Things to Do in Gilbert Jan. 28-Feb. 3

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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

Jan. 28
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

Feb. 1-3
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

Feb. 2
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.
480-926-1577. https://hdsouth.org

Feb. 2
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

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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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