You deserve a breakdance today. The ASU Hip Hop Coalition boogies into Burton Barr Library's Teen Central this Saturday, October 18, for a hip-hop hoedown. From 2 to 4 p.m., DJ demos set the beat as breakdancers, graffiti artists and freestylers take to the floor, and participants ages 12 to 18 learn all the tight moves from the 90-member student dance squad. Sure, it's gonna make you sweat, but the free event will set the mind in motion as well. "We'll be discussing the origins and the four main elements of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, breaking and graffiting," explains Tina Lee, Coalition co-director. "The HHC is collaborating with other talented Valley groups for demonstrations of each element."
Indeed, this is a Coalition with a mission: To bring hip-hop clinics and history lessons to students across the Valley, targeting schools that can't afford to offer dance instruction.
Get your nature-themed merit badges
Nature's calling: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18, Valley Cub Scouts can rack up nature-themed merit badges at the Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald, where activity stations will focus on reptiles, mammals, insects, trees and plants. Cost is $3; call 480-644-3071 to register. - Jill Koch
Builders needed in Scottsdale
Finding a perfect fit in the plastic capital of the free world, LEGO's "What Will YOU Make, Arizona" Challenge is setting up shop in Scottsdale -- at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 15335 North Northsight. From Friday, October 17, through Sunday, October 19, budding builders can learn stacking strategies from a LEGO MasterBuilder and add to the LEGO Phoenix skyline. See www.LEGO.com/create. - Jill Koch