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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday.  An emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape, tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria County will present Preparing for Long Term Care at Heddington Oaks (located at 2223 W Heading Ave. in West Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Learn about what to consider when planning long-term care for you or a loved one. Admission is free, however registration is recommended due to limited seating. To register, call 309-690-6900 or visit www.icc.edu/acp

The Fantasticks will be presented at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6 pm each night with a dinner buffet. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 309-367-4000. For information, click HERE

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night and also on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Loni Love 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. Tickets are $25. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Trippin Billies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring PhanieRae & the Soul Shakers, tickets are $10 – $15. For tickets and information, visit www.limelighteventplex.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. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Peoria Players Theatre will hold its spring Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Featuring unique clothing, items and accessories from all eras, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

Painting a Winter Scene will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) in the East Cabin on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Capture the winter beauty with a warm fire and beverages. All materials are provided and instructor will guide and teach techniques to help capture a scenic painting with acrylic. Spaces are limited. To make a reservation, call 309-579-2157.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mrs. Lincoln Tea will be held at the Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) on Saturday beginning at 12:30 pm. A fundraiser for the Princeville Heritage Museum featuring Mrs. Lincoln in love, some of Mr. Lincoln’s love letters to her will be shared. Tickets are $15 or $12 for current H.A.P. members. For tickets and more information, visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Evansville 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

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 per person and teams have a maximum of 4 players.  Teams can bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, sodas and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. Call 309-645-5054 for reservations. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eric Paslay will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $20 for party-pit and $45 for the VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For tickets and information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 10 am. Tickets range in price from $19.50 – $64.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. A fundraiser for the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, the fair will feature operating layouts, swap meet tables, videos and more. Admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be available.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

A Bockwurst Dinner will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children and include 3 sausages – bockwurst, sauerkraut plus German potato salad. Dessert is also available for $2.  For more information, visit call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Engineering Day 2017, a free day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will take place on Sunday from noon – 5 pm. Featuring engineers providing hands on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, videos and more, attendees can ask professionals and enthusiasts questions, explore potential career options and visit the rest of the Museum. Admission to the Titanic exhibit is an additional charge.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Derel Monteith Trio will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning 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

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park on Friday and also runs on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm plus continues next Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 19. The show is as an emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Into the Woods continues at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 and as well as at 2 pm on Sunday. 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

Matt de la Peña will present a free talk in Bradley University’s Peplow Pavilion of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center (3rd floor) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The New York Times Bestselling Newbery Medal winning author of 6 young adult novels, a book signing and sales will follow the talk. For information, visit www.mattdelapena.com

X-treme International Ice Racing will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 – $20 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) with wine tasting beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday and at 5:15 pm on Saturday. Admission is $45 per person including dinner, dessert and the show. Reservations are required and costumes are welcome. For information or reservations, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eat, Drink & Be Married will take place at The Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring Pekin area bridal and wedding vendors, hor d’oeuvres and cake samples, admission is free.  For more information, click HERE

Conklin Players will present I Do! I Do! at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org  A pre-show Dinner Buffet is also available at Five Points Washington beginning at 5 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday for $25 per person. A cash bar will be also available. For reservations and more information, call 309-444-8600.

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

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

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

Day Job Comedy Night with Greg Batton along with Barney Winkler, Matt Smith, and Edgar Sandoval will take place at the Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and a pre-show dinner package is also available for and additional $25. For more information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

A Free Legal Advice Clinic will take place at Prairie State Legal Services (located at 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600 in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Attorney and paralegal volunteers will be on hand for clients who have applied for services ahead of time for help with family law issues, housing issues, debt issues, expungement and other civil legal matters. The clinic is sponsored by PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Prairie State Legal Services, the Immigration project and the Peoria County Bar Association. For more information, visit www.pili.org/10thcircuit

Art Partners of Central Illinois will present The Business of Art at The Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business through seminars and networking, admission is $35. For more information, visit www.artspartners.net/the-business-of-art

The Peoria Rally to Defend Planned Parenthood will take place at the Planned Parenthood Peoria Health Center (located at 2709 N Knoxville Ave.) on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  For more information, click HERE

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60 and over 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

Romance at the Zoo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. You’ll learn about at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom and coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple for ages 18 and up. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Wild About Love will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with a happy hour beginning at 6 pm followed by a five-course dinner and prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/wild-love

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 North Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 and include a full service gourmet dinner with dessert, a rose for the ladies, complementary champagne toast and dueling pianos performance. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Justin Moore & Lee Brice will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23.75, $49,75 & $59.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Songs from the Woods will feature Barry Cloyd & Friends at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children with a $1 discount for FPNC members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Romance at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring two time Grammy Award winner, Broadway and opera vocalist, Sylvia McNair and renowned pianist, Kevin Cole, 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

A Masterpiece Painting Class will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm and from 2 – 4 pm. Tickets are $40 and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons. Three complimentary wine tastings are also included. Cheese and crackers will also be available from Ropp Cheese along with Chocolatier Chocolates plus wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. No beverages may be brought in. For tickets and information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Brian Fox Ellis will perform as Illinois Riverboat Captain Henry Detweiller along with with music by Barry Cloyd at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Winter snacks will accompany the entertainment plus there will be a silent auction featuring gift certificates, art and antiques. Admission is free, however donations to Friends of Riverfront Park are encouraged. For more information, call 309-688-0950 or 309-231-5758.

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 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument, meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Winter Jam 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy top artists in Christian music plus worship and ministry. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.peoricaciviccenter.com

Romance Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday and Tuesday from 8 – 9 pm. Featuring a special tour of the Cosmos exploring romantic constellations in Peoria’s night sky plus a trip to the most breathtaking places in the Universe using the real-time Uniview system, you’ll also receive a glass of wine or sparkling juice and a small bag of chocolates. For ages 21 and over, cost is $15 for members or $20 for the public. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queensrÿche with Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $25 for the Party Pit and are available at 309-693-1234 or www.limelighteventplex.com

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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

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A Christmas Story, the Musical opens on Friday at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm at 2 pm on Sunday. 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. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Tea & Sympathy opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday. 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

Emergency Prom will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU staff & faculty and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available at the Bradley box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

Kevin Pollak 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 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 on Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Veteran’s Day Parade will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10 am. The route will proceed south on Monroe from Bryan to Main, left on Main to Adams, where it will end at the WWII Memorial at the Courthouse Plaza. Floats will be parked on Hamilton between Jefferson and Adams during the memorial ceremony which will starts at 11 am. For more information, visit www.peoriagov.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center  will feature Bill Porter 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 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Friday & Saturday at 6 pm. The $40 per person ticket price includes a dinner buffet with dessert and an interactive murder mystery. Reservations are required and may be made at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Illinois Springfield in their season opener at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and take on Delaware on Sunday beginning at 4 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

Curtis and Loretta will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Carol A. Cristmas: The Unorthodox Tale will be presented at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main St. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Written by a Peoria resident, the plot is a spin-off of “A Christmas Carol”. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 309-363-6951.

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

Murder at the Cafe Noir will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre program at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on 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

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

Yvonne Greer: The Music of Movie Night will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington St.) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Canadian heavy metal singer Sebastian Back will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $40 and is for all ages. For tickets and information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

A Food Market and Craft Sale will be held at Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N Tennessee St. in Morton) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring unique and handcrafted items, fall and Christmas decor, tomato sauce, jams, jelly, cheese balls, breads, candies, pies and more. A brunch will be served from 9 am – 11 am, and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm. For information, call 309-266-7174.

The 2016 Christmas Market will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N Knoxville in Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm. Shoppers can donate to a charity of their choice and learn about local and global charities that are giving hope to those in need. For further information, call 309-453-9928.

The 6th Annual Artists’ Holiday Open House will take place at Happy Thought Coffee (located at 953 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring ceramic dishes, sculptures, hand-woven scarves & accessories, silver jewelry and wood, stone objects, and mixed media available to purchase, for more information, call 309-274-6150 or visit www.hopewellweaving.com

The Stuff-A-Bus Kickoff will be held at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring a live radio remote, the CityLink Stuff-A-Bus on display and $2 off  admission per person with a nonperishable food contribution (boxed pasta and jars of pasta sauce, boxed or bagged cereals and jars or cans of soup, meats, fruits and vegetables) for Friendship House. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition also opens on Saturday. Normal admission fees are free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 and there is an additional fee to visit the Titanic exhibit.
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum also on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Admission is free for with paid admission to the Museum. For more information on both events, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Tackle Your Finances will take place at Bradley University in Westlake Hall Room 116 (located at 1501 W Bradley Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4:30 – 6 pm. Learn about better handling of money with a financial service professional. Admission is free and attendees will have the chance to win a FitBit, plus there will be raffle giveaways, free food, interactive financial games and expert advice. For more information, visit
https://www.facebook.com/events/331201770568506

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets are $45 per person including a dinner buffet and the show and benefits Foster Pet Outreach, a local nonprofit organization that helps provide for the well-being of animals in the community.  For reservations and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreeekwinery.com

An Evening of Jazz will take place at the Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial & Sheridan in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 -9 pm. Featuring the Heritage Ensemble and the John Cooper Jazz Ensemble, tickets are $50 for general admission or $100 for premium seating. For tickets and more information, call 309-550-4242.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc 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 available 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

Alternative rock band Blue October with opener Danny Malone will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 – $50 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Keith Urban will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $116 – $374. For tickets or information, call 844-854-1450 or visit www.us.cellularcoliseum.com

Switchback will perform at the Peoria Public Library-North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100 or visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Be Anything will be held at The Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $125 for a family of 5 or more or $20 for members or $100 for a family of 5 or more and must be purchased in advance.  Designed to help children imagine the careers of their future and explore possibilities of what they can be when they grow up, there will also be an online auction that will be open to the public as well as a live event. For more information and tickets, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson St. in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $24.50, $39.50, $54.50 and $64.50. For tickets or information, call 309-673-8900 or visit www.ticketmaster.com