Briefs

MLB unveils 2022

Spring Training schedules 

Spring Training will begin on Saturday, Feb. 26, for the 2022 season. The Peoria Sports Complex will once again host the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners for the spring. The Mariners will have 15 home games at the Peoria Sports Complex and 16 road games. 

The Padres will also have 15 home games at the sports complex and 15 road games. The 2022 regular season will begin with all 30 clubs playing their opening game of the season on Thursday, March 31, featuring 11 divisional matchups among the 15 games. The complete 2022 Spring Training schedule, subject to change, is below and is also available at mlb.com/springschedule.

Fill sandbags at

Peoria fire stations

Monsoons in Arizona can bring high winds, lightning, hail and heavy bursts of rain. All of these potential hazards are life threatening if proper care is not taken. In the Valley, storms often develop in the late afternoon and early evening. Be on guard and keep apprised of the daily weather forecast. The city has sand available at all the fire stations. Residents should bring bags (garbage bags, old pillowcases, etc.) and shovels. Also, residents experiencing storm-related and other urgent issues after hours should call the police nonemergency phone at 623-773-8311. 

 

Shortage on the Colorado isn’t a shortage at the tap

Following the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s declaration of Tier 1 Colorado River water shortage on Aug. 16, it is important that residents have the facts. 

Peoria’s water supply is not impacted in these early stages. Peoria has prepared for drought conditions in Arizona for many years and has plans in place if the shortage levels on the Colorado River continue to worsen. 

In fact, only 34% of Peoria’s water supply is directly from the Colorado River and Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal. Also, the city only uses 61% of its available CAP supply, and the rest is stored underground for later use. 

To date, Peoria has stored more than 180,000 acre-feet of water underground. An acre-foot of water serves an average of three homes per year, and the amount that Peoria has banked for the community is approximately five years of Peoria’s total water demand. To learn about Peoria’s preparedness and robust water supply, visit

peoriaaz.gov/droughtready. Also, Peoria offers sustainable workshops, rebates and more to help residents reduce their water use. Learn more at peoriaaz.gov/preserveconserve. 

 

Join motorcycle safety

event on Sept. 11 

The Peoria Police Department, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, is hosting an interactive motorcycle safety class from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

This free class will consist of a short classroom discussion to cover safe riding habits and overall motorcycle safety followed by hands-on course instruction. During the riding portion of the course, critical riding skills will be reinforced to promote the optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This is not a course for new riders to get an endorsement. A valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement are required to attend this class. Selected participants will be notified prior to the class. Seating is limited, and program participants will be selected based upon application screening.

Motorcycle riders can fill out a short application for the class at peoriaaz.gov/motorcycleclass. 

 

Peoria Country Fest is Oct. 9 

Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant and the city of Peoria will host the Peoria Country Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, featuring live country music such as David Nail, Bayou Bandits and Ivan Harshman. 

There will be food trucks, a beer garden and live bull riding. The event runs from 2 to 10 p.m. 

Nail is a country music artist whose multiple albums have produced seven chart entries on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including two that have reached No. 1. 

Tickets are $25, and admission is free for children 12 years old and younger. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a separate seating area and bathrooms, private cash bar and meal. Ticket prices do not include entry into Pleasant Harbor, which is an additional $7 per vehicle.

Festival attendees are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased at pleasantharbor.

bammtickets.com.