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Engendering Community

Exhibit Highlights Borderland’s LGBTQ Community

Whether it’s the topic of same-sex marriage or gender identity, people across the country are talking about issues dealing with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer (LGBTQ) community. This June, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will present a new exhibit, “Engendering Community” that highlights the LGBTQ community of the El Paso/Juárez region.

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What: Opening reception for the exhibit “Engendering Community.”
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Remarks at 7 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 19.

Invertebrate Jaws: No Bones about It

New Exhibit Explores the Science Behind the Jaws of Invertebrate Animals

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, in conjunction with the University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Biological Sciences, presents the exhibit “Invertebrate Jaws: No Bones About It” that explores how the jaws of tiny invertebrate animals (animals without a spine) work and how they differ from other animals. Even the tiniest of animals must eat. What allows them to eat – jaws – varies drastically, especially between vertebrates and invertebrates.

Make Plans

What: Public Opening of “Invertebrate Jaws: No Bones about It”
When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13.
Exhibit Dates: The exhibit will be on display through September 19.

Centennial Museum Presents Second Annual “Camp Discovery” – A Series of Summer Camps for Kids

This summer, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is offering three educational and entertaining camps for children who will be enrolled in 4th, 5th and 6th grades this coming fall. The three camps will be offered in June, July and August. Choose one or enroll in all three for a discounted price.

Each camp is $40 for early enrollment and $55 after the early registration deadline (see deadlines below). Costs cover all camp supplies, T-shirts, daily snacks and a Friday Pizza Party. Register for all three camps by June 5 and pay only $100. Space is limited to the first 20 children for each camp.

All camps will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens on the UTEP Campus.

June 15 – 18: Digging Dinosaurs

Learn about the dinosaurs that once roamed this area and make your own “Dino Egg,” “Plaster Cast Dino Foot” and “Boxasaurus.” Other related activities will include making a volcano and taking a short hike of the UTEP terrain. Early registration deadline is June 5.

July 20 – 24: Culture Cruise

The Southwest has a rich history of indigenous people who lived on the land long before us. We’ll spend a week learning about these native tribes and the wonderful traditions that have been passed on through the generations. Campers will make yarn puppets, dream catchers, clay pots and even make their own drum – all with the help of local cultural experts. Early registration deadline is July 10.

August 17 – 21: Kaleidescope Kapers

It’s never too early to start caring about our environment. This camp is full of fun activities that will reinforce the importance of water conservation and solar energy. Participants will learn how to make their own soap and paper, play water bingo, and make fun crafts out of recycled materials. There’s also a solar oven activity to make snacks! Early registration deadline is Aug. 7.

To register: Call Kaye Mullins, Education Curator, at (915) 747-8994 or



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