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Boomer’s is sponsoring a 100 percent local spring cook-off on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. with sampling starting at 1 p.m.

All profits will go to the Churchill Animal Protection Society (CAPS).

Registration to compete ended Monday. Categories include rib, macaroni and cheese and Bloody Marys.

First- and second-place awards will be presented.

Everything is local: Local bar, local vendors, local charity, local music and D.J., local dairy, local vodka and local ribs.

Bring your Live Local Fallon passports and receive stamps. The event will also have a 50/50 raffle prizes.

This is a family friendly event, and the kids’ area includes a bounce house, ice cream, hot dogs, funnel cakes and face painting for $1 per child.

Ticket prices purchased at the event are $15 for a combo ticket to sample items in all three categories, and $10 for a food-only ticket to sample all ribs and macaroni and cheese.

Email Erika Sanford at e_stanford2016@hotmail.com for any questions or call/text 775-857-7740.


Tickets for the Churchill County Museum Association’s 20th Annual Raffle are currently available for purchase for the following donated prizes:

Two Bassham Furniture gift certificates; Four infield reserved tickets to a Reno Aces ballgame; Two Churchill Arts Council season tickets; An 18-hole round of golf at the Fallon Golf Course for four people including cart as well as a golf accessories gift basket; A lap quit, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, 24 inch X 34 inch; Two tickets to see Love Labour’s Lost at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; Two $50 gift cards to the Café at Adele’s in Carson City, four opening night tickets to Western Nevada Musical Theater Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast in November, and a $40 Maverick gas card to travel to Carson City and return; Fallon Theatre Movie Party for up to 30 friends; Four days at a Graeagle vacation home; A large Nevada gift basket filled with an array of Nevada items including Susie’s BBQ gift certificate as well as a bottle of wine and a bottle of brandy from Churchill Vineyard/Frey Distillery; $50 gift certificates for lunch or dinner at each of the following — Burger King, La Fiesta, McDonald’s, and The Wok; Four floral classes at Doreen’s Desert Rose; a reproduction copy of Eliza Leslie’s 1835 cookbook, and a vintage tea cart and silver plate tea set.

Tickets, priced at $2 each or 12 for $20, may be obtained at the Churchill County Museum, 1050 S. Maine St.. The drawings for the 12 individual items will be held at the association’s annual meeting on June 10 at 6 p.m., at the museum. Winners need not be present to claim their prizes.

Many thanks to all within northern Nevada who generously donated merchandise for the raffle! For information about the raffle, the Churchill County Museum Association, call 775-423-3677.


It’s been 28 years since “Hello Hollywood Hello” graced what was then the world’s biggest stage at what is now the Grand Sierra Resort.

During its 11-year-run at the then-MGM Grand, from 1978-1989, the production was viewed by close to 7 million people. It featured a cast of more than 100, many of them showgirls dressed in elaborate costumes.

While the show lives only in memories, videos and photographs, many of the costumes remain – and are still being used – thanks to Reno’s Karen Burns, who is the subject of this month’s “High Noon Shootout with Neal Cobb” at the Nevada Historical Society.

The event is June 15 at noon and includes a showing of Burns’ appearance on the television program “Old Tales of Nevada,” followed by a question-and-answer period with Burns.

A former dancer in the production, Burns has amassed a collection of more than 1,200 authentic costumes from the stage show. The showgirls are still a familiar sight at special events in Reno and the region.

Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 17 and younger and for Nevada Historical Society members. The Historical Society is located at 1650 N. Virginia St., in Reno.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. For details, call 688-1190.


Ethiopia is a world away from the neon lights of Las Vegas, but for Eyob Mergia, an artist and film student at the College of Southern Nevada, the colors of his homeland are always with him through his artwork.

An exhibit of Mergia’s paintings, titled “The Meskel Festival,” will be featured at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) at the Nevada State Legislative building through June 9.

Mergia is the last of six Nevada artists whose work has been featured during the biennial session of the Legislature.

Mergia grew up in Ethiopian highlands, studying classical art at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art.

After moving to the U.S. in 1997, he briefly continued his art studies in South Dakota, where he encountered Cubism and other modernist tendencies. His educational influences — one toward realism and one toward abstraction — are tempered by a third: traditional art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The LXS Gallery space is located on the first floor in the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St. The gallery is across the hall from the Caucus Deli.

It’s open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


Get your tickets for V&T Train Rides now. This year features the return of an all-new Dinner & Melodrama Train Ride, plus a new Dinner & Murder Mystery Train Ride and the ever-popular Toast of the Canyon Wine Tasting Train!

But of course, you can still take the fully-narrated excursion into historic Virginia City to explore one of the country’s largest National Historic Districts, too. For information call 877-724-5007.


As the Nevada Northern Railway Museum rumbles back to life for its 30th anniversary excursion season, the working historic railroad brings back visitor favorites and adds new events guests will love.

The Nevada Northern is unique among railroad museums, not only offering visitors the chance to see history, but to experience it as it was a century ago with rides and other events on this living, working railroad.

New for 2017 is the Pony Express Limited in June, with special, celebratory postage, Pony Express horseback riders and photo opportunities.

Also new this year is a train ride taking advantage of one of the wonders of the solar system – a solar eclipse excursion on Aug. 21 called the Eclipse Express. Departing at 9:15 a.m., special eclipse viewing glasses will be on.

For more information and a complete schedule, go to http://www.nnry.com.


A new release, “Andy and Spirit Go on a Day Count,” is written by Fernley author Mary Jean Kelso. It is the sixth in a series for children that features a wheelchair-dependent boy and an albino therapy horse. The illustrations were painted by award-winning artist KC Snider.

A longtime resident of Nevada, Kelso has written about 30 books. She has won several awards for her writing.

Kelso is a member of Made in Nevada, the Fort Churchill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Catherine Cynthia Overton (Kelso’s second great grandmother) Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, The Alamo Defenders Descendants Association and The Alamo Society.

Kelso’s books, including “Andy and Spirit Go on a Day Count,” are available through the regular online outlets, at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com, and her website, http://www.maryjeankelsoauthor.wix.com/mjkel. Contact Kelso at mjkel@aol.com or look for her at author signings locally.

She will be signing at The Lights of Christmas’ “Christmas in July Craft Show” at the Fallon Convention Center on July 22. Proceeds from booth rentals are donated to Toys for Tots and seniors in need.