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The Casper College Thunder Board Gaming Club is hosting this year’s Wyoming Closed State Chess Championship Saturday and Sunday in room 183, Leisinger Hall. The championship is open to anyone who is a member of the United States Chess Federation, according to Joe Simon, business instructor and Thunder Board Gaming Club sponsor. The championship consists of a five-round tournament featuring 40 moves in 90 minutes and then a game in 60. The entry fee is $35 at the door, and the first prize winner will receive $250 and a trophy.

Meals On Wheels pumpkin sales are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkins will be $5 for a small, $10 for a medium and $15 for a large. Specialty pumpkins will be available in limited quantities. Pumpkin Patch is located at the Meals On Wheels Building, 1760 East 12th Street.

Grant Street Grocery and Market, 815 S. Grant Ave., and Wyoming Bootlegger Liquor present a Cheese Extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. It’s free to attend with food available for purchase. Snack on some new and favorite cheeses from Grant Street Grocery and sip on some exciting wines and beer from Wyoming Bootlegger Liquor.

A free community event for families and special needs participants will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Highland Park Community Church. The festival will include a trunk or treat, carnival games, a petting zoo, hay ride, food and a Respite Room. Costumes are encouraged.

Fort Caspar Museum’s monthly Fremont Story and Craft Hour is at 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This month’s hands-on, family-friendly workshop is “A Halloween Scare in Wyoming” by Eric James. After listening to the story, families are invited to decorate mini pumpkins and gourds.

Keefe’s Flowers hosts Floral Pumpkin Workshop #2 at 1:30 p.m. at 1745 CY Ave. Cost is $55. Cal to reserve your spot, 237-2577.

Meditation can feel inaccessible, but learning about this ancient practice can open your mind and health in new ways. The Natrona County Library will host a beginner’s meditation class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Natrona County Library, where you’ll about essential oils as well as meditation techniques, history and more. Bring your yoga mat.

An autumn version of Casper’s Death Cafe is 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Crescent Moon Coffee Shop, 114 W. 2nd St. The aim is to create an open and authentic discussion about death in the community. Join interdisciplinary community leaders in this empowering conversation around death and dying.This month’s topic will be Advanced Directives vs. POLST Forms: what is legally binding? There will also be an exploration into asking about personal ideals of a good death. Complimentary coffee, tea and cake. The Death Cafe is open to everyone.

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” for its final run on Saturday. Tickets for all productions are available online at or by phone at 268-2500 or toll-free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2500. Tickets for each performance are $12 for adults and $10 for students aged 5 to 18.

Casper Theater Company hosts a cemetery tour in Highland Cemetery at 7 p.m. Tour guide the Rev. Dr. Jim Shumard will guide you through the cemetery. Eight prominent Casperites will greet you at their grave site and explain their lives. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Casper Senior Center, 1841 E. 4th St. or online at

Stage III has a new Escape Room to test your brain. “Escape from the Trenches” takes you behind enemy lines in World War I. Reserve your time online at

Plates for Pink Restaurant Week is a fundraiser for Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative. Saturday’s featured restaurant is Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant.

Dance at the Casper Senior Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Bring your requests for the DJ to play. Admission is $5. Potluck snacks after 8 and door prize drawings after 9. It will be fun. All ages are welcome.

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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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