This week brings a close to January and starts February with events befitting the Arizona outdoor weather.
Worth the Drive
Jan. 28-Feb. 3
Cheer, jeer pro golfers
The popular Waste Management Phoenix Open runs Jan. 31-Feb. 3, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. the first two days and 9 a.m. the last two. Practice rounds are Jan. 28-29 and the popular pro-am is Jan. 30. The Coors Light Crows Nest entertainment tent opens at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Crows nest $65-$400. Tournament $45-$6,400. https://wmphoenixopen.com
Celebrate Sister Cities
Gilbert Sister Cities celebrates the town’s relationship with its sister city in Leshan, China, as well as Chinese New Year at the East to West Gilbert Fest. Dinner will be catered by Dragon Wok Fine Chinese Restaurant, and a silent auction will be held with lion dance entertainment. $30 at the door. The Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. www.gilbertsistercities.com
Festival praises chocolate
Magic Bird Festivals will host their eighth annual Art of Chocolate A’Fair. The Valentine’s Day-themed festival features fine arts, crafts and confections. Free. Gilbert Civic Center lawn, 55 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 480-488-2014. www.carefreeazfestivals.com
Tour the Riparian Preserve
Gilbert park naturalist Jenny Rambo and HD South’s Thomas Hulen will lead a tour of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch for World Wetland Day. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Registration required. 2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert.
Fire trucks commissioned
Gilbert Fire & Rescue will commission Engine 255 and Utility 251 into service at Gilbert Fire Station 5. Free. 9:30 a.m. 3630 E. Germann Road, Gilbert. 480-503-6300. https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue