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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Surge at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday& Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm and Sunday beginning at 3:15pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Working is a musical that fills you with hope and inspiration through monologues and song that will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve-O will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 for the Thursday show and $26 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

The Ten Tenors will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $61, $47, and $37 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 2nd Annual February Frigid Four Mile Trail Run and One Mile Fun Walk will take place on Saturday at Independence Park (located at 612 Lasalle Blvd. in Marquette Heights) beginning at 9 am. An Illinois Valley Striders Grand Prix race, all proceeds will benefit Camp Big Sky, an accessible camp for children and adults with disabilities. For more information, call 309-258-6002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chinaman 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 the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $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 $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday at The Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet and the show. Show only is available for $10 on a 1st come basis. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-494-9100 or emailing thewaterhouse@aol.com

Lady Antebellum with Kip Moore and special guest Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $75, $59.50, and $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 1-800.745.3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The CrossFit Grand Opening of their new facility (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 8 am – Noon with free introductory classes every hour and a registered dietitian on site. At noon, there will be CPR training for $20 with registration required. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.crossfit309.com

Forest Park Nature Center, the Peoria Audubon Society and Wildlife Prairie Park will host Eagles on the Illinois River on Saturday beginning at 10 am at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Each year hundreds of bald eagles winter in the Illinois River Valley:  learn about them with presentations featuring a live bald eagle and a tour to view bald eagles in their natural habitat along the river.  Admission is free, however donations are welcomed.

Solar System Family Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 11 am featuring a day of planet-themed activities, workshops plus planetarium shows. Admission is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. Workshops are $7.50 per participant per workshop. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present their Vienna to Broadway New Year’s Greeting concert at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman, tickets are $30 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 http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Barry Cloyd will perform at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Roots of Folk Celebration includes a performance by the Way Down Wanderers, a six-piece folk-alternative band with members ranging in age from 17 – 23. Admission is $10 for all age and guests are invited to bring their own drinks. For more information, call 309-863-0747.

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

The 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 $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-688-1411 or 309-263-8155.

The Peoria Rivermen Alumni Association (PRAA) will host Skate Strong, an exhibition game between the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni and the St. Louis Blues Alumni, on Wednesday beginning at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. A minimum of $10 per person donation at the door for general seating is requested. During the game, fans can get player autographs plus buy 50/50 tickets. Immediately following the game, teams will also auction player jerseys. For more information, call 309-645-6739 or visit http://skatestronghockey.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry and will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment.   For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Kids have cabin fever? Get them out of the house for fun and learning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Winter Break Workshop from 10 am – 3 pm on Friday. Cost is $8 for PRM members and $10 for non-members. Pre-register by calling 309-686-7000. For complete details with session descriptions, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/213
And Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. At this time of year, it’s very easy to get shocked when touching metal: learn why with Van de Graaff generator demonstrations about static electricity. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

The Harlem Globetrotters will take the floor at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets start at $15 and are now available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com

Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Tuesday & Wednesday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $69, $56 and $39 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) through December 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

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). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features 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 http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Journal Star 66th Annual Christmas Sing will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Great Hall tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Admission and parking are free.

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

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3:15 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The I’ll Be Home for Christmas Holiday Revue will be held at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm featuring local performers. Tickets are $15 all ages and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $12 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. At the door, prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Michael Winslow will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Skate with Santa will take place on Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria).  There will also be a Family Holiday Skate on Sunday from 1 -3 pm.  Admission is $3 for ages 12 and under and senior citizens ages 65 and over, $4 for adults 13 and over and $2 for skate rental. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Jinglin’ Jazz will take place on Saturday at Luthy Botanical Garden Conservatory (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy cool jazz tunes complete the festive holiday setting, as you sit back and enjoy the music and the Poinsettia Show atmosphere. A selection of hors d’oeuvres and specialty wine will be served. Admission is $20 in advance for Garden Members and $25 in advance for non-members. This event is for ages 21 and over only, please. Price includes hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available. Call 309-681-3506 for details or to purchase tickets over the phone. 

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present A Celtic Winter Solstice: A Celebration in Story and Song, featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd, at the Fox Pub & Café (located at 800 N. Sommer Street, Suite 302 in Peoria) for two performances on Monday: one at 5:30 pm and one at 8 pm. Celebrate Celtic heritage and the winter season with legends of the old kings and the fairie realm, songs of love lost and won, poetry and dance. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-692-FOX3 or visit www.thefoxpubandcafe.com

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) on December 6 – 8, 13 – 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

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). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features 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 http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and small plates will be available plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass, flight or bottles from the wine list.
Fridays Live at the Wines ‘N More Shop & Wine Bar will present live acoustic folk-rock on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring singer-guitarist Dave Berchtold and his unique blend of acoustic folk, blues, roots and rock. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-291-0899.  For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Holiday Extravaganza will take place at the Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Admission is free.  Learn about how other countries celebrate the holidays. There will be food, giveaways, and entertainment. For more information, call 309-673-9183 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Eastlight Theatre’s production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Disney musical Tarzan will be presented by CCT (Children’s Community Theatre) at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. The Sunday performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 12 and under for senior citizens and are available at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion or online at www.artspartners.net  For more information call 309-681-2861.

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

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with A Celtic Christmas on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise running from 7 – 9 pm and on a Lunch on Saturday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise running from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20 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. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Seussical the Musical continues at Corn Stock for Kids in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are available now at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards). It’s December 1944 and Christmas is coming: a detachment of American troops from the 106th Infantry Division have settled into a small Belgian farmhouse not far from the German border. The men of the 106th have replaced veteran combat divisions at a quiet sector of the line to await a spring offensive. Little do they know that the largest battle in U.S. Military history is only a few short days away. Join World War II veterans, historians and re-enactors as the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge are recreated at the Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include soldier life, military vehicles, POW interrogation, and a first aid station. Admission is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 4th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will be held at the Lindenhof, (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Vendors will offer a variety of arts and crafts for Holiday gift giving plus imported items from Germany and Austria. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase including bratwurst, schnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. Entertainment will be provided each day featuring the Lindehhof Echoes (an alpine horn group), a brass group playing Christmas Carols, as well as Christmas Carolers. Santa Claus will be on hand beginning at 1 – 3 pm each day also appearing will be the Kristkindl or Christ Child. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, call 309-444-4656 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Radio 4 Relief, a concert organized to help rebuild the communities in Central Illinois affected by the tornado and supply the victims with supplies they need, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday with doors opening at 11 am and live music from Noon – 11:45 pm. Sixteen artists are scheduled to perform on two stages. Tickets are $25 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Central Illinois tornado victims.

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets range from $9 to $44 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts, in partnership with The Morton Fine Arts Association, will present The Nutcracker at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center (located at 350 N Illinois Ave. in Morton) at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 7:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12, $19 and $26 available at www.cornerstoneballetpeoria.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Holiday Concert will take place at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring the Central Illinois Youth Symphony and guests performing holiday classics, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Howlin’ on Water Holiday Party featuring dinner and show will take place at The Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show. A full cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and my be made by calling 309-494-9100.

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise time is 7 – 9 pm. 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.

TazWood Dance Company will present Dancember! at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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

A Holiday Business Showcase will take place at the Gateway Building Ballroom (located at 200 Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. 45 local businesses will be available all under one roof where you can shop as you listen to holiday music, sample top notch appetizers and drinks and enter for the chance to win one of 40 raffle prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Peoria Rescue Ministries. Admission is free.

Enjoy Historic Holiday Traditions at the 133-year-old Doering Homeplace (located at 326 Pekin Ave. in East Peoria) which provides a unique look back in time during open houses sponsored by the East Peoria Historical Society on Sunday running from 3 – 6 pm. Holiday decorations will include 1800s-style handmade ornaments. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) Nature Art Show & Sale will be held today (Thursday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. It is a great way to support local artists and find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 30th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 22 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of an adult volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and on Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Justice) on December 6 – 8, 13 – 22 Mondays – Fridays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

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). Drive through a million sparkles of excitement in the Festival of Lights’ signature event. Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features 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 http://www.folepi.org

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S. Main Street in Morton) featuring a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm and women can enjoy select wines for $5 per glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and small plates will be available plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass, flight or bottle from the wine list. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

Deck the Halls continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31st. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Fine Art & Gift Show will be held from 4 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the new Civic Plaza in East Peoria’s Levee District (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria). Admission is free. Santa will appear from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday and from 4 – 6 pm on Sunday. Approximately 30 area artists will display and sell their creations including holiday decorations, unique hats and apparel, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, small sculpture, glass-blown items, handmade greeting cards and more. All items are original works. For more information, visit http://www.folepi.org

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 $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature JuJu Jonny on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

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

Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrate the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with A Celtic Christmas on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Saturday with boarding beginning at Noon and cruise running from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express at Wildlife Prairie Park is an enchanting evening full of holiday festivities that runs from 4 – 9 pm on Friday and 3 – 9 pm on Saturday. Ride the train on the lighted trail, make crafts, decorate cookies and see animals experience their own version of Christmas and more. Admission is $10 for members 2 and up and $12 for non-members aged 2 and up. Children ages 1 & under are free. Reservations are required as seating will be limited and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

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

The Pekin Main Street Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 7 pm with more than 1,000 luminaries on the downtown Business District on Court Street. Featuring business open houses, strolling carolers, carriage rides, outdoor theater and photos with Santa, admission is free. For more information, call 309-353-3100 or visit www.pekinmainstreet.com

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

A Holiday Shop and Stroll will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies plus find unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale and shop for eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Howlin’ on Water Holiday Party featuring dinner and the show will take place on Friday at The Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show. A full cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and my be made by calling 309-494-9100 or emailing thewaterhouse@aol.com

Bradley University will host their annual “New Faces 2013″ Play Festival at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and are available by calling the box office at 309-677-2650.

The 2nd Annual Madrigal Dinner Feaste will be presented by Peoria High School (located at 1615 N. North St. in Peoria) Mixed Ensemble and the Preparatory School for the Arts on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and include the meal and entertainment and are available at the the Peoria High School Office or by calling 309-672-6630. Cash, Check, Credit Cards accepted. Groups of 6 or more $15 per ticket. For more information, email simon.webb@psd150.org

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in Morton) will present Paul Weddle in their Wine Bar with sounds of jazz sax and flute on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Paul has played nationally and internationally for over 30 years, including commercial work in radio and television. He’s backed such artists as BB King, the Doobie Brothers and Dr. John. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Friends in Harmony presents its eighth annual Christmas Charity Extravaganza “A Hometown Christmas” on at 7 pm on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday in the auditorium of Washington Intermediate School (located at 501 Washington Street in Pekin). There will also be a raffle and performances by the Friends in Harmony Orchestra and Junior Friends. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance through Friends members or at Steger’s Furniture. Proceeds benefit the United Way. For more information, call 309-246-1896.

Eastlight Theatre will present Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Seussical the Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are available now at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists. 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. Sorry no passenger rides this year.

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 11 am where you can enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge and then experience the Zoo. Pre-sale tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Watch the animals enjoy their gifts, Santa will be making a visit and everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

The 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk will take place at the RiverPlex in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Online registration will be available through 3 pm on Dec. 6th with race day registration and packet pickup beginning at 8 am. Registration fees are $50 on race day for teams and $35 on race day for individuals. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaJBR

The Peoria Heights’ Annual Christmas Walk, featuring visits and photo opportunities with Santa at area shops and businesses, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 5:30 pm. There will also be a book signing by Sandy Miller, local author of Little Twig: An Uncommon Christmas Tale at I Know You Like A Book from 2 – 4 pm, the lighting of the village Christmas tree at 5:30 pm plus a night of caroling, hot chocolate and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Victorian Christmas Celebration on Saturday including a holiday tea setting and luncheon and live seasonal music at the Ballance-Herschel House, its historic headquarters (located at 256 NE Randolph in Peoria). Tea times start at 11 am and 2 pm. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited, so call 309-685-9312 for reservations.

The 2nd Annual Candy Cane Hunt will take place on Saturday from 2 – 2:30 pm at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). There will be two hunt areas: one for 3 – 5 year olds and another for 6 – 10 year olds. Dress warmly and bring something to collect your candy canes. Parents must accompany their children. Fee to participate is $4 for residents and $9 for non-residents. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Historical Society invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a tour of four historical homes in two historic districts of Peoria with The Splendor of Christmas Past from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday & from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 for adults at the door and children under age 12 free with adult admission and are available at the Peoria Historical Society Office (located at 611 SW Washington Street in Peoria), Harp and Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) or Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds. Cruise time is 7 – 9 pm. 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.

Songs from the Woods, the 2013 Concert Series at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights), will feature Lee Murdock and The Christmas Ship Concert on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature holiday edition will feature Killer Khristmas on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Landmark Cinemas. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/563033543766564

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah, an annual Peoria Christmas performance, will be presented at The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm.  All are encouraged to sing along on the various choruses, with arias performed by featured soloists Kristen Lelm, soprano, Eric Ashcraft, tenor and Gregory Lewis, bass. Conducting the performers and the Handel orchestra will be Dr. John Jost, Director of Choral Activities at Bradley University. Admission is free.

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available from any Philharmonic Chorale member or at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office the day of the concert.

The Orpheus Club Winter Concert will be held on Sunday at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 at the door.

Peoria Midwest Flames Basketball will take on the Chicago Steam in the Woodruff Gymnasium Home Gym (located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 for children 6 – 12 and senior citizens and free for children 5 and under 5. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://midwestflamesbasketball.com