This month, we are carrying on with our “good news” theme and sharing all the positive things that continue to happen in our neighborhood. If you have “good news” stories that you’d like to share, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice of the Valley will open its fifth White Dove Thrift Shoppe located at 2711 E. Indian School Road. The shop offers quality resale furniture, housewares, art, fashion, designer shoes, purses and jewelry. Proceeds from the store go to patient and family care. Donations are accepted and HOV is also looking for volunteers to help run the new store. For more: whitedovethrift.org. Contact JoEllen at email@example.com or
602-530-6968 for volunteer information.
Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian, provides weekly “History Happy Hour” posts on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. Grab a beverage and get ready to delve into some history. Marshall shares interesting tidbits and curiosities from Arizona’s past. There is trivia, music history, a view from the Hist-O-Cam and a viewer question, plus a cocktail recipe that’s tailored to each episode. For more: visit the Arizona History Happy Hour Facebook page.
Phoenix Center for the Arts is providing online dance n’ sculpt classes every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Head over to Instagram Live for a dance class that will get the whole body moving. Dance Instructor Michaela Konzal will be teaching moves for every ability and age. Phoenix Center for the Arts is providing these classes free of charge, but donations are welcome. For more: visit the Phoenix Center for the Arts Instagram page.
Pinspiration, located at 5410 E. High St. #105 in Phoenix, is open and holding small group classes. Folks can bust out their crafty side and try their hand at string art, canvas painting, marbling ties and acrylic paint projects, all with templates and step-by-step instructions. Plus, there’s a wine and beer bar for the grownups. Registration is required and classes start at $20. For more: pinspiration.com.
Phoenix Public Library will kick off its Summer Reading Program on June 1. Kids (and adults) can avoid the “summer slide” by reading for 20 minutes a day. Sign up for the Summer Reading Game, where kids can earn badges, points and prizes for every minute they read. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Kids up to age 11 can earn a free personal pan pizza from Peter Piper Pizza and participants 12 and older will earn free chips and guacamole from Rubio’s when they reach 500 points. At 1,000 points, participants earn a free book. Register at maricopacountyreads.org.
Rise Foundation Arizona is an organization dedicated to teaching public speaking and leadership skills to students from grade school through college. They have unveiled a new online class format for kids currently at home. Each program runs for eight weeks and includes weekly one-hour classes, homework assignments, one-on-one coaching and entry into the RISE Foundation Summer 2020 Speech Contest. For more: risefoundationaz.com.
Arcadia High School held an inaugural Senior Parade on May 20, where students and their families drove through the Hopi Elementary parking lot to celebrate their grads. They were greeted by Principal Stevens. Grand Marshal and Student Body President Charlie Siegel spoke a few words, and senior Olivia McGinley sang the National Anthem. The students were celebrated with pomp and circumstance while neighbors cheered safely from the sidelines.
Arcadia High also had posters of each graduate made and set up on the front lawn at the high school. Staff, parents and the community were able to celebrate along with the students before their graduation parade.
Xavier and Brophy juniors Jamie Stelnik, Jackson Moran and Charlie Fallon created a virtual fun-run to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. The Arizona Run for COVID-19 challenges folks to run one mile or a 5K and send in their time. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest times and there is also a raffle. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for meals, food boxes for families in need, rent and utility assistance, telemedicine, hygiene kits and shelter. For more: azrunforcovid.com.
Civana Wellness Resort & Spa is holding virtual “wellness” treatments each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Mondays at 8 a.m. folks can tune in on Instagram Live for Intention Setting, where they can take 10 minutes to meditate and talk about their goals for the week. Wellness Wednesday invites folks to virtual table side talks and lessons with teachers, tastemakers and fellow travelers who inspire wellness. Friday is the Evening Gratitude Circle where folks can close the week out with a moment of gratitude and reflect on things that brought them joy during the week. For more: civanacarefree.com.
While completing his junior year of college through distance learning at home in Arizona, Brown University student Evan Pittman has performed weekly at St. Thomas the Apostle, even with the absence of church services.
“I performed for weekly Saturday mass as a high school student,” Pittman said, “and I still perform during services when I am home from college, so it made sense for me to play there once a week, even while masses were suspended and just run through my playlist of spiritual music.”
Quarantine birthdays had Arcadia families coming up with new ways to celebrate. Payne Palmer celebrated his 80th birthday by waking up to pictures spread out on his lawn of the guests that would have been at a celebration dinner. “It reminded me of seat holders from the Academy Awards,” said sister-in-law Terry Palmer. “He was surprised!”
Nita Shaw also celebrated her 95th birthday quarantine-style with a socially-distanced concert performed by the DirtyKeyzDuo. Folks set up chairs in their driveways and helped Nee celebrate with drinks, tunes and decorations.
“It was a great day,” Nita’s daughter, Robbie, said. “Mom felt the love. It really boosted her spirits in this challenging time!”
Board positions are available at Hopi Elementary. There is a need for help with the Hopi Hawktion fundraiser, the Spring Arts Fair is looking for a co-chair, and they are also looking for a designer and creators/photographers for Hopi Gear. For more: email Katie Evarkiou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arcadia High School’s PTO is looking for volunteers to join their executive board for next year. Job descriptions are available at arcadiapto.org. This opportunity is an excellent way for parents to get involved and support the school and the community for things such as Project Graduation and hospitality/health. For more: contact Linda Schlenker at email@example.com or 602-576-3828.
My Slice of the Pie Pizzeria continued to offer their promotion for people to purchase meals for health care workers throughout the month of May. Folks could buy a pizza meal and feed a group of four at Banner Health. At the time of production, they’ve delivered 120 meals to Banner University Medical Center, 60 pizzas to St. Vincent de Paul, 80+ meals to the Sojourner Center and 110 pizzas to the United Food Bank to feed the volunteers and the Arizona National Guard.
Ladies in the Headlights helped provide socially distant entertainment last month. Performed by The Ladies from the 90s – two Phoenix moms – the improv-type comedy shows became a short series of pop-up parking lot shows people could enjoy from the safety of their vehicles. Locations included Chestnut at Vintage Arcadia and Changing Hands/Southern Rail. For more: wearetheladies.net.
Metier Pharmacy was the only independent pharmacy in the state of AZ offering COVID-19 testing through the month of May. Metier confirmed that testing will continue in June: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more: metierpharmacy.com.
The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market will be open through June. The Saturday market will be adjusting hours to 7-10:30 a.m. to accommodate the heat. Drive-through pickup lanes for pre-orders will still be available and drive-through is also available for patrons who want to remain in their vehicles. For more: arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Health care providers can find free tutoring assistance for their children through Front Lines Tutoring. This service provides virtual tutoring via Zoom, and tutors include over 100 undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon, Texas Christian University, UCLA, University of Colorado Boulder, University of North Carolina, Yale and more. The service started out with UCLA students and branched out to include students attending other universities across the nation. For more: frontlinestutoring.com.
“From the LDV Winery Vineyard Kitchen” is a Facebook Live concept happening on June 4 and 11. Guests can log on to the LDV Winery Facebook page and join owners Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham in the kitchen as they make dinner with items they currently have in their pantry. Guests can cook along with Peggy and Curt, who will also offer wine tips and pairing suggestions for each meal. For more: visit the LDV Winery Facebook page.
Vintage Arcadia recently launched an online marketplace so that people can shop for vintage, artisan-made and handcrafted goods without leaving the house. The marketplace will feature over 75 of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market’s vendors and will be selling the one-of-a-kind items. Since this year’s Junk in the Trunk Market was canceled, owners and creators Lindsey Holt and ColeyArnold wanted to be able to share all the goods until the event is up-and-running again. For more: bit.ly/36a9v7z.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is hosting a virtual summer camp this year. Camp in a Box is available to children ages 4-10 and will be offered in June and July. Each box includes an instruction guide, schedule, project supplies, art materials and access to virtual content that fits in with weekly camp themes like World of Magic and Fantasy and Dinosaur Discovery. Camp in a Box costs $129 per box per week for non-members and $99 for members. Boxes will be available for curbside pick up at the museum, or home delivery for an extra $25. For more: childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.