- Those perky Hi-5ers bring their shiny happy music to the malls.
As one of Hi-5's quintet of hosts (seen on the Learning Channel and Discovery Kids networks), Karla Cheatham-Mosley pushes her young fans' "brain buttons" to hop, skip, and jump to better fitness. "Especially in urban centers, there's this huge thing to talk about calorie counting at five years old," says Cheatham-Mosley, who's on a cross-country shopping-mall tour with her twentysomething singin'-and-dancin' castmates. Hi-5 first aired in Australia. The year-old American version is tailored to two- to eight-year-olds, who learn how to count, play musical instruments, and solve puzzles with the peppy fivesome. Shaun Taylor-Corbett takes kids to foreign and fictional lands to fight dragons with skillet lids and build pyramids with sofa cushions. "Some moms at one of our shows were thanking me a lot," laughs Taylor-Corbett. "Their kids had the couch on the living-room floor." Hi-5 performs at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Shoppingtown South Park, 500 Southpark Center in Strongsville, and Sunday at Westfield Shoppingtown Belden Village, 4230 Belden Village Mall in Canton. Admission is free. Call 440-238-9000 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
Dog Day Afternoons
Dogs are just like people: complete bitch one minute, sweet puppy the next. "Police K-9 units will do a demo where the animal is tearing after a man in full gear," explains Denise Gressley, coordinator of Lake Farmpark's Working Dog Weekend. "Then the kids come up, and the dog is just a doll to them." The two-day event spotlights various canines' tracking and retrieving skills, sheep-herding prowess, and other on-the-clock abilities. Dogs also will demonstrate how they assist in therapy, guide blind people, and tell a good cookie from a lousy one (at the cookie-judging contest). It all culminates in the Parade of Breeds, featuring more than 50 types. But leave Fido at home; your own dog ain't invited. Doggies do their duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lake Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road in Kirtland. Admission is $6, $4 for kids; call 800-366-3276. -- Lucy McKernan
Don't mistake the swords, knives, and daggers assembled in Standing on Ceremony: Traditional African Arms From the Donna and Robert Jackson Collection and the Cleveland Museum of Art for mere weaponry. "I'm not attracted to them as weapons," says Robert Jackson. "I like them as forms and shapes. They're pieces of art." Either way, they're extremely cool. It's at the Western Reserve Historical Society (10825 East Boulevard) Saturday through November 7. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 to $7.50. Call 216-721-5722 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci