Archive for November, 2009

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Wildlife Prairie State Park hosts its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet Thursday from 11 am – 3 pm.  The buffet is $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for ages 4-12 years and free for ages 3 & under. Members receive a 10% discount. Admission to the park, tax & gratuity are not included in the prices above. Limited seating is available and reservations are required. Please call the park at 676-0998 for availability.

Holiday Inn City Centre presents Breakfast with Santa on Friday before the annual Santa Claus Parade from 7:30 – 9:45 am. Adults are $12.95, children are $6.95 and 4 and under are free. Call 674-2500 for reservations.

The Third Annual Trot 4 Tots is a two-mile fun run that will take place just prior to the annual Santa Claus Parade on Friday. Runners will trace the parade route through downtown Peoria along an established 2-mile course before an anticipated crowd of 25,000 to 35,000 spectators. For more information, go to racedirector@trot4tots.org.

The 122nd Annual Parade will step off at 10:15 am Friday in downtown Peoria, featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units, decorated floats, marching bands, and of course Santa Claus. The parade will be telecast live on WMBD-TV and has been sponsored by South Side Bank for the past 52 years.

Family House will present their Eighth Annual “Christmas Magic” event on Friday immediately following the Santa Claus Parade at the Hotel Pere Marquette. A fundraising event to benefit Family House and its mission of service, Christmas Magic will feature entertainment, activities and lunch for $15 for children and $20 for adults. For tickets or more information visit that Family House website or call Peg Murphy at 685-5300.

PACE presents Yule Like Peoria, a walkabout event featuring festive holiday entertainment throughout downtown Peoria on Friday night from 6-8 pm. For specific performers, locations and more information, call 681-0696 or visit peoriaevents.com. Admission is free.  CityLink will be running its Park & Ride shuttle for this event.

Dorann & the Soul Mystics will perform at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.

Tommy Johnagin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 and $13 with cash except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $10 with cash. The show is rated PG-18. Call 673-5853 for reservations.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Manitoba Moose in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday.
On Saturday, the Rivermen will face the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 pm in the Arena. Tickets for both games are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at
Ticketmaster.com

Luthy Botanical Gardens in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show on Friday and Saturday from 7 – 9 pm under the warm glow of hundreds of candles and featuring live holiday music. Conservatory admission will be waived during these evenings, however, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

The 19th Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place Saturday beginning at 8:30 am on the River Trail of Illinois. The event is open to men, women and children of all ages. For more information, call 253-2420.

The Festival of Lights Holiday Cruise matinee features a buffet, a two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Forklore Theatre. The cruise boards Saturday at Noon and returns to dock at 2:30 pm. Adults are $36 each, children ages 4-12 are $18 each, and children 3 & under eat free. Prices include tax & service charge. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations.

Cirque Dreams Illumination will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25, $38, $50 and $57 and available at the Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.   CityLink will be running its Park & Ride shuttle for this event.

The East Peoria Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights begins at 5:45 pm on Saturday travelling three miles starting at the intersection of Dolans Lane & East Washington Street and ending just past downtown East Peoria. The parade features 30 floats shaped entirely from lights. For more information, call 800-365-3743.

A Christmas Celebration With Rachel West Kramer with special guest Jairo Arvizu is Saturday at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points in Washington beginning at 7 pm. The show will include many familiar classics and traditional favorites. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, children aged 12 & under are $6. Group discounts are also available. To order tickets, call 383-2828.

Enjoy Historic Holiday Traditions with the East Peoria Historical Society on Sunday for tours of the 129-year-old Doering Homeplace. Tour times are 1 – 4 pm or 6 – 8 pm (evening by candlelight). Doering Homeplace is located at 326 Pekin Ave in East Peoria. Admission is free.

Glen Oak Christian Church presents Carols and Candles, their annual holiday event celebrating the start of Advent, on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Christmas carols will be sung by candlelight and holiday refreshments will also be served. Glen Oak Christian Church is located at 1115 E. Republic in Peoria. Call 688-3464 for more information.

The Pediatric Resource Center (PRC), a community program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, will present an All-Star Holiday Concert on Sunday at 3 pm at Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University featuring holiday entertainment performed by a variety of artists. Tickets are $12.50 for adults; children 12 and under will be admitted free. For information, call 231-1971or 624-9595.

American Idol winner David Cook will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight at 7:30 pm with special guests The Script and Green River Ordinance. Tickets are $32.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Peoria Players’ production of the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical Evita continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 adults, $12 Patrons 18 and under. Call (309) 688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org for more info.

The Illinois Central College production of No Exit continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136.

You’re invited to kick off the holiday season with Sky Harbor Steakhouse’s 28th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting tonight featuring samples of the wine of Mackinaw Valley Vinyards and Artisan cheese from Ropp Jersey Farms. The event will also feature live music from 7-10 pm. Reservations are suggested but not required and can be made by calling 674-5532.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “The United Nations and the United States: Controversy and Opportunity”, with Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor, UN Foundation tonight begining at 5:30 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn. Call 677-2454 for more information.

The Peoria Charter School Initiative will present information and answer questions about the push to bring a math, science & technology charter school to Peoria beginning 5:30 pm tonight at the Methodist Atrium on Main Street. Admission is free.

The Eureka College Theatre Department will present George Bernard Shaw’s classic drama Pygmalion at 7:30 pm in Pritchard Theatre tonight through Saturday night. Cost is $3 for students and $7 for adults. For reservations, call 467-6363.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic for poetry, prose, plays, and acoustic music tonight from 7 – 9 pm. Come with your talent or just to watch.
The Robin Crowe Band will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.
The CAC will also present Salsa at CAC Friday night beginning with an 8:30 – 9:30 pm dance lesson followed by open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for nonmembers.

The Other Guys, the popular acapella group from the University of Illinois, will perform at the Waterhouse (located at 619 Water St.) on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. After the show, stay for Theatre Open Mic. Call 494-9100 for reservations and more information.

The Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon on Friday beginning at 11:45 am until 1:30 pm at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Call 495-5900 or go to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce website to rsvp.

Luthy Botanical Gardens located in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 – 9 pm under the warm glow of hundreds of candles while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission is free, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

Join Bradley’s Department of Theatre Arts for New Faces 2009, as new students showcase their unique talents in an evening of short plays. The shows begin at 7 pm Friday and Saturday at Bradley’s Hartmann Center of Performing Arts. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Call 677-2650 for reservations and more information.

Jukebox Comedy Club presents The Untamed Shrews (filling in for the previously announced Norm MacDonald) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm both nights.  Tickets for all shows are $19  or $18 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations.

Homeowners at risk of foreclosure can attend Fix My Mortgage, a free foreclosure-prevention event at PARC, located at 1913 W. Townline Road, from 9 am to Noon on Saturday. Free assistance is offered from volunteering real-estate attorneys and housing counselors to determine if they qualify for a loan modification package. Pre-register by calling METEC at 676-3832.

A variety of handmade items will be available at the annual Fall Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis at 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria. Hours are 9am to 5pm on Friday, 9am to 2pm on Saturday. All proceeds to benefit the poor.

The Peoria Art Guild is hosting its second annual 8 x 8 Dutch Auction fundraising event on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The auction will feature 8 inch by 8 inch works of art created by local, regional, and national artists. This event will also feature entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are free for Peoria Art Guild Members, $10 for Non-Members, and may be purchased by phone at 637-2787 or at The Peoria Art Guild.

The MMA Extreme Challenge 140 will take place on Saturday in the Par-a-Dice Hotel Ballroom. Doors open at 6 pm and the fight begins at 7 pm. General admission is $20 or $25 at the door. Tickets are on sale now by calling 698-6083.

The Forest Park Nature Art Show & Open House is Sunday from 2 – 4 pm and features a diversity of mediums and unique pieces all created by talented local artists.  Support local artists and find original nature related photos, paintings, wood carvings, and more. Enjoy the wood stove, hot drinks, and rustic charm of the Nature Center.

Playhouse Disney Live will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday at Noon and 3 pm. Tickets are $18, $25, $40 and $52 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Ball Brothers Christmas Tour Concert comes to the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington at 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, or $10 for groups of 10 or more. Call 686-7000 for tickets or more information.The 39th Annual Turkey Trot will begin at 1 pm Sunday in Detweiller Park. Entry fee is $17 and participants can register at Running Central (700 W Main St., Peoria) or the Park District Recreation Office.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk and Country Jam Session on Sunday 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 appreciated.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Wofford beginning at 6:05 pm Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to bradleybraves.com.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse’s production of David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center in Bradley Park. Tickets are $10 and $8 for patrons 18 and under. Call 676-2196 for tickets or visit cornstocktheatre.org for more info.

Bradley University Theatre’s new production of Pinocchio continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and at 2:30 on Sunday at Bradley’s Hartmann Center for Peforming Arts. To order tickets by phone, call 677-2650

Comedian Tom Simmons will perform at the Jukebox tonight through Saturday. Showtimes are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets prices for this weekend are $13 or $12 with cash, except for the tonight  and the Friday late show which are $10. Rated – PG-18/R

We Need a Little Christmas opens tonight at Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre.  It’s their first original review including holiday music and comedy routines performed by the Barn’s best.   On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or click HERE.

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony presents Wild About Wine and Brew Too!, a wine and beer tasting, raffle and silent auction to benefit the CIYS organization. The event will be held on Friday from 5:30-8:30 pm at The Zambezi River Lodge at the Peoria Zoo. Tickets are $30 and available online at ArtsPartners website or by calling 1-888-218-4650.

Hip Pocket will perform at the Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot on Friday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information call 674-6822.

Tanya Pshenychny, a Ukranian watercolor and ink artist who currently resides in Peoria, will exhibit Superstitions on Friday from 7 to 9 pm at ci|creative in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. There is no charge for this event. For more information about becoming a part of ci|creative, call 321-0033 or visit cicreative.org.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Abbotsford Heat in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7 pm Friday.   Then, on Saturday, they’ll take on the Milwaukee Admirals beginning at 7 pm. Tickets for both games are $15 and $20 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com .

Peoria Players presents Evita, the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical about the life and times of Eva Peron. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 adults, $12 Patrons 18 and under. Call 688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org for more info.

The Junior League of Peoria will host their annual JULEP’s Closet sale at the Riverplex in downtown Peoria on Friday from 5 – 8 pm, Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit the Junior League website.

The Heartland Festival Orchestra, led by artistic director is David Commanday, will present Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale” Friday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront. Tickets are $27 for adults and $7 for children and are available at Kidder Music in Peoria or online HERE. For more information, call 339-3943.

Illinois Central College’s Theatre Department presents No Exit, a powerful play written by Nobel Prize winner Jean Paul Sartre. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 at ICC’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136.

A free public presentation on foreclosure prevention entitled Keeping Your Home Through Hard Times will be presented at 9 am Saturday at the ICC North Campus’ Arbor Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Call 1-888-671-2227 for more information.

The St. Vincent de Paul School 2009 Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday from 8 am to 2:30 pm at the school featuring auctions, raffles, kid’s area, gift boutique, arts and crafts, baked goods, and more.

History comes to life on Saturday at Sommer Park as Civil War soldiers construct winter quarters and prepare for their winter encampment. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies plus daily camp life. Event times are from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Wildlife Prairie State Park presents its monthly Girl Scout Badge Day on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. This month the scouts will be working on their Humans & Habitats Badge. Cost is $10 for park members and $15 for non-members. To register your Girl Scout or for information contact the Education Department at 676-0998 ext. 6758.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is sponsoring a One Stop Holiday Shopping Event on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Exposition Gardens. Admission is $3 and children under 16 free. For more info call 360-3481 or 361-9832.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria invite you to Fill the Treasure Chest on Saturday at Mt. Hawley Country Club with cocktails at 6 pm and a dinner/dance at 7 pm. The presentation will feature annual recognition awards and feature speaker Jim Owens, Chairman & CEO of Caterpillar. Call 685-6007 for more information and to make reservations.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will host its annual Day of Giving, a special day of shopping and fun, on Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm to benefit Food Bank, Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. To celebrate the day, participating stores and restaurants will feature special sales, and drawings.
You can also Kick Off the Holiday Season at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 4 to 6 pm with entertainment, lighting of the Christmas Tree, refreshments, carriage rides and the debut of Santa & Mrs. Claus
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SideTracked, playing a smooth mix of pop, jazz & soul, will be playing at Kelleher’s Irish Pub on Saturday night from 9 pm – 1 am.

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Scarf it Up! on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. The event is a silent auction of local artists’ one of a kind scarves, hats, and accessories and a fashion show of the hottest designs. Proceeds to benefit CAC and Childrens Hospital of Illinois Memorial Garden Project. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

Food for the Hungry presents Leeland and Brandon Heath with special guest Francesca Battistelli in concert on Sunday at Riverside Community Church in downtown Peoria. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and available at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore, iTickets and Riverside Community Church offices.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Idaho State beginning at 6:05 pm Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

Megadeth will bring The Endgame Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 5:45 pm on Sunday. They will be joined by special guests Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Arcanium. Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 day of show and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Friends of Peoria Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale today through Tuesday, November 10 in the Auditorium of the Main Street Branch of Peoria Public Library at 107 N.E. Monroe.  Fans of cartoonist Julie Larson, creator of the Dinette Set cartoon, will have the opportunity to meet her and get her autograph on Saturday between 10 am and noon.  The sale is open to the general public on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Monday is the half-price sale from 10 am – 5 pm and Tuesday is a $3 bag sale from 1 to 6 pm. 

The Peoria Charter School Initiative will host a Community Forum on the 4th Floor of the Peoria Civic Center tonight at 5:30 pm.  A group of 20+ seniors from the Chicago Math & Science Academy accompanied by teachers, parents and administrators will share their charter school experience and answer questions. The forum is free and open to the public.  Parking is free in the Civic Center lot.

The Peoria Rivermen take on the San Antonio Rampage in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

Junction City Shopping Center will host their Junction City Holiday Walk on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Visit Junction City’s uniques shops and enjoy live music, carriage rides, refreshments and pictures with Santa.

Preston Jackson & Friends 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.
Also, enjoy Salsa at CAC Friday night with a salsa dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing with DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm -12:30 am. Admission is $3 CAC Members, and $6 for non-members.

Bradley University Theatre presents a dynamic (and dark) new adaptation of Pinocchio at 8 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Performances are at Bradley’s Hartmann Center for Performing Arts. This production contains violence, language and subject matter not appropriate for children.  General admission is $14, senior citizens are $12. To order tickets by phone, call 677-2650.

The Sierra Club presents an Environmental Film Festival at the Apollo Theatre on Main St. in Downtown Peoria on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. A representative from Bauer Power, a local renewable energy analyst and installer for homes and businesses, will be available at the festival also.

Michael W. Smith, Grammy® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artist, will bring his A New Hallelujah Tour to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday night. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Eastlight Theatre is proud to host National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman at a special “one night only” encore performance of RENT on Friday night at 7 pm. Tickets are available by calling 699-7469 or by visiting the Eastlight Theatre website. Half the price for each ticket purchased will benefit the arts organization of your choice.
WTVP will host a question & answer session at their studios with Mr. Landesman on Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. The discussion is open to the public. To RSVP for the event, call Arts Partners at 676-2787..

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents Speed-The-Plow, an award-winning play by David Mamet that satirically dissects the American movie business. Showtimes are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10 and $8 for patrons 18 and under. Call 676-2196 for tickets or visit the Corn Stock website for more info.

Comedian/songwriter Heywood Banks returns to the Jukebox Comedy Club Friday and Saturday at 7 p. and 9:30 pm both nights. Tickets are $19 if paid by credit card, $18 if paid with cash, except the Friday show, which is $15 with cash.  Call 673-5853 to reserve tickets.

Bob Larson of WMBD-TV will be the honoree for the 2009 Easter Seals Tribute Dinner which will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Friday beginning with dinner at 6 pm and a program at 7 pm. For more information call 686-7755.

The Service League of Methodist Hospital will present it’s annual Gift Show from 9 am to 2 pm in the Methodist Atrium Lobby on Main Street. Admission and parking are free.  There will be handmade items, children’s clothes & toys, holiday decor, floral arrangements, baked goods, homemade candy, a coffee bar, gift wrap and stationary, gift baskets for all ages and a raffle.

The Peoria Historical Society presents Hats Off to 75 Years of Style, a salute to women luncheon and show on beginning at 11 am Saturday at the Hotel Pere Marquette. Admission is $35. Call 674-1921 for tickets and more information.

The Akron-Princeville Fire Department will host its Fall Open House on Saturday morning from 7 – 11 am. The event will feature a pancake & sausage breakfast, a bake sale and activities for children. For more information, call 634-1323.

Wildlife Prairie State Parks’ Junior Explorers will meet from 1 – 3pm on Saturday to experience the first Thanksgiving from a different perspective with a look at Native American traditions, culture, and celebrations. Pre-registration is required. Call 676-0998 ext. 6758 for more information or to register your child.

The Peoria Park District’s Teen Mystery Dinner Theatre program presents Till Death Do Us Part on Saturday at 6:30 pm at the Lakeview Museum Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of mystery, mayhem, and help solve a mystery while enjoying dinner. Call 681-2861 for details and tickets.

The Perils of Pageant Pandemonium will be presented by the Heart of Illinois Chorus Chapter of Sweet Adelines International at 2:30 pm Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Call 689-3538 for more information.

Barb Ryman will perform Songs from the Woods at 7 pm on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center.  Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Call 686-3860 for more information.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform two shows on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $28, $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50 and 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 Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents guest conductor Morihiko Nakahara on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $36 – $72 and are available by calling 309-671-1096 or online at the Peoria Symphony website.

Lynyrd Skynyrd with Rev Theory will perform on Saturday at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49, $59 and $69 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

The 4th Annual CASAblanca, an Evening of Dancing with the Stars, a fundraiser for CASA of Peoria County will take place at the Country Club of Peoria beginning at 6 pm on Saturday night. Tickets are $125 per person.  For more information, call 669-2939.

The Bradley Braves will play Lewis in an exhibition game beginning at 2:05 pm Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information about this game and the upcoming season, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

Saving Abel with special guests Red, Pop Evil, Taddy Porter and Mindset Evolution will perform at Expo Gardens on Sunday night beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $22 and are available at all Coop Tapes & Records locations, Shandi’s Music in Canton, the Peoria Riverfront Visitor’s Center, online at www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-514-3849.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk & Country Jam on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Gary Allan with Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $36.50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.