'tis the season
"Brunch With The Velveteen Rabbit": Accompanied kids meet and eat with the cast of Childsplay's "24-carrot" holiday gift to the Valley at this fund raiser. Seatings are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, in the Terrace Dining Room at the Phoenician resort, 6000 East Camelback. Tickets are $25, and include the meal; proceeds benefit the theater troupe. For reservations call 423-2530.
Christmas at Pooh Corner: Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company continues its season with this production about holiday doings in the Hundred-Acre Wood. Final shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, December 20; 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, December 21; and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 22, at the Little Theatre, located at the intersection of Alvarado and Coronado streets. Tickets are $7. For more information, call 254-2151.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The group presents performances of Legend of the Christmas Leprechaun daily, through Tuesday, December 24, at its theater, 3302 North Seventh Street. Tickets are $4.50, $3.50 for members; call 262-2050. (Note: GAPT presents a performance of the Southwestern-flavored Zoner and the Drip at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 21, in Webster Auditorium at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park; call 941-1225.)
"Holidays Around the World": Youngsters learn about seasonal celebrations of other countries at this event, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 21, in the courtyard at Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald. Call 644-2230.
"A Merye Old Christmas": Phoenix Boys Choir is joined by Palo Verde Brass, and harpist Paula Provo for a series of concerts featuring Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" and a staged version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue; 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, at First United Methodist Church, 5510 North Central; 3 p.m. Saturday, December 21, at the same church; and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 22, at La Sala, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Tickets range from $8 to $21, available at the PBC box office and Ticketmaster; call 264-5328 or 784-4444.
"Wild Winter Nights": Wildlife World Zoo has zoo lights, too. Like Phoenix Zoo's ZooLights (see Thursday in Pic Hits), "Wild Winter Nights" features thousands of lights placed strategically around the grounds at the west-side menagerie, located at 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. Unlike Phoenix Zoo, WWZ lets some of its critters stay up late and enjoy the show. Other highlights include "the first penguins ever displayed in the Southwest United States" and a lighted petting zoo. The display continues from 5:30 to 9 nightly (including Christmas and New Year's), through Sunday, January 5. Special admission is $5, free for kids 2 and under. Call 935-9453.
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail: Valley Youth Theatre, located at the Tower Plaza shopping center, 3883 East Thomas, presents another seasonal story about Pooh, Eeyore and pals. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20; noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, December 21; and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 22. Admission is $5. Call 267-3880.
"A Winter Wonderland": A house full of holiday joy awaits kids of all ages at this interactive abode at 4237 West State, seven of whose rooms have been transformed into thematic seasonscapes. Hours are 6 to 10 nightly (including Christmas), through Tuesday, December 31. Admission is free. For details call 937-3482.
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at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: "Face Value: The Art of Portraiture" features works by Andy Warhol, Rudy Turk, Greg Patrenos, Bill Barnhart and others. It continues through Friday, January 17. The museum is located at 35 North Robson in Mesa. The facility's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, December 23. It's closed on Tuesday, December 24; and Wednesday, December 25. Regular hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $2, free for kids under 2. Call 644-2467.
on the stage
Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre: The troupe performs scenes from its upcoming production of Mary Poppins (which opens Thursday, December 26) and croons a few Christmas carols at noon Saturday, December 21, on the patio at the Scottsdale Seville shopping center, 7001 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For details call 967-8714.
arts and minds
"My Future in the Global Community": The exhibit features works by students from Scottsdale and its sister cities of Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. It continues through Sunday, February 2, in the Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. For details call 994-2787.