Community news briefs for week of July 17

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UNR Extension cool season vegetables class Aug. 10

Master Gardener volunteers from University of Nevada, Reno Extension will be in Churchill County on Thursday, Aug. 10 to offer a free program on cool season vegetables.

The one-hour program begins at 10 a.m. and will provide information on what to plant, when to plant, and how to improve your outcome. A starter plant will be available to participants.

The program will be held at the Extension Office, 111 Sheckler Road in Fallon.

For information or to reserve a seat, call 775-423-5121.

Fallon Community Day

Churchill County will host its annual Fallon Community Day on July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rafter 3C Arena.

This event is designed as a fun, family, back-to-school outing and will include a free barbecue, free bounce house, car seat checks and installations, free school supplies for children in attendance, free swimming at the outdoor pool at Oats Park and a chance to see local first responders and their vehicles.

Fallon Community Day is sponsored by Churchill County, the city of Fallon, the Churchill Community Coalition, CC Communications and New Frontier.

All are welcome.

August music

A week before the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair begins at the Rafter 3C Complex, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers appear Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. on the Centennial Stage. Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences.

A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of trumpet, clarinet and trombone. This free performance is also presented in cooperation with the mayor, city council and city of Fallon.

The Fallon Cantaloupe Festival’s lineup opens Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. with Queensrÿche.

For the country-western crowd, Ned LeDoux plays Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Rafter’s arena.

The Kaycee, Wyoming native is following in the steps of his late father, Chris LeDoux.

Opening for LeDoux is Justin Lee, a performer with Nevada roots including some that have been placed in Churchill County.

Lee began writing songs as teenager and has mastered his craft with some of the top Nashville producers, engineers, songwriters and musicians. Six years ago, Lee released a single, “Like I’ve Fallen.”

For tickets, go to

Water information

The water call center telephone number is 775-867-5923; leave a message and your call will be returned. The email address is

• Residents should use the email address or telephone number for non-emergency calls.

• High-water mitigation officials have created an interactive flood modeling map on the city of Fallon and Churchill County websites. This map allows residents to enter their address in the top right-hand corner and pull up the flood modeling map for their home or business.

• Sandbags are available for pickup weekdays during normal business hours at the county’s Miners Road yard.

• Important websites to remember:

City of Fallon:

Churchill County:

Truckee Carson Irrigation District:

Lahontan Valley News:

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is July 19-20 at the Fallon Convention Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blood donors will receive a Battle of the Badges T-shirt.

Last year 114 lifesaving blood units that benefitted more than 280 lives were collected. FPD collected 10 more units than CCSO.

Individuals who want to schedule an appointment should call Vitalant at 775-329-6461. Slots may be harder to find for those who want to walk in to donate blood.


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 Sue 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.

Home Horticulture Certificate Program

University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering its online Home Horticulture Certificate Program, Aug. 2 to Sept. 28. The program is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about gardening in Nevada and is also a prerequisite for those interested in becoming a certified Nevada Master Gardener.

The cost is $275 and includes recorded lectures, readings, homework and online question-and-answer sessions with specialists and local gardening professionals. Sessions take place via Zoom, from noon to 1 p.m., Thursdays, and conclude with a final exam before certification.

The certificate program is a prerequisite for entering the Nevada Master Gardener Program.

Applications for Master Gardener training open after participants pass the Home Horticulture Certification Program final exam. Master Gardener training costs $25 and takes place Oct. 26 to Dec. 28. It includes online readings, lectures and live question-and-answer sessions, while county-specific in-person activities may also be added to the schedule.

Registration for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program is open through July 28, and can be completed online. For information on classes, email

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should contact Paul Lessick at or 702-257-5577 at least five days prior to the scheduled event with their needs or for information.

Youth awards

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

If you know of someone or a group of young people (age 19 or younger) 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.

• Upcoming events:

Pancake Feed, Sept. 4. Need to start a committee to organize this fundraiser/event

• Lobster Feed, Sept. 23. Pot Luck at the Sanford Residence

• Daily Bread, July 20, Epworth United Methodist Church, 457 Esmeralda St. First shift of 3:30-4 p.m. (meal prep, set-up, cooking) and second shift of 4-6:30 p.m. (serving, desert delivery, clean-up)

Kindergarten registration

There is no need to register if your child is already registered or your child attends Northside Early Learning Center until the end of this school year as your child will automatically roll up.

Once registration is complete, you and your child may take a tour of the school and meet the staff.

Important information if registering:

Your child must be 5 on or before Aug. 21.

Please bring your child's state-issued birth certificate, poof of address, a valid ID for parent/guardian, and your child's current immunization record.

To register before this event, visit or

Churchill County Library

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

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

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival performers stop by the library on July 28 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the end of the summer reading program with a presentation for all ages.

Pennington Life Center

Stop by the Pennington Life Center in July for the many activities planned for the month.

Plenty of good eats at the Pennington Life Center in July: All are welcome to partake. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Cost is $6 for those under age 60 and a suggested donation of $3 for those 60+.

Become a chamber member

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.

If interested, nominate yourself or someone you think would be vital to aiding our business community.

For information, contact The Chamber 775-423-2544 or email

Boots ‘N’ Britches play days

Wednesdays at Fairview Arena (Main Outdoor Arena), 3C Event Complex. All ages are welcome – we offer barrel racing, breakaway roping, figure 8, goat tying, pole bending, and goat tail un-decorating, plus a separate lead line option for youth 7 and under.

Club membership is $25/person or $60/household for the season which includes all six summer dates and puts the participant/s in for awards eligibility. Each added event fee is based on the participant’s age. For information and to register visit

Youth Volleyball Camp

July 25-27, City-County Gym.

The second session of Youth Volleyball Camp is being offered through Churchill County Parks and Recreation.

Learn the fundamentals of volleyball under the direction of Tristin Johnson, youth athletes will develop skills in teamwork and timing. Includes a T-shirt and ball if registered by deadline. Open to girls going into fifth-eighth grade for the 2023-24 school year. The camp fee is $50. For information and to register visit

College for Kids

The Western Nevada College Fallon Campus and Churchill County Parks and Recreation have a variety of College for Kids courses this summer. Multiple classes will be offered for a variety of subjects, including Creative Writing, Babysitting Certification, Forensic Science, Jr. Counselor, Jr. Lifeguarding, Gardening, and more.

For information and to register visit

Advanced Babysitting Course, July 24

Dog Obedience Classes, Mondays beginning July 24

For information and to register visit


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