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The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will present a Maundy Thursday Service, Choir Cantata “The Seven Last Days” beginning with a soup & salad Pot Luck tonight (Thursday) begining at 5:30 pm and the Cantata at 7 pm. For more information, call 309-692-1420 or visit www.fccpeoria.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host “Cuba’s Revolution: Time for a Policy Change?” at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N. Galena Rd in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm with a cash bar, dinner at 6 pm and presentation at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be led by Dr. Christina Perez, associate professor of sociology and director of the women and gender studies program at Dominican University in Chicago, who will discuss the state of Cuba’s revolution and the potential for a change in U.S. policies towards the nation. Admission is $35 or $30 for PAWAC members and students. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a presentation by Dr. Robert J. Lang entitled “Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art & Science of Origami” tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8 pm. Dr. Lang, an acclaimed physicist, inventor and origami artist, is co-creator of the Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami exhibit which runs through April 27th. Tickets for the presentation are $10 per person or $7 for PRM members. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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April Macie will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Park Players Troupe Auditions will take place on Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 3 pm at Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria). For ages 14-18, applicants should be prepared to give three references, excluding family members. Six actors will be hired to perform in this troupe. For more information, call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Humpty Dumpty will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Great American Trailer Park Musical will be performed at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Eastlight Box Office or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

The Pediatric Resource Center will host the Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the race beginning at 8:30 am and a brunch after the run/walk. All proceeds will go toward helping the PRC provide medical exams and case management services to child victims of neglect and physical or sexual abuse. For more information, call 309-624-9595 or email prcinfo@uicomp.uic.edu

The Easter Seals will host Miles for Milestones: Inaugural Run, Walk and Roll, including a 5K and one-mile route through East Peoria’s Levee District on Saturday beginning at 8 am, with a post-race party at the Holiday Inn. Runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all abilities are welcome. Funds raised will help provide specialized pediatric therapy services in central Illinois. Registration is $30 for the 5k Run $30 or $20 for ages 4-18 and $20 for the 1 Mile Walk. All paid registrants receive a t-shirt. To register, call 309-686-1177, ext. 2321 or visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host two Giant Easter Egg Hunts: one at 11 am and one at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Other activities include an Eggstra Special Scavenger Hunt throughout the park beginning at 8 am, a Bunny Breakfast from 8 – 11 am, face painting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and more. Admission is $8 for adults, & for senior citizens aged 65 and up, $6 for ages 3 – 7, $4 for WPP members and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 10th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. “Think globally, act locally” by learning what you can do to make a difference. Live music will be provided by Patchouli and others and there will be food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts, face painting, door prizes and an Earth Day Sale. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Super Saturday: Fractals – Nature’s Extreme Art will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm where you will learn all about fractals, observe them up close plus take a fractal pattern home with you. This event is free for members and with regular paid admission. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Dave Chastain & Sue Schnarr Baker Fire Disaster Fundraiser will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Dave Chastain’s DC3, Rooster Alley, Jim Davis Band, Junkyard Dogz, Robin Crowe, Bill Porter Project and Kickapoo Junction, tickets are $10 in advance at the Limelight Event Complex, Schooners in Morton or online at www.limelighteventplex.com and $13 at the door.

Ghost Town Blues Band will perform at Goodfellas Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm presented by the River City Blues Society. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

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

The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Dayton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and Bowling Green on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday both beginning at 1 pm and at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Fundraiser at the Locker Room (located at 112 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. 10% of all food and non-alcoholic drink purchases will benefit the group to go toward to building a parking lot and trails in Peoria’s newest park. Learn about becoming a member, plus pick up a t-shirts and details on upcoming hikes and special events. For more information, visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center, also on Friday, will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

Jake Johannsen will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $16 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria New Car Dealers Association 25th Annual Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Senior Day is Friday: ages 60+ admitted for $2.50, and Family Day is Sunday: get two adults tickets for $8. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & up and free for ages 15 & under with a paid adult. For more details, visit http://www.peoriaautoshow.com

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

The Dancing with our Stars 2014 Spring Dance Recital will take place at at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday beginning at 6:30pm. Performing ballet, tap, jazz and creative movement on the stage with a special performance by the Explosion All Star Cheer Team, tickets are $4 for general admission and are available at Franciscan Rec Complex. For more information, call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum “Before” Party will allow you to spend an evening exploring the historic Glen Oak Park Pavilion and experience the six planned galleries in the museum with detailed design drawings, themed food, drink, and entertainment on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Included with the evening is an exclusive silent auction and raffle. Funds raised will directly benefit the Power of Play Campaign. Tickets are $40 each and are available at https://community.peoriazoo.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=300 or by calling the Peoria Zoological Society at 309-681-3500.

The Professional Bull Riders PBR Peoria Invitational will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets range in price from $23 – $43 or $15 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Kappa Delta sorority at Bradley University will host their annual Shamrock 5K and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Markin Recreational Center on the Bradley campus. Cost to participate in the 5K (Shamrock Stride) or 1 mile walk (Shamrock Strut) is $15. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast follows the race in Williams Hall Cafeteria. All Shamrock Stride and Strut participants will receive free pancakes, otherwise tickets are $5. Profits will be donated to The Children’s Home and to Prevent Child Abuse America. Register at http://Bit.ly/LAdVt8. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/bradleykappadeltashamrock

The Million March Against Child Abuse will take place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am at the corners of Monroe Street & Hamilton Blvd. near the Downtown Public Library in Peoria. The purpose of the march is to bring awareness about child abuse. For more information and to donate, visit www.mmaca.us

Peoria Speedway’s (located at 3250 W. Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) Opening Race Night begins on Saturday at 3 pm with grandstands opening at 4 pm and racing at 6 pm. Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 6-13 in the pits or $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for kids 5 and under and $10 for senior citizens aged 60 and over and military personnel in the grandstands. For more information, visit www.peoriaspeedway.com

The Signature Cabaret Series at Peoria Cabaret Theatre will present Yvonne Greer in the Broadway Lounge in the The Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Reserved seating is $15 and reservations can be made by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

The 1st Annual Italian American Society Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 7403 N. Radnor Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 4:30 pm. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, meatballs or Bolognese sauce, salad, bread, lemonade or iced tea. Wine, beer, soda and coffee plus Italian dessert including cannolis and pizzelles will also be available to purchase. Enjoy a traditional Italian Sunday dinner while raising funds for the Italian Society.

Irish Tales: The Lives & End Times of the Shelton Brothers will be presented by the Peoria Historical Society at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) from 1- 4 pm.  Learn how the Shelton Brothers lived, played and died in Peoria as they dominated the bootlegging and gambling trade during the 1930′s and 40′s.  The Fine Art of Hospitality by Miss Jean Morron will be presented at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) also on Sunday from 1- 4 pm.  Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids at the door or $10 to visit both homes the same day. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Experience Hendricks featuring Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Dweezil Zappa, Billy Cox, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Rich Robinson of the Black Crows, Mato Naji, Chris Layton, Doyle Bramhall II and Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $47.50, $59.50, and $75 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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The 2014 Central Illinois Auto Show, Blue Man Group, Professional Bull Riders, the 2014 Beer Festival and Peoria Ballet’s Cinderella!

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 3rd Annual Writers Festival will take place at Eureka College tonight (Thursday) & Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the Cerf Center. Poet Stephen Roger Powers (Thursday) and fiction writer Teresa Milbrodt (Friday) will be featured authors. A question-and-answer session, book-signing and reception will follow. Admission is free. For more information, call 414-213-7169.

Hunter Hayes with special guests Danielle Bradbury & Dan + Shay will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $49.50, $35 and $25 and are available at the Peoria Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Iliza Shlesinger will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $17 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) – Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The American Funk Band War will perform at the Tri-County Peoria Urban League Black and White Gala. The Gala will take place on Friday beginning at 6 pm and the concert begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets for the Gala & concert are $125 per person. Tickets for the concert only are $40 and are available at the Civic Center box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-673-7474 or online at http://www.tcpul.com

Menopause The Musical will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $58, $52, $45 and $35 and are available at the the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Volunteer Orientation on Saturday from 9 am – Noon where volunteers can meet the staff and other volunteers, learn about changes to the volunteer program and Park updates. Admission is free for volunteers and no reservation is required to attend. For more information, email kdurham@wildlifeprairie.org

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

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present a two-day Glassblowing in Action demonstration from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring a mobile glassblowing studio from Southern Illinois University’s School of Art & Design with all the standard glass hotshop equipment, artists will demonstrate the glassblowing process, taking questions as they work on colored glass vases and bowls. Admission is included with paid admission to the Chihuly & Friends exhibit 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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Pekin Kids Festival will be held at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. A family-focused event, there will be interactive activities including Fun on Run inflatibles, an indoor rock climbing wall, a balloon artist, face painting and more. Admission is $5 for all ages. For more information, visit http://www.rbshows.com

The 1st Annual Central Illinois Wine Festival will be held at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette (located at 501 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 6 pm benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria. Featuring music, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and wine, tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door and include five complimentary tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/event/515229

The Habitat for Humanity Art Auction will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 per person or $200 for a table of 8 and are available at www.habitatpeoria.org  For more information, call 309-676-6729 ext 2.

The Great Burr Oak Science Club 1 year anniversary will feature a presentation by Mr. Kevin Zeeb, Forensic Biologist with the Illinois State Police Crime Lab at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 111 S Capitol St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

The Awesome 80′s Prom will be presented in the Broadway Lounge at The Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

The Bradley University Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform in a spring concert on Sunday at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $5 for the general public & free for students.

Peoria Pops Orchestra will present a “TV Show Themes” concert at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=42375

Peoria Push Roller Derby will take on the Mclean County Missfits and the Cedar Valley Derby Divas at Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and kids 6 & under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriarollerderby.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm, show beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

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

Another Round of Beer for Breakfast opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through April 20. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Clybourne Park at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students, and $12 for Bradley faculty and staff, students and senior citizens and are available at the Bradley University Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650.

Kevin Pollak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm show and $30 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, 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

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

The 2014 Frolic with the Fairies Mother-Daughter Tea & Style Show will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom for a Friday Night Frolic, a special Fairy Tea for ages 6 and up beginning at 6:30 pm and 3 seatings on Saturday at 9 am, 12:30 pm (this seating is sold out) and 4 pm. Tickets are $30 per person for any of the seatings and tables of 10 are available for $275. Tickets are available online at http://www.frolicwiththefairies.com/3052/3073.html

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Surge at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday& Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm and Sunday beginning at 3:15pm. 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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Working is a musical that fills you with hope and inspiration through monologues and song that will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison Street in Peoria) has transformed all three levels of the Foster Arts Center building with their “Nude Attitude” exhibit which will be on display on Friday from 8 pm to midnight. There will be a juried exhibition, performance art, figurative artwork, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and libations. All proceeds will benefit art education. Tickets are $20 in advance for members, $30 in advance tickets for non-members or $40 at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present the 44th annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference “Cybersecurity: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age” on Saturday from 9 am – 2:30 pm at the Embassy Suites (located at 1 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) with registration beginning at 7:30 am. For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit http://www.pawac.org

The Songs from the Woods Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will feature Bucky Halker on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under plus a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information about the artist, visit www.buckyhalker.com

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

The Fine Art of Hospitality will be presented by the Peoria Historical Society at the Pettengill-Morron Home (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave.in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Enjoy the understated elegance of Miss Jean Morron with an exhibition of her finest glassware, silverware and China from around the world in a Victorian era home. Admission is $7 per person at the door. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The series premiere of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will take place on Sunday at 8 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria). Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Reservations must be made by calling the Museum ticket desk at 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will host Desserts First at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. The event features Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts from area chefs, as well as dinner stations, raffles and more. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, call all 309-282-0809 or visit www.girlscouts-gsci.org

The Frogs, a modern take on an ancient Greek classic where characters and puppets perform in an over the top circus romp on stage, will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre on the Eureka College campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call the box office at (309) 467-6363.

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Clybourne Park at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students, and $12 for Bradley faculty and staff, students and senior citizens and are available at the Bradley University Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/cfa/tickets.dot

Josh Blue will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $19 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria RV Show will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 2 – 7 pm on Friday from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 – 12 and ages 5 & under are free. Featuring RV’s, boats, ATV’s, motorcycles, campgrounds from three states, RV products, and RV repair dealers, for more information, visit http://www.eventsltd.org

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

The Beehive Design Collective will be held at the Sunbeam Building (located at 935 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. The one night exhibit of Beehive Design Collective artwork entitled “The True Cost of Coal,” will include an artist-led discussion of the exhibition and is part of a nation-wide tour, of which Peoria is one of only two towns in Illinois where it will be stopping. For more information on the Collective or to view the graphics, visit www.beehivecollective.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Working is a musical that fills you with hope and inspiration through monologues and song that will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

Learn about native fish species in the Illinois River Encounter with the Peoria Riverfront Museum‘s 400-gallon fish tank where you can watch experts feed the fish at 3 pm. Learn about “fishy” behavior and what fish like to eat. Free to members and with regular paid admission. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Craig Morgan and guests Chad Warrix and Anthony Billups will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office Monday – Friday from 10 am to 4 pm or online at http://www.limelighteventplex.com

Team Dance 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Admission is $10 for ages 5-10, $15 for ages 11+. All spectators age 5 and over will not be permitted into the event without a wristband. Wristbands will be available for purchase at the ticket booth in the Grand Lobby of Carver Arena through the day of the event. This Grand Championship event will feature youth, JV and varsity dance and guard teams who competed at various different regional competitions between December and February.

The 25th Annual Illinois Downs Syndrome Assoc. Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Dinners are $7 for adults (ages 13+), $5 for children and free for ages 3 and under. Take out orders will also be available. A raffle, bake sale and entertainment will also take place during the event. For more details, visit http://www.hoidsa.org/index.php?events

“Irish Tales: Lives and End Times of the Shelton Brothers” will be presented by the Peoria Historical Society at the historic Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Learn how the Shelton Brothers Played in Peoria as they dominated the bootlegging and gambling trade during the 1930′s and 40′s. Admission is $7 for adults or $3 for kids. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Goitse, a young music quintet from Ireland, will perform in concert at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $18 per person and are available by calling 309-692-8937 or $20 at the door.

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

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature DC3 beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

Super Saturday will take place at at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm where you will learn about the anatomy of insects and arachnids, view specimens plus design your own bug. Check out the museum’s collection of insects and view the intricate glass insects in the Chihuly and Friends: Highlights from the George R. Stroemple Collection exhibition. This event is free to members and with regular paid admission. There is a $3 additional cost for the Chihuly and Friends exhibition to non-members. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Awesome 80′s Prom will be presented by The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Including interactive performance, dinner, cash bar and silent auction, the event is a fundraiser to support the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Tickets are $45 and are available online HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night and the Mississippi Riverkings on Sunday beginning at 3:15 pm.  Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will host a Valentine’s Night event, “An Evening of Love Songs”, at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront featuring a three course plated dinner with a choice of three entrées on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Dinner will be followed by a live concert of classic love songs ranging from Cole Porter to the Beatles to James Taylor. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $30 per person or $58 per couple. Concert only tickets are also available. For more details, call 309-693-6725 for reservations or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Art will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning 8 pm featuring “Romance” soloists Linden Christ, soprano, and Ryan Lanning, tenor. Tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/PEOR/

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

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

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

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

Engineering Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm with displays by engineering groups, engineering activities plus the chance to talk with engineers from the community. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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The Paisley Convertible continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert.

Steve-O will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 for the Thursday show and $26 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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 $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

The Easter Seals Black & Blue Ball will take place on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm featuring live music by The Brat Pack, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks, a cash bar, a jewelry raffle plus a live auction. Tables of 10 are $1,000. Call 309-686-7755 x 2298 to make a reservation and for more information.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Oliver will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

The Ten Tenors will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $61, $47, and $37 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 2nd Annual February Frigid Four Mile Trail Run and One Mile Fun Walk will take place on Saturday at Independence Park (located at 612 Lasalle Blvd. in Marquette Heights) beginning at 9 am. An Illinois Valley Striders Grand Prix race, all proceeds will benefit Camp Big Sky, an accessible camp for children and adults with disabilities. For more information, call 309-258-6002.

The Forest Park Book Sale will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday (reduced price sale). It’s a great place to find unique nature related books with books on everything from gardening to wildlife to environmental philosophy. If you have books to donate for the sale please call Forest Park Nature Center at 309-686-3360. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Midwest Gun Collectors Assoc. Gun Show will be held at the East Peoria Convention Center (located on Rt. 8 in East Peoria) from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 with free parking. For more information, call 309-274-2977.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a forum featuring two candidates for the 18th Congressional District election and two candidates for the District 150 School Board, as well as a presentation on the sales tax referendum to benefit District 150 schools at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:15 am. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Re-Designed Solar System Grand Re-Opening, the world’s most complete scale model of the solar system, plus Family Day Planetarium Shows throughout the day, a Space Kids Workshop at 11 am, a Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Workshop at 1 pm and a Guided Walk to Earth and Back on Saturday at 2 pm.
Sunday Fun Day will take place on Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1:30 – 2:15 pm where children and their families will listen to The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, explore part of a gallery, and make a craft to take home. Fee is $2 per child.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Wine and Roses event at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the tropical Conservatory featuring music by the Joe Metzka Trio, appetizers, desserts and a cash bar. Admission is $12.50 per person or $25 per couple and is by reservation only and limited to 80 people ages 21 and over only. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations or more information.

Songs from the Woods Concert Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria) will feature Barry Cloyd’s Celtricity beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.barrycloyd.com

“Rising From Ashes”, the award-winning feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 South Main St. in Peoria). Tickets are $11 in advance at www.imathlete.com/events/risingfromashes  or $15 at the door.

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live, the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story, will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Covering everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom, ticket prices are $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets on online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

The Peoria Historical Society will host the Readers Theater production, “Seasonings“, at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 at door or $12 in advance for PHS members. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Dramatic Crossroads Opera Company, a local nonprofit organization, will present Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the East Peoria High School auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The performance will feature professional and semi-professional local musicians performing a modernized version of the cantata in English, staged as though it were a small opera. Tickets are $15, or $12 for students, senior citizens and children under 12. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DramaticCrossroads

The Bradley Braves take on Evansville on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Ticket are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

A Beatles Tribute Concert, featuring Johnny Burnett & Friends with local and Chicago are musicians will take place at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 3 pm. A benefit for local tornado victims, all proceeds will be donated to the Washington Rotary Club Foundation. Tickets are $20 (all reserved seating) and are available at the Five Points Box Office or online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=41670