"Imagination Celebration: The Creativity of Youth of the Colorado Plateau" in Flagstaff: This inaugural event includes music, dance and theatre performances, storytelling, a juried art fair and more. It's scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25; and the same hours Sunday, May 26, at Museum of Northern Arizona, located three miles north of Flag on U.S. Highway 180. A related exhibition, "Traveling Trunks and Treasures: The Heritage of Children's Art at the Museum of Northern Arizona," opens Saturday and continues through Sunday, September 15. MONA admission is $5, $4 for seniors, $3 for students, $2 for kids ages 7 to 17. For details call 1-520-774-5213.
arts and minds
"Poets and Painters": The touring exhibit of multimedia works by students at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the result of a program called "art engineering," an intensive, kid-led exploration of the art-instruction techniques of tomorrow. The installation continues through Sunday, August 18, in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. For details call 994-2787.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: This week's performances of The Three Little Pigs are at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, May 24; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26; and 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through Sunday, June 9. Admission is $4.50. For details call 277-1275.
The Ransom of Red Chief: Two bumbling kidnapers get their comeuppance when they snatch an infamous brat named Johnny Dorset--a.k.a. "Red Chief"--and find that they have to pay to return him. Valley Youth Theatre, located at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas, presents final performances of the musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Admission is $4.50. For more information, call 267-3880.
The Ugly Duckling: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of the fairy tale. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, June 2. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: The "Woodwork" exhibit, featuring pieces by Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay, David V. Draper, Virginia Dotson, Mark S. Weiss and Lynne Oulman, Paula Cooperrider, and Todd Hoyer, continues through Friday, May 24. The museum is located at 35 North Robson in Mesa. Call 644-2467.
Mesa Southwest Museum: Models, fossils and skeleton fragments are displayed in the permanent exhibit "Dinosaurs of the Southwest." The center is located at 53 North Macdonald. Call 644-2230.
among the animals
"H2O! Respect for Water": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. "Respect" features activities centering on that cool, clear stuff that's so precious here in the desert; it continues through Friday, May 31. Call 273-1341.
Pat Murphy's Baseball Clinics: The head coach of the Arizona State University baseball squad hosts final pitching and hitting sessions for kids ages 7 to 12 at Packard Stadium, First Street and Rural in Tempe, on Saturday, May 25. Murphy hosts a summer baseball camp for kids from Monday, May 27, through Thursday, June 6, in Fountain Hills. For details call 965-3707.