Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Remember: Daylight Savings Time Begins Saturday at 2 am: Remember to set your clocks 1 hour back on Saturday night before you go to sleep!
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The Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Gardens conservatory is on display now through Saturday. Hours 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For more information, call 686-3362.

On display now at the Peoria Art Guild is Pet Portraits, an invitational show of artists who specialize in painting pets. This show explores how the relationship between humans and their animals have been artistically expressed over time. The show runs through November 15. Hours are Mon-Thur from 10 am – 6 pm and Fri & Sat from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $2. For more information, call 637-2787.

The horror classic Frankenstein will be performed Friday and Sturday nights at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchard Theatre at Eureka College. Cost is $7 or $3 for students. Call 467-6363 for more information.

The Peoria Jaycess first Halloween Masquerade Ball will be held at the Packard Plaza from 8 pm to Midnight Friday night. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Costume Trunk on Main St. or Party World in University Plaza and include appetizers and a voucher for one drink. A cash bar will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Play House Childrens Museum. You must be 21 to attend the ball.

The Peoria Rivermen take on the Quad Cities Flames on Friday beginning at 7 pm in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center. They play the Manitoba Moose on Sunday beginning at 5 pm which is also Family Day – get hot dogs, Cokes and Kitchen Cooked Chips for just $1 each beginning an hour before game time plus kids 12 & under get in for just $1 (upper bowl seating). There’s also going to be inflatable games, balloon art and face painting plus a post-game skate with the Rivermen players. Also, receive a complimentary Journal Star souvenir poster after the game. Tickets are $12, $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 673-3200. Season tickets are also available.

On Friday, there’s a special Halloween Live at the Five Spot featuring Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones plus a costume contest with prizes from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. Admission ranges from $3-$10. For more information, call 674-6822.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is in its final weekend. The event includes the Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Boo Barn. Hours are 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per person per attraction. Receive up to one dollar off per ticket for each non-perishable food item donated.

The 9th Annual Gertrude Kelley Hearts of Hope Art Auction & Celebration will be held on Saturday at the Country Club of Peoria. Featuring artwork from numerous local artists, cocktails & silent auction are from 6 to 7:30 pm followed by dinner & live auction. Art media include oil on canvas, sculpture, ceramics, photography, watercolor, jewelry, and more. Reservations are $100 per person and may be made by calling the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley office at 692-1766.

The History and Craft of Whiskey is equal parts lecture, tasting of some of the world’s finest whiskey, plus all of your favorite Irish drinking songs this Saturday at 7 pm at the GAR Hall in downtown Peoria. Lecture topics include: What is the art of fermentation and its role in Peoria History? Who were the Whiskey Barons of Peoria? What are the differences between Scottish single malt whisky, Irish whiskey, and American bourbon? Musical Guests will be The Roundstone Buskers, Historian Brian “Fox” Ellis and special guest, Friar Tuck. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 689-8000 for more information and reservations.

Fun, Film & Frolic will be held beginning at 6:30 pm at the Apollo Theater in downtown Peoria will feature wine tasting, music of the 1930s and ’40s, a showing of The Thomas Crown Affair, and a Dress as Your Favorite Artist or Work of Art! competition with celebrity judges. All proceeds will go to the Apollo Theater. Admission is $5.

Comedian Robert Klein is in concert at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 7 pm 9:30 pm on Saturday and 7 pm on Sunday. On the short list of the great stand-up comics, he’s had 8 HBO Specials, over 100 appearances on the Tonight Show and Letterman, and is a Grammy and Tony award nominee. His show is rated PG-18. Tickets are $26 if paid with credit card or $25 if paid with cash and are on sale now at the Jukebox Comedy Club Box Office or by calling 673-5853.

Enjoy Lebanese & American food served family-style, all-you-can eat at the Annual Itoo Supper on Sunday from 11:30 am to 7 pm at the Itoo Hall on Farmington Road. Prices are $13.50 for adults and $7 for kids 12 & under. Carry outs will also be available. For more information, call 676-9725.

11th Annual Sports Auction & Card Show will take place on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm with a Live Auction at 2 pm at the Riverplex in downtown Peoria. Admission is $1, kids 12 & under are free. Sports card vendors will be set up to buy, sell, or trade their sports cards and collectibles. The live auction will include autographed sports memorabilia.

Art in the Park is in Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, when multiple local artisans will be demonstrating and selling their crafts at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Regular general admission rates apply. For more information, call 676-0998.

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The Dress for Success Peoria 6th Annual Fundraiser takes place
tonight at the Eamon Patrick’s Public House from 5:30 – 8 pm.
Photographed by local artists, the exhibit highlights women in the
Dress for Success Peoria program. There will also be music and a
silent auction. Tickets are $35. For more information, call
671-5200.

By Jeeves continues tonight through Saturday at the Corn Stock
Winter Lab Theatre. Performances will be held at the Theatre Center
in upper Bradley Park and begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for
adults and $10 for students 18 & under and area available at the
Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Rachel West Kramer with special guest Jairo Arvizu will perform
tonight at 7 pm at the Five Points Community Center in Washington.
The concert will feature songs from her latest CD, “Redeeming Love”
and will also feature “The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley.” Tickets
are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, children 12 & under are $5.
For more information, call 383-2828.

Comedian Dale “Monkey Boy” Jones 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 $14, with the showing only $10.
His shows are rated PG.

On Friday, see Larry the Cable Guy live in his “Eat, Drink & Be
Larry” Tour at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 8 pm. Tickets are
$43.25 and are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 676-8700.

Wildlife “Scary” Park continues this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at
Wildlife Prairie Sate Park. For Halloween fun that won’t give
children nightmares, each night from 5 – 7 pm, the Merry not-so
Scary park will be open. Enjoy a trip through the Haunted House,
trick-or-treating, a ride on the Spooky Train through the Haunted
Forest and much more. Cost is $5.50 per person, $3.50 for Park
Members, and free for children ages 1 & under. For more
information, call 676-0998.

A Dreams for Seniors Charity Fundraiser will take place at Joe’s
Crab Shack in Peoria on the riverfront on Friday from 5 7:30 pm.
10% of sales will be donated to Dreams for Seniors. For more
information, call Debbie Davison at 353-7300.

The Peoria Civic Center will dedicate “Knockin’ on Freedom’s Door”,
a commemorative art piece created by Peoria sculptor Preston
Jackson, in a ceremony on Friday at 10 am. The ceremony will be
held at the corner of Liberty Street and Jefferson Avenue, outside
of the Civic Center Arena. For more information, call 673-8900.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe continues this
weekend and runs Friday & Saturday nights through November 1. The
event includes the Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion, Trail of
Terror and the Boo Barn. Hours are 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets
are $8 per person per attraction. Receive up to one dollar off per
ticket for each non-perishable food item donated.

American English, a Beatles tribute band, will perform a free
concert from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Rinker Open Air Theatre at Eureka
College on Saturday. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or
blankets. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held in
the Cerf Center. For more information call 467-6420.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is this Friday and Saturday nights at
Midnight. Audience members are encouraged to dress as their
favorite character (although it’s not required), sing along with
your favorite songs plus check the Peoria Players website for a
complete list of approved props. Tickets are $15 for general
admission seating and are available at the Peoria Players Box
Office, by calling 688-4473.

The Uncorked Wine and Food Tasting, Silent, and Live Auction
Fundraiser for the Cancer Center for Healthy Living will be held at
the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria from 6 – 10 pm on Friday
evening. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Sample fine
wines and enjoy local music and fabulous hors d’oeuvres while
raising money for the Cancer Center’s important services. Click
HERE or call 693-8139 for more information.

The Magic of Bill Blagg III takes place at the Illinois Central
College Performing Arts Center Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets
are $24 and $16 and $13 for students. For more information or to
order tickets, call 694-5136.

Anthony Kearns, the world-renowned Irish Tenor, and special guest
Patrick Healy will perform Saturday at the Five Points in
Washington at 7 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and available by calling
444-8222.

Also on Saturday, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present
“Beyond Baroque” with trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins beginning
at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. TIckets frange from
$35.30 – $71.50 and are $10.50 for students. For more information,
call 676-8700.

The Peoria Rivermen take on the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday
beginning at 7:05 pm in the Civic Center Arena. The Rivermen take
on the Monsters again on Sunday at 3 pm which is Family day: kids
12 & under are only $1 (Upper Bowl Admission) and hot dogs, Cokes,
& Kitchen Cooked Chips are $1 each (one hour prior to game) plus
there will be inflatable games, balloon art and face painting plus
a post-game skate with team. Tickets are $12, $15 and $20 and are
available at the Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 673-3200 or
online at Ticketmaster.com. Season tickets are also available.

The 17th Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held from 9 am – 4
pm on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center featuring entertainment,
educational and intriguing seminars, and numerous contests and door
prizes. There will be over 300 exhibitor booths with hand outs and
free samples plus various healthcare screenings, makeovers and
more. Tickets are $8 at the door or available in advance at Cub
Foods and Bergner’s.

Also on Saturday, the Creation Festival, the nation’s largest
Christian music festival and the premier name in Christian music
events, will be at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington
beginning at 6 pm. Kutless with special guests Thousand Foot Krutch
and Pillar will headline the event. Tickets are $28, $23 in
advance, $33 & $28 at the door and available at the US Cellular
Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling
309-454-5500.

The St. Martin Chamber Players will perform Sunday from 3 – 5 pm
at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The event is free, however, there
will be a free will offering. For more information, call 682-8977.

Norm McDonald, a Saturday Night Live star with dozens of movie and
television appearance credits, will perform at the Jukebox Comedy
Club Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets are $31 if paid with a credit card or
$30 if paid with cash and are on sale now at the Jukebox Comedy
Club Box Office by calling 673-5853. His show is rated Hard R.

On Sunday, The River City Blues Society is holding a fundraiser at
Goodfellas Pub & Pizza from 6 – 10 pm to help raise funds for its
2009 Winter Blues Fest on February 28th, 2009. The fundraiser will
feature The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Russell Miller, and 6V6.
Tickets are $5. For more information, call 267-4425.

Northern Shores Featured Artist Exhibit for Gertrude Kelley Hearts
of Hope Art Auction will be held from 6 – 9 pm Sunday at 2 Chez
restaurant. The exhibit features photography of the Pacific
Northwest by local artist Kevin Morrissey. Select pieces will be
available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Mental Health
Association of Illinois Valley. Exhibit is free and open to the
public. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, call 692-1766.

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 Film Noir Festival continues at the Apollo Theatre tonight with
“Shadow of a Doubt” and “His Kind of Woman” from 7 – 10 pm. Shows
continue Friday night with “The Lady from Shanghai ” and “The
Damned Don’t Cry,” and Saturday night featuring “Kiss of Death” and
“Sunset Boulevard.” Tickets are $5 for the general public and $4
for senior citizens and children. For more information, call
673-4343.

Comedian Nick Gaza 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.

Mamma Mia performances continue tonight through Sunday at the
Peoria Civic Center Theater. Show times are 7:30 pm tonight, 8 pm
Friday, 2 pm and 8 pm on Saturday, and 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Sunday.
Tickets are $36.50, $56.50, $66.50 and $76.50 and are available at
the Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling
673-3200.

Tonight, join President Abraham Lincoln in a modern-day press
conference at the Pettengill-Morron house beginning at 5:30 pm, as
he responds to questions from the local media and the audience
concerning important events of his presidency. A punch and cookie
reception honoring the President will be held afterward. Admission
is free.

Also tonight, Keith Zimmerman will be featured on the saxophone for
a faculty recital from 7:30 – 9 pm at Dingledine Music Center .
Admission is free. From 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Barry Blinderman will
lecture at the Heuser Art Center about Andy Warhol’s Polaroid
photographs recently given to BU. For more information, call
677-2989. On Saturday night from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, the Bradley
Symphony Orchestra will perform at Dingledine Music Center .
Admission is $5 for the general public and students are free. Then
on Sunday, the MSCS Bradley Jazz Ensemble will perform at
Dingledine Music Center from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for the
general public and students are free. For more information on all
Dingledine Music Center events, call 677-2242.

Wildlife “Scary” Park kicks off this Friday at Wildlife Prairie
Sate Park. For Halloween fun that won’t give children nightmares,
each night from 5 – 7 pm, the Merry not-so Scary park will be open.
Enjoy a trip through the Haunted House, trick-or-treating, a ride
on the Spooky Train through the Haunted Forest and much more. Cost
is $5.50 per person, $3.50 for Park Members, and free for children
ages 1 & under. For more information, call 676-0998.

Doc Rodgers & the Rock Dodgers (bluegrass) 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.
On Saturday night, the CAC hosts their Salsa Night from 7 – 11 pm,
which includes Latin dance lessons followed by an open dance
session. Admission is $2 for members and $5 nonmembers. Then, on
Sunday, it’s the Aesthetic Underground Open Mic featuring poetry,
prose, plays and acoustic music from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Admission
is free; however, donations are always welcome. For more
information on any CAC event, call 674-6822.

On Friday, the Peoria Rivermen celebrate Pink in the Rink when they
take on the Milwaukee Admirals beginning at 7 pm in Carver Arena at
the Civic Center. Special ticket packages are available with $5 of
each ticket will being donated to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable
Foundation. To purchase the Pink in the Rink ticket packages, call
678-4267. Regular tickets for the game are $12, $15 and $20 and are
available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at
673-3200. Season tickets are also available.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe continues Friday
and runs Firday & Saturday nights through November 1. The event
includes the Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and
the Boo Barn. Hours are 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per
person per attraction. Receive up to one dollar off per ticket for
each non-perishable food item donated. Call 274-8837 for more
information including group sales Information.

By Jeeves opens tonight at the Corn Stock Winter Lab Theatre.
Performances will be held at the Theatre Center in upper Bradley
Park and begin at 7:30 pm with the exception of the Sunday matinee
which begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for
students 18 & under and area available at the Corn Stock Box Office
or by calling 676-2196.

The Peoria Zoo’s Howl-Zoo-en begins on Friday and continues on
Saturday night. This year’s event features the Trick or Treat Trail
with gobs of candy, fire spinners, creepy crawly animal
entertainers, and a costume contest each night beginning at 7 pm.
Tickets are $3 for Zoo members or $4 for non-members and are
available at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, call 681-3513.

The Rock ‘n Roll Halloween Masquerade Ball is Friday & Saturday
nights at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. Gates open at 5 pm.
The ball features cover bands “masquerading” as famous Rock ‘n Roll
bands. Friday night bands include, Cornmeal as The Doors,
Brainchild as Nirvana, Waterstreet as Led Zeppelin and Creek Road
Ramblers as the Beatles. Saturday night bands include Mindset
Evolution as A Perfect Circle, Far From Free as Mudvayne, Fear of
Clowns as Marilyn Manson and Biorhythm as Metallica. There will be
a costume contest each night with over $2,000 in cash prizes to be
awarded for best and most original costume. Advance tickets $10 and
are available at all Co-op Records locations. Tickets at the door
are $15.

The YWCA All Women’s 5K Run and One Mile Fitness Walk to Celebrate
the YWCA National Week Without Violence will take place on Saturday
beginning at 8 am at the Lakeview Park YWCA. All proceeds benefit
the Peoria YWCA. For more information, call 685-7655 x 203.

The Wild Jam 2008 cheerleading competiton will be held in the
Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday from 9 am – 8 pm Admission is
free for spectators.

This Saturday marks the Morton 12th Annual Pumkin Chunkin. It’s a
contest between machines built for the sole purpose of throwing a
pumpkin as far as it can go. There will be pumpkin food, fall
decorations, children’s activities, country atmosphere and
inventive contraptions. The event will take place at Corner
Allentown & Springfield Roads from 9 am – 5 pm. There is a $5
parking fee. For more information, call 266-5135.

Also on Saturday, find great deals at the Peoria Players Vintage
Clothing and Collectibles Sale from 9 am to Noon in the theatre
lobby. Just in time for Halloween, there will be all sorts of
various clothing and accessories including fur coats plus lots of
old props that will go for a song. All proceeds benefit the
theatre. For more information, call 688-4473.

On Sunday, the ICC Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform from 2:30 – 4
pm at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center. A
reception and art show will follow the performance. Tickets are $7
for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and students. For
more information, call 694-5136.

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park from 1 – 4 pm on
Sunday. 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.

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

The 12th annual Gospel Jubilee presented by PACE (Peoria Area
Community Events) will be held at the Riverside Community Church
Sunday beginning at 6 pm. The event features Ms. Pat Ward, the
Extravagant Worship Dance Company, Steve Thomas & Gayle Cooper, the
Faith Missionary Youth Stick Ministry, Fullness of Time and Some
Guys. This year’s Gospel Jubilee costs only $2 per person at the
door.

As always, find great events & entertainment happening in the Peoria
area on the ExplorePeoria.com Events Calendar here:

http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/EventsCalendar

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The Chocolate Fantasy and Signature Chef’s Auction, an annual
event to benefit the March of Dimes, will be held in the Embassy
Suites Grand Ballroom in East Peoria tonight at 5:30 pm. There
will be live jazz music and bite size masterpieces from nearly 20
local chefs plus a live and silent auction. Tickets are $65 per
person or $650 for a table of 10. To reserve tickets or for more
information, call 689-9712.

Moon Over Buffalo , the backstage farce which was brought back to
Broadway by Carol Burnett, continues tonight through Sunday at
Peoria Players Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 pm except for the
Sunday matinee, which begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $11 for
adults and $9 for youth 18 & under and are available at the Peoria
Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473.

In partnership with WCBU, the StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Peoria
through October 18 located beside the Metro Centre in front of the
farmer’s market. Record the story of your life – each
conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and
is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress.
Make a reservation to record your story by calling 800-850-4406.

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.

Let’s Get Away from It All, the 66th annual Peoria Barbershop
Chorus Show, begins at 2 pm at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in
downtown Peoria Friday afternoon. The event features WEEK-TV
sportscaster, Lee Hall as Elvis and the “After Hours Quartet.”
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more
information, call 691-4656 or 645-3181.

Duryea Days in Peoria Heights kicks off on Friday night at 5:30 pm
with a “cruise-in” from Midwest Cruisers. There will be a DJ, beer
tent and food and will take place at Tower Park and directly across
on Glen. Duryea Days runs from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

The psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips present Christmas on
Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips, a
science fiction film, on Friday at 7:30 at Reynold’s Cinemas in the
Landmark Recreation Center Admission is $8 per person.

Bill Porter (blues, rock) 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. For more information
on any event, call 674-6822.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe continues Friday
and runs every Friday and Saturday night through October. The
event includes the Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion , Trail of
Terror and the Boo Barn. Gates open at 6 pm and the event runs from
7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per person per attraction.
Receive up to one dollar off per ticket for each non-perishable
food item donated. Call 274-8837 for more information
including group sales Information.

Pet Portrait, an invitational show of artists who specialize in
painting pet portraits, is now on display at the Peoria Art Guild.
This show explores how the relationship between humans and their
animals have been artistically expressed over time. Hours are
Monday-Thursday from 10 am – 6 pm and Friday & Saturday from 10 am
– 5 pm. Admission is $2.

Tour Wildlife Prairie State Park with a photographer and get
great tips on how to achieve that perfect shot. Photos taken may be
submitted into our monthly photo contest. 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.

On Saturday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Iowa Chops at 7 pm at
the Civic Center Arena in their season opener. Tickets are $12,
$15 & $20 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, or by
phone at 673-3200. Season tickets are also available.

The Prairie Folklore Theatre continues their 6th Annual Historic
Springdale Cemetery Tour on Saturday. Tours start promptly at 2 pm
and 4 pm at the Perry Ave.entrance. The Prairie Folklore Theatre
also presents Civil War Ghosts and Legends at 7 pm at the G.A.R.
Hall in Downtown Peoria. Based on true stories of Peoria Area
Civil War Veterans, this musical theatre production weaves the
poetry of Whitman with songs from Stephan Foster and ‘true’ ghosts
stories from the most un-civil war. Tickets are $15 Adults, $5 for
children 15 and under. For more information or reservations, call
689-8000.

The Havana Chamber of Commerce will host a Wine Festival on
Saturday from 1 – 6 pm at the Gasline Lounge Sidewalk Café.
Festivities include live music, wineries, food, carriage rides and
a wine recipe contest. Entry forms for the contest are available
online. Admission is $10, which includes a wineglass and 8
samples. For more information, call 543-3528.

Also on Saturday, Apple’s Bakery will host a wine tasting event to
benefit Dress For Success from 2 – 6 pm. Admission to the event is
a $10 donation or a donation of gently used professional attire at
the door. Join Apple’s Bakery for food, wine, friends, holiday
gifts, door prizes and great conversation all in an effort to
support Dress for Success. For more information, call 693-3522.

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, the 4th
Annual Share Walk to Remember begins Saturday at 10:45 am at the
Peoria River Plex. A memorial service and one-mile walk are
scheduled to allow parents, friends and families the opportunity to
honor, love and remember their babies. Food and refreshments will
be provided as well as a craft area for children. Registration is
$20 for adults and $15 for children 5-10 years. For more
information, call 566-8234.

The Fall Festival of Spoon River Scenic Drive continues this
Saturday and Sunday in Fulton County . Beside the food, arts,
crafts, antiques, and collectibles, there will be many types of
demonstrations and entertainment in the 17 villages/areas. The
drive will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. Admission
is free. For more information, call 647-8980.

The fall version of the Peoria Riverfront Market will take place
from 10 am- 2 pm featuring apples, cider, pumpkins, mums, apple
cider, donuts, baked goods, produce, meats, and cheeses plus arts,
crafts and fun activities for kids. Plus kids eat free with a paid
adult meal at participating riverfront restaurants including Cafe
401, Hooters and Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe (children’s menu only).

Bark in the Park is Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront from 11 am – 3
pm. Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter and
cruelty rescue, as well as volunteer, community awareness, adoption
programs and much more. The event will take place at Festival Park
rain or shine — enter at the Gateway Building on Peoria ‘s
Riverfront, at Hamilton and Water. Advance registration is $20 per
dog (includes 1 person) and event day registration is $25 per dog
(includes 1 person). General admission for non-registered
attendees 13 years and over is $5 per person, 12 years and under is
free.

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

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Plies will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight
at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale through the Civic Center Box Office,
all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 676-8700 and online at
Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $32.

The Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus presents The Music Man at
Eastlight Theatre, tonight through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at
2 pm. Tickets are $6 each and are on sale at the Eastlight Theatre
Box Office or by calling 699-7469. For more information, call
578-3663.

The Bradley University theatre department continues its
production of Pirates of Penzance tonight through Saturday with
performances at 8 pm each night. Ticket prices are $17 for the
general public, $14 for faculty/staff/seniors and $9 students and
are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office or by phone at
677-2650. For more information, call 677-2651.

In partnership with WCBU, the StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Peoria
through October 18 located beside the Metro Centre in front of the
farmer’s market. Record the story of your life – each
conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and
is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress.
Make a reservation to record your story by calling 800-850-4406.

Also tonight, Eureka College history professor Junius Rodriguez
will speak on ” Where Eureka College and Serendipity Intersect: The
Intellectual Origins of Ronald Reagan’s Economic Thought” at 7:30
pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka College . The lecture is free. For
more information, call 467-6416.

The Peoria Rivermen will host the St. Louis Blues Camp in the
Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight at 7 pm. Then on Friday, they’ll
hold a scrimmage in the Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Don’t miss your
chance to see the St. Louis Blues skate in the Civic Center ‘s
Carver Arena.

Moon Over Buffalo, the backstage farce which was brought back to
Broadway by Carol Burnett, opens Friday at Peoria Players Theatre.
The show runs through Sunday plus Wednesday through Sunday of next
week. Performances are at 7:30 pm except for the Sunday matinees,
which begin at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for
youth 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box
Office, by calling 688-4473.

ICC theatre’s Happily Ever Once Upon also continues this Friday
through Sunday with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday
and 2:30 pm on Sunday 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.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe opens this Friday
and runs every Friday and Saturday night through October. The
event includes the Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion, Trail of
Terror and the Boo Barn. Gates open at 6 pm and the event runs from
7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per person per attraction.
Receive up to one dollar off per ticket for each non-perishable
food item donated. Call 274-8837 for more information
including group sales Information.

The Peoria Rib Fest & Chili Cook-Off kicks off this Friday from 5
pm – midnight and continues Saturday from noon – midnight.
Activities include entertainment on the CEFCU stage beginning at 6
pm on Friday featuring O-Face, Sponge and Seven Mary Three and on
Saturday beginning at 7 pm is Umphrey’s McGee with special guests
56 Hope Road. Tickets for the Saturday night show are $22 in
advance and $25 at the gate and are available at the Riverfront
Visitor’s Center, all COOP Records locations, by phone or at
1-800-ETIX.
The Rib Cook-Off Competition and Chili Cook-Off will both be held
on Saturday at the Riverfront Festival Park located on the north
side of the Gateway Building . On Friday, admission is $10, kids
under 12 are free. On Saturday, admission is free except for the
CEFCU Stage Show as listed above.

Preston Jackson & Friends, who play jazz and R&B, 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 on any event, call 674-6822.

The Wildlife Prairie Park Rummage sale takes place this Saturday
from 8 am – 4 pm. Proceeds will go toward building a brand new owl
enclosure.
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 on
both events, call 676-0998.

The fall version of the Peoria Riverfront Market will take place
from 10 am- 2 pm featuring apples, cider, pumpkins, mums, apple
cider, donuts, baked goods, produce, meats, and cheeses plus arts,
crafts and fun activities for kids. Plus kids eat free with a paid
adult meal at participating riverfront restaurants including Cafe
401, Hooters and Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe (children’s menu only).

Explore yoga foundations of posture, phrasing, conscious breath
work, yoga props, mantra & meditation in a Beginner Yoga Workshop
at Heading OM Yoga this Saturday from 10 am – Noon. The workshop
cost is $15 and all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is
requested. For more information, call 224-8805.

The Fall Festival of Spoon River Scenic Drive will take place the
first two weekends in October in Fulton County . Beside the food,
arts, crafts, antiques, and collectibles, there will be many types
of demonstrations and entertainment in the 17 villages/areas. The
drive will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 5 pm.
Admission is free. For more information, call 647-8980

The Small Wonders Miracle Walk will be held Saturday at the
RiverPlex in downtown Peoria with registration, games & silent
auction beginning at 9 am. The walk begins at 10 am. All funds
raised will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the
Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Mood Indigo, the fall Contemporary Art Center fundraiser, is this
Saturday. Tickets are $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers.
Celebrate the golden age of radio as the center is transformed into
an early 20th century broadcast station, setting the stage for live
jump/blues and swing music provided by Bruiser & the Virtues of
Champaign. Period clothing is encouraged, but not required. For
more information, call 674-6877.

Thunder in the Valley, an intercultural celebration of percussion,
will be held at the Seven Circles Heritage Center on Saturday from
noon – 5 pm. Experience the power of the drum and the heartbeat of
the Earth. Drums of many cultures and faiths will be featured. Door
prizes and concessions will be available. Admission is free. For
more information, call 637-1046.

The Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk 2008 annual fundraiser
takes place on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront. For more
information about participating, call 681-1100.

Cinema Paradiso will run at the Apollo Theatre this Sunday from 4
– 6 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and
children. For more information, call 673-4343.

Horn player Kristin Schrag will perform Sunday from 3 – 4 pm in a
student recital. From 7:30 – 9 pm, Doug Rubio will perform on the
guitar. Both events take place at the Bradley Dingeldine Music
Center and are free to the public. For more information, call
677-2595.