Pumpkin Festival: Duncan's Sunfresh Farms, 17203 West Indian School in Goodyear, hosts this popular annual event--so popular that it's been extended this year to cover several weekends instead of the usual one. It features the picking of fresh pumpkins from the farm's own patch and other Halloween-related festivities, free wagon rides, pony rides, entertainment, arts and crafts and more. The festival continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and October 28 and 29. Admission is free. Call 853-0111.
arts and music
Arizona Young Dancers Showcase: Eastside Ballet and Jazz Ensemble sponsors this showcase of young talent from Yuma, Tucson, Sedona and the Valley. The dancers perform ballet, jazz and modern dances. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets are $5, available in advance at Ticketmaster or at the door. Proceeds benefit Chandler High School's Close-Up D.C. government club. Call 786-3954.
"The Wild, Wild Word Show": The second installment in City of Tempe's monthly Saturday Performing Arts Series starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Edna Vihel Activity Building, 3340 South Rural. This time, musician Malcolm Dalglish presents this program about music and the music of words. Admission is $2 for kids age 2 and up; one adult is admitted free with each child. Call 350-5287.
at the museum
"The Great Russian Dinosaurs" and "Haunted Museum": "Dinosaurs," sponsored by City of Mesa and Paleontological Institute of Moscow, features 24 full dinosaur skeletons, as well as remains of dino nests, eggs and hatchlings, 50 skulls and dozens of other specimens collected this century from sites in Russia and Mongolia. Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald, hosts the American premire of the installation, which continues through February 4, 1996. In the fourth annual "Haunted Museum" event, Southwest Archaeology Team presents a program of scary tales and characters taken from the Arizona history books. It's scheduled after hours, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through October 29. Admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting the team's archaeological, preservation and educational efforts. Call 644-2230.
"Science Bubble Mania": In this second annual program, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of Arizona Science Center, 147 East Adams, kids have tons of fun bursting their own bubbles after creating them. Also on the agenda, Bubble Yum Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Gymboree Obstacle Course, clowns, face painters, giveaways and more. Admission to "Science Bubble Mania" outdoor festival is free; admission to the museum proper is half-price all day. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $4.50, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors, free for kids age 3 and younger. Call 256-9518 or 258-7250.
on the stage
Beauty and the Beast: Alan J. Prewitt adapted the classic tale about an embittered tyrant who gets a renewed lease on life thanks to the love of beautiful Belle. Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company presents the production, whose setting has been moved to old Mexico, at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 2 p.m. October 29; the final show is performed in Spanish. All performances are at Playhouse on the Park at Dial Corporate Center, Central and Palm Lane. Tickets are $6. Call 254-2151.
Locker Check: Courtyard Players present this original play, featuring a cast of kids from several schools in the Tempe Union High School District and based on remembrances of Tempe high school alumni from the Thirties to the Nineties, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Program Room at Tempe Public Library, Rural and Southern. Admission is free. For details call 946-4728.
The Secret Garden: Childsplay presents Frances Hodgson Burnett's famous story, adapted Pamela Sterling, about two children who find refuge and friendship in the title Eden. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors, available at Herberger box office. Call 252-8497. For information about private weekday matinees for school groups, call 350-8104.
Think It Through Review: This abstinence-based Theatre-in-Education program, aimed at kids in seventh grade and up and designed to educate adolescents about the risks of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, is presented by Arizona Multi-Cultural Youtheatre at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Madison Number 1 Elementary School, 16th Street and Missouri. Admission is free. For details call 246-8901.
Walking Lightly . . . A Portrait of Einstein: Arizona Jewish Theatre Company presents this one-man show, conceived and performed by Len Barron of Boulder, Colorado, exploring the scientific and humanitarian contributions of Albert Einstein. Showtime is 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Arizona Science Center, 147 East Adams. Admission is free. Call 264-0450. For details about the center, see "Science Bubble Mania" under "At the Museum," above.