Archive for April, 2009

Morton High School presents Thoroughly Modern Millie at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center tonight through Sudnay. Tickets $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door. Show begins at 7 pm. Performances are at 7 pm, except for Sunday, which begins at 3 pm.

Bradley University continues is production of Deathtrap tonight through Saturday at 8 pm at Hartmann Center. What happens when a washed-up playwright’s protege dreams up a new play that’s good enough to kill for? Murder, suspense, and comedy. Ticket prices are $14 for the general public, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for Students. Show time is 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Hartmann Center Box Office by phone at 677-2650.

Squabbles opens at the Barn II Dinner Theatre tonight. This hilarious play pits a cantankerous father-in-law against a mother in a comedic succession of squabbles. 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 and 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.

Dwight Slade will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight through Saturday. Performances will be at 8 pm on tonight, 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday night & Friday 10:30 pm show, $15 for the other performances or $14 with cash payment.

Join the Peoria Area Civic Chorale on Thursday and Friday at Riverside Community Church in Peoria for a concert featuring several of the most memorable songs from the tie-dyed decade of the 1960s. On Sunday, they will perform again at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and are available by calling 693-6725.

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration 2009 continues weekdays through May 22 from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Performances are on three stages at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza: the Circle, the Monument, and Main and Jefferson. Richwoods High School & Washington Middle School will perform on Friday.

On Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Preston Jackson & Friends (jazz, R&B) at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for non-members. Then, on Saturday, the Contemporary Art Center presents an opening reception featuring the Krainak, Reed, Rognstad and Keck Exhibits 6:30-8:30 pm.

The 38th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held beginning at 5 pm on Friday at Pekin’s Memorial Arena. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and more. Admission is free to the public. There will be a raffle for a 42″ plasma tv for $2 per ticket plus there will be food available as well. Items are new & used and also include celebrity items.

On Saturday, the Join the Tribe Tour 2009 of the Newsboys will take place at Northwoods Community Church beginning at 7:30 pm with special guests Decemberadio and Vota. Tickets are $20 in advance, $35 for gold circle and are available by calling 800-965-9324 or online at iTickets.com (a non-refundable service fee applies). This is a fundraiser for Teen Challenge Peoria.

Also on Saturday, the Contemporary Art Center presents Salsa at CAC, a Latin Dance Latin dance lesson and open dancing from 8:30-12:30 pm. The dance lesson runs from 8:30-9:30 pm and open dancing is from 9:30 pm -12:30 am. Open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero. Admission is $3 CAC members and $6 non-members.

Peoria Players Theatre presents Man of LaMancha, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on Sunday, which is at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for youth 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473.

Wildlife Prairie State Park presents its Junior Explorers Class from 1- 3 pm on Saturday. This month’s class, May the Flowers be with You, combines nature, learning, friends, and fun into a monthly class for ages 5-7. Pre-registration is required: call 676-0998 ext. 6758. Cost is $6/member and $7/nonmember + park admission.

The 3rd Annual Run To Remember Fallen Police Officers benefiting Illinois Concerns Of Police Survivors will be held at Junction City shopping center beginning at 8 am on Saturday. The entry fee is $20. For more information click HERE or call Joe & Mary Mulay at 208-7844.

The Peoria Pirates take on the Lexington Horsemen at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday. Tickets range from $8 to $60 and season tickets including the Pirates “Ticket Stimulus Plan” packages are also available by calling Ryan Closen at 673-1000. Individual tickets are available at the Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 676-8700 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

On Saturday, Neighborhood House will host their Annual Breakfast Buffet from 8:30 – 11 am. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, and 2 & under are free.

The Peoria Symphony presents An Evening with Mark O’Connor on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Mark O’Connor, a multi-genre violinist and composer, has collaborated with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Rosanne Cash, from Wynton Marsalis to John Williams. Tickets range from $35 to $71 and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE. Citylink’s Park & Ride will be running for this performance.

The Alzheimer’s Association presents its annual fundraiser, Run for the Roses, at the Country Club of Peoria on Saturday. The event begins at 4:30 pm, with the race begining at 5:15 pm. There will be food as well as a “Derby Bar” featuring mint juleps, Mojito and Kentucky sunrises (tickets for the Derby bar are $25 each and include 5 drinks). Tickets for the event are $75 and are available by calling 686-1100.

Enjoy a day of live entertainment and surprises at CCT’s Annual Drama Festival on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm under Corn Stock Theatre’s Tent. The winners of the One-Act Playwriting Competition will also be announced. Bring your lunch and buy snacks & drinks at the concession stand. Admission is free.

The Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters is having its first-ever Wings and Wii Weekend at Buffalo Wild Wings at Grand Prairie on Saturday. A Wii Bowling Tournament and food and drink specials will be featured, with a portion of proceeds going toward Big Brothers Big Sisters. Qualifying rounds for teams of four are from 11 am to 3 pm, with finals starting at 3:30 pm. The top sixteen scores advance to the finals. The $20 advance registration fee ($80 per 4 person team) includes a t-shirt, one game of Wii Bowling with the chance to advance, and free lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings on your next visit. Call 637-1771 for more information.

Also on Saturday, the Richwoods High School Swimming & Diving Boosters will host a Community Shredding Event with the opportunity for residents to shred documents, CDs and hard drives to protect against identity theft from 9 am to Noon in the Richwoods High School parking lot. Proceeds will benefit the boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams. Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding will do the shredding. The cost is $5 for a 10-gallon container, $10 for a 22-gallon container and $7 for a hard drive. For more information, call 691-9573.

The Central Illinois Renewable Energy Expo will be presented by the Peoria County 4-H Extension Foundation at the Green Sports Complex in Mossville on Saturday & Sunday. The event will offer an educational and informative chance to learn about renewable energy, from geothermal and wind to solar and biofuels. Admission is $5 for 12+, and children under 12 are free. For more information, contact Gene Pratt at 370-1395, Gary Sutton at 282-4839, or visit ciree.net.

Drake Bell will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

On Monday evening, Bonnie Raitt will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater 7:30 pm, with special guest Maia Sharp. Tickets are $61.50 and $77 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 676-8700 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Eureka College theater department will present the Noel Coward
comedy Present Laughter at 7:30 pm tonight in Pritchard Theatre at
Eureka College. Shows will continue Friday and Saturday night at
7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more
information, call 467-6363.

Bradley University presents Deathtrap opening tonight at 8 pm at
Hartmann Center. What happens when a washed-up playwright’s protege
dreams up a new play that’s good enough to kill for? Murder,
suspense, and comedy. Deathtrap by Ira Levin is a wickedly funny
“Who’ll-do-it?” — full of twists and shocks until the last minute.
Ticket prices are $14 for the general public, $12 for faculty,
staff and senior citizens and $7 for Students. Show times are Thur,
Fri and Sat at 8 pm and Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at
the Hartmann Center Box Office by phone at 677-2650.

Eastlight Theatre’s Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story starring Steven
Lasiter continues tonight through Saturday. 2009 marks the 50th
anniversary of “the day the music died”. This show celebrates Buddy
Holly…his life and the music that made him a legend. Performances
begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors
(65+) and $10 for youth through high school and are available by
calling 699-7469.

Cash on Delivery continues this weekend at the Barn II Dinner
Theatre. 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
and 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 Arts in Education Spring Celebration 2009 continues weekdays
through May 22 from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Performances are on three
stages at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza: the Circle, the
Monument, and Main and Jefferson.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living will host its 10th annual
Spirit of Living Dinner Friday evening at the Packard Plaza. The
night will consist of cocktails, dinner, a speaker, entertainer and
presentation of annual awards and will recognize those who are an
inspiration to all cancer survivors as well as those who inspire
the organization. Tickets are $100 per person. For more
information, call 693-8139.

The CAC presents Live at the Five Spot on Friday beginning at 5:30
pm featuring Larry Harms & the ICC Jazz Band. Admission is $7 for
members $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9
for student & senior non-members, 16 & younger is $3. For more
information, call 674-6822.

The Peoria Ballet swings into spring with a fine wine and craft
beer tasting event at WeaverRidge on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. A
wide range of international wines and beers provided by R.J.
Distributing Co. will be available in addition to hors d’oeuvres
and snacks. Several golf skill challenges including putting and
shot-making will be offered at the event plus there will be a
silent auction. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria
Ballet and at the door. For more information, call 690-7990.

Down the Road continues this Friday at the ICC Performing Arts
Center. The story concerns a husband and wife writing team hired to
assist a convicted serial killer in writing an account of his
crimes. Are they simply relating events, or are they helping a
serial killer become a celebrity? Directed by Alan Walker,
performances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for
students & seniors and are available by calling the Performing Arts
Center Box Office at 694-5136.

Corn Stock for Kids continues with its production of Disney’s Mulan
Jr. at the Theatre Center located in Upper Bradley Park on Friday
at 7:30 pm, and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for
adults and $7 for children 12 & under and are available at the Box
Office or by calling 676-2196.

Otto and George will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at
8 pm at their Pro-Am Showcase, and again on Friday and Saturday at
8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 on Thursday & Friday at 10:30 pm
and $16 for the other performances or $15 for cash. This show is
rated R.

A Party for the Planet will be held at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday
from 11 am – 3 pm. Activities include a sea lion feeding, animal
encounters, a snake feeding, planting a garden for the animals plus
recycling games. The event is free with admission to the zoo which
is $5.95 for adults and $3.75 for kids. For more information, call
681-3513.

The Luthy Botanical Garden will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale
from noon to 6 pm on Friday, 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and noon to
5 pm on Sunday. New members will receive a 10% discount, among
other benefits. For more information, call 686-3362.

The 5th Annual Earth Day Festival will take place Saturday at
Forest Park Nature Center from 11 am – 4 pm. Locate local
resources, identify environmentally-friendly products, and learn
what you can do to make a difference. Enjoy music, storytelling,
and other live entertainment, try out some tasty local food, and
locate educational materials. This fun, family-friendly event will
also offer hands-on demos, kids crafts and face painting, numerous
displays, and chances to win “green” door prizes. Check out the
annual Trailhead Nature Store Sale for discounts on
environmentally-friendly clothing, household, personal care
products and other select items. For more information, call
686-3360.

The Peoria Symphony performs on Saturday at the Peoria Civic
Center Theatre in celebration of the symphonic world’s greatest
imaginative creator, Beethoven. Opening with excerpts from the
masterpiece opera, Fidelio, it will feature the voices of Amber
Wagner, Katherine Lerner, Phillip Lima and Edward Mout, plus the
power of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale and Bradley Chorus. The
concert concludes with the spectacular Ninth, arguably the most
revolutionary and influential symphony ever conceived. Tickets
range from $35 to $71 and are available by phone at 671-1096.
Citylink will operate its Park & Ride service for this performance.

Also on Saturday, the Peoria Chiefs take on the Cedar Rapids
Kernels beginning at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs and the
Kernels will play again Sunday at 2 pm. Season tickets are
available or individual tickets are $10 for club box seats, $9 for
box seats, and $6 for lawn/berm seats and are available at the
O’Brien field Box Office, by phone at 1-866-698-4253.

The Wildlife Trail Classic, a fun and rewarding 5K cross country
run/walk, will take place on Saturday at the Riverplex to benefit
the Heart Health Education Fund at OSF Saint Francis Medical
Center. Race-day registration will take place from 6:30 – 7:15 am
and a Children’s Fun Run will follow the 5K at 9 am. For more
information or pre-registration, call 282-1636.

The BoDeans with opening act Bottle of Justus will perform at the
US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 8 pm.
Tickets are $45, $35, $20 and are available online at
Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S.
Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Boat Drunks will perform at the Packard Plaza on Saturday
beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $12 and attendees must be 21 years
or older. Food & drinks will be available at the event. Doors open
at 6:30 pm.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company will offer a Community Shred Day
from 8:30 – 11:30 am on Saturday at 9010 N. Allen Road, and from
noon to 3 pm at 3501 W. War Memorial. Onsite, secure shredding of
personal documents will be available free of charge, provided by
Cintas Document Management. For more information, call 693-8664.

The NAACP Illinois State Conference Centennial Celebration will be
hosted by the Peoria branch of the NAACP at the Hotel Pere
Marquette on Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm. Tickets are $10. For more
information, call 648-5249.

Also on Saturday, the Peoria Magicians Assembly presents Lost in
Illusion, a magic and variety show featuring a family-oriented
production in two acts, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Magicians,
ventriloquists and a variety of other entertainers will peform.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Doors
open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased from
PMA members, at the door, or at the Costume Trunk. For more
information, call 691-1513.

The Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley presents the 50th
Anniversary Celebration Mental Health Voices from the Past, Present
and Future from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Embassy Suites in East
Peoria on Saturday. Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations,
call 692-1766.

Foster Pet Outreach will host its Legacy of Love Luncheon and
silent auction from 1 – 4 pm at Weaver Ridge Golf Club on Sunday.
Admission is $35. Craig Pierce of American Dog will be the guest
speaker. For more information or tickets, call 965-2763.

The Orpheus Club of Peoria will present their Spring Concert at
Richwoods High School beginning at 3 pm on Sunday. Selections
include Broadway, spiritual, patriotic and old time favorites.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

The 2009 March of Dimes Walk will take place at the Glen Oak Park
on Sunday beginning at Noon for registration. The walk starts at 1
pm at Shelter 5, behind the Children’s zoo. There will be face
painting, food and games…a great day for the whole family.

Tonight, the Peoria Gridiron Board of Governors presents the 62nd
Annual Gridiron Dinner at the Hotel Pere Marquette. Cocktails will
be served at 6:15 pm with dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $185 per
person and the event is black tie only.

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration 2009 takes place weekdays
today through May 22 from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Performances are on
three stages at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza: the Circle, the
Monument, and Main and Jefferson.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Life on Water Street tonight
beginning at 7 pm. Come with your talent or just to watch. Share a
poem, dramatically read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical
composition. Admission is $4 for CAC members and $7 for
non-members. The CAC presents Live at the Five Spot on Friday
beginning at 5:30 pm featuring Southside Cindy & the Slip-tones
(rock, pop). Admission is $7 for members $10 for non-members, $6
for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members,
and 16 & younger are $3. Later on Friday, the CAC presents Salsa –
A Latin Dance Event with a dance lesson from 7 – 8 pm and open
dancing from 8 – 11 pm. There will also be a cash bar. Admission is
$3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information on
any event, call 674-6822.

The Illinois Central College series Reel to Real: Focus on Film
continues this Friday with the film Withnail. The film won the
Evening Standard British Film Award for best screenplay and is
rated R. Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for
students. For more information, call 339-3001.

The Barbershop Harmony Society Illinois District Quartet
Semi-Finals will be held in the Civic Center Theater Friday
beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Children under 18
and college students and military personnel with an ID receive free
admission. This event is part of the Spring Convention of the
Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a
family-friendly event featuring competitions of a capella close
harmony singing in the barbershop style. Quartets compete for the
chance to represent Illinois at the International competition this
summer in Anaheim, CA.

Also on Friday, the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus Spring
Concert will be held at the First Christian Church beginning at 7
pm. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Call 693-6725
for more information.

24 Hours of Music: Rock for a Reason will take place on Bradley
University’s Olin Quad from 5 pm on Friday to 5 pm on Saturday.
This event is free, but donations are encouraged as this is a
fundraiser for the Peoria School District 150 music programs.

Down the Road opens Friday at ICC. The story concerns a husband and
wife writing team hired to assist a convicted serial killer in
writing an account of his crimes. Are they simply relating events,
or are they helping a serial killer become a celebrity? Directed by
Alan Walker, performances begin at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and
2:30 pm on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center . Tickets are
$7 for adults and $5 for students & seniors and are available by
calling the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 694-5136.

Back for its 17th consecutive year is the Peoria International
Beer Festival featuring over 320 quality micro brews and import
beers this weekend at Expo Gardens. On Friday from 6 – 10 pm, enjoy
a smaller, quieter beer-testing event with free food samplings
provided by area restaurants and LIVE music provided by
Jazzchocolat. Admission is $20 and includes a 2009 collector glass.
On Saturday from 1 – 9 pm, enjoy live music provided by Waterstreet
and Stepdown. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The
first 4500 customers will receive a 2009 collector glass. You must
be at least 21 years of age to enter for these events. For more
information, call 676-5292.

Corn Stock for Kids presents Disney’s Mulan Jr. at their Theatre
Center located in Upper Bradley Park on Friday at 7:30 pm, and
Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7
for children 12 & under and are available at the Box Office or by
calling 676-2196.

Eastlight Theatre presents “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”
starring Steven Lasiter this Friday through Sunday. 2009 marks the
50th anniversary of “the day the music died”. This show celebrates
Buddy Holly…his life and the music that made him a legend.
Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except for Sunday, which begins at 2
pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and $10 for
youth through high school and are available by calling 699-7469.

On Friday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Houston Aeros in Game 2
of the AHL Playoffs beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center
(Carver) Arena. Tickets are $14.50 & $19.50 and are available at
the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 676-8700, all Ticketmaster
outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Comedian Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on
Friday and Saturday night with shows at 8 and 10:30 pm for $16.
This former American Comedy Awards “Female Comic of the Year” has
appeared on Jeff Foxworthy’s “Greats of Country Comedy,” is a
favorite and regular on the “Bob and Tom Show” and is the star of
the nationally-touring “Southern Fried Chicks.” Her shows are
rated PG-18. For more information, call 673-5853.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis will help kickoff Money Smart Week at a
breakfast at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 7:15 am to 8:45
am by giving the keynote address.There will also be a luncheon on
Friday featuring the announcement of the Money Smart Kid essay
winners. Money Smart Week runs this Saturday through April 25 and
is a series of free classes with activities designed to help
consumers better manage their personal finances.

Take part in an “Irish Wake” version of a Murder Mystery Dinner at
the Best Western Ashland House in Morton on Saturday night
beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $35 per person plus tax &
gratuity. Call 263-5116 for more details and reservations.

Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman bring “The United Tour”
to the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets
are $20, $42.75 and $90 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Peoria Players Singalong series continues with Hairspray on
Saturday night. Dress as your favorite Hairspray character and sing
along with the movie. Doors open at 6:30 pm and movie rolls at 7
pm. There is a $5 restoration fee payable at the door. For more
information, call 688-4473.

The Tri-County Urban League Black and White Gala, featuring a
concert by Peabo Bryson, will be held in the Civic Center Ballroom
on Saturday evening. The silent auction and social hour will begin
at 5:30 pm, dinner will be at 7 pm and the concert will begin at
8:30 pm. Tickets for dinner and the concert are $125 ($150 if
purchased after April 6) and are available at the Tri-County Urban
League by calling 672-4354. Tickets to the concert only are $40 and
available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster
outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Proceeds will support scholarships and programs of the Tri-County
Urban League. For more information, call 672-4354.

The Booth Brothers and comedian Jeff Allen will be in concert at
Five Points Theatre in Washington on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm.
Admittance will be based on reservations and a free will offering.
All performance fees and concert costs are covered by outside
donations. All donations will be tax deductible and all funds
collected will go to Lifesong. For more information, call 747-4217.

The third annual Whitney’s Walk for Life Chili Cook-Off will be
held at Burnzee’s Bar & Grill in Brimfield beginning at noon with
cook-off winners to be announced at 2 pm.. The Walk supports local
depression awareness and suicide prevention programs offered by the
Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley. Endless bowls of
chili will be available for $5 and will allow you to taste all of
the participants’ chili. A pool tournament will also be featured.
Entry fee is $20. For more information, call 446-9678.

The Peoria Area Association of Realtors (PAAR) is hosting a Free
New Tax Credit Home Buyers Seminar at their office on Saturday with
two sessions: one at 10 am and one at Noon. The topics of this
seminar are: Our Local Market, the New Tax Credit, Available
Financing, and Credit Reports/Scores. For more information and to
RSVP, call 688-8591.

At the Bison Grounds Blessing at Wildlife Prairie State Park on
Saturday, witness the sacred Native American Ceremony of blessing
of the bison beginning at approximately 10 am. The Earth Day
Celebration, which will be held from 11am – 4pm, will include fun
projects, helpful advice and lots of interesting facts about our
planet. There will also be several make and take craft projects as
well as some green product give-a-ways. Both events are free with
paid admission to the Park. 2009 General Admission Rates: $6.50
for Teens & Adults, $4.50 for ages 4-12, free for ages 3 & under.
Park Members are always admitted free.

A free Secure Your ID Day is being conducted by the Better
Business Bureau from 9 am – Noon at their office located at 8723 N
Industrial Road in Peoria. They will do document shredding,
computer hard drive and cell phone destruction plus give you tips
and reources for protecting your identity and your business.

The Spirit of Peoria Riverboat and Prairie Folklore Theater will
present The Riverboat Radio Hour on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm.
The concept is a recreation of a live 1940’s type radio show and
will feature Barry Cloyd, Brian “Fox” Ellis and Charlie & Susie
Brown. The show will take place as part of a dinner cruise on The
Spirit of Peoria’s Boiler Deck and includes dinner prior to the
show. Tickets for the cruise, dinner and the show are $45 inclusive
and reservations are necessary. For more information, call 697-8000
or 1-800-676-8988.

On Sunday, the Eureka College Chorale and Chamber Singers will
present their spring concert at 4 pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka
College. The event is free. For more information, call 467-6397.

Also on Sunday, Forrest Park Nature Center will host children’s
author Deborah Ruddell for a book signing of A Whiff of Pine, A
Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems. There will be fun crafts for
children along with refreshments. The event will take place from 1
– 3 pm. For more information, call 686-3360.

The Spring Holiday Fun on the Prairie Festival will be held at the
Shoppes at Grand Prairie in the large store front between Bergner’s
and the Kaiserhof German Restaurant (formerly Linens & Things)
today through Saturday. There will be carnival rides, games and
prizes. On Saturday, April 11, the Easter Bunny will make his debut
along with an Egg Hunt for kids up to 11 years old. Times are from
4 to 9 pm today, Noon to 9 pm on Friday, and 10 am to 9 pm on
Saturday. For more information, call 692-3672.

The Lily Show at Luthy Botanical Gardens continues today and runs
through April 14. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 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.

Cash on Delivery continues this weekend at the Barn II Dinner
Theatre. Expreience the life of the unemployed Eric Swan, who is
collecting government benefits on an assortment of imaginary
roommates, barely keeping one step ahead of the investigating
authorities. 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 and 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 Peoria Chiefs take on the Kane County Cougars in their season
opener tonight beginning at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. They face
the Kane County Cougars again on Friday at 6:30 pm, and 6:30 pm
Saturday evening. Season tickets are available or individual
tickets are $10 for club box seats, $9 for box seats, and $6 for
lawn/berm seats and are available at the O’Brien field Box Office,
by phone at 1-866-698-4253.

Comedian Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club
tonight at 8 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. His half-hour Comedy Central special recently debuted and he’s
appeared numerous times on “The Late Late Show with David
Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” His shows
are rated R. For more information, call 673-5853.

The Peoria Pirates take on the Iowa Barnstormers at 7 pm Friday in
their season opener at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets range
from $8 to $60 and season tickets including the Pirates “Ticket
Stimulus Plan” packages are also available. Individual tickets are
available at the Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets,
by calling 676-8700 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Resident Artists Showing at the Contemporary Art Center event
showcases area artists and the resident artists who maintain
studios at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria on Friday &
Saturday featuring all kinds of art including sculpture, jewelry,
glass, painting and weaving. . The event takes place on the 3rd
floor of the Contemporary Art Center. The public is invited to view
work on display, purchase art and meet the artists who created it.
Admission is free admission. The event will be open Friday from
4:30 – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 3:30 pm.

Paul Weddle (smooth jazz) 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.

On Saturday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Grand Rapids Griffins
beginning at 7 pm in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center.
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.

Wildlife Prairie State Park will kick-off Easter festivities on
Saturday from 8:30 – 11am with a Bunny Breakfast followed by two
Easter Egg Hunts. The cost for the breakfast is $5.95 for children
12 and under and $7.95 for teens and adults, plus tax and Park
admission. Reservations are recommended. After your breakfast,
attend one of the giant Easter Egg Hunts that will take place at 11
am and 1:30 pm. Children of all ages will get their chance to hunt
for their share of over 12,000 candy-filled eggs. The egg hunts
are free with paid admission to the Park. For more information,
call 676-0998.

Forget the lawn – hunt for Eggs Underwater at the Riverplex on
Saturday. Preregistration is requested. Parents must accompany
children 3 – 5 into the pool. No flotation devices are allowed.
There are two sessions: 9 am – 9:45 am & 10 am – 10:45 am. Fee is
$5 for members and $7 non-members. For more information, call
282-1700.

Senior network engineer for the NASA mission operations
communications network, Robert Eggleston, will speak on “Supporting
Spaceflight, IT Perspective” at 7:30 pm tonight in the Cerf Center
at Eureka College. For more information about the free event, call
467-6451.

The Doobie Brothers will perform tonight at the US Cellular
Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $55 &
$42.50 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at
309-454-5500, at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all
Ticketmaster outlets.

The 2009 Central Illinois Auto Show sponsored by the Peoria Metro
New Car Dealers Association will be held at the Peoria Civic Center
Exhibit Hall Firday through Sunday. Activities include character
appearances by Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Uniqua
from the Backyardigans and the Ronald McDonald Magic Show. Peoria
Pirate team members will be on hand to sign autographs. Plus sit in
the cockpit of a NASCAR racecar. Times are 12 – 9 pm on April 3,
10 am – 9 pm on April 4 and 10 am – 6 pm on April 5. Admission is
$4 at the door for ages 16 and older. Ages 15 and under are free
with a paid adult. Friday is mature adults day: those 60 years +
admitted for half price ($2).

Comedian Patti Vasquez will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club
tonight at 8 pm for $10. She returns Friday and Saturday night with
shows at 8 and 10:30 pm for $16. Her unique perspective on family
and relationships has been described as “comedy with a heart.”
Patti is an outspoken advocate for Breast Cancer Research and has
created a clever tongue-in-cheek campaign to get women and men more
involved and interested in breast cancer research and events. Her
shows are rated PG-18. A portion of every ticket sold will go to
the local Susan G Komen for the Cure. For more information, call
673-5853.

On Friday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Houston Aeros beginning
at 7 pm in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center. 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 Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the Five Spot
on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm featuring Applegate & Company
(bluegrass, folk). Admission is $7 for members ($10 for
non-members) & $6 for student & senior members ($9 for student &
senior non-members), 16 & younger are $3. Later on Friday, the CAC
presents Salsa – A Latin Dance Event with a dance lesson from 7 – 8
pm and open dancing from 8 – 11 pm. There will also be a cash bar.
Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more
information on either event, call 674-6822.

Moon Walk 2009, a not-for-profit community walking program
coordinated by PALM and now in its 7th year, will launch at noon
Friday at the Riverplex. This year’s challenge is to walk the
distance to the moon and back (477,400 miles) before Quad Cities
and Champaign, with the highest average miles per walker. The Moon
Walk will run through June 12th.

The Level 5 State Gymnastics competition will take place Friday
through Sunday from 7 am – 9 pm at the East Peoria Events Center.
The top Level 5 gymnasts in Illinois will compete for the title of
state champ. Admission is $10 adult; $5 per child per day (12 &
under); $4 per senior per day (65 & up). For more information, call
(309) 282-3285.

Looking for a hopping good time? Bounce on over to the Zoo on
Saturday for the annual Easter Egg Celebration, loaded with candy
and fun. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children up to 9 years old. For
children up to 3 years the hunt will begin at 10:30 am, the 4 – 6
year old hunt will begin at 10:50 am, and 7 – 9 years at 11:10 am.
Admission is $4.50 per child and $5.95 for adults. For more
information, call 686-3365.

The Peoria Players Singalong series continues with Rent this
Saturday. Dress as your favorite Rent character and sing along with
the movie. Doors open at 6:30 pm and movie rolls at 7 pm. There is
a $5 restoration fee payable at the door. For more information,
call 688-4473.

The Souls of Our Feet – A Celebration of American Tap Dance comes
to the ICC Performing Arts Center Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm.
Following the performance, a tap dance master class with Tapestry
Artistic Director, Acia Gray, will be available to invited advanced
tap teachers and tap students from the local dance community.
Class start time is approximately 4:45 pm and is open to viewers
seated in the theatre house. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for
ICC employees and $16 for students and senior citizens and are
available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office or by
calling 694-5136.

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria and Chaplin & Russell
Associates have partnered to bring the public “Alive in Art,” a
campaign promoting the use of art in therapy from 1 – 5 pm on
Sunday at the CAC. The art center will feature entertainment as
well as food and lectures on the usefulness of art in dealing with
daily obstacles. A host of speakers will lead the public in
discovering their own art shaped life. For more information, call
674-6822.

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Detweiller Park will take place
Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The Easter Egg Hunt is open to ages 1 – 10
and admission is free. For more information, call 676-5292.

Also on Sunday, the Bradley Saxophone Quartet and Quintet will
perform at the Dingeldine Music Center from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
Admission is free. For more information, call 677-2650.