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COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 16, 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

   

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 17, 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

   

Disney Institute Seminar on Creativity and Innovation

September 18, 2014 - 08:00AM to 04:00PM
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
1306 N. Berkeley Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 677-0800
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September 18, the Disney Institute is presenting a day-long seminar on creativity and innovation. The course will share methods used by the Walt Disney Company that can be employed immediately, using the number one resource every organization already has – its employees! Disney Institute will help attendees understand how engaging and encouraging the imaginative power of employees, lasting and competitive advantages can be reached. Seating is limited. To register or for more information visit: http://www.jumpsimulation.org/events/disney-institute.html

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 18, 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

   

Zoo Tots Program

September 18, 2014 - 10:00AM to 10:50AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-681-3513
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Meet the animals from A to ZOO! at our Zoo Tots Program, an education program for children ages 2 to 4. Zoo Tots is designed for you and your child to explore the amazing world of animals. Fee for each class is $7 for Zoo members, and $15 for non-members. 

Historic Trolley Tours

September 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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!!

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 19, 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

   

Peoria Oktoberfest

September 19, 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

Bluegrass in the Valley

September 19, 2014 - 6pm-9pm Open jam and home cooked chili dinner
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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Showcasing local Americana musical talents on two electrical stages, food vendors, and more. The second annual "Bluegrass in the Valley" music festival is set for mid-September!  Come and join us in Camp Wokanda's rustic setting with traditional pickin' music radiating from the hills.  Food, snacks, and beverages will also be available for purchase.  This is a non-alcoholic event.  Rental Facilities available: Cabins, Tent sites, Adirondacks, and primitive RV parking, contact camp office at (309) 579-2157 to make camping reservations.

The Fox on the Fairway

September 19, 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.

The Fine Art of Hospitality Exhibit

September 19, 2014 - 01:00PM to 04:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61602
309-674-1921
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Exhibit will highlight The Fine Art of Hospitality, the elegance of Jean Morron as hostess, exceptional service by her staff, dramatic architecture/design, and unique collection items used for entertaining in a Victorian era home at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

September 19, 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!

Live At The Five Spot

September 19, 2014 - 05:30PM to 07:30PM
309-674-6822
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Live at the Five Spot is the Contemporary Art Center's music event featuring the best regional talent performing jazz, blues and more. It is a smokeless, nightclub atmosphere that is a great way to end a busy week with your friends. While the music fills the building, one can stroll through our three fine art galleries. Consult the calendar to learn what bands will be playing.

You may order food & drink from the Rhythm Kitchen yourself and bring it up or bring your own food and drink. Remember to bring your own plates, silverware and cups. After the performance, go downstairs to enjoy more live music at the Rhythm Kitchen.

If you would like a discount on admission, become a member of the CAC. If you join during Live at the Five Spot, you receive a free pass for two for another night. One of the benefits of membership is to be able to reserve a table. The large rounds are $25 and the conference table area is $50. If you have a large party and you want to be sure to be seated together, this is a good option to consider.

Fall Spectacular Ice Skating Competition-Exhibition

September 19, 2014 - 06:15PM to 08:30PM
1019 West Lake Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614
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Salsa at CAC: A Latin Dance Event

September 19, 2014 - Dance lesson 8:30-9:30pm (SHARP), Open dancing 9:30pm - 12:30am
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
305 SW Commercial Alley
Peoria, IL 61354
(309 674-6822
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Salsa at the CAC: A Latin Dance Event

1st and 3rd Fridays of each month

Learn the basics of Salsa and other Latin Dances at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

Dance lesson 8:30-9:30pm (SHARP)
Open dancing 9:30pm - 12:30am

To music by DJ Ed Caballero (El Dueno De La Salsa)

A partner is not necessary for the lesson. 

RiverFront Market

September 20, 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

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 20, 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

   

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