December 2019 Around Town 4

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Spa at Ocotillo Village Health Club

This holiday season, The Spa at Ocotillo Village at Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, which is open to the public, offers several ways to relax and rejuvenate.

Holiday spa specials include the Arctic Berry Chill Facial, Mistle-Toes Pedicure, Blow Dry Bar and Holiday Hair Affair. And, on the day of service, guests have access to entire club for the day. Childcare is available for an additional fee.

On Wed., Dec. 11, The Spa is hosting an Open House with wine, treats, mini services, giveaways, spa discounts and more. Free; RSVPs are encouraged to 480.579.2940.

Duck Donuts Makes Chandler its First Arizona Location

Duck Donuts, known for serving warm, delicious and made-to-order donuts, is spreading its wings and landing its first Arizona location in Chandler, at 4040 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 8. At Duck Donuts, customers can create their own donut combination by choosing from a variety of coatings, toppings and drizzles. The stores offer a viewing area where customers can watch their donuts being made from scratch to finish. Duck Donuts also sells coffee, tea, donut breakfast sandwiches and more.

My Sister’s Attic to Open in Chandler

Construction is underway on a brand new location of My Sister’s Attic in Chandler. Conveniently located off Ray Road and the 101 in the Raintree Ranch Center near Whole Foods, the new My Sister’s Attic will be the store’s largest location to date. Scheduled to be completed by the end of December, the 15,533-square foot space will be 30% larger and will replace the existing My Sister’s Attic store at Fulton Promenade in south Chandler.

“We are thrilled to open what will be our biggest location yet of My Sister’s Attic,” says founder and CEO Ann Siner. “Not only are we super excited about the size of the store, but we think this will be a more convenient location for shoppers as it will be right off the freeway and just a few doors down from Whole Foods in this beautiful shopping center.”

Siner says extra space in the new Chandler location will allow for more furniture, home accessories and one-of-a-kind designer items at My Sister’s Attic.

A grand opening celebration is planned at the store in January.

Arizona Non-profits Hit the Jackpot at Gila River Cares Night of Giving

Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva distributed a year’s worth of self-excluded jackpots to five local nonprofit organizations at its annual Gila River Cares Night of Giving celebration, held at Wild Horse Pass on Oct. 24.

The recipients included UMOM New Day Centers (Phoenix), $21,164.77; Kids in Focus (Arcadia), $15,836.57; Foundation for Blind Children (Phoenix/Chandler), $15,836.57; Beyond Autism (Scottsdale), $10,582.38; and Hope Community Services (Peoria), $10,582.38.

Arizona nonprofits were eligible to apply; recipients were selected by a committee.

Coyotes and Grand Canyon Brewing Company Launch Team-Inspired Beer

The Arizona Coyotes partnered with Grand Canyon Brewing Company to create Kachina Throwback Ale, a light beer that is equal parts crisp, refreshing and flavorful.

The ale is available in 12 oz. cans sold in six-packs in retail stores including Albertsons, Safeway and Total Wine; as well as select restaurants, including Brass Tap, Ice Den and Angry Crab locations; and at Gila River Arena during the 2019-20 NHL season.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, the team’s nonprofit benefiting first responders, veterans and children’s charities.

Oregon Street Parking Garage Opens, Features Art

The five-level, 293,000-square-foot Oregon Street parking garage opened in late October. It was constructed by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and will provide Downtown visitors and patrons with 932 free parking spaces.
In addition to more free parking options, the garage displays three separate public art pieces. They include colorful canopies that change with the seasons, geometric benches and LED screenings.

Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi: The Gray Zone of Holocaust Survival

The impact of the Holocaust, its lessons on social justice and civil dialogue are still relevant today, nearly 75 years later.

Prof. Nancy Harrowitz, professor of Italian and Jewish studies at Boston University, is an authority on the subject. During a lecture in November for the East Valley Jewish Community Center, she touched upon the crucial nature of the legacies that two prolific writers and survivors left us and how their work relates to our contemporary world.

The lecture, Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi: The Gray Zone of Holocaust Survival, shared how these writers focused on the importance of social justice as they discussed how as a society we can reduce the risk of genocide after the Holocaust through an understanding of how dehumanization and prejudice works and the damage that it does to all of us.

“It is important to continue to discuss the Holocaust and what it can teach us,” she says.

The East Valley JCC’s Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity and Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies launched a new partnership In November.