In a joint effort between the city of Peoria AZ and the Peoria
Unified School district, this Saturday’s Peoria Arts and Cultural
Festival at Osuna Park (83rd Avenue & Grand) will feature
the talents of area students. Art exhibits and entertainment will be
provided by the children of PUSD. There will be a kid’s zone for the
younger set. Visitors will be able to watch pottery demonstrations and
attend various workshops. A 5K run starts at the festival, as does a
family bike ride. The event is free, though some of the activities have
fees associated with them.
For more information, visit http://www.peoriaaz.gov/NewsPR2.aspx?PID=2150&id=54035
Business is brisk for homebuilders in the Northwest Valley of Phoenix
AZ as the nearly-completed Loop 303 opens the area to freeway drivers.
New home builders in North Peoria are reporting shortages of lots.
Several new large communities are either in the planning stages or
are now pre-selling. Tierra Del Rio, a master planned community, will
have a mix of approximately 2100 residential units and a section for
commercial. Saddleback Heights is a project surrounding Saddleback
Mountain and will offer a variety of communities. Rancho Cabrillo at
Dysart and Happy Valley Roads will provide 1400 residential units.
Camino a Lago is perhaps one of the largest communities that will over
about 3500 residential units. In fact, one project within Camino A Lago,
the Meadows, has pre-sold around 830 of the 1500 lots that comprise the
It’s not just new developments that are seeing a rebound of interest.
The high end golf community of Quintero, which suffered greatly from
the real estate woes of the past, is now seeing a healthy increase in
Source; Loop 303 drives housing development in Northwest Valley
Everyone knows about the Arizona State Fair in October, but if you
are looking to satisfy your urge for fair food, fun and rides, check out
the Maricopa County Fair! This is Arizona's largest county fair, and is
held at the State Fair Grounds at 27th Avenue and McDowell Road in
Phoenix AZ. Admission is free during certain times of the week, and
includes all entertainment offered on the four stages at the event.
Of course there will be fun rides and your favorite fair foods, but
the Maricopa County Fair tends to have more of a farm slant to it. The
Youth livestock and small stock shows are a big draw for exhibitors, and
the fair can be a great learning experience as well as loads of fun.
The Maricopa County Fair has a short run though; April 9-13, so make your plans now! For more information, visit http://phoenix.about.com/cs/events/a/countyfair01.htm
George Strait, county music icon, is bringing his farewell tour to
the Valley next week. The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will be at the US
Airways Center in Phoenix on Friday February 7.
Although this is likely to be a very emotional concert for the fans
of the 44-time-chart-topping superstar of country music, big-name guests
have popped up at other tour stops to help wish George a fond farewell.
Martina McBride will be joining George on the stage in Phoenix.
For more information visit http://www.usairwayscenter.com/events/detail/george-strait
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Did the recent Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction in Scottsdale
leaving your two-wheel enthusiast wishing for something more? Then the
Progressive International Motorcycle Show at University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale AZ is sure to rev up that heartbeat a couple notches!
Starting Friday, January 24 and running through Sunday, January 26,
this show has something for everyone, from ATVs and dirt bikes all the
way up to luxury street bikes and even a custom bike show.
Representatives from some of the biggest names in motorcycles will be
there, including Harley-Davidson, Ducati, BMW and more. Visitors will
enjoy live music, interactive entertainment and, of course, plenty of
two, three and four wheeled horsepower! For more information visit http://www.motorcycleshows.com/phoenix
in outside, that is! With the wonderful weather weâ€™ve been having, itâ€™s
the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy what the Valley has to
offer. The area is blessed with hundreds of miles of trails in the
surrounding mountains, but you donâ€™t have to head to the hills if youâ€™re
looking to commune with nature.
West Valley has several city parks and trails that offer walkers,
joggers, cyclists and horse back riders opportunities to enjoy the
outdoors.Â The Grand Canal Linear Park offers a trail over 3 miles in length, running from 75th Avenue north of Camelback Road to 99th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Skunk Creek Linear Park, running from 51st Avenue and Utopia to 73rd Avenue and Greenway, offers a similar length trail. However, this park joins up with Thunderbird Paseo Park and its 4 miles of trails, which allows for much longer trekking.
The Arizona Canal is a popular trail for outdoor enthusiasts. The most popular stretch seems to be from Metrocenter at 28th
Avenue and Dunlap and east. Although this doesnâ€™t seem to be an
official park, it appears that some areas have been developed for
recreation. For more information, visit http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/UrbanRecreation_6200.asp
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Glendale Glitters celebrates its 20thÂ year of providing a massive light show in historic downtown Glendale AZ. 1.5 million lights sparkle and twinkle in Murphy Park and surrounding streets, providing a magical place to be after the sun sets.Â
If this spectacular, award-winning display wasnâ€™t enough, the city is offering themed events each weekend leading up to Christmas.
In addition to food vendors and theme-specific activities, some of the events will feature a family holiday movie broadcast on a large screen.
December 6-7Â will be the Spirit of Giving, an opportunity to showcase organizations that improve the lives of Valley residents. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and/or unwrapped toy donations. The movie will be â€œArthur Christmasâ€
December 13-14Â will be the Winter Wonderland Weekend and will feature snow fields and other fun activities for kids (and kids at heart!) The movie will be â€œElfâ€.
December 20-21Â is going to be Jingle Bells Rockinâ€™ Nights and the focus will be on all kinds of music! Dancers as well as musicians will be providing entertainment.
For more information, visitÂ http://www.glendaleaz.com/Glitters/index.cfm