As it warms up, people start eyeing pool time in Gilbert. Here’s one way to kick off swim season and some other weekend suggestions for things to do in town.
April Pools Day
Gilbert Parks and Recreation and Gilbert Fire and Rescue host this water safety-themed luau bash. It will include games, snow cones, open swimming and swimming lesson evaluations.
Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mesquite Aquatic Center, 100 W. Mesquite St., Gilbert. 480-503-6200. www.gilbertaz.gov
Alcohol Ink Workshop
All attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to work with alcohol ink on yupo paper and create their own collage art. All pieces will be finished with two layers of resin and will be ready for pick up May 1.
$119. The Art House Gilbert, 36 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-818-5831. http://arthousegilbert.com
Bassets and Brews
Flying Basset Brewing will be opening up their patio from 12-4 p.m. to humans and dogs to raise money for the Arizona Basset Hound Rescue. Flying Basset Brewing will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to the rescue with a flyer or email from the rescue. RSVP with event coordinator Noel McCrary at email@example.com. Walk-ins welcome.
Flying Basset Brewing, 720 W. Ray Road, Gilbert. https://azbassetrescue.org
Coffee With Kitties
Kitty City at Wildhorse Ranch, a cat sanctuary where the inhabitants can live out their lives with their needs taken care of, is hosting this event that is sponsored by Starbucks. The public can grab a coffee for a donation, meet the cats and enjoy the company of other cat lovers. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the care, safety and well-being of the rescued cats.
1-4 p.m. 11811 S. Lindsay Road, Gilbert. 480-503-5497. www.wildhorserachrescue.com/KittyCity.html
Rock the Dream Charity Show
Rock the Dream nonprofit organization will host a children and teen talent show. Mike Richards from the duo A Note Two Self also will be playing a solo set of originals for this fundraiser. The nonprofit organization aims to get instruments into the hands of children who can’t afford them.
$10. 1-4 p.m., Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert. 480-802-8209. http://rockthedream.org