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Here's our most recent issue from 10-16-2014:

Wildlife Scary Park, Super Circus Heroes, November, Brian Regan & Peoria Symphony


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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 which include 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

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also 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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Peoria Historical Society's Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And 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 takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and 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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Bill Porter 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 feature a dance lesson from 8:30 - 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm - 12:30 am also on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org
Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 - 9 pm on Friday and from 5 - 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the "Train-sylvania Express" and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass which are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.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) from 6 - 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 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.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present Super Circus Heroes at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16, $21, $28, $53 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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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. 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
Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Spook Hollow and M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion 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 and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com
November will be presented by the Corn Stock 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 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Wesley McKinney will perform at Peoria Cabaret Theatre in the Broadway Lounge (located at The Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100.   For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com
Brian Regan will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay kicks off at 7:30 am on Saturday near the Gateway Building along the Peoria Riverfront. Events include a half-marathon, two-person relay, one-mile walk and post-race party. For more information, call 309-691-6906 or visit www.komenmemorial.org
CrossFit309 for CreatiVets will take place at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to participate is $40 and online registration is available at www.crossfit309.com  All proceeds benefit Creativets, a non-for-profit organization that assists veterans with emotional issues through creative arts.
Peoria Players Theater (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) will host a Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale from 8 am - Noon on Saturday in the theatre lobby. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org
The 2nd Annual Manito Volkswalk, a 5K & 10 K walk through the State Forest, and Art Bazaar, will be held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery (located at 25410 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Topeka) on Saturday from 8 am - 2 pm. Free tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning and an Art Bazaar will be held in Manito from 11 - 3 pm on Broadway where art will be available for sale and viewing. The Classic Car Museum will also be open featuring antique tractors on display plus scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Local foods will be available all day. For more information, call 309-202-0506.
The 34th Annul Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In "Shawl We Dance" will be hosted by the Bishop Hill Fiber Guild at at the Mossville Junior High and Elementary Center (located at 12207 N Galena Road in Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Spend the day creating new fiber skills and friendships at social learning centers featuring drop spindling, wheel spinning, beginning and advanced knitting, weaving, crocheting, and beading centers. Pre-registration is encouraged and is available at www.bishophillfiberguild.org/annual-spin-in.html  Cost is $5 for a shopping pass, $12 for those who pre-registered and $15 at the door. Bring your hooks, needles, spindles and spinning wheels to the event. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org
ACS Science Rocks! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with applied chemistry activities on Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm and a free lecture with fun chemistry demonstrations at 4 pm by Christopher Hamaker, PhD, Assoc Professor, Inorganic Chemistry at Illinois State University. Visit all the stations for a chance to win prizes including museum passes, lab swag, and cool science stuff. No pre-registration necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum 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. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday 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
Two on Tap will be presented at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com
The Peoria Symphony will present "Shakespeare's Star-Crossed Lovers - Romeo & Juliet" at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring the music of three great composers: Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Prokofiev, 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
Sunday Fun Day! Why Do Leaves Change Colors? will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Listen to "Why Do Leaves Change Colors?" by Betsy Maestro, learn a little about fall plus make a leafy project to take home. Admission is free and do pre-registration necessary. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The Tri-County Urban League Guild will host the 5th Annual Guild Jazz Brunch Fundraiser on Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria). Tickets are $50 and include an all you can eat buffet with the band "Soft Spoken". Tickets are available at Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Highway in Peoria). For more information or tickets, call 309-672-4354.
The Peoria Barbershop Chapter Heritage of Harmony Barbershop Show will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring traditional songs sung in barbershop style by combined Peoria & Bureau County Choruses and several chapter quartets with many sing-a-long numbers.  Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 at the door.
The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host The Romaniacs at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Featuring an authentic Django Reinhardt "gypsy jazz" experience, all tunes will be original compositions. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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