Archive for November, 2010

 The Bradley Braves will take on Eastern Illinois at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $8, $12 & $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com Citylink is offering a Park & Ride for this event:  see ad to left for details.

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club as part of his “Plug and Chug Tour” for one night only tonight (Wednesday) at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash.

International Award winning magician Mitch Williams performs his amazing tableside close up magic at Tyroni’s Italian Cafe in Bartonville tonight (Wednesday) from 5:30 to 8 pm. For info call 647-3692.

We Need A Little More Christmas, an original Christmas revue featuring lots of seasonal music and comedy, continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. Showtimes are Friday & Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm) and on Sunday (doors & the buffet open at noon, show is at 1:30 pm). Prices are $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) will host the 123rd Annual Santa Claus Parade, the longest running holiday parade in the country, beginning at 10:15 am Friday in downtown Peoria. The parade will be telecast live on WMBD-TV and has been sponsored by South Side Bank for the past 52 years.
The Fourth Annual “Trot for Tots” run will also be held in conjunction with the Santa Parade. It’s a two-mile fun run will follow the parade route through downtown Peoria and will take place just prior to the parade at 10 am.  Also, a food and coat drive will take place in conjunction with the Santa Parade. Come to the parade and bring canned goods and gently used coats for The Salvation Army and the Midwest Food Bank. If you are unable to make it to the parade, canned goods and coats can be taken to HyVee in Sheridan Village on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Family House, Peoria’s “home away from home” for families of hospital patients, will presents its ninth annual Christmas Magic event immediately after the Santa Claus Parade on Friday at the Hotel Pere Marquette. The fundraising event will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, magic show, excerpts from the Peoria Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” visits by characters from the parade, and much more. Visit www.familyhousepeoria.org or call (309) 685-5300 for more information.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre will present the final performance of The Awesome 80s Prom at the Waterhouse on Friday with doors opening at 6 pm and dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and discounts are available for groups 20 or more. Call 494-9100 to reserve your seats.

The Contemporary Art Center will host Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature Rachel’s Hippo. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, student & senior non-members are $3 ages 16 & younger.
Swing Dance at the Contemporary Art Center begins with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm, then from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am, practice your new skills at the open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. There will be a cash bar available also. Admission is $3 for CAC members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Yule Like Peoria begins with the lighting of the courthouse trees to celebrate the holiday season at 6 pm on Friday. Immediately following, downtown Peoria businesses will host various forms of entertainment. Refreshments will be provided in some buildings, an ice carving contest will be held at the Peoria Courthouse Plaza, costumed characters will be walking around, and people can decorate the street lights throughout downtown. Admission is free. For more information, including a map of the locations & listing of the entertainment, visit www.peoriaevents.com  Citylink is offering a Park & Ride for this event:  see ad to left for details.

The Luthy Botanical Garden’s Annual Poinsettia Show runs through Friday, December 31st during regular Conservatory hours which are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and Sundays from 12 – 5 pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays. Visit the Conservatory, where a tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are always accepted

Enjoy the Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Gardens featuring the Garden’s Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music from 7 – 9 pm every Friday & Saturday from November 19 – December 18 except on Saturday, December 4. Conservatory admission is waived during the holidays: donations will be accepted.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm on Friday night.  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

Dale “Monkey Boy” Jones will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Cub as they raise money for research and awareness for Fragile X, the most common inherited form of mental impairment and the leading known cause of autism. Money raised this weekend goes for research and to promote awareness. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Friday
late show, which is $12 and are available at www.jukeboxcomedy.com or by calling 673-5853.

The 20th FOLEPI River Trail Classic, an Illinois Valley Striders-sanctioned grand prix event which attracts hundreds of runners each year, will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday for the 2-mile non-competitive walk and 9 am for the 4-mile competitive run. For more information, call 253-2420.

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society will be hosting a Kristkindlmarkt in Peoria at the Lindenhof located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Vendors will be offering a variety of arts and crafts that are perfect for Holiday gift giving. Food and beverages, typical of the Kristkindlmarkts will also be available for purchase, and entertainment will be provided both days. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods to the event which will be donated to a local food pantry.

Celebrate love, family and friends with songs and stories from not so long ago, and not so far away with a Holiday Matinee on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday. The matinee cruise boards at noon and cruises from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Admission including lunch is $36 for adults, $18 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 637-8000 or visiting www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Festival of Lights – Parade of Lights begins at 5:45 pm on Saturday in East Peoria starting at the intersection of East Washington Street and Dolans Lane and ending just past the Public Safety Building in the 200 block of West Washington Street. The Festival of Lights annual Parade of Lights features 30 floats shaped entirely from lights, and is the cornerstone of East Peoria’s annual Festival of Lights.

Hands of Love Ministry will host A Christmas Celebration with Rachel West Kramer at Five Points Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults & $7.50 for children and are available by calling  383-2828 or online at www.handsoflove.org 

The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee will host to the annual Winter Wonderland Festival Parade starting at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Parade route begins in the 1100 block of Broadway, east on Broadway, right on Sycamore Street to Pavilion Drive, and ends at the Dugout Parking Lot. Following the parade, the Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Pavilion in Mineral Springs Park with fireworks, refreshments, carriage rides, sing-a-longs, and Santa. For more info, visit http://www.pekinwinterwonderland.com/Events.asp

The Pediatric Resource Center will present the third annual All-Star Holiday Concert in Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center starting at 3 pm on Sunday. The program will feature holiday entertainment performed by a variety of artists including the Burnett Family Singers, John Miller & the Romaniacs, Bogside Zukes, Dave Hoffman, the College of Medicine’s Resonance Chorus, Debra Beyer, Kelsey Klopfenstein, Dan Sutton, Mike Yocum, Matt Warren, Emily Irving and Albert Li. Proceeds will benefit PRC. Admission is $12.50 for adults. For more information, call 309-231-1971 or 309-624-9595.

The Festival of Lights Historic Holiday Traditions tours will take place on Sunday from 1-4 pm and 6-8 pm (evening by candlelight) at the Doering Homeplace located at 326 Pekin Ave. in East Peoria. Admission is free. The 130-year-old Doering Homeplace provides a unique look back in time during open houses sponsored by the East Peoria Historical Society as part of the East Peoria Festival of Lights. Holiday decorations will include 1800s-style handmade ornaments.

Legally Blonde The Musical will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater next Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 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 Ticketmaster.com Citylink is offering a Park & Ride for this event:  see ad to left for details.

Sky Harbor Steakhouse will host its 29th Annual Holiday Wine Party tonight (Thursday) with complimentary wine and cheese being served from 5 pm until close. Live music will be provided by Jim Taylor from 7 – 10 pm. Representatives from Kickapoo Creek Vineyards and Wirtz Beverage will also be on site to answer questions. Reservations suggested but not required

We Need A Little More Christmas, an original Christmas revue featuring lots of seasonal music and comedy, continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. Showtimes are tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm) and on Sunday (doors & the buffet open at noon, 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 go to www.barn2.com

subUrbia, a play by Eric Bogosian and presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts continues this weekend beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets for tonight’s (Thursday’s) show are all $7 and the rest of the performances are $14 for the general public, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Theatre Box Office or by phone at 677-2650.

Corn Stock’s Winter Playhouse presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults or $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.org

Crimes of the Heart will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $3 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136. For more information, visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic for poetry, runs from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center where you can come with your talent or just to watch. Share a poem, dramatically read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical composition. Admission is $4 for CAC Members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822
Contemporary Art Center will host Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature Preston Jackson and Friends. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, student & senior non-members are $3 ages 16 & younger.

International award winning sleight of hand artist Mitch Williams brings his unforgettable, mind blowing close up magic to the Whammy Bar in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8 pm.

The Luthy Botanical Garden’s Annual Poinsettia Show opens Friday and runs through Friday, December 31st. Regular Conservatory hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and Sundays from 12 – 5 pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays. Visit the Conservatory, where a tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are always accepted

The 35th Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Luncheon will be held Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for Chamber members and $65 for non-members. Call 495-5914 or visit www.peoriachamber.org to purchase tickets. The keynote speaker is Dr. Sara Rusch of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. The Tom Connor Award for Volunteer Community Service will also be presented at this event.

Enjoy the Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Gardens featuring the Garden’s Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music from 7 – 9 pm every Friday & Saturday from November 19 – December 18 except on Saturday, December 4. Conservatory admission is waived during the holidays: donations will be accepted.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Abbotsford Heat at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on both Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7:05 pm.   On Sunday, the Rivermen will face the Rockford Ice Hogs at home at 3:05 pm.  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

Emo Philips returns to the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Friday late show which is $13 or $12 with cash.  This show is rated – R (mild).

Get a jump on your holiday shopping with the Home Party Bazaar at the RiverPlex on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Enjoy products from home-based parties under one roof. Companies will feature items for your home, family, health and beauty and includes candles, pottery, baskets, jewelry, and more. For more information, call 282-1508.

DIVA Florist (located at 63 E Fort Street in Farmington) will host their annual Holiday Open House this Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Enjoy homemade refreshments, special deals and holiday discounts throughout the day.

The Taft Homes Food Pantry will host a Christmas Vendor Event at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm featuring over 25 vendors as well as many crafters. Admission is free. A raffle plus a collection for toys and pet food for animals and families who are in need of assistance during the holidays will be taken during the event. For more information, call 550-0163.

Lakeview Museum will host a Member’s Weekend full of prizes, refreshments, and special events at the Museum as a thank you to their members for their support. The event is also open to the public and is a great chance to check out what the Museum offers.
See the John James Audubon exhibit and enjoy special Illinois Wildlife Animal Shows on Saturday and Sunday at noon. A special children’s art project will be available from noon – 2 pm plus there will be live music in the galleries on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. There will also be raffle prizes, special planetarium shows, and more. Regular general museum admission prices are $6 for adult non-members, $5 for seniors 60+ and $4 for youth 3-17. Planetarium shows are $4 for adults and $3.50 for seniors 60+ or youth 3-17. Laser Light show admission is $5 per person and combo tickets are available. Your regular admission may be applied to a membership after viewing the exhibit or planetarium show. For more information, visit www.lakeview-museum.org

The kids will enjoy riding on Shoppe-A-Long, the giant 25 ft. rocking horse at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie this holiday season. Shoppe-A-Long seats up to 6 people comfortably and is rocked daily by local fundraising organizations: all proceeds go to those organizations. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 9 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18, $25, $40 and $52 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com
Starting fifteen minutes before every show, sing, dance and play along at the Playhouse Disney Pre-Show Party. This interactive experience features a live host and video highlights from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Handy Manny,” “Imagination Movers,” “Special Agent Oso” and “Jungle Junction.” Admission is free to all ticket holders.

An Elvis & Beatles Show will be presented at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Saturday night beginning at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Tickets are $35 for reserved floor seating and include a “Meet Elvis & the Beatles reception”, $20 for mezzanine seating or $15 for balcony seating. Add $15 per ticket to include reception privileges. Tickets may be purchased in advance at 400 NE Perry from 9 am – 1 pm Monday – Friday. For more information, visit www.alhull.biz/elvibeetle.htm or call 341-1950.

The Vanessa Davis Band will perform Saturday night at the Cornerstone Building in downtown Peoria with opening act First Class Ticket beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $25 at the door or $22 in advance at Moon Dancer in Shoppes at Grand Prairie and Coop Records. For more information www.thecornerstonebuilding.com

Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito will host a Murder Mystery Dinner presented by Upstage Productions. The evening begins with a social hour at 6 pm followed by the start of the 3 course dinner between 6:30 – 7 pm. The show includes some adult humor and is presented between courses of the meal. Tickets are $40 per person. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Call 968-7070 to reserve your tickets.

The Par-a-Dice Casino will present Live MMA Cage Fighting in their Hotel Ballroom on Saturday with doors opening at 7 pm and fights at 8 pm & 10 pm. Reserved seating is $30 & general admission seating is $20 or $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 309-698-6083.

The 40th Annual Turkey Trot will begin at 1 pm Sunday at Detweiller Park. A Youth Fun Run for boys and girls ages 12 and under will begin at 12:45 pm. Race day registration will be between noon and 1 pm. Visit www.peoriaparks.org for a printable registration form. Registration forms will also be available at all Peoria Kroger stores, Running Central and all Peoria Park District facilities. For more information, call 681-2866.

On Sunday from 1:30 – 2 pm, Forest Park Nature Center will host Animal Encounters, which will give you a new respect for some “critters” who definitely don’t fit into the cute, furry or cuddly mold, but are nonetheless some of nature’s greatest creatures. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. November’s featured animals are insects & spiders.

Darius Rucker will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 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 Taste of Home Cooking School, an interactive cooking exhibition, will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette with booths available for browsing from 4 to 7 pm tonight (Thursday) plus a two-hour cooking exhibition beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at CEFCU member centers and at the event.

We Need A Little More Christmas, an original Christmas revue featuring seasonal music and comedy, opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. Showtimes are tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm) and on Sunday (doors & the buffet open at noon, 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 go to www.barn2.com

The Chinaman will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm on tonight (Thursday) during their Pro-Am Showcase and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 or $13 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $12 are available at www.jukeboxcomedy.com or by calling 673-5853.  Anyone with a birthday anytime in November gets in free this weekend and everyone else in their party gets a $2 discount.

Community Children’s Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof will be performed at Peoria Players Theatre at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 & under & senior citizens. Tickets are available online at www.artspartners.net and at the door.

subUrbia, a play by Eric Bogosian, will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Theatre Box Office or by phone at 677-2650.

International award winning sleight of hand artist Mitch Williams brings his unforgettable, mind blowing close up magic to the Whammy Bar in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) and Friday night from 5:30 – 8 pm.

Celebrate Lebanon, a unique cultural and educational exploration of Lebanon, U.S. relations with Lebanon plus the accomplishments of Lebanese Americans, will be held this weekend in the Peoria area, beginning Friday at the Itoo Hall on Farmington Road with doors opening at 5 pm, entertainment and dinner at 6 pm and the keynote address at 8 pm. Music and dancing will begin at 9 pm. The Symposium will take place on Saturday at the Hotel Pere Marquette. Doors open at 8 am. A Gala begins at 5:30 pm with a public reception & cash bar with a welcome by The Honorable Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation followed by a banquet. An 11 am mass will take place at St. Sharbel’s Church followed by a luncheon. For more information and to register, call 677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org Seating is limited.

Julep’s Closet 2010 will be held at the Peoria Riverplex this weekend. Admission is $1 on Friday and Saturday. On Friday from 5 – 8 pm is “Twice the Price” night, Saturday hours are 8 am – 4 pm (all items are regular price) and on Sunday all items are half price from 10 am – 1:30 pm. The JULEP’s Closet bag sale also happens on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm.

Contemporary Art Center will host Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. This week will feature the Robin Crowe Band. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, student & senior non-members are $3 ages 16 & younger.

Crimes of the Heart will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $3 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136. For more information, visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

Corn Stock’s Winter Playhouse presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults or $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.org

The Bradley Braves will play Texas A & M, Kingsville in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 8:05 pm Friday night. Tickets are $8, $12 & $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com Citylink will provide Park & Ride service for this event:  see details at left.

Body Fitness will host The Salsa Exchange this Friday from 9 pm – midnight. Price is $3 (Free for people who register for the Cuban Salsa class this month).   And on Saturday, they’ll host Swing Dancing beginning at 7 pm. Cost for lesson and open dance is $8 per person, $12 per couple and $5 for students (with school ID). Dance only is $5 per person, $8 per couple and $3 for students (with school ID). Body Fitness is located at 3020 N University in Peoria (Corner of Forrest Hill and Loucks). For more information, call 282-6212.

The Pekin Public Library will host its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The event will feature vendors, raffles, kids’ activities, and more

The Grand Day of Giving on the Prairie will be held at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday. Bring a gently used coat, a toy and/or food to the Shoppes Office to receive a wristband, then wear it during the Day to get special discounts and be able to enter to win drawings. All donated items will go to: Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots and local food pantries.
The Holiday Kick-off on the Prairie will be held Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm where you’ll be able to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and holiday music. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse & carriage. Weather permitting, Santa’s reindeer will arrive too. Countdown the lighting of the holiday tree and Shoppe-a-long, the giant rocking horse, will be open for rides too. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

A Benefit for Chastina Shurts, who suffers from Primary Biliary Cirrhosis will be held at the American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville from noon until 8 pm on Saturday. The event will feature silent auctions, raffles, food, and music. For more information, visit pbcangelswithoutwings.org

A Benefit for Alec Milligan will be held at 2 pm on Saturday at the VFW 2078 Post in East Peoria with 50/50 drawing, raffles, a silent auction, prizes, live music plus dinner including chicken, spaghetti, salad, mashed potatoes, corn, and tea or juice. Hot dogs & chips will be available for children. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information or to assist by making a donation, call 231-9805.

The Waterhouse presents Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos on Saturday night beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. The dinner and Show Package is $33 per person plus a limited number of seats available for the show only for $13 per person. Dinner buffet features The Waterhouse specialties Kahlua Pulled Pork and Creamy Mushroom Chicken along with a tossed mixed greens salad, smashed potatoes, glazed baby carrots, buttered corn, dinner rolls, and two choices on dessert. A full bar is available all night. Call 494-9100 to make reservations.

The Apollo Theater will show The African Queen at 7 pm on Saturday at the theater on Main Street across from the Peoria County Courthouse. The 1951 film earned star Humphrey Bogart his only Academy Award. Katherine Hepburn also stars as a missionary to Bogart’s booze-soaked riverboat captain. Admission is a requested donation of $5 for adults, $4 for children, senior citizens & students. For more information, call 673-4343.

Bluesology: A Concert Linking it All Together will take place on Saturday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $20 for lower bowl seating, $14 for upper bowl seating and $10 for standing room on the floor and are available at Kelleher’s, One World, Guitar Center and Rhythm Kitchen.
The event is sponsored in part by the Academy of Fretted Instruments, the River City Blues Society with proceeds benefiting Music is the Medicine, a new local chapter of a national group headed by blues artist Anthony Gomes. The group will help needy local kids to have access to instruments and lessons. For more information, call 676-3738.

The 20th Annual Easter Seals Tribute Dinner honoring the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom with a reception beginning at 6 pm and the dinner and program at 7 pm. For ticket information, call 686-1177.

Peoria Rivermen will take on the Houston Aeros at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm on Saturday and at 3:05 pm on Sunday. 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 Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present its Subscription III in the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 8 pm on Saturday featuring 15 year old violin prodigy Anna Lee . Tickets range between $22 and $72 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office or by calling the Peoria Symphony Orchestra ticket line at 671-1096. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org Citylink will provide Park & Ride service for this event:  see details at left.

Lakeview Museum will host a Gallery Walk for the John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist Exhibit hosted by Jim Richerdson, Lakeview President & CEO on Sunday. The Gallery Walk is free with paid admission to the museum which is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for youth aged 3-17. For more information, visit www.lakeview-museum.org or call 686-7000.

Jacqueline Schwab, a folk and classical improvisational pianist who has played on a number of Ken Burns’ television documentaries will perform at the Universalist Unitarian Church located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria on Sunday at 3 pm. A free will offering will be taken.

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

The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project will perform with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band beginning at 6 pm Sunday at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center). Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.  Children 14 years and under are free with an adult. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Barn 2 Dinner Theatre’s production Not Now Darling concludes this weekend with shows tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday (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

Jake Johannsen will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm and 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $13 or $12 with cash and are available at www.jukeboxcomedy.com or by calling 673-5853

International award winning sleight of hand artist, Mitch Williams, brings his unforgettable, mind blowing close up magic to the Whammy Bar in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8 pm.

Santa Claus arrives at Northwoods Mall on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. During the holiday season, shoppers are welcome to meet Santa at JC Penney Court and have a professional photo taken for purchase. Children may also enjoy rides on the Kiddie Train. Regular hours are Monday – Saturday, 11am – 8 pm and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm through December 24th.

Contemporary Art Center will host Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their Downtown Peoria facility. This week will feature the Roundstone Buskers. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, student & senior non-members are $3 ages 16 & younger.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members, $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822

Junction City will host their Holiday Walk on Friday from 5 – 9 pm featuring an evening of holiday festivities, live music provided by Peoria Players Theatre, carriage rides from 6 – 8 pm and hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and assorted goodies in each of the Junction City shops. Santa will be on hand from 5 – 8 pm for pictures. Make sure you bring your letters to Santa and so he can reply. Pictures are $5 per child or $8 per group (4×6 photo and response letter included).

The Third Annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival will be held at the Peoria Theater on Friday and Saturday. A complete listing of films plus online tickets are available at www.drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com  Weekend passes are available online for $15, and are $20 at the door. Day passes are $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. There will be giveaways and Q&As with the filmmakers in attendance.

CUREageous will take place at the Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. The main event runs from 6:30 – 9 pm and will feature a DJ along with various other forms of outrageous entertainment, food stations, mad scientist test tube drinks, CUREtini’s and a full cash bar. The After Party goes from 9 pm – midnight and will feature the band United Groove Theory and desserts. For more information, visit www.illinoiscancer.com/cure or call 243-3320.

Spend the night at the Zoo for the Family Zoo Snooze on Friday from 7 pm through 9 am Saturday. Your family will get a chance to sleep in Africa, enjoy nocturnal tours, a chance to meet animals and find out what the Zoo is like at night. A snack and breakfast is provided as well as admission into the Zoo the next day. Admission is $30 per person, children must be at least 5 years old to participate and there must be at least one chaperone per 5 children. To register, call 686-3365 ext. 3513.

Heart of Illinois Group, Sierra Club presents an Environmental Film Festival at the Apollo Theatre in Downtown Peoria on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 11 & under. Along with the environmental films, this event will feature locally grown popcorn from Blunier Farms in Speer, Illinois and door prizes donated by local merchants.

Germantown Hills Middle School’s PTO will host its Annual Craft & Vendor Show with Bake Sale on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm at Germantown Hills Middle School. The event will feature over 25 Home Party Consultants and over 75 Crafters.

The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at OSF HealthCare is sponsoring a Diabetes Expo on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm at the OSF Center for Health at Glen Park location at 5114 N Glen Park Place in Peoria. There will be free screenings, mini education sessions, door prizes and free gift to first 100 guests.

The John C. Flanagan House will host November Children’s Story Time on Saturday at 1:15 pm. Patti Erwin of Morton will be guest reader of “The Quilt Story” by Tony Johnson; an ABA Pick of the List Book. Participants will have the opportunity to make & take home a small paper quilt at the conclusion of the reading.  Flanagan House is located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria.

The 60th Annual Methodist Center Service League Gift Show will be held in the lobby of the Methodist Atrium located at 900 Main Street in Peoria on Saturday from 9 am –  2 pm. There is no charge for parking or admission. The show is known for high-quality handmade items at reasonable prices, from a wide variety of clothing to jewelry, holiday decorations, antiques and collectibles. All proceeds support patient care services at Methodist Medical Center.

The City of Peoria will host the first annual Small Business Resource Workshop at the Frank Campbell Community Center on Saturday from 9 am –  Noon. This event is designed to help small local companies to maximize their growth and profit potential. Local entities such as The University of Illinois, Peoria District 150, and Peoria County, will offer business development and contract opportunities. The Frank Campbell Community Center is located in River West at 312 S. Merriman Street. Email eoo@ci.peoria.il.us or call 309-494-8530 for more information.

The Bradley Braves will take on Quincy in a pre-season game at the new Bradley Renaissance Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 Bradley faculty and staff and free for Bradley students. Call 309-677-2625 for tickets.

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

“Uplifted”, The 2nd Annual St. Jude Benefit Concert will be held at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington on Saturday with doors opening at 6:30 pm. This event is a night of inspirational music, video, and stories shared by St. Jude families. This is a free concert event for the entire family. A love offering will be taken during the event. 100% of the donations will directly benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria, IL.

CASAblanca: An Evening of Dancing with the Stars is a fun-packed evening features local celebrities dancing with dance specialists held this Saturday night at the Par-A-Dice Hotel/Casino. Local celebrity judges will rate the dancers and include audience vote participation. The event offers a dance competition, a silent auction, hors d’oueuvres and music. Proceeds support the specially trained CASA volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Peoria County. Tickets are $150 per person, Black Tie Optional. Reservations may be made online or by calling 669-2939.

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

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2010 will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 3 pm and 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $25, $36.50, $46.50 & $56.50 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 13th Annual Sports Auction & Card Show will take place at the Riverplex in downtown Peoria beginning at 10 am on Sunday with a live auction beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $1 and kids 12 & under admitted free. Tickets are available at Glen Oak Park Pavilion or by calling 681-2868.

Animal Encounters at Forest Park Nature Center this Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm will give you a new respect for some “critters” who definitely don’t fit into the cute, furry or cuddly mold.  Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. November’s featured animals are insects & spiders.

The Itoo Society is hosting its 83rd Annual Itoo Supper this Sunday at the Itoo Hall on Farmington Road in Peoria beginning at 10:30 am there will be a brief public ceremony paying tribute to members who answered the nation’s call to military service during the Korean War. Following the ceremony, the popular family-style traditional Lebanese/American all-you-can-eat dinner begins serving at 11:30 AM. Cost for adults is $13.50, Children (under 12) are $7. A cash bar and bakery booth will be also available.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford IceHogs at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning Sunday at 4:05 pm. Season tickets are also available:  call 676-1040 for more information and to order. 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 Neighborhood Alliance will host “Peoria Remembered” from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday at the Gateway Building in downtown Peoria featuring a panel discussion by Dr. Peter Couri, Dr. Rita Ali, Roger Monroe, John Stenson, James Polk, Alice Brophy and Norm Kelly. Each panelist will share his or her memories of the traditions and history of Peoria. Members of the audience will also have an opportunity to share their memories. Photos and Peoria memorabilia will be on display, and there will be a DVD presentation, entertainment and silent auction. For more information, call (309) 685-1768 or (309) 673-7022.

Don Williams will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Reserved tickets are $32, $42 and $57 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

REMINDER! Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend:  Remember to Fall Forward – Set Your Clocks ahead by 1 Hour on Saturday night before going to sleep.