Barona Cultural Center and Museum Presents Way Out in the Desert

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Story Time and Craft Event hosted at Lakeside Library on June 24

(SAN DIEGO, CA) June 15, 2017 – The Barona Cultural Center & Museum invites kids in grades K-2 and their parents to listen to the book Way Out in the Desert and take an exciting musical tour of the Sonoran Desert as part of the latest Keyip! Kechuw! (Listen! Make!) Native American themed story time and craft event on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Keyip! Kechuw! is a free monthly program designed to inspire young children to read, have fun learning, and get creative. The events are held at the Lakeside Library located at 9839 Vine Street.

This month, Jennifer Ward and T. J. Marsh’s story will take listeners on an explorative journey Way Out in the Desert of Sonora to learn about native animals and plants such as horned toads, javelinas, roadrunners, Gila monsters, ocotillos, saguaros, and more. After story time, the students will make their very own beaded lizard keychain (hakwaal) to take home.

Keyip! Kechuw! is open to the public and attendance is free and snacks and drinks will be provided. A parent/adult chaperone is required for all child attendees. There will be a monthly raffle drawing plus a perfect attendance prize for those who participate in the entire Keyip! Kechuw! series.

To make a reservation, call the Barona Cultural Center & Museum at 619-443-7003, ext. 219. For more information, visit