Oz Fest

Lions and tigers and a buffet? Oh, my. Starting Thursday, July 3, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre West, 5247 East Brown in Mesa, presents The Wizard of Oz. No word on whether the production will be timed, like the film, in synch with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, but with a professional cast of actors and classic songs like "Over the Rainbow" and "We're Off to See the Wizard," who could possibly put on headphones? Even better, at the performance on Saturday, July 5, the oldest living original munchkin from the film, Margaret Pelligrini, will be on hand to sign autographs. Regular performances start with dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, matinees begin at 11:45 a.m., and the Sunday-evening twilight show starts at 5:30 p.m. The show continues through August 23. Ticket prices range from $22 to $39; call 480-325-6700 or see www.broadwaypalmwest.com for reservations. - Brendan Joel Kelley


Just say "nose"

Tue 7/8
Moms and dads, you probably won't want to smoke any of your "special cigarettes" before heading down to the Mesa Public Library, 64 East First Street, on Tuesday, July 8, when the Sheriff's K9 Unit will be stopping by to demonstrate the doggies' sniffing abilities.

Part of the Youth Activity Center's summer reading program, the dogs and officers will be on hand from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to show the kids how the dogs are handled and trained to sniff bombs and, well, you know. Call 480-644-2705 for more information. - Brendan Joel Kelley

Lava Affair

Hot time at the Gardens

Tue 7/8
Hopi Buttes, Sentinel Plain, Geronimo . . . sounds like a list of breakfast combinations at a truck stop, right? Wrong. These are the names of some of the 12 volcanic fields that exist right here in Arizona. On Tuesday, July 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., you and your child will have the opportunity to learn all about these volcanoes and hear from geology expert Suzanne Morrison.

The Desert Botanical Gardens, as part of its ongoing "Sensational Summer" series for kids, offers "Volcanoes of Arizona," a workshop and lecture on the volcanic history of our state. The workshop promises to be engaging and interactive for children, and you'll have the chance to wow your friends by knowing where Uinkaret is.

The lecture is free with Garden admission: $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for ages 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. For more information, call 480-941-1225 or visit www.dbg.org. - Maidi Terry

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Brendan Joel Kelley
Maidi Terry