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There are two Second Saturdays left

The city of Peoria will host its second-to-last Second Saturday event until the fall on Saturday, April 9. The family-friendly, free event will feature Earth Day activities, including a shredding truck, flowerpot planting activity, succulent vendors, Easter egg coloring and tethered hot air balloon rides.

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Peoria adds inclusive elements to Easter celebration

The 46th Dolly Sanchez Easter Celebration is set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Families and children of all ages can have pictures taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, visit the flower-growing kit station, get goodies, climb a rock wall, see the Dino Crew, and listen to a live band. This year, there will be accommodations for children with sensory processing needs, food intolerances and physical disabilities by usage of a sensory room, a first Teal Egg Program, and sport wheelchair and hand cycle demonstrations.

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The utility box art wrap contest closes April 10

Artists can enter to showcase their art on Peoria utility boxes through Sunday, April 10. The city will choose up to 15 artists.

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April is National Safe Digging Month

Whether it is a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job, safety needs to be a top priority when attempting any digging project. Natural gas, electricity, sewer, and water are vital services for the community and pipes for those services can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line could cause a service disruption and/or injury.

Homeowners and contractors are encouraged to call 811 or visit to request a utility line locate before beginning a project.

Police awarded grant for DUI/aggressive driver vehicle

The Peoria Police Department was awarded a $68,600 grant by The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to purchase a DUI/aggressive driver vehicle to support the department’s efforts to combat aggressive driving, distracted driving, speeding and drunken driving.

Education and enforcement will continue to be high points of focus underneath the partnership between the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Peoria Police Department. The focus of these programs is to lessen the number of collisions on the roadways and to keep the public safe.

The new vehicle will be utilized on roadways throughout the city, where there were traffic related issues have been identified.