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Friday 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; 8 p.m,. 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 328-1/2 E. A, closed; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 10 p.m., 917 N. Beech. Douglas: 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 6 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8:30 p.m., 302 E. 2nd St., Methodist Church. Web site: www.urmrna.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m., 12-24 Club, 500 S. Wolcott. Info: Candace, 359-6225; Rebekah, 320-6779.

Al-Anon Family: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200, 12-24 Club, all ages welcome. Info: 377-7260 or 258-1444.

International Addictions Program: 7 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Conwell. Info: 266-5417.

LGTBQ AA/NA: 7 p.m., A 12-Step AA/NA Recovery Group for gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and questioning persons meets at the United Church of Christ, located at the corner of 15th and Melrose. Info: 259-5026.

Winter clearance at Methodist thrift

The winter clearance sale has begun at the Methodist Thrift Shop, 611 West Collins. The sale has been changed this year to run only two weeks, March 10-21. All merchandise is half price now with prices going down. Come shop early while the selection is good.

Store hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and other merchandise is welcome during store hours.

The store will be closed March 22 to 25 for cleaning and restocking. Monday, March 26, the shop will reopen with all new spring merchandise.

The thrift shop is staffed with volunteers of the First United Methodist Church, with proceeds going to Holy Cross and Interfaith. Your support helps us to support these entities which we appreciate.

For more information, call 234-6611.

Free tax assistance has new location

The Natrona County VITA Program, a United Way of Natrona County initiative, runs Tuesday through Saturday through April 12, 2018. The 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. The service is closed Sunday and Monday. The new location is 350 Big Horn in Casper, located off of Poplar Street close to I-25. This is a first come, first serve program, no appointments will be scheduled. Individuals must bring their social security card, photo identification and the appropriate paperwork with them. For a complete listing of required paperwork, please visit the website listed below. The initiative is supported by funding from the Wyoming Free Tax Service and United Way of Natrona County.

If you have any questions, please call (307) 337-7411 during hours of operation or visit the website, www.wyomingfreetaxservice.org or on Facebook.

Free Holocaust seminar at CC

Friday and Saturday, Casper College and the Natrona County School District will present “Through the Eyes of Many: Experiences in the Holocaust,” a seminar for students and teachers at the high school level, college faculty and students and interested members of the public. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. The seminar is made possible by a grant from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). There is no charge to attend and all sessions will be held in the Wheeler Concert Hall in the Music Building at Casper College, with the exception of a Saturday lecture by Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Natrona County High School auditorium. Because of space limitations, tickets are required for that talk, but there is no charge. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com under local events or at the Casper College Fine Arts office. High school students are particularly encouraged to attend the morning session on Friday at 9 a.m., or Saturday at 10 a.m., which will be led by Danny M. Cohen, a professor at Northwestern University and the founder of the Unsilence Project, an organization which exists to tell the the stories of marginalized people.

Friday Melrose music

Melrose Coffee House, 1511 S. Melrose, this week features Hagen & the Grainbox from 7 to 9:30 p.m., on Friday. Hagen in the Grainbox plays a soulful, pepped-up mix, primarily derived from bluegrass, old country, and Irish styles of music. They put their own touch on time-tested tunes and original songs alike, and they aim to have fun above all else. Tips go to the band; coffee drinks and dessert available for purchase.

Audubon hears about Australian birds

Don Jones of Laramie will be the guest speaker at the March Murie Audubon meeting at 7 p.m., at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd. As always, the program is free and open to the public.

Jones graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology.

He visited Australia in the spring of 2016 and completed an independent study project as part of a semester abroad program with the School for International Training (SIT). His research focused on assessing the bird community composition in a reforested habitat corridor that has been replanted to connect two remnant patches of old-growth rain forest which comprise the Crater Lakes National Park.

Cemetery tree removal, free firewood

Tree companies has begun removing dead and hazardous trees throughout Highland Cemetery. For the safety of all visitors, sections of the cemetery will be closed. The closures will be temporary and will change daily during the removal which is expected to take two weeks. A total of 46 trees are scheduled to be removed.

City crews will be hauling those trees suitable for firewood to a marked location near the cemetery main office and the wood will be available free of charge while supplies last. Those interested in collecting firewood must fill out a waiver before loading and hauling. Waivers will be available at the cemetery office (1860 East 12th Street) and at the Casper Service Center (1800 E K Street). The cemetery office will have extended hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday to March 23. The Casper Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For questions or additional information, contact the cemetery office at 235-8317.

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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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