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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.

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.

Holiday camp at rec center

The school holidays are almost here and the Casper Recreation Center has some great activities planned for elementary children, ages 5 to 12/ Sign up your children for the Holiday Camp that runs weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through January 2, 2018. There will be no camp on Monday, December 25 or January 1. Activities will include games and sports, arts and crafts, ice skating on Wednesdays and Fridays and swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee for the entire camp is $128 or there are a limited number of daily registrations for $18 per day.

Children are fully supervised at all times and need to bring a sack lunch and a morning snack. Registration fee includes an afternoon snack, skating and swimming. Pre-registration is highly recommended as space is limited. Registration can be done in person at 1801 E 4th St., by phone with a credit card at 235-8383 or online at

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. Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 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.

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.

Twelve Days of Christmas open

The 12 Days of Christmas is open for its 44th year at 1743 E. Yellowstone Highway from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Saturday. Shop the 30 different artisans and crafters displaying this year. Enjoy the quilting, fiber arts and jewelry, along with glass antiques and food items. See crafters from throughout the state displaying their crafts.

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:

Dec. 22 and 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Skate All Day); December 23, 1 to 3 p.m., (Skate with Santa); Dec. 26 to 31, 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 December 24, 25, and January 1for 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

Santa’s Workshop open daily

Santa’s Workshop at Old Town Casper on the grounds of the Parkway Plaza is open daily from noon to 5 p.m., through Saturday. Cost is $10 per child. Visit Santa Claus and enjoy Christmas craft stations, story time and Christmas cheer. Candy canes and Santa are available noon to 4 p.m., with cookies, drinks and story time at 3:30 p.m. Families are permitted to use their own cameras.

Learn about fresh fish

Join Grant Street Grocery and Market, 815 S. Grant St., for its Seafood Extravaganza from 3 to 6 p.m., and check last minute shopping tasks and final meal preparations off your list for the holiday season. Grab a gift box, a few culinary gifts or a gift card and enjoy some tasty samples around the store. You’ll find market made fish and shrimp ceviche, Maine lobster tails, stone crabs, Hokkaido scallops, caviar, three types of oysters, and smoked lox, as well as sampling Bittermilk drink mixers for Christmas parties and New Year celebrations. Need More Salsa is also having a special tasting on Friday. Hailing from Jelm, the company offers three salsas.

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.

Holidays at the Casper Planetarium

Bring your family to the Casper Planetarium this holiday season. In addition to the shows listed below, the Planetarium gift shop is a great place to find science-themed toys and books for kids, affordable stocking stuffers, and fascinating all-ages gifts from kinetic sculptures to lava lamps. For more info, visit or find us on Facebook. The Planetarium will be closed Dec. 25 to 29.

“Season of Light” is a holiday show that traces the history of many enduring holiday customs, from Yule logs to luminarias. Discover how celestial phenomena play a part in the winter traditions and cultures of many peoples. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Showings: 4:15 p.m. through Friday, as well as 7 p.m. on Saturday and Dec. 30.

“Black Holes” lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons. They can devour a star and capture light itself. Learn how black holes are formed, where they’re found, and what makes them unique. Recommended for 7th grade and up. Showings: 8 p.m. on Saturday and Dec. 30.

Boutique 50 percent off sale

Memory Lane Boutique at 319 S. Wilson is having a 50% off Christmas Sale until the end of the year. 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.

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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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