ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through September: Un Tesoro de Plata: Spanish Colonial Silverwork; drawn from works produced in the Viceroyalty of Peru, the exhibit explores the history and development of the silversmith's art in Spanish America. Continuing through January 31: Territorial Christmas, a recreation on Christmases past with antique toys, ornaments, decorated trees and a traditional Mexican nativity scene. Continuing through February 14: Pieced Connections: Traditions of Quilting. Continuing: Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache Experience, a look at the many misconceptions and inaccurate portraits of the Apache people. Continuing through March 1998: Step Right Up: Patent Medicine in the Southwest. This exhibit will focus on the role of patent medicines from 1870 to 1906, before the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. The exhibit looks at the trend toward self-medication to cure all kinds of ailments, real and imagined, which was facilitated by a booming mail-order business. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Learn about the more than 20 species of ducks that winter in southeastern Arizona during the workshop "Desert Waterfowl: Ecology, Behavior and Identification," from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, January 10, Fee is $14/non-members, $5/members. The museum also offers a daily variety of informative, entertaining guided tours and walks. Take a Morning Bird Walk at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; a Live Animal Interpretation Tour at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. daily; or a Raptor Interpretation at 10:30 a.m. daily. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8.95, $1.75 for kids 12 and under. Group discounts available. Cost is $45, $35 for members. Call 883-3022 for registration and information.

ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. UA campus, east of University Boulevard at Park Avenue. 621-6302. The Hohokam: Ancient Farmers of the Desert, an exhibition on the irrigation systems, jewelry and ceramics of the early Hohokam people. Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest explores the origins, history and life today of American Indians in Arizona and Northwest Mexico. Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta includes 300 colorful Mexican folk-masks. Ancient Images: Plants and Animals of the Prehistoric Southwest, featuring more than 100 examples of plants and animals in prehistoric art. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and admission is free.

DOCENT CALL. The Tucson Children's Museum is having a Docent Training on January 12, 13, 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. If you enjoy children and helping them learn new things, this is the place for you! Call Mary Lynn at 792-9985, ext. 102, for informaiton.

FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER. UA campus. 621-STAR. Continuing at the museum are: Under Arizona Skies at 1:30 p.m. Sunday; and The Dinosaur Chronicles at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Also check out KFMA Laser Electronica, Flandrau's newest laser-light show. Call 621-STAR for information.

FORT LOWELL MUSEUM. 2900 N. Craycroft Road. 885-3832. On permanent display: The View From The Barracks, a photographic exhibit allowing a look at the daily life of enlisted men in the garrisons of the Southwest. And Surgeons, Scalpels and Malaria, a photographic exhibit documenting army medicine during the Apache Wars.

PIMA AIR MUSEUM. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-9658. On display are 185 military, commercial, and civilian aircraft, including a full-scale mock-up of Kitty Hawk, a presidential plane used by news media and JFK during the 1960s, numerous photos, air and space uniforms and memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 10 to 17. Free for aviation buffs under 10.

TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM. West Duval Mine Road. 791-2929. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, venture to the depths of this historic complex and visit places normally closed to the public. Visitors will see "Level Seven," crew quarters, the library and other areas considered off-limits to the public. A rare opportunity for the whole family. Tours are $5, free to members and children under age 10. Reservations are suggested. Call 625-7736 to book a tour.

TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Visit Wee World, created especially for kids ages 5 and under. This unique exhibit contains many fun and colorful places for young children to crawl and climb through. Make a lucky dragon, a pine-cone turkey, or craft a luminaria light at Saturday Artworks from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a different theme each Saturday. Have fun with volcanoes at Sunday Science from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy storytelling galore with Teens 'N Tots: Literature, Learning, and Fun at 11 a.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 2 p.m. Sundays. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for kids, $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. During the After School Special, admission is just $2 per person, and the third Sunday of every month is free for all! Call 792-9985 for information.

VETERANS MUSEUM. MarketPlace USA. 3750 E. Irvington Road. 740-9429. Displays depict contributions made by area veterans. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Volunteer docents needed.

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