Archive for November, 2015

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In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Peoria County, the City of Peoria and the Peoria Chamber of Commerce are encouraging people to “Live & Shop Peoria County” by running a contest where you post a picture of yourself shopping at any of the participating businesses from November 26th to 29th on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with the name of the business and the hashtag #LiveShopPeoriaCounty. Winners of the contest will receive four $25 gift cards from more than 70 participating businesses. For more information, visit www.metropeoriagov.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place on Saturday as well as next Wednesday & Thursday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Bradley Braves will take on New Orleans at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 7 pm and Ole Miss on Saturday at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday from 11 am – 2 pm featuring traditional Thanksgiving foods such as turkey, beef, fish, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie and more. Cost for adults is $23.95 and children is $12.95. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairie.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland opens on Thursday night and will run through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The 128th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade is a tribute to the live arts in Peoria with Community Children’s Theater and Corn Stock for Kids representing the theater community. The parade will also pay tribute to Tom McIntyre, who retired in May from WEEK-TV after 47 years reporting the news in central Illinois. For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Member Appreciation Day on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. For one day only, get $10 off new, renewal or gift memberships memberships to take advantage of members-only perks like kids’ art activities from 11 am – 3:30 pm, 20% – 30% discounts off all museum store merchandise, free educational Giant Screen Theater movie admission all day, door prize drawings and refreshments. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, will feature ice skating outside opening on Friday from Noon – 11 pm through January 3rd on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Lizzie Neal Band 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 table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through November from 6-8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony, then stroll through a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at more than 20 locations in downtown Peoria and will offer complimentary refreshments. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. 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, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Bobcat Goldthwait will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $20 for all shows except the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $15. Call 309-673-5853 for reservations or for more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 26th Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place on Saturday on the River Trail of Illinois beginning at 8:30 am with a non-competitive walk and at 9 am with a competitive run.  Entry fee is $38. Those registering for the race only can pay the $15 entry fee up to the day of the event. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.folepi.org

The Wildlife Waddle will take place on Saturday at Wildlife Prairie Park with hikes beginning at 10 am and running every hour with the last hike at 2 pm. With over 14 miles of hiking trails to explore, live turkeys, and Mike the Bison, bring the family and enjoy the scenery while waddling off your thanksgiving meal. Cost is free for members and regular admission, which is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $ 6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 6th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place on Saturday at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods, a number of imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

The Mystery of the Ugly Sweater, a dinner murder mystery, will take place on Saturday at PL Johnson’s Dining Room & Gift Shop (located at 110 W. Bjorkland St. in Bishop Hill) beginning at 6 pm. Die Laughing Productions will present the show. Cost is $38 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 309-927-3064. A prize will be awarded for the ugliest Christmas Sweater. This event is a fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Arts Council: for more information, visit www.bishophill.com/cal.php

The 11th Annual Christmastime GospelFest will be held at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. “Christmas in the Country” will include traditional and southern gospel Christmas songs featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

The Second City’s Holidazed and Confused Revue will be presented on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 all ages and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

 

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The 7th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Kick Off Cocktail Party from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) and continues Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. A community-wide event with 80 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and for bidding on to take home, other highlights will include a holiday marketplace, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday fun day, on-going family friendly entertainment and more. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $35, admission to the Sweet Sundae event is $25 and for the festival itself, admission is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Alvin and The Chipmunks The Musical will be performed in the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $65 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella continues at Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday 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

The Drunken City continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $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

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

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis will hold a Fall Bazaar at the Motherhouse (located at 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria) on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, plants, quilts, religious articles plus handmade items including hats, scarves, afghans and baby blankets, admission to the event is free. All proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Alicia Grimes, YouTube Artist, will be in person at Redbird Arena (located at 211 N. Main Street, 3rd floor in Normal) on Friday from 3 – 5 pm for a meet and greet and Listening Party where she will be available for pictures with fans, signing autographs and fans will be able to listen to new her newly released album. Admission is $5 available at the door. For more information, call 317-255-0660.

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 also on Friday will feature 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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through November from 6-8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm in the Dome Planetarium. Featuring wines from August Hill Winery in Utica, Illinois, you’ll relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission. Tickets are $25 for Museum members or $30 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday beginning at 3 pm. 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, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Come Fly With Me: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra will take place at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center on Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Celebrating Sinatra’s 100th birthday and featuring Bradley alumnus Eric Petersen and the Bradley Jazz Ensemble, tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Trippin BIllies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $9 in advance or $14 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

The 3rd Annual Christmas Market, an Alternative Gift Fair, will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Featuring over 22 local and global charities, purchase items from a list of necessities and goods to benefit those locally and from around the world. Honor or remember someone you love by giving a gift in the spirit of Christmas. For each donation, shoppers receive a holiday card with a description of the organization and “gift.” For more information, visit www.northminster.us

The Peoria Ballet will celebrate its 50th anniversary season at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) with a reading of The Nutcracker and performances of selected scenes from this year’s production on Saturday at 10:30 am. Artistic Director Ian Poulis along with dancers will be available for photos and a Q&A after the performance. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

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.
Art-spiration: Turkey Time! will take place also on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 2 pm in the museum lobby when you’ll make fun three-dimensional turkey crafts that will be perfect decorations on your family’s Thanksgiving table.  Admission to each event is free with general admission which is free for 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 31st Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

Eats & Drinks of the World will take place on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Road in Washington) from 6 – 10 pm. Experience the flavors of fine foods & drinks from countries around the world plus raffles and music throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from Led Zeppelin and U2. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Bravura! featuring Brinton Smith on cello 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

John Kadlecik Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 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

Peoria Cabaret Theatre will host an Open Mic Night in the Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 pm – Midnight. Admission is free and a cash bar will be available with $2 drafts.  Profits from the bar will benefit the Penguin Project. Some musical theatre sheet music will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring in your own music. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s new Celebrate Peoria program will allow guests to celebrate Native American culture with activities including storytelling, drum and dance performance plus hands-on art activities on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. These activities are free with museum admission, which is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for active military personnel and senior citizens (65+) and free for kids under 1 and Playhouse members.  For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 45th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place on Sunday at Detweiller Park at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $16 through today (Thursday) or $18 on Friday and $2 for the Youth Fun Run and all entrants receive a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-681-2866.

A Vintage Sports Card & Memorabilia Appraisal will take place at Peoria Public Library’s North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Vintage sports card and memorabilia appraiser Michael Osacky will be on hand to evaluate pre-1970 sports cards and memorabilia from all sports and will give a presentation on collecting sports memorabilia. A free verbal appraisal of your vintage sports memorabilia will be available afterwards. To reserve your appraisal spot, call 309-497-2150.

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The Bradley Braves will open their 2015-16 Season by taking on Ball State at Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Individual game tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season ticket information is available at www.BradleyBraves.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its production of Heathers: The Musical at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday),  Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host a free Adoption Information Meeting tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. You can learn about the processes for domestic, international, and embryo adoptions, including a home study process, fees, timeframes, training, and placing agencies. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400.

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the other shows (the Saturday 8 pm show is sold out). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band 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

Peoria’s 5th Annual Prayer & Worship Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center in Meeting Rooms 401-402 on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Celestial Harp Concert will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Relax with the ethereal sounds of live harp music accompanied by synchronized celestial visuals overhead on the Dome. Award-winning harpist Ann McLaughlin will perform soothing music from the classics to pop as concert goers enjoy a glass of wine. One glass of wine or sparkling juice included with ticket. Advance tickets are required and are $15 for Museum members or $18 for the general public and are available at the museum, by phone at 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday 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

The Drunken City will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $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

The Peoria Jaycees will host their annual Pancake Breakfast to support The Center for Prevention of Abuse at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. You can choose from original, cinnamon or chocolate chip pancakes with sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 a plate or $8 for all you can eat. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The Holy Family School Holiday Fair will be held in the school gymnasium (located at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Featuring dozens of vendors, there will be purses, kitchenware, accessories, custom jewelry, makeup, toys, homemade and personalized items and more. Admission is free. The event also will feature vendor raffle giveaways, a bake sale and lunch items available for purchase. For more information, email lauen1984@gmail.com or Kzike01@comcast.net.

The 2nd Annual CrossFit 309 Gobbler Games will take place at Crossfit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. Suite C in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. A partner competition, entry fees are $25 per competitor plus a non-perishable food donation for the Midwest Food Bank. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.facebook.com/CF309

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at at Sommer Park (located at 5329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Civil War soldier re-enactors will construct winter quarters and prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The Junior League of Peoria will host Superhero Saturday at Green Ford (located at 2211 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday with two sessions: one from 9:30 – 11:00 am and the second from 1 – 2:30 pm. The event focuses on superhero training with an emphasis on hand eye coordination, an agility obstacle course, self defense and brain power and each participant will leave a certified superhero. Children will also have opportunities to have their picture taken with their favorite superheroes. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.juniorleagueofpeoria.com

Play With Garbage Day will take place at Logan Center (located at 1414 South Livingston Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2:30 pm. Celebrating America Recycles Day, learn how to give a second life to used items by creating new decorations, toys or handy household items from old soda bottles, cans, milk jugs and other recyclable objects. Admission is at least one clean item to be reused. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Super Saturday: Science of a Pinhole Camera will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. 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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A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Heritage Ensemble will present An Evening of Jazz Gala at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm featuring performances by the group, featured soloists and the John Cooper Jazztet. General admission is $50 per person or premium admission is $100 which includes reserved seating, pre-event presentation with the artistic director and a commemorative gift. For tickets, call 309-550-4242. For more information, visit http://heritageensemble.com

Uncle Kracker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (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

The Peoria Train Fair will take place on the Illinois Central College East Peoria campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. DVDs, videos, books, and photos as well as many model railroad parts and supplies will be available. Tables will also highlight new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be available including clothing (hats, shirts, patches, and pins). Refreshments will also be available. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host the Illinois Central Jazz Train directed by Larry Harms with the House Band opening on Sunday at 6 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Jazz Train will be performing old favorite big band numbers and modern arrangements. 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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The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Heathers: The Musical at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.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 Sunday. 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 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

JJ Grey & Mofro will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 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

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, begins at 8 pm tonight (Thursday). Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & the Romaniacs 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 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday 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

Frank Caliendo will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $48.75 and $38.75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, 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 www.ciaopeoria.com

Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and $45 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present A Concert for Veterans Day at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N. University Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. A multi-media concert on early American history featuring Dr. Jeannine Jordan on organ, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and children, students and veterans are free. For more information, visit www.agopeoria.org

Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.shapingsoundco.com
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A Photography Session led by Mike Boatman will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm focused on power composition and the value of photography. Cost $15 per person or $5 for Park members and reservations are required: call 309-676-0998 to reserve your spot. Payment is required at the time of reservation and is non refundable. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) will host the Brunch to Crunch Homelessness on Saturday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring an address by 1985 Super Bowl Champion and Chicago Bears Hall of Famer, Dan Hampton plus a brunch buffet, a silent auction and an awards ceremony, tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 309-222-2571 or online at www.ssocpeoria.org

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing will host a Spaghetti Dinner including salad and bread on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin). Featuring a “cupcake bar” with special flavors, music by DJ Jim Dandy, magic by Yort plus a silent auction. Tickets are $8 for adults (drinks extra) and $5 for veterans and children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling 309-363-3737 or at the door that evening. Proceeds will be used for Home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. This event is sponsored by CEFCU.

Art on the Rocks: A 60s Retro Cocktail Event will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby and galleries on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 pm. At this theatrical 60s-themed cocktail party celebrating Illinois Women Artists, you’ll experience signature cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music by P.S. Jazz and costumed interpreters portraying the artists represented in the exhibition. Attendants are encouraged to wear their favorite fashions from the 60s. Guests receive two drink tickets for complimentary cocktails:  a cash bar is also available. Tickets are $40 for members or $45 for the public and are available by calling 309-863-3060 or online at www.ArtOnTheRocksPRM.eventbrite.com

Newsboys‘ We Believe God’s Not Dead 2015 Fall Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $23, $38 for premium tickets or $72 for a family 4-pack of tickets and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Mike and Joe will perform at Crusens in (located at 2117 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:30 pm. Admission is $7 general admission and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.mikeandjoe.com

Cheryl Rodey will perform at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) as part of the Music in the McKenzie series on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org