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Wednesday 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; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 7 p.m., 520 CY; 8 p.m., 328-1/2 E. A; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 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., 302 E. 2nd St., First Methodist Church, east door, downstairs room 12.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 7 p.m., 15th and Melrose, at the church. Web site:

TOPS #162, weight loss support, 8:30 a.m., 1868 S. Poplar.

Free tax assistance has new location

The Natrona County VITA Program, a United Way of Natrona County initiative, runs Tuesday through Saturday through April 12, 2018. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The service is closed Sunday and Monday. The new location is 350 Big Horn in Casper, located off of Poplar Street close to I-25. This is a first come, first serve program, no appointments will be scheduled. Individuals must bring their social security card, photo identification and the appropriate paperwork with them. For a complete listing of required paperwork, please visit the website listed below. The initiative is supported by funding from the Wyoming Free Tax Service and United Way of Natrona County.

If you have any questions, please call (307) 337-7411 during hours of operation or visit the website, or on Facebook.

Ticket deadline for Duct Tape Duel

The 12th annual Father-Son Duct Tape Duel will be hosted at Crest Hill Elementary School from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on Saturday. Fathers, sons, grandfathers, grandsons, uncles and nephews of school age boys from 4 years to 13 years are invited to participate in this fun event.

Usable building materials will be donated by sponsors of the event: Peden’s Inc., S.A.M.E. Sportswear, Bush Wells Sporting Goods, Aaker Signs, Kistler Tent & Awning, Sutherlands, Prairie Pella of Wyoming, PPS Janitorial Services, Unique Reflections, the Home Depot, and the Parkway Plaza.

Tickets are $25 per two-person team. Pizza, drinks, and more will be served. Seating is limited and there will be no tickets available at the door. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday and are available at Express Printing (839 CY Ave.) or at the office of Wyoming CARES.

The Father-Son Duct Tape Duel is a program of Wyoming CARES. Wyoming CARES is a 501©(3) not for profit agency with a mission: to provide assistance to Wyoming residents in need.

For more information, contact the office of Wyoming CARES at 237-7035.

Winter clearance at Methodist thrift

The winter clearance sale has begun at the Methodist Thrift Shop, 611 West Collins. The sale has been changed this year to run only to March 21. All merchandise is half price now with prices going down. Come shop early while the selection is good.

Store hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and other merchandise is welcome during store hours.

The store will be closed March 22 to 25 for cleaning and restocking. Monday, March 26, the shop will reopen with all new spring merchandise.

The thrift shop is staffed with volunteers of the First United Methodist Church, with proceeds going to Holy Cross and Interfaith. Your support helps us to support these entities which we appreciate.

For more information, call 234-6611.

Preschool Picassos at Nic

Preschool Picassos for ages 2 to 5 meets at the Nicolaysen Art Museum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., March 14 to April 18, and 2 to 3 p.m.,March 16 to April 20.

Fees: $30 (members) and $55 (non-members) per child/adult duo for each six-class session.

The class helps enhance fine motor coordination, increase creative expression, and strengthen problem solving skills through different art materials. Explore art concepts together in this age-appropriate and theme-structured six-week art class.

The Nic offers member families $15 off class fees per each additional sibling.

Home school art starts

Home school art is offered at the Nicolaysen Art Museum on Wednesdays, ages K through 3rd grade from 1 to 2 p.m., and ages 4th to 8th grade, 2 to 3 p.m., March 14 to April 18.

Fees: $40 (members) and $65 (non-members) per child for each six-class session.

Build skills and learn about different art media in a fun and engaging environment. The classes focus on art styles, concepts behind the art and personal interpretation, while enhancing students’ individual techniques through exploration of the elements of art and principles of design. The Nic offers member families $15 off class fees per each additional sibling.

For more information contact Zhanna G. at or call 235-5247.

Selling hand-crafted items online

The Natrona County Library will offer a Selling Hand-Crafted Items Online class from 1 to 3 p.m. Library staff will provide an overview of selling hand-crafted items on Etsy, including how to sell, ship, handle feedback, and process transactions effectively and safely. Call 577.READ x2 or email for more information.

Quilts of Valor Wednesday

The Crossroads Quilters chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation will be meeting weekly from 1 to 4 p.m., on Wednesdays at the Central Wyoming Senior Services center, 1831 East 4th St., in the activity room. Quilters who are interested are welcome to attend. For more information contact Jan Whitney, 237-7709 or Linda Tackett, 253-0110.

Get free baby food, care items

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hand out baby food, diapers, and toiletries to community members from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Natrona County Library parking lot. Free and open to the public. No documentation or proof of income required. Call 577.READ x2 or email for more information.

After school at the library

The Natrona County Library will host a STEAM project for elementary-age students at 4 p.m. Students will learn about light, reflections, and symmetry, and explore these effects on their designs, by making kaleidoscopes. All supplies provided at no cost. Call 577.READ x5 for more information.

Corned beef and cabbage at Elks

Wednesday Night Special at the Casper Elks Lodge is corned beef and cabbage and fixings. All you can eat for $7, children 5 to 13 are $3, serving from 6 to 7 p.m., or until it’s gone. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839. All proceeds go to Elks Charities.

Archaeologists meet

The monthly meeting of the Casper Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will be held at 7 p.m., on the ground floor of the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd. Please use the entrance on the east side of the building.

Following a brief business meeting, Dr. Lawrence Todd, from Meeteetse, who is a Colorado State University anthropology professor emeritus, University of Texas-Austin research fellow, and Park County Historic Preservation Commission treasurer, will be the guest speaker.

His presentation is entitled: Revisiting Lucy and Piet: Taphonomy of Hadar (Ethiopia) and Trinil (Java) Collections. There are few fossils specimens are as widely recognized as “Lucy” and “Java Man.”

Please contact Mavis Greer, Chapter president, at if you have any questions.

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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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