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COVER STORIES

The Future is Bright Sunsolar Solutions continues to grow and make a positive impact on the Valley By Michelle Talsma Everson During the COVID-19 pandemic, when many locally-owned companies had to downsize, Sunsolar Solutions was growing. In fact, the North Valley business, which first opened in 2015, has grown from 28 employees to over 100 in the last six months. “We... - Read More... Welcome to the Retreat at Alameda Learn more about the North Valley’s newest senior living community Photos By Kimberly Carrillo A brand new, vibrant senior living community, called The Retreat at Alameda, is now open in Northwest Phoenix. The Retreat is located in Norterra at 1920 W. Alameda Road on the corner of 19th Avenue and West Alameda Road. This new community,... - Read More... How to Find the Right Summer Camp for Your Kid By Jill “Mamabug” Frier The summer months are coming soon and local parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy or provide weekly childcare while they are out of school. One solution many parents take advantage of is summer camp. Here are some tips for finding the right summer camp, either in person... - Read More... Community Connections The behind the scenes story of Upper West Side PHX and The Upper Westsider and how both work to keep you connected and informed By Michelle Talsma Everson Local residents Katie Roe and Natasha Beal have a lot in common. Both are female business owners, care about their community, are from the Midwest, and they each... - Read More... Celebrate the Holidays in Peoria The city of Peoria is reimagining
holiday celebrations this year In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Peoria has reimagined holiday celebrations this year to include the Old Town Holiday Lights and Peoria Jolly Holly Days. Beginning Friday, December 4, Peoria residents will have the opportunity to enjoy holiday decorations, a scavenger hunt, a... - Read More...
World of Illumination: A bright idea in entertainment In a new world, where the height of entertainment is seeing what recently dropped on Netflix, one Valley business is working to burst the boredom bubble — just in time for the holidays. World of Illumination, the largest drive-through animated light show in the world, is back. Rockin’ Christmas, a musical adventure come to life,... - Read More... West-MEC: Career-driven, student-focused educational opportunities Throughout 2020, schools and students alike have faced unprecedented challenges. Now, as Arizona starts to revive, students are looking for the education option that best fits their needs. Some schools are offering online learning while others are offering a hybrid learning model. Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC), a local public career and technical education... - Read More... Haunted Arizona - Thrills and chills right next door By Jill Frier Photos Courtesy of Spirit of Arizona Tours One of the most fascinating, and entertaining, aspects of Arizona is the legendary prevalence of its ghost stories. Some of the ghostly spots are difficult to find and can be hard to reach, but here are a few of the reportedly haunted places in the Phoenix... - Read More... Harness the Power of the Sun - Sunsolar Solutions Helps Locals To Go Solar And Save Big By Michelle Talsma Everson When you think of renewable energy, the first type that may come to mind is solar power. Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity through solar panels—and with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year—Peoria is the perfect place for those considering supplementing... - Read More... Compassionate Care: White Dove Assisted Living Homes provides personalized care for elderly loved ones By Michelle Talsma Everson At White Dove Assisted Living Homes, owners Marinela “Nellie” and John Bora emphasize that the residents are “not just numbers on a door”—they get to know each one and are honored to care for them and welcome them home. “We know them by name; we know who they are and customize their... - Read More... Let The Journey Begin Journey School of Peoria offers families a welcoming community dedicated to children and the joyous adventure of learning By Michelle Talsma Everson At Journey School of Peoria, the motto is: “Teaching children to learn with an uncompromising spirit of joy and adventure!” A nature-based daycare and preschool that offers a summer program for children ages 6... - Read More... Mochilero Kitchen Opens Up to Serve the Community By Michelle Talsma Everson During a time where many businesses are shutting down or pausing operations, brother and sister duo Jorge Cota and Meliza Miranda both say that they have a lot to be thankful for. The two are the co-owners of Mochilero Kitchen, a new local restaurant that takes patrons on a flavorful journey... - Read More... Iron Doors Arizona Adding style and security to your home or business By Michelle Talsma Everson Steve Yagudayev, CEO of Iron Doors Arizona, knows his way around entryways. The owner of Iron Doors Arizona, LLC, for the past four years, Yagudayev has worked hard as the business has become the largest iron door company in the state with Arizona’s largest showroom, too. “At Iron Doors Arizona, we design... - Read More... Letter From The Publishers March 25, 2020 Our Valued Readers, We are always ‘working ahead’ in our world. Our newspapers are written, designed, printed and sent to the Post Office up to two weeks prior to you receiving it in your mailbox. With particularly fast-moving news like what is going on today with COVID-19, we are now pushing relevant, timely... - Read More... Sunn West City’s Auto Body: The Sunny Side of Auto Body Repair When it comes time for car care, people need to be able to trust and rely on a company and their staff to do the job right. While this shouldn’t be such a daunting task, there are some companies in the industry that have caused a bad rap for the whole field. However, Sunn... - Read More... Spring Training is Up to Bat this Month By Molly Cerreta Smith One of the greatest times of the year to be a valley resident, in my opinion, is during Spring Training! The amazing weather, the array of beautiful stadiums and the amount of sheer baseball talent that flocks to the valley throughout February and March in the name of Spring Training all... - Read More... 4 Alarm Charity Golf Tournament: Peoria Chamber of Commerce Hits a Hole in One for City’s First Responders By Molly Cerreta Smith On Friday, January 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Peoria Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 4 Alarm Charity Golf Tournament in support of the city’s first responders at the Rees Jones-designed Quintero Golf Club. Located at 16752 West State Route 74 in Peoria, Quintero has been named among... - Read More... Robyn’s Nest: Warming West Valley Homes with Functional Design By Molly Cerreta Smith Robyn Halperin, owner and founder of Robyn’s Nest home décor boutique located at 24650 North Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria, has always had a flair for design. And while she had always wanted to own her own store, the dream had just been just that — a dream — for many... - Read More... Amazing Lash Studio: bringing the next level of beauty to the upper west side By Molly Cerreta Smith Prior to opening her own Amazing Lash Studio just over a year ago in Peoria at 24870 North Lake Pleasant Parkway, Margie Bahm spent much of her profession in industries that might be considered the opposite of beauty. For 25 years, Bahm held a corporate role as a national trainer and demo... - Read More... Peoria Film Fest RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR It’s that time of year again! Peoria Film Fest is returning for its second year. This year’s festival will run from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13. The four-day event will be held at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains Theatres located at 16046 North Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, Peoria, AZ 85382. “We’re excited to be... - Read More...

CITY NEWS

Mayor Carlat Announces Sixth Annual Peoria Reads
The Mayor’s summer reading program encourages youth to read daily
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat is excited to announce her sixth annual summer literacy program: Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorr May 31, 2021 Read More..
Deadline Extended for Arizona Travel ID The U.S. Department of Homeland Security just announced that it was extending the REAL ID full enforcement date from Oct. 1, 20 May 31, 2021 Read More.. Code:Red Heat Relief Effort In Need of Community Support This Summer Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its 9th annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign to ensure the Valley’s homeless popul May 31, 2021 Read More.. Benevilla Needs Summer Volunteers to Support Free Local Senior Services Benevilla, a senior and family services nonprofit agency celebrating their 40th year in the community, offers free essential ho May 31, 2021 Read More.. Free Curbside Meals Available to Local Children All Summer Thanks to the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children, the Peoria Unified School District will provide breakfast and lunc May 31, 2021 Read More.. Park West Shopping Center Launches New Kids Club This Summer Park West, located at 9744 West Northern Avenue, is excited to announce its new weekly Park West Kids Club, a free series of ev May 31, 2021 Read More.. Wildfire Season Is One More Reason for Drivers to Use Extra Care
Don’t let your vehicle be the cause of a wildfire this summer
As warm, dry weather settles into our state, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is urging drivers to use extra car May 30, 2021 Read More..
Maricopa County Fire Ban Now In Effect;
Campfires Banned at Lake Pleasant Regional Park
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recently initiated its annual fire ban. “This season, the department i May 30, 2021 Read More..
Local Golfers Rejoice: PopStroke to Build Two New Valley Locations PopStroke Entertainment, co-owned by Tiger Woods and Greg Bartoli, recently announced two new Valley property agreements. Ag May 30, 2021 Read More.. TheaterWorks Brings Back an Immersive Theater Experience: CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER TOO
A New Production in the CURIOUSER Theater World
Photos by Josiah Duka Photography Now through July 25, TheaterWorks presents CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER TOO, an original imme May 30, 2021 Read More..
Peoria’s State of the City Available to Watch Anytime Online The annual Mayor’s State of the City Address is an opportunity for the Mayor to present the city’s accomplishments and futu May 30, 2021 Read More.. Peoria’s All-American Festival is Back on July 4 at Peoria Sports Complex
The city announces that Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will headline the event
Peoria’s All-American Festival is back with a bang this year on Sunday, July 4, bringing super group Roger Clyne and the Peac May 30, 2021 Read More..
The 411: Local News You Can Use
The latest news for local residents from the City of Peoria
Summer is here and this news from the City of Peoria is hot of the presses. Take a Class with the Peoria Interactive Experie May 30, 2021 Read More..
Peoria Begins Phase Two of Paloma Community Park
More development for the popular Upper Westside park is in the works
The city of Peoria will soon begin development on the second phase of Paloma Community Park, expanding the footprint from 85 ac May 30, 2021 Read More..
Lake Pleasant Towne Center Welcomes Five Below to Its Tenant Lineup $5-and-less Retailer Makes its Peoria Debut Lake Pleasant Towne Center welcomed Five Below to its lineup of tenants in April May 5, 2021 Read More.. Looking For Work? These Local Companies Are Hiring West Coast Plumbing & Airwestcoastplumbingandair.com Hiring: AC Technician and AC Technician TraineesPosition Type: Full May 5, 2021 Read More.. Arizona Gives Day Raises a Record $7.1 Million for Nonprofits Across the State Donors in communities across the state came together once again to show their incredible collective and heartfelt support for n May 5, 2021 Read More.. Peoria Receives Grant for Recycling Pilot Program
Homes in 85383 Part of New Initiative
To reduce the levels of contamination and increase awareness of recycling, the city of Peoria just launched the Blue Lid Pilot May 5, 2021 Read More..
Newly Released Documentary About Brave Teens Has Upper Westside Ties In 2018, twelve blind teenagers who grew up in the desert heat, void of an ocean, defied all odds and learned how to sail at La May 5, 2021 Read More.. Peoria-Based Nonprofit Celebrates a Decade of Assisting Valley Veterans Peoria-based Soldier’s Best Friend helps veterans with combat-related PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by pairing them wi May 5, 2021 Read More.. Ford, Hurricane Harbor, and Dunkin’ Partner for ‘Fill an F-150’ Water Drive Ford Motor Company, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix and Valley-wide Dunkin’ locations have teamed up with The Salvation Ar May 5, 2021 Read More.. Peoria Continues to Improve Water Services; Many Improvements Impact the Upper Westside By Michelle Talsma Everson The city of Peoria is expected to add 100,000 new residents by 2040, which means that careful pla May 5, 2021 Read More.. YogaSix to Open at Sunrise Promenade This Summer By Emma WolffPhoto Courtesy of YogaSix Local yogis rejoice because the third YogaSix Arizona location is set to open in the May 5, 2021 Read More.. Peoria City Council Reviews New Budget Recently, the Peoria City Council reviewed the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget. The proposed $695 million budget maintain May 5, 2021 Read More.. Peoria Expands the Community Paramedicine Program By Bridget Binsbacher,Peoria City Councilmember As the population in Peoria grows, so too does the need for services. To add May 5, 2021 Read More.. Phoenix Small Business Hiring and Wages Show Pandemic Rebound Small company hiring in Phoenix moved into positive territory with March gains over February 2021, according to the Paychex IHS May 3, 2021 Read More.. Arizona Restaurant Week is Back May 21-30 The Arizona Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the return of Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) this spring. For 10 days May 3, 2021 Read More.. Mack Real Estate Group Acquires 224 Acres in Deer Valley Image Courtesy of the Arizona State Land Department An affiliate of Mack Real Estate Group, LLC (MREG) is set to acquire 224 May 3, 2021 Read More.. Peoria Police Chief Confirms The Department Is Fully Staffed At a recent Peoria City Council meeting, Peoria Police Chief Art Miller shared that the department is fully staffed and that he April 1, 2021 Read More.. “Keep Our Planet Neat, Recycle Your Car Seat” Event Takes In Used Car Seats Until April 16 NARPRO (Network of Auto Repair Professionals) is collecting old, expired, and damaged car seats that volunteers will take apart April 1, 2021 Read More..

REAL ESTATE & HOME

BUSINESS

Maricopa County #1; Greater Phoenix #2: Fastest U.S. Metro Growth in 2020 By Eric Jay Toll When the news gets out that Greater Phoenix is one of the top places in the nation to find a new job opport May 31, 2021 Read More.. Greater Phoenix Tops Nation in Small Business Wage Gains; Arizona Comes In Third By Eric Jay Toll Phoenix topped the nation with a 5.67 percent hourly wage hike, based on one-month annualized wage growth d May 31, 2021 Read More.. Greater Phoenix Adds Thousands of Jobs; Close to Pre-Pandemic Levels By Eric Jay Toll The Greater Phoenix metro area gained almost 10,000 jobs in March 2021 over February numbers in the Arizona May 31, 2021 Read More.. The Peoria Chamber of Commerce Launches a New Committee Focused on Health and Wellness By Scot Andrews, President and CEO,Peoria Chamber of Commerce The Peoria Chamber of Commerce is focusing on the health and w May 31, 2021 Read More.. Arizona Tied for Top Spot in Nation for 2020 Personal Income Growth By Eric Jay Toll In February, Greater Phoenix gained 13,400 jobs over January 2021, putting the workforce within 3.6 percent May 3, 2021 Read More.. The Entrepreneurs of Escena By Nicole McTheny Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Stroll through Escena, and this tiny slice of WestWing M April 1, 2021 Read More.. Four Changes of the 2020 Tax Season By Tom Wheelwright, CPA If you have more questions than usual regarding your taxes, you’re not alone. The effects of the c March 2, 2021 Read More.. The Value of Networking at Your Local Chamber of Commerce Events By Veronica Christiansen, Peoria Chamber of Commerce The Peoria Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of weekly events that a March 1, 2021 Read More.. Hiring Tips and Resources for a New Job in 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on almost every sector of the economy. Many Arizonans were laid off or furloughed. January 11, 2021 Read More.. 12 Ways to Support Local Small Businesses In The New Year The New Year can bring on new problems for small businesses. Why? Because consumers supported them during the holidays and give January 11, 2021 Read More.. Hi, my name is... Tamra Wyman of Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical LLC Hi, my name is... Tamra Wyman My company & title is… Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical LLC A typical day in my life in September 26, 2020 Read More.. Profile On Local Entrepreneur: Joey Lucidi My company and title is…. My campanies are Westside Concepts – Haymaker, The Social on 83rd, and coming soon, NW Coffee. June 1, 2020 Read More.. 6 Ways How to Support Your Favorite Local Business in a Time of Need It’s no secret that businesses of all shapes and sizes are struggling right now. The recent pandemic has virtually put the wor April 15, 2020 Read More.. Hi, my name is... Joey Lucidi Hi, my name is... Joey Lucidi My company is... Westside Concepts – Haymaker, The Social on 83rd, and coming soon, NW Coffee April 10, 2020 Read More.. Hi, my name is... Joe Pepp Hi, my name is... Joe Pepp My company and title is…. Extra Mile Painting Company, Owner A typical day in my life include April 10, 2020 Read More.. Hi, my name is... Darrell Peruch Hi, my name is... Darrell Peruch My company and title is.... A-Authentic Garage Door Service Co., President A typical day April 9, 2020 Read More.. Hi, our names are ... John and Trish Degraaf Hi, our names are ... John and Trish Degraaf Our company and titles are... Triton Cabinets, President and Vice President A April 9, 2020 Read More.. City Launches Program to Support Businesses In partnership with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Council (SBDC), and ASU-Peoria Forward, the C March 27, 2020 Read More.. companies currently hiring With unemployment skyrocketing nationally, many find themselves in the position of seeking new or additional employment. Here ar March 27, 2020 Read More.. 2019 TAX YEAR... KNOW BEFORE YOU FILE By William Spar, ARP As early as it is into 2020, people are already thinking about tax time - and with good reason, as April February 1, 2020 Read More.. The Power of Networking By Molly Cerreta Smith Networking is one of the most beneficial ways to take any business to the next level or for new busine January 31, 2020 Read More.. Profile On Local Entrepreneur: Brian Gleason My company and title is…. I am the owner of Mr. Shine Car Wash A typical day in my life includes… Waking up early to revi January 2, 2020 Read More.. Washington Federal Transforms into WaFd Bank Arizona By Alison Bailin Batz Washington Federal is one of the nation’s strongest banks. Within Arizona, it boasts $1.4 billion in December 3, 2019 Read More.. Profile On Local Entrepreneur: Matt Russell My company and title is…. I am the founder and owner of Novas Labs. We produce and manufacture Wellphora, the well-known, high October 31, 2019 Read More.. BUSINESS PROS CONNECT: YOUR FREE LOCAL NETWORKING GROUP We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know.” This rings most true in the business world. October 4, 2019 Read More.. Profile On Local Entrepreneur: William E. Spar My company & title is… I am the owner of ARP Tax Pro. Our firm offers superior client services and consulting to individu October 4, 2019 Read More..

FAMILY AND EDUCATION

Tails and Tales: Maricopa County Reads Continues the Summer Reading Program Maricopa County Reads’ Summer Reading Program is a beloved tradition for many local families. Through August 1, children, teens and adults can read for enjoyment, earn prizes and avoid summer learning loss. Simply go to maricopacountyreads.org and click May 31, 2021 Read More... Indoor Museums for Cool Summer Fun Five hot spots for educational activities for the whole family By Jill FrierPhotos Courtesy of Featured Museums With the summer heat in full effect , it’s a great time to find fun and educational activities for kids to do indoors during summer bre May 31, 2021 Read More... PUSD High School Musicians Achieve Top Honors Three Peoria Unified School District (PUSD) high school students from across the city were recently selected to perform with the All-State Concert Band or Orchestra. Michael Cieri, Sunrise Mountain High School senior, earned a spot as the 2nd chair, 1s May 31, 2021 Read More... PUSD Class of 2021 Earns a Record Amount of Scholarship Dollars
Liberty High School seniors earn close to $16 million in scholarship monies
The Peoria Unified School District’s graduating class of 2021 acquired over $72 million in scholarships to post-secondary institutions, making this a record year for scholarship recipients. This amount includes scholarships for vocational schools, in-st May 31, 2021 Read More...
Peoria Unified Celebrates 24 Students Who Earned State Seal of Arts Proficiency Peoria Unified is proud to announce that 24 students across all seven high schools have earned the prestigious Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency this year. The arts seal is awarded to high school students who complete arts pathway requirements thr May 31, 2021 Read More... City Splash Pads Now Open for the Summer Photo Courtesy of the City of Peoria The City of Peoria’s Parks and Recreation Department just re-opened local splash pads for the summer season after being closed due to the pandemic and cooler weather. Peoria splash pads arelocated at:Rio Vista May 5, 2021 Read More... Registration Now Open for PUSD and City of Peoria Summer Programs Registration is open for Peoria Unified families to register their child for KidZone’s Summer EdCamp program and Peoria Unified’s before and after school care for the 2021-22 school year. Summer EdCamp is for families interested in a high-quality, May 5, 2021 Read More... PUSD Announces New Administrative Appointments for Next School Year The Peoria Unified Governing Board approved the following new administrative appointments for the 2021-22 school year at a recent board meeting.Mrs. Barb Coakley was appointed as Peoria Unified’s Director of Career and Technical Education. She replaces May 5, 2021 Read More... PUSD Launches “Trending Peoria,” Its First Official Podcast Peoria Unified School District (PUSD) recently announced the launch of its new podcast—Trending Peoria. In this innovative podcast, the district will break down the latest trends in education - from details on how the pandemic has impacted student learn May 5, 2021 Read More... Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with Photographs, Music, and Storytelling By Jennifer Clancy Today nearly six million Americans live with dementia, and 95% of them are cared for at home by a family member. It’s a challenging, sometimes overwhelming, and often heartbreaking experience watching a loved one struggle to do thi May 3, 2021 Read More... Summer Water Safety: Stay cool and safe with these helpful tips By Jill Frier Summer is fast approaching and, unfortunately for the Valley of the Sun, so is accidental drowning season. City resources, state agencies, and first responders come out in droves this time of year cautioning parents to “Watch Your Kids May 3, 2021 Read More... Community Members Needed to Help Support Parents By Emily Singleton It takes a village to raise a child, but most of us don’t even know our next door neighbors—much less have any idea how to be a part of supporting them in raising their family. Home visitation programs in the Parent Partners Plus May 3, 2021 Read More... How to Avoid Back Pain When Working from Home By Dr. Tom Padilla One year after thousands of people moved to at-home workstations, back pain is on the rise. Already worth $100 billion a year, the back pain industry continues to grow. One cause may be your at-home office setup. If you’re struggli April 1, 2021 Read More... Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Helps Make Music Possible for Upper Westside School By Noah Flack Emily Hendricks, an early elementary music teacher at Archway Classical Academy, recently had her wish granted as part of the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program. Every year Fiesta Bowl Charities awards gran April 1, 2021 Read More... West-MEC announces new Nursing Services Program Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) - a public career technical education district - is excited to announce its new Nursing Services Program for the fall of the 2021-22 school year. The Nursing Services one-year program prepares students with April 1, 2021 Read More... The Peoria Education Foundation Honors PUSD Seniors with Thousands in Scholarships The Peoria Education Foundation awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to Peoria Unified high school seniors this year. Many scholarship recipients were from Upper Westside schools. The Peoria Education Foundation awards various scholarships for hig April 1, 2021 Read More... Childhelp Hosts 14th Annual Wings Fashion Show in Virtual Format April 15 Childhelp will virtually host its 14th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the lifesaving services provided to abused and neglected children in Arizona through the Childhelp Children’s March 31, 2021 Read More... Liberty High School Junior Awarded Exclusive Flight Academy Scholarship James Cook, a Liberty High School junior and member of Air Force Junior ROTC at Cactus High School, has received a scholarship to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a private pilot license training program this summer. Cadet Cook March 1, 2021 Read More... Peoria Resident Finds Dream Job with the Help of a Local Nonprofit By Autumn Jarrett Peoria resident Christopher Allen has been attending ACCEL’s Adult Service Program since May 2011. ACCEL is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disor March 1, 2021 Read More... Helping Students Thrive During Trying Times
Leadership Society of Arizona
offers a summer program for today’s tweens and teens
By Michelle Talsma Everson Seventh through twelfth grades are years of big changes where young students go from tweens learning to juggle multiple classes to seniors making decisions on what to do post-graduation. During these formative years, while le February 28, 2021 Read More...
Arizona History: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Legend of the West By Jill “MamaBug” Frier On Valentine’s Day, Arizona will celebrate its 109th birthday. It took 49 years for Arizona to become a state from the time it was first declared a territory, but the 48th state finally was admitted to the Union on Februar February 1, 2021 Read More... Aging workforce, technical skills shortage and the importance of CTE By Greg Donovan, Superintendent at Western Maricopa Education Center America is dealing with an unprecedented shortage of skilled labor. The Department of Labor reports that while there are 7.6 million unfilled jobs, only 6.5 million people were lookin January 11, 2021 Read More... PUSD Celebrates a Deserving Recent Grad and Student Teacher Last month, Desert Valley Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District held a surprise graduation ceremony for student teacher Claudia Vasquez. Mrs. Vasquez was set to graduate from Grand Canyon University, but unfortunately the graduation cere January 4, 2021 Read More... DVUSD Pathways Offers Students Another Option By Lynn Palacios, Instructional Coach, Barry Goldwater High School In January 2019, the Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) launched DVUSD Pathways to provide additional opportunities to students who needed flexibility in their schedule, wanted January 4, 2021 Read More... Wild Animal Rescue In Arizona By Jill “MamaBug” Frier One of the many reasons we love living in the Sonoran Desert is that it is home to an abundance of wildlife. Coyotes and their kits roam freely across the desert behind our home, while hawks, owls, and falcons soar above the December 31, 2020 Read More... Local Businesses Step Up to Help PUSD Students During Pandemic Even in a pandemic, Peoria Unified’s Medical Engineering Technology (MET) Professional Academy students are continuing their partnership with local business partners, which provides students the opportunity to engage with business leaders in a virtual e December 2, 2020 Read More... Great Wolf Lodge The Annual Snowland Celebration Offers Frosty Fun for the Whole Family Great Wolf Lodge celebrates the most festive time of year with its annual Snowland celebration taking place now through January 3, 2021. As part of its Paw Pledge, Great Wolf Lodge November 30, 2020 Read More... Find a Winter Wonderland…In Arizona! By Jill “MamaBug” Frier When you live in the Valley of the Sun you don’t usually give much thought to snow and ice, even on the coldest winter days. We love our sunny, warm weather here in the desert and cherish our temperate winters. But for peo November 30, 2020 Read More... COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Holiday Celebrations Information Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Thanksgiving and the holidays are a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. S November 1, 2020 Read More... Celebrate the Holidays Arizona-Style By Jill “MamaBug” Frier It is the season for the wonders and magic of the holidays. Arizona brings its own special flavor to the holidays, with western scenes, cowboy Christmas celebrations, stunning luminaria displays, and unforgettable desert magi November 1, 2020 Read More...

COMMUNITY

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Must-Watch Streaming Movies & Shows Disney+LokiThe Loki from 2012 has escaped from the Avengers after the events of Endgame. But now he faces a new problem: he is May 31, 2021 Read More.. Summer of Sanctuary World-class dining, wellness and restoration meet at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa When the kids are away May 31, 2021 Read More.. Must-Watch Streaming Movies & Shows Netflix OxygenImagine waking up trapped in a container and watching your oxygen supply slowly dissipate. That’s the exact May 3, 2021 Read More.. Treat Yourself to a Colorful Summer Getaway at Hotel Valley Ho An Iconic Hideaway in Old Town Scottsdale Enjoy a welcoming stay this summer at Hotel Valley Ho. Pop the bubbly because this May 3, 2021 Read More.. Must-Watch Streaming Movies & Shows NetflixDad Stop Embarrassing MeJamie Foxx returns to television (well, streaming TV) in a new series inspired by his relationsh March 31, 2021 Read More.. The Wigwam: Enjoy historic charm & modern amenities at this West Valley resort The Wigwam, Arizona’s award-winning 440-acre resort, couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Situated March 31, 2021 Read More.. Easter Brunch At Sanctuary Resort On Sunday, April 4, elements at Sanctuary On Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa will delight guests with a chee March 16, 2021 Read More.. Must Watch March 2021 Yes Day: Allison and Carlos are always saying no to their kids, but still want to show that they still care. So, they make an a March 2, 2021 Read More.. The Good, the bad and the downright ugly The films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival - soon to be on a screen near you? Censor: Censor reminded me a lot of the February 28, 2021 Read More.. Awaken a New Sense of Spirit at CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa Nestled just outside of Scottsdale, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa is a playground of wellbeing. A destination wellness resor February 28, 2021 Read More.. Must-Watch Streaming Movies & Shows NetflixMalcolm & MarieThis film starts out focusing on a couple taking time out to spend some alone time together after a s February 1, 2021 Read More.. A Boutique Escape in Paradise Valley Mountain Shadows offers artful design and dramatic views Mountain Shadows resort set the benchmark for desert luxury and dis February 1, 2021 Read More.. Eat Clean Phx Helps Locals to Eat Better While Giving Back It is now more important than ever to live a healthy lifestyle. With everyone having to make changes in their lives, it can be December 31, 2020 Read More.. Must-Watch Streaming Movies & Shows Netflix Pieces of a WomanThis is a tragic tale that will be a tough watch for some. The life of a woman is shattered after a December 31, 2020 Read More.. Uptown Phoenix’s First Boutique Hotel: ARRIVE Phoenix is Handcrafted by Locals Photos by Kristin Teig Now open, and featuring high-tech safety protocols, ARRIVE Phoenix invites visitors and locals alike December 31, 2020 Read More.. The Ultimate Charcoal Grill Shopping Guide By BBQ Island If you are planning to purchase a charcoal grill for the first time, it is important to consider certain facto December 1, 2020 Read More.. Must-Watch Streaming Movies & Shows NetflixThe Christmas Chronicles 2A follow up to the 2018 film, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus return when a new threat against the November 30, 2020 Read More.. Eight Crucial Things to Consider When Building Outdoor Kitchens Contributed by BBQ Island Outdoor kitchens are luxurious and rewarding additions for any backyard patio. Of course, you canno November 1, 2020 Read More.. 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