Archive for April, 2012

A variety of free Financial Education Programs will take place at locations all over central Illinois in conjunction with Money Smart Week, which runs through Saturday. Visit moneysmartweek.org/illinois for a complete listing of events, seminars, classes and other activities.

The 27th Annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration is being held in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11am – 1:30 pm every weekday through May 25th. More than 12,000 students from over 110 schools in seven counties will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For a complete schedule or more information, visit springcelebration.org or call 309-672-6906.

Peoria County will present a free public workshop entitled “Financial Assistance for Homebuyers” tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm at ICC North (located at 5407 North University St. in Peoria). Register by calling 309-690-6900.

The Illinois State Historical Society presents the 2012 Illinois History Symposium, “Contested Lands: 1763-1840” at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria today (Thursday) through Saturday. The three-day symposium offers a variety of sessions and panels, with an emphasis on the War of 1812, Native American history, prairie archaeology and the historic city of Peoria. For more information or to register, call 217- 525-2781 or visit www.historyillinois.org

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) daily 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 31st. 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.

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and on Saturday from 4-6 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Sky Harbor Steakhouse will present The Pickin’ On Series tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Guest musicians Judy Page and Preston Jackson will perform music originally recorded by Etta James and Billy Holliday accompanied by Steve Degenford, Gary Adkisson and Dklu. Admission is free. Reservations are suggested. For more information, visit http://www.skyharborsteakhouse.com

See How They Run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through May 20. 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

Bradley University will present The Glass Menagerie at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, Bradley University 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/glass-menagerie

Tom Segura will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and on 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 Luthy Botanical Garden (located at the corner of Prospect & Gift in Peoria) Annual Spring Plant Sale will offer new and hard-to-find perennials and native plants, ornamental grasses, unusual tropical plants and annuals, heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other veggies Friday through Sunday. Garden members receive a 10% discount. Hours are Friday from 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Steve “The Harp” Blues Band begins at 5:30 pm Friday. 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 on either event, call 309-674-6822.

The 12th Annual Hult Center for Health Education “Spirit of Living” Dinner will take place on Friday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel & Casino with cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling 309-693-8139.

Julie K’ will perform songs from her third children’s album, “Family Love” at Peoria Christian School (located at 3506 N. California St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free.

Red Green will be live at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday at 7 pm. The Red Green Show was a television comedy airing in Canada from 1991 until 2006. In the show, Red Green is a self-proclaimed handyman who relies on duct tape as his secret weapon. This tour is a follow-up to the popular television series. Tickets are $47.50 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

“Coffee for a Cause” will be held at Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. on Friday beginning at 7 pm. A benefit for Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, the event will have a speaker, live music, a silent auction and more. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus Spring Concert “Sing for Joy” will take place on Friday at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in downtown Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults & $4 for students. For more information, call 309-693-6725.

TazWood Dance Company will present The Art of Dance at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.ArtsatICC.com

The River City Blues Society will host Johnny Rawls at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com or call 309-648-8510.

The Dirty Gentlemen will perform live at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge.
On Saturday, West MacQueen St. will perform live at EP’s with a cover charge of $5. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

The Peoria Public Library will host a Grand Opening of the Lakeview Branch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday at 10 am. The event marks the final building opening during the $28 million building program that passed by referendum in 2007. There will be a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the day. For more information, call 309-497-2200.

The River Spirit Flute Circle will take place on Saturday from 1 – 2:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center. Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing the instrument yourself. All ability levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Bring your own flute if you have one. Admission is free, however donations are always appreciated.

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois Spring Gala Event will take place on Saturday at the Country Club of Peoria beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $175 per person. For more information, call 309-687-7275.

Eric Church will bring his “Blood, Sweat & Beers” 2012 Tour with with Special Guests Colt Ford and Blackberry Smoke to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington with performances on Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets are $42.50 for general admission on the floor & $34.50 for reserved bowl seats and are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

A Giant Flea Market will be held at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) 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

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm where you can experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century. Admission is $2 per person, age four and up. Activities take place at the homestead, barn, blacksmith shop and schoolhouse. This is an opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. There will be presentations each month that highlight that month’s theme. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Orpheus Club of Peoria Spring Concert will take place Sunday at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 3 pm. The club is celebrating its 110th season of male voice four part harmony vocals. Admission is $5 at the door.

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) daily 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 31st. 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.

See How They Run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through May 20. 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 Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host “Update: Afghanistan” tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at the Bradley University Global Communications Center.  Tickets are available at the door for the presentation only for $15. Students through grade 12 and Bradley students with a valid ID may attend the program only for free. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and on Saturday from 4-6 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net
Enjoy a Girls Night Out from 5 – 7pm tonight (Thursday) at Wines ‘N More. Local vendors will be displaying their unique 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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Great Lakes Loons beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at OBrien Field (located at O’Brien Field is located at 730 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria). The Chiefs will also face the Loons on Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 1 pm.  On Sunday, the Chiefs will face the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday at 2 pm. Tonight (Thursday) is Thirsty Thursday with $2 domestic draft beers and 16 oz. fountain sodas. Tickets for all games are $7 for lawn seats and $10 for club box seats and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 1-866-MYTICKET or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4041 For more information about the Peoria Chiefs, visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t44

Bradley University will present The Glass Menagerie at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, Bradley University 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/glass-menagerie

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

The 27th Annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration is being held in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11am to 1:30pm every weekday through May 25th. More than 12,000 students from over 110 schools in seven counties will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For a complete schedule or more information, visit springcelebration.org or call 309-672-6906.

Morton businesses and residents are encouraged to bring in old electronics to the Electronics Recycling Drive at the Morton Walmart parking lot on Friday from 9 am – Noon. This service is provided free by Goodwill Industries and sponsored by Goodwill and A Greener Morton. For more information, call the Morton EDC at 309-263-2491.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Stephanie Aaron 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.
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 Jaycees 20th Annual Peoria International Beer Festival will take place at Expo Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm and Saturday from 1 – 8 pm. Friday night tickets are $20 and include a premium food vendors punch card as well as live entertainment by Rooster Alley. Saturday tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and include live entertainment. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.peoriajaycees.org/events/international-beer-festival/

Welcome Spring with an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Club House (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the Champaign contra band Euphor. Callers teach all the dances and beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. Come a few minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Art That Rocks will be performed at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor in Washington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available through the Peoria Ballet by calling 309-690-7990. The performance will include a fusion of classic dance and contemporary music with a mixture of genres with everything from Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble to Queen.

Corn Stock for Kids will present Cinderella, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical, at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 & under and are on sale the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor, will be appearing at the Peoria Civic Center Theater Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $35 – $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, at all Ticketmaster Outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com

Keep Peoria Beautiful is hosting the Great American Cleanup on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Find an area in need of a cleanup and Keep Peoria Beautiful will provide the trash bags and gloves. To register, call 309-672-6288 or email to suedewey@sbcglobal.net Find more information and register at http://www.keeppeoriabeautiful.org/gac.html

A Civil War Spring Drill will be held at Sommer Park on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Bring a camera and have your picture taken by the 1860s style cannon. Admission is $2 per person.

The Earth Day Celebration at Forest Park Nature Center will take place on Saturday from 11:10 am – 4:10 pm where you’ll be able to peruse numerous booths, locate local resources and learn what you can do to make a difference. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids crafts, face painting and much more. There will also be a raffle, door prizes and the annual Earth Day Sale. Admission is free, however donations are always appreciated.

ICC will host its annual International Fair on Saturday from Noon – 3:30 pm in the ICC East Peoria Campus Cafeteria. The event will feature ICC international students and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food and dancing. This event is open to the public with an admission donation of $2. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 309-694-5440.

The Bradley Braves Softball Team will take on the Illinois State Red Birds at Noon and 2:30 pm on Saturday and also at Noon on Sunday at Laura Bradley Park in Peoria.
The Bradley Women’s Tennis Team will be taking on the Evansville Purple Aces at 1pm Saturday at the David Markin Tennis Courts (located at 1600 W. Bradley Avenue in Peoria by the Bradley campus). The team will be hosting its Kids Day event, so bring the entire family and support the Braves for their final weekend at home for the 2012 season. On Sunday, the Bradley Women will be taking on the Southern Illinois Salukis at 10 am. Admission for these events is free. For more information go to bradleybraves.com

The Arthritis Walk Kick Off will take place Saturday at PetSmart (located at 208 River Road in East Peoria) from 1 – 3 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs as this year there will be a dog walk to the annual Arthritis Walk which will be Saturday, June 2 at Midstate College and the new section of Rock Island Trails. Admission is free and there will be treats available.

The the Peoria Public Library will host Board Game Saturdays from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday 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.

The Hope in a Hangar fundraiser for LifeLine Pilots will take place Saturday at Byerly Aviation Terminal at the General Downing Peoria International Airport in Peoria with doors opening at 4 pm and a prime rib dinner being served at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $50 per person, $25 for a spouse, $25 for children 12 & under. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are suggested. For more information, call 800-822-7972 or email missions@lifelinepilots.org or visit http://www.lifelinepilots.org

The 2012 Tri-County Urban League Black & White Gala will take place Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 5:30 pm with silent auction & social hour and dinner at 7 pm. Entertainment will be provided by R & B Artist, Kenny Lattimore who received the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist. Tickets are $125 per person and area available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, call 309-672-4354.

The Peoria Push Roller Derby Dames will take on the Decatur Derby Dames at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and are available from any Peoria Push Dame or online at peoriarollerderby.org

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host a Dance Showcase on Saturday night featuring dance performances, hors d’oeuvres, open dancing and more beginning at 7 pm. Attire is formal (no jeans please). Advance tickets are $10 per person, $16 for a couple or $5 Students with ID. Tickets at the door are $12 per person, $20 per couple or $8 Students with ID.

ICC Guest Artists Series will present Mitch Seekins Sings Tony Bennett at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults, $19 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Theatre Box Office, or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present its Classics 6 Missa Solemnis at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. The performance is dedicated to The Peoria Symphony Orchestra Guild in honor of their 60th Anniversary and will feature the Bradley University Chorale, the Illinois State University Concert Choir & the Millikin University Choir. Tickets range in price from $32 – $70 and are available by calling 309-671-1096 or online at http://peoriasymphony.org

A variety of free Financial Education Programs will take place at locations all over central Illinois in conjunction with Money Smart Week, which runs through April 28th. Visit moneysmartweek.org/illinois for a complete listing of events, seminars, classes and other activities.

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its final concert of the 2011-2012 season, featuring the Senior Solo Competition winner performing with the Youth Symphony, at Metamora High School Auditorium beginning at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 & under. The CIYS Concert Orchestra, Prep Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble will also perform. For more information, call 888-218-4650.

Party for the Planet at the Peoria Zoo will feature giant carbon footprints of Big Foot so that kids can track him on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy animal encounters and explore simple ways you can help make our planet a greener place. Regular Zoo admission applies – adults (13 and over) are $8.50, children (3-12) are $4.75, children (2 and under) are free and senior citizens (65 and over) are $7.50. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Earth Day at Luthy Botanical Garden will take place on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian Fox Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre with music and interactive events/storytelling for children and adults, all with an eco-centered theme. The event will be held outdoors if weather permits, or in the Garden Conservatory in case of spring showers. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. For more information, call 309-681-3506.

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) daily 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 31st. 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.

See How They Run presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through May 20th. 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 St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

ICC Theatre Program presents Fuddy Meers at the ICC Performing Arts Studio Theatre (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday, as well as a Sunday performance at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Theatre Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Dan Cummins will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (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 Heart of Illinois Convention for Home Educators will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 9 am – 9 pm on Friday and from 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday. The cost to attend is $70 per couple for 2 days, $45 per couple for one day, $20 Young Adult single, $10 youth (aged 12-18) must attend with a parent. Walk-ins welcome. For ticket information, visit www.apachecentralillinois.org

The Peoria Historical Society celebrates “A Night to Remember” beginning at 5:30 pm Friday at Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria)  The event commemorates the Titanic and recognizes those local organizations celebrating 100 years or more. Boarding tickets cost $30. For more information, call 309-674-1921

Bradley Braves Baseball Team will take on Indiana State at O’Brien Field on Friday beginning at 6 pm at O’Brien Field. The Braves will also face Missouri State on Saturday at 2 pm and Indiana State again on Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (K-12), Bradley students and staff are free with valid ID, active military and immediate families are free and a family pass with 2 adults and 4 children for $14. Single-game tickets are available beginning one hour prior to game time.
The Bradley Women’s Tennis Team will take on Creighton at 1 pm on Saturday at the David Markin Tennis Courts (located at 1600 W. Bradley Avenue in Peoria by the Bradley campus). The tennis team will also face Wichita State at 10 am on Sunday. Admission is free. For more details visit bradleybraves.com or call the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office at 309-677-2625.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Southside Cindy & the Slip Tones 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 309-674-6877.

The Peoria Park District Dance With Our Stars Recital for students enrolled in Ballet, Broadway Bound, Pom Pon and Tap classes will be held Friday at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 6:30 pm.  Admission is $3 and tickets are available at the Franciscan Recreation Complex.  For more information, call 309-681-2861.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Charlotte Checkers at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. This final game of the season is Fan Appreciation Night and fans who donate to Goodwill at the Peoria Civic Center before the game will be given a coupon for $5 off a ticket to the game. Fans who donate at any of the Goodwill of Central Illinois stores or donation centers, on or before April 13, will receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a the game. For a list of items to donate, as well as to find the Goodwill location nearest to you, visit www.goodwillpeo.org Regular tickets range from $12.50 – $27.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

The Wine and Cheese Under the Stars event will take place at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm and will feature a guided tour of the universe as you relax with a glass of wine from Hill Prairie Winery.  Admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members at the door. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Corn Stock for Kids will present Cinderella, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical, at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

King Davis Karaoke will happen at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) on Friday night beginning at 8:30 pm. Dueling Pianos will be presented at EP’s Time Out on Saturday beginning with dinner from 6 – 7:30 pm and the show from 8 pm-Midnight. Advanced tickets are $15 (including dinner) or at the door tickets are $10 (without dinner). This event has no reserved seating and advance tickets are encouraged. Call 309-839-0630 or email kristina@epstimeout.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold a Donation Drive on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm at Alpha Park Library in Bartonville (located at 3527 S. Airport Road). The organization is most in need of house wares, kitchen wares, linens and furniture. For more info, call 309-682-1113, ext. 2112.

The Bison Grounds Blessing Ceremony at Wildlife Prairie Park will begin Saturday at 10 am at the Park. The Bison and Elk feeding begins at 1 pm and the public is free to watch from a short distance while trained personnel feed the animals. Admission is $7 for ages 13 & up, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and WPSP Members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Bead the Change is an event hosted by Free to Bead in Peoria Heights in coordination with the Children’s Home Association of Illinois on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Doors are open to anyone looking to purchase supplies or learn more about creating jewelry.
To sign up to participate, call 309-682-2323.

The Pet Pantry, in cooperation with the Morton Park District, announces the 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Foster Pet Outreach at the Oakwood Dog Park with the public egg hunt session on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm and a private “RSVP only” earlier that morning. Admission is $6 per dog with all proceeds going to Foster Pet Outreach. The private session is open to anyone who pre-registers their dog at www.thepetpantry-peoria.com For more information, call 309-383-4145.

Anthony Robles will present “You Can Be Unstoppable in Life” at Five Points Performing Arts Center on Saturday with the banquet beginning at 5:30 pm and the keynote address beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 each for the clinic, banquet & keynote, $35 each for reserved seating for the banquet and the keynote and $10 for just the keynote. For more information and to reserve your spot, call 309-444-8299 or visit digitalcavewest.com

The German-American Central Society will host Sangerfest in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday with a concert at 7 pm. Admission is $10 and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony small ensembles will perform in concert on Sunday featuring their Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir and String Quartets at the Illinois Central College Lecture Recital Hall beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 & under. For more information, call 888-218-4650.

On the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, the St. Martin Chamber Players with special guest Gina Wright will reach back in time to evoke the musical atmosphere of that voyage in 1912 with Titanic: In Memoriam on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd, in Peoria). The program will include selections from the playlist of the Titanic band and is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, phone 309-682-8977.

Peoria Jazz presents the ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band at Landmark Recreation Center on Sunday beginning with the house band performing at 6 pm and the featured band beginning at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members: students are free. Food and drink will be available. Dancing will be permitted. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Luthy Botanical Garden Lily Show will take place through Easter Sunday 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 Saturday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 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 St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. It’s “Thirsty Thursday” with $2 12 oz. beers and a $5 ticket special from through 6 pm through the Rivermen office by calling 309-676-1040 or visit Rivermen.net Regular 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

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

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

Bradley Braves Baseball Team will take on Missouri State at O’Brien Field (located at 730 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The Braves will also face Missouri State on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (K-12), Bradley students and staff are free with valid ID. Active military and immediate families are free and a family pass with 2 adults and 4 children for $14. Single-game tickets are available beginning one hour prior to game time at the O’Brien Field.
The Bradley Men’s Tennis Team will take on Drake at 11am Friday at the David Markin Tennis Courts (located at 1600 W. Bradley Avenue in Peoria by the Bradley campus). The tennis team will also face Creighton at 1 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more details visit bradleybraves.com or call the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office Phone at 309-677-2625

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in 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
City Dance will perform as part of the CAIO First Fridays Studio tour from 5 – 9 pm at Studio 825 (located at 825 SW Adams St. in Peoria). Admission is free. For more information, visit http://citydancepeoria.org

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Preston Jackson & Friends 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 night 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 309-674-6822.

ICC Theatre Program will present Fuddy Meers at the ICC Performing Arts Studio Theatre (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Theatre Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison in downtown Peoria) will host an Opening Reception on Saturday for the Ben Gardner & Tim Kowalczyk Exhibits from 6 – 8 pm with a member preview beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 309-637-2787 or visit peoriaartguild.org

Draft Culture, the local female fronted, 80s & 90s cover band, will be playing Knickerbocker’s Bar & Grill in Washington (located at 80 Sunnyland Plaza) on Friday night beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $3. For more information, call 309-745-9050 visit www.facebook.com/draftculture

Wildlife Prairie State Park will host a Bunny Breakfast on Saturday from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Cost is $8.95 for teens and adults, $6.95 for children age 12 and under, plus admission rates to the park on this day, non-members 13 & up are $7, 2 & up are $5, 1 and under are free, members 2 & up are $4 and 1 and under are free. Reservations are highly recommended & space is limited.
The Giant Easter Egg Hunt will begin on Saturday at 11 am & 1:30 pm and will be divided up into age categories. There will be great photographic opportunities with the Easter Bunny at both events. Bring your own Easter basket to collect the eggs. Admission to the park is $7 for non-members 13 & up, $5 for ages 2 & up and ages 1 and under are free. Admission for members 2 & up is $4 and ages 1 and under are free. For more information or reservations, call 309-676-0998 or visit wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The AquaPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in downtown Peoria) will host an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday from 9 – 9:45 am with a 2nd session from 10 – 10:45 am for ages 3 – 8. Cost is $5 for Peoria residents and $7 for others. For more information, visit www.riverplex.org/aquaplex-birthdays-special-events-rentals

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

Wildlife Prairie Park will host an Easter Sunday Brunch on Sunday morning in the Prairie Hall with seatings at 9:30 am through 2:30 pm every half hour. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for ages 4-12, children 3 & under eat free. To make a reservation, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Road in Edwards) will host an Easter Brunch on Sunday at 10 am and 12 pm. Cost is $19.95 for adults or $9.95 for kids and under 3 is free. For reservations, call 309-495-9463 Ext. 1 or email banquets@kickapoocreekwinery.com