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Central Illinois Ballet will present Beauty and the Beast at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. A fairytale old as time, it will transport you to enchanted castles and forests. Watch the stage come to life as candles, teacups, and wardrobes dance the night away. A story beloved by all, it’s a ballet that is truly unforgettable. Tickets are $25 for premiere seating or $18 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-620-3164 or by visiting www.CIBallet.com

The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through Monday. 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 Monday. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Encore 2017 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theater on the Bradley University Campus. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF), supporting kidney dialysis patients in the tri-county area. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-677-4966 or online at http://mortoncivicchorus.org

The 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning tonight (Thursday) with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 20,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans plus a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit http://summercampfestival.com

An Town-Wide Garage Sale will take place in Henry throughout the town beginning at 9 am on Friday. Featuring a variety of items, the sale runs through Monday.

The Louie Louie Parade and River Jam will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade kicking off at 4:15 pm. Hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders, live music starts after the parade. Admission is free. For more information, visit  www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop will take place in Morton, Tremont, Pekin & Delevan on Friday from 5-9 pm. Featuring local art, performance demonstrations, live music and entertainment plus local shops and restaurants, Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Flying D’Rito Brothers 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

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

Guys in Ties will perform at The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets for the traveling improv comedy troupe are $16 for just the show or $41 for the show/dinner package which begins at 6 pm. For tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

The Peoria Area All-Stars Comedy Show will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring Matt Hall, Howard Butler, Jeff Bailey, Michelle DeSutter, Jake Merch, Heath Thornton, Trey Mowder and host Joe Roderick, tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or by visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com/shows.htm

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 RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria Riverfront (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) on Saturday and continues each week through September 30 from 8 am – Noon.  Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music and demonstrations, for more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

The Chillicothe Optimist River Run 5K and Fun Run will take place at City Park (located at 217 W Chestnut St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration for the run is $30 or $35 on race day with a $5 discount for active military or veterans or $25 for the walk.  Ages 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.chillicotheriverrun.com

The No Child Wet Behind 5K + 1 mile Fun Run + Diaper Drive will be held at Donovan Park (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm. Registration is $25 for the 5K or $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run and kids are welcome. The funds and diapers raised for this race will be donated to the Crittenton Centers to address the diaper need in the community that plagues 1 in 3 families and contributes to maternal depression and child abuse. To register and for more information, visit www.heartlanddoulas.com/nochildwetbehind

The International Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and Noon – 6 pm on Sunday rain or shine. Admission is $10 per person and includes souvenir tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets for ages 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 – 20, and 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Zoofest will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and regular zoo exhibits. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 3 – 12, $8.50 for senior citizens and active military and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

YMCA Summer Starter will take place at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. The YMCA will host a variety of activities including bounce houses, knockerball, swimming and free food. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org/summer

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and 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 by call 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Enjoy an evening on the lake at Camp Wokanda’s Night Paddle and Campfire Dinner (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm.  Cost is $15 per person or $50 for family maximum and includes canoes, paddles, personal floatation devices and a campfire dinner. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The annual Springdale Cemetery Memorial Day Event will take place at Soldier’s Hill on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring a live music amd Central Illinois Historians plus the Peoria Garden Club will be selling small bouquets and cemetery vases with stakes for a loved one’s grave. For more information, visit www.springdalecemetery.com

The 3rd Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held at lower Glen Oak Park on Monday beginning at 8 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 for adults and $15 for kids for the 5k Run/Walk, $20 for adults and $15 for kids for the 1 Mile Walk with all proceeds benefitting veterans in the Tri-County area. For more information, call 309-363-3737 or register online at www.ivfullercenter.org

Music on the Patio will feature Stewart’s Goose at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Monday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Ropp Jersey cheese and crackers and Chocolatier chocolates will be available or bring snacks or a picnic basket. Drinks must be purchased at the Vineyard. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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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 Friday 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday), Friday & 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

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present A Necessary Good: Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Era at the Ivy Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for PAWAC members and $15 dollars for the general public and free for students with ID. Pre-registration is appreciated and may be made by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information about the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, visit www.pawac.org

America’s Got Talent’s Drew Lynch will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $15, and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

City Cycle’s Grand Launch Event will take place at Peoria City Hall on Friday from at 10 am – 1 pm with the unveiling of the program at a kickoff ceremony. Featuring a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, Peoria Heights Mayor Michael Phelan and Enjoy Peoria President/CEO Don Welch, check out the bikes, learn about the program, learn where all the racks are located plus giveaways. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RideCityCycle

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 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. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 6 – 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 1:30 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 and under and benefits the World Show Award Fund plus a selected Peoria charity. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Funny Thing Happened in Pekin will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring comedy sets by Greg Batton, Edgar Sandoval and Jeff Govednick, there will also be a silent auction, raffles, a cash bar and a pasta dinner included in the ticket price of $25. For tickets and more information, visit https://pekinacademyoffinearts.com

Museum After Dark: A Fun Evening of Art & Science will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the PRM signature Strawberry Gin-etics Cocktail included plus light snacks, all supplies, a cash bar plus all exhibits & galleries. Experiment with liquid nitrogen, make stuff glow, create bug paint, extract strawberry DNA, visit another world through a high-powered microscope and more. For ages 21 and over, tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Buddy & Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll featuring Johnny Rogers will take place at the Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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

A Beer & Whiskey Tasting Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Featuring Americana style music and light appetizers, a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $35 per person for ages 21 & over. For tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 – $32 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

Skillet and Alter Bridge will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring Starset and Syla, tickets are $32 and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Songbird Mania will take place at Tawny Oaks (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9:30 am. Migrating songbirds come in droves to Tawny Oaks and early morning is the best time to hear their songs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The RiverFront Market opens on the Peoria Riverfront (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) on Saturday and continues each week through September 30 from 8 am – Noon.  Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music and demonstrations, for more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

The 8th Annual Camp Big Sky Fishing Tournament will take place at Giant Goose Ranch (located at 25369 N Goose Ranch Rd. in Canton) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. 30 children and adults with disabilities will be paired with experienced tournament fishermen for a “Bass Masters” style competition. There will also be bank fishing, a pontoon boat, hayrack rides, lawn games and arts and crafts. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.campbigsky.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 they are taken care of for $24 which includes zoo admission. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place at the Glen Oak Lagoon (located within Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Toss in a line and see if you can reel in one of the specially tagged fish to win a prize. Ages 9 years and under fish from 9 – 11 am, 10 – 12 years old from 11 – 1 pm and for ages 50+ and those with disabilities from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. Fishing equipment will be available at no charge. For more information, call 309- 688-3667 or visit ww

Pollinator Family Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the main lobby on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Learn about pollinators from community groups including the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Peoria Academy of Science, the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers and more. Activities are free, however regular admission applies to exhibits, galleries and Giant Screen Theater films. For more information visit, www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Muscle on Main Strong Man Contest will take place on Saturday on Main St. in Morton from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring various tests of strength, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Muscle-on-Main

The Beers and Gears Pub Crawl 2017 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) with registration starting at Noon and the crawl from 1 – 6 pm. Stops include the Peoria Brewing Company, Fox Pub, Tavern on Prospect, Pour Bros Taproom and Rhodell’s Brewery. Cost is $20 or the donation of a new or used bicycle. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds going to the Bike Peoria Community Outreach Program. For tickets and more information, visit www.bikepeoria.org

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, display your cruiser for free to be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “New World” featuring Cellist Patrice Jackson at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children. For tickets and more information, visit http://heartlandfestivalorchestra.com

Nelly will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring Juvenile and DJ McFly, tickets are $32 and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 34th Annual Grand Tour of West Bluff Homes will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring homes built near the turn of the 1900s as well as the Studios & Shops at Main & University, tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour at any of the homes. Funds raised by the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. For more information including ticket purchase locations, visit www.facebook.com/events/279690595790474

A May Day Celebration will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. The German American Central Society will highlight German culture with a German folk dance, May-Day inspired crowns, a traditional German puppet show and more. Admission is free with museum admission which is free for children under 1 are free, $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for  senior citizens 65+ and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Random Strangers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation will host Presenting: Preservation at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. As part of National Historic Preservation Month, local groups will discuss current historic preservation projects, mission, goals, progress and support. Cost is $10 at the door which includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit www.cilfpeoria.net

Terrion Williamson, author of Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, will discuss her books at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Williamson is a Peoria native and Manual High School alum and will share her thoughts about black female iconography. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

Sacred Sonatas will be presented by Dr. John Orfe at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Selections of Sacred Sonatas on piano will feature works by Medtner, Liszt, Franck, and Beethoven. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

The Brazilionaires will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday at 6 pm with the Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-243-1582 or visit www.cijs.org

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The 2017 Race for the Cure will take place this Saturday at the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N. University in Peoria) with registration beginning at 7 am and the Race walk/run beginning at 8 am. The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created, the event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.  Registration fees are $35 for the adult walk/run, $40 for adult competitive runners, $25 for the kids walk/run and $30 for the kids competitive runners. On Race day, all prices will increase by $5. Register online at www.komenmemorial.org/komen-race-for-the-cure

Billy Elliot the musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), 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 “It’s A Girl Thing” Vendor Fair and Wine Tasting will take place at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include 5 wine tastings plus a souvenir glass, appetizers & desserts, live music by Tom Beckman Trio, shopping, mini manicures, chair massages, raffles, a 50/50 and more. For tickets and more information, call 309-696-3329.

Lisa Napoli, author of Ray & Joan, will speak at Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm.  Her book is about the American power couple who founded McDonald’s. Admission is free and copies of the book will be available to purchase. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Zootini will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis, (shaken, not stirred) and served by local mixologists at this outdoor after hours event in Africa. Included with the ticket are four drink tickets, appetizers, dessert, and live music. For ages 21 and over, cost is $65 or $75 for VIP which allows guests to sample a selection of martinis from 5:30 – 6 pm.  Registration is required and is available by calling 309-681-3500 or online at www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on South Bend tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm each night 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

Liza Treyger will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10, Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

National Public Garden Day will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm.  Admission is free and there will be free tours. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Julianna Zobrist will host the Peoria Salvation Army Annual Community Luncheon at the Par-A-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 11 am.  Songwriter, author and speaker and wife of Cubs player Ben Zobrist, Julianna will perform and give the keynote speech.  Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 309-655-1349.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & The Romaniacs 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

Neil Simon’s Rumors will be performed by the Conklin Players at Five Points Washington (located at 560 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm with an optional meal beginning at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm with an optional meal beginning at 1:30 pm. Ticket prices for the show are $25 for adults and $8 for students (through college). Prices for meal and show are $50 for adults and $33 for students (through college). For tickets and more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky with up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice plus a variety of cheese & crackers. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for the public. Registration is requested and available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will also be available.  Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Eric Church will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 – $90 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Motionless in White will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $20 and $40 for the Bud Light VIP Loft plus a $3 under 21 years of age surcharge will be collected at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

How’d They Do That? An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Amazement will take place at the Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring entertainers “Circus Boy” Bobby Hunt and Magician Mitch Williams, admission is $16 per person. A pre-show dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $41 per person. For reservations and information, 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 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday. Set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed boxed well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time: no special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger

Peoria Players Theatre will host its 2017 Craft & Vendor Fair at the theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crafters and vendors from all over the area, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated at the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (located at 19031 E County Road 1200th North in Havana) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy guided bird-watching hikes by Refuge staff every hour and activities and exhibits. Due to flooding, the Refuge Auto-Tour has been canceled.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-535-2290 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/chautauqua

National Train Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Learn all about trains and ride the famous Prairie Zephyr Train for $2 (half price). Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for ages 3 – 12, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members and ages 2 & under.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Pampered on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm featuring face painting and balloon creations for the kids, a wine tasting with appetizers, live music, manicures, pampering vendors and free gifts while supplies last. Admission is free.

Mardi Gras in May will take place on Saturday on Water Street in downtown Peoria beginning at 10 am with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 3 – 10 pm featuring a New Orleans French Quarter theme including street performers, live music, hurricanes and the Brewers beer trailer, food, entertainment, tarot card readers, caricature artists, artist vendors, demonstrations and lessons plus local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mardigraspeoria.com

The Courtyard Bazaar Vendor Fair will take place on Saturday at Bartonville Industrial Park (located at 4204 Pfeiffer Rd. in Bartonville) from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring crafters, artists, antiques, primitives, food, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CourtyardBazaar

A Vintage Hat Exhibit will be held at the Tremont Historical Museum (located at 367 S Sampson St. in Tremont) from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. See over 40 vintage hats and vintage items that are beautifully displayed together in vignettes portraying several decades of life in the Tremont area. Admission to the exhibit is by donation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/tremontmuseum

Bark for Life will take place at Kickapoo Creek Park (located at 2000 N Jefferson St. in Lincoln) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring free food, balloon animals, a dunk tank, a hot air balloon ride raffle and more, admission is free and funds raised benefit the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, Humane Society of Logan County, Mason County Pets without Parents and Sangamon County Animal Control. For more information, click HERE

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

SMD & The Underground will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 for adult, $9 for child, and $8 for FPNC members. To make reservations, call 309-686-3360. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Art ‘N Soul (located at 4450 Prospect in Peoria Heights) is celebrating its 1st Anniversary with an open paint night on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free and will include food and drinks as well as a free concert in the courtyard. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/artnsoulgalleries

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday when all moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Admission prices for adults 13 and over is $9, children 2 – 12 is $6.50, Seniors 65 and over, active military are $8.50 and kids 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables and a dessert table with a chocolate dipping fountain, cost for adults is $23.95 and children is  $11.98. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

A Mother’s Day Brunch at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) will take place on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.   Cost for adults $23.95, $12.95 for children under 12 and free for children 2 and under plus members receive a 10% discount. For reservations and more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Mother’s Day Brunch will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Adults are $24.95, kids aged 4 – 12 are $12.95 and ages 3 & under are free. For reservations and menu details, call 309-495-9463 or reserve online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Two Masterpiece Painting Classes will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday with the first from 11 am – 1 pm and the second from 2 – 4 pm. Price is $40 per person and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons plus three complimentary wine tastings, cheese and crackers available from Ropp Cheese and Chocolatier Chocolates as well as wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. To register and more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Two Mother’s Day Cruises will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday: one from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and the other from 5 – 7 pm.  Featuring a buffet and music by Chuck and the C-Notes, cost for the lunch cruise is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 4-12 or $46 for adults and $23 for children ages 4-15 for the dinner cruise with ages 3 & under free for both. Call 309-637-8000 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5422 or online at visit www.artsaticc.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session, meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however, donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday and continues next week on Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. 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 will 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 will take place at the AlignLife of Peoria (located at 4700 N University St. in Peoria) today through December 15. Donate toys for children ages 0 – 6 years old of the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery and receive free services for 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

Peoria Cabaret Theater will  present the 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 beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 through Dec. 17. 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

Conklin’s A Doo-Wop Christmas will be held at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) tonight (Thursday), Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. Buffet dinner tickets can be purchased separately for $25 each.  Coffee & Iced Tea. For information and tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.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

GONN will perform with Super 88 and Sin Thetic at the Limelight Eventplex (located at (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Collegium Musicum will take place in Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Dr. on the campus of Bradley University) tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm. Featuring music from the Renaissance and Baroque including sacred instrumental duos and whimsical Dutch folk tunes, admission is free. For more information, call 309-750-3234 or visit www.bradley.edu/calendar

Mannheim Steamroller will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $50 and $65 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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

The Unity Point Wellmobile will be at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Friday from 9 – 11 am. The screening includes free blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and spirometry screenings. Admission is free and no appointment is necessary. For information, call 309-672-5900 or visit www.unitypoint.org

The Community Festival of Nativities will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (located at 3700 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 9 pm. Over 300 nativities will be displayed, live local musical performances, alive nativity, children’s activities and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.interfaithnativitypeoria.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria (located at 100 Northeast Water St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday 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

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

Christmas on Court will take place throughout downtown Pekin (located at 11 S. Capitol St.) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Carriage rides, tree lighting ceremony, demonstrations, giveaways at local businesses and live performances will take place throughout the evening. For more information, visit http://enjoypekin.com/events

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

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

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

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. Premiere seating is $30 for adults, $22 for students and $15 for children and general seating pricing $22 for adults, $14 for students and $12 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-620-3164 or visit www.ciballet.com/season

Three time Emmy Award Winner Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets for Friday’s 9:45 show are $15 and all other shows are $20 and tickets are available by calling 309-673-5853 or visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Love Letters will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 3:30 pm. Featuring retiring theatre manager, Cindy Hoey, and professional actor, Steve Vinovich, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students under 18 with a student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309- 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.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

Christmas on School Street will be held at Faith Lutheran Childcare (located at 650 School St. in Washington) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Featuring a free Children’s Craft Corner, bake sale, Christmas gifts including handmade items and more. Purchase breakfast and enjoy biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, and fruit. Lunch includes pulled BBQ or Italian sandwiches with potato chips or potato soup. Prayer requests accepted. For more information, click HERE

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists this Saturday. Starting with a stop in Mapleton at Mapleton Road at 8:30 am, then on to Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) at 9:35 am, Breeds at Co. Road 23 at 11:20 am, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near the former TP&W Railroad Office) at 1:30 pm, Cuba at 3rd Street at 3:45 pm and finally at Smithfield at Main and Front Street at 5:15 pm. Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am to noon. Featuring pictures with Santa, face painting, Christmas cookie decorating and breakfast, admission for adults us $15 and kids 3-10 are $10 and reservations are required. To reserve your spots, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10:30 am. Featuring a photo with Santa, a goody bag for each child, fun craft activity, story time with Mrs. Claus and a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, fruit and juice, cost is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children and families of 5 or more (2 adults & 3 or more children) are $25. For information and reservations which are required, call 309-692-7631 or visit http://peoriaymca.org/events

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge from 9-11 am, then watch the animals get their gifts. Cost is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Registration opens at 8 am. Adult competitive / timed participation is $40 and noncompetitive / non-timed is $35 and includes a Jingle bell Run long sleeve t-shirt and jingle bells to tie on to shoes. Discounted rates are available for ages 18 and under. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

Christmas with the Animals will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm. Help WPP staff create gifts for the animals with food surprises inside, then give the presents to the animals and learn about their natural instincts. Cost for this event is $5 (in addition to regular admission) and reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Park admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $5 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for ages 13 – 64 and $6 for ages 65+. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Alzheimer’s Association (located at 612 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) will host “Living with Alzheimer’s” on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am.  Providing answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, registration is required to attend. For more information or to register, call 309-681-1100 or visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Safe and fun for the whole family. Admission 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. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring Santa, free Balloon Creations by The Unique Twist and a coupon for a free admission to the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display. through Dec. 31 when you spend $25 or more at a participating business. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Splendor of Christmas Past Home Tour 2016 will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring Peoria Historical Society’s Flanagan House & Pettengill Morron House Museums plus three private Peoria historic homes decorated in holiday finery, enjoy the Christmas charm, local history and décor for of Christmas past. Tickets are $20 at the door and are also available at Gregg Florist, the PHS office, Relics, Urban Artifacts and Exhibit A Gallery. Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Bradley Braves will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday 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

Friends in Harmony will perform at their annual Christmas show at Pekin Community High School’s FM Peterson Theatre (located at 1903 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 309-229-1869 or click HERE

The Philharmonic Chorale will present their Christmas Concert at the Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens. For tickets and information call 309-694-5136 or visit at www.ArtsatICC.com

What the Dickens, a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation.

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

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The Nature Art Show and Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) today (Wednesday) through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm (except for Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day). 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

Brushville will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Ave. in Peoria) with Kickapoo Junction opening tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm.  Tickets are $8 – $10 and are available by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

A Thanksgiving Feast will be available at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Thursday from 9 am – 2 pm featuring a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple pie, pumpkin pie, beef, fish and more. Cost for adults is $23.95 and $12.95 for children. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Member Appreciation Day on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm featuring a $10 discount off memberships (new, renewals or gift memberships) for that one day only. There will also be kids’ activities throughout the day, discounts on Museum Store merchandise, free educational GST movie admission all day, door prize drawings and refreshments. Admission 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. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 129th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place in Downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10:15 am. Featuring costumed characters, novelty walking units, horse units and decorated floats, the parade is a holiday tradition. For full details & a map of the parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The Motor Grader Express will take place at the Caterpillar Visitors Center (located at 110 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring a soup and sweets lunch, admission to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and access to the express Santa Claus line, there will also be a professional photographer and images will be available for download through the Caterpillar Visitors Center Facebook page following the event. Tickets are $17 for 13 and over and $10 for children under 12. Advance tickets are required. For tickets and information, visit www.caterpillar.com/en/company/visitors-center

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Joe Metzka and Friends 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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm.   Ben Zobrist, the 2016 World Series MVP, will be Guest of Honor on Saturday.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Sarah Schonert, Strat and Strad will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Chris Schlichting will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.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 Wildlife Waddle will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring guided hikes, animal programs and more, admission is free for members or $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

A free Book Reading and Crafting Workshop will be held at Amirah’s Aromas (located at 3311 N Sterling Ave., Unit 11, in Peoria) on Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Enjoy and learn about healthy foods as “Super Foods Are Super Fun” by Dr. Pooch is read followed by children making their own kid-friendly and mom-approved candle to take home. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.amirahsaromas.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria (located on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday from Noon – 2:30 featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis of 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

Christmastime Gospelfest will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday at 7 pm featuring Shawn Degenhart and the Gospelfest Singers. Admission is free with a love offering at the conclusion of the show. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

Vino Van Gogh will host a Girls Night Out at the Market Grille on Sheridan (located at 4125 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $28 when using the code “BFF” when registering.  For information and reservations, visit www.VinoGogh.com

Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Featuring a seasonal mix of hilarious scenes, songs and their signature improvisation with a touch of holiday mischief, tickets are $30 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling the box office at 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Drew Baldridge, Earl Dibbles Jr will open the show. Tickets are from $18 – $45 are available by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.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

Brad White will perform at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. A former member of the James Blackwood Quartet, the show will feature Christmas and Christian music from hymns to southern gospel.  For information, visit www.pekinfirstnaz.org

I Prevail will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Sleepwave, Hotel Books, and Bad Seed Rising will also perform.  Tickets are $12 – $17 and are available by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com