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Jul 25

Amazon Package Deliveries

Posted to In The Know From The Blackstone Gate Hosts by Jessica Baechle

Amazon starts their package deliveries as early as 3:30am; as a result, we continue to find Amazon packages left unprotected at both gates while the Gatehouse is closed (10pm-6am).  To ensure that your packages arrive safely to their intended destination, we suggest the following information be placed in your Amazon account:

1.    Go to YOUR ACCOUNT





Make sure to leave blank the area that says DO WE NEED SECURITY CODE, CALL BOX NUMBER OR KEY TO ACCESS THIS BUILDING.  Any information left in this space may confuse the Amazon drivers, who will try to input this info at the callbox and then, when unsuccessful, attempt to tailgate a vehicle into the community.

Sep 28

The Right Amount of Fertilizer

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Jessica Baechle

When applying your winter plant and Ryegrass fertilizers, it is crucial to make sure you apply the right amount, not too much or too little.

Many believe that applying extra fertilizer “can’t hurt,” but in reality, over-fertilizing your lawn can cause problems. One potential consequence is salt burn, which may kill patches of your beautiful Ryegrass. It can have similar effects on flowers or shrubs in areas of fertilization. On the other side, applying too little fertilizer can result in nutrient deficiencies such as low nitrogen. Nutrient deficiencies can impede or completely stall growth in the desired areas.

DLC recommends applying fertilizer approximately every three to four weeks from November to February, but always make sure to follow the instructions on your chosen fertilizer. Utilizing a fertilizer spreader will also help with even distribution as you move across your yard.


Visit the Learning Center on our website,, for additional information about fertilizing.

Sep 20

SOMOS Peoria

Posted to Peoria News by Jessica Baechle

Saturday, September 30, 2023
4:00 p.m - 10:30 p.m.
Old Town Peoria at 83rd & Grand Avenues

Somos Peoria is a multicultural festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This city-sponsored signature event takes place in Downtown Peoria between Washington and Jefferson Streets, and 83rd Ave. In addition to live musical entertainment from national and local bands, festivalgoers have the opportunity to sample a variety of traditional foods, beer and margaritas, shop arts and crafts, and enjoy celebrated Hispanic activities such as Ballet Folklorico, lucha libre, strolling mariachis, and a low-rider car display.

This year’s main stage national entertainment includes music performances by Ozomatli, Color Me Badd, and the Mariachi Divas. See detailed band information below.

  • Live music by Ozomatli, Color Me Badd, and Mariachi Divas

  • Ballet Folklorico

  • Lucha Libre

  • Classic & Lowrider Car Show

  • Family-Friendly Event

  • Food and beverage concessions available (including beer and margaritas)

  • FREE General Admission

  • VIP experiences available for purchase

Featuring Headline Band: Ozomatli
with Color Me Badd and Mariachi Divas

Buy VIP Tickets to Somos Peoria at

Parking Information

Free parking will be available at the City of Peoria parking garages located at 85th Avenue and Cinnabar, as well as 83rd Avenue and Cinnabar. In addition, the City Hall parking lot located at 8401 W Monroe Street will be open for public parking. ADA/Handicap spaces will be reserved in front of Osuna Park on both sides of Washington Street, between 83rd Avenue and 83rd Drive.

Event Map


Event Entrances at:

  • 83rd Ave & Washington Street
  • Peoria Community Center Parking Lot

Free parking located at Peoria City Hall, 8401 W Monroe St., Peoria, AZ 85345

Hard Street Closures at: 83rd Ave from Washington Street to Madison Street, and Jefferson Street from 83rd Avenue to 84th Avenue. Road closures will begin as early as 7 a.m. on Friday, September 29th until Sunday, October 1st at 5 a.m.

Main Stage Schedule

4:00-4:30 pm – Gates open; DJ Stixx

4:15 pm - Ballet Folklorico ESTO ES MEXICO

5:00 pm - Jahlos Rebels

6:00 pm - Mariachi Divas

7:15 pm - Color Me Badd

9:00 pm - Ozomatli

Event Activity Schedule

4:00 pm – Strolling Mariachis

4:00-10:30 pm

  • Lowrider Car Show
  • Mujeres Mercado & Vendor Market
  • Food Vendors
  • Kids Zone - FREE

4:00-9:00 pm – Lucha Libre

10:30 pm – Event Ends

La Indiscreta 106.7 Stage Schedule

Indiscreta 106.7FM, the Valley’s leading FM Spanish station providing live radio, music, and news, will be hosting a stage at Somos Peoria this year! The Indiscreta Stage will feature musica banda, norteña, traditional mariachi artists, and traditional ballet folkorico groups. Learn more about Indiscreta 106.7 at:

4:00 pm – Banda La Disponible

5:00 pm - Los Huatson

6:00 pm - Martin Jr y su Maximo Exponente

7:00 pm - Mexico Sin Escales

8:00 pm - Lideres De La Sierra

9:00 pm - Proeza


Los Huatson


Banda La Disponable


Martin Jr y su Maximo Exponente

Mexico Son Escales
Group Members:

  • Karmen Iveth: One of the most celebrated female singers of Mexican Regional music in Arizona, Karmen Iveth has stepped onto the most exciting stages as a versatile performing artist that interprets a wide range of genres from Mariachi to Norteño, Banda and Grupero. With performances that have taken her to international stages, she is a true Ambassadress of Mexican music.
  • Alejandra: Considered locally as the most talented female singer of the vernacular music of Mariachi, Alejandra is a highly sought after interpreter of the new generation of young Mariachi performers. Her charisma and command of the stage allows her to deliver a youthful, show stopping and entertaining performance.
  • Angelica: Class, Talent and elegance in her Folkloric style is what defines Angelica’s interpretation of Mexico’s world renowned Mariachi music. Angelica is a true local icon that represents the style and delivery of Mexico’s Mariachi Divas. Her sultry delivery brings to life the music that defines the female singers of classic Mexico.
  • Fernando Hernandez: Arizona is proud to call Fernando their own in-spite of a singing career that has taken him from Mexico to Texas, California and now Arizona. He has been featured in many A-list Mariachi concerts. Fernando’s unique style and delivery has lit up numerous stages as he performs accompanied with Folklorico dancers. He is definitely a favorite and top pick within the Mariachi Music and culture scene.

Live Music Artist Bio



Ozomatli’s collaborative, energetic blend of multi-cultural music and activism has earned them three GRAMMYs®, four Hollywood Bowl shows, a TED Talk and much more. Since forming in 1995, the Los Angeles-bred lineup has inspired and energized listeners as far away Burma and Mongolia: Ozo’s messages and music, sung in both Spanish and English, need no translation. Like The Doors, X, Los Lobos, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and other L.A.-based artists who take cues from the city and also reflect and unearth its movements, Ozomatli reaches from the curbs to the high-rises. If the city of Los Angeles had a soundtrack, it would be Ozomatli’s music. As founding members Jiro Yamaguchi and Uli explain: "You drive down Sunset Boulevard and turn off your stereo and roll down your windows and the music that comes out of each and every different car, whether it's salsa, cumbia, merengue, Hip Hop, funk or whatever, it's that crazy blend that's going on between that cacophony of sound is Ozomatli, y'know?"

Band members: Raúl Pacheco - Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar, Tres, Jarana. Asdrubal Sierra - Lead & Backing Vocals, Trumpet, Piano. Justin 'El Niño' Porée - Percussion, Rap Vocals, Lead & Backing Vocals. Ulises Bella - Saxophone, Lead & Backing Vocals, Requinto, Jarocho, Keyboard, Melodica. Wil-Dog Abers - Bass, Marimbula, Backing Vocals. Jiro Yamaguchi - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals


Color Me Badd

Legendary R&B group Color Me Badd was formed in 1985 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group is now owned and fronted by Mark Calderon, an original founding member, and Color Me Badd continues to bring their hit songs as well as new music to the entire world.

Best known for their singles "I Wanna Sex You Up", "I Ador, Mi Amor" and "All 4 Love", the group has sold over 12 million records worldwide, had two #1 Hit Singles, nine Top 40 Hits and a Triple-Platinum Album. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards, won two Soul Train Music Awards and one American Music Award, and were nominated for five others. Their songs have been featured in movies and on television programs including New Jack City, Mo' Money, No Strings Attached, and Glee. They made a cameo appearance as themselves on a 1992 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. The group continues to be a force in today’s music and entertainment industry with their latest release, “California Dreamin” boasting over 100,000 online streams and is just one of the many songs and videos to be released in 2023.


Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea

Founded in 1999, by musical director and trumpet player Cindy Shea, Mariachi Divas is known for its innovative and eclectic array of music ranging from mariachi classics to jazz and pop. Their music can be characterized as sophisticated, smooth, and refined providing an elegant approach to the mariachi tradition and part of the successful sound in which Mariachi Divas excels. Due to the wide accessibility of Mariachi Divas and their vast fan base, since 2003, Mariachi Divas is the official premier all-female mariachi of the Disneyland Resort.



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