Articles by Mala Blomquist


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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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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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Weekend events March 8-10

Pictured above: The birds are back in town at the Ostrich Festival. Photo by Speyer Photography    It’s Festival Time: Ostriches, Aloha, arts and more Ostrich Festival (Fri-Sun March 8-10). 2pm-midnight Fri, 10am-midnight Sat, 10am-11pm Sun. $15 adults, $8 ages 4-12, ages under 4 free. Carnival rides, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, food, exotic…

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Weekend events for March 1-3

Pictured above: Try a new outdoor activity for free at the Tres Rios Nature Festival. Music Festivals M3F Fest (Fri-Sun March 1-3). Gates open 3 pm Fri, 2 pm Sat-Sun. $70 & up. Bands, Kids Zone, marketplace and more. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Margaret T Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. m3ffest.com Innings…

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Biz Ins March 2019

 Amanda Garcia appointed Arizona director for Take The Lead Take The Lead, a leading nonprofit dedicated to achieving gender parity by 2025, has hired Amanda Garcia as its Arizona director. Created by Gloria Feldt, Take The Lead provides critical leadership training programs, peer mentoring, role modeling and more to individuals, corporations and groups throughout the…

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Everyone’s gaga for ga-ga

Pictured above: B’nai B’rith Campers play ga-ga. Ga-ga has been a favorite game at Jewish summer camps for decades. Recently, the game has gained mainstream popularity and can be found at camps and playgrounds around the world. Deemed a “gentler version of dodgeball” the game is played in a ga-ga pit. The ga-ga pit is…

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Hamantaschen go gourmet

Pictured above: Salted Carmel Hamantaschen Purim is one of the most exciting holidays on the Jewish calendar, yet its signature food hamantaschen is not. Triangle shaped and traditionally filled with uninspired flavors, it’s no wonder this pastry is frequently disappointing. Fortunately, pastry Chef Paula Shoyer is on a mission to transform hamantaschen from bland and…

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Q&A with “Sisters in Law” playwright Jonathan Shapiro

Over the last 18 years, Jonathan Shapiro has written and produced iconic television dramas, including “The Blacklist,” “Mr. Mercedes,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal ” and “Life,” as well as the upcoming HBO series “The Undoing” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. Before he entered the world of show business, he spent nine years working as a federal prosecutor. Currently an…

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