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In Brief

Moose donation dinner

The Pahrump Moose Lodge, located at 1100 East Second Street, will be having a Donation Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 3 -6 p.m. The dinner will be chicken fried steak and gravy, potatoes, vegetable and a salad and roll.

The dinner is open to the public and proceeds will go to support the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Balloon Festival

The annual Pahrump Balloon Festival will be held at Petrack Park Feb. 26, 27 and 28. Admission and parking are free and there is handicapped parking available.

Parking on the south side of Basin is prohibited and vehicles will be towed.


Truth in Life services

Truth in Life Ministries will start Sunday evening services on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Truth in Life Chapel at 41 N. Highway 160, #11. All are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Pastor Thomas Gilbert at 775-513-2258.


AARP smart driver class

An AARP Smart Driver class will be held on Feb. 29, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Pahrump Community Library Instructional Room. The charge for the class is $15 for AARP members (be sure to bring your AARP ID card), or $20 for non-members. Payment should be made by check or money order made payable to AARP.

To register for the class or for more information contact Matthew Swift at 513-7306.


‘Be Informed’ meeting

The Republican group “Be Informed” will meet and focus on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the free trade agreement coming up for a vote. They will show a video titled “Trading Away Your Freedom.” The meeting will be held Feb. 27, at 3370 S. Highway 160, Suite 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information call 751-9909.


Open casting call

The Water Rock Players, a local theatre production company, is seeking performers and technical support for four original plays to be produced in Pahrump and environs. Auditions will be held Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Shadow Mountain Christian Fellowship, located at 1500 red Butte Dr. at Willow Creek.

If you are unable to audition on that date, call 727-7323 to arrange for a more convenient time.


Donation dinner at senior center

The Pahrump Moose Lodge, located at 1100 E. Second Street, will have a donation dinner to benefit the Pahrump Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program Sunday, March 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread will be served.

The dinner, which is open to the public will also feature a bake sale and a drawing.


Marine Corps League

The Marine Corps League Pahrump Detachment #1199 will hold their monthly meeting March 12, 10 a.m., at Draft Picks Poolhouse on Postal Road. An officers meeting will be held at 9 a.m. The Marine Corps League meets on the second Saturday of the month.

For more information, contact Commandant Frank Miller at 751-8076.


Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month at Pahrump Community Library and they will be displaying artwork by local artists aged 18 and younger. To have your art displayed, bring to the library beginning Feb. 22. Work must be clearly labeled with artist’s name, age and title of work on front, telephone number on back. All types of work are accepted.

Artwork will be displayed until April 28.


Free Italian class

The Pahrump Community Library is sponsoring a free class to learn to speak, read and write in Italian, and about the Italian culture. It will be held every Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To sign up, contact the instructor, Mr. Marchetti at leom702@gmail.com.


Friday Fish Fry

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, located at 781 Gamebird Road, will be having their Friday Fish fry every Friday during Lent except for Good Friday, March 25. The dinners are served from 4-7 p.m., in the church hall. They are serving fried or baked fish dinners and fish taco dinners with French fries. Homemade New England clam chowder, coleslaw, desserts and beverages are also available.


Musical instruments needed

The Nye County School District recently received a grant for $26,319.78 from the Hughes and Jones Music Fund for Nevada public schools. As part of that grant, the school district is asking members of the community to donate new or slightly used working instruments as in-kind match contributions.

If you have an instrument to donate, please drop it off at the district office in either Pahrump or Tonopah, or call Karen Holley or Karin Williams at 727-7743.


Lions Club scholarships

The Pahrump Valley Lions Club will be awarding two scholarships to the high school seniors graduating this coming May. To obtain a scholarship application go to the PVHS counselors’ office or call 702-580-3951 and ask for an application to be mailed to you. Mail the completed applications to: Pahrump Valley Lions Club, P.O. Box 133, Pahrump, NV 89041.

Completed applications must be received by May 1, 2016.


BYO craft class

A BYO (Bring Your Own) craft class for all ages will be held every Tuesday, from 5-6:30 p.m., at Central Valley Baptist Church, located at 3170 S. Blagg Road. Join in the fellowship and a fun family time for all. Coffee and snacks will be served.

For more information call 751-1804.


Pahrump Valor Quilters

Valor Quilters of Pahrump, who make quilts for our veterans, will meet on March 9, at the Bob Ruud Community Center. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month.

For additional information contact Denise Kearl at 537-6477.


Free tax return service

IRS-trained tax counselors will be offering their free services to all taxpayers beginning Feb. 3, at the Bob Ruud Community Center, Room B. Their goal is to provide free tax preparation to young low-income taxpayer and working seniors who may qualify for earned income tax credit. The counselors are trained, experienced volunteers and are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., until April 22.

Appointments must be made by contacting fordpayne@juno.com or by calling 727-4258. Record your number twice distinctly so that you will get a call back.


Free tax prep at NyECC

Nevada Free Taxes will offer free income tax preparation beginning Feb. 9 at NyE Communities Coalition.

Call 775-537-2323 for appointment.


Grief Share

A Grief Share course to help those who are grieving loves ones will continue to be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m., at Central Valley Baptist Church, located at 3170 S. Blagg.

For addition information, call the church at 910-9995.


Al-Anon meetings

What can you do if someone close to you drinks too much? You can find help at Al-Anon, an organization to support families of alcoholics.

They meet three different places during the week: at No To Abuse / Outreach Training Center, located at 621 S. Blagg, Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m., (call 240-344-7136 for more info); Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, located at 650 S. Blagg, Thursdays, 10–11 a.m., (call 209-938-9094 for more info); and First Step Club, located at 1061 Second St., Thursdays at 5–6 p.m., (call 775-401-1267 or 775-750-0181.)


Celebrate Recovery

Trinity Assembly of God Church, located at 750 Big Five Road, has begun “Celebrate Recovery”, a Christ-centered recovery program, aimed at helping hurts, habits and hang-ups. They address food, nicotine, gambling, drug or any other addictions that can become stumbling blocks in life, as well as anger, depression, anxiety, divorce or other life issues.

They meet at the church on Friday nights at 7 p.m.


DAV meeting

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 15 meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at the NyECC activities building on the corner of Wilson and West streets.

For additional information contact them at 537-5051 or at www.dav15nv.org.


Ms. Senior pageant

The Ms. Senior Nye County Pageant family invites all ladies who have reached the “age of elegance”, 60 or older, to submit an application for their upcoming pageant on April 16, at the Pahrump Nugget. Participants must reside in Nye County. The chosen queen will go on to represent Nye County in the Ms. Senior Nevada Pageant in Las Vegas in August.

For further information contact Scotty Winegar at 727-0309.


Family history classes

The Pahrump FamilySearch Center is currently open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family History Classes (Genealogy) are every Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The center and all classes are open to the public. The Pahrump FamilySearch center is located in the LDS church building at 921 Wilson Road.

For more information call Center Directors John and Judith Luellen at 512-914-2387.


At the Library

Free computer instruction is available at the library. Computer Classes for beginning-level computer users are offered Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Sign-ups are available at the library (no sign-ups by phone). The Genealogy Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Genealogy guidance & help using Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest.com are provided. No sign-up is necessary. Please call library prior to attending to confirm class time.

For all who like to knit and/or crochet, the Library KNIT WITS meet every Wednesday, at 1 p.m. at the library. Bring your current project and come join others who love yarn crafting. Free fun for all ages.

The Winter Reading Program began on Feb. 3. The theme is “Fetch a Good Book!” No signups are necessary. Wednesdays, ages 2-3, 10:15-10:45 a.m., (parent or guardian must accompany child); ages 4-5, 11-11:45 a.m.; ages 6-12, 3-4 p.m.

AARP tax volunteers will be at the library every Thursday and Friday through April 15. Taxpayers can call 537-4009 to schedule an appointment.

All library events are alcohol, tobacco and drug-free.


Trench Rats meet

The National Order of Trench Rats (Dugout 615) meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at Wulfy’s RV Park clubhouse. Any DAV (Disabled American Veteran) member is invited to join their group; they are veterans helping veterans.

For more information contact Victoria Brazzle at 751-9033 and leave a message on the business phone.


Volunteers needed

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office is looking for volunteers for the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Unit. If you are retired, like people and can volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a month, this may be for you. You must pass an FBI check and be available for daytime classroom training.

Call Larry Snow, coordinator at 751-4231 or pick up an application at the Sheriff’s Office.


Support group at Inspirations

ProCare Hospice and Inspirations Senior Living will host an “Achieving Peace and Comfort” support group at Inspirations, located at 931 Honeysuckle Road, on the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. The group is open to all those currently caring for a terminally ill friend or family member as well as those who have lost someone. This support group seeks to provide members with coping skills and stress management tips to help through one of life’s most difficult journeys.

RSVP to save your seat by calling 751-2300.


Student exchange program volunteers

International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students in our area. Students are from 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American adventure.

Representatives will recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the students in the community. Representatives are compensated according to the number of students being supervised.

Call the World Heritage office at 949-342-1777 or 800-888-9040 for more information.


Soft shoe and sassparilla

The Soft-Shoe and Sassparilla Society (SASS) is now forming for light soft-shoe dancing, sipping sassparilla and just plain ol’ fun. No experience is necessary.

Call Pat at 751-8382 for more details.


Desert Square Dancers

The Desert Square Dancers meet at 5 p.m., on Thursdays, at Pahrump Methodist Church, located at 1300 E. Highway 372.

For further information contact Wayne Walker at 702-403-2146.

The Desert Square Dance Club is sponsored by the Pahrump Arts Council. Call 751-6776 for more information.


VFW breakfast

VFW Post 10054, located at 4651 Homestead Road, would like to invite you to join them for breakfast on Sunday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., and then come down to join the Ladies Auxiliary on Friday nights for dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. They also have great karaoke every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to ???

For additional information call 727-6072.


First Friday senior network

First Friday Senior Network, hosted by Inspirations Senior Living on the first Friday of every month, gives all businesses working in the senior market an opportunity to share what they do, share information about ongoing or upcoming activities and work together to make sure the needs of all seniors in the community are being met. If you work in the senior market, you are invited to the next group meeting at Inspirations Senior Living, located at 931 Honeysuckle Road.

For more information call Tonya at 702-845-4748 or 751-2300, ext. 406.


Foster parents needed

In Nevada’s rural communities, many children, including teens and sibling groups are in need of a safe and nurturing home. Foster parents provide a temporary home so these children can heal and feel supported. Foster parents can be single or married, male or female. They can be working or stay-at-home parents, or retired with grown children.

To learn more on how you can become a licensed foster parent with the state of Nevada call 888-423-2659 or go to www.dcfs.state.nv.us.


VFW Riders

VFW Post 100054, located on Homestead Road has assigned a new captain for Central Nevada, Paull Engs, of the VFW Riders, a veterans’ motorcycle riding organization.

They are looking for new members. There are 3 levels of riders: veterans, associates and supporters. They are planning to ride in the 4th of July parade and the Rose Parade in Pasadena this year.

If interested in joining, contact Commander Tom Vicks of Post 100054, or Paull Engs at 513-7301.


Cancer Resource Center

The American Cancer Society’s “cancer closet” is now known as the Cancer Resource Center and is moving to At Your Fingertips Nail Salon at 1141 S. Highway 160, #6, which is actually on Postal Road. Wigs, hats, gloves, liquid supplements and informational materials will be available to cancer patients.

For further information call Laurie Wall at 775-209-0385.


RSVP needs drivers

RSVP in Pahrump is in need of drivers and is able to offer mileage reimbursement to volunteer drivers 25 years old and older. All volunteers must pass a background check.

If you are interested, call Jan Lindsay at 751-5282 and forms will be sent to you, after which a follow-up interview will be scheduled.


Art Guild meetings

The Spring Mountain Art Guild (SMART) will be meeting every second Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Pahrump Museum on Basin Road. New members are always welcomed. Drop in, observe the meeting, and see what they are about.

For more information contact George at 751-4735 or Wilhelmina at 513-8033.


Serenity Behavioral Health services

Serenity Behavioral Health (formerly Stepping Stones), in partnerships with local community resources, strives to provide all youth and families with the tools to achieve a higher level of functioning for a better tomorrow. They offer services to help with anger management, depression, anxiety/fear, parenting, stress management, behavior management and interpersonal and family relationships.

They are located at 990 E. Calvada. For more information, call 751-5211.


West Star Ranch in need of donations

West Star Ranch Animal Rescue and Thrift Store is in need of donations to sell. If you need your donations picked up, please call 727-9273. They also have many dogs and cats ready to go home with you. They are a 501C3 no kill shelter. Boarding is also available.

The thrift store is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is located at 780 Manse Road.


Support for parents of sexually abused kids

A support group for parents of sexually abused children meets at 5 p.m. at the Nevada Outreach Training Organization (No To Abuse) located at 621 S. Blagg.

Call Winona Davies at 751-1119 for more information and to sign up. You must call before attending the group for the first time.


Standing briefs

Tails of Nye County

Tails of Nye County, Inc. was formed in March 2012, to provide low-cost spay-neuter assistance to pet owners in Nye County, where there was previously a deficiency in services. There is also no type of low-cost spay and neuter assistance for pot-bellied pigs, which are very popular pets in Nye County. As a result of these deficiencies, the Nye County Animal Shelter is forced to accept large numbers of unwanted cats, dogs and pigs.

Spaying and neutering is crucial in order to minimize the shelter’s burden and work towards reducing and someday completely eliminating the euthanasia of unwanted animals.

Tails of Nye County offers assistance to dog, cat and male pig owners by subsidizing spay-neuter procedures, and issuing discount coupons accepted by local vets. The pet owner pays for a portion of the procedure and Tails of Nye County pays the amount authorized on the coupon issued to that pet owner.

For more information, call 917-699-5572 or on their website at http://www.tailsofnyecounty.com/.

Tails of Nye County Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity. Please help them continue their work by making a tax deductible donation.


Veterans Services

A Veterans Service Officer will be located at the Pahrump County Veterans Services Office, located at 1981 E. Calvada, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Pre-scheduled appointments are suggested although walk-ins are welcome but can only be seen as time permits.

To schedule an appointment contact Pamela at 775-688-1653, ext. 6 or Barbara at 775-321-4880.

Vets are advised to bring a copy of their DD-214 discharge document and/or current VA paperwork. If the claim involves dependents, veterans should bring marriage and/or birth certificates as well as social security numbers of their dependents.


Prostate Cancer support

The local prostate cancer support and information group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, at 6 p.m., at Desert Springs Hospital. Get directions at the main entrance of the hospital.

Please support their efforts to share information. For additional information contact James Gregory at 727-7482.


Help with Medicare

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) can help answer questions when Medicare becomes confusing. Representatives can address questions such as “do I need Part D,” “how can I afford my medications” and “what is covered under Medicare.” All services are free and unbiased.

Call 702-486-3478 for additional information.


Family to Family

Family to Family Connection offers classes on the following schedule:

Mondays — 1 to 3 p.m., nurturing prenatal parenting;

Tuesdays — 1 to 3 p.m., nurturing parenting, Spanish;

Wednesdays — 1 to 3 p.m., nurturing parenting, English.

The Amargosa food banks will be open from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Amargosa Senior Center.

The lending library in Pahrump is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday to check out helpful VHS videos, books and DVDs designed to help parents be better parents.

Family to Family Connection is located at 621 S. Blagg Road. Call 751-1118 for more information.


Fast Track program

The Nye County adult education program is offering GED testing and courses. The GED test can be used to waive English, math, science and social studies electives depending on test scores. Nevada High School Proficiency Exams with passing scores are a prerequisite, and the adult education offers those classes as well.

For more information, stop by the office, 484 S. West Street, Building D, or call 751-6822, ext. 266.


Pahrump Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Pahrump Valley meets at noon every Wednesday in the Pahrump Nugget banquet hall. Rotary members are a dedicated group of people serving in the community.

For more information about the Rotary Club and its projects, call 727-8399.


Foundation volunteers

The Amanda Faye Brown Nevada Chapter of Melanoma Education Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to get the word out on melanoma and skin cancer awareness.

Anyone interested in helping deliver amandasmessage.com to area schools and churches please contact Michael, 702-743-1346, or Marie, 209-5088.


Volunteer Homeland Reserve Unit

VHRU is an organized group of retired and former law enforcement officers with the mission of providing trained and experienced resources to public safety agencies in Nevada and, potentially, to surrounding areas. VHRU maintains a web- site describing the mission and providing information regarding the organization, leadership, and on-going activities.

The website also contains an application form that can be downloaded by any former law enforcement officer who wants to become a part of the organization.

For more information log on to: www.vhru.com or call 702-610-8000.


VA van

A van is available to veterans needing transportation to the Veterans Administration Clinic in Pahrump.

The van operates 8-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call Bob, 751-6126 or Kyler, 727-9752 to be a volunteer driver or for more information.


Free drug tests

Teen Care provides free drug tests for the children of concerned parents and guardians. The test detects marijuana, cocaine, meth, opiates, amphetamines and more. All services are free and confidential. Teen Care provides Christian help for teens involved with drugs or alcohol.

Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. Call 727-9911 for more information.


Volunteer for SCORE

All active or retired business people are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience by being a volunteer SCORE counselor. Sponsored by the Small Business Administration, SCORE provides free consultations to all who want to start a business. SCORE will provide training for volunteers.

Call Sally at the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce, 727-5800 or SCORE, 727-9471 to volunteer.


Safe Place youth program

Safe Place is an organization in Pahrump that provides immediate help and support to youth in crisis. The location sites are the Terrible Herbst convenience stores on Highway 160 and at Lakeside on Homestead Road.

Call 775-291-3554 or 1-866-U-ARE-SAFE for more information.


Power wheelchairs

Miracle on Wheels makes available electric power wheelchairs to non-ambulatory senior citizens 65 and older and the permanently disabled of any age, if they qualify. Electric wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk and also cannot operate a manual wheelchair sufficiently or safely enough to care for themselves in their residence.

Call 1-800-749-8778  for more information.

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