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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park on Friday and also runs on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm plus continues next Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 19. The show is as an emo-laced anachronistic rock invocation of the seventh U.S. President set in an alternate universe that draws parallels to today’s political/populist landscape. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through 18 with ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Into the Woods continues at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 and as well as at 2 pm on Sunday. The dark comedic musical by Sondheim takes you on a journey with your favorite fairy tale characters and exposes their true characters along the way. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for under the age of 20. For information and tickets, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Matt de la Peña will present a free talk in Bradley University’s Peplow Pavilion of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center (3rd floor) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The New York Times Bestselling Newbery Medal winning author of 6 young adult novels, a book signing and sales will follow the talk. For information, visit www.mattdelapena.com

X-treme International Ice Racing will take place at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 – $20 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) with wine tasting beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday and at 5:15 pm on Saturday. Admission is $45 per person including dinner, dessert and the show. Reservations are required and costumes are welcome. For information or reservations, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Eat, Drink & Be Married will take place at The Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring Pekin area bridal and wedding vendors, hor d’oeuvres and cake samples, admission is free.  For more information, click HERE

Conklin Players will present I Do! I Do! at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org  A pre-show Dinner Buffet is also available at Five Points Washington beginning at 5 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday for $25 per person. A cash bar will be also available. For reservations and more information, call 309-444-8600.

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

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

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

Day Job Comedy Night with Greg Batton along with Barney Winkler, Matt Smith, and Edgar Sandoval will take place at the Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and a pre-show dinner package is also available for and additional $25. For more information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

A Free Legal Advice Clinic will take place at Prairie State Legal Services (located at 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600 in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Attorney and paralegal volunteers will be on hand for clients who have applied for services ahead of time for help with family law issues, housing issues, debt issues, expungement and other civil legal matters. The clinic is sponsored by PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Prairie State Legal Services, the Immigration project and the Peoria County Bar Association. For more information, visit www.pili.org/10thcircuit

Art Partners of Central Illinois will present The Business of Art at The Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Designed to connect entrepreneurial artists with business professionals who can help them navigate the world of business through seminars and networking, admission is $35. For more information, visit www.artspartners.net/the-business-of-art

The Peoria Rally to Defend Planned Parenthood will take place at the Planned Parenthood Peoria Health Center (located at 2709 N Knoxville Ave.) on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  For more information, click HERE

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60 and over or $9 for youth 3-17 plus $5 additional to view the Titanic exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Romance at the Zoo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. You’ll learn about at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom and coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple for ages 18 and up. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Wild About Love will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with a happy hour beginning at 6 pm followed by a five-course dinner and prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/wild-love

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 North Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 and include a full service gourmet dinner with dessert, a rose for the ladies, complementary champagne toast and dueling pianos performance. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Justin Moore & Lee Brice will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23.75, $49,75 & $59.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Songs from the Woods will feature Barry Cloyd & Friends at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children with a $1 discount for FPNC members. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Romance at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring two time Grammy Award winner, Broadway and opera vocalist, Sylvia McNair and renowned pianist, Kevin Cole, tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

A Masterpiece Painting Class will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm and from 2 – 4 pm. Tickets are $40 and includes all paint supplies, instruction and aprons. Three complimentary wine tastings are also included. Cheese and crackers will also be available from Ropp Cheese along with Chocolatier Chocolates plus wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. No beverages may be brought in. For tickets and information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Brian Fox Ellis will perform as Illinois Riverboat Captain Henry Detweiller along with with music by Barry Cloyd at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Winter snacks will accompany the entertainment plus there will be a silent auction featuring gift certificates, art and antiques. Admission is free, however donations to Friends of Riverfront Park are encouraged. For more information, call 309-688-0950 or 309-231-5758.

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

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

Winter Jam 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy top artists in Christian music plus worship and ministry. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.peoricaciviccenter.com

Romance Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday and Tuesday from 8 – 9 pm. Featuring a special tour of the Cosmos exploring romantic constellations in Peoria’s night sky plus a trip to the most breathtaking places in the Universe using the real-time Uniview system, you’ll also receive a glass of wine or sparkling juice and a small bag of chocolates. For ages 21 and over, cost is $15 for members or $20 for the public. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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The Jamie Harroun Memorial Benefit will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria)from Noon – 10:30 pm.  Eight area bands will perform plus there will be food, kids activities and a silent auction to raise money for Jamie’s family to help with funeral expenses after her sudden passing in October.  She performed with several local bands and the members of those bands and other area musicians are hosting the event. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present An Evening of One Acts continues tonight (Thursday) Friday and continuing on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. The first of the 3 plays is The Feast directed by Doug Day. Next up is Wildwood Park directed by Celeste Wohl and finally Bea, Frank, Richie and Joan directed by Cindy DeVore. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 & under with student ID and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Caterpillar Foundation: Poverty Alleviation via Measurable Outcomes,” featuring Caterpillar Foundation COO Jennifer Zammuto and Global Program Manager Glen Harris, tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 pm in Room 116 of Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. The Caterpillar Foundation, through its Together Stronger program, is working with other businesses, nonprofits, governments and citizens with the goal of eliminating poverty for 50 million people by 2020. Admission is free, however reservations are encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Peoria County’s Victims Services Coordinator will present “Personal Safety” at Illinois Central College’s Peoria Campus tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. The public workshop is offered through ICC’s Adult Community Programs and intended for anyone who wants to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft or scams. The workshop is free, but registration is recommended by calling 309-690-6900 or click HERE

Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be presented tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $37 – $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 and $15 for the Friday and Saturday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Elegant Bridal Expo will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 – 8 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Admission is free, however online registration is required and is available at www.elegantbridalexpo.com

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

Hypnohumorist Terry Grawey will perform in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner and show is $25 per person. For information and reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths twice this weekend at Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Saturday, Chicago Cubs All-Star and World Series MVP Ben Zobrist will make a guest appearance along with his wife, Julianna Zobrist who will perform in a post-game concert beginning at 7 pm.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
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Big Fish will be presented at Dunlap High School’s Stage 323 (located at 5220 Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) on Friday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door or in advance through the high school office. For more information call 309-648-4383.

ParmaLee will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 – $45 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For information and tickets, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The 3rd Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring keynote speaker Jones Loflin, an inspirational success panel, educational break out sessions and local vendor resources. Registration is $129. For more details and to register, visit www.ivedecided.org

The Peoria Kids Fest will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Attractions include Fun on the Run Inflatables, rock climbing, games, door prizes and more. Tickets are $7, free for kids under 3 or Avanti’s Family Four Packs for 2 adults and 2 kids are $25 and are available at the door. For information, visit www.rbshows.com/peoriaKidsFest.php

An Author Fair will take place at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Featuring local authors discussing their books, answering questions, and signing copies, paranormal author Sylvia Shults will present a keynote address and horror author Joe Chianakas will answer questions about the publication process. A portion of book sales will be donated to the Friends of Fondulac District Library. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Paint, Drink and Be Merry will take place at the The Rail II, (located at 2702 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Cost is $38 and includes supplies, setup and clean up. Participants must be 21 and the cost is $38 and includes all supplies, setup and clean up. Get a $12 discount through today (Thursday) by using the promo code “explore” when registering. To register, call 866-390-9917 or visit www.VinoGogh.com

World Championship I.C.E. Racing will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 South Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Reserved Seating is $22 and general admission is $17 and tickets are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The 5th Annual GENeration United Snowball Masquerade will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Saturday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Especially for young professionals, tickets are $65 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, raffles and live music. For more information, visit www.livegenu.org/snowball

Yoga Under the Stars will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday beginning at 8 pm (gentle) and lasts an hour and 30 minutes.  Bring a mat and a light blanket. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Gershwin Matinee” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring pianist Will Martin, the production will include actors, period costumes, props, film, and lighting with the live symphonic performance. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

Stephanie Aaron will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:15 pm with the CIJS House Band performing at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, visit www.cijs.org

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

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

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

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

The 9th Annual AlignLife Toy Drive will take place at the AlignLife of Peoria (located at 4700 N University St. in Peoria) today through December 15. Donate toys for children ages 0 – 6 years old of the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery and receive free services for in the process. For more information, call 309-431-1102 or visit www.chiropractorpeoria.org

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

Peoria Cabaret Theater will  present the Illinois Premiere of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St., in Peoria) with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 through Dec. 17. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform an entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves since none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Dinner and the show is $40 for adults . For tickets and information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Safe and fun for the whole family. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17. Admission to the Titanic exhibit requires an additional fee. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tea & Sympathy opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday. A drama exploring a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy, tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or visiting www.CornStockTheatre.com

Emergency Prom will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for BU staff & faculty and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available at the Bradley box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

Kevin Pollak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 on Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Veteran’s Day Parade will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 10 am. The route will proceed south on Monroe from Bryan to Main, left on Main to Adams, where it will end at the WWII Memorial at the Courthouse Plaza. Floats will be parked on Hamilton between Jefferson and Adams during the memorial ceremony which will starts at 11 am. For more information, visit www.peoriagov.org

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

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Friday & Saturday at 6 pm. The $40 per person ticket price includes a dinner buffet with dessert and an interactive murder mystery. Reservations are required and may be made at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Illinois Springfield in their season opener at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and take on Delaware on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Curtis and Loretta will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Carol A. Cristmas: The Unorthodox Tale will be presented at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main St. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Written by a Peoria resident, the plot is a spin-off of “A Christmas Carol”. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 309-363-6951.

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

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

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

Yvonne Greer: The Music of Movie Night will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington St.) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Canadian heavy metal singer Sebastian Back will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $40 and is for all ages. For tickets and information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com

A Food Market and Craft Sale will be held at Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N Tennessee St. in Morton) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring unique and handcrafted items, fall and Christmas decor, tomato sauce, jams, jelly, cheese balls, breads, candies, pies and more. A brunch will be served from 9 am – 11 am, and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm. For information, call 309-266-7174.

The 2016 Christmas Market will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N Knoxville in Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm. Shoppers can donate to a charity of their choice and learn about local and global charities that are giving hope to those in need. For further information, call 309-453-9928.

The 6th Annual Artists’ Holiday Open House will take place at Happy Thought Coffee (located at 953 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring ceramic dishes, sculptures, hand-woven scarves & accessories, silver jewelry and wood, stone objects, and mixed media available to purchase, for more information, call 309-274-6150 or visit www.hopewellweaving.com

The Stuff-A-Bus Kickoff will be held at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring a live radio remote, the CityLink Stuff-A-Bus on display and $2 off  admission per person with a nonperishable food contribution (boxed pasta and jars of pasta sauce, boxed or bagged cereals and jars or cans of soup, meats, fruits and vegetables) for Friendship House. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition also opens on Saturday. Normal admission fees are free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 and there is an additional fee to visit the Titanic exhibit.
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum also on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Admission is free for with paid admission to the Museum. For more information on both events, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Tackle Your Finances will take place at Bradley University in Westlake Hall Room 116 (located at 1501 W Bradley Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4:30 – 6 pm. Learn about better handling of money with a financial service professional. Admission is free and attendees will have the chance to win a FitBit, plus there will be raffle giveaways, free food, interactive financial games and expert advice. For more information, visit
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A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets are $45 per person including a dinner buffet and the show and benefits Foster Pet Outreach, a local nonprofit organization that helps provide for the well-being of animals in the community.  For reservations and more information, call 309-495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreeekwinery.com

An Evening of Jazz will take place at the Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial & Sheridan in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 -9 pm. Featuring the Heritage Ensemble and the John Cooper Jazz Ensemble, tickets are $50 for general admission or $100 for premium seating. For tickets and more information, call 309-550-4242.

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

Alternative rock band Blue October with opener Danny Malone will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 – $50 and are available at the Limelight box office, by calling 309-693-1234 or visiting www.limelighteventplex.com

Keith Urban will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $116 – $374. For tickets or information, call 844-854-1450 or visit www.us.cellularcoliseum.com

Switchback will perform at the Peoria Public Library-North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) on Sunday at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100 or visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Be Anything will be held at The Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $125 for a family of 5 or more or $20 for members or $100 for a family of 5 or more and must be purchased in advance.  Designed to help children imagine the careers of their future and explore possibilities of what they can be when they grow up, there will also be an online auction that will be open to the public as well as a live event. For more information and tickets, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson St. in Peoria) on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $24.50, $39.50, $54.50 and $64.50. For tickets or information, call 309-673-8900 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at the corners of University & Lake in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday.  The opening show of their 98th Season, it features the classic tale of the selfish prince and the woman who helped him change into the man he could be with all your favorite songs from the Disney movie.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Saturday Night Fever continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Based upon the popular movie from the 70’s, Saturday Night Fever includes disco dancing and music originally recorded by the Bee Gees and stars Todd Michael Cook, who is originally from the Peoria area and now lives and performs in New York City. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

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

The 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus 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 www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

A Global Mindset for a 21st Century Education will be presented by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council at Bradley University’s Westlake Hall, Room 130 tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Panelists include Dr. Sharon Demoulin-Kherat, Superintendent of Peoria Public Schools, Chris Yates, Director of Development and Education at Caterpillar Inc. and Dr. Helja Antola Crove, Professor of Education at Bradley. Admission is free and reservations are encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Ignite the Adventure – Blast into Scouting will be held at every elementary school within the W.D. Boyce Council throughout central Illinois tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. All who join tonight will receive a free rocket along with an invitation to participate in the Blast Into Scouting Cub Launch plus parents will receive a pack calendar along with additional information about scouting. For more information, call 309-673-6136 or visit www.wdboyce.org

Blake Shelton will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75, $59.75 and $79.75 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Earthquake will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Thursday at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $20 on Thursday and $25 on Friday and Saturday.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Oktoberfest will celebrate its 20th anniversary at Festival Park and the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) from 5 – 11:30 pm on Friday, Noon – 11:30 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. Showcasing German entertainment, food, beer and wine, children’s activities, carnival rides and a German Heritage Tent display complete with a genealogy search, for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/peoriaoktoberfest

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Soft Spoken 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, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The House Party Hilarity Charity will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring comedian Taylor Mason, tickets are $75 per person with all proceeds benefiting Family House. For more information, call 309-685-5300 or visit www.familyhousepeoria.org

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

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

The Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow will be held at Seven Circles Heritage Center (located at 8817 W Southport Rd. in Edwards) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm, Saturday at 10 am, and Sunday at 10 am.   Featuring Native American singers, dancers, craft vendors, food and more, admission is $5 per person or $10 per car or free for veterans.  For more information call 309-637-1046 or visit http://7circles.org

Greg Batton’s Comedy Camp will be held in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The show features Edgar Sandoval and a special guest, tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

The Steve Miller Band will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) with special guest star Jonathan Tyler on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $49, $59, or $89, and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum’s Toyota Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

The 23rd Annual Benefit Breakfast and Auction will take place at Snyder Village (located at 1200 E Partridge St, Metamora) beginning with a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday from 6 – 9 am. Featuring the Village Market plus a silent and live auction with items such as hot-air balloon rides, concert and theatre tickets, passes to family attractions and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-367-4300 ext. 116 or visit www.Facebook.com/SnyderVillageAnnualBenefit

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

Breakfast with the Monkeys will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 -10 am. Enjoy a light breakfast while watching the monkeys enjoy theirs then experience the rest of the zoo. Admission is $6 for child members and $12 for child non-members and $9 for adult members or $18 for adult non-members. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Rock Your Rocket Kid Workshop will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Children will design and build a rocket and find ways to make it fly. Cost is $5 for member child ages 8 – 14, and $10 for a nonmembers. For more information visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Bug Paint will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind making paint from bugs.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, there is no registration fee to display your cruiser and all who register will be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Food Truck Frenzy will take place at Heritage Square (located at 4450 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. Featuring area food trucks, bounce houses, the Peoria Heights Fire Department annual bags tournament plus live music by Midnight Special and the Joe Stamm Band, admission is free with a canned good to donation to the Midwest Food Bank. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/340129059669835

The Inaugural Peace in Peoria Music Festival will be held at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring local bands including James Gahreeb, SMD & The Underground, Look Up, Josiah D. Williams, Tasji Bachman and The Second Story, the event will also feature speakers Eugene Daniels, Brad Adams from PCAV, football coach and trainer Asa Lewis Jr. among others. Face-painting, aerial acrobatics and hoopers will also perform. Admission is free, however donations to PCAV will be accepted. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1410015122358668

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Beatles at 6 pm and Laser Pop (mix of popular music across the decades) at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Hypnohumorist Terry Grawey will perform at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 or $15 per couple. See or be the star of this family friendly show. For more information, call 309-682-5446 or visit www.peoriapizzaworks.com

The Peoria Symphony will open its 2016-17 season with 3 time Grammy Award Winner Ramsey Lewis and his quartet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 5th Annual Das Bier Run will be held at the Gateway Building (located on the Peoria Riverfront) on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. Featuring a costume contest, registration is $35 with proceeds benefitting PAWS Giving Independence. All registered runners receive free entry into Oktoberfest.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.peoriajaycees.org/events/das-bier-run

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

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

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

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Peace for Peoria will host a Q & A at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Monday from 7 – 8:30 pm featuring a panel of local civic, business and religious leaders who will answer questions from attendees about Islam and Muslims in an effort to promote peace and understanding through education. A community event to bring together Jews, Christians and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents, Peace for Peoria is accepting questions ahead of the event to determine which questions are asked most to ensure those are addressed. To submit your question, email questions@peaceforpeoria.com  For more information about the event and the group, visit http://peaceforpeoria.com

I Love the 90’s featuring Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $40, $50, $60 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Zootini will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis (shaken, not stirred) served by local celebrity bartenders in the Africa! exhibit, you can try signature martinis tastings, appetizers, event-themed desserts and live entertainment. Cost is $55 at the door or $75 for VIP which includes an extra martini and an exclusive animal experience. For ages 21 and over, registration is required and is available online at www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3500.

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA and Methodist College will host the movie Poverty, Inc. at Methodist College (located at 415 NE Saint Mark Ct. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. With 40 international film festival honors, the movie has been called “A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.”   Admission is free, however, reservations are requested and may be made at https://www.facebook.com/events/228138140877937  For more information including a movie trailer, visit http://peoriaymca.org/news/povertyinc-movie

Peoria Players continues its run of Hairspray beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

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

The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held every weekday through May 27 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Visit www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

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

Passage to India will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. The Bollywood-themed event will feature a fashion show, a red carpet experience, authentic Indian cuisine, presentations of the Banyan tree award and a video tribute commemorating the 10th anniversary of the event which benefits Easter Seals. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com/events/passagetoindia

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Requiems & Anthems: the Music of John Rutter will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Westminster Church Choir along with instrumentalists from the Peoria Symphony & Heartland Festival Orchestra will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

In-Residence at ICC will present the Prairie Wind Ensemble in the Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

The Beach Boys will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $49, $59, $85 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Jackyl will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $45 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The 24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place all day Saturday. Simply set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.

A Peoria State Hospital Cemetery Walk will take place on Saturday beginning at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) beginning at 9:30 am. Author Gary Lisman will give a brief overview of the state hospital cemeteries followed by a drive to the state hospital grounds for a guided tour while you drive your own vehicle. Wear practical footwear due to cemeteries that are located on slopes and can be slippery. Admission is free but is limited to only 30 people. To register, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13

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

Mardi Gras in May will take place on Water Street in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 4 – 10 pm where Water Street will be transformed into the New Orleans French Quarter featuring street performers, live music, hurricanes and the Brewers beer trailer, food, entertainment, tarot card readers, caricature artists, artist vendors, demonstrations and lessons plus local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. Admission is free and parking is available for free at the Peoria Civic Center where a free shuttle will be available to bring you down to the riverfront. For more information, visit www.mardigraspeoria.com

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

Princess and Pirates Weekend will take place Saturday & Sunday at the Peoria Zoo from 11 am – 2 pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear a royal outfit or their buccaneer best as they explore the world of princesses and pirates. Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Super Saturday: Plants will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind plants. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Whiskeys/Whiskies of the World: Tutorial & Tasting, part of the Speakeasy Saturdays series, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Hugh Higgins, Whiskey Aficionado and owner of Hearth Restaurant, for a tutorial on whiskeys with whiskey tasting. Samples will include one bourbon, one rye, one Irish whiskey, and two Scotch whiskies. The event will end with a 30/30 J.K. Williams bourbon barrel coffee.  Admission is $30 for members or $33 public and includes exhibition admission plus a complimentary 5-oz souvenir glass. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The ICC Guest Artist Series will present The Lost Concert, a Beatles / Monkees Tribute, at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson Tribute Band, will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Grand Tour of Homes on the West Bluff will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring five West Bluff homes as well as the Studios & Shops at Main & University, this is the 33rd year of the tour. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour at any of the homes. Funds raised by the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1614627762195543

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

The Lou Holtz Public Charity Signing will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm benefitting the Walter F. Jacob Foundation. Tickets range from $8 – $199 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

World Renowned Organist Diane Bish will perform in Concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free, however, tickets are required and may be ordered by calling 309-673-3641. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society May Concert will feature the Derel Monteith Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and next Thursday through Saturday from 6 pm – 9 pm on Thursdays, 10 am – 9 pm on Fridays and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturdays. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will continue its production of Bug at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Mary Lynn Rajskub will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show & the Friday 9:45 pm show and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2016 March Madness IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will begin with the Class 1A Semifinal Session on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and the Class 2A Semifinal Session will begin at 6:30 pm and at 8:15 pm. Saturday’s games will be held at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and at 6:30 pm & 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

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

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

The 8th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place on Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a party atmosphere for the more mature fairies including a dinner and a dance party for fairies ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a light, themed meal and enjoy entertainment by the Cornerstone Academy and Julie K with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm (this session is sold out) or 4 pm. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.frolicwiththefairies.com  Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria and its mission to build a better community.

Welcome Spring with an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by the string band Too Old to be Controlled and Callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Come fifteen minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $10 (give the amount that works for you), with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Prairieland Country Opry will perform at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country classics from Hank Williams and Reba McIntire, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids aged 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

Peoria Players will present To Kill a Mockingbird beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The 16th Annual Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday from 7 – 11 am at the Youth Building at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The breakfast is an effort to help educate the public on the safe and affordable crops that American farmers produce. The price of this year’s breakfast is 80 cents and the menu includes two pancakes, two 2-ounce whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, an 8-ounce glass of Prairie Farms milk and an 8-ounce glass of orange juice. For more information, call 309-686-7070 or visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets beginning at 8 am. The first 700 registered participants will receive a race specific 19.5 oz drink stein, 1 drink token, party attire and entrance to the post-race party with live Irish music from Turas. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

The Peoria Camera Club will host a full day seminar “Creative Visualization for Photographers” at Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at One College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 for adults or $45 for students with student ID. For more information, visit www.peoriacameraclub.com

The Shop for a Cure Vendor Fair will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring vendors, a bake sale, a raffle table and a crafts table for kids, admission is free. Proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes research.

Ted’s Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday at the Havana Park District Gymnasium (located at 127 E. Jefferson in Havana) from 11 am – 7 pm. There will be brackets for 4-5th grades, 6-8th grades, 9-12th grades and adults. Admission is $3 for spectators. Food will be available all day and there will be a Pick Your Prize Raffle. For more information, call 309-543-6240.

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Surreal Sculptures on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can make a bizarre sculpture by starting a creation and then passing it to others and see what emerges. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Science of Flight will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Brewing Beer in the River City: Talk & Tasting, the first in the series of Speakeasy Saturdays, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Peoria Brewing Company master brewer Todd Hayes and accomplished home brewer Brian Buss to learn about brewing great tasting beer while you enjoy a beer tasting. All materials included. Must be 21 or older. Seating is limited for this event. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Trivia Night will take place on Saturday at Metamora Fields (located at 801 W Progress St. in Metamora) beginning with an hors d’oeuvres buffet beginning at 5 pm. Teams of 8 people will compete during 10 rounds of trivia with cash prizes to be awarded. A cash bar will be available. Cost is $280 for a table of eight or $35 per person and tickets are available at Metamora Fields. For more information, call 309-367-4000.

The Irish Wake Murder Mystery Dinner Show will take place at the EastPort Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Cost for dinner and entertainment is $40. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Morton Civic Chorus will perform at Holy Family Church (located at 3720 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A preview concert for their annual performances at the end of May, admission to this concert is free, however donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortoncivicchorus.org

Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $65 and $105 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It World Tour will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $65, $45, $29.75 and are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Cosi fan tutte at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 Illinois Rt 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Mozart’s timeless opera of love, humor, and intrigue, featuring a cast of six acclaimed young opera stars from New York and Chicago along with a local chorus and the PSO, tickets range in price from $48 – $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Zambezi River Lodge Reception Expo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge. Vendors including Heaven on Earth, Johnny’s Steak House, One World Cafe, Barrack’s Catering, LeBakery, Behind Every Bride and the Cake Shop will offer samples and information about their services and tours of the facility will be available. Spaces are limited and reservations may be made by calling 309-681-3519.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and runs through May 30. The exhibit brings the story of Prohibition to life with a video game, a chance to take your picture with notorious gangsters and more.  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 plus an additional $3 charge to view this exhibit for non-members. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Girl Scouts Desserts First will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Par-A-Dice Hotel from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring local chefs creating desserts inspired by everyone’s favorite girl scout cookies, there will also be dinner stations, raffles, entertainment and more. Tickets are $50 per person and are on sale now online at www.getyourgirlpower.org  Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present The Seagull at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A world classic by the revered Russian master, Anton Chekhov, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $63, $45, $35 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Musician Jim Gill will lead a workshop at the American Legion Post 979 (located at 4501 S. Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Friday from 9 am – 12 pm. Detailing the importance of “play” programming with children, childcare professionals are invited to attend this workshop sharing how physical movement and active play influence early literacy development. A $5 fee will be collected at the door. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org
The Jim Gill Family Room Tour will perform on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm also at the American Legion Post #979 Hall. Hosted by the Alpha Park Public Library, Jim Gill’s distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents to sing and play together. Admission is to the concert is free.

The Official Spring Home Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. More than 250 companies occupying 450 booths make the show the largest of its kind in Central Illinois. Featuring everything for the home inside and out, exhibitors will display a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and home remodeling products and services. Discount coupons are available at any area CEFCU Member Center good for one free adult admission when you purchase an adult admission for $7. Prices are $7 for adults (aged 18+), senior citizens (aged 60+) are half price and kids under 18 are free. For more information, visit www.peoriahomeshow.com

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

MS Carnivale 2016 will take place on Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel beginning at 6 pm with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and the program. Live entertainment by JammSammich will begin at 8 pm. Tickets are $125 per person and are available by calling 309-566-5666. For more information, visit www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=1223

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from the Beatles (6 pm) & Classic Rock (7 pm). Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows and members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

The ICC Theatre Program will present The Dead Guy at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Rated R for mature themes and content, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 30-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Bret Michaels and the Robert Brown Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 for general admission or $75 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Peoria Players Theatre will host its Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale in the theatre lobby on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. A large selection of prom dresses and tuxes will be available. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The 2016 Annual Young Artist Competition will take place at at the Lecture-Recital Hall at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Twenty-two student musicians in grades 7 – 12 will compete at the in two rounds with the final round at 1 pm, which is open to the public. The winner of the competition will perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at the 63rd Annual Student Concerts on April 15. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-691-2607.

The African American Hall of Fame Museum will host the 28th Annual Red, Black and Green Ball at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday with a cocktail hour beginning at 5:45 pm featuring a silent auction and 50/50 raffle followed by dinner and a program with guest speaker Dave Bozeman of Caterpillar Inc. at 7 pm. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 309-360-0990 or visit www.aahfmpeoria.org

Peoria Players Theatre Trivia Night will take place at St. Vincent de Paul (located at the corners of Northmoor and University in Peoria) beginning at 6:30 pm. Teams of up to 8 people are welcome as well as singles or couples who will be place on an available team. The cost is $15 per person in advance. Prizes will be awarded. To sign up and for more information, call 309-688-4473.

Eddy P’s Birthday Comedy Show will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Price Is Right Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets range from $26.50 to $86.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Winterfest, featuring outdoor ice skating, will continue tonight (Thursday) to 9 pm, from 3 – 10 pm on Friday and from Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon -9 pm on Sunday at the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center beginning 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 at this time at Forest Park Nature Center. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.  For more information, visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

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

Moon Taxi with Maia Sharp and Lissie will perform on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 plus a nonperishable food item and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Eagles on the Illinois River will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles over-winter in the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

World Championship ICE Racing will take place on Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children ages 2 -12 for reserved seating and $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 -12 general admission seating and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Heritage Ensemble will present A Choral Celebration: Commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. A journey through music that motivated and sustained the civil rights movement, tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at www.artsaticc.com/tickets  For more information, call 309-550-4242 or visit http://heritageensemble.com

Broadway Rhythm will be presented by the Heartland Festival Orchestra at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Joan Hess & Kirby Ward, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Funk Yard will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The 19th Annual Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Sunday beginning at 10 am with runway shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is free with registration online at www.peoriabridal.com  For more information, call 309-691-5330.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/669

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present “The Early History of Bicycling in Peoria“, a free lecture by local historian Chris Sweet, on Sunday at 1 pm with free access to the Street Gallery all day. Bike Peoria will also be at the museum with vintage bicycles and information on local bicycling events. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

The Jack Morgenstern Benefit featuring Chicago Farmer, Rainbow Cloggers, Drumline, Robin Crowe, Still Shine, Mike Layne, Easy Riders and Brainchild will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Suggested minimum donation of $5 at the door or VIP Loft seats are available for $98 at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday.  Celebrating the 25th consecutive year of this show, tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

Annie Jr.
will be presented by Community Childrens Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 students and senior citizens and are extremely limited and are available at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park.

The 32nd Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 20 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings – whomever they wish – while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturdays & Sundays only December 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, features ice skating outside tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 10 pm, Friday from Noon – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11pm and Sunday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its run of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Lee Greenwood will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday, from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday and from 3 – 7 pm on Sunday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal gift opening and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public and advance registration and payment are required. For tickets, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Night in Bethlehem Open House will take place at Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances Street in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Enter the ancient city of Bethlehem, be counted in the census, explore an unforgettable Marketplace where you can taste authentic foods, make crafts and visit with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.chillicothechristian.net

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Seating is extremely limited: for reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) will be presented by the Artistic Community Theatre at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 or $50 for a couple with dinner and dessert included and are available by emailing info@speakeasyartcenter.com  For more information, visit http://speakeasyartcenter.com/christmas-story

A Christmas to Remember featuring the Barn II Dinner Theatre’s company members will be presented at the Five Points Performing Arts Center on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi River Kings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

The River City Blues Society welcomes The Sinners from Iowa who will perform at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Prairieland Band Christmas Show will take place at the Fondulac Park Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a family friendly music variety show with country, gospel and oldies, admission is $8 for adults and $15 for a couple at the door. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

The Santa Cause 5K Race inaugural even will begin at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at 10 am and will go throughout the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. Registration is $35 for a standard sized Santa suit, $30 for a kids sized suit and $45 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a Santa Cause finisher souvenir ornament, on-site goodies and cocoa plus 1 free beer ticket for those 21 and older. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 6th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors (both indoors and outdoors) who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods. A number of imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available, including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. Please bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring World War II veterans, historians, and re-enactors of the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge with reenactment at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include a look into daily soldier life, military vehicles, drills, and food preparation. Cost is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria Ballet will present its 50th Annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $9 – $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at The Speakeasy Arts Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. Featuring Christmas Big Band music, admission is $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

Christmas in the Barn will take place at Linden Hill Farms (located at 8412 W. Middle Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 5 pm. The Christmas story will be read among the farm animals and Christmas carols will be sung also. Dress warmly and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate afterwards. There is no admission charge, however donations are accepted. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 309-697-4041.

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from the Beatles & Classic Rock. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Christmas Carol Sing will take place at the Apollo Theater (located at located at 311 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Led by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel, the event will be followed by a showing of Jimmy Stewart at his holiday best in 1940’s “Shop Around the Corner“. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

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

Shall We Dance on Ice will be presented at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Rumer Willis, the show will feature performances by superstar ice dancers. Tickets are $78, $58, $48 and $28 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

105.7 The X Nutcracker 2015 will be presented at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will feature Barry Cloyd with TJ Jones on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The 40th Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring Kylie Toomer, soprano, Denise Gamez, mezzo-soprano, Trevor Mitchell, tenor and Andrew Whitfield, baritone accompanied by the special Handel orchestra conducted by Dr. John Jost of Bradley University. Join the choir as they sing. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. Vocal scores will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert1.html