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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Changes in travel industries due to COVID-19 are visible across the country – including Phoenix. One widespread business in local’s backyards faced a questionable future: Airbnb. However, despite travel restrictions and a crescendo of concern from authorities, visitors kept coming. Even though Airbnb has taken a financial hit from coronavirus, many are still in demand and are appealing to visitors in a different way. Alessandro Rugge is a local co-host and has witnessed the changes...

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Since Governor Doug Ducey ordered all gyms to close (again) through the end of July, home workouts are back in the quarantine circuit. Here are half a dozen regimens from local fitness gurus that can help make you stronger, faster and maybe even saner. BODI Nike Master Trainer Nikki Metzger was named Women’s Health magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” in 2015. After running a successful group fitness gym in Chicago, she followed her exercise entrepreneur dream...

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Case Count Surpasses 100,000 This week, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count surpassed 100,000. At 105,094 total reported cases as of today, July 7, Arizona has seen a 422 percent increase in cases since June 1. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 3,653 new cases were reported today, and Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases. Death Toll Nears 2,000 The ADHS reported 117 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to...

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