Archive for May, 2010

 The Peoria Chiefs vs. Cedar Rapids begins at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will also take on Beloit at home Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm, as well as Sunday at 1pm and Monday (Memorial Day) at noon. 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 http://www.peoriachiefs.com/.

The Morton Civic Chorus presents “Encore 2010”, its annual fundraising concert for the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund at the Hartmann Center Theatre at Bradley University tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors. Group rates available & seating is general admission. For more information, call 677-4966. Tickets are available at Barnato’s Pharmacy in Cub Foods in Peoria, Hometown Pharmacy in Morton, from Chorus members and by visiting www.ArtsPartners.net.

Sean Morey will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with shows tonight (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 $12 each. For reservations call 673-5853. This show is rated PG.

The 36th Annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette this weekend. For a complete listing of activities/competitions and prices, visit oldtimepiano.tripod.com/index.htm or call 217-428-2403.
Sky Harbor Steakhouse welcomes the Preview Party for this event featuring a Gershwin theme where participants will be on hand for a jam session through 9 pm. Call 674-5532 ahead for priority seating for the preview party.
Get a taste of the contest with the PianoStravaganza on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. The boat boards at 10:30 am and cruises from 11 am – 1 pm. This lunch cruise features world class ragtime piano players from around the world. Tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for kids aged 5-15. Call 800-676-8988 to make reservations or for more information.

Preston Jackson & Friends will perform at the Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Swing at the CAC is also on Friday and begins with a 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 or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.
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 on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

The ever-popular Louie Louie Festival runs Friday from 3 – 11 pm on the Peoria Riverfront. Bring your kazoo and your most creative outfit down to the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing. Enjoy the warm breeze and a cold beverage while hearing your favorite tunes from bands Jammsammich, Patrick N Swayze. Admission is free.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park on Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”. Cost is $15 per carload & park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

The 2010 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe Friday – Sunday featuring many bands, camping, hot air balloon rides and the 2009 Major League Baseball Road Show. Tickets range from $20 to $170 for various options. Visit http://www.summercampfestival.com/2010 for full details with band information and links to buy tickets online.

The 2nd annual Motorcycle Ride One Wild Ride will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning with a 10 am – 12 noon check-in and an after party at Wildlife Prairie State Park beginning at 5 pm. The ride begins at Walters Brothers Harley Davidson and ends at Wildlife Prairie Park. Ride day registration is $25 for Individuals and $40 for couples. General admission rates apply for those that wish to only attend the after party at the Park. Food and beverages will be available for an additional charge. You may register on-line at http://www.pkdcure.org/CentralIllinoisChapter or by calling 676-0998.

The Mackinaw Music and International Wine & Beer Festival will be held Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm and Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. There will be wine and beer tasting all day featuring wines and beers from at least 15 countries, lots of good food and great entertainment. Admission is $10 per person at the gate which includes a souvenir glass and 5 tasting tickets. Additional tickets will be available for $1 each. For more information, call 359-WINE (9463) or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com.

The 2010 Illinois River Wine, Art, Balloon & Jazz Festival will take place at Memorial Park located at 400 E Southmoor in Manito on Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm. Featuring several local wineries, artisans & jazz musicians, the festival is free to the public.

The Elite Combat Championship includes 15 mixed martial arts cage fights and will take place at the Grand Hotel in Peoria. Tickets available now only $15 in advance at coop records and the Brass Rail.

Come experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century at Sommer Park as they host Pioneer Days from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. 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 Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 10 am on Monday morning. Admission is free.

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held at the Peoria RiverFront to honor local veterans beginning at 10:45 am Monday under the Gateway Building on the Peoria riverfront.  Pay tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom. Admission is free.

Happy Memorial  Day Weekend!

NOVUS Networking presents “Growing Your Business by Growing Your Sales” with guest speaker and Bradley University professor Jason Garrett at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center tonight begining with networking at 5:30 pm. $10 admission includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Call 681-0071 or visit novusnetworking.com for more information.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “Threats and Counter-Threats: 65 Years of U.S. Relations with the Two Koreas” tonight with Dr. Bruce Cumings, one of the country’s foremost experts on U.S.-East Asian relations at Kickapoo Creek Winery. Registration begins at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 6 pm and presentation is at 7 pm. Visit pawac.org or call 677-2454 for more information.

Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic event, runs tonight from 7 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Art Center where you can 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.
Rachel’s Hippo will perform Friday at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Anthony Jeselnik performs this weekend at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. His tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $10. Call 673-5853 to make reservations. This show is rated R

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration 2010 will continue Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse from 11 am – 1:30 pm featuring local art, chorus, band & orchestra students. For a full schedule of schools’ performances and more information, call 672-6906 or visit www.springcelebration.org. The event is hosted by the Peoria County Regional Office of Education

Gather your friends and leave the kids at home for a fun night of miniature golf, culinary delights, and free drinks at Lakeview Museum’s The Night BeFORE event Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Putt around the specially made miniature golf course as you listen to the music of the Sally Wiesenberg Trio. No talent is necessary and prizes will be awarded to all skill levels. Guests of the event will have the chance to view and purchase the Meteor Shower Golf Ball Drop silent auction items before the rest of the community.  The evening is just $40 for a single, $75 for a couple, and $150 for a foursome. Reservations can be made at the museum or by phone. Call 686-7000 ext. 147.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring the Disney/Pixar film Up. Cost is $15 per carload:  park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

Search for spring migrants and resident birds at the Migratory Bird Walk at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday morning from 7:30 – 8:30 am with a guide from the Nature Center or Peoria Audubon. Please bring your own binoculars or you may borrow ours. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Experience local arts, crafts, and home-based businesses at the Craft and Vendor Sale on Saturday at the Franciscan Rec Complex in West Peoria from 9 am – 2 pm. The event will take place on the front lawn, rain or shine.  For more information, call 677-6705.

Golf balls will once again fall over Lakeview Museum’s front lawn for their third annual Meteor Shower Fundraiser on Saturday beginning at 11 am and running until 4 pm. The day will be highlighted with a golf ball drop, where more than 2,000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter onto the front lawn in a chance to win great prizes. Golf Balls are 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for $50, or 10 for $75 and can be purchased at the museum or by phone. Admission for the event is just $2 for Museum Members and $8 for others and includes games, gallery admission and more. For more information, call 686-7000 ext. 147.

Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons and vehicles at the Normandy 1944 Reenactment at Sommer Park on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. A public battle at 2 pm will feature clashes between the opposing sides in the war that decided the fate of the world. World War II veterans are especially encouraged to attend. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. For more information, call 691-8423.

The Hitchcock classic Rear Window will be shown at the Apollo Theatre Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens & students. For more information, call 673-4343 or visit www.apolloinpeoria.com

Straighten Up & Fly Right, an Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole, will be performed on Saturday night at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm. This one-of-a-kind production, featuring Maurice Jacox, explores the genius of this unique entertainer and his hit-filled career spanning 1939 to 1962. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for ICC employees and $16 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Performing Center Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Evolution Extreme Action Sports World Tour comes to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $13, $23 & $33 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Group ticket discounts are also available.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Folk & Country Jam Session from 3:30 – 5 pm on Sunday. 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.

Peoria Players Theatre presents the musical version of the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels again tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org.

Doug Benson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend. Shows are tonight at 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for tonight’s show which is $13 or $12 with cash. For reservations call 673-5853.

Sit in a truck, see an ambulance up close and touch a tractor at Peoria Public Schools annual Touch a Truck event on Friday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Stadium. The event is held each year to familiarize families in Peoria with the early childhood education programs that are available at PPS. Families can also take part in pre-school screenings during the event. Booths by local agencies and games will open at 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. A truck parade will begin at 2 pm. Admission is free.

Zootini is the wildest martini-tasting event ever and it will happen at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. This fundraising social event features animal-themed martinis, live music, and light appetizers. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door (Ages 21+). For advance tickets or more information, call 681-3500.

Charm The Band will perform at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

Body Fitness presents Salsapalooza, two days of salsa workshops and open dancing on Friday and Saturday at their studio. You can buy tickets for a specific workshop or dance night, or get a full pass for a discounted price. For more information call 685-1950 or 282-6212 or visit www.fitndance.com.

On Friday night, pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring The Princess and the Frog. Cost is $15 per carload: park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

Outback Concerts present comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-300 or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Pekin 5K Run / Walk 2010 benefiting the Salvation Army youth programs and activities will take place on Saturday at Coal Miners Park with check-in beginning at 6 am, the run starting at 7 am and the walk starting at 8 am. For a registration form and more information, visit http://www.pekin.net/newsletters/Ads/Pekin5K.pdf.

The Fancy Schmancy Market will be held Saturday at the Cancer Center for Healthy Living on Knoxville from 10 am – 5 pm. All proceeds will Benefit the Cancer Center for Healthy Living. There will be local artists, home businesses, great food, raffles and entertainment! Come shop and spend the day. Admission is free for all. If you have any questions, call 693-8139.

The Spring Fishing Derby at Wildlife Prairie Park starts at 7 am Saturday and runs through Noon. Early registration fee for adults is $10 and on day of the event is $16. For children 15 and under, early registration is $6 and the day of the event it is $8. Prizes awarded for numerous categories. Gates open at 5:30 am. Breakfast available for purchase, plus concessions will also be available throughout the day. For more information, call 676-0998.

For 14 years, area motorcyclists have come together to remember and honor those who have been touched by breast cancer, heighten public awareness and education regarding this cancer and raise funds for patient treatment and breast cancer research with Ride for the Cure, which will take place Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Parade line up from 9 – 11 am. For more details, visit www.peoriarideforthecure.com.

Join members of the Illinois Valley Blacksmithing Association at the Pioneer Blacksmith Shop for the Blacksmith Hammer-in at Sommer Park from 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am – Noon on Sunday. Watch a guest blacksmith demonstrate his skills making traditional items used in and around the house. Call 682-1200 for more details.

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place Saturday at the Glen Oak Lagoon from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission to the event is free. Bait, concessions, and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. Times are 9 – 11 am for ages 9 & under, 11 am – 1 pm for ages 10-13 and 1 – 3 pm for seniors & those with disabilities.

The Pekin Fire Fest will take place Saturday and feature a parade, activities in Courthouse Square plus displays and food vendors, kids activities, and live demonstrations with the Pekin Fire Department. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com.

India Fest, hosted in conjunction with the Peoria Park District and the Indo American Society, will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria from 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults and seniors: under 12 is free. Enjoy live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and much more.

Peoria Theater will host a Green Party Fundraiser on Saturday night . Meet Green Party candidates, enjoy the feature film “Capitalism – A Love Story” at 6 pm followed by live music from the Creek Road Ramblers at 8 pm. Suggested donation is $20. Tickets can be purchased at Peoria Theater.

The Interactive Murder Mystery Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria sets sail this Saturday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm. The cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise runs from 7 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for ages 5-15. For more information or to make reservations, call 800-676-8988 or go to www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Noche de Fiesta Dos Salsa Dance Event will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday with free salsa dancing lessons from 7 – 8 pm and music and dancing from 8-11 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Children 12 and under are $10. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center website, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Hispanic Outreach.

Brooks & Dunn will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49.75, $65 and available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The 26th Grand Tour of West Bluff Homes will take place Sunday from Noon to 5 pm where you can tour five West Bluff homes, two apartments and the Peoria Next Innovation Center. Funds raised from the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. Ticket donations are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased in a variety of locations. For more information, call 672-1831 or 673-2504.

The Central Illinois Art Works group will host a SHIFT Session on Sunday beginning at 1 pm at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center Theatre. The session is part of a grass roots effort designed to implement NEA chairman Rocco Landesman’s Art Works theme to bring greater unity, visibility and a shared vision to the local artistic community. Please RSVP by emailing admin@artspartners.net.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Carl Anderson & His New Orleans Jazz Band at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for ages 14 & under with a paid adult. For more information, call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com.

The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm on Sunday with special guests The Rocket Summer. Tickets are $37 and $42 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. 

Peoria Players Theatre presents the musical version of the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels again tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org.

Doug Benson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend. Shows are tonight at 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for tonight’s show which is $13 or $12 with cash. For reservations call 673-5853.

Sit in a truck, see an ambulance up close and touch a tractor at Peoria Public Schools annual Touch a Truck event on Friday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Stadium. The event is held each year to familiarize families in Peoria with the early childhood education programs that are available at PPS. Families can also take part in pre-school screenings during the event. Booths by local agencies and games will open at 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. A truck parade will begin at 2 pm. Admission is free.

Zootini is the wildest martini-tasting event ever and it will happen at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. This fundraising social event features animal-themed martinis, live music, and light appetizers. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door (Ages 21+). For advance tickets or more information, call 681-3500.

Charm The Band will perform at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

Body Fitness presents Salsapalooza, two days of salsa workshops and open dancing on Friday and Saturday at their studio. You can buy tickets for a specific workshop or dance night, or get a full pass for a discounted price. For more information call 685-1950 or 282-6212 or visit www.fitndance.com.

On Friday night, pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring The Princess and the Frog. Cost is $15 per carload: park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

Outback Concerts present comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-300 or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Pekin 5K Run / Walk 2010 benefiting the Salvation Army youth programs and activities will take place on Saturday at Coal Miners Park with check-in beginning at 6 am, the run starting at 7 am and the walk starting at 8 am. For a registration form and more information, visit http://www.pekin.net/newsletters/Ads/Pekin5K.pdf.

The Fancy Schmancy Market will be held Saturday at the Cancer Center for Healthy Living on Knoxville from 10 am – 5 pm. All proceeds will Benefit the Cancer Center for Healthy Living. There will be local artists, home businesses, great food, raffles and entertainment! Come shop and spend the day. Admission is free for all. If you have any questions, call 693-8139.

The Spring Fishing Derby at Wildlife Prairie Park starts at 7 am Saturday and runs through Noon. Early registration fee for adults is $10 and on day of the event is $16. For children 15 and under, early registration is $6 and the day of the event it is $8. Prizes awarded for numerous categories. Gates open at 5:30 am. Breakfast available for purchase, plus concessions will also be available throughout the day. For more information, call 676-0998.

For 14 years, area motorcyclists have come together to remember and honor those who have been touched by breast cancer, heighten public awareness and education regarding this cancer and raise funds for patient treatment and breast cancer research with Ride for the Cure, which will take place Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Parade line up from 9 – 11 am. For more details, visit www.peoriarideforthecure.com.

Join members of the Illinois Valley Blacksmithing Association at the Pioneer Blacksmith Shop for the Blacksmith Hammer-in at Sommer Park from 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am – Noon on Sunday. Watch a guest blacksmith demonstrate his skills making traditional items used in and around the house. Call 682-1200 for more details.

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place Saturday at the Glen Oak Lagoon from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission to the event is free. Bait, concessions, and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. Times are 9 – 11 am for ages 9 & under, 11 am – 1 pm for ages 10-13 and 1 – 3 pm for seniors & those with disabilities.

The Pekin Fire Fest will take place Saturday and feature a parade, activities in Courthouse Square plus displays and food vendors, kids activities, and live demonstrations with the Pekin Fire Department. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com.

India Fest, hosted in conjunction with the Peoria Park District and the Indo American Society, will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria from 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults and seniors: under 12 is free. Enjoy live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and much more.

Peoria Theater will host a Green Party Fundraiser on Saturday night . Meet Green Party candidates, enjoy the feature film “Capitalism – A Love Story” at 6 pm followed by live music from the Creek Road Ramblers at 8 pm. Suggested donation is $20. Tickets can be purchased at Peoria Theater.

The Interactive Murder Mystery Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria sets sail this Saturday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm. The cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise runs from 7 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for ages 5-15. For more information or to make reservations, call 800-676-8988 or go to www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Noche de Fiesta Dos Salsa Dance Event will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday with free salsa dancing lessons from 7 – 8 pm and music and dancing from 8-11 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Children 12 and under are $10. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center website, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Hispanic Outreach.

Brooks & Dunn will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49.75, $65 and available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The 26th Grand Tour of West Bluff Homes will take place Sunday from Noon to 5 pm where you can tour five West Bluff homes, two apartments and the Peoria Next Innovation Center. Funds raised from the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. Ticket donations are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased in a variety of locations. For more information, call 672-1831 or 673-2504.

The Central Illinois Art Works group will host a SHIFT Session on Sunday beginning at 1 pm at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center Theatre. The session is part of a grass roots effort designed to implement NEA chairman Rocco Landesman’s Art Works theme to bring greater unity, visibility and a shared vision to the local artistic community. Please RSVP by emailing admin@artspartners.net.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Carl Anderson & His New Orleans Jazz Band at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for ages 14 & under with a paid adult. For more information, call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com.

The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm on Sunday with special guests The Rocket Summer. Tickets are $37 and $42 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 May YPO Social will take place tonight from 5 – 7 pm at Carlos O’Kelly’s in Peoria. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.  For more information, visit www.ypogp.org.

Pekin Derby Days begins today and runs through Sunday offering carnival rides, Battle of the Bands, entertainment, food, and more. For more information, call 346-1474 or visit http://pekinchamber.blogspot.com.

The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church Mediterranean Food Festival is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the church from 11 am – 8 pm each day. For more information, call 682-5824.

Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre presents Your Bag or Mine?, a new farce by Barn regular Chad Kirvan on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm) and on Sundays (doors & buffet open at noon, show at 1:30 pm) through June 13. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to http://www.barn2.com/.

Chris “Boom Boom” Johnson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm during the Pro-Am Showcase and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 except for the Thursday show which is $10. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated R.

The 2010 Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held Friday beginning at 5 pm in the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park. Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pekin, the Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for therapists and more, the auction will include new & used items as well as celebrity items. For more information, call 347-2188 or go to http://www.pekinambucs.org./

Robin Crowe Band will perform at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs on Friday night 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.
On Saturday, the CAC will host a Gallery Opening Reception for Barbara Hoffman & Paul Standberg from 6:30 – 8:30 pm featuring music by Barry Cloyd. Admission is free, but donations will be requested.

The Owens Center 31st Annual Ice Show, “Dance the Night Away”, will be performed at Owens Center on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids aged 5-12 and seniors citizens & kids aged 4 & under are free. Tickets at the door are an additional $1.

Peoria Players Theatre presents the musical version of the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  The production also runs next Thursday – Sunday.  Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org/.

The Waterhouse presents Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner and show Friday and Saturday night. Package includes a dinner buffet and the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 8 pm. The cost is $33 per person including tax and gratuity. The show is only $13 per person. Call 494-9100 to make reservations.

The 25th Annual Susan G. Komen Peoria Race for the Cure will take place Saturday morning at the Metro Centre with activities beginning at 7 am. To register online and for more details, go to peoria.info-komen.org. A free Citylink bus service will be available from 6:30 am – 7:15 am from Northwoods Mall, Kroger Evergreen Square, and the Peoria Stadium Lake Street Lot.

Search for spring migrants and resident birds at the Migratory Bird Walk at Forest Park Nature Center from 7:30 – 8:30 am on Saturday with a guide from the Nature Center or Peoria Audubon. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Rock, Reptile & Aquatics Show at Wildlife Prairie Park will take place on Saturday and include displays & demonstrations by area experts. Several dealers will also be on hand to sell their hand-carved jewelry & trinkets. This event is free with paid admission to the park which runs $6.50 for ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and Park members. For more information, call 676-0998.

The 6th Annual Peoria Heights Annual Art Fair will take place in downtown Peoria Heights on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Look for special promotions at downtown Peoria Heights merchants.

Treat yourself to a night of authentic Italian cuisine at A Night on the Italian Riviera presented at Childers Banquet and Events Center on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. The event features a six course gourmet sit-down dinner with wine pairings and wine flights available. Cost is $30 per person. Please call 839-0037 make reservations.

The 2010 Heart of America Natural Classic Body Building and Figure Show will be held at Five Points Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 for General Admission reserved seating, $40 for V.I.P. Seating and children under 12 are half price. All tickets good for both pre-judging and the evening show. Seating is limited, so be sure to buy tickets in advance.

The Dana and Susan Robinson Concert at Forest Park Nature Center will begin at 7 pm on Saturday featuring guitar and banjo playing with a handful of fiddle and mandolin thrown in. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids 12 & under with a $1 discount for CORE members.

Sylvia McNair will perform at the Par-a-Dice Hotel on Saturday with doors opening at 7 pm for “Club Komen”. Preston Jackson is the opening act for the concert. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 691-6906.

The Philharmonic Chorale concludes its 85th season with a spring concert entitled “Rhythm of Life” on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Admission is $7 for the general public, and $5 for students, senior citizens, & ICC Employee $5 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by phone at 694-5136. For more information, visit http://www.sing4peoria.org/

Johnny Burnett will release his first CD of original songs, “The Light Of Day” at Panache in Sheridan Village on Saturday from 8 pm to midnight. Johnny will be joined by his bandmates from “The Johnny Burnett Trio” as well as other well-known Peoria musicians who appeared on his CD, which will be available for purchase. There is a $5 cover at the door. For more information, call 847-707-3360.

The Peoria Zoo welcomes all moms on Mother’s Day with free admission with a paid admission for accompanying children. Learn about moms in the animal kingdom and enjoy the Zoo too. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm with last admission at 4:30 pm. Admission prices are $8.50 for ages 13 & over, $7.50 for senior citizens, $4.75 for ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 & under.

Bring your special mom, sister, aunt, grandmother or friend to the Orchid Show this Mother’s Day at the Luthy Botanical Gardens. The orchid collection features exotic new acquisitions, many beautiful specimens on display plus experts on hand with information on their care. Open Noon – 5 pm. Free admission to mothers and grandmothers, $2 for adults 13 and up, children 12 and under and garden members are free.

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. The boat boards at noon and cruises from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Ticket price is $36 for adults and $18 for ages 5-15 and includes cruise, hot lunch buffet, live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland band, taxes and gratuities. Call 800-676-8988 or go to http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/tickets/orderto make reservations or for more information.

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

Hands of Love Ministry is pleased to present its 15th year of hosting the RiverLife Gospel Music Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat. The next cruise will take place Sunday from 7:00-9:00 pm with boarding time thrity minutes prior to the cruise. RiverLife Gospel Cruises feature quality Christian entertainment including buffet, Gospel Music and the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Every cruise is hosted by Scott and Rachel West Kramer, the founders of Hands of Love Ministry and full-time Christian music artists. For ticket ordering or more information, call the Spirit of Peoria at 800-676-8988 or 383-2828 or visit www.handsoflove.org  for more details.