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The 2014 Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are 9 am – 10 pm on Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The event features the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull and live music by Heartache Tonight on Saturday, a community church service, car show and parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 12th year in 2014 with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. All performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm, and the show begining at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Holy Family Heritage Days will be held in the Holy Family Parking lot (located at the corners of Sterling Ave. and Gale Ave. in Peoria) from 4 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and from 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday. There will be carnival rides, food, a beer tent, games and live entertainment featuring the West MacQueen Street band on Friday night. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 48th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Sunday with carnival rides, games, a parade on Saturday food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

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

Smokey Joe’s Cafe will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday at 2 pm. The songs of Leiber and Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a Grammy Award-winning musical revue that showcases 39 pop standards, including rock’ n’ roll and rhythm & blues. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Corn Stock Theatre continues its production of Funny Girl through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com  Season tickets for all 5 shows throughout the summer are $66 per person are also available.

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

The Luthy Botanical Garden Summer Plant Sale and Craft Show (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) runs from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday & Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. In addition to plants there will also be a craft show featuring local crafts and vendors. Admission is $2.50 or free for ages 12 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place every Friday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run every Saturday in June beginning at 10:30 am and tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. This tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria)  And the Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in June beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Steady Flow will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with local bands The Sites and Unamused Dave opening beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Dierks Bentley with Tyler Farr and Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. will perform in concert on Friday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in| Chillicothe) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 in advance and are available at all Co-Op Records locations, by calling 800-514-3849 or online at www.jaytv.com

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday in downtown Elmwood featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts. There will be a car show from 8 am – Noon, a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 – 10 am, craft booths from 8 am – 6 pm, the River Valley Antique Association, a kids corner, kids pony rides, balloons by Unique Twist, a hula hoop contest, games, Pat’s Trains plus a food tent from 10 am – 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

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

Run for the Sun, a 4-mile trail run to benefit the Sun Foundation, will be held on Saturday at the Sun Foundation Center (located at 1276 Sun Rd, Washburn) beginning at 8 am. Registration cost is $35. There will also be a non-competitive 1-mile Fun Run. Fun Run registration is $5 or $15 for a race t-shirt. To register, click HERE

The 34th annual Moss Avenue Sale will take place on Saturday along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900 or visit https://www.facebook.com/MossAvenueAntiqueSaleFestival

The 2nd Annual Running with the Dogs fundraiser for Paws Giving Independence will be held on Saturday at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) with registration opening at 8:30 am and the 5K Race and 3K Walk beginning at 9:30 am. The races take place on Prospect Road through both Peoria and Peoria Heights, with a post-race event taking place at Junction City. Cost is $35 per or free for children 12 & under. For more information, visit www.givingindependence.org

The Peoria Heights Tower Park Art Festival will take place at Tower Park from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring art vendors, face painting, balloon animals, live music and food, watch artists create sidewalk chalk art on the walkway throughout the festival. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com/events.htm

The Peoria Humane Society will host a “Kitten Shower” at the PACHS shelter (located at 2600 NE Perry in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Due to the overabundance of kittens available for adoption, the event’s goal is to find homes for the kittens as well as replenish diminishing supplies for the shelter to care for them. For more information, call 309-682-9015.

Zoo To Do, the annual gala event at Peoria Zoo, will take place at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a silent auction and a three-course meal in the Africa! exhibit. Interact with animals from from the education collection as they roam the event with their keepers and take a tour of the animal night quarters for an exclusive behind the scenes experience. Tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are also available for $150. To reserve tickets and for more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Gala of the Royal Horses will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 plus a limited number of VIP seats for $58 including a meet and greet. Children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over receive a $5 discount (excluding VIP). Tickets are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Local band The Generations and The Pulse will perform on Saturday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Roots of Folk Celebration featuring Barry Cloyd will take place on Saturday at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Opening act will be Walten Pond and main acts are The Way Down Wanderers and Barry Cloyd’s Celtricity. For more information, call 309-674-7121.

The 5th Annual Homes of Hope Benefit Car Show will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm featuring live music by Lost Haven and the Stevill Dan Band as well as wine tasting, food and raffles. Admission is free and car show registration is $10. For more information, call 309-862-0607 or visit www.homesofhopeinc.org

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

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show continues at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Enjoy a Girls’ Night Out at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a complimentary wine tasting. Ladies can also enjoy wine specials in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and great small plates will also be available. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

ZooBrew and Wine Too! will take place at the Peoria Zoo tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Guests will sample a wide variety of beers and wines with unlimited drink tastings, appetizers from local restaurants, tours of the Africa! exhibit, live music and special desserts. Tickets are $40 per person or $50 per person. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) night from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Otto & George will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday show are $12 or $14 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Haunting of the Giant Screen Theater will take place through Halloween night at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring scary classic films including Monster House 3D tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, Ghostbusters on Friday at 7 pm,  Hotel Transylvania on Saturday at 4:30 pm, Ghostbusters on Saturday at 7 pm, Hotel Transylvania on Sunday at 1:20 pm & 3:20 pm and Monster House 3D on Sunday at 5:15 pm.  Adult tickets are $10 each or buy all three Hitchcock movies for $25 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. For more information including a complete schedule, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a new Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and free animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run from 5 – 7 pm and the “frightfully fun” version will run from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and children and free for kids under 1. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature South Side Cindy and the Slip-Tones plus a Halloween costume contest and prizes on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

J.K. Williams Distilling (located at 525 High Point Lane in East Peoria) will host a public Grand Openingwith a ribbon cutting on Friday at 2 pm followed by a Grand Opening Tour and Tasting event. On Saturday there will also be tours every 30 minutes and tastings from 10 am – 4 pm and from Noon – 4 pm on Sunday.

SalsaPalooza 3 featuring salsa dance workshops taught by local and guest instructors will be held at Body Fitness Dance Studio (located at 3020 N. University St. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm on Friday and from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday plus a Halloween Salsa Party on Saturday evening from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am. Cost for the workshops are $65 at the door for a Full Pass to all workshops & the party or $20 at the door per workshop. Cost for the Halloween Salsa Party is $10 or free for Full Pass holders and includes open dancing, dance performances plus a costume competition. For more information including a complete schedule, call 309-282-6212 or visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. For more information, visit http://www.spook-hollow.com

Amy Grant will perform at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and are available by calling 800-965-9324 or online at www.itickets.com  Please note: This concert originally was scheduled for the Peoria Civic Center Theater.

The River City Blues Society will present Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $6 for the general public or $4 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 pm and the show beginning at midnight.  Dress as your favorite character and bring your props. Tickets are $15 general admission and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information including the approved prop list, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

Holy Family School (located at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria) will host its 2nd Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm in the school gymnasium. Featuring over 35 vendors, admission is free. A raffle will be held and breakfast and lunch items will be available. For more information, call 309- 657-6731.

The 22nd Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center in Exhibit Halls A-D, featuring Discovery Channel’s Dr. Lori, Mary Jo Buttafuco, Days of Our Lives actress Gloria Loring and Melissa Costello, star of KarmaChow TV.  Advance tickets are available online at http://www.wlspeoria.comfor $8 and also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door are $10.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
The Spirit of Peoria Murder Mystery will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm featuring the the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company where you can dine and mingle with the cast as the mystery unfolds. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Memphis will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37, 54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.comor by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder in their season opener on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $10, $12, $17 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season tickets are also available. For more information visit www.Rivermen.net
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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Viva Viola featuring Max Mandel, Viola Soloist, at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 1360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and are available online at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Bushwhacker Cyclocross will be held at Bradley Park on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Cost to compete is $30 or free to watch. Qdoba will be on site with discounted food. For more information and to register, visit www.bushwhacker.com/cx.html

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Halloween Hunt on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm where kids aged 3 – 12 can participate in a one-of-a-kind scavenger, view the Incredible Bats program with live bats from 3 – 5 pm, the Fright Light Planetarium Show and Hotel Transylvania or Monster House on the Giant Screen Theater. Admission is $10 for children (aged 12 & under) who are members, and $15 for non-members plus adults will receive one free adult admission with every paid child. Additional adults are $5 each. Giant Screen Theater movies are an additional $5 per person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Those who attend in costume will be eligible for special prizes. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Brooks Williams at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) McKenzie Room on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm.  Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes songs that fall between Americana and blues and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style. Admission is free and for all ages. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120.

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

The “Ladies on the Loose” Scavenger Hunt conducted by participating businesses in downtown Morton will be held today (Thursday) from 10 am – 7 pm. There will be prizes awarded as well as special offers available. Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) will also host their “Girls’ Night Out” with wine tasting from 5 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-291-0899.

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce invite the community to attend a special All-America City Reception, recognizing the small businesses that help make Peoria an All-America City, tonight (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm where you can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Call 309-672-2267 or 309-495-5974 to RSVP.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) every Thursday night in October from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Bradley University Institute of International Studies and International Trade Center present “The State of the U.S. Economy: National Security Challenge or Opportunity?” at the Gateway Building tonight (Thursday) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Robert Kimmit will explore the relationship between the U.S. economy and national security, and how the economy of central Illinois plays into the bigger picture. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.org

Sean Rouse will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $12 and $14 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Chrysanthemum Show will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden opening on Friday with hours from 10 am – 5 pm and running through Sunday, November 11. This year’s theme is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and is full of hundreds of mums.. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down. Admission is $2.50 for adults aged 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm Friday through Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a new Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and free animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run from 5 – 7 pm and the “frightfully fun” version will run from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and children and free for kids under 1. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Dexter O’Neal and Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 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 Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Uncorked! will take place on Friday beginning at 6 pm at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. A Vegas-sytle night of dancing and sampling of fine wines, craft beer and hors d’oeuvres plus a silent and live auction. Tickets are $75 per person may be purchased by calling 309-692-6650. All proceeds benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living For more information, visit www.hulthealthy.org

Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 7 – 10 pm with host Jim Hicks and hostess Peggy Holmes. All skill levels are welcome. There will be music, dancing and snacks in the Dining Hall. Fee is $5 per person or a $20 maximum per family.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Bloomington Thunder in their only pre-season game on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $10, $12, $17 and $20 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season tickets are also available. For more information visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place every Friday & Saturday in October from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

Spook Hollow and M.C. Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. For more information, visit http://www.spook-hollow.com

EP!C’s third annual Boo Run will take place at Hoerr Nursery (located at 8020 N Shade Tree Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am and will feature a competitive Grand Prix 5K Run & Roll, One-mile Fitness Walk and Kids Fun Run & Roll. Costumes are encouraged, and trophies and medals will be awarded to top competitors. Registration information is available online at www.boorunpeoria.com  The event also includes a costume contest, outdoor farmers’ market, hayrack rides, face painting, art and entertainment for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of EP!C. For more information, call 309-689-3605 or visit www.epicpeoria.org

The 33rd Annual Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and RiverFront Conference Center (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Enjoy shopping, casual learning centers for spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, beading and more along with Viewers’ Choice, the 2013 Challenge, games and door prizes. Admission is $5 for shopping only or $15 for the full spin-in experience. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

Peoria Players will host their Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale on Saturday from 8 am – noon in their front lobby. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit http://peoriaplayers.org

A Punkin Chuckin’ Contest will take place at The Pumpkin Farm (located at 16339 N. Springfield Rd. at the corners of Allentown & Springfield Road, rural Groveland, near Morton) on Saturday from 9:30 am to dusk. A variety of machines participate in the Morton contest including catapults, trebuchets, and some whose category needs to be determined upon their arrival. A hand tossed event is offered for those of us who can’t build a machine. Food will also be available including rib eye steak sandwiches, pumpkin chili, pumpkin funnel cakes or ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Halloween Costume and Make-Up Workshop on Saturday from 10 am – Noon at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Fees for Corn Stock member are $5 and $7 for non-members and the Workshop is open to kids ages 8-16. To register, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants.
And a Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $47 for adults, $23.50 for kids 4-12 and free for infants. For more information on any cruise or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

As part of the month-long, city-wide “Citywide Celebration of Women Artists”, Corn Stock Theatre will host “Celebrating Women Actors” at their Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) on Saturday from 6 – 7:30 pm featuring several local female actors who will sing a favorite song or read a part they enjoyed performing. Learn about their experiences on the stage, about the moment they knew they wanted to act as well as the women who guided them and those they most admire. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196.

The Howlin’ on Water dinner and show will take place at the Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm and the show running from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is $37 per person for a two entree buffet dinner and the dueling pianos show presented by Central Illinois Dueling Pianos. A full cash bar will be available all night. To purchase your spot online, visit http://artstix.artspartners.net

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Charles Yang on violin. Tickets range from $26 to $71 with discounts for students and groups and are available at the PSO Box Office, (located at 101 State Street in Peoria) from Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on concert Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm and at the Peoria Civic Center from 6:30 – 8 pm the night of the performance or by calling 309-671-1096 or online at http://www.peoriasymphony.org

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Peoria Pops Orchestra will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students or groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Speakeasy, featuring Judy Page will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society opening led by Larry Harms. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Civil War Scholar, Randy Saxon, will speak tonight (Thursday) at Peoria Historical Society 4th Quarter Meeting at the Peoria Public Library, North Branch, McKenzie Room beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-1921.

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main St. in Morton) will host a complimentary wine tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy the evening on the patio with wine by the bottle and artisan cheeses and gourmet foods (available for purchase).
The Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in Morton) Wine Bar Grand Opening will take place on Friday beginning at 3 pm with guitarist Dave Berchtold performing from 7 – 9 pm. Call 309-291-0899 for more information on either event.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) every Thursday night in October from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy hot dogs for roasting, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks plus hayrack rides and mid 1800s Autumn Play Party activities (sack races, fortune telling) Costumes are strongly encouraged for both children and adults. Admission is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 or $25 maximum for families from same household.

Harvey opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 10th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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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. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) continues at the Eureka College Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the door.

Side Show continues at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $16 for Bradley faculty, staff and senior citizens and $9 for students are are available at the Bradley Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

The Caterpillar Employees Chorus will present the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz at Eastlight Theatre (in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and matinees beginning at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person and available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Bill Porter beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Ron White will present “A Little Unprofessional” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $42.25 and $52.25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, which tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, will take place every Friday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Scapin continues at the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

Evil Dead: The Musical will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. This show is rated R and is not recommended for young children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students aged 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

Barefoot in the Park will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults & $9 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit http://peoriaplayers.org

The Haunted Infirmary At Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place every Friday & Saturday in October from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and $5 per person for the hayrack ride. For more information, visit www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park will take place in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and the Zombie Invasion Paintball Battle, tickets are $10 per person per attraction and are sold until 11 pm. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the shows are $19 (or $18 with cash payment) and $16 for the Friday late show (or $15 with cash payment). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association’s Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday at Eastside Center with registration 8 am and the event begins at 9 am. Registrants will receive a Buddy Walk t-shirt. Other activities will include face painting, projects, food, games, crafts and the opportunity to help people with Down syndrome. For more information and to register, call 309-241-8195 or visit www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa 

Northminster Children’s Ministry and Northminster Learning Center will host nationally known speaker Jill Molli on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm where she will share her wisdom and humor as you learn to “Engage In Your Family’s Story“. Admission is $75 per person or $100 per couple and requires pre-registration which may be done online at www.northminster.us/Engage

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

A Pumpkin Carving Workshop will take place on Saturday  from 10 am – Noon at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout R. in Chillicothe) featuring Scott “Stormin’” Norman, the “Picasso of Pumpkin Carving”. Admission is $5 per person with a $20 maximum per family and includes a pumpkin to carve yourself. Using non-traditional tools and techniques, this master pumpkin carver will show you new ways to decorate pumpkins for the Halloween season. The workshop will be followed by a group carving and s’mores cooked alongside the campfire. Pre-registration is required: call 309-579-2157.

The Muscle On Main Strongman Competition will be held on Main Street in Morton on Saturday from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.probodysolutions.com/events

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) will host a Fall Festival on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. See antique fire trucks and other emergency vehicles and enjoy music by Riversound Brass plus backsmithing demonstrations, minature operating steam engines, an early Ford V-8 Club display and other attractions and ongoing exhibits. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3-11 and under 3 free. For more information, call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

The Worldwide Day of Play (WWDOP), an entire day dedicated to active play, where Nickelodeon goes completely “dark” for three hours, turning off programming to encourage kids to get up, get out and go play, with local activities taking place at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre throughout the day on Saturday. Admission to this event is free. There will also be discounted Peoria Zoo admission everyone pays the children’s price all day. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

The 11th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will take place at 2 & 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring actor portrayals of prominent Peorians such as Robert Avery, Lydia Bradley Moss, Joseph Petarde, Phoebe Buehler, the tour brings Peoria history to life. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and reservations may be made by calling 309-689-8000 or emailing foxtales@foxtalesint.com  For more information, visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

Peoria Jaycees Night Golf will be held on Saturday at the Fon du Lac Golf Course (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Registration fee is $25 per person or $100 per team and includes a glow ball, glow necklace and greens fee. Online registration is available at www.peoriajaycees.org/night-golf or teams may register the day of the event from 6 – 6:30 pm. For more information, email peoriajaycees@gmail.com

The Proctor Health Care Foundation presents “A Night with the Hit King,” featuring a dinner and Q&A session with baseball legend Pete Rose, on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The event also includes a silent and live sports auction, plus an exclusive VIP party, where guests can meet “Charlie Hustle” himself. Proceeds support the work of the Addiction Recovery Center and Hult Center for Healthy Living. Call 309-689-8635 or register at www.proctorgiving.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday on Water Street on the Peoria Riverfront with registration beginning at 12:30 pm and the walk beginning at 2 pm. For more information, call 309-681-1100.

The Peoria German-American Central Society will be host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. The event will feature German Music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, soccer, a shooting tent, & German gift tent, a fine arts and craft village, playground equipment for the kids and complete German dinners with sides for $10 plus sandwiches will also be available. The 4th Annual German Car Cruis’n will take place from noon until 5 pm where owners of German make cars and/or motorcycles are welcome to participate for free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” celebrating the travels of Miss Jean Morron, a lady who appreciated learning about various cultures as she traveled, on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.
The the Peoria Historical Society will also host the “Women of World War II” Exhibit at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children or visit the historic Morron homes also (both in one day) for $10 for adults. For more information on either event, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Morton German Fest will be held on Sunday from 1 – 9 pm featuring German Beer and Wine tasting from 1 – 5 pm and plus German food, music, and dancing behind Wines ‘n More and Morton Deli on Main Street in Morton. Entertainment and contests will take place from 3 – 7 pm and the famous Jagerettes will be on hand from 7 – 9 pm with Jagermeister and Berenjager. Admission is free.

The Peoria Urban League Guild will host the 4th annual Jazz Brunch Fundraiser at the Par-a-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Sunday with doors opening at 2 pm. Special Guest will be “Soft Spoken”. Admission price in advance is $40 and $45 at the door. Funds raised through this endeavor will support programming for the Tri-County Urban League. For more information, call 309-672-4354.

The St. Martin Chamber Players will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring three of his compositions in addition to works by Molbe, Holst and Jerry Bock, featured artists include Dawn Clark on horn, Tom Booth – tenor and Wes Sedrel on guitar. Admission is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

Julie K will perform tonight (Thursday) at Monkey Joe’s (located at 8901 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) from 5 – 7 pm. Admission is $6 and a portion will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Singer, songwriter, storyteller and humorist Mark Lowry will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23.50 for general admission, $28.50 for Gold Circle and $21 for groups of 10 or more and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be presented by the Eureka College Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the door.

Side Show will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $16 for Bradley faculty, staff and senior citizens and $9 for students are are available at the Bradley Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

Greg Warren will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 and $16 for the other shows with a $1 discount when paying with cash. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present, will take place every Friday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Scapin will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar is available.
A daytime Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets for all 3 cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind, a one mile walk to support brain tumor research, will be held at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water Street on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday with registration & the raffle beginning at 7:30 am and the program starting at 9 am. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 & younger and brain tumor survivors are free. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The final RiverFront Market of the season will take place on the Peoria riverfront from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Hard Charge Series and Obstacle Course will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Saturday beginning at 9 am.  Spectators may watch the race and attend the post-race party free of charge. For more information at www.HardCharge.com/Peoria

Recovery Walks! 2013 will take place on the campus of Proctor Hospital on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm with the the Walk beginning at Noon. There will be live music, lunch, a silent auction and fellowship. Registration is $20 per person, $15 for ages 12 & under or $50 for a family. All participants receive t-shirts. All proceeds benefit the Ameel Rashid Scholarship for Addiction Recovery. For more information, call 309-691-1055.

The 51st Annual Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair, one of the largest and top ranking visual arts events in Central Illinois, will be held on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring over 150 local, national and international visual artists from 26 states, Canada, Argentina and Israel, this is a live, in-person art gallery where visitors can see and buy original artwork from local, national and international artists. The Fair also features a children’s art festival with make-and-take projects, a community mural, live music and dance performances, food and more. Admission is $5 per day for adults or $7 for an all weekend pass, free for Peoria Art Guild members and children 12 years & under. Group rates are available for $20 for 5 people. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaartguild.org/!/fineartfair

Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm. Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! means you can find free admission for two people for Saturday, Sept. 28th only by visiting www.Smithsonian.com/museumday  Without the free coupon, admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2013 will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday at Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin). With over 400 quilts and over 30 vendors, there will be demonstrations, a silent auction, door prizes, bed turning a raffle quilt, a boutique, quilt appraisals by appointment plus a live auction of donated quilts. Admission is $7 for adults and $10 for a 2-day pass. Parking is free and food will be available.   For more information, call 309-633-2218 or visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

The Friends of Peoria Public Library will host “The World of Downtown Abbey with Author Jessica Fellowes” at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Auditorium on Saturday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Best-selling British author Jessica Fellowes will talk about her books that detail life behind the scenes on the award winning PBS series as well as the changing life of British aristocracy then and now. “Downstairs” tickets are $20 and “Upstairs” tickets are $50 or $75 and include a Friends membership. “Upstairs” tickets include the book and admission for one or two. For more information, call 309-497-2137 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Lighten Up! with Ken Davis will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N Allen Road in Peoria) on Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am and 11 am. Admission is free.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Olga Kern on piano. Tickets range from $26 to $71 with discounts for students and groups and are available at the PSO Box Office, (located at 101 State Street in Peoria), at the Peoria Civic Center from 6:30 – 8 pm the night of the performance, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at http://www.peoriasymphony.org

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Beth Bombara at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 w Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2120 visit www.bethbombara.com

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm featuring 1850′s fashion this month.  Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

The 47th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus lots of food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans,, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Sumer Wellness (located at 1491 Valle Vista, Blvd. in Pekin) will host an Open House featuring a wine tasting, giveaways, demonstrations, and desserts tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Call 309-347-4277 to RSVP to the event and qualify to win a package valued at over $100.

Snyder Village (located at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora) will host an Auction Preview & Ice Cream Social tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Their Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held on Saturday from 6 – 9:30 am featuring handmade art and goods, home décor, themed gift baskets and more.  For more information, call 309-367-4300 or visit www.snydervillage.com

Greater Tuna continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Tommy Johnagin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 (or $12 with cash payment) and $16 for the other shows (or $15 with cash payment). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Les Miserables continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour, which traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present, will take place every every Friday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported and will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in September beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & the Soul Mystics on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Park District will host “Take a Stab at the Riverfront!” featuring a movie-inspired meal and cash bar on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm in the Gateway Building followed by a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at 8 pm in Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Lee Brice will perform at Three Sisters Park on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $26 and are available at Emack’s & Bollio’s Ice Cream (on the Peoria RiverFront & Peoria Heights), Co-op Records in Peoria, Pekin & East Peoria, by calling 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jay.tv

Modern Day Romeos will perform on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the gate. Food will be available. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight production of Tarzan will take place at the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling the Eastlight Box Office at 309-699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar will also be available.
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets for both are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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John Prine will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $47.50 and $57.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe will present “Conversations“, a night of one act plays, on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8 pm at the Ear in the Envelope, Inc. Upstairs Studio (located at 820 SW Adams St. in Peoria). Admission is free, however donations will be taken. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatWorkBeginsTheatreTroupe

Salsa Night featuring a free Salsa or Bachata lesson will be held on Friday at Peoria Latin Vibe (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Enjoy performances by some of the best Salseros in the Mid-West. Admission is $6. For more information visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

In honor of International Literacy Day, Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley St. in Peoria) will host its 27th Annual Walk for Literacy on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Walkers can choose between a 5k or one-mile route, with activities along the way such as the Walk and Learn Contest and opportunities to meet Abraham Lincoln and visit the Bookmobile, as well as a post-walk celebration with refreshments and prizes. Walkers are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character. For registration information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

Super Saturday will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

WorldFest 2013, a celebration of the many ethnic groups in Central Illinois in conjunction with Youth Doing the Right Thing, will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D.
The Central Illinois Black Expo, a multicultural family event with activities for the entire family, will also be held on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall.  Parking and admission are free for both of these events.

Bikes Blues & BBQ will be held at the VFW Post 1232 (located at 15665 VFW Road in Pekin) on Saturday  from 1 – 10 pm. Admission is $10 per person. The event features live blues with Chris Duarte from Texas, Jimmy Warren Band from Chicago and Matthew Curry & The Fury from Bloomington, a bike show hosted by Phat Jax custom cycles, vendors, BBQ from Sammy Lynn’s Smokehouse plus beer, a cash bar, soda, and water will be available. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com

The Peoria Public Library will host a reception for The Art of the Sell: Graphic Designs Advertising CAT Tractors on Saturday in the Main Library Art Gallery from 1 – 3 pm. 100 ads are on display from the private collection of Mr. Mark Johnson. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The 1st Annual River Harvest Festival, highlighting the work being done to protect the environment and waterways of central Illinois, will take place outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm. The event includes live music by Robin Crowe, bag toss games, a corn boil, grilled food and Great Lakes Brewery beer for sale. Local volunteer groups will be onsite with information on getting involved in Illinois conservation and attendees can sign up to participate in the annual trash cleanup along the Illinois River on September 21st. For more information, call 309- 676-5237 or visit www.illinois.sierraclub.org/hoi

The 16th Annual Lobster Roast to benefit the Hult Education Center will be held on Saturday at Weaver Angus Farm beginning at 6 pm for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, 7 pm for dinner & the program. The event will feature special guests, NFL quarterbacks Jim McMahon & Jeff George. This year will honor and roast Hult founder, Patti Bash. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-692-6650 or online at http://www.hulthealthy.org

Who’s Bad will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the day of show. Food will be available. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria will feature cheeseburgers grilled on the dock on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $40 for adults. For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-637-800 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Percussionist Craig Russo will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. Featuring jazz soloists, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms and fresh arrangements of jazz standards and heard nationally on jazz radio, Russo will be joined by local musicians Kevin Hart and Andy Crawford. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Kathy Griffin will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Griffin is a two-time Emmy winner, NY Times best-selling author and five-time Grammy nominee. Tickets are $70, $55, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Greater Tuna opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs close out their season against the Clinton LumberKings tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 6:30 pm each night at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria and the Peoria NAACP will hold a free informational meeting on the Affordable Care Act and health insurance marketplace, featuring speaker Amanda Kozar from the office of Gov. Pat Quinn, at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Company continues through Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre tent (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The 12th Annual Comedy Tournament will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club featuring 18 talented comics from throughout the Midwest: 9 will perform in each semi-final round at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday with the Top 7 of those performing on Saturday night in the Finals. Shows begin at 8 pm each night. Tickets are $10 on Thursday & Friday and $12 on Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Two Sightseeing Cruises will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding for the first one beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 – 12:30 pm and the second cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Another cruise will take place on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito on Friday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring a 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk on Saturday at 7:30 am followed by a parade at 10 am, there will also be a battle of the bands, a petting zoo, an antique tractor pull, a talent contest, a lip sync contest, live music, a craft show plus food through Sunday at 5 pm. For more information, visit http://www.manitopopcornfestival.com

A Redneck Rally will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N. State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning on Friday at 5 pm celebrating all things “Redneck” including camping, music, motorsports, Redneck games & contests. Tickets are $65 for all three days in advance or $75 at the gate or $35 in advance for Sunday only or $45 for Sunday only at the gate. For more information, visit http://threesisterspark.com/redneck_rally

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Rewind on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877.   For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment will present the 25th annual Illinois Blues Festival on the Peoria RiverFront Festival Park from 1 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring two days of internationally known Blues artists with proceeds going to the Illinois Blues Coalition. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a Friday only one-day ticket, $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a Saturday only one-day ticket or $30 in advance or $35 at the gate for a Two-Day Festival Ticket. Advance tickets are available at Co-op Records in Peoria, Pekin, or East Peoria, Shandi´s in Canton or Washington or by calling 1-800-514-etix. To order tickets online and for full details of the festival, visit http://illinoisbluesfestival.com

The 35th Annual Zoo Run Run, a picturesque 5K run throughout the beautifully landscaped Zoo grounds and surrounding Glen Oak Park, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Zoo beginning at 8:30 am. 5K Race registration is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and $12 for members and $15 for non-members for the Youth Run and all participants will receive a limited edition T-shirt, admission to the Zoo and an after party. Food, prizes and awards available to all runners including participants (5K & Youth Run). For more information, call 309-681-3500.

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Peoria Jaycees will present Rock the Boat on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding from 7 – 8 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $40 and includes beer, wine, food, cruise on the Spirit of Peoria and the music by The West MacQueen Street Band. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online at http://www.peoriajaycees.org/events/rock-the-boat or at the event. The Calvin Coolidge Music Department will benefit from the proceeds of this event.

The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria presents “A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg” featuring the Don Campbell Band at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (located at 400 NE Perry in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $35 per person and tickets are available online at http://www.dfpeoria.com

The ICC Guest Artists Series presents Lisa Rock in Close to You: the Music of the Carpenters at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 or $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Double Play Music Fest will take place at Dozer Stadium in downtown Peoria on Sunday from 11 am – 11 pm featuring more than 30 acts including local bands Bubblegum Jack, United Groove Theory & JammSammich. Tickets are $15 and are available online along with the full band listing at http://doubleplayfest.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” celebrating the travels of Miss Jean Morron, a lady who appreciated learning about various cultures as she traveled, on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit features her 1957 four-and-half month around the world cruise including her favorite United States destinations such as New York City, Boston and other cities along the Eastern Seaboard plus Paris, London and other European cities. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children or tour both of the Society’s historic homes in one day for $10. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center will present the 3rd Annual Party for a Purpose on Sunday from 5 – 9 pm at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront. The free lung cancer awareness event features music by West MacQueen Street Band, door prizes, face painting by the Zoo Lady, creations by Unique Twist, and an awareness vigil at 8:30 pm. For more information, call 309-655-6839 or visit www.osfsaintfrancis.org

The Peoria Annual Labor Day Parade and Picnic, 50 Years – United as One!, with over 100 entries of various trade unions will take place on Monday beginning at 2 pm starting in front of the Monroe Street Fire Station and ending at Peoria County Courthouse. The Labor Day picnic will take place from 2 – 7 pm at Riverfront Festival Park. Beverage and food is available. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaevents.com/events/labor-day-parade.html

The IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Race to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter sets sail on Monday at 2 pm with boat presentations beginning at noon. Prizes will be awarded to the top three race and boat show winners. For more information, visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Life Could be a Dream continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 14. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth, play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play features provide wet and wild entertainment for the whole family. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host the Air National Guard Band in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available.  For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

The Jim Markum Swing Band featuring local jazz artists will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Eastlight Theatre will present Jekyll and Hyde the Musical at the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for ages through high school and $17 for senior citizens aged 60+. Adult tickets are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469) or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Corn Stock Theatre continues its run of The Foreigner featuring Peoria native, professional actor and guest artist, Steve Vinovich, on their main stage in the tent beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Tom Wilson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash for the Thursday show and $21 or $20 with cash for the Friday & Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s “Old Peoria and the Judge Tour” which travels through the earliest sections of downtown and to Peoria’s Northside, will take place every Friday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). The Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Saturday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour” traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and will take place every Saturday in June beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.   Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and free for infants 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.

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place on Friday at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit http://newjunctioncity.com

The School Yard Fine Arts Fair will be held from on Friday from 5 – 8 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm at the historic Jefferson School (located at 220 E Jefferson St. in Morton). Fine Artists from across the Midwest will bring their creations to Morton to show and sell. Enjoy live music and be a part of creating a community art piece plus there will be a Kid’s Art tent with make & take projects, a sidewalk art demonstration and great food in downtown restaurants. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Flying D’Rito Brothers on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Wedding Banned! will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person (available at the gate day of show). The Landing Bar will be open.

The River City Blues Society will host Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys at Goodfellas Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $6 for the general public and $4 for RCBS members. For more information, call 309 648-8510 or visit www.rivercityblues.com

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Multi Sport Extravaganza, a festival type event that showcases the many outdoor opportunities and clubs in Central Illinois, will take place on Saturday at Wildlife Prairie Park beginning at 7 am on Saturday and Sunday. Cost to participate is $20 per person and for Sunday only admittance, the cost is $10 per person. Live Music on Saturday night will feature Cousin Eddie. You can try kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, orienteering, running the obstacle course and more. For full details with activity schedules and to register online, visit www.MultiSportExtravaganza.com

The Power Walk for Dress for Success (5K/3.1 miles) and 5K Run will be held on Saturday at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie with registration beginning at 7 am with the 5K Run starting at 8 am and the 5K Walk starting at 8:15 am.  Cost to participate is $20 for both walkers & runners (ages 13 and up) and children 12 and under may walk with their parents for free. All individual runners (adults and children) must register.  To register online, visit www.dfspowerwalk.org/peoria2013  For more information, call 309-671-5200.

Join cycling enthusiasts on Main Street in downtown Morton for the MCB Cycling Classic on Saturday beginning at 8 am and running throughout the day in various classes . At Noon, the Celebrity Bike race begins and at 12:15 pm, all kids are invited to bring their bike and a helmet to join in the Kids free race. There will be a pedal tractor obstacle course and construction equipment to see up close. For a full listing of categories and prizes, visit http://www.peoriabicycleclub.com

Guardian Fitness (located at 2240 W Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Free Fitness Event on Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm featuring various fitness classes, consultations and raffle prizes. All fitness levels are welcomed to workout or watch. Special pricing will be offered for new members who sign up during the event.  For more information, call 309-691-GFIT or visit www.facebook.com/GuardianFitness

The Peoria Zoo and American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region are teaming up to a Summer Blood Drive on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm at the Peoria Zoo. Donors will receive a half-price zoo admission coupon for up to two adults and two children for use between June 29th and July 3rd. Activities will be available for children while parents donate. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment.

A Robo Rumble will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm where you can be a part of the rumble. Robots will battle throughout the day in various competitions.  The event is hosted by area high school student FIRST robotics teams from Peoria, Galesburg and Bloomington. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Annual Rhapsody in Bloom Art Festival will take place from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 12 – 5 pm on Sunday. At this celebration of art, music, food, and bloom held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located within Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria), you’ll find 50 regional artists, listen to top entertainment groups from the area, taste a diverse range of culinary creations plus kids can enjoy art activities in the children’s garden. Admission is $3 for adults and free for ages 12 and under.

The 2013 River City Bags Tournament will take place on Saturday at Kelleher’s Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) with registration and late packet pick-up at 9 am and the tournament start time at 11 am. Cost to participate is $30, $45 or $70 per team of two with divisions for amateurs and professionals, plus prizes and award payouts of $2,500. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Peoria. For more information and to register, visit http://rivercitybagsclassic.com

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will host its 22nd Annual Parade of Homes from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. The tour includes 20 new homes in various stages of construction by 14 area builders. For full details including home addresses, visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

Big Hearts Outdoors, the organization formed in honor of local artist and outdoorsman Drake Taylor who lost his battle to Moya Moya disease last year, will host its Summer Festival on Saturday beginning at 3 pm at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. The fundraiser will feature a BBQ buffet dinner, raffle, silent auction, games, jewelry sale, live music and more. Admission is $15 or $8 for children ages 5 to 13 and free for children 4 and under. Proceeds will help provide access to outdoor family experiences for special needs children and young adults. For more information, call 309-253-7127 or visit www.bigheartsoutdoors.org

The Peoria Art Guild will host an Artist Reception for R.C. Sayler and Ken Hoffman on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm in the Peoria Art Guild Gallery. Admission is free, and hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served. Sayler’s Home Alone and Hoffman’s Frogs, Birds, Cats, Monkeys will be on display through August 7th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am -  5 pm and Saturday, 11 am -  1 pm. For more information, call 309-637-2787 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org

The 2nd Annual Making a Difference Awards Dinner will take place on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Award winners (Bridge to Hope Award) First Methodist Church of Peoria and (Corporate Friend Award) Caterpillar Inc. plus the Individual Friend Award to be announced at the event will be honored. Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at http://peoriafriendshiphouse.givezooks.com/events/making-a-difference-awards-dinner

7th heaven will perform on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person.  A Rock/Pop band from the Chicagoland area, 7th heaven started in 1985 and is one of the biggest and busiest indie bands in the world.

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days from 1-4 pm on Sunday with this month’s theme of Phrenology.  Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The 49th Rennick Art Show, sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society, continues at Peoria Public Library Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe Street in Peoria in the lower level gallery) through May 30th. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm for viewing.

The East Peoria Carnival will be held in the Festival Building parking lot (located at 2200 E. Washington St. in East Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), from 5 – 10 pm on Friday, 1 – 10 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Rides, games and food will be featured with individual ride tickets available for $1.25 each or a family pack of 20 tickets for $20 will be also available (all rides take two or more tickets). Wristband days will be from 5- 9 pm on Thursday and from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday where a $20 wristband purchase per person per day allows for unlimited carnival rides.

Watch as the Peoria Chiefs try to “Strike Out Stroke”, a fundraiser for the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp, tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm at Dozer Park in Downtown Peoria. In addition to baseball, enjoy a variety of stroke education and awareness activities and a visit from the OSF Life Flight and inflatable MegaBrain, as well as $1 drinks and post-game fireworks. For tickets, call 309-688-5450.

Would you like to make a difference in the community or are you new to the area? The Junior League of Peoria, an all women volunteer organization is hosting a New Member Social at the JLP Headquarters (located at 256 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. You are not obligated to join by attending this event. Just stop by and see how we make a difference. For more information, call 309-685-9312 or  visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

Out of Order continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 2. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com 
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Morton Civic Chorus will present Encore 2013, A Musical Revue, tonight through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theatre on the Bradley University campus. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and are available at Kidder Music in Peoria, MCB Bank in Morton, from any singer, or by calling 309-677-4966. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF).

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

The 2013 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest will take place throughout the Peoria area tonight (Thursday) evening & running through Monday with most events happening at the Four Points by Sheraton (located at 500 Hamilton Boulevard in downtown Peoria). For a full schedule and admission information, visit http://oldtimepianocontest.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Kane County Cougars tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow beginning at 6:30 pm at Peoria Chiefs Stadium. They take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday & Sunday at 6:30 pm and on Monday at 1 pm. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com Season tickets and other packages are also available.
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The 28th Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held on Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm. The Spring Celebration highlights the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties. Over 12,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the Fine Arts and Applied Arts during the six-week event. Visit  www.springcelebration.orgfor complete information and updated schedules.

The Annual Louie Louie Parade kicks off the summer season at 3:30 pm on Friday with the Louie Louie Festival immediately following the Parade on the CEFCU Stage at The Landing on the Peoria Riverfront. The parade begins in the Peoria Civic Center parking lot on Fulton and Monroe streets and proceeds down Monroe to Main Street to the riverfront. Put on your craziest outfit, grab your kazoo and enjoy live music and cold drinks. Admission for both the Parade & Festival is free.

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit http://newjunctioncity.com

The 2013 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 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans, a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit http://summercampfestival.com

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The River City Blues Society will host Dave Chastain DC3 at Goodfellas Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $6 for the general public and $4 for RCBS members. For more information, call 309 648-8510 or visit www.rivercityblues.com

Peoria Zoo will host a “Behind the Scenes” Tour on Saturday from 9 – 10 am where you can discover the answers to all your animal-related questions and access areas the public doesn’t normally get to see. Cost is $22 per person:  call 309-681-3559 to register.   Also on Saturday, the Zoo Fest will take place from 11 am – 3 pm. Activities include the moving of the Chinese Alligator to her summer exhibit (weather permitting) at 1 pm plus bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and free for ages 2 & under. For more information on either event, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) will host Family Recreation 101 on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. The fun-filled day includes a campfire lunch, guided hikes, fishing, canoeing, live music and more. Camping is also available. Cost is $3 per event with a $25 maximum per family. For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/camp-wokanda

Chillicothe Xtreme Sports will host the Youth Sports Expo at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 10 am and running through 7 pm. The Expo will represent all Youth Sports in Illinois and clinics and workshops will be available. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids aged 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. Clinics & workshops are $5 per person and parking is $7 per vehicle. For team/club discounts, call 309-989-7630. For more information visit http://cxsyouthsportsexpo.org

The Mackinaw Music and International Wine & Beer Festival will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 Illinois Route 9 in Mackinaw) from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from 12 – 6 pm on Sunday. Hosted rain or shine in the pavilion with bands performing at the lake gazebo and in the pavilion, this year’s event will feature over 55 wines and over 55 beers for tasting and purchase from around the world. Admission is $10 per person and the price includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Kids under 12 are free and ages 12 – 20 are $5 per person. The Festival Music lineup includes Greg Williams at 3 – 6:30 pm and Sister Groove and the Crosstown Jam at at 7 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, hear Colt 45 and Johnny Walker from 12 – 3 pm and Spring Creek Station will take the stage from 3 6 pm. For more information, visit http://www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Manito Wine, Art, Jazz and Balloon Festival will be held at Manito Memorial Park on Saturday from Noon – 8 pm. Admission is $10 and includes a souvenir wine glass & 5 taste tickets. Food will also be available. Live jazz will be provided by Joe Metzka & Friends, Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe and Dave Hoffman Band.  For more information, visit http://www.manitowinefest.com

Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Demonstrations and activities on a variety of topics will be offered to museum visitors. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days from 1-4 pm on Sunday. Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities.  This month’s theme is Heirloom Gardening. Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will take place on Monday beginning at 10:30 am on the Peoria RiverFront under the Gateway Building and will pay tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom.  The Peoria Municipal Band will perform. Admission is free.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Chrysanthemum Show continues daily at Luthy Botanical Garden.  Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays – Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through November 4th. Cost is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up) or free for children aged 12 and under and Garden Members.

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy food and drinks plus a Hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn Play Party activities. Children and adults costumes are strongly encouraged. Cost is $6 for ages 11+, $4 for ages 3-10 with a $25 maximum per family.

Move Over Mrs. Markham continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through November 11.  On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm and on Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com For a $5 Off per couple coupon, visit Peoria-Deals.com!

Steve-O! will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 for the Thursday 8 pm and the Friday & Saturday shows which are $26 or $25 with cash. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Tour Trolley Tour takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria). Also, the Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday from 10:30 am – Noon leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
And don’t miss the Haunted Peoria Tour which takes place from 1 – 2:30 pm on Saturday leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria). The cost for each tour is $11 or free for seniors 65 and older with proof of age plus a regular ticket purchase. To reserve tickets, call 309-673-6000.

A Downton Abbey Season 2 Marathon will be held from 10:30 am – Noon on Friday at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria).  Every Friday an episode from Season 2 will be presented from this program that explores the impact of WWI on the people of Great Britain. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 5 – 9 pm each night. From 5 – 7 pm each night is for Merry-Not-So-Scary which is designated for younger visitors that do not want to be scared. Then from 7 – 9 pm things are get scary with a spooky train ride through the Haunted Forest, trick-or-treating door to door, the troll bridge, refreshments, photo opportunities (bring a camera), carnival rides, movies, hay rack rides and more. Admission is $7 for members and $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org
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The Peoria Zoo will host Howl-Zoo-Ween from 5:30 – 8:30 pm on Friday and Saturday featuring a trick or treat trail through Africa, magic shows, a costume contest at 7 pm and more. Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Ages 1 & up require paid admission. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit http://www.peoriazoo.org

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring South Side Cindy beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Historical Society will host a Weenie Roast and Book Signing with Ken Zurski, author of “The Wreck of the Columbia” at the Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. There will be a campfire with weenies and marshmallows, baked beans, chips, and cider and hot cocoa. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Fondulac Farm Park Witches Walk (located at 305 Neumann Drive in East Peoria) will take place from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday.   Admission is $2.50 for children through 15 years old and $3 per adult (16 years & older). For more information, call 309-694-2195 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

Spider Hill continues at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and scares beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are sold until 11 pm. Tickets are $8 per person per attraction. Wristbands for unlimited scares are $20 each. Group parties welcome and group rates available. For more information, visit http://www.threesisterspark.com/General/spider-hill.aspx

The Haunted Infirmary at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located on Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will be open from 7 pm – Midnight on Friday and from 6 pm – Midnight on Saturday. Tickets are $20 each an are available in advance online at http://thehauntedinfirmary.org to ensure that wait times are as short as possible. Each ticket will gain you access to both the Haunted Infirmary and to the hay rack ride around the grounds of what used to be the Old State Hospital. The event is hosted by the Limestone JFL.

The Dungeon of Darkness (located at 3531 Court St. in Pekin) will be open from 7 pm – Midnight on Friday & Saturday. Admission is $10 per person and children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email info@dodpekin.com

Spook Hollow & MC Manor (located at 613 Lasalle Blvd in Marquette Heights), hosted by the Marquette Heights Men’s Club, will be open from 7 – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday featuring the MC Manor and Spook Hollow Trail. Admission is $20. For $10 per person, a Speed Pass is also available which lets you skip the lines at M.C. Manor, Spook Hollow Trail and all attractions within Spook Hollow Trail. For more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt hosted by Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Rd. in Pekin) will be open from 7 – 11 pm on Friday & Saturday as well as on Halloween (Wednesday, Oct. 31). Ride a 2 story “battle wagon” and shoot real-live “Zombie” targets. Cost is $20 and includes the haunted shoot, 200 paintballs plus the Haunted Corn Maze. For more information, visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday beginning at 7 pm and will also face the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 5 pm. Individual game tickets range in price from $13 – $28 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, or call 1-800-745-3000.

Peoria Players 21st Anniversary of performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show will take place at midnight on Friday & Saturday at the theatre. Dress up as your favorite character and come prepared for a night of entertainment. Doors open at 11:30 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and are on sale at the Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 21st Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center in the Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Fun N Fit Preschool (located at 8615 N. University in Peoria) will host a Trunk or Treat event in their parking lot on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Kids aged 14 & under are invited to attend the safe, family-friendly way to enjoy the Halloween tradition of costumes and treats. In the closed-off parking lot, families decorate the trunks and hatches of their vehicles with crazy scenes, host simple activities and games as if it was their front porch. Children then walk from trunk to trunk to collect goodies and show off their costumes. Fun on the Run will also have an inflatable for the kids.

The Arthritis Foundation’s Bone Bash will take place at The Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A Halloween themed party fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, the Bone Bash is a costumed affair with spooky decorations, costume contest, silent auction, live auction, games, photo booth, psychic, and entertainment to dance the night away. A Bare Bones ticket is $45 and VIP tickets are $60. For more information & to purchase tickets, visit www.bonebashpeoria.com

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Murder Mystery Cruise on Saturday with boarding at 7 pm and cruise from 8 – 10 pm. The cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds in “Dying to Win” Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids ages 4 – 12 and reservations may be made by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com

Harvesting Hope, an annual event in support of the Pediatric Resource Center, will be held at the Country Club of Peoria on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Entertainment will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends. Cost is $75 per ticket and may be purchased by calling 309-624-9595.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Eroica” on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 Wilmor Road in Washington). Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for children and are available at the Five Points Box Office, Kidder’s Music (located at7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=26411 For more information, visit http://heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Prowl & Howl, a Party For Mature Monsters, will take place on Saturday from 9 pm – Midnight at Wildlife Prairie Park featuring live music by South Side Cindy. Come in your costume and enjoy a howling good time. Admission is $5 for members and $13 for non-members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Pioneer Days will take place on Sunday at Sommer Park from 1 – 4 pm where you can experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century. Admission is $2 per person, age four and up. Activities are held at the homestead, barn, blacksmith shop and schoolhouse. This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria Zoo will present “Creepy Crawlies” on Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Cost is $5 members and $10 for non-members. Register by calling 309-681-3513.

Prairie Folklore Theatre will honor the Celtic Celebration of Samhein (the root of Halloween) by singing the old songs and telling the old tales at the Fox Pub (located at 7800 North Sommer Street in Peoria) on Sunday with shows at 2 and 6 pm. The 2 pm show is more family oriented and appropriate for kids aged 10 and up. The evening show more adult oriented. Admission is $10. Please reserve your spot by calling 309-692-3693.

The Heart of Illinois Chorus will present their version of the hit TV show “Laugh-In” at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Enjoy fun and laughs along with the acapella, barbershop chords of the Heart of Illinois Chorus. Tickets are $10 and available at the ICC box office or by calling 309-694-5136.

Award winning performers Aaron Jacobs and Tatiana Shustova will present an eclectic program of violin and piano selections at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Both artists are doctoral candidates at the University of Illinois and have performed at regional, national and international venues. Admission is free, however an offering will be collected plus a reception will follow the performance. For more information, call 309-688-5608.