"Libraries, Lizards & Snakes, Oh My!": Arizona Herpetological Association hosts presentations/discussions about various creepy and cuddly crawlers at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street; and at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Dobson Ranch Branch Library, 2425 South Dobson in Mesa. Admission is free. Call 644-2705.
"Lizards & Snakes": Valley children's author Erik Stoops presents this program (which is unrelated to the one above) at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free. For details call 930-3537.
"Gold Prospecting in Arizona": City of Tempe's free Summer Outdoor Adventure Series continues at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, with this hands-on program about panning techniques and using a metal detector to locate those evasive nuggets. Meet on the southwest side of the lake at Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue and All-America Way. The series continues through Tuesday, July 2. For details call 350-5200; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: "Fly, Float & Locomote: Transportation in Art" features mixed-media representational works about how to get from here to there--wherever "there" might be--by Laurie Campbell, Jamie Maverick, Luis Jimenez, Robert McCall, David Gilhooly and others. The exhibit opens Friday, June 14, and continues through Friday, September 13, at the museum, 35 North Robson in Mesa. Various workshops and related special events are scheduled; call 644-3690. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For general information, call 644-2467.
Arizona Science Center: "TechZone 1996" features information and hands-on displays about the latest scientific innovations, from voice-recognition devices to air bags; the exhibit continues through Monday, September 2, at the center, 147 East Adams. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For details call 256-9518 or 258-7250.
Heard Museum "Family Fun Day": The Heard, 22 East Monte Vista, hosts this summer series. This month's entry is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and features hands-on activities related to the museum's installations "Classics and Dazzlers: Textiles From the Fred Harvey Company Collection" and "Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art" (see the Art Exhibits listing). For details call 252-8840.
Mesa Southwest Museum: "Kuykendall Doll and Figure Collection," a recent gift to the museum featuring about 350 of the title creations, continues through Sunday, September 29, in Community Gallery. Models, fossils and skeleton fragments are exhibited in the permanent installation "Dinosaurs of the Southwest." The center is located at 53 North Macdonald. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 644-2230.
arts and minds
"Summer Solstice": This mixed-media exhibition of works by students at the Art Ventures studio for kids continues through Friday, June 21, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For details call 965-5377.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The group presents performances of Cinderella at 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. Admission is free; call 930-3537. GAPT performs Hotel Saguaro, a tale about our own Sonoran Desert, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Webster Auditorium at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park. Admission is free with the regular garden entrance fee: $6, $5 for seniors, $1 for children ages 5 to 12; younger kids and members are admitted free. Call 941-1225.
The Little Mermaid: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of the Hans Christian Andersen story. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15; and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Call 483-1664.
Little Red Snares the Wolf and Little Red and the Hoods: Valley Youth Theatre, located at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas, presents these twin updates of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. The former won the Best Play of the Year award at London, England's Player-Playwrights competition. The latter is an audience-participation story filled with valuable lessons about how kids can protect themselves against stranger danger. Opening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Call 267-3880.