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The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 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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Oliver continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

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

The Garish but Green and Pink Garden Show opens on Friday at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) and runs through March 2 from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and Noon – 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up): children 12 and under and Garden Members are free. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazilionaires 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, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The “Wild About Love Valentine’s Day Dinner” will take place on Friday at Wildlife Prairie Park including open cocktails from 6 – 7 pm, a romantic five course dinner, gifts, a DJ & open dancing, plus the  chance to win a romantic stay at the Cabin on the Hill. Tickets are $75 per person and reservations are required: call 309-676-0998 to make yours. All proceeds go to support Wildlife Prairie Park For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night and the Mississippi Riverkings on Sunday beginning at 3:15 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 about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will host a Valentine’s Night event, “An Evening of Love Songs”, at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront featuring a three course plated dinner with a choice of three entrées on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Dinner will be followed by a live concert of classic love songs ranging from Cole Porter to the Beatles to James Taylor. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $30 per person or $58 per couple. Concert only tickets are also available. For more details, call 309-693-6725 for reservations or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Art will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. 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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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning 8 pm featuring “Romance” soloists Linden Christ, soprano, and Ryan Lanning, tenor. Tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/PEOR/

A Sunny Day with Julie K to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois will be presented at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Enjoy a festive lunch, children’s fashion show and a concert with award winning singer-songwriter Julie K. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children or $350 for a table of 10. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit https://choi.osfhealthcarefoundation.org

Romance at the Zoo will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Take a look at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom with videos to meeting animals up close, this event will give you a whole new perspective on relationships. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required: call 309-681-3504 to register or for more information, visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

A Valentine Benefit for Marie Roll-Krueger will be held at the American Legion Post 100 (located at 211 Legion Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. A Peoria resident needing a new heart, the benefit will help with expenses not covered by insurance. The event will include auction items, music and food. For more information, call 309-745-8968 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/241937872641280/ 

Cage Campaign Entertainment will host Chicago Havoc vs. Miami Punch at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Rebecca “She-Hulk” Adney and Cedric “The Spiderman” Marks Bellator Vet, UFC Vet Jeff “The Snowman” Monson vs. XFC Texas Former Light Heavy Weight Champ Jeremiah “Ironman” O’Neil, General admission seats are $28, reserved floor seat tickets are $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Engineering Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm with displays by engineering groups, engineering activities plus the chance to talk with engineers from the community. 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 Central Illinois Jazz Society will present The Peoria Jazz AllStars, comprised of students from Manual, Peoria High and Richwoods, at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. This prestigious group performs throughout the year at jazz festivals and civic events. The CIJS House Band, led by Larry Harms, will also perform. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. . For more info call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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The Paisley Convertible
continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 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 Erotic Hypnotic 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

The Illinois Fish & Feather Expo will take place at the Interstate Conference Center (located at 2301 W. Market Street in Bloomington) from Noon – 7 pm on Friday, 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 & under.  For more information, visit www.illinoisfishandfeather.com

The Bridal Bash featuring nearly 70 booths with photographers, venues, florists, linens, decor, rentals and beauty services will be held at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) from 5 – 8 pm on Friday and from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday. There will also be mini-fashion shows by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique with entertainment by DJ4U. Admission is free. Pre-registration and more information may be found at www.behindeverybride.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind 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.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring wine from Willett’s Winery & Cellar and Sheldon Schafer, curator of the Solar System exhibit, who will take you on a guided tour of the universe. Relax with local wines or craft beer and enjoy the view with the state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium technology. Admission is $25 for PRM members and $30 for guests. Advance registration requested and may be made by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Piece of My Heart will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for 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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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and 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 team, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference will host the All State Jazz Night Concert on Friday in the Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm. The All State Choral, Band & Orchestra concert will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 1 pm on Saturday and the All State Honors choral, band & orchestra concert will be held in the arena beginning at 3:15 pm also on Saturday.  Tickets for each of these concerts are $5 for the general public and are available at the door.  For complete information with performances and other meetings, call 708-479-4000 or visit www.ilmea.org

Open Ice Fishing will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Participants will be shown how and where to use a hand auger. Fishing is catch and release only. Pole rental is $1 and donations are accepted.

Boy Scout Troop 178′s annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm at the Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N. Tennessee Ave. in Morton). Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children and $20 for a family of five or more. Cost at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. Silent auction bids will take place from 4 – 7:30 pm. Get a free cookie or dessert with a canned food item donation. For advance tickets call 309-263-8559 or 309-212-0393.

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will meet at the Pekin Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring expert beekeeper and state bee inspector Dustin Campbell, beekeeper and owner of Belleville Honey, former USDA Hawaii bee lab field researcher and state honey bee inspector. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

Vocalist and pianist Edith Barnard and jazz guitarist Wes Sedrel will present “Celebrate Jazz of Jerome Kern” at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The duo will perform Kern’s songs and share anecdotes about him with the 1946 film about Kern’s life, Till the Clouds Roll By, to follow. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-922-9058.

World Championship ICE Racing will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adult reserved seating, $10 for children aged 2-12 reserved seating, $18 for adult general admission seating and $10 for children aged 2-12 general admission seating (all tickets $2 more the day of show). Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, by calling 1-800-745-3000, select Walmart locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host its third annual International Trivia Challenge fundraiser at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Proceeds will help PAWAC send five high school Scholastic Bowl champions to the national Academic World Quest competition in Washington, DC this April. Bring a team of eight or join a team when you arrive to show off your global knowledge and raise money to support global education for area students. Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for high school and college students. For more information, visit http://www.pawac.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will perform at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. The Wind Quartet of John McMurtery, Angela Schmid, Roger Garrett and Michael Dicker will perform works by Dubois, Ibert, Moritz and more and is free. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

Winter Jam 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door – no pre-sale event tickets will be available. For a complete list of performers, visit www.jamtour.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will perform at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. The house band will open and Supersession featuring Paul Weddle on saxes, Jason Hattermann on keyboards, Cortez Banks on drums, Dave Plunk on bass and Mike Nellas on guitar will begin at 7:15 pm playing smooth jazz, Latin and standards. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriajazz.com/home.php

The 2013 Caregiver Night Out will be held tonight (Thursday) at 1st United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry in Peoria) from 5 – 8 pm. This event is for caregivers or grandparents who are raising grandchildren as well as professional caregivers. The event is free and dinner will be provided plus there will be a speaker and the Peoria Jazz All Stars will provide entertainment. For more information, call 309-674-2071.

Deck the Halls opens 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 League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will hold a free meeting for small business owners on the Affordable Care Act tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at the Washington Township Hall (located at 58 Valley Forge Drive in Washington). A specialist from the Small Business Health Care Consortium and counselor from the Tazewell County Health Department will be on hand to answer questions while attendees learn about tax credits, insurance levels and brokers, affordability and more. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions will present the “Jazz for a Cause Concert” featuring the Jeff Lorber Fusion with Jimmy Haslip at the Packard Plaza (located at 211 NE Adams St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 6:45 pm and David Hoffman and Friends opening the show at 7:15 pm Lorber and Haslip will take the stage at 8:15 pm. Reserved tickets are $33 and general admission tickets are $26 and on sale now at http://cyfsolutions.org/jazz-for-a-cause, at Two 25 Restaurant or by calling The Center for Youth and Family Solutions at 309-323-6601. General Admission tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit children and families in crisis. For more information, visit http://cyfsolutions.org/jazz-for-a-cause

Dead Man’s Cell Phone continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for 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

Meet Me in St. Louis continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm 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

Big Love will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department 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

Brian Posehn 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 $16 (or $15 with cash) and $19 (or $18 with cash) for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Full Flavor 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 take place on Friday 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony presents its annual fundraiser, “A Taste of Jazz” beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday in the Packard Plaza Ballroom in downtown Peoria. In addition to live entertainment by CIYS students, the event features a wine and craft beer tasting and a silent auction of an array of items. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling 309-370-6424 or online www.ciys.org

The Roots & Boots Tour featuring Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and special guests the Brian Dennison Band and Cullen Greer will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and are available at all Avanti’s restaurants, Co-Op Records, the Twisted Spoke Saloon and the Avanti’s Dome or online at www.twistedspokesaloon.com

The Bradley Braves take on Chicago 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

A Pancake Breakfast and iPad Raffle hosted by Peoria Kiwanis to benefit local charities will be held at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave.in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, link sausage, applesauce and choice of coffee, milk or juice. Cost at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and kids ages 5 and under eat free. A book of five tickets is discounted to $30. Also available are raffle tickets for a chance to win an IPad. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. For both breakfast and raffle tickets, call 309-256-6251. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/398466770283157

Civil War Winter Quarters will be held at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday & from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 per vehicle. History comes to life as Civil War soldiers construct winter quarters and prepare for their winter encampment. Living Historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies and daily camp life. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.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

The Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) Talent Showcase will take place on Saturday from 3 – 5 pm. Acts from the longest running local talent competition in Peoria will entertain you with singing, dancing, rapping, and musical instruments. For more information, call 309-673-9183 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Michigan TEAM NetWork in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm and the Chicago Fury 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 St. Martin’s Chamber Players will present Christmas in France, a free concert and holiday celebration of French music, history and spirit on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the First English Lutheran Church (located at 725 E. Forrest Hill in Peoria). A “meet the artists” reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-922-9058 or visit www.peoriamusiclady.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Gallery Walk beginning at 2 pm on Sunday where you can learn about recent acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection, including artworks by Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault and John Marin, in a gallery walk led by Kristan H. McKinsey, Curator. Free to members and with regular paid admission.  Admission 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

 

The Illinois Central Jazz Train directed by Larry Harms playing the old Jazz standards with Big Band sounds will take place at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 non-members and students are free. Food and beverages will be available. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

Deck the Halls, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Big Love, Roots & Boots Tour, Bradley Basketball & Civil War Winter Quarters

The “Ladies on the Loose” Scavenger Hunt conducted by participating businesses in downtown Morton will be held today (Thursday) from 10 am – 7 pm. There will be prizes awarded as well as special offers available. Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) will also host their “Girls’ Night Out” with wine tasting from 5 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce invite the community to attend a special All-America City Reception, recognizing the small businesses that help make Peoria an All-America City, tonight (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm where you can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Call 309-672-2267 or 309-495-5974 to RSVP.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) every Thursday night in October 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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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Bradley University Institute of International Studies and International Trade Center present “The State of the U.S. Economy: National Security Challenge or Opportunity?” at the Gateway Building tonight (Thursday) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Robert Kimmit will explore the relationship between the U.S. economy and national security, and how the economy of central Illinois plays into the bigger picture. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Sean Rouse 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 and Friday late shows are $12 and $14 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden opening on Friday with hours from 10 am – 5 pm and running through Sunday, November 11. 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.

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 featuring Dexter O’Neal and Funk Yard 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 also take place on Friday 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

Uncorked! will take place on Friday beginning at 6 pm at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. A Vegas-sytle night of dancing and sampling of fine wines, craft beer and hors d’oeuvres plus a silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 per person may be purchased by calling 309-692-6650. All proceeds benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living For more information, visit www.hulthealthy.org

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.

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 7 – 10 pm with host Jim Hicks and hostess Peggy Holmes. All skill levels are welcome. There will be music, dancing and snacks in the Dining Hall. Fee is $5 per person or a $20 maximum per family.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder in their only pre-season game on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $10, $12, $17 and $20 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  Season tickets are also available. For more information visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place every Friday & Saturday in October 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 every Friday & Saturday in October 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

EP!C’s third annual Boo Run will take place at Hoerr Nursery (located at 8020 N Shade Tree Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am and will feature a competitive Grand Prix 5K Run & Roll, One-mile Fitness Walk and Kids Fun Run & Roll. Costumes are encouraged, and trophies and medals will be awarded to top competitors. Registration information is available online at www.boorunpeoria.com  The event also includes a costume contest, outdoor farmers’ market, hayrack rides, face painting, art and entertainment for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of EP!C. For more information, call 309-689-3605 or visit www.epicpeoria.org

The 33rd Annual Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and RiverFront Conference Center (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Enjoy shopping, casual learning centers for spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, beading and more along with Viewers’ Choice, the 2013 Challenge, games and door prizes. Admission is $5 for shopping only or $15 for the full spin-in experience. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

Peoria Players will host their Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon in their front lobby. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit http://peoriaplayers.org

A Punkin Chuckin’ Contest will take place at The Pumpkin Farm (located at 16339 N. Springfield Rd. at the corners of Allentown & Springfield Road, rural Groveland, near Morton) on Saturday from 9:30 am to dusk. A variety of machines participate in the Morton contest including catapults, trebuchets, and some whose category needs to be determined upon their arrival. A hand tossed event is offered for those of us who can’t build a machine. Food will also be available including rib eye steak sandwiches, pumpkin chili, pumpkin funnel cakes or ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Halloween Costume and Make-Up Workshop on Saturday from 10 am – Noon at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Fees for Corn Stock member are $5 and $7 for non-members and the Workshop is open to kids ages 8-16. To register, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12.
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.
And a Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $47 for adults, $23.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. For more information on any cruise or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

As part of the month-long, city-wide “Citywide Celebration of Women Artists”, Corn Stock Theatre will host “Celebrating Women Actors” at their Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) on Saturday from 6 – 7:30 pm featuring several local female actors who will sing a favorite song or read a part they enjoyed performing. Learn about their experiences on the stage, about the moment they knew they wanted to act as well as the women who guided them and those they most admire. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196.

The Howlin’ on Water dinner and show will take place at the Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm and the show running from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is $37 per person for a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show presented by Central Illinois Dueling Pianos. A full cash bar will be available all night. To purchase your spot online, visit http://artstix.artspartners.net

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Charles Yang on violin. Tickets range from $26 to $71 with discounts for students and groups and are available at the PSO Box Office, (located at 101 State Street in Peoria) from Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on concert Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm and at the Peoria Civic Center from 6:30 – 8 pm the night of the performance or by calling 309-671-1096 or online at http://www.peoriasymphony.org

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Peoria Pops Orchestra will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students or groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Speakeasy, featuring Judy Page will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society opening led by Larry Harms. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The 47th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus lots of food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans,, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Sumer Wellness (located at 1491 Valle Vista, Blvd. in Pekin) will host an Open House featuring a wine tasting, giveaways, demonstrations, and desserts tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Call 309-347-4277 to RSVP to the event and qualify to win a package valued at over $100.

Snyder Village (located at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora) will host an Auction Preview & Ice Cream Social tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Their Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held on Saturday from 6 – 9:30 am featuring handmade art and goods, home décor, themed gift baskets and more.  For more information, call 309-367-4300 or visit www.snydervillage.com

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. 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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Tommy Johnagin 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 and Friday late shows are $13 (or $12 with cash payment) and $16 for the other shows (or $15 with cash payment). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Les Miserables continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present, will take place every every Friday in September 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 every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) 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

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & the Soul Mystics 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.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Park District will host “Take a Stab at the Riverfront!” featuring a movie-inspired meal and cash bar on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm in the Gateway Building followed by a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at 8 pm in Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Lee Brice will perform at Three Sisters Park on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $26 and are available at Emack’s & Bollio’s Ice Cream (on the Peoria RiverFront & Peoria Heights), Co-op Records in Peoria, Pekin & East Peoria, by calling 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jay.tv

Modern Day Romeos will perform on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the gate. Food will be available. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight production of Tarzan will take place at 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 by calling the Eastlight Box Office at 309-699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar will also be available.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets for both are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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John Prine will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $47.50 and $57.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe will present “Conversations“, a night of one act plays, on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Ear in the Envelope, Inc. Upstairs Studio (located at 820 SW Adams St. in Peoria). Admission is free, however donations will be taken. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatWorkBeginsTheatreTroupe

Salsa Night featuring a free Salsa or Bachata lesson will be held on Friday at Peoria Latin Vibe (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Enjoy performances by some of the best Salseros in the Mid-West. Admission is $6. For more information visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

In honor of International Literacy Day, Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley St. in Peoria) will host its 27th Annual Walk for Literacy on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Walkers can choose between a 5k or one-mile route, with activities along the way such as the Walk and Learn Contest and opportunities to meet Abraham Lincoln and visit the Bookmobile, as well as a post-walk celebration with refreshments and prizes. Walkers are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character. For registration information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

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

WorldFest 2013, a celebration of the many ethnic groups in Central Illinois in conjunction with Youth Doing the Right Thing, will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D.
The Central Illinois Black Expo, a multicultural family event with activities for the entire family, will also be held on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall.  Parking and admission are free for both of these events.

Bikes Blues & BBQ will be held at the VFW Post 1232 (located at 15665 VFW Road in Pekin) on Saturday  from 1 – 10 pm. Admission is $10 per person. The event features live blues with Chris Duarte from Texas, Jimmy Warren Band from Chicago and Matthew Curry & The Fury from Bloomington, a bike show hosted by Phat Jax custom cycles, vendors, BBQ from Sammy Lynn’s Smokehouse plus beer, a cash bar, soda, and water will be available. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com

The Peoria Public Library will host a reception for The Art of the Sell: Graphic Designs Advertising CAT Tractors on Saturday in the Main Library Art Gallery from 1 – 3 pm. 100 ads are on display from the private collection of Mr. Mark Johnson. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The 1st Annual River Harvest Festival, highlighting the work being done to protect the environment and waterways of central Illinois, will take place outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. The event includes live music by Robin Crowe, bag toss games, a corn boil, grilled food and Great Lakes Brewery beer for sale. Local volunteer groups will be onsite with information on getting involved in Illinois conservation and attendees can sign up to participate in the annual trash cleanup along the Illinois River on September 21st. For more information, call 309- 676-5237 or visit www.illinois.sierraclub.org/hoi

The 16th Annual Lobster Roast to benefit the Hult Education Center will be held on Saturday at Weaver Angus Farm beginning at 6 pm for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, 7 pm for dinner & the program. The event will feature special guests, NFL quarterbacks Jim McMahon & Jeff George. This year will honor and roast Hult founder, Patti Bash. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-692-6650 or online at http://www.hulthealthy.org

Who’s Bad will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the day of show. Food will be available. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria will feature cheeseburgers grilled on the dock on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $40 for adults. For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-637-800 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Percussionist Craig Russo will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. Featuring jazz soloists, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms and fresh arrangements of jazz standards and heard nationally on jazz radio, Russo will be joined by local musicians Kevin Hart and Andy Crawford. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Kathy Griffin will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Griffin is a two-time Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author and five-time Grammy nominee. Tickets are $70, $55, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

 The Illinois State Fair continues through Sunday in Springfield. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. 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   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

Latin Rhythms on the River hosted by the Peoria Historical Society will take place tonight (Thursday) on the Spirit of Peoria where you’ll cruise the Illinois River with history buffs, enjoy music by Peoria’s own Brazilionaires plus food & drink (cash bar).  Boarding begins at 5 pm and the cruise runs from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $35 per person and reservations highly recommended. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

David Hoffman and Friends will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

Sean Kent 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 and $14 for the other shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August 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. The tour will take place every every Saturday through 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 Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) 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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm, plus an early cruise on Saturday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruising from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided.  Tickets for these cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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. 
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 any event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The River City Soul Fest will take place on the Peoria RiverFront Festival Park with Gospel Night on Friday featuring Earnest Pugh and R & B Night on Saturday featuring Mint Condition with gates opening each night at 6 pm. Tickets for Friday are available at the gate for $10 and tickets for Saturday are $15 in advance and $20 the night of the show and are available at www.jaytv.com at all area Co-Op Record Stores or at Janet’s Just For You.

The 2nd Annual Peoria Public Radio in the Park fundraising variety concert for WCBU 89.9 will be held on Friday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located in Glen Oak Park off Prospect in Peoria) with gates opening at 6 pm.  Featuring 18 acts including singers, instrumentalists, choral groups and community theatre cast members the show begins at 7 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Cash and checks only, please. Sorry, no credit cards. For more information, visit http://peoriapublicradio.org

The Women of Faith Believe God Can Do Anything Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday. A life-changing, live Christian event for today’s woman, where chart-topping music artists and world-class authors and Bible teachers create an unforgettable, day-and-a-half experience for women from all walks of life. Tickets are $99 per person and $89 per person for groups of 10 or more. To register, visit http://www.womenoffaith.com/events/peoria

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Inaugural 5K Duck Dash and Waddle to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse begins at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at 8 am with late registration beginning at 6:30 am and a free yoga warm up session at 7:30 am. The course is entirely flat along the Peoria Park District Riverfront Trail. Registration is $30 per person and available online at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org

The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will host their Annual Antique Tractor and Equipment Show from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am-4 pm on Sunday at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in Wyoming, IL. There will be food, vendors, tractor pulls (Sunday only starting at 11 am), Steam Engines, Shingle Mill, Sawmill, Tractor Games, Silent Auction, Kids Activities, Antique Tractor and Equipment Display (bring your tractor to display) and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.citractorclub.com

The 9th Annual “I Had a Dream” March & Rally Against Violence will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm at John H. Gwynn Park (located at 809 W. John Gwynn Ave. in Peoria) featuring Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Mayor Jim Ardis and 1st District Councilwoman Denise Moore as speakers. Food & entertainment will be on hand as well. Admission is free.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society, Section of the Peoria Academy of Sciences, will host its 22nd Annual Reptile and Amphibian Fair on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm featuring live animal exhibits, contests, raffles, educational displays, painted body art, photography and more. Admission is $3 per person and parking is free. Hot lunches are available from 12 – 2 pm for free will donations. For more information, visit http://centralillinoisherp.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday beginning at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. 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

Rhythm in the Rainforest will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm featuring Preston Jackson & Friends. Listen to some cool jazz while you enjoy delicious food in the beautiful, fragrant Rose Garden. Admission is $25 in advance for Garden members or $30 in advance for non-members. Reserve tickets by calling 309-681-3506. Only those over 21 will be admitted.

The Saturday Giant, a one-man art-rock band from Columbus, Ohio, will perform at Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. (located at 734 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thesaturdaygiant

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host John Miller and the Romaniacs at Landmark Cinemas (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) featuring “Gypsy jazz” inspired by Django Reinhardt, with roaming sounds of clarinet, soprano sax, guitars and bass taking you back to the streets of Paris on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm with the CIJS house band opening at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $ 7 for non-members students free. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

 

Enjoy a complimentary Wine Tasting at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Try out highly rated, moderately priced wines that can’t be found anywhere else in the area. For more information, call 309-291-0899 for more information.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. 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   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host Pekin Park Band in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available, including sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages.  For more information, visit  www.mortonfinearts.org

JC and The Redemption  will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

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.

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday), and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
The Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Fund Yard 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.  And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson 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 on any event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Macbeth tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 8 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Failure: A Love Story will be presented on Friday at 8 pm.  And A Comedy of Errors will be presented on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

Chris Kattan of SNL Fame 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 $19, $21 for the Friday shows and $22 for the Saturday (get a $1 discount with cash payment for any of the shows). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August 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. The tour will take place every every Saturday through 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 Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) 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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there will also be a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am. Tickets for all the cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

The 8th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at Tower Park (located at 1222 East Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) from 5 – 10 pm on Friday & from 1 – 10 pm on Saturday featuring a beer tent, live music provided by 8 bands, food plus Fun on the Run inflatables for the kids from 12 – 6 pm and the Zoo Lady will be here from 2 – 8 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-of-Peoria-Heights/118391191508706

The 9th Annual Princeville MDA Benefit will take place across the street from the Akron-Princeville Fire Department (located at 240 East Main Street in Princeville) from 6 pm – Midnight on Friday & 8 am – Midnight on Saturday. The event will feature a beer tent, live music provided by Joe Stamm and the 26ers on Friday night, a “fill the boot” event, firefighter water fights, a kids bounce house & face painting, a bags tournament, music provided by Chub-N-Bubb from 2 – 6 pm, a live auction and music by Short Lived Fun from 8 pm – Midnight (on Saturday). For more information, visit www.apfd.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/119337724903124

4&20, a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the RiverFront on Friday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 available at the gates. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Wiz opens on Friday and runs through Saturday, August 10 at Corn Stock Theatre at the Corn Stock tent in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be presented by Eastlight Theatre at the East Peoria High School Auditorium on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on 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

Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) will host Community Unity Day & Health Fair on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. The free event includes men’s, women’s and kids’ health centers offering services from blood glucose and cholesterol testing to mammograms, dental screenings and more. Attendees can also enjoy snacks and refreshments, entertainment, raffles and giveaways. For more information, call 309-671-5200 or visit www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Science Rocks!, a Community Day to Celebrate Peoria as a Place of Invention, on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Learn about current science taking place in Peoria and about the long history of innovation in our community. Join scientists from the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (the Ag Lab) with hands on demonstrations in the museum lobby, plus learn about Peoria’s role in the development of penicillin in a talk by Dr. Stephen W. Peterson beginning at 4 pm. Also on Saturday, learn about native fish species in the Illinois River Encounter exhibit with the Feeding the Fish event from 3 – 3:30 pm where you can see the museum’s 400-gallon fish tank and watch experts feed the fish, learn about fish behaviors and what they like to eat.  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 Peoria Chiefs will take on the Burlington Bees on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. 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
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Experience a Murder Mystery Interactive Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with the passengers as the mystery unfolds on Saturday from 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.

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Society will host their annual Bratfest, a traditional German Picnic, at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from noon – 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. In conjunction with the Bratfest, an import and craft beer tasting will also be held from 1 – 5 pm with over 25 different beers available to sample.  Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois will provide live music. Other entertainment will be provided by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, and the Peoria Volkstaenzer beginning at 1 pm. Other activities include a Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Customized Motorcycle Cruis’n from Noon – 5 pm, a fine arts and craft village, bingo plus a shooting tent. Food to be served include Wienerschnitzle, Bratwurst, Heidelburgers, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Bavarian Pretzels, Homemade ice cream, and assorted desserts are also available. Full dinners will be served until 6 pm and sandwiches will be available after 6 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” celebrating the travels of Miss Jean Morron on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit features her 1957 four-and-half month around the world cruise including her favorite United States destinations such as New York City, Boston and other cities along the Eastern Seaboard plus Paris, London and other European cities. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children or tour both of the Society’s historic homes in one day for $10. This exhibit is part of the Society’s First Sunday Open House Tours April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Saturday with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a KCBS BBQ cook-off, a petting zoo, and the Rising Star Singing Contest plus much more. General admission is $10 for ages13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Odd Couple (Female Version) opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. 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   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Junior League of Peoria will host a New Member Social tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm at the Junior League headquarters (located at 256 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) for those who are interested in making a difference in the community, learning about the organization and meeting some of the members. By attending this meeting, you are not obligated to join. For questions or to say you will be attending, call 309-231-4534.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the South Bend Silver Hawks tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 7 pm and the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. 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

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host Sister Groove in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available, including sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages.  For more information, visit  www.mortonfinearts.org

The Harlan Geiser Jazz Quartet featuring local jazz artists will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

Anything Goes continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre’s main stage (tent) located in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Macbeth tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Failure: A Love Story will play on Friday at 8 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm.  And A Comedy of Errors will be presented on Saturday at 8 pm and also on Sunday at 1:30 pm  Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

Adam Newman will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and will take place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) 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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there is also a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am.  And on Friday night from 8 – 10 pm, enjoy a Moonlight Cruise with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets for all these cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron 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 also be held on Friday night 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

Prairie Cabaret Theatre (located at 619 SW Water Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Peoria) will present The Lebanese / Redneck Wedding on Friday with doors opening at 5:45 pm the ceremony at 6:30 pm followed by dinner and dancing.  The menu includes traditional Lebanese dishes plus Rednecky American foods along with wedding cake and baklava for dessert. A full bar is available all night.Admission is $37 per person (tax included) for dinner buffet and show. Reserved seating can be purchased by visiting www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com or call 309-494-9100.

Canned Heat will perform on Friday on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at all area Co-Op Record Stores or online at www.etix.com

Arc Light Productions will present The Music Man at Illini Bluffs High School (located at 212 N. Saylor Street in Glasford) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://www.arclightpro.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Boogers will perform at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.meet-the-boogers.com

The 4th Annual Tractor Show will take place on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm at 300 N. Main St. in Morton featuring vintage tractors plus an old fashioned Ice Cream Social hosted by the Morton Community United Church of Christ. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Mike & Joe will perform on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7. For more information visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The 4th Annual Shrimp & Corn Boil presented by Kroger will be take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Meals are $10 per person and include jumbo shrimp, smoked sausage and red potatoes. There will also be raffle prizes and live music. For more information, call 309-679-4580.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Stephanie Aaron at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band.  Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The 49th Rennick Art Show, sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society, continues at Peoria Public Library Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe Street in Peoria in the lower level gallery) through May 30th. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm for viewing.

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, a wellness coach and wine tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

The Kiwanis Club of East Peoria will host an Art Auction and Wine Pull to benefit the Fondulac District Library tonight (Thursday from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Eastport Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria). Featuring an auction of artwork created by students from East Peoria and Metamora high schools, most pieces will be offered via silent auction with select pieces being offered in a live auction starting at 7 pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and include event entry, auction paddle and hors d’oeuvres are and available in advance from East Peoria Kiwanians or at Fondulac District Library (located at 140 East Washington Street in East Peoria). A cash bar and wine pull tickets will be available at the event.

The 105.7-The-X-Tec-E-Cig Spring Fling Concert featuring Stone Sour, Papa Roach, All That Remains, Sick Puppies and In This Moment will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office. Special $100 VIP Tickets can be purchased at www.1057thexrocks.com

Out of Order continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs 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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Ryan Singer will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm performances, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will host a Garage Sale on Friday from 8 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm. Admission is free.

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.

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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson 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 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Zootini, a fundraising event for the Peoria Zoological Society, will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm.  A variety of martinis will be served by local celebrity bartenders at an after-hours event in Africa! Taste the signature “Zebratini” and walk the boardwalk with friends for tastings, appetizers, sushi, event-themed desserts, Zoo entry and live entertainment which are included with the ticket price. Tickets are $45 at the door and are available along with more information by calling 309-681-3500 or visiting www.peoriazoo.org

Enjoy a night of Vegas-style entertainment at Play for the Promise 2013 on Friday at Brewer’s Distributing (located at 2421 W Townline Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. The third annual benefit for Peoria Promise includes food, drinks, gaming, performers, a silent auction, raffle and more fun. Tickets cost $35. For tickets and more information, call 309-256-9752 or visit www.peoriapromise.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Clinton LumberKings on Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. 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.
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Sky Pro Wrestling will present “Limitless” on Friday at Bellvue Plaza (located at 325 S. Bellevue in Peoria) with bell time at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults $5 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Card to be announced. For more information, click HERE

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday at the Glen Oak Lagoon (located within Glen Oak Park off Prospect Road in Peoria) from 9 am – 3 pm. Toss in a line and see if you can reel in one of the specially tagged fish to win a prize. Schedule is ages 5 years and under from 9 – 10 am, 6 – 9 years from 10 – 11 am, 10 – 12 years old from 11 – 1 pm and for ages 50+ and those with disabilities from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. Fishing equipment will be available at no charge.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority will present the State of Illinois Homebuyer Expo at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm to educate area homebuyers and homeowners on state programs that can aid in obtaining an affordable mortgage or preventing foreclosure. Local lenders will be on hand to pre-qualify homebuyers for up to $10,000 in down payment assistance, determine eligibility for more than $18,000 in federal tax credits and more. Call 312-836-5200 or register online at www.ihda.org

Offshore Adventures host and OCEARCH (Ocean Research) expedition leader Chris Fischer will hold a Q&A Presentation on Saturday in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater beginning at 10 am, followed by a “meet and greet” in the main lobby at 1 pm. Learn about the ocean’s giants and Fischer’s adventures in tracking sharks aboard the Caterpillar-sponsored M/V OCEARCH. Admission is free for this event. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information on OCEARCH, visit www.ocearch.org

Greater Peoria Honor Flight will host an Armed Forces Day Celebration on Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 Prospect Road in Peoria). Current and vintage military vehicles and weapons will be on display along with Central Illinois WW2 re-enactors and Peoria law enforcement vehicles. There will also be a Kid Zone with a space walk, inflatables, face painting, Unique Twist Balloons and more. Donations for Operation Santa will also be collected:  please bring toothbrushes, toothpaste, or lip balm for our troops oversees.  A $5 wristband donation requested for entrance with proceeds benefiting the Greater Peoria Honor Flight on June 4th. For more information, visit www.greaterpeoriahonorflight.org

A River Spirit Flute Circle will be held from 1 – 2 pm on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Lsten to Native American flute music or try playing this beautiful wooden instrument yourself. All levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Randy Starnes, a local flute maker, is the leader of the group and will have flutes for you to borrow or purchase. Bring your own flute if you have one. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Jabali Acrobats will perform on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus beginning at 7:30 pm.  Direct from Kenya, these phenomenal acrobats combine the artistry of fast-paced movement, music, dance and incredible acrobatics.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

River City Latinos will present a May Latin Dance on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. DJ Cornona, one of Chicago’s premiere DJs featuring spinning norteno, banda, bachata, merengue, tribal, cumbias and more. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for kids aged 10 – 15 and ladies pay $15 from 8 – 9 pm. For more information or to make a table reservation, call 309-232-9199 or visit www.facebook.com/rivercitylatinos

Stargazing at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing on Saturday from dusk until 11 pm (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope and locating planets and constellations. Admission and parking is free. Parking is available in the golf course parking lot (accessible from Knoxville Avenue) – the Observatory is a short walk across the golf course towards Proctor Hospital. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Peoria Motorcycle Club will host their Spring Poker Run, an easy-pace motorcycle ride over country roads, selected to avoid heavy traffic and to provide scenic views, on Sunday beginning at 10 am at PMC Race Park (located at 605 S Cameron Ln. in Bartonville). Riders follow a set route using a navigation sheet and draw a playing card to add to their poker hand at each check point . At the end of the ride, the best poker hand wins. Payout is $200 based on 100 entries. Entry fee is $10 per person. First bike leaves at 11 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net

The Grand Tour of Homes of the West Bluff will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring six West Bluff homes as well as the Grand Army of the Republic (the GAR) Hall, this is the 30th year of the tour. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at any of the homes the day of the tour.  Funds raised by the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff.  For more information including advance ticket sales locations, click HERE

The popular New Orleans Jazz Band led by Carl Anderson will perform on Sunday in the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) beginning at 7:15 pm. The CIJS house Band led by Larry Harms will open beginning at 6 pm. 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

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.