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The 31st Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 21 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 – $8. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper Level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (in the former Coldwater Creek) on December 20 – 21. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs 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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley Braves will take on Eureka College at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday 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 and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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 & Saturday 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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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 is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Nutcracker 2014 Concert featuring Chevelle and special guests Nothing More, Crobot, Raw Fabrics and the 105.7 The X House Band Motor Biscuit will take place on Friday at Expo Gardens Youth Building (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 6:15 pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of. and VIP tickets are $60 and are available at Co-op Records locations in central Illinois and Mega Replay in the Metro Center or online HERE

Tab Benoit will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 VIP Table tickets, $25 reserved seating ($29 the day of the show) or $20 for standing room only ($24 the day of the show) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Carpenters’ Christmas, based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, will be presented on Friday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria campus) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

An American Family Christmas will be performed at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Dr. Joseph Henry returns to direct featuring traditional carols and Christmas spirituals. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Lightwire Theater will present A Very Electric Christmas at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 – $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Skate With Santa will take place at Owens Center on Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and under; $5 for ages 13 and up and $4 for ages 65 and older. Skate rental is $3. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

United Presbyterian Church and Look It’s My Book! will present a public reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor in Peoria) on Saturday at 3 pm. Local media and community personalities will bring the story alive and the church’s musical groups will provide classic and original renditions of Christmas carols. For more information, call 309-693-2002 or visit www.unitedpc.org

Sister Act will be presented in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring your favorite seasonal songs brought to life by local performers, tickets are $15 all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Music in the McKenzie will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm featuring the Henhouse Prowlers. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2014 Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party on Sunday from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Sharon Health Care Elms (located on 3611 N. Rochelle in Peoria). Donations are $20 per gift bag and donations are tax deductible. The deadline to Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is 12-19. To donate and/or volunteer, visit www.adoptasenior.net

A Celtic Winter Solstice: A Celebration in Story and Song will take place at the Fox Pub & Cafe (located at 7800 N. Sommer St. in Peoria) at 4:30 pm & 7 pm featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis & Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. Reservations highly encouraged and are available by calling 309-692-FOX3. For more information, visit www.thefoxpubandcafe.com

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs 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 Vatican Museums 3D will be shown in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday, at 1 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. The film offers an inside look at the Vatican Museums and well-known masterpieces, as well as pieces never before shown to the public. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens aged 60+ and $12 for children aged 3-17. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Goody, Goody Gumdrops at Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Make and create crafts and participate in fun holiday activities. Admission $3 per person and Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) continues its production of The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday plus a holdover show on Sunday at 6:30 pm. 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

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

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available.
A Riverlife Christmas Dinner Show Cruise featuring Scott and Rachel Kramer will board on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and 22.50 for children. To reserve your spot for either cruise or for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday and from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal encounters and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public. 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, email office@chillicothechristian.net or 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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 & Saturday 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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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 is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

28 North will perform at the Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 in advance $5 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

High School Musical, presented by Corn Stock for Kids, continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday plus a holdover performance on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its “Sounds of the Season” concert at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring performances by Leslie Manfredo, Lee Wenger and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus, 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 5th 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.  Imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available, including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

An open enrollment event for Get Covered Illinois will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch Peoria Public Library where certified navigators and interpreters will assist those who are applying for health insurance coverage. Additional enrollment times include the first and third Tuesdays from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Peoria Public Library and the second and fourth Tuesdays from 11 am – 4 pm at the Lincoln Branch. For more information on the Get Covered Event, call Heartland Community Health Clinic at 309-680-7621 or Get Covered Illinois at 217-685-6312.

Super Saturday: Snow Science will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will learn about snow and ice by conducting a salt and ice experience, creating snowflakes, and playing with “Insta-Snow,” a polymer that erupts into “snow” in seconds, mimicking the texture of real snow. The event is included in admission which 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

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place at the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 7 pm featuring unique shopping, holiday treats and free horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa. Those spending $25 or more at a participating business will receive a coupon to enter the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display for free. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.peoriaballet.org

TazWood Dance Company will present “One Last Time“, the final performance for the company, on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

JT Hodges will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will lead a Christmas Carol Sing at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, followed by a showing of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing along as the audience participates in the choruses or simply enjoy the show. Admission is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $5 for students and $10 for adults. Donations will benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria Christmas Drive. For more information, call 309-671-1550.

Mary Finch, a Eureka native and a soprano with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, will perform a Concert of Christmas Songs on Sunday beginning at 4 pm at Eureka Christian Church (located at 302 S. Main St. in Eureka). Also performing is San Francisco Opera Chorus tenor Dan Stanley with Laura Weaver Hughes as accompanist. The program will include selections from the musical “Showboat” and traditional Christmas music. Admission is $10. Proceeds will go to the church’s music program and a planned summer music and arts festival at Eureka College. For reservations, call 877-892-7823 or reserve and order online at http://www.eureka.edu/event/mary-finch-home-for-christmas

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs 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

Morton Community Bank will hold its 36th Annual Community Christmas Sing tonight (Thursday) at the Jackson Street location in Morton beginning at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Washington Square Candlelight Stoll will take place tonight (Thursday) in downtown Washington beginning at 6 pm. Featuring carriage rides, visits with Santa, a Christmas sing, tree lighting and the Salvation Army Band, stores will be open until 8 pm. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

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

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

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

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will take place also on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm.  Tickets for the Dinner Cruise are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 8 pm at 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

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 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.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, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Traditional Christmas with the Peoria POPS Orchestra will take place at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 North Wilmor Road in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students through college and for groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

High School Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) will present The Sound of Music 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

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 . Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Lil’ Durk, Katie Got Bandz, Lil Mouse and Geech will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 general admission and $100 for VIP with a “meet and greet”  Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office, online at www.limelighteventplex.com as well as Kareena’s & Club Envy.

The Annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus, will make six stops on Saturday along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and allow them 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 visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

Critter Christmas features breakfast and crafts in the Peoria Zoo lodge (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am plus a visit in the Zoo. The animals will get gifts while you watch plus Santa will be making a visit. Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Tickets are $6 for Zoo members or $12 for non-members and are available at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Acorn Equality Fund (AEF) will host a Family Breakfast at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. The event helps support scholarships that provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. Tickets are $35 per person and are available online at www.acornequalityfund.org/index.html

An Anti-Racism Workshop for the Peoria area will take place on Saturday from 9:30 am -3:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria). Presented by the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, coffee will be served at 9 am and lunch will also be provided. For more information, call 847-710-1692. Admission is $25 per person and registration is available online at www.episcopalchicago.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 those 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, $20 for ages 18 & under or $25 the day of the race, or $15 for ages 3 – 8 for the 200 yard fun run or $20 the day of the race all benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For more information and to register online, visit www.jinglebellpeoria.org

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) 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 $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Klondike Festival will take place on Saturday on the Peoria RiverFront from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 & under as well as Jingle Bell Run/Walk participants Featuring live music by the Feudin’ Hillbillys and JammSammich, a Rivermen Hockey Puck Shot, a Best Beard Contest, an Ice Stein Challenge, life-sized beer pong plus the Klondike Race, a human dog-sled race made up of teams of 5 who will pull sleds across the RiverFront. Registration for the race is $100 and includes admission to the festival and a shirt for each member of the team. Register HERE

A Toys for Tots Holiday Extravaganza will take place on Saturday at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N. Galena Road in Peoria) from 4 – 7 pm to collect toy donations for less fortunate children in the Peoria area. There will be activities for children throughout the showroom including pictures with Santa and refreshments available. Admission is one new toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. RSVP and find more information by calling 309-691-2929.

The Splendor of Christmas Past featuring 5 historic homes decorated for the holidays each representing a unique architectural style will be held on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket and are available at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria, Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights, Jim Maloof Realtor on Pioneer Parkway and the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Gregg’s Florist on War Memorial Drive or at the Society’s Washington Street office. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Songs From the Woods Concert Series will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) with a holiday concert featuring Small Potatoes on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will present The Nutcracker on Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Rebekah von Rathonyi and featuring local dancers as well as guest artists form New York, tickets are $28, $22 and $15 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 and online at www.artsaticc.com

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Bradley University Chorale Annual Holiday Concert will take place at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/music

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center 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

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The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs Thanksgiving night 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 127th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the parade will get you in the holiday spirit and delight children.  For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the 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.   For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. There is no show on Thursday (Thanksgiving).  On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm eacg night. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Mike Palascak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the 10:30 pm shows, which are $15 For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place along the paved River Trail of Illinois with the 2 mile non-competitive walk on Saturday beginning at 8 am and the 4 mile competitive run beging at 9 am. Race entry fee if $15 the day of the event. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or click HERE

The 6th Annual Volleyball Tournament to benefit St. Jude in memory of Dax Locke will be held at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 am and play beginning at 9 am. The tournament is open to all levels of play. Cost to participate is $20. For more information, email digginfordax@yahoo.com

In honor of Small Business Saturday, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are encouraging people to “Live & Shop Peoria County” by offering gift card packages of $100 that will be awarded to residents who shop any Peoria County business from November 27th to 30th. More than 40 local businesses are donating $25 gift cards plus offering Small Business Saturday specials. To enter the drawing, residents must post a photo of themselves shopping local on their personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with the name of the business and hashtag #LiveShopPeoriaCounty. For more information, visit www.metropeoriagov.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host “Wildlife Waddle“, a series of scheduled, guided hikes on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am through the animal trails and mapped hiking trails. Cost is free for members, $7 for adult non-members and $5 for children non-members. For more information, call 309-495-6724 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 5th 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 offering a variety of arts and crafts, baked goods, there will also be imported items from Germany and Austria available including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

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

Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will take place on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The 10th Annual Christmastime Gospelfest will be held on Saturday  beginning at 7 pm at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students high school and under and are available at the front desk at Five Points Washington, by calling 309-472-0027 or online at www.gospelfestministries.com/store

Loop Artist Arthur Lee Land will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar Grand Opening (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) along with Central IL Blues Challenge winners two years in a row Monica Morris & Josie Lowder on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Sky Harbor (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in West Peoria) and the Friends of Rocky Glen will offer a free Holiday Wine Tasting Party and Silent Art Auction from 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) to benefit Rocky Glen Park. A full menu will be available, along with wine samples, craft beers and live music. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 309-573-2354 or visit www.riendsofrockyglen.org

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

Peoria County’s recycling educator will present “Sustainability for the Entire Community” at the ICC North Campus’ Hickory Hall (located at 5407 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-672-6918 or visit www.icc.edu/acp

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Purchase tickets at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

Clayton Anderson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance $10 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 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.com

Proof continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

Ms. Pat will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $15.  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 the Robin Crowe 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 on Friday 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The Pointsettia show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays.  Admission is waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The show’s opening act is Dwight Yoakam and the rock group Halestorm. Tickets are $59.50, 39.50 and $25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax under the stars while sampling wines from Willet’s Winery and gourmet cheese from The Creek on State. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan will take you on a guided tour of the Universe and share the latest news from space in the state-of-the-art Zeiss Dome. Admission is $25 for Museum members or $30 for the general public and advance registration is requested. Register by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Gobbler Games will take place at CrossFit309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 9 am on Saturday and a Kids Exhibition will take place beginning at 1 pm on Sunday. Registration for the Saturday event is $60 per team and $25 for the Sunday event. Admission for spectators is free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Midwest Food Bank’s Tender Mercies Program and all competitors and spectators are asked to bring in food items for the Midwest Food Bank’s Backpack Program. For more information, visit www.crossfit309.com

On Beyond Genealogy: Sharing Family Stories, a workshop on researching and writing your family history with Brian “Fox” Ellis, will be held at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Cost for the workshop is $25 for adults and $15 for students and includes lunch. Advanced registration is required. For more information, email Sharon@larshar63@gmail.com

A Signing of the book “Little Twig” will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a “tree talk” mini lesson. Children can create their own “Little Twig” craft plus there will be a special reading and book signing by “Little Twig” author Sandy Miller and illustrator Lisa Garber. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 30th Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.folepi.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Nature’s Majesty” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $26 to $71 and are $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 44th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park on Sunday at 1 pm. Rain, sun or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $16 through today (Thursday) or $18 after and $2 for the Youth Fun Run and all entrants receive a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-681-2866 or email msuellentrop@peoriaparks.org

The Bradley Braves will take on North Carolina A&T at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Mozart’s Grand Mass in C-minor will be presented at St. Mary’s Cathedral (located at 607 NE Madison in Peoria) beginning at 4 pm. Featuring the Bradley Community Chorus, Bradley Chorale and Bradley Symphony Orchestra, Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 3 will also be performed. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Sunday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available on www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

The Institute of International Studies and Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Understanding Muslim Societies: the Role of Women in Rebuilding the Middle East” at Bradley University Student Center’s Marty Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli will talk about the current situation across the region, how tensions might be resolved and how women will play strong roles in rebuilding the region. Admission is free. To RSVP, email pawac@bradley.edu

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion will be presented at the US Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and also at 4 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Adult tickets range in price from $40 – $140 and for children range in price from $32 – $127 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the US Cellular Coliseum box office. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Proof will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

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

The Holidazzle Celebration will be held on Friday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm throughout downtown Morton. There will be a lighting of the the community Christmas tree, a chili supper plus a candle lit walk to the shops with hot cocoa & pretzels. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Texas Arlington at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday on their season opener beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

AV Performance Innovations will present The Bret Bunton Project at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N Galena Road in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with appetizers and drinks and live music at 7:30 pm. This original blues-rock band will perform and give a behind the scenes interview. Admission is free, however reservations are requested. For more information click HERE  To RSVP, email maggie@avperformanceinnovations.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning 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.com

Wiz Khalifa will perform at Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum on Friday beginning at 9 pm. The Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) will host the Billboard Music Award winning and five time Grammy nominee with $15 tickets for Bradley students, $20 for faculty and staff and $30 for the general public which are available at the Coliseum ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

Discover the Ice Age, an interactive educational exhibit, will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 9 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults (ages 13 years & older), $22 for children (ages 2-12 years), $16 for senior citizens (aged 65+) and children 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Nature Art Show & Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media from talented local artists during regular hours. Support local artists and find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6600 N Basket Oak Dr. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Living Historians portray Civil War soldiers constructing winter quarters and preparing for their winter encampment in authentic uniforms using period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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A Concert by Anima: Young Singers of Greater Chicago will be held on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free – a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

The Heritage Ensemble Inspirational Choral Celebration Concert will take place at George Washington Carver Center (located at 710 W. Percy Baker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Proceeds support the revitalization of the Carver Center.  Tickets are $20 for the concert only and $50 for the dinner and concert and are available at www.thecarvercenter.com

Todd Rundgren will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 for loft seating, $40 for VIP tables, $30 for assigned seating and $25 for standing room only and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Elmer Szepessy Dedication Concert will be held at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm & 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. One ticket purchased will be valid for either or both performances and a small reception will be held between the concerts. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Illinois Central Jazz Train will perform at the Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly performance at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. The Jazz Train led by ICC’s Larry Harms will feature the CIJS house band members featuring Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery works. Admission is $5 members, $7 for non-members and free for students. Food and drink available for purchase. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show will be on display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) through Sunday. Open from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and from 12 – 5 pm on Sunday, admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas will open tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley Braves take on Augustana College at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

John King will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available 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, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Angela Wolf from the PBS show “It’s Sew Easy!” will be featured at Sew Special 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning with a trunk show featuring Wolf’s creations at 7 pm on Friday and continuing at 8 am on Saturday with hints, tips and tricks from Wolf on working with knits and sewing jackets and pants. There will also be a fashion show by the State of Illinois “Make It With Wool” contestants during the lunch hour. Admission for the Trunk Show is $5 and for the Saturday event is $60 for members, $70 for non-members and $35 for students. For more information, call 309-245-4884 or visit www.peoriaasg.org

Eureka College will observe the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on Friday beginning at 4 pm in the Cerf Center with a ceremony celebrating freedom and recognizing those who served in the Cold War. Speakers at the event include Andriy Pravednyk, Consul General of Ukraine based in Chicago and retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General Matthew Caulfield, former military assistant to President Reagan. Admission is free and a reception will follow. Reservations can be made by calling 877-892-7823 or online at www.eureka.edu/event/fall-of-the-wall

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the The Brazilionaires on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
The Dia De Los Muertos Salsa Dance Competition will take place also on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am featuring a costume contest with prizes. Admission is $4 for members and $7 for non-members and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office, select Walmart locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

The UnityPoint Health-Methodist Service League will host its 64th Annual Gift Showat the Methodist Atrium (located at 900 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. The show includes handmade items, such as infant clothing, toys, jewelry, holiday decorations, gift wrap and stationery. Baked goods, candies and coffee will be available. All proceeds will support UnityPoint Health-Methodist patient care services. For more information, call 309-671-8377.

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

The East Peoria Firefighter’s Auxiliary Local 1498 will host a Vendor Show and Bake Sale from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday at the East Peoria Festival Building (located at 2200 E. Washington St. in East Peoria). Vendors include Crafty Campers, EPFD Crafty Kids, It Works! Body Wraps, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and more. For more information, email sewveryjen@gmail.com

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm. Tickets are $23, $31, $48, and $68 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host Superhero Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Saturday from 12:30 – 4 pm. The event includes activities, such as an obstacle course, self-defense and Superhero certification, lunch and entertainment. All proceeds support the Junior League of Peoria. Tickets are $32 and children must attend with an adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-685-9312 or visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.com/superhero-Saturday

Super Saturday: Painting with Minerals will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will explore a variety of minerals, and then grind up your own mineral paint for a lovely picture you can take home. No pre-registration necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

NPR Morning Edition’s David Greene returns to I Know You Like a Book (located at 4707 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday for a book signing event to support Peoria Public Radio, WCBU-FM with the reception is 5 – 8 pm. For more information, call 309-685-2665.  For more information, visit www.likeabook.net

The Songs From the Woods Concert Series will feature Don Haynie & Sheryl Samuel at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center

The Noise Presents In This Moment: Black Widow Tour will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Warm up your weekend with an old-fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Come a few minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families and you are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

An Afternoon of Jazz & Pop with the Brazilionaires will take place at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 5 pm. Tickets are $25 and reservations are encouraged. To reserve your tickets, call 309-636-7022. Sponsored by the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation.

Springdale Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host “A Veteran in Time” on Sunday from 2:30 to 3:15 pm at Soldier Hill in the cemetery. The event is free and will feature a letter written by a Union soldier to his wife, performed by Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre and the Bogside Zukes. The event will also feature the Central Illinois Living Historians – the Illinois 77th, the Peoria Barbershop Chapter, the Celtic Cross Pipe and Drum and the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, call 309-681-1400.

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) 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

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through Sunday with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Tickets are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office and select Walmart locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older 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

Malloween will be held at Northwoods Mall on Friday from 5 – 7 pm. Participating stores will have candy available while supplies last. Fore more information, call 309-688-0444 or visit www.simon.com/mall/northwoods-mall

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Rewind on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Halloween Fundraiser at Sky Harbor Steakhouse (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in West Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 10 pm with a hog roast, costume contest, bag toss competition and live music by Denise Adams. For more information, call 309-573-2354 or visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday. 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 $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Matthew Curry will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $18 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts will present Dracula on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Featuring local dancers and guest artists form New York, tickets are $18 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Bassnectar will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $34 and $42 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring 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 children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Christmas One-Stop Shop will be held at the Groveland Community Library on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm or until everything is gone, whichever comes first. Admission is free to this annual fundraiser and items for sale include “Like-New” books, hand-made items, jewelry, yard decorations, soy candles, soy soaps, scarves, doll clothes, hair bows, planters and other home decor plus vendors including Tupperware, Scentsy, Avon, Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, and The Pampered Chef plus there will be a bake sale.

The 37th Annual Craft & Vendor Showwill take place on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm at Germantown Hills Middle School (located at 110 Fandel Rd. in Germantown Hills). Admission is free. Featuring over 100 crafters and vendors, there will be a wide variety of holiday and everyday items plus gift basket drawings.

A St. Jude Shopping Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus (located at 7403 N Radnor Rd. in Peoria) from 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring many vendors and crafters, there will also be Java Jolt coffee and a bake sale. Admission is free.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Spook-tacular Science Show on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:15 pm. Admission is $5 per person and children 4 and under are free with a maximum cost of $20 per family. Join “Mad Scientist” Nick Rae for a post-Halloween “wrap-up” of mysteriously spooky science experiments. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Pasta for Patriots, an all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) will take place on Saturday from 3 – 8 pm. Featuring a DJ, a magician, live musical entertainment, a $25 cash hourly drawing, a silent auction and a gourmet cupcake bar for $1 each, tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for veterans and children and free for children aged 5 and under. Proceeds from the event will be used for IVFCH home repair projects for Veterans which provides basic home repairs, yard cleanups, weatherization and visits to Tri-County Veterans free of charge. Call 309-363-3737 to purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

“CASAblanca – Dancing with the Local Stars” will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for CASA of Peoria County featuring Michael Piraino, CEO of National CASA for Children who will speak about the importance of community engagement in order to serve children who face abuse or neglect, tickets are $200 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten. For more information, call 309-669-2939 or visit www.casapeoria.org/CASAblanca/CASAblanca.html

Big Data will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.99 in advance, $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 87th Annual Itoo Supper will be held on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 7 pm. The menu consists of Lebanese Cabbage Rolls,Chicken and Rice, Kebba,Green Beans,Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Chicken, Salad and Pita Bread.  The cost for adults is $15 and children under twelve years of age are $8. Beverages, desserts and Lebanese delicacies will also be available. The freshly prepared food is served family style at your table or carry outs are available. Tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or at the door.

Bo Burnham will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum on the Bradley University campus on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for Bradley faculty and staff and free for Bradley students donating a non-perishable food item or $1 donation and are available at the Coliseum ticket office. Hosted by The Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) , for more information please visit www.ACBU.org

“A Night For Richard” will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning on Sunday at 7 pm to benefit the Richard Pryor statue and honor the Peoria native. Featuring Cedric “The Entertainer”, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps, tickets are $39.75, $59.75 and $250 for VIP packages and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) 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

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Peoria Rescue Ministries’ 59th Annual Stewardship Celebration will be held tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Grand Ballroom with doors opening at 6 pm. Jeff Anderson, featured speaker, is the author of two books, Divine Applause and Plastic Donuts.  Tickets are $30 per person or $225 table of eight and are available by calling 309-676-6416 ext. 1009 or online at www.peoriarescue.org

November will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Charlie Murphy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for the the Thursday show and $30 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older 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

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Doran & 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.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets are available for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Limeapalooza with Brandon Rice, SpaceQueen, Anthony Turner, Endless Compromise, GBZ 900, James Ghareeb, Jmilli, Heather Green, Lucky 7/Mario Cannon, Unamused Dave & D&V Entertainment will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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. 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 $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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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 Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Peoria Rivermen will open the 2014-15 season against the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Kristi Lee, the show will feature Bob Zany, Costaki Economopoulos and Greg Hahn. Tickets are $29.50 and $35 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 pm each night and the show beginning at Midnight. Tickets are $15 (general admission seating) and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 23rd Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring Manuel Villacorta, Dorothy Breininger, Monica Parker, Rokelle Lerner, Kim Weiss and Barb Schmidt, tickets are available now online at www.wlspeoria.com for $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the doors are $10. For full details about the event, visit www.wlspeoria.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “Exploring the Inside of You” at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Dr. Michael Treanor with an in depth look at the mechanics of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, GI pathology, and endoscopic surgery. Plus, Mike and Kela Galletti will be do an histology demo showing what happens to tissues removed during surgery. After the meeting, attendees may participate in an experiment to take a look at their DNA. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The 5th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration & Souvenirs Tribute Concert will take place at the Giant Screen Theater in the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Honoring the 40th anniversary of “Souvenirs”, the songs will be performed live by musicians from across the US including Sheldon Felich, Tim Jessup, Jay Hennessy, Eric Mills, Tim Harr, Stephanie Weatherford, Bryan Chrisman and Tamara Anderson. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Museum or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Beethoven Triple” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Soloists include Michael Brown on piano, Elena Urioste on violin and Nick Canellakis on cello. Tickets are $35 for adults or $8 for kids & students and are available online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.com  For more information, call 309-339-3943.

Josh Thompson & Clayton Anderson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets range in price from $53 to $68 and are available at the PSO Office, by phone at 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) 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

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older 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 the Bill Porter 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 from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass which are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present Super Circus Heroes at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16, $21, $28, $53 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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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. 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 $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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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 Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

November will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Wesley McKinney will perform at Peoria Cabaret Theatre in the Broadway Lounge (located at The Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100.   For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Brian Regan will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay kicks off at 7:30 am on Saturday near the Gateway Building along the Peoria Riverfront. Events include a half-marathon, two-person relay, one-mile walk and post-race party. For more information, call 309-691-6906 or visit www.komenmemorial.org

CrossFit309 for CreatiVets will take place at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to participate is $40 and online registration is available at www.crossfit309.com  All proceeds benefit Creativets, a non-for-profit organization that assists veterans with emotional issues through creative arts.

Peoria Players Theater (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) will host a Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale from 8 am – Noon on Saturday in the theatre lobby. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2nd Annual Manito Volkswalk, a 5K & 10 K walk through the State Forest, and Art Bazaar, will be held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery (located at 25410 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Topeka) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Free tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning and an Art Bazaar will be held in Manito from 11 – 3 pm on Broadway where art will be available for sale and viewing. The Classic Car Museum will also be open featuring antique tractors on display plus scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Local foods will be available all day. For more information, call 309-202-0506.

The 34th Annul Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In “Shawl We Dance” will be hosted by the Bishop Hill Fiber Guild at at the Mossville Junior High and Elementary Center (located at 12207 N Galena Road in Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Spend the day creating new fiber skills and friendships at social learning centers featuring drop spindling, wheel spinning, beginning and advanced knitting, weaving, crocheting, and beading centers. Pre-registration is encouraged and is available at www.bishophillfiberguild.org/annual-spin-in.html  Cost is $5 for a shopping pass, $12 for those who pre-registered and $15 at the door. Bring your hooks, needles, spindles and spinning wheels to the event. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

ACS Science Rocks! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with applied chemistry activities on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm and a free lecture with fun chemistry demonstrations at 4 pm by Christopher Hamaker, PhD, Assoc Professor, Inorganic Chemistry at Illinois State University. Visit all the stations for a chance to win prizes including museum passes, lab swag, and cool science stuff. No pre-registration necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Two on Tap will be presented at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Lovers – Romeo & Juliet” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring the music of three great composers: Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Prokofiev, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Sunday Fun Day! Why Do Leaves Change Colors? will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Listen to “Why Do Leaves Change Colors?” by Betsy Maestro, learn a little about fall plus make a leafy project to take home. Admission is free and do pre-registration necessary. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Tri-County Urban League Guild will host the 5th Annual Guild Jazz Brunch Fundraiser on Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria). Tickets are $50 and include an all you can eat buffet with the band “Soft Spoken”. Tickets are available at Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Highway in Peoria). For more information or tickets, call 309-672-4354.

The Peoria Barbershop Chapter Heritage of Harmony Barbershop Show will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring traditional songs sung in barbershop style by combined Peoria & Bureau County Choruses and several chapter quartets with many sing-a-long numbers.  Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 at the door.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host The Romaniacs at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Featuring an authentic Django Reinhardt “gypsy jazz” experience, all tunes will be original compositions. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org