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Step Right Up: Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 - 1965 
February 4, 2016 – March 13, 2016 
In an era spanning the early 20th century, through depression ridden times and a dust bowl, one form of revelry thrived – the circus. Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965 explores another side of this thrilling spectacle and a history fraught with intrigue and majesty.

Hagenbeck-Wallace Trained Wild Animal Circus poster, 1934, Erie Litho Company, offset lithograph, collection Tegge Circus Archives. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States.

Prepare to be MYSTIFIED! 
Saturday, February 13, 2016 (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM) 
Join us for an afternoon full of magic with illusionist Allen Oshiro. This unforgettable illusion act will reach kids of all ages. Free Admission. Reservations required. 

Evenings for Educators: Let’s go on A Road trip! 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM) 
Learn about the museum’s core exhibition Road Ways which highlights westward expansion, historic Route 66, and an ever-changing Ontario. Create a zine, handmade book for students to document their neighborhood. Refreshments will be served. Free Admission. Reservations required.

Film Screening: Dumbo 
Saturday, February 20, 2016 (Refreshments and crafts at 2:30 PM, Film Screening at 3:30 PM) 
Join us for the classic film Dumbo (1941). Light refreshments, crafts, and other fun activities will be available before the film screening. Free Admission. Reservations required. 

Circus Poster Presentation and Circus Diorama Workshop 
Saturday, February 27, 2016 (2 PM to 4 PM) 
Learn about the history of circus posters from Greg McWhorter, teacher, pop-culture historian, and private collector of vintage posters and books. After the lecture, create a small diorama inspired by the intrigue of the circus. To participate, bring a small box. Other materials will be provided. Free Admission. Reservations required. 

Family Discovery Day: Circus Spectacular! 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 (Noon to 4 PM) 
Explore the exhibit Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965 and participate in art workshops, a photo booth, and face painting for the whole family! Free Admission.

Highlights from the Collection: The Women of Ontario 
Sunday, March 20, 2016 (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM) 
Join Curator of Collections Michelle Sifuentes for a presentation of objects from the collection related to Women’s History Month. Free Admission. Reservations required. 


Share Your Love for the City of Ontario: Introduction to the Museum Docent Program
Saturday, April 2, 2016 (10:30 AM to Noon)
Do you want to share your love for the City of Ontario and regional history with our visitors? Join us for the last opportunity to learn about our docent program before training begins later in April. Participate in a tour and brief presentation, hosted by the museum curators and docents. Light refreshments. Free Admission. Reservations requested.
Eighth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition Reception and Recognition
Saturday, April 9, 2016 (2 PM to 4 PM)
Celebrate the Eighth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art ExhibitionMeet the exhibit artists, participate in a hands-on art workshop, and enjoy light refreshments. Free Admission.  
 Pondering, 2014
Pondering, 2014. Photo courtesy of Chick Curtis
Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates Fundraiser, Ontario: A Dream Come True
Saturday, April 16, 2016 (4 PM to 8 PM)
The Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates invites you to an evening of fun to celebrate Ontario’s rich history. Funds raised will support our educational activities and programs. The evening will include a silent auction, raffle, live music, and buffet. $35 per person. Reservations requested.
Evening for Educators: Art and Our Community
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM)
Join us for our quarterly series for educators and learn how you can integrate the Faces of the Community exhibit into your classroom. The exhibit explores the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and its neighborhood in Ontario. Learn about community-engaged art, oral histories, and portraiture with Ontario artist Andrea Benitez, plus receive an educator resource packet and exhibit publication. Free Admission. Reservations required.
Hands On: Invitational Artists Share Techniques
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (1 PM to 4 PM)
Learn from master artists Chick Curtis and Karen Clark and gain experience in two art workshops in figure drawing and watercolor. Chick Curtis’ figure drawing session: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Karen Clark’s watercolor session: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. $5 material fee per workshop. Space is limited. Reservations required.


Paint an Epic Space character (Think Recent Blockbuster Movie)                                                  
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
Learn how to paint your favorite space character with artist Jessica Cruz. Materials will be provided. Free Admission. Reservations required. 
Getting It Together: Arts 101
Thursday, May 12, 2016 (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
Bring your portfolio, resume, and artist statement for tips and suggestions with Rebecca Trawick, Director/Curator of the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art and professional artist Andrea Benitez. Free Admission. Space is limited. Reservations required.
Heritage at the Square
Saturday, May 14, 2016 (3 PM to 7 PM)
2016 marks Ontario’s 125th Anniversary since its incorporation on December 10, 1891.  Join the Ontario City Library, Ontario Museum of History & Art, the Recreation & Community Services Department, and Planning Department as we celebrate Ontario’s rich history of community, culture, and commerce on Ontario Heritage Day at the Ontario Town Square with family friendly activities.
Location: Ontario Town Square, 224 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. Free Admission. #HeritageAtTheSquare
Heritage at the square
Meet and Zine!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (Noon to 4 PM)
This festival, dedicated to DIY magazines, will feature a diverse array of zine artists, live music, zine panels, workshops, and an opportunity to create your own zine-tee (bring a t-shirt to participate). Free Admission.


Drought Tolerant Workshop
Saturday, June 4, 2016 (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM)
Join us as we explore water efficient and drought tolerant plantings and learn from the experts how to design a xeriscape for your home. Free Admission. Reservations required.
 Drought Tolerant Workshop
Photo courtesy of the Ontario Museum of History & Art
Highlights from the Collection: Ontario Motor Speedway
Sunday, June 12, 2016 (2 PM to 3 PM)
Get your motor running as we share memories of the Ontario Motor Speedway. Authentic memorabilia will be available for purchase in the museum store. Free Admission. Reservations required.  
 ontario festival
Photo courtesy of the Ontario Museum of History & Art
Summer Horseshoe Fun and Games
Saturday, June 18, 2016 (2 PM to 4 PM)
Let’s have good old fashioned fun as we celebrate Ontario’s 125th Anniversary. Nugent’s Park, adjacent to the museum, was originally given to the City of Ontario in 1895. It is the oldest park in Ontario. Learn how to pitch horseshoes and throw a perfect “ringer!” Free Admission. 
Photo courtesy of the Ontario Museum of History & Art
Wreath Making Workshop
Thursday, June 23, 2016 (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
Put on your gardening gloves and learn how to make seasonal wreaths using materials straight from your garden. $5 material fee. Space is limited. Reservations required.
Docent Graduation and Recognition
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (2 PM to 4 PM)
Celebrate and honor the new graduating class of 2016 and learn about the docent program. Our docents have been key in providing tours for 1,200 students every year. Tours are now projected to increase to over 2,000 students annually, making the need for docents even greater. Come celebrate the new graduating class! Light refreshments. Free Admission. 
Photo courtesy of the Ontario Museum of History & Art

For more information or reservations, please call (909) 395-2510.

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