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Money Smart Week 2014 will take place throughout the Peoria area through Saturday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered:  for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. 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 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Dayton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and Bowling Green on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday both beginning at 1 pm and 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 Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Fundraiser at the Locker Room (located at 112 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. 10% of all food and non-alcoholic drink purchases will benefit the group to go toward to building a parking lot and trails in Peoria’s newest park. Learn about becoming a member, plus pick up a t-shirts and details on upcoming hikes and special events. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $56., $61, and $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Dorothy in Wonderland at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Eureka College Theatre Department will present Godspell at Pritchard Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 309-467-6363. For more information, visit http://www.eureka.edu/event/godspell

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & the Soul Mystics 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. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Auditions for Community Children’s Theatre’s Ragtime, School Edition will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N North St. in Peoria) at 6 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday.  For more information call 309-681-2861.

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm on Friday & Saturday. Admission for the dinner & show is $38  or limited availability show only seating beginning at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.

The 22nd Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring over 250 quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus try bites from local restaurants. A smaller, quieter beer testing event with the acoustic sounds of the local band, Corn Wolves, tickets for the Friday night event are $20 and include a 2014 glass souvenir glass plus food. 50% of the door proceeds will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. The Saturday event runs 1 – 8 pm and the first 4000 guests will receive commemorative sample glasses. Saturday tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and are available at many area locations.  Beer tickets are $1 each, with most beers requiring 1 ticket per 4 oz tasting. For a full list of beers available and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will host the Heartland Heroes Dinner 2014 with Sara Evans featuring a dinner in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 6 pm with the Heartland Heroes event and concert beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $36.50 – $42.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented by ICC at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will include performances by ICC’s Vocal Jazz, the Maloof granddaughter trio, the Peoria Ballet, Peoria Players Theatre, Pick Percussions (formerly the Elite Drum Corps) plus a full performance of the 2014 ICC Readers’ Theatre show “Words of Freedom”. Admission is free, however, during intermission a good will offering benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be collected. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/253864251455099/?ref=25

The Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Enjoy dinner, drinks and laughs with Jay Harris and Mike Maxwell for $25 per person. For more information, call 309-495-9463 ext.1.

The Peoria Ballet will present Cinderella at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 130 Wilmor Road in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and also at 2 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at http://www.peoriaballet.com  For more information, call 309-690-7880.

A Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 8 – 9:30 pm at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria). A nighttime hunt for eggs filled with candy and plenty of prizes, afterwards enjoy pizza, refreshments and games. All participants need to bring a flashlight and prize bag. Admission is $10 for Peoria residents and $15 for non-residents. For registration and more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the cities of Peoria and Washington and the Washington Chamber, will host Shop Washington this weekend. While many Washington businesses were undamaged in the November tornado and remain open, they need support from area residents. A CityLink bus for shoppers will depart from the Riverfront Clock Tower at 10 am on Saturday and stop at Russell’s Cycling & Fitness Center, Mt. Vernon Plaza and the Square in Washington, returning to Peoria at 3 pm. For more information, call 309-495-5974.

The 17th Annual Easter Egg Festival will be held at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Bring your Easter baskets and help find colorful eggs filled with candy and prizes plus before and after the hunt, there will be snacks, a coloring contest, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The hunt begins at 10:15 am and there will be three age groups. For more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host its annual Easter Egg Celebration on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am for children ages up to 3, at 10:50 am for ages 4 – 6 and at 11:10 am for ages 7 – 9. Admission is $6.50 for non-member children or $3.50 for member children and $9 for non-member adults. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s 80th Anniversary event, “Peoria Hosts: Famous Guests in the River City“, will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom in downtown Peoria on Saturday with a boutique opening at 10 am and the luncheon beginning at 11:30 am. Featuring 6 famous people who played in Peoria in the past 200 years, the performance will chronicle historical entertainment through snippets of speeches, costumes, dancing and more. Tickets are $40 and reservations are required. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Hike in Peoria’s newest park, Rocky Glen on Saturday from 10 am – Noon leaving from Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W. Farmington Road in Peoria.) All hikers will be shuttled to the trailhead by van. The hike is around 1.5 miles long over rough ground. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

A Prairie Garden Workshop will take place on Saturday from 10 am – Noon at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Participants will learn the basics of starting their own native prairie garden at home, the benefits of native landscaping, how to propagate prairie plants and planning your garden to work with your site. Participants will then get to take home a prairie plant to start their own garden. Admission is $15. For more information about the class call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Illinois Central College will host its 10th Annual International Fair on Saturday from noon – 3 pm in the East Peoria Campus cafeteria. Meet some of ICC’s international students, see a fashion show of traditional costumes from their home countries, and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food samples, cultural booths and dancing. The fair is open to the public with a suggested $2 donation and children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go towards an international student scholarship fund. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 Meadowview Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon featuring candy and prized-filled eggs for children under 10. Fee is $4 per child and registration required. For more information and to register, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Former NASA space shuttle commander Scott Altman will speak on “Reaching for the Stars” at the Cerf Center on the Eureka College campus on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am as part of alumni weekend activities. Altman, son of Eureka College alumni Fred and Sharon Altman of Pekin, logged more than 50 days in space during four space flights. He will discuss growing up in central Illinois and his experiences in the Navy and at NASA. Tickets for the event are $30. For more information, call 309-467-6319.

The Peoria Push Roller Derby Dames will take on the Prairieland Punishers at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and kids 6 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriarollerderby.org

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse at the Shore Acres Clubhouse in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the great string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. American Classics will feature Béla Fleck on banjo and Nathaniel Olson, baritone. Tickets range from $35 – $80 and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

The Bradley University Community Chorus Spring Concert featuring music of Johannes Brahms will be held at Dingeldine Music Center (locate at 1417 W. Barker Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Garish but Green and Pink Garden Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) 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

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

The 2014 Official Spring Home Show will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults ages 18 & over, $3.50 for senior citizens ages 60 and over and kids under 18 are free and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office during show hours. For more information, please visit http://www.peoriahomeshow.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature DC3 beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will 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, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Beer & Brats Tailgate Under the Stars will take place at at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 7 pm in the Dome Planetarium. Relax with brats, snacks, and a variety of craft beers from Two Brothers Brewing in Warrenville, IL as you take a guided tour of the universe with a state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium experience. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for guests. Register in person or by calling 309-686-7000. Early registration is recommended. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Mitch Williams: A Leap of Magicwill be presented at The Many Lights Theatre (located within the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 159 N. 2nd Avenue in Canton) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets for the show are $10 and may be reserved by calling 309-357-9366.

Art will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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A Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale will be held on Saturday in the Peoria Players Theatre lobby from 8 am – Noon featuring Prom dresses & tuxedos. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

The Peoria Zoo will host a Behind-the-Scenes Tour from 9 – 10 am on Saturday offering information about the resident animals and how they are cared for. Admission is $22. To register, call 309- 681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit will present Seeds2Success at the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday from 9 am -1:30 pm. Seeds2Success is an opportunity for the public to speak with representatives from the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and explore strategies to strengthen the local foods movement. Fee for the event is $15 which includes a continental-style breakfast and a light lunch. Reservations may be made online at www.web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt  For more information, call 309-672-6056 or visit www.peoriacounty.org

Super Saturday will take place at at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm where you will learn about the anatomy of insects and arachnids, view specimens plus design your own bug. Check out the museum’s collection of insects and view the intricate glass insects in the Chihuly and Friends: Highlights from the George R. Stroemple Collection exhibition. This event is free to members and with regular paid admission. There is a $3 additional cost for the Chihuly and Friends exhibition to non-members. Admission to the museum 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 Awesome 80′s Prom will be presented by The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Including interactive performance, dinner, cash bar and silent auction, the event is a fundraiser to support the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets are $45 and are available online HERE

The Great Burr Oak Science Club February meeting will feature Dr. Timothy Koeltzow, Associate Professor of psychology at Bradley University, on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm at 637 W. Main Street in Peoria (formerly the Church Mouse Thrift Shop). Admission is free and meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will hold its 10th Annual Fine Art Live and Silent Auction fundraiser with live music, food and a cash bar will be available on Saturday beginning at 7pm, followed by a live auction at 8 pm. Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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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

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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host a dinner and presentation entitled “Immigration Reform Implications for the Midwest” by Dr. Rachel Buff, associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, tonight (Thursday) at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N. Galena Road, Peoria Heights) A reception begins at 5:30 pm, dinner begins at 6 pm and the presentation is at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 for PAWAC members and students or $35 for non-members. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The Paisley Convertible opens 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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Bradley University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will sponsor a presentation by Board of the Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park president Bill Cirone entitled “Wildlife Prairie Park: A Jewel of the Midwest” tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm in Marty Theatre (located in the Robert H. Michel Student Center, lower level at 915 N. Elmwood in Peoria). Admission is free, however registration is required. Call 309-677-3900 to register or for more information.

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rewind beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez on Friday 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

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

The Penguin Project will present Grease at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com, by calling 309-699-7469 or at the Eastlight Theater box office. Student tickets are only available through the box office. For more information, visit http://www.penguinproject.org

A Piece of My Heart will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday & 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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A presentation about Building an Energy Efficient Home will be held at the Peoria Public Library North Branch in the McKenzie Room (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am.  Admission is free.

Family Fest 2014, a family-focused community event featuring 40,000 square feet of interactive fun for all ages, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D. Admission is $5 for adults and children and free for ages under 3. A Family Four Pack of 2 adults and 2 children will also be available for $15. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Southern Illinois Monarchs in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 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 Heart of Illinois United Way emerging leaders group (GENeration United) will host the 2nd Annual Snowball Masquerade beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (located at 101 Holiday Street in East Peoria). Enjoy an evening of fun with a masquerade contest and live entertainment provided by Three and a Half Men. Tickets are $55 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.  For more information, call call 309-674-5181 or visit http://www.hoiunitedway.org/HOIUW-generation-united-events.php

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm and again on Sunday 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, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Heritage Ensemble will present its Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 senior citizens $8 students and free children under 12 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Sunday Fun Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm with “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11″ where children can hear the retelling of the Apollo 11 story and make a craft to take home. Cost is $2 per child (an adult must be present during the event). 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 Symphony will present “Matinee at the Movies” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 3 pm. Featuring music from Hollywood classics new and old including Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Magnificent Seven, and Gone with the Wind, the show will be hosted by Dan Diorio & Grag Batton of WMBD 1470. 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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and small plates will be available plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass, flight or bottles from the wine list.
Fridays Live at the Wines ‘N More Shop & Wine Bar will present live acoustic folk-rock on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring singer-guitarist Dave Berchtold and his unique blend of acoustic folk, blues, roots and rock. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-291-0899.  For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Holiday Extravaganza will take place at the Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Admission is free.  Learn about how other countries celebrate the holidays. There will be food, giveaways, and entertainment. For more information, call 309-673-9183 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Eastlight Theatre’s production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Disney musical Tarzan will be presented by CCT (Children’s Community Theatre) at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. The Sunday performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 12 and under for senior citizens and are available at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion or online at www.artspartners.net  For more information call 309-681-2861.

Live at the Five Spot at 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 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with A Celtic Christmas on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise running from 7 – 9 pm and on a Lunch on Saturday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise running from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

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

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards). It’s December 1944 and Christmas is coming: a detachment of American troops from the 106th Infantry Division have settled into a small Belgian farmhouse not far from the German border. The men of the 106th have replaced veteran combat divisions at a quiet sector of the line to await a spring offensive. Little do they know that the largest battle in U.S. Military history is only a few short days away. Join World War II veterans, historians and re-enactors as the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge are recreated at the Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include soldier life, military vehicles, POW interrogation, and a first aid station. Admission is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Radio 4 Relief, a concert organized to help rebuild the communities in Central Illinois affected by the tornado and supply the victims with supplies they need, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday with doors opening at 11 am and live music from Noon – 11:45 pm. Sixteen artists are scheduled to perform on two stages. Tickets are $25 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Central Illinois tornado victims.

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets range from $9 to $44 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts, in partnership with The Morton Fine Arts Association, will present The Nutcracker at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center (located at 350 N Illinois Ave. in Morton) at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 7:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12, $19 and $26 available at www.cornerstoneballetpeoria.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Holiday Concert will take place at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring the Central Illinois Youth Symphony and guests performing holiday classics, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

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

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

TazWood Dance Company will present Dancember! at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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

A Holiday Business Showcase will take place at the Gateway Building Ballroom (located at 200 Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. 45 local businesses will be available all under one roof where you can shop as you listen to holiday music, sample top notch appetizers and drinks and enter for the chance to win one of 40 raffle prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Peoria Rescue Ministries. Admission is free.

Enjoy Historic Holiday Traditions at the 133-year-old Doering Homeplace (located at 326 Pekin Ave. in East Peoria) which provides a unique look back in time during open houses sponsored by the East Peoria Historical Society on Sunday running from 3 – 6 pm. Holiday decorations will include 1800s-style handmade ornaments. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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