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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.

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

Muni ladies golf pairings

Sept. 12, 9 a.m. start, playing Highlands and Links. Play of the day, 3-3-3. For changes or additions, please call pro shop at 233-6620. High #1 Pfiefer, Cadwick, Warren; Links #9A Haydel, Ortiz, Shogren; Links #9B Bain, McCarrel, Boyle; Links #8A Marsh, Webb, Stolte; Links #7A Meyer, Sanford, TBA; Links #6A Balas, Farmer, TBA.

Literary conference starts

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

Thursday morning will feature two speakers, authors Joy Ross Davis and Bethany Schultz Hurst. Thursday afternoon, a craft talk titled “To Have Written: The Next Step on the Path to Publication” will be given by Jamie Smith and Tammy Dominguez. At 3 p.m. on Thursday, Ross Davis will conduct the first workshop of the conference. Schultz Hurst presents a workshop at 4 p.m. titled “Two Places at the Same Time.”

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.

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3D printer intro and demo

Learn about the Natrona County Library’s 3D printer at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Creation Station. A staff member will provide an overview and demonstration. The 3D printer is provided by the Natrona County Library Foundation. The Library’s Creation Station is a flexible, community, collaborative makerspace for individuals and small groups of all ages who can use STEAM-related supplies and equipment to bring their inventions and creations to life. Call 577-7323 for more information.

Open house at health department

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is hosting an open house to celebrate September being its 65th year in operation in Natrona County. The celebration is 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, 475 S. Spruce. The event is free and the public is encouraged to come by and celebrate the milestone. The Department will have free food, a photo booth, a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways, tours and more.

Casper-Natrona County Health Department first opened its doors in 1954 with only two small divisions. Today the department has grown to more than six divisions including environmental health, adult health, maternal and child health, sexual health and immunizations, HIV services, prevention and emergency preparedness.

Thankful Thursdays at the Beacon

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. The first fall recipient is September 12, Jason’s Friends.

Dems meet

Natrona County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the IBEW Hall. Fund raising and other events will be discussed. Input for the next calendar year budget will be sought.

Unique concert in Glenrock

Converse County Libraries are hosting a master musician of a rare ancient instrument for a live performance this week. Sean Gaskell will be appearing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Glenrock on Thursday. He plays the 300 year-old, 21-string West African Kora Harp, one of probably only about 50 people in the United States to learn to do so.

Gaskell has travelled to Africa to learn from tribal masters on the instrument, and has played at music festivals in the US, Gambia and Senegal. He features traditional songs on the kora, some of which can be traced back 800 years in the civilization, as well as his own compositions. In between songs, Sean shares the fascinating history and traditions of the Mande people.

The concert is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. For more information on these events, contact Tamara at 436-2573, or tlehner@conversecountylibrary.org.

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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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