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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.

Film Screening: Frozen 
Saturday, January 9, 2016 (Refreshments at 4:30 PM, Film Screening at 5:00 PM) 
Join us for a Sing-A-long of Disney’s Frozen (2013). Frozen inspired clothing is encouraged! Enjoy games, prizes, and light refreshments before the film screening. Free Admission. Reservations required. 

Storytime and Doll Workshop 
Saturday, January 16, 2016 (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm) 
Join us for storytime and learn how to make a rag doll and corn husk doll with a workshop led by Assistant Curator Leslie Matamoros. Materials will be provided. Free Admission. Reservations required. 

Exhibit Reception: Cloth Dolls Tell Their Stories 
Saturday, January 23, 2016 (5 PM to 7 PM) 
Celebrate Cloth Dolls Tell Their Stories an exciting and unique exhibit on contemporary cloth dolls. Meet the exhibit artists and enjoy light refreshments. Free Admission. 

Doll Workshop with Guest Curator Patti Culea 
Thursday, January 28, 2016 (6 PM to 8 PM) 
Learn basic doll making techniques with guest curator and cloth doll artist Patti Culea. Materials will be provided. Free Admission. Reservations required. 

Lunar New Year Experience 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 (Noon to 4 PM) 
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the year of the Monkey through art workshops, live performances, calligraphy, and face painting for the whole family! 
Free Admission.

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. 

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

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