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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; 7 p.m., A New Beginning open share, WBI, Pioneer Room. 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: http://www.urmrna.org.

Spring shows at planetarium

New shows are playing at the Casper Planetarium. Toggle the Flying Robot takes you on an adventurous, interactive tour of the solar system in “Planetary Visions,” playing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 4:15. Discover the secrets of the most important star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in “The Sun, Our Living Star,” playing Saturday nights at 7 p.m. (except for the first Saturday of each month, which presents an extended live tour of objects to look for in the night sky). Be surprised by how much the ancients knew about science in “Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity,” playing Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 per person for all shows; cash or check only, no cards please. Find details about all shows and more at casperplanetarium.com.

Drumming at UU

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper, 1040 West 15th Street, is a doctrine-free spiritual community joining together to make a difference for the good, and welcoming all who come with open hearts and open minds. At 7 p.m. Brenda Evans will lead a Meditation Drumming Circle. No experience is necessary, and world instruments are available to share during this free and free-flowing drumming circle.

Reserve for Dem forum

“Should Government Protect Us From Ourselves?” will be the topic presented by Professor Brent L. Pickett at the Saturday luncheon meeting of the Democratic Women’s Forum at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. Dr. Pickett will discuss the topic of paternalism, which occurs when a person or government interferes with one’s actions in the process of protecting that person –as with seat belt and helmet laws, taxes on soft drinks, banning of trans fats in foods or restricting payday loans. What are the proper limits of state action to prevent self-harm? Dr. Pickett’s current research focuses on paternalism at the important intersection of public policy and political theory, and his presentation promises to be thought-provoking and stimulating.

Pickett received a Bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University as well as a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, all in Political Science. His Ph.D. included an emphasis on political philosophy.

Democratic Women’s Forum meetings are open to all persons interested in attending, regardless of gender. Buffet luncheon is served in the Ramkota’s dining room at noon for $15 including tax and gratuity. Reservations are expected by the Thursday prior to the meeting by calling Shauna at 237-9300.

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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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