Archive for April, 2014

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Boeing, Boeing opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and the Quad Cities on Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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The Great American Trailer Park Musical continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Eastlight Box Office or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Humpty Dumpty continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center on tonight through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Rivals will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Dept. tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm at the Hartmann Performing Arts Center on the Bradley campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Theatre box office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Pauly Shore 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 tonight’s (Thursday’s) show and $26 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Greener Morton, a program of the Morton Economic Development Council, will host Electronic Recycling Days in the K-Mart parking lot in Morton on from 9 am – Noon on Friday & Saturday. Residents and businesses are encouraged to dispose of old or unused electronics at no charge. Lists of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at www.agreenermorton.org

The Luthy Botanical (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) Big Spring Plant Sale will take place from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring new and hard-to-find perennials and native plants, ornamental grasses, and unusual tropical plants and annuals, top off your vegetable garden with the selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables. Luthy Garden members receive a 10% discount. Admission is free during the sale, however donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or www.peoriaparks.org

The 3rd annual “Purse and Suit of Happiness” Luncheon will be presented by the Dress for Success Peoria, a program of Peoria Friendship House, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a table of 8. Gently used clothing and shoes will be accepted at this event. To make a reservation or more information, call 309-671-5200 or visit www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bill Porter 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

A Keep Peoria Beautiful Cleanup will take place on the Rock Island Greenway and Rock Island Trail on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Participants should meet at the rear of the Peoria Heights Library (located at 816 East Glen in Peoria Heights) and wear sturdy shoes and gloves for picking up trash along assigned areas. Garbage bags will be provided. For more information, call 309-266-5085.

The Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) 50 Year Anniversary Hike will take place on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Explore natural features, wildlife and history found on the diverse trails of the park. For information and to reserve your spot, 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Annual Wildlife Prairie Park PowWow will be held beginning on Saturday at 10 am with the Bison Blessing Ceremony followed by the Feeding Frenzy with the Felines at 11 am and the Kick off of the PowWow at Noon. There will be Native American crafts, food, live demonstrations including drum circles, dancing and more. Activities begin on Sunday at 11 am. The event is free for Park members or $8 for ages 13 & up, $7 for senior citizens aged 65 +, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Two-day passes for the event are available for 11/2 times the regular admission price at the gate on Saturday. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 16th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner : A Night with a True American Hero will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. This event will feature a presentation by a special guest speaker behind one of the most sensational global news stories of the past five years. Tickets are $250 per person and online registration is available at www.hulthealthy.org

For the Fun of It, the annual Peoria Riverfront Museum fundraiser, will take place at the Museum on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Play Xbox on the Giant Screen, enjoy 11 Peoria area caterers each showcasing signature cuisine, a strolling magician, a caricature artist and live blues. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and are available by calling 308-863-3036 or online HERE. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “A Brief History of Embalming” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. Matthew Kendall, Mortuary Science Instructor for Carl Sandburg College is the keynote speaker and will explore embalming practices from ancient Egypt to modern day. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 10 pm. A family event to benefit the Neighborhood House Association’s new summer meal program to fight childhood hunger in downtown Peoria.  All ages are welcome to enjoy a salsa lesson, open dancing and music by DJ Ed Caballero and Beverly Caballero, dance performances by several local dance groups, desserts and soft drinks. Tickets are $5 if reserved in advance at RockintheHouse@yahoo.com or $7 at the door. For more information go to www.RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

The Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) 34th Annual Ice Show will begin on Saturday at 7 pm. Featuring National Champion and world competitor Max Aaron, ticket prices are $10 for adults aged 13 and older, $6 for children ages under 12 and $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will welcome Barbara Padilla to the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children & students and are available at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Spring Annual Dance Showcase will take place at Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 pm – midnight. A night of dance performances, open dancing, appetizers and desserts, there will be open dancing between performance segments, including Latin, Swing, Ballroom and more. Attire is formal, no jeans please and all dance styles and dance levels are welcome.  Advance tickets are $10, $15 for a couple, or $8 for students with valid ID through 4-23 or $15 per person at the door and are available at at Body Fitness. For more information, call 309-685-1950 or visit www.fitndance.com or www.peorialatinvibe.com

A Party for the Planet will take place on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth-friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for adults aged 13 and over, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65 & up or free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or www.peoriazoo.org

The Sun Foundation will host its Peoria Clean Water Celebration taking place in three different locations beginning on Sunday at Noon at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with the Parade of Waters. A total of 5 events over 2 days comprise the celebration to encourage ways to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies and to promote the wise use of natural resources. The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students and the general public with keynote sessions plus smaller breakout sessions. For more details on the celebration, click HERE

The St. Martin Chamber Players will present a concert at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring epic music from two masters of the modern Spanish style: De Falla – El amor brujo (Love Bewitched) and Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez para Guitar, the featured artist will be Wesley Sedrel on guitar. Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

The Orpheus Club Spring Concert will take place on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria). Featuring an all male voice four part harmony chorus, admission is $5 at the door.

WWE Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $18, $28, $38, $53, and $98 and at the Peoria Civic Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000. For more information visit http://www.wwe.com/events/wwepresents-live-peoria.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Bradley Jazz Ensemble led by Dr Todd Kelly in their monthly concert on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Bradley ensemble has performed at US and European Jazz festivals and will play a variety of popular big band tunes and swing music. The CIJS house band will open with a variety of jazz with vocals. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $5 for C I Jazz members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, call 309–692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. 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 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will present a Maundy Thursday Service, Choir Cantata “The Seven Last Days” beginning with a soup & salad Pot Luck tonight (Thursday) begining at 5:30 pm and the Cantata at 7 pm. For more information, call 309-692-1420 or visit www.fccpeoria.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host “Cuba’s Revolution: Time for a Policy Change?” at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N. Galena Rd in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm with a cash bar, dinner at 6 pm and presentation at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be led by Dr. Christina Perez, associate professor of sociology and director of the women and gender studies program at Dominican University in Chicago, who will discuss the state of Cuba’s revolution and the potential for a change in U.S. policies towards the nation. Admission is $35 or $30 for PAWAC members and students. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a presentation by Dr. Robert J. Lang entitled “Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art & Science of Origami” tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8 pm. Dr. Lang, an acclaimed physicist, inventor and origami artist, is co-creator of the Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami exhibit which runs through April 27th. Tickets for the presentation are $10 per person or $7 for PRM members. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On 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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April Macie 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 and Friday late shows and $15 for all other shows. 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 Jared Bartman 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 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Park Players Troupe Auditions will take place on Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 3 pm at Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria). For ages 14-18, applicants should be prepared to give three references, excluding family members. Six actors will be hired to perform in this troupe. For more information, call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Humpty Dumpty will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Great American Trailer Park Musical will be performed at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Eastlight Box Office or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

The Pediatric Resource Center will host the Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the race beginning at 8:30 am and a brunch after the run/walk. All proceeds will go toward helping the PRC provide medical exams and case management services to child victims of neglect and physical or sexual abuse. For more information, call 309-624-9595 or email prcinfo@uicomp.uic.edu

The Easter Seals will host Miles for Milestones: Inaugural Run, Walk and Roll, including a 5K and one-mile route through East Peoria’s Levee District on Saturday beginning at 8 am, with a post-race party at the Holiday Inn. Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all abilities are welcome. Funds raised will help provide specialized pediatric therapy services in central Illinois. Registration is $30 for the 5k Run $30 or $20 for ages 4-18 and $20 for the 1 Mile Walk. All paid registrants receive a t-shirt. To register, call 309-686-1177, ext. 2321 or visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host two Giant Easter Egg Hunts: one at 11 am and one at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Other activities include an Eggstra Special Scavenger Hunt throughout the park beginning at 8 am, a Bunny Breakfast from 8 – 11 am, face painting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and more. Admission is $8 for adults, & for senior citizens aged 65 and up, $6 for ages 3 – 7, $4 for WPP members and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 10th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. “Think globally, act locally” by learning what you can do to make a difference. Live music will be provided by Patchouli and others and there will be food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts, face painting, door prizes and an Earth Day Sale. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Super Saturday: Fractals – Nature’s Extreme Art will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm where you will learn all about fractals, observe them up close plus take a fractal pattern home with you. This event is free for members and with regular paid admission. Admission is $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 Dave Chastain & Sue Schnarr Baker Fire Disaster Fundraiser will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Dave Chastain’s DC3, Rooster Alley, Jim Davis Band, Junkyard Dogz, Robin Crowe, Bill Porter Project and Kickapoo Junction, tickets are $10 in advance at the Limelight Event Complex, Schooners in Morton or online at www.limelighteventplex.com and $13 at the door.

Ghost Town Blues Band will perform at Goodfellas Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm presented by the River City Blues Society. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

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Money Smart Week 2014 will take place throughout the Peoria area through Saturday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered:  for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. 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 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Dayton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and Bowling Green on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday both beginning at 1 pm and at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Fundraiser at the Locker Room (located at 112 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. 10% of all food and non-alcoholic drink purchases will benefit the group to go toward to building a parking lot and trails in Peoria’s newest park. Learn about becoming a member, plus pick up a t-shirts and details on upcoming hikes and special events. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $56., $61, and $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Dorothy in Wonderland at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Eureka College Theatre Department will present Godspell at Pritchard Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 309-467-6363. For more information, visit http://www.eureka.edu/event/godspell

Shane Mauss 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 and Friday late shows and $15 for all other shows. 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 Dorann & the Soul Mystics 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Auditions for Community Children’s Theatre’s Ragtime, School Edition will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N North St. in Peoria) at 6 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday.  For more information call 309-681-2861.

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm on Friday & Saturday. Admission for the dinner & show is $38  or limited availability show only seating beginning at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.

The 22nd Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring over 250 quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus try bites from local restaurants. A smaller, quieter beer testing event with the acoustic sounds of the local band, Corn Wolves, tickets for the Friday night event are $20 and include a 2014 glass souvenir glass plus food. 50% of the door proceeds will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. The Saturday event runs 1 – 8 pm and the first 4000 guests will receive commemorative sample glasses. Saturday tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and are available at many area locations.  Beer tickets are $1 each, with most beers requiring 1 ticket per 4 oz tasting. For a full list of beers available and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will host the Heartland Heroes Dinner 2014 with Sara Evans featuring a dinner in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 6 pm with the Heartland Heroes event and concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $36.50 – $42.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented by ICC at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will include performances by ICC’s Vocal Jazz, the Maloof granddaughter trio, the Peoria Ballet, Peoria Players Theatre, Pick Percussions (formerly the Elite Drum Corps) plus a full performance of the 2014 ICC Readers’ Theatre show “Words of Freedom”. Admission is free, however, during intermission a good will offering benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be collected. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/253864251455099/?ref=25

The Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Enjoy dinner, drinks and laughs with Jay Harris and Mike Maxwell for $25 per person. For more information, call 309-495-9463 ext.1.

The Peoria Ballet will present Cinderella at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 130 Wilmor Road in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and also at 2 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at http://www.peoriaballet.com  For more information, call 309-690-7880.

A Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 8 – 9:30 pm at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria). A nighttime hunt for eggs filled with candy and plenty of prizes, afterwards enjoy pizza, refreshments and games. All participants need to bring a flashlight and prize bag. Admission is $10 for Peoria residents and $15 for non-residents. For registration and more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the cities of Peoria and Washington and the Washington Chamber, will host Shop Washington this weekend. While many Washington businesses were undamaged in the November tornado and remain open, they need support from area residents. A CityLink bus for shoppers will depart from the Riverfront Clock Tower at 10 am on Saturday and stop at Russell’s Cycling & Fitness Center, Mt. Vernon Plaza and the Square in Washington, returning to Peoria at 3 pm. For more information, call 309-495-5974.

The 17th Annual Easter Egg Festival will be held at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Bring your Easter baskets and help find colorful eggs filled with candy and prizes plus before and after the hunt, there will be snacks, a coloring contest, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The hunt begins at 10:15 am and there will be three age groups. For more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host its annual Easter Egg Celebration on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am for children ages up to 3, at 10:50 am for ages 4 – 6 and at 11:10 am for ages 7 – 9. Admission is $6.50 for non-member children or $3.50 for member children and $9 for non-member adults. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s 80th Anniversary event, “Peoria Hosts: Famous Guests in the River City“, will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom in downtown Peoria on Saturday with a boutique opening at 10 am and the luncheon beginning at 11:30 am. Featuring 6 famous people who played in Peoria in the past 200 years, the performance will chronicle historical entertainment through snippets of speeches, costumes, dancing and more. Tickets are $40 and reservations are required. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Hike in Peoria’s newest park, Rocky Glen on Saturday from 10 am – Noon leaving from Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W. Farmington Road in Peoria.) All hikers will be shuttled to the trailhead by van. The hike is around 1.5 miles long over rough ground. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

A Prairie Garden Workshop will take place on Saturday from 10 am – Noon at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Participants will learn the basics of starting their own native prairie garden at home, the benefits of native landscaping, how to propagate prairie plants and planning your garden to work with your site. Participants will then get to take home a prairie plant to start their own garden. Admission is $15. For more information about the class call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Illinois Central College will host its 10th Annual International Fair on Saturday from noon – 3 pm in the East Peoria Campus cafeteria. Meet some of ICC’s international students, see a fashion show of traditional costumes from their home countries, and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food samples, cultural booths and dancing. The fair is open to the public with a suggested $2 donation and children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go towards an international student scholarship fund. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 Meadowview Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon featuring candy and prized-filled eggs for children under 10. Fee is $4 per child and registration required. For more information and to register, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Former NASA space shuttle commander Scott Altman will speak on “Reaching for the Stars” at the Cerf Center on the Eureka College campus on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am as part of alumni weekend activities. Altman, son of Eureka College alumni Fred and Sharon Altman of Pekin, logged more than 50 days in space during four space flights. He will discuss growing up in central Illinois and his experiences in the Navy and at NASA. Tickets for the event are $30. For more information, call 309-467-6319.

The Peoria Push Roller Derby Dames will take on the Prairieland Punishers at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and kids 6 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriarollerderby.org

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse at the Shore Acres Clubhouse in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the great string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Songs from the Woods will feature Wil Maring in concert at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $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 Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. American Classics will feature Béla Fleck on banjo and Nathaniel Olson, baritone. Tickets range from $35 – $80 and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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 is 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 Bradley University Community Chorus Spring Concert featuring music of Johannes Brahms will be held at Dingeldine Music Center (locate at 1417 W. Barker Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

 

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The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. 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 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. 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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Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron 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, also on Friday, will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The 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.

Jake Johannsen will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $16 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria New Car Dealers Association 25th Annual Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Senior Day is Friday: ages 60+ admitted for $2.50, and Family Day is Sunday: get two adults tickets for $8. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & up and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult. For more details, visit http://www.peoriaautoshow.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Dancing with our Stars 2014 Spring Dance Recital will take place at at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday beginning at 6:30pm. Performing ballet, tap, jazz and creative movement on the stage with a special performance by the Explosion All Star Cheer Team, tickets are $4 for general admission and are available at Franciscan Rec Complex. For more information, call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum “Before” Party will allow you to spend an evening exploring the historic Glen Oak Park Pavilion and experience the six planned galleries in the museum with detailed design drawings, themed food, drink, and entertainment on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Included with the evening is an exclusive silent auction and raffle. Funds raised will directly benefit the Power of Play Campaign. Tickets are $40 each and are available at https://community.peoriazoo.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=300 or by calling the Peoria Zoological Society at 309-681-3500.

The Professional Bull Riders PBR Peoria Invitational will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets range in price from $23 – $43 or $15 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Kappa Delta sorority at Bradley University will host their annual Shamrock 5K and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Markin Recreational Center on the Bradley campus. Cost to participate in the 5K (Shamrock Stride) or 1 mile walk (Shamrock Strut) is $15. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast follows the race in Williams Hall Cafeteria. All Shamrock Stride and Strut participants will receive free pancakes, otherwise tickets are $5. Profits will be donated to The Children’s Home and to Prevent Child Abuse America. Register at http://Bit.ly/LAdVt8. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/bradleykappadeltashamrock

The Million March Against Child Abuse will take place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am at the corners of Monroe Street & Hamilton Blvd. near the Downtown Public Library in Peoria. The purpose of the march is to bring awareness about child abuse. For more information and to donate, visit www.mmaca.us

Peoria Speedway’s (located at 3250 W. Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) Opening Race Night begins on Saturday at 3 pm with grandstands opening at 4 pm and racing at 6 pm. Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 6-13 in the pits or $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for kids 5 and under and $10 for senior citizens aged 60 and over and military personnel in the grandstands. For more information, visit www.peoriaspeedway.com

The Signature Cabaret Series at Peoria Cabaret Theatre will present Yvonne Greer in the Broadway Lounge in the The Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Reserved seating is $15 and reservations can be made by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

The 1st Annual Italian American Society Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 7403 N. Radnor Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 4:30 pm. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, meatballs or Bolognese sauce, salad, bread, lemonade or iced tea. Wine, beer, soda and coffee plus Italian dessert including cannolis and pizzelles will also be available to purchase. Enjoy a traditional Italian Sunday dinner while raising funds for the Italian Society.

Irish Tales: The Lives & End Times of the Shelton Brothers will be presented by the Peoria Historical Society at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) from 1- 4 pm.  Learn how the Shelton Brothers lived, played and died in Peoria as they dominated the bootlegging and gambling trade during the 1930’s and 40’s.  The Fine Art of Hospitality by Miss Jean Morron will be presented at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) also on Sunday from 1- 4 pm.  Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids at the door or $10 to visit both homes the same day. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Experience Hendricks featuring Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Dweezil Zappa, Billy Cox, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Rich Robinson of the Black Crows, Mato Naji, Chris Layton, Doyle Bramhall II and Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $47.50, $59.50, and $75 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com