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Some Sun Cities residents now eligible for COVID vaccine

Some Sun Cities residents are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but others will have to wait.
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SCHOA Foundation now qualifies for state tax credit

Residents looking for an organization to contribute to so they can take advantage of the state’s charity tax credit have one more Sun City organization to consider.
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Scams proliferate in Sun City with COVID-19

As Sun Cities residents enter a new year with COVID-19 still hanging over their heads, there is more to be concerned about than health issues.
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Briarwood Country Club golf associations donate to Soldier’s Best Friend

The 18-Hole and 9-Hole Ladies Golf Associations at Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, chose Soldier’s Best Friend as their holiday charity this year, for the third …

Residents can glean with Desert Garden

Desert Garden United Church of Christ is inviting the community to join its team in gleaning for St. Mary’s Food Bank. For 10 weeks, from Jan. 21 through March 25, volunteers will gather at …

Renowned local artist leaves creative legacy

Artist Jan Trisler, a Sun City resident for more than 25 years, died Nov. 14 in her home, surrounded by her family of husband George Palovich, four daughters and four granddaughters. Devoted to …

Golf car parade spreads Christmas cheer

The COP Condo HOA hosted its first holiday golf car parade Dec. 19 along West Castle Rock Drive. Residents Sharon and Ken Davis wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer, but wanted to do it …

Sun City author publishes two new books of Christian poetry

Sun City resident Dr. Lydia A. Woods released two new books of Christian poetry in paperback and e-book format: “Those Bible Women” and “Those Bible Characters.” Dr. Woods …

Tip Top dancers back to tapping

Beginning tap classes have begun as the Tip Top Dancers are again back to tapping. Enacting strict safety protocols, the club resumed classes this month, welcoming new and returning dancers. …

Petro named ‘artist of the month’

The Artists by the Lake club has chosen Shirley Petro as its January artist of the month. Born in Canton, Ohio and raised in Sayreville, New Jersey, Ms. Petro married her childhood sweetheart, Joe …

Guy Dobbins, Larry Kubiayk and Scott Severtson -- as the Rockin The Blues trio -- have upcoming gigs in Peoria, Wickenburg and Sun City.

Blues trio planning Peoria gig

The trio Rockin’ The Blues has a trio of West Valley gigs coming up in February.
Dr. Jeff Hall

AAUW to host talk with director of Lowell Observatory

Join the American Association of University Women — Northwest Valley for a Zoom conversation Jan. 21 with Dr. Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.

West Valley Symphony cancels 2020-21 season

The West Valley Symphony board of directors has canceled the group’s remaining concerts for the season, due to the continued increase in COVID cases.
Teacher Bonita Smulski-Bizeau has more than two decades of yoga experience and more than six years of certified Iyengar teaching experience. [Submitted photo]

Iyengar yoga now available in West Valley

Those wanting to increase their flexibility, strength and skill level can participate in Iyengar yoga, currently taught through the Zoom platform but returning to the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, …

Older adults can participate in creative aging classes

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) has been offering creative aging classes to older adults throughout the Valley since 2017. New sessions are beginning in January and are available …

Trio takes the stage for two shows

The Rockin' the Blues Trio will perform 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Copper Penny Saloon, 10765 W. Peoria Ave. (call 623-875-6672), and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 at the Sun City Country Club, …

GriefShare sessions offered at Bellevue Heights Church

Bellevue Heights Church, 9440 W. Hutton Drive, hosts a session on coping with the death of a spouse 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Those who have recently lost their spouse will find encouragement from …

Christmas concert draws crowd on Cameo Drive; next show set

More than 60 people attended a Dec. 13 driveway concert, a show that went on for two hours. Performing on piano and vocals were Dale Elliott, Sharon Word, “Harryzona” and Eric Laubach …

AZ Swing Kings slate February show

Tickets are now available for the AZ Swing Kings concert—"The Great American Songbook and All That Jazz"—7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise …
Peregrine falcons will highlight the Watchable Wildlife Program’s first virtual experience. [Submitted photo]

AZGFD to kick off virtual speaker wildlife series Jan. 7 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is getting ready to roll out a new and exciting way to keep people connected with the state’s diverse wildlife.
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