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El Mirage Senior Center

14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
602-652-3000

October 2015

Macabre, AZ

October 20, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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Through the vehicle of true crime and spine-chilling Arizona lore, this presentation highlights macabre stories and their historical background, including the tale of Winnie Ruth Judd, Arizona's most infamous murderer, and the tale of the Red Ghost and the release into the wild desert of unknown animals (today, we know them as camels). Shore uses a blend of storytelling magic, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in this entertaining and educational presentation. The audience…

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February 2016

What Music Tells Us About the Brain

February 10, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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Many neuroscientists study music to elucidate mysteries of the brain. Why is music such a rich resource?  Not only can scientists physically track the process of learning music as different areas of the brain light up, they can trace music’s powerful effect on our emotions, muscles and memory.  The benefits of music span well beyond entertainment. and many believe music will be the healing art of the future.  Accumulating data about our “brain on music” unmistakably supports how important, positive…

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March 2016

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History preserved in their Quilts

March 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History preserved in their Quilts traces the history of Arizona through women who recorded pieces of their lives in their needlework.  The colorful patterns of women’s quilts added a spot of brightness to their homes and their lives. They also celebrated and recorded special events with their quilts. Beginning with Mexican women of the 1860s, through Hopi women of the 1990s, this lecture introduces some of the women who pioneered Arizona through the quilts they…

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December 2016

Swing Into History – El Mirage

December 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians. Finally, enjoy the real thing, as…

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February 2017

The Bronze Buckaroo: the Life Story of Herb Jeffries – El Mirage

February 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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The 1930s and 1940s were the era of Western singing cowboys like Rex Allen, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Herb Jefferies was the African-American singing cowboy, appearing in movies and on stage for African-American audiences. He could ride, rope and sing with the best of them and his story has largely been forgotten. This presentation will explore his life and career. Steve Renzi, a University of Arizona graduate with a degree in history, believes that every generation must learn about…

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February 2018

African American Art, Fort Huachuca, and World War II – El Mirage

February 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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Fort Huachuca, in Sierra Vista, is the surprising site of a remarkable story of African American art during World War II. Central to the chronicle is Arizona painter Lew Davis. The base was home to two black divisions, and Davis painted murals for the two segregated officers’ clubs. For the black officers’ club, Davis produced something stunningly original: The Negro in America’s Wars, which represented African American participation in the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World…

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November 2018

Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – El Mirage

November 8, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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The promise of unimagined riches is what brought many of the earliest colonizers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities when mines played out – leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. Most disappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s…

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December 2018

On the Road Since 1925: The Colorful History of Arizona Highways Magazine – El Mirage

December 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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The first issue of Arizona Highways magazine was published in April, 1925. In this presentation, former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world. With annual economic impact of over $65 million, Arizona Highways reaches all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world. But the journey has been anything but uneventful. With a unique publishing…

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February 2019

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona (El Mirage)

February 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 El Mirage Rd
El Mirage, AZ 85335 United States
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For a state that has been home to Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, César Chavez and Wonder Women, you would think Arizona earned some respect. Yet achieving statehood was a 50-year struggle, which finally ended on February 14, 1912. Jana borrows from both her work for True West Magazine and her work for Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. She shares some of the secrets prissy folks would rather forget. You will learn why this small state has had…

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