Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Events: December

Events at Western National Parks Association, Oro Valley

WNPA Book Club

Tuesday, December 1, 1 PM

The WNPA Book Club is looking for new members! Read books written about or by authors from the Southwest. Members take turns volunteering to lead the discussion each month, and all members are encouraged to suggest book selections. If you are interested in visiting prior to committing, please feel free to join us at any of our meetings. This month we will be discussing Moon on the Water by Stan Gordon. For more information contact [email protected].

The Spanish in the New World

Wednesday, December 2, 12 PM & 2 PM

This comprehensive talk, presented by Jack Lasseter, about the Spanish history here in the New World is intended as a precursor to our popular upcoming tour on December 10th to the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson (the Spanish presidio in downtown Tucson). Jack will tell the story of Spain’s experience here in the New World, including the early Spanish history in what is now the United States, the famous men like Coronado, Kino, and Anza, and most importantly the story of the presidio system. Why was there a presidio here in Tucson? Why is it important? Come and hear this important part of our history. $5 for all registrants. To register call 520-622-6014.

Book Talk: Your Yosemite, A Threatened Public Treasure

Wednesday, December 9, 2 PM only

In this riveting talk, former Yosemite National Park Superintendent Robert Binnewies tells not only the history of Yosemite but also the story of the collision between commercialism and preservation. Indigenous peoples knew of Yosemite for thousands of years before it was “discovered” and invaded during the California Gold Rush. Since that time, its stewards have struggled to find an incisive balance that allows for use, but prevents abuse. Binnewies urges all U.S. citizens to be ever watchful of Yosemite’s well-being.

Oaxacan Woodcarving Trunk Show

Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 10 AM–5 PM

Featuring the fanciful carvings of award-winning artist Agustín Cruz Prudencio. Meet the artist and watch demonstrations of carving and painting throughout the day.

Tucson Presidio Living History

Thursday, December 10

Think you know all there is to know about Tucson’s history? Join Jack Lasseter, Jean Baxter, and Rick Collins for a living history tour of the Tucson Presidio–sure to surprise and enlighten even the most knowledgeable of locals.

Learn about the amazing history of the Presidio through storytelling and living history demonstrations about the Spanish, the daily life of a soldier, and about conflicts that happened there with the Apache. A delicious lunch will be provided at La Cocina, a local, iconic downtown restaurant. History is an experience to be shared.

$165 for WNPA members/$185 for nonmembers. Price includes transportation, lunch, expert interpretation, and all entrance fees. Limited to 9 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To purchase, click here or call 520-622-6014.


Tarahumara Baskets and Art

Saturday, December 12, 10 AM–5 PM

Jim and Katie Harrelson from K’s Canastas in Bisbee bring a large assortment of the pine-needle and sotol-grass basketry and pine-bark carvings of the women of the Tarahumara villages.Talks about the Tarahumara people and crafts at 11 AM & 2 PM.

Watercolor Workshop with Michael Chiago

Wednesday, December 16, 10 AM–4 PM

Michael Chiago is a Tohono O’odham/Pima-Maricopa watercolor artist and illustrator. His original work captures the ceremonies and daily tasks he knew while growing up in the desert of southern Arizona. In this hands-on workshop Michael will share tips and techniques for working in this colorful medium. Come share in an artist’s passion and heritage.

$120 for members/$140 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 12 students. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register call 520-622-6014.

Mexican Arts

December 19–29, 10 AM–5 PM

Featuring a wide variety of exquisite Mata Ortiz pottery and playful Oaxacan painted woodcarvings. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase last-minute holiday gifts! Click here for more information.

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12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive
Tucson, AZ 85755

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