Archive for December, 2013

Enjoy the Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm through New Year’s Eve. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture. Learn about this cultural holiday and see the display of African plants while you enjoy the beautiful holiday surroundings of the Poinsettia Show. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted.

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.  Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Chris “Boom Boom” Johnson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except the Thursday show which is $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

Close out the old year with a traditional Australian New Year’s Eve Dance Party on Friday night beginning at 7 pm at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Boulevard in Chillicothe). Gail Hintze and friends will call the dances featuring lively old-time music by the Giesel Power String Band. Costumes are encouraged and you are invited to bring a treat to share. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. For more information and directions, call 309274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Chicago Fury in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm and 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 Bradley Braves take on South Florida on Saturday beginning at 7 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

Enjoy a post WWII Christmas Holiday Exhibit with Miss Jean Morron at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) o Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. A Holiday Exhibit dedicated to service men and women of WWII will also take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Admission to each home is $7 for adults and $3 for children or visit both historic homes in one day for $10 (adults). For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Comics for a Cause #2 will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. A minimum $10 donation is requested which will help out area tornado victims. Featuring Nick Vatterott, other comedians scheduled to perform include Jeff Bailey, Howard Butler and Joe Roderick. Jake and Kaleena Merch, Rishika Murthy, Drift Roberts and Trey Mowder. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Julie K’s fourth annual “Noon Year’s Eve Celebration” will take place on Tuesday at Five Points (located at 360 Wilmor Road in Washington) beginning at 11 am. Featuring a kids concert, a countdown to noon featuring a massive balloon drop and bubble wrap stomp and more, reserved seating is $10 and $12. For more information, call 309-229-7830. or visit www.juliekmusic.com

New Year’s Eve party at The Grand Hotel (located at 4400 N. Brandywine Drive in Peoria) will take place on Tuesday with a pool party beginning at 4 pm followed by an all-ages show with live music from Old Shoe, Chicago Farmer, Steady Flow, Brainchild, DJ/producer Psydell, DJ Mike Bike and Cole Hollow beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.atjcampbellevents.com or $30 the day of the show. Hotel rooms run $99 plus tax.

The Howlin’ on Water 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash and Grand Relocation Party will take place at the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington in Peoria) on Tuesday beginning at 7:30 pm. Cost is $80 and includes a two entree buffet dinner, drinks, New Year’s Eve favors, a champagne toast at Midnight and the dueling pianos show presented by Central Illinois Dueling Pianos. Reservations are required and may be made online at https://artstix.artspartners.net

New Year’s Eve at the Pere Marquette Hotel will include a dinner buffet on Tuesday from 7:30 – 9 pm followed by a party from 9 pm – 1 am featuring South Side Cindy and the Sliptones, late-night snacks, party favors and champagne toast at midnight, plus a room at the hotel. Cost is $299 per couple. To reserve your spot, call 309-637-6500.

A Special New Year’s Salsa event will be held on Tuesday at the Contemporary Art Center 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.

The Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place on Tuesday at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s Ristorante in East Peoria. Entry fees are $5 per person for the run only or $15 per person for the run and the pizza party. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.folepi.org

The 2014 East Peoria Boat Club Polar Ice Plunge will take place on Wednesday (New Year’s Day) at the East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane off Rt. 26 at the Tazewell/Woodford County Line in East Peoria). Registration begins at 10 am and the Plunge ceremony begins at 1 pm. Cost is $20 to participate and includes a t-shirt. Proceeds will benefit local childrens’ charities. Visit http://www.eastpeoriaboatclub.com for a registration form or call 309-699-6655 for more information.

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) through December 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.  Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Journal Star 66th Annual Christmas Sing will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Great Hall tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Admission and parking are free.

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

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3:15 pm. 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 I’ll Be Home for Christmas Holiday Revue will be held at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm featuring local performers. Tickets are $15 all ages and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $12 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. At the door, prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Michael Winslow will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Skate with Santa will take place on Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria).  There will also be a Family Holiday Skate on Sunday from 1 -3 pm.  Admission is $3 for ages 12 and under and senior citizens ages 65 and over, $4 for adults 13 and over and $2 for skate rental. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Jinglin’ Jazz will take place on Saturday at Luthy Botanical Garden Conservatory (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy cool jazz tunes complete the festive holiday setting, as you sit back and enjoy the music and the Poinsettia Show atmosphere. A selection of hors d’oeuvres and specialty wine will be served. Admission is $20 in advance for Garden Members and $25 in advance for non-members. This event is for ages 21 and over only, please. Price includes hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available. Call 309-681-3506 for details or to purchase tickets over the phone. 

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present A Celtic Winter Solstice: A Celebration in Story and Song, featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd, at the Fox Pub & Café (located at 800 N. Sommer Street, Suite 302 in Peoria) for two performances on Monday: one at 5:30 pm and one at 8 pm. Celebrate Celtic heritage and the winter season with legends of the old kings and the fairie realm, songs of love lost and won, poetry and dance. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-692-FOX3 or visit www.thefoxpubandcafe.com

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) on December 6 – 8, 13 – 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.  Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and small plates will be available plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass, flight or bottles from the wine list.
Fridays Live at the Wines ‘N More Shop & Wine Bar will present live acoustic folk-rock on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring singer-guitarist Dave Berchtold and his unique blend of acoustic folk, blues, roots and rock. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-291-0899.  For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Holiday Extravaganza will take place at the Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Admission is free.  Learn about how other countries celebrate the holidays. There will be food, giveaways, and entertainment. For more information, call 309-673-9183 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Carmen Lynch will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows and $12 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Eastlight Theatre’s production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Disney musical Tarzan will be presented by CCT (Children’s Community Theatre) at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. The Sunday performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 12 and under for senior citizens and are available at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion or online at www.artspartners.net  For more information call 309-681-2861.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.   For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with A Celtic Christmas on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise running from 7 – 9 pm and on a Lunch on Saturday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise running from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20 from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Seussical the Musical continues at Corn Stock for Kids in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are available now at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards). It’s December 1944 and Christmas is coming: a detachment of American troops from the 106th Infantry Division have settled into a small Belgian farmhouse not far from the German border. The men of the 106th have replaced veteran combat divisions at a quiet sector of the line to await a spring offensive. Little do they know that the largest battle in U.S. Military history is only a few short days away. Join World War II veterans, historians and re-enactors as the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge are recreated at the Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include soldier life, military vehicles, POW interrogation, and a first aid station. Admission is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 4th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will be held at the Lindenhof, (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Vendors will offer a variety of arts and crafts for Holiday gift giving plus imported items from Germany and Austria. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase including bratwurst, schnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. Entertainment will be provided each day featuring the Lindehhof Echoes (an alpine horn group), a brass group playing Christmas Carols, as well as Christmas Carolers. Santa Claus will be on hand beginning at 1 – 3 pm each day also appearing will be the Kristkindl or Christ Child. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, call 309-444-4656 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Radio 4 Relief, a concert organized to help rebuild the communities in Central Illinois affected by the tornado and supply the victims with supplies they need, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday with doors opening at 11 am and live music from Noon – 11:45 pm. Sixteen artists are scheduled to perform on two stages. Tickets are $25 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Central Illinois tornado victims.

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets range from $9 to $44 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts, in partnership with The Morton Fine Arts Association, will present The Nutcracker at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center (located at 350 N Illinois Ave. in Morton) at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 7:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12, $19 and $26 available at www.cornerstoneballetpeoria.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Holiday Concert will take place at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring the Central Illinois Youth Symphony and guests performing holiday classics, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Howlin’ on Water Holiday Party featuring dinner and show will take place at The Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show. A full cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and my be made by calling 309-494-9100.

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise time is 7 – 9 pm. 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.

TazWood Dance Company will present Dancember! at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) will take place on Saturday beginning with free lessons from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission for students is free with ID or $10 for adults. For more information, visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

A Holiday Business Showcase will take place at the Gateway Building Ballroom (located at 200 Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. 45 local businesses will be available all under one roof where you can shop as you listen to holiday music, sample top notch appetizers and drinks and enter for the chance to win one of 40 raffle prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Peoria Rescue Ministries. Admission is free.

Enjoy Historic Holiday Traditions at the 133-year-old Doering Homeplace (located at 326 Pekin Ave. in East Peoria) which provides a unique look back in time during open houses sponsored by the East Peoria Historical Society on Sunday running from 3 – 6 pm. Holiday decorations will include 1800s-style handmade ornaments. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) on December 6 – 8, 13 – 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.  Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and small plates will be available plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass, flight or bottle from the wine list. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 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.

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Fine Art & Gift Show will be held from 4 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the new Civic Plaza in East Peoria’s Levee District (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria). Admission is free. Santa will appear from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday and from 4 – 6 pm on Sunday. Approximately 30 area artists will display and sell their creations including holiday decorations, unique hats and apparel, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, small sculpture, glass-blown items, handmade greeting cards and more. All items are original works. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature JuJu Jonny on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with A Celtic Christmas on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Saturday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise running from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express at Wildlife Prairie Park is an enchanting evening full of holiday festivities that runs from 4 – 9 pm on Friday and 3 – 9 pm on Saturday. Ride the train on the lighted trail, make crafts, decorate cookies and see animals experience their own version of Christmas and more. Admission is $10 for members 2 and up and $12 for non-members aged 2 and up. Children ages 1 & under are free. Reservations are required as seating will be limited and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm at ten different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Pekin Main Street Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 7 pm with more than 1,000 luminaries on the downtown Business District on Court Street. Featuring business open houses, strolling carolers, carriage rides, outdoor theater and photos with Santa, admission is free. For more information, call 309-353-3100 or visit www.pekinmainstreet.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Howlin’ on Water Holiday Party featuring dinner and the show will take place on Friday at The Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show. A full cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and my be made by calling 309-494-9100 or emailing thewaterhouse@aol.com

Bradley University will host their annual “New Faces 2013″ Play Festival at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and are available by calling the box office at 309-677-2650.

The 2nd Annual Madrigal Dinner Feaste will be presented by Peoria High School (located at 1615 N. North St. in Peoria) Mixed Ensemble and the Preparatory School for the Arts on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and include the meal and entertainment and are available at the the Peoria High School Office or by calling 309-672-6630. Cash, Check, Credit Cards accepted. Groups of 6 or more $15 per ticket. For more information, email simon.webb@psd150.org

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in Morton) will present Paul Weddle in their Wine Bar with sounds of jazz sax and flute on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Paul has played nationally and internationally for over 30 years, including commercial work in radio and television. He’s backed such artists as BB King, the Doobie Brothers and Dr. John. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc 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, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Friends in Harmony presents its eighth annual Christmas Charity Extravaganza “A Hometown Christmas” on at 7 pm on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday in the auditorium of Washington Intermediate School (located at 501 Washington Street in Pekin). There will also be a raffle and performances by the Friends in Harmony Orchestra and Junior Friends. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance through Friends members or at Steger’s Furniture. Proceeds benefit the United Way. For more information, call 309-246-1896.

Eastlight Theatre will present Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 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 online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Seussical the Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are available now at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists. Admission is free.  The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival,  Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival.  Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. Sorry no passenger rides this year.

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 11 am where you can enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge and then experience the Zoo. Pre-sale tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Watch the animals enjoy their gifts, Santa will be making a visit and everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

The 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk will take place at the RiverPlex in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Online registration will be available through 3 pm on Dec. 6th with race day registration and packet pickup beginning at 8 am. Registration fees are $50 on race day for teams and $35 on race day for individuals. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaJBR

The Peoria Heights’ Annual Christmas Walk, featuring visits and photo opportunities with Santa at area shops and businesses, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 5:30 pm. There will also be a book signing by Sandy Miller, local author of Little Twig: An Uncommon Christmas Tale at I Know You Like A Book from 2 – 4 pm, the lighting of the village Christmas tree at 5:30 pm plus a night of caroling, hot chocolate and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Victorian Christmas Celebration on Saturday including a holiday tea setting and luncheon and live seasonal music at the Ballance-Herschel House, its historic headquarters (located at 256 NE Randolph in Peoria). Tea times start at 11 am and 2 pm. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited, so call 309-685-9312 for reservations.

The 2nd Annual Candy Cane Hunt will take place on Saturday from 2 – 2:30 pm at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). There will be two hunt areas: one for 3 – 5 year olds and another for 6 – 10 year olds. Dress warmly and bring something to collect your candy canes. Parents must accompany their children. Fee to participate is $4 for residents and $9 for non-residents. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Historical Society invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a tour of four historical homes in two historic districts of Peoria with The Splendor of Christmas Past from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday & from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 for adults at the door and children under age 12 free with adult admission and are available at the Peoria Historical Society Office (located at 611 SW Washington Street in Peoria), Harp and Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) or Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise time is 7 – 9 pm. 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.

Songs from the Woods, the 2013 Concert Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights), will feature Lee Murdock and The Christmas Ship Concert on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature holiday edition will feature Killer Khristmas on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Landmark Cinemas. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/563033543766564

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah, an annual Peoria Christmas performance, will be presented at The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm.  All are encouraged to sing along on the various choruses, with arias performed by featured soloists Kristen Lelm, soprano, Eric Ashcraft, tenor and Gregory Lewis, bass. Conducting the performers and the Handel orchestra will be Dr. John Jost, Director of Choral Activities at Bradley University. Admission is free.

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available from any Philharmonic Chorale member or at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office the day of the concert.

The Orpheus Club Winter Concert will be held on Sunday at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 at the door.

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Chicago Steam in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) 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