News Briefs

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Westernaires Chorus celebrates Christmas

Tickets are on sale for the December 2 to December 5 performances of “A Merry Little Christmas” by the Westernaires Chorus of Sun City West in the Stardust Theater. 

New Music Director Dan Ryan and the 75-member mixed chorus will present new and familiar songs. Featured are the Dickens Carolers, the Silent Monks performing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” and a parody in which Mrs. Santa Claus laments her philandering husband.

Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. 

Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at the box office or online at

Create a Volunteer WAVE 

Volunteers are needed to drive Northwest Valley seniors ages 65 and older, veterans and persons with disabilities for Northwest Valley Connect. 

This local nonprofit is averaging over 350 rides per week to residents of Surprise, Sun City West, Sun City, Peoria, El Mirage and Youngtown. 

Volunteers can drive one of Northwest Valley Connect’s vehicles, several of which are wheelchair assisted, or drive their own vehicle. They can pick their hours or specific clients. Contact Gail Christianer to help start a Transport WAVE. Christianer can be reached at or 623-282-9300. 

Join the North Scottsdale team for Parkinson’s Walk

Friends or loved ones of those living with Parkinson’s help raise money to support the work of the Parkinson’s Foundation. 

This year’s fourth annual Moving Day Phoenix walk for Parkinson’s fundraiser is Saturday, November 5, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, where the North Scottsdale Movers & Shakers team will meet. 

Since the team formed in the North Scottsdale community of Terravita in 2019, the Movers & Shakers numbers have grown to encompass supporters from across the Foothills area. The team has raised more than $50,000 for the Parkinson’s Foundation to improve care and advance research toward a cure. Last year the North Scottsdale Movers & Shakers were recognized as the top fundraising team in the Southwest and No. 5 in the nation. For 2022, the team has set a goal of $30,000.

Jennifer Campbell of The Boulders, captain for the 2022 event, said, “Our team was started in the Terravita community by a core group of people passionate about supporting the Parkinson’s cause. The dedication of Cathy Boss-Fessel and Anne Prine, our publicist, has been invaluable to the team’s fundraising success.

“Cathy, Anne and our other supporters from Terravita, The Boulders, Winfield and surrounding Foothills communities are dedicated to supporting the work to find a cure for PD.

“Every dollar raised by our team will ensure we can boldly pursue promising research toward a cure, make exceptional care more accessible for everyone with Parkinson’s and provide vital resources that empower all community members.”

Team registration is open, and donations are being accepted at for this year’s Moving Day Phoenix walk on November 5. 

Our Lady’s Guild is preparing for its bazaar

Our Lady’s Guild is getting ready for its first bazaar on Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, in Madonna Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 19002 N. 128th Avenue, Sun City West. 

There will be many booths at the bazaar from baking, odds and ends, collectibles and knitting. For more information regarding the bazaar, contact Christa Scott at 602-505-4182 or Debbie Aldridge at 623-229-5607.

Holding court

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court No. 2278 Our Lady of Lourdes, Sun City West, hold weekly lunch at Tivoli Gardens in Surprise. These ladies have been meeting for more than two years started with the pandemic.  

Between nine and 18 women usually attend each week. These ladies are from all walks of life — homemakers, nurses, teachers, office managers, principals, managers and a judge.

Monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Madonna Hall of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. For more information, contact Rosemary Dougherty at 623-760-8479.