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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night during their 2016-17 season opening weekend. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Get 2 tickets for $20 for either night by calling 309-676-1040. For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Road, Peoria) will host their annual Fall Food Festival today (Thursday) through Saturday from 11 am - 8 pm each day. Greek, Lebanese, and Romanian food and pastries available. For more information call 309-682-5824.
The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Eureka College will present "Peace Through Strength and Diplomacy: Policy Options Past and Present" in the Cerf Center (located on the Eureka College campus) today (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm. Featuring presentations and dinner will focus on past and present policy issues regarding Russia, Iran and the Middle East. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for the public and students and educators may attend the lecture portion of the evening for free with current school ID. For more information, call 309-467-6318 or visit www.pawac.org
Illinois Central College will host There's No Place Like ICC at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. The event is in celebration of ICC's students and those who invest in the community's future. The cost is $35 per person and reservations are required. For more information or for reservations, call 309-694-5530 or visit http://icc.edu
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
Janelle James will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Ticket prices for Thursday's show is $10 and $15 for Friday and Saturday. Janelle has appeared on Comedy Central, featured in The New York Times, Time Out Magazine and more. For tickets and information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
Peoria Historical Society's "Naughty to Nice Tour" leaves from the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 11 am. Tracing triumphs through time from the 1920's to the present, the tour highlights stories of the city's gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria's most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what did and didn't play in Peoria.
On the Haunted Peoria Tour, you'll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years including the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray and more. Running every Friday and Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and also every Saturday at 1:30 pm also from the Riverfront Museum, tickets for all tours are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  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 Nik Beats 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 also on Friday 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. 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 at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) from 5 - 9 pm on Friday, from 2 - 10 pm on Saturday and from 2 - 8 pm on Sunday. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides and the "Train-sylvania Express".  Animal encounters and the "not-so-scary" version will run prior to 7 pm each night. Admission is $10 or $8 for WPP members or free for ages 2 & under and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  This year, a "Fun Zone" featuring activities like Knockerball, Laser Tag, Pumpkin Chuckin' and more is available for an additional $5. For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org
J.K. Williams Distilling will host Kindred Spirits: Whiskey Tasting and Food Pairing at their office (located at 526 High Point Ln. in East Peoria) on Friday from 5:30 - 8 pm. Featuring an open house, tours of the facility plus whiskey and bourbon tastings along with food pairings, tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit the Pediatric Resource Center which provides specialized, child-centered medical care and social services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 309-624-9595.
The "Not So Scary" annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 6 - 8 pm each night. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $4 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.
Laser Fright Night will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) with Laser Fright Lights beginning at 6 pm and Laser Vinyl (classic rock music) at 7 pm. Admission for members is $5 for one show or $8 for both or $7 for one show and $12 for both for the public. For information, call 309-686-7000. For tickets, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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, attractions are 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 or wristbands including all 3 attractions are available for $25. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Haunted Infirmary will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) and is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm - 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until Midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 & up. Brought to you by Limestone JFL and Insane Women Productions, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org
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 with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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
Greg Batton's Comedy Camp will be held in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Edgar Sandoval and a special guest, tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. For more information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com
It's Only a Play will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Scarborough Fair: A Simon & Garfunkel Experience will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive, East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Part of the ICC Guest Artists Series, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://icc.edu/arts
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 - 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 - 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock - no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The Wailers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 - $23. For tickets or information, call 309-693-1234 or visit www.limelighteventplex.com
Peoria Players Theatre will host its fall Vintage Clothing & Collectible Sale on Saturday from 8 am - Noon. Featuring unique items and clothing from all eras as well as accessories such as jewelry, hats, shoes and purses, admission is free. For more info, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org
A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Learn things like how much a rhino weighs and where giraffes sleep in this hour-long tour of areas the public isn't allowed to see to learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 per person which includes zoo admission. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org
The 2016 Women's Lifestyle Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls on Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm. Featuring Heidi Floyd and Joy Erlichman Miller, PhD, tickets are $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets or online at www.osfwomen.org  Tickets at the door are $10 and VIP tickets are $30 each and include show admission, free VIP parking , early entry into the show, access to a stage-side VIP lounge with refreshments and a gift bag and more valued at over $100. For more information, visit http://osfwomen.org
Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday beginning at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org
Gary Lisman, author of "Bittersweet Memories: A History of the Peoria State Hospital," will speak at Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 Airport Road, Bartonville) on Saturday at 9:30 am. After a brief overview of the Peoria State Hospital cemeteries, program attendees will drive their own vehicles to the State Hospital grounds for a guided tour of the cemeteries. Admission is free, but limited to 35 people so registration is required and may be made by calling 309-697-3822 ext.13.
A Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 am - 1 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults, $19.50 for children 4-15 and free for infants. 
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 - 3:15 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15, and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
The 5K Run Dead will take place on the Peoria riverfront with registration on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and the race beginning at 3 pm. Runners will endure a 5K run through a zombie-infested course with flags that represent their health.  The zombies will try to steal those flags and runners must make it to the finish line with at least one flag or become one of the walking dead.  Registration is $70 for individuals, $65 for team members and for a limited time, use code 5KRUNDEAD for $30 off registration. All proceeds will benefit cancer and Alzheimer's research. For more information and to register, visit http://www.5krundead.com/peoria.html
Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1- 2 pm when Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Admission 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 Halloween Magic Spooktacular will take place at the Expo Gardens Opera House (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday at 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for the matinee and $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under for the evening show and are available at the door or online online at http://peoriamagicians.com
CityFest will take place in the Peoria Warehouse District (on Adams Street between Pecan Street and Persimmon Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 - 8 pm. Highlighting the first completed green street project, live music will be provided by Steady Flow and local food trucks will also be on hand. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/peoriail
A Monster Mash Dance will be held at the Brimfield American Legion (located at 121 W. Knoxville in Brimfield) on Saturday from 6 - 11 pm.  Live music will be provided by Richard Selquist plus there will be prizes, food and beer. Admission is $7 per person and $10 per couple with proceeds benefitting Brimfield Food Pantry.  Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for every 2 cans of food donated or tickets can be purchased for $2 each. Ages 21 and up only, for more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Village-of-Brimfield
Windy City Dueling Pianos will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday at 7 pm. $15 for advanced tickets, $20 at the door, and $140 for a table of 10. For more information or for tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org
Michael Carbonaro will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com
Ballet 5:8 will present The Stor(ies) of You and Me at 5 Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Two choreographers explore love, the power of words, unexpected joy, perspectives, and the stories of everyday people. Also featuring performances by Central Illinois Ballet and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students and senior citizens and $12 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org
Ben Bedford will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 ages 12 and under, and $8 for CORE members. For information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org
The Peoria Symphony will present "Prodigies" at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 State Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring three masters who were young prodigies plus 10 year old piano prodigy Harmony Zhu who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 7 where she has performed twice. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org
The 10th Annual Autism Walk will be held at the Shoppes of Grand Prairie on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Cost to participate is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. In addition to the walk, there will be a silent auction, arts & crafts, sensory tables and behavior trainings. For more information visit www.autismpeoria.com
An Open Mic will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from 1 - 4 pm.  Walk in registrations are welcome and  admission is free. For more information, call 309-258-5301 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will present their fall concert "How Can I Keep From Singing" at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the chorus will also feature guest soloist Joy Buegel, a Youth Chorus Alumnus and former Young Artist Winner.  Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and alumni. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PACChorale

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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