Archive for May, 2014

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The East Peoria Carnival will feature rides, games and food in the parking lot at the Festival Building (located at 2200 E. Washington St. in East Peoria). Hours are 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), 5 – 10 pm on Friday and 1 – 10 pm on Saturday. Individual ride tickets cost $1.25 each. A family pack of 20 tickets for $20 will be available. All rides take two or more tickets. Wristband days are from 5 – 9 pm on Thursday and 1 – 5 pm on Saturday where for $20, you’ll get unlimited carnival rides. Proceeds from the carnival will be donated to the Nativity Display Association, which erects and maintains the Narrated Nativity display in the Festival of Lights. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EPCityGovernment?fref=ts

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Business on US RT 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 9 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a dog variety show, a co-ed softball tournament and a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk. This festival was formerly known as the Cherry Festival. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Summer Social at the Ballance-Herschel House (located at 256 NE Randolph, Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Admission is free, however, please register by calling 309-685-9312 or send an email to juniorleagueofpeoria@gmail.com  For more information, visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. 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
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 7 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and Kane County on Sunday at 6 pm all 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
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David Alan Grier will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $23 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $28 for all other shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853. For more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Blue Stew beginning on Friday 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 www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Dance to the lively music of the Rusty Pickup String Band, with Emmy Holmes-Hicks on fiddle and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze. First-time dancers and families are welcome and no partner is needed. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Corn Stock Theatre will open its 2014 season with Funny Girl at their main stage located in the tent in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm Friday through Saturday, June 7. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students through high school 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 shows throughout the summer are $66 per person and are also available.

Sixteen Candles will perform 80’s favorites on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Family House 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fitness Walk and Children’s Fun Run will take place at The Clubs at River City (located at 8603 M. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am followed by a pizza party. Held in memory of Carolyn Mannlein, the 5K Run registration fee is $35, the Fitness Walk is $30 and the children’s events are $10 and registration along with more information is available online at https://familyhousepeoria.webconnex.com/race2014

The 1st Annual MDA Memorial 5K Fun Run will be held at Laura Bradley Park in Peoria on Saturday beginning at 8 am to raise awareness for the over 1,100 people fighting neuromuscular disease in Central Illinois. Cost to participate is $25 and registration may be made online at www.mdaevent.org/memorial5k

Learning How to See Photography” will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am featuring Mike Boatman, a nationally recognized photographer. A fun and interactive session that will offer insights on how to make what you see through the lens come to life in a photo, participants will take a field trip through the park plus get a friendly critique session. Admission is free for WPP members or $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65 +, $6 for kids aged 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. To register for the event, call 309-676-0998 to register or email samshafer@wildlifeprairie.org

Normandy 1944, which re-enacts the desperate days of Normandy, 1944 of World War II, will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday with public battles at 11 am and 2 pm plus a veteran panel at 12:30 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm with a church service at 11 am and a public battle at 1 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. World War II veterans are especially encouraged to attend where they will be honored. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their annual International Music, Wine and Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday & from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 55 wines and 55 beers for tasting and purchase from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese and confectionary chocolates. Live music includes: Cougar Bait 12 – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and South Side Cindy and The Slip Tones from 7-11 pm on Saturday and Johnny Quest from 12 – 3 pm and Colt 45 and Johnny Walker from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those age 21 and over is $10 per person and the price includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Kids under 12 are free and ages 13-20 are $5 per person for band cover. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will meet at the Speakeasy Art Center of Pekin on Saturday  beginning at 6 pm and will feature John VanDerVoorn of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and owner of Aqua Dive School in Morton discussing scientific aspects of scuba diving and marine life. Admission is free and open to all, with snacks and coffee provided. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

Noche de Fiesta will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday with Salsa dancing lessons from 7 – 8 pm and music and dancing will take place from 8 – 11 pm. Music will be provided by Angel Melendez & 911 Mambo Orchestra, as well as DJ Caballero El Dueno de la Salsa. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Hispanic Group. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and student tickets are $10 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Victorious Beethoven” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Sarah Gentry, Barbara Hedlund, John Dee and Michael Dicker, tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-444-3888, at Kidder Music in Peoria or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Fine Art of Hospitality – Celebrating Brides will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage wedding gowns and other wedding pieces from the Reynolds/Morron family, the dining room table set for a wedding shower. Experience entertaining in a Victorian era home and The Fine Art of Hospitality by Miss Jean Morron and her staff.
In the Good Old Summertime will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) also on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring a nostalgic photo exhibit with historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria including displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools plus sports and river life.  Admission for each tour is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12 or $10 for adults for both House Museums in one day. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Mindless Behavior and the OMG Girlz will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $45.50 and $40.50 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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The 2014 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) will begin tonight (Thursday) with a pre-party and run through Sunday evening. With more than 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans plus a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit www.summercampfestival.com

The 40th annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival will take place beginning tonight (Thursday) and throughout the weekend around the Peoria area with ragtime and honky-tonk piano players from around the world competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes. There is a dinner at Sky Harbor Steakhouse on Thursday, a Spirit of Peoria cruise on Friday plus contests, competitions and more at Embassy Suites East Peoria throughout the weekend. For more information, call 217-356-3012 or visit www.oldtimepianocontest.org

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. 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
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Morton Civic Chorus will present the Encore 2014 concert benefiting CIMKF, the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund, tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm in Hartmann Center Theater at Bradley University. All tickets are $15 and are available at Morton Community Banks, Kidder Music, from any chorus member, and online at www.Artspartners.net  For more information, call 309-677-4966.

Jukebox Comedy Club will host their Best of Peoria Comics tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night. Tickets are $10 or free if you have a May birthday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The JDRF Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes Wine Soiree will be held at The Fresh Market (located at 2601 West Lake Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 8 – 10 pm. Sample 40 wines plus food from the Fresh Market including rotisserie turkey sliders, fresh handmade sushi plus a wide variety of antipasto and cheeses. Tickets are $20 and are available at http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=3827&pg=entry

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration continues on Friday from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org for a complete calendar.

The Louie Louie Festival, hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders, will take place on Friday on the Peoria RiverFront featuring a kazoo parade and live music beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band beginning on Friday 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 www.peoriacac.org

The ICC Guest Artists Series will present War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

ZooFest will be held at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. At 1 pm, the Chinese Alligator will be moved to her summer exhibit (weather permitting) plus there will be bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $5.25 for kids aged 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and free for kids 2 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Monarch Butterflies & Other Pollinators will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 11 am – 4 pm where you can learn about Monarch butterflies, bees and other pollinators that are essential to food production plus many species that are facing a population crisis. Learn about these amazing creatures from the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, local beekeepers, the Peoria Park District, and many other local organizations. Inspect monarch butterflies and participate in activities. Admission to the museum 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

Recognize Richard, a fundraiser for casting & finishing a Richard Pryor statue to be erected at State & Washington Streets in Peoria, will be held at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Pryor’s son, Richard Pryor Jr., is among the scheduled performers. Admission is $50. For tickets or more information, call 309-674-6822 or 309-264-4570 or visit https://www.facebook.com/RichardPryorSculptureProject

Mark Farris will perform at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located at the Broadway Lounge in the Maxam Building in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and tickets are available by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County: this month’s theme is Heirloom Gardening. Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The City of Peoria Annual Memorial Day Program will take place on Monday beginning at 10:30 am at the Gateway Building in downtown Peoria. Featured guest speaker will be Col. “Robbie” Robertson, commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard. City officials scheduled to be in attendance include Mayor Jim Ardis and City Council members Eric Turner, Tim Riggenbach, Chuck Weaver, Casey Johnson and Ryan Spain.

The annual South-West Kiwanis Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday at the Vietnam War Memorial located near the Prospect Road entrance to Glen Oak Park beginning at 1 pm. Col. Daniel McDonough, 182nd Air Wing Illinois Air National Guard, will be keynote speaker. For more information, call 309-691-6070 or 309-692-3198.

The Peoria County Veterans’ War Memorial Committee will hold a Memorial Day Observance at the World Wars I & II Veterans Memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Monday beginning at 1:30 pm. Speakers at the ceremony will address the theme of “Past, Present, and Future”. People who have purchased a brick throughout the year to honor a Peoria County veteran are invited to attend.

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A benefit concert for Midwest Food Bank featuring the Legacy Five Gospel Quartet and The Collingsworth Family will be held tonight (Thursdy) beginning at 6 pm at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 North Heinz Lane in Edwards). Tickets are $20, children 15 and under are free with a paying adult, and are available at Midwest Food Bank (located at 9005 North Industrial Road in Peoria), Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore in Peoria and Bloomington and Bethany Baptist Church. For more information, call 309-691-5270 or 309-243-5446.

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. 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
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm, Friday at 11 am, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 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

Dave Coulier will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday show and $21 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 4th Annual Mike Seneca Golf Classic will take place on Friday at WeaverRidge Golf Course with two flights: one at 7:30 am and at 1 pm. benefits the Hult Center for Healthy Living cancer programs, in memory of Mike Seneca, cost for an individual golfer is $125 or $500 for a foursome and includes golfing and a cart, driving range, lunch and a golfer gift. Register at www.hulthealthy.org

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will host a Garage Sale from 8 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 8 am – Noon on Saturday. For more information, call 309-692-1420.

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration takes place every weekday through May 23 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org  for a complete calendar.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rewind beginning on Friday 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 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. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Play for the Promise will take place on Saturday at Brewer’s Distributing from 6 – 10 pm to help send a student to ICC for free. Tickets are $40 and $100 work of chips are available for $20 and are available online at www.peoriapromise.org  Participants must be 21 and over and will play craps, blackjack and roulette and all chips are traded in for raffle tickets at the end of the night.

The X Rocks Spring Fling Concert will be held on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Adelita’s Way and The Pretty Reckless, tickets are $32.50 and $42.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Ordinary Days will be presented by Arc Light Theatre at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and area available by calling 309-455-4095 or or visiting www.arclightprods.com

Let’s Face the Music & Dance, a ballroom and Latin dance, will be held at Countryside Banquet Hall (located at 659 School Street in Washington) on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Ed & Judy Howard SIX Band featuring swing, foxtrot, waltz, nightclub two step, rumbas and cha-cha. Cost is $10 per person which includes admission and a chance of winning door prizes. Cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-573-3822,

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with an optional Craft Beer Tasting on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. Live entertainment is included plus a cash bar is available with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For the Craft Beer Tasting Cruise, admission is $35 (must be 21 or over) and reservations must be made by calling 309-637-8000 by 5 pm that day. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Way Down Wanderers plus Chicago Farmer, Art of III Fusion and PM Buys will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance online at www.limelighteventplex.com or $13 at the door. For more information about the band, visit www.thewaydownwanderers.com

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will be held at Glen Oak Park Lagoon (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am for ages 9 & under, 11 am – 1 pm for ages 10 – 12 and from 1 – 3 pm for ages 50+ and those with disabilities. Admission is free and poles are available for use also. Bait, concessions and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Craft and Vendor Sale will be held at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Find local arts, crafts, and home-based businesses on the front lawn, rain or shine. For more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie where riders will meet until 11 am. A police-escorted parade leaves at Noon for Walters Brothers Harley Davidson for a party featuring refreshments, entertainment, a bike show and a live auction. Cost to participate is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. For registration and full details, visit http://www.peoriarideforthecure.com

Wildlife Mountain Bike Breakout Bash, a weekend for mountain biking, begins at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday at 10 am, the new Bison Hump Pump Track being unveiled to the public with an official ribbon cutting and demonstration. At 10:30 am, there will be a guided tour of the bike trails, and at 2 pm, the NMBP Kids’ Ride #1 takes place. The BP Wild Flood Scramble Mountain Bike Race takes place on Sunday. Register at www.pambamtb.org or sign up the day of the event. The mountain biking events are free: those entering through the main park area must pay general admission, which is $8 for ages 13-64, $7 for ages 65+, $6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under and Park members. For details and a complete list of activities, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Awesome 80s Prom will take place in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The 2014 Run River City Marathon, featuring a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5k, and youth run, will take place on Sunday, starting and finishing by the Caterpillar World Headquarters and the finish line is on Water Street in downtown Peoria beginning at 7 am. Fees to participate range from $30 – $100 depending upon the race and registration is available online at www.runrivercity.com  Proceeds from the race benefit St. Jude and Easter Seals. For more information, visit www.runrivercity.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host Carl Anderson and His New Orleans Jazz Band at Landmark Starting Gate (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Admission is $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. 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
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Shrek the Musical continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

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

Celebrate National Public Garden Day at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 5 pm. Like many public gardens across the country, Luthy Botanical Garden will waive admission for the day. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration takes place every weekday through May 23 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org  for a complete calendar.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature JuJu Jonny beginning on Friday 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

Liv Warfield will perform at the Limelight Events Complex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm featuring the NPG Hornz. Warfield is a native Peorian who is returning home after working with Al Green, B.B. King, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and Prince. Tickets are $35, $45 and $60 and are available at the Limelight Box Office or by calling 309-693-1234. For more information or for online tickets, visit www.limelighteventplex.com
She will also be honored during a dinner at Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel located (located at 501 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm for her career accomplishments thus far and is set to receive a proclamation from the Mayor’s office. The event includes dinner, live music and remarks from Ms. Warfield. Tickets are $55 and are available by calling 309-472-4838. Proceeds will benefit the George Washington Carver Center.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and free for children under 12. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

A Spirit of Peoria Moonlight Cruise featuring live entertainment by Barry Cloyd will take place on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and cruising from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under and available at the dock with no reservations required. A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Area letter carriers will help collect non-perishable food items as part of their annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign throughout their routes on Saturday. Simply leave your donation in a grocery bag near your mailbox for your carrier to collect. All donations will be used at area food pantries. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/StampOutHunger

Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) will host a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm.  The fair will be held on the lawn behind the building and will feature local crafters and vendors. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Illinois River Watch Workshop will take place on Saturday at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 9 am – 4 pm. Become a River Watch Citizen scientist at this workshop presented by National Great Rivers Research and Education Center where volunteers are trained and certified as a “Citizen Scientist” to monitor and protect local streams. Volunteers adopt a local stream site and examine indicators of water quality and species of insects. Fee to participate is $50. To register, contact call 618-468-2782 or send an email to mpyoung@lc.edu  For more information, call 309- 691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Pollak Hospital (formerly the Peoria State Hospital located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will host its 1st Annual Artist Fair on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring artists and vendors exhibiting paintings, carvings, photography, jewelry, antiques plus authors Gary Lisman of Bittersweet Memories and Sylvia Shults of Fractured Spirits will be selling and signing their books about the Peoria State Hospital. Admission is free. There will also be historical tours of the Pollak Hospital, a tour of the Peoria State Hospital Cemeteries at Noon and actor sign up for the Haunted Infirmary haunted house. For more information, click HERE

Super Saturday will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm where you will take a closer look at ancient Egyptian artifacts, papyrus samples, the process of mummification, plus you’ll learn to write your name in hieroglyphics.  Admission to the museum 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.
Also on Saturday, the Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Wine & Art Night beginning at 7 pm. Relax with a glass of wine while you create your own work of art. Tickets are $40 or $30 for members for ages 21 and over only. To register, call 309-863-3034.  For more information on either event, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Songs from the Woods will feature Patchouli in Concert at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit (located at 456 Fulton Street in Peoria) will take place on Saturday beginning with free lessons from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing is from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission for students is free with ID or $10 for adults. For more information, visit www.peorialatinvibe.com

Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm where all Moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Regular admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $5.25, senior citizens are $8 and under 2 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Take mom on a 2 hour lunch cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday featuring a hot lunch buffet and live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland band. The boat boards at Noon, and cruises from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Cost is $39 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free. Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Take Mom to see the Orchid Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free for mothers & grandmothers. The orchid collection features exotic new acquisitions with many beautiful specimens on display, as well as experts on hand with information on their care.
Or treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea beautiful spring garden setting at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 2 pm. Including cocktail sandwiches, desserts and various teas, you’ll also tour the Orchid Show. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 or free for children ages 5 & under. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Hike at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday beginning at 1:30 pm.  Admission is free and all Moms will receive a small Mother’s day gift. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “DayDreams” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring mezzo -soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen and Jeff Nelsen on horn, tickets range from $26 – $71 for adults and $11 for students and are available at the PSO office or call 309-671-1096. For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

The Spirit of Peoria Riverlife Gospel Dinner Cruise featuring The Kramers will board on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and cruise from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults, $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. Please call for reservations . A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

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Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. 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
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.

St. Mary’s School of Kickapoo will present The Wizard of Oz at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday in the St. Mary’s School Robert C Schmitt Gymnasium (located at 9910 W Knox Street in Kickapoo-Edwards). Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.stmaryskickapoo.org

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm, show beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Dave Hoffman Quartet beginning on Friday 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 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. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.
For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Rivals continues at the at the Hartmann Performing Arts Center on the Bradley campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm . Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Theatre box office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Cash Cab Host Ben Bailey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday and Friday late shows and $21 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration takes place every weekday through May 23 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org  for a complete calendar.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on 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 www.ciaopeoria.com

The 43rd Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

The 8th Annual Passage to India will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday with authentic Indian cuisine, culture and entertainment beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. A fundraiser for Easter Seals, tickets are $125 and are available by calling 309-686-7755, x2287 or visiting www.es-passagetoindia.com

Shrek the Musical will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

TazWood Dance Company will present Danceology beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Celtic Woman Emerald Tour will be presented on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $52.30 and $73.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 – 10 am on Saturday at Applebee’s (located at 3929 W War Memorial Drive in Peoria). Ticket price is $5 and includes pancakes, syrup, butter, bacon and a beverage. All proceeds will be used for IVFCH Veterans Home Repair Program. To order tickets, call 309-363-3737. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will take place on Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment by Peoria theatre students and participate in a special art project sponsored by a grant from NEA Our Town “Art & Soul”. Bring your lunch or buy snacks and drinks at the concession stand. Admission is free. For more information call 309-681-2861 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 per person with a $10 maximum per car. Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with the soldiers. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bradley University’s Department of Interactive Media will present “Routing: An Interactive Media Experience,” a one-day exhibition that is an immersive experience of sights, sound design, 3D animation and game design for all ages at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.  There will be a Wave Wall, an interactive light installation, an Interactive Media Colloquium, a chance to explore the trends of digital media, a Kids’ Exploration & Playworks exhitib with children’s activities, a student portfolio show and more. 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

Princesses and Pirates Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to meet parrots and “dragons” up close, participate in a themed scavenger hunt throughout the Zoo for prizes, play games to “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $5.25 for children ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under and Zoo members. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Secular Humanist Society will host a screening of “Hug an Atheist” at Landmark Cinemas on Saturday beginning at Noon. A documentary film about atheism in the USA, the film dispels the myths and untruths following ordinary American atheists on their journey through life. Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit http://huganatheist.org

Red Green’s How To Do Everything Tour will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $50.50 and available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

A Night of Blues and Samba will take place on Saturday at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Boulevard in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brazilionaires & The Smokers Blues Band, tickets $7 online at www.thebrazilionaires.com/concert-tickets or $10 at the door.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “Music of our Homeland” beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria). Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students in advance. For more information, call 309-693-6725 for tickets and visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org
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Homegrown, Handmade and Handcrafted will be presented on Sunday by the Peoria Historical Society at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit and tour features examples of vintage handcrafts and textiles and artisan demonstrations. Outdoor American roots music entertainment and complementary refreshments will be served in the back garden overlooking the Illinois River Valley.
Also, The Fine Art of Hospitality Exhibit: Celebrating Mothers will take place on Sunday at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage recipes from the kitchen of Miss Jean Morron, tour the home, experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, the dramatic architecture and design, unique collection items from a by-gone era and sample goodies from Miss Morron’s recipe box and book. Cost for each tour is $7 for adults and $3 for children or $10 for both tours. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Zoo will host a Mother’s Day Tea on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm, with tea and sandwiches, crafts for the kids, animal encounters and scheduled talks throughout the zoo. Tickets are $11 or $7 for Zoo members. To reserve tickets or more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Eureka College Theatre Department and Woodford County Historical Society will host the 6th Annual Cemetery Walk at Olio Township Cemetery (located at 1015 S Main St. in Eureka) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Eureka College students will portray citizens from Eureka’s past. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-467-6580 or 309-467-4525.

The Philharmonic Chorale Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309- 694-5136.