Archive for October, 2010

The Flying D’rito Brothers will perform Sky Harbor Steakhouse tonight (Thursday) for 2 hours of originals plus covers from 7 – 9 pm, followed by an open jam session. Band members Darren Peacock, Chris Diepenbrock and Tom Abbot will be joined by original founding member Daryl Klusendorf. The public is welcome:  there is no cover charge.   For more information and reservations, call 674-5532. Sky Harbor is located at 1321 North Park Road in West Peoria.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Come on out and have an old-fashioned good time. For a small fee you get hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, and drinks. Hayrack ride, mid-1800s Autumn Playparty activities (sack races, fortune telling) and musical entertainment are also included. Cost is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3 – 10 or $25 max for the same household family. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Barn 2 Dinner Theatre presents Not Now Darling 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). 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

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (with ID). For more information or to order tickets, call 676-2196 or visit www.cornstocktheatre.org

Bobcat Goldthwait will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm and 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash on Thursday, $21 or $20 with cash on Friday and Saturday and are available at www.jukeboxcomedy.com or by calling 673-5853.

Enjoy the tapestry of fall color and other seasonal changes with a Fall Color Walk at at Forest Park Nature Center on Friday from 2 – 3 pm. All ages are invited and there is no registration required, however donations are appreciated.

Contemporary Art Center will host a special Halloween Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature Southside Cindy and the Sliptones. The film “Vultus” will be featured as will a costume contest with prizes. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, student & senior non-members are $3 ages 16 & younger.
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. For more information, call 674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Bring the kids out to Wildlife Prairie State Park from 5 – 9 pm Friday and Saturday for Wildlife Scary Park, where they can ride on the Spooky Train through the haunted forest go Trick-or-Treating the safe way, make a trip through the not so Haunted House, plus grab a bite to eat at the Spooktacular Snack Shop. Admission is $6.50 per person, $4.50 for park members and free for ages 1 and under. For more information, call 676-0998 or go to www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The annual Witches Walk at East Peoria Farm Park runs from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Admission is $2.50 for children and $3 for adults. For more information, call 694-2195 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse is stoked to present The Awesome 80’s Prom-Halloween Bash! on Friday night with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Dinner and the show are $35 per person. Group discounts available with 20 or more. Call 494-9100 for more information and to make reservations.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive this 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 is in its final weekend this year with The Haunted Express, the Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for kids. Gates open at 6 pm and activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $8 per attraction or wristbands including unlimited “scares” plus a balloon ride are $20. You will receive up to one dollar off per ticket for each non-perishable food item you bring to Spider Hill. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Group ticket discounts are also available. Call for more information 274-8837.

Peoria Theater will present the Halloween Double Feature “Into the Woods” and “Before the Storm” for a one-night engagement Friday night that will also feature the short film “The Design”. Showtime begins at 7 pm.  Peoria Theater is located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria.

The Richwoods High School Interact Club will host “Halloween Knight” for children in grades Pre-K through 4th grade at the school on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is two canned goods or two gently used clothing items.  There will be many activities for the kids to take part in such as SAFE Trick-or-Treating with Interact leaders at RHS classroom doors, a maze, pin-the-nose-on-the-jack-o-lantern, make monster hands, face painting, plus visit a spooky room. So much to do to prepare for Halloween! Kids are encouraged to come to the event in costume.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes, a walk to raise awareness of Domestic Violence, will take place on Saturday with registration beginning at 8 am just prior to the Women’s Lifestyle Show at the Peoria Civic Center. The $15 participant fee includes a long sleeved T-shirt and entrance to the Women’s Lifestyle Show. The walk begins at 8:30 am and the Show at 9 am. Please call 691-0551 for more information. To register for the walk and for more information, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org

Join Peoria Players Theatre for their Annual Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale in their Front Lobby on Saturday from from 8 am – Noon. Admission is free. Many unique items will be available and at reasonable prices including tuxedos. For more information, call 688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2010 Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Featured speakers include HGTV’s Frank Fontana, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, Jennifer Robin, Roberta Van Zant, Gina Morss, Jen Christensen and Joy Miller.

The Peoria Art Guild and the Women’s Lifestyle Show will host a Design Brunch with HGTV’s Design on a Dime host, Frank Fontana, in conjunction with the Women’s Lifestyle Show. The event will also include a silent auction and book signing. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by calling 637-2787, visiting the Art Guild at 203 Harrison Street in Peoria, or online at peoriaartguild.org/frank Proceeds will go to help support the Peoria Art Guild’s educational mission.

Heart of Illinois Chorus will present “The Witches of East Peoria” at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 & under and are available at the ICC Performing Arts Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Speakeasy Art Gallery in Pekin will host the Freakers Ball, a Halloween party, from 8 pm to midnight on Saturday featuring a zombie fashion show, local art, short films by local filmmakers, a costume contest and music by the Dirty Gentlemen. Admission is $3 and a cash bar will be available. Speakeasy Art Gallery is located at 353 Court Street in Pekin.

Peoria Rivermen will take on the Oklahoma City Barons at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:05 pm. Individual tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 676-1040, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Bach, Beethoven and Beyond” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $29 for adults and $7 for children & students and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=12177 For more information, call 339-3943.

Peoria’s 2nd Annual Largest Halloween Party will take place on Saturday at the Hotel Pere Marquette from 7 pm – Midnight. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and live music will be provided Rachel’s Hippo beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and includes entrance to party plus light hors d’oeurves. A cash bar will be available. Advance tickets are available at the 93.3 Studio located at 331 Fulton, Suite 1200, One World Eats & Drinks or at the door.

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.

Treats on the Prairie means trick-or-treating, games, prizes, candy plus a coloring contest at the stores at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Sunday from 1 – 3 pm. All ages are invited and there is no fee to attend.

Put on your favorite costume and bring a bag to gather all you goodies for Trick or Treating at Northwoods Mall on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. All ages are invited, however, ages 13 and older cannot wear masks, There is no charge to trick or treat.

Award Winning Children’s Recording Artist Julie K will perform on Sunday at Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Road beginning at 3:30 pm. Admission is one canned food item to be donated to the South Side Mission.

Oklahoma! will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Tuesday beginning at 7:30 pm. A Voter’s Special is available for discounted tickets of $25 or $35 for all remaining seats which are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and online at Ticketmaster.com.  Citylink will be running their Park ‘n Ride service for this performance:  please see details to the left.

 Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Come on out and have an old-fashioned good time. For a small fee you get hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, and drinks. Hayrack ride, mid-1800s Autumn Playparty activities (sack races, fortune telling) and musical entertainment are also included. Cost is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3 – 10 or $25 max for the same household family. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Disney on Ice presents “Princess Classics” at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), 7 pm on Friday, 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12, $15, $20, $32.50 and $42 and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

Share your poetry during Lyfe on Water Street at the Contemporary Art Center on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $4 for CAC Members or $7 for non-members.   Live at the Five Spot features live music from local and Chicago bands on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature the Todd Kelly Quintet. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, student & senior non-members are $3 ages 16 & younger.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Art Center Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (with ID). For more information or to order tickets, call 676-2196 or visit www.cornstocktheatre.org

Bring the kids out to Wildlife Prairie State Park from 5 – 9 pm Friday and Saturday for Wildlife Scary Park, where they can ride on the Spooky Train through the haunted forest go Trick-or-Treating the safe way, make a trip through the not so Haunted House, plus grab a bite to eat at the Spooktacular Snack Shop. Admission is $6.50 per person, $4.50 for park members and free for ages 1 and under. For more information, call 676-0998 or go to www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

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

The annual Witches Walk at Farm Park in East Peoria runs from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Admission is $2.50 for children and $3 for adults. For more information, call 694-2195 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

The Arthritis Foundation will host its second annual Bone Bash at The Civic Center beginning at 6 pm on Friday. The Bone Bash is a masquerade ball with cocktail attire and includes a silent and live auction with bone shaking items. Mark Welp and Gretchen Wirtz from HOI-19 will be on hand as special guest hosts, along with live music from Jammsammich beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $45 per person or $75 per couple. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $300. Tickets can be bought online at www.bonebashpeoria.com or by calling 682-6600.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is open this weekend with The Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for little kids. Gates open at 6 pm and activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per attraction or wristbands including unlimited “scares” plus a balloon ride are $20. Get up to one dollar off per ticket for each non-perishable food item you donate. Group ticket discounts are also available. Call for more information 274-8837.

Heywood Banks, whom some consider the all-time best comedy song-writer with hundreds of uniquely hilarious songs about every imaginable topic, will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm each night. Tickets $19 or $18 with cash except for the Friday 9:30 show which is $16 or $15 with cash and are available at www.jukeboxcomedy.com or by calling 673-5853.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Peoria Players Theatre beginning at Midnight Friday and Saturday where you can dress as your favorite character from the movie and sing & dance along. Tickets are $15 general admission. For more information and to buy tickets, call 688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 4th Annual Small Wonders Miracle Walk & Auction honoring all of the families who have received care at Children’s Hospital of Illinois Neonatal Intensive Care Unit begins with registration, games & silent auction at 9 am on Saturday at the RiverPlex. The family friendly event will include a 3k walk, a silent auction and children’s activities including face painting, balloon designs, and much more. To register or for more information visit www.childrenshospitalofil.org/body.cfm?id=549

The Progressive Business Group will present Rock Peoria: Battle of the Bands at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday with the competition from 10 am – 4 pm and concert by The Willies and Waterstreet from 7 – 11 pm to support technology and the arts in Peoria’s School District 150. Admission to the competition for viewers is free, to participate is $10 per person or $25 for 3-4 participants from one band. Admission to the evening concert is $10. To register as a competition participant, visit www.rockpeoria.com/register.html Tickets for the evening concert may be reserved by emailing pottyon@comcast.net

Spookley, the Square Pumpkin will be showing at Rave Pictures at Grand Prairie on Saturday at 11:45 am. Tickets are $5. Spookley is a production of Kidtoons, whose mission is to help parents connect with their kids by bringing family friendly animated movies to the big screen every weekend at participating theatres across the country.

Come swim with ghosts and goblins while Bobbing for Pumpkins at the RiverPlex’s AquaPlex on Saturday from 11:45 am – 1 pm. Cost is $9 for RiverPlex members, $10 for resident non-members, and $12 for non-resident/non-members. Designed for kids aged 6-12, registration is required and may be made by calling 282- 1531. Enjoy a special 45 minute swim time and then paint your own pumpkin to take home.

Financial ABCs for Generations X, Y, and Z is a financial education program for young adults ages 13 to 20 that will be presented at the Lakeview Library Branch on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free. Registration recommended, call 497-2186 to rsvp.

The Bradley Braves Club will host the seventh annual Bids-for-the-Braves Athletic Benefit at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday. The 2010 Bids for the Braves Athletic Benefit will feature the introduction of the 2010-11 Bradley men’s and women’s basketball teams, remarks from head coaches Jim Les and Paula Buscher and viewing of Dave Snell’s popular preseason videos, as well as live and silent auctions. Seating is limited and tickets for the 2010 event are $90 for Braves Club members and $100 for the general public. To make reservations, donate an item or for more information, visit the Braves Club page online at BradleyBraves.com or call the Braves Club Office at 677-2667.

Peoria Park District’s Teen Mystery Dinner Theatre presents Occupation: Murder at 6:30 pm on Saturday at the Franciscan Rec Complex in West Peoria. The show includes dinner plus you can become a contestant on the game show as the cast tries to solve the murder. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion. Call 681-2861 for details.

The Holiday Inn City Centre Gala to benefit Peoria Promise featuring entertainment by world famous live entertainment artist/painter Michael Israel will be held Saturday night beginning at 6 pm. All proceeds will benefit Peoria Promise to help provide scholarships for public high school graduates living in the city of Peoria to attend Illinois Central College. Tickets to the gala can be purchased by calling 677-5886 or 800-274-4160. Individual tickets are $125 and tables of 10 are $1,250.

Bruce In The USA, a high-energy musical experience- a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E. St. Band show, will play Five Points Washington’s Caterpillar Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors & students and are available by calling 444-8222.

The Wine & Dine Experience will take place this Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm at Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito and includes a 4-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Kevin Roecker. Joe Metzka will provide jazz music throughout the evening. Tickets are $50 per person and includes wine with each course. Call 968-7070 for reservations.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Terrence Wilson, Piano Soloist, at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 – $72 and are on sale now. Call 309-671-1096.   Citylink will be running their Park ‘n Ride service for this performance:  please see details to the left.

The 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl will take place at the Bartonville Hospital Bowen Building beginning with check-in at 1 pm and the walk officially kicking off at 3:30 pm. Pre-register online for $10 at www.peoria-asylum.com or purchase your ticket for $15 at the door. 

Sky Harbor Steakhouse will host Happy Jimmy Binkley Day, a Musical Tribute to Peoria’s Legendary Jazzman, Jimmy Binkley on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm at Sky Harbor Steakhouse. $12 admission includes light buffet and music by Jimmy and Friends of Jimmy, led by David Hoffman. For more information, call 674-5532.

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

The Bradley Basketball Red-White Scrimmage will be held at the new Bradley arena beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $10 for the general public and Bradley faculty/staff and free Bradley students. Call 309-677-2625 for tickets.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park from 5 – 7 pm. Come on out and have an old-fashioned good time. For a small fee you get hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, and drinks. Hayrack ride, mid-1800s Autumn party activities and musical entertainment are also included. Costumes encouraged. No registration required. Cost is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3 – 10 or $25 max for the same household family. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Barn 2 Dinner Theatre presents Not Now Darling 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). 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

Join the Tazewell County Jaycees for their Monthly Trivia Night beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington, IL. Cost is $10 per person or $5 per person for Jaycees members. Teams may consist of 2 – 10 people. This month’s proceeds benefit Camp New Hope, Inc. For more information contact tazcojaycees@yahoo.com

The Diary of Anne Frank continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students under 18 and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Eureka College Theater Department presents the Shakespearean comedy As You Like It at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday, and Saturday and at 2:00 pm Sunday in Pritchard Theatre. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for students. Call 467-6363 for reservations.

Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. Call 673-5853 for more information and to order tickets.

The Luthy Botanical Gardens Annual Chrysanthemum Show runs from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday & Saturday and from Noon to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults (13 and up): children 12 and under and Garden Members are free. It’s a spectacular showing of fall color, and you’re challenged to spot “The Great Pumpkin” amidst hundreds of colorful mums and tropicals.

Enjoy the tapestry of fall color and other seasonal changes with a Fall Color Walk at Forest Park Nature Center on Friday from 2 – 3 pm. All ages are invited and there is no registration required, however donations are appreciated.

Free Movie Night at Fondulac Park District Admin Center in East Peoria will feature “Scooby Doo 2 – Monsters Unleashed” on Friday with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the movie will roll at 7 pm. Admission is free and there will also be free popcorn & boo juice. No registration required.

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 is back with The Haunted Express, the Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for kids. Gates open at 6 pm and activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per attraction or wristbands including unlimited “scares” plus a balloon ride are $20. You will receive up to one dollar off per ticket for each non-perishable food item you bring to Spider Hill. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Group ticket discounts are also available. Call for more information 274-8837.

Live at the Five Spot features live music from local and Chicago bands on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature Rooster Alley. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. For more information, call 674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center also runs Friday 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 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water: Dueling Pianos will be presented at the Waterhouse Friday and Saturday along with a dinner buffet with dessert with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and the show from 8 – 11 pm. Dinner & the show is $33 per person including tax & gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 494-9100 from 11 am – 2 pm Tuesday through Friday. Visit www.howlinonwater.com for more information.

Calling all ghosts and ghouls, don’t miss Howl-Zoo-Ween at the Peoria Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday night. With a trick or treat trail through Africa, magic shows, a costume contest at 7 pm each night plus lots more, come out and enjoy this family friendly event. Admission is $3 for Peoria Zoo members & $3 for non-members. For more information, call 686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Pianist Joshua Russell will present a free CD release concert featuring all of the music from his recently released recording of Haitian music at 7:30 pm Friday at Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University. The release entitled “Valses to VooDoo” will be available for purchase at the event. 50% of the proceeds from sales of the CD will be donated to the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Samples of the music can be found at www.joshuarussellpianist.com

Thomas Pandolfi, pianist, will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $24 for adults and $16 for students and senior citizens and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling 694-5136.  Citylink will be running their Park ‘n Ride service for this performance:  please see details to the left.

For the first time in more than a decade, Bradley Basketball will tip-off the start of the official practice season by hosting an hour-long Midnight Madness-style event, Hoopla on the Hilltop, in the University’s new on-campus arena on Friday beginning at 9 pm. The basketball activity will be a featured event during Bradley University’s Homecoming schedule and will include spotlighted introductions of the 2010-11 men’s and women’s basketball teams, a half court shot at $10,000 for a lucky contestant and games involving the current players and fans. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Bradley University students, faculty and staff.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, stylists from It’s All About Me Salon are holding a Cut-a-Thon to benefit the OSF Saint Francis Centers for Breast Health. The event will take place on Friday from 11 am to 4 pm at the OSF Center for Health located on Route 91. Haircuts are a $15 donation. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 683-5522.

The Pediatric Resource Center of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria’s Annual Fall Fundraiser will be held at the Country Club of Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $100 per person and includes heavy hors d�oeuvres and cocktails and includes entertainment by the Big Yellow Smiley Face Band. Cocktail attire is appropriate. Tickets are available by calling 624-9595.

The Wild JAM will be held in Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday from 8 am – 9:30 pm. Admission is free.  Nearly 2,000 cheerleaders and dancers will “take the stage” for the cheer and dance event where teams will compete for awards in their respective divisions and for overall Grand Champion awards. Featuring more than 100 cheer and dance teams from five states,  (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin), over 3,000 spectators are expected be on hand watch the competition.

Special Guest Speaker Bruce Wilkinson will be speaking live and in-person at Northwoods Community Church on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 9 am and 11 am. Bruce is the best-selling author of “You Were Born for This,” “The Prayer of Jabez,” “Secrets of the Vine,” “The Dream Giver,” and more. Admission is free. Call 309-243-1550 or visit www.nwoods.org for more information.

Take part in the annual Sheep Shearing at Linden Hill Farms on Saturday from 10 am – noon. Learn how to skirt, card and spin wool as well as make a wool craft. Cost is $15 per person, children under 3 are free and reservations are required at least 3 days prior to the event. Reservations can be made by calling 697-4041. Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets for the hot dog roast!

Prairie Folklore Theatre continues its 8th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours on Saturday and Sunday with tours starting promptly at 2 & 4 pm. Tickets are $5 per child and $10 per adult. Call 689-8000 for reservations.

Financial ABCs for Generations X, Y, and Z, a financial education program for young adults ages 13 to 20, will be presented at the Lakeview Library Branch from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free. Registration recommended, call 497-2186 to RSVP.  Topics will include: your first checking account, a savings strategy for your first job, getting your first credit card, saving for college, managing money while in college,  what is investing?, creating and monitoring your stock portfolio, internet resources for investing information and personal financial statements.

Come watch machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin as far as possible at the annual Punkin Chuckin Contest at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd. in rural Morton. Times are 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 per vehicle.  Join in the fun at the hand tossed event. There’s also food, a you-pick pumpkin patch, kids games, hayrack rides, and fall decorations and crafts. Bring your own lawn chairs and join the fun.

First United Methodist Church of Peoria invites you to Ignite Your Family Weekend with nationally known speaker and author Tim Shoemaker at their 700 Main St. location on Saturday from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Tim will talk about and show “out of the box” ways to connect with kids through family devotions. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends are invited to enjoy an evening that focuses on family. For more information visit www.fumcpeoria.org

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Murder Mystery Dinner at the historic Ballance-Herschel House on Saturday at 6:30 pm. The Seven Corpse Dinner event will be performed by the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company. Peoria’s own Ballance-Herschel House will be turned into a haunted mansion just in time for Halloween. Tickets are $28 per person and include dinner and dessert. Seats are limited. To find out additional information or make reservations, please call the Junior League of Peoria office at 685-9312

Five Points Washington presents Elvis Meets Rod Stewart and Tom Jones this Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Come experience the unique and Breathtaking Tribute to the KING of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, featuring the award winning “Change of Habit Tribute Band” out of Chicago. All Tickets are $17.50 each, with a portion of the shows proceeds going to the Peoria St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Call 444-8222 for tickets or more information.

Canadian-born rapper Drake will take the stage for one show only at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Joining Drake on the Light Dreams and Nightmare Tour is Tyga. Tickets are $60, $50 and $36 and are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at US Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Spring Awakening will be performed in the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 8 pm. Tickets are $25, $49 and $59 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets by phone at 309-673-3200 or 309-680-3551 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Citylink will be running their Park ‘n Ride service for this performance:  please see details to the left.

Late-night superstar Jay Leno will perform at the dedication concert for Bradley University’s new arena beginning at 9 pm. Tickets for the Homecoming concert are $75 and are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations and the arena box office. Call the box office at 309-677-2625 for more information.

The Barbershoppers Harmony Society Peoria Chapter’s 68th Annual Show celebrates “In Town” at the Scottish Rite Cathedral beginning at 2 pm Sunday with special emphasis on Music Man songs and local baseball celebrants. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, and $5 for groups of 10 or more.

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.

PACE will present the 14th Annual Gospel Jubilee: Celebrating Music With A Message beginning 6 pm Sunday at Riverside Community Church in downtown Peoria. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 680-3500 or visit www.peoriaevents.com

Derel and Ellen Monteith will perform with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band at The Starting Gate Banquet Room on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Children 14 years and under are free with an adult.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Composers of the PSO Fall Season” a recital by pianist Eun Joo Chung at 7 pm Sunday at Dingeldine Music Center located at 1417 W. Barker just off the Bradley campus. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door on the night of the performance or by calling the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at 671-1096.

Fiddler on the Roof will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Monday & Tuesday at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $39, $52 and $61 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Citylink will be running their Park ‘n Ride service for this performance:  please see details to the left.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park from 5 – 7 pm. Get hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, and drinks plus a hayrack ride, mid-1800s Autumn party activities and musical entertainment for $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3 – 10 or $25 max for the same household family.  Costumes are encouraged. No registration required. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Protecting our Animals Workshop, presented by Peoria County Animal Protection Director Lauren Malmberg, will be held tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm at the ICC North campus located on North University in Peoria.  It’s a free workshop to help people know how they can aid abandoned and abused animals in our community.  Admission is free.

The Flu & You presentation begins at 6 pm tonight (Thursday) at OSF Center for Health-Glen Park located at 5114 N Glen in Peoria.  Meet OSF Medical Group doctors during an informational session as they talk about ways you can fight the flu.  The doctors will be available after the presentation to answer questions and discuss other health issues. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Barn 2 Dinner Theatre presents Not Now Darling 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). Prices are $31 for Thursdays, $33 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $35 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go towww.barn2.com
 

Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus presents Annie in the East Peoria High School Auditorium (Eastlight Theatre’s stage) with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Contact the Eastlight Theatre Box Office at 699-SHOW (699-7469) for ticket information.

Michael Kosta will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm.  Tickets for his shows are $14 or $13 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $11 or $10 with cash.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive every Friday Night from 5 – 10 pm with the 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, visitwww.waterstreetfiesta.com

Live at the Five Spot features live music from local and Chicago bands on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature theFlying D’rito Brothers. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. For more information, call 674-6822 or visitwww.peoriacac.org

The Owens Center Fall Spectacular Show/Exhibition begins at 5:30 pm on Friday at the center featuring students of the Owens Center Ice Skating School students. Admission is free.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe returns this year with The Haunted Express, Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for kids (not so scary) main attractions every weekend in October. Gates open at 6 pm and activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 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 First Annual PenguinJamm will be held on Friday at Mackinaw Valley Vineyards as a special event to benefit the Penguin Project. $50 per ticket includes general admission, buffet dinner, music from Jammsammich, dancing and a commemorative t-shirt. Tickets are available in advance by calling 691-5315 and are also available at the door.

Back by popular demand, masters of the diabolical Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will reunite for The Halloween Hootenanny Tour featuring the Gruesome Twosome with special guests Murderdolls at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30.50 and are available online atTicketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at US Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Peoria Rivermen take on the Manitoba Moose in their season opener at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:05 pm.  On Sunday, the Rivermen take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 3:05 pm. Season tickets are also available.  Call 676-1040 for more information. Individual tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 676-1040, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Diary of Anne Frank will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students under 18 and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 688-4473 or online atwww.peoriaplayers.org

The Salsa Exchange at Body Fitness is  Friday from 9 pm until midnight. Price is $3. Learn a salsa combo, spinning techniques, styling, dips, tricks, or shines, followed by open dancing where instructors and assistants can help you review and practice what you learned.  On Saturday, Body Fitness hosts Swing Dancing beginning at 7 pm. Cost for lesson and dancing is $8 per person or $12 per couple and $5 for students. For dance only, admission is $5 per person, $8 per  couple and $3 for students. For more info about dance classes and events, call 282-6212 or visitwww.peorialatinvibe.com

The 43rd Annual Spoon River Drive is this Saturday & Sunday in Fulton County. 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 orwww.spoonriverdrive.org

Rollin’ on the River, a fund raising and community awareness event hosted by Advocates for Access, is Saturday at the Peoria RiverPlex with registration at 9 am and closing ceremonies at 11:30 am. Registration fees are $20 per person and includes a t-shirt and lunch at the event. For more information, call 682-3500 or visit  www.advocatesforaccess.com 

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Makeup Workshop from 1 – 3 pm at their Theatre Centre just in time for Halloween. Learn how to create scars, scabs, blood and learn how to age yourself for a scary effect. Cost is $25 and includes everything you’ll need to create the effects you’ll be taught. To sign up, call the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office Monday – Friday from 11 am – 3 pm at 676-2196.

The 30th Annual Metamora Parade & Field Invitational will feature more than 30 high school bands at Metamora High School beginning at 11 am on Saturday with a parade passing through the square. The field show begins at 1 pm at the high school. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for students.

Prairie Folklore Theatre presents The 8th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tourson Saturday and Sunday with tours at 2 & 4 pm. Tickets are $5 per child $10 per adult. Call 689-8000 for reservations.  For more information, visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

The Peoria Park District will host Fiesta en el Rio Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing from 5 – 11 pm.   It’s a celebration featuring authentic Latin American food and drink, children’s area, musicians, mariachi band, and much more. Admission is $7 for adults or $20 for a family pass.

Confectionary Corpses will host the East Peoria Zombie Walk on Saturday beginning at 6 pm in the parking lot behind Hardee’s in East Peoria. Admission is free. For more information, call 698-9104.

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

The Oak Ridge Boys will perform Saturday at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket are $40.50, $46.50 and $54.50 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at US Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Join the fun to benefit the Peoria Humane Society at Bark In The Park, which starts at 11 am on  Sunday at Festival Park and Athletic Field on the Peoria Riverfront. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event good for one dog & one human and includes a t-shirt & goodie bag. For information, visit the Peoria Humane Society website atwww.peoriahs.org

The Italian-American Society of Peoria will host Italian Heritage Day on Sunday beginning at 1 pm with a recognition of Christopher Columbus at the statue in upper Bradley Park (at the end of Columbia Terrace).  Following the ceremony, the award winning Italian film “Life is Beautiful” will be shown at Peoria Theater in the Landmark Plaza in Peoria at 3 pm. Enjoy Italian pastries prepared by Paparazzi Restaurant before the movie.  Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

Lakeview Museum will present a Gallery Walk, Lecture & Reception for their new exhibit John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist from 2- 4 pm on Sunday for members of the Peoria Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy and Lakeview Museum. Cost is $15. For more information, call 312-580-2357.

Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Performing Arts Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

MercyMe will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 7 pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $27.50, $34.50, $39.50 and $49.50 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