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Encore 2019 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus will take place Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night and on Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theater on the Bradley University Campus. Under the direction of Denise Adams, all proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF), supporting kidney dialysis patients in the tri-county area. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-677-4966 or online at http://mortoncivicchorus.org
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Sip Savor Smoke will take place at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring whiskey, food by chefs Dustin Allen (Edge), Jeff Madden (Kemp 208), Andrea Widley (Creve Coeur Club) and Hugh Higgins (Hearth), as well as hand-rolled cigars from STL cigars plus live music.  A fundraiser for CASA of the Tenth Circuit, tickets are $200 per person and include 7 whiskey tastings, 4 small plates plus a premium cigar and are.available by calling 309-669-2939 or online at HERE

Brexit, Then and Now will be discussed at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Dr. David Cleeton, chair of the Economics Department and professor of economics and European policy at Illinois State University, will explore the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union and its ramifications on the global economy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-677-2454 or online at www.pawac.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave) at 6:35 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:05 pm on Sunday. Individual tickets are $15 for advance dugout seating, $13 for advance field seating and $9 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The 2019 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration concludes for the season at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 12,000 students from 100 schools from pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties who will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For more information and a schedule, visit www.springcelebration.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Peoria Players Theatre’s 100th Anniversary Gala will take place at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. The Centennial Celebration will be combined with the theatre’s annual Normie Awards honoring the 2018-2019 season. Featuring dinner, drinks, live entertainment by the Jim Markum Swing Band plus Oscar winner Tami Lane, a prosthetic makeup artist who won the Academy Award for Best Makeup for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, who started her career at Peoria Players. Tickets are $60 and are available by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Colter Wall will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N. University St in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.monarchmusichall.com

Jeff Richards will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm and Saturday with shows at 7:15 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

The RiverFront Market opens on the Peoria Riverfront Saturday morning and runs through September 28 from 8 am – Noon.  Due to flooding, the first two Saturdays of the Market – May 18 & May 25 – will be held at the corner of Water and Hamilton Streets across from the Gateway Building. Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music, and demonstrations each week, for more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria’s Opening Day will take place on Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Sun Plaza on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Meet the artists who have created the 9 new sculptures along Washington Street and enjoy live music from Sarah & The Underground and Projekts plus interactive art activities from a wide variety of organizations focused on arts education. Admission is free and all Sculpture Walk attendees will receive free general admission to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. For more information, call call 309-676-2787 or visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place at Glen Oak Park (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Prizes and fishing materials will be provided with no fishing license required for ages 15 and under. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://peoriaparks.org

The Old State Hospital Bazaar will be held at the Peoria State Hospital grounds (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring local artists, crafters, antiques and other unique vendors, there will also be a car show aisle, costumed actors sharing Peoria State Hospital history and the Peoria State Hospital Museum curator and historian, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Kitten Yoga will take place at the Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Ln. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. 20 kittens will wander through the class all of which are available for adoption plus breakfast items will be available before and after class. Cost is $25 per person and 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available by calling 309-637-8000, at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Rolling of the Bulls Part Deux will take place at Pour Bros. Craft Taproom (located at 4450 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. The team and friends will chase participants with plastic ball bats on a designated course while wearing skates with an after-party featuring Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. Tickets are $20 – $24 and are available at https://squareup.com/store/peoriaprowlers

The German-American Central Society will host the 63rd National Sangerfest of the North American Singers Association at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. General Admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.peoriagermans.net

Enjoy live music with Black Velvet at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The 2019 Peoria WingFest will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria RiverFront on Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm (for VIP ticketholders) and from 1 – 5 pm for general admission. Enjoy wings from participating restaurants, live entertainment by Barstool Heroes and The Blank Stairs plus a selection of unique craft beers. Area restaurants will compete for 1st place awards for hottest, traditional, exotic, barbeque and “best in show” wing categories. General admission is $5 in advance or $10 at the gate or free for kids 10 & under with a paid adult. VIP admission is $62 and includes a goodie bag, two drink tickets as well as a vote in each of the award categories for the best wings in Peoria. Proceeds will benefit EP!C. Tastings are not included and can be purchased for $2 each which includes 2-3 wings. For advanced tickets and more details, visit www.peoriawingfest.com

A Community Spring Celebration will take place at the First Baptist Church (located at 411 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live music by Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard, face painting for children, inflatables, lawn games and food trucks, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Rudra, An Essence of Shiva will be presented by the Mythili Dance Academy at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Choreographed Rama Suresh, the solo thematic classical dance presentation by Prasanna Jeer will showcase the dancing rhythms of Lord Shiva’s creation and destruction through dynamic compositions in classical Bharatanatyam. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 and are available HERE

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present their May “Jazz Nights in the Heights” featuring Travis Wesley at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Travis on piano, Tom Marko on drums, and Crystal Rebone on bass, the CI Jazz House band will open. Admission is $6 for members, $10 non-members and free for students with a cash bar and food available for purchase. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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A Chorus Line continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The iconic musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won nine in 1976 when it was originally produced and is the 7th longest running Broadway musical in history. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for patrons 20 & younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Click HERE to Watch our Entertainment Report video about A Chorus Line!

“Earn and Learn” will take place on the Illinois Central College Peoria Campus tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. An informational recruitment meeting for potential students interested in training for a credential in a high-demand career and technical field, “Earn and Learn” opportunities are employer-sponsored, apprenticeship-ready and apprenticeship programs where students can connect with employers and attend college for little to no cost. For more information, visit http://icc.edu/apprenticeship

A Special Mother’s Day presentation of Nana’s Naughty Knickers will be presented by the Barn iii Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. Now offering a full cash bar, doors open at 6 pm or at 12:30 pm on Sundays. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $49 for Saturdays. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com

Cirque Du Soleil “Crystal” continues at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 pm, on Saturday at 2 pm and 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tickets range in price from $47 to $118 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Dry Bar Comedy Tour will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2019 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm on Friday and weekdays through May 17. Celebrating the talents of over 12,000 students from 100 schools from pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties who will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For more information and a schedule, visit www.springcelebration.org

2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights will take place at Exhibit A Gallery (located at 4607 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local artists will display their work featuring glass, pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry. For more information, call 309-693-6180.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Lizzi Neal Band on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Madagascar Jr. will be presented by Nitsch Theatre Arts at Pritchard Theatre on the Eureka College campus (located at 300 E College Ave. in Eureka) at 6:30 pm on Friday and at 2 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $11. For more information, click HERE

An Evening of Jazz and Entertainment will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring the Peoria Jazz All Stars on Friday beginning at 7 pm. A select honors jazz ensemble from Peoria Public Schools and Peoria Notre Dame High School will perform music from blues to rock and include guest soloists. Directed by Scott Baldwin with MC’s Jim Barnett and Mary Jo Papich, admission is $10. All proceeds will go towards the student’s travel fund. For more information, call 309-676-2787.

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Stage 2 (located at 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 at the door with part of the proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, click HERE

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://artsaticc.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Erica Clark will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

The 27th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place on Saturday. Set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time: no special bags are needed. All food stays in the Peoria area. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger

The More Than Pink Walk (formerly known as Race for the Cure) will take place at the Peoria Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:40 am with opening ceremonies. Registration fees are $35 for adults and $25 for kids 12 & under with a $5 increase on race day. Register online at www.komenmemorial.org

Take a Behind the Scenes Tour at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 10 am. See areas the public doesn’t normally get to see at the Zoo and learn more about the giraffes and how the zookeepers cares for them. Admission is $26 per person, and registration is required. To register, call 309-681-3559 or visit https://peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Heights Fine Art Fair will take place on Prospect Road from Glen Avenue to Seiberling on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring art available for sale, a portion of the proceeds from local businesses and exhibiting artists will be donated to Art for a Cure for the Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-4405 or visit www.peoriaheightsfineartfair.org

Wildlife Train Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Ride the Prairie Zephyr Train for half price, learn all about trains with model train displays, a train scavenger hunt, a rail car display, a train museum, CAT rail car giveaways plus animal programs, kid’s crafts and games. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for ages 3 -12, $7 for senior citizens and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Adopt A Senior Day in celebration of Mother’s Day will take place at Sharon Healthcare Elms (located at 3611 N Rochelle in Peoria) on Saturday from 11:30 am – 2 pm. Cheese Nuts Brickhouse Pizzeria will provide a meal and gift bags will be delivered. Volunteers aged 7 and up are welcome and registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, call 404-919-9165 or visit www.adoptasenior.net

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available by calling 309-637-8000, at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

ART Inc. will host a Call For Creatives at their facility in the former Greeley School (located at 919 N.E. Jefferson St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The directors will share the organization’s vision with the community and provide tours of their space.  The group is seeking artists of all types for feedback and to build its base of volunteers and supporters. For more information, call 309-713-3744 or visit http://artincpeoria.org

Enjoy live music with Derel Monteith at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

A Champagne Mother’s Day Brunch will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn at their facility (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, omelets, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables, potatoes, a dessert table, and more, cost is $25.95 for adults (save $1 per person when you prepay), $11.98 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. To make reservations, call 309-692-3990 or for more information, visit https://caterinn.com

A Mother’s Day Brunch will take place at (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under, and free for children 2 and under which includes admission to the park for the day. To make reservations, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Mother’s Day Brunch will take place at Ravina on the Lakes (located at 5326 W Charter Oak Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday with a seating at 11 am and at 1 pm. Featuring Kickapoo Creek Winery’s catering with both breakfast and lunch foods, tickets are $24.95 each for adults and $12.95 each for kids aged 4 – 12 or free for ages under 4. Reservations are available by calling 309-692-3222. For more information, click HERE

A Mother’s Day Painting Class will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 1 – 3 pm. The class will be taught by an Artist from Merlot and a Masterpiece and includes cheese and crackers from Ropp Jersey Cheese, Chocolatier Chocolates, as well as wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. No beverages may be brought in. Cost is $40 per person and registration is available at  https://mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

A Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday beginning at at 5 pm. Featuring a hot buffet and a live Dixieland band, tickets are $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free and are available by calling 309-673-8000 or online at www.SpiritofPeoria.com

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A Chorus Line will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The iconic musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won nine in 1976 when it was originally produced and is the 7th longest running Broadway musical in history. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for patrons 20 & younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Click HERE to Watch our Entertainment Report video about A Chorus Line!

A Quarter Auction will be held at the Peoria Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (located at 1125 Spring Bay Road in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and food will be available for purchase. Paddles are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds benefit Angels Among Us Fund which helps families with children of suicide loss survivors. For more information, click HERE

Madagascar Jr. will be presented by Nitsch Theatre Arts at Pritchard Theatre on the Eureka College campus (located at 300 E College Ave. in Eureka) at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $11. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Dayton at Dozer Park tonight (Thursday) at 6:35 pm. The also take on Bowling Green beginning at 6:35 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 5:05 pm on Sunday. Individual tickets are $15 for advance dugout seating, $13 for advance field seating and $9 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The History of America in 101 Objects” will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Dr. Richard Kurin, Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador at Large for the Smithsonian Institution, who will discuss the Smithsonian’s 101 American Inventions Objects literary exhibition, admission is free for museum members and $8 for adults. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm,  Featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits, admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Rapper Lil Baby & Friends will perform at Grossinger Motors Arena (located at 101 S Madison St in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $89 and can be purchased at http://ticketmaster.com

Sense And Sensibility continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students from any school and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://theatre.bradley.edu

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center on tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Morton Civil War Days will take place in Southwood Park (located at 529 S Nebraska Ave. in Morton) from 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, from 9 am – 9:30 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring battle demonstrations, authentic camp sites, artillery drills, a candy cannon, a period ball on Saturday night, a regimental band, an infantry military hospital, a kid’s scavenger hunt and a Civil War church service, admission is free. For more information, visit www.mortoncivilwardays.com

The Annual Spring Plant Sale will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. A variety of plants will be available for sale, including perennials, ornamental grasses, and vegetables.  Admission is free. For more information, visit https://peoriaparks.org

The Annual Brats for the Cure event will take place at Schnuck’s (located at 4800 N. University St. in Peoria) from 11 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. The Johnsonville Brats Truck will be serving brats , chips & drink with group orders are available for meal orders of 15 or more in the city of Peoria for delivery or pickup. All proceeds benefit the Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org

The 2019 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm on Friday and weekdays through May 17. Celebrating the talents of over 12,000 students from 100 schools from pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties who will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For more information and a schedule, visit www.springcelebration.org

The 48th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held at the Veterans Memorial Arena (located at 250 Red Bud Dr. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, scholarships for therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, the Peoria Art Guild, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7 pm. Turas will provide live music and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach the dances. Beginners, singles and families are welcome. Suggested donation is $7, with a $20 maximum for families. For more information and directions, call 309-868-7163 or 274-2228.

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

A Little Night Music will be performed by the Peoria Area Civic Chorale at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Featuring special guest Dimitri German, Friday’s concert will also showcase a special 75 voice 4th grade Festival Chorus comprised of students from area schools. Tickets are $20 adults and $8 for students through college, with a group rate of $18 for 10 adults or more. For tickets and more information, cal 309-693-6725, or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Motionless in White and Atreyu will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $30 day of show. For tickets and more information, visit www.monarchmusichall.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Breakfast with the Lions will take place at the Peoria Zoo  (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 -10 am. Enjoy a light breakfast while learning about the lions, then head down to their exhibit and see them enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $10 for adult members and $7 for child members, and $19 for adult non-members and $13 for child non-members. Registration is required and may be made by call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

A Spring Market will take place at the Studios On Sheridan (located at 929 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring live music, vendors inside and outside plus several food trucks, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Pollinator Family Day will take place in the lobby of the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 11 am – 2 pm. Learn all about pollinators and native plants presented in partnership with the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club. Pollinator Day activities are free, however regular admission applies to exhibits which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ and students with ID and $9 for ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Drive in Dunlap) will present a Dedication Ceremony for the LeTourneau steel house on Saturday beginning at 11 am. A cooperative project of the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation, the Peoria Historical Society and the Museum, it is now open to visitors. For memberships and more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

Wands for St. Jude will take place at the Butler Haynes Park building (located at 9424 S Mapleton Rd in Mapleton) on Saturday from 12 – 4 pm. Featuring charms, potions, herbology, flying class, wands, magical creatures, fantastic beasts, flying cars and more, registration is $20 for all ages which includes 4 classes. For more information, visit www.wandsforstjude.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available by calling 309-637-8000, at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

A Maker Workshop: High Tech Fashion will take place at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located within Glen Oak Park) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Create accessories such as bracelets, hairclips and buttons and then light them up using conductive thread and basic circuitry. Designed for kids 3-12, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for kids is $12 for members and $18 for non members which includes Museum admission or regular admission for adults which is $8.50 or $7.50 for ages 65 & over. Find more information and register at https://peoriaplayhouse.org

The Peoria International Choir will present their Spring Concert at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The theme of the concert is “Mother’s Love” with suggested donations of $10 per adult, $20 for a family or $5 for senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, call 309-657-9384 or visit https://peoriainternationalchoir.org

Stars on Ice will perform at Grossinger Motors Arena (located at 101 S Madison St in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $45 to $65 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Dirty Heads will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $29.75 in advance and $32.75 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, visit www.monarchmusichall.com

The Angels Among Us Craft and Vendor Show will take place at the East Peoria Festival Building (located at 2200 E Washington St. in East Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am -3 pm. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria German-American Society will host its Annual Maifest at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Activities include a Maipole ribbon dance and live German entertainment including dancing, singing, alphorns plus Al’s Pals Polka Band, activities for kids plus German foods, wines and Maibock beer. Admission is free. EPIC will also be selling plants and vegetable starts. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The HUMANe 5k Race and Walk will take place at Laura Bradley Park (located at 1314 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Benefiting the Peoria Humane Society, the cost to participate is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. To register and for more information, call 309-682-9015 or visit www.peoriahs.org

The Philharmonic Chorale will be perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre on the East Peoria campus on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 at https://artsaticc.com

Double Dare Live will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Based on the television show Double Dare, tickets range from $29 to $87 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 at all Ticketmaster locations or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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The 3rd Annual Peoria Sister Cities International Night will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring foods from all 4 Sister Cities: Friends of Friedrichshafen, Friends of Benxi, Friends of Clonmel and Friends of Aytou, there will also be cash bar including an International Flight of Beers for $6, a raffle for prizes valued at $500 each plus live music representing the various cultures. Admission is $5 and food tickets are $1. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. For more information, visit http://sistercitiesofpeoria.org

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum through Sunday. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through Sunday. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Disney’s Newsies the Musical will be presented by Peoria Christian High School (located at 3506 N. California Ave in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm each night. Tickets are $12 in advance when you buy online or $14 at the door. For online tickets, click HERE

The 20th anniversary tour of RENT will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $36 – $70 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Brian Scolaro will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

Sense And Sensibility will be presented by Bradley University at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley Campus tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students from any school and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://theatre.bradley.edu

To to celebrate National Arbor Day, a Tree Planting will be held at Constitution Gardens (located at 101 Morton St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10 am. The tree was donated by the South-West Kiwanis Club, working with the Peoria Park District and City of Peoria. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-494-8850.

Hands Around the Courthouse will take place on Friday at Noon to raise awareness and draw attention to cases of child abuse. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Hosted by the Youth Services Network Panel in partnership with Peoria County, for more information, call 309-669-2939.

The 2019 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm on Friday and weekdays through May 17. Celebrating the talents of over 12,000 students from 100 schools from pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties who will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For more information and a schedule, visit www.springcelebration.org

The 27th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival begins on Friday at Peoria Dozer Park in downtown Peoria from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring tastings of over 300 brews from all around the world plus 4 live music, tickets for the Friday night event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door including samples of food from local restaurants. Beer sample tickets are 9 for $10. Most beers are 1 ticket. Saturday’s event runs from 3 – 7 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and for online tickets, click HERE

The Fourth Fridays Tazewell Art Loop will take place in various locations in Morton, Tremont, Pekin & Delevan on Friday from 5-9 pm. Featuring local art, performance demonstrations, live music and entertainment plus local shops and restaurants, Fourth Friday will take place through August. For more information, click HERE

The 13th Annual Passage to India will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 5:30 pm. A benefit for Easterseals Central Illinois, it features Indian food and culture. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. For additional information and for tickets, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Sarah & the Underground on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy live music with The Whiskey Trust at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Youth Music Illinois will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre on the East Peoria campus on Friday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 at https://artsaticc.com

Free Mulch will be available at the Peoria Public Works Facility (located at 3505 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Saturdayfrom 8 am – 1 pm while supplies last.  Honoring Arbor Day, the event is for Peoria County residents only.  For more information, call 309-494-8850.

The Great American Cleanup conducted by Keep Peoria Beautiful will take place on Saturday with citywide litter pickup, a recycling spot for electronics and batteries at Glen Oak Learning Center (located at 2100 N Wisconsin Ave. in Peoria) from 9 am – Noon plus tire collection at Jimax (located at 2000 W. Clark Street in Peoria). There’s a limit of up to 10 tires and is for Peoria residents only. For more information, call 309-434-8636 or register your team to volunteer at www.keeppeoriabeautiful.org

An Art & Garden Party will take place at EP!C (located at 1913 W Townline Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Featuring hanging plant baskets, custom made planters plus individual succulents and flowers for sale, you can also receive weekly or bi-weekly share of fresh, local, naturally grown produce this season all grown & picked by individuals with disabilities. Cost is $350 every other week or $500 for every week for 22 weeks worth of produce with 100% of proceeds benefit EP!C.  For more information, visit https://epicci.org

A Maple Syrup and Pancake Breakfast will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd in Chillicothe) on Saturday from from 9 am – Noon. Learn how maple syrup is made, then enjoy samples with pancakes. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children (children 3 and under are free). For more information and for tickets, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley University’s 5th Annual Fuse Interactive Media Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. FUSE is a hands-on interactive show featuring a fusion of art and technology bridging media and the community. The Play, Watch, Interact experience takes place throughout the museum and all activities will engage visitors of all ages with artists and developers, as well as the latest hardware, innovation, and applications. Admission is free for the event as well as all Museum exhibits, Dome Planetarium and the Giant Screen Theater. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Take part in a Civil War Spring Drill at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Bison Blessing and Pow Wow will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning with the Bison Blessing on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  The Pow Wow runs from Noon – 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating Mother Earth with the Seven Circles Heritage Center, there will be vendors, crafts plus related educational activities. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Shape-Note Singing will take place at Willow Hill United Methodist Church (located at 304 E Far Hills Dr in Germantown Hills) on Saturday from 10 am – 2:30 pm. An ancient tradition of three-and-four-part hymns and songs using only the human voice, admission is free for all ages. A potluck will be offered. Hosted by Sacred Harp Singing, books are also available for loan and purchase. For more information, visit www.fasola.org

The 2nd Annual Peoria Recovery Project will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm.  Featuring guest speakers, Naloxone training, treatment providers, recovery counselors, faith-based groups, grass-root organizations, job readiness resources, education resources, financial assistance, HIV screening and prescription medicine disposal, admission is free.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PeoriaRecoveryProject

The Love is in the Air Spring Vendor Craft show benefitting Easterseals will be held at BG Karaoke Saloon (located at 4202 Pfeifer Rd in Bartonville) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. A bake sale will also take place with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Easterseals. For more information, email totolovesmom@yahoo.com

A New Chapter Book Drive will be held in Tower Park (located in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm.  Featuring raffle prizes, speakers and a community art project, each book donated receives a raffle ticket for a chance to win one from an assortment of prizes. Books donated will go to the kids under the care of CASA of the Tenth Judicial District who are going through the difficult court process. Admission is free, however book donations are requested. For more information, click HERE

Earth Dance 2019: Fire and Renewal will take place at Dayspring Church (located at 201 N Northwood Place in East Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Celebrating Earth Day through music and dance plus several local artists and musicians performing, environmental advocate Mike Miller will also speak. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free for ages 16 and up, however tickets are required. For tickets and more information, call 309-383-2468 or click HERE

The All American Circus will perform at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Family pack tickets are $27.50 for 2 adults and 4 kids, early bird tickets are $9.95 for adults & kids or online tickets are $12 for adults with a free child ticket with each adult ticket purchased. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. For more information and tickets, visit https://allamericancircus.com

Zac Brown Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $33.50 – $93.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Great Cities: New York will be presented by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets range from $10 – $85 and are available at the PSO Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at https://peoriasymphony.org

The Peoria Zoo will host the Party for the Planet  (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. While exploring ways you can help make the planet a better place, there will be animal encounters, games and the animals will receive earth friendly treats throughout the day. Activities are included with admission which is $9.75 for adults or $6.75 for kids aged 2-12. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Orpheus Club Men’s Choir will hold their Spring Concert at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call 309-685-5451.

The Sun Foundation’s 27th Annual Peoria Clean Water Celebration begins on Sunday at 4 pm outside of the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with the Parade of Waters and Native American Blessing of the Waters by Jimmy Lakota and Brian Fox Ellis. On Sunday evening beginning at 5:30 pm, dinner will take place at Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 Southwest Water Street in Peoria) featuring keynote speaker and sustainability advocate Hannah Testa. Then on Monday, the celebration continues at the Peoria Civic Center with a conference for middle and high school students along with the general public with keynote sessions with Testa plus smaller breakout sessions, streams and interactive exhibits throughout the day. For more information and to register, visit www.sunfoundation.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present their April Concert, Student Appreciation Night, at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. The Metamora Township High School Jazz Ensemble will open the concert followed by The Illinois Central College Hard Bop Jazz Band at 7:15 pm. For more information, visit www.cijs.org

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Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn III Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Saturday. What happens when a sweet Grandma is running an illegal lingerie boutique from her apartment selling hand-made naughty knickers to senior citizens? Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm and on Sundays with doors opening at 12:30 pm. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and $49 for Saturdays. Now offering a full cash bar, for more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum through April 28. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through April 28. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Space Family Night: Black Holes will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Learn about the latest discoveries from gravitational-wave observatories and the new Event Horizon Telescope along with light refreshments. Tickets are $2 for museum members or $8 for member families and $5 per person $12 for families. To register and for more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Pekin Passion Play will be performed at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway Rd in Pekin) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday and at 10 am on Sunday. Admission is free.  Tickets are required as seating is limited. For more information, visit www.pekinfirstnaz.org

Confessions of a Corporate Lobbyist will take place at Bradley University’s Westlake Hall, Room 116 tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Peoria native and long-time DC lobbyist Michael Maibach who worked for the Intel Corporation for 18 years will speak about the ethics of lobbying and the challenges of maneuvering in the complicated US political climate and the ever-changing global political system at the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) event. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Blue Window will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria campus at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at https://artsaticc.com

T. Murph will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for tonight’s show and $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

To celebrate its 11th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day honoring Jerome Lilly, CityLink will provide free rides to passengers all day on Friday on all fixed routes. Lilly, the beloved former general manager of CityLink, passed away unexpectedly in 2007. As a token of appreciation, first aid kits will be given away at the downtown Transit Center from 8 am -1 pm. For more information, visit www.ridecitylink.org

The 2019 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will take place at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm on Friday and will continue weekdays through May 17. Celebrating the talents of over 12,000 students from 100 schools from pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties who will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For more information and a schedule, visit www.springcelebration.org

Fish & Chicken Dinners will be served at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 7 pm. Featuring catfish, walleye, shrimp, fried chicken with fries or baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and coffee and iced tea, prices are $8 – $13. A cash bar, desserts, carry outs and kids meals are also available. For more information, click HERE

Gov’t Mule will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. For tickets and more information, visit www.monarchmusichall.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & the Romaniacs on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 7th Annual Kick Abuse will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am.  The race starts as a cross country race with 100% of the proceeds helping to fund medical and social services to abused and neglected children in central Illinois.  All participants 21+ will receive 3 free wine tastings from Kickapoo Creek Winery. For more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.facebook.com/events/2089825527763663

The 6th Annual Easterseals Run.Walk.Roll will take place in the East Peoria Levee District (located at 326 West Washington Street in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Featuring a 5k, a 1 mile walk plus a family-friendly post-race party, wheelchairs and stollers are welcomed and encouraged. For more information, visit www.easterseals.com/ci

An Easter Bunny Breakfast will take place in Wildlife Prairie Park’s Prairie Hall (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am.  Featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, donuts and pastries plus coffee, tea, and water, cost is $13 for adults, $11 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 2 & under with Park members receiving a 10% discount. Admission to the Park is an additional fee.  For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Wildlife Prairie Park’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) will also take place on Saturday at with 3 hunts at 10 am, 11:30 am and 1 pm. Online advance tickets are $9 for adult non-members, $6 for children ages 3-12 non-members, and free for adult members or $5 for children ages 3-12 members. Tickets at the door are $10 for adult non-members, $8 for children ages 3-12 non-members, $5 for adult members, and $5 for children ages 3-12 members. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Peoria Quad Con will take place at the Peoria Riverplex in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring comics, toys, cosplay, a video game tournaments, art, board games and vendors, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/557664711361706

The Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids crafts and face painting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Laser Light Night: Laser Floyd will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum will host in the Dome Planetarium on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon and at 7 pm, Laser Floyd: The Wall.  Tickets are $5 for one show & $8 for both shows for members, and $7 for one show and $12 for both shows for the general public. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy live music with Shannon Moore at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Steve Martin & Martin Short will perform their comedy live show “Now You See Them…Soon You Won’t” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $98 – $248 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://ticketmaster.com

An Easter Champagne Brunch will be held at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy in Peoria) on Easter Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables, potatoes, a dessert table and more, cost is $25.95 for adults, $11.98 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 & under.  For reservations and more information, call 309-692-3990.

An Easter Sunday Brunch will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring prime rib, ham, 3-cheese encrusted chicken, white cheddar mac & cheese, tossed green salad, dinner rolls, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, a waffle station, breakfast potatoes, pastries, donuts, fruit salad, assorted desserts and beverages, reservations are required. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for children 12 & under, and free for children ages 2 & under plus Park members receive a 10% discount. Admission to the Park and tax are included. For more information and to make reservations, call 309-676-0998.

An Easter Brunch will take place at Ravina on the Lakes (located at 5326 W Charter Oak Rd in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm.  Catered by Kickapoo Creek Winery, cost is $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and under. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-495-9463 or online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Jake “The Snake” Roberts will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

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Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn III Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 20. What happens when a sweet Grandma is running an illegal lingerie boutique from her apartment selling hand-made naughty knickers to senior citizens? Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm and on Sundays with doors opening at 12:30 pm. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $49 for Saturdays. Now offering a full cash bar, for more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum through April 28. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through April 28. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Kids Clothing Consignment Sale will be held at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Drive in Peoria) until 7 pm tonight (Thursday), from 9 am – 7 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Central Illinois largest semi-annual kids clothing consignment sale, find gently-used children’s clothing in sizes newborn to 20 and juniors, toys, baby equipment and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.kccsale.com

Peoria Speaks: the Legalization of Marijuana will be presented at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Featuring Monica Hendrickson, Public Health Administrator at Peoria City/County Health Department, who will share information about how various states have dealt with the legalization of marijuana with a discussion following the presentation. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:35 pm. Individual tickets are $15 for advance dugout seating, $13 for advance field seating and $9 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Improbable Fiction will be presented by Eureka College at Pritchard Theatre (located at 300 E College Ave. in Eureka) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are pay-what-you-decide with all proceeds going to purchasing playwriting software for Eureka College students and are available by emailing tickets@eureka.edu or calling 309-467-6363. For more information, click HERE

Jeff Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for Thursday and $20 for Friday and Saturday and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights will take place at Exhibit A Gallery (located at 4607 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local artists will display their work featuring glass, pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry. For more information, call 309-693-6180.

Fish & Chicken Dinners will be served at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 7 pm. Featuring catfish, walleye, shrimp, fried chicken with fries or baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and coffee and iced tea, prices are $8 – $13. A cash bar, desserts, carry outs and kids meals are also available. For more information, click HERE

Parent’s Night Out will take place at the YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) from 5:30 – 9 pm. Kids aged 3 -11 will enjoy movies, Easter egg decorating, pizza and more. Children must be able to use the restroom on their own to attend. Pre-registration is required with a $15 per child fee for members and $25 per child for non-members and $5 for each additional sibling. For more information, call 309-692-7631or visit http://peoriaymca.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Deep Hollow on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 1st annual Great Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 6-10 pm. Benefitting the United Stroke Alliance, it’s a 21+ Easter Egg Hunt-themed party, where teams of four will search for prize-filled eggs plus enjoy appetizers and a cash bar from Barrack’s Cater Inn, raffles and live music by Three & a Half Men. Tickets are $50 or $300 for a team of 4 and are available HERE

Scary Poppins, a Murder-Mystery Dinner, will be presented at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $47 per person  and are available by calling 309-359-9463 or online at www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Roanoke R.Y. Dawgs in Game 2 of the SPHL Challenge at Owens Center (located at 1019 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 7:15 pm. Game 3 (if needed) will also take place at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $15 by phone at 309-676-1040 or online HERE

The Blue Window will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria campus beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 at https://artsaticc.com

Eric Gales will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. For tickets, visit www.monarchmusichall.com

The 2019 Military Retiree Appreciation Day will take place at the at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday  from 7:15 am until 2:30 pm. Featuring resources in one place for retired and pre-retiree military members from all branches of service, as well as widowers and spouses of retirees with presentations from elected representatives about legislation that may impact benefits, along with legal issues and counseling. Services provided include updating administrative records and ID cards, as well as health screenings. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://society.itoohall.com/rad.html

The Annual I Run With Survivors 5K and 1 Mile Walk will take place in the Levee District in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 8 am. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all ages may participate on the stroller, wheelchair and pet friendly course. Fees are $40 for adults, $25 for ages 4 – 17 and free for ages 3 and under and benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse For more information and to register, visit http://centerforpreventionofabuse.org

The Mommy Moments Annual Kids Consignment Sale will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm. Featuring clothing for all seasons and ranges in sizes from Newborn – 14, all items are new or gently used and benefits Mommy Moments.  Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Makers Market Spring Fling will take place at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N State Rte 29 in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring  vendors with boutique style booth selling handmade and vintage products, live music, food trucks, a cash bar plus a Kids Korner, admission is $5 or free for kids 15 and under.  For more information, click HERE

The Pekin Kids’ Festival will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Featuring inflatables from Fun on the Run, Toddler Town, a Carnival Ride, Batman, Batgirl & Green Lantern from 11 am – Noon plus Julie K will perform at 2 pm, admission is $6 per person or a family-four-pack is $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PekinKidsFestival

Eggs on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located at 5201 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring games, goody bags, a bouncy house, balloons and photos with the Easter Bunny, admission is free.

The Spring Used Book Sale will take place at the Noble Center (located at 1013 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5 pm and Monday from Noon – 7 pm. Get 50% off purchases on Sunday and 75% off purchases Monday. For information, call 309-681-2681 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – noon. For kids through 9 years, each age group has their own designated hunt time. Cost is $3.50 for child members, $10 for child non-members, and $9.75 for adult non-members. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Central Illinois Autism Association’s Craft & Vendor Show will take place at the Pekin Moose Lodge (located at 2605 Broadway St in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will feature 40 crafter and vendor booths and a silent auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Central Illinois Autism Association. For more information, visit https://autismpeoria.com

ICC’s 15th Annual International Fair will take place on their Peoria Campus (located at 5407 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Meet international students and celebrate their cultures through displays, food, music, and dance plus a fashion show of traditional clothing modeled by ICC students plus a martial arts demonstration. Admission donation is $3 or free for ages 10 and under. For more information, call 309-694-8424.

Peoria-based Romance Author Harley Easton along with Midwest romance authors NJ Cole, Oliver Durant, and C.J. Fisher plus Chicago audio book narrator Abigail Rakocy will present story readings, author discussions and book signings at the Peoria Public Library, North Branch (located at3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Bradley University graduates Easton and Rakocy will discuss how their years at the university impacts their art. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission to the Museum is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ and $9 for youth 3 – 17. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria (located at 100 Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The cast will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Tickets are $50 per person for adults and $25 per person for ages 4-15 and include a Prime Rib buffet, entertainment and the cruise.  A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Pub Night Under the Stars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Enjoy up to 3 beers and food while learning about the current night sky. Relive the epic trip of Yuri Gagarin who became the first human to enter space in 1961. For ages 21 and older, tickets are $30 for museum members and $36 for the public. To register and for more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Nathan Taylor & Friends will perform at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Music of Easter will be presented at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main Street in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers, admission is free, however a love offering will be collected. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

A Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Too Old to be Controlled providing live music, Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teaching dances, all experience levels are welcome. You’re encouraged to bring a snack to share and a water bottle. Admission is $7 with a $20 maximum for families and newcomer admission is $2. For more information, call 309-868-7163 or 309-274-2228.

The Heartland Festival will present Heartland Portraits at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring three giant screens displaying images by and of our community, with photochoreography by Westwater Arts, tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Whiskey City Burlesque will present “It’s Not Me, It’s You – A Burlesque Love Story” at the Central Illinois Ballet Black Box Theatre (located at 830 W Main St in Peoria) at 8 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This event is suitable for ages 18+. For tickets, click HERE

An all you can eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Ave in Peoria) on Sunday from 8:30 am – 2 pm . Featuring pancakes, sausage, applesauce, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee, a full service cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 cash and checks only. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument to meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Old Domination will perform at Grossinger Motors Arena (located at 101 S Madison St in Bloomington) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $32.50 – $62.50 and are available at HERE

Music in the Museum: 50,000 Notes Encore will take place in the Grand Lobby of the Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring French piccolo player Jean-Louis Beaumadier’s return to Peoria, a reception with champagne and desserts will follow. Tickets are $20 for Museum members and $25 for the public. For more information and for tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 7th Annual Jim Maloof Legacy of Love will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre on the East Peoria campus on Monday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $8 with proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 at https://artsaticc.com

Click HERE to Register to Win 4 Tickets to the Pekin Kids Fest and Easter Brunch for 4 Adults Valued at $100!

Romeo, You Idiot will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd in Peoria). A comedic version of Romeo & Juliet, all performers in this Shakespearian classic spoof are between the ages of 7-18. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under. For more information and tickets, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The 30th annual Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and older, and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult. Friday is Mature Adults with half priced admission for ages 60+ and Sunday is Family Day with $8 admission for 2 adults & 2 kids aged 15 and under. For more information, visit http://peoriaautoshow.com

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn iii Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 20. What happens when a sweet Grandma is running an illegal lingerie boutique from her apartment selling hand-made naughty knickers to senior citizens? Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm and on Sundays with doors opening at 12:30 pm. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $49 for Saturdays. Now offering a full cash bar, for more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum through April 28. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through April 28. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Riverfront Master Plan Meeting will take place at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) from 5-7 pm. An opportunity for citizens to share their thoughts and ideas regarding the planning study for the downtown riverfront area running from the Bob Michel Bridge to the Riverplex and from the river to Water Street, the planning effort will explore land use, access, transportation and parking in the larger downtown area which may affect the riverfront. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-999-0123.

Joel Barber: The Most Susceptible Bird will be presented at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at at 6 pm. The world’s leading museum expert on waterfowl decoy art and history, Kory Rogers, chief curator of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, will discuss the pioneering decoy art collector, author and carver Joel Barber (1876-1952). Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Mike Vecchione will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm both days. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday performance and $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funkyard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 2019 Spring Craft & Vendor Show will take place on the upper level of Northwoods Mall Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Fish & Chicken Dinners will be served at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 7 pm. Featuring catfish, walleye, shrimp, fried chicken with fries or baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and coffee and iced tea, prices range from $8 – $13. A cash bar, desserts, carry outs and kids meals are also available. For more information, click HERE

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Peoria Art Guild, Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Death by Dessert will be presented by Chillicothe Players at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) at 6:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday. A murder-mystery dinner theatre production, dinner will be provided by Mona’s/Bernardi’s. Tickets are $25 and are availble at www.chillicotheplayers.org

Peoria Ballet will present Alice in Wonderland and Paquita at Five Points Washington (located at 360 Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Friday at 7 pm, and Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm. Experience Lewis Carroll’s classic story transformed into a ballet plus one of the ballet world’s all time classics, Paquita. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more information or tickets, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.com

The 6th annual Blues for a Cause will take place at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Nick Schnebelen and Lojo Russo will perform. A benefit for the Center for Youth and Family Solutions, tickets are $35 for VIP table seating, $25 for preferred & loft seating, and $20 for general admission and are available at www.monarchmusichall.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets range from $11 to $21 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

A Flapjack Fundraiser will take place at Applebee’s (located at 3929 W War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Get pancakes, syrup, butter, bacon and a beverage for $5. Proceeds benefit the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing  Veterans Home Repair Program. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

Membership Swap Weekend will take place all day Saturday and Sunday for members of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Historical Society and the Peoria Playhouse. Enjoy free admission to all five of these Peoria-area attractions when you present your membership card and photo ID. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Breakfast with the Giraffes will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 -10 am. Enjoy a light breakfast while learning about giraffes and watch them enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $10 for adult members and $7 for child members, and $19 for adult non-members and $13 for child non-members. Registration is required and may be made by calling call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Morton Community Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Morton residents will receive free admission to galleries, planetarium shows, 10% discount on concessions and the Museum Store plus member prices for Giant Screen Theater tickets. Residents must show an ID to qualify. For more information, click HERE

Duck-A-Palooza will be take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring contemporary decoy carvers Pat Gregory, Gene Everett, Lance Irving and Larry K. who will demonstrate aspects of decoy carving and painting as well as have decoys for sale, admission is free for members or with general admission which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ and students with ID and $9 for ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Maker Workshop: Make Your Own Superhero Cape will take place at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located in Glen Oak Park) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Design and make super hero capes that fit your unique personality and super powers. Designed for kids 3-12, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for kids is $12 for members and $18 for non members which includes Museum admission or regular admission for adults which is $8.50 for ages 1-64 or $7.50 for ages 65 & over. Find more information and register at https://peoriaplayhouse.org

A St. Jude Peoria Trivia Night and silent auction will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut St in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Trivia teams can have up to 6 people with prizes for 1st and 2nd place prizes as well as a 50/50 raffle. Cost is $120 for teams of 6.  For more information, click  HERE

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise (located at 100 Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The cast of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Co. will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Tickets are $50 per person for adults and $25 per person for ages 4-15 and include a Prime Rib buffet, entertainment and the cruise.  A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Peoria Chiefs Season Opener will be vs. Beloit at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:35 pm. Individual tickets are $15 for advance dugout seating, $13 for advance field seating and $9 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Enjoy live music with Berchtold & Stear Piedmont at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Recess At RenCo will take place at the Renaissance Coliseum on the Bradley University campus on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Jesse McCartney, Andy Grammer, and T-Pain, tickets are $38 and are available at http://ticketmaster.com

The 43rd Lebanese Food Festival will take place at St. Sharbel Church (located at 2920 W Scenic Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Featuring cabbage rolls, meat pie, green beans, salad, pita bread and soft drinks, carry outs will also be available. Also find Lebanese delicacies and baked goods including pastries such as baklava, pita bread, spinach pies, stuffed grape leaves and hummus. Tickets are $10 for adults or $6 for children under 12 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-688-5555.

Celebrate Peoria: Art Party will take place at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located within Glen Oak Park) on Sunday from Noon – 3 pm. Experience traditional and contemporary art from different cultures plus make your own artistic creations based on work by artists from China, Ghana, India and more. Admission is free for Museum members or with regular admission which is $8.50 for ages 1 – 64 or $7.50 for ages 65 & over. Find more information and register at https://peoriaplayhouse.org

The Fox Crossing Stringband will perform as part of Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Featuring six instruments with four vocalists, they create a new bluegrass sound. Admission is free with a portion of CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Astonishing!, a Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth and Preparatory Choruses concert, will take place at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Featuring songs about joy, peace and patriotism, former Young Artist winner Melissa Blain will also perform along with this year’s winners with a reception following the concert. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and will be available at the door. For more information, visit http://peoriacivicchorale.org

The Starved Rock Lodge Wine Pairing Dinner will be held at Starved Rock State Park (located at 2668 E 875th Rd in Oglesby) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy a meal paired with Illinois wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by calling 815-220-7386 or online at www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Marty Monologues will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring story-telling from Peoria blogger Marty Wombacher plus live music from Sarah Marie Dillard & Brandon Mooberry, advance tickets are $25 for a couple or $15 per person and are available at Kenny’s Westside Pub & Acme Comics in Peoria and Lit. on Fire Used Books, Relics and Emack & Bolio’s all in Peoria Heights which include an after-show party. For more information, click HERE

For King & Country will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $27.50 – $72.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Click HERE to Register to Win Lunch for Your Family with Black Panther at the Central Illinois Auto Show and Easter Brunch for 4 Adults Valued at $100!

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn iii Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 20. What happens when a sweet Grandma is running an illegal lingerie boutique from her apartment selling hand-made naughty knickers to senior citizens? Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm and on Sundays with doors opening at 12:30 pm. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $49 for Saturdays. Now offering a full cash bar, for more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum through April 28. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through April 28. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Qatar: Kingdom of Contrasts will be presented at Westlake Hall, on the Bradley University campus tonight (Thursday) beginning with dinner at 5:30 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Focusing on Qatar and its impact on American foreign policy in the Middle East, speakers inlcude Dr. Janice Jayes, a professor of Middle East history at Illinois State University, will join Don Samford, a recent guest of the government of Qatar and a national World Affairs Councils leader along with Julia Ghantous, a former Qatar resident.  The presentation will focus on the country’s strategic importance, its enormous wealth and its application of Sharia law. Hosted by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, admission is free for the discussion, $30 for PAWAC members and students or $35 for the public for the dinner. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

What is the Future of Medicine? will take place at t the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. Leading Peoria area doctors will speak on medical innovation featuring panelists Dr. Matt Bramlet, Dr. Pat Elwood, Dr. Keith Knepp, Dr. Jim McGee, Dr. Rick Pearl, Dr. Jon Vozenilek, with moderator Dr. Sarah Zallek. Topics will include genomics and artificial intelligence, telemedicine hubs, tissue engineering and organ transplantation, high-tech limb replacements that interface with the nervous system, surgical robots and future technologies currently in development, many of which are being developed locally. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Chris Porter will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm on both days. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

Fish & Chicken Dinners will be served at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 7 pm. Featuring catfish, walleye, shrimp, fried chicken with fries or baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and coffee and iced tea, prices range from $8 – $13. A cash bar, desserts, carry outs and kids meals are also available. For more information, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Still Shine on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Uncorked! 2019 will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a variety of wines, beer and cocktails, there will also be a sampling of food from local restaurants plus live music by Dexter O’Neil and Funk Yard Band. Tickets are $75 per person and are available at www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets range from $11 to $21 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Spring Wake Up will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt and otter birthday themed activities, a birds of prey display, a bison and elk chat, a keeper chat for Molly the Bear, a wildlife encounter and a reptile chat, admission is half price which is $4.50 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12 and free for WPP members and ages 2 & under. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Spring Market in the Heights will take place at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N. Prospect in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring a boutique style market from Peoria area small businesses, there will be a wide array of vendors offering home decor, handcrafted items, jewelry, food, women’s clothing, art, handbags, and kids clothing, books and toys. Admission is $5 at door or free for kids 14 and under. For more information including a listing of vendors, click HERE

The 6th Annual Construction and Manufacturing Career Forum will take place at Peoria High School (located at 1615 N. North Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Attendees will learn about various responsibilities across the trades, as well as available apprentice schools and future employment opportunities in the area. Hosted by the the Peoria Area Diversity in Employment Action Team (PADEAT) along with several community partners, admission is free, however, registration is preferred. For more information and to register, click HERE

A Craft & Vendor Show will be held at the Pekin Moose Lodge (located at 2605 Broadway St in Pekin) on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. A fundraiser for the Church’s Belize 2019 Mission Trip, admission is free. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction. For more information, click HERE

The Illinois AACTFest Theatre Festival, It’ll Play in Peoria, will take place at Peoria Players this Saturday & Sunday. Featuring five mainstage presentations selected to compete in the American Association of Community Theatre’s AACTFest competition, two of winning entries will be selected to appear at AACT’s Regional competition in Kokomo, Indiana, with a possibility of earning a slot at the national competition. Tickets are $5 per show, or $10 for a package of three available at the door. For more information including workshop and performance times, click HERE

Eddie Korosa will perform at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring German beers on draft and in bottles, wines, German liqueurs will also be available for purchase. Admission includes a German dinner buffet which is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-10 and free for children 5 and under. To make reservations, call 309-691-7484 or for more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Heidi White Memorial Concert will take place at Grace Church (located at 1325 E Jefferson St. in Morton) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Proceeds will be donated to the Heidi White Scholarship Fund and the Heidi White Memorial Music Endowment Fund at the Morton Community Foundation. Mrs. White taught music in the Morton School District and passed away in 2004 at the age of 27 after complications from childbirth. Her life is celebrated each spring through this memorial concert. Tickets are $5 or $20 for a family available at the door. For more information, click HERE

Gabriel Iglesias will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Ticket are $43, $55 and $68 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://ticketmaster.com

An American Girl and Superhero Skating Party will be held in Owens Center Rec Room B beginning at 6:30 pm. Enjoy crafts, skating, games and more plus attendees can win an American Girl Doll or Superhero prize. Hosted by the Heart of Illinois Skating Club, admission is $10 with an RSVP on the sign-up sheet on the HOISC board at Owens Center or $12 at the door. For more information, click HERE

Enjoy live music with Cousin Eddie at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

A Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Mound City Slickers providing live music with Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teaching dances, all experience levels are welcome. Attendants are encouraged to bring a snack to share and a water bottle. Admission is $7 with a $20 maximum for families and newcomer admission is $2. For more information and directions, call 309-868-7163 or 309-274-2228.

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition’s 2019 FoodShare Canathon will conduct door-to-door collections of canned and non-perishable food items on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will also be collection bins at all Peoria area Kroger and Subway locations through April 12. For more information or to volunteer, call 309-697-5762 or 309-657-5726.

Jennifer Holiday will perform at the Par-a-Dice Hotel on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm. A fundraiser for the Tri-County Urban League, tickets for the dinner and concert are $125 or just the concert are $50 and are available by calling 309-673-7474 or online at http://tcpul.com

Click HERE to Register to Win Lunch for Your Family with Black Panther at the Central Illinois Auto Show and Easter Brunch for 4 Adults Valued at $100!

Nana’s Naughty Knickers opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn iii Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and continues through April 20. What happens when a sweet Grandma is running an illegal lingerie boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to senior citizens? Now offering a full cash bar, on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm and on Sundays, doors open at 12:30 pm. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $49 for Saturdays. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com
Click HERE to Watch our Entertainment Report video about Nana’s Naughty Knickers!

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum through April 28. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Click HERE to Watch our Entertainment Report video about American Decoy!

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through April 28. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Click HERE to Watch our Entertainment Report video about Medical Inventions!

Bon Appétit will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette (located at 501 Main St in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Featuring MasterChef Season 7 winner, Chef Shaun O’Neale, who will provide a live demonstration as he partners with the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette’s Chef Jonathan Scrivner to plan a dinner for you and your guests. A silent auction will also be included in the evening which benefits EP!C.  Tickets are $125 per person or $250 per couple and are available by calling 309-689-3771 or visiting https://epicci.org

The Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) will take place at the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum (located at 1600 West Main Street in Peoria) on Friday from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm. Showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students, seven of the 40 teams are from Peoria, Washington, Tremont, Dunlap and Metamora along with 2 international teams from Turkey and Canada. Also on Saturday from 10 am – noon, the top 6 Illinois State Champion teams and top six teams will compete in a Robot Rumble. Admission for spectators is free. For more information, click  HERE

Fish & Chicken Dinners will be served at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 7 pm. Featuring catfish, walleye, shrimp, fried chicken with fries or baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and coffee and iced tea, prices range from $8 – $13. A cash bar, desserts, carry outs and kids meals are also available. For more information, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page Project on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Anne Frank will be presented at the Central Illinois Ballet Theatre (located at 830 W. Main St. in Peoria) at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The true story of a Jewish girl who has to go into hiding during World War 2 to escape from the Nazis, receives a diary for her birthday, which becomes her closest friend. Together with her family, she hides in the Secret Annex at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. Historically accurate scenes of Holocaust-related violence are included in the performance and is not recommended for small children.  Tickets are $15 for adults $10 for children 10 & under and seniors citizens and are available at www.ciballet.com

Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:30 pm both days. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2019 Interplanetary 5K Race 1 Mile Fitness Walk and Half Mile Kids’ Fun Run with check-in taking place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am. The start and finish will take place at the Gateway Building in downtown Peoria and you’ll walk or run through portions of the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world’s most complete large scale model of the solar system. Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System, from the sun past Mercury, Venus and Earth to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail.  Cost to participate ranges from 10 – $25.  For more information and to register, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Beau Knows 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Cost per team is $100 and registration benefitting the organization which provides education and awareness for those family members who are survivors of suicide.  Registration is available at http://beaugrantfoundation.org

Enchanted PlayHouse will take place at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located in Glen Oak Park) on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Channel your inner wizard with wand making, build a castle, pose in the fantasy photo booth, create a crown, enjoy magical storytelling time, make a fantasy luminary and unicorn or dragon slime. Wear a fantasy costume and receive $1 off museum admission (no masks or plastic, metal or wooden weapons). The event is free with museum admission or for members. Regular museum admission which is $8.50 or $7.50 for ages 65 & over. Find more information and register at https://peoriaplayhouse.org

The Amore Spring Ice Show will take place at Owens Ice Center (located at 1019 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring local skaters and group class participants, tickets are $5 for ages 4 and up and free for ages 3 years old and under. For more information, click HERE

My Amazing Body: Dynamic Digestion will take place at the Riverfront Museum Illinois River Classroom on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Using large displays and interactive models to capture the attention of elementary students, families with all ages of children are welcome. Admission is free for members and with paid admission to the Museum, which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ and students with ID or $9 for ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy live music with Shannon More at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Quad City Storm at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets range from $11 to $21 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

David Hoffman and Friends will perform at the March Jazz Nights in the Heights Concert Series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. The CIJS House Band under the leadership of Larry Harms will open the show. Admission is $6 for members, $10 non-members and free for students. A cash bar and food will be available for purchase. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Mercy Me will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday at 7 pm. Ticket are $25, $30.50, $35.50, $42.50, $58, $68 and $78 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Click HERE to Register to Win Easter Brunch for 4 Adults Valued at $100 and Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

Dreamgirls continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The winner of 6 Tony awards, the show is based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago called “The Dreams” who become music superstars. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for patrons 20 & younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

American Decoy: The Invention continues at the Riverfront Museum and runs through April 28. Featuring iconic decoys by famous American artists, many of whom lived in central Illinois along the Illinois River, including Charles H. Perdew (Henry), Charles Schoenheider Sr. (Peoria) and Robert Elliston (Bureau), it is a nationally significant art exhibition celebrating the uniquely American art form with decoys from the museum’s permanent collection. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Medical Inventions That Changed the World continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Featuring the stories of pioneers in medicine – from the use of radiation to the invention of mass production of penicillin which was invented in the early 1940s at Peoria’s Ag Lab plus recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulation – that have saved lives, cured diseases and made life better for billions of people worldwide, this first-of-its-kind exhibition runs through April 28. For more information and tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Death by Golf, a comic murder mystery, continues at the Barn iii Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday. The inaugural production in Conklin Players’ new facility at the same location where the previous barn theatre was located, they now offer a full cash bar.  On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm and on Sundays, doors open at 12:30 pm. Prices are $45 for Thursdays, $47.50 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $49 for Saturdays. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.thebarniii.com

The Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale continues until Monday through individual girl scouts or through locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. For full information about where and when cookies are available, visit http://www.girlscouts.org

The IHSA 1A/2A Three-Point Shootout will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Part of the IHSA Boy’s Basketball Tournament, taking place on Friday and Saturday, tickets for the games are available at http://ticketmaster.com

The March Madness Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, on Friday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 6:30 pm. Featuring family oriented fun, games and exhibits, admission is free with a tournament game ticket or $2 without. For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

A Candidate Forum will take place at the First Baptist Church (located at 411 W. Lake St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Featuring candidates for Peoria Park Board president and Peoria Public Schools central district, admission is free. Hosted by the The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, find more information, visit www.lwvgp.org

St. Jude Flicks & Food will take place at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a four course meal and craft cocktails corresponding with popular movies from the 1990’s, participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of 8. For more information and to RSVP, call or 309-687-0039.

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club & Lounge (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday performance and $15 for all other shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or at https://jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will take place on Friday & Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with games at 11:15 am, 1 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm on both days. Tickets for each game are $11 are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

The Maggie Bertram Foundation Irish Fest will take place at Holy Family School (located at 2329 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 4 pm. Featuring a fish fry plus live music, Irish dancing and Irish spirits as well as the Unique Twist, Fun on the Run and a classic cake walk. Admission is free. for more information, click HERE

Fish & Chicken Dinners will be served at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 7 pm. Featuring catfish, walleye, shrimp, fried chicken with fries or baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and coffee and iced tea, prices range from $8 – $13. A cash bar, desserts, carry outs and kids meals are also available. For more information, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Chicken Shack on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Fowl Play Fundraiser will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring drinks and fowl fare plus a raffle and games, you can explore the museum’s galleries and current exhibition American Decoy: The Invention. Dexter O’Neal and the Funkyard will provide live entertainment. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Murder, a Murder-Mystery Dinner will be presented at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $47 per person.  Reservations are required and are available by calling 309-359-9463 or online at www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 am. Participants will receive a race specific beer glass, 1 drink token and party beads.  Prizes will be awarded in several categories and the after party will feature the band Turas. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

Peoria Mothers of Twins Spring 2019 Clothing and Equipment Sale will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Featuring clothing for infants and children, sizes preemie to juniors plus strollers, car seats, toys, books, shoes, nursery decorations, bibs, blankets, maternity clothing, diaper bags and more, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

A St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring themed activities and animal programs, admission is for $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12, free for ages 2 & under and WPP members. There will also be themed food available for sale. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairie.org

My Amazing Body: Lovely Lungs will take place at the Riverfront Museum Illinois River Classroom on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Using large displays and interactive models to capture the attention of elementary students, families with all ages of children are welcome. Admission is free for members and with paid admission to the Museum, which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ and students with ID or $9 for ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Corn Stock Theatre will host a Get Acquainted Meeting at the theatre center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Learn about their upcoming 2019 summer season from the directors and creative teams for all 5 shows who will discuss auditions, describe the vision for their shows. Also enjoy live entertainment preview from the shows. Volunteers are welcome in all areas of the theatre, including set designers & decorators, hair & make up technicians, set & sound crews, props, ushers, plus concession stand and box office volunteers. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise (located at 100 Water St in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The cast will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Featuring a prime rib buffet, entertainment and the cruise, cost is $50 for adults and $25 for ages 4-15. A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Enjoy live music with The Whiskey Trust at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

As I Lay Dying will perform at Monarch Music Hall (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show and are available at the box office or online at www.monarchmusichall.com

Cherish the Ladies will join the Heartland Festival Orchestra at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Starlets will perform at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Starlets are inspired by iconic groups including The Ronettes, The Angels, The Shirelles, The Chordettes and The Supremes.  Tickets are $26 for adults and $16 for students and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or visit http://artsaticc.com

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on on Sunday beginning at 2 pm starting at the corners of Hancock and Monroe in downtown Peoria. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.stpatpeoria.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present their spring concert at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Sunday beginning at at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://artsaticc.com

WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania will take in the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday at 7 pm. Ticket are $18, $28, $43, $58 $73 and $108 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://ticketmaster.com