Archive for April, 2016

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The Peoria Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Performance will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday  beginning at 2 pm. Featuring works by past and current artistic directors and teachers, performed by current students plus several dancers from the past 20 years. Tickets are $20 and $35 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting TicketMaster.com
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Hands on a Hardbody continues at Eastlight Theatre (located in the Auditorium at East Peoria High School)  tonight (Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm. The regional premiere, this show received 3 Tony Award nominations in 2013. It’s the story of 10 hard-luck Texans who feel that a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com

A Kid’s Consignment Clothing Sale will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) from 9 am – 7 pm today (Thursday) & Friday and 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Featuring gently-used children’s clothing sizes newborn to 20 and juniors, toys, baby equipment, maternity clothes and more, admission is free. For more information, visit www.kccsale.com

Chris Porter will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Our Country’s Good at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A modern classic by American playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, the celebrated 1988 play depicts the true story of a 1788 stage production presented by transported convicts in the British penal colony of New South Wales, Australia, 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

The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held every weekday through May 27 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Visit www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

Brats for the Cure will be held at Schnucks (located at 4800 N University St. in Peoria) featuring the Johnsonville Brats Truck from 11 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday. A single brat meal (with chips and a drink) is $4.50, a double meal is $6.50 and a single brat is $3. All proceed benefit the Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org

A Mother’s Day Craft Show will be held at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Proceeds will support HOIDSA (Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association). Featuring local crafters and vendors, admission is free.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Flying D’Rito Brothers 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

Scotty McCreery & RaeLynn will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 and $28 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

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

Astronomy in the Age of Moonshine featuring the American Spirits Exhibit featuring a special Dome planetarium show and cocktails will be held on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the public which includes 2 drinks, advanced registration required. Attendees must be 21 and older and a cash bar will also be available. Dress up is encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Purple Rain will run at the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday at 7 pm (which is sold out) and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors aged 60+, $5.50 for kids aged 3 – 17 and $5 for members of all age. Tickets are available online at http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Zoo After Dark will be held at the Peoria Zoo (located in Glen Oak Park) on Friday from 7 to 9 pm. Registration is required and tickets are $24 per person. To reserve tickets or for more information call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The ICC Music Program will present the ICC Chamber Singers in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ArtsatICC.com

A MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run will take place at Veterans Park in Havana on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Boys and Girls will be divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PitchHitRun.com
A Junior Home Run Derby will take place also at Veterans Park in Havana on Saturday beginning at 11 am. A chance for talented youngsters to showcase their hitting abilities with the opportunity of competing at a National Finals during MLB All-Star Week, boys and girls will be divided into two age divisions: 12U and 14U plus have the chance to advance through three levels of competition. For more information, visit www.jrhrd.com

Healthy Kids Day will be held at the Greater Peoria Family YMCA (located 7000 North Fleming Lane) on Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm. Admission is free and activities include nature hikes, painting, food tasting, 3-on-3 basketball and soccer, relay races, kickball, archery and more. For more information call 309-692-7631 or visit www.peoriaymca.org

FUSE – Interactive Media Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 10 – 5 pm. Bradley University’s Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Department of Interactive Media will present FUSE:  the 3rd Annual Interactive Media Experience which includes a full day exhibition of interactive student and faculty work aimed for users of all ages. Featuring game design, animation and user interaction and user experience, FUSE is a hands-on interactive show that’s a fusion of art and technology and a bridge between media and the community. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Celebrate 20 will be held at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Preston Jackson & Friends will provide music throughout the night featuring Judy Page. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for non-members. For tickets or more information call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the President’s Cup Finals at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:15 on Saturday & at 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for premium and glass seating, End Zone and Pilot House seats are $13 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

The Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Ave. in Peoria) Spring Ice Show will be presented on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 4-12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under and are available at Owens Center. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley Braves Baseball will take on the Dallas Baptist Patriots at Dozer Park on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids through high school, free for Bradley students, faculty and staff or family passes including 2 adults and up to 4 children for $14 and are available one hour prior to the game at the box office. For more information, call 309-677-2625 or visit www.bradleybraves.com

The Peoria German-American Society will host its annual Maifest at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring a May pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances, crafts for kids, German foods, wine and beer plus live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

In-Residence at ICC will present the Philharmonic Chorale at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & 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

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the Peoria Ballet Anniversary Performance
and a Mother’s Day Gift Worth $324!

Hands on a Hardbody will be presented by Eastlight Theatre (located in the Auditorium at East Peoria High School) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday & and 2 pm on Sunday. The regional premiere, this show received 3 Tony Award nominations in 2013. It’s the story of 10 hard-luck Texans who feel that a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of Europe” at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Featuring Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, tickets are $30 for PAWAC members or $35 for non-members, or for the lecture only, tickets are $10 for PAWAC members or $15 for non-members and free for students with ID. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The 2016 Hearts at Home National Conference will be held at the Peoria Civic Center beginning  with a preview tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm for attendees to shop, explore and learn more about the resources available at the conference.  On Friday & Saturday, the conference begins at 7 am and will feature keynote speakers Missy Robertson of TV’s Duck Dynasty and founder/CEO of Hearts at Home and Jill Savage. Workshops offered will focus on family life from how technology is changing the way children learn to understanding how strengths and weaknesses affect the way we parent. Also on Friday night, the Moms Night Out concert will feature musical guest Meredith Andrews and comedian Daren Streblow for $20 for the public or $15 if you’re attending the conference. Friday only and Saturday only conference tickets including a box lunch are $120 or a Friday Plus ticket includes both days for $180. For full details and to purchase tickets online, visit www.heartsathome.org/index.php/events/2016-national-conf

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

A Dunlap High School  Student Written Showcase will take place in the Auditorium tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. A student written and led class focusing on theatre, six 10 minute plays featuring the theme of history repeating itself will be presented. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted. For more information, call 309-243-7751.

The ICC Music Program will present ICC Vocal Jazz tonight (Thursday) in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $41, $68 and $71 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The ICC Theatre Program continues its production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for mature themes and content. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or by visiting www.artsaticc.com

Our Country’s Good will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts on the Bradley Campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU faculty and staff and senior citizens and $9 for students and are available at the theatre box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/cfa/tickets.dot

Jamie Lissow will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. 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 Change Up 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

Luthy Botanical Garden will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. You’ll find unique perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, unusual tropical plants and annuals plus a selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other veggies.  Garden members receive a 10% discount. For more information, call 309-681-3502 or visit http://www.peoriaparks.org

Bootleggers Bash will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring all-you-can-eat gourmet delights from 10 of Central Illinois’ favorite eateries, live jazz by the Sally Weisenburg Trio, a silent auction, blackjack and roulette tables and signature Bootleggers Bash cocktails designed by J.K. Williams. Period 1920s costumes and dress are encouraged (although the museum requests that Tommy Guns or other weapons, real or toy, be left at home). Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and available online at www.PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org

Come for Dinner…Stay for Murder, a Murder Mystery Dinner will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Benefiting the programs of the South Side Office of Concern, tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Seating is limited  reserve tickets by calling 309-222-2751 or online at www.ssocpeoria.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

Peoria Players will present “A Night with Friends Fundraiser” at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Jefferson in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy dinner along with live cabaret style entertainment, a live band, a silent auction plus beer and house wine. Tickets are $70 and are available online HERE

The Peoria Rivermen  will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz in the Second-Round Games of the SPHL President’s Cup Playoffs with Game 2 at Owens Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. If a 3rd game is played, it will also be at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $16 for bleacher seats and $12 for standing room admission and are available by calling 309-676-1040. Tickets for Saturday’s Game 3, if played, will go on sale Saturday morning at 9 am also through the Rivermen office. For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

Money Smart Week 2016 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning Saturday and running through April 30th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

Bradley University’s Army ROTC program will host the 3rd Annual Soldier Dash at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The 5k obstacle race will benefit the BU Army ROTC and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. Registration is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.thesoldierdash.wix.com/thesoldierdash

The Bison Blessing Pow Wow will kick off with the Bison Blessing beginning at 10 am on Saturday with the Pow Wow running from Noon – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating Mother Earth with the Seven Circles Heritage Center, there will be vendors, crafts and related educational activities. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

FamilyCore’s Third Annual Sporting Clay Shoot will be held at the Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club (located at 1301 County Rd 2900 E near Mackinaw) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. A raffle and auction will take place in addition to the shoot. Tickets are $100 person with teams of four encouraged (individuals welcome) with a buffet lunch included. To reserve your spot, call 309-676-2400.  For more information, visit www.FamilyCore.org

In conjunction with Money Smart Week, the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Road in Bartonville) will host a Story Time on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Featuring songs, stories, crafts and giveaways will include lessons about responsible money skills. This program is most appropriate for children ages K – 3rd grade. Admission is free and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

The 12th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts and face painting. Admission is free. There will be door prizes and an Earth Day Sale at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois will hold its 150th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from 6 – 11 pm. The Second City Improv All Stars will provide comedic entertainment for the evening. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Home. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.chail150.org

The 7th Annual Uplifted Benefit Concert for St. Jude will take place at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A night of inspirational music, video & stories, the event will feature vocalist Ryan Beck and pianist Brian Wierenga, who are both St. Jude runners. All donations will benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-370-4026 or online at www.stjudeconcerts.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Country Legends at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Rachel Potter & Patrick Thomas, vocalists who were finalists on The X Factor and The Voice, direct from Nashville singing classic hits by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus and more. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Let’s Go Fly a Kite will take place on Sunday from 11:30 am – 4 pm at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton with kite building, kite flying, a kite flying demonstration and library story time. Admission is free:  kite kits may be purchased for $2 with registration at the Alpha Park Library. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13 or visit www.alphapark.org

Spring Fest will be held at the Lindenhof on Sunday from noon – 6 pm. Celebrating Bavarian Beer Week and the 500th anniversary of the German Purity Beer Law, enjoy live entertainment and a German food buffet priced at $12 for adults and $6 for kids. For more information, go to www.peoriagermans.net

Pekin York Rite will host the 2nd Annual Dart Tournament and Silent Auction at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. All proceeds will benefit MarcFirst, which helps people with developmental disabilities such as autism live a normal life. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pekinyorkritedarts

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 fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the Peoria Ballet Anniversary Performance, a Mother’s Day Gift Worth $324 and 2 Tickets to Hands at a Hardbody at Eastlight Theatre!

The 24th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring hundreds of quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus enjoy live music. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

The Peoria Regional Learning Center and Senator Chuck Weaver will host Journey Like No Other tonight (Thursday) at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Featuring food, wine, live entertainment and more, proceeds will support the PRLC, located in Wildlife Prairie Park, which assists students who are at risk of not completing their high school academic career. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit www.peoriaregional.com

The 69th Annual Gridiron Dinner will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) with cocktails beginning at 6:15 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Celebrating all that makes our region a special place to live, work…and lampoon. Attire is black tie only. Individual tickets are $185 and are available along with more information at www.peoriagridiron.org

James Johann will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm for $10 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 27th annual APACHE Homeschool Convention will held at Grace Presbyterian Church (Located on Rt. 91 in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring homeschooling speakers to offer encouragement and tools for those considering homeschooling, there will be over 20 exhibitors with curriculum and supplies. Registration ranges from $35 – $60 and is available along with more information as well as a complete schedule of the convention at www.apachecentralillinois.org

Help raise awareness of child abuse at Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is the ninth year that Youth Services Network Panel has hosted the event to draw attention to the 872 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rosser Brothers 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 feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. 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

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets $18, $23, $33 and $48 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com

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 ICC Theatre Program will present Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for mature themes and content. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or by visiting www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem in the Quarterfinal Game 2 Playoff at Owens Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. If a 3rd game is played, it will also be at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for bleachers and $11 for standing room only and are available by calling 309-676-1040. For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

The Pediatric Resource Center will host the Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk at Kickapoo Creek Winery on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. The run will benefit the fight against children abuse and neglect. Registration is $30 for adults and $25 for students and is available oline at http://go.illinois.edu/kickabuse5k

The Pekin Kids Fest will be held at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Featuring Fun on the Run inflatables, balloon artists, face painting and an indoor rock climbing wall and more, admission is $5 or free for kids ages 3 and under or get a family 4 pack for $15 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PekinKidsFestival

Peoria Team RWB Chapter will participate in a group 3 mile Fun Run/Walk at place at Detweiler Park on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am. In conjunction with the nationwide Run as One, the run will benefit Team RWB, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues who aid military veterans. Hot dogs and lemonade will be provided after and you are invited to bring a side to share. Register at www.crowdrise.com/ilpeoria1

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Game Design from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday where you can explore board games and make your own with Ethan Ham, Chair of Bradley University’s Interactive Media Department. Admission is $5 for members pair or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Precipitation will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind precipitation. 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 Delavan Cruise In will take place on Saturday on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, there is no registration fee to display your cruiser and all who register will be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

The Spirit of Living event will take place on Saturday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration in our community plus a motivational panel discussion with the “Pink Survivors” as they share their personal experiences battling cancer, tickets for the dinner and awards presentation are $275 per person. For more information call 309-692-6650 or for online registration, visit www.hulthealthy.org

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) on Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Jump, Jive & Swing will take place at Monte Cristo Room (located at 383 Old Germantown Rd, Suite A in Germantown Hills) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The event will portray a 1930’s Supper Club featuring dinner followed by instructional swing dancing featuring the Metamora Township High School Jazz Ensemble providing live dance music along with guest vocalist Lizzy Frantik. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call 309-383-2177.

Justin Moore will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $45 for the Party Pit or $75 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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present American Classics at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring jazz inspired classics by composers Bernstein, Copland and Antheil as well as teenage (16 year old) virtuoso pianist and composer, Tengku Irfan, who makes his Peoria debut playing on each piece, tickets are $28 to $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 2016 Grand Opening Demo Day will take place on Sunday at the Golf Learning Center (located at Golf Learning Center, 7815 N. Radnor Rd, in Peoria) from 11 am – 4 pm. Hit the latest clubs, get free fittings and enjoy the lowest prices of the season. For more information, call 309-689-3329 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) at no charge. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to 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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Central Illinois Youth Symphony (CIYS) will present their Spring Orchestral Concerts at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm featuring the Prep Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble and at 4 pm featuring the Youth Symphony. Featuring vocal soloist Masako Johnson at the 2 pm concert and dancers from the Peoria Ballet and senior solo concerto winner Grace Yoon at the 4 pm concert. One ticket gives you admission to both concerts which is $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.CIYS.org

Voting and Vodka: The Relationship Between Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm. In this lecture, Dr. Andrew Civettini will explore the relationship between the quests for Prohibition and women’s suffrage and how the two movements redefined voting and American politics more broadly on their way to amending the Constitution. 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 Sun Foundation’s 23rd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

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

The Central Illinois Jazz Society April Concert will feature the Dunlap High School Jazz Band and Western Illinois University Jazz Student 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

Comedian/Ventriloquist/Musician/Actor Taylor Mason will perform at Pekin First Nazarene Church (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free, however an offering will be collected. For more information, visit www.pekinfirstnaz.org

Brian Regan will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $42.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

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Corn Stock for Kids will present Charlotte’s Web at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday plus matinees at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold out for all original performances, however you can sign up for a potential Sunday evening performance at 7:30 pm by calling 309-676-2196.  Tickets are $10 tickets for adults & $6 for kids aged 12 & under.  For more information, visit www.CornStockTheatre.com
In conjunction with the show, a Barnyard Discoveries display of farm animals will take place on Saturday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in upper Bradley Park next to the Corn Stock Theatre Center where kids can pet the animals and have pictures taken with them.  Admission to this event is free, however donations will be encouraged.

See the Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo, who have officially been named Nia, Kali and Zuri, 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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Speak Out: Be Heard 2016 will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8 pm. This voter registration rally will feature entertainment from DJ Miracle of Energy 102.3, free food, raffle prizes and hassle-free voter registration. Attendees can win gift cards and other prizes. Admission is free and is a strictly nonpartisan event. For more information, call 808-426-6685 or visit http://speakoutpeoria.wix.com/mdpr

Food Fight 2016 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Showcasing area chefs in a live culinary competition to benefit Neighborhood House, it will feature tastings of signature items from the chefs, wines from around the world plus a seated farm-to-table dinner. Tickets are $60 per person or $480 per table of 8 and are available online HERE

Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red and Good Tiger will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday 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

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

Fortune Feimster 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 $15 for the Thursday and Friday 9:45 pm shows and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Nick Cannon will present Wild ‘n Out at the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Brought to you by the Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU), tickets are available with cash only for $1 for Bradley students (or free with a donation of a non-perishable food item), $5 for faculty and staff and $10 for public at the Students Activities Office in room 28 in the basement of the Student Center. Faculty may purchase up to 4 tickets per ID. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Peoria Food Bank.

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 Marbin 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

The 2016 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. Friday is Senior Day where ages 60+ are admitted for $2.50 and Sunday is Family Day where 2 adults and 2 children aged 15 & under are $8. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

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 Nitsch Theatre Arts (NTA) Red Carpet Spotlight Cabaret will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring local community theatre singers performing their Broadway favorites, a sneak peak at songs from upcoming theatre shows plus the NTA Rising Stars and Stage Kids, tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at www.nitschtheatrearts.org

Blues For A Cause 2016 with Selwyn Birchwood will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 – $35 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

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 George Jones and the Judds, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

The Fuller Flapjack Fundraiser will be held at Applebees (located at 900 Riverside Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Tickets are $5 and includes pancakes, bacon and beverage. Tickets are available in advance by calling 309-363-3737:  only limited tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing who supply home repairs for veterans. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The Peoria Lawn Mower Clinic will be held at the Exposition Gardens Textile Building on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. The $40 fee includes cleaning the deck, sharpening the blades, replacing the spark plug and air filter and cleaning of the mower. Drop off your mower in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon. All proceeds stay local with Peoria non-profits. This year, the proceeds go to Paws Giving Independence, JDRF, Ep!c, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and CIDGA. To make a reservation and for more information, visit www.cidga.org

A Maple Syrup Workshop and Pancake Breakfast will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday with breakfast served from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Tours to learn the basics of how maple syrup is processed and collected are at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. Advanced registration is recommended: call 309-579-2157 to register.

The National Eating Disorder Association will launch a new Awareness Walk at the Markin Family Recreation Center (located on the Bradley University campus) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration is $25 or $15 for students. To register, visit www.nedawalk.org/peoria2016

2016 Membership Swap Weekend will take place this weekend where members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Playhouse and the Peoria Historical Society can enjoy free general admission at all locations. Members must present a membership card and photo ID. For more information, contact any of the organizations.

Spring Loose 2016 will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Saturday beginning at 11 am. A benefit in memory of Drew Bannister, proceeds will help families in need for burial plots and interment services for loved ones. Featuring a motorcycle cruise, a stump carver, face painting, a balloon artist, bounce houses, glass blowing demonstrations and cake walks, live music will be performed all day starting with a Gospel Jamboree from 1 – 4 pm. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, call 309-231-7043.

Rock Steady Boxing Peoria will host an Open House at at CrossFit 309 (located at 5629 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11:30 am – 1 pm. A unique exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease based on training used by boxing pros that involves stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing, exercises are led by experienced coaches. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit http://www.crossfit309.com

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
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The Foster Pet Outreach Mystery Dinner will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a Who Done It show, dinner, raffle prizes and a photo booth, tickets are $45. An additional $25 donation enters you into drawing for $500. To register and for more information, visit http://kickapoocreekwinery.com

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring Laser Floyd Dark Side of the Moon on Saturday at 6 pm and The Wall at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

East Peoria Community High School’s “Girl Up” will host Alex and the XO’s at the Apollo Theatre on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Also featuring “The Royalists” and Nat Lathrop, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Girl Up Campaign at the United Nations who supplies funds and awareness for girls in developing countries around the world. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information, email epchsgirlup@gmail.com

The LOVE Project Concert will take place at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and free for children under 12. For more information, visit, www.ghm.ticketleap.com/hgloveconcert

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington in their home opener of the season beginning at 6 pm on Saturday and again at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Magic Mike Live Tour will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 – $50 plus a $3 for ages 21 and over and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday 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