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Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2010 3:46 pm | Updated: 3:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Itzhak Perlman performance

This Grammy-award winning classical violinist has performed everywhere from televisions "Sesame Street" to concerts before such notables as President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II in shows all around the world. Now he'll take the stage at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets range from $50 to $90.

For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com.

MLK day festivities

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day with an afternoon full of events. A parade will begin at 11 a.m. and run from University Drive and Center St. to the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

After the parade, the Mesa Arts Center will host a MLK festival from noon to 5 p.m. This free event will feature live music, dancing, food vendors and more.

For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov.

'The Hobbit' reading

Take a trip to the fantasy world of Middle Earth and join professional storyteller Dana Paxton for a dramatic reading of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic "The Hobbit." The first part of six scheduled readings will take place at the Main Library, 64 E. First St., 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, call (480) 644-2207 or visit www.mesalibrary.org/events.

Wildlife hike

As harsh as the desert environment can be, it still provides a home to numerous wild animals. Learn about some of them on this 1.5-mile nature hike 1 p.m. Thursday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road. The walk will tour areas in the park where wildlife is most frequently seen.

The hike is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle.

For more information, call (480) 984-0032 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery.

Introduction to geocaching

If you've got a GPS and a desire to get out and explore, geocaching may be for you. Learn the ins and outs of this modern day scavenger hunt from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.

For more information, (480) 644-3572 or visit www.mesalibrary.org/events.

Free baseball camp

The City of Mesa's Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with former major-league baseball player Shea Hillenbrand to present a baseball camp for kids 6 to 18. The program is designed to teach kids the skills to succeed in life as well as in the game.

The camp will be held Jan. 30 at the Gene Autry Baseball Complex, 4125 E. McKellips Road. Space is limited, and early registration is required. Registration is free, but donations are appreciated.

For more information or to sign up, call (480) 320-8988 or e-mail hillenbrandsallstars@gmail.com.

Stargazing for everyone

If you'd like to learn about the stars and other heavenly bodies, join experts Tony and Carol La Conta for this fun evening. There will be a educational lecture, followed by an outdoor session of telescope viewing.

This free event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.

For more information, (480) 644-3572 or visit www.mesalibrary.org/events.

Arts festival

The Mesa Arts and Cultural Festival is a free, weekly event that features works by local artists, live music, food, activities for the whole family and more.

The MAC Fest begins its fall season on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Mesa at Main and Macdonald.

For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit www.macfestmesa.com.

Go and Do events are compiled by Tribune writer Chris Adams. If you have an event that you would like to see listed, send the details via e-mail to getout@evtrib.com.

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