Archive for June, 2011

Encores is a magical musical tour of the history of the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. The show runs through July 24: on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Sky Harbor Steakhouse will present “Pickin On” Bob Dylan featuring live music by co-hosts Darren Peacock and Daryl Klusendorf tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm.  For more information, call 309-674-5532 or click HERE

Corn Stock Theatre presents Moonlight & Magnolias, a comical re-telling of the making of Gone with the Wind beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students 18 and younger and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Annual CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. The Thursday night series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society.

The Cornerstone Music Festival will be held at 23325 N Cornerstone Rd in Bushnell IL today (Thursday) through Sunday. Christians of all ethnicities and backgrounds who get together for four days of fellowship, entertainment, education and music. Featuring over hundreds of solo acts & bands, tickets range from $125 on up including family tickets. Tickets are available online HERE.  Camping on the grounds is also available during the festival. For more information about the event, visit www.cornerstonefestival.com

Johnny Beehner 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 $13  or $12 with cash except for the Thursday show and the Friday 10:30 show, which are just $11 or $10 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Manor (located at at 48 Sunset Rd. in Bloomington) will present Romeo & Juliet tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 8 pm.  The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) will be presented on Friday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets range in price from $27 – $47 for adults & $23 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 or online HERE. Season tickets are also available.  Visit thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule of shows.

Take the Old Peoria and the Judge Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday.  The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).   On Saturday take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. The tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 click HERE for more information.

Every First Friday of the month from 5 – 9 pm at the CIAO First Friday Studio Tour you’ll get a chance to speak with local artists, get a sneak peak behind-the-scenes at their studios and galleries. This event is presented by Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO.  Visit www.ciaopeoria.com for more information.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

World Class Noise will perform Friday on the CEFCU Stage at The Landing on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7:30 pm. The band is a standard of the Chicago music scene playing a unique blend of classic soul and contemporary favorites, covering music legends from Marvin Gaye to Michael Jackson, and The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. Admission is $7. Food will be available and The Landing Bar will be open.

Enjoy a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria Friday night with boarding at 7:30 pm and cruise from 8 – 10 pm with live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 per person, $13 for senior citizens and $9 for kids ages 4-12. Call 800-676-8988 or visit http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/cruises/themed/moonlight for more information or to order tickets.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

Pops and Popcorn will be presented by the Peoria Pops Orchestra at Five Points Center in Washington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=21238

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront 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 all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Charlie Daniels Band will perform at Festival Park on the Peoria RiverFront with opening acts Midnight Flyer and the Robin Crowe Band on Saturday night. Gates open at 6 pm and music begins at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets for $20 are on sale at the Peoria Riverfront Vistor’s Center, all Co-Op Records locations, by phone at 1-800-514-etix or at www.etix.com Day-of-show tickets will be $25. For more information, call 309-689-3019.

The Peoria Chiefs take on Clinton beginning at 6:30 pm on Sunday at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs also play Clinton Monday night at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online HERE.  The Chiefs also play on Tuesday & Wednesday of next week:  Click HERE to get half price tickets for next week’s games.

JammSammich will perform Sunday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. They’ll play tunes from four decades including Motown, disco, funk, hip-hop, retro 80’s and rock. Admission is $7. Food will be available and The Landing Bar will be open.

Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks at Glen Oak Amphitheatre from 4 – 10:30 pm. Admission is free: bring a picnic dinner or food will be available from vendors. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Performances include PPD Explosion Cheer Team, Community Children’s Theatre, the Peoria Ballet and a Municipal Band Patriotic Concert beginning at 8 pm. Fireworks begin at dusk.

The Community of West Peoria, Scouts’ Troop & Pack 11, and the West Peoria Lions Club will host the 42nd Annual 4th of July Parade beginning at 10 am on Monday. Participants include marching bands, classic cars, walking groups, dance troupes, groups on bicycles, and floats. The parade will go on rain or shine, so be prepared for the weather. For more information, call 309-673-6207 or visit http://www.wplions.org

The Fourth of July Pops Concert will take place Monday at Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 11:30 am. Admission is free. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 309-674-1921.  Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks at Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) with back yard seating opening at 6 pm for seating. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-12. Soda and popcorn will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-674-1921.

The Peoria Park District’s Elite Youth Program 4th of July Fundraiser will be held at the Riverplex located in downtown Peoria. It’s a family-friendly event featuring a “Julie K” children’s concert plus swimming and reserved parking on the Peoria riverfront perfect for viewing the City of Peoria fireworks displays. Reserved parking begins at 5 pm and closes at 8:30 pm or when the lot is full. Bring lawn chairs, beach blankets, coolers, portable grills & picnic baskets. No fireworks, sparklers or pets are allowed.  Admission is $30 and includes reserved parking with up to 4 people inside, exclusive use of the RiverPlex facility and exclusive access to the riverfront lawn for the fireworks show. Additional passengers are $10 each. A reserved picnic table is $5. Pre-registration is available by calling 309-589-5923, fax, mail, in person at the RiverPlex or online at www.eliteyp.org

Red, White & Boom will take place Monday from 5 – 10 pm at the RiverFront Park in downtown Peoria. Fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:30 pm and are synchronized to a special soundtrack broadcast on JMP Media Group stations. Admission is free. Food & drinks will be available from local vendors.

 Encores is a magical musical tour of the history of the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. The show runs through July 24: on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Annual CEFCU Jazz Series begins tonight (Thursday) with the Jim Markum Swing Band on the Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. The Thursday night series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society.

Avenue Q continues tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at Eastlight Theatre (located within East Peoria High School’s Auditorium) at 7:30 pm for all performances. Tickets are $17 for adults plus a $2 processing fee and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com For more information, call 309-699-7469.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Manor (located at at 48 Sunset Rd. in Bloomington) opens tonight (Thursday) with The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) which will also be presented on Saturday then continues with Romeo & Juliet on Friday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $27 – $47 for adults & $23 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535  or online HERE. Season tickets are also available: visit thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule of shows.

Honeymoon at Graveside Manor will be presented by Arc Light Productions (located within Illini Bluffs High School, 212 North Saylor Street in Glasford) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and kids under 12 and are available by calling 455-4095. For more information, visit http://arclightpro.com

Take the Old Peoria and the Judge Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Friday. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria.
On Saturday take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley beginning at 10:30 am. The tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or click HERE for more information.

Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences will open its Summer Book Sale on Friday with a members-only pre-sale at 5pm. The sale opens to the public on Saturday at 10 am and continues through Wednesday. The semi-annual sale boasts more than 10,000 books, videos, CDs and magazines, with proceeds to support Lakeview Museum exhibitions and programs.  For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The Duryea Days celebration will take place in Peoria Heights on Friday from 5 – 10 pm & Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Friday’s events feature “Thunder in the Heights”, a classic car, truck & bike show plus a silent auction & and a “kiss a pig” contest with proceeds benefiting the Penguin Project. On Saturday, events include a local author book fair, antique book appraisals, stage acts, face painting, balloon art, bouncers, games & inflatables for all ages. At 7 pm, the Little Miss Duryea & Little Mr. Muscle contest will take center stage. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Doc Rodgers & the Rock Dodgers on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The Peoria Chiefs take on Kane County beginning at 6:30 pm Friday at O’Brien Field.  Lincoln Brewster will be on hand for Faith & Family night The Chiefs also play Kane County on Saturday at 6:30 and Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets for all games are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online HERE Get your coupon for $3 off box seat tickets for Saturday & Sunday’s games at Peoria-Deals.com

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place on Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street in downtown Peoria. Enjoy the riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

The Peoria Zoological Society will present Zoo To Do at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 6 pm. This special event includes a gourmet dinner, a “Choose Your Own Adventure” raffle, cocktails and live entertainment. Animals from the education collection roam the event with their keepers and guests have the opportunity to go behind the scenes into the night quarters for an exclusive look at what happens every day at the Zoo with its many species. Tickets are $125 per person for ages 21 & over only. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 309-681-3500.
On Saturday, take a Behind the Scenes Tour at the Peoria Zoo beginning at 9 am. All ages are invited to attend. Admission is $20 per person (includes Zoo admission) and registration is required. Call 309-686-3513 to register.

Universal Rhythm Assembly is a music festival with a twist featuring a variety of musical performances as an opportunity for people to listen “outside the box” on the Peoria Riverfront with gates opening at 5 pm on Friday & Saturday. One & two day tickets are available. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.universalrhythmassembly.com

Corn Stock Theatre will present Moonlight & Magnolias, a comical re-telling of the making of Gone with the Wind, beginning at 7:30 pm Friday – Saturday, July 2. Tickets are $18 for adults and  $12 for students 18 and younger and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Doug Benson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash. Brett Erickson and Friends will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12. For more information for either show and to reserve tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront 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 all handcrafted by local artists plus entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Celebrate the arts: art, music, food and bloom, at the Luthy Botanical Garden’s 9th Annual Rhapsody in Bloom Arts Festival on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is $3 for ages 12 & over, children under 12 are free.

Wines and Polo on the Prairie will take place at Weaver Angus Farm on Saturday beginning at 5 pm with wine sampling.  The polo match begins at 6:15 pm and live music will be provided by Rachel’s Hippo with dancing beginning at 8:30 pm. There will also be an auction featuring a grand prize 6 day, 5 night trip to Maui. Tickets to the event are $100 per person and raffle tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100 and are available by calling 309-686-7755 Extension 2321. For more information, click HERE

Draft Culture will perform at Crazy Charley’s Rock n’ Roll Oasis in Chillicothe beginning on Saturday at 9 pm. The group is a female fronted rock band that plays music from the 80’s, 90’s plus current tunes.  There is no cover charge for the show.

The 44th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 7 pm featuring shish-ka-bob, cabbage rolls, Lebanese salad and pita bread available for dine-in or carry out. Tickets are $12 for adults & $6 for kids 6 7 under and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

Come experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century at Pioneer Days at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards). Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. Call 309-691-8423 for more information.

The Hope Renewed Youth Concert presents “Tour Go In” featuring Mona J & the Go In Band and God’s Nation and the Conference Choir, Elijah Hinton, Gigi Burrell and Wesley, Warren and Cross Reps at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-648-3445.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Muni Band is directed by Dr. David Vroman. Admission is free.

The town of Kickapoo will host the Kickapoo Terquasquicentennial today (Thursday) through Saturday with food, a beer tent, live bands, kids games and rides, a parade and a bags tournament.  On Thursday at 6 pm, a time capsule buried 25 years ago at the town’s sesquicentennial will be unearthed and on Saturday beginning at 4 pm there will be a cruise-in.  For more information, visit kickapooil.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at O’Brien Field. Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online HERE. Promotions for tonight’s game include Thirsty Thursday ($2 domestic drafts & $2 fountain drinks), a Tribute to the 1990’s Chicago Bulls and NASCAR driver Jeff Burton who will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs before the game beginning at 5:30 pm.

Encores is a magical musical tour of the history of the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. The show opens tonight & runs through July 24. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

A Habitat for Humanity Open House will take place at 2210 Albany Street in Peoria (off Sterling across from Kroger) from 2 – 8 pm today (Thursday) and from Noon – 4 pm on Saturday. See what people in our community have created to help people in the Peoria area who are in need of simple, decent and affordable housing. For more information, call 309-676-6729 ext. 6.

Bob Zany‘s new movie pre-screening “Close But No Cigar” will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for a minimum $5 donation which will benefit long-time Jukebox Comedy Club MC Lenny C to assist with health bills. Bob Zany will perform on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $13 or $12 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) is proud to present the 2011 Steamboat Sports Festival today (Thursday) from 4 pm – Midnight, on Friday from Noon – Midnight and on Saturday from 8 am – midnight. Featuring food, games, music, and much more in Festival Park and at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on the Peoria riverfront. For detailed information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The annual Summertime Gospelfest will take place at Five Points Center in Washington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults in advance or $18 at the door and ages 10 & under are free with a paid adult. Group rates are available. Call 309-472-0027 or visit www.gospelfestradio.com

Take the Old Peoria and the Judge Trolley Tour on Friday beginning at 10:30 am on Friday. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) and the cost is $10 and senior citizens ages 65 & over ride free with proof of age & a regular ticket purchase. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or click HERE for more information.
On Saturday, take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley. The tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  Or, also on Saturday, take a River City Historical Trolley Tour which highlights Peoria’s rich history beginning at 1 pm. This tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) and begins at Grandview Drive then progresses through the Averyville area to downtown Peoria, Southtown, High Street, Moss Avenue, circulating again to Downtown, Glen Oak Avenue and ending back in Peoria Heights.  The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-688-5668 or click HERE for more information.

The Concluding Ceremonies of the Art & Science in the Woods Program hosted by the Sun Foundation (located at 1276 Sun Road in Washburn) will take place on Friday beginning at 5 pm including a silent auction, picnic supper and performance by storyteller Oba William King at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & the Soul Mystics (soul, Motown) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

Avenue Q will be performed at Eastlight Theatre(located within East Peoria High School’s Auditorium) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults plus a $2 processing fee and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com For more information, call 309-699-7469.

The Thomas Jefferson Educational Foundation’s 34th Annual Banquet featuring Senator Dave Koehler as the keynote speaker will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Meeting Rooms 220 – 222 on Friday with cocktails at 6 pm and dinner following at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling 309-671-4900.

Enjoy a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and cruise from 8 – 10 pm with live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 per person, $13 for senior citizens and $9 for kids ages 4-12. Call 800-676-8988 or click HERE for more information or to order tickets.

Salsa at the Contemporary Arts Center, a Latin dance event, will be held on Friday from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 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 309-674-6822.

The Illinois Valley Striders will host the 2011 Steamboat Classic, the world’s fastest 4-mile and toughest 15K, on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 7 am. This year’s race again coincides with the Steamboat Festival along the RiverFront. For more information about the race, visit www.steamboatclassic.org

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront 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 all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 38th annual Olde English Faire will be held at Wildlife Prairie State Park beginning both days with a Grande March at 10 am on Saturday and on Sunday at 10:30 am. The event closes at 6 pm on Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12 & up: non-members), $5 for seniors & adults Park members. $4 for children 4-12 years and free for children 3 & under.    For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org The Olde English Faire began in 1973 and features sword fighting, jousting, story tellers, magicians, belly dancers, actors, archery, acrobats, several musical acts including the return of Owain Phyfe, and much more.

The Universalist Unitarian Church will host Art & Music in the Garden, a garden walk with music and food at each of four gardens at the Church (located at 3000 W Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) will run from Noon – 4 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

The Peoria Art Guild will host an Artist’s Reception for Dr. Te Hsiu Ma on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm at the Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison St in downtown Peoria) featuring a Chinese tea tasting, live sumi brush painting demonstration and traditional harp & flute music. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-637-2787.

Peoria Push Derby Dames will present Rock and Rollin’ on the River in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday with doors opening at 5 pm. The Peoria Push Wrecking Crew and the St. Chux Derby Chix B Team will face off at 6 pm and the Peoria Push All-Stars and the St. Chux Derby Chix A Team will face off at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/180103 and $15 at the door. For more information, visit http://peoriarollerderby.org

The Heritage Ensemble and the Youth Heritage Ensemble will present their Juneteenth Concert at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-692-1271.

The Peoria Zoo welcomes dads on Father’s Day (Sunday): all dads get free admission with a paid admission for accompanying children from 10 am – 5 pm. Regular admission for all other guests is $8.50 for adults, $4.75 for children aged 3-12, $7.50 for senior citizens and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3365.

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Dixieland Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat where they’re grilling on the dock with a cookout that features all the trimmings along with a 2 hour cruise and live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland Band. Boarding begins at Noon on Sunday and the cruise runs from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $36 for adults, $18 for kids aged 4-12 and free for infants. Call 800-676-8988 or visit http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/cruises/themed/fathersday to order tickets online.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Lakeview Family Aquatic Center where dad swims free on Sunday when accompanied by paying family members from Noon – 5 pm. Admission is $5.50 for ages 13+, $3.75 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under with a paid adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society presents Wave featuring Paul Weddle on sax on Sunday at Landmark Recreation Center Starting Gate Room (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will play the first set under the leadership of Larry Harms beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and is payable at the door. Food and drink available. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Muni Band is directed by Dr. David Vroman. Admission is free.

Holy Family Heritage Days Festival will be held at Holy Family Church (located at 3720 North Sterling Avenue in Peoria) and is a family-friendly event featuring rides and games for children of all ages plus food and entertainment from 8 am – 11 pm each day. Thursday Night’s Rib Dinner is $10 (half-slab) and $15 (full-slab) and include two sides and a beverage. Ride bracelets will be sold on Saturday for unlimited rides from noon to 4 pm for $15. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

The 2011 Peoria Bach Festival will be held tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 pm through Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria). For more information, call 309-676-4609 or visit http://peoriabachfestival.org for a complete schedule of events.

The Cemetery Club is a heartwarming comedy about life, love and the pursuit of happiness and continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Enjoy the first days of summer in Central Illinois at the Tremont Turkey Festival in downtown Tremont, beginning tonight (Thursday) with the Miss Tremont Pageant held in the Tremont High School Gym at 7:30 pm and ending with a parade at 4 pm on Sunday. Food lines open at 11 am and run through 9 pm or until the turkey is gone. Carnival rides open at 5 pm on Friday and at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the festival and parking are free.

The Peoria Chiefs take on West Michigan tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will also play South Bend at home on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.  Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 680-4008 or online HERE.
The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Legend at the Ballpark Fundraiser featuring baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will be held before the Saturday game beginning at 5 pm. The event includes dinner at the Pepsi Plaza, silent auction and raffle, the Chiefs game and fireworks for $75 per person. Call 309-692-8110 for more information and to order tickets.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats continues at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & younger and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by phone at 309-676-2196.

James Johann will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 or $12 with cash except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $11 or $10 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A day-long Mobile Learning Symposium will be held at Bradley University beginning at 8 am Friday in the Horowitz Auditorium in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center. Admission is $179 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The symposium will examine the state of mobile learning design, mobile user experience, mobile technology, and mobile brand advocacy. Register online at bradley.edu/continue/mobile

Take the Old Peoria and the Judge Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am on Fridays. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria.
On Saturday, take a Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour beginning at 10:30 am and visit Peoria’s premier scenic drive that winds its way above the beautiful Illinois River valley. The tour leaves from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or click HERE for more information.

The Zac Brown Band has been moved from Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe due to weather forecasts to the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday with doors opening at 5 pm. Tickets are general admission and are on sale with general admission seating for $59.50 & $45.50 and are available at all Peoria area Co-Op Records, by phone at 800-514-ETIX and online at www.etix.com and www.jaytv.com

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mike & Joe will take the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 at the gate. The Landing bar will also be open. Mike & Joe is one of the most watched cover bands in the Midwest, playing rock, alternative and current hits.

Music and Moonlight on the Bricks featuring Wave (Jazz and Blues) with Paul Weddle on sax, Mike Nellas on guitar, Gary Atkinson on bass, Dan Leahy on Piano, Phil Beale on drums and Steve George on vocals, will take place Friday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Admission is $5. Live music, snacks, grilled specialty items and a full cash bar will be available. In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors.  For more information, call 309-676-0889.

Enjoy a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and cruising from 8 – 10 pm with live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 per person, $13 for senior citizens and $9 for kids ages 4-12. Call 800-676-8988 or visit http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/cruises/themed/moonlight for more information or to order tickets.

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront 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 all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Hi-Infidelity will take the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7. The Landing bar will also be open. Chicago’s favorite classic rock cover band will play classic rock hits and modern favorites.

The 31st Annual Moss Avenue Antique & Collectible Sale will be held Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm (rain or shine) and consists of antique & collectible dealers set up in the yards and driveways of historic Moss Ave. from McArthur Hwy to Western Ave. Refreshments will be available on each block.

The Junior League of Peoria will present Pair Up for Health Trail Race Challenge at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Combining the beauty of the trails at Wildlife Prairie State Park with the challenges of an obstacle course, the 3-mile trail race challenge also features a children’s 1-mile fun run that will start at approximately 9 am. Runners & walkers are welcome. Race day registration will be accepted from 6:45 am – 7:30 am. Participants may register online at http://www.PairUpForHealth.com

Enjoy the well-stocked waters of Lake Davis at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) during Open Fishing on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Fish from the shore or rent a canoe. Cost is $5 for a family, $5 for a canoe and $1 per pole.

The Grand Re-Opening of the Peoria Public Library’s Main Branch will be held Saturday beginning at 10 am. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and other dignitaries will be on hand plus there will be a variety of special events, including a dedication ceremony, prize drawings, an art show and other entertainment. For more information, visit peoriapubliclibrary.org or call 309-497-2000.

The River City Bags Classic will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am in the Le Vieux Carre parking lot across from Kelleher’s Irish Pub and Eatery in downtown Peoria. This is the largest bags tournament the area has ever seen with more than 200 teams from the Peoria area and the Midwest. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria. For more information, visit rivercitybagsclassic.com

Sommerfest will take place beginning at 9 am on Saturday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap). This two day event celebrates the beginning of summer German style with German food, soccer, a car cruise-in and live entertainment. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the entertainment. For more details on this event or any other Peoria German-American Society events go to www.peoriagermans.net

The 19th Annual Return to Pimiteoui Pow Wow will be held Saturday and Sunday at Sommer Park (located on Koerner Rd. off Rt. 150 west of the Shoppes of Grand Prairie). It is a gathering of Native and Non-Native Americans from all over the country to sing, dance, and share each other’s company. This is a wholesome family-centered event with free, ample parking and handicap accessibility. Admission is $8 per carload. For up to date information on the programs and the events schedule, visit http://www.peoriapowwow.org/

Enjoy a Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat on Saturday night. There will be cheeseburgers grilled on the dock at 7 pm and the Boat leaves promptly at 8:30 pm to cruise until 10:30 pm. The cost is $35 per person and patrons must be 21 or over to board the boat. For more information, call 800-676-8988 or click HERE to order tickets online.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will bring The Fluffy Shop Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $34 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

A Community Fest featuring BEC recording artist Jessa Anderson as well as free food, kid’s activities and face painting will take place Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm at Peoria First Free Methodist Church on Sheridan Road across from the Health Department.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Muni Band is directed by Dr. David Vroman. Admission is free.

The 13th Annual Washington Cherry Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Washington with crafts, carnival rides, food & entertainment. The Washington Cherry Festival 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. For more information, call 309-444-9921 or visit www.washingtoncoc.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. This week’s theme is “Back in the Day”. Doors open tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bill Porter & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members.
Enjoy Salsa at CAC at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The Cemetery Club is a heartwarming comedy about life, love and the pursuit of happiness and continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through June 12. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Peoria Players Theatre presents Beehive, a 60s Musical Revue tracing the coming of age of women’s music through 37 popular hits of the girl groups and solo singers of the 1960’s. Show time is 7:30 pm Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for 18 and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Ryan Hamilton will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $10. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Luthy Botanical Garden celebrates summer with their June Plant Sale from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults and free for kids 12 & under and Garden members. For more information, call 686-3362 or visit http://www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta takes place every Friday night between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street in downtown Peoria. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with good food and variety street entertainment while you shop. The street is closed off to accommodate the festival and admission is free.

Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO) will present First Friday on Friday from 5 – 9 pm with an open house at the following artists’ studios in the Peoria area: The Mill (located at 1101 SW Washington Street in Peoria), Murray Center for the Arts (100 Walnut Street in Peoria), the Peoria Art Guild (203 Harrison Street in Peoria), the Cornerstone (321 Madison Ave in Peoria) and Torranson Glass (506 Evans Street). Admission is free.

91.5 WCIC presents Christian comedienne Anita Renfroe at ISU’s Braden Auditorium on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 and are available on Ticketmaster.com or by calling the Braden Auditorium box office at 309-438-5444.

Music and Moonlight on the Bricks featuring Wave (Jazz and Blues) with Paul Weddle on sax and Dan Leahy on piano will take place Friday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Admission is $5. Live music, snacks, grilled specialty items and a full cash bar will be available. In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm Friday and running each night through June 11th. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & younger and are available beginning May 23 for individual tickets. Season tickets are also on sale now at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by phone at 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Sixteen Candles kicks off another summer on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday night with classic 80’s tunes from 7:30 – 9:30 pm on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in downtown Peoria. Admission is $7 at the gate. The Landing bar will be open.

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will take place on Saturday from 6 am – 7 pm at Central Park in downtown Elmwood. There will be a pancake & sausage breakfast beginning at 6 am, the food tent will be open from 10 am – 6 pm. There will also be crafts, games, a fine art show & more. For more information, visit www.elmwoodil.com or call 309-742-8272

The Peoria RiverFront Market will take place Saturday from 8 am – Noon on the Peoria Riverfront 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 all handcrafted by local artists and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-671-5555 or visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 2011 Arthritis Walk will take place Saturday from 9 am – Noon at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. There is no fee to participate and those who raise $100 or more will receive a free t-shirt. To register and more information, call 309-682-6600 or visit www.arthritiswalkpeoria.com

The American Gothic Cat Club Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 4 – 12, $4 for senior citizens 65+. Family discounts are also available. For more information, visit www.tagcc.org

Peoria Banking Center, a branch of the State Bank of Speer and AAA Certified Confidential Security Corp. will host a free Community Shred Day on Saturday from 9 – 11 am at both the main bank in Speer and the Peoria branch (located at 7620 N University St.). It is not necessary to remove staples or paper clips from your items to be shredded. Maximum of 5 boxes per person, please.

Normandy 1944: A World War II Living History Event will take place from on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards). Public Battles will be held at 11 am & 2 pm Admission is $10 per car. Relive the desperate days of Normandy 1944. Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons and vehicles. WWII veterans are especially encouraged to attend.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will end its season with “Cello3” at Five Points Washington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. The concert will benefit Center for Prevention of Abuse. Tickets are $29 for adults & $7 for students/children and are available by calling 339-3943 or online HERE

The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois will take place on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm broadcasting live on WEEK-25 from the RiverPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria) & Parke Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.  Admission is free.

Sunday in the Park will take place at the Glen Oak Park on Sunday from 5 – 10 pm. It’s the official kick off to summer with live music, food and kids’ activities. Admission is free.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Muni Band is directed by Dr. David Vroman. Admission is free.