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

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

The 127th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the parade will get you in the holiday spirit and delight children.  For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the 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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. There is no show on Thursday (Thanksgiving).  On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm eacg night. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

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

The FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place along the paved River Trail of Illinois with the 2 mile non-competitive walk on Saturday beginning at 8 am and the 4 mile competitive run beging at 9 am. Race entry fee if $15 the day of the event. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or click HERE

The 6th Annual Volleyball Tournament to benefit St. Jude in memory of Dax Locke will be held at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 am and play beginning at 9 am. The tournament is open to all levels of play. Cost to participate is $20. For more information, email digginfordax@yahoo.com

In honor of Small Business Saturday, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are encouraging people to “Live & Shop Peoria County” by offering gift card packages of $100 that will be awarded to residents who shop any Peoria County business from November 27th to 30th. More than 40 local businesses are donating $25 gift cards plus offering Small Business Saturday specials. To enter the drawing, residents must post a photo of themselves shopping local on their personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with the name of the business and hashtag #LiveShopPeoriaCounty. For more information, visit www.metropeoriagov.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host “Wildlife Waddle“, a series of scheduled, guided hikes on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am through the animal trails and mapped hiking trails. Cost is free for members, $7 for adult non-members and $5 for children non-members. For more information, call 309-495-6724 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

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

Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will take place on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The 10th Annual Christmastime Gospelfest will be held on Saturday  beginning at 7 pm at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students high school and under and are available at the front desk at Five Points Washington, by calling 309-472-0027 or online at www.gospelfestministries.com/store

Loop Artist Arthur Lee Land will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar Grand Opening (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) along with Central IL Blues Challenge winners two years in a row Monica Morris & Josie Lowder on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Sunday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available on www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

The Institute of International Studies and Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Understanding Muslim Societies: the Role of Women in Rebuilding the Middle East” at Bradley University Student Center’s Marty Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli will talk about the current situation across the region, how tensions might be resolved and how women will play strong roles in rebuilding the region. Admission is free. To RSVP, email pawac@bradley.edu

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion will be presented at the US Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and also at 4 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Adult tickets range in price from $40 – $140 and for children range in price from $32 – $127 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the US Cellular Coliseum box office. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Proof will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

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

The Holidazzle Celebration will be held on Friday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm throughout downtown Morton. There will be a lighting of the the community Christmas tree, a chili supper plus a candle lit walk to the shops with hot cocoa & pretzels. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

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

The Bradley Braves will take on Texas Arlington at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday on their season opener beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

AV Performance Innovations will present The Bret Bunton Project at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N Galena Road in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with appetizers and drinks and live music at 7:30 pm. This original blues-rock band will perform and give a behind the scenes interview. Admission is free, however reservations are requested. For more information click HERE  To RSVP, email maggie@avperformanceinnovations.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Wiz Khalifa will perform at Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum on Friday beginning at 9 pm. The Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) will host the Billboard Music Award winning and five time Grammy nominee with $15 tickets for Bradley students, $20 for faculty and staff and $30 for the general public which are available at the Coliseum ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

Discover the Ice Age, an interactive educational exhibit, will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 9 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults (ages 13 years & older), $22 for children (ages 2-12 years), $16 for senior citizens (aged 65+) and children 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Nature Art Show & Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media from talented local artists during regular hours. Support local artists and find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6600 N Basket Oak Dr. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Living Historians portray Civil War soldiers constructing winter quarters and preparing for their winter encampment in authentic uniforms using period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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A Concert by Anima: Young Singers of Greater Chicago will be held on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free – a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

The Heritage Ensemble Inspirational Choral Celebration Concert will take place at George Washington Carver Center (located at 710 W. Percy Baker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Proceeds support the revitalization of the Carver Center.  Tickets are $20 for the concert only and $50 for the dinner and concert and are available at www.thecarvercenter.com

Todd Rundgren will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 for loft seating, $40 for VIP tables, $30 for assigned seating and $25 for standing room only and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Elmer Szepessy Dedication Concert will be held at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm & 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. One ticket purchased will be valid for either or both performances and a small reception will be held between the concerts. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Illinois Central Jazz Train will perform at the Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly performance at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. The Jazz Train led by ICC’s Larry Harms will feature the CIJS house band members featuring Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery works. Admission is $5 members, $7 for non-members and free for students. Food and drink available for purchase. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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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

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Peoria Rescue Ministries’ 59th Annual Stewardship Celebration will be held tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Grand Ballroom with doors opening at 6 pm. Jeff Anderson, featured speaker, is the author of two books, Divine Applause and Plastic Donuts.  Tickets are $30 per person or $225 table of eight and are available by calling 309-676-6416 ext. 1009 or online at www.peoriarescue.org

November will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Charlie Murphy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for the the Thursday show and $30 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets are available for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Limeapalooza with Brandon Rice, SpaceQueen, Anthony Turner, Endless Compromise, GBZ 900, James Ghareeb, Jmilli, Heather Green, Lucky 7/Mario Cannon, Unamused Dave & D&V Entertainment will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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. 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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will open the 2014-15 season against the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Kristi Lee, the show will feature Bob Zany, Costaki Economopoulos and Greg Hahn. Tickets are $29.50 and $35 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 pm each night and the show beginning at Midnight. Tickets are $15 (general admission seating) and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 23rd Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring Manuel Villacorta, Dorothy Breininger, Monica Parker, Rokelle Lerner, Kim Weiss and Barb Schmidt, tickets are available now online at www.wlspeoria.com for $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the doors are $10. For full details about the event, visit www.wlspeoria.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “Exploring the Inside of You” at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Dr. Michael Treanor with an in depth look at the mechanics of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, GI pathology, and endoscopic surgery. Plus, Mike and Kela Galletti will be do an histology demo showing what happens to tissues removed during surgery. After the meeting, attendees may participate in an experiment to take a look at their DNA. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The 5th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration & Souvenirs Tribute Concert will take place at the Giant Screen Theater in the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Honoring the 40th anniversary of “Souvenirs”, the songs will be performed live by musicians from across the US including Sheldon Felich, Tim Jessup, Jay Hennessy, Eric Mills, Tim Harr, Stephanie Weatherford, Bryan Chrisman and Tamara Anderson. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Museum or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Beethoven Triple” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Soloists include Michael Brown on piano, Elena Urioste on violin and Nick Canellakis on cello. Tickets are $35 for adults or $8 for kids & students and are available online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.com  For more information, call 309-339-3943.

Josh Thompson & Clayton Anderson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets range in price from $53 to $68 and are available at the PSO Office, by phone at 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Miracle Worker continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for patrons 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) from 6 pm – 9 pm, from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

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

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 12:15 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Semifinal Session will also be held on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50 and $6.50 and on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

The National Wild Turkey Federation Peoria Banquet will be held on Friday at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) with doors opening at 5:30 pm. Admission is $50 and includes dinner and a NWTF Membership or $65 for a couple and includes dinner for 2 and a NWTF Membership. Sponsorships are also available. Registration may be made online at www.regonline.com/nwtfpeoria

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Full Flavor beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place on Friday also featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Jim Gaffigan will present his “The White Bread Tour” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7 pm and at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $49.75 and $39.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-45-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Into the Night with Gershwin will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm featuring Thomas Pandolfi. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

Superior Donuts continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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A Cabaret Double Feature starring Bryan Krasner & Kelsey Burd will be held at the Waterhouse (located in The Maxam Building at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Reserved seating is $15 for either show or $25 for both. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com  For more information, visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

Parmalee with the Devin Clemons Band and Spring Creek Station will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight box office or online at http://www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host the 15th annual Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Fitness Walk on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the 5K race beginning at 9 am, the 1 Mile Fitness Walk beginning at 9:05 am and the Kids’ Fun Run beginning at 9:30 am. The event takes runners and walkers of all ages through portions of the largest solar system model in the world. The Run the Planets race begins at the museum’s Sun Plaza and runs along the Riverfront Trail from the Gateway Building to Detweiller Marina and back. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Spring Thaw Ice Skating Competition will take place at Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. This Ice Skating Institute competition will include a vast array of figure skating events. Admission is free. For details and participation requirements, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Camera Club will host a Digital Photography Creativity Seminar, “Legend Behind the Lens” Tony Sweet, on Saturday from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the ICC East Peoria Campus). Advance registration is $85 for adults and $45 for students. For more information or to register online, visit www.peoriacameraclub.com or call 309-962-1553.

The Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park and the Peoria Riverfront Museum will hold a Membership Swap on Saturday and Sunday where members of any of the organizations can receive free admission to all three by presenting a membership card and photo ID. The Peoria Zoo is open from 10 am to 5 pm on both dates; Wildlife Prairie Park is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm on both dates and the museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, call the Peoria Zoo at 309-686-3365, Wildlife Prairie Park at 309-676-0998 or the museum at 309-686-7000.

Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?, a nationally-syndicated, comedy/quiz/interview show, will be presented by Peoria Public Radio at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $30 and are available online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=41403  For more information, call 309-444-8222.

The IHSA Class 3A Final Session will be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 12:15 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Final Session will also be held on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50 and $6.50 and on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

Molly Hatchet will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $21 and are general admission and standing only sold at the door. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Chinaman will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. 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 Judy Page & Speak Easy on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday at The Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet and the show. Show only is available for $10 on a 1st come basis. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-494-9100 or emailing thewaterhouse@aol.com

Lady Antebellum with Kip Moore and special guest Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $75, $59.50, and $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 1-800.745.3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The CrossFit Grand Opening of their new facility (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 8 am – Noon with free introductory classes every hour and a registered dietitian on site. At noon, there will be CPR training for $20 with registration required. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.crossfit309.com

Forest Park Nature Center, the Peoria Audubon Society and Wildlife Prairie Park will host Eagles on the Illinois River on Saturday beginning at 10 am at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Each year hundreds of bald eagles winter in the Illinois River Valley:  learn about them with presentations featuring a live bald eagle and a tour to view bald eagles in their natural habitat along the river.  Admission is free, however donations are welcomed.

Solar System Family Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 11 am featuring a day of planet-themed activities, workshops plus planetarium shows. Admission is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Workshops are $7.50 per participant per workshop. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Songs from the Woods Concert Series will present Tom Kastle at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults or $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present their Vienna to Broadway New Year’s Greeting concert at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman, tickets are $30 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 http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Barry Cloyd will perform at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Roots of Folk Celebration includes a performance by the Way Down Wanderers, a six-piece folk-alternative band with members ranging in age from 17 – 23. Admission is $10 for all age and guests are invited to bring their own drinks. For more information, call 309-863-0747.

Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) begins on Saturday with free lessons from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission us $10 for adults and free with ID for students. For more information, visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

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

The Peoria Rivermen Alumni Association (PRAA) will host Skate Strong, an exhibition game between the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni and the St. Louis Blues Alumni, on Wednesday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. A minimum of $10 per person donation at the door for general seating is requested. During the game, fans can get player autographs plus buy 50/50 tickets. Immediately following the game, teams will also auction player jerseys. For more information, call 309-645-6739 or visit http://skatestronghockey.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry and will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment.   For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Kids have cabin fever? Get them out of the house for fun and learning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Winter Break Workshop from 10 am – 3 pm on Friday. Cost is $8 for PRM members and $10 for non-members. Pre-register by calling 309-686-7000. For complete details with session descriptions, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/213
And Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. At this time of year, it’s very easy to get shocked when touching metal: learn why with Van de Graaff generator demonstrations about static electricity. 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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Bradley Braves take on Drake on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Ticket are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Harlem Globetrotters will take the floor at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets start at $15 and are now available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com

Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Tuesday & Wednesday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $69, $56 and $39 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Enjoy the Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm through New Year’s Eve. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture. Learn about this cultural holiday and see the display of African plants while you enjoy the beautiful holiday surroundings of the Poinsettia Show. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted.

Folepi’s 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). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features 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 http://www.folepi.org

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Chris “Boom Boom” Johnson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except the Thursday show which is $10. 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 Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

Close out the old year with a traditional Australian New Year’s Eve Dance Party on Friday night beginning at 7 pm at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Boulevard in Chillicothe). Gail Hintze and friends will call the dances featuring lively old-time music by the Giesel Power String Band. Costumes are encouraged and you are invited to bring a treat to share. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. For more information and directions, call 309274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Chicago Fury in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children 6 – 12 and senior citizens and free for children 5 and under 5. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://midwestflamesbasketball.com

The Bradley Braves take on South Florida on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Ticket are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Enjoy a post WWII Christmas Holiday Exhibit with Miss Jean Morron at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) o Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. A Holiday Exhibit dedicated to service men and women of WWII will also take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Admission to each home is $7 for adults and $3 for children or visit both historic homes in one day for $10 (adults). For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Comics for a Cause #2 will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. A minimum $10 donation is requested which will help out area tornado victims. Featuring Nick Vatterott, other comedians scheduled to perform include Jeff Bailey, Howard Butler and Joe Roderick. Jake and Kaleena Merch, Rishika Murthy, Drift Roberts and Trey Mowder. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Julie K’s fourth annual “Noon Year’s Eve Celebration” will take place on Tuesday at Five Points (located at 360 Wilmor Road in Washington) beginning at 11 am. Featuring a kids concert, a countdown to noon featuring a massive balloon drop and bubble wrap stomp and more, reserved seating is $10 and $12. For more information, call 309-229-7830. or visit www.juliekmusic.com

New Year’s Eve party at The Grand Hotel (located at 4400 N. Brandywine Drive in Peoria) will take place on Tuesday with a pool party beginning at 4 pm followed by an all-ages show with live music from Old Shoe, Chicago Farmer, Steady Flow, Brainchild, DJ/producer Psydell, DJ Mike Bike and Cole Hollow beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.atjcampbellevents.com or $30 the day of the show. Hotel rooms run $99 plus tax.

The Howlin’ on Water 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash and Grand Relocation Party will take place at the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington in Peoria) on Tuesday beginning at 7:30 pm. Cost is $80 and includes a two entree buffet dinner, drinks, New Year’s Eve favors, a champagne toast at Midnight and the dueling pianos show presented by Central Illinois Dueling Pianos. Reservations are required and may be made online at https://artstix.artspartners.net

New Year’s Eve at the Pere Marquette Hotel will include a dinner buffet on Tuesday from 7:30 – 9 pm followed by a party from 9 pm – 1 am featuring South Side Cindy and the Sliptones, late-night snacks, party favors and champagne toast at midnight, plus a room at the hotel. Cost is $299 per couple. To reserve your spot, call 309-637-6500.

A Special New Year’s Salsa event will be held on Tuesday at the Contemporary Art Center featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

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

The 2014 East Peoria Boat Club Polar Ice Plunge will take place on Wednesday (New Year’s Day) at the East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane off Rt. 26 at the Tazewell/Woodford County Line in East Peoria). Registration begins at 10 am and the Plunge ceremony begins at 1 pm. Cost is $20 to participate and includes a t-shirt. Proceeds will benefit local childrens’ charities. Visit http://www.eastpeoriaboatclub.com for a registration form or call 309-699-6655 for more information.

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) on December 6 – 8, 13 – 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Folepi’s 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). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features 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 http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and small plates will be available plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass, flight or bottle from the wine list. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 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. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Fine Art & Gift Show will be held from 4 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the new Civic Plaza in East Peoria’s Levee District (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria). Admission is free. Santa will appear from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday and from 4 – 6 pm on Sunday. Approximately 30 area artists will display and sell their creations including holiday decorations, unique hats and apparel, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, small sculpture, glass-blown items, handmade greeting cards and more. All items are original works. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature JuJu Jonny on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with A Celtic Christmas on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Saturday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise running from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express at Wildlife Prairie Park is an enchanting evening full of holiday festivities that runs from 4 – 9 pm on Friday and 3 – 9 pm on Saturday. Ride the train on the lighted trail, make crafts, decorate cookies and see animals experience their own version of Christmas and more. Admission is $10 for members 2 and up and $12 for non-members aged 2 and up. Children ages 1 & under are free. Reservations are required as seating will be limited and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

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

The Pekin Main Street Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 7 pm with more than 1,000 luminaries on the downtown Business District on Court Street. Featuring business open houses, strolling carolers, carriage rides, outdoor theater and photos with Santa, admission is free. For more information, call 309-353-3100 or visit www.pekinmainstreet.com

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

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Howlin’ on Water Holiday Party featuring dinner and the show will take place on Friday at The Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show. A full cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and my be made by calling 309-494-9100 or emailing thewaterhouse@aol.com

Bradley University will host their annual “New Faces 2013″ Play Festival at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and are available by calling the box office at 309-677-2650.

The 2nd Annual Madrigal Dinner Feaste will be presented by Peoria High School (located at 1615 N. North St. in Peoria) Mixed Ensemble and the Preparatory School for the Arts on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and include the meal and entertainment and are available at the the Peoria High School Office or by calling 309-672-6630. Cash, Check, Credit Cards accepted. Groups of 6 or more $15 per ticket. For more information, email simon.webb@psd150.org

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in Morton) will present Paul Weddle in their Wine Bar with sounds of jazz sax and flute on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Paul has played nationally and internationally for over 30 years, including commercial work in radio and television. He’s backed such artists as BB King, the Doobie Brothers and Dr. John. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Friends in Harmony presents its eighth annual Christmas Charity Extravaganza “A Hometown Christmas” on at 7 pm on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday in the auditorium of Washington Intermediate School (located at 501 Washington Street in Pekin). There will also be a raffle and performances by the Friends in Harmony Orchestra and Junior Friends. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance through Friends members or at Steger’s Furniture. Proceeds benefit the United Way. For more information, call 309-246-1896.

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

Seussical the Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are available now at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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. Admission is free.  The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival,  Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival.  Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. Sorry no passenger rides this year.

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 11 am where you can enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge and then experience the Zoo. Pre-sale tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Watch the animals enjoy their gifts, Santa will be making a visit and everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

The 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk will take place at the RiverPlex in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Online registration will be available through 3 pm on Dec. 6th with race day registration and packet pickup beginning at 8 am. Registration fees are $50 on race day for teams and $35 on race day for individuals. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaJBR

The Peoria Heights’ Annual Christmas Walk, featuring visits and photo opportunities with Santa at area shops and businesses, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 5:30 pm. There will also be a book signing by Sandy Miller, local author of Little Twig: An Uncommon Christmas Tale at I Know You Like A Book from 2 – 4 pm, the lighting of the village Christmas tree at 5:30 pm plus a night of caroling, hot chocolate and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Victorian Christmas Celebration on Saturday including a holiday tea setting and luncheon and live seasonal music at the Ballance-Herschel House, its historic headquarters (located at 256 NE Randolph in Peoria). Tea times start at 11 am and 2 pm. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited, so call 309-685-9312 for reservations.

The 2nd Annual Candy Cane Hunt will take place on Saturday from 2 – 2:30 pm at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). There will be two hunt areas: one for 3 – 5 year olds and another for 6 – 10 year olds. Dress warmly and bring something to collect your candy canes. Parents must accompany their children. Fee to participate is $4 for residents and $9 for non-residents. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Historical Society invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a tour of four historical homes in two historic districts of Peoria with The Splendor of Christmas Past from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday & from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 for adults at the door and children under age 12 free with adult admission and are available at the Peoria Historical Society Office (located at 611 SW Washington Street in Peoria), Harp and Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) or Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise time is 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Songs from the Woods, the 2013 Concert Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights), will feature Lee Murdock and The Christmas Ship Concert on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature holiday edition will feature Killer Khristmas on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Landmark Cinemas. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/563033543766564

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah, an annual Peoria Christmas performance, will be presented at The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm.  All are encouraged to sing along on the various choruses, with arias performed by featured soloists Kristen Lelm, soprano, Eric Ashcraft, tenor and Gregory Lewis, bass. Conducting the performers and the Handel orchestra will be Dr. John Jost, Director of Choral Activities at Bradley University. Admission is free.

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available from any Philharmonic Chorale member or at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office the day of the concert.

The Orpheus Club Winter Concert will be held on Sunday at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 at the door.

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Chicago Steam in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children 6 – 12 and senior citizens and free for children 5 and under 5. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://midwestflamesbasketball.com

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Wednesday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Comics for a Cause will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 8 pm. Featuring a dozen comics plus the debut stand-up performance of WMBD morning show host Greg Batton. A fundraiser for the victims of the recent storms, admission is a minimum donation of $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Fall Music Festival will be held at the Itoo Hall (located on 4909 W. Farmington Rd in Peoria) tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 8 pm. Performers include Jaik Willis, Jam Band, Brainchild and Miami’s Best Reggae Band, InnaSense and the show will be hosted and dj’d by Home$killet. Tickets are $12 in advance at Finish Line Ford, Flores Music, Inspired, Autumn Bloom Hydroponics, Beer 30 Bar on Knoxville or $17 at the door.

Deck the Halls continues Friday through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On  Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Folepi’s Winter Wonderland will be open beginning Thursday night through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features 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 http://www.folepi.org

The 126th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. For full information & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The 1st Annual Holiday Frost Fair will be held at the Gateway Building on Friday from 5 – 9 pm featuring one-of-a-kind gifts brought to you by the Peoria Art Guild and the Peoria Park District. Showcasing artwork from a selection of talented Illinois artists, you’ll enjoy live music and dance performances plus treats and beverages. Admission is free.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Ed & Judy Howard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6:30 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Then stroll through a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at more than 30 locations in downtown Peoria and will offer complimentary refreshments. For more details as well as a map of performers and locations, visit http://www.peoriaevents.com

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

Guitarist David McDonald of the Academy of Fretted Instruments in Morton, will perform on Friday from 7 – 9 pm at the Wine Bar at Wines N More (located at 151 S Main St. in Morton). Admission is free and wine and appetizers will be available. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Chris Schlichting will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Holiday Craft & Vendor Show will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm at the East Peoria Embassy Suites. A unique shopping experience with 58 vendors, Santa will be on hand from 10 am – Noon and balloon animals and face painting will take place form 9 am – 2 pm. Admission is free.

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society will host the 4th Annual Kristkindlmarkt at the Lindenhof, (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Vendors will offer a variety of arts and crafts for Holiday gift giving plus imported items from Germany and Austria. Enjoy bratwurst, schnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer plus entertainment featuring the Lindehhof Echoes (an alpine horn group), a brass group playing Christmas Carols and Christmas Carolers. Santa Claus will be on hand beginning at 1 – 3 pm each day also appearing will be the Kristkindl (Christ child). Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, call 309-444-4656 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Coast II Coast All Stars in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children 6 – 12 and senior citizens and free for children 5 and under 5. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://midwestflamesbasketball.com

Christmas Jubilee, a southern gospel Christmas music concert, will be presented as a live 1940′s radio broadcast at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. TV and radio personality Lee Ranson will be the announcer for this nostalgic holiday event set in the golden age of radio. Tickets are $15 for adults and students high school age and under are free and are available at at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore, at the front desk at Five Points Washington or by calling 309-472-0027. Group tickets for groups of 10 to 24 are $12 each and groups of 25 or more are $10. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Texas Pan-American on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Second City will perform their Nut-Cracking Holiday Review at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for all ages and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Holiday Extravaganza with the Peoria Pops Orchestra will take place beginning at 4 pm on Sunday at Five Points Washington (360 N. Wilmor Rd, Washington). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens, $8 for students and groups of 8 or more and are available at the Five Points Box Office, by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Sky Harbor Steakhouse (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in Peoria) and the Friends of Rocky Glen will host a free Holiday Wine Tasting Party and Silent Art Auction tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 9 pm with live music by pianist/songwriter Shannon Elizabeth Shepherd and a raffle drawing for Doug and Eileen Leunig’s Light Painting of Rocky Glen. Proceeds will support the financing of a parking lot for Rocky Glen Park. For more information, call 309-573-2354 or 309-674-5532 or visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

The 5th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (formerly the Great Central Insurance Building located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) and continues Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.  The Festival of Trees is a community-wide event with 60 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display and for bidding on to take home. Other highlights from the weekend will include a gift shop, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday Night Pajama Party, on-going family friendly entertainment and much more. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

WCBU-FM will host a live Town Hall Discussion on Peoria’s “Don’t Shoot” Program tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm in the Peoria City Hall Chambers. The meeting will provide an update on how the program, created to reduce violent gun crimes in the community, has been working since its launch 15 months ago. Panelists include Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard, Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis. Participants have the opportunity to submit questions from the gallery at City Hall or in advance on Facebook (WCBU), Twitter (@WCBURadio) or by email at wcbunews@fsmail.bradley.edu  Tune in to listen at FM 89.9 or online at www.peoriapublicradio.org

Deck the Halls continue tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
Each night, containers will be placed at each entrance to Carver Arena and fans are encouraged to donate any amount possible to the local American Red Cross for Central Illinois Tornado Relief. In exchange for a donation, each fan will receive a FREE upper bowl ticket (a $12 value) to the Dec. 20 game against Bloomington, which has been designated as “Central Illinois Strong” night. Also, the Peoria Rivermen will team up with the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter to help raise funds and awareness to fight Alzheimer’s disease: to recognize National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, $5 of every $17-lower bowl ticket purchased for Friday’s game against Pensacola will be donated to the organization. Fans will also receive a special edition t-shirt.

Relatively Speaking, A Weekend of One Acts, will take place at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
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Big Love, presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department, continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Tommy Davidson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday show are $17 (or $16 with cash) and $21 (or $20 with cash) for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis will host their annual Bazaar to Benefit the Poor at The Motherhouse (located at 1175 St. Francis Lane in East Peoria) on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Items for sale include Christmas decorations, jewelry, plants, religious articles, handmade items, homemade baked goods and much more. For more information, call 309-699-7215 or visit www.franciscansisterspeoria.org

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 38th annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon, featuring Federal Companies CEO/President Bill Cirone as keynote speaker at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 11:30 am. The event includes the presentation of several awards, as well as a canned food drive held by the Young Professionals Organization and petition signing for redistricting reform sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Learn more at www.peoriachamber.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 $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Legacy Five, a Southern Gospel Quartet famous for their four-part harmony, will perform on Friday beginning at 7 pm at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Road in Peoria). Tickets are $10 or $25 for a family pass and are available at the church (cash or check only) or online at www.legacy5.eventbrite.com  For more information, call 309-243-1550 or visit http://www.nwoods.org/peoria

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present Black Hawk’s Band, an original folk musical theatre production featuring singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd and storyteller Brian Fox Ellis, at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the door. Black Hawk Band tells the story of Illinois Native Americans from their own point of view.

The Illinois High School Ten Minute Play Festival will take place at Eureka College on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the Pritchard Theatre. The festival features 6 original plays performed by Eureka College students that were written by Illinois high school students. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-467-6366.

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will host a Nature Art Show & Sale Friday through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will host a Grand Day of Giving on Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm to support area tornado victims. Donations being accepted include nonperishable food items, new or gently used coats to benefit Coats for Kids as well as monetary contributions to support the Red Cross. Shoppers should bring donations to the Shoppes Management Office, where they will receive a special gift and a list of store specials. For more information, call 309-692-3672.

The 29th Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle float illuminated with LED lights, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 LED light bulbs and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. It begins at the intersection of East Washington Street and Dolans Lane. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.folepi.org

A Book Reading and Signing of “Rachel and Sammy Learn to Conserve, Rachel” will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and “Apple Action and Way of Water Activities” will begin at 2 pm. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Stryper will perform on Saturday at the Renaissance Coliseum with special guests Michael Layne Band and UnHandsome Devils beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com

Salsa Night will take place on Saturday at the Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) with a free lesson from 8:30 – 9:30pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $6 or free for students with ID.  Begin the night with free lessons provided by local instructor Apollo Shaw.

The 43rd Annual Peoria Turkey Trot will take place on Sunday beginning at 1 pm at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria). Rain, shine or snow, Peoria’s oldest running race is a 4-mile run through with the top two finishers in each division receiving a trophy and a turkey (compliments of Kroger). All entrants receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt. A ½ mile youth fun-run will take place immediately before the start of the run. Registration is $18 for the main race and $2 Youth Fun Run and is available at the at the Peoria Park District Recreation Office. For more information call 309-681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Rachael Davis at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) McKenzie Room on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. CDs will be available to purchase with proceeds going to the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. Admission is free and for all ages. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120 or visit www.rachaeldavis.com

Linda Tesner, Curator of the George R. Stroemple Collection will present “Natural History Through the Eyes of a Private Collector” at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm where she will share images and her expertise on one of the most significant private collections of artwork today. The theme of natural history unites this collection, which contains Native American artifacts, studio glass, Japanese Meiji objects and more. Get an inside look at this collection including artists Dale Chihuly, William Morris, Lino Tagliapietra, Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace. Admission is $7 for museum members and $10 non-members. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Fall Orchestral Concert will be held at the Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Chicago Court Kingz in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children 6 – 12 and senior citizens and free for children 5 and under 5. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://midwestflamesbasketball.com