Samantha Cormier acts in a scene from "Jack and the Beanstalk" during Mildred & Dildred toy store's featured monthly play. On Saturday, the store at La Encantada shopping center will host a Carnival for Charity, which will combine a host of fun events for kids and at the same time raise …
Mildred & Dildred owner Autumn Ruhe reads aloud from "Harry Goes to Dog School" during the production.
Andy Vandergraaf, 4, and other kids get into the performance in a courtyard outside the store.
Samantha Cormier, left, waits "backstage" for her cue to enter the "Jack and the Beanstalk" play. The 20-minute play was staged on Saturday. Kneeling in front of a group of kids and parents is Autumn Ruhe in the role of Jack.
As Nikki Brzescinski narrates in the background, Cormier, front, speaks to the young audience.
The carnival will raise funds for two groups, including Katie's Heart, started by Katie Sutherland, left. Katie was with Autumn Ruhe of the Mildred & Dildred toy store.
The mercury is expected to inch into triple digits again next weekend, and local toy store Mildred & Dildred hopes to ignite some fundraising heat with kid-tailored fun to benefit two local nonprofits: Katie's Heart and Make Way for Books.
Whether you walk, jog or run, Deborah Tinajero and dozens of other Altrusa International Inc. of Tucson volunteers hope Tucsonans will make a move to support young readers at the Laps for Literacy Fun Run/Walk on Saturday at Reid Park.