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Dec 2017 to February 2018
September to November 2017
June to July 2017  
March to May 2017

For programs requiring advanced registration and payment: 

Click the "Register" link in the program description to enroll in the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation registration system.

November 2017

MUSEUM CLOSED on NOVEMBER 23, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

PARK OF FOUR WATER TOURS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
10 TO 11 A.M.
COST: $5, FREE FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS
 

The Park of Four Waters tour will take you through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of two Hohokam canal segments.  “Hohokam” is an archaeological term for an ancestral Native American culture who built a highly sophisticated irrigation canal network in Arizona roughly between A.D. 450 and 1450.  In order to support many large villages and small settlements, the Hohokam irrigated tens of thousands of acres along the Salt River to grow corn, beans, squash and cotton. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk.

PETROGLYPH DISCOVERY HIKE AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN SOLD OUT! 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
9 TO 10 A.M.

COST: $5

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. Advance registration required by November 23.  REGISTER FOR A HIKE TODAY!

December 2017

THE UNKNOWN SYMBOLS: A JOURNEY OF THE MIND
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
6 TO 8 P.M.
FREE EVENT

Experience a multimedia piece combining film and music by artist Oliverio Balcells at the world premiere of The Unknown Symbols – A Journey of the Mind at Pueblo Grande Museum on December 2. Take a journey of color and textures through city ambience and nature that engages audiences through evocative images filmed throughout the Valley of the Sun. Original live and recorded music accompanying this piece invites us all to re-discover our surroundings as we follow the travels of the films' main character as he discovers himself and his place in this world.

Guest will enjoy light refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee, and desserts rovided by Macayo's during this unique performance set under the night sky, on the back patio, framed by the ancient platform mound built by the Hohokam people. Following the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to meet the artist and discuss the film. This after-hours event is free and open to the public, donations are welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m. and performance begins at 6:30 p.m. with open seating.

HOHOKAM ART FOR KIDS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
9:30 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. 
COST: $15

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to get crafty the Hohokam way! The Hohokam were well known for their pottery designs and shell jewelry. Participants will get to see examples of this beautiful artwork in a tour of the Pueblo Grande Museum galleries as well as a hands-on experience with the artifact cart! They will then create their own pottery, learn how to make cordage and make their very own shell pendant. Let’s not forget about the science! Learn about the chemistry behind the Hohokam’s famous acid-etched shell jewelry and ornaments and how it mirrors natural processes such as ocean acidification and acid rain. Advanced registration is required by November 30. REGISTER TODAY!

PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM AUXILIARY PRESENTATION
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
6:30 to 8 P.M.
FREE LECTURE

Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary and Steve Hoza for his presentation Best Place in the Country: Arizona's World War Two Aviation Training Base .

During World War Two, Arizona had some of the largest aviation training facilities in the world. Come find out where they were, who trained there, and what kinds of aircraft were using Arizona as an airfield. There will be video clips as well as memorabilia from the period to examine.

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


41ST ANNUAL PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM AUXILIARY INDIAN MARKET
DECEMBER  9 & 10
9 A.M. to 4 P.M. BOTH DAYS

COST: General Admission: $10; Museum Members with ID, American Indians with tribal ID, active duty and retired service members: $5; Children 12 and under: Free admission when accompanied by an adult. Discount tickets available online!

 
Please join Pueblo Grande Museum and the Auxiliary as we hold the 41st Annual Indian Market at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, 2017.  The Indian Market features over 100 top Native American artists from around the country featuring items such as paintings, sculptures, jewelry, baskets and much more.  There will be music and dance performances scheduled throughout the event, artist demonstrations, and traditional Native American Foods.  More information at pueblogrande.org/events/annual-pgma-indian-market/ on schedule of events, artists, and performers.

PETROGLYPH DISCOVERY HIKE AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
9 TO 10 A.M.

COST: $5

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. Advance registration required by December 14.  REGISTER FOR A HIKE TODAY!

DROP-IN DISCOVERY - SHELL DISC BEAD MANUFACTURING
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
1 TO 3 P.M.
INCLUDE WITH PAID MUSEUM ADMISSION

Join experimental archaeologist, Zack Curcija, for a shell disc bead manufacturing demonstration on the back patio at Pueblo Grande Museum. This interpretive demonstration will reveal how prehistoric southwestern craftspeople, specifically the Hohokam, created millions of delicate and uniform beads with stone tool technology. Discover the archaeology of shell disc beads: species identification, source, manufacturing locations, and processes. Curcija will also explain the toolkits and micro-drill technology used by the Hohokam. The informal presentation allows everyone to ask questions and get an up close demonstration of marine shell disc bead production using the replicated tools and techniques employed by Hohokam artists.

POTS FOR TOTS: FREE CRAFT TIME
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
1 TO 3 P.M.
INCLUDED WITH PAID MUSEUM ADMISSION

Fun and easy pottery crafts for tiny-tots to enjoy during this two-hour free craft time! Great for children ages 6 and under. No registration needed, included with paid museum admission.
 

MUSEUM CLOSED on December 24, 2017 and December 25, 2017 in observance of the Christmas Holiday

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
10 TO 10:45 A.M.
COST: $5, FREE FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS 

Join collections staff for a "behind the scenes" tour of the museums' collection. Take an intimate tour of the lab, storage, and archival areas not open to the public. See how museums process, organize, and care for their collections.  Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your spot at the front desk.

PARK OF FOUR WATER TOURS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
10 TO 11 A.M.
COST: $5, FREE FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS
    

The Park of Four Waters tour will take you through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of two Hohokam canal segments.  “Hohokam” is an archaeological term for an ancestral Native American culture who built a highly sophisticated irrigation canal network in Arizona roughly between A.D. 450 and 1450.  In order to support many large villages and small settlements, the Hohokam irrigated tens of thousands of acres along the Salt River to grow corn, beans, squash and cotton. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk.