Archive for July, 2016

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to Spitfire Grill at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival or a 2016 Back to School Package Worth $290!

The regional premiere of School of Rock will be presented by Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight program (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Music for the stage musical was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber with 14 new songs in addition to all of the original songs from the movie. Featuring a live kids’ rock band, tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm Tuesdays – Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through August 13. Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria through Saturday, July 30. Members of the League share their work in a wide variety of subjects and media with the public during this all member show.  An art sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9 am – 4 pm with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The city of Chillicothe will host a Corn Fest and City Garage Sale which will take place tonight (Thursday) in City Park from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring food, live music by Hoosier Daddy, local vendors, the city wide garage sale will also be kicked off which will take place through the weekend. For more information, visit http://www.chillicothechamber.com/calendar.htm

The Peoria Zoo will host an Adults Only Night for ages 21 + tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a cash bar, keeper chats, and animal meet and greets and an adult only zoo experience. Admission at the door is $15. For more information, visit https://www.peoriazoo.org/adult-night-zoo-21

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Arts in the Park will feature Cousin Eddie at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

The Summerland Tour 2016 will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the gate and are available at http://www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run Friday beginning at 11 am tracing 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. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria also on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The American Red Cross will host a Summer Super Hero Blood Drive at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday from 11 am – 6 pm. All donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and a certificate for a free pint of Culvers frozen custard. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter code SUPERHERO or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. 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.

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2016 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 7 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions plus 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 Lizzie Neal 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.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Family Movie Night will feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $1 per person or free for kids under 2. Concessions will be available. For tickets or more information, call or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

An Evening With Shaun Livingston will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a sports memorabilia silent auction & raffle, live auction and live entertainment by Preston Jackson, tickets are $75 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

An Emerging Artist Cabaret will be held at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N. Park Rd. in West Peoria) from 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Featuring young artists who have appeared in local theatre productions, performances will include selections from new as well as favorite musicals. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.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

Wedding Banned will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Whitney’s Walk will take place at Jubilee College State Park on Saturday beginning at 7:55 am with the 5K Run and 8 am with the 5K Walk. Cost is $25 per person to participate. For more information or to register online, visit www.whitneyswalk.com

The RiverFront Market takes 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns to Peoria at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm on Saturday and 8 am on Sunday. Featuring a slam dunk competition, a non-denominational worship service on Sunday and a 3-point contest, admission for spectators is free. For more information, visit https://macker.com/cities/peoria-il

The 15th Annual Backpack Peoria will be held at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. 2500 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 addition, students and families in Peoria Public Schools will be given the opportunity to meet their principal and register for school, as well as the chance to get needed dental exams plus a live DJ, games and food. For more information, visit www.dreamcenterpeoria.org Donations of $15 per back pack may be made at http://backpackpeoria.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Super Hero Days will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero and enjoy animal encounters, games, crafts and activities featuring their favorite comic book super heros as well as local heroes in Central Illinois. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and active military and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaZoo

Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. The workshop, which is intended to help Tiger Cub Scouts learn astronomy and earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop, will include a planetarium show, a lesson on constellations and the science behind the stars and hands-on time for Scouts to make their own planisphere (star-chart) and practice with them plus observe the daytime moon through a telescope (weather permitting). Fee is $20 per scout and includes admission to the museum. For more information and to register, call 309-868-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Fiesta en el Rio will take place at the Riverfront park and at The Landing on Saturday with a $7 admission from 5 – 6:30 pm and $10 from 6:30 – 10:30 pm or free for ages 12 & under. Featuring authentic Latin American food, drink, a traveling mariachi band and local musicians Banda Show Revelacion, Nortenisimo Zierro Azul and Los Campas Del Terre. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The 12th Annual Miss You Can Do It Pageant, a national non-profit pageant created just for girls and women with special needs and challenges, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and $15 are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin on Saturday & Sunday 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 2016 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. The telethon will be broadcast live on WEEK-TV. For more information, visit www.stjuderuns.org

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 the 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.

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

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret: Best of Local Musicals will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and available at https://www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information call 309-494-9100.

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County with this month’s theme, laundry. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. 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 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 4 Tickets to Peter & the Star Catcher at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival or a 2016 Back to School Package Worth $290!

 

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm Tuesdays – Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through August 13. Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria through Saturday, July 30. Members of the League share their work in a wide variety of subjects and media with the public during this all member show.  An art sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9 am – 4 pm with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present After Nazi and Soviet Occupation: Eastern Germany, Czech Republic and Poland Today at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:15 pm with a meal or 7 pm for the lecture only. Featuring PAWAC members Don Samford and Dennis and Judy Triggs, who were part of a World Affairs Council tour of three Eastern European countries, will share their observations of the devastation World War II brought to these countries and the progress they have made since. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Arts in the Park will feature Prairieland at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday Night Jazz Series continues at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing featuring Change Up tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Seussical continues at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Oliver will be presented by Chillicothe Summer Theatre at IVC High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Legally Blonde will be presented by Arc Light Productions (located within Illini Bluffs High School at 212 N. Saylor in Glasford) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 and senior citizens & kids under 12 are $5 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://arclightpro.com

John Roy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. Tickets are $26. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The UnityPoint Wellmobile will visit the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (located at 1137 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – Noon. Free screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose (requires a 8-12 hour fast), cholesterol (requires a 8-12 hour fast), and spirometry will be available. No appointment is necessary and admission is free. For more information, call 309-495-4727 or visit https://www.unitypoint.org/peoria/services-methodist-wellmobile.aspx

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run every Friday in July beginning at 11 am tracing 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. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 11 am.  And their “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in July beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. 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.

The Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown will be held at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 5 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, formerly held in Morton, will include the BBQ competition, a backyard BBQ throwdown where spectators will be able to help judge, a people’s choice tasting, a craft and vendor fair, a pie baking competition, kid’s activities, a bags tournament and live entertainment. Admission is $7 on Friday or free for kids under 16 with an adult and $2 on Saturday until 2 pm when it will be $7 or free for kids under 16 with an adult. All proceeds go to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mardra & Reggie Thomas 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by Rusty Pickup String Band and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome: come 15 minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Jacob Powell will perform with Kickapoo Junction at the Sound Bar at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 – $10 for general admission 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

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

Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The “I’ve Decided to Ride” bicycling event will take place at Donovan Park (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. The goal is to enable beginner to intermediate riders to attempt a longer ride, assisted by more experienced cyclists. Riders can elect to do a 20-, 30- or 40-mile ride along the Rock Island Greenway Trail. Fee to participate is $25 and registrations are available online at www.ivedecided.org/signup/ive-decided-to-ride

The RiverFront Market takes 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show will take place on Saturday at Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) from 9 am – 4 pm. Co-hosted with the Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club, find antique tractors featuring Allis-Chalmers, Akron Townhouse School tours, museum exhibits, tractor games, a tractor parade, kids activities, a silent auction and more. For more info call 309-385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com  or www.citractorclub.com

The 10th 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 a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids’ Dash, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, snow cones, Superhero photos, the Illinois Chip program, informational booths, live entertainment and more. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Comets & Crumpets Tea Party will take place in the Auditorium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 1 pm. Geared toward ages 3 – 5 (older kids are also welcome) will include stellar arts & crafts, delicious sweet treats and tea, and a special reading of “Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. Children will be able to participate in a space-themed obstacle course, Alien & Wormhole bean bag toss and a Space Photo Booth. Fee is $10 per family for members and $15 for the public and preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Summer Makers’ Market Bazaar will take place on Saturday at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) from 1 – 5 pm with free admission. Featuring one-of-a-kind fine art pieces, crafts, gifts, cards and more all made by talented local and regional artists, there will also be summer treats, music, door prizes and fun activities for the kids. For more information, call 309-657-6064 or visit www.prairiecenterofthearts.org

Picnic for Patriots will take place at the Creve Coeur Community Center (located at 586 Groveland St. in Creve Coeur) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Grilled hot dogs and chips will be available for free for veterans and military families or $1 for the public (while supplies last) as well as free patriot pops from Prairie Farms. Entertainment includes the Barnyard Discoveries traveling petting zoo, music by Plead the Fifth, kids lawn games, magic by Yort and face painting. Seating is limited, so bring chairs and blankets. For more information, call 309-363-3737.

A Peoria State Hospital History Tour will take place beginning 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 of the cemeteries (weather permitting,) historical scenes with costumed actors, a tour of the Pollak Hospital, a trip to 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.

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 the 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.

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

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn plus a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw for $8, 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

Peoria Players Theatre will host their annual Get Acquainted event at the theatre on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Meet the directors of the 2016-2017 season, watch a preview of upcoming shows, sign up to work backstage and learn details on upcoming auditions. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.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 4 Tickets to Peter & the Star Catcher at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival or a 2016 Back to School Package Worth $290!

The Conklin Players will present An Evening with Patsy Cline at the Five Points Washington Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring Julie Seeley bringing this country music legend to life with a live six-piece band playing Patsy’s biggest hits plus stories from her life, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The 2016 Heart of Illinois Fair continues tonight (Thursday) at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Saturday with gates open from 4 – 11 pm on weekdays and Noon – 11 pm on weekends. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, truck and tractor pulls plus the Axe Women Loggers of Maine. 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. Buy tickets online at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Arts in the Park will feature the Joe Stamm Band at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday Night Jazz Series continues at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing featuring Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lansing tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm and Great Lakes on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5 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  On Friday, use the code “CHAIL” so that a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Home.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Twelfth Night beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Carlos Mencia will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $26. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run every Friday in July beginning at 11 am tracing 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. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 11 am.  And their “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in July beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. 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.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Jennifer Hall on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Seussical will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, July 23. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a preview of Hamlet beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $8 to $22 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Temperance Movement will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $9.99 – $15 for general admission 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

Tracy Lawrence will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 or $25 the day of the show and area available at http://www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

The 9th Annual Bikers For Ta-Tas Ride will take place at the American Legion (located at 4501 Airport Rd. in Bartonville) on Saturday with registration and breakfast available at 8 am. The ride will travel 150 miles and be followed at 6 pm with live music, money prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. Fee is $20 per person with includes a meal after the ride. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/210791545934724

JT’s 5K Run for Melanoma Research will take place at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30 for the 5k and $25 for the 1 mile run. For more information and to register, visit www.jts5krun.com

Pioneer Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm. Kids can experience what it felt like to be a pioneer back in the early 1800’s by participating in numerous activities from learning about beekeeping and leather working, crafts and games, special animal programs and live music from 10 am – Noon and 1 to 3 pm. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $6 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members and ages 2 & under. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The RiverFront Market takes 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria starting Saturday and running through Saturday, July 30. Members of the League share their work in a wide variety of subjects and media with the public during this all member show. A reception will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 3 – 5 pm in the Gallery for the artists and public. An art sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9 am – 4 pm with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Winter in Summer at the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Learn how the zookeepers keep the animals cool during the “dog days” of summer plus enjoy games with prizes. Admission is Adult (13 and over) : $9 for ages 13 – 64, $6 for kids aged 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military. For more information, call 309-681-3559.

Bubble Blast will take place in the Sun Plaza of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 11:30 am. A unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles, the event is geared towards pre-schoolers, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble. Admission is free, however a $2 donation per child is encouraged. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Super Saturday: Rockets will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind rockets. 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

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, there is no registration fee to display your cruiser and all who register will be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

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

The Brazilionaires will perform with ESSO Afro Jam on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

GospelFest Jubilee: a 1940s Radio Broadcast will take place at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 Illinois Rt 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring an old-time radio broadcast with the GospelFest Singers & Choir, the GospelFonics Orchestra, and Lee Ranson as announcer, admission is free with an offering collected. For more information, visit http://www.gospelfestministries.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature a Bubblegum Jack Reunion on Saturday beginning at 8 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 an additional $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Haunted Infirmary Icon Horror Experience will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. A smaller taste of our October full-sized haunt, crawling with the horror movie icons you’ll be sure to recognize from the silver screen. Admission is $5 for 2 people ages 14 and up. For more information, visit http://hauntedinfirmary.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Peter and the Starcatcher on Saturday  beginning at 8 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $16 – $43 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Annual St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will be held on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) 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.

An Art and Wine Festival will be held at Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm featuring Midwestern artists who specialize in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass displaying their art for sale. Wine tasting will be available and live music will be provided by Greg Williams. There will be a kids concrete canvas area for drawing plus free face painting. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Spirit of Peoria will be having a Sundae Cruise on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and a cruise beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 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 July Concert will present the Richard Drexler 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, $8 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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The 2016 Heart of Illinois Fair opens with a preview tonight (Thursday) at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) and runs through Saturday, July 16 with gates open from open from 4 – 11 pm on weekdays and Noon – 11 pm on weekends. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, truck and tractor pulls plus the Axe Women Loggers of Maine. 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. Buy tickets online at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

Community Children’s Theatre will present Singin’ in the Rain at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, on Friday & Saturday at 1:30 and 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. The stage version of the classic film featuring over 50 students aged 8 – 18 performing the iconic songs with several tap dance numbers and actual rain, tickets are $15 adults and $9 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

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” from the Smithsonian Institution is on exhibit at the Peoria Public Library daily (except Sunday) from 9 am – 6 pm in the Gallery at the Main Library (located at the corner of Main and Monroe in downtown Peoria). Admission is free.

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Arts in the Park will feature the Midnight Special at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday Night Jazz Series continues at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing featuring David Hoffman & Friends tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a preview of Hamlet beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $8 to $22 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Whisper & Shout will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center 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 Ed & Judy Howard 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run every Friday in July beginning at 11 am tracing 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. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 11 am.  And their “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in July beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. 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.

Ham Cram, a 2 session course, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Boardroom from 6 – 8:30 pm on Friday and 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Learn how to communicate via ham radios in this high-intensity study session that will prepare anyone to obtain a technician level amateur radio license. No prior radio experience is needed. Topics include how radio waves travel antennas and feed-line, amateur radio repeats, basic electricity concepts, how to set up a radio station, station operation and license requirements, and using a ham radio for emergency communications. Administered by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, the fee, which is $15, covers the cost for the licensing test. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

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

Don Barnhart will perform his comedy hypnosis show at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Loot will be presented at Pritchard Theatre at Eureka College beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring Jake Van Hoorn, Loot is a pitch black comedy that explores the issues of bereavement, deception, Catholic guilt, and the public perception of the police force with regards to law and corruption. For mature audiences due to adult language and content, tickets are $10 and are available online at http://www.nitschtheatrearts.org  For more information, call 309-431-1580.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Jury’s Out beginning at 8 pm on Friday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Twelfth Night beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The RiverFront Market takes 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Color Vibe 5K will take place at Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St. on the Peoria RiverFront) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Get blasted with color while you run followed by a dance party at the end of the race. Registration is $29.99 per person through Friday for adults and free for kids through 12 or $70 the day of the race. For registration and event information visit: http://www.thecolorvibe.com/peoria.php

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Writers on the River, an author signing and book sale event, will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring 90 romance authors, including some from the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, the signing begins at Noon for VIP guests and 1 pm for general admission. All proceeds will benefit Thistle Farms, a sanctuary for healing women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. Tickets are $5 and are available online at www.writersontheriver.weebly.com

A Treasure Hunt Kids Workshop will take place at Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Geared toward kids ages 8 – 14, participants will learn about map making and treasure hunting methods such as letterboxing and geocaching plus make a colorful map of Glen Oak Park so they can hunt for treasures of their own and record their adventures as they go. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. Registration may be made by calling 309-323-6900 or online at www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Space Snowballs will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm. Learn all about how comets, aka “dirty space snowballs” form, what they’re made of and why they have a tail. You’ll even get to make your own comet using all of the exact materials found in space plus take a look at the latest pictures and discoveries being made by Rosetta, a spacecraft currently orbiting around a comet. Geared towards ages 8 – 16, preregistration is required and space is limited. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for the public. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Celebrity Chef and television personality Gale Gand will host a special cooking class and public book signing at Lori’s Kitchen Store (located on the square in Washington) on Saturday with the signing at 2 pm and the cooking class from 5 – 7:30 pm, with a private book signing afterwards. Class fee is $55 and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call 309-444-5674 or visit www.loriskitchenstore.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Hamlet on Saturday beginning at 8 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

JammSammich will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

A Masterpiece Painting Class will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday beginning at 11 am. Three complimentary wine tastings are included plus cheese and crackers will be available as well as wine, beer, sodas, tea and water. No beverages may be brought in. Fee is $40 and includes all art supplies needed to create your own masterpiece. Reservations are required. For more information, call 309-532-2500 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. 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 Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Peter and the Starcatcher on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $16 – $43 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.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