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SUN CITY WEST NEWS & OPINION
News

Rocky Mountain Emmys names local Silver Circle Society inductees

Local communications professionals are among five invited to join the Silver Circle Society of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
DEVELOPMENT

Just won't quit: Arizona farming families persist as development gobbles up land

The Rayner and Gladden families’ multigenerational Southwest Valley farming operations have weathered just about everything the world has thrown at them for the better part of 100 years, from drought and pests to extreme price swings and two pandemics, but there are two modern threats that are unrelenting — development and water availability.

PORA continues support into fall

Knowledge is power and the residents of Sun City West have been taking advantage of the different sources of information available to the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19

Surprise-area COVID-19 testing locations

Here is a list of some COVID-19 testing locations in Surprise, Sun City West and El Mirage.
Money

ADOR returns more than $42M in unclaimed property

The Arizona Department of Revenue’s unclaimed property program returned $42.5 million to rightful owners in the fiscal year July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
SUN CITY WEST CLUBS & NEIGHBORS
Clubs
Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter CL of Sun City West awarded Gabriella Valles $800 from their Chapter Foundation Fund, as well as a P.E.O. Educational Loan in the amount of $10,000. The …
Richard Gehlbach was born in Phoenix. He joined the United States Navy at age 18, in the 1970s, and spent a good portion of the next five years overseas. After his service was completed, he worked …
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Neighbors
Above are Fred Folden, volunteer coordinator, JR Catalano-T&T Estate Services; Tom Lyle, volunteer; Mark Sauceda, chef; Major Neil Saunders; Captain Kathy Merritt; and Captain Mark Merritt. [Submitted photo]

Salvation Army continues meal, donation services

The Salvation Army Sun Cities “Meals on Wheels” has since March 19 provided 38,000 meals for those in need. A drive through hot breakfast along with a sack lunch is available 8-9:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.
A Benevilla Home Services volunteer grocery shopping for a home-bound senior in need. A $60,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities will allow the non-profit to keep the Home Services program going through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benevilla Home Services aids isolated seniors

Benevilla realizes the senior population is the most vulnerable right now to Coronavirus and is increasingly important they practice self-isolation and stay at home during the pandemic.

Sun Cities resident, nearly 100, pens memoirs

Marie Smith, a resident at Heritage Traditions, 19303 N. New Tradition Road, turns 100 Sept. 13 and has recently published her memoirs, "The First Hundred Years: Marie Smith," available at …

Sun City West business group to conduct school drive

After hosting a success blood and food drive, the Alliance of Business and Community in Sun City West will host another event.
Young volunteer Nina Rawal is involved in a variety of projects to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young volunteer is all heart

Sun Health Foundation is proud to tell stories of people who are giving back, those foundation officials consider true “heroes with heart.”
Joanne Thomson

Mircosoft gives Benevilla COVID-19 Response Fund award

Benevilla received a $10,000 C-19 Response Fund award from the Greater Phoenix Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Team, bolstering the local organization’s community support.
Entertainment
The Arizona Swing Kings is a 19-piece big band consisting of professional musicians who play the au-thentic sounds of the famous bands representing the swing and jazz eras. The band is directed by Lenny King, founder and former leader of the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. [Submitted photo]

Arizona Swing Kings look ahead to area performances

Arizona Swing Kings band members are looking forward to getting back into music entertainment ac-tivities as soon as it’s safe for performers and the audience. The group is hoping to set up …

Women’s chorus seeks new members

Westwind Chorus, a women’s chorus and a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, singing acapella music, is looking for new members. Members are hosting weekly sessions on Zoom, providing an …
Patrick Veit, Michael Caruso and Robert Lowman will perform as The Hallelujah Blues Band Aug. 15 in Surprise.

Hallelujah Blues Band back to the Fountain

I and J Fountain Restaurant underwent deep cleaning in late July and has now reopened with live music acts back soon.
Larry Kubiayk returns to live performing with an upcoming Beatles tribute show Aug. 15 in Peoria.

Tribute series continues at Peoria’s Sunset Bistro

Social distancing is in effect at the latest installment of the ongoing tribute series from Larry Kubiayk, aka “Ol Porch Dog”: “Nothing But The Beatles” in Peoria.
West Valley Arts Council has named Glendale’s Michael Denson its new Arts HQ Gallery Director.

West Valley Arts Council names gallery director

Michael Denson is the new Arts HQ Gallery Director at West Valley Arts Council, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.
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