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So, you're asking, what else can we expect at Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead? Ofrendas! We have invited a dozen local artists to craft a personal altar that shares their perspective on Día de los Muertos, and partnered with teachers from Canyon del Oro High School, Ironwood Elementary and Sunshine School to install an altar project from their students. In addition, Maddy and Alice will be here offering free face painting for guests, there will be craft activities for children on Saturday, and while supplies last, ticket holders will receive a free David Fitzsimmons Day of the Dead button - and the chance to play Button Bingo for discounts on more designs! Tickets at https://tohonochulpark.org/online-ticketing/
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10/22/16
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What a great article by National Geographic just in time for our Chiles, Chocolate, & Day of the Dead Festival next weekend. Get your tickets now if you haven't purchased them already! Visit our website for the entertainment schedule, altar artists, chile and chocolate culinary vendors, and all the Day of the Dead-inspired artworks. http://tohonochulpark.org/chiles/http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/mexico/top-ten-day-of-dead-mexico/

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So, let's talk edibles as we continue our Chiles countdown . . . Alfonso's Olive Oil, Americano-Mexicano Fruit and Agua Bar, Chocolaté, Chocolate Ritual, Churros El Rey Tucson, Mano y Metate, Mouth of the South Salsa, Pappardelle's Pasta, Popped Artisan Popcorn, Reds Roasters, SpunLight Cotton Candy, Table of Elementz, The Roasted Chile, Tohono Chul Garden Bistro, Tucson Tamale, Untamed Confections, We B Jamin Farm, and Xocolatl Chocolate! Tickets just $5 for Tohono Chul members and $15 for the general public at https://tohonochulpark.org/online-ticketing/
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10/20/16
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See the full 60-minute fantastic feature on hummingbirds by Nature | PBS in case you missed it last week by clicking on this link: http://www.pbs.org/…/super-hummingbirds-full-episode/14586/…#
The Arizona Public Media teaser below should give you an idea of how spectacular the segment is! http://www.pbs.org/video/2365836726/

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The countdown to Chiles . . . has begun so let's talk music! Friday, October 28 from 10am-12pm it's salsa time with the Rafael Moreno Quartet, while the haunting music of the Andes comes from Entre Peruanos from 2-4pm. On Saturday from 10am-12pm "jam and jive" with Tucson High's Jovert Steel Drum Band and Pueblo High's Mariachi Aztlán brings our your inner charro from 2-4pm. Not to be overlooked is Michael Salerno and his solo guitar from 12-2pm both days. It's all part of the festivities! Tickets online at tohonochulpark.org.
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10/18/16
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The aloes are here! We're almost ready for the Fall Plant with a grouping of Old World, arid-adapted aloes, along with a variety of native milkweeds, blooming perennials and a special selection of 7-gallon $10 trees! Members pre-sale is Wednesday from 12-6pm with the public welome on Saturday (9am-5pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm).
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10/8/16
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Spotted on the porch . . . an overnight visitor of the bat persuasion. This Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) decided to sleep the day away tucked up under the roof on the porch of the Education Center. Little Browns are insectivores, feeding on mosquitoes, gnats, moths and other flying insects that they hunt using echolocation. Nice guys to have around!
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Mindfulness and Meditation: Techniques for Well-being
Saturday October 8 | 9am-12pm | Ed. Ctr. #1
Explore simple ways to create health, joy and connection in your life, in the beautiful environment of Tohono Chul as Lynn Blankinship and Marley Beard share why researchers, medical practitioners and educators are all promoting mindfulness and mediation. Let them guide your exploration of modern practices including: sitting and walking meditation, journaling, mindful eating and drinking, and body and sensory awareness. Join us and discover the techniques that are most effective for you.
$30 members / $40 general public
Register at https://tohonochulpark.org/online-ticketing/
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The deadline approaches . . . today is the last day to purchase your discounted Early Bird tickets for Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead! And to spur your on, here's a sneak peek at just a few of the inimitable David Fitzsimmons' "Tohono Chul Day of the Dead" buttons premiering at the festival next month! Get your tickets at https://tohonochulpark.org/online-ticketing/
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9/30/16
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Death Valley: Painted Light
Sunday, October 9 at 2pm
Hot and dry is one way to describe Death Valley. In fact, it is the driest, and hottest place in North America, and also the lowest — Bad Water Basin is (282’ below sea level). Its 3,000 square miles sit about 150 miles west of Las Vegas, near the Nevada/California border. A land of extremes and contrasts, it was designated a national monument in 1933 and expanded into a national park in 1994. Attracted by the distinctive light and topography, Stephen Strom, renowned professor of astrophysics and photographer, began making regular visits 35 years ago, seeing abstract compositions in the patterns and effects of geologic forces and in the vast, colorful sweep of land and sky — the “stuff” that gives the area its distinctive and varied character. Together with Alison Hawthorne Deming's luminous poetry, Strom’s work takes its place with that of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter brings us a little closer to an understanding of a landscape whose topographic relief and sheer beauty are unforgettable. Copies of "Death Valley: Painted Light" will be available for sale and signing. Free with admission | Education Center Classroom #1
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