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Bob Alvis at the museum, Amargosa Valley Days

It will be another busy weekend for locals wanting to get out and about.

The Pahrump Valley Museum and Historical Society will hold its monthly lecture May 10 at 1 p.m. in the museum on Basin Avenue. Robert N. Alvis will be speaking on western explorer Edward Fitzgerald Beale.

Alvis has been a resident of Pahrump since June, 2000, moving here from Boulder, Colo., where he retired as a longtime federal civil servant. He worked for more than 30 years in the U.S. Department of Commerce in its science agencies, the National Bureau of Standards and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Alvis got his master’s degree in history from the California State University in Northridge in 1960. He is a book collector with an extensive personal library. He has spoken on the American Revolution, Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Place of Lafayette in American and French history.

While Bob was doing research for a lecture on the use of camels by the Army, he discovered the explorations of Beale.

Beale was a major figure in the West in the late 19th century. Beale made several trips across the United States and was key in laying out the southern route for the transcontinental railroad.

He was an Indian agent in California and the state surveyor, where he was instrumental in laying out the border between California and Nevada. Beale amassed a huge property near Tejon, Calif., and a large portion of his ranch exists today.

Admission is free.

There’s a new band at the HUBB tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Gig Busters is a newly formed musical act fronted by Les Doss. Doss is from St. Louis and began his music career at 16 playing bars and nightclubs. After 50 years, he is still at it.

He lived in Hawaii for a number of years before moving to Pahrump, where he is a well-known musician technician of guitar. He teaches as well.

Dennis Beemon will join Doss. Beemon is from Las Vegas and has played keyboards with numerous bands. He has been in Las Vegas since 1973 and is an electronics technician. He is also the former owner of several music stores.

Amargosa Days is this Friday through Sunday on Farm Road

There will be a talent show, Cinco de Mayo celebration and food, music and dancing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday.

Saturday there are numerous events, games for the kids, a car show, horseshoes, raffles and a barbecue dinner. Saturday’s events will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday features a Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the senior center.

The Artistic Divas and Dudes will hold a Spring Fling Craft Show from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bob Ruud Community Center.

There will be gifts for moms and dad and also graduation gifts. The raffle, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, will have the proceeds donated to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Admission is free.

The Lifesavers Relay for Life team will sponsor a special event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maverick Saloon &Dance Hall on Mesquite Avenue.

There will be vendors and the new location for Big Dick’s Pizzeria will be open. A portion of the food sales will be donated to Relay for Life.

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