Calendar of Events

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March

 

APC Community BBQ & Cleanup

Sunday, March 4, 2018

10am-3pm

Free!

 

Want to be a part of developing the next big phase at the IVDM? We're inviting the community to come out and join us as we begin transforming our off-site storage area into the Activities and Propagation Center! There will be music, food, water and soft drinks to turn a community cleanup event into a great party!  

Come to the main museum building, see new exhibits, then explore the future outdoor walking trail that will connect the main museum building to the APC. Staff will share plans for outdoor development and the APC and would love to hear your ideas!

Questions? Give us a call at (760) 358-7016 or email at ivdmuseum@gmail.com

 

 

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March

 

"Deserts Around The World"

Visiting Lecture Series talk by Carole Ziegler

Saturday, March 17, 2018

10AM

Free!

 

Join the IVDM for a talk by Carole Ziegler! Southwestern College adjunct professor for geology Carole will be talking about deserts around the world. 

This event is free and open to the public, great for families and everyone interested in geology and learning more about the deserts we call home!

RSVPs appreciated: call IVDM at 760-358-7016 or ivdmuseum@gmail.com

 

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March

 

Evening With An Expert

"Juan Bautista De Anza: The King's Governor in New Mexico"

By Dr. Carlos Herrera

IVDM Members Only Event

Saturday, March 17, 2018

6 PM - 8 PM

$35

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Join the IVDM for an "Evening with an Expert" on Saturday, March 17.  Dr. Carlos Herrera will discuss his new book on Juan Bautista De Anza's role as the King's governor in New Mexico. This is a Members-Only event, RSVPs are required, and the suggested donation for the event is $35 a seat.

 RSVPs required, limited seating available. To RSVP please call (760) 358-7016 or email ivdmuseum@gmail.com

All donations for this event support the Imperial Valley Desert Museum Endowment Fund. IVDM Endowment Fund donations are being matched through a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant through 2019.

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April

 

Director's Hike: Miller's Spring

Sunday, April 1, 2018

8am-12pm

FREE!

 

Interested in local history? Keep meaning to get out and hike? Join us for a Director's Hike to Miller's Spring on Sunday, April 1. Hike will meet at the IVDM and head out from there. Please wear appropriate hiking shoes and clothes and bring plenty of water and snacks- not to mention your camera!

More details to come!

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs help us get an idea of how many people to expect. Give us a call at 760-358-7016 or email at ivdmuseum@gmail.com with questions or to let us know you're coming.

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April

 

Lyrids Meteor Shower & Stargazing

Hosted by Mike Rood 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

7 PM - 9 PM

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Come explore the cosmos with the staff of the museum on Sunday, April 22.  Our local star expert, Mike Rood, will host the night's journey beneath the canopy of the Lyrids Meteor Shower.  
This is a FREE & family friendly event!

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May

 

IVDM's Annual Wine Tasting

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Old Post Office Pavilion, El Centro

6:30-8:30pm

Tickets: $35

 

Join us for the IVDM's popular annual wine tasting event! An evening of wine and music with wonderful items at our silent auction.

This event will be held at the Old Post Office Pavilion

230 S. 5th Street, El Centro, CA

More information & where to purchase tickets coming soon!

All proceeds from this event support the Imperial Valley Desert Museum Endowment Fund. IVDM Endowment Fund donations are being matched through a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant through 2019.

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Programs

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Friend-Raisers

A series of programs held throughout the year by our Board Members, Friend-Raisers are IVDM Members-only/invitation only events.  Designed to be intimate gatherings, the programs range from classes in Native American crafts, evening lectures with experts in different fields, or behind the scenes looks at upcoming Museum exhibits.  Friend-Raisers raise funds for the IVDM Endowment Fund. 

The price of these events varies based on program costs.  All proceeds go to the IVDM Endowment Fund, to be matched 3:1 by the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.  Due to limited availability, RSVPs are required.  Checks must be mailed to the IVDM before the day of the event.   

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Youth Ceramic Art Program

Our signature program- we connect children with traditional arts through clay at fairs and during field trips.  Using the coiled clay, or paddle and anvil, method to make pottery students learn how Native Americans have been making ceramics in the Imperial Valley for the last 1,000 years.

 As the visible storage component of our permanent exhibit comes online students will be able to study the ceramic ollas held in stewardship by the Museum.  Through a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we will enhance this program through video and oral histories.  Students will see that this ceramic tradition is alive and well today as it has existed for a thousand years.

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All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.