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National Parks Store February Events

February 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

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To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Photography Workshop: Photographic Equipment
Wednesday, February 3, 12 PM–3 PM

Point and shoot and you’ll take great photos, right? If only photography were that simple! Join photographer Al Efron for session one of his two-part workshop on digital photography. In this session, Al explains how digital cameras work, including an explanation of camera settings and what all those buttons and knobs actually do. Al will also demonstrate lighting equipment, including flash, studio, and natural lighting; all equipment being discussed will be on display.
Film: Casa Grande–House of Many Stories
February 4, 18 & 25, 11 AM

Narrator Adam Beach takes you on a 20-minute, spirit-filled cinematic journey to explore the mystery and complexity of Casa Grande Ruins. Six southwestern tribes trace their ancestry back to the ancient ones who lived here; learn about this Sonoran Desert people’s farming community, their complex system of irrigation canals, and their great house. Was the great house a ceremonial center, an observatory, or simply a trade center in a large group of villages? This film chronicles their history through story, studies, and reports by prominent archaeologists and anthropologists.
Book Talk: Never Don’t Pay Attention
Saturday, February 6, 12 PM & 2 PM

Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere leads a book talk about her amazing account of Louise L. Serpa, a New York society woman, who followed her passion west and became the first woman endorsed by the Rodeo Cowboys Association to venture inside the rodeo arena. Eyes glued to the camera, nose buried in the dirt, Louise captured some of the most exciting and incredible photographs of rodeo action and loved every minute!
Cowboys and Cattle Ranching in the West
Wednesday, February 10, 2 PM only

With rodeo season upon us, Jack Lasseter moseys up to The National Parks Store and sets us straight on the history of the cowboy and western cattle ranching. Who were the cowboys? What were their lives like? Why were their boots pointed and their hats turned up? Join Jack as he provides insightful answers to all these questions, and more, in this entertaining and informational session on cowboys and cattle ranching!
$5 for all registrants. To register click here or call 520-622-6014.
Ghost Riders in the Sky
Thursday, February 11, 2 PM only

Join author Michael Ward and musician Keeter Stuart for a celebration of the life and creative legacy of the gifted western songwriter Stan Jones. Ward will offer a pictorial review of “The Singing Ranger’s” biography and career, which began as a park ranger for the National Park Service in Death Valley. Ward will also reveal Stan’s inspirations for his songs “Cowpoke,” “The Searchers,” “Burro Lullaby,” and of course, “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” all performed by Jones family member Keeter Stuart.
Photography Workshop: The Art of Photography
Wednesday, February 17, 12 PM–2 PM

In session two of this two-part workshop, Al Efron explains how to use your natural ability to see and discover artistic opportunities. Combine subject, lighting, and surrounding elements to create a work of art you will be proud to frame and display. Al will share artistic photographs that demonstrate the rules of composition and vision. Examples include landscapes, wildlife, protraits, macro, and human-interest subjects.

Mata Ortiz Pottery
Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14, 10 AM–5 PM

Exquisitely intricate Mata Ortiz pottery and vibrant Zapotec rugs will be on display at this special show. These beautiful and unique masterpieces reflect a diverse history that includes pre-Hispanic influences fused with American Indian craftsmanship. Live pottery firings at 11 AM & 2 PM, weather permitting. Artist demonstrations throughout the day. Click here for more information.
Native Basketry
Saturday, February 27, 10 AM–5 PM

Presenting a wide selection of antique California and contemporary baskets. Terry DeWald speaks at 11 AM & 2 PM. Demonstrations throughout the day. Click here for more information.
Santo Domingo Jewelry Trunk Show
Saturday, March 5, 10 AM–5 PM

Join us as acclaimed artists Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta visit The National Parks Store to exhibit their Santo Domingo jewelry and discuss traditional techniques involved in their work, including handpump drilling, sandstone bead shaping, and flint knapping. Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM. Click here for more information.

Begining Basket Weaving Workshop
Wednesday, February 24, 10 AM–4 PM

Join Tohono O’odham weavers Fred and Della Cruz as they share the treasured art of American Indian basket weaving in a hands-on workshop. Basket weaving is an integral piece of many American Indian cultures. Share in this ancient art with Mr. and Mrs. Cruz, renowned for crafting beautiful baskets and lively human and animal figures.

$110 for members/$130 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 15 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register click here or call 520-622-6014.
Beaded Gourd Rattle Workshop
Wednesdays, March 2 & 9, 10 AM–2 PM

Join R. Carlos Nakai in this hands-on workshop as he teaches the art of handcrafting and decorating gourd rattles with traditional materials. In two 3-hour-long sessions, Nakai will instruct in woodworking and the cultural significance of the instrument.

$95 for members/$115 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 10 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register click here or call 520-622-6014.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Thursday, February 25

If you haven’t visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, make your first visit an Insider Tour–an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tour of the nationally acclaimed museum. If you’re a frequent visitor, discover the museum’s hidden secrets. Don’t miss this opportunity for an enriched desert experience.

$130 for members/$175 for nonmembers. Price includes transportation, lunch, expert interpretation, and all entrance fees. Lunch provided in the museum restaurant. Limited to 10 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To purchase, click here or call 520-622-6014.
To reserve seats for free events, please call 622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event. Unclaimed reservations are cancelled 5 minutes prior to program. Additional parking in rear of building.


February 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am
February 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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