house Tuesday, March 10, from 6-9 p.m. below the nonprofit’s offices on Main Street.
The open house will showcase the work of the nonprofit.
The public is invited to enjoy food, drinks and a chance to win prizes such as a fly fishing trip or a ranch vacation stay.
For additional information, contact Claire Hobbs at 673-4702 or to learn more about SCLT see sheridanclt.org.
The open house will be held on the ground level of 54 S. Main St.
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Homebuilders Association annual Home and Garden Show will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Sheridan Holiday Inn.
The show will be open from 5-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The show will include a little something for everyone with more than 60 exhibitors and vendors expected.
The free event will also include special activities and drawings.
For additional information, contact Kathy Sampson at 672-5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holiday Inn is located at 1809 Sugarland Drive.