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Mike Hickey back at Off 160, craft fair at Desert Greens

Other than the Pahrump Inter-tribal Social Powwow set for this weekend at Petrack Park, the days leading to Thanksgiving will be quiet with Sidro’s Armada at the Nugget, Cole Reeves at the Maverick and Jimmy “D” and the Howlin’ Dawgs at Karma’s Saloon.

Off 160 Coffee House has two new entertainers to offer though. Craig Hill, an administrator at Death Valley Academy in Shoshone, and Yestyn Griffith, a young man with a tremendous talent on his ukulele, have teamed up to offer entertainment from noon to 2 p.m. at the coffee house Saturday afternoon. Then, Irish Bob, as he calls himself, will play Celtic music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., also Saturday.

Mike Hickey has been absent from the coffee house entertainment scene over the summer but will return to his normal gig this Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Along with his full-time job as a Realtor, Hickey has been playing music for 40 years and calls himself a “weekend warrior.”

“I’ve played in bars, mostly, and have probably played in 20 or 30 bands over the years,” he said. I have played country, rock, blues and acoustic mellow stuff. I enjoy all music, except for rap music, which I consider to be a contradiction in terms.

“Recently, I have been doing more solo gigs because I know I will show up on time and for monetary reasons.

Hickey is from Yuma, Ariz., originally, and lived in Phoenix and Pinetop before moving to Pahrump.

He said, “After all of these years I still love to play. Have guitar — will travel, but not too far.”

Desert Greens will host its seventh annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Desert Greens Clubhouse, 350 W. Wilson Road.

It’s another prime opportunity to do some unique holiday shopping. Vendors will offer plants, bake sale items, drinks and snacks. There will also be raffles throughout the day and door prizes.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Comfort Hospice Sunflower Foundation.

The NyE Communities Coalition Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 28 in the Manse Room/multi-purpose room of the campus at 1021 E. Wilson Road.

It’s not the only place to go for a meal. Some people want to watch the game, have some turkey and kick back for awhile. The Maverick Saloon and Dance Hall on Mesquite Avenue will serve their customers a traditional Thanksgiving feast at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Owner Jan Jensen has kept the tradition for the past several years.

The Pahrump Art Gallery at Chapter Two Bookstore next to the community library, has launched a website at www.pahrumpartgallery.com.

The gallery hosts classes for watercolor, drawing, painting with other mediums and an art show which changes every three months.

The website is set to show and sell artworks by the artists on display. You can browse before you shop, but the art is best enjoyed in person. Pricing is on the website and there is an events tab, which shows what classes are being offered and when.

Coming up after the Thanksgiving holiday is the annual Holiday Concert by the High Desert Chorale. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m., Dec. 4 in the Pahrump Nugget Event Center.

Admission will be two non-perishable food items to donate to a local food bank.

NyECC is very involved with the community and this year will award special recognition to key players and events in the organization. Nominations will be taken until Dec. 5 for: NyECC member of the year, an innovation award, a favorite event or activity and a team player staff award.

Winners will be announced at the annual Chocolate Buffet set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the campus. The buffet coincides with the monthly meeting, which is open to the public. The event is potluck, so bring your own favorite chocolate dessert. Call Tim Wigchers, 727-9970, for more information.

Tickets are still available for the Nathan Adelson Festival of Trees Gala set for 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at Mountain Falls. Tickets are $100 per person. Call 751-6700 for more information.

The Marine Corps League will host a Gala Christmas Ball to benefit the Toys for Tots Program from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Dec. 21 in the Pahrump Nugget Events Center. There will be dinner, limited cocktails, entertainment by Lynn Peterson and the Phatt Kattz and dancing. Advance tickets are $40. They will be $50 at the door.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy for under the tree. Call 727-1020 for tickets and more information.

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