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5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

September 25, 20205 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

With the suspension of large events and many of our favorite venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. From kitten yoga to coffee deals, here are five ways to have fun this weekend while staying safe. 1. Celebrate National Coffee Day. National Coffee Day is technically next Tuesday, September 29, but there’s nothing wrong with observing the holiday early. Starting this Sunday, Teaspressa is...

A big part of our mandate at PHOENIX is to celebrate the good works of the people and institutions that populate the Valley of Sun – and as our community navigates the coronavirus crisis, we want you, the reader, to remain close to them. So we created this page as a story center for our COVID-19 coverage, from news profiles to ideas about supporting local business and responsibly enjoying the Valley. Because we’ll find our way through this storm, together.

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5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

September 17, 20205 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

With the suspension of large events and many of our favorite venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five ways to beat the quarantine blues in the Valley this weekend. 1. Find your Zen (virtually). Almost anything can be done virtually now – including aligning your mind, body and soul. Amid the pandemic, Phoenix-based organization Only Human has been providing a platform…
Feed Phoenix Partners with Local Farmers and Restaurants to Provide Meals to Those in Need

September 11, 2020Feed Phoenix Partners with Local Farmers and Restaurants to Provide Meals to Those in Need

For many of us, 2020 has been a difficult year and sometimes it’s hard to see the bright spots amid the chaos. Enter the Feed Phoenix Initiative, a collaboration between Local First Arizona and the City of Phoenix. It launched in August to provide high-quality meals to vulnerable populations using funds from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). Rather than use a large caterer or food service company to make and…
5 Safe Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 20205 Safe Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend

With the suspension of large events and many of our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five ways to beat your boredom while staying safe this holiday weekend. 1. See the Sonoran Desert from 7,000 feet in the air. What could be more socially distant than soaring several thousand feet above the rest of civilization? Try it for yourself…
Coronavirus Chronicles: Zoom Animals

September 3, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: Zoom Animals

Many Valley residents miss feeding the giraffes, getting up close and personal with the goats and other exciting animal encounters at the Phoenix Zoo. Guests aren’t the only ones that miss that connection. The animals noticed the absence of people in the park, so the zoo’s staff stepped in to give the animals extra attention. The zoo temporarily shut its doors to the public in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “That is our busiest…
Coronavirus Chronicles: Odysea Aquarium

September 2, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: Odysea Aquarium

On a typical day, OdySea Aquarium visitors could find Jessica Peranteau feeding sea lions and penguins or chatting up guests with an exotic bird or reptile perched on her arm. But these days, it seems, a typical day doesn’t exist. Peranteau is OdySea’s director of animal care and education, which means she’s in charge of “basically any animal that isn’t a fish” as well as the education team and volunteer program. It also means she…
5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

August 21, 20205 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five online events and socially distant activities to enjoy this weekend. 1. Enjoy (and support) the Grand Canyon from home. Be a trailblazer! Walk, jog, hike or bike anywhere to raise funds to preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park and celebrate the National Park…
Arizona Bar Owners Sue Governor’s Office Over Executive Order

August 20, 2020Arizona Bar Owners Sue Governor’s Office Over Executive Order

Bar owners across Arizona have joined a lawsuit to sue the governor’s office after an executive order was issued June 29 to shut them down in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In late July, Governor Doug Ducey extended the closure order, which will be reevaluated every two weeks. The lawsuit, filed by Ilan Wurman, an attorney and associate professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, originally represented 26…
Three Local Plays to Catch on the Cyberstage

August 19, 2020Three Local Plays to Catch on the Cyberstage

It’s a bummer that most local stages remain silent and dark. But on the upside, local artistic troupes remain active and you can watch their work live – even while loudly unwrapping candy or drinking beer out of a cup without a lid. You can’t do that in a theater, now can you? Arizona Theatre Company Presents Alma Written by Arizona Theatre Company’s 2019 Latinx Playwright Award winner Benjamin Benne, Alma tells the story of…
Coronavirus Chronicles: How Bayless Integrated Healthcare is Providing Whole-Person Care Amid the Pandemic

August 13, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: How Bayless Integrated Healthcare is Providing Whole-Person Care Amid the Pandemic

Dr. Kristen Ray knows that a person’s physical health is an important component of their mental wellbeing. “People experience and manifest stress and illness in a lot of different ways and a lot of those ways overlap,” she says. As Bayless Integrated Healthcare’s Vice President of Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine, it’s her job to promote this correlation to patients. Bayless is an integrated health care agency, which means its services focus on whole-person care. It…
Coronavirus Chronicles: Cloth & Flame

August 13, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: Cloth & Flame

As with so many businesses in the age of coronavirus, Arizona-based event company Cloth & Flame has had to adjust to the new normal. Since Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order prohibiting large gatherings went live, Cloth & Flame has been concentrating on smaller gatherings, including corporate events (splitting larger parties into smaller groups) and micro weddings. They specialize in “boundary pushing” custom-designed experiences in “accessible and seemingly impossible locations.” We recently spoke with owner Matt…
Valley Coronavirus Update: August 11

August 11, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: August 11

Case Count Surpasses 188,000 With 1,213 new cases reported today, August 11, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 188,737, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Cases have risen by 4.6 percent since last Tuesday, August 4. Death Toll at 4,199 The ADHS reported 45 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 4,199. People aged 65 and older continue to remain the most affected, at 71.7 percent of total deaths. Testing…
5 Virtual Animal Encounters to Give You Warm Fuzzies

August 11, 20205 Virtual Animal Encounters to Give You Warm Fuzzies

Summertime at the zoo might be a distant memory for many people right now, but wildlife parks, aquariums and zoos around Arizona still have staff on site caring for the animals – and plenty of animals on virtual display. Here are five animal encounters you can enjoy from anywhere. Zoom with Phoenix Zoo Animals Why bother with such pedestrian meeting distractions as cats running across keyboards or children jumping on furniture when you can have…
Coronavirus Chronicles: How Unlimited Potential is Providing Crucial Programs to the Community

August 5, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: How Unlimited Potential is Providing Crucial Programs to the Community

Local nonprofit Unlimited Potential focuses on empowering low-income families in South Phoenix through education initiatives. The pandemic put its in-person programming on hold, but it pivoted by continuing classes online and providing food from community gardens and local farms to families in need. “Unlimited Potential ignites unity, pride and dignity through education and advocacy,” board treasurer Joan Brunner explains. Since 1985, Unlimited Potential has addressed the needs of underserved populations. It focuses on the whole…
How to Maintain Your Car’s Hygiene During COVID-19

August 5, 2020How to Maintain Your Car’s Hygiene During COVID-19

If you have cleaned your car since the pandemic started, you may be ahead of the curve. According to an Expedia group study, one third of Americans only clean their car once a year and 12 percent don’t clean it at all. It doesn’t take a pandemic to threaten hygiene in your car, though. In fact, the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study which found that steering wheels can be four times dirtier…
Valley Coronavirus Update: August 4

August 4, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: August 4

Case Count Surpasses 180,000 With 1,008 new cases reported today, August 4, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 180,505, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is an 8.8 percent increase in cases since last Tuesday. Death Toll at 3,845 The ADHS reported 66 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 3,845. Nearly 450 deaths have been reported since last week. People aged 65 and older remain the most affected,…
5 Virtual Film Screenings and Events

August 3, 20205 Virtual Film Screenings and Events

Valley movie theaters are still shuttered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch some cool indie cinema screenings. Here are five virtual film screenings and events from local organizations that should help keep your celluloid dreams alive. Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful No Festival Required presents this documentary about famous photographer Helmut Newton, whose work exploring the female form gave him a cult star status that endures long after his death in…
Here’s How Restaurateur Christopher Collins is Coping with COVID-19

August 3, 2020Here’s How Restaurateur Christopher Collins is Coping with COVID-19

More than four months into the pandemic, many Valley restaurants are struggling. Between state-mandated regulations limiting the number of people they can serve in-house and a very frightened public, some local restaurant owners have safely divided up their dining rooms and/or turned to enhanced takeout options with contactless curbside pickup. We recently caught up with Christopher Collins of Common Ground Culinary, who owns local favorites Grassroots, Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar, Wally’s, Sweet Provisions, The…
5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

July 31, 20205 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five things to do in the Phoenix area this weekend – while still abiding by CDC guidelines. 1. Wander around Wonderspaces. This immersive art installation features 13 new artworks never before seen in Arizona, including a dragon made out of tea bags and a sewing…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 28

July 28, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 28

Case Count Surpasses 165,000 As of today, July 28, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports a total case count of 165,934, an 11.6 percent increase since last Tuesday. The ADHS reported 2,107 new cases today, and numbers show that Maricopa County remains the county with the highest reported COVID-19 cases in the state, at a total of 111,446. Death Toll at 3,408 With 104 COVID-19 deaths reported today, Arizona’s death toll has reached 3,408….
4 Virtual Fundraisers for Feel-Good Nights

July 28, 20204 Virtual Fundraisers for Feel-Good Nights

All that Glitters/Waves of Change Gala This year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s annual fundraiser gala will take place online but aims to offer all the fun of the popular “live action” event. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the affair, which includes some seriously sweet raffle packages including his and hers TagHeuer watches and a wine cellar starter kit. Among the live auction items up for grabs: a five-night stay with daily poolside…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 21

July 21, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 21

Case Count Nears 150,000 With an addition of 3,500 new cases reported today, July 21, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 case count has risen to 148,683. This is a 16 percent increase since last Tuesday, July 14. The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Data Dashboard also shows that with 98,988 total reported cases, Maricopa County has the highest number in the state – 67 percent of the total. Death Toll Nears 3,000 With 581 new deaths…
4 More Places to Catch Virtual Concerts

July 21, 20204 More Places to Catch Virtual Concerts

Last month, The Phix told you about a handful of ways to see live music virtually while venues around the Valley are shuttered. Since most places remain closed for now, here are four more digital avenues for your “live” music fix. CCA Anywhere Family Series Chandler Center for the Arts’ family-friendly music series features live performances by such artists as Latin Grammy-nominated Sonia De Los Santos (performing Saturday, July 25), who plays children’s music on guitar…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 14

July 14, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 14

Case Count Surpasses 128,000 With 4,273 cases reported today, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 cases are at 128,097, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is a 22 percent increase in reported cases since last Tuesday, July 7. The ADHS Data Dashboard shows that Maricopa County makes up 65.8 percent of Arizona’s reported cases. Death Toll at 2,337 The ADHS also reports that as of today, July 14, Arizona’s COVID-19 death toll has reached…
5 Virtual Museum Visits to Make Now

July 13, 20205 Virtual Museum Visits to Make Now

Nothing quite matches the sensory experience of walking through a museum, but a handful of local institutions offer online tours that come close, thanks to 3D imaging, photos and videos. Here are five Arizona museums you can explore from anywhere. Phoenix Art Museum The Phoenix Art Museum remains closed until further notice, but you can still explore the institution’s collections virtually and participate in events like The Whole Story: Part XII, a live storytelling show…
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