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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will continue its production of Bug at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. 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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Mary Lynn Rajskub will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show & the Friday 9:45 pm show and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2016 March Madness IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will begin with the Class 1A Semifinal Session on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and the Class 2A Semifinal Session will begin at 6:30 pm and at 8:15 pm. Saturday’s games will be held at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and at 6:30 pm & 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

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

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

The 8th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place on Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a party atmosphere for the more mature fairies including a dinner and a dance party for fairies ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a light, themed meal and enjoy entertainment by the Cornerstone Academy and Julie K with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm (this session is sold out) or 4 pm. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.frolicwiththefairies.com  Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria and its mission to build a better community.

Welcome Spring with an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by the string band Too Old to be Controlled and Callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Come fifteen minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $10 (give the amount that works for you), with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The 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 Hank Williams and Reba McIntire, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids aged 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

Peoria Players will present To Kill a Mockingbird beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The 16th Annual Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday from 7 – 11 am at the Youth Building at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The breakfast is an effort to help educate the public on the safe and affordable crops that American farmers produce. The price of this year’s breakfast is 80 cents and the menu includes two pancakes, two 2-ounce whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, an 8-ounce glass of Prairie Farms milk and an 8-ounce glass of orange juice. For more information, call 309-686-7070 or visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets beginning at 8 am. The first 700 registered participants will receive a race specific 19.5 oz drink stein, 1 drink token, party attire and entrance to the post-race party with live Irish music from Turas. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

The Peoria Camera Club will host a full day seminar “Creative Visualization for Photographers” at Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at One College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 for adults or $45 for students with student ID. For more information, visit www.peoriacameraclub.com

The Shop for a Cure Vendor Fair will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring vendors, a bake sale, a raffle table and a crafts table for kids, admission is free. Proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes research.

Ted’s Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday at the Havana Park District Gymnasium (located at 127 E. Jefferson in Havana) from 11 am – 7 pm. There will be brackets for 4-5th grades, 6-8th grades, 9-12th grades and adults. Admission is $3 for spectators. Food will be available all day and there will be a Pick Your Prize Raffle. For more information, call 309-543-6240.

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Surreal Sculptures on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can make a bizarre sculpture by starting a creation and then passing it to others and see what emerges. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Science of Flight will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Brewing Beer in the River City: Talk & Tasting, the first in the series of Speakeasy Saturdays, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Peoria Brewing Company master brewer Todd Hayes and accomplished home brewer Brian Buss to learn about brewing great tasting beer while you enjoy a beer tasting. All materials included. Must be 21 or older. Seating is limited for this event. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Trivia Night will take place on Saturday at Metamora Fields (located at 801 W Progress St. in Metamora) beginning with an hors d’oeuvres buffet beginning at 5 pm. Teams of 8 people will compete during 10 rounds of trivia with cash prizes to be awarded. A cash bar will be available. Cost is $280 for a table of eight or $35 per person and tickets are available at Metamora Fields. For more information, call 309-367-4000.

The Irish Wake Murder Mystery Dinner Show will take place at the EastPort Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Cost for dinner and entertainment is $40. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Morton Civic Chorus will perform at Holy Family Church (located at 3720 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A preview concert for their annual performances at the end of May, admission to this concert is free, however donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortoncivicchorus.org

Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $65 and $105 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It World Tour will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $65, $45, $29.75 and are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Cosi fan tutte at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 Illinois Rt 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Mozart’s timeless opera of love, humor, and intrigue, featuring a cast of six acclaimed young opera stars from New York and Chicago along with a local chorus and the PSO, tickets range in price from $48 – $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Zambezi River Lodge Reception Expo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge. Vendors including Heaven on Earth, Johnny’s Steak House, One World Cafe, Barrack’s Catering, LeBakery, Behind Every Bride and the Cake Shop will offer samples and information about their services and tours of the facility will be available. Spaces are limited and reservations may be made by calling 309-681-3519.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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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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

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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition opens at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday and runs through May 30. The exhibit brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life with a video game, a chance to take your picture with notorious gangsters and more.  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 plus an additional $3 charge to view this exhibit for non-members. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Korea: A Nation Divided” in Room 116 of Westlake Hall at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Featuring Los Angeles-based photographer Mark Edward Harris, 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

Moon Taxi will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 plus a nonperishable food item are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues Of Mice & Men at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $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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Ron White will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $56 and $46 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
A Mardi Gras Edition of 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

A Mardi Gras Whodunit Masquerade Ball will be held at The Waterhouse (located within the Maxam Building at 316 SW Washington St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Bring your mask, dancing shoes and your detective skills for this murder mystery fundraiser which includes a Louisiana Style dinner, dancing and murder. Admission is $65 per person and proceeds on Friday will benefit George Washington Carver Community Center and on Saturday will benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Club House (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm with an introduction to barn dance basics at 6:45 pm. The Sangamo Stemwinders from Springfield will strike up their unique blend of old-timey music along with callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze who teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share.

The Songs from the Woods Concert Series featuring Barry Cloyd will take place at the Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit http://barrycloyd.com

The National Lutheran Choir will perform their Psalms and Spirituals: A Hymn Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, however a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

Luke Bryan will perform his “Kill the Lights Tour” at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75 & $74.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Charles Drew Blood Drive will take place at Proctor Recreation Center (located at 309 S DuSable St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 2 pm. Call 1-800-448-3543) to schedule an appointment.

The Chill Billy Winter Sporting Event will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday starting at 9 am. Davis Lake will be open for Ice Fishing and other activities including an intro to orienteering course, bird hikes, winter survival, an introductory class to winter trail running plus a free chili lunch. Pre-register for the 2 hour & hour endurance run challenge by visiting www.runrace.net  General admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 309-579-2157.

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host a Kid Workshop called Altered Fashion on Saturday from from 1 – 3 pm. Redesign old clothing into something fit for the runway. Participants will use basic design, alteration, and machine sewing skills. Admission is $10 per non-member or $5 for members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Prairieland Sweetheart Dinner Show will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday with dinner at 5:30 pm and the show at 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and the show is $24. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Jammsammich will present a Cabin Fever Concert at Five Points Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are for 21 and over only and are $15 per person or $140 for a table for 10 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Wine & Art Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7- 9 pm. Taught by local artist Jana Maxwell, enjoy a selections of wines as you paint a piece on canvas to create a unique piece to take home. All materials are included and participants must be 21 or older. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for non-members. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake at the Peoria Civic Center 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

The Peoria Lock & Key Burlesque Troupe will perform at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 South Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring dancing, singing and surprises, admission is $15 for ages 18+ only. For for details and tickets, call California Style Fitness Studio at 309-397-3057.

Another Lost Year will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

BockFest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon to 6 pm.  Full dinners will be available including a bockwurst, a bratwurst and a knockwurst plus red cabbage, sauerkraut and German potato salad. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dessert will also be available for $2 extra. Also enjoy a glass of Dopplebock Bier as well as select from three other German Beers on draft as well as German wines plus additional bock and doppelbock biers will be available in bottles.  For more information, call 309-691-7484 orvisit www.PeoriaGermans.net

Engineering Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum will take place from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday with engineers providing hands on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, videos and more. Ask professionals and enthusiasts your engineering questions, explore potential career options plus visit the rest of the museum. Free for public and members to explore all galleries and planetarium shows, but does not include the Giant Screen Theater or special exhibits. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Foster Pet Outreach will host Pin for Pets at Landmark Bowling Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm to raise money for homeless pets. A family friendly event, cost is $2.50 per game with free shoe rental and there will be with prizes for all ages. RSVP to fpofundraiser@gmail.com  For more information, visit http://fosterpetoutreach.org

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

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria will host Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the Keynote Speaker for the 118th Annual George Washington Banquet on Monday with cocktails beginning at 5 pm followed by seating and dinner at 6 pm. For ticket information and to make a reservation, visit www.crevecoeurclub.org

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

Let’s Fall in Love!
featuring the Barn II Dinner Theatre’s multi-talented company members will be presented at the Five Points Performing Arts Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org
A Valentine’s Dinner will be available prior to the performances at Five Points Washington beginning at 5 pm each night provided by Countryside Banquet Catering. Cost is $25 per person and includes all taxes for a buffet style dinner. Seating is open, so large groups are recommended to come early for best table selection. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

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

Mitch Williams will perform 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana Ice Gators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Sam Morril will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm plus Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 7 pm shows and $12 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Of Mice & Men 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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38 Special will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Art of Marriage DVD Conference Event conducted by FamilyLife will take place at Glad Tidings Assembly of God (located at 2201 E Washington St. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 5 pm on with doors opening at 7:30 am. The cost is $50 per couple and must be prepaid. Registration includes conference books and materials, snacks and lunch catered by Chick-fil-A. Registration is available online at http://gladtidingsep.com/the-art-of-marriage-conference

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

Romance at the Zoo will look at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple for ages 18 and up. Registration is required: call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its 3rd Annual “Wild About Love” on Saturday with a happy hour beginning at 6 pm including wine and beer hour followed by a five-course dinner and prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/wild-love

Romance Under the Stars featuring a tour of the Cosmos will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Museum on Saturday beginning at 6:45 pm. There are also shows on Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm, but they are sold out. Explore romantic constellations in Peoria’s night sky plus visit the most breathtaking places in the Universe using the Museum’s real-time Uniview system. A complimentary glass of wine and small bag of chocolates is also included. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and tickets are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The Peoria German American Society will host its 13th Annual Fasching Ball, a Traditional German Costume Ball, at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $8 and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar plus the West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11 pm. For more Information, call 309-697-4195 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Romance at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Marisa Buchheit, soprano, tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

BoDeans will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission tickets or $75 for VIP tickets including a meet & greet, complimentary Bud Light and an Avanti’s sandwich and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Valentine’s Day Special Dinner will take place at EastPort Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with a 5 course dinner with a romantic river view. Cost per couple is $90 or $110 with wine service. A cash bar will also be available as well as vegetarian and gluten free options upon request. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Moon Taxi and Maia Sharp will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 plus a nonperishable food item and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 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

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday.  Celebrating the 25th consecutive year of this show, tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

Annie Jr.
will be presented by Community Childrens Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 students and senior citizens and are extremely limited and are available at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park.

The 32nd Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 20 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings – whomever they wish – while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturdays & Sundays only December 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

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

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). 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 Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its run of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $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

Lee Greenwood will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday, from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday and from 3 – 7 pm on Sunday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal gift opening and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public and advance registration and payment are required. For tickets, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Seating is extremely limited: for reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) will be presented by the Artistic Community Theatre at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 or $50 for a couple with dinner and dessert included and are available by emailing info@speakeasyartcenter.com  For more information, visit http://speakeasyartcenter.com/christmas-story

A Christmas to Remember featuring the Barn II Dinner Theatre’s company members will be presented at the Five Points Performing Arts Center on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

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

The River City Blues Society welcomes The Sinners from Iowa who will perform at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Prairieland Band Christmas Show will take place at the Fondulac Park Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a family friendly music variety show with country, gospel and oldies, admission is $8 for adults and $15 for a couple at the door. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

The Santa Cause 5K Race inaugural even will begin at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at 10 am and will go throughout the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. Registration is $35 for a standard sized Santa suit, $30 for a kids sized suit and $45 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a Santa Cause finisher souvenir ornament, on-site goodies and cocoa plus 1 free beer ticket for those 21 and older. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 6th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors (both indoors and outdoors) who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods. A number of imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available, including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. Please bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring World War II veterans, historians, and re-enactors of the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge with reenactment at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include a look into daily soldier life, military vehicles, drills, and food preparation. Cost is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria Ballet will present its 50th Annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $9 – $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at The Speakeasy Arts Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. Featuring Christmas Big Band music, admission is $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

Christmas in the Barn will take place at Linden Hill Farms (located at 8412 W. Middle Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 5 pm. The Christmas story will be read among the farm animals and Christmas carols will be sung also. Dress warmly and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate afterwards. There is no admission charge, however donations are accepted. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 309-697-4041.

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

A Christmas Carol Sing will take place at the Apollo Theater (located at located at 311 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Led by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel, the event will be followed by a showing of Jimmy Stewart at his holiday best in 1940’s “Shop Around the Corner“. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

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

Shall We Dance on Ice will be presented at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Rumer Willis, the show will feature performances by superstar ice dancers. Tickets are $78, $58, $48 and $28 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

105.7 The X Nutcracker 2015 will be presented at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will feature Barry Cloyd with TJ Jones on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The 40th Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring Kylie Toomer, soprano, Denise Gamez, mezzo-soprano, Trevor Mitchell, tenor and Andrew Whitfield, baritone accompanied by the special Handel orchestra conducted by Dr. John Jost of Bradley University. Join the choir as they sing. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. Vocal scores will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert1.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony, then stroll through a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at more than 20 locations in downtown Peoria and will offer complimentary refreshments. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

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

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 6th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place on Saturday at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods, a number of imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the other shows (the Saturday 8 pm show is sold out). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 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 from 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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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Lisa Landry 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 except for the Thursday and the Friday late shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA Class 1A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. The IHSA Class 1A Final Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 2A Final Session will be held 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, $6.50 & $4 and are 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 www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Turas / Irish Jig by Gabrielle Test 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

Friday Night Live! will take place at Joe’s in Pioneer Park with Highway 61 on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

An Old-Fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Club House (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm with an introduction to barn dance basics at 6:45 pm. Live music will be provided by the Giesel Power String Band and the dance will be led by callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze who teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families plus bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

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

Pirates of Penzance will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria Ballet will present The Seasons at Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm also on Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Peoria Ballet studio or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Filligar will perform at Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. They will be joined by Sam Hinrichsen. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Get The Led Out will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  

The 15th Annual Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday from 7 – 11 am at the Youth Building at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The breakfast is an effort to help educate the public on the safe and affordable crops that American farmers produce. The price of this year’s breakfast is 85 cents and the menu includes two pancakes, two 2-ounce whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, an 8-ounce glass of Prairie Farms milk and an 8-ounce glass of Orange Juice. For more information, call 309-686-7070 or visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Peoria Camera Club will host a full day seminar “The Art & Craft of Photography” on Saturday at Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at One College Drive in East Peoria) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $85 and $45 for students with student ID. Presented by Bill Fortney, the Art includes interpreting your feelings, pre-visualizing and then capturing those feelings in your image. For more information, visit www.peoriacameraclub.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its Annual Spring Volunteer Orientation on Saturday from 9 am – Noon at the park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City). New and potential volunteers will meet with current volunteers and park staff for a presentation of the park and how volunteering can be used in virtually every aspect of its operations. For more information, call 309-495-6724.

The Brides on a Budget Bargain Sale will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Creve Coeur American Legion Building (located at 216 Marquette St. in Creve Coeur). Find bridal gowns, mother-of-the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, and even some prom dresses including new, never worn or used items plus a variety of reception items for any season. DJs, photographers, cake decorators and other vendors will be available.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will announce the inaugural artists and sculptures at a reveal party and fundraising event at The Waterhouse in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 Southwest Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The keynote speaker, sculptor and Bradley University professor Fisher Stolz will speak about his vision for Sculpture Walk Peoria and the importance of public art in the Peoria area. Tickets are $40 and include live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks and can be purchased online at www.artstix.artspartners.net  For more information visit www.artspartners.net/sculpture-walk-peoria

Shen Yen will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $53 – $123 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Visions of Vienna” at Grace Church (located on Rt. 91 Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present David Hoffman & Friends with the CIJS House Band opening beginning at 6 pm at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Dave toured with Ray Charles and leads the group on trumpet and flugelhorn along with several talented locals. Admission is $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The 1st Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will be held in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Serving high school students from Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Putnam, and Knox counties, the fair is geared towards students beginning their college search. Representatives from over 80 colleges and universities nationwide will be available to answer questions about their institutions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 309-677-1000 or visit www.bradley.edu/collegefair

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones opens tonight and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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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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  – Gospel Night), 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. Advance tickets are available by emailing shortysbluegrass@comcast.net . For more information, call 309-671-0175.

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

50 Shades – The Musical Parody will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $36.50, $45 and $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

“Tales from the Outer Solar System” will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Although admission is free, seating is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 309-686-7000. An Adler Planetarium simulcast of a live lecture by Mike “Pluto Killer” Brown, PhD, he will remotely control the Uniview planetarium software in the Peoria planetarium. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

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

Tommy Davidson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show and $22 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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 for kids aged 6-12, free for kids 5 & under and $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and over. For more information, visit www.eventsltd.org
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Love Letters, featuring Greg Batton & Yvonne Greer, will be presented by The Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday and Saturday with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and the show is $38. For more information or to make reservations, call 309-494-9100.  

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with Capt. Quirk on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 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
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The 62nd Annual Pancake & Sausage Day hosted by the Morton Community United Church of Christ (located at 300 N. Main St. in Morton) will take place on Saturday from 6 am – 6 pm. Featuring all you can eat pancakes and sausage, baked goods, crafts and a family friendly atmosphere, tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 & under available at the door. For more information, call 309-925-3642.

The 35th Biennial Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition opens on Saturday at four locations: the Heuser Art Center at Bradley University from 5 – 7 pm, the Prairie Center of the Arts from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, the Peoria Art Guild from 6 – 8 pm and the Contemporary Art Center from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The country’s second-longest running juried print and drawing competition will feature 142 works of art by 108 artists from around the globe. It includes traditional and nontraditional graphic media, from printmaking and drawing to book arts and experimental techniques. For more information, visit www.art.bradley.edu/bug

A Kiwanis Trivia Night will be held on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at the MTHS Old Gym hosted by the Metamora Kiwanis to benefit local Kiwanis charities and its Scholarship Fund. Tables of 10 are available for $150 ($15 per person). Prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and beverage. No alcohol please on school grounds. For more information and tickets, call 309-481-4544 or email scottleas@allstate.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. 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

Taking Back Sunday will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Also featuring The Menzingers and Letlive, tickets are $27 in advance and $30 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition will hold its 31st Annual Foodshare Canathon beginning n Sunday. Collection bins will be in place at area Krogers, Subways, Curves and neighborhood fire stations through March 21st. Suggested food items include canned meat or tuna, chili, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, boxed dinners and pasta. For more info, call 309-697-5762 or email pepperbauer@att.net

Young Guns Of Blues Fest featuring Samantha Fish, WSG Mike Zito, Matthew Curry and Jimmy Nick will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4:15 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show for general admission. Reserved seating $16 in advance and $22 the day of show. Reserved tables are $26 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Remember:  Daylight Saving Time Begins officially takes place on Sunday at 2 am – so remember to set your clocks forward by one hour (spring ahead).