The Desert Caballeros Western Museum invites the community to “roll” into the museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 to explore the museum’s “BNSF Desert Caballeros Express” exhibit with train-themed activities for the entire family. The “Desert Caballeros Express” is an annual tradition at the museum, made possible by museum volunteers who install the exhibit each year. The museum would like to thank this year’s Volunteer Engineer Pat Jacobs and his crew: Daryl Ferree, Chuck Harrington, Paul Hughes, Dave Lane and Gary Turner. The museum holds free family-friendly programming in the galleries from 5-7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month through June. Partial funding for Cox First Fridays is provided by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Meet and learn about the techniques of some of Mexico’s master artisans at the museum’s upcoming “Mata Ortiz and More” Trunk Show, Jan. 10-12 in the museum’s Learning Center. This year’s show will feature Taxco silver shard jewelry, Mata Ortiz pottery, and Zapotec weavings. An artisan-led lecture or pottery firing demonstration will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Admission to the show and all demonstrations are free to the public. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Museum members will have the first opportunity to shop the “Mata Ortiz and More” Trunk Show with a special preview from 9-10 a.m. Jan. 10. The preview is part of Member Appreciation Days, Jan. 10-12, when members who visit will enjoy special offers in the museum stores and will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the museum’s concert with Dave Stamey on Feb. 22.

Museum memberships begin at $55 annually and can be purchased at the museum or online at westernmuseum.org.

The museum will welcome cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey for a concert in the museum’s Learning Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 22

The newest member of the Western Music Hall of Fame, Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, mule packer, dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.

Tickets are $25 general seating and can be purchased in advance at the museum or online at westernmuseum.org.

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