Wiener Dog Nationals 1996: The second annual running of the amateur hounds--specifically, dachshunds and bassets--is slated for Saturday at Phoenix Greyhound Park, 3801 East Washington. Various hot-dog heats take place between the regular greyhound competitions, which begin at 7:30 p.m.; the gates open at 6. General admission is $1.50, $3 for the clubhouse; reservations are suggested. Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Arizona. For details call 273-7181.
join the club
Ann M. Martin: The author of The Baby-Sitters Club book series signs copies of her works from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard behind Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a"gently" used book for donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley; the Ann M. Martin Foundation will also donate $500 to the organization. Call 966-0203.
friends in need
"Does Your Pet Have Bad Breath?": A veterinarian will demonstrate the proper way to brush your pet's teeth, and Bernie Bernard, the official mascot of Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, will make an appearance atthis educational event for kids ages 6 to 12, set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix Central Library, 1221 North Central. Admission is free, but registration is required; call 262-6625.
Spay Day U.S.A.: Arizona Humane Society, Concerned Arizonans for Animal Rights and Ethics (CAARE) and other local organizations are scheduled to participate in this second annual, Doris Day Animal League-sponsored campaign to curb unwanted animal births and to save the lives of millions of already-born dogs and cats. It's scheduled Tuesday; for details call 997-7585 or 265-7729.
arts and minds
"East Meets West: A Hands-On Art Experience": Asa preliminary to City of Phoenix's Japan Week celebration (see the Events listing), docents from Phoenix Art Museum present this kid-aimed program about Asian art and poetry. It's scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Mesquite Branch Library, 4525 Paradise Village Parkway North. Call 262-7299.
"Eighth Grade Group Show": Students from Phoenix's Ingleside Middle School show off and sell their creations in this installation, which continues through March 8 at Scottsdale's Wilde-Meyer Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way. The public/private partnership is designed to support art in the schools and to teach kids the intricacies ofpreparing such a show. Viewing is free; proceeds from sales benefit Ingleside's arts program. For details call 945-2323.
"Lizards, Snakes and Cheetahs": Art Ventures presents this exhibit of clay works by a dozen of the studio's young artists. It continues through Wednesday at Scottsdale's Literate Lizard, 10855 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Suite 100. Admission is free. Viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Call 860-8689 or 996-6468.
among the animals
"Africa! Alive": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its festival "The Celebration ofthe Natural World," which continues through September. In "Africa! Alive," continuing through February 29, kids learn about the animals of the African continent via music, mask-making sessions, storytelling and other events. 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. For details 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, opens Friday and continues through May 24. The museum is located at 35 North Robson in Mesa. Admission is $2, free for kids under 2. For details call 644-2467.
Arizona Science Center: The center celebrates National Engineers Week, through Saturday, with various events. The "Computer Works" exhibit explores the elements required to runa computer and how they relate to one another; it continues indefinitely. The facility is located at 147 East Adams. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Unless noted, participation in all events is free with regular admission: $4.50, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors, free for those age 3 and younger. For details call 256-9518 or 258-7250.
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 April 28 at the center, 53North Macdonald. Models, fossils andskeleton fragments are displayed in thepermanent exhibit "Dinosaurs of theSouthwest." Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5, free for kids age 2 and under. For details call 644-2230.
on the stage
Alice in Wonderland: Desert Stages, Inc., presents the Lewis Carroll story about the little girl who falls down a rabbit hole. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 10, at 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Annie Warbucks: Valley Youth Theatre presents the sequel to Annie. This week's performances are at 7:30p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. The production continues through March 3. Admission is $4.50. For details call 267-3880.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: Final performances of My Prehistoric Birthday Present, about a boy who receives a dinosaur egg as a gift, are at 10 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 2p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4. Call 277-1275.
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom: Mesa Youtheatre continues its season with Louis Sachar's comedy about a bully named Bradley. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Mesa Arts Center, 155North Center. The play continues through March 3. Tickets are $7, $5 for kids under 18. For details call 644-2560 or 644-2881.
Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph: Childsplay continues its 19th season with an in-the-round production of Edward Mast's play about a young boy raised by wolves and "rescued" by a minister and his family. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 10, at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors. For details call 350-8112.