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Explore! has something for everyone

Explore! has something for everyone

This fall, come EXPLORE! over fifty interesting and stimulating classes ranging from cooking, money, health & fitness, technology, nature, history, card games, meditation, flower arranging and technology, to writing your memoir. EXPLORE! classes offer opportunities to learn, build skills and have fun. EXPLORE! October-December 2017 classes are online now for registration.

Three examples of available classes coming soon are:

MISS KITTY TO JEAN HARLOW, AZ Women Who Won the West, 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall; $10 fee. 

Not all the women of the Wild West were like the ones portrayed in movies and TV. Some were even wilder, and many were more like saints. From 1846 to 1946 and later, Arizona boasted not just dance hall girls and brothel owners, but a woman stage robber, several murderesses, movie stars, lawyers, architects, aviators, and even a woman steamboat captain. Arizona history is full of celebrities as well, from Jean Harlow to Tucson’s own Linda Ronstadt. Hear the stories of Arizona women who won the West.

Instructor Jim Turner recently retired from the Arizona Historical Society where he worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the state. He is co-author of the 4th-grade textbook, The Arizona Story, and his pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, contains more than 530 images. He recently updated the third edition of Native Roads, a motoring guide to Hopi and Navajo Lands. Jim moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Arizona, and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 35 years.


HOLIDAY FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS, Fresh for Thanksgiving, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21, Palm Ridge Acacia Room, limited to 20 people; $45 fee.

Make a custom designed and beautiful flower arrangement for your Thanksgiving table or celebrations. Have fun creating your own centerpiece and learn techniques you can use for making other arrangements. The class fee includes flowers and materials.

Instructor Cooki Peverini worked at two well-established high-end flower shops in Los Angeles before opening her own business “Flowers by Cooki”, where she serviced weddings and events in L.A., she also was a decorator on Tournament of Roses floats. Moving to AZ, she kept her passion for flowers alive by working for local florists and teaching floral design classes. Cooki happily applies her creative and artistic background in floristry to Peverini’s Custom Floral Design, where she is the President/CEO and Head Designer. Picture is for illustration only.


HIKE the HASSAYAMPA PRESERVE, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 17, at the Preserve at 49614 Highway US 60 (near Wickenburg), limited to 24 people; $15 fee (covers entrance cost)

The Hassayampa River Preserve is in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert. The preserve is a flight path for hundreds of migratory birds, making it one of the top bird-watching areas in Central Arizona. In this arid environment, the Preserve is ecologically significant because of the high-quality cottonwood willow forest it protects. This streamside forest or “riparian” plant community has evolved along the continuously flowing stretch of the Lower Hassayampa River. For most of its length, the Hassayampa, or “the river that flows upside down,” runs underground. Its riverbed is dry and sandy, but along a five-mile section of the Preserve the river flows above ground year-round. Water-loving plants thrive here, making the Preserve one of the best remaining examples of riparian habitat in Arizona. A dense forest provides shade and tranquility from the Sonoran Desert heat and a rich habitat for a variety of reptiles and mammals. The Hassayampa River Preserve is now managed by Maricopa County Parks in concert with the Nature Conservancy, Arizona Chapter. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m., so plan to arrive and be ready to start by 9:15 a.m. Wear good walking shoes, bring binoculars, water etc. You are welcome to stay at the Preserve after the tour, so you may want to bring lunch to enjoy in the Preserve or go a few miles up the road and have lunch in Wickenburg.

View the entire catalog here. To register:

  • ON-LINE: At, click on EXPLORE! in the left column. If you are new to EXPLORE!, sign-in and create your own account. If you are already a participant in the EXPLORE! Program, log-in and input your user name and password.  Once logged-in, you are able to register for a class and pay online with your credit or debit card.  If you forget your user name or password, contact Tamra Stark for assistance at 623-544-6194, or
  • IN PERSON: You can register for classes at the front desk of the R.H. Johnson Rec Center administrative office, 19803 R. H. Johnson Boulevard, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • PHONE: EXPLORE! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark can take your registration by telephone at 623-544-6194 or you can email her at

Please note: EXPLORE! has a no-refund policy, unless a class is cancelled.

For class details, visit the website at: click on the Explore! tab. 

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  2. Multimedia says:

    Not sure which class you’re talking about Debbie, but give Tamra a call and she’ll be happy to help you out. Program Coordinator Tamra Stark is reachable by telephone at 623-544-6194 or you can email her at

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