Calendar of Events

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January

 

Traditional Crafts Day: Coiled Clay

Saturday, January 18

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the traditional crafts of the region's First Peoples -- the Kumeyaay -- with coiled clay pottery making. With guided instruction by IVDM's Education staff, this FREE community event is fun and open to all ages.

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February

 

Traditional Crafts Day: Pendant Weaving

Saturday, February 1

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the traditional crafts of the region's First Peoples -- the Kumeyaay -- with pendant necklace weaving.  With guided instruction by IVDM's Education staff, this FREE community event is fun and open to all ages.

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Ocotillo Blooms!

Sunday, February 23

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the desert bloom!  Featuring music, games, guided hikes, talks, and kid-friendly activities, this is a great chance to get out and experience one of the most colorful and beautiful parts of our local desert.

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March

 

Visiting Lecturer: Carole Ziegler

Saturday, March 7

10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we welcome Carole Ziegler, professor of geology and geography at Southwestern Community College.  

 

Indigenous Cultures Day

Saturday, March 21

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Come celebrate the richness of culture and history of the region's first peoples as Imperial Valley Desert Museum hosts Indigenous Cultures Day.  Featuring artists and leaders from the region's many indigenous groups, and with music, workshops, and foods, this event is a MUST-see.

 

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April

 

Traditional Crafts Day: Coiled Clay

Saturday, April 11

10:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the traditional crafts of the region's First Peoples -- the Kumeyaay -- with coiled clay pottery making.  With guided instruction by IVDM's Education staff, this FREE community event is fun and open to all ages.

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Stargazing: Lyrids Meteor Shower

Saturday, April 25

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum for a night under the stars.  With a waxing crescent moon of only 6%, this night should be an excellent evening to see the stars.  If lucky, we'll be joined by some early-evening meteors from the Lyrids Meteor Shower, which will peak after 10pm and into the early dawn.

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May

 

Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

Saturday, May 2

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  $35.

Join IVDM and its Board of Directors in downtown El Centro as we pop open and sample a host of delicious wines. Enjoy a menu of tasty bites and place your bids on the variety of art, goods, and activities up for auction in 2020 -- all proceeds benefit the IVDM Endowment Fund.
 
An annual highlight in the Valley's social events calendar, this is not a night to miss!

 

Traditional Crafts Day: Coiled Clay

Saturday, April 11

10:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the traditional crafts of the region's First Peoples -- the Kumeyaay -- with pendant necklace weaving.  With guided instruction by IVDM's Education staff, this FREE community event is fun and open to all ages.

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Programs

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.