“Playing in Peoria” – Jan 30

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

It’s shaping up to be an awesome weekend in Central Illinois, offering activities ranging from a Jimmy Buffet night to an Indiana Jones screening at a museum. Below are a few more events that will help keep your schedule full this weekend!



Pickin’ on Jimmy Buffet

As part of the Monthly Music Feature at Sky Harbor Steakhouse in Peoria, a group of guest musicians will help customers go “fins up.” Chris Tarpley, Al Peacock, Steel Man Paul Hill and Dklu will play from 7-9 p.m. There will not be a cover charge and a full menu will be available from 4-10 p.m. Oh, and I better not forget to mention the $3 margaritas.

To make a reservation, call 674-5532.


Gertie’s Groundhog Day

Wildlife Prairie Park invites you for a very special event as the area’s iconic groundhog, Gertie, makes her annual weather prognostication at Gertie’s Groundhog Day. The special morning begins on Sunday at 6 a.m. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for no shadows and an early spring!


The Suffler 5K

Are you ready to take on the cold on Sunday morning? If so, get registered for the Suffler 5K at Northwoods Mall in Peoria. The race begins at 9 a.m. After the race, join everyone in celebrating at Kouri’s Pub. All participants will receive an official 2014 Suffler shirt, an official Suffler pint glass, and breakfast at Kouri’s Pub (including first drink).  For more information, click HERE! (LINK)

The race is limited to the first 400 participants, so sign up today!


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series

Come enjoy an Indiana Jones movie on Saturday afternoon at Dickson Mounds Museum in the auditorium. This month, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the featured film. Complimentary popcorn and beverages will be available. The movie will begin at 1 p.m. The event is free of charge, but donations are welcomed.

 monster jam

Monster Jam

The biggest and best Monster Jam superstars are taking over the Peoria Civic Center for three huge shows. Monster Jam is the most exciting family motorsports entertainment on the planet, featuring racing and freestyle thrills. Twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound trucks will soar over and smash through a battlefield of destruction!

Friday’s show begins at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s shows will start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Before the Saturday afternoon show fans will get to meet the drivers, get their autographs, take photos and even see the trucks up close!

Contact the Peoria Civic Center Box Office for ticket information!



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Keep Warm at the Giant Screen Theater

Written By: Andrew Ketterer 

With the bitter cold sweeping through the Central Illinois this week, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the Giant Screen Theater at Peoria Riverfront Museum! The screen is five stories high and seven stories wide, extending beyond the field of vision!

The ultra-sharp, ultra-detailed images, state-of-the-art audio system and stadium configured seating gives all viewers a unique experience no matter the type of film.

Whether you’re looking for an educational film or a box office hit, the theater has something for you. Here are the show times for this week.


The Last Reef 3Dlast reef

Tues: 11 a.m., 1:10 p.m.
Wed-Thurs: 11 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:20 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m., 1:10 p.m.
Sun: 12:15 p.m., 2:25 p.m.

“Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators…”


grand canyonGrand Canyon Adventure 3D

Tues-Thurs: 12:05 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 12:05 p.m.
Sun: 1:20 p.m.

“Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk combines exhilarating river-rafting action on America’s most iconic river, family fun and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon to tell an engaging story of how ordinary people can make a difference for our parched planet—on that is running out of clean, fresh water so fast that the U.N. estimates that 40% of the world could face life-threatening shortages by the year 2050.”


zeppelinLed Zeppelin: Celebration Day

Thurs: 7 p.m. (Thursday Rocks Concert Series)

“Celebration Day is a concert film by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, recorded at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on December 10, 2007, in London’s O2 Arena. The film was given a limited theatrical run starting on October 17, 2012, and was released on several home audio and video formats. The performance, film and album releases have been widely praised.”


The Stream

Wed: 7:00 p.m. (Call ticket desk for reservations at 309-686-7000.)

“A tragedy of epic proportions sends five friends on an epic adventure. All they have to do is follow The Stream and back. What could possibly go wrong? Encountering bullies, a nasty storm and mystical creatures, the friends will need the force of friendship to prevail.”


mr banksSaving Mr. Banks

Tues: 3:20 p.m., 7 p.m.
Wed-Thurs: 4:30 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

“When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.”


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“Playing in Peoria” – Jan 23

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

With a forecast of cold and windy this weekend, you may be looking to stay indoors while still getting out to enjoy some of the activities Central Illinois has to offer. So, I’ve decided to highlight a few events that will entertain the family while keeping you warm.


Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA)

This four-day music conference that brings approximately 10,000 music performers and music lovers from all over Illinois, kicked things off on Wednesday and will continue throughout the weekend at the Peoria Civic Center. Events that are opened to the public are as follows:

Jazz Night Concert: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
ILMEA Trade Show: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All State Concert: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Honors Concert: Saturday, 3:15 p.m.

Tickets to all of the concerts listed above can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office for $5. For a detailed schedule, click HERE. (LINK)

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Kids Clay Play Day

Perfect for children aging from 6-12, this Wheel Art Pottery Studios event is perfect way to have fun, get messy and create memories! On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., children will have the opportunity to build bobble heads and even take the wheel for a spin. There is a $30 fee for each participant, but each additional child receives $5 off the price.


Peoria Rivermen vs. Knoxville Ice Bears

The Rivermen are back in action at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend. The Rivs got off to a quick start last weekend, beating the Bloomington Thunder 2-0. Unfortunately, the team struggled the rest of the weekend, dropping games on Saturday and Sunday.

RivermenThey’ll have a shot at redemption this weekend with two home games against the Knoxville Ice Bears, who sit just behind the Rivs in the standings. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night. Let’s pack the arena this weekend and show Knoxville what Peoria hockey is all about!


Winter Gathering

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a Winter Gathering on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event gives participants a real-life view of a traditional Native American winter gathering. You’ll enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including storytelling, music, group games and dances, doll making and beading. This event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted at the door.


Central Illinois Jazz Society – Supersession

Get over to Landmark Recreation Center on Sunday at 6 p.m. for this Central Illinois Jazz Society event. The House Band, led by Larry Harms, will kick things off in the first set. Supersession will then play their set beginning at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, call 309-692-5330.  



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The Creek on State

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

The Creek on State, located on State Street in Downtown Peoria, is one of the newest additions to Central Illinois’ already diverse restaurant scene. This unique eatery, owned and operated by local Winery Director Rory Conner and his wife Mary, is “focused on a Tapas(ish) dining experience.” They prefer serving smaller plates for smaller prices in an atmosphere where guests are encouraged to share with each other, translating to a one-of-a-kind meal.

Lunch“Sitting down to eat should be an event, not a mundane task,” says Conner. “We want to offer a unique menu served in a unique way that a group of people can share and have fun with.”


Rotating Lunch Buffet

One of the largest attractions at this new eatery is the rotating lunch buffet, featuring different items each day. For only $7.49, visitors can enjoy Mediterranean Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wrap Wednesday or Thrifty Thursday!


Lunch Menu

Here are a few items off of the lunch menu that caught my eye!

Pepper Jack Turkey Focaccia: “Smoked turkey, crisp strips of bacon and pepper jack cheese paired with honey mustard mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, on toasted bread.”

Rib-Eye Sandwich: “Grilled redeye with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and provolone cheese served on a toasted hoagie bun.”

Black and Blue Shrimp Salad: “Blackened shrimp on a bed of mixed greens, bacon bits, crumbled bleu cheese, red onions, tomatoes, tossed in a bleu cheese dressing.”

Death by Chocolate: A flourless chocolate cake with a creamy chocolate mousse center and a dark chocolate ganache.Inside


Dinner Menu

And if you’re looking for a nice place to enjoy dinner, here are a few items from their dinner menu.

Lobster Macaroni & Cheese: “One of the Creek’s signature dishes, creamy cheese sauce and Morsels of real lobster prepared and topped with a panko crust. A great spin on a traditional dish.”

Fried Porcini Mushroom Ravioli: “Lightly breaded porcini ravioli fried in extra virgin olive oil and served with your choice of marinara or a classic Bolognese sauce.”

Drunken Steak: “A classic 8oz. cut of flat iron charbroiled to perfection and served with a drunken pale ‘ale sauce and a white wine poached quail egg served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable Dujour.”

Poached Apples with a Caramel and Whiskey Sauce: “Delicious Fuji apples poached and wrapped in a French pastry and paired with a caramel whisky sauce.”


Contact Information

100 State Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 439-9749
Email: info@thecreekonstate.com
Lunch Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Dinner Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday Bar: until 12 a.m.
Sunday: Closed

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Family Fest 2014

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

The Peoria Civic Center will play host to Family Fest 2014, featuring 40,000 square feet of interactive activities for all ages. Attractions, games, presentations and entertainment will fill Exhibit Hall D throughout the day. Feature events include: Fun on the Run inflatables, an indoor rock-climbing wall, carnival rides, face painting, simulation games and much more.

family fest

Event Details

When: Saturday, January 18, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Peoria Civic Center – Exhibit Hall D

Admission: Adults – $5, Children – $5, Children 3 and under are FREE

Family Four Pack: 2 adults and 2 children for $15


Back For 2014

Pumpkin Patch Carnival

Not many people can say they’ve ridden a carnival ride in January, at least an enjoyable one. Here is your opportunity to say such a thing! The Pumpkin Patch Carnival Ride is enjoyable for all ages and will surely have your family entertained.


Barnyard Discoveries

This interactive trailer will help show children the importance of farming and agriculture in Central Illinois. Kids will have a chance for a hands-on experience featuring grain samples, educational videos and even a small petting zoo.

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Rock Wall

Will you be able to climb to the top of the mountain? This interactive climbing wall for all ages will have kids reaching for the top and testing their limits.


New in 2014

Children’s Discovery Museum

An imagination playground, alcohol ink tile art, Dino Dig and glitter tattoos will all be featured at this new display featuring everything the museum has to offer.


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“Playing in Peoria” – Jan 15

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

As the cold continues to keep most of you indoors, the sporting schedule in Central Illinois is heating up. Whether you’re a fan of basketball, hockey or softball, the Peoria Area has a few events that will keep you entertained this weekend!

Here’s a glance at a few of the sporting events coming up this weekend.


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The Peoria Rivermen Alumni Association is proud to present a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni and St. Louis Blues Alumni at the Peoria Civic Center tonight. The proceeds will be used to assist the tornado relief efforts in Central Illinois.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. A $10 donation is requested at the door. Fans will have an opportunity for autographs and to participate in a silent auction for the Alumni jerseys.

For more information, click HERE.


ASA Tournament

The Avanti’s Dome in Pekin will play host to an ASA Tournament featuring three separate age divisions. Teams will be competing to earn a qualifying spot in the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oklahome City, OK. The tournaments get underway on Friday evening and continue through Sunday.

For additional information, click HERE.


Bradley vs. Southern Illinois

The Bradley Braves Men’s Basketball team will return to the Peoria Civic Center to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis on Friday at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, Walt Lemon, Jr. was named the Country Financial Scholar-Athlete of the Week after averaging 23.5 points in a pair of games last week.

Throw on a red shirt and head down to the Peoria Civic Center on Friday to support your Braves!


rivermenPeoria Rivermen vs. Bloomington Thunder

The Rivermen will return to home ice on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 3:15 p.m. Right now, the Rivs are sitting in the middle of the standings, and a couple of home wins this weekend may help jumpstart a playoff run.

So, get out and enjoy some professional hockey this weekend!



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Skate Strong: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

The Peoria Rivermen Alumni Association is proud to bring together members from the St. Louis Blues Alumni Association and the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association for an exhibition game at the Peoria Civic Center on Wednesday, January 15.

skate strongFans will be asked to make a $10 donation at the door for general admission seating, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Central Illinois tornado victims and distributed by the Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund.

With rosters featuring the names of Denis Savard (CHI), Eric Daze (CHI), Kelly Chase (STL), and Gino Cavallini (STL), it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these alumni compete on the ice here in Peoria.

The doors of the Peoria Civic Center will open at 6:00 p.m., with a special pre-game ceremony before the puck drop at 7:00 p.m. The game will consist of two 30-minute periods.

A silent auction for both team’s jersey’s will take place throughout the game. Also, the Rivermen Booster Club will be selling 50/50 tickets, while current Peoria Rivermen players will be collecting donations at the door. Fans will even have a chance to get autographs from their favorite alumni!


Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Roster

#5 Steve Konroyd
Blackhawk-Alumni#7 Bob Nardella
#10 Reggie Kerr
#11 Denis Cyr
#13 C.J. Koroll
#18 Denis Savard
#19 Troy Murray
#20 Jose Charbonneau
#22 Grant Mulvey
#26 Dave Mackey
#30 Murray Bannerman
#33 Reid Simpson
#33 Adrian Aucoin
#55 Eric Daze
Bill Mullins – Goalie
Jack Collins – Goalie

St. Louis Blues Alumni Roster

Terry Yake
Kelly Chase
John Wensink
Gino Cavallini
Steve Martinst. louis blues alumni
Alex Brooks
Larry Patey
Reed Low
Jeff Brown
Bob Bassen
Mark Bassen
Tyler Rennette
Jean-Guy Trudel
Kevin Tucker
Steve Ortman
Luke Gruden
Dominic Lavoie
Rick Zombo
Bob Plager
Perry Turnbull
Tony Twist
Brad Kempthorne
Kevin Lune

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