Peoria County Calendar of Events March 14 – March 18


Third Thursday Film Fest: ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’
Thursday, 2-4:30 p.m.
North Branch, Peoria Public Library, 3001 Grand Pkwy.

Bring a snack and enjoy the movie on the big screen followed by a discussion of a comparison of the book and the movie. For more information, call (309) 497-2000.

MARCH 15-17

March Madness Experience
Thur. 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson St.
Free with a game ticket/$2 without a ticket

Family-oriented fun, games and exhibits. For more information, visit

MARCH 15-21

Public Library Annual Book Sale
Thurs.-Wed., noon-5 p.m.
Lower Level, Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe

Friendly Finds Bookstore will be offering more than 14,000 donated and lightly used books as well as audiobooks, DVDs and CDs. Receive 50 percent off your total purchase on Friday; Saturday is the $3 a bag sale. For more information, call (309) 497-2145.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party
Saturday, parade begins at 11 a.m.
Downtown Peoria

The St. Patrick Society of Peoria coordinates its 38th annual parade. Following the parade a themed party will be held at the Gateway Building on the riverfront. Tickets to the party are $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. For more information visit

Maestro’s Choice at 5-Points
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
360 N. Wilmor Road, Washington
$35; $10 for students

Heartland Festival Orchestra will feature pianist Adam Neiman. For more information, visit

SeniorNet Computer Class Open House
Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 411 W. Lake Ave., Peoria

An orientation session will explain the offerings of the SeniorNet computer classes that will begin April 2. Senior Net serves Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. For more information, call (309) 361-5176.

Scarlet: Ballet-Film Hybrid
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, 1 College Drive, E. Peoria

Chicago’s Ballet uses classical ballet and film to bring a story inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’ to life. For tickets, call (312) 725-4752.

March Madness Sneaker Fest
Saturday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center Ballroom, 201 SW Washington St.

The ultimate sneaker marketplace where you can buy, sell or trade sneakers. For more information, visit

Dinner Mystery Theater: ‘The Irish Setter Wake’
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
East Port Banquet Center, 703 Mariner’s Way

A dinner buffet that include corned beef and cabbage will accompany the audience participation show to solve the mystery. For reservations, call (309) 692-3990.

Paint Your Pet Like Warhol with Zac Zetterberg
Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Studio 2, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.

Relax with wine and art as Zac Zetterberg will lead you to create a Warhol-like picture of your pet. Register by calling (309) 686-7000.

River Spirit Flute Circle
Saturday, 1-2 p.m.
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Road, Peoria Heights

Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing a wooden flute. For more information, call (309) 686-3360.

Film Noir at the Library: ‘Vertigo’
Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe

The 1958 movie stars Jimmie Stewart. For more information, call (309) 497-2000.


Indoor Cricket Match
Sunday, 6:30 -10 p.m.
Louisville Slugger Stadium, 8400 Orange Prairie Road, Peoria
$18; $5 for youth 5-8 years old

Spectators can enjoy cricket games, entertainment and refreshments with proceeds benefiting Easter Seals of Central Illinois. For more information, call (309) 657-4840.

75th Anniversary Archbishop Damaskinos’ Protest Letter Against the Holocaust
Sunday, 3 p.m.
Auditorium, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.

Join the Jewish Federation of Peoria and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago for an educational presentation at the Peoria Riverfront Museum recognizing the 75th Anniversary of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Damaskinos’ Letter of Protest Against the Holocaust. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.


–Peoria County Calendar of Events March 14 – March 18–