From art festivals to a festive history lesson, the Desert Discovery Center still has three big annual events this year for local residents to attend, not including a number of year-long programs.
Members of the community can still attend the Mid Summer Desert Festival, Star Gazing Party and the Old Spanish Trail Day.
First up on the calendar is Midsummer Desert Festival, returning for a sixth year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24. This festival will include an art show followed by live dance, music and drama performances. The art show is free for children and $5 for adults.
“(My favorite aspect is) the fact it brings together community groups while creating a platform for their artwork,” Desert Discovery Center Director Jana Laraman-Brockhurst said. “It’s a great way to celebrate the growing art culture in Barstow.”
Blending history with festivity, the Old Spanish Trail Day will offer a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy, from a live mule packing demonstration to corn husk doll making. The Old Spanish Trail Day will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 7, and will spotlight the the Old Spanish Trail through presentations and examples of food, clothing and more.
For those interested in astronomy, the Desert Discovery Center usually teams with a separate party to hold its Star Gazing event, although this year it will be held at its very own venue. While the Star Gazing Party is expected to be held in the fall, the date has yet to be confirmed. Attendees can expect a guided tour of the stars.
“I can’t say I have a favorite event, they are all different and diverse,” Brockhurst said. “They highlight the culture of the region and create a really enriching experience.”
The Desert Discovery Center also holds two junior Naturalist Summer Day camps during the month of June and July.
The first days of camp — running June 26-30 — will bridge the Stone Age and Space Age, with the theme "Time Travel Through Desert."
The second series will be held July 10-14, with the theme “Discover the Desert.” Participants will learn about desert survival, safety and animals.
Those who wish to register children for the Naturalist Summer Day camps can grab an application form from the Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Road, Barstow. For more information, call the center at 760-252-6060.