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The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

The 18th District Congressional Art Show will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) 9 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday through April 28 (except Sunday, April 16). High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

International Humanitarian Law: A View of Refugee Rights will take place in Room 126 of the Caterpillar Global Communications Building at Bradley University (located at 834 N Duryea Pl. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The 20th Annual Pekin Passion Play will be presented at Pekin First Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway Road in Pekin) Thursday (Tonight) & Friday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 10 am. Featuring audience participation and live animals, admission is free. For more information, visit www.PekinFirstNaz.org

Jackie Kashian will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12, and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm for $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Laser Light Night will be held on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Bob Zany will perform at The Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building in downtown Peoria) on Friday at 7 and 9 pm. Hosted by Greg Batton, tickets are $22 plus tax per person. For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Suburbia will be presented at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.icc.edu/arts/events

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast with three Egg Hunts at 10 am, 11:30 am and at 1 pm plus a Bunny Breakfast on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. Featuring a buffet style meal with pancakes, sausage and more, the cost for the breakfast is $12 for adults, $10 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under (does not include admission to the park). Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission to the Park is $5 for members of all ages, $10 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 4th Annual Run.Walk.Roll to benefit Easter Seals will take place at East Peoria Levee District on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost for the 5K Run is $30 for adults and $20 for ages 4-18 and $20 for ages 4 & up and free for ages 3 and under for the 1 Mile Walk. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome and encouraged and after the race, stay and join in for the Post-Race Family Fun Experience. To register and for more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

The 5th Annual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run and Fun Walk will take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) through the vineyard and fields. Cost is $30 per adults, $25 for students and $8 for children under 3 years. All proceeds help fund medical and social services to abused and neglected children in central Illinois. For online registration or more information, visit www.go.illinois.edu/KickAbuse5K

An Underwater Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Aquaplex (located within the Riverplex in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Participants must pre-register and bring their own basket to gather their eggs. Geared toward children ages 3 to 8, children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian into the pool. Admission is $5 for Peoria residents and $7 for non-residents. For more information, call 309-282-1531 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday from 9 – 10:45 am for the Breakfast and at 11 am for the Hunt at the Rotary Shelter are in Washington Park with 3 age divisions. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures (bring your own camera). Cost for the continental breakfast is $4 and payment is available in advance at www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

Finding Normal, a presentation by Marty Murphy, will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe) on Saturday 10 am – noon. Marty shares her world of autism with knowledge and humor. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

A Doggie Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. With a hunt for small and large breeds, costume contest with prizes and activities for the whole family, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Peoria Humane Society. Event will go on rain or shine. Admission is $5 per dog and $2 per human. No pre-registration is required. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CampWokanda

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in game 3 of the 2017 SPHL Presidents Cup Playoffs (if needed) at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

The 5th Annual Jim Maloof Legacy of Love for the Arts will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Monday beginning at 6:30 pm. A family-friendly entertainment extravaganza designed to promote the performing arts in Central Illinois and highlight former Peoria mayor Jim Maloof’s local and national legacy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the event is planned and executed by ICC students each year. Featuring the Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz, ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band, the Penguin Project, Central Illinois Youth Symphony & the family of Jim Maloof, al proceeds directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets are $7 and may be reserved by calling call 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every weekend beginning this Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Sundays from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

August: Osage County continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at Sunday at 2 pm. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, the show centers around the Weston family brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. Tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat while the family is holed up in the large estate in Osage County, Oklahoma. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for ages 20 and younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org

Budding Artists from Peoria Public Schools will be on display at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) daily from 9 am – 5 pm through March 30. Featuring artwork from PPD students, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The March Madness Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, on Friday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 6:30 pm. Featuring family oriented fun, games and exhibits, admission is $2 or free with a game ticket. For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

The Central Illinois Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by 40 teams of high school students, will take place at the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) and continues at 8:30 am on Friday and Saturday. The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum for contested races for Dunlap School Board at Dunlap Valley Middle School (located at 5200 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8 pm. The four candidates, Cheryl Bluth, Karen Disharoon, Christine Finlley and Abby Humbles, vying for three board positions will participate and answer audience questions. Candidates for three ICC trustee seats have also been invited to introduce themselves. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Jeff Caldwell will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $12, and Friday at 7:30 pm. and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15.  For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the St. Patrick Society of Peoria, will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 11 am beginning at the corner of Monroe Street and Hancock Street. A St. Patrick’s Day Party will follow  at the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria riverfront immediately after the parade featuring Irish cuisine, live music, festive drinks for adults and children, Irish dances and family-friendly activities. Event admission is $5 for adults, $3 for St. Patrick Society Members and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call visit www.stpatpeoria.com

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 11 am and Game 2 at 12:45 pm. The Class 4A Semifinal Session will also be on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 5:30 pm and Game 2 at 7:15 pm. On Saturday, the Class 3A Third Place Game will take place at 11 am and the Championship begins at 12:45 pm. The 2A Third Place game will be at 5:30 pm on Saturday and the 4A Championship game begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

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

The Mennonite Relief Sale will take place at the Interstate Center Bloomington on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm and on Saturday at 6 am. Featuring fish, chicken barbecue dinners, rib-eye steaks, butterfly pork chops, barbecues & pork burgers, there will also be a Dutch Market and Butcher Shoppe, an auction, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning plus various booths and a children’s auction. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ilreliefsale.org

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

The Irish And How They Got That Way will be held at The Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning with a dinner buffet at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Cost is $40 per person and includes a special Irish themed buffet. To reserve seats, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Lifeless in Seattle Murder Mystery Dinner will be presented at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and includes 3 complementary wine samples, a buffet style dinner and dessert.  For reservations or information, call 309-359-WINE, or visit www.mackinawvalleywinery.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

A Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale will take place at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – noon in the theatre lobby. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/peoriaplayerstheatre

2017 Membership Swap Weekend will take place this Saturday & Sunday. Members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Playhouse and the Peoria Historical Society can enjoy free general admission at all locations when they present their membership card and photo ID. For more information, contact the individual organizations.

The 7th Annual Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair will take place at the Park Inn by Raddison, formerly Ashland House (located at 201 East Ashland St. in Morton) on Saturday 9 am – 3 pm. This fundraising event benefits Totes for Ta-Tas, Illinois CancerCare Foundation’s Breast Cancer Research Fund. For more information, call 309-657-0992 or click HERE

The Art of Seeing Seminar will take place at Illinois Valley High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore in Chillicothe) on Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 and $45 for students with ID. Noted photographer and author Bryan F. Peterson will teach how to see creatively and discuss the importance of learning the tools of photography. To register or for more information, visit www.PeoriaCameraClub.com

The 17th Annual Cabin Quilters’ Quilt Show will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring quilts, home decor, wearables, door prizes and sewing demos and more, admission is free. For more information, visit http://gemsoftheprairie.com/events

The Autism Resource Group will meet at the Peoria Public Library, Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Resource sharing and support will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2150 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

An Open House for the Rock Steady Boxing Program will be held at CrossFit (located at 5629 N Galena Rd in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 – 1 pm.  The program features non-contact boxing designed exclusively for people with Parkinson’s disease of all ages and levels of ability. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.crossfit309.com/rocksteady

The Corn Stock Theatre Get Acquainted Meeting will take place at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Road in upper Bradley Park) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Featuring performers singing songs from each of the musicals to be presented during the summer season, meet the summer show directors to learn about how to become involved in the productions. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196 or visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Twisted Irish Knot, Demise at the Irish Wedding Reception Murder Mystery Dinner Show will be presented at East Port Banquet Center on Saturday with a cast mingle beginning at 6 pm. A dinner buffet featuring corned beef, Irish potatoes, cabbage plus dessert bar and show are all included in the $40 per person ticket. Entertainment is provided by Die Laughing Entertainment. To reserve tickets, call 309-692-3990 or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/dielaughingentertainment

Heartland Festival Orchestra Symphony Idol will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. LaKisha Jones, Matt Giraud, and Haley Scarnato, finalists from American Idol will perform songs in various genres. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children and students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

American English will perform Liverpool Mania, The History of The Beatles at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre Live will be held at Landmark Cinemas (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Fearturing two classic zombie films”: White Zombie with Bela Lugosi and Night of the Living Dead, there will also be trailers, trivia, prizes and more. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2764161

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition’s 33rd annual FoodShare Canathon door-to-door collections of canned and non-perishable food items will take place on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will also be collection bins at all Kroger locations in Peoria, Bartonville, East Peoria, Washington, Chillicothe, Pekin, East Peoria, Canton, Bloomington and Normal. For more information or to volunteer, call 309-697-5762 or 309-696-0223.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 For more information visit www.artsaticc.org

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

David Hoffman & Friends will perform with the The Central Illinois Jazz Society at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Rick Springfield will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 – $65 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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August: Osage County opens at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm plus next Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, the show centers around the Weston family brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. Tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat while the family is holed up in the large estate in Osage County, Oklahoma. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for ages 20 and younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org

A Man For All Seasons continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  The show centers around Henry VIII’s decision to break from the Pope and Catholicism in England and the power struggle that was caused by that transition. Morality and power clashed at the King’s behest to pursue his unreachable goal of having his longed-for male heir. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

Budding Artists
from Peoria Public Schools will be on display at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) daily from 9 am – 5 pm through March 30. Featuring artwork from PPD students, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The March Madness Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, on Friday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 6:30 pm. Featuring family oriented fun, games and exhibits, admission is $2 or free with a game ticket. For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

Mamma Mia will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $54 – $120 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-673-3200 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Jesse Joyce will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm for $12 and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm for $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA Class 1A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 11 am and Game 2 at 12:45 pm. The Class 2A Semifinal Session will also be on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 5:30 pm and Game 2 at 7:15 pm. On Saturday, the Class 1A Third Place Game will take place at 11 am and the Championship begins at 12:45 pm. The 2A Third Place game will be at 5:30 pm on Saturday and the 2A Championship game begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

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

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place at The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm with the show following. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The 9th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a dinner and a dance party for ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a themed meal with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm or 4 pm. Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

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

The Mind Boggling Variety Show by Andy “The Split Man” Gross will take place at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre (located on the East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring comedy, ventriloquism, magic and more, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or at www.artsaticc.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The 17th Annual Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast hosted by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will take place at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 11 am . Breakfast will be served featuring two pancakes, fresh sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, orange juice and coffee for 70 cents per person. The approximate retail value is $10. There will also be a horse and pony, tractors on display, Santa Rose Coffee, a silent auction and more. For more information, visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront beginning at 8 am with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets. There will be a costume contest for the most shamROCKED out male, female and child participants. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

March into Wellness will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on  Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring activities based around health and fitness including fitness kid’s games, a scavenger hunt, crafts, interactive guided hikes and more, admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $6 for kids aged 3- 12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under and park members. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Breakfast with the Lions will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the lions enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

JDRF Shop for a Cure will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring a bake sale, raffle table, children’s activity table, and many vendors including, Avon, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Lip Sense, Tupperware, ThirtyOne and more. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information, click HERE

The 2nd Annual Spring Craft and Vendor Show will take place at Thomas Jefferson Primary School (located at 918 W Florence Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. This family friendly event will help support the Thomas Jefferson PTO and features crafters, direct sale vendors and food trucks. For more information, call 309-413-3408.

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its Annual Spring Volunteer Orientation on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Participants will learn about the inner workings of volunteering, meet with current volunteers, park staff and other volunteer prospects. Admission is free when you mention that you’re there for the volunteer orientation at the gate.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Scouting at the Museum: Super Science will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Explore the science behind static electricity, light, and density. Admission is $20 for scouts and $5.50 for chaperones. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Cork and Canvas will take place at Green View (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Drive in Dunlap) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. The fee is $30 and includes all supplies. To register or for more information, call 309-243-7761 or visit www.greenview.com

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Four Shillings Short will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Nights in the Garden of Spain at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $8 – $74. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 3 pm. This workshop allows Brownies to earn their Home Scientist badge with safe but exciting experiments that might not be possible at home. Admission is $20 for scouts $5.50 for chaperones. For reservations and information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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A Man For All Seasons will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre in upper Bradley Park this Friday & Saturday and next Thursday through Saturday, March 9 – 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 12 at 2:30.  Political intrigue has been around for centuries: this show centers around Henry VIII’s the decision to break from the Pope and Catholicism in England and the power struggle that was caused by that transition. Morality and power clashed at the King’s behest to pursue his unreachable goal of having his longed for male heir. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com
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The 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale continues throughout Central Illinois until March 19.  Cookies are available from individual girl scouts or locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. The program helps girls learn how to run their own business and earn money to win prizes including a Disney vacation or to fund special outings. Featuring 12 different varieties of cookies including 2 gluten-free options, quantities may be limited at in-person sales locations.  To find dates and times to purchase cookies, visit www.girlscouts.org

Wine & Whiskers 2017 will be held tonight (Thursday) at the new Trailside Event Center (located above Trefzger’s Bakery at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring tastings from local wineries, a signature tasting glass to take home, appetizers and live entertainment throughout the evening, there will also be a silent auction, a Wine Pull plus a visit from a 4-legged special guest.  The event benefits the Peoria Humane Society. Tickets are $50 and are available  online at www.peoriahs.org

Thirsty Thursday will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Enjoy $5 hors d’ oeuvres & wine tastings along with live music. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The 3rd Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum. High school students and their families will find nearly 100 colleges and universities from around the country represented. Admission is free. A list of participating institutions and other details are available at www.bradley.edu/collegefair

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will present “Alternative Voting Systems That Illinois Should Evaluate” at the AMT Building Auditorium (located at 1718 N Sterling in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Edward Burmila, assistant professor in Bradley University’s Political Science Department, will explain the vote-by-mail system used by Washington and Oregon which does not require polling places or election judges as well as California’s “top two” primary voting system. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594 or visit www.lwvgp.org

The 12th Annual Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn (located at 101 Mariner’s Way in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) with Gospel music, at 7 pm on Friday, at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and a Sunday Morning Gospel performance beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 for each show or $30 for both shows on Saturday and $10 for Thursday night’s show with purchase of any other ticket. For more information, call 309-671-0175 or visit http://shortysbluegrass.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) 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

Damien Lemon will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $12 and on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

These Shining Lives continues at the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and Bradley staff and faculty and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://bradley.edu/theatre

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

The Central Illinois Recreational Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 2 – 7 pm on Friday, 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring over 100 different models and brands of recreational vehicles. $8.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 – 12 years, children under 6 free and $20 for a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children under 12. For more information, click https://www.facebook.com/Central-Illinois-Recreational-Show-173563318294
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GoodSkills Healthy Relationships will be held at the Goodwill Commons Building (located at 2319 E War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 5:30 pm. Learn the best tips and tricks to improve your relationships with others with fun activities and speakers from the Center for Prevention of Abuse.  Designed for teens from 11 – 17, admission is free, however registration is required. To register, call 309-369-2335 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

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

A Musical Masquerade will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 North Sheridan Rd. in Peoria, on the corner of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. A fundraiser for the Central Illinois Youth Symphony featuring hors d’oeuvres and samples of over 20 different wines, along with unique silent auction items and entertainment of the young musicians, tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Funds raised support scholarships and reduced tuition costs for over 150 musicians. For tickets and information, visit www.ciys.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and also on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

The Bone House continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (East Peoria campus) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform at The Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building in downtown Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 per person or $25 more for dinner prior to the show plus a full bar and appetizer menu will be available. For more reservations and information, visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Get the Led Out will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

Lucero will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm.  Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 A Sunny Day, Champs and Cheerleaders will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 11 am. The annual fundraiser is family friendly with many activities including a concert by Julie K, dribbling wizard and former Harlem Globetrotter Curly Boo Johnson, food and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For online registration and tickets, visit https://choi.osfhealthcarefoundation.org

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery, enjoy a special tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. For ages 21 and over, cost is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice a variety of cheese & crackers. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Eddy P’s Birthday Party Comedy Show will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets for ages 17 & up are $25 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 28th Annual Illinois Downs Syndrome Assoc. Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Dinners are $7 for adults (ages 13+), $5.25 for children and free for ages 3 and under. Take out orders will also be available. A raffle, bake sale and entertainment will also take place during the event. For more details, visit www.hoidsa.org

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips with trained docents available during the tour.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. View never-before-displayed vintage handcrafted  garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family plus find exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Joe George will perform at the Peoria Civic Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm along with local group SMD & The Underground. Ticket prices range between $17 and $27 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

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The 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale will take place throughout Central Illinois through March 19 available from individual girl scouts or locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. The program helps girls learn how to run their own business and earn money to win prizes including a Disney vacation or to fund special outings. Featuring 12 different varieties of cookies including 2 gluten-free options, quantities may be limited at in person sales locations.  For full information about where and when cookies are available, visit www.girlscouts.org

Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, will give two keynote presentations:  the first is tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. Peoria) and the second is on Saturday at the North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 1 – 3 pm. As author of this year’s Big Read Peoria Reads! selection, Jones will read excerpts from the book and discuss her writing with the public. The NEA Big Read program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Peoria Reads! is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project. For more information, call 309-497-2141 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring candidates of contested Peoria city primary races, moderator Tonya Koonce will conduct the forum which will include questions from the audience. Peoria City Council at-large candidates and District 4 candidates expected to attend are Mike Eddlemon, Benjamin Thornton and Jim Montelongo along with at-large candidates Robert Hanauer, Zachary Oyler, Sid Ruckriegel, John Kelly, Scott Kelsey and Amr Elsamny. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

An Adoption Presentation will be held at FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. The meeting will cover domestic, international and embryo adoption plus there will be a Q & A following the presentation. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400 or visit www.familycore.org

These Shining Lives will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and Bradley staff and faculty and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://bradley.edu/theatre

Alingon Mitra will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $12 and Friday at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Official Spring Home Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. More than 250 companies occupying 450 booth spaces make the show the largest of its kind in Central Illinois. Featuring everything for the home inside and out, exhibitors will display a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and home remodeling products and services. The largest gathering of area home builders and remodeling contractors in the area, coupons are available at any area CEFCU Member Center good for one free adult admission when you purchase an adult admission for $7. Admission is $7 for adults 18+, $3.50 for senior citizens aged 60+ and kids under 18 are free. For more information visit www.peoriahomeshow.com

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

Teen Night Titanic Murder Mystery will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Assemble your own team or join one at the Museum and solve a Titanic themed murder mystery. Must be in high school or college to participate.  Cost is $10 for members and $15 for the public. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Positive Health Solutions will present a fundraising event at Pitch Karaoke Bar (located at 631 W Main St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Money raised through drink sales, donations and raffles will benefit the University of Illinois HIV/AIDS clinic that provides an array of services for Peoria and 14 surrounding counties, including medications, physicians, visits and social services. For information, click HERE

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and also on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Head and The Heart will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm with special guest Whitney. Tickets are $31 and $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Bone House will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (East Peoria campus) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

Get Tricked, Episode 3 with Kyle Bassett and friends will take place at The Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. A dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm plus appetizers and desserts from 7 – 10 pm for purchase. For reservations and information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Head East will perform with the Bogart Jones Band opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and $25 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 2017 Peoria Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held at the Peoria Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $60 per person for dinner, bar service, membership and a door prize raffle ticket or $40 without the raffle ticket. For more information or tickets, call 815-791-9993 or visit www.ducks.org/illinois/events

The 14th Annual Fasching Ball will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – midnight. Featuring a traditional German costume ball, the West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11.  Cost is $8 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit http://www.peoriagermans.net

Thomas Rhett will perform at the Peoria Civic Center with Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd opening on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $22 – $325 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Terry Grawey will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Dinner begins at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Jamey Johnson will perform with Chris Hennessee opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $35 and the VIP Loft is $55 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

Angela Brown will perform in concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Having performed at the MET to San Francisco to Beijing and sung in opera houses around the world, Brown will make her debut with Chicago Lyric Opera next month. The show will include a varied program of spirituals, arias and art songs.  Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/music-series

The 119th Annual Washington Day Banquet will be held at the Civic Center Ballroom on Monday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring George Will as the keynote speaker, the banquet is hosted by the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. Individual tickets are $250 for members or $275 for non-members and are available by calling 309-672-2267.

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Peoria Civic Chorale’s An American Family Christmas will take place at Five Points Washington this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Featuring soloist mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh, tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more and are available at the door, by calling 309-693-6725 or online at www.peoriacivicchorale.org

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

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

Wrap It Up For Charity continues at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Santa’s Village) on Friday from 2:30 – 7:30 pm, Saturday from Noon – 5:30 pm and Sunday from 12:30 – 5:30 pm. Donations will be used for home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. The service also runs Monday – Saturday of next week.  For more information with specific dates & times, call 309-363-3737 or visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The Star Wars Rogue One Premiere will take place at the Riverfront Museum lobby along with Star Wars themed activities tonight (Thursday) beginning with 3D printed Star Wars ornaments available to purchase from 4 – 6 pm for $2 per ornament.  At 5:30 pm, listen to the live podcast of “Coffee with Kenobi” with Dan Zehr & Cory Clubb and then at 6:30 pm, planetarium curator Renae Kerrigan will give a short pre-film talk about realistic interstellar travel. Showings of the movie in 2D and 3D begin at 7 pm and continue through January 12. Admission for the pre-movie activities is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Women’s Spa Night will take place at AlignLife in the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Learn ways to reduce stress during the holiday season and get pampered. Admission is free, however space is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations or more information, call 309-689-6200 or visit www.chiropractorpeoria.org

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

The Love the 90’s Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. Featuring Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Young MC and Rob Base, tickets are $45, $55, $65 and $85 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 309-676-1040, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Andy Woodhull will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets for Thursday and Friday’s 9:45 show are $12 and all other shows are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside, continues Friday through January 15th (located at the corners of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center). Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

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

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

Gerald Albright, nationally renowned jazz saxophone artist, will perform at the George Washington Carver Community Center (located at 710 W Percy Baker Jr. Ave. in Peoria) with two shows on Friday at 6 pm and 9 pm. Albright’s daughter, R & B/soul vocalist, Selina Albright, will also perform. Tickets are $69.95 and are available by calling 309-839-2487 or online at www.smoothpeoria.com

Nutcracker 2016 will be presented at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Also appearing are Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, Holy White Hounds and Citizen Zero. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $100 for VIP loft seating plus a $3 surcharge collected at the door. For more information and tickets, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Original Skazz Band will perform at The SV Center (located at 1200 E Partridge St. in Metamora) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring big band Christmas music, admission is free. For more information, call 309.367.4300 or click HERE

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

A John Denver Christmas featuring Tribute artist Ted Vigil will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.icc.edu/arts

Live at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) will take place on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Breakfast with Santa will take place at PNC Winterfest (located on the corner of Fulton and Jefferson in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 8:30 am. Tickets are $25 for ages 16 and up or $15 for children 15 and under.  For information or tickets, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Vendor Show and Bake Sale will take place at Robein School (located at 200 Campus Ave. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm with a special appearance by Santa at 11:30 am. Vendors include All Sewn Up, Crafter Campers, Doterra Essential Oils, Juice Plus, LulaRoe, Mama Stitches, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Pink Zebra, Rodan and Fields, Scentsy, Sew Very Jen, Stella and Dot, The Little Clothing Company, Thirty-One and TJ’s Woodwork.  Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The 2016 Holiday Bazaar will take place at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) from 2 – 6 pm. Featuring more than 20 artists selling handmade items, for more information, call 309-657-6767 or visit http://prairiecenterofthearts.com

Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Enjoy a variety of beer and a taco bar as you view the galaxy in the Dome Planetarium and explore a few of the 3,000+ exoplanets discovered around alien suns.  Is the Death Star still lurking near the Forest Moon of Endor?  Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and include up to 3 beers, food, and non-alcoholic beverages and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm.  Featuring local singers from various community theatre productions throughout the last year, tickets are $15 for all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Holiday Season Tours will take place at Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave Peoria) and Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave, Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Flanagan house is decorated in a 1940’s theme, harkening back to the days of WW II plus view the scale models of Peoria buildings constructed by Bob Page. Pettengill Morron House is celebrating a French Christmas this year where visitors can learn more about how Christmas is celebrated in France and enjoy décor done in a French tradition including Miss Morron’s vintage Louis Vuitton luggage on display. Tickets are $10 for one home or $15 to visit both homes and children aged 3 – 12 are $3. Trained docents will be at both homes offering guided tours. Pettengill-Morron House will also be open on Thursdays Dec. 22 and 29 from 10 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

2016 Adopt-A-Senior will be held at Sharon Healthcare Elms (located at 3611 N Rochelle Ln. in Peoria) on Sunday with the gift bag assembly from 1:30 – 2:30 pm and party 2:30 – 5 pm. Adopt a Senior is a great way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. After the gift bag assembly, gift bags will be delivered to the residents during the party where food and drink will be served. All donations are tax-deductible. Registration is required and may be done by calling 309-270-3170 or visiting www.adoptasenior.net

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

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Community Children’s Theatre’s production of Bugsy Malone opens tonight (Thursday) at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm and continuing on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and also at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. The stage version of the 1976 musical gangster film featuring only child actors starring Scott Baio and Jodie Foster where all the guns “splurge” instead of fire bullets, tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for kids 12 & under and senior citizens and are available at www.cctpeoria.org/tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heartis Senior Living Village (located at 8201 N IL Route 29 in Peoria) will host a Grand Opening tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 7 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 pm. Entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served including a signature drink and dessert. Admission is free, please RSVP by calling 309-693-3960. For more information, visit http://www.heartis.com/communities/peoria

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

Russell Dickerson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 (plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available at the box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Ian Bagg will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Risks and Benefits of Childhood Vaccines will be discussed by Dr. Andrea Schnowske, wellness advocate and local chiropractor at AlignLife, at Naturally Yours in the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday from Noon – 1 pm. Admission is free. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 309-689-6200 or visit www.naturallyyoursgrocery.com

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

Wrap It Up For Charity will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located next to Santa’s Village) beginning on Friday and running through Christmas Eve. Donations will be used for home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. For specific dates and times, call 309-363-3737 or visit www.ivfullercenter.org

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 2 – 8 pm and Sunday 2 – 7 pm. Ride the train through the decorated woods, enjoy a night with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate a holiday cookie to take home, watch the animals open their gifts, make holiday crafts, play games and enjoy a snack, hot chocolate or a full meal. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for the public and reservations are required. To make reservations, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

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

A Kickapoo Christmas Dinner Theater will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a buffet dinner, dessert and a holiday show with song and comedy, cost is $40 per person. Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

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

A Very Electric Christmas will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 7 pm. Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. Tickets are $28 – $35. For information and tickets, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are 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

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

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

The Santa Cause 5K will begin and end at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Proceeds benefit The Dream Center. Registration is $40 for a standard sized Santa suit, $35 for a kids sized suit and $50 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a souvenir finisher ornament, a sponsor swag bag, on-site Christmas goodies and 1 free beer. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

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

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Reenacting the detachment of American troops settling into a small Belgian farmhouse in December of 1944, not far from the German border. They have replaced a veteran combat division at a quiet sector of the line to await a spring offensive. Little do they know that the largest battle in U.S. Military history is only a few short days away. Admission is free.  For more information call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Peoria Ballet will present its 51st Annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring the classic music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, tickets are $9 – $44 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laseropolis, a mix of music from 70s – 2000s at 6 pm and Laser Metallica at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Cabernet & Clay will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in a variety of ceramic techniques, including glazing, wheel throwing and hand-building. Once you’ve created it, it will be fired and glazed. For ages 21 and over only, the fee includes all materials plus a variety of wine and light snacks. Finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days. Fee is $30 for members and $33 for the public and reservations may be made by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

Wandering Home For The Holidays with the Way Down Wanderers along with EGi and Sarah Marie Dillard & the Underground will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Featuring a buffet breakfast brunch, the cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under and includes admission to the park for the day. Reservations may be made by calling 309-676-0998 ext. 200. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Annual Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) Holiday Sing-A-Long will take place on Sunday at 2 pm featuring Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel. Immediately following will be a showing of Jimmy Stewart’s 1940 holiday film, Shop Around the Corner. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

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

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Queensrÿche with Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $25 for the Party Pit and are available at 309-693-1234 or www.limelighteventplex.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 on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday and continues next week on Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A holiday tradition, the show is part of the Festival of Lights event in East Peoria.  Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 129th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the parade is a holiday tradition. For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm.   Ben Zobrist, the 2016 World Series MVP, will be Guest of Honor on Saturday.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Sarah Schonert, Strat and Strad will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The 8th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Cocktail Party at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm and continues Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. The Festival of Trees is a community-wide event with 80 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and for bidding on to take home. Other highlights from the weekend will include a holiday marketplace, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday fun day with on-going family friendly entertainment. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $50, the Sweet Sundae Tea on Sunday is $25 per person and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 32nd Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the Starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 46th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $18 which includes a t-shirt. For information, call 309-681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/running

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

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

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