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The 2nd Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring keynote speaker Jones Loflin, an inspirational success panel, educational break out sessions and local vendor resources. Cost to attend the conference is $69 (see below for a discount). Register online at www.ivedecided.org
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host Dr. Paul Nixon of The Hague University of Applied Sciences for Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics tonight (Thursday) in the ballroom of the Bradley University Student Center with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the lecture will beginning at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.pawac.org

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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

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

The Millikin University Choir Choral Festival will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert2.html

Mary Poppins will be presented at Dunlap High School’s “Stage 323” (located at 5220 W. Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 309-648-4383.

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

CrossFit 309 (located at 5629 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) will host an Open House on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Including tours of their new 9,000 square foot facility, work-outs at 8 am and 9 am, an introductory work-out at 10 am, a yoga session provided by 309Yoga at 11 am, their registered dietician will also provide nutrition counseling and kick-off the Paleo Challenge at 9 am and 10 am. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-3224.

Collage for All Ages will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – Noon for ages 3 – 7 (adults must stay with children 5 years and younger) or 1 – 2:30 pm for ages 8 & up. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring two-dimensional items to add to your collage such as pictures, drawings, articles, dried leaves and flowers, etc. Admission is $5 for members with a $15 family maximum or $7 for the public with a $21 family maximum. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Small Fry Soirée: Party Like a Rockstar will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring dancing to the music of children’s artist Julie K, the Jim Smith Band, a buffet dinner, activity booths, vendors, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.  Benefitting Metamora Community Pre-School, tickets are $30 for kids aged 2 through adult or free for ages one and under and are available at www.facebook.com/smallfrysoiree  For more information, call 309-369-3061 or 309-369-7527.

Mystery at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be held at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The show is presented by Die Laughing Entertainment and prizes will be awarded for best ugly sweater and solving the murder. Call 309-692-3990 to reserve tickets.

Parmalee will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $40 for VIP loft seats plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Family Matinee at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring an afternoon of musical ghost stories and fairy tales told by some of the world’s greatest composers along with a celebrity narrator. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their favorite costume for the on-stage costume parade and contest. Preconcert activities begin at 2 pm.  Tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Penguin Project will present Singin’ in the Rain, Jr. at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  Student tickets only available at the box office or at the performance. For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinproject.org

Winterfest, featuring outdoor ice skating, will continue tonight (Thursday) to 9 pm, from 3 – 10 pm on Friday and from Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon -9 pm on Sunday at the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

The Peoria PlayHouse will host its first Adult Maker Space Night: Space Boat Race tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Participants will design self-propelling speedboats to race on the Peoria PlayHouse river/water table. Tickets are $25 and include food and snacks plus a cash bar will also be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 309-323-6900 or visiting www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

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

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

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

The Community Workshop and Training Center will host its annual Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Registration is $30 and groups can reserve a table of eight for $240 which includes appetizers and a cash bar. All money raised will go toward programs and services for CWTC consumers. For more information, call 309-686-3300.

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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American English will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Peoria Kids Fest 2016, a family-focused community event featuring interactive fun for all ages, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D. With Fun on the Run inflatables, an indoor rock climbing wall, face painting, door prize giveaways, a scavenger hunt, admission is $7 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 $20. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

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

Four Richwoods High School students will perform a 75-minute Concert of Modern and Classical Music at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Benefitting the American Cancer Society, tickets are $5 for guests 10 and up. For more information, call 309-688-3480.

Laser Light Night Laser Floyd will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm featuring Dark Side of the Moon and again at 7 pm featuring The Wall. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner at the hospital cafeteria on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring food from the Harvest Café with proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Unit. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 309-353-0983. For more information, go to www.pekinhospital.org/foundation

The Bradley Braves will take on Missouri State at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Wine & Art Night featuring ceramics with Al Corpuz will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Studio 1. Enjoy a selections of wines as you try your hand at wheel throwing by creating a unique bisque ware piece. Cost is $30 for members or $33 for non-members. To register, call 309-686-7000 or visit  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

Jason Aldean will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $59.75 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Weddings Unveiled 2016 will take place at the Marriott Pere Marquette on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Admission is free with registration at www.peoriaweddingsunveiled.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/669

Benjamin Jealous will be the featured speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday beginning at Noon. Presented by Public Employees for Community Concerns, tickets are $40 and are available by calling 309-453-4070. For more information, visit www.mlkluncheon.com

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The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

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

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

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

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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its run of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

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

The 35th Annual Paul Reatherford Memorial featuring Dexter O’Neal and Funk Yard will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, however donations are requested for needy families in the area. For more information, visit www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

The Metamora Thespian Society will present Forever Plaid in a dinner-theater production at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday with the buffet beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Featuring the classic musical that features the tight 4-part harmony of the “guy groups” of the late 50’s and early 60’s, dinner & the show are $35 and reservations are available by calling 309-367-4000.

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

Sara Evans will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The concert is a fundraiser for the Bloomington-Normal YMCA’s Strong Kids program. Tickets are $100, $60, $45 and $30 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Caroline Rhea will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday and the Friday late shows which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 8 pm in the downtown businesses on Court Street in Pekin. Featuring more than 1,000 luminaries with strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com

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

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

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

Red Hot Christmas will take place at the Par-a-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, draft beer, wine, soda and live music from Patrick n Swayze plus a chance to purchase or win some great items including a pendant from Bremer’s Jewelry. A fundraiser for the Salvation Army, attire of attendees should include red ties and/or dresses Tickets are $75 per person and are available at https://salvationarmyechelon.org/chapters/peoria

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

Bloom, the women’s group at Riverside Community Church will host the Shine Christmas Tea at the church, 207 NE Monroe St, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a dinner and speaker, tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-676-7700.

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

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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The Swon Brothers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

An Irish Christmas will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $34 & $49 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Bradley University’s Theatre Department will present Fall Forward at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at Hartmann Center on campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff & senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Hartmann Center box office or by calling 309-677-2650.

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line on Saturday 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. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

A Breakfast with Santa will take place at the at the Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N. Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10:30 am. Activities include taking a photo with Santa, crafts, a goody bag for each child, mail your letter to Santa, plus pancakes, sausage, fruit and juice. Adults are $6.50 and children $3.50. Registration is required by December 2nd by calling 309 692 7631.

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge for the first hour, then watch as the animals will get Christmas gifts: everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Santa will be making a visit too, so make sure to bring a camera. Admission is $6 for members or $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Riverplex  on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Participants dress in costumes appropriate for the season and thos with a bib will receive free admission to the Peoria Park District’s Klondike Festival. Cost is $30 for individuals or $35 the day of the race, $25 for ages 18 & under or $30 the day of the race, or $15 for ages 3 – 8 for the 200 yard fun run or $20 the day of the race benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

Christmas with the Animals will take place on Saturday at Wildlife Prairie Park with two sessions: one from 10 am – 12 pm or 1 – 3 pm.  Celebrate the season of giving by working with Park Staff to create toys for their animals. The toys you create will stimulate the animals with texture, food, smell, and more. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 for members or $5 plus regular admission for non-members, which is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $ 6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. Reserve your spot by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring unique shopping, holiday treats, face painting will be available from Elsa of the movie Frozen and horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa plus caroling by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus, the event is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. Featuring three professional guest artists from New York and Chicago along with 10 resident professional dancers plus area students. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children with special discounts available for groups. For more information, call 309-620-3164.

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

The Splendor of Christmas Past Home Tour featuring Flanagan House, Pettengill-Morron House Museums plus four private Peoria historic homes will be full of holiday finery and open to tour to enjoy the ambiance, craftsmanship and architecture for the spirit of the season on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Enjoy the Christmas charm, local history, and delightful décor for the magic of Christmas past, tickets are $20 at the door and children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket.  For more information, visit www.PeoriaHistoricalSociety.org

Jeff Dunham will present Perfectly Unbalanced at the US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the U.S Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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

The Bradley Braves will take on North Dakota at the Peoria Civic Center on Satuday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present their holiday concert at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students and groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus will perform at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor at the corners of Allen and Northmoor in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Celebrate the season with new and old favorites in four part harmony with a wide variety of choral styles including Silver Bells, Nuttin’ for Christmas, September Song, Frostiana, Whisper! Whisper!, Salvation is Created, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Something told the Wild Geese, and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Admission is $5 at the door with no reserved seats.

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

What the Dickens, a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Heathers: The Musical at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through Sunday. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

JJ Grey & Mofro will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, begins at 8 pm tonight (Thursday). Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
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 $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Frank Caliendo will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $48.75 and $38.75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

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

Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and $45 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present A Concert for Veterans Day at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N. University Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. A multi-media concert on early American history featuring Dr. Jeannine Jordan on organ, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and children, students and veterans are free. For more information, visit www.agopeoria.org

Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.shapingsoundco.com
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A Photography Session led by Mike Boatman will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm focused on power composition and the value of photography. Cost $15 per person or $5 for Park members and reservations are required: call 309-676-0998 to reserve your spot. Payment is required at the time of reservation and is non refundable. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) will host the Brunch to Crunch Homelessness on Saturday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring an address by 1985 Super Bowl Champion and Chicago Bears Hall of Famer, Dan Hampton plus a brunch buffet, a silent auction and an awards ceremony, tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 309-222-2571 or online at www.ssocpeoria.org

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing will host a Spaghetti Dinner including salad and bread on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin). Featuring a “cupcake bar” with special flavors, music by DJ Jim Dandy, magic by Yort plus a silent auction. Tickets are $8 for adults (drinks extra) and $5 for veterans and children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling 309-363-3737 or at the door that evening. Proceeds will be used for Home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. This event is sponsored by CEFCU.

Art on the Rocks: A 60s Retro Cocktail Event will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby and galleries on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 pm. At this theatrical 60s-themed cocktail party celebrating Illinois Women Artists, you’ll experience signature cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music by P.S. Jazz and costumed interpreters portraying the artists represented in the exhibition. Attendants are encouraged to wear their favorite fashions from the 60s. Guests receive two drink tickets for complimentary cocktails:  a cash bar is also available. Tickets are $40 for members or $45 for the public and are available by calling 309-863-3060 or online at www.ArtOnTheRocksPRM.eventbrite.com

Newsboys‘ We Believe God’s Not Dead 2015 Fall Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $23, $38 for premium tickets or $72 for a family 4-pack of tickets and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

Mike and Joe will perform at Crusens in (located at 2117 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:30 pm. Admission is $7 general admission and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.mikeandjoe.com

Cheryl Rodey will perform at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) as part of the Music in the McKenzie series on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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Addams Family opens at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will host their annual Fall Food Fest and Bake Sale at the church (located at 1812 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 8 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday. Featuring Greek, Lebanese & Romanian food and bakery items, you may eat in or carry out orders. For more information, call 309-682-5824.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Little Shop of Horrors continues at Eureka College tonight (Thursday) running through Saturday beginning at 7 pm, except Friday night, the show will begin at 6 pm. Admission is free, however, donations to Easter Seals are requested. To reserve seats, call 309-467-6363 or e-mail tickets@eureka.edu

Lee Brice will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $29.50 and $52 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Andi Smith 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 the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) opens on Friday and runs from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (the Peoria Ag Lab) will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2015 and to celebrate, will conduct Guided Tours to the public at no charge. The tours require reservations and will take place on 10 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday. Tour time signup and ticket pickup can be done at the Peoria Riverfront Museum or at the reception window of the Ag Lab. One person may sign up as many as 6 people, but all must attend the same tour time and names must be provided for all attendees. Visitors should be prepared to present a photo ID for the day of the tour. Please visit the Peoria Riverfront ticket desk to sign up or call 309-863-3028 for more information.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa!, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Cost is $5 for Zoo members, $6 for non-members. Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

Corn Stock for Kids continues its production of Once On This Island at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will host its 7th Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria to supply homeless vets with food, medical treatment and winter supplies. For more information, call 309-682-1113 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

The 2015 Central Illinois Black Expo will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is free. The event begins “Passing the Torch” Teen Summit from 9 – 11 am for ages 13 to 19 featuring Peoria District 150’s Woodruff Career and Technical Center. Featuring business workshops, a retail shopping area, a Gospel Fest, a movie premier and the Avantgarde Fashion Show, there will also be 100 exhibitors, the Back to School Hair Cut-A-Thon with free haircuts for the kids, an expanded exposition of Woodruff’s Career and Technical Center’s Cosmetology Program with live hair demonstrations and hair braiding, a future CEO and business owners area for children 8 -16, an interactive Health and Wellness Fair with free screenings, “The Prize Is Right” and “Win It In A Minute” with great prizes, bowling, Tera’s Kidz Corner’s “Fall Carnival” with crafts, games, and prizes. a 3 Point Shootout plus face painters, balloon artist, inflatables and more. For more information, call 309-672-1374 or visit www.cibeltd.org

Spooky Saturday will be held at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Make luminaries to decorate your house and yard or create a silly or scary mask: your choice. Plus help transform the PlayHouse plaza into a haunted hide-away in Glen Oak Park.  Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Superhero 5K will take place on the Peoria Riverfront with registration and after-party in Liberty Park where participants run, walk or fly in their best superhero costumes on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm to raise money for benefit the Heart of Illinois United Way. Everyone is invited to participate and for those 10 years old and younger can help catch the bad guy by running in the Villain Chase, a half mile trek to capture the villain and restore justice and receive a superhero cape. There will be food, drinks live entertainment, superhero inflatables and kids’ entertainment plus awards for best race times, best costumes and more. Fee to participate is $30 for adults and $20 for kids. For more information and to register online, visit www.peoriasuperhero.com

Super Saturday: Spooky Science! at the Peoria Riverfront museum will explore spooky science from an educational cart on Saturday in the lobby from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 1 and 3 pm each day. This year’s event will focus on Jewish contributions to Peoria history, beginning in the 1840s with the first Jewish settlers. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call 309-648-2562.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The YMCA Dinner & Riverboat Cruise Fundraiser will be held on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring a dockside BBQ, live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $60 for adults. Childcare will be available for $10 per child. Tickets are available at the YMCA front desk or by calling 309-692-7631: all proceeds go towards the Greater Peoria Family YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign, supporting community programs and scholarships.

The 7th Annual Peoria Promise Fundraiser will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5 pm featuring “The Rat Pack” plus dinner, a live and silent auction, a paddle raiser and more.  Tickets are $200 and are available online at https://peoriapf.ejoinme.org/THEEvent

Peoria Humane Society’s 19th annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Activities include a canine carnival, pawprint painting, dog olympics, doggie toe nail trimming, kids’ activities, demonstrations, souvenir photos, vendors, canine good citizen testing, raffles, food and more. All dogs attending must be registered for the event and each dog requires a separate registration form & fee. Only one dog per person. You can also register and participate without a dog. Each registrant receives a Bark t-shirt, bandanna, goodie bag, souvenir photo & may bring one dog to the event. Admission is $30 for ages 16 years and over and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult and online registration is available through today (Thursday). Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty rescue, volunteer, community awareness, adoption programs and more. For more information visit www.peoriahs.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (Located at the intersection of Rt 40 & W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) will host a Fall Festival from Noon – 4 pm on Sunday featuring music, antique fire trucks, ambulance tours by AMT, steam engines, a police car plus on going exhibits and more Admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

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

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Spider Hill opens on Friday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe and continues on Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.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.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Little Shop of Horrors will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Admission is free, however, donations to Easter Seals are requested. To reserve seats, call 309-467-6363 or e-mail tickets@eureka.edu

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & The Soul Mystics on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm with $15 tickets. He will perform with the Pork Pistols on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm with $25 tickets. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Central Illinois Gold Star Families will present American Sniper Co-Star Kevin “Dauber” Lacz at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning with a VIP reception at 5:30 pm and the keynote address beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for the speech only or $500 for the VIP reception for 4 adults and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org  For more information call 309-231-5090 or visit www.cigoldstar.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October (barring heavy rain and storms) . Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Corn Stock for Kids will present Once On This Island at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Odd Couple continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus an Americana and Craft Beer Tasting and hors d’oeuvres on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults (21 & over). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Peoria Players Theatre will host a Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale at the Theatre (located 4300 N. University Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Just in time for Halloween, find many unique items to add to your costume. Clothing and accessories from all eras will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Heart of Illinois Downs Syndrome Association will host the 8th Annual Buddy Walk at EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday with activities beginning at 8 am with the walk at 9:30 am. Walk registration fee is $5 per person and is available at www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

A Community Unity Day & Health Fair will be held at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Featuring free health screenings such as mammograms, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol and many community resources represented, there will also be activities for children such as crafts and games, face painting, food for $1 a plate, drinks for 50 cents plus door prizes and more. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through October. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Halloween Costume Creations Workshop will be held at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Make a costume out of cardboard, foil, plastic, wood: anything other than fabric. Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Lucky’s Modern Dive’s Outdoor Music Festival (located at the corners of Prospect and Kelly Ave in Peoria Heights) will feature 7 bands performing on Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm including Steady Flow, Change Up, Mike Cheesman, and Steve Lawless & The Beer Tent Heroes. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.luckyspeoriaheights.com

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 1 and 3 pm each day. This year’s event will focus on Jewish contributions to Peoria history, beginning in the 1840s with the first Jewish settlers. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call 309-648-2562.

The Peoria German-American Central Society will host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring German music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, German beer & food, a car cruis’n, an arts and craft fair plus a shooting tent, bags & a German gift tent, admission is free. For more information. visit www.peoriagermans.net

Last Comic Standing Live featuring all 5 finalists from the NBC show including this season’s winner Clayton English, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

The 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin featuring Frank Fritz, star of the History Channel hit show American Pickers, a Miss Marigold Pageant, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a climbing wall, a “top dog” pageant, a parade, kids activities, food plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring a Harry Potter theme this year, there will be carnival rides, a 5K run/walk, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

School House Rock Live! will be presented by the Caterpillar Chorus at the Corn Stock Theatre tent beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $10 for all ages (reserved seating) and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Andy Woodhull 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 the Friday and Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in September beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria). And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

Mary Todd Lincoln: The Springfield Experiment will be performed beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday at Inspired Arts Academy (located at 137 S. Main in Morton). The world premiere of an original play by Peoria author Jack Mertes centers on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and is based on true events. The play is directed by veteran actor and director Vic Burnett., and includes a cast of seasoned area actors including Helen Engelbrecht as Mary Lincoln. Tickets are $18 and are available by calling 309-224-8805 or at www.artstix.artspartners.net

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Patriot Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar will take place on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free) with proceeds going toward Honor Flight. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Mike and Joe will perform at Crusen’s (located at 2117 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10:30 pm. Cover charge will be $7. For more information, visit www.mikeandjoe.com

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Goodwill’s Forward March & Run event will be held on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 8 am at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) and will feature a unique opening ceremony and post race celebration. People of all fitness levels are encouraged to run or walk alongside veterans, active military members and their families. Cost for the two-mile march is $25 or $35 for the 4 mile run or the 8 mile run. Kids aged 13 & under may participate for no cost and veterans or active military are $30 for the 4 or 8 mile run. For more information and to register, visit www.forwardmarchrun.com/event-info.php

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through September. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Peoria Park District will host Peoria’s 3rd Annual PNC Worldwide Day of Play from 11 am – 3 pm at Glen Oak Park. The goal of the event is to get kids more physically active and encourage positive, healthy and playful lifestyles in families across the globe. Live entertainment will include Mike Anderson, Peoria Pops Dixieland, WERQ and Julie K. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present Super Saturday: Magnetism, where they’ll explore the scientific mysteries of magnets and magnetism in the museum lobby on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Peoria Pride 2015 Expo, Pageant & Dance Party will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. The Expo is a family-friendly event open to all ages with local vendors and exhibitors targeting the LGBT community plus a kids corner. Local entertainers will be showcased on the main stage from 5 -7:45 pm. The highlight and adult portion of the evening will be the 1st Mr. & Miss Peoria Pride Pageant hosted by international drag superstar, Ginger Minj, who was a finalist on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. New York City’s Legendary Comedy Queen, Harmonica Sunbeam, will co-host and be a judge of the pageant. Once the pageant ends, the exhibition hall will turn into a dance floor while guest DJ Megatone from Indianapolis spins the best Top 40/Electronic Dance Music until 1 am. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 & up and kids 12 & under are free and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.PeoriaGayPride.com

A Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise featuring Coco Loco will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm, and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults 21+ only and are available at the dock or online at  www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Kickapoo Junction on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 2nd NASH FM 97.3 B-Day Bash will take place on the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy free entertainment from The Joe Stamm Band, ticket giveaways plus a raffle to win a Luke Bryan autographed guitar. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Walk MS Peoria will take place on Sunday at Junction City Shopping Center beginning at 1 pm with registration at 11:30 am. Participants will team up to walk one to three miles to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. For more information, visit www.walkms.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host the Bye- Bye, Butterflies Release, Brunch and Photo Contest to help set the butterflies free for winter on Sunday beginning at 9 am with the butterfly release at 1 pm. Butterflies can also be adopted for a $5 donation. The second annual Kim St. John Butterfly Photography Contest winners will be announced at 3 pm in the visitor center. For more information, call 309-495-6724 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Woofstock 2015 will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park Old Farm (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City – across the street from the main entrance to the park) on Sunday from Noon – 7 pm. A benefit for SAMS (Stray Animal Midway Shelter) Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Hanna City, live entertainment will be provided by 4 local bands. There will be games, vendors, prizes, a silent auction and food and beverages available for purchase. Admission is $40 and includes a tie-dyed t-shirt for you and a tie-dyed bandana for your dog. Additional guests are $15 and kids 10 and under are free. Dress your dog up as a hippie or other character to compete for prizes. All dogs must wear rabies tag and be on a non-retractable leash and must have current vaccinations, socialize well with other dogs, be at least 6 months of age and not be in heat. For more information, call 309-565-4821 or visit www.samsrescue.org/woofstock.html

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Erin Feis will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront from 4 – 11:30 pm on Friday, 11:30 am – 11:30 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands, musicians and dancers on multiple stages, a vendor marketplace, and much more. Admission is $8 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm, and $15 for a full weekend pass. For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

The Color Purple continues at Corn Stock Theatre with performances beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday. The musical version of the popular movie, tickets are extremely limited and are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Annual Dunlap Days Festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Jamm Sammich, a bags tournament, a carnival, a petting zoo, a beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

The Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes plus special guests Old Shoe will perform at Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the gate and are available online at www.jaytv.com

Mitch Fatel 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 $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm plus an extra early cruise on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

Dinosaur Family Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring a tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibition, a maker’s space where you can try your hand at creating artistic sculptures and move-able models of your favorite dinosaurs, a fossil station where you’ll learn how fossils form and make one of your own to keep.  At the end of the night, you’ll immerse yourself in the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with “Prehistoric Planet 3D” in the Giant Screen Theater. A snack bar, photo-booth, and scavenger hunt will also be available. Admission is $20 for member families and $25 for non-member families. To register and for more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/588

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

A Salvage aRT Auction will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Salvage Art contains some component salvaged or diverted from the trash/landfill: any art media is allowed. Some examples can be sculpture, pottery, furniture, glassware, quilts, clothing, accessories, paintings & jewelry. Admission is $10 at the door and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria. For more information, call 309-840-2457 or visit www.salvageartfundraiser.com

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Spring Creek Station on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Central Illinois Food4all Food Drive, a community-wide food drive, will take place at all 12 Kroger locations in the Peoria area on Saturday & Sunday. Benefitting local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank, participate by donating dry or canned foods or if you’d like to volunteer, visit http://tinyurl.com/CIFood4All2015

The South Side Stride 5k at Dunlap Days will begin at North Park (located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) on Saturday at 8 am. Registration is $15 for the 1 mile walk and $25 for the 5k run and includes a t-shirt.  For more information, visit www.southsidemission.org

The 37th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo begins at 8:30 am on Saturday with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration includes a 2015 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food. Registration forms are available in the Safari Gift Shop or online at www.peoriazoo.org and the cost is $25 for the 5k for members and $12 for youth members, $30 for non-members and $15 for youth non-members.

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Bishop Hill Chautauqua will take place at the Heritage Association (located at 103 N. Bishop Hill Street at the village park gazebo in Bishop Hill) beginning at 10 am on Saturday and at 1 on on Sunday. Themed “Lincoln and The Civil War”, you will “meet” Lincoln, his boyhood friend Austin Gollaher, his law partner William Hendon, Elizabeth Keckley, a freed woman and first ladies’ confidant, and James Monroe, the Drummer Boy of Shiloh. Bring a lawn chair for this free event. For more information, call 309 927-3899 or visit www.bishophillheritage.org/news-events

The 9th Annual Morton Strongman Contest‘Muscle on Main’ will be held on Main Street in downtown Morton on Saturday from 10:30 am – 3 pm. The public is invited to view amazing feats of strength by dedicated athletes. There will also be food available for purchase. Admission for spectators is free.

The 27th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick off at Noon on Saturday with the race beginning at 2 pm at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when the thirty-thousand ducks will race down a slip-n-slide along the street entrance. Prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

The Mulligans for Miracles Golf Outing will take place at Weaver Ridge Golf Club (located at 5100 N WeaverRidge Blvd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Registration is $600 for a team for a 4 person Golf Scramble with dinner and music to follow, along with many other activities. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For more information and to register online, visit www.risinuptothechallenge.org

Art-spiration: Be the Dinosaur will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 2 – 3 pm. This free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation, and imagination by creating your very own dinosaur costumes in time to visit Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 18th Annual Lobster Roast will take place at Angus Weaver Farm (located at 5806 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring special guest comedian Tim Cavanagh, cost is $150 per person.  For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Beers and Beards Beard & Mustache Competition will take place at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a full selection of local beer, a six category beard and mustache competition, local food and music, part of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Dog Park and Peoria Humane Society. General admission pre-sale online is $7.50 and $15 at the door. 21 and up, wristbands given at door with ID. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PeoriaBeersandBeards

The 54th Annual Peoria Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park will take place on Saturday at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring the Pride of Peoria chapter quartets and the Bloomington “Happy Hour Harmony” quartet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-643-5658 or visit www.prideofpeoria.com

Comedy Rocks, direct from Chicago’s famed iO Theater Home of Long-Form Improvisation and Chicago’s Best Improv Comedy, will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Spring Creek Station on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair fpr lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids on Sunday beginning at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com