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Into the Woods opens at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as next Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The dark comedic musical by Sondheim takes you on a journey with your favorite fairy tale characters and exposes their true characters along the way. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Space is the Place will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum every Thursday beginning today  through February 23 from 4:30-5:30 pm. A unique hands-on experience where students will get to fly through space using an Xbox controller, learn about missions to other planets and more taught by Nick Rae, Museum Educator. Geared toward ages 8-12, cost to participate is $25 for members or $30 for the public. Registration is available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meet Up will take place at Burroughs Farms (located at 25356 Cooper Rd. in Morton) today (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking and entertainment along with the announcement of the  2017 Pumpkin Festival theme, distinguished service award recipient and Chamber volunteer of the year, admission is $30. For information and reservations, call 309-263-2491 or visit www.mortonchamber.org/community-calendar

The Peoria County Highway Department will hold a Public Open House at Monroe School (located at 5137 W. Cisna Rd. in Bartonville) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Discussing the proposed reconstruction of Dirksen Parkway between Airport Road and Middle Road, highway department staff as well as engineering firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly will be on hand to answer questions.  For more information, call 309-697-6400, ext. 127.

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

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet 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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature
The 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 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 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday & 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with completed registration form available at the door. For more information, visit www.midwesttruckshow.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

The 12th Annual Black and Blue Ball to benefit Easterseals will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions and live music and dancing. Tickets are $125 and reservations can be made by calling 309-686-1177. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Chillicothe Summer Theatre will present Just Desserts at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 which includes a dinner provided by Barrack’s. Tickets are available at Covered Wagon Crafts (located at 1042 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) or by calling 309-360-5377.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi RiverKings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $10 – $20 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

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Kevin Hart & Friends will perform at Jazz Night in the Broadway Lounge (located in the Waterhouse at the MAXAM Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. Dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $25 with reservations available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The No Regrets Men’s Conference will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N Heinz Ln. in Edwards) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Ken Blanchard, Chip Ingram, Eric Mason, Joe Stowell, Albert Tate and Steve Sonderman will lead seminars on topics relating to everyday life. Tickets are $15 including lunch and are available at the door or online at www.bethanycentral.org

The 17th Annual Eagle Day Festival will take place at several various locations through Mason & Fulton counties on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Family-friendly events conducted by conservation, research and animal groups will run throughout the day. Admission is free at all of the events and more information is available at HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:45 am. Candidates for Peoria mayor expected to appear include incumbent Jim Ardis and challengers G. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas. Candidates for township supervisor expected to appear are Frank Abdnour, Michael Aiello, Harvey Burnett, Evonne Fleming, Clyde Gulley Jr., Sam Joseph and Daniel Sullivan. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake in the Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 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

Jazz at Metamora featuring JC and the Redemption will take place at Metamora Township High School Auditorium (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday at 7 pm. Adult advance tickets are $7 or $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.metamorabands.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Vinyl, a mix of music from 70’s and 80’s, at 6 pm and Laser Zeppelin 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

Rodney Carrington will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $41.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Big Game Sunday Cabbage Roll Extravaganza will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Bulk orders of cabbage rolls will be available for carry-out only which must be pre-ordered by phone or online. Cabbage rolls will be cooked that morning and served warm along with instructions for re-warming them. A half pan of cabbage rolls (approx. 50) is $32 and a full pan is $60. To pre-order your cabbage rolls, call 309-676-9725 or visit https://form.jotform.com/70159333043146

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

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

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Winterfest will take place at the Lindenof located at 7601 N Harker Dr. (off of Pioneer Parkway) in Peoria on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Hosted by the Peoria Accordion Club and the Peoria German American Society, a buffet with 4 different meats and other German side dishes will be available for $12 for adults and $6 for kids aged 12 & under at the door. German and domestic beers, German spiced wine and desserts will also be available. For reservations and more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind 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.

Chained Melody, an interactive murder mystery and dinner, will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 North Smith Rd. Edwards) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and includes gourmet dinner buffet with dessert and interactive murder mystery show. For information and reservations, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Paint, Drink and Be Merry will take place at the Hy-Vee Market Grill (located at 4125 N Sheridan Rd.) on Friday at 7 pm. Participants must be 21 and the cost is $38 and includes all supplies, setup and clean up. Get a $12 discount through today by using the promo code “explore” when registering. To register, call 866-390-9917 or visit www.VinoGogh.com

Titanic Trivia Night will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. A unique pub trivia competition featuring questions from both the historic Titanic and the film Titanic as well as astronomy, a buffet and drink are included in the ticket prize. The event is for ages 21 & over and a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm each night. Tickets are $15 for Friday’s 9:45 show and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Jazz Night Concert will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.ilmea.org/events/2017imec

Blackberry Smoke will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 for general admission, or $65 for VIP Loft seating. For information and tickets, visit www.limelighteventplex.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

FamilyCore’s Frosty 5K and Dog Walk will take place at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am for runners and 9:05 am for walkers/dog walkers.   The race will start in front of Running Central with an awards ceremony immediately following the race. Registration is $30 in advance or $35 the day of the race, $60 for families of 3 or 4 and $25 for walkers. To register, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/r/26112   For more information, visit http://www.familycore.org/event_1_28_17_frosty5k

Eat, Drink and Be Married will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday from Noon – 2:30 pm. Featuring product samples and bridal offers from wedding vendors, admission is free. For more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The ILMEA State Music Education Conference All-State Concert will begin at 1 pm on Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center arena and the ILMEA Honors Concert will also take place in the Peoria Civic Center arena beginning at 3:15 pm. Both concerts feature orchestra and choral performances. The All-State Elementary Concert will take place in the Civic Center Room 400 beginning at 12:15 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public for each concert and tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ilmea.org/events/2017imec

Art-spiration: Melting Snowmen will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. A family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination.  Admission is free for members or with regular paid admission, which is or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 10th Annual Whitney’s Walk Chili Cook-Off will take place at the Brimfield American Legion (located at 121 W Knoxville St, Brimfield) on Saturday beginning at at 5:30 pm. Register to enter your favorite recipe from 4 – 5 pm for $20 plus a 4 quart pot of the chili to win one of many awards. Taste the competitors’ chili plus get an endless bowl of chili for $5. Hot dogs and brats will also be available for purchase plus there will also be a silent and live auction as well. A benefit to help support programs for depression awareness and suicide prevention, for more information, call 309-446-9678 or visit www.facebook.com/WhitneysWalkforLife

Cabin Fever with Jammsammich will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday from 6 – 11 pm. Tickets are $15 or reserved tables of 10 are $150. Cash bar and drink specials will be available all night and you may bring in snacks. For tickets and more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Corks & Crossroads, a Winter Warming Children’s Benefit, will be held at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 6 – 9:30 pm.  A benefit for the Sun Foundation’s youth programming, tickets are $65 or a VIP Table of 8 is $650.  Attendees must be 21 and over. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

Taste of Pekin will take place at St. Joseph Catholic School (located at 300 S 6th St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a variety of Pekin restaurants offering samples of their signature items, beer, soda, wine, music, dancing & kids activities will also be available. Admission is free with food and drink samples available for purchase. For more information, visit http://enjoypekin.com

Miss Flo’s 4th Annual Cabaret will take place at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 6:30 – 10 pm. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Featuring food, a silent auction and entertainment, for more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

Amy Thomason will perform at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre in The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Cost is $11 or $25 to include dinner (beginning at 6 pm). For more information and reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Wichita State in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 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

Whaleapalooza will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Street in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3:30 pm. A celebration of the late Bob “Whale” Miller who was a guitarist with several local bands Captain Strode, Kool Ray and the Poloroidz and Ready Steady Go, admission is free, however donations are suggested. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

Click HERE to Register to Win 2 Tickets to the Titanic Exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game, or 4 Tickets to a Bradley Mens or Womens Basketball Game!

The Jamie Harroun Memorial Benefit will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria)from Noon – 10:30 pm.  Eight area bands will perform plus there will be food, kids activities and a silent auction to raise money for Jamie’s family to help with funeral expenses after her sudden passing in October.  She performed with several local bands and the members of those bands and other area musicians are hosting the event. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present An Evening of One Acts continues tonight (Thursday) Friday and continuing on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. The first of the 3 plays is The Feast directed by Doug Day. Next up is Wildwood Park directed by Celeste Wohl and finally Bea, Frank, Richie and Joan directed by Cindy DeVore. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 & under with student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
Get a Buy One, Get One Free Deal for the One Acts HERE!

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Caterpillar Foundation: Poverty Alleviation via Measurable Outcomes,” featuring Caterpillar Foundation COO Jennifer Zammuto and Global Program Manager Glen Harris, tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 pm in Room 116 of Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. The Caterpillar Foundation, through its Together Stronger program, is working with other businesses, nonprofits, governments and citizens with the goal of eliminating poverty for 50 million people by 2020. Admission is free, however reservations are encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Peoria County’s Victims Services Coordinator will present “Personal Safety” at Illinois Central College’s Peoria Campus tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. The public workshop is offered through ICC’s Adult Community Programs and intended for anyone who wants to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft or scams. The workshop is free, but registration is recommended by calling 309-690-6900 or click HERE

Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be presented tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $37 – $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 and $15 for the Friday and Saturday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Elegant Bridal Expo will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 – 8 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Admission is free, however online registration is required and is available at www.elegantbridalexpo.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Derel Monteith 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday 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

Hypnohumorist Terry Grawey will perform in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner and show is $25 per person. For information and reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths twice this weekend at Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Saturday, Chicago Cubs All-Star and World Series MVP Ben Zobrist will make a guest appearance along with his wife, Julianna Zobrist who will perform in a post-game concert 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 available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
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Big Fish will be presented at Dunlap High School’s Stage 323 (located at 5220 Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) on Friday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door or in advance through the high school office. For more information call 309-648-4383.

ParmaLee will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 – $45 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For information and tickets, visit www.limelighteventplex.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

The 3rd Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring keynote speaker Jones Loflin, an inspirational success panel, educational break out sessions and local vendor resources. Registration is $129. For more details and to register, visit www.ivedecided.org

The Peoria Kids Fest will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Attractions include Fun on the Run Inflatables, rock climbing, games, door prizes and more. Tickets are $7, free for kids under 3 or Avanti’s Family Four Packs for 2 adults and 2 kids are $25 and are available at the door. For information, visit www.rbshows.com/peoriaKidsFest.php

An Author Fair will take place at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring local authors discussing their books, answering questions, and signing copies, paranormal author Sylvia Shults will present a keynote address and horror author Joe Chianakas will answer questions about the publication process. A portion of book sales will be donated to the Friends of Fondulac District Library. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Paint, Drink and Be Merry will take place at the The Rail II, (located at 2702 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes supplies, setup and clean up. Participants must be 21 and the cost is $38 and includes all supplies, setup and clean up. Get a $12 discount through today (Thursday) by using the promo code “explore” when registering. To register, call 866-390-9917 or visit www.VinoGogh.com

World Championship I.C.E. Racing will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 South Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Reserved Seating is $22 and general admission is $17 and tickets are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The 5th Annual GENeration United Snowball Masquerade will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Saturday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Especially for young professionals, tickets are $65 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, raffles and live music. For more information, visit www.livegenu.org/snowball

Yoga Under the Stars will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday beginning at 8 pm (gentle) and lasts an hour and 30 minutes.  Bring a mat and a light blanket. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Gershwin Matinee” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring pianist Will Martin, the production will include actors, period costumes, props, film, and lighting with the live symphonic performance. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.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

Stephanie Aaron will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:15 pm with the CIJS House Band performing at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, visit www.cijs.org

Click HERE to Register to Win 2 Tickets to the Titanic Exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game, or 4 Tickets to a Bradley Mens or Womens Basketball Game!

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present An Evening of One Acts opening on Friday and continuing on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm. The first of the 3 plays is The Feast directed by Doug Day. Next up is Wildwood Park directed by Celeste Wohl and finally Bea, Frank, Richie and Joan directed by Cindy DeVore. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 & under with student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
Get a Buy One, Get One Free Deal for the One Acts HERE!

Winterfest featuring outdoor ice skating, runs through Sunday (located at the corners of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center) from 5  – 10 pm today (Thursday), 3 – 10 pm on Friday, Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 9 pm on 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

A PBS Masterpiece Victoria Sneak Preview will be presented tonight (Thursday) on the Giant Screen at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 7 pm. Premiering on Sunday, the seven-episode PBS drama follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman of “Dr. Who”) from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister and intimate friend and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). Admission is free. To reserve a seat, call 309-495-0547 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 154 E Washington St. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. The warning signs are often dismissed as normal age-related memory changes. Find out how to recognize the warning signs in yourself and others. For more information or to register, call 309-681-1100 or visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Quincy Jones will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12 tonight (Thursday) and $15 for Friday and Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Hoozier Daddy 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

South Side Office of Concern’s Gimme Shelter will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 6 pm – 6 am. In addition to educational presentations, participants including elected officials, community and religious leaders, media personalities and business people will raise funds by spending the night outside in a cardboard box to increase awareness of homelessness. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.ssocpeoria.org

The Community Workshop and Training Center will host its annual Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Registration is $30 and groups can reserve a table of eight for $240 which includes appetizers and a cash bar. All money raised will go toward programs and services for CWTC consumers. For more information, call 309-686-3300 or visit https://www.facebook.com/CWTC.Peoria

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday 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

Dunlap High School’s Foreign Language Club’s Culture Fair will be held at Dunlap High School (located at 5220 Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) on Friday from 6:30 – 10 pm. Enjoy food, art and entertaining performances. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to aid impoverished farming communities in Togo. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, call 309-243-7751 or visit www.dunlapcusd.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the Evansville Thunderbolts on Sunday at 3 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

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

The Penguin Project will present Crazy for You, Young Performers’ Edition at the Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 and are available at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinprojectpeoria.org

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

Illinois Math Academy presents its 4th Annual Math Bowl at the Carver Community Center (located at 710 W Third Street in Peoria) on Saturday 8:30 am – 3 pm. The morning session features Mental Math and the afternoon session features Math Challengers. Cost is $10 for just one session or $15 for both and participants receive a t-shirt and a pizza lunch. Co-sponsored by Peoria Public Schools District 150 and the George Washington Carver Center, for more information or to register, call 309-692-8888 or visit www.facebook.com/IMAillinoismathacademy

A Winter Wonder Walk will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Chill Billy Winter Sporting Event will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Featuring open ice fishing, a 2 hour and an 8 hour endurance run, a winter survival class and winter birding hike, admission is $5, but runners are free along with ages 4 and under. A free chili lunch will be served from 11 am – 1 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

High Tea on the High Seas will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Preschool children and their families are invited to a uniquely nautical tea party where they can enjoy sweet treats, tea and cocoa, a special story time, sea-inspired crafts and icy demonstrations and a one-of-a-kind photo booth. Geared toward ages 3 – 5, but all children are welcome, pre-registration is required by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will also take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Paint, Drink, and Be Merry will take place at the Hy-Vee Market Grill (located at 4125 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Cost is $38 and includes all supplies, setup and clean up. Get a $12 discount through Friday by using the promo code “explore” when registering. To register, call 866-390-9917 or visit www.VinoGogh.com

Pilot Club of Peoria will host a Trivia Night at the Lindenhoff (located at 7601 N Harker Lane in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Cost to play is $15 per person with 8 person teams and includes an assortment of desserts and a cash bar.  There will be awards for best table and costumes. Proceeds benefit area organizations whose mission is to serve individuals with brain injuries or disorders. To register, call 309-264-6119. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Pilot-Club-of-Peoria

The 5th Annual Weddings UnVeiled Bridal Show will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette (located 501 W. Main St. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Hosted by Heaven on Earth, admission is free, however pre-registered attendees will be able to win door prizes. For more information, call 309-691-5330 or register at www.heavenonearthfloraldesigns.com

The “Real Prayers Are Said In German” feature film fundraiser will be held at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring a screening of the short movie, an “acting for film” mini workshop for aspiring film actors, German lessons with Prof. Hagan of Bradley University, German pastries provided by Trefzger’s Bakery and a meet & greet with the creative team, the recommended donation of $10 for ages 12 & up and $5 for kids 5-11 will be taken at the door. For more information, visit www.realprayersaresaidingerman.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

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) in a special Sunday show beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Patti LaBelle will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave.) on Monday beginning at 10:45 am. Tickets for the luncheon and concert are $50 per person available online at www.mlkluncheon.com  General admission tickets for the concert only beginning at 12:30 pm located in the upper bowl are $25 available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office by phone at 800-745-3000.

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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various area locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan, Art Garage, the Mansion on Walnut, Toraason Glass, Art ‘n Soul plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment as well as purchase pieces. Admission is free.  For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com  

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Winterfest featuring outdoor ice skating, continues through January 15th (located at the corners of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center) from 5  – 10 pm today (Thursday), 3 – 10 pm on Friday, Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 9 pm on 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

A lecture entitled Wreck of the Columbia: A Town’s Sorrow and the End of the Steamboat Era on the Illinois River will be presented in the auditorium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St.) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a free lecture by Ken Zurski, author of The Wreck of the Columbia and Peoria Stories, admission is free and reservations are not required.  For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $26.50 – $86.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 309-676-1040 or at www.ticketmaster.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

April Macie will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and 7:30 & 9:45 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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 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. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Broadway Jazz Night will take place at the Broadway Lounge (located within the Waterhouse at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday as part of “First Friday” featuring the Boss Trio beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10. A pre-show dinner package is also available at 6 pm for $25. To make reservations for the dinner, call 309-494-9100. Or simply enjoy appetizers and desserts which will also be available for purchase during the show. For online tickets, visit https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

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

Bald Eagle Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 9 am – 4:30 pm featuring crafts and activities in the Visitor Center all day, bird watching walks at 10 am and 2 pm and raptor programs  at various times throughout the day. Admission is free for members or $8 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, and $6 for seniors over 65. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.WildlifePrairiePark.org

The Peoria Audubon Society will present Eagles on the Illinois River at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Featuring presentations and tours along the Illinois River, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Corn Stock Theatre Post Holiday Bash will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning with a social hour with cash bar from 6 – 7 pm, buffet dinner from 7 – 8 pm, entertainment including a Theatre Manager Roast at 8 and Open Mic singing at 9 pm. Tickets are $18 for members and $22 for the public and area available by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com/party-tickets

The Bradley Braves will take on Loyola Chicago at the Peoria Civic Center 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

Wine & Art Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St.) on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Museum staff member Jack Daleske will lead participants in creating a Star Wars logo painting while enjoying a variety of wines throughout the event. Tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present their New Year’s Greeting – Vienna to Broadway at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 or $8 for students and are available at Kidder Music in Peoria. For information and tickets, visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Weddings of a Lifetime will take place at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Admission is free. Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes to registered attendees. For more information, call 309-691-5330. To register, visit www.peoriabridal.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. Participate with your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument, meet other musicians and learn 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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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

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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