Archive for January, 2013

Beer for Breakfast continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through February 24. 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Bradley Women’s Basketball team will take on Evansville at the Renaissance Coliseum Tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $8, $4 for children (K-12) and Bradley University faculty and staff, free for Bradley Students with a valid ID and are available at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 309-677-2625. For more information, visit http://www.bradleybraves.com

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 6 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with promotional tickets available from most Midwest industry suppliers or online at http://www.MidwestTruckShow.com

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 Contemporary Art Center will feature Johnny Quest on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. 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. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Cabin Fever 2013 will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Friday featuring the music of The Boat Drunks with doors opening at 6:30 pm & the show starting at 8 pm. Enjoy a cheeseburger at the Par-a-Dice as well as other refreshments too. Tickets are $12 and are on sale now at the Burger Barge (located at 1401 N Main St. in East Peoria). For more information, visit http://www.933thedrive.com/Cabin-Fever-2013/12330932

An Insane Night of Comedy will be presented at Coyote Creek Golf Club (located 4 miles west of the Bartonville State Hospital) featuring Jeff Blanchard, Rodney Hood & Derek Bennett with 2 performances each on Friday & Saturday: one at 8 pm & one at 10:30 pm. A breakfast themed dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and can be added to your ticket price for an additional $15. Show only is $10 and tickets are available by calling 309-633-0911 x11. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/InsaneNightofComedy

Monster Jam 2013 is rolling into the Peoria Civic Center at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10.50, $17, $22, $32 and $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Mame will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Gerite’s Groundhog Day Outing will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park beginning at 6 am on Saturday with her prediction for the end of winter taking place on the Bricks near the Visitors’ Center at sunrise, which is scheduled for 7:07 am. Admission is free for this event. Plus, the first 500 people in the gates at Gertie’s Groundhog Day Outing will receive a coupon from McDonald’s for a free large sandwich.  Also available will be all you can eat pancakes at the Wildside Grill $4 for kids $5 for adults. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

A Winter Wonder Walk will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Watch the wonderful world of winter unfold on naturalist-guided tours. Explore animal tracks in the snow and what characteristics animals have to cope with the season. Admission is free – please dress warmly. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Kids Rock will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm featuring Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120.

Monty Python’s Spamalot returns to the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Flying cows, killer rabbits, and taunting Frenchmen are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere love Spamalot. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 1-800-745-3000.

Enjoy a free Wine Tasting and live music with “3 1/2 Men” featuring Paul Weddle on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main St. in Morton). For more information, call 309-291-0899.

JazzFest 2013 will take place at Metamora High School on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The Germantown Hills Middle School jazz band and the Metamora Township High School jazz ensemble will open for the Northern University Jazz Ensemble featuring Lew Tabackin, a world renowned tenor saxophonist and jazz flautist.  Tickets are available at Metamora Township High School for $10 or can be purchased for $15 at the door the night of the concert.

Enjoy Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos including dinner and the show at the Waterhouse (located at 619 Water Street, Suite B in downtown Peoria) on Saturday with doors opening at 7 pm, dinner/dessert at 7:30 pm and the show starting at 9 pm. Cost is $37 per person. To book seats, call 309-494-9100. For more information, visit http://www.howlinonwater.com

The Peoria Historical Society will present Vintage Valentines at the Sunday Open House at Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Tour the Historic John C. Flanagan House Museum and view hundreds of vintage valentine greetings, the Society’s collection of red and pink vintage dresses, and other memorabilia while enjoying a tea party with chocolate treats.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Beer for Breakfast continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through February 24. 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and 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

The IMEA State Music Education Conference is taking place at the Peoria Civic Center through Saturday.  Concerts open to the public include the All-State Jazz Concert which will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The All-State Concert featuring the All-State Orchestra, Chorus & Band will begin at 1 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday. And the Honors Concert featuring the Honors Orchestra, Chorus & Band will take place on Saturday beginning at 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena.   Tickets for each concert are $5 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit http://www.ilmea.org/events/13imec

A Bridal Bash hosted by Behind Every Bride will take place at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm . The largest bridal expo in central Illinois, nearly 70 wedding professionals will be on hand including design galleries, a vintage wedding market and more. A fashion show by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique + Fine Paper will take place on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will be provided by DJ4U. Admission is free. Pre-register and find more details at www.behindeverybride.com

The Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind (R&B, jazz) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. 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 also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for a dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for members and $6 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Bethany Fellowship of Churches will host Reality Check, a two-day women’s conference focusing on Colossians 3 at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 North Heinz Lane in Edwards) from 6 – 9 pm on Friday and from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday. For women ages 18 and up, there is a $5 fee for the event to cover the cost of lunch on Saturday and childcare is available for $5 per child. Register online at www.bethanycentral.org or call 309-692-1755.

An Owl Prowl will take place on Friday at Wildlife Prairie Park from 6 – 7:30 pm. There will be a short presentation with live owls and the opportunity to  learn about their unique calls.  You’ll also venture outdoors to try to call in a wild owl. Admission for members is $2 for children and $4 for adults and for non members, admission is $5 for children and $7 for adults. To make reservations, call 309-676-0998 ext 6758 or email saramackey@wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Wine & Cheese Under the Stars on Friday from 7- 9 pm. Host, Sheldon Shafer, VP & Curator of the Solar System, will lead a guided tour of the universe with the state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium equipment as you relax with a glass of wine. Admission is $25 for members or $30 for non-members. Refreshments will be provided. Call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama will perform as part of the River City Blues Society on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin). Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com

Kids Rock, the new musical series just for kids and their families, will present Julie K on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm in the Peoria Public Library North Branch McKenzie Room. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-497-2120.

International award winning magician, inspirational speaker and self improvement authority, Mitch Williams, will host a Book Signing event for his new book, ” A Call to Magic – the Artful Science of Transforming Self and World” on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm at I Know You Like a Book in downtown Peoria Heights. Admission is free.

An Easter Seals Spaghetti Dinner will be held at CountrySide Banquet Hall (located at 659 School Street in Washington) on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm. There will be 50/50, raffles and auction items plus  the Denim Blue Band will provide live entertainment. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children 4-7 and 3 and younger are free. Meet families from Easter Seals who will share their stories about what Easter Seals has done for them. 100% of donations go to help children with disabilities through Easter Seals.

The Peking Acrobats will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Since their Western debut more than 25 years ago, the Peking Acrobats have redefined public perceptions of Chinese acrobatics.  Tickets are $25 and $35 for adults and $15 and $25 for ages 18 & under and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at http://www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:30 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

Draft Culture, the female fronted cover band, will perform at the Fieldhouse (located at 1200 West Main St. in Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge, however you must be 21 or older. The band will also be playing original music in addition to their 80s &90s rock. For more information call 309-494-9600 or visit http://www.facebook.com/draft.culture.9

The Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center will host a LOTUS Women’s Event at the Ruffle Room at Heaven on Earth at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free.  The event is for girls and women who suspect they might have a blood disorder or with known blood disorders including but not limited to Anemia, Hemophilia, ITP or von Willebrand Disease. Food and beverages will be provided along with gift bags for the first 50 attendees. For more information and to sign up, call 309- 688-1345 or visit www.compbleed.com

Winter Jam 2013 will be live in concert at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. The show will be headlined by GRAMMY®-winning, multi-platinum recording artist TobyMac and will also feature RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor with a message from national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Speakeasy, featuring Judy Page on vocals, at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at Landmark Recreation Center, 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. Playing jazz and R&B, the CIJS House Band kicks off at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. Food and drink will also be available. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.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.  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 Area World Affairs Council will present “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity,” at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N. Galena Road in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning with a reception and book signing at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6 pm and the program at 7 pm. Rabbi Brant Rosen of Evanston will discuss Israeli-Palestinian issues and explore the intersection between Judaism and social justice. Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $30 for Peoria Area World Affairs Council members and students and $35 for non-members and may be purchased at http://artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Beer for Breakfast continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through February 24. 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Brian Regan will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $42.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Bradley Women’s Basketball takes on Northern Iowa at the Renaissance Coliseum on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children (K-12) and Bradley University faculty and staff and free for Bradley Students with a valid ID and may be purchased at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 309-677-2625. For more information, visit http://www.bradleybraves.com

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Williams and the Soggy Bottom Blues Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Also on Friday, Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

GENeration United, the Heart of Illinois United Way’s emerging leaders group, will host the Snowball Masquerade at the Waterhouse (located at 619 Southwest Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm.  The evening includes a masquerade contest and entertainment provided by The Motown Junkies. Tickets are $60 or include 3 raffle tickets for a total of $75 and are available at http://genusnowball.eventbrite.com/#  or by calling 309-674-5181.  All proceeds will support the Heart of Illinois United Way Community Impact fund. For more information, visit http://hoiunitedway.org/HOIUW-generation-united-events.php

The movie Me Again will be screened on Friday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria First Church of the Nazarene (located at 5504 N. University St. in Peoria) Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pureflix.com

The Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse will present Red at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are on sale at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The IESA State Cheerleading Championship will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday evening and all day Saturday featuring the best elementary cheerleading teams from throughout the state of Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.iesa.org/activities/chr/

The Penguin Project will be present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior” beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Eastlight Theatre (located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium in East Peoria). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and are available by calling 309-699-SHOW or online at www.EastlightTheatre.com

Family Fest 2013 will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. A family-focused community event, the event includes attractions, games, presentations and entertainment. Admission is $5 for adults or children or $15 for a family four pack and includes all of the inflatables, rock wall, Peoria Riverfront Museum planetarium and more. For more information, visit http://www.rbshows.com/familyFest.php

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Missouri State at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 1 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.

Corn Stock for Kids will host an Audition Workshop on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (lower level) for their upcoming production of Little Mermaid, Jr. in April. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196 or visit www.CornStockTheatre.com

Enjoy Native American flute music or try your hand at playing as part of the River Spirit Flute Circle at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. All levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public – no previous musical experience is necessary. Flutes will be available to borrow or purchase or bring your own. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Morton Boy Scout Troop 178 will host their Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm at the Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N. Tennessee Ave.in Morton). Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children and $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children at the door or $20 for a family of five or more. Carryouts will be available. Bids for the silent auction will be taken from 4 – 7:30 pm. For tickets, call 309-253-9454 or 309-264-9454.

The Sun Foundation Winter Warming Children’s Benefit will take place on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 Southwest Washington Street in Peoria). Tickets are $55 per person and include wine and brew tasting hosted by Super Liquors, hors d’oeurves by Cracked Pepper Catering, live music with Paul Adams and dessert. Throughout the event there will be coffee by Starbucks, and a silent auction and a specialty raffle. All proceeds benefit the Sun Foundation Children’s Program Fund. For reservations, call 309-246-8403 or visit http://sunfoundation.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. On Sunday, they take on the Houston Aeros 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

A reception for artist Ron Jackson will be held at the Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison in downtown Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm to introduce his exhibit “Frags and Co-ordinates”. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaArtGuild

4play: An Afternoon of Playreading – Love Life, the Universe, and Playreading: A Sextet of Original Plays by Gary Hale and Rachael Stanford will take place on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196 or visit www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 2013 Martin Luther King Luncheon will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall  on Monday beginning at Noon featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the featured speaker. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 309-675-3649 as well as at City Hall (located at 419 Fulton St, Room 403).

The Bradley Women’s Basketball team will take on Wichita State at the Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. And on Sunday, The Bradley Women’s Basketball team will take on Missouri State at the Renaissance Coliseum beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $8, $4 for children (K-12), Bradley University faculty and staff and free for Bradley Students with a valid ID and may be purchased at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 309-677-2625. For more information, visit http://www.bradleybraves.com

Beer for Breakfast opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through February 24. 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Michael Kosta will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday 8 pm 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

The Contemporary Art Center will feature The Flying D’Rito Brothers on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will perform at the Waterhouse (located at 619 Water Street, Suite B in downtown Peoria) on Friday with doors opening at 7 pm.  Dinner begins at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. Cost is $37 per person. To book your seats, call 309-494-9100. For more information, visit http://www.howlinonwater.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. 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 Amazing Kreskin will perform at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. For over 50 years, Kreskin has been telling people things about themselves that only they or a close friend could possibly know. He lets the audience hide his check, and if he can’t find it he forfeits his fee. Tickets are $29.50 or $39.50 for gold circle seating and are available online at http://fivepointswashington.org  For more information, visit http://jaytv.com

The Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse will present Red at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award, tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are on sale now at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com   Get Half Priced Tickets at Peoria-Deals.com! (This pre-paid offer expires Thursday, Jan. 10th at Midnight)

Eagle Day at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles winter near the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Frisbee Club host its 10th annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Players of all abilities are invited rain or shine. The entry fee for a two-player team is $40 with all proceeds benefiting the Peoria Area Food Bank. Registration begins at 10:30 am at the picnic shelter in Lower Bradley Park. For more information, call 309-267-0880 or visit www.peoriafrisbeeclub.com

Peoria Push will host Winter Plunderland in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and kids 6 & under are free. Proceeds will benefit the Sacred Heart Sandwich Program. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://peoriarollerderby.org

Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will present Songs from the Woods with Chris Vallillo on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 & under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information call 309- 686-3360.

Zac Brown Band will perform in concert at Peoria Civic Center with opening act Blackberry Smoke on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Reserved seat tickets are $69.50,.$59.50 and $45 and general admission floor tickets are $69.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Heritage Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive, East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm  Tickets are $15 for general public, $12 for seniors and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit http://www.artsaticc.com

2013 World Championship Motorcycle ICE Racing will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 2-12 for reserved seating and $18 for adults and $10 for children aged 2-12 for general admission and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The Wedding Show will take place at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott (located at 201 Broadway St. in downtown Normal) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm with fashion shows at Noon and 2 pm hosted by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique + Fine Paper. Entertainment will be provided by Premier Productions. Admission is free.

The Healthy Homes, Healthy Bodies Seminar: Improving the Health of Your Air, Water, and Body will be held at Body Fitness (located at 3020 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Four local health experts will be on hand for this free seminar to present tips on how to improve nutrition, remove toxins from your water and improve your indoor air quality at home. For more information, call 309-685-5777.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Gallery Walk including a guided tour of the Illinois River Encounter, led by Ann Schmitt, Assistant Director and Curator of Education beginning at 2 pm. For more information, call 309-863-3030. The Gallery Walk is free with regular admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ and $9 for ages 3-17. Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount off of admission price.

The Young Professionals of Greater Peoria January Social will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Keller Williams Realty (located at 2426 W. Cornerstone Court in Peoria). Snacks and drinks will be provided. Admission is $5 or free for YPGP members. Register to be a member at www.ypogp.org/dues

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center beginning 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, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Whisper & Shout will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center – it’s an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Also on Friday, Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.
And on Saturday, the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) will host an Opening Reception for David Hayes and Anastasia Samoylova from 6:30 – 8:30 pm featuring music by Barry Cloyd. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Pat Dixon 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 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

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm and at 8 pm on Friday. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.comor by calling 800-745-3000. Recommended for ages 13+ due to mature language and situations.  The show tells the story of a trio of friends searching for love and friendship in the Australian outback. With over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla features dance-floor favorites such as “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”

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

A Winter Wonder Walk will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Watch the wonderful world of winter unfold on naturalist-guided tours. Explore animal tracks in the snow and what characteristics animals have to cope with the season. Admission is free – please dress warmly. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Rep The Midwest, a break-dancing event featuring top talent from across the country, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. With $5,000 in award money available, the event will also feature artists and djs. Tickets are $10 and are available at http://repthemidwest.eventbrite.com  Kids 12 & under are free. Watch the trailer at http://youtu.be/KWDBOgFLocE For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/290577694393135/

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present their New Year’s Greeting: Vienna to Broadway II on Saturday at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7:30 pm. Soloists include Broadway stars Doug LaBrecque and Christiane Noll. Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students & children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria), Five Points Box Office or online at http://fivepointswashington.org   Bus rides are available 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 Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Sunday beginning at 10 am. The first runway show is 11 am with a second show is at 1:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, 309-688-1411 or 309-263-8155.

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Wichita State on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 4:30 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.