Mary Hollan's "Pocketful of Miracles": The vocalist/keyboard player performs original songs and Disney tunes at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 17, in the Kids' Amphitheater at the Borders Books & Music store at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa. Admission is free. For details call 833-2244.
Teen Television "Program": Kids in grades seven through 12 learn how to make their own TV commercials in hands-on sessions led by Hans Kistner, a former broadcaster. The children will separate into teams, and, battling the real-life constraints of budgets and deadlines, create 15- or 30-second commercials for Glendale Public Library. The program is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 17; and the same hours Saturday, August 24, at the library, 5959 West Brown. It's free, but registration is required; those who sign up must be able to attend both days. For details call 930-3537.
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 big screen
"Float-In" Flicks: City of Tempe hosts the 1996 edition of this always-fun series, which features simultaneous viewing of movies and swimming in the cool pool at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way. The monthly series continues with a screening of Operation Dumbo Drop (PG) at 8 p.m. Friday, August 16; open swimming precedes at 6:30. Admission is $4, $2 for kids ages 3 to 17. Raft or tube rental, required for those who want to get wet, is an additional $3. For details call 350-5201; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
"Free Family Movie Series": The series at Valley Art Theatre, 509 South Mill in Tempe, concludes on Saturday, August 17, with a screening of All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (G). Showtime is 11 a.m.; a community-awareness presentation precedes. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance. For details call 829-6668.
"Fun Flicks for Kicks": Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200, hosts this free, all-ages series, which continues with a screening of The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective (G) at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 15. Each kid receives a gratis bag of popcorn. For details call 957-6660.
at the museum
Heard Museum "Family Fun Day": The Heard, 22 East Monte Vista, hosts the final entry in its summer series from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 17. The fun includes hands-on and interactive activities related to the museum's permanent installation "Native Peoples of the Southwest." Participation is free with regular admission. For details call 252-8840.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The troupe presents performances of Rapunzel at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, August 15; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, August 16; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17; 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18; and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, at its theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through Sunday, September 8. Admission is $4.50. For details call 277-1275.
West Side Valley Youth Theatre, located at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas, presents the musical, a contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15; 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18. Admission is $6; proceeds benefit Mothers Against Gangs (MAG) and Phoenix Police Department's Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. For more information, call 267-3880.