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Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Greater Peoria League of Women Voters will host Andrew Armstrong, attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago at the West Peoria City Hall (located at 2506 W Rohmann Ave. in West Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. His topic is the new proposed regulations and what the states, environmental groups and industry have to say about the Federal Clean Power Program.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $17 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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 also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information on either of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas (located at 1414 North 8th Street in Pekin) with The Future Funk All Stars on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets 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  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Cabaret will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and $25 for VIP seating and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Assistance will take place at the Peoria Public Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Certified navigators and interpreters from Heartland Community Health Clinic (HCHC) and Navicore Solutions will assist individuals with applications for health insurance coverage. No appointments are needed.  Bring proof of income, employer information, proof of Illinois residency and full names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of those being enrolled. For more information, call 309-680-7621 or 800-772-4557, ext. 80588.

An African American History Month Celebration will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm featuring children’s activities, documentary screenings, theatrical reenactments, a book signing, a lecture on the anti-slavery movement and more. Admission is free including free access to The Street Gallery with the African American Wall of Fame & Story Studio. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria German American Society will host their 12th Annual Fasching Ball (Traditional German Costume Ball) at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – midnight. Cost is $8 person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. The West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) will host a Mardi Gras Dinner and Jazz Party on Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm and the Hill Top Jazz Combo playing from 8 – 10 pm. Costumes are encouraged. Featuring a cash bar, street entertainers, silent auction, gifts for sale plus an authentic New Orleans Cajun Style meal with Bananas Foster for desert, special dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free are also offered.  Tickets are available from the church office for $20 or at the door. For more information, call 309-688-5608 or email office@peoriauuchurch.org

JazzFest 2015 will be held at Metamora Township High School Performing Arts Center (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring the NIU Jazz Ensemble and special guest, Montez Coleman. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased at the high school main office or by calling 309-367-4151, extension 574.

The Chippendales will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $89 for VIP tickets which include a meet and greet. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

An Organ Concert will be performed at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring Dr. John Orfe, Joshua Marck, Walter Stout and Sherry Seckler. Musical selections will include Bach, Dupré, Whitlock and others. Admission if free will offering. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext. 113 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

Bad Suns will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $6 with donation of a non-perishable item and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Other Desert Cities continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
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The Peoria Historical Society will host “The Surprising Civil War: How & Why Just About Everyone Got it Wrong” in the lower level auditorium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at at 7:00 pm. Dr. Philip Dwight Jones, Associate Professor of History at Bradley University, will present the program which is free to the public. Parking is available and is also free in the Museum’s underground deck. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind 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 on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night Live! will take place at the Fieldhouse (located in the Campustown shopping center) featuring The Bret Bunton Project on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) All-State Jazz Night Concert will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public and tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ilmea.org/events/15imec

The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 8 pm shows and $12 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Krank Daddies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Free Home Buyer Workshop will be held at First State Bank (located at 9000 N. Knoxville) on Saturday from 10 am – noon with local professionals presenting information for first time home buyers. For more information, visit www.homewardgroup.comor call 309-687-4877.

Speakeasy Art Center will host a “Scrapbook Crop” at the center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at Noon. Bring your supplies and work on pages during the six hours of uninterrupted time. Registration fee is $15 and includes light snacks and water. Feel free to bring your own as well. Space is limited: register at www.inkstamppaper.com/classes or email speakeasyrenae@gmail.com for more information.

The IMEA State Music Education Conference All-State Concert will begin on Saturday at 1 pm in the Peoria Civic Center arena. The IMEA Honors Concert will also take place in the Peoria Civic Center arena also on Saturday beginning at 3:15 pm. Both concerts feature orchestra and choral performances.  Admission is $5 for the general public for each concert and tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ilmea.org/events/15imec

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos at the winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) on Saturday with a buffet dinner starting at 7 pm. The show is an interactive performance where the audience helps to choose the set-list for the night. Cost is $40 per person. For reservations, please call 309-495-9463 ext. 1. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Stokley Williams will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $30 for assigned seats, and $50 for VIP including a meet & greet, tables in the front with Catering and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Wyoming Lions Club will host their annual Pancake, Sausage and Scrambled Egg Breakfaston Sunday from 8 am -1 pm at the Stark County Elementary School cafeteria. Adult tickets are $6.50 in advance or $7 at the door and children under 10 are $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door. Pre-schoolers are free. Advanced tickets are available from Wyoming Super Value, Wyoming Hardware or Susy’s Place.

Enjoy Ground Hog’s Day at Wildlife Prairie Park  on Monday with Gertie the Groundhog at 7:08 am (sunrise) to see if she will predict an early spring or not. Featuring ground hog activities, fire pits for warmth and a variety of programming, admission is free from 6 – 9 am. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairie.org

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The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Behind Every Bride will host its annual Bridal Bash at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 – 8 pm on Friday & from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Featuring mini bridal shows by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique, entertainment by DJ4U, over 70 wedding professionals, a tabletop gallery for inspiration and a vintage market. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Motown Junkies 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 on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Community Workshop & Training Center will hold its annual “Super Trivia Challenge” beginning at 7 pm on Friday at Running Central (located at 311 Southwest Water Street in Peoria). Cost is $30 is person or $240 for a table of eight and includes appetizers and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-686-3300 or visit www.cwtc.org

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Beer & Brats Under the Stars will take place from 7 – 9 pm on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria). Enjoy craft beer, brats and snacks featuring DESTIHL Brewery from Bloomington. Admission is $25 members and $30 for the general public. To register, call 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Penguin Project will present Seussical, Jr. at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available on line at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  Student tickets only available at the box office or at the performance. For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinproject.org

Other Desert Cities will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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FamilyCore’s Frosty 5K and Dog Walk kicks off at 9 am on Saturday with an awards ceremony following at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in downtown Peoria). Registration is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race, $45 for families of 3 or more and $22 for walkers and is available online at www.cfspeoria.org

The Art-spiration! Workshop: Snow (or Ice) Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2-3 pm. The event is included with regular admission, which 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. To register, call 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Boy Scout Troop 178 will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm at the Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N. Tennessee Ave. in Morton). Advance tickets are available for $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. For advance tickets, contact a member of Troop 178 or call 309-212-0393. Cost at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. Carryouts will be available. Bids for the silent auction will be accepted from 4 to 7:30 pm. There will also be a bake sale all night. Anyone bringing a canned food donation will receive a free cookie or dessert. Proceeds from the fundraiser help Scouts pay for summer camp, Philmont Scout Ranch, and other activities throughout the year.

The 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals will take place at the East Port Marina (located at 701 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-7 and $1 for ages under 3. Featuring live music, 50/50 chances, door prizes and raffles, meet some of the families of Easter Seals.

The Sun Foundation will present the 10th Annual Winter Warming at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a silent auction, door prizes, guest artist exhibits plus signature wines, craft & import beers, whiskey samplings, hors d’oeuvres & desserts, tickets are $55 if purchased before January 10 or $65 after and are available online at www.sunfoundation.org For more information, call 309-246-8403.

Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) will host a 3-act Murder Mystery Dinner performed by The Mystery Shop beginning with dinner on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The dinner & show are $40 per person and for reservations, call 309-495-9463 ext. 1. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on the Missouri State Bears at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 23rd Annual Winter Comedy Show hosted by the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Bradley University will feature DeRay Davis on Saturday at the Renaissance Coliseum at 7 pm. Tickets are  $15 and $10 for college students with an ID and are available in the Student Activities Office in Sisson Hall at Bradley. Bradley students can attend for free, but must show a current Bradley ID.  For more information, call 309-677-3050.

Winterfest, a celebration of Winter German style, will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. A special German buffet is $12 per person will include wienerschnitzel, parmesan chicken, bratwurst, German potato salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and red cabbage. Apple strudel for dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from the Disney movie “Frozen” will get to eat for free. All kids 12 and under without a costume can enjoy the buffet for $6. The Lindenhof features a full bar with three German beers on draft, a selection of German wines, and German liqueurs. For more information, call 309-691-7484

Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe with guest Jonny Beckett on sax will be the featured performers at the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society performance on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria). Featuring Latin and a variety of other jazz, the CIJS house band will open the night’s show. Admission is $7 and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game, 2 tickets to see Other Desert Cities at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse or 2 Adult Passes to the Aquaplex!

The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center 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. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday and Saturday in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) 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 email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) pm Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Purchase tickets at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

Tom Green will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm and Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 or $25 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 9 am. Admission is $69 for one and $99 for two and are available online at www.ivedecided.org

Family Fest 2015, a family-focused community event featuring interactive fun for all ages, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D. With Fun on the Run inflatables, an indoor rock climbing wall, a Pumpkin Patch carnival ride, Barnyard Discoveries Petting Zoo, face painting, door prize giveaways, and multiple simulation games, admission is $5 for adults and children and free for ages under 3. A Family Four Pack of 2 adults and 2 children will also be available for $15. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

Super Saturday: Super Cooled Science! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. A family-friendly event, have frosty fun as you find out what happens when cooling a balloon, a penny and a graham cracker down to -320°F: learn about the science behind this super (cooled) element. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

Yvonne Greer will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

The Smokers Blues Band Send Off Party will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Goodfellas Pizza & Pub (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin), The band will compete in the International Blues Challenge later this month in Memphis, Tennessee. Cost is $5 for River City Blues Society members and $7 for non-members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

Laser Light Night: Laser Floyd will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall beginning at 7 pm. Both shows are included with regular admission, which 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

The Peoria Symphony will present “Festa Italiana! A Festival of Italian delight” at Grace Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Sunday Fun Day: Swedish Fairytale will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. During the event, kids will read “Werewolf,” a beloved Swedish folktale and make a fun Swedish craft to take home. The event is $3 per child and pre-registration is not necessary. Admission to the Museum 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game, Dinner & the Show “Is There Life After 50?” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, a 4 Pack of Tickets to Family Fest 2015 or 2 tickets to see Other Desert Cities at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse!

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

The 2nd Friday Film Club will present Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) from 2 – 4 pm in the Peoria Public Library Main (downtown) Library auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Soft Spoken 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 on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) 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 email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets 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 Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Girls With Guitars will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $22 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

The Skill Sprout Academy Science & Technology Open House(located at 8500 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) will feature hands on exhibits of classes available at the school on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Students can interact with equipment and tools used in the Junior Science, Junior FIRST Lego League Robotics, FIRST Lego League Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge classes plus instructors will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, however, registration is required. Call 800-773-1682 x304 to register.

Eagle Day at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles over-winter in the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Action Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Suitable for all ages, participants will roll, squeeze, splatter and spread paint like the pros to create their own Modernist masterpieces. Admission for this event is $5 for members with a $15 for member family maximum or $7 for the public with a $21 maximum for families. Admission to the museum 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A River Spirit Flute Circle will be presented on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 1 pm. Admission is free. Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing: all levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Randy Starnes, a local flute maker and leader of the group, will have flutes for you to borrow or purchase or you may bring your own flute. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on the Evansville Aces at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Corn Stock Theatre will host the “FLO-ing” through the Classics: Family Fun Trivia Night and Corn Stock Theatre Musical Revue on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Centre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Upper Bradley Park in Peoria).  Featuring old & new favorite show tunes performed by local performers, admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple and includes pre-show viewing of silent auction items in the dance studio, food and the show. Call to reserve your spot at 309-676-2196 with payments taken at the door. For more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present its New Year’s Greeting Dancing and Romancing Concert on Saturday at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Joan Hess & Kirby Ward, 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

The Heritage Ensemble will present “Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah” at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 senior citizens $8 students and free children under 12 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.heritageensemble.com

The Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held on Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 10 am with runway shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-688-1411 or 309-263-8155.

The Old Men Boys will perform as part of the Music in the McKenzie series at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2150.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will present “Modernism and the Art of the New Deal: The Federal Art Project in Illinois” beginning at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. The lecture will be feature Dr. Gregory Gilbert, Art History program director at Knox College, who will explore the Federal Art Project which employed many of the artists featured in the Impressionism Into Modernism exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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The Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues through 5 pm today (New Year’s Eve) featuring a display of African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show. Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Conservatory admission are waived, however donations are accepted.

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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield ends its run tonight (New Year’s Eve) with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm and show at 8 pm.  Price is $35 per person. For reservations and more information, call 309-965-2545 or visit www.barn2.com
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (New Year’s Eve) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Henry Phillips will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (New Year’s Eve) at 8 pm & 11 pm, Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm and10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 tonight (New Year’s Eve), $15 for the Friday show and the Saturday 8 pm show and $12 for the 10:30 pm Saturday show. Tonight’s (New Year’s Eve) 8 pm show includes a hot and cold buffet starting at 7 pm and the 11 pm show includes door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Special Salsa Dance will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (New Year’s Eve) from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for an introductory lesson and the party runs from 9:30 pm – 1 am. Included are party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $4 for members and $7 for non-members.
Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center , an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place on Thursday (New Year’s Day) 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 Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take the stage tonight (New Year’s Eve) in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission includes dinner, drinks (draft beer, house wine, soft drinks and mixed drinks), New Year’s Eve party favors and the show and is $85 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The EDM New Year’s Eve ILLUMNINATE! Party with Thousands and Substance D, DJ Timmy 2x, DJ McFly, and IX3 will take place tonight (New Year’s Eve) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) tonight (New Year’s Eve) beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s Ristorante in East Peoria. Entry fees are $5 per person for the run only or $15 per person for the run and the pizza party. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Polar Plunge 2015 will take place at The East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) on New Year’s Day (Thursday) beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. Cost to participate is $20 per person and all proceeds will be donated to 13 area charities.  For more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.eastpeoriaboatclub.com

The 2015 Frozen Buns Resolution Run will take place on the Riverfront outside of Running Central (located at 311 SW Water Street in Peoria) beginning at Noon. Registration is $35 and is available and more information at www.resolutionrunpeoria.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

A Winter Wonder Walk will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 9:30 am. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on Southern Illinois Salukis at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Delta Waves, Howlback, The Oceanographers, and TEAADORA will perform at Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit at www.limelighteventplex.com

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $21, $31, $41, $51 and $86 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 30 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). The library will be closed on Thursday (Christmas Day). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Forest Park Nature Center will be closed on Thursday (Christmas Day). For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs Friday through New Year’s Eve (no show on Christmas Day). On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) opens on Friday featuring a display of African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show. Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 pm on Sundays and closed on Mondays. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, however donations are accepted.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths on Friday & Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Ronnie Baker Brooks will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Blue Christmas will be presented at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 9 pm featuring local professionals Joe Roderick, Drift Roberts & Jeff Bailey. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Illinois -Chicago at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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The 31st Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 21 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings – whomever they wish – while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper Level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (in the former Coldwater Creek) on December 20 – 21. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley Braves will take on Eureka College at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Dr. Gonzo will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $14. 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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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 Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Nutcracker 2014 Concert featuring Chevelle and special guests Nothing More, Crobot, Raw Fabrics and the 105.7 The X House Band Motor Biscuit will take place on Friday at Expo Gardens Youth Building (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 6:15 pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of. and VIP tickets are $60 and are available at Co-op Records locations in central Illinois and Mega Replay in the Metro Center or online HERE

Tab Benoit will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 VIP Table tickets, $25 reserved seating ($29 the day of the show) or $20 for standing room only ($24 the day of the show) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Carpenters’ Christmas, based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, will be presented on Friday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria campus) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

An American Family Christmas will be performed at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Dr. Joseph Henry returns to direct featuring traditional carols and Christmas spirituals. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Lightwire Theater will present A Very Electric Christmas at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 – $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Skate With Santa will take place at Owens Center on Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and under; $5 for ages 13 and up and $4 for ages 65 and older. Skate rental is $3. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

United Presbyterian Church and Look It’s My Book! will present a public reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor in Peoria) on Saturday at 3 pm. Local media and community personalities will bring the story alive and the church’s musical groups will provide classic and original renditions of Christmas carols. For more information, call 309-693-2002 or visit www.unitedpc.org

Sister Act will be presented in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring your favorite seasonal songs brought to life by local performers, tickets are $15 all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Music in the McKenzie will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm featuring the Henhouse Prowlers. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2014 Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party on Sunday from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Sharon Health Care Elms (located on 3611 N. Rochelle in Peoria). Donations are $20 per gift bag and donations are tax deductible. The deadline to Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is 12-19. To donate and/or volunteer, visit www.adoptasenior.net

A Celtic Winter Solstice: A Celebration in Story and Song will take place at the Fox Pub & Cafe (located at 7800 N. Sommer St. in Peoria) at 4:30 pm & 7 pm featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis & Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. Reservations highly encouraged and are available by calling 309-692-FOX3. For more information, visit www.thefoxpubandcafe.com

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Vatican Museums 3D will be shown in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday, at 1 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. The film offers an inside look at the Vatican Museums and well-known masterpieces, as well as pieces never before shown to the public. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens aged 60+ and $12 for children aged 3-17. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Goody, Goody Gumdrops at Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Make and create crafts and participate in fun holiday activities. Admission $3 per person and Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) continues its production of The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday plus a holdover show on Sunday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Friday & Saturday at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available.
A Riverlife Christmas Dinner Show Cruise featuring Scott and Rachel Kramer will board on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and 22.50 for children. To reserve your spot for either cruise or for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday and from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal encounters and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public. For tickets, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Night in Bethlehem Open House will take place at Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances Street in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Enter the ancient city of Bethlehem, be counted in the census, explore an unforgettable Marketplace where you can taste authentic foods, make crafts and visit with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free. For more information, email office@chillicothechristian.net or visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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 Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets 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  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

28 North will perform at the Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 in advance $5 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

High School Musical, presented by Corn Stock for Kids, continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday plus a holdover performance on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its “Sounds of the Season” concert at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring performances by Leslie Manfredo, Lee Wenger and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

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

An open enrollment event for Get Covered Illinois will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch Peoria Public Library where certified navigators and interpreters will assist those who are applying for health insurance coverage. Additional enrollment times include the first and third Tuesdays from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Peoria Public Library and the second and fourth Tuesdays from 11 am – 4 pm at the Lincoln Branch. For more information on the Get Covered Event, call Heartland Community Health Clinic at 309-680-7621 or Get Covered Illinois at 217-685-6312.

Super Saturday: Snow Science will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will learn about snow and ice by conducting a salt and ice experience, creating snowflakes, and playing with “Insta-Snow,” a polymer that erupts into “snow” in seconds, mimicking the texture of real snow. The event is included in admission which 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

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place at the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 7 pm featuring unique shopping, holiday treats and free horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa. Those spending $25 or more at a participating business will receive a coupon to enter the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display for free. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.peoriaballet.org

TazWood Dance Company will present “One Last Time“, the final performance for the company, on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

JT Hodges will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will lead a Christmas Carol Sing at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, followed by a showing of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing along as the audience participates in the choruses or simply enjoy the show. Admission is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $5 for students and $10 for adults. Donations will benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria Christmas Drive. For more information, call 309-671-1550.

Mary Finch, a Eureka native and a soprano with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, will perform a Concert of Christmas Songs on Sunday beginning at 4 pm at Eureka Christian Church (located at 302 S. Main St. in Eureka). Also performing is San Francisco Opera Chorus tenor Dan Stanley with Laura Weaver Hughes as accompanist. The program will include selections from the musical “Showboat” and traditional Christmas music. Admission is $10. Proceeds will go to the church’s music program and a planned summer music and arts festival at Eureka College. For reservations, call 877-892-7823 or reserve and order online at http://www.eureka.edu/event/mary-finch-home-for-christmas

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Morton Community Bank will hold its 36th Annual Community Christmas Sing tonight (Thursday) at the Jackson Street location in Morton beginning at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Washington Square Candlelight Stoll will take place tonight (Thursday) in downtown Washington beginning at 6 pm. Featuring carriage rides, visits with Santa, a Christmas sing, tree lighting and the Salvation Army Band, stores will be open until 8 pm. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will take place also on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm.  Tickets for the Dinner Cruise are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 8 pm at the downtown businesses on Court Street in Pekin. Featuring more than 1,000 luminaries with strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Traditional Christmas with the Peoria POPS Orchestra will take place at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 North Wilmor Road in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students through college and for groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

High School Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) will present The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday . Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Lil’ Durk, Katie Got Bandz, Lil Mouse and Geech will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 general admission and $100 for VIP with a “meet and greet”  Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office, online at www.limelighteventplex.com as well as Kareena’s & Club Envy.

The Annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus, will make six stops on Saturday along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and allow them to confirm their Christmas lists. Admission is free. The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival, Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival. Santa will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

Critter Christmas features breakfast and crafts in the Peoria Zoo lodge (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am plus a visit in the Zoo. The animals will get gifts while you watch plus Santa will be making a visit. Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Tickets are $6 for Zoo members or $12 for non-members and are available at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Acorn Equality Fund (AEF) will host a Family Breakfast at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. The event helps support scholarships that provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. Tickets are $35 per person and are available online at www.acornequalityfund.org/index.html

An Anti-Racism Workshop for the Peoria area will take place on Saturday from 9:30 am -3:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria). Presented by the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, coffee will be served at 9 am and lunch will also be provided. For more information, call 847-710-1692. Admission is $25 per person and registration is available online at www.episcopalchicago.org

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Riverplex on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Participants dress in costumes appropriate for the season and those with a bib will receive free admission to the Peoria Park District’s Klondike Festival. Cost is $30 for individuals or $35 the day of the race, $20 for ages 18 & under or $25 the day of the race, or $15 for ages 3 – 8 for the 200 yard fun run or $20 the day of the race all benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For more information and to register online, visit www.jinglebellpeoria.org

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring World War II veterans, historians, and re-enactors of the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge with reenactment at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include a look into daily soldier life, military vehicles, drills and food preparation. Cost is $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Klondike Festival will take place on Saturday on the Peoria RiverFront from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 & under as well as Jingle Bell Run/Walk participants Featuring live music by the Feudin’ Hillbillys and JammSammich, a Rivermen Hockey Puck Shot, a Best Beard Contest, an Ice Stein Challenge, life-sized beer pong plus the Klondike Race, a human dog-sled race made up of teams of 5 who will pull sleds across the RiverFront. Registration for the race is $100 and includes admission to the festival and a shirt for each member of the team. Register HERE

A Toys for Tots Holiday Extravaganza will take place on Saturday at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N. Galena Road in Peoria) from 4 – 7 pm to collect toy donations for less fortunate children in the Peoria area. There will be activities for children throughout the showroom including pictures with Santa and refreshments available. Admission is one new toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. RSVP and find more information by calling 309-691-2929.

The Splendor of Christmas Past featuring 5 historic homes decorated for the holidays each representing a unique architectural style will be held on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket and are available at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria, Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights, Jim Maloof Realtor on Pioneer Parkway and the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Gregg’s Florist on War Memorial Drive or at the Society’s Washington Street office. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Songs From the Woods Concert Series will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) with a holiday concert featuring Small Potatoes on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will present The Nutcracker on Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Rebekah von Rathonyi and featuring local dancers as well as guest artists form New York, tickets are $28, $22 and $15 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 and online at www.artsaticc.com

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Bradley University Chorale Annual Holiday Concert will take place at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/music

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com