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

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

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play
will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Part thriller, part musical, Mr. Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are. In a near future where a cataclysmic series of nuclear disasters has left America without electricity, infrastructure, or mass communication, a small group of survivors huddles around a fire trying to remember the dialogue from a popular episode of The Simpsons. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $5 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Illinois State Fair continues at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for ages 13 – 59, $3 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5, and $3 for senior citizens aged 60+. Parking per day is $7. Coupon books with 10 admissions are available 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

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will present Update Cuba: Illinois Agriculture and Business Leading the Way at the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce office (located at 201 Clock Tower Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. PAWAC President Don Samford, who accompanied the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) delegation to the island, where he met with government leaders and ministries, will serve as moderator of a panel of USACC and business leaders. Admission is free, however advance notice of attendance is requested and may be done by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

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

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz series will take place at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and feature Jim Markham Swing Band tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Chris Stapleton will perform at Three Sisters Park (located on Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with guests Jamey Johnson and Angaleena Presley tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $40 – $199 and are available online at http://www.budlightconcerts.com

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

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

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

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

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 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 or online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, relax with a variety of wines under a night sky and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an expert astronomy guide. Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for members and includes up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice and a variety of cheese & crackers Limited seating is available, so advance registration requested and may be made by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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. 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

Ben Moore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Los Lobos will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $20 – $55 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

Hairbangers Ball will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

Battle at the Ballpark, a CrossFit competition and Kids “Just For Fun” Competition, will be held at Dozer Park (located at 30 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Admission is free, however donations are welcome and benefit Team RWB, a non-profit supporting veterans through physical fitness. You can compete, do it for fun or be a spectator. For more information and to register, visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.com

Hike for Hunger will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5823 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Registration is $20 for individuals, $50 for families and includes a t-shirt, hike premium and the opportunity to earn trail tickets for the prize table items including an iPad Mini. Participants are encouraged to bring donations for the food bank and household items that will be taken to one of the three South Side Mission Marts. Proceeds benefit the South Side Mission. For more information and to register, visit http://southsidemission.org

The Alzheimer’s Association will present Learning to Connect at the Peoria Chapter Office (located at 612 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 309-681-1100 to make a reservation.

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park near Grange Shelter (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School in Washington) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring fine art exhibitors, children’s activities, live music & food. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

The 4th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and other Native American friends sharing culture from their tribal backgrounds, there will be storytelling, speakers, activities with the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, vendors, food, a drum/dance demonstration and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed in June on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

CASA Caballos Ultimate Tailgate Party will be held at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 5806 W. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon. The Peoria and Madison, Wisconsin polo match begins at 4:30 pm. The cost for a 12 x 20 ft. tailgate space is $200. To register or to find out more about the event call 309-669-2939 or visit https://www.firstgiving.com/casapeoria/casa-caballos

Super Saturday: Infrared Light will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind infrared light. 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

India Fest 2016 will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, fashion, artifacts, textiles, jewelry and culture, admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the gate for ages 11 & up, ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm.  There is no registration fee to display your cruiser and all who register will be eligible to win a door prize.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Rock the Farm will take place at Green Acres (located at 605 W Lakeland Rd. in Morton) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. A benefit for Central Illinois Easter Seals, live entertainment will include Bones Jugs and The Way Down Wanderers. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information, visit http://www.goteamalex.com

Summer Sundown will take place at the Sun Foundation Center (located at 1276 Sun Road in Washburn) on Saturday at 5 pm. The VIP donation package of $200 includes a reserved table for 6 guests, choice of indoor or outdoor seating, 12 raffle tickets, 1 box of secret cash brownies plus a local and organically grown floral arrangement. Admission is free and a portion of the beer and food sales will benefit the organization. For even more information, visit http://sunfoundation.org

The Summer Soiree Poolside Event will be held at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring beer & wine, a strolling magician & poolside activities, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction plus live music by Rachel’s Hippo, proceeds benefit the group’s youth programs. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-692-7631 or visit http://peoriaymca.org/events

The Alumni Football Tail Gate Party 2016 will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) from 6 – 11:30 pm. Featuring live music with the Joe Stamm Band, food, drinks and the alumni game at 5:30 pm at the Washington Panthers Football Field, tickets are $5 for adults and high school students and free for junior high and under.  For more information visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Party on the Plaza will take place on the Peoria Riverfront Museum Sun Plaza on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Celebrate the wrap-up of the Rio games in Brazilian style with live music by the Brazilionaires, a cash bar with a signature Sangria and a Brazilian buffet, tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host a Prime Rib Dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. For a donation of $45 the dinner includes potato, Greek spanakopita, dessert, lemonade, iced tea or coffee.  All proceeds benefit the church. For more information and tickets, call 309-678-8746.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature 7 West 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

Actor/comedian Bill Bellamy will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday at 8 pm. Known for HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, tickets are $28, $33, $38, $43, and $53 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Triathlon will be held on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 am. Including a 500 yard swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run, both relay or individual registrations are available. Early registration fee is $50 for college students, $60 for individuals, and $95 for relays. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriatriathlon.com

52 years of the Mustang will be celebrated at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm.  Featuring three 1960’s Mustangs, admission is free for Mustang drivers, $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

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

The Central Illinois Jazz Society August Concert will feature The Sally Weisenburg Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members, and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Sugar, the Some Like It Hot Musical, opens the summer season at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday, June 11.  The Broadway version of the movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 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

Rent will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning production is a rock musical based loosely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème.  Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.Tickets are $19 adults and $12 patrons 20 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Holy Family Heritage Days will be held in the Holy Family Parking lot (located at the corners of Sterling Ave. and Gale Ave. in Peoria) from 4 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and from 10 am – 11 pm on Saturday. There will be carnival rides, food, a beer tent, games and live entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Business on US RT 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 1 pm on Friday, 7 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a dog variety show, a co-ed softball tournament and a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The IHSA State Baseball & Softball Tournaments will take place on Friday beginning at 10 am and Saturday beginning at 9 am. The baseball tournament will take place at Dozer Stadium in downtown Peoria and the softball tournament will take place at Eastside Center in East Peoria. For full details, visit www.ihsa.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.
Their “Abraham Lincoln and 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. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. Trolley Tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  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 various locations throughout Peoria including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

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

Str8 Sounds will perform with guest Nick Lee at Art Space (located at 817 SW Adams Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with Nick Lee on acoustic guitar and Str8 Sounds with techno synthesizers. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-868-0474.

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

Boat Drunks will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Comedy beCAUSE: 3 Tons of Funny will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Mike O’Brien with Barney Winkler opening for Greg Batton to benefit the WMBD Children’s Fund, tickets are $15 and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 all shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda pop & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts, admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/elmwoodstrawberryfest

Mark Moran, antiques expert and appraiser, will return on Saturday to the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) beginning at 1 pm.  Conducting appraisals and sharing his expertise on antiques and collectibles, reserve your sport for $15, with $5 of that going to the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information on Moran, visit www.markfmoran.com  To make a reservation, call 309-497-2143.

The Peoria Historical Society will host an Upscale Porch Sale at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss in Peoria) from 9 am – Noon on Saturday and 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. This is a pre-sale of some of the Society’s finer items prior to the Moss Avenue sale. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaHistoricalSociety

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII & the Vietnam Conflict will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Relive the desperate days of Normandy, 1944, a World War II reenactment where allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between the opposing sides in the war that decided the fate of the world. Public Battle are at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday and at 11 am & 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 per carload or $7 for adults, $3 for kids aged 11-17 and kids aged 10 and under are free. For more information call 309-635-2147 or visit www.centralilww2.com

Canton Main Street’s Art on Main Fine Arts Festival will take place at Jones Park (located at 45 East Side Square in Canton) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring original art from the Midwestern artists, you can view and purchase paintings, drawings, jewelry, clay/ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles and woods plus enjoy live music and youth art activities, admission is free. For more information, call 309-647-2677 or visit www.cantonillinois.org

Operation Kidsafe will present Illinois Regional Child Safety Day at Green Ford (located at 2211 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm featuring free digital fingerprinting and a photo safety program.  The data collected will be given to parents for safekeeping. To learn more about Operation Kidsafe, visit www.operationkidsafe.org

The 19th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude will take place at Jubilee State Park Equestrian Area (located on W Fussner Rd. in Brimfield) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a trail ride. Lunch, an auction, raffles and giveaways will also take place to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-5857 or visit www.facebook.com/saddleupcentralil

Sommerfest will be held at Hickory Grove Park (located at at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring rock, blues and pop music plus soccer will be played on the main field. Food including bratwurst, saurkraut, German potato salad, Heidelburgers, hot dogs and German side dishes plus German beer and wine and other beverages will be available. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 opens for the new year of art on Saturday from 1:30 – 4 pm on Washington Street in downtown Peoria. See the new sculptures and meet the artists who created them. People’s Choice Award ballots will be available so you can vote for your favorite sculpture. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 2nd Annual Peoria Zero K will take place at the trail bridge over Knoxville by Junction City on Saturday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. A unique and family-friendly event, it’s a ‘non-race’ with a short walk over the bridge, so everyone can participate. Featuring music, food and more, all funds raised will benefit Peoria Promise. Cost is $12 to participate. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriazerok.com

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

Yoga Under The Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with Energetic at 5:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday and Gentle at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Let your mind go as you connect movements under the stars. Please bring a mat and a light blanket.  The sessions last an hour and a half. Advanced tickets are required and are $20 for members and $25 public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

Carmina Burana will be presented by the Heartland Festival Orchestra along with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm with Jesse R.S. opening. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Nyk’s Outrageous Roles Reversed will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Following the show there will be a Theatre Open Mic until Midnight. Tickets are $10 with a $5 credit for an additional food/bar purchase of $20 or more and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

The 2016 Summer Reading program starts at Peoria Public Library where you can sign up at your favorite branch and report back each week when you you have read 3 hours. Receive a weekly reward and after six weeks, earn a pass to the Summer Reading Party at Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitor Center with more grand prizes, museum attractions free in both buildings, Unique Twist balloons and wild style face-painting. Fore more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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

Foster Pet Outreach will host Hawaiian Pawpurrazzi at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring food, free swag bags, a silent auction, kids activities and live music by Brian Dennison Acoustic, hula your way to helping the animals of Foster Pet Outreach. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and Children 8 & under $12.

Jammin for Jimmy will take place at Sky Harbor Steakhouse (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in West Peoria) on Sunday from 4 to 8 pm. A fundraising event to create a bronze relief by sculptor Preston Jackson to honor legendary jazz pianist and Peoria goodwill ambassador Jimmy Binkley, music will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends plus the Heritage Ensemble, conducted by Sharon Reed. Donations will help the sculpture to be installed on Park Road near Sky Harbor Steakhouse, where Jimmy held regular weekly performances. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Jammin-for-Jimmy-488572174671325

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The Bach Festival Opening Concert will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm featuring Dr. James Kibbie, Chair of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan. Admission is free.  The Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 14th year in 2016 with performances throughout the week celebrating the renowned composer. Featuring soloist John Orfe on piano, performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, locations, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

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Hands on a Hardbody will be presented by Eastlight Theatre (located in the Auditorium at East Peoria High School) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday & and 2 pm on Sunday. The regional premiere, this show received 3 Tony Award nominations in 2013. It’s the story of 10 hard-luck Texans who feel that a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Ukraine, Russia, and the Future of Europe” at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Featuring Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, tickets are $30 for PAWAC members or $35 for non-members, or for the lecture only, tickets are $10 for PAWAC members or $15 for non-members and free for students with ID. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The 2016 Hearts at Home National Conference will be held at the Peoria Civic Center beginning  with a preview tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm for attendees to shop, explore and learn more about the resources available at the conference.  On Friday & Saturday, the conference begins at 7 am and will feature keynote speakers Missy Robertson of TV’s Duck Dynasty and founder/CEO of Hearts at Home and Jill Savage. Workshops offered will focus on family life from how technology is changing the way children learn to understanding how strengths and weaknesses affect the way we parent. Also on Friday night, the Moms Night Out concert will feature musical guest Meredith Andrews and comedian Daren Streblow for $20 for the public or $15 if you’re attending the conference. Friday only and Saturday only conference tickets including a box lunch are $120 or a Friday Plus ticket includes both days for $180. For full details and to purchase tickets online, visit www.heartsathome.org/index.php/events/2016-national-conf

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

A Dunlap High School  Student Written Showcase will take place in the Auditorium tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. A student written and led class focusing on theatre, six 10 minute plays featuring the theme of history repeating itself will be presented. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted. For more information, call 309-243-7751.

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

Blue Man Group will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $41, $68 and $71 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The ICC Theatre Program continues its production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for mature themes and content. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or by visiting www.artsaticc.com

Our Country’s Good will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts on the Bradley Campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU faculty and staff and senior citizens and $9 for students and are available at the theatre box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/colleges/cfa/tickets.dot

Jamie Lissow will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Luthy Botanical Garden will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. You’ll find unique perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, unusual tropical plants and annuals plus a selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other veggies.  Garden members receive a 10% discount. For more information, call 309-681-3502 or visit http://www.peoriaparks.org

Bootleggers Bash will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring all-you-can-eat gourmet delights from 10 of Central Illinois’ favorite eateries, live jazz by the Sally Weisenburg Trio, a silent auction, blackjack and roulette tables and signature Bootleggers Bash cocktails designed by J.K. Williams. Period 1920s costumes and dress are encouraged (although the museum requests that Tommy Guns or other weapons, real or toy, be left at home). Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and available online at www.PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org

Come for Dinner…Stay for Murder, a Murder Mystery Dinner will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Benefiting the programs of the South Side Office of Concern, tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Seating is limited  reserve tickets by calling 309-222-2751 or online at www.ssocpeoria.org

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

Peoria Players will present “A Night with Friends Fundraiser” at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Jefferson in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy dinner along with live cabaret style entertainment, a live band, a silent auction plus beer and house wine. Tickets are $70 and are available online HERE

The Peoria Rivermen  will take on the Fayetteville FireAntz in the Second-Round Games of the SPHL President’s Cup Playoffs with Game 2 at Owens Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. If a 3rd game is played, it will also be at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $16 for bleacher seats and $12 for standing room admission and are available by calling 309-676-1040. Tickets for Saturday’s Game 3, if played, will go on sale Saturday morning at 9 am also through the Rivermen office. For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

Money Smart Week 2016 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning Saturday and running through April 30th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

Bradley University’s Army ROTC program will host the 3rd Annual Soldier Dash at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The 5k obstacle race will benefit the BU Army ROTC and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. Registration is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.thesoldierdash.wix.com/thesoldierdash

The Bison Blessing Pow Wow will kick off with the Bison Blessing beginning at 10 am on Saturday with the Pow Wow running from Noon – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating Mother Earth with the Seven Circles Heritage Center, there will be vendors, crafts and related educational activities. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

FamilyCore’s Third Annual Sporting Clay Shoot will be held at the Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club (located at 1301 County Rd 2900 E near Mackinaw) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. A raffle and auction will take place in addition to the shoot. Tickets are $100 person with teams of four encouraged (individuals welcome) with a buffet lunch included. To reserve your spot, call 309-676-2400.  For more information, visit www.FamilyCore.org

In conjunction with Money Smart Week, the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Road in Bartonville) will host a Story Time on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Featuring songs, stories, crafts and giveaways will include lessons about responsible money skills. This program is most appropriate for children ages K – 3rd grade. Admission is free and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

The 12th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts and face painting. Admission is free. There will be door prizes and an Earth Day Sale at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois will hold its 150th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from 6 – 11 pm. The Second City Improv All Stars will provide comedic entertainment for the evening. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Home. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.chail150.org

The 7th Annual Uplifted Benefit Concert for St. Jude will take place at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A night of inspirational music, video & stories, the event will feature vocalist Ryan Beck and pianist Brian Wierenga, who are both St. Jude runners. All donations will benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-370-4026 or online at www.stjudeconcerts.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Country Legends at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Rachel Potter & Patrick Thomas, vocalists who were finalists on The X Factor and The Voice, direct from Nashville singing classic hits by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus and more. 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

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Let’s Go Fly a Kite will take place on Sunday from 11:30 am – 4 pm at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton with kite building, kite flying, a kite flying demonstration and library story time. Admission is free:  kite kits may be purchased for $2 with registration at the Alpha Park Library. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13 or visit www.alphapark.org

Spring Fest will be held at the Lindenhof on Sunday from noon – 6 pm. Celebrating Bavarian Beer Week and the 500th anniversary of the German Purity Beer Law, enjoy live entertainment and a German food buffet priced at $12 for adults and $6 for kids. For more information, go to www.peoriagermans.net

Pekin York Rite will host the 2nd Annual Dart Tournament and Silent Auction at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. All proceeds will benefit MarcFirst, which helps people with developmental disabilities such as autism live a normal life. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pekinyorkritedarts

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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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.