Jazz festival, global village event highlight things to do in Gilbert for April 4-7

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The weather is heating up but so is the activity in Gilbert. The Highland/ASU Jazz Festival and 15th annual Gilbert Global Village Festival are among this week’s things to do in town.

April 4-6
Support jazz music education

The 10th annual Highland/ASU Jazz Festival is a collaboration of the Arizona State University’s jazz program and the Highland High School jazz bands. High schools and junior high schools from around the West come to the three-day event of competition and instruction. Jazz trombonist and composer Michael Dease and trumpeter, band leader and composer Sean Jones will be educating students in master class settings and then performing concerts for the public in the evenings. Dease will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 5 and Jones at 7:30 p.m. April 6.

$20. Highland High School, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. www.highlandjazz.com

April 6
Hike to honor a fallen soldier

Carry the Fallen is a “Ruck-March” hiking event to honor Capt. Michael Johnson, who died battling PTSD. It also for a Active Heroes, a nonprofit charity. Team ruck-march for 3, 6, 12 or 22 hours while carrying weight that symbolizes the burden that many veterans carry post-war or post-trauma.

$50-$75, military members and families free. 8 a.m. Hike starts at Gilbert Water Tower Plaza, 45 W. Page Ave. in Gilbert, and ends in downtown Chandler. www.activeheroes.org

April 6
Gilbert goes global at festival

The 15th annual Gilbert Global Village Festival is a multicultural celebration for all ages. The event highlights traditional and contemporary forms of dance, music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and ethnic foods.

Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. 480-503-6200. www.gilbertaz.gov

April 7
Help out an animal rescue

Racin’ for Rescues raises money to help AZ Paws and Claws Pet Fostering feed, give medical care to, spay or neuter and find homes for dogs and cats in U.S. shelters. Top three in each age group in the 5K will be given medals.

8-11 a.m. Freestone Park, 401 Lindsay Road, Gilbert.
$20-$30. https://startlineracing.com

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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