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Here's our most recent issue from 2-23-2017:

Girl Scout Cookie Sale, Home Show, Rivermen, Fasching Ball & Thomas Rhett



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The 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale will take place throughout Central Illinois through March 19 available from individual girl scouts or locations throughout the Central Illinois area as well as online. The program helps girls learn how to run their own business and earn money to win prizes including a Disney vacation or to fund special outings. Featuring 12 different varieties of cookies including 2 gluten-free options, quantities may be limited at in person sales locations.  For full information about where and when cookies are available, visit www.girlscouts.org
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Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, will give two keynote presentations:  the first is tonight (Thursday) from 6 - 8 pm at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. Peoria) and the second is on Saturday at the North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 1 - 3 pm. As author of this year's Big Read Peoria Reads! selection, Jones will read excerpts from the book and discuss her writing with the public. The NEA Big Read program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Peoria Reads! is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project. For more information, call 309-497-2141 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a Candidate Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Peoria (located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring candidates of contested Peoria city primary races, moderator Tonya Koonce will conduct the forum which will include questions from the audience. Peoria City Council at-large candidates and District 4 candidates expected to attend are Mike Eddlemon, Benjamin Thornton and Jim Montelongo along with at-large candidates Robert Hanauer, Zachary Oyler, Sid Ruckriegel, John Kelly, Scott Kelsey and Amr Elsamny. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.
An Adoption Presentation will be held at FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. The meeting will cover domestic, international and embryo adoption plus there will be a Q & A following the presentation. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400 or visit www.familycore.org
These Shining Lives will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and Bradley staff and faculty and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://bradley.edu/theatre
Alingon Mitra will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 9:45 pm for $12 and Friday at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and reservations, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The Official Spring Home Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 4 - 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am - 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm. More than 250 companies occupying 450 booth spaces make the show the largest of its kind in Central Illinois. Featuring everything for the home inside and out, exhibitors will display a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and home remodeling products and services. The largest gathering of area home builders and remodeling contractors in the area, coupons are available at any area CEFCU Member Center good for one free adult admission when you purchase an adult admission for $7. Admission is $7 for adults 18+, $3.50 for senior citizens aged 60+ and kids under 18 are free. For more information visit www.peoriahomeshow.com
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mercy Blue on Friday from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org
Teen Night Titanic Murder Mystery will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 6 - 8 pm. Assemble your own team or join one at the Museum and solve a Titanic themed murder mystery. Must be in high school or college to participate.  Cost is $10 for members and $15 for the public. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Positive Health Solutions will present a fundraising event at Pitch Karaoke Bar (located at 631 W Main St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 - 9 pm. Money raised through drink sales, donations and raffles will benefit the University of Illinois HIV/AIDS clinic that provides an array of services for Peoria and 14 surrounding counties, including medications, physicians, visits and social services. For information, click HERE
The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm and also on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 - $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
The Head and The Heart will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm with special guest Whitney. Tickets are $31 and $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
The Bone House will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (East Peoria campus) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com
Get Tricked, Episode 3 with Kyle Bassett and friends will take place at The Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. A dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm plus appetizers and desserts from 7 - 10 pm for purchase. For reservations and information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com
Head East will perform with the Bogart Jones Band opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and $25 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com
Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 - 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz
Trivia Game Night will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 6 - 9 pm. Cost is $5 and teams can include up to 4 players. Participants may bring their own foods and treats and wine, beer, soda and bottled water will be available as well as Ropp Cheese and crackers and Chocolatier Chocolates. To reserve a spot for your team or for more information, call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
The 2017 Peoria Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held at the Peoria Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $60 per person for dinner, bar service, membership and a door prize raffle ticket or $40 without the raffle ticket. For more information or tickets, call 815-791-9993 or visit www.ducks.org/illinois/events
The 14th Annual Fasching Ball will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 pm - midnight. Featuring a traditional German costume ball, the West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 - 11.  Cost is $8 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit http://www.peoriagermans.net
Thomas Rhett will perform at the Peoria Civic Center with Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd opening on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $22 - $325 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com
Terry Grawey will perform at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Dinner begins at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.kickapoocreekwinery.com
Jamey Johnson will perform with Chris Hennessee opening at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $35 and the VIP Loft is $55 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com
Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, 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
Angela Brown will perform in concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Having performed at the MET to San Francisco to Beijing and sung in opera houses around the world, Brown will make her debut with Chicago Lyric Opera next month. The show will include a varied program of spirituals, arias and art songs.  Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/music-series
The 119th Annual Washington Day Banquet will be held at the Civic Center Ballroom on Monday beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring George Will as the keynote speaker, the banquet is hosted by the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. Individual tickets are $250 for members or $275 for non-members and are available by calling 309-672-2267.

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