EarthFest '96: Valley Forward Association sponsors this free, hands-on environmental expo for kids of all ages, featuring interactive and educational exhibits illustrating the importance of conservation efforts and practical ways to implement them. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 19; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Arizona Center, Third Street and Van Buren. For details call 240-2408 or 949-4353. For information about Saturday's Earth Day '96 Festival at Desert Sky Pavilion, see Pic Hits.
Hop for Life: The Desert Mountain States chapter of Leukemia Society of America has found a way to harness one of the Earth's great untapped natural resources--the energy of kids. In this annual event, children jump up and down for two minutes. At the end of that time, the number of bounces is tallied, and friends and relatives who have pledged a certain amount of money ante up; the proceeds benefit LSA's programs. The event continues at various Valley locations on Thursday, April 18; and Friday, April 19. For details call 788-8622.
Phoenix All-American Soap Box Derby: This fourth annual Valley preliminary to August's world finals in Akron, Ohio, features co-ed racing in four divisions. The gravity-aided fun starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 21, on a 1,200-foot track on Thunderbird Road between Seventh Street and Cave Creek Road. A parade follows at 10:45; the celebrity race, featuring Tom Sneva and Alex Logan, is scheduled at 11. Viewing is free. For details call 808-8059 or 345-2192.
arts and minds
"The Children's Hour": The Leo Club at Estrella Mountain Community College Center, 3000 North Dysart in Avondale, presents this free, twice-yearly event for junior and senior citizens, a storytelling session named after the Lillian Hellman play and dedicated to fostering an appreciation of literature. It starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the community room at the college's Estrella Hall. For details call 935-8470.
"Paint Out": Scottsdale Artists League hosts a final hands-on session about art and how to make it from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park. Participation is free with regular admission: $6, $5 for seniors, $1 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for younger kids. For details call 941-1225.
"Taste of Art": Tempe Arts Center, located at Tempe Beach Park, First Street and Mill, hosts "'Specially for My Mom!", the final entry in this series of introductory classes for children ages 7 to 11, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20. Artist Mary Chuduk teaches kids how to make enamel gifts. The fee is $15, $12 for members. Call 968-0888.
among the animals
"Peoples of the Sonoran Desert": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Peoples," kids learn about the cultures and traditions of Native Americans; it continues through Tuesday, April 30. 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 details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
on the stage
The Falcon: Childsplay wraps up its 19th season with this production, adapted by playwright Gregory L. Palmer from an eastern-European folktale titled "Fenist, the Bright Falcon." Set in the 1850s, the play centers on a Russian family visited by a stranger who promises to pay for her supper by relating a tale about a prince disguised as a bird. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20; and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The play is appropriate for kids age 5 and up. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors. Call 252-8497 or 350-8101.
Little Legends and Tall Tales: Theater Works performs this work involving American folk heroes John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Calamity Jane, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull and others at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free. For details call 930-3537.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of the fairy tale. This week's shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19; 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20; and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, May 12. Call 483-1664.