On a beautiful Saturday evening, Gilbert Rotarians gathered at the Riparian Preserve for an evening celebrating astronomy and space. This free gift to the community featured food trucks, arts and crafts for kids, a chance to experience the Observatory and then enjoy an outdoor showing of Apollo 13. Rotarians and Interacters from Gilbert High helped kids make rockets , while other Rotarians helped make space helmets out of paper bags. There were also space cut-outs for photographs. Foot traffic was heavy at the preserve that evening as many were taking their kids for a walk, fishing, running, biking or taking special occasion photographs in the beautiful setting. As the sun went down and the super moon rose, guests brought out their chairs and blankets, got some food and enjoyed the movie in the park.
Gilbert Rotarians, led primarily by Val Neal and Penny Bollinger wanted to do an event to make Gilbert Rotary more visible in the community, highlight our Interact Club at Gilbert High and also celebrate our Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory (built for Rotary’s Centennial Year) that attracts hundreds of visitors and star gazers each week. The Observatory is managed by the East Valley Astronomy Club. It was a fun and family-friendly event that was a great success. Thanks to all who had any part in organizing or working at this event. It was out-of -this world.