THE NUTCRACKER BALLET IS PART OF HOLIDAY HISTORY

by Corianna Lee, Director, Coolidge Performing Arts Center During the holidays, the music from “The Nutcracker” ballet is everywhere, even the community of Casa Grande had an annual production of it involving performers from throughout Pinal County for 24 years. Ballet companies all over the world have a long-standing tradition of performing this historic ballet … Read More…

JOIN US FOR FLORENCE’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ON MAIN HOLIDAY EVENT

Photo caption: Numerous floats adorn downtown Florence Main Street during its annual Christmas on Main event. by John Nixon, CPRP, Recreation Superintendent, Town of Florence Community Services Department Ask anyone to describe their most cherished Christmas and holiday memories and chances are you will hear words such as family, snow, presents, lights and hot chocolate.    … Read More…

DURING THE HOLIDAYS, YOUR PRESENCE IS WORTH MORE THAN PRESENTS

by Nicole Youcupicio, Prevention Specialist, Casa Grande Alliance More than likely your to-do list this holiday season includes buying presents, but does it include being present? Being physically, emotionally and mentally present with your children is crucial, especially during the holidays. On an average day in December, more than 11,000 youth will use alcohol for … Read More…

HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” – COMMUNITY CHORUS

by Marilyn Cooper-Lunt, Choir Director/Conductor, Tom Beckett and others, Handel’s “Messiah” Our 15th annual Tri-community performance of Handel’s “Messiah” is now in rehearsals. Little did I know It would become a wonderful gathering of about 150 people ages 12 to 95, representing many faiths and including vocalists, instrumentalist, pianists and others who help make it … Read More…