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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.

Al Anon: KISS (Keep It Simple Silly), noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club.

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.

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.

Free tax assistance offered

United Way of Natrona County will once again partner with Wyoming Free Tax Service and local volunteers to provide free tax preparation.

Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and in partnership with Wyoming Free Tax Service, The United Way of Natrona County will offer free income tax preparation to assist residents of Natrona County, earning $65,000 or less in 2018.

IRS certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals through April 12 at the United Way offices, 350 Big Horn Road, behind True Companies off Poplar St.

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.

Customers will be assisted on a first come, first served basis, no appointments will be scheduled. A full schedule of hours of operation along with a list of necessary paperwork required can be found at www.unitedwaync.com or United Way of Natrona County Facebook page. Questions can be directed to 333-6031.

Soup kitchen open

Poverty Resistance Food Pantry’s Soup Kitchen, 450 S. Wolcott, is open after extensive upgrades. The kitchen will be serving homemade soup, bread and coffee starting at 11 a.m. until soup is gone, every day except Sunday.

Numerous folks donated to upgrade the kitchen and provide convection cooking equipment and upgrades to plumbing and wiring. The actual cost of the project was $10,000.

The pantry is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday for distribution of grocery rescue and other food products. For more information, check out the Poverty Resistance Food Pantry page on Facebook or contact Mary Ann Budenske at 215-4732, email her at mbudenske@aol.com or PM her on Facebook.

Mission refuge from cold

Wyoming Rescue Mission is available for those who need a place to get out of the cold. The mission serves hot meals and provides safe shelter for those in need. More than 80 guests have stayed at the new Park Street Center, 230 N. Park St., in recent nights and there is plenty of room for additional guests.

Gifts of food and new/gently used coats, hats and gloves can be delivered to the Park Street Center. Monetary donations may be made online at wyomission.org or mailed to P.O. Box 2030, Casper, WY 82602.

Celebrate Recovery

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.

Free family game night

The Natrona County Prevention Coalition and Mercer Family Resource Center invites the community to the 4th Annual Family Game Night — A Candy Land Adventure — from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Friday at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, 400 E. Collins Dr. Soup and hot chocolate are provided by Cent$ible Nutrition. Interactive activities and games for all ages will keep you and your family entertained for the evening, including make your own board game kits, make your own puzzles and many other family board games set up and ready to play. Each family will leave with one new board game to enjoy all year to promote strong families and healthy youth.

Friday Melrose music

Melrose Coffee House, 1511 S. Melrose, welcomes Jeff Stanley from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Stanley, former guitarist for “One Child Left Behind,” brings his own unique acoustic style covering a variety of genres. Grab a nice espresso drink, and a homemade dessert for under $5. No cover charge, but the band is paid in tips so be generous. A portion of the coffee house proceeds go to various Casper area charities.

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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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