Archive for October, 2013

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show continues at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) night from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. 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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The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its Spooky Symphony Halloween Concert tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria). Parents and children are invited to arrive at 6:30 pm for games and a costume contest before enjoying an evening of “haunted” music, including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Faust” and “Night on Bald Mountain.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-370-6424 or visit www.ciys.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Road in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 11 pm featuring a Zombie shoot from a two-story battle wagon and a corn maze. Admission is $7 for the maze and $25 for the haunted shoot including 200 paintballs plus entrance to the maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000.

Larry “Uncle Lar” Reeb 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 $12: all other shows are $14. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Haunting of the Giant Screen Theater will feature “Psycho” at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm.  Adult tickets are $10 each. For more information including a complete schedule, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place 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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazilionaires plus a wine tasting 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 plus a special Dia De Los Muertos with costumes and prizes 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

Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing will host “Joining Hands To Thank Veterans“, a fundraiser to help veterans with home repairs in the Tri-County Area on Friday from 7 – 10 pm at the American Legion Limestone Post 979 (located at 4501 Airport Road in Bartonville). Live music will be provided by Boogie Shooze, plus there will be a Silent Auction, a 50-50 Raffle and a cash bar. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Graduate will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are on sale now at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 309-676-2196.
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Peoria Art Guild will host Dia de los Muertos, a juried exhibition paying tribute to the Day of the Dead, on Friday from 9 pm – midnight featuring hors d’oeuvres, libations and live entertainment. Advance tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members or $40 at the door. Call 309-637-2787 or purchase tickets online at www.peoriaartguild.org

The Bradley University Fellows program will host their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday from 8 am – Noon in Williams Hall on the Bradley University campus. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. All proceeds go directly to Easter Seals. For more information, call 309 677-3682 or email jchandler@fsmail.bradley.edu

Dress for Success Peoria’s “Shop for Success” will take place at Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service (located at 800 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Shoppers may fill one bag for $25 or two for $40, with some items priced individually. Purchase a bag between 9 am – noon and fill it again for free during Bonus Hour from Noon – 1 pm. Sale items include suits, professional separates, shoes, accessories and a selection of designer-brand business wear. Proceeds go to Dress for Success’ mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools. Learn more at www.dressforsuccess.org/peoria

The Methodist Service League will hold its 63rd Annual Gift Show in the Atrium lobby on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. The show features new, gently-used and handmade items, including infant clothing, toys, jewelry, holiday and party decorations, gift wrap, stationery, silk flower arrangements, collectibles, baked goods, candies and more. All proceeds support the patient care services at Methodist Medical Center. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.unitypoint.org/peoria

The 25th Annual Tucker’s Toys for Tots Motorcycle Poker Run will take place at Walters Brothers Harley Davidson (located at 615 S Maxwell Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 10 am and riders departing at 2 pm for a run through Peoria County. Participants and guests can enjoy chili, hot dogs and a 10-percent discount on Harley-Davidson licensed product that day. Entry fee is $10 or the donation of a toy valued at $10 or more. All toys and funds raised will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. For more information, call 309-697-1917.

The Fondulac District Library will host a public grand opening for its new East Peoria facility (located at 400 South Richland Street in the Levee District in East Peoria) with festivities on Saturday beginning at 10 am including an opening ceremony, tours, live entertainment, book signings by local authors Jeanette Kendall and Ken Zurski, plus activities for all ages. Nearly triple the size of its previous facility, the 32,000-square-foot library features an expanded collection, increased seating, additional computers, social and study spaces, and more convenient service. For a complete schedule of opening day events and more information, visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

The Peoria City/County Health Department (located at 2116 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) will host a “Get Covered Illinois” Open House on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm in Room LL100. Take advantage of in-person counseling and learn more about the Affordable Care Act, Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid expansion and your healthcare options. Stop in or make an appointment by calling 309-679-6694. For more information, call 309-679-6000 or visit www.getcoveredillinois.gov

The 6th Annual Drunken Zombie International Horror Film Festival will take place at Landmark Cinemas (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) featuring the best indie horror films from around the world on Saturday & Sunday.  Admission for Saturday (Noon – Midnight) is $15, Sunday (Noon to 6 pm) is $10 or a weekend pass is $20. For more information about the festival, visit www.drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com

The Bradley Braves take on West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday beginning at 1 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Ticket are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Kids Rock will present Mary Macaroni at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) McKenzie Room on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Mary Macaroni will play her guitar and use music and magic to entertain all ages. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120 or visit www.marymacaroni.com

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Southern Illinois Monarchs in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm and the Chicago Court Kingz on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children 6 – 12 and senior citizens and free for children 5 and under 5. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://midwestflamesbasketball.com

The Pediatric Resource Center will host ts annual Harvesting Hope Fall Fundraiser at the Country Club of Peoria on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment by 3 ½ Men. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, visit www.pediatricresourcecenter.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Peoria County presents its eighth annual CASAblanca “Dancing with the Local Stars” fundraiser at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Eight local dignitaries, business leaders and “celebrities” paired with some of the Peoria area’s most talented instructors, will go take the dance floor plus there will be dinner, cocktails, a silent and a live auction. Guest judges and attendees will determine the winners of the 2013 Critics Choice Award that evening, while the general public can determine the winners of 2013 People’s Choice Award by submitting votes online at www.casapeoria.org for $1 per vote. For tickets or more information, call 309-669-2939 or visit www.casaofpeoria.eventbrite.com

The Spirit of Peoria Murder Mystery will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm featuring the the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company where you can dine and mingle with the cast as the mystery unfolds. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 16th Annual Sports Auction and Card Show will be held at the RiverPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria ) on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Vendors will be on hand where you can buy, sell and trade their sports cards and collectibles, bid on autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia silent auction or try your luck during the live auction at 2 pm. A raffle for a chance to win a signed Aaron Rodgers or Brian Urlacher jersey or a tailgate package from Alwan and Sons will also be held. Admission is $1 for adults and free for kids 12 & under. Proceeds support youth sports in Peoria. For more details, call 309-681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/sports

The 86th Annual Itoo Dinner will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 7 pm. The menu consists of Lebanese Cabbage Rolls,Chicken and Rice, Kebba,Green Beans,Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Chicken, Salad and Pita Bread.The cost for adults is $15 and children under twelve years of age are $8. Beverages, desserts and Lebanese delicacies will also be available. The freshly prepared food is served family style at your table, or carry outs are available. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or at the door.

The 4th Annual Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon will be held at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm. Featuring Stephanie Aaron with Larry Harms & Company, the event includes a soup supper with dessert and beverages following the performance. Admission is $30 with proceeds benefiting the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation to help restore the Grand Army of the Republic Hall. For more information, call 309-636-7022 or 309-674-6864.

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show continues at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Enjoy a Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a complimentary wine tasting. Ladies can also enjoy wine specials in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and great small plates will also be available. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

ZooBrew and Wine Too! will take place at the Peoria Zoo tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Guests will sample a wide variety of beers and wines with unlimited drink tastings, appetizers from local restaurants, tours of the Africa! exhibit, live music and special desserts. Tickets are $40 per person or $50 per person. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) night from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. 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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Otto & George 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 show are $12 or $14 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Haunting of the Giant Screen Theater will take place through Halloween night at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring scary classic films including Monster House 3D tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, Ghostbusters on Friday at 7 pm,  Hotel Transylvania on Saturday at 4:30 pm, Ghostbusters on Saturday at 7 pm, Hotel Transylvania on Sunday at 1:20 pm & 3:20 pm and Monster House 3D on Sunday at 5:15 pm.  Adult tickets are $10 each or buy all three Hitchcock movies for $25 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. For more information including a complete schedule, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October 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 in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a new Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and free animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run from 5 – 7 pm and the “frightfully fun” version will run from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and children and free for kids under 1. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature South Side Cindy and the Slip-Tones plus a Halloween costume contest and prizes 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

J.K. Williams Distilling (located at 525 High Point Lane in East Peoria) will host a public Grand Openingwith a ribbon cutting on Friday at 2 pm followed by a Grand Opening Tour and Tasting event. On Saturday there will also be tours every 30 minutes and tastings from 10 am – 4 pm and from Noon – 4 pm on Sunday.

SalsaPalooza 3 featuring salsa dance workshops taught by local and guest instructors will be held at Body Fitness Dance Studio (located at 3020 N. University St. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm on Friday and from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday plus a Halloween Salsa Party on Saturday evening from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am. Cost for the workshops are $65 at the door for a Full Pass to all workshops & the party or $20 at the door per workshop. Cost for the Halloween Salsa Party is $10 or free for Full Pass holders and includes open dancing, dance performances plus a costume competition. For more information including a complete schedule, call 309-282-6212 or visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. For more information, visit http://www.spook-hollow.com

Amy Grant will perform at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and are available by calling 800-965-9324 or online at www.itickets.com  Please note: This concert originally was scheduled for the Peoria Civic Center Theater.

The River City Blues Society will present Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $6 for the general public or $4 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 pm and the show beginning at midnight.  Dress as your favorite character and bring your props. Tickets are $15 general admission and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information including the approved prop list, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

Holy Family School (located at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria) will host its 2nd Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm in the school gymnasium. Featuring over 35 vendors, admission is free. A raffle will be held and breakfast and lunch items will be available. For more information, call 309- 657-6731.

The 22nd Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center in Exhibit Halls A-D, featuring Discovery Channel’s Dr. Lori, Mary Jo Buttafuco, Days of Our Lives actress Gloria Loring and Melissa Costello, star of KarmaChow TV.  Advance tickets are available online at http://www.wlspeoria.comfor $8 and also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door are $10.

A 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 are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
The Spirit of Peoria Murder Mystery will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm featuring the the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company where you can dine and mingle with the cast as the mystery unfolds. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Memphis will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37, 54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.comor by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder in their season opener on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $10, $12, $17 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season tickets are also available. For more information visit www.Rivermen.net
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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Viva Viola featuring Max Mandel, Viola Soloist, at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 1360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and are available online at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Bushwhacker Cyclocross will be held at Bradley Park on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Cost to compete is $30 or free to watch. Qdoba will be on site with discounted food. For more information and to register, visit www.bushwhacker.com/cx.html

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Halloween Hunt on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm where kids aged 3 – 12 can participate in a one-of-a-kind scavenger, view the Incredible Bats program with live bats from 3 – 5 pm, the Fright Light Planetarium Show and Hotel Transylvania or Monster House on the Giant Screen Theater. Admission is $10 for children (aged 12 & under) who are members, and $15 for non-members plus adults will receive one free adult admission with every paid child. Additional adults are $5 each. Giant Screen Theater movies are an additional $5 per person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Those who attend in costume will be eligible for special prizes. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Brooks Williams at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) McKenzie Room on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm.  Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes songs that fall between Americana and blues and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style. Admission is free and for all ages. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120.

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. 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.

The “Ladies on the Loose” Scavenger Hunt conducted by participating businesses in downtown Morton will be held today (Thursday) from 10 am – 7 pm. There will be prizes awarded as well as special offers available. Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) will also host their “Girls’ Night Out” with wine tasting from 5 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce invite the community to attend a special All-America City Reception, recognizing the small businesses that help make Peoria an All-America City, tonight (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm where you can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Call 309-672-2267 or 309-495-5974 to RSVP.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) every Thursday night in October from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. 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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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Bradley University Institute of International Studies and International Trade Center present “The State of the U.S. Economy: National Security Challenge or Opportunity?” at the Gateway Building tonight (Thursday) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Robert Kimmit will explore the relationship between the U.S. economy and national security, and how the economy of central Illinois plays into the bigger picture. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Sean Rouse 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 $12 and $14 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden opening on Friday with hours from 10 am – 5 pm and running through Sunday, November 11. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums.. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October 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 in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a new Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and free animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run from 5 – 7 pm and the “frightfully fun” version will run from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and children and free for kids under 1. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

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

Uncorked! will take place on Friday beginning at 6 pm at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. A Vegas-sytle night of dancing and sampling of fine wines, craft beer and hors d’oeuvres plus a silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 per person may be purchased by calling 309-692-6650. All proceeds benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living For more information, visit www.hulthealthy.org

Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 7 – 10 pm with host Jim Hicks and hostess Peggy Holmes. All skill levels are welcome. There will be music, dancing and snacks in the Dining Hall. Fee is $5 per person or a $20 maximum per family.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder in their only pre-season game on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $10, $12, $17 and $20 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season tickets are also available. For more information visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place every Friday & Saturday in October from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. For more information, visit http://www.spook-hollow.com

EP!C’s third annual Boo Run will take place at Hoerr Nursery (located at 8020 N Shade Tree Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am and will feature a competitive Grand Prix 5K Run & Roll, One-mile Fitness Walk and Kids Fun Run & Roll. Costumes are encouraged, and trophies and medals will be awarded to top competitors. Registration information is available online at www.boorunpeoria.com  The event also includes a costume contest, outdoor farmers’ market, hayrack rides, face painting, art and entertainment for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of EP!C. For more information, call 309-689-3605 or visit www.epicpeoria.org

The 33rd Annual Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and RiverFront Conference Center (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Enjoy shopping, casual learning centers for spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, beading and more along with Viewers’ Choice, the 2013 Challenge, games and door prizes. Admission is $5 for shopping only or $15 for the full spin-in experience. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

Peoria Players will host their Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon in their front lobby. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit http://peoriaplayers.org

A Punkin Chuckin’ Contest will take place at The Pumpkin Farm (located at 16339 N. Springfield Rd. at the corners of Allentown & Springfield Road, rural Groveland, near Morton) on Saturday from 9:30 am to dusk. A variety of machines participate in the Morton contest including catapults, trebuchets, and some whose category needs to be determined upon their arrival. A hand tossed event is offered for those of us who can’t build a machine. Food will also be available including rib eye steak sandwiches, pumpkin chili, pumpkin funnel cakes or ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Halloween Costume and Make-Up Workshop on Saturday from 10 am – Noon at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Fees for Corn Stock member are $5 and $7 for non-members and the Workshop is open to kids ages 8-16. To register, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12.
A 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 are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
And a Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $47 for adults, $23.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. For more information on any cruise or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

As part of the month-long, city-wide “Citywide Celebration of Women Artists”, Corn Stock Theatre will host “Celebrating Women Actors” at their Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) on Saturday from 6 – 7:30 pm featuring several local female actors who will sing a favorite song or read a part they enjoyed performing. Learn about their experiences on the stage, about the moment they knew they wanted to act as well as the women who guided them and those they most admire. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196.

The Howlin’ on Water dinner and show will take place at the Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm and the show running from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is $37 per person for a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show presented by Central Illinois Dueling Pianos. A full cash bar will be available all night. To purchase your spot online, visit http://artstix.artspartners.net

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Charles Yang on violin. 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) from Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on concert Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm and at the Peoria Civic Center from 6:30 – 8 pm the night of the performance or 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

Peoria Pops Orchestra will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students or groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Speakeasy, featuring Judy Page will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society opening led by Larry Harms. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main St. in Morton) will host a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy gourmet appetizers and small plates with wine by the glass, bottle or flight at the new wine bar next door. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

The March of Dimes Annual Signature Chefs Auction will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette from 5:30 – 9 pm where ten local chefs will offer tastings of signature dishes from restaurants like Biaggi’s, Kellher’s, PV II and more. An auction will also take place to raise funds to support healthy pregnancies and babies. Tickets are $70 per person and registrations may be made by calling 815-220-5806. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.com/Illinois

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) every Thursday night in October from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. 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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Barefoot in the Park continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults & $9 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

Mary Lynn Rajskub 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.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October 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 in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 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

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place on Friday and Saturday at Peoria Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 on with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa!, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Cost is $5 for Zoo members, $6 for non-members. Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Peoria Zoo.

Owens Center will host its Fall Spectacular Ice Skating Competition on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. An ISI sanctioned in-house competition-exhibition, spectators may watch the competition at no charge.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Judy Page and Speak Easy 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

The musical “Somebody Call God” will be presented at to the Peoria Civic Center theater  on Friday at 7 pm and at Noon on Saturday. Tickets are $23, $28 and $33 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

The Peoria Ballet will present “The Changeless Mover“, a ballet in five movements, at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 at the door and are available at the Peoria Ballet offices or online at http://peoriaballet.com

Evil Dead: The Musical continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. This show is rated R and is not recommended for young children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students aged 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

My Favorite Things: A Broadway Revue featuring the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein will be presented as part of the ICC Guest Artists Series at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 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

The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place every Friday & Saturday in October from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. For more information, visit http://www.spook-hollow.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host their final Farmer’s Market of the season 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

Sew Special featuring Londa’s Creative Threads will be held at EPIC (located at 1913 W. Townline Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with all-day fiber arts programming. Admission is is $50 for Members of American Sewing Guild, $60 for non-members and $35 for students and the price includes continental breakfast, lunch, State of Illinois Make It With Wool contest and style show. Pre-registration is required: to register, call 309-245-4848.

The 2013 Tri-County Heart Walk will take place on Saturday in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront with registration beginning at 9 am and the Walk beginning at 10:30 am. There is no fee to participate and walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100.

METEC’s Health & Wealth Fair will be held on Saturday at 9 am – 2 pm at the Metec Office (located at 2605 W Krause in Peoria) There will be food, games, massages, mammograms, manicures, zumba, line dancing and information for adults and bounce houses, games and face painting! for the kids. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://metecresourcecenter.org

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit http://www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. For reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday 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 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.

The 11th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will take place at 2 & 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring actor portrayals of prominent Peorians such as Robert Avery, Lydia Bradley Moss, Joseph Petarde, Phoebe Buehler, the tour brings Peoria history to life. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and reservations may be made by calling 309-689-8000 or emailing foxtales@foxtalesint.com  For more information, visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

The NAMI Dinner & Silent Auction will be held at the Peoria Civic Center, Rooms 221 & 222 on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring speaker Roger Mohn, NAMI Tri-County Illinois Board Member, on “Out of the Shadows: Stigma Busters”, his story of family mental health issues. Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of 8 and all proceeds will benefit the NAMI of Tri-County Illinois. For more information, call 309-683-0884 or visit http://namitri-county.org

The 5th Annual Peoria Promise Gala will be held on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 5:30 pm. Hosted by Honorary chairs Glen and Polly Barton, there will be dinner, entertainment, a live and silent auction, a paddle raiser and more. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.peoriapromise.org/gala

The Morton Community Foundation will host Oktoberfest at Wildwood Farms (located at 24109 Copper Road in Morton) on Saturday from 5:30 – 10 pm for an evening including authentic German food, beer, wine and soda; live and silent auctions; and musical entertainment by Die Spitzbuam. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 309-291-0434. For more information, visit www.cfmorton.org/oktoberfest

Applegate & Company will perform in their final concert on Saturday at the  United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Avenged Sevenfold brings their Hail To The King Tour to the US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday  beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and $75 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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

Peoria Humane Society’s 17th annual Bark in the Park will take place on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 11 am. Activities include a canine carnival, pawprint painting, dog olympics, doggie toe nail trimming, kids’ activities, demonstrations, souvenir photos, vendors, canine good citizen testing, raffles, food and more. All dogs attending must be registered for the event and each dog requires a separate registration form & fee. Only one dog per person. You can also register and participate without a dog. Each registrant receives a Bark t-shirt, bandanna, goodie bag, souvenir photo & may bring one dog to the event. Admission is $5 for ages 13 years and over and free for ages 12 & under. Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty rescue, volunteer, community awareness, adoption programs and much more. For more information visit http://www.peoriahs.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at Illinois Central College’s Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Drected by Dr. Joseph Manfredo and featuring trumpet soloist Derek Zabranksy, tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and free for children under 12 and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com  For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

Civil War Scholar, Randy Saxon, will speak tonight (Thursday) at Peoria Historical Society 4th Quarter Meeting at the Peoria Public Library, North Branch, McKenzie Room beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-1921.

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main St. in Morton) will host a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy the evening on the patio with wine by the bottle and artisan cheeses and gourmet foods (available for purchase).
The Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in Morton) Wine Bar Grand Opening will take place on Friday beginning at 3 pm with guitarist Dave Berchtold performing from 7 – 9 pm. Call 309-291-0899 for more information on either event.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) every Thursday night in October from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. 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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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. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) continues at 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 continues at Bradley University 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

The Caterpillar Employees Chorus will present the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz at Eastlight Theatre (in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and matinees beginning at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person and available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Bill Porter 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 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. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Ron White will present “A Little Unprofessional” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $42.25 and $52.25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October 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 in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 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 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

Scapin continues at 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

Evil Dead: The Musical will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. This show is rated R and is not recommended for young children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students aged 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

Barefoot in the Park will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults & $9 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place every Friday & Saturday in October from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the shows are $19 (or $18 with cash payment) and $16 for the Friday late show (or $15 with cash payment). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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 Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association’s Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday at Eastside Center with registration 8 am and the event begins at 9 am. Registrants will receive a Buddy Walk t-shirt. Other activities will include face painting, projects, food, games, crafts and the opportunity to help people with Down syndrome. For more information and to register, call 309-241-8195 or visit www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa 

Northminster Children’s Ministry and Northminster Learning Center will host nationally known speaker Jill Molli on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm where she will share her wisdom and humor as you learn to “Engage In Your Family’s Story“. Admission is $75 per person or $100 per couple and requires pre-registration which may be done online at www.northminster.us/Engage

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit http://www.spoonriverdrive.org

A Pumpkin Carving Workshop will take place on Saturday  from 10 am – Noon at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout R. in Chillicothe) featuring Scott “Stormin'” Norman, the “Picasso of Pumpkin Carving”. Admission is $5 per person with a $20 maximum per family and includes a pumpkin to carve yourself. Using non-traditional tools and techniques, this master pumpkin carver will show you new ways to decorate pumpkins for the Halloween season. The workshop will be followed by a group carving and s’mores cooked alongside the campfire. Pre-registration is required: call 309-579-2157.

The Muscle On Main Strongman Competition will be held on Main Street in Morton on Saturday from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.probodysolutions.com/events

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) will host a Fall Festival on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. See antique fire trucks and other emergency vehicles and enjoy music by Riversound Brass plus backsmithing demonstrations, minature operating steam engines, an early Ford V-8 Club display and other attractions and ongoing exhibits. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3-11 and under 3 free. For more information, call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

The Worldwide Day of Play (WWDOP), an entire day dedicated to active play, where Nickelodeon goes completely “dark” for three hours, turning off programming to encourage kids to get up, get out and go play, with local activities taking place at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre throughout the day on Saturday. Admission to this event is free. There will also be discounted Peoria Zoo admission everyone pays the children’s price all day. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

The 11th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will take place at 2 & 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring actor portrayals of prominent Peorians such as Robert Avery, Lydia Bradley Moss, Joseph Petarde, Phoebe Buehler, the tour brings Peoria history to life. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and reservations may be made by calling 309-689-8000 or emailing foxtales@foxtalesint.com  For more information, visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

Peoria Jaycees Night Golf will be held on Saturday at the Fon du Lac Golf Course (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Registration fee is $25 per person or $100 per team and includes a glow ball, glow necklace and greens fee. Online registration is available at www.peoriajaycees.org/night-golf or teams may register the day of the event from 6 – 6:30 pm. For more information, email peoriajaycees@gmail.com

The Proctor Health Care Foundation presents “A Night with the Hit King,” featuring a dinner and Q&A session with baseball legend Pete Rose, on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The event also includes a silent and live sports auction, plus an exclusive VIP party, where guests can meet “Charlie Hustle” himself. Proceeds support the work of the Addiction Recovery Center and Hult Center for Healthy Living. Call 309-689-8635 or register at www.proctorgiving.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

The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday on Water Street on the Peoria Riverfront with registration beginning at 12:30 pm and the walk beginning at 2 pm. For more information, call 309-681-1100.

The Peoria German-American Central Society will be host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. The event will feature German Music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, soccer, a shooting tent, & German gift tent, a fine arts and craft village, playground equipment for the kids and complete German dinners with sides for $10 plus sandwiches will also be available. The 4th Annual German Car Cruis’n will take place from noon until 5 pm where owners of German make cars and/or motorcycles are welcome to participate for free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” celebrating the travels of Miss Jean Morron, a lady who appreciated learning about various cultures as she traveled, on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.
The the Peoria Historical Society will also host the “Women of World War II” Exhibit at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children or visit the historic Morron homes also (both in one day) for $10 for adults. For more information on either event, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Morton German Fest will be held on Sunday from 1 – 9 pm featuring German Beer and Wine tasting from 1 – 5 pm and plus German food, music, and dancing behind Wines ‘n More and Morton Deli on Main Street in Morton. Entertainment and contests will take place from 3 – 7 pm and the famous Jagerettes will be on hand from 7 – 9 pm with Jagermeister and Berenjager. Admission is free.

The Peoria Urban League Guild will host the 4th annual Jazz Brunch Fundraiser at the Par-a-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Sunday with doors opening at 2 pm. Special Guest will be “Soft Spoken”. Admission price in advance is $40 and $45 at the door. Funds raised through this endeavor will support programming for the Tri-County Urban League. For more information, call 309-672-4354.

The St. Martin Chamber Players will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring three of his compositions in addition to works by Molbe, Holst and Jerry Bock, featured artists include Dawn Clark on horn, Tom Booth – tenor and Wes Sedrel on guitar. Admission 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.