PERU — Music Suite 408 Paint Box gallery, 408 5th St., Peru, will host an exhibit opening and reception for the photography of James and Carol Krancic from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will feature photography of the Illinois Valley. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. The exhibit will run through December. Gallery hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and by appointment. For more information, call 815-223-4408.
PRINCETON — The Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble and Flutopia will present a Christmas concert titled “Christmas Around the World” at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton, at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will feature international Christmas music as well as some familiar tunes from the Nutcracker Suite. Holiday drinks and flavored coffees will be served after the concert. Admission will be by donation only. No reservations required.
Light up the holidays
LADD —The 2013 Ladd Christmas Walk will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Ladd. Activities include horse drawn wagon rides, kids’ crafts and activities plus pictures with Santa. Organizations will sell wreaths, garlands, ornaments and gifts. A Snowman Parade starts at 5 p.m. From more information, call 815-894-2092 or email email@example.com.
PRINCETON — The Princeton Community Band will present “An Afternoon of Holiday Cheer” at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Sally Skinner Council Auditorium at Princeton High School. The concert will feature many holiday favorite in a variety of musical styles, and will include an audience sing-a-long. The band will be under the direction of guest conductor Brandon Czubachowski. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’
PRINCETON — Festival 56 will present the holiday classic, “Miracle on 34th Street,” as a radio play broadcast live over WZOE Radio at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Tickets are $20 and include complimentary coffee and refreshments from Flour House Bakery before the show. To order tickets, call 815-879-5656 or visit www.festival56.com.
PRINCETON — The Princeton Christmas parade will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade will start at Maria’s Pizza (former Nelson Drug Store) and continue down Main Street to Soldiers and Sailors Park. Santa Claus will be in the parade. Santa’s helpers will collect items for the food pantry along the parade route.
PRINCETON — The Princeton Moose Lodge will host its 33rd annual senior citizens dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday at the lodge. Doors open noon. This dinner is free for seniors. For reservations, call Kent Harmon at 815-915-6152.
Christmas House Walk
SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Hospital Foundation presents Home for the Holidays Christmas House Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Six homes, decorated for the holidays, will open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours. The ticket price is $25 per person. St. Margaret’s Gift Shop will serve hot tea and homemade cookies during the house walk. Advance sales only. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee Grocery Store, Hackman insurance, Dr. Le Ceresa’s Office, Tri-City Frock Shop, Studio 718, August Hill Winery, Spring Valley City Bank and St. Margaret’s Gift Shop. All proceeds benefit the St. Margaret’s Esophageal and Colon Cancer Center currently under construction.
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Food Pantry will hold its third children’s winter coat/hat and glove distribution program from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at 1019 N. Main St., Princeton. Families must reside in Bureau County. Proof of residency and 30-day income verification must be provided. For more information, contact Vanessa Hoffeditz at 815-875-6064.