Archive for November, 2012

The 4th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Expo Gardens (located at 1604 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) and continues Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens aged 60 and over and children aged 3 – 14 and free for children 2 and under. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Home for the Holidays continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) through December 31. 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

FOLEPI’s Winter Wonderland is open through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road in East Peoria. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays – Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for cars & vans, $20 for limousines, extended vans and party buses and RVs and $150 for full size buses. Cash & debit cards are accepted for payment. For more information, visit http://www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

Dave Foley will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash payment except for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $16 or $15 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Downton Abbey Season 2 Marathon will continue through December 21st from 10:30 am – Noon on Fridays at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria).  Every Friday an episode from Season 2 will be presented from this program that explores the impact of WWI on the people of Great Britain. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

A Local Artists’ Holiday Showcase and Sale will be held at the Shoppes of Grand Prairie on Friday & Saturday showcasing the works of local artists over the holiday season featuring glassblowers, wood turners, jewelry-makers, clay throwers and more in the old bookstore on the S.E. corner of the Shoppes complex. Hours are 4 – 8 on Fridays and Noon – 6 pm on Saturdays through December 23. For more information, call 309-692-3672.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature DC3 (rock, blues, R & B) 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

Christmas on Court in downtown Pekin will feature over 1,000 candlelight luminaries bathing downtown Pekin with a warm, festive glow on Friday from 5 – 8 pm during the Business Open House. Enjoy strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor theatre plus photos with Santa will be available. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.pekinmainstreet.com

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays on the Illinois River with “A Celtic Christmas” on the Spirit of Peoria featuring a hot homemade buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment. On Friday is a dinner cruise boarding at 6:30 pm and returning to dock by 9 pm for $43 per person or $21.50 for children aged 4 – 12. Children 3 and under eat free. On Saturday, the lunch cruise boards beginning at Noon and the boat returns by 2:30 pm: cost is $39 per person or $19.50 for children aged 4-12 and include tax and service charge.  To make reservations for individuals or groups, call 1-800-676-8988.

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present “A Holiday Extravaganza” on Friday beginning at 7 pm at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors (ages 62 and over) and are available at Five Points Washington. Group rates are also available. For more information, call 888-409-8815 or visit http://fivepointswashington.org

Corn Stock for Kids will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults & $6 for children and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by phone at 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Eastlight Theatre will present Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Tazwood Dance Company will present Imagine! Dance! at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Music of Kings” beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Grace Presbyterian Church (located on State Route 91). Individual tickets range from $26 – $66 and students tickets are $11. To order tickets and for more information call 309-671-1096 or visit www.peoriasymphony.org

A Chorus Line will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $49 and $59 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com, or charge at 1-800-745-3000.

The annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation will take place on Saturday beginning at 10 am at the RiverPlex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street in Peoria). Visit www.jinglebellpeoria.com to register and for more information.

The Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in – Glen Oak Park – in Peoria) will host Critter Christmas where you can enjoy a light breakfast then watch the tiger cubs and other animals receive their gifts on Saturday from 9 am – 11 pm. Santa will be on hand too. Register by calling 309-681-3513 or purchase advance tickets at the Zoo Gift Shop. Admission is $5 for Zoo members and $10 for non-members, children 2 and under are free.

Peoria Heights will kick off the holiday season with its Annual Christmas Walk and Sing and tree lighting on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm with horse-drawn carriage rides, music by the Main Street Quartet, shopping specials and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at Heights Flowers. At 5:15 pm, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as the Peoria Heights Congregation Church leads the Christmas Sing before the tree lighting ceremony. Learn more at www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The 29th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store opens this weekend at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie and runs through December 19 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings – whomever they wish – while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper Level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (in the former Borders Location) on December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16 (weekends only). All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Historic Holiday Traditions will take place at the 132-year-old Doering Homeplace (located at 326 Pekin Ave.in East Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free. The 132-year-old Doering Homeplace provides a unique look back in time during the open house sponsored by the East Peoria Historical Society as part of the East Peoria Festival of Lights. Holiday decorations will include 1800s-style handmade ornaments.  For tours at other times by appointment, call 309-696-9227.

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Michigan at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $8, $15 and $22 for the general public, $4, $7.50 and $11 for Bradley faculty & staff and $1 for Bradley students and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.

Join the farm animals in the Big Barn at Linden Hill Farms (located at 8412 W. Middle Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 5 pm as they settle down for the night to hear the Christmas story. Sing Christmas Carols and share the joy of the season during the frosty winter evenings. Cookies and hot chocolate provided. Admission is $5 for adults, children under 3 are free. Call 309-697-4041 to make reservations. For more information, visit http://www.lindenhillfarms.com/Weekend_Events.php

The Peoria Historical Society invites you to celebrate the Holiday Season with a tour of four historical homes in two historic districts of Peoria with The Splendor of Christmas Past from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday & from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 for adults at the door and children under age 12 are free with adult admission and are available at the Peoria Historical Society Office (located at 611 SW Washington Street in Peoria), Harp and Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) or Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Kids’ PJ Party with Julie K and Santa will take place during the Festival of Trees at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) with shows at 5:45 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per child and ages 2 and under are free. Dinner will be available for purchase.

Pekin Main Street & Artistic Community Theatre will present a dinner- theatre style production of “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8 including dinner, dessert, & the show. Reservations are available by calling 309-353-3100.

The Spirit of Peoria will host North Pole Naughtiness, a Murder Mystery Cruise on Saturday with boarding at 7 pm and cruise from 8 – 10 pm. Who done it? And why? This interactive cruise is more than a shot in the dark. The cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids ages 4 – 12 and reservations may be made by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Peoria Art Guild will host an Artists’ Reception for Brian Selke, Casey VanHecke and Neal Vandenbergh on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm at the Guild. Selke’s “Songs You’ll Probably Hate,” VanHecke’s “Demon Days” and Vandenbergh’s “Within and Against” will be exhibited through January 11th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm. For more information, call 309-637-2787 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org

Christmastime GospelFest, a holiday concert featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers performing southern gospel Christmas music, will be held on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and students in grade school or high school and are available at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore, the front desk at Five Points Washington, by calling 309-472-0027 or by email at shawn@gospelfestministries.com Group rates are also available. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature, A Cadaver Christmas & Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, will take place at Landmark Theaters beginning at 8 pm on Saturday. Admission is $7 per person. There will be give-aways and on-screen fun.

The Philharmonic Chorale Winter Concert will be presented on Sunday at St. Mark Catholic Church beginning at 2:30 pm. Directed by J. Michael Morris, the Chorale will perform an hour of Christmas music to listen to, and to sing along. Admission is free.

Join local sculptor Patricia Keck on a guided tour of CIAO and Friends Invitational: An Exhibition of Works by Central Illinois Artists at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free to members or with the purchase of a regular museum admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ or $9 for ages 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-863-3009 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 5 pm. Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

The Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 Water Street in Peoria) will host their Thanksgiving Jam tonight (Wednesday) featuring South Side Cindy from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members. Donations of food items for local pantries will be collected at the event also. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

FOLEPI’s Winter Wonderland will be open beginning Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road in East Peoria. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays – Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for cars & vans, $20 for limousines, extended vans and party buses and RVs and $150 for full size buses. Cash & debit cards are accepted for payment. For more information, visit http://www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

The pilot episode of Heartland Sound Staged, a television show featuring “Unique Bands in Unique Locations”, will air on WTVP featuring the Celtic music of The Roundstone Buskers beginning at 8 pm on Thursday night. For more information, visit heartlandsoundstaged.org

The 125th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday morning beginning at 10:15 am. For full information & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

A Downton Abbey Season 2 Marathon will be held through December 21st from 10:30 am – Noon on Fridays at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria).  Every Friday an episode from Season 2 will be presented from this program that explores the impact of WWI on the people of Great Britain. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater for three performances on Friday at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $27, $40 and $52 and on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, or charge at 800-745-3000.

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.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for a dance lesson and from 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 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 pm. Local entertainers will perform at numerous locations in downtown Peoria and will offer complimentary refreshments. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit http://www.peoriaevents.com

Enjoy a holiday tradition of Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect (on the corner of Prospect & Gift in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The Poinsettia Show under the warm glow of hundreds of candles is enhanced with live performances of holiday music. Admission is waived during the holidays, although donations are always accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Home for the Holidays continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield on Friday through December 31. On Thursdays (although there is no show on Thanksgiving night), 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 Rivermen will take on the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm.  The Rivermen will also face the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at 7 pm.  Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com Season tickets are also available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or by calling 309-676-1040.

The River City Blues Society Friday Night Blues Series will feature Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell MaMa from Chicago at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for Society members For more information, call 309-648-8510 or visit www.rivercityblues.com

John Evans will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 22nd FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place on the River Trail of Illinois on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am (the non-competitive walk) and 9 am (the 4 mile competitive run). Entry fee is $12 for the race only, or $35 for the race and a FOLEPI River Trail Classic hooded sweatshirt For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit http://www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights
The race is open to men, women and children of all ages. Awards will be presented to the first overall male and female runners and the first three finishers in each age division. A party will take place after the race.

The Peoria Area Chamber is proud to support Small Business Saturday and encourage Central Illinoisans to shop at their favorite small businesses this Saturday. For more details and information about specific retailers who are participating by offering specials & discounts to customers, visit the Small Business Saturday for Central Illinois Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-Business-Saturday-Central-Illinois/245642002151363?ref=hl

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society will host a Kristkindlmarkt at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria across from Finish Line Ford) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. There will be a variety of arts and crafts plus imported items from Germany and Austria available also. Food and beverages, typical of the Kristkindlmarkts will also be available for purchase including bratwurst, schnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. Entertainment will featurie the Lindehhof Echoes (alpine horn group), a brass group playing Christmas Carols, as well as Christmas Carolers and a strolling accordion player. Santa Claus will be available from 1 – 4 pm each day. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to local food pantries. For more information, call 309-444-4656 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Tennessee Martin at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14 and $20 for the general public, $4, $7 and $10 for Bradley faculty & staff and $1 for Bradley students and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.

Historic Holiday Traditions will take place on Saturday at the 132-year-old Doering Homeplace (located at 326 Pekin Ave.in East Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm and from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. The Doering Homeplace provides a unique look back in time during open houses sponsored by the East Peoria Historical Society occurring as part of the East Peoria Festival of Lights. Holiday decorations will include 1800s-style handmade ornaments.  For tours at other times (by appointment), call 309-696-9227.

The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue will be presented on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at the ICC Theatre Box Office or by phone at 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The 5th Annual All Star Holiday Concert to benefit the Pediatric Resource Center will begin at 3 pm on Sunday at Dingeldine Center at Bradley University. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and free for children 12 and under and are available at the door. For more information please visit pediatricresourcecenter.org

Sky Harbor’s 31st Annual Holiday Wine Tasting will feature Local Wines and Wine experts from Willetts Winery and Kickapoo Creek Winery will take place from 5 – 9 pm Tonight (Thursday) with complimentary tasting and a question & answer session. There will also be a cheese tasting courtesy of Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, chocolate by Fannie May plus live music by poet/songstress Shannon Moore beginning at 7 pm. The full menu will be available during regular dining hours of 4 – 10 pm. Reservations are suggested.

Home for the Holidays opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through December 31. 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

Enjoy a Girls Night Out tonight (Thursday) 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 their unique merchandise and there will also be free massages, facials, a wellness coach and wine tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Community Children’s Theatre will present Roger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella Enchanted Edition” at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm Tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and also at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children and will be available at the door.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Tickets are $33, $40.50, $50.50 and $60.50 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.

Spooky Dog & the Teen-Age Gang Mysteries continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm Tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136.

The Philadelphia Story continues at the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for faculty & staff, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Josh Blue will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 or $18 with cash except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm show, which are $16 or $15 with cash. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 37th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Friday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel & Casino in East Peoria beginning at 11:45 am. Tickets are $45 per person for Chamber members or $65 per person for non-members and are available by calling 309-495-5970. For more information, visit www.peoriachamber.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up (R&B, jazz) 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 take place on Friday featuring 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 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a holiday tradition of Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect (corner of Prospect & Gift in Peoria) from 6 – 9 pm. The Poinsettia Show under the warm glow of hundreds of candles is enhanced with live performances of holiday music. Admission is waived during the holidays, although donations are always accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm. Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659 Season tickets are also available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or by calling 309-676-1040.

George Jones will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets purchased for the original concert (March 24, 2012) will be honored for the rescheduled date – no exchange is necessary. If you cannot attend the rescheduled date, tickets may also be refunded at the point of purchase.

The Home Party Bazaar will take place at the RiverPlex in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Get a jump on your Holiday shopping with homemade craft vendors and home party companies. Admission and parking are free. Visit http://www.riverplex.org/arena-birthdays-special-events-rentals for a complete list of Bazaar companies. For more information, call 309-282-1508.

The Northminster Learning Center (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will host its first Holiday Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. The offerings will include jewelry, beauty products, handbags, household decor, gourmet cooking items, children’s accessories and toys, and much more. Breakfast, Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase throughout the day. All proceeds from the fair will go toward the early childhood programs at the center. For more information, call 309-691-6322 or 309-256-8059.

History comes to life at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) as Civil War soldiers construct Winter Quarters and prepare for their winter encampment on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm Admission is $5 per vehicle.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will present a Grand Day of Giving on Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm. Bring in gently used coats, new unwrapped toys, or non-perishable foods to the Shoppes Office, you’ll receive a wristband to wear all day during the Grand Day of Giving which will give you special discounts plus a chance to enter and win prizes at participating stores. All donations will benefit Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots, and local food pantries.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via carriage also on Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in the Center Court from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Arriving all the way from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin the celebration by lighting the tree in Center Court and opening Santa’s Grand Holiday Village – a Winter Wonderland filled with a stocking-stuffer store, holiday vendors, and many more magical surprises (like carriage rides, cookies and cocoa). For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

Meet author of the Iron Fey series, Julie Kagawa, at the Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 1137 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1- 3 pm. Admission is free. Kagawa’s new book, The Lost Prince, is a continuation of that series and explores the world of the faery through the eyes of Ethan Chase over a decade after the adventures of his sister Meghan. Enjoy snacks, prizes, and a chance to ask the author about her books and her life as an author. Copies of The Lost Prince will be available for sale and signing. Call 309-497-2150 to reserve a copy of the book.

The 28th Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade begins at the intersection of East Washington Street and Dolans Lane. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit http://cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights/displays/parade-of-lights

Draft Culture will perform at Dizzy Dean’s (located at 1109 West Garfield Avenue in Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge. Draft Culture is a female fronted, 80 & 90s rock cover band. For more information, call 309-697-0554.

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at the Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, the event is a fundraiser that will feature several operating model railroad layouts, swap meet tables, photos, books, railroad memorabilia, videos and more. Admission is $3 for adults and kids aged 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be available.

The 42nd Annual Peoria Turkey Trot will take place on Sunday from 1- 3 pm at Detweiller Park. Peoria’s oldest running race, the 4-mile run’s top two finishers in each division receive a trophy and a turkey, compliments of Kroger. All entrants receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt. A 1/2 mile youth fun-run will take place immediately before the start of the run. Fee is $18 or $2 for the Youth Fun Run (does not include t-shirt). For more information, visit http://www.peoriaparks.org/running

Peoria Riverfront Museum Director of Collections Kristan H. McKinsey, will conduct a Guided Tour of the Collections Gallery on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Exhibitions include 50 Years of Studio Art Glass and Southwest Moments: selections from the Charles and Jeanette Gilchrist White Collection. The guided tour is free with paid admission which is free for members and $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60 and over and $9 for ages 3-17. Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount off of admission price. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Illinois Central Jazz Train at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. The CIJS House Band will open at 6 pm. 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

Chonda Pierce, The Queen of Clean, will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $22 and $27 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.

A Conversation with Ninian Edwards and Chief Gomo will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria). The event is free but donations will be accepted to offset expenses. On the bicentennial of the very night Edward’s men burned Peoria in the War of 1812, spend an hour with two of the most pivotal and dynamic personalities in Illinois History as portrayed by Brian “Fox” Ellis. For more information, visit http://www.prairiefolkloretheater.com

Move Over Mrs. Markham continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday.  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 For a $5 Off per couple coupon, visit Peoria-Deals.com!

The Philadelphia Story will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for faculty & staff, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650.

A Downton Abbey Season 2 Marathon will be held from 10:30 am – Noon on Friday at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria).  Every Friday an episode from Season 2 will be presented from this program that explores the impact of WWI on the people of Great Britain. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up (R&B, jazz) 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 Peoria Junior League will host its annual Julep’s Closet event this weekend at the Peoria Riverplex. Hours are Friday from 5 – 8 pm for Twice the Price night, Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm (all items are regular price) and Sunday from 10 am – 1:30 pm (all items are half price). The bag sale is also on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is $1 on Friday and Saturday and free on Sunday.  For more information, visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

The CUREageous event to benefit the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation will take place on Friday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel beginning at 6:30 pm. The event will feature heavy hors d’oevres, a CureTini bar, a raffle & silent auction, live entertainment provided by JammSammich and the 2012 Roc Docs awards presentation honoring Doctors in the Peoria area who go above & beyond for their patients. Tickets are $125 per person or a party pack of 10 tickets is $1000. To order tickets or for more information, visit http://www.illinoiscancer.com

Sarah Hawbecker will present “A Program of American Composers” on the completely restored 1919 Hinners organ at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd., Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is free, however, an offering will be received with a reception following the recital.

Next to Normal continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located within upper Bradley Park in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Spooky Dog & the Teen-Age Gang Mysteries will be presented by the ICC theatre department at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136.

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 ($18 with cash) except the Friday 9:30 show, which is $16 ($15 with cash). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Eastern Illinois at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $8, $14 and $20 for the general public, $4, $7 and $10 for Bradley faculty & staff and $1 for Bradley students and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.  For more information, visit bradleybraves.com

St. Bernard’s Church (located at 509 E Kansas St. in Peoria) will be serving their famous homemade Chicken & Noodle Dinner on Saturday from 2 – 8 pm. Prices for the dinners are $8 for adults and $5 for children and includes a drink and a home made desserts. There will be plenty of room to sit and enjoy holiday music and a your meal. Carryout dinners and take home quarts will be available also from 2 to 8 pm for $8. There will also be a “Win Big” grand raffle of $10,000 cash available. Other winners of cash drawings will be 2 – $500 & 2 – $250 cash prizes. A donation of $10 per chance will put you in drawing for all these cash drawings. All raffle drawings will be at 8 pm at the event and you need not be present to win.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Fantastic Journey” beginning at 8 pm on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Featuring performances of Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Holst’s “The Planets”, individual tickets range from $26 – $66 and students tickets are $11. To order tickets and for more information call 309-671-1096 or visit www.peoriasymphony.org
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Illinois artist David Alan Badger will sign his latest book, Sweet Desserts from Peoria Illinois, at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. The book is a compilation of pen and ink drawings of historical Peoria homes and businesses paired with favorite desserts from local businesses and organizations. The book will be on sale for $25 and part of the proceeds will benefit The Peoria Historical Society. For more information, call 309-674-1921.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Chrysanthemum Show continues daily at Luthy Botanical Garden.  Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays – Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Cost is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up) or free for children aged 12 and under and Garden Members.

The Peoria County Triad’s 3rd Annual Chili Supper and Bake Sale will take place today (Thursday) from 4 – 7 pm at the First Church of the Brethren (located at 4714 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) featuring all you can eat Chili, cornbread, dessert and drinks for a suggested donation of $5 per person. The bake sale will be based on donations as well. All proceeds go to further the programs of Peoria County Triad.

Move Over Mrs. Markham continues tonight (Thursday) 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 For a $5 Off per couple coupon, visit Peoria-Deals.com!

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm. The Rivermen also face the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday at 7 pm. Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659 Season tickets are also available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or by calling 309-676-1040.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm 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.

Disney’s Mary Poppins will be presented at the the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Friday, at 2 pm and 8 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $45 to $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or charge at 1-800-745-3000.

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.
The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Motown Junkies 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 feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877.

Phil Palisoul 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 8 pm 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

A Downton Abbey Season 2 Marathon will be held from 10:30 am – Noon on Friday at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria).  Every Friday an episode from Season 2 will be presented from this program that explores the impact of WWI on the people of Great Britain. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present “The Romance of Broadway” Concert & Wine Tasting on Friday from 5:30 – 9 pm at the Cornerstone Building (located at 321 Northeast Madison Ave. in Peoria). The seventh annual ensemble concert and wine tasting features music, appetizers, wine pairings and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at artstix.artspartners.net or by calling 888-218-4650.

The Bradley Braves Volleyball team will take on Creighton at 7 pm on Friday and Northern Illinois at 7 pm on Saturday at the Renaissance Coliseum.
Also, the Bradley Men’s Soccer team will take on Central Arkansas on Saturday at 7 pm at Shea Stadium. It is Fan Appreciation Night, so all tickets are $1 or free with a canned food donation. Parking is $3.  Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Wisconsin-Parkside in a pre-season match up at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14 and $20 for the general public, $4, $7 and $10 for Bradley faculty & staff and $1 for Bradley students and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.  For more information, visit bradleybraves.com

Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea will be shown beginning at 7 pm on Friday at the Peoria First Church of the Nazarene (located at 5504 N. University St. in Peoria. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.amazinglovemovie.com

Next to Normal will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located within upper Bradley Park in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com Get 50% Off with the Peoria-Deals.com Pre-Paid Deal! (Valid through 6 pm on Friday, 11/2)

The 5th annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival featuring indie horror films from features, shorts, music videos and trailers plus door prizes and more at Landmark Cinemas on Friday from 7pm -12 am and on Saturday from 12 pm -12 am. Lord Blood-Rah will be on hand to MC the event. Tickets are $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and $20 for a weekend pass. . For a list of movies and to purchase pre-sale tickets, visit www.drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com

The Diabetes Awareness Expo will take place on Saturday from 9 am – Noon at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria). Admission is free. The will be free blood glucose screenings, educational information and door prizes. For more information, call 309-683-8383.

The Methodist Medical Center Service League will hold its 62nd annual Gift Show on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm in the Methodist Atrium Lobby (located at 900 Main St. in Peoria). A range of handmade items, infant clothes, toys, jewelry, candy, baked goods and more will be for sale. All proceeds benefit patient care services at Methodist.

Studios on Sheridan (located at 929 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Guests can enjoy refreshments, tour the gallery and visit other businesses in the Sunbeam Building, including Urban Artifacts, Excel Recycled Office Furniture, Restoration and the Morgan Elser Gallery. For more information, call 309-202-8665.

The 50th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center in the Ballroom with the social hour beginning at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the NAACP Office (located at 101 S. MacArthur Hwy. in Peoria) or by calling 309-672-6344 and also at the President’s Office (located at at 419 Fulton Suite 218 in Peoria) or by calling 309-637-1010.

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Murder Mystery Cruise on Saturday with boarding at 7 pm and cruise from 8 – 10 pm. The cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds in “Dying to Win”.  Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids ages 4 – 12 and reservations may be made by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Peoria Park District Sport Auction will be held at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm with the live auction beginning at 2 pm. Sports card vendors will be set up to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles. Proceeds benefit Peoria Park District Youth Sports. Admission is $1 and kids 12 & under free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaparks.org/sports-auction

The 85th Annual Itoo Supper will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 7 pm. The cost for adults is $15 and children under twelve years of age are $8. Beverages, desserts and Lebanese delicacies will also be available. The freshly prepared food is served family style at your table, or carry outs are available. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or by contacting any member or are also available at the door.

The Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation will host the “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon” fundraiser featuring music by Side Tracked from 1 -4:30 pm at the The GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd in downtown Peoria). The event is BYO drinks and snacks, with a light supper provided in the lower level. Admission is $25 and reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-636-7022.