Archive for February, 2009

Eureka College theater department’s production of Top Girls by
Caryl Churchill, continues tonight at 7:30 pm through Saturday in
Pritchard Theatre. The show explores whether it is possible for
women to combine a successful career with a thriving family life.
Admission is $7 for the general public and $5 for students. For
reservations, call 467-6363.

Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Lab Theatre continues with Moonlight &
Magnolias through Saturday at their Theatre Center. It’s a
fanciful retelling of the problems surrounding the production of
the movie version of the great American novel, Gone with the Wind.
Performances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7
for students 18 & under and are on sale at the Corn Stock Theatre
Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Cloud Nine opens tonight at Bradley’s Hartmann Theatre. It’s a
hilarious look at racial, sexual, and personal repression, the show
is truly international hit and is one of the most significant plays
of the last quarter of the 20th century. Ticket prices are $14 for
the public, $12 for faculty, staff & senior citizens and $7 for
students. Show times are 8 pm on Thursday through Saturday and 2:30
pm on Sunday. Tickets are available at the Hartmann Center Box
Office and by phone at 677-2650. For more information, call
677-2651.

The Peoria Park District’s Proctor Recreation Center will celebrate
black history month on tonight from 6 – 7:30pm with the John H.
Gwynn Jr. Black History Celebration. There will be displays
dedicated to black artists, authors, singers, role models and more,
as well as tables devoted to health solutions, voter registration
and the NAACP. This is a free event: there will be food, giveaways,
and entertainment throughout the evening. Proctor Recreation
Center is an official Safe Haven Site for Peoria’s community. For
more information, call 673-9183.

Comedian Auggie Smith will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club
tonight at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. He returns Friday and Saturday nights
with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm for $15, with the Friday 10:30 pm
showing only $10. Auggie Smith has been a Jukebox favorite since
Bill Clinton’s first term! His shows are rated R. For more
information, call 673-5853.

Rumors opens Friday at the ICC Performing Arts Theatre. Rumors is
a fast paced, fun-filled farce from America’s premiere comic
playwright, Neil Simon. Directed by Robin Berkley, performances
begin at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and
are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by
calling 694-5136.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents 39th Annual Central
Illinois World Affairs Conference at the Embassy Suites on Friday &
Saturday. This year’s focus is Pakistan: Dangers, Insights and
Strategies. Keynote speakers include: International reporter and
columnist Trudy Rubin, The Honorable Farahnaz Ispahani, Ambassador
Touqir Hussain, and Scholar in Residence of the Middle East
Institute Dr. Marvin Weinbaum. This program offers continuing
education units for teacher re-certification in Illinois. For more
details, please contact the conference director at 677-2454.

Pair your favorite blue jeans with a black tie and you’re in for a
great evening to benefit Easter Seals at their 4th Annual Black &
Blue Ball on Friday in the Civic Center Ballroom. Featuring music
from Bubblegum Jack, doors open at 6 pm where there will be hors
d’oeuvres, beer wine, soft drinks, a cash bar plus a live & silent
auction. Minimum donation is $75 per person. For more information
or tickets, call 686-1177.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria present its 2009
Official Spring Home Show Friday through Sunday at the Peoria Civic
Center Exhibit Hall. The Official Spring Home Show is the largest
event of its kind in Central Illinois and features everything for
the home … inside and out … all under one roof! Exhibitors
display a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and home
remodeling products and services. Hours are 4 to 9 pm on Friday, 10
am to 8 pm on Saturday and 11 to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $6
for adults, half off for senior citizens, kids under 18 are free.

Shannon Moore will be performing at the Venue Friday night from 7 –
10 pm. The cover is $5 per person.

On Friday at 2 pm, Maui Jim hosts their Dive for Cover event where
volunteers dive into the sunglass-shaped pond at its world
headquarters on Allen Road to raise money and awareness for the
South Side Mission.

Heading OM Yoga is offering a Beginner’s Yoga Workshop on Saturday
beginning at 2 pm. Explore yoga foundations of posture, phrasing,
conscious breath work, yoga props, mantra and meditation in this
back-to-the-basics beginner yoga workshop. All ages welcome. The
class is $15, or free with the purchase of a 5-class package.
Please call 224-8805 to reserve your space.

The Bradley Braves take on Drake at the Peoria Civic Center
(Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm on Saturday. Tickets range
between $9 and $20 and are available at the Civic Center Box
Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 673-3200.

The Heritage Ensemble, one of Peoria’s premiere vocal performance
groups, will provide a musical look at Black History on Saturday at
2:30 pm at Peoria Public Library. This performance is free and open
to the public. For more information, call 497-2000.

The Peoria Jazz AllStars will be fundraising for the trip to New
York in June with the AllStar Trivia Party from 6 – 10 pm Saturday
at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Radnor Rd. Admission is $10. For
more information, call 672-6748.

Also on Saturday, the Peoria Mustangs take on Dubuque beginning at
6:45 pm at Owens Center.

The FivePoints Theater in Washington will host the Miss Heart of
Illinois 2009 Pageant Saturday at 7:30 pm. These pageants are
local preliminary pageants of the Miss Illinois and Miss America
systems. Admission is $10. For more information, call 444-8222.

On Saturday, the Kemper Banquet Hall will host the Canton Area
Chamber of Commerce Casino Night at 6 pm. Enjoy an evening of fun
with friends as you “gamble” with play money at a variety of casino
games and support the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce. Win prizes,
enjoy hors de’ourvres, and buy raffles tickets to win up to
$10,000. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call
647-2677.

2009 WSSA Illinois State Sport Stacking takes place Saturday from
8 am – 5:30 pm at the RiverPlex. Competitive events include
Individuals, Doubles and 4-Person Team Relays in a variety of
divisions which include all ages. Admission is $5 for adults, $3
for kids (5-17) and seniors (55+), free for kids 5 and under.

The 5th annual Fine Art Live & Silent Auction features outstanding
local artists’ original artwork. The event begins Saturday at 7 pm
with food, cash bar and live music by John Miller and the
Romaniacs. The auction begins at 8 pm. Admission is $15 for members
and $25 for non- members. Call 674-6822 for more information.

On Monday, George Thorogood & the Destroyers will appear at the
East Peoria Event Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $34 in
advance and are available at Co-op Records locations or by phone at
1-800-514-ETIX.

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Tonight beginning at 6:30 pm, take a Spanish Wine Course at Venue
in Washington. The event will feature a tasting featuring the
wines of Spain. Tickets are $15 for reservations, $17 at the door,
and $14 per person for groups of three or more. On Friday, Lucas
Doremus will perform from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is $5 per person.

Comedian Alex Ortiz will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight
at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. He returns Friday & Saturday nights with
shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm for $13, with the Thursday 8 pm showing
only $10. He has performed along-side such stars as D.L. Hughley,
Bernie Mac and Bobcat Goldthwait. His shows are rated R. For more
information, call 673-5853.

Funny Valentines continues tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in
Goodfield. The show is a charming romantic comedy of boy marries
girl…boy and girl divorce…and boy is desperate to get girl back. On
Thursdays, Fridays, and 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.

The Eureka College theater department’s production of Top Girls by
Caryl Churchill, which explores whether it is possible for women to
combine a successful career with a thriving family life, will be
staged at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday in Pritchard Theatre. Cost is
$7 for the general public and $5 for students. For reservations,
call 467-6363.

Also on Friday, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Hoobastank, and Safety Suit
will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning
at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.50, $34.50 & $29.50 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.

Carnivale 2009, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society – Greater Illinois Chapter, is Friday from 6 pm to Midnight
at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Tickets are $75 per person,
$50 of which is tax deductible. A French Quarter style menu
featuring traditional Louisiana fare will be served, as well as a
complimentary wine menu. Carl Anderson’s New Orleans Jazz Band and
Jammsammich will perform. There will also be a silent auction,
raffle, games and prizes. For more information and to purchase
tickets, call 369-8097.

Opening on Friday evening and running through Sunday, the Corn
Stock Theatre’s Winter Lab Theatre presents Moonlight & Magnolias:
a fanciful retelling of the problems surrounding the production of
the movie version of the great American novel, Gone with the Wind.
Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on Sunday, which begins at
2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under
and are on sale at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office or by calling
676-2196.

The Illinois Wesleyan University Civic Orchestra presents its
annual Concerto-Aria Concert at the Bloomington Center for the
Performing Arts on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. The orchestra, made
up of current Illinois Wesleyan University students, will also
showcase four student solo performances accompanied by the
orchestra under the direction of Steven W. Eggleston. General
Admission is $10 and Senior Citizens or IWU Alumni are $5. For
more information, call 556-3346.

The Waterhouse hosts the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner
and show this weekend. Admission includes the Waterhouse’s two
entree banquet buffet and the fabulous Howlin’ on Water Dueling
Pianos Show. Tickets are $31.95 per person or $10 for just the
show. For more information or reservations, call 494-9100.

Experience Family Yoga at Heading OM Yoga Studio on Saturday from 2
to 3 pm. Working as partners and solo, explore yogic breath,
movement, posture, team work, communication, stress release, self
awareness, growing and flowing. Please join Tammy & Lisa for an
awesome practice where Thai Yoga, partner and Hatha yoga unify the
connection of family for all ages. This offering is made complete
with an organic snack at the end of class. Investment is $15 per
parent/child and $5 each additional child. Pre-registration is
required: call 224-8805.

Join Peoria Singles on Saturday at 9:15 pm for an evening of
Moonlight Bowling at Mount Hawley Bowl. Wear your most outrageous
tropical outfit for a fabulous mystery surprise (optional).

On Saturday, it’s free Rivermen hat night as the Peoria Rivermen
take on the Chicago Wolves beginning at 7 pm in Carver Arena at the
Peoria Civic Center. On Sunday at 3 pm, it’s Family Day as they
take on the Quad City Flames: Kids admission (12 & under) is just
$1 plus hot dogs, chips & Cokes are $1 each for one hour prior to
the game. There will also be a post-game skate with the players
plus inflatable games, balloon art & face painting for the kids.
Tickets are $12, $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, by phone at 673-3200 or online at
Ticketmaster.com. Season tickets are also available.

Lisa Lampanelli will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre
Saturday at 8 pm. A cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a
vial of estrogen, she even won accolades from The King of All
Media, Howard Stern, who described her as “a REAL funny broad.”
Tickets are $36.75 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Also on Saturday, Peoria Players Theatre presents their first in a
series of Singalong nights with their High School Musical Singalong
beginning at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. You are encouraged to
dress as your favorite HSM character and of course, to sing along
with the movie. Seating is general admission with a $5 fee for each
person. For more information, call 688-4473.

Arrowhead Country Club will host the Annual Firefighters Dance
Saturday from 9 pm – 1 am. Come out for an evening of dancing and
fun while supporting the Akron – Princeville Fire Dept. Music will
be provided by “CHUB” and “BUB” (DJs). Tickets are $5 and a cash
bar will be provided. For more information, call 678-4909.

On Saturday evening, the Apollo Theatre will show the classic The
Maltese Falcon starring Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade and Bebe
Daniels as Ruth Wonderly which premiered in 1941. In honor of
Peoria Reads! program sponsored by the Peoria Public Library and
Common Place, The Maltese Falcon was selected because it has been
described as the greatest detective story ever written. Admission
is $5 for adults and $4 for students & senior citizens.

The Old Time Folk and Country Jam takes place 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.

The St. Martin Chamber Players present a Tribute to George
Washington at 3 pm in the Universalist Unitarian Church in Peoria.
Admission is free with an offering accepted, and a reception will
follow the performance. For more information, call 691-4959.

The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David
Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert
in Dingeldine Music Center at 3 pm. The concert will be presented
in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large
audiences and which made him a household name throughout the United
States. A pre-concert lecture featuring stories of the Sousa band
on tour will be given at 2:15 pm by Lee Ranson of television
station WEEK-TV. The concert will be narrated by the President of
Bradley University, Joanne K. Glasser, Esq. Admission is $15.
Tickets are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office or by
calling 677-2650.

The Drowsy Chaperone will be held in the Peoria Civic Center
Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm both nights. Tickets
are $37.50, $49.50 and $53.50. Tickets are on sale at
Ticketmaster.com. Citylink’s Park & Ride will be in operation for
both performances: go to http://www.ridecitylink.org for details.

Win 2 Tickets to see The Drowsy Chaperone at the Peoria Civic Center
on Tuesday Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm courtesy of ExplorePeoria.com! Go to
http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/drowsychaperone to register.

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Annie Get Your Gun continues tonight through Sunday at Peoria
Players. Revived on Broadway in 1999, it’s the story of Annie
Oakley who gets her big break into show business with her rifle
markmanship. Performances begin at 7:30 pm except for the Sunday
matinee, which begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and
$12 for youth 18 & under. Tickets go on sale soon at the Peoria
Players Box Office or by calling 688-4473 or online at
peoriaplayers.org.

The 2009 IHSA Chess Tournament will be held in the Peoria Civic
Center Exhibit Hall and Ballroom this weekend. Times are 10 am – 8
pm on Friday and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday. Admission is free for
spectators. Grandmaster Yury Shulman, the 2008 U.S. Open Champion,
will be in attendance on Saturday. He will observe games, mingle
with students and give demonstrations in the practice area.

On Friday, the Venue will host musician Denise LaGrassa from 7 –
10 pm. Admission is $5 per person. Then on Saturday, the Venue
presents Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate, a romantic experience for you
and your special someone. Indulge in our three favorite things
while a romantic movie and music play in the background.
Reservations are required.

Reel to Real will be showing the movie The Fall at 7 pm Friday on
the ICC North Campus in the auditorium of Arbor Hall (2nd floor).
Winner of three international film awards, The film event includes
a moderated discussion and social hour with complimentary pastries
from Panera. Admission is for $5 for adults and $4 with student ID.
For more information, call 339-3001.

In conjunction with the Peoria Public Library’s Big Read program
for 2009, the Apollo Theatre presents the classic 1941 film, The
Maltese Falcon directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey
Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Sidney Greenstreet at 7 pm
Friday. For tickets and information, call 673-4343.

Central Time Zone (rock, blues) 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.

Comedian Robert Schimmel will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club
on Friday at 8 & 10:30 pm. He returns Saturday night with shows at
8 pm and 10:30 pm for $21, with the Friday 10:30 pm showing only
$16. His life has been extraordinarily challenging. He lost his 11
year-old son to leukemia, married and divorced the same woman three
times, and battled, and for the time being, has beat cancer. His
memoir, “Cancer on $5 a Day: How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest
Journey of My Life” is a testament to how he found strength in
humor. His shows are rated R. For more information, call 673-5853.

Heading Om is offering a Thai Yoga Partners Workshop on Saturday
from 2-4 pm. This class is centered on creating a vibe of unity
between partners, friends & family. Space is limited, so
pre-registration is required. The workshop fee is $35: call
231-YOGA to make a reservation. They will also host a Yoga for
Riders workshop on Sunday from 12:30 to 2 pm led by Laura
Bush-Collins, YogaFit® Certified & rider of 25 years. The fee for
this workshop is $15. Pre-registration can be made by calling
224-9980.

The Progressive Business Group will hold the 7th Annual Valentine
Charity Ball on Saturday to benefit the Center for Prevention of
Abuse at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. The evening begins with
a champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres at 6 pm and includes a
gourmet dinner, chocolate fountain, keepsake photo and live music.
A silent auction and a raffle will also be featured. Tickets are
$300 per couple. For more information, call 696-3420.

The Bradley Braves take on Evansville at the Peoria Civic Center
(Carver) Arena Saturday beginning at 1:05 pm. Tickets range between
$9 and $20 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 673-3200. Citylink’s Park & Ride
will be in operation for the game.

Also on Saturday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Chicago Wolves
beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver Arena). Then,
on Sunday, the Rivermen play against the Rochester Americans
beginning at 3 pm. Sunday is family day: hot dogs, cokes & chips
are just $1 each for 1 hour prior to the game. Kids 12 & under will
get in for just $1 and there will be inflatable games, balloon art,
face painting plus a post-game skate with the Rivermen players.
Tickets are $12, $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, by phone at 673-3200 or online at
Ticketmaster.com.

The Peoria Mustangs take on Cleveland Saturday beginning at 6:45 pm
at Owens Center. The Mustangs will face Cleveland again on Sunday
at 1:15 pm also at Owens Center.

On Saturday evening, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and conductor
David Commanday welcome the string trio “Time for Three” as well as
the Central Illinois Youth Symphony to the Peoria Civic Center
Theatre at 8pm. For tickets and information, call 671-1096.
Citylink’s Park & Ride will be in operation for the this
event.

The American Heart Association hosts the Peoria Heart and Stroke
Ball at 5:30 pm Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel ballroom. Dance
the night away while helping to fight heart disease and stroke,
America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. This fundraising event helps
educate the community on how to prevent heart disease and stroke
and support research that could lead to the next lifesaving
discovery. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact American
Heart Association Corporate Events at 696-8785.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style and support the Peoria Ballet
by treating your sweetheart to a gourmet dinner, live auction, and
dancing to the music of Chicago’s Michael Lerich Band. The Romeo &
Juliet Ball, a fundraiser for the Peoria Ballet, will be held at
the Peoria Country Club beginning at 7 pm and concluding at
Midnight. Tickets are $200. Seating is limited. Call 690-7990 for
reservations.

Jeff Dunham, known for his zany puppets, brings his comedy act to
the US Cellular Coliseum Saturday for two shows: 3 pm and 8 pm. The
8 pm show is sold out, however, tickets for the 3 pm show are
$45.50 and area 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 Prairie Cabaret Theatre located at the Waterhouse (619 SW
Water Street – 2nd floor), presents Greg Batton & Yvonne Greer in
Love Letters. Directed by Eddie Urish, the dinner and show are only
$31.95 per person. Call 494-9100 for more details and to make
reservations.

On Saturday, the Songs from the Woods Concert Series continues with
Tom Kastle at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center. Concert fees are
$7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. CORE members receive a
$1 per person discount. For tickets and more information, call
686-3360. The Annual Forrest Park Book Sale also takes place this
weekend. There will be books on everything from gardening and
wildlife to environmental philosophy and nature inspired fiction.
Come down for a browse and take home a good read. Hours are
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday (half price) 1 – 5 pm.

The Peoria Park District’s Proctor Recreation Center will hold
their 35th Annual Talent Showcase on Saturday and Sunday from 3 – 5
pm at Trewyn Middle School. Categories for the event include
singing, dancing, rapping, instrumental performances, and new this
year, a style show contest. A monetary prize and trophies will be
awarded. Admission is $5.00.

Sunday, the Central Illinois jazz Society presents Dave Hoffman
with the Western Illinois Jazz Studio Orchestra, directed by Dr.
John Cooper, at 6 pm and 8:30 pm with the CIJS House Band between
sets at 7:15 pm in the Mozart Room of the Radisson Hotel. For
tickets and information, call 692-5330.

The Music Scholarship Concert Series of Bradley University
presents classical guitarist Dr. Julie Goldberg in recital Sunday
at 3 pm in the Dingledine Music Center. Dr. Goldberg has been named
Classical Guitarist of the Year by Guitar Alive Radio Magazine, and
was the first guitarist to receive a Doctorate in Music Performance
from Northwestern University. For tickets and information, call
677-2650.

Tonight, classical guitarist Petar Jankovic will perform a concert
at 7:30 pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Cost is $5. For
reservations, call 467-6420.

Comedian Greg Proops will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club
tonight at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. He returns Friday and Saturday night
with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm for $19, with the Friday 10:30 pm
showing only $12. His shows are rated R. For more information, call
673-5853.

Peoria Players presents Annie Get Your Gun opening tomorrow night.
Revived on Broadway in 1999, Annie Get Your Gun is the story of
Annie Oakley who gets her big break into show business with her
rifle markmanship. Performances begin at 7:30 pm except for the
Sunday matinees, which begin at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults
and $12 for youth 18 & under. Tickets go on sale soon at the Peoria
Players Box Office or by calling 688-4473 or online at
www.peoriaplayers.org.

Preston Jackson & Friends (jazz, 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.
On Saturday, they’ll host the Peoria Prairie Tellers Storytelling
Guild’s “Tales from the Trail” from 7 – 9 pm. The Peoria Prairie
Tellers presents Jack Engelsen “Buffalo Man,” Tales from the Trail
stories from the Wild, Wild West. Admission is $5 in advance; $7 at
the door. For more informationon either event, call 674-6822.

The 46th Annual Mid-West Truck Show will be held in the Civic
Center Exhibit Hall Friday and Saturday. Times are noon – 8 pm on
Friday and 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Monster Jam 2009 will be held in the Civic Center Arena on Friday
and Saturday: show times are 7:30 pm on Friday and 2 pm and 7:30 pm
on Saturday. Tickets are $16.50 and $21.50 in advance for adults
(age 13 and older), $8.50 and $21.50 in advance for children (ages
2-12), $18.50 and $23.50 day-of-show for adults (age 13 and older)
and $10.50 and $23.50 day-of-show for children (ages 2-12).
Tickets are available at the Civic Center Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 676-8700 or at Ticketmaster.com
online.

The Prairie Cabaret Theatre located at the Waterhouse at 619 SW
Water Street on the 2nd floor, presents Greg Batton & Yvonne Greer
in Love Letters. Directed by Eddie Urish, the dinner & show are
only $31.95 per person. Call 494-9100 for more details and to make
reservations.

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles will be held in the Theater at 8 pm
Saturday evening. Tickets are $38, $47 and $57 and are available at
the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by
phone at 676-8700 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Also on Saturday, watch the wonderful world of winter unfold on
these naturalist-guided tours at Forest Park Nature Center at 9:30
am. Explore animal tracks in the snow and learn what
characteristics animals have to cope with the season. Dress for
warmth. Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.
The Old Time Folk and Country Jam takes place on 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.

The Met Opera in HD live at Willow Knolls 14 continues this
Saturday with a live transmission of Donizetti’s Lucia di
Lammermoor, which will begin at Noon. Anna Netrebko stars in the
title role of Donizetti’s fragile heroine. Tenor Rolando Villazón
stars as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien is her
tyrannical brother. Mary Zimmerman’s hit production is staged as a
Victorian ghost story. Marco Armiliato conducts. Tickets are $22
for Adults, $20 for Senior Citizens, $18 Students and $15 for
Children and are available at the Willow Knolls 14 Box Office. For
more information, call 688-8463.

Join Luthy Botanical Garden Saturday for an evening of Wine and
Roses, hot jazz and sweet desserts in the sultry setting of thier
tropical Conservatory. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way
with friends or your true love. Ages 21 and over only, please. Call
686-3362 for tickets. The event will take place from 6:30 – 9 pm.
Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members in advance and
$25 the day of the event.

Tilley’s on Water Street hosts the Neighborhood House Fundraising
Event Saturday from 3- 6 pm. The event will feature award-winning
Cabernet Sauvignons. Admission is $10.

The Ryan Bates Game Day Tournament will be held Saturday at the
Crossroads U.M.Church in Washington. Games include Wii double
tennis, Wii pentathlon (cow racing, bowling, Wii play shooting
game, Home Run derby, and a surprise 5th game), bean bag tournament
and bingo. All ages are welcome. The tournament will also feature a
bake sale, silent auction, and lots of food. All money raised will
go to build a handicapped accessible all inclusive playground at
rossroads UMC. This playground will be open to the public.

On Sunday from 3 – 4:30 pm, Dingeldine Music Center hosts the
Concordia String Trio (comprised of Marcia Henry Liebenow,
violinist; Leslie Pema, violist; Darry Dolezal, cellist) recital
with pianist John Orfe. Admission is free. For more information,
call 677-2242.

Also on Sunday, come sample ICC dance classes for free from 1 – 4
pm in the Performing Arts Center. Registration is preferred,
however walk-ins are accpeted until the classes are full. To
register and for more information, call 367-4644 between 9 am and
11 pm.