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Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat announces 2021 State of the City

Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat has announced the 2021 State of the City.

Two Peoria homes top $1 million in past week

Two of the top three homes sales in Peoria topped $1 million for the week of April 21-28, and all were in the 85383 ZIP code, the city’s luxury home hot spot, according to Realtor.com. The …

Peoria high schools rank among Arizona, national leaders

Peoria has one of the best high schools in the U.S. in the form of a local charter school, while Peoria Unified School District schools are providing a quality education, according to a new report …

ADHS: Peoria area ZIP codes see slight jump in COVID cases

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 647 new coronavirus cases and 22 new deaths Thursday, for a total of 856,451 cases and 17,221 deaths.

Westbrook Village Posse seeks patrols for Peoria community

Are you age 50 or older? Want to volunteer in your community while helping make the neighborhood safe?Officials at Westbrook Village — a retirement community is looking for some help. Mike …


Abrazo Arrowhead earns top grade in patient safety

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale received an “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades, reflecting the hospital’s commitment to delivering safe, high-quality patient care.

Barnes & Noble is coming back to Arrowhead area

Book lovers in Peoria were sad to see the Barnes & Noble near Arrowhead Mall close a couple months ago.

Lend a hand for the Peoria Heroes Flag Walk

The Peoria Chamber of Commerce is looking for event sponsors and community support for their event Peoria Heroes Flag Walk.

Land for Peoria self-storage facility sells for $875K

A vacant parcel in Peoria found a buyer this week with a goal of turning the land into a self-storage facility. The 4.88-acre parcel on North 75th Avenue between Cactus Road and Sweetwater Avenue …

No homes cracked the $1M mark in Peoria

The top three home sales in Peoria for the week of April 15-21 were in the 85383 ZIP code, the city’s luxury home hot spot, according to Realtor. com.


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PUSD CFO Michelle Myers

Myers: Peoria Unified places emphasis on financial stewardship

It is an honor to serve as the Peoria Unified School District’s Chief Financial Officer.
Michelle R. Reid is the Museum Services Director at Washington-based Museum Pros.

An inside look at Preserving Peoria historical society artifacts

The City of Peoria has been working diligently to return thousands of unclaimed artifacts previously in the possession of the now dissolved Peoria Arizona Historical Society. Without a doubt, the …

Zwick/Griffith: Senators must protect borrowers

Despite Arizona voters defeating a well-funded effort in 2008 to allow small-dollar loans to exceed our state’s interest rate cap of 36% plus fees, a persistent group of online high-cost …
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Heat Relief Regional Network begins in Peoria

The city of Peoria is once again partnering with the Maricopa Association of Governments to kick off the Heat Relief Regional Network.
Charli and Tyler Larsen enjoy a ride at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Litchfield Park.

Peoria Auxiliary lends support to Luke kids, families

Tyler Larsen, 8, has already lived in four different states. In addition to regular extended training sessions, his father, Brandon-- an Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician-- has been deployed twice in Tyler’s young life. Tyler’s little sister, Charli, 4, struggles with her daddy being gone. Like many 4-year old girls, she’s a daddy’s girl and doesn’t quite understand extended absences.

Foundation provides free copies of U.S. Constitution to support civics education

A local nonprofit organization has printed small pocketbook-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence and making them available free of charge to Arizona school …
Youth4Youth develops leadership and success skills in youth while giving them the opportunity to make a positive difference in their school, community and beyond.

Grant will help drug-free community efforts in Peoria

A Glendale organization is one of seven throughout the state to which Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is granting $565,000 to provide programs and services to address substance use disorders, including an effort for Peoria schools.
Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Surgery Director Brenda Mastopietro, Chief Nursing Officer Wendi Sears, Denise Jaronik, RN, and hospital CEO Naman Mahajan celebrate Ms. Jaronik’s recognition as a Tenet Hero.

Abrazo honors Peoria nurse as healthcare ‘hero’

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus post-anesthesia care unit nurse Denise Jaronik, a Peoria resident, was recognized for her exemplary service at during a recent “Tenet Hero” ceremony.
Pictured (left to right): Todd Hornback (WTMC Co-founder/Board Chair), Mayor Eric Orsborn (Buckeye), Councilmember Bill Patena (Peoria), Mayor Michael LeVault (Youngtown), Councilmember Wally Campbell (Goodyear), Mayor Skip Hall (Surprise), Councilmember Chris Judd (Surprise), Les Meyers (WTMC Executive Director) after declaring April 22, 2021 as “White Tank Wild Day” in honor of the White Tank Mountains Conservancy’s regional connectivity efforts during an event at Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye.

West Valley cities pledge to keep White Tanks wild

Several West Valley cities joined to proclaim April 22 “White Tank Wild Day” in an effort for all to enjoy and to conserve the natural and cultural resources of range, a rare pristine landscape in the Valley that many residents and visitors enjoy each year.
Ken Parsons was named Peoria Independent’s Hometown Hero in the Community Cheerleader category.

Parsons honored as Peoria Hometown Hero in Community Cheerleader category

To Ken Parsons, business and community are intrinsically intertwined.

Peoria residents may schedule a household hazardous waste pickup

Peoria residents have the ability to get rid of their unwanted household hazardous waste in a safe manner.
Surprise has begun a new veteran's resource center at The Surprise Resource Center is at 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite No. 124.

Surprise unveils West Valley veterans resource hub

Veterans, service members (active duty, Guard and reserve) and their families now have a new place to access resources, support and assistance in the West Valley. In partnership with the Arizona …

Palo Verde District looking for neighborhood advisory committee members

Councilman Michale Finn has put out a call for new neighborhood advisory committee members for the Palo Verde District. At approximately 5.8 square miles, the Palo Verde District is the home of …
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Lauren Hardcastle will be part of the cast bringing “Curiouser & Curiouser Too” to live in Peoria.

TheaterWorks to open new immersive production

The pandemic indeed halted live theater in its tracks, but one Peoria stage has mastered a way to keep the show going.

Indie pop/rock group plays two shows

The local band A Girl Named Scot will perform at a house show 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at 2314 E. Whitton Ave. Other artists performing are The Whitton, Local Bandits, Jam Now and John …
Guitar League members jam during a monthly session pre-COVID-19.

Guitar League to bring back live monthly meetings

The Phoenix chapter of the Guitar League will relaunch monthly live meetings beginning Tuesday, May 11.

Live music splits time with 'Whole Hog Roast'

Singer-songwriter Preston Phillip and his trio will perform at noon on Saturday, May 15 at Peoria Artisan Brewery, 10144 W. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Suite 1130, Peoria.
Surrender, a Cheap Trick tribute band, opens a weekend of live music May 1 at Fuzzy’s in Peoria.

Weekend of tribute music coming to Peoria

Peoria is ready to host a weekend of tribute bands.
Cheri Adams, Dave Albert, Dan Krohn and Larry Hill perform as Cheri and the Pacemakers May 1 at a new restaurant in Surprise, Chef Peter's Bistro.

Cover band debuts at Chef Peter’s Bistro May 1

Cheri and the Pacemakers is coming to is a new venue for the band in Surprise next month.
“Nunsense” at Arizona Broadway Theatre stars, clockwise from top left, Kathi Osborne, Renee Koher, Alexia Lorch,Blair Beasley and Liz Fallon.

Curtain to rise on ‘Nunsense’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“Nunsense,” written by Dan Goggin and having made its Off-Broadway debut in 1985, opens its run Friday, April 23 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane.

Combo planning Cinco de Mayo gig in Peoria

Cheri and the Pacemakers will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an upcoming gig in Peoria.
Jeff Burkett stars as Elton John in a tribute show coming to Peoria.

Elton John musical tribute coming to Peoria

“Sir Elton” will present a tribute to the music of Elton John in Peoria.
Pop-Up Peoria will open to the public at Park West, April 9.

Pop-Up Peoria opens to the public

Pop-Up Peoria will open to the public at Park West, April 9, providing an innovative space for community members to connect.
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