Special Presentations

Pre-registration is Required

Free for Community Center members; $5.00 for non-members

Neuromodulation by Bethany Traettino

Course #1311; Wednesday, December 14th; 2:00-3:00 pm

Information on using a spinal cord stimulator to help with chronic back pain due to a failed back surgery or as simple and complicated as peripheral neuropathy from diabetes. Bethany holds degrees in kinesiology and exercise science/physiology. She had a wellness company for 30 years focusing on physical rehabilitation and nutrition. She currently works at Pinnacle Pain and Spine and lives in Fountain Hills.

Encore for More! AZ Speakers Program January-April:

Following the Bugle: Military Wives on the Arizona Frontier            by Jan Cleere

Course #1489; Wednesday, January 11th; 1:00-2:30 pm

When the US Army ordered troops into Arizona Territory in the 19th century to protect and defend newly established settlements, military men often brought their wives and families. Most of the women were from refined, eastern-bred families with little knowledge of the territory. Their letters, diaries, and journals from their years on army posts reveal untold hardships and challenges. 

Jan Cleere is an award-winning author, historian, and lecturer. She has written six historical nonfiction books about the people who first ventured west.\

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning by Allen Dart

Course #1490; Wednesday, February 8th; 1:00-2:30 pm

Ancient American Indian petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) and pictographs (rock paintings) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. But are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans? Archaeologist Allen Dart illustrates how petroglyph and pictograph styles changed through time and over different parts of the U.S. Southwest both before and after non-Indian people entered the region and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975 for federal and state governments, private companies and nonprofit organizations.

Growing in the Desert: The History & Culture of the Tohono O’odham by Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

Course #1491; Wednesday, March 8th; 1:00-2:30 pm

Many Arizonans call the Sonoran Desert and its striking landscapes home. Long before our urban centers and city lights lit up the dark desert skies, the Tohono O’odham were cultivating and shaping the land with abundant agriculture—from squash and beans to corn and cotton. For generations they passed down their rich knowledge and culture grown from their connection to the desert. Join us for a program with Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan as she shares her knowledge about the history and culture of her people, the Tohono.

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan is Tohono O’odham and from the San Xavier District. She currently teaches in the Tohono O’odham Studies Program at Tohono O’odham Community College. Ramon-Sauberan is a Doctoral Candidate in American Indian Studies with a minor in Journalism at the University of Arizona.

Writers of the Purple Sage by Jim Turner

Course #1492 Wednesday, April 12th; 1:00-2:30 

This presentation covers five Arizona novelists: Zane Grey spent his honeymoon at the Grand Canyon and went on to be one of the first and most famous Western writers of all time; Harold Bell Wright came to Tucson with lung problems and became a bestseller from 1900 to 1930. University of Arizona writing professor Richard Summers wrote Dark Madonna in 1937. Capturing Hispanic culture and folklore, Eva Antonia Wilbur Cruz beautifully describes ranch life and the blending of Tohono O’odham, Hispanic and Anglo folkways in Beautiful Cruel Country, and Susan Lowell wrote an award-winning young adult novel of a young Arizona ranch girl, My Name is Lavina Cumming, based closely on the life of her grandmother.

Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Jim Turner worked with more than 70 museums across the state. He co-authored the 4th-grade textbook The Arizona Story, and his pictorial history, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, was a 2012 Southwest Books of the Year selection.