Live, love and Sparkle.
Live, love and Sparkle.
That’s the theme of the Wyoming Women’s Expo, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Casper Events Center.
More than 2,000 people attended the event last year. Now in its ninth year, the Wyoming Women’s Expo provides Wyoming women with a weekend of entertainment, professional development, networking and shopping.
“We want to make each woman who attends the Wyoming Women’s Expo to feel that she has had the opportunity to gain insights, products and services that enhance her life,” wrote Anna Rosburg, marketing director for the City of Casper Leisure Services Department.
To help attendees shine, the Wyoming Women’s Expo is offering a Sparkle Spa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Rocky Mountain Academy of Hair, Skin and Nails in Casper will provide a number of services, such as facials, manicures, extensions, braiding, brow waxing, lash extensions, brow and lash coloring and blow-outs. The services are free with admission, but tips are encouraged.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
Also new this year is an expanded professional development day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The event features a luncheon and three speakers.
“Extending it to a whole afternoon is a great way to inspire women in our community,” said Kendra Ziler, office coordinator at Casper Events Center.
Cindy Bigner, senior director of global diversity and inclusion for Halliburton Co. in Houston, is the keynote speaker. Attendees will also hear from Linda Crowder, a business consultant and career coach at Focus Forward in Casper, and Melinda McClelland, principal consultant and managing director of Organizational Effectiveness Resources in Cody.
The trade show, which features products and services for women, will also be expanded this year. Organizers expect more than 120 vendors.
“It’s really exciting. We’re getting a lot more local and family-owned businesses,” Ziler said. “It gives them a chance to put a face to their business, and I think that the benefit of (participating) is getting to know your customers.”
Organizers have drawn a variety of vendors that offer a wide range of products in response to requests for more shopping opportunities.
“I think having a variety of different items to shop for and learn about contributes to the show,” Rosburg said.
The trade show is open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and is included with admission.
Hands-on demonstrations will be offered throughout the event at no additional cost. Cost Plus Appliance and Design Center of Casper is back after a one-year hiatus with its cooking demonstrations. In addition, there will be cooking demonstrations by Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef. Smith focuses on tasty, healthy meals.
The Home Depot will offer demonstrations for do-it-yourselfers. Greiner Motors of Casper will show you the basics of car care, such as how to change a tire. Artisan Alley, which offers step-by-step painting in Casper, will host wine glass painting projects at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. There is a limit of 10 participants in each class.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
Girls’ Night Out will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and admission costs $20. Those who attend can browse the booths at the trade show, which will be open from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy good food, sample libations and get some laughs. Hors ‘d oeuvres, such as mini desserts, will be catered by Casper Events Center. Women are encouraged to stay for Lisa Landry’s comedic performance, which starts at 8:30 p.m. and is included with admission.
Ta-Ta Trot 5K walk/run
Now in it’s fourth year, the Ta-Ta Trot 5K walk/run will kick off Saturday’s festivities. The race is a fundraiser for the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, which provides assistance to cancer patients throughout the state. Although the race is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer, the organization helps those with all types of cancer with needs not covered by insurance, such as meals and transportation. Registration start at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m., rain or shine.
Registration costs $30 in advance or $40 on race day. Participants will receive a T-shirt, although it’s not guaranteed for those who don’t preregister, and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners. For more information, contact Stacey Zeidler at 307-233-4718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WY Women First Mammovan, a mobile mammography van which travels the state, will once again be on the trade show floor. WY Women First, an effort of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, GE and the State of Wyoming, launched the mammovan in June of 2012 to give rural Wyomingites access to mammograms. Mammograms will not be offered during the expo, but people will be able to take tours of the mammovan and learn about breast cancer. Learn more about the mammovan, its schedule and screening options at wywomenfirst.com.
The farmers’ market will also return this year. It will bring fresh fall fruit and vegetables, as well as homemade baked and canned goods, to the expo 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Several types of health screenings will be offered Saturday. Rocky Mountain Oncology of Casper will provide screenings for oral, head and neck, skin and breast cancers 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Private screening room swill be provided. Wyoming Medical Center will provide free A1C finger pricks (a blood sugar test used to identify Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes), body fat percentage/body mass index tests and blood pressure checks.
In addition, Wyoming Medical Center will offer a neck measure and short survey to identify obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder which interrupts breathing during sleep. According to the National Institutes of Health, this can result in increased anxiety and depression, poor performance at work or school, and increased risk of accidents and heart disease.
“Eighty percent of men and 93 percent of women who have it don’t know it,” said Gail Parker, manager of respiratory care at Wyoming Medical Center.
A large neck is one symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Women with a neck size of 16 inches or more are at a greater risk of developing sleep apnea.
Wyoming Medical Center will also offer blood draws at discounted prices.
Those who attend three health screenings during the expo can enter to win two tickets to Bill Cosby, four tickets to Sesame Street Live, a trip to Las Vegas or a two-night stay for two at the Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort, in Deadwood, South Dakota with breakfast, dinner and free gaming.