Bowling tournament to help out Ranchos resident

Christine Mills

Christine Mills

Gardnerville Ranchos resident Christine Mills is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She has completed chemotherapy and faces radiation and reconstructive surgery in the coming months.

Complicating an already challenging situation, Mills had a major water leak in her kitchen and the resulting damage to her home needs to be repaired.

To help offset these costs, Wink’s Silver Strike Lanes in the Gardnerville Ranchos hosts a “Shoulder Boulder Bowling Tournament” to benefit Mills on July 17 at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $100 per 4-person team, or $25 per person. Registration forms will be accepted at Wink’s through July 16, and all proceeds from the event will go directly to Mills.

Winks’ general manager Branden Kennon said preregistration is helpful in order to account for teams, and he encouraged people to come in and sign up even if they don’t have a full team of four.

“Wink’s has 26 lanes and ideally, we’ll have them all filled,” he said, noting that bowling alley staff are excited for the upcoming tournament.

The event also features a raffle, food and drink specials, and a prize for the best team costumes (in a nod to breast cancer awareness, pink-themed costumes are encouraged). A local artist will offer cartoon caricatures, and the Douglas County Mounted Posse will be on-site to provide a photo opportunity with the horses and collect donations in a saddle bag.

Mills is a volunteer with DCMP and has worked in Support Services at the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years.

“She is an awesome member of the community,” said Kennon.

Regarding the raffle, Kennon said, “We’ve got lots of really cool prizes. All sorts of local businesses are pitching in.”

Some of the raffle prizes include artwork; beer- and margarita-themed gift baskets; and gift certificates for bowling, haircuts, restaurants, and spa treatments.

Additional raffle donations are welcome. Anyone interested in providing items for the raffle should contact Wink’s at 775-265-5454.

Registration sheets and raffle tickets are available at Wink’s and The Grill Next Door (both located in the Tillman Center, 1281 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos); The Moose and Squirrel (1302 Langley Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos); and NV Ugly and Buckaroos (1433 and 1435 US Hwy 395 in Gardnerville).

A comment on Wink’s Facebook page reads, “Let’s show [Mills] some Gardnerville love. Come in, have fun, and help out a wonderful person at the same time. Win Win.”

Check Winks’ Facebook page at for event updates, or call the bowling alley for more information.

Food Closet welcomes fresh produce donations

Summer is here and the growing season has arrived. Anyone looking to donate fresh produce to Carson Valley Community Food Closet is invited to participate in their “Plant, Grow, Give” program. Gardeners can either “grow a row” specifically for the food closet, or simply donate surplus items. General cleaning of homegrown produce is appreciated.

Please note that homemade preserves or pickled items cannot be accepted.

Food donations are accepted at CVCFC from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition to fresh produce, entrees, proteins, and canned fruits and vegetables are among the food closet’s most-needed items.

Call 775-782-3711 for more information, or send an email to



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