Archive for April, 2013

Money Smart Week continues with a series of free financial education classes, events, seminar and activities throughout the Peoria area through Friday. For more information, visit http://www.moneysmartweek.org or their Facebook page.

Common Place (located at 514 S. Shelley Street in Peoria) will host an open house tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5 pm to kick off its new Peaceprints Project which encourages children and the community to choose nonviolence and cope with conflict in a peaceful way. Common Place kids will take the Peaceprints pledge and guests will enjoy peace-themed artwork and entertainment by the Peace Singers. For more information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

The Peoria Area Association of Realtors (located at 7307 N. Willowlake Ct. in Peoria) will host a free Home Buyer’s Seminar tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm and from 10 am – Noon on Saturday. Topics include obtaining a mortgage, down payment assistance programs, using a realtor, home inspections and understanding a credit report. Call 309-688-8591 for more information.

Out of Order continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 2. 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 Fresh Market Wine Gala featuring an array of food, wine, music and more, will take place tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tickets cost $25 and are available online at www.fe.gd/ihk  For more information, call 309-229-0558.

Eastlight Theatre continues their run of Dream Girls at the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for ages through high school and $17 for senior citizens aged 60+. Adult tickets are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469) or visitwww.eastlighttheatre.com

Henry Phillips 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 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 Alzheimer’s Association (located at 606 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria) will host a Chops and Chips Cookout on Friday from 11 am – 1 pm. A $6 donation gets you a brat or sandwich of your choice (pork chop or chicken) with chips. Drinks will also be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Call 800-272-3900 or fax your order to 309-681-1101. Visit  www.alz.org/illinoiscentral for more information.

The 28th Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held on Friday and each weekday through May 24 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm. The Spring Celebration highlights the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties. Over 12,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the Fine Arts and Applied Arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

A 90th Birthday Reception will be held for Bob Michel at the Federal Building (located at 100 NE Monroe in Peoria) on Friday from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is free. The event is hosted by Congressman Aaron Schock.

Young Professionals of Greater Peoria (YPGP) Secrets of My Success will take place on Friday from 5 – 7 pm at 2338 W. VanWinkle Way Peoria, IL 61615 (near Autohaus on N. Allen Road). Debbie Simon, President and CEO of Methodist Medical Center, will speak on the secrets of her success. Simon, who began her nursing career with Methodist in 1976, has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, since 1999. Admission is free for YPGP members or $5 for non-members. Register to be a member at www.ypogp.org/dues

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Jared Bartman and We Are the Willows 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.
Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center will  also take place on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson 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

The seventh annual Passage to India, an Easter Seals fundraiser, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Enjoy a fashion show by Easter Seals children, cocktails, dinner and entertainment while experiencing authentic Indian culture. Dress is business or Indian attire. Cost is $100 per person and reservations may be made
by emailing kschroeder@cgn.net

Join the Peoria Riverfront Museum for Wine & Cheese Under the Stars featuring a guided tour of the universe by Sheldon Shafer, on Friday from 7 – 9 pm in the Dome Planetarium. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for the general public. Call 309-863-3027 or register at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Family Movie Night featuring “Hopeful Notes” 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

TazWood Dance Company will present their spring concert, The Fabric of Dance, at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 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

Kenny Chesney will bring his “No Shoes Nation” national tour to the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves will be opening acts. Tickets are $77, $39.50 and $25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-754-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The River City Blues Society will host live blues featuring Chicago’s own Biscuit Miller & The Mix Band at Goodfellas Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission $6 for the general public or $4 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com
or call 309 648-8510.

Fight to the Finish, a 5K+ race of extreme obstacles and challenging terrain, will take place on Saturday at Jubilee State Park in Brimfield beginning at 8 am with heats every 15 minutes. At 9 am, the team competition begins followed at 10 am by the Kids Run and at 11 am, the Youth (ages 14 – 17) begins. Young visitors will enjoy the kid’s activity area filled with games, face painting, and much more beginning at 9 am with a $5 admission per child (it’s free to those who are racing in the Kids Run). For more information & to register, visit
http://choi.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=878

Dress for Success Peoria will hold its Spring Shop for Success Excess Sale from 9 am – 1 pm at Metro Centre between the 50’s Diner and Peoria Camera Shop. Shoppers can build their professional wardrobe and fill a bag with new or gently used clothes and accessories for $20 or two bags for $30. Proceeds support Dress for Success Peoria’s career and personal development programs. Learn more at
www.dressforsuccess.org/peoria

The Peoria Park District’s Golf Learning Center will offer a series of free, hour-long “Spring Into Golf” free clinics for senior citizens (ages 50+) and Center members.  They will be offered on Saturday at 2:15 pm (full swing), 3:15 pm (chipping), and 4:15 pm (putting). For more information and to register, call 309-690-7162 or visit
http://www.ppdgolf.org/clinics

Owens Center and the Heart of Illinois Skating Club will present “A Night in Hollywood” Ice Show at Owens Center (located in Lakeview Park in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the University of Illinois Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team, tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for ages 5 – 12 and senior citizens and free for ages 4 & under and are available at Owens Center. For more information, call 309-686-3368.

A Polka Party will be hosted by the Peoria Area Accordion Club and the Harmonie Singers with Eddie Korosa at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Appetizers and an authentic German dinner will be served. For more information, call 309-691-7484.

The St. Martin Chamber Players, directed by David Stewart, will present “An Afternoon at the Opera” with selections by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Gershwin and more on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria). Guest vocalists include Gina Wright, Camilla Russell, Thomas Booth and Steve Williams. The concert is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

Orpheus Club of Peoria Spring Concert will take place at the United Presbyterian (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. The club specializes in male voice four part harmony vocals. Admission is $5 at the door.

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 plus a wellness coach. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Out of Order opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and continues through June 2. 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at Peoria Chiefs Stadium.  They play again on Friday at 11 am and Saturday at 1 pm.  Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com  Season tickets and other packages are also available. Please check prior to the games for possible rain cancellations.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Brazil as a Rising Power: An Insider’s Perspective” featuring ICC Fulbright Scholar Ana Josil Montenegro at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Register online at www.artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Morton High School will present Once Upon a Mattress at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) continues at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria ICC campus tonight (Thursday) and Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues their production of One Third of a Nation tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. 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

Auggie Smith 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 for the Thursday 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 28th Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held on Friday and each weekday through May 24 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm. The Spring Celebration highlights the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties. Over 12,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the Fine Arts and Applied Arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

Dress For Success of Peoria will host “The Purse and Suit of Happiness“, a fundraiser for their program, at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Friday from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. Congressman Aaron Schock will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online at http://dressforsuccess.org/peoria

Help raise awareness of child abuse by joining “Hands Around the Courthouse” at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at 12 pm. Advocacy and justice officials will speak at the sixth annual event to draw attention to the more than 1,000 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

The Contemporary Art Center will feature The Boss Trio 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 Tribute to the Stars of St. Jude will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel with cocktails beginning at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm with live music by The Orchestra 33 plus a silent auction. Black tie is optional.
Tickets are $150 per person and are available online at http://www.stjude.org/tributetothestars  For more information about the event, call 309-679-4580.

Corn Stock for Kids continues with its production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 and younger and are available at he Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 and online at www.CornStockTheatre.com    Tickets are extremely limited in availability.

Eastlight Theatre will present Dream Girls at the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for ages through high school and $17 for senior citizens aged 60+. Adult tickets are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469) or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

The Peoria Ballet will present Snow White, a ballet in one act, at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $24 and $10 for students and are available at the Peoria Ballet office or online at http://fivepointswashington.org  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.com

Money Smart Week, a national event, will be hosting a series of free financial education classes, events, seminar and activities throughout the Peoria area beginning Saturday and running through the following Friday (April 26). For more information, visit http://www.moneysmartweek.org

Illinois Central College will host an Earth Day Recycling Event on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm on the East Peoria campus in the Lawrence Hall parking lot where you can bring old computers, flat screen tvs, copiers, cell phones, radios or other electronics that you would like to discard. There is no charge for this event. For a complete list of acceptable recyclables, visit www.icc.edu

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Peoria will present  “That’s Bazaar”!, a craft and product benefit fair featuring more than 90 vendors, on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (located at 400 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-679-1888.

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm each day. Admission is $2 per person. Experience the daily life of men and women during the Civil War era and watch them in action and perhaps be a part of daily drill. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with the soldiers.

Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will appear live at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday for two performances: one at 3 pm and one at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38.75, $48.75, $58.75 and $85 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm where you will be able to peruse booths, locate local resources and learn what you can do to make a difference for the environment. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials and hands-on demos, kids crafts, face painting and much more. There will be a raffle door prizes and the annual Earth Day. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

The Hope in a Hangar fundraising event for LifeLine Pilots will take place at the Byerly Aviation Terminal in the General Downing International Airport on Saturday with doors opening at 4 pm and a sit-down dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. A live & silent auction will take place throughout the evening as well as a champagne raffle featuring a blue topaz and diamond bracelet donated by Jones Bros Jewelers as the grand prize. Speakers will be passengers and family members of passengers that have flown with LifeLine. Cost is $50 per person or $75 a couple. To make a reservation or for more information, visit http://lifelinepilots.org

The 2013 Tri-County Urban League Black & White Gala will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm with a silent auction followed by a 7 pm dinner and a 8:30 pm concert. For more information, call 309-672-4354. Tickets for the Concert can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Hult Center for Healthy Living will host the 15th annual Spirit of Living Dinner on Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy cocktails, an awards presentation, silent auction, entertainment, and a tribute to Michel McCord. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-692-6650 or visiting http://www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Rivermen finish their season against the Charlotte Checkers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and against the Milwaukee Admirals 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

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth-friendly treats the animals will receive throughout the day. Regular admission applies: $9 for adult (aged 13 and over), $5.25 for children (aged 3-12), $8 for senior citizens (aged 65 & over) or free for kids aged 2 & under. For more information, visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

The ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band, a 14-piece jazz big band directed by Larry Harms, will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. The Central Illinois Jazz Society house band will perform beginning at 6 pm. In recent years, the ICC band has won several honors at college jazz festivals. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Band Perry will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum on Bradley University’s campus on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. The opening act is the Kari Lynch Band. Tickets are $30 for the general public, $15 for students and $20 for Bradley faculty & staff and are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. The show is hosted by the activities counsel of Bradley University. For more information, call 309-677-2625 or visit www.acbu.org

The 2013 Clean Water Celebration kicks off on Sunday at the Gateway Building (located on Water Street on the Peoria Riverfront) beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. The dinner and lecture will take place at the GAR (located at 416 Hamilton Boulevard in Peoria) also on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm. Stiv Wilson will be the speaker and will discuss the plastic pollution problem Dinner and lecture are $25 or lecture only is $15. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-246-8403 or online at http://www.sunfoundatin.org  The school celebration will be held on Monday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information about school registration, call 309-697-1325 or 309-231-7451.

Unnecessary Farce continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and completes the run of this show on Sunday. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursday, $35 for Friday and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturday. 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!

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department in Pritchard Theatre on the Eureka campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $5 with cash or check only and reservations are available by calling 309-467-6363 or at the door. The show is rated R for violence, language, and subject matter: no one under 18 will be admitted. For more information, visit www.eureka.edu/arts/theatre/theatre.htm

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present One Third of a Nation tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. 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

Tim Meadows will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 or $16 with cash for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm performances and $20 or $21 with cash 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 South Side Cindy & the Slip Tones 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.

A Celebration of Mayor Maloof’s Legacy to the Arts will be held at Riverside Community Church (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and it will feature live musical performances by Mayor Maloof’s granddaughters, Markie and Michy Maloof, a special preview performance of the Peoria Ballet’s upcoming production of Snow White, the ICC Jazz Ensemble and a full performance of the 2013 ICC Readers’ Theatre show, entitled, “It’s OK 2 B U!”. As a salute to Mayor Maloof’s commitment to fighting childhood cancer, a goodwill offering will be collected from the audience to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sky Pro Wrestling: Ignition will take place on Friday at Bellevue Plaza (located at 325 S Bellevue Ave. in Peoria) with doors opening at 7 pm and the first bell at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under.

The Peoria Magicians Assembly will present “An Evening Of Magic” with a show on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and a show on Saturday at 3 pm and at 7:30 pm all at the Expo Gardens Opera House. Cost for the Friday and Saturday evening shows is $10 for adults which includes a free ticket for a child through age 12, additional children are $5 each and for the afternoon show on Saturday, admission is $5 per person. For more information, visit http://www.peoriamagicians.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 and younger and are available at he Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 and online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday in the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria ICC campus. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Peoria Players Theatre will host a Vintage Clothing Sale in the lobby of the theatre (located at 3200 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Admission is free. Many unique items, along with costumes and clothing in all sizes and from all eras, will be available. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

The 18th District Congressional Art Show, featuring original works by local high school students, will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Gallery on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Admission is free.  Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning entries from each Congressional District are displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. View last year’s winner from the 18th Congressional District, “Of Night and Life” by Maya Jain online at http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition

The 2013 Strike Out Children’s Cancer Bowl-A-Thon will take place at Jillian’s Sports Grille on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm featuring individual and team awards, a 50/50 raffle and more. Cost to participate is $10, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To register or for more information, send an email to peoriacountyhawks@yahoo.com

The Arthritis Walk Kick Off will take place at PetSmart in East Peoria (located at 208 River Road in East Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Bring the family and dogs out to enjoy different pet vendors, adoption agencies, and a bouncy house for the kids. The Arthritis Walk will take place on June 1st at Midstate College and the new section of Rock Island Trails. This is a chance to ask questions about the Walk and learn about fun and creative ways to raise money for the cause.

Mike Epps will perform at US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range in price between $37.50 and $57.50 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony will present Andre Watts Plays Beethoven on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. The PSO brings back the World Artist concept with the internationally-renowned pianist Andre Watts who remains one of today’s most beloved superstars. Tickets range from $26 – $51 and are available by calling 309- 671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Annual Bison Grounds Blessing Pow Wow will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday beginning at 10 am. This sacred Native American ceremony, co-hosted by Seven Circles Heritage Center, begins with the blessing of the Park’s bison herd and their summer pasture. The ceremonies will be followed by a day full of celebration through dance, song, organic art, and demonstrations throughout the park. The Pow Wow at the train depot activities from Noon – 4 pm include a native American singers and dancers drum circle hosted by Spirit of the Rainbow with guests from Black Fox and Eagle Ridge, storytelling, fry bread sampling, spirit doll demonstrations, flute making and free children’s crafts. Admission is $8 for ages 13 & up, $6 for ages 3-12, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and ages 2 & under and park members are free. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The 32nd Annual Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday with a social hour beginning at 10:30 am and luncheon at noon. To reserve tickets, call 309-682-4255.

A special concert by Turas will be held on Sunday at 2 pm at the Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe). Enjoy the rollicking tunes of Ireland in the unique setting of the library proper.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Young Professionals of Greater Peoria (YPGP) April Social will take place at Dewberry Architects (located at 401 S.W. Water Street, Suite 701 in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. The event is free for YPGP members or $5 for non-members. Registration for membership is available at www.ypogp.org/dues

The Metro Peoria Committee will present “City and County Collaboration,” a free public workshop to explain current collaborative efforts between the City of Peoria and Peoria County tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm at the ICC North Campus in Peoria. Representatives from the County Board and City Council will discuss current initiatives and opportunities. For more information, call 309-690-6900 or register online at www.icc.edu/acp

The Peoria Chiefs Season Opener will take place tonight (Thursday) against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beginning at 6:30 pm at Peoria Chiefs Stadium.  They play again at home on Friday at 6:30 pm, on Saturday at 1 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com  Season tickets and other packages are also available.

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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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.

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

Dan St. Germain 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 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 Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association’s 2013 Central Illinois Auto Show will feature its 34 dealers displaying over 300 vehicles from 30 different manufacturers at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday ad from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & older and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult. Friday is Senior Day with ages 60+ admitted at ½ price ($2.50) and Sunday is Family Day where two adults and children age 15 & under are admitted for $8. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaautoshow.com

Sample beer & wine samples from local distributors and wineries at the 3rd annual Beer & Wine Tasting on Friday from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria). Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door and includes a souvenir glass, beverage samples, appetizers and a silent auction. SAMS Rescue is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that provides no-cost spay/neuter service and are raising money for a no-kill animal shelter in the Elmwood/Brimfield area.

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 Dexter O’Neal and Funk Yard 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 Centerwill 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, call 309-674-6877.

The Peoria World Affairs Council presents “Is the Arab Spring Turning to Winter?: Democracy Movements, Islamist Movements, and an Uncertain Future,” featuring sessions and addresses by area professors and national dignitaries. The conference runs from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 8 am – 2:30 pm on Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. Cost is $125 for the general public and $100 for PAWAC members and students. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.artstix.artspartners.net

The West MacQueen Street Band will perform at Coyote Creek Golf Club (located at 8201 W. Lancaster Rd. in Bartonville) with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5. A cash bar and hors d ‘oeuvres menu will be available. For more information or to reserve a table, call 309-633-0911 x11 or visit www.cateringpeoriainc.com

David Alwan, owner of Echo Valley Meats in Bartonville, will be featured on the ABC Television Network’s Shark Tank! show beginning at 8 pm. Catch a sneak peek now at www.abc.com/shows/shark-tank/video

A Princess and Pirate Event will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm where kids are encouraged to come dressed in their “royal” outfit or their buccaneer best as they explore the world of princesses and pirates. Kids will meet parrots and “dragons” up close, do a themed scavenger hunt throughout the Zoo for fun prizes, play games where kids might have to “walk the plank” and more. Regular admission applies: $9 for adult (aged 13 and over), $5.25 for children (aged 3-12), $8 for senior citizens (aged 65 & over) or free for kids aged 2 & under. For more information, visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

Take a tour of the St Jude Dream Home (located at 3011 W. Wessex Dr. in Peoria) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. 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. For more information, visit https://www.stjude.org/dhpeoria

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Family and Business Showcase at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Network with Chamber members, discover local products and services, and enjoy door prizes and more entertainment. Parking and admission are free. For more information, call 309-346-2106 or visit www.pekinchamber.com

Let your pooch hunt for a tasty treat at the sixth annual Pet Pantry Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs at the Oakwood Dog Park in Morton on Saturday. The public hunt runs 1 – 3 pm or dog owners can reserve a time between 10 am and 1 pm at www.thepetpantry-peoria.com/egghunt  Cost is $6 per dog, with proceeds benefiting Foster Pet Outreach. For more information, call 300-383-4145.

Welcome spring with an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at the Washington Middle School (located at 1100 N. Main Street in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with an introduction to barn dance basics beginning at 6:45 pm. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

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

Heartland Festival Orchestra will host a special concert featuring Doc Severinsen and the Stiletto Brass at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 students and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at http://fivepointswashington.org  For more information, visit http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Noche De Fiesta Cinco will take place on Saturday featuring live music by Chicago band Impacto Boricua playing from 8 – 11 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom. The event will also include prizes, dance lessons and music by DJ CABALLERO from 7 – 8 pm and performances by Salsa Touch and Peoria Latin Vibe. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of the event and $10 for students.