Westside Briefs:
Halloween family event at center

       A “Howlin' Halloween” will feature indoor and outdoor family-geared activities at the Westside Community Center Sunday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m.
       Offerings will include two bounce houses, several types of games, food and recorded music.
       The center is at 1628 W. Bijou St. For more information, call 385-7920 x100.
      
       Oink time at ranch
       “Everything But the Oink,” an annual event at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, will be Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       In keeping with traditional pre-winter farm/ ranch preparations, people can view hog processing, sausage- and soap-making, including step-by-step narratives from those doing the work.
       Admission cost is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children over 5.
       Rock Ledge Ranch, a city-owned working ranch operated in 1880s style, is located off Gateway Road at 30th Street, near the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
       For more information, call 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com.
      
       Free flu vaccines
       Free flu vaccines will be offered Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Westside Community Center's Nurse Center for people who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover that.
       The Nurse Center, recently opened by Penrose-St. Francis Mission Outreach, is at 1616 W. Bijou St. (next to the Billie Spielman Center).
       The starting time will be 4:30 p.m. The vaccines will continue to be distributed until 6:30 p.m., or as long as supplies last, according to Ruth Boling of Penrose-St. Francis.
      
       Silver Key ups food effort
       Care and Share, the local managing agency for Federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) has recently increased from 450 to 650 the number of CSFP food boxes that Silver Key Senior Services can distribute.
       According to a Silver Key press release, income-eligible area residents aged 60 or over can qualify to receive a monthly box of “shelf-stable food.”
       For more information, call 884-2370 or go to Silver Key, 2250 Bott Ave., weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Westside Pioneer/press releases