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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events
C-Town Suitcase Club

Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.
Third Tuesday of the month, September-May.  10-11am, Chandler Museum, Free.Chandler Museum's C-Town Suitcase Club

Sept. 15, 2015  Rugs
Travel back in time to explore the fibers and weaving techniques people used to make rugs and other textiles.  Participants will explore various historic weaving and cleaning tools, and even make their own tool to take home. Practice weaving with various materials. Textiles from the Chandler Museum's collection will be on display during the program.
Oct. 20, 2015  Bugs
Become an entomologist for the day and study bugs! Participants will learn how bugs can be both good and bad for local crops. Explore Arizona's desert insects through puppets, songs and bug identification. Catching bugs back then was just as fun as it is today!

Nov. 17, 2015  Jugs
We use bottles, jars and jugs to carry all types of things. How did people use them in the past? We will explore milk delivery of days gone by and crocks used for storing freshly made butter. You don't want to miss this one because we will be making our own savory samples!

Science Saturday

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability.  Join u s on the second Saturday of the month, October - May (excluding November and March),10am-1pm, Tumbleweed Ranch (located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road), Free*. 

Mark your calendar for the following dates and check Back for more information.

October 10, 2015  The Bees Knees
Bees work as a community to pollinate our food and flowers. Join the Museum of Science and Sustainability for some hands-on bee activities to learn about their hard work. Try your hand at polinating, see if you can taste the difference between clover and mesquite honey, and even learn what to do if you get stung!

November 7, 2015  The Wheel (in conjunction with Sixth Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off)Museum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum

December 12, 2015  The Science of Light

January 9, 2016  Robots in Space

February 13, 2016  Spring Showers

March 12, 2016  Science of Flying Birds (*this program is included with admission to the Ostrich Festival) 

April 9, 2016  Geology: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

May 14, 2016  The Power of the Sun


Chandler Museum at the Public Libraries
These special youth programs are appropriate for ages 6 - 11.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events. Check back for more information.

History, Science and the Art of Water 
Water is a precious resource in the desert. Explore the science, history and art of water with the Museum. Consider water use choices, experiment with surprising sink or float activities, learn about Chandler's canals, and create art using water. Also, view the Museum's Greening the Desert six-panel exhibit.

September 29, 2015 - Hamilton Library

Life on a Cattle Drive
"Whoop-ee-ti-yi-yo!" Join the Chandler Museum for a celebration of life on the cattle drive. Youth will try their hand at being a cowboy or cowgirl with cattle drive, roping and branding activities. The Museum's four-panel chuck Wagon exhibit will also be on display.

October 6, 2015 - Hamilton Library
October 8, 2015 - Sunset Library
October 9, 2015 - Basha Library

Explore Your Roots: Genealogy for Kids
The Museum will provide the tools for youth to learn about their family history and record their genealogy. Participants will complete various activities and take home a journal to record family memories. Attendees may bring a family photograph or family story with them to add to their journal. No registration is required.

December 18, 2015 - Basha Library
December 21, 2015 - Sunset Library
December 22, 2015 - Hamilton Library
December 30, 2015 - Downtown Library


Local Voices * Arizona Stories 

Discover unique Chandler and Arizona stories of the past through first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations, music, and conversation. 

Presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and Chandler Library.  480-782-2751.

Our Stories - Chandler's firefighting historySaving Our Fellow Citizens: Chandler’s Firefighting History
Saturday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m.
At Downtown Library, 2nd Floor Copper Room

Fire Battalion Chief Scott Wall tells the fascinating story of how today’s Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department came to be—from a   tiny crew of dedicated volunteer firefighters and two fire hose carts in 1917, to today’s department of over 180 firefighters and paramedics operating out of ten stations across the city.  

Our Stories - Waylong Jennings

Waylon Jennings: Outlaw Country’s Roots in Arizona
Saturday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m.
At Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road

Did you know that Outlaw Country legend Waylon Jennings honed his early musical sound in Tempe in the 1960s, before achieving fame as part of the “outlaw” county music movement in the 1970s? He and his wife and singer, Arizona-native Jessi Colter, eventually retired in Chandler.  Using music and video, Dr. Karin Enloe shares more about Waylon’s story and his roots in Arizona.

Our Stories - Wyatt EarpStories of the West That Hollywood Never Told 
Friday, November 6, at 10 a.m.
At the Red Shed Theater in Tumbleweed Ranch
Southeast corner of Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen

Join us at the outdoor Red Shed Theater for two shows! Start with a one-man play about the real life and adventures of Wyatt Earp. Stay for the second show, when film historian Charlie LeSueur shares little-know stories about the biggest stars of early Television Westerns. 



12th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony and Luncheon

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 11 am- 2 pm
Chandler Center for the Arts, Ticketed event

Join the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Committee to welcome the 2015 Class featuring athletes and coaches in the sports of tennis, women's hockey, softball, women's basketball, women's golf, football, baseball and track & field! 

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Chandler - Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 7, 2015
Friday, November 6 - Saturday, November 7, 2015
Free Admission

Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history at this family friendly culinary event. Using historic cooking methods, authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories, and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. Enjoy live music, Western history and cooking demonstrations, group tours and much more!.



Celebration Plaza

Located at Tumbleweed Park, Celebration Plaza honors service organizations and a select group of residents, living or deceased, for their civic leadership, public outreach, personal service and commitment to the community.  Each year, the public can nominate up to two individuals and/ or organizations to be permanently recognized. Submit nominations February 1- April 30.

Officer David Payne and the Chandler Kiwanis Club will be honored at Celebration Plaza on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9 a.m.