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D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D will open on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater with shows every hour from 11 am – 4 pm. Featuring a display of period vehicles and artifacts, the Central Illinois World War II Reenactors will be on hand along with veterans to give personal comments about the movie and the battle. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day: Normandy 1944″ brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. Tickets are $5 for veterans & active duty forces and their families, $5 for members, $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and $5 for children (ages 3-17). For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 41st Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival will take place this weekend around the Peoria area with ragtime and honky-tonk piano players from around the world competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes. Starting with dinner at Sky Harbor Steakhouse tonight (Thursday) and continuing with a Spirit of Peoria cruise on Friday, the contests and competitions will take place at the Embassy Suites East Peoria throughout the weekend. For more information, call 217-356-3012 or visit www.oldtimepianocontest.org

The 2015 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning Thursday with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans, a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit www.summercampfestival.com

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

A Night with Josh Turner, the Heartland Hero Benefit Concert, will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6:45 pm. The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will hold its Annual Heartland Heroes event as part of this concert experience. Floor table and ticket sponsorship packages are available by calling 309-677-7272. Tickets are $33 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

Morton Civic Chorus presents its “Encore 2015” concert series benefiting CIMKF (Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund) at the Hartmann Center Theatre on Bradley University campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and are available from any chorus member, at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N.Crestline Dr. in Peoria), at Morton Community Bank (located at 218 N. Main in Morton), by phone at 309-677-4966, at the door and online at www.mortoncivicchorus.org

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

The Spirit of Peoria will host the PianoStravaganza Cruise on Friday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruises from 11 am – 1 pm. The cruise features Johnny Maddox on the piano in addition to a hot lunch lunch buffet. Tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday – Saturday at 9 am – 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration concludes on Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The Louie Louie Festival hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders will take place on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade and live music beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Ed & Judy Howard 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

New Odyssey, showcasing “3 Guys” playing 30 different musical instruments, 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 general public, $10 students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The RiverFront Market opens this week on the Peoria riverfront and will take place 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 www.peoriariverfront.com

The Murph Challenge will take place on Saturday locally at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) with heats at 8 am & 9 am. Join people across the US in honoring fallen service members this Memorial Day by participating in the event named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. The work-out consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another 1-mile run. There is no fee to participate, however registration is available along with donations for the LT. Mike Murphy Scholarship Foundation at www.themurphchallenge.com  For more information, call 309-682-9348.

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 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 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.
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Laser Light Night featuring the music of the Beatles & Led Zeppelin will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 6 pm (Beatles) and 7 pm (Zeppelin). Tickets are free for members, $5 for one show or $8 both shows available at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 1st Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held on Monday at lower Glen Oak Park beginning at 7:30 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 prior to race weekend and $35 on race weekend with a $5 discount for Veterans. Awards will be given at “Picnic Party” after run. Proceeds will be used for Central Illinois Home Repair Projects for Veterans. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=11868

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held on Monday in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 10:30 am paying tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria County Veterans’ War Memorial Committee will hold a Memorial Day Observanceat the World Wars I & II Veterans Memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Monday beginning at 1pm. People who have purchased a brick throughout the year to honor a Peoria County veteran are invited to attend and the public is welcome.

The Annual South-West Kiwanis Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday at the Vietnam War Memorial located near the Prospect Road entrance to Glen Oak Park beginning at 1 pm. Richwoods High School Marine ROTC will parade and retire colors, there will be a 21 gun salute and keynote speaker will be Vietnam War Veteran David Reed Clark.

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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Doran & 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place also 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 

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. 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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Freddy Jones Band will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Auggie Smith 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 and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $15 all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues every weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday – Saturday at 9 am – 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit on Friday beginning at 7 pm, on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The music is live and callers Jim Hicks and Peggy Holmes teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present “Built to Amaze: Nuts & Boltz” at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7 pm on Friday and at 1 pm & 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Select opening night tickets are $12 and all other performances start at $15 with VIP seating available for $40 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.Ringling.com or by visiting the U.S Cellular Coliseum Box Office. For group rates and information, call 309-434-2921. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with an optional Craft Beer Tasting on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd and a cash bar will be available. Boarding begins at 7:30 pm and the cruise runs from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 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 the Craft Beer Tasting Cruise, admission is $35 (must be 21 or over) and reservations must be made by calling 309-637-8000 by 5 pm that day. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie where riders will meet until 11 am. A police-escorted parade leaves at Noon for Walters Brothers Harley Davidson for a party featuring refreshments, entertainment, a bike show and a live auction. Cost to participate is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. For registration and full details, visit www.peoriarideforthecure.com

The Annual Fort Crevecoeur Spring Rendezvous and Gathering will be held at Fort Crevecoeur (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. Experience the way of life in the area from 1680 to 1850 with traders & American Indians from the Peoria area through encampments, demonstrations an open air flea market and live music. Food and a children’s area will be available. Admission is $1 for adults and free for kids aged 12 & under with an adult. For more information, visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

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.

The 1st Annual George Jacob Gut Buster 5k & Fun Run will begin on Saturday at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams St. in Peoria) beginning at 9 am. Participants will be able to take “pit stops” along the way and partake in junk food snacks with “Brewapalooza” from 11 am – 3 pm following the race. Awards will be given for best times, pit stops and costumes. The fee to run is $45 and all participants must be 21 to be involved. All proceeds benefit Neighborhood House Association. For more information and to register, visit www.gutbusterpeoria.com

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will be held at Glen Oak Park Lagoon (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am for ages 9 & under, 11 am – 1 pm for ages 10 – 12 and from 1 – 3 pm for ages 50+ and those with disabilities. Admission is free and poles are available for use also. Bait, concessions and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 2nd Annual Diversity Festival will take place at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 323 Court St. in Pekin) as well as other downtown Pekin businesses on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. The event is free to the public and will focus on children ages 3 to 12 with kid friendly activities. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PekinDiversityFestival

Brewapalooza will take place at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. The Peoria Warehouse District’s largest craft beer tasting, there will be over 80 varieties of craft beer to sample, live entertainment, food and more. Admission is $15 with all proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood House Association.

The Peoria Zoo will celebrate its 60th Birthday on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm with classic birthday party games, bounce houses, the grand opening of the new Nature Play Area and presents given to the animals. Admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $6, senior citizens are $8 and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3559.

Super Saturday: Van de Graaff! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Learn why static electricity can shock you, see electrons shoot through the air and even make your hair stand on end with a Van de Graaff generator. 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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday  with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 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 Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Scott Settelmyer, co-founder of TerraCarbon LLC who will explain how his Peoria-based company is helping to combat climate change on a global level in “Climate Change, Forests, and Markets” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information., visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

The 2015 Great Bloody Mary Mix Off will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at Noon. 9 local bars/restaurants will compete to be named the best Bloody Mary maker in Central Illinois. All proceeds from the event go towards benefiting Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center’s Community & Minority Outreach Programs. There will also be food, a silent auction & live entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person or $15 for dedicated drivers and are available online at www.greatbloodymarymixoff.com

The Philharmonic Chorale will perform their Spring Concert at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and Carl Anderson and His New Orleans Jazz Band will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) 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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Damn Yankees opens at Peoria Players Theatre tomorrow night (Friday) at 7:30 pm and runs Saturday at 7:30 pm 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

The 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Midstate College. Featuring free blood pressure and glucose checks, massages, yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations plus other activities, admission is free For more information, call 309-692-4092, ext. 1150.

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and plays through June 7. 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Burlington on Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday beginning at 6 pm and Sunday beginning at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Morton High School will present their spring musical “Happy Days” at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be sold at the door. This high energy musical is based on the popular TV series with the same name.

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Jeremy Essig 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 all shows except for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $14. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place 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

The 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Championship will be held Friday through Sunday at the EastSide Centrer (located at 1 Eastside Drive in East Peoria). Eight teams will vie for the 2015 GLVC crown and the opportunity to represent the conference at the NCAA Division II National Championship. An All-Tournament Pass is $20 or tickets for Friday are $10 for adults, $7 for students/youth (K-12) and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets for Saturday are $7 for adults, $5 for students/youth (K-12)and ages 5 and under are free and on Sunday prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students/youth (K-12) and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check only. No credit cards accepted. For more information, visit www.glvcsports.com

The 44th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

Passage to India will take place on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center with authentic Indian cuisine, culture and entertainment beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. A fundraiser for Easter Seals, tickets are $150 and are available by calling 309-686-7755, x2287 or visiting www.kidstherapyprogress.com/Events/PassageToIndia

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 take place also 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 Itoo Society will host “The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding“, an original interactive, improv comedy, will be presented at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 N Farmington Road in Peoria) beginning at 5:45 pm on Friday & Saturday. In the style of “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding”, the show recreates a wedding including the ceremony, a reception dinner and dancing featuring a Lebanese and American buffet. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 309-676-9725.

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on Friday with live entertainment by Chuck and the C-Note included plus a cash bar available with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Robert Rich will perform at the Dome Planetarium within the Peoria Riverfront Museum with his Filaments Tour 2015 beginning at 8 pm. World renowned ambient musician and composer Robert Rich and his other-worldly acoustics will be accompanied by an immersive visual show projected overhead on the dome. Local musician the Suit & Tie Guy will be perform a live electronic opening act in the lobby beginning at 7 pm. Seating is limited: tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available the museum, by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria from 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features variety of mediums. Named for Percival Rennick, the first President of the Peoria Historical Society, the show is chaired by local artist and Peoria Historical Society member, Marjorie Schwebel. A public reception for the exhibit will open to the public on May 16 from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 4th Annual Shoot for the Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Skeet and Trap Club (located at 1470 Spring Bay Rd. in East Peoria) beginning at 9:30 am. The $30 fee includes two rounds for trap shooting, two boxes of shotgun shells and a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-645-2597 or visit www.peoriaskeetandtrap.com

Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held on Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Bring your lunch: snacks and drinks will be available at the concession stand. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Outlander: The Gathering will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Perfect for fans of the Diana Gabaldon book series Outlander or the Starz program, the event will take you back in time to explore the Scotland of Outlander. Featuring Clan Donald’s pipers, dancers, drummers and singers, an Outlander kitchen, the Myths of Scotland with Bard Wendy Blanton, the Jacobite Rebellion with Dave Halt plus a weapons display and more, admission is free. For more information call 309-497-2702 or 309-497-2141.

The Bradley University Department of Interactive Media presents the 2nd Annual Interactive Media Experience, Fuse: Play – Watch – Interact, a one-day interactive art exhibition of creative work and hands-on exhibits at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. The show features video showcases, senior presentations, creative exhibitions, green screen experiences and catapult projects. Access to most event areas, including Giant Screen Theater, Lobby and Lakeview Auditorium is free: museum admission applies for entry into FUSE ‘green room’ exhibit and all other Museum exhibits, 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, go to http://imbradley.com

Princess and Pirates will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Youngsters are invited to explore the Zoo dressed in their favorite princess or pirate outfits where they can meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $6 for ages 2 – 12, free for kids 1 & under and $8 for senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Prairie Animal Hospital (located at 722 N. Grand Prairie Drive in Peoira) will celebrate its 1st anniversary with a free Pet Wellness Fair on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. There will be a pet costume contest along with $25 heartworm tests, pet dental presentation, a flea and tick clinic plus other activities. For more information, visit www.peoriapetvet.com

Detox Retox will take place at The Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N. Hale Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 1:30 pm. Including 50 minutes of detoxifying yoga with Kristin Corinne Schleich followed by 40+ minutes of craft beer tasting of locally brewed beers, participants must be 21. Please bring your own mat and towel. Cost is $20 per person and includes a yoga class and beer flight. Registration is required and is available at www.kristincorinneyoga.com/detox-retox

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 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 Peoria Area Civic Chorale will perform “A Few of Our Favorite Things” on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Directed by Dr. Joseph Henry, the concert will feature child-friendly Disney Movie selections from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, 101 Dalmations, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Pocahontas, and Toy Story plus the PACC Youth Chorus and a special men’s invitational choir. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students, $18 groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

The Sammy Hagar tribute band Red will perform on Saturday at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Starting at 6:30 pm Limelight will be hosting a guitar competition on the Sound Bar Stage. The top two will face off later in the evening on Limelight’s Main Stage. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Neon Equinox will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 11:30 pm. Open to ages 14 to 20, the dance party will feature a laser light system, true concert sound quality, neon glow sticks, beach balls and glow paint, a photo lounge, a rap battle between Brandon Rice and Lucky 7, a smoke machine blast and dance offs. Admission is $10 with a Facebook or Twitter RSVP by Thursday or $15 at the door. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/629421987201769/

Maifest will take place on Sunday at the Lindenhof from Noon – 6 pm featuring live entertainment including Al’s Pals Band and Combo, the Lindenhof Echos (Alpine Horns), Gemischterchor (Choir) and Peoria Volkstänzer plus a May Pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances plus crafts for kids. Admission is free. German foods including Bavarian pretzels and German wine & beer will be available for purchase – they accept only cash & checks. The event is sponsored by the Music and Culture Committee of the German American Society of Peoria. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The African American Hall of Fame Museum will unveil Preston Jackson’s larger-than-life “Richard Pryor – More than Just a Comedian” sculpture at the intersection of Washington and State streets in Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. For more information, call 309-370-0702.

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As featured on the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report, Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Also as featured on the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report, the Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Ave. in Peoria) Spring Ice Show “Once Upon a Forest” will be presented on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring special guest skater, Daniel Turchin, 2015 Juvenile Boys Champion. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 4-12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under and are available at Owens Center. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through Friday.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Money Smart Week 2015 continues throughout the Peoria area through Saturday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout the community offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes will be available: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

Smoke on the Mountain opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and plays through June 7. 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 

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Jason Michael Carroll will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $22 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

As You Like It continues by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Bil Dwyer 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 and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues every weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Lizzie Neal Ban 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

Stuffed! A Night of Gastronomic Proportions, featuring a night of food, games and music will take place on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 6 -9 pm. Food samples from 12 area restaurants will be available. A fundraiser for the museum, tickets are $55 per person, $100 per couple or $500 per group of six couples. To purchase tickets, call 309-863-3060 or visit www.PRMstuffed.eventbrite.com

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.

Casting Crowns will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $28, $43, 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

The Krank Daddies will perform at 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

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing will host a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Peoria Applebees (located at 3629 N War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 10 am. Tickets are $5 and includes bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds will be used for home repair projects for Central Illinois Veterans. Tickets will be available at the door or can be ordered by calling 309-363-3737.

The Keep Peoria Beautiful Great American Cleanup will take place on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Volunteers can help by recruiting a team to clean up any area where litter has collected. Trash bags, yard waste bags and gloves can be picked up from 8 -10 am at Glen Oak Learning Center (located at 2100 N. Wisconsin in Peoria). Trash and landscape bags can go out with the weekly garbage pickup; electronic waste (anything with a plug), batteries and tires will be collected at the Glen Oak Learning Center and recycled safely. In addition, PNC Bank will have a shredding truck available at the East Bluff Community Center (located at 512 E. Kansas in Peoria) for anyone needing to shred papers. For more information or to register a team, visit www.keeppeoriabeautiful.org/great-american-cleanup

The Peoria Magicians Assembly will present “An Evening of Magic” at the Expo Gardens Opera House on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring national and international acts coming in as part of The Central Illinois Magic Get-Together as well as acts from Central Illinois, the magic, illusion and comedy are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and are available at the Costume Trunk (located at 710 West Main Street in Peoria) at the door or online at www.peoriamagicians.com

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35, $40, 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

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

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

To celebrate Peoria’s 180th birthday, the Peoria Historical Society will host its 2nd Annual Spring Showcase at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Sunday beginning with a Spring Boutique at 1 pm and followed by entertainment at 3 pm. This year’s event is entitled “You Are There” and will feature Illinois State Senator Dave Koehler, City Councilman Ryan Spain and other well-known local leaders portraying the original founders of the community. Refreshments and desserts will be served, along with a cash bar. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 per table of 10. For more information, call the Peoria Historical Society at 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its Spring Orchestral Concerts on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at Metamora Township High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. At 2 pm, the Preparatory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble will perform and at 4 pm, the Youth Symphony featuring soloist Mallika Patel on flute will perform. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Holst, Sibelius, Borodin and more, admission is valid for both concerts.

The Orpheus Club of Peoria Spring Concert will take place at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Under the direction of Aaron Ganschow, this male voice four part harmony will be singing such as “The Prayer” , “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “On a Clear Day” and more. Admission is $5 at the door. There are no reserved seats.

Rosewater, written & directed by Jon Stewart, will be presented in partnership with Peoria Area World Affairs Council at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre on Sunday beginning at 4 pm with a Skype Q & A with Maziar Bahari, the showing of the movie at 4:30 pm and a showing of the documentary by Maziar Bahari “To Light a Candle” at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens or students and $8 for youth up to 17 and are available in advance at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or at the door.

Register HERE to 2 Tickets to “Legends” at the Peoria Civic Center, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex or Dinner & the Show “Smoke on the Mountain” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday. 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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Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented tonight (Thursday) at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Road in Peoria) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. The family-friendly event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and feature performances from more than 100 local performers including the Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz, Pulse of Peoria Drumline, ICC Readers’ Theatre, The Maloof Granddaughter Trio and more. Admission is free, however a collection will be taken during intermission. For more information, call 309- 694-5107 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1534733220144171

A Little Princess will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

All In The Timing continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

As You Like It will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

August Osage County will be presented tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the Pritchard Theatre on the campus of Eureka College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, faculty & senior citizens and are available by calling the box office at 309-467-6363. Audiences should be advised this is an adult story with strong language and mature themes.

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

Peoria County’s Youth Services Network Panel will host the 8th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. Highlighting Child Abuse Prevention Month and drawing attention to pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County, participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Jared Bartman 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 take place also 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 23rd Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring over 250 quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com
Check out the ExplorePeoria.com Video Entertainment Report featuring the 2015 Beer Festival at https://youtu.be/u64GdHlrviE

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda in Mossville on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach all the dances:  beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $15 with front row tickets are $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Money Smart Week 2015 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on Saturday and running through April 25th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout the community offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes will be available: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

The 3rd Annual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run and Fun Walkwill take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) through the vineyard and fields. Cost is $30 per adults, $25 for students and $8 for children under 3 years. Registration will happen at Great Clips in Metro Centre on Friday from 4 – 7 pm and on Race Day beginning at 7:30 am.  For more information, call 309-624-9595.

A Civil War Spring Drill Re-Enactment will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 2 on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Spring has arrived, and soldiers are preparing for a long march. Come experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill). Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 11th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, local food, educational materials, hands-on demonstrations, kids’ crafts and face painting. There will be door prizes and an Earth Day Sale at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 11th Annual ICC International Fair 2015 will take place at the ICC East Peoria Campus on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Celebrating various cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing, there is a $2 suggested donation and all food samples are 25 cents each. All money raised will go towards scholarships for international students. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action when the Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. The event is free with admission to the Museum which is free for Museum members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. . Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Relay For Life of Northern Tazewell County will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/northtazewellil

Peoria Players Theatre will host their 3rd Annual Trivia Night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $15 per person at the door. Call 309-688-4473 for reservations and for rules and regulations, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Beach Burger Blowout will be presented featuring the Jumbo Shrimp Trio from St. Louis at AmVets Post 169 (located at 660 Radio City Drive in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Cheeseburger meals will be available for purchase from 5 – 7 pm with proceeds to benefit Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Hosted by the Central Illinois Parrot Head Club, the North Pekin Amvets and Amvets Riders, for more information, visit www.ciphc.org

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host a Dance Showcase featuring music, open dancing and dance performances on Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Open dancing will include Latin, Ballroom and Swing styles plus appetizers, desserts and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. Formal attire is required: no jeans please. For more information, call 309-685-1950.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin beginning at 7 pm on Saturday at 6 pm and at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Clayton Anderson will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free plus you can enter to win a Mega Ticket at the event. You can reserve your free tickets at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Wicked Divas” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children & students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s Taste of Italy Dinner will take place at the Spalding Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 7403 N Radnor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 12:30 – 4 pm. Featuring cuisine from Northern Italy, choose from spaghetti & meatballs or spaghetti & Bolognese meat sauce plus a salad, bread and a soft drink. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Fried Zucchini and Fried Polenta and wine, coffee and Italian baked goods will also be available. Proceeds of the dinner support the Society’s annual scholarship program and donations to local charities. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Matinee at the Movies” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 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

The Sun Foundation’s 22nd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Derel and Ellen Monteith Quartet at the Landmark Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the ICC Jazz Train (big band) opening. Derel and Ellen have performed separately and together with great jazz musicians across the US and abroad for over 20+ years. The musicians filling out the quartet include Andy Crawford on acoustic bass and Jason Brannon on drums. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, visit www.centralilljazz.org

Register HERE to 4 Tickets to Monster Jam or 2 Tickets to the Beer Festival or Dinner & the Show “Smoke on the Mountain” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

 

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through April 19. 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 Peoria Chiefs open their season tonight (Thursday) against the Quad Cities beginning at 7 pm with another game on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 6 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

James Johann 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 all shows except for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2015 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring a NASCAR Driving Simulator, King Robotica, Look-a-Like SpongeBob & Princess Sophia, Princess Elsa, Anna & Olaf plus facepainting, a stilt walker & bouncer for the kids, tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The 2nd Friday Film Club will present Singin’ In the Rain on Friday 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 Galactic Cowboy Orchestra 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 The Fieldhouse in Campustown 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 www.jack1011.com

A Gilbert and Sullivan Spoof of Victorian Manners will be presented at the Dingledine Music Center on the Bradley University campus on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students. First performed on April 23, 1881, this rollicking operetta pokes fun at the aesthetic craze of late 19th century England. Performed by Bradley University’s Opera Workshop, under the direction of Kerry Walters, and the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tim Semanik. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 309-677-2601.

All In The Timing will be presented by the ICC Theatre Dept. at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

A Ladies Night Out will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, S2 in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 8pm – Midnight. Take a pole and Burlesque dance class plus enjoy spa services, vendors, raffles & refreshments. Cost is $40. For more information, visit www.castylefitnessstudio.com

Membership Swap Weekend is this Saturday & Sunday and allows members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Historical Society enjoy a weekend of free general admission to all four attractions by presenting their membership card and photo ID.

A Lawn Mower Clinic will be held at the Exposition Gardens Textile Building on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. The $35 fee includes cleaning the deck, sharpening the blade, replacing the spark plug and filter and cleaning of the mower. Drop off your mower in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.cidga.org

Hollywood in the Heights, a 10K and 10K relay will take place through the streets of Peoria Heights on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Benefitting HISRA (the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association), cost is $45 through Friday and $50 on race day. Registration and more information is available at www.hollywoodintheheights.com

A Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday from 9 am – noon at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington). Activities include the UnityPoint – Methodist Wellmobile, diabetes screenings, blood pressure checks, prenatal care information, heart health information, bicycle safety, health & wellness information for all ages, games and activities for children and giveaways. For more information, visit www.unitypoint.org/peoria

Springdale Cemetery (located at 014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) Opening Day Clean-Up will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm to prepare the grounds and facilities for spring and summer activities. Volunteers are needed; work gloves and snacks will be provided. To sign up, call 309-681-1400.

Perfect Pastels will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Local artist and teacher Chris Holbrook will guide and advise as you work to create your own interpretation of the world around you. All skill levels are welcome; all materials are provided. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for the public. Ages 13 and up are welcome. Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

Relay For Life of Bradley University will take place on Saturday from 2- 8 pm on the Bradley campus. Featuring live performances by Bradley University students, fun games and a Luminaria ceremony at 7 pm, for more information and to sign up, visit www.relayforlife.org/bradleyuil

The 17th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community, cost to attend is $175 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy dance performances from local groups including the Peoria Latin Vibe, Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts, the Peoria Chinese Folk Dance Team, local school flag cadet corps and more and participate in the Mambo for Meals Community Line Dance, a flash mob style dance.  Desserts and soft drinks served throughout the evening: children are welcome. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 if reserved in advance at RockintheHouse@yahoo.com  All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood House Meals-on-Wheels and Summer Meals Programs. For more information, visit www.RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

The Eyes Wide Open Masquerade Ball will take place at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. An evening filled with live entertainment by the United Groove Theory, heavy appetizers, wine & beer and a cash bar are included. All funds raised stay in the Central Illinois Community. Tickets are $125 for a single ticket or $200 for a couple and are available online at https://squareup.com/market/centralillinoisfriends

The Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band will perform on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the Mauer Performing Arts Center at Metamora High School. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 in advance. Advance tickets available by calling 309-367-4151 x574.

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

River City Blues Society will present Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin). Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the general public. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Songs From The Woods Concert Series will feature Chris Kastle on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights). Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Trippin’ Billies (Dave Matthews Tribute Band) will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie will present the Roundstone Buskers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Named for Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the Buskers play traditional and contemporary Celtic music.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

A Bradley Community Chorus Concert will take place on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the Dingledine Music Center on the Bradley University campus. Admission is $10 for aults and free for students. Composers represented in the concert include William Billings, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Moses Hogan. The concert is part of the Music Scholarship Concert Series with all proceeds going to scholarships for Bradley music students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

A Gallery Walk with Pixie Jacquin will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the Permanent Collection-Folk Art Gallery on Sunday beginning at 3 pm & 4 pm. Learn about Outsider art with Mary Lou “Pixie” Jacquin, the collector and an Outsider artist herself, for a unique gallery walk of her personal collection in the “Witness to the Vision” exhibit. 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 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/504

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The Lilies and the Lorax Lily Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 North Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm through Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. The “Listen to the Lorax!” event will be held on Saturday where you and your kids can enjoy a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax and create a truffula tree to take home beginning at 1 pm. Admission is $8 for members or $10 for non-members and registration may be made by calling 309-681-3506. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden

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

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones continues and runs through April 19 with performances tonight (Thursday) through Saturday (no performance on Easter Sunday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. Doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday 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

Tim Meadows will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday show and $21 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

An Easter Scavenger Hunt & Animal Feedings will take place on Friday at Wildlife Prairie Park from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Forms for the scavenger hunt will be available for purchase at the front ticket gate for $4 each plus regular admission fees. Animal feedings for the cougars, river otters, black bear and bison & elk will also take place throughout the day. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $7 for senior citizens (ages 65+), $8 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

A Doggie Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Friday at Camp Wokanda (located at located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) from 1 – 3 pm featuring a doggie costume contest with prizes as well as activities for the entire family. Admission is $5 per dog and $2 per human. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A portion of the proceeds from this family-friendly event will be donated to local animal shelters. For more information, call 309-579-2157.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana IceGators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm in Game 3 of the President’s Cup Playoffs.  Game 4 of the President’s Cup Playoffs will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm if necessary. The  Tickets are $15 and $10 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.rivermen.net/tickets/2014-15-playoff-tickets  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

Friday Night Live! will take place at The Fieldhouse in Campustown with 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

The 31st Annual Nostalgic Indoor Invitational Auto Show and Swap Meet will take place on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) beginning at 7 am. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

An Underwater Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Aquaplex (located within the Riverplex in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am and at 10 am.  Participants must pre-register and bring their own basket to gather eggs. Meant for children ages 3 to 8, children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian into the pool. Admission is $5 for Peoria residents and $7 for non-residents. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Giant Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast on Saturday with the Egg Hunts at 11 am and 1:30 pm and the Bunny Breakfast running from 8 – 11 am. Cost for the breakfast is $10.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Other activities include a train ride with Bill the Bear & Andy the Armadillo ($4 per person), Easter eggs for the felines at the bobcat exhibit, a wildlife chat featuring Buster Bunny outside the visitor center, a creature feature at the chicken exhibit, the Easter Bunny on stage for photos, Easter eggs for the canines at the wolf overlook and the drawing for the Eggstra Special Scavenger Hunt Winner on stage. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $7 for senior citizens (ages 65+), $8 for ages 13 & up and $6 for ages 2 – 12. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Zentangle Meditative Drawing Workshop will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3:30 pm. Zentangle combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed to create these unique patterns, called “tangles”. Once practiced, this technique can be used to decorate and accentuate a variety of things, all while fostering a clear, focused, and relaxed mind. 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

The Peoria Jaycees will host Peoria’s largest Easter Egg Hunt at Detweiller Park near the Dogwood Pavilion on Saturday with festivities 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  Note: this event was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29, but was postponed due to the weather.

Enjoy an Easter Champagne Brunch at Barracks Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, salads, vegetables, potatoes and a dessert table including a chocolate dipping fountain. Cost is $21.95 for adults and $9.98 for children aged 4-12. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations. For more details, visit www.caterinn.com

The Peoria Chiefs will host an Opening Night Watch Party on the largest outdoor HD screen in Central Illinois at Dozer Park as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs open the 2015 regular season at Wrigley Field on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will also double as a “Meet the Chiefs” event with the 2015 Chiefs players on hand to sign autographs before the game begins. Admission to Dozer Park is free and there is an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet available for $13 if ordered online at www.peoriachiefs.com before Sunday and $15 if purchased on the day of the event or at the door.  There will also be a cash bar for soda, beer and cocktails. The newly arrived 2015 Chiefs players will be signing autographs before the game plus fans can also get behind-the-scenes tours of Dozer Park, including the Clubhouse. During the event, fans can sit outside on the party decks or enjoy one of the luxury suites or the Converse Club with multiple TVs. The buffet will consist of hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, potato salad and chips with salsa. Door prizes will also be given away including 2015 Chiefs tickets and memorabilia. Season and group tickets for the 2015 Chiefs season are available by calling 309-680-4000 and individual game tickets are available by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.peoriachiefs.com

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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).