Happenings for March 2011

thru March 6 – Garish Garden Show @ Luthy Botanical Gardens from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Call 309-686-3362. See what NOT to do in your garden as we break out the pink flamingos and the garden gnomes in our Conservatory. Regular Garden hours. Conservatory admission applies.

thru March 24 – In Plane View/Abstractions of Flight – Lakeview Museum.

March 3 & 4 – Indoor Spring Garage & Bake Sale at the Peoria Area Blind People’s Center at 2905 W. Garden St. from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Proceeds will help provide meals, transportation and other services for the blind and visually impaired persons in the Peoria area.

March 4 – Church Women United presents World Day of Prayer “How Many Loaves Have You” at 10:00 a.m. at United Presbyterian Church, 2400 W. Northmoor Rd.

March 4 – Cabin Fever Show featuring The Boat Drunks – Food/Drinks @ 6:30 p.m.; Concert @ 8:00 p.m. Packard Plaza/Downtown Peoria. Admission: $12.00. One World is sponsoring a concert for a Jimmy buffet cover band called “The Boat Drunks” at the Packard plaza.

March 5 – April 15 – Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition – at Peoria Art Guild, 203 Harrison. Call 637-2787, ext. 2. This exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country.

March 5 – “Birding Tour of the Illinois River” – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Forest Park Nature Center. Call (309) 686-3360; Admission: $35 per person

March 5 – The American Red Cross & the Peoria Humane Society have developed a First Aid course for animal owners. The class is from 9:00 a.m. – noon @ Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry Ave. Cost: is $35. For info or to register call 672-2447.

March 6 – Fish Fry to Benefit Bel-Wood Nursing Home – Hosted by the Local 974 United Auto Workers Retirees. Open to public. The fund provides a memorable Christmas for every Bel-Wood resident. Tickets for this all-you-can-eat fundraiser are $7 for adults/$3 for children 12 and under.

March 7 – 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Whitney’s Walk For Life at 6:00 p.m. at Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 Barker on the campus of Bradley University. Survivors of suicide, community volunteers, and supporters can come together to honor life and remember their loved ones. The event is sponsored by Whitney’s Walk and the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley. Call 692-1766.

March 8 – The Emory University Concert Choir will perform as part of the First United Methodist Church 2011 Music Concert Series at 7:00 p.m. This choir is considered to be one of the finest collegiate choirs in the country. This is a free concert though a freewill offering will be accepted.

March 9 – Community Make a Blanket Day. Call 382-3672, e-mail: projlbabs@yahoo.com. Held @: JONES SEWING MACHINE CO., 3410 N. Prospect Rd. between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sewing machines & fabric squares provided. Bring favorite notionsand your own lunch.

March 10 – The Fine Arts Society of Peoria presents Janet Clanton’s lecture: “Significant Others in Art: Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner” at the Lakeview Museum. Coffee is at 9:25 a.m. Lecture follows at 10:00 a.m. Adult admission is $10; Students $2. Society members are free.

March 10 – May 1 – Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, Run for Your Wife

March 10 – The Peoria County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Branch Library. The featured speaker will be Jerry Klein, formerly an editorial writer and columnist at the Peoria Journal Star, will speak. His topic: “Life Among the Dead & other Adventures.”

March 11 – Preview Evening – Ladies Spa Night- Get Pampered by the Fairies – from 6:00 10:00 p.m. at Mt Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL. Contact: Lori Reynolds @ 685-9312. Admission: $50.00 Tickets need to be purchased in advance only.

March 11 – 13 & 17 – 20 –”The Women,” directed by Steve Bortolotti is a regional premiere at Peoria Players Theatre! Featuring an all-female cast. 7:30 p.m. on all dates except at 2:30 on March 13 and 20. Tickets: $12 for adults/$9 for patrons 18 & under. Call 688-4473.

March 12 – 3rd Annual Frolic with the Fairies “Aside the Babbling Brook” Luncheon & Style Show from  9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at  Mt Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL . Call Lori Reynolds at (309) 685-9312. Admission: $30 per ticket or $25 if 4 tickets purchased. Tea times are 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

March 12 – Peoria Ballet – Romeo and Juliet at Five Points Washington.

March 12 – 13 – Flanagan House Irish Tales – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Flanagan House Museum. Call 674-1921. Admission: Adults – $5, Children (5-12) – $2, Children 5 and under FREE!

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown Peoria

March 18 – IHSA Scholastic Bowl State Finals – Peoria Civic Center

March 18 – 20 — Corn Stock Theatre, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress.

March 18 – The Peoria City/County Health Department and the Methodist Wellmobile are offering free prostate screenings for uninsured Peoria County males. If you’re over 50 or African-American and over 40, or have a family history of prostate cancer, you are eligible. To register call 679-6131.

March 19 – Annual Photography Seminar featuring international photographer David duChemin hosted by the Peoria Camera Club from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at ICC’s Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Advanced sale tickets by March 9th are $70.00 for general public/$35.00 for full-time students After this date, tickets will be $80.00. Order at http://www.peoriacameraclub.com.

March 19 – Remarkable Reptiles – from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Peoria Glen Oak Zoo. 686-3365. Admission: regular zoo admission applies. From snakes and turtles, don’t miss your chance to find out more about the fascinating world of reptiles.

March 20 – The Central Illinois Jazz Society presents CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m. Featured Guest Group will be the ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band w/Gregg Clemons on Vocals at 7:15 p.m. at the Starting Gate Banquet Room, located in Landmark Recreation Center, 3225 N. Dries Lane.

March 20 – Masako Johnson will present vocal offerings from around the world. The concert is at 3:00 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd, Peoria. FREE & open to the public. An offering accepted & a reception will follow the concert. For more info call 688-5608.

March 23 – Proctor Hospital Sponsors Free Medicare Help Desk – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Lobby at Proctor Hospital. No appointment is needed. To call or register: (309) 691-1070.

March 25 – Zoo After Dark – from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Peoria Glen Oak Zoo. Call 686-3365. Admission: $20/person- registration required. Join this special tour to learn about night houses, nocturnal animals, and even meet some animals up close! Registration required. $20/person.

March 26 – Behind the Scenes Tour – from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Peoria Glen Oak Zoo. Call (309) 686-3365. Admission: $20/person- registration required. This hour long tour takes you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see! Cost is $20/person and includes zoo admission. Registration required.

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