neckties that bind
Ugly Tie Contest and Celebrity Tie Silent Auction: Beginning Saturday, June 1, the Pointe in Tyme restaurant at Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 North Seventh Street, will display 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 at noon Sunday, June 16 (Father's Day), will win a weekend trip for two 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, opens Saturday and closes at noon June 16. Proceeds from sales benefit VBB/BS. Call 264-9254.
on the big screen
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: See Wednesday in Pic Hits.
Summer Family Film Series 1996: The City of Tempe-sponsored series kicks off at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, with a screening of Operation Dumbo Drop (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 opens this week with screenings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie on Monday, June 3; and Tuesday, June 4, at Arcadia 8 (40th Street and Thomas), Bell Tower 8 (51st Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale), Camelview 5 (Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale) and Fiesta 5 (1520 South Longmore in Mesa). More Power Rangers showings are scheduled Wednesday, June 5, at Arcadia 8, Bell Tower 8, Fiesta 5 and Paradise Valley 7 (Tatum and Cactus). 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.
among the animals
"H2O! Respect for Water" and "Zoolympics: The Summer Game": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installments in its educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. "Respect" features activities centering on that cool, clear stuff that's such a precious commodity here in the desert; it continues through Friday, May 31. In honor of the upcoming summer games in Atlanta, "Zoolympics" features interactive mental and physical exercises with an animal theme; it begins Saturday, June 1, and continues through Sunday, June 30. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and members. For details call 273-1341.
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"Star Gazing": City of Tempe's free Summer Outdoor Adventure Series begins at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, with this program, featuring telescope viewing of the night sky and a slide presentation by Richard Walker of Saguaro Astronomy Club. 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
Mesa Southwest Museum: "Kuykendall Doll and Figure Collection," a recent gift to the museum featuring about 350 of the title creations, is displayed Friday, May 31, through Sunday, September 29, in Community Gallery. The center is located at 53 North Macdonald. For details call 644-2230.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: This week's performances of The Three Little Pigs are at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, May 31; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2; and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. The production continues through Sunday, June 9. Admission is $4.50. For details call 277-1275.
The Ugly Duckling: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of the fairy tale. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1; and 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.