Archive for June, 2015

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The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 10 am – 2 pm on Friday in conjunction with the Olde English Faire to provide educational opportunities for kids of all ages. See the Knights of Valour, the Sky Kings Falconry and afterwards, wander through the merchants selling olden-time products and goodies until 5 pm. Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/day-enlightenment
Then, the Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am- 5 pm each day. Featuring entertainment such as jousting performed by the “Knights of Vaour”, sword fighting and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. Two-day passes are $15 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

Dixie Swim Club continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm each night.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Les Miserables
continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Metamora Old Settlers Days
will take place in the Park on the Square in Metamora featuring carnival rides, craft & food tents, games and free nightly entertainment. Hours are 5:30 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Noon – 10 pm on Friday and 7:30 am on Saturday. The 43rd Annual Lincoln Douglas Run begins at 7:30 am on Saturday and the Old Settler’s Day Parade begins at 10 am. For more information, call 309-367-4044.

The Marquette Heights Men’s Club will host a Freedom Fest & Fireworks Extravaganza at Independence Park (located at 615 LaSalle Blvd in Marquette Heights) from 6 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and beginning at 8 am on Saturday. Featuring a cruise-in, the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, a carnival, “Rumble in the Park” professional wrestling, live music, craft & vendor booths, food vendors, face painting and fireworks on Friday & Saturday nights, admission is free. For a full schedule of events, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/423753661110316

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. 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 $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring Cousin Eddie performing late 60’s to current music from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at  Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring a picnic supper. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday 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

Mike Armstrong will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm & 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the Friday and Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Public Library will host its Living Proof Exhibit a display of artwork by cancer patients and survivors, in its downtown gallery through June 30th. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Living Proof Exhibit, a nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors Mary Ellen Cunningham and Pamela Crouch, has been sharing the therapeutic benefits of creating art with cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers for several years. For more information, visit www.livingproofexhibit.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am telling the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained plus visits Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and drives by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, to hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall .And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm. The last two tours leave from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) Parking is available across the street from Kelleher’s. Cost for each tour is $15 (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. Pre-sale 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 the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under 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.
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Harmonica Invitational on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/event/artists-boardwalk-4

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present Broadway vs. Rock ‘n Roll, a musical duet of genres, at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm with a pre-concert lip-sync contest. Benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students. For more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (located at 5201 W. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. They will also 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

The Peoria Symphony will present “Romance” with Quartetto Gelato at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. On Saturday, they will host Sweetwater beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under.  Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 1st Farmington Summer Festival will take place on Saturday beginning with a pancake & sausage breakfast at the Fire House at 7 am. Other activities include a “Big Kids Toy Show”, craft vendors, a beer garden, kids games & a carnival, food vendors, the “Little Farmer Pageant”, bingo, a kids’ pedal tractor pull, a cruise-in, a raffle & the band “Private Blend” beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/farmington.summerfestival

Run DMC will take place beginning at 7:30 am on Saturday at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria). There will be 8 age group awards, a pancake breakfast, a “drum off” drum kit competition, a live DJ, an 80s costume contest for individuals and groups, a celebrity “rum off” wing competition, a hip hop dancing and more. Cost to participate is $40 and registration may be made online at www.rundcp.org

The RiverFront Market continues on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Take a Behind the Scenes Zoo Tour at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about how much do rhinos weigh, where giraffes sleep, plus more when you get to go through areas the public doesn’t normally see so you can learn more about the animals and how they are cared for. Cost is $22 per person and includes Zoo Admission. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559.

The River City Fiber Arts Fest will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning 9 am. The event features a fiber market plus classes for fiber artisans and artists. There will be three award winning, published instructors to start you on your way to being a fiber artist. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiefiberartsguild.weebly.com

A Garden Walk featuring five unique gardens will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm with a self-guided tour will feature the following spaces: 464 E High Point Drive in Peoria, 312 E High Point Lane in Peoria, 5030 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights, 4815 N Grandview Dr. in Peoria Heights and 6100 N Eagle Bend Ct. in Peoria. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door with proceeds from the Garden Walk benefit Look, It’s My Book! which provides six books a year to every District 150 student in kindergarten through fourth grade. Advance tickets may be purchased at Gregg’s Florist (located at 1015 E War Memorial Drive in Peoria). For more information, visit www.lookitsmybook.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Detox Retox will take place at The Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N. Hale Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 1:30 pm. Registration is $20 per person and includes a yoga class and beer flight.  This event will include 50 minutes of detoxifying yoga followed by 40+ minutes of craft beer tasting of locally brewed beers; participants must be 21 or older. Please bring your own mat and towel. Special edition t-shirts are available for purchase. Registration is required and is available at www.kristincorinneyoga.com/detox-retox

Robo Rumble 2015 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from Noon – 5 pm. Experience the exciting world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-7000 for more information or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/492

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will host its Annual Parade of Homes from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. The tour includes 16 newly constructed homes built by 10 area builders located in 9 different communities. For full details including home addresses, visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

Enjoy a night of dueling fun with Wild Knights at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. In conjunction with the Olde English Faire, you can get a taste of medieval and modern activities and entertainment. Featuring dueling pianos, aerial acrobatics, fire spinners, photo ops, fencing lessons (first come first serve) and inflatable games where you can duel with your friends, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of the event and include 2 drink passes (beer, wine, soda), an unlimited activities pass, and a pass to all performances. Participants must be 21+ to enter. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/wild-knights

The Joe Cocker Tribute Band will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Dawes will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 48th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry outs will be available. Featuring beef Shish-Ka-Bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad, there will also be Lebanese bakery items and pastries. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

The Backyard Talent Show For St Jude will take place at Idlewood Park stage (located at 450 East Greenwood Street in Morton) on Sunday at 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome and benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/backyardtalentshow?ref=br_tf

Umphrey’s McGee will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and are available at www.jaytv.com  For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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The 44th Annual Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront beginning tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 4:30 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Featuring a carnival, a NASCAR racing simulator, a craft show, live music, food and a bags tournament, admission is free on Thursday and carnival wristbands good for unlimited rides are $20 from 5 – 9 pm. Admission on Friday & Saturday is free until 6 pm, then it’s $5 per person and kids under 12 are free with a paid adult. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com/events/steamboat-festival.html

Dixie Swim Club opens Friday at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, June 27.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Les Miserables
will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

The 2015 Princeville Heritage Days will take place from 5 pm – Midnight tonight (Thursday), 9 am – Midnight on Friday, from 7 am – Midnight on Saturday and beginning at 8 am with a pancake & sausage breakfast on Sunday. There will be food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a parade and a community church service beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. 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 $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring The King Family from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) performing blue grass, gospel, & original songs. This performance will take place at the Morton CUSD 709 Administration Building located at the corners of 4th & Greenwood due to threat of rain. Dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring a picnic supper. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Velocity Summer Glow Tour, the official night club experience for teens ages 14 – 19, will take place tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 8 pm. Proof of age is required. Admission is $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the door only. If you find a VIP from your school, you can text their VIP code in to get a discount when you buy your tickets. For more information, visit www.VelocityParty.com

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

The Peoria Public Library will host its Living Proof Exhibit a display of artwork by cancer patients and survivors, in its downtown gallery through June 30th. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Living Proof Exhibit, a nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors Mary Ellen Cunningham and Pamela Crouch, has been sharing the therapeutic benefits of creating art with cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers for several years. For more information, visit www.livingproofexhibit.org

The Helping Hand Resource Center Basement Sale will be held on Friday & Saturday at Liberty United Ministries (located at 1211 South Blaine Street in Peoria) from 8 am – 4 pm. Featuring appliances, men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing, furniture, household goods and other miscellaneous items, proceeds benefit the center. For more information, call 309-495-9095.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am telling the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained plus visits Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and drives by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, to hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall .And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm. The last two tours leave from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) Parking is available across the street from Kelleher’s. Cost for each tour is $15 (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. Pre-sale 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 the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Cruises will also take place on Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under 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.
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Midwest Food Bank will present a gospel concert featuring The Collingsworth Family at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7411 N Heinz Lane in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for ages 15 and up, with proceeds benefiting the Midwest Food Bank. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.midwestfoodbank.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar 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 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The 2015 Steamboat Classic 4 mile, 15 Kilometer and 4 Kilometer Races will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am on Hamilton Street (near Adams Street) in downtown Peoria. To register and for complete details, visit www.steamboatclassic.org

The RiverFront Market continues on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 2nd Annual Central IL Team Hope Walk and Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday at Oak Ridge Park in Washington with check-in beginning at 9:30 am and the walk beginning at 11 am. “Unique Twist” balloons, the “Zoo Lady”, face painting, a bouncy house will also be on hand plus live music by Vinyl Tap plus a silent auction featuring items from Bremer Jewelry and other local businesses. Hosted by the Great Lakes Region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, registration and donations can be made online at www.hdsa.org/thwcentralil

The Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th Annual Duryea Festival on Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm at Tower Park (located at 1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights). Featuring a parade with antique high wheel bicycles, antique/classic cars, a children’s decorated bicycle contest, clowns, the historic Glide car, Fun on the Run bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, a bags tournament, a dunk tank, a “cruise in” event with 75 classic cars, chalk the walk by a local artists, there will be live music from 11 am – 10 pm plus food and beverages. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a photography session with nationally recognized photographer Mike Boatman entitled Shoot Like a Professional beginning at 10 am on Saturday. The session will offer attendees insights on how to use a camera to its fullest. Cost is $5 for park members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call 309-676-0998.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoira, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Relay For Life will take place from Noon to Midnight on Saturday at Stadium Park (located at 500 E Lake Ave. in Peoria). Featuring entertainment, food, a survivor ceremony, a luminaria ceremony and other activities, the registration fee is $10. Celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and learn how to fight back against cancer. For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org/peoriail

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will host its Annual Parade of Homes from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. The tour includes 16 newly constructed homes built by 10 area builders located in 9 different communities. For full details including home addresses, visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

A Zentangle Meditative Drawing Workshop will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm. Zentangle combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed to create these unique patterns, called “tangles”. Once practiced, this technique can be used to decorate and accentuate a variety of things, all while fostering a clear, focused, and relaxed mind. Bonnie Cox will lead the workshop: both families & individuals are invited to participate. Cost is $12 for members (with a $25 family max) or $14 for the public (with a $28 family max). Registration is encouraged but not required : call 309-863-3034 for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

A Fundraising Benefit for Cooper James Adams aka “Super Cooper” will take place on Saturday at the Cue & Brew in Chillicothe (located at 13301 IL-29 in Chillicothe) from 2 pm – 2 am. There will be a bags tournament, food, live music, raffles, 50/50s, and more. Cooper was born with severe respiratory problems and has had several surgeries and has spent his entire life so far in the NICU at OSF and Children’s Memorial hospital in Chicago.

Colors of Rhythm with Ustad Taufiq Qureshi on Djembe, Pandit Ramdas Palsule on Tabla and Milind Tulankar on Jaltarang will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 4.30 – 6.30 pm. Tickets are $35 which also includes all day admission to the Museum. For a preview of the music, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XWWIowTi8M

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will take place at at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring Dr. Timothy Koeltzow, Bradley University Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology leading a discussion of the neurobiology of addiction. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Jury’s Out on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Laser Light Night featuring the music of U2 & Classic Rock will take place in the Dome Planetarium on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm (Classic Rock) and 7 pm (U2). Tickets are free for members and $5 for one show or $8 both shows available at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Father’s Day on the Spirit of Peoria complete with a cookout with all the trimmings on Sunday with a 2 hour cruise and live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland Band. Boarding begins at noon and cruises from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 per adult and $19.50 for ages 4-12 and include cruise, hot lunch buffet, entertainment, taxes and gratuities.
The Spirit of Peoria Riverlife Gospel Dinner Cruise featuring The Kramers will board the Spirit of Peoria also 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 or to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Chip Stephens Trio will perform at the The Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly concert with the CIJS House Band opening for them at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Chip Stephens on piano, Joel Spencer on drums and Matt Hughes on bass, the trio will perform at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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 Soda Pop Tour 2015 will be held on the Pekin Riverfront Park (located just east of the Illinois River at 121 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday showcasing over 80 unique and vintage craft sodas from 10 am – 8 pm. It’s a complete family festival bringing back Americana with a modern day twist where you can drink up the nostalgia and enjoy great family entertainment, food, games for the kids at an inflatable playground and the Coca-Cola mobile museum. Admission is free and soda samples will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.sodapoptour.us

Sculpture Walk Peoria is offering free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty Streets every Saturday through the summer. The inaugural walk took place last Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the artists on hand to answer questions about their work.  Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 50th Annual Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are through 10 pm tonight (Thursday), 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The event features the Miss Tremont Pageant, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, a horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull, a craft show, a community church service, acar show and a parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The 7th Annual Pasta Party for St. Jude will take place tonight (Thursday) at Barracks Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) from 5 – 7 pm. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, live jazz and meals available for $5 per person for both dine-in or carryout. 100% of proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Things My Mother Taught Me opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. 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 $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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I’ve Decided, Because I Can will host “My First 5K” which will take place on the Peoria Riverfront at Running Central beginning at 6 pm. The event is for people who have always wanted to run a 5K race, but who didn’t think they could. Late registration is from 4 – 4:45 pm at Running Central and the event is followed by a free Riverfront Street Party on Water Street between Liberty and Harrison streets with live music by The West Macqueen Street Band, vendor booths plus food from Rhythm Kitchen. Cost for a food and beer ticket is $12. To register, visit www.ivedecided.org

The 49th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Saturday with carnival rides, games, a parade on Saturday food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria Chiefs will take on West Michigan tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 7 pm and they take on South Bend on Saturday at 6:30 pm and 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

Steve-O will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 for the Thursday show and $26 for the Friday & Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria in Glen Oak Park) will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony just before opening its doors on Friday to the public beginning at 9 am. The museum will be open daily from 9 am – 4 pm through August 15th. The museum offers a broad range of programs for families and children. Admission is $8 for ages 1-64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military personnel, kids under 1 and members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Peoria Public Library will host its Living Proof Exhibit a display of artwork by cancer patients and survivors, in its downtown gallery through June 30th. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Living Proof Exhibit, a nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors Mary Ellen Cunningham and Pamela Crouch, has been sharing the therapeutic benefits of creating art with cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers for several years. For more information, visit www.livingproofexhibit.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am telling the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained plus visits Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and drives by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, to hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall .And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm. The last two tours leave from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) Parking is available across the street from Kelleher’s. Cost for each tour is $15 (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. Pre-sale 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 the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Cruises will also take place on Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under 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.
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The 2015 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) at 5 pm and 8 pm on Friday and at 11 am, 3 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday. General admission for adults is $18, kids are $14 and reserved seating is $23 per person. Tickets are available at the Expo Gardens box office or online at www.2015circus.com/venues/IL-Peoria-shrine-schedule.php  Profits from the event benefit the Mohammed fraternal operations. For more information, visit www.mohammedshriners.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Marbin on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar 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 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The RiverFront Market continues on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 35th Annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival will take place along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900 or click HERE

The Peoria ZERO K Race will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm beginning at the new trail bridge on Knoxville by Donovan Golf Course and ending at Junction City (located at the corner of Knoxville and Prospect). Featuring a series of themed heats with live music, food, and refreshments for all ages during and after the event, the race is aimed at families, non-runners and others that just want to have fun. Registration is $10 and includes race participation, a t-shirt and a chance to win a prize. The event benefits Peoria Promise. For more information and to register, click HERE

Sommerfest will take place from Noon to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap). This two day event celebrates the beginning of summer German style with German food, a bags tournament, soccer, a German car & bike cruise-in and live entertainment. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The 2nd Annual River City Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage featuring six of Illinois’ best jazz groups playing all day beginning at Noon. Live entertainment features Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra at Noon, Laughing Horse Quartet at 1:30 pm, Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project at 3 pm, David Hoffman and Friends at 4:30 pm, Preston Jackson & Friends at 6 pm and JC and The Redemption at 8 pm. Admission is $5 from Noon – 4 pm and $8 after 4 pm. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Super Saturday: Butterflies will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 1 pm. Our state butterfly, the Monarch, is quickly disappearing from our world. Learn about the butterfly life-cycle, observe live monarchs (they might be caterpillars, in their chrysalis, or grown butterflies) and discover what you can do to help the Monarch’s population start to grow again. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Jammsammich on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise “Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul” will take place on the Spirit of Peoria featuring cheeseburgers grilled on the dock on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $40 for adults. For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-637-800 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Heritage Ensemble will present Juneteenth: An American Celebration on Saturday beginning 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Jon Pardi will perform on Saturday at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A One Year Anniversary Celebration will take place at Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp (located at 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 16 in Peoria) on Saturday from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. The community is invited to join stroke survivors, care-givers and Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp staff at this open house. Attendees will be able to participate in activities are that part of stroke camp as well as lunch. The Stroke Survivors Chimes Choir will entertain at 1:30 pm. For more information, call call 866-688-5450 or visit www.strokecamp.org

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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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.  An early cruise is also available on Saturday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under 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 Peoria Bach Festival continues with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. Featuring soloists Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev on violin, Alexander Viazovtsev on flute, Matthew Dirst on organ, John Orfe on piano and vocal soloists Kerry Walters, Denise Gamaz, James Doing and Saul Nache, all performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

Holy Family Heritage Days will be held in the Holy Family Parking lot (located at the corners of Sterling Ave. and Gale Ave. in Peoria) from 4 – 10 pm today (Thursday) & Friday and from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday. There will be carnival rides, food, a beer tent, games and live entertainment. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 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 at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on West Michigan tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, then South Bend on Saturday at 6:30 pm and at 5 pm on Sunday 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

Brigadoon continues at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Peoria Players will present the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & younger and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazilionaires on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm also on Friday with open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College will host a Reagan Memorial Ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of Reagan’s death on Friday at 9:30 am in the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden. The event is free and open to the public, and a complimentary breakfast will be available afterwards. Jay Hein, former director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit www.eureka.edu

A City Wide Basement Sale will be held at Liberty United Ministries (located at 1211 South Blaine Street in Peoria) through Saturday beginning at 8 am each day. Featuring appliances, clothing, furniture, and miscellaneous items, to donate or for more information, call 309-495-9095.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am telling the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained plus visits Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and drives by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, to hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall .And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm. The last two tours leave from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) Parking is available across the street from Kelleher’s. Cost for each tour is $15 (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. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Illinois Art League’s 55th Annual Spring Membership Art Show will take place at Tower Park Plaza (located at Peoria Heights Village Hall at 4901 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from Noon – 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.illinoisartleague.com

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 http://ciaopeoria.com

The CASA of Peoria County Human Foosball Tournament will take place on the Peoria RiverFront beginning at 6 pm on Friday and at 2 pm on Saturday. Teams of six can register at www.casapeoria.org/casa-events  Registration fee is $150 per team.

Jana Kramer will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Avett Brothers & Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40, $45, $50, and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar available on Friday 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 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

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

The RiverFront Market continues on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Run for the Sun, a four-mile trail/road run, will take place at the Sun Foundation (located at 1276 Sun Road in Washburn) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. All proceeds supporting the Sun Foundation’s children’s programs. Cost to participate is $35 for the Run for the Sun or $5 for the Fun Run. For more information or to register, go to www.sunfoundation.org

The 3rd Annual Running with the Dogs 5k Run and 3K Walk will be held on Saturday at Junction City Shopping Center beginning at 8 am. This unique road race is one of the few opportunities for pet lovers to participate with their dogs. Registration is $25 per person and in addition to the road race, there will be pet-friendly vendors and various non-profits that support animal issues.

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII & the Vietnam Conflict will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Relive the desperate days of Normandy, 1944, a World War II reenactment where allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between the opposing sides in the war that decided the fate of the world. New in 2015 is a Vietnam display, battle & tribute to these service personnel. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. Public Battles will be held at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm on Saturday and at 11 am & 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids aged 11-17. For more information call 309-691-8423 or visit www.centralilww2.com

The 18th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride, lunch and auction will take place on Saturday at Jubilee State Park beginning at 10 am to benefit the kids of St. Jude. There is no cost for trail riders to bring their horse and participate, and you don’t have to ride to join in on the activities. For more information, call 309-253-5857.

Canton Main Street’s Art on Main Fine Arts Festival will take place at Jones Park (located at 45 East Side Square in Canton) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring original art from Midwestern artists, you can view and purchase paintings, drawings, jewelry, clay/ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles and woods plus enjoy live music and youth art activities.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-647-2677 or visit www.cantonillinois.org

The 3rd Annual Robomania will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from Noon – 5 pm This hands-on event organized by area FIRST Robotics teams is sure to spark your child’s scientific imagination where they can build robots compete in mini LEGO® robot competitions, operate robots built by high school students and try their hand at the interactive science exhibits. This is an official stop on the Science Treasure Hunt. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/north

The 5th Annual Mike Seneca Golf Classic will take place on Saturday at WeaverRidge Golf Club beginning at 1 pm. The $125 per person fee helps fund cancer programs in memory of Mike Seneca at the Hult Health Education Center and includes prizes and food and drinks. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.hulthealthy.org

The Inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria opens on Saturday at 3 pm in Peoria’s Warehouse District with the unveiling of 15 large-scale sculptures along Washington Street between Liberty and Oak streets in Peoria. Admission to the event is free. Washington Street will be transformed into a pedestrian mall, and the public is invited to take the sculpture walk tour, meet the artists and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Children will receive special Sculpture Walk Peoria coloring pages and activities to take on the tour. You will be guided to each sculpture and hear the artists’ insights and inspiration for their work plus choose your favorite sculpture by voting in the People’s Choice Award. For more information about each sculpture, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Santa Fe Park (located at 1400 N Benedict St. in Chillicothe) on Saturday starting at 5 pm as part of the Relay for Life. The band plays a variety of music from Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Yellowcard plus their own original big band charts.  For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/1JyiTCA

The 3rd Annual Glow Run 5K and Fun Run benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Chillicothe will take place on Saturday at Santa Fe Park (located at 1400 N Benedict St. in Chillicothe) beginning at 5:30 pm. Registration is $30 with all proceeds going to Relay For Life of Chillicothe. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/chillicotheil

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Triple Dog Dare on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Schwag Grateful Dead Experience will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Steady Flow Album Release Party will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Special guests include D Webb, CHISongwriter, Eddie Soul, Pat Clark and BeaTyme. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Tech N9ne will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $32 for general admission or $60 for VIP Loft seating and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com