Archive for July, 2011

 Look, No Hans! opens tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 18th. 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 takes place tonight (Thursday) on the Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing and will feature Change up beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. The Thursday night series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Central Illinois Jazz Society.

The Peoria Park District will present it’s Youth Music Festival tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located in Glen Oak Park). Admission is $3 for adults or free for students with ID.  This year’s theme is “South of the Border” as young musicians from the PPD Summer Band and Orchestra heat things up playing Latin rhythms and favorite tunes. For more information, call 309-681-2861.

Pickin’ On Jimmy Buffett will take place at Sky Harbor Steakhouse from 7 – 9 pm with co-hosts Daryl Klusendorf (guitar-vocals), Paul Hill (steel guitar) and Chris Tarpley(keyboards-vocals) who will perform your Jimmy Buffett favorites. Admission is free, however reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-674-5532 or visit http://www.skyharborsteakhouse.com

Tom Mabe will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on 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 is $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 Friday at 8 pm.   The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) will be presented on Saturday at 8 pm and The Winter’s Tale will be presented on 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.   Twelfth Night, a 45 minute family-friendly entertainment geared toward younger patrons, will be performed on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  Admission to this performance is free, however, reservations are required by calling 309-438-2535. Visit thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule of shows.

Take the All American City Historical 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).   The cost is $10.   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.  Or catch the River City Historical Trolley Tour which highlights Peoria’s rich history beginning 1 pm on Saturday.  The tours leave from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) and the cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or click HERE for more information.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta will take place this Friday between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with 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 Ambient beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. 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.

Patrick Swayze/Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing Bar will be open.

Splashdown Water Slide in East Peoria will host a Family Friday Fun Night on Friday from 7 – 9:30 pm including a DJ and giveaways. Admission is $3.50 per person or $10 for a family of four and $2 for each additional family member. For more information, call 309-694-1867or visit www.fondulacpark.com/?q=splashdown

The WWE RAW World Tour will appear at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17, $27, $37, $47 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

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 Shoppes at Grand Prairie will host the 5th Annual Peoria Kids’ Day on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy activities such as face painting, balloon artist, dunk tank, bouncy houses, silent auction, Home Depot Kids Workshop, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Whitney’s Walk For Life 2011 will be held on Saturday at Jubilee College State Park in Quail Meadow with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am and the 5K Walk beginning at 8 am.  Founded by the family and friends of Whitney Grotts, following her death by suicide in 2004, Whitney’s Walk For Life was created to increase the awareness about the tragedy of teen suicide. Working with local survivors, schools and mental health advocates, Whitney’s Walk For Life takes proactive steps for increasing depression awareness and suicide prevention programs in the Central Illinois area. Fees are $25 for an adult walker or runner ages 13 and $15 for child walkers and runners ages 12 and under. For more information and to register, visit www.whitneyswalk.com

Fiesta en el Rio will take place on the CEFCU Stage @ the Landing on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 9 am. Admission is $7 for adults or $20 for a family pass. Featuring authentic Latin American food and drink, a children’s area, a soccer tournament, local musicians, a traveling mariachi band plus new musical headliner, Los Vicios de Papa.

The Elvis Summer Festival, a tribute performed by Dave Stovall, will take place at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available online HERE   For more information, call 309-444-8222 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

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) from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. Call 309-691-8423 for more information.

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

Encores will be performed at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield on Thursday, Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, and the show at 8 pm. On Sunday, 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 takes place tonight (Thursday) on the Peoria RiverFront on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing and will feature Kevin Hart & Vibe Tribe beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. The Thursday night series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Central Illinois Jazz Society.

Footloose continues at Corn Stock Theatre in upper Bradley Park at 7:30 pm each tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

A Wine Tasting to benefit the Children’s Home Association of Illinois will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm at Childer’s Banquet & Events Center in Peoria. Admission is $15 per person or $25 for a couple. Call 309-687-7205 or email cjenkins@chail.org for more information.

Sean Rouse will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. 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 The Winter’s Tale 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 Romeo & Juliet will be presented on 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.
Twelfth Night, a 45 minute family-friendly entertainment geared toward younger patrons, will be performed on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  Admission to this performance is free, however, reservations are required by calling 309-438-2535.   Visit thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule of shows.

Take the All American City Historical 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).   The cost is $10.
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.  Or catch the River City Historical Trolley Tour which highlights Peoria’s rich history beginning 1 pm on Saturday.  The tours leave from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) and the cost for each tour is $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 309-673-6000 or click HERE for more information.

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta will take place this Friday between 5 – 10 pm on the 300 block of Water Street. Enjoy Peoria’s riverfront with 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 Marbin beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday with dance lessons from 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. For more information on these events, call 309-674-6877.

Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse presents The Awesome 80s Prom at the Waterhouse on Friday and Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm and dinner beginning at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $37 per person and includes tax & gratuity. Reserve seats by calling 309-494-9100 or order online at http://artstix.artspartners.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=164

Splashdown Water Slide in East Peoria will host a Family Friday Fun Night on Friday from 7 – 9:30 pm including a DJ and giveaways. Admission is $3.50 per person or $10 for a family of four and $2 for each additional family member. For more information, call 309-694-1867or visit www.fondulacpark.com/?q=splashdown

The Hairbangers Ball returns to the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7. The Landing Bar will be open.

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

A Back-to-School Giveaway Event will be held from 9 am – Noon on Saturday at four churches in the Peoria area including Northwoods Community Church, Richwoods Christian Church, Riverside Community Church and St. Paul’s Baptist Church with a special garage sale-like event. For more information, call 309-243-1550 or visit http://www.nwoods.org/storyWithChart.asp?storyid=438

Winter in Summer will be presented at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm where you’ll learn how the zookeepers keep the animals cool during the “dog days” of summer. Help keep the animals cool by making ice treats for them as well as enjoying ice treats for yourself. There will also be games and prizes throughout the day. There;s no additional cost to attend this event. Regular admission prices are $8.50 for adults (13+), $4.75 for ages 3-12, $7.50 for senior citizens (65+) and free for ages under 2. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Richwoods 12th Man Golf Outing will take place this Saturday is an opportunity for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a fun day at Kellogg Golf Course while supporting the Richwoods Knights. Registration is at 11:30 am with a Noon Shotgun Start. Cost is $100 and  includes golf, cart, food and door prizes. Call 309-648-4414 for reservations.

Airshow 2011 will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the General Wayne A. Downing Airport from 9 am to 6 pm both days. Performances begin at approximately 11 am and end by 4 pm each day. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate for adults, $7 in advance or $9 at the gate for children 6-12 and free for children 5 & under. Advance tickets are available at all Kroger locations or online at http://prairieair.org/tickets.html Donations are accepted for parking. The suggested donation is $2 per car and $20 per bus and recreational vehicle. For more information, visit http://prairieair.org

The 2nd Annual PenguinJamm will take place this Saturday at Wildlife Prairie State Park and will feature family activities beginning at 6 pm including train rides, animal presentations, a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting. At 7 pm, JammSammich will be on hand for dancing as well as a special guest performance by The Penguin Players. Tickets are $10 for adults 13+ and $5 for kids ages 4-12 non-members. WPSP members are $8 for adults and $3 for kids. Kids under 3 are free. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the evening go to support The Penguin Project and Wildlife Prairie Park. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Peoria German-American Society will host a Motorcycle Run and Corn Boil at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Saturday. The Motorcycle Run registration will be held at the Last Chance Bar and Grill in Alta, Illinois from 9 – 11 am. Breakfast will be available during registration. Stops include Burnzees in Brimfield, Crossroads in Farmington, Go-T-s in Peoria and ends at Hickory Grove Park. Maps and route provided at registration. The fee to participate is $15 per person and includes dinner at Hickory Grove Park. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
Admission and parking for the Corn Boil, which runs from from 2 – 8 pm, are both free. The rain date for this event is Sunday, July 24th at the same times. The Corn Boil cost is a $7 per person donation which includes a pork chop sandwich, sweet corn, baked beans and cole slaw. A DJ will be providing entertainment. German and domestic beers, soft drinks and a cash bar will also be available. Other activities include a bags tournament, bocci ball, archery and horseshoes. A newly refurbished playground will be available for the kids.    For more information on the Corn Boil or the Motorcycle Run, call 309-691-3657.

Lakeview Family Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Lakeview Park, Peoira) will host a Night Swim on Saturday from 6 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $5.50 for ages 13+, $3.75 for ages 4 – 12 and ages 3 and under are free with a paid adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Wedding Banned will perform Saturday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. Wedding Banned picks two members from the audience to become the “bride” and “groom” and turns every show into the ultimate wedding reception. The Landing Bar will also be open.

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) from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. Call 309-691-8423 for more information.

Enjoy a Summer Concert on Sunday at Kickapoo Creek Winery from Noon – 5 pm featuring performances by the West MacQueen Street Band, Pink Sushi & Bonnie & Doug Malchow. Admission is $10 and includes wine tasting and entertainment with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter. Call 309-681-1100 for more information.

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

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens in Peoria through Saturday. Hours are 4 pm – Midnight on weekdays and from Noon – Midnight on weekend days. Admission is $8 for ages 13 & up and $5 for ages 6 – 12. Ages under 6 and active military personnel with ID are free. Carnival arm band discounts are available and there are bands each night performing in the entertainment tent. Visit http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com or call 309-691-6332 for more details.

Encores will be performed at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through July 24th.  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 takes 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.

Brian Posehn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 or $20 with cash except the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $16 or $15 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The World’s Smallest Wrestlers will be competing in Extreme Midget Wrestling at the Grand Hotel (located at 4400 Brandywine Drive in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. General Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door and Ringside seats are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are available at Coop Records in Peoria & East Peoria or online HERE

The Peoria Chiefs take on Lake County beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday at O’Brien Field. The Chiefs will also play Fort Wayne on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Promotions for this week’s game include Thirsty Thursday with $2 16 oz drafts and $2 sodas, the Zooperstars on Friday, Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday and Princess Day on Sunday.  Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online HERE

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Manor (located at at 48 Sunset Rd. in Bloomington) will present The Winter’s Tale tonight (Thursday) and Sunday at 7:30 pm each night.  The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) will be presented on Friday at 8 pm and Romeo & Juliet will be presented on Saturday at 8 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.  Twelfth Night, 45 minutes of family-friendly entertainment geared toward younger patrons, will be performed on Saturday beginning at 10 am.  Admission to this performance is free, however, reservations are required by calling 309-438-2535. Visit thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule of shows.

Take the All American City Historical 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).   Cost is $10.  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.  Or catch the River City Historical Trolley Tour which highlights Peoria’s rich history beginning 1 pm on Saturday.  The tours 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.

Balloons at the Park will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe beginning at 6 am on Friday and Saturday. Featuring balloon rides, entertainment and family fun, admission is free for the morning sessions. Advanced tickets are $15 for a four pack, $6 ($8 at the gate) for adults single day, $4 ($6 at the gate) for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 & under. Parking is free.  For more information, click HERE

The Friday Night Water Street Fiesta will take place this Friday 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 Change Up beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday.  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 Boat Drunks will perform Friday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open.

The River City Blues Society will present Lizzi Neal Band at 7:30 pm Friday at Goodfellas in Pekin. Admission is $3 for members or $5 for non-members at the door. For more information, visit http://rivercityblues.com

Footloose will open on Friday at Corn Stock Theatre in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, July 23rd. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at
www.cornstocktheatre.com

Who done it? And why? Find out on the Murder Mystery on Spirit of Peoria interactive cruise on Friday from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for ages 4-12. Boarding begins at 7 pm. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Splashdown Water Slide in East Peoria will host a Family Friday Fun Night on Friday  from 7 – 9:30 pm including a DJ and giveaways. Admission is $3.50 per person or $10 for a family of four and $2 for each additional family member.  For more information, call 309-694-1867 or visit www.fondulacpark.com/?q=splashdown

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 American Red Cross in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Children’s Hospital of Illinois will host a Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday beginning at 10 am at the American Red Cross (located at 311 W. John Gwynn Jr Ave in Peoria). The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

The GENeration United Mad Dash is a city-wide, competitive adventure on Saturday that calls upon participants to take on exciting challenges while experiencing the work of the Heart of Illinois United Way first-hand. Registration begins at 9 am, the race begins at 10 am with a post party at 12:30 pm. For more information, call 674-5181, ext. 254, or visit http://www.genumaddash.org Teams will race against the clock and each other in order to solve clues and navigate a series of extraordinary activities centered around United Way agencies and their impact on our community.

Too White Crew will perform on the Peoria Riverfront on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing Bar will be open.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Speakeasy with Judy Page on Sunday at the Landmark Recreation Center Starting Gate Room beginning at 6 pm.   They will play a variety of music styles, ranging from jazz to Rhythm & Blues.  The CIJS House Band will perform during the first set. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

The St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will be held Sunday at the Itoo Hall from 11 am – 7 pm. Dinners are $10 for shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, new potatoes, and smoked sausage. There will also be entertainment, 50/50 drawings, and a rafflle. All proceeds go to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. For more information, call 309-676-9725.

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

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 CEFCU Jazz Series takes 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 Central Illinois Jazz Society.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for ages 12 & under and senior citizens and are available at the door.  For more information call 309-681-2861.

The Peoria Chiefs take on Beloit beginning at 7 pm at O’Brien Field. They will also play Beloit on Friday at 6:30 pm. Promotions include Thirsty Thursday tonight and fireworks on Friday.  Tickets are $10 and $7 and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online HERE

Mike Armstrong will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with performances tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 show which are just $13 or $12 with cash.

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 at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 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 Rob Williams and the Soggy Bottom Blues Band beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. 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 on either event, call 309-674-6822.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Manor (located at at 48 Sunset Rd. in Bloomington) will present The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 8 pm.  Romeo & Juliet 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 All American City Historical 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).   Cost is $10.  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.  Or catch the River City Historical Trolley Tour which highlights Peoria’s rich history beginning 1 pm on Saturday.  The tours 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.

The Heart of Illinois Fair begins Friday and will take place at Expo Gardens in Peoria everyday through Saturday, July 16th.   Hours are 4 pm – Midnight on weekdays and from Noon – Midnight on weekend days.  Admission is $8 for ages 13 & up and $5 for ages 6 – 12.  Ages under 6 and active military personnel with ID are free.   Carnival arm band discounts are available and there are bands each night performing in the entertainment tent.  Visit http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com or call 309-691-6332 for more details.

CoverGurl will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open to serve your favorite beverages.

Yogi Bear will be the feature presentation at Movies Under the Stars at Metro Centre Friday night with the pre-show at 7:45 pm and the movie beginning at 9 pm. Admission is free and gourmet popcorn & soft drinks are available for $1 each and benefit local charities.  Bring lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy family friendly activities during the pre-show. The show will go on weather permitting.

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.

The original interactive comedy, the Lebanese/Redneck Wedding, returns to the Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse on Friday and Saturday with doors opening at 5:45 pm, ceremony at 6:30 pm, buffet dinner at 7:15 pm and dancing at 8:30 pm. Admission is $37 per person for the buffet dinner and show including tax & gratuity. Make reservations by calling 309-494-9100 or online HERE.

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

A Blood Drive will be hosted by Dress Barn in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Appointments are appreciated: call 800-448-3543, ext. 1 or visit http://www.givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment for this event. Please bring a Photo ID or your Red Cross Donor Card.

The Paws for a Cause Dog Show will take place Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm at Junction City Shopping Center. The event features an informal dog show, community business booths, a silent auction, food, live music & family fun. Cost to register your dog for the show is $10 which benefits Paws Giving Independence, a local non-profit that trains service dogs to assist people with a variety of different disabilities while providing support to encourage independence. For more information and to register your dog online, visit http://www.givingindependence.org/Dog_Show.php

Rock Candy will perform on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront Saturday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Playing a mix of Dance, Hip Hop, Pop Rock and 80’s, lead singer Molly Callinan, has just returned from her off Broadway debut in The Dirty Dancing Musical. Admission is $7 per person. The Landing bar will be open to serve your favorite beverages.

See the Roe Family Band at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. Admission is $7 per adult or $6 per child under 12. CORE members receive a $1 per person discount.

Open Dance at Body Fitness (located at 3020 N. University in Peoria) is an evening of social dancing with good friends, as well as a chance to make new friends. From 7 – 8 pm on Saturday will be a lesson called “Jazz Up Your Swing” learn some new moves and styling to jazz up your swing dancing. From 8 – 11:30 pm will be open dancing. Cost for the lesson & dance is $8 per person or $12 per couple or cost for the dance only is $5 per person or $8 per couple.

The 5th Annual Midnight Riders Miles for Smiles Bicycle Ride through the streets of Peoria benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital will take place at Junction City on Saturday with check-in from 10:30 – 11:30 pm with the ride beginning at midnight. The entry fees are $25 per person or $45 per family plus $10 each additional member. For a registration form, click HERE

The Peoria German-American Society will host their annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap just north of Peoria off of Route 40 North to Hickory Grove Rd.:  turn east and look for additional signs) from noon to 8 pm on Sunday.  Admission and parking are free.  Food available will include turkey breast, bratwurst, Heidelburgers, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and German green beans. Homemade ice cream and assorted deserts will also available. German and domestic beer are available, along with soft drinks and a cash bar.   There will also be soccer, folk dancing, Bingo, and a shooting tent plus an arts and crafts village featuring a variety of handmade items from local handicrafters, and a German gift tent will be open offering a number of imported items from Germany for sale.  Entertainment will be provided by the Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Peoria Volkstaenzer, and Vogel Musik. There will also be a Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise In from noon – 5 pm, featuring cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1970.  For more information, call 309-444-4656 or visit www.peoriagermans.net