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Friday support meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30 a.m., 917 N. Beech; 8:30 a.m., 500 S. Wolcott; 10 a.m., 328 E. A; noon, 500 S. Wolcott; 2 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 5:30 p.m., 1124 Elma, Imitate the Image Church; 5:30 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m,. 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 328-1/2 E. A, closed; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 10 p.m., 917 N. Beech. Douglas: 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Al Anon: KISS (Keep It Simple Silly), noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club, Fort Caspar Room.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 6 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8:30 p.m., 302 E. 2nd St., Methodist Church. Web site: www.urmrna.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m., 12-24 Club, 500 S. Wolcott. Info: Candace, 359-6225; Rebekah, 320-6779.

Al-Anon Family: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200, 12-24 Club, all ages welcome. Info: 377-7260 or 258-1444.

International Addictions Program: 7 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Conwell. Info: 266-5417.

LGTBQ AA/NA: 7 p.m., A 12-Step AA/NA Recovery Group for gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and questioning persons meets at the United Church of Christ, located at the corner of 15th and Melrose. Info: 259-5026.

Trash pickup delayed

The City of Casper will not collect garbage on New Year’s day. Trash collection for all City of Casper trash customers will be delayed by one day both holiday weeks. The Monday route will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday on Wednesday; Wednesday on Thursday; Thursday on Friday; and Friday on Saturday. Residents should have their dumpsters placed on the street next to the sidewalk curb by 7 a.m.

The City of Casper Regional Solid Waste Facility (a.k.a. Balefill) will be closed on New Year’s Day. The facility will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day after New Year’s (Tuesday). The facility is closed on Sundays.

To aid Christmas tree disposal, the City of Casper has set up seven drop-off locations that will be available until January 26. The locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drop-off locations are: near the Paradise Valley swimming pool at Valley Drive and Iris Street, at the recycling depot on Wyoming Boulevard across from the west entrance to the Fairgrounds, at the ballfield at 13th & Sycamore, on Viking Court cul de sac off of Blackmore Rd. (by pedestrian bridge over Wyoming Blvd.), at the Huber Park recycling depot at 5th and Lion Ct., by the Mike Sedar swimming pool at 781 College Dr., and near the recycling depot at the North Casper Athletic Complex at 1600 E. “K” St.

Trees may also be taken to the compost yard located at the Solid Waste Facility, 1883 Station Rd., during facility hours. Trees at the drop-offs and at the compost yard will be composted. All trees should be free of lights, tinsel and ornaments. Residents who are unable to take their tree to a drop-off may schedule an appointment for curbside pickup. Appointments are limited and need to be made by Friday, Jan. 12. Appointments can be made by calling the Solid Waste office at 235-8246.

Walk-in vaccination clinics

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department will be hosting walk-in vaccination clinics for influenza and pneumonia every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. No appointment is necessary if you come on Friday for the walk-in clinic. The influenza shot costs $25 per person, VFC eligible influenza is $20, PCV13 is $240, and PPSV23 is $120. We accept all major insurances. Please bring your insurance card and identification card with you. We will also be offering vaccinations by appointment. Call 577-9757 to make an appointment.

Model railroaders at trails center

Members of the Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association will move operations from the clubhouse on North Center Street to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center during the month of December. Operating hours at the trails center are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday.

Guests can to view the variety of model railroad trains and try their hand at actual model train operation. As part of the CWMRA annual fundraising raffle, they will headline two HO Scale train sets, where you will be able to arrange the track on your own board. Also on display for the raffle will be an original watercolor painting by local artist Mandy Lynne Blevins.

Club members from the CWMRA will be on hand to assist and educate train enthusiasts. “This is truly a one of a kind, hands-on operation where you will have the opportunity to touch and operate the trains. We are excited as always to partner with the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center,” said Homer Whitlock, a club member.

Skate all day at ice arena

The Casper Ice Arena will be hosting Skate All Day sessions during Winter Break. Admission and skate rental for Skate All Day is $6. Participants can come and go throughout the session. Skating tutors are available for $3 each. Children four years old and under are free with a paid admission. Here are the dates and times to mark on your calendar: through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Skate All Day); Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Skate All Day).

The Casper Ice Arena will be closed January 1 for the holidays.

For the current public skating schedule and additional information on public skating, birthday parties, skating classes, or any other upcoming ice arena special event, please call 235-8484 or visit www.casperwy.gov.

Monthly veterans ceremony

The Natrona County United Veterans Council and the staff of the Oregon Trail Wyoming Veteran’s Cemetery conduct a monthly memorial service for those known Wyoming veterans who have died since the last memorial service, which was held on November 30 when we honored 92 Wyoming veterans.

This month’s memorial service will be held at noon in the Tom Walsh Chapel at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery. All are welcome to attend.

This memorial service is provided on behalf of a grateful state and nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by each of these veterans.

The veteran’s name, Wyoming community and branch of service is read at roll call. There is a rifle salute, taps and a flag ceremony.

Final day for 50 percent off sale

Memory Lane Boutique at 319 S. Wilson is having a 50% off Christmas Sale through Friday. Come in and say hello to all our great volunteers who take care of the boutique. We are in the administration building of Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, proceeds from MLB help with patient care.

Celebrate Recovery every Friday

Celebrate Recovery meets at 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Highland Park Community Church, just south of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital on East Second Street. A family meal starts the evening, followed by praise and worship. At 7 p.m. there’s either a lesson from Celebrate Recovery’s planned curriculum or a testimony by a person who has found recovery through Christ. Then, people go to gender-specific small groups until 8:30 p.m. when dessert and fellowship conclude the evening. Child care is available at no cost. For more information, contact Chris at 265-4073.

Book selection for home schoolers

Home-schooled first graders can choose their 2018 Wyoming Reads books by visiting the Children’s Department at the Natrona County Library from Tuesday through January 24. Students will receive their book of choice at the Wyoming Reads celebration on May 15, held at the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Natrona County Library. Wyoming Reads is a statewide celebration of literacy during which every first-grader in the state receives a book provided by the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation. Call 577.READ x5 for more information.

Chad Prather at events center

Comedian and armchair philosopher Chad Prather brings his Star Spangled Banter Tour to the Casper Events Center Summit Room at 8 p.m. Eighteen and older are welcome. Tickets are $26 in advance, $29 day of show, with early bird tickets only $20. Meet and greet tickets are $76. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

Prather is known for his way with words. He is a comedian, armchair philosopher, musician and observational humorist. He is often referred to as “the modern day Will Rogers.”

Tickets are at www.SinclairTix.com, charge by phone at 577-3030 and 800-442-2256 or in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or statewide SinclairTix outlets.

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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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