Return of FISH flea markets | Serving Minden-Gardnerville and Carson Valley

Pau-Wa-Lu middle school staff bring the cold during a Roman water balloon battle held on the last day of school, May 26. Photo of the college of Pau-Wa-Lu

The Friends in Service Helping Ranchos Family Service Center will host several flea markets throughout the summer.

Flea markets are scheduled once a month on Saturdays at the center, located at 921 Mitch Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Dates are 7 a.m. to noon on June 25, July 23, and August 27.

Manager Diane Schachterle said the purpose of flea markets is to create community in the Ranchos.

“If you don’t want to do a garage sale, it’s a great way to pass your treasures on to their next owner,” she says.

Vendors can rent booth space for $20, and each booth rental includes a $10 gift certificate redeemable at the FISH thrift store. Anyone interested in having a stand can call or drop by the center to reserve a place for one or more markets.

Shoppers are invited to browse the wares, sip coffee, and enjoy donuts during the morning hours; hot dogs will be available around noon.

For more information or to reserve a booth, call the RFSC at 775-265-FISH (3474).

Nevada State Parks Day

Nevada residents and visitors can enjoy free all-day admission and free fishing (no license required) at all Nevada state parks on Saturdays.

“Discover Nevada State Parks Day” aims to encourage Nevadans “to experience the many exciting and affordable recreational opportunities right in their own backyards” ( day-2).

The event also offers park visitors the opportunity to add a stamp to their NV State Parks passport booklet. Anyone who has a stamped booklet at all 15 state parks will earn a pass that covers admission to all Nevada state parks for an entire year.

Passport booklets are free; available at any state park; and provide information about each park that includes descriptions, amenities, and photographs. Passports also contain travel diary pages and a place to mark a visit with a validation stamp.

More information about the passport program, including additional pick-up locations, is available at

PWL students end the school year in style

Sixth-grade students at Pau-Wa-Lu College celebrated the end of the school year with a Roman water balloon battle on May 26.

The event was the culmination of the sixth-grade social studies unit on ancient civilizations. Using what they had learned about the strategies and tactics employed by the Romans, students had the opportunity to construct protective shields in preparation for battle.

Staff and students enjoyed a fun afternoon of academic adventure as the 2021-2022 school year drew to a close.

Amy Roby can be contacted at [email protected]

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