The 2010 Illinois Music Educators Association Convention takes place this weekend at the Peoria Civic Center with several scheduled events open to the general public. The “Young Composers and Their Music” showcase concert will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 3 pm today. Admission is free. The IMEA All Conference Drum Circle will be held in the Peoria Civic Center’s Triangle Lobby from 11 am – 12 pm on Saturday. This event is open and free to the public. And the IMEA All-State Concert will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and the Honors Concert beginning at 3:15 pm. General admission tickets are $5 at the door or available in advance at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office. Tickets are good for both All-State and Honors Concerts.
Comedian Henry Phillips will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend. Showtimes are Thursday at 8 pm during the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $10. The show is Rated – R (mild). Call 673-5853 for reservations.
State of Mind will perform at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members 16 & younger $3. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older. Soulful Sunday at the Contemporary Arts Center presents Gumbo for the Soul featuring family oriented entertainment with stand up comedy, special performances and R&B and gospel choral music on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.
The Itoo Hall will host a Fish & Chicken Fry Friday from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The Itoo Hall is located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. For more information including prices, call 676-9725 or go to www.itoohall.com.
The 11th Annual Counseling & Family Services Frosty 5K begins with check in at 8 am Saturday morning at the Counseling & Family Services office located at 330 SW Washington St. There will be a post-event breakfast pizza party at Old Chicago on the Riverfront. For more information, call 676-2400.
Body Fitness will host an Open House is Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm, featuring demos of the different fitness classes offered at Body Fitness. For more info go to www.fitndance.com or call 685-1950. Body Fitness is located at 3020 N University in Peoria.
The League of Women Voters and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley will co-host a Lt Governor Candidate Forum at Neumiller Hall at Bradley University on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. The public is encouraged to participate.
Bar Louie will host a Back to the Sixties event on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Turn up in your grooviest Sixties Costume. There will be a Live Band, DJ, Silent Auction, Raffle and Prizes for the Best Costume. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at Bar Louie or www.ci.easterseals.com. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Easter Seals.
The Sun Foundation Winter Warming committee presents the annual Winter Warming Benefit for the Children’s Program Fund on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge at the Peoria Zoo. This event features a wine tasting, a micro brews & imported beers tasting, plus food and desserts. Live music will be provided by Ken and Paul Osborne and the Suzuki School of Music. There will also be a specialty raffle as well as a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $60 per person or $110 per couple. For more information, call 246-8403.
Mark Schultz will perform in concert at the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for artist circle. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.itickets.com or by calling 444-2381.
Celebrate the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary with the WD Boyce Council’s Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign Kickoff from 5-6 pm on Saturday at Weaver Ridge Golf Club. The celebration is free to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served followed by remarks from Larry Tangel, Heartland Community Friends of Scouting chairman and CEO of Enercon Engineering. Attendees will see a video of the Boy Scouts’ activities showing how money raised through the campaign is put to use throughout the year.
The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Houston Aeros at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday at 7 pm. Then on Sunday, the Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars at 6 pm. 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.