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News Briefs

Compiled by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Shred-a-thon benefits two charities

Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Guild is sponsoring a shred-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at Prince of Peace parking lot, 14818 W. Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West. Shredding for the Blind will have two trucks, each of which benefits charity. Donations will be accepted. For information, contact Rosemary Dougherty at 623-760-8479.

NVSO hosts patriotic musical tribute

North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) will close out its season and kick off the summer with a patriotic musical tribute to America. The “Summer Salute” concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Shadow Mountain High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 2902 E. Shea Boulevard, Phoenix.

Get set for lively classics such as Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever” and “Washington Post March,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” dance selections from the always popular Rodeo by Copland, and Gould’s American Salute.

Veterans, active duty military personnel and first responders will be admitted free. To reserve a free ticket, enter the coupon code “HERO” on the payment screen at the ticketing website, Veters are asked to wear their uniforms, service caps or present other proofs of service.

The concert will open with a presentation of colors by Luke AFB’s Color Guard, and North Valley Youth Orchestra playing the national anthem. Music Director Kevin Kozacek plans for audience participation to “sound the cannons” during the 1812 Overture.

LifeStream participates in inaugural dog parade

LifeStream Complete Senior Living, a faith-based, nonprofit organization offering a complete spectrum of accommodations and services for the senior adult community, hosted its inaugural Dog Parade at its Youngtown community in March. A dozen residents gathered with their dogs to and show off their furry companions.

“Pets are an important part of our communities at LifeStream,” says Donna Taylor, chief operating officer at LifeStream. “We’re pleased to offer our independent living residents the option of having pets in their homes and celebrate their special bonds with the inaugural dog parade.”

LifeStream residents and fellow community members who watched the parade voted by ballot to select the “Dog of the Year.” Sarah, a 7-year-old Shih Tzu-poodle mix owned by LifeStream resident Libby Parrish, was the winner.

NSDAR celebrate women in history

Glendale’s Anasazi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Angela Hutchinson Hammer as its Woman in American History during its March 16 meeting at Dillon’s.

Hammer holds membership in two halls of fame in Arizona. In addition to the Women’s Hall of Fame, she was named to the Arizona Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1965. The members of the Arizona Newspaper Association gave her that honor in recognition of her long and colorful career as publisher of weekly newspapers in a number of Arizona towns.

Hammer died April 9, 1952, at the age of 81. Her great-granddaughter Rebecca Hammer Joy gave a PowerPoint presentation and discussed the book “Angela Hutchinson Hammer, Arizona’s Pioneer Newspaperwoman,” written by Hammer’s granddaughter, Betty Hammer Joy, Rebecca’s mother.

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The Khangura Brothers to break ground for Mesa project

Suky and Jas Khangura are set to break ground for their 700,000-square-foot assisted living and medical camps in Mesa.

The campus, which will be designed to have a world-class resort feel, consists of independent and assisted living, hotel rooms, multiple dining options, medical offices, a luxury tower and luxury condos, nursing school and rehab clinic spread out over 20 acres.

Khangura Development does not plan on slowing down. They also have forthcoming projects in Florida, Texas and Colorado.