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Temporary service level changes at ADOR customer lobbies in Phoenix, Mesa

In light of COVID-19, the Arizona Department of Revenue has temporarily modified current services in an effort to protect the health and safety of its customers and employees while continuing to …

Arizona tops 1,400 cases of coronavirus, with 29 deaths

Arizona continues to add roughly 100 cases of coronavirus each day, with over 1,400 cases and 29 deaths in the state as of Wednesday, April 1. The Arizona Department of Health Services released …

Sun City West wood shop club donates masks

With the community of Sun City West in quarantine, residents and clubs continue to figure out ways to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue adjusting operations

Anticipating a statewide “shelter in place” order, which was issued by Gov. Doug Ducey March 30 and went into effect March 31, Sun Cities 4 Paws Cat Rescue officials made adjustments to the agency’s operation.

Federal, state tax deadline shift doesn't include charitable credit extension

Arizona nonprofit leaders are sounding a collective alarm as the Arizona charitable tax credit deadline provided to aid qualified nonprofit organizations did not move with recent federal tax deadline …
Opinion

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 …

Staying socially connected while social distancing

We are really in an unprecedented time with a lack of answers, certainty and control, and there is no end in sight. With all the discussion and encouragement around “social distancing” for our physical health, it brings up a whole new array of potential mental health problems, especially for older adults.

GILPIN: Country open to attack by shutdown

It appears that China has found a way to shut down our country without firing a bullet.

CLIFFORD: More closure means less assessments

So the rec centers in Sun City West will be closed until May 3.

McRae: Do not bring children to Sun City West stores

While shopping at the Sun City West Fry’s store on Monday (March 16) morning I couldn’t help but notice a large number of children shopping with their mothers.

Newlon: Remote online notarization a critical need in Arizona

To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. senators --- Kevin Cramer and Mark Warner --- introduced a bill known …
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 …

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. …

Tappers slate variety show in Sun City West

Take a sleigh ride with Rhythm Tappers Jazzy Poms in the Nov. 21-24 “Holidaze” variety show at Stardust Theatre, 14401 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Tickets are on sale through the Rec Center Box …

Patchers group in Sun City West shares techniques

The Palo Verde Patchers Longarm Group meet in members’ homes to share techniques and help each other work through quilting challenges. Announcement meetings are 10 a.m. first, third and …
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
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 …
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 …
Ryan Arguillo and Jerred Williamson, who make up DirtyKeyz Duo, have lost 10 gigs to this point.

Local musicians go quiet in COVID-19’s new normal

The COVID-19 shutdown has touched every element of everyday life, from social interaction to public gatherings to fun outings to …
The Arizona Restaurant Association debuts Arizona Takeout Week to run throughout the Coronavirus closures.

ARA announces Arizona Takeout Week amidst mandated closures

Responding to the recent state of emergency, the Arizona Restaurant Association is creating a new marketing strategy to help support …
Paula McKenny, Cathy Corbin and Phyl Deany recently wrapped their run of “Alzheimer’s The Musical” at Ghostlight Theatre in Sun City West.

Ghostlight Theatre alters season lineup due to COVID-19

      Ghostlight Theatre alters season lineup due to COVID-19 ‘Art’ postponed, ‘Moby Dick’ …
Neighbors

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 …
Earlier this month on March 11, the Salvation Army Sun Cities West Valley Corps in Surprise treated their many volunteers to a lunch with special music, awards and lessons about The Salvation Army history.

‘Neighbors Helping’ Neighbors’ supports community needs

The city of Surprise has launched a “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign while asking residents to donate critical items during …

Staying yellow all these years in Sun City

There was always an assumption that the mistake in not installing fire hydrants between Grand Avenue and Peoria Avenue would be …
Leo Jensen, a resident at Sun City West Assisted Living, displays a message to his loved one.

Local kids brightening days for quarantined SCW assisted living residents

Older adults are among those at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19, and one Sun City West retirement community …
The AARP Historic Chapter No. 1’s new leadership board features, from left, Sandra Marshall (secretary), Eileen Kendig (2nd vice president), Charlene McGarvey (1st vice president), Jay Lickus (president) and Maurice Kelsall (treasurer).

AARP offices tentatively plan to re-open March 30

AARP AZ state director Dana Marie Kennedy reported March 17 at due to COVID-19 precautions AARP Arizona staffers will work remotely …
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