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A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

A Kwanzaa Display continues through New Year’s Eve at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) featuring African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show. Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Garden hours are 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:15 pm. The 1st Annual Wiener Dog Races will take place during the intermissions featuring Trixie, the ExplorePeoria.com mascot.  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 http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272   For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

John Roy will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm for $15 and on New Year’s Eve beginning at 7 pm with a hot and cold buffet starting at 7 pm for $25 or at 11 pm which includes a champagne toast at midnight for $25. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Comedy Jam will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $36, $46, $66 and $96 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

Take a docent-led gallery tour of Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s International Feature Gallery on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. The tour is free with regular admission which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ or $9 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A New Year’s Eve Countdown will take place on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center featuring skating from noon – 9 pm, a children’s ball drop at 7 pm, a 6 foot diameter ball drop midnight, fireworks, live music from Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard, drinks and more. Admission to the event is free except for skating or the ice slide which is $10 including skate rental or $8 if you bring your own for ages 6 and up and $5 for ages 5 and under. Unlimited rides on the ice slide is included with admission. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Northern Iowa at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 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 http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

An all inclusive New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) on Sunday from 6:30 pm – 12:30 am. Tickets are $100 and include buffet, premium open bar, live entertainment by Sweetwater and prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-367-4000.

The Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Bash will take place at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Admission for the two entree dinner buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, open bar and show is $86 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $18 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Special New Year’s Salsa at CAC will take place at the Contemporary Art Center on Sunday featuring a dance lesson  from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 1 am. Bring your own drinks and food or purchase them from the Rhythm Kitchen. Welcome in the New Year with complementary party favors and a champagne toast. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 17th Annual Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s Ristorante in East Peoria. Entry fees are $6 per person for the run only or $15 per person for the run and the pizza party. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

Polar Plunge 2018 will take place at The East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) on New Year’s Day beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. Fee to participate is $20. There will be heated tents to change in as well as food and beverages. Bring your swimsuit and a towel. To register or for more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.facebook.com/EastPeoriaBoatClub

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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and the Roanoke Railyard Dogs on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Winterfest features ice skating outside on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

The Peoria Journal Star 70th Annual Christmas Sing will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Great Hall tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the sing beginning at 7 pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com

Follow The Star will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 10 am on Christmas day. The 2017 Christmas musical extravaganza is an inspiring, contemporary family tradition. Admission is free for all performances, however tickets are required. To reserve your free tickets, call 309-243-1550 or visit http://northwoods.christmas

Christmas with the Animals will take place at Peoria County Animal Protection Services (located at 2600 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10am. Cats, dogs and rabbits in the shelter will unwrap presents filled with treats and toys. The “Home for the Holidays” pet promotion is also available through Friday where adopters who make a $50 donation to the Peoria Humane Society can have their new pet delivered by Santa on Saturday. For more information, call 309-672-2440.

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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 31st from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed on Christmas & New Year’s Days. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Nights Before Christmas will be presented at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm for $10. Featuring Matt Hall, Howard Butler, Whitney Chitwood, Jake Merch, Heath Thornton, Trey Mowder, Steve Katz, Nick Goett and more, to order tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Take a docent-led gallery tour of Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s International Feature Gallery on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The tour is free with regular admission which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ or $9 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) welcomes the public to Christmas Eve Services on Sunday at 11 am and 7 pm for a contemporary service and at 4 pm and 11 pm for a traditional service. Enjoy carols, a Christmas message and candlelight services. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

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Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 34th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through Sunday where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & hours are: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from Noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Winterfest features ice skating outside on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Cirque Dreams Holidaze will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 – $73 and available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, any Ticketmaster location or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Tom Simmons will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm for $15 and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Garden Christmas Party will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring the holiday poinsettia display, music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more, admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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 beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

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

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults premium seating or $25 for standard seating and $15 for children premium seating and $12 for standard seating and $10 for ICC students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or visiting www.artsaticc.com

Follow The Star will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm on Friday plus Sunday through December 23 and at 10 am on Christmas day. The 2017 Christmas musical extravaganza is an inspiring, contemporary family tradition. Admission is free for all performances, however tickets are required. To reserve your free tickets, call 309-243-1550 or visit http://northwoods.christmas

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. At the door, prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Chillicothe native Wayne Nelson, bassist and singer for the Little River Band, and his wife, author Rhonda Nelson, will present a combination of storytelling and acoustic music at the Town Theatre (located at 1029 N. Second Street in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Seating is limited and attendees must be at least 21 to attend. Tickets are available online at www.chillicothetowntheatre.com

Clutch will perform its Psychic Warfare World Tour 2017 at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 8:30 – 11 am. Featuring a breakfast buffet, over two hours of private skating on the Winterfest ice plus a visit from Santa who will will give each child a small gift. Tickets are $25 for ages 16 and up and $15 for children ages 3 – 15 and are available online at www.peoriaciviccenter.com

Star Wars Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring themed crafts, a costume contest with prizes, a Star Wars mythology lecture and a build your own light saber activity (for a $2 fee). Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character. Activities are free with regular museum admission which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+, $9 for kids 3 – 17 and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Light Night Laser Floyd will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring The Wall at 6 pm and Dark Side of the Moon 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

Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23, $38, $53, $78 and $128 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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Winter Dreams at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Celebrate Peoria: Christmas Around the World will take place at at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn how the holiday is celebrated across cultures from Mexican Posadas to German Christmas trees. Activities are included with regular admission which is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for ages 65+ and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Music in the McKenzie will host the Henhouse Prowlers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 -4 pm. Admission is free. A portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

La Posada, a Family Christmas Party, will take place at the First United Methodist Church worship center (located at 116 NE Perry Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Celebrate Christmas together at this Hispanic Christmas Party which includes a potluck, prizes, a piñata and more. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org

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Elf Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) – Saturday at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. With a cast of over 60 students aged 8-18 from the Peoria area, this musical based on the classic movie tells the story of Buddy the Elf who brings his love of Christmas to all he encounters. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and kids ages 12 and under and are available at Peoria Park District’s Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park) or online 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. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Gifts of the Magi continues as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A musical based on a famous Christmas story by O. Henry and partially based on his other work entitled The Cop and the Anthem, it’s the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, an out of work and penniless couple trying to survive in New York City in 1905. The perfect family show for the Christmas season illustrating the consequences and significance of the act of giving, tickets are $20 for adults & $14 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 34th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store is currently running at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 17 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & hours are: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

A Health Career Exploration Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s Peoria campus (located at 5407 N. University Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn about two-year or four-year degree and beyond, discover career opportunities in the local healthcare industry and tour ICC’s new state-of-the-art digital and interdisciplinary simulation and skills labs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.icc.edu

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

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Josh Wolf will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $15 at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) 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, create holiday crafts and games or 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

A Garden Christmas Party will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring the main poinsettia display, music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more, admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Night in Bethlehem will take place at the Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances St. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Experience entering the ancient city of Bethlehem, being counted in the census, exploring the Marketplace, taste authentic foods, make crafts and “visit” with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free, although non-perishable food items will be collected to donate to the local food pantry. For more information, visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Yuletide Homicide, a murder mystery dinner, will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with a wine tasting and cast mingle. Admission is $45 and includes 3 complimentary wine samples per guest plus a buffet dinner served after the first act. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-359-9463. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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.broadwaypeoria.com

Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries at the Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday & 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

The POPS Orchestra Christmas Concert will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy classic Christmas favorites with guest soloists Nichole Fauser and Austin Shaw. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and groups of 10 or more and are available at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 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 http://ticketmaster.com

The Santa Cause 5K will begin and end at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 am. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. 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. The Kids 1 Mile Reindeer run is $20. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 11th Annual Midwest Open Indoor Archery Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, click HERE

The 10th Annual Santa Train will take place  on Saturday 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. Admission is free. The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival, Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival. Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

The Gifting Hope Market will take place at Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. An alternative of gifting, you can select from 25 nonprofit organizations where the item/gift you purchase is given in honor of a loved one. Instead of purchasing a tangible gift, their donation will be used to fund a specific need of the nonprofit such as a week’s worth of food for a family living in a shelter. Upon purchase of the gift, the recipient will receive a card describing the gift and charity to which it was given signed by the shopper. For more information, call 309-691-6322.

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 8th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors offering a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods plus imported items from Germany and Austria and a visit from Kristkindl (Santa Claus). Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. See how American and German soldiers lived on the Belgium front during a cold December in 1944. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://centralilww2.com

The 2nd Annual Outdoor Holiday Market will take place at One World (located at 1245 W Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Inspired by outdoor European holiday markets, you’ll find mulled wine, hot spiced cider, and hot chocolate and handmade holiday gifts and art from local artists.

A Holiday Porch Pot Demonstration will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 10 am -11:30 am. Watch the demonstration and create your own porch pot using supplies provided by the garden center. Cost for materials used in creating a porch pot will vary based upon materials. For more information, call 309-243-7761.

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Ballet will present the Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring a live performance of the classic music by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, tickets range from $9 – $39 and are available at the box office by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

This Christmastide: A Service of Lessons & Carols will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria at 6 pm on Saturday (Spanish translation available) and at 11 am on Sunday. Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Sanctuary Choir, the Bells of Praise, the Festival Orchestra and a host of readers. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.MusicatFirst.com

The 8th Annual Apollo Christmas Carol Songfest will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music performed by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will precede a showing of Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Admission is $5 and includes holiday treats. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

An Open House for the exhibit, “Journey through Advent with Rolan Johnson” will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring a collection of mosaic prints by the celebrated Peoria printer, Rolan Johnson, the prints were created with a silk-screen process of forcing paint through cut out parts of a stencil on a fabric screen onto the paper, hot cider and cookies will be provided. Admission is free. The exhibit continues through the end of December. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext 130 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org/fostergallery

GWAR will perform its the Blood Of Gods Tour Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and $25 for Party Pit tickets and are available 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 for the day. Reservations may be made by calling 309-676-0998 ext. 200. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Dr. John Jost of Bradley University returns to conduct the full orchestra as well as the soloists and choir. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. For more information, visit www.ffcpeoria.com

What the 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. Actor Doug Day will read selected portions of the novel, accompanied by Charles Killen, Jeff Sloter, Keri Rae, Cheri Beever and Charles Brown with a high tea served during intermission with recorder music. A fundraiser for the GAR Hall, donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 309-694-1767.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $15 to $93 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument for a jam session.  Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free: a goodwill offering will be collected. For more information, call 309-673-8501.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Winter Concert will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and free for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

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Gifts of the Magi will be presented as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A musical based on a famous Christmas story by O. Henry and partially based on his other work entitled The Cop and the Anthem, it’s the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, an out of work and penniless couple trying to survive in New York City in 1905. The perfect family show for the Christmas season illustrating the consequences and significance of the act of giving, tickets are $20 for adults & $14 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

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

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

A Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the VFW Hall (located at 1729 N. Santa Fe Ave in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday)from 4:30 – 7 pm. Including spaghetti and meatballs with garlic toast and green beans for dine in or carry out, cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 309-274-5458.

Conklin Players will present A Gift of Christmas at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. A buffet dinner will also be available on tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 5:30 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm for $25. For information and tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Moonshine Bandits will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $20 and available at the door or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will also take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Lunch cruise tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15 and dinner cruise tickets are $46 for adults and $23 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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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 on Friday & Saturday and from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring nativity displays from around the world and musical performances from local talent, members from different churches have come together to create this unique interfaith nativity exhibit. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.communityfestivalofnativities.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday 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

First Friday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring their exhibit, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois in the International Feature Gallery, activities like drawing in the galleries plus a chance to discover regional artists, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Christmas on Court will take place throughout downtown Pekin (located at 11 S. Capitol St.) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring carriage rides, a tree lighting ceremony, Santa, demonstrations, give-aways and discounts from local businesses and live performances throughout the evening, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Annual Holiday Bazaar Makers Market will take place at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring handmade artwork by 15 regional artists, you’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts, cards and art. For more information call 309-333-7455 or click HERE

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.
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. 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 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.broadwaypeoria.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 New Year’s Eve from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the glow of hundreds of candles while enjoying live holiday musical performances. The show also runs from 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed on Christmas & New Year’s Day. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

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

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

The Youth Music Illinois Symphony Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $15 for senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or at www.artsaticc.com

Greg Hahn will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm.  Tickets are $17 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at  www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 9 am with registration at 8 am. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for kids 12 & under or $30 for Jingle in Your Jammies if you can’t participate, but would like to be involved. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

The 2017 War of the Demigods Powerlifting Championship will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall B on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

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, watch the animals get their gifts plus meet with Santa. Cost is $6 for child members and $12 for child non-member and $12 for adult members and $18 for adult non-members. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

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 is $5 (in addition to regular admission) and reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. 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 Peoria Small Businesses for Healthy Living Expo will take place at the Clubs at River City (located at 8603 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring small businesses and charitable groups related to healthy living, responsible eating, independent activities and medical interventions, participants can take a yoga class, discover resources and ask questions to licensed medical professionals. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-453-8987 or click HERE

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ and $9 for youth 3 – 17. 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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $50, $70, $75 and $90 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

A Holiday Home Tour will take place at Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak in Peoria), Pettengill Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) plus three private Peoria historic homes from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring seasonal décor, enjoy the ambiance, craftsmanship and architecture with charm and magic of Christmas past. Tickets are $15 through December 1 or $20 at the door and are available at Gregg Florist, Relics, Urban Artifacts, Exhibit A Gallery and the PHS office. Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Maria del Sol: A Latino Christmas Concert will be presented at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The concert is entirely in Spanish with English translation available. Admission is free, however tickets are required and may be reserved by calling 309-673-3641 or online at www.fumcpeoria.org

A Magic & Hypnosis Show will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Featuring Terry Grawey and Phil Raso, cost is $19 including a dinner buffet and the show.  For more information or to order advance tickets, call 309-251-5531 or visit www.hypnohumorist.com

The Peoria International Choir will perform a Winter Concert at at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University St, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The concert’s theme is Chansons pour Joyeux Fêtes featuring Gabriel Fauré’s compositions of Cantique de Jean Racine, Sanctus and a solo dedication of Pie Jesu by director Masako Johnson plus a variety of songs from around the world and more. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults or $20 for a family or $10 at the door and $5 for senior citizens and available at www.peoriainternationalchoir.org

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

The Orpheus Club Men’s Choir will present a Winter Concert at the First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm.  Entertaining the Peoria area with male voice four-part harmony for 115 years, the group is directed by Russel Boulton. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusPeoria

Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape Tour will be presented at the Bloomington Coliseum on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.75, $49.75, & $69.75 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at http://ticketmaster.com

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A Special performance of Rock of Ages will take place tonight (Wednesday) at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm. A rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more, the show was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tickets are $25 for all ages and include complimentary beer and wine for ages 21 and over and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or $26 online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 130th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place on Friday beginning at 10:15 am from the Peoria Central Firehouse. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Brigadier General William P. “Robbie” Robertson, a Peoria native and chief of staff for the Illinois Air National Guard. This year’s theme is “That Magical Christmas Feeling,” and will feature costumed characters, marching bands and decorated floats plus will be telecast live on WMBD-TV Channel 31. For full details including a map of the Santa parade route, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Missouri S & T at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 7 pm. They will also take on Georgia Southern on Saturday beginning at 1 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 http://ticketmaster.com

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve Weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety 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

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

Shop Local, associated with Small Business Saturday, will take place throughout the Peoria area this weekend.  By shopping local for this holiday season, sales tax dollars help the local economy. As part of the campaign, Live & Shop Peoria County will run a contest with a prize of $100 worth of gift cards from local businesses.  To enter, post a selfie of you and your friends shopping November 24-26 at a store within Peoria County with the #GrowPeoriaCounty tag.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/LiveShopPeoriaCounty

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Member Appreciation Day on Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. For one day only, get $10 off memberships (new, renewal, or gift memberships) to take advantage of members-only perks like kids’ art activities from 11 am – 3pm, 20% – 30% discounts off all museum store merchandise, free educational Giant Screen Theater movie admission all day, door prize drawings and refreshments. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Dozer Holiday Express will take place at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in downtown Peoria after the Santa Claus parade on Friday with Santa available from Noon to 2 pm. Enjoy lunch, pose for a photo with Santa and see the lighted Cat D6 up close. Lunch includes a soups and sweets lunch, admission to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and access to the express Santa Claus line. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for kids aged 3 – 12. For more information, call 309-675-0606 or buy tickets online HERE

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside opens on Friday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Hours are Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 10 pm on Sunday and 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

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. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Sarah Schonert 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

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at many locations in downtown Peoria and offering complimentary refreshments. An ice carving contest, costumed characters walking through the area plus an opportunity to decorate the street lights are all part of the celebration. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit www.peoriaevents.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 New Years Eve from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show also runs throughout the days from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 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 http://ticketmaster.com
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Chicago’s Sketchiest Comedians will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm for $10.
Drew Hastings will perform on Saturday at 7 pm and 9:15 pm for $20.  For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Three and a Half Men on Friday and Cousin Eddie on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The 7th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show will take place at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring local crafters and vendors, admission is free.

The 27th Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place on Saturday on the River Trail of Illinois beginning at 8:30 am with a non-competitive walk and at 9 am with a competitive run. Registration for the race only is $15 through the day of the race. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or register online at www.folepi.org

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 8th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors offering a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods plus imported items from Germany and Austria and a visit from Kristkindl (Santa Claus). Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

The Wildlife Waddle will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with hikes beginning at 10 am and running every hour with the last hike at 2 pm. With over 14 miles of hiking trails to explore, live turkeys, and Mike the Bison, bring the family and enjoy the beautiful scenery while waddling off your thanksgiving meal. Admission is free for members and regular admission, which is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $ 6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 13th Annual Christmastime GospelFest concert will be held at Five Points (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free with a free-will offering during the evening. Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers will perform both traditional Christmas favorites as well as southern gospel Christmas songs with the “Portraits of Christmas” theme. For more information, visit www.gospelfestministries.com

Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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The 2017 Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Cocktail Party at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The Festival continues Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm featuring 80 already decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and to bid on or to purchase. Other highlights include a brunch, a family day, a Sweet Sundae Tea and a Wine Tasting on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm which is new this year. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $50, the Wine & Tasting event is $45 per person and $75 per couple, the Sweet Tea on Sunday is $25 per person and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Rock of Ages continue at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursay) Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more, the show was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through Sunday throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Ring of Fire will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-367-4000 or visit www.metamorafields.com

Bullets for Broadway will be presented by the ICC Theatre Program at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for all ages on Friday & Saturday which includes a meal and the show and $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens for the show only (Thursday & Sunday) and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

English Made Simple & Other Short Plays will be presented at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts (located on the Bradley campus) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

CityLink’s 4th Annual “Day of Stuffing” will take place at Kroger (located at 801 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 am – 6 pm. Bring pantry donations or purchase items at the store to fill the bus with food as part of the 30th annual food drive benefiting Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.ridecitylink.org/stuffabus

The Annual Motherhouse Fall Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (located at 1175 St. Francis Ln. in East Peoria) will take place on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring handmade items and homemade baked goods including home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, plants, religious items and other handmade items, all proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Hometown Holidays will take place in downtown Morton on Main St. on Friday from 5 – 9 pm on Friday with the Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Vinyl Tap 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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through New Years Eve from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show also runs daily from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Barn Dance will be held at Shore Acres (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the band “Too Old to be Controlled”, beginners can learn the dances at 6:45 pm and no partner is needed. Admission is $7 for adults with a $20 family maximum. Participants are asked to bring snacks. For more information, call 309-274-5358.

Chicago’s Sketchiest Comedians will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm for $10.
Jim Norton will perform on Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 or $75 for the VIP option which includes a meet and greet, preferred seating, photos with Jim and an autographed tour poster. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Hairball will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The Northmoor Primary School Vendor & Crafter Fall Event will take place at the school (located at 1819 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm. Featuring over 40 vendors and crafters, admission is free. For more information, call 309-693-4435.

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Watch history come to life as Civil War soldiers prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build wooden shelters that will protect them from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. For information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The show continues through New Year’s Eve Mondays – Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety 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 33rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

Lock and Key Burlesque will present The Low Down Dirty Blues at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring vaudevillian style burlesque dances and skits set to classic and modern blues music, there will also be guest performances from Ginger LeSnapps from Ohio’s Cin City Burlesque. Advance tickets are $30 online HERE or $40 for tickets at the door.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Serenade for Strings at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring DVDs, videos, books, and photos, as well as many model railroad parts and supplies will be available. Tables will also highlight new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be available including hats, shirts, patches, and pins. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 47th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $18. For more information, call 309-681-2866 or register online at www.peoriaparks.org/running

Handel’s Messiah will performed at Grace Church (located at 1325 E Jefferson St. in Morton) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Performed by the Morton Community Chorus with piano and organ prelude by Dr. John Orfe of Bradley University, admission is free. For more information, visit www.pjw.cc/community-chorus.html

The Judy Page Project 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 at 7:15 pm. The house band will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday and Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and Zombie Invasion paintball attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction or a wristband good for all three attractions is $25. A fast pass is also available for $17 per attraction or $40 for all three. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

The Woman in Black will be presented at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm as well as Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 15 at 2 pm. A regional premiere, a young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals in this thriller. Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Corn Stock for Kids (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber integrates several genres of music into the show. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts will take place through November 19 throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs during October and November. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Shane Torres will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $10 and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Flying D’Rito Brothers on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am  And their Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years taking place every Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm at various locations throughout Peoria 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

First Friday will also take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring their exhibit, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois, in the International Feature Gallery with activities in the galleries. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 6 pm on Friday at Noon and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Featuring live actors portraying six Peorians who were local celebrities who are buried in the cemetery, admission is $10 per person, $5 for for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-696-0956 or visit www.facebook.com/springdalecemeterytour

The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) 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 and up, 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. BattleWagon rides only $10 per rider on October 6 & 7 (opening weekend). For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Underpants continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission for adults is $8 and students and senior citizens are $6. For tickets, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.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, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Eli Young Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $22 and party pit advanced tickets are $30 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

A 10th Anniversary Open House and Fitness Celebration will take place at Five Points (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. Washington) on Saturday from 7:30 am – Noon. Featuring group fitness classes, a personal training contest, a pickleball tournament, kids activities including a bounce house, Unique Twist Balloons, Zoolady face painting, Kona Ice, popcorn, a live radio remote, an open swim and City Blends smoothies, admission is free. For more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The Whiskeydaddle, a series of races and contests with an old-timey theme, will take place throughout Peoria beginning on Saturday at 8 am with the Shot 5k and Skidoo Kids’ Run and on Sunday with the Barrel Marathon, Bottle Half Marathon and Bootlegger Relay beginning at 7:25 am. Races finish at the Daddle Fest on the Peoria riverfront from 9 am – 3 pm with games, live music, food and drinks on the Peoria riverfront. Registration and more information is available at www.whiskeydaddle.com

The Pink Turn N Burn Barrel Race will take place at Copperas Creek (located at 4302 S. Hanna City/Glasford Rd. in Hanna City) on Saturday beginning with practice runs at 8 am and the show at 11 am. Featuring a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, vendors and concessions, admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the Pink Fund. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pinkbarrels

The Upscale Porch Sale will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 West Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Tour the home plus shop for unique furniture, linens, china pieces plus fall and Christmas décor. Admission is $10 or $15 to tour Flanagan House Museum also. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Experience an authentic French Market at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crepes, antiques, croissants, herbs, vintage finds, furniture, flowers plus a creative community of artists, craftsmen, foodies and collectors, admission is free. For more information, call 309-696-1164.

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

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 on Saturdays. The tours start 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

Speakeasy for Dyslexia will take place at Mt. Hawley Country Club (located at ) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a Roaring 20’s theme, there will be live band, dancing, a mock casino, specialty drinks and food, a cigar bar, a photo booth, a silent auction and a $500 cash prize to the best dressed individual or couple. Tickets are $75 per person for ages 21+ and are available at www.dyslexiaawarenessnetwork.org

Michael Palascak will perform at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The show celebrates Five Points’ 10 Year anniversary with a night of laughter and audience participation with the “Survey Says” Game Show. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Lacs will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $22 and party pit advanced tickets are $30 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Wheels O’ Time Museum’s (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) 6th Annual Fall Festival will take place on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring music by Dave Berchtold, an AMT ambulance, antique Fire Trucks including a restored 1931 Ahrens Fox, steam engines, the Silver Streak car, a Dunlap Fire Truck, a police car plus other attractions, admission is $7 for adults or $3.50 for ages 3-11 with cash or check only.

Tri-County Urban League Guild will host its 8th Annual Guild Jazz Brunch Fundraiser at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring an all you can eat buffet, door prizes and live music by Three and a Half Men, tickets are $50 and are available online at www.tcpul.com/events.html

Matt Nathanson will perform on the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Advanced general admission lawn tickets are $25 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

Billy Elliot the musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical features music by Elton John and is based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Adult tickets are $19 and $12 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How’d They Do That? An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Amazement will take place at the Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring entertainers “Circus Boy” Bobby Hunt and Magician Mitch Williams, admission is $16 per person. A pre-show dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $41 per person. For reservations and information, visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

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

The 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday. Set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed boxed well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time: no special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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