Archive for August, 2010

Catholic Charities Peoria Area Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding its 6th Annual Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5- 7 pm at the Spalding Pastoral Center, in Peoria. Sample 20 wines from various regions of the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres plus browse the works of art from local artists, who will be donating 10% of their proceeds to Catholic Charities. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 636-7710.

The Peoria Chiefs takes on Cedar Rapids beginning at 6:30 pm tonight  (Thursday) at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will play Cedar Rapids again at home on Friday night at 6:30 pm, and take on Clinton Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 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

Mike Armstrong will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club with performances tonight  (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7 & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash payment except for the Thursday & Friday late shows, which are $13 or $12 with cash payment. Mike’s show is rated PG. To reserve tickets, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Junction City hosts Artists on the Boardwalk on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Browse the work of local artists representing many styles including oils, pastels, pottery, glass, jewelry and photography exhibiting all along the boardwalk. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the sounds of live jazz while you shop the eclectic shops and boutiques.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive Friday night from 5 – 10 pm during the Water Street Friday Night Fiesta with an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment. For more information, visit www.waterstreetfiesta.com

The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria will host the 14th annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis on the Peoria RiverFront.  The 3-day event showcases Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits, bands and musicians, vendor marketplace, and much more. Hours are Friday 5 – 11 pm, Saturday noon – 11pm and Sunday from 10:30 am-6 pm. For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

Hands of Love Ministry will host a RiverLife Gospel Music Dinner Cruises aboard the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat with boarding at 6:30 pm and cruise at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Scott and Rachel West Kramer, special guests will be For Heaven’s Sake. For ticket ordering or more information, call 637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Southside Cindy & the Slip-Tones 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 also on 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.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse is stoked to present The Awesome 80s Prom on Friday night beginning at 6 pm.  Tickets are $35 per person including dinner & the show.  The Awesome 80s Prom is a blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding set at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom…in 1989.  All your favorite characters from your favorite ’80s movies are at the prom competing for Prom King and Queen. And the audience decides who wins, all while moonwalking to hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!”  Group discounts available with 20 or more. Call 494-9100 for reservations and more information.

Corn Stock Theatre will present Curtains beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and running each night through September 4. 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.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring “Old Dogs”. 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

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Songs from the Heart” at the Five Points Center in Washington on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The performance will feature soprano Barbara Padilla performing the Mozart Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and selected songs from “The Italian Symphony”. Tickets are $29 for adults and $7 for students & children and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=12176 For more information, call 339-3943.

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 The Illinois State Fair continues at the Springfield State Fairgrounds through Sunday. For detailed information about entertainment and other State Fair attractions, visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents “The Immigration Debate” with veteran journalist and PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye tonight (Thursday) at Barrack’s Cater Inn. Registration and book signing begins at 5 pm, dinner at 6pm, presentation at 7 pm. Visit artstix.artspartners.net for tickets or call 677-2454 for more information.

Maui Jim teams up again with the Peoria Friendship House for the Maka Maka Run/Walk. The three-mile fun run and 1.5-mile walk will take place tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm at Maui Jim World Headquarters. Post-race party and celebration begins at 7pm, with pizza, refreshments and entertainment. Call 683-2078 for more information.

David Hoffman and Friends will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Stage on the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open.

Nikki Glaser will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club with performances tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday at 8 & 10:30 pm and Saturday at 8 pm (no late show on Saturday). Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment except for the Thursday & Friday late shows, which are $11 or $10 with cash payment. Nikki’s show is rated R. To reserve tickets, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive Friday night from 5 – 10 pm for the Friday Night Water Street Fiesta with an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers, shopping, fun, food, and drinks.

Preston Jackson & Friends 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday from 8:30 pm -12:30 am with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

PARC will host Swing into Action, its Annual Benefit Auction, at the Par-a-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Friday with doors opening at 5:30 pm and the Silent Auction dinner and entertainment starting at 6 pm. The Jim Markum Swing Band, an 11-piece band, will play classic swing music. The PAL Swing Dancers will performing as well. To buy tickets, call 689-3608. For more information, visit www.parcway.org

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series featuring “G-Force”. 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 Metro Centre will host Movies Under the Stars featuring “Enchanted”, a free outdoor movie series Friday night beginning at 8 pm. 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 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 a full Movies Under the Stars schedule and more information.

Dot Dot Dot will perform on the CEFCU Stage on the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday night with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open.

The American Red Cross will host Fatal Road Trip at Bicycle Safety Town located on Sheridan Road this Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. No registration is required, but participants under 18 must sign a waiver. For golf carts, participants must be age 13 or older to drive. All other activities are for all ages. There will be prizes plus the first 50 attendees win a free gift.

Join Jill and Jeremy from “Doing Life with the Traceys” at Forest Park Nature Center the Hike for Hunger on Saturday: registration begins at 8:30 am and the prize drawing and silent auction begin at 10:30 am. Admission is $15 for an individual and $45 for a family of three or more. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and breakfast. This South Side Food Pantry fundraiser will feature Fun on the Run bouncies, a silent auction, and lots of fun prizes such as golf clubs, Walt Disney World Park Hopper Passes, Peoria Rivermen tickets, an iPod Touch and much more. For more information about the event, visit www.wcicfm.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 5th Annual Farm Heritage Days hosted by 3 Sisters Antique Tractor Club, will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in Wyoming, IL. There will be antique tractor pulls, operating steam engines, antique tractor and equipment display, a club bake sale, and more For more information, call 249-2960 or 251-8943 or visit www.3sistersatc.com

Catholic Charities, in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club and the Department of Human Services will be holding the 4th Annual Community Health Fair on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at St. Bernard School Gym.There will be professionals to discuss health and nutrition plus entertainment for the family including games, inflatable jumpers, face painting and prizes. For more information call 636-7809.

Hummingbird Festival welcomes Vernon Kleen from Springfield, one of the few licensed hummingbird banders in the US. He will be at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 9 am to noon to demonstrate hummingbird banding and discuss the fascinating world of hummingbirds. You will have a chance to feel the heartbeat and “adopt” one of these beautiful flyers. This is a come-as-you-please activity, jointly sponsored by Forest Park Nature Center and Illinois Audubon Society. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will host its 19th Annual Reptile & Amphibian Fair at Lakeview Museum from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 691-4461.

The Make-A-Wish 5k Run/Walk for Wishes will take place Saturday at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. You can register online at 5kforwishes.org or at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie beginning at 6:30 am.

The 15th Annual Budweiser Grand National Rally begins at 10:30 am Saturday with a motorcycle parade starting at PMC Race Park and parading to Peoria’s Riverfront Park. Once down at Festival Park, you can shop the many vendors at the swap meet, check out the world class bikes at the antique & custom bike show, enjoy the food court and witness the extreme motorcycle stunt show. Admission is $10 if you ride in the parade and/or enter the gate before 6 pm or $15 after 6 pm at the gate. For details about the day’s entertainment, visit www.jaytv.com

The 46th Annual Children’s Home Cattle Auction will be held Saturday at Exposition Gardens from 6 – 10 pm. Enjoy Texas cuisine by Barracks Cater Inn. Tickets are $75 and tables seat 8 – 12 people. Proceeds benefit the Youth Farm Campus. For more information or to reserve your seat(s) now, call 687-7275.

The Wine & Dine Experience is a 4-course gourmet meal with each course being expertly paired with wine from Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito on Saturday. During the evening, you’ll hear about each course and 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.

Five by Design’s Club Swing will take place at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Center Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students & senior citizens. For tickets & information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org or call 444-8222.

The Grape Stomp will take place as part of Kickapoo Creek’s Annual Wine Festival on Sunday from noon to 6 pm featuring live entertainment, a chance to stomp grapes and an Ethel and Lucy look-a-like contest. There will also be music and food on the pavilion patio and in the tasting room. Grape train tours are available throughout the day. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call 495-9463 or visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre and the Waterhouse will present Front & Center: a Musical Revue benefit for Rolly Turner, a Central Illinois Arts supporter and theatre “superfan” who recently lost his home in a fire. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (cash only) and includes dinner, show and all taxes. To make reservations, call 494-9100.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform in concert Sunday 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.

The 2010 Brimfield Old Settlers Days sponsored by the Brimfield Area Men’s Club will run tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm, Friday beginning at 5 pm and Saturday beginning at 6:30 am. Statler Brothers’ Jimmy Fortune will perform on Saturday at 6 pm & 9 pm and the Panther Creek Duo will also perform on Saturday at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Other activities include a beer garden, carnival rides, bingo, a fried chicken dinner (Saturday), a 3 on 3 youth basketball, Jamm Sammich (Friday at 7:30 pm), an arts & crafts fair a parade, a kids’ pedal pull, a petting zoo, and the Brimfield Old Settlers Days 5k Walk/Run (Saturday at 8 am).

The Summer Soiree for the Duck Race for The Center for Prevention of Abuse will be tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and the music of Preston Jackson and Friends. Tickets are $10 at the door and free to sponsors and PeaceKeepers. For more information, call 691-0551.

The Mitchell “JJ” Anderson All-Star Basketball Camp will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall today (Thursday) and Friday. The morning sessions runs from 9 am – 12 pm, and the afternoon session runs from 1 – 4 pm. Registration is free for boys and girls ages 8-14. Registration forms are available at the Boys & Girls Club, Carver Center, Proctor Center and Community Action Agency. For more information, call 671-3900.

Help support the Peoria Promise Foundation by going out to eat this week. Over 20 of your favorite local restaurants have come together to help ensure the future success of our community’s youth. These restaurants have generously agreed to donate 10% – 15% of their proceeds to Peoria Promise for each flyer brought in on their designated day. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.peoriapromise.org

Come meet the Peoria Push tonight (Thursday) as they appear at Bike Night with The Peoria Push Derby Dames at Go-T’s, located at 3201 NE Adams in Peoria. The event is from 6 -8 pm. This event is for those 21 yrs and older.

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

Corn Stock Theatre presents Fools tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

Eastlight Theatre presents All Shook Up tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm . Take a story based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and add the music of Elvis Presley and you have a show that is fun from the word “Go!”. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for students through high school and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 699-7469 or online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Troy Davis will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash payment except for the Thursday & Friday late shows, which are $11 or $10 with cash payment. Anyone with an August birthday gets in free this weekend and $2 off anyone else in their party. Please mention that you have an August birthday when making your reservation. Troy’s show is rated a very mild R. To reserve tickets, call 673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Illinois State Fair returns to the Springfield State Fairgrounds on Friday and runs through Sunday August 22. Admission/Gate Charges are $5 for adults 13 and older, $2 for children 5-12, free for children under 5, $2 for senior citizens 60 and older. Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Coupon Book (10 Admissions) is $35, child aged 5-12 Coupon Book (10 Admissions) is $15. Exhibitor’s Auto Sticker is $30. For detailed information about entertainment and other State Fair attractions, visit http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive on Friday nights during the Water Street Fiesta from 5 – 10 pm. The event features an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers, shopping, fun, food, and drinks.

Soul Fest returns to the RiverFront this weekend. Friday night will feature local artists & entertainers as they showcase their Gospel talents, and Saturday night will feature EnVogue. Hours are 5 – 11 pm both nights. Admission is $5 on Friday and $15 on Saturday.

Rob Williams & the Soggy Bottom Blues Band 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.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park for their Movies Under the Stars series with “Chicken Run”. 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

Body Fitness in Peoria will host The Salsa Exchange Friday night from 9 pm – Midnight.  An instructor will teach a salsa combo, spinning techniques, styling, dips, tricks, or shines, followed by open dancing where instructors and assistants can help you review and practice what you learned. Admission is $3.  For more information, call 282-6212.

Dunlap Days will take place in North Park beginning at 6 pm on Friday & from 7:30 am – Midnight on Saturday. Activities include a pancake & sausage breakfast, Central Illinois Cruisers, men’s softball tournament, Fire department water fights, PAWS, face painting, balloon artist, kid’s inflatable bouncers, kid activities, music, Lakeview Museum’s Outreach to Space, fundraisers, crafts, vendors, beer garden and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.dunlap-illinois.com

The Washington Fine Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park on Lincoln Street in Washington IL from 10 am – 5 pm on both Saturday & Sunday. 130 Illinois artists will compete in a juried Fine Art Show. Admission is free. For more information, call 444-4887.

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 Pat Nohl Life Without Lupus Memorial Walk will take place at Eureka Lake in Eureka on Saturday beginning at 9:15 am. It’s a two mile walk that begins at the Main Park Pavilion. Registration begins at 7:30 am with a cost of $20 for adults and $10 for children to participate. For more information, 353-4357.

Peoria Ballet invites you to their Open House & Yard Sale which will be held at their office and studios located at 809 Detweiller Drive in Peoria on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information, call 690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.com

The Peoria German-American Society is hosting its 3rd Annual Corn Boil at Hickory Grove Park on Saturday from 2 – 8 pm. Admission is free. Cost for the dinner is $7 for adults and children. There will also be competitions and entertainment. Proceeds from the event will be used to support improvements to the park. For more information, call 691-3657.

Francesca Battestelli, an award winning vocalist, will perform in the Peoria Heights Tower Park on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. The concert is free and sponsored by the Peoria Heights Congregational Church. Come early and attend the carnival across the street at the church from 1- 3 pm. For more information, call 685-7649.

Back by popular demand, “Preston Jackson & Friends” returns for the 11th Annual Rhythm in the Rainforest at Luthy Botanical Gardens on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. They will perform cool jazz while you enjoy on site cooking by Alwan & Sons in the Rose Garden. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Ages 21 and over only. Call 681-3506 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Enjoy a Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise ala Jimmy Buffet on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm. The boat leaves promptly 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 Roundstone Buskers will perform at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. After a hiatus as the Buskers, Shannan Sulivan, Bruce “B” Burton and Tome “TJ” Jones have come together to rekindle a bit of the energy and freshness that once was the Buskers.

John Miller and the Romaniacs will perform as the guest group for the Central Illinois Jazz Society on Sunday in the Starting Gate Banquet Room located in Landmark Recreation Center. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. 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 beginning on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Featured soloists include Erin Durbin and Libby Young. The Muni Band is directed by Dr. David Vroman, Department Chair for music at Bradley University. Admission is free.

The Spirit of Peoria will host a book signing with local writer Sylvia Shults and her book “Ghosts of the Illinois River” during its Sunday sightseeing cruise. Boarding is at 12:45 pm and departure is 1 pm. The boat will return at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (55+) and $9 for children (4-12). Call 800-676-8988 for more information.

Swing Daddies will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Stage on the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open.

The comedy Lie, Cheat and Genuflect continues at 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 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

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.

Peoria Players Theatre will present their Youth Theatre performance of Grease beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents “The Tempest” beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday at Ewing Manor in Bloomington. The Festival will also feature performances of “The Three Musketeers” Friday at 8 pm and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” 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

Roy Wood Jr., a current finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, will perform this weekend at Jukebox Comedy Club. Shows are tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $10. This show is rated – R (mild).

The Peoria Heights Tower Park Music Fest will be held this weekend featuring live music beginning at 5 pm on Friday & 2 pm on Saturday. Featured bands include Roundstone Buskers, Storyline, Five Guys Named Moe, Motorbiscuit, Caribbean Sol, Brainchild and DriveTrain featuring Nick Boettcher. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

Stephanie Aaron 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center runs Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

The 300 block of Water Street comes alive on Friday night from 5 – 10 pm during the Water Street Friday Night Fiesta with an eclectic mix of vendors and street entertainers. Enjoy an evening of shopping, fun, food, drinks, and entertainment.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre presents The Awesome 80s Prom on Friday and Saturday night. A blast-from-the-past party in the style of “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” set at a high school senior prom (in 1989), all the characters from your favorite ’80s movies are present and competing for Prom King and Queen. The audience decides who wins all while moonwalking to retro hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!” Peoria Cabaret Theatre is located in the Waterhouse in downtown Peoria. Doors open at 6 pm. Dinner and show at 6:30pm. $35 per person. Call 494-9100 for reservations.

The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce presents the last of the 2010 Music In the Park Series in Jones Park from 6 – 8 pm on Friday night. Caterpillar’s Big Band will be the Chamber’s guest on Friday, August 6th. Come enjoy great music and the best Lemonade Shake-Ups in town. Admission is free.

Pack up the family and head to Wildlife Prairie State Park Friday night for their Movies Under the Stars series with “Jaws”. 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 http://www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org
On Saturday, Wildlife Prairie State Park will host Kids Day and the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest from 10 am – 4 pm. This day is all about the kids and will be filled with games, demonstrations, special treats and so much more. Admission for Kids 12 & under is FREE for the entire day. For a complete listing of the day’s activities and contest details visit the park website or call 676-0998.

Corn Stock Theatre will present the Neil Simon comedy Fools beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and running each night through August 14. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Individual show tickets are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, online at http://www.cornstocktheatre.org or by calling 676-2196.

Eastlight Theatre presents All Shook Up beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Take a story based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and add the music of Elvis Presley and you have a show that is fun from the word go. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for students through high school and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 699-7469 or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  

The Boat Drunks will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing Friday night with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. 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 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

A Back to School Bash will take place at Northwoods Mall on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. 500 Goodie Bags donated by Schnuck’s will be given away plus two $250 gift certificates from Soderstrom Skin Institute as door prizes. The Illinois State Tax Holiday is in effect from August 6 – 15 applying towards school supplies and clothing items that are less than $100.

Peoria Business Builders presents a Free Health and Education Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm behind Holistic Health Center at 4809 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria. Enjoy exciting hands-on learning about health, safety, investments, government, music, math, and more, and take advantage of many great offers plus other prizes that will be awarded.

Experience a Taste of the Peoria Riverfront Museum at Junction City on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm each day. You’ll get to take a peek at what you’ll find in the new Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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 Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities beginning at 6:30 pm Saturday at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will also take on Quad Cities Sunday at 1 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 2010 St. Jude Telethon will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The St. Jude Runners will kick off the telethon as it marks the end of their journey from their respective cities. The event raises money to help keep St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital running and able to provide treatment to the children. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Wedding Banned will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Opening act will be Josh Means Band starting at 8 pm. Admission is $7. The Landing Bar will open and serving drinks.

The Harvest Bible Chapel Sunday Services will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom at 9 and 11 am. Admission is free.

The 81st Annual Italian American Society Festa will be held on Sunday from 12 – 7 pm at Hickory Grove Park in North Peoria. Menu includes spaghetti meals for both adults and children, meatball and sausage sandwiches, Italian beef, and homemade Italian pastries. Prices from $1 to $7. Entertainment will include Bocce, Scopa (Italian card game), games, a spaghetti eating contest for children, and live music. Admission is $2 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free and so is parking. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

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 first ever Mackinaw Valley Wild West Show runs Sunday from Noon to 6 pm at the Vineyard in Mackinaw. Come visit and step back in time for a fun-filled day with the whole family. Western legends will come alive at the vineyard, and activities will last all day including storytelling, cowboy camp, square dancing, pony pictures, shootouts, music & saloon entertainment, horse and pony cart rides, old fashioned games and more. Meals and snacks will be available at the Chuck-wagon Café in the pavilion. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for buckaroos (kids 12 & under) and $29 for a Herd (Family package) – 2 adults & up to 4 children. For more information, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com