Archive for September, 2010

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria’s Department of Surgery and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Peoria Memorial Affiliate will host the third annual Breast Cancer Symposium at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Riverfront Conference Center today (Thursday) & Friday from 7 am to 4:30 pm. The event will educate physicians and healthcare professionals regarding the current diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For more information, call 671-8404 or visit www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=839169

The Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Fundraising Banquet will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each, and a table of 10 is $350. For tickets, call 309-673-3716.

Peoria County will present Are You Prepared?, a free public workshop on emergency management tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7pm at ICC’s North Campus. September is National Preparedness Month and with winter approaching, now is a great time to prepare for emergencies such as ice storms or power outages. To register, call 999-4545 or visit www.icc.edu/acp and select “Special Interests”.

The” Pickin On Series” at Sky Harbor will feature live music by Rich Selquist and D Klu tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm.  They’ll explore the music of John Denver.  Reservations helpful.

Little Shop of Horrors presented by the Bradley University Theatre Dept. continues at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is $17 for the general public, $14 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $9 for students. Tickets are available at the Bradley Theatre Box Office, by calling 677-2651 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu

Lynne Koplitz will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) 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 just $13 or $12with cash.

The IESA State Baseball Tournament will take place at EastSide Center on Friday & Saturday. Elementary Schools baseball teams from across the State of Illinois come to East Peoria beginning at 10 am on each day. For more information, visit www.iesa.org/activities/bbb

The Annual Rib Fest is Friday beginning at 5 pm and Saturday beginning at Noon on the Peoria riverfront. A Chili Cook Off will be part of the Rib Fest this year as well. Admission on Friday is $5 from 5 – 10 pm. There is no admission to the event on Saturday.  Vendors, including rib & chili vendors, will be available plus live entertainment by Rewind, Brainchild, Patrick ‘n Swayze, Mike & Joe and the Emmit-Nershi Band. Tickets for entertainment on the CEFCU Stage on Saturday night for the Emmit-Nershi Band are $15 in advance www.riverfrontmusic.com or $20 at the gate. The Reptile Rampage show will run a 45 minute show on Saturday at Noon & at 4:30 pm plus the Central Illinois Car Cruisers Car Show will be on display on Saturday from 4-10 pm.  For more information and ticket prices, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive every Friday Night from 5 – 10 pm with Friday Night Water Street Fiesta, an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.waterstreetfiesta.com.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe returns this year through October with The Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for kids (not so scary) main attractions. Gates open at 6 pm and activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8 per attraction or wristbands including unlimited “scares” plus a balloon ride are $20. Group ticket discounts are also available. Call 274-8837 for more information.

The 2nd Annual Manhattan Film Festival will take place at Peoria Theater Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm and provides filmgoers with a chance to vote on the best short films of 2010 along with other people around the world.

Eureka College will host a free, public recital by violinist Marcia Henry Liebenow and pianist Robert Satterlee Friday at 7:30 pm in the campus Chapel. Call 467-6398 for more information.

Corn Stock for Kids presents School House Rock Live! Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday and 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by phone at 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Performing Arts Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour will stop at the Peoria Civic Center Theater Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $32.50 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 Run the Woods 5k Run & 1 Mile Family Walk benefiting Easter Seals will take place at the Timber Point Outdoor Center in Hudson with check in at 7:30 am and the actual start of the races at 9 am. For more information and to register to participate, visit www.ci.easterseals.com or call 309-663-8275.

Celebrate 100 years of Scouting in America at the W.D. Boyce Council’s Centennial Camporee on Saturday at Comlara Park in Hudson, Illinois. Past, present and future Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers are invited for a day of canoeing, fishing, BB guns, archery, historic displays, demonstrations, Civil War re-enactors, Scoutcraft, games, food vendors and more! Evening entertainment will also be featured as well as a spectacular Salute to Scouting fireworks display. Program is from 8 am to 10 pm. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family.

Real Life: Real Joy – A Women’s Day of Renewal will take place at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in East Peoria from 8:30 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Featured speakers & hosts will be Rachel West Kramer & D’Arcy Cashman of the Hands of Love Ministry plus there will be special music, prayer, encouragement & discussion. The event includes breakfast, lunch & a complimentary care package. Tickets are $35 per person for $30 per person for tables of 8 or more. Registration is being taken by the Hands of Love Ministry by calling 383-2828 or a printable registration form is available online at www.handsoflove.org/rlrj.html

The American Red Cross will kick-off Central Illinois’ First Annual Livestrong Day at the East Peoria Festival Building on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. There will be a marrow registration and the American Red Cross will be attending to collect blood donations. Proceeds from the event will help to add more donors and assist with funding the expensive donor match process. For more information, visit www.livestrongpeoria.com

The 43rd Annual Spoon River Drive will take place in Fulton County again this year the first two weekends in October. Enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley as it flows from London Mills to the south and east where it joins the Illinois River near the southeastern corner of the County. The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. For more information, call 647-8980 or www.spoonriverdrive.org

Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito will host a Murder Mystery on Saturday night presented by Upstage Productions. As the mystery unfolds, a murder occurs and the audience must figure out “who-dunnit”. The evening begins with a social hour at 6 pm followed by the start of the 3 course dinner between 6:30 – 7 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and include the 3 course meal plus tea, coffee & water. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Call 968-7070 to reserve your tickets.

June Restaurant Chef Josh Adams and Executive Chef Mike Stephans from the Peoria Civic Center will feature some of their dessert creations at this year’s Dining with Friends Dessert Finale benefiting the local HIV/ AIDS organization that serves people with HIV and/or AIDS. The Central IL Friends of People with AIDS invite you to participate in this year’s 15th annual signature fundraiser on Saturday night from 8-11 pm in the Methodist Atrium building located at 900 Main Street in downtown Peoria. The event is open to all for a donation of $25 per person. Contact the FRIENDS of PWA office at 671-2144, or visit our website at www.friendsofpwa.org

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, the 5th Annual Share “A Walk to Remember” begins at 10:45 am on Sunday at the Peoria RiverPlex. Check in and registration will be outside the Peoria River Plex from 10 -10:45 am along the River Front Walk. The walk begins at 11:15 am. Food and refreshments will be provided as well as a craft area for children. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 5-10 years. For more information, call 566-8234.

The 60th Annual St. Mary’s of Kickapoo Sausage Dinner will be held at Expo Gardens on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm featuring all you can eat sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce & pie. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 & $2 for kids under 6. Carry outs & hot dogs are also available. There will also be a $5,000 cash raffle, an electronic raffle and country store & crafts. For more information, call 691-2030.

Schlachtfest 2010, a traditional German Picnic, will be held from Noon – 8 pm at Hickory Grove Park on Sunday in the beautiful tree covered beergarden.  Sponsored by the the Peoria German-American Central Society, the event will feature German Bands, food, beer, sports, kids activities, and gift tent. Full dinners served until 6 pm. Sandwiches available afterwards. For updates on this event go to www.peoriagermans.net

The First Annual German Car Cruis’n will be held in conjunction with Schlachtfest on Sunday.  The Cruis’n runs from noon until 5:00 pm.

The JDFR Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place at Glen Oak Park on Sunday beginning with check in at 11:30 am. The walk begins at 1 pm and is 3.5 miles in length. Bicycles, rollerblades, and pets are not permitted. Everyone who raises $100 or more will receive a Walk to Cure Diabetes T-shirt. Other attractions include a DJ, the Wise Guize, moonwalks, face painting, the Homerun Hair Salon and live music. For more information, visit jdrfillinois.org/walk/peoria.htm

A Family Skate at Owens Center will allow you to spend some time on the ice with your family from 3 – 4:45 pm on Sunday. Cost is $20 for families (up to 5 people) and includes skate rental.

The 2010 Memory Walk for Peoria will begin at Liberty Park on the Peoria Riverfront Sunday at 2 pm. Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Individual walker fee is $25 or $20 for seniors or students. For more information and to register, visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral or call 681-1100.

Keep Peoria Beautiful will hold a wine tasting reception tonight (Thursday) at Luthy Botanical Gardens from 5 – 7 pm. The annual awards reception with light hors d’oeuvres will celebrate the 2010 Orchid Award winners with a presentation at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 or $160 for a table of eight. Call 672-6288 for more information.

The 2010 Meeting of the Minds Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn City Centre today (Thursday) through Sunday. The Meeting of the Minds is held annually to inform and educate motorcyclists from across the country, and to organize and help strengthen the motorcycle rights movement in this country and around the world. Registration includes all workshops, workshop materials, and Saturday banquet. Call 202-546-0983 or 303-369-2684 with questions or visit www.mrf.org

Barn 2 Dinner Theatre presents Not Now Darling through November 7 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, show is at 8 pm) and on Sundays (doors & buffet open at noon, show at 1:30 pm). Prices are $31 for Thursdays, $33 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $35 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Little Shop of Horrors will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Dept. at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is $17 for the general public, $14 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $9 for students. Tickets are available at the Bradley Theatre Box Office, by calling 677-2651 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu

Johnny Beehner will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Showtimes are tonight at 8 pm during the Pro-Am Showcase and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are  $11 or $10 with cash. This show is rated-R.

The Chinquapin Children’s Festival runs Friday from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at Camp Wokanda. Children should bring lunches and a blanket to sit on. Cost is $3 per student. Call 570-2157 for school reservations.
The Ghost Story Concert runs from 8-10 pm also at Camp Wokanda. Walk the trail to Spirit Valley Amphitheater, where our Chinquapin storytellers spin tales guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck.  The stories will get scarier as the night grows darker.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive on Friday Night from 5 – 10 pm with Friday Night Water Street Fiesta, an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.waterstreetfiesta.com

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform at Live at the Five Spot on Friday 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.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute To The Beatles at the Peoria Civic Center (originally scheduled for OBrien Field, but moved due to rain in the forecast) beginning at 7 pm on Friday night. Tickets are $30 & $40 and are on sale now at the O’Brien Field box office or by calling 680-4008. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Zoobrew & Wine Too premieres this year at the Peoria Zoo from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Socialize and sample a selection of microbrews and wine as you explore Africa! after hours at this fundraiser for the Peoria Zoological Society. Light appetizers will also be served. Event includes live music. For tickets or additional information, please call 681-3500.

The IL District Barbershop Harmony Society will host its 2010 Fall Convention at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 7 pm with their quartet contest. The quartet finals will begin on Saturday at 1 pm and the chorus contest will begin at 6:30 pm. There will be a show of Champions immediately following the end of the chorus competition. All-event tickets are $35 and are available at www.IllinoisDistrict.org. Single event tickets are available for $20 at the Pere Marquette or the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Children 18 & under as well as college students and military personnel with valid ID may attend the events for free. For more information, call 630-567-0001.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse presents The Awesome 80s Prom, a blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding set at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom…in 1989. All your favorite characters from your favorite ’80s movies are at the prom, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Rebel, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, and they’re all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on “American Idol”, the audience decides who wins, all while moonwalking to retro hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”.  Doors open and the show starts at 6 pm, dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Cost is $35 per person. Group discounts available with 20 or more. Call 494-9100.

Corn Stock for Kids presents School House Rock Live! with performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday and 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by phone at 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Performing Arts Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Metro Centre will host Movies Under the Stars featuring “Up”, a free outdoor movie, on Friday night beginning at 7 pm. The movie will be shown near Alexander Travel on a gigantic screen with a state-of-the-art sound system (weather permitting). Gourmet popcorn and soft drinks will be available for $1 each benefiting local charities (while supplies last). Bring lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for the best seats and participate in family activities before the movie. Visit www.shopmetrocentre.com for more information.

The Fall Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday at Wildlife Prairie State Park with check in and event day registration at the Parkside Pavilion beginning at 7 am until Noon. Gates open at 6 am. Breakfast will be available for purchase, plus concessions throughout the day. Early registration fee is $10 for adults and $6 for children 15 and under (must be registered by midnight on Sept 23rd), day of registration fee is $16 for adults and $8 for ages 15 & under. There are cash and merchandise prizes for winners. Online registration can be done at www.register4races.com

The No Baloney Ride is an annual one day 30, 50, 69, or 100 mile bicycle tour sponsored by the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n of Peoria which will begin at 6:30 am on Saturday at the Chillicothe Christian Church.  Fee to participate is $20.  Register online at www.ivwnobaloney.com

The 8th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will be held at the RiverPlex on Saturday with check-in & registration beginning at 7:30 am with the walk starting at 9:20 am along the Peoria river front. Cost to participate is $20 per adult, $10 per child 10 yrs old & under and free for brain tumor survivors. The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a one mile walk to support brain tumor research and to raise awareness of brain tumors and their impact on those in Central Illinois. For more information about this event, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.com or call 925-3919.

The 2010 Memory Walk for Tazewell County will begin at Mineral Springs Lagoon Park in Pekin on Saturday at 9 am. Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause. Individual walker fee is $25 or $20 for seniors or students. For more information and to register, visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral or call 681-1100.

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers, plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, and much more every Saturday from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com.

The 48th Annual Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair brings the works of over 150 national artists to the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults or $10 for a weekend pass: ages 12 years and under free. For a list of events, artists and music schedule, visit http://www.peoriafineartfair.com

The 20th Annual Autumn Gems Quilt Show will be held at the East Peoria Event Center on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children aged 6-12, $10 for a 2 day pass and a $5 bus rate.  The event will feature 500+ quilts, a quilt raffle, classes, demos, prizes, vendors, food & free parking. A portion of the boutique and silent auction proceeds will benefit Family House. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Soderstrom Skin Institute will host a Free Skin Cancer Screening at their Peoria office located at 4909 N Glen Park Place on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. For more information, call 676-7546.

The What Women Want Now Expo 2010 will take place in the US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring pampering, shopping, demonstrations, inspirational speakers, eating, contests & door prizes, entertainment, celebrities and much more. Admission is $5 per person, children 5 & under are free. For more information, visit http://www.whatwomenwantnowexpo.com

The Metro Centre Fall Festival takes place Saturday at the Metro Center featuring the Farmers Market beginning at 8 am and many family friendly activities beginning at 10 am.

Green Fair 2010 will take place Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm in the Metro Centre parking lot. Admission is free. Learn how to make your home “green”, how to compost, have a natural lawn and more. Discover what’s new in renewable energy and energy saving technology, green building techniques and materials and locally produced food. There will be raffles and fun for the kids too. For more information, call 691-7373 or visit www.rehyphen.com

The 5th Annual Jubilee College State Park Colonial Faire will come alive with the sights and sounds of a Colonial Settlement. Organized by the Colonial Event Committee, an organization of dozens of amateur historians and re-enactors. Admission is $10 per vehicle. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. For more information, call (708) 269-1965 or visit www.colonialtradefaire.com

East Peoria Riverfront Park will host a Kidz Fun Day on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Admission is free and the event will feature tons of activities and games for kids to play, food and beverages for purchase. Come enjoy a great family event outdoors. For more information visit http://kidzfunday.org

Peoria Rugby Club will host a match between the Peoria Piggies and Chicago Riot on Saturday with a 1pm kick-off at Catholic Charities field, located at 2900 W. Heading Ave. Admission is free.

The Breakfast Club, a1980s tribute band, will give a free public performance in conjunction with Eureka College homecoming on Saturday at 4:30 pm at the football stadium on Reagan Drive. Call 467-6316 for more information.

Return to Hogwarts will take place Saturday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre and Lagoon from 5 – 10:30 pm. Admission is $4 per person. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in several of the classes that Harry has taken, plus more muggle-like classes such as science and conservation. This event will be full of entertainment and fun for the entire family. For more information, visit www.tkpilon.org/rth/index.html

Experience A Night In Paris for Juvenile Diabetes with a six course culinary event with a distinct Parisian flair at Childers Banquet and Events Center on Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Cost is $35 per person. Call 839-0037 to RSVP.

The Peoria Mustangs will take on Battle Creek at Owens Center beginning at 6:45 pm on Saturday & 1:15 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $5 and free for kids 3 & under.

Weezer will perform at the Bradley University Athletic Performance Center on Saturday night at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for Bradley faculty and staff and $45 for the general public and are available at the Athletic Performance Center, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 677-2625 or 677-3050.

The 1st Annual Ride to Remember will begin at the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Office on Sunday with registration & parade line-up from 11 am – 1 pm and parade through Peoria county ending at the Itoo Hall at 3 pm for raffles, food and music. Rider registration is $20, passenger registration is $10 and you can register at Walters Bros. Harley Davidson, Grayboy Motor Sports, Cupi’s Motor Mall, the Chapter Office or online. For more information including online registration & parade route, visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

A Tree Identification Walk will take place at Forest Park Nature Center on Sunday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm for ages 10 & up. No registration is necessary and the walk is free, however, donations are appreciated. Emphasis will be on the process of identifying trees by their leaves using a simple key.

The Tazewell Animal Protective Society will host its annual fundraising event, the Tailwagger’s Classic at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Visit tapsshelter.org for registration or more information.

Come experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century with Pioneer Days at Sommer Park 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.

Author Anthony Pitch will visit Peoria for public presentations on two of his historical writings at the United Presbyterian Church.  On Sunday at 4 pm, he will discuss his book on the assassination of President Lincoln. Admission to this event is $10. On Monday at 8 am, he will discuss his book on the 1814 British invasion of Washington. Admission is $15 including a continental breakfast and book signing. For more information, call 999-4545 or visit icc.edu/acp to register.

A National Day of Remembrance for victims of violent death event will be held at the Riverplex on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. For more information about the event, call 648-2951.

The 44th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues in downtown Morton on tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 10 pm, Friday from Noon – 10 pm and Saturday from 8 am – Midnight. Admission is free. This year’s theme is Pumpkin Splash to celebrate the opening of the new Morton Family Aquatic Center. For more information, visit http://www.pumpkincapital.com/pumpkin-festival or call 263-2491.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Afghanistan: Today and Tomorrow” with U.S. Ambassador Ronald Neumann in the Bradley University Student Center tonight (Thursday). Registration and book signing begins at 5 pm; dinner at 6 pm; presentation at 7 pm in the Marty Theatre. Visit artstix.artspartners.net or call 677-2454 for tickets or more info.

Ladies Night Out is tonight from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Kickapoo Creek Winery in Edwards. Tickets are $17 each with $2 of each ticket being donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Call 686-3060 to purchase tickets. Entertainment includes psychic reader John Porter and music by Colt 45 and Johnny Walker.

Barn 2 Dinner Theatre opens with their new show, Not Now Darling, tonight (Thursday) through November 7 with performances Thursdays through Sundays each week. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $31 for Thursdays, $33 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $35 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Lyfe on Water Street, Steve the Harp Blues Band will perform at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs on Friday 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.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be presented by Eastlight Theatre located in East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17 for adults and are available online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com or by calling 699-7469.

Peoria Players Theatre production of  Frankenstein the Musical plays tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 & under and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The CEO of the European-American Business Council, Michael Maibach, will discuss his work on President Ronald Reagan’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness in the 1980s on Friday from 10 am-Noon in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. The free presentation is part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Series celebrating the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth Feb. 6, 2011. Call 467-6477 for more information.

The German American Central Society and the Peoria Park District will host the Peoria Oktoberfest this weekend to promote German culture and heritage of Central Illinois. Hours are Friday from 5 – 11:00 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11 pm and Sunday from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Admission on Friday is $9; Saturday $7 until 5 pm, $9 – 5 pm and after, Sunday $7.Children 12 and under always free. Visit http://www.peoriagermans.net/oktoberfest.html for more information.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive during the Friday Night Water Street Fiesta from 5 – 10 pm with an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.waterstreetfiesta.com

A RiverLife Gospel Music Dinner  Cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat will happen on Friday night with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm cruising from 7 – 9:30 pm featuring a dinner buffet, uplifting Gospel Music by Rachel West Kramer,. For ticket ordering or more information, call the Spirit of Peoria at 800-676-8988, or 383-2828 or visit www.handsoflove.org

The Untamed Shrews will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 or $18 with cash except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $16 or $15 with cash.  This show is rated – TRIPLE R. For more information, visit untamedshrews.com

A Veteran’s Pow Wow will take place at Seven Circles Heritage Center in Edwards beginning at 6 pm on Friday & 10:30 am on Saturday. There will be a memorial, flyover by the Air National Guard, craft vendors, entertainment & food. Admission is $4 per person or $8 per car load. Admission for veterans is free. For more information, visit http://www.7circlesheritage.org or call 637-1046.

The Trunk to Treasure Rummage Sale will take place in the Glen Oak Amphitheatre parking lot on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Clean out your closets and rent a parking space to sell your wares. Feel free to sell out of your trunk or rent an extra space to set up tables. Please pre-register for this event. One space is $7 for residents or $10 for non-residents. Additional spaces are $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents.

The PKD Walkwill take place at Wildlife Prairie State Park beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday to benefit Polycystic Kidney Disease sufferers. Registration will begin at 7:30 am at the Train Depot with the walk beginning at 8:30 am. Following the walk will be a carnival 10 am -2 pm. Participants may register on-line by visiting www.pkdcure.org/peoriawalk

The Friends of the Illinois River 10th Annual River Sweep will be held beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights. All registered participants will receive a free River Sweep t-shirt, plus gloves and trash bags. To register your group, contact the Peoria captain of the River Sweep, John Mullen at 686-3360 or by e-mail at jmullen@peoriaparks.org.

Peoria’s RiverFront Marketfeatures Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers, plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, and much more every Saturday from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Bikers Against Street Hunger, a charitable fundraiser presented by the Coalition of Central Illinois Motorcyclists, will hold their annual event B.A.S.H. at Town and Country Bowl Saturday at 2010 W. Forrest Hill in Peoria, IL, where the bikes line up for the motorcycle parade. Sign up for the annual bike parade begins at 9:30 am with departure at 11 am to the Kingston Mines Park at Kingston Mines, IL. A $5 cash donation is all it takes to participate in a fun-filled day including a free bike show, music from 11:30 am by Josh Means, entertainment by Illusionist/Stage hypnotist: Ace Randal, a 50/50 drawing, food and refreshments, a live auction around noon.

The Peoria Zoo Run Run will begin on Saturday at 8 am followed by the 1/4 mile Youth Run at 8:45 am. All participants will receive free admission to the Zoo following the race. Early Bird registrants will be guaranteed a t-shirt. There will be food, door prizes, and a visit from the Peoria Zoo mascot “Crash” the rhino. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each race category. For details about the event call 681-3500.
Zoo Explorers presents Marvelous Monkeys at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10 – 10:50 am where you can learn about the world around you through close up animal encounters, games and more. Designed for ages 5 & up, parents are welcome, but not required. Cost is $5 for Zoo members or $9 for non-members. All prices include Zoo admission. Call 686-3365 ext. 3513 to register.

The Junior League of Peoria will host its 2nd Annual Truck Stop on Saturday, from 10- 3pm at Northwoods Mall. The one-day event is an opportunity for families to experience unique vehicles they would not typically get to see up close. In addition to vehicle displays, this event will feature a variety of live demonstrations from the City of Peoria, along with a raffle to win a child’s motorized car. For tickets or more information about the event, contact the Junior League of Peoria at 685-9312. Admission is $5 for those one year and older. Net proceeds from the event will benefit The Junior League of Peoria and their community projects.

The 2010 PARC ‘N’ Play Grand Cruise-In will take place from 3 – 9 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.  The Grand Cruise-in will feature classic cars and motorcycle plus food and fun for all ages with live musical entertainment, children’s games, door prizes, 50/50 drawing, raffles and much more. Hippie Radio will do a live remote broadcast from the event. Admission is free to the public. Cost to enter into the cruise-in competition is $10 per vehicle (automobile or motorcycle). Trophies will be awarded in several categories. All proceeds from the registrations go to support PARC.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum and James Thorpe will present USA Boxing: Six Minutes of Glory on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $50, $25 and $15 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range between $22 and $72 with student tickets available for $10. Season tickets are also available and include a 10% discount over individual ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by calling the Peoria Symphony Orchestra ticket line at 671-1096. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Animal Encounters: Snakeswill take place at Forest Park Nature Center on Sunday from 1:30 – 2 pm. Feel the smooth scales of a snake slide through your hand, hear the hiss of a giant cockroach or get up close and personal with a tarantula. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Family Day will be held at the West Peoria Firehouse on Sunday from Noon -3 pm. The Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bake sale while the children enjoy activities related to fire equipment, trucks, etc. The West Peoria Fire Department is located on Waverly Ave. in West Peoria.

Flanagan House in Peoria will host the Herb Harvest Festival on Sunday from 1:30 – 3 pm. Chef Gina Edwards will do an herb based cooking demo at 2pm. The event will also feature a bake sale, herbs and herbal items, and the “Pot of Gold” Gift Boutique. Admission is $3.00 per adult. for more information, visit peoriahistoricalsociety.org or call 674-1921.

The Illinois Central Jazz Train, directed by Larry Harms will perform at 7:15 Sunday in the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center. The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for Members and $7 Non-Members. Children 14 years and under are free with an adult.

The Erotic Hypnotic performs at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with shows tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets for are $13 except for the Thursday show which is $10. This show is rated R.

The 2010 United Way Day of Caring Food Drive will be collecting food on Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at the Peoria Civic Center and Market Square in Pekin. In addition, shoppers at HyVee can make donations on today (Thursday) from 4 to 7 pm and Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. For more information, visit hoiunitedway.org/fooddrive.php

The Central Illinois Green Expo will take place from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday on the Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus featuring seminars, demonstrations and activities for families, homeowners, businesses and organizations interested in the latest information about green, sustainable living. Admission is free. For more information, call 694-8444 or visit www.cigreenexpo.org

The FonduLac Park District is hosting a Free Family Weiner Roast & Hayrack Ride in Veterans Park at Grieves Shelter on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Hotdogs, chips, baked beans, and drink will be provided – you provide your own table service. Hayrack rides and live music will take place from 7-8 p.m. No registration is required.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive Friday night from 5 – 10 pm during the Water Street Friday Night Fiesta with an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.waterstreetfiesta.com

Community Workshop & Training Center will host an Open House on Friday from 9 am – Noon at their location at 3215 N University in Peoria. They are celebrating 50 years of service to people with disabilities in Central Illinois. For more information, call 686-3300 or visit www.cwtc.org

The Hayloft Shops at Old Galena Road and Rt. 29 in Mossville will hold its Annual Art and Craft Fair from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. There will be more than 20 demonstrating craftsmen and artists at the fair. Call 679-3141 or visit www.hayloftshops.com/artfair2010.htm for more information.

The 2010 Marigold Festival kicks off on Friday with Friday Night Family Fest in downtown Pekin then continues on Saturday with the Marigold 5k Run & Walk at Coal Miner’s Park. Entertainment, a carnival and lots of other activities will also be on hand through Sunday with most events happening in Mineral Springs Park. Hours are Friday from 5-11:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday form 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pekin.net/MarigoldFestival.htm or call 346-2106.

Ambient will perform at Live at the Five Spot on Friday 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.
On Saturday night, The Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria will present an Opening Reception from 6:30-8:30 pm. Artists include Vesna Jovanovic, Natalie Jackson and more and entertainment will feature excerpts from Little Shop of Horrors by Bradley University Theater. Donation requested. For more information, call 674-6822.

Three Sisters Park will host Folk Art in the Park beginning with a fundraiser at 5:30 pm Friday with cocktails & hors d’oeurvres. Tickets are $25 for the event. Saturday is a family focused folk art demonstration with over 16 local artisans/instructors sharing their craft and opportunities for “hands-on” participation. Suggested donation is $5 per person, children under 10 free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 274-8837 or visit www.threesistersfolkartschool.com

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be presented by Eastlight Theatre located in East Peoria High School beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and are available online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com or by calling 699-7469.

Peoria Players Theatre will open their 2010-11 season with Frankenstein the Musical with performances at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 & under and go on sale August 30th at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos show at the Waterhouse includes a dinner buffet with dessert and the show. Cost is $33 per person including tax & gratuity. Doors open at 6pm on Friday and Saturday nights, dinner is at 6:30pm. Show from 8pm-11pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 494-9100 from 11 am-2 pm Tuesday through Friday.

Remedy Drive will perform on the CEFCU Stage on Friday night at the Landing on the Peoria RiverFront beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7.

The Lumberjack and Bluegrass Festival will take place at Wildlife Prairie State Park from 9 am – 4 pm. Admission to the Festival is free with paid admission to the park. Admission prices are $6.50 for ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and Park members.

The 24th Annual Walk for Reading to support Common Place’s educational programs for adults, youth, and families starts with registration at 8 am on  Saturday morning with the walk beginning at 8:30 am. Cost is $25 for individual, $35 for family, or sponsorships. Registration forms and sponsor sheets are available at www.commonplacepeoria.org or by calling 674-3315.

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, and much more on Saturday morning from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

WorldFest 2010 will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm featuring food and entertainment from many different nations throughout the world. Admission is free.

The 14th Annual Peoria Black Expo will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls A and B. Featuring numerous vendors and activates, this event is free to the community. For more information and a list of events, call 672-1374.

Zoo Tots at the Peoria Zoo will introduce your child to the world of animals through up-close animal encounters, crafts, and stories, you and your child can explore the amazing world of animals. From wallabies to kookaburras, discover these animals as they explore Australia on Saturday from 10 – 10:50 am.  Tots should be between the ages of 2 – 4 and a parent must attend as well. Cost is $5 for Zoo members & $9 for non-members. Call 681-3559 for more information & to register.

The Down the River Festival honoring the life and music of Bluegrass singer/songwriter John Hartford will take place on Saturday at the Murray Center Outdoor Building located across Water Street from Hooter’s in downtown Peoria. Performers include Creek Road Ramblers, Chicago Farmer, Peter Adrial, Insignificant String Band, Jaik Willis, Eric Nassau, Easyriders, Brainchild, Ahmadahere & more. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, the Sun Foundation & Children’s Hospital of Central Illinois. Hours are noon to midnight with music beginning at 1 pm. Admission is $10.

The Firefighters Street Fest will take place on Saturday the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 4:30 – 11 pm. The car show opens at 4:30 pm and entertainment begins at 5 pm. Admission is free.

The American Gothic Cat Club will present its 34th Annual Cat Show at Expo Gardens from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 4-12 and senior citizens 65+ and $12 for a family. Dozens of breeds will be entered. For more information, visit www.tagcc.org

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host The Salsa Exchange on Friday night from 9 pm – Midnight. Price is $3.
On Saturday night, they’ll host Swing Dancing beginning at 7 pm. Cost for the lesson and dancing is $8 per person, $12 per couple, and $5 for students (with school ID. Dancing only is $5 per person, $8 per couple or $3 for students (with school ID). For more information, call 282-6212 or visit www.fitndance.com

An Evening with Rachel West Kramer will take place Saturday night at Five Points Center in Washington. To purchase tickets for this concert or for more information, call 383-2828. Group discounts are available.

The Central Illinois Cruisers will host a Car Show at Maid Rite 50′s Diner in Metro Centre on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm featuring live music, food & classic cars on display. For more information, visit www.centralillinoiscruisers.com

The 13th Annual Art Rod Festival will be held on Sunday at the square in Metamora from 11 am – 6 pm featuring free family fun with live music, food, art demos & activities. The Art Rod Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides quality art materials to local schools. For more information, visit www.artrodfoundation.com

The Backyard Book Club will take place at Flanagan House 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. on Sunday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm where Eliita Lakota will read “The Mud Pony” by Caron Lee Cohen. The Amazing Sonrise Miniature Horses will also appear. Admission is $2. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org or call 674 1921.

A Family Skate at Owens Center on Sunday from from 3 – 4:45 pm will allow you to spend some time on the ice with your family. Cost is $20 for families (up to 5 people) and includes skate rental.

A Tree Identification Walk will take place at Forest Park Nature Center on Sunday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm for ages 10 & up. No registration is necessary and the walk is free, however, donations are appreciated.   Emphasis will be on the process of identifying trees by their leaves using a simple key. Although leaf collecting cannot be done on this walk, good collecting sites in the Peoria area will be suggested. Don’t let the trees “leaf” you “stumped” this fall!

Join Raylene’s Total Salon Concepts and Delayne Spain Photography for a Diva’s Day on Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm at Raylene’s Salon on Rt. 91. Spain Photograph will offer figure studies and Raylene’s stylists’ will offer mini makeovers, consultations and pre-booking specials.  Browse local Peoria artists’ tables filled with jewelry, candles and gift items. Enjoy live music, snacks and drinks too. For more information, call 692-7700 or visit www.raylenes.com

The 2010 Walk MS will take place Sunday at Junction City with festivities beginning at noon and the Walk at 1 pm. The afternoon promises to be filled with great fun and necessary FUNdraising for the Greater IL Chapter. There will be entertainment, snacks, a Kid’s Corner with face painting, a balloon artist, Space Walk inflatables and more. For more information, visit http://www.walkMSillinois.org

Peoria Pride will take place Sunday on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from Noon to 6pm. Admission is free.   The Peoria Pride Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria boards beginning at 7 pm Sunday and cruises from 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Must be 21 to cruise. Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the cruise, dinner plus entertainment & dancing. A cash bar will be available on the cruise. Tickets for the cruise can be purchased by calling 669-6901 or online at http://peoriapride.com

 Lie, Cheat and Genuflect continues this weekend at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and the show at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or visit to www.barn2.com

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Kansas City begins at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will take on Kansas City again Friday night at 7 pm and face the Quad Cities Saturday at 6 pm, Sunday at 7pm and Monday at 1:30 pm. Individual tickets are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com

Corn Stock Theatre’s production of the new musical Curtains continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

Peg Head 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 Friday night from 8:30 pm -12:30 am 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.

The Manito Popcorn Festivalwill take place Friday beginning at 4 pm, Saturday beginning at 7:45 am and Sunday beginning at 7 am. The event will include a Popcorn Princess Pageant, a talent contest, a one mile fun run, a 5k run & walk, parade, sand volleyball tournament, battle of the bands, square dance, cow patty bingo, lip sync contest, pancake breakfast, craft show, tractor pull plus lots of food & music. For more information including a full schedule, visit www.manito-popcorn-festival.com

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive Friday Night from 5 – 10 pm at the Water Street Friday Night Fiesta with an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.waterstreetfiesta.com

The 2010 Blues Fest is this weekend at Festival Park on the Peoria’s RiverFront from 4 – 11 pm Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a wide array of blues musicians, food and merchant booths during the annual two-day festival. Tickets are $15 in advance per day or $20 at the gate or $25 in advance and $30 at the gate for a two-day pass and are available in advance at the Peoria RiverFront Visitor´s Center, Co-op Records, Shanti´s in Canton or by phone at 1-800-514-etix. For more details, band lineup and to purchase tickets online, visit www.jaytv.com

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers, plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, and much more every Saturday morning from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 15th Annual Farmington Italian Fest runs from 9 am to Midnight on Saturday at Jacobs Park in Farmington. Featuring a 5K Run/2 Mile Walk/Kid’s Fun Run (beginning at 7 am), live music, food, vendors and the “Radido Pomodoro” tomato flinging contest. The Farmington Italian Fest offers free admission & parking with shuttle service to the park. For more information, call 245-2441.

Bryan Bowers will perform at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 7 pm on Saturday night. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will take place Sunday from noon – 6 pm. Get your feet wet by stomping on grapes ala Lucy plus sample wines and food by the Catering Company plus live music from The Shake performing throughout the day. A local car club will also have classic vehicles on display plus there will also be a Lucy look alike contest beginning at 3:15 pm. For more information, call 645-5054.

Adam Lambert will perform Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. He will be joined by special guest Allison Iraheta. Tickets are sold out for this performance, however.

Top 10 American Idol Season 5 finalist, Mandisa, will perform at Northminster Presbyterian Church in a free outdoor Christian concert on the church grounds beginning at 6:30 pm. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Concession items will be available for purchase. For more information, call 691-6322.

The PACE (Peoria Area Community Events) Annual Labor Day Parade with over 100 entries of various trade unions starts at 2 pm Monday in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street ending at County Courthouse. The Picnic is from 2 – 8 pm on the Peoria Riverfront at Festival Park with the West MacQueen Street Band performing. Beverage and food will be available.