Ribbon-cuttings, festivals, awards and more in April

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SAFFORD — The next few weeks will be busy for the Graham County Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has three ribbon-cuttings planned, as well as a two-day event and participating in an awards ceremony.

It starts with a ribbon-cutting at Misfits Smoke Shop on Tuesday, April 20, at noon, and is followed by a ribbon-cutting and tour of the new House of Hope Prevention and Resource Center.

“It will house 14 adult males (who) are coming out of rehab. It will be kind of the middle spot before getting out on their own,” said Kathy Grimes executive director of the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition. “We’ll be helping them to find jobs and get grounded back into the community so they canb be successful in their recovery.”

The open house runs from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 23, with the ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, the chamber will host the Safford Spring Festival on the lawn in front of Safford City Hall. The event will feature art exhibitions, contests and classes, wine tasting and history seminars on the Gila Valley.

Joe Roan Eagle, who painted this mural at a business on Safford’s Main Street, will host a graffiti art event and silent auction during the Safford Spring Festival, April 24-25. – Contributed Photo/Danny Smith

The Spring Festival is open from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, with the day capped by a special performance by Ryan Innes, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Safford Downtown Association’s 16th annual Appreciation Luncheon will take place Wednesday, April 28 at noon. The setting is the Safford Theater, which is nearing completion of its renovation, and will feature the Best of Safford Awards presentation.

Closing out the busy two weeks is another ribbon-cutting, this time at the newest business on Safford’s Main Street, Marcia’s Garden, on Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m.