Archive for March, 2011

 Larry “Uncle Lar” Reeb will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except for the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $11 or $10 with cash. For more information, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Run for Your Wife, a farce from author of Funny Money, It Runs in the Family and Wife Begins at Forty, continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and the show starting 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

The 2011 Central Illinois Auto Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Theater Lobby Friday from Noon – 8 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 at the door for adults ages 16 and older. Children ages 15 and under are free with a paid adult.

The original interactive comedy, The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding, will take place at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse) on Friday and Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Admission is $35 per person for the buffet dinner and show. Make reservations by calling 494-9100 or online at http://artstix.artspartners.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=164 Currently, the show is sold out with waiting list options available.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature South Side Cindy & The Slip-Tones on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

The YWCA Wine, Women & Shoes event will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event includes wine tasting, a live and a silent auction plus a shoe marketplace. Tickets are $100 or a Girlfriend Package of 4 Tickets for $375 and are available at www.ywcapeoria.com or call Kristy Schofield at 685-7655 Ext. 211 or kristys@ywcapeoria.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its 45th Anniversary Spring 2011 Small Ensemble Concert on Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dingeldine Music Center (located on Barker Ave on the Bradley University Campus). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 & under and will be available at the door. For more information, call 266-7625 or visit www.ciys.org

Help support World Autism Awareness with Sing for the Silent: A Musical Revue, at Peoria Players Theater on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Brought to you by local talent for a night of fun and entertainment, tickets are $10.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 12 and under and are available online at http://loudmommy.com/revue/ or they will also be available at the theater the week prior to the show and the night of the event. Seating is general admission. The goal is to raise enough money for iPads for non-verbal autistic children so they can  communicate with their parents.

The Central Illinois Robotics Club will host the 2011 Central Illinois Bot Brawl on Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm at Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences Auditorium (located at 1125 W Lake Avenue in Peoria). See robotics hobbyists compete in 8 different robot competitions including sumo bots, line following robots, and combat robots that try to destroy each other with saw blades and hammers. Admission is free and there will also be raffle prizes available. For more information visit http://www.circ.mtco.com

The Peoria Mother of Twins will host their annual Clothing & Equipment Sale on Saturday from 8 am – Noon at the Riverplex in downtown Peoria. Admission is $1 or visit www.peoriamothersoftwins.org for free admission. The event accepts cash only.

The 3rd Annual Hope in a Hangar fundraiser will be presented by LifeLine Pilots. Featuring a prime rib dinner, live and silent auction plus a champagne raffle for the prize of a $1,000 gift certificate from Jones Bros Jewelers. Tickets are $50 Adult, $75 Couple, $25 Child, $250 Sponsorship and a $1,000 Corporate Sponsorship. Call 800-822-7972 or missions@lifelinepilots.org for more information.

Money Smart Week events take place throughout the Seventh Federal Reserve District through Saturday, April 9 at various locations throughout the Peoria area . Things you can learn about include: how to apply for a mortgage and how to teach young people how to save. For more information about the specific events, visit the Peoria Money Smart Facebook Page

The Community Workshop and Training Center will hold its Lilacs in Bloom Brunch and Style Show on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am in the Par-a-dice Hotel Ballroom. Fashions will be provided by a variety of area retailers. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 & under. Call 309-686-3300 or email lbuhl@cwtc.org for tickets. All proceeds benefit adults with disabilities served by CWTC.

Winter Jam 2011 will be held Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Winter Jam is Christian music’s largest annual tour. This year will feature Newsboys, Newsong, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, Red, KJ-52, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Chris Sligh and Tony Nolan. For more information, visit www.jamtour.com

Run for Your Wife, a farce from author of Funny Money, It Runs in the Family and Wife Begins at Forty, continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and the show starting 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

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars at Lakeview Museum begins tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. Explore the universe and solar system while sampling local wines and cheeses:  take a guided tour of the universe with the new Zeiss planetarium equipment in an out-of-this-world setting. The Uniview Experience show uses an X-Box controller to set your own course through the stars as you try your hand at flying the planetarium instrument. Admission is $25 for Museum members and $30 for the general public. Advanced registration requested.  Call 309-686-7000 to reserve your place.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse continues tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

Tom Simmons will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, and at 8 & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except for the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $11 or $10 with cash. For more information, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2011 Illinois Deer and Turkey Classic will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 2 – 9 pm on Friday, from 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $12 for an Adult 1-day pass, $20 for an Adult 2-day pass, $4 for ages 6-11 or Free on Friday Family Night and ages 5 & under free All Weekend. Military Personnel 1-Day pass w/proof of duty is $11 and Military Personnel 2-Day w/proof of duty is $18. Visit http://www.deerinfo.com/IL_tickets.asp for more information on attractions and special events.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Blueskillet on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday with dance lessons from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

The 2011 Hotel Pere Marquette will present its Pow-Wow on the Prairie at the Hotel on Friday benefiting Wildlife Prairie State Park with cocktails beginning at 6 pm and dinner featuring authentic prairie foods. Speakers include Professor Dr. Daniel Cobb, American Indian Expert, Peter Gros, Wildlife Expert & Conservationist and George Ironstock, noted American Indian Storyteller. Tickets are $150 each or $1,250 for a table of ten and are available by calling 309-676-0998.
A Wilderness Wakeup Mountain Bike Race will take place at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Sunday beginning at 10 am. Novice, Juniors & 1st Timers begins at 11:30 am, kids race begins at Noon and the experts race begins at 12:05 pm. Wildlife Prairie Park will introduce a section of its newly established mountain bike trails with this inaugural race. Admission is $30 online or $35 on race day and $15 for Juniors 1st Timers. For more information, call 309-370-0461.

The 2011 Annual Night of Hope will take place at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday featuring dinner, late-night dancing to Speak Easy Swing, an auction and more. The event benefits the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $100 per person or $750 for a table of ten and are available by calling 688-3480. For more information, visit www.acsnightofhope.com

The Peoria Zoo will present Zoo After Dark on Friday beginning at 7 pm where you can meet animals up close, learn about night houses and nocturnal animals. The cost of the tours is $20 per person or $15 for Zoo members and includes Zoo admission. For more information or to register, call 686-3364 or visit http://www.peoriazoo.org
Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Tour at Peoria Zoo beginning at 9:30 am Saturday morning. This hour long tour will take you into areas the public doesn’t usually get to see, where you can learn more about the animals and how they are cared for. Cost is $20 per person (includes zoo admission). Requires pre-registration by calling 681-3513

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm on both Friday and Saturday night.
On Sunday, the Rivermen will play the Hamilton Bulldogs beginning at 4:05 pm. Tickets for all three games 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

Richwoods High School will present Fame in its auditorium at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and kids 5 & under are free and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-693-4400.

The 41st Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria beginning at 8 am on Saturday. “Latin America: Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities of the Americas” will feature experts on Latin America and U.S. relations in the region. Admission to the event is $60 for member, $75 for the general public, $55 for non-members (program only) and $40 for members (program only). Register online at artstix.artspartners.net or call 677-2454 for more information.

The Peoria Players Spring Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale will be held from 8 am – Noon on Saturday in the theatre lobby. Clothing in all sizes from many different eras will be available, along with great collectible items. Peoria Players company members may shop early on Friday from 5 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

The Gun, Knife, Hunting & Trade Show will take place at the East Peoria Events Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person: children are free with an adult. For more information, call 618-495-2572.

The Hult Center for Health Education will present Life Begins on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Life Begins is a follow up program to the “Matthew” program for boys. It discusses the miracle of human reproduction from conception to birth in a sensitive yet matter-of-fact manner. This program is recommended for boys in 4th through 6th grade. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend. The fee is $3.50 per student/parent. It is recommended that interested parties RSVP to info@hult-health.org or call 309-692-6650 to reserve a spot.

Steve Plunkett and his FoxTale Puppets will present a workshop to teach participants how to work with puppets on Saturday beginning at 1 pm.  Admission is $8 for Museum members and $10 for the general public. The event is geared for ages 14 – adults. For more information, call 686-7000

The Itoo Society will host “An Evening Beyond the Mountaintop” Dinner and Auction on Saturday from 6 – 11 pm at the Itoo Hall. The event will feature food stations, raffles, live and silent auctions and dancing. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.   Call 309-676-9725 for more information.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present their Subscription VI concert at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 – $72 and are on sale now. Call 309-671-1096. This performance will feature award-winning young violinist Saeka Matsuyama who will perform Mendelssohn’s lyrical Violin Concerto in E Minor.  Citylink will run its Park & Ride for this event.

The Cornerstone Underground Art Society will present its 1st Annual Fine Art Spring Fling on Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm throughout the Cornerstone Building (located at 321 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria). The event will feature fine art vendors, and live music. Food will be available from local vendors as well. Admission is a can to donate to East Bluff Mission’s Can-a-thon.

The 2011 Foodshare Can-a-Thon Neighborhood Collection will take place Sunday from 1-4 pm in Peoria area neighborhoods. For each can collected, the Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition will receive a $1 donation from anti-hunger agencies. There will also be drop off sites at area Kroger stores, Peoria area Subway restaurants and all Peoria area fire stations from March 21 – April 10. Volunteers interested in helping out during the Can-a-Thon should call 309-672-5762 for more information.

Jimmy Pardo will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $13 or $12 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Players Theatre continues its run of The Women tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for ages 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org Mothers, daughters, wives and friends: these are the women of The Women. Featuring an all-female cast, this regional premiere is a comedy about contemporary womanhood and the power of female relationships.

Run for Your Wife, a farce from author of Funny Money, It Runs in the Family and Wife Begins at Forty, continues at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and the show starting 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

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 6 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or free with an IHSA game ticket.

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena: Game 1 is at 12:15 pm, and Game 2 is at 1:45 pm. The Class 3A Final Session will be Saturday: Game 1 is at 12:15 pm and Game 2 is at 1:45 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Semifinal Session is on Friday with Game 1 at 6:30 pm and Game 2 is at 8:15 pm and the IHSA Class 4A Finals Session is Saturday with Game 1 at 6:30 pm and Game 2 is at 8:15 pm.  Tickets are $4, $6.50, $8.50 and $10.50 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
Citylink will be running its bus shuttle service from area hotels to the Civic Center for March Madness: See ad on left for details.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cobalt Canopy on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

5 Women Wearing the Same Dress opens at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday and continues on Saturday with shows beginning at 7:30 pm plus a Sunday performance which begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org  During an ostentatious wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women discover a common bond in this celebration of the female spirit.

The 53rd Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on Friday & Saturday at the Interstate Center (located at 2301 W Market Street in Bloomington). Admission and parking are both free.  Hours begin at 4:30 pm on Friday & 6 am on Saturday.  Featuring fish, BBQ chicken. rib eye steak & butterfly pork chop dinners, a Dutch market & butcher shop, vendor booths, an auction on Friday night, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning and the Grand Auction on Saturday. Proceeds from the sale benefit local and international charities.

The 25th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsored by Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters will be held at Landmark Lanes from 9:30 – 11:30 pm on Friday, 4 – 8 pm on Saturday and Noon – 2 pm on Sunday. Call 309-637-1771 or click HERE to join a team or build a new team.

Sugarland will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday with opening act Little Big Town and Casey James beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $55, $45 and $29.50 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Peoria Historical Society will present Irish Tales 2011 on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at Flanagan House (located at 942 Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria). Costumed actors portray early Irish Peorians and others as guests move through the three floors of the mansion. The gift boutique will also be open. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children aged 5-12 and free for ages under 5. For more information, call 309-674 1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Enjoy one stop shopping at the Home Party Bazaar at the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Find products from many home-based parties under one roof. Visit www.riverplex.org for a complete list of the companies that will be at the bazaar. For more information, call 309-282-1508.

The CWTC Annual Bowl-A-Thon to celebrate 51 years of service to adults with disabilities will be held on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Entry fee is $20 with all proceeds benefiting adults with disabilities served by CWTC. For more information, call 309-686-3300 or visit cwtc.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Fauré Requiem on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at Five Points Center in Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road). Tickets are $29 for adults and $7 for students/children with ID and are available online HERE.   Faure Requiem in its original chamber orchestra version will feature the Peoria Area Civic Chorale with Director Dr. Joseph Henry. This concert will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois.

The MOSAIC group will present Howlin’ on Water on Saturday at the Waterhouse (located at 619 Water Street in downtown Peoria) with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm and the dueling pianos show from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $30 per person & include the dinner buffet & show. A raffle will also be conducted during the event. Tickets are available by calling 309-671-4821.

The Hult Center for Health Education will present Life Begins on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Life Begins is a follow up program to the “Matthew” program for boys. It discusses the miracle of human reproduction from conception to birth in a sensitive yet matter-of-fact manner. This program is recommended for boys in 4th through 6th grade. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend. The fee is $3.50 per student/parent. It is recommended that interested parties RSVP to info@hult-health.org or call 309-692-6650 to reserve a spot.

Northwoods Community Church welcomes Marion Jones, the Olympic athlete who was convicted & has served time in prison for using performance-enhancing drugs.  Jones will share her story of success, failure, and redemption on Sunday at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm at the church. Admission is free, however tickets are required and are available online at www.nwoods.org For more information, call 309-243-1550.

The Central Ill Jazz Society welcomes the Illinois Central College (ICC) Hard Bop Jazz Band to Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:15 pm after the CIJS house band, which begins at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and children 14 & under are free with an adult. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 5:05 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

 Run for Your Wife opens tonight (Thursday) 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

The Tazewell County Jaycees will host their Monthly Trivia Night at EP’s Timeout in East Peoria tonight (Thursday) with team registration begins at 6 pm, and play beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $10 per person or $5 per person for Jaycees members. Teams may consist of 2 – 10 people. The winning team receives an EP’s Timeout gift card and free play good for the following month’s trivia night along with the Tazewell Trivia Traveling Trophy. A portion of this month’s proceeds benefits the March of Dimes. For more information or to reserve a table, visit http://www.tazcojaycees.com

Comedian Tim Wilson will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), and at 8 & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $18 or $17 with cash except for the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $13 or $12 with cash. For more information, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

“A Stake in the Outcome” will be presented on Friday morning by Jack Stack, President and Chief Executive Officer of SRC Holdings Corp., with breakfast and registration beginning at 7 am and the presentation from 8 – 9 am in the Michel Student Center Ballroom at Bradley University. There will be a book signing after the presentation. Admission is $49 per person or $250 for a table of 6. RSVP by calling 677-4420 or online at https://lily.bradley.edu/ei/getdemo.ei?id=142&s=_2DW0O6PI6&bulk=y Proceeds benefit the Heart of Illinois United Way and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The IHSA Class 1A Semifinal Session will be held Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena: Game 1 is at 12:15 pm, and Game 2 is at 1:45 pm. The Class 1A Final Session will be Saturday: Game 1 is at 12:15 pm and Game 2 is at 1:45 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Semifinal Session is on Friday with Game 1 at 6:30 pm and Game 2 is at 8:15 pm and the IHSA Class 2A Finals Session is Saturday with Game 1 at 6:30 pm and Game 2 is at 8:15 pm.  Tickets are $4, $6.50, $8.50 and $10.50 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
Citylink will be running its bus shuttle service from area hotels to the Civic Center for March Madness: See ad on left for details.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 9th Annual MS Carnivale will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $100 per person (of which $50 is tax-deductible) and are available by calling 309-673-4448. The event has a Mardi-Gras theme featuring musicians, entertainers, a raffle and a silent auction. The buffet will feature French Quarter-style Louisiana fare. Proceeds from Carnivale benefit people in Central Illinois and throughout the state who face life with MS.

Master Class, Terrence McNally’s Tony winning masterpiece about Maria Callas, will be presented by Peoria Cabaret Theatre located in the Waterhouse on Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. A fundraiser for the Opera Illinois League, the show stars Susan Somerville Brown as Maria Callas. Dinner and the show are $45 per person. To order tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit http://artstix.artspartners.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=164 to order online.
After the Friday night show, the Waterhouse will host Musical Theatre Open Mic Night from 10 pm – Midnight. Admission is free.
On Saturday nigh, Peoria Cabaret Theatre’s Late Night Cabaret Series presents Carmen McCarthy: A Semi-Autobiographical (Kind of) Cabaret. Admission is $5, doors open at 10:30 pm, show starts at 11 pm.

Men of Worth, the folk duo from Scotland’s outer islands and Ireland’s west, will bring the real music of their regions with tunes and songs that were authentic to the fabric of everyday life a century ago to the ICC Performing Arts Center Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $16 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Peoria Players Theatre will present The Women at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for ages 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Farmer’s Share Of The Food Dollar Breakfast will be held Saturday morning at Expo Gardens from 7 am – 11 am. The price is 75 cents and is calculated based on the farm value of the menu items. The menu includes two pancakes, syrup, two 2-ounce whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, milk and orange juice. For further information, call 309-686-7070.

METEC Housing Counseling Resource Center will host its 2011 Homeowners Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm at PARC (located at 1913 Townline Road in Peoria). Features at this year’s fair include down payment assistance for first-time borrowers, information about reverse mortgages, and immediate assistance to help struggling homeowners prevent foreclosure. Congressman Aaron Schock will be present. For more information, call METEC at 676-3832.

The Junior League of Peoria will host its 3rd Annual Frolic with the Fairies Mother-Daughter Luncheon and Style Show this Saturday at Mt Hawley Country Club. Tea times are 9 am, 12:30 pm, and 4 pm. Tickets are $30 each or $25 for 4 or more seats. To make reservations call 309-685-9312.

The Peoria Historical Society will present Irish Tales 2011 on Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at Flanagan House, located at 942 Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria. Costumed actors portray early Irish Peorians and others as guests move through the three floors of the mansion. The gift boutique will also be open. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children aged 5-12 and free for ages under 5. For more information, call 309-674 1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Peoria Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet will be presented at Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd.) beginning at 7 pm Saturday night. Tickets are $20 for adults & $10 for students and are available by calling 309-690-7990.

Peoria First Free Methodist Church will host the Not For Sale Benefit Concert on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm at the church. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds will benefit The Not-for-Sale campaign (www.notforsalecampaign.org) which fights Human trafficking around the world.

Ron White will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday night at 7 pm. Tickets are $40.25 and $50.25 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

As part of their 2011 Concert Series, the Peoria Park District’s Forest Park Nature Center will host a concert by Chris Vallillo on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. C.O.R.E. members receive a $1 discount. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

A reminder that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am Sunday – “spring” forward by setting your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to sleep Saturday night.

The Barney Birthday Bash will be held at the US Cellular Coliseum at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday). Tickets are $52 (Dino Seats), $27, $22 and $17 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Bradley University Theatre Dept. Presents Moliere’s The Learned Ladies at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Hartmann Center of Performing Arts. Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for faculty, staff & senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the BU Theatre Box Office, by calling 677-2650 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu/node/551

The Garish Garden Show, which continues at Luthy Botanical Gardens from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday, will show you what NOT to do in your garden as they break out the pink flamingos and the garden gnomes in the Conservatory. Admission is $2 for adults (13 & up) & free for kids 12 & under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park concludes its run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

John Roy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $11 or $10 with cash. Anyone with a March birthday will receive free admission to this show plus a $2 discount for everyone in their party – mention your birthday when making reservations. For more information, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Central Illinois Recreational Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 3 – 8 pm on Friday, 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets $8 for adults, $2 for children 7-12 and kids 6 & under are free.  On Friday only, seniors citizens (65+) are $5.  Tickets are available at the door.  For more information, call 309-692-6465.  Get your $2 Off for an adult ticket coupon by visiting Peoria-Deals.com

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Cobalt Canopy on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7 and non-members are $10.
Salsa at CAC, a Latin dance event held on Friday night, features a dance lesson from 8:30-9:30 pm followed by open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30-12:30. Admission is $3 for CAC Members, $6 non-members.  For more information about either event, call 309-674-6822 or visit their website.

Master Class, Terrence McNally’s Tony winning masterpiece about Maria Callas, will be presented by Peoria Cabaret Theatre located in the Waterhouse on Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. A fundraiser for the Opera Illinois League, the show stars Susan Somerville Brown as Maria Callas. Dinner and the show are $45 per person. To order tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit http://artstix.artspartners.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=164 to order online.

The Boat Drunks Cabin Fever Show will take place at the Packard Plaza in downtown Peoria Friday night with doors opening & food and drinks available beginning at 6:30 pm and the concert starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 and are available at One World Cafe located at Main & University. For more information, visit www.933thedrive.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Manitoba Moose at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena Friday beginning at 7:05 pm.
The Rivermen will also face the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at 7:05 pm when the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders will perform.  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

Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Arrival (a Journey Tribute band) and Wanted (a tribute to the music of Bon Jovi) will perform at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin in Pekin) beginning at 8 pm on Friday night. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at all Avanti’s Ristorante locations as well as the Avanti’s Dome.

The St. Patrick Society of Peoria is hosting the 20th Annual Jack Kenny 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at 9 am at Glen Oak Park in Peoria. Entry fee is $15 for early registration and $20 on race day. A presentation of awards is held immediately following the race and a post-race party will be held at Katie McButts on Knoxville. To date, this event has raised over $12,000 for the children and families in the community. For more information, call 309-253-4509.

The Peoria Park District’s Forest Park Nature Center and the Peoria Audubon Society will host a “Birding Tour of the Illinois River” on Saturday from 7 am – 4 pm. Open to ages 14 and over, the fee is $35 per person, which includes lunch and transportation. C.O.R.E. members and Peoria Audubon members get a $5 discount. Pre-registration is requested by calling 686-3360 or  online at http://www.peoriaparks.org (use class code 42887). Call 686-3360 for more information.

Adult basketball enthusiasts, register for the 5th Annual Easter Seals Shootout where up to 40 teams will participate at Eastside Center in East Peoria on Saturday with check-in at 7:30 am and the first game at 8 am. Cost is $80 per team with all proceeds benefiting Easter Seals locally in the Peoria and Bloomington facilities. Registration forms, tournament details, and registering your team can be completed by emailing Easter_Seals_Shootout@yahoo.com

The Mayor’s Litter Committee will host a Litter Cleanup on Saturday from 9 -11 am in downtown Peoria. The event kicks off the litter campaign and will ensure that downtown is ready for the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals that begin next Friday. Volunteers will meet from 8 – 9 am in the parking lot next to Peoria City Hall for an orientation. Lunch will be provided immediately after the cleanup. For more information, call 309-494-8603.

The 2011 Easter Seals Telethon will be broadcast live from the Par A Dice Hotel in Peoria and Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington-Normal on WMBD 31 from 6 – 11 pm. The public is welcome to meet Easter Seals families, hear about our programs and services and meet the volunteers that raise funds throughout the year to support the families that are served by Easter Seals.

The Bradley International Print + Drawing Exhibition, the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country, will open with a staggered reception beginning at the Bradley University’s Heuser Gallery on Saturday from 5 – 7 pm, moving to the Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison Street) from 6 – 8 pm, and concluding at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 Water Street) from 7 – 9 pm.  Call 309-637-2787 for more information.

The TEAMDance Illinois State Championship will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday from 7:30 am – 5 pm. Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for adults (13 and over) and $8 for kids (ages 6-12). Kids under 6 are free. For more information, visit www.teamdanceillinois.org