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Members' Calendar of Events

Plan now to attend one or all of the upcoming Members' events!

January 2016
13 Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild

October 31, 2015 - January 13, 2016
Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild is the first ever solo museum exhibition of the artist's work. Thirty-five original paintings as well as preparatory studies, drawings, and photographs, will showcase Denman's artistic evolution and art-making process. Visitors to this exhibition will find themselves captivated, challenged, and informed by images that push the boundaries of the wildlife art genre. A poet as well as a painter, Denman uses nature's innumerable inspirations not as a template for illustrative mimicry, but as a springboard for metaphore seldom seen in animal art.
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15 Mineral Madness Preview

The Annual Mineral Madness event at the Desert Museum is a chance for everyone from the novice to the serious collector to learn something new about minerals and rocks and to find new treasures for their collection. This preview is for members to get the first picks of the sale.

16 Desert Yoga & Wellness

Bring in the New Year by treating your mind and body to a morning of stretching amidst the saguaros, followed by light refreshments. Finish up with quiet contemplation or a stroll through the cool winter landscape.
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Kid's New Year's Hike

Hike up Kings canyon near the Museum, looking for signs of animals. Have a tea party in the wash!
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Mineral Madness & Rocks and Stars

The Annual Mineral Madness sale 10am to 4pm on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th includes family activities.

17 Mineral Madness

The Annual Mineral Madness sale 10am to 4pm on January 16th and 17th includes family activities.

23 Beat Back Buffelgrass

Buffelgrass is an invasive grass that is a fire hazard and competes with annuals such as wildflowers. As a New Year's gift to our Sonoran Desert, we will hike into the hills across the road from the Museum and spend the morning digging out and eliminating patches of this problem plant.
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5 Sandhill Cranes, Raptors & Waterfowl

Thousands of sandhill cranes migrate from as far away as Alaska to spend the winter near Willcox. Led by Jeff Babson, join us for a spectacular day of discovery as we explore the Willcox area; one of the region's birding hotspots.
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6 Mountains, Mines & Minerals

Join us for a day trip to an old mining site in the Santa Rita Mountains. You'll learn to identify azurite, malachite, pyrite, garnet and other Arizona minerals and make a mineral collection of your own from samples that you will find.
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11 Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop

Jesus Garcia, founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project, will teach techniques for propagation, pruning, grafting and care of fruit trees. The class ends with an afternoon tour to the Mission garden at the base of A mountain.
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14 Member's Valentine's Day Dinner

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the one you love at the Desert Museum. Enjoy a wonderful meal with formal service in a gorgeous setting. Details to come soon.

27 Mammoths of the San Pedro Valley

Learn about Pleistocene megafauna, Paleolithic Clovis people and search for gypsum crystals.
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2 Talavera Lecture, Antique Roadshow & Reception

Dr. Isabelle Collins is a native of Puebla, Mexico. Collins is the artist who is creating Talavera pottery, platters, table centerpieces and guest gifts for the gala. She was the featured artist at the Heard recently (also did work for the Frieda exhibit for them.)Her work is in collections around the world. She will be giving lectures internationally on the dynamic history of Majolica and Talavera from its origins in the 9th century through its introduction to Mexico in the 16th century, to the present production of handmade treasures using a 400-year-old technique. Her goal is to preserve the culture and beauty that is associated with colonial Mexican pottery.

24 Annual Plant Sale 2016 - Members Day

Fall is the perfect time for upgrading your home landscape with new or replacement plants. Museum members get "first dibs" on the best selection of plants the day before the public sale. Shop early, get advice from the region's #1 botany experts, and receive a 10% discount on your purchases.

25 Annual Plant Sale 2016

Fall is the perfect time for upgrading your home landscape with new or replacement plants. Arrive early for the best selection of plants and get advice from the region's #1 botany experts.

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