Lots of Fun

The Ballpark's new recruits are really young

3/29
For all you baseball fans out there--and I'm guessing there has to be at least two or three of you Babe Ruth-era originals who are still alive and bothering to watch the sport--the Texas Rangers are holding a "sandlot celebration" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baseball Museum and Learning Center at the Ballpark in Arlington. Activities will include baseball crafts, glove- and bat-making demonstrations, home run derbies, movies and face painting. Wow, fun for all ages. You'll also receive a ticket for a free tour of the Ballpark (look over there, children, it's Carl Everett and his therapist Dr. Phil). All children will be entered in a drawing to win a baseball autographed by a Texas Ranger. Some bad news there: The chance of that ball being worth anything is slim. Good news: When used as a weapon and thrown with force, a baseball can cause serious damage. Pick a target and unload! Oh, and admission is $3. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. Call 817-273-5097. --John Gonzalez

3/29
Tribal Beat
DISD goes native

We're not exactly sure what a gourd dance is, or what makes the gourd a better dancing partner than any other fruit or vegetable. Hopefully, our gourd dancing questions can be answered at the Dallas Independent School District's Fourth Annual Student Powwow. Co-sponsored by the American Indian Parent Committee, the powwow will feature Dallas-area students performing traditional dances and representing groups such as Creek, Cherokee, Sioux, Seminole and Choctaw. Tribal arts and crafts and Native American foods will also be available. The powwow takes place at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Commons Area, 1201 E. Eighth St., on Saturday. Doors open at noon with gourd dancing at 2 p.m. and the Grand Entry at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 972-749-2611.--Michelle Martinez

3/27
Be a Monkey's Uncle

Put this in the "Boy, That Explains a Lot" file: Some researchers assert that humans and chimpanzees share almost 99 percent of the same DNA. (And we had always wondered where Ben Stiller got those ears.) If you haven't had any chimps show up at family reunions lately, trust Jane Goodall to explain the world of our closest nonhuman relatives. The IMAX film, appropriately named Dr. Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, explores Goodall's 40 years of research in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. Though Fifi, Frodo, Gremlin, Gaia, Golden and Glitter may all sound like '80s one-hit wonders, they're also the chimpanzees that Goodall has observed since infancy, charting their "rich culture and complex social dynamics." Forget genealogy, this closer look at primate relatives is an ape of a good time. The film is shown Tuesday through Sunday at The Science Place in Fair Park, 1318 Second Ave. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and children 3 to 12. Admission is free for children under 3. Call 214-428-5555.--Michelle Martinez

 
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