Several vaccines

available in Peoria

In October, the city of Peoria is hosting flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines at the Peoria Community Center in partnership with Albertsons/Safeway Pharmacy. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., individuals can get vaccines Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 21 and Oct. 29. The community center is located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street, Peoria. 

Flu shots are free with most insurance plans. Individuals must bring their insurance cards and photo IDs. Individuals interested in receiving the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot should bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards. In addition, free COVID-19 vaccines will be available for ages 12 years and older. This includes a third booster shot (Pfizer) for those who meet below requirements. The following individuals are eligible so long as they have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as the primary series, with the second dose at least six months prior:  

•Individuals 65 years or older.

•Residents of long-term health 


•Individuals 50 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions. 

•Individuals 18 to 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions. Underlying medical conditions may include, but are not limited to, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity (BMI>30), and smoking.

•Risks may include allergic reaction, myocarditis/pericarditis, reactogenicity.

•Individuals 18 to 64 years of age who are in an occupational or institutional setting where the burden of COVID-19 infection and risk of transmission are high based on individual benefit or risk.

Appointments can be made at 

Anyone with questions should call the Peoria Community Center at 623-773-7436. For more information, visit 


Come to the Paloma Regional Preserve Trails open house

Paloma Community Park will host an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, about the new trails and related names and maps as well as a discussion on how to use them. It will be a great opportunity to sign up to volunteer on our Peoria Trail stewards team as well as a chance to network with like-minded people. In addition, it asks the public to weigh in on the names that best capture the nature of the Paloma Regional Preserve Trails. 

Take the trail-naming survey at 

Celebrate Halloween

in Peoria on Oct. 23

The annual Halloween Monster Bash is back at the Peoria Sports Complex, located at 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Princesses, monsters and superheroes alike can join the fun for free. Entrance is free, but families are encouraged to bring canned food items to benefit the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance. 

Event activities include Ghostbusters, a rock wall, inflatables, Euro Bungee, Deb’s Dragon Reptile Exhibit, the Dino Crew, a photo booth and the Monster Mash Concert. There will also be a costume contest for children up to 12 years old. The scariest and most creative costumes will be awarded in each age group. Returning to the Monster Bash this year is the Sensory Room, a calming, sensory-friendly space for children, teens and adults with sensory processing needs. 

Also, there will be a variety of toys, games, and arts and crafts available for those with food allergies. For more information about the Halloween Monster Bash, visit