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A Man For All Seasons will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre in upper Bradley Park this Friday & Saturday and next Thursday through Saturday, March 9 – 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 12 at 2:30.  Political intrigue has been around for centuries: this show centers around Henry VIII’s the decision to break from the Pope and Catholicism in England and the power struggle that was caused by that transition. Morality and power clashed at the King’s behest to pursue his unreachable goal of having his longed for male heir. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com
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The 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale continues throughout Central Illinois until March 19.  Cookies are available from individual girl scouts or locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. The program helps girls learn how to run their own business and earn money to win prizes including a Disney vacation or to fund special outings. Featuring 12 different varieties of cookies including 2 gluten-free options, quantities may be limited at in-person sales locations.  To find dates and times to purchase cookies, visit www.girlscouts.org

Wine & Whiskers 2017 will be held tonight (Thursday) at the new Trailside Event Center (located above Trefzger’s Bakery at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring tastings from local wineries, a signature tasting glass to take home, appetizers and live entertainment throughout the evening, there will also be a silent auction, a Wine Pull plus a visit from a 4-legged special guest.  The event benefits the Peoria Humane Society. Tickets are $50 and are available  online at www.peoriahs.org

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

The 3rd Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum. High school students and their families will find nearly 100 colleges and universities from around the country represented. Admission is free. A list of participating institutions and other details are available at www.bradley.edu/collegefair

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will present “Alternative Voting Systems That Illinois Should Evaluate” at the AMT Building Auditorium (located at 1718 N Sterling in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Edward Burmila, assistant professor in Bradley University’s Political Science Department, will explain the vote-by-mail system used by Washington and Oregon which does not require polling places or election judges as well as California’s “top two” primary voting system. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594 or visit www.lwvgp.org

The 12th Annual Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn (located at 101 Mariner’s Way in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) with Gospel music, at 7 pm on Friday, at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and a Sunday Morning Gospel performance beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 for each show or $30 for both shows on Saturday and $10 for Thursday night’s show with purchase of any other ticket. For more information, call 309-671-0175 or visit http://shortysbluegrass.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) beginning at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

These Shining Lives continues at the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and Bradley staff and faculty and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://bradley.edu/theatre

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

The Central Illinois Recreational Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 2 – 7 pm on Friday, 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring over 100 different models and brands of recreational vehicles. $8.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 – 12 years, children under 6 free and $20 for a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children under 12. For more information, click https://www.facebook.com/Central-Illinois-Recreational-Show-173563318294
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GoodSkills Healthy Relationships will be held at the Goodwill Commons Building (located at 2319 E War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 5:30 pm. Learn the best tips and tricks to improve your relationships with others with fun activities and speakers from the Center for Prevention of Abuse.  Designed for teens from 11 – 17, admission is free, however registration is required. To register, call 309-369-2335 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

A Musical Masquerade will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 North Sheridan Rd. in Peoria, on the corner of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. A fundraiser for the Central Illinois Youth Symphony featuring hors d’oeuvres and samples of over 20 different wines, along with unique silent auction items and entertainment of the young musicians, tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Funds raised support scholarships and reduced tuition costs for over 150 musicians. For tickets and information, visit www.ciys.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and also on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

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

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform at The Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building in downtown Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 per person or $25 more for dinner prior to the show plus a full bar and appetizer menu will be available. For more reservations and information, visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Get the Led Out will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

Lucero will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm.  Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 A Sunny Day, Champs and Cheerleaders will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 11 am. The annual fundraiser is family friendly with many activities including a concert by Julie K, dribbling wizard and former Harlem Globetrotter Curly Boo Johnson, food and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For online registration and tickets, visit https://choi.osfhealthcarefoundation.org

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

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery, enjoy a special tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. For ages 21 and over, cost is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice a variety of cheese & crackers. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Eddy P’s Birthday Party Comedy Show will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets for ages 17 & up are $25 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 28th Annual Illinois Downs Syndrome Assoc. Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Dinners are $7 for adults (ages 13+), $5.25 for children and free for ages 3 and under. Take out orders will also be available. A raffle, bake sale and entertainment will also take place during the event. For more details, visit www.hoidsa.org

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

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

Joe George will perform at the Peoria Civic Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm along with local group SMD & The Underground. Ticket prices range between $17 and $27 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

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The Jamie Harroun Memorial Benefit will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria)from Noon – 10:30 pm.  Eight area bands will perform plus there will be food, kids activities and a silent auction to raise money for Jamie’s family to help with funeral expenses after her sudden passing in October.  She performed with several local bands and the members of those bands and other area musicians are hosting the event. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present An Evening of One Acts continues tonight (Thursday) Friday and continuing on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. The first of the 3 plays is The Feast directed by Doug Day. Next up is Wildwood Park directed by Celeste Wohl and finally Bea, Frank, Richie and Joan directed by Cindy DeVore. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 & under with student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Caterpillar Foundation: Poverty Alleviation via Measurable Outcomes,” featuring Caterpillar Foundation COO Jennifer Zammuto and Global Program Manager Glen Harris, tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 pm in Room 116 of Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. The Caterpillar Foundation, through its Together Stronger program, is working with other businesses, nonprofits, governments and citizens with the goal of eliminating poverty for 50 million people by 2020. Admission is free, however reservations are encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Peoria County’s Victims Services Coordinator will present “Personal Safety” at Illinois Central College’s Peoria Campus tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. The public workshop is offered through ICC’s Adult Community Programs and intended for anyone who wants to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft or scams. The workshop is free, but registration is recommended by calling 309-690-6900 or click HERE

Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be presented tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $37 – $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 and $15 for the Friday and Saturday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Elegant Bridal Expo will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 – 8 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Admission is free, however online registration is required and is available at www.elegantbridalexpo.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Derel Monteith on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

Hypnohumorist Terry Grawey will perform in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner and show is $25 per person. For information and reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths twice this weekend at Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Saturday, Chicago Cubs All-Star and World Series MVP Ben Zobrist will make a guest appearance along with his wife, Julianna Zobrist who will perform in a post-game concert beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
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Big Fish will be presented at Dunlap High School’s Stage 323 (located at 5220 Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) on Friday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door or in advance through the high school office. For more information call 309-648-4383.

ParmaLee will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 – $45 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For information and tickets, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday from 8 – 11 pm.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The 3rd Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring keynote speaker Jones Loflin, an inspirational success panel, educational break out sessions and local vendor resources. Registration is $129. For more details and to register, visit www.ivedecided.org

The Peoria Kids Fest will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Attractions include Fun on the Run Inflatables, rock climbing, games, door prizes and more. Tickets are $7, free for kids under 3 or Avanti’s Family Four Packs for 2 adults and 2 kids are $25 and are available at the door. For information, visit www.rbshows.com/peoriaKidsFest.php

An Author Fair will take place at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring local authors discussing their books, answering questions, and signing copies, paranormal author Sylvia Shults will present a keynote address and horror author Joe Chianakas will answer questions about the publication process. A portion of book sales will be donated to the Friends of Fondulac District Library. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Paint, Drink and Be Merry will take place at the The Rail II, (located at 2702 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes supplies, setup and clean up. Participants must be 21 and the cost is $38 and includes all supplies, setup and clean up. Get a $12 discount through today (Thursday) by using the promo code “explore” when registering. To register, call 866-390-9917 or visit www.VinoGogh.com

World Championship I.C.E. Racing will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 South Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Reserved Seating is $22 and general admission is $17 and tickets are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The 5th Annual GENeration United Snowball Masquerade will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Saturday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Especially for young professionals, tickets are $65 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, raffles and live music. For more information, visit www.livegenu.org/snowball

Yoga Under the Stars will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday beginning at 8 pm (gentle) and lasts an hour and 30 minutes.  Bring a mat and a light blanket. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Gershwin Matinee” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring pianist Will Martin, the production will include actors, period costumes, props, film, and lighting with the live symphonic performance. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

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

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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday and continues next week on Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A holiday tradition, the show is part of the Festival of Lights event in East Peoria.  Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland continues 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

A traveling exhibit of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture will be on display daily at the University of Illinois Library of the Health Sciences (located at 1 Illini Drive in Peoria) 9 am – 5 pm through Dec. 14. To commemorate Word Aids Day on Dec. 1, the six-banner traveling exhibit uses a variety of historic photographs and images to illustrate the political and medical history of AIDS. Admission is free and parking is $1. For more information about the exhibit, call 309-671-8490 or visit http://peoria.medicine.uic.edu

The Nature Art Show and Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) Mondays through Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm (except for Christmas Day) through December 31. Featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork all created by local artists including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 9th Annual AlignLife Toy Drive will take place at the AlignLife of Peoria (located at 4700 N University St. in Peoria) today through December 15. Donate toys for children ages 0 – 6 years old of the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery and receive free services for in the process. For more information, call 309-431-1102 or visit www.chiropractorpeoria.org

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside, runs through January 15th on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center) from 5 – 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 3 – 10 pm on Friday, Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 9 pm on Sunday. Hours change periodically throughout the holidays. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Peoria Cabaret Theater will  present the Illinois Premiere of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St., in Peoria) with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 through Dec. 17. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform an entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves since none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Dinner and the show is $40 for adults . For tickets and information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Conklin’s A Doo-Wop Christmas will be held at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) tonight (Thursday), Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. Buffet dinner tickets can be purchased separately for $25 each.  Coffee & Iced Tea. For information and tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.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

GONN will perform with Super 88 and Sin Thetic at the Limelight Eventplex (located at (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Collegium Musicum will take place in Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Dr. on the campus of Bradley University) tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm. Featuring music from the Renaissance and Baroque including sacred instrumental duos and whimsical Dutch folk tunes, admission is free. For more information, call 309-750-3234 or visit www.bradley.edu/calendar

Mannheim Steamroller will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $50 and $65 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place 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 Brazilionaires on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center, 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Unity Point Wellmobile will be at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Friday from 9 – 11 am. The screening includes free blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and spirometry screenings. Admission is free and no appointment is necessary. For information, call 309-672-5900 or visit www.unitypoint.org

The Community Festival of Nativities will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (located at 3700 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 9 pm. Over 300 nativities will be displayed, live local musical performances, alive nativity, children’s activities and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.interfaithnativitypeoria.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria (located at 100 Northeast Water St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from Noon – 2:30 pm featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis with Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Christmas on Court will take place throughout downtown Pekin (located at 11 S. Capitol St.) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Carriage rides, tree lighting ceremony, demonstrations, giveaways at local businesses and live performances will take place throughout the evening. For more information, visit http://enjoypekin.com/events

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on a forest path lit with luminaries on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free and donations will be appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23rd from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the 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 is free, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. Premiere seating is $30 for adults, $22 for students and $15 for children and general seating pricing $22 for adults, $14 for students and $12 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-620-3164 or visit www.ciballet.com/season

Three time Emmy Award Winner Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets for Friday’s 9:45 show are $15 and all other shows are $20 and tickets are available by calling 309-673-5853 or visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Love Letters will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 3:30 pm. Featuring retiring theatre manager, Cindy Hoey, and professional actor, Steve Vinovich, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students under 18 with a student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309- 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Christmas on School Street will be held at Faith Lutheran Childcare (located at 650 School St. in Washington) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Featuring a free Children’s Craft Corner, bake sale, Christmas gifts including handmade items and more. Purchase breakfast and enjoy biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, and fruit. Lunch includes pulled BBQ or Italian sandwiches with potato chips or potato soup. Prayer requests accepted. For more information, click HERE

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

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am to noon. Featuring pictures with Santa, face painting, Christmas cookie decorating and breakfast, admission for adults us $15 and kids 3-10 are $10 and reservations are required. To reserve your spots, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10:30 am. Featuring a photo with Santa, a goody bag for each child, fun craft activity, story time with Mrs. Claus and a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, fruit and juice, cost is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children and families of 5 or more (2 adults & 3 or more children) are $25. For information and reservations which are required, call 309-692-7631 or visit http://peoriaymca.org/events

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge from 9-11 am, then watch the animals get their gifts. Cost is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Registration opens at 8 am. Adult competitive / timed participation is $40 and noncompetitive / non-timed is $35 and includes a Jingle bell Run long sleeve t-shirt and jingle bells to tie on to shoes. Discounted rates are available for ages 18 and under. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

Christmas with the Animals will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm. Help WPP staff create gifts for the animals with food surprises inside, then give the presents to the animals and learn about their natural instincts. Cost for this event is $5 (in addition to regular admission) and reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Park admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $5 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for ages 13 – 64 and $6 for ages 65+. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Alzheimer’s Association (located at 612 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) will host “Living with Alzheimer’s” on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am.  Providing answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, registration is required to attend. For more information or to register, call 309-681-1100 or visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

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. Safe and fun for the whole family. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17. Admission to the Titanic exhibit requires an additional fee. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring Santa, free Balloon Creations by The Unique Twist and a coupon for a free admission to the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display. through Dec. 31 when you spend $25 or more at a participating business. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Splendor of Christmas Past Home Tour 2016 will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring Peoria Historical Society’s Flanagan House & Pettengill Morron House Museums plus three private Peoria historic homes decorated in holiday finery, enjoy the Christmas charm, local history and décor for of Christmas past. Tickets are $20 at the door and are also available at Gregg Florist, the PHS office, Relics, Urban Artifacts and Exhibit A Gallery. Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Bradley Braves will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 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

Friends in Harmony will perform at their annual Christmas show at Pekin Community High School’s FM Peterson Theatre (located at 1903 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 309-229-1869 or click HERE

The Philharmonic Chorale will present their Christmas Concert at the Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens. For tickets and information call 309-694-5136 or visit at www.ArtsatICC.com

What the Dickens, a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation.

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

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A Christmas Story, the Musical opens on Friday at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm at 2 pm on Sunday. A regional premiere based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.  The show won 3 Tony Awards in 2013 from its Broadway run.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for patrons under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Tea & Sympathy opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday. A drama exploring a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy, tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or visiting www.CornStockTheatre.com

Emergency Prom will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU staff & faculty and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available at the Bradley box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

Kevin Pollak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 on Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Veteran’s Day Parade will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10 am. The route will proceed south on Monroe from Bryan to Main, left on Main to Adams, where it will end at the WWII Memorial at the Courthouse Plaza. Floats will be parked on Hamilton between Jefferson and Adams during the memorial ceremony which will starts at 11 am. For more information, visit www.peoriagov.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center  will feature Bill Porter on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Friday & Saturday at 6 pm. The $40 per person ticket price includes a dinner buffet with dessert and an interactive murder mystery. Reservations are required and may be made at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Illinois Springfield in their season opener at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and take on Delaware on Sunday beginning at 4 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

Curtis and Loretta will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Carol A. Cristmas: The Unorthodox Tale will be presented at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main St. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Written by a Peoria resident, the plot is a spin-off of “A Christmas Carol”. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 309-363-6951.

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

Murder at the Cafe Noir will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre program at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for the Friday & Saturday performances which include dinner & the show or $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens for all other performances and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Yvonne Greer: The Music of Movie Night will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington St.) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Canadian heavy metal singer Sebastian Back will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $40 and is for all ages. For tickets and information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

A Food Market and Craft Sale will be held at Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N Tennessee St. in Morton) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring unique and handcrafted items, fall and Christmas decor, tomato sauce, jams, jelly, cheese balls, breads, candies, pies and more. A brunch will be served from 9 am – 11 am, and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm. For information, call 309-266-7174.

The 2016 Christmas Market will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N Knoxville in Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm. Shoppers can donate to a charity of their choice and learn about local and global charities that are giving hope to those in need. For further information, call 309-453-9928.

The 6th Annual Artists’ Holiday Open House will take place at Happy Thought Coffee (located at 953 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring ceramic dishes, sculptures, hand-woven scarves & accessories, silver jewelry and wood, stone objects, and mixed media available to purchase, for more information, call 309-274-6150 or visit www.hopewellweaving.com

The Stuff-A-Bus Kickoff will be held at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring a live radio remote, the CityLink Stuff-A-Bus on display and $2 off  admission per person with a nonperishable food contribution (boxed pasta and jars of pasta sauce, boxed or bagged cereals and jars or cans of soup, meats, fruits and vegetables) for Friendship House. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition also opens on Saturday. Normal admission fees are free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 and there is an additional fee to visit the Titanic exhibit.
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum also 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 for with paid admission to the Museum. For more information on both events, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Tackle Your Finances will take place at Bradley University in Westlake Hall Room 116 (located at 1501 W Bradley Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4:30 – 6 pm. Learn about better handling of money with a financial service professional. Admission is free and attendees will have the chance to win a FitBit, plus there will be raffle giveaways, free food, interactive financial games and expert advice. For more information, visit
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A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets are $45 per person including a dinner buffet and the show and benefits Foster Pet Outreach, a local nonprofit organization that helps provide for the well-being of animals in the community.  For reservations and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreeekwinery.com

An Evening of Jazz will take place at the Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial & Sheridan in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 -9 pm. Featuring the Heritage Ensemble and the John Cooper Jazz Ensemble, tickets are $50 for general admission or $100 for premium seating. For tickets and more information, call 309-550-4242.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets 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

Alternative rock band Blue October with opener Danny Malone will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 – $50 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Keith Urban will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $116 – $374. For tickets or information, call 844-854-1450 or visit www.us.cellularcoliseum.com

Switchback will perform at the Peoria Public Library-North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100 or visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Be Anything will be held at The Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $125 for a family of 5 or more or $20 for members or $100 for a family of 5 or more and must be purchased in advance.  Designed to help children imagine the careers of their future and explore possibilities of what they can be when they grow up, there will also be an online auction that will be open to the public as well as a live event. For more information and tickets, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson St. in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $24.50, $39.50, $54.50 and $64.50. For tickets or information, call 309-673-8900 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

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The Caterpillar Chorus will present the regional premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Eastlight Theatre (located at 1401 E Washington St. in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. The stage musical version of the popular animated movie includes favorite songs “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.  Nominated for numerous awards when it premiered nationally in 2008, tickets for this production are $10 through the box office by calling 309-699-7469 or $11 online (includes a $1 per ticket fee) at  http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets

School of Rock continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at  4300 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday plus a hold-over performance on Sunday at 7:30 pm. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this musical version of the cult classic movie starring Jack Black features a live kids band performing the songs. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) 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

Building the new National Museum of African American History and Culture will be discussed by John W. Franklin of the Smithsonian Institute at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. For more information, call 309-360-0990 or visit http://riverfrontmuseum.org

The Bradley Basketball Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Braves Club members, $8 for children aged 4-14 and kids under 3 are free. For more information, visit www.bradleybraves.com

Media and Politics: How Did We Get Here? will be presented in the Robison Lecture tonight (Thursday) in the Michel Student Center (located at located at 915 North Elmwood Ave. on the Bradley University campus in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Award-winning political journalist and former CNN chief White House correspondent, Jessica Yellin, will be the speaker. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu

Hatebreed will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 – $50. For more information or tickets, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” leaves from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights 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 did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Grown-Up will be presented by the Eureka Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus) on Friday beginning at 3 pm and Saturday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are “pay what you decide” and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For more information or reservations, call 309-467-636 or email tickets@eureka.edu

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.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, a wine and craft beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday from 6 – 9:30 pm. Featuring Quinton Arron, star of the film “The Blind Side,” the event is a fund raiser to help end bullying. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a table of 8 which include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, a dinner buffet and the show. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.shop.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Creatures of the Night will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $4 per child and $2 per adult. Learn about nocturnal animals every half hour, plus there will be a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with nature-inspired stories, seasonal refreshments, crafts and more. Flashlights are encouraged for the self-guided hike. For tickets or information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales, attractions are open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.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 with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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 $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The KAIA String Quartet of Chicago will perform at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The first in this season’s Gretchen R. Iben Arts Series, admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-8501 or www.westminsterpeoria.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts/events  For more information visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

Get Tricked 2.0: A Night of Magic and Comedy featuring Kyle Bassett will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Jeff Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm on Friday for $10.  
Greg Warren
will perform also at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm for $15. For more information on either show, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Running with the Dogs will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. Benefiting Paws Giving Independence, registration is $30 in advance or $35 at event and kids under 10 years of age are free. Featuring pet-friendly activities and a Halloween themed pet costume contest. For more information, visit www.givingindependence.org 

The 36th Annual Spin-in Fiber Fair will be held at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School (located at 12207 N Galena Rd., Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Admission is $15 for the day or $5 for shopping only. Attractions include a variety of classes to a range of all skill levels and techniques, vendors of fiber, yarn, tools, and related items, door prizes and more.  For vendor information, visit http://bishophillfiberguild.org

The Life, Boomers & Seniors Expo will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring vendors with samples and demonstrations of their products and services, admission to the event is free. The show Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show will also be presented. For more information, visit http://peoriaciviccenter.com

The Peoria Park District Semi-Annual Book Sale will be held at the Noble Center (located at 1013 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5pm and Monday from Noon – 7 pm. Get 50% off purchases on Sunday and 75% off purchases Monday. Donations are accepted Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm. Materials accepted include gently used adult and children’s hardbacks and paperbacks, audio books, CDs and DVDs, games and puzzles. For information, call 309-681-2681 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday beginning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 18th 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 and Sunday from 10 am to dusk each day. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a unique fall outing featuring a competition between 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 am – 1 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children 4-15 and free for infants.
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 – 3:15 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15, and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing’s Annual Chili Cook Off and Bags Tournament will take place at the Navy Marine Club (located at 1310 E Seiberling in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from Noon – 6 pm. Sample and vote for your favorite chili by making a donation to the organization to help provide home repairs for Tri-County Veterans. Chase Sieting will provide music from 2 – 5 pm. To enter the cook off or bags tourney, call 309-363- 3737. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The 1931 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine will be on display at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm, weather permitting. There will be discussion of the working history of the fire engine plus the engine’s reconstruction.  Admission is free. For more information visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/north

The Jeepers Creepers Fall Festival will take place at Black Partridge Park (located at 821 Coal Bank Road in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring children’s and adult games, a mini-pumpkin chuckin’ contest, a hay rack ride, a trick-or-treat trail, a scary trail ride, cookout, snacks, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MetamoraFallFest

Art-spiration: Make a Monster will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 – 4:30 pm on Sunday. A family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination, the event is free with regular paid admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Yoga Under the Stars will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday at 5:30 pm (energetic) and at 7:30 pm (gentle). Sessions are an hour and 30 minutes and advance tickets are required. Please bring a mat and a light blanket. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Promise Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring the “Souled Out” Motown revue, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a silent and live auction, proceeds will benefit Peoria Promise scholarship programs. To register, call call 309-231-8643 or visit www.peoriapromise.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Mozart Masterpieces at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children. For more information or tickets, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

An Evening With The Schwag, the Grateful Dead Experience will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge at the door. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Dine 2 Donate will take place on Sunday at Granite City Food & Brewery (located at 230 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) from 9 am – 10 pm. 20% from all purchases will be donated to Tazewell Humane Society when you display a flyer on your phone to the server.  For the flyer and more information, visit www.Facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

The Peoria Marathon will start and end at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. The registration fee is $80 for the marathon, wheelchair marathon or half marathon. The fee for a marathon relay runner or 5K is $45 and the kids’ race is free. This Boston-qualifying USATF Certified 26.2 mile marathon is one of four races. After the race, food, drink and music will be available. For more information or to register, visit www.peoriamarathon.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 7th Annual Jazz Brunch Fundraiser will take place at the Par-a-Dice Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $50 and includes a buffet, live music by Soft Spoken Band, door prizes and a 50/50. Tickets are available at the Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Hwy. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-673-7474.

Winetoberfest will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 2 – 6 pm. Adult only tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Greater Peoria Lutheran Women. Enjoy wine tasting on the pavilion patio listening to a strolling accordion player, grilled bratwurst, pork chops and a variety of sides and desserts. Wine and seasonal and domestic beers will be available for purchase.  Live music will be provided by VogelMusik plus the German American Society of Folk Dancers will also perform. For more information, call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalleywinery.com

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

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will feature Preston Jackson and Friends with vocalist Judy Page at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Music Man will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids 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 and Sunday.  The classic musical features favorite songs “Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Trouble”, “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Shipoopie”. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 11 am and 2 pm each day plus on Friday, October 7 at 6 pm. Meet six famous Peorians who are buried at the cemetery including Lydia Moss Bradley who brought to life by local actors.  Tickets are $10 per person, free for ages 2 & under or $20 for 2 adults and 2 children and it’s suggested that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Reservations are suggested, but not required. For more information, call 309-696-0956 or visit https://www.facebook.com/springdalecemeterytour

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts at Bradley University Theatre beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Part thriller, part musical, Mr. Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are. In a near future where a cataclysmic series of nuclear disasters has left America without electricity, infrastructure, or mass communication, a small group of survivors huddles around a fire trying to remember the dialogue from a popular episode of The Simpsons. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $5 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu

Jimmy Shubert will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm for $15. For more information visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will take place leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights 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 did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray, and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Forever Plaid will be presented by the Conklin Players at 5 Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring the tight 4-part harmony of the “guy groups” of the late 50’s and early 60’s, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for children and students through college. For more information, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Museum After Dark: Cosmic Cocktails will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring 2 complimentary signature cocktails & space snacks, a cash bar (beer & wine), Atari in the Giant Screen Theater, the “Be the Astronaut” exhibition, interactive science stations including liquid nitrogen ice cream, fluorescent minerals, meteorites and a Dome Planetarium exclusive Uniview space tour, attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

Treble in River City Trivia will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Cost to participate is $10 per person and teams of 2 – 6 are welcome. The winning team earns the title of “River City Musical Masters and receives a prize. Proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. For more information, call 309-370-6424 or visit www.ciys.org

Blues Traveler will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $30 for the party pit and $40 for the VIP Loft and are available at the Limelight box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The House of Blue Leaves continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Admission for adults is $7 and students and senior citizens are $5. For tickets, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://icc.edu/arts

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret Celebrates the Muppets will take place at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Nyk Sutter and Nate Downs, an appetizer/dessert menu will be available. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Mud Mayhem will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. Registration is $65. The event is sponsored by the W.D. Boyce Council Boy Scouts of America. To register or for more information visit www.wdboyce.org

Green View’s Annual Fall Festival will be held at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr., Dunlap) on Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. The event is free, but donations to selected charities are encouraged. Live music, food, refreshments, hay rack rides, face painting and more for the whole family. For more information call 309-243-776.

The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association’s 9th Annual Buddy Walk will take place at the EastSide Centre (located at One EastSide Drive, East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. There is a $5 adult entry fee or for $10 a t-shirt is included. For more information or to register, visit www.hoidsa.donordrive.com/event/2016

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 along the scenic drive. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Peoria County Veteran’s Memorial Committee will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the site of the new “Final Salute” memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Saturday beginning at at 10 am. Final Salute will be the final memorial addition to the courthouse plaza, honoring the thousands of Peoria County veterans who have served our nation since World War II and list the 233 names of Peoria County veterans who never returned home. County Board member G. Allen Mayer and Retired Colonel Hal Fritz will deliver short keynote messages. For more information, call 309-495-4638 or email ssonnemaker@peoriacounty.org

The 6th Annual Sacha’s Sashay 5K Run/Walk will take place in Veteran’s Park (located at the corners of Fast and Main Street in Mackinaw) at 10 am. Fees are $25 and $15 for ages 12 and under and registration is available by visiting local businesses in Mackinaw or online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/22641 For more information, https://www.facebook.com/SachasSashay

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Space Graffiti will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Studio 3 on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Imagine and create your own solar system full of planets, moons, and stars with spray painting techniques and tricks. Geared for ages 12 & up, safety equipment is provided. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Make Your Own Super Hero Cape Workshop will be held at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 1 – 3 pm. Children ages 4 – 10, along with their family, can design and sew a super hero cape. Cost is $15 per member pair (one grown-up and one child) and $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs with $10 per additional family member. Register by calling 309-323-6900. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The 7th Annual Share the Blessings Dinner and Auction will take place at the Midwest Food Bank (located at 700 Erie Ave. in Morton) on Saturday from 4:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8. Items to be auctioned include an iPad Air, iPad mini, Apple TV, Yeti cooler, restaurant gift cards and more. For information, call 309-691-5270 or visit https://midwestfoodbank.org

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales, attractions are open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. This event is brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions. For tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.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 with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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 $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Dubby Janosov Memorial Night Golf event will take place a the Timberlake Club (located at 5501 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The registration fee is $25 per person or $100 for a team which includes a glow ball, glow necklace and green fees. One seven or eight iron and one putter is allowed per team. Proceeds benefit the Heart of Illinois Big Brother Big Sisters. For more information contact peoriajaycees@gmail.com or visit www.peoriajaycees.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Schlachtfest will be held 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

The Alzheimer Association will host the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Liberty Park (located at 300 SW Water St. in Peoria) at 12 pm. All ages can participate. Fundraising is encouraged. For more information or to register for free, click HERE

The 3rd Annual Woofstock Fundraiser will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park’s Old Farm (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Sunday from 1 – 6 pm. Hosted by SAMS (Stray Midway Shelter) of Hanna City, admission for one person and one dog is $40 and includes a t-shirt for the person and bandana for the dog. Admission for one person and one dog and no t-shirt or bandana is $25. $20 admits one person and no dog, no t-shirt and no bandana. Guests and children are $15 and ages 10 and younger are free. For more information visit http://www.samsrescue.org/woofstock.html

Music in the McKenzie with Sarah McQuaid will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2100.

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

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

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

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Our Country’s Good at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A modern classic by American playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, the celebrated 1988 play depicts the true story of a 1788 stage production presented by transported convicts in the British penal colony of New South Wales, Australia, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the President’s Cup Finals at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:15 on Saturday & at 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for premium and glass seating, End Zone and Pilot House seats are $13 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.TicketMaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

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

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

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamie Lissow will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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

See the Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo, who have officially been named Nia, Kali and Zuri, on Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 pm as well as on Saturdays & Sundays during those hours (weather permitting) through April 30.  The 3 cubs were born on December 4 to Lizzie & Arthur, the Peoria Zoo resident lions. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members. For lion cub updates, visit www.peoriazoo.org
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Speak Out: Be Heard 2016 will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8 pm. This voter registration rally will feature entertainment from DJ Miracle of Energy 102.3, free food, raffle prizes and hassle-free voter registration. Attendees can win gift cards and other prizes. Admission is free and is a strictly nonpartisan event. For more information, call 808-426-6685 or visit http://speakoutpeoria.wix.com/mdpr

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

Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red and Good Tiger will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

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

Fortune Feimster will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday and Friday 9:45 pm shows and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Marbin on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

Blues For A Cause 2016 with Selwyn Birchwood will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 – $35 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Prairieland Country Opry will perform at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country classics from George Jones and the Judds, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Foster Pet Outreach Mystery Dinner will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a Who Done It show, dinner, raffle prizes and a photo booth, tickets are $45. An additional $25 donation enters you into drawing for $500. To register and for more information, visit http://kickapoocreekwinery.com

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

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

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

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

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

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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The Central Illinois Recreational Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 2 – 7 pm, on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $8:50 for adults, $3.50 for kids aged 6-12, free for kids 5 & under and $20 for a family pack good for two adults and two children aged 12 & under. For more information, visit www.eventsltd.org
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The 2nd Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum. High school students and their families will find nearly 100 colleges and universities from around the country that will be represented. A list of participating institutions and other details are available at www.bradley.edu/collegefair

Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn (located at 101 Mariner’s Way in East Peoria) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), 7 pm on Friday, 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and on Sunday for a Morning Gospel performance beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 for each show or $30 for both shows on Saturday and $10 for Thursday night’s show with purchase of any other ticket. For more information, call 309-671-0175.

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

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its production of The Seagull at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A world classic by the revered Russian master, Anton Chekhov, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

Mark Britten, the “Chinaman”, will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday & Friday late shows and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Central Illinois Youth Symphony will host its annual fundraiser, “A Musical Masquerade” at the Life Together Center (at the corners of Sheridan and War Memorial in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event will feature wine and craft beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live performances by CIYS students and a silent auction. Tickets are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.ciys.org

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday 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 about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The ICC Theatre Program continues its production of The Dead Guy at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Rated R for mature themes and content, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Bug at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 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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Get The Led Out will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Breakfast with the Giraffes will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, you can see the giraffes enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, you will learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

Prohibition Family Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring a 1920s game station, invention and history trivia from the 1920s and make-and-take activities plus a performance by Bradley University’s Hilltop Combo from 11 am – Noon and Bradley University’s Swing Dance Society from 12:45 – 1:45 pm. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host an Art Parade where you can make life-size puppets on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is $10 per non-member or $5 for members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

A Chili Cook Off for St. Jude will take place at Abbas Grotto (located at 1839 Highview Road in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free. There will also be a cash bar.

StarkbierFest will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Meaning “strong beers”, the Starkbiers event will feature a German buffet for $12 for adults including Schnitzel vom Schwein, bratwurst, roast pork, (schweinbraten), and fried chicken plus mashed potatoes & gravy, German potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and green beans. Dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from any Grimm Fairy Tale will eat for free. All kids 12 and under without a costume can enjoy the buffet for $6. Face painting will also be available. Several seasonable strong beers will also be available and Wilanna Vogel will perform on the accordion from 1 – 4 pm playing a variety of German favorites. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Flanagan’s Irish Tales Day will take place at the Judge Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. For a bit of March Madness Flanagan style, you will find costumed storytellers sharing magical Irish tales and tap your toes to the music of Flynn’s Irish Dancers at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm & 2:30 pm with the oldest home in Peoria as the backdrop. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids plus there will be complimentary refreshments. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

Peace for Peoria will take place at 823 Salaam Dr. in Peoria on Monday beginning at 6 pm. A community event to bring together Jews, Christians, and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents, speakers include US Attorney General Jim Lewis of the US Department of Justice, Mayor Jim Ardis from the City of Peoria, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, the 92nd District State Representative, Rev. Michael Brown of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Pastor Jim Powell, the Lead Pastor at Richwoods Christian Church, Rev. Dr. Stephen Whitaker, the Pastor Head of Staff at the United Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Daniel Bogard of the Congregation Anshai Emeth, and Imam Kamil Mufti, Resident Scholar of the Islamic Foundation of Peoria. Admission is free. For more information and to rsvp, visit http://peaceforpeoria.com