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Cooling off tips from our staff and friends

Michelle Shapiro, left, with Wil Thomas, loves to cool off with gelato. She’s tried every flavor at Blue Ice Gelato. It’s the only gelateria in Arizona that pasteurizes its milk in-house. (Photo courtesy Michelle Shapiro)

The AJP asked its staff and colleagues at Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona to share their secrets for beating the heat in Tucson’s triple-digit summers.

Gail Barnhill: “Start gardening at 9 p.m. under yard lights and jump in the pool every 15 minutes. I swim with my five grandsons. ‘Watch me GG … watch me GG … watch me GG.’” 

Phyllis Braun:  “I like to float in our community pool at night and look up at the stars.”

Bertí Brodsky: “My best way is to have an Eegee’s and head up to Mt. Lemmon!”

Debe Campbell: “Turn off the heat in the hot tub, making it a cool tub for an after-the-drive-home-from-work soak. Put a pan of ice in front of a fan for the dogs to lay in front of.”

Jeanette Dempsey: “After we watch the sunset with our dogs, Amelia and Oliver, we take cold showers, jump on our bikes and hit The Loop for a smooth, chilled ride.”

Beverly Sandock: “Raspados! So refreshing in the summer. I have a list from the Tucson Foodie’s top 19. I work my way through them during the summer. Thus far, my favorite cooling flavor is coconut.”

Ari Slater: “We hook up misters on our front porch … which reminds me, we need to do that!”

Román Urias: “I’m pretty basic. I like to watch Netflix and eat food that is not so good for you, LOL.”