Briefs

Homeowners can receive

assistance for mortgage

The Arizona Department of Housing is implementing a Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program that provides mortgage and utility assistance to homeowners who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The HAF program can help homeowners with mortgage payments, home insurance and utility payments, and other expenses that many homeowners have struggled with during the pandemic.

ADOH will soon accept applications, but homeowners can find out if they’re eligible for mortgage assistance. Homeowners can access the ADOH website for the HAF program to review their eligibility, get answers to frequently asked questions, and find additional resources and information.

Info: haf.azhousing.gov

 

AM/PM offers

hiring incentives

The city of Peoria is seeking outgoing, positive and responsible individuals who desire to work with youth in the AM/PM before- and after-school care program. Staff members will supervise and monitor children by actively participating with them through play and staff-led enrichment, such as literacy, arts and crafts, and STEAM projects. 

The ideal candidate will provide an enhanced experience, enjoy positive participant interactions, and welcome the opportunity to make a difference. The city of Peoria recently received a grant through the Department of Economic Security for funding to provide hiring and retention bonuses for employees that provide child care. This incentive allows the city to offer new employees hired between Aug. 1 and Sept. 16, a hiring bonus to be paid out on an upcoming paycheck. In addition, new employees may also be eligible to receive a second bonus on their Sept. 23 paycheck. For details, visit

peoriaaz.gov/jobs and review the city of Peoria’s employment opportunities, and search “Childcare Provider - Rec Leaders.”

 

Volunteer coaches needed

The city of Peoria’s fall youth sports season is beginning in October, and it is seeking volunteer coaches for the following sports: flag football (ages 5 to 12), machine-pitch baseball (ages 6 and older), soccer (ages 3 to 14), T-ball (ages 4 to 6) and volleyball (ages 7 to 14). The city is looking for volunteers who are positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trustworthy and dedicated individuals interested in making a positive impact on the children in its programs. Volunteer coaches must be 18 years or older and will be required to complete a background check and be fingerprinted. Visit http://ow.ly/9A8A50FLtEY to complete the online coaching application. For information about the fall sports season, visit peoriaaz.gov/youthsports or email sports@peoriaaz.gov.

 

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Arizona Broadway Theatre is hosting the “Spitfire Grill” musical through Sept. 5. The musical follows Percy Talbot as she is released from a five-year prison sentence and begins work at the Spitfire Grill, which is up for sale. Seeing little interest for a new owner, Percy encourages the owner to raffle it off with an essay contest. With its roots in blues and folk music, this soaring score creates a musical triumph that celebrates second chances and the lasting impact one person can make in a life. To purchase tickets, visit azbroadway.org.

 

Pop-Up Peoria at Park West lists August classes

Pop-Up Peoria is an innovative community engagement space created by the city of Peoria and CIRE Equity. Visit Pop-Up Peoria at Park West to connect with artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and experts in a variety of activities, programs and interactive experiences. Upcoming events include preschool and children’s story time, business support for Latinas, and an entrepreneurship day. For the full program schedule, check out popuppeoria.com.

 

National Water

Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month, which is dedicated to making the most out of the fresh water that is available. Having clean water is vital to individual health and the needs of our environment. The city of Peoria’s Water Services Department employs dedicated, certified operations and engineering personnel who treat, test and deliver safe water to Peoria customers. Every drop of Peoria’s drinking water is treated using modern, state-of-the-art treatment technology. Hundreds of tests are performed each month to be certain that drinking water meets all federal, state and local water quality standards. During Water Quality Month, it is important to recognize what life would be like without clean water. For more information, visit

nationalwaterqualitymonth.org. To view the city of Peoria’s Water Quality Reports, visit peoriaaz.gov/

waterreports.

 

Tower of Power headlines 

Somos Peoria

Somos Peoria, the Valley’s most celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month event, will take over Old Town Peoria at 83rd and Grand avenues from 2 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The multicultural festival will include national headlining entertainment by the renowned ’70s funk and soul band Tower of Power and ’80s Latin R&B band Tierra, as well as a variety of local entertainment. Attendees can sample local and traditional foods, arts and crafts and enjoy music by mariachis, among many other special activities. For additional details and tickets, visit peoriaaz.gov/somospeoria.

 

Adult softball league

at Paloma Park

The city of Peoria has unveiled the Paloma Community Park Adult Softball League. The league is a coed social/friendly league that focuses on healthy competition and social interaction and will take place on Friday and Sunday evenings. The program is designed for adults who have little or no softball experience, as well as adults who have played on a competitive softball or baseball league prior. The Friday league begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, and the Sunday league begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 3. Visit peoriaaz.gov/sports, email sports@peoriaaz.gov or call 623-773-8600 for details.

 

Fall sports registration opens

Registration is open for the city of Peoria’s 2021 fall youth sports season, which includes flag football, machine pitch baseball, soccer, T-ball and volleyball. Enrolling your child in a youth sports league or team is more than just a physical activity; it can also provide participants with leadership skills, teamwork, communication and respect and help develop and improve self-esteem. Register before Sept. 8 to receive a discounted fee of $80 for residents and $110 for nonresidents. Beginning Sept. 9, registration is $90 for residents and $140 for nonresidents. Space is limited, and practices for all sports begin the week of Oct. 4. Visit peoriaaz.gov/sports or call 623-773-8600 for details and registration.

 

Stay cool at a

Peoria splash pad

To cool down in the heat, check out one of the city of Peoria’s splash pads. The splash pads are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 15 at Rio Vista Community, Paloma Community Park, Pioneer Community Park and Camino a Lago Park. Visit peoriaaz.gov/parks for park details.

 

Bulk trash continues

The city of Peoria provides bulk trash service twice a year to residents who receive trash and recycle services from the Solid Waste Division. The bulk trash program picks up large, bulky items that do not fit into residential trash containers. The second round of collections began on July 6 and runs through Dec. 29. Acceptable items include stoves, sofas, chairs and yard waste. For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items, including the map of the pickup schedule, visit peoriaaz.gov/bulktrash.

 

Check out the new Community Assistance Resource Guide

The Community Assistance Resource Guide, created in partnership with the cities of Surprise and El Mirage, contains information about more than 250 nonprofit agencies offering free to low-cost services for qualifying individuals and families. This valuable guide provides resources for food services, shelter and housing assistance, homelessness, domestic violence and many other local resources. The guide is available in English and Spanish. To obtain a copy or for more information, call 623-773-7070 or email

communityassistance@peoriaaz.gov. Visit the guide online at peoriaaz.gov/peoriasupport.