News Briefs

Register for Sustainable University

The city of Peoria’s Sustainable University program has returned. Sustainable University offers a variety of courses and workshops about landscape watering and design, energy efficiency, residential solar, gardening, composting and recycling, among others. The next class, Rainwater Harvesting, is Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and will share rainwater harvesting techniques. All the courses have one goal in common: to empower residents to make small changes toward a sustainable future. Registration is required.

Info: peoriaaz.gov/sustainability

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month — a month dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. This year revolves around “Ready, Set, Go,” which is a nationwide program that educates residents about proactive measures to take before an emergency and actions to follow when an emergency occurs. The three steps encourage Arizonans to get ready by preparing now for what threatens their community, to be set by maintaining awareness of significant danger, and to go by evacuating immediately when the danger is current and life threatening.

Info: ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

City of Peoria partners with ASU to launch podcast studio

The city of Peoria, in partnership with Arizona State University’s J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute and Peoria Forward, recently opened Amplify Studio, a full-service podcast studio located inside the Peoria Main Library. Amplify Studio offers a soundproof environment with a suite of technology for recording and producing podcasts.

The studio is available by reservation after completion of a free online training course designed to help users have an independent studio experience. Once completed, patrons can call 623-773-7556 to check availability and schedule time. Reservations are available Monday through Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Info: peoriaaz.gov/library

Peoria seeks volunteers for boards and commissions

The city of Peoria is seeking citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on various boards and commissions, such as the Construction Board of Appeals; Design Review Board; Economic Development Advisory Board; and the Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Board. Boards and Commission members review policies, plans and projects, and make recommendations to the Peoria City Council.

For applications and a complete list and description of Peoria’s boards and commissions, contact the city clerk’s office at 623-773-7340 or visit the below website and select the “vacancies” option from the menu on the left.

Info: peoriaaz.gov/boards

Update your voter registration by Oct. 10

Residents must update voter registration every time they move. The deadline to update information ahead of the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election is Monday, Oct. 10. When registering to vote for the first time or updating voter registration information, be sure to include an address, name or political party preference.

Info: servicearizona.com

City of Peoria election update

During the Thursday, Nov. 8, general election, Peoria voters will consider candidates for the offices of mayor and councilmembers in the Acacia, Mesquite, Palo Verde and Pine districts. To learn more, such as key voting dates, how to locate your polling place or how to get on the early voting list, visit the website below or contact the city clerk’s office at 623-773-7340.

Info: recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/beballotready