Wallace and Ladmo presentation, TEDx talks highlight April 30-May 4 in Gilbert


The closing of April and first week in April bring a variety of things to do in Gilbert.

April 30
’Wallace and Ladmo’

Join Steve Hoza, historian and archivist, for an evening learning about the children’s TV show “Wallace and Ladmo.” “Wallace and Ladmo” ran from April 1, 1954, to Dec. 29, 1989, on television station KPHO in Phoenix, making it one of the longest running local children’s shows in TV history.

6 p.m. Free but registration required. HD South, 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-926-1577.

April 30-May 1
2019 Arizona Food & Farm Forum

This two-day conference is for producers, food entrepreneurs, and local food advocates, and the program is on changing the way the state feeds itself.

$20-$99. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (April 30); 8:45 a.m-4:30 p.m. (May 1). The Farm at Agritopia, 3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert. 602-956-0909. https://localfirstazfoundation.org/azfoodforum

May 2-May 11
42nd Street

Actors Youth Theater puts on this show-biz musical that celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the people in musical theater.

Performances 7 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.). $15. Tuscany Theatre, 861 N. Higley Road, Ste. 106, Gilbert. 480-907-7050. www.aytaz.org

May 4
Fifth annual Dignity Health Family 5K

The event includes a 5K run/walk, family 1-mile and 100-yard kids dash. Proceeds will benefit the infant bereavement programs for families in the birthing centers at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers.

6 a.m. (in-person registration), 7 a.m. (races begin). $20-$40. Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Ave., Gilbert. 480-728-3931. https://supportdignityhealtheastvalley.org

May 4
Freddy’s Dine and Donate Car Show for Foster Youth

The event features a car show, raffle items and food. All proceeds will go to Eagle Pathway’s programs helping foster youth. Receive a free raffle ticket for every item listed that you donate: new hygiene items, new household items, or new or like-new shoes.

Noon-4 p.m. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 1405 N. Arizona Ave., Gilbert. 480-225-6664. www.eaglepathway.org

May 4
TEDx Gilbert

This is the second convening in Gilbert of TEDx, the nonprofit that promotes “ideas worth spreading” through local speakers. This year’s theme is “Imagine,” centered on the idea of who we are and where we are going. Six speakers are on the program. $10-$50. 6-8:30 p.m. Gilbert High School auditorium, 1101 E. Elliot Road.

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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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