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COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 21, 2014 - 09:00AM to 06:00PM
100 Water St
Peoria, IL 61602
284 495 4618
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Peoria, IL, —On Friday, September 12th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Peoria.  The ships will be docked at The Landing, next to the Spirit of Peoria, 2-14 Main Street until their departure early Monday morning September 22nd.

     The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

     Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world.

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary.

     Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at www.thenina.com

   

Breakfast with the…Tigers

September 21, 2014 - 09:00AM to 10:00AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 681-3559
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Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.


Minimum Number: 5 Maximum Number: 20 Registration Required: Yes
 

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

September 21, 2014 - 10:00AM to 02:00PM
WeaverRidge Golf Club
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-3344
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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

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

September 21, 2014 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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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.

The Fox on the Fairway

September 21, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Peoria Oktoberfest

September 21, 2014 - Friday 9/19 - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday 9/20 - 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday 9/21 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
German-American Central Society
200 N.E. Water Street
Peoria,
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The third Annual “Das Bier Run” 5K Run und Walk, in conjunction with the Oktoberfest in Peoria Riverfront Park to be held Sunday, September 21st.  The run begins at 12:30 pm and starts South of the Gateway building on the Peoria Riverfront.  Top runners in each category will receive either a trophy or medal.  A costume contest is part of this year’s race.                                                  

The race is being sponsored by the Peoria Jaycees, the Peoria German-American Society, and the Peoria Park District.  Races have been part of Oktoberfests since they were started in the early 1800’s.  At that time though it was horse racing and not foot races.

Registration fee is $25 before September 1 and $30 after.  Register at www.DasBierRun.com  Part of the proceeds from the race will benefit of the Friends of Fatherless Boys.  http://www.friendsofthefatherless.org/

On Sunday morning there will be a Catholic Mass starting at 10:30 am.  All attendees who bring a can good to the Mass will get into the Oktoberfest free of charge.

We are happy to announce that we do have a new band from Germany coming this year, the Schwartzwald Vagabunden http://www.schwarzwald-vagabunden.com/

More Entertainment: "Official" Oktoberfest band, de Spitzbuam, from St. Louis (http://spitzbuam.org/).  Crowd favorites:  the Bolzen Beer Band, from Lincoln, Nebraska are returning.   More:  Heidelberg German Band from Quincy, The Ratskellar Brummers, Al’s Pals, the Lindenhof Echos (Alpine Horns), Terry Bredenberg, and Vogel Musik.

Additional Activities:  A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available.  Also, a Puppet Theatre, the Peoria Volkstaenzers, Log Sawing, and various contests such as the Masskrugstemmen (arm strength contest with filled steins) will be featured.  Vendors with authentic German clothing and merchandise as well as other items will be available for purchase.  Children’s activities are also scheduled.  A select number of area artisans will also be hand to demonstrate their skills.

Several carnival rides will be available, including a merry-go-round.

Both German and American foods will be available.  Complete German dinners will be available in the main tent.  German beers will be featured including Spaten Oktoberfest, along with German Wines from our Weinstube.  Domestic beers also.

For those coming in from out of town we have partnered with 5 area hotels on special rates during the Peoria Oktoberfest. For more details click on the link http://freepdfhosting.com/102c484367.pdf

Das Bier Run

September 21, 2014 - 12:30PM to 12:00PM
Peoria RiverFront District
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-671-5555
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Peoria Jaycees, Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society - Das Bier 5K Run

ONLINE REGISTRATION (click here)

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Location: RiverFront Park (200 NE Water St., Peoria, IL 61602)
Race Map: (click here to view)
Start Time: 12:30pm start
Awards: 2:00pm
Format: 5K Run, Starts and Finishes along the riverfront at Oktoberfest

Walkers Welcome & Costume Contest - prizes will be awarded

Registration Fee:$25.00/Advanced | $30.00 after September 1st.

Every runner will get a commemorative stein.
Packet Pickup will be at the Gateway Building in front of Oktoberfest on Friday from 5-7 and Saturday from noon-3pm.

BONUS: Registration for the race will also get you into Oktoberfest.
NOTE: Oktoberfest Open 10:30 - 5 p.m. Entertainment, Food, Drinks

 

We will have registration & packet pickup on Friday from 5-7pm, Saturday from noon-3pm and Sunday at 11am at the Gateway Building (200 Northeast Water Street in Downtown Peoria) just outside of Oktoberfest.

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 22, 2014 - 09:00AM to 06:00PM
100 Water St
Peoria, IL 61602
284 495 4618
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Peoria, IL, —On Friday, September 12th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Peoria.  The ships will be docked at The Landing, next to the Spirit of Peoria, 2-14 Main Street until their departure early Monday morning September 22nd.

     The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

     Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world.

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary.

     Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at www.thenina.com

   

Cody Canada & The Departed

September 23, 2014 - Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00p.m.
8102 N University
Peoria, IL 61615
309-693-1234
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The studio environment for a working musician is equal parts laboratory, man cave, and holy place. On a steamy day in Austin, Texas at Yellow Dog Studios, there was a reverent hush that made it feel like a sacred service was underway. When the studio door opened, a song tumbled out. "Better get right, before the Lord gets ready," a Gospel-drenched refrain; deliberate and soulful stuff. Through the glass, The Departed was playing live, facing each other in a circle, with Steve Littleton on Hammond B3 in a separate room, and Seth James singing with a world weary voice in the booth.

The guys came back into master control to listen to the track with co-producer Adam Odor. They all were looking down at their respective electronic devices while the music was on. Adam whispered that Cody Canada and The Departed were making a straight up rock record this time around, tapping into the eternal emotions and sonics that have informed the great American musical styles from the start. That album is called Adventūs, the Latin word for arrival.

The Adventūs album is fourteen tracks deep. The band members, Cody Canada, Seth James, Jeremy Plato, Steve Littleton, and new drummer Chris Doege, have never had the luxury before of starting the recording process with so many songs. They have worked collaboratively, bringing thoughts, phrases, verses and riffs together. This project, in fact this band, is a testament to the creative process. It is about playing what you want with whom you want, carving out a road family fueled by mutual appreciation for each other's talent as well as the camaraderie.

Adam Odor put the process in perspective, "The Departed had the last year and a half to lock in, to find out who they are and what they are together. That's the way they did it in the old days, when a band would get signed to a label. The A&R guy (Artist and Repertoire) would let them tour for a year or so, before he took them in the studio to record. That is what is happening with The Departed. These guys are all so good, the musicianship and the songs, and that is a rare thing when you have them both." Cody explained further, "For this album, we were ready to roll. When we started practicing there was the feeling that we are honored to be doing this together. Doing other people's songs for the first album, This Is Indian Land, gave us time to let the new stuff percolate. There are some really intricate songs, and so far, we have only played a couple of them out in public."

Cody Canada was 16 years old when he arrived in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He found a creative nirvana of musicians who planted seeds that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Cody recalls, "I met Tom Skinner, Scott Evans, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, Mike McClure, the Red Dirt Rangers and they were all playing this really, really good music. It was kind of in that same vibe as the Allman Brothers and The Band. But what came out of it was really diverse. There were more country acts like Jason Boland. The All American Rejects were the rock guys. Then you had the whole Red Dirt hippie thing…I didn't even know what Red Dirt was until somebody told me. I got turned on to it all and it's stayed with me ever since."

Canada was front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed for fifteen years, where he tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard's Top 10 Country Albums Chart. They sold over a million albums and played to sell-out crowds, bringing the term "Red Dirt" to the nation. When Cross Canadian Ragweed decided to part ways, Cody resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music that were formative. The Departed's first priority was getting into the studio and cutting the Oklahoma tribute album that Cody had wanted to do for years. This is Indian Land came out last year, a 15-track "buffet of really kick-ass Okie songs," Canada noted.

And so a seamless transition was made, Cody Canada and his long time Ragweed band mate, Jeremy Plato on bass and vocals; along with Seth James on guitar and vocals (Seth James Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard), Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys (Live Oak Decline, Stoney LaRue & the Arsenals, Medicine Show) and Chris Doege on drums (Seth James Band, Nashville touring acts). The band members have known each other for years, and they know each other's musicianship. They are excited to be playing together, stoked about the new beginning that their first studio album of original material provides.

Cody Canada & The Departed continues to hit the road hard. As excited as they are about their gigs, they are taking it all very seriously. Canada continues, "Now it's a new band playing new songs so we've got to learn everything, get our game together and practice. It's a whole lot of fun. I can't sleep at night. It keeps me awake, not from worry but from excitement. We're just ready to tear it up."

Cody Canada, Jeremy Plato, Seth James, Steve Littleton, and Chris Doege embrace the future with Adventūs. The music rocks, shimmers, simmers; amplified by the heat of the Texas sun. Adventūs signals the arrival of The Departed.

The concert will also feature country artist Craig Gerdes.

Historic Trolley Tours

September 25, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Peoria Heights, IL
309-674-1921
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Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society Explore Peoria (oldest continuously settled site in Illinois) with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. Tours include: Naughty to Nice, Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War, River City, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery, Roll Out the Barrel (July & August), and Haunted Peoria (September & October.) Check website for complete schedule and information:

The Fox on the Fairway

September 25, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Free Wine Tasting

September 25, 2014 - 05:00PM to 07:00PM
Wines 'n More
151 S. Main St.
Morton, IL 61550
309-291-0899
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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!!

Karaoke

September 25, 2014 - 08:00PM to 12:00AM
Firehouse Pizza & Pub, East Peoria
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 698-9111
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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!!

Startup Weekend Medical

September 26, 2014 - Event starts at 6:30 pm
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
1306 N. Berkeley Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
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September 26-28 is the first ever Startup Weekend Medical. The goal of this event is to attract aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, developers, engineers, even clinicians, to come to Jump for the weekend with the opportunity to launch an innovative idea in health care. For more information and to register, please visit http://peoria.startupweekend.org. Early Bird Admission is only $80 for the general public and $40 for students and includes all meals. Registration deadline is September 15.

“Everyone at Jump is excited about the variety of innovative programs we will be offering during September,” said John Vozenilek, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Jump. “We are always looking for cutting-edge opportunities at Jump to help improve the health of the community and develop new partnerships. TEDMED, the Disney Institute, and Startup Weekend Medical are all tremendous opportunities to do that.”

A collaboration of OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Jump has hosted more than 75,000 people for lectures, presentations, and hands-on training using simulation since opening. Learn more at www.jumpsimulation.org.

The Fox on the Fairway

September 26, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Artists on the Boardwalk

September 26, 2014 - 04:00PM to 08:00PM
Junction City Shopping Center
5901 North Prospect Road
Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61614
309-740-0808
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Local artists displaying and selling their artwork along the boardwalk.  Music filling the air, eclectic dining choices from our restaurants, stylish decor in our unique shops and current, top fashions in our boutiques.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

September 26, 2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
German-American Central Society
7601 N. Harker Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-7484
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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 www.peoriagermans.net or find us on Facebook under The Lindenhof of Peoria to see what is on the weekly menu.

Bar open until Midnight!

Days of the New at Limelight Eventplex

September 26, 2014 - Doors open 7:00 p.m. Show time is 8:00p.m.
8102 N University
Peoria, IL 61615
309-693-1234
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After tragically disbanding in 1998 all the original members of the DAYS OF THE NEW have reunited. That is Travis Meeks (vocals/ guitar), Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass), and Matt Taul (drums),

The first DAYS OF THE NEW album was released in 1997, immediately selling 1.5 million copies worldwide. Three songs from this album were hits: "Touch, Peel and Stand," "The Down Town," and "Shelf in the Room."

The first was No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart for 17 weeks; "The Down Town" and "Shelf in the Room" were each top 40 hits."Enemy" is also a Radio favorite. "Touch, Peel and Stand" is still consider one of the most successful videos of all time on MTV and VH-1.

Travis's second album "Green," the album sold 450,000 copies. It had two hit singles, the first was "Enemy" which reached No. 2 on Mainstream Rock Charts and No. 10 on Modern Rock Charts 4 and then the second was "Weapon and the Wound" which reached No. 10 on Mainstream Rock Chart.

After the bands controversial break up at their peak of popularity Todd Whitener, Matt Taul, and Jesse Vest would go on to form TANTRIC. They immediately were signed to Madonna's label Maverick and quickly had a platinum album with the smash hit "Breakdown".

Now DAYS OF THE NEW is back and will be touring throughout 2014. With new material written – studio recording is predicted shortly.

With special guest "Born On Leap Year"

Swing at Contemporary Art Center

September 26, 2014 - 08:30PM to 12:30AM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822
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A Swing Dance Event 8:30pm-12:30am, the 4th Friday of each month (after Five Spot).

Dance lesson (learn the basics of swing & lindy hop) 9:30am-12:30pm
Also featuring open dancing to the music of DJ Matt Vazquez

RiverFront Market

September 27, 2014 - 08:00AM to 12:00PM
200 Water Street
Peoria, IL
(309) 671-5555
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Come shop with us in our NEW LOCATION!

Illinois grown produce, local meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, fresh flowers and much more!

Local Art , Live Music, Demonstrations 

Bloody Mary's and Mimosas at Martinis
Breakfast at New Amsterdam 

Chef demonstration at 10 a.m., Balloons by The Twist


Open Every Saturday Morning

June - September, 8 a.m. - Noon

200 Block of Water Street
www.peoriariverfront.com

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