Community news briefs for week of April 17

Emily Najera’s view from Reno’s West Fifth Street.

Emily Najera’s view from Reno’s West Fifth Street.
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Churchill arts

A visual arts talk and reception for Emily Najera and Michelle Laxalt is May 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the Oats Park Arts Center.

The artist talks begin at 5:30 p.m. These exhibitions are on display in the E.L. Wiegand and Kirk Robertson Galleries through June 17. These exhibitions are available for private viewing by calling 775-423-1440 or emailing

Museum annual meeting, lunch

The Churchill County Museum’s annual meeting will take place on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s multipurpose room.

Join us as we go down the rabbit hole and bring out objects not on display. Tickets include lunch and beverages and cost $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are available at the museum. Call 775-423-3677 for more information.

Annual street dance, barbecue

The Fallon Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its second annual street dance and dinner from 5-9 p.m. on May 12 on Carson Street.

Both the dance and dinner, which includes tri-tip sandwiches or hot dogs, are free, but a fireman’s boot for donations will be present.

Families are welcome and the fire department encourages a big turnout from the area’s residents and visitors.

There will also be games for the family, kids rides on the fire truck and a gun raffle.

Democratic Sawyer-Bryan annual dinner

The Churchill County Democrats’ annual Sawyer-Bryan Dinner and fundraiser is May 6 at the Fallon Convention Center.

The dinner is named after two prominent Nevada governors, Grant Sawyer and Richard Bryan. Due to COVID, this is the first dinner since 2019.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will be catered by Wildhorse Café. Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar will be keynote speaker. Aguilar will talk about our voting system and other current topics.

Aaron Sims, chair of the Rural Nevada Democratic Caucus, will talk about what’s in store for rural Nevada in the next two years.

The festivities will include a raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are $45 each. For information or to RSVP, email

Churchill Republican Women to host chili cook-off April 27

The Churchill Republican Women will host a chili cook-off on Thursday, April 27 at The Old Post Office in Fallon. Guest check-in will be at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Guest speaker will be Nevada Lt. Gov. Stavros Anthony. Tickets are $20 at the door. Interested attendees must RSVP by Monday.

For information or to RSVP, email

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Churchill County Social Services is heading up the effort to offer fun activities in April while educating folks on child abuse prevention resources and providing services to protect the lives of all our citizens.


Through Friday: Mindfulness kits available for pick-up at the Churchill County Library.

April 27: Family carnival at Pennington Life Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fun games and activities host by community partners; hotdogs and popcorn provided.

All are welcome at any activity and children are especially encouraged to take part.


The Churchill County High School. school-to-career program will host a community career fair at the Rafter 3C Arena on Aug. 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Local businesses and entrepreneurs should call Segura at 775-790-1139 and register to host a table at the event. Businesses interested in offering students mentorship, internships, apprentice opportunities and scholarships should also contact Segura directly.

About 1,000 attendees are expected.

Young Chautauqua program

The Churchill County Museum and instructor Glen Perazzo encourage ages 12-18 to participate in the Young Chautauqua program. Performers will learn how to bring historical figures to life on stage through theatrical monologue and in full costume.

Meetings are every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the museum, 1050 S. Maine St., in Fallon.

This year’s character theme will focus on Fallon’s historical figures, diversity and families.

For information, call the museum’s education curator Jennifer Jones at 775-423-3677, ext. 1224. Registration forms are available at or at the front desk.

Junior livestock show

The Churchill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale takes place April 27-29 at the Rafter 3C Arena when youth in our community show the livestock they raised to community members.

This is the perfect time to team up with a neighbor, family member or co-worker to buy an animal and split the meat.

For information, call Karen at 775-427-2480 or email

Literary reading rescheduled

Michael P. Branch is a writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, and desert rat who lives with his wife and two young daughters in the western Great Basin Desert.

His program was postponed because of weather. He is now rescheduled for May 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Youth awards

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services is seeking nominations for the Youth Serving Veterans Award.

If you know of someone, age 19 or younger, or a group of young people (same age requirement applies) who is making a difference in the lives of veterans or the veterans’ community, now is the time to speak up and nominate them.

Rotary Club of Fallon

Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon at the Stockman’s Steakhouse. Each meeting usually has a speaker. Guests are welcome.

• April 22: Bingo Night (Pennington Life Center from 5pm to 9pm)

• April 25: Steve Endacott - presentation on potential flooding control issues

• April 22 or April 29: Social at Bottle and Brie

• May 30: Golf tournament

• June 24: Demotion Diner

Cattlemen’s Teacher of the Year

The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association has started its annual quest for Teacher of the Year candidates and are asking for your help in soliciting nominations. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 16.

Nominees must be an elementary, junior high, or high school teacher who incorporates agriculture into their regular curriculum.

The winner of this award will receive a $1,000 school supply stipend donated by Nevada Agriculture Foundation. The award recipient will also be recognized during the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association’s annual awards banquet on Nov. 18 in Winnemucca.

Anyone may submit a nomination form which is available at For any questions, please contact the NCA office at 775-738-9214. Nominations may be submitted by email to with “2023 Teacher of the Year Nomination” in the subject line; forms may be faxed to 775-738-5208; or sent by mail to, “Teacher of the Year Nomination”, C/O Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 310, Elko, NV 89803.

Oats Park Arts School

Lots of fun workshops in store from Carly Strauss, Jeanne Evatt, Lori Bishop, Mandie Koeckes of Great Basin Apothecary, Megan Peterson, and our Art School Director Anne Johnson.

Classes are already filling up – visit the school website at soon to reserve your spot.

Pennington Center

April lunch menu at Life Center is posted:

All are welcome to stop by weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and enjoy a hearty meal. Just $6 for those under 60 and a suggested donation of $3 for those 60+.

Churchill County Library

April events:

Spring is in full swing at the Churchill County Library with a full calendar of fun events for the community. No need to sign-up or preregister, excepted where noted, so just come on down to the library.

Special events:

• Learn-to-fly-a-drone workshop April 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Drop-in 3D printing drop-in workshops take place April 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Using the library’s 3D printer, make objects, both useful and pretty, and learn more about this popular technology.

• Need a career change? Let EmployNV help you with aspects of finding a new job on April 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library. EmployNV staff will help you with aspects of finding a new job.


“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” encourages youngsters to read age-appropriate books before entering school. Book titles are suggested and offered by library staff. Recognition given for every 100 books read on the way to 1,000! Sign-ups accepted at any time.

Flood insurance

Flood damage is not covered under standard homeowners’, commercial, and renters’ insurance policies. Even when a federal disaster is declared, aid is usually provided in the form of low-interest loans which must be paid back and are likely to only cover a portion of your costs.

Flood insurance can protect your home or business and its contents; providing the added financial assistance you may need to help you recover faster. Keep in mind, there is typically a 30-day waiting period for policies to take effect.

Policies are available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or private insurance companies. More information may be found at


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