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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will also take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Lunch cruise tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15 and dinner cruise tickets are $46 for adults and $23 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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The Community Festival of Nativities will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (located at 3700 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday & Saturday and from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring nativity displays from around the world and musical performances from local talent, members from different churches have come together to create this unique interfaith nativity exhibit. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.communityfestivalofnativities.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts, watch the animals get their gifts plus meet with Santa. Cost is $6 for child members and $12 for child non-member and $12 for adult members and $18 for adult non-members. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

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

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

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $50, $70, $75 and $90 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 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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La La Land in Concert will be presented by the Peoria Symphony at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring the film played on a large screen on stage with the original voices singing and speaking, the score will be played live by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Before the show, the lobby will be transported to a real Hollywood film opening complete with a red carpet, lights, paparazzi and interviews. Tickets range from $20 to $95 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

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

Zoobrew & Wine Too! will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8 pm. Socialize and sample a selection of beer and fine wine from local vendors as you explore Africa! after hours. Featuring appetizers, dessert, a raffle, and live music, guests must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are $60 and are available by calling 309-681-3500 or online at www.peoriazoo.org

The Junior Achievement Scares & Spares Bowl-a-Thon will take place at Landmark Lanes in Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Donations of $75 include one game of bowling, shoe rental, food, drinks, and a JA Bowl-a-Thon t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement. For more information, call 309-682-1800.

The Riverfront Museum Classic Film Series will premiere with Saving Private Ryan at the Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Presented by Mark Spenny, President & CEO of CEFCU, tickets are $8.50 for adult members or $10.50 for adults, $6.50 for child members or $8.50 for children ages 3 – 17 and $7.50 for senior citizen members or $9.50 for senior citizens and are available at the box office or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Little Women, The Musical will be presented by Bradley University at the 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 from any school and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://theatre.bradley.edu

Motown the Musical will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $37 – $67 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 Church Youth Garage Sale will take place at Trinity Lutheran (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) from 8 am – 6 pm on Friday and from 9 am – Noon on Saturday. Find furniture, housewares, appliances, collectibles, toys, clothing for all ages, games, antiques, snowblowers, art, and more. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the church’s youth ministries. For more information, call 309-676-4609.

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

The 2017 48-hour Filmmaker Fest will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Friday through Sunday. On Friday at 5 pm, this year’s theme will be announced along with a line of dialogue and an object that the film must include. Filmmakers will then have 48 hours to create a 3 – 5 minute film to submit. The top 25 films will be screened at the Giant Screen Theater on Saturday, October 28 at 6 pm where the winner, runner-up as well as a “people’s choice” winner will be announced. Admission to the screening is free. There is a $10 fee to participate as a filmmaker and registration is available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Groove309 on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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.

Creatures of the Night will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a presentation on nocturnal animals, a Trick-or-Treat trail, stories by the campfire, seasonal refreshments and other activities, admission is $5 at the door.

A Barn Dance will be held at Shore Acres (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the local Irish band, Turas, beginners may learn the dances at 6:45 pm. Admission is $7 for adults with a $20 family maximum. Participants are asked to bring snacks. For more information, call 309-274-5358.

A Wine & Art Night with Zac Zetterberg where you can paint your own Warhol will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Friday on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Zetterberg, local artist and the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Art, will guide you in creating a unique Andy Warhol inspired piece of pop art featuring your favorite celebrity or figure. 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.  Registration is available by calling 309-686-7000.

Halls of Horror will take place at Hero’s Hall (located at 601 Rusche in Creve Coeur) on Friday & Saturday 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) every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 and up, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

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

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

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

Night of Champions will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The Fall Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale will be held in the Peoria Players Theatre lobby on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Just in time for Halloween, find clothing and accessories from all eras. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will host the Beat Beethoven 5K Run/2-Mile Walk on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Challenging runners to finish the course before Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony finishes (approx. 33 minutes), entry fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt and light-up baton. Register online at http://register.chronotrack.com/r/32694

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery’s Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Fundraiser will take place at Junction City Shopping Center on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Fees are $25 for adults for either the run or walk or $20 for youth 17 & under. All proceeds go to the Ameel Rashid Scholarship for addiction recovery. Register by calling 309-691-1055 or online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/31530

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 they are taken care of. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission. Registration is required. For reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will conduct free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturdays through October 28. 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 11th Annual Autism 5k & Walk will be held at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Cost to participate is $30 for the 5k, $25 for the walk, $15 for kids run/walk and $75 for a family walk package including 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 18 and under – $10 for each additional child). In addition to the walk, there will be a resource fair, silent auction and more. For more information visit www.autismpeoria.com

The Peoria Park District will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale in the Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park in Peoria) lobby and downstairs auditorium of the Noble Center, featuring thousands of gently used books. Hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, Noon – 5 pm on Sunday with all items discounted by 50% and from Noon – 7 pm on Monday with all items 75% off. For more information, call 309-681-2681.

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure will take place at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $23, $29, $39, $54 and $114 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Barktoberfest will be held at Foster Pet Outreach (located at10206 W. DuBois Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring games for kids and dogs, prizes, raffle baskets, food and more. Admission is $5 or $20 for a family and free for dogs with proceeds benefiting the animal shelter. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call 309-682-1122.

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free in celebration of the Museum’s 5th anniversary. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Monster Jam will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $15 – $95 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

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

WCBU will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser at Mackinaw Valley Winery (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm for wine tasting, seating and mingling with the cast. Three complimentary wine samples per guest are included in the $66.50 per person or $133 per couple ticket price. Wine can also be purchased by the bottle or glass along with beer and soda. A buffet dinner is included and served after the first act. Tickets are available by calling 309-677-3690 or online at https://payment.bradley.edu/WCBU/donate

The Peoria Historical Society will host a Trivia Night at the Ivy Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Dinner is included in the fee of $25 for PHS members or $30 for guests. A cash bar will also be available. Trivia questions will be about Peoria past & present and teams of 8 will compete for prizes for the two highest scoring teams plus mulligans can be purchased. To register, call 309-674-1921.

Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical will be presented at the Lindenhoff (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) at 6 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 2 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 performances and $19.99 for the matinee performances with a $2 discount for groups of 10 or more and are available along with menus for the meal online at http://immanuelep.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of regional wines under a night sky. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice and a variety of cheese & crackers.  Cost is $30 for members and $33 for the public. Registration is requested. Register in person at the information desk, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Hearts’ Tropical Getaway will be presented by the Heart of Illinois Chorus at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students & senior citizens and free for ages 10 and umder and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Fall Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adult and $8 for students & senior citizens and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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Addams Family the Musical will be presented by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus at Eastlight Theatre (located at 1401 E Washington St. in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. It’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Tickets are $11 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets

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

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

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

Ron White will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45, $55, $75 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Kevin Williams will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10 and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

Howl-Zoo-Ween will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd, Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with a Trick-or-Treat trail through Africa, magic shows and a costume contest at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $7 or free for ages under 1 year and are available in advance at the Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org/howl-zoo-ween

Glow Parties will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex in downtown Peoria from 6 – 7:30 pm on Friday and from 7:15 – 10:45 am on Saturday. Glow under the black lights with white or neon workout clothes during the party featuring classes, refreshments, a photo booth and prizes. Admission is free for non-members as well as members. Attendees must be at least 13 years old. For more information, visit https://riverplex.org

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

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 Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 7 pm. A collection of films speaking to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet, the festival offers ways for the public to get energized and empowered to work to protect clean water, wildlife habitat and our rich natural landscapes. Tickets are $10 or free with a $30 membership donation to the Prairie Rivers Network. Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois Group of the Sierra Club, for more information, visit www.prairierivers.org/wsff_peoria

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

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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Tasting Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring local beer, wine and whiskey samples along with light appetizers, the cruise is for adults 21 and over only. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or visiting 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 Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will conduct free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturdays through October 28. 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

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

JammSammich will perform as part of the Wildfire Concert Series at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Doors open and concessions are available at 6 pm for this family-friendly event. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information on the Wildlife Concert Series, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Mercy Me Lifer Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $21, $28, $38, $53 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

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present a 100th Birthday Celebration of Leonard Bernstein at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students. For information or to order tickets, call 309-339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Peoria Humane Society’s 21st Annual Bark in the Park will take place on the Peoria Riverfront and Festival Park on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring raffles, a canine carnival, professional photo with you and your dog, pawprint painting a kids activity center and a doggie talent show, advanced registration is $25 for 16 years and older and under 16 is free with an adult or $30 at the gate. To register online, visit http://peoriahs.org/phs-fundraisers/bark-in-the-park

Mariachi Night” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. Peoria) during their block party on Sunday from 4 – 6 pm. Featuring Mariachi Monumental de Mexico and the Mexican Dance Ensemble from Chicago, the family friendly evening of music, dancing and culture will include Hispanic food available for purchase from local vendors. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.musicatfirst.com/mariachi-night

The Illinois Central Jazz Train under the direction of Larry Harms will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7:15 pm. The house band will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members or free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tailgates & Tallboys Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm, Friday at 4:30 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Featuring headliners Chris Janson (Thursday), Aaron Lewis (Friday) and Cole Swindell (Saturday), in total, 21 acts will perform over the 3 day festival. Tickets range from $29 to $99 with 1-day and 3-day passes available also and can be purchased at www.limelighteventplex.com

Hank Williams Jr. will perform at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Black Stone Cherry is the opening act. Tickets range from $51 to $149 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 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

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

Kayaking in the Wild will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City on Friday at 5 pm on Saturday at 9 am or 11 am. For beginner kayakers, the workshop will cover basic safety, techniques and time in the lake testing new skills. Kayaks and safety equipment are provided and ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and payment of $15 for non-members and $10 for members is required. For more information or to register call 309-676-0998 ext. 312 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band, Too Old to be Controlled plus callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Just prior to the dance there will be an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $7 for adults with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

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

Tom Green will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $25. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

Reverend Horton Heat will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20, party pit tickets are $25 and VIP loft tickets are $35 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market will take place at the Casa de Arte (located at 306 Pecan in Peoria) every Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Find music, food and unique  vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TianguisPeoria

The Running With The Dogs 5K will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Peoria’s only race where you can participate with your dog, cost for adults is $30, youth are $15 or free for ages 12 & under. All money raised benefits Paws Giving Independence, an all-volunteer organization that rescues shelter dogs, trains them to be service dogs & then places them free to the recipients. For more information and to register, visit https://givingindependence.org

The 5th Annual Get in Gear Race will take place at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Benefiting the Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the 1 mile walk or 5K race cost is $35 with a $5 discount for youth 18 & under and senior citizens 65+. The Uftring Auto Group will also host a post-race tailgate party including food, refreshments and entertainment. For more information and to register, visit www.runthegig.com

The Illinois Art League will host an Art Market at WeaverRidge (located at 5100 N Weaverridge Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. An indoor juried fine art sale featuring 40 local artists, for more information, call 309-692-1869 or visit www.facebook.com/illinoisartleague

The 15th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10 & under and free for survivors. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

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

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

The Gathering at the Well Water Seminar will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 1:30 pm. Featuring two speakers addressing water issues at both the local and global level: Scott Reeise, Public Works Director for the City of Peoria, will address local concerns and Dr. Yunus Salami, an engineering professor at Bradley University and head of the local chapter of “Engineers Without Borders” will address global water issues. After each presentation, there will be question and answer period and there will also be a lunch break between the two speakers. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help with the cost of the lunch and registration is requested. To register, call 309-673-8501 or visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Green View’s Annual Fall Festival will be held at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring live music, food, hay rack rides, face painting, pets from ARK Animal Shelter available to adopt, a vendor fair and more, admission is free. For more information call 309-243-776 or visit www.greenview.com

Community Workshop Training Center (located at 3215 N University St. in Peoria) will host “Make a Scarecrow – Make a Difference” on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Make your own scarecrow to take home for only $20 with all materials supplied. There will also be mums for sale, pumpkin painting, food and more. For more information, call 309-686-3300.

The Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at the OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) with a cocktail reception on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and both live and silent auctions, tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, click HERE

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

Nick Jonas will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum (located at on the Bradley University campus) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by the Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU), tickets for the public are available for $35 at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

St. Mary’s of Kickapoo Sausage Dinner will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. Featuring all you can eat sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce and desserts, cost is $13 for adults, $5 for kids aged 5 – 12 and free for ages 4 & under. A hot dog option and carry outs will also be available. For more information, call 309-691-2030.

Schlachtfest will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria German-American Central Society, the event features German music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, German beer & food, a car and bike cruise-in, an arts and craft fair plus a shooting tent, bags & a German gift tent. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

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

Pierce The Veil will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $23 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com