HD South Gala headlines events of Feb. 28-March 6

HD South, HD South Gala
HD South's annual gala will celebrate Gilbert's centennial this year. (Courtesy HD South)

HD South's annual gala will celebrate Gilbert's centennial this year. (Courtesy HD South)

Spring training is under way, but if you are looking for something a little closer to home or not so sporty, Gilbert has much coming up in the next week.

Feb. 28-29

'The Tiger Turned Pink’


•This performance from Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Performing Arts Department is a humorous, endearing tale about a tiger who turns pink whenever he blushes, aimed for elementary-age children. 7 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.). $5. Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center, Room 150, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler. 480-732-7343. www.cgc.edu/performingarts

Feb. 29


HD South Gala
: ‘A Night at the Museum—Gilbert Turns 100’

HD South’s annual gala is its signature fundraising event, but because the Gilbert Historical Museum falls under HD’s South umbrella of offerings, this year’s event is “A Night at the Museum—Gilbert Turns 100.”

“We’re doing everything we can to try to combine the mixed purpose behind the whole event,” HD South President and CEO Kayla Kolar said.

The event still includes its central fundraising mission plus a kickoff to a capital campaign for the center.

The gala will be 1920s-themed with the Gatsby Gang jazz band and dancers from the Fred Astaire School of Dance providing entertainment. Kolar encourages those who attend to dress in period gangster or flapper costumes, though it is not required.

And she promises a few surprises, too.

The evening includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, live entertainment and dancing.

6-10 p.m. $100 (individual), $800 (table of eight). HD South, 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-926-1577. https://hdsouth.org

March 3

History Café


Lani Lott, Arizona Heritage Alliance executive director, will explain how Arizonans can help protect the state’s historical and natural legacy. The alliance provides support for local, regional and state parks; the state’s historic and cultural treasures; and Arizona’s natural environment. 6:30- 8 p.m. Free (registration required). HD South, 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-926-1577. https://hdsouth.org

March 4-5

Gilbert Water Festival


Volunteers are needed for the 10th annual Gilbert Water Festival, an educational field day event for fourth-graders in Gilbert Public Schools to get an understanding of water in the earth system and Arizona’s water resources. The event celebrates science and water stewardship with hands-on learning activities for the students. Volunteers are trained Feb. 27 on how the festival works, then teach at the festival the lesson they learned. Lunch and snacks are provided for volunteers. 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Feb. 27 training). Free. Gilbert Public Works, 900 E. Juniper Ave., Gilbert. Festival, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (March 4-5). Free. Gilbert Civic Center Great Lawn, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. https://arizonawet.arizona.edu/GilbertVolunteer

March 4

Gilbert Public Schools Recruitment Fair


The Gilbert Public Schools district is inviting the public to learn about the district’s employment opportunities, including positions for this school year and next, which starts in July. The district is recruiting for: teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, bus drivers and nutrition workers. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. The Commons, Highland High School, 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. 480-497-3300. www.gilbertschools.net/employment

March 6

Gilbert Public Schools Kindergarten Readiness Fair


The fair provides information and resources to support children to bre ready to thrive in kindergarten. Parents can meet school officials, hear from expoerts and access resources. Free childcare is provided during the information sessions, but parents are asked to arrive by 8:15 a.m. for that. 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Southeast Valley Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. 480-497-3300. www.gilbertschools.net/kindergarten
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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