August 21, 2015: In This Issue
August 22 - Mesquite & Tepary Bean Cooking
August 22 - Science Rocks!
& Teacher Appreciation Night 
August 29 - Full "Blue Moon" Festival
September 5 - Fiesta de Fin de Verano (End of Summer Party)
September 19 - Opening Reception "Measuring the Fate of the Amazon Rainforests" Exhibit; Ironwood Gallery
August  25 - Cool Summer Nights Photo Contest closes
September 26 - Annual Plant Sale: Member Pre-Sale
September 27 - Annual Plant Sale
October 24 & 25 - Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
 October 31- Opening Reception "Andrew Denman: The Modern Wild" Exhibit; Ironwood Gallery
End of Summer Party
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío
Swirls of color and vibrant sound wrap up Cool Summer Nights with a bilingual celebration of the Sonoran Desert's Hispanic heritage. Popular Spanish entertainers include Tesoro, Los Changitos Feos, and Eduardo Costa, and the swirling dance of Ballet Folklórico Tapatío. Activities include an Animals & Ancient Cultures of Mexico presentation, interpretive docent stations, and guided tours of the grounds. Join us for this very special bicultural fiesta on Saturday, September 5!  
Color Your World
Queen's Wreath photo
courtesy Jim Honcoop
The Desert Museum's Annual Plant Sale is just around the corner!  Plan your fall garden from more than 250 species of plants specific to gardening conditions in the Sonoran Desert. Search the online database to create a personalized garden - annual color, patio plants and specific types of plants such as grasses and vines for landscaping. Create a butterfly garden for migrating Monarchs and you can apply to become a Monarch Waystation like the Desert Museum! Consult the Museum's botanical experts for advice
on making your fall gardening a success!


Full Moon Festival
Celebrate the visual and performing arts at the Cool Summer Nights  Full "Blue Moon" Festival. Check out the newest photography techniques at the Cool Photo Tools workshop. Kids can sing and dance with The Napskippers and Mr. Nature's Music Garden. Parisian troubadour Naim Amor plays classic French Pop and Jazz Telephone brings the rhythms of the world to life. Family art activities complete a truly enchanted evening.  Saturday, August 29.

A Special Symposium & Festival
Photo courtesy TOCA
Experience Native American cultural traditions at this four-day event! Sign up for the Symposium and gain an insider's perspective while experiencing hands-on basket- weaving workshops and chef demos. Enjoy a delicious indigenous food-tasting lunch both days! Then visit the weekend Festival & Marketplace (free with museum admission)to learn traditional food preparation techniques, and taste indigenous foods.  Watch weaving demos, dance performances, and shop for authentic handmade crafts.