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Arizona tops 2,500 cases of COVID-19, with 73 deaths

Arizona is nearing 2,600 cases of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health Services. New numbers released Tuesday morning show 2,575 cases and 73 deaths in Arizona. Maricopa County …

Free temporary digital library cards provided by Maricopa County Library District

The Maricopa County Library District facilities remain closed until further notice, but county libraries are still providing critical services to the public, including digital learning opportunities. …

Banner Health seeking 100,000 homemade masks

In an effort to protect the health and safety of employees and patients, the Banner Health Foundation is seeking 100,000 hand-crafted comfort masks donated by volunteers, sewing groups, and companies …

Valley View community food bank opens seven days a week

Valley View Community Food Bank (VVCFB), headquartered at 10771 W. Peoria Ave., is now open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Jesse Ramirez, founder and …

Cases of COVID-19 in Arizona surpass 2,400

Arizona added nearly 200 cases and one death of COVID-19 overnight. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 2,456 cases and 65 deaths are in the state, up 187 and one from Sunday, …
Opinion

Schnitzer: Tips to help seniors boost their physical, mental health during coronavirus quarantine

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, anyone can get …

KURTENBACH: Corte Bella vets tourney was success

The Corte Bella Vets nonprofit organization had a very successful sixth annual golf tournament March 8 to assist needy veterans and homeless veterans.

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.

SCHUTTE DOWLING: Parks & Sons amazes winter SCW residents

We’ve been living in Sun City West for the winter months for 23 years.

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 …

POTTS: Disagree about sharing lanes in pools

The authors of this article (“Swimming with courtesy is best choice,” Sun City West Independent, March 18, 2020) have made some very good points regarding showering, removal of band aids and placing liquid containers away from the pool edge.
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

Desert Financial in Sun City offers senior hours

Desert Financial Credit Union will offer “senior hour” during coronavirus pandemic, including at its Sun City branch, 10725 W. Grand Ave.

Royal Cafe will offer Easter dinner in Sun City

Residents who want to skip cooking for Easter dinner will have an option in Sun City.

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 …
Entertainment

Parks and rec department shares COVID-19 updates, precautions, suggestions

When Governor Doug Ducey imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a point stressed throughout his March 30 …
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 …
Neighbors
Upcoming events for seniors online are presented by Koelsch Communities.

Online events allow West Valley seniors to stay connected

Koelsch Communities, such as The Park at Surprise Independent Living Community, 14630 W. Parkwood Dr., Surprise, is offering online …
Sharon Beard working with students at Ashton Ranch Elementary School, 14898 W, Acoma Drive, Surprise. This is just one example of things senior citizens can do through the Senior Corps programs.

Senior Corps needs volunteers

There’s a program available for seniors to give back to the community, whether it’s serving the young or senior group.
Until further notice, front counter service is available by appointment only. To make an appointment call 602-942-3000 (select option “4” to contact a regional office). Customer service representatives will be available to assist customers who call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit azgfd.gov.

Next Game and Fish meeting to take place telephonically

    Next Game and Fish meeting to take place telephonically To ensure the safety of customers and staff, the next meeting …

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 …
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