Archive for October, 2011

 Wicked will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theater with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 8 pm on Friday, 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday, 1 pm & 6:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets range in price from $40 – $125 and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or by calling 309-673-3200 and online at Ticketmaster.com  

“The Great Pumpkin” Chrysanthemum Show will be open at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through November 6th. Cost is $2 for adults (ages 13 and up) or free for children aged 12 and under and Garden Members.

Enjoy Hayrides and Hotdogs at Sommer Park tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Cost is $6 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 3-10 or a $25 maximum per family which includes hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. In addition to food, you get a hayrack ride, mid-1800s autumn play party activities such as sack races and fortune telling plus musical entertainment too. Children and adults costumes are strongly encouraged.

The Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association and Mackinaw Valley Vineyard are teaming up on a fund-raiser to celebrate food and wine of the harvest with Fine Cuisine and Spooky Good Spirits tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. There will be live music and a special trick or treat for each attendee. Tickets purchased are $45 at the door. Proceeds to benefit USA Culinary Olympic team and local culinary philanthropy. For more information, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm.
On Friday, the Rivermen play the Rockford Ice Hogs at 7 pm. Tickets for both games 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

Community Celebration 2011 will take place at the Embassy Suites Riverfront Grand Ballroom in East Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. The event is a celebration of Illinois Central College students and those who invest in our community’s future. Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-694-5530 or online at www.icc.edu/communitycelebration

Sky Harbor Steakhouse will present their monthly music feature, Pickin On The Bluegrass tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm at the restaurant (located at 1321 North Park Road in Peoria). Admission is free and a full menu will be available. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 309-674-5532.

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 Thursday and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. This show includes R rated material. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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.  The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

The Carol House of Hope Benefit Annual Fish Fry will take place Friday from 5 -7 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 715 N 11th Street in Pekin). Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information, call 309-691-0551 or visit http://www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org/

A special Halloween Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones will begin at 5:30 pm Friday and will feature a costume contest with prizes. 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. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information for either event, call 309-674-6877.

Wildlife Scary Park returns to Wildlife Prairie Park from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday featuring a narrated train ride through the Haunted Forest on the Scary Park Express, Trick-or-Treating in the Gollywhopper’s Spooky Town, Black Magic with real magicians, the Evil Troll Bridge, Ghosts of the 15th Regiment and two live DJs with dancing. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for park members and free for ages 1 and under. Merry-Not-So-Scary Park specially designed for preschoolers will happen from 5 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Fondulac Farm Park Witches Walk will take place from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday at the park (located at 305 Neumann Drive in East Peoria). Admission is $2.50 for children through 15 years old and $3 per adult (16 years & older). For more information, call 309-694-2195 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host a Halloween Costume Party on Friday from 6 – 11 pm at the winery. Admission is $25 per person and includes a gourmet buffet and music. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $15 for the Haunted House & $5 for the Graveyard Hayride. All proceeds benefit the Limestone Junior Football League and affiliates. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is back with The Haunted Express, the Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for kids (not so scary) main attractions on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm and activities beginning 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. Find a $1 Off a Regular Single Admission coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

Spook Hollow & MC Manor hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club will be open from 7 – 11 pm Friday and Saturday featuring the MC Manor and Spook Hollow Trail. Admission is $20. For $10 per person, a Speed Pass is also available which lets you skip the lines at M.C. Manor, Spook Hollow Trail and all attractions within Spook Hollow Trail. For more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Catacombs of the Lost, a haunted house, will take place at the East Peoria Events Center (located at 4200 E Washington Street in East Peoria) from 7 pm – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 7 – 9 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 309-648-7691.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a “Creatures of the Night Hike” on Friday beginning at 7 pm where hikers will learn about bats, owls and other nocturnal animals on a guided nighttime hike through the forest. Costumes & flashlights are welcome. The event is open to ages 12 & up. Admission is free, however donations are welcome.

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will perform Friday at Five Points Center in Washington beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $10 for students and are available at the Five Points Center Box Office or online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=22719

Peoria Players 20th Anniversary of performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show will take place at midnight on Friday & Saturday at the theatre. Dress up as your favorite character and come prepared for a night of entertainment. Doors open at 11:30 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and are on sale at the Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2011 Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Meeting Rooms from 9 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

ICC presents their In-Residence Group the Heart of Illinois Chorus on Saturday at 2:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center. 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. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The 2011 Haunted Peoria Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the State Cemetery in Bartonville beginning at 4 pm where you can check out the history and actual residual energy still clinging in the cemetery. The cost is $10 and reservations are required which can be made by calling 309-643-5638. Tours leave from 817 SW Adams in downtown Peoria. Please arrive 15 minutes before tours depart. The tour lasts approximately one hour and will take place rain or shine. Private tours are also available.

The Arthritis Foundation will host the 3rd Annual Bone Bash on Saturday beginning at 7pm at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront. The Halloween themed costume party will include spooky decorations, costume contest, auctions,  live band, games, photo booth, tarot card reader, and much more. Tickets are $45 per person or $60 for a VIP pass. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.bonebashpeoria.com, or call 309-682-6600.

Casting Crowns and Sanctus Real will perform Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7 pm. Tickets are $27 and $47 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

Elvis and Friends will be live in concert at Five Points Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. There will be musical tributes to The Judds, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at the Five Points Box Office or online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=2360

Central Illinois Friends of People with AIDS will host “Caught in the Web of Friends”, a Halloween costume party on Saturday from 8 pm – Midnight at the Cornerstone Building (located at 321 Madison Ave. in downtown Peoria). There will be a photo booth, live music by the Flying D’Rito Brothers, appetizers and a cash bar. A costume contest will begin at 10 pm with a $250 first prize. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling 309-671-2144. For more information, visit www.FriendsofPWA.org

Experience a Murder Mystery with an interactive cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday night boarding at 7 pm and cruising from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for kids aged 4 -12 and are available at the dock, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

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 from 1 – 4 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. There will be special themes and presentations each month. Call 309-691-8423 for more information.

The Peoria Barbershop Chorus will present its 69th Annual “Let’s Sing” old-fashioned Barbershop Sing-Along on Sunday at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are$10 in advance, $12 at the door or $8 for groups and families. For more information and advance ticket sales, call 309-231-2471 or 309-694-7749.

Celebrate Halloween at Shea Stadium (located at 1523 W. Nebraska in Peoria) on Monday when Bradley Soccer hosts Oral Roberts beginning at 8 pm. Wear your costume for treats and get there early for the senior night recognition. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth ages 5-12 and free with BUID. For more information, visit www.BradleyBraves.com

Northwoods Mall will host a “Happy Haunting Party” on Monday from 5 – 7 pm. There will be indoor trick or treating, scary music, decorations and costumed characters. For more information, call 309-688-0443.

Enjoy Treats on the Prairie on Monday from 5 – 7 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. There will be store to store trick-or-treating, a coloring contest, games in center court, prizes, candy, a photo contest and more. Trick or treaters are encouraged to come in costume.

 Wicked will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater through October 30th with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 8 pm on Friday, 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday, 1 pm & 6:30 pm on Sunday and 7:30 pm on Tuesday & Wednesday. Tickets range in price from $40 – $125 and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or by calling 309-673-3200 and online at Ticketmaster.com  

“The Great Pumpkin” Chrysanthemum Show will be open at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through November 6th. Cost is $2 for adults (ages 13 and up) or free for children aged 12 and under and Garden Members.

Enjoy Hayrides and Hotdogs at Sommer Park tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Cost is $6 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 3-10 or a $25 maximum per family which includes hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. In addition to food, you get a hayrack ride, mid-1800s autumn play party activities such as sack races and fortune telling plus musical entertainment too. Children and adults costumes are strongly encouraged. This event happens every Thursday in October.

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

The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will present it’s annual Ethnic Food Fest & Bake Sale from 11 am – 8 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday at the Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Road in Peoria). A full bake sale with Greek & Lebanese specialties will also be available. For more information, call 309-682-5824.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “The Pathology of Russia: Opportunities and Challenges for a U.S. Prescription” with Melvin A. Goodman, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. at Barrack’s Cater Inn tonight (Thursday) beginning with a reception at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and presentation at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 for Peoria Area World Affairs Council Members and students; $35 for non-members/general public and are available online at artstix.artspartners.net or call 309-677-2454 for more information.

Dig Pink! The Bradley Braves Volleyball team takes on ISU at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) at the Renaissance Coliseum. All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Braves also face Indiana State on Friday at 7 pm.  Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children (K-12), and parking is free. For more information, visit www.BradleyBraves.com

The Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus will present My Fair Lady at Eastlight Theatre with performances at 7:30 tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets $8 per person are available at beginning Oct. 12 at the Eastlight Theatre Box Office (located at 2200 E. Washington Street in East Peoria in the Festival of Lights Building), by phone at 309-699-SHOW (7469), online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com (a $1 per ticket convenience fee applies to online ticket purchases) or at the door at performances.

A Greener Morton will host Morton Recycling Days on Friday and Saturday from 8 am – Noon in the Morton Plaza parking lot near Kmart. Bring your old electronics and recycle them for free with Going Green Computers. The event is for business and residential recycling.

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.  The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Spring Creek Station 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.
Also on Friday, Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877.

Wildlife Scary Park returns to Wildlife Prairie Park from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday featuring a narrated train ride through the Haunted Forest on the Scary Park Express, Trick-or-Treating in the Gollywhopper’s Spooky Town, Black Magic with real magicians, the Evil Troll Bridge, Ghosts of the 15th Regiment and two live DJs with dancing. Admission is $7 per person, $6 for park members and free for ages 1 and under. Merry-Not-So-Scary Park specially designed for preschoolers will happen from 5 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Enjoy an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at  620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. First time dancers and families are welcome – no partner is needed. Expert caller Martha Tyner will teach all the dances. The ever-popular string band Too Old To be Controlled will provide the music. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163.

The Fondulac Farm Park Witches Walk will take place from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday at the park (located at 305 Neumann Drive in East Peoria). Admission is $2.50 for children through 15 years old and $3 per adult (16 years & older). For more information, call 309-694-2195 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $15 for the Haunted House & $5 for the Graveyard Hayride. All proceeds benefit the Limestone Junior Football League and affiliates. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is back with The Haunted Express, the Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror plus the Boo Barn for kids (not so scary) main attractions on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm and activities beginning 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. Find a $1 Off a Regular Single Admission coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

Spook Hollow & MC Manor hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club will be open from 7 – 11 pm Friday and Saturday featuring the MC Manor and Spook Hollow Trail. Admission is $20. For $10 per person, a Speed Pass is also available which lets you skip the lines at M.C. Manor, Spook Hollow Trail and all attractions within Spook Hollow Trail. For more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Vagina Monologues continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center located in upper Bradley Park with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by phone at 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $18 except the Friday 9:30 pm show which is $15. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

JAMfest Mega-JAM Peoria will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena and Exhibit Hall beginning at 8 am. Admission is free. This year’s theme is “JAMfest – Fuel Your Spirit!”

PARC’s will host it’s Boo! Run to benefit PARC’s children’s services at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie beginning at 8 am on Saturday. The event will include a 5K Run & Roll, the 1-mile Fitness Walk and a Kid’s Fun Run, Walk & Roll. There will be awards for best costumes, door prizes, refreshments and entertainment for all ages. For more information, call 309-689-3605.

Enjoy a Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 9 am and cruising from 9:30 am – 11:30 am featuring a buffet brunch. Tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for kids aged 4-12.  Or enjoy a cruise only on Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 3:30 pm and cruise from 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for kids aged 4-12 and are available at the dock, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

“Real Life: Real Joy! A Women’s Day of Renewal” will be held at the Ashland House in Morton on Saturday from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The day will feature inspirational speakers and the music of well-known Christian singer Rachel West Kramer. Sponsored by Hands of Love Ministry, this event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 each or $30 for groups of 8 or more. Call 309-383-2828 or visit www.handsoflove.org for more information.

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Peoria Area, will host their Scarecrow Saturday Family Fun Day at their ReStore (located at 804 W. Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Activities include a scavenger hunt, kids carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, scarecrow crafts, music, the Heartland Cloggers, Wildlife Prairie Park animals, a magician, a playhouse raffle, ReStore specials and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-6729, ext. 3

A Fall Family Festival to benefit Megan Crawford, a Metamora resident who suffered an auto accident that left her critically injured, will be held at St. Mary of Lourdes Church (located at 424 Lourdes Church Road in Metamora) on Saturday from 2 – 10 pm. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child aged 4-12 and includes dinner, games, activities, a costume contest, raffles and a silent auction.

St. Anthony’s Church (located at 2525 Skyway Drive in Bartonville) will host their Italian Buffet on Saturday from 3:30 – 7:30 in the Parish Hall. Dinner includes spaghetti, lasagna, mostacolli, Italian beef, seafood pasta, salad, garlic bread, beverage and more. Baked good items and raffle baskets will be available. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens (aged 62+), $8 for children (ages 5-12) and ages under 5 are free.

The 2011 Haunted Peoria Tours will take place at the State Cemetery in Bartonville beginning at 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. The cost is $10 and reservations are required which can be made by calling 309-643-5638. Tours leave from 817 SW Adams in downtown Peoria. Please arrive 15 minutes before tours depart.  The tour lasts approximately one hour and will take place rain or shine. Private tours are also available.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Classics 2 at Grace Presbyterian Church (located on State Route 91) beginning at 8 pm on Saturday night. Tickets range in price from $32 – $70. Season tickets are also available. Call 309-671-1096 to order tickets or visit http://peoriasymphony.org for more information.

Peoria Players will host an Annie and The Orphans Tea Party on Sunday where you can meet Annie and the orphans from their upcoming production in the Lakeview Museum Auditorium with seating beginning at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for all ages and are available by calling 309-688-4473 or at the Peoria Players Box Office.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday 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

Enjoy Hayrides and Hotdogs at Sommer Park tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Cost is $6 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 3-10 or a $25 maximum per family which includes hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. In addition to food, you get a hayrack ride, mid-1800s autumn play party activities such as sack races and fortune telling plus musical entertainment too. Children and adults costumes are strongly encouraged. This event happens every Thursday in October.

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

Over the River and Through the Woods will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 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

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

Wicked will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater through October 30th with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 8 pm on Friday, 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday, 1 pm & 6:30 pm on Sunday and 7:30 pm on Tuesday & Wednesday. Tickets range in price from $40 – $125 and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or by calling 309-673-3200 and online at Ticketmaster.com  For information about discounted tickets for 3 performances, click HERE

Peoria County will celebrate a milestone in the construction of the Peoria Riverfront Museum project with a “Topping Out” ceremony beginning at 10 am Friday morning at the site of the museum in downtown Peoria. Peoria County Board Chairman Thomas H. O’Neill, III, Project Chairman Dave Ransburg and Caterpillar Foundation Director Michele Sullivan will speak at the event.  Immediately following the ceremony, a signed, 56-foot steel beam will be raised and placed on the structure. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

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.  The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

“The Great Pumpkin” Chrysanthemum Show opens at Luthy Botanical Garden (located off of Prospect Road in Glen oak Park) on Friday and continues from 10 am – 5 pm on weekdays (except Mondays) and Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through November 6th. Cost is $2 for adults (ages 13 and up) or free for children aged 12 and under and Garden Members.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy (R&B, 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. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

Howl-ZOO-Ween will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Trick-or-Treat on a Trail through Africa!, enjoy magic shows plus a costume contest at 7 pm each night and much more. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-686-3365.

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe will take place 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.  Find a $1 Off a Regular Single Admission coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $15 for the Haunted House & $5 for the Graveyard Hayride. All proceeds benefit the Limestone Junior Football League and affiliates. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

The Vagina Monologues will presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center located in upper Bradley Park with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by phone at 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Enjoy a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and cruising 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. Or enjoy a Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 9 am and cruising from 9:30 am – 11:30 am featuring a buffet brunch. Tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for kids aged 4-12 and are available at the dock, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 15th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place on Saturday & Sunday in Morton at the Pumpkin Farm (located at 16339 Springfield Road in East Peoria, 10 miles east of Peoria off I-155) from 8 am – 5 pm. Watch machines built for the sole purpose of hurling pumpkins as far as possible. Admission is $5 per vehicle per day. For more information, call 309-266-5135 or visit mortonmagnet.com

The Small Wonders Miracle Walk will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverplex in downtown Peoria from 9 – 11 am to celebrate, reconnect, and remember all of the families who have received care at Children’s Hospital of Illinois Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The cost to participate is $20 per adult in advance or $30 at the door and $10 for kids in advance or $15 at the door. Registration forms can be downloaded HERE

The Galva Craft Show will be held Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Galva High School. There will be over 100 booths of quality hand crafted items. Food will also be available. Admission is $2 at the door. For more information, visit www.galvacraftshow.info
Northminster Presbyterian Church will host its Annual Craft Show and Bake Sale on Saturday from 9 am – 2:30 pm. Crafters from Peoria and surrounding areas will be displaying and selling their handmade crafts. Admission is free.

The Peoria Historical Society will present A Victorian Funeral on Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4 pm at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave in Peoria). Step back in time to the days of at-home funerals where elaborate mourning customs will be featured. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students ages 6 – 12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 2011 Haunted Peoria Tours will take place of the State Cemetery in Bartonville beginning at 4 pm Saturday. The cost is $10 and reservations are required which can be made by calling 309-643-5638. Tours leave from 817 SW Adams in downtown Peoria. Please arrive 15 minutes before tours depart. The tour lasts approximately one hour and will take place rain or shine. Private tours are also available.

The Annual Peoria Promise Gala will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 5 pm featuring a casual evening of comedy with the Second City All Stars. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-677-5886. For more information, visit www.peoriapromise.org/gala.html

The Junior League will host a 75th Anniversary Cocktail Party at the Water House on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $75 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and and beverages. A raffle for a .75 carat diamond and an iPad will be sold for $50 each. For more information, call 309-685-9312.

Taking Back Sunday with The Maine and Bad Rabbits will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum (located at 1601 W. Main Street on the Bradley University campus) on Saturday night beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for faculty and staff, and $30 for the public and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Autism Walk will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie beginning at 2 pm. Cost to participate is $25 for an individual, $35 for a couple, $45 for a family and $60 for a team. There will also be art activities, face painting and vendors. For more information, call 309-686-7755 or download a form to participate at http://www.autismpeoria.com

Kevin Hart and his Vibe Tribe play at the Central Illinois Jazz Society Concert with special guest Dr. Carlos Vega on Sax at the Landmark Recreation Center Starting Gate Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members or $7 for non-members and free for ages under 15 with a paid adult.

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
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at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up (R&B, jazz) 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 the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information about any of the events, call 309-674-6877.

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

Enjoy Hayrides and Hotdogs at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm tonight (Thursday). Cost is $6 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 3-10 or a $25 maximum per family which includes hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. In addition to food, you get a hayrack ride, mid-1800s autumn play party activities such as sack races and fortune telling plus musical entertainment too. Children and adults costumes are strongly encouraged:  the event happens every Thursday in October.

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight program continues its run of Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 pm tonight, Friday and Saturday 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.

Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash payment except the Thursday show which is $17 or $16 with cash payment. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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.  The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or visit http://peoriahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

The first Friday of every month 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 (Central Illinois Artists Organization) First Friday Studio Tour. It’s a chance to discover the art and creative artists in our local communities. Admission is free.  For specific studio location information, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

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.prairiefolkloretheater.com for more information. This year’s show features all new characters to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

The Fall Spectacular Ice Skating Competition-Exhibition featuring the Peoria Park District figure skating students will be held on Friday at Owens Center beginning at 5:30 pm. The public is invited to watch for free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe will take place 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.  Find a $1 Off a Regular Single Admission coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm each night. Tickets are $15 for the Haunted House & $5 for the Graveyard Hayride. All proceeds benefit the Limestone Junior Football League and affiliates. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living will host its 6th annual Uncorked! Wine, Craft Beer & Hors’ d’oeuvre Tasting, Silent and Live Auction at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Enjoy great food, wine and craft beer from over 20 local vendors. Admission is $50 per person and tickets are available at www.cchlpeoria.org or by calling 309-693-8139. All Proceeds to Benefit the Cancer Center for Healthy Living.

Over the River and Through the Woods opens at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm followed by a Saturday 7:30 pm and a Sunday 2 pm performance. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for patrons 18 and under, and go on sale September 26 at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Reba with special guests The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Eden’s Edge will perform on Friday at the at the US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $72.50, $62.50 and $28.00 and are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The 3rd Annual Rollin’ on the River Wheel-a-Thon will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 am on the RiverWalk by the RiverPlex in downtown Peoria. The event includes a 1 mile relay in wheelchairs (which are provided), an obstacle course as well as other events. Registration cost is $20 and includes a t-shirt and lunch. The proceeds benefit Advocates for Access to raise awareness of accessibility issues for people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.advocatesforaccess.com

The Peoria Heart Walk will take place on Saturday at Laura Bradley Park beginning at 9 am. There is no fee to participate, however walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. Register HERE

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

Body Fitness will host a Dance Workshop on Saturday beginning at 9 am running through 7 pm featuring smooth ballroom, Latin ballroom and Argentine tango (basics clinic). A dance follows from 7 – 10 pm and is included in the price of the workshop. Admission to the workshop is $50 per couple (includes the workshops, clinic & dance). Reservations are required. Call 309-685-1950 to reserve your spot.  Cost for the Open Dance only (from 7 – 10 pm) is $5 per person or $8 per couple for the dance only. Munchies will be provided.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults, $19 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Beethoven Lives Upstairs & Symphony No. 2 at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd.) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online HERE For more information, call 309-339-3943 or visit http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm in their official season opener. They’ll take on the Rockford Ice Hogs on Sunday beginning at 5 pm at Carver Arena.  Tickets for each game 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 Season tickets are also available: Call 309-676-1040 or visit http://rivermen.net for more information.  Find Peoria Rivermen coupons on Peoria-Deals.com!

Styx with special guests Eddie Money and Loverboy will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $52 and $42 and are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Peoria Humane Society’s Annual Bark in the Park will take place on Sunday at Festival Park (enter at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s Riverfront, at Hamilton and Water) beginning at 11 am. Registration fees are $20 per dog in advance (includes one person) or $25 per dog (also includes one person) the day of the event. Each registrant receives a Bark t-shirt, bandanna, goodie bag and souvenir photo. Admission for non-registered guests is $5 for ages 13+ or free for ages 12 & under. Activities include a paw print painting, carnival games, exhibitors, raffles, dog obedience demos, souvenir photos and food vendors, Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty rescue, volunteer, community awareness and adoption programs. To register, download a form HERE

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The Gretchen R. Iben Series will present Abraham Lincoln in Song featuring award-winning folk musician Chris Vallillo bringing Lincoln’s times to life through music at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is free.

Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $42 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Peoria Symphony Chamber Players will perform “Street Cred: Music for Dance and Celebration” featuring music of Bach, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Debussy and Copland on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-467-6301.