Archive for July, 2015

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to “Dinosaurs in Motion” at the Peoria Riverfront Museum or 4 Tickets to the Caterpillar Visitors Center!

Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2015 will present the musical Big Fish beginning at 7:30 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 and at 2 pm on Sunday.  The story of a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some.  His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or visiting  www.eastlighttheatre.com

Nana’s Naughty Knickers
opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), 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 10th Annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day will take place all day today (Thursday): for every Blizzard treat sold at Dairy Queen locations in Peoria, Bloomington, Washington, Morton, Pontiac and Canton, $1 or more will be donated to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For participating locations, visit www.miracletreatday.com

Exploring Telescopes at the Top of the World will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Giant Screen Theater at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan, who spent 10 days in June exploring some of the world’s most advanced telescopes in the Andes Mountains, will present a free lecture with a Q & A session following. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the 7 West Band 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 for purchase starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Illinois Central Jazz Train at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Richard II tonight (Thursday) and Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm, Love’s Labour’s Lost beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Q Gents on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Chris Kattan will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for the Thursday show and $21 for the Friday & Saturday shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  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 Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. 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.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Library Con with Mario and Princess Peach will take place on Friday at the Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria) from 2 – 2:30 pm. Come to the Lakeview Branch to meet game stars Mario and Princess Peach.  For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2nd Annual Back to School Bash will run from 4 – 7 pm on Friday at AlignLife (located at 4812 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) featuring free scoliosis checks, fingerprinting and DNA collection by the Illinois CHIP program, information on dental health, college savings and more. There will be free food and a chance to win a $5,000 back-to-school shopping spree. For more information, call 309-689-6200.

The Carol House of Hope at The Center for Prevention of Abuse will hold its Annual Fish Fry on Friday from 5 – 7 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 715 N 11th St. in Pekin) to raise funds and awareness. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling 309-272-2919.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy 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

Peoria Players will host a Movie Night featuring Frozen at the Theatre (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated and will benefit the Peoria Players scholarship fund. Pictures with Anna & Elsa will be available along with refreshments and all are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Friday beginning at 7 pm at St. Philomena’s church (located at 3300 N 12 Oaks Dr. in Peoria). They will also 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

Grease will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre in the main stage tent on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 8. 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

Susan and the Scissor Women will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday at 3 pm on Sunday. A musical, the show features fantasy elements, time travel and sword fighting and is suitable for all ages.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. To order tickets and for more information, call 480-216-7605.

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with live entertainment included plus a cash bar will be available with boarding 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 Hairbangers Ball will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every 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 each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Annual Rhapsody in Bloom Art Festival will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located in Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 12 – 5 pm on Sunday. At this celebration of art, music, food, and bloom, browse more than 50 booths by regional artists, listen to live entertainment, enjoy a diverse range of culinary creations, art activities in the children’s garden plus view the rose garden which is in full bloom. Admission is $3 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.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  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Fondulac District Library (located at 400 Richland St. in East Peoria) will host a Fun Fair on Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm to celebrate the end of the “Read to the Rhythm” summer reading program. There will be live music, food and activities for all ages. For more information, call 309-699-3917 or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org

A Minecraft Storyboarding Workshop will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public. Focused on ages ages 9 and up, participants will dream up their very own Minecraft inspired storyboards while learning about the basic structure of stories, exploring their own ideas for building a plot and sketching out their ideas with help from a local artist. For more information or register, call 309-863-3034. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

The Sound of Music will be shown on the Giant Screen Theatre on Saturday as part of the Movie Musicals Series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and students and $5.50 for youth aged 17 & under. For more information and for tickets, call 309-686-7000 or to buy online, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2015 St. Jude Telethon will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 6:30 pm to Midnight. The runner’s parade welcoming participants from all 38 runs, including the Memphis to Peoria Run, will be held from 6:30 to 7 pm and the telethon continues with VIPs manning the phones. The telethon will be broadcast live on WEEK-TV. For more information, visit www.stjuderuns.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Protege Rocks 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

A Murder Mystery cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday.  An interactive event featuring the cast of a Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Heartache Tonight will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A tribute to the Eagles featuring all the classic songs from the great rock band, admission is $7 For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Motion City Soundtrack with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $99 with a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Society will host the annual Bratfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. A traditional German Picnic held in a beautiful tree covered biergarten, for more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

House Tours will take place at the Pettingill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) and the Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE. Glen Oak Ave.) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and teens ($10 each to tour both historic homes in 1 day), and $3 for children 4-12. Step back into the past and view “A Century of Beautiful Brides”, wedding fashions, finery and portraitures from 1870-1970 at the Flanagan House Museum or experience “Miss Morron’s World Travels” at the Pettnegill-Morron House Museum. For more information visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to See Grease at Corn Stock Theatre, Dinner & the Show “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, 2 Cruises on the Spirit of Peoria or 4 Passes to Wildlife Prairie Park!

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday. Tonight (Thursday), 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 Luck of the Irish Youth Music Festival will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Noble Center Auditorium (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $4 for adults or free for students with a valid ID.

The Adam Larson Quintet will perform at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Normal, IL native, Adam Larson has been a saxophonist since the age of 11. Admission is free and CDs will be available for purchase with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit www.adamlarsonjazz.com

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

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Heartland Jazz Orchestra 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 your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Judy Page & Speakeasy at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Love’s Labour’s Lost tonight (Thursday) and Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm, Q Gents beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Richard II on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
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Dale Jones will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Drive in Dunlap) will host a Tractor Parade to Princeville Heritage Museum on Friday beginning at 9 am. Antique Tractors on display in front of Wheels O’ Time Museum will parade to Princeville on back roads. Anyone is welcome to view the parade of tractors. To participate in the drive with your tractor, call 309-253-4842. The drive will start on Rt 40 at the Museum, go to Cedar Hills Drive through Dunlap, then on over to blacktop south of Princeville, then north into town and to the Heritage Museum. For more information, visit www.wheelsotime.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  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 Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  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, Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place running from 11 am – 12:30 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.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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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/events

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2015 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions. There will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and liquor tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Harp 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

The 5th Annual Morton BBQ Throwdown cooking contest will be held in downtown Morton starting at 5 pm on Friday and 8 am on Saturday. There will be plenty of BBQ items available for purchase plus a “Backyard” contest for amateur grillers to be judged along with the professional contestants. Live music will be provided by Midnight Special, Jury’s Out, Academy of Fretted Instruments, Three & a Half Men and Jammsammich plus there will be crafters, a kid`s play area, pig racing, a soap box derby, a bags tournament, silent auction, pie baking competition and vendors. Take part in the “People`s Choice” tasting event where the public gets to judge the best pulled pork prepared by the contestants on Saturday at 11:30. Proceeds benefit the The Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

The Boat Drunks will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.boatdrunks.com

Arc Light Productions will present Little Women beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and on Sunday at 2:30 pm at Illini Bluffs High School (located at 212 N. Saylor St. in Glasford). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under age 12 and are available by calling 309-455-4095. For more information, visit www.arclightpro.com

Thompson Square will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show (plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 12th Annual Whitney’s Walk for Life 5k Run will start on Saturday at 7:55 am and the 5k Walk will start at 8 am at Jubilee College State Park (located at 13921 US-150 in Brimfield). Cost is $25 per person. Since 2004, more than $917,000 has been raised for depression awareness and suicide prevention programs in Central Illinois. Walk, run or bring a team, but don’t miss out on being a part of this important cause and help get life-saving information in the hands of our youth.   For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.whitneyswalk.com

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every 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 each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Backpack Peoria will be held at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. 3000 backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away at the event. An adult must be present with each child and there is a limit of one backpack per child, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. In conjunction with the event, a Parent Summit and Expo will be held also where parents will be able to meet with District 150 staff and receive school registration materials. Agencies and organizations will also set up a showcase to show their products and services and free dental exams for students will be available. Shuttle busses from Lincoln, Glen Oak, Harrison & Valenka schools will be provided to the Dream Center beginning at 8:45 am. For more information or for agencies interested in being part of the Expo, call 309-676-3000 Ext. 301 or visit www.dreamcenterpeoria.org

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.

A free Electronics Recycling Collection will be held at the ICC North Campus (located at 5407 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. This is for residential only, not business and the limit is 10 items per person. The following will be accepted: televisions (any size), computers and related components, laptops, tablets, a/v components (dvd players, vcrs, mp 3 systems, gaming systems, cable boxes & more) and cell phones. Not accepted are microwaves, appliances and dehumidifiers. This is sponsored by Advanced Technology Recycling. For a list of other recycling locations, visit www.peoriacounty.org/recycle

The Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show will take place at Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Co-hosted with the Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club, find antique tractors (featuring John Deere), kiddie and adult pedal tractor pulls, a tractor rodeo, Akron Townhouse School tours, museum exhibits, small engines, steam engines, quilting, black smith, wood turning, corn shelling and wheat threshing demonstrations, Clydesdale horses and more. For more info call 309-385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com or www.citractorclub.com

The 9th Annual Kids’ Day will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm at the Levee District in East Peoria. Benefiting Crittenton Centers, this family friendly event features inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, snow cones, informational booths, live entertainment and more. This year, a 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8 am and a Kids’ Dash starting at 9 am have been added. Raffle tickets are now available by calling 309-674-0105 or at Crittenton Centers (located at 442 West John Gwynn Jr. Avenue in Peoria). To register for the races or for more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

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  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Fiesta en el Rio will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $7 until 6:30 pm and is free for children 12 and under. After 6:30 pm, tickets are $10. The Fiesta features authentic Latin American food and drink, a children’s area, local musicians, a traveling mariachi band and more. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Bubble Gum Jack 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 Gospelfest Camp Meeting will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Shawn Degenhart, the GospelFest Singers & Choir and Gaither Homecoming artists Allison Speer and Ben Waites will host an old-fashioned camp-meeting tent revival. Filled with inspirational music, favorite gospel songs and hymns, admission is free. For more information, call 309-472-0027 or visit www.gospelfestministries.com

The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest will perform in concert at Eureka Lake Park on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the Concert Band, Harmony in Blue Jazz Ensemble and Permanent Party rock band, admission is free.

The 21st Annual Antique and Classic Car Show will take place at Bishop Hill Village Park on Sunday with registration from 9- 11:30 am, judging from Noon – 1:30 pm and awards presented at 3 pm. Food including pork chops, hot dogs, sweet corn will also be available for purchase. Fee to enter a car is $10. For more information, call 309-927-3345 or 309 525-5665.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) Art and Wine Festival will take place on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm featuring local artists specializing in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass. Wine tasting is featured all day and musician Greg Williams will entertain. The kids will have a concrete canvas area to draw and there will also be face painting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-359-9463 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm.  For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.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

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to See Grease at Corn Stock Theatre, Dinner & the Show “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, 2 Cruises on the Spirit of Peoria or 4 Passes to Wildlife Prairie Park!

A Dinosaur Egg Hunt will take place in conjunction with the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Families are welcome to search the Sun Plaza for dinosaur eggs and then become paleontologists as you work together to excavate the treasure inside. Admission is a donation of any size to participate in this event with proceeds going towards funding similar programs. Regular admission still applies to visit the museum, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues through Saturday at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria).  Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, and a petting zoo. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Secret Garden continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Featuring guest artist and Peoria native, Bart Shatto, 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.cornstocktheatre.com

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday), 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Joe Stamm Band 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 your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present Four Other Brothers at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Q Gents tonight (Thursday) and Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm, Richard II beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Love’s Labour’s Lost on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Mark Curry will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the Friday & Saturday shows.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  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 Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  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, Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place running from 11 am – 12:30 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.
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar is available also 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
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Slide the City will take place from 4 – 11 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday on Main Street in Peoria between Crescent Ave. and Kumpf Blvd. An inflatable 1,000 foot slip & slide ride will be the featured attraction at a block party which will also include games, food and music. Cost for the slide is $30 in advance or $35 at the game, $45 in advance or $50 at the gate for a triple slide or unlimited slides for $65 in advance or $70 at the gate. Inner tubes cost $10. For more information and to purchase slides prior to the event, visit www.slidethecity.com/events/peoria

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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 also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson 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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the Maxam Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. 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

The Penguin Players continues its production of Godspell, Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A collaboration involving Illinois Central College and the Penguin Project, the program allows young adults with developmental disabilities or special needs the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-694-5136, at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Gala of the Royal Horses will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $78, $58, $38 and $28 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Smokers Blues Band and the Bret Bunton Project, will perform live on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $5 at the door.  For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every 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 each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

JT’s 5K Run for Melanoma Research will take place at New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30 and there will be a post-race party featuring a brunch at the restaurant after the event. For more information and to register, visit www.jts5krun.com

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  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

LEGO® Robotics Workshops will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Members of the FIRST Robotics Team 1736 will ead two workshops that will introduce participants to building and programming robots using LEGO® Mindstorm’s NXT Robotics Kits. Focused on ages 8 – 14, registration is $20 for members and $25 for the public.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 7th Annual Tractor Show will take place at Morton Community United Church of Christ (located at 300 N. Main St. in Morton) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm featuring vintage tractors. Admission is free.

The Spirit of Peoria’s Tropical Rock ‘n Roll Jimmy Buffet themed cruise will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with the cruise from 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and is only for adults ages 21 years and older. Tickets 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.

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

Motown Sounds of Touch with 7 West will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 10:30 pm. Admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the gate with advance tickets available at Emack & Bolio’s on the Riverfront and the Noble Center (located at 1125 W. Lake in Peoria) For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The WWE Summer Slam Heatwave Tour will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose, tickets are $18, $28, $38, $58, $78, and $103 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place at Hickory Grove Park on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn, meals are $8 and include pork chop sandwiches, baked beans and cole slaw. Admission and parking are free. There will be live entertainment, soccer, bocci ball, a 50/50 and a children’s play area. For more information, call 309-691-3657 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Spirit of Peoria’s Sundae Cruise will take place on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy ice cream sundaes while Chuck Cunningham and the C-Notes entertain.  Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens, $18 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 Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will perform in the Starting Gate Banquet Room in the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria) at 6 pm and the Old Style Sextet will perform beginning at 7:15 pm. Admission costs for members are $5, for non-members $7, and for students, free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Craig Wayne Boyd will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are free except for under 21, which is $3, but limited. Proceeds to this event will benefit St. Jude, so please only print what you will use, and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.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 Heart of Illinois Fair opens with a   Preview Night tonight (Thursday) called “Ride & Return”from 5 – 10 pm at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria).  The Fair officially opens on Friday and runs through Saturday, July 18 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, the Rising Star Singing Contest plus “Semis and Songs” in the motor sports arena featuring Nashville’s Two Way Crossing will be performing immediately following the Semi Pulls on Wednesday night. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. Save on fair admission tickets when you buy tonight at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Secret Garden will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, July 18. Featuring guest artist and Peoria native, Bart Shatto, 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

Things My Mother Taught Me
continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday), 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 Smokers Blues Band 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 CEFCU Jazz Series will present Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. This free series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Community Children’s Theatre will present The Wizard of Oz at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, on Friday & Saturday at 1:30 and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available for at the Noble Center (located 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria), online www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Q Gents tonight (Thursday) and Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm, Richard II beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Love’s Labour’s Lost on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

April Macie
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 $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  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 Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  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.
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar is available also 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
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor 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

The Penguin Players will present Godspell, Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A collaboration involving Illinois Central College and the Penguin Project, the program allows young adults with developmental disabilities or special needs the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-694-5136, at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or online at www.artsaticc.com

Wedding Banned will perform in Festival Park on the Peoria 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 RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every 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 each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 25th Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Old Colony School in Historic Bishop Hill (located at 304 Bishop Hill Road in Bishop Hill) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is $6 per person. Featuring primitive antiques, folk art, early country, textiles, stoneware, baskets and more, for more information, call 309-927-3072 or visit www.sweetannieprimitives.net

The 3rd Annual Summer Vintage Market will take place on Saturday at the Sunbeam Building (located at the corners of Main & Sheridan in Peoria) from 9 am – 4 pm. The street event will feature vintage vendors, local music and food plus the work of a variety of art studios. Admission is free.

Morton Muddy Madness for St. Jude will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm at Westwood Park (located at 2232 E Veterans Rd. in Morton). Kids from 4 – 9 years of age can run, jump and get muddy on this 9 obstacle course. Registration is $20 per child or $50 per child and event t-shirt (or do fundraising of at least $30 to receive a t-shirt). For more information and to register, visit www.kidsmuddymadness.com

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  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opens on Saturday and will run through October 4 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. An interactive exhibition for visitors of all ages, it’s a blend of art, science and innovation. Featuring 14 fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils: you control the action of the dinosaurs, including a 44-foot T-rex. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit. For more information, go to www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 

The Peoria Sunday Morning League will host a Community Baseball Celebration at Dozer Park on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. A community event to honor the group’s historic 100th season, it will feature a PSML Alumni Game plus a local celebrity softball game with Mayor Jim Ardis and Peoria Chiefs’ owner Rocky Vonachen as captains. Admission is free. A post-game party starting at 7:30 pm will feature live music from local band SideTracked plus prizes, raffles & more. For more information, visit www.psml.net

The 2015 Miss You Can Do It Pageant will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. A national non-profit pageant created just for girls and women with special needs, the event allows the contestants to make great memories, strong friendships, and a defining sense of accomplishment. Entry costs $150 per contestant and admission costs between $9 – $14 per person. for more information, please visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature The Shake 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

Who’s Bad with Three and a Half Men will perform at Festival Park on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 in advance available at the Noble Center or Emack & Bolio’s or $13 at the gate. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring the music of Pink Floyd.  The 6 pm show will include music from the album The Dark Side of the Moon and the 7 pm show will include music from the album The Wall. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/543

Jeff Gordon will perform at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. He will perform country, 50/60’s hits, rock & roll, Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin plus Tom Jones. Tickets are $25 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Annual St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Adult meals are $12 and include jumbo shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, new potatoes and water or iced tea. Kids meals are $5 and include a hot dog, chips & drink. Carry outs are also available. A raffle, 50-50 drawing & cash bar will also be available. Proceeds benefit St. Jude.

Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will feature David G. Smith on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/music-in-the-mckenzie

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 Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a preview performance of Richard II tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington).  On Friday, they will present Love’s Labour’s Lost beginning at 8 pm, Q Gents (a modern version of Two Gentlemen of Verona with a hip-hop twist) will be presented beginning at 7:30 on Saturday and Richard II will play again on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday) & Friday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. There will be no performance on Saturday.  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 Pekin Park Concert Band 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 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. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Bluprint will perform tonight (Thursday) on the Peoria Riverfront Festival Park (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning a 7:30 pm as part of the “Red, White & Boom” Independence Day celebration. Tickets are $5 at the gate. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dave Lumsden & Friends 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.
And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson 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 Red, White and Blue Humor Showcase will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  Cost for the 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 and Sunday 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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The Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place on Friday from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, Troope Mirage from 4:30 – 5 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “Wizard of Oz” from 5 – 5:30 pm, the Clonmel Marching Band fro Clonmel Ireland from 6 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and bring a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday 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

Goodfellas’ Pub & Pizza (located at 1414 N 8th St. in Pekin) will host All American Dueling Pianos on Friday beginning at 5 pm. A BBQ cookout and other food specials will be available. Cost for the show is $15 and reservations may be made by calling 309-478-1090 or in person at the restaurant. For more information, visit www.goodfellas309.com

Molly Hatchet with The Outlaws will perform on the Peoria Riverfront Festival Park (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning a 7:30 pm as part of the “Red, White & Boom” Independence Day celebration. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate and are available online at www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Jaycees will host the 34th Annual Firecracker 5000 5k Run & Walk on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am at Hooter’s (located at 418 SW Water St. in downtown Peoria). Registration is $35. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org/events/firecracker5000

The RiverFront Market will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 8 am – Noon (due to high waters at its normal location) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 45th Annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade will take place on Saturday beginning at 10 am at the West Peoria City Hall (located at 2506 W Rohmann Ave. in West Peoria) and travels down Sterling to Moss, across to Waverly, up to Rohmann, back to Sterling and concludes at the Franciscan Recreation Complex. At the end of the parade, there will be a flag raising ceremony in the park and the Senior Summer Band will perform.

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

The ELITE Youth Program will host an outreach fundraiser at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. For $40 admission, you’ll receive reserved parking with up to 4 people per car, exclusive use of the RiverPlex facility, exclusive access to the riverfront lawn for viewing the fireworks. Additional family members may be included for an extra $10 and reserved picnic tables are also an extra $10. Reserved parking closes at 8:30 pm or until parking is full. Pre-register by calling 309-252-1510 or at the RiverPlex. For more information, visit www.eliteyp.org

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 5 pm with vendors, live entertainment and more. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Listen the soundtrack on any of the following radio stations during the display: 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, 102.3 Energy, and Goodtime Oldies 1290 and 102.7 WIRL. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The 3rd Annual 4th of July Backyard BBQ fundraiser will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm including all-you-can-eat barbecue, beverages, fireworks and access to the exhibits and planetarium shows, wacky science experiments and “Summer of Dinosaurs” family activities. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22 for children or $35 for member adults and $17 for member children available by calling 309-863-3036.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Quad Cities beginning at 6 pm on Saturday and at 2 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

Voices of Glory will perform at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am & 11 am. The three sibling sensation overcame a stunning family tragedy to rise to the spotlight on the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent.” Admission is free.

View the Peoria Fireworks display from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday with gates opening at 6 pm courtesy of the Peoria Historical Society. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria German-American Society will host its annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd.in Dunlap) on Sunday from noon – 8 pm. Admission & parking are free. For more details, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Historical Society will host a house tour of the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue, Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and teens and $3 for children ages 4-12. Walk-ins are always welcome, but advance registration is preferred for larger groups.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

In This Moment with 36 Crazyfists and The Defiled will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.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