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A Preview of the Ken Burns documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies will take place during a special screening at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (located at 1 Illini Dr. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 5:45 pm. The six-hour documentary will air in three segments on WTVP on March 30th, 31st and April 1st. Dr. Bento Soares will talk briefly before the showing about some of the cancer research taking place at the College of Medicine and his vision for cancer research in Peoria. Seating is limited and online registration is required. For more information, visit www.wtvp.org/programming/cancer

Tiiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Nonpoint will perform with guests 36 Crazyfists and Scare Don’t Fear tonight (Thursday) at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 4th Annual Eureka College Writers Festival featuring authors Allison Joseph and Kathleen Rooney will take place tonight (Thursday) & Friday at the Melick Library beginning at 7:30 pm. The authors will speak about writing and read from their works. Admission is free. For information, contact zjarvis@eureka.edu

The Lieutenant of Inishmore continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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Jeff Caldwell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday and the Friday & Saturday late shows, which are $12.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will hold its largest annual fundraising event, Vino in Vienna, at the Lift Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple and include wine and craft beer tastings. For more information, visit www.ciys.org/vino-in-vienna

A Beer & Wine Tasting fundraiser for the Tazewell County Resource Center will take place in the Ballroom at the Par-a-Dice Hotel on Friday from 5 – 7 pm. Live music featuring Bret Bunton and the Corn Wolves will be provided. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available online at www.tcrc.us/tastingevent

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

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas in Pekin featuring Vinyl Tap on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

Legends of Broadway featuring Ron Raines and Don Pippen will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Jason Aldean with special guests Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, and Dee Jay Silver will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $33.25 and $63.25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Zeppelin Jazz Project will perform at Kenny’s Westside Pub (located at 2016 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10 pm. Performing jazz/rock fusion and contemporary jazz versions of Led Zeppelin songs, the band features some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Cover change is $5. For more information, visit www.kennyswestside.com

The Peoria Mothers Of Twins Clothing & Equipment Consignment Sale will take place on Saturday at the Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St in Peoria) from 8 am – Noon. Admission is $1 or receive free admission by texting Pmotsale to 23559. Cash & credit will be accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriamothersoftwins.org

The Hult Center for Healthy Living will host the 3rd Annual Mental Health Forum “Family Emotional Wellness and Recovery” on Saturday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center at Bradley University. Dr. Steve Perry, founder of one of the top schools in the country, will be the keynote speaker. The forum also features two breakout sessions with a variety of topics, lunch and awards. For more information, fees and to register, call 309-692-6650 visit www.hulthealthy.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its Annual Spring Wake-Up Event from 9 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. All guests will receive half-price admission; park members are free. Animal feedings for various park residents will take place throughout each day. For a complete schedule and more information can be found at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Junction City will host Opening Day for Trails as part of the nation-wide Rails to Trails Conservancy promotional event from 9 am – noon on the newly-opened Rock Island Greenway. Activities include: bicycle rides to the north with the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am and 11:30 am, hikes to the south with the Pimiteoui Trail Club beginning at 9:30 am and 11:30 am, a nature and birdwatching hike by the Peoria Audubon Society in the former Donovan Golf Course beginning at 9:30 am, a kids bicycle ride to Bicycle Safety Town beginning at 9:45 am, a “Pat a Pup” event with the Peoria Humane Society, a minor bike tune-up, chain lube and tire inflation by Bushwhacker, the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n and Bike Peoria, and non-competitive run by the Illinois Valley Striders at 11 am. Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

The Pekin Kids Festival will be held on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) from 10 am – 7 pm. A family-focused event, there will be interactive activities including Fun on Run inflatibles, an indoor rock climbing wall, “fairyland”, a carnival ride, a balloon artist, face painting and the Barnyard Discoveries petting zoo. Admission is $5 for ages 4 & up: ages 3 and under are free. A family pack of 4 tickets is $15. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

Eggs on the Prairie featuring “The Bunny” will welcome spring with a celebration hosted by Bethany Baptist Church at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, eggs, balloon animals, prizes and photos with “The Bunny”. For more information, call 309-692-3672, ext. 19 or visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The Heart Of Illinois Bird Club Bird Fair will take place on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North St. in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.hoibirdclub.org

A Zentangle: Art from Doodles Workshop will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Zentangle combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed. Bonnie Cox will lead the workshop: both families & individuals are invited to participate. Cost is $12 for members (with a $25 family max) or $14 for the public (with a $28 family max). Registration is encouraged but not required : call 309-863-3034 for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

Squawk the Show, a family friendly pet show featuring amazing Macaws, Amazons, a Conure and one Kooky Cockatoo, will take place on Saturday at the IVC High School Auditorium (located at 1300 W Sycamore St in Chillicothe) at 3 pm and 5 pm. The act has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”, Animal Planet’s “Pet Talent”, and David Letterman and is hosted by the IVC Band Boosters. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.vegasbirds.info/fundraiser-chillicothe

The Gaither Vocal Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $28.50 and up and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Otherwise will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 on the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Marchtober Fest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Enjoy a German buffet including beef rouladen, bratwurst, schweineschnitzel, chicken parmesan, German green beans, red cabbage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes & gravy, and spaetzle for $12 per person. Kids 9 and under who wear a German lederhosen or a Dirdnl will eat free: all kids 12 and under without a German attire are $6. Entertainment will also be provided starting at 12:30 pm. Special beers, including Oktoberfest, will also be available for the event.  Cash only will be accepted. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Jaycees will host Peoria’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Detweiller Park near the Dogwood Pavilion with festivities on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm and the hunt beginning at 2 pm. The event is open to families and children ages through 9. There will be 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy by the Easter Bunny and the Girl Scouts spread through 4 areas at the park with each areas corresponding to a specific age group: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-9. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org/easter-egg-hunt

A Gallery Walk with Preston Jackson will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday in the International Feature Gallery beginning at 2 pm. Peoria native Joel Ommen has been collecting works by Jackson, a local artist with a national reputation, for decades and has loaned some of his favorite pieces to the Museum for the “Stuff! The Art of Collecting’” exhibition. The artist will share his personal motivations for and perspectives on his work, focusing on the pieces from Ommen’s collection. The event is free to members and with regular paid 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 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/504

Skillet will perform as part of Winter Jam also featuring Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, for King & Country, Family Force 5 and evangelist Tony Nolan on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6 pm. There is a $10 donation at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

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The March Madness Experience continues this week in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) from 6 pm – 9 pm, from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and from 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Food Fight 2015 will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Top local chefs will compete in two culinary competitions where participants can taste, judge and vote. Tickets are $60 per person and include international wine tasting and heavy hors d’oeuvres while watching the cooking battles. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. For tickets, call 309-674-1131 or visit www.nhpeoria.org/events.html

The Australian Bee Gees Show will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $36, $48 & $60 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Ana Popovic will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:15 pm. Ana will be joined by The Smokers Blues Band and the Bret Bunton Project. Tickets are $22 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Pirates of Penzance continues at Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Joe Derosa will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday and the Friday late shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. The IHSA Class 3A Final Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 12 pm and Game 2 at 2 pm. The IHSA Class 4A Final Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 6:30 pm and Game 2 at 8:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 & $4 and are available 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/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Tony Suits with Dan Carroll 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 be held 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

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas in Pekin featuring The Smokers Blues Band on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

An Erin Feis Preview Party will be held on Friday at the Gateway Building on the Peoira Riverfront beginning at 7 pm. Socks in the Frying Pan, a young trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic melodic garnish will perform. Tickets are $18 at the door.   For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com/?p=1107

The Lieutenant of Inishmore will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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The Johnny Cash Experience will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Heart with special guest, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, will perform on Friday at the US Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host the Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Fitness Walk on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the 5K race beginning at 9 am, the 1 Mile Fitness Walk beginning at 9:05 am and the Kids’ Fun Run beginning at 9:30 am. The event takes runners and walkers of all ages through the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world’s most complete large scale model of the solar system.  Fees are $23 (or $28 on race day) for the 5K, $20 (or $25 on race day) for the Fitness Walk or $15 for the Kids’ Fun Run. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/481

The 1st Annual River City Running Symposium will be held on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 8 am – 5 pm. Learn the latest information on running related topics such as injury prevention and recovery, nutrition for runners, strength training and much more, from local area experts. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear advice from keynote speaker and 2004 Olympian, Tim Broe. Registration fee is $30 through March 20th and $40 the day of the event. Space is limited to the first 200 registrants. To register, visit www.rvrunning.com

The 5th Annual Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair will be held on Saturday at Ashland House (located at 201 East Ashland Street in Morton) from 9 am – 3 pm. A fundraising event for Totes for Ta-Tas/UnityPoint Health Methodist Breast Health Center, there will be over 45 crafters and vendors. For more information, call 309-263-7775.

Super Saturday: Precipitation will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Learn why March is traditionally such a stormy, rainy month plus all about precipitation plus see it rain indoors. The event is free to members and with regular paid 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “GUTS!” with Dr. Michael Treanor of Illinois Gastroenterology Institute at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. Please bring your favorite wine or beverage if desired. For more information, visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

I’m Not What I Did will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $43 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Make It Mozart at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloist Michael Dicker on bassoon, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria), by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Peoria Pops Spring Concert, A Night on Broadway, will be presented at Five Points Washington on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students & groups and are available available at Five Points Washington, by calling 309-444-8222 or visiting www.fivepointswashington.org

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The 1st Annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair will be held in Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Serving high school students from Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Putnam, and Knox counties, the fair is geared towards students beginning their college search. Representatives from over 80 colleges and universities nationwide will be available to answer questions about their institutions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 309-677-1000 or visit www.bradley.edu/collegefair

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones opens tonight and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Stoney Creek Inn (located at 101 Mariner’s Way in East Peoria) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday  – Gospel Night), at 7 pm on Friday, at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and a Sunday Morning Gospel performance beginning at 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 for each show or $30 for both shows on Saturday and $10 for Thursday night’s show with purchase of any other ticket. Advance tickets are available by emailing shortysbluegrass@comcast.net . For more information, call 309-671-0175.

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

50 Shades – The Musical Parody will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $36.50, $45 and $75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

“Tales from the Outer Solar System” will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Although admission is free, seating is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 309-686-7000. An Adler Planetarium simulcast of a live lecture by Mike “Pluto Killer” Brown, PhD, he will remotely control the Uniview planetarium software in the Peoria planetarium. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

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 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 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. 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

Tommy Davidson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show and $22 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Central Illinois Recreational Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 2 – 7 pm, on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $8:50 for adults, $3 for kids aged 6-12, free for kids 5 & under and $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and over. For more information, visit www.eventsltd.org
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Love Letters, featuring Greg Batton & Yvonne Greer, will be presented by The Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday and Saturday with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and the show is $38. For more information or to make reservations, call 309-494-9100.  

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with Capt. Quirk on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The 62nd Annual Pancake & Sausage Day hosted by the Morton Community United Church of Christ (located at 300 N. Main St. in Morton) will take place on Saturday from 6 am – 6 pm. Featuring all you can eat pancakes and sausage, baked goods, crafts and a family friendly atmosphere, tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 & under available at the door. For more information, call 309-925-3642.

The 35th Biennial Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition opens on Saturday at four locations: the Heuser Art Center at Bradley University from 5 – 7 pm, the Prairie Center of the Arts from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, the Peoria Art Guild from 6 – 8 pm and the Contemporary Art Center from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The country’s second-longest running juried print and drawing competition will feature 142 works of art by 108 artists from around the globe. It includes traditional and nontraditional graphic media, from printmaking and drawing to book arts and experimental techniques. For more information, visit www.art.bradley.edu/bug

A Kiwanis Trivia Night will be held on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at the MTHS Old Gym hosted by the Metamora Kiwanis to benefit local Kiwanis charities and its Scholarship Fund. Tables of 10 are available for $150 ($15 per person). Prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and beverage. No alcohol please on school grounds. For more information and tickets, call 309-481-4544 or email scottleas@allstate.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Taking Back Sunday will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Also featuring The Menzingers and Letlive, tickets are $27 in advance and $30 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition will hold its 31st Annual Foodshare Canathon beginning n Sunday. Collection bins will be in place at area Krogers, Subways, Curves and neighborhood fire stations through March 21st. Suggested food items include canned meat or tuna, chili, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, boxed dinners and pasta. For more info, call 309-697-5762 or email pepperbauer@att.net

Young Guns Of Blues Fest featuring Samantha Fish, WSG Mike Zito, Matthew Curry and Jimmy Nick will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4:15 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show for general admission. Reserved seating $16 in advance and $22 the day of show. Reserved tables are $26 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Remember:  Daylight Saving Time Begins officially takes place on Sunday at 2 am – so remember to set your clocks forward by one hour (spring ahead).

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Scrapbook 101: A Crash Course to Scrapbooking will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) from 6 – 7 pm. Learn the basics of the supplies, tools and design principles needed to get you on the road to documenting your life stories. You will also create a layout using concepts learned. Registration fee is $15 and includes a page kit. Email speakeasyrenae@gmail.com or visit www.inkstamppaper.com/classesto register.

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $48 and $58 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cabaret continues at Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and $25 for VIP seating and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will host a virtuoso cellist Mike Block performance at Kelleher’s (located at 619 Southwest Water Street in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Local artist Jared Bartman will open the show. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-1096.

Brad Williams will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Art and Wine with Your Valentine will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Make art and sip wine by the fire. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and this event is for ages 21 and over only. Wine, appetizers and photo booth are included. To make your reservation, call 309-579-2157 or email msauder@peoriaparks.org

Barry Cloyd and Friends will perform at the Songs from the Woods Concert at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Friday Night Live! will take place at Joe’s on Pioneer Park featuring Vinyl Tap from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Humanity Stew will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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Here Come The Mummies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Experience Romance Under the Stars at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium where you will take a tour of special places in the Cosmos and explore the romantic constellations in the night sky on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Everyone will receive a complimentary glass of wine and mini box of chocolates during the 45 minute presentation. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for the public. Advance registration required. Register in person at the PRM information desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Assistance will take place at the Peoria Public Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Certified navigators and interpreters from Heartland Community Health Clinic (HCHC) and Navicore Solutions will assist individuals with applications for health insurance coverage. No appointments are needed.  Bring proof of income, employer information, proof of Illinois residency and full names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of those being enrolled. For more information, call 309-680-7621 or 800-772-4557, ext. 80588.

Super Saturday: Valentines will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. See what happens to your favorite Valentine’s Day candies when they are melted, dissolved and mixed plus learn how those blue and purple carnations were made. The event is free to members and 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2015 Peoria Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The black-tie optional gala will feature a silent auction, dinner and DJ entertainment. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.peoriaheartball.org

Enjoy Valentine’s Day Dinner at East Port Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The 5 course dinner includes shrimp cocktail, soup, salad, filet mignon and breast of chicken, asparagus, raspberry cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. Vegetarian & gluten free options are also available upon request. Cost is $75 per couple or $95 with wine service. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations.

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its 2nd Annual “Wild About Love” event with a happy hour on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring free wine and beer, followed by a five-course dinner, prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/wild-love

Bluffett Beach Party will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 or $15 for a couple or $125 for a group of ten and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Romance” at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Bock Fest, a seasonal celebration of Bockbier and Bockwurst, will take place on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria). Full dinners will be offered for $10 for adults and $5 for children including a choice of two sausages (bockwurst, bratwurst and/or thuringer), red cabbage and spaetzle, plus a side salad with bread and butter. Dessert is available for $2 extra. Dopplebock Bier will be available as well as three other German Beers on draft plus German wines. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on Loyola Chicago Ramblers at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during the 2015 Adopt-a-Senior Valentine Party on Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at Sharon Health Care Elms (located at 3611 N Rochelle in Peoria). For $20 per gift bag, you can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. All donations are tax deductible. To donate &/or volunteer, visit www.adoptasenior.net

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and The Travis Wesley Trio will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for CIJS members, $7 for the public and free for students of all ages (college students are asked to show an ID). For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Greater Peoria League of Women Voters will host Andrew Armstrong, attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago at the West Peoria City Hall (located at 2506 W Rohmann Ave. in West Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. His topic is the new proposed regulations and what the states, environmental groups and industry have to say about the Federal Clean Power Program.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center 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. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

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

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $17 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

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 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. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information on either of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Friday Night Live! will take place at Goodfellas (located at 1414 North 8th Street in Pekin) with The Future Funk All Stars on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit
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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Cabaret will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and $25 for VIP seating and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment Assistance will take place at the Peoria Public Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Certified navigators and interpreters from Heartland Community Health Clinic (HCHC) and Navicore Solutions will assist individuals with applications for health insurance coverage. No appointments are needed.  Bring proof of income, employer information, proof of Illinois residency and full names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of those being enrolled. For more information, call 309-680-7621 or 800-772-4557, ext. 80588.

An African American History Month Celebration will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm featuring children’s activities, documentary screenings, theatrical reenactments, a book signing, a lecture on the anti-slavery movement and more. Admission is free including free access to The Street Gallery with the African American Wall of Fame & Story Studio. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria German American Society will host their 12th Annual Fasching Ball (Traditional German Costume Ball) at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – midnight. Cost is $8 person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. The West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) will host a Mardi Gras Dinner and Jazz Party on Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm and the Hill Top Jazz Combo playing from 8 – 10 pm. Costumes are encouraged. Featuring a cash bar, street entertainers, silent auction, gifts for sale plus an authentic New Orleans Cajun Style meal with Bananas Foster for desert, special dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free are also offered.  Tickets are available from the church office for $20 or at the door. For more information, call 309-688-5608 or email office@peoriauuchurch.org

JazzFest 2015 will be held at Metamora Township High School Performing Arts Center (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring the NIU Jazz Ensemble and special guest, Montez Coleman. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased at the high school main office or by calling 309-367-4151, extension 574.

The Chippendales will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $89 for VIP tickets which include a meet and greet. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

An Organ Concert will be performed at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring Dr. John Orfe, Joshua Marck, Walter Stout and Sherry Seckler. Musical selections will include Bach, Dupré, Whitlock and others. Admission if free will offering. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext. 113 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

Bad Suns will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $6 with donation of a non-perishable item and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Other Desert Cities continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
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The Peoria Historical Society will host “The Surprising Civil War: How & Why Just About Everyone Got it Wrong” in the lower level auditorium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at at 7:00 pm. Dr. Philip Dwight Jones, Associate Professor of History at Bradley University, will present the program which is free to the public. Parking is available and is also free in the Museum’s underground deck. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Friday Night Live! will take place at the Fieldhouse (located in the Campustown shopping center) featuring The Bret Bunton Project on Friday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jack1011.com

The Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) All-State Jazz Night Concert will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public and tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ilmea.org/events/15imec

The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 8 pm shows and $12 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Krank Daddies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Free Home Buyer Workshop will be held at First State Bank (located at 9000 N. Knoxville) on Saturday from 10 am – noon with local professionals presenting information for first time home buyers. For more information, visit www.homewardgroup.comor call 309-687-4877.

Speakeasy Art Center will host a “Scrapbook Crop” at the center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at Noon. Bring your supplies and work on pages during the six hours of uninterrupted time. Registration fee is $15 and includes light snacks and water. Feel free to bring your own as well. Space is limited: register at www.inkstamppaper.com/classes or email speakeasyrenae@gmail.com for more information.

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

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos at the winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) on Saturday with a buffet dinner starting at 7 pm. The show is an interactive performance where the audience helps to choose the set-list for the night. Cost is $40 per person. For reservations, please call 309-495-9463 ext. 1. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Stokley Williams will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $30 for assigned seats, and $50 for VIP including a meet & greet, tables in the front with Catering and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Wyoming Lions Club will host their annual Pancake, Sausage and Scrambled Egg Breakfaston Sunday from 8 am -1 pm at the Stark County Elementary School cafeteria. Adult tickets are $6.50 in advance or $7 at the door and children under 10 are $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door. Pre-schoolers are free. Advanced tickets are available from Wyoming Super Value, Wyoming Hardware or Susy’s Place.

Enjoy Ground Hog’s Day at Wildlife Prairie Park  on Monday with Gertie the Groundhog at 7:08 am (sunrise) to see if she will predict an early spring or not. Featuring ground hog activities, fire pits for warmth and a variety of programming, admission is free from 6 – 9 am. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairie.org

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The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Behind Every Bride will host its annual Bridal Bash at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 – 8 pm on Friday & from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Featuring mini bridal shows by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique, entertainment by DJ4U, over 70 wedding professionals, a tabletop gallery for inspiration and a vintage market. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Motown Junkies 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

Community Workshop & Training Center will hold its annual “Super Trivia Challenge” beginning at 7 pm on Friday at Running Central (located at 311 Southwest Water Street in Peoria). Cost is $30 is person or $240 for a table of eight and includes appetizers and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-686-3300 or visit www.cwtc.org

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Beer & Brats Under the Stars will take place from 7 – 9 pm on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria). Enjoy craft beer, brats and snacks featuring DESTIHL Brewery from Bloomington. Admission is $25 members and $30 for the general public. To register, call 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Penguin Project will present Seussical, Jr. at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available on line at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  Student tickets only available at the box office or at the performance. For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinproject.org

Other Desert Cities will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com
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FamilyCore’s Frosty 5K and Dog Walk kicks off at 9 am on Saturday with an awards ceremony following at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in downtown Peoria). Registration is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race, $45 for families of 3 or more and $22 for walkers and is available online at www.cfspeoria.org

The Art-spiration! Workshop: Snow (or Ice) Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2-3 pm. The event is included with regular 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. To register, call 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Boy Scout Troop 178 will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm at the Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N. Tennessee Ave. in Morton). Advance tickets are available for $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. For advance tickets, contact a member of Troop 178 or call 309-212-0393. Cost at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. Carryouts will be available. Bids for the silent auction will be accepted from 4 to 7:30 pm. There will also be a bake sale all night. Anyone bringing a canned food donation will receive a free cookie or dessert. Proceeds from the fundraiser help Scouts pay for summer camp, Philmont Scout Ranch, and other activities throughout the year.

The 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals will take place at the East Port Marina (located at 701 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-7 and $1 for ages under 3. Featuring live music, 50/50 chances, door prizes and raffles, meet some of the families of Easter Seals.

The Sun Foundation will present the 10th Annual Winter Warming at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a silent auction, door prizes, guest artist exhibits plus signature wines, craft & import beers, whiskey samplings, hors d’oeuvres & desserts, tickets are $55 if purchased before January 10 or $65 after and are available online at www.sunfoundation.org For more information, call 309-246-8403.

Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) will host a 3-act Murder Mystery Dinner performed by The Mystery Shop beginning with dinner on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The dinner & show are $40 per person and for reservations, call 309-495-9463 ext. 1. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on the Missouri State Bears at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The 23rd Annual Winter Comedy Show hosted by the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Bradley University will feature DeRay Davis on Saturday at the Renaissance Coliseum at 7 pm. Tickets are  $15 and $10 for college students with an ID and are available in the Student Activities Office in Sisson Hall at Bradley. Bradley students can attend for free, but must show a current Bradley ID.  For more information, call 309-677-3050.

Winterfest, a celebration of Winter German style, will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. A special German buffet is $12 per person will include wienerschnitzel, parmesan chicken, bratwurst, German potato salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and red cabbage. Apple strudel for dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from the Disney movie “Frozen” will get to eat for free. All kids 12 and under without a costume can enjoy the buffet for $6. The Lindenhof features a full bar with three German beers on draft, a selection of German wines, and German liqueurs. For more information, call 309-691-7484

Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe with guest Jonny Beckett on sax will be the featured performers at the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society performance on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria). Featuring Latin and a variety of other jazz, the CIJS house band will open the night’s show. Admission is $7 and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game, 2 tickets to see Other Desert Cities at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse or 2 Adult Passes to the Aquaplex!

The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor & Friends 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 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. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday and Saturday in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets 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
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) pm Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Purchase tickets at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

Tom Green will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm and Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 or $25 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 9 am. Admission is $69 for one and $99 for two and are available online at www.ivedecided.org

Family Fest 2015, a family-focused community event featuring interactive fun for all ages, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D. With Fun on the Run inflatables, an indoor rock climbing wall, a Pumpkin Patch carnival ride, Barnyard Discoveries Petting Zoo, face painting, door prize giveaways, and multiple simulation games, admission is $5 for adults and children and free for ages under 3. A Family Four Pack of 2 adults and 2 children will also be available for $15. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

Super Saturday: Super Cooled Science! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. A family-friendly event, have frosty fun as you find out what happens when cooling a balloon, a penny and a graham cracker down to -320°F: learn about the science behind this super (cooled) element. The event is free to members and 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

Yvonne Greer will perform at the Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

The Smokers Blues Band Send Off Party will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Goodfellas Pizza & Pub (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin), The band will compete in the International Blues Challenge later this month in Memphis, Tennessee. Cost is $5 for River City Blues Society members and $7 for non-members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

Laser Light Night: Laser Floyd will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall beginning at 7 pm. Both shows are included with regular 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

The Peoria Symphony will present “Festa Italiana! A Festival of Italian delight” at Grace Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Sunday Fun Day: Swedish Fairytale will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. During the event, kids will read “Werewolf,” a beloved Swedish folktale and make a fun Swedish craft to take home. The event is $3 per child and pre-registration is not necessary. Admission to the Museum 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

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Tom Rhodes will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2nd Friday Film Club will present Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) from 2 – 4 pm in the Peoria Public Library Main (downtown) Library auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Soft Spoken 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets 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

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Girls With Guitars will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $22 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

The Skill Sprout Academy Science & Technology Open House(located at 8500 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) will feature hands on exhibits of classes available at the school on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Students can interact with equipment and tools used in the Junior Science, Junior FIRST Lego League Robotics, FIRST Lego League Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge classes plus instructors will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, however, registration is required. Call 800-773-1682 x304 to register.

Eagle Day at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles over-winter in the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Action Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Suitable for all ages, participants will roll, squeeze, splatter and spread paint like the pros to create their own Modernist masterpieces. Admission for this event is $5 for members with a $15 for member family maximum or $7 for the public with a $21 maximum for families. Admission to the museum 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A River Spirit Flute Circle will be presented on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 1 pm. Admission is free. Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing: all levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Randy Starnes, a local flute maker and leader of the group, will have flutes for you to borrow or purchase or you may bring your own flute. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on the Evansville Aces at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Corn Stock Theatre will host the “FLO-ing” through the Classics: Family Fun Trivia Night and Corn Stock Theatre Musical Revue on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Centre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Upper Bradley Park in Peoria).  Featuring old & new favorite show tunes performed by local performers, admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple and includes pre-show viewing of silent auction items in the dance studio, food and the show. Call to reserve your spot at 309-676-2196 with payments taken at the door. For more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present its New Year’s Greeting Dancing and Romancing Concert on Saturday at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Joan Hess & Kirby Ward, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Heritage Ensemble will present “Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah” at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 senior citizens $8 students and free children under 12 and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.heritageensemble.com

The Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held on Sunday in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 10 am with runway shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-688-1411 or 309-263-8155.

The Old Men Boys will perform as part of the Music in the McKenzie series at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2150.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will present “Modernism and the Art of the New Deal: The Federal Art Project in Illinois” beginning at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. The lecture will be feature Dr. Gregory Gilbert, Art History program director at Knox College, who will explore the Federal Art Project which employed many of the artists featured in the Impressionism Into Modernism exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Vatican Museums 3D will be shown in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday, at 1 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. The film offers an inside look at the Vatican Museums and well-known masterpieces, as well as pieces never before shown to the public. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens aged 60+ and $12 for children aged 3-17. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Goody, Goody Gumdrops at Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Make and create crafts and participate in fun holiday activities. Admission $3 per person and Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) continues its production of The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday plus a holdover show on Sunday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Friday & Saturday at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available.
A Riverlife Christmas Dinner Show Cruise featuring Scott and Rachel Kramer will board on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and 22.50 for children. To reserve your spot for either cruise or for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday and from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal encounters and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public. For tickets, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Night in Bethlehem Open House will take place at Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances Street in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Enter the ancient city of Bethlehem, be counted in the census, explore an unforgettable Marketplace where you can taste authentic foods, make crafts and visit with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free. For more information, email office@chillicothechristian.net or visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station 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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

28 North will perform at the Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 in advance $5 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

High School Musical, presented by Corn Stock for Kids, continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday plus a holdover performance on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its “Sounds of the Season” concert at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring performances by Leslie Manfredo, Lee Wenger and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

The 5th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors (both indoors and outdoors) who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods.  Imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available, including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

An open enrollment event for Get Covered Illinois will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch Peoria Public Library where certified navigators and interpreters will assist those who are applying for health insurance coverage. Additional enrollment times include the first and third Tuesdays from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Peoria Public Library and the second and fourth Tuesdays from 11 am – 4 pm at the Lincoln Branch. For more information on the Get Covered Event, call Heartland Community Health Clinic at 309-680-7621 or Get Covered Illinois at 217-685-6312.

Super Saturday: Snow Science will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will learn about snow and ice by conducting a salt and ice experience, creating snowflakes, and playing with “Insta-Snow,” a polymer that erupts into “snow” in seconds, mimicking the texture of real snow. The event is included in 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

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place at the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 7 pm featuring unique shopping, holiday treats and free horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa. Those spending $25 or more at a participating business will receive a coupon to enter the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display for free. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.peoriaballet.org

TazWood Dance Company will present “One Last Time“, the final performance for the company, on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

JT Hodges will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will lead a Christmas Carol Sing at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, followed by a showing of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing along as the audience participates in the choruses or simply enjoy the show. Admission is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $5 for students and $10 for adults. Donations will benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria Christmas Drive. For more information, call 309-671-1550.

Mary Finch, a Eureka native and a soprano with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, will perform a Concert of Christmas Songs on Sunday beginning at 4 pm at Eureka Christian Church (located at 302 S. Main St. in Eureka). Also performing is San Francisco Opera Chorus tenor Dan Stanley with Laura Weaver Hughes as accompanist. The program will include selections from the musical “Showboat” and traditional Christmas music. Admission is $10. Proceeds will go to the church’s music program and a planned summer music and arts festival at Eureka College. For reservations, call 877-892-7823 or reserve and order online at http://www.eureka.edu/event/mary-finch-home-for-christmas