Three AHS junior football and basketball players made sure to stay busy during the quarantine summer. Brad Gooch, Jack Spiekerman and Brandon Austin started Valley Window Cleaners, a window washing company that serves the Arcadia neighborhood and surrounding areas. The business has allowed the boys to earn some extra money and learn about starting and running their own business.
For more: bit.ly/3fs9Xkx
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Hopi Elementary is looking for help with programs like Go-To Crew, Dad’s Club, Variety Show and the Used Book Fair, along with classroom opportunities like Room Parent and Art Masterpiece volunteer.
For more: hopipta.com
Arcadian Stephanie Burnside and her husband Josh launched their first location of Premier Martial Arts in the Kachina Village Center on 32nd St. and Indian School Road. Classes offered will include martial arts and self-defense training, plus kickboxing, karate and Krav Maga. There are over 100 locations around the country.
For more: premiermartialarts.com
Bricks Studio, a children’s dance studio on 45th St. and Indian School is offering a free toddler class on the first Tuesday of each month. Children up to age two (who can walk) can participate in “Toddler Tuesday” classes. The goal is to teach toddlers the fundamentals of dancing and music while helping them get comfortable with a class-like setting. Classes begin September 1.
AZ Sunrays has launched a new program “to help families find some balance in their lives for their children’s upcoming school season.” The Sunrays Balance Program will provide parents with student care in a supportive environment where students access their virtual learning with structured activities throughout the day. The program is geared toward kindergarten to 10th-grade students. Prices vary, and safety measures will be put in place.
For more: arizonasunrays.com
Impact Gymnastics Academy, a gymnastics and fitness center on the corner of 12th St. and Northern in Phoenix, offers study camps to assist parents with student needs. The staff will provide a safe and structured environment where students can balance their online education with healthy physical activities. Price and class times vary.
For more: impactgymaz.com
Teaspressa, a local tea shop across from Arcadia High School, has expanded its dining room hours daily from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Products can be ordered on Teaspressa’s website and shipped or picked up at the Arcadia café, located inside. Guests can also pick up a cold brew set that includes everything needed to make Teaspressa signature drinks at home. The set is $35.
For more: teaspressa.com
Encore Creative CEO and entrepreneur Stefanie Lerner created SaniCrew, a “modern Ghostbuster approach” to safety and sanitization in public areas or gatherings. Lerner wanted to create something that could give people peace of mind as they return to the new “normal” during COVID. The team at SaniCrew uses wands, hand sanitizer and wipes to keep public venues and spaces clean.
For more: getsanicrew.com
LON’s at the Hermosa Inn has hired Rebecca Tillman as its executive chef. The Hermosa Inn is a boutique resort in Paradise Valley. Since 2017, Tillman has been the executive sous chef at The Phoenician and helped open Mowry + Cotton, The Phoenician Tavern and The Marketplace. She also worked at the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak. Tillman studied hospitality administration at NAU and is a culinary mentor for the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, which helps prepare students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
For more: hermosainn.com
Registration is now open at Scottsdale Community Learning Center. SCLC is a place where students can go for a quiet place to study and complete their online assignments. Professional staff will supervise children logging into their virtual classrooms for learning and facilitate any schoolwork or homework assignments they need to complete during their remote learning time. SCLC’s focus is “creating a physical setting to complement virtual instruction from schools, including supervision, technical support and socialization for school-aged kids.” Safety guidelines like masks, sanitizer and distancing are being followed.
For more: scottsdalecommunitylearning.com
Uptown Farmers Market, located at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., is open year-round on Saturday mornings. The market’s summer hours are 7-11 a.m. to accommodate the heat. Patrons will find local produce, bread, drinks, flowers, homemade masks and more. Online shopping and curbside pickup are also available.
For more: uptownmarketaz.com
Arcadia High School’s National Honor Society is offering free, student-led, virtual tutoring for students at Arcadia, Ingleside, Tavan and Hopi. Students participating in either SOL or EDL can request a tutor at any time for any subject. Tutoring may begin as early as the first day of school if needed.
For more: contact NHS
Vice President Max Lunifeld at
Mackenzie Mullins is the creator of a new company called Thyme + Honey. They specialize in custom gift baskets for any occasion – be it a birthday, anniversary, promotion or just a little something to brighten someone’s day. Check out Thyme + Honey’s Facebook/Instagram pages to see the latest creations.
Saguaro Branch Library is not open for regular services due to the current public health issues, but it does provide curbside pickup. Customers can access the library’s website to view their account, search the online catalog, use digital resources, and place holds.
For more: phoenixpubliclibrary.org
Executive Chef Brian Archibald is leading the culinary team at Francine, a new Mediterranean restaurant that opened in early August at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The menu is inspired by dishes from the south of France, with an open floor plan and lots of natural light in the dining room. Archibald brings over three decades of expertise to dishes like grilled octopus, zucchini carpaccio and steak tartare.
For more: francinerestaurant.com
For the fifth year in a row, Barro’s Pizza reached their goal of donating $40,000 to Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, a local nonprofit whose mission is to help Arizona families with the high costs and challenging logistics of caring for their children during cancer treatment.
For more: azcancerfoundation.org