Lots to do in Gilbert Nov. 15-19: music, riding, shopping, learning

Lee Rocker. Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Lee Rocker, a founding member of The Stray Cats, will perform Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Alex Solca)

Lee Rocker, a founding member of The Stray Cats, will perform Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Alex Solca)

As Gilbert heads toward Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, residents will find plenty of things to do in town.

Nov. 15

Celebrate The Beatles’ 'The White Album'


The Beatles tribute band Sun Kings will perform "The White Album" from beginning to end as it approaches the 51st anniversary of its release Nov. 22, 1968. 7:30 p.m. $27-$44. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. 480-279-7194. http://higleycenter.org

Nov. 15-16


See the Pony Express ride


The official start of Gilbert Days begins at the Gilbert Post Office and then proceeds to Sacaton and Casa Grande on Friday. Riders will start from Casa Grande on Saturday and move on to Eloy, Coolidge, Florence and Queen Creek before returning to Gilbert to complete the 100-mile ride. People can follow the ride on Facebook. Free (ceremonies). 7 a.m. 137 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert. https://gilbertdays.org

Nov. 16

Go shopping and enjoy live music in a backyard


The Gilbert Backyard Boutique, hosted by The Tattered Trunk, is a shopping experience that will feature more than 40 vendors and food trucks. This year’s event also will have live music, free chair massages and a booth distributing child ID kits. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 720 E. Seattle Slew Lane, Gilbert. www.facebook.com/events/711407182635601

Nov. 16

Rock it with a Stray Cat


Lee Rocker earned fame rocking a giant upright bass as a founding member of The Stray Cats rockabilly band from the 1980s. Rocker and his band will perform Stray Cats hits and other music he performed with legends such as George Harrison and The Rolling Stones. 7:30 p.m. $37-$49. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. 480-279-7194. http://higleycenter.org

Nov. 19

Learn what is in store for the Northwest Corridor


Gilbert has identified developing an area plan for the Northwest Employment Corridor, the oldest and largest employment corridor in town, as a “wildly important goal” for 2020. A starting point for that comes with a daylong Technical Assistance Panel from the Urban Land Institute in which town leaders and staff can engage with experts in dialogue about the area. The panel will consist of experts in an array of roles such as development, urban planning, architecture, finance, law and brokerage. It will focus on development best practices that can positively affect Gilbert and the Northwest area. The goal is to provide actionable takeaways and next steps for the town by day’s end. Free. 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Council Chambers, Municipal Building I, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. 480-503-6871. www.gilbertaz.gov

Nov. 19

Learn how to take better pictures on a cellphone


This class, instructed by professional photographer John Priddy, is intended for individuals who have the basic skills of cellphone photography but want to improve the quality and appearance of their photos. The workshop will introduce controls and settings then progress to snapshots and refined images. Participants will learn about the interplay between light, focus and composition. Registration is required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free (members), $10 (nonmembers). HD South, 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-926-1577. https://hdsouth.org
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.