Plenty to do heading into Gilbert's new year

Brewery Running Series,
The Brewery Running Series hits Four Silos Brewery on Dec. 29. (Courtesy Brewery Running Series)

The Brewery Running Series hits Four Silos Brewery on Dec. 29. (Courtesy Brewery Running Series)

If the post-Christmas blues have you down, there are plenty of things to do in Gilbert heading into the new year.

Worth the drive

Dec. 27-Jan. 12

See the Lights of the World

Chinese lanterns combined with cutting-edge technology and lighting at this event. 5:30-10 p.m. $15.49-$18.19. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-252-6771. www.goldstar.com/events/phoenix-az/lights-of-the-world-tickets


Dec. 28

Watch Gilbert’s baseball alumni put on spikes again

Gilbert High School will hold a baseball alumni game. It starts with batting practice at 11 a.m., followed by a home run derby. Pregame follows the derby and then the game. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gilbert High School, 1101 E. Elliot Road. www.facebook.com/events/434069220626976

Dec. 29

Make a beer run from a local brewery

The Arizona Brewery Running Series continues with 5Ks from Four Silos Brewery on Dec. 29. 10 a.m. (registration), 11 a.m. (race). $33.30. Four Silos Brewery, 143 S. Higley Road, Gilbert. https://breweryrunningseries.com

Dec. 30

Help Banner Health replenish the local blood supply

Banner Health will hold a blood drive during which donors will receive a meal voucher from Streets of New York and a ticket to an Arizona Coyotes hockey game. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Coyote and Granite conference rooms, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive. 877-258-4825. https://bloodhero.com

Dec. 31-Feb. 8

Attend a theater classic


Neil Simon’s comedy “Barefoot in the Park” is about free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband, Paul, fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York apartment. Times and costs vary throughout the performance run. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. 480-497-1181. www.haletheatrearizona.com

Jan. 1

Run to show your commitment

The Commitment Day 5K is open for anyone in the family to run or walk. Participants get a race bib, medal and a postrun brunch social. 8 a.m. packet pickup, 10 a.m. run. $5 (under 13 with an adult), $20 (ages 13 and older). Life Time Fitness, 381 E. Warner Road, Gilbert. 480-892-5020. www.lifetime.life
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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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