News Briefs: Week of May 18

News from around Peoria this week includes registration opening for swim lessons at Sunrise and Peoria high school pools, enrollment has opened for the Peoria Family and Youth Services Summer Program and city pools open May 29. (File Photo)

Sign up for summer swim lessons

Summer is a great time to learn to swim, and swim lessons begin on Monday, May 29. Registration began for residents on May 17 and for nonresidents on May 18. Lessons are $25 for residents and $31 for nonresidents at Sunrise, Centennial and Peoria pools. To create an online account or get more information about lessons, contact Peoria Recreation Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 623-773-7137 or


Join the Peoria Family and Youth Services Summer Program

Attention youth and teens, check out three fun summer programs offered by the city of Peoria Family and Youth Services. Programs for youth — ages 7 to 11 and teens ages 12-17 — are available at the Peoria Community Center located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street, Peoria. The program runs Monday through Thursday from Tuesday, May 30, through Saturday, July 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. In addition, an off-site teen program is available at Sunrise Mountain High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $10 per week, and each week will have activities, crafts and games centered on a specific theme.

Info: 623-773-7436

City pools open May 29

Peoria’s three public pools will open for the summer starting Monday, May 29. Peoria, Centennial and Sunrise Mountain pools will have open swim through Sunday, Aug. 6. Day passes for children ages 2 to 17 are $2, and adults 18 years old and older are $4. Residents can save money by purchasing seasonal individual passes for $30 or family passes for $100, which are valid for up to six family members who live in the same household.


Peoria launches Heat Relief Regional Network

The city of Peoria is once again collaborating with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to kick off the Heat Relief Regional Network. Heat Relief Regional Network is a regional partnership that creates awareness of the dangers from extreme heat, coordinates resources, and provides maps of the heat relief resources for those in need during the summer months. Peoria cooling center and hydration stations will be located throughout city facilities and will be open Monday to Saturday from through Saturday, Sept. 30. For those who would like to contribute to the heat relief effort, bottled water can be dropped off Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Development and Community Services Building (DCSB), located at 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria.

Info:, 623-773-7770

2023 Summer Reading Program

The 2023 Summer Reading Program is here. The Peoria Public Library system is one of 65 libraries across the county gearing up for summer. With a community goal of 65 million minutes read, Maricopa County Reads is one of the county’s largest literacy efforts and plays a vital role in reducing learning loss while transitioning between school years. Participants earn one point per minute for reading physical or electronic books (including graphic novels) or listening to audiobooks. Additional points are earned for attending in-person and virtual events hosted by librarians and local performers, completing summer reading challenges, and participating in community experiences to find secret codes while exploring Maricopa County.

Prizes vary based on the amount of points readers achieve. Readers who achieve 1,000 points can choose a free book for their home library or to donate to a local Head Start classroom. The theme of this year’s program is “All Together Now,” encouraging readers of all ages to explore the many stories about unity, kindness and togetherness.


Peoria facilities closed

for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, city offices, facilities, the Peoria Community Center and both public libraries will be closed on Monday, May 29. However, Rio Vista Recreation Center will be open from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. All city parks will be open for the holiday. All trash and recycling for the week will move to the day following the regularly scheduled pickup.