Archive for June, 2009

The CEFCU Jazz Series kicks off tonight on the Peoria riverfront.
Tonight’s show, featuring Kevin Hart & The Vibe Tribe from 7:30 –
9:30 pm, is free.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival opens tonight with A Midsummer
Night’s Dream at Ewing Manor in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm.
Scapin opens Friday and runs Saturday night also at 8 pm and A
Midsummer Night’s Dream plays again on Sunday night beginning at
7:30 pm. Tickets range in price from $16 to $40 for individual
seats and are available online at Ticketmaster.com. Season tickets
are also available. There is also a free family-friendly version of
Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Saturday beginning at 10 am in the
festival courtyard (bring lawn chairs for seating). The show lasts
45 minutes and is geared toward children 9 years and older.
Although the show is free, reservations are required: call
309-438-3334 or send an email to make your reservation. For more
information on the Festival, call (866) IL-SHAKE.

Eastlight Theatre continues the regional premiere of The Wedding
Singer tonight through Saturday. Based on the Adam Sandler movie,
it’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart is New Jersey’s
favorite wedding singer until his own fiancé leaves him at the
altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as
disastrous as his own. Peformances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are
$17 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 65+ and $10 for youth
through high school and are available at the Eastlight Box Office,
by calling 699-SHOW.

Corn Stock Theatre continues its summer season under the tent with
Neil Simon’s farce Rumors through Saturday. Performances all begin
at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students 18 &
under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling
676-2196.

The Barn continues with Forever Plaid this weekend. On Thursdays,
Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and
the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon,
and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for
Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more
information, call 965-2545.

The Peoria Junior League is hosting a Wine & Cheese Social from 6-8
pm tonight at the Junior League House located at 256 Randolph. The
Junior League, an organization of over 400 women, offers great
networking, volunteerism, and the chance to build lasting
friendships. Since 1936, they have been committed to promoting
voluntarism and improving our community. Peoria’s Race for the
Cure, Family house, the Riverfront Playground, Julep’s Closet, and
Kids in the Kitchen are just a few of the past projects that
launched by the Junior League. For more information, call
303-4243.

Tim Wilson, known for his many guest appearances on the Bob and
Tom radio show, will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this
weekend. He has sold over a half-million comedy albums in the last
10 years which include songs like “The Jeff Gordon Song,” “First
Baptist Bar and Grill” and “But I Could Be Wrong” among others.
Shows are Thursday at 8 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30
pm. Tickets for Tim’s shows are $19, or $18 with cash except
for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $15 with
cash. For more information, call 673-5853.

The Itoo Hall will sponsor Ballroom Dancing to the music of Phaze
from 7 – 10 pm tonight. Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is $10. For
more information, call the Itoo Hall at 676-9725.

There will be a free showing of the movie Peter Pan at Mineral
Springs Park in Pekin beginning at dusk. Bring blankets or lawn
chairs. Popcorn & soda will be available for $2.

Old Settler’s Days will take place this weekend in downtown
Metamora. The carnival will be open from 5:30 – 10 pm tonight,
noon – 10 pm Friday and Saturday. Every night there are multiple
drawings for gift certificates to local businesses. Must be over 16
to enter and be present to win. There is no cost to enter.

Also tonight, enjoy Dancing Under the Stars at the Glen Oak
Amphitheatre beginning at 7 pm featuring the Bill Hardesty
Orchestra. Admission is free.

On Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the Five
Spot featuring Hip Pocket (R&B, blues) at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7
for CAC members and $10 for non-members.

Relay for Life Race will take place this weekend for Pekin,
Peoria, and Eureka. For more information on each event, go to
http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/EventsCalendar

The Peoria Municipal Band Muni Band will perform Friday beginning
at 7:30 pm at St. Philomena’s and they’ll play again on Sunday at
the Glen Oak Amphitheatre at 7:30 pm. Both events are free and
open to the public. The band is conducted by David Vroman.

The Greater Illinois Area of the American Diabetes Association
presents it Annual Kiss a Pig Gala at the Embassy Suites in East
Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. In light of current Swine Flu
concerns (despite the fact that any association with pigs or pork
is a misconception and there is actually no chance of it spreading
by using a live pig), instead of kissing a pig this year, a man
will be dressed as a pig and will be the recipient of this year’s
kisses. Tickets are $85 per person or $750 for a table of four. For
more information and to reserve tickets, call Nicole Campen at
888-342-2383 Ext. 6546.

Lakeview Aquatic Center is throwing a Fins to Left Parrot Head
Party for all sailors, pirates, and brown-eyed girls, featuring the
music of Jimmy Buffet from 7 – 10 pm on Friday. Come on out wearing
your board shorts and bikinis, Hawaiian shirts, and pencil-thin
mustaches for a shot at first prize in the “Best Dressed” contest.
Dust off your best rendition of “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and come
these family-friendly parties for all ages! Cost is $5 per person

On Friday, the Thomas Jefferson Banquet will be held in the Peoria
Civic Center Ballroom with a cocktail hour beginning at 6 pm, and
dinner will be served at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 each or $400 per
table. Call Dana at 671-4900 for tickets. This year’s featured
speaker is Clay Jenkinson, a Thomas Jefferson impersonator.

Also on Friday, the movie Happy Feet will be shown under Wildlife
Prairie State Park’s famous tepee shelter. The fee is $12 per
carload. Gates open at 7:15 pm and show time is at 8 pm. Ice cream,
popcorn, s’mores & drinks will be available for purchase.

The Universal Rhythm Assembly is a is a two-day music festival
with a twist – a variety of music and an opportunity for people to
listen “outside the box” – happening in downtown Peoria at the
Riverfront Festival Park. Also showcased will be many different
special interest groups involving everything from the ecosystem we
live in to issues that involve the world as we know it. Great food
and spirits will be available too. Gates open at 3 pm both days,
music starts at 4 pm.

The seventh annual Rhapsody in Bloom, a celebration of art, music,
food, and bloom, will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden from 10 am
– 5 pm on Saturday and Noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Spend the weekend
browsing more than 50 booths by regional artists and listening to
top entertainment groups in the area. Kids can enjoy art activities
in the Children’s Garden. Admission is $3 for adults and ages 12 &
under are free.

Midsommar takes place this Saturday at Bishop Hill, just west of
Kewanee. The festival features swedish music, family activities, a
maypole, dancing and refreshments, workshops, jamming and fun for
the entire family. Main stage concerts begin at 11 am. Decorating
the maypole & procession to the Colony School for the Midsommar
Celebration being at 4 pm. The event is free. For more information,
call 927-3345.

On Saturday, Dream Center Peoria invites you to attend an Acts of
Kindness (AOK) Summer Cookout at various Peoria-area sites.
Locations include Glen Oak School, Morton Square Park, Peoria
Heights Congregational Church, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Taft
Homes, Madison Avenue United Methodist Church, St. Ann’s Church and
the Creve Coeur Community Center. Call 676-3000 for more
information.

Lakeview Museum is proud to present a unique cycling event: Tour
the Solar System with their Interplanetary Bicycle Ride this
Saturday. Follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the
world’s largest complete scale model of the solar system. Ride at
your own pace: both road and trail routes (12-100 miles) have
options for every member of your family and riders of all ages.
Pre-registration is required: call 686-7000 for more information.

The Holistic Health Center (located at 4809 N Sheridan Road in
Peoria) will hold an Open House & Patient Appreciation Day from 10
am – 2 pm on Saturday. They will offer mini exams, giveaways,
snacks, karaoke and balloon animals. All are welcome.

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local
meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers…plus a great
selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned
items, candles, and much more every Saturday Morning from 8 a.m. –
Noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information,
call 671-5555.

The 16th annual Mental Health Mile will be held at Detweiller Park
on Sunday morning. The Women’s Run will begin at 8 am followed by
the Men’s Run; a combined one-mile walk will start immediately
after the races. Registration $20. Refreshments will be served to
runners, walkers, and friends. Please plan to come walk or run with
us, or cheer us on. Together we can make a difference in mental
health services in our community.

The 18th Annual Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria Parade
of Homes continues this Saturday & Sunday. It’s a free-style home
tour and you determine your route. This year’s event features 20
homes, entered by 15 area home builders. Homes are located in
Washington, Morton, Pekin, Brimfield, Edwards, Peoria, Dunlap, Rome
and Chillicothe. See one, or see all 20 on your personalized tour.
All homes are open with free admission from 1-5 pm. Look for the
Parade of Homes sign in the yard. For more information, 699-5500.

Pioneer Days is Sunday at Sommer Park from 1– 4 pm. Experience the
daily life of a rural Peorian in the mid-19th century by
participating in blacksmithing, woodworking, gardening, and other
activities. Admission is $2 per person, which includes hayrack
rides. For more information, call 691-8423.

The Old Time Folk and Country Jam takes place Sunday at Forest
Park Nature Center from 3:30 – 5 pm. Meet other musicians and learn
some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come,
listen and enjoy. Admission is free; however, donations are
requested. For more information on either event, call 686-3360.

The Proctor Cycling Classic, an Illinois State Criterium
Championship, will take placeon Sunday in downtown Peoria.
Hundreds of professional and amateur cyclists from across the
United States are expected. Races will run throughout the day
beginning at 8 am and will feature various categories from
beginners to professional men’s and women’s races. Again this year
Classic Kid’s races will begin at Noon during the Criterium. There
will be big wheel races for children three and under and two
cycling events for children age four, five, six, and – seven, eight
and nine. This event is free to spectators and free parking
available plus food and refreshments will be available. For more
information call 370-8296.

The 42nd Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob takes place this Sunday at the
Itoo Hall on Farmington Road. Enjoy a delicious Lebanese meal
featuring their famous Lebanese cabbage rolls, tender hot
off-the-grill shish-ka-bob cradled in pita bread, and a tasty
Lebanese salad. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12.
For more information, call 676-9725.

The winner of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway will be drawn after
the St. Jude television special on WEEK-TV on Sunday at 11 am. The
home is valued at approximately $300,0000 and local residents have
been able to purchase raffle tickets for $100 for the chance to win
the house. The house is located in the Waterford Place community in
Dunlap, Illinois and is built by Brady Homes. The St. Jude Dream
Home house will be open for free tours today through Saturday from
9 am – 9 pm and Sunday from noon – 5 pm. The giveaway special on
WEEK-TV will air on Sunday at 11 am and 6 pm. For more information
or to puchase a raffle ticket, call 1-800-390-3196.

Today is the 3rd annual Dump the Pump Day. Ride a CityLink bus
today and help save the environment.

The Peoria Chiefs take on the Burlington Bees beginning at 7 pm at
O’Brien Field tonight, at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday
and at 2 pm on Sunday. Saturday night is also Legends at the
Ballpark night where former Chicago Cub Lee Smith will be on hand
for the dinner, presentation by Smith, the game, a silent audition
and fireworks. Tickets for the Legends event are $75. Call
692-8120 Ext. 694 for more information on this event. On Sunday,
kids can run the bases after the game and all Chief players wil
sign autographs in the concourse plus there will be a Father’s Day
catch on the field before the game. Tickets are $10 for Club Box,
$9 for Box or $6 for Lawn and are available at the O’Brien Field
box office, by phone at 866-698-4253.

The Journal Star is in the process of creating its 2nd hard-bound
historic retrospective of Peoria in conjunction with the Peoria
Historical Society. The book will feature more than 300 nostalgic
images, capturing the wonderful heritage of the Peoria area from
the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. As part of this project, they are
hosting a Peoria Memories II Scanning Session where you may bring
photos you have of the Peoria are during 1940-1969 along with a
brief description of the photos to be scanned while you wait to
possibly be included in the book. Space limitations may prevent
your picture from being used, but they will include as many as
possible. Scanning sessions are today from 3 – 6 pm and Saturday
from 10 am – 2 pm. The scanning sessions will take place at the
Pettengill-Morron House located at 1212 Moss Ave. For more
information, call 674-1921.

Forever Plaid, the Barn 2’s favorite “boy band” returns from the
heavens to once again serenade you by wrapping their wonderful
harmonies around the greatest musical hits from the 40’s and 50’s.
Frankie, Sparky, Smudge and Jinx give the performance of a lifetime
– in the afterlife! Tap your toes again to hits like “Three Coins
In The Fountain,” “Moments To Remember,” “Chain Gang,” “Matilda”
and “Cry,” and thrill at the Plaids’ three minute rendition of the
entire Ed Sullivan show! On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors
open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On
Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30
pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch
and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545.

Enjoy Dancing Under the Stars at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre tonight
beginning at 7 pm featuring the Jim Markum Swing Band. Admission
is free.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Lyfe on Water Street, an open
mic for poetry, prose, plays, acoustic music tonight from 7-9 pm.
Come with your talent or just to watch. Share a poem, dramatically
read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical composition.
Admission is $4 for CAC Members and $7 for non-members. On Friday
night, the CAC presents Live at the Five Spot beginning at 5:30 pm.
Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for non-members. Also on
Friday, there will be Salsa at CAC, a Latin Dance Latin dance
lesson and open dancing from 8:30-12:30 pm. The dance lesson runs
from 8:30-9:30 pm and open dancing is from 9:30 pm -12:30 am.
Open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero. Admission is $3 CAC members and $6
non-members.

Dance the night away tonight at the Itoo Hall with their Ballroom
Dancing to the music of Donna Weghorst & Friends at the Itoo Hall
from 7 – 10 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. For more information, call
the Itoo Hall at 676-9725.

The Illinois Valley Wheelm’n will sponsor a History Ride tonight
beginning at 6 pm at the Riverfront Visitor Center parking lot.
The ride, featuring historical areas in Peoria, will last about 2
hours.

The 2009 Society of Decorative Painters Conference will be held in
the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 6 pm tonight, 10
am – 5 pm on Friday and 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Admission for
unregistered conference attendees on Thursday and Friday is $10 for
adults and $2 for children (12 and under) at the door. Admission is
free on Saturday, June 20.

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow nationwide tour makes it’s way to
Peoira today through Saturday at the Jameson Inn. Bring your
treasures and have a chance to talk to world renowned antique and
collectible experts to find the real value of your items for free.
You’re welcome to bring coins and paper currency issued prior to
1965, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical
instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume
jewelry, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers, and
other unusual items for the experts to view for you. Show times
are today – Friday from 9 am – 6pm and Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm.
For more information, call 217-523-4225.

The Steamboat Sports Festival opens today at 4 pm and runs through
Saturday with a carnival, bands, children’s Area, sporting events,
clowns and speed boat races. Hours are 4 – 11 pm today, Noon –
Midnight on Friday and 7 am – Midnight on Saturday. For more
information, go to http://www.peoriaevents.com

The Central Illinois Cruisers will present Bringing Back Memories
event recognizing the “Slowpokes” members of 40 years in the East
Peoria Kohl’s parking lot (located at 401 N. Main Street) from 6-9
pm on Friday, from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – Noon on
Sunday. On Saturday, awards will be presented to Slowpokes
members, Taco Tuesday Blues Band will perform from 6-8 pm and from
8-9 pm, an Elvis impersonator will perform. For more information,
call 678-7369.

Peoria Theatre presents a B-Movie Horror Film Double Feature
beginning at 9 pm on Friday featuring ‘Poultrygeist: Night of the
Chicken Dead’ and ‘Jack Says’. Admission is $6 for adults and $5
for students & senior citizens. They’ll also host a 1970’s theme
party featuring “Car Wash” and “Cooley High” on Saturday beginning
at 9 pm. Dress in your funkiest 70s gear. Admission is $10. A
full bar is available as well as many other concessions. For more
information on either of these events,call 222-2278.

Eastlight Theatre presents the regional premiere of The Wedding
Singer Friday night through Sunday. Based on the Adam Sandler
movie, it’s 1985, and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart is New
Jersey’s favorite wedding singer until his own fiancé leaves him at
the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as
disastrous as his own. Peformances begin at 7:30 pm, except the
Sunday performance, which begins at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for
adults, $15 for senior citizens 65+ and $10 for youth through high
school and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling
699-SHOW.

A showing of Mr. Magoo’s Wonder Emporium will be presented at dusk
near the pavillion at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin on Friday.
Popcorn & soda will be available for $2. Please bring blankets &
lawn chairs.

Glenn Reader & the Countrymen will present a free concert from 6:30
– 8:30 pm at George Doering Park on Carlson Street in Sunnyland on
Friday. Bring lawn chairs. Free refreshments will be available.

Corn Stock Theatre continues its summer season under the tent with
Neil Simon’s farce Rumors opening Friday night and running through
June 27. Performances all begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $11 for
adults and $9 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn
Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

The Gus Gustafson Concert Band will perform at the park on the
square on Friday in Metamora from 7:30 – 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs.
There will be ice cream available.

The movie For the Love of the Game will be shown Friday night
under Wildlife Prairie State Park’s famous tepee shelter. The fee
is $12 per carload. Gates open at 7:15 pm and show time is at 8 pm.
Ice cream, popcorn, s’mores & drinks will be available for
purchase.

Parents & children are welcome to participate in the the Bike Rodeo
on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am at the downtown American Red
Cross Central Illinois Chapter for a fun way to teach children
about bicycle safety in a safe and supervised environment. At
this fun, free event, families can enjoy bike challenge courses,
prizes, face painting, games, puppet shows and more! Bring wheeled
equipment: bikes, tricycles, big wheels, scooters, etc. Free
helmets with fittings, while supplies last. No registration
required. For more information, call 677-7272.

The internationally famous Steamboat Classic is Saturday morning
beginning at 7 am features a 4 mile and 15 K race in downtown
Peoria.

The Peoria Pirates take on the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday night
at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range
from $8 to $60. Individual tickets are available at the Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 676-8700 or
online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Relay for Life events for Chillicothe and Morton will take
place this weekend. For more details these events, go to
http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/EventsCalendar.

The Easter Seals Wines and Polo on the Prairie fine wine tasting
and specialty food sampling takes place Saturday under the tent on
the beautiful Weaver Angus Farm, held in conjunction with a polo
match and a crazy golf cart polo match beginning at 6 pm. There
will be an auction and more than 80 wines and food specialties
available plus music and dancing. The raffle grand prize is a trip
for 2 to Maui plus there are lots of other great prizes. Raffle
tickets are $100 each. Money raised goes directly to programs and
services for children and adults with disabilities served by Easter
Seals. For more information, call 686-7755 Ext. 2321.

A Juneteenth Celebration, commemorating the complete abolition of
slavery, will take place at the South Side Branch of the Library
from 4-7 pm on Saturday. Bring the family out and celebrate our
heritage and this historic event with speakers, poetry, a hair
show, dancers, face painting, music and food. In the event of rain
the celebration will be held indoors. This event is free.
The play Diary of Black Men will be held in the Civic Center
Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and $33 and are on
sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster
outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local
meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers…plus a great
selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned
items, candles, and much more every Saturday Morning from 8 a.m. –
Noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information,
call 671-5555.

The Central Illinois Hosta Society presents the 2009 CIHS Garden
Walk. Tour times are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm on
Sunday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any of the
gardens.

The Peoria Zoo is giving free admission for all fathers
accompanied by a paying child on Sunday in celebration of Father’s
Day. Learn about dads in the animal kingdom and make enrichment
treats for the animal dads at 1:30 pm. Zoo admission is $7.95 for
adultsm $4.25 for kids 3-12, free for kids 2 & under and $7.50 for
ages 65+.

Dads swim free at Lakeview Family Aquatic Center on this Sunday in
celebration of Father’s Day when accompanied by family from Noon to
5 pm. Regular admission price for adults is $5.50 (ages 13 & up),
$3.75 for kids aged 4-12 and free for kids 3 & under with a paid
adult. For more information, call 686-3377.

Relax, dine, and cruise on a Riverboat Gospel Themed Dinner Cruise
on the Spirit of Peoria this Sunday featuring a chef carved bayou
prime rib and chicken buffet. The evening also includes a Gospel
music mini-concert and an inspirational message. The boat boards
at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7 – 9:30pm. Tickets are $40 for adults
and $20 for children. For more information, call 637-8000.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society presents the Dave Parkinson and
Friends from 6 – 9:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel in the Mozart Room
on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers, and free
to children 14 & under. For more information, call 692-5330.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7:30
pm at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Conducted by David Vroman, the
band also welcomes a guests vocalist.

Greg Hahn, who has been been described as “hyperactive hilarity”
and “insanely funny” will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this
weekend. He is a former marine corps captain, lumberjack show emcee
and wild west show stuntman and has appeared on “Late Night with
Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central and frequently on the Bob and Tom
“All Star Tour.” Shows are toinght at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday
at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets for are $17 or $16 if paying with
cash, except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show, which
are $12 of paying with cash. For more information, call 673-5853.

This weekend, the Barn’s favorite “boy band” is returning from the
heavens to once again serenade you by wrapping their wonderful
harmonies around the greatest musical hits from the 40’s and 50’s
in Forever Plaid. Frankie, Sparky, Smudge and Jinx give the
performance of a lifetime – in the afterlife! Tap your toes again
to hits like “Three Coins In The Fountain,” “Moments To Remember,”
“Chain Gang,” “Matilda” and “Cry,” and thrill at the Plaids’ three
minute rendition of the entire Ed Sullivan show! On Thursdays,
Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and
the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon,
and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for
Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more
information, call 965-2545.

The Tremont Turkey Festival takes place tonight through Sunday.
The carnival rides, BBQ turkey sandwiches, strawberry shortcake,
live entertainment, bed races, horse shoe tournament, merchant
tent, and crafts make this a great festival. Held at the City Park
in Tremont.

Dancing Under the Stars also takes place tonight at the Glen Oak
Amphitheatre. It’s time to brush up on your ballroom and the
country line dancing on Peoria ‘s only outdoor dance floor. This
year’s program will feature the big band sounds you’ve come to
love, plus hot country music for a little something different. This
event happens every Thursday evening at 7 pm. This week will
feature the Aristocrats.

On Friday, the Spirit of Peoria RiverBoat will host the Tropical
Rock & Roll for Your Soul / Jimmy Buffet Night. The Dockside
Cookout will run from 7 – 11 pm, with the cruise running from 8:30
– 10:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person. 21 and over only.

Also on Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the
Five Spot featuring Cobalt Canopy (rock, blues) at 5:30 pm.
Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for non-members.

JammSammich will be performing Friday night at the CEFCU Center
Stage on the Peoria Riverfront from 8 – 11 pm playing Motown,
disco, funk, pop, 80’s, and rock. Gates open at 7:30 pm. Tickets
are $7 at the gate. For more information, call 689-3019.

John Michael Talbot will be in concert at St. Vincent de Paul
Church on Friday evening beginning at 7 pm. John Michael Talbot is
Catholic music’s number one recording artist with sales of around
four million records worldwide, with more than 40 albums, 14 books
and numerous video teachings. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more
information, call 671-1550 ext. 283.

RealityNox, a band from East Peoria playing classic rock, blues and
current hits will perform at Rythm Kitchen on Friday from 8 – 11
pm. There is no cover charge.

The East Peoria and Race for Henry – Senachwine Relay for Life
races will take place this Friday evening through Saturday morning.
Go to www.ExplorePeoria.com/pages/EventsCalendar for more information.

State Representative Jehan Gordon will host a Community Shred Day
from 9 am – Noon at Landmark Recreation Center’s North Parking Lot
on Friday. Bring your old tax returns, files or sensitive
documents to be destroyed by the shredder. Accepted materials are
paper, computer disks, tapes & hard drives. Protect yourself from
identity theft and preserve the environment by recycling. For more
information, call 681-1992.

Hannah Fitch, a freshman at Millikin University, hopes to attend
the Summer Program of the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in
New York City and is hosting a concert for the public at First
Christian Church on Saturday at 7pm to help defray the cost of the
academy’s tuition. She will be performing a variety of music and
will sing with A Cappella group Unaccompanied Minors, and acclaimed
saxophonist Adam Larson. There is a suggested donation of $5.

WCBU Safari at Peoria Zoo takes place this Saturday beginning at 6
pm. Be one of the first in the area to experience the new Africa !
exhibit during WCBU’s exclusive safari to the Zambezi River Village
at the Peoria Zoo. Enjoy African & American cuisine will be
provided by Water Street Wines, Cafe & Coffees along with live
music and a performance by the Summer Drummers featuring Garry
Moore. Proceeds benefit WCBU-FM. Tickets are $75 in advance and
$80 at the door. For more information, call 677-3868 or visit
WCBU’s Website.

The PrimeTimes Expo will be held in the Peoria Civic Center
Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 4 – 9 pm. Admission is $2 at the
door. $1 from each paid admission will go to the local chapter of
the Alzheimer’s Association. Information on the seminars was
included in the June issue of PrimeTimes.

The Songs from the Woods Concert will take place Saturday at Forest
Park Nature Center at 7 pm. This month features Dan Zahn & Kate
Morettk. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. CORE
members receive a $1 per person discount. For more information,
call 686-3360.

The Old Time Folk and Country Jam takes place Sunday at Forest Park
Nature Center from 3:30 – 5 pm. Meet other musicians and learn some
new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen
and enjoy. Admission is free; however, donations are requested. For
more information on either event, call 686-3360.

The River City Bags Classic to benefit the St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital is coming to Kelleher’s on the Riverfront this
Saturday. There will be plenty of prizes to win plus fun, food,
beer and a live concert by the band Waterstreet.

The CEFCU Center Stage presents Head East on Saturday on the Peoria
riverfront. This legendary classic rock band has brought more than
three decades of rock to their fans with hits like “Flat as a
Pancake”, “Love Me Tonight” and “Since You Been Gone”. Gates open
at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $7 at the
gate.

Wildlife Prairie State Park presents its monthly Girl Scout Badge
Day on Saturday, where they will work on their Wildlife Badge from
10 am – 2 pm. All Jr. Girl Scouts are welcome. Pre-registration and
pre-payment is required. Cost is $10 for park members or $15 for
non- members. To register, call 676-0998 ext. 6758.

The Bradley Dog Park Grand Opening ceremony will take place on
Saturday beginning at 2 pm in the lower portion of Bradley Park.
The Bradley Dog Park officially “goes to the dogs” with its newest
attraction for man’s best friend. Well-behaved dogs ages 4 months
and up that have current rabies tags and vaccinations are welcome
to run and play in this fenced, five-acre arena complete with dog
water fountains and waste stations. For everyone’s safety, no
children under the age of 12 are allowed in the park, and an adult
must supervise children between the ages of 13 and 17. For all the
Dog Park rules, go to www.PeoriaParks.org.

Find fresh produce locally grown and brought directly from farms
and gardens, local meats, cheeses and breads at the RiverFront
Market on Saturday from 8 am to Noon. There’s also pottery, blown
glass, jewelry, wood turned items, candles, soaps and more all
handcrafted by local artists plus music and food demonstrations.
For more details, click HERE or call 671-5555.

The annual Return to Pimiteoui Pow Wow honors the Woodland Indian
tribes once inhabiting the Illinois River Valley in the land they
called Pimiteoui and welcomes the return of their descendants and
all Native American peoples to this area rich in early French and
Indian history. The event takes place at Sommer Park Saturday from
noon – 8 pm and will continue on Sunday from 10 am – 2:30 pm. For
more information, call 691-8423.

On Saturday, the Peoria Chiefs take on the Quad Cities River
Bandits beginning at 2 pm at O’Brien Field. Tickets are $10 for
Club Box, $9 for Box or $6 for Lawn and are available at the
O’Brien Field box office, by phone at 866-698-4253.

The Village Gardners of Morton will host its biannual garden walk
Rhapsody in Bloom 2009 from 6-8 pm on Saturday, 6/12 and 9 am – 1
pm on Sunday, 6/13. The event includes several home gardens in
Morton & Groveland. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the
entrance. Tickets are available at the Morton Public Library,
Morton Kroger Service Desk, Kinner’s Flowers & Grimm Interiors.
Proceeds benefit the Morton Public Library gardens. For more
information, call 263-7772 or 266-5244.

Also on Saturday, find antiques, food & fun at the 28th annual
Moss Avenue Sale from 8 am to 3 pm on historic Moss Ave. Funds
raised benefit the Moss Bradley Residents Association. For more
information, call 676-7900.

On Sunday, the Peoria Municipal Band will perform beginning at 7:30
pm at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Conducted by David Vroman, the
band welcomes Erin Durbin as guest soloist this week.

The Relay for Life Chillicothe Garden Tour on Sunday features five
Chillicothe gardens and runs from 1 – 4 pm. Proceeds will benefit
the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at
the gardens. Advance tickets are available at Picket Fence and
Cutting Edge. For more information, call 274-3210.

Tonight, Peoria Players Theatre presents its summer fundraiser,
Altar Boyz. It’s a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy
about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their
national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Boyz are five all-singing,
all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan &
Abraham. Performances begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday through Saturday
and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for
students 18 & under and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box
Office, by calling 688-4473.

Also tonight, the hilarious Mel Brooks musical The Producers
continues through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre. Performances all
begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students
18 & under. Season tickets are $62 and include tickets to all 5
shows this summer and are on sale now at the Corn Stock Box Office
or by calling 676-2196.

Squabbles continues at the Barn II Dinner Theatre tonight. This
hilarious play pits a cantankerous father-in-law against a mother
in a comedic succession of squabbles. On Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show
is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors and the buffet open at noon, and the
show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays
and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call
965-2545.

The Peoria Chiefs take on the Beloit Snappers tonight beginning at
7 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will face the Snappers again
Friday evening at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for Club Box, $9 for
Box or $6 for Lawn and are available at the O’Brien Field box
office, by phone at 866-698-4253.

The Peoria Bach Festival 2009 continues tonight through Sunday and
brings together top flight local, regional, and national musicians
for a week of concerts and celebrations. A complete schedule and
details regarding this year’s events can be found by calling 676-4609.

On Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Live at the Five
Spot featuring the Preston Jackson & Friends (jazz, R&B) at 5:30
pm. Admission is $7 for CAC members and $10 for non-members. Also
on Friday, the CAC presents Salsa at CAC, a Latin Dance Latin dance
lesson and open dancing from 8:30 – 12:30 pm. The dance lesson runs
from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing is from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am.
Open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero. Admission is $3 CAC members and $6
non-members.

Sixteen Candles will perform tonight at the CEFCU Center Stage
from 8 – 11 pm. This 80’s cover band will have you singing and
dancing to your old favorites. The Landing bar will be open. Gates
open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per person. For more information,
call 689-3019.

Also tonight, Tim Zimmerman & the King’s Brass will perform at
Grace Presbyterian Church (located at Knoxville & Forest Hill in
Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. An offering will be taken. For more
information, call 347-8850.

Christian band 33 Miles will perform tonight beginning at 6:30 pm
at St. Paul Lutheran Church located at 1427 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria.
The show is free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for the
performance. For more information, call 682-2931.

The Canton, Bartonville, and Metamora Relay for Life races will
take place this Friday at 6 pm through Saturday at 9 am.

On Saturday, the Elmwood Strawberry Festival offers strawberry
pie, shortcake and other strawberry delicacies in the day-long
event which also includes great entertainment, craft booths, a
pancake and sausage breakfast from 6-10 am sponsored by the Elmwood
Fire Dept., a food tent from 10 am to 6 pm, an outdoor volleyball
classic, a car show, a motorcycle show, plus a kids corner.
Elmwood is located between Galesburg and Peoria on Illinois Route
78. For more information, call 742-8272.

The newly renovated Peoria Zoo will host the grand opening of their
new Africa ! Exhibit on Saturday. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm, with the
last admissions at 4:30 pm. Regular admission prices will be in
effect. For more information, click HERE or call 686-3365.

Find fresh produce locally grown and brought directly from farms
and gardens, local meats, cheeses and breads at the RiverFront
Market on Saturday from 8 am to Noon. There’s also pottery, blown
glass, jewelry, wood turned items, candles, soaps and more all
handcrafted by local artists plus music and food demonstrations.
For more details, click HERE or call 671-5555.

The Junction City Art Fair also takes place this Saturday. The
Peoria Art Guild partners with the Junction City Shopping Center
for a third year to present this juried fair showcasing artists
from Central Illinois (within a 100 miles radius). The fair runs
Sunday too. Hours are 10 am – 4 pm both days. For more
information, call 637-2787.

The Peoria Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Center for Healthy
Living present On Top of the World on Saturday featuring Sean
Swarner, the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest and who
continues to go on adventures that inspire and raise cancer
awareness all over the world. Swarner will speak about his cancer
journey where he beat the odds not once, but twice with a stage 4
cancer diagnosis (in which both times he was told that it would be
terminal). The event will be held at Weaver Angus Farm beginning
at 7 pm and will feature entertainment, a live and silent auction,
a martini bar, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for the event are $75
each. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event,
contact Kollet Walty at 369-7099 or Matt George at 303-3970.

The Boat Drunks will perform on Satrurday at the CEFCU Center Stage
at The Landing. Gates open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00
pm. Admission is $7 per person.

Luthy Botanical Garden celebrates summer with a Plant Sale on
Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Kick off the season with live music
from 11 am to 3 pm. Enjoy popcorn and a soda while strolling
through the garden and check out the first-ever tent sale with
bargains galore from all different seasons. Stock up on new
annuals, perennials, veggies, and herbs for your garden (selection
is limited). Admission is free.

Also on Saturday, the Peoria Pirates take on the Green Bay Blizzard
at 7 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range
from $8 to $60 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office,
all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 676-8700 or online at
Ticketmaster.com.

The Heritage Ensemble will perform at the Illinois Central College
Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for
the general public, $12 for senior citizens, and $8 for students.
For more information, call 694-5ICC.

The German- American Society- presents Sommerfest on Saturday and
Sunday from noon – 8 pm at Hickory Grove Park in Dunlap. A
non-for-profit corporation founded to promote German culture in the
Peoria area through song, sport, food, drink and good fellowship.
Activities will include soccer, air rifle, bingo, German food and
beverages, bands, entertainment and more. The event is free. For
more information, call 691-3657

Jammsammich will perfom Saturday at 7 pm at the Mackinaw Valley
Vineyard.

Logan Center is sponsoring a Community Sale from 8 am – 2 pm on
Saturday. You can bring your items and sell them at this event.
Registration and table rental required for sellers: $15 for the
first table, $10 for each additional table. Call 676-8179 for more
information. The event will be held indoors in case of rain.

The Let’s Move Together Arthritis Walk is an individual and team
event geared towards those adults and children who have arthritis.
This is a 5k, (3.1 mile) walk with a one mile “Stride for Pride”
option. This family oriented event will feature a Health Fair, fun
activities and a post party. Join them on Saturday to acknowledge,
support and celebrate those who battle arthritis on a daily basis.

Also on Saturday, the Glenn Kaiser Band will perform at the First
Assembly of God Church in Pekin beginning at 7 pm. They play
Christian blues and rock. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more
information, call 347-2163.

Sunday in the Park will take place from 5:30 – 9 pm at the Glen
Oak Amphitheater this Sunday. Don’t miss the official kick off to
summer, which includes live music, food, and fun activities.

Internationally-acclaimed medium and clairvoyant Lisa Williams will
appear on Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7
pm. Tickets are $45, $55 and $65 and are available at the Peoria
Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
1-800-745-3000.

Also on Sunday, the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center
will host the gospel rapper, Sean Slaughter, and the group Hope
Renewed at 6 pm. The event is free. For more information, call
694-5ICC.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm
at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Conducted by David Vroman, the band
welcomes guests vocalists each week.