HOLIDAY CALENDAR

December 1 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa 9 to 11 a.m. at the Florence Library & Community Center. Tickets must be pre-purchased online or at the Library and Community Center. $5 adult & children over one year. Registration deadline is November 27th. December 6 Florence Christmas on Main 6 to 8 p.m., Florence Main Street. … Read More…

Everyday Heroes Wanted: Preparing Foster Care Youth for Success

by Donna McBride, Supervisor, Court Appointed Special Advocates unit, Pinal County Juvenile Justice Court Thousands of teens will graduate this May in Pinal County. Families will arrive with balloons and gifts, screaming when they see their senior walk across the stage. Now – imagine Andy. He finally made it. After living in three different group … Read More…

Everyone Can Be a Hero

For the Love of Animals By GiGi McWhirter Tina Heet has been a Certified Veterinary Technician with Casa Grande Animal Hospital for over 25-years. Her first retirement didn’t last long before returning to CGAH. She now makes time in her schedule to travel the world, volunteering her excellent tech skills to work in spay-neuter clinics … Read More…

Celebrating the Holiday Season in the Golden Corridor

by Staff Reports At their essence, the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas are about community. Family is how many experience community at its most personal level, especially as children. But some don’t have family to turn to, and the spirit of their neighborhood, town or city becomes critical to how they experience the holiday season. … Read More…

Holiday Recipes!

Everyone has a special family recipe that brings warm memories and are part of your cherished holiday traditions. We asked friends, family and local readers to submit their personal favorites. From our families to yours – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!      

ENJOY YOUR HEALTHIEST HOLIDAYS

Let’s be honest. A lot of people seem to throw in the towel healthwise from Halloween through New Year’s. It starts with all the Halloween candy, extends through Thanksgiving, which seems to be synonymous with stuffing ourselves silly, and shifts into even higher gear with December’s holiday parties and treats. You may have neither time … Read More…

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…