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Responding to community demand raised during recent health restrictions, the City of Yuma will begin offering drive-in movies this weekend, with the intent to hold them through the summer.

The City is aware of malfunctions with ticket purchases using the online ticket service. We are working to correct these as expediently as we can.

The initial offering will feature “Jumanji: The Next Level,” rated PG-13, at sundown this Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, at Desert Sun Stadium, 1280 W. Desert Sun Drive. Gates will now open at 7:30 instead of 7 p.m. Requested arrival time is 8:10 p.m. instead of 7:40 p.m. Movie will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night. While all ages are welcome, parents are cautioned to note the motion picture’s official rating.

Admission charge is $5 per vehicle. Tickets are available in advance only through www.yumashowtickets.com and are limited to 150 vehicles per show. No admissions will be sold on site, and no refunds or exchanges are accepted.

From the way that ticket and vendor commerce will be conducted to the movie experience itself, the City’s Drive-in Movie Night is designed as a public health-friendly event.

“We have taken into consideration recommendations from the Yuma County Health Department, WHO and the CDC in regards to social distancing,” said Marketing Specialist Carrie Ring. “Tickets are online and presale only to avoid hand-to-hand exchanges. Vendors are also providing ‘touchless’ transactions using debit/credit cards only.”

Additionally, the City will furnish additional hand-washing stations, and advises patrons to follow recommended practices of social distancing and facial coverings while out of their vehicles to visit restrooms or concessions vendors.

Audio will be provided on site via FM radio signal that most vehicles should be equipped to pick up. Those who do not wish to periodically run their fuel engine to prevent drainage of their starter battery may bring an FM radio for in-vehicle use; however, they are cautioned to not allow noise other than the movie sound outside their vehicle.

The following restrictions will apply to all patrons:

Due to COVID-19, remain in your vehicle unless making a trip to restroom or vendors; windows can be down.

Stay inside your vehicle. Inside the tailgates of trucks is OK, but please refrain from having folding chairs outside your vehicle.

No lawn chairs or pop-ups will be allowed.

You may bring your own snacks, food, and drinks, with the exception of alcoholic beverages.

Vendors will use only touchless payment options. No cash transactions will be available.

Tickets are presale only. No box office will be on site.

Restrooms are available on site within walking distance; please respect social distancing when visiting.

Loud noises that may interfere with other patrons’ ability to hear will not be allowed.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

The facility assumes no responsibility of injury, situations beyond our control, or property damage. Enter at your own risk.

We have the right to refuse service, and will enforce these rules.

Large SUVs and trucks will be directed to park in the back, so as not to block the view of other moviegoers.

Drive-in Movie Night was born from community requests that circulated online, including an 8,300-signature petition on Change.org. The City’s Parks and Recreation department, including the Yuma Art Center and Yuma Civic Center, and Yuma Festivals joined together to brainstorm and work out logistics to make this event happen.

“Our team prides itself on being able to come together to utilize industry experts within our team to develop successful events that benefit our community and the quality of life events and programming they deserve,” said Deputy City Administrator Jay Simonton, the interim director of Parks and Rec.

The lineup of additional movie showings throughout the summer will be released at a later date. To stay up to date, follow the official social media of City of Yuma Parks and Recreation on Facebook and Instagram.


AWC Disburses Federal Stimulus Funds to Spring 2020 Students

CARE ACT Grants to be direct-deposited, or mailed in check form

Yuma, AZ (May 8, 2020) – Students enrolled in for-credit classes on March 13 of 2020 will be receiving stimulus funds in their accounts or mailbox, as long as they qualify to receive such funds based on U.S. Department of Education rules.

The CARE ACT Relief grants, ranging from $100 to $800 depending on how many credit hours a student was registered for, are available for all students who qualify to be considered for Federal Financial Aid, whether or not they have ever received aid, or their families qualify for need-based aid.

Students who are enrolled in 12 credit hours or more will receive $800; students enrolled in 9-11.5, $500; 6-8.5 credits, $250; less than 6 credits, $100.

The U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated (non-credit) students, dual-credit (currently in high school) students, or students enrolled in distance-only degree programs. Students who are enrolled in a mixture of online and face-to-face classes will receive funds based on the non-online credit hours they are taking.

“We’re required by federal law to make these funds available to our students, with very specific guidelines,” says Dr. Daniel P. Corr, AWC President. “It is our hope these funds will relieve some anxiety and suffering for students due to this disruption and possible job loss or other family challenges. We also want our students, as soon as they’re able, to continue pursuing their educational goals. We’re here to provide that link to their future.”


Shahrooz Roohparvar

Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Arizona Western College



Students don’t need to apply for the grants, but the college is using current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion to verify eligibility. Students who have not completed a FAFSA this year will not receive a grant. Students have until August 1, 2020 to complete a FAFSA.

The amount allocated to AWC for direct student dispersal is $2.26M in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic

Security) ACT / HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund). The college is also receiving additional funds through the CARES Act that can be used to support students through the disruption to classes in a variety of other manners, like tutoring and advising.

The first $2.26M also includes approximately $175,000 for a locally-administered Emergency Relief Fund, which is designed to fill the gap between immediate student need and the standard CARES ACT grants. Current students can find the application for the Emergency Relief Fund at azwestern.edu/covid. Verification and documentation are required for these funds. Application must be completed by August 1, 2020 to be considered.

Payment for the Emergency Relief Fund will be made after the August 1 application deadline. Cares Act grants will be disbursed to direct deposit accounts or Bank Mobile accounts within two days of May 13 if a student has a current FAFSA application. Students without a direct deposit account or Bank Mobile account will receive a paper check within 3 weeks of disbursement. Students can sign up for direct deposit using their checking account or creating an account, both with our partner Bank Mobile.

More information about the stimulus funding disbursements can be found at azwestern.edu/covid.



Starting May 11, the Yuma Community Food Bank will switch to new hours. The implementation of the time change is due to the heat.  The temporary hours will be 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Yuma Community Food Bank can be located at 2404 E. 24th Street.  If you are in need of food, stop by weekdays. 


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