Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to get out of the winter doldrums than by taking in the new blooms and scenic views that Pinal County has to offer. Take advantage of the coolers temperatures and approaching wildflower season by planning a hike through any one of Pinal’s many hiking trails. For information on regional trails, parks and open spaces, visit www.pinalcountyaz.gov/OpenSpaceTrails.
Breakfast takes flight at the Coolidge Fly-in
Looking to spread your wings and try something new? Every first Saturday of the month, now through May 2018, aviation enthusiasts can head to the Coolidge Municipal Airport for the Coolidge Fly-In. The monthly event features aircraft from all over the state and country as pilots fly in for breakfast, fuel and, of course, to show off their planes to aviation photographers and flight fanciers.
Breakfast is served by the Coolidge Lion’s Club in front of the main hangar at the airport, which features a wooden World War II hanger, a symbolic relic of the airport’s former days as the Coolidge Army Airfield. Visitors can enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage for just $8 between 8 and 10:30 a.m. For more details, visit www.coolidgeaz.com/airport.
Casa Grande Historic Downtown Street Fair and Car Show
It’s time once again for Casa Grande’s 18th Annual Historic Downtown Street Fair and Car Show. The all-ages event features art, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and food vendors, plus live entertainment and vintage rides on display. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 20, 2018, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 21, 2018, along Casa Grande’s Main Street. For more information, visit www.cgmainstreet.org or call (520) 836-8744.
33rd Annual Florence Historic Home Tour
Experience diverse architectural styles in some of Florence’s most historically significant homes and buildings at the 33rd Annual Florence Historic Home Tour. Glimpse into the history of the Old West with special presentations and activities in addition to the self-paced tour, which runs between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Tickets are $15 for adults on the day of the event or $10 in advance. For more information, call (520) 868-7699 or visit www.florenceaz.gov/hometour.
Kick it up a notch at Grande Sports World
Get a front row seat as professional soccer teams, the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew, arrive at one of the finest sports training facilities in the United States, Grande Sports World. The $20-million facility completed in 2010 boasts eight professional-grade soccer fields and an impressive 58,000-square-foot training and conditioning performance center. From January 24 through February 6, 2018, training is typically held every day from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Both training and soccer games are open and free to the public. Tickets are not required; seating is first come, first served. More info on Grande Sports World can be found at www.grandesports.com.
The historic and beautifully appointed Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort is adjacent to Grande Sports World and offers excellent accommodations for guests.
Brought to you by the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, (520) 836-2125, www.casagrandechamber.org.