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May 18, 2015, 6:00pm 

HIDDEN AMERICA, What They Didn’t Teach You in School

Temecula Historical Society

Temecula, CA

As a history teacher and a former tour director in Washington D.C., Andrew Thompson will give us an inside view on several gripping and little known topics that he has researched.

This presentation will be in the Little Temecula History Center, the red barn at the corner of Wolf Store Road and Redhawk Parkway. The public is welcome to come at 5:30 pm for refreshments. For more information, please contact Rebecca at 951-699-5148.


May 21, 2015, 6:30pm                                

Project Archaeology                                                            

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA 

Anne Marie Cox – Archaeologist, Educator

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May 22 & 23, 2015

Rock Art Conference

American Rock Art Research Association

Laughlin, NV

Anyone interested in Native American Rock Art is invited to attend the American Rock Art Research Association annual conference on the D-Deck of the Colorado Belle Resort and Casino during the Memorial Day weekend. The program includes a wide variety of papers and symposia, social events and field trips to the abundant rock art sites in the area.

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May 23 & 24 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Wildflower & Art Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


May 24, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


May 26, 2015, 7:30pm

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Contemporary Environmental Knowledge and Prehistoric Lifeways

San Diego County Archaeological Society

San Diego, CA

Anthropologist Michael Wilken’s research and advocacy work with Native Baja Californians has explored traditional arts (pottery, basketry, oral narratives and song), ethnobotany, history, languages and cultural landscapes of the indigenous peoples of the northern Baja California region.  He has worked closely with native artists and traditional authorities to foster cultural revitalization and sustainable community development. Wilken teaches in the anthropology department of California State University, San Marcos.

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Wednesdays, May 27, June 3, and June 10, 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturday fieldtrips May 30, June 6 and June 12, 2015
Introduction to Southern California Bird Identification Class 

Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

Camarillo, CA

Due to popular demand, Dr. Linnea Hall will be holding another spring Bird ID class for WFVZ members, volunteers, students, and interested professional and community members. 

This popular class will be a 6-session course, with 3, 3-hr evening sessions (Wed).  The level of the class is novice to intermediate; people who have taken it before are welcome to join again.

The evening meetings will be held at the WFVZ; field locations will be discussed with you at the class meetings.  Rain may cancel field trips, but in those cases, we will come back to the museum to practice id with specimens and slides.

The evening classes will cover field guides and the characteristics of non-passerine and passerine birds in southern California.  The fieldtrips will cover identification of birds by sight, vocalizations, and habitat affinities.   

For all sessions you will need to bring a copy of:  Sibley, D.A.  2000.  The Sibley guide to birds of western North America.  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.  National Audubon Society.  Please note that this is the western bird guide, not the eastern guide.  If you already have the full North American guide it’s okay to use this instead, although it would make it easier for using handouts if you have the western guide.  Other reading and bird identification materials will provided at no extra charge during the class meetings.

For the field sessions you will need binoculars and a reliable ride to the field sites.  Carpooling arrangements can usually be made during the class.

Price is $200 for non-WFVZ Members (or $45 per session) or $160 for current WFVZ Members (or $30 per session). Class size is limited and going fast.  If you are interested and would like to reserve a spot in this class please RSVP by Friday, May 1st, either by phone 805-388-9944 or by e-mail to gro.zvfwnull@repeekkoob  Class size will be limited to 20!


May 29-31, 2015

Traditional Art and Artists of Baja, California

Anza-Borrego Foundation

A wonderful  3-day trip to Baja California  to visit and interact with three local artisan communities. We will be joined by anthropologist Mike Wilken for this very unique tour focusing on the artisans in that area.

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June 11, 2015, 7:30pm

Archaeology of the Chuckwalla Valley

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, Irvine, CA

George Kline, archaeologist, BLM, Palm Springs office is the speaker. Editor note (You don’t want to miss this speaker).

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June 9, 2015, 7:00pm

Garth Murphy, a California Icon

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Encinitas Community and Senior Center, Encinitas, CA 

Speaker Series presents Garth Murphy, a California icon who partnered with Mike Doyle and Rusty Miller in their infamous and pioneering Surf Research Company. Garth is the author of the epic novel of California, The Indian Lover, and the son of noted fisheries biologist Garth I. Murphy, who was La Jolla’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s first PhD, and a professor at the University of Hawaii.  He will also be speaking about the history of early California and its people.  For more information & to RSVP, please email: gro.egatirehdsnull@srekaeps  or call (760) 632-9711.  Suggested donation $5.00


Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, 2015, 9:00am – 4:00pm

 7th Annual DATA SHARE- “ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA”

Sierra National Forest, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Hume Lake Ranger District Office, 35860 East Kings Canyon Road (HWY 180), Dunlap, CA

The Parks Cultural Resources Programs invites you to its seventh data share to meet and discuss and learn more about archaeology in the Southern Sierra Nevada.

Archaeological Professionals (Federal, and State Agencies, Contract Archaeologists), Tribal Members, Academic Archaeologists, Archaeology Students, and anyone interested in the Archaeology and History of the Southern Sierra Nevada are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact the awesome Linn Gassaway, Archaeologist, Sequoia National Forest, (559) 338-2251 ext. 396, su.def.sfnull@yawassagl


June 14-July 4, 2015

Gems of Turkey Tour 2015

Julie Roller & John O’Neill – Tour Leaders

Western and Central Turkey

Cities in Cappadoccia, Silk Road Caravansaries – just some of ancient sites that we offer on our tour to Turkey, the historical crossroads where Europe and Asia meet. We’ll explore the historical sights of this great country while enjoying the “good life” that travel in a Mediterranean based country provides.

Hello. Our names are John O’Neill and Julie Roller. We are a husband/wife team from California offering a 21-day tour to Turkey, June 14 – July 4, 2015. We would like to make this tour available to your members for the affordable price of $3,590, excluding airfare. We offer our tour as a way for your members to visit ones of the most archeologically-rich countries of the world at a fair price. We, along with our Turkish partners, unisonturkey.com, operated our Gems of Turkey tour in 2013. On that trip, one professional and two amateur archeologists joined us, and they were both surprised and enthralled by the large number of well-preserved ruin sites and our ability to get them to there at the best times to visit. “We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman. Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through
beautiful ancient places. Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures. Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey. It is an incredible country for anyone
interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too! We highly recommend this tour.” Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ

In appreciation of your willingness to announce our Gems of Turkey tour to your membership, we will donate $200.00 to your organization for each member or other person who travels with us through your referral. We have a tradition of working with non-profits through our small Turkish import company, Bluestone Imports, having donated several thousand dollars in fund raisers to various non-profits since 2010. We feel our tour would be especially attractive to your members as one of our main foci is to visit archeological sites and key museums that contain the best from the numerous ancient cultures of this land. Turkey is home to a large number of excellent Greco/Roman sites, and you can get up close and personal with the ruins. We have been to Turkey every year since 2005 and have made extensive and repeated visits to many sites. We know the best times of day to visit the more famous sites to avoid large crowds, and we know stunning ruin sites that most people never visit and that are never crowded.

We have a limit of 16 persons and travel in a comfortable mid-sized bus following an itinerary that has been developed for the independent traveler type who enjoys a slower pace and the opportunity for some exploring on one’s own. Overall, the tour is designed to be a fun, leisurely, yet active exploration of this interesting, beautiful, and increasingly important country. In addition to visiting historical places, we will spend time in beautiful natural settings along the Mediterranean and in the Cappadoccia region of central Turkey, and soak up the culture with the food/drink, people, and music of this magnificent country. With the personal friendships that we have developed over many extended trips to Turkey, we are able to offer a unique journey for only $3,590 for twenty one days. This price includes the services of a professionally-trained, English-speaking Turkish tour guide, all hotels (generally smaller family-run places) with breakfast, all travel costs in Turkey, entrance fees to the historical sites, 3 boat trips, some dinners, a cooking class in an Istanbul home, a whirling-dervish performance in an 800-year-old caravansaray with an opportunity to meet the dervishes, and an insider tour of the very important ongoing archeological dig at Catal Hoyuk (7600-5800BC) through our contacts with Dr. Ian Hodder, the leader of the dig. We offer the ease of mind of having Americans running the tour. With our small group size of16 people, and due to our deep knowledge of Turkey’s archeological sites, its culture and its natural beauty, we hope that you find our tour suitable for the members of your organization to join us in exploring this important and fascinating country. Attached is our flyer that presents the details of the tour. Please share this letter and flyer describing this special opportunity with your membership. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, John O’Neill and Julie Roller Santa Cruz, Ca. USA 831-515-8022 ude.mvwnull@llieno.nhoj

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www.unisonturkey.com


June 14 and 28, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


July 11 & 12, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Lemon Lily Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


July 12 and 26, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


June 27, 2015, 7:30pm

Flat bottom vs. Iron cladding: Determining the Use of a Distinctive Boat Discovered along San Diego’s Waterfront

San Diego County Archaeological Society

San Diego, CA

Doug Mengers, archaeologist, historian and gis specialist presents an insightful look into the life a historic boat; from assemblage to discovery during a downtown waterfront construction site.

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August 8, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Butterfly Daze

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


August 8-9, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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August 9 and 23, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


August 11, 2015, 7:00pm

History of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Encinitas Community and Senior Center, Encinitas, CA 

Vonn Marie May is a cultural landscape specialist – specializing in future planning strategies for historic and cultural landscapes.  She will be speaking about the history of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park for the Centennial 1915 – 2015 Panama California Exposition.

For more information & to RSVP, please email: gro.egatirehdsnull@srekaeps  or call (760) 632-9711.  Suggested donation $5.00.


September 5 & 6, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


September 12-13, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm

Days of Living History

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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September 13 and 27, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


September 17, 2015, 6:30pm

Cave Paintings of Baja, California

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Speakers: Maria Puente and Britt Wilson

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October 11 and 25, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


November 8 and 22, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


December 23, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.