Archive for May, 2016

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The RiverFront Market will take place 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) where you’ll find Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers, local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, live music, arts and crafts vendors plus face painting and balloons for the kids. For more details, visit  http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The 2016 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning tonight (Thursday) with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, many non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans plus a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit http://summercampfestival.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Encore 2016 featuring the Morton Civic Chorus continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Hartmann Center Theater on the Bradley University Campus. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or by calling 309-677-4966. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF), supporting kidney dialysis patients in the tri-county area. For more information, visit www.mortoncivicchorus.org

The Louie Louie Parade & River Jam hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders will take place on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade and live music by 3 and a Half Men, Jamm Sammich and Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard with the parade kicking off at 4:15 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

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 online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday featuring Beatles at 6 pm and U2 at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Jana Kramer with Brushville will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $20 for Party Pit seating and $40 for VIP Loft seating 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

Central Illinois All Star Comedy will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Fort Crevecoeur Spring Rendezvous and Gathering will be held at Fort Crevecoeur (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. Experience the way of life in the area from 1680 to 1850 with traders & American Indians from the Peoria area through encampments, demonstrations an open air flea market and live music. Food and a children’s area will be available. Admission is $1 for adults and free for kids aged 12 & under with an adult. For more information, visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

Zoofest will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. At 1 pm, watch the zookeepers move the Chinese Alligator to her summer exhibit (weather permitting) plus enjoy bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and active military and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D will be shown at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday with shows every hour at 11 am, 1:30 pm & 4 pm. Featuring the Central Illinois World War II Re-enactors with period vehicles and artifacts, veterans will be on hand to give personal comments about the movie, tickets are $5 for veterans & active duty forces and their families, $5 for members, $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and $5.50 for children ages 3-17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their Annual International Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday & from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 50 wines and 50 craft beers for tasting and purchase from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese along with other food. Live music includes Stevil Dan Band from 11 am – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and 7 WEST from 7-11 pm on Saturday and Sally Weisenberg Duo from 12 – 3 pm and ALEX and the XO’s from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those aged 21 and over is $10 per person and the price includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Kids under 12 are free and ages 13-20 are $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Art-spiration: Cherry Blossoms will take place on Saturday in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. A free family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination, admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

A Peoria State Hospital History Tour will begin at 6 pm on Saturday at the Pollak Hospital, the former tuberculosis ward of Peoria State Hospital (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) beginning at 6 pm. Starting with a historical slideshow presentation, take a tour of the cemeteries (weather permitting), watch historical scenes with costumed actors, take a tour of the Pollak Hospital, visit the Peoria State Hospital Museum (located just down the road at PSH’s firehouse) and after a brief intermission, guests may return to the Pollak for an optional 2 hour paranormal investigation. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available online at www.iwpstudio.com or at the door.

WWE Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18, $28, $38, $58, $78 and $108 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

James Taylor will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $68 and $88 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

The 2nd Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held on Monday at lower Glen Oak Park beginning at 8 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 for adults and $15 for kids for the 5k Run/Walk, $20 for adults and $15 for kids for the 1 Mile Walk. All proceeds from the run will be used to make home repairs for veterans in the Tri-County area. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit http://www.ivfullercenter.org

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) on Monday beginning at 10:30 am featuring the Peoria Municipal Band paying tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will continue Friday with it’s final performances on Monday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For complete information and updated schedules, visit www.springcelebration.org

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host the 2016 ArtPop Celebration at the Waterhouse (located in the Maxam Building in downtown Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The 2016 People’s Choice Award winner will be announced during the program and will feature a DJ, light hors d’oeuvres and speaker Wendy Hickey, founder of the national ArtPop program. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2787 or visit www.ArtsPartners.net

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

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will hold a Garage Sale from 8 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 8 am – Noon on Saturday. Proceeds will go to Pulse of Peoria Drumline and other church missions.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band 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 with 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

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe will present Seascape with Sharks and Dancer in The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located with the Maxam Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 per person when ordered in advance HERE or $10 at the door. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Buckcherry will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) with Black Stone Cherry, Biters and The Cherry Bombs Dancers on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for the Party Pit and $55 for VIP Loft seating 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

Dylan Scott will perform at the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Stage on Friday from 8 – 11 pm. Featuring special guest the Devin Clemons Band, tickets are $7 in advance and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market opens on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning and will happen every Saturday 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Fiber Arts May Event will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library (located at 430 N Bradley in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 9 to 4 pm. Bring your spinning, knitting, crochet, beading, rug hooking, weaving or any other fiber art project. Bring your own food or a covered dish to share. Admission is $5 and coffee and tea will be provided.  Sponsored by Bishop Hill Fiber Guild, for more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

The 2nd Annual George Jacob Gut Buster 5k & Run Walk Crawl will begin at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Participants will eat and drink their way through the Warehouse District and downtown Peoria and are encouraged to dress in their most outlandish costumes. The fee to run is $45 through May 20 and includes two beers at the after party. All proceeds benefit Neighborhood House Association. For more information and to register, visit www.gutbusterpeoria.com

Breakfast with the Red River Hogs will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the red river hogs and the Colobus monkeys enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League (located at 317 S. MacArthur Hwy. in Peoria) will sponsor Healthy Awareness Day on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am. Guests will experience Simulation Workshops on Obesity, Diabetes and STI’s. Guests will be encouraged to interact in the different modules demonstrating the affects and warning symptoms that the cause of these diseases. These workshops will prove to be fun and exciting. A presentation on Lupus and living with Lupus will take place beginning at 1 pm featuring Dr. Soderstrom and a discussion panel. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-74 or visit www.tcpul.com/health.html

Foster Pet Outreach (located at located at 10206 W. DuBois Road in Edwards) will host an Open House at their new facility on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am. Tour the new building, sample hors d’oeuvres, meet the Board of Directors, enter to win door prizes and interact with the animals. For more information, visit www.fosterpetoutreach.org

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Rock Your Rocket from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday where you can learn how many ways are there to power a rocket. Design and build a rocket and find a way to make it fly. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Plants will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind plants. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

Full Moon Paddle and Campfire Dinner will be held at Camp Wokanda (located 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Canoes, paddles, personal floatation devices and campfire dinner are provided for the fee of $15 per person or $50 per family maximum. Spaces are limited and registration is required and may be made by calling 309-579-2157.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Kiss Live, Central Illinois Premier Kiss Tribute Band, Rocks the Asylum will kick off the summer movie season at The Haunted Infirmary (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with the “Haunt Hall” open from 8 – 11 and the movie beginning at 9 pm. The band will perform 4-5 songs and will also be filming a music video.  The performance and movie admission is a $6 donation to Limestone JFL, available online or at the gate. Haunt Hallway admission is $5 for 2 people and is separate, paid on-site. For more information, visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Jeremy David Baker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) with Tabi And The Cats, The Golden Fleece, The Dirty Gentlemen on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 for general admission and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Intimate Magical Moments with Mitch Williams will take place at New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring dinner and show, you’ll experience an interactive, customized private performance, tickets are $50. Seating will be limited to 12 people and reservations may be made by calling 309-439-9099. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/mitch.williams.magic

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Peace for Peoria will host a Q & A at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Monday from 7 – 8:30 pm featuring a panel of local civic, business and religious leaders who will answer questions from attendees about Islam and Muslims in an effort to promote peace and understanding through education. A community event to bring together Jews, Christians and community leaders in solidarity to fight hate and celebrate the rich diversity of Peoria’s Muslim residents, Peace for Peoria is accepting questions ahead of the event to determine which questions are asked most to ensure those are addressed. To submit your question, email questions@peaceforpeoria.com  For more information about the event and the group, visit http://peaceforpeoria.com

I Love the 90’s featuring Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, $40, $50, $60 and are available at the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Zootini will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis (shaken, not stirred) served by local celebrity bartenders in the Africa! exhibit, you can try signature martinis tastings, appetizers, event-themed desserts and live entertainment. Cost is $55 at the door or $75 for VIP which includes an extra martini and an exclusive animal experience. For ages 21 and over, registration is required and is available online at www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3500.

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA and Methodist College will host the movie Poverty, Inc. at Methodist College (located at 415 NE Saint Mark Ct. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. With 40 international film festival honors, the movie has been called “A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.”   Admission is free, however, reservations are requested and may be made at https://www.facebook.com/events/228138140877937  For more information including a movie trailer, visit http://peoriaymca.org/news/povertyinc-movie

Peoria Players continues its run of Hairspray beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

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

The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held every weekday through May 27 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Visit www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Hurricane Ruth Duo 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

Passage to India will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. The Bollywood-themed event will feature a fashion show, a red carpet experience, authentic Indian cuisine, presentations of the Banyan tree award and a video tribute commemorating the 10th anniversary of the event which benefits Easter Seals. For more information, visit www.kidstherapyprogress.com/events/passagetoindia

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

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 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 online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Requiems & Anthems: the Music of John Rutter will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The Westminster Church Choir along with instrumentalists from the Peoria Symphony & Heartland Festival Orchestra will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

In-Residence at ICC will present the Prairie Wind Ensemble in the Performing Arts Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

The Beach Boys will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $49, $59, $85 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Live entertainment will be provided in addition to a cash bar. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Jackyl will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $45 for VIP Loft seating 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 24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place all day Saturday. Simply set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.

A Peoria State Hospital Cemetery Walk will take place on Saturday beginning at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) beginning at 9:30 am. Author Gary Lisman will give a brief overview of the state hospital cemeteries followed by a drive to the state hospital grounds for a guided tour while you drive your own vehicle. Wear practical footwear due to cemeteries that are located on slopes and can be slippery. Admission is free but is limited to only 30 people. To register, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will take place at the Glen Oak Lagoon (located within Glen Oak Park off of Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Toss in a line and see if you can reel in one of the specially tagged fish to win a prize. Schedule: ages 9 years and under from 9 – 11 am, 10 – 12 years old from 11 – 1 pm and for ages 50+ and those with disabilities from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. Fishing equipment will be available at no charge. For more information, call 309- 688-3667 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mardi Gras in May will take place on Water Street in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 4 – 10 pm where Water Street will be transformed into the New Orleans French Quarter featuring street performers, live music, hurricanes and the Brewers beer trailer, food, entertainment, tarot card readers, caricature artists, artist vendors, demonstrations and lessons plus local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. Admission is free and parking is available for free at the Peoria Civic Center where a free shuttle will be available to bring you down to the riverfront. For more information, visit www.mardigraspeoria.com

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, you will learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

Princess and Pirates Weekend will take place Saturday & Sunday at the Peoria Zoo from 11 am – 2 pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear a royal outfit or their buccaneer best as they explore the world of princesses and pirates. Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for ages 2 – 12, $8 for ages 65+ and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Super Saturday: Plants will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind plants. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

Whiskeys/Whiskies of the World: Tutorial & Tasting, part of the Speakeasy Saturdays series, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Hugh Higgins, Whiskey Aficionado and owner of Hearth Restaurant, for a tutorial on whiskeys with whiskey tasting. Samples will include one bourbon, one rye, one Irish whiskey, and two Scotch whiskies. The event will end with a 30/30 J.K. Williams bourbon barrel coffee.  Admission is $30 for members or $33 public and includes exhibition admission plus a complimentary 5-oz souvenir glass. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The ICC Guest Artist Series will present The Lost Concert, a Beatles / Monkees Tribute, at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson Tribute Band, will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP Loft seating 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 Grand Tour of Homes on the West Bluff will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring five West Bluff homes as well as the Studios & Shops at Main & University, this is the 33rd year of the tour. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour at any of the homes. Funds raised by the tour are used to beautify the West Bluff. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1614627762195543

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Lou Holtz Public Charity Signing will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm benefitting the Walter F. Jacob Foundation. Tickets range from $8 – $199 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

World Renowned Organist Diane Bish will perform in Concert at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free, however, tickets are required and may be ordered by calling 309-673-3641. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society May Concert will feature the Derel Monteith Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Swing Into Spring featuring the Peoria Area Civic Chorale and the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday. Enjoy “happy music” performed by two of Central Illinois’ premier ensembles performing Big Band swing era songs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students or $18 for groups of 10 or more and and are available by calling 309-693-6724 or online at http://peoriacivicchorale.org

The 31st Annual Komen Memorial Race for the Cure will take place at the Peoria Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 7 am and the Race walk/run beginning at 8 am. Registration fee is $35 for the adult walk/run, $38 for adult competitive runners, $25 for the kids walk/run and $28 for the kids competitive runners. On Race day, all prices will increase by  $5. Register online at www.komenmemorial.org or in person at the Memorial Affiliate office from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org/komen-race-for-the-cure

The “It’s A Girl Thing” Vendor Fair and Wine Tasting will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) from 5 – 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets include 5 wine tastings plus a souvenir glass, appetizers & desserts, live music by Brian Carroll, shopping, mini manicures, chair massages, raffles, a 50/50 and more. For tickets and more information, call 309-696-3329.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Dayton tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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 John Miller & The Romaniacs 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 with 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

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday show and the Friday 9:45 pm shows and $18 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held every weekday through May 27 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Visit www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The 45th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

The 2016 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for floor seats, $18 for adults and $14 for children aged 12 & under and are available at http://supershrinecircus.com  A coupon for a free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket are available at http://supershrinecircus.com/special-offers

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Peoria Players will present Hairspray beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm.  Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Magic Men Live will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $19.99 – $99.99 (for ages 18+) and are available online at https://www.showclix.com/event/MML050616

Peoria Players Theatre will host its 2016 Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crafters and vendors from all over the area, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday with a special night-time tour from 7:30 – 9:30 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill) as Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held on Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Bring your lunch: snacks and drinks will be available at the concession stand. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Dodge Brawl, a co-ed dodge ball tournament, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday with doors opening at 10 am. Teams of six will compete in a new round robin tournament format for the chance to win money to benefit the Children’s Home Association of Central Illinois. Registration cost is $20 per person or $120 per team of 6 and the event is free for spectators. Teams can sign up at http://3dc.d9a.myftpupload.com

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Animals Play, Too! on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can learn how animals learn through play. Meet some cats and dogs and watch them play. Then, make your own toy for one of these furry friends or for your pet at home. Admission is $10 per member pair (one grownup + one child), $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs, $10 per additional family member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

Central Illinois Alzheimer’s Association Chapter’s Champagne & Champions Kentucky Derby Party will take place at WeaverRidge Golf Club on Saturday beginning at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $75 and include derby-style food, drinks, hat contests, live & silent auctions plus live entertainment from Windy City Dueling Pianos. For tickets, call 309-681-1100. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Peoria Push Roller Derby will take on the Midstate Mayhem on Saturday in their home opener at Expo Gardens beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance from a skater or available online at http://m.bpt.me/event/2536831 or are $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to featured charity Peoria Public Schools Foundation District 150. For more information, visit www.peoriarollerderby.org

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A family friendly event for all ages, enjoy dancing to live music, performances by local dance groups, desserts, soft drinks and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood House Meals-on-Wheels and children’s meals programs. Tickets are $5 if reserved in advance at Rockinthehouse@yahoo.com or $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.nhpeoria.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Legendary London at Grace Presbyterian Church (located on Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Nicholas Stovall on oboe, tickets are $28 – $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring “Facebook Faves”, host Nyk Sutter will perform along with other local favorites.  Tickets are $10 with a $5 credit for an additional food/bar purchase of $20 or more and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  A Musical Theatre Open Mic night will follow featuring the cast of Peoria Player’s Hairspray. For more information, call 309-494-9100.

A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables and a dessert table featuring a chocolate dipping fountain, cost for adults is $23.95 and children are $11.98. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Mother’s Day Orchid Show will take place on Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). See the Conservatory’s orchid collection, featuring exotic new acquisitions in cooperation with the Peoria Orchid Society there will be many beautiful orchids on display. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Take mom on a Mother’s Day Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday featuring a hot lunch buffet and live Dixieland music. The early cruise boards at Noon and runs from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Cost is $39 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free. The evening cruise boards at 5 pm and runs from 6 – 8 pm. Cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free.  Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Enjoy tea and light snacks along with crafts for the kids plus animal encounters. Reservations are required. Cost is $9 for member adults and $6 for member children ages 6-12 or $18 for non-member adults and $12 for non-member children. Registration is required: call 309-681-3506 for reservations or for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org