Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: What to Stream in June

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

The state might be reopening a bit, and we at Whiskey and Popcorn are emerging from our home theaters a bit bleary-eyed. It will still be some time before movie theaters choose to reopen, despite getting the green light from the governor. But not to worry! We have your June must-stream list ready!

Netflix

“Documentary Now!”
Series, Season 3

If you’re a fan of documentaries but need a bit of a laugh, look no further than “Documentary Now!” Entering its third season, this documentary parody series continues to poke fun at the various styles of doc-making. The crowning jewel of this season is the spoof on a 1970s doc by the name of “Original Cast Album: Company.”  It documents the recording of the cast album for the Sondheim musical “Company.” It’s a cult favorite among true musical theater aficionados. The “Documentary Now!” version stars John Mulaney, Taran Killam, and Richard Kind.

Lady Bird
Movie

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird originally premiered in 2017 at the Telluride Film Festival. The film broke the Rotten Tomatoes record with 164 Fresh reviews and sat at “100% fresh” for months. If you didn’t have the fortune of seeing Lady Bird during its release to select theaters, now is your chance. The film follows Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), an artistically-inclined Sacramento, CA native as she navigates late adolescence in Catholic high school. Despite the family’s financial woes, Christine applies to East Coast colleges in hopes of going far from her home and her family.

Amazon 

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Movie

Half comedy, half spy-thriller and full throttle sexy, The Spy Who Dumped Me is one of our surprising favorites from 2018. Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best-friends, the women quickly find themselves in over their heads when Kunis’ boyfriend turns out to be a spy on the run. Fearing that the same baddies who are after him will come after them, the duo fly to Europe to deliver a thumb drive filled with state secrets. Part Mission: Impossible and part The Man Who Knew Too Little, this film is surprisingly smart and just downright fun. And fans of “Outlander” will enjoy seeing the titular Sam Heughan in a slick black suit.

The Disaster Artist
Movie

Can you make a decent movie about the worst movie ever made? You certainly can. The Disaster Artist explores how the now cult-classic The Room got off the ground. Directed by and starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist yields more laughs than its source material (unless you are a diehard fan of The Room.) But if you haven’t seen Wiseau’s train-wreck of a film, save yourself the headache and watch The Disaster Artist instead. At least you won’t feel like you’ve wasted two hours of your life.

Hulu

“Solar Opposites”
Series, Season 1

From the creators of “Rick and Morty” comes a new adult cartoon about a family of aliens stranded on Earth. Alien patriarch, Korvo, voiced by Justin Roiland, is more disgruntled at being stuck on a “sub-par” planet. He’s joined by his carefree partner Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and two high-school aged youths, Yumulack (Sean Giambrone) and Jesse (Mary Mack), and a slug looking pseudo-pet called the pupa. Together they try to carve out life in middle America, dealing with HOA problems, school bullying, all while trying to fix their spaceship. “Solar Opposites” has the same tone as its predecessor with plenty of irreverent jokes and visual gags. Fans of “Futurama” and “Invader Zim” will find “Solar Opposites” a worthy addition to ridiculous adult animation.

“The Great”
Season 1

For fans of history and/or costume drama check out “The Great.” Starring Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great in a new series that is reminiscent of the 2019 Oscar-winner “The Favourite.” Humorous and delightfully frivolous, the series starts with Catherine’s journey from Germany as a young, naive girl all the way to Russia to marry the Czar. But the Russian court is unlike anything the young Catherine has ever known. Sexy, wild and sometimes downright bizarre, she not only grows up but grows up great.

Disney+

“Artemis Fowl”

This science fantasy adventure is based on an eight-book series by the same name. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius born into a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis must navigate through an ancient, underground civilization inhabited by fairies to save his kidnapped father and find a coveted magical device. But these are not typical fairies; they are clever, advanced, and all powerful. Artemis must wage war with this civilization if he hopes to make it out alive.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Town of Carefree Announces Adjustments to 2020 Memorial Day Tribute

Photo: Jennifer Lynn, Any Moment Photography

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, the country will remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of our nation. Last year, the Town of Carefree inaugurated a Memorial Day tribute in the Carefree-Cave Creek Cemetery to honor those men and women. This year, the challenges of the ongoing pandemic and associated CDC guidelines have caused the Town to modify its traditional morning of remembrance and honor.

This year, the Town of Carefree invites residents to spend part of their Memorial Day at the Carefree-Cave Creek Cemetery. (This is a pioneer cemetery. The wearing of close-toed shoes is a must.) However, the anticipated number of attendees, many of whom are of greater risk of serious illness, and the Town’s inability to offer recommended social distancing in the context of an organized program, has led them to adjust plans.

As in years past, the Tribute Riders will have marked the graves of the 41 veterans interred in the cemetery with the American flag. This year, “Taps” will be played at 8am and throughout the day guests are encouraged to walk the grounds, reflect, and pay respect to veterans. But this year, there will be no formal program. From 7:30am until 9am, face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available near the entry gate, courtesy of American Legion Post 34 in Cave Creek. Guests are asked to comply with CDC guidelines.

The Town says, “It is easy to forget or take for granted those men and women who gave their lives or risked it all. Because of veterans and their selfless sacrifices, we live in prosperity and peace with liberty and freedom. To honor those veterans who have given their lives for country and to provide an appropriate opportunity for those who wish to respect our fallen veterans on Memorial Day in a setting that complies with CDC guidelines, the Town of Carefree is offering this modest, heartfelt tribute.”

For additional information, visit www.carefree.org.

Doing Business in Our CST Community: ProMusica Arizona

ProMusica Arizona’s executive director, Yvonne Dolby, shared a bit about the organization and what makes it unique in our community.  — Kathryn M. Miller, editor-in-chief

Mission Statement: ProMusica Arizona enriches lives in the Greater Phoenix area, with focus on the North Valley, through innovative, joint performances of its multigenerational Chorale and Orchestra.

How long have you been in business? Since 2003

Describe your business. What makes it unique? The 2019–20 season marked ProMusica Arizona’s 17th performance year. The Chorale and Orchestra perform a wide variety of repertoire from classical to popular, including major works and concert versions of musicals. Performances often include visual elements, soloists and actors to enhance the concert experience. The multigenerational Chorale and Orchestra consists of volunteer community members, supplemented with professional performers, as needed. Community musicians perform alongside professionals in concerts throughout the season.
ProMusica Arizona’s commitment to participatory community music is built on an inclusive policy of attracting musicians in every age group and providing a challenging but supportive environment to develop talent. Participation offers members an opportunity to practice with others, perform before a live audience, and receive mentoring and instruction from experienced singers and instrumentalists.
Since its founding in 2003, ProMusica Arizona has become a leader in bringing live music to audiences in the Phoenix area. With almost 100 singers and instrumentalists ranging in age from mid-teens to early-80s, the group has performed over 250 times for more than 125,000 people in venues across the Valley.

Innovation and variety characterize the group’s history. Some highlights include:

  • Concert versions of Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Pirates of Penzance, and Trial by Jury.
  • In 2013, ProMusica Arizona performers were joined on stage by Elizabeth Pitcairn and her famous instrument, the 1720 Stradivarius Violin which served as inspiration for the Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Violin.
  • In 2015, ProMusica Arizona won a prestigious Art Tank Award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for its innovative concert, The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee. Combining music and technology, the production engaged audiences through cell phone texting to determine the course of the show.
  • In 2014 and 2018, ProMusica Arizona musicians performed the internationally renowned Video Games Live™ for Phoenix audiences. The immersive concert experience was produced and hosted by game-industry star Tommy Tallarico. It featured music from popular video games, synchronized video footage, lighting displays, electronic percussion and on-stage audience interactive segments. The three performances introduced thousands of children and adult video game fans to orchestral music.
  • In a 2016 tribute to Broadway musicals and jazz, the ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra performed with Dennis Rowland, jazz vocalist and voice of the Count Basie Orchestra for many years.
  • ProMusica Arizona musicians have proudly provided music to honor veterans on special occasions at the Anthem Veterans Memorial including a performance in 2016 for the Memorial’s fifth anniversary attended by 6,200 people.
  • In 2017, ProMusica Arizona commissioned and presented the world premiere of Dr. Timothy Powell’s composition, A World Without Boundaries as part of the concert, Discover: The Spirit of American Explorers, a tribute to American explorers.
  • ProMusica Arizona singers concluded the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons with a full house at Carnegie Hall in New York City along with other exclusive invitees from around the country.
  • Led by ProMusica Arizona’s artistic director/principal conductor, Patti Graetz, ProMusica Arizona singers traveled to Ireland to tour and sing in cathedrals throughout the country in June of 2019.

ProMusica Arizona’s vocal ensemble, Women in Song, has been in growing demand over the past few seasons. The group consists of singers who are members of the ProMusica Arizona Chorale. This talented ensemble includes an accompanist and 16 singers, many with music degrees and professional singing experience. Members of the ensemble are chosen through an audition process and are directed by Graetz. Women in Song share the joy of music through numerous performances and outreach events at senior living facilities, community and special events, private events, and other occasions. With support from a City of Glendale arts grant, the group proudly brought free performances to Glendale senior living communities, the Glendale Library, and the Glendale Adult Center during the 2017–18 season. The City of Peoria awarded Women in Song a grant for the 2019–20 season to entertain at senior living communities and public libraries.
In addition to providing a performance home for local talent, ProMusica Arizona brings live music at affordable ticket prices to audiences of all ages. Children 15 and under are given free tickets to concerts when accompanied by an adult, and students 16–22 years old are offered free rush tickets 15 minutes prior to performances based on seating availability. Seniors 65 years and older, active and retired military servicemen and women, and groups of 10 or more are given discounted tickets.
ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has achieved resounding success due to the dedication of its members, outstanding volunteers and superb community support. ProMusica Arizona is a proud member of Chorus America, League of American Orchestras, Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, and West Valley Arts Council.

The impact of COVID-19: ProMusica Arizona canceled the April concert, “Latin Spice,” and the May concert, “Baroque to Bluegrass.” The cancellations have resulted in lost ticket revenue as well as expenses incurred that cannot be recouped. In addition, the contract musicians have been impacted by loss of income. Both professional and volunteer singers and instrumentalists are missing opportunities to practice together and perform for our appreciative audiences.
Donations can be made through the ProMusica Arizona website at pmaz.org (click on the “Support” tab). Community members can sign up for email blasts through the website to enjoy music performances by ProMusica Arizona members and stay informed of upcoming events once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. ProMusica Arizona also posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with updates and musical performances:

For additional information: Call 623.326.5172 or visit www.pmaz.org.

[Editor’s note: “Baroque to Bluegrass” has been reschedule for Saturday, Oct. 24, 7pm, at Cross of Christ Church in Anthem, and Sunday, Oct. 25, 3:30pm, at American Lutheran Church in Sun City.]


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Eye Care During These Surreal Times

By Stephen Cohen, O.D.

Many people have delayed getting their eyes examined during this time, whether it is due to avoiding going out, other priorities or work situations. Many eye doctors have closed their offices during this crisis. In some parts of the country (e.g., New Jersey), eye care practitioners are only permitted to see true eye emergency patients or face State Board disciplinary action. Fortunately, it is not that drastic here in Arizona and in many other places.

Here are a few facts and recommendations as we work through this crisis. I will base some of the information on how our office is working with our patients, and you can check with your regular eye doctor to see what their procedures are right now.

First, there is a form of conjunctivitis (inflammation of the white part of the eye) that has been associated with COVID-19. It is not among the most common signs of the disease, and there are many other causes of red eye besides this specific virus, so don’t panic if your eyes get red. When you call, your eye doctor’s office will likely ask if you have other symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, etc.) to see if it is OK for you to be seen in their office. If you do show other symptoms, or if you are just not comfortable going out, they, like us, might offer “virtual consultations” through telemedicine (text, photos, videos, FaceTime, Zoom), where a diagnosis could be determined and a treatment plan put in place without you having to leave your home. We have been encouraging all patients with eye emergencies to avoid emergency rooms and Urgent Care centers so that their resources can focus on people who might be sick from the virus and to help protect you from possible exposure to people who might be sick from the virus. Your eye doctor, like us, may also have an after-hours emergency system where they can be paged. Over the past month, I have met numerous patients at my office over the weekend with serious eye problems like sudden retinal detachments and strokes in the eye, issues that cannot wait until this crisis passes. If you have something sudden and dramatic, do not delay…call!

Your doctor might be willing to extend out expiration dates on ocular medications and contact lenses. We are refilling medication requests and are extending contact lens expiration dates as well as shipping a supply of contact lenses directly to patients, with no charge for shipping. As far as contact lenses are concerned, the CDC has determined that contact lens use during this crisis is still acceptable. Just make sure you wash your hands before and after insertion of contact lenses. While routine eye care can be delayed for now, we are “triaging” each patient who calls to determine when it would be best to schedule their appointment. Your eye doctor may be doing the same, so they may be available for more than just true emergencies.

All of our lives have been drastically impacted during this crisis. It is hard to fully grasp how different life is now than it was just two months ago. We all believe this will pass, and there will be changes in our day-to-day existence. Hopefully, many will be for the better. Stay safe!


Dr. Stephen Cohen has been in private practice in Scottsdale since 1985. His office motto is, “Where modern technology meets old-fashioned care,” and he provides eye care from infants to seniors.  He can be reached at 480.513.3937 or by email at stephen.cohen@doctormyeyes.net.  His website is www.doctormyeyes.net.


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Governor Announces New Guidance as ‘Stay At Home’ Order Expires May 15

Governor Doug Ducey announced at a May 12 press conference that the “Stay At Home” order in Arizona will be ending May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the “next stage of economic recovery.”

The Governor’s office says that the new guidance “aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 resurgence, protect vulnerable populations, and guide the reopening of businesses with enhanced physical distancing and safety measures in place.”

Arizona’s new Executive Order, takes effect Saturday, May 16. View the Executive Order here.

Governor Ducey also announced an accelerated plan to test all staff and residents of long-term care facilities as well as individuals within Arizona’s prisons. As part of this plan, the Arizona Department of Health Services will partner with private-sector labs to expand testing to 147 long-term care facilities and provide antibody tests for correctional officers. Additionally, major league sports can resume limited reopening, without fans, this Saturday, May 16.
The Arizona Department of Health Services also released additional guidance for businesses and customers as more industries resume partial operations. This guidance includes:

  • Pools, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation can reopen Wednesday, May 13 (GUIDANCE)
  • Gyms & Fitness Providers, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation can reopen Wednesday, May 13 (GUIDANCE)
  • Spas, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation can reopen Wednesday, May 13 (GUIDANCE)

View daily Arizona updates here.

Editor’s Pick: HOLLYWOOD PARK — A MEMOIR, By Mikel Jollett

By Kathryn M. Miller —

Mikel Jollett Photo: Dove Shore

Mikel Jollett broke my heart. And I encourage you to let him break yours, too.

Sadness, loneliness, grief, despair and rage; understanding, gratitude, love, passion, joy and hope — Jollett brings all of this and more to his forthcoming memoir, Hollywood Park.

Full disclosure, this book is not the first time that I have been left heartbroken by Jollett — his words, anyway. I have been a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event, the indie band that he fronts, from the first time I heard “Sometime Around Midnight” on the radio. He has a way of telling a story — raw, unflinching, truthful, beautiful. His ability to share his experiences, which are at once singular and yet universally relatable, entangles readers (and listeners), and they feel it: Every. Single. Exquisite. Emotion.

Hollywood Park begins with Jollett’s early memories of growing up in the cult Synanon as his mother engineers their escape. “We were never young,” he begins, and the reader recognizes that truth throughout the book. Once beyond the walls of the only home he has known, Mikel navigates the challenges of adapting to a world that is completely foreign to him.

Jollett lays bare the toll that family members can exact upon one another. He struggles to understand (and survive) the realities of physical, emotional and substance abuse, poverty, and mental illness, as he seeks to find his place in the world. Along the way, he discovers the true meaning of “F-A-M-I-L-Y,” connection and belonging. And when he finally finds his voice, he discovers his purpose: “Take your pain and make it useful,” he writes. “That’s what it means to be an artist.”

At the end of Jollett’s harrowing journey in Hollywood Park, readers will come away with a sense of hope and perhaps feel just a little less alone in their own struggles. In these unsettling and turbulent times, that is monumentally useful.

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett, published by Celadon Books, will be available May 26. The Airborne Toxic Event’s album of the same title will be released to coincide with the book release, and, as of print date, a tour is scheduled to kick off in May, including a stop in Phoenix at The Van Buren, May 27 (www.thevanburenphx.com).

For more, visit www.celadonbooks.com or www.theairbornetoxicevent.com.


Kathryn M. Miller is editor-in chief at CITYSunTimes. @katsmeowaz


UPDATE: The Airborne Toxic Event announced May 15 that its 2020 tour has been rescheduled to 2021. The group will visit the Valley Feb. 16 at The Van Buren.

Local Band 23 Valkyries Releases Rock EP: DIRE QUESTIONS

By Kathryn M. Miller —

23 Valkyries, composed of Cameron Kulik (guitar, vocals, bass) and Chris Kontos (drums, backing vocals), has been writing, performing and recording together since early 2018. Last month, the band released what Kulik describes as one of his “bucket list” items: its first EP.

The duo met in in 2016 as students at Arizona State University.

“Cameron had joined the student club I was the president and co-founder of,” said Kontos. “Super rock and roll, I know. Just through conversion we discovered our mutual love for music. I had already played in other bands, been on tour, and been hired as a studio performer, while Cam was more or less just getting his feet wet.”

“We jammed a few times just for fun but didn’t play shows. I had finished school in December 2016 and moved away for work, but moved back to Phoenix in early 2018 and we started writing and practicing two to three times a week. Once we had some of our own songs and covers, we started playing open mic nights, which led to getting booked for proper shows.”

The band released the digital single “Hypnotist” in June 2019, which led to the 2020 EP, “Dire Questions,” released April 23.

Kontos describes the music as a blend different flavors of rock and roll that create “an honest and raw sound that borrows from the best parts of 70s, 90s, and current music.”

“The four EP tracks take the listener on a journey all the way from gentle melodies to powerful, unapologetic anthems.”

The opening track, “Delgado,” “blasts you back into your seat to a time when rock and roll topped the charts,” and the EP concludes with “Bloom,” an “honest and emotional account of young heartbreak with a touch of hope.”

“Our influences are found in different areas of rock music,” said Kontos. “My playing is very much rooted in 90s alternative and grunge, particularly Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.”

Kulik agreed, and added, “My music influences were much more classic rock based (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac) but have constantly shifted over time. If there is a guitar in the music, I’ll listen to it,” he joked.

And the band name? Kulik explained that it is in part inspired by the Jimmy Eat World song, “23.”

“The message of the story is all about how you can’t wait for the best time to do something you want. At some point you realize the perfect time to do something will never come, and that you just have to jump in.” |CST

“Dire Questions” is available now on major streaming platforms. A physical CD is planned for later release. For more, follow the band on Instagram (@23valkyriesmusic) and Facebook (fb.me/23valkyriesmusic) or send an email to 23ValkyriesMusic@gmail.com.

The Phoenix Theatre Company Hosts “An Evening with Friends” — National-touring and Broadway stars with Phoenix roots to be featured

The Phoenix Theatre Company will host a virtual concert An Evening with Friends Monday, May 11, at 6pm PST.  Celebrity guests include The Phoenix Theatre Company alumni Nick Cartell, Kathy Fitzgerald, James Gish, Brittney Mack and Sam Primack. Proceeds will support The Phoenix Theatre Company’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“Seeing our community members support each other during these uncertain times brings me hope for a brighter tomorrow,” says Producing Artistic Director and Concert Host Michael Barnard. “While we can’t physically come together, An Evening with Friends will unite us behind our cause — to uplift, inspire and create hope in the face of our theatre’s, our community’s and our world’s biggest obstacle.”

Alumni will perform songs from Broadway favorites like Les Misérables, Dear Evan Hansen and West Side Story. The guest lineup includes Broadway and national touring performers who started their careers on The Phoenix Theatre Company’s stage.

Nick Cartell played Marius in Les Misérables at The Phoenix Theatre Company and won an AriZoni Award for Best Actor as Fabrizio in Light in the Piazza. His Broadway credits include Scandalous and Jesus Christ Superstar. He recently finished the national tour Les Misérables, playing Jean Valjean.

Kathy Fitzgerald acted at The Phoenix Theatre Company in the 80s and returns to the direct Something Rotten!. Her Broadway debut was in 1995 in the original production of Swinging on a Star. During her Broadway career, she was in the original production of The Producers, played Madame Worrible in Wicked, and created the role of Roz in 9 to 5.

James Gish recently joined national tours of Les Misérables as Feuilly and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Gerry Goffin. He performed at The Phoenix Theatre Company as Tony in West Side Story, Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys.

Brittney Mack’s The Phoenix Theatre Company credits include Memphis, Avenue Q, Ain’t Misbehavin’and Hairspray. She recently made her Broadway debut as Anna of Cleves in Six: The Musical.

Sam Primack joined the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen as Evan Hansen. His credits at The Phoenix Theatre Company include A Christmas Story, Gypsy and Nine.

The concert’s proceeds will support the theatre company’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, helping Arizona’s largest and oldest theater company continue outreach programs like Partners That Heal and to employ 48 full-time staff while its stages are dark. The Phoenix Theatre Company closed its doors March 16 for the first time in its 100-year history to help arrest the spread of COVID-19.

“We remain unshaken in the belief that theatre brings out the best in us, inspiring hope and understanding,” says Barnard. “And with the support of our steadfast patrons and a generous community, that mission will continue.”

The concert is Monday, May 11, at 6pm PST streaming via StreamYard. Entry is $10, the VIP package is $25. A recording can be purchased for $5. To get tickets, visit www.phoenixtheatre.com/AnEveningWithFriends. To learn more about supporting The Phoenix Theatre Company, visit tickets.phoenixtheatre.com/donate/contribute1.

City of Scottsdale Tennis, Pickleball Courts and Skatepark will Reopen Friday, May 8

Scottsdale’s outdoor tennis courts, pickleball courts and the McDowell Mountain Ranch skate park will reopen for the public Friday, May 8.

The neighborhood tennis and pickleball courts will be available regular park hours, from sunrise until 10:30pm. (Note: Cholla Park pickleball courts are underdoing construction, and that construction should be complete the weekend of May 8. Once the project is complete, courts will be open regular hours. Check the Cholla Park webpage for the latest updates.)

The Scottsdale Ranch and Indian School Tennis Centers will be available beginning May 8 for reservations only during modified operating hours: 7:30am to noon; 3 to 9pm daily. No drop-in play will be permitted — a maximum of four players/coaches per court will be enforced. Showers and locker facilities are closed.

The city will continue to clean facilities regularly to help control the spread of germs and viruses. The public should do its part by recreating responsibly: anyone who does not feel well or has any symptoms of illness should stay home, people should not gather in groups and everyone should practice good hand hygiene.

The city is planning to reopen other public facilities and programs as statewide restrictions are relaxed. A phased opening of city pools is planned beginning Memorial Day pending further direction from the state. The city is also preparing to reopen some libraries on a similar time frame. Details will be announced later in May.

The decision to reopen these amenities is based on the governor’s current executive orders, the direction to keep recreation areas open “to the greatest possible extent,” and ongoing guidance from federal, state and county public health officials. The city’s plans may be modified as this guidance changes.

Find Scottsdale’s current COVID-19 response information and resources at scottsdaleaz.gov, search “COVID-19.

Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store Sets Date for Reopening

Today, Sandra Carrier, general manager of the Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store, announced that the store will reopen to the public Tuesday, May 12, at 9am.

“We have been diligent to make sure necessary precautions are implemented to ensure the upmost of safety for all,” said Carrier, who shared a few things that have changed to keep clients and employees safe and healthy:

  • Requiring all who enter the Marketplace to wear a face mask
  • Limit the building occupancy to 35 percent of the city approved allowance.
  • Roadies will no longer enter a home to pick up donations. All donations must be placed in the garage or outside.
  • Restrooms will not be available to the public until further notice
  • Plexiglas shields have been installed at cashier stations
  • The store is marking the floor, around the cashier station, with the appropriate social distancing measures, to keep those in line safe.
  • The drop off donation process may change, so be aware when dropping off donations.
  • All received donations will go through a disinfecting process before being placed out for purchase.

Carrier asks for patience as the store moves forward and navigate these uncharted territories, adding, “Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. We have genuinely missed seeing you and look forward to catching up!”

For additional information, call 480.488.8400 or visit www.kiwanismarketplace.org.

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