Archive for March, 2012

The Luthy Botanical Garden Lily Show will take place through April 8 at the Garden (located within Glen Oak Park at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). See hundreds of lilies while experiencing the world of Willy Wonka, this year’s theme. Admission is $2.50 for ages 12 & up or free for children aged 11 & under and Garden members. The Garden is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 8. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Tyrese will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Par-a-Dice Hotel with doors opening at 7 pm, hors d’oeuvres & live jazz from 8 – 9 pm and the performance beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $75 per person or $100 for VIP tickets and are available at Co-Op Records in Peoria & East Peoria or online at Ticketstorm.com Must be 21 to attend. All women will receive a free gift bag. An after party will take place immediately following the performance until 2 am. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/185468278223128/

Eastlight Theatre will present Children of Eden beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Sheng Wang will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday and 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2012 Central Illinois Auto Show, presented by the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers, will be held at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $5 for adults (ages 16 & older) and free with a paid adult for ages 15 & under.  Friday is Senior Day – mature adults aged 60+ will be admitted for half price ($2.50).  Family Day is Sunday:  two adults & 2 kids aged 15 & under get in for $8.  Special attractions include juggling, clowns, stilt walkers, an inflatable bouncer, face-painting for kids, a NASCAR simulator, appearances by Spider-Man and Captain America, SpongeBob Squarepants, Patrick & Blue from Blue’s Clues plus the Ronald McDonald Magic Show.  For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The Bradley Men’s Tennis team will take on Chicago State at 1 pm and Valparaiso at 6 pm Friday at the David Markin Tennis Courts (located at 1600 W. Bradley Avenue in Peoria by the Bradley campus).
On Saturday, the Bradley Braves softball team will play a double header against Evansville at Laura Bradley Park (located at 1314 Park Road Farmington Road in Peoria). The first game is scheduled to start at noon and the second game is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm. The Braves softball team will take on Evansville again at noon Sunday at Laura Bradley Park Admission for all these events is free. For more details visit bradleybraves.com

The 42nd Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference will present “The European Union & Germany” at the Par-a-Dice Hotel & Conference Center beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. The conference continues on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost is $100 for both days for PAWAC members and full & part-time high school or college students or $125 for the general public (includes Friday banquet, coffee breaks, Saturday luncheon). For the Friday evening program only, cost is $60 for PAWAC Members and full and part-time high school or college students or $75 for the general public (includes the banquet). Cost for the Saturday program only is $60 for PAWAC members and full and part-time high school or college students or $75 for the general public (includes coffee breaks and Saturday luncheon). For more information & to order tickets, visit http://www.pawac.org

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring John Miller & the Romaniacs begins at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

Beehive the 60′s Musical will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 on Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org Find a $3 Off Adult Tickets coupon on Peoria-Deals.com for Beehive!

Tuesdays with Morrie will be performed at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts at Bradley University beginning at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Featuring equity actors Jon Farris & Steve Snyder, tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for Bradley faculty, staff & students and are available by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://theatre.bradley.edu

Karaoke with Greg and LaVonna will be happen at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. There is no cover charge.
Generations will perform live at EP’s Time Out on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5 after 8 pm. For more information for either event, visit www.epstimeout.com

The Peoria Jaycee’s annual Lawnmower Clinic will be held on Saturday at Expo Gardens from 8 am – 4 pm. Drop off your push mowers and get it ready for spring. The fee is $40 and includes cleaning of mower deck and air filter, oil change, blades sharpening and the installation of new spark plugs. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Dress for Success Peoria, St. Jude Runs, PARC and the Peoria Jaycees. For more information or to pre-register, visit http://www.peoriajaycees.org

Peoria Mothers of Twins will host their annual Clothing & Equipment Sale on Saturday from 8 am – Noon in the Riverplex Gym (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria). Cash and Credit cards will be accepted. Print out this listing and get in free or admission is $1 per person. Find a large selection of equipment, strollers, clothes, toys, bikes, beds, shoes and much more. For more information, visit PMOTSale.com

An Easter Egg Hunt will be hosted by the Peoria Zoo on Saturday at 10:30 am for kids aged 0-3 years, at 10:50 am for kids aged 4 – 6 years old and at 11:10 am for kids aged 7 – 9. Cost is $5.75 for children, $3 for children who are members of the Peoria Zoo and $8.50 for adults. For more information, call 309-686-3365

Led by the Easter Bunny, the 4th Annual Peoria Heights Easter Bonnet Parade will step off on Saturday at Leaves ‘n Beans at 11 am. Prizes will be awarded for adults & children for the most egg-ceptionally beautiful & most egg-strodinarly goofy bonnets. The parade route will follow Prospect Road from Samual to Kelley and back. For more information, call the Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce at 309-685-4812 or www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Charlotte Checkers at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.
On Sunday, the Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 5 pm. Tickets range from $12.50 – $27.50 and are available at 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

Nashville comedian Rik Roberts will perform beginning at 5 pm on Sunday at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center (located at 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) presented by the Proctor Health Care Foundation. Tickets are $100 per person or $30 for children 12 and under. Presentation of the Henry Allovio Jr. Leadership Award and special recognition of the Foundation’s 1882 Society Members will also take place. For more information visit www.proctorgiving.com or call 309-693-0414.

The Luthy Botanical Garden Lily Show will take place through April 8 at the Garden (located within Glen Oak Park at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). See hundreds of lilies while experiencing the world of Willy Wonka, this year’s theme. Admission is $2.50 for ages 12 & up or free for children aged 11 & under and Garden members. The Garden is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays.

The Easter Seals Ladies Auxiliary will present its 57th Annual Fashion Show, “Everything Old is New Again” today (Thursday) at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom with the boutique opening at 5:30 pm with a dinner for $40. For more information, call 309-693-6497.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 7th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The 65th Annual Gridiron Dinner will take place tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom with cocktails at 6:15 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Dress is black tie only. Cost is $185 per person. For more information, call 309-655-0666 or visit www.peoriagridiron.org

George Thorogood and The Destroyers will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $32.50 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Theater Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at Ticketmaster.com

Peoria Players presents Big River with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 & under and are available at Peoria Players’ Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org Big River is based on the Mark Twain novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and propelled by an unforgettable score from Roger Miller, the king of country music.

A Hunger Games Party will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) from 6 – 7:30 pm.  The event is designed for grades 7-12.
On Saturday, join Betty Carlson Kay, author of 12 books for children and recently retired after 34 years of teaching in the Springfield Public Schools, for an afternoon of history with her presentation, “Three Illinois Women During the Civil War” from 1 – 2 pm at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Parkway in Peoira). The presentation is geared toward grades 4 – 8.
The Java Jews will perform at the Peoria Public Library North Branch on Sunday from 1-2 pm with a Children’s Program and from 2 – 4 pm for all ages. Admission is free. Java Jews music is “highly-caffeinated” klezmer music, a mix of Yiddish and Hebrew melodies combined with dixeland, avant-garde jazz, and a touch of Spike Jones. Admission is free. for all events: for more information, call 309-497-2120

Bobcat Goldthwait will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 on Thursday, $20 for the Friday shows and $22 for the Saturday shows. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Field & Stream Deer and Turkey Expo will be held in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Meeting Rooms Friday through Sunday. Times are 2 – 9 pm on Friday, 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets $13  for adult 1-day, $21  for adult 2-day, $ 4 for youth (ages 6 -11) and free for ages 5 & younger and are available at the door or in advance at http://www.deerinfo.com/IL_tickets.asp Military and 1st year hunter discounts are also available.  Visit http://www.deerinfo.com/illinoishome.asp for full seminar, demonstrations & contest details.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Change Up beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $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 a 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.

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform 2 shows on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $49.75 and $39.75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The River City Blues Society will present Hurricane Ruth from Springfield at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public or $3 for River City Blues Society members. For more information call 309-648-8510 or visit www.rivercityblues.com

Eastlight Theatre will present Children of Eden beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Glengarry Glen Ross beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Dirty Gentlemen will perform live Friday at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge.
On Saturday, Vinyl Tap will perform live at EP’s beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5.

Washington Gifted Volleyball is hosting a Spring Market Fundraiser at Washington Gifted School (located at 3706 N. Grand Blvd in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. Admission $1 or the donation of a stuffed animal for the “Bunny Drive” for Easter Seals.

The Annual Lakeview Museum Interplanetary 5K Race & 1 Mile Walk will take place on Saturday at Detweiller Park beginning at 8 am with race day registration/packet pickup. The 5K Race begins at 9 am, the 1 Mile Walk begins at 9:05 am and the Kids Fun Run begins at 9:30 am. For more information, visit http://www.lakeview-museum.org/race.aspx

The Central Illinois Robotics Club will host the 2012 Central Illinois Bot Brawl on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Lakeview Museum Auditorium (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria). See robotics hobbyists compete in 8 different robot competitions. Admission is free and there will also be raffle prizes available. For more information visit http://www.circpeoria.org

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 South Main Street in Morton) will host a March Wine and Food Taster at the store on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm which is free food night: get a free hot dog, soda & Twinkie with your paid ticket. Also, Rivermen alumni Kelly Chase, Guy Hebert & Tony Twist will be on hand to sign autographs.
On Sunday, the Rivermen will face the Hamilton Bulldogs at 5 pm. Tickets for all 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

Many Lights Stage Productions will present Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley at the First Congregational Church (located at 159 N. 2nd Ave. in Canton) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling 309-357-9366.For more information, visit www.manylights.net

Country legend George Jones will perform on Saturday at The Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 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

Draft Culture, a local female fronted, 80s & 90s cover band, will play at the Fieldhouse (located at 1200 W. Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. The cover charge is $2. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/draftculture or call 309-494-9600.

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

The 2012 Foodshare Can-a-Thon Neighborhood Collection will take place on Sunday from 1-4 pm in Peoria area neighborhoods. For each can collected, the Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition will receive a $1 donation from anti-hunger agencies. There will also be drop off sites at area Kroger stores, Peoria area Subway restaurants and all Peoria area fire stations through April 10. Volunteers interested in helping out during the Can-a-Thon should call 309-672-5762 for more information.

St. Sharbel Church will host their 36th Annual Food Festival in the Church Parish Hall (located at 2920 W. Scenic Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. The all Lebanese menu will feature meat pies, cabbage rolls, Lebanese green beans, Lebanese salad & Lebanese bread. Bakery items that will be available are baklava, Lebanese bread, pocket bread, spinach pies to name a few. Cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

An Easter Seals Piano Extravaganza will take place Sunday at St. Thomas Church (located at 904 E. Lake Ave. in Peoria Heights) beginning at 1:30 pm. This concert will feature pieces by Chopin and Debussy such as Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 and Clair de Lune. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged. Easter Seals is a national organization that helps disabled children and their parents cope with their disabilities in numerous ways.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 7th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Enjoy a Girls Night Out tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 South Main Street in Morton). Local vendors will be displaying merchandise and there will also be a free massages, facials, a wellness coach and wine tasting. Admission is free. Extended hours and special discounts will be offered by Eli’s Coffee, LuLu’s, Pumpkin Patch and Leaves N Beans also located in downtown Morton. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit http://www.winesnmore.net

College Visits: Why, When, How? will be presented tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm at the Dunlap Public Library (located at 302 North 1st Street in Dunlap). The program will look at how to get the most out of a college campus visit and is designed for parents of students in grades 8 – 11. To reserve a seat, call 309-243-5716.

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

The Luthy Botanical Garden Lily Show will take place beginning on Friday through April 8 at the Garden.  This year’s theme is Willy Wonka. Admission is $2.50 for ages 12 & up or free for children aged 11 & under and Garden members. The Garden is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 6 pm – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door. Free admission with an IHSA game ticket.
The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 beginning at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Semifinal Session begins with Game 1 at 6:30 pm and continues with Game 2 at 8:15 pm.
The IHSA Class 3A Final Session will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 beginning at 2 pm. The Class 4A Final Session will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 beginning at 8:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 and $4.00 and on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit http://www.marchmadness.org

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Dave Chastain beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center on Friday will feature a dance lesson 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, call 309-674-6877.

The 10th annual MS Carnivale Mardi Gras Celebration will be held Friday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling 800-344-4867 or online at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/ild/fundraising-events/carnivale/index.aspx

The Bethany Fellowship of Churches will be hosting international speaker and author, Paul Tripp, for a parenting conference entitled Getting to the Heart of Parenting from 7 – 9:15 pm on Friday and from 9 am – Noon on Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church. On-site childcare will be available for conference attendees. The cost for the conference is $10 per adult and $5 per child with a family childcare max at $20. Register online at http://www.bethanycentral.org/com/calendar_details.asp?ID=198638 or by call the church office at 309-692-1755

Many Lights Stage Productions will present Crimes of the Heart at the First Congregational Church (located at 159 N. 2nd Ave. in Canton) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling 309-357-9366.  For more information, visit www.manylights.net

Peoria Players presents Big River with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 & under and are available at Peoria Players’ Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org Big River is based on the Mark Twain novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and propelled by an unforgettable score from Roger Miller, the king of country music.

Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Glengarry Glen Ross beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 32nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off on Saturday beginning at 11 am at the corners of Monroe and Hancock Streets in downtown Peoria. For more information, visit www.stpatpeoria.com

The Peoria Public Library, Downtown Branch (located at 107 Northeast Monroe Street in Peoria) will host a special free Kids Go Green event on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free. There will be door prizes, a scavenger hunt, a chance to ride the energy bike and recycle items. For more information, visit http://kidsgogreenpeoria.com

The Bradley Braves Softball team will play a double header against the Creighton Blue Jays at Laura Bradley Park on Saturday. The first game is scheduled to start at noon and the second game is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm. Braves’ softball will play Creighton again on Sunday at noon. Admission for all games is free.

The Peoria Public Library will host Board Game Saturday from 1 – 4 pm in the Seminar Room of the North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria). Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120. New games are chosen every month, but if you have a favorite, bring it along. Drop in for a round or an entire game.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Old and New World Strings beginning at 7:30 pm Saturday at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students with ID and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=20332 For more information, visit http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Friends of Kevin Harmon will host an Open House/Book Launch of his novel, a political thriller entitled The Archangel Response, on Sunday from Noon – 3 pm at Agatucci’s Restaurant.  Suggested donation is $25 per person. Guests will meet Kevin and receive a copy of the The Archangel Response. Kids under 16 can dine for $5 each. For more information, visit www.kevinharmon.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents the International Trivia Challenge, an entertaining and challenging fundraiser, at the Itoo Hall on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Bring a team of eight friends to answer interesting questions from the world around us. Tickets are $20 per person and include international appetizers.  A cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-677-2454.

Coyote Cadillac will perform at the Twisted Spoke Saloon (located at 251 Derby in Pekin) on Saturday from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am. Featuring music from Pink Floyd, Kings of Leon, Bush, Foo Fighters and more, there is no cover charge for the show. For more information, visit www.coyotecadillac.com

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Cinderella Tea Party on Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North St. in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm featuring the cast of the upcoming production of Cinderella presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on April 13-15 & 20-21. Tickets for the Cinderella Tea Party are $10 and will include treats, crafts, face painting and a meet-and-greet with Cinderella cast members. Call 309-676-2196 for reservations.

Peoria Jazz presents David Hoffman and Friends beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) following the Central Illinois Jazz Society House band. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are admitted free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Winter Jam 2012 will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets will be $10 at the door. The headliner is Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers Skillet and will also feature Sanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, illusionist Brock Gill, and national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the OneVerse Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Dara Maclean, For King & Country, and We As Human. VeggieTales’ Bob and Larry will also make a special appearance.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 7th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) will host a Wine Education Class beginning tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Learn about wine and sampling wine plus information about labels, varietals, styles, and senses with 8 different wines. Cost $25 per person. Call 309-291-0899 to reserve your spot: seating is limited. For more information, visit http://www.winesnmore.net

Ralphie May is bringing his comedic act to the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $32.50 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
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The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Bradley University Theatre Department will present Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Hartmann Center of Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, staff & faculty and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall today (Thursday) through Saturday and March 15 – 17 from 6 – 9 pm on Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door. Admission is free with an IHSA game ticket.
The IHSA Class 1A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Semifinal Session will also be held Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm.
The IHSA Class 1A Final Session will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Final Session will also be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 and $4 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit http://www.marchmadness.org

The Bradley Women’s Tennis Team will be taking on Eastern Illinois on Friday at 1 pm at the David Markin Tennis Courts (located at 1600 W. Bradley Avenue in Peoria by the Bradley campus). This is the team’s Serves for the Cure event.  Admission is free.
The Bradley Men’s Tennis team
will take on IPFW at 12 pm Saturday at the Clubs at River City. Admission is free. For more details visit bradleybraves.com

Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson will present a program on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a Federal Works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of the Great Depression at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Dorann & the Soul Mystics beginning at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Ladies Mad Hatter Tea Party “Ladies Night Out” at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Tickets are $25 each and reservations can be made by calling 309-685-9312 or by emailing: jrlpeoria@yahoo.com

The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform Friday at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (loated at 360 N. Wilmor Rd in Washington) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are free to this event (limit 4) and are available on a first come, first served basis online at www.bandofamerica.af.mil/events

The Irish band Slide will perform in concert Friday at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in downtown Peoria on the Riverfront) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the door.  For more information, call 309-692-8937.

The ICC Guest Artists Series presents The Hunt Family at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $19 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. The Hunt Family performs Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and original music, offering a unique blend of diversity to each show. In addition to fiddling and step dancing, this amazing family of nine also plays guitar, bass, key, drums and mandolin. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

King David Karaoke will perform live at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 9 pm.  Cover charge is $5.
Paradise Lost will be at EP’s Time Out on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. There is no cover charge for this event.  For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

Comedian Rickey Smiley will perform on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $26.50, $36.50 and $46.50 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

Peoria Players Theatre will host a Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon in the theatre lobby. Many unique and hard-to-find items will be for sale and at great prices. There will also be a wide collection of prom dresses, tuxes, men’s suits, and furs for sale. Peoria Players company members may shop early on Friday, March 9 from 4 – 6 pm. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

Wildlife Prairie State Park will offer a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday from 9 – 11 am in the Log Room of the Visitors Center. Attendees will learn how to become a volunteer at Wildlife Prairie State Park and the benefits of being a volunteer. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-0998.

The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Frolic with the Fairies Mother and Daughter Tea & Style Show will take place Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom with seatings at 9 am. 12:30 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $30 each or a table of 10 is $250 and reservations can be made by calling the Junior League of Peoria at 309-685-9312.

Acoustic folk music duo Curtis and Loretta will perform at the Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm as part of the Nature Center’s 2012 Songs from the Woods Concert Series. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Country star Trace Adkins will bring his “Song & Stories Tour” to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range in price between $35 to $65 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge at 800-745-3000

Riverdance will play the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at Lakeview Museum, 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield opens this weekend and runs through April 7th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be performed by Bradley University at the Hartmann Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a riotously irreverent, three-actor romp, through all Thirty-Seven of the Bard’s plays (tragedies included) in a madcap 97 minutes. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, staff & faculty and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/complete-works-william-shakespeare-abridged

Come see what NOT to do in your garden at the  Luthy Botanical Garden Garish Garden Show featuring pink flamingos, garden gnomes and possibly a bathroom fixture or two through Sunday. The Garden is open Tuesday – Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 & up or free for Garden members & children 12 & under.  This show reinvents the best of the worst of landscaping faux pas and provides a welcome break from the cold Illinois winter. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Dwight Slade will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center 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. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The Central Illinois Recreational Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center from 3 – 8 pm on Friday, from 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for kids aged 6 – 12 and free for kids under 6. Friday is senior citizens day with a $5 admission price. Find a $2 Off Adult Tickets Coupon at Peoria-Deals.com: http://peoria-deals.com/?page=Blog  
See RVs, boats, golf carts, pull vehicles, fifth wheelers, travel trailers, class b vans, street rods & custom cars and campgroud representatives, the “High Cotton” bluegrass band and a free photo booth. For more information about the event, visit www.eventsltd.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations throughout downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Kickapoo Creek Winery Presents Kickback Friday in the KCW Banquet Hall from 6 – 11 pm and includes a gourmet buffet dinner and live entertainment from Jammsammich. Cost is $25 per person. To make reservations, call 309-495-9463.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Cobalt Canopy 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center on Friday will feature a dance lesson 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, call 309-674-6877.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Oklahoma City Barons at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday night beginning at 7 pm.
On Saturday, the Rivermen will play the Rockford Ice Hogs 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

Grigorovich Ballet presents Legends of Russian Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. All remaining tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for adults (a $20 discount).  Visit Peoria-Deals.com for a printable coupon at http://peoria-deals.com/?page=Blog

The Haunting of Hill House will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (located 3001 W. Grand Parkway) will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm with Edith Barnard portraying Harriet Beecher Stowe and sharing stories from the life of the best-selling author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120.

The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The Broadway musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” will be presented at Dunlap High School at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door or in advance at the DHS Office. For more information, call 309-648-4383.

Midnight Flyer will perform live Saturday at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

Coyote Cadillac will perform at Dizzy Deans (located at the top of Garfield Hill in Bartonville) on Saturday. The cover charge is $3 per person beginning at 8:30 pm: the band begins at 9 pm. For more information, call 309-267-1147 or visit www.coyotecadillac.com

The TEAMDance Illinois High School Varsity Dance and Flag State Championship will be held on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door and the prices are $9 for ages 6-12 – $9 and $14 for ages 13 and older.

Gillum Ferguson, author of “Illinois in the War of 1812,” will highlight the war’s impact in the Peoria area with his talk on Sunday at 4 pm in the Wyckoff Room of Bradley’s Cullom-Davis Library. Admission is free.  A book signing will follow the talk. Sponsored by Peoria Historical Society and Friends of Cullom-Davis Library.