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October 2022

Bisbee: The Alchemical City of the Copper Borderlands with Virgil Hancock

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

This presentation covers the 150 years of Bisbee’s history. The presentation includes a historical deep dive into the copper borderlands, as well as contemporary photographs of greater Bisbee. The presentation will use the concept of alchemy to focus on the transformation of an early mining camp in the Mule Mountains of Southern Arizona into the city of Bisbee. Alchemy also provides an excellent metaphor for the continuing transformation of the town from a half company-owned copper mining town to a…

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January 2023

Deconstructing the Taco: The History and Lore of a Beloved Food with Gregory McNamee

January 24, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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FREE

The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. Join Gregory McNamee, the…

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March 2023

Flying Through Arizona: The Story of the First National Women’s Air Race with Natalie Stewart-Smith

March 1, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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FREE

In 1929, the first national women’s air race from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH passed through Arizona. Stopping in Yuma, Phoenix, and Douglas, the intrepid fliers solidified their determination and sisterhood along these Arizona waypoints. Who were these aviators? What were their planes like in 1929? What challenges did they encounter along the way? And what about that telegram sent to pilot Thea Rasche, “Beware of sabotage”? There is much to explore! This program is cohosted by City of…

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April 2023

Growing in the Desert: The History & Culture of the Tohono O’odham with Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

April 11, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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FREE

Many Arizonans call the Sonoran Desert and its striking landscapes home. Long before our urban centers and city lights lit up the dark desert skies, the Tohono O’odham were cultivating and shaping the land with abundant agriculture—from squash and beans to corn and cotton. For generations they passed down their rich knowledge and culture grown from their connection to the desert. Join us for a program with Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan as she shares her knowledge about the history and culture of…

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May 2023

Why Arizona Dark Skies Matter with Dr. Matthew Goodwin

May 23, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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FREE

Flagstaff, Arizona was the world’s first community designated an International Dark Sky Place for its active efforts reduce light pollution and protect the visibility of the night sky. There are now over 130 dark-sky communities, places, and parks globally. Arizona alone has 17 dark-sky places, which is more than any other country in the world. Why is it so important that we protect our nighttime views of the starry sky? Why should we turn out the lights at night and…

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October 2023

Dia de los Muertos Storytelling with Zarco Guerrero

October 25, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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FREE

Dia de Los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Join Zarco and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with hilarious and moving story telling. Among the characters making appearances are: the poetry spouting “El Vato Poeta,”…

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