Halloween tubing on the Salt River
Beat the heat while showing off your creativity at Salt River Tubing's "Haunting Halloween on the Salt River" event. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Enjoy tricks and treats while floating down the river from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Salt River Tubing, 1320 N. Bush Highway. Tube rental costs $15 and includes a shuttle bus service. For more information, contact (480) 984-3305 or visit www.saltrivertubing.com.
Balloon story timeat the library
Join A Great Little Balloon Co. as they tell classic children's stories using balloon creations to illustrate the story and characters. Story time is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library, 64 E. First St. For more information, contact (480) 644-4089 or visit www.mesalibrary.org.
'All About Scorpions' lecture
How do scorpions survive in the desert? How dangerous are they? Learn the facts about scorpions in this presentation at 8 p.m. Saturday. Afterward, a ranger will lead a nighttime scorpion hunt. Blacklights will be used to detect the fluorescent glow of scorpions. The discussion is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
Second Friday celebration
Downtown Mesa businesses and merchants will stay open late and stage their monthly party. This month's Second Friday theme is "Summer Sizzles." Activities will include live music, raffles, deals on food and drinks, art demonstrations, children's activities and more. The festivities are scheduled to run 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in downtown Mesa, 58 W. Main St. For more information, contact (480) 890-2613 or visit www.downtownmesa.com/friday_night.htm.
Bring a pillow and watch a family-friendly film in the new nature center from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road. This week's movie, "Bolt," is about a dog who thinks he's a super-hero and his struggles to return home. Concessions will be for sale or visitors may bring their own to enjoy. A ranger will give a short presentation relating to the week's film. The movie is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
'Baby Signs'training workshop
Parents will be instructed in the 'Baby Signs' method of sign language for infants. The program will allow parents to communicate with babies before they are able to talk. The workshop includes books and videos to assist in the learning process. The class is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road. Registration costs $60. To register or for more information, call (480) 512-4310 or visit www.bannerhealth.com.
Kids can play Nintendo Wii
The Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road, will have its Nintendo Wii gaming system set up for kids ages 6 and up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Playing time will be limited to 20 minutes per player. Board games will be available to play while waiting for the Wii. For more information, contact the library at (480) 644-3184 or visit www.mesalibrary.org.
'My Favorite Monster' exhibit
The Arizona Museum for Youth takes a lighthearted look at monsters created by a variety of artists. Kids can explore a monster's castle, star in a monster movie and even make a monster of their own. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 35 N. Robson St. Admission is $6.50.
For more information, contact the museum at (480) 644-2467.
Go and Do events are compiled by Tribune writer Chris Adams. If you have a community-related event that you would like to see listed, send the details via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.