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ADOT Closes Sections of Loop 303 for the Weekend

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for the following restrictions on Loop 303 between El Mirage Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway for crews to switch traffic onto newly constructed freeway lanes. Northbound Loop 303 will be closed between El Mirage Road and Lone Mountain Parkway...
TRAFFIC

Learn about Business Support Services at Pop-Up Peoria

On Thursday, Aug. 26, Pop-Up Peoria will host the third session of the La Jefa Status Crew Up, a free series of in-person workshops, delivered in partnership with Arizona State University J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, with business resources delivered specifically for Latina business owners and women of color. Pop-Up Peoria at Park West connects with artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, and experts in a variety of activities, programs, and interactive experiences. Upcoming events include preschool and children’s storytime, business support for Latinas, and an entrepreneurship day. For the full program schedule, check out www.popuppeoria.com.
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The Peoria Film Fest is Back

The Peoria Film Fest is returning for a third year on Sept. 17-19, 2021. The team behind the Phoenix Film Festival will host this three-day festival in Peoria at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains Theatre, located at 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria, AZ 85382. Tickets will go on sale at the end of August. For more information, call 480-513-3195 or visit www.peoriafilmfest.com.
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Take a Survey About Peoria Parks, Recreation and Libraries

Peoria’s Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department is conducting a survey to establish priorities for the future development of parks, recreation, and library facilities, programs, and services. The information obtained in this survey will be used to update the city’s parks and recreation master plan. Public input and ideas are important. The planning process relies on receiving input from residents to form city goals and objectives for the next decade. With this plan, the city strives to enrich the future of the community and have a positive effect on Peoria’s quality of life. To take the survey, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/survey. Complete the survey by Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
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Help the City Define New District Boundaries

The city of Peoria has started the federally mandated redistricting process to redraw district boundaries. Peoria must submit the proposed city council district boundaries by the end of 2021. New city council district boundaries will be in effect for the August and November 2022 elections. Although the delay in census data reporting will shorten the timeframe for the redistricting process this year, Peoria residents will have many opportunities to participate in the process. Beginning in October, there will be in-person and virtual open house events to learn about the redistricting requirements and the online mapping software that will be used to help rebalance the city council districts.
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Peoria Begins the Redistricting Process

PEORIA, Ariz. (Aug. 23, 2021) – The 2020 census counts are in and Peoria’s population has grown to 190,985, an increase of more than 35,000 residents since 2010. As such, the city of Peoria has started the federally mandated redistricting process to redraw district boundaries. “Peoria’s district system helps voters...
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Join the Motorcycle Safety Event on Sept. 11

On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Peoria Police Department in partnership with the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety is proud to host an interactive motorcycle safety class. This free class will consist of a short classroom discussion to cover safe riding habits and overall motorcycle safety followed by hands-on course instruction. During the riding portion of the course, critical riding skills will be reinforced to promote the optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This is not a course for new riders to get an endorsement. A valid driver's license and motorcycle endorsement are required to attend this class. Selected participants will be notified prior to the class. Seating is limited and program participants will be selected based upon application screening. Motorcycle riders can fill out a short application for the class at www.peoriaaz.gov/motorcycleclass.
CARS

Peoria Country Fest is Oct. 9

Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant and the city of Peoria will host the Peoria Country Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, featuring live country music from David Nail, Bayou Bandits and Ivan Hearness. There will be food trucks, a beer garden and live bull riding. The event runs from 2–10 p.m. David Nail is a country music artist whose multiple albums have produced seven chart entries on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including two that have reached No. 1. Bayou Bandits, the hottest southern rock band in the Southwest, will be performing, as well as Ivan Hearness. Tickets are $25 per person and admission is free for children 12 years old and younger. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a separate seating area and bathrooms, private cash bar and meal. Ticket prices do not include entry into Pleasant Harbor, which is an additional $7 per vehicle. Festival attendees are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased at https://pleasantharbor.bammtickets.com.
FESTIVAL

Fill Your Sandbags at Peoria Fire Stations

Monsoons in Arizona can bring high winds, lightning, hail and heavy bursts of rain. All of these potential hazards are life threatening if proper care is not taken. In the Valley, storms often develop in the late afternoon and early evening. Be on guard and keep apprised of the daily weather forecast. With strong storms forecast again this week, a reminder that, the city has sand available at all the fire stations. Residents should bring bags (garbage bags, old pillowcases, etc.) and shovels. Also, residents experiencing storm-related and other urgent issues, after hours should call the police non-emergency phone at 623-773-8311.
ENVIRONMENT

Shortage on the Colorado Isn't a Shortage at the Tap

Following the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s declaration of Tier 1 Colorado River water shortage on Monday, Aug. 16, it is important that residents have the facts. Peoria’s water supply is not impacted in these early stages. Peoria has prepared for drought conditions in Arizona for many years and has plans in place if the shortage levels on the Colorado River continue to worsen. In fact, only 34% of Peoria’s water supply is directly from the Colorado River and Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal. Also, the city only uses 61% of our available CAP supply and the rest is stored underground for later use. To date, Peoria has stored more than 180,000 acre-feet of water underground. An acre-foot of water serves an average of three homes per year, and the amount that Peoria has banked for our community is approximately five years of Peoria’s total water demand. To learn about Peoria’s preparedness and robust water supply, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/droughtready. Also, Peoria offers sustainable workshops, rebates and more to help residents reduce their water use. Learn more at www.peoriaaz.gov/preserveconserve.
COLORADO STATE

MLB Announces 2022 Spring Training Schedules

Recently, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that 2022 spring training will officially begin on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. The Peoria Sports Complex will once again host the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners for the spring. The Mariners will have 15 home games at the Peoria Sports Complex and 16 road games. The Padres will also have 15 homes games at the sports complex and 15 road games. The 2022 regular season will begin with all 30 Clubs playing their opening game of the season on Thursday, March 31, featuring 11 divisional matchups among the 15 games. The complete 2022 spring training schedule, subject to change, is below and is also available at MLB.com/springschedule.
MLB

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at the Peoria Community Center Aug.19

The city of Peoria has been receiving limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with Albertsons/Safeway Pharmacy. The Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson, will host a Pfizer vaccine walk-up appointment event for ages 12 years and older on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This includes a third booster shot for those who meet the requirements listed below. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
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Tower of Power Headlines Somos Peoria

Somos Peoria, the Valley’s most celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month event, will take over Old Town Peoria at 83rd and Grand Avenues on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 from 2 – 10: 30 p.m. The multicultural festival will include national headlining entertainment by the renowned 70s funk and soul band, Tower of Power and Latin R&B band of the 80s, Tierra, as well as a variety of local entertainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample local and traditional foods, arts and crafts and enjoy music by mariachis, among many other special activities. For additional details and tickets, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/somospeoria.
FESTIVAL

Pop-Up Peoria at Park West Announces August Classes

Pop-Up Peoria is a unique, innovative community engagement space created by the city of Peoria and CIRE Equity. Visit Pop-Up Peoria at Park West to connect with artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, and experts in a variety of activities, programs, and interactive experiences. Upcoming events include preschool and children’s story time, business support for Latinas, and an entrepreneurship day. For the full program schedule, check out www.popuppeoria.com.
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Adult Softball League at Paloma Park

The city of Peoria is proud to announce the Paloma Community Park Adult Softball League. The league is a coed social/friendly league that focuses on healthy competition and social interaction, and will take place on Friday and Sunday evenings. The program is designed for adults who have little or no softball experience, as well as adults who have played on a competitive softball or baseball league prior. The Friday league begins Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday league begins Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. Visit www.peoriaaz.gov/sports, email sports@peoriaaz.gov or call 623-773-8600 for details.
SPORTS

Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Arizona Broadway Theatre is hosting the “Spitfire Grill” musical from Aug. 13-Sept. 5, 2021. The musical follows Percy Talbot as she is released from a five-year prison sentence and begins work at the Spitfire Grill, which is up for sale. Seeing little interest for a new owner, Percy encourages the owner to raffle it off with an essay contest. With its roots in blues and folk music, this soaring score creates a musical triumph that celebrates second chances and the lasting impact one person can make in a life. To purchase tickets, visit www.azbroadway.org.
RESTAURANTS

Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Needs Assessment Survey

Peoria’s Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department is conducting a survey to establish priorities for the future development of parks, recreation and library facilities, programs and services. The information obtained in this survey will be used to update the Master Plan. Public input and ideas are important. The planning process relies on receiving input from our residents, to form our goals and objectives for the next decade. With this plan, the city strives to enrich the future of the community and have a positive effect on Peoria’s quality of life. To take the survey, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/survey. The survey must be completed by Aug. 15, 2021.
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Volunteer Coaches Needed

Calling all volunteers! The city of Peoria’s Fall Youth Sports season is beginning in October and we are seeking volunteer coaches for the following sports: flag football (ages 5-12), machine pitch baseball (ages 6+), soccer (ages 3-14), T-ball (ages 4-6), and volleyball (ages 7-14). The city is looking for volunteers who are positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trustworthy, and dedicated individuals interested in making a positive impact on the children in our programs. Volunteer coaches must be 18 years or older, and will be required to complete a background check and be finger printed. Visit http://ow.ly/9A8A50FLtEY to complete the online coaching application. For information about the fall sports season, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/youthsports or email sports@peoriaaz.gov.
ADVOCACY

AM/PM Announces Hiring Incentives for New Employees

The city of Peoria is seeking outgoing, positive, and responsible individuals who desire to work with youth in the AM/PM before and after school care program. Staff members will supervise and monitor children by actively participating with them through play and staff-led enrichment, such as literacy, arts and crafts, and STEAM projects. The ideal candidate will provide an enhanced experience, enjoy positive participant interactions, and welcome the opportunity to make a difference. The city of Peoria recently received a grant through the Department of Economic Security for funding to provide hiring and retention bonuses for employees that provide childcare. This incentive allows the city to offer new employees hired between Aug. 1 and Sept. 16, a hiring bonus to be paid out on an upcoming paycheck. In addition, new employees may also be eligible to receive a second bonus on their Sept. 23 paycheck. For details visit www.peoriaaz.gov/jobs and review the city of Peoria’s employment opportunities and search “Childcare Provider - Rec Leaders.”
POLITICS

Tower of Power Headlines Somos Peoria

PEORIA, Ariz. (Aug. 5, 2021) – Somos Peoria, the Valley’s most celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month event, will take over Old Town Peoria on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 2 p.m. – 10: 30 p.m. “Somos Peoria is an opportunity for us to join family, friends and neighbors as we celebrate culture,...
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