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The 31st Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 21 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 – $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 Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (in the former Coldwater Creek) on December 20 – 21. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley Braves will take on Eureka College at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Dr. Gonzo will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $14. 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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show 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. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.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 & Saturday 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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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 is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm 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 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Nutcracker 2014 Concert featuring Chevelle and special guests Nothing More, Crobot, Raw Fabrics and the 105.7 The X House Band Motor Biscuit will take place on Friday at Expo Gardens Youth Building (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 6:15 pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of. and VIP tickets are $60 and are available at Co-op Records locations in central Illinois and Mega Replay in the Metro Center or online HERE

Tab Benoit will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 VIP Table tickets, $25 reserved seating ($29 the day of the show) or $20 for standing room only ($24 the day of the show) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Carpenters’ Christmas, based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, will be presented on Friday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria campus) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

An American Family Christmas will be performed at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Dr. Joseph Henry returns to direct featuring traditional carols and Christmas spirituals. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Lightwire Theater will present A Very Electric Christmas at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 – $36 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

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

United Presbyterian Church and Look It’s My Book! will present a public reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor in Peoria) on Saturday at 3 pm. Local media and community personalities will bring the story alive and the church’s musical groups will provide classic and original renditions of Christmas carols. For more information, call 309-693-2002 or visit www.unitedpc.org

Sister Act will be presented in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 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 Way Down Wanderers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring your favorite seasonal songs brought to life by local performers, 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

Music in the McKenzie will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm featuring the Henhouse Prowlers. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2014 Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party on Sunday from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Sharon Health Care Elms (located on 3611 N. Rochelle in Peoria). Donations are $20 per gift bag and donations are tax deductible. The deadline to Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is 12-19. To donate and/or volunteer, visit www.adoptasenior.net

A Celtic Winter Solstice: A Celebration in Story and Song will take place at the Fox Pub & Cafe (located at 7800 N. Sommer St. in Peoria) at 4:30 pm & 7 pm featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis & Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. Reservations highly encouraged and are available by calling 309-692-FOX3. For more information, visit www.thefoxpubandcafe.com

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Vatican Museums 3D will be shown in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday, at 1 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. The film offers an inside look at the Vatican Museums and well-known masterpieces, as well as pieces never before shown to the public. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens aged 60+ and $12 for children aged 3-17. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Goody, Goody Gumdrops at Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Make and create crafts and participate in fun holiday activities. Admission $3 per person and Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) continues its production of The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday plus a holdover show on Sunday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Friday & Saturday at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available.
A Riverlife Christmas Dinner Show Cruise featuring Scott and Rachel Kramer will board on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and 22.50 for children. To reserve your spot for either cruise or for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday and from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal encounters and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public. 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, email office@chillicothechristian.net or 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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 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. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.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 & Saturday 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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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 is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm 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 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 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 Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

28 North will perform at the Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 in advance $5 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

High School Musical, presented by Corn Stock for Kids, continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday plus a holdover performance on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its “Sounds of the Season” concert at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring performances by Leslie Manfredo, Lee Wenger and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus, 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 5th 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.  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. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

An open enrollment event for Get Covered Illinois will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch Peoria Public Library where certified navigators and interpreters will assist those who are applying for health insurance coverage. Additional enrollment times include the first and third Tuesdays from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Peoria Public Library and the second and fourth Tuesdays from 11 am – 4 pm at the Lincoln Branch. For more information on the Get Covered Event, call Heartland Community Health Clinic at 309-680-7621 or Get Covered Illinois at 217-685-6312.

Super Saturday: Snow Science will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will learn about snow and ice by conducting a salt and ice experience, creating snowflakes, and playing with “Insta-Snow,” a polymer that erupts into “snow” in seconds, mimicking the texture of real snow. The event is included in admission which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place at the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 7 pm featuring unique shopping, holiday treats and free horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa. Those spending $25 or more at a participating business will receive a coupon to enter the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display for free. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.peoriaballet.org

TazWood Dance Company will present “One Last Time“, the final performance for the company, on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center. 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

JT Hodges will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will lead a Christmas Carol Sing at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, followed by a showing of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing along as the audience participates in the choruses or simply enjoy the show. Admission is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $5 for students and $10 for adults. Donations will benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria Christmas Drive. For more information, call 309-671-1550.

Mary Finch, a Eureka native and a soprano with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, will perform a Concert of Christmas Songs on Sunday beginning at 4 pm at Eureka Christian Church (located at 302 S. Main St. in Eureka). Also performing is San Francisco Opera Chorus tenor Dan Stanley with Laura Weaver Hughes as accompanist. The program will include selections from the musical “Showboat” and traditional Christmas music. Admission is $10. Proceeds will go to the church’s music program and a planned summer music and arts festival at Eureka College. For reservations, call 877-892-7823 or reserve and order online at http://www.eureka.edu/event/mary-finch-home-for-christmas

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Morton Community Bank will hold its 36th Annual Community Christmas Sing tonight (Thursday) at the Jackson Street location in Morton beginning at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Washington Square Candlelight Stoll will take place tonight (Thursday) in downtown Washington beginning at 6 pm. Featuring carriage rides, visits with Santa, a Christmas sing, tree lighting and the Salvation Army Band, stores will be open until 8 pm. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) 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, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Rosser Brothers Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. 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

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

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will take place also on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm.  Tickets for the Dinner Cruise are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 8 pm at 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

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 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. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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 is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm 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 or email thewaterhouse@aol.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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Traditional Christmas with the Peoria POPS Orchestra will take place at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 North Wilmor Road in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students through college and for groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

High School Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) will present The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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 . Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Lil’ Durk, Katie Got Bandz, Lil Mouse and Geech will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 general admission and $100 for VIP with a “meet and greet”  Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office, online at www.limelighteventplex.com as well as Kareena’s & Club Envy.

The Annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus, will make six stops on Saturday along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and allow them 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 visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

Critter Christmas features breakfast and crafts in the Peoria Zoo lodge (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am plus a visit in the Zoo. The animals will get gifts while you watch plus Santa will be making a visit. Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Tickets are $6 for Zoo members or $12 for non-members and are available at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Acorn Equality Fund (AEF) will host a Family Breakfast at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. The event helps support scholarships that provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. Tickets are $35 per person and are available online at www.acornequalityfund.org/index.html

An Anti-Racism Workshop for the Peoria area will take place on Saturday from 9:30 am -3:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria). Presented by the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, coffee will be served at 9 am and lunch will also be provided. For more information, call 847-710-1692. Admission is $25 per person and registration is available online at www.episcopalchicago.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 those 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, $20 for ages 18 & under or $25 the day of the race, or $15 for ages 3 – 8 for the 200 yard fun run or $20 the day of the race all benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For more information and to register online, visit www.jinglebellpeoria.org

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) 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 $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Klondike Festival will take place on Saturday on the Peoria RiverFront from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 & under as well as Jingle Bell Run/Walk participants Featuring live music by the Feudin’ Hillbillys and JammSammich, a Rivermen Hockey Puck Shot, a Best Beard Contest, an Ice Stein Challenge, life-sized beer pong plus the Klondike Race, a human dog-sled race made up of teams of 5 who will pull sleds across the RiverFront. Registration for the race is $100 and includes admission to the festival and a shirt for each member of the team. Register HERE

A Toys for Tots Holiday Extravaganza will take place on Saturday at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N. Galena Road in Peoria) from 4 – 7 pm to collect toy donations for less fortunate children in the Peoria area. There will be activities for children throughout the showroom including pictures with Santa and refreshments available. Admission is one new toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. RSVP and find more information by calling 309-691-2929.

The Splendor of Christmas Past featuring 5 historic homes decorated for the holidays each representing a unique architectural style will be held on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket and are available at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria, Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights, Jim Maloof Realtor on Pioneer Parkway and the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Gregg’s Florist on War Memorial Drive or at the Society’s Washington Street office. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Songs From the Woods Concert Series will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) with a holiday concert featuring Small Potatoes on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will present The Nutcracker on Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Rebekah von Rathonyi and featuring local dancers as well as guest artists form New York, tickets are $28, $22 and $15 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 and online at www.artsaticc.com

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Bradley University Chorale Annual Holiday Concert will take place at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/music

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center 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

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The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs Thanksgiving night 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 127th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the parade will get you in the holiday spirit and delight children.  For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

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 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. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. There is no show on Thursday (Thanksgiving).  On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm eacg night. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

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

The FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place along the paved River Trail of Illinois with the 2 mile non-competitive walk on Saturday beginning at 8 am and the 4 mile competitive run beging at 9 am. Race entry fee if $15 the day of the event. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or click HERE

The 6th Annual Volleyball Tournament to benefit St. Jude in memory of Dax Locke will be held at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 am and play beginning at 9 am. The tournament is open to all levels of play. Cost to participate is $20. For more information, email digginfordax@yahoo.com

In honor of Small Business Saturday, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are encouraging people to “Live & Shop Peoria County” by offering gift card packages of $100 that will be awarded to residents who shop any Peoria County business from November 27th to 30th. More than 40 local businesses are donating $25 gift cards plus offering Small Business Saturday specials. To enter the drawing, residents must post a photo of themselves shopping local on their personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page with the name of the business and hashtag #LiveShopPeoriaCounty. For more information, visit www.metropeoriagov.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host “Wildlife Waddle“, a series of scheduled, guided hikes on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am through the animal trails and mapped hiking trails. Cost is free for members, $7 for adult non-members and $5 for children non-members. For more information, call 309-495-6724 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 5th 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 offering a variety of arts and crafts, baked goods, there will also be imported items from Germany and Austria 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. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd from Prairie Folklore Theater will take place on Saturday with boarding at Noon and the cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 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

Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will take place on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The 10th Annual Christmastime Gospelfest will be held on Saturday  beginning at 7 pm at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students high school and under and are available at the front desk at Five Points Washington, by calling 309-472-0027 or online at www.gospelfestministries.com/store

Loop Artist Arthur Lee Land will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar Grand Opening (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) along with Central IL Blues Challenge winners two years in a row Monica Morris & Josie Lowder on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Sky Harbor (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in West Peoria) and the Friends of Rocky Glen will offer a free Holiday Wine Tasting Party and Silent Art Auction from 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) to benefit Rocky Glen Park. A full menu will be available, along with wine samples, craft beers and live music. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 309-573-2354 or visit www.riendsofrockyglen.org

The 6th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (formerly the Great Central Insurance Building located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) and continues Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. The Festival of Trees is a community-wide event with 80 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and available for bidding on to take home. Other highlights from the weekend will include a holiday marketplace, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday fun day, on-going family friendly entertainment and more. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday Jingle & Mingle cocktail party is $35 and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Peoria County’s recycling educator will present “Sustainability for the Entire Community” at the ICC North Campus’ Hickory Hall (located at 5407 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-672-6918 or visit www.icc.edu/acp

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Purchase tickets at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

Clayton Anderson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance $10 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Proof continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

Ms. Pat will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $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 the Robin Crowe on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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 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. The Pointsettia show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays.  Admission is waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The show’s opening act is Dwight Yoakam and the rock group Halestorm. Tickets are $59.50, 39.50 and $25 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 Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax under the stars while sampling wines from Willet’s Winery and gourmet cheese from The Creek on State. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan will take you on a guided tour of the Universe and share the latest news from space in the state-of-the-art Zeiss Dome. Admission is $25 for Museum members or $30 for the general public and advance registration is requested. Register by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Gobbler Games will take place at CrossFit309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 9 am on Saturday and a Kids Exhibition will take place beginning at 1 pm on Sunday. Registration for the Saturday event is $60 per team and $25 for the Sunday event. Admission for spectators is free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Midwest Food Bank’s Tender Mercies Program and all competitors and spectators are asked to bring in food items for the Midwest Food Bank’s Backpack Program. For more information, visit www.crossfit309.com

On Beyond Genealogy: Sharing Family Stories, a workshop on researching and writing your family history with Brian “Fox” Ellis, will be held at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Cost for the workshop is $25 for adults and $15 for students and includes lunch. Advanced registration is required. For more information, email Sharon@larshar63@gmail.com

A Signing of the book “Little Twig” will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a “tree talk” mini lesson. Children can create their own “Little Twig” craft plus there will be a special reading and book signing by “Little Twig” author Sandy Miller and illustrator Lisa Garber. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 30th Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.folepi.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Nature’s Majesty” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $26 to $71 and are $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 44th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park on Sunday at 1 pm. Rain, sun or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $16 through today (Thursday) or $18 after and $2 for the Youth Fun Run and all entrants receive a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-681-2866 or email msuellentrop@peoriaparks.org

The Bradley Braves will take on North Carolina A&T at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Mozart’s Grand Mass in C-minor will be presented at St. Mary’s Cathedral (located at 607 NE Madison in Peoria) beginning at 4 pm. Featuring the Bradley Community Chorus, Bradley Chorale and Bradley Symphony Orchestra, Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 3 will also be performed. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Sunday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available on www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

The Institute of International Studies and Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Understanding Muslim Societies: the Role of Women in Rebuilding the Middle East” at Bradley University Student Center’s Marty Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli will talk about the current situation across the region, how tensions might be resolved and how women will play strong roles in rebuilding the region. Admission is free. To RSVP, email pawac@bradley.edu

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion will be presented at the US Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and also at 4 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Adult tickets range in price from $40 – $140 and for children range in price from $32 – $127 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the US Cellular Coliseum box office. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Proof 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 & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

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

The Holidazzle Celebration will be held on Friday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm throughout downtown Morton. There will be a lighting of the the community Christmas tree, a chili supper plus a candle lit walk to the shops with hot cocoa & pretzels. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Texas Arlington at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday on their season opener beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

AV Performance Innovations will present The Bret Bunton Project at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N Galena Road in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with appetizers and drinks and live music at 7:30 pm. This original blues-rock band will perform and give a behind the scenes interview. Admission is free, however reservations are requested. For more information click HERE  To RSVP, email maggie@avperformanceinnovations.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Wiz Khalifa will perform at Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum on Friday beginning at 9 pm. The Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) will host the Billboard Music Award winning and five time Grammy nominee with $15 tickets for Bradley students, $20 for faculty and staff and $30 for the general public which are available at the Coliseum ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

Discover the Ice Age, an interactive educational exhibit, will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 9 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults (ages 13 years & older), $22 for children (ages 2-12 years), $16 for senior citizens (aged 65+) and children 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Nature Art Show & Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media from talented local artists during regular hours. Support local artists and find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6600 N Basket Oak Dr. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Living Historians portray Civil War soldiers constructing winter quarters and preparing for their winter encampment in authentic uniforms using period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale 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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A Concert by Anima: Young Singers of Greater Chicago will be held on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free – a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

The Heritage Ensemble Inspirational Choral Celebration Concert will take place at George Washington Carver Center (located at 710 W. Percy Baker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Proceeds support the revitalization of the Carver Center.  Tickets are $20 for the concert only and $50 for the dinner and concert and are available at www.thecarvercenter.com

Todd Rundgren will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 for loft seating, $40 for VIP tables, $30 for assigned seating and $25 for standing room only and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Elmer Szepessy Dedication Concert will be held at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm & 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. One ticket purchased will be valid for either or both performances and a small reception will be held between the concerts. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Illinois Central Jazz Train will perform at the Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly performance at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. The Jazz Train led by ICC’s Larry Harms will feature the CIJS house band members featuring Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery works. Admission is $5 members, $7 for non-members and free for students. Food and drink available for purchase. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show will be on display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) through Sunday. Open from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and from 12 – 5 pm on Sunday, admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas will open tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley Braves take on Augustana College at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.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

John King will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Angela Wolf from the PBS show “It’s Sew Easy!” will be featured at Sew Special 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning with a trunk show featuring Wolf’s creations at 7 pm on Friday and continuing at 8 am on Saturday with hints, tips and tricks from Wolf on working with knits and sewing jackets and pants. There will also be a fashion show by the State of Illinois “Make It With Wool” contestants during the lunch hour. Admission for the Trunk Show is $5 and for the Saturday event is $60 for members, $70 for non-members and $35 for students. For more information, call 309-245-4884 or visit www.peoriaasg.org

Eureka College will observe the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on Friday beginning at 4 pm in the Cerf Center with a ceremony celebrating freedom and recognizing those who served in the Cold War. Speakers at the event include Andriy Pravednyk, Consul General of Ukraine based in Chicago and retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General Matthew Caulfield, former military assistant to President Reagan. Admission is free and a reception will follow. Reservations can be made by calling 877-892-7823 or online at www.eureka.edu/event/fall-of-the-wall

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 www.ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the 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.
The Dia De Los Muertos Salsa Dance Competition will take place also on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am featuring a costume contest with prizes. Admission is $4 for members and $7 for non-members and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show ia $38 per person. There will also be limited availability show only seating beginning at 7:30 for $10 per person (seating is open 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 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 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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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office, select Walmart locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

The UnityPoint Health-Methodist Service League will host its 64th Annual Gift Showat the Methodist Atrium (located at 900 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. The show includes handmade items, such as infant clothing, toys, jewelry, holiday decorations, gift wrap and stationery. Baked goods, candies and coffee will be available. All proceeds will support UnityPoint Health-Methodist patient care services. For more information, call 309-671-8377.

The Peoria Jaycees will host a Pancake Breakfast at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $5 a plate or $8 for all you can eat. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The East Peoria Firefighter’s Auxiliary Local 1498 will host a Vendor Show and Bake Sale from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday at the East Peoria Festival Building (located at 2200 E. Washington St. in East Peoria). Vendors include Crafty Campers, EPFD Crafty Kids, It Works! Body Wraps, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and more. For more information, email sewveryjen@gmail.com

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm. Tickets are $23, $31, $48, and $68 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host Superhero Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Saturday from 12:30 – 4 pm. The event includes activities, such as an obstacle course, self-defense and Superhero certification, lunch and entertainment. All proceeds support the Junior League of Peoria. Tickets are $32 and children must attend with an adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-685-9312 or visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.com/superhero-Saturday

Super Saturday: Painting with Minerals will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will explore a variety of minerals, and then grind up your own mineral paint for a lovely picture you can take home. No pre-registration necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

NPR Morning Edition’s David Greene returns to I Know You Like a Book (located at 4707 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday for a book signing event to support Peoria Public Radio, WCBU-FM with the reception is 5 – 8 pm. For more information, call 309-685-2665.  For more information, visit www.likeabook.net

The Songs From the Woods Concert Series will feature Don Haynie & Sheryl Samuel at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center

The Noise Presents In This Moment: Black Widow Tour will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Warm up your weekend with an old-fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Come a few minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families and you are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

An Afternoon of Jazz & Pop with the Brazilionaires will take place at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 5 pm. Tickets are $25 and reservations are encouraged. To reserve your tickets, call 309-636-7022. Sponsored by the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation.

Springdale Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host “A Veteran in Time” on Sunday from 2:30 to 3:15 pm at Soldier Hill in the cemetery. The event is free and will feature a letter written by a Union soldier to his wife, performed by Brian “Fox” Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre and the Bogside Zukes. The event will also feature the Central Illinois Living Historians – the Illinois 77th, the Peoria Barbershop Chapter, the Celtic Cross Pipe and Drum and the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, call 309-681-1400.

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

ZooBrew and Wine Too! will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8 pm. Sample a wide variety of beers and wines with unlimited drink tastings, appetizers from local restaurants, tours of the Africa! exhibit, live music and special desserts. This event is for ages 21 & over only. Tickets are $55 and are available online HERE  For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, 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 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. The Society meets the first Thursday every month.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its presentation of Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will be performed at Eureka College Pritchard Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets at $7 for students and children and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 309-467-6363.

Bare the Musical continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $16 except for the the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $13. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1 pm. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com

Sponge will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Avenue Q continues at the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment with boarding on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 7th Annual HOIDSA Buddy Walk will take place at EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Center Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with pre-registration, t-shirt pickup, same day registration, activities and carnival games. The Walk begins at 9:30 am and from 11 am – 12:30 pm will be the hot dog lunch. Registration is $5 per person with Down syndrome and $15 for all other registrants which includes a t-shirt, carnival activities, walk and lunch. Fore more information, visit www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa

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

The Peoria Park District will hold Peoria’s 2nd Annual PNC Worldwide Day of Play from 11 am – 3 pm at Glen Oak Park with family friendly activities throughout the park. PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure will be on-site with children’s interactive kiosks, photo station, a craft area and a giveaway table plus the Peoria Fire Department, Illinois Army National Guard and CityLink will provide vehicles for the Touch A Truck experience. Admission is free and there will also be discounted admission to the Peoria Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants 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.

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present the 12th annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm each day. Featuring portrayals of several crowd favorites from the past 10 years, such as Robert Avery, Lydia Moss Bradley, Joseph Petarde, Phoebe Buehler and others, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and a family pack is $30. For reservations, call 309-689-8000 or visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

The Drunken Zombie Drive In will take place at the Landmark Drive In on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring The Selling And El Monstro del Mar, admission is $5 per person or $20 per car. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/drunkenzombiefilmfestival

Chicago Farmer will perform at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 Main Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 in advance or $13 the day of the show. For more information, call 309-673-4343 or visit www.chicagofarmer.com/shows

The Muscle On Main Strongman Competition will be held on Main Street in Morton on Sunday from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.probodysolutions.com/events

The Peoria German-American Central Society will be host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. The event will feature German Music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, soccer, a shooting tent, & German gift tent, a fine arts and craft village, playground equipment for the kids and complete German dinners with sides for $10 plus sandwiches will also be available. The 5th Annual German Car Cruis’n will take place from noon until 5 pm where owners of German make cars and/or motorcycles are welcome to participate for free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Fine Art of Hospitality will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Tour the home and experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, its dramatic architecture and design, and the unique collection items of the home. Admission is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) Fall Festival will take place on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Featuring fire trucks, a steam engine, a blacksmithing demonstration, music by the Mountain Men as well as the early Ford cars, admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. For more information, call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

Jim Breuer will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for VIP seating and $20 general seating in advance and $25 the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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A replica Nina and Pinta will be docked on the Peoria RiverFront at The Landing next to The Spirit of Peoria at the foot of Main street for self-guided tours of the ships every day through Sept. 22 between 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for students aged 5 to 16, children under 4 are free. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

Peoria County emergency management experts will present “It Can Happen to You,” a free public workshop on how to become better prepared before disaster strikes at the Illinois Central College North Campus tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Emergency management personnel will discuss preparedness steps, explain how to identify points of contact and create an emergency plan, and describe how to build an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle. For more information, call 309-672-6918.

The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” lecture presented by James Clad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and consultant for Cambridge Energy Research Associates will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in the Owens Professional Development Center in Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. James will discuss the changing dynamics of global energy production. Tickets for the program only are free: RSVP at pawac@bradley.edu or 309-677-2454.  Presented by Bradley’s Institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, for more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Fox on the Fairway opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, 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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Eastlight Theatre continues its regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

moe. will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the gate. For more information, visit www.jaytv.com

Sexy in Stillettos will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, Suite S2 in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9 pm. A ladies only event, you’ll learn the proper way to walk in high heels. Admission is $10. For more information, call 309-397-3057 or visit www.calistyle.wix.com/studio

Nick Swardson will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour that winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and 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.  The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Captain’s Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 10:45 am and the cruise running from 11 – 1 pm. Tickets for the cruise only are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  A lunch will also be available for $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12. 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 the Jera & the Absoluts 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 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 19th Annual German Festival, Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront Friday through Sunday. The event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and more featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Friday Night RPGS will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) with an instructional session on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and a play session from 7 – 11 pm. This event is for ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

The 2nd Annual Bluegrass in the Valley will take place at Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Admission is $10 per family on Friday and on Saturday, the festival runs from 10 am – 10 pm with an admission of $15 per person or $45 max per family. The event will showcase local Americana musical talent on two stages, food vendors, nature art vendors, and more.  For more information, call 309-579-2157.

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday 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. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins 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 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast with freewill donation, an auction will follow beginning at 10:30 am with vacation packages, sports tickets, antiques & handmade quilts and more. For more information, call 309-367-4300 Extension 116.

Peoria Superfest, an amateur radio, computer & electronics show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 6 am – dusk on Saturday and from 6 am – 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.w9uvi.org

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

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

Shakunthala – The Forgotten Ring will be performed on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Based on a beloved tale from Indian mythology, it’s been referred to as the Indian Cinderella, the production is a a collaborative production between Mythili Dance Academy and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students aged 16 & under and are available at the Peoria Ballet, by calling 309-690-7990 or online at www.peoriaballet.com

The Peoria Symphony will open its season with world-artist violinist Sarah Chang as soloist at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring famous works of the romantic era – Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.1, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Bodybag Fit For A King, Shows Inc, Prey for Us, Moterbiscuit, Undsheltered, Aterra Tale, Betrayal From Within, Burden Of The Sky, Through Eyes of Tomorrow, and The Truth will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Oktoberfest Das Bier Run 5k Race will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. The cost is $30 and includes a commemorative stein and admission to Oktoberfest for the day of the race. To register and for more information, visit www.DasBierRun.com

A Grand Victorian Tea Party will take place at the Pettengill-Morron Historical Home (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Have you wondered what it would be like to enjoy tea with an Earl and Countess? Experience a Downton Abbey afternoon with tea and delicacies on fine china plus tour the lavish Pettengill-Moron home. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria Historical Society or by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Yacht Club will present the Columbus Cup, a series of sailboat races, on the Illinois River along the Peoria Riverfront. The second race is scheduled for Sunday and the third and final day of races will take place Sunday, October 12th, with local entertainment and activities for spectators viewing the races from the Riverfront. For more information, call 309-689-3019.

The Central Ill Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday at the Landmark Rec Center Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) with the Central Illinois Jazz Society house band opening for them beginning at 6 pm. The Orchestra is a sixteen-piece swing band made up of top area musicians led by Dr. Todd Kelly of Bradley University on trumpet playing jazz classics. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

Register to Win 4 Passes to Wildlife Prairie Park, 2 Tickets to Ragtime at Peoria Players Theatre and Dinner & the Show “Fox on the Fairway” for 2 at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

The 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin featuring Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy “Mountain Man”, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a climbing wall, a “top dog” pageant, a parade, kids activities, food plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring carnival rides, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Dylan Scott will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Astronomy for Everyone will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Following an indoor presentation by astronomer Kevin Manning, you can view celestial objects in the night sky (weather permitting). Tickets are free but required and may be picked up at the library or reserved by calling 309-274-2719.

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

The Hayloft’s 32nd Annual Art and Craft Fair starts at 10 am on Friday and continues through Sunday. The fair will feature more than 25 craftsmen and artists and include folk music and lunch served by Haddads Downtown. On Saturday, the Mossville Volunteer Firemen will host their annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 am. For more information, call 309-579-3141.

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and 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.  The Haunted Peoria Tour where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years also on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the DC3 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 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

Friday Night RPGS will take place on Friday at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) from 5 – 7 pm. For ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

Ragime will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and go on sale August 25 at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Cameron Esposito will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 8 pm shows and $13 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Illinois Central College’s 34th annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place on Saturday on the ICC East Peoria Campus from 9 am – 3 pm. The free public event will feature topics and demonstrations for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. This year’s theme is “Welcome to My Garden.” There will be pizza garden, seminars, exhibits, taste testing, a plant sale and more. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

Bishop Hill will host the 2014 Chautauqua at Village Park on Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm. A family-oriented event, watch re-enactors tell inspiring stories about historical figures including Harriet Tubman, Meriwether Lewis and his Corps of Discovery, Fanny Crosby, the Queen of Gospel Song Writers and Woody Guthrie, Dustbowl Troubadour. Admission is free.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, stationed at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring the jazz band, Harmony in Blue, admission is free.

Itoo Society’s Centennial Ballroom Dance “Lets Face the Music & Dance” will take place at the Itoo Hall Pavilion (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 10 pm featuring the Al & Diane Band. Music will include smooth ballroom tempos, Latin rhythms and high energy swing. Admission is $10 and there will be a cash bar. For more information, call 309-573-3822 or click HERE

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. First time dancers and families are welcome: no partner is needed. Music will be provided by the Geisel Power Family Band and there will be a teacher for all dances. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163.

First Lady or Not,” featuring Cassandra Bassett will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center, East Peoria campus beginning at 7 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students with ID and may be purchased at the door or by visiting www.genesistheater.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “La Guitarra” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring guitar soloist Jason Vieaux, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-444-3888, at Kidder Music in Peoria or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

A Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday the Spirit of Peoria from 7 – 9 pm featuring live music by ragtime pianists Sue Keller and David Cavalari. Tickets are $45 for adults or $22.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. Tickets for both events are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Battery, the Metallica Tribute Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10, and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Too White Crew will perform on Saturday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Fine Art of Hospitality “Vintage Recipes from the Kitchen of Miss Jean Morron” will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from  1 – 4 pm. Tour the home and experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, its dramatic architecture and design, and the unique collection items of the home plus sample goodies from Miss Morron’s recipe box and book. Admission is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Symphony will host “Symphony Sunday“, a free concert at Riverfront Park with grounds opening at 3:30 pm and the concert beginning at 5 pm. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy an evening of music. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org