Archive for March, 2013

The Luthy Botanical Annual Lily Show continues through Easter Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 12 – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and children 12 and under and Garden members are free.

A Velocity Spring Break Glow Party will take place tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall with doors opening at 7 pm and the party running from 8 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $15 with an event acceptance (click on “Going”) at https://www.facebook.com/events/511813695525609 or $20 admission at door. Ages 14 to 19.

Unnecessary Farce continues tonight (Thursday) at 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  There is NO show on Easter Sunday.  Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

Kid Rock will perform tonight (Thursday) at US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range in price between $49.50 and $85 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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.

The Land Connection is bringing a one-act play on the future of farming and farmland, “What Will Be Your Legacy?” to Corn Stock Theatre’s Theatre Center beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Performances are free to attend and will feature local food. RSVP to attend by visiting http://www.thelandconnection.org/play

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm and the Lake Erie Monsters 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 River City Blues Society will present live blues with JP Soars & The Red Hots from Florida at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) from 7:30 – 11 pm. Admission is $6 for the general public and $4 for RCBS members. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host two Giant Easter Egg Hunts and a Bunny Breakfast on Saturday. The Bunny Breakfast runs from 8 – 11 am with a kid-friendly buffet. Cost for the Breakfast is $9.95 for teens and adults, $6.95 for children age 12 and under and does NOT include admission to the park – see admission costs listed below. Reservations are highly recommended & space is limited – call 309-676-0998 to make reservations.
The Giant Easter Egg Hunts will be held at 11 am & 1:30 pm and each will divided up into three age groups: 0-2, 3-6 and 7-12 and will be held outdoors rain or shine at the Pioneer Area and festivities. Join the Easter Bunny, and Bill the Bear for entertainment and music as they help announce the countdown to collecting eggs. Make sure to arrive at least a half hour prior to the hunt as they normally take only about one minute to complete. Admission to the Park is $8 for ages 13 & Up, $6 for ages 2 – 12 and ages 1 and under are free. Admission for members 2 & up is $4. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Peoria RiverPlex will host an Underwater Egg Hunt on Saturday from 9 – 9:45 am and a second session from 10 – 10:45 am. The event is for ages 3 – 8 and a parent or guardian must accompany children under five years of age into the pool. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Participants must pre-register at the RiverPlex or Glen Oak Pavillion: registrations will not be accepted at the day of the event. Why hunt for eggs on the lawn when you can hunt for them underwater? Kids will find eggs filled with money and receive a bag with candy.

Take a tour of the St Jude Dream Home (located at 3011 W. Wessex Dr. in Peoria) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through April 7. Admission is free. Estimated value of the home is $335,000 and it features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, is approximately 2,400 square feet with an upstairs laundry room and open floor plan with a great room with a fireplace. The Dream Home is a fundraiser for the local St. Jude affiliate. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and are available by calling 800-390-3196 or in person at Kroger locations in Peoria and Tazewell County. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 14. No tours will be held on Easter Sunday (March 31st). For more information, visit https://www.stjude.org/dhpeoria

Storm Chasers creator, Sean Casey, will have his tornado intercept vehicle on display on the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Sun Plaza (facing Water Street) and also will participate in a question and answer session on Saturday from 10 – 11 am in the giant screen theater auditorium followed by an 11 am screening of his film “Tornado Alley“. Tickets for the film are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org

A Heartland Sound: Staged Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) beginning at Noon and running through the evening. Seven local bands including Kingpin, Boomstick, Sofa Shark, Bill Porter, Dave Chastain’s DC3, Robin & Tony Crowe, Megasonics and Brainchild will perform. A silent auction will also take place toward raising money to benefit the TV show, Heartland Sound: Staged which features mid-western bands performing in unusual places. Admission is $10 and tickets are available in advance at Flores Music in Peoria & Pekin. For more information, visit www.HeartlandSoundStaged.org

Peoria Push Roller Derby will host a bout in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday with doors opening at 4 pm and the first bout beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and kids 6 and under are free. To buy tickets online and for more information, visit http://peoriarollerderby.org

Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, Experience the Beatles with Rain, returns to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $33, $45 and $57 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at www.Ticketmaster.com

East Meets (Mid)West will take place on Saturday at The Waterhouse beginning at 8 pm. East Peoria native Drew Overcash returns from NYC is joined a few other central Illinois natives who have moved to the big apple (as well as a few who still live in the Peoria area) including Stephanie Bartman, Kelsey Burd, Rebekah Dentino, Jarod Hazzard, Anthony Hendricks, Carmen McCarthy, Adam Sitton, Kates Sitton, Rachael Waldon, Marlon Washington and Lana Warner. Tickets are $40 and the show includes a full dinner. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 8 pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/523486497682815

Draft Culture, the female fronted, 80s & 90s, rock cover band will perform at Go-T’s (located at 3201 NE Adams St in Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge, however you must be 21 or older to attend. For more information call 309-682-4687.

The Wildlife Prairie Park Easter Brunch runs on Sunday from 10 -2 pm in the Prairie Hall. Cost is $19.95 for adults, $8.95 for ages 3-12 and children 2 & under eat free. Park members receive a 10% discount. Reservations are required – call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Luthy Botanical Annual Lily Show continues through March 31st from 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 12 – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and children 12 and under and Garden members are free. The Garden is closed on Mondays.

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.

Unnecessary Farce continues tonight (Thursday) at 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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Godspell continues at Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through 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

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up 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

Carnivale 2013 to benefit central Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Center patients will take place on Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel from 6 pm – Midnight where you can enjoy the flair of a Brazilian-style Carnivale celebration featuring traditional fare, live-auction, silent auction, and local band, JammSammich. The Brazilionaires, local Latin music band featuring Dr. Benoit will kick-off the evening beginning at 6 pm. Cost is $100 per person. To reserve your space, call 309-566-5670. Attire is business/cocktail.

Gospelfest Ministries will present Saviour at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Special guests include Gaither Vocal Band tenor Wes Hampton, Homecoming artists Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, central Illinois favorite Jairo Arvizu, and ISU voice faculty member John Koch. They will be joined by a 70-voice choir and 35-piece orchestra. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door, and students ages high school and under are $10 and are available at Five Points Washington, Hoerr’s Berean Bookstores in central Illinois, Grace Church in Morton and online at www.gospelfestradio.com

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash payment except for the Friday 10:30 pm performance, which is $13 or $12 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host “The Spring Wake-Up: Butterflies, Birds, and Bears! Oh, My!” on Saturday from 9 am – 4:30 pm with free admission to see what’s new at the park for 2013. There will be special activities surrounding the Park’ s new butterfly habitat and aviary, an introduction to Molly, the Park’s newest black bear plus a guided hike of the upcoming facilities for 2013, crafts for the kids, raptors on display, educational booths, and a variety of programs throughout the day. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Take a tour of the St Jude Dream Home (located at 3011 W. Wessex Dr. in Peoria) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through April 7. Admission is free. Estimated value of the home is $335,000 and it features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, is approximately 2,400 square feet with an upstairs laundry room and open floor plan with a great room with a fireplace. The Dream Home is a fundraiser for the local St. Jude affiliate. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and are available by calling 800-390-3196 or in person at Kroger locations in Peoria and Tazewell County. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 14. No tours will be held on Easter Sunday (March 31st). For more information, visit https://www.stjude.org/dhpeoria

The Easter Bunny will be at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located at 5201 W. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm to welcome spring with a celebration hosted by Bethany Baptist Church and The Shoppes. Admission is free. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, Easter eggs, balloon animals, prizes from participating stores and photos with the Easter Bunny. Activities will be available rain or shine in Suite 320, located near Center Court. For more information, call 309-692-3672.

The Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 North Prospect Road, inside Glen Oak Park in Peoria) will host its Annual Easter Egg Celebration featuring an Easter Egg Hunt for children through 9 years old on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am for ages through 3 years, at 10:50 am for ages 4-6 years and at 11:10 am for ages 7-9 years. Cost is $6.50 for non-member children, $3.50 for member children and $8.50 for non-member adults. For more information, call 309-686-3365.

Kids Rock will be hosted by the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) with Pint Sized Polkas on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm .  Singer/Songwriter Cliff Eberhardt will perform at the PPD North Branch on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free for both events:  for more information on either, call 309-497-2120.

The Snow White Event will take place on Saturday  beginning at 6 pm at WeaverRidge Golf Club (located at 5100 WeaverRidge Boulevard in Peoria). Tickets are $75 each and all proceeds benefit the Peoria Ballet. The event includes a cocktail hour, plated dinner, preview performance of the Snow White Ballet, dance and live music provided by the West MacQueen Street Band and more. Donations are accepted in lieu of attendance. To purchase tickets, call 309-690-7990 or visit http://PeoriaBallet.com

Join the Peoria Zoo and Peoria Zoologocial Society for a night of fun and hockey at the Peoria Rivermen this Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Special give-aways and Peoria Zoo coupons will be part of the fun.  A portion of the profits from your ticket will benefit The Power of Play Campaign. Tickets are a discounted $15 per person and are available by calling 309-681-3500. All tickets purchased through the Civic Center Box Office will not be discounted and will not benefit The Power of Play.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the Toronto Marlies on Sunday 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

Sunday Brunch at Wildlife Prairie State Park will be available this Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. The cost is $19.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children ages 2 and under and includes admission to the park. Members of the park get a 10% discount. Call 309-676-0998 to make reservations.

Central Illinois Jazz Society will perform on Sunday at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm with the Central Ill. Jazz Train, ICC’s Big Band led by Larry Harms. David Hoffman and Friends following at 7:15 pm. David spent 13 years working and playing trumpet with Ray Charles. Members are $5, non-members are $7and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Damon Williams will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club for one performance only on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Luthy Botanical Annual Lily Show continues through March 31st from 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 12 – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and children 12 and under and Garden members are free. The Garden is closed on Mondays.

Unnecessary Farce continues tonight (Thursday) at 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 
Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) through Saturday from 6 pm – 9 pm on Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

Billy Elliot, winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards, ends its run at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The musical is set in a small English town following Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent for dance that changes his life forever. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Dean Edwards 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. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena  on Friday with Game 1 at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 also on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. The IHSA Class 3A Final Session will be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Final Session will also be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 and $4 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Motown Junkies 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 also on Friday 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

A Wine Education Class on “Where It All Began: French Wines” will be offered at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Call 309-291-0899 for more information and to reserve your spot.

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its production of Frost/Nixon on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 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

Peoria Players Theatre will present Godspell 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

 

Community Workshop and Training Center will host its annual CWTC Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday from 9 am – Noon at Landmark Recreation Center. Individuals and groups are welcome to play. Cost is $20 and includes three games and shoe rental. Proceeds benefit the programs and direct services for CWTC consumers. Call 309-686-3300 or download a registration form at www.cwtc.org

 

Take a tour of the St Jude Dream Home (located at 3011 W. Wessex Dr. in Peoria) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through April 7. Admission is free. Estimated value of the home is $335,000 and it features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, is approximately 2,400 square feet with an upstairs laundry room and open floor plan plus a great room with a fireplace. The Dream Home is a fundraiser for the local St. Jude affiliate. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and are available by calling 800-390-3196 or in person at Kroger locations in Peoria and Tazewell County. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 14. No tours will be held on Easter Sunday (March 31st). For more information, visit https://www.stjude.org/dhpeoria

 

The Peoria Camera Club will host its 37th Annual Photography Seminar “Nature Photography Field Techniques in the Digital Age” on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Admission is $85 or $35 for students with ID and includes lunch and refreshments. For more information, call 309-692-1552 or visit www.PeoriaCameraClub.com

 

The Levee District Grand Opening Celebration will be held in downtown East Peoria along the pedestrian promenade in the The Levee District parking lot (located at 400 W. Washington Street in East Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm featuring the Unique Twist, Fun on the Run, The Zoo Lady, Wildlife Prairie Park, local artists plus food vendors. The Ark and T.A.P.S. will also be on site offering animal adoptions. The $500 Shopping Spree drawing will be held at noon: enter for a chance to win at www.EastPeoriaEnterToWin.com through Friday, March 15.

 

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Virtuoso Fiddlin’ at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students with an ID and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=26413  For more information, visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

 

St.  Sharbel Church will host its Lebanese Food Festival on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm at the Church Hall (located at 2914 W Scenic Dr in Peoria). Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 & under and includes a complete Lebanese meal. Other activities that will be featured are dancing, a raffle and a bakery booth with Lebanese pastries. For more information, call 309-688-5555.

The 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the St. Patrick Society of Peoria, will take over downtown Peoria on Sunday beginning at 2 pm stepping off from the corner of Monroe Street and Hancock Street. Following the parade, a St. Patrick’s Day Family Party will be held at the Four Points Sheraton (located at the corners of Hamilton & Madison in downtown Peoria). Admission for the party is $5 for adults, $3 for adult members of the St. Patrick’s Society and youth aged 12 – 18 and free for ages under 12. Food & drinks will be available for purchase and live entertainment will be provided by Bogside Zukes and Flynn’s Irish Dancers. For more information, call 309-363-4804.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students & 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 Rivermen will take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 3 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 Area Anti-Hunger Coalition’s Foodshare Can-a-thon runs through the 22 with volunteers will be going go door to door on Sunday, March 10 from 1 – 4 pm to collect canned and non-perishable goods for area food pantries. Drop boxes are available before the drive at area Kroger stores, Curves and Subway restaurants and Peoria fire stations through March 22. For more information, call 309-696-0223.

Unnecessary Farce continues tonight (Thursday) at 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 
Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and next Thursday through Saturday from 6 pm – 9 pm on Thursdays, 10 am – 9 pm on Fridays and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

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, Herp Alert.

Country music artists Little Big Town are coming the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $35, and $45 and are available at The Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

A Raisin in the Sun continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus.  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

Sean Patton will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on 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 & Saturday 10:30 pm performances and $16 or $15 with cash payment for the other performances. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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 Allen Road in Peoria, 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 to find Girl Scout cookies, call 309-688-8671 or visit http://www2.abcsmartcookies.com/boothlocator.asp?cid=571

The Luthy Botanical Annual Lily Show begins Friday and runs through March 31st. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and children 12 and under and Garden members are free. Hours are from 10 am – 5 pm ib Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 12 – 5 pm on Sundays. The Garden is closed on Mondays.

The IHSA Class 1A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena  on Friday with Game 1 at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 also on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. The IHSA Class 1A Final Session will be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Final Session will also be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 and $4.00 and on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Matthew Curry & the Fury 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

A Ladies Mad Hatter Tea will be held on Friday from 6 – 10 pm at the Par-A-Dice Hotel/Casino where you can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a signature drink, a Mad Hatter Hat Contest plus a specialized shopping experience. Tickets are $25 and advanced reservations are required. Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria and its mission to build a better community. To reserve your seat, call 309-685-9312. For more information, visit www.frolicwiththefairies.com

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) will be performed at the Prairie Cabaret Theatre (located within the Waterhouse, located at 619 SW Water Street, Suite B in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $37 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at http://artstix.artspartners.net/default.asp  For more information, visit http://www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Frost/Nixon beginning on Friday at 7:30 pm and continuing on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday 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
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The ICC Guest Artists Series will present Route 66, the female a cappella quartet, at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com/tickets

Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59 and are  available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 13th Annual Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday from 7 – 11 am in the Youth Building at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The breakfast helps to educate the public on the safe and affordable crops that American farmers produce. The price of this year’s breakfast is 85 cents and includes two pancakes, two whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, an 8-ounce glass of Prairie Farms milk and an 8-ounce glass of orange juice. For more information, visit http://peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Junior League of Peoria will host its fifth annual Frolic with the Fairies Mother Daughter Tea and Style Show on Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $30 each or Tables of ten may be reserved for $275.  For more information, visit http://www.frolicwiththefairies.com

The Peoria Jaycees Lawn Mower Clinic will take place on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm at Exposition Gardens’ Textile Building (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria near Richwoods High School). The service fee for the lawn mower tune ups is $40. The following services are provided: clean mower deck, clean and or replace air filter, change the oil, replace the spark plug and sharpen the blade. Please drop mowers off by 10 am and mowers may be picked-up starting at 4 pm. No riding lawnmower please. This year’s proceeds to benefit PARC, Dress For Success Peoria and the Peoria Jaycees. For more information and to register, visit http://www.peoriajaycees.org/lawn-mower-clinic

The show “Dinner Plans” will take place at the Miller Center (located at 551 South 14th St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $12 per person and includes a spaghetti dinner, dessert and drink. To reserve your spot, call 309-346-5210.

Brian “Fox” Ellis and Turas present An Irish Immigrant’s Tale, a celebration of Irish history through story and song, at the Fox Pub and Cafe on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $10. To rsvp, call 309-689-8000. For more information, visit http://turasband.com/shows

Gabriel Iglesias will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com