Enjoy a moment at Papago Park in north Tempe. Starting this week, this newsletter will come out every Monday.
Monday, June 7: Tempe COVID-19 update
New Tempe bike shop, ASU study and free groceries for life!
Let’s keep it going!
More than 50% of Tempeans ages 10+ have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Get yours. Search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
Friday: free vaccine clinic at Tempe’s Islamic Community Center
Maricopa County Public Health will offer free COVID-19 vaccines from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, 131 E. Sixth St. The event is open to the public. Appointments are suggested but walk-ins are welcome. Call 602-506-6767 and select option 3 or register online:https://curative.com/sites/29091/
What has getting the vaccine meant to you? Were you able to reunite with family you haven’t seen for a long while? Have you been able to do more with others? We’d like to share some of your experiences with Tempe residents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Thanks 5 million, Fry’s!
Fry’s Food Stores and Kroger Health want to motivate more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and they are putting up $5 million as an incentive.
Five people will win $1 million and 50 will win free groceries for a year. The giveaway runs through July 10. Get details at krogergiveaway.com.
ASU study could help explain why people physically react so differently to COVID-19
Scientists at Arizona State University released a new study that explores why COVID-19 impacts people in such a variety of ways, from mild, flu-like symptoms to the inability to breathe and even death.
When the researchers compared COVID-19 figures from 23 countries, they found that mortality rates from the disease were closely associated with the distribution of MHC-I variants, critical protein components of the immune system.
The work has important implications for monitoring vulnerability to COVID-19 and can also help researchers determine how to elicit an immune response, a critical component in future vaccines.
COVID-19 and vaccine data by zip code
85281: 8,477 cases (+23 cases) 85282: 6,218 cases (+12 cases) 85283: 5,403 cases (+11 cases) 85284: 1,688 cases (+2 cases) *85283 includes Town of Guadalupe
85281: 42.4% 85282: 47.9% 85283: 44.3% 85284: 61.7% *85283 includes Town of Guadalupe
Total percentage of City of Tempe population vaccinated: 46.4%
Column 1: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code. Case counts are cumulative. Data as of 9:30 a.m. June 7. Column 2: Percentage of the total number of all people in each zip code who have received at at least one dose of any vaccine, including all ages, not just those eligible. This data is updated by Maricopa County on Wednesdays at noon.
Vote in our Dotocracy
Get a cool, sweet treat and help determine the future of north Tempe at the next Papago/North Tempe Character Area meetup. Vote online for planning and design principals you like best or meet in person at the Papago Park Ramada at 1000 N. College Ave. at 6 p.m., Monday, June 14 or on Saturday, June 26 at 9 a.m.
Tempe Community Council (TCC) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards. Considered Tempe’s most prestigious distinction, the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award honors an individual or couple who has given outstanding service to the community. The deadline to submit nominations is June 20. Learn more: call 480-858-2310 or visit tempecommunitycouncil.org/don-carlos.
Join Councilmember Doreen Garlid and Urban Forester Richard Adkins to learn about Tempe’s tree at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. Hear about species selection and placement and ask questions. Visit tempe.gov/garlid for details. Register at https://bit.ly/3fOHIA8
Legal and financial advice for caregivers
Join Dementia Friendly Tempe for a free webinar for caregivers about legal and financial planning. Learn about medical and financial healthcare powers of attorney, options for paying for care, and more. 1 – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 9. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3cfZREI
Regroup Coffee and Bicycles
Get an iced latte and a new ride at Regroup Coffee and Bicycles. The north Tempe café and bike shop opened recently at 1205 N. Scottsdale Road. It’s the perfect spot to start or end a ride, with plenty of patio space and goodies and lovely bikes to try. Check out the Orbea bikes, the PAS Normal Studios gear and more.
Celebrate Pride Month with a beer that gives to LGBTQ+ groups
Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewing Company is pouring a new IPA that honors the area’s LGBTQ+ community. The new brew, called “We’re Here, We’re Beer, Get Used To It,” was brewed in collaboration with several local LGBTQ+ groups, including ONE Community, Equality Arizona and Phoenix Pride, among others. Proceeds from the IPA benefit the LGBTQ+ groups.
Hot dogs for a cause
Your tummy can do good! Have a hot dog or an Italian beef sandwich at Portillo’s at Tempe Marketplace on Wednesday and raise money for the Tempe Community Action Agency I-HELP homeless shelter program. From 3 to 9 p.m., Portillo’s will donate 20% of all purchases to the cause.