Archive for February, 2014

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The Garish but Green and Pink Garden Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) through March 2 from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and Noon – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up): children 12 and under and Garden Members are free. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will host Desserts First at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. The event features Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts from area chefs, as well as dinner stations, raffles and more. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, call all 309-282-0809 or visit www.girlscouts-gsci.org

The Frogs, a modern take on an ancient Greek classic where characters and puppets perform in an over the top circus romp on stage, will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre on the Eureka College campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call the box office at (309) 467-6363.

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Clybourne Park at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students, and $12 for Bradley faculty and staff, students and senior citizens and are available at the Bradley University Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/cfa/tickets.dot

Josh Blue will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $19 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria RV Show will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 2 – 7 pm on Friday from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 – 12 and ages 5 & under are free. Featuring RV’s, boats, ATV’s, motorcycles, campgrounds from three states, RV products, and RV repair dealers, for more information, visit http://www.eventsltd.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Ed & Judy Howard beginning on Friday 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, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Beehive Design Collective will be held at the Sunbeam Building (located at 935 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. The one night exhibit of Beehive Design Collective artwork entitled “The True Cost of Coal,” will include an artist-led discussion of the exhibition and is part of a nation-wide tour, of which Peoria is one of only two towns in Illinois where it will be stopping. For more information on the Collective or to view the graphics, visit www.beehivecollective.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 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

Working is a musical that fills you with hope and inspiration through monologues and song that will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

Learn about native fish species in the Illinois River Encounter with the Peoria Riverfront Museum‘s 400-gallon fish tank where you can watch experts feed the fish at 3 pm. Learn about “fishy” behavior and what fish like to eat. Free to members and with regular paid admission. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Craig Morgan and guests Chad Warrix and Anthony Billups will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office Monday – Friday from 10 am to 4 pm or online at http://www.limelighteventplex.com

Team Dance 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Admission is $10 for ages 5-10, $15 for ages 11+. All spectators age 5 and over will not be permitted into the event without a wristband. Wristbands will be available for purchase at the ticket booth in the Grand Lobby of Carver Arena through the day of the event. This Grand Championship event will feature youth, JV and varsity dance and guard teams who competed at various different regional competitions between December and February.

The 25th Annual Illinois Downs Syndrome Assoc. Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Dinners are $7 for adults (ages 13+), $5 for children and free for ages 3 and under. Take out orders will also be available. A raffle, bake sale and entertainment will also take place during the event. For more details, visit http://www.hoidsa.org/index.php?events

“Irish Tales: Lives and End Times of the Shelton Brothers” will be presented by the Peoria Historical Society at the historic Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Learn how the Shelton Brothers Played in Peoria as they dominated the bootlegging and gambling trade during the 1930’s and 40’s. Admission is $7 for adults or $3 for kids. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Goitse, a young music quintet from Ireland, will perform in concert at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $18 per person and are available by calling 309-692-8937 or $20 at the door.

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The Peoria Rivermen, Another Round of Beer at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre (Dinner & Show)
and 2 Daily Passes for the Riverplex!

The Garish but Green and Pink Garden Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) through March 2 from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and Noon – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up): children 12 and under and Garden Members are free. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Tom Simmons will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday show and $14 for all other shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2014 Official Spring Home Show will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults ages 18 & over, $3.50 for senior citizens ages 60 and over and kids under 18 are free and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office during show hours. For more information, please visit http://www.peoriahomeshow.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature DC3 beginning on Friday 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 any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Beer & Brats Tailgate Under the Stars will take place at at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 7 pm in the Dome Planetarium. Relax with brats, snacks, and a variety of craft beers from Two Brothers Brewing in Warrenville, IL as you take a guided tour of the universe with a state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium experience. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for guests. Register in person or by calling 309-686-7000. Early registration is recommended. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Mitch Williams: A Leap of Magicwill be presented at The Many Lights Theatre (located within the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 159 N. 2nd Avenue in Canton) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets for the show are $10 and may be reserved by calling 309-357-9366.

Art will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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A Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale will be held on Saturday in the Peoria Players Theatre lobby from 8 am – Noon featuring Prom dresses & tuxedos. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

The Peoria Zoo will host a Behind-the-Scenes Tour from 9 – 10 am on Saturday offering information about the resident animals and how they are cared for. Admission is $22. To register, call 309- 681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit will present Seeds2Success at the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday from 9 am -1:30 pm. Seeds2Success is an opportunity for the public to speak with representatives from the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and explore strategies to strengthen the local foods movement. Fee for the event is $15 which includes a continental-style breakfast and a light lunch. Reservations may be made online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt  For more information, call 309-672-6056 or visit www.peoriacounty.org

Super Saturday will take place at at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm where you will learn about the anatomy of insects and arachnids, view specimens plus design your own bug. Check out the museum’s collection of insects and view the intricate glass insects in the Chihuly and Friends: Highlights from the George R. Stroemple Collection exhibition. This event is free to members and with regular paid admission. There is a $3 additional cost for the Chihuly and Friends exhibition to non-members. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Awesome 80’s Prom will be presented by The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Including interactive performance, dinner, cash bar and silent auction, the event is a fundraiser to support the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets are $45 and are available online HERE

The Great Burr Oak Science Club February meeting will feature Dr. Timothy Koeltzow, Associate Professor of psychology at Bradley University, on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm at 637 W. Main Street in Peoria (formerly the Church Mouse Thrift Shop). Admission is free and meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will hold its 10th Annual Fine Art Live and Silent Auction fundraiser with live music, food and a cash bar will be available on Saturday beginning at 7pm, followed by a live auction at 8 pm. Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Bradley Braves take on Loyola Chicago 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

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The Peoria Rivermen, Another Round of Beer at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre (Dinner & Show)
and 2 Daily Passes for the Riverplex!

The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Oliver continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

Bobcat Goldthwait will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday show and $21 for all other shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Garish but Green and Pink Garden Show opens on Friday at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) and runs through March 2 from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and Noon – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up): children 12 and under and Garden Members are free. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazilionaires 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, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The “Wild About Love Valentine’s Day Dinner” will take place on Friday at Wildlife Prairie Park including open cocktails from 6 – 7 pm, a romantic five course dinner, gifts, a DJ & open dancing, plus the  chance to win a romantic stay at the Cabin on the Hill. Tickets are $75 per person and reservations are required: call 309-676-0998 to make yours. All proceeds go to support Wildlife Prairie Park For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night and the Mississippi Riverkings 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 Peoria Area Civic Chorale will host a Valentine’s Night event, “An Evening of Love Songs”, at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront featuring a three course plated dinner with a choice of three entrées on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Dinner will be followed by a live concert of classic love songs ranging from Cole Porter to the Beatles to James Taylor. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $30 per person or $58 per couple. Concert only tickets are also available. For more details, call 309-693-6725 for reservations or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Art will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning 8 pm featuring “Romance” soloists Linden Christ, soprano, and Ryan Lanning, tenor. Tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/PEOR/

A Sunny Day with Julie K to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois will be presented at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Enjoy a festive lunch, children’s fashion show and a concert with award winning singer-songwriter Julie K. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children or $350 for a table of 10. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit https://choi.osfhealthcarefoundation.org

Romance at the Zoo will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Take a look at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom with videos to meeting animals up close, this event will give you a whole new perspective on relationships. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required: call 309-681-3504 to register or for more information, visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

A Valentine Benefit for Marie Roll-Krueger will be held at the American Legion Post 100 (located at 211 Legion Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. A Peoria resident needing a new heart, the benefit will help with expenses not covered by insurance. The event will include auction items, music and food. For more information, call 309-745-8968 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/241937872641280/ 

Cage Campaign Entertainment will host Chicago Havoc vs. Miami Punch at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Rebecca “She-Hulk” Adney and Cedric “The Spiderman” Marks Bellator Vet, UFC Vet Jeff “The Snowman” Monson vs. XFC Texas Former Light Heavy Weight Champ Jeremiah “Ironman” O’Neil, General admission seats are $28, reserved floor seat tickets are $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Engineering Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm with displays by engineering groups, engineering activities plus the chance to talk with engineers from the community. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present The Peoria Jazz AllStars, comprised of students from Manual, Peoria High and Richwoods, at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. This prestigious group performs throughout the year at jazz festivals and civic events. The CIJS House Band, led by Larry Harms, will also perform. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. . For more info call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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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.

Steve-O will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 for the Thursday show and $26 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up beginning on Friday 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 any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.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

The Easter Seals Black & Blue Ball will take place on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm featuring live music by The Brat Pack, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks, a cash bar, a jewelry raffle plus a live auction. Tables of 10 are $1,000. Call 309-686-7755 x 2298 to make a reservation and for more information.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and 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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Oliver will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 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 Ten Tenors will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $61, $47, and $37 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 2nd Annual February Frigid Four Mile Trail Run and One Mile Fun Walk will take place on Saturday at Independence Park (located at 612 Lasalle Blvd. in Marquette Heights) beginning at 9 am. An Illinois Valley Striders Grand Prix race, all proceeds will benefit Camp Big Sky, an accessible camp for children and adults with disabilities. For more information, call 309-258-6002.

The Forest Park Book Sale will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday (reduced price sale). It’s a great place to find unique nature related books with books on everything from gardening to wildlife to environmental philosophy. If you have books to donate for the sale please call Forest Park Nature Center at 309-686-3360. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Midwest Gun Collectors Assoc. Gun Show will be held at the East Peoria Convention Center (located on Rt. 8 in East Peoria) from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 with free parking. For more information, call 309-274-2977.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a forum featuring two candidates for the 18th Congressional District election and two candidates for the District 150 School Board, as well as a presentation on the sales tax referendum to benefit District 150 schools at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:15 am. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Re-Designed Solar System Grand Re-Opening, the world’s most complete scale model of the solar system, plus Family Day Planetarium Shows throughout the day, a Space Kids Workshop at 11 am, a Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Workshop at 1 pm and a Guided Walk to Earth and Back on Saturday at 2 pm.
Sunday Fun Day will take place on Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1:30 – 2:15 pm where children and their families will listen to The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, explore part of a gallery, and make a craft to take home. Fee is $2 per child.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Wine and Roses event at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the tropical Conservatory featuring music by the Joe Metzka Trio, appetizers, desserts and a cash bar. Admission is $12.50 per person or $25 per couple and is by reservation only and limited to 80 people ages 21 and over only. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations or more information.

Songs from the Woods Concert Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria) will feature Barry Cloyd’s Celtricity 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.barrycloyd.com

“Rising From Ashes”, the award-winning feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 South Main St. in Peoria). Tickets are $11 in advance at www.imathlete.com/events/risingfromashes  or $15 at the door.

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live, the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story, will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Covering everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom, ticket prices are $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets on online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) begins with free lessons on Saturday 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

The Peoria Historical Society will host the Readers Theater production, “Seasonings“, at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 at door or $12 in advance for PHS members. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Dramatic Crossroads Opera Company, a local nonprofit organization, will present Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the East Peoria High School auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The performance will feature professional and semi-professional local musicians performing a modernized version of the cantata in English, staged as though it were a small opera. Tickets are $15, or $12 for students, senior citizens and children under 12. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DramaticCrossroads

The Bradley Braves take on Evansville on Sunday beginning at 3 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

A Beatles Tribute Concert, featuring Johnny Burnett & Friends with local and Chicago are musicians will take place at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 3 pm. A benefit for local tornado victims, all proceeds will be donated to the Washington Rotary Club Foundation. Tickets are $20 (all reserved seating) and are available at the Five Points Box Office or online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=41670