July 18, 2014 - In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
and Programs

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Insect Insanity and Astronomy Night Return
Two favorite Cool Summer Nights are back and better than ever! Tomorrow, it's Insect Insanity! Get a bugs-eye view of many species of arthropods that make the Sonoran Desert their home. Attend a lecture by the "Bugman,"Carl Olson, and take part in a hands-on experience with arthropods. July 26, Astronomy Night is back for a second go-around. Gaze at the sun, starts and planets. Have fun with family astronomy activities and learn about nocturnal animals during Creatures of the Nigh presentations.
Scratchboard Exhibit Opens Tomorrow
Opening tomorrow in the newly remodeled Ironwood Gallery: The Scratchboard Art of John Agnew. On display will be 20 beautiful scratchboards with their corresponding preparatory sketches.
Check out this illustrative technique that uses sharp tools to etch into a thin layer of white China clay that has been coated with black India ink. Agnew's scratchboards are among the very best examples of artists working in the medium today. His crocodile illustrations have inspired an accompanying gallery display of crocodilian skulls and fossil replicas: Crocodilians of the World: Past and Present. Learn more 
Enjoy Breakfast and Celebrate the Museum's Birthday
You can have your (pan)cakes and eat them too! Help celebrate the Museum's 62nd
birthday with a delicious breakfast on Sunday, August 31 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. You may run into some special guests at the event-- the Museum's animal ambassadors - for up close interactions!
After you've had your cakes (and bacon), enjoy a beautiful day at the Museum. Tickets are available online and at the door.            Buy your tickets today 
Bigger and Better Than Ever
The fall planting season is just around the corner and it's time to think about updating your landscaping! Members enjoy a special preview day on Friday, September 26 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm. 
Saturday, September 27 the sale will be open to the public from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. This year there will be over 250 species of plants available - many which have never been offered before. Support the Museum and spruce up your garden at the same time! Learn more