April Happenings

thru May 1st – Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre presents- “Shady Business” at the Dinner Theatre in Goodfield, IL. Call 309-965-2545. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Buffet is from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Doors for Sunday Brunch performances open at noon; buffet is noon – 1:00 p.m. with the show starting at 1:30 p.m.

thru April 11 – Annual Lily Show at the Luthy Botanical Gardens. Call 309-686-3362. Admission: Adults $2.00 and Children 12 and under are FREE.

April 3 – Bunny Breakfast and Giant Easter Egg Hunt – at Wildlife Prairie State Park from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Call 309-676-0998. General Admission rates apply. Arrive early for your chance at over 12,000 candy-filled eggs at one of two giant egg hunts that will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The hunts are free. The kid-friendly breakfast buffet is $7.95 for teens and adults; $5.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations recommended. Don’t forget your camera!

April 8 – The Peoria County Genealogical Society’s April meeting will be held at 101 State Street, Peoria IL, which is the current site of the Peoria Public Library Genealogy Collection. The Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. The Guest speaker will be Bob Killion, Collections Curator of the Peoria Historical Society. He will present: “U.S. Military Uniforms Throughout History.”

April 8 and 22nd – The Peoria Heights Suburban Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W Glen Ave, Peoria, IL 61614. Meetings are open to the public.  Dinner is $13.00.  The April 8th meeting will feature Amanda Neuman, Director of T.C.R.C. Sight Center of East Peoria. The April 22nd meeting will feature Ron Flood of the Illinois Lions Foundation. For more info or to make reservations call (309) 232-9002.

April 10 – Sept. 5 – Lakeview Museum’s Art of the Brick. This museum show, which is currently touring the U.S., is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the use of the popular LEGO® building block as an art medium. Admission is TBA. Call 309-686-7000.

April 10 – Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents: “The Music of Led Zeppelin” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Call 309-671-1096. Tickets are $45 – $65. The show bridges the gap between rock music and classical music.Truly a unique listening experience!

April 10 – 11 – The Cancer Center for Healthy Living is hosting its 11th Annual Spring Tai Ji Retreat at Wildlife Prairie State Park from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call 309-693-8139. Admission is $120 for both days, $80 for Saturday only, and $60 for Sunday only. The theme this year is Prairie Treasures, “Working with Metal.” The retreat will be led by Cielle Tewksbury, a senior instructor Tai Ji Master and Chungliang Al Huang.

April 11 – Michelle Vought & Carolyn Brady, known as the “Dazzling Divas!” will present a program of arias, favorites from the operatic repertoire, as well as some great duets and musical theatre selections. The concert will be at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd, at 3:00 pm. An offering will be taken & a reception will follow. For more info, call 688-5608.

April 14 – Community Make a Blanket Day to benefit Project Linus meets at JONES SEWING MACHINE CO., 3410 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria. Join the fun between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sewing machines & fabric squares provided. Bring your favorite notions, such as scissors, pins, etc., & bring your own lunch!

April 17 – 6th Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat – from 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at Wildlife Prairie State Park. This is a unique retreat designed to help women who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. The $30 fee per person includes speaker & activity fees, breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments. Space is limited. Registration deadline is April 2nd.

April 17 – 2010 Children’s Home Spring Gala from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Peoria Country Club. Call 309-687-7213. Admission is $75 per person. This annual black-tie optional event includes an elegant dinner, silent auction, live auction, cash raffle and a special honoree. This year*s Spring Gala honoree is RLI!  Seating is limited.

April 18-19 – Clean Water Celebration at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Call 309-673-8900. Admission is FREE.

April 20 – Family Caregiver Night designed for caregivers from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Par-a-Dice Hotel. Registration Required; FREE. Call 309-681-1100 for more info.

April 21 – 19th Annual Lee L. Morgan Education Conference presents “What You Do Impacts the Person with Dementia” from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Par-a-Dice Hotel. Regular Registration fee is $100.00. Call 309-681-1100 for more info.

April 21 – Peoria Knit and Crochet Guild meets from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Lakeview Library in the South Meeting Room. Bring a current project and join the fun.

April 23 – 25 – Spring Plant Sale @ Luthy Botanical Gardens. Shop for new and hard-to-find perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses and unusual tropicals and annuals! Also available is a selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies. Call 309-686-3362.

April 24 – Peoria Players Theatre will hold a Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  The sale will be held in the front lobby of the theatre, 4300 N. University in Lakeview Park.  Clothing from many different eras and in all sizes will be available.  Also, several hard-to-find collectible items will be sold and at very reasonable prices. Those wishing to donate items for the sale may drop off those items the week of April 19.

April 24 – The Music & Culture committee of the German-American Society will hold the Annual Spring Concert & Dance at the German Club (7601 N. Harker Dr) at 6:00 p.m. There will be appetizers & drinks; the Spring Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. The “Vogel Musik Quartet” will entertain for dancing at 8:00 p.m. Sandwiches will served later in evening. Tickets are $12.50 in advance & $15 at the door or by calling Glenda at 202-6363.

April 25 – Support Group meeting for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Proctor Hospital Cafeteria’s Conference Room. 5409 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL.

April 29 – May 2 – Heart of Illinois Senior Olympics – Multiple locations and times TBA. Call 681-2859. Please check www.hiso.org of Illinois Senior Olympics website for more information.

April 30 – Cancer Center for Healthy Living presents the Spirit of Living Dinner to recognize those who are an inspiration to their organization and to all cancer survivors. The event will be held at the Packard Plaza, Downtown Peoria. Admission is $100 per person. Joanne Glasser, President of Bradley University and a Breast Cancer Survivor will be the guest speaker. Call 693-8139 for more info.

April 30 – Tasting on the Green, a Fine wine and craft Beer tasting sample to support the Peoria Ballet. The event will be held at the Weaver Ridge Golf Club from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 each. Silent auction, test golf skills, and door prizes! Call 309-690-7990.