Archive for September, 2008

As always, find great events & entertainment happening in the
Peoria area on the ExplorePeoria.com Events Calendar at
http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/EventsCalendar

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The Peoria Symphony Guild Showhouse continues through Sunday at
the Villas of Waterstone. The Showhouse features a boutique and
raffle for guests visiting this unique approach to home design.
Proceeds benefit the Peoria Sypmphony Guild’s Education programs.
Hours are 10 am – 5 pm today, 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday
and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday.

The Peoria Medical Society Alliance will host the Cook’s Tour of
Peoria today from 10 am to 7 pm featuring a tour of five Peoria
area kitchens. Tickets $20 at the door.

The Bradley Theatre opens its season tonight with Pirates of
Penzance. The show features a rollicking band of pirates, a bevy
of giggling maidens, their “very model of a modern Major-General”
father, along with a dashing pirate apprentice, a fading nursemaid
and a bunch of blundering policemen. Ticket prices are $17 for the
General Public, $14 for Faculty/Staff/Seniors and $9 Students. Show
times are Thursday, through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office or by phone
at 677-2650. For more information, call 677-2651.

Comedian David Crowe will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday
and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 per show. His
shows are rated PG-18. Also, JukeBox is donating money from each
ticket they sell this weekend toward Research and Awareness for
Fragile X Syndrome, the world’s leading cause of inherited mental
impairment and the leading known cause of autism.

The Neighborhood House Fall Fundraiser is Friday beginning at 6 pm
at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. The event includes dinner, a
live and silent auction, a raffle, entertainment and an art exhibit
by local artists. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table
of 8. Call Maureen at 674-1131 for more information or to order
tickets.

On Friday night, Wildlife Prairie State Park will host their 30th
Anniversary Roundup & Fundraiser featuring a concert by Dan
Everhart plus fun surprises beginning at 5 pm. Western attire is
welcome. Tickets are $30 for adult members, $40 for adult
non-members, $15 for child members aged 12 & under and $20 for
child non-members. Park admission is included in your ticket price,
so come early and spend the day. For more information, call
676-0998.

Dorann & the Soul Mystics 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
on any event, call 674-6822.

Also this Friday, the Venue Art Gallery will host a Wine Tasting
Event from 7 – 9 pm. The event will feature Ambient, a jazz and
R&B group. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call
222-2408.

The Boy Scouts host Light Up The Night For Scouting on Friday
night with special guests Iand Andre Dawson at the 2008
Distinguished Citizen Dinner honoring the Peoria Chiefs. The
program includes a reception beginning at 5:30 pm, the program and
dinner, the Distinguished Citizen Award presentation, fireworks and
a performance by the Bluz Brothers Band all at O’Brien Field.
Individual family tickets are $150, For more information or to
order tickets, call 673-6136.

ICC’s theatre opens their season with Happily Ever Once Upon this
Friday. Performances begin at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and
2:30 pm on Sunday. Part of the ICC 2008-09 Theatre Season, the
shows take place in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the main ICC
campus. Individual tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students &
seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Performing Arts
Center Box Office at 694-5136.

Showdown LAN 2008, presented by PC Gamer and Maximum PC, will be
held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom this weekend from 6 pm – 2
am on Friday, 10 am – 2 am on Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm on Sunday.
Admission is free. Those interested in participating and to be
eligible for prizes should register. The registration fee is $40.

On Saturday, the Save the Bowen’s 1st Annual Fundraiser will take
place from 11 am to 2 pm in front of the Bowen Administration
building on the Old Peoria State Hospital Grounds on Pfeiffer Road
in Bartonville. Authors Gary Lisman, Troy Taylor and Rob Conover
will sign books, plus there will be door prizes, a special ghost
hunt for a few lucky individuals and much more.

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery and the Proctor
Health Care Foundation’s Recovery Walks! 2008 will take place on
Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm at Proctor Hospital. The walk benefits
the Ameel Rashid Scholarship for treatment of individuals and
families affected by addiction. The walk includes a one-mile or 5k
walk. Refreshments will be served and there will also be exhibits
and a silent auction. Registration is $15 per person, $10 for
children 12 and under or $40 per family. For more information, call
693-0414.

The Zoo Run Run takes place this Saturday beginning at 8 am. All
participants will be given a t-shirt and a goody bag plus receive
free admission to the Zoo following the race. There will be food,
door prizes and a visit from our mascot “Crash” the rhino. Prizes
will be awarded to the top three in each race category. Races
include a 5K and 1.5 mile walk and a ¼ mile youth fun run (12 &
under). For questions or to register please call 686-3365, Ext.
200.

The Peoria Park District presents Year 6 of the magical world of
Harry Potter with Return to Hogwarts on Saturday from 5 to 10:30 pm
at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre. The events uses the fanciful
world of Hogwarts to provide learning opportunities that encourage
students to understand the importance of plants and animals. At
the conclusion of “classes”, the fifth movie in the Harry Potter
series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, will be shown.
Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 688-3667.

The largest quilt show in downstate Illinois, the Autumn Gems
Quilts Show 2008, will feature more than 650 quilts on display on
Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm at the East
Peoria Event Center. Admission is $5 for adults, and $1 for
children 6-11. For more information, call 674-0992.

The Yin Yoga Restorative, a yoga retreat, will be held on Saturday
at Heading OM Yoga and will focus on the therapeutic aspects of
relieving sciatica. Shoulder/neck discomfort will also be
reviewed. The cost is $20, and pre-registration with payment is
requested. To register, please contact Tanny Mitchell at 231-YOGA.

The Bygones will perform at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on
Saturday from 7 – 10:30 pm. Enjoy a concert plus wine and snacks.
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. Call ahead if the weather is
questionable. Admission is $5 per person. On Sunday, the
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their annual Grape Stomp and
Fall Harvest from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person. For
more information, call 359-WINE (9463).

The 6th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind begins at 8 am on
Saturday with registration on the Peoria Riverfront at the
RiverPlex. The walk starts at 9 am. Cost to participate is $15 per
person. For more information, call 925-3919.

The Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair takes place this Saturday and
Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at Peoria Downtown RiverFront. As one of
the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art
Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with
nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city’s finest
cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria ‘s best musical performers.
Kids can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair.
Weekend admission is $5 and free for kids 16 & under.

The Jubilee State Park Colonial Faire also takes place this
weekend. Be part of colonial, civilian and military life from 1750
to 1790. Visit a Native American village, interact in a colonists’
everyday life; and participate in soldiers’ drill and military
tactics. The event runs from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday. Admission is $7 per car. For more information, call
708-269-1965.

On Sunday at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington , the
Lipizzaner Stallions perform as part of their 38th Anniversary
season. The show emulates the Spanish Riding School of Vienna,
Austria, in its presentation of Lipizzans, and maintains a
traditional as well as entertaining performance. Showtimes are 2
pm and 6 pm. Tickets are $28.50 & $24.50 and are available online
at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 309-454-5500, in person at U.S.
Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Peoria Revival with Donnie Swaggart also takes place on Sunday
at the Gateway Building beginning at 6 pm.

Pioneer Days is Sunday at Sommer Park from 1 – 4 pm. Experience
the daily life of a rural Peorian in the mid-19th century by
participating in blacksmithing, woodworking, gardening, and other
activities. Admission is $2 per person, which includes hayrack
rides. For more information, call 691-8423.

The Old Time Folk and Country Jam takes place this Sunday at
Forest Park Nature Center 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 requested. For more information, call 686-3360.

Also on Sunday, Bill Staines will perform at Forest Park Nature
Center beginning at 7 pm. For over 35 years, Bill has traveled
back and forth across North America , singing his songs and
delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges,
concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. Admission is $7 for adults and
$6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 686-3360.

Eureka College and the Woodford County Historical Society will
sponsor a free Cemetery Walk featuring figures from Eureka’s past
at 3 pm on Sunday at Olio Township Cemetery, South Main Street,
Eureka. Call 467-6363 for more information.

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The Odd Couple continues tonight at the Barn II Dinner Theatre.
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 & Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays.

Ron White will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater Friday at
7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and are on sale at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 676-8700
and online at Ticketmaster.com. This show is for mature audiences.

Rascal Flatts, with special guest Taylor Swift, will bring their
“Bob That Head Tour 2008” to the Peoria Civic Center Arena this
Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $49.75 and $65 and are on sale through
the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by
phone at 676-8700.

Also this Friday, the Venue Art Gallery will host an art exhibit
from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring Bob Emser’s work, there will also be a
book signing along with live music by BeckonO (folk rock).
Admission is free. For more information, call 222-2408.

Flying D’Rito Brothers (pop) performs 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. On Saturday
night, the CAC hosts their Salsa Night from 7 – 11 pm, which
include Latin dance lessons followed by an open dance session.
Admission is $2 for members and $5 nonmembers. Sunday features
Aesthetic Underground Open Mic featuring poetry, prose, plays and
acoustic music. Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.
For more information on any event, call 674-6822.

Comedian Otto and George will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Friday
night at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. He returns Saturday night with shows
at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 per show. His shows are
rated X.

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society
present Oktoberfest 2008 on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria this
weekend. Admission is $7 for adults, children 12 & under are free.
Weekend passes are available for $12. Dinner prepared by the
German-American Central Society will be available in the main tent.
Vendors will also be on hand.

The Annual Peoria Superfest 2008, an amateur radio hamfest,
computer show and flea market takes place at Expo Gardens on Friday
from 3 pm – Dusk, Saturday from 6 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from 6
am – 2 pm. There will be technical forums, an outdoor flea market,
FCC exams, amateur radio equipment & accessories, electronic parts
& components, manufacturer’s reps & commercial dealers, good food
and over $2,000 in prizes. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the
gate. Parking is free.

Celebration of Fire and Rescue Workers Everywhere, a festival
honoring volunteer fire and rescue workers, will be held in Deer
Creek (on First) Live entertainment, food and craft vendors, flea
market, farmers market, and family activities are a part of the
festivities Hours are 11 am – Midnight on Saturday and 9 am-3 pm
on Sunday. Admission is free.

BBB Secure Your ID Day is Saturday from 9 am to Noon at AAA
Certified CSC located at 8723 N Industrial Road in Peoria. Bring
up to three boxes/bags of paper documents that contain personal
identifiers, and they’ll shred it for you on the spot. They’ll also
be distributing tips and resources to help you protect your
identity – online and off. For more information, call 688-3741.

B.A.S.H., Bikers Against Street Hunger, is a charitable fundraiser
presented by the Coalition of Central Illinois Motorcyclists. A $5
donation is all it takes to participate in a fun-filled day which
includes a free bike show, bike parade, live music by G-Force DJ, a
50/50 drawing, food and a huge live auction. Enjoy the events,
with or without a motorcycle.

The OSF Saint Francis Foundation will host the John McDermott
Concert to benefit the Radiation Oncology Program at OSF Saint
Francis Medical Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm in the Peoria
Civic Center Theater. Tickets are $45-$100 and are available at the
Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone
at 676-8700 and online at Ticketmaster.com. Proceeds will benefit
the Radiation Oncology Program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
for programmatic development in cancer control as well as to
purchase state of the art radiation equipment.

Christian recording artist Todd Agnew will perform in concert at
Five Points Caterpillar Performing Arts Center in Washington on
Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are available by calling 444-8222.

Find fresh produce locally grown and brought directly from farms
and gardens, local meats, cheeses and breads at the RiverFront
Market on Saturday from 8 am to Noon. There’s also pottery, blown
glass, jewelry, wood turned items, candles, soaps and more all
handcrafted by local artists plus music and food demonstrations.
For more details, call 671-5555.

Loose Shoes will perform at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on
Saturday from 7 – 10:30 pm. Enjoy a concert plus wine and snacks.
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. Call ahead if the weather is
questionable. Admission is $5 per person. For more information,
call 359-WINE (9463).

The Peoria Symphony Guild Showhouse, located at the Villas of
Waterstone, opens on Saturday and runs through Sunday, September
28. The Showhouse also features a boutique and raffle for guests
visiting this unique approach to home design. Proceeds benefit the
Peoria Sypmphony Guild’s Education programs. Hours are 10 am – 5
pm Monday -Thursday, 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and Noon –
5 pm on Sunday.

The annual one-day 25, 50, 75 or 100-mile No Baloney Bicycle Ride
takes place this Saturday at Jubilee College State Park .
Registration is from 6:30 – 10 am and it is a $15 fee for an
individual or $20 per family. For more information, call 243-9191.

Violinist Marcia Henry Liebenow tours through Central Illinois this
weekend. On Saturday, she will perform a violin recital with piano
accompanist Richard Syracuse at 7:30 pm. in the Chapel at Eureka
College . The event is free. For more information, call 467-6397.
On Sunday, she will perform at Bradley University Dingeldine Music
Center from 3 – 4:30 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public
and free for students. For more information, call 677-2242.

On Sunday, Kickapoo Creek Winery will host their Annual
Oktoberfest from 11 am – 6 pm. There will be live music with
various vendors. Admission is free. For more information, call
495-9463.

Seether, with special guests Saving Abel and Black Stone Cherry,
will perform at the Peoria Civic Center this Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $31.50 and are currently on sale at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
309-676-8700 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Also on Sunday, the P and the CIJS
House Band will perform at the Radisson Hotel from 6 pm – 9:30 pm.
The Jazz Society House Band will play the middle set. Tickets are
$5 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call
692-5330.

Congratulations to Don Baker, Marcy Jo Zacher and Teresa Mack, our
winners of a pair of tickets each to the Fall Music Festival on
Sat. Sept. 13 at Glen Oak Park valued at $20 each.

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Eastlight Theatre’s Youthlight presents Disney Channel’s smash hit
musical, High School Musical 2 continues tonight, Friday & Saturday
at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for students 18 &
under. Call 699-SHOW to purchase tickets.

Peoria Players Theatres’ Miss Saigon also continues tonight, Friday
and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for
adults and $12 for youth 18 & under and are available at the Peoria
Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473.

The Odd Couple opens tonight at the Barn II Dinner Theatre. 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 & Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Boom a Ring at the U.S.
Cellular Coliseum tonight and Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 11 am
and 3 pm. Tickets are are $40, $30 and $15. The All Access
Pre-show is free to all ticket holders, where you can meet Ringling
Bros. performers and animals, learn circus skills and enjoy a taste
of the circus before the show begins. Tickets are available at the
U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office or by calling 309-454-5500.

The Morton Pumpkin Festival features delicious pumpkin foods,
carnival rides, live entertainment, craft booths, 10K or 2 mile
run, Pumpkin Weigh Off, Pumpkin Princess pageant, art & photography
shows, merchants’ tent and the Pumpkin Parade & Pancake Breakfast
on Saturday. The festival will run from 4 – 10 pm tonight and
Friday and 6 am – 11 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more
information, call 309-263-2491.

See Winnie the Pooh this Friday through Sunday at the Cerf Center
at Eureka College . Children will delight in this production
featuring Pooh and his gang, along with special activities and
treats beginning at 7 pm Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.
This fundraiser for the college’s women’s board is $10 for adults
and $5 for children. For more information, call 467-6363.

The 2008 PARC Auction Benefit takes place Friday at the Par-A-Dice
Hotel in East Peoria from 6-10 pm . Come celebrate with PARC in an
evening of culinary delights, live music, wine tasting, and a
fabulous selection of auction items. For more information, call
689-3608.

The Todd Kelly Quintet 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.

The CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing closes its summer concert
series with a performance by Rachel’s Hippo. Gates open at 7:30 pm
and showtime is 8 pm. The Landing Bar will also be open. Tickets
are $7 for adults.

Also this Friday, the Venue Art Gallery will host a Wine Tasting
Event from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring Russell Miller’s work, there will
also be live music. Admission is $5 per person. For more
information, call 222-2408.

Comedians Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols will perform at the
Jukebox Comedy Club Friday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. They return
Saturday night with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. The shows are
rated R.

The Dunlap Days 2008 Festival kicks off this Friday. The Festival
features hot air balloon rides, vendors, pancake & sausage
breakfast, DJs, inflatable bouncers, Midwest Cruisers, firemen
waterfights, a beer tent, Jammsammich, a kids carnival and more.

Celebrate Peoria ‘s musical heritage and pay tribute to the legacy
of Dan Fogelberg at the Fall Music Festival featuring food, drinks,
activities and live music at Glen Oak Park & Amphitheatre. Bring
your lawn chairs and blankets. Proceeds go to support the Cancer
Center for Healthy Living in memory of Dan Fogelberg and his fight
with prostate cancer. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults, and
$7 for children 12 and under. Doors open at 2 pm. Tickets are
available at area Coop Records, by calling 800-514-3849 on online
HERE.

Celebrate Abe Lincoln with at a Special Breakfast at the Vineyard
from 9 – 11 am at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Saturday. The
Ritter Family will perform Historical Stories in period costumes
for your entertainment and enlightenment. Advance ticket sales
only: $10 for adults and $6 for kids 4-12 years. To order tickets,
call 09-359-8241.

Axis will perform there on Saturday evening from 7 – 10:30 pm.
Enjoy a concert plus wine and snacks. Bring your blankets or lawn
chairs. Call ahead if the weather is questionable. Admission is $5
per person. For more information, call 359-WINE (9463).

This Saturday, the Peoria Symphony’s season opener features Wonny
Song on Piano with Romantic Rhapsody The performance begins at 8
pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Tickets range in price
between $35 and $71 and season ticket packages are also available.
Buy tickets by calling 671-1096.

Also on Saturday, tour Wildlife Prairie State Park with a
photographer and get great tips on how to achieve that perfect
shot. Times will vary due to subjects and lighting. For tour
details, please call the park at 676-0998. Tours are FREE to the
public with paid admission to the park: Adults 13 & over: $5.50,
children 4 – 12: $3.50, children 3 & under and park
members are free.

The Central Illinois Black Expo 2008 will be held in the Civic
Center Exhibit Halls A and B on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm.
Admission is free. The Expo will include the popular Back to School
Hair Cut-A-Thon with FREE hair cuts for the kids; over 125
exhibitors; a health/wellness fair with FREE screenings and
important health information; a College and Job Fair; informative
business, educational, and health workshops; a teen summit; a
Career Corner where youth and adults will be able to learn about
different careers; and entertainment for the entire family.
Admission is free.

WorldFest 2008 will be held Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm featuring
cultural displays, entertainment, raffles and samples of food from
around the world in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall C.
Admission is free.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living’s 6th annual Pedal the
Prairie Ride & Walk is Sunday beginning at 8 am. The event begins
at Connor Company on Pioneer Parkway and continues along the Rock
Island Trail. CCHL provides free emotional support, counseling,
information, education, and a resource library, as well as healthy
living classes and exercise groups.The Center is supported entirely
by the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and
fundraising campaigns. For more information, call 693-8139.

Come and join in Ghost Dance, a Native American ceremony on Sunday
at Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe from noon – 6 pm. There will be
workshops, food, history, drumming, music, and dancing . Admission
is $25 per person. For more information, call 676-7221.

The Old Time Folk and Country Jam is Sunday at Forest Park Nature
Center 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 requested. For
more information, call 686-3360.

Win a Pair of Tickets to the Fall Music Festival on Sat. Sept. 13
at Glen Oak Park (valued at $20 each)- Go to
http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/fallmusicfestival to register!
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Comedian Mike Pace will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight
at 8 pm for $8. He returns Friday and Saturday night with shows at
8 pm and 10:30 pm for $12, with the Friday 10:30 showing only $8.
His shows are rated R. Also performing tonight in the finals of the
Jukebox Comedy Club Amateur Comedian Competition is Chip Joyce –
best of luck, Chip!

Fiesta en el Rio returns Friday and Saturday at the Peoria
Riverfront. The Fiesta features authentic Latin American food and
drink, a children’s area, local musicians, plus a traveling
mariachi band. Banda Rika, a prominent Latin band, will also be
performing both nights. Tickets are $7 per adult or $20 for a
family pass.

On Friday night , the American English, a Beatles tribute band,
finishes off the 2008 season of Ameren’s popular free concert
series, Summer Serenades. Held at Lakeview Museum on the lawn, the
performance begins at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Blind Dog Willie performs at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at
the Five Spot Friday night from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7
for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call
674-6822.

Eastlight Theatre’s Youthlight presents Disney Channel’s smash hit
musical, High School Musical 2 opening Friday night at 7:30 pm.
This stage version of the popular movie chronicles Gabriella, Troy,
Sharpay, Ryan and the rest of the gang during their summer
vacation. Performances run through Sunday this week and Wednesday
through Saturday next week with all shows at 7:30 pm, except the
Sunday performance, which begins at 2 pm. Tickets are $16 for
adults and $8 for students 18 & under. Call 699-SHOW or click HERE
to buy tickets.

Peoria Players Theatres’ 90th Season opens Friday with Miss Saigon.
The show is a modern adaptation of the opera Madame Butterfly
which tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian
woman abandoned by her American lover. Performances run through
Sunday this week and next Wednesday through Sunday with all shows
beginning at 7:30 pm except the 2 Sunday matinees, which being at
2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for youth 18 & under
and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling
688-4473.

The Pekin Marigold Festival takes kicks off this Friday from 5 –
10 pm with a lip sync contest and live entertainment. The festival
continues on Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm, and Sunday from 9 am – 5
pm. There will be over 350 art and craft booths set up around the
lagoon, plus food, events and a carnival. Admission is free. For
more information, call 346-2106.

The Village of Mossville Fall Festival Hayloft 26th Art Fair is
this Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and continues Saturday from 10 am – 5
pm and Sunday from noon – 7 pm. The fair is located at the Hayloft
Shops. For more information, call 579-3141.

The Havana Oktoberfest opens on Friday beginning with the
Volksmarch Parade at 6 pm, a Polka Pace Race 5K at 8 am on
Saturday, plus music, food, and arts and crafts both days.
Festival will run 6 pm – Midnight on Friday, and 8 am – Midnight on
Saturday. Admission is free. Fore more information, call 543-3528.

Sister Groove will perform at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on
Saturday from 7 – 10:30 pm. Enjoy a concert plus wine and snacks.
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. Call ahead if the weather is
questionable. Admission is $5 per person. For more information,
call 359-WINE (9463).

This Saturday from Noon – 3 pm is the 2nd Annual Meet Your Heroes
Day at the Metamora Fire House. Meet your local heroes from the
Metamora Fire Department & Metamora Police Department. The fire
house will be open to the public with emergency and fire equipment
for everyone to tour. See several local fire departments battle it
out with a water hose fight beginning at Noon.

The Can Do 4:13 Scholarship Fund’s 2 Mile Can Do Walk & 5K Run will
be held in Peoria Heights on Grandview Drive this Saturday
beginning at 9 am. This event is the main fundraiser for the $1,000
Can Do Scholarships that Irving School fourth graders have been
awarded when they graduate from high school and transition to
secondary institutions. Over 375 Irving students have received the
$1,000 Can Do Scholarship promise, due to generous contributions
over the last five school years. The first class of students is now
entering their sophomore year of high school. For more
information, call 678-9607.

The American Heart Association’s 2008 Tri-County Start! Heart Walk
will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie this Saturday. The
walk encourages all Americans to live longer, stronger lives
through a walking and nutrition program. The event will include
health screenings, live music, healthy snacks and more.
Registration is at 8 am and at 9 am is the step off. For more
information, call (309) 696-8785.

On Sunday , Wildlife Prairie State Park presents Art in the Park.
On the first Sunday of every month from 10 am to 4:30 pm, multiple
local artisans demonstrate and sell their crafts in the Park.
Regular general admission rates apply. For more information, call
676-0998.

Also on Sunday, Bryan Bowers will perform at Forest Park Nature
Center beginning at 7 pm. An autoharp player, Bryan has a dynamic
outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in
practically any situation. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for
children 12 and under. For more information, call 686-3360.

“Canoe Song: The Stories of the French Explorers” presented by
Prairie Folklore Theatre, starring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry
Cloyd, will perform on Sunday. This is the first of a series of
musical theatre productions at the G.A.R. Hall on Madison and
Hamilton in Downtown Peoria at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 Adults, $5 for
children 15 and under. For more information, call 689-8000.

Also on Sunday, the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Scotty Ligon and the
Ligonaires and The Ed & Judy Howard Six will perform in the Funky
Jazz, Rhythm and Soul Review with all of the proceeds benefiting
the American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter. The event will be
held from 4 – 9 pm at Wildlife Prairie State Park in Hanna City .
Free food and cash bar will be provided. For more information,
call 677-7272 ext. 216.

The fourth annual Central Illinois Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation International Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place at
Glen Oak Park on Sunday. Registration is at 11:30 am,
entertainment is at noon, walk begins at 1 pm. For more
information, call (319) 393-3850.