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Stay safe this holiday weekend with these socially distant experiences. DRIVE IN  Freedom Fest 2020 at the Princess – Reimagined The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is hosting its 2020 Fourth of July Freedom Fest this year in compliance with new social distancing guidelines. Guests will be able to participate in the Fairmont fishing derbies from 8-10 a.m. on July 4, for $10 per person. The hotel will also host an airshow at 4:45 p.m. with over...

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Phoenix-based Lectric eBikes co-founders and childhood friends Levi Conlow and Robby Deziel rolled into the electric bike scene after recognizing a gap in the market – quality e-bikes at an affordable price. The 24-year-old entrepreneurs met in middle school in Minnesota. Conlow studied entrepreneurship in college and Deziel got a degree in mechanical engineering. “Once we both graduated, he and I were wanting to work on some form of project together that would use our...

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Sienna Stark is the founder of Phoenix-based YogieFlow, an online yoga and meditation subscription service for kids – by kids. Stark is just 12 years old and is already on track to becoming a certified yoga instructor. The web-based program, which launched May 1, aims to help kids of all ages elevate their emotional wellbeing and strengthen their athletic ability. “The concept came to me because I’m in my yoga teacher training and I’m a...

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic effectively shut down global travel, Valley photographer and lifestyle blogger Diana Elizabeth took a three-week trip to Taiwan with her parents. Her favorite part of the trip was spending time with them, especially because she doesn’t get to see them often. “Time is so valuable,” she says. “No one takes a three-week vacation, especially three weeks with your parents.” Elizabeth enjoyed sharing her trip with her followers in real time. “It...

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Case Count Nears 80,000 With 4,682 new cases reported today, June 30, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count is at 79,215, as reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is a 36.2 percent increase in cases reported since last Tuesday, June 23. As of yesterday, June 29, the ADHS reports that 86 percent of adult ICU beds and 85 percent of inpatient beds at Arizona hospitals are currently in use. Death Toll Surpasses 1,600 The...

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Street artists are painting their signs of protest throughout Phoenix, using their medium to amplify the call for change. Love Fights Back by @lovefightsbackaz Love Fights Back is a newly formed collaborative of artists, inspired by recent events to come together to champion equality. Their mural is located near Van Buren Street and Fifteenth Avenue. It is most easily viewed from the Dollar General parking lot. The words of their mural, Love Fights Back, pop...

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While the coronavirus outbreak created a cloud of doom and gloom around life as we know it, a local production company saw a silver lining – a sense of strength and solidarity in the small business community. Amoroma Productions, a video business based in Chandler, saw an opportunity to share the perseverance of the state’s small businesses and how they’ve adapted amid the pandemic. The company began reaching out to community leaders and companies in...

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Protest can take many forms. Valley muralists are showing that art is one of them. Six muralists came together to create a Black Lives Matter wall in downtown Phoenix. Each artist covered a segment of the wall using their own individual style. The wall is located on Third Street, just south of McKinley Street. Just Dixon The grayscale portion closest to the street was done by Giovannie “Just” Dixon. He is currently based in Denver,...

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According to a 2019 Pew Research study, 20 percent of U.S. adults listen to audiobooks. “It’s the fastest growing form of book enjoyment today,” says Dave Pratt, owner of STAR Worldwide Networks, a Scottsdale-based media production company. With over 40 years of experience hosting radio shows, TV shows and podcasts, Pratt – also known as “The Morning Mayor” – started his company in 2009 and started producing audiobooks shortly after that. According to Pratt, audiobooks...

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Coronavirus Case Count Pass 58,000 With 3,591 new cases reported today by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count has risen to 58,179. This is a 48.8 percent increase in reported cases since last Tuesday, June 16. Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases of the state, at 33,883, or 58.2 percent of the total. Death Toll Reaches 1,384 The ADHS reported 42 new deaths today, June 23, raising...

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So, all your favorite summer music festivals got canceled and artists scrapped their tours. You still can’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowded club while bobbing your head along to live music in unison with tons of other people. That doesn’t mean this has to be the Summer of No Fun. Here’s a trio of live and local concerts you can stream into the comfort of your own living room or bedroom, plus one on-site, drive-in...

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It takes a lot of innovation to take a full-sized symphony orchestra and present it on screen instead of onstage. That’s the reality for hundreds of ensembles across the world, including the Phoenix Symphony. Suzanne Wilson became the president and CEO of the Phoenix Symphony eight weeks before Arizona went into quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. “One day, everything shifted,” she says. “You could feel the country shift.” That day in March, Wilson had to...

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