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In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Peoria County, the City of Peoria and the Peoria Chamber of Commerce are encouraging people to “Live & Shop Peoria County” by running a contest where you post a picture of yourself shopping at any of the participating businesses from November 26th to 29th on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with the name of the business and the hashtag #LiveShopPeoriaCounty. Winners of the contest will receive four $25 gift cards from more than 70 participating businesses. For more information, visit www.metropeoriagov.com

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

The Bradley Braves will take on New Orleans at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 7 pm and Ole Miss on Saturday at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday from 11 am – 2 pm featuring traditional Thanksgiving foods such as turkey, beef, fish, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie and more. Cost for adults is $23.95 and children is $12.95. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairie.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland opens on Thursday night and will run 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 128th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade is a tribute to the live arts in Peoria with Community Children’s Theater and Corn Stock for Kids representing the theater community. The parade will also pay tribute to Tom McIntyre, who retired in May from WEEK-TV after 47 years reporting the news in central Illinois. For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Member Appreciation Day on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. For one day only, get $10 off new, renewal or gift memberships memberships to take advantage of members-only perks like kids’ art activities from 11 am – 3:30 pm, 20% – 30% discounts off all museum store merchandise, free educational Giant Screen Theater movie admission all day, door prize drawings and refreshments. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, will feature ice skating outside opening on Friday from Noon – 11 pm through January 3rd on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Lizzie Neal Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through November from 6-8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony, then stroll through a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at more than 20 locations in downtown Peoria and will offer complimentary refreshments. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit www.peoriaevents.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 19th 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. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Bobcat Goldthwait will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $20 for all shows except the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $15. Call 309-673-5853 for reservations or for more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 26th Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place on Saturday on the River Trail of Illinois beginning at 8:30 am with a non-competitive walk and at 9 am with a competitive run.  Entry fee is $38. Those registering for the race only can pay the $15 entry fee up to the day of the event. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.folepi.org

The Wildlife Waddle will take place on Saturday at Wildlife Prairie Park with hikes beginning at 10 am and running every hour with the last hike at 2 pm. With over 14 miles of hiking trails to explore, live turkeys, and Mike the Bison, bring the family and enjoy the scenery while waddling off your thanksgiving meal. Cost is free for members and regular admission, which is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $ 6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 6th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place on Saturday 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 who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods, a number of 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

The Mystery of the Ugly Sweater, a dinner murder mystery, will take place on Saturday at PL Johnson’s Dining Room & Gift Shop (located at 110 W. Bjorkland St. in Bishop Hill) beginning at 6 pm. Die Laughing Productions will present the show. Cost is $38 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 309-927-3064. A prize will be awarded for the ugliest Christmas Sweater. This event is a fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Arts Council: for more information, visit www.bishophill.com/cal.php

The 11th Annual Christmastime GospelFest will be held at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. “Christmas in the Country” will include traditional and southern gospel Christmas songs featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

The Second City’s Holidazed and Confused Revue will be presented on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 all ages and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

 

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The 7th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Kick Off Cocktail Party from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) and continues Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. A community-wide event with 80 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and for bidding on to take home, other highlights will include a holiday marketplace, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday fun day, on-going family friendly entertainment and more. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $35, admission to the Sweet Sundae event is $25 and for the festival itself, admission is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Alvin and The Chipmunks The Musical will be performed in the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $65 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella continues at Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Drunken City continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis will hold a Fall Bazaar at the Motherhouse (located at 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria) on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, plants, quilts, religious articles plus handmade items including hats, scarves, afghans and baby blankets, admission to the event is free. All proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Alicia Grimes, YouTube Artist, will be in person at Redbird Arena (located at 211 N. Main Street, 3rd floor in Normal) on Friday from 3 – 5 pm for a meet and greet and Listening Party where she will be available for pictures with fans, signing autographs and fans will be able to listen to new her newly released album. Admission is $5 available at the door. For more information, call 317-255-0660.

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 also on Friday will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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 19th 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. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through November from 6-8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm in the Dome Planetarium. Featuring wines from August Hill Winery in Utica, Illinois, you’ll relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission. Tickets are $25 for Museum members or $30 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Come Fly With Me: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra will take place at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center on Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Celebrating Sinatra’s 100th birthday and featuring Bradley alumnus Eric Petersen and the Bradley Jazz Ensemble, tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Trippin BIllies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $9 in advance or $14 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The 3rd Annual Christmas Market, an Alternative Gift Fair, will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Featuring over 22 local and global charities, purchase items from a list of necessities and goods to benefit those locally and from around the world. Honor or remember someone you love by giving a gift in the spirit of Christmas. For each donation, shoppers receive a holiday card with a description of the organization and “gift.” For more information, visit www.northminster.us

The Peoria Ballet will celebrate its 50th anniversary season at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) with a reading of The Nutcracker and performances of selected scenes from this year’s production on Saturday at 10:30 am. Artistic Director Ian Poulis along with dancers will be available for photos and a Q&A after the performance. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby.
Art-spiration: Turkey Time! will take place also on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 2 pm in the museum lobby when you’ll make fun three-dimensional turkey crafts that will be perfect decorations on your family’s Thanksgiving table.  Admission to each event is free with general admission which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 31st Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

Eats & Drinks of the World will take place on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Road in Washington) from 6 – 10 pm. Experience the flavors of fine foods & drinks from countries around the world plus raffles and music throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from Led Zeppelin and U2. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Bravura! featuring Brinton Smith on cello at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 to $74 or $19 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

John Kadlecik Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Peoria Cabaret Theatre will host an Open Mic Night in the Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 pm – Midnight. Admission is free and a cash bar will be available with $2 drafts.  Profits from the bar will benefit the Penguin Project. Some musical theatre sheet music will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring in your own music. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s new Celebrate Peoria program will allow guests to celebrate Native American culture with activities including storytelling, drum and dance performance plus hands-on art activities on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. These activities are free with museum admission, which is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for active military personnel and senior citizens (65+) and free for kids under 1 and Playhouse members.  For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 45th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place on Sunday at Detweiller Park at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $16 through today (Thursday) or $18 on Friday and $2 for the Youth Fun Run and all entrants receive a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-681-2866.

A Vintage Sports Card & Memorabilia Appraisal will take place at Peoria Public Library’s North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Vintage sports card and memorabilia appraiser Michael Osacky will be on hand to evaluate pre-1970 sports cards and memorabilia from all sports and will give a presentation on collecting sports memorabilia. A free verbal appraisal of your vintage sports memorabilia will be available afterwards. To reserve your appraisal spot, call 309-497-2150.

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The Bradley Braves will open their 2015-16 Season by taking on Ball State at Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Individual game tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season ticket information is available at www.BradleyBraves.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its production of Heathers: The Musical at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday),  Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host a free Adoption Information Meeting tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. You can learn about the processes for domestic, international, and embryo adoptions, including a home study process, fees, timeframes, training, and placing agencies. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400.

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the other shows (the Saturday 8 pm show is sold out). 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 Robin Crowe 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.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Peoria’s 5th Annual Prayer & Worship Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center in Meeting Rooms 401-402 on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Celestial Harp Concert will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Relax with the ethereal sounds of live harp music accompanied by synchronized celestial visuals overhead on the Dome. Award-winning harpist Ann McLaughlin will perform soothing music from the classics to pop as concert goers enjoy a glass of wine. One glass of wine or sparkling juice included with ticket. Advance tickets are required and are $15 for Museum members or $18 for the general public and are available at the museum, by phone at 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Drunken City will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Jaycees will host their annual Pancake Breakfast to support The Center for Prevention of Abuse at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. You can choose from original, cinnamon or chocolate chip pancakes with sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 a plate or $8 for all you can eat. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The Holy Family School Holiday Fair will be held in the school gymnasium (located at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Featuring dozens of vendors, there will be purses, kitchenware, accessories, custom jewelry, makeup, toys, homemade and personalized items and more. Admission is free. The event also will feature vendor raffle giveaways, a bake sale and lunch items available for purchase. For more information, email lauen1984@gmail.com or Kzike01@comcast.net.

The 2nd Annual CrossFit 309 Gobbler Games will take place at Crossfit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. Suite C in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. A partner competition, entry fees are $25 per competitor plus a non-perishable food donation for the Midwest Food Bank. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.facebook.com/CF309

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at at Sommer Park (located at 5329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Civil War soldier re-enactors will construct winter quarters and prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The Junior League of Peoria will host Superhero Saturday at Green Ford (located at 2211 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday with two sessions: one from 9:30 – 11:00 am and the second from 1 – 2:30 pm. The event focuses on superhero training with an emphasis on hand eye coordination, an agility obstacle course, self defense and brain power and each participant will leave a certified superhero. Children will also have opportunities to have their picture taken with their favorite superheroes. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.juniorleagueofpeoria.com

Play With Garbage Day will take place at Logan Center (located at 1414 South Livingston Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2:30 pm. Celebrating America Recycles Day, learn how to give a second life to used items by creating new decorations, toys or handy household items from old soda bottles, cans, milk jugs and other recyclable objects. Admission is at least one clean item to be reused. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Super Saturday: Science of a Pinhole Camera will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Heritage Ensemble will present An Evening of Jazz Gala at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm featuring performances by the group, featured soloists and the John Cooper Jazztet. General admission is $50 per person or premium admission is $100 which includes reserved seating, pre-event presentation with the artistic director and a commemorative gift. For tickets, call 309-550-4242. For more information, visit http://heritageensemble.com

Uncle Kracker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Train Fair will take place on the Illinois Central College East Peoria campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. DVDs, videos, books, and photos as well as many model railroad parts and supplies will be available. Tables will also highlight new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be available including clothing (hats, shirts, patches, and pins). Refreshments will also be available. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host the Illinois Central Jazz Train directed by Larry Harms with the House Band opening on Sunday at 6 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Jazz Train will be performing old favorite big band numbers and modern arrangements. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Heathers: The Musical at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through Sunday. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

JJ Grey & Mofro will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, begins at 8 pm tonight (Thursday). Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & the Romaniacs 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Frank Caliendo will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $48.75 and $38.75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Emo Philips will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $12. 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, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild plus The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and $45 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present A Concert for Veterans Day at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N. University Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. A multi-media concert on early American history featuring Dr. Jeannine Jordan on organ, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and children, students and veterans are free. For more information, visit www.agopeoria.org

Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.shapingsoundco.com
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A Photography Session led by Mike Boatman will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm focused on power composition and the value of photography. Cost $15 per person or $5 for Park members and reservations are required: call 309-676-0998 to reserve your spot. Payment is required at the time of reservation and is non refundable. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) will host the Brunch to Crunch Homelessness on Saturday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring an address by 1985 Super Bowl Champion and Chicago Bears Hall of Famer, Dan Hampton plus a brunch buffet, a silent auction and an awards ceremony, tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 309-222-2571 or online at www.ssocpeoria.org

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing will host a Spaghetti Dinner including salad and bread on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin). Featuring a “cupcake bar” with special flavors, music by DJ Jim Dandy, magic by Yort plus a silent auction. Tickets are $8 for adults (drinks extra) and $5 for veterans and children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling 309-363-3737 or at the door that evening. Proceeds will be used for Home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. This event is sponsored by CEFCU.

Art on the Rocks: A 60s Retro Cocktail Event will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby and galleries on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 pm. At this theatrical 60s-themed cocktail party celebrating Illinois Women Artists, you’ll experience signature cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music by P.S. Jazz and costumed interpreters portraying the artists represented in the exhibition. Attendants are encouraged to wear their favorite fashions from the 60s. Guests receive two drink tickets for complimentary cocktails:  a cash bar is also available. Tickets are $40 for members or $45 for the public and are available by calling 309-863-3060 or online at www.ArtOnTheRocksPRM.eventbrite.com

Newsboys‘ We Believe God’s Not Dead 2015 Fall Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $23, $38 for premium tickets or $72 for a family 4-pack of tickets and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Mike and Joe will perform at Crusens in (located at 2117 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:30 pm. Admission is $7 general admission and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.mikeandjoe.com

Cheryl Rodey will perform at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) as part of the Music in the McKenzie series on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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A spooky and funny family-friendly version of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be presented at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) through Saturday from 7 – 8:30 pm. Come in costume on Halloween and collect a special treat from phantoms. Produced by Nitsch Theatre Arts, tickets are $10 available at the door (with cash or check only), by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  Parking in the Museum garage is free. For more information, visit www.nitschtheatrearts.org

Spider Hill runs on Friday (closed on Halloween night) at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Zoo Brew & Wine Too will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo from 5:30 – 8 pm. Sample a wide variety of beer and fine wine as well as appetizers, live music and dessert as you explore Africa! after hours at Peoria Zoo. Admission is $55 per person and is for 21 & older only. Tickets are available online at www.peoriazoo.org

Halloween on Ice will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $85 plus VIP meet and greet tickets are an additional $75 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its production of High Fidelity, The Musical at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A smart, hilarious rock and roll musical about life, love, and change, the show is a rock musical based on the 2000 film. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

Gilbert Gottfried will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show, which are $20. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Special Halloween Live at the Five Spot will take place on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center featuring the Brazilioinaires from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. There will also be a costume contest with prizes. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms). Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Laser Fright Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday starting at 6 pm featuring family friendly Halloween music. Tickets are $5 or free for Museum members and available at the door or in advance by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Uncorked! will take place at the Par-a-dice Casino Hotel on Friday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for the Hult Center for Healthy Living, enjoy dancing and a wine and craft beer sampling plus hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $75 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

A Halloween Party Murder Mystery & Dinner will take place at East Port Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6 pm for a cast mingle and dinner at 6:30 pm. Admission including dinner is $40 per person featuring entertainment by Die Laughing Entertainment. Halloween costumes are encouraged. It’s not just a show…it’s up to you to question the suspects, look for clues, eavesdrop on conversations, and find out who did it: just beware because the killer is hiding somewhere in the room. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations.
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Little Big Town will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $45 and $35 and are available at the US Cellular box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-345-7000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

CA Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) will host a Halloween Costume Party & Open House on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Costumes are welcome at this adult only party. You will enjoy appetizers, drinks, music and more. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.castylefitnessstudio.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty on Saturday. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Halloween Costume Contest and Parade will take place on Saturday at Leaves and Beans (located at 4800 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) beginning at 11 am. All ages are welcome and prizes for best costume. Register online at www.peoriaheightschamber.com  Refreshments and games will be available at the after party at Heights Flowers plus trick or treating and sidewalk sales will be available at Heights businesses.

Barktoberfest for Foster Pet Outreach will take place on Saturday at Tender Care Animal Hospital (located at 9809 State Route 91 in Peoria) from 12 – 3 pm. There will be spooky fun for family and pets and games for the whole family. Show off your pet’s talent and costume plus enjoy hot dogs, walking tacos, s’mores and more. A $5 donation will be collected and all proceeds directly benefit the animals rescued by Foster Pet Outreach.

A Spooktacular Science Show will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 1 pm when the PRM Planetarium Curator hosts family friendly Halloween experiments. Children and adults will learn what happens when pumpkins ooze, potions bubble and ghosts grow. Admission is $10 per family. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Straight No Chaser will perform on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $32.50, $39.50, and $49.50 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

A Zombie Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise from 8 – 10 pm. Dress up as your favorite zombie or Halloween character for a hauntingly good time on the Illinois River. An hors d’oeuvre buffet is included. Tickets are $26 per person and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

A Sports Auction and Card Show will take place from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday at the Peoria RiverPlex. Admission is $1 for adults & free for kids aged 12 & under. There will be a silent auction, a raffle drawing and sports card vendors available to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles. The live auction will begin at 2 pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. For information call 309-681-2868.

The 88th Annual Itoo Supper will be held on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. The menu includes Lebanese cabbage rolls, chicken and rice, kebba, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, salad and pita bread. The cost for adults is $15 and children under twelve years of age are $8. Beverages, desserts and Lebanese delicacies will also be available. The freshly prepared food is served family style at your table, or carry outs are available. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or at the door.

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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers in  their season opener on Friday and again on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net 
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Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Junior Achievement Scares & Spares Bowl-a-Thon will take place today (Thursday) at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl (located within Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria) at 4 pm, 5:30 pm, or 7 pm. Participants will enjoy bowling, food and prizes for $30 per person. To register, call 309-682-1800 or visit www.ja.kintera.org/bowl

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Peoria Rescue Ministries’ 60th Annual Stewardship Banquet will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. Featured speaker is Craig A. Mayes, Ph.D., Executive Director of New York City Rescue Mission, the event will include dinner, ministry updates, client testimonials and celebrate Peoria Rescue Ministries’ work over the past 60 years. Tickets are $30 per person or $225 for a table of eight and are available by calling 309-676-6416 or online at www.peoriarescue.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $3 for ages over 1, under 1 is free. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts waiting in line and are available to buy at the FonduLac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

The Peoria Ad Club will host a Trivia Night fundraiser tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm with appetizers and drinks at the Fieldhouse Bar & Grill in Campustown in Peoria. Individual tickets are $10, tables of 4 to 6 are $30 or VIP table tickets are $40 which includes a table in the front plus a private reception starting at 6 pm. Register at www.peoriaadclub.com

The Illusionists Live from Broadway will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present High Fidelity, The Musical at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A smart, hilarious rock and roll musical about life, love, and change, the show is a rock musical based on the 2000 film. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and from 4 – 8 pm on Sunday. A family friendly Halloween party where you can ride the Trainsylvanian Express through the woods, take a walk down the giant trick or treat trail or take a ride on the not so scary hayrack ride. Featuring a new extra scary event for older children and adults, the Hall of Horror for an additional cost, make sure to bring a bag for candy. Admission is $8 for WPP members, $10 for the public or free for ages up to 2 for a one-day admission and $12 for WPP members, $15 for the public for a two-day pass and are available at the gate or online at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from Pink Floyd. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

An Evening with Patsy Cline will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Rodney Atkins will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 for VIP Budweiser Loft, $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre with doors opening at 11:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and the show begins at Midnight. Tickets are $15 (general admission seating) and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 17th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a different fall outing featuring 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin as far as they can plus kid’s activities, kettle corn, carnival rides and food.  Distance tosses begin at Noon. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

A Pumpkin Bash will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy a mini trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, and spooky decorations plus learn about bat conservation and what you can do to help this timeless Halloween icon. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, free for kids 1 & under, $8 for senior citizens & active military. For more information, visit www.PeoriaZoo.com

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Daxfest 2015 in Washington Park (next to Lincoln Grade School in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 10:45 am and again at 1 pm. The group will be performing Christmas Big Band music in the spirit of the Dax Foundation’s tradition of an early Christmas. Admission is $12 for kids and free for adults. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1LeSkCX

Illinois Wesleyan University will host a Fall Lacrosse Clinic for boys at the Peoria Stadium Grass Field from Noon – 2 pm on Saturday. All three IWU coaches and several IWU players will be on the fields to give participants as much individual attention as possible. Geared for ages 9 – high school, cost to participate is $40. For more information, call 609-489-3260 or visit www.titanselitelax.com

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Tween Stars Live will be presented on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $21, $30, $42, $47, $62 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Beethoven” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring piano soloist Michael Brown, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students plus a $4 per ticket fee and are available by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Here Come The Mummies will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Betty Friedan’s Mark on History, a lecture featuring Barb Drake, retired Journal Star editor, will take place on Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free. Drake interviewed Friedan at length in 1999 and is a member of the Betty Friedan Hometown Tribute Committee, which is dedicated to preserving her memory in her hometown of Peoria. The lecture is a part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960”.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heart of Illinois Chorus will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, $5 for youth ages 4-10 and free for children under 4 years old free and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will feature star of stage, screen, television, concert hall and Grammy-winner Audra McDonald, who will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 to $74 or $19 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Addams Family continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Uncovered: Why More Women are Shedding the Hijab in Egypt” with Dina Meshrif, Illinois Central College Fulbright Scholar at EastPort Banquet and Meeting Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) featuring an optional dinner at 5:30 pm with the presentation at 7 pm. Dinner is $30 for members or $35 for non-members and cost for the lecture only is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $3 for ages over 1, under 1 is free. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts waiting in line and are available to buy at the FonduLac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Josh Blue will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday and the Friday late shows, which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and from 4 – 8 pm on Sunday. A family friendly Halloween party where you can ride the Trainsylvanian Express through the woods, take a walk down the giant trick or treat trail or take a ride on the not so scary hayrack ride. Featuring a new extra scary event for older children and adults, the Hall of Horror for an additional cost, make sure to bring a bag for candy. Admission is $8 for WPP members, $10 for the public or free for ages up to 2 for a one-day admission and $12 for WPP members, $15 for the public for a two-day pass and are available at the gate or online at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bill Porter on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side will be presented by the Central Illinois Ballet at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are general admission seating and are $18 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the studio (located at 3117 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) or online at www.ciballet.com

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The 24th Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls A-D. Featuring Heidi Floyd, Joy Erlichman Miller, PhD and Chef James Kremer, tickets are available now online at www.wlspeoria.com for $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door are $10 and VIP tickets are $30 each and include show admission, free VIP parking , early entry into the show, access to a stage-side VIP lounge with refreshments and a gift bag and more valued at over $100. For full details about the event, visit http://osfwomen.org

A Halloween Costume Creations Workshop will be held on Saturday at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – Noon. Make a costume out of cardboard, foil, plastic, wood: anything other than fabric. Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Peoria Park District Fall Book Sale will take place in the Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 7 pm on Sunday and Monday. Thousands of gently used books from all genres will be on sale. On Sunday, everything gets marked down 50% off. All remaining items will be marked down to 75% off on Monday. For more information, call 309-681-2681.

The 17th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a different fall outing featuring 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin as far as they can plus kid’s activities, kettle corn, carnival rides and food.  Distance tosses begin at Noon. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Illinois Wesleyan University will be host a Fall Lacrosse Clinic for boys at the Peoria Stadium Grass Field from Noon – 2 pm on Saturday. All three IWU coaches and several IWU players will be on the fields to give participants as much individual attention as possible. Geared for ages 9 – high school, cost to participate is $40. For more information, call 609-489-3260 or visit www.titanselitelax.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Wine & Art Night on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm in Studio 2 featuring a work from their current exhibit “Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists” called “Single Tree” by Fay M. Barnes. The painting technique will be taught by artist and graphic designer, Kayla Phillips. Grab a few friends or plan to make new ones and enjoy a selections of wines as you try your hand at painting. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the general public and registration is required by calling 309-863-3034. This event is for ages 21+ only. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2nd Annual Manito Volkswalk, a 5K & 10 K walk through the State Forest, and Art Bazaar will be held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery (located at 25410 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Topeka) on Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm. Free tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning and an Art Bazaar will be held in Manito from 11 – 3 pm on Broadway where dozens of artists and artisans will have their art available for sale and viewing. The Classic Car Museum will also be open featuring antique tractors on display plus scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Local foods will be available all day. For more information, call 309-202-0506.

Pride of Peoria Men’s Barbershop Chorus will host their Annual Fall Show on Sunday at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door: to buy advance tickets, call 309-231-2471. For more information, visit www.prideofpeoria.com

Pint and A Half will perform as part of the Music in the McKenzie on Sunday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free.  CD sales help support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

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

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Addams Family opens at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will host their annual Fall Food Fest and Bake Sale at the church (located at 1812 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 8 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday. Featuring Greek, Lebanese & Romanian food and bakery items, you may eat in or carry out orders. For more information, call 309-682-5824.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Little Shop of Horrors continues at Eureka College tonight (Thursday) running through Saturday beginning at 7 pm, except Friday night, the show will begin at 6 pm. Admission is free, however, donations to Easter Seals are requested. To reserve seats, call 309-467-6363 or e-mail tickets@eureka.edu

Lee Brice will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $29.50 and $52 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Andi Smith 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 and the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) opens on Friday and runs from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (the Peoria Ag Lab) will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2015 and to celebrate, will conduct Guided Tours to the public at no charge. The tours require reservations and will take place on 10 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday. Tour time signup and ticket pickup can be done at the Peoria Riverfront Museum or at the reception window of the Ag Lab. One person may sign up as many as 6 people, but all must attend the same tour time and names must be provided for all attendees. Visitors should be prepared to present a photo ID for the day of the tour. Please visit the Peoria Riverfront ticket desk to sign up or call 309-863-3028 for more information.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page with Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa!, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Cost is $5 for Zoo members, $6 for non-members. Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

Corn Stock for Kids continues its production of Once On This Island at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will host its 7th Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria to supply homeless vets with food, medical treatment and winter supplies. For more information, call 309-682-1113 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

The 2015 Central Illinois Black Expo will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is free. The event begins “Passing the Torch” Teen Summit from 9 – 11 am for ages 13 to 19 featuring Peoria District 150’s Woodruff Career and Technical Center. Featuring business workshops, a retail shopping area, a Gospel Fest, a movie premier and the Avantgarde Fashion Show, there will also be 100 exhibitors, the Back to School Hair Cut-A-Thon with free haircuts for the kids, an expanded exposition of Woodruff’s Career and Technical Center’s Cosmetology Program with live hair demonstrations and hair braiding, a future CEO and business owners area for children 8 -16, an interactive Health and Wellness Fair with free screenings, “The Prize Is Right” and “Win It In A Minute” with great prizes, bowling, Tera’s Kidz Corner’s “Fall Carnival” with crafts, games, and prizes. a 3 Point Shootout plus face painters, balloon artist, inflatables and more. For more information, call 309-672-1374 or visit www.cibeltd.org

Spooky Saturday will be held at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Make luminaries to decorate your house and yard or create a silly or scary mask: your choice. Plus help transform the PlayHouse plaza into a haunted hide-away in Glen Oak Park.  Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Superhero 5K will take place on the Peoria Riverfront with registration and after-party in Liberty Park where participants run, walk or fly in their best superhero costumes on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm to raise money for benefit the Heart of Illinois United Way. Everyone is invited to participate and for those 10 years old and younger can help catch the bad guy by running in the Villain Chase, a half mile trek to capture the villain and restore justice and receive a superhero cape. There will be food, drinks live entertainment, superhero inflatables and kids’ entertainment plus awards for best race times, best costumes and more. Fee to participate is $30 for adults and $20 for kids. For more information and to register online, visit www.peoriasuperhero.com

Super Saturday: Spooky Science! at the Peoria Riverfront museum will explore spooky science from an educational cart on Saturday in the lobby from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 1 and 3 pm each day. This year’s event will focus on Jewish contributions to Peoria history, beginning in the 1840s with the first Jewish settlers. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call 309-648-2562.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The YMCA Dinner & Riverboat Cruise Fundraiser will be held on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring a dockside BBQ, live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $60 for adults. Childcare will be available for $10 per child. Tickets are available at the YMCA front desk or by calling 309-692-7631: all proceeds go towards the Greater Peoria Family YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign, supporting community programs and scholarships.

The 7th Annual Peoria Promise Fundraiser will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5 pm featuring “The Rat Pack” plus dinner, a live and silent auction, a paddle raiser and more.  Tickets are $200 and are available online at https://peoriapf.ejoinme.org/THEEvent

Peoria Humane Society’s 19th annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Activities include a canine carnival, pawprint painting, dog olympics, doggie toe nail trimming, kids’ activities, demonstrations, souvenir photos, vendors, canine good citizen testing, raffles, food and more. All dogs attending must be registered for the event and each dog requires a separate registration form & fee. Only one dog per person. You can also register and participate without a dog. Each registrant receives a Bark t-shirt, bandanna, goodie bag, souvenir photo & may bring one dog to the event. Admission is $30 for ages 16 years and over and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult and online registration is available through today (Thursday). Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty rescue, volunteer, community awareness, adoption programs and more. For more information visit www.peoriahs.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (Located at the intersection of Rt 40 & W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) will host a Fall Festival from Noon – 4 pm on Sunday featuring music, antique fire trucks, ambulance tours by AMT, steam engines, a police car plus on going exhibits and more Admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

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Spider Hill opens on Friday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe and continues on Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Little Shop of Horrors will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Admission is free, however, donations to Easter Seals are requested. To reserve seats, call 309-467-6363 or e-mail tickets@eureka.edu

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

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm with $15 tickets. He will perform with the Pork Pistols on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm with $25 tickets. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.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, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild plus The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Central Illinois Gold Star Families will present American Sniper Co-Star Kevin “Dauber” Lacz at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning with a VIP reception at 5:30 pm and the keynote address beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for the speech only or $500 for the VIP reception for 4 adults and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org  For more information call 309-231-5090 or visit www.cigoldstar.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Once On This Island at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Odd Couple continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus an Americana and Craft Beer Tasting and hors d’oeuvres on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults (21 & over). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Peoria Players Theatre will host a Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale at the Theatre (located 4300 N. University Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Just in time for Halloween, find many unique items to add to your costume. Clothing and accessories from all eras will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Heart of Illinois Downs Syndrome Association will host the 8th Annual Buddy Walk at EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday with activities beginning at 8 am with the walk at 9:30 am. Walk registration fee is $5 per person and is available at www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

A Community Unity Day & Health Fair will be held at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Featuring free health screenings such as mammograms, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol and many community resources represented, there will also be activities for children such as crafts and games, face painting, food for $1 a plate, drinks for 50 cents plus door prizes and more. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Halloween Costume Creations Workshop will be held at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Make a costume out of cardboard, foil, plastic, wood: anything other than fabric. Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Lucky’s Modern Dive’s Outdoor Music Festival (located at the corners of Prospect and Kelly Ave in Peoria Heights) will feature 7 bands performing on Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm including Steady Flow, Change Up, Mike Cheesman, and Steve Lawless & The Beer Tent Heroes. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.luckyspeoriaheights.com

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 1 and 3 pm each day. This year’s event will focus on Jewish contributions to Peoria history, beginning in the 1840s with the first Jewish settlers. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call 309-648-2562.

The Peoria German-American Central Society will host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring German music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, German beer & food, a car cruis’n, an arts and craft fair plus a shooting tent, bags & a German gift tent, admission is free. For more information. visit www.peoriagermans.net

Last Comic Standing Live featuring all 5 finalists from the NBC show including this season’s winner Clayton English, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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The Peoria Art Guild 53rd Annual Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and kids aged 12 & under and Peoria Art Guild members are free. As one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city’s finest cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria’s best musical performers. And for the kids, they can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair for $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

Eastlight Theatre continues its production of Peter Pan beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium.  The classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up, young and old alike will enjoy the adventure of Peter and his friends. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

A Twist of Lemmon, a true father/son story of the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Chris Lemmon as his father Jack Lemmon continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Performer, actor and classically trained musician, Chris Lemmon will pay tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon in his critically acclaimed show. Tickets are $42 and are available by calling 309-839-1220 or online at www.jaytv.com

Kinky Boots continues at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday, at 2 pm on Saturday plus at 1 pm on Sunday. A Broadway hit with songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Tickets are $40, $67 and $82 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Shane Mauss will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and the Friday and Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows and the Sunday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Ralphie May will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and $30 are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria). And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

The Heart of Illinois BBQ & Bluegrass Festival will take place at Expo Gardens beginning at 4 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring the Larry Keel Experience, Gipsy Moon, Comatose Catfish, Still Shine and several other live artists plus BBQ vendors, a two-day ticket is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. On site camping & RV passes are also available. Tickets are available online at www.jaytv.com

The Peoria Neon Vibe 5K will take place on Friday at the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 5 pm with the race beginning shortly after sunset. Participants will complete in an after-dark, fluorescent glow light fun run with several UV black light glow-zones, upbeat dance music for runners who are dressed up and ready to party when they dance the night away at the Aftervibe celebration where there will be color rushes and dance competitions. A benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, fee to participate is $45 through today (Thursday) and $55 on race day. For more information and to register http://theneonvibe.com/peoria-il

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.

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

Treble in River City, a Trivia Fundraiser for the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, will take place on Friday at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person with teams of up to 8 players. All trivia rounds are music-themed ranging from classic rock, Broadway and jazz. Tickets are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.CIYS.org

The Odd Couple will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.org

The 13th Annual 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will be held along the Peoria riverfront at the RiverPlex on Saturday with registration starting at 7:30 am and the Walk beginning at 9:30 am. A one mile walk to raise awareness of brain tumors and their impact on patients, family members and friends and to raise funds for brain tumor research, registration is free for brain tumor survivors, $2 for walkers and $10 for children under 10 and is available the day of the Walk or can be done in advance online at www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org/registration

The St Jude Wlk / Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 North Allen Road in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 8 am and the walk/run starting at 9 am. Cost is $10 per person with an additional $10 for a chip to have a timed run. Registration is available along with more information at www.stjude.org/walkrun

The Tri-County Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association will take place on Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie beginning at 8 am, with opening ceremonies at 9 am and the walk at 9:30 am. Participants can learn more about heart-healthy lifestyles from local sponsors who will provide interactive education, kids’ activities, healthy food and demonstrations before the walk. For more information, visit www.peoriaheartwalk.org

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Autumn Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall C from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 per day or $10 for 2-day pass and is available at the door with free parking for attendees. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Common Place will celebrate National Literacy Month with their Rally for Reading! event to be held at their office (located at 514 S. Shelley St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning with a literacy walk at 9:30 am. Also featuring reading-related activities, a bookmobile and a fish fry beginning at 11 am. For more information, call 309-674-3315 or visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery will host Recovery Walks! 2015 at UnityPoint Health – Proctor (located at 5409 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with live entertainment, balloon creations, a silent auction and refreshments and the walk beginning at Noon. Registration is available prior to the walk for $20 per person, $15 for ages 12 & under or $50 dollars per family and benefits the Ameel Rashid Scholarship Fund which helps patients in need pay for treatment at the institute. For more information, call 309-671-8377.

Harvest Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm featuring hayrack rides, a blacksmith, bee keeping, block & tackle, corn sheller, combine & white tractor and cider press demonstrations, games, a beer garden and food. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 65, $7 for ages 65+, $6 for ages 2 – 12 and free for ages under 2 and Park members. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through September. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Drug Take-Back-Day will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Heights Police Department (located at 1311 E Sciota Ave. in Peoria Heights), the Peoria Police Department (located at 600 SW Adams St. in Peoria) and the Bartonville Police Department (located at 5918 S. Adams St. in Bartonville). You can safely disposing of your old and unused prescription medications by dropping them off at any of the locations. For more information, visit www.dea.gov

Discover the Dinosaurs will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday & Sunday. A unique hands-on exhibit that consists of up to 40 moving and replica museum quality dinosaurs, you’ll have the chance to actually get close and touch the dinosaurs. Exhibit only includes Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station and Scavenger Hunt and Exhibit plus adds unlimited dinosaurs rides, mini golf and inflatables. Admission is $18 for ages 13 & older, $22 for kids aged 2-12 for the exhibit plus other activities or $16 for the exhibit only, $16 for senior citizens aged 65+ or free for ages 24 months and under. Exhibit only tickets are available only at the door, but advanced tickets for the exhibit plus are available at www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/peoria.html

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Good Hops Beer Festival will take place at Dozer Stadium on Saturday from 3 – 8 pm with more than 200 craft beers and ciders including new releases, seasonal releases and cellared beers while also enjoying live music from Highway 61, Kickapoo Junction and more. Advance tickets are $30 and include a logo tasting glass and ten 3 oz. tasting tickets, advance VIP tickets are $40 and include early entry at 2 pm, a logo tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets and day of tickets are $35 and are available online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The 21st Annual Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) with a cocktail reception on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a live and silent auction, raffle drawings and live entertainment, tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PediatricResourceCenter

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host the 2015 Jewels & Jeans Gala at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 6 pm, with live music from New Odyssey, a silent auction, a wine pull, a photo booth, a caricature artist and more. Proceeds will benefit Pekin Hospital’s surgical waiting area construction project. For more information, call 309-353-0983 or visit www.pekinhospital.org/foundation

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm show with music from the Beatles and a 7 pm show featuring classic rock. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows and members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Henri de Tonti Celebration 2015 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The celebration will honor the Junior League of Peoria with featured speaker, Carol Scott, President Elect of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-674-1921 or visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Zoo To Do will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The annual gala event benefiting the Peoria Zoological Society honors those who have supported the mission of Peoria Zoo with an evening mingling with the animals of Africa! while you enjoy the Zoo’s signature cocktail and live music. A silent auction, live auction and raffle will take place along with a 3-course gourmet dinner. Tickets are $125 per person or $150 for VIP tickets which include an earlier admission at 5:30 pm for an exclusive opportunity to enjoy Lion Tales.  To register, call 309- 681-3500.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature United Groove Theory on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Aileeah Colgan will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 the day of the show are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County.  Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform at Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. Music CDs will be available for purchase at the concert with 20% of each sale supporting the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2100.

The Peoria Astronomical Society, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Public Library and Peoria Park District will host a SuperMoon Eclipse Party at Donovan Park on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring moon stories, activities and music leading up to the viewing of the full SuperMoon and eclipse at 9:11 pm, admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143 or 309-863-3030.