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.

Coffee, Tea and Dee

The public is invited to attend “Coffee, Tea and Dee,” on the first Thursday of each month. The dates are today, March 7, April 4 and May 2 at the Tate Geological Museum from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The coffee and caffeine-free tea is provided by P. Hawk Coffee Roasters and is free of charge courtesy of the museum. Coffees served include a unique blend, “Pleistocene Epoch Coffee – Mammuthus columbi,” along with special varieties of Rooibos tea.

A free monthly drawing is also held with the winner receiving a Tate coffee mug and half a pound of fresh-roasted coffee from P. Hawk.

The Tate Geological Museum is located on the Casper College campus and the event is free and open to the public.

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.

Play pinochle at Senior Center

Pinochle players are wanted. Come on down and join the Pinochle Club on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Central Wyoming Senior Services, 1831 East 4th Street.

Thankful Thursday for CFC

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. Nonprofit beneficiaries for the winter season include: today, Casper Family Connections, providing safe and conflict-free environment to have contact with non-custodial family through supervised visitation.

Learn to play bridge

Bridge lessons for beginners or players wanting to return to the game after a long absence. Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Beginning today to March 14. Cost is $40 which includes a textbook. Lessons will be held at the Elks Club, 108 East 7th, Casper. Registration is required as space is limited. Contact Susan Driggers, 399-0969 for information and to register.

Reception at Art 321

Art 321 will host two solo artists for the month of February. Whittling Away: Reflections of Endangered Birds of the Rocky Mountains is a series of prints by local artist Tina McCarty. Tina’s body of work communicates, through printmaking techniques of reductive linocut and monoprint, the concept of diminishing bird populations. The second artist featured for the month of February is AnnaMarie Cavender: See it! Dream it! solo show. AnnaMarie is a self-taught artist who often dreams of landscapes and wildlife. She lets her paintbrush and her imagination go to work putting those ideas onto canvas. The opening reception will be today from 5 to 7 p.m.

Student reception at Art 321

Art 321 invites the public to check out Park Elementary 2nd and 3rd grade students artwork celebrating Equality Day. “Realizing the Equality State” themed art show features the students’ perspective of what equality means to them. The small works will be in the gallery through the February Artist Reception today from 5 to 7 p.m.

SME meets

The Central Wyoming Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) will hold its monthly meeting at the Ramkota Hotel (Teton Room). Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Allen Jennings with Short Powerline Service discussing “SPS — Drone Capabilities and Opportunities.” The general public is welcome. Cost of the dinner is $25. An RSVP to caspersme@gmail.com is appreciated.

The Central Wyoming Section will be offering several $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors in Natrona, Converse, Johnson and Sheridan counties. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, with an intent to follow a college course of study relevant to mining. This may include geology or other physical sciences, engineering, chemistry or math. Applicants will also be required to write an essay on a specified subject. Applications or further information can be requested through smecasper@gmail.com. Applications are due in early April.

Safari club meets

The Central Wyoming Safari Club International will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Paradise Valley Country Club. Local member Steve Hinton will give a presentation on his Canadian archery bear hunt. Henno Smit will also be there, from Limcroma Safaries, Limpopo, South Africa, to book and answer any questions about hunting in Africa. Come share a hunting story with the group. Nonmembers are always welcome. For more information call Dale Leatham at 797-2097.

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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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