Kendra Atleework was born and raised on the dry edge of California at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She moved away for a decade, mostly spent being homesick and researching the place she left behind – the product of which is her first book Miracle Country (2021), winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and the 2021 Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction.
Atleework’s writing has appeared in Best American Essays, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and now lives in her hometown of Bishop, Calif.
A bittersweet tribute to home and family in breathtaking prose, Atleework melds the story of her family – broken and bereaved after the death of her mother – with the ravages of climate change and its permanent destruction of the way of life in one particular town. A story of flight and return, bounty and emptiness, and the true meaning of home, Miracle Country unveils our complex need for home and our fear and love for the awe-inspiring Earth.
The Art Bar and galleries open at 5 p.m. with the reading beginning at 5:30 p.m. This reading is presented in cooperation with the Churchill Library Association and supported by Nevada Humanities.
The Churchill County Search and Rescue's Trunk or Treat is Oct. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Venturacci Park.
The city of Fallon’s day and time for trick-or-treating is Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.
Parks & Recreation offerings for October
Churchill County Parks & Recreation offers activities and classes for everyone this fall. Registration and payment for activities is all online at: churchillcountyrecreation.org
Angolan Kizomba Dance Class
This offering of Angolan Kizomba, a traditional African ballroom style of dance, is offered in a six-week class that started Oct. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Barrel House (formerly the multipurpose room). Ages 18-plus, men and women welcome, no partner needed. Cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple. Flat bottomed shoes required.
Boots N Britches Play Days
Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the 3C Event Complex (formerly the fairgrounds) for fall play days with timed events and games (no livestock events). Open to all ages. Sign-up on-site at 5 p.m., games begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost for registration is $3 per person with an additional fee for each age group per event ranging from $1-4. Call 775-423-7733 with any questions.
Aquatic Center Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m. at the Aquatic Center on Sheckler Road. Come in costume for an afternoon of family-friendly activities. Games, hay maze, popcorn, cotton candy and prizes for best decorated trunks and costumes. Call 775-423-7091 with any questions. No charge or registration required.
COED Volleyball League
Sign up now for league play that starts Oct. 25. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the City-County Gym at Venturacci Park. After the regular season, all teams advance to a single-elimination championship tournament. Cost is $240 per team with a limit of eight teams.
Haunted Jail-Zombie Outbreak
Oct. 27, 28 and 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Old Jail, 71 N. Maine Street (District Court building). Come from 6 to 7:30 p.m. if you are faint of heart! Entry is $5. Want to volunteer for this scary spectacle? Call Parks & Rec at 775-423-7733.
Fall Dog Obedience Classes
Begin the first week in November and continue through mid-December at the Dry Gulch building at the 3C Event Complex. Puppy, beginner/intermediate and advanced classes all offered in the evenings. Dogs learn how to focus on their handler, perform basic commands and learn basic obedience skills. Owners learn respect for their pets and how to control them properly. Register online at churchillcountyrecreation.org.
Wishing Tree applications
Applications for the 2022 Wishing Tree Program are available from Churchill County Social Services. Completed applications due back to Social Services by Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.
The Wishing Tree Program provides gifts during the holiday season for Churchill County youth 0 to 17 years of age who meet income and residency requirements.
Applications may be picked up at Churchill County Social Services, 485 West B Street, Suite 105, in Fallon during normal business hours.
The Wishing Tree Program is possible due to the combined volunteer efforts of the CC Communications Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association, Churchill County Social Services, and community members who donate both time and gifts.
For more information, contact Melessa Walraven at 775-423-6695, extension 1280.
Wreaths Across America
To order a wreath for Fernley’s NNVMC event, go to nnvc.org and click on Wreaths Across America for the pdf form, or mail your donation to: Nevada Veterans Coalition; P.O. Box 415; Fernley, NV 89408.
To order for Fallon, go to http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.com. The group ID is NV0063, and the location ID is NVCHCC. Roger Elliott is handing the Fallon campaign.
For those interested in COVID testing and vaccine opportunities offered by the county the schedule is posted has been posted: https://www.churchillcountynv.gov/1015/COVID-19-Vaccines
Vaccines offered at Miners Road health site and the Pennington Life Center; testing only offered at Miners Road.
Anyone aged six months and older is eligible. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Stop by the Churchill County Library in October to take advantage of its activities for all ages.
“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” encourages youngsters to read age-appropriate books before entering school. Book titles are suggested and offered by library staff. Sign-ups accepted at any time.
In-person “Storytime with Ms. Jes” offered Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Wear your Halloween costume on October 26 and 27! Children’s Librarian Jeslyn MacDiarmid reads picture books to children and offers a craft to accompany most stories. Each session is recorded and posted to the library’s YouTube account for on-demand viewing at your convenience.
Reading with Rover takes place on October 13 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Children read books to dogs to improve their reading skills and confidence to a decidedly captive audience.
Learn about 3D printing at drop-in participatory workshops on October 12 and 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. Using the library’s 3D printer, make objects, both useful and pretty, and see about this popular technology.
Virtual Reality drop-in sessions take place on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 5 p.m. All welcome to stop by!
Knitting Club meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m. All are welcome from the beginner to advanced skilled folks.
STEAM sessions with VR are on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Have a problem with your computer or smartphone? Head over the William N. Pennington Life Center on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. and get answers from Technical Services Librarian Joe Salsman, an expert in all things technology!
Writer’s Group meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Discover what area writers are inspired by and working on and bring your own manuscript for inspiration.
Check out the Hidden Cave Virtual Reality experience by making an appointment to don the headset and see Churchill County’s Hidden Cave from a whole new perspective.
Featured artist for October is Dennis Doyle. You may have seen his work in the halls of the county administration building at 155 N. Taylor Street. Come check out his exhibit of petroglyphs from the American southwest at the library through October.
A conversation with author (and Fallon native) Dale Erquiaga, discussing his book “Three Wives’ Tale” takes place Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Hours of operation
Library hours of operation are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
Call 775-423-7581 for more information on any of the activities above. The Churchill County Library is located at 553 South Maine Street in Fallon. The library website is: www.churchillcountylibrary.org
Become a chamber member
Would you or someone you know in the business community like to become more involved?
Fallon Chamber of Commerce would like to extend its invitation to you to become a board member.
The chamber provides resources, support and education to help businesses be successful. The chamber is currently working on job training, internships and scholarship programs for up and coming youth looking to get into the business world. The chamber understands it’s made up of small businesses wants to provide all the resources you need to run a successful business on a local, state and federal level
The chamber works hard to represent the local business community, but as a non-profit 501(c)6 organization, the chamber relies on members and board of directors to partner with us to serve businesses and our community as a whole! Many people wonder what it is the Chamber of Commerce is exactly.
By definition, a chamber of commerce is a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local Chambers work on the local level to bring the business community together to develop strong local networks, which can result in a business-to-business exchange.
In most cases, local Chambers work with their local government, such as their mayor, their city council and local representatives to develop pro-business initiatives.
If interested please nominate yourself or someone that you think would be vital to aiding our business community.
For information, contact The Chamber 775-423-2544 or email email@example.com.