by Micah Powell, Mayor, City of Eloy
It’s time to make sure we connect with family and friends to celebrate the season. Although the pandemic may be far from over, with a few precautions, it will be possible to get back to something most of us consider normal.
To start, Eloy has plans for a wonderful holiday celebration including the Mother-Daughter Tea Party on Nov. 20. Ladies, join the fun including refreshments, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and more. There also will be a Teen Casino Night Nov. 22 with teen-appropriate casino games, snacks, music, and other fun. (Visit eloyaz.gov for details).
Bring the family and friends to Main Street Park from 4 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11 for our community favorite: Christmas in Eloy! Experience our Christmas Tree Lighting and Electric Light Parade starting at 6:45 p.m. and the parade at 7:15 p.m. The evening will be filled with games, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a live band, food, and lots of holiday cheer!
This also is a good time to renew old family traditions and pastimes. Remember when holiday cooking used to be a major part of the season? Let’s make what was old, new again. In addition to reviving all of your favorite recipes, dig through a few cookbooks and try something different.
After being cooped up for the last two years, go for a hike on the CAP National Recreational Trail off I-10 and Park Link Road or enjoy a picnic at Picacho Peak State Park. Visit Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Farm. Maybe just go for a drive in Eloy’s beautiful desert or miles of manicured agricultural fields.
Let’s not forget to strategize about the new year. Eloy and the entire region is awash with new jobs. Virtually all of Eloy’s manufacturers are hiring, and starting salaries have never been more attractive.
In the last year, Owens Corning has decided to reopen its existing Eloy plant, and VEXT Science has announced opening a 70,000-square-foot indoor growing facility in the Eloy Industrial Park. Each company intends to hire 40 employees at all skill levels.
Take the time to sharpen your skills and check out the offerings at Central Arizona College. It is a leader in developing and tailoring certificate programs to enhance your opportunities in numerous career fields. CAC partners with NAU to make available a well-rounded curriculum for degree-seeking individuals.
Finally, this a good time to reflect on just you. Take a minute to organize your individual affairs. Make sure your personal papers are in order including financial documents, wills, and trusts, and other items such as mortgages and other personal effects. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your affairs are in order with clear directives for your personal representative, family, and loved ones.
Enjoy Arizona’s beautiful winter weather. Breathe some fresh air, and let’s set the stage for a 2022 that exceeds expectations.