Big trucks, chocolate, golf, acrobats — Plenty to do Jan. 30-Feb. 4 near Gilbert

If the Super Bowl is not your thing, fear not. There are plenty of other events Jan. 30-Feb. 4 in or near Gilbert.

Worth the Drive

Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Waste Management Phoenix Open


Billed as “The People’s Open” or “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the tournament annually records the highest attendance of any tournament on the PGA Tour and any sporting event in the Valley. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a concert and after-tournament party each night through Saturday. 7 a.m. tournament, 3:30 p.m. Birds Nest. $45 (Thurs., Sun.), $60 (Fri.-Sat.), tournament; $75 (Thurs., Sun.); sold out (Fri.-Sat.), Birds Nest. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-585-4334. https://wmphoenixopen.com


Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Art of Chocolate A'fair


The weekend event allows visitors to indulge in a selection of artisan desserts and confections, shop for Valentine’s gifts from local vendors and experience live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Gilbert Civic Center Great Lawn, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. 480-488-2014. www.carefreeazfestivals.com

Feb. 1

Truck-a-Palooza


This neighborhood event allows residents to get up close and explore vehicles, from fire trucks and ambulances to backhoes and bulldozers. Truck-A-Palooza patrons will have a chance to meet first responders and other working professionals. From 9-10:30 a.m., flashing lights and sirens will be put on hold for children with special needs to experience Truck-a-Palooza in a calmer way. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Desert Sky Park, 6624 S. Power Road, Gilbert. 480-503-6200. www.gilbertaz.gov

Feb. 1

Over, Under, and Inside by Ryuijie show reception, workshop


Art Intersection presents three collections of work from photographer Ryuijie, whose platinum work can be found in Ryan Gallery. The show, with selections from his Color Ice Forms, Underwater, and P2 bodies of work, began Jan. 11 and runs through Feb. 29. On the artist reception weekend Ryuijie will teach a platinum/palladium printing workshop where participants can create platinum/palladium prints of their own images. Workshop: $150 (sponsors, patrons, collector members), $165 (friend, student members), $175 (public). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Art Intersection, 207 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 201, Gilbert. 480-361-1118. https://artintersection.com

Feb. 3

Golden Dragon Acrobats


This touring acrobatic troupe represents the best of a time-honored Chinese tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The show combines acrobatics and traditional dance with ancient and contemporary music. 7 p.m. $28-$40. 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. 480-279-7194. http://higleycenter.org

Feb. 4

Community development block grants


Gilbert residents can comment on how community development block grant funds should be utilized over the next five years to assist in improving the quality of life for those who have low-moderate incomes. The meeting will provide an overview of anticipated resources, eligible range of activities and potential needs. Focus areas will be on housing, community development and other programs designed to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income Gilbert residents. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Heritage Center, 132 W. Bruce Ave., Gilbert. 480-428-5446. www.gilbertaz.gov

Feb. 4

Williams Field lighting public meeting


Higley Unified School District will hold a community meeting to discuss new outdoor field lighting scheduled to be installed on the Williams Field softball and baseball fields. The lighting is part of a sports facility improvement project funded by bond dollars. 5:30 p.m. Free. Williams Field High School media center, 2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert. 480-279-8000. www.husd.org
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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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