Archive for September, 2012

The Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Fundraising Banquet, “An Evening of Excellence”, will be held tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and available by calling 309-673-3716.

Move Over Mrs. Markham opens tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 11.  On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm and 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

Pickin’ on Dan Fogelberg will take place tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm at Sky Harbor Steakhouse (located at 1321 North Park Road in Peoria) featuring local musicians. There is no cover charge and a full menu available.  For more information, call 309-674-5532.

Christina Pazsitzky 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 8 pm and the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Hartmann Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and faculty and $9 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by phone at 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts/season

The Peoria Historical Society All-American City Tour takes place on Friday from 10:30 am – Noon leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria). Also, the Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday from 10:30 am – Noon leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).    And don’t miss the Haunted Peoria Tour which takes place from 1 – 2:30 pm on Saturday leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria). The cost for each tour is $11 or free for seniors 65 and older with proof of age plus a regular ticket purchase. To reserve tickets, call 309-673-6000.

The Contemporary Art Center will present Live at the Five Spot featuring Rooster Alley 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 night 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 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Bradley Braves Volleyball team will take on Wichita State beginning at 7 pm Friday and also face Missouri State Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Renaissance Coliseum (located at 1601 W. Main Street in Peoria). Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $3 for K-12, and $14 for a family 4-pack (2 adults and 2 youth).
The Bradley Men’s Soccer team will take on Northern Kentucky beginning at 7 pm at Shea Stadium (located at 1523 W. Nebraska Ave. in Peoria). Autographs with the team will take place after the game. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for K-12. Parking is $3. For more information, visit bradleybraves.com

The Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse will open its 2012-13 season with The Laramie Project eginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday and The Laramie Project 10 Years Later beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 5:30 pm on Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Patrons who purchase tickets to one production will receive a 50% discount on price of a ticket to the second show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under with ID. Season ticket holders may see both productions – season tickets are $50 and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The ICC Theatre Program will present Rough Magic 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, $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit http://www.artsaticc.com

The Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend kicks off on Friday with a Welcome Party at the Cornerstone Building (located at 321 NE Madison Avenue in Peoria) from 8 pm – Midnight where they’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dan’s first album “Home Free” with the music from the album in its entirety to be performed by The River of Souls, a Dan Fogelberg tribute band as well as a diverse selection of other DF tunes will be performed by talented musician friends from across the country. Tickets for this event is $25 per person and are available online at http://dfpeoria.com/CelebrationOrdering2012.html
On Saturday from Noon – 4 pm, the group will host a Celebration Picnic at Riverfront Park (located at the corner of Hamilton & Water Streets in downtown Peoria).   You can bring your own food or purchase food from vendors at the site. Musicians will participate in song circles for those who would like to sing along. Admission to this event is free.

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and more. Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Sew Special featuring Peggy Sagers will take place on Saturday at the PARC Building (located at 1913 W. Townline Rd. in Peoria). Cost $50 for ASG members, $35 for students and $60 for non-members. For more information, call 838-1801.  Pre-registration is required. This is a day of fiber arts workshops, demonstrations and hands-on classes related to many areas of sewing, quilting, home decorating, machine embroidery and more. Admission price includes continental breakfast, lunch, State of Illinois Make It With Wool contest and style show with vendor sales and door prizes.

Take a Behind the Scenes Zoo Tour at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Recommended for ages 7 and up, the cost is $20 per person which includes Zoo admission. To register, call 309-686-3513.

Learn about energy efficiency rebates, discounts and rewards for homeowners at the “What Can Energy Efficiency Do For You?” presentation to be held at the Peoria Public Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday at Noon and at 3 pm. Admission is free. There will be a brief ActOnEnergy Presentation and Q and A Session. For more information, call 1-866-838-6918 or visit www.ActOnEnergy.com/IL/home

The 10th annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place on Saturday at the RiverPlex (located in downtown Peoria) to support brain tumor research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Registration begins at 7:30 am with the walk beginning at 9:30 am.. Fee to participate is $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 & under and free for survivors. To register, visit http://marklinderwalkforthemind.com For more information, call 309- 712-1132.

The 34th annual Zoo Run Run will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Zoo with the 5K race beginning at 8:30 am followed by the quarter mile youth race beginning at 9:15 am that winds through the Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration fees are $25 for members and $30 for non-members and $12 for members and $15 for non-members for the Youth Race. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

Morton Community Bank will host its annual Community Shred Day on Saturday from 9 – 11 am at the west end of the MCB Main Bank parking lot, (located at 721 W. Jackson in Morton). Donations of nonperishable food items for local pantries will also be accepted. Businesses should call 309-284-1205 for details and scheduling.

The 50th Annual Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair will be held on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm on the Peoria Riverfront. Admission is $5 or $7 for an all weekend admission and ages 12 & under are free. The major fundraiser for the Peoria Art Guild, the Fine Art Fair features 150 artists from 26 states and Canada, live music from local musicians plus a Kids Art Festival. It’s a huge outdoor art gallery where you can see and buy original artwork plus meet the artist. For more information, visit http://www.peoriafineartfair.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2012 will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin). With over 500 quilts and over 30 vendors, there will be demonstrations, a silent auction, door prizes and a quilt raffle plus quilt appraisals by appointment. Admission is $7 per person and parking is free.  For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Focusing on the first half of the 20th century, costumed interpreters will present collections and demonstrate skills of a bygone era in “Homegrown, Homemade and Handcrafted” hosted by the Peoria Historical Society at the Flanagan House Museum in Peoria from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday & from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. Music will be provided by The Cluck Ol’ Hen. Admission is $7 per adult and $3 per child. For more information, visit peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Bikes Blues & BBQ will feature music from the Nick Moss Band from Chicago along with local favorites Rooster Alley Band and The Governor at VFW Post 1232 (located at 15665 VFW Road in Pekin) on Saturday from 1 – 11 pm. Admission is $10 for the general public. For more information, email bikesbluesbbq@hotmail.com or call 309-648-8510 or visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bikes-Blues-BBQ/392283860829172

The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria will host Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 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 A post-concert reception will be held in the ballroom following the concert. Tickets for the reception can be purchased at www.dfpeoria.com

Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre takes on the election with Second City for President beginning at 7 pm on Saturday at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for senior citizens.
There’s also a group rate of $18 for groups of 8 or more. Tickets are available at the Five Points Box Office, by calling 309-444-8222 or online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=28694 For more information, or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer will take place at at Bradley Park on Sunday with registration and check-In from 12:30 – 2 pm and the opening ceremony and walk from 2 – 5 pm. The day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the family. Register at http://www.curesearchwalk.org/peoria]www.curesearchwalk.org/

Pioneer Days will take place Sunday at Sommer Park 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 are held at the homestead, barn, blacksmith shop and schoolhouse. This is a wonderful 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 Illinois Valley Striders will host the new the Bridge to Bridge Run, a four mile running/walking event, on Sunday beginning at 8 am on Wm. Kumpf Boulevard near the Civic Center, crosses the Illinois River over the Bob Michel Bridge, tours the new Downtown East Peoria, returns to Peoria over the Cedar Street Bridge, continues through the Peoria Warehouse District, and finishes near Peoria Chiefs Stadium. Registration is $35 or $40 for late registration and may be done online at http://bridgetobridgerun.org

The Piccadilly Circus will perform at the East Peoria Event Center at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Friday, at 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm, 3:30 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $8.75 – $38 for adults and $8 online or $11 at the door for children. VIP Ringside seats are available for $48 for adults and $18 for children. Online tickets are available at http://www.thefuncircus.com/#!__east-peoria through 10 am the day of the show. For more information, call 877-547-0342. Free ticket coupons for children 13 & under coupons are available at various merchants around the Peoria area.

Enjoy a Girls Night Out tonight from 5 – 7 pm at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 South Main Street in Morton) featuring a free wine tasting. Local vendors will be displaying unique merchandise and there will also be free massages, facials and a wellness coach. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

An Evening with Patsy Cline continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday. 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 $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Russia: Great Power or Global Troublemaker?” tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm at the IVY Club (located at 5102 North Galena Road in Peoria Heights). Dr. Richard Farkas, political science professor at DePaul University and a senior specialist on Balkan and post-communist societies with the State Department, will be the featured speaker. Admission is $10 for PAWAC members and $15 for non-members. Register online at www.artstix.artspartners.net For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The Central Illinois Chapter of the Interfaith Alliance will host “Stop the Hate Vigil Against Violence” at St. Paul’s Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North St.in Peoria) beginning tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and other local leaders of the “Don’t Shoot” program will explain the steps involved in the city’s new initiative which aims to reduce gun-related crimes. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 309-264-3561 or visit http://www.dontshootpeoria.com

Gordon Lightfoot will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $38, $48 and $58 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Hartmann Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and faculty and $9 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by phone at 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts/season

Emo Philips 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 Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Contemporary Art Center will host its Live at the Five Spot featuring Dorann & the Soul Mystics 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 674-6877. For more information about either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit  http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 17th annual German Festival, Oktoberfest, on the Peoria riverfront Friday through Sunday. This 3-day event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits plus German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and more.  For more information on the festival, please visit www.peoriagermans.net

Advanced Technology Services will host the 3rd annual “Stride to Unite 5K Run/Walk” on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am at ATS (located at located at 8201 N. University in Peoria). Fees to participate are $25 for adults and $15 for 12 & under before race day or $30 for adults or $25 for children on race day. All proceeds will benefit the Heart of Illinois United Way. For more information, visit www.stridetounite5k.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and much more! Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Enjoy Breakfast with the Giraffes at the Peoria Zoo (located inside Glen Oak Park, 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. How do you feed a giraffe without a stepladder? Find out how as you enjoy breakfast in Africa! as the giraffes enjoy their breakfast, too. Learn more about the tallest land mammals and see what makes Taji and VIvian so special. Cost is $7.50 for members and $15 for non-members. Call 309-681-3513 to register.

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2012 will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin). With over 500 quilts and over 30 vendors, there will be demonstrations, a silent auction, door prizes and a quilt raffle plus quilt appraisals by appointment. Admission is $7 per person and parking is free For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

The Bethany Fall Festival will take place on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at the church (located at 7422 N. Heinz Lane in Edwards on Route 150 – 2 miles west of the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria). Admission is free. Enjoy food and activities for the whole family.  For more information, call 309-692-1755

A Magical Fall Festival will be held at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre beginning at 6 pm featuring your favorite Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and Percy Jackson and the Olympians characters, During the evening, you will visit Aslan’s campfire to enjoy treats from Narnia with a performance of descendants from Middle-earth. Admission is $3 per person. Family friendly activities include a magic show, face painting, making s’mores around a campfire and more.  The evening will conclude with a movie screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” beginning at 8 pm.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra launches its anniversary season with “Broadway Tonight!” beginning at 8 pm Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater featuring the original Broadway Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown. Tickets start at $26 or $11 for students. Tickets are available by calling 309-671-1096, online at www.peoriasymphony.org in person at the PSO Box Office (located at 101 State St. in Peoria) or at the Civic Center Theater Box Office starting one hour prior to the performance. Student tickets are not available online. Season tickets for the eight concert season also are on sale as well as a flexible four- concert package.

The first Annual “Das Bier Run” 5K Run in conjunction with the Oktoberfest at Peoria Riverfront Park begins on Sunday at 12:30 pm. Advance registration is $25. After September 1 and on race day the registration fee is $30. Runners will each receive a free Das Bier Run stein for participating. For more information or to register online at http://www.peoriajaycees.org/das-bier-run

Friends and families of those killed by violence and other tragedies are invited to attend Peoria’s Day of Remembrance beginning at 3 pm Sunday at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in downtown Peoria). The event, now in its third year locally, remembers those lost through murder, suicide, car accident, fire or other non-health related cause. Admission is free.

Dr. Sherry Seckler will present “Music of the Victorian Era” on a completely restored 1919 Hinners organ beginning at 3 pm Sunday at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria). Dr. Seckler is Music Director of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and Diocesan Director of Music of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. The recital is open to the public. Admission is free and an offering will be received with a reception following the program.

The 46th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival will take place through Saturday in downtown Morton featuring lots of pumpkin food specialties. There will also be a carnival, live entertainment, a pumpkin pancake breakfast, a parade, the Pumpkin Idol contest, a business expo, craft fair, 10K/2 mile run/walk, bags tournament, pie eating competition, art & photography show plus much more. For complete details, visit http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Keep Peoria Beautiful will recognize the 2012 Orchid Award and Beautification Award winners at its annual reception at Luthy Botanical Garden tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7pm. The event will feature a wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $20 per person and $160 for a table of eight. For more information and to make reservations, call 309-672-6288.

An Evening with Patsy Cline continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through September 23. 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 $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

9 to 5 the Musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for patrons 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Eastlight Theatre continues their YouthLight production of Aida in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19 per person and are available online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com or by calling 309-699-7469.

Wendy Liebman 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 Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Voices for Illinois Children will hold its 2012 Illinois Kids Count Symposium “Investing in Opportunities for Children Now” at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 9 am – noon. Community leaders and advocates will explore the impact of the budget crisis on Peoria children with a presentation, panel discussion and more. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Sign up at action.voices.org For more information, email mmeighen@voices4kids.org or call 312-516-5551.

The Contemporary Art Center will host its Live at the Five Spot featuring Rewind 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. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host an opening reception for the exhibit “The Sateré Mauwé,” a visual narrative by Gary N. Will, on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. The exhibit will be on display through September 28th.  For more information, visit prairiecenterofthearts.blogspot.com

Jammsammich will perform on the CEFCU Stage on Friday night with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person at the gate. The Landing Bar will be open.

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and much more! Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The annual Illinois River Clean Up Day will begin Saturday with meeting at Forest Park Nature Center for registration from 8- 9 am and the Sweep from 9 am – Noon. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For more information and to register, call 309-686-3360.

An Open Fishing Day from the well-stocked waters of Lake Davis will be held at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Fish from the shore for free or rent a canoe for $5. Poles can be rented for $1. This program is catch and release only.

The 15th Annual Lobster Boil will be held on Saturday at the Hult Center (located at 5215 N. Knoxville in Peoria) with doors opening at 6 pm. Price is $100 per person and includes a full Lobster dinner with dessert. Tables of 10 and sponsorships are available. There will also be hundreds of silent auction items available. All proceeds benefit healthy living programs at the Hult Center.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 8th Annual Grand Cruise-In, PARC n’ Play, will be held on Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie from 4 – 9 pm. See over 200 classic cars and enjoy food, raffles, live entertainment plus activities for kids. All proceeds from this event will benefit PARC programs for people with disabilities and their families.

The Peoria Historical Society and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University will host the first annual Henri de Tonti Celebration at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday starting at 6 pm. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. Reserve your spot by calling 309-674-1921 or visiting peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Anthem Lights and Moriah Peters will perform in concert on Sunday at Grace United Methodist Church (located at 601 N. 4th Street in Pekin) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 advance and $10 door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/448730371824421/

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Kevin Hart on Vibes with Carlos Vega on Sax, playing Latin and other Jazz styles at Landmark’s Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The CIJS House Band kicks off the show on Sunday at 6 pm with the Tribe at 7:15 pm. Food and Drink available. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Peoria Zoo will host its Zoobrew & Wine Too! fundraiser tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Zambezi River Lodge. Guests can sample a variety of beers and wines while enjoying appetizers, live music, dessert and a tour of the Africa! exhibit. Tickets are $50 for members and $45 for non-members. Purchase tickets online at peoriazoo.org or call 309-681-3500.

The Children’s Home 48th Cattle Auction will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm at Le Vieux Carre & Henri de Tonti Park (located on the Peoria riverfront outside Kelleher’s Pub & Eatery and the ELM building) and features a silent auction with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres, dinner, live auction, entertainment and the cattle auction. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-687-7423.

An Evening with Patsy Cline continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 23rd. 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 $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, The Mikado, will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students 18 and under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Jared Bartman 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
will also take place on Friday featuring 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.
The Contemporary Art Center will host an Opening Reception for Bruce Walters, Merrell McQuarrie and Joshua Pitcher on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm featuring music by Manpreet Bedi & Bill Koehler. Admission is free, however, donations are requested.  For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The 2012 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held Friday – Sunday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin featuring the Marigold 5k Run, a carnival, sand volleyball, parade, kids activities, bags tournament, live entertainment, car & motorcycle show, great food including a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 8 – 11 am plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit http://www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.htm

Brendon Walsh will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Party for a Purpose will take place on Friday on the Peoria Riverfront (CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing) from 5 – 9 pm featuring the West MacQueen Street Band, twist balloons, face painting, the “Shine the Light” awareness vigil for lung cancer awareness. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-363-6429.

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

9 to 5 the Musical will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for patrons 18 and under and $12 for all ages for the Wednesday performance only and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Eastlight Theatre will present their YouthLight production of Aida at the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are $19 per person and are available online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com or call 309-699-7469.

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and more plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Presley’s Outdoors will host a Kids Fishing Derby at the Hooked on Fishing Park (next to Dixon’s Seafood Shoppes in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. There will be equipment available at no charge plus prizes awarded for the three biggest fish caught in each of the age groups plus prizes for catching specially tagged fish. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 309-697-1193.

Peoria’s 36th Annual Cat Show will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children aged 4 – 12, $12 for a family and free for children under 4 years. For more information, visit http://www.tagcc.org

Zoo Hullabaloo, a benefit for Children’s Hospital of Illinois, will be held at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Kids can enjoy the animals, face-painting, snow cones and more while helping support the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Hy-Vee, Children’s Hospital Foundation Office (located at 4541 N. Prospect, Peoria Heights) or Align Life (located at 4821 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria). Call 309-566-5666 for more information.

A Seminar called “Living with and Preparing for Transplantation” will be held on Saturday at the Bradley University Student Center, 2nd Floor from 8 am – 1:30 pm. Registration fee is $5 and registration may be made online at http://brushfire.e-vent.info/events/NKFI/Registrations.aspx?Event=27748

The Illinois Central College Horticulture Department will host the 32nd Annual Landscape and Garden Day, the biggest horticultural event in Central Illinois, on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm on the ICC East Peoria campus. Admission is free.

WorldFest 2012 will be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission and parking are free.  The International Food Court will feature ethnic appetizers and desserts from around the world. There will also be entertainment provided by the participating ethnic groups. The event also features a raffle with various prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10, or seven for $20.  For more information, call 309-673-8900.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Peoria Firefighters Local 50 will host the annual Fire On The Water on Peoria’s RiverFront on Saturday with live music, food, a bags tournament at 1 pm, a fire apparatus display (at Gateway Park) from 2 – 5 pm and live entertainment by Casual Man Band beginning at 5 pm followed by Wedding Banned until 11:30 pm. Cost per person is $15 or $30 per team to participate in the bags tournament. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Admission is free until 5 pm:  after 5 pm, admission is $5 per person donation.

A few quarters can win you some great prizes at the OSF Home Care Services Quarter Auction at the Knights of Columbus St. Jude Hall (located at 3523 W. Hill Street in Peoria) on Saturday with food available beginning at 5 pm and the auction beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free: to participate in the auction, the cost is $10 per person. There will also be a silent auction and live music. Bring your own quarters or purchase them at the event. Auction items include restaurant and store gift cards, tickets to sporting events, and an overnight stay at Par-A-Dice Hotel and dinner for two.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present their 2012-13 season opener, Music’s Fire, at Five Points Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students/children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=26405 There will be Free bus rides to the concert leaving from 2Chez at 6:15 pm and Junction City at 6:30 pm. Call 309-339-3943 to reserve your spot on the bus.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions Sunday from 2 – 9 pm for brass, woodwind and keyboard at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North in Peoria). For application and audition details please go to www.peoriasymphony.org