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"Held at the  Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Haynes will guide the group on spotting constellations, tracking the movement of the stars and explain how the universe came to be."

HD SOUTH will offer a series of informative programs for people of all ages this month. Programs are led by artists, historians, storytellers, botanists and scientists; experts in their field who share their knowledge and skills with our community.

Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum and located in the heart of the heritage district, the building opened as Gilbert Elementary School in 1913. It is the oldest building in Gilbert and is the only one on the National Register of Historical Places. 

Gilbert Museum is a repository of artifacts chronicling the town’s rich history, featuring newly remodeled exhibits and interactive displays. 

Many of the educational programs are free, while some come with a small charge to cover materials. Information: hdsouth.org/calendar. Unless otherwise noted, registration is required for the one-time events at hdsouth.org.

Weekly programs

Yoga  7-8 p.m. Thursdays.

Join Marilynn Igleski, certified yoga instructor, as she helps participants relax while conditioning muscles. Open to all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat. Open to ages 14 and up. Free for members, $5 for non-members. 

Storytime 9:30-10 a.m. Tuesdays.  AZCEND and HD SOUTH present this free program. Attendees can then tour the museum for free.

Events

Rhythmic Bucket Drumming

Dec. 3 6:30–8 p.m.

 Some of the most exciting rhythms in the world are African and Post-African. Their interlocking melody creates music that becomes greater than the sum of its parts.  

Drummer, dancer, folklorist and researcher Sule Greg Wilson broke down this system as it was taught to him by masters and calls it Sing/Move/Play. 

Using a simple plastic bucket and a pair of drumsticks, people can jam to catchy, funky rhythms. Wilson, a published author and international recording artist, studied drumming under Baba Ngoma as well as the premier students of Baba Ishangi, Ladji Camara and Chief Bey.  

Registration is required. Free for members, $10 for others.

“Use Uncle Sam To Find Your Uncle Sam Or Aunt Jane”

Dec. 4 7–8:30 p.m.

 Millions of American citizens have served in the Armed Forces, so chances are good that one or more of your relatives served at one time or another.  Join Charles Shultz from the Mesa Family History Center, for an informative presentation about using military records to conduct genealogical research.  

This presentation will be especially helpful in learning the nuances of navigating through the records of the men and women who served our nation in the military. Registration is required. Free admission.

Winter solstice at Riparian Preserve

Dec. 19 6-8 p.m. 

Claude Haynes of the East Valley Astronomy Club will take participants on an interstellar journey to learn more about our universe. 

Held at the  Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Haynes will guide the group on spotting constellations, tracking the movement of the stars and explain how the universe came to be.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

Registration is required. Free for members, $10 for others.