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26 PEORIA, ARIZONA • www. visitpeoriaaz. com Pron Aug. 29- Sept. 21Oct. 17- Nov. 1 Dec. 5- 21 Jan. 9- Jan. 25 Feb. 13- Mar. 1 April 10- May 3 Sept. 5- 21 Nov. 7- 23 Feb. 6- 22 Sept. 26– Oct. 11 March 13- 29 May 15- 31 Nov. 7 – 23 ARTS AND CULTURE Arizona Broadway Theatre 7701 West Paradise Lane • Peoria 623- 776- 8400 Peoria Center for the Performing Arts 8355 W. Peoria Ave. • Peoria 623- 815- 1791 Peoria Historical Society Museum 10304 N. 83rd Ave. • Peoria 623- 487- 8030 Theater Works 8355 W. Peoria Ave. • Peoria 623- 815- 1730 Other venues Cricket Pavilion 2121 N. 83rd Ave. • Phoenix 602- 254- 7200 Dodge Theatre 400 W. Washington St. • Phoenix 602- 379- 2800 Herberger Theater 222 E. Monroe • Phoenix 602- 254- 7399 Heard Museum West 16126 North Civic Center Dr. • Surprise 623- 334- 2200 Maricopa County Events Center 19403 RH Johnson Blvd. • Sun City West 623- 544- 2888 Orpheum Theater 203 W. Adams • Phoenix 602- 534- 5600 Symphony Hall Home to: Phoenix Symphony, 225 E. Adams • Phoenix 602- 495- 1117 West Valley Art Museum 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts • Surprise 623- 972- 0635 Arts and culture educational programs for children and adults, including simulated space mis-sions and inspirational exhibits. The simulated flight missions challenge participants' teamwork, com-munication, leadership, math, science and technology skills as they role- play flight crews, mission controllers and scientists. " The Challenger Space Center is one of the most unique venues in Arizona," said its executive director, Mary Lynn Kelly. " Where else can mom and dad go with their kids and become part of a Mission Control team or explore what it would be like aboard the space shuttle or a simulated International Space Station, and still be home for dinner?" Other attractions Want more? In and around Peoria you can find many more unique attractions such as the Peoria Historical Society Museum, the nearby Heard Museum West, West Valley Art Museum, both in Surprise, and in downtown Phoenix, the Herberger Theatre Center, Dodge Theatre, Phoenix Symphony and the Orpheum Theatre. ? Orpheum Theater, downtown Phoenix

Living Large Peoria ranks as one of Arizona's great cities, boasting meticulously planned neighborhoods, high- caliber schools and an enviable standard of living HOUSING AND EDUCATION by ANDREA MARKOWITZ LEFT: Housing oppourtunities are varied and many in Peoria. BELOW: First- graders at Sky View Elementary School enjoy their first day of school. The school is part of the Peoria Unified School District. BOTTOM: The Discovery Center at Vistancia. I t's easy to see why Peoria is one of Greater Phoenix's fastest- growing cities. Its safe neighborhoods, low property taxes, high job growth and affordable lifestyle started attracting savvy residents and business owners well before Money magazine named Peoria one of 2008' s 100 " Best Places to Live." Live, work and play Singles and families at every income level enjoy Peoria's superior standard of living. " One of our Council's goals is to create a community where you can live work and play," said Kirk Haines, Peoria's parks manager. It's a goal that's already being real-ized in mixed- use communities like Vistancia and Park West. Vistancia's three villages offer resort- style living in homes that range from modest starters to upscale villas. Amenities include community golf courses, pools, tennis courts, a basketball gymnasium, spas, parks, restaurants, shops and schools. The Discovery Trail connects the villages and amenities with non- motorized access. " Residents develop a sense of community with the central recreation facility where everyone can come together," said Glen Van Nimwegen, Peoria's community devel-opment director. The upscale Alta Park West apartments afford residents a convenient lifestyle within the Park West Mall complex, which Chris Bilotto, Park West's general manager, describes as "… a distinct blend of retailers and restaurants in a destina-tion- like setting," including serene landscaping with parks and tree- lined streets. No matter where you live in Peoria, its future interconnecting trail system will encourage a healthy lifestyle while you live, work and play; you can walk or ride your bicycle from home to commercial districts, parks and recreation centers. Quality education The Peoria Unified School District fulfills its vision statement, " Every student, every day, prepared to meet tomorrow," with the support of top- notch faculty and programs. The rigor-ous K- 12 curriculum includes individualized attention. Before and after- school programs, arts education, career and technical educa-tion, special education, a gifted program, plus athletics and other extracurricular activities ensure all children reach their learning and achievement potential. Post- secondary schools in and around Peoria include the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Western International University and the University of Phoenix, which have campuses in Peoria and Phoenix respectively. Both cater to working students with live classes and online courses. Western International specializes in business pro-grams while the University of Phoenix offers www. visitpeoriaaz. com • PEORIA, ARIZONA 27