Pat Murphy's "Spring Training" Baseball Camp: The head coach of the Arizona State University baseball squad hosts this five-week clinic for those ages 7 to 12. It starts Saturday, with more sessions slated for January 20 and February 3, 10 and 17. The fee is $80; participation in an advanced pitching clinic is an additional $45. Call 965-6085.
"Legends of the Stars": Starlight Planetarium Productions presents this free program about the constellations. Shows are at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street, and at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 East Southern in Mesa. Preregistration is required; call 644-2705 or 644-3184.
at the museum
"The Great Russian Dinosaurs": Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald, presents this exhibition cosponsored 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. Call 644-2230.
arts and minds
"Celebrating 40 Years: Many Faces, One World": The exhibit features works by kids from Scottsdale and its sister cities: Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. It continues through February 25 in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The creators of the best works, to be picked by a panel of judges, will be announced at a reception scheduled for January 18; the first-place finisher receives a cash award of $300 and automatic entry in the Sister Cities International competition in Boston in the spring. Admission and viewing are free. For details call 994-2787.
on the stage
Aladdin: Desert Stages, Inc., presents themusical at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through January 28, at its home, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: Performances ofJackrabbit and theDesert Tortoise are planned Thursday through Sunday and Wednesday at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through January 21. Admission is $4. Call 277-1275.
Little Women: Valley Youth Theatre presents its take on the Louisa May Alcott story. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5p.m. Sunday at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. Admission is $4.50. Call 267-3880.
among the animals
Out of Africa Cubs: Two baby 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 itsfestival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Picture This," continuing through January 31, kids learn about efforts to preserve endangered species. Participation is free with regular admission. Call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
"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 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.