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Mar 15

Red Bird of Paradise

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Jessica Baechle

Red Bird of Paradise

Red Bird of Paradise is a favorite centerpiece in desert landscaping. And for good reason— during its blooming season in the warmer months, its brilliant red-orange flowers are hard to miss. It reaches between roughly 4 and 10 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, a relatively moderate size, and thrives best in areas of full sun or light shade. 

For the healthiest results, water once a month during the winter and once a week during its blooming season. It’s best to trim it down to roughly 8 inches in early winter. This sustainable practice, called seasonal pruning, helps the flowering shrub stay at a manageable size. It should rebound in spring with new growth and blooms and look beautiful!

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Photo caption: A Red Bird of Paradise is a colorful, low-maintenance choice for your landscape. 

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Mar 15

47th Annual Dolly Sanchez Easter Celebration

Posted to Peoria News by Jessica Baechle

Come enjoy the City of Peoria’s 47th Annual Dolly Sanchez Easter Celebration with festive entertainment and family-friendly activities at the Peoria Sports Complex! Held annually the Saturday before Easter, this event offers something for everyone. Cottontail Lane will offer a walking path of table stations on the stadium field that children can pass through with their Easter baskets to collect goodie-filled eggs, toys, trinkets, and crafts.

How the Dolly Sanchez Easter Celebration Began

The Easter Egg Hunts were initiated in 1976 by Dolly Sanchez, who was a member of the Peoria Community Action Program and Parks and Recreation Board. Because of the success of the hunts, coupled with the city’s growth, the Peoria Community Services Department/Special Events was asked to help in 1983. Thus, a 30-year partnership has developed to support the event and the Sanchez Family legacy, and to make this family-fun event accessible to many more Peorians. Through the years, the Easter Egg Hunts have expanded from Varney Park to seven neighborhood parks, and finally in 1994 to the Peoria Sports Complex. The event has experienced steady growth and popularity since it began in 1976.

The Sanchez family remains an integral part of the Easter Celebration and the community. The Community Action Program continues to assist the families of Peoria and is located in the Peoria Community Center.

Oct 26

Peoria Police Host Fall Motorcycle Safety Event

Posted to Public Safety Tips by Samantha Thomas

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Peoria Police Department in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is proud to host an interactive Motorcycle Safety class. 

There is no charge for this one-day class and it is open to the public.

The program will consist of a short classroom discussion to cover safe riding habits and overall motorcycle safety followed by hands-on course instruction. During the riding portion of the course, critical riding skills will be reinforced to promote the optimal response to dangerous riding situations.

Motorcycle riders wishing to apply for this course can fill out a short application at This is not a course for new riders to get an endorsement. A valid driver's license and motorcycle endorsement are required to attend this class. Selected participants will be notified prior to the class.

Seating is limited and program participants will be selected based upon application screening.