up in the air
Arizona Model Aviators Show: Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this show and sale of radio-controlled airplanes, helicopters and other mechanized models, as well as related accessories. It starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 6, at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 North Center. Admission is $2. For details call 396-9693 or 644-2242.
Discover Aviation Day: Mesa's Falcon Field, 4800 Falcon Drive, hosts this free event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 5. Kids ages 7 to 17 get free airplane rides. Other highlights include fly-bys, displays of vintage aircraft, aerobatics, and half-price admission to the nearby Champlin Fighter Museum, 4636 East Fighter Aces Drive. For details call 644-4233.
Cowtown Reopening: The northwest Valley movie set and faux western town, featuring shoot-outs, gold panning, a general store, Miss Kitty's Saloon and more, is back for another go-round. The reopening celebration is slated for 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 4. The facility is located near the intersection of 99th Avenue and the Carefree Highway. Admission is $3, free for kids age 10 and under. Call 230-9000.
arts and minds
John Pierce: The professional storyteller presents a program titled "Multicultural Animal Folktales" and targeted at kids ages 3 to 10. Showtime is 11 a.m. Sunday, October 6, at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109. Admission is free. For details call 966-0203.
Saturday Performing Arts Series: The City of Tempe sponsors the series, which introduces youngsters to the fine arts. It opens with a program at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 5, in Edna Vihel Activity Building, 3340 South Rural. Admission is $2 for children age 2 and up; one adult is admitted free with each kid. For details call 350-5160; the TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
at the museum
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting: The traveling exhibit "Happy Birthday, Smokey," celebrating the history and future of 52-year-old fire-prevention spokesbruin Smokey Bear and providing illumination about fire and firefighting, continues through Saturday, November 30, at the museum, 6101 East Van Buren. For details call 275-3473.
on the stage
Charlotte's Web: Childsplay has opened its 20th season with Joseph Robinette's adaptation of the E.B. White classic about a couple of unlikely, but true, friends: the magical title spider and the naive pig named Wilbur. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 4; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 5; and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 6, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors. Call 252-8497 or 350-8101.
Curiouser and Curiouser: See Thursday in Pic Hits.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The troupe presents Hotel Saguaro at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 5, in Webster Auditorium at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park; admission is free with the regular garden fee of $6, $5 for seniors, $1 for children ages 5 to 12 (call 941-1225). GAPT presents The Three Wishes at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200; admission is free (957-6660).
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre presents the Halloween-themed work, starring the Peanuts gang and--Linus hopes--the Great Pumpkin. Opening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 4; 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, October 6, at Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East Second Street in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, October 20. Tickets are $5. For reservations and details, call 990-7646.