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.

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

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

Employment First summit

The fourth annual Wyoming Employment First Summit will be held at the Ramkota Hotel, sponsored by the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. Conference fee is $35. This is a training for employers and professionals who want to learn about hiring people with disabilities. For more information and to register, please visit http://wgcdd.wyo.gov/.

Reserve for Saturday Forum talk

“Health care is beyond broken,” declares Anne Ladd, CEO of the Wyoming Business Council on Health. “We spend more than twice what is spent in other developed countries and our results (clinical outcomes) have us ranked 37th in the world — behind Slovenia.”

Ladd will be speaking on health care in Wyoming at the Democratic Women’s Forum luncheon on Saturday at the Ramkota Hotel. She has titled her talk “Health Care & Economics – who has the means and the motivation to make it work?”

The Wyoming Business Council on Health is a statewide nonprofit group whose ultimate goal, Ladd says, is to make health care more transparent, improve quality of care and contain costs.

Democratic Women’s Forum luncheon meetings are open to all, regardless of gender. Charge for the noon buffet is $15 per plate, which includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call Jerre at 234-8625 by Wednesday prior to the Saturday meeting.

Pumpkins for a purpose

Join Meals On Wheels for its third annual pumpkin patch at the Meals on Wheels Building, 1760 E. 12th St. Pumpkin sales continue through Oct. 31. All pumpkins are Wyoming grown. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pumpkins will be $5 for a small, $10 for a medium and $15 for a large. Specialty pumpkins will be available in limited quantities. For more information or questions, please call the office at 265-8659 or visit us on the web at www.mealswheels.com. Find us on Facebook under Natrona County Meals On Wheels.

Last day for Murie Audubon tickets

The Murie Audubon Society annual banquet and fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday. The Ramkota Hotel will host the event. Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the establishment of a bird blind, water feature and feeders within Edness K. Wilkins State Park.

This will allow time for all guests to peruse the tables scattered with silent auction baskets. Dinner will feature a “South of the Border” buffet complete with churros for dessert.

Zach Hutchinson, MAS president and community naturalist, Audubon Rockies, will preside over the evening’s activities. Guest speaker will be Russell Hawley, who is the education specialist at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College.

Tickets for the banquet are $35 each or a table of eight for $250. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Zach Hutchinson, email: zhutchindon@audubon.org, by calling Karen Anfang, 472-0278, or Jim Brown, 262-0158. Ticket sales are final Wednesday.

A conversation on senior living

Whether you are considering a move for a loved one or looking at finances for your own retirement, hear from a panel of senior living professionals at an upcoming community forum noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Natrona County Library Crawford Room. Free and open to the public. Lunch provided at no cost by Stifel Murphy Henriksen Wealth Management Group at Wednesday’s discussion. Hosted by the Casper Senior Network and the Natrona County Library. Call 577.READ x2 or email reference@natronacountylibrary.org for more information.

Quilts of Valor every Wednesday

The Central Wyoming Chapter of Quilts of Valor meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to sew at the Central Wyoming Senior Services Center, 1831 E. Fourth St. Quilts of Valor are made by volunteers. Donated fabrics, supplies or monetary donations are appreciated. The chapter awards quilts to veterans who reside in the Central Wyoming region. Dues are $5 per year, and new members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Yung Hui Torske at 258-5578, Sandy Elliott at 307-554-0331 or any chapter member.

Church pumpkin patch open

First Christian Church Pumpkin Patch, 520 CY Ave., is open 4 to 7 p.m. Call Chanel 262-2300 for more info.

After school at the library

In celebration of National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day, the Natrona County Library will host a cuddly DIY activity for elementary-age students at 4 p.m. Students will make a simple bear craft and play bear games. All supplies provided at no cost. Call 577.READ x5 for more information.

Halloween light show

The Wagners present the fourth annual Halloween light show at their house, 3148 Whispering Springs, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Casper restaurants go pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative (WBCI) has put together events around the state to raise awareness and raise funds for Wyoming breast cancer programs.

Volunteers with WBCI have organized a statewide Paint Wyoming Pink Restaurant Week event. Each night of the week will feature a different local restaurant. Restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds from their evening event to WBCI. Funds are granted to breast cancer programs across the state.

Casper participating restaurants include: Wednesday, Oct. 11, Keg & Cork; Thursday, Oct. 12, The Gaslight Social; Saturday, Oct. 14, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant.

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, Gina M. Clingerman, AML archaeologist for the BLM, will be the guest speaker. Her presentation will be on From Sheffield to Laramie: The Journey of a Fur Trade Era Spear Point.The Fur Trade in Wyoming was short lived but some evidence remains. In 2015 Clingerman stumbled across a Fur Trade era spear point with a unique maker’s mark embossed on one side. Research into this unique and rare artifact sent her through time and space.

Clingerman was born and raised in Buffalo. She has spent the last 14 years as a professional archaeologist in Wyoming studying prehistoric archaeology and most recently moved to Lander working for the Bureau of Land Management as the Abandoned Mine Lands Archaeologist.

Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Please contact Mavis Greer, chapter president, at mavis@greerservices.com if you have any questions.

National Coming Out Day

PFLAG invites you to join us Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the National Coming Out Day event at the UCC, 1511 S. Melrose.

Our theme is “Then and Now,” taking a look at three different families’ journeys toward health and wholeness. Guest panelists are Kathy Lenth, Trans professor at Casper College; Diana Lucero, lesbian partnered Latina mother, and Charlie Powell, psychologist and proud father of a now adult gay son.

We will also invite you to tell your stories of struggle and success as family units.

Substantial snackage will be provided.

Roast beef at the Elks

Wednesday Night Special at the Casper Elks Lodge is hot roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable and roll. Dessert is $1. All you can eat for $7, children 5 to 12 are $3, serving from 6 to 7 p.m. or until gone. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839. This menu is subject to change. All proceeds go to the many Elks charities.

Fly casters meet

The October monthly meeting of the Wyoming Fly Casters will be held at 7 p.m. at the Casper Municipal Golf Course. This is a change from the normal location. Interested people are encouraged to come and consider joining. Wyoming Fly Casters is dedicated to educating and assisting new or old fly fisher men and women in Wyoming and conserving waters and habitat for Wyoming’s wildlife and fisheries. The program will be on knot tying.

Auto club meets

The regular monthly meeting of the Oil Capitol Auto Club will take place at 7 p.m., at Z’s Classics on East Yellowstone as usual. Now that the summer is over, there are still quite a few items to discuss including a pot luck, Christmas party and the election of new officers. All members are urged to attend and bring a guest. Don’t be late. Call Jerry with questions at 577-7119.

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