Community news briefs for week of March 27

Ceramic soup bowls made by the Churchill County High School ceramics class are shown at the 2022 Library Empty Bowls Event.

Ceramic soup bowls made by the Churchill County High School ceramics class are shown at the 2022 Library Empty Bowls Event.
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Master Gardener help desk

Each Wednesday through April, from 10 a.m. to noon, a volunteer from University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Master Gardener Program will be available to assist with questions about home horticulture and landscapes. There is no charge for this service. Research-based information will be provided. Stop by the Extension office at 111 Sheckler Road, Fallon or call 775-423-5121.

Museum mural painting

Spring has officially sprung, and the Churchill County Museum is starting to paint its murals again.

The museum will be working on the Naval Air Station Fallon mural from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Saturday, starting April 7 (weather permitting), so if you’re available any of these days, consider lending us a hand.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Working with community partners, 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.

Activities and events:

April 1-7: Geocaching Easter eggs throughout the community. Sign up at

April 6: April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month at Board of County Commissioners meeting at 8:15 a.m. in Chambers, 155 N. Taylor St.

April 7: Kick-off observance at Millennium Park at 10 a.m. with local officials and community members.

April 14: CARE kids at Pennington Life Center with Community Coalition to make pinwheels with seniors from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 17-21: 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.

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.

Spring lecture series at Churchill County Museum

The Churchill County Museum’s annual spring “How-to” lecture series will be held at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday through April 18.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Churchill County Museum, 1050 S. Maine St., in Fallon. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call 775-423-3677 or visit

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.

School-to-career program

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.

About 1,000 attendees are expected.

Spring Film Series

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 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.

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 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.

Literary reading May 20

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

He is 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

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 4: Desiree Nordgren Bullis – Mobile Pet Grooming

• April 11: Ann Johnson with Churchill County Arts Council

• April 18: Nathan VanTreese, Green Cross Farmacy (Part 2 - Business Side)

• April 22: BINGO Night (Pennington Life Center, 5-9 p.m.)

• April 25: Steve Endacott - potential flooding control issues

• Rotarians at Work Day April 22 or April 29

• Social at Bottle and Brie May 30

• Golf Tournament June 24

• Demotion Diner June 27

Oats Park Arts School

Here’s the new 2023 Winter/Spring schedule for the Oats Park Art 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 quickly – visit the school website at soon to reserve your spot.

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 or private insurance companies. For information go to

Pennington Center

March lunch menu items at the Pennington Life Center is 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.


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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