Archive for December, 2009

The Skies Over Hogwarts Harry Potter Activities at Lakeview Museum begin today at 11 am followed by Skies Over Hogwarts, a Harry Potter-themed Planetarium Show, which begin at 12:30 pm and 2 pm. Admission is $2.50 for Lakeview Museum members and $5 for the general public. Come dressed as your favorite character to enjoy the activities and to enter into the best costume prize.

Relax, dine, and cruise on the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat Gospel Themed Dinner Cruise tonight featuring a prime rib and chicken buffet, a Gospel music mini-concert and an inspirational message.  Tonight’s cruise features singers Rachel West Kramer, D. Scott Kramer and guest speaker Bill Allison.  The boat boards at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7 to 9:30 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults and senior citizens and $20 for children. For more information, call 637-8000 or click HERE.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight at 7 pm. “Ring in ’10 for $10” tonight with tickets only $10 for all seats if purchased today between Noon and 6 pm only at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office.  Otherwise, regularly priced tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Waterhouse presents its Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Bash tonight.  The dinner and show package includes a two entree banquet buffet with dessert, the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show and open bar for the entire night. Cost is $70 per person including tax and service fee. Doors open at 7 pm, dinner buffet is open at 7:30 pm, show is from 9 pm – 1 am. Call the Waterhouse office to make your reservations at 494-9100.

Comedian Jeff Caldwell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and 11 pm, Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets for tonight are $21 or $20 with cash and $13 on Friday & Saturday. Tonight’s shows will feature an appetizer buffet for the 8 pm show and party favors and free champagne for the 11 pm show. Call 673-5853 for reservations

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Southern Illinois beginning at 7:05 pm on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Take part in the Winter Wonder Walk, a naturalist-guided tour at Forest Park Nature Center, on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Explore animal tracks in the snow and learn what characteristics animals have to cope with the season’s weather. Dress warmly. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

The Heartland Festival Orchestra welcomes Barbara Padilla, first runner up in America’s Got Talent 2009, as guest vocalist for their “New Year’s Greeting” Concert at Five Points Caterpillar Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The concert benefits the Junior Leauge of Peoria. Tickets are $27 for adults, $7 for students (ID required). Tickets are available online HERE.

The Peoria Art Guild Gallery and Gallery Store will be open today until 7 pm featuring hundreds of unique holiday gifts such as jewelry, scarves, ceramic pieces, ornaments and glass boxes. This is a wonderful time to not only support the local arts communities, but also to support local artists by purchasing their unique and beautiful pieces in a variety of styles and prices.

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland is a drive-through electric park featuring Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. The Winter Wonderland is located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria and is open through December 31.  Hours are Sunday – Thursday 5-9 pm, Friday & Saturday 5-11 pm. Cars & vans are $10 each night, limos & RVs are $20, party busses (that hold more than 15 passengers) are $50 and full sized buses are $150.

The Festival of Lights Freedom Park pays tribute to those in the military at  East Peoria ‘s RiverFront Park along the Illinois River and features lighted emblems and displays. Admission is free. Hours are dusk to 10 pm nightly through December 31.

The Festival of Lights Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours a day through December 31. Funded by private donations through the Nativity Display Association, the life-size structures take on a three-dimensional appearance at night. A 2-minute narration is available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show runs through December 31 every Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13+) and free for ages 12 and under.  

Imagine a King, the Northwoods Community Church 2009 Christmas event, brings to life the timeless message of God’s love through theatre and music. The show continues tonight at 7 pm, Thursday at 12:30 pm, and Friday at 3 pm. The show is free to the public and tickets are available at the church or online at nwoods.org. For more information, call 243-1550.

International Award winning magician Mitch Williams performs his tableside close up magic at Tyroni’s Italian Cafe in Bartonville tonight from 5:30 to 8 pm. For info call 647-3692 or visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com.

Bring your family to celebrate Christmas at St. Paul’s Cathedral Christmas Eve Family Mass & Pageant at 4 pm tomorrow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Peoria. They will also feature a Christmas Eve Service featuring special music from The Fanfare Brass beginning at 10 pm on Thursday night.  On Friday, St. Paul’s Christmas Day Mass will begin at 10 am. For more information, call 688-3436 or visit www.stpaulspeoria.com.

The Central Illinois Chapter and the Heart of America Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross will host their Scrubby Bear Program at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.  During this fun, hands-on presentation, children of all ages can learn about their immune systems, how to cover coughs and sneezes, and how to thoroughly clean their hands. Red Cross instructors will also hand out Scrubby Bear coloring sheets outlining the six steps to proper hand-washing.

Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi at Luthy Botanical Garden’s Kwanzaa Display running through December 31 from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Sundays:  the display is closed on Mondays. Admission is $2 for adults 13+, free for ages under 12.

American Icon Kenny Rogers will perform in concert at the US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm tonight. Tickets are $45 and $58 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Peoria Players presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a play based on the popular childrens book in which the Herdman family (supposedly “the worst kids in the history of the world”) wreak havoc on a church Christmas pageant. The show runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for Adults, $12 Students 18 & under and available by calling 688-4473 or at PeoriaPlayers.org.

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland is a drive-through electric park featuring Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria , hours are Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 9 pm, and Friday & Saturday from 5 – 11 pm. Cars & vans are $10 each night, limos & RVs are $20, party busses are $50 and full sized buses are $150.

The Festival of Lights Freedom Park pays tribute to those in the military at  East Peoria ‘s RiverFront Park along the Illinois River and features lighted emblems and displays. Admission is free. Hours are dusk to 10 pm nightly.

The Festival of Lights Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours a day through December 31. Funded by private donations through the Nativity Display Association, the life-size structures take on a three-dimensional appearance at night. A 2-minute narration is available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.

The Stocking Stuffer Holiday Store is a Christmas store for kids 12 and under to shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, even the dog. At Northwoods Mall, kids can shop today & Friday from 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm.  At the Shoppes at Grand Prairie , hours are Saturday Noon – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 9 pm.  The store’s last day is Sunday and all proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers’ Crisis Nursery. For more information, call 674-0105, ext 210.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show runs through December 31 every Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13+) and free for ages 12 and under.  Candlelight Walks of the Poinsettia Show are Friday and Saturday from 7 – 9 pm under the warm glow of hundreds of candles with live performances of holiday music. Conservatory admission will be waived during these evenings, however, donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

Michael Kosta will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 or $13 with cash except for the tonight’s show and the Friday late show which are $10 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations. Michael’s show is rated R.

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Lyfe on Water Street tonight from 7 -9 pm, an open event in which anyone can perform their talent or just watch. Admission is $4 for CAC members, and $7 for non-members.
Dexter O’Neal will perform holiday music at the CAC’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members, and 16 & younger $3.  The CAC also presents Salsa at CAC: A Latin Dance Event on Friday from 8:30 – 12:30 pm, featuring a dance lesson followed by open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero. Admission is $3 CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

Imagine a King, the Northwoods Community Church 2009 Chirstmas event, begins Friday night at 7 pm, Saturday at 3:30 pm & 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am & 11:30 am.  Performances continue through Christmas day.  The show brings to life the timeless message of God’s love through theatre and music  and is free to the public.  Tickets are available at the church or online at nwoods.org. For more information, call 243-1550.

The Central Illinois Guitar Society Christmas Concert featuring Mike Fields, Mike Hull, Dave McDonald, John Miller and the Romantics, Lori Ryder, Eric Swan and many more will be held at Five Points Center in Washington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for ages 12 & under.

The Apollo Theatre presents the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children, students and senior citizens. For more information, call 673-4343.

Skate with Santa at Owens Center on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm.  On Sunday, families can enjoy a Family Holiday Skate at Owens Center from from 3 – 4:45 pm. Regular admission fees of $3 – $4 plus skate rental applies.

Enjoy an evening of Christmas Carols sung by some of Peoria’s finest musicians at St. Joseph’s Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday night. All proceeds from the concert will go to repair St. Joseph’s historic pipe organ. Cookies and drinks will follow the concert. Doors open at 6:30 pm with concert starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 for individual or $5 for a family, and donations are accepted.

Corn Stock Theatre Center will host a “sing-along” style screening of the holiday classic “White Christmas” on Saturday at 7 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Bring a libation and a snack to share. Admission is free, but open only to current Corn Stock members (membership can be paid at the door.) Call 676-2196 to RSVP.

The Forest Park Nature Art Show & Open House features a diversity of mediums and unique pieces all created by talented local artists. The show runs regular Nature Center hours through Christmas Eve and is a great way to 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.

Peoria Area Civic Chorale’s An American Family Christmas will be performed at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Center in Washington at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for students and $17 for groups of 10 or more and are available by calling 693-6725 or online at PeoriaCivicChorale.com. For more information, call 693-6725.

The Peoria Journal Star will host its annual Christmas Sing in the Peoria Civic Center Great Hall on Monday beginning at 7 pm. Former Mayor Jim Maloof will be songleader and special guests will include Rebekah Bourland, Jill & Jeremy Tracey, Lee Wenger, Santa Claus and the Shrine Funmaker Clowns. There will be free hot chocolate and free parking in the Civic Center & Hamilton parking lots. For more information, call 686-3000.

The Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter is partnering with the Blood Services Region to support the 12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive to help ensure a stable blood supply during the last week of December, when blood collections are typically low. It will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Monday from 7 am to 7 pm. To schedule an appointment, donors can visit givebloodgivelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

The Peoria Art Guild Gallery and Gallery Store will be open Monday – Wednesday from 9 am until 7 pm featuring hundreds of unique holiday gifts such as jewelry, scarves, ceramic pieces, ornaments and glass boxes. This is a wonderful time to not only support the local arts communities, but also to support local artists by purchasing their unique and beautiful pieces in a variety of styles and prices.

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Storytime with Santa, brought to you by Junction City and the Peoria Public Library, will be held at the Butcher Block in Junction City tonight beginning at 5:30 pm to visit with good boys and girls and listen to a few of his favorite holiday stories. Remember to bring your camera.

“The Chinaman”, a favorite from “The Bob and Tom Show”, will perform at the Jukebox tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 – $16 and can be reserved by calling 673-5853.

Eastlight Theatre’s 19th annual production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are available at eastlighttheatre.com.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse’s production of the play Greetings! continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students 18 and under. For more information, call 676-2196.

Enjoy the Festival of Lights Holiday Matinee & Dinner Cruises on the Spirit of Peoria this Friday & Saturday featuring a buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Folklore Theatre. The matinee cruises board at Noon and return to dock at 2:30 pm:  adults are $36, children ages 4-12 are $18, children 3 & under free.  The dinner cruises board at 6 pm and return to dock at 9 pm: adults are $40, children ages 4-12 are $20, children 3 & under free. Prices include tax & service charge. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations.

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland is a drive-through electric park featuring Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria, hours are Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 9 pm, and Friday & Saturday from 5 – 11 pm. Cars & vans are $10 each night, limos & RVs are $20, party busses are $50 and full sized buses are $150.

The Festival of Lights Freedom Park pays tribute to those in the military at East Peoria’s RiverFront Park along the Illinois River and features lighted emblems and displays. Admission is free. Hours are dusk to 10 pm nightly.

The Festival of Lights Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours a day through December 31. Funded by private donations through the Nativity Display Association, the life-size structures take on a three-dimensional appearance at night. A 2-minute narration is available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.

The Stocking Stuffer Holiday Store is a Christmas store for kids 12 and under to shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, even the dog. At Northwoods Mall, kids can shop Mondays – Fridays 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays Noon – 5 pm through December 20th.  At the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, hours are Saturdays Noon – 8 pm and Sundays Noon – 9 pm.  All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers’ Crisis Nursery. For more information, call 674-0105, ext 210.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show runs through December 31 every Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13+) and free for ages 12 and under.

Blueskillet will play the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members. $10 for nonmembers, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior nonmembers. 16 & younger $3. Students with valid school ID & seniors age 65 & older.

Insane Clown Posse with Special Guest: Hed PE & The Dayton Family will perform at the East Peoria Convention Center Friday at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $25 and are available at all Coop Tapes & Records locations, the Peoria Riverfront Visitors Center, online at JayTV.com or by calling 800-514-3849.

The 5th Annual Christmastime GospelFest concert will be held in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and are available at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstores and at Five Points Washington.

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

The Waterhouse presents its Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner and show this Friday and Saturday night featuring a two entree buffet and the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show for $32.95 per person including tax and service fee. Call 494-9100 for reservations.

The Polar Express P.J. Party at Wildlife Prairie Park is a fun evening for families with younger children. Times are 6 – 8 pm on Friday, 3 – 5 pm & 6 – 8 pm on Saturday. Advance reservations are required & space is limited. Call 676-0998 to make reservations. Admission is $5.50 per person age 2 and up, $3.50 for Park Members and aged 1 and under are free.

The Peoria Historical Society presents Candlelight Tours at the Pettengill-Morron House located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 674-1921.

For one day only, over a dozen local artists will set up market style in the Peoria Art Guild Gallery for an Artist Gift Show this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. The gift show will feature a diverse and affordable assortment of glass, ceramics, jewelry, and gift items. For more information call 637-2787 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org.

The Peoria Park District is hosting an Irish Holiday Night at the Gateway Building on the Riverfront on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Join in the Irish holiday cheer featuring live music, Irish dancers, appetizers and cash bar.  Tickets are $12 each or tables of 10 for $100. For ticket info and further details, call 689-3019.

Body Fitness in Peoria will hold its 5th Annual Christmas Gala Saturday from 7 pm until midnight at 3020 N. University in Peoria. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a performance by the “Peoria Latin Vibe” Dance Team. Cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets 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.

The Richwoods High School Choral Department presents its annual Madrigal Dinner on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm each night at the high school. Tickets for the 5-course dinner and show are $24 and available at the Richwoods Main Office. For more information, call 693-4400.

The Peoria Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition and perhaps the most popular of all ballets, at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Guest artists join a cast of more than 100 dancers, actors and tumblers, all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s music.  For more information, visit peoriaballet.com or call 690-7990.

Enjoy a Holiday Brunch at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm in the Prairie Hall. Admission is $13.99 for adults, $9.99 for ages 4-12 years, ages 3 & under are free, Park Members receive a 10% discount (admission, tax and gratuity not included.)  While there, enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas where children can enjoy old-fashioned crafts visit with Santa as he strolls the grounds, listening to wishes and handing out treats. Admission to the Park is $5.50 for ages 13 and over, $3.50 for children ages 4-12, and children under 4 are free.

The 33rd Annual Sing it Yourself Messiah will be held on Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing or listen to Handel’s classic with soprano Kristin Bell Lelm, alto Stephanie Chigas, tenor Eric Ashcraft, bass Mark de Veer and conductor Dr. John Jost. For more information, call 688-3436.

Enchanted Florist will be hosting a VIP Shopping Night to benefit the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois tonight from 5 – 7:30 pm at Enchanted Florist at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Shoppers can enjoy wine, appetizers, and special discounts on select merchandise. For more information call 688-8671.

The YPO December Social is tonight from 5 – 7 pm at Embassy Suites on the East Peoria Riverfront. This event is a chance for YPO to celebrate the holiday season and give back to the Central Illinois Community. Call 694-0200 for more information.

The Festival of Lights Holiday Dinner Cruise features a buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment by Prairie Folklore Theatre. The cruise boards at 6 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday and returns to dock at 9 pm. Adults are $40 each, children ages 4-12 are $20 each, children 3 & under eat free. Prices include tax & service charge. Call 800-676-8988 to make advance reservations (required).

Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre continues it run of their original holiday show “We Need a Little Christmas” tonight, Friday and Saturday (doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm) and on Sunday afternoon (Doors open at 12:00 noon, show starts at 1:30 pm.). Call 965-2545 for reservations.

Grace Presbyterian Church on Knoxville will host “A Grace Family Christmas” featuring a 120 voice choir, 45 piece orchestra and a dramatic presentation of the Christmas Story at the church tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church or by calling 688-3641 ext. 208.

Mike MacRae will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 or $14 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show, which are are $10 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations. Rated – PG-18/R

The Festival of the Trees benefiting the Crittenton Centers is this weekend at Expo Gardens.  Schools & Retirement Homes Visit Day is Friday from 10 am- 8 pm, on Saturday is the Kids Pajama Party with Santa from 5:30 pm- 8 pm and on Sunday is the Family Lunch from 11 am – 2 pm.   Decorated trees and other Christmas related items donated by local businesses will be on display and available for purchase.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children & seniors citizens and children 2 & under are free.

The Festival of Lights continues this weekend in East Peoria:  The Narrated Nativity is open 24 hours and includes a 2-minute narration available by tuning to radio station 1610 AM.  The Winter Wonderland is located at the VFW Post 2078 off Springfield Road in East Peoria.  Hours are Thursday & Sunday 5 – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 5 – 11 pm. Admission for cars & vans are $10 each night.  The 2009 Festival of Lights Postage Cancellation Stamp will be available Saturday only from 11 am – 2 pm at the Fondulac Distrcit Library for holiday mailings. For more information about the Festival of Lights, call 800-365-3743.  

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Manitoba Moose at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday 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.

Luthy Botanical Gardens in Glen Oak Park will offer Candlelight Walks of their Poinsettia Show Friday from 7 – 9 pm under the glow of hundreds of candles while enjoying live holiday music. Admission is waived during these evenings, however donations are always accepted. For more information, call 686-3362.

Preston Jackson and Friends will perform at the Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members & $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members, and ages 16 & younger are $3.  The CAC also hosts Salsa at CAC: A Latin Dance Event Friday from 8:30 pm -12:30 am, Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for nonmembers.

Celebrate the holidays at the Waterhouse with the Howlin’ on Water…Dueling Pianos dinner and show beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Cost is $32.95 per person.  Call 494-9100 for reservations.

The Community Children’s Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the classic Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. All shows are at Peoria Players Theatre. Admission for adults is $10, children 12 & under and seniors are $8. Tickets are on sale at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion and online at www.artspartners.net. For details call 681-2861.

Eastlight Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for its 19th year. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are available at eastlighttheatre.com.

Bradley University Theatre invites you to their production of A Christmas Carol at 8 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $7-$14 and available by calling 677-3703.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents Greetings! a sensitive comedy about a family trying to come to grips with their spirituality when enlightenment is offered from an unexpected source. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10, and $8 for students 18 and under. For more information, call 676-2196.

The Tazwood Dance Company will present Holiday Magic at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Call 694-5136 for more information.

The Peoria Historical Society presents Candlelight Tours at the Pettengill-Morron House located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. Tours will be held from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 674-1921.

Eureka College will present its 21st Annual Renaissance Christmas Dinner on Friday and Saturday at 6 pm in the Cerf Center. Cost is $25 and $13 for children under 13. For reservations, call 467-6407.

The Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Womens Club 37th Annual Breakfast with Santa is Saturday from 9 – 11 am at the Germantown Hills Middle School. Tickets are $4 per person in advance or $5 at the door and are available at Jubilee Foods in Germantown Hills, Metamora Pharmacy or from club members.

Step back in time to Sommer Park’s first Antebellum Christmas on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Learn customs of the era, sing popular Christmas songs, enjoy cookies and hot drinks while you visit with Father Christmas. Please dress for the weather. Admission is $2 per person.

The 26th Annual “Knight Before Christmas” Craft Show fundraiser sponsored by the Richwoods High School cheerleaders will take place Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Richwoods High School. Over 200 crafters will be on hand with holiday gifts & decorations. For more information, call the school at 693-4400.

Thousands of bells will ring as people run in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis begining  at 8 am on Saturday at Peoria’s RiverPlex.  The run/walk begins at 10 am. Visit www.jinglebellpeoria.com to participate.

Visit the historic Ballance-Herschel house “All Dressed Up” for the holidays. Enjoy a victorian tea on Saturday at 11 am & 2 pm. Tickets are $18 per ticket in advance. Home tours will also be held Saturday from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets for the home tours are $5 in advance $10 at the door. For reservations please call 685-9312.

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

Luthy Botanical Garden presents Jinglin’ Jazz, an annual holiday celebration on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy music by Joe Metzka & Friends, hors d’oeuvres and an auction. Advance tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and $30 at the door. Call 686-3362.

Clash at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum is a mixed martial arts (MMA) event that will feature 20 fights on Saturday night beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $28, $38, $53 and $128 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Junior Explorers combines nature, learning, friends, and fun hosted by the Wildlife Prairie State Park Education Department for ages 5-7. Class is held on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-member (+ park admission). This month topic is “What Makes a Bird, a Bird?” PCall 676-0998 ext. 6758 for more information or to register your child.

The holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life will run at the Apollo Theatre beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students & senior citizens.  For more information, call 673-4343.

Westminster Presbyterian Church will present its Advent Festival beginning at 11:45 am Sunday at the church. There will be music, fellowship, lunch and crafts for all ages. Admission is free, however offerings will be accepted. For more information, call 673-8501.

The annual Christmas Walk in Peoria Heights is this Sunday and includes a horse drawn trolley, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Heights Flowers, the Jericho Band, specials at shops throughout the Heights and the Christmas Tree lighting in Tower Park at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 685-4812.

The 31st Annual Morton Community Christmas Sing will be held Sunday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Morton Community Bank on Jackson Street. The public is invited to attend and sing along. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 pm and the John Phillips Oompah Band will also perform.

Master autoharp player Bryan Bowers will perform Sunday from 7 – 9 pm at Forest Park Nature Center. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 & under with a $1 discount for CORE members.

The Peoria Orpheus Club presents their Winter Concert Sunday at 3 pm at the United Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Northmoor and Allen Roads. The concert will include season songs and carols. Tickets are available at the door for $5.