Thursday 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., 328 E. A; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 4600 S. Poplar, closed; 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.

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.

Sewing machine project

Learn to make a denim water bottle carrier using the Natrona County Library’s sewing machine at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., on Thursday in the Creation Station. Register online at http://bit.ly/2BLBpIT for the 10 a.m. session and http://bit.ly/2VaUrQl for the 2 p.m. session. All supplies provided at no cost. Limit of six participants per session. The library’s Creation Station is a flexible, community, collaborative makerspace for individuals and small groups of all ages who can use STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) supplies and equipment to bring their inventions and creations to life. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Free tax help

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.

St. Patrick’s merch at bargain basement

The United Church of Christ Bargain Basement offers a wide variety of holiday merchandise as well as glassware, kitchenware, household items, books, magazines, puzzles, toys, jewelry and clothing. March specials include 50 percent off drapes, curtains, red tag items and women’s coats, sweaters, and jeans. Green tag clothing items are priced at 50 cents each. Located at the United Church of Christ on the corner of 15th Street and South Melrose, the Bargain Basement is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the Bargain Basement are donated to help support a number of non-profit organizations. Interfaith of Natrona County is the designated non-profit for the month of March.

Beekeepers meet

Join area beekeepers to discuss strategies and techniques. Natrona County Beekeeping Association meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to any and all with an interest in honey bees and apiology. The next meeting is Thursday in the basement of the College Heights Baptist Church, 600 West 21st Street.

Corvette group meets

Individuals with access to a Corvette are invited to attend the monthly meeting of Central Wyoming Corvettes at 6 p.m., on Thursday at the Holiday Inn East, 721 Granite Peak Dr. No-host dinner is 6 p.m., meeting is at 7 p.m.

This month’s charity drive is for the Iris Clubhouse. If you would like to learn more, contact us on Facebook or email cwccorvettes@gmail.com.

Oklahoma! opens at NCHS

Natrona County High School will celebrate 75 years of Rodgers and Hammerstein with their classic musical Oklahoma!, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and March 21-22 and at 2 p.m. on March 23 in the John F. Welsh Auditorium. This classic musical centers around the love triangles of strapping cowboy Curley, the spitfire farmer Laurey, and her less-than honorable farmhand Jud as well as the comic relationship of bronc-buster Will, town flirt Ado Annie, and Ali Hakim, the Persian peddler. Audiences will thrill at the fantastic music of Richard Rodgers and the clever lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II.

“On any given day, there are two productions of Oklahoma! being produced somewhere in America, and it’s easy to see why,” said Zachary Schneider, the show’s director. “This is the show that created the modern musical by integrating scenes, songs, and dances into a unified whole. The songs reveal character and story rather than just being a nice break for pretty music.”

NCHS is also home to International Thespian Society Troupe No. 1. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the International Thespian Society is a honor society that promotes and celebrates theatre excellence at the highest level. “For 90 years, NC has led the way as Thespian Troupe No. 1,” Schneider said. “It’s with that commitment to excellence that we present Oklahoma! on its 75th birthday while we celebrate our 90th.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the NCHS Main Office, at www.nchs.booktix.com, or at the door. For more information, contact Zachary Schneider at 253-2670 or zach_schneider@natronaschools.org.

Benefit helps theatre volunteer

See a great show for a great cause. Stage III Community Theatre and Taco John’s are teaming up to present a benefit preview performance of “All My Sons,” on Thursday, with all proceeds going to Ashley’s Fire Relief Fund. Ashley Swartz and her family lost their home and all its contents to a fire in the fall of 2018, but that hasn’t put a damper on her hard work, dependability, and positive outlook. Her employer (Taco John’s) and her theatre family (Stage III) invite you to join them in giving back to someone who makes helping others a way of life. Tickets are $12 each, available at all Casper Taco John’s locations and at the door. In addition to the show, there will be raffles, silent auction items, and a bake sale at the theatre from 6 to 7:30 pm.

“All My Sons,” by Arthur Miller is an award-winning drama about choices and consequences. Stage III’s production is directed by Marty Scott and produced with support from the Wyoming Arts Council.

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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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