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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present A New Year’s Greeting – That’s Amore at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring vocalists Sarah Jane McMahon and Sal Viviano, it’s a musical salute to Italy, with timeless hits of legends Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra plus opera favorites by the greats: Puccini and Rossini. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students and are available at Kidder Music in Peoria with cash or check or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.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

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

Preacher Lawson will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $17 at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $22. 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 JuJu Jonny 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.
And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

First Friday at the Museum 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 with activities like drawing in the galleries and a chance to discover regional artists. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center will present Eagles on the Illinois River at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. This day is dedicated to the appreciation of Bald Eagles and includes presentations and tours along the Illinois River. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bald Eagle Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm featuring crafts and activities in the Visitor Center all day, a raptor display and program, beginning birder walks and a feathered friends program. Admission is free for members or $8 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, and $6 for seniors over 65. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.WildlifePrairiePark.org

Take a docent-led gallery tour of Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois in 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 Sherlock Holmes Birthday Party will take place at the Peoria Public Library’s North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 3 – 5 pm. Celebrating Sherlock Holmes’ 164th Birthday, local Sherlockian expert Brad Keefauver of sherlockpeoria.blogspot.com will deliver a presentation and answer questions plus compete in a Sherlock Holmes Trivia match and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on 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 available at the Peoria Civic Center, 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

World Championship ICE Racing’s 2018 Next Generation Fire On Ice Tour will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 for adult general admission, $22 for adult reserved seating, $8.50 for kids general admission and $11 for kids reserved seating with a $3 increase the day of show and are available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, any Ticketmaster location or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Elegant Bridal Expo will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free, however online registration is required. VIP and Diamond VIP packages are also available. Register for all types of admission at www.elegantbridalexpo.com

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Rock of Ages will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on 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 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. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Vince Moranto will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm 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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crow 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. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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 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 on Sunday for the show only and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Real Feller will be presented by the Artistic Community Theatre of Pekin at the Pekin Union Mission Auditorium (located at 203 Court Street in Pekin) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. An original play written and directed by Dennis Peacock, this dramedy is set in Depression Era Appalachia. Tickets are $12 and are available online HERE

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Live entertainment will be provided and a cash bar will 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. Reservations are not required. 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

Colt Ford 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 $17 and party pit tickets are $22 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will lead activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission to the Museum 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

The Bradley Braves will take on IUPUI at the Peoria Civic Center 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 Second Helping of the Church Basement Ladies will be presented by the River Valley Players (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 12:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $35 and include a meal and the show and are available at www.rvphenry.org  For more information, call 309-238-7878.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on 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
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An Evening of Jazz with the Heritage Ensemble will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring jazz, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing, tickets are $50 or $100 per person for the premium admission beginning at 6 pm. Call 309-550-4242 for more information and to order tickets.

Granger Smith 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 $20 and party pit tickets are $25 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Nathan Taylor Band will perform at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $30 and reservations may be made by calling 309-636-7022. Proceeds benefit CILF and historic preservation at the Greenhut Memorial GAR Hall.

Music in the McKenzie will present the Roundstone Buskers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. A local group named for Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the Buskers are an acoustic power trio incorporating traditional and contemporary Celtic into their sound. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

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

The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. A Grammy award winning American Bluegrass and Folk band, they are also four-time Parents’ Choice Award winners. Tickets are free, but are required. To reserve tickets, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.musicatfirst.com

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The 90th Annual Itoo Supper will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. The family style meal includes all-you-can-eat cabbage rolls, chicken with rice, baked kibba, stewed green beans, fried chicken, whipped potatoes with gravy, Lebanese salad and pita bread. There will also be a bake sale running throughout the day plus carry-outs are available. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 & under. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

The Glass Menagerie continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Written by Tennessee Williams, the play’s action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Set in St. Louis in 1937, Tom is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura, who spends all her time playing with her glass menagerie and her old phonograph records. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues 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. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Pension Reform will be discussed at a Greater Peoria League of Women Voters meeting in the Advanced Medical Transport auditorium (located at 1718 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm. Former State Rep. David R. Leitch will share his insights into this complex and critical state challenge. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-696-3217.

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

Henhouse Prowlers will perform at the Trailside Event Center (located above Trefzger’s in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Tickets are $15.  A full bar will be available. For more information & tickets, visit www.trailsideeventcenter.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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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

Brett Erickson 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 Friday & Saturday at 9:45 pm for $12.  For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Fall Festival will take place at Northwoods Mall in Peoria from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring crafts & popular vendors, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria Camera Club will host a Reception at the Peoria Public Library’s Main Library Gallery on Friday from 2 – 5 pm. Founded in 1954, the group exhibit features the finest work of their members. Admission is free. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours Monday- Friday from 9 am – 6 pm. For more information, visit http://peoriacameraclub.com

The Unity Point Methodist Service League Gift Show will take place at the Unity Point Atrium, 900 N. Main St., Peoria) from 4 – 6 pm on Friday and from 8 am – 1 pm on Saturday. Featuring handmade items, baked goods, floral arrangements, toys for all ages plus a raffle, admission and parking are free. For more information, click HERE

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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts with artist demonstrations as well as items available for sale. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Easterseals 27th Annual Tribute Dinner will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring Doug & Diane Oberhelman, tickets are available by calling 309-686-1177.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & 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 on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, 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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will 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. Reservations are not required. 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 5th Annual Tracy Trot Run/Walk will take place on the East Peoria Riverfront behind the East Peoria Wal-Mart at 401 River Road on Saturday beginning at 6:30 am. Former Congressman Ray LaHood will serve as honorary chair for the four-mile run and two-mile walk, which raises funding to support pancreatic cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and to Illinois CancerCare. Hosted by the Theresa Tracy Strive to Survive charitable foundation, registration and more information is available at www.theresatracytrot.com

The Calvary Temple Assembly of God (located at 5125 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) 5th Annual Craft, Vendor Show & Bake Sale will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring home baked goodies, vendors and crafters, admission is free. For more information, visit www.mybluechurch.com

The Annual Local Author Fair will be held at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. Local authors will each have a table and an opportunity to meet fans as well as sell books. Admission is free, and a portion of the book sales will benefit the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

The Team Todd Benefit for Colon Cancer Awareness will take place at Butler’s Supper Club (located at 8702 W Main St. in Mapleton) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. A benefit for medical expenses for Todd Neihoff, meals are $6 along with a bake sale, a silent auction and prizes. For more information, call 309-697-0068.

Pasta for Patriots will take place at the Elks Lodge (located at 1 Elks Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for Veterans and children under 12. The dinner, hosted by the Illinois Valley Fuller Center, features live music and a silent auction benefiting Illinois Valley Fuller Center to assist Tri County Veterans with home repairs. To order tickets or for information, call 309-363-3737 or visit http://fullercenter.org

CASA of Peoria County will present the 12th Annual CASAblanca “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The dance competition features 11 local “celebrities,” each paired with a talented instructor. Dancers will vie for the People’s Choice Award, to be determined by online voting, and Critics’ Choice Award, determined by judges and guests that evening. Tickets are $200 and are available by calling 309-669-2939. For more information, visit www.casapeoria.org

The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission standing tickets are $30 and seated tickets are $40 and are available at www.LimelightEventplex.com
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Dream Theater will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50, $59.50 and $74.50 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 5th Annual EDGE Run will take place on the Methodist College campus (located at 7600 N. Academic Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 am. Featuring a 5K/10K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk, with a quarter-mile Kids’ Run for children up to age 10, registration is $35 for the Run or Walk and $5 for the Kids Run and proceeds will support scholarships for Methodist College students. For more information and to register, visit www.methodistcol.edu/the-edge

The Peoria Park District Sports Auction and Card Show will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring a silent auction, a raffle drawing and sports card vendors available to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles, the live auction will begin at 2 pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. Admission is $1 for adults & free for kids aged 12 & under and raffle tickets are $10. For more information call 309-681-2868 or visit www.facebook.com/PPDSports

Celebrate Peoria: Dia de los Muertos will take place at the Peoria Playhouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn about Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”  featuring activities by Bradley University Association of Latin American Students and community members. Admission is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for ages 65+ and free infants and members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips, trained docents will be on hand.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage handcrafted garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family there are also exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Salem Lutheran Church’s “Hymns and Beer” will take place at the Lindenhof  (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, hymns will be led by Don Bauer, Director of Music from St. John’s in Bartonville plus a special performance by the Salem Men’s Quartet. Admission is free. Beer, soda and pretzels will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-688-9212.

Chonda Pierce will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and $27 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click HERE to Register to Win Easter Brunch for 4 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, 2 Tickets to the 2017 Beer Fest or 2 Passes to the Hearts at Home Conference PLUS 2 Tickets to Mom’s Night Out!

The 2017 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Special entertainment includes Marvel characters Ant Man, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman & Captain America, the NASCAR simulator, Look-a-Likes Batman, Bat Girl, the Green Lantern, Belle, Paw Patrol (Marshal) & Princess Elsa. Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. Friday is Senior Day where ages 60+ are admitted for $2.50 and Sunday is Family Day where 2 adults and 2 children aged 15 & under are $8. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

The 2017 St Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

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

Neighborhood House Food Fight 2017 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Showcasing area chefs in a live culinary competition to benefit Neighborhood House, it offers tastings of signature items from the chefs, wines from around the world plus a seated farm-to-table dinner.  Tickets are $75 per person which include wine and beer tasting, tastings of all 13 chef signature items & dessert and drink or $150 which includes chance for guests to taste the food made in the chef competition, meet and greet chefs, plus general admission wine tasting, chef signature bites tasting, dessert and drinks.  For tickets and more information, visit www.nhpeoria.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria General Meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) in the AMT Auditorium (located at 1718 N. Sterling in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Angela Bolden, program officer of Greater Peoria LISC, will speak on sustainable neighborhoods citing the positive results in Peoria’s East Bluff and South Side have been called “the best-kept secret in Peoria.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) 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

Jon Dore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $10 and Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and information, visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Chase Rice will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $48 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Whisper & Shout will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center 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 The Brazillionaires
 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.
And 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

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

The American Red Cross of Central Illinois’s celebration of its 100th anniversary and recognition of their 2017 Heartland Heroes recipients will include David Nail with Brooke Eden & Charlie Walker performing on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $11 and $28 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.com

Jazz Night with The Perrilles Project and a curated art opening will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday 6 – 10 pm. Admission for show is $11 or $36 for dinner and show in advance. For more information visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Peoria Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7 pm on Friday and at 1:30 pm and 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 10 and under and are available at www.peoriaballet.com

Brantley Gilbert will perform at the Bloomington Coliseum on Friday at 7 pm. Also featuring Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis, tickets range from $34.75 – $342.90 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-300, all Ticketmaster locations or at http://ticketmaster.com

The Just Desserts Murder Mystery will take place at the Mansion on Walnut (located at 420 Walnut St. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring actors from the Artistic Community Theatre, tickets are $22 and include dessert. For more information, visit http://mansiononwalnut.com/events

An Evening of J. S. Bach will take place in the Westminster Sanctuary (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Bradley University piano professors Dr. John Orge and Dr. Chee Hyeon Choi will perform Bach Klavier Concerti for one or two keyboards. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

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

A Lawn Mower Clinic will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd.) on Saturday 8 am – 4:30 pm. Cost is $40 and includes cleaning the deck, sharpening blades, changing oil, spark plugs and checking air filters. Proceeds go to PAWS Giving Independence, JDRF, EPIC, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and CIDGA. For tickets and more information, visit www.cidga.org

A Flapjack Fundraiser will be held at Applebees (located at 900 Riverside Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Tickets are $5 available at the door and include bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee with proceeds benefitting Central Illinois Veterans. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

A Bunny Hop Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin on Saturday from 8 am – noon. Breakfast is $5 per person and the hunt is free. Ages 2 – 3 will hunt at 8:45 am, ages 4 – 5 at 9:15 am, 6 – 7 at 9:45 am, 8 – 9 at 10:15 am and 10 and over at 10:45 am. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1387262638015096

Genealogy Day will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Information such as how to research your roots will be presented. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

The CASA Human Foosball Tournament will be held at the EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Dr., East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Cost is $150 per team (6 people per team) and advanced registration is required.  To register or for more information, call 309-669-2939.

Tryouts for the Peoria Prowlers will take place at Planet X Rollerworld (located at 2075 Edgewater Dr. in Pekin) on Saturday at 9:45 am. Men and women aged 18 and up plus juniors 6 – 17 are welcome. Registration cost is $5 and is available through 10 pm on Friday. Bring gear if you have it or you can rent. No skating experience necessary: non-skating members needed, also. To register or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/prowlersderby

Star Wars Day will take place at Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day including a new expanded Jedi training, crafts, prize drawings and more. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

Eggs on the Prairie will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Festivities include live music, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, goody bags, balloon animals, prizes and photos with The Easter Bunny.  The event will take place rain or shine across from H & M. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The 2017 Easter Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Ages through 3 years begins at 10:30, at 10:50 for ages 4 – 6 years and at 11:10 for ages 7 – 9. Cost for member kids is $3.50 or $9 for non-member adults and kids. See the Easter Bunny at Luthy Botanical Garden from Noon – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.com

The 2017 VIP Easter Egg Hunt will take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday 11:30 – 1 pm. The VIP hunt features an egg hunt, Easter Bunny meet and greet with photo, basket, snack, theater games & crafts. Limited to 50 children. Cost is $20 per child, but adults are free and must accompany child. A free Easter Egg Hunt will also take place near the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 1:30 pm.  Registration is required for both events and may be done online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

An Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Northtrail Park (located at 1621 W. Meadowbrook Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at noon. Cost is $4 per child ages 10 & under and registration is required. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/holiday

Spring Loose for Drew’s Plots will take place at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 IL-29 in Chillicothe) on Saturday at 2 pm. Featuring stump carving, face painting, blown glass demonstrations, live music, food, beverages, an auction plus an attempt at the world’s largest cakewalk at 5:30 pm, admission is free.  Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.drewsplots.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will hold a Rock ‘n Roll Trivia Fundraiser at Our Savior Lutheran Church (located at 1209 Kingsbury Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be prizes awarded for best-dressed male and female and for best decorated table, as well as a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Teams can bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Contact williamson.h@comcast.net for more information or to register.

The 19th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration to our community. Cost to attend is $100 per person. To register, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Peoria Chiefs season opener against the Burlington Bees will take place on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 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

The Cantrells will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 per adult, $9 for ages 12 and under, $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Quest Throwback Prom will take place at The Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) 7 – 11 pm. Adults of all ages will gather for prom night with an adult twist with food, beverages, dancing and live music by JammSammich. Cost is $60 per person or $110 for a couple. For tickets or more information, visit www.questthrowbackprom.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 and meet other musicians and learn some new songs. 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 2017 St. Jude Dream Home (located at 2822 W Lake Trail Court in Dunlap) will be open to view every weekend beginning this Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Sundays from Noon – 5 pm through the final drawing on Sunday, April 23 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16).  A total of 7,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each to win the home valued at $365,000 with all proceeds benefiting the organization to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Other prizes will also be awarded from the raffle including a car, a diamond necklace, furniture and groceries. For full details on the home, the raffle and the open houses, visit https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/peoria.html

August: Osage County continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at Sunday at 2 pm. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, the show centers around the Weston family brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. Tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat while the family is holed up in the large estate in Osage County, Oklahoma. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for ages 20 and younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org

Budding Artists from Peoria Public Schools will be on display at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) daily from 9 am – 5 pm through March 30. Featuring artwork from PPD students, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The March Madness Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, on Friday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 6:30 pm. Featuring family oriented fun, games and exhibits, admission is $2 or free with a game ticket. For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

The Central Illinois Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by 40 teams of high school students, will take place at the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum tonight (Thursday) and continues at 8:30 am on Friday and Saturday. The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum for contested races for Dunlap School Board at Dunlap Valley Middle School (located at 5200 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8 pm. The four candidates, Cheryl Bluth, Karen Disharoon, Christine Finlley and Abby Humbles, vying for three board positions will participate and answer audience questions. Candidates for three ICC trustee seats have also been invited to introduce themselves. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Jeff Caldwell 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 $12, and Friday at 7:30 pm. and Saturday at 7:30 & 9:45 pm for $15.  For information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the St. Patrick Society of Peoria, will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 11 am beginning at the corner of Monroe Street and Hancock Street. A St. Patrick’s Day Party will follow  at the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria riverfront immediately after the parade featuring Irish cuisine, live music, festive drinks for adults and children, Irish dances and family-friendly activities. Event admission is $5 for adults, $3 for St. Patrick Society Members and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call visit www.stpatpeoria.com

The IHSA Class 3A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 11 am and Game 2 at 12:45 pm. The Class 4A Semifinal Session will also be on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 5:30 pm and Game 2 at 7:15 pm. On Saturday, the Class 3A Third Place Game will take place at 11 am and the Championship begins at 12:45 pm. The 2A Third Place game will be at 5:30 pm on Saturday and the 4A Championship game begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

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

The Mennonite Relief Sale will take place at the Interstate Center Bloomington on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm and on Saturday at 6 am. Featuring fish, chicken barbecue dinners, rib-eye steaks, butterfly pork chops, barbecues & pork burgers, there will also be a Dutch Market and Butcher Shoppe, an auction, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning plus various booths and a children’s auction. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ilreliefsale.org

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

The Irish And How They Got That Way will be held at The Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning with a dinner buffet at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Cost is $40 per person and includes a special Irish themed buffet. To reserve seats, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The Lifeless in Seattle Murder Mystery Dinner will be presented at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and includes 3 complementary wine samples, a buffet style dinner and dessert.  For reservations or information, call 309-359-WINE, or visit www.mackinawvalleywinery.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

A Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale will take place at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – noon in the theatre lobby. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/peoriaplayerstheatre

2017 Membership Swap Weekend will take place this Saturday & Sunday. Members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Playhouse and the Peoria Historical Society can enjoy free general admission at all locations when they present their membership card and photo ID. For more information, contact the individual organizations.

The 7th Annual Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair will take place at the Park Inn by Raddison, formerly Ashland House (located at 201 East Ashland St. in Morton) on Saturday 9 am – 3 pm. This fundraising event benefits Totes for Ta-Tas, Illinois CancerCare Foundation’s Breast Cancer Research Fund. For more information, call 309-657-0992 or click HERE

The Art of Seeing Seminar will take place at Illinois Valley High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore in Chillicothe) on Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 and $45 for students with ID. Noted photographer and author Bryan F. Peterson will teach how to see creatively and discuss the importance of learning the tools of photography. To register or for more information, visit www.PeoriaCameraClub.com

The 17th Annual Cabin Quilters’ Quilt Show will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd in Bartonville) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring quilts, home decor, wearables, door prizes and sewing demos and more, admission is free. For more information, visit http://gemsoftheprairie.com/events

The Autism Resource Group will meet at the Peoria Public Library, Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Resource sharing and support will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2150 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

An Open House for the Rock Steady Boxing Program will be held at CrossFit (located at 5629 N Galena Rd in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 – 1 pm.  The program features non-contact boxing designed exclusively for people with Parkinson’s disease of all ages and levels of ability. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.crossfit309.com/rocksteady

The Corn Stock Theatre Get Acquainted Meeting will take place at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N Park Road in upper Bradley Park) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Featuring performers singing songs from each of the musicals to be presented during the summer season, meet the summer show directors to learn about how to become involved in the productions. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2196 or visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Twisted Irish Knot, Demise at the Irish Wedding Reception Murder Mystery Dinner Show will be presented at East Port Banquet Center on Saturday with a cast mingle beginning at 6 pm. A dinner buffet featuring corned beef, Irish potatoes, cabbage plus dessert bar and show are all included in the $40 per person ticket. Entertainment is provided by Die Laughing Entertainment. To reserve tickets, call 309-692-3990 or for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/dielaughingentertainment

Heartland Festival Orchestra Symphony Idol will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. LaKisha Jones, Matt Giraud, and Haley Scarnato, finalists from American Idol will perform songs in various genres. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children and students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

American English will perform Liverpool Mania, The History of The Beatles at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre Live will be held at Landmark Cinemas (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Fearturing two classic zombie films”: White Zombie with Bela Lugosi and Night of the Living Dead, there will also be trailers, trivia, prizes and more. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2764161

The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition’s 33rd annual FoodShare Canathon door-to-door collections of canned and non-perishable food items will take place on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will also be collection bins at all Kroger locations in Peoria, Bartonville, East Peoria, Washington, Chillicothe, Pekin, East Peoria, Canton, Bloomington and Normal. For more information or to volunteer, call 309-697-5762 or 309-696-0223.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr, East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 For more information visit www.artsaticc.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

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

Rick Springfield will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 – $65 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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August: Osage County opens at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm plus next Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, the show centers around the Weston family brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. Tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat while the family is holed up in the large estate in Osage County, Oklahoma. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for ages 20 and younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org

A Man For All Seasons continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  The show centers around Henry VIII’s decision to break from the Pope and Catholicism in England and the power struggle that was caused by that transition. Morality and power clashed at the King’s behest to pursue his unreachable goal of having his longed-for male heir. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, visit www.cornstocktheatre.com

Budding Artists
from Peoria Public Schools will be on display at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St.) daily from 9 am – 5 pm through March 30. Featuring artwork from PPD students, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The March Madness Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, on Friday from 10 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 6:30 pm. Featuring family oriented fun, games and exhibits, admission is $2 or free with a game ticket. For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

Mamma Mia will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $54 – $120 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-673-3200 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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

The IHSA Class 1A Semifinal Session will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with Game 1 at 11 am and Game 2 at 12:45 pm. The Class 2A Semifinal Session will also be on Friday with Game 1 beginning at 5:30 pm and Game 2 at 7:15 pm. On Saturday, the Class 1A Third Place Game will take place at 11 am and the Championship begins at 12:45 pm. The 2A Third Place game will be at 5:30 pm on Saturday and the 2A Championship game begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.ihsa.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 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 with the show following. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The 9th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a dinner and a dance party for ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a themed meal with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm or 4 pm. Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

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

The Mind Boggling Variety Show by Andy “The Split Man” Gross will take place at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre (located on the East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring comedy, ventriloquism, magic and more, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or at www.artsaticc.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 17th Annual Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast hosted by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will take place at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 11 am . Breakfast will be served featuring two pancakes, fresh sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, orange juice and coffee for 70 cents per person. The approximate retail value is $10. There will also be a horse and pony, tractors on display, Santa Rose Coffee, a silent auction and more. For more information, visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront beginning at 8 am with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets. There will be a costume contest for the most shamROCKED out male, female and child participants. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

March into Wellness will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on  Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring activities based around health and fitness including fitness kid’s games, a scavenger hunt, crafts, interactive guided hikes and more, admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $6 for kids aged 3- 12, $6 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under and park members. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

JDRF Shop for a Cure will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring a bake sale, raffle table, children’s activity table, and many vendors including, Avon, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Lip Sense, Tupperware, ThirtyOne and more. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information, click HERE

The 2nd Annual Spring Craft and Vendor Show will take place at Thomas Jefferson Primary School (located at 918 W Florence Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. This family friendly event will help support the Thomas Jefferson PTO and features crafters, direct sale vendors and food trucks. For more information, call 309-413-3408.

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its Annual Spring Volunteer Orientation on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Participants will learn about the inner workings of volunteering, meet with current volunteers, park staff and other volunteer prospects. Admission is free when you mention that you’re there for the volunteer orientation at the gate.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place at the Peoria Public Main Library (located at 107 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Scouting at the Museum: Super Science will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Explore the science behind static electricity, light, and density. Admission is $20 for scouts and $5.50 for chaperones. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Cork and Canvas will take place at Green View (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Drive in Dunlap) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. The fee is $30 and includes all supplies. To register or for more information, call 309-243-7761 or visit www.greenview.com

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Four Shillings Short will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Nights in the Garden of Spain at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are $8 – $74. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 3 pm. This workshop allows Brownies to earn their Home Scientist badge with safe but exciting experiments that might not be possible at home. Admission is $20 for scouts $5.50 for chaperones. For reservations and information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale will take place throughout Central Illinois through March 19 available from individual girl scouts or locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. The program helps girls learn how to run their own business and earn money to win prizes including a Disney vacation or to fund special outings. Featuring 12 different varieties of cookies including 2 gluten-free options, quantities may be limited at in person sales locations.  For full information about where and when cookies are available, visit www.girlscouts.org

Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, will give two keynote presentations:  the first is tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. Peoria) and the second is on Saturday at the North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 1 – 3 pm. As author of this year’s Big Read Peoria Reads! selection, Jones will read excerpts from the book and discuss her writing with the public. The NEA Big Read program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Peoria Reads! is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project. For more information, call 309-497-2141 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring candidates of contested Peoria city primary races, moderator Tonya Koonce will conduct the forum which will include questions from the audience. Peoria City Council at-large candidates and District 4 candidates expected to attend are Mike Eddlemon, Benjamin Thornton and Jim Montelongo along with at-large candidates Robert Hanauer, Zachary Oyler, Sid Ruckriegel, John Kelly, Scott Kelsey and Amr Elsamny. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

An Adoption Presentation will be held at FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. The meeting will cover domestic, international and embryo adoption plus there will be a Q & A following the presentation. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400 or visit www.familycore.org

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

Alingon Mitra 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 $12 and Friday at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Official Spring Home Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. More than 250 companies occupying 450 booth spaces make the show the largest of its kind in Central Illinois. Featuring everything for the home inside and out, exhibitors will display a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and home remodeling products and services. The largest gathering of area home builders and remodeling contractors in the area, coupons are available at any area CEFCU Member Center good for one free adult admission when you purchase an adult admission for $7. Admission is $7 for adults 18+, $3.50 for senior citizens aged 60+ and kids under 18 are free. For more information visit www.peoriahomeshow.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mercy Blue 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

Teen Night Titanic Murder Mystery will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 6 – 8 pm. Assemble your own team or join one at the Museum and solve a Titanic themed murder mystery. Must be in high school or college to participate.  Cost is $10 for members and $15 for the public. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Positive Health Solutions will present a fundraising event at Pitch Karaoke Bar (located at 631 W Main St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Money raised through drink sales, donations and raffles will benefit the University of Illinois HIV/AIDS clinic that provides an array of services for Peoria and 14 surrounding counties, including medications, physicians, visits and social services. For information, click HERE

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and also on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Head and The Heart will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm with special guest Whitney. Tickets are $31 and $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Bone House will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (East Peoria campus) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

Get Tricked, Episode 3 with Kyle Bassett and friends will take place at The Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. A dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm plus appetizers and desserts from 7 – 10 pm for purchase. For reservations and information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Head East will perform with the Bogart Jones Band opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and $25 and are available at the box office or online 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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 2017 Peoria Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held at the Peoria Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $60 per person for dinner, bar service, membership and a door prize raffle ticket or $40 without the raffle ticket. For more information or tickets, call 815-791-9993 or visit www.ducks.org/illinois/events

The 14th Annual Fasching Ball will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm – midnight. Featuring a traditional German costume ball, the West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11.  Cost is $8 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit http://www.peoriagermans.net

Thomas Rhett will perform at the Peoria Civic Center with Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd opening on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $22 – $325 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

Terry Grawey will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Dinner begins at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Jamey Johnson will perform with Chris Hennessee opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $35 and the VIP Loft is $55 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.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

Angela Brown will perform in concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Having performed at the MET to San Francisco to Beijing and sung in opera houses around the world, Brown will make her debut with Chicago Lyric Opera next month. The show will include a varied program of spirituals, arias and art songs.  Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/music-series

The 119th Annual Washington Day Banquet will be held at the Civic Center Ballroom on Monday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring George Will as the keynote speaker, the banquet is hosted by the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. Individual tickets are $250 for members or $275 for non-members and are available by calling 309-672-2267.

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

Space is the Place will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum every Thursday beginning today  through February 23 from 4:30-5:30 pm. A unique hands-on experience where students will get to fly through space using an Xbox controller, learn about missions to other planets and more taught by Nick Rae, Museum Educator. Geared toward ages 8-12, cost to participate is $25 for members or $30 for the public. Registration is available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meet Up will take place at Burroughs Farms (located at 25356 Cooper Rd. in Morton) today (Thursday) from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking and entertainment along with the announcement of the  2017 Pumpkin Festival theme, distinguished service award recipient and Chamber volunteer of the year, admission is $30. For information and reservations, call 309-263-2491 or visit www.mortonchamber.org/community-calendar

The Peoria County Highway Department will hold a Public Open House at Monroe School (located at 5137 W. Cisna Rd. in Bartonville) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Discussing the proposed reconstruction of Dirksen Parkway between Airport Road and Middle Road, highway department staff as well as engineering firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly will be on hand to answer questions.  For more information, call 309-697-6400, ext. 127.

Thirsty Thursday will be held at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm. Enjoy an hors d’ oeuvres buffet for $5 & wine tastings along with live music. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) 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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature
The Brazilionaires on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center 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

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday & 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with completed registration form available at the door. For more information, visit www.midwesttruckshow.com

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

The 12th Annual Black and Blue Ball to benefit Easterseals will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions and live music and dancing. Tickets are $125 and reservations can be made by calling 309-686-1177. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com

Chillicothe Summer Theatre will present Just Desserts at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 which includes a dinner provided by Barrack’s. Tickets are available at Covered Wagon Crafts (located at 1042 N 2nd St. in Chillicothe) or by calling 309-360-5377.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi RiverKings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $10 – $20 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 – 11 pm. There is no cover charge. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Kevin Hart & Friends will perform at Jazz Night in the Broadway Lounge (located in the Waterhouse at the MAXAM Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. Dinner is also available beginning at 6 pm for $25 with reservations available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.BroadwayPeoria.com

The No Regrets Men’s Conference will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N Heinz Ln. in Edwards) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Ken Blanchard, Chip Ingram, Eric Mason, Joe Stowell, Albert Tate and Steve Sonderman will lead seminars on topics relating to everyday life. Tickets are $15 including lunch and are available at the door or online at www.bethanycentral.org

The 17th Annual Eagle Day Festival will take place at several various locations through Mason & Fulton counties on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Family-friendly events conducted by conservation, research and animal groups will run throughout the day. Admission is free at all of the events and more information is available at HERE

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:45 am. Candidates for Peoria mayor expected to appear include incumbent Jim Ardis and challengers G. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas. Candidates for township supervisor expected to appear are Frank Abdnour, Michael Aiello, Harvey Burnett, Evonne Fleming, Clyde Gulley Jr., Sam Joseph and Daniel Sullivan. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake in the Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) 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 www.ticketmaster.com

Jazz at Metamora featuring JC and the Redemption will take place at Metamora Township High School Auditorium (located at 101 W. Madison in Metamora) on Saturday at 7 pm. Adult advance tickets are $7 or $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.metamorabands.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Vinyl, a mix of music from 70’s and 80’s, at 6 pm and Laser Zeppelin 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

Rodney Carrington will perform at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $41.75 and are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The Big Game Sunday Cabbage Roll Extravaganza will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Bulk orders of cabbage rolls will be available for carry-out only which must be pre-ordered by phone or online. Cabbage rolls will be cooked that morning and served warm along with instructions for re-warming them. A half pan of cabbage rolls (approx. 50) is $32 and a full pan is $60. To pre-order your cabbage rolls, call 309-676-9725 or visit https://form.jotform.com/70159333043146

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips with trained docents available during the tour.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. View never-before-displayed vintage handcrafted  garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family plus find exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.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