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The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present A Necessary Good: Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Era at the Ivy Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for PAWAC members and $15 dollars for the general public and free for students with ID. Pre-registration is appreciated and may be made by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information about the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, visit www.pawac.org

America’s Got Talent’s Drew Lynch will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $15, and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

City Cycle’s Grand Launch Event will take place at Peoria City Hall on Friday from at 10 am – 1 pm with the unveiling of the program at a kickoff ceremony. Featuring a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, Peoria Heights Mayor Michael Phelan and Enjoy Peoria President/CEO Don Welch, check out the bikes, learn about the program, learn where all the racks are located plus giveaways. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RideCityCycle

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crowe Band on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 6 – 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 1:30 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 and under and benefits the World Show Award Fund plus a selected Peoria charity. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Funny Thing Happened in Pekin will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring comedy sets by Greg Batton, Edgar Sandoval and Jeff Govednick, there will also be a silent auction, raffles, a cash bar and a pasta dinner included in the ticket price of $25. For tickets and more information, visit https://pekinacademyoffinearts.com

Museum After Dark: A Fun Evening of Art & Science will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the PRM signature Strawberry Gin-etics Cocktail included plus light snacks, all supplies, a cash bar plus all exhibits & galleries. Experiment with liquid nitrogen, make stuff glow, create bug paint, extract strawberry DNA, visit another world through a high-powered microscope and more. For ages 21 and over, tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Buddy & Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll featuring Johnny Rogers will take place at the Performing Arts Center in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place at The Waterhouse in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm with a dinner buffet.   Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.howlnonwater.com

A Beer & Whiskey Tasting Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Featuring Americana style music and light appetizers, a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $35 per person for ages 21 & over. For tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 – $32 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Skillet and Alter Bridge will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring Starset and Syla, tickets are $32 and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Songbird Mania will take place at Tawny Oaks (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 9:30 am. Migrating songbirds come in droves to Tawny Oaks and early morning is the best time to hear their songs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The RiverFront Market opens on the Peoria Riverfront (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) on Saturday and continues each week through September 30 from 8 am – Noon.  Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music and demonstrations, for more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

The 8th Annual Camp Big Sky Fishing Tournament will take place at Giant Goose Ranch (located at 25369 N Goose Ranch Rd. in Canton) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. 30 children and adults with disabilities will be paired with experienced tournament fishermen for a “Bass Masters” style competition. There will also be bank fishing, a pontoon boat, hayrack rides, lawn games and arts and crafts. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.campbigsky.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about the animals and how they are taken care of for $24 which includes zoo admission. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

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. Ages 9 years and under fish 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 ww

Pollinator Family Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the main lobby on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Learn about pollinators from community groups including the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Peoria Academy of Science, the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers and more. Activities are free, however regular admission applies to exhibits, galleries and Giant Screen Theater films. For more information visit, www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Muscle on Main Strong Man Contest will take place on Saturday on Main St. in Morton from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring various tests of strength, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Muscle-on-Main

The Beers and Gears Pub Crawl 2017 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) with registration starting at Noon and the crawl from 1 – 6 pm. Stops include the Peoria Brewing Company, Fox Pub, Tavern on Prospect, Pour Bros Taproom and Rhodell’s Brewery. Cost is $20 or the donation of a new or used bicycle. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds going to the Bike Peoria Community Outreach Program. For tickets and more information, visit www.bikepeoria.org

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, display your cruiser for free to be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday 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.

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “New World” featuring Cellist Patrice Jackson at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children. For tickets and more information, visit http://heartlandfestivalorchestra.com

Nelly will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Also featuring Juvenile and DJ McFly, tickets are $32 and are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 34th Annual Grand Tour of West Bluff Homes will take place on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring homes built near the turn of the 1900s as well as the Studios & Shops at Main & University, 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 including ticket purchase locations, visit www.facebook.com/events/279690595790474

A May Day Celebration will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. The German American Central Society will highlight German culture with a German folk dance, May-Day inspired crowns, a traditional German puppet show and more. Admission is free with museum admission which is free for children under 1 are free, $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for  senior citizens 65+ and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Music in the McKenzie will present Random Strangers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W Grand Pkwy in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation will host Presenting: Preservation at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. As part of National Historic Preservation Month, local groups will discuss current historic preservation projects, mission, goals, progress and support. Cost is $10 at the door which includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit www.cilfpeoria.net

Terrion Williamson, author of Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, will discuss her books at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W Lincoln Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Williamson is a Peoria native and Manual High School alum and will share her thoughts about black female iconography. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

Sacred Sonatas will be presented by Dr. John Orfe at the First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Selections of Sacred Sonatas on piano will feature works by Medtner, Liszt, Franck, and Beethoven. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

The Brazilionaires will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at the Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark Recreational Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday at 6 pm with the Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-243-1582 or visit www.cijs.org

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