Phoenix Named All-American City

The National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading named the city of Phoenix as a winner of the 2022 All-America City awards for its commitment to improving digital equity and education in underserved areas. Phoenix is one of the most honored U.S. cities, winning the All-America City designation six times: 1950, 1958, 1980, 1989, 2009, and 2022.

The city’s commitment to improving digital equity and collaborating with Phoenix residents in underinvested areas and public housing communities landed the city a winning spot. Phoenix was one of 20 finalist cities across the nation and is one of 10 communities to be recognized this year.

Volunteers Needed for Tax Season
The city needs volunteers to help residents with their 2022 taxes. Every year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program prepares free tax returns for low-to-moderate income individuals and families, but they can’t do it without you. VITA volunteers receive free training and are certified by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns. They need greeters, screeners, bilingual interpreters, and site coordinators. Volunteering with VITA is a great way to learn new skills and build your resume while helping others. Sign up via

Senior Programs Have Returned
Group trips and on-site congregate meals have returned to Phoenix senior centers! Contact your local senior center or call 602-262-4520 for more information. Find a center: and click the “Senior Services” tab under the “Our Services” section.

Desert Ridge Marketplace Happenings
Nordstrom Rack opened at Desert Ridge Marketplace on Oct. 27. The new location marks the ninth Nordstrom location in the greater Phoenix community. Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers up to 70 percent off on-trend apparel, accessories, beauty, home, and shoes from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom stores.

Beginning on Nov. 17, Desert Ridge Marketplace will partner with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts to children in need. Help fulfill the Christmas wishes of more than 50,000 children in Arizona. Visit their table near Dave & Buster’s, pull a tag and get gifting. Meanwhile, on Nov. 22, Desert Ridge Marketplace will officially kick off the holiday season. The marketplace will glimmer and glisten with endless holiday sights and activities including dazzling art installations, nightly snowfall, free photos with Santa, live music, and a gleaming holiday tree.