Own your Desert Holiday with these Traditions

Here in the desert the holiday season is almost as defined by what won’t be happening here — snowmen and snowball fights, snow angels, sleigh rides, and ice skating (aside from the occasional synthetic rink). But people have been adapting their lives and cultures to the desert for millennia now, so it’s no surprise we’ve … Read More…

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY EVENTS

Holiday event traditions are returning to Pinal County! After last year’s adjusted or canceled plans, cities and towns are returning to their tried-and-true forms, as of press time. Check out Pinal Now! available on racks throughout the area or at pinalnow.com for updates. CASA GRANDE Winter Wonderland, Electric Light Parade & Tree Lighting Dec. 4, 2-7 p.m. … Read More…

Pursuing the Tamale—a Holiday Tradition

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor One of the most popular traditions this time of year is getting in your order of tamales for Christmas or New Year’s parties. If you are not from the Southwest, the talk of “where to get tamales?” may still be a curiosity for you. Should you go the store? Should … Read More…

Make Some Holiday Dessert Magic

The best part of the holiday meal sometimes is the desserts! Here are a few favorites sure to keep your taste buds happy this holiday season. Sugar Cookies A holiday classic, these cookies bring families together with a sweet taste and fun decorating options. It’s all in the icing, some say, so here’s a recipe … Read More…

Gratitude Hasn’t Died Yet

by Donna McBride, Councilwoman, City of Casa Grande I am that person who has always had the attitude of a glass half full. But, this year has pushed me to the limit. I have lost at least 12 people; some were close friends, others acquaintances. Each death moved me, leaving me with a lesson. Anne … Read More…

Golden Corridor Brings on Holiday Sparkle

by Blake Herzog 2020 has thrown uncounted obstacles in the way of holding community events, but Pinal County’s communities are rallying to bring its residents together in ways traditional and modern. Some gatherings are being converted to drive-by formats while others are primarily virtual, but they all have the same goal: to knit neighborhoods and … Read More…

It’s a Perfect Year For New Traditions

After a year of the unexpected, the holidays is a perfect time for your family to spend time together to take control of your immediate future and create a brand-new tradition (OK, that’s an oxymoron, but bear with us), something that will bolster your holiday spirit and end 2020 on a positive note. Here are … Read More…

Ending 2020 with Gratitude

by Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court Program Administrator II 2020 is a year that will go down in history. Most of us are ready to bid it farewell without a second glance. There’s no doubt this has been a year of struggle, heartache and tragedy due to COVID-19. It has affected every single one … Read More…

Support Small Business Saturday; Love Local This Holiday Season

by Holly Rakoci, Director, Casa Grande Main Street While this holiday season will no doubt look different from past years, that doesn’t mean we can’t spread holiday cheer and love through our community. That is why Casa Grande Main Street is encouraging everyone to “Love Local CG” by shopping and supporting our local businesses this … Read More…

The Golden Corridor Shines Bright Throughout the Holidays

Whether strands of thousands of lights sparkling on trees and houses or a simple string of flashing lights around a person’s neck, the Golden Corridor seems to live up to its name during the holiday season. Most of the major community events feature an electric light parade along with performances, activities and food to bring … Read More…