Archive for May, 2012

The 2012 Washington Cherry Festival will be held in Washington today (Thursday) through Saturday night. Highlights of the festival include live music, a carnival, pancake breakfast on Saturday, the Cherry Fest Run/Walk on Saturday, a merchant area, a Teen night tonight (Thursday), fireworks on Friday night, crafts and a family bike ride. For more information and a schedule of events, call 309-444-3321 or visit www.washingtoncoc.com

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Nunsense A-Men! presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs 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 $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Sky Harbor Steakhouse will host “Pickin On Jimmy Buffett & Zac Brown” tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. An open jam session will follow the performance. Admission is free. A full menu is available: reservations are suggested.

Nick Vatterot will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 on Thursday and $14 on Friday & Saturday and are available by calling 309-673-5853. For more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Celebrate summer with the Luthy Botanical Garden June Plant Sale from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday and Noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2.50 for adults (ages 13 and up) and children 12 and under and Garden Members are free. Stock up on new annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs for your garden. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

The Peoria Historical Society will host the Old Peoria and the Judge Trolley Tour every Friday in June from 10:30 am – Noon. The Tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub in downtown Peoria.
The Peoria Historical Society will host the Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour every Saturday from June through October from 10:30 am – Noon. The Tour leaves from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights. Tickets for both tours are $11 per person (including a $1 tip for the driver) and may be purchased just prior to the tour. Senior citizens aged 65 or older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. For more information, call 309-673-6000 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

AlignLife of Peoria is giving away free 10 minute chair massages at Thirty-Thirty Coffee (located at 734 Main Street in Peoria) on Friday from 1:45 – 5:30 pm. Enjoy a relaxing massage before the weekend plus there will also be $150 worth of  coupons available. For more information, call 309-689-6200.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Robin Crowe Band begins at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
on Friday night will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877.

Arc Light Theatre will present a Short Play Festival on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm featuring 4 directors and 4 plays in the Illini Bluffs High School Theatre (located at 212 N. Saylor Street in Glasford). Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit www.arclightpro.com

Tasting on the Green will take place Friday at WeaverRidge Golf Club from 6 – 8:30 pm. You will be able to sample a variety of wine and craft beers, view and bid on silent auction items and enjoy some simple golf activities. Advance Tickets are only $25 per person or $30 per person at the door and tickets are available at the Peoria Ballet (located at 809 Detweiller Drive in Peoria) or by calling 309-690-7990. Proceeds fund the Peoria Ballet.

The LoCash Cowboys with Special Guest Feudin’ Hillbillys will perform on Friday on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria riverfront beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 in advance at www.etix.com, Co-op Records, Shandi’s (in Canton) & the RiverFront Visitors Center or at the gate on show day. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Hello Dolly! will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park in the tent) beginning at 7:30 pm each night through June 9th. 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 Season tickets for all 5 Corn Stock Theatre summer season shows are also available for $66 per person.

Karaoke with Greg and LaVonna will be held Friday night at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday featuring strawberry treats (such as include strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda pop & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts. There will be a car show with registration from 8 am – Noon, the Elmwood Fire Dept, a pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 am – 10 am, craft booths from 8 am – 6 pm, the River Valley Antique Association, kids corner, K & D kids pony rides, balloons by Unique Twist, a hula hoop contest, games, Pat’s Trains, plus a food tent from 10 am – 6 pm featuring grilled pork chops, brats, hot dogs, barbeque, potato chips and drinks. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.elmwoodil.org

The 2012 Washington Cherry Festival 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will take place Saturday beginning in front of Five Points in Washington at 7:30 am. This is an Illinois Valley Striders Grand Prix event. Cost is $25 ($30 on Race Day) for the 5K Run and $15 for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. For a registration form, visit http://www.ivs.org/pdf/2012/Cherry1.pdf Race proceeds will benefit the Washington Park District Foundation.

The Arthritis Walk, the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that supports public awareness and raises funds to fight arthritis, will take place at the Rock Island Trail at Midstate College (411 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The Dog Walk begins at 10 am. To register for the walk, visit www.arthritiswalkpeoria.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and much more! Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Great Work Begins Theatre Company featuring Natalie Patrnchak, Andrew Rhodenbaugh, and Sarah Tilford will present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road, Chillicothe) at 11 am & 2:30 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. The cast consists of Bradley students and alumni, ICC students and alumni, and local Peoria artists who have all come together to produce the show. The show will be performed outside, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs (bleachers will also be provided). For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheGreatWorkBeginsTheatreTroupe

Relive the desperate days of Normandy, 1944, a World War II Reenactment on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm at Sommer Park. Admission $10 per car. On Saturday, the times for the public battles are 11 am & 2 pm and a Veteran Panel will be held at 12:30 pm. On Sunday, a church Service will begin at 11 am and a public battle will begin at 1 pm. Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons and vehicles. World War II veterans are especially encouraged to attend where they will be honored and a “Veteran’s Panel” will be held. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance.

The Exhibition “K’NEX Building Thrill Rides” will take place from June 2nd through September 1 at Lakeview Museum in Peoria. Use K’NEX rods and connectors to build a thrill ride of your own, which will help you understand the different properties of physics such as centrifugal force, kinetic energy, and motion. Exhibit hours are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 am – 8 pm on Thursdays and Noon – 5 pm on Sundays.  Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens or free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1- 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will hold auditions for their upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland, a children’s ballet, which will be held beginning at 2 pm on Sunday, August 12 in the main event room of the Cornerstone Building from 6-7:30 pm on Friday and from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday. Anyone age four and over can take part and do not have to be a Cornerstone student to participate. All children guaranteed a part. For more information, visit www.cornerstoneacademyballet.org

The Dave Mathews Tribute Band (DMTB), will perform on the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person with tickets available at the gate. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present its final concert for the 2011-12 Season, “Amadeus”, at Five Points Washington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available online at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org
Paws Giving Independence will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales. For more information, call 309-339-3943.

Draft Culture, the female fronted 80s, 90s, and modern rock band, will perform in an all acoustic show outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. There is no cover. For more information call 309-673-6000.

The Czech Republic Mission team of First United Methodist Church will host a Bags Tournament on Sunday from 2 – 5 pm at the church (located at 700 Main Street in Peoria). The cost is $20 per person or $35 per team of two people. Grand prize is a new wooden bags game set and other great prizes. To register, email czechbagstournament@gmail.com For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org/#/calendar-news-events/church-events

The CHOI Bags Tournament will take place on Sunday at the Riverplex from 10 am – Noon. Cost is $25 for a team of 2. During the tournament, the telethon will be televised with kid friendly activities all taking place in the gym. This is a family friendly event. To register your team, call 309-339-4878 or email asmm80@comcast.net

The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour is hosting an event at the Greater Peoria Area Family YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 12 – 3 pm. Admission is $75 per person (for online registration) and registration and full details are available at Fitter & Faster.

Sunday in the Park will be held on Sunday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre from 5 – 10 pm with live music, food and fun kids’ activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform Sunday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The 27th Annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration will have its final performance at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11am – 1:30 pm on Friday. More than 12,000 students from over 110 schools in seven counties have performed, exhibited and demonstrated their talents in the fine and applied arts. For a complete schedule or more information, visit http://www.springcelebration.org or call 309-672-6906.

The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Thursdays at 6 pm, Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm and Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm through May 31st. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The 2012 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held this weekend at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe beginning today (Thursday) with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. Featuring over 75 bands on 7 stages over the course of 3 days, the festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans, and a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit http://summercampfestival.com

The 2012 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning tonight (Thursday) and running through Monday with most events happening at the Four Points by Sheraton (located at 500 Hamilton Boulevard in downtown Peoria). For a full schedule and admission information, visit http://oldtimepianocontest.org

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Nunsense A-Men! presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield opens tonight (Thursday) and has shows on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, (doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm) through July 1st.  On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Clinton LumberKings beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and again on Friday at O’Brien Field in downtown Peoria.  The Chiefs will also face the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday and Monday at 2 pm. Tickets are $7 for lawn seats and $10 for club box seats and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 1-866-MYTICKET or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4041 For more information about the Peoria Chiefs, visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t4

The Morton Civic Chorus presents “Encore 2012” at Bradley’s Hartmann Center Theater tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for Seniors and groups of 10 or more. This concert benefits the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund. For tickets, call 309-677-4966.

Gary MuleDeer will perform tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and $35 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

Bob J will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 on Thursday and $12 on Friday & Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 25th Annual Louie Louie Parade & River Jam will take place on Friday beginning at 3:30 pm with the parade through downtown Peoria and the River Jam running from 4 – 10 pm at the CEFCU stage at the Landing on Peoria’s Riverfront. Parade registration is $10 per person or $100 per group with registrations being taken online at http://ampillinois.com/louie.html. Admission to the Riverjam is free and features JammSammich, the Willies, and 3 and 1/2 Men.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Dorann & the Soul Mystics beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission: $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 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.

Cornerstone Underground Art Beat at the Cornerstone Building (located at 321 NE Madison in downtown Peoria) will host an Open Mic Night on Friday from 7 – 10 pm featuring singers, poets and fine artists. There is no charge to perform. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-620-3164.

River City Blues Society will host its 4th Friday Blues Series featuring Matt Curry & The Fury at Goodfellas in Pekin on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 for adults or $3 for RCBS members. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com

The 7th Annual Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Music and International Wine and Beer Festival featuring over 55 wines and 45 beers for tasting and purchase takes place from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 and includes souvenir wine glass and 5 tasting tickets. For more information, call 309-359-9463 or visit http://www.peoria.org/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingid=485&hit=1

The 4th Annual Manito Wine, Art, Balloon & Jazz Festival will take place Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm in Memorial Park (located at 400 E Southmoor St in Manito). Admission is $10 which includes a souvenir glass and 5 taste tickets and is available online at http://www.villageofmanito.com/specials.html

Zoo Fest 2012 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Zoo from 11am – 3 pm. Beginning at 1 pm, watch zookeepers move the Chinese Alligator to her summer exhibit plus enjoy bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more. Admission is $8.50 for adult (ages 13 and over), $4.75 for children (ages 3-12), free for children ages 2 and under and $7.50 for senior citizens (ages 65 & over). For more information, call 309-686-3365.

Participate in a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda on Saturday night from 7-10 pm. All skill levels are welcome. Admission is $5 per person with a $20 maximum cost per family.

Pioneer Days will take place on Sunday at Sommer Park from 1 – 4 pm where you can experience first-hand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century. Admission is $2 per person, ages four and up. Activities at the homestead, barn, blacksmith shop and schoolhouse include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making and hands-on children’s activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn about history. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Annual Memorial Day Celebration will take place on Monday near the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront with a Memorial Day remembrance service to begin at 10:30 am under the Gateway Building which will pay tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom.

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform a mini concert in conjunction with the Memorial Day festivities on the Peoria riverfront on Monday beginning at 10:30 am. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will present a special performance at the Cornerstone Building in downtown Peoria on Monday beginning at 1 pm. This performance, which includes music, comedy and dance, is free to the public. Light refreshments, snacks and raffles will be available plus a door prize for all the children in attendance. The event is in honor of all the men, women and families of the Military who have supported our country through their service and sacrifice. For more information, visit http://www.cornerstoneacademyballet.org

The 27th Annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration is being held in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11am – 1:30 pm every weekday through May 25th. More than 12,000 students from over 110 schools in seven counties will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For a complete schedule or more information, visit http://www.springcelebration.org or call 309-672-6906.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) daily through Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31st. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Girls Night Out from 5 – 7pm at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 South Main Street in Morton). Local vendors will be displaying their unique merchandise and there will also be a free massages, facials, a wellness coach and wine tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

See How They Run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Bradley Braves Baseball will take on Dallas Baptist tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Chiefs Stadium beginning at 6 pm. The Braves will also face Dallas Baptist on Friday night at 6 pm and Saturday at 1 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (K-12), Bradley students and staff are free with valid ID. Active military and immediate families are free and a family pass with 2 adults and 4 children for $14. Tickets are available beginning one hour prior to game time at the stadium entrance. For more information call 309-677-2625.

Kyle Kinane will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 except for the Thursday and 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Girls Night the Musical plays tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $37, $44 and $51 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Rachel’s Hippo beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877.

Fore the Fun of It will take place on Friday at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) with a wine social and silent auction 6 – 7 pm plus miniature golf, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music from 7 – 10 pm. Cost is $50 per person, $90 per couple or $165 per foursome. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Shinedown will perform in concert at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $43 (GA Floor) and $38 (Reserved Bowl) and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, Ticketmaster.com by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Dress for Success Peoria will host The Power Walk for Dress for Success at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday with check-in at 7:30 am and and the 5K walk at 8:30 am. Registration is $20 per person and can be done online at dfspowerwalk.org/peoria2012 or by calling 309-671-5200.

The 23rd Annual Carolyn Mannlein Memorial Family House Run/Walk will begin at the Clubs at River City (located at 8603 N. University St. in Peoria) at 9 am Saturday with a children’s fun run. Race day registration is $30 and runs from 6:30 – 7:30 am. To register online, visit familyhouse.webconnex.com/race

The 41st Annual Clyde West Fishing Derby will be held Saturday at the Glen Oak Lagoon beginning at 9 am. Ages 9 & younger will fish until 11 am, ages 10 – 13 will fish from 11 am – 1 pm and senior citizens and individuals with disabilities will fish from 1 – 3 pm. Bait, concessions and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Gathering at Ft. Creve Coeur Park (located Rt. 29 in Creve Coeur) will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Experience the family-oriented event featuring fur traders, teepees, crafts, a flea market and live bluegrass, country gospel and Native American music. Admission is $2 per carload, $1 for walk-ins and children 12 & under are free with adult. For more information, call 309-694-3193 or visit http://ftcrevecoeur.org

The National Armed Forces Freedom Ride supporting armed forces and veterans will begin at 9 am on Saturday with registration and sign-in at the VFW Post 4835 in Creve Coeur. The ride starts at 11:30 am and ends at Knickerbockers Bar & Grill in Sunnyland where there will be music, food, a silent auction and a car cruise-in. Cost is $15 with proceeds benefiting the Homeless Vet Shelter in Peoria and the VAC Food Pantry in Pekin.

The 2012 Ride for the Cure will begin at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie at Noon on Saturday with a police-escorted parade for the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin where an after party will take place rain or shine. Motorcycle riders and passengers will meet from 9 – 11 am prior to the race at the Shoppes. Food, drinks, entertainment & a live auction will take place at the after party. Cost to participate is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers. For more information, call 309-696-3606 or visit www.peoriarideforthecure.com

Read Local, the 2012 Local Author Fair will be held in the Peoria Public Main Library Auditorium (located at 107 Northeast Monroe St. in Peoria ) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free. Featuring 20 local authors selling and reading from their work, books will be available for signing and purchase with donations going to the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2120

New Covenant Church of God (located at 7023 W. Schoolhouse Lane in Peoria) will host a screening of the movie “Courageous” beginning at 6 pm Saturday at the church. This event is free however it does require a ticket.  Call 309-241-8319 or email squire@gallatinriver.net for tickets. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Childcare will be available for ages up to 12 onsite at no charge.

America’s famed comedy troupe, The Second City, will perform Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm with its Laugh Out Loud Tour. Tickets are $24 for adults or $19 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. Experience the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and trademark improvisation.

The 2012 Grand Tour of West Bluff Homes will take place from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday featuring 3 homes and three commercial businesses in the historical area of Peoria. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at the following locations prior to the tour: Floral Expressions, Sterling Flower Shoppe, Marilyn’s Bow-K, Haddad’s Downtown, the Old Hair Shoppe, Fred’s Shoe Repair & Rhythm Kitchen or at any of the homes/businesses on the tour the day of the event. For more information, call 309-673-2504.

Peoria Jazz presents Carl Anderson’s New Orleans Jazz Band, composed of seven traditional jazz musicians, bringing back this truly original jazz style to the area beginning at 7:15 pm on Sunday at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Larry Harms leading the House Band will open beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Food and drink will be available. For more information, visit www.andersonjazz.com

The 27th Annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration is being held in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11am – 1:30 pm every weekday through May 25th. More than 12,000 students from over 110 schools in seven counties will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For a complete schedule or more information, visit http://www.springcelebration.org or call 309-672-6906.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) daily through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31st. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines.
On Saturday, Wines ‘N More will host a BBQ and Wine Tasting from 4 – 8 pm. There will be BBQ available as well as a free wine tasting plus live entertainment and a beer garden. For more information on both events, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

See How They Run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through May 20. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Beloit Snappers tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at Peoria Chiefs Stadium (located at 730 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria).
The Chiefs also face Beloit on Friday at 11 am and will take on the Burlington Bees at home on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets for all games are $7 for lawn seats and $10 for club box seats and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 1-866-MYTICKET or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4041

Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will be performing live tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $32.25 and $52.25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Peoria Players Theatre will present the musical Chicago beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 309-688-4473 or online at http://peoriaplayers.org

Shane Mauss will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday and 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Piccadilly Circus will take place on Friday at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 or $38 for Ringside for adults and free for kids (with a paid adult ticket) or $8 for Ringside seats. Tickets will be available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office on show day. For more information, visit http://www.thefuncircus.com

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Marbin begins at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission: $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 Junior League of Peoria will host “Extreme Makeover Play Edition” at Peoria Zoo’s Zambezi River Lodge beginning at 6 pm on Friday. Guests will go behind the scenes of the new Grand Entry now under construction in conjunction with the new Peoria Playhouse children’s museum. A fundraiser for the project, tickets are $125 per person and may be reserved by calling 309-681-3500. For more information, visit www.powerofplaypeoria.org

The 27th Annual Komen Peoria Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am at the Metro Centre in Peoria. Registration is available at the Komen Memorial Office in the Metro Centre weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit http://www.komenmemorial.org

The Peoria Public Library’s Lakeview Branch (1137 W Lake Ave) has reopened and will celebrate Children’s Book Week with local children’s author Wayne Miller who will read his book “Black Dog-The Reluctant Pirate” on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am. Admission is free. His collection of self-made pirate ships which inspired his story will also be on display. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the end of the program, which is geared for ages 8-12. For more information, call 309-497-2200.

The 8th Annual Peoria Heights Art Fair will take place on Saturday in Tower Park from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring a juried competition of various art including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art and metal work, artists will have their wares for sale. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaheightschamber.com

Who done it? And why? Find out on the Murder Mystery on Spirit of Peoria interactive cruise on Saturday from 8 – 10 pm. The theme for this cruise is “Mommie Deadest”. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 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

Draft Culture will perform Saturday at Kep’s Bar & Grill (located at 313 Muller Road in Washington) beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $2. For more information, call 309-444-1974 visit www.facebook.com/draftculture

Peoria Zoo will offer all moms free admission on Sunday (Mother’s Day) with a paid admission for accompanying children. Admission is $8.50 for adults ages 13 and over, $4.75 for children ages 3-12, free for 2 & under and $7.50 for senior citizens aged 65 and over. Call 309-681-3513 for more information.

Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Road in Edwards) will host a Mother’s Day Brunch with two seatings: one at 10 am and one at Noon. Cost is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids or free for ages under 3. Call 309-495-9463 Ext. 1 for reservations.

Reggie & Ladye Love Smith from Nashville will join special guest Rachel West Kramer to perform at a Mother’s Day Luncheon Concert of Christian music at the Ashland House Ballroom in Morton on Sunday beginning with lunch at 1 pm followed by the performance. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children and $5 discount for groups of 8 or more. For reservations, call Hands of Love Ministry at 309-383-2828. For more information visit www.handsoflove.org

Take mom on a relaxing 2 hour Mother’s Day Dixieland Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria which boards at Noon on Sunday and cruises at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $39 per adult and $19.50 for ages 4-12 and include cruise, hot lunch buffet, live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland band, taxes and gratuities. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

RiverLife Gospel presents a Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday featuring Scott & Rachel Kramer. Boarding begins at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7-9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for ages 4-12. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 27th Annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration is being held in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11am – 1:30 pm every weekday through May 25th. More than 12,000 students from over 110 schools in seven counties will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine and applied arts. For a complete schedule or more information, visit springcelebration.org or call 309-672-6906.

Live the life of a T-Rex or Triceratops using computer simulations at the “Be a Dinosaur” exhibit at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) daily through May 20th. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
The “Dinosaurs, Solve the Mysteries” Planetarium Show at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will be held on Saturdays at Noon & 1:30 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm through May 31st. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones and reconstruct how dinosaurs lived and died. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for youth and seniors and free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

See How They Run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs through May 20. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will host an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

The East Peoria Chamber will host a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with guest speaker Jimmy Houston and entertainment by Rachel West-Kramer at the Embassy Suites on Friday beginning at 7 am. Tickets are $35 per person and reservations are available by calling 309-699-6212. For more information, email jen@epcc.org

The IESA Scholastic Bowl State Tournament will be held Friday at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 1 pm. Admission is $5 for adults & high school ages and $2 for senior citizens and ages K – 8th grades.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Judy Page & Speak Easy begins at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Contemporary Arts Center will host an Opening Reception for Doug & Eileen Leunig and Herb Eaton on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Live music will be provided by by Paul Adams. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

Bradley Braves Baseball will take on Creighton at O’Brien Field on Friday beginning at 6 pm and again on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (K-12), Bradley students and staff are free with valid ID. Active military and immediate families are free and a family pass with 2 adults and 4 children for $14. Single-game tickets are available beginning one hour prior to game time at the O’Brien Field entrance located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Pete Vonachen Way.
Bradley’s Softball team will be taking on the Southern Illinois Salukis Saturday at 12 pm and 2:30 pm at Laura Bradley Park (located at 1314 Park Road Farmington Road in Peoria). Bradley softball will also face SIU on Sunday at 12 pm. Admission is free. For more information go to bradleybraves.com or call 309-677-2625.

The Peoria Promise Young Leaders Advisory Board will present Play for the Promise at the Green Finish Line Ford on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are available online at www.peoriapromise.org or by calling 309-229-6400.

The National Guard Fight Me MMA Tour will take place on Friday at the US Cellular Coliseum  in Bloomington on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are free. For more information about the event, including a complete list of participating area marketing and retail partners, visit FightMeMMA.com or call 636-614-8329.

Peoria Players Theatre will present the musical Chicago beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 and under and are available  at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 309-688-4473 or online at http://peoriaplayers.org

Harland Williams will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash and are available by calling 309-673-5853. For more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877.

Vinyl Tap will perform live Friday at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5.
On Saturday, Jammsammich will perform live at EP’s with a cover charge of $5. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) will host a Migratory Bird Walk from 7:30 – 8:30 am where you can see spring migrants and resident birds with a naturalist or a guide from Peoria Audubon. Please bring your own binoculars. All levels of experience are welcome: geared toward ages 10 & up. No registration required and admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Take part in a Civil War Spring Drill at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Admission is $2 per person or a maximum of $10 per car. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with the soldiers.

The Peoria Park District’s Annual Drama Festival will take place at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park in the tent) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. All plays that will be performed are award-winning school plays performed by Peoria students. Bring your lunch. Snacks & drinks will be available at the concession stand. For more information, call 309-681-2861.

CEFCU’s Sheridan Village branch (located at 900 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) will host a Youth Event on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm featuring a Fun-on-the Run bouncer, free refreshments provided by Hy-Vee, face painting provided by the Zoo Lady, music by Tim Van Antwerp, the PPL Book Mobile, McGruff the Crime Stoppers dog, the US Marine Corps heroes, the Peoria Police & Fire Departments, Familia Dental plus a balloon artist from Unique Twist. The CEFCU Super Savers program will also be available for kids age 3-12 where each deposit earns a treasure chest prize. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-633-7500.

The Alzheimer’s Association Kentucky Derby Party will take place beginning at 4:30 pm on Saturday at the Country Club of Peoria (located at 4700 N. Grandview Drive in Peoria Heights). Sip on Mint Juleps and dine on Derby style cuisine, cheer your favorite horse to victory at 5:15 pm and bid on auction items beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $75 per person with a limited number of reserved tables available for 8 – 10 people for an additional $50 per table. Contact Jamie.Messmore@alz.org or call 309-681-1100 for more information.

The 41st Annual Pekin Ambucs Charity Auction will take place beginning at 5 pm Saturday at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park. New and used items, celebrity items, gift certificates and even a few vehicles will be auctioned off. Auction proceeds benefit many local charities. For more information, visit http://www.pekinambucs.org

An Evening of Music with the Philharmonic Chorale will be held Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students and are available at the ICC box office or by calling 309-694-5136. The Philharmonic Chorale is one of the oldest choirs in our area, performing since 1925.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will perform “Make a Joyful Noise – Celebrating Our Faith and Freedom” at Grace Presbyterian Church (located on Route 91 in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for students. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $20 per person. Contact the Peoria Civic Chorale box office at 309-693-6725 to order tickets. For more information, visit http://peoriacivicchorale.com

The legendary Bill Cosby will perform Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 – $75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 800-745-3000.

The Peoria German-American Society’s annual Maifest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission to the event is free. Activities will be held both indoors and outdoors.