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Fairway Branch Library

10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
602-652-3000 http://www.mcldaz.org/library/userdef/branches/ud_mcld_branch_fa.aspx

July 2014

The Math and Science of Music: A Snapshot

July 17, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Long before Pythagoras divided a string in ancient Greece to observe vibrations and calculate pitch frequencies, we were curious about the phenomenon of music. And we are still exploring its mysteries – physicists compare the workings of the universe to the complex interaction of an orchestra! From acoustic science to the structure of scales, modes, harmonies, and rhythms, music and math are constant working companions. This presentation clarifies for the non-musician some mathematical patterns and foundational principles on which music…

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September 2014

From China to Mexico: A Journey of Decorative Arts with Brenda Brandt

September 16, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Mexico (New Spain) in the 17th and 18th centuries was an area that enjoyed enormous economic prosperity. Each year, galleon ships crossed the Pacific and brought porcelain, silks, ivory, spices and a myriad ofother goods from China to Mexico. The stylistic features and design of many of these trade items influenced the artists and designers working in Mexico. Mexican talavera pottery displayed the impact of galleon trade most vividly, while Manila silk shawls, featuring Chinese motifs and decorative techniques, inspired…

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October 2014

This is Our Land: Early Women on the Arizona Frontier

October 10, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Meet five early Arizona women who endured troubles and hardships during the territory’s early days, all of whom brought a unique perspective to the raw land. Apache warrior Lozen fought to hold onto land once freely roamed by her people. Larcena Pennington crawled down the Santa Rita Mountains after surviving captivity by the Apaches. Mary Aguirre found traveling the 1300-mile Santa Fe Trail an exhilarating adventure. Ada Bass played an integral role in one of the first tourist businesses at…

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November 2014

Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era

November 4, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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American Indians are the only ethnic group in the United States who, for generations, were subjected to forced education by the federal government.  In the early years, Indian children were hunted down and taken by force to boarding schools, residing there for three or more years.  These children were stripped of their Native identities, not being allowed to speak their native languages or practice their cultural traditions. This presentation provides historical and social interpretations of this painful era in American…

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Crosscurrents in the Desert: The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona

November 6, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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July 1, 2013, marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, an innovation for its time that addressed a healthcare crisis during World War II and improved nurse education across the United States. Participants will learn about Cadet Nurses in participating hospital schools of nursing in Arizona. Also to be discussed will be oral histories of a number of Cadet Nurses who received their training elsewhere and followed a different path to Arizona. Audience members…

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January 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Review of Phase I and Phase II of His Life

January 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. was a multi-dimensional man all too often remembered solely for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963. Yet, there was another Dr. King that emerged after the Selma to Montgomery march and the subsequent Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was this King that was no longer invited to President Johnson’s White House and it was this King who believed the war in Viet Nam was unjust, evil,…

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Saving the Great American West:  The Story of George Bird Grinnell

January 22, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year-old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes.  Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”  Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, co-founded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park.  Audiences will…

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February 2016

African American Pioneers of Arizona

February 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Featuring compelling documentaries based on interviews, this presentation shares stories about prominent African Americans who contributed to the life and culture of Arizona.  Such luminaries include the late Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Betty Fairfax, Judge Jean Williams, Rev. Warren Stewart, Councilman Calvin Goode, and Carol Coles Henry.  Each individual’s life is contextualized using prominent events that have taken place in Arizona and the impact his/her work had on the social, cultural and political lives of the state is discussed. Akua Duku…

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March 2016

Adventurous Spirits: Arizona’s Women Artists, 1900-1950

March 3, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fairway Branch Library, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.
Sun City, AZ 85351 United States
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Before WWII, the resident art community of Arizona was comprised mostly of women, and this talk explores these independent spirits. Kate Cory, one of the first to arrive in 1905, chronicled the Hopi mesas. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s the first resident artist. Lillian Wilhelm Smith came to the state to illustrate the works of Zane Grey. Impressionist Jessie Benton Evans’s Scottsdale villa became a social center for local artists. Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Harold founded the Museum of…

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