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Here's our most recent issue from 9-24-2014:

Spring Awakening, Bare, Avenue Q,
Days of the New, Fine Art Fair & Quilt Show


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The Groveland Community Library (located at 173 Washington St. in Groveland) will host its semi-annual Used Book Sale today (Thursday) until 8 pm, Friday from 8 am - 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm. A wide variety of books appealing to readers of all ages will be available, including fiction, non-fiction and children's books: fill a bag with books for $3.50. All proceeds benefit Groveland Community Library, an independent library run entirely by volunteers. For more information, call the 309-387-2816.

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with  additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) will host its Performance Poetry Open Mic Night tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Area poets take the stage and perform or read their original work or share their favorite piece. Admission is free and door prizes will be awarded. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/speakeasyartcenter
The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night or at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre
Dan Cummins will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $12 for the Friday 8 pm and both Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society's River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher's Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and will take you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you'll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher's Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 - 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Sunday Afternoon 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 either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org
Bare the Musical will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Avenue Q will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com
Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music will be presented by Bradley University at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Crossing Borders Collective, a Chicago-based multi-cultural classical music ensemble will perform string quartets by Haitian composers. Also, excerpts of the new documentary "Kenbe La" ("Hold On") by Bel Son Productions, which explores music education in Haiti, will be shown.
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 - 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
Days Of The New will perform with bassist Charlie Colin from Train at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com
The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place on the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am. Cost is $20 for walkers, $10 children 10 and under, and free for brain tumor survivors and is available online in advance or the day of the event. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront for the final time this season on Saturday morning from 8 am - Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com
The 28th annual Walk for Literacy will take place at Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring the Bookmobile, local firemen and police, a continental breakfast and prizes, cost to participate is $25 per person or $40 for families of three or more. For more information, call 309-674-3315, ext. 15, or visit www.commonplacepeoria.org/events
The Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and kids aged 12 & under are free. Admission to the Children's Corner is $5.  As one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city's finest cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria's best musical performers. And for the kids, they can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com
The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm. Featuring 400+ quilts, bed turning, a silent auction & boutique, demonstrations, a quilt challenge, a raffle quilt, vendors, food & beverages and free parking, admission is $7, a 2 day pass is $10, children 6-12 are $1 and students with ID are half price available at the door. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com
Born 2 Run, a 5K Run or 3K Walk, will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The event is Dr. Seuss themed and will benefit the children at St. Jude. Meet some of Dr. Seuss' famous characters, take photos in a whimsical setting, enjoy children's inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting, balloons, vendors and more. Adult cost is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event. For ages 16 & under, cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. To register, visit www.register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=9875  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Born2Events
The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery will host Recovery Walks! 2014 at Proctor Hospital (located at 5409 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon to benefit the Ameel Rashid Scholarship Fund, which helps patients in need pay for treatment at the Institute. Participation is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under or families are $50. For more information, call 309- 671-8377.
The Peoria Historical Society and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University will recognize the Honorable Ray LaHood with the 2014 deTonti Award at a special tribute dinner on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The award honors a Tri-County individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community leadership. Cost is $150 for individuals or tables of ten are $1,500 and reservations may be made at the Peoria Historical Society Office, by calling 309-674-1921 or by visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The Great Burr Oak Science Club will take place at the Pekin Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 - 8 pm. Amanda Ballard, animal behaviorist and founder/owner of Halo Animal Behavior Consulting, will present on how to improve trust and communication with our canine friends in "Dog Listening: The Science Behind Effective Communication with Dogs". Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-6096 or visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com or HERE
Peoria Jaycees Night Golf will take place on Saturday at Fondulac Golf Course (located at 123 Par 3 Ln. in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Registration cost is $25 per person or $100 per team and is available at www.peoriajaycees.org/night-golf  Teams may also register on the day of the event from 6 - 6:30 pm which includes a glow ball, glow necklace and greens fee. Prizes will be awarded for Best Men's Team, Best Woman's Team and Best Mixed Team. Proceeds benefit local breast cancer research and support. For more information contact peoriajaycees@gmail.com
Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Vendor Fair at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm for some early Christmas shopping. Vendors will include 8bit Panda, AdvoCare, Dove Chocolate, JammBerry Nails & Etta Lu Shoes, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Silpada, Thirty-One and Tupperware. Benefits from the fair will help fund the Friends of Rocky Glen's effort to build a parking lot and trail system so Peoria's newest park can be opened to the public. For more information visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org
The St. Martin Chamber Players will present Folk Song, Fable, and Fusion, an eclectic mix of innovative sounds and timbres, at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Selections include compositions by Herzogenberg, Nielson, and Copland's Clarinet Concerto featuring Mark Filip on clarinet. Admission is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

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