Archive for the 2009 Posts Category

The Skies Over Hogwarts Harry Potter Activities at Lakeview Museum begin today at 11 am followed by Skies Over Hogwarts, a Harry Potter-themed Planetarium Show, which begin at 12:30 pm and 2 pm. Admission is $2.50 for Lakeview Museum members and $5 for the general public. Come dressed as your favorite character to enjoy the activities and to enter into the best costume prize.

Relax, dine, and cruise on the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat Gospel Themed Dinner Cruise tonight featuring a prime rib and chicken buffet, a Gospel music mini-concert and an inspirational message.  Tonight’s cruise features singers Rachel West Kramer, D. Scott Kramer and guest speaker Bill Allison.  The boat boards at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7 to 9:30 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults and senior citizens and $20 for children. For more information, call 637-8000 or click HERE.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight at 7 pm. ”Ring in ’10 for $10″ tonight with tickets only $10 for all seats if purchased today between Noon and 6 pm only at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office.  Otherwise, regularly priced tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Waterhouse presents its Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Bash tonight.  The dinner and show package includes a two entree banquet buffet with dessert, the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show and open bar for the entire night. Cost is $70 per person including tax and service fee. Doors open at 7 pm, dinner buffet is open at 7:30 pm, show is from 9 pm – 1 am. Call the Waterhouse office to make your reservations at 494-9100.

Comedian Jeff Caldwell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and 11 pm, Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets for tonight are $21 or $20 with cash and $13 on Friday & Saturday. Tonight’s shows will feature an appetizer buffet for the 8 pm show and party favors and free champagne for the 11 pm show. Call 673-5853 for reservations

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Southern Illinois beginning at 7:05 pm on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Take part in the Winter Wonder Walk, a naturalist-guided tour at Forest Park Nature Center, on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Explore animal tracks in the snow and learn what characteristics animals have to cope with the season’s weather. Dress warmly. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

The Heartland Festival Orchestra welcomes Barbara Padilla, first runner up in America’s Got Talent 2009, as guest vocalist for their “New Year’s Greeting” Concert at Five Points Caterpillar Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The concert benefits the Junior Leauge of Peoria. Tickets are $27 for adults, $7 for students (ID required). Tickets are available online HERE.

The Peoria Art Guild Gallery and Gallery Store will be open today until 7 pm featuring hundreds of unique holiday gifts such as jewelry, scarves, ceramic pieces, ornaments and glass boxes. This is a wonderful time to not only support the local arts communities, but also to support local artists by purchasing their unique and beautiful pieces in a variety of styles and prices.

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland is a drive-through electric park featuring Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. The Winter Wonderland is located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria and is open through December 31.  Hours are Sunday – Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday & Saturday 5-11 pm. Cars & vans are $10 each night, limos & RVs are $20, party busses (that hold more than 15 passengers) are $50 and full sized buses are $150.

The Festival of Lights Freedom Park pays tribute to those in the military at  East Peoria ‘s RiverFront Park along the Illinois River and features lighted emblems and displays. Admission is free. Hours are dusk to 10 pm nightly through December 31.

The Festival of Lights Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours a day through December 31. Funded by private donations through the Nativity Display Association, the life-size structures take on a three-dimensional appearance at night. A 2-minute narration is available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show runs through December 31 every Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13+) and free for ages 12 and under.  

Imagine a King, the Northwoods Community Church 2009 Christmas event, brings to life the timeless message of God’s love through theatre and music. The show continues tonight at 7 pm, Thursday at 12:30 pm, and Friday at 3 pm. The show is free to the public and tickets are available at the church or online at nwoods.org. For more information, call 243-1550.

International Award winning magician Mitch Williams performs his tableside close up magic at Tyroni’s Italian Cafe in Bartonville tonight from 5:30 to 8 pm. For info call 647-3692 or visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com.

Bring your family to celebrate Christmas at St. Paul’s Cathedral Christmas Eve Family Mass & Pageant at 4 pm tomorrow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Peoria. They will also feature a Christmas Eve Service featuring special music from The Fanfare Brass beginning at 10 pm on Thursday night.  On Friday, St. Paul’s Christmas Day Mass will begin at 10 am. For more information, call 688-3436 or visit www.stpaulspeoria.com.

The Central Illinois Chapter and the Heart of America Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross will host their Scrubby Bear Program at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.  During this fun, hands-on presentation, children of all ages can learn about their immune systems, how to cover coughs and sneezes, and how to thoroughly clean their hands. Red Cross instructors will also hand out Scrubby Bear coloring sheets outlining the six steps to proper hand-washing.

Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi at Luthy Botanical Garden’s Kwanzaa Display running through December 31 from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Sundays:  the display is closed on Mondays. Admission is $2 for adults 13+, free for ages under 12.

American Icon Kenny Rogers will perform in concert at the US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm tonight. Tickets are $45 and $58 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Peoria Players presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a play based on the popular childrens book in which the Herdman family (supposedly “the worst kids in the history of the world”) wreak havoc on a church Christmas pageant. The show runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for Adults, $12 Students 18 & under and available by calling 688-4473 or at PeoriaPlayers.org.

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland is a drive-through electric park featuring Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria , hours are Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 9 pm, and Friday & Saturday from 5 – 11 pm. Cars & vans are $10 each night, limos & RVs are $20, party busses are $50 and full sized buses are $150.

The Festival of Lights Freedom Park pays tribute to those in the military at  East Peoria ‘s RiverFront Park along the Illinois River and features lighted emblems and displays. Admission is free. Hours are dusk to 10 pm nightly.

The Festival of Lights Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours a day through December 31. Funded by private donations through the Nativity Display Association, the life-size structures take on a three-dimensional appearance at night. A 2-minute narration is available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.

The Stocking Stuffer Holiday Store is a Christmas store for kids 12 and under to shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, even the dog. At Northwoods Mall, kids can shop today & Friday from 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm.  At the Shoppes at Grand Prairie , hours are Saturday Noon – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 9 pm.  The store’s last day is Sunday and all proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers’ Crisis Nursery. For more information, call 674-0105, ext 210.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show runs through December 31 every Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13+) and free for ages 12 and under.  Candlelight Walks of the Poinsettia Show are Friday and Saturday from 7 – 9 pm under the warm glow of hundreds of candles with live performances of holiday music. Conservatory admission will be waived during these evenings, however, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

Michael Kosta will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 or $13 with cash except for the tonight’s show and the Friday late show which are $10 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations. Michael’s show is rated R.

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Lyfe on Water Street tonight from 7 -9 pm, an open event in which anyone can perform their talent or just watch. Admission is $4 for CAC members, and $7 for non-members.
Dexter O’Neal will perform holiday music at the CAC’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members, and 16 & younger $3.  The CAC also presents Salsa at CAC: A Latin Dance Event on Friday from 8:30 – 12:30 pm, featuring a dance lesson followed by open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero. Admission is $3 CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

Imagine a King, the Northwoods Community Church 2009 Chirstmas event, begins Friday night at 7 pm, Saturday at 3:30 pm & 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am & 11:30 am.  Performances continue through Christmas day.  The show brings to life the timeless message of God’s love through theatre and music  and is free to the public.  Tickets are available at the church or online at nwoods.org. For more information, call 243-1550.

The Central Illinois Guitar Society Christmas Concert featuring Mike Fields, Mike Hull, Dave McDonald, John Miller and the Romantics, Lori Ryder, Eric Swan and many more will be held at Five Points Center in Washington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for ages 12 & under.

The Apollo Theatre presents the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children, students and senior citizens. For more information, call 673-4343.

Skate with Santa at Owens Center on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm.  On Sunday, families can enjoy a Family Holiday Skate at Owens Center from from 3 – 4:45 pm. Regular admission fees of $3 – $4 plus skate rental applies.

Enjoy an evening of Christmas Carols sung by some of Peoria’s finest musicians at St. Joseph’s Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday night. All proceeds from the concert will go to repair St. Joseph’s historic pipe organ. Cookies and drinks will follow the concert. Doors open at 6:30 pm with concert starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 for individual or $5 for a family, and donations are accepted.

Corn Stock Theatre Center will host a “sing-along” style screening of the holiday classic “White Christmas” on Saturday at 7 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Bring a libation and a snack to share. Admission is free, but open only to current Corn Stock members (membership can be paid at the door.) Call 676-2196 to RSVP.

The Forest Park Nature Art Show & Open House features a diversity of mediums and unique pieces all created by talented local artists. The show runs regular Nature Center hours through Christmas Eve and is a great way to support local artists and find original nature related photos, paintings, wood carvings, and more. Enjoy the wood stove, hot drinks, and rustic charm of the Nature Center.

Peoria Area Civic Chorale’s An American Family Christmas will be performed at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Center in Washington at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for students and $17 for groups of 10 or more and are available by calling 693-6725 or online at PeoriaCivicChorale.com. For more information, call 693-6725.

The Peoria Journal Star will host its annual Christmas Sing in the Peoria Civic Center Great Hall on Monday beginning at 7 pm. Former Mayor Jim Maloof will be songleader and special guests will include Rebekah Bourland, Jill & Jeremy Tracey, Lee Wenger, Santa Claus and the Shrine Funmaker Clowns. There will be free hot chocolate and free parking in the Civic Center & Hamilton parking lots. For more information, call 686-3000.

The Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter is partnering with the Blood Services Region to support the 12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive to help ensure a stable blood supply during the last week of December, when blood collections are typically low. It will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Monday from 7 am to 7 pm. To schedule an appointment, donors can visit givebloodgivelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

The Peoria Art Guild Gallery and Gallery Store will be open Monday – Wednesday from 9 am until 7 pm featuring hundreds of unique holiday gifts such as jewelry, scarves, ceramic pieces, ornaments and glass boxes. This is a wonderful time to not only support the local arts communities, but also to support local artists by purchasing their unique and beautiful pieces in a variety of styles and prices.

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Storytime with Santa, brought to you by Junction City and the Peoria Public Library, will be held at the Butcher Block in Junction City tonight beginning at 5:30 pm to visit with good boys and girls and listen to a few of his favorite holiday stories. Remember to bring your camera.

“The Chinaman”, a favorite from “The Bob and Tom Show”, will perform at the Jukebox tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 – $16 and can be reserved by calling 673-5853.

Eastlight Theatre’s 19th annual production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are available at eastlighttheatre.com.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse’s production of the play Greetings! continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students 18 and under. For more information, call 676-2196.

Enjoy the Festival of Lights Holiday Matinee & Dinner Cruises on the Spirit of Peoria this Friday & Saturday featuring a buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Folklore Theatre. The matinee cruises board at Noon and return to dock at 2:30 pm:  adults are $36, children ages 4-12 are $18, children 3 & under free.  The dinner cruises board at 6 pm and return to dock at 9 pm: adults are $40, children ages 4-12 are $20, children 3 & under free. Prices include tax & service charge. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations.

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland is a drive-through electric park featuring Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria, hours are Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 9 pm, and Friday & Saturday from 5 – 11 pm. Cars & vans are $10 each night, limos & RVs are $20, party busses are $50 and full sized buses are $150.

The Festival of Lights Freedom Park pays tribute to those in the military at East Peoria’s RiverFront Park along the Illinois River and features lighted emblems and displays. Admission is free. Hours are dusk to 10 pm nightly.

The Festival of Lights Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours a day through December 31. Funded by private donations through the Nativity Display Association, the life-size structures take on a three-dimensional appearance at night. A 2-minute narration is available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.

The Stocking Stuffer Holiday Store is a Christmas store for kids 12 and under to shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, even the dog. At Northwoods Mall, kids can shop Mondays – Fridays 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays Noon – 5 pm through December 20th.  At the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, hours are Saturdays Noon – 8 pm and Sundays Noon – 9 pm.  All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers’ Crisis Nursery. For more information, call 674-0105, ext 210.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show runs through December 31 every Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13+) and free for ages 12 and under.

Blueskillet will play the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members. $10 for nonmembers, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior nonmembers. 16 & younger $3. Students with valid school ID & seniors age 65 & older.

Insane Clown Posse with Special Guest: Hed PE & The Dayton Family will perform at the East Peoria Convention Center Friday at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $25 and are available at all Coop Tapes & Records locations, the Peoria Riverfront Visitors Center, online at JayTV.com or by calling 800-514-3849.

The 5th Annual Christmastime GospelFest concert will be held in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and are available at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstores and at Five Points Washington.

Luthy Botanical Gardens located in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show on Friday and Saturday from 7 - 9 pm. Conservatory admission will be waived during these evenings, however, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

The Waterhouse presents its Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner and show this Friday and Saturday night featuring a two entree buffet and the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show for $32.95 per person including tax and service fee. Call 494-9100 for reservations.

The Polar Express P.J. Party at Wildlife Prairie Park is a fun evening for families with younger children. Times are 6 – 8 pm on Friday, 3 – 5 pm & 6 – 8 pm on Saturday. Advance reservations are required & space is limited. Call 676-0998 to make reservations. Admission is $5.50 per person age 2 and up, $3.50 for Park Members and aged 1 and under are free.

The Peoria Historical Society presents Candlelight Tours at the Pettengill-Morron House located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 674-1921.

For one day only, over a dozen local artists will set up market style in the Peoria Art Guild Gallery for an Artist Gift Show this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. The gift show will feature a diverse and affordable assortment of glass, ceramics, jewelry, and gift items. For more information call 637-2787 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org.

The Peoria Park District is hosting an Irish Holiday Night at the Gateway Building on the Riverfront on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Join in the Irish holiday cheer featuring live music, Irish dancers, appetizers and cash bar.  Tickets are $12 each or tables of 10 for $100. For ticket info and further details, call 689-3019.

Body Fitness in Peoria will hold its 5th Annual Christmas Gala Saturday from 7 pm until midnight at 3020 N. University in Peoria. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a performance by the “Peoria Latin Vibe” Dance Team. Cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and $20 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Richwoods High School Choral Department presents its annual Madrigal Dinner on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm each night at the high school. Tickets for the 5-course dinner and show are $24 and available at the Richwoods Main Office. For more information, call 693-4400.

The Peoria Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition and perhaps the most popular of all ballets, at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Guest artists join a cast of more than 100 dancers, actors and tumblers, all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s music.  For more information, visit peoriaballet.com or call 690-7990.

Enjoy a Holiday Brunch at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm in the Prairie Hall. Admission is $13.99 for adults, $9.99 for ages 4-12 years, ages 3 & under are free, Park Members receive a 10% discount (admission, tax and gratuity not included.)  While there, enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas where children can enjoy old-fashioned crafts visit with Santa as he strolls the grounds, listening to wishes and handing out treats. Admission to the Park is $5.50 for ages 13 and over, $3.50 for children ages 4-12, and children under 4 are free.

The 33rd Annual Sing it Yourself Messiah will be held on Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing or listen to Handel’s classic with soprano Kristin Bell Lelm, alto Stephanie Chigas, tenor Eric Ashcraft, bass Mark de Veer and conductor Dr. John Jost. For more information, call 688-3436.

Enchanted Florist will be hosting a VIP Shopping Night to benefit the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois tonight from 5 - 7:30 pm at Enchanted Florist at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Shoppers can enjoy wine, appetizers, and special discounts on select merchandise. For more information call 688-8671.

The YPO December Social is tonight from 5 – 7 pm at Embassy Suites on the East Peoria Riverfront. This event is a chance for YPO to celebrate the holiday season and give back to the Central Illinois Community. Call 694-0200 for more information.

The Festival of Lights Holiday Dinner Cruise features a buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Folklore Theatre. The cruise boards at 6 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday and returns to dock at 9 pm. Adults are $40 each, children ages 4-12 are $20 each, children 3 & under eat free. Prices include tax & service charge. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations (required).

Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre continues it run of their original holiday show “We Need a Little Christmas” tonight, Friday and Saturday (doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm) and on Sunday afternoon (Doors open at 12:00 noon, show starts at 1:30 pm.). Call 965-2545 for reservations.

Grace Presbyterian Church on Knoxville will host “A Grace Family Christmas” featuring a 120 voice choir, 45 piece orchestra and a dramatic presentation of the Christmas Story at the church tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church or by calling 688-3641 ext. 208.

Mike MacRae will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 or $14 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show, which are are $10 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations. Rated – PG-18/R

The Festival of the Trees benefiting the Crittenton Centers is this weekend at Expo Gardens.  Schools & Retirement Homes Visit Day is Friday from 10 am- 8 pm, on Saturday is the Kids Pajama Party with Santa from 5:30 pm- 8 pm and on Sunday is the Family Lunch from 11 am – 2 pm.   Decorated trees and other Christmas related items donated by local businesses will be on display and available for purchase.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children & seniors citizens and children 2 & under are free.

The Festival of Lights continues this weekend in East Peoria:  The Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours and includes a 2-minute narration available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.  The Winter Wonderland is located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria.  Hours are Thursday & Sunday 5 – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 5 – 11 pm. Admission for cars & vans are $10 each night.  The 2009 Festival of Lights Postage Cancellation Stamp will be available Saturday only from 11 am – 2 pm at the Fondulac Distrcit Library for holiday mailings. For more information about the Festival of Lights, call 800-365-3743.  

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Manitoba Moose at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Luthy Botanical Gardens in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show Friday from 7 – 9 pm under the glow of hundreds of candles while enjoying live holiday music. Admission is waived during these evenings, however donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

Preston Jackson and Friends will perform at the Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members & $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members, and ages 16 & younger are $3.  The CAC also hosts Salsa at CAC: A Latin Dance Event Friday from 8:30 pm -12:30 am, Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for nonmembers.

Celebrate the holidays at the Waterhouse with the Howlin’ on Water…Dueling Pianos dinner and show beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Cost is $32.95 per person.  Call 494-9100 for reservations.

The Community Children’s Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. All shows are at Peoria Players Theatre. Admission for adults is $10, children 12 & under and seniors are $8. Tickets are on sale at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion and online at www.artspartners.net. For details call 681-2861.

Eastlight Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for its 19th year. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are available at eastlighttheatre.com.

Bradley University Theatre invites you to their production of A Christmas Carol at 8 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $7-$14 and available by calling 677-3703.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents Greetings! a sensitive comedy about a family trying to come to grips with their spirituality when enlightenment is offered from an unexpected source. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students 18 and under. For more information, call 676-2196.

The Tazwood Dance Company will present Holiday Magic at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Call 694-5136 for more information.

The Peoria Historical Society presents Candlelight Tours at the Pettengill-Morron House located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. Tours will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 674-1921.

Eureka College will present its 21st Annual Renaissance Christmas Dinner on Friday and Saturday at 6 pm in the Cerf Center. Cost is $25 and $13 for children under 13. For reservations, call 467-6407.

The Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Womens Club 37th Annual Breakfast with Santa is Saturday from 9 – 11 am at the Germantown Hills Middle School. Tickets are $4 per person in advance or $5 at the door and are available at Jubilee Foods in Germantown Hills, Metamora Pharmacy or from club members.

Step back in time to Sommer Park’s first Antebellum Christmas on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Learn customs of the era, sing popular Christmas songs, enjoy cookies and hot drinks while you visit with Father Christmas. Please dress for the weather. Admission is $2 per person.

The 26th Annual “Knight Before Christmas” Craft Show fundraiser sponsored by the Richwoods High School cheerleaders will take place Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Richwoods High School. Over 200 crafters will be on hand with holiday gifts & decorations. For more information, call the school at 693-4400.

Thousands of bells will ring as people run in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis begining  at 8 am on Saturday at Peoria’s RiverPlex.  The run/walk begins at 10 am. Visit www.jinglebellpeoria.com to participate.

Visit the historic Ballance-Herschel house “All Dressed Up” for the holidays. Enjoy a victorian tea on Saturday at 11 am & 2 pm. Tickets are $18 per ticket in advance. Home tours will also be held Saturday from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets for the home tours are $5 in advance $10 at the door. For reservations please call 685-9312.

The Festival of Lights Holiday Cruise matinee features a buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Folklore Theatre. The cruise boards at Noon on Saturday and returns to dock at 2:30 pm. Adults are $36 each, children ages 4-12 are $18 each, children 3 & under eat free. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations (required).

Luthy Botanical Garden presents Jinglin’ Jazz, an annual holiday celebration on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy music by Joe Metzka & Friends, hors d’oeuvres and an auction. Advance tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and $30 at the door. Call 686-3362.

Clash at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum is a mixed martial arts (MMA) event that will feature 20 fights on Saturday night beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $28, $38, $53 and $128 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Junior Explorers combines nature, learning, friends, and fun hosted by the Wildlife Prairie State Park Education Department for ages 5-7. Class is held on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-member (+ park admission). This month topic is “What Makes a Bird, a Bird?” PCall 676-0998 ext. 6758 for more information or to register your child.

The holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life will run at the Apollo Theatre beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students & senior citizens.  For more information, call 673-4343.

Westminster Presbyterian Church will present its Advent Festival beginning at 11:45 am Sunday at the church. There will be music, fellowship, lunch and crafts for all ages. Admission is free, however offerings will be accepted. For more information, call 673-8501.

The annual Christmas Walk in Peoria Heights is this Sunday and includes a horse drawn trolley, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Heights Flowers, the Jericho Band, specials at shops throughout the Heights and the Christmas Tree lighting in Tower Park at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 685-4812.

The 31st Annual Morton Community Christmas Sing will be held Sunday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Morton Community Bank on Jackson Street. The public is invited to attend and sing along. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 pm and the John Phillips Oompah Band will also perform.

Master autoharp player Bryan Bowers will perform Sunday from 7 – 9 pm at Forest Park Nature Center. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 & under with a $1 discount for CORE members.

The Peoria Orpheus Club presents their Winter Concert Sunday at 3 pm at the United Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Northmoor and Allen Roads. The concert will include season songs and carols. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

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Wildlife Prairie State Park hosts its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet Thursday from 11 am – 3 pm.  The buffet is $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for ages 4-12 years and free for ages 3 & under. Members receive a 10% discount. Admission to the park, tax & gratuity are not included in the prices above. Limited seating is available and reservations are required. Please call the park at 676-0998 for availability.

Holiday Inn City Centre presents Breakfast with Santa on Friday before the annual Santa Claus Parade from 7:30 - 9:45 am. Adults are $12.95, children are $6.95 and 4 and under are free. Call 674-2500 for reservations.

The Third Annual Trot 4 Tots is a two-mile fun run that will take place just prior to the annual Santa Claus Parade on Friday. Runners will trace the parade route through downtown Peoria along an established 2-mile course before an anticipated crowd of 25,000 to 35,000 spectators. For more information, go to racedirector@trot4tots.org.

The 122nd Annual Parade will step off at 10:15 am Friday in downtown Peoria, featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units, decorated floats, marching bands, and of course Santa Claus. The parade will be telecast live on WMBD-TV and has been sponsored by South Side Bank for the past 52 years.

Family House will present their Eighth Annual “Christmas Magic” event on Friday immediately following the Santa Claus Parade at the Hotel Pere Marquette. A fundraising event to benefit Family House and its mission of service, Christmas Magic will feature entertainment, activities and lunch for $15 for children and $20 for adults. For tickets or more information visit that Family House website or call Peg Murphy at 685-5300.

PACE presents Yule Like Peoria, a walkabout event featuring festive holiday entertainment throughout downtown Peoria on Friday night from 6-8 pm. For specific performers, locations and more information, call 681-0696 or visit peoriaevents.com. Admission is free.  CityLink will be running its Park & Ride shuttle for this event.

Dorann & the Soul Mystics will perform at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.

Tommy Johnagin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 and $13 with cash except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $10 with cash. The show is rated PG-18. Call 673-5853 for reservations.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Manitoba Moose in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday.
On Saturday, the Rivermen will face the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 pm in the Arena. Tickets for both games are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at
Ticketmaster.com

Luthy Botanical Gardens in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show on Friday and Saturday from 7 – 9 pm under the warm glow of hundreds of candles and featuring live holiday music. Conservatory admission will be waived during these evenings, however, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

The 19th Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place Saturday beginning at 8:30 am on the River Trail of Illinois. The event is open to men, women and children of all ages. For more information, call 253-2420.

The Festival of Lights Holiday Cruise matinee features a buffet, a two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Forklore Theatre. The cruise boards Saturday at Noon and returns to dock at 2:30 pm. Adults are $36 each, children ages 4-12 are $18 each, and children 3 & under eat free. Prices include tax & service charge. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations.

Cirque Dreams Illumination will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25, $38, $50 and $57 and available at the Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.   CityLink will be running its Park & Ride shuttle for this event.

The East Peoria Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights begins at 5:45 pm on Saturday travelling three miles starting at the intersection of Dolans Lane & East Washington Street and ending just past downtown East Peoria. The parade features 30 floats shaped entirely from lights. For more information, call 800-365-3743.

A Christmas Celebration With Rachel West Kramer with special guest Jairo Arvizu is Saturday at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points in Washington beginning at 7 pm. The show will include many familiar classics and traditional favorites. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, children aged 12 & under are $6. Group discounts are also available. To order tickets, call 383-2828.

Enjoy Historic Holiday Traditions with the East Peoria Historical Society on Sunday for tours of the 129-year-old Doering Homeplace. Tour times are 1 – 4 pm or 6 – 8 pm (evening by candlelight). Doering Homeplace is located at 326 Pekin Ave in East Peoria. Admission is free.

Glen Oak Christian Church presents Carols and Candles, their annual holiday event celebrating the start of Advent, on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Christmas carols will be sung by candlelight and holiday refreshments will also be served. Glen Oak Christian Church is located at 1115 E. Republic in Peoria. Call 688-3464 for more information.

The Pediatric Resource Center (PRC), a community program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, will present an All-Star Holiday Concert on Sunday at 3 pm at Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University featuring holiday entertainment performed by a variety of artists. Tickets are $12.50 for adults; children 12 and under will be admitted free. For information, call 231-1971or 624-9595.

American Idol winner David Cook will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight at 7:30 pm with special guests The Script and Green River Ordinance. Tickets are $32.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Peoria Players’ production of the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical Evita continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 adults, $12 Patrons 18 and under. Call (309) 688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org for more info.

The Illinois Central College production of No Exit continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136.

You’re invited to kick off the holiday season with Sky Harbor Steakhouse’s 28th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting tonight featuring samples of the wine of Mackinaw Valley Vinyards and Artisan cheese from Ropp Jersey Farms. The event will also feature live music from 7-10 pm. Reservations are suggested but not required and can be made by calling 674-5532.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “The United Nations and the United States: Controversy and Opportunity”, with Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor, UN Foundation tonight begining at 5:30 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn. Call 677-2454 for more information.

The Peoria Charter School Initiative will present information and answer questions about the push to bring a math, science & technology charter school to Peoria beginning 5:30 pm tonight at the Methodist Atrium on Main Street. Admission is free.

The Eureka College Theatre Department will present George Bernard Shaw’s classic drama Pygmalion at 7:30 pm in Pritchard Theatre tonight through Saturday night. Cost is $3 for students and $7 for adults. For reservations, call 467-6363.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic for poetry, prose, plays, and acoustic music tonight from 7 – 9 pm. Come with your talent or just to watch.
The Robin Crowe Band will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.
The CAC will also present Salsa at CAC Friday night beginning with an 8:30 – 9:30 pm dance lesson followed by open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm - 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for nonmembers.

The Other Guys, the popular acapella group from the University of Illinois, will perform at the Waterhouse (located at 619 Water St.) on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. After the show, stay for Theatre Open Mic. Call 494-9100 for reservations and more information.

The Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday beginning at 11:45 am until 1:30 pm at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Call 495-5900 or go to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce website to rsvp.

Luthy Botanical Gardens located in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 – 9 pm under the warm glow of hundreds of candles while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission is free, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

Join Bradley’s Department of Theatre Arts for New Faces 2009, as new students showcase their unique talents in an evening of short plays. The shows begin at 7 pm Friday and Saturday at Bradley’s Hartmann Center of Performing Arts. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Call 677-2650 for reservations and more information.

Jukebox Comedy Club presents The Untamed Shrews (filling in for the previously announced Norm MacDonald) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm both nights.  Tickets for all shows are $19  or $18 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations.

Homeowners at risk of foreclosure can attend Fix My Mortgage, a free foreclosure-prevention event at PARC, located at 1913 W. Townline Road, from 9 am to Noon on Saturday. Free assistance is offered from volunteering real-estate attorneys and housing counselors to determine if they qualify for a loan modification package. Pre-register by calling METEC at 676-3832.

A variety of handmade items will be available at the annual Fall Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis at 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria. Hours are 9am to 5pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All proceeds to benefit the poor.

The Peoria Art Guild is hosting its second annual 8 x 8 Dutch Auction fundraising event on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The auction will feature 8 inch by 8 inch works of art created by local, regional, and national artists. This event will also feature entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are free for Peoria Art Guild Members, $10 for Non-Members, and may be purchased by phone at 637-2787 or at The Peoria Art Guild.

The MMA Extreme Challenge 140 will take place on Saturday in the Par-a-Dice Hotel Ballroom. Doors open at 6 pm and the fight begins at 7 pm. General admission is $20 or $25 at the door. Tickets are on sale now by calling 698-6083.

The Forest Park Nature Art Show & Open House is Sunday from 2 – 4 pm and features a diversity of mediums and unique pieces all created by talented local artists.  Support local artists and find original nature related photos, paintings, wood carvings, and more. Enjoy the wood stove, hot drinks, and rustic charm of the Nature Center.

Playhouse Disney Live will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday at Noon and 3 pm. Tickets are $18, $25, $40 and $52 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Ball Brothers Christmas Tour Concert comes to the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington at 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, or $10 for groups of 10 or more. Call 686-7000 for tickets or more information.The 39th Annual Turkey Trot will begin at 1 pm Sunday in Detweiller Park. Entry fee is $17 and participants can register at Running Central (700 W Main St., Peoria) or the Park District Recreation Office.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk and Country Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Wofford beginning at 6:05 pm Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to bradleybraves.com.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse’s production of David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center in Bradley Park. Tickets are $10 and $8 for patrons 18 and under. Call 676-2196 for tickets or visit cornstocktheatre.org for more info.

Bradley University Theatre’s new production of Pinocchio continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and at 2:30 on Sunday at Bradley’s Hartmann Center for Peforming Arts. To order tickets by phone, call 677-2650

Comedian Tom Simmons will perform at the Jukebox tonight through Saturday. Showtimes are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets prices for this weekend are $13 or $12 with cash, except for the tonight  and the Friday late show which are $10. Rated – PG-18/R

We Need a Little Christmas opens tonight at Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre.  It’s their first original review including holiday music and comedy routines performed by the Barn’s best.   On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or click HERE.

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony presents Wild About Wine and Brew Too!, a wine and beer tasting, raffle and silent auction to benefit the CIYS organization. The event will be held on Friday from 5:30-8:30 pm at The Zambezi River Lodge at the Peoria Zoo. Tickets are $30 and available online at ArtsPartners website or by calling 1-888-218-4650.

Hip Pocket will perform at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot on Friday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.

Tanya Pshenychny, a Ukranian watercolor and ink artist who currently resides in Peoria, will exhibit Superstitions on Friday from 7 to 9 pm at ci|creative in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. There is no charge for this event. For more information about becoming a part of ci|creative, call 321-0033 or visit cicreative.org.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Abbotsford Heat in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7 pm Friday.   Then, on Saturday, they’ll take on the Milwaukee Admirals beginning at 7 pm. Tickets for both games are $15 and $20 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com .

Peoria Players presents Evita, the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical about the life and times of Eva Peron. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 adults, $12 Patrons 18 and under. Call 688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org for more info.

The Junior League of Peoria will host their annual JULEP’s Closet sale at the Riverplex in downtown Peoria on Friday from 5 – 8 pm, Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit the Junior League website.

The Heartland Festival Orchestra, led by artistic director is David Commanday, will present Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale” Friday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront. Tickets are $27 for adults and $7 for children and are available at Kidder Music in Peoria or online HERE. For more information, call 339-3943.

Illinois Central College’s Theatre Department presents No Exit, a powerful play written by Nobel Prize winner Jean Paul Sartre. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 at ICC’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136.

A free public presentation on foreclosure prevention entitled Keeping Your Home Through Hard Times will be presented at 9 am Saturday at the ICC North Campus’ Arbor Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Call 1-888-671-2227 for more information.

The St. Vincent de Paul School 2009 Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday from 8 am to 2:30 pm at the school featuring auctions, raffles, kid’s area, gift boutique, arts and crafts, baked goods, and more.

History comes to life on Saturday at Sommer Park as Civil War soldiers construct winter quarters and prepare for their winter encampment. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies plus daily camp life. Event times are from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Wildlife Prairie State Park presents its monthly Girl Scout Badge Day on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. This month the scouts will be working on their Humans & Habitats Badge. Cost is $10 for park members and $15 for non-members. To register your Girl Scout or for information contact the Education Department at 676-0998 ext. 6758.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is sponsoring a One Stop Holiday Shopping Event on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Exposition Gardens. Admission is $3 and children under 16 free. For more info call 360-3481 or 361-9832.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria invite you to Fill the Treasure Chest on Saturday at Mt. Hawley Country Club with cocktails at 6 pm and a dinner/dance at 7 pm. The presentation will feature annual recognition awards and feature speaker Jim Owens, Chairman & CEO of Caterpillar. Call 685-6007 for more information and to make reservations.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will host its annual Day of Giving, a special day of shopping and fun, on Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm to benefit Food Bank, Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. To celebrate the day, participating stores and restaurants will feature special sales, and drawings.
You can also Kick Off the Holiday Season at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 4 to 6 pm with entertainment, lighting of the Christmas Tree, refreshments, carriage rides and the debut of Santa & Mrs. Claus
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SideTracked, playing a smooth mix of pop, jazz & soul, will be playing at Kelleher’s Irish Pub on Saturday night from 9 pm – 1 am.

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Scarf it Up! on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. The event is a silent auction of local artists’ one of a kind scarves, hats, and accessories and a fashion show of the hottest designs. Proceeds to benefit CAC and Childrens Hospital of Illinois Memorial Garden Project. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

Food for the Hungry presents Leeland and Brandon Heath with special guest Francesca Battistelli in concert on Sunday at Riverside Community Church in downtown Peoria. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and available at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore, iTickets and Riverside Community Church offices.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Idaho State beginning at 6:05 pm Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

Megadeth will bring The Endgame Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 5:45 pm on Sunday. They will be joined by special guests Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Arcanium. Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 day of show and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Friends of Peoria Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale today through Tuesday, November 10 in the Auditorium of the Main Street Branch of Peoria Public Library at 107 N.E. Monroe.  Fans of cartoonist Julie Larson, creator of the Dinette Set cartoon, will have the opportunity to meet her and get her autograph on Saturday between 10 am and noon.  The sale is open to the general public on Friday and Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. Monday is the half-price sale from 10 am - 5 pm and Tuesday is a $3 bag sale from 1 to 6 pm. 

The Peoria Charter School Initiative will host a Community Forum on the 4th Floor of the Peoria Civic Center tonight at 5:30 pm.  A group of 20+ seniors from the Chicago Math & Science Academy accompanied by teachers, parents and administrators will share their charter school experience and answer questions. The forum is free and open to the public.  Parking is free in the Civic Center lot.

The Peoria Rivermen take on the San Antonio Rampage in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

Junction City Shopping Center will host their Junction City Holiday Walk on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Visit Junction City’s uniques shops and enjoy live music, carriage rides, refreshments and pictures with Santa.

Preston Jackson & Friends will perform at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot Friday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.
Also, enjoy Salsa at CAC Friday night with a salsa dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing with DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm -12:30 am. Admission is $3 CAC Members, and $6 for non-members.

Bradley University Theatre presents a dynamic (and dark) new adaptation of Pinocchio at 8 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Performances are at Bradley’s Hartmann Center for Performing Arts. This production contains violence, language and subject matter not appropriate for children.  General admission is $14, senior citizens are $12. To order tickets by phone, call 677-2650.

The Sierra Club presents an Environmental Film Festival at the Apollo Theatre on Main St. in Downtown Peoria on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. A representative from Bauer Power, a local renewable energy analyst and installer for homes and businesses, will be available at the festival also.

Michael W. Smith, Grammy® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artist, will bring his A New Hallelujah Tour to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday night. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Eastlight Theatre is proud to host National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman at a special ”one night only” encore performance of RENT on Friday night at 7 pm. Tickets are available by calling 699-7469 or by visiting the Eastlight Theatre website. Half the price for each ticket purchased will benefit the arts organization of your choice.
WTVP will host a question & answer session at their studios with Mr. Landesman on Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. The discussion is open to the public. To RSVP for the event, call Arts Partners at 676-2787..

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents Speed-The-Plow, an award-winning play by David Mamet that satirically dissects the American movie business. Showtimes are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10 and $8 for patrons 18 and under. Call 676-2196 for tickets or visit the Corn Stock website for more info.

Comedian/songwriter Heywood Banks returns to the Jukebox Comedy Club Friday and Saturday at 7 p. and 9:30 pm both nights. Tickets are $19 if paid by credit card, $18 if paid with cash, except the Friday show, which is $15 with cash.  Call 673-5853 to reserve tickets.

Bob Larson of WMBD-TV will be the honoree for the 2009 Easter Seals Tribute Dinner which will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Friday beginning with dinner at 6 pm and a program at 7 pm. For more information call 686-7755.

The Service League of Methodist Hospital will present it’s annual Gift Show from 9 am to 2 pm in the Methodist Atrium Lobby on Main Street. Admission and parking are free.  There will be handmade items, children’s clothes & toys, holiday decor, floral arrangements, baked goods, homemade candy, a coffee bar, gift wrap and stationary, gift baskets for all ages and a raffle.

The Peoria Historical Society presents Hats Off to 75 Years of Style, a salute to women luncheon and show on beginning at 11 am Saturday at the Hotel Pere Marquette. Admission is $35. Call 674-1921 for tickets and more information.

The Akron-Princeville Fire Department will host its Fall Open House on Saturday morning from 7 – 11 am. The event will feature a pancake & sausage breakfast, a bake sale and activities for children. For more information, call 634-1323.

Wildlife Prairie State Parks’ Junior Explorers will meet from 1 – 3pm on Saturday to experience the first Thanksgiving from a different perspective with a look at Native American traditions, culture, and celebrations. Pre-registration is required. Call 676-0998 ext. 6758 for more information or to register your child.

The Peoria Park District’s Teen Mystery Dinner Theatre program presents Till Death Do Us Part on Saturday at 6:30 pm at the Lakeview Museum Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of mystery, mayhem, and help solve a mystery while enjoying dinner. Call 681-2861 for details and tickets.

The Perils of Pageant Pandemonium will be presented by the Heart of Illinois Chorus Chapter of Sweet Adelines International at 2:30 pm Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Call 689-3538 for more information.

Barb Ryman will perform Songs from the Woods at 7 pm on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center.  Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Call 686-3860 for more information.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform two shows on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $28, $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50 and on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com .

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents guest conductor Morihiko Nakahara on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $36 – $72 and are available by calling 309-671-1096 or online at the Peoria Symphony website.

Lynyrd Skynyrd with Rev Theory will perform on Saturday at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49, $59 and $69 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

The 4th Annual CASAblanca, an Evening of Dancing with the Stars, a fundraiser for CASA of Peoria County will take place at the Country Club of Peoria beginning at 6 pm on Saturday night. Tickets are $125 per person.  For more information, call 669-2939.

The Bradley Braves will play Lewis in an exhibition game beginning at 2:05 pm Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information about this game and the upcoming season, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

Saving Abel with special guests Red, Pop Evil, Taddy Porter and Mindset Evolution will perform at Expo Gardens on Sunday night beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $22 and are available at all Coop Tapes & Records locations, Shandi’s Music in Canton, the Peoria Riverfront Visitor’s Center, online at www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-514-3849.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk & Country Jam on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Gary Allan with Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $36.50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Musical Mark, a children’s singer-songwriter from Ohio, will perform his “Batsongs” at Forest Park Nature Center tonight at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, and $6 for kids 12 and younger.

Enjoy Hayrides and Hotdogs at Sommer Park tonight from 5 – 7 pm. For a small fee enjoy food, Hayrack rides, activities and musical entertainment. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11+; $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for the same household family.

Fredonia Fright Fest, a safe, free trick-or-treat event for kids will be from 5 – 7 pm on Friday in the 1400 & 1500 blocks of Fredonia Avenue near Bradley University’s campus. Free candy, games and an age-appropriate haunted house are the main events, sponsored by Bradley University Greek Community.

Enjoy Not-Too-Scary Stories at Campfire Circle on Friday at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center. Hot cocoa and coffee provided. Costumes are welcome, and donations accepted.

Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones will perform at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. This week’s Live at the Five Spot will feature a costume contest with prizes. For more information, call 674-6822.

The Haunted Masquerade Ball will be presented by the Peoria Jaycees on Friday from 7 pm - Midnight at Ravina on the Lakes. The event includes costume contest, live entertainment, haunted hayrack ride, and bonfire. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Peoria Jaycees website or call 685-9312.

Witches Walk at Fondulac Farm Park continues Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Enjoy the luminary “Witches Walk” while experiencing the spooky sights and sounds of the season. Admission is $2.50 for children and $3 for adults.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is back this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 6 pm, activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per attraction or wristbands for all attractions are $20. Call for more information 274-8837 or click to go to the Spider Hill website.

The Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Attraction located in the old Steve and Barrys on Veterans Drive in Pekin will be open Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Admission is $8.

Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols will perform Friday and Saturday at the Jukebox Comedy Club. Showtimes will be 8 pm and 10:30 pm both nights. Tickets are $19 or $18 with cash.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the popular midnight movie phenomenon, returns this Friday and Saturday at Peoria Players Theatre. Dress as your favorite character, bring props and get ready to “do the Time Warp again”. All seats $15, showtime is midnight. Call 688-4473 or visit Peoria Players website for more info and tickets.

ci-creative will host a Halloween Makeup Fundraiser on Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Praiaire. Come let local theatrical makeup artists give your Halloween costuming the finishing touch. Adult Fees will begin at $10.  Also, bring your children in costume to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm for treats from participating stores.

Peoria’s Largest Halloween Party will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Saturday night with doors opening at 7 pm, live music featuring Rachel’s Hippo beginning at 8 pm and running through midnight. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at the Rock 107 Studios. Call 673-3700 for more information.

The Itoo Society’s 82nd Annual Itoo Supper is Sunday beginning at 11 am featuring their popular Family-style traditional Lebanese and American all-you-can-eat dinner. Carry outs will also be available. For more information, call 676-9725.

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday. Set your clocks back 1 hour. Fire officials recommend that this is a good time to replace the batteries in all smoke detectors in your home too.

The 12th Annual Sports Auction & Card Show to benefit Youth Sports in Peoria will take place at the RiverPlex on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Sports card vendors will be set up to buy, sell, or trade their sports cards and collectibles. The live auction will begin at 2 pm and include autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. Admission is $1 for adults, kids 12 & under are free. To purchase raffle tickets or for more information, call 681-2868.

The Wizard of Oz Broadway tour comes to the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Tuesday & Wednesday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $50 and $57 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.  Citylink will be running Park & Ride for these performances.