Community news briefs for week of March 13

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Fernley TOPS to host canned food drive Friday

Fernley’s Take Off Pounds Successfully will host a canned food drive on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grocery Outlet, 1305 Chisholm Trail in Fernley.

Donations are for the Calvary Chapel’s Food Bank. Fernley TOPS meets each Thursday with weigh-ins starting at 9 a.m. followed by a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are held at the Fernley Senior Center and are open to anyone who wants to lose weight.

Churchill Republican Women to meet March 23

The Churchill Republican Women will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 23 at the William N. Pennington Life Center, 952 Maine St.

Guest speaker Sue Segura will present a CCHS pathway plan for preparing students for success.

Social hour is at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. Lunch will be available.

For information, email

CCHS hosts annual Grad Nite fundraiser

Join Churchill County High School for its annual Grad Nite Golf Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, April 22 at the Fallon Golf Course.

Team registration begins at 8 a.m. and shotgun at 9 a.m. All funds raised will go toward a safe and sober Grad Nite for the class of 2023.

For information, call Elsie at 775-427-2950 or Alisha at 775-336-7132.

Spring Film Series

The Spring Film Series with the theme of “In the City” begins March 17 for three consecutive Fridays. The box office, Art Bar and galleries open at 6 p.m., and the movie screening is at 7 p.m.

The cost is free for members and season ticket holders and $5 for nonmembers.

• March 17: “Amélie” (2001): A fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making.

The movie is shot in more than 80 Parisian locations with visionary style that captures the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue.

• March 24: “Lost in Translation” (2003): A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. They find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar, forming a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.

• March 31: “Mars Attacks!” (2016): Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love in Los Angeles. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

CEDA mixer March 17

The Churchill Entrepreneurial Development Association Business Council is having its first quarterly mixer for 2023.

The mixer is March 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Old Post Office on North Maine Street.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. RSVP to Sara Beebe-Wolker at or by phone at 775-423-8587 by March 15.

March 17 is also gives attendees an opportunity to wear their Irish or Greenwave green for St. Patrick’s Day.

The CEDA mixers are a good opportunity for guests to network and hear from educator Sue Segura.

With more than 35 years in education which includes teaching and administration, Segura is skilled in collaborative leadership, curriculum development, professional development of teachers and administrators, school and district improvement, finance management and human resource management.

Young Chautauqua program

The Churchill County Museum and instructor Glen Perazzo encourage ages 12-18 to participate in the new 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.

Folk music at the CAC

Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs are an Americana band from Bozeman, Mont., that infuses four-part harmonies, engaging songwriting, and rock ‘n’ roll drive into a modern approach to traditional folk music.

They perform in Fallon on Saturday.

The box office, Art Bar and galleries open at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning one hour later.

Tickets are $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Youth and students (with valid student ID) $10. Tickets are available at Jeff’s Copy Express or call the Churchill Arts Center at 775-423-1440.

Literary reading May 20

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 initial program was postponed due to weather. He is now scheduled for May 20 from 5-7 p.m.

The Art Bar & Galleries open at 5 p.m., and the literary reading begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. It is free to the public. This reading is presented in cooperation with the Churchill Library Association and supported by Nevada Humanities.

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, nominate them at

WNC nursing

WNC's Nursing program applicants are reminded of upcoming dates to take the required entrance exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Testing is scheduled March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cedar Building 320 on the Carson City campus.

Check in at 8:30 a.m. Students must complete the entrance exam no later than April 1 to be considered for admission into the Fall 2023 Nursing program.

For information, contact the Nursing and Allied Health office at 775-445-4425 or email

Rotary Club of Fallon

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

• March 21: Katelin O’Keefe and Julie Benninghove with Soroptimist International of Fallon, NV

• March 28: Kenneth Thomas, Naval Contractor

• April 4: Desiree Nordgren Bullis – Mobile Pet Grooming

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.

Policies are available through the National Flood Insurance Program or private insurance companies. Information may be found at

Spring Craft Fair

The Spring Craft Fair is March 24-25 at Oasis Community Church, 1520 S. Maine St.

To reserve a booth, go to or call 775-315-6571

Oats Park Arts School

Here’s the new 2023 Winter/Spring schedule for the Oats Park Art School.

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

March lunch menu items at the Pennington Life Center is now posted:

All are welcome to enjoy a hot meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays.

Just $6 for those under 60 and a suggested donation of $3 for anyone 60 and older.

Churchill County Library

Looking for a new activity as we roll into spring? Check out the events and happenings at the Churchill County Library in March. No need to sign-up or preregister, excepted where noted, so just come on down to the library.


Knitting Club meets at 10 a.m. and welcomes both novice and advanced knitters. They are willing to offer advice and tips and offer encouragement on your project.

Virtual Reality drop-in sessions take place from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

Writer’s Group meets at 5 p.m. and welcomes you to discover what area writers are inspired by and working on. Bring your own manuscript to add a few paragraphs.


In-person children’s story time at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Children’s Librarian Miss J 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.


Children’s story time at 11 a.m. and Knitting Club meets again at 4 p.m.


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.


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