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Peoria man’s parents fight for military mental health

From a young age, Brandon Caserta wanted to be a Navy SEAL and it was a driving force in everything that he did.

Peoria plans the return of its driverless pilot program

Robo Ride, Peoria’s fully electric, driverless shuttle opened to the public in the P83 Entertainment District only weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Grand Canyon University returns to Colangelo Classic in 2021

The Grand Canyon men's basketball team is returning to downtown Phoenix for the Jerry Colangelo Classic. The Lopes will take on San Francisco on Dec. 18 at Phoenix Suns Arena.

County conducting COVID-19 impacts survey

A new survey from Maricopa County Department of Public Health asks county residents ages 12 and older how COVID-19 has impacted them and their families.

ADHS: Peoria area ZIP codes have 26,843 cases

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 370 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths Thursday, for a total of 885,412 cases and 17,742 deaths.


Journey School of Peoria receives mayor’s award

Mayor Cathy Carlat awarded Journey School of Peoria as the Mayor’s Business of the Month for May 2021.

Donate blood, maybe win a new car

Vitalant has partnered with Valley Volkswagen dealers for its Summer Drive to Save Lives, in which donors will be entered to win a 2021 VW Tiguan 2.0T S.

Peoria-based nonprofit awarded $20,000 for new helmet assistance program

The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation announced the award of a $20,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help promote a helmet assistance program that will help individuals garner a quality department of transportation full face or modular helmet.

New rehab hospital slated for Plaza Del Rio in Peoria

A new 40 bed physical rehabilitation hospital is planned for 3.7 acres near 94th Drive and Thunderbird Road within the Plaza Del Rio master development.

Learn about the newest technology in pain relief

The Renovare Wellness By Design Clinic in Peoria will present the newest FDA approved FX 405 healing laser system for pain relief and optimal brain performance at an open house, June 11.


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This photo provided by the Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa shows an African American woman and girl sitting on a porch swing, both dressed in coats and hats, by the side of a house. Provenance is unknown; however, it is believed that these photos were taken in Tulsa, Okla. prior to the Tulsa Race Massacre. (Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa via AP)

Van Horn: Pingerelli's comments on curriculum come across as ignorant

I wanted to take the time to discuss a recent commentary from Peoria Unified School District governing board member Beverly Pingerelli.

Skon: Critical race theory only teaches kids to hate each other

I am writing in reference to the article about the recall efforts of Peoria Unified School District board members.

Taetle: Stop the petition to recall PUSD board members

Dear Wendy Van Wie, I would like to kindly respond to your request for the removal of two Peoria Unified School District board members due to continuing a mask mandate, but I will do it with tears …
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Northwest Valley Connect is in desperate need of volunteers.

Northwest Valley Connect calls on community

As the pandemic is ending, Northwest Valley Connect is getting an increasing number of requests for services and is in desperate need of volunteers.

Join Peoria parks board meeting to hear Paloma Park phase 2 plans

Peoria’s Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities Board is scheduled to hear the plans for Paloma Community Park ‘Phase Two’ on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at Copper Hills Church, 27035 N. Black Rock Blvd.
Vehicle donations strengthen the programs provided by Benevilla, such as free Home Services, including assisted transportation to medical appointments.

Benevilla teams up with ‘CARS’

For the first time, Benevilla officials will give residents the chance to support charitable programs and services through vehicle donations.

Public comment period extended for continued fish stocking in Arizona

For those who fish at Lake Pleasant, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department have extended the deadline for public to comment on the environmental assessment of Arizona’s sport fish stocking program.
Boaters cruise across Lake Pleasant at Lake Pleasant Regional Park in Peoria.

Complete boating, watercraft survey

Arizona State Parks and Trails, in collaboration with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is launching the 2021 Boating and Watercraft Survey. With more than 10,000 acres of water surface at …
The Foothills Branch Library is located 19055 N. 57th Ave.

Glendale library to host Midwestern health lecture series

Midwestern University will host a special Community Health Lecture Series presentation entitled “Vaccine Myths” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 14 at the Glendale Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Geoff Baber, Academy Coach from Salem, Oregon, teaches a Community Academy course. Course are now available to the public nationwide.

Walmart now offering free classes to the public for personal, career investment

Walmart Academy was created so the superstore could train its employees to be successful in their careers. Since its inception in 2016, it has been reserved only for its associates.

Peoria couple adds to urban farming’s ‘growing sector’

Nestled along 75th Avenue, between Greenway and Thunderbird roads in Peoria, is a farming plot hidden in plain sight.

Be prepared for the Peoria library remodel

The Peoria Main library is about to begin a remodel, June 14, and officials are asking patrons to pardon the dust.

Heat relief stations open in Peoria

The city of Peoria is partnering with the Maricopa Association of Governments Heat Relief Regional Network to host multiple cooling stations throughout the summer.
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Gilligan’s Island The Musical is docking at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria

Gilligan’s Island takes over The Encore Room stage at Arizona Broadway Theatre as a hilarious musical with classic moments from the beloved 1960s television show.
Meals of Joy's Duck Derby will be virtual this year; organizers are hoping to top the $11,000 raised during 2020's virtual event.

Meals of Joy Duck Derby fundraiser returns July 4; someone will win $1,000

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors, will hold its fourth annual Duck Derby rubber duck race Sunday, July 4.
St. Joseph's Youth Camp provides numerous outdoor activities for particpants.

Camp seeks Valley teens to serve as summer youth camp counselors

After a year-long closure due to COVID-19 for many Arizona overnight summer camps, the 2021 summer camp season is a light of fun at the end of a tunnel.
Young ballet dancers practice under the watchful eye of Tasha Stramecki.

Southwest Ballet Theatre names new artistic director, head instructor

Southwest Ballet Theatre announced the selection of Tasha Stramecki as its new artistic director and head ballet instructor.
Ol' Porch Dog will be performing 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 21, at Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy.

Ol' Porch Dog will perform at Sunset Bistro in Peoria

Ol' Porch Dog will be performing his "Back To The Beach Sow" with some new songs added, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., May 21, at Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy.
The classic musical Chicago returns to the ABT stage Sept. 19, after 553 days of closure since the run was cut short last year.

Chicago will return to Arizona Broadway Theatre this fall

Arizona Broadway Theatre had been waiting to produce the iconic musical Chicago since the theatre opened in 2005. In March of 2020, ABT finally opened the classic musical to sold-out audiences and …
West Valley Arts President and CEO Sandra Bassett was hired for this role in 2019.

West Valley Arts Council helps to unify community

Just over year ago, the West Valley Arts Council was missing something.
The West Valley Island Cultural Festival will stream online on May 15.

West Valley Island Cultural Festival to stream live online

The West Valley Island Cultural Festival will present a livestream festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15.
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Winery 101 hosting live music this weekend

A weekend of live music is coming to Winery 101, 9299 W. Olive Ave., Suite 101, Peoria.

Elton John tribute show coming to Peoria

Jeff Burkett brings his Elton John tribute show “Candle In The Wind” to Peoria this month.
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