among the animals
Sleepover at Wildlife World Zoo: The fourth annual chaperoned summer series kicks off this week. WWZ staff members escort kids in grades four through eight on a night hike through the zoo and teach them how to paint their own tee shirts. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, and continues until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the 40-acre facility at 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. The cost is $35, $30 for members. Call 935-9453.
Summer Days and Nights at Phoenix Zoo: The menagerie, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts "Zoolympics: The Summer Game," the latest installment in its festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. "Zoolympics" features mental and physical exercises with an animal theme; it continues through Sunday, June 30. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and members. "Sunset Safari," scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, and each Friday, through June 28, features train rides, animal encounters and entertainment; special admission is $4, $3 for members, free for kids 2 and under. A "Summer Night Camp" sleepover for youngsters in grades three through five is scheduled on Saturday, June 8; call 273-1341, extension 7332. For general information, call 273-7771.
at the concert
"Arizona: Sights and Sounds": Southwest Brass performs at this free, multimedia family affair, featuring visuals of unusual flora and fauna of the state. Showtime is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural. For details call 350-5511; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
neckties that bind
Ronald McDonald: The burger-chain spokesjester actually dons power duds--a suit and a tie!--in a new promotion for his namesake chain, but he'll likely be dressed down in his usual, clown-of-the-people fashion during appearances at 1 and 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 930-3537.
Ugly Tie Contest and Celebrity Tie Silent Auction: Through Sunday, June 16 (Father's Day), the Pointe in Tyme restaurant at Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 North Seventh Street, displays customers' worst nightmares in neckwear as part of this third annual benefit for Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The donor of the foulest tie, as judged by VBB/BS volunteers and their charges, will win a trip for two to San Francisco. Bidding in the silent auction, which features autographed donations by former president Jimmy Carter, k.d. lang, Lynn Swann, Jay Leno, Jackson Browne, members of the Phoenix Suns, Dan Aykroyd, Vince Tobin, Jerry Colangelo and many others, continues through noon June 16. Proceeds from sales benefit VBB/BS. Call 264-9254.
on the big screen
"Fun Flicks for Kicks": Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200, hosts this free, all-ages summer series, which kicks off with a screening of Disney's 101 Dalmatians (G) at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Each kid receives a gratis bag of popcorn. For details call 957-6660.
Summer Family Film Series 1996: The City of Tempe-sponsored series continues at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, with a screening of Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (PG) on the southwest side of the lake at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way. The series continues through Wednesday, July 10. For details call 350-5200; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Summer Movie Fun 1996: Harkins Theatres presents its annual youth-film fest, which continues this week with final screenings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie on Thursday, June 6; and Friday, June 7, at Westridge Mall 6 (75th Avenue and Thomas); Bell Towne Centre 8 (Seventh Street and Bell); Paradise Valley 7 (Tatum and Cactus); and Cornerstone 6 (Rural and University in Tempe). A Little Princess plays Monday, June 10; and Tuesday, June 11, at Arcadia 8 (40th Street and Thomas), Bell Tower 8 (51st Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale), Camelview 5 (Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale) and Fiesta 5 (1520 South Longmore in Mesa). More Princess showings are scheduled Wednesday, June 12, at Arcadia 8, Bell Tower 8, Fiesta 5 and Paradise Valley 7. All flicks start at 9:45 a.m. A series pass costs $5; without it, the price is $2 per film. The fun continues through Friday, August 9; movies are rated G or PG. For details call the Harkins Summer Movie Fun Hot Line at 517-2700.
East Valley Reptile Show and Sale: National Turtle and Tortoise Society hosts this event, featuring everyday and exotic varieties of creepy and cuddly crawlers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Tri-City Mall, Dobson and Main in Mesa. Admission is free. For details call 969-2261.