Pine District Update for April 16, 2014
Community Events Taking Place in Peoria
Dolly Sanchez Easter Egg Hunt Attracts Thousands of Children
For 38 years, the Sanchez family and the city of Peoria have worked together to give children the ultimate Easter egg hunt. This year’s egg hunt will take place on Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Peoria Sports Complex, located at 16101 N. 83rd Ave. just south of Bell Road. New this year is a dedicated hunt time geared for children who have disabilities. This will create a safer and more enjoyable opportunity.
Sponsored by Sears Vacations, this year’s activities for families include “Cottontail Lane,” which will feature carnival games and fun arts & crafts. Children can also visit animals at the petting zoo, take a train ride and jump on the inflatables. “Mr. and Mrs. Bunny” will be starting the candy hunts with the one-year-olds at 8:20 a.m.
Dolly Sanchez wanted a fun event to allow all children in Peoria the opportunity to enjoy an Easter egg hunt. That was in 1976. Today, thanks to Dolly’s vision, and a lot of time and energy from the Sanchez family and the City, the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt is one of the largest events of its kind in Arizona.
Parking and admission is free with a donation of canned food to benefit St. Mary’s Westside Food Bank Alliance. Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase including a special $5 kids’ meal (hot dog, small soda and chips) for those 12 and under. For more information call 623-773-7137 or visit us on the web at www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.
The 38th Annual Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt times:
Age 1 – 8:20 a.m. Age 5 – 9:50 a.m.
Age 2 – 8:45 a.m. Age 6 – 10:10 a.m.
Age 3 – 9:10 a.m. Age 7&8 – 10:25 a.m.
Age 4 – 9:30 a.m. Age 9&10 – 10:40 a.m.
Individuals with Disabilities – 11a.m.
Peoria Celebrates Earth Day with Party for the Planet
In recognition of Earth Day, the community is invited to assist by cleaning up trash and debris along the New River trail system on Saturday, April 26. All volunteers will meet at the Community Church of Joy, located at 21000 N. 75th Ave., at 7 a.m.
Last year, more than 350 volunteers came together to pick up 22 tons of trash, including 10 tires, as well as plant many trees across almost 100 acres of the river and trail system. This event is in partnership with the city of Glendale and Arizona Clean and Beautiful.
The Peoria Green Screen Film Festival also kicks off on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Plaza on the Peoria City Hall campus, 8401 W. Monroe Street. Families are welcomed to a showing of the film “The Day After Tomorrow.” Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an awesome movie under the stars. Free food will be available along with inflatables for the kids.
In addition, the movie "Wall-e" will be previewed Thursday, May 1 at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, June 3 at 10 a.m. in the Peoria Main Library, 8401 W. Monroe Street. This movie will also be shown at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave. Thursday, May 29 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, June 26 at 11 a.m.
Other library Earth Day-related activities include a lesson on how to make mini terrariums and water conservation practices with teens on Tuesday, April 22 at 4 p.m. There will also be a special Earth Day celebration with dogs and books through the PAWS 2 Read program. Kids can read aloud to one of the trained therapy dogs and receive a new recycled book to take home on Saturday, April 19 from 1- 2:30 p.m.
Throughout the month of April, city-sponsored activities will include Bulk Trash Clean-up, Neighborhood Pride Projects, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Operation Pill Drop-Off and Environmental Workshops. Information on the activities and volunteer registration for the River & Trail Clean-up is located at www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.
Councilmember Leone Invites you to a Picnic in the Park
Councilmember Carlo "Rocky" Leone will be hosting a community park event at Scotland Yard Park taking place Saturday, April 26th. The whole family is invited out to enjoy kids activities, food, inflatables and MORE! City Departments will also be on hand to provide general information and services that are designed for the citizens of Peoria. Below is important information about the event.
Event Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Event Time: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Event Location: Scotland Yard Park
9251 W. Scotland Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345
For more information please contact Anthony Alejandro at 623.773.7538
Family Movie Under the Stars
On Saturday April 26th at 7:30 p.m., families are welcomed to a showing of the film “The Day After Tomorrow” in Centennial Plaza on the Peoria City Hall campus, 8401 W. Monroe St. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an awesome movie under the stars. Free food will be available along with inflatables for the kids.
Relay for Life of Peoria
The Relay For Life of Peoria is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. If you are interested in participating in this event in any way see contact information below or visit the website at www.relayforlife.org
Event Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Event Time: 4:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. with Breakfast served at closing ceremonies
Event Location: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Event Chair: Troy Baker, 623-337-3682, Relayforlifepeoria@cox.net