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Billy Elliot the musical will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical features music by Elton John and is based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Adult tickets are $19 and $12 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) 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

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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Joe Roderick will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm for $10.  And Jesse and Justin Tuttle will perform on Saturday beginning at 8 pm for $10. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Brats for the Cure event will take place at Schnucks on University St. in Peoria featuring the Johnsonville Brats Truck from 11 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday. A single brat meal (with chips and a drink) is $5, a double meal is $7 or a single brat is $3.50. All proceed benefit the Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org

Cinco de Bow Wow will take place at Oliver’s Pizza and Pub (located at 1231 E. Samuel Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 3:30 pm. A benefit for Team Rescuing Animals In Need (TRAIN), it includes doggy dress up contests, a silent auction, food and drink specials and music by Random Strangers. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

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

The 46th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena (located at 250 Red Bud Dr. in Pekin) on Friday 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

The 11th Annual Passage to India will take place at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. “A Journey of the Senses” will feature authentic Indian culture, cuisine and more to benefit Easterseals Central Illinois. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-686-1177 or online at www.kidstherapyprogress.com/PeoriaEvents

The Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Cost to participate is $40 through today (Thursday) and $45 on race day and includes a t-shirt, the Fiesta with 1 drink ticket.  To register or for more information, visit http://cincodekilo.com

The 2017 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and Noon & 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for children aged 12 & under and $18 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit www.supershrinecircus.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday running from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 or free for ages 3 & under. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. General admission is $25 and the party pit is $30. This show is for all ages. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “Celebrating 35 Years of Music” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students through college, and $18 for groups of 10+ and are available at the door, by calling 309-698-6725 or at  www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Jazz Night with The Derel Monteith Trio will take place in The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Reservations are required and an advanced dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm for $36. Show only tickets are $11 per person. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

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

The Walk for Literacy will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration is $25 per person and forms are available at Common Place, Peoria Public Library locations, area bookstores or online at www.commonplacepeoria.org For more information, call 309-673-3315, x112.

Breakfast with the Red River Hogs will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am.  Learn about the red river hogs and see them enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Green View Kid’s Club will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm.  Young gardeners will make a special gift for Mom for $5 per child. For more information, call 309-243-7761 or visit www.greenview.com  

The Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held at Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

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 Noon – 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action when Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time.  For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Beauty & the Beast Sing Along at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.CornStockTheatre.com

A public reception for the 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums and will remain on display during normal hours through May 30.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 10th Annual Kentucky Derby Party will be held at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4:30 – 10 pm. Tickets are $75 which includes admission, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres or $125 for the VIP ticket which also includes priority seating, one hat contest vote and one horse bet. For tickets and more information, visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org

Jason Isbell will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $35 and the VIP Loft is $55. A $3 under 21 surcharge will be collected at the door.  For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Maifest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm.  Hosted by the Peoria German-American Society, activities include a May pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances, crafts for kids, German foods and German wine & beer, live entertainment and a petting zoo beginning at 3:30 pm. Admission is free. EPIC will be selling plants and vegetable starts. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

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

The Youth Symphony Spring Concert will take place at Metamora High School (located at 101 W Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Philharmonic Chorale will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

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

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The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit currently on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Ghost the Musical continues at Eastlight Theatre (located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The musical version of the popular movie, the show is a regional premiere. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The 18th District Congressional Art Show concludes at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) from 9 am – 6 pm on Friday. High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

Money Smart Week 2017 continues throughout the Peoria area through Sunday featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered: for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MSWPeoria

The Riverfront Village Demolition & Park Project will be the topic of a public meeting tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. The public is invited to hear about planning for the park, including concept drawings and to provide comments. The City plans to demolish the existing Riverfront Village buildings, parking structure and deck this fall and convert the area to a green-space park-like setting. For more information, call 309-494-8800.

A Cybersecurity Lecture will take place at Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. An information security manager from CEFCU will discuss practical tips about protecting your computer and finances. Admission is free and registration is required by calling 309-697-3822 ext.13. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapid Kernels tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, 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

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

Maronzio Vance will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Tickets prices are $10 for Thursday’s show, $15 for Friday’s 7:30 show and both shows on Saturday, and $12 for Friday’s 9:45 show. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Lewis Black: Rant, White and Blue Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $22, $35, $45, and $55 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

The 32nd Annual Arbor Day Celebration will take place at the Veterans Memorial site near the Riverplex, just north of the Murray Baker Bridge on Friday beginning at 10 am.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-494-8885.

The Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden on Friday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-681-3502 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Clue-less:  A Murder Mystery will take place at WeaverRidge Golf Club (located at 5100 N Weaverridge Blvd. in Peoria) on Friday with cocktails beginning at 5 pm with dinner and the show at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $100 per person or $720 for a table of 8 with proceeds benefitting programs of the South Side Office of Concern. For more information, call 309-222-2751 or visit www.ssocpeoria.org

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem in Game 1 of the President’s Cup Finals at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 – $21 and can be purchased by calling 309-676-1049 or at http://ticketmaster.com

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns will be presented by River Valley Players at St. John’s Community Center (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday which includes dinner at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the show only on Friday are $17 and for Saturday’s dinner and show are  $35. For tickets and more information, visit https://rvphenryil.wixsite.com/myrvp

Magic Men Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $19.99 – $99.99 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

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

Songbird Mania will take place at Tawny Oaks Field Station (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9:30 am.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Fight to the Finish will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 8 am.  A race of extreme obstacles and challenging terrain to benefit Almost Home Kids of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, registration for the 5K Run Individual or Team Race Member is $65, Kid’s Race is $20, and Spirit Racer is $50. Registration and more information can be found at http://fighttothefinish.org

March for Babies will take place at the River Plex (located at 600 Northeast Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday with registration at 9 am and the race at 10 am.  Featuring a Julie K performance, bounce houses, face painting, balloon creatures and food, donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.marchforbabies.org/event/peoria

The Great American Cleanup will take place in the City of Peoria on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. The Community Development Department will supply dumpsters and volunteers to enhance neighborhood cleanup efforts. To request a dumpster for your neighborhood or to find out how to get involved, call 309-494-8940. For more information, visit www.keeppeoriabeautiful.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission. Registration is required:  for reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Fuse Interactive Media Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.  Bradley University and the Riverfront Museum will host FUSE, the 4th Annual Interactive Media Experience.  A full day exhibition of interactive student and faculty work aimed for users of all ages featuring game design, animation and user interaction and user experience, FUSE is a hands-on interactive show that’s a fusion of art and technology and a bridge between media and the community.  For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Healthy Kids Day will take place at Proctor Recreation Center (located at 309 S DuSable St. in Peoria) on Saturday 10 am – 12 pm. Featuring a bounce house, games, crafts, face painting and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriaymca.org

The 4th Annual Soldier Dash will take place at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. A 5k obstacle race will benefitting the BU Army ROTC and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, registration is $35 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.thesoldierdash.com

Space Graffiti will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Imagine and create your own solar system full of planets, moons plus learn spray painting techniques and tricks creating a unique space scene. This event is for 16 years and older.  Tickets are $15 for the public, $12 for members and are available at the museum, by calling 309-686-7000 or by visiting www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Bison Blessing and Pow Wow will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning with the Bison Blessing beginning at 10 am and the Pow Wow running from Noon – 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating Mother Earth with the Seven Circles Heritage Center, there will be vendors, crafts and related educational activities. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill) as Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Girl Scouts Informational Meeting will be held at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Register at the event and receive a free t-shirt and the chance to win prizes. For more information, visit www.getyourgirlpower.org

Crittenton Centers 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $125 per person and tables are $1250 and the event is black tie optional. For tickets and more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Central Illinois Ballet will present Romeo and Juliet at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 and $10 for students. For tickets and information, visit www.ciballet.com
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Peoria International Choir will present their Spring Concert at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring selections from 16 century to modern, suggested donation is $10 per adult, $20 for a family or $5 for senior citizens aged 65+. For more information, call 309-657-9384 or visit https://peoriainternationalchoir.org

Chris Stapleton will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39 and $60.50 and are available at the box office, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Bradley University Jazz Ensemble and Groove Project will perform at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for the public and free for students. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu

Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Heroic Spirit in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $31 – $77 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.peoriasymphony.org

The HUMANe 5k Race and Walk will take place at Laura Bradley Park (located at 1314 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Benefitting the Peoria Humane Society, cost is $25. To register and for more information, call calling 309-682-9015 or visit www.peoriahs.org

An Open Mic will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. All participants will do 2 songs:  walk in registrations are welcome.  For more information, call 309-258-5301 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Celtic Woman: Voices Of Angels will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $39 to $86 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 8th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Cocktail Party at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm and continues Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. The Festival of Trees is a community-wide event with 80 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and for bidding on to take home. Other highlights from the weekend will include a holiday marketplace, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday fun day with on-going family friendly entertainment. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $50, the Sweet Sundae Tea on Sunday is $25 per person and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

A Christmas Story, the Musical continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm and also on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.  The show won 3 Tony Awards in 2013 from its Broadway run.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for patrons under the age of 20. Remaining tickets are extremely limited:  for information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Tea & Sympathy continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A drama exploring a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy, tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or visiting www.CornStockTheatre.com
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A Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser will be held at Avanit’s Italian Ristorante (located at 407 S Main St. in Peoria) today (Thursday) through 10 pm. A portion of all sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call 309-676-6729 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/195484110896382

Murder at the Cafe Noir continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for the Friday & Saturday performances which include dinner & the show or $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens for all other performances and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Luenell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the Friday & Saturday shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Motherhouse Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (located at 1175 St. Francis Ln. in East Peoria) will take place on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring handmade items and homemade baked goods including home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, plants, religious items and other handmade items, all proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Hobnob Holiday Market will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 4 pm on Friday and at 8 am Saturday. Featuring vintage handmade boutique clothing, sweet treats and naturals like evergreen and birch branches, food will be available in addition to a cash bar, live music, giveaways & more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For information visit www.hobnobmarket.com

The Hollidazzle Open House & Tree Lighting will take place in downtown Morton on Main St. from 4:30 – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Friday night’s celebration features the community Christmas tree lighting, candle lit walk to the shops, hot cocoa and pretzels and a chili dinner with shops open until 9 pm.  For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

The Sundry Virtuoso Open House and Art Exhibit will be held at The Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 309-267-2058 or visit www.MansionOnWalnut.com

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

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

The Bradley Braves will take on Southeast Missouri State at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Brian Culbertson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 – $38 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Kip Moore will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. The Me and My Kind Tour also includes newcomer Jon Pardi. Tickets are $37.50 and $39.50 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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

Brunch and Bubbly will be held at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. A Festival of Trees event featuring brunch, drinks and the designs by Amy Morgan, admission is $35 per person or $280 for a table of 8 and guests must be over 21 to attend. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.crittentoncenters.org/!/festival-of-trees

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

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday.  Watch history come to life as Civil War soldiers prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build wooden shelters that will protect them from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. Cost is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Titanic Family Day will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Explore the history of the era, experience the frigid waters first-hand with several iceberg demonstrations, practice your boat-making skills and create a unique craft to take home. Activities are free with general admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17. Admission to the Titanic exhibit requires an additional fee.
Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday featuring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows.
Wine & Art Night
will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Studio 2 from 7 – 9 pm. Join local artist, Eugene Nana Ekow, who will lead you in recreating a winter scene on canvas while enjoying a selection of wines. All materials and wine are included and participants must be 21 years or older. Tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available, along with more information on all PRM events by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 32nd Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the Starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights, and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

The 2016 Jewels & Jeans Gala will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Saturday starting at 6 pm. Featuring live music from West MacQueen Street Band, a silent auction, a photo booth and more, tickets are $150, and tables of 10 are $1,500 benefitting the Pekin Hospital Foundation. For more information or reservations, call309-353-0983 or visit www.pekinhospital.org

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown with SIXX:A.M. and As Lions will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Ticket prices range from $46.75 – $241 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The comedy Funeral Tea will be held at the Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Saturday at 7 pm. Following the cremation of dear Uncle Jacob, five ladies gather for tea in a small town in Yorkshire, England, where gossip, memories and misunderstandings ensue. Tickets are $22 and includes dessert and beverage. For more information or tickets, call 309-267-2058 or visit http://mansiononwalnut.com/events

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band Too Old to be Controlled. Callers Jim Hicks & Gail Hintze will teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $10, give the amount that works for you with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228

The Peoria Symphony will present “Russian Masters” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Richard Hirschl on cello, tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring DVDs, videos, books, and photos, many model railroad parts and supplies will also be available with new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be for sale including hats, shirts, patches and pins. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 46th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $18 which includes a t-shirt. For information, call 309-681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/running

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Fall Orchestral Concerts will take place at Metamora High School on Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm. The Preparatory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble will play at 2 pm and the Youth Symphony will play at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and will be available at the door or by calling 309-370-6424. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

Handel’s Messiah will be performed at Grace Church (located at 1325 E Jefferson St. in Morton) on Sunday at 3 pm. Featuring the Morton Community Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Philip Witzig, guest soloists include Natalie Schamp, soprano, Debra Austin, alto, Terry Chasteen, tenor, John Koch, bass and Dr. John Orfe, organist. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pjw.cc/community-chorus.html

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

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Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side will be presented by the Central Illinois Ballet on Friday & Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm. An Artist in Residence organization at ICC, the Central Illinois Ballet opens their season with the classic Bram Stoker tale of the world’s most famous vampire. Featuring guest artist Malachi Squires along with 10 professional dancers who make up the company plus dance academy students as well, tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students and are available online at http://CIBallet.com/season
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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks. a hayrack ride and mid-1800s autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

It’s Only a Play will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Wicked will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, at 2 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets range in price from $49 to $129 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Mr. Silver’s Children, the Haunted Musical Fantasy, will be performed at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) through Monday at 7:30 pm. Written by local composer Derek Childs, tickets are $10 on Thursday, $17 on Friday through Sunday and $20 on Monday and are available online at www.mrsilverschildren.com and at the door the evenings of the performances. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The Lacs will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance for standing room only, $17 in advance for the Party Pit and $45 for the VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 surcharge at the door. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) will celebrate Halloween with live music from the Brazillionaires on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $12 for nonmembers and $8 for members. Best costume prize is a blown glass pumpkin from artist Jeremie Draper.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday, from 2 – 10 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 8 pm on Sunday. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and the “Train-sylvania Express”.  Animal encounters and the “not-so-scary” version will run prior to 7 pm each night. Admission is $10 or $8 for WPP members or free for ages 2 & under and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  This year, a “Fun Zone” featuring activities like Knockerball, Laser Tag, Pumpkin Chuckin’ and more is available for an additional $5. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales, attractions are open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The annual Halloween K(night) will take place at Richwoods High School (located at 6301 N University St.) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Geared toward kindergarteners through 6th grade students, admission is 7 canned goods or 7 gently used clothing items per child which will be donated to Heart of Illinois Harvest. Kids are encouraged to in attend in costume for this trick or treating alternative which also features a balloon artist, games, a Spooky Room, face painting, a family photo booth and more.  For more information, visit www.peoriapublicschools.org

Spook Hollow will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm.   Featuring the M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion and the M.C. Nightmare, tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information and to order tickets online, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Friday and Saturday from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks & Gail Hintze will teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5 – $10 with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret will be presented at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located at 316 Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm.   Admission is $10 and an appetizer and dessert menu will be available. For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

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

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

The 25th anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre with doors opening at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night and the show at midnight. Tickets are $20 and are general admission seating and are available at the Peoria Players box office by calling 309-688-4473 or visiting www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2016 Halloween Hobble will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Fee for the 5k run is $30, $10 for the 1 mile walk/run and $40 for the Ghost Race which includes an official race t-shirt. Proceeds benefit Washington Schools (50, 51, 52 and St. Patrick) by funding a reading initiative for elementary students. For more information and to register, visit www.halloweenhobble.com

A Fall Market will take place at New Hope Community Church (located at 510 Woodland Knolls Rd in Germantown Hills) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm.  Featuring handmade items, local vendors, 50/50 drawing, bake sale, lunch and raffle prizes, for more information, click HERE

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

The Pumpkin Bash will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Featuring a mini trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, and family-friendly decorations, learn about bat conservation and what you can do to help preserve this timeless Halloween icon.  Admission is $6 for children aged 2-12, $9 for adults 13 and up, $8 for senior citizens and active military. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Customer Appreciation Weekend will take place at Stephanie’s Discount Depot (located at 2512 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring free hot dogs and chips and other food and drinks, truckloads of new items all at 50% off plus performances from country gospel recording artist Rodney Morss.  10% of all weekend food and merchandise purchases will benefit Teen Challenge in Peoria. For more information, visit www.stephaniesdiscount.com

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

The Spooktacular Science Show will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm when the PRM Planetarium Curator will conduct family friendly Halloween experiments. Children and adults will learn what happens when pumpkins ooze, potions bubble and ghosts grow. Admission is $15 per family. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

DAXFest will take place in Washington Park (located at 820 Lincoln Street in Washington) on Saturday from 3 – 6 pm. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes for trick-or-treating, Laser Wars, bouncy houses, barrel rides, food and live entertainment by Julie K. Tickets are $12 for kids and free for adults and are available online at www.washingtonparkdistrict.com using registration code 4-0050-16 or at the Washington Park District Office. For more information, visit www.daxfoundation.com

The Zombie Challenge will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm. Fees for the Zombie Challenges are $30 per person and includes challenge participation, entertainment and auction in the pavilion or $10 per person to observe the challenge and stay for the entertainment and auction with proceeds benefitting the Tazewell County Resource Center. For information, call 309-347-7148 or visit www.tcrcorg.com

Laser Fright Night will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday with Laser Fright Lights beginning at 6 pm and Laser Beatles at 7 pm. Admission for members is $5 for one show or $8 for both or $7 for one show and $12 for both for the public. For information, call 309-686-7000. For tickets, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Fright Night will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm.  Featuring music, games, samplings and a $250 prize for best costume, admission is a canned food item.  For information, visit https://www.peoriaparks.org/riverfront

Characters and Costumes – A Halloween Concert by the Peoria POPS Orchestra  will take place at the Bonnie W. Noble Center Auditorium (located at 1013 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring music from Star Wars, Spiderman, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Wizard of Oz and more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, $20 per family and free for children 12 and under wearing a costume. Tickets are available at Noble Center or at the door. For more information, call 309-681-2861.

A Zombie Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise beginning at 8 pm. Dress up as your favorite zombie or Halloween character and enjoy live music by Kickapoo Junction plus an hors d’oeuvre buffet. Tickets are $26 are available by calling 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Craig Morgan will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 and $75 dollars for the Bud Light VIP Loft. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

A Fall Crafters Show will take place in the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard pavilion building (located at 33633 State Rt 9 located in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm.  Featuring crafts from local crafters and live music, admission is free. For more information, call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Pioneer Days will be held at the Pioneer Homestead at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $3 per person over 4 years. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and the Autumn Play Party. For more information visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The 2016 Halloween Masquerade will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday at 7 pm featuring Easy Riders and Jeremy David Baker. Tickets are $6 in advance or $10 the day of the show.   For tickets, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts/events  For more information visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grown-Up will be presented by the Eureka Theatre Department at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are “pay what you decide” and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For more information or reservations, call 309-467-636 or email tickets@eureka.edu

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 Lizzi Neal Band
on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Kristen Toomey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm for $15.
Doug Stanhope
will perform also at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Sunday at 8 pm for $30. For more information on either show, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The 48-Hour Filmmakers Fest will take place on Friday beginning at 5 pm through the Peoria Riverfront Museum where the theme, a line of dialogue and an object that must be included in each submission will be emailed to all who have registered to participate. The Festival is a competition that gives aspiring filmmakers of all ages the chance to create a 3-5-minute movie in just 48 hours including writing, editing and sound design. There is no cost to participate and the winner will receive $500 plus 2 free passes to any and all movies at the Giant Screen Theater for one year. For more information, call 309-863-3020 and registration forms are available at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd, Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $6 and are available in advance of the event. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

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

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

Date Night For A Cure will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, dinner, speakers, the Ultimate Couple Game Show, music and a cash bar, proceeds will benefit the Junior Diabetes Foundation. Tickets are $50 and are available online at https://paypal.me/aerdna  For more information, call 309-573-5505.

The Chinquapin Music and Storytelling Festival will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) 6 pm on Friday and 7 pm on Saturday. The two day event includes music, arts, food, dance, storytelling, vendors, and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring wines from Willett’s Winery. Relax under a full-dome spectacular night sky and hear the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers for $30 for members or $33 for the public. For tickets and more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $29, $39 and $75 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

The UNDY 5K for Colon Cancer Run/Walk will begin at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration for the 5K adults (ages 14 and up) is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the race, 5K youth (ages 6-13) $30 or $35 on race day. There is also a 1 mile fun run for all ages for $30 in advance or $35 on race day or free for children 5 and under. For more information or to register, visit www.supportccalliance.org

A Dala Horse Painting Workshop will take place at the Dairy Building (located at 410 N Erickson St. in Bishop Hill) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Using a traditional Swedish pattern, participants will paint a Dala horse. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are limited. To register, call 309-927-3899. For more information, visit http://bishophillheritage.org

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

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

International Moon Night will take place at the Northmoor Observatory (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, weather permitting. There will be a Moon Storytime and a chance to look through the big telescope. Peoria Astronomical Society members will be on hand to discuss what can be seen in the night sky. Flashlights are recommended For more information, call 309-497-2143.

Jason DeShaw will perform his Serenity In The Storm concert at the ICC Performing Arts Auditorium (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Sharing his story of living with bipolar disorder and the struggles he went though during  his road to recovery, the show will benefit NAMI Tri-County as they celebrate their 35th anniversary of helping people who are dealing with behavioral health issues.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. There will also be a meet & greet reception after the show. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/namitricountyil

Eliot Sumner will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 – $10 and the event is for all ages. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Humane Society’s 20th Annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront and Festival Park on Sunday from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring raffles, a canine carnival, professional photos with your dog, pawprint painting, a kids activity center and a dog talent show, advanced registration is $25 for 16 years and older and under 16 is free with an adult or $30 at the gate. To register online, visit http://www.peoriahs.org/phs-fundraisers/bark-in-the-park

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

The 5th Annual Fall Festival will take place at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm featuring antique fire trucks, AMT demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, music by Dave Berchtold, and more. Admission is $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

The Pride of Peoria Barbershop Chorus will perform in the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring a “Roger Remembers Royce” tribute to Peoria comedian Royce Elliott, tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts

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

 

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Pub Night in the Dome will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Take a trip through the Universe with the Museum’s Uniview software while enjoying beer (3 are included) and pizza under the stars. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://riverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Owens Center Ice Exhibition will take place at the Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Lakeview Park in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. An Ice Skating Institute sanctioned event, watch the in-house competition and exhibition featuring the Owens Center skaters. Admission is free. For more information, call 686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/owens-center

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

A Blues and BBQ Dinner Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Bringing Beale Street to Water Street, live entertainment will be provided by the Smoker’s Blues Band and dinner features smoked brisket, pulled pork, roasted corn grits, macaroni & cheese and more. Tickets are $45 for adults, and $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free). For more information and to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Toast and Roast of Andrew Lloyd Webber will take place on Friday at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The MAXAM at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, Erin Durbin, Stephanie Myre and Tony Roberts as the host and pianist, admission is $10. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. To order tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit http://peoriacabarettheatre.com

Dawes will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $25 and are available along with more information at  www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The 14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Registration will take place from 7:30 – 9:30 am. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and under and and free for survivors. For more information, visit http://www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The 9th Annual Strides for Justice will take place at Tower Park (1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 8 am.  The timed 5K walk and run on Grandview Drive raises money for Prairie State Legal Services and includes a post-race party and awards at Oliver’s. Cost is $30 and registration and more information is available at www.stridesforjustice.com

Fall French Market in the Park will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy crepes and croissants, herbs, and flowers plus artists, craftsmen, and collectors and more. For more information, call 309-696-1164 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Harvest Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 6:30 on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring fall themed crafts and games, animal hibernation programs, Plein air painting demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, master gardeners in the Kim St John butterfly habitat, animal feedings and specialty fall food items like s’mores, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 or free for kids aged 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Community Shred Day will take place at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon. Hosted by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, residents can bring sensitive documents to be destroyed, along with other paper, computer disks, cassette tapes and hard drives (limit of 10 boxes) at no charge. For more information, call 309-681-1992.

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Learn things like how much a rhino weighs and where giraffes sleep in this hour-long tour of areas the public isn’t allowed to see to learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 per person which includes zoo admission. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Art Guild 54th Annual Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and children 12 years and under are free. Admission to the Children’s Corner is $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

Agriculture Days: Jordbruksdagarna will take place at Bishop Hill Village Park on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, a blacksmithing demonstration, music, dancing, farm produce and Old Settlers’ Colony Stew, proprietors will be selling early country antiques, primitives and handcrafted goods. For more information, visit www.bishophill.com

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

Art-spriation: Autumn Trees will take place in the lobby of the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday 1:30 – 2:30 pm. The family-friendly workshop encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination.  Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior ciitzens 60 and over, $9 for youth 3-17 and free for members. For more information visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Taste of the Trail, a fall evening ride on the Rock Island Greenway with check-in at Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Hosted by Bike Peoria, there will be stops along the way to enjoy craft beers and one-time food specials ending with a night of music in Peoria Heights. Riders should bring a helmet and bike lights. Cost is a $5 donation to Bike Peoria and are available at https://www.facebook.com/BikePeoria

The 2016 Good Hops Beer Fest will take place at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring 200 beers around the baseball field to sample, breweries include Abita, Anchor, Lakefront, Sierra Nevada, Brickstone, Church Street, Dogfish Head, Ten Ninety, Sea Dog, Shipyard, Blake’s Hard Cider, Leinenkugel’s, Goose Island, Peoria Brewing plus live music provided by Matt Miller and Highway 61. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.peoriachiefs.com

The 22nd Annual Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm. There will also be a live and silent auction, raffle drawings and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, visit http://illinois.edu

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Spring Creek Station on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5.  For more information call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

Comedian Quinn Hudson with emcee/comedian Eddy Parker will perform at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A fundraising event for Dream Factory of Central Illinois, there will also be a meal, silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 309-966-2003 or visiting www.cidreamfactory.org

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 6 pm. The family friendly event is $5 per person and includes games and activities based on Star Wars. Costumes are encouraged. for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Giant Flea Market will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.jcflea.com

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

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and Transportation of the 1850’s, this month features 1850’s transportation plus hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. Admission is $3 per person (over 4 years old). For more information visit https://www.peoriaparks.org

The 2016 Peoria Heart Walk will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Sunday with registration at 2 pm and the walk at 3:15 pm.  In addition to raising money and awareness for heart health, the event will feature kids’ activities, health education and heart-healthy food. There is no fee to register and participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a t-shirt. For more information, visit www.peoriaheartwalk.org

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

First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) will host a Mexican Heritage Month Celebration on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring Mariachi Monumental de Mexico and the Mexican Dance Ensemble, two popular bands from Chicago,performing, local vendors will be also be on hand.  Admission is free.  For more information call 309-673-3641, or visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant (located at 120 Southwest Water Street on the Peoria riverfront ) on Sunday with dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring a special menu, advance tickets are $50 and $60 at the door and seating is limited to 12 people. For tickets or more information, call 309-439-9099.

Folksinger Bill Staines will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to See Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley or Little Big Town PLUS 4 gate admissions and a parking pass OR 4 passes to see “Be the Astronaut” at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

Lion King Jr. will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 4:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Based on the Disney film and the popular Broadway production, the cast is exclusively made up of Peoria Public School middle school students. This show is produced in conjunction with Saturday’s Ignite Peoria event featuring arts organizations from throughout the Peoria area. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at the door or online at https://artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, visit www.artspartners.net

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continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. This new musical offers audiences an intimate theatrical experience, complete with humorous encounters, moving scenes and heartfelt moments.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival concludes this weekend at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) with a preview night beginning at 4 pm and runs from Friday through Sunday, August 21 from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission for the preview night is $5 for adults and $2 for senior citizens aged 60+ and children 12 and under are free. Normal admission begin on Friday and is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Parking per day is $7. Coupon books with 10 admissions are available for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

Brimfield Old Settler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on Saturday in downtown Brimfield. Featuring food, a beer garden, a carnival, a 5k race, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a parade and live entertainment by T.G. Sheppard, admission is free. For more information, visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Peoria Historical Society will host German Rhythms on the River on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 5 pm and the cruise from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a German cookout dinner, music by Wilanna Vogel and a cruise along the Illinois River. Tickets are $35 can be reserved by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Sister Hazel will perform tonight (Thursday) at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Ms. Pat will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria on Fridays at 11 am in August. The “Naughty to Nice Tour” runs Saturdays beginning at 11 am in August tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present.  It entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. And the “River City Tour” which winds along Grandview Drive, takes place on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 pm in August.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

DRAKEphoto will host a Headshot Happy Hour at their office (located 3316 NE Adams St. Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 7 pm. Get your professional headshot updated, meet other professionals and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Cost is $45 and proceeds will benefit Dream Center Peoria. For more information, call 309-839-1978 or visit www.drakephoto.com/hhh

Happy Art will be presented by the Peoria Autism Society at the Hive (located at 305 Southwest Water Street in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and also from 7 – 9 pm. Cost is $20 with 20% of the proceeds benefiting the Peoria Autism Society. This self-directing night includes all supplies and live music from the Rhythm Kitchen. Piece stencils are available. For more information and to register online, visit http://thehive305.com/events

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Steve “The Harp” Blues Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Fondulac Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. For more information, visit www.stevehargis.net

Grand Nationals Weekend will take place in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Tickets are $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Featuring a motorcycle parade, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food and more, the event celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races that will take place at the PMC Race Park in Bartonville on Sunday. For more details and ticket information, visit www.jaytv.com/grandnationals

Frank & Dean Together Again will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. A tribute show of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, this is the opening show of the ICC 2016-17 Guest Artists Series. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Limeapalooza 2016 will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 – $15 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Angela Jackson and Friends Cabaret will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Appetizers will be available for purchase. Cost is $10 per person. For more information visit http://www.waterhousepeoria.com

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

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

The Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Admission is free for all ages, however for a small donation to the Illinois Audubon land acquisition fund, participants can “adopt” a hummingbird. After capture, the birds are measured, banded, and then released by the adoptee. Vernon Kleen, a licensed hummingbird bander, will demonstrate banding and discuss hummingbirds. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/sommer-park

Ignite Peoria will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday beginning at 9 am. From belly dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, Broadway hits to guitar picks, Ignite Peoria has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages.  Featuring a range of events to inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the imagination of the community, admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.ignitepeoria.com

The Annual Wizard of Oz Festival will be held at Butler Haynes Park (located at 9424 S Mapleton Road in Mapleton) on Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $5 or free children under 2. Featuring professionally costumed Wizard of Oz characters along with a Wizard of Oz themed garden complete with a Yellow Brick Road, there will also be special marionette shows and Woody’s menagerie show, vendors selling Wizard of Oz collectibles and more. For more information, visit http://www.hollispark.org/#!oz-fest/l5106

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

The “Let It Glide!” NASA Engineering Design Challenge will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. A one day workshop where students will take part in NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge and learn about the physics of flight in the process, tickets are $25 per person with all materials included. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Salem Lutheran Church will host the Carnival for Common Place at the The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and music, proceeds from the event will benefit Common Place. Donations of school supplies and tickets will be available in the center court. School supplies may also be dropped off at Salem Church, (located at 1700 War Memorial Drive in Peoria) through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

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

In the Shadow of the Swan, An Epic Fairytale featuring Dancers with Heart, will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm to benefit the CHOI Congenital Heart Center. Featuring a combination of classical ballet, Indian, folk, Bollywood and fusion dance styles, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under or free for congenital heart center patients. For more information and tickets, call 309-566-5671 or visit www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/dancers

The Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7 pm with cheeseburgers on the dock. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at the dock, by calling call 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

Haunted Infirmary will present the Icon Horror Experience at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr., Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Cost is $5 for 2 people ages 14 and over.  For more information visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm featuring over 40 wedding vendors, a swag bag for every bride as well as entertainment by DJ4U. Enjoy the Adore Bridal Experience with a peek into the new store and their amenities. Admission and parking are free. More information and pre-registration online is available at www.behindeverybride.com

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s 87th Summer Festa Picnic will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. Featuring Italian food, beverages, a gift booth, live entertainment provided by the Vince Chiarelli Band, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball tournaments, for more information, visit http://italianamericansociety.com/3festa/index.html

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (3001 W Grand Parkway, Peoria) will present Music in the McKenzie featuring The Sally Weisenburg Band on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. The event is free with a portion of CD sales supporting The Friends of Peoria Public Library.  For more information, call 309-497-2100.

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

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com