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Caribbean Rhythms on the River will take place on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) boarding at 5 pm and leaving dock at 6:30 pm. Featuring a “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” themed meal, the cruise on the Illinois river and and live music by the CoCo Loco party band playing your favorite “Tropical Rock and Roll for Your Soul” from artists such as Jimmy.Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Santana and Zac Brown, the event is a fundraiser for the Peoria Historical Society. Tickets are $35 and children under 12 are free. For more information and tickets, call 309-674-1921 visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens Friday and runs through next Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play about middle aged siblings full of resentments and regrets that lead to hilarious confrontations but ultimately reconciliations and hope for their futures. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 50th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (Located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Featuring beef and chicken shish-ka-bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad and bread, Lebanese bakery items and pastries will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12 with carry outs available. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.facebook.com/itoosociety

Cats continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is set on a larger-than-life junkyard playground. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The 2017 Princeville Heritage Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Sunday in downtown Princeville. Featuring food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show, a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull and a parade, there will also be a pancake & sausage breakfast and community church service on Sunday.  Admission is free until 7 pm on Saturday, then admission is $3. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

JC and The Redemption will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the family. Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series featuring the Joe Policastro Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) at CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday from 10 am – 3 pm.  Kids aged 7 – 12 will spend the day amongst lords, ladies, knights, squires, falconers and war horses plus see and feel what the Medieval era was like through an interactive educational experience. Participants will receive free admission to the Olde English Faire on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. Their Roll Out the Barrel Tour takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature their Harmonica Invitational 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

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

The State & Water Music Program Taping will feature Woodland Remedy at the WTVP Studio (located at 101 State St. in Peoria) on Friday with seating beginning at 6 pm. Be a part of the studio audience during a live video taping of the program sponsored by Kidder Music and Limelight Eventplex. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.facebook.com/events/279443042522855

The Wizard of Oz will be featured at Family Movie Night in the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the ICC East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $2 and concessions will be available. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or for tickets, visit www.iccticketing.com

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

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

Too White Crew will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Fly Crew dancers will bring back all those hot moves from back in the day.  Admission is $8. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The City of Peoria Public Works Department will host a Free Mulch Giveaway and Electronics Recycling Event at the Lester D. Bergsten Public Works Facility (located at located at 3505 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. City of Peoria residents should bring their own shovels to hand-shovel mulch into small vehicles or trucks. The City will accept an unlimited amount of electronic equipment during the event, but only one TV per vehicle. For more information, call 309-494-8850.

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

The Morton Chalk Challenge will take place in downtown Morton on Saturday from 8 am – 9 pm. Chalk pastels will be provided and ample space to create a temporary piece of art. Cash prizes will be awarded for kids 8 and under, juniors 9 – 13, teens 14 – 17, and adults 18 and over. Preregistration appreciated. There will live music from 4 – 8 pm.  Admission is free and pre-registration is available at www.mortonmagnet.com

The Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am- 5 pm. Featuring entertainment such as jousting, sword fighting, storytellers, archery and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. Parking is $5. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

The HOI Food Truck and Music Festival will be held at the Pekin VFW (located at 15665 VFW Rd. in Pekin) from 10 am – 11 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Live music begins at 11:30 am each day featuring rock & metal on Saturday and country on Sunday as well as area Food Trucks plus local businesses and vendors. Single day tickets are $20 in advance or $30 for two day tickets and $10 for two tickets for teens 14 – 18. Ages 13 and under are free. For a full listing of entertainment and to purchase tickets online, visit www.facebook.com/events/1216272038421736

Sculpture Walk Peoria will conduct free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton every Saturday. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For special group or private tours at other times, call 309-676-2787. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Lego Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids can build, play, and grow their love of Legos. Regular admission applies which is $9.50 for adults over 13,  $6 for ages 2 – 12 and $8.50 for senior citizens. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Just Tri It Triathalon will take place at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Lane) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm.  Geared toward ages 12 and over, the triathalon is designed to introduce newcomers to the sport of triathlon and provide a challenging training tool for veteran triathletes. All participants will receive 4 free YMCA guest passes, t-shirts for the first 25 participants registered, water and fruit for each competitor and more. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for the public. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org

RoboRumble will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. See and operate large and small robots and watch two Lego robots battle for turf. Admission is free, but regular admission is required for museum exhibits.  For more information, visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Beatles at 6 pm and Laser U2 at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for one show and $12 for both shows or $5 for one show or $8 for both shows for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Biscuits & Gravy Band will perform at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 or free for under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may bring your own foods, but no beverages. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates will be available for sale. For information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Brian Howe, former lead singer for Bad Company, will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. Also featuring Maiden Cane, tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. This month features fence building plus other various activities including hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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The 2017 Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm, Friday at 4:30 pm, and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring the internationally renowned Steamboat Classic race, a carnival, live music including Jake Owen, Eric Paslay and LANCO, food and a bags tournament, there will be a $20 unlimited carnival ride wristband tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 9 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Cats will be presented by Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as the following Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is set on a larger-than-life junkyard playground. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The Annual Mack-Ca-Fest Farm Days will take place in Mackinaw tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a pancake and sausage breakfast, Barnyard Discoveries, a craft show, a parade as well as food, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mackinaw.il

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Peoria Riverfront Museum will present a special screening of America’s Diplomats in the Giant Screen Theater tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm, followed by a discussion with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann. The 2016 documentary film explores the history of the Foreign Service, the vital role it plays in shaping U.S. foreign policy and the security threats diplomats face abroad. Admission is free, however registration is encouraged and may be done by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.riverfrontmuseum.org

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. Their Roll Out the Barrel Tour takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Saturday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Tickets are $11 for dugout seating, $10 for field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

The 4th annual Stars of Hope Community Walk will take place at Oak Ridge Park (located at 1500 Cummings Lane in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Featuring a 2 mile walk, live music, family-friendly activities and a lunch, proceeds benefit patients and families affected by Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders through the OSF Foundation and Illinois Neurological Institute.  Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 3-17 and children under 3 are free. To register or for more information, call 309-253-0646 or visit www.facebook.com/centralilteamhope

The Kindermusik Summer Extravaganza will take place at Sing Out Studios (located at 101 N 8th St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Celebrating their 3rd anniversary, there will be activities for kids, performances by their summer camp kids as well as the instructors and more. For more information, visit www.singoutstudios.org

The Playing with Light: The Magic of Lasers, Holograms & Kaleidoscopes Exhibition opens on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and runs through September 10. Hands on experiences include trying to sneak past a laser light security block, stepping inside a giant kaleidoscope, “drawing” with infrared “paint” and making a powerful telescope. Admission for the exhibit is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens aged 60+, $13 for ages 3 – 17 and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Classic Car Cruise-In & Craft Show will take place on Saturday in the Levee District in East Peoria with the craft show from 10 am – 6 pm on the pedestrian promenade (near Gordman’s) with proceeds going to the East Peoria Food Bank. The Cruise-In will take place from 4 – 8 pm. There is no entry fee for classic car owners to display their vehicles. For more information, call 309-699-6212.

Ride for the Cure will take place at Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson (located at 615 S Maxwell Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday with registration and ride instructions at 10 am.  All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate. For more information, click HERE

An Antique Equipment Show will be on display along Main Street just outside the Caterpillar Visitor Center (located at 110 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/caterpillarvisitorscenter

Flynn’s Irish Dancers will host Fundraiser at Club Phoenix II (located at 4206 W Pfeiffer Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring a pulled pork dinner, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, bake sale, Irish dancing and more to raise money for new costumes. Admission is free. Dinner tickets are $10 and available at the door. For more information, call 309-303-9320.

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

Concert in the Vineyard will present Jammsammich at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 or free for under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may bring your own foods, but no beverages. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Heritage Ensemble will present Juneteenth: An American Celebration on Saturday beginning 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Backyard at the Brewery will present Matthew Curry at Peoria Brewery Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave in Peoria) at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriabrewingcompany.com

David Blaine will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $36 – $220 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by clicking HERE

A Father’s Day Cookout will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Enjoy a ribeye steak sandwich, BBQ pork sandwich, bratwurst, chicken legs, hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens 65+, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for Park members and ages 2 and under.  For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Twp Spirit of Peoria Father’s Day Lunch Cruises featuring live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes will take place on Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the house band under the direction of Larry Harms opening.  Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

The Peoria Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapid Kernels tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ghost the Musical will be presented at Eastlight Theatre (located in the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as next Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. The musical version of the popular movie, the show is a regional premiere. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

The Peoria Sister Cities International Night will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a raffle, food samples from each of the 4 Peoria sister cities in addition to music, admission is $5 per person at the door.  Food tickets are $1 each at the door for samples which vary in cost from 1 – 3 food tickets per item.  For more information, visit http://sistercitiesofpeoria.org

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

The 18th District Congressional Art Show will take place at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) 9 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday through April 28. High School students’ work will be displayed and the first place winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Suburbia continues at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.icc.edu/arts/events

Ben Moore will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10, and Friday at 7:30 pm for $15.
Myq Kaplan will perform for one night only on Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The Hearts at Home Conference, Breathe, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8:30 am each day.  Featuring workshops, speakers and entertainment specifically for Moms, one day conference tickets for Friday or Saturday are $135 and two day conference tickets are $190.  The Mom’s Night Out concert is $15 with a conference admission of $20 without the conference on Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartsathome.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools 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. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

Hands Across the Courthouse will take place at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is the 10th year that Youth Services Network Panel has hosted the event to draw attention to the 951 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Actress Karan Kendrick will speak in conjunction with the two showings of the movie, “Hidden Figures”, at the Giant Screen Theatre at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 4 pm & 7 pm. Appearing in the movie, Kendrick will speak at both screenings. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The SAMS 7th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Friday from 4:30 – 8 pm. Including dozens of beer and wine samples from numerous local distributors and wineries, appetizers, entertainment, raffles, merchandise, a silent auction and a souvenir glass, admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

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

The Carol Woods Ain’t We Got Fun Cabaret Performance will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. Featuring the music of Richard A. Whiting, tickets are $33 for the show or $58 for dinner and show. For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

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

Money Smart Week 2017 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on Saturday and running through April 30th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout our community being offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes are being offered. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MSWPeoria

The 2017 Peoria Area Military Retiree Appreciation Day will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7:15 am – 2 pm. This event brings resources together to update and inform retired and pre-retired military members from all branches of service, including widow(ers) and spouses of retirees. RSVP HERE.  For more information, click HERE

The 2nd Annual CIMKF 5 K Race and Walk will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30. For registration or more information, visit www.cimkf.org

The Spring Used Book Sale will take place at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday from Noon – 5 pm and Monday Noon – 7 pm. Get the best selection of books on opening day, 50% off any purchase on Sunday and 75% off any purchase on Monday. For more information, call 309-682-1200.

The 13th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, great local food, educational materials, hands-on demos, kids’ crafts and face painting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Conservation in Action April Junior Naturalist program will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday 1 – 4 pm. Cost is $10 per child or $6 per member child, parents are $3 or free for parent members. Registration is required and can be done by calling 309-676-0998 ext 312 or visiting www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 25th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring hundreds of quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Saturday from 2 – 8 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus enjoy live music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

Puttin’ For A Purpose will take place at Par-A-Dice Casino (located at 21 Blackjack Boulevard in East Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Interact with the program staff of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria, while making your way through a one of a kind miniature golf course. Also featuring live music, drinks, silent auction and more, tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling 309-687-7215.

Voices of Light will be presented at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm with a reception and silent auction. Featuring the Peoria International Choir and soloists, led by Musical Director Masako Johnson, there will include video and imagery on the screen. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Gerard Foundation, which supports schools and a medical center in the poverty stricken town of Eluru in the region of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India. Donations of $30 will be accepted as admission to the event.  To reserve your spot, call 210-585-7347 or visit www.saintgerardfoundation.org

The Damenchor & Harmonie Annual Spring Concert will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres with the concert at 7 pm featuring a mixture of both German and American songs followed by dancing to the Chuck Cunningham Trio at 8:30 pm. A cash bar and food will be available all evening. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the Lindenhof or from any chorus member. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns to be presented by River Valley Players at St. John’s Community Center (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Tickets for the dinner and show are  $35. For tickets and more information, visit https://rvphenryil.wixsite.com/myrvp

Pub Night Under the Stars will take place at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring craft beer from Peoria Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, guests receive up to 3 craft beers & pizza included with ticket. Water & soda will also be available.  Tickets are available by calling 309-686-700 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Just Desserts, an interactive murder mystery, will take place at 1st United Methodist Church of Pekin (located at 1315 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 and includes a dessert and beverage. For tickets, visit www.facebook.com/ACTPekin

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in game 3 of the 2017 SPHL Presidents Cup Playoffs (if needed) at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Springtime in Paris at Five Points Washington (located at 380 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

An Author Fair and Spring Open House will take place at Her Majesty’s English Tea Room (located at 211 N 2nd St. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring authors discussing and signing their books, treats will also be served. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-243-8322 or click HERE

Party for the Planet will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring animal encounters, games and earth friendly treats for the animals, admission is $9.50 for ages 13 and over, $6.50 for ages 2 – 12, $8.50 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Holocaust Memorial Dedication will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday at 2 pm. Holocaust Survivor Manfred Katz will be the guest speaker. Dedication will take place outside the Peoria Riverfront Museumand a Yom HaShoah program will immediately follow the dedication. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Danielle Hall Memorial Benefit Concert & Celebration of Life will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday from 3 – 11 pm. Featuring Easy Riders, Art of Ill Fusion, SMD & The Underground, Brainchild, Hippie Squishers, The Fourmula and Honest Guys, a donation of $5 at the door is requested. All proceeds will will benefit Project Emily. For more information, click HERE

The Orpheus Club of Peoria will present its Spring Concert at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

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

Prospecting for Water on the Moon will be presented by the Sun Foundation as part of the Clean Water Celebration at the Trailside Event Center (located at 4416 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 5:30 pm. Featuring NASA engineer and inventor Dr. Jacqueline Quinn, admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students and includes dinner and lecture or the lecture only is free.  Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-246-8403 or at www.sunfoundation.org

Triple Jazz School Night will take place at the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring ICC Vocal, Bradley, & Pekin High Jazz Ensembles, admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For more information, visit www.cijs.org

An Evening with David Sedaris will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $37, $42 and $47 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

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The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present An Evening of One Acts opening on Friday and continuing on Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 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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Winterfest featuring outdoor ice skating, runs through Sunday (located at the corners of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center) from 5  – 10 pm today (Thursday), 3 – 10 pm on Friday, Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 9 pm on Sunday.  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

A PBS Masterpiece Victoria Sneak Preview will be presented tonight (Thursday) on the Giant Screen at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 7 pm. Premiering on Sunday, the seven-episode PBS drama follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman of “Dr. Who”) from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister and intimate friend and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). Admission is free. To reserve a seat, call 309-495-0547 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 154 E Washington St. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. The warning signs are often dismissed as normal age-related memory changes. Find out how to recognize the warning signs in yourself and others. For more information or to register, call 309-681-1100 or visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Hoozier Daddy 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

South Side Office of Concern’s Gimme Shelter will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 6 pm – 6 am. In addition to educational presentations, participants including elected officials, community and religious leaders, media personalities and business people will raise funds by spending the night outside in a cardboard box to increase awareness of homelessness. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.ssocpeoria.org

The Community Workshop and Training Center will host its annual Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Registration is $30 and groups can reserve a table of eight for $240 which includes appetizers and a cash bar. All money raised will go toward programs and services for CWTC consumers. For more information, call 309-686-3300 or visit https://www.facebook.com/CWTC.Peoria

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 and Saturday 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

Dunlap High School’s Foreign Language Club’s Culture Fair will be held at Dunlap High School (located at 5220 Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) on Friday from 6:30 – 10 pm. Enjoy food, art and entertaining performances. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to aid impoverished farming communities in Togo. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, call 309-243-7751 or visit www.dunlapcusd.net

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the Evansville Thunderbolts on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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 drawing. Tickets are $10 and kids aged 5 & under are free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Prairieland

The Penguin Project will present Crazy for You, Young Performers’ Edition at the Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 and are available at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinprojectpeoria.org

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

Illinois Math Academy presents its 4th Annual Math Bowl at the Carver Community Center (located at 710 W Third Street in Peoria) on Saturday 8:30 am – 3 pm. The morning session features Mental Math and the afternoon session features Math Challengers. Cost is $10 for just one session or $15 for both and participants receive a t-shirt and a pizza lunch. Co-sponsored by Peoria Public Schools District 150 and the George Washington Carver Center, for more information or to register, call 309-692-8888 or visit www.facebook.com/IMAillinoismathacademy

A Winter Wonder Walk will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Chill Billy Winter Sporting Event will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Featuring open ice fishing, a 2 hour and an 8 hour endurance run, a winter survival class and winter birding hike, admission is $5, but runners are free along with ages 4 and under. A free chili lunch will be served from 11 am – 1 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

High Tea on the High Seas will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Preschool children and their families are invited to a uniquely nautical tea party where they can enjoy sweet treats, tea and cocoa, a special story time, sea-inspired crafts and icy demonstrations and a one-of-a-kind photo booth. Geared toward ages 3 – 5, but all children are welcome, pre-registration is required by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will also 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 seniors citizens 60+ 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

Paint, Drink, and Be Merry will take place at the Hy-Vee Market Grill (located at 4125 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Cost is $38 and includes all supplies, setup and clean up. Get a $12 discount through Friday by using the promo code “explore” when registering. To register, call 866-390-9917 or visit www.VinoGogh.com

Pilot Club of Peoria will host a Trivia Night at the Lindenhoff (located at 7601 N Harker Lane in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Cost to play is $15 per person with 8 person teams and includes an assortment of desserts and a cash bar.  There will be awards for best table and costumes. Proceeds benefit area organizations whose mission is to serve individuals with brain injuries or disorders. To register, call 309-264-6119. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Pilot-Club-of-Peoria

The 5th Annual Weddings UnVeiled Bridal Show will take place at the Hotel Pere Marquette (located 501 W. Main St. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Hosted by Heaven on Earth, admission is free, however pre-registered attendees will be able to win door prizes. For more information, call 309-691-5330 or register at www.heavenonearthfloraldesigns.com

The “Real Prayers Are Said In German” feature film fundraiser will be held at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring a screening of the short movie, an “acting for film” mini workshop for aspiring film actors, German lessons with Prof. Hagan of Bradley University, German pastries provided by Trefzger’s Bakery and a meet & greet with the creative team, the recommended donation of $10 for ages 12 & up and $5 for kids 5-11 will be taken at the door. For more information, visit www.realprayersaresaidingerman.com

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

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) in a special Sunday show beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Patti LaBelle will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave.) on Monday beginning at 10:45 am. Tickets for the luncheon and concert are $50 per person available online at www.mlkluncheon.com  General admission tickets for the concert only beginning at 12:30 pm located in the upper bowl are $25 available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office by phone at 800-745-3000.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the Fine Art Fair, 4 Tickets to Oktoberfest and 4 Tickets to Wildlife Prairie Park!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday and continues 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 opens at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. 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 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin tonight (Thursday) through Sunday.  Featuring Lee Smith, who played for 18 years in Major League Baseball for eight teams, the Miss Marigold Pageant, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a parade, kids activities, food plus more, for more information, visit http://www.pekinchamber.com/marigoldfestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. There will be carnival rides, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

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

Tazewell Humane Society will host the Dogs on a Catwalk Pageant during the Marigold Festival (located in Pekin Memorial Park on Court St. in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm.  Featuring vendors, food vendors, Pekin Police K9 demonstrations and more, there is a $10 entrance fee per dog, but event admission is free. Proceeds go to the Tazewell Humane Society. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/DogsOnACatWalk
The Bags for Wags Tournament will be held tonight (Thursday) in conjunction with the Marigold Festival (located in Pekin Mineral Springs Park on Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5:30 pm. Registration is $40 with all proceeds benefiting the Tazewell Humane Society. For more information or to register visit https://www.facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

The 5th Annual deTonti Celebration will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Honoring David Leitch, Illinois State Representative, for his outstanding community leadership, tickets are $125 per person and are available by calling 309-674-1921 or online at https://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Rick Gutierrez will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) (tonight) Thursday at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets for Thursday are $10 and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Clay Walker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 for general admission or $60 for the VIP loft 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 34th Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops (located at Old Galena Rd. & Rt 29 in Mossville) on Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 12 – 4 pm. Enjoy skilled craftsmen, firemen’s pancake breakfast, food, folk music, a bake sale and a 20% sale on merchandise in The Hayloft Shops. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

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

The Reach for the Stars Dinner and Lecture with former NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Douglas “Scooter” Altman will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Altman, a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, a Central Illinois native and a University of Illinois alumnus will be on hand will share his experiences as a NASA pilot and commander on the space shuttles Columbia and Atlantis and his spaceflights. The event includes a cash bar in the lobby, a plated dinner and lecture with dessert and a coffee bar in the Giant Screen Theater after dinner. A free lecture with Altman will take place in the Museum Auditorium on Saturday at 2 pm with doors opening at 12:30 pm (seating is not reserved).  Tickets for the dinner and lecture are $50 for PRM members and $55 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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 and Saturday with seating beginning at 6 pm for the dinner buffet.  Dinner & the show is $38 per person and reservations are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children.

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

Whiskey’s Gone with Chris Tarpley and Dexter O’Neal and the Funkyard will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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 live country music tickets are $10 and kids aged 5 & under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Prairieland

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

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

Goodwill’s Forward March & Run will be held on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8 am.  The 4 or 8 mile run is $35, $30 for veterans or active military, $25 for the 2-Mile March, $15 for ages 13-18, and free for those under 13 (must be accompanied by and adult). This event features a unique opening ceremony and post race celebration. For more information and to register visit www.forwardmarchrun.com/event-info.php

The Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Funds raised from the event allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research. For more information or to register, call 312-932-0000 or visit www.web.alsa.org/peoriawalk

The 36th Annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place at the Illinois Central College Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria campus on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring a variety of special programs and activities specifically designed for families with young children, along with local favorites for gardening enthusiasts. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

The Upscale Porch Sale will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Browse vintage and antique items including china, silver, jewelry and artwork on the porch and in the gift shop. House tours will be offered during the sale for $10. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of our historic homes. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

American Gothic Cat Club will present its 40th Annual Cat Show at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $12 for family, $4 for seniors and kids under 12. For more information visit www.mollymaines.com/american-gothic-show-info.html

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

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

The 52nd Annual Children’s Home Cattle Auction will take place at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 5806 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. In addition to the cattle auction, the event includes silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, call 309-687-7215 or visit www.chail.org

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

The Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm and cruise at 8:30 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $40 for adults and reservations can be made by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The Spirit of Peoria will also host a Patriot Sundae Cruise on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and cruises beginning at 5 pm. Featuring a hot dog bar, build your own sundaes, cash bar and a live band, proceeds go toward Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Beethoven’s 8th Wonder at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children. For information or to order tickets, call 309-339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Avett Brothers will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40, $45, $50, and $55 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The KISS Summer Goodby Bash with Jay Sean will take place at the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $14 at the gate. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Kim St. John Butterfly Release and Brunch will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Adopt a butterfly for $10 and your butterfly which will be tagged to enable tracking of their journey south. Adoptions begin at noon and the release takes place at 1 pm. Brunch will take place from 10 am -12:30 pm and is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children aged 3 – 12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for children aged 2- 12 and free for ages under 2 and park members.  For more information visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Grandparents Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd, Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Focused on the importance of family in the animal kingdom with your own family, admission is $9 for adults 13 and over, $6 for children 2 to 12 and seniors citizens aged 65+, $8 for active military and free for ages under 1. For more information visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

Walk MS will take place at Junction City (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) starting at 11 am. The largest annual fundraiser of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, for more information, visit www.walkms.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