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The Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) will host a Library Book Sale today (Thursday) through Saturday during regular library hours. Including hardbacks, paperbacks, media/DVDs and magazines, prices range from .10 to $1. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

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

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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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Caterpillar Employees’ Mixed Chorus Presents: Shrek The Musical beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School). Ticket are $10 and are available at the Eastlight Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-636-1743.

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Don Williams will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35, $45 & $65 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  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

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

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm on with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa!, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Cost is $5 for Zoo members, $6 for non-members. Pre-sale tickets are available now at the Peoria Zoo.

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

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Spook Hollow and M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

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

Bette Davis: On the Edge will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Peoria native Christine St. John, the one woman show is a preview of the London opening later this year. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and area available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Jimmy Pardo will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 except for the the Friday 10:30 pm show, tickets are $13. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Artist Tour One, Violence Interrupters & D-Man Comedy All-Stars Richard Pryor Place Comedians Against Violence: Blind Crippled and Crazy Campaign will be presented on Friday at Rail 11 (located at 2702 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and $20 for VIP seats and are available online at www.etix.com  For more information, call 309-839-5827.

Goodwill’s Forward March & Run will be take place at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to participate is $40 for the 4 or 8 mile run, $35 for the 4 or 8 mile run for veterans or active military or $30 for the 1 mile march. The event supports and raises awareness of Goodwill’s Veterans Services. For more information and to register, visit www.forwardmarchrun.com.

The Trendevous Fall Fashion Show and Beauty Event will take place at Bergner’s at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Libby Allison, WEEK News Anchor, will host the fashion show featuring the hottest fall looks from head-to-toe. Admission is $10 and those who make their reservations online at www.trendevous.com will receive a $10 Bergner’s gift card upon arrival.

The American Heart Association will host the Tri-County Heart Walk on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront at 9 am to raise money and awareness for heart disease and stroke. The event will feature free health screenings from Unity Point, kids’ activities, health education and heart-healthy food. For more information, go to www.peoriaheartwalk.org

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 www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Superhero 5K will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 1 pm at Liberty Park and run out and back along the trail, ending at the park. Following the 5K, the young superheroes will take center stage, dashing after the Joker in the first ever Kids’ 1/2 mile Villain Chase. Then, celebrate his capture with a post-race party with food, live music and entertainment. Cost to participate is $25 for adults, $56 for a family 4 pack and $15 for the Kids Villian Chase and registration is available online at http://peoriasuperhero5k.com/registration

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present the 12th annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm each day. Featuring portrayals of several crowd favorites from the past 10 years, such as Robert Avery, Lydia Moss Bradley, Joseph Petarde and Phoebe Buehler, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and a family pack is $30. For reservations, call 309-689-8000 or visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

The 34th Annual Metamora Band Invitational will take place on Saturday beginning at 3:30 pm at Metamora High School. Featuring 20 marching bands, tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for students. For more information, call 309-367-4151 Extension 570.

Peoria Push Derby Dames will take on the Quincy Dark River Derby Coalition at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with a newbie skater exhibition game starting at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance sold online, and $13 at the door and are available online at www.peoriarollerderby.org

GirlsEmpo Fundraiser-Kids Art & Magic will take place during International Girls’ Day at Prairie Center of the Arts (located in the Peoria Warehouse District at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Celebrate all girls and help raise funds for education and girls’ clubs for children living in poverty in Guatemala. There will be art projects and magic lessons for the kids while adults enjoy live music and “Shop for a Cause”. A silent auction of artwork donated by local artists, gift baskets and more will take place also plus baskets and purses handcrafted by Guatemalan artisan women will be available for sale. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.GIRLSEMPO.org

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Purchase tickets at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office, and select Walmart locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

So You Think You Can Dance will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $44, $54 and $69 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Drunken Zombie Drive In will take place at the Landmark Drive In on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring The Films Of Patrick Rea, admission is $5 per person or $20 per car. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/drunkenzombiefilmfestival

The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Yacht Club will present the Columbus Cup on the Illinois River along the Peoria Riverfront featuring local entertainment and activities for spectators viewing the races. For more information, call 309-689-3019.

Peoria Humane Society’s 18th annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Activities include a canine carnival, pawprint painting, dog olympics, doggie toe nail trimming, kids’ activities, demonstrations, souvenir photos, vendors, canine good citizen testing, raffles, food and more. All dogs attending must be registered for the event and each dog requires a separate registration form & fee. Only one dog per person. You can also register and participate without a dog. Each registrant receives a Bark t-shirt, bandanna, goodie bag, souvenir photo & may bring one dog to the event. Admission is $25 for ages 13 years and over and free for ages 12 & under and online registration is available through Friday. Proceeds benefit humane education, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty rescue, volunteer, community awareness, adoption programs and much more. For more information visit www.peoriahs.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its Fall Concert on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, East Peoria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136, or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

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

ZooBrew and Wine Too! will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8 pm. 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. This event is for ages 21 & over only. Tickets are $55 and are available online HERE  For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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 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. The Society meets the first Thursday every month.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its presentation of Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will be performed at Eureka College Pritchard Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets at $7 for students and children and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 309-467-6363.

Bare the Musical continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  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 www.ciaopeoria.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $16 except for the the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $13. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1 pm. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com

Sponge will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple 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 and $9 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Avenue Q continues at the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment with boarding on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 7th Annual HOIDSA Buddy Walk will take place at EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Center Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with pre-registration, t-shirt pickup, same day registration, activities and carnival games. The Walk begins at 9:30 am and from 11 am – 12:30 pm will be the hot dog lunch. Registration is $5 per person with Down syndrome and $15 for all other registrants which includes a t-shirt, carnival activities, walk and lunch. Fore more information, visit www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa

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 www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Peoria Park District will hold Peoria’s 2nd Annual PNC Worldwide Day of Play from 11 am – 3 pm at Glen Oak Park with family friendly activities throughout the park. PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure will be on-site with children’s interactive kiosks, photo station, a craft area and a giveaway table plus the Peoria Fire Department, Illinois Army National Guard and CityLink will provide vehicles for the Touch A Truck experience. Admission is free and there will also be discounted admission to the Peoria Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with 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 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.

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present the 12th annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm each day. Featuring portrayals of several crowd favorites from the past 10 years, such as Robert Avery, Lydia Moss Bradley, Joseph Petarde, Phoebe Buehler and others, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and a family pack is $30. For reservations, call 309-689-8000 or visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

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

The Drunken Zombie Drive In will take place at the Landmark Drive In on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring The Selling And El Monstro del Mar, admission is $5 per person or $20 per car. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/drunkenzombiefilmfestival

Chicago Farmer will perform at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 Main Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 in advance or $13 the day of the show. For more information, call 309-673-4343 or visit www.chicagofarmer.com/shows

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

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 5th 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 Fine Art of Hospitality will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Tour the home and experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, its dramatic architecture and design, and the unique collection items of the home. Admission is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) Fall Festival will take place on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Featuring fire trucks, a steam engine, a blacksmithing demonstration, music by the Mountain Men as well as the early Ford cars, admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. For more information, call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

Jim Breuer will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for VIP seating and $20 general seating in advance and $25 the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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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Arts in the Park will feature The West MacQueen Street Band tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brian Choban Jazz Quintet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Sundy Best with special guests Craig Gerdes and Brian Dennison will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Elizabeth Rex beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Antony & Cleopatra on Friday at 8 pm and Much Ado About Nothing on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am 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.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  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

The 9th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at Prospect and Glen in Peoria Heights from 3 – 11 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring a variety of live music plus food, a beer tent and family fun around Tower Park. Bands include Heavy Shake, Roundstone Buskers, Sol, Paige DeChausse and the Reverent Few on Friday and the Robin Crowe Band, The Midnight Special, Celetricity with Barry Cloyd and Drivetrain Feat with Nick Boettcher on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheights.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Charles Walker Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. 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 http://www.peoriacac.org

4 & 20 will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Corn Stock Theatre will present A Year with Frog & Toad Friday through Saturday, August 9 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 will present Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Jon Reep will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and  10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Friday 8 pm show which is $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Triangle of Opportunity Bike Tour will take place on Saturday from 7 am – 2 pm beginning at Idlewood Park Pavilion (located at 450 E. Greenwood in Morton) at 7am. Choose your course of a 50 or 25 mile ride with periodic stops. Fees are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family. Refeshments will be available at designated stops and a light lunch will take place in Idlewood Park at the end of the tour. For registration and more information, visit www.triangleofopportunity.org

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

The 8th Annual Bilingual Health Fair to promote a “Healthy Happy Community” will take place at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The event is a free, innovative family event featuring Men, Women, Kid, and Community Health Centers with screenings and resources for everyone. Access to a variety of health screenings, medical services and community resources will be available in English and Spanish. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

The Whiskey City Collaborative and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host the Better Block Project, a one-day exploration of an active street life with pop-up shops, art and culture on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the corners of Main & Sheridan in Peoria. The neighborhood will be bustling with live theater and live music in the community garden all day, with businesses open for lunch and outdoor seating scattered throughout the neighborhood. For more information, visit www.thewhiskeycity.com

The Peoria Park District and the Indo-American Society will present India Fest at The CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, a kids area with henna tattoos, a dress-up photo booth, games and prizes. Admission is $5 for adults before 5 pm and $7 after 5 pm and children under 10 are free. $1 per ticket sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Waugh Fish Fry will take place on Saturday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with food beginning at 5 pm and music beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music will feature the Vanessa Davis Band with Robin Crowe and the Bret Bunton Band. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Dinner is $10 and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

Bratfest will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm featuring live music by Eddie Korosa and the Rathskellar Brummers – Lindenhof Echoes. There will be a craft & import beer tasting from 1 – 6 pm, a fine arts and craft village, a muscle cars, hot rods and customized motorcycles cruis’n, a shooting tent, soccer, bingo plus brats, sandwiches and complete dinners available. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

In the Good Old Summertime”, a nostalgic photo exhibit featuring historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria, will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will be displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools exhibits, sports and river life. If you like, bring your picnic basket and enjoy our perennial gardens and view of the river and city in Flanagan’s big backyard. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children aged 4 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Vintage, Vines and Wines event will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from Noon – 6 pm. The pavilion will be filled with vintage chic and unique furnishings, accessories, jewelry and clothes in over 20 booths. Enjoy wine tasting and live music by New & Slightly Used and Last Call in the vineyard setting. Band cover charge is $5 with ages 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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 Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

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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