'So Long to Summer Fest'
You may not be able to tell by the weather, but according to the calendar, summer is drawing to a close. Help usher it out the door at Gilbert's annual "So Long to Summer Fest" 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road. The event will feature live music, a food court, climbing wall, children's activities, vendors and more. Tickets are $4, with children 3 and younger admitted for free.
For more information, call (480) 503-6200 or visit www.ci.gilbert.az.us.
Astronomy lecture and star viewing
Various astronomy concepts and new discoveries will be discussed during this monthly lecture series at 8 p.m. Friday in the library classroom at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road. This month's topic will be gravitational lensing presented by guest speaker Henry De Jonge. A $3 donation is requested for the lecture. Afterward, the East Valley Astronomy Club will have telescopes set up outside for a free public star-viewing party.
For more information, call (602) 652-3000 or visit www.eastvalleyastronomy.org.
This entertaining program for children is based on the book "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock" by Eric Kimmel. The Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, will host showings at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
For more information, call (602) 652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.
Recreation classes available
Looking to get the kids out of the house? Interested in picking up a new skill? Registration is open for a fall slate of Gilbert recreational classes.
Take a look at the wide variety of activities offered by the town at the Freestone Recreation Center, 1141 E. Guadalupe Road. Dance, sports, education, fitness and martial arts are just a few of the courses offered. Registration fees and starting dates vary.
For more information or to register, call (480) 503-6221 or visit www.ci.gilbert.az.us/eservices/parks.
Explore the Riparian Preserve and discover the varied species of birds that call it home during this guided walk led by experienced birder Kathe Anderson. The walk is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the preserve, 2757 E. Guadalupe Road. Advance registration is required and is $5.
For more information or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family story time
Families with children of all ages are invited to attend this program from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday in the Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Road. Activities include stories, music, movement and crafts.
For more information, contact the library at (602) 652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.
'She Loves Me' stage show
The Hale Centre Theatre will present the play "She Loves Me" beginning Monday and running through Oct. 10. This romantic comedy musical is set in Europe in the 1930s and details the love between pen pals.
The theater is located at 50 W. Page Ave. Ticket prices are $22 for matinees and $24 for evening shows.
For showtimes or to purchase tickets, call (480) 497-1181 or visit www.haletheatrearizona.com.
Open chess instruction will be available for students of all skill levels from kindergarten through high school. Classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Page Park Center, 132 W. Bruce Ave., and will cost $20 per class or $60 a month.
For more information, call (480) 216-8025 or visit www.azchesscentral.org.