Ronald McDonald: The burger-chain spokesjester clowns around with his public on Thursday, July 11, at Ocotillo Branch Library, 102 West Southern (call 262-6694); on Monday, July 15, at Glendale City Council Chambers, 5850 West Glendale Avenue (930-3437); and on Tuesday, July 16, at Yucca Branch Library, 5648 North 15th Avenue (call 262-6788). All of the free sessions start at 2 p.m.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse: Disney's happy pair of oversize mice are scheduled to appear at the Disney Store at Metrocenter, I-17 and Peoria, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Mickey and Minnie will alternate half-hour time slots. Admission is free. For details call 331-3002.
at the concert
Harare: The Valley group continues City of Mesa's 1996 "Summer Spotlite" series with a performance of music from South Africa. Three shows, all in Mesa, are planned on Wednesday, July 17: at 10 a.m. at Dobson Ranch Branch Library, 2425 South Dobson; at 12:30 p.m. in Center Court at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 East Southern; and at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street. The weekly series continues through Wednesday, August 14. Admission to all performances is free; registration is required for the Dobson Ranch show. For details call 644-2242.
among the animals
"Falconry": Bill Brandel and his trained hunting bird enlighten kids about the title sport at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Palo Verde Branch Library, 4402 North 51st Avenue. Admission is free. For details call 262-6805.
"Meet a Park Ranger and Her Horse": Ranger Janine Baran shows off her equine partner and talks about her job in this program, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Ironwood Branch Library, 4333 East Chandler Boulevard in Phoenix. Admission is free. For details call 534-1901.
Sleepover at Wildlife World Zoo: The fourth annual chaperoned summer series continues this week. WWZ staff members escort kids in grades four through eight on a night hike through the zoo and teach them how to paint their own tee shirts. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, and continues until 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the facility, 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. The next sleepover is slated for Friday, July 26. The cost is $35, $30 for members, which includes all materials, plus dinner and breakfast. For registration and other information, call 935-9453.
Summer Days and Nights at Phoenix Zoo: The menagerie, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts a "Summer Night Camp" sleepover for youngsters in grades three through five on Friday, July 12; for prices and registration details, call 273-1341, extension 7332. The educational festival "The Celebration of the Natural World" continues through September; call for details about July's entry. For general information, call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
arts and minds
"Children Helping Children": The exhibit, a fund raiser for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, features mixed-media works by professional artists and young art students. It opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 11, and continues through Saturday, July 13, at C. Jackson Gallery and Studio, 7012 East Main in Scottsdale. Donations are accepted. For details call 947-8185.
"MACbest: Annual Student Art Exhibition": The juried exhibition of works by Mesa Arts Center students opens Tuesday, July 16, and continues through Saturday, July 27, at the center's Galeria Mesa, 155 North Center. Admission is free. For details call 644-2242.
"Poets and Painters": The touring exhibit of multimedia works by students at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the result of a program called "art engineering," an intensive, kid-led exploration of the art-instruction techniques of tomorrow. The installation continues through Sunday, August 18, in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. For details call 994-2787.
show and tale
Leticia Pizzino: The professional storyteller does her thing at 1 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 Civic Center Boulevard (call 994-2449); and at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Mustang Library, 10101 North 90th Street in Scottsdale (call 391-6028). Both events are free, but they require registration.
"Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs" in Flagstaff: New Jersey artist Gary concocts giant dino sculpture out of old auto parts, and about 20 of his labors of love are displayed through Sunday, November 3, at the Museum of Northern Arizona, located three miles north of Flag on U.S. Highway 180. The entrance fee, which doesn't include admission to the museum proper, is $6, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids ages 2 to 12. For details call 1-520-774-5213.
on the big screen
"Free Family Movie Series": Valley Art Theatre, 509 South Mill in Tempe, hosts this weekly series, which continues through Saturday, August 17. Balto (G) screens at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13. Each movie is preceded by a public-safety or community-awareness presentation. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance. Call 829-6668.