'Newsies' under way at Hale Centre Theatre; nonprofits also at work for weekend

May weather arrived just in time for June. Here's a few things you can do this weekend—some of them out of the heat.

Through June 29
Watch the ‘Newsies’

The Hale Centre Theatre puts on the stage production of the Disney tale about a ragged band of teenaged “newsies.” 7 p.m. (Wed.-Thu.), 3 and 7:30 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). $22-$40. 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. 480-497-1181.

May 31
Put together Period Care Packages for nonprofits

Branching Out Family Services and Go With the Flow nonprofits are collecting feminine hygiene products and zipper/makeup pouches, then gathering to pack period care packages. The packages will be distributed to high schools, organizations and foster care group facilities to ensure that girls are not missing school days because of their period. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dance Republic, 125 S. Higley Road, Ste. 103, Gilbert. 480-370-1440.

June 1
Assist animals at Sandy
Tennyson Golf Social

This second annual event provides assistance to animal shelters and rescues. The group hopes to provide three $1,000 scholarships at Mesa Community College for students in the veterinary technician program. 6:30 a.m. (registration), 7:30 a.m. (shotgun start). $60-$300. Kokopelli Golf Club, 1800 W. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. 480-620-6260.

By 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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