Pat Murphy's "Spring Training" Baseball Camp: The head coach of the Arizona State University baseball squad hosts this multiweek clinic for kids ages 7 to 12. It continues Saturday. Call 965-6085.
NFL Youth Clinic: Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Nat Moore created this motivational event. More than 60 pros teach kids ages 11to 14 the basics from 9a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Packard Stadium on Arizona State University campus in Tempe. Participation is free. For details call 770-0995.
arts and minds
"Dramatic Color Creations" and "Celebrating 40 Years: Many Faces, One World": The former is a workshop in which children ages 6 to 10create acrylic paintings based on the work of artist Max Hammond. The workshop's scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; the fee is $12, $10 for members. "Celebrating 40Years" is an exhibit featuring works by children from Scottsdale and its sister cities: Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. It continues through February 25 in the center's Young at Art Gallery. The creators of the best works, to be picked by a panel of judges, will be announced at a reception scheduled for Thursday; 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.
MLK Jr. Youth Celebration: Workshops, arts and crafts, theatrical performances, a basketball tournament and other motivational and educational events make up this 12th annual event, planned for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Bulpitt Auditorium on Phoenix College campus, 1202 West Thomas. There's no charge for participation, and a free lunch is provided for all. For details call 534-3929 or 846-0758.
"Manners and More" and "Winning Attitudes for Children": Exasperated parents can get their little monsters a behavioral makeover in "Manners," aimed at kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Grammatically and socially challenged youngsters will learn about proper behavior at the table, on thetelephone and during greetings and introductions. The course is scheduled for 2 to 3p.m. Saturdays, through February 10, at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South AllAmerica Way in Tempe. "Winning Attitudes" reinforces kids' self-esteem; it's taught from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays at the center. Each class costs $39. Call 350-5201.
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, or call 837-7779.
"Zooper Bowl" and "Picture This: Focus on Endangered Species": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts these events, both of which seek to enlighten kids about the importance of preserving endangered species. The former is billed as a "Super Bowl for kids"; when questions regarding animals are correctly answered, players gain "yardage." The event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, includes live music and a performance by Intel Corporation's Lawn Chair Brigade. "Picture This" is the latest installment in the zoo's festival "The Celebration of the Natural World"; it continues daily, through January 31. Participation in either event is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and zoo members. Call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
on the stage
Aladdin: Desert Stages, Inc., presents the musical at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through January 28, at 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: Final performances of Jackrabbit and the Desert Tortoise are planned Thursday through Sunday at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4. For details call 277-1275.
Little Women: Valley Youth Theatre presents 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. Call 267-3880.
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