Archive for July, 2013

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host Sister Groove in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available, including sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages.  For more information, visit  www.mortonfinearts.org

Speakeasy featuring Judy Page featuring local jazz artists will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Failure: A Love Story tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington).  A Comedy of Errors will play on Friday at 8 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm.  And Macbeth will be presented on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

Damon Williams will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash payment except for the Thursday and the Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $13 or $12 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and will take place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present Bubble Blast! The Science of Bubbles in their Sun Plaza on Friday from 11 – 11:30 am. Fun for all ages, although this program is targeted toward pre-kindergarten visitors. Super Saturday will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm featuring the chance to view insect specimens and design your own bug. Demonstrations and activities on a variety of topics will also be offered to museum visitors.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there is also a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am. Tickets for all the cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 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.

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit http://newjunctioncity.com

The 3nd Annual BBQ Throwdown cooking contest will be held in Downtown Morton on Friday from 5 – 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm. Featuring over 40 contestants, there’s a “Backyard” contest for amateur grillers plus there will be lots of BBQ available available for purchase plus live music from Jury’s Out, Midnight Special, Mister Sister, and Jammsammich. There will also be crafters, a kid’s play area and vendors plus the “People’s Choice” tasting event which allows the public to judge the best pulled pork prepared by the contestants. For more information, visit http://www.mortonbbqthrowdown.com

Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main St. in Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting on Friday from 5 – 9 pm during Morton’s “BBQ Throwdown” annual grilling contest. Enjoy live outdoor music on the patio with wine by the bottle and artisan cheeses and gourmet foods available for purchase. For more information, call 291-0899 for more information.

The Contemporary Art Center will feature South Side Cindy & the Slip-Tones on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Dream Center Peoria welcomes Colton Dixon, American Idol finalist, as featured performer in this year’s Concert with a Cause at Riverside Community Church (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Friday  beginning at 6:30 pm . Tickets are $15 and can be purchased either online at www.itickets.com or at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore. For more information, visit http://www.dreamcenterpeoria.org

Arc Light Productions will present The Music Man at Illini Bluffs High School (located at 212 N. Saylor Street in Glasford) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://www.arclightpro.com

Jammsammich will perform on Friday on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7. For more information visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

A special Drunken Zombie Deadly Drive In Double Feature will include “House On Haunted Hill” & “Plan 9 From Outer Space” on Friday & Saturday nights at the Landmark Drive In (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) beginning at approximately 8 pm (dusk). Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children or $20 for a carload.

Whitney’s Walk for Life 2013 will take place on Saturday at Jubilee College State Park (located at 13921 W. US Route 150 in Brimfield) with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am and the 5K Walk beginning at 8 am. Entry fees are $25 for adult walkers/runners (ages 13 & up) and $15 for child walkers/runners. Proceeds from the event help to provide funds for area suicide prevention services. To register and for more information, visit http://www.whitneyswalk.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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 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

Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria), in partnership with Peoria Public Schools and Caterpillar Inc., will host “Backpack Peoria” on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Parents of children going into K through 6th grade will be able to meet with District 150 staff, pick up registration materials, and browse area agencies’ showcases. Dream Center Peoria will also give away 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and hand out uniform shirts to the first 1,000 students in attendance, and UnityPoint Health – Methodist will provide free school physicals. Learn more or make a donation at www.dreamcenterpeoria.org

The 7th Annual Kids’ Day at Shoppes at Grand Prairie will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm and feature a performance by the Peoria Ballet, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, informational booths and more. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit http://www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Kane County Cougars on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Fraternal Order of Police #157 will host its second annual Bags for Badges Tournament at the Itoo Hall on Sunday beginning at Noon. Registration opens at 11 am and runs $40 per two-player team (price includes commemorative t-shirt). Players of all abilities are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and other local charities. The event also includes food provided by Backwood BBQ, a cash bar, raffle, silent auction and live entertainment. Sign up at www.fop157.net

The Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter will host a Summer Concert at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Smith Rd. in Edwards, an afternoon of wine tasting and musical entertainment, on Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Chapter office located at 606 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria or at the Winery. Proceeds benefit families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, call 309-681-1100 or visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days on Sunday from 1-4 pm. Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. This month’s theme is Pioneer “Free Time”.  Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy. in Peoria) will host Trillium, comprised of four talented musicians playing hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, bass, and mandolin, on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm Admission is free. When their eclectic playing backgrounds combine, the audience can hear anything from Celtic to folk to ragtime to bluegrass to Dixieland music.

The Annual Peoria Players Get Acquainted Meeting will be held at the theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Meet the directors of their 2013-14 season and catch a sneak preview of the upcoming season. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

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

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Saturday with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a KCBS BBQ cook-off, a petting zoo, and the Rising Star Singing Contest plus much more. General admission is $10 for ages13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Odd Couple (Female Version) opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Junior League of Peoria will host a New Member Social tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm at the Junior League headquarters (located at 256 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) for those who are interested in making a difference in the community, learning about the organization and meeting some of the members. By attending this meeting, you are not obligated to join. For questions or to say you will be attending, call 309-231-4534.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the South Bend Silver Hawks tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 7 pm and the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and again on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host Sister Groove in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available, including sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages.  For more information, visit  www.mortonfinearts.org

The Harlan Geiser Jazz Quartet featuring local jazz artists will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

Anything Goes continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre’s main stage (tent) located in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Macbeth tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Failure: A Love Story will play on Friday at 8 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm.  And A Comedy of Errors will be presented on Saturday at 8 pm and also on Sunday at 1:30 pm  Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

Adam Newman will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and will take place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their River City Tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there is also a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am.  And on Friday night from 8 – 10 pm, enjoy a Moonlight Cruise with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets for all these cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 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.

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. 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 also be held on Friday night featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez 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 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Prairie Cabaret Theatre (located at 619 SW Water Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Peoria) will present The Lebanese / Redneck Wedding on Friday with doors opening at 5:45 pm the ceremony at 6:30 pm followed by dinner and dancing.  The menu includes traditional Lebanese dishes plus Rednecky American foods along with wedding cake and baklava for dessert. A full bar is available all night.Admission is $37 per person (tax included) for dinner buffet and show. Reserved seating can be purchased by visiting www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com or call 309-494-9100.

Canned Heat will perform on Friday on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at all area Co-Op Record Stores or online at www.etix.com

Arc Light Productions will present The Music Man at Illini Bluffs High School (located at 212 N. Saylor Street in Glasford) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://www.arclightpro.com

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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 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 Boogers will perform at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.meet-the-boogers.com

The 4th Annual Tractor Show will take place on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm at 300 N. Main St. in Morton featuring vintage tractors plus an old fashioned Ice Cream Social hosted by the Morton Community United Church of Christ. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Mike & Joe will perform on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7. For more information visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The 4th Annual Shrimp & Corn Boil presented by Kroger will be take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Meals are $10 per person and include jumbo shrimp, smoked sausage and red potatoes. There will also be raffle prizes and live music. For more information, call 309-679-4580.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Stephanie Aaron at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band.  Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

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

The Americanarama Festival of Music featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center arena beginning at 5:30 pm. All tickets are general admission and cost $65.50 and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Life Could be a Dream continues (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and ends its run on 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host the Air National Guard Band in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available.  For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe featuring local jazz artists will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth, play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play features provide wet and wild entertainment for the whole family. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert.

Community Children’s Theatre will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm (this performance signed for the hearing impaired) at Peoria Players Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and senior citizens and are available online at www.artspartners.net  For more information call 309-681-2861.

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a Preview Performance of Failure: A Love Story (at a reduced ticket price) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). On Friday, A Comedy of Errors will begin at 8 pm and on Saturday, Macbeth will be presented also at 8 pm.  A regular performance of Failure:  A Love Story will be presented on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm  Tickets range from $17.50 – $43 for adults and $15.50 – $39 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour” traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and will take place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  Peoria Historical Society’s “Haunted Peoria” explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And Peoria Historical Society’s “River City Tour” will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there is also a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 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.

The Heart of Illinois Fair opens on Friday at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) at 4 pm and runs through Saturday, July 20 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a KCBS BBQ cook-off, a petting zoo, and the Rising Star Singing Contest plus much more. General admission is $10 for ages13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.   For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars featuring wines from August Hill Winery in Utica will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Host Sheldon Shafer, VP & Curator of the Solar System, will take you on a guided tour of the universe with the state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium equipment as you relax with a glass of wine. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Register online at www.PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org

Peoria Pops Orchestra will present Jazz & Americana at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at http://fivepointswashington.org

Hairbangers Ball, a tribute to “The Decade of Decadence”, is ready to rock the CEFCU Center Stage at the RiverFront on Friday complete with monster hair, tattoos, leopard print spandex and make-up with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Classics from Journey, Pat Benatar and Scorpions are on their song list. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Anything Goes opens on Friday and runs through Saturday, July 20 at Corn Stock Theatre’s main stage (tent) located in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Drew Hastings will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $13. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The RiverFront Market will take 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 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

Kids Muddy Madness for St. Jude will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Westwood Park (on Veterans Road, off Route 150: 2232 E Veterans Rd. in Morton). Kids from 4 to 9 years of age can run, jump and get muddy on this 9 obstacle course. The entry fee is $20 with prizes for the top fundraiser. Proceeds benefit St. Jude. To register or for more information, visit www.kidsmuddymadness.com

The Prairie Traveling Vintage Show will present the Sunbeam Building Vintage Market (located at 925 – 933 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria), a pop-up show featuring repurposed goods, music, food and fun on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. In addition to the permanent shops at the Sunbeam building (Urban Artifacts, Excel, Restoration, Art Garage and Hey Lola) nearly 20 pop-up vendors will be selling everything from vintage clothing and jewelry to salvage art and recycled home décor to shabby-chic furnishings and more. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/PrairieTravelingVintageShow

Super Saturday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm featuring liquid nitrogen demonstrations in the museum lobby. Other demonstrations and activities on a variety of topics will be offered to museum visitors at no additional charge with regular admission.  On Sunday beginning at 2 pm, the Museum will host a Gallery Walk where you can get an inside look at selections of the museum’s permanent collection with Kristan H. McKinsey, Director of Collections. The gallery walk is free with admission, which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Village of Morton will host a Downtown Super Cruise featuring over 500 cars manufactured from 1930 to 2013 on Saturday from 4 – 9 pm featuring 1950’s music plus great “All American” food will be served in area restaurants. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-266-5135 or visit http://www.morton-il.gov

Spoken Four will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7. For more information visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature– Summer Zombies will be held at Landmark Cinemas on Saturday featuring Zombie A-Hole along with the classic Oasis of the Zombies. Tickets are $7 with movies starting at 8 pm. The movies are run “midnight movie style”, so there may be riffing on the movies from the audience and is encouraged to participate and have fun plus there will be door prizes.

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The All-Star National Flat Track Series TT Races (rescheduled date for the June 16 event that was canceled due to heavy overnight rain) will take place at the PMC Race Park (located at 603 S Cameron Ln. in Bartonville) on Sunday beginning at 8 am featuring divisions for both professional and amateur racers. Ticket prices are free for ages 13 and under are with paid adult, $10 for ages 14-18 with School ID at the gate and $20 for adult tickets at the gate. Advance sale tickets are $15 and are available online at www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net/ticket-booth  For more information, visit www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net

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

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will be held at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Wednesday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
The Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Williams & the Soggy Bottom Blues Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available.   For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place tonight (Wednesday) from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, Troope Mirage from 4:30 – 5 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “The Little Mermaid” from 5 – 5:30 pm, the Peoria Ballet from 6 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

Clayton Anderson will perform tonight (Wednesday) as part of the summer concert series on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 and available at the gate. An up-and-coming country singer/songwriter, Anderson’s concerts are described as high energy, fun and crowd pleasers. His first album, “Torn Jeans & Tailgates” was released just last year.

Join the Moss Bradley Residential Association for an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebrationon Thursday at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1230 W Moss Ave in Peoria) from Noon – 2 pm. Featuring the Peoria Pops Orchestra at 12:30 pm, hot dogs, chips, beverages and ice cream will be available for purchase. Please bring lawn chairs to enjoy the performance. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted for the MBRA and its programs.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Beloit Snappers Thursday beginning at 5:30 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and again on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Celebrate Independence Day at the Peoria Historical Society’s John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Thursday with gates opening at 6 pm and fireworks at approximately 9:30 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Refreshments including soda, water, popcorn and novelties will be available for $1 each. Watch the Peoria Riverfront fireworks from the bluff. Seating is limited to the first 200, so arrive before dusk for a good spot.

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Thursday beginning at 5 pm with vendors, live entertainment and more. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Listen the soundtrack on any of the following radio stations during the display: 1470 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Lite Rock 107, 102.3 Max FM, and Classic Country 1290 WIRL. For more information, visit http://www.redwhiteandboom.us

Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour” traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and will take place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  Peoria Historical Society’s “Haunted Peoria” explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And Peoria Historical Society’s “River City Tour” will take place every every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday and Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there is also a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 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.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place 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

Life Could be a Dream continues on Friday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 14. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

Red, White and Blue Humor will be presented at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and the show will feature Brett Erickson, Joe Roderick, Drift Roberts, Jeff Bailey, Justin Olomon. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

.38 Special will perform in concert on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday with gates opening at 6 pm and the show starting at 7 pm. Southside Cindy and the Slip-Tones will  open for the band. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at http://www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a Preview Performance of Comedy of Errors on Friday beginning at 8 pm and Macbeth on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $17.50 – $23.50 for adults and $15.50 – $21.50 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd. A cash bar will be available. 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.

The RiverFront Market will take 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 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 6th Annual Backyard Talent Show for St. Jude will be held on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at Idlewood Park in Morton. The event will also have a bake sale, food, inflatables, and face painting available starting at 5 pm. Please bring lawn chairs for seating. All money raised goes directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/backyardtalentshow/info

Bella Cain will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday on the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 and are available at the gate. A newly formed, young, high-energy 6-Piece Top 40 Country Group that along with the Bella Girls, deliver a non-stop and explosive performance with a big guitar sound, 5 part harmonies, fiddle, steel guitar, piano, banjo, a solid rhythm section and both male/female vocals to the stage delivering a full and dramatic sound unmatched regionally.

Slash with guest Myles Kennedy will perform on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm with opening acts Heaven and Earth and Hillbilly Herald. Tickets are $57, $47, and $37 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000, online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Peoria German-American Society will be host their annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap – just north of Peoria) on Sunday from noon to 8 pm.  Admission and parking are free. Live entertainment willl be provided by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Peoria Volkstaenzer, and Grammy Nominee, Eddie Korosa from Chicago. Also enjoy a Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruis’n from noon to 5 pm featuring cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990, a fine arts and craft village, soccer, folks dancing, Bingo, a 50/50 raffle, a shooting tent plus a Kinder Park for the kids. Foods available include smoked pork chops, bratwurst, Heidelburgers, sauerkraut, German potato salad, homemade ice cream and assorted deserts plus German and domestic beer, soft drinks and a cash bar. For more details, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host the “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit features her 1957 four-and-half month around the world cruise including her favorite United States destinations such as New York City, Boston plus Paris, London and other European cities. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children or tour both of the Society’s historic homes in one day for $10.  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Umphrey’s McGee will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront on Sunday with gates open at 6 pm and the show beginning at 7 pm. Tickets will be $26 in advance or $30 at the door and are available at www.etix.com   “Umphrey’s McGee stand revealed as consummate musical alchemists, deftly reconfiguring sounds from rock’s vast panoply of styles.” (Entertainment Weekly).

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