This is the last call for those interested in taking the guided tour, Native Cultures of the Southwest (Sunday, June 17th, 7:30AM-1:00PM; with option for earlier leaving, at 9:00 and at noon).
What's in the tour?
* A tour in the Desert Botanical Garden, "rated #1 for all Phoenix things to do" in Yahoo Travel (http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2808344-desert_botanical_gardens_phoenix-i). This botanical garden specializes in cacti and succulents, with some 20,000 specimens, including some from the geographic area of Erets-Israel (for those of us who miss hatsavim in the fall, this is the place to find them!). The gift shop offers small cacti in well-packed boxes to take home with you, and decorative objects made of saguaro ribs. Start practicing the word Saguaro... (pronounce: sa-wa-ro).
* A tour in the Heard Museum, which according to Frommer's, "should be your very first stop" in Arizona when it comes to learning about its native cultures (http://www.frommers.com/destinations/phoenix/A19065.html). The Heard Museum is located in a beautiful building, and its educational exhibits are impressing. The gift shop is well-known for quality, though pricey, selections.
* A pizza and salads lunch at the kosher King Solomon's Pizza (http://azjews.blogspot.com/2006/11/king-solomons-pizza-dairy-vaad.html).
Both the tours are guided, but there will be free time for you to wander around and explore for yourselves.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by May 18th (Friday next week) to register. A few more seats are available.