By Charlene Dean
A museum lecture, a sanctioned chili cook-off, a bike run, Shadow Mountain Community Players and Jack, Matt and Cole Reeves on stage and two book signings are all on the agenda this weekend.
• Pahrump Valley Museum and Historical Society will host William Peck, a nationally known Abraham Lincoln presenter at 1 p.m. March 2, in the museum, 401 E. Basin Ave.
Peck will perform a “Chautauqua like” program which shows Abraham Lincoln’s importance to Nevada.
The presentation will be in period dress and speech. This is a historical, educational and entertaining event and is suitable for all ages.
In addition to the lecture, Peck will be giving out new, uncirculated 200th anniversary, limited-edition pennies with a special picture on the reverse side to all students in attendance.
Peck is a retired San Diego Superior Court Clerk. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, The Association of Lincoln Presenters and The Association of Living Legends. He has been doing historical Abraham Lincoln impersonations since 1981 and has been seen on local and national television.
This lecture is installment number three of 11 in the series.
• Petrack Park will be busy this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as the Silver State Chili Cook-off comes back to Pahrump.
The ICS sanctioned event has rules and regulations covering ingredients, start times for cooking on location, judging and other things.
There will be cash awards and the tasting will begin around noon and tickets are $5. The event will raise money for No to Abuse behind-the-scenes programs.
• The Bordello Thunder Run will roar through town tomorrow as well. The annual poker run raises funds for Adaptive Action Sports for physically-challenged young athletes. The event usually attracts upwards of 1,300 bikes.
Registration for local riders will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Chicken Ranch on Homestead Road.
The cost is $30 per person and includes live entertainment by “Driving While Blind,” Larry’s steak and chicken barbecue, prizes for the best and second best poker hand and more. The ride will end at Kathy’s Short Branch Saloon in Crystal.
• Shadow Mountain Community Players will be on stage performing Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” beginning at 6 p.m. March 1 and 2 at New Hope Fellowship on West Street.
The performance will be preceded by a spaghetti dinner. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.
The performances are also scheduled for March 8 and 9 and again March 15 and 16. Proceeds will benefit Path of Hope Food Pantry.
• The Reeves family will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight March 1 and 2 in the Maverick Saloon & Dance Hall on Mesquite Avenue.
Matt Reeves said he will open for his dad, Jack, and Cole Reeves will play in the backup band. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Benderz night will follow the Reeves’ show Saturday with a high-energy dance mix.
• Two authors will be signing their books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cup of Faith Christian Books & Gifts on Frontage Road.
Karen Cerio, a resident of Las Vegas, will bring her book, “Life’s Dusty Roads.” The book is a compilation of poetry “that will have readers traversing the roads of their past and reflecting on the joys and struggles of mid-life.”
Joining her will be Amargosa Valley resident Claudia Bowker with her book, “It Took a Bullet.” The publication is about a mother and daughter struggling to mend life-long fences after the mother winds up in ICU from a gunshot wound. It also addresses the struggle the daughter has with herself and how she can mend the relationship between grandmother and her children after long years of absence.