Archive for September, 2013

Julie K will perform tonight (Thursday) at Monkey Joe’s (located at 8901 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) from 5 – 7 pm. Admission is $6 and a portion will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, 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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Singer, songwriter, storyteller and humorist Mark Lowry will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23.50 for general admission, $28.50 for Gold Circle and $21 for groups of 10 or more and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the door.

Side Show will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $16 for Bradley faculty, staff and senior citizens and $9 for students are are available at the Bradley Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

Greg Warren will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 and $16 for the other shows with a $1 discount when paying with cash. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present, will take place every Friday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.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, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Scapin will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public 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

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar is available.
A daytime Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets for all 3 cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind, a one mile walk to support brain tumor research, will be held at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water Street on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday with registration & the raffle beginning at 7:30 am and the program starting at 9 am. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 & younger and brain tumor survivors are free. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The final RiverFront Market of the season will take place on the Peoria riverfront from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Hard Charge Series and Obstacle Course will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Saturday beginning at 9 am.  Spectators may watch the race and attend the post-race party free of charge. For more information at www.HardCharge.com/Peoria

Recovery Walks! 2013 will take place on the campus of Proctor Hospital on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm with the the Walk beginning at Noon. There will be live music, lunch, a silent auction and fellowship. Registration is $20 per person, $15 for ages 12 & under or $50 for a family. All participants receive t-shirts. All proceeds benefit the Ameel Rashid Scholarship for Addiction Recovery. For more information, call 309-691-1055.

The 51st Annual Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair, one of the largest and top ranking visual arts events in Central Illinois, will be held on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring over 150 local, national and international visual artists from 26 states, Canada, Argentina and Israel, this is a live, in-person art gallery where visitors can see and buy original artwork from local, national and international artists. The Fair also features a children’s art festival with make-and-take projects, a community mural, live music and dance performances, food and more. Admission is $5 per day for adults or $7 for an all weekend pass, free for Peoria Art Guild members and children 12 years & under. Group rates are available for $20 for 5 people. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaartguild.org/!/fineartfair

Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm. Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! means you can find free admission for two people for Saturday, Sept. 28th only by visiting www.Smithsonian.com/museumday  Without the free coupon, admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2013 will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday at Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin). With over 400 quilts and over 30 vendors, there will be demonstrations, a silent auction, door prizes, bed turning a raffle quilt, a boutique, quilt appraisals by appointment plus a live auction of donated quilts. Admission is $7 for adults and $10 for a 2-day pass. Parking is free and food will be available.   For more information, call 309-633-2218 or visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

The Friends of Peoria Public Library will host “The World of Downtown Abbey with Author Jessica Fellowes” at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Auditorium on Saturday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Best-selling British author Jessica Fellowes will talk about her books that detail life behind the scenes on the award winning PBS series as well as the changing life of British aristocracy then and now. “Downstairs” tickets are $20 and “Upstairs” tickets are $50 or $75 and include a Friends membership. “Upstairs” tickets include the book and admission for one or two. For more information, call 309-497-2137 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Lighten Up! with Ken Davis will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N Allen Road in Peoria) on Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am and 11 am. Admission is free.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Olga Kern on piano. Tickets range from $26 to $71 with discounts for students and groups and are available at the PSO Box Office, (located at 101 State Street in Peoria), at the Peoria Civic Center from 6:30 – 8 pm the night of the performance, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at http://www.peoriasymphony.org

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Beth Bombara at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 w Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120 visit www.bethbombara.com

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm featuring 1850’s fashion this month.  Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in Morton) will host a Complimentary Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy the evening on the patio with wine by the bottle and artisan cheeses and gourmet foods which will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 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 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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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight production of Tarzan continues at the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday),  Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling the Eastlight Box Office at 309-699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Brandon T. Jackson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 and $18 for the other shows (or $1 less with cash payment).  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present, will take place every Friday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 18th Annual Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront showcasing German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and more. Hours are Friday from 5 – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11 pm and Sunday from 10:30 am – 6 pm. Admission is $9 on Friday, $7 on Saturday before 5 pm or $9 after 5 pm, free on Sunday before 11 am with canned good donation or $7 after 11 am. Children 12 and under are free and weekend passes are available for $15. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

Double Feature Friday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Sun Plaza on Friday from 5 – 8 pm where you can relax with an adult beverage while listening to live music or enjoy the museum galleries, then head to the RiverFront for Oktoberfest all for just $10. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature DC 3 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 take place also on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow will be held at Seven Circles Heritage Center (located at 8817 W Southport Rd in Edwards) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm, on Saturday from 10:30 am – 9 pm and on Sunday from 10:30 am – 5 pm. All veterans (past and present) will be honored with healing, honoring and celebrating all warrior heroes. Activities will include Native American singers, dancers and vendors. New this year will be the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall. By popular demand, the Quilts of Tears display (a tribute to the victims of agent orange), will be brought back to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Admission is $5 or $10 a carload. Veterans are free. For more information, call 309-637-1046 or visit http://7circles.org

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. First time dancers and families are welcome – no partner is needed. The ever-popular string band “Too Old To be Controlled” will provide the music and Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach all the dances. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share.

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Illinois River Sweep will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center with registration from 8 – 9 am and the sweep runs from 9 am – 12 pm. Admission is free and gloves and trash bags will be provided. Call 309-686-3360 to register.

The Gathering at Fort Creve Coeur will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm at Fort Creve Coeur in Creve Coeur. There will be encampments, blanket traders, demonstrations, bluegrass, country, gospel and Native American music. Admission is $1 or free for children 12 & under.

Kids Rock will present Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans at the Peoria Public Library North Branch McKenzie Room on Saturday from 1- 2pm. Admission is free. Lyrics come from the kids themselves – she can be heard on Sirius XM. CD sales at the event support Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2120 or visit http://www.jeaniebmusic.com

Chemistry Magic will take place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby where the Bradley University Chemistry Club will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s Annual Henri de Tonti Dinner will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. Honoring Illinois State Senator Dave Koehler for his principled leadership contributions to the Peoria area. Entertainment will be provided by Brian Fox Ellis with live music by John Miller and the Romantics. Cost is $150 per person. Reservations are requested and may be made online at www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921.

Sky Pro Wrestling will present Sudden Impact! at Bellvue Plaza Fitness Center (located at 325 S Bellevue Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, the pre-show at 6:30 pm and bell time at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults 13 & over, $5 for children aged 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/skyprowrestling

Foreigner will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday with special guests 38 Special beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $55.50, $45.50 and $35.50 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. Special VIP Packages are available and details can be found at www.foreigneronline.com

The 2nd Annual “Das Bier Run” 5K Run and Walk in conjunction with the Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday at Peoria Riverfront Park beginning at 12:30 pm north of the Gateway building. Registration fee is $30 and all participants will receive 2 tokens for either beer or soft drinks after the race as well as free admission to Oktoberfest that day. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in Oktoberfest or fun attire. There will be prizes for best costumes. For more information or to register on-line, vist  http://www.dasbierrun.com

The 47th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus lots of food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans,, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Sumer Wellness (located at 1491 Valle Vista, Blvd. in Pekin) will host an Open House featuring a wine tasting, giveaways, demonstrations, and desserts tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Call 309-347-4277 to RSVP to the event and qualify to win a package valued at over $100.

Snyder Village (located at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora) will host an Auction Preview & Ice Cream Social tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Their Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held on Saturday from 6 – 9:30 am featuring handmade art and goods, home décor, themed gift baskets and more.  For more information, call 309-367-4300 or visit www.snydervillage.com

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 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 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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Tommy Johnagin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 (or $12 with cash payment) and $16 for the other shows (or $15 with cash payment). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Les Miserables continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present, will take place every every Friday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & 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.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Park District will host “Take a Stab at the Riverfront!” featuring a movie-inspired meal and cash bar on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm in the Gateway Building followed by a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at 8 pm in Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Lee Brice will perform at Three Sisters Park on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $26 and are available at Emack’s & Bollio’s Ice Cream (on the Peoria RiverFront & Peoria Heights), Co-op Records in Peoria, Pekin & East Peoria, by calling 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jay.tv

Modern Day Romeos will perform on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the gate. Food will be available. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight production of Tarzan will take place at the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling the Eastlight Box Office at 309-699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar will also be available.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets for both are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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John Prine will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $47.50 and $57.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe will present “Conversations“, a night of one act plays, on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Ear in the Envelope, Inc. Upstairs Studio (located at 820 SW Adams St. in Peoria). Admission is free, however donations will be taken. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatWorkBeginsTheatreTroupe

Salsa Night featuring a free Salsa or Bachata lesson will be held on Friday at Peoria Latin Vibe (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Enjoy performances by some of the best Salseros in the Mid-West. Admission is $6. For more information visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

In honor of International Literacy Day, Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley St. in Peoria) will host its 27th Annual Walk for Literacy on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Walkers can choose between a 5k or one-mile route, with activities along the way such as the Walk and Learn Contest and opportunities to meet Abraham Lincoln and visit the Bookmobile, as well as a post-walk celebration with refreshments and prizes. Walkers are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character. For registration information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

Super Saturday will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

WorldFest 2013, a celebration of the many ethnic groups in Central Illinois in conjunction with Youth Doing the Right Thing, will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D.
The Central Illinois Black Expo, a multicultural family event with activities for the entire family, will also be held on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall.  Parking and admission are free for both of these events.

Bikes Blues & BBQ will be held at the VFW Post 1232 (located at 15665 VFW Road in Pekin) on Saturday  from 1 – 10 pm. Admission is $10 per person. The event features live blues with Chris Duarte from Texas, Jimmy Warren Band from Chicago and Matthew Curry & The Fury from Bloomington, a bike show hosted by Phat Jax custom cycles, vendors, BBQ from Sammy Lynn’s Smokehouse plus beer, a cash bar, soda, and water will be available. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com

The Peoria Public Library will host a reception for The Art of the Sell: Graphic Designs Advertising CAT Tractors on Saturday in the Main Library Art Gallery from 1 – 3 pm. 100 ads are on display from the private collection of Mr. Mark Johnson. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The 1st Annual River Harvest Festival, highlighting the work being done to protect the environment and waterways of central Illinois, will take place outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. The event includes live music by Robin Crowe, bag toss games, a corn boil, grilled food and Great Lakes Brewery beer for sale. Local volunteer groups will be onsite with information on getting involved in Illinois conservation and attendees can sign up to participate in the annual trash cleanup along the Illinois River on September 21st. For more information, call 309- 676-5237 or visit www.illinois.sierraclub.org/hoi

The 16th Annual Lobster Roast to benefit the Hult Education Center will be held on Saturday at Weaver Angus Farm beginning at 6 pm for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, 7 pm for dinner & the program. The event will feature special guests, NFL quarterbacks Jim McMahon & Jeff George. This year will honor and roast Hult founder, Patti Bash. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-692-6650 or online at http://www.hulthealthy.org

Who’s Bad will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the day of show. Food will be available. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria will feature cheeseburgers grilled on the dock on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $40 for adults. For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-637-800 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Percussionist Craig Russo will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. Featuring jazz soloists, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms and fresh arrangements of jazz standards and heard nationally on jazz radio, Russo will be joined by local musicians Kevin Hart and Andy Crawford. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Kathy Griffin will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Griffin is a two-time Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author and five-time Grammy nominee. Tickets are $70, $55, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) and run through Saturday evening in downtown Elmwood. Featuring a carnival, the Elmwood FFA Steer Show, Bingo, a pancake breakfast, a lip sync contest, a parade and a 5K Run/Walk/Kiddie Run on Saturday plus live entertainment throughout the festival plus food and much more.  For full details, visit http://www.elmwoodil.org/Fall Festival/FallFest.html

The Children’s Home Cattle Auction will be held tonight (Thursday) at Henri de Tonti Park (located at 60 State St. in downtown Peoria) beginning at 5 pm featuring a silent auction with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live auction, entertainment and the cattle auction. For more information, call 309-687-7215 or visit http://www.chail.org/pages/giCattleAuction.aspx

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 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 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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Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
The Contemporary Art Center will feature Ambient 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, call 309-674-6877.  For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Joe Derosa will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present, will take place every every Friday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Hayloft Shops (located on Route 29 in Mossville) will host their 31st Annual Art Fair & Fall Festival from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. The Festival includes fine arts & crafts, artist demonstrations, a bake sale and folk music on Saturday plus food and most merchandise in the Hayloft Shops will be marked down 20%. There will be a fireman’s pancake breakfast at the fire station also on Saturday 7 – 10:30 am. For more information, call 309-579-3141 or visit www.hayloftshops.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

Sixteen Candles returns to the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Friday featuring classic 80’s tunes with gates opening at 7:30 pm. The Landing bar will be open. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the gate. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Les Miserables will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Art of the Sell: Graphic Designs Advertising CAT Tractors from 1915-1930 will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery with a public reception on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm, a gallery walk on September 11 and 18 at 2 pm in the Gallery. Admission is free.

The Neon Vibe 5K will take place on Saturday at Expo Gardens (located on Northmoor Road in Peoria) with check-in at 6:30 pm, the race at 8 pm and an aftervibe party beginning at 9 pm. Registration fees are $45 through Friday and $50 the day of the race. For more information and to register, visit http://www.theneonvibe.com/register

Wedding Banned will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the gate on the day of the show. The Landing Bar will be open.

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org