Pueblo Grande Calendar of Events

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Click the "Register by" link in the program description to go to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation registration system to enroll. Not all programs require registration.  

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September to November 2015
June to August 2015
March to May 2015
December to February 2015


Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Guest speaker: Gregory McNamee, Author
Topic: The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors

Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join McNamee in exploring these many delicious traditions.

This event is free and open to the public, made possible by Arizona Humanities and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Donations are welcome.

10th Annual Navajo Rug & Indian Art Auction
Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m. Preview, noon to 5 p.m. Auction

Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary is hosting its 10th Annual Navajo Rug and Indian Art Auction on Saturday, November 7.  The auction, conducted by Bruce Burnham, of Burnham Trading Company in Sanders, Arizona, is a one day fundraising event with a preview beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the auction from noon to 5 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, a support group for the Pueblo Grande Museum which supplements the museums’ preservation efforts, educational programs and special events, exhibits and artifact collections care.

Frybread and other native foods will be available for purchase throughout the day. The preview and auction are free and open to the public. The Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with standard museum admission rates for visitors, and free for current Museum Auxiliary Members.

Archaeology for Kids
Saturday, November 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and explore the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Cost is $15; Register by November 5.

General Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, November 12, noon to 1 p.m.

This once a month orientation (September – May) is presented by a Museum staff member. The purpose of this initial orientation is to provide interested members of the public with an overview of volunteer opportunities including expectations regarding experience, skills, and the time commitment needed to volunteer in each area. 

At this session a City of Phoenix volunteer application will be made available to all those interested in helping out. Areas of interest and contact information will be noted on your application and the information will be passed on to the appropriate supervisor. The supervisor will then contact you to conduct an informal interview. If you are uncertain which area is the best fit for your interests you can make an appointment to talk directly with the Visitor Services Supervisor to determine the best- suited position.

Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande
Friday, November 13, 10 to 11 a.m.

Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon”? A knowledgeable guide will identify this plant as well as many other useful desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season). This program is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.

Petroglyph Discovery Hike
Saturday, November 21, 9 to 10 a.m.

Bring the whole family for a short one mile Hohokam petroglyph discovery hike at South Mountain for an easy but also petroglyph rich hiking experience. An experienced Museum guide will lead participants on a quick one-mile, one-hour interpretive hike, perfect for all ages and busy schedules. Space is limited. Register by November 19. Cost is $5.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Wednesday, November 25, 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Join collections staff for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum.  This tour is open to walk in visitors with paid admissions.  This is an opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display to the public and see how museums care for their collections.  This is a first come, first serve tour, free with paid museum admission.

16th Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Community Potluck
Wednesday, November 11,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Community Potluck at Pueblo Grande Museum on November 11, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Join us to honor the memory of all Veterans who served our nation.  Gourd Dancing, conducted by the Arizona Territory Gourd Society,  starts at 11:30 a.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. This event is sponsored in part Arizona Lottery and Bashas Grocers.  


Park of Four Waters Tour
Friday, November 20, 10 to 11 a.m.

The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River Area from approximately 450AD to 1450AD.  They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash and cotton.  In order to support their extensive agricultural system, the Hohokam people constructed miles of canals in order to direct water from the Salt River to their fields.  The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of some of these canal systems.  This is a first come, first serve tour, included with paid museum admission. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk.

Drop-In Discoveries
Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m. to noon

Join the Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies (S.A.L.T.) group on the back patio for a drop-in informational demonstration about prehistoric skills used by the Hohokam. Discover how axe heads, stone pendants, and shell jewelry were created over a thousand years ago.