Archive for September, 2011

Dress for Success Peoria will present its third annual Girls Night Out Extravaganza fundraiser at Four Points by Sheraton (located at 500 Hamilton Blvd in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. There will be food, vendors, a style show, demonstrations and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the organization, which provides professional attire and career development tools to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

Exit the Body will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through November 6. 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

Pickin On Polka King Frankie Yankovic and the Polka Meisters will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sky Harbor Steakhouse (located on Park Road near Bradley Park) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free, however, reservations suggested. A full menu will be available. Call 309-674-5532 for more information.

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Ragtime: The Musical at 8 pm Thursday – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for BU faculty & staff as well as senior citizens and $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office or by phone at 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts/season

Take Uptown Peoria Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday which leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).
Or try the Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. This tour also leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
Also on Saturday is The Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour which explores the dark side of Peoria going to places where strange sightings and events have been reported. Discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have puzzled and startled Peorians through the years. Learn about the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray, and more. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) beginning at 1 pm.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 309-673-6000. The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

The Bleeding & Clotting Disorders Institute will host its 2nd Annual Trivia Fundraiser Bash at Five Points in Washington on Friday. Doors open at 6 pm with game starting promptly at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and this includes the game, dinner, desserts, & beverages plus a cash bar will be available. Teams should be made up of 4 – 8 people.  For more information sign up call 309-692-5337.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Cousin Eddie begins at 5:30 pm on Friday. 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 309-674-6877.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Frdiay from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

Zoobrew and Wine Too will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to participate and will sample a wide variety of beers and wines plus appetizers from local restaurants, tours of the Africa! exhibit, live music and special desserts. Tickets are $55 and are available by calling 309-681-3500.

Prairie Folklore Theatre presents its 9th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tour beginning at Springdale Cemetery’s Main Entrance at 6 pm on Friday and at  2 pm and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families. Reservations are available by calling 309-689-8000 or via e-mail at foxtales@foxtalesint.com Visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com for more information. This year’s show features all new characters to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is back this year every Friday & Saturday throughout October with The Haunted Express, the Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn, which is not so scary for younger children. Gates open at 6 pm and activities begin at 7 pm and run through 11 pm each night. Tickets are $8 per attraction or wristbands including unlimited “scares” plus a balloon ride are $20.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves in a pre-season game at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $12.50 – $27.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

The Bradley Braves Volleyball team takes on Missouri State at 7 pm Friday and Wichita State at 7 pm on Saturday both at the Renaissance Coliseum. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children (K-12), and parking is free. For more information, visit www.BradleyBraves.com

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight will present Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $17 and are available online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com For more information, call 309-694-7469.

Corn Stock for Kids will present Captain Louie, a new musical based on the children’s book with music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $12 for adults & $8 for children 12 & younger and will be available beginning September 6 at the Corn Stock Box Office, by phone at 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

ICC Theatre Department will present Lend Me A Tenor at the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & seniors and are available at the ICC Box Office or by phone at 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the at Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 or $18 with cash except the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $16 or $15 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Sew Special, an all-day event featuring fiber arts workshops, demonstrations and hands-on classes related to many areas of sewing, quilting, home-dec, machine embroidery and more, will take place at the American Sewing Guild (located at 1913 W. Townline Rd, in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is $50 for American Sewing Guild members, $35 for students and $60 for non-members. Admission price includes continental breakfast, lunch, State of Illinois Make It With Wool contest and style show, vendor sales and door prizes. Pre-registration is required for the event. For more information, call 309-245-4884.

The Peoria Players Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale will take place on Saturday in the theatre lobby from 8 am – Noon featuring unique items from all eras plus costumes, accessories, and other collectibles. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 44th Annual Spoon River Drive takes visitors through several central Illinois communities just in time to enjoy the fall colors on Saturday & Sunday. Towns on the tour include London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Duncan Mills, the Waterford Area and Astoria. For more information, call 309-647-8980 or visit http://www.spoonriverdrive.org

Bassnectar with EOTO will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 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 20th Annual Peoria Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Sunday beginning at 1 pm with registration, an opening ceremony at 2 pm when the walk begins and prizes awarded beginning at 3 pm. Start or join a team today by registering at the Central Illinois Chapter website at alz.org/illinoiscentral or by calling 309-681-1100 or 800-272-3900.

The Central Illinois Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place Sunday at Glen Oak Park beginning at 11:30 am with check-in and the walk at 1 pm.  To register, visit www.jdrfillinois.org/walk/peoria

The St. Martin Chamber Players will perform in concert on Sunday at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) with a program called Invitation to the Dance beginning at 3 pm featuring members of the TazWood Dance Company. Admission is free, however a free will offering will be collected. For more information, call 309-682-8977.

RockChurch and EB Artist & Event Management will present An Evening with Chris Sligh at 6 pm Sunday at RockChurch (located at 1081 Upper Spring Bay Road in East Peoria). Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and may be purchased at RockChurch or online at http://rcpeoria.org For more information, call 309-472-6785.

The Peoria German-American Central Society will host their Annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. The event is open to the public and admission is free. This year the event will be combined with a celebration of German-American Day and as a kick-off to German-American Heritage month in Peoria featuring German Music by the Volgel Musik and the Deutschmeister Brass Band. There will be German Beer & Food, a German Car Cruis’n, an arts and otherevents and activities. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The 61st Annual St. Mary’s of Kickapoo Sausage Dinner will be held on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm at Expo Gardens (located on Northmoor Road in Peoria). All you can eat Kickapoo sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce and desserts will be served with carry outs available. Meals are $10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 5 – 12 and $2 for kids aged 2-5. There will also be an electronic raffle and a country store. For more information, call 309-691-3015.

Exit the Body will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield from tonight (Thursday) through November 6. 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

Enjoy an evening of folk and rock music from the band Folken at Copper River Coffee (located at 2535 West War Memorial Drive in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday). A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, call 309-689-3333.

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday). Tickets are $40 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

Jerrod Carmichael will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Heights will host their Patriot Days Carnival on Thursday from 6 – 10 pm, Friday from 5 – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11 pm and Sunday from Noon – 6 pm at Prospect & Marietta (next to the old Cohen’s building behind Save-A-Lot). Admission is free. There will a beer wagon on Friday & Saturday only. For more information, call 309-685-4812.

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Ragtime: The Musical at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for BU faculty & staff as well as senior citizens and $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office or by phone at 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts/season

Take Uptown Peoria Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  
Or try The River City Historical Trolley Tour highlighting Peoria’s rich history beginning at 1 pm on Saturday. This tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights), starting at Grandview Drive and progressing through the Averyville area to downtown Peoria, Southtown, High Street, Moss Avenue, circulating again to Downtown, Glen Oak Avenue and ending back in Peoria Heights.
Also on Saturday, take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. This tour also leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

The Chinquapin Folk Music & Storytelling Festival runs Friday from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm featuring six different stations each with a different performer. Admission is $3 per student who should bring a lunch and blanket to sit on. Reservations are required: call 579-2157. A Ghost Story Concert will be held Friday night from 8 – 10 pm at the Spirit Valley Amphitheatre. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information, call 309-579-2157.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center begins at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince will be shown at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre on Friday beginning at dark. Admission is $2 at the gate. This event is in anticipation of Return To Hogwarts which will take place at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday from 5 – 10:30 pm. Tickets are $4 per person. For more information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.returntohogwarts.info

Riverlife Gospel Dinner Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday evening featuring special guest Woody Wright along with Scott & Rachel West Kramer with boarding at 6:30 pm and cruise beginning at 7 pm through 9:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids 4-12 and include a buffet dinner. For more information or to reserve your seats, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Party on the Prairie at Wildlife Prairie State Park will feature the band Bubblegum Jack on Friday from 7 – 10 pm outside on the main bricks. Gates open at 6 pm with food and full bar available for a $7cover charge per person. In the event of inclement weather the band will be moved indoors. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. No outside food/beverage permitted. Call 309-495-6760 for more information.
The Wildlife Prairie Park Festival will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm at the park featuring an encampment from the 1800s of the American Prairie. Activities include knife and tomahawk throws, bow shoots, black powder demonstrations, a blacksmith, basket weaving, spoon carving, walking staff carving, fiber guild demonstrations, period musical entertainment, a candy cannon and more.   Admission is $7 for ages 13 & up, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and WPSP Members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Peoria Symphony will present “It Played First on Peoria, Then on Broadway!” at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 7 pm Friday. Tickets are $25 – $60 and are available by calling 309-671-1096. Once Broadway’s biggest hits played here first. Now, your Broadway favorites return home from the Great White Way. With guest celebrities from the Peoria and Chicago stage, the PSO brings you the music of Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and more – with a little vaudeville thrown in for good measure.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Barnum 200 at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday – Sunday. Show times are 7 pm on Friday, 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15, $20, $32 (VIP floor seating) and $67 (Circus Celebrity seats) 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

Corn Stock for Kids will present Captain Louie, a new musical based on the children’s book with music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $12 for adults & $8 for children 12 & younger and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by phone at 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The ICC Theatre Department will present Lend Me A Tenor at the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & seniors and are available at the ICC Box Office or by phone at 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The 9th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverplex with registration from 7:30 am – 8:45 am. All proceeds from the Walk benefit the ABTA (American Brain Tumor Association). This year’s Honorary Chairpersons are Douglas and Diane Oberhelman. The entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for children, 10 years and younger. Survivors are free. Registration forms are also available at www.marklinderwalkformind.com  There will also be a raffle the morning of the walk.

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 8th Annual Tazewell County Alzheimers Association Walk To End Alzheimers will take place on Saturday at Mineral Springs Lagoon in Pekin beginning at 8 am with registration, an opening ceremony at 9 am when the walk begins and prizes awarded beginning at 10 am. Register at alz.org/illinoiscentral or by calling 309-681-1100 or 800-272-3900.

Replicas of Columbus’ Ships will dock in Peoria in front of Joe’s Crab Shack and Retro American Tap on Saturday where they will remain until Wednesday morning. The Nina was built completely by hand and has been called “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built” by Archaeology magazine. The Pinta was recently constructed in Brazil to accompany the Nina. The public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students 5 -16. Children four and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 am – 6 pm. For more information and school group bookings, call 787-672-2152 or visit http://www.thenina.com

The Peoria Zoo Run Run will start at 8 am on Saturday starting and finishing near the Africa! portal in the zoo. There will also be a Youth Run, a quarter mile run through the park which will begin at 8:45 am. Registration in either run includes a 2011 Zoo Run Run t-shirt.  For more information or to register, call 309-686-3365.
Take the Peoria Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour on Saturday beginning at 9 am.  You’ll go into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see, and learn more about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them Cost is $20 per person and includes Zoo admission. Registration is required: call 309-681-3513.

The 6th Annual Colonial Faire at Jubilee College State Park (between Kickapoo & Brimfield off Rt. 150) will be held from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Cost is $10 per car per day available at the gate.  The event will feature Colonial, civilian and military life from 1750 to 1790. Visitors will be able to visit an American Indian village, interact with colonists in their everyday life and participate in soldier’s drills and military tactics. The Faire will include characters from Colonial history, such as British soldiers, colonists, hunters, Native Americans, trades and crafts people who will give a first-hand look at the daily life at that time.

Recovery Walk 2011 will take place from 10 am – 2 pm Saturday on the campus of Proctor Hospital with the walk beginning at noon. To register, call 309-693-0414 or download a registration form at http://www.addictionrecov.org/Recovery Walks/2011/2011_Brochure_Peoria.pdf

The 49th Annual Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for a weekend pass or free for kids aged 12 & under. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at the Peoria Art Guild Office (located at 203 Harrison Street in downtown Peoria). For more information, call 309-637-2787 or visit www.peoriafineartfair.com

The Annual Fort Crevecoeur  Fall Rendezvous (located at 301 Lawnridge in Creve Coeur) will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $2 per carload. Activities include an open air flea market, various food made from buffalo available for purchase, a black powder shoot from 10 am – 2 pm both days, native American entertainment from 3 – 5 pm on Saturday, an old time root beer stand, a boys scouts concession stand plus the museum & gift shop will be open as well. For more information, call 309-694-3193 or visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for kids 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Bethany Baptist Church will host its Fall Festival on Saturday from 1 -4 pm at the church (located at 7422 N. Heinz Lane in Edwards on Route 150). Admission is free. Enjoy food and activities for the whole family including a classic car display, kids games, food, bounce houses, music, face painting, balloon animals, hay rack rides, and more. For more information, visit www.bethanycentral.org
Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrich’s dark comedy, will be shown on Saturday at 7 pm at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main Street in downtown Peoria). Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and senior citizens. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The 2nd Annual Peoria Day of Remembrance will be held at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to remember loved ones who lost their lives to violence. Community members who wish to show their support are also welcome. Admission is free, donations will be accepted to help cover event costs. For more information and to include a loved one in this year’s ceremony, call 309-648-2951.

Come experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century at Pioneer Days at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. Call 309-691-8423 for more information.

The ICC Cougar Plex Grand Opening will take place today (Thursday) from 3- 7 pm at the East Peoria campus. Tour the new facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor walking/running track, a recreational gym, classrooms, and athletic offices, the newly renovated athletic fields, the facilities’ new “green” features and catch some baseball as the ICC Cougars scrimmage against Heartland at 4pm. For more information, call 309-694-5419 or visit www.icc.edu/athletics 

The Morton Pumpkin Festival will run Wednesday – Sunday in downtown Morton featuring a carnival, a parade, live entertainment, a 10k and 2 mile run/walk, a soap box derby, a big wheel race, bags tourney, softball, disk golf and tennis tournaments, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageant, numerous competitions plus lots of food made from pumpkins. For more information, call 309-263-2491 or visit www.mortonchamber.org/pumpkin-festival

Look, No Hans! presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through September 18. 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

Five Points Washington will host The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday). Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and children 17 and under, and can be purchased online at http://www.fivepointswashington.org or by phone at 309-444-8222. 

Peoria Players continues its production of Oklahoma beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday & at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for patrons 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org  Limited seats will be available at the door for $10 for each performance at the door only.  Call 309-688-4473 for details.

There will be Free Developmental Screenings for children birth to age 3 for residents of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Henry & Stark Counties on Friday from 9 am – 4 pm at Child and Family Connections (located at 2016 N. Knoxville in Peoria). There will also be activities and prizes.  Call 309-999-7030 for additional dates, times and locations.

Take The Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in Peoria Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  
Or try The River City Historical Trolley Tour highlighting Peoria’s rich history beginning at 1 pm on Saturday. This tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights), starting at Grandview Drive and progressing through the Averyville area to downtown Peoria, Southtown, High Street, Moss Avenue, circulating again to Downtown, Glen Oak Avenue and ending back in Peoria Heights.
Also on Saturday, take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. This tour also leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

The Bradley Braves Soccer team will take on Memphis at 7pm on Friday at Shea Stadium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for youth (K-12). Free thundersticks will be given to the first 500 fans. 
The Bradley Braves Volleyball team will take on Evansville at 7 pm on Friday at the Renaissance Coliseum. It’s Hawaiian luau night, so come dressed in your best beach gear: the first 100 fans will receive free leis. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children (K-12), and parking is free. 
Bradley Volleyball will host Southern Illinois on Saturday at 7 pm in the Renaissance Coliseum. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (K-12) and parking is free. Win prizes and meet the team at the post-game autograph session. The Braves also host Loyola-Chicago on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tailgate lots open at 1 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for youth and parking is $3. Enter to win money with Kick 4 Cash and Wing It. Meet the team at the post-game autograph session. For more information, visit www.BradleyBraves.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Todd Kelly Quintet (jazz) beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information about either event, call 309-674-6877.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

A Wildlife Prairie State Park Party on the Prairie featuring the band Coco Loco will take place on Friday from 7 – 10 pm outside on the main bricks. Gates open at 6 pm with food and full bar available. There is a $7cover charge per person. In the event of inclement weather, the band will be moved indoors. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs: no outside food or beverage is permitted, however. Call 309-495-6760 for more information.
Wildlife Prairie State Park will host a Multi Sport Extravaganza Friday – Sunday featuring paddling, road cycling, trail running, mountain biking, frisbee golf, orienteering, hiking, volleyball, swimming and yoga. For a complete schedule of events with days & times, visit https://sites.google.com/site/multisportextravaganza/schedule
Camping and Sunday Brunch will be available. Cost is $15 per person and families will have a cap of $40. Participants will receive a free pair of socks for each entry, limited to 3 pairs of socks per family. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.multisportextravaganza.com  or http://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=11260IL to register.

Toy Story 3 will be the feature presentation at Movies Under the Stars at Metro Centre on Friday with the pre-show at 6:15 pm and the movie beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and gourmet popcorn & soft drinks are available for $1 each and benefit local charities.  Bring lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy family friendly activities during the pre-show. The show will go on weather permitting.

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 15th Annual Oktoberfest at Festival Park & CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing in downtown Peoria from 5 – 11 pm on Friday, 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday. This 3-day event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. There will be German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, food & drink plus much more. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Drew Hastings, a Bob & Tom favorite, will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 except the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $14. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 7th Annual Grand Cruise In PARC ‘N Play will take place on Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie parking lot between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bergner’s from 3 – 9 pm.  See over 200 classic cars, enjoy food, raffles, 50/50 drawings and activities for the whole family. For more information, call 309-689-3750.

The Hult Center for Health Education’s 14th Annual Fundraiser, the Lobster Boil Fiesta, will be held on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at the Hult Center for Health Education (located on Knoxville Avenue just north of Glen Ave. in Peoria) and will include a silent auction, live auction, and a full lobster dinner. Attendees will be served shrimp cocktail, a whole Maine Lobster, new potatoes, onions, and corn on the cob.  Tickets are $100 per person. Call 309-692-6650 to reserve your seat and for more information.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra season opener will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $32 – $70 are available by calling 309-671-1096.  Maestro Stelluto opens the concert with an inspiring new work by Composer-in-Residence John Orfe. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio becomes the medium for Beethoven’s genius. After intermission, legendary conductor James DePreist, winner of the National Medal of the Arts, brings a poet’s heart and a philosopher’s mind to the finale of Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3.

The Cental Illinois Youth Symphony (CIYS) will hold an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Sunday at Peoria Heights Tower Park from 1 – 3 pm. There will be performances by the CIYS Small Ensembles as well as a Special Guest performance by members of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus. Uncle Bob’s Homemade Ice Cream will be on site selling ice cream to the public with a portion of profits going to support the CIYS. Admission is free.

The Illinois Central Jazz Train, directed by Larry Harms, will perform at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning with the CIJS House band at 6 pm followed by the Jazz Train at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.  They will play a variety of music, with the extra kick that made Big Bands famous and features some of the finest young and seasoned jazz musicians in Central Illinois. For more information, visit PeoriaJazz.com

Corn Stock Theatre will present A Cole Porter Review, written by former Corn Stock Theatre Manager Tom Joyce, and directed by Lee Wenger and Denise Adams and featuring local favorites of the Corn Stock stage at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students (18 and younger) and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by phone at 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Look, No Hans! presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through September 18. 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

The LST 325 Ship has docked on the Peoria riverfront near the RiverPlex and is open for tours daily from 9 am – 5 pm Thursday through Monday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 – 18 and free for kids under 6. A family rate (which includes parents with minor children) is $20. For School Group pricing and scheduling information, please call 309-689-3019. To learn more about the LST 325, visit www.lstmemorial.org

The 2011 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held this weekend at Mineral Springs Park from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 5 – 11:30 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from 8:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday. For  more information about the entire Festival, visit  http://medallionhunt.blogspot.com

The 47th Annual Children’s Home Cattle Auction will take place at Tonti Park at the Old Quarters on Water Street in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm including a silent auction, raffle, dinner, the live cattle auction plus entertainment. Cost to attend is $75 per person. For more information or to reserve your seat now, call 309-687-7275.

Take The Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in Peoria Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).
Or try The River City Historical Trolley Tour highlighting Peoria’s rich history beginning at 1 pm on Saturday. This tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights), starting at Grandview Drive and progressing through the Averyville area to downtown Peoria, Southtown, High Street, Moss Avenue, circulating again to Downtown, Glen Oak Avenue and ending back in Peoria Heights.
Also on Saturday, take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. This tour also leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Felipe Esparza, 2010 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $14. This show is rated R. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The United Way’s Day of Caring Food Drive will be held in the Peoria Civic Center’s Marquee Parking Lot on the corner of Wm. Kumpf Blvd. and Jefferson Ave Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm. This is the United Way’s third annual food drive to help address the growing hunger issue in central Illinois. The public is invited to drop-off canned and boxed food items to the volunteers. For more information, call 309-674-5181 or visit hoiunitedway.org

The 29th Annual Mossville Fall Festival will take place on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm, on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday from 12 pm – 5 pm in the village of Mossville. There will be a Mossville Volunteer Fireman Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station on Saturday from 7 – 10:30 am plus crafts, folk music & food. There will also be a Church Bake Sale at the Mossville Methodist Church. on Saturday only. Special guest Raymond Noh of Hawaii’s NOH Foods International will be present.

The Central Illinois Green Expo will take place on Friday & Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm each day at the ICC East Peoria Campus. Admission and parking are free. This is Illinois’ premier sustainability event, where you can learn about what it really means to be green. Enjoy the exhibition tent, presentations by leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; fun activities for kids; local food and live music. For more information, visit www.cigreenexpo.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Matthew Curry & Blues Fury beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. 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 309-674-6877.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta will take place on Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival.  Admission is free.

Miranda Lambert brings her Revolution Tour to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday with opening act, Little Big Town. Tickets are $47.75, $39.75 and $29.75 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Peoria Players will present Oklahoma beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday & at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for patrons 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

WorldFest 2011, Central Illinois’ largest celebration of its many ethnic groups, returns to the Peoria Civic Civic Center’s Exhibit Hall D on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Taste the foods from many different cultures at the International Food Court, and enjoy performances of ethnic dances and music. Raffles for various prizes will be offered plus unique items for sale at the World Market booths. Held in conjunction with Youth Doing the Right Thing, WorldFest 2011 offers both free admission and free parking.

The 35th Annual American Gothic Cat Club Show will take place at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 and senior citizens 65+ or $12 for a family. For more information, visit www.tagcc.org

The City of Peoria will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11 by holding a 9/11 Remembrance Event at O’Brien Field on Saturday from 10 – 11:15 am. Admission is free.  Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) will be the guest speaker at the event.  The gates of O’Brien Field will open at 9 am and spectators will be greeted with performances by The Peoria Ballet, Pulses of Hope, and the Richwoods Gospel Choir. Vehicles will be displayed along Jefferson Street to showcase first responders from the military, police, fire, and medical services.

The Central Illinois Black Expo will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm. Admission is free. Admission for “Battle of the Runway”, which will take place in from 7:30 – 10:30 pm, is $12 per person. For sponsorship, exhibitor and ticket information, call 309-672-1374.

Cause Walk: Puppies In Pink, a Non Competitive 5K Walk for Dogs, Dog Owners and Dog Lovers, will take place Saturday at Vicary Bottoms Dog Park (located off Kickapoo Creek Road, north of Farmington Road in Peoria) with registration beginning at 1 pm and the walk starting at 2 pm. Proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Fees in advance are $20 for adults or $5 for children under 12. Fees the day of the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Dogs are free. Entry Fees are non-refundable. This event will occur rain or shine. For more information or to register, visit https://sites.google.com/site/causewalk/

Destihl (located at 318 S Towanda Ave. in Normal) will host its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday from 4 – 11 pm in the North parking lot under a canopy. Enjoy Bavarian-influenced menu features, Destihl’s Oktoberfest beer and live music. Admission is free: food & beverage will be available for purchase. The Peoria Area Accordion Club will perform from 4 – 6 pm, Maria’s Trio will perform from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Backyard Tire Fire’s Ed & Matt Anderson will perform from 9 – 11 pm. For more information, visit destihl.com

The 1st Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Dance with Eddie Korosa, Jr. and his band will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 11 pm. Admission is free and there will be a cash bar. Complete German dinners are $12 per person or a children’s meal is $6. Reservations are suggested for groups of 5 or more. Call 309-673-5304 or e-mail iruscheins@aol.com for more information or to make a reservation.

The Firefighters Street Fest will take place on Saturday from 5 – 11:30 pm on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing in downtown Peoria. Admission is a $5 donation. There will be live music, food, drinks and much more. For more information, call 309-682-1200.

Applegate and Company will perform at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for children & CORE members receive a $1 discount. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Park District will host the Madden NFL 11 Tournament at Glen Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday from 7:45 – 10 pm. Fee is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. For more information, call 309-681-2867.

The Annual Walk MS will take place on Sunday with registration opening at noon and the walk beginning at 1 pm at Tower Park (located at 1222 East Kingman Avenue in Peoria Heights). There is no registration fee, and no minimum donation required to participate, however fundraising for the event is encouraged. For more information, call 312-421-4500 or visit http://walkild.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_ILD_homepage

The Western Avenue Greenway Project will host a benefit concert, Rock N On the Greenway, on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm on Greenway (located in the 900 block of Western Avenue). Live music will be provided by Fine Kettle of Fish. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 309-688-2322.

Corn Stock Theatre’s production of Arsenic & Old Lace continues through Saturday in Upper Bradley Park with performances beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Look, No Hans! presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through September 18. 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

The 2010 MVC Tournament Champion Bradley Soccer Team opens the 2011 season against Eastern Illinois tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm at Shea Stadium (located on Nebraska Ave. in Peoria). Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth and parking is $3. For more information, visit www.BradleyBraves.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will be held tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature South Side Cindy & The Slip-Tones (rock, pop, blues) beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center later on Friday features dance lessons from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877.

The Jukebox Comedy Club 10th Annual Amateur Tournament will be held this weekend from over 60 overall contestants. Shows are at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday night (the semi-finals) and at 8 pm on Saturday (the finals). 10 semi-finalists will perform each night on Thursday and Friday the top 8 will perform in the finals on Saturday. Tickets are $10 on Thursday & Friday and $12 on Saturday and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at http://jukeboxcomedy.com

The Illinois Blues Fest will take place at Festival Park & the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing from 4 – 11 pm on Friday and Noon – 11 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for a Friday only one-day ticket or $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a Saturday only one-day ticket or Two-Day Festival Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Tickets are available online at http://www.illinoisbluesfestival.com/tickets.php

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

On Friday from 5 – 9 pm, get a chance to speak with local artists, get a sneak peak behind-the-scenes at their studios and galleries at the CIAO First Friday Studio Tour. This is a chance to discover the art and creative artists in our communities. Presented by Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO) – visit www.ciaopeoria.com for more information.

Party on the Prairie will take place Friday at Wildlife Prairie State Park featuring the Boat Drunks from 7 – 10 pm outside on the main bricks. Gates open at 6 pm with food and full bar available for a $7cover charge per person. In the event of inclement weather the band will be moved indoors. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. No outside food/beverage permitted. Call 309-495-6760 for more information.  Click HERE for a Buy One, Get One Free Printable Online Coupon!

Enjoy a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night with boarding at 7:30 pm and cruise from 8 – 10 pm with live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 per person, $13 for senior citizens and $9 for kids ages 4-12. Call 800-676-8988 or visit http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/cruises/themed/moonlight for more information or to order tickets.

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Take The Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in Peoria Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  
Or try The River City Historical Trolley Tour highlighting Peoria’s rich history beginning at 1 pm on Saturday. This tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights), starting at Grandview Drive and progressing through the Averyville area to downtown Peoria, Southtown, High Street, Moss Avenue, circulating again to Downtown, Glen Oak Avenue and ending back in Peoria Heights.
Also on Saturday, take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. This tour also leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

The Peoria Chiefs close out their season as they take on the Quad Cities beginning at 6:30 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday and Monday at O’Brien Field. Tickets for all games are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online http://www.peoriachiefs.com  Promotions this weekend are Cubs Greats Night on Saturday, Cartoon Day on Sunday with appearances by Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Square Pants and a chance to win $5,000 on Monday.

Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) will host the 2011 Labor Day Parade featuring over 100 entries of various trade unions beginning at 2 pm on Monday starting in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street ending and at Peoria County Courthouse. It will be followed by a Labor Day Picnic from 2 – 7 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Park. The West MacQueen Street Band will perform throughout the event and food and drinks will be available.

The Ivy Club (located at 5102 Galena Road, in Peoria Heights) will host its first annual Cardboard Boat Race Invitational from 1 – 4 pm on Monday. All proceeds benefit families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Entry Fee is $10 per boat, along with a $50 deposit. After the boat race, $40 will be returned to the participant and $10 will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter. For more information on boat regulations or how to register, call 309-682-5419.