News Briefs – January 2021

Sun Cities Saddle Club halts meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sun Cities Saddle Club, a trail-riding and social club for seniors who love horses, has suspended its meetings. No new members will be accepted until further notice.

For existing members, Sun Cities Saddle Club will host Zoom meetings for the board, who will be emailed with the information. Rides will be scheduled, too, for members.

Info: 509-670-9994,,

Wishes come true at Benevilla

Benevilla is thankful for the Marley Park Philanthropy Team, who hosted an Adopt-a-Family donation drive for new blankets and pajamas to support the members of their Family Resource Center programs during the holiday season.

Marley Park Community gathered 26 blankets and 96 pajamas for needy families with children ages 0 to 5.

Others making donations included members of the Benevilla Lucy Anne’s Place Life Enrichment Program, Benevilla employees, city of Surprise employees, city of Surprise Police and Fire departments, Altrusa, Michelle and Bob Dionisio, Melinda Kelling, Alex and Marshall Manriquez, Elizabeth Trevino, the owner of Skin Frenzy and None of your Biz, Dentist Mathew Jensen and Bobbie Loverink.

“Marley Park has been a longtime advocate of Benevilla,” says Aleena Erickson, family resource manager. “So many deserving families will be supported by the generosity of those in our community.”

The Benevilla Family Resource Center offers free, bilingual services and programs to families with young children throughout the NW Maricopa region at convenient community sites. Resource specialists link parents to community services, answer questions, and help complete applications for AHCCCS and DES.

Family educators present workshops informing and supporting parents with proven strategies and techniques focusing on child development and family issues. Other parent-child interactive classes and events help raise parent awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences to healthy development through play, songs and movement. The center’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program offers support and education to this special group of second-time parents.

Info: 623-584-4999 or visit

Westernaires Chorus

cancels season

Per further COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Rec Centers, the 85-member mixed Westernaires Chorus in Sun City West has canceled its 2021 spring season. The Westernaires, one of the oldest chartered clubs in Sun City West, will tentatively resume its rehearsals in the Back 40 of the Stardust Theater on Thursday, September 2. SCW residents interested in performing with the Westernaires may contact Director Sylvia Collins at 623-214-6112 or visit for more information.

Virtual yoga classes with

Nicole Anne Yoga

Nicole Anne Yoga is a mobile and virtual yoga company that offers four different virtual yoga classes each week on Facebook live and other social media platforms. All virtual classes are donation based, but classes are complimentary to veterans, active military members, health care providers and first responders. Donations may be made on Venmo to @Nicole-Fonovich. Nicole Fonovich of Chandler is the founder/owner of Nicole Anne Yoga.


Classes include:

Sundays, Gong Bath Sound Healing,

   10 to 11 a.m.

Relax and enjoy some vibrational sound healing. Set up a comfortable space within your home where you can close your eyes and rest deeply.

• Mondays, Guided Sleeping

   Meditation, 1 to 2 p.m.

This guided sleeping meditation uses a series of body, breath and awareness techniques to help you drop you into a deeply relaxed state.

• Fridays, Vibrational Sound Healing,

   12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Spend Fridays relaxing and enjoying beautiful, vibrational sound healing.

Engaging and enriching virtual programs for older adults

The Center for Senior Enrichment, under the auspices of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, provides daily Zoom programming for older adults throughout the Valley, exploring music, movement, history, art and more in January.

Kick off the New Year with a smile for a special January event as CSE partners with Silver Screen Studios to present Dispatches from Quarantine featuring Carl Reiner at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 11. Reiner, who passed away last summer at 98, left a legacy of laughter and a message for these trying times through “Dispatches from Quarantine” in what is the last interview with the legendary comedian, actor and TV writer behind “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Reiner’s final interview was released on June 22 as part of Tiffany Woolf’s “Dispatches from Quarantine,” offering wit, wisdom and candor to help us all navigate life under lockdown.

Plus, Tiffany Woolf, creator of Silver Screen Studios, joins CSE for this special afternoon screening, followed by a Q&A.

Also new in January is Happy Healthy Hour at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 6. It concentrates on Mindful Self-Compassion, with tips and tricks to turn your inner critic into your best friend.

Another new offering in January is a presentation from the Musical Instrument Museum at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, exploring ethnomusicology, with a focus on sounds from Africa.

Vocalist Nicole Pesce returns with an edition of the Great American Songbook at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 7.

Also, at 1:30 p.m. January 7 is a virtual tour of “The Highlights of Paris,” with Karen Rudel of Sight Seekers Delight.

Mary Colter lead a presentation on the Grand Canyon at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 14.

Chair Yoga continues every at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and starting in January, the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix will present Chair Ballet Classes at noon Fridays.

“Our move to a virtual platform has been successful beyond our expectations,” says Jennifer Brauner, CSE director. “It is particularly gratifying to be able to reach out throughout the Valley at this time to provide meaningful, engaging programs to older adults in the comfort and safety of their own homes.”

Info: 602-343-0192,