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Peoria Film Fest starts Sept. 17

The team behind the Phoenix Film Festival is hosting the Peoria Film Fest from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept. 19, at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains Theatre, located at 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive. 

The festival will open with “I’m Your Man,” starring Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert. This film is about a scientist who is coerced into participating in a study to obtain research funds for her own work. For three weeks, she has to live with a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is designed to be the perfect life partner for her. The film is a humorous tale about the questions of love, longing and what makes a human being human. 

To purchase tickets, visit 


Somos Peoria is Sept. 25 

Somos Peoria will take over Old Town Peoria at 83rd and Grand avenues from 2 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The multicultural festival will include national headlining entertainment by renowned ’70s funk and soul band Tower of Power and ’80s Latin R&B band Tierra, as well as a variety of local entertainment. Attendees can sample local and traditional foods, arts and crafts and enjoy music by mariachis, among many other special activities. For tickets, visit 


4 vaccines offered at

Peoria Community Center 

Peoria is partnering with Albertsons and Safeway Pharmacies to offer four vaccines — COVID-19, flu, shingles and pneumonia — to residents Sept. 16, Oct. 6 and Oct. 12. These vaccines will be available at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Flu shots are free with most insurance policies, and there are typically no co-pays, but individuals are encouraged to bring their insurance cards and photo IDs. 

In addition, free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available for ages 12 years and older. This includes the booster shot for those who meet the requirements. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have: 

•Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.

•Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

•Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).

Advanced or untreated HIV infection. 

•Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

For questions, call the Peoria Community Center at 623-773-7436. To learn more about vaccinations in English and Spanish, visit  


Join a city board

or commission 

Peoria uses every opportunity to establish community participation programs to allow for citizen involvement and input. Boards and commissions are created to enable Peoria residents to take an active role in city government. Volunteers are appointed to serve on a board or commission help the city council examine issues and, in turn, work with elected officials and staff to help shape the future of Peoria. 

For more info or to apply for the city’s boards and commissions, visit or call the Peoria City Clerk’s Office at 623-773-7340.