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Summer is here in all its brutality. Reptiles sun themselves and mammals seek shade. Life takes considerable effort now, as it does during an East Coast winter. Nighttime gives no respite.
The library may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the kids get cabin fever, but based on these library events — which are only a fraction of the programming offered by your local lending institution — there’s plenty of fun, engaging and interactive ways to while away the blazing summer hours. Most libraries have limited space, so be sure to register beforehand to reserve a spot.
Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s
This fun and funky club, targeting kids in grades 3-5, combines math principles with zany activities like “Bouncy Dice Explosion,” “Glow-in-the-dark Geometry” and “Toilet Paper Olympics,” designed to get your tween fired up about the sum of all things.
DETAILS >> 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23. Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Free; registration required. (480) 782-2828 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Rich Ihle Reptile Adventures
Perry Library hosts local snake man Rich Ihle, who brings eight different reptiles from around the world to discuss with the kids. He chats about each reptile, how they live, what they eat and their defense mechanisms. Rich will have a large python that kids can pet, so things could get a little slithery.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000 or Mcldaz.org.
Zoo to You
It’s hard to muster up courage for the zoo when it’s 110 degrees in the shade, but fear not — the Phoenix Zoo is coming to Chandler’s Sunset Library with a free, hands-on educational presentation with live animals. Ticket prices for similar programs at the zoo can run as high as $25 a person, making this event — designed for kids 5 and older — a real bargain. It is expected to fill up quickly, and tickets are required. The free tickets become available at Sunset Library’s info desk Saturday, June 21. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, but families are limited to six tickets per household, so if you need several tickets, plan on picking them up Saturday morning — there’s a good chance tickets will be “sold out” by the end of the day.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Free; pick up your tickets Saturday, June 21. (480) 782-2800 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Magician Eric Giliam
Local magic phenom Eric Giliam showcases his award-winning illusion skills in this all-ages show. Tickets to see this Valley performer run in the $15-$20 range, so don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy a fun, free, kid-centered show by a quality entertainer.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27. Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler. Free; admission is first-come, first-served; doors open 45 minutes before the show. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org
‘The Little Red Hen’
Normally you’d have to drive to downtown Phoenix to catch a puppet show from the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, but this Chandler Library event brings them to you. Kids ages 3-11 will be treated to a sing-along performance about the independently minded chicken who pursues a goal in spite of her flaky friends. The participatory performance will have kids laughing and clapping while teaching them a moral about helping others.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org.
Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature "is the greatest source of visual beauty."
In this photo provided by Z Gallerie, a beveled glass butterfly alights on silvered bamboo to make an elegant picture frame from Z Gallerie. Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and other small animals as inspiration. (AP Photo/Z Gallerie, TSK Photography)
In this photo provided by Z Gallerie, heavy aluminum is cast into antler shapes to form the legs of an intriguing and sophisticated side table from Z Gallerie. Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and other small animals as inspiration. (AP Photo/Z Gallerie)
In this photo provided by Z Gallerie, silver metallic paint on cast resin creates an intriguing and glamorous accent in this herd of galloping horses from Z Gallerie. Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and other small animals as inspiration. (AP Photo/Z Gallerie, TSK Photography)
LOS ANGELES — Millions of pets across America live like little humans these days — and as long as people treat them that way, pet spending should keep climbing after a record 2013, industry spokesman Bob Vetere said Thursday.
The state bird of Arizona is a sweet little fowl called the cactus wren. We also have a state gemstone (turquoise), a state reptile (ridgenose rattlesnake), and I’m willing to bet we even have a state predatory arthropod, which would be that scorpion I killed under the Christmas tree yesterday.
Reindeer-schmeindeer. Santa’s pets aren’t nearly as popular in the Valley this time of year as the scaley, slithering creatures at Phoenix Herpetological Society. The non-profit throws open its doors for holiday tours, which often sell out.
I beg to differ with Spencer Anderson’s take on “animal rights” (Letter to the Editor, Sept. 13, East Valley Tribune). Animals may not be able to build skyscrapers or long bridges but they can surely reason more clearly in many cases and they have the ability to evaluate the character of a man. Their love is forgiving and loyal be they canine, feline, equine, reptile, bovine, and the list goes on.
Like a lot of modern decor, children's rooms are enjoying a rethinking.
Looking for a new pet but no time for daily walks? Have allergies to fur or feathers? How about a desert tortoise?
Learn all about cold-blooded critters at Petco’s annual reptile day, where kids and their families can participate in a reptile meet and greet, scavenger hunt, raddest reptile contest and reptile matchmaking games, which help families find the perfect slithery friend.
Spend an hour or two letting kids go lizard, snake and turtle crazy at free reptile rallies at Valley Petco stores.
The silky petals of a fragrant pink shrub rose; the crunchy texture of a gravel path; a nook where grass rustles and a stream runs. What we smell, see, hear, touch and taste can make a garden walk a wonderful sensory experience.
Mary Rose is raising money for bird conservation efforts, and she’s headed out on the open waters to do so. Rose will be rowing thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean next summer in the hope that she can be of help to the animal that she admires.
When they’re not practicing their archery skills, engaging audiences with their impressive public speaking abilities, exploring Arizona or rescuing birds and reptiles, the state’s top 27 spellers, ranging in age from 9-14, are studying words like ‘vivisepulture’ and ‘ursprache’ in preparation for the 2013 AEF Arizona Spelling Bee. This year’s annual AEF Arizona Spelling Bee will be held Saturday in Phoenix.
NEW YORK — Shoes are having a 21st century moment as they've pushed from mere accessory to the center of the fashion stage.
The 400-pound American alligator named Spike at the Phoenix Herpetological Society will be leaving shortly for a new life at a preserve in Florida.