Pekin Civic Chorus will present Showtime 2010 tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the F.M. Peterson Theater at Pekin High School. Tickets are $14 and available from Chorus members or by calling 347-8061.

Local Chamber of Commerce members are invited to a Hard Hat Tour of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport new terminal construction site tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 7 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and there will be wine tasting hosted by Kickapoo Creek Winery. Please RSVP to www.flypia.com/events

Experience an African Safari at the Peoria Zoo on Friday from 6 – 10 pm for a fundraiser hosted by WCBU-FM 89.9 from 6-10 pm. Dine under the stars in the Africa exhibit at the Peoria Zoo with entertainment by Garry Moore & the Summer Drummers plus enjoy African & American cuisine from Water Street Wines, Cafe & Coffees. Admission is $75 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 677-3690. For more information, visit www.wcbufm.org or call 677-3690.

The 2010 Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Ballroom from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm on today (Thursday) and Friday and 8:30 am – Noon on Saturday. For registration information, visit www.igrc.org

Havana’s Annual Catfish Tournament is Friday – Sunday on the riverfront in downtown Havana. Enjoy the Catfish tournament, prizes, food, music and kids games. For more information, call 543-6580.

Luthy Botanical Gardens will hold their June Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Stock up on new and hard-to-find annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs for your garden. Selection is limited. There will be bargains too with items from all different seasons. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org.
Luthy Botanical Gardens will host Great Garden Walks of Summer beginning at 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults and ages 12 & under are free.

The IHSA State Softball Finals will take place at EastSide Center in East Peoria this Friday & Saturday. For more details, visit www.ihsa.org.

Enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise on Spirit of Peoria for an hour and a half-long beginning and ending at the riverfront dock in downtown Peoria cruising up and down the Illinois River. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through September.
You can also enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline by the light of the moon on a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria. Live entertainment is included with your ticket for this 2 hour cruise. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 5 – 15. The boat boards at 7:30 pm and cruises from 8:30 – 10 pm. For more information or to make a reservation for any cruises (not required, but recommended), call 800-676-8988 or go to www.spiritofpeoria.com.

Now in its eighth season, the 2010 Peoria Bach Festival will run this weekend in Peoria. A complete schedule and details regarding this year’s events can be found by visiting www.peoriabachfestival.org or by calling 676-4609.

Blueskillet will perform this Friday at the CAC’s Live at the Five Spot from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
The CAC will also host Salsa at CAC on Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either of these events, call 674-6822.

Join the Cancer Center for Healthy Living and the Peoria Cancer Center Foundation for a country good time for the Giddy Up and Get Down in the fight against cancer event this Friday at Weaver Angus Farms. The event will include music by Midnight Flyer, country line dance lessons, a pig roast and unique silent and live auction items. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 693-8139, 243-3320 or on the web at www.cchlpeoria.org or www.peoriacancer.com.

Peoria Players Theatre will present Always…Patsy Cline featuring local favorites Cheri Beever and Maureen O’Haenney at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for patrons 18 and are available at the PPT Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org.

Corn Stock Theatre will present The King & I as the opening show for their 2010 summer season in the tent beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and running each night at 7:30 pm through June 12. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Season tickets are available for $66 per person for 5 shows also. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196. Season tickets are available only at the Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Caroline Rhea will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $26 or $25 with cash except for the Friday 10:30 show which is $21 or $20 with cash. To make reservations, call 673-5853. Caroline’s show is rated R.

Arc Light Productions’ Annual Night at the Improv begins at 7:30 pm on Friday night at Illini Bluffs High School Theatre in Glasford. The comedy group will create the entire performance on wild scenarios and audience suggestions. Admission is $3 and is general seating. For more information, call 231-9270.

The Metro Centre will host Movies Under the Stars featuring Charlotte’s Web beginning at 7:45 pm on Friday night. The movie will be shown near Alexander Travel on a gigantic screen with a state-of-the-art sound system weather permitting. Gourmet popcorn and soft drinks for $1 each will be sold benefiting local charities while supplies last. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for the best seats. Family activities will take place before the movie. Visit www.shopmetrocentre.com for more information.

Wildlife Prairie State Park is continuing their Movies Under the Stars series this Friday night with The Goonies. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Cost is $15 per carload: park members receive a 10% discount. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments.
Wildlife Prairie State Park will also host Junior Explorers, a monthly class for ages 5 – 7 from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday. This months topic is Westward Ho. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $6 for members, $7 plus park admission for non-members. For more information or to register your child call 676-0998 ext. 6758. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Start your summer out right with Sixteen Candles who will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Friday from 9 – 11 pm. This 80′s cover band will have you singing and dancing to your old favorites. The Landing bar will be open to serve your favorite beverages. Admission is $7 per person.

The grand prize winner of 91.5 WCIC’s Opening Act Contest will be announced and open up for Sanctus Real at St. Paul Lutheran at 6:30 pm located at 1427 W Lake. Admission is free. For more information, visit wcicfm.org

Up for a challenge, some exercise, and a whole lot of fun? The Crazy Daisy Adventure Race will pit two-person teams against each other in a timed race covering the limits of Sommer Park. There will be physical as well as mental challenges. All proceeds will benefit the Peoria Zoo. For more details, visit www.PeoriaZoo.com

Peoria’s RiverFront Market opens this Saturday featuring Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers…plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, and much more every Saturday from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s RiverFront throughout the summer. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Search for spring migrants and resident birds at the Migratory Bird Walk at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 7:30 – 8:30 am with a guide from the Nature Center or Peoria Audubon. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

A Day for Dax will be held at Northwoods Mall on the upper level in front of J C Penney on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. There will be crafts, home-based products from local businesses plus Dax bracelets and keychains available for purchase.

Sommerfest presented by the German American Central Society will take place at Hickory Grove on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. There will be live music, German beer, German food, dancing, and many other activities. On Saturday, admission is free until 4 pm and $1 from 4 – 8 pm. On Sunday, admission is free all day. For more information, call 370-4019 or visit http://www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Art Guild will host the 5th Annual Art Fair at Junction City from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday showcasing the talents of 65 artists living within 150 miles of Peoria and expects to attract over 10,000 visitors. The Art Fair is free to attend. Live music will be provided by local musicians. This family-friendly event also features a Kid’s Art Festival where children can create their own make and take art projects. For more information, call 309-637-2787. Visit www.junctioncityartfair.com

The Let’s Move Together Arthritis Walk will be held this Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Registration begins at 8 am. This event is a team and individual event geared towards those with arthritis and will also feature fun activities and a post party. There is no registration fee to walk as an individual or team. For more info visit www.arthritiswalkpeoria.com

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Elmwood. The event includes entertainment, food, craft booths, an outdoor volleyball classic, a car show and a motorcycle show. The food tent will be open from 10 am to 6 pm featuring butterfly pork chops, beef barbecue, hot dogs, brats many strawberry treats. Elmwood is located between Galesburg and Peoria on Illinois 78. For more information, call 742-8272.

The Junior League of Peoria will be hosting Crop ‘Til You Drop!, an all day scrap booking crop on Saturday at their historic headquarters located at 256 NE Randolph Ave. Admission is $15 per person which includes a free gift, raffles, use of all equipment, supplies available for purchase, training tips provided and a swap table. A lunch entree will be provided, please bring a snack to share. Seating is limited so make your reservations by calling 685-3912.

The Central Illinois Cruisers will host a Car Show at Maid Rite in Metro Centre on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm featuring a DJ, food & classic cars on display. For more information, visit www.centralillinoiscruisers.com

The Boat Drunks will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Enjoy a night of “Parrott Head” heaven and your favorite liquid libation from The Landing bar. Admission is $7 per person.

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $37 for table seating and $27 for regular seating and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

The Catholic Charities Community Advisory Board will be showing Disney’s “The Lion King” in celebration of Catholic Charities Month on Sunday at 2 pm at the Peoria Theatre. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for families of four or more. All proceeds will benefit the services provided by Catholic Charities. For more information, please contact the organization at 636-8000 or visit their website at www.ccdop.org

Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents Panorama featuring Anthony Jumaane Hendricks (“Collins” of Eastlight’s RENT) as part of their Signature Cabaret Series. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 include dinner & the show including tax & service fee. Peoria Cabaret Theatre is located within the Waterhouse at 619 SW Water Street on the 2nd floor. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 494-9100 or visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Sunday in the Park will take place at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre from 5 – 10 pm on Sunday night featuring live music by the Peoria Municipal Band, fun kids activities, great food and fun for the entire family to kick off the summer. Event admission is free.

The OSF Saint Francis & Children’s Hospital of Illinois Foundation is Celebrating the 25th Anniversary Children’s Miracle Network Telethon on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm broadcast live on WEEK-TV 25 from The Riverplex in Peoria and The Parke Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. Admission to the live event at either location is free.

NOVUS Networking presents “Growing Your Business by Growing Your Sales” with guest speaker and Bradley University professor Jason Garrett at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center tonight begining with networking at 5:30 pm. $10 admission includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Call 681-0071 or visit novusnetworking.com for more information.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “Threats and Counter-Threats: 65 Years of U.S. Relations with the Two Koreas” tonight with Dr. Bruce Cumings, one of the country’s foremost experts on U.S.-East Asian relations at Kickapoo Creek Winery. Registration begins at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 6 pm and presentation is at 7 pm. Visit pawac.org or call 677-2454 for more information.

Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic event, runs tonight from 7 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Art Center where you can share your talent or just watch. Share a poem, dramatically read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical composition. Admission is $4 for CAC Members or $7 for non-members.
Rachel’s Hippo will perform Friday at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Anthony Jeselnik performs this weekend at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. His tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $10. Call 673-5853 to make reservations. This show is rated R

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration 2010 will continue Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse from 11 am – 1:30 pm featuring local art, chorus, band & orchestra students. For a full schedule of schools’ performances and more information, call 672-6906 or visit www.springcelebration.org. The event is hosted by the Peoria County Regional Office of Education

Gather your friends and leave the kids at home for a fun night of miniature golf, culinary delights, and free drinks at Lakeview Museum’s The Night BeFORE event Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Putt around the specially made miniature golf course as you listen to the music of the Sally Wiesenberg Trio. No talent is necessary and prizes will be awarded to all skill levels. Guests of the event will have the chance to view and purchase the Meteor Shower Golf Ball Drop silent auction items before the rest of the community.  The evening is just $40 for a single, $75 for a couple, and $150 for a foursome. Reservations can be made at the museum or by phone. Call 686-7000 ext. 147.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring the Disney/Pixar film Up. Cost is $15 per carload:  park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

Search for spring migrants and resident birds at the Migratory Bird Walk at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday morning from 7:30 – 8:30 am with a guide from the Nature Center or Peoria Audubon. Please bring your own binoculars or you may borrow ours. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Experience local arts, crafts, and home-based businesses at the Craft and Vendor Sale on Saturday at the Franciscan Rec Complex in West Peoria from 9 am – 2 pm. The event will take place on the front lawn, rain or shine.  For more information, call 677-6705.

Golf balls will once again fall over Lakeview Museum’s front lawn for their third annual Meteor Shower Fundraiser on Saturday beginning at 11 am and running until 4 pm. The day will be highlighted with a golf ball drop, where more than 2,000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter onto the front lawn in a chance to win great prizes. Golf Balls are 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for $50, or 10 for $75 and can be purchased at the museum or by phone. Admission for the event is just $2 for Museum Members and $8 for others and includes games, gallery admission and more. For more information, call 686-7000 ext. 147.

Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons and vehicles at the Normandy 1944 Reenactment at Sommer Park on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. A public battle at 2 pm will feature clashes between the opposing sides in the war that decided the fate of the world. World War II veterans are especially encouraged to attend. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. For more information, call 691-8423.

The Hitchcock classic Rear Window will be shown at the Apollo Theatre Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens & students. For more information, call 673-4343 or visit www.apolloinpeoria.com

Straighten Up & Fly Right, an Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole, will be performed on Saturday night at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm. This one-of-a-kind production, featuring Maurice Jacox, explores the genius of this unique entertainer and his hit-filled career spanning 1939 to 1962. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for ICC employees and $16 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Performing Center Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Evolution Extreme Action Sports World Tour comes to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $13, $23 & $33 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Group ticket discounts are also available.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Folk & Country Jam Session from 3:30 – 5 pm on Sunday. 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 appreciated.

The May YPO Social will take place tonight from 5 – 7 pm at Carlos O’Kelly’s in Peoria. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members.  For more information, visit www.ypogp.org.

Pekin Derby Days begins today and runs through Sunday offering carnival rides, Battle of the Bands, entertainment, food, and more. For more information, call 346-1474 or visit http://pekinchamber.blogspot.com.

The All Saints Greek Orthodox Church Mediterranean Food Festival is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the church from 11 am – 8 pm each day. For more information, call 682-5824.

Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre presents Your Bag or Mine?, a new farce by Barn regular Chad Kirvan on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and show at 8 pm) and on Sundays (doors & buffet open at noon, show at 1:30 pm) through June 13. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to http://www.barn2.com/.

Chris “Boom Boom” Johnson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm during the Pro-Am Showcase and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 except for the Thursday show which is $10. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated R.

The 2010 Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held Friday beginning at 5 pm in the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park. Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pekin, the Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for therapists and more, the auction will include new & used items as well as celebrity items. For more information, call 347-2188 or go to http://www.pekinambucs.org./

Robin Crowe Band will perform at Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs on Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.
On Saturday, the CAC will host a Gallery Opening Reception for Barbara Hoffman & Paul Standberg from 6:30 – 8:30 pm featuring music by Barry Cloyd. Admission is free, but donations will be requested.

The Owens Center 31st Annual Ice Show, “Dance the Night Away”, will be performed at Owens Center on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids aged 5-12 and seniors citizens & kids aged 4 & under are free. Tickets at the door are an additional $1.

Peoria Players Theatre presents the musical version of the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  The production also runs next Thursday – Sunday.  Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org/.

The Waterhouse presents Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos dinner and show Friday and Saturday night. Package includes a dinner buffet and the Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 8 pm. The cost is $33 per person including tax and gratuity. The show is only $13 per person. Call 494-9100 to make reservations.

The 25th Annual Susan G. Komen Peoria Race for the Cure will take place Saturday morning at the Metro Centre with activities beginning at 7 am. To register online and for more details, go to peoria.info-komen.org. A free Citylink bus service will be available from 6:30 am – 7:15 am from Northwoods Mall, Kroger Evergreen Square, and the Peoria Stadium Lake Street Lot.

Search for spring migrants and resident birds at the Migratory Bird Walk at Forest Park Nature Center from 7:30 – 8:30 am on Saturday with a guide from the Nature Center or Peoria Audubon. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Rock, Reptile & Aquatics Show at Wildlife Prairie Park will take place on Saturday and include displays & demonstrations by area experts. Several dealers will also be on hand to sell their hand-carved jewelry & trinkets. This event is free with paid admission to the park which runs $6.50 for ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and Park members. For more information, call 676-0998.

The 6th Annual Peoria Heights Annual Art Fair will take place in downtown Peoria Heights on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Look for special promotions at downtown Peoria Heights merchants.

Treat yourself to a night of authentic Italian cuisine at A Night on the Italian Riviera presented at Childers Banquet and Events Center on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. The event features a six course gourmet sit-down dinner with wine pairings and wine flights available. Cost is $30 per person. Please call 839-0037 make reservations.

The 2010 Heart of America Natural Classic Body Building and Figure Show will be held at Five Points Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 for General Admission reserved seating, $40 for V.I.P. Seating and children under 12 are half price. All tickets good for both pre-judging and the evening show. Seating is limited, so be sure to buy tickets in advance.

The Dana and Susan Robinson Concert at Forest Park Nature Center will begin at 7 pm on Saturday featuring guitar and banjo playing with a handful of fiddle and mandolin thrown in. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids 12 & under with a $1 discount for CORE members.

Sylvia McNair will perform at the Par-a-Dice Hotel on Saturday with doors opening at 7 pm for “Club Komen”. Preston Jackson is the opening act for the concert. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 691-6906.

The Philharmonic Chorale concludes its 85th season with a spring concert entitled “Rhythm of Life” on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Admission is $7 for the general public, and $5 for students, senior citizens, & ICC Employee $5 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by phone at 694-5136. For more information, visit http://www.sing4peoria.org/

Johnny Burnett will release his first CD of original songs, “The Light Of Day” at Panache in Sheridan Village on Saturday from 8 pm to midnight. Johnny will be joined by his bandmates from “The Johnny Burnett Trio” as well as other well-known Peoria musicians who appeared on his CD, which will be available for purchase. There is a $5 cover at the door. For more information, call 847-707-3360.

The Peoria Zoo welcomes all moms on Mother’s Day with free admission with a paid admission for accompanying children. Learn about moms in the animal kingdom and enjoy the Zoo too. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm with last admission at 4:30 pm. Admission prices are $8.50 for ages 13 & over, $7.50 for senior citizens, $4.75 for ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 & under.

Bring your special mom, sister, aunt, grandmother or friend to the Orchid Show this Mother’s Day at the Luthy Botanical Gardens. The orchid collection features exotic new acquisitions, many beautiful specimens on display plus experts on hand with information on their care. Open Noon – 5 pm. Free admission to mothers and grandmothers, $2 for adults 13 and up, children 12 and under and garden members are free.

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. The boat boards at noon and cruises from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Ticket price is $36 for adults and $18 for ages 5-15 and includes cruise, hot lunch buffet, live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland band, taxes and gratuities. Call 800-676-8988 or go to http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/tickets/orderto make reservations or for more information.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Folk & Country Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. 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 appreciated.

Hands of Love Ministry is pleased to present its 15th year of hosting the RiverLife Gospel Music Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat. The next cruise will take place Sunday from 7:00-9:00 pm with boarding time thrity minutes prior to the cruise. RiverLife Gospel Cruises feature quality Christian entertainment including buffet, Gospel Music and the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Every cruise is hosted by Scott and Rachel West Kramer, the founders of Hands of Love Ministry and full-time Christian music artists. For ticket ordering or more information, call the Spirit of Peoria at 800-676-8988 or 383-2828 or visit www.handsoflove.org  for more details.

Pekin Main Street Downtown District will host Wine & Dine for the Arts will be held tonight from 4:30 – 8:00 pm,  It’s an open house at Speakeasy Art Center, located at 353 Court St. across from the Tazewell County Courthouse. Local food, wine, art & entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $10 per person which includes food, 1 drink, art display & entertainment. Tickets available at Main Street office at 111 S. Capitol or call 353-3100 for more information & to purchase tickets.
The Speakeasy Art Center of Central Illinois will also host an Artists Open House at their studio on Saturday from Noon – 8 pm. There will be live music, art, refreshments and studio tours all day. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/speakeasyartcenter

Money Smart Week, a project of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be held in throughout the Peoria area through Saturday. The event features free workshops to help people learn how to better handle their money and financial matters with many local banks & credit unions participating.  For complete details, click HERE.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Kane County game begins at 6:30 pm tonight at O’Brien Field. Individual tickets are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. Season tickets and group discounted tickets are also available. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Altar Boyz at Eastlight Theatre continues tonight, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm . Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students through high school and are available at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com. Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on Bradley’s Campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley University faculty & staff, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available by calling 677-2650 or online HERE.

Live music will be performed on Bradley University’s Olin Quad for the 24 Hours of Music event beginning at 5 pm Friday running through Saturday at 5 pm with all proceeds from the event going to the Peoria School District 150 Fine Arts programs.

Bill Porter will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
On Sunday, Soulful Sunday at the Contemporary Art Center presents Gumbo for the Soul featuring family oriented entertainment with stand up comedy, special performances and R&B and gospel choral music from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

The Peoria Jaycees will host their 18th Annual International Beer Festival at Expo Gardens on Friday from from 6 – 9 pm & Saturday from 1 – 9 pm. Tickets for Friday night are $20 and $15 for Saturday night at the door. Included in ticket price is a sampling of Peoria’s restaurants and local bands. Beer tickets for 4 oz samples are $5 for 8 or $10 for 16. For advance tickets and more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org.

HONK! Jr. will continue at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday at 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 2:30 pm.  Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Ugly Duckling” has been transformed into a modern musical comedy which is performed by a youth cast.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, or by calling 676-2196.

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Friday late show, which is just $12 with cash. For reservations call 673-5853.

The Wildlife Trail Classic, a 4-mile cross country / 5K run/walk to benefit the Heart Health Education Fund at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, will take place at WIldlife Prairie Park on Saturday . Registration will take place from 6:30 – 7:15 am, the race is at 8 am and a Children’s Fun Run will follow at 9 am. For more information, call 282-1636 or download a registration form on-line at www.GetMeRegistered.com.

The Sporting Open House at Wildlife Prairie Park will run Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm where you can see all of the new sporting developments at the park including bike trails, a Frisbee Golf course, tournaments, triathlons and more. There will be no charge for this Open House at the Parkside Pavilion, however admission will still be required to enter the park which runs $6.50 for ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under and WPSP members. For more information, call 676-0998.
The 3rd Annual FUNdraiser and Rutherford Family Conservation Award Banquet begins at 4 pm Sunday in the Prairie Hall at the Park with a variety of hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, wine tasting from Kickapoo Creek Winery and beer tasting from Specialty Imports. The presentation of the Rutherford Family Conservation Award plus the live auction and performance by comedian Tim Bedore will begin at 6 pm. Admission is $65 per person. For more information or to buy tickets online, click HERE

The Prime Times Expo and Classic Car Show featuring Gary Uftring’s Classic Cars will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Admission is $2 at the door. $1 from each admission will be donated to IPMR Senior World Adult Day Services. Great give-aways will be done all day. For more information, call 686-3000.

The Earth Day Celebration at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm is your opportunity to think globally, act locally. There will be booths for local resources plus information about how you can make a difference plus live music, food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids crafts, face painting, and much more. There will also be door prizes and the annual Earth Day Sale. Admission is free, but donations are requested. For more information, call 686-3360.

The Peoria Zoo Tour will begin Saturday at 1:30 pm. Go places the public doesn’t normally get to see, learn more about the animals and how the Zoo staff cares for them. Cost is $20 per person. For more information call 681-3513 or e-mail education@peoriazoo.org.

Clash II comes to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday. The mixed martial arts event utilizes forms of wrestling and boxing inside an eight-sided cage. Local and regional fighters participate. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $28 for lower bowl seats, $38 for floor seating and $53 for VIP Seating (1st 2 rows). Also available are all inclusive Budweiser Knock Out Club tickets for $79. Tickets are available at the US Cellular Coliseu

m Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-300 or online at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets increase by $5 the day of the show. For more information, call 434-2679.

Luna Negra Dance Theater will perform as part of the ICC Guest Artist Series at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Luna Negra brings to audiences modern Latino expressions with energy, power and passion, reflecting through dance the immense cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century. Tickets are available at the ICC Performing Arts Box Office or by calling 694-5136.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents guest conductor Brett Mitchell in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $36 – $72 and are on sale now. Call 671-1096. The featured soloist is pianist Gleb Ivanov.

The March for Babies Fundraiser will be held Sunday in lower Bradley Park beginning with sign-up at Noon. The fundraiser benefits the March of Dimes program in the Peoira area. Online registration is open through Saturday at www.marchforbabies.org

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Country & Folk Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. 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 appreciated.

Come experience the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $2 per person. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, heirloom vegetable gardening, hands-on children’s activities, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and wool spinning.

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Spring Orchestral Concert will be held in Metamora High School’s auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for a family package, $8 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens & children. For more information, call 888-218-4650. Tickets are available online at www.artspartners.net

Eureka College communication professor Dr. Michael Thurwanger will present a free Clarence R. Noe Dean’s Lecture titled “Leadership in the Global Environment: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Perspectives” tonight at 7:30 pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Call 467-6301 for more information.

Matt Kirshen will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Show times are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are just $12. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated  R.

The 2010 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend from Noon-9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am-6 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & older, ages 15 & under are free with paid adult. Advanced tickets available at all Peoria Metro Dealer Locations and at the Civic Center Entrances the day of the show.  Go to www.peoriaautoshow.com/promotions.php to see more show highlights.

AMVETS Live! is a three band event that will take place Friday at the AMVETS (237 NE Monroe, Peoria) beginning with Cousin Eddie at 6 pm followed by The Willies at 8 pm and ending with The Player’s Club around 10 pm. Admission is $8.

Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.

Snoop Dogg and electro-hop duo LMFAO will perform at ISU’s Redbird Arena Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $28, $38 and $48 (with a $10 discount for ISU students) and are on sale at Braden Auditorium, by phone at 438-5444, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Beggars in the House of Plenty will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136. This show is rated R.

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) hosts The Salsa Exchange Friday from 9 pm – midnight. Price is $3 (free for people registered in any current salsa class at Body Fitness). For more info call 685-1950.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living is hosting its 11th Annual Spring Tai Ji Retreat at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The theme this year is Prairie Treasures, “Working with Metal.” For schedule, fees and information, visit www.cchlpeoria.org or call 693-8139.

The Piecers of the Hearland Quilt Show will take place at the Canton High School Gym on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be over 300 quilts on display, vendors, demonstrations, 2nd hand treasures, door prizes, a bed turning featuring quilts over 50, concessions and a beautiful raffle quilt. Tickets for the raffle quilt are $1 each or $5 for 6. For more information, call 668-3109.

The 3rd Annual Pet Pantry “Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs” (to benefit Foster Pet Outreach) will be held at the Oakwood Dog Park in Morton on Saturday beginning with private egg hunt sessions from 10am-1pm. To pre-register: call 383-4145 or visit www.thepetpantry-peoria.com. Public egg hunting will run from 1pm-3pm (no pre-registration required for Public Session). Admission is $5 per dog with all proceeds going to Foster Pet Outreach.

The Lakeview Museum’s Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Walk will take place in the lower north end of Detweiller Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Pre-register by completing the form online at www.lakeview-museum.org. Fees are $20 for the 5K (3.1 miles) race ($25 if register on race day), $17 for the 1 mile fitness walk ($22 if register on race day) and $12 for the Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run. For more information, call Lakeview Museum at 686-7000.

Witness the sacred Native American Ceremonial blessing of Wildlife Prairie State Park’s bison and their summer pasture. The ceremony will take place Saturday at approximately 10 am and marks the release of the Bison and Elk into the main pasture for the remainder of the season. The Bison and Elk public feeding will also resume at 1 pm on this day. This and all events scheduled for this day are free with paid admission into the Park. For additional information please call 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

WYZZ Fox 43 will be holding official GLEE Casting Calls on Saturday from 10 am-3 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria and the Shoppes at College Hills in Normal. The Producers of GLEE are searching the country to find new stars to fill roles in the next season of the Fox hit GLEE!  All entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and must be eligible to audition under the published GLEE Local Casting Call Contest auditions rules. For a complete listing of the GLEE Local Casting Call rules log on to www.fox.com/glee.

Mike Anderson will perform in concert Saturday at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center where he’ll play guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones and more. He is best known as a mountain dulcimer player.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under plus there’s a $1 discount for CORE members.

Bridging the gap between rock music and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens will create a truly unique listening experience with the timeless songs of Led Zeppelin performed by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students with id and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE. Presented by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria, the show will begin at 8 pm Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Citylink will be providing its Park n Ride service for this performance – please see more info to the left.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Folk and Country Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. 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 appreciated.

Celtic Woman will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27, $44 and $60 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. 

Eureka College communication professor Dr. Michael Thurwanger will present a free Clarence R. Noe Dean’s Lecture titled “Leadership in the Global Environment: Cross-Cultural Challenges and Perspectives” tonight at 7:30 pm in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Call 467-6301 for more information.

Matt Kirshen will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Show times are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are just $12. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated  R.

The 2010 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend from Noon-9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 10 am-6 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 16 & older, ages 15 & under are free with paid adult. Advanced tickets available at all Peoria Metro Dealer Locations and at the Civic Center Entrances the day of the show.  Go to www.peoriaautoshow.com/promotions.php to see more show highlights.

AMVETS Live! is a three band event that will take place Friday at the AMVETS (237 NE Monroe, Peoria) beginning with Cousin Eddie at 6 pm followed by The Willies at 8 pm and ending with The Player’s Club around 10 pm. Admission is $8.

Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.

Snoop Dogg and electro-hop duo LMFAO will perform at ISU’s Redbird Arena Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $28, $38 and $48 (with a $10 discount for ISU students) and are on sale at Braden Auditorium, by phone at 438-5444, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Beggars in the House of Plenty will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136. This show is rated R.

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) hosts The Salsa Exchange Friday from 9 pm – midnight. Price is $3 (free for people registered in any current salsa class at Body Fitness). For more info call 685-1950.

The Cancer Center for Healthy Living is hosting its 11th Annual Spring Tai Ji Retreat at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The theme this year is Prairie Treasures, “Working with Metal.” For schedule, fees and information, visit www.cchlpeoria.org or call 693-8139.

The Piecers of the Hearland Quilt Show will take place at the Canton High School Gym on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be over 300 quilts on display, vendors, demonstrations, 2nd hand treasures, door prizes, a bed turning featuring quilts over 50, concessions and a beautiful raffle quilt. Tickets for the raffle quilt are $1 each or $5 for 6. For more information, call 668-3109.

The 3rd Annual Pet Pantry “Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs” (to benefit Foster Pet Outreach) will be held at the Oakwood Dog Park in Morton on Saturday beginning with private egg hunt sessions from 10am-1pm. To pre-register: call 383-4145 or visit www.thepetpantry-peoria.com. Public egg hunting will run from 1pm-3pm (no pre-registration required for Public Session). Admission is $5 per dog with all proceeds going to Foster Pet Outreach.

The Lakeview Museum’s Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Walk will take place in the lower north end of Detweiller Park on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Pre-register by completing the form online at www.lakeview-museum.org. Fees are $20 for the 5K (3.1 miles) race ($25 if register on race day), $17 for the 1 mile fitness walk ($22 if register on race day) and $12 for the Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run. For more information, call Lakeview Museum at 686-7000.

Witness the sacred Native American Ceremonial blessing of Wildlife Prairie State Park’s bison and their summer pasture. The ceremony will take place Saturday at approximately 10 am and marks the release of the Bison and Elk into the main pasture for the remainder of the season. The Bison and Elk public feeding will also resume at 1 pm on this day. This and all events scheduled for this day are free with paid admission into the Park. For additional information please call 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

WYZZ Fox 43 will be holding official GLEE Casting Calls on Saturday from 10 am-3 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria and the Shoppes at College Hills in Normal. The Producers of GLEE are searching the country to find new stars to fill roles in the next season of the Fox hit GLEE!  All entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and must be eligible to audition under the published GLEE Local Casting Call Contest auditions rules. For a complete listing of the GLEE Local Casting Call rules log on to www.fox.com/glee.

Mike Anderson will perform in concert Saturday at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center where he’ll play guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones and more. He is best known as a mountain dulcimer player.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under plus there’s a $1 discount for CORE members.

Bridging the gap between rock music and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens will create a truly unique listening experience with the timeless songs of Led Zeppelin performed by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students with id and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE. Presented by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria, the show will begin at 8 pm Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Citylink will be providing its Park n Ride service for this performance – please see more info to the left.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Folk and Country Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. 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 appreciated.

Celtic Woman will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27, $44 and $60 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Robert Schimmel will perform this weekend at the Jukebox Comedy Club. Showtimes are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $16 or $15 with cash. For more information, call 673-5853.

Notre Dame High School presents their spring musical Damn Yankees tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. For tickets call 691-8741 x 242.

This Friday marks the deadline for submissions to bring Google’s experimental, ultra-high speed broadband network to Peoria. Join fellow supporters at the “Send It” Party at Kelleher’s on Friday between 4 – 6 pm, when Mayor Ardis will officially send our submission to Google. Kelleher’s will provide appetizers and there will be prize giveaways. If you haven’t already, you can still nominate Peoria by visiting www.googleplaysinpeoria.com.

The Indo-American Society of Peoria presents Bollywood Night 2010 from 6:30 – 10 pm at the Scottish Rite in downtown Peoria. It’s Peoria’s annual extravaganza featuring popular songs and dances from India’s vibrant motion picture industry. The program includes a social hour from 6:30 - 7 pm, the entertainment from 7:30 - 10 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 5-10. For more information, call 693-9609 or 643 3177.

The 40th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference will take place Friday and Saturday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria. Conference registration is available on-line HERE. For more information, please contact Angela Weck, Conference Director at 677-2454 or pawac@bradley.edu.

A Family Dinner And Dance will take place at Taj Of India Restaurant on Friday beginning at 5 pm and feature a 3-course meal and live DJ. Cost is $15 per person and available by calling 693-8251.

Rob Williams & the Soggy Bottom Blues Band will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Art Center Friday with a dance lesson 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.
Soulful Sunday at the Contemporary Art Center presents Gumbo for the Soul featuring family oriented entertainment with stand up comedy, special performances and R&B and gospel choral music on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

Richwoods High School’s Theater Department will present Thoroughly Modern Millie in the school’s auditorium at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students through high school and will be available at the door. For more information, call 256-5623.

Bradley University’s Theatre Dept. presents Theatre Seven at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is $14 for general public, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students. For more information, call 677-2650.

The 2010 Easter Activities on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Event highlights will include Easter Bunny and eggs, carnival games and more.

Meet the Easter Bunny for an Easter Egg Hunt at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am. Admission is $5.75 for child non-members or $3 for child members and $8.50 for adult non-members or free for adult members. For more information, call 686-3365.

Dance for Dax will be held on Saturday at Five Points in Washington from 2 pm to Midnight. There will be bands, food, raffles plus many other activities. The event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit www.dancefordax.com.

Third Day, Newsboys, NewSong & Revive will perform at Redbird Arena in Normal on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Fore more information, call 438-8000.

The Peoria Symphony welcomes guest conductor Robert Franz and Adriana Ransom, cello soloist, to Saturday’s show at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Houston Aeros at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Saturday at 7 pm and on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Bring your families out to Detweiller Park on Sunday for The Peoria Jaycees’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1 – 4pm. Contact mandy.ellis@yahoo.com for more information.

An American Celebration III, a musical showcase concert featuring musicians from the 85th Army Band, Illinois Central College faculty and students and area high school students, will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission to the concert is free and it will be open seating. For more information, call 694-5136.

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Forest Park Nature Center for a Folk and Country Jam Session from 3:30 – 5 pm. Meet other musicians and learn new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Shady Business opens tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield with girls, gangsters and guffaws.  On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com.

Corn Stock Theatre’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org.

Pat Dixon will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm during the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm.  Tickets are $14 each except for tonight’s show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $10.  

Hip Pocket will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
On Saturday, an opening reception for Todd Reed and Sharon Bladholm will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the CAC. For more information, call 674-8622 or go to www.peoriacac.org.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) presented by Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse in Downtown Peoria) continues this Friday and Saturday night. Admission is $35 per person tax included for dinner and show. Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 494-9100. Doors will open at 6 pm each night with the dinner buffet open from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The show will begin at 8 pm.

Peoria Players Theatre presents All My Sons with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org.

The 2010 IHSA March Madness Boys Basketball Championship begins this weekend in the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena with class 1A semi-finals and finals taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 and are on sale now at at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.    The March Madness Experience includes interactive games and historical exhibits is also happening in the Peoria Civic Center’ Exhibition Hall. It’s free to fans who have game tickets, and just $2 for everyone else. Once inside, there’s no charge for any of the attractions.  Experience Hours are tonight from 6 – 9 pm, Friday from 10 am – 9 pm and Saturday from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm.  For more information, click HERECityLink will be running its shuttle service for March Madness this weekend – details are found to the left.

Irish Band Slide will perform at the Gateway Building on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 at the door or $15 in advance by calling 692-8937 or at Harp & Thistle Imports on Prospect Road in Peoria Heights.

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host The Salsa Exchange Friday night from 9 pm to midnight. Price is $3. For more info call 685-1950, email peorialatinvibe@gmail.com, or visit www.fitndance.com.

Peoria Zoo hosts Remarkable Reptiles on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Learn all about these scaly creatures with animal encounters every hour and a special snake feeding at 1 pm. This event is free with zoo admission which is $8.50 for adults, $4.75 for kids 3 – 12, free for kids 2 & under and $7.50 for senior citizens.  For more information, call 686-3365.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a family friendly way with A Timeless Irish Tale at the John C. Flanagan House in Peoira. Learn about the history of the event and see costumed actors portray the Flanagan family and other Irish immigrants. The event runs from 2 pm-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission for adults is $5, children 5-12 are $2.

The 17th Annual PARC In Bloom Style Show, sponsored by the Pilot Club of Peoria, will be held Saturday at The Grand Hotel in Peoria. Doors open at 11 am and the luncheon begins at 11:30 am. The event includes a style show, luncheon, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $25. For more information or tickets call 689-3603 or go to www.PARCway.org.

Watch a simulcast of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Live, an entertaining event that will change the way you think about money, at Northwoods Community Church in Peoria on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. Registration is $15 per person or $25 per couple and includes snacks. For more information, go to www.nwoods.org or call 243-1550, ext. 2735.

The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will present their Thin Mint Jubilee at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. The event will feature Girl Scout cookie creations by the best chefs in central Illinois. For more information, call 1-800-640-8671 Ext. 19.

Edith Barnard, Wes Sedrel and Friends will perform their Songs Celebrating Life and the Planet at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members.

Franc D’Ambrosio, “The World’s Longest-Running Phantom” will perform at the Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday as part of the ICC’s 2009-2010 Guest Artist Series beginning at 7:30 pm. General Admission is $24, ICC Employees are $20 and students and senior citizens are $16. Tickets are available at the ICC Box Office or by phone at 694-5136.

Comedian Ralphie May will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater Saturday night at 8 pm. Tickets are $29.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents its Late Night Cabaret Series this Saturday night featuring local singers/actresses/teachers Dedra Kaiser and Laura Weaver Hughes performing “That’s What He Said:  Daisy and Violet Reunited (But Not Relinked)”.  Doors open at 10 pm with the show starting at 11 pm (general seating only). Admission is $5. Additional information can be found at www.peoriacabarettheatre.com.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk & Country Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Meet other musicians and learn new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Willie Nelson will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $41.50, $51.50 and $61.50 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Nickelodeon and Broadway Across America bring Storytime Live! to the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Monday beginning at 4 pm and 7 pm. Storytime Live! is a live family theatrical tour featuring characters from Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.  Tickets are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The 30th Annual Peoria St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on Wednesday at 11 am from the intersection of Monroe and Hancock Streets. The Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation will open the GAR Hall building located at the corners of Madison & Hamilton Streets from 10 – 11 am prior to the parade for parade watchers to warm up and share a warm drink & snack.

Brian Posehn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19, or $18 with cash, except for the Thursday show which is $15 with cash. This show is rated R. For more information, call 673-5853.

The Eureka College theater production of the classical Greek drama The Birds by Aristophanes will be presented tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm in Pritchard Theatre. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for students. Call 467-6363 for reservations.

Fences, by August Wilson, will be performed at the Bradley University Hartman Center for the Performing Arts tonight, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley University faculty & staff, $12 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available by calling 677-2650 or online HERE.

The Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic & Shooting Sports Show will take place this weekend at the Interstate Center in Bloomington on Friday from 2 – 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am – 7 pm and Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults for a 1-day pass, $20 for adults for a 2-day pass, $3 for youth aged 6-11 or free on Friday Family Night and free for kids 5 & under. A $2 discount coupon for adult 1 & 2 day passes is available HERE. For more information, call 800-433-8226 or go to www.deerinfo.com.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will present their Official Spring Home Show at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend. Event times are 4 – 9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $6.50 for adults (18+). Seniors (60+) are half price and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office.  Children under 18 are free.

Three Sisters Folk Art School will host the 2010 Mountain Dulcimer Weekend at the Chapel at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. The 3 day class begins Friday at 6:30 pm and runs Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm and Sunday from 10 am – Noon. The cost for the class is $100 plus a $5 materials fee. Registration is available online at www.threesistersfolkartschool.com. A concert featuring acclaimed Jacksonville dulcimer artist Mike Anderson will take place Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15 and are available at the door. For more information, call 274-8837.

Cousin Eddie will perform at the CAC’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members and  $3 for ages 16 & younger.
The CAC also presents Swing at CAC on Friday from 8:30 pm-12:30 am. A dance lesson will be taught from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 CAC Members, and $6 for non-members.
On Sunday, the CAC hosts Soulful Sunday from 3 – 5 pm featuring family oriented entertainment with stand up comedy, special performances and R&B and gospel choral music. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

The 5th Annual Easter Seals Black & Blue Ball will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. The event includes heavy appetizers, wine, beer and soft drinks plus live and silent auctions. Music will be provided by Wedding Banned. Tickets are $75. To make a reservation or for more information about the event, call 686-7755.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday at 7 pm. On Sunday afternoon, the Rivermen take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

I’m Her Boobie: The Realities of New Motherhood Revealed in Song, is a cabaret show starring Libby Snyder presented by Peoria Cabaret Theatre on Friday night. Doors open at 6 pm with the dinner buffet open from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, and show at 8 pm. Admission is $25 per person (tax included) for dinner and show. Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 494-9100.

Illinois Central College presents Dilemmas with Dinner at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Shows run Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, call 694-5136.

The WSSA Illinois State Sport Stacking Championships will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday from 8:30 am – 5 pm. Admission is available at the door and is $5 for adults and $3 for kids (ages 5-17) and seniors (ages 55+). Kids ages 4 and under are free.

The Pekin Noteables will host one of the longest running show choir invitationals in the nation, the Pekin February Festacular Show Choir Invitational on Saturday at Pekin Community High School. Tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens aged 65+ and $8 for adults for each the preliminaries or finals or to watch both, an all day pass is available also for $10 for students and senior citizens aged 65+ and $14 for adults.

The Day of Dance for Health presented by Pekin Hospital will be held at the First Church of the Nazerene at 3514 E. Broadway in Pekin on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. It’s a fun-filled day including dance and exercise demonstrations and participation, free health screenings, physician speakers, giveaways, healthy snacks & more. Admission is 2 non-perishable food items for donation. RSVP by calling 353-0662.

Go Play Peoria, a gaming mini-con for gamers of all ages and skill levels, will be held at the Samaritan Ministries building in Peoria on Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm. Bring along your own games, or come prepared to learn new ones.  Families are welcome, and food will be provided. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the food, or bring along some food to share.

The American Heart Association will host its Heart & Stroke Ball at the Embassy Suites on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Funds raised will support American Heart Association-funded cardiovascular disease research to improve the lives of women, children and families in our community. Call 370-2276 for tickets.

The Boat Drunks Cabin Fever Show will take place at the Packard Plaza in downtown Peoria on Saturday with doors, food & drink opening at 6:30 pm and concert at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 and are available at One World Cafe at Main & University. For more information, call 672-1522.

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will hold the 6th Annual Fine Art Live & Silent Auction on Saturday at 7 pm with food, a cash bar and live music by John Miller and the Romaniacs. Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non- members.  Proceeds benefit the Contemporary Art Center and participating artists and donors.

Lindy’s Downtown Market and the Washington Park District present Howl at the Moon, a rock and roll dueling piano show at Five Points in Washington on Saturday night. Doors & bar open at 6 pm, entertainment, dancing & singing begins at 7 pm. The bar will remain open 1 hour after entertainment ends. Tickets are $20 per person and tickets are available at the Washington Park District or Lindy’s Downtown Market. For more information, call 444-9413 or 444-3736. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Local musical composer Nick Myers will host a Read and Sing Through of his new musical, American Way, at the East Peoria Festival of Lights building on Washington Street in East Peoria beginning at 7 pm. This is your chance to hear the premiere of this locally written musical before it is produced on the stage. There will be a discussion about the show after the performance. Admission is free to the public.

An adventure awaits you this spring when Wildlife Prairie State Park opens the gates for the 2010 season on Sunday with an Open House from 10 am – 3 pm. For a complete listing of the day’s happenings please call the park at 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Country & Folk Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. 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 appreciated.

Peoria Players production of The Music Man continues tonight, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Regularly scheduled performances are sold out, but a hold over performance has been scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under.  Call 688-4473 to order tickets. 

The Erotic Hypnotic will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Showtimes are tonight at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 except for tonight’s show which is $10 and are available by calling 673-5853. This show is rated – R.

Rooster Alley will perform at the CAC’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, $9 for student & senior non-members and  $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & senior citizen discount for ages 65 & older.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse in Downtown Peoria) presents the A.R. Gurney play Love Letters, a touching, funny, and thought-provoking play featuring Greg Batton and Yvonne Greer on Friday and Saturday night with dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Tickets are $33 per person includes buffet, show and tax.  Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 494-9100.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm. Friday night’s game will include a post-game Christian concert featuring NeedToBreathe.  Saturday night’s game will feature an appearance by Nickelodeon’s Nathan Kress (Freddie Benson from iCarly) to sign autographs from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Tickets for the games are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Peoria Theater presents Hannah Free, a film starring local actress Ann Hagemann and Cagney and Lacey star Sharon Gless Friday for 2 showings at 7 pm and 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 and will be followed by a question and answer session with Ms. Hagemann.   On Saturday & Sunday at 7 pm The Notebook & on Sunday at 3 pm will be presented for free – so bring your valentine.

Rabbit Hole, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, will be presented by Corn Stock’s Winter Playhouse this weekend at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Join Body Fitness (3020 N University in Peoria) for The Salsa Exchange Friday night from 9 pm – midnight for a salsa-filled night where the main focus is to make you a better dancer while meeting people and having a great time. Price is $3 or free for people registered in any current salsa class at Body Fitness.

The Big Boyz Boat and Toy Xpo will take place at the East Peoria Event Center this weekend showcasing a vast array of display and merchandise targeted at the adventure and sports enthusiast. Hours are Fri from 4 8 pm, Sat from 10 am – 7 pm and Sun from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $4  for children 6-15. and children 5 and under free. The event will feature door prizes and giveaways, and displays including custom motorcycles, boats, RVs, pools, spas, trucks and much more. Call 693-9667 more information.

State Sen. Dave Koehler, Rep. Jehan Gordon and Mayor Jim Ardis will host a Community Call To Action Forum and workshop at the Dream Center Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – Noon aimed at addressing the issue of crime in our community. The forum is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 494-8554.

Celebrate Eagle Day at Shore Acres Clubhouse in Chillicothe on Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 am. The event includes a pancake & sausage breakfast, door prizes & crafts for kids and other activities. Be sure to bring your binoculars to watch eagles soar over the river. This event is sponsored by the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Chillicothe Park District, Lions Club & Rotary Club.

Coach Jim Les and the Bradley Braves take on University of Northern Iowa on Saturday beginning at 1:05 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

The Fourth Annual Easter Seals Sweetheart Ball will take place at the Pekin Country Club on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be a silent auction, dinner and entertainment provided by Loose Shoes. Tickets are $50 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are also available for $500 per table. For more information or reservations, call 267-4402 or 353-2170.

The Progressive Business Group will host its 8th Annual Valentine’s Ball at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse beginning at 5:30 pm Saturday. The black-tie optional event will include a champagne reception, martini luge ice sculpture, sit-down dinner, silent auction and open bar. Tickets are $300 per couple. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 671-0460 or 370-3015 or visit pbgpeoria.org.

The Apollo Theater will present the film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and teens. The screening will include refreshments, live music and a tropical costume contest. Call 922-9058 for more information.

The First Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will take place at the Princeville Heritage Museum Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $15 for Historical Association of Princeville members and are available at the Princeville Heritage Museum and the Princeville State Bank.

Weaver Ridge Golf Club will present it’s Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner including dancing to the Ed Kaizer Quartet beginning at 6:30 pm at the Golf Club. Dinner, Wine & Dancing is $59 per person including tax & gratuity. Call 691-3344 Ext. 18 to make a reservation.

The Hands of Love Ministry presents a Valentine’s Dinner Concert featuring the Gospel Music of Elvis Presley at Five Points Banquet Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $35 per person or $30 per person if a table of 8 is purchased. To order tickets, call the Hands of Love Ministry at 383-2828 or visit www.handsoflove.org.

Small Potatoes, the Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, will perform at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members.

The Peoria Symphony welcomes guest conductor George Stelluto and Benjamin Moser, piano soloist, to Saturday’s show which begins at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERE.

Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd and Skillet will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $32.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Rodney Carrington will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $47.50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located at the Waterhouse) kicks off its Late Night Cabaret Series this Saturday night with Brandon Chandler and Kelsey Burd: Superboy and the Invisible Girl. Doors will open at 10 pm with the show starting at 11 pm general seating. Admission is $5. For more information go to  www.peoriacabarettheatre.com.

Members of the Bradley faculty will perform in a Haiti Benefit Concert beginning at 3 pm on Sunday at Dingeldine Music Center. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted for the Haitian relief effort by the Red Cross. For more information, call 677-2598.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk & Country Jam Session on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

The Harlem Globetrotters bring their game to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $22.50, $29.50, $36.50, $46.50 and $81.50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Corn Stock Theatre’s first ever Playwright Festival featuring eight short original plays continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Comedian Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm after the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 each except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $10 each and are available by calling 673-5853.

Woodruff High School Music Dept. presents its final dinner theatre production, the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Gondoliers tonight, Friday and Saturday with buffet dinner beginning at 6 pm followed by the show at 7:30. Performances are in the Woodruff High School Commons. Admission is $20 for dinner and show. Call 672-6671 for reservations.

Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic event runs tonight from 7 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center where you can come with your talent or just to watch. Share a poem, dramatically read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical composition. Admission is $4 for CAC Members or $7 for non-members.
Cobalt Canopy will perform at the Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members 16 & younger $3.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

The Itoo Hall will host a Fish & Chicken Fry on Friday from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The Itoo Hall is located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. For more information including prices, call 676-9725 or go to www.itoohall.com.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford IceHogs at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday at 7 pm. Then on Saturday, they take on the Chicago Wolves at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Stuart Little will be presented at Bradley University’s Hartman Theatre this weekend with performances at 7 pm on Friday, 2:30 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults. Presented by the Bradley University Children’s Theatre group, this performance is recommended for children in 4th grade or under. Tickets are available at the Hartman Center Box Office or by phone at 677-2650.

Family Fest 2010 will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and children. Children 3 and under are free. A Family Four Pack of tickets (2 adults and 2 children) will be available for $15.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Evansville on Saturday beginning at 2:05 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

The Alley Cats will present “At the Hop” at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $24 the general public, $20 for ICC Employee and $16 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the ICC Box Office, by phone at 694-5136 or at the door.

The Peoria Area Music Teachers Association Piano Monster Concert 2010 will be held at Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available online HERE.

The 2010 IESA Cheerleading Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults including High School students and $4 for senior citizens and children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. For more information, call 829-0114.

I.C.E. World Championship Ice Racing comes to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for kids 2-12, $20 & 25 for adults with a $5 price increase the day of the show. Tickets are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk & Country Jam Session  on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. 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 appreciated.

The Peoria Civic Center Cultural Diversity Committee presents Grammy Award-winning pianist Angelin Chang in the Theater on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets start at $19 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. All proceeds benefit the Peoria Joy Luck Club.

Brad Paisley with Miranda Lambert & Justin Moore will perform in concert at the US Cellular Coliseum on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and $54.75 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.