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Happy 100th Birthday, Yuma!

Yuma, circa 1929 | Courtesy of www.yuma100.com

Yuma, circa 1929 | Courtesy of http://www.yuma100.com

One hundred years ago today, Yuma was chartered as a city under the laws of the newly formed State of Arizona. There had been a town named Yuma at that location before that, of course, and even earlier than that, the settlement was called Arizona City. But today is Yuma’s official 100th birthday. To celebrate, the city is holding centennial events all week. They include:

  • Monday, April 7: Main Street Centennial Celebration, 6-8 p.m., downtown
  • Tuesday, April 8: Barbecue and Community Western Wear Day, 6-8 p.m., Quartermaster Depot
  • Wednesday, April 9: 100 Year Photo Display, 6-9 p.m., Yuma Art Center
  • Thursday, April 10: Community Photo and Fireworks, 6-8 p.m., West Wetlands Park
  • Friday, April 11: Centennial Block Party, 5-11 p.m., downtown
  • Saturday, April 12: Music Fest and Taco Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Desert Sun Stadium

For more information on any of these events, or to learn more about Yuma’s history and view some more historical photos, visit www.yuma100.com. The weather’s beautiful in Yuma this time of year; we hope you’ll visit for these cool events!

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Things to Do, Events & All Sorts of Fun Happenings Around Arizona

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Saija Lehtonen


22nd Annual Red Rock Fantasy; December 1-31; Sedona;
928-282-1777 or 877-444-8044; www.redrockfantasy.org. Stroll through a holiday wonderland, vote for your five favorite displays and enjoy classical holiday music… it’s the perfect way to enjoy the holidays.

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Football Classic and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl; January 3; Glendale; www.fiestabowl.org. Before taking in an action-packed game, celebrate the ultimate tailgate experience with pep rallies, university marching bands, cheerleaders, games, food and much more.

34th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias; December 1-30; Phoenix; 480-481-8188 or 480-481-8188; www.dbg.org. Walk along pathways lined with hand-lit luminarias as you enjoy musical entertainment every night.

15th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk; December 29; Scottsdale;  480-990-3939; www.scottsdalegalleries.com. Enjoy the Scottsdale art scene before the big game. Visitors can watch demonstrations, listen to live music and more.

42nd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade; December 29; Phoenix; 480-350-0911; www.fiestabowl.org. Billed as Arizona’s largest one-day spectator event and one of the nation’s finest and largest parades, this event is not to be missed.

 2013 Boot Drop; December 31; Prescott; 928-776-0234. A six-foot illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered down a 40-foot flagpole to ring in the New Year.

9th Annual Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve Celebration; December 31; Tempe; www.millavenue.com. Celebrate the New Year on Mill Avenue with plenty of family entertainment, fireworks, live music and more.


New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop; December 31; Flagstaff; 928-607-2347 or 800-842-7293; www.FlagDBA.com or www.flagstaffarizona.org. Ring in the New Year at this annual event. Enjoy entertainment on Heritage Square, coffee, hot chocolate and vendors.

Holiday Tours at Riordan Mansion; Through January 6; Flagstaff; 928-779-4395; www. azstateparks.com/Parks/RIMA. The Mansion will be decorated with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present. Reservations are recommended.

Dance Around the World; January 2-5; Flagstaff; 928-774-3937 www.canyondance.org. Presenting “Dance Around The World,” which teaches children about global arts and culture through dance.


Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow and Indian Craft Market; December 29-January 1; Tucson; 520-622-4900; www.usaindianinfo.org. Expect dancers from more than 50 tribes, an authentic handmade craft market with traditional food, a drum contest, plus a dance to ring in the New Year will also take place.

Musical Moveable Feast; December 31; Tucson; 520-882-8585; www.tucsonsymphony.org. Enjoy dinner and a New Year’s Eve performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market; January 1; Tucson; 520-622-4900. This annual fest features dancers from more than 50 tribes, an authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, as well as a dance to bring in New Year.

10th Annual Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival; January 1-3; Casa Grande; 520-723-4432; www.wuertzfarm.com. This event will showcase the works of more than 100 artists, exhibitors and vendors, as well as feature gourd art, jewelry, mini-gourd races, gourd games, food, musical entertainment and more.


Show Low Shines; Through January 2; Show Low; 928-532-4140; www.showlowaz.gov/recreation. Celebrate the season with an extravaganza of holiday lights and decorations.

Deuce of Clubs Drop; December 31; Show Low; 928-532-4140. Count down to 2013 with entertainment, music and food. At midnight, watch the giant electrified Deuce of Clubs drop from a crane, with a giant fireworks show to follow.

New Year’s Eve Party at Dream Manor Inn; December 31; Globe; 928-812-5564; www.globemiamichamber.com. What better way to ring in the New Year than enjoy dinner, dancing, party favors, prizes and a Champagne toast with friends and family.


18th Annual Festival of Lights; December 1-31; Lake Havasu City; 928-855-0888; www.golakehavasu.com. With more than one million lights on display, there’s no better time to take a trip to Lake Havasu and enjoy London Bridge.

12th Annual Kingman Polar Bear Plunge; January 1; Kingman; 928-753-7919; www.cityofkingman.gov. Start the New Year off right by braving the near freezing waters of Centennial Pool. Several unknown prizes await brave swimmers at the bottom.

Annual Tyson Wells Rock/Gem/Mineral Show; January 4-13; Quartzsite; 928-927-6364; www.tysonwells.com or www.ci.quartzsite.az.us. Rock and gem enthusiasts will demonstrate their craft and sell equipment for goldsmithing and silversmithing, plus precious metals, lapidary tools, equipment and other supplies.

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Discover How Mother Nature Shaped The Mogollon Rim

Aaron Bachler | Mogollon Rim

The White Mountain Nature Center will make a seismic and climatic shift on Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. with a new program called, “Forces that Shape the Rim.” This program will educate attendees on how the Mogollon Rim was formed and what forces are instrumental in creating our very rich and unique environment.

The Center has brought in two very highly respected individuals to lead this Discovery Series program. Kicking off the day will be Dr. David Brumbaugh, Professor at Northern Arizona University and Director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center. Dr. Brumbaugh will lead an intriguing discussion centering on volcanoes, earthquakes, and uplift, among other geologic topics. He will help us understand how the Rim was formed, why we have some two hundred cinder cones in the White Mountains, and then will present his findings regarding earthquake potential in the Flagstaff area.

Next up will be Dr. Michael Crimmins, Associate Specialist and Assistant Professor in Climate Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Crimmins will focus on climate and weather, with special emphasis on the weather effects of the Rim, our on-going drought, and issues like: why does Round Valley seem to be so much drier than Pinetop/Lakeside; and do forest fires really create their own weather. He will also field your questions on global warming and the effects of El Nino and La Nina.

Beginning around noon, there will be a series of hands-on opportunities for young and older attendees alike. Byron James, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Community Liaison for Northeastern Arizona, will lead a group on issues involving water quality. Join Byron for water sampling and analysis at the Big Springs Environmental Study Area (the Center’s wetland), and the Mountain Meadow irrigation pond. Byron will help us understand the most important issues about our water quality and how water is becoming an increasingly important resource in our state. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for this half mile stroll.

Steve Campbell, Area Associate Agent for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, with particular expertise in Natural Resources and Forestry, will lead interested parties on a guided walk through our site to the Big Springs Environmental Study Area. Along the way, Steve will point out the geologic and climatic features and effects discussed earlier by our two headliners. If you are joining Steve, be sure to wear comfortable shoes for this walk.

The Center also has a special treat for the kids. Join Ron Ream, President of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, Show Low Chapter, and some members of GPAA as they demonstrate prospecting techniques and issues. The highlight will be a gold panning contest for the kids. He will also demonstrate other techniques. Have you ever used drowsing rods? Ron will have them on-hand for those who want to try their luck.

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Celebrating Our Centennial in April

Yes, Arizona’s Centennial took place last February, but that doesn’t mean the celebrations have come to an end. We’ve listed a few Official Centennial Events taking place later this month:

77th Annual Tamale Dinner, April 20; Phoenix; The annual Friendly House Tamale Dinner is a cultural tradition that began 77 years ago in 1935 when the organization’s staff and community volunteers made and sold tamales to raise money for the important services which Friendly House provided to Arizona’s new immigrant communities and families. That is still the purpose today, but on a much larger scale. This longstanding tradition has evolved into an enchanting evening filled with traditional Mexican music and song, folkloric dancers, pageantry and history – something the whole family can enjoy. It is one of the oldest fundraising events held in Arizona and benefits Friendly House, one of Arizona’s pioneer social services organizations.

Arizona Centennial Storytimes, April 18; Tempe; Come listen to fun stories all about Arizona and the wonderous things our state has to offer. Parents and children will delight in the joys of songs, rhymes, movement activities and finger plays that not only encourage early learning but also provide a strong appreciation for Arizona. Together parents and children can “Mark the Map,” placing stars on all the different places they have been within our state. Each preschool storytime will feature an Arizona themed craft activity

100th Arizona Town Hall, April 22-25; Tucson; The 100th Arizona Town Hall will be a gathering of 135 civic, community, business and public leaders from across Arizona to spend three and a half days discussing the topic of civic engagement in Arizona. Attendees will be provided a research report in advance that will be prepared by one of Arizona’s universities and will contain both history and perspective on the subject. The actual convening of the town hall in April will involve breaking the body in 5 panels, each charged with reaching consensus in response to a series of questions and drawing conclusions and making recommendations on how to build, enhance and expand civic engagement. At the end of the session, a consensus report of all panels will be developed in plenary session. The recommendations and research will be published and available to all Arizonans and there will be community outreach sessions presented across the state. Copies of the report will also be provided to elected and public officials, community leaders and educational institutions.

Centennial Grande Fiesta Celebration, April 28; Clarkdale; A celebration of Clarkdale’s Centennial and the Hispanic culture that was very important in Clarkdale’s history. This gigantic fiesta will include entertainment by Ballet Folklorica De Los Ninos, singers from Clarkdale-Jerome School, and other local Hispanic talent. There will be food booths offering Mexican and American food and Indian Fry bread. Other booths will include local arts and crafts artisans. There will also be piñatas for 5-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds.

 El Dia De Los Ninos, April 29; Phoenix; This award winning festival celebrates not only children but our rich diversity in Arizona’s history. The festival includes a celebration of literacy, cultural awareness and community engagement.


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Celebrating Our Centennial: Geronimo… A History

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Geronimo. The name looms large in the history of the American West, the American Indian legacy and the colorful narratives of popular culture. But who was he really, this figure who has come down to us through a century of legends and a handful of sepia-toned photographs?

A compelling answer to this question, and a fascinating glimpse at the man behind the myth, will be offered by Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience, opening February 11. Curated by the Heard Museum and presented by JP Morgan Chase, the exhibit is an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Arizona statehood in 2012.

“We are fortunate to bring together collections from across the country,” said Heard Curator Janet Cantley, “including historical and ethnographic artifacts as well as contemporary artists’ works which help tell the story of the strength and endurance of the Apache people. A personal highlight has been working with individuals from the Apache communities in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma.”

Born in 1829, the person the world came to know as Geronimo was a medicine man of the Apache people who became a fearless and infamous warrior in the Arizona Indian Wars of 1880-86. Following his capture in 1886, Geronimo spent the remainder of his life as a prisoner of war, making the best of his fate by becoming a showman, appearing publicly in Wild West shows, at the 1904 World’s Fair and in President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade. Never allowed to return to his homeland, Geronimo died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on February 17, 1909.

Beyond Geronimo will bring this fascinating figure to life via personal possessions (moccasins, beaded awl case, bow and quiver), painted and photographic portraits, and other artifacts. The exhibit will also trace Geronimo’s passage into legend via dime novels, movie posters and ephemera. Using Geronimo’s life story as a window into the overall Apache experience, Beyond Geronimo will also portray other significant Apache events and leaders, such as Cochise, Naiche, Daklugie, Alchesay and others, through personal objects, photographs and works of art. Moving into our own time, the exhibit will include the works of 20th and 21st century artists reflecting the Apache experience. Among the celebrated contemporary American Indian artists represented are Allan Houser, Bob and Phillip Haozous, Vincent Kaydahzinne and Oliver Enjady.

Illuminating a dramatic and often misunderstood chapter in American history and culture, Beyond Geronimo: the Apache Experience is an exhibit that will be remembered for years to come.

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