Arizona Gives Day

Arizona Gives Day is Tuesday, a time when area nonprofits vie for donation dollars. On Arizona Gives Day, Casa Grande Alliance will raise money for an important project for Casa Grande Middle School students. The agency has expanded and redirected services to address continuing and evolving challenges to families throughout the pandemic, an announcement said. The goal for this fundraiser is to support CGMS’s vision for adding a kitchen classroom. The plan is to make over the nurse’s office in the old administration building. It has a bid from a licensed contractor for the work of remodeling and hopes to purchase the materials and supplies necessary to equip the kitchen for student learning. To donate during Arizona Gives Day, go online to

Summer school registration

Summer school will be offered to students seeking credit recovery who are enrolled in the Casa Grande Union High School District. Classes will be held on the Vista Grande campus May 24 to June 10. Transportation will be available. There is a non-refundable cost of $25 to be paid at the bookstore or online bookstore. Registration is not complete until payment is received. The last day for payment is Friday, May 14. Fee waivers are available for Native American, migrant or homeless students who qualify. For more details and to register online, visit

Child Abuse Prevention Conference

Casa Grande Alliance presents the 12th annual Pinal County Child Abuse Prevention Conference via virtual presentations. Presentations include:

  • Coming Together Through COVID-19: A Focus on Relationships to Promote Healing — 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, by David Sherwood, LPC. Sherwood is a supervisor and direct service provider for the early childhood mental health consultation program called Smart Support at Easter Seals Blake Foundation. You will focus on building resilience in children and adults. Participants will learn practical strategies through various self-care techniques and resources.
  • Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work — 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, by Alfredo Gonzalez, coordinator for both the Strong Families Program and Pinal Reentry Project and by Amy Potchen, a Casa Grande Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA member. Since each protective factor plays a role in building a stronger family, this course is extremely beneficial for anyone who provides support to children and families.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Everyone Needs to Know! — 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, by Bob Shogren, M.ED., who is the vice chair of the Arizona ACES Consortium and director of the Casa Grande Alliance. The workshop will incorporate ideas for trauma-informed activities to incorporate when working with children and adults.

Signal Peak Toastmasters

Signal Peak Toastmasters meet on Thursdays at Sun Life Family Health Center, 865 N. Arizola Road in Casa Grande, on the west side of the building, and on Zoom. Arrive about 6:15 p.m. for a meeting that begins at 6:30. New members and visitors are welcome. Information at


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