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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: www.urmrna.org.

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.

Pony Express rides through county

The annual Pony Express re-ride thunders through Natrona County and is an Old West scene not to be missed by families and tourists.

Times are approximate, and in most cases, the action stops only long enough to transfer to fresh riders and horses.

The Casper division riders begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Sinclair Refinery in Evansville and head first to Rocky Mountain Power on East Yellowstone Highway and then to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, expected there at 12:45 p.m.

From there, the ride makes exchanges at 71 Construction, Wagon Wheel Roller Rink, Fort Caspar Museum (1:45 p.m.), to Uncorked on Poison Spider Road (1:45 p.m.), and then on Robertson Road to Poison Spider, 7 Mile, 9 Mile and 12 Mile roads.

Beginning at 3 p.m. riders will be following the Oregon Trail before returning to Highway 220 at approximately 7:03 p.m. Riders will approach Independence Rock at approximately 7:57 p.m.

Onlookers are welcome, but please keep a safe distance from the horses, riders and horse trailers in the area.

To more accurately follow the progress of the route, visit nationalponyexpress.org/annual-re-ride/follow-the-ride.

Flag Day ceremony

The Natrona County United Veterans Council and Casper Elks Lodge #1353 will present a joint Flag Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Oregon Trail Wyoming State Veterans Cemetery. The ceremony includes a presentation of the flags that have flown over the country. The Kelly Walsh Jr. MCROTC unit will present national colors. Sen. John Barrasso will offer remarks. Everyone is invited to attend.

Summer meals for kids

Natrona County School District will provide free summer lunches Monday through Friday for anyone 18 and younger at the following sites this summer:

  • Casper Recreation Center, 1801 E. 4th St., to August 23, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club, 1701 E. K St., to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club Paradise Valley, 22 Magnolia, to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club Verda James, 701 Carriage Ln., to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Midwest School, 256 Lewis St., to August 23, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • YMCA Cottonwood, 1230 W. 15th, to August 30, 11 a.m. to noon.

City splash pad, pools open

Marion Kreiner Splash Pad is open. With water cannons, dump buckets, overhead and ground sprayers, city staff anticipates the new splash pad to be an exciting addition to our community. Marion Kreiner Splash Pad normal operating hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Marion Kreiner Swimming Pool hours are Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Mike Sedar Aqua Park’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Washington Pool’s hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. for adult lap swimming and individual water exercise followed by 1 to 6 p.m. for open swimming. Open swim is on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. and the pool is closed on Sunday.

Paradise Valley Pool’s normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. for open swim. Paradise Valley will have two lap swim lanes available all day for lap swimming and individual water exercise.

Adult coloring club

Stop by the Natrona County Library’s Crawford Room anytime between 2 and 5 p.m. for Adult Coloring Club. Coloring books and pages will be available for you to turn into works of art. Colored pencils, pens, crayons and markers will also be provided. Just bring yourself and your friends, and enjoy the afternoon. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Stage III final show opens

Stage III Community Theatre closes its season with Frank McGuiness’s moving drama, “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” inspired by the events of the hostage crisis in Lebanon in the 1980s. Three men are held captive by unseen terrorists in Beirut. They exercise and argue, bicker and snipe, but find that humor is the safest armor to protect themselves. They laugh at and with each other, lament what was lost in their lives before captivity, and in a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, they grow capable of standing together and alone. This play does contain strong language and is not recommended for children.

Performances are June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on June 23 and 30 at 2 pm. Tickets are available in advance at the Cadillac Cowgirl, online at stageiiitheatre.org, and at the door starting one hour before each performance. Stage III is located at 904 North Center Street in Casper. This show is produced with support from the Wyoming Arts Council.

Free concert after rodeo

Hat Six Travel Plaza, Sleep Inn and Spectra Venue Management at the Casper Events Center are pleased to announce that country musician Jake Maurer will perform a free concert on the grounds of the Casper Events Center after the fourth performance of the College National Finals Rodeo. Fans are invited to bring their lawn chair or set up the tailgate and enjoy an evening of music and dancing with the beautiful Wyoming outdoors in the background.

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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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