Archive for March, 2016

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the 2016 Beer Festival, 4 Passes to the Peoria Zoo to See the new Lion Cubs or 4 Tickets to the 2016 Central Illinois Auto Show!

The Conklin Players will present Greater Tuna at the Five Points Washington Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring two local favorites, Dan Challacombe & Pat Gaik each playing multiple characters, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

See the Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 pm as well as on Saturdays & Sundays during those hours (weather permitting) through April 30.  The 3 cubs were born on December 4 to Lizzie & Arthur, the Peoria Zoo resident lions. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members. For lion cub updates, visit www.peoriazoo.org
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The There Will Be Baseball Film Premiere will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  Additional showings will be held on Friday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm also at the Giant Screen Theatre for $10.  To view the trailer and for more information about the film, visit http://therewillbebaseball.com

Mike Lebovitz will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $12 for the other shows. 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 from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley 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

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 Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The SAMS (Stray Animal Midway Shelter) 6th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Including dozens of samples of beers and wines, appetizers, live entertainment, a silent auction plus a souvenir glass (while supplies last).  To purchase tickets online and for more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

Yuri’s Night: Trivia and Pub Event will be held on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium celebrating Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to journey into outer space in 1961 with pizza, a beer and wine cash bar plus space-themed pub trivia beginning at 7 pm. The maximum number of team members is 6 people and there is no minimum. Admission is $15 for members and $18 for the public with one drink ticket included. To buy tickets online and for more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Soap Box Derby on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can make a kid-sized car and drive it around Glen Oak Park.  Admission is $10 per member pair (one grownup & one child) and $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs and $10 per additional family member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Pollinator Family Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Led by the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, learn about butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, bats, beetles and many other pollinators who are facing declining populations and what you can do to help. Native plants will be available to purchase from local nurseries. 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
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The Healthy Heroes Expo will take place at Dream Center (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 5 pm. Geared toward teens who can learn about local mental health resources, participate in art and gaming activities, face painting, a photo booth, free food, a super hero drawing contest and a costume contest with prizes. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/healthyheroesproject

Joe Diffie will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission plus a $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 Area World Affairs Council will host its Annual Trivia Challenge Fundraiser at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring free appetizers, a cash bar, a silent auction and a raffle, teams will be able to “rent” PAWAC’s 2015 Scholastic Bowl winners to give their table an advantage. Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for students with valid ID or $160 for a table of eight. Registration is available online at www.pawac.org and individuals will be teamed up at the event. Prepaid registrants will receive 2 free raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit PAWAC’s educational outreach programs to Central Illinois high schools.

The Andre Dawson Public Charity Signing will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $199 are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Register HERE to Win 4 Passes to the Peoria Zoo to See the new Lion Cubs, 4 Tickets to the 2016 Central Illinois Auto Show or 2 Tickets to Greater Tuna at the Five Points Washington!

The first chance to see the three Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo will be Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 pm.  They will continue to be on display every Saturday & Sunday during those hours (weather permitting) through April 30.  The cubs were born on December 4 to Lizzie & Arthur, the Peoria Zoo resident lions. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members. For lion cub updates, visit www.peoriazoo.org
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Pekin First Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway Road in Pekin) will present the 20th Annual Pekin Passion Play tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 10 am. Featuring audience participation and live animals, general admission tickets are free and are available at the Church and are not necessary on Sunday. For more information, visit www.PekinFirstNaz.org

The Tazewell Humane Society will host an online Facebook Easter Auction tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8 pm. To participate in the auction, you must join the Facebook group HERE prior to the auction. Funds raised from the event will benefit the foster program for cats and kittens. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

Barry Manilow will bring his “One Last Time” Tour with special guest, Dave Koz to the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19.75, $39.75, $59.75, $79.75, $99.75, $149.75, $169.75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

Ali Siddiq will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday & Friday late shows and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley 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 Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings 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 about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Arthritis Walk KickOff will take place at Emo’s Dairy Mart (located at 3618 N Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 10 am. All food is half price and proceeds go to the Arthritis Walk fundraising efforts. The Arthritis Walk will take place on June 2nd at Midstate College and the new section of Rock Island Trails. This is a chance to ask questions about the Walk and learn about fun and creative ways to raise money for the cause.

The 32nd Annual Nostalgic Indoor Invitational Auto Show will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under available at the door. For more information, visit www.earlyfordv8peoria.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast on Saturday with the two Egg Hunts at 11 am and 1:30 pm and the Bunny Breakfast runs from 8 – 11 am. Featuring a buffet style meal with pancakes, sausage and more, the cost for the breakfast is $10.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $7 for senior citizens (ages 65+), $9 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

The Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Pet Supplies Plus (located at 2111 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Kids and pets will hunt for Easter eggs filled with treats plus there will be face painting, pictures with Petey, the group’s mascot for $5 recommended donation, gift bags from vendors and pet adoptions. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged and will benefit the Tazewell Humane Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

A Doggie Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. With a hunt for small and large breeds, costume contest with prizes and activities for the whole family, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Peoria Humane Society. Event will go on rain or shine. Admission is $5 per dog and $2 per human. For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.facebook.com/events/129882920711873

A Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour, hosted by the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will run on Saturday from 1:30 – 3 pm. John Leyland, a Peoria Historical Society guide will guide the tour about the whiskey days of Peoria visiting the famous Peoria distillery row, see the old Peoria breweries and whiskey barons’ homes. Tickets are $18 for members and the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock) on Saturday at 6 pm and Laser Pop (Popular Music Across the Decades) at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jamey Johnson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 for general admission or $35 for the Party Pit in advance or $55 for VIP Loft Seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Greater Tuna at the Five Points Washington, 4 Tickets to the Wildlife Prairie Park Bunny Breakfast or 4 Easter Brunches at Wildlife Prairie Park!

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 6 pm – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

The Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by 40 teams of high school students, will take place at the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum through 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and from 9 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges presented in this year’s game, First Stronghold. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Mike and Carrie will perform at Paddy O’Flaherty’s (located in the Best Western and Ashland House in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 pm – 9 pm. Admission is free.  Authentic Irish food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Peoria Players continues with its production of To Kill a Mockingbird beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

A Broadway Revue will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

The 2016 March Madness IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will begin with the Class 3A Semifinal Session on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and the Class 4A Semifinal Session will begin at 6:30 pm and at 8:15 pm. Saturday’s games will be held at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and at 6:30 pm & 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

The Annual Mennonite Relief Sale will take place at the Interstate Center Bloomington on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm and on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring fish, chicken barbecue dinners, rib-eye steaks, butterfly pork chops, barbecues & pork burgers, there will also be a Dutch Market and Butcher Shoppe, an auction, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning plus various booths and a children’s auction. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ilreliefsale.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center features a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 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 Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.  For more information, visit www.HowlinonWater.com

Jerry Seinfeld will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday with two shows: one beginning at 7 pm and the second beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $46.50, $62.50 and $147 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

Bruce Bruce will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm and Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets are $26 or $25 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host the Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Fitness Walk on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the 5K race beginning at 9 am, the 1 Mile Fitness Walk beginning at 9:05 am and the Kids’ Fun Run beginning at 9:30 am. The event takes runners and walkers of all ages through the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world’s most complete large scale model of the solar system.  Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System from the Sun, past Mercury, Venus, and Earth, to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail. Fees are $23 (or $28 on race day) for the 5K, $20 (or $25 on race day) for the Fitness Walk or $15 for the Kids’ Fun Run. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Spring Wake-Up will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Featuring animal feedings, train rides and other activities, admission is free for members and half price for the public: $4.50 for ages 13 & up, $3 for ages 3 – 12, $3.50 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under. Memberships start at $55. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Eggs on the Prairie will take Shoppes on the Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm in Suite 260, across from H&M. There will be free photos with the Easter Bunny, goody bags for the kids plus games and activities. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The 2016 Easter Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Ages through 3 years begins at 10:30 am, at 10:50 am for ages 4 – 6 years and at 11:10 am for ages 7 -9. Cost for member kids is $3.50 or $9 for non-member adults and kids. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.com

The Corn Stock for Kids Easter Egg Extravaganza will take place outside the Corn Stock theatre center (located in upper Bradley park in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring an egg hunt for ages 0-2, 2-3, 4-6, 7 – 8 and 9+, the Easter Bunny will be on hand plus there will be a bouncy house, games, arts & crafts and vendors. Admission is free, however pictures with the Easter Bunny and the bouncy house will have a small cost. Registration is requested and may be done at http://cornstocktheatre.com

The 35th Annual Hope in a Hangar event for LifeLine Pilots will take place at the Byerly Aviation Terminal in the General Downing International Airport on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Ryan Ideus & Feudin Hillbillys, there will also be a hog roast, a live & silent auction as well as aircraft on display (weather permitting). Cost is $75 per person with proceeds helping to provide free air transportation for those in medical need who are financially distressed. To make a reservation or for more information, call 309-229-0400 or visit http://lifelinepilots.org

The King of Diamonds will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center as part of the ICC Guest Artist Series on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 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

Colt Ford will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $22 for the Party Pit in advance or $55 for VIP Loft Seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Pet Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Tendercare Animal Hospital (located at 9809 State Route 91 in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Help your furry friend sniff out treats in hidden eggs, while kids enjoy other Easter activities. There will be a bake sale, raffle plus free Easter Bunny pictures. Prize eggs are just $6 for 5 eggs with all proceeds go to help the homeless pets at Foster Pet Outreach. For more information, visit http://fosterpetoutreach.org/easter-egg-hunt/

Marchtoberfest will take place at at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. A buffet featuring Schnitzel vom Schwein, parmesan chicken, bratwurst, Bavarian smoked ham, German potato salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, spaetzle, sauerkraut, and red cabbage will be available for $12 for adults or $6 for kids 12 & under. Desserts and a full cash bar will also be available. Kids 10 and under who wear a German lederhosen or a Dirdnl will eat free. Entertainment starts at 1 pm and including Alphorns and Al’s Pals. If weather permits, arts and craft vendors will be available outside. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and friends will play everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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

The 2016 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $10 (suggested donation) and are available at the door. For more information, visit http://peoriaciviccenter.com

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $45, $55 and $72 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the Star Trek Concert at the Peoria Civic Center, 4 Tickets to the Wildlife Prairie Park Bunny Breakfast or 4 Easter Brunches at Wildlife Prairie Park!

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and next Thursday through Saturday from 6 pm – 9 pm on Thursdays, 10 am – 9 pm on Fridays and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will continue its production of Bug at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 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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Mary Lynn Rajskub will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show & the Friday 9:45 pm show and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2016 March Madness IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will begin with the Class 1A Semifinal Session on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and the Class 2A Semifinal Session will begin at 6:30 pm and at 8:15 pm. Saturday’s games will be held at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and at 6:30 pm & 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Turas 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 Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The 8th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place on Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a party atmosphere for the more mature fairies including a dinner and a dance party for fairies ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a light, themed meal and enjoy entertainment by the Cornerstone Academy and Julie K with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm (this session is sold out) or 4 pm. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.frolicwiththefairies.com  Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria and its mission to build a better community.

Welcome Spring with an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by the string band Too Old to be Controlled and Callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Come fifteen minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $10 (give the amount that works for you), with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Prairieland Country Opry will perform at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country classics from Hank Williams and Reba McIntire, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids aged 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

Peoria Players will present To Kill a Mockingbird beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The 16th Annual Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday from 7 – 11 am at the Youth Building at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The breakfast is an effort to help educate the public on the safe and affordable crops that American farmers produce. The price of this year’s breakfast is 80 cents and the menu includes two pancakes, two 2-ounce whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, an 8-ounce glass of Prairie Farms milk and an 8-ounce glass of orange juice. For more information, call 309-686-7070 or visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets beginning at 8 am. The first 700 registered participants will receive a race specific 19.5 oz drink stein, 1 drink token, party attire and entrance to the post-race party with live Irish music from Turas. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

The Peoria Camera Club will host a full day seminar “Creative Visualization for Photographers” at Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at One College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 for adults or $45 for students with student ID. For more information, visit www.peoriacameraclub.com

The Shop for a Cure Vendor Fair will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring vendors, a bake sale, a raffle table and a crafts table for kids, admission is free. Proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes research.

Ted’s Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday at the Havana Park District Gymnasium (located at 127 E. Jefferson in Havana) from 11 am – 7 pm. There will be brackets for 4-5th grades, 6-8th grades, 9-12th grades and adults. Admission is $3 for spectators. Food will be available all day and there will be a Pick Your Prize Raffle. For more information, call 309-543-6240.

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Surreal Sculptures on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can make a bizarre sculpture by starting a creation and then passing it to others and see what emerges. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Science of Flight will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 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

Brewing Beer in the River City: Talk & Tasting, the first in the series of Speakeasy Saturdays, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Peoria Brewing Company master brewer Todd Hayes and accomplished home brewer Brian Buss to learn about brewing great tasting beer while you enjoy a beer tasting. All materials included. Must be 21 or older. Seating is limited for this event. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Trivia Night will take place on Saturday at Metamora Fields (located at 801 W Progress St. in Metamora) beginning with an hors d’oeuvres buffet beginning at 5 pm. Teams of 8 people will compete during 10 rounds of trivia with cash prizes to be awarded. A cash bar will be available. Cost is $280 for a table of eight or $35 per person and tickets are available at Metamora Fields. For more information, call 309-367-4000.

The Irish Wake Murder Mystery Dinner Show will take place at the EastPort Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Cost for dinner and entertainment is $40. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Morton Civic Chorus will perform at Holy Family Church (located at 3720 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A preview concert for their annual performances at the end of May, admission to this concert is free, however donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortoncivicchorus.org

Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $65 and $105 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It World Tour will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $65, $45, $29.75 and are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Cosi fan tutte at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 Illinois Rt 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Mozart’s timeless opera of love, humor, and intrigue, featuring a cast of six acclaimed young opera stars from New York and Chicago along with a local chorus and the PSO, tickets range in price from $48 – $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Zambezi River Lodge Reception Expo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge. Vendors including Heaven on Earth, Johnny’s Steak House, One World Cafe, Barrack’s Catering, LeBakery, Behind Every Bride and the Cake Shop will offer samples and information about their services and tours of the facility will be available. Spaces are limited and reservations may be made by calling 309-681-3519.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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The Central Illinois Recreational Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 2 – 7 pm, on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $8:50 for adults, $3.50 for kids aged 6-12, free for kids 5 & under and $20 for a family pack good for two adults and two children aged 12 & under. For more information, visit www.eventsltd.org
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The 2nd Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum. High school students and their families will find nearly 100 colleges and universities from around the country that will be represented. A list of participating institutions and other details are available at www.bradley.edu/collegefair

Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn (located at 101 Mariner’s Way in East Peoria) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), 7 pm on Friday, 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and on Sunday for a Morning Gospel performance beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 for each show or $30 for both shows on Saturday and $10 for Thursday night’s show with purchase of any other ticket. For more information, call 309-671-0175.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) beginning 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

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its production of The Seagull at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A world classic by the revered Russian master, Anton Chekhov, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

Mark Britten, the “Chinaman”, will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday & Friday late shows and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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 the Lizzi 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.
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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Central Illinois Youth Symphony will host its annual fundraiser, “A Musical Masquerade” at the Life Together Center (at the corners of Sheridan and War Memorial in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event will feature wine and craft beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live performances by CIYS students and a silent auction. Tickets are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.ciys.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 Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday 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 about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The ICC Theatre Program continues its production of The Dead Guy at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Rated R for mature themes and content, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Bug at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 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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Get The Led Out will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Breakfast with the Giraffes will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, you can see the giraffes enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, you will learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

Prohibition Family Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring a 1920s game station, invention and history trivia from the 1920s and make-and-take activities plus a performance by Bradley University’s Hilltop Combo from 11 am – Noon and Bradley University’s Swing Dance Society from 12:45 – 1:45 pm. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host an Art Parade where you can make life-size puppets on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is $10 per non-member or $5 for members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. 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 Chili Cook Off for St. Jude will take place at Abbas Grotto (located at 1839 Highview Road in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free. There will also be a cash bar.

StarkbierFest will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Meaning “strong beers”, the Starkbiers event will feature a German buffet for $12 for adults including Schnitzel vom Schwein, bratwurst, roast pork, (schweinbraten), and fried chicken plus mashed potatoes & gravy, German potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and green beans. Dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from any Grimm Fairy Tale will eat for free. All kids 12 and under without a costume can enjoy the buffet for $6. Face painting will also be available. Several seasonable strong beers will also be available and Wilanna Vogel will perform on the accordion from 1 – 4 pm playing a variety of German favorites. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Flanagan’s Irish Tales Day will take place at the Judge Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. For a bit of March Madness Flanagan style, you will find costumed storytellers sharing magical Irish tales and tap your toes to the music of Flynn’s Irish Dancers at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm & 2:30 pm with the oldest home in Peoria as the backdrop. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids plus there will be complimentary refreshments. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

Peace for Peoria will take place at 823 Salaam Dr. in Peoria on Monday beginning at 6 pm. A community event to bring together Jews, Christians, and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents, speakers include US Attorney General Jim Lewis of the US Department of Justice, Mayor Jim Ardis from the City of Peoria, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, the 92nd District State Representative, Rev. Michael Brown of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Pastor Jim Powell, the Lead Pastor at Richwoods Christian Church, Rev. Dr. Stephen Whitaker, the Pastor Head of Staff at the United Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Daniel Bogard of the Congregation Anshai Emeth, and Imam Kamil Mufti, Resident Scholar of the Islamic Foundation of Peoria. Admission is free. For more information and to rsvp, visit http://peaceforpeoria.com