One of Arizona’s little quirks that often gets a chuckle from people who come here from elsewhere is that we do everything in the winter. Over in the Midwest and the Northeast, nobody plans anything big for the colder months. That’s what summer is for. But it’s just the opposite here, when all our big outdoor entertainment and festivals are reserved for October through March, creating a barren calendar for the other months.

But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in Maricopa during the summer. People of all ages need things to do during these months, and our community makes sure there are plenty of options. Consider me jealous. Growing up in Glendale, summer breaks were no time for fun, and they were longer because we didn’t have fall break or a second week of spring break. We wound up holed up inside the whole time, and by the beginning of July I just wanted to be back in school already to break up the monotony. In this issue of Copacetic Magazine, we talked to some of the people trying to save Maricopa from that same malaise, as well as those who have benefited from the programs. You’ll read stories about personal growth and new friendships that have formed over the summer months.

Once you get to know the people who are making things happen behind the scenes, I hope you’ll be motivated to check out their organizations and their summer schedules online to learn how to get involved. Having an eventful summer goes both ways — we need people who are willing to put in the work to provide programming, but we also need the community to support those people so they can continue on in future years.

On a more personal note, this will be my last issue editing Copacetic. My new job at PinalCentral requires me to focus on the news side, so while I will still be running the Maricopa Monitor, this magazine needs somebody who can give it the attention it deserves. With that in mind, I’m happy to announce that Rofida Khairalla will be taking over beginning with the July issue. Rofida has been in charge of Pinal Ways Magazine for a while now, and if her work on that publication is any sign, you’re all in good hands.

It’s been an honor creating this magazine to provide the people of Maricopa a better look into what makes this area unique, which is its people and the passion they put into all the different things they do. The feedback from readers like you has been overwhelming and has encouraged us to keep telling the stories of people you might not have heard of, but who nonetheless are making a difference in your hometown. That mission continues.

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