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Discover Wise Aging in the Valley

As the adage goes, “Getting older ain’t for sissies.” While certainly true, it also “ain’t” for feeling unempowered, confused or disconnected. For many on the precipice of the third chapter of life, physical and emotional “landmines” can appear unexpectedly, along with mystifying and sometimes scary questions such as, “Who am I now?” “How do I…

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Pictured above: Seniors work out at Rick German’s cycle class at The J. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation’s website, nearly 1 million people will be living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States by the year 2020. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disease that affects a…

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Dr. Ira Ehrlich and his Mission of Mercy

Pictured above: Dr. Ira Ehrlich at work in the mobile clinic. Photo courtesy Mission of Mercy/NationSwell A little more than eight years ago, Dr. Ira Ehrlich began volunteering with Mission of Mercy Arizona. MOM is a nonprofit that has provided free healthcare and free prescription medications to the uninsured and underinsured since 1997. Every Thursday,…

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Bari Weiss: A moderate in an era of extremes

Pictured above: Bari Weiss. Photo by Sam Bloom In an increasingly polarized world, New York Times Opinion Editor Bari Weiss stays unflinchingly moderate. In the face of a radicalized right and left, Bari attributes her outspoken centrism to “stubbornness and the deep belief that for healthy politics, we need a robust center.” “My fate at…

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Weekend events for March 15-17

  St. Patty’s Day festivities St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire (Sat March 16). 10am parade; Faire immediately following parade. Parade is free; Faire is $10-$12, ages 12 & under free. Step dancers and Irish bands, arts & crafts vendors, inflatable rides, face painting, petting zoo and more. Parade travels south from 3rd St &…

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Purim events

The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” It is celebrated with Megillah readings, gifts of food, charity, feasting and merriment. Purim begins at sundown on March 20…

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Stories of Courage Told, on Display in Tucson

Pictured above: An IsraAID volunteer helps Syrian refugees come ashore on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Photo courtesy of IsraAid Rachel Wallace will present “Humanitarian Heroes Around the World” at the Weintraub Israel Center’s Gertrude and Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture on March 11. The free lecture launches a month-long photo exhibit, “Stories of Courage and…

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