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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday and continues next week on Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A holiday tradition, the show is part of the Festival of Lights event in East Peoria.  Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

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

A traveling exhibit of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture will be on display daily at the University of Illinois Library of the Health Sciences (located at 1 Illini Drive in Peoria) 9 am – 5 pm through Dec. 14. To commemorate Word Aids Day on Dec. 1, the six-banner traveling exhibit uses a variety of historic photographs and images to illustrate the political and medical history of AIDS. Admission is free and parking is $1. For more information about the exhibit, call 309-671-8490 or visit http://peoria.medicine.uic.edu

The Nature Art Show and Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) Mondays through Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm (except for Christmas Day) through December 31. Featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork all created by local artists including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 9th Annual AlignLife Toy Drive will take place at the AlignLife of Peoria (located at 4700 N University St. in Peoria) today through December 15. Donate toys for children ages 0 – 6 years old of the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery and receive free services for in the process. For more information, call 309-431-1102 or visit www.chiropractorpeoria.org

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside, runs through January 15th on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center) from 5 – 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 3 – 10 pm on Friday, Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 9 pm on Sunday. Hours change periodically throughout the holidays. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Peoria Cabaret Theater will  present the Illinois Premiere of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St., in Peoria) with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 through Dec. 17. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform an entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves since none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Dinner and the show is $40 for adults . For tickets and information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Conklin’s A Doo-Wop Christmas will be held at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) tonight (Thursday), Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. Buffet dinner tickets can be purchased separately for $25 each.  Coffee & Iced Tea. For information and tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

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

GONN will perform with Super 88 and Sin Thetic at the Limelight Eventplex (located at (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Collegium Musicum will take place in Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Dr. on the campus of Bradley University) tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm. Featuring music from the Renaissance and Baroque including sacred instrumental duos and whimsical Dutch folk tunes, admission is free. For more information, call 309-750-3234 or visit www.bradley.edu/calendar

Mannheim Steamroller will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $50 and $65 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place 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 Brazilionaires on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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, also on Friday, 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. 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

The Unity Point Wellmobile will be at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Friday from 9 – 11 am. The screening includes free blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and spirometry screenings. Admission is free and no appointment is necessary. For information, call 309-672-5900 or visit www.unitypoint.org

The Community Festival of Nativities will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (located at 3700 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 9 pm. Over 300 nativities will be displayed, live local musical performances, alive nativity, children’s activities and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.interfaithnativitypeoria.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria (located at 100 Northeast Water St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from Noon – 2:30 pm featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis with Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Christmas on Court will take place throughout downtown Pekin (located at 11 S. Capitol St.) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Carriage rides, tree lighting ceremony, demonstrations, giveaways at local businesses and live performances will take place throughout the evening. For more information, visit http://enjoypekin.com/events

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge 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 $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on a forest path lit with luminaries on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free and donations will be appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23rd from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. Premiere seating is $30 for adults, $22 for students and $15 for children and general seating pricing $22 for adults, $14 for students and $12 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-620-3164 or visit www.ciballet.com/season

Three time Emmy Award Winner Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets for Friday’s 9:45 show are $15 and all other shows are $20 and tickets are available by calling 309-673-5853 or visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Love Letters will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 3:30 pm. Featuring retiring theatre manager, Cindy Hoey, and professional actor, Steve Vinovich, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students under 18 with a student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309- 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Christmas on School Street will be held at Faith Lutheran Childcare (located at 650 School St. in Washington) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Featuring a free Children’s Craft Corner, bake sale, Christmas gifts including handmade items and more. Purchase breakfast and enjoy biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, and fruit. Lunch includes pulled BBQ or Italian sandwiches with potato chips or potato soup. Prayer requests accepted. For more information, click HERE

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists this Saturday. Starting with a stop in Mapleton at Mapleton Road at 8:30 am, then on to Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) at 9:35 am, Breeds at Co. Road 23 at 11:20 am, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near the former TP&W Railroad Office) at 1:30 pm, Cuba at 3rd Street at 3:45 pm and finally at Smithfield at Main and Front Street at 5:15 pm. Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am to noon. Featuring pictures with Santa, face painting, Christmas cookie decorating and breakfast, admission for adults us $15 and kids 3-10 are $10 and reservations are required. To reserve your spots, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10:30 am. Featuring a photo with Santa, a goody bag for each child, fun craft activity, story time with Mrs. Claus and a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, fruit and juice, cost is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children and families of 5 or more (2 adults & 3 or more children) are $25. For information and reservations which are required, call 309-692-7631 or visit http://peoriaymca.org/events

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge from 9-11 am, then watch the animals get their gifts. Cost is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Registration opens at 8 am. Adult competitive / timed participation is $40 and noncompetitive / non-timed is $35 and includes a Jingle bell Run long sleeve t-shirt and jingle bells to tie on to shoes. Discounted rates are available for ages 18 and under. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

Christmas with the Animals will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm. Help WPP staff create gifts for the animals with food surprises inside, then give the presents to the animals and learn about their natural instincts. Cost for this event is $5 (in addition to regular admission) and reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Park admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $5 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for ages 13 – 64 and $6 for ages 65+. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Alzheimer’s Association (located at 612 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) will host “Living with Alzheimer’s” on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am.  Providing answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, registration is required to attend. For more information or to register, call 309-681-1100 or visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Safe and fun for the whole family. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17. Admission to the Titanic exhibit requires an additional fee. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring Santa, free Balloon Creations by The Unique Twist and a coupon for a free admission to the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display. through Dec. 31 when you spend $25 or more at a participating business. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Splendor of Christmas Past Home Tour 2016 will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring Peoria Historical Society’s Flanagan House & Pettengill Morron House Museums plus three private Peoria historic homes decorated in holiday finery, enjoy the Christmas charm, local history and décor for of Christmas past. Tickets are $20 at the door and are also available at Gregg Florist, the PHS office, Relics, Urban Artifacts and Exhibit A Gallery. Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Bradley Braves will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Friends in Harmony will perform at their annual Christmas show at Pekin Community High School’s FM Peterson Theatre (located at 1903 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 309-229-1869 or click HERE

The Philharmonic Chorale will present their Christmas Concert at the Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens. For tickets and information call 309-694-5136 or visit at www.ArtsatICC.com

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

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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The Nature Art Show and Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) today (Wednesday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm (except for Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day). Featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork all created by local artists including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Brushville will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Ave. in Peoria) with Kickapoo Junction opening tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm.  Tickets are $8 – $10 and are available by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

A Thanksgiving Feast will be available at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Thursday from 9 am – 2 pm featuring a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie, pumpkin pie, beef, fish and more. Cost for adults is $23.95 and $12.95 for children. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Festival of Lights Winter Wonderland opens Thanksgiving night and 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 Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Member Appreciation Day on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm featuring a $10 discount off memberships (new, renewals or gift memberships) for that one day only. There will also be kids’ activities throughout the day, discounts on Museum Store merchandise, free educational GST movie admission all day, door prize drawings and refreshments. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17. Admission to the Titanic exhibit requires an additional fee. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 129th 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 is a holiday tradition. For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The Motor Grader Express will take place at the Caterpillar Visitors Center (located at 110 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring a soup and sweets lunch, admission to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and access to the express Santa Claus line, there will also be a professional photographer and images will be available for download through the Caterpillar Visitors Center Facebook page following the event. Tickets are $17 for 13 and over and $10 for children under 12. Advance tickets are required. For tickets and information, visit www.caterpillar.com/en/company/visitors-center

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23rd from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, 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 Joe Metzka and Friends on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm.   Ben Zobrist, the 2016 World Series MVP, will be Guest of Honor on Saturday.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Sarah Schonert, Strat and Strad will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Chris Schlichting will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Wildlife Waddle will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring guided hikes, animal programs and more, admission is free for members or $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 7th Annual Kriskindlmarkt will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am- 5 pm on Sunday. Vendors will offer a variety of arts and crafts and imported items from Germany and Austria, including smokers. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods to the event to be donated to a local food pantry. Food and beverages, such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels and German beer will be available to purchase. For information, call 309-444-4656, or visit www.peoriagermans.net

A free Book Reading and Crafting Workshop will be held at Amirah’s Aromas (located at 3311 N Sterling Ave., Unit 11, in Peoria) on Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Enjoy and learn about healthy foods as “Super Foods Are Super Fun” by Dr. Pooch is read followed by children making their own kid-friendly and mom-approved candle to take home. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.amirahsaromas.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria (located on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday from Noon – 2:30 featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Christmastime Gospelfest will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday at 7 pm featuring Shawn Degenhart and the Gospelfest Singers. Admission is free with a love offering at the conclusion of the show. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

Vino Van Gogh will host a Girls Night Out at the Market Grille on Sheridan (located at 4125 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $28 when using the code “BFF” when registering.  For information and reservations, visit www.VinoGogh.com

Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Featuring a seasonal mix of hilarious scenes, songs and their signature improvisation with a touch of holiday mischief, tickets are $30 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling the box office at 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Drew Baldridge, Earl Dibbles Jr will open the show. Tickets are from $18 – $45 are available by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Brad White will perform at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. A former member of the James Blackwood Quartet, the show will feature Christmas and Christian music from hymns to southern gospel.  For information, visit www.pekinfirstnaz.org

I Prevail will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Sleepwave, Hotel Books, and Bad Seed Rising will also perform.  Tickets are $12 – $17 and are available by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

 

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The 8th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Cocktail Party at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm and continues Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 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 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 with on-going family friendly entertainment. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $50, the Sweet Sundae Tea on Sunday is $25 per person 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

A Christmas Story, the Musical continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm and also on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.  The show won 3 Tony Awards in 2013 from its Broadway run.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for patrons under the age of 20. Remaining tickets are extremely limited:  for information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Tea & Sympathy continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A drama exploring a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy, tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or visiting www.CornStockTheatre.com
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A Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser will be held at Avanit’s Italian Ristorante (located at 407 S Main St. in Peoria) today (Thursday) through 10 pm. A portion of all sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call 309-676-6729 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/195484110896382

Murder at the Cafe Noir continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for the Friday & Saturday performances which include dinner & the show or $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens for all other performances and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Luenell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the Friday & Saturday shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Motherhouse Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (located at 1175 St. Francis Ln. in East Peoria) will take place on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring handmade items and homemade baked goods including home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, plants, religious items and other handmade items, all proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Hobnob Holiday Market will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 4 pm on Friday and at 8 am Saturday. Featuring vintage handmade boutique clothing, sweet treats and naturals like evergreen and birch branches, food will be available in addition to a cash bar, live music, giveaways & more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For information visit www.hobnobmarket.com

The Hollidazzle Open House & Tree Lighting will take place in downtown Morton on Main St. from 4:30 – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Friday night’s celebration features the community Christmas tree lighting, candle lit walk to the shops, hot cocoa and pretzels and a chili dinner with shops open until 9 pm.  For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

The Sundry Virtuoso Open House and Art Exhibit will be held at The Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 309-267-2058 or visit www.MansionOnWalnut.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23rd from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Brian Culbertson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 – $38 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Kip Moore will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. The Me and My Kind Tour also includes newcomer Jon Pardi. Tickets are $37.50 and $39.50 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Brunch and Bubbly will be held at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. A Festival of Trees event featuring brunch, drinks and the designs by Amy Morgan, admission is $35 per person or $280 for a table of 8 and guests must be over 21 to attend. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.crittentoncenters.org/!/festival-of-trees

The Nature Art Show and Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by local artists including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday.  Watch history come to life as Civil War soldiers prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build wooden shelters that will protect them from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. Cost is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions in relaxed atmosphere. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

Titanic Family Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Explore the history of the era, experience the frigid waters first-hand with several iceberg demonstrations, practice your boat-making skills and create a unique craft to take home. Activities are free with general admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17. Admission to the Titanic exhibit requires an additional fee.
Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday featuring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows.
Wine & Art Night
will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Studio 2 from 7 – 9 pm. Join local artist, Eugene Nana Ekow, who will lead you in recreating a winter scene on canvas while enjoying a selection of wines. All materials and wine are included and participants must be 21 years or older. Tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available, along with more information on all PRM events by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 32nd 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.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

The 2016 Jewels & Jeans Gala will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Saturday starting at 6 pm. Featuring live music from West MacQueen Street Band, a silent auction, a photo booth and more, tickets are $150, and tables of 10 are $1,500 benefitting the Pekin Hospital Foundation. For more information or reservations, call309-353-0983 or visit www.pekinhospital.org

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown with SIXX:A.M. and As Lions will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Ticket prices range from $46.75 – $241 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The comedy Funeral Tea will be held at the Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Saturday at 7 pm. Following the cremation of dear Uncle Jacob, five ladies gather for tea in a small town in Yorkshire, England, where gossip, memories and misunderstandings ensue. Tickets are $22 and includes dessert and beverage. For more information or tickets, call 309-267-2058 or visit http://mansiononwalnut.com/events

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band Too Old to be Controlled. Callers Jim Hicks & Gail Hintze will teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $10, give the amount that works for you with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228

The Peoria Symphony will present “Russian Masters” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Richard Hirschl on cello, tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring DVDs, videos, books, and photos, many model railroad parts and supplies will also be available with new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be for sale including hats, shirts, patches and pins. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 46th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine 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 $18 which includes a t-shirt. For information, call 309-681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/running

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Fall Orchestral Concerts will take place at Metamora High School on Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm. The Preparatory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble will play at 2 pm and the Youth Symphony will play at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and will be available at the door or by calling 309-370-6424. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

Handel’s Messiah will be performed at Grace Church (located at 1325 E Jefferson St. in Morton) on Sunday at 3 pm. Featuring the Morton Community Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Philip Witzig, guest soloists include Natalie Schamp, soprano, Debra Austin, alto, Terry Chasteen, tenor, John Koch, bass and Dr. John Orfe, organist. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pjw.cc/community-chorus.html

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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A Christmas Story, the Musical opens on Friday at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm at 2 pm on Sunday. A regional premiere based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.  The show won 3 Tony Awards in 2013 from its Broadway run.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for patrons under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Tea & Sympathy opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday. A drama exploring a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy, tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or visiting www.CornStockTheatre.com

Emergency Prom will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU staff & faculty and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available at the Bradley box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

Kevin Pollak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 on Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Veteran’s Day Parade will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10 am. The route will proceed south on Monroe from Bryan to Main, left on Main to Adams, where it will end at the WWII Memorial at the Courthouse Plaza. Floats will be parked on Hamilton between Jefferson and Adams during the memorial ceremony which will starts at 11 am. For more information, visit www.peoriagov.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center  will feature Bill Porter on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Friday & Saturday at 6 pm. The $40 per person ticket price includes a dinner buffet with dessert and an interactive murder mystery. Reservations are required and may be made at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Illinois Springfield in their season opener at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and take on Delaware on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Curtis and Loretta will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Carol A. Cristmas: The Unorthodox Tale will be presented at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main St. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Written by a Peoria resident, the plot is a spin-off of “A Christmas Carol”. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 309-363-6951.

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut Street in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. Tickets are $10 and kids aged 5 & under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Prairieland

Murder at the Cafe Noir will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre program at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for the Friday & Saturday performances which include dinner & the show or $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens for all other performances and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Yvonne Greer: The Music of Movie Night will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington St.) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Canadian heavy metal singer Sebastian Back will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $40 and is for all ages. For tickets and information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

A Food Market and Craft Sale will be held at Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N Tennessee St. in Morton) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring unique and handcrafted items, fall and Christmas decor, tomato sauce, jams, jelly, cheese balls, breads, candies, pies and more. A brunch will be served from 9 am – 11 am, and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm. For information, call 309-266-7174.

The 2016 Christmas Market will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N Knoxville in Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm. Shoppers can donate to a charity of their choice and learn about local and global charities that are giving hope to those in need. For further information, call 309-453-9928.

The 6th Annual Artists’ Holiday Open House will take place at Happy Thought Coffee (located at 953 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring ceramic dishes, sculptures, hand-woven scarves & accessories, silver jewelry and wood, stone objects, and mixed media available to purchase, for more information, call 309-274-6150 or visit www.hopewellweaving.com

The Stuff-A-Bus Kickoff will be held at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring a live radio remote, the CityLink Stuff-A-Bus on display and $2 off  admission per person with a nonperishable food contribution (boxed pasta and jars of pasta sauce, boxed or bagged cereals and jars or cans of soup, meats, fruits and vegetables) for Friendship House. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition also opens on Saturday. Normal admission fees are free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 and there is an additional fee to visit the Titanic exhibit.
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum also on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Admission is free for with paid admission to the Museum. For more information on both events, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Tackle Your Finances will take place at Bradley University in Westlake Hall Room 116 (located at 1501 W Bradley Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4:30 – 6 pm. Learn about better handling of money with a financial service professional. Admission is free and attendees will have the chance to win a FitBit, plus there will be raffle giveaways, free food, interactive financial games and expert advice. For more information, visit
https://www.facebook.com/events/331201770568506

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets are $45 per person including a dinner buffet and the show and benefits Foster Pet Outreach, a local nonprofit organization that helps provide for the well-being of animals in the community.  For reservations and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreeekwinery.com

An Evening of Jazz will take place at the Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial & Sheridan in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 -9 pm. Featuring the Heritage Ensemble and the John Cooper Jazz Ensemble, tickets are $50 for general admission or $100 for premium seating. For tickets and more information, call 309-550-4242.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Alternative rock band Blue October with opener Danny Malone will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 – $50 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Keith Urban will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $116 – $374. For tickets or information, call 844-854-1450 or visit www.us.cellularcoliseum.com

Switchback will perform at the Peoria Public Library-North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100 or visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Be Anything will be held at The Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $125 for a family of 5 or more or $20 for members or $100 for a family of 5 or more and must be purchased in advance.  Designed to help children imagine the careers of their future and explore possibilities of what they can be when they grow up, there will also be an online auction that will be open to the public as well as a live event. For more information and tickets, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson St. in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $24.50, $39.50, $54.50 and $64.50. For tickets or information, call 309-673-8900 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

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The Itoo Supper will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 7 pm. The menu includes many Lebanese favorites such as cabbage rolls, Lebanese chicken with rice, baked kibba, stewed green beans, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, Lebanese salad and bread plus lots of Lebanese desserts. A fundraiser for the Itoo Society supporting many Peoria area charities, adult meals are $16 and kids meals are $8 and tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or at the door. Carry outs are also available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/peoriaitoo

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

Wicked continues at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, at 2 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets range in price from $49 to $129 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com

ICC Vocal Jazz will perform in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 on Thursday and $20 on Friday & Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center  will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
A Special “Day of the Dead” 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 Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:05 pm each night. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Paint Your Musical Starry Night will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. A Central Illinois Youth Symphony event, tickets are $45 per person and include snacks, sodas, and art supplies. For more information and reservations, visit www.paintnite.com

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Stryper will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 – $45 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

A Holiday Gift Show will be held at the Methodist Atrium Building (located at 900 N Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm. Featuring handmade items, baby clothes, toys for all ages, floral arrangements, baked goods, jewelry, unique gifts, antiques, gift wrap, stationery and a coffee bar, for more information, call 309-671-8242.

An Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (located at 400 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring vendors and crafters for the holidays, there will also be door prizes and a silent auction. For information, call 309-676-4472 or visit www.valleyofpeoria.com

The 3rd Annual Holiday Fair will take place at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N Heinz Lane in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Over 40 vendors ready to help with Christmas shopping, proceeds will benefit the Morning Center. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/216408405429285

A Caregiver Workshop will take place at the Alpha Park Public Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Bartonville) on Saturday from 10 am – noon. The free workshop is for those who have a friend or loved one who is dependent upon them. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required. For reservations or more information, call 309-697-3822 or visit www.alphapark.org

The Peoria Addiction Awareness Walk will take place on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Featuring speakers and information booths, admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to bring canned foods for the FUMC Peoria Loaves & Fish Food Pantry. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/events/342474529433678

Amirah’s Aromas will host their grand opening at the Sterling Bazaar (located at 3311 N Sterling Ave. Ste 11 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free and there will be freebies, door prizes, food and more. For information, call 309-839-4824 or visit www.amirahsaromas.com

The Annual Local Author Fair will be held at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 5 pm. Local authors Ashley Stambaugh, Jackie Gillam, Jason Henderson, Joe Chianakas, Jim Conover, John McKee, John Spencer, Kathryn Dorbeck, Kevin Wright, Linda Lowery, Lois Funk, Pauline Marquez, Randy Sollenberger and Venita McCart will be on hand to meet fans and autograph books.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

A Fall Fairy Art Party will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 2 pm. Featuring stories, crafts and harvest treats, children are encouraged to wear fairy attire. Registration is required and the cost is $7 for children and $2 for adults. To register or for more information, call 309-579-2157.

Pasta for Patriots will take place at the Elks Lodge (located at #1 Elks Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for Veterans and children under 12. Hosted by the Illinois Valley Fuller Center, dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, music by DJ Jim Dandy, a silent auction, and magic by Yort. Proceeds from the event assist Tri County Veterans with home repairs. For tickets or for information, call 309-363-3737 or visit http://fullercenter.org/peoria-illinois

The 4th Annual Irish Derby will take place at The Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 5 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include a dinner buffet, soft drinks and 10 Derby Dollars for wagering.  A benefit for Friends of Clonmel County Tipperary in Ireland, for more information, call 309-694-2500 or visit www.friendsofclonmel.org

Eats & Drinks of the World will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. A benefit for the DAX Foundation, the event will feature live music by Cousin Eddie Band, raffles and a silent auction in addition to food and drink sampling. Advance tickets are $20 or $30 at the door. Price includes admission and food and drink passport books. For more information and tickets, call 309-444-8600 or visit www.fivepointswashinton.org

The 11th Annual CASAblanca Dancing with the Local Stars will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for CASA of Peoria County, 11 community leaders are paired with area dance instructors to compete to be crowned the best celebrity dancer in the Peoria area. Tickets are available for $200 per person or donations may be made for the People’s Choice Award in the name of a specific dancer for $1 per vote by calling 309-669-2939 or go to www.casapeoria.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium in the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of local wines from Big Horse Vineyards in Lewistown under a full-dome night sky. Tickets are $33 for the public or $30 for members and include up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice plus a variety of cheese & crackers. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Country singer-songwriter Dylan Schneider will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

A Masterpiece Painting Class will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 11 am -1 pm for the first session and 2 – 4 pm for the second session. The $40 per person fee includes three complimentary wine tastings and art supplies. Cheese and crackers, chocolates, wine, beer, soda, tea and water will be available. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-532-2500 or visiting www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

A Sports Auction and Card Show will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm . Featuring a silent auction, a raffle drawing and sports card vendors available to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles, the live auction will begin at 2 pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. Admission is $1 for adults & free for kids aged 12 & under and raffle tickets are $10. For more information call 309-681-2868 or visit www.facebook.com/PPDSports

Jazz on a Saturday Afternoon featuring Mardra and pianist Reggie Thomas & Company will be held at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 1 pm.  Tickets are $30 per person with tables of 4, 6, 8, and 10 available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/206298019773692

The Bradley Braves will take on UW-Lacrosse in a pre-season matchup at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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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 during their 2016-17 season opening weekend. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game 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  Get 2 tickets for $20 for either night by calling 309-676-1040. For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Road, Peoria) will host their annual Fall Food Festival today (Thursday) through Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm each day. Greek, Lebanese, and Romanian food and pastries available. For more information call 309-682-5824.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Eureka College will present “Peace Through Strength and Diplomacy: Policy Options Past and Present” in the Cerf Center (located on the Eureka College campus) today (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm. Featuring presentations and dinner will focus on past and present policy issues regarding Russia, Iran and the Middle East. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for the public and students and educators may attend the lecture portion of the evening for free with current school ID. For more information, call 309-467-6318 or visit www.pawac.org

Illinois Central College will host There’s No Place Like ICC at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. The event is in celebration of ICC’s students and those who invest in the community’s future. The cost is $35 per person and reservations are required. For more information or for reservations, call 309-694-5530 or visit http://icc.edu

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

Janelle James will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Ticket prices for Thursday’s show is $10 and $15 for Friday and Saturday. Janelle has appeared on Comedy Central, featured in The New York Times, Time Out Magazine and more. For tickets and information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” leaves from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  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 Nik Beats 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 also on Friday 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. 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 at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday, from 2 – 10 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 8 pm on Sunday. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and the “Train-sylvania Express”.  Animal encounters and the “not-so-scary” version will run prior to 7 pm each night. Admission is $10 or $8 for WPP members or free for ages 2 & under and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  This year, a “Fun Zone” featuring activities like Knockerball, Laser Tag, Pumpkin Chuckin’ and more is available for an additional $5. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

J.K. Williams Distilling will host Kindred Spirits: Whiskey Tasting and Food Pairing at their office (located at 526 High Point Ln. in East Peoria) on Friday from 5:30 – 8 pm. Featuring an open house, tours of the facility plus whiskey and bourbon tastings along with food pairings, tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit the Pediatric Resource Center which provides specialized, child-centered medical care and social services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 309-624-9595.

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $4 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.

Laser Fright Night will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) with Laser Fright Lights beginning at 6 pm and Laser Vinyl (classic rock music) at 7 pm. Admission for members is $5 for one show or $8 for both or $7 for one show and $12 for both for the public. For information, call 309-686-7000. For tickets, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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, attractions are 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 or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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

Greg Batton’s Comedy Camp will be held in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Edgar Sandoval and a special guest, tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. For more information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

It’s Only a Play will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Scarborough Fair: A Simon & Garfunkel Experience will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Part of the ICC Guest Artists Series, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Wailers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 – $23. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Players Theatre will host its fall Vintage Clothing & Collectible Sale on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Featuring unique items and clothing from all eras as well as accessories such as jewelry, hats, shoes and purses, admission is free. For more info, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Learn things like how much a rhino weighs and where giraffes sleep in this hour-long tour of areas the public isn’t allowed to see to learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 per person which includes zoo admission. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 2016 Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring Heidi Floyd and Joy Erlichman Miller, PhD, tickets are $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets or online at www.osfwomen.org  Tickets at the door are $10 and VIP tickets are $30 each and include show admission, free VIP parking , early entry into the show, access to a stage-side VIP lounge with refreshments and a gift bag and more valued at over $100. For more information, visit http://osfwomen.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday beginning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Gary Lisman, author of “Bittersweet Memories: A History of the Peoria State Hospital,” will speak at Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 Airport Road, Bartonville) on Saturday at 9:30 am. After a brief overview of the Peoria State Hospital cemeteries, program attendees will drive their own vehicles to the State Hospital grounds for a guided tour of the cemeteries. Admission is free, but limited to 35 people so registration is required and may be made by calling 309-697-3822 ext.13.

A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 am – 1 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children 4-15 and free for infants.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:15 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15, and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 5K Run Dead will take place on the Peoria riverfront with registration on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and the race beginning at 3 pm. Runners will endure a 5K run through a zombie-infested course with flags that represent their health.  The zombies will try to steal those flags and runners must make it to the finish line with at least one flag or become one of the walking dead.  Registration is $70 for individuals, $65 for team members and for a limited time, use code 5KRUNDEAD for $30 off registration. All proceeds will benefit cancer and Alzheimer’s research. For more information and to register, visit http://www.5krundead.com/peoria.html

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Halloween Magic Spooktacular will take place at the Expo Gardens Opera House (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday at 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for the matinee and $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under for the evening show and are available at the door or online online at http://peoriamagicians.com

CityFest will take place in the Peoria Warehouse District (on Adams Street between Pecan Street and Persimmon Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Highlighting the first completed green street project, live music will be provided by Steady Flow and local food trucks will also be on hand. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/peoriail

A Monster Mash Dance will be held at the Brimfield American Legion (located at 121 W. Knoxville in Brimfield) on Saturday from 6 – 11 pm.  Live music will be provided by Richard Selquist plus there will be prizes, food and beer. Admission is $7 per person and $10 per couple with proceeds benefitting Brimfield Food Pantry.  Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for every 2 cans of food donated or tickets can be purchased for $2 each. Ages 21 and up only, for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Village-of-Brimfield

Windy City Dueling Pianos will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday at 7 pm. $15 for advanced tickets, $20 at the door, and $140 for a table of 10. For more information or for tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Michael Carbonaro will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Ballet 5:8 will present The Stor(ies) of You and Me at 5 Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Two choreographers explore love, the power of words, unexpected joy, perspectives, and the stories of everyday people. Also featuring performances by Central Illinois Ballet and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students and senior citizens and $12 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.5pointswashington.org

Ben Bedford will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 ages 12 and under, and $8 for CORE members. For information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Prodigies” at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring three masters who were young prodigies plus 10 year old piano prodigy Harmony Zhu who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 7 where she has performed twice. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 10th Annual Autism Walk will be held at the Shoppes of Grand Prairie on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Cost to participate is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. In addition to the walk, there will be a silent auction, arts & crafts, sensory tables and behavior trainings. For more information visit www.autismpeoria.com

An Open Mic will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Walk in registrations are welcome and  admission is free. For more information, call 309-258-5301 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will present their fall concert “How Can I Keep From Singing” at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the chorus will also feature guest soloist Joy Buegel, a Youth Chorus Alumnus and former Young Artist Winner.  Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and alumni. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PACChorale

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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The Caterpillar Chorus will present the regional premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Eastlight Theatre (located at 1401 E Washington St. in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. The stage musical version of the popular animated movie includes favorite songs “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.  Nominated for numerous awards when it premiered nationally in 2008, tickets for this production are $10 through the box office by calling 309-699-7469 or $11 online (includes a $1 per ticket fee) at  http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets

School of Rock continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at  4300 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday plus a hold-over performance on Sunday at 7:30 pm. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this musical version of the cult classic movie starring Jack Black features a live kids band performing the songs. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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

Building the new National Museum of African American History and Culture will be discussed by John W. Franklin of the Smithsonian Institute at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. For more information, call 309-360-0990 or visit http://riverfrontmuseum.org

The Bradley Basketball Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Braves Club members, $8 for children aged 4-14 and kids under 3 are free. For more information, visit www.bradleybraves.com

Media and Politics: How Did We Get Here? will be presented in the Robison Lecture tonight (Thursday) in the Michel Student Center (located at located at 915 North Elmwood Ave. on the Bradley University campus in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Award-winning political journalist and former CNN chief White House correspondent, Jessica Yellin, will be the speaker. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu

Hatebreed will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 – $50. For more information or tickets, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” leaves from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Grown-Up will be presented by the Eureka Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus) on Friday beginning at 3 pm and Saturday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are “pay what you decide” and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For more information or reservations, call 309-467-636 or email tickets@eureka.edu

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Change Up 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 on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Uncorked! will take place at the Par-a-dice Casino Hotel on Friday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for the Hult Center for Healthy Living, enjoy dancing, a wine and craft beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday from 6 – 9:30 pm. Featuring Quinton Arron, star of the film “The Blind Side,” the event is a fund raiser to help end bullying. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a table of 8 which include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, a dinner buffet and the show. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.shop.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Creatures of the Night will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $4 per child and $2 per adult. Learn about nocturnal animals every half hour, plus there will be a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with nature-inspired stories, seasonal refreshments, crafts and more. Flashlights are encouraged for the self-guided hike. For tickets or information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Prairieland Country Opry will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut Street in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, there will also be a 50/50. Tickets are $10 and kids aged 5 & under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Prairieland

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, attractions are 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 or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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

The KAIA String Quartet of Chicago will perform at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The first in this season’s Gretchen R. Iben Arts Series, admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-8501 or www.westminsterpeoria.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts/events  For more information visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

Get Tricked 2.0: A Night of Magic and Comedy featuring Kyle Bassett will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Jeff Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm on Friday for $10.  
Greg Warren
will perform also at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm for $15. For more information on either show, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Running with the Dogs will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. Benefiting Paws Giving Independence, registration is $30 in advance or $35 at event and kids under 10 years of age are free. Featuring pet-friendly activities and a Halloween themed pet costume contest. For more information, visit www.givingindependence.org 

The 36th Annual Spin-in Fiber Fair will be held at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School (located at 12207 N Galena Rd., Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Admission is $15 for the day or $5 for shopping only. Attractions include a variety of classes to a range of all skill levels and techniques, vendors of fiber, yarn, tools, and related items, door prizes and more.  For vendor information, visit http://bishophillfiberguild.org

The Life, Boomers & Seniors Expo will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring vendors with samples and demonstrations of their products and services, admission to the event is free. The show Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show will also be presented. For more information, visit http://peoriaciviccenter.com

The Peoria Park District Semi-Annual Book Sale will be held at the Noble Center (located at 1013 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5pm and Monday from Noon – 7 pm. Get 50% off purchases on Sunday and 75% off purchases Monday. Donations are accepted Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm. Materials accepted include gently used adult and children’s hardbacks and paperbacks, audio books, CDs and DVDs, games and puzzles. For information, call 309-681-2681 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday beginning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 18th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to dusk each day. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a unique fall outing featuring a competition between 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 am – 1 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children 4-15 and free for infants.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:15 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15, and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing’s Annual Chili Cook Off and Bags Tournament will take place at the Navy Marine Club (located at 1310 E Seiberling in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from Noon – 6 pm. Sample and vote for your favorite chili by making a donation to the organization to help provide home repairs for Tri-County Veterans. Chase Sieting will provide music from 2 – 5 pm. To enter the cook off or bags tourney, call 309-363- 3737. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The 1931 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine will be on display at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm, weather permitting. There will be discussion of the working history of the fire engine plus the engine’s reconstruction.  Admission is free. For more information visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/north

The Jeepers Creepers Fall Festival will take place at Black Partridge Park (located at 821 Coal Bank Road in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring children’s and adult games, a mini-pumpkin chuckin’ contest, a hay rack ride, a trick-or-treat trail, a scary trail ride, cookout, snacks, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MetamoraFallFest

Art-spiration: Make a Monster will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 – 4:30 pm on Sunday. A family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination, the event is free with regular paid 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

Yoga Under the Stars will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday at 5:30 pm (energetic) and at 7:30 pm (gentle). Sessions are an hour and 30 minutes and advance tickets are required. Please bring a mat and a light blanket. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Promise Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring the “Souled Out” Motown revue, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a silent and live auction, proceeds will benefit Peoria Promise scholarship programs. To register, call call 309-231-8643 or visit www.peoriapromise.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Mozart Masterpieces at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children. For more information or tickets, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

An Evening With The Schwag, the Grateful Dead Experience will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge at the door. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Dine 2 Donate will take place on Sunday at Granite City Food & Brewery (located at 230 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) from 9 am – 10 pm. 20% from all purchases will be donated to Tazewell Humane Society when you display a flyer on your phone to the server.  For the flyer and more information, visit www.Facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

The Peoria Marathon will start and end at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. The registration fee is $80 for the marathon, wheelchair marathon or half marathon. The fee for a marathon relay runner or 5K is $45 and the kids’ race is free. This Boston-qualifying USATF Certified 26.2 mile marathon is one of four races. After the race, food, drink and music will be available. For more information or to register, visit www.peoriamarathon.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 7th Annual Jazz Brunch Fundraiser will take place at the Par-a-Dice Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $50 and includes a buffet, live music by Soft Spoken Band, door prizes and a 50/50. Tickets are available at the Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Hwy. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-673-7474.

Winetoberfest will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 2 – 6 pm. Adult only tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Greater Peoria Lutheran Women. Enjoy wine tasting on the pavilion patio listening to a strolling accordion player, grilled bratwurst, pork chops and a variety of sides and desserts. Wine and seasonal and domestic beers will be available for purchase.  Live music will be provided by VogelMusik plus the German American Society of Folk Dancers will also perform. For more information, call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalleywinery.com

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will feature Preston Jackson and Friends with vocalist Judy Page at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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School of Rock will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at  4300 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this musical version of the cult classic movie starring Jack Black features a live kids band performing the songs. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Music Man by Corn Stock for Kids continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday.  The classic musical features favorite songs “Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Trouble”, “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Shipoopie”. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours continues at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 6 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm each day. Meet six famous Peorians who are buried at the cemetery including Lydia Moss Bradley brought to life by local actors.  Tickets are $10 per person, free for ages 2 & under or $20 for 2 adults and 2 children and it’s suggested that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Reservations are suggested, but not required. For more information, call 309-696-0956 or visit https://www.facebook.com/springdalecemeterytour

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 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

The Grown-Up will be presented by the Eureka Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are “pay what you decide” and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For more information or reservations, call 309-467-636 or email tickets@eureka.edu

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

Kristen Toomey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm for $15.
Doug Stanhope
will perform also at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Sunday at 8 pm for $30. For more information on either show, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” leaves from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 48-Hour Filmmakers Fest will take place on Friday beginning at 5 pm through the Peoria Riverfront Museum where the theme, a line of dialogue and an object that must be included in each submission will be emailed to all who have registered to participate. The Festival is a competition that gives aspiring filmmakers of all ages the chance to create a 3-5-minute movie in just 48 hours including writing, editing and sound design. There is no cost to participate and the winner will receive $500 plus 2 free passes to any and all movies at the Giant Screen Theater for one year. For more information, call 309-863-3020 and registration forms are available at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd, Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $6 and are available in advance of the event. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Date Night For A Cure will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, dinner, speakers, the Ultimate Couple Game Show, music and a cash bar, proceeds will benefit the Junior Diabetes Foundation. Tickets are $50 and are available online at https://paypal.me/aerdna  For more information, call 309-573-5505.

The Chinquapin Music and Storytelling Festival will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) 6 pm on Friday and 7 pm on Saturday. The two day event includes music, arts, food, dance, storytelling, vendors, and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring wines from Willett’s Winery. Relax under a full-dome spectacular night sky and hear the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers for $30 for members or $33 for the public. For tickets and more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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, attractions are 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 or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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

An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $29, $39 and $75 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

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

The UNDY 5K for Colon Cancer Run/Walk will begin at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration for the 5K adults (ages 14 and up) is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the race, 5K youth (ages 6-13) $30 or $35 on race day. There is also a 1 mile fun run for all ages for $30 in advance or $35 on race day or free for children 5 and under. For more information or to register, visit www.supportccalliance.org

A Dala Horse Painting Workshop will take place at the Dairy Building (located at 410 N Erickson St. in Bishop Hill) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Using a traditional Swedish pattern, participants will paint a Dala horse. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are limited. To register, call 309-927-3899. For more information, visit http://bishophillheritage.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday beginning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:15 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15, and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

International Moon Night will take place at the Northmoor Observatory (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, weather permitting. There will be a Moon Storytime and a chance to look through the big telescope. Peoria Astronomical Society members will be on hand to discuss what can be seen in the night sky. Flashlights are recommended For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Jason DeShaw will perform his Serenity In The Storm concert at the ICC Performing Arts Auditorium (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Sharing his story of living with bipolar disorder and the struggles he went though during  his road to recovery, the show will benefit NAMI Tri-County as they celebrate their 35th anniversary of helping people who are dealing with behavioral health issues.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. There will also be a meet & greet reception after the show. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/namitricountyil

Eliot Sumner will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 – $10 and the event is for all ages. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Humane Society’s 20th Annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront and Festival Park on Sunday from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring raffles, a canine carnival, professional photos with your dog, pawprint painting, a kids activity center and a dog talent show, advanced registration is $25 for 16 years and older and under 16 is free with an adult or $30 at the gate. To register online, visit http://www.peoriahs.org/phs-fundraisers/bark-in-the-park

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 5th Annual Fall Festival will take place at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm featuring antique fire trucks, AMT demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, music by Dave Berchtold, and more. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

The Pride of Peoria Barbershop Chorus will perform in the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring a “Roger Remembers Royce” tribute to Peoria comedian Royce Elliott, tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

 

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Pub Night in the Dome will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Take a trip through the Universe with the Museum’s Uniview software while enjoying beer (3 are included) and pizza under the stars. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://riverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play
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 and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Part thriller, part musical, Mr. Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are. In a near future where a cataclysmic series of nuclear disasters has left America without electricity, infrastructure, or mass communication, a small group of survivors huddles around a fire trying to remember the dialogue from a popular episode of The Simpsons. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $5 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu

Joe List will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm for $15. For more information visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

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

The Owens Center Ice Exhibition will take place at the Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Lakeview Park in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. An Ice Skating Institute sanctioned event, watch the in-house competition and exhibition featuring the Owens Center skaters. Admission is free. For more information, call 686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/owens-center

The House of Blue Leaves will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre program at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Admission for adults is $7 and students and senior citizens are $5. For tickets, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://icc.edu/arts

A Blues and BBQ Dinner Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Bringing Beale Street to Water Street, live entertainment will be provided by the Smoker’s Blues Band and dinner features smoked brisket, pulled pork, roasted corn grits, macaroni & cheese and more. Tickets are $45 for adults, and $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free). For more information and to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Toast and Roast of Andrew Lloyd Webber will take place on Friday at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The MAXAM at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, Erin Durbin, Stephanie Myre and Tony Roberts as the host and pianist, admission is $10. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. To order tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit http://peoriacabarettheatre.com

Dawes will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $25 and are available along with more information at  www.limelighteventplex.com

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning, the last one of the season, from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The 14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Registration will take place from 7:30 – 9:30 am. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and under and and free for survivors. For more information, visit http://www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The 9th Annual Strides for Justice will take place at Tower Park (1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 8 am.  The timed 5K walk and run on Grandview Drive raises money for Prairie State Legal Services and includes a post-race party and awards at Oliver’s. Cost is $30 and registration and more information is available at www.stridesforjustice.com

Fall French Market in the Park will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy crepes and croissants, herbs, and flowers plus artists, craftsmen, and collectors and more. For more information, call 309-696-1164 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Harvest Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 6:30 on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring fall themed crafts and games, animal hibernation programs, Plein air painting demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, master gardeners in the Kim St John butterfly habitat, animal feedings and specialty fall food items like s’mores, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 or free for kids aged 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Community Shred Day will take place at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon. Hosted by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, residents can bring sensitive documents to be destroyed, along with other paper, computer disks, cassette tapes and hard drives (limit of 10 boxes) at no charge. For more information, call 309-681-1992.

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Learn things like how much a rhino weighs and where giraffes sleep in this hour-long tour of areas the public isn’t allowed to see to learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 per person which includes zoo admission. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Art Guild 54th Annual Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and children 12 years and under are free. Admission to the Children’s Corner is $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

Agriculture Days: Jordbruksdagarna will take place at Bishop Hill Village Park on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, a blacksmithing demonstration, music, dancing, farm produce and Old Settlers’ Colony Stew, proprietors will be selling early country antiques, primitives and handcrafted goods. For more information, visit www.bishophill.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Art-spriation: Autumn Trees will take place in the lobby of the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday 1:30 – 2:30 pm. The family-friendly workshop encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination.  Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior ciitzens 60 and over, $9 for youth 3-17 and free for members. For more information visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats, call 309-637-8000.

Taste of the Trail, a fall evening ride on the Rock Island Greenway with check-in at Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Hosted by Bike Peoria, there will be stops along the way to enjoy craft beers and one-time food specials ending with a night of music in Peoria Heights. Riders should bring a helmet and bike lights. Cost is a $5 donation to Bike Peoria and are available at https://www.facebook.com/BikePeoria

The 2016 Good Hops Beer Fest will take place at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring 200 beers around the baseball field to sample, breweries include Abita, Anchor, Lakefront, Sierra Nevada, Brickstone, Church Street, Dogfish Head, Ten Ninety, Sea Dog, Shipyard, Blake’s Hard Cider, Leinenkugel’s, Goose Island, Peoria Brewing plus live music provided by Matt Miller and Highway 61. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.peoriachiefs.com

The 22nd Annual Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm. There will also be a live and silent auction, raffle drawings and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, visit http://illinois.edu

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Spring Creek Station on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5.  For more information call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

Comedian Quinn Hudson with emcee/comedian Eddy Parker will perform at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A fundraising event for Dream Factory of Central Illinois, there will also be a meal, silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 309-966-2003 or visiting www.cidreamfactory.org

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 6 pm. The family friendly event is $5 per person and includes games and activities based on Star Wars. Costumes are encouraged. for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Giant Flea Market will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.jcflea.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and Transportation of the 1850’s, this month features 1850’s transportation plus hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. Admission is $3 per person (over 4 years old). For more information visit https://www.peoriaparks.org

The 2016 Peoria Heart Walk will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Sunday with registration at 2 pm and the walk at 3:15 pm.  In addition to raising money and awareness for heart health, the event will feature kids’ activities, health education and heart-healthy food. There is no fee to register and participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a t-shirt. For more information, visit www.peoriaheartwalk.org

Jazz Vespers will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free (donations will be accepted).  For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) will host a Mexican Heritage Month Celebration on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring Mariachi Monumental de Mexico and the Mexican Dance Ensemble, two popular bands from Chicago,performing, local vendors will be also be on hand.  Admission is free.  For more information call 309-673-3641, or visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant (located at 120 Southwest Water Street on the Peoria riverfront ) on Sunday with dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring a special menu, advance tickets are $50 and $60 at the door and seating is limited to 12 people. For tickets or more information, call 309-439-9099.

Folksinger Bill Staines will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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Memphis continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm  through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the plot was inspired by actual events in the underground 1950s dance clubs. Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ, Huey Calhoun, who adores taboo Black music and eventually falls in love with a beautiful Black singer. The singer, Felicia Farrell, is desperate to find her big break. The unlikely couple rises quickly in the Memphis music scene but trouble arises as they earn the attention of racists. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 6 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations throughout Peoria where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

The Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival will take place at Festival Park and CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday and at 1 pm on Saturday. Featuring Buddy Guy as the main headliner and over 20 other bands, tickets are $65 for both days, $30 for Friday only, $45 for Saturday only with VIP upgrades available which include VIP parking, seating and drink discounts. For a full schedule and band listing, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

The 15th Annual Comedy Tournament semi-finals and finals will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd., Peoria) on Friday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets for Friday are $10 and $12 for Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

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

The Living with Kidney Disease Seminar will be held at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm. Registration is free and includes parking, lunch, and all program materials. Pre-registration online is requested for all attendees. Raffle tickets are also available for $1 each and additional donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome.  For more information or to register, visit www.nkfi.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Science Rocks will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Meet chemists and other scientists who will bring cool activities for all to experience. Admission to the Museum is free all day (10 am – 7 pm except the Giant Screen Theater). For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats, call 309-637-8000.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Jammsammich on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5.
The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will also host its Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $5 or free for children under 12. Emulate Lucy and get your “feet” wet in the wine, plus enjoy wine tasting, food and live music from The Shake. Come in dressed and enter the Lucy look-a-like contest at 3:30 pm. There will also be a Scarecrow Building contest hosted by the Tazewell County Resource Center. All supplies needed will be provided for a donation of $10.
And Music on the Patio will take place at Mackinaw Valley Winery  on Monday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Enjoy the music of acoustic duo Rich Geese and Matt Stewart (former lead guitarist for Head East) while snacking on Ropp Jersey cheese and crackers, Chocolatier chocolates and wine or bring your own snacks. Admission is free. For more information call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

The Friedrichshafen Germany Youth Orchestra will perform at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd., Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The 55 member youth orchestra will be joined by the Lindenhof Echoes on the alphorns plus the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Friends of Friedrichshafen (FOF) and the Peoria German American Society, for more information, call 309-685-5258.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2016 Labor Day Picnic will take place following the Labor Day Parade from 10 am – 2 pm at at Riverfront Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St.). Admission is free. Food and live entertainment will be provided. For more information visit www.peoriaevents.com