Archive for April, 2010

Register to win tickets to see Avenue Q in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre or a Family 4 pack of tickets to see Walking with Dinosaurs in the Peoria Civic Center Arena.  Both shows are on Tuesday,  May 11.  Visit www.explorepeoria.com to register for both of these great shows!

Morton High School presents the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 pm tonight, Friday & Saturday & at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults & $5 for students & available at the door. Call 266-7182 for more information.

Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed author and expert on the Middle East, will discuss the complex relations between the US and Iran at Barracks Cater Inn on Pioneer Parkway in Peoria tonight with a reception at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm, and presentation at 7 pm. Cost is $35 for the dinner/presentation or $15 for the presentation only. For info, call Peoria Area World Affairs Council at 677-2454 or www.pawac.org.

The NEW Red Cross CPR Made Simple course will be taught tonight from 6 – 7 pm at the American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter located at 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. It’s a one-hour, non certification class designed for individuals who want to learn Adult CPR/AED, but do not need or desire certification. Course fee is $20 per person.  For more information, call 677-7272.

The Peoria Chiefs will play Wisconsin tonight at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. On Friday and Saturday, the Chiefs will play Clinton at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday at 1 pm. Individual tickets for all games are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. Season tickets and group discounted tickets are also available. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Jimmy Pardo will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $12 with cash. For reservations call 673-5853. This show is rated  R.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare as presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley University faculty & staff, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available by calling 677-2650 or online HERE.

“The Velveteen Rabbit” YouTheater performance will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theater Friday morning at 10 am. Tickets are $6.50 and are on sale now. This performance is designed for students in grades K – 5.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater performed by Spirits of Bloomington Entertainment entitled “Bootleggers & Broads on Route 66” at the Vineyard on Friday beginning at 5:45 pm. Cost is $45 per person for the interactive show and buffet dinner. Reservations are required. Call Diane at 645-5054 to make reservations.

John Miller & the Romaniacs will perform at the Live at the Five Spot Friday at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria 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 $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living Spirit of Living Dinner will be held Friday beginning at 6 pm at the Packard Plaza in Downtown Peoria. Keynote speaker will be Bradley University President Joanne Glasser. For more information, call 693-8139.

The Peoria Ballet swings into spring with Tasting on the Green, a fine wine and craft beer tasting event, at WeaverRidge on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria Ballet (809 W. Detweiller Rd.) or at the door.   For more information, call 690-7990

The Fundraiser for the Illinois Green Party will be held Friday night beginning at 6 pm at Peoria Theater (3325 N Dries Lane in Peoria) and will feature a movie, live music and refreshments. 18th Congressional District Candidate Sheldon Schafer and US Senate Candidate LeAlan Jones will be on hand to answer questions. Suggested donations of $20 will be accepted at the door.

Tazwood Dance Company will present their spring concert, Celebrate Dance, beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday night and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available in person at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136 to order by phone.

Late Nite Catechism will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 for table seating and $25 for regular seating 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.

 Dunlap High School presents The Drowsy Chaperone in their auditorium at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. For more information, call 243-7751.

Wildlife Prairie State Park presents Gardenscaping… Dig In! on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm each day at the park.  It’s a two-day landscape and garden event featuring a plant sale, yard art and outdoor projects. There will also be a Kid’s corner with special crafts just for them. This year’s theme will focus on how to attract hummingbirds to your garden.  This event is free with paid admission to the park; however some projects may require additional fees for materials.  Admission is $6.50 for ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4-13 and free for ages 3 & under or WPSP members.  For more information, call 676-0998.

Peoria Zoo will host Party for the Planet, an event that jointly celebrates Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day with special activities on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Admission is $8.50 for ages 13 & over, $4.75 for ages 3-12, $7.50 for senior citizens (ages 65 & over) and free for ages 2 & under.

The Native American Fellowship Turtle Lodge Community in conjunction with the Native American Fellowship Dayspring Church will host a Mother Earth Healing Day on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm, at the church at 201 N. Norwood Place in East Peoria (adjacent to East Side Center). Admission is free. For more information call 635-1107 or visit http://nafdayspring.org.

Community Children’s Theatre presents its Annual Drama Festival of award winning local school plays performed by Peoria students on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Tent in Bradley Park from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. Bring your lunch or buy snacks & drinks at the concession stand.

Join the Peoria Area Civic Chorale at Five Points Washington for their spring concert: Of Rain, Rivers and the Rolling Sea this Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for groups of 10 or more or $12 for students through high school. To order tickets, call 693-6725. For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org.

The Pekin Riding Club Kentucky Derby Party will be held on Saturday from 2 – 6 pm at the AMVETS Hall located at 1426 South 2nd Street. Doors open at 1:30 pm. There will be a trivia contest, auction, kids table plus the first 50 arrivals win Derby memorabilia. Derby attire is requested but not required. Admission is $7 for adults & $5 for kids and includes pizza, salad and dessert. For more information, visit http://www.pekinridingclub.com.

The Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party and Auction will be held at the Country Club of Peoria on Saturday beginning with hors d’oeurvres at 4:30 pm followed by the Race at 5:15 pm. A Silent Auction will run from 4:30 – 7:30 pm and a Live Auction will begin at 8 pm. Dress is Derby attire (optional) with prizes for Best Hat. Tickets are $75, the Derby Bar is $25. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Central Illinois Alzheimer’s Association.

LifeLine Pilots’ 2nd Annual Hope in a Hangar Banquet will be held in the hangar of Byerly Aviation Terminal at the General Downing International Airport on Saturday. Doors open at 4 pm with dinner served at 5:30 pm. All tickets must be purchased in advance: $50 per person or $75 for couples and $25 for ages 12 and under.. For more information, call 369-1559.

The Central Illinois Cruisers will host a Classic Car Show at Maid Rite in Metro Centre on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm featuring a DJ, food & classic cars on display. For more information, visit www.centralillinoiscruisers.com.

Peoria Theater and Regent Communications present The Big Leboswski Saturday night featuring drink specials, free bowling, prizes, giveaways and a costume contest. Shows are at 7 and 10 pm. Admission to the event is $10.

Piccadilly Circus comes to Expo Gardens this Saturday with three shows at 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Free childrens tickets are available in area stores and online. For more information and to buy adult tickets go to www.TheFunCircus.com .

The German American Society of Peoria will host Maifest at the Lindenhof on Harker Ave off Pioneer Parkway on Sunday from Noon – 7 pm. The event will feature entertainment and folk dances plus food and beverages, sportverein instruction, children’s activities, contests and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net.

The Bradley University Car & Bike Show, hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers Bradley Chapter, will take place in the BU Founders Circle on Bradley’s campus on Saturday with registration from 9 am – 12:30 pm and an awards ceremony at 3 pm. There will be raffle prizes and trophies awarded in many classes for all years/makes/types of vehicles. Entry fee for vehicles is $5 each. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. For more information, call 708-214-8720.

Pekin Main Street Downtown District will host Wine & Dine for the Arts will be held tonight from 4:30 – 8:00 pm,  It’s an open house at Speakeasy Art Center, located at 353 Court St. across from the Tazewell County Courthouse. Local food, wine, art & entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $10 per person which includes food, 1 drink, art display & entertainment. Tickets available at Main Street office at 111 S. Capitol or call 353-3100 for more information & to purchase tickets.
The Speakeasy Art Center of Central Illinois will also host an Artists Open House at their studio on Saturday from Noon – 8 pm. There will be live music, art, refreshments and studio tours all day. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/speakeasyartcenter

Money Smart Week, a project of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be held in throughout the Peoria area through Saturday. The event features free workshops to help people learn how to better handle their money and financial matters with many local banks & credit unions participating.  For complete details, click HERE.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Kane County game begins at 6:30 pm tonight at O’Brien Field. Individual tickets are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. Season tickets and group discounted tickets are also available. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Altar Boyz at Eastlight Theatre continues tonight, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm . Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students through high school and are available at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com. Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on Bradley’s Campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley University faculty & staff, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available by calling 677-2650 or online HERE.

Live music will be performed on Bradley University’s Olin Quad for the 24 Hours of Music event beginning at 5 pm Friday running through Saturday at 5 pm with all proceeds from the event going to the Peoria School District 150 Fine Arts programs.

Bill Porter will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria 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 $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
On Sunday, Soulful Sunday at the Contemporary Art Center presents Gumbo for the Soul featuring family oriented entertainment with stand up comedy, special performances and R&B and gospel choral music from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

The Peoria Jaycees will host their 18th Annual International Beer Festival at Expo Gardens on Friday from from 6 – 9 pm & Saturday from 1 – 9 pm. Tickets for Friday night are $20 and $15 for Saturday night at the door. Included in ticket price is a sampling of Peoria’s restaurants and local bands. Beer tickets for 4 oz samples are $5 for 8 or $10 for 16. For advance tickets and more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org.

HONK! Jr. will continue at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday at 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 2:30 pm.  Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Ugly Duckling” has been transformed into a modern musical comedy which is performed by a youth cast.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, or by calling 676-2196.

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Friday late show, which is just $12 with cash. For reservations call 673-5853.

The Wildlife Trail Classic, a 4-mile cross country / 5K run/walk to benefit the Heart Health Education Fund at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, will take place at WIldlife Prairie Park on Saturday . Registration will take place from 6:30 – 7:15 am, the race is at 8 am and a Children’s Fun Run will follow at 9 am. For more information, call 282-1636 or download a registration form on-line at www.GetMeRegistered.com.

The Sporting Open House at Wildlife Prairie Park will run Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm where you can see all of the new sporting developments at the park including bike trails, a Frisbee Golf course, tournaments, triathlons and more. There will be no charge for this Open House at the Parkside Pavilion, however admission will still be required to enter the park which runs $6.50 for ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under and WPSP members. For more information, call 676-0998.
The 3rd Annual FUNdraiser and Rutherford Family Conservation Award Banquet begins at 4 pm Sunday in the Prairie Hall at the Park with a variety of hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, wine tasting from Kickapoo Creek Winery and beer tasting from Specialty Imports. The presentation of the Rutherford Family Conservation Award plus the live auction and performance by comedian Tim Bedore will begin at 6 pm. Admission is $65 per person. For more information or to buy tickets online, click HERE

The Prime Times Expo and Classic Car Show featuring Gary Uftring’s Classic Cars will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Admission is $2 at the door. $1 from each admission will be donated to IPMR Senior World Adult Day Services. Great give-aways will be done all day. For more information, call 686-3000.

The Earth Day Celebration at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm is your opportunity to think globally, act locally. There will be booths for local resources plus information about how you can make a difference plus live music, food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids crafts, face painting, and much more. There will also be door prizes and the annual Earth Day Sale. Admission is free, but donations are requested. For more information, call 686-3360.

The Peoria Zoo Tour will begin Saturday at 1:30 pm. Go places the public doesn’t normally get to see, learn more about the animals and how the Zoo staff cares for them. Cost is $20 per person. For more information call 681-3513 or e-mail education@peoriazoo.org.

Clash II comes to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday. The mixed martial arts event utilizes forms of wrestling and boxing inside an eight-sided cage. Local and regional fighters participate. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $28 for lower bowl seats, $38 for floor seating and $53 for VIP Seating (1st 2 rows). Also available are all inclusive Budweiser Knock Out Club tickets for $79. Tickets are available at the US Cellular Coliseu

m Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-300 or online at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets increase by $5 the day of the show. For more information, call 434-2679.

Luna Negra Dance Theater will perform as part of the ICC Guest Artist Series at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Luna Negra brings to audiences modern Latino expressions with energy, power and passion, reflecting through dance the immense cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century. Tickets are available at the ICC Performing Arts Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents guest conductor Brett Mitchell in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $36 – $72 and are on sale now. Call 671-1096. The featured soloist is pianist Gleb Ivanov.

The March for Babies Fundraiser will be held Sunday in lower Bradley Park beginning with sign-up at Noon. The fundraiser benefits the March of Dimes program in the Peoira area. Online registration is open through Saturday at www.marchforbabies.org

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Country & Folk 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.

Come experience the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $2 per person. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, heirloom vegetable gardening, hands-on children’s activities, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and wool spinning.

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Spring Orchestral Concert will be held in Metamora High School’s auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for a family package, $8 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens & children. For more information, call 888-218-4650. Tickets are available online at www.artspartners.net

Chad Daniels will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Showtimes are tonight at 8 pm 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 $12. Chad’s show is rated  R.

Angela Kinsey, star of the NBC hit television comedy “The Office,” will speak about the show and her career at 7:30 pm tonight in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Cost is $10. A reception will follow. Call 467-6420 for reservations.

Beggars in the House of Plenty will continue at the ICC Performing Arts Center 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. This show is rated R.

Shady Business continues running at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend tonight, Friday and Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm) and on Sunday (doors & buffet open at noon, show 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 go to www.barn2.com

Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic for poetry, runs tonight from 7 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Art Center where you can come share your talent or just watch. Share a poem, dramatically read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical composition. Admission is $4 for CAC Members or $7 for non-members.
Preston Jackson & Friends will perform at the 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, $9 for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Enjoy a special interactive family concert with Julie K and the Bubble Band on Friday at 6:30 pm at Northwoods Community Church. Admission is free and no reservations are needed. To learn more visit www.juliekmusic.com.

The 2010 Illinois District Barbershop Spring Convention will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater this weekend with quartet semi-finals on Friday at 7 pm, and on Saturday with the chorus competition at 11 am and the quartet finals at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring the 2010 “Magical Memories” Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17, $27, $37 and $72 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.

Eastlight Theatre presents Altar Boyz beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students through high school and are available at tickets.eastlighttheatre.com. Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Priase” tour. With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz will delight.

Corn Stock for Kids presents Honk! Jr., a musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Ugly Duckling”. Performances are Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Arc Light Theatre presents A Night at the Improv this Friday at The Waterhouse in downtown Peoria. The group will entertain for the evening based on wild situations they’ve never seen before and suggestions taken directly from the audience.  Who knows, you might find yourself up as part of the fun. Doors open at 7:30 pm, performance begins at 8 pm. Admission at the door is $5. Bar will be available.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse presents its Late Night Cabaret Series this Friday with Kyle Motsinger: No Strings. Doors open at 10:30 pm with an 11 pm show. Admission is $5. “No Strings” is a cabaret that deals with the good and the bad in relationships. Songs from musicals as well as a few surprises are used to tell the story of one man’s journey to finding love.  Additional information can be found at www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

WCIC’s Opening Act, a local vocalist competition, will host a live vocal elimination event with audience voting at Five Points Washington beginning at 6:30 pm.  The winner of the Opening Act Contest will be revealed onstage at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on Lake Street just moments before they’re the Opening Act for a top artist.  Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 692-9242.

Five Points Washington presents Lessons from Leaders, a series of contemporary speakers featuring former Governor Sarah Palin as speaker for the keynote address. Banquet begins at 7 pm, speech begins at 8:15 pm. For more information, call 309-444-8423.

The Peoria Chiefs home opener will begin Saturday at 1 pm vs. Burlington. The Chiefs also play Burlington on Sunday at 4 pm. Individual tickets for both games are $10  for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. Season tickets and group discounted tickets are also available. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Local author Sylvia Shults will discuss and sign her new book Ghosts of the Illinois River on Saturday from 2 – 3:30 pm at Flanagan House, 942 Glen Oak Ave. Admission for ages 12 and up is $2. Refreshments served. For more information call 674-1921 or visit peoriahistoricalsociety.org.

Heartland Bank will host a Shred Day at their Allen Road office on Saturday from 8:30 am – 2 pm. Cintas, a national service provider for document storage and disposal, will have its mobile shred unit on hand to destroy documents on site. This service will be free.

Country music star David Ball will perform at Stone Country Saloon in Bartonville beginning at at 6 pm Saturday during a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets for the show are $15 and can be purchased by calling 550-0108. Meet and greet passes are available for $50.

The Tri-Couty (Peoria) Urban League’s 10th Annual Black and White Gala will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom with silent auction and social hour beginning at 5:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm and entertainment beginning at 8:30 pm. This year’s event will feature a concert by Gerald Albright. Tickets for dinner and concert are $125 and are available by calling the Tri-Couty Urban League at 672-4354. Tickets for the concert only are $40 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The 2010 Children’s Home Spring Gala will be held at the Country Club of Peoria on Saturday night. Cost to attend is $75 each. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 687-7213.

Body Fitness will host its Third Annual Dance Showcase this Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Cost is $8 for a single, $12 for a couple and $5 for students with ID. For more info call 685-1950. All dance levels and dance styles are welcome to participate.

Money Smart Week, a project of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be held in throughout the Peoria area the week of April 17-24. The week features free workshops to help people learn how to better handle their money and financial matters with many local banks & credit unions participating.  For complete details, click HERE.

The Sun Foundation invites you to attend the Clean Water Celebration on Sunday and Monday at the Gateway Building and the Peoria Civic Center. The Clean Water Celebration encourages us to learn to improve water quality, think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources. For more information, check out the ExplorePeoria.com Events Calendar or call 246-8403.

The Eureka College Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform their free Spring Concert at 4 pm on Sunday in the Cerf Center. Call 467-6397 for more information.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host a concert on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at the Finish Line Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and children under 14 are free. For more information, call 692-5330 or go to www.peoriajazz.com.

Peoria Ballet students will dance to live music provided by Central Illinois Youth Symphony students in a collaboration entitled Youthful Fusion on Sunday at 7pm at Metamora High School. Tickets are $4 for seniors & children under 12, $8 for adults and $20 for a family pack (includes parents plus children only). To purchase tickets call 690-7990.

Eureka College communication professor Dr. Michael Thurwanger will present a free Clarence R. Noe Dean’s Lecture titled “Leadership in the Global Environment: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Perspectives” tonight at 7:30 pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Call 467-6301 for more information.

Matt Kirshen will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Show times are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are just $12. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated  R.

The 2010 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend from Noon-9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am-6 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & older, ages 15 & under are free with paid adult. Advanced tickets available at all Peoria Metro Dealer Locations and at the Civic Center Entrances the day of the show.  Go to www.peoriaautoshow.com/promotions.php to see more show highlights.

AMVETS Live! is a three band event that will take place Friday at the AMVETS (237 NE Monroe, Peoria) beginning with Cousin Eddie at 6 pm followed by The Willies at 8 pm and ending with The Player’s Club around 10 pm. Admission is $8.

Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones will perform at the 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 $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.

Snoop Dogg and electro-hop duo LMFAO will perform at ISU’s Redbird Arena Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $28, $38 and $48 (with a $10 discount for ISU students) and are on sale at Braden Auditorium, by phone at 438-5444, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Beggars in the House of Plenty will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 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. This show is rated R.

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) hosts The Salsa Exchange Friday from 9 pm – midnight. Price is $3 (free for people registered in any current salsa class at Body Fitness). For more info call 685-1950.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living is hosting its 11th Annual Spring Tai Ji Retreat at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The theme this year is Prairie Treasures, “Working with Metal.” For schedule, fees and information, visit www.cchlpeoria.org or call 693-8139.

The Piecers of the Hearland Quilt Show will take place at the Canton High School Gym on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be over 300 quilts on display, vendors, demonstrations, 2nd hand treasures, door prizes, a bed turning featuring quilts over 50, concessions and a beautiful raffle quilt. Tickets for the raffle quilt are $1 each or $5 for 6. For more information, call 668-3109.

The 3rd Annual Pet Pantry “Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs” (to benefit Foster Pet Outreach) will be held at the Oakwood Dog Park in Morton on Saturday beginning with private egg hunt sessions from 10am-1pm. To pre-register: call 383-4145 or visit www.thepetpantry-peoria.com. Public egg hunting will run from 1pm-3pm (no pre-registration required for Public Session). Admission is $5 per dog with all proceeds going to Foster Pet Outreach.

The Lakeview Museum’s Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Walk will take place in the lower north end of Detweiller Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Pre-register by completing the form online at www.lakeview-museum.org. Fees are $20 for the 5K (3.1 miles) race ($25 if register on race day), $17 for the 1 mile fitness walk ($22 if register on race day) and $12 for the Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run. For more information, call Lakeview Museum at 686-7000.

Witness the sacred Native American Ceremonial blessing of Wildlife Prairie State Park’s bison and their summer pasture. The ceremony will take place Saturday at approximately 10 am and marks the release of the Bison and Elk into the main pasture for the remainder of the season. The Bison and Elk public feeding will also resume at 1 pm on this day. This and all events scheduled for this day are free with paid admission into the Park. For additional information please call 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

WYZZ Fox 43 will be holding official GLEE Casting Calls on Saturday from 10 am-3 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria and the Shoppes at College Hills in Normal. The Producers of GLEE are searching the country to find new stars to fill roles in the next season of the Fox hit GLEE!  All entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and must be eligible to audition under the published GLEE Local Casting Call Contest auditions rules. For a complete listing of the GLEE Local Casting Call rules log on to www.fox.com/glee.

Mike Anderson will perform in concert Saturday at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center where he’ll play guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones and more. He is best known as a mountain dulcimer player.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under plus there’s a $1 discount for CORE members.

Bridging the gap between rock music and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens will create a truly unique listening experience with the timeless songs of Led Zeppelin performed by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students with id and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE. Presented by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria, the show will begin at 8 pm Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Citylink will be providing its Park n Ride service for this performance – please see more info to the left.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for 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.

Celtic Woman will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27, $44 and $60 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. 

Eureka College communication professor Dr. Michael Thurwanger will present a free Clarence R. Noe Dean’s Lecture titled “Leadership in the Global Environment: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Perspectives” tonight at 7:30 pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Call 467-6301 for more information.

Matt Kirshen will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Show times are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are just $12. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated  R.

The 2010 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend from Noon-9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am-6 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & older, ages 15 & under are free with paid adult. Advanced tickets available at all Peoria Metro Dealer Locations and at the Civic Center Entrances the day of the show.  Go to www.peoriaautoshow.com/promotions.php to see more show highlights.

AMVETS Live! is a three band event that will take place Friday at the AMVETS (237 NE Monroe, Peoria) beginning with Cousin Eddie at 6 pm followed by The Willies at 8 pm and ending with The Player’s Club around 10 pm. Admission is $8.

Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones will perform at the 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 $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.

Snoop Dogg and electro-hop duo LMFAO will perform at ISU’s Redbird Arena Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $28, $38 and $48 (with a $10 discount for ISU students) and are on sale at Braden Auditorium, by phone at 438-5444, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Beggars in the House of Plenty will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 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. This show is rated R.

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) hosts The Salsa Exchange Friday from 9 pm – midnight. Price is $3 (free for people registered in any current salsa class at Body Fitness). For more info call 685-1950.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living is hosting its 11th Annual Spring Tai Ji Retreat at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The theme this year is Prairie Treasures, “Working with Metal.” For schedule, fees and information, visit www.cchlpeoria.org or call 693-8139.

The Piecers of the Hearland Quilt Show will take place at the Canton High School Gym on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be over 300 quilts on display, vendors, demonstrations, 2nd hand treasures, door prizes, a bed turning featuring quilts over 50, concessions and a beautiful raffle quilt. Tickets for the raffle quilt are $1 each or $5 for 6. For more information, call 668-3109.

The 3rd Annual Pet Pantry “Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs” (to benefit Foster Pet Outreach) will be held at the Oakwood Dog Park in Morton on Saturday beginning with private egg hunt sessions from 10am-1pm. To pre-register: call 383-4145 or visit www.thepetpantry-peoria.com. Public egg hunting will run from 1pm-3pm (no pre-registration required for Public Session). Admission is $5 per dog with all proceeds going to Foster Pet Outreach.

The Lakeview Museum’s Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Walk will take place in the lower north end of Detweiller Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Pre-register by completing the form online at www.lakeview-museum.org. Fees are $20 for the 5K (3.1 miles) race ($25 if register on race day), $17 for the 1 mile fitness walk ($22 if register on race day) and $12 for the Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run. For more information, call Lakeview Museum at 686-7000.

Witness the sacred Native American Ceremonial blessing of Wildlife Prairie State Park’s bison and their summer pasture. The ceremony will take place Saturday at approximately 10 am and marks the release of the Bison and Elk into the main pasture for the remainder of the season. The Bison and Elk public feeding will also resume at 1 pm on this day. This and all events scheduled for this day are free with paid admission into the Park. For additional information please call 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

WYZZ Fox 43 will be holding official GLEE Casting Calls on Saturday from 10 am-3 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria and the Shoppes at College Hills in Normal. The Producers of GLEE are searching the country to find new stars to fill roles in the next season of the Fox hit GLEE!  All entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and must be eligible to audition under the published GLEE Local Casting Call Contest auditions rules. For a complete listing of the GLEE Local Casting Call rules log on to www.fox.com/glee.

Mike Anderson will perform in concert Saturday at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center where he’ll play guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones and more. He is best known as a mountain dulcimer player.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under plus there’s a $1 discount for CORE members.

Bridging the gap between rock music and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens will create a truly unique listening experience with the timeless songs of Led Zeppelin performed by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students with id and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE. Presented by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria, the show will begin at 8 pm Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Citylink will be providing its Park n Ride service for this performance – please see more info to the left.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for 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.

Celtic Woman will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27, $44 and $60 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.

 Shady Business continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend tonight, Friday, and Saturday night with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm. There is no show on Easter Sunday.  Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and $34 for Saturdays. To make reservations or for more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com.

The First Church of the Nazarene in Pekin will present their Passion Play for the Easter holiday. Performances will run tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Admission is

The 2010 Peoria Gridiron will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette tonight with cocktails beginning at 6:15 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $185 per person or $1850 for table of ten. Dress is black tie only. For more information, call (309) 655-0666.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight at 7 pm. 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.

Easter Eggs-citement for kids ages 4-12 will take place on Friday from 1 – 3 pm at Logan Center. Kids can enjoy games, giveaways, an Easter Basket raffle, and egg hunt contests. Collection bags will be handed out with each paid admission. The event will be held indoors in case of rain. Cost is $2 for Logan members and $3 for non-members.

Stephanie Aaron will perform Friday at the Live at the Five Spot 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 $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Comedian Drew Hastings will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 ( $18 w/cash ) except for the Friday 10:30 show which is just $16 ($15 w/cash). For more information or to make reservations, call 673-5853.

On Friday and Saturday, Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents Tick, Tick… Boom!, an autobiographical musical chronicling composer Jonathan Larson’s struggle with success and the journey that led to his Broadway blockbuster, RENT. The show is directed by Chip Joyce, director of Eastlight Theatre’s recent production of RENT and will feature actors from the same production. Admission is $20 per person (tax included) for a “Peasants Feast” dinner and the show. Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 494-9100. Doors open at 6 pm each night, dinner buffet opens from 6:30 – 7:30 pm with show at 8 pm.

The Luthy Botanical Gardens Lily Show continues through April 11.  See hundreds of beautiful white lilies displayed with the lush foliage of the Conservatory. The show runs through April 11, during regular hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm, Sundays 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13 and up) and children 12 and under & Garden members are free.

Wildlife Prairie State Park will host two Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday beginning at 11 am and 1:30 pm. The Easter Egg Hunts are free with paid general admission into the park.
Wildlife’s Junior Explorers will also meet this Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. This month’s theme is “Rolling on the River”.  For more information on either event call 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

First Covenant Church will host a Passover Seder Event on Saturday at 5:30 pm. The event is free to all and family friendly. If you have any questions please call 263-6757.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7 pm. Bret Michaels will perform a post game concert as part of his Roses and Thorns Tour. Tickets are $20 and $25 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of on-ice, stage front passes will be sold for the post game concert for $40.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents its Late Night Cabaret Series again this Saturday night. This week features local singers/actresses Erin Durbin and Carmen McCarthy. Doors will open at 10 pm with the show starting at 11 pm (general seating). Admission is $5. Additional information can be found at www.peoriacabarettheatre.com.

The Riverside Community Church Easter Service will be held Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 10 am. For more information, call 676-7700.  Shady Business continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend tonight, Friday, and Saturday night with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm. There is no show on Easter Sunday.  Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and $34 for Saturdays. To make reservations or for more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com.

The First Church of the Nazarene in Pekin will present their Passion Play for the Easter holiday. Performances will run tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Admission is

The 2010 Peoria Gridiron will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette tonight with cocktails beginning at 6:15 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $185 per person or $1850 for table of ten. Dress is black tie only. For more information, call (309) 655-0666.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight at 7 pm. 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.

Easter Eggs-citement for kids ages 4-12 will take place on Friday from 1 – 3 pm at Logan Center. Kids can enjoy games, giveaways, an Easter Basket raffle, and egg hunt contests. Collection bags will be handed out with each paid admission. The event will be held indoors in case of rain. Cost is $2 for Logan members and $3 for non-members.

Stephanie Aaron will perform Friday at the Live at the Five Spot 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 $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Comedian Drew Hastings will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 ( $18 w/cash ) except for the Friday 10:30 show which is just $16 ($15 w/cash). For more information or to make reservations, call 673-5853.

On Friday and Saturday, Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents Tick, Tick… Boom!, an autobiographical musical chronicling composer Jonathan Larson’s struggle with success and the journey that led to his Broadway blockbuster, RENT. The show is directed by Chip Joyce, director of Eastlight Theatre’s recent production of RENT and will feature actors from the same production. Admission is $20 per person (tax included) for a “Peasants Feast” dinner and the show. Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 494-9100. Doors open at 6 pm each night, dinner buffet opens from 6:30 – 7:30 pm with show at 8 pm.

The Luthy Botanical Gardens Lily Show continues through April 11.  See hundreds of beautiful white lilies displayed with the lush foliage of the Conservatory. The show runs through April 11, during regular hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm, Sundays 12 – 5 pm. Admission is $2 for adults (13 and up) and children 12 and under & Garden members are free.

Wildlife Prairie State Park will host two Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday beginning at 11 am and 1:30 pm. The Easter Egg Hunts are free with paid general admission into the park.
Wildlife’s Junior Explorers will also meet this Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. This month’s theme is “Rolling on the River”.  For more information on either event call 676-0998 or visit
www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

First Covenant Church will host a Passover Seder Event on Saturday at 5:30 pm. The event is free to all and family friendly. If you have any questions please call 263-6757.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7 pm. Bret Michaels will perform a post game concert as part of his Roses and Thorns Tour. Tickets are $20 and $25 and available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of on-ice, stage front passes will be sold for the post game concert for $40.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents its Late Night Cabaret Series again this Saturday night. This week features local singers/actresses Erin Durbin and Carmen McCarthy. Doors will open at 10 pm with the show starting at 11 pm (general seating). Admission is $5. Additional information can be found at www.peoriacabarettheatre.com.

The Riverside Community Church Easter Service will be held Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 10 am. For more information, call 676-7700.