Archive for February, 2017

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The 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale will take place throughout Central Illinois through March 19 available from individual girl scouts or locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. The program helps girls learn how to run their own business and earn money to win prizes including a Disney vacation or to fund special outings. Featuring 12 different varieties of cookies including 2 gluten-free options, quantities may be limited at in person sales locations.  For full information about where and when cookies are available, visit www.girlscouts.org

Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, will give two keynote presentations:  the first is tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. Peoria) and the second is on Saturday at the North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 1 – 3 pm. As author of this year’s Big Read Peoria Reads! selection, Jones will read excerpts from the book and discuss her writing with the public. The NEA Big Read program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Peoria Reads! is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project. For more information, call 309-497-2141 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring candidates of contested Peoria city primary races, moderator Tonya Koonce will conduct the forum which will include questions from the audience. Peoria City Council at-large candidates and District 4 candidates expected to attend are Mike Eddlemon, Benjamin Thornton and Jim Montelongo along with at-large candidates Robert Hanauer, Zachary Oyler, Sid Ruckriegel, John Kelly, Scott Kelsey and Amr Elsamny. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

An Adoption Presentation will be held at FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. The meeting will cover domestic, international and embryo adoption plus there will be a Q & A following the presentation. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400 or visit www.familycore.org

These Shining Lives will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the 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 senior citizens and Bradley staff and faculty and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://bradley.edu/theatre

Alingon Mitra will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $12 and Friday at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Official Spring Home Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. More than 250 companies occupying 450 booth spaces make the show the largest of its kind in Central Illinois. Featuring everything for the home inside and out, exhibitors will display a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and home remodeling products and services. The largest gathering of area home builders and remodeling contractors in the area, coupons are available at any area CEFCU Member Center good for one free adult admission when you purchase an adult admission for $7. Admission is $7 for adults 18+, $3.50 for senior citizens aged 60+ and kids under 18 are free. For more information visit www.peoriahomeshow.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mercy Blue on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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

Teen Night Titanic Murder Mystery will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Assemble your own team or join one at the Museum and solve a Titanic themed murder mystery. Must be in high school or college to participate.  Cost is $10 for members and $15 for the public. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Positive Health Solutions will present a fundraising event at Pitch Karaoke Bar (located at 631 W Main St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Money raised through drink sales, donations and raffles will benefit the University of Illinois HIV/AIDS clinic that provides an array of services for Peoria and 14 surrounding counties, including medications, physicians, visits and social services. For information, click HERE

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and also on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Head and The Heart will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm with special guest Whitney. Tickets are $31 and $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Bone House will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (East Peoria campus) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

Get Tricked, Episode 3 with Kyle Bassett and friends will take place at The Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. A dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm plus appetizers and desserts from 7 – 10 pm for purchase. For reservations and information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Head East will perform with the Bogart Jones Band opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and $25 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 2017 Peoria Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held at the Peoria Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $60 per person for dinner, bar service, membership and a door prize raffle ticket or $40 without the raffle ticket. For more information or tickets, call 815-791-9993 or visit www.ducks.org/illinois/events

The 14th Annual Fasching Ball will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – midnight. Featuring a traditional German costume ball, the West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11.  Cost is $8 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit http://www.peoriagermans.net

Thomas Rhett will perform at the Peoria Civic Center with Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd opening on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $22 – $325 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Terry Grawey will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Dinner begins at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Jamey Johnson will perform with Chris Hennessee opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $35 and the VIP Loft is $55 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Angela Brown will perform in concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Having performed at the MET to San Francisco to Beijing and sung in opera houses around the world, Brown will make her debut with Chicago Lyric Opera next month. The show will include a varied program of spirituals, arias and art songs.  Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/music-series

The 119th Annual Washington Day Banquet will be held at the Civic Center Ballroom on Monday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring George Will as the keynote speaker, the banquet is hosted by the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. Individual tickets are $250 for members or $275 for non-members and are available by calling 309-672-2267.

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday.  An emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape, tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria County will present Preparing for Long Term Care at Heddington Oaks (located at 2223 W Heading Ave. in West Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Learn about what to consider when planning long-term care for you or a loved one. Admission is free, however registration is recommended due to limited seating. To register, call 309-690-6900 or visit www.icc.edu/acp

The Fantasticks will be presented at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6 pm each night with a dinner buffet. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 309-367-4000. For information, click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Seven West on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night and also on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Loni Love will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Trippin Billies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring PhanieRae & the Soul Shakers, tickets are $10 – $15. For tickets and information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Peoria Players Theatre will hold its spring Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Featuring unique clothing, items and accessories from all eras, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

Painting a Winter Scene will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) in the East Cabin on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Capture the winter beauty with a warm fire and beverages. All materials are provided and instructor will guide and teach techniques to help capture a scenic painting with acrylic. Spaces are limited. To make a reservation, call 309-579-2157.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mrs. Lincoln Tea will be held at the Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) on Saturday beginning at 12:30 pm. A fundraiser for the Princeville Heritage Museum featuring Mrs. Lincoln in love, some of Mr. Lincoln’s love letters to her will be shared. Tickets are $15 or $12 for current H.A.P. members. For tickets and more information, visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Evansville in the Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 per person and teams have a maximum of 4 players.  Teams can bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, sodas and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. Call 309-645-5054 for reservations. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eric Paslay will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $20 for party-pit and $45 for the VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For tickets and information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 10 am. Tickets range in price from $19.50 – $64.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. A fundraiser for the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, the fair will feature operating layouts, swap meet tables, videos and more. Admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be available.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

A Bockwurst Dinner will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children and include 3 sausages – bockwurst, sauerkraut plus German potato salad. Dessert is also available for $2.  For more information, visit call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Engineering Day 2017, a free day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will take place on Sunday from noon – 5 pm. Featuring engineers providing hands on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, videos and more, attendees can ask professionals and enthusiasts questions, explore potential career options and visit the rest of the Museum. Admission to the Titanic exhibit is an additional charge.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Derel Monteith Trio will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm with the CIJS House Band performing at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, visit www.cijs.org

Click HERE to Register to Win a Valentine’s Day Date Worth $235 or 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park on Friday and also runs on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm plus continues next Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 19. The show is as an emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Into the Woods continues at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 and as well as at 2 pm on Sunday. The dark comedic musical by Sondheim takes you on a journey with your favorite fairy tale characters and exposes their true characters along the way. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Matt de la Peña will present a free talk in Bradley University’s Peplow Pavilion of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center (3rd floor) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The New York Times Bestselling Newbery Medal winning author of 6 young adult novels, a book signing and sales will follow the talk. For information, visit www.mattdelapena.com

X-treme International Ice Racing will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 – $20 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Greg Behrendt will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12, and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm for $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & The Soul Mystics on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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

It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) with wine tasting beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday and at 5:15 pm on Saturday. Admission is $45 per person including dinner, dessert and the show. Reservations are required and costumes are welcome. For information or reservations, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eat, Drink & Be Married will take place at The Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring Pekin area bridal and wedding vendors, hor d’oeuvres and cake samples, admission is free.  For more information, click HERE

Conklin Players will present I Do! I Do! at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org  A pre-show Dinner Buffet is also available at Five Points Washington beginning at 5 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday for $25 per person. A cash bar will be also available. For reservations and more information, call 309-444-8600.

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut Street in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. Tickets are $10 and kids ages 5 & under are free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Prairieland

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place at The Waterhouse in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm with the dinner buffet. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

Day Job Comedy Night with Greg Batton along with Barney Winkler, Matt Smith, and Edgar Sandoval will take place at the Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and a pre-show dinner package is also available for and additional $25. For more information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

A Free Legal Advice Clinic will take place at Prairie State Legal Services (located at 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600 in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Attorney and paralegal volunteers will be on hand for clients who have applied for services ahead of time for help with family law issues, housing issues, debt issues, expungement and other civil legal matters. The clinic is sponsored by PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Prairie State Legal Services, the Immigration project and the Peoria County Bar Association. For more information, visit www.pili.org/10thcircuit

Art Partners of Central Illinois will present The Business of Art at The Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business through seminars and networking, admission is $35. For more information, visit www.artspartners.net/the-business-of-art

The Peoria Rally to Defend Planned Parenthood will take place at the Planned Parenthood Peoria Health Center (located at 2709 N Knoxville Ave.) on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  For more information, click HERE

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 senior citizens aged 60 and over or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Romance at the Zoo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. You’ll learn about at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom and coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple for ages 18 and up. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Wild About Love will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with a happy hour beginning at 6 pm followed by a five-course dinner and prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/wild-love

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 North Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 and include a full service gourmet dinner with dessert, a rose for the ladies, complementary champagne toast and dueling pianos performance. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Justin Moore & Lee Brice will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23.75, $49,75 & $59.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Songs from the Woods will feature Barry Cloyd & Friends at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children with a $1 discount for FPNC members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Romance at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring two time Grammy Award winner, Broadway and opera vocalist, Sylvia McNair and renowned pianist, Kevin Cole, tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

A Masterpiece Painting Class will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm and from 2 – 4 pm. Tickets are $40 and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons. Three complimentary wine tastings are also included. Cheese and crackers will also be available from Ropp Cheese along with Chocolatier Chocolates plus wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. No beverages may be brought in. For tickets and information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Brian Fox Ellis will perform as Illinois Riverboat Captain Henry Detweiller along with with music by Barry Cloyd at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Winter snacks will accompany the entertainment plus there will be a silent auction featuring gift certificates, art and antiques. Admission is free, however donations to Friends of Riverfront Park are encouraged. For more information, call 309-688-0950 or 309-231-5758.

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument, meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Winter Jam 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy top artists in Christian music plus worship and ministry. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.peoricaciviccenter.com

Romance Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday and Tuesday from 8 – 9 pm. Featuring a special tour of the Cosmos exploring romantic constellations in Peoria’s night sky plus a trip to the most breathtaking places in the Universe using the real-time Uniview system, you’ll also receive a glass of wine or sparkling juice and a small bag of chocolates. For ages 21 and over, cost is $15 for members or $20 for the public. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Click HERE to Register to Win a Valentine’s Day Date Worth $235, 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game or 4 Tickets to a Bradley Mens or Womens Basketball Game!

Into the Woods opens at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as next Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The dark comedic musical by Sondheim takes you on a journey with your favorite fairy tale characters and exposes their true characters along the way. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Space is the Place will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum every Thursday beginning today  through February 23 from 4:30-5:30 pm. A unique hands-on experience where students will get to fly through space using an Xbox controller, learn about missions to other planets and more taught by Nick Rae, Museum Educator. Geared toward ages 8-12, cost to participate is $25 for members or $30 for the public. Registration is available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meet Up will take place at Burroughs Farms (located at 25356 Cooper Rd. in Morton) today (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking and entertainment along with the announcement of the  2017 Pumpkin Festival theme, distinguished service award recipient and Chamber volunteer of the year, admission is $30. For information and reservations, call 309-263-2491 or visit www.mortonchamber.org/community-calendar

The Peoria County Highway Department will hold a Public Open House at Monroe School (located at 5137 W. Cisna Rd. in Bartonville) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Discussing the proposed reconstruction of Dirksen Parkway between Airport Road and Middle Road, highway department staff as well as engineering firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly will be on hand to answer questions.  For more information, call 309-697-6400, ext. 127.

Thirsty Thursday will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Enjoy an hors d’ oeuvres buffet for $5 & wine tastings along with live music. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) 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

Jessica Michelle Singleton will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and Friday 9:45 show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature
The Brazilionaires on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday & 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with completed registration form available at the door. For more information, visit www.midwesttruckshow.com

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

The 12th Annual Black and Blue Ball to benefit Easterseals will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions and live music and dancing. Tickets are $125 and reservations can be made by calling 309-686-1177. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Chillicothe Summer Theatre will present Just Desserts at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 which includes a dinner provided by Barrack’s. Tickets are available at Covered Wagon Crafts (located at 1042 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) or by calling 309-360-5377.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi RiverKings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Kevin Hart & Friends will perform at Jazz Night in the Broadway Lounge (located in the Waterhouse at the MAXAM Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. Dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $25 with reservations available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The No Regrets Men’s Conference will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N Heinz Ln. in Edwards) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Ken Blanchard, Chip Ingram, Eric Mason, Joe Stowell, Albert Tate and Steve Sonderman will lead seminars on topics relating to everyday life. Tickets are $15 including lunch and are available at the door or online at www.bethanycentral.org

The 17th Annual Eagle Day Festival will take place at several various locations through Mason & Fulton counties on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Family-friendly events conducted by conservation, research and animal groups will run throughout the day. Admission is free at all of the events and more information is available at HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:45 am. Candidates for Peoria mayor expected to appear include incumbent Jim Ardis and challengers G. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas. Candidates for township supervisor expected to appear are Frank Abdnour, Michael Aiello, Harvey Burnett, Evonne Fleming, Clyde Gulley Jr., Sam Joseph and Daniel Sullivan. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake in the Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Jazz at Metamora featuring JC and the Redemption will take place at Metamora Township High School Auditorium (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday at 7 pm. Adult advance tickets are $7 or $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.metamorabands.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Vinyl, a mix of music from 70’s and 80’s, at 6 pm and Laser Zeppelin at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Rodney Carrington will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $41.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Big Game Sunday Cabbage Roll Extravaganza will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Bulk orders of cabbage rolls will be available for carry-out only which must be pre-ordered by phone or online. Cabbage rolls will be cooked that morning and served warm along with instructions for re-warming them. A half pan of cabbage rolls (approx. 50) is $32 and a full pan is $60. To pre-order your cabbage rolls, call 309-676-9725 or visit https://form.jotform.com/70159333043146

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips with trained docents available during the tour.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. View never-before-displayed vintage handcrafted  garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family plus find exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org