Archive for January, 2011

 The 2011 IMEA All-State Conference – Jazz Night Concert will be held Friday in the Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.
The 2011 IMEA All-State Conference All-Conference Drum Circle will be held Saturday in the Civic Center Triangle Lobby on from 11 am – Noon. Admission is free.
The 2011 IMEA All-State Conference All-State Band, Chorus and Orchestra Concert will be held in the Civic Center Arena beginning at 1 pm. Then, the IMEA Honors Band, Orchestra & Chorus Concert will be held in the Civic Center Arena at 3:15 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door for each concert.

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park continues this weekend at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield.  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 $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

“Pickin On” at Sky Harbor will feature the music of Jimmy Buffett from 7-9 pm tonight (Thursday) at the restaurant. Host Daryl Klusendorf, Tom Abbot, Lance Dieckow and Paul HIll will perform in the style of Jimmy Buffett with a jam session to follow.  Put on your island shirts and join in the fun. Call 674-5532 for more information or to make reservations, which are recommended.

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $12 except for the Thursday show & the Friday late show, which are $10. Call 309-673-5853 to order tickets or visit http://jukeboxcomedy.com

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents “Whatever Happened to Phone Booths?”, a presentation of two original theatrical pieces: “Metropolis Has No Superman”, an original piece of work created by Corn Stock Theatre alum William Zorn, as well as Laura Swatner Johnson’s original work, “Context”. Both will be produced for the first time ever at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host State of Mind this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7 and $10 for non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse) presents Fully Committed, a solo play starring Chip Joyce and directed by Mike Reams this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6 pm, with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 8 pm. Admission is $33 per person for three course dinner and show. Reservations may be made by calling 309-494-9100 or online at www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

The Sun Foundation Winter Warming committee presents the annual Winter Warming Benefit for the Children’s Program Fund on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge at the Peoria Zoo. This event features the tasting of wines, micro brews, imported beers, foods and desserts. Live music will also be provided. There will be a specialty raffle as well as a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $65 per person or $110 per couple. For more information, call 309-246-8403.

The Peoria Mustangs will take on Queen City 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:05 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 http://www.Ticketmaster.com

ICE Racing returns to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $28 for VIP seating, $20 for general admission seating and 1/2 price for kids ages 2-12 (excluding VIP Seats) and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000,. Tickets are $2 more day of show. Local riders are encouraged to participate. All interested riders should contact the World Championship Ice Racing offices directly at 843-213-1182 or log onto www.icespeedway.com

A Giant Flea Market will be open at Expo Gardens on Sunday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission $1.50 or free for ages 12 and under with an adult. For more information, call 217-529-6939.

The Dress for Success Peoria Awards and Recognition Brunch, “A Decade of Success”, will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Sunday from Noon – 2 pm. The event will include a a silent auction, special raffles and an award ceremony highlighting the successes of the last ten years and honoring local individuals, businesses and organizations that have supported Dress for Success Peoria. Tickets are $50 per person, a table of 8 is $400 or a table sponsorship is available for $1000 and are available online at http://www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org/DOS_Checkout.htm

Critter Corner will be presented Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center featuring snakes and turtles. Admission is free, however donations are requested.

Lisa Lampanelli will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75 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 Jagermeister Music Tour featuring Buckcherry with special guests Hellyeah, All That Remains & the Damned Things will take place at the East Peoria Event Center on Monday night with doors opening at 6:30 pm & show beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $31.50 and are available at all Co-Op Records locations, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or print your tickets at home at www.jaytv.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Who’s in Charge? Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress” with Frank Mackaman, director of the Dirksen Congressional Center with a reception at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and presentation at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) at Barrack’s Cater Inn. Tickets are $35 for member/student dinner, $40 for non-member dinner, non-member veggie and member/student veggie dinner, $15 for non-member program only and member/student program only. Visit artstix.artspartners.net to register or call (309) 677-2454 for more information.

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park continues this weekend at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield.  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 $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

Jeff Caldwell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $14 for all shows except the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $12. Tickets are available by calling (309) 673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com Anyone with a January birthday will get in free and $2 off for  anyone else in the party.  Jeff’s show is rated R (mild).

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Steve “The Harp” Blues Band this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Arts Center runs Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Bear Hunt, written by Bradley Theatre Major Katy Robinson, will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at 7 pm on Friday, 2:30 pm & 7 pm on Saturday & 2:30 pm on Sunday at Hartmann Center Theatre on the Bradley campus. Bear Hunt is appropriate for 2nd through 5th graders, and will last between 45 minutes to an hour. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. For tickets or information call 677-2650 or visit slane.bradley.edu

The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band will perform in concert at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday. Tickets are $24 for the general public and $16 for senior citizens & students and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136.  Citylink is running their Park & Ride service for this performance.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents “Whatever Happened to Phone Booths?”, a presentation of two original theatrical pieces: “Metropolis Has No Superman”, an original piece of work created by Corn Stock Theatre alum William Zorn, as well as Laura Swatner Johnson’s original work, “Context”. Both will be produced for the first time ever at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

The 2011 IESA Cheer Championship will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday with doors opening at 8 am and the competition beginning at 9 am. Admission is available at the door and is $8 for adults and $4 for students in grades K-8.

The Pekin Area Business Expo 2011 will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at the Avanti’s Dome & Sports Center of Pekin located at 3401 Griffin Ave. There will be displays, door prize drawings, demonstrations, entertainment, free parking and free admission. For more information, call the Pekin Chamber at 346-2106 or visit www.pekin.net

Talking Trash, a meeting of the Mayor’s Litter Committee and interested citizens, will take place at Peoria City Hall (located at 419 Fulton Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11am in the City Council Chambers. Admission is free. Coffee, juice & pastry will be provided. For more information, call (309) 494-8603.

The Eagle Census Festival will take place from on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm at Union Mission Center located at 203 Court St. in Pekin. The Festival is a unique event held annually in conjunction with the Official National Eagle Census Day to count the number of wintering Eagles on the Illinois River. Activities includes a wildlife coloring contest, eagle viewing bus tours, storytelling with Brian “Fox” Ellis beginning at 10 am, “Musical River Folklore” with Barry Cloyd beginning at 11 am, the movie “American Eagle” from the PBS series “Nature” will be shown at noon and the “Birds of Prey” show from Wildlife Prairie Park beginning at 1 pm. For more information, call 309-353-0100.

Family Fest 2011 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Featuring Fun on the Run inflatables, an Indoor Rock Climbing Wall, Balloon Artists and Face Painting, admission is $5 for adults and children over 3, ages 3 and under are free. Family Four Packs are also available (which include admission for 2 adults and 2 children) for $15.

The 2011 Midwest Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday and 9 am on Sunday. Admission is available at the door and is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-12. Kids ages 4 and under are free.

The 8th Annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl will be held on Saturday at the Bradley Park Disc Golf Course to benefit the Peoria Area Food Bank. Register from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the picnic shelter in Lower Bradley Park. Entry is $50 for a two-player team, including commemorative discs and donation to the PAFB. All players welcome, regardless of ability. Visit www.peoriadiscgolf.com or call (309) 267-0880.

The Lakeview Museum Book Sale will take place at Lakeview Museum on Friday from 5 – 8 pm (this is a pre-sale for Lakeview members), Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. The sale continues through January 26 with 50% off on Monday, 75% off on Tuesday and on Wednesday, there will be a $5 bag of books sale: hours are 10 am – 7 pm for these 3 days. Call (309) 686-7000 for more information. Museum members get a 10% discount on purchases the first three days of the sales plus 20% off purchases of $100 or more.

The Peoria Mustangs will take on Michigan Mountain Cats 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 Peoria Push presents “Rollergirls to the Rescue” at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday where they’ll take on the McLean County Misfits at 7 pm and the Quad City Rollers Rock Island Line at 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 for general public, $20 for VIP seats and kids 6 & under are free. Tickets and more information about the event are available online at www.PeoriaRollerDerby.org  All proceeds will benefit the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation.

Wiz Khalifa will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25.25 in advance and $27.25 day-of-show 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 Heritage Ensemble Concert will be held at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 , $12 & $8 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

Critter Corner will be presented on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center where you can meet the tarantula and hissing cockroaches. Admission is free, however donations are requested.

The Knox College Jazz Ensemble will be performing classic selections from the world’s most renowned big bands at the Starting Gate Banquet Room, (located in Landmark Recreation Center, 3225 N. Dries Lane, in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will play during the first set at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and children 14 years and under are free with an adult. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Okahoma City Barons at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm tonight (Thursday) as well on Friday night at 7:05 pm.
On Saturday, the Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars at 7:05 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

The Amazing Kreskin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), and at 7 pm & 9:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash for all shows except the Thursday show, which is $16 or $15 with cash. Tickets are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Eureka College kicks off its year-long Reagan Centennial Celebration with the “Reagan and the Midwest” Conference beginning on Friday at 8 am and the fourth annual Ronald Reagan Day Dinner at 5:30 pm. On Saturday, the Reagan Centennial Bus Tour will travel to Tampico and Dixon. For event and registration details, visit reagan.eureka.edu or call 467-6477.

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Cousin Eddie this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7, non-members are $10.

The East Peoria Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner Friday night at the Par-A-Dice Hotel with cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, and award presentation at 8 pm. Jim Osbourne of Bass Pro Shops will be the guest speaker. Call 699-6212 or email maureen@epcc.org for more information.

The Waterhouse presents Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. The dinner and Show Package is $35 per person plus a limited number of seats available for the show only at $15 per person. A full bar is available all night. Call 494-9100 to make reservations.

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park will be performed at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield opening tonight (Thursday) through March 6th. 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 $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

Double headliners Disturbed and KoRn will be making their first stop on the 2011 Monster Energy Music as a Weapon 5 Tour at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Opening for Disturbed and KoRn will be American heavy metal band Sevendust. Tickets are $49.50 (GA Floor) and $39.50 (Bowl Seating) and available online at Ticketmaster.com by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Marc Rizzo will perform Friday at the Brass Rail in Peoria. Best known as a member of Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Ill-Nino, Marc Rizzo’s solo work is a mix of styles including hard rock, metal, jazz, classical and flamenco guitar. Doors open at 7 pm, Show  begins at 8 pm. Ages:18 & up. Admission is $12 at the door.

The Penguin Project will present High School Musical 2 Junior at Eastlight Theatre located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling 699-7469 or online at www.eastlightheatre.com

The 20th Annual St. Jude Benefit Gymnastics, Tumbling & Trampoline Meet will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall Saturday & Sunday from 8 am – 10 pm each day. Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults ages 11 and over and $4 for kids ages 10 and under and seniors ages 65 and over.

A celebration of the birth of the poet Robert Burns with a Traditional Scottish Dinner will be held at Itoo Hall (located at 4909 Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. The dinner will feature poetry, songs, pipe band music along with the traditional Scottish dinner. Admission, which includes dinner, is $20 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. For more information or to make reservations, call 682-0478. This event is sponsored by the Peoria Scottish American Society.

The Joyce Thome Benefit hosted by Jim Thome will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm with silent and live auctions, a vacation paradise raffle drawing, dinner & program. Tickets are $110 each or tables of 10 are available for $1000 and are available by calling 566-5666 or emailing stacy.litersky@osfhealthcare.org

The Heritage Ensemble Concert will be held at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 , $12 & $8 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents its Subscription IV Concert featuring music director George Stelluto at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 – $72 and are available by calling the Symphony at 671-1096.  Citylink is running its Park & Ride service for this event – see ad in left column for details.

Peoria Players Theatre will host a Wizard of Oz Tea Party beginning at 2 pm on Sunday at First Christian Church located at 6400 N. University. The party will feature face painting, games, crafts, photos with the cast members & more. Tickets are $12.50 for all ages and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 688-4473.

800 Pounds of Harmony, featuring members of the Peoria-based Heart of Illinois Chorus, will recreate the sound of this “really big” vocal quartet and share some of their history and their humor beginning at 2:30 pm Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, 1023 N Sixth Street, Chillicothe. For more information, call 274-2719.

Bradley Braves will take on Missouri State at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm on Sunday. 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

Kid’s Art Camp will be held at the Peoria Art Guild on Monday from 8:30 – 11:30 am for grades 1 – 6. Students are divided into two groups (grades 1-3 and 4-6) to experience a day of art-related projects including Abstract Collage, Art and Culture, Music, Color and Art, and Expressive Drawing.  All are make-and-take projects. Students are supervised by staff and volunteers. Cost is $30 per student. Parents are requested to provide a drink, lunch, and a snack for break time. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Ryan Nelson at 637-2787, extension 215.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon will be held on Monday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall featuring guest speaker is Cicely Tyson.  Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at Noon. Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of 10. Call Alma Brown at 309-494-8554 for tickets.

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring the 2011 “4 Times the Fun” World Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Tuesday at 7 pm. Tickets are $19, $29, $39 and $79 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 Mid-America Antique Show will be held at Expo Gardens located on Northmoor Road in Peoria (near Richwoods High School) on Friday from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $6 and is good for all 3 days. For more information, call 847-272-0710 or 309-691-6332 during the show.

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7, non-members are $10.
Salsa at CAC will also take place on Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing until 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for members, $6 for non-members.

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend at 8 pm & 10:30 pm on both Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash for all shows except the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $13 or $12 with cash. Tickets are available by calling 673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com Etta’s show is rated R.

World’s Toughest Bulls and Broncs: Outlaws of Rodeo Tour will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:30 pm on both Friday & Saturday nights. Tickets are $20, $27 and $37 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 Kids 12 and under are ½ price. On Saturday, all kids get a free cowboy hat, compliments of Taco Bell. Come early for the free pre-show activities.

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 8 pm, on Friday and at 2 pm and 8 pm on Saturday. 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

Eagle Day at Forest Park Nature Center is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Tour the Terminal is a sneak peak of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport before it opens on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Hot dogs and popcorn will be available for sale plus a drawing will be held to award roundtrip tickets to an Allegiant Air destination (Phoenix/Mesa, Tampa/St. Pete or Las Vegas). For more information, visit www.flypia.com

The Salute to the Snuggie Downtown Pub Crawl will take place in downtown Pekin on Saturday from 6 pm – 11 pm. Sport your snuggie and enjoy an evening of fun with stops at downtown Pekin establishments. For more information, call 353-3100.

Fiddler Emmy Holmes-Hicks leads the Rusty Pickup Band for Old Time Dance, an evening of fun on Saturday at 7 pm at the Shore Acres Clubhouse located at 100 Park Blvd in Chillicothe. No experience, partner or special outfit needed – just bring a smile and comfortable shoes.
The Blue Ridge Family Band invites area music lovers and history buffs to join them in a recreation of a farmhouse parlor for an afternoon of toe-tapping string band music coupled with stories beginning at 2 pm Sunday at the Shore Acres Clubhouse. Admission is free, through donations will be accepted. For more information, call 274-2719.

Barry Cloyd with Celtricity will perform at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Barry is a Midwestern-based singer/songwriter who has spent over four decades perfecting a guitar and vocal style. The concert will also feature Tom “TJ” Jones, Bruce Bergethon and Tony Crowe. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “A New Year’s Greeting” at Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The concert will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter. Tickets are $29 for adults or $7 for students & children and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=12178 or at Kidder Music in Peoria.

The Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom with doors opening at 10 am Sunday with shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $8 and are available at Bobbie’s Bridal/Savvi Formalwear in Sheridan Village Peoria and Bloomington and at Bridal Palace/DeJure Formalwear in Peoria and Morton.

The Xtreme Spirit National Cheerleading Championships will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Sunday with doors opening at Noon and the competition beginning at 1 pm. Admission is $10 at the door.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb will will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Tuesday at 7 pm and Wednesday at 10:30 am and 7 pm. Tickets are $10.50, $15 and $20. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle and $55 Sunny Seats are also available. Sunny Seats feature premium seat locations and a pre-show meet and greet with two Sesame Street Live friends. Tickets are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com