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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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The Itoo Supper will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 7 pm. The menu includes many Lebanese favorites such as cabbage rolls, Lebanese chicken with rice, baked kibba, stewed green beans, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, Lebanese salad and bread plus lots of Lebanese desserts. A fundraiser for the Itoo Society supporting many Peoria area charities, adult meals are $16 and kids meals are $8 and tickets are available by calling 309-676-9725 or at the door. Carry outs are also available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/peoriaitoo

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

Wicked continues at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, at 2 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets range in price from $49 to $129 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com

ICC Vocal Jazz will perform in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Donnie Baker 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 $15 on Thursday and $20 on Friday & Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) will take place 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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
A Special “Day of the Dead” Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will 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

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 www.ciaopeoria.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:05 pm each night. 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 http://ticketmaster.com For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Paint Your Musical Starry Night will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. A Central Illinois Youth Symphony event, tickets are $45 per person and include snacks, sodas, and art supplies. For more information and reservations, visit www.paintnite.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

Stryper will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 – $45 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

A Holiday Gift Show will be held at the Methodist Atrium Building (located at 900 N Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm. Featuring handmade items, baby clothes, toys for all ages, floral arrangements, baked goods, jewelry, unique gifts, antiques, gift wrap, stationery and a coffee bar, for more information, call 309-671-8242.

An Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (located at 400 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring vendors and crafters for the holidays, there will also be door prizes and a silent auction. For information, call 309-676-4472 or visit www.valleyofpeoria.com

The 3rd Annual Holiday Fair will take place at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N Heinz Lane in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Over 40 vendors ready to help with Christmas shopping, proceeds will benefit the Morning Center. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/216408405429285

A Caregiver Workshop will take place at the Alpha Park Public Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Bartonville) on Saturday from 10 am – noon. The free workshop is for those who have a friend or loved one who is dependent upon them. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required. For reservations or more information, call 309-697-3822 or visit www.alphapark.org

The Peoria Addiction Awareness Walk will take place on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Featuring speakers and information booths, admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to bring canned foods for the FUMC Peoria Loaves & Fish Food Pantry. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/events/342474529433678

Amirah’s Aromas will host their grand opening at the Sterling Bazaar (located at 3311 N Sterling Ave. Ste 11 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free and there will be freebies, door prizes, food and more. For information, call 309-839-4824 or visit www.amirahsaromas.com

The Annual Local Author Fair will be held at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 5 pm. Local authors Ashley Stambaugh, Jackie Gillam, Jason Henderson, Joe Chianakas, Jim Conover, John McKee, John Spencer, Kathryn Dorbeck, Kevin Wright, Linda Lowery, Lois Funk, Pauline Marquez, Randy Sollenberger and Venita McCart will be on hand to meet fans and autograph books.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

A Fall Fairy Art Party will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 2 pm. Featuring stories, crafts and harvest treats, children are encouraged to wear fairy attire. Registration is required and the cost is $7 for children and $2 for adults. To register or for more information, call 309-579-2157.

Pasta for Patriots will take place at the Elks Lodge (located at #1 Elks Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for Veterans and children under 12. Hosted by the Illinois Valley Fuller Center, dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, music by DJ Jim Dandy, a silent auction, and magic by Yort. Proceeds from the event assist Tri County Veterans with home repairs. For tickets or for information, call 309-363-3737 or visit http://fullercenter.org/peoria-illinois

The 4th Annual Irish Derby will take place at The Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 5 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and include a dinner buffet, soft drinks and 10 Derby Dollars for wagering.  A benefit for Friends of Clonmel County Tipperary in Ireland, for more information, call 309-694-2500 or visit www.friendsofclonmel.org

Eats & Drinks of the World will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. A benefit for the DAX Foundation, the event will feature live music by Cousin Eddie Band, raffles and a silent auction in addition to food and drink sampling. Advance tickets are $20 or $30 at the door. Price includes admission and food and drink passport books. For more information and tickets, call 309-444-8600 or visit www.fivepointswashinton.org

The 11th Annual CASAblanca Dancing with the Local Stars will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for CASA of Peoria County, 11 community leaders are paired with area dance instructors to compete to be crowned the best celebrity dancer in the Peoria area. Tickets are available for $200 per person or donations may be made for the People’s Choice Award in the name of a specific dancer for $1 per vote by calling 309-669-2939 or go to www.casapeoria.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium in the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of local wines from Big Horse Vineyards in Lewistown under a full-dome night sky. Tickets are $33 for the public or $30 for members and include up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice plus a variety of cheese & crackers. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Country singer-songwriter Dylan Schneider will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

A Masterpiece Painting Class will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 11 am -1 pm for the first session and 2 – 4 pm for the second session. The $40 per person fee includes three complimentary wine tastings and art supplies. Cheese and crackers, chocolates, wine, beer, soda, tea and water will be available. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-532-2500 or visiting www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

A Sports Auction and Card Show will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm . Featuring a silent auction, a raffle drawing and sports card vendors available to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles, the live auction will begin at 2 pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. Admission is $1 for adults & free for kids aged 12 & under and raffle tickets are $10. For more information call 309-681-2868 or visit www.facebook.com/PPDSports

Jazz on a Saturday Afternoon featuring Mardra and pianist Reggie Thomas & Company will be held at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 1 pm.  Tickets are $30 per person with tables of 4, 6, 8, and 10 available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/206298019773692

The Bradley Braves will take on UW-Lacrosse in a pre-season matchup at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 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 Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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The Caterpillar Chorus will present the regional premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Eastlight Theatre (located at 1401 E Washington St. in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. The stage musical version of the popular animated movie includes favorite songs “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.  Nominated for numerous awards when it premiered nationally in 2008, tickets for this production are $10 through the box office by calling 309-699-7469 or $11 online (includes a $1 per ticket fee) at  http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets

School of Rock continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at  4300 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday plus a hold-over performance on Sunday at 7:30 pm. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this musical version of the cult classic movie starring Jack Black features a live kids band performing the songs. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. a hayrack ride and mid-1800s autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Building the new National Museum of African American History and Culture will be discussed by John W. Franklin of the Smithsonian Institute at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. For more information, call 309-360-0990 or visit http://riverfrontmuseum.org

The Bradley Basketball Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Braves Club members, $8 for children aged 4-14 and kids under 3 are free. For more information, visit www.bradleybraves.com

Media and Politics: How Did We Get Here? will be presented in the Robison Lecture tonight (Thursday) in the Michel Student Center (located at located at 915 North Elmwood Ave. on the Bradley University campus in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Award-winning political journalist and former CNN chief White House correspondent, Jessica Yellin, will be the speaker. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu

Hatebreed will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 – $50. For more information or tickets, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” leaves from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Grown-Up will be presented by the Eureka Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus) on Friday beginning at 3 pm and Saturday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are “pay what you decide” and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For more information or reservations, call 309-467-636 or email tickets@eureka.edu

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 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 on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Uncorked! will take place at the Par-a-dice Casino Hotel on Friday beginning at 6 pm. A fundraiser for the Hult Center for Healthy Living, enjoy dancing, a wine and craft beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday from 6 – 9:30 pm. Featuring Quinton Arron, star of the film “The Blind Side,” the event is a fund raiser to help end bullying. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a table of 8 which include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, a dinner buffet and the show. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.shop.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant (located at 120 Southwest Water St. on the Peoria riverfront) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Creatures of the Night will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $4 per child and $2 per adult. Learn about nocturnal animals every half hour, plus there will be a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with nature-inspired stories, seasonal refreshments, crafts and more. Flashlights are encouraged for the self-guided hike. For tickets or information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Prairieland Country Opry 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, 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

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales, attractions are open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The KAIA String Quartet of Chicago will perform at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The first in this season’s Gretchen R. Iben Arts Series, admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-8501 or www.westminsterpeoria.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 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 or online at http://icc.edu/arts/events  For more information visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

Get Tricked 2.0: A Night of Magic and Comedy featuring Kyle Bassett will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Jeff Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm on Friday for $10.  
Greg Warren
will perform also at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm for $15. For more information on either show, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Running with the Dogs will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. Benefiting Paws Giving Independence, registration is $30 in advance or $35 at event and kids under 10 years of age are free. Featuring pet-friendly activities and a Halloween themed pet costume contest. For more information, visit www.givingindependence.org 

The 36th Annual Spin-in Fiber Fair will be held at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School (located at 12207 N Galena Rd., Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Admission is $15 for the day or $5 for shopping only. Attractions include a variety of classes to a range of all skill levels and techniques, vendors of fiber, yarn, tools, and related items, door prizes and more.  For vendor information, visit http://bishophillfiberguild.org

The Life, Boomers & Seniors Expo will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring vendors with samples and demonstrations of their products and services, admission to the event is free. The show Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show will also be presented. For more information, visit http://peoriaciviccenter.com

The Peoria Park District Semi-Annual Book Sale will be held at the Noble Center (located at 1013 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5pm and Monday from Noon – 7 pm. Get 50% off purchases on Sunday and 75% off purchases Monday. Donations are accepted Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm. Materials accepted include gently used adult and children’s hardbacks and paperbacks, audio books, CDs and DVDs, games and puzzles. For information, call 309-681-2681 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday beginning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 18th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to dusk each day. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a unique fall outing featuring a competition between 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 am – 1 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children 4-15 and free for infants.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:15 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15, and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing’s Annual Chili Cook Off and Bags Tournament will take place at the Navy Marine Club (located at 1310 E Seiberling in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from Noon – 6 pm. Sample and vote for your favorite chili by making a donation to the organization to help provide home repairs for Tri-County Veterans. Chase Sieting will provide music from 2 – 5 pm. To enter the cook off or bags tourney, call 309-363- 3737. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The 1931 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine will be on display at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm, weather permitting. There will be discussion of the working history of the fire engine plus the engine’s reconstruction.  Admission is free. For more information visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/north

The Jeepers Creepers Fall Festival will take place at Black Partridge Park (located at 821 Coal Bank Road in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring children’s and adult games, a mini-pumpkin chuckin’ contest, a hay rack ride, a trick-or-treat trail, a scary trail ride, cookout, snacks, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MetamoraFallFest

Art-spiration: Make a Monster will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on Saturday and 2:30 – 4:30 pm on Sunday. A family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination, the event is free with regular paid admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Yoga Under the Stars will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday at 5:30 pm (energetic) and at 7:30 pm (gentle). Sessions are an hour and 30 minutes and advance tickets are required. Please bring a mat and a light blanket. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Promise Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring the “Souled Out” Motown revue, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a silent and live auction, proceeds will benefit Peoria Promise scholarship programs. To register, call call 309-231-8643 or visit www.peoriapromise.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Mozart Masterpieces at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children. For more information or tickets, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

An Evening With The Schwag, the Grateful Dead Experience will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge at the door. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Dine 2 Donate will take place on Sunday at Granite City Food & Brewery (located at 230 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) from 9 am – 10 pm. 20% from all purchases will be donated to Tazewell Humane Society when you display a flyer on your phone to the server.  For the flyer and more information, visit www.Facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

The Peoria Marathon will start and end at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. The registration fee is $80 for the marathon, wheelchair marathon or half marathon. The fee for a marathon relay runner or 5K is $45 and the kids’ race is free. This Boston-qualifying USATF Certified 26.2 mile marathon is one of four races. After the race, food, drink and music will be available. For more information or to register, visit www.peoriamarathon.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 7th Annual Jazz Brunch Fundraiser will take place at the Par-a-Dice Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $50 and includes a buffet, live music by Soft Spoken Band, door prizes and a 50/50. Tickets are available at the Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Hwy. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-673-7474.

Winetoberfest will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 2 – 6 pm. Adult only tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Greater Peoria Lutheran Women. Enjoy wine tasting on the pavilion patio listening to a strolling accordion player, grilled bratwurst, pork chops and a variety of sides and desserts. Wine and seasonal and domestic beers will be available for purchase.  Live music will be provided by VogelMusik plus the German American Society of Folk Dancers will also perform. For more information, call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalleywinery.com

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

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will feature Preston Jackson and Friends with vocalist Judy Page at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Music Man will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The classic musical features favorite songs “Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Trouble”, “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Shipoopie”. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 11 am and 2 pm each day plus on Friday, October 7 at 6 pm. Meet six famous Peorians who are buried at the cemetery including Lydia Moss Bradley who brought to life by local actors.  Tickets are $10 per person, free for ages 2 & under or $20 for 2 adults and 2 children and it’s suggested that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour. Reservations are suggested, but not required. For more information, call 309-696-0956 or visit https://www.facebook.com/springdalecemeterytour

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts at Bradley University Theatre beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Part thriller, part musical, Mr. Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are. In a near future where a cataclysmic series of nuclear disasters has left America without electricity, infrastructure, or mass communication, a small group of survivors huddles around a fire trying to remember the dialogue from a popular episode of The Simpsons. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $5 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu

Jimmy Shubert will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm for $15. For more information visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will take place leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present, the tour highlights stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what did and didn’t play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray, and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & The Romaniacs on Friday beginning at 5:30 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

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Forever Plaid will be presented by the Conklin Players at 5 Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring the tight 4-part harmony of the “guy groups” of the late 50’s and early 60’s, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for children and students through college. For more information, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Museum After Dark: Cosmic Cocktails will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring 2 complimentary signature cocktails & space snacks, a cash bar (beer & wine), Atari in the Giant Screen Theater, the “Be the Astronaut” exhibition, interactive science stations including liquid nitrogen ice cream, fluorescent minerals, meteorites and a Dome Planetarium exclusive Uniview space tour, attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

Treble in River City Trivia will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Cost to participate is $10 per person and teams of 2 – 6 are welcome. The winning team earns the title of “River City Musical Masters and receives a prize. Proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. For more information, call 309-370-6424 or visit www.ciys.org

Blues Traveler will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $30 for the party pit and $40 for the VIP Loft and are available at the Limelight box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The House of Blue Leaves continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Admission for adults is $7 and students and senior citizens are $5. For tickets, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://icc.edu/arts

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret Celebrates the Muppets will take place at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Nyk Sutter and Nate Downs, an appetizer/dessert menu will be available. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Mud Mayhem will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. Registration is $65. The event is sponsored by the W.D. Boyce Council Boy Scouts of America. To register or for more information visit www.wdboyce.org

Green View’s Annual Fall Festival will be held at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr., Dunlap) on Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. The event is free, but donations to selected charities are encouraged. Live music, food, refreshments, hay rack rides, face painting and more for the whole family. For more information call 309-243-776.

The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association’s 9th Annual Buddy Walk will take place at the EastSide Centre (located at One EastSide Drive, East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. There is a $5 adult entry fee or for $10 a t-shirt is included. For more information or to register, visit www.hoidsa.donordrive.com/event/2016

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares along the scenic drive. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Peoria County Veteran’s Memorial Committee will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the site of the new “Final Salute” memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Saturday beginning at at 10 am. Final Salute will be the final memorial addition to the courthouse plaza, honoring the thousands of Peoria County veterans who have served our nation since World War II and list the 233 names of Peoria County veterans who never returned home. County Board member G. Allen Mayer and Retired Colonel Hal Fritz will deliver short keynote messages. For more information, call 309-495-4638 or email ssonnemaker@peoriacounty.org

The 6th Annual Sacha’s Sashay 5K Run/Walk will take place in Veteran’s Park (located at the corners of Fast and Main Street in Mackinaw) at 10 am. Fees are $25 and $15 for ages 12 and under and registration is available by visiting local businesses in Mackinaw or online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/22641 For more information, https://www.facebook.com/SachasSashay

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Space Graffiti will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Studio 3 on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Imagine and create your own solar system full of planets, moons, and stars with spray painting techniques and tricks. Geared for ages 12 & up, safety equipment is provided. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Make Your Own Super Hero Cape Workshop will be held at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 1 – 3 pm. Children ages 4 – 10, along with their family, can design and sew a super hero cape. Cost is $15 per member pair (one grown-up and one child) and $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs with $10 per additional family member. Register by calling 309-323-6900. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The 7th Annual Share the Blessings Dinner and Auction will take place at the Midwest Food Bank (located at 700 Erie Ave. in Morton) on Saturday from 4:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8. Items to be auctioned include an iPad Air, iPad mini, Apple TV, Yeti cooler, restaurant gift cards and more. For information, call 309-691-5270 or visit https://midwestfoodbank.org

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales, attractions are open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. This event is brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions. For tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Dubby Janosov Memorial Night Golf event will take place a the Timberlake Club (located at 5501 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The registration fee is $25 per person or $100 for a team which includes a glow ball, glow necklace and green fees. One seven or eight iron and one putter is allowed per team. Proceeds benefit the Heart of Illinois Big Brother Big Sisters. For more information contact peoriajaycees@gmail.com or visit www.peoriajaycees.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Schlachtfest will be held at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring German music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, German beer & food, a car cruis’n, an arts and craft fair plus a shooting tent, bags & a German gift tent, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Alzheimer Association will host the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Liberty Park (located at 300 SW Water St. in Peoria) at 12 pm. All ages can participate. Fundraising is encouraged. For more information or to register for free, click HERE

The 3rd Annual Woofstock Fundraiser will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park’s Old Farm (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Sunday from 1 – 6 pm. Hosted by SAMS (Stray Midway Shelter) of Hanna City, admission for one person and one dog is $40 and includes a t-shirt for the person and bandana for the dog. Admission for one person and one dog and no t-shirt or bandana is $25. $20 admits one person and no dog, no t-shirt and no bandana. Guests and children are $15 and ages 10 and younger are free. For more information visit http://www.samsrescue.org/woofstock.html

Music in the McKenzie with Sarah McQuaid will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2100.

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Memphis continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm  through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the plot was inspired by actual events in the underground 1950s dance clubs. Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ, Huey Calhoun, who adores taboo Black music and eventually falls in love with a beautiful Black singer. The singer, Felicia Farrell, is desperate to find her big break. The unlikely couple rises quickly in the Memphis music scene but trouble arises as they earn the attention of racists. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 6 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.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 Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 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

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

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival will take place at Festival Park and CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday and at 1 pm on Saturday. Featuring Buddy Guy as the main headliner and over 20 other bands, tickets are $65 for both days, $30 for Friday only, $45 for Saturday only with VIP upgrades available which include VIP parking, seating and drink discounts. For a full schedule and band listing, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

The 15th Annual Comedy Tournament semi-finals and finals will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd., Peoria) on Friday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets for Friday are $10 and $12 for Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Living with Kidney Disease Seminar will be held at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm. Registration is free and includes parking, lunch, and all program materials. Pre-registration online is requested for all attendees. Raffle tickets are also available for $1 each and additional donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome.  For more information or to register, visit www.nkfi.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Science Rocks will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Meet chemists and other scientists who will bring cool activities for all to experience. Admission to the Museum is free all day (10 am – 7 pm except the Giant Screen Theater). For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Jammsammich on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5.
The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will also host its Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $5 or free for children under 12. Emulate Lucy and get your “feet” wet in the wine, plus enjoy wine tasting, food and live music from The Shake. Come in dressed and enter the Lucy look-a-like contest at 3:30 pm. There will also be a Scarecrow Building contest hosted by the Tazewell County Resource Center. All supplies needed will be provided for a donation of $10.
And Music on the Patio will take place at Mackinaw Valley Winery  on Monday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Enjoy the music of acoustic duo Rich Geese and Matt Stewart (former lead guitarist for Head East) while snacking on Ropp Jersey cheese and crackers, Chocolatier chocolates and wine or bring your own snacks. Admission is free. For more information call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

The Friedrichshafen Germany Youth Orchestra will perform at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd., Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The 55 member youth orchestra will be joined by the Lindenhof Echoes on the alphorns plus the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Friends of Friedrichshafen (FOF) and the Peoria German American Society, for more information, call 309-685-5258.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2016 Labor Day Picnic will take place following the Labor Day Parade from 10 am – 2 pm at at Riverfront Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St.). Admission is free. Food and live entertainment will be provided. For more information visit www.peoriaevents.com

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Erin Feis 2016 will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday from 4 – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11:30 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Featuring 3 bands from Ireland, 1 band from Scotland plus many area bands and other entertainment, Irish cultural village, a wee folks area plus food, beer and whiskey tastings. Admission is free before 5 pm on Friday or $10 after 5 pm for adults. On Saturday, admission for adults is $8 until 5 pm or $10 after 5 pm. Admission on Sunday if free with a canned good donation from 9:30 – 11 am or $5 after 11 am. Admission is free for children under 12 with an adult throughout the weekend and a weekend pass is available for $15. For more information, visit http://www.erinfeispeoria.com

Memphis opens at Corn Stock Theatre Friday at 7:30 pm and runs through Saturday, September 3 at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the plot was inspired by actual events in the underground 1950s dance clubs. Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ, Huey Calhoun, who adores taboo Black music and eventually falls in love with a beautiful Black singer. The singer, Felicia Farrell, is desperate to find her big break. The unlikely couple rises quickly in the Memphis music scene but trouble arises as they earn the attention of racists. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Never Forget, the 9/11 mobile exhibit, will be on display through Monday from Noon – 7 pm each day in the Par-A-Dice Hotel parking lot. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer unfolds into a 1,000-square-foot memorial exhibit including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of first-responder radio transmissions and tours by New York City firefighters. To learn more about the exhibit, visit www.tunnel2towers.org/activity/never-forget-exhibit

The Annual Dunlap Days Festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Corn Wolves and Highway J, a 5 k Run/Walk, bags tournament, carnival, petting zoo, beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. Admission is free. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

Author Gene Barr will present and sign copies of A Civil War Captain and His Lady: A True Story of Love, Courtship, and Combat at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. The book is based on the courtship and romance of Josiah Moore and Jennie Lindsay, a member of one of Peoria’s most prominent families of the mid-1800s, and their rare and unpublished series of letters. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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

Hanna City Heritage Days will take place at the Hanna City Park District (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) from 4:30 – 10 pm on Friday, 7 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday for a community church service. Featuring live entertainment by Wagon Load A Trouble and Captain Quirk, there will also be a pancake breakfast, a parade, the Hanna City Hustle 5k Race, food, a beer tent and more. For more information, call 309-565-7102.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & the Soul Mystics on Friday beginning at 5:30 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

Jazz Because for Dyslexia will take place at the Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brazillionaires, the concert will benefit the Peoria-Tazewell Dyslexia Awareness Network. Tickets are $45 at the door or $40 in advance and are available at http://www.dyslexiaawarenessnetwork.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Auggie Smith will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd., Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

10 Years with guest Finger Eleven will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $55 for the VIP loft and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Peoria Superhero 5K and Kid’s Villain Chase will be held at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex (located at 8400 N. Orange Prairie Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with the Fun Run and at 9:45 am with the Villain Chase. Participants are asked to dress in their favorite Superhero costume with proceeds benefitting the Heart of Illinois United Way. Runners will receive a free t-shirt and kids will get a Superhero cape. To register, visit www.peoriasuperhero.com

The South Side Stride 5k will take place in conjunction with Dunlap Days (located at North Park, 100 N. Hickory St. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Early registration is $25 and the one mile cost is $15 with proceeds benefiting the South Side Mission. For information and registration visit http://southsidemission.org

The 38th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration includes a 2015 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for youth at the door. For more information or to register online, visit https://www.peoriazoo.org

The Gems Annual Quilt Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Hall C (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria) from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm Sunday. Admission is $7 and $10 for a 2-day pass. Free parking when you mention the quilt show at gate. For more information visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed in June on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Bubble Blast will take place in the Sun Plaza of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 11:30 am. A unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles, the event is geared towards pre-schoolers, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble. Admission is free, however a $2 donation per child is encouraged. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 28th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick off on Saturday at Noon with the race beginning at 2 pm at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when the thirty-thousand ducks will race down a slip-n-slide along the street entrance. Prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

The 2nd Annual Hip-hOpera will take place at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 SW Water Street. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $8 for non-members, $7 for senior citizens and student non-members, $5 for members, and $4 for senior citizens and student members. Tickets are sold only at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DramaticCrossroads or www.dramaticcrossroads.org

Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park featuring the Pride of Peoria Chorus and quartets will take place at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring True Blue, a quartet from Springfield, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Peoria Players will host a Trivia Night at St. Vincent Church (located at 6001 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $15 per person with up to 8 people per team. and must be paid in full when registering. In addition to cash prizes, food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.  For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-688-4473.

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret: Disney Princess Party will take place at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 which includes a theatre open mic after the show. Appetizers will be available for purchase. For tickets and information, visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Scott Marek Band on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 10th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides, a bounce house and a balloon artist will be on hand. Admission is $10 per person which Includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Peoria Muslim Community will host an Open House and BBQ at the Islamic Center of Peoria (located at 4125 W Charter Oak Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Activities include a tour of the facility and school, picnic lunch, socialization, information booths and activities for kids. Reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.icpeoria.org/openhouse

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $3 per person over 4 years. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and the Koerner Family Cemetery Walk. For more information visit https://www.peoriaparks.org

Meteorites: Touch Another World will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Learn the types and characteristics of meteorites displayed in conjunction with the Be the Astronaut exhibit. Featured speaker Brian Poelker’s collection of meteorites on display and pieces of the asteroid belt will be on hand to hold. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org