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04/20/2014 - 04/26/2014

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Easter Brunch

  • Date(s): 04/20/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Times: 9:00am-1:30pm
  • Location: Kickapoo Creek Winery
  • Phone: (309) 495-9463
  • Admission: $24.95 per person for adults, $12.95 for children, 3 and under eat free
  • Member Listing: Kickapoo Creek Winery, Inc.
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Featuring breakfast stations, luncheon, and a variety of delicious dessert stations.


Seatings occur every 45 minutes.

Easter Sunday Brunch

  • Date(s): 04/20/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Times: 10a.m.-2p.m.
  • Location: Wildlife Prairie Park
  • Contact: Wildlife Prairie Park
  • Phone: (309) 676-0998
  • Admission: Adults: $21.95 -- Children: $10.95 -- 2 & Under: Free
  • Member Listing: Wildlife Prairie Park
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Easter Sunday the Park will have a special delicious brunch just for you and your family. Hop on in a join us in this splendid meal! Call (309)676-0998 to make reservations. A complete listing of menu options can be found on our website.

Joe Bonamassa

  • Date(s): 04/22/2014 - 04/22/2014
  • Times: 8:00pm
  • Location: Peoria Civic Center
  • Phone: (309) 673-8900
  • Admission: Ticket prices vary
  • Member Listing: Peoria Civic Center
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Bonamassa has been lauded as one of the world's greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a full-blown truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. Joe currently has ELEVEN #1 Albums on the Billboard Blues Chart. To support his most Recent DVD/BLURAY Release "Tour De Force - Live In London" (Available October 29), Bonamassa is back on tour. Joe will perform an exciting new show including an entire Acoustic Set featuring international Musicians followed by his Critically Acclaimed Electric Set that will guarantee a once in a lifetime performance that will wow his audiences. For more information on Bonamassa visit

A Journey in Health Care

Please join us as we share what was learned from the Community Needs Assessment and join in an enlightening discussion about how we can all engage to improve the health of our community.



Ms. Michelle Carrothers, Director of Debt Management & Revenue Cycle

OSF HealthCare


Dr. Laurence G. Weinzimmer, Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Management

Foster College of Business Administration, Bradley University


Mr. Greg Chance, Administrator

Peoria County Health Department


Rick Thomas, Executive Director, Ambulatory Services

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center


RSVP to Barbara Duncan at (309) 648-8486 or by MONDAY, APRIL 14th to reserve your seat.

From the Field Cooking Class, "Big Bad Burgers"


From the Field Cooking Class, "Sushi 101"

Sushi means 'vinegared rice' and includes much more than raw fish. Come learn the variations and techniques involved- you'll be rolling like a pro in no time. You also get to take home the bamboo rolling mat.

Smooth. Strong. Rich. Bourbon

  • Date(s): 04/24/2014 - 04/24/2014
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Two25, 225 N.E Adams St, Peoria IL
  • Phone: (309) 282-7777
  • Admission: $75 per person
  • Member Listing: Two25
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Join us for April's Bourbon Dinner featuring Beam's small batch and premium line!


Tickets are $75.00 per person and includes 5 courses. Seats are limited. Call for reservations.


The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra: Live in Concert

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/25/2014
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Location: 139 S. Main St, Mason City IL 62664
  • Contact: Arlee Theater
  • Phone: (217) 691-7229
  • Admission: $35
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7:00pm Friday, April 25

Tickets are $35 cash or check only


To order tickets, send SASE to Arlee Theater or call (217) 691-7229 

Wine Pairing Dinner

$60 per person featuring a five course gourmet meal paired with a wine for each course.

Soup: Acorn squash with roasted pistachios

Salad: Mediterranean kale salad with ouzo poached figs

Appetizer: Caviar paired with steak tartar

Main Course: Seared breast of duck with a merlot chocolate sauce accompanied with a broiled filet mignon with grilled radicchio roasted beets and creamy goat cheese dressing

Dessert: Flourless chocolate cake topped with fresh barries and a two berry wine sauce


This is an evening you won't want to miss!

Barbara Padilla Live

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Five Points Washington
  • Phone: (309) 444-8222
  • Admission: $40 for adults, $20 for students & children
  • Member Listing: Five Points Washington
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"America's Angel"- a rising superstar! Barbara combines Classical and Crossover with incomparable artistry and stunning vocal beauty. Barbara will sing Time to Say Goodbye, O Mio Babbino Caro, Ave Maria, and more from her newly released album. Don't miss this stunning star!

Bison Blessing & PowWow

Join us for this sacred Native American ceremony co-hosted by our Friends at Seven Circles Heritage Center. Activities start on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10am with the bison blessing. Then the PowWow will kick off at 12pm with dance, song, organic art, crafts, live animals and demonstrations. Food will be available within the park. General admission applies,but Special 2 DAY PASSES are available. Vendors email if you are interested.

Come Experience Chicago!

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Location: Bus leaves from the Cougar Plex at ICC
  • Contact: Christine Strelecky
  • Phone: (309) 621-3871
  • Admission: $80 per person
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 Walk In. Ride Up. See More. The Magnificent Heart of Chicago!

Groups will travel from the John Hancock Observatory and glide along the Chicago River.



$80 per person

includes bus transportation and tickets for the John Hancock Observatory and the Chicago Architectural Boat Cruise Bus leaves from the Cougar Plex at I.C.C. For details contact: Christine Strelecky 309

Fight to the Finish

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 8:00am
  • Location: Jubilee College State Park, Kickapoo IL
  • Admission: Varies on registration
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A 5K race of extreme obstacles and challenging terrain, to benefit Children's Hospital of Illinois. The patients and families helped through Children's Hospital face obstacles every day-some small and some life changing. As you pull yourself up a brick wall, crawl through the mud and fight to get through the water first, you'll be reminded of the challenges our patients fight to overcome each day. Funds raised from this event will be used to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Healthy Living Program.


All ages are invited to participate in this event.

From the Field Kids Cooking Class, "Kids Cooking"

Real cooking skills, real grown-up food, big knives and fire- no kiddy stuff here. 8 years & up. Kids only- no adults. CHEESY MEATBALL APPETIZER; WHITE BEAN CHILI; CUBAN SANDWICH; APPLE CRISP; BACON and TOMATO PASTA.


Please be on time.

Sommer Park 50 Year Anniversary Hike

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 10a.m.-12p.m.
  • Location: Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Rd., Edwards, IL 61528
  • Phone: (309) 691-8423
  • Member Listing: Peoria Park District
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Saturday, 4/26. 10 am – 12pm. Enjoy this new “off season” program while exploring natural features, wildlife and history found on the diverse trails of our park. For information and/or to reserve your spot, please call Sommer Park. Donations accepted.

Spirit of Living Dinner

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 6p.m.-9p.m.
  • Location: Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Contact: Kayla Thompson
  • Phone: 692-6650
  • Admission: Purchase tickets online at or call 692-6650.
  • Member Listing: HULT Center for Healthy Living
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A must-see as we feature a surprise guest you will NOT want to miss! Please join us for this magical evening as we honor and recognize some very special people who have touched our lives. Proceeds benefit the cancer programs at Hult Center for Healthy Living.

Spirit of Living: A Night with a True American Hero

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 6p.m.-10p.m.
  • Location: Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Contact: Kayla Thompson
  • Phone: (309) 692-6650
  • Admission: Visit for tickets.
  • Member Listing: HULT Center for Healthy Living
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We would like to invite you to an exclusive event featuring a presentation by a special guest speaker behind one of the most sensational global news stories of the past five years. Due to their high profile and security concerns, we are unable to provide any additional information to you at this time. (Please note that the use of cell phones and/or cameras will not be permitted during the event.)

Spring Ice Show

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 7p.m.
  • Location: Owens Center, 1019 W. Lake Ave., Peoria, IL 61614
  • Phone: (309) 686-3368
  • Member Listing: Peoria Park District
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Saturday, April 26. 7 pm. This Ice Skating Institute competition will include a vast array of figure skating events. Contact the Skating School office at (309) 686-3368 for details of participation requirements. Join us – spectators are FREE!

Take Pride in Washington

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 8:30am sign in
  • Location: Washington Park, Wenger Shelter
  • Contact: Washington Chamber of Commerce
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Help out the community by volunteering at the 9th annual Take Pride in Washington community litter cleanup day. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to Wenger Shelter and you will be provided with bags and gloves along with a location/area to clean up. No advanced signup is necessary and you can clean up areas until 10:30am (or as long as you would like to). 

The Peoria Area Accordion Club & Harmonie Present: Eddie Korosa, Jr.

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: The Lindenhof, 7601 N. Harker Drive, Peoria IL 61615
  • Admission: $12 for Adults, $6 for Kids
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The Peoria Area Accordion Club & Harmonie Proudly Present:  Eddie Korosa, Jr.


Saturday, April 26th

5 pm - 8 pm

Doors Open at 4 pm

Admission: $12 for Adults $6 for Kids

Includes: German Buffet

Dessert Extra

The Princeton Coffeehouse Presents Hayward Williams

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 7:30p.m.-10p.m.
  • Location: Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton, IL 61356
  • Contact: Bill Beneke
  • Phone: (815) 875-4555
  • Admission: $12.00 at the door
  • Member Listing: The Princeton Coffeehouse
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Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Hayward Williams will appear at The Princeton Coffeehouse. In 2004, his band, Exit, was named Wisconsin Band of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. Since then, he's released 4 full-length albums & one EP. Recently, he has played in Jeffrey Foucault's band, Cold Satellite. The American Roots UK blog has called Williams "an exceptionally gifted guitarist, songwriter and singer who possesses a strong, warm, expressive vocal style".

Ongoing Events

Historic Trolley Tours

  • Date(s): 06/01/2013 - 01/03/2015
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Saturday
  • Times: 1p.m.-2:30p.m.
  • Location: Kelleher's Irish Pub, 619 SW Water Street, Peoria IL
  • Contact: Walter Ruppman
  • Phone: (309) 674-1921
  • Admission: $11 for tickets plus $1 or Trolley Driver
  • Member Listing: Peoria Historical Society
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Explore Peoria, the oldest continuously settled site in the state of Illinois, with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. 2 Tours to choose from: Naughty to Nice Tour and Haunted Peoria. Check individual tour schedules at Throughout the year private or group tours are available upon request. Call the Society's office to request a tour.

Country Night at The Locker Room

Join us for Country Music All Night Long! Happy Hour, Dinner, or Late Night.. The Locker Room is the place to be for Great County Music! Dinner and Drink Specials Open Late with additional Late Night Food Specials!

Karaoke Night at Firehouse Pub

  • Date(s): 09/05/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 8p.m.-12a.m.
  • Location: 240 S Main St East Peoria IL 61611
  • Contact: Brandi Gordon
  • Phone: (309) 698-9111
  • Admission: FREE
  • Member Listing: Firehouse Pizza & Pub, East Peoria
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Live karaoke every Thursday night at Firehouse Pizza & Pub in downtown East Peoria! Come sing your favorite hits from 8pm-12midnight in East Peoria's coolest new bar!


Every Thursday night in the Pub, we have karaoke from 8pm-midnight! It is always a good time and is hosted by local radio personalities!! Come join us!!

Live Music from The Backyard at Cams

  • Date(s): 11/16/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7p.m.-2a.m.
  • Location: The Backyard at Cams - 2510 W. Farmington Road
  • Contact: OMGmidwest
  • Phone: (309) 361-7527
  • Admission: $5-10
  • Member Listing: OMGmidwest
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Welcome to The Backyard at Cam's! Peoria Illinois' premier Live Music Venue! Bringing great live music to Peoria every weekend! Huge stage, sound, and even bigger lights! Support Live Music in Central Illinois!

Pop Up Dinner

  • Date(s): 11/20/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 5p.m.-9p.m.
  • Location: June 4450 N Prospect Rd Ste S1
  • Contact: Josh Adams
  • Phone: (877) 682-5863
  • Member Listing: June Restaurant
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Pop Up dinner feature a rotating theme and are June's take on casual dining. Call or check our Facebook page to see this weeks menu. Most Pop Up dinners are $18 per person and include a main course and dessert. Paired wines or specialty beers are available at various price points.

"GIRLS' NIGHT OUT!" at the Wine Bar

  • Date(s): 12/05/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 4p.m.-9p.m.
  • Location: Wines 'N More, 151 S Main Street, Morton, IL 61550
  • Phone: 291-0899
  • Admission: No cover
  • Member Listing: Wines 'n More
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Every Thursday is GNO at Wines 'N More! We'll have complimentary wine tasting from 5 to 7 PM, and women can enjoy select wines for $5/glass in the Wine Bar. Gourmet appetizers and great small plates are available from Savory House, plus premium microbrews and wines by the glass or bottle from our wine list. Check out the featured selections we'll be tasting on our Facebook page, then stop in and discover some great new wines! 151 S Main St in downtown Morton. Call 291-0899 for more information.

Hickory Ridge Coffee House Concert Series

  • Date(s): 01/18/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 7:30p.m.-10p.m.
  • Location: Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Contact: Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Phone: (309) 547-3721
  • Admission: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children.
  • Member Listing: Dickson Mounds State Museum
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Performances by noted folk musicians the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo. For a listing of upcoming shows go to

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

  • Date(s): 01/25/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays 12:00 PM-5:00 PM Sundays 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: 526 High Point Lane - East Peoria, IL 61611
  • Phone: (309) 839-0591
  • Admission: Free
  • Member Listing: J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.


  • Date(s): 01/30/2014 - 01/29/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5p.m.-7p.m.
  • Location: Wines 'n More, 151 S. Main St. Morton, IL 61550
  • Phone: (309) 291-0899
  • Admission: FREE
  • Member Listing: Wines 'n More
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Come on in and enjoy wines from around the world! Every Thursday we will be tasting new unique wines. Wines will be available the duration of the week. Throughout the month we will be sampling some of our gourmet foods also!! Friend us on FACEBOOK!!

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

  • Date(s): 01/31/2014 - 02/27/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 5p.m.-8p.m.
  • Location: The Lindenhof, 7601 N. Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois
  • Contact: Jeff Pulfer
  • Phone: (309) 691-7484
  • Admission: $12/adults $6/children
  • Member Listing: German-American Central Society
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The Lindenhof Restaurant is open to the public every Friday evening. Dinners are served from 5-8 pm. Dinners are $12.00 per plate for adult and $6.00 for children. Desserts are also available for $2.

German beers are on draft. We also have an assortment of wine by the glass and the bottle.

Weekly live entertainment from various local artists playing traditional German favorites.

Check our website or find us on Facebook under The Lindenhof of Peoria to see what is on the weekly menu.

Bar open until Midnight!

Folding Paper at the Peoria Riverfront Museum

  • Date(s): 02/01/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Open during Museum Hours until April 27, 2014
  • Location: Collections Gallery
  • Contact: Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • Phone: (309) 686-7000
  • Admission: varies
  • Member Listing: Peoria Riverfront Museum
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What can an artist create with just one square of paper? Tour the Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami exhibition with Ann Schmitt, Curator of Education, and be amazed by the amazing forms paper can take! Free to members and with regular paid admission

For more information visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum website:

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

  • Date(s): 02/02/2014 - 02/22/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 10a.m.-2p.m.
  • Location: WeaverRidge Golf Club
  • Phone: (309) 691-3344
  • Member Listing: WeaverRidge Golf Club
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WeaverRidge Golf Club is open to the public. The Brunch features: Champagne, Mimosas, Made to order Omelettes, Belgian Waffles, Carving Station, full array of Breakfast items, Salad Bar, Lunch Entrees, Seafood Display, and a assortment of mouth watering Desserts. Served 10:00am-2:00pm. For reservations call 309-691-3344 x 3

Illinois Valley Archaeological Society

  • Date(s): 02/05/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 7p.m.-9p.m.
  • Location: Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Contact: Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Phone: (309) 547-3721
  • Admission: Free, but donations welcomed
  • Member Listing: Dickson Mounds State Museum
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IVAS hosts archaeology lectures on the first Wednesday of every month, unless otherwise listed. Meeting times and dates may change due to program availability. IVAS programs are free of charge and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show

  • Date(s): 03/30/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 12p.m.-5p.m.
  • Location: Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria, IL 61603
  • Phone: (309) 686-3362
  • Member Listing: Peoria Park District
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March 28-April 20. Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm. Sun: 12-5pm. Mon: closed. Step inside our Conservatory this spring and see a botanical wonderland of tropical plants, spring plants and, of course, lilies! See hundreds of beautiful flowers contrasted with lush tropical foliage and experience the wonderful world of the Lorax, this year’s theme. Yes, truffula trees will be added to our collection! The Lily Show is a community tradition and a wonderful way to greet spring with family and friends.

Magician Mitch Williams at Big Racks

  • Date(s): 03/31/2014 - 05/05/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m.
  • Location: Big Racks Steakhouse, 1920 N. Main, Canton, IL
  • Contact: Mitch Williams
  • Phone: (309) 647-3692
  • Admission: Free to dining and bar customers
  • Member Listing: Mitch Williams Magic Productions
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Big Racks Steakhouse in Canton proudly presents the unforgettable tableside close up magic of international award winning sleight of hand artist, Mitch Williams.

The Big Spring Plant Sale

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10a.m.-5p.m.
  • Location: Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria, IL 61603
  • Phone: (309) 686-3362
  • Member Listing: Peoria Park District
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April 25 & 26: 10am-5pm and April 27: 12-5pm. Our annual Spring Plant Sale offers new and hard-to-find perennials and native plants, ornamental grasses, and unusual tropical plants and annuals. We have everything you need to make your garden beautiful! Plan to top off your vegetable garden with our selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other veggies. While you’re here, stop by and see our popular Book Sale in the Conservatory. Members get a 10% discount. Free admission, donations accepted. Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria, IL 61603. (309) 686-3362.

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