Archive for May, 2009

Northminster Presbyterian Church’s Spring Cleaning Sale takes
place today at the church from 8 am – 7 pm and on Friday from 8 -
11 am. There will be lots of used items for sale including books,
clothing, furniture and toys. Monies raised will go towards the
missions of the church.

A Step in Time, presented by Peoria Ballet Academy, is the Peoria
Ballet annual showcase performance. The show begins tonight at 6:30
pm at Dunlap High School. Tickets are $10 per person. Call 690-7990
to reserve your seats.

Enjoy an evening of ballroom dancing with Donna Weghorst & Friends
when they perform at the Itoo Hall tonight from 7 – 10 pm.
Admission is $6 per person. Doors open at 6 pm. For more
information, call 676-9725.

The Family House 20th annual Run/Walk, in memory of Carolyn
Mannlein, will take place at the Clubs at River City on Saturday.
An Illinois Valley Striders Grand Prix Race, the event includes a
5K run, 5K walk, one mile fitness walk and children’s fun run. The
adult events begin at 8 am and are $25 and the children events are
$10 and begin at 9 am. Registration forms are available at the
Clubs at River City, Running Central and FamilyHousePeoria.org. For
more information, call 685-5300.

The Washington Cherry Festival continues tonight through Saturday.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, carnival, car show, fireworks,
mainstage entertainment, Christian concert, community dinner,
contests, crafts, merchants, kids events and much more.
Festivities will go through Saturday. For more information, call
444-9921.

Tonight, the Peoria Chiefs take on the Clinton LumberKings
beginning at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. Tickets are $10 for Club
Box, $9 for Box or $6 for Lawn and are available at the O’Brien
Field box office, by phone at 866-698-4253.

The Heritage Days Festival begins today at Holy Family Church at
the corner of Sterling & Gale and takes place through Saturday. It
features carnival rides, games, food, a beer tent and live
entertainment. For more information about the event, call 688-3427.

Claud-Elen Days in Chillicothe also takes place this weekend. The
event features fun for the entire family including a carnival,
food, talent show, garden tractor pull, games, contests, 5K run,
dance and more. For more information, call 274-2907.

Pat Dixon will perform at the JukeBox Comedy Club tonight through
Saturday. Performances include 8 pm and 10:30 pm showings.
Tickets are $15 for each show, except Friday at 10:30, which is
only $10. His shows are rated R.

On Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the Five
Spot featuring Rob Williams & the Soggy Bottom Blues Band (jazz,
R&B) at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for
non-members.

The Producers opens this year’s summer season at Corn Stock
Theatre in the tent begining tomorrow and running through June 6.
The performances begin at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $17 for
adults and $12 for students 18 & under. Season tickets are $62 and
include tickets to all 5 shows this summer and are on sale now at
the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Over the Top” at the
Civic Center Arena this weekend. Show times are 7 pm on Friday. 11
am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets
are $15, $19, $32 and $67 and are on sale at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

On Saturday, Peoria Players Singalong Series continues with Sound
of Music. Dress as your favorite Sound of Music 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 Fancy Schmancy Flea Market will be held on the lawn at the
Franciscan Recreation Complex in West Peoria on Saturday from 9 am
- 5 pm. Music will fill the air as you stroll through a sea of
beautiful and unique surprises waiting at every turn. A
collaboration between Free To Bead and the Peoria Park District. A
portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Center for
Prevention of Abuse.

The GAR Hall 100th Year Celebration with period displays and
actors will take place on Saturday from 1 – 4:30 pm. The Civil War
Society period dress ball fundraiser with the 33rd Illinois
Regimental Brass Band will take place from 6 – 8 pm. The display is
free, the ball is $20 in advance. Call 674-7121 or 231-5840 for
more information.

The Lakeview Meteor Shower Golf Ball Drop is Saturday at the museum
from 11 am to 4 pm. The annual fund raiser is family friendly and
showcases Lakeview’s educational and cultural programs including
art projects, gallery walks, shows in the newly remodeled digital
planetarium, inflatable games and much more. The day will be
highlighted with a helicopter golf ball drop, in which about 2,000
golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter onto the front
lawn.Prizes will be awarded to those who catch winning golf balls.
There will also be activities for the family, musical
entertainment, food, a silent auction plus raffle items.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw will host its Annual Music
and International Beer & Wine Festival on Saturday from 11 am -
10:30 pm and Sunday from 12 pm – 6 pm, The $10 per person at gate
price includes a souvenir glass and 5 tasting tickets (additional
tickets are available at $1 each). There will be Wine and Beer
tasting all day featuring wines and beers from at least 15
countries, lots of good food and entertainment. Saturday
entertainment begins with Kevin Stearns, followed by The Stevil Dan
Band and at 7 pm Sister Groove and the Crosstown Jam will perform.
Sunday features the talents of The Sally Weisenberg Trio plus other
blues and jazz perfomers. For more information call 359-WINE.

Also on Saturday, the Chippendales will perform during two live
performances at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria at 8 pm and 10
pm. Tickets are available at all Co-op Records, online at
www.etix.com, or by phone at 1-800-514-etix. Ticket prices are $20
for general admission in advance, $25 for general admission at the
door, $30 for VIP in advance and $35 for VIP at the door. Patrons
must be 18 at attend.

On Sunday, the 24th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon
will be broadcast on WEEK-TV in both Peoria at the River Plex and
in Bloomington from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Magic, Music, Art, and Harriet show will also take place this
Sunday. The show is an unusual collaboration of international
award winning magician, Mitch Williams and his ART of Magic show,
along with “theatre artist extraordinaire” Edith Barnard and her
one woman portrayal of Harriet Beecher Stowe: the Woman Who Changed
History.

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

Also on Sunday, Wildlife Prairie State Park ‘s 2nd Annual Spring
Fundraiser will take place at the Park kicking off with a reception
at 4:30 pm. dinner at 5:30 pm, followed by an award presentation
and auction. Keynote speaker will be Marc Miller, the newly
appointed director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
(IDNR). The Rutherford Family Conservation Award will be
presented, a silent & live auction plus little kid activities such
as animal programs, fun activities and a kids auction. Tickets,
which includes admission for the full day, ages 10 and up are $50
each, ages 5 – 9 are $20 each which includes $5 in WPSP Bucks for
the kid’s auction. Attire is casual: dress as you would to visit
the park. For more information or to make your reservation, call
676-0998.

Fort Clark Vintage Baseball Club will play against the Vermillion
Voles this Sunday. Be a part of the team as a ballist (player) or
a crank (fan). Ballists will wear 19th century clothing and use
vintage equipment (no gloves allowed!). Join fellow players at
Sommer Park from 1 – 3 pm. No experience needed. Call 691-6295 for
more information.

The 20th anniversary of Miracle Mile with Children’s Hospital of
Illinois takes place Sunday at the RiverPlex in Peoria . Miracle
Mile is a celebration of children. It is a chance for families to
share an afternoon of fitness and fun and to raise money for
Children’s Hospital of Illinois . Registration starts at 1:30 pm,
Warm ups start at 2 pm, and the first race starts at 2:15 pm. Entry
fees for participants registering before May 31 are $5 per child or
$20 for a family of 5 or more children from your immediate family.
Participants registering on May 31 -$6 per child or $22 family fee
for 5 or more children from your immediate family. Miracle Mile
T-shirts and goody bags guaranteed to all pre-registered
participants. Blue ribbons to all finishers.

Vince Gill will perform in the Civic Center Theater tonight
beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40, $45, $55 and $75 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.

Tonight, the Contemporary Art Center presents Lyfe on Water Street,
an open mic for poetry, prose, plays, acoustic music from 7 om – 9
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. Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at
the Five Spot featuring Stephanie Aaron (jazz) at 5:30 pm.
Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for non-members.

Comedians Dan St. Paul along with Paul and Storm will perform at
the Jukebox Comedy Club tonightat 8 pm. Tickets are $19. Every
reservation gets a free Bob and Tom “Wild About Harry” cd.
Comedian Kevin Williams will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on
Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 and Ken Garr opens.

The Morton Civic Chorus under the direction of Denise Adams will present Encore 2009 tonight through Sunday at Bradley’s Hartmann Center Theater. Performances are at 7:30 pm except for the Sunday performance which will be at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors. For tickets, call 677-4966. Tickets are also available at Schnucks on University Street in Peoria, Hometown Pharmacy on Main Street in Morton, and Morton Civic Chorus members. All profits benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Foundation.

Also tonight, the Peoria Chiefs take on the West Michigan
Whitecaps beginning at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will
face the Whitecaps again Friday at 6:30 pm. Sunday, the Chiefs
take on the South Bend Silver Hawks at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for
Club Box, $9 for Box or $6 for Lawn and are available at the
O’Brien Field box office, by phone at 866-698-4253.

Get your kazoos ready- It’s time for the Louie Louie Parade &
Festival Friday at the RiverFront from 4 pm to Midnight. The
Illinois Striders are proud to present this summer-starting event.
So put on your craziest outfit, grab your kazoo and meet us at the
RiverFront for a night of warm breezes, cold drinks and live music
by Jamm Sammich. Admission is free.

The Venue welcomes back the Peoria jazz combo, playing standards
with a smooth vibe from 7 – 10 pm Friday. Admission is $5.

The 2009 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest will be
held at the Hotel Pere Marquette this weekend. The 35th Annual
contest relives the world of Old-time and Ragtime music.

The 2009 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters
Park in Chillicothe featuring many bands, camping, hot air balloon
rides and the 2009 Major League Baseball Road Show. Tickets range
from $20 to $155 for various options.

On Saturday, the Peoria Pirates take on the Quad City Steamwheelers at
7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. 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.

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria will host a
Progressive Garden Walk Saturday from Noon to 8 pm. The walk
features five gardens as well as local musicians and artists, food
samples and drinks. Original artwork and plants will be available
for purchase. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the church
located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd or at the gardens the day of the
walk. To attend only the church events, tickets are $5 per person
or $15 per family and may be purchased at the church.

Jamm Sammich will perform at Martini’s on Water’s Beer Garden on
Saturday night beginning at 9:30 pm. There is no cover charge for
this event.

The Illinois River Wine Trail and the Village of Manito are
hosting the 1st Annual Illinois River Wine, Art and Jazz Festival
on Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm. The festival will be held at
Manito’s Memorial Park. At least eight Illinois wineries will offer
tastings and wine sales, with numerous artisans displaying and
selling their creations. Jazz musicians for the day include David
Berchtold Duo with Bill Schlipf on upgright bass from 11 am – 2 pm,
Kevin Hart and the Vive Tribe from 2- 5 pm, and Sally Weisenburg
and the Famous Sidemen from 5 – 8 pm. Local hot air balloonists
will be present with balloon lift-offs at 5:00pm and “night glow”
at approximately 8 pm. Entry Fee of $10 will include a wine glass
and 5 tasting tickers. Additional tickets will be available for
purchase. For more information, call 968-7070.

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 on either event, call 686-3360.

On Monday, the Peoria Municipal Band will perform beginning at 7:30
pm at the Peoria Riverfront. Conducted by David Vroman, the band
will perform a Memorial Day concert.

Also on Monday, Operation Santa, The Peoria Chiefs, and Illinois
Valley Striders will host the second annual run/walk to benefit
Operation Santa. The 3 lap course that finishes inside O’Brien
Field. Stay for Military Appreciation Day at the Peoria Chiefs.
Registration Starts at 6 am, the race starts at 8 am. The race fee
is $25 and tickets for the game after the race are $5 for Club Box,
$4.50 for Box seats and $3 for Lawn seats. For more information,
call 680-4000.

Go to http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/ringlingcontest to Win a
Family Four Pack of Tickets to see the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and
Bailey Circus on May 29-31 at the Peoria Civic Center. Save $4
with code FAMFUN (valid on Sat 11am & Sun 5pm shows).

All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will host its annual
Mediterranean Food Festival from 11 am – 8 pm daily today through
Saturday. Menu items include roasted lamb, athenian chicken,
spinach pie, pork shish-ka-bob, gyros plus other appetizers too.
All dinners include a greek salad, rice, green beans & dinner roll.
Carry outs will be available as well. There will be a bake sale as
well including Greek, Lebanese and Romanian sweets including
baklava and much more. For more information, call 682-5824.

The 2009 PARC Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Par-A-Dice
Hotel ballroom tonight from 5:30 – 9 pm. This event is an
opportunity to say thank you to all the PARC staff, volunteers and
organizations who support our mission to provide choices for a
quality life to individuals with developmental disabilitites.
Tickets are $30 per person, or $300 for a table of 10. For tickets
or more information, call 689-3608

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform tonight at the ICC
Performing Arts Center at ICC’s East Peoria campus beginning at
7:30 pm. For more information, call 694-5136.

Also tonight, the Beach Boys will perform at the Peoria Civic
Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $29.50, $49 and
$62 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 676-8700 and online at
Ticketmaster.com.

The Peoria Chiefs take on the Quad Cities River Bandits tonight
and Friday beginning at 6:30 pm each night at O’Brien Field.
Tickets are $10 for Club Box, $9 for Box or $6 for Lawn and are
available at the O’Brien Field box office, by phone at
866-698-4253.

A Skate Down Main Street USA takes place at the Owens Center on
Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. Owens Skating School students as well
as world-class guest skating star Matt Savoie will perform Advance
tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids 5-12 & seniors, and ages 4
& under are free. Tickets at the door are an additional $1.

On Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the Five
Spot featuring the Robin Crowe Band (country, blues) at 5:30 pm.
Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for non-members. Also on
Friday, the CAC 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.

The Peoria Jazz AllStars Gala fundriaser will be held at the
Holiday Inn City Center Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. The Peoria
Jazz AllStars is an auditioned all-city “big band” comprised of
dedicated students from the four public high schools: Manual,
Peoria High, Richwoods and Woodruff. The event includes desserts
and a silent auction. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for
students or $100 for a table of 10. For reservations and more
information, call 672-6748.

The Riverboat Tales Tall and True Cruise will board the Spriit of
Peoria beginning at 6:30 pm, dinner is at 7 pm and the cruise runs
from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and
Singer/Songwriter Barry Cloyd created Prairie Folklore Theatre to
entertain and to educate the curious about the rich layers of
history found in the Midwestern prairie, spinning stories and songs
together to create musical theatre. Admission is $45 for adults
and $30 for children. Call 800-676-8988 for more information or to
reserve your seats.

The Venue will host an artists reception for Morgan Elser on Friday
from 7 pm – 10 pm. Elser’s work specializes in mixed media and
bronze sculpture. Also, Peoria Native and folk musician Rory
Toelle, will play. On Saturday, the Venue will host a night
featuring an art exhibit and poetry reading from published ICC
student authors/artists. Live music will be provided by ICC
musicians. The event is open to the public and runs from 6 – 9 pm.
There is no cover for either of these events.

The Untamed Shrews are back by popular demand and as wild as ever
at the Jukebox Comedy Club. This will be their only Peoria
appearance in 2009. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and
10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $19 ( $18 w/cash ) except for the
Friday late show which is $15 with cash. Tickets for the Shrews
will need to be pre-paid to guarantee your seats. For more
information or to order tickets, call 673-5853.

Pekin Fire Days is this weekend. It includes the Fire Fest on
Friday from 5-8 pm at the Pekin Downtown Courthouse Square and the
Fire Parade on Saturday at 10 featuring antique fire trucks, fire
units, groups, vehicles and fire engines parade through the
downtown streets to the courthouse. There will be free
entertainment & kids activities plus food vendors and an open house
on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at Fire Station #1 in Pekin, located
at 3232 Court Street. For more information, call 353-3100.

The Fort Crevecoeur Spring Rendevous will be held from 9 am to 5
pm on Friday through Sunday at Fort Creve Coeur. Visitors will
experience a way of life from 1680 to 1850, involving traders and
American Indians of this area, through encampments, dancers, live
music and demonstrations. There will also be food and a children’s
area. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12
when accompanied by a parent. For more information, call 694-3193.

The International Migratory Bird day takes place this Saturday from
8 am – noon. Come marvel at the miracle of migration while
celebrating and appreciating the wonders of birds at Forest Park
Nature Center. The event includes bird walks, displays, and
presentations on these most beautiful and graceful of animals. The
event is free, however, donations are appreciated.

The Clyde West Fishing Derby is also Saturday at the Glen Oak
Lagoon. The lagoon will be stocked with 2,000 pounds of fish. Ages
9 & under will fish from 9 – 11 am, ages 10 – 13 will fish from 11
am – 1 pm, seniors from 1 – 3 pm. The event is free. For more
information, call 681-2854.

The Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site will host a Tea Party
from 1-4 pm. Suggestion donation is $10 per adult and $5 per
child. For more information, call 367-4470.

Experience life as it was in 1859 as part of the celebration of
Eureka’s 150th Birthday. There’ll be an old-time medicine show,
kids’ activities and games, and displays recounting the food,
occupations and entertainment from a bygone time from 1 to 4 p.m.
at Farm Bureau Park on 4-H Road in Eureka. Admission is free. Call
467-2113 for more information.

The Peoria Park District and the Indo American Society are proud to
kick off the summer with India Fest on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm.
Enjoy live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian
dancing and much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience
this vibrant culture with all your friends at The RiverFront.
Admission is $4-$6.

WWE Raw, Smackdown and ECW Supershow at the US Cellular Coliseum
in Bloomington begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $50,
$40, $25 and $15 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 Peoria Players Singalong series continues with Grease this
Saturday. Dress as your favorite Grease 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 Ride for the Cure 2009 will take place on Saturday and will
raise money to be given to area efforts to fund mammograms,
treatment, and research. Registration for the Ride is $20 per rider
or $30 per couple on one motorcycle.

Join blacksmith enthusiasts from across the state as they spend a
weekend at Sommer Park learning a new skill or picking up tips from
other blacksmiths at the Blacksmith Hammer-In. A guest blacksmith
will demonstrate his skill on the bellows-operated stone forge.
Activities include blacksmith equipment tailgate sales,
iron-in-the-hat auction and opportunity to interact with fellow
blacksmiths. Price includes Saturday night dinner. Register for the
event by calling Sommer Park at 691-8423. Tickets are $20 for
Saturday or $30 for both days.

On Sunday, the Central Illinois Jazz Society welcomes Carl
Anderson and his New Orleans Jazz Band to the Radisson Hotel Mozart
room playing two sets beginning at 6 pm and 8:30 pm, with the CIJS
House Band led by Larry Harms performing the middle set at 7:15 pm.
Admission is $5 for members, $7 non-members, children 14 years and
under are free with an adult. For more information, call 692-5330
or 691-3259.

Race for the Cure packet and t-shirt pick up is today until 7 pm
at Northwoods Mall’s lower-level center court. Today is also the
last day to register for the race which you can do at the same
location.

The Southside Business Association of Pekin presents Derby Days at
the Southside Business Park located on Koch Street. There will be
a carnival, a battle of the bands, a bean bag tournament and
carnival food. Event times are Thursday and Friday from 5-10 pm,
Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 10 pm. Proceeds from Derby Days go
to local charities. For more information, call Joe Apt at
346-1474.

The all-new 90-minute musical adventure, Thomas & Friends(TM) Live!
On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town will be at the U.S. Cellular
Coliseum in Bloomington for one performance at 7 pm tonight.
Tickets are $48, $33, $27. $18.50 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.

Comedian Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club
tonight at 8 pm for $10. He returns Friday and Saturday night with
shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm for $14. His shows are rated R. Also,
the month of May is the birthday special month. Anyone with a May
birthday will recieve a free ticket and anyone in thier party will
recieve $2 off their ticket price.

The East Peoria Carnival continues tonight at the East Peoria
Riverfront behind the Wal-Mart SuperCenter and runs through Sunday.
Carnival hours are 5 pm – 10 pm Thursday and Friday, 1 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, and 1 pm – 5 pm Sunday. Ride tickets are $1.25 each with
family packs available at 20 tickets for $20. All rides take two or
more tickets.

Peoria Players Theatre presents Man of LaMancha, inspired by Miguel
de Cervantes’s seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote,
continues this weekend. 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 continue tonight through Sunday and 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.

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration 2009 continues weekdays
through May 22 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse
Plaza in 3 locations: the Circle, the Monument, and Main and
Jefferson. Dunlap High School, Riverview Grade School, and
Mossville Junior High School will perform Friday.

Squabbles continues 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.

Real-to-Reel Film Series presents the film “Paprika” at the
Illinois Central College North Arbor Auditorium on Friday at 7 pm.
It tells the story of technology run amuck. Three scientists fail
to secure a device they’ve invented, which allows people to record
and watch their dreams. Winner of 4 international film awards and
nominated for another two. Paprika is described as a “stunningly
beautiful feast for the eyes.” 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.

Girls Night: The Musical will be held in the Peoria Civic Center
Theater Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $37, $44, $47 and $51
and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all
Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at
Ticketmaster.com.

The Waterhouse presents Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner and
show this Friday and Saturday. Cost is $31.95 per person including
tax and gratuity. The show only is $10 per person. Call 494-9100
for reservations from 11 am – 2 pm Tuesday through Friday. Dinner
is at 6:30 pm. Show runs 8 -11 pm.

The Peoria Pirates take on the Milwaukee Iron 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.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday at the Metro
Centre with areobic warm up beginning at 7:10 am. The women’s 5K
competitive/timed Run begins at 7:55 am and the men’s 5K
competitive/timed run begins at 8:05 am. The one mile family walk
begins at 8:15 am.

Also on Saturday, the Illinois Art League and the Peoria Heights
Chamber of Commerce present the Peoria Heights Art Fair from 9 am
to 6 pm. For more information about the event, call 681-6729 or
681-1865.

Willow Knolls 14 presents the The Met: Live in HD series with a
live transmission of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Noon on Saturday.
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 688-6463.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Peoria Zoo will offer free admission
for all mothers accompanied by a paying child on Sunday. Special
events will take place throughout the day to help celebrate animal
mothers. Standard admission will apply. For more information,
call 686-3365.

Luthy Botanical Garden will also be celebrating Mother’s Day with
an Orchid Show. Admission into the conservatory is free for mothers
and grandmothers. Admission into the concert is $5 per person or
$15 per family. For more information, call 686-3362.