December's Events

World of Illumination Holiday Light Show

Holiday light splendor is in store for those who go on the senior center’s trip to the World of Illumination at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday, December 4th. The fee is only $15 per person to see a “…symphony of sight and sound at the world’s longest drive-through holiday light spectacular.” The van will leave the Dorothy Nolan Senior Center at 3:30 p.m. to enjoy this unique holiday experience. Pre-registration is required so stop by the senior center at 330 N. Pinal Street or call 868-7622 for more information.

The Arizona Department of Transportation invites residents and commuters interested in learning more about the US 60 Pinto Creek bridge replacement project to an open house Thursday, Sept. 5, in Miami, Arizona.

The meeting is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center, 150 North Plaza Circle in Miami. There will be no formal presentation, but project team members will be available to share information about the project and answer questions.

PAYSON, Arizona — Tonto National Forest fire managers plan to use prescribed fire and mastication operations to reduce hazardous fuels on 640 acres west of the community of Strawberry between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9 as conditions allow.

Smoke may impact Strawberry, Pine and roads in the surrounding area and may linger for several days after ignitions are complete. Fire managers will end ignitions each day by 3 p.m. to minimize the impact of smoke. Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution and slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.

FLORENCE, AZ - On Saturday November 3rd, Pinal County Superior Courthouse will join courts and communities across the county to finalize the adoptions of nearly 45 children from the foster care system. This one day celebrates the joys of adoption and encourages more people to create or grow families through adoption.

“Our court is proud to join the thousands of volunteers, lawyers, foster care professionals, CASA advocates, court staff and judges working together nationwide on this special day to celebrate the adoption process,” said Donna McBride, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Supervisor and Co-Chair of the Adoption Day event. “By giving these children stable, loving environments, you can make a powerful difference in their lives. And our communities, in return, will experience incredible joys and happy families.”

Upcoming Programs

Youth Commission Applications

The Town of Florence is seeking 14 to 18-year-old applicants for the newly created Florence Youth Commission. Selected Florence resident applicants will represent youth interests and act as a direct voice to Town staff and the Mayor and Town Council. Applications are available in the counselor’s office at Florence High School, the Community Center, 778 N. Main or online at

PHOENIX - The Tonto National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits at 8 am on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Each Christmas tree permit is $15 and can be purchased at the following locations during hours indicated:

Supervisor’s Office:
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch from 1 to 1:30 pm
2324 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 225-5200

Mesa Ranger District:
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 pm
5140 E. Ingram St.
Mesa, AZ
(480) 610-3300