Archive for April, 2017

Click HERE to Register to Win 2 Tickets to Celtic Women PLUS $50 in food from W. E. Sullivan’s and 4 Tickets  (2 Adults & 2 Kids) to the 2017 Shrine Circus!

Ghost the Musical will be presented at Eastlight Theatre (located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as next Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. The musical version of the popular movie, the show is a regional premiere. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Peoria Sister Cities International Night will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a raffle, food samples from each of the 4 Peoria sister cities in addition to music, admission is $5 per person at the door.  Food tickets are $1 each at the door for samples which vary in cost from 1 – 3 food tickets per item.  For more information, visit http://sistercitiesofpeoria.org

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view for it’s final weekend this Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday.  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other raffle prizes will also be awarded include a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

The 18th District Congressional Art Show will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) 9 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday through April 28. High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Suburbia continues at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.icc.edu/arts/events

Ben Moore 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 $10, and Friday at 7:30 pm for $15.
Myq Kaplan will perform for one night only on Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Twelfth Night 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

The Hearts at Home Conference, Breathe, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8:30 am each day.  Featuring workshops, speakers and entertainment specifically for Moms, one day conference tickets for Friday or Saturday are $135 and two day conference tickets are $190.  The Mom’s Night Out concert is $15 with a conference admission of $20 without the conference on Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartsathome.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. 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. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

Hands Across the Courthouse will take place at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is the 10th year that Youth Services Network Panel has hosted the event to draw attention to the 951 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.

Actress Karan Kendrick will speak in conjunction with the two showings of the movie, “Hidden Figures”, at the Giant Screen Theatre at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 4 pm & 7 pm. Appearing in the movie, Kendrick will speak at both screenings. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The SAMS 7th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 8 pm. Including dozens of beer and wine samples from numerous local distributors and wineries, appetizers, entertainment, raffles, merchandise, a silent auction and a souvenir glass, admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor 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 featuring a dance lesson will also take place 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 Carol Woods Ain’t We Got Fun Cabaret Performance will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. Featuring the music of Richard A. Whiting, tickets are $33 for the show or $58 for dinner and show. For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.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

Money Smart Week 2017 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on 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 https://www.facebook.com/MSWPeoria

The 2017 Peoria Area Military Retiree Appreciation Day will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7:15 am – 2 pm. This event brings resources together to update and inform retired and pre-retired military members from all branches of service, including widow(ers) and spouses of retirees. RSVP HERE.  For more information, click HERE

The 2nd Annual CIMKF 5 K Race and Walk will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30. For registration or more information, visit www.cimkf.org

The Spring Used Book Sale will take place at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5 pm and Monday Noon – 7 pm. Get the best selection of books on opening day, 50% off any purchase on Sunday and 75% off any purchase on Monday. For more information, call 309-682-1200.

The 13th 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. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Conservation in Action April Junior Naturalist program will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday 1 – 4 pm. Cost is $10 per child or $6 per member child, parents are $3 or free for parent members. Registration is required and can be done by calling 309-676-0998 ext 312 or visiting www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 25th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring hundreds of quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Saturday from 2 – 8 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus enjoy live music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

Puttin’ For A Purpose will take place at Par-A-Dice Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Boulevard in East Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Interact with the program staff of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria, while making your way through a one of a kind miniature golf course. Also featuring live music, drinks, silent auction and more, tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling 309-687-7215.

Voices of Light will be presented at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm with a reception and silent auction. Featuring the Peoria International Choir and soloists, led by Musical Director Masako Johnson, there will include video and imagery on the screen. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Gerard Foundation, which supports schools and a medical center in the poverty stricken town of Eluru in the region of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India. Donations of $30 will be accepted as admission to the event.  To reserve your spot, call 210-585-7347 or visit www.saintgerardfoundation.org

The Damenchor & Harmonie Annual Spring Concert will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres with the concert at 7 pm featuring a mixture of both German and American songs followed by dancing to the Chuck Cunningham Trio at 8:30 pm. A cash bar and food will be available all evening. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the Lindenhof or from any chorus member. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns to be presented by River Valley Players at St. John’s Community Center (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Tickets for the dinner and show are  $35. For tickets and more information, visit https://rvphenryil.wixsite.com/myrvp

Pub Night Under the Stars will take place at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring craft beer from Peoria Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, guests receive up to 3 craft beers & pizza included with ticket. Water & soda will also be available.  Tickets are available by calling 309-686-700 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Just Desserts, an interactive murder mystery, will take place at 1st United Methodist Church of Pekin (located at 1315 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 and includes a dessert and beverage. For tickets, visit www.facebook.com/ACTPekin

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in game 3 of the 2017 SPHL Presidents Cup Playoffs (if needed) at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 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 http://ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Springtime in Paris at Five Points Washington (located at 380 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

An Author Fair and Spring Open House will take place at Her Majesty’s English Tea Room (located at 211 N 2nd St. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring authors discussing and signing their books, treats will also be served. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-243-8322 or click HERE

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats for the animals, admission is $9.50 for ages 13 and over, $6.50 for ages 2 – 12, $8.50 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Holocaust Memorial Dedication will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday at 2 pm. Holocaust Survivor Manfred Katz will be the guest speaker. Dedication will take place outside the Peoria Riverfront Museumand a Yom HaShoah program will immediately follow the dedication. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Music in the McKenzie will feature Banjovi and Hawkins at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Danielle Hall Memorial Benefit Concert & Celebration of Life will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 11 pm. Featuring Easy Riders, Art of Ill Fusion, SMD & The Underground, Brainchild, Hippie Squishers, The Fourmula and Honest Guys, a donation of $5 at the door is requested. All proceeds will will benefit Project Emily. For more information, click HERE

The Orpheus Club of Peoria will present its Spring Concert at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

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

Prospecting for Water on the Moon will be presented by the Sun Foundation as part of the Clean Water Celebration at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 5:30 pm. Featuring NASA engineer and inventor Dr. Jacqueline Quinn, admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students and includes dinner and lecture or the lecture only is free.  Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-246-8403 or at www.sunfoundation.org

Triple Jazz School Night will take place at the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring ICC Vocal, Bradley, & Pekin High Jazz Ensembles, admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For more information, visit www.cijs.org

An Evening with David Sedaris will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $37, $42 and $47 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Click HERE to Register to Win 2 Tickets to the 2017 Beer Fest and 2 Passes to the 2017 Shrine Circus!

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

The 18th District Congressional Art Show will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) 9 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday through April 28 (except Sunday, April 16). High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

International Humanitarian Law: A View of Refugee Rights will take place in Room 126 of the Caterpillar Global Communications Building at Bradley University (located at 834 N Duryea Pl. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The 20th Annual Pekin Passion Play will be presented at Pekin First Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway Road in Pekin) Thursday (Tonight) & Friday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 10 am. Featuring audience participation and live animals, admission is free. For more information, visit www.PekinFirstNaz.org

Jackie Kashian 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 Lizzi Neal Band 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

Laser Light Night will be held on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall 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

Bob Zany will perform at The Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building in downtown Peoria) on Friday at 7 and 9 pm. Hosted by Greg Batton, tickets are $22 plus tax per person. For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Suburbia will be presented at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.icc.edu/arts/events

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

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast with three Egg Hunts at 10 am, 11:30 am and at 1 pm plus a Bunny Breakfast on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. Featuring a buffet style meal with pancakes, sausage and more, the cost for the breakfast is $12 for adults, $10 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under (does not include admission to the park). Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission to the Park is $5 for members of all ages, $10 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 4th Annual Run.Walk.Roll to benefit Easter Seals will take place at East Peoria Levee District on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost for the 5K Run is $30 for adults and $20 for ages 4-18 and $20 for ages 4 & up and free for ages 3 and under for the 1 Mile Walk. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome and encouraged and after the race, stay and join in for the Post-Race Family Fun Experience. To register and for more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

The 5th Annual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run and Fun Walk will take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) through the vineyard and fields. Cost is $30 per adults, $25 for students and $8 for children under 3 years. All proceeds help fund medical and social services to abused and neglected children in central Illinois. For online registration or more information, visit www.go.illinois.edu/KickAbuse5K

An Underwater Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Aquaplex (located within the Riverplex in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 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, call 309-282-1531 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday from 9 – 10:45 am for the Breakfast and at 11 am for the Hunt at the Rotary Shelter are in Washington Park with 3 age divisions. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures (bring your own camera). Cost for the continental breakfast is $4 and payment is available in advance at www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

Finding Normal, a presentation by Marty Murphy, will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe) on Saturday 10 am – noon. Marty shares her world of autism with knowledge and humor. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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. No pre-registration is required. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CampWokanda

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in game 3 of the 2017 SPHL Presidents Cup Playoffs (if needed) at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 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 http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

The 5th Annual Jim Maloof Legacy of Love for the Arts will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Monday beginning at 6:30 pm. A family-friendly entertainment extravaganza designed to promote the performing arts in Central Illinois and highlight former Peoria mayor Jim Maloof’s local and national legacy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the event is planned and executed by ICC students each year. Featuring the Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz, ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band, the Penguin Project, Central Illinois Youth Symphony & the family of Jim Maloof, al proceeds directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets are $7 and may be reserved by calling call 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Click HERE to Register to Win Easter Brunch for 4 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, 2 Tickets to the 2017 Beer Fest or 2 Passes to the Hearts at Home Conference PLUS 2 Tickets to Mom’s Night Out!

The 2017 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. Special entertainment includes Marvel characters Ant Man, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman & Captain America, the NASCAR simulator, Look-a-Likes Batman, Bat Girl, the Green Lantern, Belle, Paw Patrol (Marshal) & Princess Elsa. 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

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

The 18th District Congressional Art Show will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) 9 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday through April 28. High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Neighborhood House Food Fight 2017 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 offers tastings of signature items from the chefs, wines from around the world plus a seated farm-to-table dinner.  Tickets are $75 per person which include wine and beer tasting, tastings of all 13 chef signature items & dessert and drink or $150 which includes chance for guests to taste the food made in the chef competition, meet and greet chefs, plus general admission wine tasting, chef signature bites tasting, dessert and drinks.  For tickets and more information, visit www.nhpeoria.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria General Meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) in the AMT Auditorium (located at 1718 N. Sterling in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Angela Bolden, program officer of Greater Peoria LISC, will speak on sustainable neighborhoods citing the positive results in Peoria’s East Bluff and South Side have been called “the best-kept secret in Peoria.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) 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

Jon Dore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10 and Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and information, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Chase Rice will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $48 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Whisper & Shout will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center 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 Brazillionaires
 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.
And 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 CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday 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 American Red Cross of Central Illinois’s celebration of its 100th anniversary and recognition of their 2017 Heartland Heroes recipients will include David Nail with Brooke Eden & Charlie Walker performing on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $11 and $28 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Jazz Night with The Perrilles Project and a curated art opening will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday 6 – 10 pm. Admission for show is $11 or $36 for dinner and show in advance. For more information visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Peoria Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7 pm on Friday and at 1:30 pm and 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 10 and under and are available at www.peoriaballet.com

Brantley Gilbert will perform at the Bloomington Coliseum on Friday at 7 pm. Also featuring Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis, tickets range from $34.75 – $342.90 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-300, all Ticketmaster locations or at http://ticketmaster.com

The Just Desserts Murder Mystery will take place at the Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring actors from the Artistic Community Theatre, tickets are $22 and include dessert. For more information, visit http://mansiononwalnut.com/events

An Evening of J. S. Bach will take place in the Westminster Sanctuary (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Bradley University piano professors Dr. John Orge and Dr. Chee Hyeon Choi will perform Bach Klavier Concerti for one or two keyboards. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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

A Lawn Mower Clinic will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd.) on Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $40 and includes cleaning the deck, sharpening blades, changing oil, spark plugs and checking air filters. Proceeds go to PAWS Giving Independence, JDRF, EPIC, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and CIDGA. For tickets and more information, visit www.cidga.org

A Flapjack Fundraiser will be held at Applebees (located at 900 Riverside Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Tickets are $5 available at the door and include bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee with proceeds benefitting Central Illinois Veterans. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

A Bunny Hop Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Breakfast is $5 per person and the hunt is free. Ages 2 – 3 will hunt at 8:45 am, ages 4 – 5 at 9:15 am, 6 – 7 at 9:45 am, 8 – 9 at 10:15 am and 10 and over at 10:45 am. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1387262638015096

Genealogy Day will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Information such as how to research your roots will be presented. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

The CASA Human Foosball Tournament will be held at the EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Dr., East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Cost is $150 per team (6 people per team) and advanced registration is required.  To register or for more information, call 309-669-2939.

Tryouts for the Peoria Prowlers will take place at Planet X Rollerworld (located at 2075 Edgewater Dr. in Pekin) on Saturday at 9:45 am. Men and women aged 18 and up plus juniors 6 – 17 are welcome. Registration cost is $5 and is available through 10 pm on Friday. Bring gear if you have it or you can rent. No skating experience necessary: non-skating members needed, also. To register or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/prowlersderby

Star Wars Day will take place at Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day including a new expanded Jedi training, crafts, prize drawings and more. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Eggs on the Prairie will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, goody bags, balloon animals, prizes and photos with The Easter Bunny.  The event will take place rain or shine across from H & M. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The 2017 Easter Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Ages through 3 years begins at 10:30, at 10:50 for ages 4 – 6 years and at 11:10 for ages 7 – 9. Cost for member kids is $3.50 or $9 for non-member adults and kids. See the Easter Bunny at Luthy Botanical Garden from Noon – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.com

The 2017 VIP Easter Egg Hunt will take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 11:30 – 1 pm. The VIP hunt features an egg hunt, Easter Bunny meet and greet with photo, basket, snack, theater games & crafts. Limited to 50 children. Cost is $20 per child, but adults are free and must accompany child. A free Easter Egg Hunt will also take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 1:30 pm.  Registration is required for both events and may be done online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

An Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 W. Meadowbrook Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at noon. Cost is $4 per child ages 10 & under and registration is required. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/holiday

Spring Loose for Drew’s Plots will take place at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 IL-29 in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 2 pm. Featuring stump carving, face painting, blown glass demonstrations, live music, food, beverages, an auction plus an attempt at the world’s largest cakewalk at 5:30 pm, admission is free.  Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.drewsplots.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will hold a Rock ‘n Roll Trivia Fundraiser at Our Savior Lutheran Church (located at 1209 Kingsbury Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be prizes awarded for best-dressed male and female and for best decorated table, as well as a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Teams can bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Contact williamson.h@comcast.net for more information or to register.

The 19th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community. Cost to attend is $100 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Chiefs season opener against the Burlington Bees will take place on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Cantrells will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 per adult, $9 for ages 12 and under, $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Quest Throwback Prom will take place at The Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) 7 – 11 pm. Adults of all ages will gather for prom night with an adult twist with food, beverages, dancing and live music by JammSammich. Cost is $60 per person or $110 for a couple. For tickets or more information, visit www.questthrowbackprom.com

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 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and meet other musicians and learn some new songs. 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