News Briefs

Catholic Daughters have ‘Pasta with the Pastor’

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of Lourdes Court 2278, hosted a “Pasta with the Pastor” dinner on Oct. 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Madonna Hall. 

Nearly 500 attendees enjoyed a dinner of salad and penne pasta — with Father John Bonavitacola’s homemade sauce — Italian meatballs, homemade rolls and dessert of Italian ice.

The Catholic Daughters’ next event is the cookie walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Madonna Hall. Guests can see, buy and take home an assortment of home-baked, holiday-decorated Christmas cookies, cakes, pies, candy and breads.

The Catholic Daughters meet at 9 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month from September to May at Our Lady of Lourdes Madonna Hall, 19002 N. 128th Avenue, Sun City West.


Northwest Valley Connect seeks drivers

Northwest Valley Connect is looking for drivers to assist community members with rides to dialysis, cancer treatments, pharmacies and others identified as essential nonemergency rides. 

Since 2014, the drivers have served Sun City West, Sun City, Surprise, Peoria and El Mirage.

For more information, call Kathy Chandler at 623-282-9304. 


Streck-Rider named director of admissions at Sagewood

Sagewood, a Life Plan Community featuring resort-like amenities focused on independence and well-being, named Kelly Streck-Rider director of admissions for assisted living — memory care at Sagewood’s Desert Willow.

She brings 20-plus years of experience in various health care settings to Desert Willow Assisted Living and Memory Care at Sagewood. Streck-Rider previously served as the sales counselor at the Terraces of Phoenix.

“We are excited to have Kelly join our team with her wealth of experience,” says Gina Razdan, director of assisted living and memory care.

“Her passion for senior care and in-depth knowledge will undoubtedly continue to produce an inviting atmosphere for the residents.”

Streck-Rider earned her degree in health information management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before joining Sagewood, she gained extensive industry knowledge while working multiple positions in continuing care retirement communities.

Independent living residents at Sagewood and area residents have direct entry to assisted living and memory care at Acacia Health Center.

Acacia Health Center features a social-interactive model offering top skilled nursing services, memory support and rehabilitative therapy for individuals seeking short- or long-term care. Desert Willow Assisted Living at Acacia Health Center offers 44 contemporary designed one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, setting the standard for new assisted living communities in the Valley.


Walmart launches InHome Delivery service in the Valley

Walmart is expanding its InHome Delivery service into the Valley.

The service is designed to save families time by delivering fresh groceries and everyday essentials directly into their kitchen or garage refrigerators.

The service began Oct. 26, and Peoria is one of six locations across the country where InHome Delivery is available.

Customers can visit to see if their address is eligible, to start. Then, they sign up and begin their 30-day free trial period.

After signing up, they can schedule the installation of their smart lock or can begin placing orders from the Walmart app (or website).

Those who have chosen to defer getting a lock installed, their order will be delivered to their doorstep. Associates will knock and notify customers of a delivery.

When customers schedule a lock installation, technicians will arrive with a smart lock for either a door or garage. The lock is $49.95 and installation is free.

Staff can also enable many existing front or garage door keypad at no cost. Once registered, customers can receive unlimited deliveries of groceries and home essentials on orders over $35, as well as unlimited pick-ups of returns of items ordered from

After the 30-day free trial, customers pay $19.95 per month, with no additional fees, including tips.

First month is free and customers can cancel or pause at any time. All deliveries are handled by tenured Walmart associates. After the lock is installed, associates use a one-time access code to unlock a customer’s door or garage through their InHome app, which pairs with the smart entry technology.

A camera, worn on the associates’ vest, will record the delivery in real-time, which customers will have access to from their phones for up to a week after each delivery. To ensure transparency and customer security, InHome technology was built so that the door can only unlock once the camera begins recording.

Deliveries don’t stop at groceries. InHome drivers can deliver gifts for the tree or even the tree itself right into the customer’s home. Included in a customer’s membership fee is unlimited deliveries as well as unlimited returns. If something doesn’t work out, an InHome customer can just leave the item by their door or on their counter and their InHome associate will pick it up and process the return for them.

Walmart leverages its own mobile tiny home for InHome associate training. The home will be located at different Walmart stores throughout the Phoenix area, most recently at the 7975 W. Peoria Avenue store in Peoria.