Calendar of Events

DAC Blue Wash Trail Hike

April 19 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Blue Wash Trail + MCT ~ OUR LAST HIKE OF THE SEASON! Waterfalls, canyons, and cottonwoods, enjoy this watershed hike past mines to a beautiful riparian habitat Leaders: Tammy Teegardin + Peggy Moss Trailhead: Blue Wash Trailhead off of Cave Creek Rd Difficulty: moderate 3.3mi Elevation gain: mild hills 441ft Bring: MASK, hat, sunscreen, hiking [...]

Arizona Sage Art Market

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Why the Arizona Sage Art Market? Do you desire to make a personal connection when buying art? Would you like to take your time and talk to the artist? This is what makes the Arizona Sage Art Market distinctive. The Sage artists love to talk about their art, share their process, and connect with their customers. People aren’t just buying an inanimate work of art, they are buying [...]

A Taste of the Desert with the Desert Awareness Committee You can live off the desert if you know what to pick and when. Of course, you need to know what to do with it! Find out in this hands-on, taste it seminar. From here you can collect & prepare your own foods.   We will [...]

Why was Arizona the last of the 48 contiguous states in The United States of America?  Was it because it was considered "on the way to nowhere", or was it bounded by geographical and climate barriers? Jim Sherbert will explore this subject in great depth, and we will find out a myriad of interesting information [...]

Arizona’s Water

March 15 @ 6:30 pm

Arizona's Water with the Desert Awareness Committee Speaker: Tom McGuire   Water in the desert – the background, the good news, and the challenges for all Arizonans. Information we all need!      

DAC Adero Canyon Hike

March 15 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Adero Canyon Amazing Views, Ridgeline hike, views of Four Peaks, Superstitions, and Verde River Basin Leaders: Tammy Teegardin + Peggy Moss Trailhead: Adero Canyon Trailhead 14800 N. Eagle Ridge Drive, Fountain Hills, 85268 Difficulty: moderate to difficult 5-6 mi Elevation gain: mild hills 480ft     Bring: MASK, hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, sturdy hiking boots, [...]

DAC Archaeology Expo

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Archaeology Expo with the Desert Awareness Committee and the Foothills Chapter of the AZ Archaeological Society Hikes and seminars along the trails of Spur Cross Recreation Area. Hike to ruins and petroglyphs. Seminars on what our ancestors used for tools, foods and medicines.   Join the DAC as we partner with the Foothills Chapter of [...]

  What is cultural appropriation, and how does it differ from cultural appreciation?  Just why is it such a hot button? Can we spot it when it occurs? You will get these answers and more when you join Jan Downey, for her last talk in the AnthroBites Series. She will sum up the series, and [...]

Wildlife Wisdom

March 1 @ 6:30 pm

Wildlife Wisdom with the Desert Awareness Committee Guest Speaker: Robyn Moul We see them in our yard, along the road home, on our walks & hikes. We hear them every night. Find out who they are, how they manage to survive and who takes care of them when they are in trouble. Robyn is the [...]

Take some time for yourself in this new year.  You certainly deserve it! Join Michele Guy Syne, a certified hypnotherapist in this 3-hour workshop, where she will teach you how to do your own Self-Hypnosis, which will provide you with a tool to improve the quality of your life in any area you choose. If [...]

AnthroBites Session #7: Race and Ethnicity

February 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Race and Ethnicity have been in the news so much lately, but as much as in any time period, these terms are important to discuss and understand. How do we use the terms and how does our understanding inform our relationships with others? Leading us through this important instruction is anthropologist, Jan Downey, who [...]

The Impact of Music on your Brain AND your dogs!

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  Did you know that listening to music can decrease anxiety, speed healing, increase optimism and decrease pain?  Alzheimer patients and stroke victims can recall and sing songs long after they have stopped recognizing names and faces, or stopped speaking. In addition, research has found that music also affects the brains of dogs! Dr. Ron [...]

Hospice and Palliative Care

February 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know that hospice is about living, not dying? It is something that many of us will have to face. Join us for this hour-long talk. Learn how hospice supports patients and families in their homes, when hospice is appropriate, and how Medicare and insurance companies cover the cost of care. Hospice of the [...]

The subtitle of this talk is "Why Failure was Inevitable". Jim Sherbert will discuss how and why the colliding of two diverse cultures and people was doomed to failure from the beginning. White colonists hoped to transform the tribes people into civilized Christians through their daily contacts. The Native Americans resented and resisted the colonists' [...]

Anthrobites Session #6: Sex and Gender

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  What is the difference between sex and gender? Do all cultural groups around the world understand these terms the same way? Does new scientific research make the issues related to sex and gender more, or less, clear? Join Jan Downey in the 6th session of her series on Anthropology.  There will be much discussion, [...]

DAC Marcus Landslide Hike

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Marcus Landslide Geological rock formations, wild flowers, views of Mazatzal, Four Peaks, Weavers Needle, and the Verde River Leaders: Tammy Teegardin + Peggy Moss Trailhead: 23015 N 128th St. ~  Scottsdale, AZ. 85255 Difficulty: easy to moderate 4.1 mi Elevation gain: mild hills 511 f Bring: MASK, hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, sturdy hiking boots, PLENTY [...]

Fused Glass Heart

February 15 @ 2:00 am - 3:30 pm

  How would you like to make your own glass heart? Karen Ledin, a noted glass artist, is conducting a class using the process called strip construction for fused glass.  Strips of glass are placed next to each other in the colors of your choice to make your own, unique heart.  Pieces can be used [...]

Travel Talk: Frequent Flyer Miles Part 3

February 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  Have you ever wondered how you can best utilize all those frequent flyer points?  How about loyalty program perks, and credit card offers?  Join David Decker for Part 3 of a series on how to get, use, and maximize the value of loyalty points across the spectrum. You may not be able to travel [...]

  Everyone wants to be healthy. But where do you start? Believe it or not, learning how to make fermented foods is a great first step. It's easy! Let the Garden Goddess show you the way. Naturally fermented foods have been shown to provide a high variety of beneficial gut bacteria known as probiotics. Beet [...]

  Are you a parent or grandparent who is interested in saving for a child's college expenses?  When is a good time to start, and how should you go about doing it?  Lisa Upper, a financial planner, will be happy to help you by sharing how to establish a college savings goal, and strategies to [...]

AnthroBites Session #5: Shamans and Healers

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Very much a presence in many societies, shamans and healers are often dismissed as being a "new age" phenomenon. They have been, in many instances, elevated to a mystical and romantic status.  Learn about the important role shamans and healers have held within small-scale societies for most of human history. Join Jan Downey in the [...]

Destroyed and Damaged Art!

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  Who would ever destroy or damage art? Unthinkable! This month's Art, Coffee and Conversation will provide answers to questions such as "who would destroy art, and why would they do it?" Come join this lively and informative discussion as we learn some of the reasons for these occurrences, and find answers to many of [...]

AnthroBites Session #4: The Arts

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  The definition of "art" is far from standard in the world, but why is that?  How is art conceived by people in different societies, what is its function, and why do we sometimes disagree about what is art -- and what isn't. Join Jan Downey for a lively discussion on this subject, as the [...]

Geology Rocks! Webinar

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Did you know that Cave Creek had a mountain chain in its past? Or that North Phoenix is built upon sediments from Cave Creek? Or that we are covered in ash! Join our webinar from the comfort of your own home with Guest Speaker, Chad Kwiatkowski. You will be sent the Zoom URL a few [...]

Sweetheart jewelry first became popular during World War I, as a means of connection between wives, mothers and sweethearts back home and the men fighting overseas. It was one of many things that soldiers either made or purchased. But while the practice began back then, the concept really took off during the Second World War. [...]