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The Picture Our Faith Gallery Exhibit will be open in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria) beginning on Saturday featuring works of St. Philomena students through January 29. Scan a QR code next to each of the 200 works to hear the students talk about their artwork. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.
Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through March 1. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com 
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Costaki Economopoulos will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
Behind Every Bride will host its annual Bridal Bash at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 - 8 pm on Friday & from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday. Featuring mini bridal shows by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique, entertainment by DJ4U, over 70 wedding professionals, a tabletop gallery for inspiration and a vintage market, admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Motown Junkies on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Community Workshop & Training Center will hold its annual "Super Trivia Challenge" beginning at 7 pm on Friday at Running Central (located at 311 Southwest Water Street in Peoria). Cost is $30 is person or $240 for a table of eight and includes appetizers and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-686-3300 or visit www.cwtc.org

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com
Beer & Brats Under the Stars will take place from 7 - 9 pm on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria). Enjoy craft beer, brats and snacks featuring DESTIHL Brewery from Bloomington. Admission is $25 members and $30 for the general public. To register, call 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The Penguin Project will present Seussical, 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 $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available on line at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  Student tickets only available at the box office or at the performance. For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinproject.org
Other Desert Cities will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com
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FamilyCore's Frosty 5K and Dog Walk kicks off at 9 am on Saturday with an awards ceremony following at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in downtown Peoria). Registration is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race, $45 for families of 3 or more and $22 for walkers and is available online at www.cfspeoria.org
The Art-spiration! Workshop: Snow (or Ice) Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 2-3 pm. The event is included with regular admission, which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. To register, call 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Boy Scout Troop 178 will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday from 4 - 8 pm at the Morton United Methodist Church (located at 420 N. Tennessee Ave. in Morton). Advance tickets are available for $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. For advance tickets, contact a member of Troop 178 or call 309-212-0393. Cost at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children or $20 for a family of five or more. Carryouts will be available. Bids for the silent auction will be accepted from 4 to 7:30 pm. There will also be a bake sale all night. Anyone bringing a canned food donation will receive a free cookie or dessert. Proceeds from the fundraiser help Scouts pay for summer camp, Philmont Scout Ranch, and other activities throughout the year.
The 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals will take place at the East Port Marina (located at 701 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5 - 10 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-7 and $1 for ages under 3. Featuring live music, 50/50 chances, door prizes and raffles, meet some of the families of Easter Seals.
The Sun Foundation will present the 10th Annual Winter Warming at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a silent auction, door prizes, guest artist exhibits plus signature wines, craft & import beers, whiskey samplings, hors d'oeuvres & desserts, tickets are $55 if purchased before January 10 or $65 after and are available online at www.sunfoundation.org For more information, call 309-246-8403.
Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) will host a 3-act Murder Mystery Dinner performed by The Mystery Shop beginning with dinner on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The dinner & show are $40 per person and for reservations, call 309-495-9463 ext. 1. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com
Bradley Braves Basketball will take on the Missouri State Bears at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
The 23rd Annual Winter Comedy Show hosted by the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Bradley University will feature DeRay Davis on Saturday at the Renaissance Coliseum at 7 pm. Tickets are  $15 and $10 for college students with an ID and are available in the Student Activities Office in Sisson Hall at Bradley. Bradley students can attend for free, but must show a current Bradley ID.  For more information, call 309-677-3050.
Winterfest, a celebration of Winter German style, will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. A special German buffet is $12 per person will include wienerschnitzel, parmesan chicken, bratwurst, German potato salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and red cabbage. Apple strudel for dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from the Disney movie "Frozen" will get to eat for free. All kids 12 and under without a costume can enjoy the buffet for $6. The Lindenhof features a full bar with three German beers on draft, a selection of German wines, and German liqueurs. For more information, call 309-691-7484
Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe with guest Jonny Beckett on sax will be the featured performers at the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society performance on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria). Featuring Latin and a variety of other jazz, the CIJS house band will open the night's show. Admission is $7 and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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