Archive for April, 2011

 The 2011 Arts in Education Spring Celebration (Brown Bag It) takes place each weekday beginning at 11 am through May 27. Performances and displays take place on three stages at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza: the Circle, the Monument, and Main and Jefferson. For specific performance dates, visit www.springcelebration.org/calendar.html

Geocaching will take place at Wildlife Prairie State Park tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm for ages 12 & up. Cost to attend is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and a family of four with membership is $35. Register by calling 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org for more information.

Peoria County’s recycling educator will present “Sustainable Living,” a free workshop at ICC North tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. The class will outline the County’s sustainability initiatives and explain steps anyone can take to achieve a sustainable lifestyle at home. Registration is required: call 309-690-6900 to register.

Run for Your Wife 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

Celtic Woman will bring their “Songs from the Heart” Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $47 and $67 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

Dierks Bentley will headline the 2011 Jagermeister Country Tour at the US Cellular Coliseum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Opening for Dierks Bentley is special guest Columbia Nashville road warrior Josh Thompson and brand new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown. Tickets are $38.50 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, Ticketmaster.com , select Walmart locations or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Bradley Theatre Dept. presents America Live! beginning at 8 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Hartmann Center for the 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 309-677-2650 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu/node/551

Dwight Slade will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 and 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $14 except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $10. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Junior Achievement of Central Illinois will host its annual JA Titan Online Business Simulation Competition at Robert Morris University on Friday beginning at 9:30 am. Competing students will plan and execute all aspects of a business, and Robert Weaver of Weaver Enterprises, Ltd. will become a laureate in JA’s Business Hall of Fame. The event is open to the public with an RSVP to the JA office at 309-682-1800.

The Luthy Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale runs Friday – Sunday and offers new and hard-to-find perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, unusual tropical plants and annuals including a selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday & Saturday and 12 – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults or free for children 12 & under. Garden members get a 10% discount.

The ultimate stadium theater and the world’s most immersive movie experience are uniting at Rave Motion Pictures in Peoria. Rave Grand Prairie 18 will open on Friday with Fast Five: The IMAX Experience. Rave Grand Prairie 18 is located at 5311 W American Prairie Drive. For showtimes & tickets, call 309-282-7300.

The Invest in Youth Luncheon, which helps to raise funds for YMCA youth programs, will begin at 11:30 am Friday at the Greater Peoria Family YMCA (located at 7000 N. Fleming Lane in Peoria). Guest speaker is U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. For more information, call 309-692-7631, ext 215, or email breusch@peoriaymca.org

The 4th Annual Sleep Health Event hosted by Dr. Sarah Zallek of the Illinois Neurological Institute’s Sleep Center will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday from 3 – 5 pm, with an educational dinner program from 5 – 8:30 pm. David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other guest speakers will be on hand. Admission to the afternoon event is free. Dinner is $75 per person and reservations are required: call 309-453-2206 to reserve your seats.

Cancer Center for Healthy Living will present its 11th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner at Packard Plaza (located in downtown Peoria) on Friday with cocktails beginning at 5:45 pm and dinner at 7 pm. There will be entertainment in addition to the presentation of the annual awards. Tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling 309-693-8139.

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 Peoria Zoo After Dark event begins at 7 pm on Friday. 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 309-686-3364 or visit www.peoriazoo.org
Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Tour at Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. 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 registration by calling 309-681-3513.
Party for the Planet at the Peoria Zoo will be Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Discover the world around you and find out little things that you can each do every day to help out the planet. Animal encounters and games will be going on throughout the day. Admission to the Zoo is $8.50 for adults, $4.75 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, call 309-686-3365.

The 19th Peoria Jaycees Annual Peoria International Beer Festival will be held at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) from 6 – 10 pm on Friday and 1 – 9 pm on Saturday. Friday night tickets are $20 where you will have the chance to sample over 100 brews from all around the world, eat tasty bites from a dozen local restaurants and relax to the sounds of Creek Road Ramblers.
On Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to sample over 325 beers and commemorative sample glasses will be given to the first 4500 guests through the door. Admission tickets are available for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org

TazWood Dance Company will present its 50th concert, Fancy Dancin’ at the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood with a Splash of New Orleans Jazz” at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday at Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Carl Anderson and his New Orleans Jazz Band, will be special guests.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students and are available at the Chorale Box Office or by calling 309-693-6725.  For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.com

Bach in Time: Music from the Early Periods will be presented as part of the Sacred Heart 2011 Concert Series at St. Joseph’s Church (located at 103 Richard Pryor Place in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students & seniors and free for ages 12 & under.

The 7th Annual Earth Day Festival at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Ave. in Peoria Heights) will feature live folk, blues & pop music on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Tazewell County Jaycees will be hosting a Rotten Egg Hunt at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin on Saturday. This event is free and the hunt will begin at 10 am. Grand prizes will be given away for each age group. For more information, visit www.tazcojaycees.com

The Pet Pantry, in cooperation with the Morton Park District, announces their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Foster Pet Outreach on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is $5 per dog with all proceeds going to Foster Pet Outreach. Each Easter egg contains prizes, redeemable that day for treats, food samples, coupons, and gift certificates. For more information, visit www.thepetpantry-peoria.com or call 309-383-4145.

At the Civil War Spring Drill at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards), you can experience the daily life of men and women during the Civil War, watch them in action, and perhaps be a part of a daily drill. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday. Admission is $2 per person. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria Area Accordian Club will present the Mastro-Nardi 100th Birthday Celebration on Saturday from 2 – 5 pm at the Miller Senior Center (located at 551 S. 14th Street in Pekin). Admission is free. For more information, call 309-839-2053.

The Peoria German-American Society’s Annual Maifest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. Admission to the event is free. Activities will be held both indoors and outdoors. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net or call 309-691-7484.

The Bradley Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Lab Band Spring Concert will take place at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Ave in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-677-2242.

The Peoria Historical Society will host a Mother Daughter May Day Tea beginning at 2 pm Sunday at Flanagan House (located at 942 Glen Oak Ave in Peoria). There will be a ladies vintage clothing and under pinings program where a variety of vintage hats and accessories will be available to try on and have photos taken. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for ages under 12. Reservations are required: call 309-672-1921 or visit peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Party Hearty Zumbathon will take place Sunday from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday at Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum. Cost is $10, cash or check payable to the American Heart Association. Tickets available at the Bradley University Markin Center office.

The St. Martin Chamber Players will perform at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) beginning at 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is free, however there will be a free will offering. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

The Orpheus Club Spring Concert will take place beginning at 3:30 pm on Sunday at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W Northmoor Road in Peoria). Admission is $5 at the door.

The Annual Luthy Botanical Lily Show runs through Sunday with hundreds lilies on display. Display hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sundays from 12 – 5 pm.  Admissions is $2 for adults aged 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under and members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

The 2011 Arts in Education Spring Celebration (Brown Bag It) takes place each weekday beginning at 11 am through May 27. Performances and displays take place on three stages at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza: the Circle, the Monument, and Main and Jefferson. For specific performance dates, visit www.springcelebration.org/calendar.html

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene will present Passion Play 2011 at the church (located at 3514 E. Broadway in Pekin). Performances are Tuesday – Friday at 7 pm. and Easter Sunday at 10 am. Admission is free. Those wishing to be seated early (at 6:15 pm) may call 346-3053 to reserve free tickets for choice seating. Otherwise, general seating will begin at 6:45 pm.

The Peoria Chiefs take on the Beloit Snappers tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will also play Beloit on Friday and Saturday at 1 pm both days. Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=3226 Season tickets and other ticket packages are also available.

Run for Your Wife is a hilarious farce continuing 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

Chelsea Peretti 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 except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Birding Basics, a workshop presented by Wildlife Prairie State Park, will run Friday from 9 – 11:30 am aimed at ages 8 years and older (8-12 must be accompanied by adult). Cost is $20 for members or $25 for non-members or $70 for a family of four with membership. To make reservations or for more information, call 309-676-0998.
The Wildlife Trail Classic will take place at at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday beginning at 8 am. A 4-mile cross country / 5K run/walk / Children’s Fun Run to benefit the Heart Health Education Fund at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, race-day registration will take place from 6:30 – 7:15 am and a Children’s Fun Run will follow the 5K at 9 am. To register on-line go to www.GetMeRegistered.com
A Giant Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Breakfast will take place at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday with breakfast from 8:30 -11:30 am and Easter Egg Hunts at 11 am & 1:30 pm. The buffet is $8.95 for teens and adults, $6.95 for children age 12 and under, plus general admission to the park. Reservations are highly recommended & space is limited. Call 309-676-0998 to make reservations.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up 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.
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.

The First Federated Church Chancel Choir will present “The Passion According to St. John”, a choral masterwork by Bach, on Friday beginning at 7 pm at the church. Admission is free. First Federated Church is located at the corner of Sheridan & Florence. For more information, call 309-625-5258.

Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from Titanic will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $16 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136.  Citylink will provide it’s Park & Ride for this performance:  see details see details on ExplorePeoria.com.

Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $37, $57, $67 and $92 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 For a special buy one get one free discount, visit Peoria-Deals.com! Citylink will provide it’s Park & Ride for this performance:  see details see details on ExplorePeoria.com.

The Early Ford V8 Club of Peoria presents an Indoor Auto Show featuring Antique Cars, Street Rods, Customs, Classics, Trucks, Bicycles on Saturday at the East Peoria Event Center (located at 4200 E Washington Street). Doors open at 7 am and awards will be presented at 3:30 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults and ages 12 and under free with parent or guardian and for those confined to wheelchair and one guest. For further info go to www.earlyfordv8peoria.com or call 309-202-2374.

Second Chance Church’s 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11 am Saturday at the Church (located at 3300 West Willow Knolls Dr. Peoria). There will be 1000’s of eggs and prizes for ages 0 – 12 years old with 4 separate areas plus a free lunch will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-9789 or visit secondchancechurch.com

Have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Tickets are $12 for adults & $10 for children with a reservation or $15 at the door. With every reservation, you’ll receive a free $5 Jillian’s game card. To make a reservation or for more information, call The Shoppes at Grand Prairie at 309-692-3672.
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will also host a Spring Fling on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Learn new fashion tips and techniques, view mini fashion shows, register to win a shopping spree and many more activities inside the stores at Shoppes at Grand Prairie. For more information, call 309-692-3672.

The Peoria Riverplex will host an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday beginning at 9 am or 10 am for ages 3 – 8. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Admission is $5 for members or $7 for non-members and participants must pre-register by calling 309-282-1531.

The Riverside Easter Service will celebrate with a special Easter message, music and program just for kids on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 10 am. Admission is free.

The Annual Luthy Botanical Lily Show runs through April 24 with hundreds lilies on display. Display hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, Sundays from 12 – 5 pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays. Admissions is $2 for adults aged 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under and members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Wildlife Prairie State Park invites you to join their Train Depot Tour tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Geared toward ages 8 years and older, admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members and a family of four with membership is $35. Early registration is required: call 309-676-0998 ext 6758.
Wildlife Art Studio Session I will run Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Geared for ages 8 years and older, the cost to attend is $25 for members and $30 non-members. Register by calling 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org for more information.

Run for Your Wife 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 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Kiros will perform at Five Points Center in Washington beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday). The show will be put on by the NOBZ Technical Team of Peoria Christian School. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call 309-453-4412

The ICC Theatre Department will present Recent Tragic Events in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. Rated R for subject matter and some strong language.

Eastlight Theatre presents the regional premiere of Xanadu continuing at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and $10 for youth with a $2 fee and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by phone at 309-699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Eureka College presents the musical review Closer Than Ever at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday in Pritchard Theatre. The production features songs that address the ups and downs of life, including friendship, romance, parenting, careers and aging. Central Illinois director and actor Chip Joyce is the guest director, Eureka College voice instructor Gina Wright is the musical director. Tickets are $7 for adults and for $5 for students. For reservations, call 309-467-6363 or email boxoffice@eureka.edu Seating is limited.

The New India on a Global Stage, a lecture featuring Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi, renowned historian and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be held at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) in Neumiller Hall in Bradley Hall at Bradley University. This event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus is free after 7pm. For more information, call 309-677-2402.
On Saturday, The Celebrate Turkey Workshop will be held in the Executive Suite of Bradley University’s Student Center from 9 am – 3 pm. Open to all, the workshop will explore Turkey’s history, politics, culture, economy and relations with her neighbors and the world. The consul general of the Turkish Chicago Consulate will be in attendance. Turkish cuisine is included. For more information, call 309-677-2454

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

The Heart of Illinois Convention for Home Educators will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm on Friday and 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday. For ticket information, visit www.apachecentralillinois.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at CAC is a Latin dance event on Friday night starting with a dance lesson from 8:30-9:30 followed by open dancing until 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and  $6 for non-members.

Corn Stock for Kids continues their production of Just So Stories, a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, at the Corn Stock Theatre Center at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 & younger and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

Five Points Center in Washington will host an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday beginning at 9 am for ages 2-5, 9:15 am for ages 10-12 and 9:30 am for ages 6-9. Admission for members is $3 and for non-members is $5. For more information, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The Franciscan Recreation Complex will host an Easter Egg Festival on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Ages 1-12 can participate in the hunt as well as fun stuff inside the gym, including coloring, face painting, balloon animals, and Fun On the Run inflatables. Cost is $6 for residents or $8 for non-residents. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 309-677-6705 for more information or to register.

X Factor Auditions will be held at the Peoria Heights Tower Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Two local singers or groups will win a trip to the Chicago X Factor Auditions, hotel stay, a front of the line pass and a guaranteed audition in front of the X Factor producers on April 27th. Auditions are open to soloists and vocal groups aged 12 or older.

Eggs on the Prairie will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. The Easter Bunny will be making appearances and handing out eggs plus there will be games, prizes, candy, popcorn, face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses, Cubbie Bear & Sparky Firefly and musical entertainment. For more information call 309-692-3672.

ACE Entertainment & Event Management has teamed up with the Peoria Women’s Club to present the Spring Vendor Bazaar, a day of fun, learning and networking from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday in the historic clubhouse of the Peoria Women’s Club (located at 301 Northeast Madison Avenue in downtown Peoria). This event features over 30 vendors representing a wide variety of companies and organizations. Admission is free.

The Peoria Zoo will host an Easter Egg Hunt at the Zoo beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday. Ages are broken into different time slots: ages 0-3: 10:30 am, ages 4-6: 10:50 am and ages 7-9: 11:10 am. Cost is $5.75 per non-member child, $8.50 for non-member adults and $3 per member child and includes admission to the Peoria Zoo. For more information, call 309-686-3365.

The 3rd Annual Easter Bonnet Parade in Peoria Heights will begin at 11 am on Saturday. Decorate a bonnet and join the parade. There will be prizes for adults and children. Entry fee the morning of the event is $2; children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com/events.htm

The Children’s Home Spring Gala will be held at the Country Club of Peoria beginning at 6 pm Saturday and will honor Michael Bryant & Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. Tickets are $175 each or $1750 for a table of 10. For more information, call 309-687-7213. This black-tie optional event includes a special honoree, elegant dinner, live auction, silent auction and raffle.

The Tri-County Urban League’s 11th Annual Black and White Gala will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Dinner will be served at 7 pm and entertainment begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $125 for dinner and the concert and $40 for the concert only. Tickets are available by calling the Tri-County Urban League at 309-672-4354. Tickets can also be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com Proceeds will support scholarships and programs of the Tri-County Urban League.

Pam Tillis will perform in concert at Five Points Washington beginning at 7:30 pm Saturday night. Tickets are $25 for adults & $22 for students with ID and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=14309

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents its Subscription VII concert at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 – $72 and are on sale now. For more information or to buy tickets, call 309-671-1096.
The local film group Reel to Real will host an event in support of the Peoria Symphony featuring works by Prokofiev beginning at 2 pm on Sunday at the Apollo Theater. Conductor George Stelluto will moderate what some call the greatest silent film of all time, Battleship Potemkin. PSO resident composer and concert pianist John Orfe will accompany the silent film. For more information, call 309-339-3001.

Peoria’s Largest, the Peoria Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt 2011 will take place at Detweiller Park’s Dogwood Pavilion on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. This event is free for children and family with prizes and candy. For more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society “Jazz AllStars” Concert will be held at Landmark Recreation Center on Sunday with the House Band playing during the first set at 6 pm and the Peoria Jazz AllStars performing at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, visit www.peoriajazz.com/home.php

Elton John and his band will perform their “Greatest Hits Live” concert at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $29, $79 and $139 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 Peoria Rivermen will face the Houston Aeros in the Calder Cup Playoffs beginning at 7:05 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Tickets for the first round of the playoffs are $25 for glass seats, $22.50 for lower center, $20 for lower ends, $17.50 for upper center, $15 for upper ends and $10 for the last 5 rows and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com Season ticket holder have priority on purchasing 2011 Calder Cup Playoff tickets.  Please note: the games on Tuesday & Wednesday are only if needed.

The Peoria Chiefs take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels in their season opener beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at O’Brien Field.
The Chiefs will also face Cedar Rapids on Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 1 pm. Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 680-4008 or online at HERE.  Season tickets and other ticket packages are also available.

Run for Your Wife 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

An Owl Prowl will be held at Wildlife Prairie State Park tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Geared toward ages 6 years and older, the cost for the event is $10 for members and $15 non-members or a family of four with membership is $35. Early registration is required: call 309-676-0998 ext 6758.

Wildlife Prairie State Park Bison Grounds Blessing Ceremony will begin at 10 am Saturday at the Park. Witness the sacred Native American Ceremony of blessing the Park’s bison and their summer pasture. The ceremony marks the release of the Bison and Elk into the main pasture for the remainder of the season. The Bison and Elk public feeding will also resume at 1 pm. Admission to the Park is $6.50 for ages 13 & up $6.50, $4.50 for ages 4-12 $4.50 and free for ages 3 & under and Park members.

Morton High School presents its spring musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday & at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students & children and are available at the door.

Dan Cummins 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 except for the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Celtricity 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.

A Gala Art Auction and Tipperary Treasures to benefit the Friends of Clonmel will take place beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday at the Cornerstone Building. Including a live auction, silent auction plus wine and cheese tasting, the live auction will include almost 200 affordable prints by well-known artists such as Renoir, Picasso, and more. Etchings, originals and mixed media will be included featuring all styles of art including classics, contemporary, religious, wildlife, sports and impressionism. Tickets are $15 per person and available by calling 682-3513 or 694-2500 or at Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights.

WORKflow Peoria and SCORE Peoria present “entrepreNEW,” a networking event for creative minds and entrepreneurs at the WORKflow Peoria location in the Warehouse District (820 SW Adams Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.  For more information, visit workflowpeoria.com

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, however currently the show is sold out with waiting list options available.

Noche de Fiesta Tres will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday with free salsa dancing lessons from 7 – 8 pm and music and dancing from 8 – 11 pm. Music will be provided by the SalsaChicago Mambo All-Stars. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door plus student tickets are available for $10. Tickets 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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves in the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:05 pm Friday.
The Rivermen will also face the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 pm Saturday night. Tickets are $10, $15, $17.50, $20, $22.50 and $25 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

A Stations of the Cross liturgical service will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Peoria beginning on Friday at 7:15 pm. “O Crux”, an original composition by Dr. John Orfe, internationally acclaimed musician and Yale graduate, principal keyboardist for the New York-based orchestra “Alarm Will Sound” and the composer-in-residence to the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, will be performed at the 12th station, the Crucifixion. Admission is free and the event is open to all faiths.

Corn Stock for Kids will present Just So Stories, a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, at the Corn Stock Theatre Center with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 & younger and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

The ICC Theatre Department will present Recent Tragic Events in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. Rated R for subject matter and strong language.

Eastlight Theatre presents the regional premiere of Xanadu beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and $10 for youth with a $2 fee and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by phone at 699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Mommy Moments Baby & Child Clothing & Equipment Sale will run Saturday from 8:30 am – Noon at First United Methodist Church (located at 700 Main St. in Peoria). There will be gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, nursery decor, baby gear & maternity clothes. Sale is cash only.  Proceeds benefit Mommy Moments, a ministry of First United Methodist Church. For more information, call 309-673-3641.

The 3rd Annual Bradley University Car & Bike Show hosted by Bradley Engineering students will take place Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Founders Circle on the Bradley University campus. Enjoy family fun with 50+ vehicles Classic Cars and Bikes.  Admission is free.

Lakeview Museum’s Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Walk, a family oriented race/walk for participants of all ages, and will take place at Detweiller Pak on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost is $20 for the 5k race ($25 the day of the event), $17 for the 1 mile fitness walk ($22 the day of the event) and $12 for the kids’ 1/2 mile fun run (which includes a Terry the Tractor book). Visit http://www.lakeview-museum.org/pdf/race2011.pdf for a registration form and more details about the event or call Lakeview Museum at 309-686-7000.

Play for the Promise, a fundraiser for Peoria Promise, will take place at the Holiday Inn City Centre on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. This will be a Vegas style event featuring performers, celebrity appearances, silent auction, show girls, massage chairs, and many more Vegas activities. There will also be a drawing to win a 1974 Corvette Convertible courtesy of Uftring Auto Group. Tickets are $50 each. Visit www.peoriapromise.org to reserve tickets and for more information.

The Mclean County MissFits’ first home roller derby bout takes place Saturday at the US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 6:30 pm benefiting Relay for Life. Ticket prices are $15 for all seats and children 6 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased from any MissFit, at Yesterday’s Hero Tattoo shop on Gill St in Bloomington, or online at www.mcleancountymissfits.org

The Spring Formal Dance Showcase at Body Fitness will take place Saturday from 7pm – Midnight at their studio (located at 3020 N University in Peoria). Enjoy a night of dance performances, hors d’oeuvres, and open dancing to a variety of music including swing, Latin and ballroom. Admission is $8 per adult, $14 per couple and $6 per student with ID in advance or $10 per adult, $18 per couple or $8 per student with ID at the door. For more information, visit www.fitndance.com

St. Sharbel Church will host its Lebanese Food Festival on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm at the Church Hall. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 & under and includes a complete Lebanese meal. Other activities that will be featured are dancing, a raffle and a bakery booth with Lebanese pastries. For more information, call 309-688-5555.

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its 45th Anniversary Spring 2011 Small Orchestral Concert beginning at 2 pm Sunday in the Metamora High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 & under and will be available at the door. For more information, call 309-266-7625 or visit www.ciys.org

The Bradley Community Chorus will present a concert beginning at 3 pm Sunday at Dingeldine Music Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission seating and are available at the door or by calling 677-2650.

The Clean Water Celebration Opening Ceremonies will begin at 4 pm Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront outside the Riverfront Gateway Building. Admission is free. The Keynote Dinner & Speech, “Big Solutions: From Your Gutter to the Gulf” given by Dr. Denise Reed of the University of New Orleans begins at 5:30 pm at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd in Downtown Peoria). The dinner/lecture is $25 or $15 for the lecture only. Reservations can be made by calling 309-246-8403.

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