Bill Watters and Air Major: Watters may drive the van and pay the bills, but the real star of this famous team is hardworking, disk-snagging pup Air Major. The duo does its thing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, on the north lawn at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. Admission is free. Call 644-2705.
neckties that bind
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, wins a trip 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 Sunday. Proceeds from sales benefit VBB/BS. Call 264-9254.
catch a wave
Father's Day at the Wave Pool: Dads receive free admission to the cool pool and its companion water slide at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way in Tempe, from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Father's Day--Sunday, June 16--if they're accompanied by their families and/or if they present photos of their kids. Regular admission is $6, $3 for children. Raft and tube rentals are an additional $3 to $6. Call 350-5201; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
at the wingding
Bird Mart: Thousands of avians are on display and various supplies are on sale at this extravaganza, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, in Exhibit Hall A at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $3, free for accompanied kids under 12. Call 262-7272.
Phineas T. Firebird: The mascot for the Phoenix Firebirds (see the Sports listing) puts in a free appearance from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Tri-City Mall, Dobson and Main in Mesa. For details call 969-2261.
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 continues with a screening of Winnie the Pooh (G) at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13. 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 19, with a screening of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (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 A Little Princess on Thursday, June 13; and Friday, June 14, 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). Balto plays Monday, June 17; and Tuesday, June 18, at Arcadia 8 (40th Street and Thomas), Bell Tower 8 (51st Avenue and Bell in Glendale), Camelview 5 (Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale) and Fiesta 5 (1520 South Longmore in Mesa). More Balto showings are scheduled Wednesday, June 19, 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 silver-screen fun continues through Friday, August 9; all movies are rated G or PG. For details call the Harkins Summer Movie Fun Hot Line at 517-2700.
at the concert
Mary Hollan's Pocketful of Miracles: The vocalist/keyboard player performs original songs and Disney tunes at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, in the Program Room at Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural. Admission is free. Hollan plans a second show at the same location on Saturday, June 22. For details call 350-5522; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
Immature: (With Quindon.) See Monday in Pic Hits.
"Outer Space": Southwest Brass performs at this all-ages affair, scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Glendale City Council Chambers, 5850 West Glendale Avenue. Admission is free. For details call 930-3437.
among the animals
Sleepover at Wildlife World Zoo: The fourth annual chaperoned summer series continues 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 14, and continues until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the 40-acre facility at 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. The next sleepover is slated for Friday, June 21. The cost is $35, $30 for members, which includes all materials, plus dinner and breakfast. For registration and other information, 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 educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. "Zoolympics" features interactive 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, gratis for younger children and members. "Sunset Safari," scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and each Friday in June, features train rides, animal encounters and entertainment. Special admission is $4, $3 for members; kids 2 and under get in free. For details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.