Archive for June, 2010

 The Brian Choban Jazz Quintet will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria RiverFront tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. The event is free and features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. The Landing bar will be open to serve beverages.

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

Dress for Success Peoria will host the 2nd Annual Girls Night Out, a fun-filled evening celebrating the achievements of women tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Packard Plaza. Tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door. Call 671-5200 for tickets or more information.

Arc Light Productions will present Nunsense tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm in the Illini Bluffs High School Theater in Glasford. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens and children under 12 years old. For more information, 231-9270.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2010 Season opens tonight (Thursday) at Ewing Manor in Bloomington with their production of The Tempest beginning at 7:30 pm . Individual tickets for this performance range from $26 – $42 for adults and $22 – $38 for students & senior citizens. Season tickets range from $62 – $110 for adults and $50 – $98 for students & senior citizens and include The Tempest, The Three Musketeers and The Merry Wives of Windsor. For more information and production schedule, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit thefestival.org.

Old Settlers Days runs this weekend in Metamora featuring entertainment, contests and activities. For more information and events schedule, visit www.villageofmetamora.com.

Jason Russell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with shows tonight at 8 pm during the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $11 or $10 with cash. Jason’s show is rated R.

Universal Rhythm Assembly, will be held on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 3 pm and music beginning at 4 pm. To enhance the musical experience, many special interest groups concerned with the issues facing our ecosystem, national forestry, ecological education and global environmental concerns will be showcased at the event. Universal Rhythm Assembly also offers informative workshops and booths to introduce innovations in recycling and ecological preservation to expand the mind. For tickets, information and event schedule, visit www.universalrhythmassembly.com.

Join the American Cancer Society in the fight to create a world with less cancer by participating in Relay For Life in Peoria. This inspiring overnight event unites the entire community in celebrating those who have had cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and providing an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay For Life begins on Friday at 4 pm and runs through Saturday at 10 am at Northwoods Community Church in Peoria. For more information, visit www.RelayForLifePeoria.com or call 688-3480.

The Boardwalk at Junction City will host Artists on the Boardwalk this Friday from 4-8 pm. Artists representing many styles including oils, pastels, pottery, glass, jewelry and photography will be exhibiting all along the boardwalk. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the sounds of live jazz while you shop.

Doc Rodgers & the Rock Dodgers will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7 & $10 for non-members.
Swing at CAC begins with a dance lesson from 8:30-9:30 on Friday followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm -12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for non-members.

The Thomas Jefferson Banquet will be held in the Peoria Civic Center on Friday in meeting rooms 220-222 with the cocktail hour beginning at 6 pm, and dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 671-4904. The guest speaker is Dr. Andrew Morgan of Easter Seals.

The first of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce Music In the Park Series will feature the Jim Markum Swing Band on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Jones Park. The Jim Markum Swing Band is an 11-piece group that features “big band” standards. Have a famous Lemonade Shake-Up while you’re there. Admission is free.

Lakeview Aquatic Center is hosting a Jimmy Buffett Night on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Cost is $5 per person. Season passes will be honored. Take a shot at first prize in the “Best Dressed” contest, dust off your best rendition of “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and enjoy this family-friendly party for all ages.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert on Friday at St. Philomena’s beginning at 7 pm. On Sunday, The Muni Band will perform in concert at Glen Oak Park beginning at 7:30 pm. Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission for both concerts is free.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park on Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series with “The Spy Next Door” . Cost is $15 per carload:  park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Cedar Rapids begins at 7 pm on Friday at O’Brien Field. The will also play Cedar Rapids at 6:30 pm Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Individual tickets are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Corn Stock Theatre presents Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up? beginning at Friday at 7:30 pm and running each night through Saturday, July 3. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Season tickets are available for $66 per person for 5 shows also. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

Local musical theatre composer Nick Myers will present his new musical, The American Way, in the Dunlap High School Auditorium on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night.   Based on the original play by Kaufman and Hart, is a new musical that follows the life of a German immigrant through some of biggest events in the early 20th century. This new work will be staged “in concert”.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 244-5613 or online at  www.americanwaymusical.com.   All profits will benefit the Palace Theater in Elmwood which was severely damaged in the recent tornado to help rebuild the theater.

Northwoods Community Church will host Epicenter Conference 2010, a live Simulcast from Philadelphia  The Conference runs Friday from 6 – 8 pm and Saturday from 7:30am - 8pm. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Register at www. nwoods.org/epicenter

Enjoy a cruise on the Illinois River with a Sightseeing Cruise on Spirit of Peoria. The cruise is an hour and a half-long and begins and ends at the riverfront dock in downtown Peoria cruising up and down the Illinois River. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm through September. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, $9 for kids 4-12 and free for kids under 4.  For more information or to make a reservation (not required, but recommended), call 800-676-8988 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com.

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 through the summer from 8 am -noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com.

The Dax Locke Birthday Bash for St. Jude will be Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm at Wildlife Prairie State Park. There will be games, inflatables, volleyball, bags, cake, beer, raffles, auctions plus a dunk tank. Admission is $15 for kids, $10 for adults, $60 for families of five or more and free for St. Jude families. For more information, visit www.daxlocke.com.

The Rhapsody in Bloom Arts Festival at Luthy Botanical Gardens runs Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is $3 which includes Conservatory admission and free for ages 12 and under. The eighth annual celebration of art, music, food and bloom features 50 booths with regional artists and plus top entertainment groups from the area. There will be a diverse range of culinary creations plus kids can enjoy art activities in the Children’s Garden. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org.

The 19th Annual Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria Parade of Homes continues this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm with free admission at all homes. Visit the largest showcase of new construction in the tri-county area, with many beautiful newly-constructed homes open to the public. Look for the Parade of Homes sign in the yard. For a listing of home locations and additional information, call 699-5500 or visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

The Wine & Dine Experience, a 4-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Kevin Roecker, will take place on Saturday at Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito with each course being expertly paired with wine . During the evening, you’ll hear about each course selection from Chef Kevin and each wine selection from winemaker, Dan Willett. Joe Metzka will provide jazz music throughout the evening. Tickets are $50 per person and includes wine with each course. Call 968-7070 for reservations.

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s national evening walk and celebration, and the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding a cure for these digestive diseases. This is the first year Take Steps is hosting a walk in the Peoria area which hopes to reach a fundraising goal of $25,000. The event takes place in Laura Bradley Park in Peoria and kicks off at 4:30 pm on Saturday. For more information, call 827-0404 or to register, visit www.cctakesteps.org.

WCIC-FM presents Faith/Family Night with the Peoria Chiefs featuring a post-game concert with Big Daddy Weave beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday night. For more details, visit www.WCICFM.org.

The 43rd Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will be held Sunday at the Itoo Hall at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria from Noon-7 pm. Cost for adults is $10 and children (under 12) are $5. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal featuring hot off the grill beef shish-ka-bob cradled in pita bread, cabbage rolls, and Lebanese salad. Visit the bakery booth featuring delicious Lebanese pastries. For more information, call 676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com.

Experience Pioneer Days at Sommer Park on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $2 per person. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, heirloom vegetable gardening, hands-on children’s activities, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and wool spinning.

The Brian Choban Jazz Quintet will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria RiverFront tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. The event is free and features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. The Landing bar will be open to serve beverages.

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

Dress for Success Peoria will host the 2nd Annual Girls Night Out, a fun-filled evening celebrating the achievements of women tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Packard Plaza. Tickets are $20 per person or $25 at the door. Call 671-5200 for tickets or more information.

Arc Light Productions will present Nunsense tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm in the Illini Bluffs High School Theater in Glasford. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens and children under 12 years old. For more information, 231-9270.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2010 Season opens tonight (Thursday) at Ewing Manor in Bloomington with their production of The Tempest beginning at 7:30 pm . Individual tickets for this performance range from $26 – $42 for adults and $22 – $38 for students & senior citizens. Season tickets range from $62 – $110 for adults and $50 – $98 for students & senior citizens and include The Tempest, The Three Musketeers and The Merry Wives of Windsor. For more information and production schedule, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit thefestival.org.

Old Settlers Days runs this weekend in Metamora featuring entertainment, contests and activities. For more information and events schedule, visit www.villageofmetamora.com.

Jason Russell will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with shows tonight at 8 pm during the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $11 or $10 with cash. Jason’s show is rated R.

Universal Rhythm Assembly, will be held on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday & Saturday with gates opening at 3 pm and music beginning at 4 pm. To enhance the musical experience, many special interest groups concerned with the issues facing our ecosystem, national forestry, ecological education and global environmental concerns will be showcased at the event. Universal Rhythm Assembly also offers informative workshops and booths to introduce innovations in recycling and ecological preservation to expand the mind. For tickets, information and event schedule, visit www.universalrhythmassembly.com.

Join the American Cancer Society in the fight to create a world with less cancer by participating in Relay For Life in Peoria. This inspiring overnight event unites the entire community in celebrating those who have had cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and providing an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay For Life begins on Friday at 4 pm and runs through Saturday at 10 am at Northwoods Community Church in Peoria. For more information, visit www.RelayForLifePeoria.com or call 688-3480.

The Boardwalk at Junction City will host Artists on the Boardwalk this Friday from 4-8 pm. Artists representing many styles including oils, pastels, pottery, glass, jewelry and photography will be exhibiting all along the boardwalk. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the sounds of live jazz while you shop.

Doc Rodgers & the Rock Dodgers will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7 & $10 for non-members.
Swing at CAC begins with a dance lesson from 8:30-9:30 on Friday followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm -12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for non-members.

The Thomas Jefferson Banquet will be held in the Peoria Civic Center on Friday in meeting rooms 220-222 with the cocktail hour beginning at 6 pm, and dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 671-4904. The guest speaker is Dr. Andrew Morgan of Easter Seals.

The first of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce Music In the Park Series will feature the Jim Markum Swing Band on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Jones Park. The Jim Markum Swing Band is an 11-piece group that features “big band” standards. Have a famous Lemonade Shake-Up while you’re there. Admission is free.

Lakeview Aquatic Center is hosting a Jimmy Buffett Night on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Cost is $5 per person. Season passes will be honored. Take a shot at first prize in the “Best Dressed” contest, dust off your best rendition of “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and enjoy this family-friendly party for all ages.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert on Friday at St. Philomena’s beginning at 7 pm. On Sunday, The Muni Band will perform in concert at Glen Oak Park beginning at 7:30 pm. Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission for both concerts is free.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park on Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series with “The Spy Next Door” . Cost is $15 per carload:  park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Cedar Rapids begins at 7 pm on Friday at O’Brien Field. The will also play Cedar Rapids at 6:30 pm Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Individual tickets are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Corn Stock Theatre presents Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up? beginning at Friday at 7:30 pm and running each night through Saturday, July 3. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Season tickets are available for $66 per person for 5 shows also. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

Local musical theatre composer Nick Myers will present his new musical, The American Way, in the Dunlap High School Auditorium on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night.   Based on the original play by Kaufman and Hart, is a new musical that follows the life of a German immigrant through some of biggest events in the early 20th century. This new work will be staged “in concert”.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 244-5613 or online at  www.americanwaymusical.com.   All profits will benefit the Palace Theater in Elmwood which was severely damaged in the recent tornado to help rebuild the theater.

Northwoods Community Church will host Epicenter Conference 2010, a live Simulcast from Philadelphia  The Conference runs Friday from 6 – 8 pm and Saturday from 7:30am - 8pm. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Register at www. nwoods.org/epicenter

Enjoy a cruise on the Illinois River with a Sightseeing Cruise on Spirit of Peoria. The cruise is an hour and a half-long and begins and ends at the riverfront dock in downtown Peoria cruising up and down the Illinois River. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm through September. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, $9 for kids 4-12 and free for kids under 4.  For more information or to make a reservation (not required, but recommended), call 800-676-8988 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com.

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 through the summer from 8 am -noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com.

The Dax Locke Birthday Bash for St. Jude will be Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm at Wildlife Prairie State Park. There will be games, inflatables, volleyball, bags, cake, beer, raffles, auctions plus a dunk tank. Admission is $15 for kids, $10 for adults, $60 for families of five or more and free for St. Jude families. For more information, visit www.daxlocke.com.

The Rhapsody in Bloom Arts Festival at Luthy Botanical Gardens runs Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is $3 which includes Conservatory admission and free for ages 12 and under. The eighth annual celebration of art, music, food and bloom features 50 booths with regional artists and plus top entertainment groups from the area. There will be a diverse range of culinary creations plus kids can enjoy art activities in the Children’s Garden. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org.

The 19th Annual Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria Parade of Homes continues this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm with free admission at all homes. Visit the largest showcase of new construction in the tri-county area, with many beautiful newly-constructed homes open to the public. Look for the Parade of Homes sign in the yard. For a listing of home locations and additional information, call 699-5500 or visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

The Wine & Dine Experience, a 4-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Kevin Roecker, will take place on Saturday at Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito with each course being expertly paired with wine . During the evening, you’ll hear about each course selection from Chef Kevin and each wine selection from winemaker, Dan Willett. Joe Metzka will provide jazz music throughout the evening. Tickets are $50 per person and includes wine with each course. Call 968-7070 for reservations.

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s national evening walk and celebration, and the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding a cure for these digestive diseases. This is the first year Take Steps is hosting a walk in the Peoria area which hopes to reach a fundraising goal of $25,000. The event takes place in Laura Bradley Park in Peoria and kicks off at 4:30 pm on Saturday. For more information, call 827-0404 or to register, visit www.cctakesteps.org.

WCIC-FM presents Faith/Family Night with the Peoria Chiefs featuring a post-game concert with Big Daddy Weave beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday night. For more details, visit www.WCICFM.org.

The 43rd Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will be held Sunday at the Itoo Hall at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria from Noon-7 pm. Cost for adults is $10 and children (under 12) are $5. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal featuring hot off the grill beef shish-ka-bob cradled in pita bread, cabbage rolls, and Lebanese salad. Visit the bakery booth featuring delicious Lebanese pastries. For more information, call 676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com.

Experience Pioneer Days at Sommer Park on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $2 per person. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, heirloom vegetable gardening, hands-on children’s activities, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and wool spinning.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club will host The Challenges of Climate Change, a panel discussion at Barrack’s Cater Inn tonight (Thursday). Reception begins at 5 pm, dinner is at 6 pm and the panel presentation at 7 pm. Register at artstix.artspartners.net or call 677-2454 for more information.

Enjoy Dancing Under the Stars at Glen Oak Amphitheatre beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday )featuring the Bill Hardesty Orchestra. Admission is free.

Legacy 5, a Southern Gospel band, will perform tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at Riverside Community Church in downtown Peoria as a fundraiser for the Midwest Food Bank of Peoria. Tickets are $20 and $15 and are available at Peoria Tire, Midwest Food Bank or Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore.

The EDC for Central Illinois presents “Development and Incentives for Today’s Economy”, a half-day economic development workshop, from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday at the Five Points Center in Washington. Cost is $25/person and includes lunch. Register online at peoriachamber.org/register.

The W.D. Boyce Council will honor Rich Kriegsman for his years of community service at the 2010 Pekin Area Centennial Lawn Social on Friday in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The event will take place at the Pekin Insurance Lodge from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Call 673-6136 for more information.

Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) will present the 2010 Steamboat Sports Festival on the Peoria riverfront this Friday through Sunday. The event includes both the Steamboat Classic foot races and the Proctor Cycling Classic which both attract top athletes from around the world. Entertainment at this year’s Festival include Beatles tribute band American English on Thursday night, blues legend Buddy Guy on Friday night and local band Jamm Sammich on Saturday night. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Art and Wine Festival runs from Noon to 6 pm on Saturday, July 18. Local artisans will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in ceramics, glass, wood, metal work, jewelry, oil painting and fiber. Wine tasting will be featured in the Art Pavilion as well as the tasting room, food will be available and there will be live music performed throughout the day. Admission is free. For more information call 359-9463.

The Rock ‘n Roll Up Your Sleeve Concert and Blood Drive will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Friday from 2 – 7 pm.

Enjoy a cruise on the Illinois River with a Sightseeing Cruise on Spirit of Peoria. This cruise is an hour and a half-long and begins and ends at the riverfront dock in downtown Peoria cruising up and down the Illinois River. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through September.
You can also enjoy a Moonlight Cruise on Friday night. Live entertainment is included with your ticket for this 2 hour cruise. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 5 – 15. The boat boards at 7:30 pm and cruises from 8:30 – 10 pm. For more information or to make a reservation (not required, but recommended), call 800-676-8988 or go to
www.spiritofpeoria.com.

Kids ages 6-11 can enjoy a day at Wildlife Prairie State Park Day Camp on Friday to learn about native Illinois animals, plants, and more. The cost for each half day session is $18 per child or $15 for Park Members. Multiple child and multiple session discounts are available. Sessions run from 8 am-12 pm & 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information or to register your child call 676-0998 ext 6758 visit the website at: www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.
On Friday night, pack up the family and head to the park for their Movies Under the Stars series with Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Cost is $15 per carload & park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments.
The 37th Annual Olde English Faire is also this weekend, now being held at Wildlife Prairie State Park. The Faire features merchants, jousting, story tellers, magicians, belly dancers, actors, archery, acrobats, musical acts and much more.  Each day will begin with a Grande Marche. Times for the event are 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 10:30 am- 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $15 per carload and will allow for entry into the Park and animal exhibits.

The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 19th Annual Cruise-In in downtown Canton on Friday from 5 – 9 pm featuring antique and classic automobiles, and great family entertainment. Admission is free.
On Saturday, The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 3rd Annual Tractor Show and Pull on the Friendship Festival Fairgrounds from 9 am – 6 pm. The Tractor Show is from 9 am – 3 pm, the Tractor Pull weigh-in begins at 11 am, with pulls starting at Noon. Admission to this event is also free.

Greg Hahn will perform this weekend at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 or $16 with cash except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $13 or $12 with cash. For reservations, call 673-5853. Greg’s show is rated R.

Ambient will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
The Contemporary Arts Center also presents Salsa at the CAC on Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for CAC Members, and $6 for non-members.

The Peoria Chiefs take on the Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm as well as 1 pm Sunday at O’Brien Field. Individual tickets for all games are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. Season tickets and group discounted tickets are also available. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

ZOO to DO “Out of Africa!” is Friday from 6 – 10 pm at the Peoria Zoo. Enjoy a summer evening in Africa! as the Peoria Zoological Society honors Glen & Polly Barton. This special event will include cocktails, dinner, live music, silent auction, and more. Tickets are $125 each (Ages 21+). For tickets or more information, please call 681-3500.

Sevendust will perform in concert at Expo Gardens on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Special guests Shaman’s Harvest & Mindset Evolution will also perform. Tickets are $22 and available at Coop Records locations, by phone at 800-514-ETIX or online at www.jaytv.com.

Lightning Bugs at Forest Park Nature Center is an event taking place Friday from 9 – 10 pm for children and their parents where they’ll experience the magic of thousands of luminescent messengers blinking over the prairie. Look at fireflies up close, learn some interesting lightning bug facts and even do some “sparking” yourself. Admission is $1 per person with a $5 maximum per family. CORE members are free.

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 am – noon along Peoria’s RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com.

The 19th Annual Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria Parade of Homes runs this weekend, a free-style home tour featuring the largest showcase of new construction in the tri-county area, with many beautiful newly-constructed homes open to the public. Homes are featured by a variety of different area home builders. All homes are open with free admission from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Look for the Parade of Homes sign in yards. For more information, 699-5500 or visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp.

The Morton Community Foundation will hold a casual, 50′s-themed fundraising event called “Shake, Rattle & Roll” at Mike Murphy Ford in Morton on Saturday from 5:30 to 10 pm. There will be music, dancing, food and a live auction. Call 291-0434 for tickets.

Enjoy a Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise ala Jimmy Buffet on the Spirit of Peoria with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. The boat leaves at 8:30 pm for a cruise down the Illinois until 10:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person ages 21 & over only, please. To order tickets, call 800-676-8988 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com.

The Heritage Ensemble will present “Juneteenth, An American Celebration Concert”, at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.heritageensemble.com.

Easter Seals will host Wines & Polo on the Prairie at Weaver Angus Farm beginning at 5 pm on Saturday. Wines & food sampling will run from 6 – 10 pm, the polo match will begin at 6:15 pm and music & dancing goes from 8:30 – 11 pm featuring music by The West MacQueen Street Band. Tickets are $100 for the general wine experience plus other levels of participation are available. For more details, go to ci.easterseals.com or call 686-7755 Ext. 2321.

Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band will perform in a post-game concert after the Peoria Chiefs Game on Saturday night. Admission to the game is required for the concert. For more information, call 680-4000 or visit www.peoriachiefs.com.

Hands of Love Ministry will present a RiverLife Gospel Music Dinner and Lunch Cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat on Sunday evening. The cruise includes a dinner buffet, and live Gospel music with boarding of the boat beginning at 6:30 pm.  Hosted by Scott and Rachel West Kramer, the founders of Hands of Love Ministry and full-time Christian music artists, the cruise will run from 7 – 9 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for ages 4-12 or free for infants.  For more information, call the Spirit of Peoria at 800-676-8988 or visit www.handsoflove.org 

Wave, a diverse quartet that will present a mixture of traditional jazz, smooth jazz, and R&B music, will perform beginning at 7:15 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center on Sunday. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will open the program at 6 pm. Admission is $7 for non-members and $5 for members. Children 14 and under are free with an adult. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com for more information.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert at Glen Oak Park on Sunday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission is free.

The 2010 Tremont Turkey Festival will take place in downtown Tremont today (Thursday) from 9 am – 10 pm, Friday from 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday from 6:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Proceeds from the festival fund many Tremont area non-profit organizations. Admission and parking are free. For more information and a list of events, visit www.turkeyfestival.com.

Holy Family Heritage Days is today (Thursday) through Saturday in the school/church parking lot located at the corner of Sterling & Gale in Peoria. Hours are 4 – 9 pm on Thursday, 4 – 10 pm on Friday & 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday. Admission is free.  There will be rides with a $15 unlimited rides bracelet available on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm, food including a chicken dinner on Thursday from 4- 8 pm for $8, plus entertainment provided by The Romaniacs on Thursday from 6 – 9 pm, Side Tracked, who will host an Open Mic/Jam Session on Friday from 7 – 10 pm and Scotty & the Legionaires on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm.  For more information, call 688-3427.

Now in its eighth season, the 2010 Peoria Bach Festival will run this weekend in Peoria. A complete schedule and details regarding this year’s events can be found by visiting www.peoriabachfestival.org or by calling 676-4609.

Peoria Garden Club’s Annual Garden Walk is a walking tour of six Peoria area gardens today (Thursday) from 10 am – 7 pm. A raffle of various garden related items will also be held in conjunction with the tour plus refreshments will be served at one garden.  Tickets are $20 & kids under 12 are $10. Tickets are available at area nurseries & flower shops plus the Luthy Botanical Garden. For more information, call 444-4563.

Enjoy Dancing Under the Stars at Glen Oak Amphitheatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm featuring the Aristrocrats. Admission is free.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Lansing begins tonight  at 7 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will also take on Great Lakes at home Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Enjoy music by Jive & Wail, a dueling piano act between innings on Saturday night, during the fireworks show and after the game.  Individual tickets are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. Season tickets and group discounted tickets are also available. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com.

Mary Mack will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm during the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13, or $12 with cash, except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $11 or $10 with cash. Mary’s show is rated R.

Corn Stock Theatre’ s production of The King & I continues tonight (Thursday), Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Season tickets are available for $66 per person for 5 shows also. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

The 2010 USA Weightlifting National Championships will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall Friday through Sunday. Times are 8 am – 8 pm on Friday, 8 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 8 am – 5:30 pm on Sunday (times subject to change). Admission is available at the door.

Enjoy a cruise on the Illinois River with a Sightseeing Cruise on Spirit of Peoria. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through September. For more information or to make a reservation call 800-676-8988 or go to www.spiritofpeoria.com.

Change Up will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

Pack up the family Friday night and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series with “Agent Cody Banks”. Cost is $15 per carload & park members receive a 10% discount. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

Fleetwood Mix will perform on the CEFCU Stage on the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront Friday night with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Fleetwood Mix is a one of a kind Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open.

The River City Bags Classic to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held at Kelleher’s on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday. Packets will be available for pick-up Friday from 4:30 – 8:30 pm and on Saturday morning at the registration table at 9 am. Tournament start time is 11 am.

The Heart of Illinois Bird Club will be holding a Bird Fair at The Grand Hotel on Saturday. Doors will open to the public at 6 am and through 5 pm. Admission is $2 and raffle tickets will be available for a variety of bird-related items. For more information, call 645-7773.

The Peoria Park District will host their “Trunk to Treasure” Sale at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Purchase one parking space for $7 (residents) or $10 (non-residents) if you want to sell out of your car or up to 3 spaces ($5 for each addition space for residents or $8 per additional space for non-residents) to set up your own tables. For more information or to register, call the Park District at 682-1200.

The 19th Annual Return to Pimiteoui Pow Wow will be held Saturday and Sunday at W.H. Sommer Park. Native and Non-Native Americans from all over the country will gather to sing, dance, and share each other’s company. This is a wholesome family centered event with free parking and handicapped accessibility. Admission is $8 per carload. For more information, visit www.peoriapowwow.org

Bring your favorite set of wheels on down to the annual spring Bike Rodeo on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am at the American Red Cross parking lot, located at 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. This fun, free event features games, obstacle courses, face-painting and more. The first 50 kids will receive a FREE bike helmet plus two lucky kids will win a bicycle or tricycle.  For more information, please contact Monica at 677-7272, Ext. 201.

The Junior League of Peoria will present the inaugural running of Pair Up for Health at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday at 8 am. Pair Up for Health combines the beauty of the trails at Wildlife Prairie State Park with the challenges of an obstacle course. Participants may register online at www.PairUpForHealth.com. All proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Peoria’s charities.

The Annual Moss Avenue Sale is this Saturday from 7 am – 3 pm and features antiques & collectibles from area vendors plus food and fun. Admission is free and the event will run rain or shine. For more information, call 676-7900 or visit www.mossbradley.com.

TAILgaters is an event intended to introduce Peoria County’s animal control/protection division to the public and will be held at PAWS on Saturday featuring free hotdogs and kids’ activities from 10 am – 2 pm. And of course, shelter animals will be available for adoption.

Applegate and Company will perform at Forest Park Nature Center Saturday night beginning 7 pm. The band brings over 30 years of musical experience to the stage and their music covers a range from bluegrass, ragtime and folk classics.

The River City Blues Society will host the Pekin Main Street Blues Party from 4 – 10 pm on Saturday in downtown Pekin near the Tazewell County Courthouse featuring Dog House Blues & Eric “Guitar” Davis. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will perform “8 Seasons” at the Five Points Center for Performing Arts in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27 for adults and $7 for students & children.
On Sunday, the Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Vivaldi in the Vineyard at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $35 for adults and includes wine tasting and the concert. Children under 12 are free. For more information on either event, call 339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Didley’s Carhop in Metamora will host a Free Family Day on Sunday. This event is sponsored by MOSAIC, a community advisory committee of Children’s Hospital of Illinois and will feature games, train rides and play area for the kids, dinner and a free movie outside on the field. To register for the event, please email Erin at erin.e.durbin@osfhealthcare.org. the name of your party, and number of adults and children. Space is limited and you must register before the event.  A suggested donation of $10 per family may be given at the event.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert at Glen Oak Park on Sunday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission is free.

Pekin Civic Chorus will present Showtime 2010 tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the F.M. Peterson Theater at Pekin High School. Tickets are $14 and available from Chorus members or by calling 347-8061.

Local Chamber of Commerce members are invited to a Hard Hat Tour of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport new terminal construction site tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 7 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and there will be wine tasting hosted by Kickapoo Creek Winery. Please RSVP to www.flypia.com/events

Experience an African Safari at the Peoria Zoo on Friday from 6 – 10 pm for a fundraiser hosted by WCBU-FM 89.9 from 6-10 pm. Dine under the stars in the Africa exhibit at the Peoria Zoo with entertainment by Garry Moore & the Summer Drummers plus enjoy African & American cuisine from Water Street Wines, Cafe & Coffees. Admission is $75 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 677-3690. For more information, visit www.wcbufm.org or call 677-3690.

The 2010 Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Ballroom from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm on today (Thursday) and Friday and 8:30 am – Noon on Saturday. For registration information, visit www.igrc.org

Havana’s Annual Catfish Tournament is Friday – Sunday on the riverfront in downtown Havana. Enjoy the Catfish tournament, prizes, food, music and kids games. For more information, call 543-6580.

Luthy Botanical Gardens will hold their June Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Stock up on new and hard-to-find annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs for your garden. Selection is limited. There will be bargains too with items from all different seasons. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org.
Luthy Botanical Gardens will host Great Garden Walks of Summer beginning at 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults and ages 12 & under are free.

The IHSA State Softball Finals will take place at EastSide Center in East Peoria this Friday & Saturday. For more details, visit www.ihsa.org.

Enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise on Spirit of Peoria for an hour and a half-long beginning and ending at the riverfront dock in downtown Peoria cruising up and down the Illinois River. Sightseeing cruises regularly run on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through September.
You can also enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline by the light of the moon on a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria. Live entertainment is included with your ticket for this 2 hour cruise. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 5 – 15. The boat boards at 7:30 pm and cruises from 8:30 – 10 pm. For more information or to make a reservation for any cruises (not required, but recommended), call 800-676-8988 or go to www.spiritofpeoria.com.

Now in its eighth season, the 2010 Peoria Bach Festival will run this weekend in Peoria. A complete schedule and details regarding this year’s events can be found by visiting www.peoriabachfestival.org or by calling 676-4609.

Blueskillet will perform this Friday at the CAC’s Live at the Five Spot from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
The CAC will also host Salsa at CAC on Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either of these events, call 674-6822.

Join the Cancer Center for Healthy Living and the Peoria Cancer Center Foundation for a country good time for the Giddy Up and Get Down in the fight against cancer event this Friday at Weaver Angus Farms. The event will include music by Midnight Flyer, country line dance lessons, a pig roast and unique silent and live auction items. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 693-8139, 243-3320 or on the web at www.cchlpeoria.org or www.peoriacancer.com.

Peoria Players Theatre will present Always…Patsy Cline featuring local favorites Cheri Beever and Maureen O’Haenney at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for patrons 18 and are available at the PPT Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org.

Corn Stock Theatre will present The King & I as the opening show for their 2010 summer season in the tent beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and running each night at 7:30 pm through June 12. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Season tickets are available for $66 per person for 5 shows also. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196. Season tickets are available only at the Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Caroline Rhea will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $26 or $25 with cash except for the Friday 10:30 show which is $21 or $20 with cash. To make reservations, call 673-5853. Caroline’s show is rated R.

Arc Light Productions’ Annual Night at the Improv begins at 7:30 pm on Friday night at Illini Bluffs High School Theatre in Glasford. The comedy group will create the entire performance on wild scenarios and audience suggestions. Admission is $3 and is general seating. For more information, call 231-9270.

The Metro Centre will host Movies Under the Stars featuring Charlotte’s Web beginning at 7:45 pm on Friday night. The movie will be shown near Alexander Travel on a gigantic screen with a state-of-the-art sound system weather permitting. Gourmet popcorn and soft drinks for $1 each will be sold benefiting local charities while supplies last. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early for the best seats. Family activities will take place before the movie. Visit www.shopmetrocentre.com for more information.

Wildlife Prairie State Park is continuing their Movies Under the Stars series this Friday night with The Goonies. Gates open at 7:15 pm with showtime at 8 pm. Cost is $15 per carload: park members receive a 10% discount. Movies are shown under the park’s Teepee Shelter and the Ice Cream Exhibit will be open for snacks and refreshments.
Wildlife Prairie State Park will also host Junior Explorers, a monthly class for ages 5 – 7 from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday. This months topic is Westward Ho. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $6 for members, $7 plus park admission for non-members. For more information or to register your child call 676-0998 ext. 6758. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Start your summer out right with Sixteen Candles who will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Friday from 9 – 11 pm. This 80′s cover band will have you singing and dancing to your old favorites. The Landing bar will be open to serve your favorite beverages. Admission is $7 per person.

The grand prize winner of 91.5 WCIC’s Opening Act Contest will be announced and open up for Sanctus Real at St. Paul Lutheran at 6:30 pm located at 1427 W Lake. Admission is free. For more information, visit wcicfm.org

Up for a challenge, some exercise, and a whole lot of fun? The Crazy Daisy Adventure Race will pit two-person teams against each other in a timed race covering the limits of Sommer Park. There will be physical as well as mental challenges. All proceeds will benefit the Peoria Zoo. For more details, visit www.PeoriaZoo.com

Peoria’s RiverFront Market opens this Saturday featuring 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 from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s RiverFront throughout the summer. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Search for spring migrants and resident birds at the Migratory Bird Walk at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 7:30 – 8:30 am with a guide from the Nature Center or Peoria Audubon. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

A Day for Dax will be held at Northwoods Mall on the upper level in front of J C Penney on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. There will be crafts, home-based products from local businesses plus Dax bracelets and keychains available for purchase.

Sommerfest presented by the German American Central Society will take place at Hickory Grove on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. There will be live music, German beer, German food, dancing, and many other activities. On Saturday, admission is free until 4 pm and $1 from 4 – 8 pm. On Sunday, admission is free all day. For more information, call 370-4019 or visit http://www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Art Guild will host the 5th Annual Art Fair at Junction City from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday showcasing the talents of 65 artists living within 150 miles of Peoria and expects to attract over 10,000 visitors. The Art Fair is free to attend. Live music will be provided by local musicians. This family-friendly event also features a Kid’s Art Festival where children can create their own make and take art projects. For more information, call 309-637-2787. Visit www.junctioncityartfair.com

The Let’s Move Together Arthritis Walk will be held this Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Registration begins at 8 am. This event is a team and individual event geared towards those with arthritis and will also feature fun activities and a post party. There is no registration fee to walk as an individual or team. For more info visit www.arthritiswalkpeoria.com

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Elmwood. The event includes entertainment, food, craft booths, an outdoor volleyball classic, a car show and a motorcycle show. The food tent will be open from 10 am to 6 pm featuring butterfly pork chops, beef barbecue, hot dogs, brats many strawberry treats. Elmwood is located between Galesburg and Peoria on Illinois 78. For more information, call 742-8272.

The Junior League of Peoria will be hosting Crop ‘Til You Drop!, an all day scrap booking crop on Saturday at their historic headquarters located at 256 NE Randolph Ave. Admission is $15 per person which includes a free gift, raffles, use of all equipment, supplies available for purchase, training tips provided and a swap table. A lunch entree will be provided, please bring a snack to share. Seating is limited so make your reservations by calling 685-3912.

The Central Illinois Cruisers will host a Car Show at Maid Rite in Metro Centre on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm featuring a DJ, food & classic cars on display. For more information, visit www.centralillinoiscruisers.com

The Boat Drunks will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Enjoy a night of “Parrott Head” heaven and your favorite liquid libation from The Landing bar. Admission is $7 per person.

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $37 for table seating and $27 for regular seating and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

The Catholic Charities Community Advisory Board will be showing Disney’s “The Lion King” in celebration of Catholic Charities Month on Sunday at 2 pm at the Peoria Theatre. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for families of four or more. All proceeds will benefit the services provided by Catholic Charities. For more information, please contact the organization at 636-8000 or visit their website at www.ccdop.org

Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents Panorama featuring Anthony Jumaane Hendricks (“Collins” of Eastlight’s RENT) as part of their Signature Cabaret Series. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 include dinner & the show including tax & service fee. Peoria Cabaret Theatre is located within the Waterhouse at 619 SW Water Street on the 2nd floor. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 494-9100 or visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Sunday in the Park will take place at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre from 5 – 10 pm on Sunday night featuring live music by the Peoria Municipal Band, fun kids activities, great food and fun for the entire family to kick off the summer. Event admission is free.

The OSF Saint Francis & Children’s Hospital of Illinois Foundation is Celebrating the 25th Anniversary Children’s Miracle Network Telethon on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm broadcast live on WEEK-TV 25 from The Riverplex in Peoria and The Parke Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington. Admission to the live event at either location is free.