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Litchfield Park auctioning off surplus items

The city of Litchfield Park has teamed up with Public Surplus to auction off items no longer used or needed.

Goodyear family named 2021 March of Dimes ambassadors

When the Greater Arizona March of Dimes’ virtual fundraiser, March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement, goes live at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8, a Goodyear boy who lost his twin brother shortly …

Young stroke survivor thanks Abrazo West care team

Stephanie Flynn is a Buckeye resident who experienced a stroke at age 34. Her story emphasizes the importance of knowing the signs of stroke and seeking immediate emergency care as May is recognized as national Stroke Awareness Month.

Warthogs and jackals and leopards, oh my! Wildlife World Zoo welcomes springtime babies

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is reveling in the arrival of several new babies at the Litchfield Park facility, including warthogs, jackal pups and a leopard.

Number of new weekly coronavirus cases in Litchfield Park unchanged from last week

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of new weekly coronavirus cases in Litchfield Park 85340 was 25 over the week ending Friday, April 30, the same number reported last Friday.
West Valley Preps

ALA breaks ground on new West Valley campus

American Leadership Academy had a groundbreaking ceremony for its first West Valley school April 23.

Millennium baseball just outlasts determined Centennial

Millennium  baseball finished the regular season with a target on its back, and Centennial nearly hit it April 29 in Goodyear. The Tigers jumped to a 2-0 lead in their first turn at bat of their final regular season game.

Millennium softball shocks Shadow Ridge with shutout

Millennium (9-5) upset Shadow Ridge (11-2), which entered the week ranked #3 in 6A, 2-0 thanks to Levandowski's complete game shutout.

2021 All-West Valley Preps boys basketball team

For the eighth year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best boys basketball players it covers in the West Valley.

2021 All-West Valley Preps girls basketball team

For the seventh year, West Valley Preps has announced honors for the best girls basketball players it covers in the West Valley.
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On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address. He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself; nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” His comments are valid today.

As I like to support local business, I stopped at a battery/bulb store yesterday.
Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well under way. We all hope this is a means to an end of social restrictions and making our way back to life as we once knew it. According to the CDC over …
Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order on March 25 certainly had and will continue to have an impact on our community. Whether you agree or disagree with the transition of “required” virus mitigation to “recommended,” it’s here.

Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear will hold a two-day job fair for nurses, Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6.

Justin Thorstad, transformation coach, founder and designated broker of Libertas Real Estate, will lead a free mindset shift workshop at the agency’s Goodyear office designed to help real estate agents in their careers and personal lives.
Bashas’ is inviting Arizonans to draw some inspiration from their previous travels and dream new flavors for the hometown grocer’s donut cases as part of the grocery chain’s annual Flavor Craze contest.
The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce recently announced the election of five new board members.

Recognizing a need in Arizona for alternative learning models that offer the flexibility of online learning with a face-to-face engagement element, digital curriculum provider StrongMind has partnered with local charter schools to launch tuition-free Valor Preparatory Academy of Arizona.

Seven Southwest Valley high schools in Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear and Tolleson were ranked among the top 100 of 550 Arizona schools included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best High Schools list.
Gov. Doug Ducey rescinded his July 2020 executive order requiring schools to implement face covering policies April 19, but what does that mean for Southwest Valley students, staff and campus visitors?
For more than 20 years, AZ529, Arizona’s Education Savings Plan, has helped families accumulate more than $1.9 billion in tax-deferred education savings.
Rich La Rose, Priscilla Pinches, Charles “Spanky” Lake and Rich Alfano will perform May 15 in Surprise.

Rose Band set for Surprise show

The Priscilla Rose Band perform their blend of classic rock and pop in Surprise.
The Arizona Balloon Classic returns Friday, April 29, to Goodyear Ballpark for three days of outdoor fun.

Arizona Balloon Classic opens April 29 at Goodyear Ballpark

Colorful hot air balloons and kites as large as semitrailers will fill the sky over Goodyear when the Arizona Events Group’s 10th annual Arizona Balloon Classic takes flight Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2.
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.
"Knight Gastritis" is one of the paintings on display as part of Imprint: Viva La Cultura which is from April 30 through June 4 at Arts HQ in Surprise.

Latest Imprint exhibit explores impact of Latino, Xicanx culture

West Valley Arts Imprint: Viva La Cultura, an eight-month celebration of the impact of Latino and Xicanx culture on American culture highlighted through shared stories and artistic expression, will kick off Saturday, May 1, with a half-day festival at The Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza in Surprise.

Poetry Illuminated opens Saturday in Goodyear

In honor of National Poetry Month, the city of Goodyear will showcase the words of eight local poets in Poetry Illuminated, a temporary installation curated by inaugural city of Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski.
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