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Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital …

Sun Cities COVID cases starting to reduce rise

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the overall number of Sun Cities COVID-19 cases at 4,114 on Jan. 15.

Feds: Capitol mob aimed to 'assassinate' elected officials

PHOENIX (AP) — The pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents. The remarks came …

Rec Center Show shares positive news

With the start of the new year, Recreation Centers of Sun City West officials continue to rely on science for the safety of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is scheduled to release an environmental review that will pave the way to create one of the largest copper mines in the U.S., against the wishes of a …

SCW autonomous car pilot hits dead end

The potential of a autonomous vehicle pilot program in Sun City West has come to a screeching halt.

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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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The Estrella Chapter of the American Daughters of the Revolution observed a hat day for their Jan. 14 virtual meeting. Each member was encouraged to wear any kind of hat to the meeting. Nancy …
Above is DanceSensations’ new Pilates instructor Valerie Moore-Colvert with some of the props used during class. Ms. Moore-Colvert has been teaching Pilates for 11 years. Class meets 2:30 …
The Palo Verde Artists have named Loretta Hostettler its February artist of the month. Ms. Hostettler is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She began her adult life as a soldier in the United …
DanceSensations is open and members are learning new choreography. The cowgirls above performed a jazz dance to “Chattahoochee” for the show last year. Classes include: Monday and …
Several members of the Benevilla board of directors meet with leadership. They are, from left to right, board secretary Dawn Tompkins, Benevilla employee Dan, Benevilla CFO Anthony Valencia, board chair Shannon Arriola. Benevilla CEO and President Joanne Thomson, back shown, and Ex-Officio Conrad Graff.

Benevilla thanks board after trying year

Benevilla leadership recently thanked its board of directors who have successfully met head-on the challenges of 2020 and the COVID19 pandemic.

Free Zoom event for Arizonans with Parkinson’s

Those among the nearly 18,000 Arizonans living with Parkinson’s Disease can register for “New Frontiers in Research and Care,” a free educational event live on Zoom 1-2:30 p.m. …
From left are Sue Dziegielewski, chairperson for the event, Katie Ares, director of operations of Soldier’s Best Friend, and Sue Andrews, president of the 9-Hole Ladies Golf Association. [Submitted photo]

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 …
“Dark Star”, ceramic, Sky Harbor Airport Art Collection

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 …
Ballet Theater of Phoenix is a space where students come to develop their artistry, skill, understanding, and passion for dance. [Submitted photo]

Ballet classes for seniors available via Zoom

The Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, in partnership with Jewish Family & Children's Service, is offering free Zoom "Sit or Stand" ballet classes for seniors. Hosted online every Friday, from noon to …

Cheri and the Pacemakers announce upcoming gig

Cheri and the Pacemakers will perform 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at The Copper Penny Saloon, 10765 W. Peoria Ave. The band consists of Cheri Adams (keyboard, guitar and vocal) and Dave Albert …
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, …
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