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Leaving Iowa will be presented at Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Written by two Bradley alumni, the critically-acclaimed comedy is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation” and a roast of their dedication to the family road trip. Tickets are $14 for adults & $10 for students through high school and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Winterfest runs through Sunday 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 and $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

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.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Community Workshop and Training Center (CWTC) will host its Annual Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring appetizers, cash bar and prizes to be awarded to the top three teams, registration is $30 per person or $240 for a table of 8 with proceeds benefiting programs and services for CWTC consumers and is available by calling 309-686-3300 or online at www.cwtc.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday 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

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

Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Eat, Drink and Be Married will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 North Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday from Noon – 2:30 pm. Featuring wine tasting, appetizers from local caterers plus a photobooth, find caterers, cake bakeries, stylists, photographers, DJs, florists, wedding planners, designers & more. Admission is free, however, registration is required and is available at www.fivepointswashington.org

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

A viewing of the movie “The Sultan and the Saint” will take place at the Marty Theater in the Bradley University Student Center (located at 915 N Elmwood Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A docudrama about Muslim-Christian peacemaking narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons. Admission is free, however registration is required and may be made at www.peoriasultansaint.eventbrite.com  The film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for ages 12 & under. For more information about the film, visit www.sultanandthesaintfilm.com

Whiskey at the Warehouse will take place at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 8 pm. Featuring heavy appetizers, one whiskey cocktail, a performance by “Time for Three”, a silent auction and raffle, tickets are $60 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

A Stuffed Animal Sleepover to benefit Crittenton Centers will take place at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring pizza and a movie for kids who are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animals and blankets. At 8:45 pm, they’ll tuck their stuffed animals in for the night and return in the morning for a pancake breakfast at 10:30 am to see pictures of their toys’ overnight adventures. Cost is $15 per child and $8 for breakfast for parents on Sunday (not required) and registration is available at www.facebook.com/IVYClubPeoria

A Wine & Art Night – Star Wars Art will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Jack Daleske will lead you in creating a unique piece of Star Wars art. Cost is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes all materials, wine and light snacks. Participants must be 21 or older and seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jeff Dunham will perform his Passively Aggressive show at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $46.50 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 Heritage Ensemble will present its 18th Annual Martin Luther King Choral Celebration at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $8 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Bride Inspired will take place at Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring 4 concept designs that will help brides envision the theme for their wedding, the 4 concepts include tablescapes, ceremony and reception designs and bridal bouquets. Brides can get insights into color trends and designs for 2018 weddings including classic elegant, vintage, modern and boho rustic. Admission is free, however registration is required and is available at http://heavenonearthfloraldesigns.com

A lecture regarding the Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois exhibit will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free for the lecture, however regular admission is required to view the exhibit which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ and $9 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 for a jam session, meet other musicians and learn new songs. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Time for Three at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring conductor George Stelluto with Ranaan Meyer on double bass, Nick Kendall and Charles Yang on violin, they’ll perform eclectic and standard popular music blending classical, gypsy, and jazz idioms, in mash-ups that combine Beethoven, Mozart, and Mahler with the Beatles and more. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Wildlife Adventure Camp will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Monday from 7:30 am – 5 pm. Featuring indoor & outdoor activities (weather permitting) at the park, programming and activities are tailored to the three age groups: K – 2nd, 3rd – 5th and 6th – 8th. Cost is $50 per child and registration is available along with more details at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday beginning at Noon. Featuring keynote speaker Tamron Hall, formerly the American national news anchor for NBC News, day-side anchor for MSNBC, host of the program MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall and a co-host of Today’s Take, the third hour of Today. Dexter O’Neil and Funkyard will provide live music. Tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are $500. For For more information, call 309-453-4070 or visit www.mlkluncheon.com

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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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Watch our last entertainment report of 2017 at https://youtu.be/323T3lLSQ28 – it’s a wrap up to thank our title sponsor, Avanti’s, along with our event sponsor organizations who make the weekly reports possible! We are extremely grateful for this support throughout the year as well as your interest in watching them! We also have to give a shout out to our videographer who produces all our reports, Frank Blain of Pro Video Productions – without him, they definitely would not happen! We hope you’ve enjoyed our reports in 2017 and we look forward to our 2018 reports which are already in production! Make sure to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter so you don’t miss any of our video reports at www.ExplorePeoria.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:15 pm. The 1st Annual Wiener Dog Races will take place during the intermissions featuring Trixie, the ExplorePeoria.com mascot.  Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272   For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

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

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

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

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

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

The Bradley Braves will take on Northern Iowa at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Santa Cause 5K will begin and end at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 am. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. Registration is $40 for a standard sized Santa suit, $35 for a kids sized suit and $50 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a souvenir finisher ornament, a sponsor swag bag, on-site Christmas goodies and 1 free beer. The Kids 1 Mile Reindeer run is $20. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GWAR will perform its the Blood Of Gods Tour Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and $25 for Party Pit tickets and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

What the Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Actor Doug Day will read selected portions of the novel, accompanied by Charles Killen, Jeff Sloter, Keri Rae, Cheri Beever and Charles Brown with a high tea served during intermission with recorder music. A fundraiser for the GAR Hall, donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 309-694-1767.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bradley Braves will take on Missouri S & T at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 7 pm. They will also take on Georgia Southern on Saturday beginning at 1 pm.  Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at many locations in downtown Peoria and offering complimentary refreshments. An ice carving contest, costumed characters walking through the area plus an opportunity to decorate the street lights are all part of the celebration. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit www.peoriaevents.com

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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com
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Chicago’s Sketchiest Comedians will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm for $10.
Drew Hastings will perform on Saturday at 7 pm and 9:15 pm for $20.  For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 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 Glass Menagerie will take place at the Corn Stock Theatre Center Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and next Thursday through 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

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

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

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

Fright & Fun on Fredonia will take place tonight (Thursday) between the 1300 and 1500 blocks of Fredonia Avenue (near the Bradley University campus) from 5 – 7 pm. Featuring games and trick or treating at the Greek houses. Admission is free and free parking is available in the Heuser Art Center lot accessed from Bradley Avenue. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BradleyGreeks

The Vietnam War: The Big Picture” will be discussed at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Presented by Dr. Sharon MacDonald, a retired history professor from Illinois State University, the program is a part of an America Library Association Grant Award which is designed to help viewers gain a broader understanding as they watch episodes of the 10-part PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Marlon Wayans will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 7:15 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $35. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Little Women, The Musical continues at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley Campus tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic comes to life in this acclaimed musical filled with the sound of a young America discovering its voice. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://theatre.bradley.edu

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Fridaybeginning at 11 am  And their Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years taking place on Saturday beginning at 11 am and 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Trick or Treat Main Street will take place in downtown Morton in conjunction with Fourth Friday: Tazewell Art Loop on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Kids and their families are invited to trick-or-treat at downtown Morton businesses from 4 – 6 pm and Fourth Friday events will take place from 5 – 8 pm featuring live music, ghost rock painting, free yoga and a classic car show. For more information, call 309-263-2491 or visit www.mortonchamber.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday, from 2 – 10 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 8 pm on Sunday. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run prior to 7 pm each night. A “Fun Zone” is also available featuring activities like Knockerball, Laser Tag, Pumpkin Chuckin’ for an additional $5. Admission is $10 or $8 for WPP members or free for ages 2 & under and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

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

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Halls of Horror will take place at Hero’s Hall (located at 601 Rusche in Creve Coeur) on Friday & Saturday and Tuesday (Halloween) from 7 pm – Midnight. A new haunted attraction this year, there is also a kid-friendly area. Admission is $10 in cash. For more information, call 309-370-1858 or visit www.facebook.com/crevecoeurhallsofhorror

Spook Hollow with the M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion and the M.C. Nightmare will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a speed pass which allows you to skip the lines or $60 for a VIP guided tour. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information and to order tickets online, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Haunted Infirmary continues at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Friday and Saturday from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 and up, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7 pm and the cruise running 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

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Birmingham Bulls in their season opening games at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 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
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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

Zombie All Star Comedy will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 and are available along with more information by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre with doors opening at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night and the show beginning at midnight. Tickets are $20 for general admission seating and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473.

The 2017 Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Tickets are $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door will be $10 and early bird tickets are $25 each and include show admission with entry at 8 am, free VIP parking and a gift bag. For more information and tickets, visit http://osfwomen.org

The Pumpkin Bash will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Featuring a mini trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, a session about bat conservation and what you can do to help preserve this timeless Halloween icon, admission is $9.50 for adults 13+, $8.50 for senior citizens and active military, $6.50 for children aged 2-12 and free for ages under 1 and members. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

What Happened When Pekin Tried to Purchase its Water Utility” will be presented by Attorney Burt Dancey at Advanced Medical Transport (located at 1718 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free One in a series of public meetings hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria to evaluate the possible purchase of the water utility, for more information, visit www.lwvgp.org

Trash or Treat” will take place on Saturday at four Peoria locations with a Litter pick-up from 10:30 am – Noon. Staff volunteers, approximately 170 Bradley students, neighborhood associations and other residents will pick up litter to help prepare for Halloween. Participants will be given a tour of Peoria neighborhoods, historic sites, public art and recreational areas before picking up litter around the Proctor Center, Glendale, Renaissance Park Community Association on West Main Street and the Health Department. Area residents are encouraged to participate with costumes and kids can trick-or-treat and learn about the importance of keeping neighborhoods clean. For more information, call 309-494-8631 or visit http://appreciatepeoria.com

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

The Fall into Reading Festival will be held at John H. Gwynn Jr. Park (located at at 809 W. John H Gwynn Junior Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Featuring a costume contest, face painting, bouncy houses, bobbing for apples, book mark decorating and free books for children and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and author Rita Ali, plus there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Little Free Library which will be located at Carver Center. Admission is free.

The Jeepers Creepers Fall Festival will be held on Saturday at Black Partridge Park in Metamora from 1 – 9 pm. Featuring hay rack rides, bonfire storytelling, a scary trail ride for ages 13 and above for $5, trick or treat trail for younger kids, crafts, kids games, food, a 50/50, silent auction, vendors and more. Admission is $10 per child up to 3 per family and $5 for each additional child and $5 for the scary trail ride, proceeds benefit the Metamora St. Jude Run and Metamora Park District. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MetamoraFallFest

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

The 48-hour Filmmaker Fest Screening & Awards will be held on Saturday at the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Fright Light will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Fright Light at 6 pm and Laser Beatles 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

Central Illinois Ballet will present Dracula at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, the audience is transported into Count Dracula’s castle full of night terrors and vampires. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12 and $10 for students and are available at the box office, by 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Illinois State University Wind Symphony will present a joint concert with the Metamora High School Wind Ensemble on at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison Street in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-438-2166.

A Zombie Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Dress up as your favorite zombie or Halloween character while cruising the Illinois river featuring live music by Kickapoo Junction. An hors d’oeuvre buffet is included. Tickets are $26for adults, $13 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Strength of This Nation will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $40, $50 and $60 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

Flogging Molly will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) with their Life Is Good Tour on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $28 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Celebrate Peoria: Diwali will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum in Glen Oak Park in Peoria on Sunday from Noon – 4:30 pm. Activities will be presented in collaboration with the Hindu Temple of Central Illinois to celegrate Diwali, a Hindu holiday celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Make your own diya (lamp) and rangoli (floor art). Admission is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for ages 65+ and free for under 1 and members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical will be presented at the Lindenhoff (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) at 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday.  In honor of the 500th anniversary of the start of the reformation, the show includes dinner. Tickets are $35 for the evening performance and $19.99 for the matinee performance with a $2 discount for groups of 10 or more and are available along with menus for the meal online at http://immanuelep.org

“Where the Heart Is” featuring the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth and Preparatory Choruses, will be held at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring songs patriotic, spiritual, folk, and jazz selections, sppecial guests are the men’s ensemble of youth chorus dads. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and will be available at the door. For more information, visit http://peoriacivicchorale.org

Malloween will take place at Northwoods Mall on Tuesday (Halloween) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy trick or treating at mall stores plus a family fun costume contest. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NorthwoodsMall

Treats on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Tuesday (Halloween) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Featuring games, a hayrack ride, store-to-store trick-or-treating and the state’s largest piece of candy corn. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pg/shoppesatgrandprairie

The Bradley Spooktacular Concert will take place at Dingledine Music Center (located at 1417 W Barker Avenue in Peoria) on Tuesday (Halloween) beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring the Bradley University instrumental groups, attendees are welcome to come in costume. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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