Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park received endangered pygmy hippos, just in time for the grand opening of its new Safari Park addition.
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Sunday, February 16, 2020
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Sunday, February 09, 2020
Each second Saturday evening brings art, music, food and liveliness to the streets of Old Town Peoria. This free evening event started in September when the city of Peoria partnered with Street Market to bring a new kind of festival with pop-up restaurants, live music and vendors to the city.
Sunday, February 02, 2020
Nearly 1,000 middle school students celebrated the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Arizona State University West Campus on Jan. 22, as part of the school’s remembrance of the 1963 March on Washington, D.C.
Saturday, February 01, 2020
Bernie and Esther were not the most religious couple. In fact, they only went to church once a year. As they were leaving the church, the minister said, “Bernie, it sure would be nice to see you and Esther here more than once a year!”
The holidays are behind us, but if you have a preschooler who will be entering kindergarten next school year, it’s not too early to start getting them ready. In fact, many schools hold their kindergarten registration events beginning this month.
Trauma experts, first responders, police and emergency medical service personnel will demonstrate important ways to manage trauma at Tackle Trauma from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.
The Arizona Broadway Theatre is launching its first “impact project” with its 2020 theater season. The projects aim to increase the theater’s community outreach and engagement through meaningful ways beyond the production on the stage.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The Joint Chiropractic – Arrowhead Towne Center is now open and under new ownership, with a fully remodeled clinic. To celebrate, a grand re-opening event is taking place January 24-26. The clinic is located at 7369 West Bell Road, in the Arrowhead Palms Shopping Center, and is one of 30 Th…
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Years ago, our oldest son was experiencing some learning difficulties in high school. My wife, oldest son and I went to meet with a specialist a friend recommended. We all took some sort of test individually so the specialist could see where each of us stood on certain issues. Afterward, she…
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Jay Kwan longed for the taste of Asian food he had as a child, but there weren’t businesses or festivals in the Valley that shared this desire.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
Gabe Kubanda looks at music differently than most musicians. With an acute business sense, the Glendale singer-songwriter has “epic” plans for his career and others around the world.
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Native American visual and performing arts encompass different styles, points of view and mediums and continue to keep evolving while staying true to traditions.
Friday, January 03, 2020
Cody Cooley understands the attraction to SpongeBob SquarePants—the jokes (“What’s better than 24? 25!”), the brightly colored sea life and the strong friendship between SpongeBob and Squidward.
In Peoria, a steady, high-pitched beep reverberates off rugged hillsides as a tanker truck backs up to a sheet of corrugated metal that’s enclosed by a small metal fence. The tanker carries nearly 1,700 gallons of Earth’s most precious resource: water.
According to health officials, Maricopa County is experiencing a community-wide outbreak of mumps. This is a contagious disease that can lead to serious consequences.
For those who are passionate about children’s issues and want to impact the early childhood programs available to young kids in our community, First Things First (FTF) is seeking volunteers.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
When it comes to a child’s education, parents have plenty to ponder. Should their child go to a public school? Which one? Or maybe they should attend a charter school or private school?
Friday, December 27, 2019
On New Year’s Eve, folks can hang out at home and watch the iconic ball drop in Times Square on television from the comfort of your couch.
Years ago, David and Elizabeth Heller wrote a book titled, “The Best Christmas Presents Are Wrapped in Heaven: Children on Christmas.” They asked children some great questions about Christmas we all can glean from. Here’s some of their questions and the children’s responses.
For Gabrielle Nevers, a Peoria Girl Scout with Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) qualities run in her family.
Educators strive to create safe environments for students, but they continue to face potential new dangers potentially threatening children’s safety.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
For people who experience high stress and anxiety during the holidays, the Valley is home to many medical marijuana dispensaries and CBD shops serving those seeking alternative products to take the edge off tension.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Several years back, Cowtown Skateboards owner Trent Martin found inspiration in holiday donation programs. So much so he and his colleagues decided to get in on the giving.
Here’s a true-life story from the Guideposts Christmas Treasury published in 1972. It reveals to us the best present is wrapped in heaven.
The holiday shopping season can be a fun time to pick out the perfect gifts for family and friends. This is also the time when checking off your holiday list can really hit the pocketbook. If not monitored, holiday spending can create financial stress. With proper budgeting and financial pla…
Saturday, December 14, 2019
As it starts to cool down in the Valley, Girl Scouts– Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) wants to remind West Valley residents about amazing opportunities to explore the outdoors – right in your backyard. Check out these Girl Scout approved ideas for getting in touch with nature and explor…
The holidays are upon us and with them comes the endless parade of tasty treats and heavy holiday meals which can challenge our will power and our health.
The World of Illumination officially launched at Westgate Nov. 27. The drive-through light show kicked off with a ceremonial light switch and ribbon-cutting.
Friday, December 13, 2019
The cities of Peoria and Surprise recently collaborated to create a Community Resource Guide, which provides contact information for nonprofit agencies, assisting individuals with basic needs and services.
Phoenix’s chapter of Belles and Chimes, an all-women’s pinball group meeting for recreational tournaments and fundraisers for charities, is a group of pinball aficionados of all ages and backgrounds.
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. A nun made a note, then posted it on the apple tray: “Take only one apple. God is watching.” Moving farther along the lunch line, at the end of the tabl…
For those looking for a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, a new art exhibit is on display through Jan. 26, in the West Valley Art Museum (WVAM) gallery on the first floor of Peoria City Hall.
ISM Raceway and the NASCAR Foundation, along with local NASCAR drivers Jagger Jones, Jace Jones and Sara Houston, teamed up for the third-annual “Operation Speedy Bear Brigade” on Giving Tuesday, delivering stuffed Speedy Bears to children at Banner Children’s Hospital within Banner Thunderb…
Sunday, December 08, 2019
Thursday, December 05, 2019
The twinkling lights, holiday cheers, dazzling displays and the booming music coupled with large crowds aren’t things most would even bat an eye at this time of year—unless, of course, you or a family member happen to be on the autism spectrum. In which case, things can easily and often do g…
Two special events will sing in the Christmas season with beauty and excitement, said David Tomb, associate pastor of Bellevue Heights Church in Sun City.
Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020. The program, a local nonprofit affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates, aims to help young people stay in school in the hopes of acquiring the personal, academic, leadership and job skills necessary to fin…
A city lease of buildings occupied by the Peoria Arizona Historical Society (PAHS) was terminated on July 23. Given this development, the city will be taking steps to ensure historic items within the facility are properly maintained.
LUKE FORWARD THEN – READY FOR THE FUTURE