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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present their Vienna to Broadway New Year’s Greeting concert at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman, tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids have cabin fever? Get them out of the house for fun and learning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Winter Break Workshop from 10 am – 3 pm on Friday. Cost is $8 for PRM members and $10 for non-members. Pre-register by calling 309-686-7000. For complete details with session descriptions, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/213
And Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. At this time of year, it’s very easy to get shocked when touching metal: learn why with Van de Graaff generator demonstrations about static electricity. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Chris “Boom Boom” Johnson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except the Thursday show which is $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists. Admission is free.  The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival,  Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival.  Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. Sorry no passenger rides this year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deck the Halls continues Friday through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On  Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Folepi’s Winter Wonderland will be open beginning Thursday night through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.  Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 38th annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon, featuring Federal Companies CEO/President Bill Cirone as keynote speaker at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 11:30 am. The event includes the presentation of several awards, as well as a canned food drive held by the Young Professionals Organization and petition signing for redistricting reform sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Learn more at www.peoriachamber.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & the Romaniacs on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show continues at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and finishes its run on Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry.  Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Junction City Shopping Center will host their 8th Annual Holiday Walk on Friday from 4 – 9 pm featuring pictures with Santa (take photos home same day), live reindeer, carriage rides, plus hors d’oeuvres, face painting, a live performance from the Elite Ensemble, a holiday photo booth, letters to Santa, an elf gift shop and more. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

The 67th Annual Julep’s Closet Sale, Peoria’s longest running rummage sale, will take place at the RiverPlex Arena with first pick Friday from 5 – 8 pm, half price Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and bag sale Sunday from 9 am – 12 pm where everything you can fit into a regular grocery bag is $3, a Julep’s Closet Souvenir Tote is $5, and a large garbage bag is $10. Admission on Friday & Saturday is $1. For more information, visit http://www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

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

The Graduate continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are on sale now at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 309-676-2196.  Find a Buy One, Get One Free Offer on Peoria-Deals.com!

Dead Man’s Cell Phone will be presented by the ICC Theatre Dept. 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 general public and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, by telephone at 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Peoria Players will present Meet Me in St. Louis beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 (or $18 with cash) for the 7 pm shows and $16 (or $15 with cash) for the 9:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) Animal Art Show and Photo Safari Contest Winners will be on display on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm in the Tropics Building and photo safari contest winners will be announced at 11 am. Along with photographs, there will also be a display of art done by Peoria Zoo animals with some art available for purchase. Admission is $9 for adults 13 & over, $8 for senior citizens, $5.25 for children aged 3-12 and children 2 and under are free. For more information, call 309-681-3513 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Historical Society, in partnership with WTVP, will present Community History Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm featuring an array of educational opportunities for all ages, including tours of The Street and Illinois River Encounter galleries, up-close encounters with pioneer and Civil War-era artifacts, guest speaker presentations, planetarium shows, historical reenactments, a performance by the Metamora Courthouse Dancers, a preview screening of The American Experience: JFK in the Giant Screen Theater and more.  Admission is free for PHS members or half-off regular museum admission for the general public, which is free for PRM members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Disney Live will present “3 Classic Fairy Tales” at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday at 2 pm and 5 pm. Tickets range in price from $18 to $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison Street in downtown Peoria) will host an Opening Artist Reception for Ashley Morgan and Barbara Hoffman on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaartguild.org

Community Workshop and Training Center (CWTC) will present Darts for Abilities on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at Shot Spot Pub (located at 118 Argentina Avenue in Bartonville). The evening will include a blind double draw elimination tournament and $1,000 prize as well as a 50/50 drawing, auction and food and drink specials. Tournament registration begins at 4 pm and costs $10. All proceeds support direct services for CWTC consumers. For more information, call 309-686-3300.

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

Experience an old-fashioned Barn Dance at the Washington Middle School (located at 1100 N. Main Street in Washington) on Satuday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the popular Champaign contra band Euphor. Callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances:  beginners are welcome. For an introduction to barn dance basics, arrive 15 minutes early. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Kirking of the Tartans celebrating their Scottish heritage will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 10:30 am. Featuring live music provided by the Celtic Cross Pipe Band, you’re invited to bring your tartans for the traditional blessing. For more information, call 309-688-3436 or visit www.stpaulspeoria.com

Keith Urban, will bring his “Light The Fuse Tour 2013″ with Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch to the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $77, $67 and $57 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.comor by calling 800-745-3000.

A Veteran’s Day Parade will e held by the East Peoria Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 2078 on Monday beginning at 1:30 pm at Columbia & Washington Streets in East Peoria and ending at EP’s Time Out. There will also be a ceremony beginning at 11 am at Soldier’s Field in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show continues at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Enjoy a Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a complimentary wine tasting. Ladies can also enjoy wine specials in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and great small plates will also be available. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

ZooBrew and Wine Too! will take place at the Peoria Zoo tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Guests will sample a wide variety of beers and wines with unlimited drink tastings, appetizers from local restaurants, tours of the Africa! exhibit, live music and special desserts. Tickets are $40 per person or $50 per person. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) night from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Otto & George will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday show are $12 or $14 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Haunting of the Giant Screen Theater will take place through Halloween night at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring scary classic films including Monster House 3D tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, Ghostbusters on Friday at 7 pm,  Hotel Transylvania on Saturday at 4:30 pm, Ghostbusters on Saturday at 7 pm, Hotel Transylvania on Sunday at 1:20 pm & 3:20 pm and Monster House 3D on Sunday at 5:15 pm.  Adult tickets are $10 each or buy all three Hitchcock movies for $25 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. For more information including a complete schedule, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a new Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and free animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run from 5 – 7 pm and the “frightfully fun” version will run from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and children and free for kids under 1. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature South Side Cindy and the Slip-Tones plus a Halloween costume contest and prizes on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

J.K. Williams Distilling (located at 525 High Point Lane in East Peoria) will host a public Grand Openingwith a ribbon cutting on Friday at 2 pm followed by a Grand Opening Tour and Tasting event. On Saturday there will also be tours every 30 minutes and tastings from 10 am – 4 pm and from Noon – 4 pm on Sunday.

SalsaPalooza 3 featuring salsa dance workshops taught by local and guest instructors will be held at Body Fitness Dance Studio (located at 3020 N. University St. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm on Friday and from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday plus a Halloween Salsa Party on Saturday evening from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am. Cost for the workshops are $65 at the door for a Full Pass to all workshops & the party or $20 at the door per workshop. Cost for the Halloween Salsa Party is $10 or free for Full Pass holders and includes open dancing, dance performances plus a costume competition. For more information including a complete schedule, call 309-282-6212 or visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. For more information, visit http://www.spook-hollow.com

Amy Grant will perform at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and are available by calling 800-965-9324 or online at www.itickets.com  Please note: This concert originally was scheduled for the Peoria Civic Center Theater.

The River City Blues Society will present Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $6 for the general public or $4 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 pm and the show beginning at midnight.  Dress as your favorite character and bring your props. Tickets are $15 general admission and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information including the approved prop list, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

Holy Family School (located at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria) will host its 2nd Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm in the school gymnasium. Featuring over 35 vendors, admission is free. A raffle will be held and breakfast and lunch items will be available. For more information, call 309- 657-6731.

The 22nd Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center in Exhibit Halls A-D, featuring Discovery Channel’s Dr. Lori, Mary Jo Buttafuco, Days of Our Lives actress Gloria Loring and Melissa Costello, star of KarmaChow TV.  Advance tickets are available online at http://www.wlspeoria.comfor $8 and also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door are $10.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
The Spirit of Peoria Murder Mystery will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm featuring the the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company where you can dine and mingle with the cast 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.

Memphis will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37, 54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.comor by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder in their season opener on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $10, $12, $17 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season tickets are also available. For more information visit www.Rivermen.net
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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Viva Viola featuring Max Mandel, Viola Soloist, at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 1360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and are available online at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Bushwhacker Cyclocross will be held at Bradley Park on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Cost to compete is $30 or free to watch. Qdoba will be on site with discounted food. For more information and to register, visit www.bushwhacker.com/cx.html

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Halloween Hunt on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm where kids aged 3 – 12 can participate in a one-of-a-kind scavenger, view the Incredible Bats program with live bats from 3 – 5 pm, the Fright Light Planetarium Show and Hotel Transylvania or Monster House on the Giant Screen Theater. Admission is $10 for children (aged 12 & under) who are members, and $15 for non-members plus adults will receive one free adult admission with every paid child. Additional adults are $5 each. Giant Screen Theater movies are an additional $5 per person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Those who attend in costume will be eligible for special prizes. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Brooks Williams at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) McKenzie Room on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm.  Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes songs that fall between Americana and blues and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style. Admission is free and for all ages. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120.

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

Enjoy a Girls Night Out tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 South Main Street in Morton) featuring a free wine tasting. Local vendors will be displaying their unique merchandise and there will also be free massages, facials plus a wellness coach. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Out of Order opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and continues through June 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com 
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at Peoria Chiefs Stadium.  They play again on Friday at 11 am and Saturday at 1 pm.  Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com  Season tickets and other packages are also available. Please check prior to the games for possible rain cancellations.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Brazil as a Rising Power: An Insider’s Perspective” featuring ICC Fulbright Scholar Ana Josil Montenegro at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Register online at www.artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Morton High School will present Once Upon a Mattress at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) continues at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria ICC campus tonight (Thursday) and Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues their production of One Third of a Nation tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu/theatre-arts/single-performance-reservation

Auggie Smith will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm performances and $15 for the other performances. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 28th Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held on Friday and each weekday through May 24 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm. The Spring Celebration highlights the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties. Over 12,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the Fine Arts and Applied Arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

Dress For Success of Peoria will host “The Purse and Suit of Happiness“, a fundraiser for their program, at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Friday from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. Congressman Aaron Schock will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online at http://dressforsuccess.org/peoria

Help raise awareness of child abuse by joining “Hands Around the Courthouse” at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at 12 pm. Advocacy and justice officials will speak at the sixth annual event to draw attention to the more than 1,000 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

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

A Tribute to the Stars of St. Jude will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel with cocktails beginning at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm with live music by The Orchestra 33 plus a silent auction. Black tie is optional.
Tickets are $150 per person and are available online at http://www.stjude.org/tributetothestars  For more information about the event, call 309-679-4580.

Corn Stock for Kids continues with its production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 and younger and are available at he Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 and online at www.CornStockTheatre.com    Tickets are extremely limited in availability.

Eastlight Theatre will present Dream Girls at the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for ages through high school and $17 for senior citizens aged 60+. Adult tickets are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469) or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

The Peoria Ballet will present Snow White, a ballet in one act, at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $24 and $10 for students and are available at the Peoria Ballet office or online at http://fivepointswashington.org  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.com

Money Smart Week, a national event, will be hosting a series of free financial education classes, events, seminar and activities throughout the Peoria area beginning Saturday and running through the following Friday (April 26). For more information, visit http://www.moneysmartweek.org

Illinois Central College will host an Earth Day Recycling Event on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm on the East Peoria campus in the Lawrence Hall parking lot where you can bring old computers, flat screen tvs, copiers, cell phones, radios or other electronics that you would like to discard. There is no charge for this event. For a complete list of acceptable recyclables, visit www.icc.edu

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Peoria will present  “That’s Bazaar”!, a craft and product benefit fair featuring more than 90 vendors, on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (located at 400 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-679-1888.

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm each day. Admission is $2 per person. Experience the daily life of men and women during the Civil War era and watch them in action and perhaps be a part of daily drill. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with the soldiers.

Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will appear live at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday for two performances: one at 3 pm and one at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38.75, $48.75, $58.75 and $85 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm where you will be able to peruse booths, locate local resources and learn what you can do to make a difference for the environment. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials and hands-on demos, kids crafts, face painting and much more. There will be a raffle door prizes and the annual Earth Day. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

The Hope in a Hangar fundraising event for LifeLine Pilots will take place at the Byerly Aviation Terminal in the General Downing International Airport on Saturday with doors opening at 4 pm and a sit-down dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. A live & silent auction will take place throughout the evening as well as a champagne raffle featuring a blue topaz and diamond bracelet donated by Jones Bros Jewelers as the grand prize. Speakers will be passengers and family members of passengers that have flown with LifeLine. Cost is $50 per person or $75 a couple. To make a reservation or for more information, visit http://lifelinepilots.org

The 2013 Tri-County Urban League Black & White Gala will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm with a silent auction followed by a 7 pm dinner and a 8:30 pm concert. For more information, call 309-672-4354. Tickets for the Concert can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Hult Center for Healthy Living will host the 15th annual Spirit of Living Dinner on Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy cocktails, an awards presentation, silent auction, entertainment, and a tribute to Michel McCord. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-692-6650 or visiting http://www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Rivermen finish their season against the Charlotte Checkers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth-friendly treats the animals will receive throughout the day. Regular admission applies: $9 for adult (aged 13 and over), $5.25 for children (aged 3-12), $8 for senior citizens (aged 65 & over) or free for kids aged 2 & under. For more information, visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

The ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band, a 14-piece jazz big band directed by Larry Harms, will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. The Central Illinois Jazz Society house band will perform beginning at 6 pm. In recent years, the ICC band has won several honors at college jazz festivals. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Band Perry will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum on Bradley University’s campus on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. The opening act is the Kari Lynch Band. Tickets are $30 for the general public, $15 for students and $20 for Bradley faculty & staff and are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. The show is hosted by the activities counsel of Bradley University. For more information, call 309-677-2625 or visit www.acbu.org

The 2013 Clean Water Celebration kicks off on Sunday at the Gateway Building (located on Water Street on the Peoria Riverfront) beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. The dinner and lecture will take place at the GAR (located at 416 Hamilton Boulevard in Peoria) also on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm. Stiv Wilson will be the speaker and will discuss the plastic pollution problem Dinner and lecture are $25 or lecture only is $15. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-246-8403 or online at http://www.sunfoundatin.org  The school celebration will be held on Monday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information about school registration, call 309-697-1325 or 309-231-7451.