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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, 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200. Douglas: 5 p.m., Converse County Library, conference room 2nd floor, 300 E. Walnut.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8 p.m., 4700 S. Poplar (church basement). Web site:

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, or on Facebook.

Better Breathers meet

The next Better Breathers support group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Nerd Health and Wellness Center at Wyoming Medical Center, 1233 E. Second St.

The topic for February will be “Ask a Pulmonologist.” Come and get all your questions answered by Ammar Husseino, MD.

Designed by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers is a support group for patients with chronic lung diseases and their caregivers. It offers tools and encouragement for managing COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, lung cancer and other chronic lung disorders. It is locally facilitated by the NERD Health and Wellness Center.

The Better Breathers meets on the fourth Thursday of every month and offers presentations on exercise, breathing techniques, supplemental oxygen, general medication education, among other topics. For questions or to sign-up for the Better Breathers Club, call 577-2929.

Final make-ahead meals class

The Casper College Community Education Department is offering a class on make-ahead meals that will be offered on different days. Participants will learn about meal planning and preparation while they prepare five to six meals to take home and freeze during the two-hour class. The hands-on class will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Taught by Karla Case, RD, LD, “Make-Ahead Meals” will inspire participants to plan and make-ahead easy and healthy meals that fit into a busy weekday schedule, according to Laura Ryan, community education specialist.

The cost per person is $65, “which is less than $11 for each meal prepared during the class,” noted Ryan. Seating is limited.

For more information or to register, call the community education department at 268-3401.

County Dems meet

Natrona County Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m., at the IBEW Hall, 691 English Dr., with the theme, “Putting the pedal to the metal.” After potluck at 6:30 p.m., the agenda includes putting the strategic plan into action, precinct strategy, candidate committee report and convention planning update. Special guest is activist Dan Cooper. Bring a sweet or a side for the main dish of beans, franks and brats. For more information or to RSVP, leave a message with the downtown office at 234-1992.

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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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