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Celebrate grandparents at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center

July 08, 2010

Sept. 12 is National Grandparents Day, so what better day to take your grandma and gramps to Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center?

The center, a museum and archaeological site in northwest Phoenix, will offer half-price admission to all grandparents from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of the day.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 800 and 5,000 years ago.

The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard. The center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country at ASU and is a Phoenix Point of Pride. DVRAC is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, two blocks west of 35th Avenue.

In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter and September was chosen for the holiday to signify the "autumn years" of life. Today, this event is observed by millions throughout the United States.

For more information, call (623) 582-8007.