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Midtown Phoenix’s Heard Museum shows its 3rd Friday holiday spirit

[Source: Kate Crowley, Heard Museum]

Luminaria, Choir Music and Apache Storytelling

The Heard Museum’s free Third Friday evening series, NU (Native + You), continues on December 17 with offerings sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Find distinctively Arizona gifts in the Heard Museum Shop, wander the Heard Museum’s luminaria and candle lit campus and enjoy a hot beverage.

Outside, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. enjoy Classical guitar music by Manny Perez (Yaqui). At 7 and 8 p.m. guests can listen to traditional Apache storytelling with Ken Duncan (Apache) in the Berlin Gallery.

Guests can also enjoy two special holiday themed performances by the Xavier Preparatory College Honor Choir from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 8 p.m. One choir performance will be inside the museum, while another performance will take place outside on the Heard Museum’s campus, which will be list by candles and luminaries.

The Café at the Heard Museum invites attendees to arrive early and enjoy a $5 gourmet taco bar from 6 to 8 p.m. Work by Rick Bartow, Fritz Scholder and Nathan Hart are part of the show “Transformation” in the Berlin Gallery.

From 5:30 to 9 p.m., the museum galleries, courtyard, IKEA lounge and cash bar are open as part of NU. There is no admission charge for NU and the museum during Third Friday evening.

32nd annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market at South Mountain Park, Dec. 13-14

The Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market will return to Phoenix Dec. 13-14 for the 32nd straight year.  The annual market will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14, at the South Mountain Park/Preserve activity complex, 10919 S. Central Ave.  The market will feature more than 250 top Native American artists, giving shoppers a chance to choose from world-class jewelry, paintings, sculptures, pottery, Kachina dolls, baskets, fetish carvings, and much more in a wide price range, from five up to several thousand dollars.

Visitors also will enjoy top-notch entertainers including musicians and performers, purchase traditional Native American foods, such as Indian fry bread, and see artist demonstrations.  Kids can enjoy hands-on crafts activities involving weaving, beading, or coloring in the children’s area.  The market is conducted by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.  All proceeds from the market benefit the museum, located at 4619 E. Washington St. 

The South Mountain activity complex offers easy access and plenty of free parking.  Admission to the market is $8 for adults and free for children age 12 and under.  More information on the Pueblo Grande Indian Market is available by calling 602-495-0901 or online.

Phoenix’s 1922 Memorial Hall renovated and reopened

[Source: Nicole McGregor, 12 News Today] — An historic part of Phoenix opens to the public this week.  Memorial Hall was part of the Phoenix Indian School when it began in 1922. Closed in the early 90’s, it sat in disarray, until now.  The $5 million project was not a small undertaking; most of the funding came from bonds passed in 2001 and 2006. The idea was to renovate it, not re-do it.  The goal was to retain much of the integrity of the building.  The original wood floors remain and so do about 40 percent of the ceiling tiles.  Even the same bricks can be seen on the outside where students once carved their names.

Back in the 20’s the Memorial Hall was used for graduation, recitals and assemblies for the school. Regional Park Manager Dorothy Blakely says it is just one of three buildings which still stand at Steele Indian School Park.  The other two, the dining hall and elementary/band building will also be renovated, but only on the outside.  Memorial Hall will be available for rent and used for a musical venue when opportunities arise.   Call 602-534-8198 if you’re interested.  The grand opening is this week.  It’s open for public tours Wednesday, October 29 starting at 6:30 p.m.   (Click here for video.)

[Source: Betty Reid, Arizona Republic] — About 200 people attended the grand opening of the restored Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix on Wednesday night.   It cost nearly $5 million and took two years to restore the building.  The auditorium, which seats 350, is part of the old Phoenix Indian School property.   It was built in 1922 and named to honor those who served during World War I.