News Briefs: November 2020

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by Annika Tomlin

Sun City West Thanksgiving Virtual 5K and food drive

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West are hosting a virtual Thanksgiving 5K from Wednesday, November 25, to Friday, November 27, and a food drive now through Friday, December 18. The events benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank in providing meals to feed hungry families throughout Arizona, while a portion of the proceeds from the race goes to the organization.

The Thanksgiving Virtual 5K sponsored by APS and Cigna allows participants to complete the run during their own schedule and at any location they choose. Registration is $35 per runner, and those interested can register by visiting and clicking the “Thanksgiving Virtual 5K” link on the homepage.

Residents interested in donating can drop off nonperishable items at any of the following locations: R.H. Johnson Admin Building, R.H. Johnson Pool Building, Beardsley Craft Building, Beardsley Activity Building, Palm Ridge Summit Hall, Palm Ridge Activity Building and Kuentz Activity Building.

Copper Creek Inn Memory Care Community residents rock the Alzheimer’s Walk

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will not be held in person this November, National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. The Koelsch Kickers from Copper Creek Inn Memory Care are still walking in small safe teams at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler on Saturday, November 14.

As part of Living Well with Purpose, residents at Copper Creek Inn are giving back to their community by creating inspirational hand-painted rock art that will be left along the trail for future park guests to find. “The rocks create awareness of the 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s,” notes Benjamin Surmi, MSG, director of education and culture for Koelsch Communities.

Participants are needed to “hide” the residents’ rock art along the 1.5-mile route. Contact Debbie Newport at 480-634-4191 to join the Koelsch Kickers Alzheimer’s Walk team. Masks are required, but purple wigs and tutus are optional.

Artists Sundays with

Mesa Art League

The nationwide movement Artists Sunday is dedicated to supporting artists and recognizing the impact they have in enriching our lives, communities and the economy.

Consumers are encouraged to shop with artists and purchase creative, handcrafted gifts for the holidays the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Mesa Art League will host the event at OneOhOne Gallery (101 W. Main Street, Mesa) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 29. The new effort is designed to make this day the most profitable day of the year for artists.


AG Brnovich warns consumer about over-the-counter

hearing aids

Attorney General Mark Brnovich has received approximately 140 complaints over the past year regarding poorly made over-the-counter hearing aids after the FDA relaxed restrictions on the sales of hearing aids in 2017.

“In this era of new technology and self-service, many innovations bring true improvement to the quality of our lives. Consumers, however, need to be careful before purchasing these products,” Brnovich says. “Arizona consumers should be wary of deals that appear too good to be true and do their research to avoid being scammed.”

Brnovich advises consumers to keep these five tips in mind before buying over-the-counter hearing aids:

• The FDA has not approved any over-the-counter hearing aids.

• Be skeptical of testimonials or good reviews on a company’s website.

• Price shop diligently.

• Scrutinize the refund/return policy carefully before you buy.

• Consider getting a hearing screen and opinion from a hearing specialist who can tell you whether an over-the-counter hearing device will work for you.

For consumer inquiries or to request a complaint form, call the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763, in Tucson at 520-628-6648, or toll-free outside of Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 800-352-8431.

Kaleidoscope Dance offering

tai chi classes this November

Kaleidoscope Dance Studio, at 2848 S. Carriage Lane, Mesa, teaches a variety of styles, including Latin, standard, American rhythm, American smooth, West Coast swing, country dancing, salsa, the hustle and choreographed wedding dances.

It has a slew of upcoming classes, including:

Gentle tai chi-qi gong

This stationary form of tai chi is developed specifically for those with balance issues. Classes are 1 to 1:55 p.m. Fridays. Gentle tai chi sequences

This is slightly more rigorous style of Gentle Tai Chi. Classes are 1 to 1:55 p.m. Tuesdays.

Crane dance-gentle tai chi

This is an easy form of tai chi that combines ancient qi gong movements with the energy of dance.

Fees are $12 to $40. For reservations, call 602-345-0496.