Archive for July, 2010

The Peoria Chiefs take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm and again on Friday night at 6:30 pm at O’Brien Field. 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.

2 Old Chicago employees will spend 3 days & nights on the Old Chicago rooftop this weekend to raise money for the Children’s Home for the 2nd year of their Raise the Rooftop event.   The event will also include live music on Friday & Saturday, a car wash on Saturday & Sunday, a dunk tank & raffle. Children’s Home will also receive $3 from every large to-go pizza sold this weekend. Last year’s event raised nearly $3,500 for the Children’s Home!

The comedy Lie, Cheat and Genuflect opens this weekend at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. Shows are tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, show at 8 pm) and on Sunday (doors & buffet open at noon, show 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 or go to www.barn2.com.

2009 Grammy Nominees After Edmund with local guests Hello Industry will play a concert at Rock Church (located at 1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd, East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. Admission is $10. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.theerinb.com.

Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe will perform tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm as part of the CEFCU Jazz Series on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing. Admission is free. This performance is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. The Landing bar will be open.

Tonight (Thursday), Sky Harbor presents “Pickin’ On – Neil Young” featuring Clyde Robison, Mark Conlee & Daryl Klusendorf playing live music from 7 – 9 pm. Jammers are welcome 9 pm til close. Reservations suggested: call 674-5532 or visit www.skyharborsteakhouse.com.

The Elite Combat Championship will include 15 mixed martial arts cage fights and takes place tonight (Thursday) at the Grand Hotel at 4400 North Brandywine Drive in Peoria. Tickets are available now and only $15 in advance at Coop Records and the Brass Rail.

Tonight (Thursday) is Family Night at Lakeview Aquatic Center from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Swim under the lights for a private swim designed specifically for families for one low price. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $4 per person or $10 for a family up to 4 people; additional children $2 each. For more information, call 686-3377.

Greg Warren will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday 10:30 pm show, which are $10. This show is rated R (Mild).

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents “The Three Musketeers” beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday and also at 8 pm Saturday at Ewing Manor in Bloomington. The Festival will also present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” Friday at 8 pm. Individual tickets range from $26 – $42 for adults and $22 – $38 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit www.thefestival.org

The Oohs will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.

Hands of Love Ministry will present a RiverLife Gospel Music Lunch & Dinner Cruises on Saturday aboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat.  The cruises will feature entertainment, a buffet and Gospel Music with special guests Reggie and Ladye Love Smith. The cruise is hosted by Scott and Rachel West Kramer, founders of Hands of Love Ministry and full-time Christian music artists. Admission is $36 for adults, $18 for kdis ages 4-12 for lunch which boards at Noon & departs at 12:30 pm or $40 for adults, $20 for ages 4-12 and boards beginning at 6:30 pm and cruises at 7 pm.  For reservations and more information, call 800-676-8988, or visit www.handsoflove.org

The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts their Music In the Park series in Jones Park on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm featuring The Willies. The Willie’s will be dishing out your faves from the 70’s on up to current tunes. Admission is free.

An Old Quarters Block Party will feature Ryan Smith beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday followed by Peghead beginning at 9 pm.
On Saturday night, the Old Quarters Block Party will feature Mike & Carrie beginning at 9 pm. These events will be held on Water Street between State and Walnut. Admission is free.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park on Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series with this weeks selection “Shorts”. 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

Mike & Joe will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday night with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Playing rock, alternative and current hits.  Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open to serve beverages.

Kathy Griffin will perform live at the US Cellular Coliseum Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. TIckets are $65.50 and $49.50 and are on sale at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Soderstrom Skin Institute is offering a Free Skin Cancer Screening on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm at 4909 N Glen Park Place in Peoria. Appointments are not necessary. Call 888-970-SKIN for more information.

The 4th Annual Kids Day fundraiser for Crittenton Centers will be held Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at The Shoppes of Grand Prairie. It features a space walk, fencing and karate demos, face painting, balloon figures, games and a dunk tank that will feature well known community members. There will also be Child Safety Services including finger print identification for children, dental health screenings, child development information, and other family services. For more information, call 692-3672.

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 beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Downtown Pekin fills up with beautifully restored to new model cars, trucks & bikes for the Pekin Main Street Super Cruise ’10 from 4 – 10 pm on Friday & 1 – 8 pm on Saturday in downtown Pekin. See over 800 cars, trucks and bikes on display plus live music, food & vehicle related vendors, awards and spirits will be available. Free registration for vehicle display.  Visit www.PekinMainStreet.com  for more details and map.

The Chillicothe Corn Boil Dinner & City-Wide Garage Sale will take place on Saturday with over 70 residential garage sales happening throughout Chillicothe most beginning at 8 am. There will also be vendor & artist booths set up in City Park located at the corner of Chestnut & 2nd Street near downtown. The Corn Boil Dinner begins at 11 am and runs through 7 pm at the Chillicothe Fire Station #1.  Meal cost is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6 & under, $5 for senior citizens and includes locally grown sweet corn, a hot dog or chilli dog, baked bean, chips and lemonade or iced tea. Maps of the garage sales plus a $1 coupon off the Corn Boil Dinner are avilable at the Chillicothe Kroger store.  For more information, call 274-4556.

Enjoy a Summer Beach Bash at Lakeview Aquatic Center on Saturday for ages 13-18 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. It’s a night filled with water fun with water relays, limbo , music, door prizes, and much more. Both Water slides will be opened. For more information, call 686-3377.

Hello Dave will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Opening act Hello Industry begins at 8 pm, with Hello Dave starting at 9 pm. Admission is $7. The Landing bar will also be open.

Luthy Botanical Gardens will host Great Garden Walks of Summer presented by Garden manager Bob Streitmatter on Sunday beginning at 1 pm will take you through the Garden and showcase some of the great plants and trees in the collection. Registration isn’t necessary. Admission is $2 for adults and ages 12 & under are free.

Bratfest 2010, a traditional German picnic, will held this Sunday at Hickory Grove Park in Dunlap sponsored by the Harmonie Singers of the Peoria German-American Central Society. The event features German bands, German food, German beer, soccer matches, a shooting tent, kids activities, and a German gift tent. Full dinners served from Noon until 6 pm. Sandwiches available afterwards. For updates on this event go to www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Push Derby Dames will be hosting an Open Skate for all ages on Sunday from 5 – 7pm at the Peoria Skate Palace in Mossville.

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

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino presents Legends in Concert, the world’s greatest live tribute show at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. The performances will feature the world’s greatest celebrity impersonators. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tri-County Urban League, George Washington Carver Center and the Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are $10 to $30 are available at the  Par-A-Dice Hotel’s front desk or by calling 698-6083.

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

The Peoria Park District Youth Music Festival “Rockin’ Summer” will take place at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 9 pm. A whole lot of shakin’ will be goin’ on this summer as they rock to the beat of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Admission is $3 for adults, students are free with ID. This event is partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council and Rotary Club of Peoria-North.

Tonight (Thursday) is Family Night at Lakeview Aquatic Center from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Swim under the lights for a private swim designed specifically for families for one low price. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $4 per person or $10 for a family up to 4 people.  Additional children are $2 each. For more information, call 686-3377.

Corn Stock Theatre presents Les Miserables: School Edition beginning at 7:30 pm each night tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. Tickets are extremely limited. Call the Corn Stock Box Office at 676-2196 for availability and to order tickets.

Relive the exciting memories of watching the television show in Arc Light’s July Production of M*A*S*H at Illini Bluffs High School beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday.  Admission is $7 for adults and $5 seniors and kids under 12. For more information, visit www.arclightpro.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents “The Three Musketeers” tonight (Thursday) and Sunday night beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor in Bloomington. The Festival will also present “The Tempest” Friday at 8 pm and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” Saturday at 8 pm. Individual tickets for this performance range from $26 – $42 for adults and $22 – $38 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit www.thefestival.org

Actor/comedian Kevin Pollak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $31 or $30 with cash except for the Thursday show which is $26 or $25 with cash. Reservations can be made by calling 673-5853.

Join the Peoria Area and East Peoria Chambers of Commerce tonight (Thursday) for Business After Hours from 5 to 7 pm at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Take a private tour of the new OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois in the last public event before patients are seen in the new building. There is no charge for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, the W. D. Boyce Council will host Over the Edge: a rappelling event from the roof of Civic Center Plaza on Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. The event will benefit the ScoutREACH program of the W. D. Boyce Council. Up to 90 people will rappel the 12 story (120 foot) building. For more information or to register to rappel, visit www.overtheedgepeoria.kintera.org

Junction City will host Artists on the Boardwalk on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Browse the work of local artists, sip a cocktail and enjoy the sounds of live jazz while you shop the eclectic shops and boutiques.

The Ham & Jam 2010 Music Festival & Charity Ride will take place at Expo Gardens beginning at 5 pm on Friday & Saturday benefiting the Crusaders for Kids. Acts include Blackberry Smoke, Wolf & Gypsy Band & Second Nature on Friday and Jackyl, Bent Fender, Phat Kitti, Motorbiscuit and Waterstreet on Saturday. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Two day passes are available for $30 in advance at Coop Records or online at www.CrusadersforKids.org. The Charity Ride is on Saturday with sign in at Hooters from 9 am – 1 pm.  Cost to ride is $20 per person and includes show admission.

Wave with Paul Weddle will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Art Center Friday with a dance lesson 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

JammSammich will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront Friday night with gates opening at 7:30 pm. United Groove Theory will open the concert. Admission is $7 per person. JammSammich plays a mixture of Motown, disco, funk, pop, 80’s, and rock. The Landing Bar will be open also.

TNA Wrestling will bring it’s live show to the US Cellular Coliseum on Friday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $53 and $23 and are on sale at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring “Astro Boy”. 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
Project Pack the Place, a component of the “I’m Stepping Up” campaign – sponsored by PNC, will be held Sunday from 9 am – 6:30 pm at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Businesses, groups and organizations throughout the region will be encouraged to step up in 2010 by purchasing blocks of tickets to great events throughout the year including Wildlife Prairie State Park, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Peoria Rivermen. Purchase 10-24 tickets for $12 each or $10 each for groups 25 or more Project Pack the Place is an initiative to increase community vibrancy, generate enthusiasm for the great entertainment venues of our region and boost the regional economy. For more information please call the Park at 676-0998 or visit
www.imsteppingup.net

The 2010 Princeville Heritage Harvest will be held Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Princeville Heritage Museum & Akron Townhouse School. The Lion’s Club will host a pancake breakfast from 7 – 10 am, plus there will be threshing demonstrations, a saw mill demonstration, chainsaw carving, a blacksmith, antique tractors & cards, story telling, games & activities for kids, a rescue demonstration, food vendors and much more. Entertainment will be provided by the Pride of Peoria Quartet, Old Time Piano by Ted Lemen and Emma McIntyre’s Spoons. For more information, call 385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art and much more every Saturday morning from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Experience “Winter in Summer” on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm at the Peoria Zoo. Come learn how they keep their animals cool during the “dog days” of summer. You’ll have the opportunity to help keep them cool by making ice treats for the animals as well as enjoying ice treats for yourself. General admission for ages 13+ to the Zoo is $8.50, children 3-12 are $4.75, senior citizens 65+ are $7.50 and children 2 & under are free.

The Prairie Air Show is this Saturday and Sunday at at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Gates open at 8 am and close at 6 pm both days. The feature show begins at approximately 11 am and is over at 4 pm (subject to change). Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children for a 2 day pass or $12 for adults and $7 for children in advance for a 1 day ticket. The Flight Deck is available for $45 per person which includes food & beverages. Parking is $2 per car or $20 per bus or RV. The show will go on rain or shine and patrons are reminded that the show will happen under an open sky and to plan accordingly. For more details, call 697-6757.

Reggae on the RiverFront returns on Saturday for the third year with an expanded lineup bringing the best midwest reggae artists to CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on the Peoria RiverFront including 77 Jefferson, Josh Heinrichs & The Soul Riddim Band, Blaise B, Nama Rupa and Art of Ill Fusion. Gates open at 6 pm and music starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at all Co-Op Record Stores and online at riverfrontmusic.com.

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host an Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser this Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Enjoy the Kickapoo Creek Winery vineyards, engage in wine tasting and relax to the beat of local musicians at an afternoon summer concert at the winery in Edwards. Bands include West MacQueen Street Band, Pink Sushi and the Bonnie Douglas Duo. Admission is $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter. For more information, call 681-1100.

The Paws for a Cause Dog Show will take place at Junction City on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. A fundraiser for Paws Giving Independence, the event features a Dog Show, community business booths, a silent auction, food and live music.

Sommer Park hosts Pioneer Days this 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 Municipal Band will perform in concert at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission is free.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “We Are All Rwandans: Moving Forward with Economic Opportunity” with Damour Sharangabo tonight (Thursday) at the Michel Student Center at Bradley University. Reception begins at 6:30 pm, presentation is at 7 pm. Register online at artstix.artspartners.net or call 677-2454 for more information.

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens through Saturday featuring free grand stand entertainment, daily attractions, truck/tractor and semi truck pulls, demo derbies, livestock competition, home arts exhibits, large midway carnival rides and food of every kind. The fair opens at 8 am, rides & concessions open at noon. For more info, call 691-6332 or visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Dayton begins at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs take on Dayton again Friday night at 7 pm as well. On Saturday the Chiefs play Bowling Green at 6:30 pm and again Sunday at 1 pm. Individual tickets for games are $10 for all seats and $7 for lawn seating. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.peoriachiefs.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra 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.

Family Nights at Lakeview Aquatic Center run from 7:30 – 9:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and every Thursday through August 5th. Swim under the lights for a private swim designed specifically for families for one low price. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $4 per person or $10 for a family up to 4 people; additional children $2 each. For more information, call 686-3377.

Sean Kent will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club 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.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents “Merry Wives of Windsor” on Friday beginning at 8 pm at Ewing Manor in Bloomington. The Festival also presents “The Three Musketeers” on Saturday at 8 pm and “The Tempest” on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Individual tickets for performances range from $26 – $42 for adults and $22 – $38 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit www.thefestival.org

Wave with Paul Weddle will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Enjoy Salsa Dancing at the Contemporary Art Center Friday night with a dance lesson 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

Balloons at the Park, an Illinois State Championship Hot-Air Balloon Race & Festival, will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates opening at 5 pm on Friday, at 3 pm on Saturday plus there will be morning lifts on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 6 am.  The festival will feature hot air balloon flights & competitions, family fun activities, evening balloon glow, live entertainment, arts & craft vendors, a business expo plus food & drink. Tickets are $6 for adult single day in advance or $8 at the gate and children 12 & under are $4 in advance or $6 at the gate.  For more information, visit  www.balloonsatthepark.com

The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the second Music In the Park Series in Jones Park on Friday from 7 – 10 pm featuring Christian Rock band Two Cent Offering. Drawing upon a wide range of influences spanning classic and modern rock, singer/songwriters, and rhythm & blues, the band creates a fresh sound that is rooted in rich musical history. Admission is free.

Toby Keith brings his American Ride show to the US Cellular Coliseum at 7:17 pm on Friday with special guest Jaron & The Long Road to Love. Tickets are $57.75 and 39.75.  Special offer “Hell Raiser Super Saver” includes 2 seats for $40. Tickets are on sale at the US Cellular Coliseum, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Tin Horse will perform on the CEFCU Stage on the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront.  Opening act Not Easily Broken begins at 8 pm, Headliner Tin Horse starts at 9, Admission: $7Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open.

Corn Stock Theatre will present Les Miserables School Edition beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and each night through July 24. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students, and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

The Metro Centre will host Movies Under the Stars featuring “Madagascar” at 8 pm. The movie will be shown on a gigantic screen (weather permitting). Popcorn and soft drinks for $1 each benefits 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.

The Wildlife Prairie State Park Movies Under the Stars series continues with “Monsters vs. Aliens” on Friday night. 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

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 beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Arthritis Foundation, Greater Illinois Chapter, will be hosting their 4th Annual Auto Show for Arthritis on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm in downtown Peoria at the foot of Hamilton Street on the riverfront. Admission is free. There will be raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle, food, bags/corn hole, and vending booths. All proceeds from this show will benefit Juvenile Arthritis and will stay in the local community.

Lakeview Aquatic Center is throwing a Parrot Head Party featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Cost is $5 per person. Season passes will be honored. The event will feature a “Best Dressed” contest.

Mid-State Steel, a Minor League Football Team will play at 7pm Saturday at Peoria Stadium. Admission is $5.

Too White Crew will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. Too White Crew is the world’s first old school hip-hop tribute band. The Landing bar will be open to serve beverages.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Art and Wine Festival will be held from noon to 6 pm on Sunday at the vineyard. Local artisans will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and sell their artwork. Wine tasting will be featured in the Art Pavilion as well as the tasting room plus food will be available.  Enjoy live music performed throughout the day as well. Admission is free. For more information call 359-9463.

The St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will be held Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm at the Itoo Hall on Farmington Road. Admission is $10 per person and all proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. For more information, call 676-9725.

Glenn Wilson will perform with The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band on Sunday in the Starting Gate Banquet Room located in the Landmark Recreation Center. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Children 14 and under are free with an adult. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

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

Bring the kids, lawn chairs and blankets for Movie Night at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin (in the grassy area across from the Pavilion)  Tonight (Thursday) see Finding Nemo beginning at 8:45 pm.  The concession stand will be open. Admission is free.

Tonight (Thursday) is Family Swim Night at Lakeview Aquatic Center. from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Swim under the lights for a private swim designed specifically for families for one low price.  Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission is $4 per person or $10 for a family up to 4 people; additional children $2 each.  For more information, call 686-3377.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Kane County begins tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs also play Kane County at home on Friday at 6:30 pm. 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.

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

Community Children’s Theatre Presents the Disney classic, Aladdin, at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7 pm, and on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under and senior citizens and are available beginning June 14 at the Peoria Park District Office or online at www.artspartners.net. For more information, call 681-2861.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents The Three Musketeers tonight beginning at 7:30 pm as well as 8 pm on Friday and 7:30 pm on Sunday at Ewing Manor in Bloomington.  The Festival also presents The Tempest Saturday at 8 pm. Individual tickets for these performances range from $26 – $42 for adults and $22 – $38 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit www.thefestival.org 

GI Jukebox plays at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, show at 8 pm). and on Sunday (doors & buffet open at noon, 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 or go to www.barn2.com.

Tim Wilson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 or $17 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday 10:30 pm show, which are  $13 or $12 with cash. Call 673-5853 for reservations. Tim’s show is rated R.

Replicas of the Pinta and the Nina, Christopher Columbus’ famous ships, will be docked and available for tours at the Riverplex Landing adjacent to the Spirit of Peoria Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.  Tickets are $7 for adults, senior citizens or $5 for kids 5 & up. Visit www.thenina.com  for more information.

The HOI Fair opens Friday and is held at Expo Gardens through Saturday, July 17. The Fair features free entertainment, daily attractions, livestock competition, exhibits, carnival rides and food of every kind. The fair opens each day at 8 am, rides & concessions open at Noon. For more info, call 691-6332 or visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com.

WWE RAW presents The Road to WresleMania Tour at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17, $22, $32, $42 and $62 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Celtricity will perform at the Live at the Five Spot on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Art Center. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center featuring Preston Jackson’s “Translations Duo: New Paintings & Sculpture”, Patricia Whalen-Keck,& Judith Koren-Shanahan’s “Two Women: Intuitive Truths” & Janet Jackson’s “Validation” will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 pm att the CAC. The gypsy jazz of John Miller and the Romaniacs will be featured. For more information, call 674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org.

The Roe Family Band will perform bluegrass, old-time, acoustic music at Forest Park Nature Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, call 686-3360.

Moe will perform Friday at the CEFCU Stage on the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront with doors at 6 pm and show beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and are available at www.jaytv.com.

The Interactive Murder Mystery Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast from the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds on Friday night. The boat boards at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for ages 5-15. For more information or to make reservations, call 800-676-8988 or go to www.spiritofpeoria.com.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring “Planet 51” on Friday night. 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.

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers, plus a great selection of local art and much more every Saturday Morning from 8 am – Noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com.

The Art in the Park Festival will be held at Wildlife Prairie State Park from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday featuring local artists sharing their juried artwork. There will also be music, food, children’s activities and more. General admission rates apply: $6.50 ages 13 & up, $4.50 for ages 4-12, free for ages 3 & under and Park members. For more information, call 676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org.

Rock Candy will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Playing a mix of Dance, Hip Hop, Pop Rock and 80’s, there is definitely something for everyone in this Chicago based party band.

The 1st Annual Luau Allégro to benefit Peoria Ballet will be held on Saturday at the newly renovated Mt. Hawley Country Club pool complex from 7-9pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a full cash bar will be available. The highlight of the evening will be a short performance by Peoria Ballet Academy students. Tickets are $25 per person. Call Peoria Ballet at 690-7990 to purchase tickets, donate raffle prizes or for additional information.

On Sunday, the Peoria German-American Society will be hosting their annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park from Noon to 8 pm. This family friendly event will feature free admission and parking. For more details on this event or any other Peoria German-American Society events visit www.peoriagermans.net.

The Central Illinois Cruisers will be hosting “Super Cruisin’,” a classic car show, on Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at the Par-A-Dice Hotel parking lot. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. There are more than 200 cars expected to be on display plus activities will include raffle drawings, door prizes, a live DJ and a 50/50 drawing at 3 pm. (50 percent of money from ticket sales will go to the Center for Prevention of Abuse, and the other half to the winning ticket holder). Food and drinks will also be available. Admission is free.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert on Sunday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre beginning at 7:30 pm.  Featured soloists are Eileen Prescott (flute) and Deb Austin (vocalist).  Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission is free.

James Johann will perform this weekend at the Jukbox Comedy Club. Showtimes are tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday at 8 and 10:30 pm and Saturday at 8 pm.  Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are just $11 or $10 with cash. The show is rated R.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents “The Tempest” beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at Ewing Manor in Bloomington. On Friday, the Festival will present “The Three Musketeers” at 8 pm. Individual tickets for each 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 also include The Merry Wives of Windsor. For more information, call 866-IL-SHAKE or visit thefestival.org.

Judy Page and Speakeasy will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria RiverFront beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday). 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.

Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass will perform in concert at Bethany Baptist Church located at 7422 N Heinz Lane at Route 150 tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

The Cornerstone Christian Music Festival in Bushnell is a week long event featuring over a hundred bands plus seminars, kids activities, swimming, boating, and camping that runs through Saturday. Tickets range in price from $116 to $375. For complete ticket information for Cornerstone and complete details about the festival, vist www.cornerstonefestival.com or call 773-989-2087.

Corn Stock Theatre presents Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up? beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. 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.

GI Jukebox runs at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre tonight, Friday & Saturday (doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm) and 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 or go to www.barn2.com.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series on Friday night with this weeks feature, “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” (restored). 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 Marshall Tucker Band will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Their music is a unique style that combines rock, country, and jazz along with instrumental passages by their lead guitarist. Admission is $7 and the Landing bar will be open.

Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers plus a great selection of local art and much more every Saturday Morning from 8 am – noon along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. For more information, call 671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com.

Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito will host a Murder Mystery Night on Saturday presented by Upstage Productions.The evening begins with a social hour at 6 pm followed by dinner between 6:30 – 7 pm. Tickets are $40 per person. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Call 968-7070 to reserve your tickets.

The Central Illinois Cruisers will host a Cruisers 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 Talking Heads tribute band, This Must Be The Band, will play at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday night with special guests Roulette. Gates open at 7 pm, music begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Enjoy Entertainment & Fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July on Saturday night (the 3rd) at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Entertainment will precede the fireworks which will begin at dark. Admission is free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors on site.  Citylink will be providing a shuttle for this event.

Come celebrate Independence Day with the 41st Annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade. The parade starts at 10 am on Sunday in front of West Peoria City Hall and will end at Franciscan Park for the flag raising ceremony and awards presentations. For more information, visit www.wplions.org

Luthy Botanical Gardens will host Great Garden Walks of Summer beginning at 1 pm on Sunday which will take you through the Garden and showcase some of the great plants and trees in the collection. Registration isn’t necessary. Admission is $2 for adults and ages 12 & under are free.

The Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton begins at 6 pm Sunday at O’Brien Field. 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.  Stay and watch the Peoria fireworks after the game!

Red, White, and BOOM at the Peoria Riverfront will light up the skies on the Peoria and East Peoria Riverfronts on Sunday night. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 pm and are synchronized to a special soundtrack broadcast on JMP Media Group stations.  Citylink will be providing a shuttle for this event.