National Night Out 1996: Many Valley cities and neighborhoods will join the 13th annual nationwide commemoration of crime-busting and self-defense, which teaches kids and their families how to protect their property and their persons. The biggest local event is slated for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, at Enchanted Island, located at Encanto Park, 15th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard. Entertainment and various demonstrations are scheduled, and admission is free; call 254-1200. Mesa and Tempe also plan gratis NNO activities on Tuesday; call 644-3692 or 350-8305, respectively, for details. For information about the Greater Coronado Neighborhood Association's event on Tuesday at Coronado Park, 13th Street and Palm Lane, call 261-7514.
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. Casper (PG) screens at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3. Each movie is preceded by a public-safety or community-awareness presentation. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance. For details call 829-6668.
Summer Movie Fun 1996: The Harkins Theatres chain presents its annual youth-film fest, which continues this week with final screenings of The Indian in the Cupboard on Thursday, August 1; and Friday, August 2, at Westridge Mall 6 (75th Avenue and Thomas); Bell Towne Centre 8 (Seventh Street and Bell); Paradise Valley 7 (Tatum and Cactus); and Cornerstone 6 (Rural and University in Tempe). Jumanji plays Monday, August 5; and Tuesday, August 6, at Arcadia 8 (40th Street and Thomas), Bell Tower 8 (51st Avenue and Bell in Glendale), Camelview 5 (Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale) and Fiesta 5 (1520 South Longmore in Mesa). More Jumanji showings are scheduled Wednesday, August 7, at Arcadia 8, Bell Tower 8, Fiesta 5 and Paradise Valley 7. Admission is $2. 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.
"Bring In the Clowns": Rawhide, 23023 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, hosts this third annual celebration in honor of National Clown Week. More than 75 of the circus performers waddle down Main Street of the faux Old West town beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 3. Entertainment by mimes, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters and balloon sculptors follows. A fireworks display wraps things up at about 9:30. Admission is free. For details call 502-1880.
Ronald McDonald: The burger-chain spokesjester is scheduled to make an appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 1, at Palo Verde Branch Library, 4402 North 51st Avenue. Admission is free. For details call 262-6805.
at the concert
The Hat Band: The old-timey group continues City of Mesa's 1996 "Summer Spotlite" series on Wednesday, August 7. Three shows, all in Mesa, are planned: 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. Admission is free; registration is required for the Dobson Ranch show. The series concludes on Wednesday, August 14. For details call 644-2242.
among the animals
Summer Days and Nights at Phoenix Zoo: The menagerie, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts a sleepover for kids in grades six through nine on Friday, August 2; 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 August's entry. For general information, call 273-1341 or 273-7771.
arts and minds
"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.
"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.
at the museum
Arizona Museum for Youth: "Fly, Float & Locomote: Transportation in Art" features mixed-media representational works about how to get from here to there by Laurie Campbell, David Gilhooly, Jamie Maverick, Luis Jimenez, Robert McCall and others. The exhibit continues through Friday, September 13, at the museum, 35 North Robson in Mesa. Various workshops and related special events are scheduled; call 644-3690 for details. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $2, free for kids under 2. For general information, call 644-2467.
Arizona Science Center: Kids catch a good case of the hives in "Meet the Bees," a look at the amazing way the title critters work together. The program's scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 7; participation is free with regular admission: $4.50, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors, gratis for those age 3 and younger. The "TechZone 1996" exhibit features information and hands-on displays about the latest scientific innovations, from voice-recognition devices to air bags; it continues through Monday, September 2. The center is located at 147 East Adams. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For details call 256-9518 or 258-7250.
Mesa Southwest Museum: "Kuykendall Doll and Figure Collection," featuring about 350 of the title creations, continues through Sunday, September 29, in Community Gallery. The center is located at 53 North Macdonald. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $4, $3.50 for seniors and students with ID, $2 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for those younger. For details call 644-2230.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The troupe presents final performances of Jack and the Beanstalk at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, August 1; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, August 2; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, August 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 4, at its theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4.50. For details call 277-1275.
Out of the Box: Tucson's Elise Forier wrote this story about outcast kids who take a journey to a place where they can fit in without compromising their true selves. Performances of the show, a product of Kerr Cultural Center's inaugural Children's Summer Workshop, are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, August 2; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 4, at the center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Admission is $7.50, $5.50 for students and seniors. For details call 965-5377.
West Side Valley Youth Theatre, located at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas, presents the musical, a contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet. Opening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 4. The production continues through Sunday, August 18. Admission is $6; proceeds benefit Mothers Against Gangs (MAG) and Phoenix Police Department's Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. For reservations and details, call 267-3880.
The Wizard of Oz: Desert Stages, Inc., takes a trip to the merry old land of Oz. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 2; 1, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3; and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, August 4, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. For details call 483-1664.