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Estrella Lakeside Farmer’s Market Helps Make Goodyear Healthier

Do you love shopping for fresh produce at farmers markets? You're not alone. Farmers markets are important for many reasons, especially because they increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Foremost, they are important because they are the critical component in rebuilding local food economies. By providing a cost-effective, retail sales opportunity for local food producers, farmers markets help make farming profitable. Several studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets.

Farmers market vendors can also educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food. Farmers markets also promote sustainability, with three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards. In addition, local farmers markets stimulate the economy. Growers selling locally create thirteen full time jobs per $1 million in revenue earned.

With all the countless benefits farmers markets provide to the community, it’s no wonder the West Valley has so many. Thanks to the beautiful fall temperatures, the Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market is back in the scenic Goodyear community every third Saturday of the month now through April! The market will showcase specialty items, locally grown produce, fresh breads and pastries, local artwork and more. Come take in the gorgeous views of North Lake and the Sierra Estrella Mountains at 10300 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear, AZ  85338.

This event is free and open to the public. The market will also feature a variety of food vendors. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the cooler weather and kick off fall season festivities. For more information contact the Information Center at 623-386-1000. If you’d like more information about farmers markets in the West Valley or if you’re in the market to sell or buy a home in Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Surprise and the surrounding areas, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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3 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley

by Lisa Bray

3 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley

Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so there are many celebrations leading up to the holiday and on the holiday itself. Here are 3 wonderful ways to celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley this year!

  1. Red, White and BOOM!: Celebrate the 4th of July at The Wigwam at their Red, White and BOOM event on July 4th from 6-8pm at the Blue Course of the Wigwam Golf Course located at 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park. The event includes live DJ entertainment, a Kid Zone with bounce houses & water slides. Unlimited rides & activities wrist band are available for purchase for $10 or $8 with active Military ID. Complimentary admission to the firework show on the first fairway of the Blue Golf Course. A variety of food & drink options are available for purchase. Bring your chairs, blankets, & beach towels! Click here for more event details.
  2. Star Spangled 4th:  Celebrate Independence Day at the spring-training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. This free event includes live music (Shari Rowe, Groove Merchants), games, a hotdog-eating contest, a pitching contest, ziplines and fireworks. 6-10 p.m. Free admission, free parking. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. Call 623-882-3120 or visit  goodyearbp.com for more details.
  3. Westgate Firework Fest: Enjoy the 4th at Westgate on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with two music stages, family entertainment, a cool water zone, food from more than twenty restaurants, a lively bar scene and a pyrotechnic spectacular! Westgate Firework Fest is free and open to the public and located at 6751 N Sunset Blvd in Glendale. Click here for more details.

For more fun things to do in the West Valley, or if you want to buy a home in Goodyear or the surrounding communities of Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Estrella Mountain, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Peoria or Phoenix please contact Lisa Bray today. Hope you all have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Join Me for the Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run

by Lisa Bray

Join Me for the Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run

As an Arizona native and Goodyear resident, I’ve been proudly serving the West Valley real estate market since 2003. In addition to working as full-time agent helping clients achieve their real estate goals throughout the Valley, I love participating in local community events. Especially the charity 5Ks! Back in December I had the pleasure of running in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This month, I invite you to join me for the upcoming community walk/run event, Are you Faster than a Boy Scout on Saturday, March 17th.

This is a fun, family-friendly event that you will want to return to year after year. The race is a flat and fast, chip timed event and is staffed by the Boy Scouts with support from adult volunteers. Best of all 100 percent of the proceeds for this race go to fund Scouting activities including, summer camps and high adventure camps for the active Scouts in the local Troop. Troop 99, based in Litchfield Park, was chartered by the Goodyear Aircraft Corp. in 1943 and has been developing young boys into leaders in the community ever since.

The run will take place at 7:00 am at the City of Litchfield Park located at 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield. There will be a 5k and 10k course available to either walk or run and participants will receive a race shirt, Boy Scout themed finisher medal, and assorted discounts. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive awards and there will be a special division for Scouts. If you’d like more information about the first annual Are You Faster than a Boy Scout Run or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

For more fun things to do in the West Valley or if you’re ready to buy or sell a home in the communities of Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Avondale, please contact me today!

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Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

by Lisa Bray

Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

It’s important to stay active and involved in your community all year round, but it’s especially important during the holiday season to help combat stress, improve health and help welcome in the New Year with optimism. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in two community 5K’s in the month of December that were fantastic experiences. The first was the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Scottsdale, an officially timed event that had mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats waiting for the racers at the finish line. Coined as “America’s Sweetest Race,” the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K proceeds benefitted the Make-A-Wish® charity and was truly a delight to be a part of.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I ran in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This event included a half marathon, quarter marathon, four mile and a Reindeer Kids’ Dash. This race was fun and festive with many participants donning their best holiday gear. It was impossible not to smile, and by the end I was filled with holiday spirit as I joined the other race participants of all ages, shape and sizes from the community at the finish line. This was very memorable run!

I invite you to join me for the next community racing event, Are You Faster Than a Boy Scout which takes place Saturday, March 18, 2018 in scenic Litchfield Park. This is a fun, family-friendly event that you will want to return to year after year. The race is a flat and fast, chip timed event and is staffed by the Boy Scouts with support from adult volunteers. Best of all 100 percent of the proceeds for this race go to fund Scouting activities including, summer camps and high adventure camps for the active Scouts in the local Troop. If you’d like more information about this event or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas! –Lisa

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4th Annual Lakeside Music Festival

by Lisa Bray

4th Annual Lakeside Music Festival

You’re invited! Join us for the 4th Annual Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival on Saturday, April 8th from 12pm to 9pm at the North Lake Amphitheater, 10360 S. Estrella Parkway Goodyear. In cooperation with the West Valley Arts Council, the City of Goodyear and the Arts and Culture Commission, this fun spring music fest includes multiple bands and solo artists that perform on two stages.

With over nine hours of entertainment, there’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. From a "Kids Zone" and awesome food vendors to a beer and wine tent, the Lakeside Amphitheater will come alive as music fills the beautiful West Valley air.

Located on the lakeside lawn in the beautiful Estrella by Newland Community, this free festival includes an artisan village, various performers and much, much and more! Click here to see the performance line up and additional Lakeside Music Festival details. For more fun things to do in Goodyear and other local west valley events happening in your neighborhood this spring, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K Returns to Goodyear

by Lisa Bray

12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K Returns to Goodyear

February is National Heart Health Month so it’s only fitting that the 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K returns to Goodyear this month. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that's one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing about 365,000 people in 2014. So if you’re looking for a great way to get exercise and spread awareness, then the 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K is for you!

The family friendly event takes place Saturday, February 11th at 9:00 a.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. The 12th Annual Heart and Sole 5K race is sure to be a great time for serious and recreational runners alike! The Heart and Sole Race also features a one Mile Family Fun Run/Walk for those of you who would like to introduce your little ones to the benefits of running! Vendors will also be on hand to help educate and show runners and walkers the best way to take care of themselves from head to toe.

Want to know more? Visit goodyearaz.gov for more details and registration information. For more fun things to do in Goodyear and other local west valley events happening in your neighborhood this spring, please contact Lisa Bray today.

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Fall Festival in Goodyear, Arizona

by Lisa Bray

Fall Festival in Goodyear, Arizona 

Anyone who lives in Arizona, or who has visited during October knows that this is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy all the fun activities planned – and take advantageous of the amazing weather!

 This year’s Fall Festival in Goodyear, Arizona will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Goodyear Ballpark.

This event is fun for the whole family and activities include:

  • Train rides
  • Rock wall
  • Corn hole
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Costume contest with prizes
  • And live entertainment!

This is a free event for the public, with performances by local talent. The Goodyear Ballpark is located at 1933 S Ballpark Way in Goodyear, Arizona. For more information or details about the upcoming Fall Festival you can visit: http://www.goodyearbp.com/ballpark-home-page.

I hope to see you there on Saturday, October 22nd! Lisa

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Save the Date! 5th Annual Tale of Two Cities Festival

by Lisa Bray

Save the Date! 5th Annual Tale of Two Cities Festival

Want to learn about a variety of cultures without even leaving Arizona soil? You’ll definitely want to save the date for the upcoming 5th Annual Tale of Two Cities festival on Saturday, February 20th! The Tale of Two Cities is an international-themed, award winning event that is a collaboration between the cities of Avondale, Goodyear and Estrella Mountain Community College, and attracts thousands all over the Valley! Over 8,000 attendees enjoyed this multi-cultural festival complete with parade, festival and a naturalization ceremony last year.

‘Tale of Two Cities’ was awarded the AzTEC Awards for 2015 Outstanding Event of the Year and is produced by Goosebump Marketing Events. The parade, booths and activities promote a multi-cultural theme, with food, music and performances to complement the experience. Vendors and community groups offering a diverse assortment of products, including arts and crafts, as well as concessionaires that share authentic food and international cuisine from nations around the world.

Also, a total of one hundred fifty area residents will take the Oath of Allegiance and become United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the main stage. The ceremony is coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Festival admission is free and includes music and entertainment, a kids’ zone, vendor booths, cultural-related displays and more.

The cities of Avondale and Goodyear invite locals and visitors to the 2016 Tale of Two Cities Parade and Festival, themed ‘International Celebration’ and see the world without leaving town! For more event details, visit www.taleof2cities.org. And for more local west valley events and things to do in Goodyear, please contact Lisa Bray.

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Goodyear Veteran's Day Event

by Lisa Bray

Goodyear Veteran's Day Event

Did you know? There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans past and present and gives thanks to veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.  The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. That’s why the City of Goodyear is proud to honor veterans at the Veteran’s Day Event on Wednesday, November 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way; Goodyear.

This event will pay tribute to the tremendous sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces, along with their families, in serving our country. All five branches of the military are invited to participate. This Goodyear Veterans day event features:

  • Interactive Flag Garden
  • Keynote Speaker, Vice Admiral Vernon E. Clark Retired Navy
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Luke Air Force Base Flyover
  • Military Displays and Public Performances

If you’d like more information about the Goodyear Veteran’s Day event, please visit goodyearaz.gov. Come out and support and pay tribute to the many veterans who have served this great country. – Lisa

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Fall Festival fun at Goodyear Ballpark

by Lisa Bray

Fall Festival fun at Goodyear Ballpark

The City of Goodyear is always rich with community activities this time of year and with fall weather this nice, it’s not hard to see why. If you love enjoying the Arizona fall season with family and friends, why not celebrate fall with a safe and fun family event at the ballpark? The City of Goodyear's Fall Festival has activities the whole family may enjoy this Saturday, October 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way; Goodyear, AZ.

This fun fall festival features free parking and admission with some activities requiring a nominal fee. The activities include costume contests for kids of all ages, trick-or-treating, corn hole, potato sack races, photo station, Friends of the Library book sale, craft station, seasonal craft beers, performances and demonstrations by local dance, martial arts groups and more! Some of the paid activities include:

  • Trackless train rides ($3 per ride)
  • 24 ft. rock wall ($5 for three attempts)
  • Inflatable activities (3 tickets for $5 or $10 for unlimited inflatables wristband)

The fun fall festival at Goodyear Ballpark is presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, an organization that has been helping patients win the fight against cancer using advanced technology and a personalized approach since 1988. Don’t miss the fall festival fun that promises something for everyone right here in Goodyear. Click here for more details.

For more events in Goodyear or if you’d like information about buying a home in Goodyear, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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