Chicago Fest: Six shows by ageless kiddy star Bozo the Clown highlight Mesa's annual salute to the City of Big Shoulders, scheduled for 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 15; 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and noon to 4p.m. Sunday, March 17, at HoHoKam Park, 1235 North Center. Also on the agenda: a couple of Chicago Cubs home matches (seethe "Cactus League" subsection in the Sports listing); scheduled appearances by Cubs Sammy Sosa and Steve Stone and Chicago Bears Mark Carrier, Kevin Miniefield and Ryan Wetnight; music by polka, blues and jazz acts; a motion-simulation theatre; and the Chicago Walk of Fame. Admission is free. For details call 833-7150.
Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale: West Phoenix Doll Club hosts the annual event, slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and the same hours Sunday, March 17, in Exhibit Hall C at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $4, $3.50 with a donation of two canned goods for St. Mary's Food Bank. For details call 846-4540.
among the animals
"Discover Arizona!": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. In "Arizona!", kids learn about the state of our state in sessions focusing on conservation, recreation and cuisine; it continues through Sunday, March 31. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and zoo members. Call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: The "Woodwork" exhibition, featuring pieces by Paula Cooperrider, Virginia Dotson, David V. Draper, Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay, Todd Hoyer, Mark S. Weiss and Lynne Oulman, continues through Friday, May 24. The museum is located at 35 North Robson in Mesa. Call 644-2467.
Arizona Science Center: The "Computer Works" exhibit explores the elements required to run a computer and how they relate to one another; it continues indefinitely. The facility is located at 147 East Adams. Call 256-9518.
Mesa Southwest Museum: The touring exhibition "The Great Russian Dinosaurs," featuring 24 full skeletons, remains of dino nests, eggs and hatchlings, skulls and dozens ofother specimens collected this century from sites in Russia and Mongolia, continues through Sunday, April 28, at the center, 53 North Macdonald. Models, fossils and skeleton fragments are displayed in the permanent exhibit "Dinosaurs of the Southwest." Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For details call 644-2230.
on the stage
Cinderella: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a modern version of the fairy tale at 1 and 3p.m. Saturday, March 16; and the same times Sunday, March 17, in the theatre at Desert Mountain High School, 12575 East Via Linda in Scottsdale. Tickets range from $6 to $12. Call 483-1664.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street, presents final performances of Goldilocks at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, March 15; 10a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and 2p.m. Sunday, March 17. The Bunny Brigade opens with a show at 10a.m. Wednesday, March 20, and continues through Easter Sunday, April 7. Admission is $4. Call 277-1275.
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"Hot Topics for Teens: Surviving in the '90s": ThePositive Force Players ensemble performs this topical series of theatrical scenes about dating, teen pressure, gangs and drug abuse at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in theSaguaro Room at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street; a discussion follows. The free show is targeted at kids ages 12 to 18; parents are welcome. Call 644-2734.
The Revenge of the Space Pandas: Valley Youth Theatre's production of playwright David Mamet's time-warp adventure about spotted mammals in space opens with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. The rest of this week's shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Space Pandas continues through Sunday, March 31. Admission is $4.50. Call 267-3880.
Tom Sawyer and Friends: Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company continues its season with this variation on Mark Twain's story about the clever cutup. Final shows are at 2 and 4p.m. Saturday, March 16; and the same times Sunday, March 17, at Playhouse on the Park at Dial Corporate Center, Central and Palm Lane. Call 254-2151.