Finding itself in a state of awe, the Phoenix Zoo is saluting Arizona's environmental diversity with a new series of educational activities. Focusing on the area's agriculture, art, history, flora and fauna, "Amazing Arizona" launches this Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8, and continues every weekend through the end of March. Little city slickers can get back to nature through hawk walks, aviary feedings and native animal identification; learn about water conservation from the Central Arizona Project's "Abracadabra" magic shows; and have a blast with the past, thanks to the Arizona Historical Society and the Zoo's Wildlife Theater Group. While folks from AZ Game and Fish explain the birds and the bees (nature and zoology, that is), astronomers share "Secrets of the Arizona Sky," and Mineral and Mining Museum reps discuss the state's literal gems.
The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May. All activities are free with zoo admission, $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for kids 3 to 12. Call 602-273-1341 or see www.phoenixzoo.org. -- Jill Koch
Production is anything but grim
Hers is the part of a lifetime. April Monte stars as Rapunzel in the Cookie Company's new adaptation of the Grimm brothers' tale, starting Saturday, February 7, at Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre, 100 East McDowell. Cookies and milk follow each performance. Call 602-254-2151 for tickets, $10 to $12. -- Jill Koch
Puppets portray Disney's napster
Support a woman's right to snooze. Catch a free performance of Sleeping Beauty as puppeteer Paul Mesner works the Valley library circuit this Tuesday, February 10 (2 p.m. at the Guadalupe Branch, 7 p.m. at Gilbert's Southeast Regional branch), and Wednesday, February 11 (4 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch). -- Jill Koch