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Avondale offers seniors home-delivered meals

The Area Agency of Aging and city of Avondale Senior Program have teamed up to deliver meals to qualified seniors in Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park. The program is for adults age 60 and older and persons under 60 with disabilities.

Along with the meals, staff makes a daily welfare check.

To verify eligibility participants can qualify for meals through the Area Agency on Aging by calling 602-264-4357 to request this service. Up to seven meals per week are delivered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday with a donation suggested at $2.

The boundaries are Southern Avenue to Camelback Road and Sarival Avenue to 107th Avenue. All menus are approved by a registered dietician for nutritional content. Low-sodium or diabetic meals are available for those with special dietary needs with medical approval.

Participants who do not qualify for the Area Agency on Aging home delivered meal program can call 623-333-2705 to proceed through the intake process to request private pay meals. Cost is $5 per meal delivered.

Free ‘Day of Dance’ scheduled at Kaleidoscope Dance

Kaleidoscope Dance will offer a free “Day of Dance” and “Christmas in July” vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

Kaleidoscope Dance offers several different styles of dance classes for children and adults: ballroom dancing, Latin dancing, jazz, ballet, swing, hip-hop, line dances, party dances and Tai Chi. There will be free dance classes for adults and children every 30 minutes

Local vendors will also be selling handmade, unique gifts and products such as jewelry, fashion accessories, essential oils, lotions, soaps, candles, fragrances, organic coffees, teas and food. Complimentary, light refreshments will be served.

Kaleidoscope Dance is at 2848 S. Carriage Lane, Mesa. For more information, call 480-692-0332 or visit

Our Lady of Lourdes closes out season

Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Guild, Sun City West, held its final meeting of the season on May 6 with the installation of new officers. The officers are, from left, President Marjorie Favia; First Vice President Mary Fox; Second Vice President Mary Ann Anthony; Secretary Kathy Uliney; Assistant Secretary Rita Miller; and Assistant Treasurer Jean Green. Treasurer Linda Osgood is not pictured. Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Guide was established in 1979 to support the parish and its needs. The meetings are held the first Mondays of the month from September to May and rotate between Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Prince of Peace Church halls. All of the ladies of the parishes are invited. Among the activities are social gatherings, workshops and an annual bazaar. For more information, contact Favia at 623-584-3822.

Celebrating anniversary

The Rev. Dr. Michael D. and Betty (White) Shepherd of Sun City will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 6. They have two children. Their son, Keith, is an assistant pastor at Vineyard Church North Phoenix where Mike also serves part-time as overseer of the counseling and recovery ministries. Their daughter, Diann Reece, is deceased. They have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The Shepherds served churches in Arizona, Nevada, California and Idaho. Betty was a school teacher and church administrator. She keeps her hand in ministry at Willowbrook United Methodist Church in Sun City where she is the part-time church secretary. This year Mike also celebrates 61 years of ministry serving in music, youth, education, pastoral and/or church administration leadership roles in ABC, SBC, and other denominational churches.

The Palazzo completes assisted living north wing

Following a two-year effort, construction is officially complete on a 12,414 square-foot, $1.9 million assisted living north wing at The Palazzo, an independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facility in Central Phoenix.

The new wing, which is accepting applications on its waitlist, is on the grounds of the continuing care community located at 6250 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, and is part of a 350,000-square-foot, $10-million makeover at the facility.

“Our new, state-of-the-art assisted living north wing will dramatically enhance the quality of care our residents receive here at The Palazzo, and it will allow our staff members to better accommodate the needs of our residents who require ‘round-the-clock assistance,” says The Palazzo’s Director of Marketing Mark Aronauer.

“The new wing has 170 beds distributed across one and two-bedroom apartments that are some of the largest in the state, and we’re excited to open the doors and introduce even more residents to what life is like here at The Palazzo.”

The opening of the new assisted living north wing marks the first stage of completion in the facilitywide makeover. Additional renovation phases will target other areas of the property, enhancing residential, medical and social facilities for residents with a wide range of differing needs. Community residents will also enjoy access to the property’s “Main Street” area, a central community hub with a library, beauty salon, bar, cabaret stage and fitness center.

To learn more about The Palazzo’s residential opportunities and the property’s expansive, $10 million makeover and be added to the waitlist, email For more about The Palazzo, visit

Care1st Avondale Resource Center celebrates decade of service

Care1st Avondale Resource Center celebrated a decade of service in Southwest Maricopa County.

The center offers vulnerable populations a variety of social and human services all under one roof. It’s made possible through an innovative public-private partnership between Care1st Health Plan Arizona, the city of Avondale and First Things First.

Recently, the core partners hosted a 10-year-anniversary celebration featuring refreshments and remarks made by organization leaders and community partners who acknowledged the center’s positive impact on the community.

There are 61 community-based organizations delivering services out of the center and approximately 5,000 people walk through the doors every month.

“The Care1st Avondale Resource Center has reached an exciting milestone,” says Scott Cummings, state president, Care1st Health Plan Arizona. “The center has been a staple in the community for the past 10 years and it’ll continue to offer holistic services and resources to help improve the health and wellbeing of those we serve.”

As of December 31, 2018, Care1st Health Plan Arizona serves approximately 186,000 Medicaid members and 2,000 Medicare Advantage members in Arizona. WellCare Health Plans also has 19,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in the state.

Successful Aging Conference takes on dementia

Experts will speak at the Successful Aging Conference and share how to improve patients’ welfare as they struggle with dementia. This second annual Sun Lakes conference is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

Dr. Maribeth Gallagher will share how to use a “soft approach” and sensory strategies to support comfort and connection with patients who may be experiencing discomfort in body, mind or spirit. To support that connection with the patient, Elaine Poker-Yount will explain the hows and whys of a positive approach with patients and its benefits.

Moving on to self-care, Joan Marlow, a life coach, will explore the techniques to improve a patient’s welfare and increase contentedness. Finally, attorney Francisco Sirvent, will share how to protect a patient’s savings from a long-term health condition.

The conference is free, and it is located at Sun Lakes Country Club, in the Navajo Room, at 25601 S. Sun Lakes, Sun Lakes. Reservations are required before Monday, June 10, by calling 480-833-8247 or emailing Lunch will be provided.