Archive for October, 2015

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A spooky and funny family-friendly version of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be presented at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) through Saturday from 7 – 8:30 pm. Come in costume on Halloween and collect a special treat from phantoms. Produced by Nitsch Theatre Arts, tickets are $10 available at the door (with cash or check only), by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  Parking in the Museum garage is free. For more information, visit www.nitschtheatrearts.org

Spider Hill runs on Friday (closed on Halloween night) at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Zoo Brew & Wine Too will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo from 5:30 – 8 pm. Sample a wide variety of beer and fine wine as well as appetizers, live music and dessert as you explore Africa! after hours at Peoria Zoo. Admission is $55 per person and is for 21 & older only. Tickets are available online at www.peoriazoo.org

Halloween on Ice will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $85 plus VIP meet and greet tickets are an additional $75 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its production of High Fidelity, The Musical at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A smart, hilarious rock and roll musical about life, love, and change, the show is a rock musical based on the 2000 film. 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

Gilbert Gottfried will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show, which are $20. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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 Special Halloween Live at the Five Spot will take place on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center featuring the Brazilioinaires from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. There will also be a costume contest with prizes. 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms). Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Laser Fright Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday starting at 6 pm featuring family friendly Halloween music. Tickets are $5 or free for Museum members and available at the door or in advance by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Uncorked! will take place at the Par-a-dice Casino Hotel on Friday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for the Hult Center for Healthy Living, enjoy dancing and a wine and craft beer sampling plus hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $75 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

A Halloween Party Murder Mystery & Dinner will take place at East Port Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6 pm for a cast mingle and dinner at 6:30 pm. Admission including dinner is $40 per person featuring entertainment by Die Laughing Entertainment. Halloween costumes are encouraged. It’s not just a show…it’s up to you to question the suspects, look for clues, eavesdrop on conversations, and find out who did it: just beware because the killer is hiding somewhere in the room. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations.
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Little Big Town will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $45 and $35 and are available at the US Cellular box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-345-7000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

CA Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) will host a Halloween Costume Party & Open House on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Costumes are welcome at this adult only party. You will enjoy appetizers, drinks, music and more. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.castylefitnessstudio.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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty on Saturday. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Halloween Costume Contest and Parade will take place on Saturday at Leaves and Beans (located at 4800 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) beginning at 11 am. All ages are welcome and prizes for best costume. Register online at www.peoriaheightschamber.com  Refreshments and games will be available at the after party at Heights Flowers plus trick or treating and sidewalk sales will be available at Heights businesses.

Barktoberfest for Foster Pet Outreach will take place on Saturday at Tender Care Animal Hospital (located at 9809 State Route 91 in Peoria) from 12 – 3 pm. There will be spooky fun for family and pets and games for the whole family. Show off your pet’s talent and costume plus enjoy hot dogs, walking tacos, s’mores and more. A $5 donation will be collected and all proceeds directly benefit the animals rescued by Foster Pet Outreach.

A Spooktacular Science Show will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 1 pm when the PRM Planetarium Curator hosts family friendly Halloween experiments. Children and adults will learn what happens when pumpkins ooze, potions bubble and ghosts grow. Admission is $10 per family. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Straight No Chaser will perform on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $32.50, $39.50, and $49.50 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

A Zombie Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise from 8 – 10 pm. Dress up as your favorite zombie or Halloween character for a hauntingly good time on the Illinois River. An hors d’oeuvre buffet is included. Tickets are $26 per person and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

A Sports Auction and Card Show will take place from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday at the Peoria RiverPlex. Admission is $1 for adults & free for kids aged 12 & under. There will be a silent auction, a raffle drawing and sports card vendors available to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles. The live auction will begin at 2 pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. For information call 309-681-2868.

The 88th Annual Itoo Supper will be held on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. The menu includes Lebanese cabbage rolls, chicken and rice, kebba, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, salad and pita bread. The cost for adults is $15 and children under twelve years of age are $8. Beverages, desserts and Lebanese delicacies will also be available. The freshly prepared food is served family style at your table, or carry outs are available. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or at the door.

Happy Halloween!

Remember to set your clock back 1 hour on Saturday night!

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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers in  their season opener on Friday and again on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net 
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Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Junior Achievement Scares & Spares Bowl-a-Thon will take place today (Thursday) at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl (located within Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria) at 4 pm, 5:30 pm, or 7 pm. Participants will enjoy bowling, food and prizes for $30 per person. To register, call 309-682-1800 or visit www.ja.kintera.org/bowl

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Peoria Rescue Ministries’ 60th Annual Stewardship Banquet will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. Featured speaker is Craig A. Mayes, Ph.D., Executive Director of New York City Rescue Mission, the event will include dinner, ministry updates, client testimonials and celebrate Peoria Rescue Ministries’ work over the past 60 years. Tickets are $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight and are available by calling 309-676-6416 or online at www.peoriarescue.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $3 for ages over 1, under 1 is free. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts waiting in line and are available to buy at the FonduLac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

The Peoria Ad Club will host a Trivia Night fundraiser tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm with appetizers and drinks at the Fieldhouse Bar & Grill in Campustown in Peoria. Individual tickets are $10, tables of 4 to 6 are $30 or VIP table tickets are $40 which includes a table in the front plus a private reception starting at 6 pm. Register at www.peoriaadclub.com

The Illusionists Live from Broadway will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present High Fidelity, The Musical at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A smart, hilarious rock and roll musical about life, love, and change, the show is a rock musical based on the 2000 film. 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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and from 4 – 8 pm on Sunday. A family friendly Halloween party where you can ride the Trainsylvanian Express through the woods, take a walk down the giant trick or treat trail or take a ride on the not so scary hayrack ride. Featuring a new extra scary event for older children and adults, the Hall of Horror for an additional cost, make sure to bring a bag for candy. Admission is $8 for WPP members, $10 for the public or free for ages up to 2 for a one-day admission and $12 for WPP members, $15 for the public for a two-day pass and are available at the gate or online at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets

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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from Pink Floyd. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

An Evening with Patsy Cline will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Rodney Atkins will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 for VIP Budweiser Loft, $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre with doors opening at 11:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and the show begins at Midnight. Tickets are $15 (general admission seating) and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 17th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a different fall outing featuring 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin as far as they can plus kid’s activities, kettle corn, carnival rides and food.  Distance tosses begin at Noon. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

A Pumpkin Bash will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy a mini trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, and spooky decorations plus learn about bat conservation and what you can do to help this timeless Halloween icon. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, free for kids 1 & under, $8 for senior citizens & active military. For more information, visit www.PeoriaZoo.com

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Daxfest 2015 in Washington Park (next to Lincoln Grade School in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 10:45 am and again at 1 pm. The group will be performing Christmas Big Band music in the spirit of the Dax Foundation’s tradition of an early Christmas. Admission is $12 for kids and free for adults. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1LeSkCX

Illinois Wesleyan University will host a Fall Lacrosse Clinic for boys at the Peoria Stadium Grass Field from Noon – 2 pm on Saturday. All three IWU coaches and several IWU players will be on the fields to give participants as much individual attention as possible. Geared for ages 9 – high school, cost to participate is $40. For more information, call 609-489-3260 or visit www.titanselitelax.com

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. 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 will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday 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.
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Tween Stars Live will be presented on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $21, $30, $42, $47, $62 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Beethoven” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring piano soloist Michael Brown, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students plus a $4 per ticket fee and are available by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Here Come The Mummies will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Betty Friedan’s Mark on History, a lecture featuring Barb Drake, retired Journal Star editor, will take place on Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free. Drake interviewed Friedan at length in 1999 and is a member of the Betty Friedan Hometown Tribute Committee, which is dedicated to preserving her memory in her hometown of Peoria. The lecture is a part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960”.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heart of Illinois Chorus will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, $5 for youth ages 4-10 and free for children under 4 years old free and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will feature star of stage, screen, television, concert hall and Grammy-winner Audra McDonald, who will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 to $74 or $19 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Addams Family continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Uncovered: Why More Women are Shedding the Hijab in Egypt” with Dina Meshrif, Illinois Central College Fulbright Scholar at EastPort Banquet and Meeting Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) featuring an optional dinner at 5:30 pm with the presentation at 7 pm. Dinner is $30 for members or $35 for non-members and cost for the lecture only is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $3 for ages over 1, under 1 is free. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts waiting in line and are available to buy at the FonduLac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Josh Blue will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday and the Friday late shows, which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and from 4 – 8 pm on Sunday. A family friendly Halloween party where you can ride the Trainsylvanian Express through the woods, take a walk down the giant trick or treat trail or take a ride on the not so scary hayrack ride. Featuring a new extra scary event for older children and adults, the Hall of Horror for an additional cost, make sure to bring a bag for candy. Admission is $8 for WPP members, $10 for the public or free for ages up to 2 for a one-day admission and $12 for WPP members, $15 for the public for a two-day pass and are available at the gate or online at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bill Porter 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 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side will be presented by the Central Illinois Ballet at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are general admission seating and are $18 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the studio (located at 3117 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) or online at www.ciballet.com

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The 24th Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls A-D. Featuring Heidi Floyd, Joy Erlichman Miller, PhD and Chef James Kremer, tickets are available now online at www.wlspeoria.com for $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door are $10 and VIP tickets are $30 each and include show admission, free VIP parking , early entry into the show, access to a stage-side VIP lounge with refreshments and a gift bag and more valued at over $100. For full details about the event, visit http://osfwomen.org

A Halloween Costume Creations Workshop will be held on Saturday at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – Noon. Make a costume out of cardboard, foil, plastic, wood: anything other than fabric. Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Peoria Park District Fall Book Sale will take place in the Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 7 pm on Sunday and Monday. Thousands of gently used books from all genres will be on sale. On Sunday, everything gets marked down 50% off. All remaining items will be marked down to 75% off on Monday. For more information, call 309-681-2681.

The 17th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a different fall outing featuring 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin as far as they can plus kid’s activities, kettle corn, carnival rides and food.  Distance tosses begin at Noon. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Illinois Wesleyan University will be host a Fall Lacrosse Clinic for boys at the Peoria Stadium Grass Field from Noon – 2 pm on Saturday. All three IWU coaches and several IWU players will be on the fields to give participants as much individual attention as possible. Geared for ages 9 – high school, cost to participate is $40. For more information, call 609-489-3260 or visit www.titanselitelax.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday 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.
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Wine & Art Night on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm in Studio 2 featuring a work from their current exhibit “Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists” called “Single Tree” by Fay M. Barnes. The painting technique will be taught by artist and graphic designer, Kayla Phillips. Grab a few friends or plan to make new ones and enjoy a selections of wines as you try your hand at painting. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the general public and registration is required by calling 309-863-3034. This event is for ages 21+ only. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2nd Annual Manito Volkswalk, a 5K & 10 K walk through the State Forest, and Art Bazaar will be held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery (located at 25410 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Topeka) on Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm. Free tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning and an Art Bazaar will be held in Manito from 11 – 3 pm on Broadway where dozens of artists and artisans will have their art available for sale and viewing. The Classic Car Museum will also be open featuring antique tractors on display plus scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Local foods will be available all day. For more information, call 309-202-0506.

Pride of Peoria Men’s Barbershop Chorus will host their Annual Fall Show on Sunday at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door: to buy advance tickets, call 309-231-2471. For more information, visit www.prideofpeoria.com

Pint and A Half will perform as part of the Music in the McKenzie on Sunday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free.  CD sales help support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host The Brazilionaires with the CIJS House Band opening at 6 pm on Sunday at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Addams Family opens at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will host their annual Fall Food Fest and Bake Sale at the church (located at 1812 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 8 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday. Featuring Greek, Lebanese & Romanian food and bakery items, you may eat in or carry out orders. For more information, call 309-682-5824.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Little Shop of Horrors continues at Eureka College tonight (Thursday) running through Saturday beginning at 7 pm, except Friday night, the show will begin at 6 pm. Admission is free, however, donations to Easter Seals are requested. To reserve seats, call 309-467-6363 or e-mail tickets@eureka.edu

Lee Brice will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $29.50 and $52 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) opens on Friday and runs from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (the Peoria Ag Lab) will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2015 and to celebrate, will conduct Guided Tours to the public at no charge. The tours require reservations and will take place on 10 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday. Tour time signup and ticket pickup can be done at the Peoria Riverfront Museum or at the reception window of the Ag Lab. One person may sign up as many as 6 people, but all must attend the same tour time and names must be provided for all attendees. Visitors should be prepared to present a photo ID for the day of the tour. Please visit the Peoria Riverfront ticket desk to sign up or call 309-863-3028 for more information.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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 Judy Page with Preston Jackson & Friends 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa!, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Cost is $5 for Zoo members, $6 for non-members. Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

Corn Stock for Kids continues its production of Once On This Island at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will host its 7th Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria to supply homeless vets with food, medical treatment and winter supplies. For more information, call 309-682-1113 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

The 2015 Central Illinois Black Expo will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is free. The event begins “Passing the Torch” Teen Summit from 9 – 11 am for ages 13 to 19 featuring Peoria District 150’s Woodruff Career and Technical Center. Featuring business workshops, a retail shopping area, a Gospel Fest, a movie premier and the Avantgarde Fashion Show, there will also be 100 exhibitors, the Back to School Hair Cut-A-Thon with free haircuts for the kids, an expanded exposition of Woodruff’s Career and Technical Center’s Cosmetology Program with live hair demonstrations and hair braiding, a future CEO and business owners area for children 8 -16, an interactive Health and Wellness Fair with free screenings, “The Prize Is Right” and “Win It In A Minute” with great prizes, bowling, Tera’s Kidz Corner’s “Fall Carnival” with crafts, games, and prizes. a 3 Point Shootout plus face painters, balloon artist, inflatables and more. For more information, call 309-672-1374 or visit www.cibeltd.org

Spooky Saturday will be held at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Make luminaries to decorate your house and yard or create a silly or scary mask: your choice. Plus help transform the PlayHouse plaza into a haunted hide-away in Glen Oak Park.  Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Superhero 5K will take place on the Peoria Riverfront with registration and after-party in Liberty Park where participants run, walk or fly in their best superhero costumes on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm to raise money for benefit the Heart of Illinois United Way. Everyone is invited to participate and for those 10 years old and younger can help catch the bad guy by running in the Villain Chase, a half mile trek to capture the villain and restore justice and receive a superhero cape. There will be food, drinks live entertainment, superhero inflatables and kids’ entertainment plus awards for best race times, best costumes and more. Fee to participate is $30 for adults and $20 for kids. For more information and to register online, visit www.peoriasuperhero.com

Super Saturday: Spooky Science! at the Peoria Riverfront museum will explore spooky science from an educational cart on Saturday in the lobby from 1 – 2 pm. 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

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 1 and 3 pm each day. This year’s event will focus on Jewish contributions to Peoria history, beginning in the 1840s with the first Jewish settlers. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call 309-648-2562.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday 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.
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The YMCA Dinner & Riverboat Cruise Fundraiser will be held on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring a dockside BBQ, live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $60 for adults. Childcare will be available for $10 per child. Tickets are available at the YMCA front desk or by calling 309-692-7631: all proceeds go towards the Greater Peoria Family YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign, supporting community programs and scholarships.

The 7th Annual Peoria Promise Fundraiser will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5 pm featuring “The Rat Pack” plus dinner, a live and silent auction, a paddle raiser and more.  Tickets are $200 and are available online at https://peoriapf.ejoinme.org/THEEvent

Peoria Humane Society’s 19th annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Activities include a canine carnival, pawprint painting, dog olympics, doggie toe nail trimming, kids’ activities, demonstrations, souvenir photos, vendors, canine good citizen testing, raffles, food and more. All dogs attending must be registered for the event and each dog requires a separate registration form & fee. Only one dog per person. You can also register and participate without a dog. Each registrant receives a Bark t-shirt, bandanna, goodie bag, souvenir photo & may bring one dog to the event. Admission is $30 for ages 16 years and over and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult and online registration is available through today (Thursday). Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty rescue, volunteer, community awareness, adoption programs and more. For more information visit www.peoriahs.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (Located at the intersection of Rt 40 & W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) will host a Fall Festival from Noon – 4 pm on Sunday featuring music, antique fire trucks, ambulance tours by AMT, steam engines, a police car plus on going exhibits and more Admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

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Spider Hill opens on Friday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe and continues on Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.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

Little Shop of Horrors will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Admission is free, however, donations to Easter Seals are requested. To reserve seats, call 309-467-6363 or e-mail tickets@eureka.edu

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 Dorann & The Soul Mystics 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 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm with $15 tickets. He will perform with the Pork Pistols on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm with $25 tickets. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild plus The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Central Illinois Gold Star Families will present American Sniper Co-Star Kevin “Dauber” Lacz at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning with a VIP reception at 5:30 pm and the keynote address beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for the speech only or $500 for the VIP reception for 4 adults and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org  For more information call 309-231-5090 or visit www.cigoldstar.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Once On This Island at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Odd Couple continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. 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.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus an Americana and Craft Beer Tasting and hors d’oeuvres on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults (21 & over). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Peoria Players Theatre will host a Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale at the Theatre (located 4300 N. University Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Just in time for Halloween, find many unique items to add to your costume. Clothing and accessories from all eras will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Heart of Illinois Downs Syndrome Association will host the 8th Annual Buddy Walk at EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday with activities beginning at 8 am with the walk at 9:30 am. Walk registration fee is $5 per person and is available at www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

A Community Unity Day & Health Fair will be held at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Featuring free health screenings such as mammograms, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol and many community resources represented, there will also be activities for children such as crafts and games, face painting, food for $1 a plate, drinks for 50 cents plus door prizes and more. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Halloween Costume Creations Workshop will be held at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Make a costume out of cardboard, foil, plastic, wood: anything other than fabric. Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Lucky’s Modern Dive’s Outdoor Music Festival (located at the corners of Prospect and Kelly Ave in Peoria Heights) will feature 7 bands performing on Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm including Steady Flow, Change Up, Mike Cheesman, and Steve Lawless & The Beer Tent Heroes. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.luckyspeoriaheights.com

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 1 and 3 pm each day. This year’s event will focus on Jewish contributions to Peoria history, beginning in the 1840s with the first Jewish settlers. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call 309-648-2562.

The Peoria German-American Central Society will host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring German music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, German beer & food, a car cruis’n, an arts and craft fair plus a shooting tent, bags & a German gift tent, admission is free. For more information. visit www.peoriagermans.net

Last Comic Standing Live featuring all 5 finalists from the NBC show including this season’s winner Clayton English, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com