by Renée Louzon-Benn, President, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
Casa Grande has been my community-of-choice for more than 24 years. I moved to Mesa, Arizona 26 years ago from a small town in the smallest state. I was a bit overwhelmed living in a huge city – which like any urban metropolis offers invisibility in the crowd and a sense of being a part of a working machine.
I just wanted to explain why the amazing small-city quality-of-life Casa Grande offers, with its friendly residents, business community and services, unique mom-and-pop shops and restaurants is so appreciated by those who didn’t have that experience before moving here.
We all know about the fabulous, no-snow weather that makes Casa Grande a winter wonderland for us as well as thousands of visitors, many repeats. It’s like a family reunion but more fun. Most of our popular events occur in the winter, including the Electric Light Parade; Home, Health & Garden Show; Historic Downtown Street Fair; and Cowboy Days & O’odham Tash. It’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts who want to daily golf, hike or play pickleball.
We have an active arts and humanities community in Casa Grande and Pinal County. Contact each organization or venue for more information and to determine their hours during summer months or start your list for the winter arts season.
- Casa Grande Main Street hosts numerous free community events and activities in historic downtown. Call 520-836-8744 or visit cgmainstreet.org.
- The Paramount Theatre, 420 N. Florence St., in historic downtown Casa Grande, is an artistic focal point for the Greater Casa Grande area, providing arts, entertainment and education for all ages. Call 520-836-4200 or visit paramountfoundation.org.
- A mix of cultural and educational programs for youths and adults are offered by the award-winning The Museum of Casa Grande, 110 W. Florence Blvd. Call 520-836-2223 or visit tmocg.org.
- BlackBox Foundation (Studio for the Arts), 407 N. Sacaton St., is in the historic Casa Grande Woman’s Club building. It is a 501(c)(3) performing arts organization that offers theatre performances, improv to the public and performing arts classes for young children through teens. Call 520-428-7050 or visit blackboxaz.com.
- The Hills of Casa Grande Pioneer Heroes Museum, 317 E. 4th St. The Hill family has been collecting western history of Casa Grande and Central Arizona for more than 30 years. Call 602-317-2566 or visit pioneerheroesmuseum.com.
- The Casa Grande Art Museum, 319 W. 3rd St., is open October through May, Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Call 520-836-0237 or visit casagrandeartmuseum.org.
- Assuage Art & Photo Gallery, 111 W. Florence Blvd., Ste. 2. Call 612-868-2230 or visit facebook.com/assuagegallery.
- Central Arizona College (CAC) brings a number of high quality musical, theatrical and entertainment productions your way with its seasonal Entertainment Series. Call 520-477-7469 or visit EventsAtCAC.com.
There are also several museums in Pinal County. Be sure to call or visit the websites of the following museums for summer hours:
- Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-Museum, 520-568-1350
- Oracle Historical Society, 520-896-9609, oraclehistoricalsociety.org/museum.html
- Pinal County Historical Society (Florence), 520-868-4382, pinalcountyhistoricalsociety.webs.com
- Superior Historical Society & Bob Jones Museum, 520-689-1969, superiorarizonachamber.org/business-directory/433/superior-historical-society-bob-jones-museum
- Superstition Mountain Historical Museum, 480-983-4888, superstitionmountainmuseum.org
I encourage everyone to learn more about this great community – even if you have lived here all of your life. You may discover new businesses, attractions, events and activities.
For community and visitor/tourism information in Casa Grande and throughout Arizona, visit the Chamber office, 575 N. Marshall St., Casa Grande, AZ 85122, Monday-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For local business updates online, visit facebook.com/cgbiz or casagrandechamber.org.