Community news briefs for week of June 17

Churchill County Museum temporary exhibit ‘Shadow Catchers’ features 120 years of photography in Churchill County.

Churchill County Museum temporary exhibit ‘Shadow Catchers’ features 120 years of photography in Churchill County.
Sara Dowling | NNG

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Museum annual meeting

The Churchill County Museum annual meeting and ice cream social is set for June 29 from 1-3 p.m.

Museum Director Mel Glover will present the projects and achievements from the past year and share plans for fiscal year 2024-25.

The afternoon will also feature portrayals by the Young Chautauqua group of historical figures through monologue and costume. In addition, “Shadow Catchers,” a returning exhibit originally from 1984, is now in the temporary display area highlighting 120 years of local photography in Churchill County. The exhibit includes vintage works by Laura Mills, Keith Mulcahy, Albert Alcorn, Margaret “Peg” Wheat, Mary Foster, Rolly Ham, Walter Lubken, Frank Woodliff and Timothy O’Sullivan.

Historical camera equipment is on view.

Located at 1050 S. Maine St., the museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For information, call 775-423-3677.

Fourth of July parade

Fallon’s traditional Fourth of July parade begins at 10 a.m. featuring the theme of “Fallon Forward.”

The red, white and blue window decorating contest is open to all businesses in Churchill County. Entries are due June 28 and windows must be decorated by July 1. The best use of theme and voter’s choice award winners will each receive a $100 cash prize.

The pie bake-off will be June 29 at the Cottage Schools, 255 E. Stillwater Ave. Pie drop off is 10 a.m.-noon with judging at 1 p.m.

The annual Bed Races at the Maine Street fountain begin after the parade approximately at noon. Entry form and $30 fee must be submitted by June 21. Entrants must register in a racing group, either 18 years of age and older or ages 13-17. Winners will receive a trophy and cash prize.

Information and contest registration forms are available at

Fallon Cantaloupe Festival

The Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair is Aug. 23-25 at the Rafter 3C Complex.

From sewing to quilting, growing fruits and vegetables to flowers, photography, crafts, and upcycling/recycling, there is something for everyone.

Visit for information.

Churchill County Library

The Churchill County Library is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer programming is back for June and July. Dive into a variety of free events and programming. Please note that the library will be closed June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday and July 4.

Special events:

Summer Reading Program kicked-off June 1. The last day to log reading activities is July 31 with a grand prize drawing on Aug. 2. Paper reading logs are available at the library, or you can track your reading in Beanstack, an online app you can use on your phone or computer.

Additional Summer Reading Program activities include:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife will make a presentation on June 25 at 2 p.m.

Reading with Rover on July 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Presentation by local 4-H kids on July 16 at 2 p.m.

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival performers present a showcase on July 30 at 2 p.m.

Sen. Jacky Rosen’s office representative will be at the library July 11 at 1 p.m. for “office hours.”

Book discussion group for adults continues on June 27 and July 25 at 6 p.m. in the library annex. Light refreshments served.

Elementary Book Club meets June 28 and July 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Annex at 3 p.m. for those in grades 3 through 5. Reserve your book to take home at:

Basketball summer skills

Churchill County Parks & Recreation is offering a Basketball Summer Skills Series.

Upcoming fourth-12th graders are welcome to join one or all three training sessions, sharpening their game and making friends along the way.

If you're interested, visit

Greenwave Games

Greenwave Games will host two gaming-related summer camp classes for youth in fourth-12th grades July 22-26 at the Churchill County High School vocational building, room V-11. Cost is $100 per course.

Esports camp will meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Campers will play against high school esports competitors using Blizzard, Riot, Epic and Nintendo and learn about earning scholarships through tournament play.

Game development camp will meet 2-6 p.m. each day. Campers will learn to use Blender and Unreal Engine 5 to program and create assets for their own games.

For information and registration, email instructor Aaron Holt

New museum hours

The Churchill County Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Pennington Life Center

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

Plenty of good eats at the Pennington Life Center: 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 and older.

Activities and resources are plentiful at the Pennington Life Center in June. Here's what's happening:

Food Bank commodities distribution is on June 13 and 24.

USDA funding

Funding is available from USDA Rural Development Nevada for nonprofits, tribes, colleges and universities to create revolving loan fund programs and support training and technical assistance for rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises.

Application deadlines are June 30. For information or to apply contact 775-443-4756.

Changes to state minimum wage

The Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner is announcing changes that will impact Nevada’s minimum wage beginning July 1.

Assembly Bill 456, passed in 2019, increased the minimum wage in increments of 75 cents annually over a five-year period. The final increase effective July 1 will bring Nevada’s minimum wage to $12 per hour.

Unless otherwise exempted by law, the $12 minimum wage applies to all employees in Nevada.

An increase in the minimum wage will also increase the daily overtime rates, except for those employees exempted from overtime requirements under NRS 608.018.

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