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.

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:

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.

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 begin run 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., Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 14 to 16, 21 to 23 and 27 to 30.

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 trainsets, 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.

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.

Parents’ movie night at the events center

Part of the Season of Giving at the Casper Events Center, doors open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary popcorn and chocolate bar will be available prior to the start of the movie. Come early to check out the Rockstar Balcony, sample free hors d’oeuvres (while supplies last), and get 2-for-1 drinks until 7 p.m. Cash bar and concessions will be available. Don’t worry about bringing cash, buy a gift card in advance for all of your bar and concession needs. Bring blankets and/or chairs to hang out on the arena floor or grab a seat in the lower bowl. Popcorn and chocolate bar courtesy of Pepsi.

Bonfire bonanza

Take a break from the holiday bustle to enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores around a crackling fire with the Casper Girl Scouts and friends, old and new. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a lawn chair or blanket from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Casper Scout House. All grades are welcome. Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts $10, adults $5 and tagalongs $5. Register by December 6. Girl Scouts who bring a friend will receive an invite-a-friend patch; new girls will get a Discover Girl Scouts patch and a color-changing stadium cup.

Red Butte at Melrose

Red Butte will be sending the Melrose Coffee House into its winter break from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at 1511 S. Melrose.

Red Butte has a unique good-time, hard-time, old-time acoustic music style, featuring Dale Krasovetz (washboard), Greg Kearns (bass) and singer/song writers Chris Weydeveld (guitar and banjo) and Jerry Mitchell (guitar and harmonica), creating songs inspired by the men, women and landscape of Wyoming.

Please tip the band generously and help support the coffee house by purchasing an espresso drink, tea, desserts, and popcorn. Part of the proceeds go to a local charity each year.

Youth hockey this weekend

Casper Amateur Hockey Club invites everyone to come and watch some youth hockey this weekend at the Casper Ice Arena. On Friday, the PeeWee B team takes on Laramie at 7:15 p.m., followed by the high school team against Rock Springs at 8:45 p.m. Saturday has five games on the schedule: PeeWee B vs. Laramie at 6:45 a.m.; high school vs. Rock Springs at 8:15 a.m.; Squirt A vs. Laramie at 3:15 p.m.; Pee Wee A vs. Gillette Purple at 4:30 p.m., and the Girls team hosts Cheyenne at 6 p.m. Sunday morning concludes the busy weekend with three games: Squirt A vs. Laramie at 7:45 a.m.; Pee Wee A vs Gillette Purple at 8:30 a.m.; and the girls finish up their doubleheader against Cheyenne at 10 a.m. It’s going to be a great weekend of hockey. For more information, contact Diane at

Festival Choir concert

Singers are invited to participate in rehearsals for the annual Festival Choir & Orchestra Concert, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. The choir will present a variety of works, including “Four Carols for Christmas,” arranged by Fred Taylor, a setting of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” arranged by Dan Forrest, “Mary, Did You Know,” and the Rene Clausen arrangement of “O Holy Night.”

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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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