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Wednesday 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; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 7 p.m., 520 CY; 8 p.m., 328-1/2 E. A; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 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., 302 E. 2nd St., First Methodist Church.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 7 p.m., 15th and Melrose, at the church. Web site:

TOPS #162, weight loss support, 8:30 a.m., 1868 S. Poplar.

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 serve 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 or United Way of Natrona County Facebook page. Questions can be directed to 333.6031.

Soup kitchen reopens

Poverty Resistance Food Pantry’s Soup Kitchen, 450 S. Wolcott, reopens Wednesday 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 or PM her on Facebook.

Portraits at Art 321

If portraits are your thing, or if you would like to improve your portrait drawing or painting skills, please take part in Art 321’s Wednesday morning Portrait Group. Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is a different model and no preregistration is necessary. The cost is only $10 per session and there are plenty of experienced portrait artists there who would be happy to provide suggestions or advice if you request it.

Chicken fried steak at Elks

Wednesday Night Special at the Casper Elks Lodge is chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, green beans and corn. All you can eat for $7, children 5 to 12 are $3, serving from 6 to 7 p.m. or until gone. Members, significant other and guest accompanied by a member. For more information, call 234-4839. All proceeds go to Elks Charities.

Free dance lessons

Free dance lessons at The Eagles Lodge, 306 N. Durbin (use the side door) on Wednesdays. Teens and adults are welcome. Learn line dance, country and pop, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and country swing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn swing, two-step, waltz, cowboy cha cha and more. Learn to dance with Machelle. Call 259-2501 for more information.

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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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