FEB. 2 Candlemas Day dance at San Fe-lipe Indian pueblo, New Mexico.2-4 Golf Tournament, Palm Springs,California.2-4 Open Golf Tournament, Phoenix,Arizona.7 Prehistoric Indian fabrics, illustra-ted lecture by Clara Lee Tannerat Arizona Museum, Phoenix.8 Effect of volcanic action on pre-historic northern Arizonans, illus-trated lecture at Phoenix, ArizonaMuseum by Dr. Harold S. Col-ton, director, Museum of North-ern Arizona,
8-9 New Mexico Wool Growers con-ference at Albuquerque.11 Arts and crafts of Southwest In-dians,discussed by Mr. and Mrs.Burton Frasher, Southwest Mus-eum, Los Angeles.12-18 Annual Lettuce Tournament,Brawley, California. Elmer Sears,chairman.14 Plant life of mountain and desert,Arizona Museum lecture by Dr.W. G. McGinnies.15 Indian Turtle dance at Taos pueb-lo, New Mexico.15-18 Riverside county Fair and Coa-chella valley Date Festival. Indio,California. (Horse show, Feb. 15,16;rodeo, Feb. 17, 18). StewartYost, secretary-manager.15-18 World Championship rodeo, Ari-zona State Fairgrounds. Sponsoredby Phoenix junior chamber of com-merce.16-17 Annual Western States ChildWelfare conference, Area E ofAmerican Legion, at Tucson. Os-car Lamp, area chairman.16-19 Buffalo hunt in Houserock val-ley, south of Grand Canyon, Ari-zona.18 Arizona Cactus and Native Florasociety meets, Phoenix. Speakers.Mrs. Gertrude D. Webster, presi-dent, Box 1973.21 Dr. Emil W. Haury, departmentof anthropology, University ofArizona to speak on Papago In-dians at Arizona Museum,Phoenix.21-25 La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Tuc-son. (Indian Day, Feb. 22; PimaCounty Fair and Industrial exhi-bition, Feb. 22-25; Rodeo andWorld's Champion Sheriff's Rop-ing Contest, Feb. 23-25; Live-stock Show, five days).23 Dr. Kenneth Chapman, Laboratoryof Anthropology at Santa Fe. NewMexico, to lecture at Heard Mu-seum, Phoenix.24-26 Winter Sports Carnival, spon-sored by Flagstaff Ski Club, inSnow Bowl.25 Horse Show, Palm Springs.25 Southwestern Indians Yesterdayand Today, lecture by Gordon C.Baldwin, Southwest Museum, LosAngeles.28 Carlsbad Caverns, subject of Col.Thomas Boles, superintendent ofthe national park, at ArizonaMuseum, Phoenix.25-MAR 3 Eighth Annual Citrus ShowMesa, Arizona.
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