Archive for February, 2013

Luthy Botanical Garden continues its “Garish…but Green” Garden Show  through Sunday during regular conservatory hours, which are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and 12 – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Enjoy the best and worst of landscaping faux pas – from gnomes to flocks of flamingos – and learn about sustainable practices for your home and garden. For more information, call 309-681-3506.

Unnecessary Farce opens tonight (Thursday) the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 14. 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 
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A Raisin in the Sun will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Directed by guest artist, Bradley alumnus, local theatre artist and television personality Garry Moore, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts/single-performance-reservation

Kevin Williams will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm performances and $15 or $14 with cash payment for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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 Central Illinois Recreational Vehicle Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center from 1 – 7 pm on Friday from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is paid at the door and is $8 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12, kids 5 and under are free. Seniors ages 65 and older are $5 on Friday only. For more information, visit http://www.eventsltd.org/page3.htm

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends 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, also on Friday, 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

Eureka College will host its 2nd Annual Literary Festival on Friday & Saturday featuring authors John McNally, Jesse Graves and Olivia Chadha. Graves and Chadha will hold readings and book signings at 7:30 pm on Friday, and McNally and Graves will hold signings on Saturday. Also, a variety of workshops will be held throughout the day on Saturday. All events are free and will be held in the Cerf Center. For a complete schedule, click HERE  For more information, call 309-467-6332.

The ICC Theatre Program will present Rashomon on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. The show is rated PG-13 for mature themes. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com/tickets

Lewis Black‘s 2013 standup tour, “The Rant Is Due” will take the Peoria Civic Center Theater stage on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $59.50, $45 and $35 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.TicketMaster.com

The Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison St. in Peoria) will exhibit “Nude Attitude” on Friday from 9 pm to midnight featuring an array of visual arts including interactive elements, a collaboration with the Peoria Ballet Cabaret and live model art education. Hors d’oeuvres and libations will be provided. Advance tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $40 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.peoriaartguild.org/!/Nude-Attitude  Proceeds will go toward a variety of educational exhibitions, events and classes.

Forest Park Nature Center and the Peoria Audubon Society will host a “Birding Tour of the Illinois River” on Saturday from 7 am – 4 pm. The tour will meet at Forest Park and visit bird migration hotspots along the Illinois River including Spring Lake, Chautauqua, Emiquon Preserve, Rice Lake and Banner Marsh. The tour is open to ages 14 and older. Cost is $35, and includes lunch and transportation. C.O.R.E. and Peoria Audubon members receive a $5 discount. To register, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Mental Health America of Illinois Valley will hold the 2013 Mental Health Forum on Saturday from 8 am – 4:15 pm in Room 116 of Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. Director of Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group, Rene Sandoval, will deliver the keynote address and local health professionals will lead breakout sessions throughout the day covering topics such as bullying, suicide, addiction, stress, discrimination and more. The registration fee is $125 which includes the keynote speech, break-out sessions, lunch & awards or $25 for only lunch and the awards. For a complete schedule, visit www.mhaiv.org  For more information, call 309-677-3179.

The Sun Foundation will host Building the Soil: Bio Humic Organic Method Farm Workshop featuring Gary McDonald on Saturday from 9 – 11 am at the Sun Foundation (located at 1276 Sun Rd. in Washburn). McDonald will cover the basics of organic farming, from tillage practices and weed control to practical applications and marketing. Cost is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-246-8403.

The Elmwood All Outdoors Show will take place at the Elmwood High School (located at 301 W Butternut St. in Elmwood) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring vendors, a youth archery range, wild game cooking seminars, dog training seminars & demonstrations, wild animals and birds from Wildlife Prairie Park plus the chance to get your big buck measured, admission is $5 for adults and kids 13 & under are free. For more information, call 309-231-6040 or visit http://elmwoodalloutdoors.com

Peoria Area Toastmasters will present the film “Speak” in the auditorium at the downtown branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) on Saturday with doors opening at 9:30 am and the screening beginning at 10 am and again at 2 pm. Admission is free and reservations are requested, but not required and may be made by calling 309-359-8753 online at http://speakpeo.eventbrite.com

Central Illinois Girls Scouts will be taking the Girl Scout Cookie Sale to local retail outlets this weekend including the Peoria & Canton Hy-Vee stores, Peoria area Kroger stores, the  Wal-Mart  on Allen Road in Peoria, the East Peoria and Canton Wal-Mart stores, Save-a-Lot on Prospect in Peoria Heights, the Eureka IGA, Haddad’s in West Peoria and the Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria. For a full list of times, dates & locations for Girl Scout cookie sales, call 309-688-8671 or visit http://www2.abcsmartcookies.com/boothlocator.asp?cid=571

Peoria Area Community Events will host their Cajun Festival on Saturday from 3 pm – midnight at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Road in Peoria). The event will feature Cajun-style dishes and live entertainment from the Bradley Jazz Band, Todd Kelly Jazz Quartet and Zydeco Crawdaddys. Admission is $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

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

A Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature, Dracula Fest, will take place on Saturday at Landmark Cinemas featuring “The Terror of Dracula” and “The Satanic Rites of Dracula” starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Tickets are $7 and the movies begin at 8 pm.

Peoria Symphony will present Kaleidoscope beginning at 8 pm on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater featuring Kyle Dzapo on flute. 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

Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman) with opening act Brian Dennison will perform on Saturday at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin) beginning at 9 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-478-1090 or visit www.facebook.com/goodfellaspubandpizza

The TEAM Dance Illinois State Championship, the season’s culminating event that highlights Illinois’ best varsity dance, drill, pom, guard and club teams in elite competition, will take place on Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:30 am and runs throughout the day. Admission is $10 for ages 6-12 and $14 for ages 13 and older.

Luthy Botanical Garden continues its “Garish…but Green” Garden Show, which runs through March 3rd during regular conservatory hours, which are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12 – 5 pm on Sundays (closed on Mondays.) Admission is $2.50 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Enjoy the best and worst of landscaping faux pas – from gnomes to flocks of flamingos – and learn about sustainable practices for your home and garden. For more information, call 309-681-3506.

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 display their unique merchandise plus there will be free massages, facials, a wellness coach and wine tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

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

The 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, Jersey Boys, continues at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, at 8 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 1-800-745-3000.

Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash payment except for tonight’s (Thursday’s) performance which is $16 or $15 with cash payment. This show is rated R. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will host its Official Spring Home Show at the Peoria Civic Center from 4 – 9 pm on Friday, from 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults (age 18+), $3.50 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and kids under 18 are free. After Feb. 18, visit any area CEFCU member center for a buy one, get one free discount coupon on the adult admission and the whole family can get in for $7. For more information, visit http://www.peoriahomeshow.com

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria will host the 115th annual George Washington Banquet in the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. Karl Rove, political strategist and former senior advisor to President George W. Bush, will deliver the keynote address. For tickets or more information, call 309-672-2267 or visit http://crevecoeurclub.com

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Marbin 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 the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and the Chicago Wolves on Saturday 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 ICC Theatre Program will present Rashomon on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. The show is rated PG-13 for mature themes. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com/tickets

The Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association will host a Beginning Beekeepers Seminar at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free. In one afternoon you will learn the basics you need to get started with beekeeping from experienced beekeepers through videos, written material, and hands-on demonstrations. For more information, visit http://hoibees.org

The 2013 Annual Greater Peoria Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center with doors opening at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include parking, dinner, membership and a raffle ticket for door prizes or $25 for a spouse or child (including dinner). There will be a social hour, dinner, raffles plus a silent and live auction. For reservations, call 309-472-6781 or 309-645-5819 or visit https://www.facebook.com/GreaterPeoriaAreaDucksUnlimited

The 2013 African American Hall of Fame Museum honorees will be inducted at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday with a cocktail hour beginning at 5:45 pm and formal program and dinner at 7 pm. Richard Mark, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois, will be the featured speaker. For more information, call 309-360-0990.

The Prairie Storytellers Guild will present their 1930s Border Radio Show featuring a guest appearance by local historian and author Norm Kelly at 7 pm in the former Great Central Insurance Building (located at 3625 N Sheridan Road in Peoria). Be part of the “studio audience” as actors recreate Dr. Brinkley’s Border Radio including miracle cures, unheard-of products and live music. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 309-682-2915 to make your reservation or visit www.prairietellers.us

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will host its 9th Annual Fine Art Live & Silent Auction on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy music, food and a cash bar while bidding on work by Preston Jackson and other area artists. Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or preview the art online at www.peoriacac.org

A Valentine’s Day Dinner Event will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Cornerstone Building (located at in downtown Peoria from 5 – 10 pm. The evening includes a four-course dinner, a champagne toast, professional ballet and opera performances plus dancing. Ballet dancers who will perform include Rebekah von Rathonyi and Joshua Gullett. Opera vocalists will be Saundra DeAthos and Harold Meers. The event is a fundraiser to support the Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts. Tickets are $65 for a single or $120 for a couple or a table of 8 people $440 and are available by calling 309-620-3164.

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

Comedian Rodney Carrington will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Ticket are $50, $45 and $25 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, select Walmart locations, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com

The 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, Jersey Boys, will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, at 8 pm on Friday, at 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday, and at 1:30 pm and 7 pm on Sunday.  The show runs through Saturday, February 23. Tickets start at $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 1-800-745-3000.

Bradley University’s Theatre Department will present Eurydice in the Blythe O’Sullivan Studio Theatre in the Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 adults and $10 faculty and seniors, $9 students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts

Chris Porter will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm performances and $16 or $15 with cash payment for the other performances. This show is rated R. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

IHSA State Individuals Events Speech Finals will be held at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at Noon on Friday and all day Saturday featuring the best high school performers and speakers from throughout the state of Illinois. The events that individuals can participate in include: dramatic duet acting, humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, oratorical declamation and special occasion speaking among other categories. For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Doran and the Soul Mystics 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 feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. 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 Camp In 2013 will take place at the East Peoria Event Center (located at 4200 E Washington Street in East Peoria) Friday – Sunday with doors opening at 3 pm and music beginning at 5 pm on Friday. With two stages featuring over 34 hours total of music, attendees can also sleep in the separate camping area. Tickets are $65 for a 3 day pass with children 10 and under admitted free with a paid adult and are available at Autumn Bloom Hydroponics in Pekin, Feeling Groovy in Peoria, Co-op Records in Peoria & East Peoria. For more information, visit http://www.cabinfevercampout.com

Arc Light Productions will present Songs for a New World on Friday and Saturday at the Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Downtown Peoria) with a buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 pm and the show following at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and may be reserved by calling 309-455-4095: seating is very limited. The show is a fundraiser to benefit the Arc Light Productions Building Fund.

The movie Marriage Retreat 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Abbotsford Heat at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday 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

Hedwig and the Angry Inch continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students through college with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Rock Your Babe will be held at the Gateway Building (located in downtown Peoria on the Riverfront) featuring a night of Blues featuring The Kilborn Alley Blues band on Friday from 8 pm – Midnight.  A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $10 per person and may be reserved by calling 309-689-3019 or 309-494-6713.

Bethany Baptist Church will host a free Marriage Enrichment Seminar open to all couples in the community on Saturday from 8:30 – 11:30 am at the Church (located at 7422 N. Heinz Lane in Edwards). Dr. Ritch Boerckel, Senior Pastor at Bethany Baptist Church, will discuss the issue of “Strengthening Your Marriage Friendship” and Pastor Art Georges, Senior Pastor of Living Hope Community Church in Bartonville will examine “Intimacy with God as the Foundation for Intimacy in Marriage”.  Admission is free & childcare is provided with advance registration. To register, call 309-692-1755 or visit http://www.bethanycentral.org

The Children’s Hospital of Illinois will host “A Sunny Day” Jamboree with Julie K beginning at 11 am on Saturday at the Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom in East Peoria. Enjoy a festive lunch, children’s fashion show and a concert by award winning singer-songwriter Julie K. Reserved seating is $35 for adults and $15 for children. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $350. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-566-5666. All proceeds of this event benefit the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on Indiana 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.

Juggler Steve Russell will perform at the at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120.
Music in the McKenzie will present The Waymores, also at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120 or visit www.waymores.net

Romance at the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm where the staff will take a closer look at romance in the animal kingdom from courtship to everything that comes after. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-686-3513.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House band will perform beginning at 6 pm with the Peoria AllStars taking the stage on Sunday at 7:15 pm at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Peoria Jazz AllStars is an all-city “big band” comprised of dedicated students from Manual, Peoria High and Richwoods, and ranks among the top 40 in the entire US. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for guests and students are free.  Food and beverages are available for purchase.  For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Luke Bryan with special guests Thompson Square & Florida Georgia Line will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $53 and $28.25 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling at 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit http://www.uscellularcoliseum.com

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

The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is hosting Desserts First from 6 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Featuring chefs from eight Peoria area restaurants who will create a dessert out of a Girl Scout cookie, Desserts First will also feature dinner stations, a silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets are $40 per person.  For more information about the event, visit www.getyourgirlpower.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Ave. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) 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.

Mame continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 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

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center takes place tonight (Thursday) which is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
The Contemporary Art Center will feature The Harp 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. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme of “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest” fame will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash payment for the Thursday performance and $21 or $20 with cash payment for the other performances. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Heights Police Benevolent Unit #76 will host their Annual “All You Can Eat” Chili Supper and Kids Fun Nightfrom 5 – 8 pm on Friday at the Peoria Heights Grade School (located at 500 E. Glen in Peoria Heights). Chili will be provided by TnT’s Sports Bar and Grill of Peoria Heights, there will be raffles and a silent auction and inflatables for kids. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Entry into the Kids Fun Zone will be free with meal ticket purchase or $2 without meal ticket purchase. For more information, call 309- 688-3461.

The IHSA State Chess Finals will be held at the Peoria Civic Center all day on Friday & Saturday featuring the best high school chess teams from throughout the state of Illinois. There is expected to be over 150 teams registered to compete in 2013’s state finals. For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/Chess.aspx

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford Ice Dogs at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday 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

Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com  Visit http://peoria-deals.com/prepaidoffers/locations/peoria-area for a Buy One, Get One Free Peoria-Deals.com Pre-Paid Offer

Art, Wine and Roses will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect at the corners of Prospect & Gift in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm. Activities include an Art Auction in the greenhouse filled with art in a variety of media. Then from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, a reception for the main event which runs from 6:30 – 9 pm where you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with music by the Joe Metzka Trio, appetizers, a candy buffet plus a cash bar. The evening event is by reservation only and limited to 80 people with a $10 per person or $15 per couple admission fee. Ages 21 and over are able to attend. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations or more information.

The Progressive Business Group will host its 11th Annual Valentine’s Ball at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Saturday to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse beginning at 5:30 pm. The black-tie optional affair will feature a champagne reception, four-course meal, open bar, silent auction and raffle, and live music by JammSammich. Tickets are $150 per person. To make reservations, call 309-303-7831 or visit www.progressivebusinessgroup.org

The Peoria German American Society will host its 10th Annual Fasching Ball (Traditional German Costume Ball) at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – Midnight. Admission is $8 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes, a cash bar and live entertainment provided by the West MacQueen Street Band from 7 – 11 pm. For more Information, call 309-697-4195 visit www.peoriagermans.net

Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located at 619 SW Water Street, 2nd Floor, in downtown Peoria) will present Love Letters featuring Greg Batton and Yvonne Greer with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 8 pm. Tickets are $37 per person and include a buffet dinner & the show and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

The Songs from the Woods Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Ave. in Peoria Heights) will present Barry Cloyd’s Celetricity on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Jeff Dunham brings his “Disorderly Conduct” Worldwide Tour to the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $44.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Romance” on Saturday  beginning at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theater featuring Jade Simmons on piano. Tickets range from $26 – $51 and are available by calling 309- 671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Chris Fields Memorial Concert will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Sunday featuring two stages with live music, food, a silent auction, beer and other activities from Noon – 10 pm. Admission is free, however a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids is suggested. Memorials may be donated to a trust fund for Chris’ son, Hunter Fields at any CEFCU location. For more information or to donated online, visit http://www.chrisfieldsmemorial.com

Bradley Men’s Basketball will take on UNI on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 2 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 Jim Richerson, President and CEO, for a Guided Tour of the Peoria Riverfront Museum highlighting the museum’s green features on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The tour 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. For more information, call 309-863-3030 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org