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ADHS: Peoria area ZIP codes have 28,487 COVID-19 cases

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,759 new coronavirus cases and 15 new deaths Thursday, for a total of 923,204 cases and 18,200 deaths.

Masks again required in Peoria city buildings

Peoria is back to requiring masks in city buildings for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, following a recent change in COVID-19 health guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Study: Peoria ranked No. 3 in house flipping

Peoria has been rated among the top cities to flip a home, according to personal-finance website WalletHub.

Peoria police seek assistance in locating missing endangered male

Peoria Police seek the public’s help in locating, Eric Helton, a 30-year-old male.

ADHS: Peoria area ZIP codes have 28,052 cases

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,174 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths Thursday, for a total of 912,653 cases and 18,137 deaths.


Meet Your Peoria Business: One Step Beyond

•Name: Jeff Swanson•Age: 41•Business Name: One Step Beyond, Inc., which provides comprehensive programs for those with intellectual disabilities•Town/Neighborhood: Glendale, …

1 top Peoria home sale eclipsed the $1M mark

One top home sale in Peoria over the last week eclipsed the $1 million mark.

New dental office coming to Peoria

Dr. Ryan Stanger, DMD, will soon be offering dental services to Peoria at his brand-new office, 83rd Marketplace Dental Care, 24971 N. 83rd Ave.

Peoria median home price up 14% over last year

The median price of a home in Peoria went up 14.2% from March of 2020 to March of 2021, according to The Information Market.

Parc Roundtree Ranch in Peoria sells for $88.8 million

Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, announced the sale of Parc Roundtree Ranch, a 275-unit, newly constructed multifamily community on the northeast corner of 83rd and Olive avenues in Peoria.


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Opinions: Highlighting Peoria Voices
Arizona School Boards Association Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman

ASBA: Arizona’s school districts follow official public health guidance

Arizona’s school districts have a fundamental obligation to protect the students entrusted to their care and provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Durfey: Winds of change in the housing market?

The residential real estate market in Peoria continues to be a seller’s market, certainly, but we are starting to see movement from the extreme seller’s market to one that offers a little more favor to buyers than we have seen in quite some time.
Kathy Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect executive director

Chandler: For those who can’t get to a vaccine, there is solution

Northwest Valley Connect volunteers have a concern for those not vaccinated, who remain vulnerable to the possibility of contracting the virus. If one should be you, our volunteers have a solution: they have made themselves available for your assistance.
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Connor Branning, 14, died due to a head injury he received after an OHV accident in Payson.

Peoria Unified student dies in OHV accident

A student set to enter Sunrise Mountain High School this week has succumbed to a head injury he received after an OHV accident in Payson.
Billy’s Place is a free Children’s Grief Support Center on the Glendale/Peoria border.

T-birds Charities supports Billy’s Place with $10K grant

Billy’s Place received a $10,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, which gives hope to more grieving students in the West Valley. 
Many children will be returning to classes, Aug. 4. Remember to slow down in school zones, yield to children in the crosswalks and do not drive distracted.

Time to consider back-to-school safety in Peoria

Peoria Unified School District schools and others start the new school year on Aug. 4, so it's time to remember safety. Picking up and dropping off little ones at schools can be hectic for …
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Video: Coach Babb continues legacy of heritage at Peoria High School

The heritage of Peoria High School runs deep. Layers and layers of past legacies have made it what it is today and William Babb is a prime example of that.

Heat relief stations open in Peoria

The city of Peoria is collaborating with the Maricopa Association of Governments to hold the Heat Relief Regional Network.

Fill out a survey for Peoria parks, recreation, community, facility needs

Peoria’s Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities Department is conducting a survey to establish priorities for the future development of the city's parks, recreation and library facilities, programs and services.
On Sept. 26 Surprise Stadium will host a 5K for Women’s Health presented by the Sun Health Foundation.

Sun Health Foundation leads 5K for women’s health in September

Join Sun Health Foundation for the 5K for Women’s Health walk/run at Surprise Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 26. Check-in for this fun-raising event begins at 7 a.m. and the race start time is at 8

Previous marijuana convictions can now be erased

The new Arizona law that allows for recreational cannabis use at home also allows for previous marijuana use convictions to be erased from the record, as long as the amount in question was under 25 ounces.

Peoria offers online payment portal

The city of Peoria is offering Peoria customers a new online system for paying utility bills.

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.
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Following more than a year marred by COVID-19, The West Valley Symphony announces a six-concert schedule at The Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise, beginning Nov. 21.

West Valley Symphony returns to Surprise in November

The West Valley Symphony launches its 53rd season with a diverse 2021-22 six-concert schedule under the baton of Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place …
Curiouser & Curiouser Too will close its run July 25, but the multi-sensory experience won’t stay away for long with the return of A Curiouser Nutcracker planned for the upcoming holiday season at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

Curiouser Nutcracker to return for the holidays at Theater Works in Peoria

The wildly popular immersive Theater Works production Curiouser & Curiouser Too will close its run with performances on July 25, but the multi-sensory experience won’t stay away for long with the return of A Curiouser Nutcracker planned for the upcoming holiday season at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive in Peoria.

Feed me Seymour!: ABT mounts Little Shop of Horrors in Peoria

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors is open for business July 16- Aug. 8.
WHAM West Gallery in Surprise offers home school art sessions throughout the summer.

WHAM art center offers program for homeschool students

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, finishes its July art classes with the next Photography 101 class is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 17. It is free for members and $10 for a non-member. …
Park West and the Peoria Education Foundation have teamed up to bring Follow the Fork to the West Valley.

Progressive dining experience comes to Peoria

Park West, 9744 W. Northern Ave., and the Peoria Education Foundation have teamed up to offer West Valley culinary enthusiasts an all-new progressive dining and entertainment event, Follow the Fork.
The annual Independence Day fireworks display along the shores of Lake Pleasant returns this year, 5-10:30 p.m., July 3.

Celebrate America at Lake Pleasant

Celebrate the annual Independence Day fireworks display along the shores of Lake Pleasant in north Peoria, 5-10 p.m., July 3.

West Valley Art Museum presents a Potpourri of Prints

The West Valley Art Museum has unveiled a Potpourri of Prints, which is a new summer exhibit displaying notable national and international artists whose work includes a variety of printmaking …
“Zen” by Arizona resident Giai Tat is one of the embelished masks on display as part of the “From Darkness to Light” exhibit now on display at Arts HQ in the Surprise Civic Center. Tat wrote that it has been an honor to be asked to embellish this radiation mask for Cancer Support Community Arizona. Art therapy is for everyone, and it does not matter what your age is, whether you are a man or woman, or what your race or situation is, art makes everything better.

Masks continue journey to Arts HQ in Surprise

Cancer Support Community Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that delivers free support services, programming, and resources to cancer patients and their families, is kicking off National Cancer …

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.
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