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Celebrating Lincoln Today In Portraits Past will take place
tonight at 7 pm at FivePoints Center in Washington. A
collaborative effort of Washington Community High School,
Washington Historical Society, Washington Park District &
Washington Lincoln Bicentennial Committee will display tributes to
Lincoln’s associations. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for
students. For more information, call 444-8222.
The 54th annual Easter Seals “World Full of Wishes” Fashion Show,
presented by Bergner’s, will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel
Ballroom this evening at Ladies Night Out beginning at 5:30 pm. The
boutique will include baked items, floral arrangements, original
artwork by Easter Seals children, a variety of pet items, unique
costume jewelry and children’s books. All proceeds benefit Easter
Seals. Tickets are $35 per person for Ladies Night Out.
The 25th annual Lenten Fine Arts Festival continues this week at
the First United Methodist Church. The gallery is open Monday –
Friday from 11 am – 3 pm and Sundays from 9:15 am – 12:30 pm
through April 12. Admission is free. For more information, call
Corn Stock Theatre continues the run of Death & the Maiden tonight,
Friday, and Saturday night at 7:30 pm each night. Set in an unnamed
country that is like the playwright’s (Ariel Dorfman) native Chile,
emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the
after-effects of repression and torture on hearts and souls.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 and younger. For
more information or to order tickets, call 676-2196.
Peoria Players Theatre will present “Showstoppers”, a musical
revue, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Featuring
Cheri Beever, Barb Couri, Erin Durbin, Hope Grandon, Jarod Hazzard,
Ayana Pankey, Mike Reams, Dave Schick, and Bruce & Pat White, the
show is a decades revue of songs from the 1920s to 2000s. Tickets
are $12 for adults and $8 for youth 18 & under and are on sale now
at Peoria Players box office, by calling 688-4473.
Richwoods High School presents the musical Little Women Friday and
Saturday in their auditorium beginning at 7 pm each night. This
musical adaptation of the classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel
written by Louisa May Alcott chronicles the four March sisters:
feisty, tomboyish, aspiring author Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious
Amy, and kind-hearted Beth – and their beloved Marmee, at home in
Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving
as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. General admission
tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at
the door. For more information, call 693-4400.
The 4th Hotel Pere Marquette Gala benefiting the Junior League of
Peoria will happen Friday beginning at 6:30 pm with cocktails,
followed by a five course dinner, drinks and dancing. Entertainment
will be provided by Platinum Recording Artist Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Cost is $150 per person or $1,400 for a table of ten. To order
tickets and for more information about the event, call 685-9312.
Also on Friday, get two events for the price of one when the Peoria
Rivermen take on the Milwaukee Admirals beginning at 7 pm in Carver
Arena at the Peoria Civic Center. Then, immediately after the game,
enjoy the Jimmy Wayne concert. Tickets are $20, $25 and $37 (VIP
on ice for show and lower bowl for the game) 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.
Real-to-Reel Film Series presents the film “The Diving Bell and
the Butterfly” at the Illinois Centeral College North Arbor
Auditorium on Friday at 7 pm. It’s the true story of Elle editor
Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an
almost totally paralyzed body. He communicates by blinking his left
eye. The film was nominated for four Oscars, won 38 international
film awards. A moderated discussion and social hour with
refreshments follow each film. Admission is $5 for adults and $4
for students with ID. For more information, call 339-3001.
In recognition of the 98th anniversary of the birth of Ronald
Reagan, Eureka College welcomes Mikhail Gorbachev as the keynote
speaker for their second annual Ronald Reagan Day Dinner (in
conjunction with the 111th Annual Creve Coeur Club George
Washington Banquet) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm in the Peoria
Civic Center ballroom. Gorbachev will speak about the leadership
lessons of Ronald Reagan and how building relationships between
leaders can change the world. Tickets are $250 and are available by
calling 467-6313, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at
Also on Friday, the Venue hosts Sping Fling Flights and Bites –
enjoy an evening of organic wine flights and a dinner of organic
fresh bites. Entertaining will be DJ Mark Jones spinning techno and
house tunes while you walk through the different wines featured in
this flight. Reservations are required. Admission is $40 per
person. Dinner begins at 7 pm.
Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts its Mardi Gras
Ball 2009 Friday at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria begining at 6
pm and includes a dinner, music, a silent auction and introduction
of the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. Tickets are $100 per
plate or $1000 for a table of 8. For more information and
reservations, call 637-1771.
The Lily Show at the Botanical Gardens opens on Friday and runs
through April 14. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm,
Sundays from Noon to 5 pm and closed on Mondays. Admission is $2
for adults (13 and up) and free for children 12 and under.
The Waterhouse presents the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner
and show Friday and Saturday night. The package includes a two
entree banquet buffet and the show. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and
the show runs from 8 pm – 11 pm both nights. Cost is $31.95 is
person and is inclusive of tax and gratuity. The show only is $10
per person. For more information and reservations, call 494-9100.
On Saturday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Houston Aeros
beginning at 7 pm in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center. There
will be a special appearance and autograph session with Olysya
Rulin of Disney’s High School Musical 3 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
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.
The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents “Images of the West” in the
Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Musical and
photographic images of the west will be projected live above the
orchestra as it plays Copland’s Fanfare and Billy the Kid Suite.
Tickets range from $35 – $71 and are available by calling 671-1096.
Citylink will be running it’s Park & Ride service from Evergreen
Square and Junction City at 6:30 pm for only $1 each way.
The Pet Pantry, in cooperation with the Morton Park District,
announces their 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit
Foster Pet Outreach. This year’s event will be held Saturday at
Oakwood Dog Park on N. Main St in Morton. (Rain date Sunday March
29). The public egg hunt session will be held from 1 – 3 pm, with a
private “RSVP only” session held earlier that morning. The private
session is open to anyone who pre-registers their dog through the
Pet Pantry website. Admission is $5 per dog. Each Easter egg
contains prizes, redeemable that day for treats, food samples,
coupons, and gift certificates.
The Spring Thaw Ice Skating Institute Competition will be held
Saturday at Owens Center. The event includes a vast array of
events including figure skating, hockey and speed racing. Admission
is free. For more information, call 686-3368.
St. Sharbel Church will hold its 33rd annual Lebanese Food
Festival Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm at the Parish Hall located at
2920 W. Scenic Drive. Carry outs available. Cost is $9 for adults
and $6 for children under age 12.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes to the Peoria
Civic Center Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm both
nights. Tickets are $37.50, $49.50 and $53.50 and are on sale now
at the Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by
calling 673-3200 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Citylink will be
running it’s Park & Ride service from Evergreen Square and Junction
City at 6:30 pm for only $1 each way.