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Sunday Funday Yoga Public at Running Central
Sunday Funday Yoga Public at Running Central

Grab a friend and join RC Outfitters and 309 Yoga for a Sunday-Funday fitness event. Enjoy a free 60 minute all-level vinyasa yoga class led by 309 Yoga’s Amanda Styfhoorn, followed by complimentary refreshments, and the opportunity to shop local RC Outfiters’ beautiful space.



Central Illinois Auto Show 2019
Central Illinois Auto Show 2019

The 30thannual Central Illinois Auto Show returns to the Peoria Civic Center Friday-Sunday, April 5-7, 2019. Check out the latest show schedule, map and promotions at peoriaautoshow.com


12pm- 8pm - Friday, April 5
11am- 8pm - Saturday, April 6
11am- 5pm - Sunday, April 7


Age 16 & Older $5;  Age 15 & Under FREE with Paid Adult. 
Discounts on Friday SENIOR DAY and Sunday FAMILY DAY.

Peoria Chiefs Baseball
Peoria Chiefs Baseball

Peoria Chiefs vs Beloit 


Adult Beginning/Intermediate Drawing Class w/ Steph Van Doren
Adult Beginning/Intermediate Drawing Class w/ Steph Van Doren

Learn how to draw what you see! This class taught by local artist Step Van Doren will introduce different drawing techniques and media. She will cover perspective, shading, color, positive and negative space and other tools used by artists to draw realistically. Most of the class will take place inside using a still life and other 3-D objects. If weather permits, we may explore landscapes and the effect of natural light on objects. All supplies provided except a 16x20 sketch pad that each student is required to bring.

6 week class meeting on Mondays from 6-8 PM from March 11, 2019 to April 15, 2019. Ages 16 & up

Cost $120

Peoria Art Guild Members use code PAGMEMBER to receive a $5 discount

Fore more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/561188611023246/

Peoria Chiefs Baseball
Peoria Chiefs Baseball

Peoria Chiefs vs Wisconsin 


Live Music Monday at Martini\'s
Live Music Monday at Martini\'s

Live music returns to Martinis every Monday night! Come down and grab $4 martinis and $10 domestic beer buckets all night long. Live music will alternate weeks between The Joe and Jerry Show and The Road Less Traveled!

Think & Drink Tuesday Trivia Night at Kenny\'s Westside Pub
Think & Drink Tuesday Trivia Night at Kenny\'s Westside Pub

Join us for Kenny's Westside: THINK & DRINK TUESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT at Kenny's Westside Pub! Enjoy our delicious food & drinks while you go head-to-head against Peoria's best & brightest!

Hosted By: Chase A. Listenby "The One & Only Trivia Master, The Man Behind The Curtain, C-Liz The Science Wiz"

Visit the Group Page for you half time trivia answers!

Miles in the Morning! Hosted by Running Central
Miles in the Morning! Hosted by Running Central

Start your morning off on the right foot! Meet at RCO for a few miles with Sue S, a team member at RCO and avid runner! Free, fun and all levels welcome! Bring your lights and reflective gear!


RCO Fun Run! with Running Central
RCO Fun Run! with Running Central

Join us every Wednesday night for a free family-friendly fun run! All levels welcome, including walkers. Be sure to bring your lights and reflective gear. Run a few miles, and meet us back at RCO for water, other beverages and camaraderie!


The Rise of the Vienna Secession: Modern Art, Architecture, and Design
The Rise of the Vienna Secession: Modern Art, Architecture, and Design

In 1897, a small group of artists, architects, and designers in Vienna, Austria, rebelled against the prevailing classical styles and began a movement that celebrated a new, modern approach. Christopher Long, Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the origins and early history of the Vienna Secession and works by some of its key figures, such as Gustav Klimt. Social time at 9:30, lecture at 10:00. Peoria Riverfront Museum, lower-level auditorium. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, visit the FAS website at www.FineArtsSociety.net.


(Image: Alfred Roller, poster for the 14th Secession Exhibition, Vienna, 1902. Lithograph, 90 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. Private collection.)

Live at the Five Spot
Live at the Five Spot

Enjoy live music from local and regional bands every Friday at the Contemporary Art Center.  Tonight features The Deep Hollow! For a complete schedule, visit www.peoriacac.org

Admission is $8 for members ($12 for nonmembers), $7 for student & senior members ($11 for student & senior nonmembers).  Students with valid school ID & seniors age 65 & older.

Live at the Five Spot followed by Salsa lessons and dancing on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month ~  8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.  Visit www.peoriacac.org for more details.

Date Night at Peoria Art Guild
Date Night at Peoria Art Guild

This exciting evening is coordinated to include several projects and activities which share light and fire and color as a common thread. Activities include: the creation of flying sky lanterns which will be launched later that evening at the riverfront, decorating colorful paper bag luminaries to be taken home for your enjoyment. Co-created Wine bottle lamps will add joy color to your home décor, a walk down to the riverfront for a brightly colored pigment powder friendly fight, sparkler dancing to Bollywood music, and more.

Each participant is asked to bring a white shirt to co-create a unique “team” uniform. White shirts are to be worn for the pigment powder palooza. Please bring or wear clothing that can be covered in colorful pigment powders by the rest of your class. PAG studio bathrooms are available as changing rooms & mild cleanup. We also suggest that you bring a large trash bag to wrap your car seats if you plan to stay colorful. Photographs are highly encouraged! There will be several great opportunities to capture your loved one throughout the unique magical art experience. Individual Wishes will be sent into the night sky along with the flying sky lanterns to claim the essence of the evening.

Ages 21 and up. $60 per couple.

PAG Members use code PAGMEMBER to receive $5 off of this class

BYOB of wine and snacks to enjoy while creating your projects

Get tickets: www.peoriaartguild.org

Ben Miller Band at Kenny\'s Westside Pub
Ben Miller Band at Kenny\'s Westside Pub

Acclaimed folk, blues, & bluegrass outfit Ben Miller Band brings the sound of the Ozarks to Kenny's!

Kenny's Westside Pub presents:
Ben Miller Band
Friday, April 12th, 2019 at Kenny's Westside Pub
Show: 10:00PM
More info: bit.ly/BMB_Apr12

Stick around for drinks after the show! Bar's open till 4:00AM!

See the full calendar of events at KennysWestside.com

About Ben Miller Band:
"I like the idea of saying something very complicated in a very simple way," Ben Miller states. "That's what we strive for musically, and what i strive for lyrically—to get directly to the point."

Getting to the point is something that the Ben Miller Band does consistently on choke cherry tree, the Joplin, Missouri-bred combo's third album and second new west release. The consistently compelling set offers 11 new examples of Miller's deceptively unpretentious songcraft, beneath whose ramshackle exterior lurks sturdy, infectious melodies and resonant, emotionally insightful lyrics.

Miller's band delivers such memorable new tunes as "Nothing Gets Me Down," "Akira Kurosawa," "Trapeze," "Lighthouse" and "Mississippi Cure" with the sort of unpretentious enthusiasm that's already won the group a devoted fan base that stretches from the band's midwestern home turf to the U.K. and Europe, where they've toured to rave reviews.

Choke Cherry Tree introduces a retooled Ben Miller Band lineup, with Miller and fellow founding member Scott Leeper joined by new additions Rachel Ammons and Smilin' Bob Lewis. The pair's multi-instrumental skills bring added authority to Miller's rootsy new compositions, while maintaining the high energy level (complete with homemade instruments constructed from broken and discarded axes) that originally endeared the band to its fans. Elsewhere, Rachel Ammons' expressive vocals lend depth to the haunting "Redwing Blackbird."

Miller and company recorded Choke Cherry Tree with producer Chris Funk, a member of The Decemberists whose multi-instrumental abilities helped to expand the band's sonic options, as did his interest in using such guest players as Jenny Conlee and Nate Query (also of The Decemberists), renowned saxophonist Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Tin Huey, and uncle to Patrick Carney of The Black Keys), Dan Hunt of Neko Case’s band, Ural Thomas, Rev Shines of Lifesavas, and more. “Chris has a lot of musician friends,” Miller notes, “so if we needed an accordion player, he’d just call one.”

According to Miller, "Early in the process of making this album, i thought that we either had to really nail our live approach in the recording studio, or we needed to forget about that and just work on capturing the songs in an inventive way that presents them in their best light. We decided on the latter approach, and we never looked back."

Indeed, while Choke Cherry Tree maintains the rough-and-ready vibe of the band's prior releases, the new material also features some of the most carefully-crafted arrangements that Miller and company have ever had. "This time around," Miller explains, "I did more demos than usual, and really hashed out the songs at home, which gave me and chris a really good starting point to work the songs. It was the opposite of just jumping in and playing and trying to capture it on the mics. Even though there was more collaboration with other people on this album, it's probably the least compromised album I've ever made."

Since its formation in 2004, the Ben Miller Band has staked out an iconoclastic niche that's established them as both a one-of-a-kind creative unit and a grass-roots fan favorite. Channeling a century's worth of far-flung American musical influences into rousing songcraft that radiates with smarts and soul, Miller's tunes achieve a musical and emotional depth that belies the material's (and the musicians') rough exterior.

The hard-working unit first won a regional fan base through old-fashioned ingenuity and an unstinting work ethic, generating a national buzz and a high-profile 2013 tour of Europe with ZZ Top, thanks to the patronage of avowed BMB fan Billy Gibbons.

Run309 Saturday Fun Run Public at Running Central
Run309 Saturday Fun Run Public at Running Central

Meet at RC Outfitters on Saturday morning for a free fun run/walk! All levels are welcome, and our events are family-friendly!


Spirit of Peoria Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
Spirit of Peoria Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Who done it? And why? This interactive cruise is more than a shot in the dark. The cast of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Co will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds! Price includes a Prime Rib buffet, entertainment and the cruise. Cash bar available. Vegetarian meal available upon request. Ask about our group rates. Boarding: 6pm Dinner 6:30pm Cruise: 7-9pm

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Nathan Taylor & Friends at Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe
Nathan Taylor & Friends at Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe

New Orleans style jazz, atmosphere, and cuisine combine in one great evening!


College Night at First Ascent Peoria
College Night at First Ascent Peoria

College Students: Join us for our April College Night! Bring your student ID, enjoy some pizza and climb after the gym closes on Saturday, April 13 for just $10. Free for FA members. Current college students only!

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/416467485755105/

It\'s Not Me, It\'s You - A Burlesque Love Story
It\'s Not Me, It\'s You - A Burlesque Love Story

Whiskey City Burlesque brings you a tale of two hearts, brought together and torn apart through generations of music, dance, and the trials of change. This show is guaranteed to make you laugh, hoot n' holler, and maybe even sing along a few times (don't worry, audience participation is encouraged in our theater!) Get your tickets fast. The last show sold out well in advance, and you don't want to miss out!

18+, Tickets $20, $25 at the door (https://dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/ciballet)

The performances are held at the Central Illinois Ballet Black Box Theater

830 W Main St, Peoria IL

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages available
WCB Merchandise Available!

Henhouse Prowlers at Kenny\'s Westside Pub
Henhouse Prowlers at Kenny\'s Westside Pub

Chicago's bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers return to Peoria at Kenny's!