Thursday support meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30 a.m., 917 N. Beech; 8:30 a.m., 500 S. Wolcott; 10 a.m., 342 E. K, ste. 352; noon, 500 S. Wolcott; 2 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 5:30 p.m., 342 E. K, ste. 352; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 7 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 8 p.m., 342 E. K, ste. 352; 8 p.m., 4600 S. Poplar, closed. 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., A New Beginning, WBI, 2521 E. 15th.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8 p.m., 4700 S. Poplar (church basement). Web site: http://www.urmrna.org.

Nic Anon: 6 p.m., 12-24 Club, 500 S. Wolcott. Call Pam M., (307-577-0518), or Todd A. (cell, 307-248-3089.)

Mission desperate for help

Wyoming Rescue Mission staff is in desperate need as cold winter temperatures will bring more individuals and families to their door. “This time of year can be unbearable for those living on the streets,” said executive director Brad Hopkins. “We look for signs of hypothermia – shivering, nausea, confusion, slurred speech. It can be a life or death situation, especially for people who are older, ill or in poor physical condition.”

Wyoming Rescue Mission is prepared to provide food, shelter and other life essentials for an average of 140 people each night throughout the winter months. Hot meals, dry clothes and a warm environment are crucial to avert the dangers of winter, Hopkins explained. “However, as temperatures continue to drop, as many as 205 homeless men, women and children will need our help on a daily basis this winter.”

Hopkins urgently calls on the community to help the Mission care for the homeless throughout the winter months through a number of different ways. “New or gently used winter coats, as well as warm gloves and hats, boots and undergarments for men and women are always appreciated and provide tremendous help,” he said. “We also need bus token donations, to help provide our guests with the means to safely get to work and other necessary appointments during this season.” Monetary gifts are helpful as well to cover the costs of the Mission’s utility bills, which greatly increase as the weather grows colder and the guest number increases.

Gifts of clothing, food and bus tokens can be delivered to 230 N. Park Street. Monetary donations can be made online at wyomission.org/donate. Additional information about Wyoming Rescue Mission activities and year-round programs and services are available online as well.

St. Anthony School honors Zimmerman

St. Anthony School Foundation Archangel Breakfast is 7 a.m. Thursday, honoring Dr. Gail Zimmerman for his exceptional service and support of St. Anthony School and the Casper community. The breakfast is in the St. Anthony School Commons, 1145 W. 20th Street. This event is free to attend, however space is limited.

Special Olympics in Casper

Nearly 900 Special Olympics Wyoming athletes, Unified Sports partners, coaches, friends, family and volunteers from throughout Wyoming will travel to Casper to attend the 2019 Special Olympics Wyoming Fall Tournament through Friday in Casper.

Athletes will compete in Tennis, Soccer, Cycling, Bocce and Bowling events throughout the Casper area.

Athletes competing in this year’s Fall Tournament hail from: Lander, Powell, Thermopolis, Worland, Bridger Valley, Evanston, Jackson, Cheyenne, Torrington, Laramie, Lincoln County, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Newcastle, Buffalo, Gillette, Casper, Douglas and Wheatland.

Locations for competition include the North Casper Soccer fields for Soccer and Bocce, the Sunrise and El Marko bowling alleys, the Washington Park for tennis and the Edness Kimball Park for cycling. A full schedule can be found on the Fall Tournament page of the website. Contingency plans have been made for indoor venues if inclement weather dictates.

Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Wyoming and play a significant role in providing events to athletes. Each fall, Special Olympics Wyoming depends on the generosity of the Casper and surrounding communities to engage in this statewide tournament by volunteering a portion of their time to ensure that these athletes, Unified Sports partners, coaches, friends, family and volunteers from throughout Wyoming experience a successful and memorable event. Help is very much needed to set-up, take-down, present awards, monitor bowling lanes, record scores and many other tasks. If you, your family, friends, work team, church group, coffee clutch, bowling team, etc. could lend a hand for a portion of the tournament, please contact Dan Lang at 235-3062 or fieldservices@specialolympicswy.org to arrange details.

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Everyone is invited and encouraged, at no cost, to attend any competition within this Fall Tournament to support and cheer on Special Olympics Wyoming athletes.

Broadband summit at CEC

The Wyoming Rural Broadband Summit, hosed by the USDA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Wyoming Business Council, is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Casper Events Center. The registration deadline has closed. The event is free and open to the public. Topics include bridging the digital divide, broadband partnerships, community solutions, keynote speakers and interactive sessions.

Thankful Thursday for Family Connections

Casper’s original Thursday night party with a purpose is back and smoke-free at The Beacon Club from 5 to 8 p.m. with great live auctions and raffles, chances to win $500 just for being in the room and a free Tito’s Vodka cocktail to everyone 21 and over. The auction begins about 6:30 p.m. while the fun lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. Thankful Thursdays are a promotion of Townsquare Media. Thursday’s nonprofit beneficiary is Casper Family Connections.

Beekeepers meet

Join area beekeepers to discuss beekeeping tips and tricks. Natrona County Beekeepers Association meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Next meeting is in the basement of the College Heights Baptist Church, 600 West 21st Street.

Marine Corps League meets

Marine Corps League will meet at 7 p.m. in the library of the Casper Elks Lodge. Questions: Gary, 237-7864.

Corvette group meets

Central Wyoming Corvettes monthly meeting is at Holiday Inn – East 721 Granite Peak Dr. Individuals with access to a Corvette are invited to attend the monthly meeting. Optional, no-host dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. If you would like to learn more, contact the group on Facebook or the Website www.centralwyomingcorvettes.net. You can also email at cwccorvettes@gmail.com.

Books on Tap bo

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The Natrona County Library’s Books on Tap Book Club will meet to discuss “There There: A Novel” by Tommy Orange at 6:30 p.m. at The Office Bar & Grill. Stop by the Library’s second floor desk to register and pick up your free copy of the book. Ages 21+. Call 577-7323 for more information.

‘Children of Eden’ opens at CC

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance will look at “Mystery, Mayhem and Madness,” during the 2019-2020 season.

The season will kick off with “Children of Eden.” Under the direction of Richard Burk, choreography by Jodi Youmans-Jones and musical direction by Johanna Swisher, the musical will run October 10 and 11 and 16-20 on the McMurry Mainstage.

Tickets for all productions are now available online at caspercollegearts.cc or by phone at 268-2500 or toll-free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2500. Tickets for each performance are $12 for adults and $10 for students aged 5 to 18.

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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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