Learn why Arizona is 'way out and witty' at book event


March 20, 2012

Do you know what Geronimo and yawning have in common?

And why, in Arizona many years ago, sleeping in wet sheets didn’t mean you had a nighttime accident? Download Full Image

Or, what a glass eye has to do with Phoenix being Arizona’s state capital?

Learn those things and more when the Deer Valley Rock Art Center hosts Conrad Storad, author of “Arizona: Way Out West & Witty,” from 10 to 11 a.m., April 20.

“Arizona: Way Out West & Witty” was chosen as the ONEBOOKAZ children’s book for 2012.

The reading and book-signing is co-sponsored by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

The book’s target audience is grade-school children, yet “Arizona: Way Out West & Witty” is as appealing to adults as it is to kids. Highlights of Arizona's history are punctuated with true but gross, humorous, interesting and witty stories and facts about the Grand Canyon State.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center, located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, 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 500 and 7,000 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 – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 623-582-8007 or visit http://dvrac.asu.edu. To learn more about ONEBOOKAZ visit onebookaz.org.

Children invited to be a junior archaeologist for a day


March 20, 2012

Children eight to 12 years old can learn how to investigate the past during the Junior Archaeologist Field Day at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center on Saturday, April 28. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants will discover how archaeologists investigate life in the past through fun, hands-on activities at a real archaeological site. They will work as a junior archaeologist in the field, participate in a simulated dig, and learn about ancient skills and technologies. Download Full Image

Registration fee is $12 for Rock Art Center members and $15 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Deadline is April 13.

The Junior Archaeologist Field Day fulfills eight of 11 Boy Scout archaeology badge requirements, and all Girl Scout archaeology patch requirements. (Please note that the center does not issue merit badges or patches.)

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 500 and 7,000 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 – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

To register, call 623-582-8007 or download and complete the registration form at http://dvrac.asu.edu/events/calendar.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The Deer Valley Rock Art Center is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix.