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Peoria Players will present The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

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

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

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

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) beginning at at 8:30 pm. Ticket are $36 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.acbu.org  Presented by Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU), a portion of proceeds will benefit the equal justice initiative, Youth speaks and the 30/30 project.

The Peoria District Dental Society and the OSF Dental Residency Program will participate in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, providing dental services to underserved children at Crittenton Center on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Routine services including dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments will be provided for children with no dental insurance or dentist. For more information, call 309-444-4443.

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 217-525-0310 or visit www.midwesttruckshow.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 throughout the area where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

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

Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA will host its Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Hult Health Center (located at 5215 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring a silent auction and live music by United Groove Theory, tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Tickets are available at https://squareup.com/market/centralillinoisFRIENDS and include Louisiana style heavy hor’ dourves including vegetarian and vegan friendly options, plus beer and wine. Proceeds from the event go directly to Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA’s Emergency Fund. For more information, visit www.friendsofcentralillinois.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at the Speakeasy Arts Center (located at 353 Court St in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm as part of First Fridays. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring your own beverages. For more information, visit www.speakeasyartcenter.com

Chris Janson and the Devin Clemons Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for the VIP loft and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The African American Hall of Fame Museum and Peoria Riverfront Museum will host an African American History Month Celebration at the Museum on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. A variety of musical and dramatic performances will be featured along with a lecture by Dr. Marwin Spiller. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-863-3006 or visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Make Your Own Super Hero Cape at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Design super hero capes that fit your unique personality using basic sewing machine skills to make something truly amazing. Admission is $10 per member pair (one grownup + one child), $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs, $10 per additional family member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visiting www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

Brushville and The Natu Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Revealing the History of Love” will be presented at Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 West Moss Avenue in Peoria) and Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage Valentines and Victorian unmentionables along with antique Valentine cards, tickets are $10 to visit one home or $15 to visit both. Children ages 6-12 are $3, younger age 5 and under are free with an adult ticket. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets range from $26.50 to $86.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Winterfest, featuring outdoor ice skating, will continue tonight (Thursday) to 9 pm, from 3 – 10 pm on Friday and from Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon -9 pm on Sunday at the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

Moon Taxi with Maia Sharp and Lissie will perform on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 plus a nonperishable food item and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Eagles on the Illinois River will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles over-winter in the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

World Championship ICE Racing will take place on Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children ages 2 -12 for reserved seating and $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 -12 general admission seating and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Heritage Ensemble will present A Choral Celebration: Commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. A journey through music that motivated and sustained the civil rights movement, tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at www.artsaticc.com/tickets  For more information, call 309-550-4242 or visit http://heritageensemble.com

Broadway Rhythm will be presented by the Heartland Festival Orchestra at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Joan Hess & Kirby Ward, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Funk Yard will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The 19th Annual Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Sunday beginning at 10 am with runway shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is free with registration online at www.peoriabridal.com  For more information, call 309-691-5330.

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

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present “The Early History of Bicycling in Peoria“, a free lecture by local historian Chris Sweet, on Sunday at 1 pm with free access to the Street Gallery all day. Bike Peoria will also be at the museum with vintage bicycles and information on local bicycling events. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

The Jack Morgenstern Benefit featuring Chicago Farmer, Rainbow Cloggers, Drumline, Robin Crowe, Still Shine, Mike Layne, Easy Riders and Brainchild will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Suggested minimum donation of $5 at the door or VIP Loft seats are available for $98 at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. At the door, tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

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

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

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through December 31st. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

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

The Peoria High School Madrigal Dinner will be presented in the PHS Foyer tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. A full meal and entertainment are included in the ticket price of $20 and free for children 5 and under and may be purchased by calling Peoria High School at 309-672-6630 ext. 40098. For more information, call 309-672-6630 ext. 40202.

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

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

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

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

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

This Night will be presented by Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) Friday through Wednesday at 7 pm each night. Admission is free for all six of the performances of this Broadway-style Christmas extravaganza, however tickets are required. To reserve your free tickets, visit www.nwoods.org

Simply Streisand: Holiday Memories will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center as part of the ICC Guest Artist Series on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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

The Prairie Art Guild Holiday Bazaar will take place at their office (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Find holiday gifts, cards and packaging designed by local and regional artists, holiday treats, music and a raffle. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-657-6064 or visit http://prairiecenterofthearts.blogspot.com

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

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh-der will be presented by Arc Light Productions at Coyote Creek Golf Club (located at 8201 W Lancaster Rd. in Bartonville) at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information and to order tickets, call 309-455-4095 or visit www.arclightpro.com

Space Cantina: Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Enjoy a variety of beer and a taco bar as you explore a galaxy far, far away in the Dome Planetarium.  See real places in space that mirror the Star Wars Universe. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes 3 drinks and food plus non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/678

Wine & Art Night: Painting will take place at the Peoria RIverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Enjoy a selection of wines as you recreate a Georgia O’Keeffe painting led by local artist Eugene Maison. All materials are included in this ages 21 and over only event. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public. To order tickets and for more information, call 309-868-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/674

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

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

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spider Hill opens on Friday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe and continues on Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eastlight Theatre will present Peter Pan beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium.  The classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up, young and old alike will enjoy the adventure of Peter and his friends. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

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

The 49th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival “Pumpkins of the Caribbean” will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus lots of food including pumpkin specialties like pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

A Twist of Lemmon, a true father/son story of the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Chris Lemmon as his father Jack Lemmon continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Performer, actor and classically trained musician, Chris Lemmon will pay tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon in his critically acclaimed show. Tickets are $42 and are available by calling 309-839-1220 or online at www.jaytv.com

Halestorm will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

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

The 33rd Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Enjoy over 20 demonstrating artists, live music, lunch by Haddad’s, a bake sale, a book sale, antique cars, special sales & event pieces in the Hayloft shops, a firemen’s pancake breakfast, and more. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

The 21st Annual Chinquapin Folk Arts Festival will take place at Camp Wokonda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) Friday through Sunday.  Featuring school field trips on Friday with art vendors, food and a ghost stories concert, live music, a children’s activity area, a petting zoo, storytelling, food, art vendors, demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, plus a barn dance on Saturday, admission is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend. Ages 4 and under are free or a Family Pass is available for the weekend for $45.  For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Author and Shelton descendant Ruthie Shelton will take a look Inside the Shelton Gang on Friday beginning at 1 pm at the Peoria Public Library North Branch’s (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) McKenzie Room. Admission is free and proceeds of book sales benefit the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

The 20th Annual Oktoberfest will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 5 – 11 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from 10:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm, and $10 after. This event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits as well as featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors and more. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com.

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

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

The Fall Spectacular Ice Skating Exhibition will take place at Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:15 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise featuring live entertainment plus a cash bar on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Central Illinois Dueling Pianos will present Howlin’ on the Water Dueling Pianos in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday with the dinner buffet at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. $38 per person for the dinner and show (reserved seating with reservations required) or $10 per person for the show only (general admission with no reservations available). This is an adults only event; 21 year olds and over. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

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

The Annual Illinois River Sweep will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.

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

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Science Rocks! on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm where you can meet chemists, learn lab skills and conduct experiments while learning about the Peoria Ag Lab’s 75th Anniversary (Oct 9 & 10).  All activities are free and will take place in the museum lobby. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.RiverfrontMuseum.org

The NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition will take place on Saturday at Logan Recreation Center beginning at 1 pm. The competition gives young football fans a chance to exhibit their skills and is open to boys and girls ages 6-15 with five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15). The boys and girls compete against each other in punting, passing, and place kicking. The winners are determined based on distance and accuracy. The event is free for participants and entry forms are available at Logan Recreation Center or online at www.NFLPPK.com  For more information, call 309-676-8179.

The 1st Annual Reagan Fest Pro Rodeo will take place on Saturday in Eureka Lake Lower Park from 1 – 7 pm. Food and rodeo vendors will be available. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 at the gate, $8 for children 3-11 years-old in advance and $10 at the gate and free for children 2 and younger and are available at the Eureka IGA, the Eureka Public Library or online at www.eurekareaganfestival.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Dr. Lane Beckes, Bradley Professor of psychology and neuroscience as speaker for their monthly meeting at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Dr. Beckes’ research focuses on the social regulation of emotion, social bonding and affiliation and empathy and will speak about “Relationships and Health: The Neurobiology of Human Connection”. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring your own food & beverages. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will open their 2015-16 season with Carnival! at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Charles Yang on violin. Tickets start at $28 and are $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 4th Annual Das Bier Run 5K Run und Walk will be held on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront (in conjunction with Oktoberfest) beginning at 12:30 pm south of the Gateway building. Each participant will receive a commemorative one liter stein and two tokens to fill with the beverage of their choice. A costume contest is part of this year’s race and the registration fee is $35 and can be done online at www.DasBierRun.com

Peoria PlayHouse (located in Glen Oak Park) will host a 100th Day Celebration from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Celebration activities include cake, special masks plus art-making activities using 100 straws, 100 cups, 100 spoons, 100 bags, and more. Admission is free for members and ages under 1, $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military personnel. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Mammoths to Molecules…and Back Again will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. From ancient DNA to 3D scanning, Dr. Christopher Widga, the Associate Curator of Geology at the Illinois State Museum, will explain how paleontological research uses high-tech methods to investigate the behavior of long-extinct animals.  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 Central Illinois Jazz Society will host Stephanie Aaron with the House Band opening on Sunday at 6 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Budweiser Illinois Blues Fest will take place on the Peoria Riverfront at Festival Park and on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) from 4 pm – 11:30 pm on Friday and noon – 11:30 pm on Saturday.  Featuring two days of blues on three stages of entertainment plus musician workshops, Blues Alley featuring arts and merchandise vendors, food and Budweiser, headlining acts are Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. For more information, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

Symphony Sunday, a free concert at the Peoria RiverFront Festival Park with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, will begin on Sunday at 6 pm. Bring your picnic, blanket, family and favorite bottle of wine to enjoy an evening of music.
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

The 14th Annual Comedy Tournament Semi Finals will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm with the finals on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday & Friday shows, $12 for the Saturday show and $15 for a 3-day pass. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

The 2015 Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito Friday through Sunday featuring a Popcorn Princess Pageant, a disc golf tournament, a 1 mile fun run plus a 5k run & walk, a craft show, a parade, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, an antique tractor pull, cow patty bingo, a battle of the bands, a lip sync contest, live entertainment, a breakfast on Sunday morning at the Legion Hall, a church service on Sunday morning, a pedal tractor pull plus much more. For complete details, visit www.manitopopcornfestival.com

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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on Friday featuring live entertainment plus a cash bar with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois will host a Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Day at the Salvation Army (located at 401 NE Adams St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – noon. Learn about Sickle Cell disease and its effects. Featuring prize giveaways, super heroes, and a jumping machine, for more information, call 309-242-4887.

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature 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. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will open their 7th Season with “Brahms Double Concerto” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Elena Urioste, Nick Cannelakis on violin & cello. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students plus a $4 per ticket fee and are available by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 day of show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) but limited. Tickets include a wine sampling and hors d’oeuvres from Avanti’s served at 7 pm and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 2015 Labor Day Parade will start in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street and end at the Peoria Courthouse on Monday beginning at 10 am. The Labor Day Picnic will take place in Festival Park following the parade featuring food and live entertainment provided. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The IVY Club will host the IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Race on Monday beginning at Noon to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter. Registration is $50 per boat, with all proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call 309-682-5419 or visit www.ivyclub.org

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The Color Purple will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre opening on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 29. The musical version of the popular movie, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com 

The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Can the World Prevent Genocide?” tonight (Thursday) at the Illinois Valley Yacht Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) with Keith Porter, president and CEO of the Stanley Foundation of Muscatine, Iowa. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 for PAWAC members and students and $35 for the general public. For more information and to register, visit www.pawac.org

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Wisconsin on Friday at 7 pm, on Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present the Darel Monteith Trio on the CEFCU center stage at The Landing on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This free series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present “Q Gents” tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and also on Friday & Saturday at 10 pm at the Center for the Performing Arts on the ISU Campus. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535. For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament kicks off on Friday on the Peoria Riverfront with an international conference featuring experts on Asian carp from 8 am – 5 pm at the Gateway Building. On Saturday, the tournament runs from 5 am – 1 pm on the Illinois River, leaving from Bass Pro Shops with the festival from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Peoria-Flying-Fish/403370746473075

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Central Illinois Dueling Pianos will present Howlin’ on the Water Dueling Pianos in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with doors opening for the buffet at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. Cost is $38 per person for the dinner and show (reserved seating with advanced reservation required) or $10 per person for the show only (general admission with no reservations available). This is an adults only event; ages 21 and over only. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

Peoria Public Radio’s Concert in the Park will take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm at Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Lee Wenger will for the evening of music and friends. Admission is $10 at the gate. All proceeds go to supporting WCBU Radio. For more information, visit www.wcbu.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville on Friday beginning at 8 pm and Biscuits & Gravy Band on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Pluto Pub Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy beer, pizza and the latest news from the New Horizons Pluto mission where Planetarium curator, Renae Kerrigan, will fly guests through the Universe using the Uniview software. End the night by making Pluto ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Guests must be 21 or older and will receive up to 3 beers included in the ticket price. Advanced tickets required, which are $25 for PRM members and $30 for the public and are available at the PRM front desk, by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar from 8 – 10 pm on Friday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows and $12 for the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Jammsammich will perform on Friday the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

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

The Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Admission is free for all ages. Vernon Kleen, licensed hummingbird bander, will demonstrate banding and discuss hummingbirds. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Faith Lutheran Church will sponsor Jammin’ for Jason at Kep’s Sports Bar and Grill (located at 314 Muller Road in Washington) on Saturday from 11 am – 10:30 pm. Jason Hermacinsk, age 35 who suffers from ALD or Adrenoleukodystrophy and must have a stem cell transplant. Live music will be provided by “Billy Croft and the Five Alarm” at 8 pm.

Peoria Area Veterinary Group (located at 2815 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host an Adoption Fair for the Peoria Humane Society from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Various pets will be present, ready and waiting to find homes plus there will be a silent auction, a “play with puppy” where you rent time to play with a puppy, treats for animals and humans and an “ask a vet” 1 on 1 session to ask questions about your pets’ health. Donations will benefit the Peoria Humane Society. For more information, visit www.pavg.net

The Pulse of Peoria Drumline will host Community Drumline showcase at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring Marcus Joyner from the movie “Drumline” and drumlines from all over to share their programs and college recruiting teams, there will also be vendor tables in the lobby. Admission is $5. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PulseofPeoriaDrumline

India Fest will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:45 – 9 pm. Admission is $5. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and more, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/719847698141766/

The Beale St. Jingle Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Peking) beginning at 3 pm. Featuring live music by West MacQueen St. Band, N.R.A. and the Smokers Blues Band, there will also be food, a cash bar, a bags tournament, karaoke, a DJ and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $26 at the door and kids get free admission per one adult ticket. A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk, for more information, call 309-347-4277. To buy tickets online, visit http://www.icpronline.com/events/beale-st-jingle

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm. The 6 pm show will feature music by Led Zeppelin and the 7 pm show will featuring music by Metallica. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members get in for free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/544

Dramatic Crossroads & the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will present Hip-Hopera on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $8 for non-members, $7 for student/senior non-members, $5 for members, and $4 for student/senior members.  For more information, visit  www.dramaticcrossroads.org

A Bridal Showcase will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm featuring over 40 wedding professionals, a unique pop up shop with Adore Bridal & Specialty and entertainment by DJ4U.  Admission and parking are free and complimentary appetizers will be provided. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

The 6th Annual Homes of Hope Benefit Car Show will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free. Car Show Registration is $10. Featuring live music as well as wine tasting, food, raffles, and a bag tournament, for more information, call 309-862-0607 or visit Homes of Hope at www.homesofhopeinc.org

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host its 9th Annual Grape Stomp on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music by West MacQueen Street, admission is $10 per person which includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21 and kids aged 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit The Cancer Center for Healthy Living.  For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com