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President Trump approves 'major disaster declaration' for Arizona, Gov. Ducey says

Gov. Doug Ducey on April 4 announced that President Trump in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Arizona’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration …

Arizona approaches 1,800 cases of COVID-19, with over 40 deaths

The Arizona Department of Health Services has reported nearly 1,800 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 41 deaths. New numbers released Friday show 1,769 cases in Arizona, up from 1,598 the day …

Beware of COVID-19 investment schemes

The Arizona Corporation Commission offers tips on how to safeguard yourself from fraudulent investment schemes amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Bank offers help for clients with hardships from COVID-19

Bank of America has announced additional support for its 66 million consumer and small business clients in response to the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus.

St. Vincent de Paul serves the poor as it changes model in wake of COVID-19 outbreak

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul --- which has a mission to feed, clothe, house and heal individuals and families in need --- has had to respond with extraordinary agility to the COVID-19 outbreak …
Opinion

Cheney: Write personal history while at home

We’re stuck at home for who knows how long due to the coronavirus. The heart virus? I love the name of this virus but not how it has stopped everything. But I know something can we do with this time.

Simmer: Rotarians provide ideas on how you can help others during pandemic

Rotarians are “People of Action,” and Rotary clubs and their members throughout Arizona are pitching in to help where needed in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic …

Sandoval: Events moved faster than last letter about Sun City

Humbly asking for mercy regarding my letter to the editor (“Resident hopes RCSC will not over react,” Sun City Independent, March 18, 2020).

Graettinger: Long-time commitment comes to end in Sun City

Think about the things that you have done for the past 30 years, like staying happily married to the same person, or retiring from a job, or living in the same house.

Provateare: Yards becoming eyesore because of weeds in Sun City

There has been a lot of rain this year and with that we have a lot of weeds.
Clubs
Show Stopper

Performing groups grapple with closures, financial setbacks, lost preparation

When West Valley recreation centers closed their doors and social gatherings were restricted, actions taken as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many residents …

Non-partisan group, Sun City Democrat club spend ‘Morning at the State Capitol’

The non-partisan Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans and the Sun City Democratic Club collaborated to offer their members a “Morning at the State Capitol” Oct. 24. Speakers for this …

PA club slates ‘Zingo-Bingo’ event, lunch

The Pennsylvania Club hosts a “Zingo-Bingo” game and lunch Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Quail-Coyote Room, Foundation Building, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Members and their guests are welcome. …

Artist of the month, November demonstrator announced in Sun City

The Artists by the Lake have named Mark Christopher its artist of the month.
Business

Mental health apps available for first responders

The 100 Club of Arizona is offering two mobile apps, sponsored by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, to help first responders find mental health resources from a distance, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Desert Financial Credit Union announces ‘senior hour’ during coronavirus pandemic

Select Desert Financial Credit Union branch locations will now be open for senior-only banking. The access will be in place for those who are 60 years of age and older, and the planned hours are …

Independent offers program for businesses

Independent Newsmedia launched “What’s Open” and “Yes, We’re Open” campaigns to help with community awareness on how local businesses are operating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater Phoenix area Domino’s stores looking to hire 150 team members

Domino’s locations are looking to hire about 150 new team members across nearly 80 stores throughout the Greater Phoenix area. The positions include delivery drivers, customer service …
Entertainment
The Sun City Ukulele Club performs at a number of events, like the Sun City PRIDES volunteer appreciation luncheon in February, and members miss the social interaction.

Finding innovative ways to participate in Sun City

The coronavirus has many Sun City residents staying in their homes and missing out on club and other activities they have become used …
During social isolation, residents can take a virtual tour of current exhibits at the Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise.

West Valley Arts Council launches online virtual tour

      West Valley Arts Council launches online virtual tour Current exhibits available for viewing – from a safe …
Bill Burkett and Eric Laubach gave a driveway concert March 29 in Sun City to about 25 friends and neighbors seated at safe distances on sidewalks and driveways across the street.

Musicians entertain Sun City neighbors with ‘driveway concert’

Music can travel much farther than the six-foot safe social distancing these days, and a couple of Sun City musicians let their …
Calexico

HEARTS for Arizona 24-Hour Virtual Telethon to be April 3-4

Arizona Citizens for the Arts has organized a 24-hour virtual telethon with live-streamed performances and appearances by Arizona …
Neighbors
Terry Bukley, left, and Patrice Sienko sew together masks at a member’s home during the Recreation Centers of Sun City facilities closure.

Sun City clubs adjusting to closures

Sun City clubs, both Recreation Centers of Sun City chartered and independent, are finding ways to adjust to facility closures and …

Emergency relief grants available for Arizona artists, arts professionals

As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to …
Desert Garden United Church of Christ’s Patty Nordahl displays a plarned mat.

West Valley church organizes effort to help homeless

Many churches, synagogues and temples have suspended worship services to comply with recommendations for slowing the spread of …

Sun City SilverStones name artist of the month

Barbara Kessler is the SilverStones Club’s featured artist for March. She makes necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Ms. Kessler …
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