Archive for April, 2015

Register HERE to Win a Mother’s Day Gift worth over $200, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex or 4 Tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus “Built to Amaze!

Damn Yankees opens at Peoria Players Theatre tomorrow night (Friday) at 7:30 pm and runs Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Midstate College. Featuring free blood pressure and glucose checks, massages, yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations plus other activities, admission is free For more information, call 309-692-4092, ext. 1150.

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and plays through June 7. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Burlington on Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday beginning at 6 pm and Sunday beginning at 5 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

Morton High School will present their spring musical “Happy Days” at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be sold at the door. This high energy musical is based on the popular TV series with the same name.

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Jeremy Essig 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 all shows except for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $14. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

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 www.ciaopeoria.com

The 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Championship will be held Friday through Sunday at the EastSide Centrer (located at 1 Eastside Drive in East Peoria). Eight teams will vie for the 2015 GLVC crown and the opportunity to represent the conference at the NCAA Division II National Championship. An All-Tournament Pass is $20 or tickets for Friday are $10 for adults, $7 for students/youth (K-12) and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets for Saturday are $7 for adults, $5 for students/youth (K-12)and ages 5 and under are free and on Sunday prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students/youth (K-12) and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check only. No credit cards accepted. For more information, visit www.glvcsports.com

The 44th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

Passage to India will take place on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center with authentic Indian cuisine, culture and entertainment beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. A fundraiser for Easter Seals, tickets are $150 and are available by calling 309-686-7755, x2287 or visiting www.kidstherapyprogress.com/Events/PassageToIndia

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Itoo Society will host “The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding“, an original interactive, improv comedy, will be presented at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 N Farmington Road in Peoria) beginning at 5:45 pm on Friday & Saturday. In the style of “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding”, the show recreates a wedding including the ceremony, a reception dinner and dancing featuring a Lebanese and American buffet. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 309-676-9725.

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on Friday with live entertainment by Chuck and the C-Note included plus a cash bar available 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Robert Rich will perform at the Dome Planetarium within the Peoria Riverfront Museum with his Filaments Tour 2015 beginning at 8 pm. World renowned ambient musician and composer Robert Rich and his other-worldly acoustics will be accompanied by an immersive visual show projected overhead on the dome. Local musician the Suit & Tie Guy will be perform a live electronic opening act in the lobby beginning at 7 pm. Seating is limited: tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available the museum, by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria from 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features variety of mediums. Named for Percival Rennick, the first President of the Peoria Historical Society, the show is chaired by local artist and Peoria Historical Society member, Marjorie Schwebel. A public reception for the exhibit will open to the public on May 16 from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 4th Annual Shoot for the Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Skeet and Trap Club (located at 1470 Spring Bay Rd. in East Peoria) beginning at 9:30 am. The $30 fee includes two rounds for trap shooting, two boxes of shotgun shells and a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-645-2597 or visit www.peoriaskeetandtrap.com

Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held on Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Bring your lunch: snacks and drinks will be available at the concession stand. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Outlander: The Gathering will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Perfect for fans of the Diana Gabaldon book series Outlander or the Starz program, the event will take you back in time to explore the Scotland of Outlander. Featuring Clan Donald’s pipers, dancers, drummers and singers, an Outlander kitchen, the Myths of Scotland with Bard Wendy Blanton, the Jacobite Rebellion with Dave Halt plus a weapons display and more, admission is free. For more information call 309-497-2702 or 309-497-2141.

The Bradley University Department of Interactive Media presents the 2nd Annual Interactive Media Experience, Fuse: Play – Watch – Interact, a one-day interactive art exhibition of creative work and hands-on exhibits at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. The show features video showcases, senior presentations, creative exhibitions, green screen experiences and catapult projects. Access to most event areas, including Giant Screen Theater, Lobby and Lakeview Auditorium is free: museum admission applies for entry into FUSE ‘green room’ exhibit and all other Museum exhibits, which 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, go to http://imbradley.com

Princess and Pirates will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Youngsters are invited to explore the Zoo dressed in their favorite princess or pirate outfits where they can meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $6 for ages 2 – 12, free for kids 1 & under and $8 for senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Prairie Animal Hospital (located at 722 N. Grand Prairie Drive in Peoira) will celebrate its 1st anniversary with a free Pet Wellness Fair on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. There will be a pet costume contest along with $25 heartworm tests, pet dental presentation, a flea and tick clinic plus other activities. For more information, visit www.peoriapetvet.com

Detox Retox will take place at The Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N. Hale Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 1:30 pm. Including 50 minutes of detoxifying yoga with Kristin Corinne Schleich followed by 40+ minutes of craft beer tasting of locally brewed beers, participants must be 21. Please bring your own mat and towel. Cost is $20 per person and includes a yoga class and beer flight. Registration is required and is available at www.kristincorinneyoga.com/detox-retox

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under 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 Peoria Area Civic Chorale will perform “A Few of Our Favorite Things” on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Directed by Dr. Joseph Henry, the concert will feature child-friendly Disney Movie selections from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, 101 Dalmations, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Pocahontas, and Toy Story plus the PACC Youth Chorus and a special men’s invitational choir. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students, $18 groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

The Sammy Hagar tribute band Red will perform on Saturday at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Starting at 6:30 pm Limelight will be hosting a guitar competition on the Sound Bar Stage. The top two will face off later in the evening on Limelight’s Main Stage. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Neon Equinox will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11:30 pm. Open to ages 14 to 20, the dance party will feature a laser light system, true concert sound quality, neon glow sticks, beach balls and glow paint, a photo lounge, a rap battle between Brandon Rice and Lucky 7, a smoke machine blast and dance offs. Admission is $10 with a Facebook or Twitter RSVP by Thursday or $15 at the door. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/629421987201769/

Maifest will take place on Sunday at the Lindenhof from Noon – 6 pm featuring live entertainment including Al’s Pals Band and Combo, the Lindenhof Echos (Alpine Horns), Gemischterchor (Choir) and Peoria Volkstänzer plus a May Pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances plus crafts for kids. Admission is free. German foods including Bavarian pretzels and German wine & beer will be available for purchase – they accept only cash & checks. The event is sponsored by the Music and Culture Committee of the German American Society of Peoria. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The African American Hall of Fame Museum will unveil Preston Jackson’s larger-than-life “Richard Pryor – More than Just a Comedian” sculpture at the intersection of Washington and State streets in Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. For more information, call 309-370-0702.

Register HERE to Win a Mother’s Day Gift worth over $200, 2 Tickets to “Legends” at the Peoria Civic Center or 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex!

As featured on the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report, Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Also as featured on the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report, the Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Ave. in Peoria) Spring Ice Show “Once Upon a Forest” will be presented on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring special guest skater, Daniel Turchin, 2015 Juvenile Boys Champion. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 4-12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under and are available at Owens Center. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through Friday.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Money Smart Week 2015 continues throughout the Peoria area through Saturday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout the community offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes will be available: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

Smoke on the Mountain opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and plays through June 7. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com 

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 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

Jason Michael Carroll will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $22 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

As You Like It continues by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Bil Dwyer 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 & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues every weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Lizzie Neal Ban 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Stuffed! A Night of Gastronomic Proportions, featuring a night of food, games and music will take place on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 6 -9 pm. Food samples from 12 area restaurants will be available. A fundraiser for the museum, tickets are $55 per person, $100 per couple or $500 per group of six couples. To purchase tickets, call 309-863-3060 or visit www.PRMstuffed.eventbrite.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday in the Ballroom at the Maxam Building (located 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. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.

Casting Crowns will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $28, $43, and $58 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 Krank Daddies will perform at Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing will host a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Peoria Applebees (located at 3629 N War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 10 am. Tickets are $5 and includes bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds will be used for home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. Tickets will be available at the door or can be ordered by calling 309-363-3737.

The Keep Peoria Beautiful Great American Cleanup will take place on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Volunteers can help by recruiting a team to clean up any area where litter has collected. Trash bags, yard waste bags and gloves can be picked up from 8 -10 am at Glen Oak Learning Center (located at 2100 N. Wisconsin in Peoria). Trash and landscape bags can go out with the weekly garbage pickup; electronic waste (anything with a plug), batteries and tires will be collected at the Glen Oak Learning Center and recycled safely. In addition, PNC Bank will have a shredding truck available at the East Bluff Community Center (located at 512 E. Kansas in Peoria) for anyone needing to shred papers. For more information or to register a team, visit www.keeppeoriabeautiful.org/great-american-cleanup

The Peoria Magicians Assembly will present “An Evening of Magic” at the Expo Gardens Opera House on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring national and international acts coming in as part of The Central Illinois Magic Get-Together as well as acts from Central Illinois, the magic, illusion and comedy are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and are available at the Costume Trunk (located at 710 West Main Street in Peoria) at the door or online at www.peoriamagicians.com

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $40, and $45 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

Mindset Evolution will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. 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 ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

To celebrate Peoria’s 180th birthday, the Peoria Historical Society will host its 2nd Annual Spring Showcase at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Sunday beginning with a Spring Boutique at 1 pm and followed by entertainment at 3 pm. This year’s event is entitled “You Are There” and will feature Illinois State Senator Dave Koehler, City Councilman Ryan Spain and other well-known local leaders portraying the original founders of the community. Refreshments and desserts will be served, along with a cash bar. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 per table of 10. For more information, call the Peoria Historical Society at 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its Spring Orchestral Concerts on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at Metamora Township High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. At 2 pm, the Preparatory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble will perform and at 4 pm, the Youth Symphony featuring soloist Mallika Patel on flute will perform. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Holst, Sibelius, Borodin and more, admission is valid for both concerts.

The Orpheus Club of Peoria Spring Concert will take place at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Under the direction of Aaron Ganschow, this male voice four part harmony will be singing such as “The Prayer” , “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “On a Clear Day” and more. Admission is $5 at the door. There are no reserved seats.

Rosewater, written & directed by Jon Stewart, will be presented in partnership with Peoria Area World Affairs Council at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre on Sunday beginning at 4 pm with a Skype Q & A with Maziar Bahari, the showing of the movie at 4:30 pm and a showing of the documentary by Maziar Bahari “To Light a Candle” at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens or students and $8 for youth up to 17 and are available in advance at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or at the door.

Register HERE to 2 Tickets to “Legends” at the Peoria Civic Center, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex or Dinner & the Show “Smoke on the Mountain” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented tonight (Thursday) at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Road in Peoria) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. The family-friendly event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and feature performances from more than 100 local performers including the Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz, Pulse of Peoria Drumline, ICC Readers’ Theatre, The Maloof Granddaughter Trio and more. Admission is free, however a collection will be taken during intermission. For more information, call 309- 694-5107 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1534733220144171

A Little Princess will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids 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 ages 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

All In The Timing continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

As You Like It will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

August Osage County will be presented tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the Pritchard Theatre on the campus of Eureka College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, faculty & senior citizens and are available by calling the box office at 309-467-6363. Audiences should be advised this is an adult story with strong language and mature themes.

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

Peoria County’s Youth Services Network Panel will host the 8th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. Highlighting Child Abuse Prevention Month and drawing attention to pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County, participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Jared Bartman 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 23rd 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. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com
Check out the ExplorePeoria.com Video Entertainment Report featuring the 2015 Beer Festival at https://youtu.be/u64GdHlrviE

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda in Mossville on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach all the dances:  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.

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $15 with front row tickets are $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Money Smart Week 2015 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on Saturday and running through April 25th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout the community offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes will be available: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

The 3rd Annual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run and Fun Walkwill take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) through the vineyard and fields. Cost is $30 per adults, $25 for students and $8 for children under 3 years. Registration will happen at Great Clips in Metro Centre on Friday from 4 – 7 pm and on Race Day beginning at 7:30 am.  For more information, call 309-624-9595.

A Civil War Spring Drill Re-Enactment will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 2 on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Spring has arrived, and soldiers are preparing for a long march. Come experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill). Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 11th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, local food, educational materials, hands-on demonstrations, kids’ crafts and face painting. There will be door prizes and an Earth Day Sale at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 11th Annual ICC International Fair 2015 will take place at the ICC East Peoria Campus on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Celebrating various cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing, there is a $2 suggested donation and all food samples are 25 cents each. All money raised will go towards scholarships for international students. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action when the Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. The event is free with admission to the Museum which is free for Museum members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. . Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Relay For Life of Northern Tazewell County will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/northtazewellil

Peoria Players Theatre will host their 3rd Annual Trivia Night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $15 per person at the door. Call 309-688-4473 for reservations and for rules and regulations, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Beach Burger Blowout will be presented featuring the Jumbo Shrimp Trio from St. Louis at AmVets Post 169 (located at 660 Radio City Drive in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Cheeseburger meals will be available for purchase from 5 – 7 pm with proceeds to benefit Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Hosted by the Central Illinois Parrot Head Club, the North Pekin Amvets and Amvets Riders, for more information, visit www.ciphc.org

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host a Dance Showcase featuring music, open dancing and dance performances on Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Open dancing will include Latin, Ballroom and Swing styles plus appetizers, desserts and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. Formal attire is required: no jeans please. For more information, call 309-685-1950.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin beginning at 7 pm on Saturday at 6 pm and at 5 pm on Sunday 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

Clayton Anderson will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free plus you can enter to win a Mega Ticket at the event. You can reserve your free tickets at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Wicked Divas” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children & students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s Taste of Italy Dinner will take place at the Spalding Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 7403 N Radnor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 12:30 – 4 pm. Featuring cuisine from Northern Italy, choose from spaghetti & meatballs or spaghetti & Bolognese meat sauce plus a salad, bread and a soft drink. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Fried Zucchini and Fried Polenta and wine, coffee and Italian baked goods will also be available. Proceeds of the dinner support the Society’s annual scholarship program and donations to local charities. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Matinee at the Movies” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $28 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

The Sun Foundation’s 22nd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Derel and Ellen Monteith Quartet at the Landmark Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the ICC Jazz Train (big band) opening. Derel and Ellen have performed separately and together with great jazz musicians across the US and abroad for over 20+ years. The musicians filling out the quartet include Andy Crawford on acoustic bass and Jason Brannon on drums. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, visit www.centralilljazz.org

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The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 19. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs open their season tonight (Thursday) against the Quad Cities beginning at 7 pm with another game on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 6 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

James Johann 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 all shows except for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring a NASCAR Driving Simulator, King Robotica, Look-a-Like SpongeBob & Princess Sophia, Princess Elsa, Anna & Olaf plus facepainting, a stilt walker & bouncer for the kids, tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The 2nd Friday Film Club will present Singin’ In the Rain on Friday from 2 – 4 pm in the Peoria Public Library Main (downtown) Library auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with The Future Funk All Stars on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

A Gilbert and Sullivan Spoof of Victorian Manners will be presented at the Dingledine Music Center on the Bradley University campus on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students. First performed on April 23, 1881, this rollicking operetta pokes fun at the aesthetic craze of late 19th century England. Performed by Bradley University’s Opera Workshop, under the direction of Kerry Walters, and the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tim Semanik. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 309-677-2601.

All In The Timing will be presented by the ICC Theatre Dept. at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

A Ladies Night Out will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, S2 in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 8pm – Midnight. Take a pole and Burlesque dance class plus enjoy spa services, vendors, raffles & refreshments. Cost is $40. For more information, visit www.castylefitnessstudio.com

Membership Swap Weekend is this Saturday & Sunday and allows members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Historical Society enjoy a weekend of free general admission to all four attractions by presenting their membership card and photo ID.

A Lawn Mower Clinic will be held at the Exposition Gardens Textile Building on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. The $35 fee includes cleaning the deck, sharpening the blade, replacing the spark plug and filter and cleaning of the mower. Drop off your mower in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.cidga.org

Hollywood in the Heights, a 10K and 10K relay will take place through the streets of Peoria Heights on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Benefitting HISRA (the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association), cost is $45 through Friday and $50 on race day. Registration and more information is available at www.hollywoodintheheights.com

A Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday from 9 am – noon at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington). Activities include the UnityPoint – Methodist Wellmobile, diabetes screenings, blood pressure checks, prenatal care information, heart health information, bicycle safety, health & wellness information for all ages, games and activities for children and giveaways. For more information, visit www.unitypoint.org/peoria

Springdale Cemetery (located at 014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) Opening Day Clean-Up will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm to prepare the grounds and facilities for spring and summer activities. Volunteers are needed; work gloves and snacks will be provided. To sign up, call 309-681-1400.

Perfect Pastels will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Local artist and teacher Chris Holbrook will guide and advise as you work to create your own interpretation of the world around you. All skill levels are welcome; all materials are provided. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for the public. Ages 13 and up are welcome. Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

Relay For Life of Bradley University will take place on Saturday from 2- 8 pm on the Bradley campus. Featuring live performances by Bradley University students, fun games and a Luminaria ceremony at 7 pm, for more information and to sign up, visit www.relayforlife.org/bradleyuil

The 17th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community, cost to attend is $175 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy dance performances from local groups including the Peoria Latin Vibe, Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts, the Peoria Chinese Folk Dance Team, local school flag cadet corps and more and participate in the Mambo for Meals Community Line Dance, a flash mob style dance.  Desserts and soft drinks served throughout the evening: children are welcome. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 if reserved in advance at RockintheHouse@yahoo.com  All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood House Meals-on-Wheels and Summer Meals Programs. For more information, visit www.RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

The Eyes Wide Open Masquerade Ball will take place at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. An evening filled with live entertainment by the United Groove Theory, heavy appetizers, wine & beer and a cash bar are included. All funds raised stay in the Central Illinois Community. Tickets are $125 for a single ticket or $200 for a couple and are available online at https://squareup.com/market/centralillinoisfriends

The Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band will perform on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Mauer Performing Arts Center at Metamora High School. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 in advance. Advance tickets available by calling 309-367-4151 x574.

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

River City Blues Society will present Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin). Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the general public. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Songs From The Woods Concert Series will feature Chris Kastle on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). 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.

Trippin’ Billies (Dave Matthews Tribute Band) will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie will present the Roundstone Buskers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Named for Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the Buskers play traditional and contemporary Celtic music.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

A Bradley Community Chorus Concert will take place on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the Dingledine Music Center on the Bradley University campus. Admission is $10 for aults and free for students. Composers represented in the concert include William Billings, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Moses Hogan. The concert is part of the Music Scholarship Concert Series with all proceeds going to scholarships for Bradley music students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

A Gallery Walk with Pixie Jacquin will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the Permanent Collection-Folk Art Gallery on Sunday beginning at 3 pm & 4 pm. Learn about Outsider art with Mary Lou “Pixie” Jacquin, the collector and an Outsider artist herself, for a unique gallery walk of her personal collection in the “Witness to the Vision” exhibit. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/504

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The Lilies and the Lorax Lily Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 North Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm through Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. The “Listen to the Lorax!” event will be held on Saturday where you and your kids can enjoy a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax and create a truffula tree to take home beginning at 1 pm. Admission is $8 for members or $10 for non-members and registration may be made by calling 309-681-3506. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden

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

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Saturday (no performance on Easter Sunday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. Doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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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 $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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 feature a dance lesson also on Friday 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Tim Meadows 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 the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

An Easter Scavenger Hunt & Animal Feedings will take place on Friday at Wildlife Prairie Park from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Forms for the scavenger hunt will be available for purchase at the front ticket gate for $4 each plus regular admission fees. Animal feedings for the cougars, river otters, black bear and bison & elk will also take place throughout the day. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $7 for senior citizens (ages 65+), $8 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.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

A Doggie Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Friday at Camp Wokanda (located at located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) from 1 – 3 pm featuring a doggie costume contest with prizes as well as activities for the entire family. Admission is $5 per dog and $2 per human. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A portion of the proceeds from this family-friendly event will be donated to local animal shelters. For more information, call 309-579-2157.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm in Game 3 of the President’s Cup Playoffs.  Game 4 of the President’s Cup Playoffs will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm if necessary. The  Tickets are $15 and $10 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.rivermen.net/tickets/2014-15-playoff-tickets  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with The Smokers Blues Band on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The 31st Annual Nostalgic Indoor Invitational Auto Show and Swap Meet will take place on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) beginning at 7 am. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

An Underwater Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Aquaplex (located within the Riverplex in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am and at 10 am.  Participants must pre-register and bring their own basket to gather eggs. Meant for children ages 3 to 8, children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian into the pool. Admission is $5 for Peoria residents and $7 for non-residents. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast on Saturday with the Egg Hunts at 11 am and 1:30 pm and the Bunny Breakfast running from 8 – 11 am. Cost for the breakfast is $10.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Other activities include a train ride with Bill the Bear & Andy the Armadillo ($4 per person), Easter eggs for the felines at the bobcat exhibit, a wildlife chat featuring Buster Bunny outside the visitor center, a creature feature at the chicken exhibit, the Easter Bunny on stage for photos, Easter eggs for the canines at the wolf overlook and the drawing for the Eggstra Special Scavenger Hunt Winner on stage. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $7 for senior citizens (ages 65+), $8 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Zentangle Meditative Drawing Workshop will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3:30 pm. Zentangle combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed to create these unique patterns, called “tangles”. Once practiced, this technique can be used to decorate and accentuate a variety of things, all while fostering a clear, focused, and relaxed mind. Bonnie Cox will lead the workshop: both families & individuals are invited to participate. Cost is $12 for members (with a $25 family max) or $14 for the public (with a $28 family max). Registration is encouraged but not required : call 309-863-3034 for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

The Peoria Jaycees will host Peoria’s largest Easter Egg Hunt at Detweiller Park near the Dogwood Pavilion on Saturday with festivities beginning at 1:30 pm and the hunt beginning at 2 pm. The event is open to families and children ages through 9. There will be 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy by the Easter Bunny and the Girl Scouts spread through 4 areas at the park with each areas corresponding to a specific age group: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-9. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org/easter-egg-hunt  Note: this event was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29, but was postponed due to the weather.

Enjoy an Easter Champagne Brunch at Barracks Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, salads, vegetables, potatoes and a dessert table including a chocolate dipping fountain. Cost is $21.95 for adults and $9.98 for children aged 4-12. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations. For more details, visit www.caterinn.com

The Peoria Chiefs will host an Opening Night Watch Party on the largest outdoor HD screen in Central Illinois at Dozer Park as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs open the 2015 regular season at Wrigley Field on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will also double as a “Meet the Chiefs” event with the 2015 Chiefs players on hand to sign autographs before the game begins. Admission to Dozer Park is free and there is an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet available for $13 if ordered online at www.peoriachiefs.com before Sunday and $15 if purchased on the day of the event or at the door.  There will also be a cash bar for soda, beer and cocktails. The newly arrived 2015 Chiefs players will be signing autographs before the game plus fans can also get behind-the-scenes tours of Dozer Park, including the Clubhouse. During the event, fans can sit outside on the party decks or enjoy one of the luxury suites or the Converse Club with multiple TVs. The buffet will consist of hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, potato salad and chips with salsa. Door prizes will also be given away including 2015 Chiefs tickets and memorabilia. Season and group tickets for the 2015 Chiefs season are available by calling 309-680-4000 and individual game tickets are available by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.peoriachiefs.com