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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.

Literary conference continues

The 33rd Annual Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference titled “Re:Writing” will be held Friday. The conference will feature a variety of writers who will give both presentations and workshops during the two-day event.

Friday morning’s offerings will begin at 9 with Jill Hannah Anderson. At 11 a.m. Schultz Hurst will read from her work. The conference will begin again at 1 p.m. with the 2019 Wyoming Arts Council award winners reading. At 2 p.m. Smith and Dominguez will present a workshop titled “Say What?” The final workshop of the conference will begin at 3 p.m. when Anderson will present “The Other Side of Writing.”

All events will be held in the Goodstein Foundation Library classroom, Room 215, and are free and open to the public. The workshops do require participants to register beforehand. To register for a workshop, please contact Joseph Campbell at jcampbell@caspercollege.edu.

A complete listing for the conference can be found at www.caspercollege.edu/events/literary-conference.

Reserve today for Republican women

Natrona County Republican Women will meet on Tuesday, September 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Teton Room at the Ramkota. Confirmed speakers are Councilman Ray Pacheco, and tentative is Steve Freel. There will be time after they speak for questions and answers. The group will also go over the Wreaths Across America event on October 12. The cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP by 6 p.m., Friday, September 13, as the new venue requires a count. Please RSVP to ncrwmember@gmail.com or call 215-9749. Republican Women is open to any registered Republican.

Localicious at VR Ranch

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Wyoming Food for Thought Project invites you to join the annual celebration of Localicious on Friday on the beautiful grounds of the local VR Ranch, south of Glenrock. Gates open at 4 p.m. with a long table dinner at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature multiple chefs creating the most amazing culinary creations, a bar featuring local brews and the highlight of a partnership between Food for Thought and Backwards Distilling — the Casper Mountain Gin.

All the food and drink will be sourced as locally as possible. Join under the twinkly lights on the grand lawn of the VR Ranch for an opportunity to participate in an epic celebration of community.

Tickets are available at the event, which is best accessed by Exit 165, I-25, turning south 3 miles and following signs to the VR Ranch main house.

Black-and-White dinner benefits WFBR

Wyoming first lady Jennie Gordon will be among the guests at the third annual Black-and-White Dinner to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies on Friday. The theme this year is “Hollywood.” A maximum of 160 tickets are available now.

Guests will be encouraged to dress as their silver screen character (movie mogul, femme fatale or epic hero.) While you may know the date, time and theme of the event, the location will be announced just two hours before the curtain rises.

So plan now, purchase your tickets for this glamorous, fabulous (glam-fab) evening of elegant food, dance and show-stopping drinks.

Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

Friday night feed

Friday Night Feed at the Casper Elks Lodge is beef brisket and fixin’s, starting at 6 p.m. Cost $10 per person, no discount for children. One trip only. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information call 234-4839.

Conservation ranching at Audubon

Most of the vast native prairie that originally covered over 300 million acres of the Great Plains has been lost to conversion to agriculture and development. Join on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse located at 4205 Fort Caspar Road to learn more about this initiative.

The grasslands that remain have been degraded by a range of factors, including invasive species encroachment, urbanization, energy development and unsustainable livestock management practices. As a result, grassland birds have suffered an unparalleled decline over the past half century. This calls for Audubon’s action.

To combat the negative effects of grassland degradation — and to keep grass on the landscape — Audubon has developed the Conservation Ranching program.

Dusty Downey, Conservation Ranching program lead for Audubon Rockies, and Jay Butler, owner operator of Pronghorn Ranch near Douglas, will be the guest speakers at the Murie Audubon September 13, 2019 program. Pronghorn Ranch is an Audubon certified ranch, and the speakers will share their experiences with getting the ranch certified and discuss the continued operation of the bird-friendly ranch.

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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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