Looking for CHILDREN'S SUMMER PROGRAMS? Visit our "Amazing Arizona Summer Program: A Race through History" and "Summer Time Storytelling" pages!
For events requiring advanced registration and fee payment: Select "Register" at the end of each program description to go to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation ACTIVE registration system where you can enroll in that specific program and pay any required fees. Not all programs require registration.
CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER
World Atlatl Day Competition
Saturday, June 1
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Pueblo Grande Museum and SALT in celebrating World Atlatl Day on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.! The local primitive skills group SALT will put on an atlatl demonstration and accuracy contest.
The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. A stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, it increased the distance, speed and force of the dart/spear. Everyone is welcome, no experience needed! The museum will be offering free admission and visitors can try throwing darts using the atlatl and even join in the accuracy competition.
World Atlatl Association was started in 1987 with the purpose of promoting the atlatl and dart. They strive to teach and share knowledge of the atlatl and promote interest and competition. They currently have members worldwide and promote accuracy competitions.
SALT, Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies, is a local group whose mission is to teach, share, learn and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.
This event and the museum are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the atlatl competition.
Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
Wednesday, June 5
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Guest speaker: Alston and Deborah Neal, Old Territorial Shop Scottsdale AZ
Topic: Overview of Native American Art
Alston and Deborah Neal are second-generation owners of Old Territorial Indian Arts on Main Street in Scottsdale. Established by Alston and his mother Rita Neal in 1969, Old Territorial is now the oldest family-owned Indian shop in the Valley. The shop is known for traditional Indian arts, with an emphasis on antique baskets, historic Navajo textiles, Pueblo pottery of the matriarchs, and top-quality American turquoise jewelry from the last 100 years. The Neals are passionate about the culture and history of the southwest and love to share it.
One of our most popular lectures from last year is back. Alston and Deborah will be returning this year to again discuss American Indian Art including basketry, pottery, jewelry and Navajo weavings. They will again bring examples of each, and after the lecture many will be available for closer examination. They will also be available to answer your questions about Indian Art.
Amazing Arizona Summer Programs: A Race through History
with Pueblo Grande Museum and the Rosson House
Pueblo Grande Museum will again be partnering with the Rosson House to offer summer programs in June and July for children ages 6 to 9 and ages 10 to 13. This year’s program will be hosted at both sites and cover both the prehistoric and historic cultures of Arizona, as well as the science of archaeology we use to learn about them. Children can “race” through time during the camps collecting different stamps and stickers in their Amazing Arizona Passports for each of the different skills, crafts and projects they complete.
Each week is $175 for early registration before May 31, 2013 and $200 a week beginning June 1, 2013. Sign your child up for one week each at Pueblo Grande Museum and the Rosson House and receive a 1 year Family Membership to both institutions! Lunch is not provided during these programs, but light snacks and drinks will be available.
Visit the Amazing Arizona Summer Programs page for details about camp activities offered each week and to register!
PGM Summer Time Storytelling
Saturday, June 22 and 29
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Kids bring your parents and join us for story time at Pueblo Grande Museum. All stories, presented by the author of each book, are geared toward children 6 years old and younger. Each session is $5 per child and includes a story with related craft activity. This drop-in program begins at 10 a.m., please check in at the front desk, pre-registration is not required. Visit the Summer Time Storytelling Page for more information!
Saturday, June 22
Storybook: Rattlesnake Rules
Popular children's author and science writer Conrad J. Storad introduces youngsters to the amazing world of rattlesnakes, through a reading of his popular Rattlesnake Rules. Learn how, what, and when rattlesnakes eat. Why they flick their tongues in and out. And why they have rattles on the ends of their tails. "A lot of people think snakes are creepy," says Conrad. "Others find them scary. But when you get to know them, you'll see how fascinating they really are!" This is a fun, interactive reading by Conrad, using multimedia. Conrad is also accompanied by Big Momma, a six foot long rattlesnake puppet.
Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young readers. He grew up in Ohio, but has lived and worked in Arizona since 1982. Many of Storad's books reflect his love of the Sonoran Desert and his fascination with the region's rugged animals and plants. Storad has won hundreds of regional, national, and international awards for his writing and editing. His newest books include Fang & Stinger, Arizona Way Out West & Wacky and Arizona Way Out West & Witty.
Saturday, June 29
Storybook: Emily Walks the Sheep Trail
Cindy Shanks will be sharing her book Emily Walks the Sheep Trail that tells about a 120 year old sheep trail in Arizona. We will meet Emily, a young lamb, who is born on a farm near Florence. When she is old enough, she walks with her mother and 2000 other ewes from Florence to Greer along 220 miles of warm desert into the cool forest of northern Arizona. Come and experience this historic trip through Cindy’s pictures and words.
Cindy is a retired primary teacher who spent 36 yeas sharing good literature with kindergarten and first grade children. She has four grandchildren with whom she shares her enjoyment of nature and photography. With an interest in preserving a valuable piece of Arizona’s history, she as followed the Dobson sheep for a year, documenting their life on the farm and the adventures of the sheep walking the historic Heber Reno Sheep Trail.
Evening Lecture on Aldo Leopold
Wednesday, June 26
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Join Pueblo Grande Museum and Dr. Dan Shilling, former director of the Arizona Humanities Council, for his talk Aldo Leopold Listens to the Southwest June 26 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Eight Arizona PBS airing of the 60-minute documentary “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”, June 16 at noon. Shilling says Leopold's famous "land ethic" was partially the product of indigenous land practices that Leopold absorbed during his early years as a forester in Arizona and New Mexico (1909-1924). View the documentary at home during the week of June 16th and then come to the talk at the Museum for any unanswered questions and to learn more! Please RSVP for this free program.