Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Heroes and Villains. Everyone loves a good hero and villain story—especially when the identities of the two are so obvious, like in Moses and the Pharaoh, or with SpongeBob and Plankton. But in real life, things are a little fuzzier: Sometimes you’re the hero, but sometimes you’re the villain. And sometimes, you feel like siding with the villain. Hear local storytellers telling you their hero and villain tales at this event! 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 2. The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 330 E. Seventh St. $10 adults, $7 students. Details here.
Evolution of a Modelmaker: John A. Ackerman’s Fire Apparatus and Fire Stations. John A. Ackerman made his first miniature fire department using toy trucks and lead soldiers (which he painted to look like firefighters) when he was just a kid in the 1950s. Now, he’s a noted modelmaker of tiny fire trucks and stations produced carefully to scale, who has displayed his work in several private fire museums. The former volunteer firefighter is also retired from his publishing career over in Green Valley, but he’s still hard at work on his fun-sized firetrucks. Come see his work at the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures, on display through Aug. 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Mini Time Machine Museum, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. $10.50 GA, $8.50 senior/military, $7 youth ages 4-17 and free for kids 3 and under. Details here.