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Food Truck Movie Nights

Peoria Sports Complex welcomes all to attend the mysterious film “Detective Pikachu” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue. Following clues in a hyper-realistic live action world are Pikachu and Tim, who are on the lookout to find a missing detective and who are faced with a phenomenon that may threaten the Pokémon universe.

On Friday, Oct. 11, check out Dreamworks’ “The Addams Family” screening. This is the first animated comedy about the kookiest first family of Halloween. Entrance and parking will be free and there will be a wide variety of food trucks, activities, stadium concession stands and delights to entertain and enjoy company with loved ones out on the field. For further information, visit


Census 2020

The census is coming in 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census count every 10 years. Cities and states rely on these population counts to determine what state-shared revenue they will receive. This money is used to fund essential city services like public safety, roads, parks, hospitals and schools. Each person counted is worth $3,000 in public services. For the first time ever, individuals can respond to the census online and by phone or mail. Counts begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, which is National Census Day. For more information, visit  

Peoria Film Fest

The Peoria Film Fest is returning for a second year. The festival will be Thursday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Harkins Theatre at Arrowhead Fountains, located at 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive. Tickets range in price from $10 for a single screening to $75 for a VIP pass. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Huntington University there will be high-flying fun for Family Film Day. Moviegoers can select from a series of hands-on activities including an animation and design workshop as well as a chance to shoot a live talk show or an exciting movie scene. Sixty-five tickets will be given away for a free screening of “The Lego Batman Movie.” For more information, visit  

Learn about Peoria’s police and fire

The Peoria Police and Fire-Medical Departments are bringing together family fun and safety education for the 2019 G.A.I.N. Public Safety Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Pioneer Community Park. Kids of all ages will enjoy the chance to get an up-close look at police cars, fire trucks, specialty emergency vehicles and equipment. Admission is free, as are the bouncy activities, face-painting and even more kid-friendly activities. For more information, call 623-773-7099 or visit

A ‘Spooktacular’ experience

TheaterWorks will host “PuppetWorks: BOO! A Halloween Spooktacular” on Saturdays from Oct. 12 through Oct. 26 during three different show times: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or noon in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, located in Old Town Peoria at 10580 N. 83rd Drive. Three friends venture out to the scariest street in town and experience wickedness and silliness. Ticket prices are $10. For additional information, visit


Future city council meetings

The Peoria City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, for a study session, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 8401 W. Monroe Street.

Meeting agendas and information are available at City council meetings and study sessions are broadcast live and replayed on Peoria Channel 11 (available to Cox Cable and Century Link television customers) and also stream live (and on demand) at

Street maintenance/closures

A comprehensive list of local road closures and lane restrictions is available at