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The 2017 Race for the Cure will take place this Saturday at the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N. University in Peoria) with registration beginning at 7 am and the Race walk/run beginning at 8 am. The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created, the event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.  Registration fees are $35 for the adult walk/run, $40 for adult competitive runners, $25 for the kids walk/run and $30 for the kids competitive runners. On Race day, all prices will increase by $5. Register online at www.komenmemorial.org/komen-race-for-the-cure

Billy Elliot the musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical features music by Elton John and is based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Adult tickets are $19 and $12 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

The “It’s A Girl Thing” Vendor Fair and Wine Tasting will take place at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include 5 wine tastings plus a souvenir glass, appetizers & desserts, live music by Tom Beckman Trio, shopping, mini manicures, chair massages, raffles, a 50/50 and more. For tickets and more information, call 309-696-3329.

Lisa Napoli, author of Ray & Joan, will speak at Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm.  Her book is about the American power couple who founded McDonald’s. Admission is free and copies of the book will be available to purchase. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Zootini will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis, (shaken, not stirred) and served by local mixologists at this outdoor after hours event in Africa. Included with the ticket are four drink tickets, appetizers, dessert, and live music. For ages 21 and over, cost is $65 or $75 for VIP which allows guests to sample a selection of martinis from 5:30 – 6 pm.  Registration is required and is available by calling 309-681-3500 or online at www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on South Bend tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm each night at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Liza Treyger 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 $10, Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

National Public Garden Day will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm.  Admission is free and there will be free tours. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Julianna Zobrist will host the Peoria Salvation Army Annual Community Luncheon at the Par-A-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 11 am.  Songwriter, author and speaker and wife of Cubs player Ben Zobrist, Julianna will perform and give the keynote speech.  Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 309-655-1349.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & The Romaniacs 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

Neil Simon’s Rumors will be performed by the Conklin Players at Five Points Washington (located at 560 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm with an optional meal beginning at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm with an optional meal beginning at 1:30 pm. Ticket prices for the show are $25 for adults and $8 for students (through college). Prices for meal and show are $50 for adults and $33 for students (through college). For tickets and more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky with up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice plus a variety of cheese & crackers. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for the public. Registration is requested and available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will also be available.  Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Eric Church will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 – $90 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Motionless in White will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $20 and $40 for the Bud Light VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 years of age surcharge will be collected at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

How’d They Do That? An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Amazement will take place at the Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring entertainers “Circus Boy” Bobby Hunt and Magician Mitch Williams, admission is $16 per person. A pre-show dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $41 per person. For reservations and information, visit www.BroadwayPeoria.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 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday. Set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed boxed well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time: no special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger

Peoria Players Theatre will host its 2017 Craft & Vendor Fair at the theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crafters and vendors from all over the area, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated at the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (located at 19031 E County Road 1200th North in Havana) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy guided bird-watching hikes by Refuge staff every hour and activities and exhibits. Due to flooding, the Refuge Auto-Tour has been canceled.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-535-2290 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/chautauqua

National Train Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Learn all about trains and ride the famous Prairie Zephyr Train for $2 (half price). Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for ages 3 – 12, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members and ages 2 & under.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Pampered on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm featuring face painting and balloon creations for the kids, a wine tasting with appetizers, live music, manicures, pampering vendors and free gifts while supplies last. Admission is free.

Mardi Gras in May will take place on Saturday on Water Street in downtown Peoria beginning at 10 am with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 3 – 10 pm featuring a New Orleans French Quarter theme including street performers, live music, hurricanes and the Brewers beer trailer, food, entertainment, tarot card readers, caricature artists, artist vendors, demonstrations and lessons plus local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mardigraspeoria.com

The Courtyard Bazaar Vendor Fair will take place on Saturday at Bartonville Industrial Park (located at 4204 Pfeiffer Rd. in Bartonville) from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring crafters, artists, antiques, primitives, food, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CourtyardBazaar

A Vintage Hat Exhibit will be held at the Tremont Historical Museum (located at 367 S Sampson St. in Tremont) from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. See over 40 vintage hats and vintage items that are beautifully displayed together in vignettes portraying several decades of life in the Tremont area. Admission to the exhibit is by donation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/tremontmuseum

Bark for Life will take place at Kickapoo Creek Park (located at 2000 N Jefferson St. in Lincoln) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring free food, balloon animals, a dunk tank, a hot air balloon ride raffle and more, admission is free and funds raised benefit the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, Humane Society of Logan County, Mason County Pets without Parents and Sangamon County Animal Control. For more information, click HERE

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

SMD & The Underground will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 for adult, $9 for child, and $8 for FPNC members. To make reservations, call 309-686-3360. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Art ‘N Soul (located at 4450 Prospect in Peoria Heights) is celebrating its 1st Anniversary with an open paint night on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free and will include food and drinks as well as a free concert in the courtyard. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/artnsoulgalleries

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday when all moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Admission prices for adults 13 and over is $9, children 2 – 12 is $6.50, Seniors 65 and over, active military are $8.50 and kids 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables and a dessert table with a chocolate dipping fountain, cost for adults is $23.95 and children is  $11.98. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

A Mother’s Day Brunch at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) will take place on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.   Cost for adults $23.95, $12.95 for children under 12 and free for children 2 and under plus members receive a 10% discount. For reservations and more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Mother’s Day Brunch will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Adults are $24.95, kids aged 4 – 12 are $12.95 and ages 3 & under are free. For reservations and menu details, call 309-495-9463 or reserve online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Two Masterpiece Painting Classes will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday with the first from 11 am – 1 pm and the second from 2 – 4 pm. Price is $40 per person and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons plus three complimentary wine tastings, cheese and crackers available from Ropp Cheese and Chocolatier Chocolates as well as wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. To register and more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Two Mother’s Day Cruises will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday: one from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and the other from 5 – 7 pm.  Featuring a buffet and music by Chuck and the C-Notes, cost for the lunch cruise is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 4-12 or $46 for adults and $23 for children ages 4-15 for the dinner cruise with ages 3 & under free for both. Call 309-637-8000 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5422 or online at visit www.artsaticc.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session, meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however, donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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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The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit currently on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Ghost the Musical continues at Eastlight Theatre (located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The musical version of the popular movie, the show is a regional premiere. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The 18th District Congressional Art Show concludes at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) from 9 am – 6 pm on Friday. 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

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

Money Smart Week 2017 continues throughout the Peoria area through Sunday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered: for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MSWPeoria

The Riverfront Village Demolition & Park Project will be the topic of a public meeting tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. The public is invited to hear about planning for the park, including concept drawings and to provide comments. The City plans to demolish the existing Riverfront Village buildings, parking structure and deck this fall and convert the area to a green-space park-like setting. For more information, call 309-494-8800.

A Cybersecurity Lecture will take place at Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. An information security manager from CEFCU will discuss practical tips about protecting your computer and finances. Admission is free and registration is required by calling 309-697-3822 ext.13. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapid Kernels tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Twelfth Night continues 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

Maronzio Vance will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Tickets prices are $10 for Thursday’s show, $15 for Friday’s 7:30 show and both shows on Saturday, and $12 for Friday’s 9:45 show. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Lewis Black: Rant, White and Blue Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $22, $35, $45, and $55 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

The 32nd Annual Arbor Day Celebration will take place at the Veterans Memorial site near the Riverplex, just north of the Murray Baker Bridge on Friday beginning at 10 am.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-494-8885.

The Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden on Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-681-3502 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Clue-less:  A Murder Mystery will take place at WeaverRidge Golf Club (located at 5100 N Weaverridge Blvd. in Peoria) on Friday with cocktails beginning at 5 pm with dinner and the show at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $100 per person or $720 for a table of 8 with proceeds benefitting programs of the South Side Office of Concern. For more information, call 309-222-2751 or visit www.ssocpeoria.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bill Porter’s Time Machine
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 and the show following. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem in Game 1 of the President’s Cup Finals at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 – $21 and can be purchased by calling 309-676-1049 or at http://ticketmaster.com

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns will be presented by River Valley Players at St. John’s Community Center (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday which includes dinner at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the show only on Friday are $17 and for Saturday’s dinner and show are  $35. For tickets and more information, visit https://rvphenryil.wixsite.com/myrvp

Magic Men Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $19.99 – $99.99 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.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

Songbird Mania will take place at Tawny Oaks Field Station (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9:30 am.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Fight to the Finish will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 8 am.  A race of extreme obstacles and challenging terrain to benefit Almost Home Kids of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, registration for the 5K Run Individual or Team Race Member is $65, Kid’s Race is $20, and Spirit Racer is $50. Registration and more information can be found at http://fighttothefinish.org

March for Babies will take place at the River Plex (located at 600 Northeast Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday with registration at 9 am and the race at 10 am.  Featuring a Julie K performance, bounce houses, face painting, balloon creatures and food, donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.marchforbabies.org/event/peoria

The Great American Cleanup will take place in the City of Peoria on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. The Community Development Department will supply dumpsters and volunteers to enhance neighborhood cleanup efforts. To request a dumpster for your neighborhood or to find out how to get involved, call 309-494-8940. For more information, visit www.keeppeoriabeautiful.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission. Registration is required:  for reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Fuse Interactive Media Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.  Bradley University and the Riverfront Museum will host FUSE, the 4th Annual Interactive Media Experience.  A full day exhibition of interactive student and faculty work aimed for users of all ages featuring game design, animation and user interaction and user experience, FUSE is a hands-on interactive show that’s a fusion of art and technology and a bridge between media and the community.  For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Healthy Kids Day will take place at Proctor Recreation Center (located at 309 S DuSable St. in Peoria) on Saturday 10 am – 12 pm. Featuring a bounce house, games, crafts, face painting and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriaymca.org

The 4th Annual Soldier Dash will take place at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. A 5k obstacle race will benefitting the BU Army ROTC and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, registration is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.thesoldierdash.com

Space Graffiti will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Imagine and create your own solar system full of planets, moons plus learn spray painting techniques and tricks creating a unique space scene. This event is for 16 years and older.  Tickets are $15 for the public, $12 for members and are available at the museum, by calling 309-686-7000 or by visiting www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill) as Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Girl Scouts Informational Meeting will be held at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Register at the event and receive a free t-shirt and the chance to win prizes. For more information, visit www.getyourgirlpower.org

Crittenton Centers 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $125 per person and tables are $1250 and the event is black tie optional. For tickets and more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Central Illinois Ballet will present Romeo and Juliet at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 and $10 for students. For tickets and information, visit www.ciballet.com
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Peoria International Choir will present their Spring Concert at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring selections from 16 century to modern, suggested donation is $10 per adult, $20 for a family or $5 for senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, call 309-657-9384 or visit https://peoriainternationalchoir.org

Chris Stapleton will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39 and $60.50 and are available at the box office, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Bradley University Jazz Ensemble and Groove Project will perform at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for the public and free for students. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu

Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Heroic Spirit in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $31 – $77 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.peoriasymphony.org

The HUMANe 5k Race and Walk will take place at Laura Bradley Park (located at 1314 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Benefitting the Peoria Humane Society, cost is $25. To register and for more information, call calling 309-682-9015 or visit www.peoriahs.org

An Open Mic will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. All participants will do 2 songs:  walk in registrations are welcome.  For more information, call 309-258-5301 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Celtic Woman: Voices Of Angels will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $39 to $86 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.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

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The 2017 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Special entertainment includes Marvel characters Ant Man, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman & Captain America, the NASCAR simulator, Look-a-Likes Batman, Bat Girl, the Green Lantern, Belle, Paw Patrol (Marshal) & Princess Elsa. Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. Friday is Senior Day where ages 60+ are admitted for $2.50 and Sunday is Family Day where 2 adults and 2 children aged 15 & under are $8. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturdays 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. 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

Neighborhood House Food Fight 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Showcasing area chefs in a live culinary competition to benefit Neighborhood House, it offers tastings of signature items from the chefs, wines from around the world plus a seated farm-to-table dinner.  Tickets are $75 per person which include wine and beer tasting, tastings of all 13 chef signature items & dessert and drink or $150 which includes chance for guests to taste the food made in the chef competition, meet and greet chefs, plus general admission wine tasting, chef signature bites tasting, dessert and drinks.  For tickets and more information, visit www.nhpeoria.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria General Meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) in the AMT Auditorium (located at 1718 N. Sterling in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Angela Bolden, program officer of Greater Peoria LISC, will speak on sustainable neighborhoods citing the positive results in Peoria’s East Bluff and South Side have been called “the best-kept secret in Peoria.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

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

Jon Dore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10 and Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and information, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Chase Rice will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $48 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Whisper & Shout will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazillionaires
 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.
And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ 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 CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday 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

The American Red Cross of Central Illinois’s celebration of its 100th anniversary and recognition of their 2017 Heartland Heroes recipients will include David Nail with Brooke Eden & Charlie Walker performing on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $11 and $28 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Jazz Night with The Perrilles Project and a curated art opening will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday 6 – 10 pm. Admission for show is $11 or $36 for dinner and show in advance. For more information visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Peoria Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7 pm on Friday and at 1:30 pm and 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 10 and under and are available at www.peoriaballet.com

Brantley Gilbert will perform at the Bloomington Coliseum on Friday at 7 pm. Also featuring Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis, tickets range from $34.75 – $342.90 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-300, all Ticketmaster locations or at http://ticketmaster.com

The Just Desserts Murder Mystery will take place at the Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring actors from the Artistic Community Theatre, tickets are $22 and include dessert. For more information, visit http://mansiononwalnut.com/events

An Evening of J. S. Bach will take place in the Westminster Sanctuary (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Bradley University piano professors Dr. John Orge and Dr. Chee Hyeon Choi will perform Bach Klavier Concerti for one or two keyboards. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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 Lawn Mower Clinic will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd.) on Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $40 and includes cleaning the deck, sharpening blades, changing oil, spark plugs and checking air filters. Proceeds go to PAWS Giving Independence, JDRF, EPIC, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and CIDGA. For tickets and more information, visit www.cidga.org

A Flapjack Fundraiser will be held at Applebees (located at 900 Riverside Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Tickets are $5 available at the door and include bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee with proceeds benefitting Central Illinois Veterans. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

A Bunny Hop Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Breakfast is $5 per person and the hunt is free. Ages 2 – 3 will hunt at 8:45 am, ages 4 – 5 at 9:15 am, 6 – 7 at 9:45 am, 8 – 9 at 10:15 am and 10 and over at 10:45 am. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1387262638015096

Genealogy Day will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Information such as how to research your roots will be presented. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

The CASA Human Foosball Tournament will be held at the EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Dr., East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Cost is $150 per team (6 people per team) and advanced registration is required.  To register or for more information, call 309-669-2939.

Tryouts for the Peoria Prowlers will take place at Planet X Rollerworld (located at 2075 Edgewater Dr. in Pekin) on Saturday at 9:45 am. Men and women aged 18 and up plus juniors 6 – 17 are welcome. Registration cost is $5 and is available through 10 pm on Friday. Bring gear if you have it or you can rent. No skating experience necessary: non-skating members needed, also. To register or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/prowlersderby

Star Wars Day will take place at Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day including a new expanded Jedi training, crafts, prize drawings and more. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Eggs on the Prairie will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, goody bags, balloon animals, prizes and photos with The Easter Bunny.  The event will take place rain or shine across from H & M. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The 2017 Easter Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Ages through 3 years begins at 10:30, at 10:50 for ages 4 – 6 years and at 11:10 for ages 7 – 9. Cost for member kids is $3.50 or $9 for non-member adults and kids. See the Easter Bunny at Luthy Botanical Garden from Noon – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.com

The 2017 VIP Easter Egg Hunt will take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 11:30 – 1 pm. The VIP hunt features an egg hunt, Easter Bunny meet and greet with photo, basket, snack, theater games & crafts. Limited to 50 children. Cost is $20 per child, but adults are free and must accompany child. A free Easter Egg Hunt will also take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 1:30 pm.  Registration is required for both events and may be done online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

An Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 W. Meadowbrook Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at noon. Cost is $4 per child ages 10 & under and registration is required. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/holiday

Spring Loose for Drew’s Plots will take place at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 IL-29 in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 2 pm. Featuring stump carving, face painting, blown glass demonstrations, live music, food, beverages, an auction plus an attempt at the world’s largest cakewalk at 5:30 pm, admission is free.  Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.drewsplots.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will hold a Rock ‘n Roll Trivia Fundraiser at Our Savior Lutheran Church (located at 1209 Kingsbury Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be prizes awarded for best-dressed male and female and for best decorated table, as well as a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Teams can bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Contact williamson.h@comcast.net for more information or to register.

The 19th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community. Cost to attend is $100 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Chiefs season opener against the Burlington Bees will take place on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. 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.com

The Quest Throwback Prom will take place at The Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) 7 – 11 pm. Adults of all ages will gather for prom night with an adult twist with food, beverages, dancing and live music by JammSammich. Cost is $60 per person or $110 for a couple. For tickets or more information, visit www.questthrowbackprom.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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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The 2017 Polar Plunge will take place at The East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) on New Year’s Day (Sunday) beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. Fee to participate is $20. There will be heated tents for changing as well as food, beverages and djs. Bring your swimsuit and a towel. To register or for more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.facebook.com/EastPeoriaBoatClub

A Special New Year’s Salsa at CAC will take place on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) at the Contemporary Art Center featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 1 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.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 Saturday. 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

A Kwanzaa Display will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) daily from 10 am – 5 pm through New Year’s Eve (Saturday). Featuring a display of African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show, visitors will learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside, continues through January 15th (located at the corners of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center). Holiday hours are Noon – 10 pm today (Thursday) and Friday, Noon – 9 pm on Saturday and New Year’s Day (Sunday).  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

The Bradley Braves will take on Southern Illinois at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) 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

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm and New Year’s Eve (Saturday) at 8 and 11 pm. Tickets are $10 tonight, $15 for Friday and $20 on Saturday. For information and tickets, call 309-673-5853 visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor 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

Rusty’s Pickup’s annual Australian New Year’s Eve Barn Dance will be held at Washington Middle School (located at 1100 N Main St. in Washington) on Friday at 7 pm. Music will be provided by the original Rusty Pickup String Band with dances will be called out by Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. Costumes of any sort are encouraged and participants are asked to bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday and New Year’s Eve (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 on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Kane Brown will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for the Party Pit or $55 for the VIP loft and are available at 309-693-1234 or www.limelighteventplex.com

The Famous & Funny Comedy Concert will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $35 – $99. For tickets and information, call 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com

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

Julie K’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  Featuring a kids’ concert, a massive balloon drop and a bubble wrap stomp, tickets are $12.50 or free for kids under 2. For tickets and more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Bash will take place at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission for the two entree dinner buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, open bar and show is $85 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit https://artstix.artspartners.net

The 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Draw Down for St. Jude will take place at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) from 7 – 10 pm. Featuring a draw-down style raffle with $5,000 in cash prizes, a silent auction and a 50/50, tickets are $150 for two people plus entry into the draw down. To purchase tickets online or for more information, call 309-369-0364 or click HERE

An all inclusive New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) from 6:30 pm – 12:30 am. Tickets are $100 and include a buffet, an open bar, live entertainment by “Midnight” and prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-367-4000 or visit www.metamorafields.com/golf/calendar

Steady Flow with FiLiBuStA, Boogie T. and Herculez will perform on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) at 8 pm.  For ages 17 years and over, tickets are $15 for general admission and $79 for VIP loft seating and are available at 309-693-1234 or at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s Ristorante in East Peoria. Entry fees are $5 per person for the run only or $15 per person for the run and the pizza party. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

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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) today (Thursday) and Friday from Noon – 7:30 pm and on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm.  Donations will be used for home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans.  For more information with specific dates & times, call 309-363-3737 or visit www.ivfullercenter.org

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). Holiday hours are Noon – 10 pm today (Thursday) and Friday, Noon – 5 pm on Saturday and closed on Christmas day. 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

A special Holiday Public Skate will be held at Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) on Friday from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm and on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Admission is $5 for ages 13 – 64, or $4 for ages 12 & under or 65 and over plus $3 for skate rental. For more information, call 309-686-3366.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy 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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Friday 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. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Adam Burke with special guest Ben Banach will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 for $12. For more information visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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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