By Charlene Dean
As the weather becomes more pleasant, entertainment options, especially those outside, are on the agenda.
Death Valley National Park is taking advantage of its new visitors’ center tonight by hosting a “Music-in-the-Round” concert in the auditorium there.
The event is the second of several events showcasing the artistic talent of the Death Valley community and areas just outside the park.
The concert will feature performances by Pablo Tecopa and the Dusty Butter Band, who have played in Tecopa several times; Craig Hill, a teacher at Death Valley Academy; Yestyn Griffith, a young musician who also graced the Tecopa stage and performed at Off 160 Coffee House;
Pahrump’s own Derik Jordan, who performs regularly at the coffee house and with the Dashing Rogue Band.
Others include Bob Flaherty, Jim Furlough, Ryan Thomas and Nancy Good.
The format will showcase each individual group or performer, but will be open for the other musicians to join in — a spontaneous jam session.
The event will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is free.
A new band will be at the StageBar Lounge in the Pahrump Nugget this weekend. The Joey Carmon Band will perform from 7 p.m. to midnight March 22 and 23.
The VFW will host Rodney and Mary Leach from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the facility located at 4651 S. Homestead Road. It’s been a while since there was live music at the VFW.
The Water Stone Bunch gunfighter and reenactment group has been working with the Friends of the Fort to conduct a fundraising event for the Old Mormon Fort Museum.
The event, scheduled for March 23, will have the Water Stone Bunch. Dean West and the Smokin’ Gun Band and reenactor Walt Rubio representing Pahrump.
Spokesman Doug Shaw said a number of events will be going on around the grounds, including a “Frontier Life” competition in affiliation with the Reenactment Guild of America (RGA); a costume contest for period dress covering the years from 1855 to 1900; and a Mountain Man encampment.
Appearances by reenactors of Helen Stewart and Abraham Lincoln will also be there. Lincoln reenactor William Peck recently performed at the Pahrump Valley Museum for its lecture series..
Shaw said, “We have a total of six teams, including the Water Stone Bunch, representing Nevada, California and Arizona and totalling approximately 45 reenactors for the Frontier Life competition. There will be eight or nine, perhaps more, for the costume contest where history and display of period clothing will be judged.
Arrangements have also been made for approximately 150 school children to visit the museum and encampments on Friday, and a number of the reenactors will be present in costume to answer questions.
The H.O.P.E. (Healthy Organizations, People & Environments) invites the community to join in for a 10K/5K run or a one mile walk on March 23.
Race fees are: 10K/5K run, $35; one mile walk, $25, youth up to age 15, $5 with paid adult or $15 with T-shirt.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. and ends 15 minutes before race begins at 8 a.m. Race starting line is at Mountain Falls club house.
The Pahrump Arts Council will host its spring concert featuring the High Desert Chorale at 7 p.m., March 27 in the Pahrump Nugget Events Center. The theme is music from the movies.
Originally PAC was scheduled to charge an admission fee, but at the monthly board meeting, it was decided the event would be free.
The organization appreciates donations and any non-perishable food donations will go to a local food bank.