Paula Danziger: The children's author discusses her works at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mustang Library, 10101 North 90th Street in Scottsdale. Admission is free. Registration is requested; call 391-6028.
on the stage
Aladdin: Desert Stages, Inc., presents the musical at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays, through January 28, at its home, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Babes in Toyland: Greasepaint, Scottsdale Youtheatre presents final performances of Victor Herbert's operetta at 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $5. For details call 990-7646.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: Final performances of Cinderella are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Tickets are $4, $3 for members; group rates are available. Puppet-making and sing-along sessions are included. Reservations are suggested. For details call 277-1275.
among the animals
Out of Africa Cubs: Two 1-month-old white tigers have joined the feline family at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, located off Fort McDowell Road, two miles north of the intersection of Shea Boulevard and Beeline Highway. The youngsters will be trained to participate in the facility's "Tiger Splash" show, and they'll eventually be used for breeding. Currently, visitors may purchase tickets that allow them to play with the cubs for 15 minutes. For more information, see the Kid Thrills listing or call 837-7779.
"Picture This: Focus on Endangered Species": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its yearlong festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Picture This," kids learn about efforts to preserve endangered species via events like lectures, face-painting sessions, informal discussions and live music; itcontinues through January 31. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and zoo members. For more information, call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
Wild Horse and Burro Days: The federal Bureau of Land Management hosts this show and sale at Rawhide, 23023 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. A seminar on the creatures' care is slated for 10:30 a.m. Friday; a preview of the animals available for adoption follows from noon to 4 p.m., at which time adoption applications are due. A random drawing at 8 a.m. Saturday determines the order of selection. Animal loading is allowed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 9a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. The adoption fee is $75 per burro, $125 per horse (cash or money order only); each buyer is responsible for transporting the animal to its new home. For more information, or to request the informational booklet So You'd Like to Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro, call 780-8090.
"Wild Winter Nights": Wildlife World Zoo has zoo lights, too. Like Phoenix Zoo's popular ZooLights (see the Events listing), the display features thousands of lights placed strategically around the grounds at the menagerie, 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. Unlike Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo allows some of its critters, including white tigers Sir Lunge-a-Lot and Mrs. Lunge-a-Lot, to stay up late and enjoy the show. "Wild Winter Nights" continues from 5:30 to 9:30 nightly, through February 3. Special admission is $4, free for kids age 2 and under. For details call 935-9453.
at the museum
"Bear With Us": The exhibit at Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson in Mesa, features multimedia representations of bruins of all shapes, sizes and sorts by Joe Baker, Carolyn Lavender, Anne Coe, Linda and Don Asakawa, Tom Franklin, Alonzo Jimenez, Ree Nancarrow and Dick George, plus interactive games and learning activities. It continues through February 2. Admission is $2, free for kids under 2. For details call 644-2467.
"Computer Works": The exhibit explores the elements required to run a computer and how they relate to one another; it continues indefinitely at Arizona Science Center, 147 East Adams. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5p.m. Sundays. Admission is $4.50, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors, free for kids age 3 and younger. For details call 256-9518 or 258-7250.
"The Great Russian Dinosaurs": Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald, presents this major touring exhibition co-sponsored by City of Mesa and Paleontological Institute of Moscow. It features 24 full 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. The American premiere of the installation continues through February 4. Expanded hours are in effect throughout the exhibit's run: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 6p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5, free for kids age 2 and under. For details call 644-2230.