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Here's our most recent issue from 9-18-2014:

Fox on the Fairway, moe., Nick Swardson, Oktoberfest, Howlin' on Water & Peoria Symphony


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A replica Nina and Pinta will be docked on the Peoria RiverFront at The Landing next to The Spirit of Peoria at the foot of Main street for self-guided tours of the ships every day through Sept. 22 between 9 am - 6 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for students aged 5 to 16, children under 4 are free. For more information, visit www.thenina.com
Peoria County emergency management experts will present "It Can Happen to You," a free public workshop on how to become better prepared before disaster strikes at the Illinois Central College North Campus tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Emergency management personnel will discuss preparedness steps, explain how to identify points of contact and create an emergency plan, and describe how to build an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle. For more information, call 309-672-6918.
"The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape" lecture presented by James Clad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and consultant for Cambridge Energy Research Associates will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in the Owens Professional Development Center in Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. James will discuss the changing dynamics of global energy production. Tickets for the program only are free: RSVP at pawac@bradley.edu or 309-677-2454.  Presented by Bradley's Institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, for more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Fox on the Fairway opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances this 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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Eastlight Theatre continues its regional premiere of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com
moe. will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the gate. For more information, visit www.jaytv.com
Sexy in Stillettos will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, Suite S2 in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 - 9 pm. A ladies only event, you'll learn the proper way to walk in high heels. Admission is $10. For more information, call 309-397-3057 or visit www.calistyle.wix.com/studio
Nick Swardson will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com
Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $15 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 that winds along Grandview Drive takes 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 takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher's Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes 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 also 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

A Captain's Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 10:45 am and the cruise running from 11 - 1 pm. Tickets for the cruise only are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  A lunch will also be available for $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12. For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Jera & the Absoluts 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. 
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place also on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 - 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm - 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org
The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 19th Annual German Festival, Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront Friday through Sunday. The event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and more featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com
Friday Night RPGS will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) with an instructional session on Friday from 5 - 7 pm and a play session from 7 - 11 pm. This event is for ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn't know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.
The 2nd Annual Bluegrass in the Valley will take place at Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 - 9 pm. Admission is $10 per family on Friday and on Saturday, the festival runs from 10 am - 10 pm with an admission of $15 per person or $45 max per family. The event will showcase local Americana musical talent on two stages, food vendors, nature art vendors, and more.  For more information, call 309-579-2157.
Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com
ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com
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
The Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast with freewill donation, an auction will follow beginning at 10:30 am with vacation packages, sports tickets, antiques & handmade quilts and more. For more information, call 309-367-4300 Extension 116.
Peoria Superfest, an amateur radio, computer & electronics show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 6 am - dusk on Saturday and from 6 am - 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.w9uvi.org
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September 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 each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com
The annual Illinois River Sweep will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.
Shakunthala - The Forgotten Ring will be performed on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Based on a beloved tale from Indian mythology, it's been referred to as the Indian Cinderella, the production is a a collaborative production between Mythili Dance Academy and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students aged 16 & under and are available at the Peoria Ballet, by calling 309-690-7990 or online at www.peoriaballet.com
The Peoria Symphony will open its season with world-artist violinist Sarah Chang as soloist at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring famous works of the romantic era - Dvorak's Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.1, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org
Bodybag Fit For A King, Shows Inc, Prey for Us, Moterbiscuit, Undsheltered, Aterra Tale, Betrayal From Within, Burden Of The Sky, Through Eyes of Tomorrow, and The Truth will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com
The Oktoberfest Das Bier Run 5k Race will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. The cost is $30 and includes a commemorative stein and admission to Oktoberfest for the day of the race. To register and for more information, visit www.DasBierRun.com
A Grand Victorian Tea Party will take place at the Pettengill-Morron Historical Home (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 - 4 pm. Have you wondered what it would be like to enjoy tea with an Earl and Countess? Experience a Downton Abbey afternoon with tea and delicacies on fine china plus tour the lavish Pettengill-Moron home. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria Historical Society or by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Yacht Club will present the Columbus Cup, a series of sailboat races, on the Illinois River along the Peoria Riverfront. The second race is scheduled for Sunday and the third and final day of races will take place Sunday, October 12th, with local entertainment and activities for spectators viewing the races from the Riverfront. For more information, call 309-689-3019.
The Central Ill Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday at the Landmark Rec Center Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) with the Central Illinois Jazz Society house band opening for them beginning at 6 pm. The Orchestra is a sixteen-piece swing band made up of top area musicians led by Dr. Todd Kelly of Bradley University on trumpet playing jazz classics. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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