Archive for September, 2014

Register to Win 2 Tickets to Spider Hill, 2 Passes to the Peoria Zoo & 2 Tickets to Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Peoria Civic Center!

The Groveland Community Library (located at 173 Washington St. in Groveland) will host its semi-annual Used Book Saletoday (Thursday) until 8 pm, Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. A wide variety of books appealing to readers of all ages will be available, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books: fill a bag with books for $3.50. All proceeds benefit Groveland Community Library, an independent library run entirely by volunteers. For more information, call the 309-387-2816.

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with  additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) will host its Performance Poetry Open Mic Night tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Area poets take the stage and perform or read their original work or share their favorite piece. Admission is free and door prizes will be awarded. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/speakeasyartcenter

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night or at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and will take you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Sunday Afternoon on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Bare the Musical will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Avenue Q will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 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

Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music will be presented by Bradley University at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Crossing Borders Collective, a Chicago-based multi-cultural classical music ensemble will perform string quartets by Haitian composers. Also, excerpts of the new documentary “Kenbe La” (“Hold On”) by Bel Son Productions, which explores music education in Haiti, will be shown.

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Days Of The New will perform with bassist Charlie Colin from Train at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place on the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am. Cost is $20 for walkers, $10 children 10 and under, and free for brain tumor survivors and is available online in advance or the day of the event. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront for the final time this season on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 28th annual Walk for Literacy will take place at Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring the Bookmobile, local firemen and police, a continental breakfast and prizes, cost to participate is $25 per person or $40 for families of three or more. For more information, call 309-674-3315, ext. 15, or visit www.commonplacepeoria.org/events

The Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and kids aged 12 & under are free. Admission to the Children’s Corner is $5.  As one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city’s finest cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria’s best musical performers. And for the kids, they can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring 400+ quilts, bed turning, a silent auction & boutique, demonstrations, a quilt challenge, a raffle quilt, vendors, food & beverages and free parking, admission is $7, a 2 day pass is $10, children 6-12 are $1 and students with ID are half price available at the door. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Born 2 Run, a 5K Run or 3K Walk, will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The event is Dr. Seuss themed and will benefit the children at St. Jude. Meet some of Dr. Seuss’ famous characters, take photos in a whimsical setting, enjoy children’s inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting, balloons, vendors and more. Adult cost is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event. For ages 16 & under, cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. To register, visit www.register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=9875  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Born2Events

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery will host Recovery Walks! 2014 at Proctor Hospital (located at 5409 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon to benefit the Ameel Rashid Scholarship Fund, which helps patients in need pay for treatment at the Institute. Participation is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under or families are $50. For more information, call 309- 671-8377.

The Peoria Historical Society and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University will recognize the Honorable Ray LaHood with the 2014 deTonti Award at a special tribute dinner on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The award honors a Tri-County individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community leadership. Cost is $150 for individuals or tables of ten are $1,500 and reservations may be made at the Peoria Historical Society Office, by calling 309-674-1921 or by visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will take place at the Pekin Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Amanda Ballard, animal behaviorist and founder/owner of Halo Animal Behavior Consulting, will present on how to improve trust and communication with our canine friends in “Dog Listening: The Science Behind Effective Communication with Dogs”. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-6096 or visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com or HERE

Peoria Jaycees Night Golf will take place on Saturday at Fondulac Golf Course (located at 123 Par 3 Ln. in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Registration cost is $25 per person or $100 per team and is available at www.peoriajaycees.org/night-golf  Teams may also register on the day of the event from 6 – 6:30 pm which includes a glow ball, glow necklace and greens fee. Prizes will be awarded for Best Men’s Team, Best Woman’s Team and Best Mixed Team. Proceeds benefit local breast cancer research and support. For more information contact peoriajaycees@gmail.com

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Vendor Fair at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm for some early Christmas shopping. Vendors will include 8bit Panda, AdvoCare, Dove Chocolate, JammBerry Nails & Etta Lu Shoes, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Silpada, Thirty-One and Tupperware. Benefits from the fair will help fund the Friends of Rocky Glen’s effort to build a parking lot and trail system so Peoria’s newest park can be opened to the public. For more information visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

The St. Martin Chamber Players will present Folk Song, Fable, and Fusion, an eclectic mix of innovative sounds and timbres, at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Selections include compositions by Herzogenberg, Nielson, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring Mark Filip on clarinet. Admission is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

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A replica Nina and Pinta will be docked on the Peoria RiverFront at The Landing next to The Spirit of Peoria at the foot of Main street for self-guided tours of the ships every day through Sept. 22 between 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for students aged 5 to 16, children under 4 are free. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

Peoria County emergency management experts will present “It Can Happen to You,” a free public workshop on how to become better prepared before disaster strikes at the Illinois Central College North Campus tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Emergency management personnel will discuss preparedness steps, explain how to identify points of contact and create an emergency plan, and describe how to build an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle. For more information, call 309-672-6918.

The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” lecture presented by James Clad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and consultant for Cambridge Energy Research Associates will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in the Owens Professional Development Center in Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. James will discuss the changing dynamics of global energy production. Tickets for the program only are free: RSVP at pawac@bradley.edu or 309-677-2454.  Presented by Bradley’s Institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, for more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Fox on the Fairway opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Eastlight Theatre continues its regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

moe. will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the gate. For more information, visit www.jaytv.com

Sexy in Stillettos will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, Suite S2 in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9 pm. A ladies only event, you’ll learn the proper way to walk in high heels. Admission is $10. For more information, call 309-397-3057 or visit www.calistyle.wix.com/studio

Nick Swardson will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour that winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Captain’s Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 10:45 am and the cruise running from 11 – 1 pm. Tickets for the cruise only are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  A lunch will also be available for $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12. For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Jera & the Absoluts on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place also on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 19th Annual German Festival, Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront Friday through Sunday. The event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and more featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Friday Night RPGS will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) with an instructional session on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and a play session from 7 – 11 pm. This event is for ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

The 2nd Annual Bluegrass in the Valley will take place at Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Admission is $10 per family on Friday and on Saturday, the festival runs from 10 am – 10 pm with an admission of $15 per person or $45 max per family. The event will showcase local Americana musical talent on two stages, food vendors, nature art vendors, and more.  For more information, call 309-579-2157.

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday 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. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins 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 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast with freewill donation, an auction will follow beginning at 10:30 am with vacation packages, sports tickets, antiques & handmade quilts and more. For more information, call 309-367-4300 Extension 116.

Peoria Superfest, an amateur radio, computer & electronics show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 6 am – dusk on Saturday and from 6 am – 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.w9uvi.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The annual Illinois River Sweep will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.

Shakunthala – The Forgotten Ring will be performed on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Based on a beloved tale from Indian mythology, it’s been referred to as the Indian Cinderella, the production is a a collaborative production between Mythili Dance Academy and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students aged 16 & under and are available at the Peoria Ballet, by calling 309-690-7990 or online at www.peoriaballet.com

The Peoria Symphony will open its season with world-artist violinist Sarah Chang as soloist at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring famous works of the romantic era – Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.1, 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 www.peoriasymphony.org

Bodybag Fit For A King, Shows Inc, Prey for Us, Moterbiscuit, Undsheltered, Aterra Tale, Betrayal From Within, Burden Of The Sky, Through Eyes of Tomorrow, and The Truth will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Oktoberfest Das Bier Run 5k Race will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. The cost is $30 and includes a commemorative stein and admission to Oktoberfest for the day of the race. To register and for more information, visit www.DasBierRun.com

A Grand Victorian Tea Party will take place at the Pettengill-Morron Historical Home (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Have you wondered what it would be like to enjoy tea with an Earl and Countess? Experience a Downton Abbey afternoon with tea and delicacies on fine china plus tour the lavish Pettengill-Moron home. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria Historical Society or by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Yacht Club will present the Columbus Cup, a series of sailboat races, on the Illinois River along the Peoria Riverfront. The second race is scheduled for Sunday and the third and final day of races will take place Sunday, October 12th, with local entertainment and activities for spectators viewing the races from the Riverfront. For more information, call 309-689-3019.

The Central Ill Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday at the Landmark Rec Center Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) with the Central Illinois Jazz Society house band opening for them beginning at 6 pm. The Orchestra is a sixteen-piece swing band made up of top area musicians led by Dr. Todd Kelly of Bradley University on trumpet playing jazz classics. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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The 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton continuing tonight (Thursday) and opens at 11 am on Friday, at 6:30 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through Sunday with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Blackjack Billy will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.73 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Ragime continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour that winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Brazilionaires on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Eastlight Theatre will present the regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Sit Down Comedy: A Piano Player in Purgatory” starring Second City Alum Dan Gillogly will be presented on Friday in The Broadway Lounge at 8 pm (located at The Waterhouse, 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria). Tickets are $20 for adults reserved seating and $15 for students and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.peoriacabarettheatre.com  For more information, visit www.PianoMusicShow.com
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D. L. Hughley will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm, Saturday at 6 pm, 8:30 pm and 11 pm and Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 for the Friday & Saturday shows and $28 for the Sunday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Jammsammich will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Dads’ Dash is a 5K/1 Mile Family Walk and will begin on Saturday at 9 am on the Peoria Riverfront (at the corners of Water St. and Harrison). The cost is $35 for all runners, $20 for walkers 12 years and older and $15 for walkers 11 years and under and includes a Post-Race Party Kelleher’s Irish Pub. The event is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For more information, call 309-267-9620 and to register, visit www.dadsdashpeoria.org

Vendor Fair for a Cause will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm at ATS (Advanced Technology Services located at 8201 N University St. in Peoria). Vendors include Usborne Books & More, 31 Bags, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Mary & Martha, Nerium, Embroidery, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Explosion Scrapbooks, Photography, Younique and many more. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

The American Gothic Cat Club will present its 38th Annual Cat Show at Expo Gardens from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 4-12 and senior citizens 65+ and $12 for a family. Dozens of breeds will be entered. For more information, visit www.tagcc.org

Change 150 will host it’s first of three planned town hall meetings covering issues related to District 150 Schools on Saturday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 10:30 am – Noon. The panel of participants for this event, covering District 3, will include Rick Cloyd, District 3 Board Member, Jon Bateman, District 3 Board Member, Dan Dugal, Change150 Vice President, John Meisinger, Former District 150 Administrator, and representatives from other Change150 coalition groups.

The Central Illinois Black Expo will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls B and C. Admission is Free. Featuring over 100 exhibitors, a Back to School Hair Cut-a-thon with Free haircuts for kids, a career fair, raffles & prizes and much more, for more information, call 309-672-1374 or visit www.cibeltd.org

The 1st Annual Evening of Jazz With a Side of Bacon and Kegs is a music festival featuring performances by local and regional jazz performers on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront which will take place on Saturday from Noon – 10:30 pm. Bacon & Kegs is a walk around outside tasting component featuring creative bacon dishes in central Illinois. Other activities will include a Miss Bacon and Kegs Pageant, a bacon eating contest, a children’s area, the experience lounge (live feed from Twitter and Facebook) and the 5KEG Run/Walk. A joint venture between the Peoria Park District, Central Illinois Jazz Society and Plan Ahead Events, tickets are $7 for entrance from Noon – 4 pm or $10 after 4 pm. Advance tickets are also $7 and are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront.  Find more details at www.peoriajazz.com

Super Saturday: Electricity & Magnetism will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will explore the connection between electricity and magnets, including how electricity can make magnets move, and how moving magnets can create electricity. Experiment with simple circuit boards, a Van de Graaff generator and a simple electric motor. No pre-registration is necessary and this event is included with 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 17th Annual Lobster Roast to benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living will take place at Weaver Angus Farm on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The event, a roast of Hult Executive Director Matt George, will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, program, dancing and a performance from country music artist Drew Baldridge. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or email kwright@hulthealthy.org

Jukebox Saturday Night will perform at the Fon Du Lac Park District Administration Center (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A family friendly music variety show featuring country, oldies, gospel, top 40s and more, admission is $8 or $15 per couple. For more information, call 309-369-8487 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

Register to Win 4 Passes to Wildlife Prairie Park, 2 Tickets to Ragtime at Peoria Players Theatre and Dinner & the Show “Fox on the Fairway” for 2 at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

The 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin featuring Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy “Mountain Man”, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a climbing wall, a “top dog” pageant, a parade, kids activities, food plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring carnival rides, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Dylan Scott will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Astronomy for Everyone will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Following an indoor presentation by astronomer Kevin Manning, you can view celestial objects in the night sky (weather permitting). Tickets are free but required and may be picked up at the library or reserved by calling 309-274-2719.

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The Hayloft’s 32nd Annual Art and Craft Fair starts at 10 am on Friday and continues through Sunday. The fair will feature more than 25 craftsmen and artists and include folk music and lunch served by Haddads Downtown. On Saturday, the Mossville Volunteer Firemen will host their annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 am. For more information, call 309-579-3141.

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  The Haunted Peoria Tour where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years also on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the DC3 on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night RPGS will take place on Friday at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) from 5 – 7 pm. For ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

Ragime will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and go on sale August 25 at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Cameron Esposito will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 8 pm shows and $13 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Illinois Central College’s 34th annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place on Saturday on the ICC East Peoria Campus from 9 am – 3 pm. The free public event will feature topics and demonstrations for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. This year’s theme is “Welcome to My Garden.” There will be pizza garden, seminars, exhibits, taste testing, a plant sale and more. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Bishop Hill will host the 2014 Chautauqua at Village Park on Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm. A family-oriented event, watch re-enactors tell inspiring stories about historical figures including Harriet Tubman, Meriwether Lewis and his Corps of Discovery, Fanny Crosby, the Queen of Gospel Song Writers and Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Troubadour. Admission is free.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, stationed at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring the jazz band, Harmony in Blue, admission is free.

Itoo Society’s Centennial Ballroom Dance “Lets Face the Music & Dance” will take place at the Itoo Hall Pavilion (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 10 pm featuring the Al & Diane Band. Music will include smooth ballroom tempos, Latin rhythms and high energy swing. Admission is $10 and there will be a cash bar. For more information, call 309-573-3822 or click HERE

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. First time dancers and families are welcome: no partner is needed. Music will be provided by the Geisel Power Family Band and there will be a teacher for all dances. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163.

First Lady or Not,” featuring Cassandra Bassett will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria campus beginning at 7 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students with ID and may be purchased at the door or by visiting www.genesistheater.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “La Guitarra” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring guitar soloist Jason Vieaux, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-444-3888, at Kidder Music in Peoria or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

A Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday the Spirit of Peoria from 7 – 9 pm featuring live music by ragtime pianists Sue Keller and David Cavalari. Tickets are $45 for adults or $22.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. Tickets for both events are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Battery, the Metallica Tribute Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10, and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Too White Crew will perform on Saturday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Fine Art of Hospitality “Vintage Recipes from the Kitchen of Miss Jean Morron” will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from  1 – 4 pm. Tour the home and experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, its dramatic architecture and design, and the unique collection items of the home plus sample goodies from Miss Morron’s recipe box and book. Admission is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Symphony will host “Symphony Sunday“, a free concert at Riverfront Park with grounds opening at 3:30 pm and the concert beginning at 5 pm. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy an evening of music. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org