Thursday 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., 328 E. A; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 4600 S. Poplar, closed; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech. Douglas: 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open. Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Al-Anon: 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200. Douglas: 5 p.m., Congregational United Church, 405 N. 6th St.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8 p.m., 4700 S. Poplar (church basement). Web site: http://www.urmrna.org.

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., Thursday through 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.

Holiday open house at ALC

Casper College Adult Learning Center hosts its annual holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Werner Technical Center. Enjoy holiday shopping, basket bidding, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and much more. Lunch will be served from noon until it’s gone. Proceeds benefit the volunteers and students of the Adult Learning Center.

Open houses at Crest Hill, Lincoln

In an effort to ensure all parents and students are as informed as possible leading up to the Open Enrollment period for the 2018-19 school year, NCSD has announced the schools’ open house schedule. The 2018-19 Open Enrollment window is January 3-17, 2018. Thursday: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Crest Hill Elementary; 6 to 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Elementary.

Please contact individual schools with any questions. The schedule (in English and Spanish) can also be found online here: http://natronaschools.org/open-house-schedule-2018-19-enrollment/.

Pearl Harbor remembrance

The Natrona County High School Jr. ROTC will present a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day program at 6 p.m., at VFW Post # 9439, located on Bryan Stock Trail. A full spaghetti dinner will be served after the program. All are welcome to never forget. Any questions, call Gary 237-7864.

Art Walk downtown

The final first Thursday Casper Art Walk of the year will run from 5 to 8 p.m. It is the popular Chocolate Walk, with samples of chocolate deliciousness being offered by many downtown merchants.

Pick up an Art Walk map at Sierra West on Center Street, Fashion Crossroads on Second Street or David Street Station, stroll through participating downtown stores, enjoying great specials and chocolate treats along the trail. Maps must be turned in at Cadillac Cowgirl or Rubenesque by Saturday for the chance to win a great prize. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

At David Street Station, make free s’mores while ingredients last and enjoy the fire pits.

Featured passport locations are The Table, Scarlows Gallery and Frontier Brewing.

Visit CasperArtWalk.com for updated news about the Art Walk.

Also, beginning on Thursday, numerous downtown merchants will take part in “Late ‘Til 8,” staying open until 8 pm. on Thursdays in December.

Four Directions at Scarlow’s

Art by Barbara C. Kuxhausen will feature four approaches, including watercolors, handmade paper collages, terra forms, and pottery at Scarlow Gallery, 122 W. 2nd St. The show will hang from December 7 to February 2, 2018. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday during the Art Walk. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibit reception at Nic

The Nicolaysen Art Museum is honored to present an exhibition of Native American art from its permanent collection that has been curated by students in the Fall 2017 Museum Studies program at Casper College. “Walking the Artist’s Path: Process in Native American Art,” will run through February 4, 2018, with an opening reception during Casper’s Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., on Thursday. Students and faculty from the museum studies program at Casper College will be present at the opening.

This exhibition explores techniques and processes used in creating Native American art work. Rather than an interpretation of design and spirituality, this show emphasizes and discusses how the artworks are constructed and the materials used to create these beautiful handmade objects. Outstanding examples in pottery, weaving, basketry, beadwork, and leatherwork will be on display by traditional and contemporary Native American artists. Works including painting, sculpture, and constructs by contemporary artists demonstrate the wide range of creative paths utilized by Native American artists.

“Walking the Artist’s Path: Process in Native American Art,” will exhibit in the Rosenthal Gallery at The NIC. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission to the museum is free to museum members as well as active military and veterans. Fees for the public are available at thenic.org.

Holiday bazaar opens at Art 321

The annual and very popular Holiday Bazaar opens at Art 321 during the Art Walk. The bazaar is the perfect spot for finding gifts perfect for the “artsy” folks on your shopping list — and for yourself as well.

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ returns

The Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Casper at 7 p.m. at the Casper Events Center. Tickets start at $28. Single tickets are available at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets, www.CasperEventsCenter.com, by phone at 800-442-2256, or by visiting the Casper Events Center Box Office, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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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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