2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Illinois State Fair opened this morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and runs from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday, August 17. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf
Brimfield Old Settler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at  5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on Saturday featuring food, a beer garden, a 5K Walk/Run, carnival rides, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a bags tournament, a parade plus live entertainment including Ronnie McDowell and Panther Creek Duo. For more information, call 309-444-3908 or visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com
Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Illinois Central Jazz Train, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at Forest Park Nature Center. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry.  Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Rooster Alley 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 http://www.peoriacac.org
Corn Stock Theatre continues it’s production of A Year with Frog & Toad through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 continues with Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Elizabeth Rex  on Friday at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra at 8 pm on Saturday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
Peoria Players Theatre will present Little Shop of Horrors beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Get free admission to the Museum & the RIpley’s exhibit when you bring in an item for an odd-prasial (one free admission per appraised item. Ripley’s wants to buy your weird stuff: search your closets, attics, basements, and garages for oddities large or small, including collections. Edward Meyer, longtime Ripley’s curator, will bring his Bizarre Buying Bazaar to conduct oddness-appraisals and possibly purchase your items for the Ripley’s permanent collection. For more information, call 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The Mid-America Antique Show will be held at Expo Gardens located on Northmoor Road in Peoria (near Richwoods High School) on Friday from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $6 and is good for all 3 days. For more information, call 847-272-0710 or 309-691-6332 during the show.
Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Soul Fest 2014 will take place in the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Park from 6 – 11:30 pm featuring Gospel music on Friday, performances by local choirs and performers and of course, soul food. Saturday night’s headliner is R&B recording artist Ginuwine featuring songs from his multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums. Tickets for Friday’s Gospel night are $10 both in advance and at the gate. Saturday’s tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate and advance tickets for both nights are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront, Co-Op Record Stores, Janet’s Just For You and online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
Alex Mansoori will perform “Here’s to the Ladies” at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/PeoriaCabaret
The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The 5K Duck Dash and 1 Mile Waddle Walk will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 8 am to benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse. The fee to participate is $35 and registrations are available online at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org
From break dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, cars to guitars, Ignite Peoria! has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8:45 am with an opening ceremony and running throughout the day. The main hub of the event, located in Exhibit Halls B and C, will feature Creation Stations, World and Cultural booths, live entertainment and art demonstrations. Creation Stations will feature a range of hands-on activities such as metal stamping, caricatures, photography portraits, artistic displays, a musical instrument petting zoo. This area will also feature art on display and artists demonstrating their art in action.  The event is free and open to the public. Some events and activities will charge an additional fee. For more information, visit www.ignitepeoria.com  The Peoria Civic Center parking lots will also be free.
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 www.peoriariverfront.com
Sommer Park will host an Open House and Picnic in honor of their 50th Anniversary on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The Prairie Shelter and playground will be available for families to bring their own picnic basket and enjoy the shelter, playground and other activities happening that day, including a birthday cake.
There will be a Bike Rodeo held at Bicycle Safety Town (located at 6518 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Bring your bike to have it checked by a professional mechanic for safety. Kids who complete a safety activity will be entered to win one of 8 new bikes. Children who do not already have a helmet will receive one. For more information, call 309-682-6684.
The 85th annual Summer Festa Picnic will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located off Illinois Route 40 north of Peoria) from Noon – 7pm. Featuring the Vince Chiarelli Band, Italian food, beverages, gift booths, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball, admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Parking is free. The event is a fund-raiser for the Italian-American Society scholarship programs. For more information, visit www.ItalianAmericanSociety.com
Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants 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 Happy Together 30th Anniversary Tour will return to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm featuring The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Fund Railroad, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Relive the cool rock of the ’60s, complete with plenty of timeless classics.  Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com
The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com
The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of  Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

Is There Life After 50? opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Arts in the Park will feature The West MacQueen Street Band tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) 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 Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brian Choban Jazz Quintet, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Sundy Best with special guests Craig Gerdes and Brian Dennison will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Elizabeth Rex beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Antony & Cleopatra on Friday at 8 pm and Much Ado About Nothing on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 9th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at Prospect and Glen in Peoria Heights from 3 – 11 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring a variety of live music plus food, a beer tent and family fun around Tower Park. Bands include Heavy Shake, Roundstone Buskers, Sol, Paige DeChausse and the Reverent Few on Friday and the Robin Crowe Band, The Midnight Special, Celetricity with Barry Cloyd and Drivetrain Feat with Nick Boettcher on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheights.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Charles Walker 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 feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

4 & 20 will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Corn Stock Theatre will present A Year with Frog & Toad Friday through Saturday, August 9 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 will present Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

The Triangle of Opportunity Bike Tour will take place on Saturday from 7 am – 2 pm beginning at Idlewood Park Pavilion (located at 450 E. Greenwood in Morton) at 7am. Choose your course of a 50 or 25 mile ride with periodic stops. Fees are $25 for individuals and $40 for a family. Refeshments will be available at designated stops and a light lunch will take place in Idlewood Park at the end of the tour. For registration and more information, visit www.triangleofopportunity.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 www.peoriariverfront.com

The 8th Annual Bilingual Health Fair to promote a “Healthy Happy Community” will take place at Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The event is a free, innovative family event featuring Men, Women, Kid, and Community Health Centers with screenings and resources for everyone. Access to a variety of health screenings, medical services and community resources will be available in English and Spanish. For more information, call 309-671-5200.

The Whiskey City Collaborative and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host the Better Block Project, a one-day exploration of an active street life with pop-up shops, art and culture on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the corners of Main & Sheridan in Peoria. The neighborhood will be bustling with live theater and live music in the community garden all day, with businesses open for lunch and outdoor seating scattered throughout the neighborhood. For more information, visit www.thewhiskeycity.com

The Peoria Park District and the Indo-American Society will present India Fest at The CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, a kids area with henna tattoos, a dress-up photo booth, games and prizes. Admission is $5 for adults before 5 pm and $7 after 5 pm and children under 10 are free. $1 per ticket sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Waugh Fish Fry will take place on Saturday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with food beginning at 5 pm and music beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music will feature the Vanessa Davis Band with Robin Crowe and the Bret Bunton Band. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Dinner is $10 and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

Bratfest will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm featuring live music by Eddie Korosa and the Rathskellar Brummers – Lindenhof Echoes. There will be a craft & import beer tasting from 1 – 6 pm, a fine arts and craft village, a muscle cars, hot rods and customized motorcycles cruis’n, a shooting tent, soccer, bingo plus brats, sandwiches and complete dinners available. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

In the Good Old Summertime”, a nostalgic photo exhibit featuring historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria, will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. There will be displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools exhibits, sports and river life. If you like, bring your picnic basket and enjoy our perennial gardens and view of the river and city in Flanagan’s big backyard. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children aged 4 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Vintage, Vines and Wines event will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from Noon – 6 pm. The pavilion will be filled with vintage chic and unique furnishings, accessories, jewelry and clothes in over 20 booths. Enjoy wine tasting and live music by New & Slightly Used and Last Call in the vineyard setting. Band cover charge is $5 with ages 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

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2 Tickets to A Year in the Life of Frog & Toad at Corn Stock Theatre, Dinner & the Show “Is There Life After 50?” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce will host Corn Fest at the American Legion tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring hot dogs, baked beans, chips and all you can eat corn plus a home-made apple pie judging contest, there will also be live music, a live street auction, retail vendors, antique tractors and a city wide garage sale. For more information, visit www.chillicothechamber.com

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Arts in the Park will feature The Pekin Park Concert Band tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) 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 Peoria Chiefs will take on Great Lakes tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Sebastian Bach will perform at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (located at 600 N East St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $23 to $33 for adults, $21 to $31 for senior citizens and $18.60 to $26.60 for youth. For more information, or call 309-434-2777 or visit www.artsblooming.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Antony & Cleopatra beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday, Much Ado About Nothing on Friday at 8 pm and on Elizabeth Rex on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

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

The 4th Annual BBQ Throwdown Cooking Contest will be held in Downtown Morton beginning at 8 am on Friday and at 7 am on Saturday. Featuring over 40 contestants, there will also be plenty of BBQ items available for purchase. There will also be a “Backyard” contest for amateur grillers to be judged along with the professional contestants. Live music will be provided by Midnight Special, Rewind, Mister Sister and Jammsammich plus there will be crafters, a kid`s play area and vendors. Take part in the “People`s Choice” tasting event where the public gets to judge the best pulled pork prepared by the contestants on Saturday at 11:30 am. Proceeds benefit the The Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria will host an Outdoor Sale at the East Peoria ReStore (located at 110 Carver Lane in East Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – 7 pm. Offering unique, vintage products, there will also be hot dogs, chips, beverages, and homemade cookies made by local Girl Scouts available for purchase. There is no admission fee. For more information, call 309-676-6729 ext. 2.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk plus there will be live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2014 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 8 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions. There will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and a dominoes tournament. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

The Multi Sport Extravaganza, a festival type event that showcases the many outdoor opportunities and clubs in Central Illinois, will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday beginning at 6 pm and also on Saturday and Sunday. Cost to participate is $35 per person with a cap of $105 for families. Sunday only admittance is $15 per person with a cap of $30 for families. Live Music on Saturday night will feature Jerry Vandiver. You can try kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, orienteering, running the obstacle course and more. For full details with activity schedules and to register online, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Boat Drunks will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Wyatt Earp: My Side Of The Story, will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S Main St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-4343 or at the door. Featuring James Wilhelm, the host of WTVP’s award-winning series, Illinois Adventure, who will play Wyatt Earp as he discusses his life from birth in Monmouth, IL to the famous gun-fight at the OK Corral. including his arrests in Peoria in 1872.

Arc Light Productions (located within the Illini Bluffs High School Theatre, 212 N. Saylor St. in Glasford) will present Thoroughly Modern Millie beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. For more information, visit www.arclightpro.com

Native American Star Stories around the Campfire with Jo Lakota & Brian “Fox” Ellis will take place on Friday at The Twinflower Inn (located at 110 North Olson Street in Bishop Hill) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. Call 309-927-3506 for more information.

Whitney’s Walk for Life 2014 will take place on Saturday at Jubilee College State Park with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am and the 5K the Walk beginning at 8 am. Registration fees are $25 for adults for either the run or walk and $15 for kids aged 12 & under for either the run or walk. To register or for more information, 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 www.peoriariverfront.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will celebrate the lives of early settlers in Illinois with the Kid’s Pioneer Day event on Saturday from 9 am – 6:30 pm. Activities include butter churning, corn grinding, learning how settlers plowed the prairie plus activities with animals that the settlers brought with them. Admission is free for park members or $8 for ages 13 & up, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Monster Truck Throwdown returns to the Marshall County Sand Trap (located at 1429 9th Street in Lacon) on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 10 am each day. Admission is $20 each day for adults and kids 10 & under receive free admission with each paid adult ticket. To order tickets and for more information, visit www.mcsandtrap.com

The 8th Annual Kids’ Day will take place at Levee District (located at 400 W. Washington St. in East Peoria) from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is free and all activity fees benefit Crittenton Centers. Activities include a Superhero Cake Walk, bounce houses, fire truck & police car display, a firehouse game, a dunk tank, the Glitter Fairy, Unique Twist balloon artists, face painting and more. For more information, visit www.crittentoncenters.org or call 309-674-0105 for more information.

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Fiesta en el Rio will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 4 pm featuring authentic Latin American food and drink, a fun-filled kids’ area, local musicians and much more. Admission is $10 per person and $30 per family living in the same household. Proceeds from soda and water sales will go directly to the Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

A Chicken Fry Fundraiserwill be held at the American Legion (located at 31473 American Legion Dr. in Deer Creek) from 5 – 8 pm. Admission is $10 at the door and includes all you can eat pan fried chicken, home-made mashed potatoes, corn plus water or iced tea. Other drinks will be available for purchase.

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Mr. Thomas Vogel, biology instructor for Western Illinois University, at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. Vogel will discuss the current scientific consensus of the likelihood of death by zombie and how you should confront the brain-munching, limb-dropping, walking dead. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse at the MAXAM, 316 SW Washington Street) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

Peoria Players will host a Get Acquainted Meeting at the theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm where you can meet the directors of their 2014-2015 season, find out about auditions, cast requirements, crew opportunities, and more. 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

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org

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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Clinton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Arts in the Park will feature Loose Shoes tonight (Thursday) at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) 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 Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm featuring Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday night featuring live entertainment with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Heart of Illinois Fair kicks off at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Friday at 4 pm and runs through Saturday, July 19 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a KCBS BBQ cook-off, a petting zoo, and the Rising Star Singing Contest to name a few. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Williams Blues 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 http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria POPS Orchestra will present The Best of the Best at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Guys & Dolls opens on Friday at the Corn Stock Theatre main stage tent (located in upper Bradley park) and runs through Saturday, July 19 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington), Elizabeth Rex on Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Here Come the Mummies! will perform on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $21 in advance or $26 the day of the show or $75 for VIP seating and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Wedding Banned will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Inaugural Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament will take place outside of Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria on Saturday from 5 am – 1 pm with food samples and educational displays available from 11 am – 3 pm. Registration is $120 per team of four. Money raised will support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. For more information, click HERE

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

The G-Fit Experience, a free fitness event, will be held at Guardian Fitness (located at 2240 W Townline Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon featuring various fitness classes, consultations and raffle prizes. All levels of fitness are welcome to workout or watch. For more information, visit www.guardian-fit.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40, $60 and $76 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or charge at 800-745-3000.

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse at the MAXAM, 316 SW Washington Street) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.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 annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, Troope Mirage from 4:30 – 5 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “Ragtime School Edition” from 5 – 5:30 pm, the JC & the Redemption from 6 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks Begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park. Paid packages include the Patriot Package: for $25, enjoy reserved bench seating for 4 in the Amphitheatre or the Star package is $50 and includes reserved bench seating or a grassy picnic spot for 4, 2 free meal tickets plus 1 reserved parking spot in the Glen Oak Amphitheatre parking lot. To purchase either of the packages above, Samantha Conrad at 309-681-2854 or email sconrad@peoriaparks.orgfor reservations.

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday and Saturday (there is no performance on Friday, July 4th), doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Red, White and New Comedy Nights will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Float Trip will perform on the Peoria RiverFront tonight (Thursday) with Spring Creek Station opening on the CEFCU Center Stage beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington beginning at 5:30 pm Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on Friday on the Peoria riverfront beginning at 5 pm with vendors, live entertainment and more. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Listen the soundtrack on any of the following radio stations during the display: 1470 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Lite Rock 107, 102.3 Max FM, and Classic Country 1290 WIRL. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Historical Society invites you to enjoy the Peoria fireworks display on Friday from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) opening at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 2nd Annual 4th of July Backyard BBQ fundraiser will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday including all-you-can-eat barbecue, beverages, fireworks and access to the exhibits and planetarium shows. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children or $30 for member adults and $15 for member children available by calling 309-863-3036 or email events@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The East Peoria Fireworks Display will take place behind the Wal-Mart Super Center on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring exhibits from Wildlife Prairie Park, Miss Festival of Lights Lakin Smith leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Parking will be available at the Bass Pro Shops on Riverside Drive. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Pekin Fireworks Display will take place at Pekin Memorial Stadium on Friday with gates opening at 6 pm. Featuring live music & concessions, admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 – 12.

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in July beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Chuck Cunningham & the C-Notes. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Eddie Money will perform on Friday on the Peoria RiverFront with Southern rock band The Georgia Satellites opening beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance online at www.redwhiteandboom.usor $25 at the gate.

In the Good Old Summertime”, a nostalgic photo exhibit featuring historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria, will take place on Sunday at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. There will be displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools exhibits, sports and river life. If you like, bring your picnic basket and enjoy our perennial gardens and view of the river and city in Flanagan’s big backyard. Celebrate our Nations birthday and Miss Jean Morron’s 135th birthday with “The Fine Art of Hospitality” event also on Sunday at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 1 – 4 pm. Experience entertaining in a Victorian era home and by Miss Jean Morron and her staff. Admission for each tour is $7 for adults (or $10 for both tours) and $3 for children aged 4 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Itoo Society will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Banquet Hall from 2 to 5 pm. Society members will speak and historical items will be on display. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.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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Downtown Thursday” will take place on the 2nd Street Market in Chillicothe tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm featuring live music from Suckerpunch, a dance performance by Elite Dance Studio and a live auction plus food, vendors and door prizes. For more information, click HERE

The City of Peoria, in conjunction with the All-America City Committee, will host “Celebrating Peoria: You Told Us“, a community celebration of the one-year anniversary of the All-America City award, at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7 pm. A 20-foot sculpture by artist Jacob Grant incorporating feedback from residents as to why Peoria is an All-America City will be unveiled. The event is free, open to the public and will include food and prizes. For more information, call 309-494-8524.

The 8th Annual Common Place Love In Action Award Dinner will take place at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning with a reception at 5:30 pm and dinner and the program beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $65 per person and are available by calling 309-674-3315. The event helps support the Common Place literacy programs for children, adults and families. For more information, call 309-674-3315.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring JC & the Redemption, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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Arts in the Park will feature Heartland Jazz Orchestra at the new 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.  Concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

Lost in Yonkers continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night on their main stage located in the tent in upper Bradley Park. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Mary Poppins will be presented at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School auditorium) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30. Tickets are $19 and are available online at tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place every Friday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run every Saturday in June beginning at 10:30 am and tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. This tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria)  And the Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in June beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment also on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets available at the dock and are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazilionaires beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The 19th Annual Relay For Life of Peoria will take place on Friday at Stadium Park (located at 500 East Lake Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, for more information or to form a team, call 309-688-3480 or www.relayforlife.org/peoriail

REO Speedwagon along with special guests The Easthills and Rick Derringer will perform at Braden Auditorium in Normal (on the ISU campus) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the originally scheduled February 6 show will be honored for this show and are also still available for $42, $52.50, $62.40 and $72.65 at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Murder at Crooked House or 18 Nervous Gumshoes will be presented by Arc Light Productions  (located within llini Bluffs High School, 212 N Saylor Street in Glasford) Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and kids under 12. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.arclightpro.com

Too White Crew will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market 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 www.peoriariverfront.com

The 4th Annual Donation & Bake Sale for Easter Seals will be held on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm at the First Baptist Church (located at 1113 Peoria St in Washington). Proceeds will benefit area children with disabilities.

The Salvation Army Bikes for Kids event will be held at Junction City Shopping Center on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Donate your used, mechanically sound bikes to be fixed up by local mechanics and donated to needy children in the community. The event will also feature a canned food collection for The Salvation Army food pantry. For more information, call 309-655-1348.

The 12th Annual Rhapsody in Bloom Arts Festival will take place from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). Admission is $3 for adults and ages 12 & under are free. A celebration of art, music, food and bloom, browse more than 50 booths of regional artists and listen to live local entertainment. There will be kids art activities in the Children’s Garden and the Rose Garden should be in full bloom. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Robo Rumble will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 S.W. Washington St. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free (the general admission fee is required for non-members to enter museum galleries.). The local FIRST robotics teams will demonstrate technology and staging competitions throughout the day. The public is welcome to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, including operating and building robots. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison St. in Peoria) will host “Urban Underground“, an expose on urban culture, showcasing the works of over 35 visual artists on three floors and onto the streets on Saturday from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance for members, $30 in advance for non-members $40 at the door and are available online at www.peoriaartguild.orgFor more information, call 309-637-2787.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will host its 23rd Annual Parade of Homes from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. The tour includes 10 new homes in various stages of construction by 7 area builders. For full details including home addresses, visit www.peoriahba.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club meeting will be held on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan will host a private planetarium show that tours our solar system and beyond plus there will be a current events discussion, science trivia and refreshments. Admission is free.

Jammsammich will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 47th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (Located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) from Noon – 7 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry outs will be available. Featuring beef Shish-Ka-Bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad, there will also be Lebanese bakery items and pastries. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

The Kongos will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12 and are available at all CO-OP Outlets, Emack And Bolio’s (Riverfront/Peoria Heights), by phone 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Yardbirds & Brainchild will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for standing room, $20 for reserved seats or $40 for VIP seating and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.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 2014 Princeville Heritage Days will take place from 5 pm – midnight tonight (Thursday), 9 am – Midnight on Friday from 7 am – Midnight on Saturday and beginning at 8 am with a pancake & sausage breakfast on Sunday. There will be food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a parade and a community church service beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

Metamora Old Settlers Days will take place in the Park on the Square in Metamora featuring carnival rides, craft & food tents, games and free nightly entertainment. Hours are 5:30 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Noon – 10 pm on Friday and 7:30 am on Saturday. The 42nd Annual Lincoln Douglas Run begins at 7:30 am and the Old Settler’s Day Parade begins at 10 am both on Saturday. For more information, call 309-367-4044.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday through July 27 at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Illinois Central Jazz Train, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Arts in the Park will feature Jim Markup Swing Band at the new 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.  Concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Illinois State Dental Society Foundation will host Peoria Mission of Mercy, a two-day program offering an estimated $1 million in free dental services for both children and adults at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6 am on Friday and Saturday and will remain open until the clinic fills to capacity for the day. Services will emphasize basic dental care, including cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited partials. There are no eligibility requirements; first come, first served. More information is available by clicking the “Mission of Mercy” graphic at www.isds.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place every Friday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run every Saturday in June beginning at 10:30 am and tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. This tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria)  And the Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in June beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment by The Brazillionaires also on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets available at the dock and are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm also on Friday and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Lost in Yonkers opens at Corn Stock Theatre on Friday and runs through Saturday, June 28th beginning at 7:30 pm each night on their main stage located in the tent in upper Bradley Park. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Mary Poppins will be presented at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School auditorium) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 and on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $19 and are available online at tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Mike and Joe will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

The Olde English Faire will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 9 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring jousting, archery, storytellers, magicians, acrobats, live music and other entertainment, admission for one day is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for 2 and under and two day passes are $15 for ages 13 and up, $9 for ages 3 – 12 and free for 2 & under.  For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Salvation Army Bikes for Kids event will be held at Junction City Shopping Center on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Donate your used, mechanically sound bikes to be fixed up by local mechanics and donated to needy children in the community. The event will also feature a canned food collection for The Salvation Army food pantry. For more information, call 309-655-1348.

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Ln. in Peoria) will offer Free Swimming Lessons on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am in an effort to get the community familiar with basic water safety and skills. Call call 309-692-7631 to pre-register, which is required. A parent or guardian must accompany children. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org

Friends of Rocky Glen will sponsor a Dog Daysfundraiser on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at Vicary Bottoms (located on Kickapoo Creek Road just north of Farmington Road), an unfenced dog park near West Peoria. All funds raised will go toward developing a parking lot at Rocky Glen, the Peoria Park District’s newest park. For more information, call 309-676-5237.

A Summer Solstice Celebration will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday with Solar Activities place from 11 am – 3 pm in the Lobby & Sun Plaza, an Electromagnetic Spectrum Family Workshop beginning at 1:30 pm (there is an extra $10 per family charge for this activity), plus a special planetarium schedule throughout the day. Admission to the museum 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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Purple Xperience will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Jammsammich will perform at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 at the door with free admission for kids 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

A 90′s Tribute Night will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.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 43rd annual Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront beginning tonight (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm, Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring a carnival, a NASCAR racing simulator, a craft show, live music, food and a Bags Tournament, admission is free on Thursday with carnival wristbands good for unlimited rides are $20 from 5 – 9 pm. Admission on Friday & Saturday is free until 6 pm, then it’s $5 per person and kids under 12 are free with a paid adult. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com/events/steamboat-festival.html

A Pasta Party for St. Jude will take place tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria). There will be pasta, pizza, door prizes, a silent auction and a live jazz band. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Boeing, Boeing finishes its run this weekend with performances tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Velocity Summer Paint Party will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center from 8 – 11:30 pm. General admission is $20 at the door or $15 with a VIP Card in advance which is available at http://velocityparty.com/localvips  The party is for ages 14 – 19 (incoming high school freshmen through age 19) and ID is required. For more details, visit www.velocityparty.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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Arts in the Park will feature “New Odyssey” at the new 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.  Concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place every Friday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run every Saturday in June beginning at 10:30 am and tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. This tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria)  And the Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in June beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Night Ranger will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show or $75 for VIP seating and are available 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 featuring live entertainment by The Brazillionaires with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar will be available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required.
A Jimmy Buffet Cruise, a Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday starting with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm and the cruise leaving at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and this cruise is for ages 21 and over only. Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or tickets will be available at the dock. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 2014 Steamboat Classic 4 mile, 15 Kilometer and 4 Kilometer Races will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am on Hamilton Street (near Adams Street) in downtown Peoria. Regarded as the “World’s Fastest Four Miles”, “Illinois Toughest 15K” and “Peoria’s Easiest 4K”, they are open and cater to runners and walkers of all ability levels. For complete details, visit www.steamboatclassic.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 www.peoriariverfront.com

A Dad’s Day Family Festival will be held at Northwoods Community Church Peoria Campus (located at 10700 N Allen Road in Peoria at the corners of Allen and Wilhelm Roads) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring a family fishing derby, a matinee of Cars (the movie), a cruise-in & car show, a hot-air balloon, the Caterpillar NASCAR racing car, a petting zoo, inflatables, a Julie K concert, quad rides & knife throwing, an ask the car repair expert, the Peoria County Sheriff K9 unit, a tactical & robotics demo, a Home Depot kids workshop, live music, City Dance Performance & clinic and carnival games. Guest speaker for weekend church services will be NASCAR Chaplain David Martin on Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am or 11 am.  Admission is free and food will be available for purchase.

A Lego Robotics Workshop will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Members of the FIRST Robotics Team 1736 will lead the workshop geared towards beginners (ages 8-14) introducing participants to building and programming robots using Lego Mindstorm’s NXT Robotics kits. A fun, educational and interactive experience where students will learn about robots, programming and computer skills, all materials will be provided. While this workshop is designed for beginning students, all skill levels are welcome. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for non-members. Call 309-863-3034 to register. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Art on the Promenade will be held in the East Peoria Levee District on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm each day on the strip of grass between Target & Costco. Admission is free. Featuring 32 artists selling their artwork, all media will be represented: fiber, wood, pastels, oil, watercolor, photography, ceramics and jewelry. For more information, visit www.theleveedistrict.com

Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will host a Spring Art Show featuring local artists on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. With nature-themed artwork including woodcarvings, paintings and photography, artists will be on hand to give public demonstrations throughout the day. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Great Works Begins Theatre Troupe will perform Hamlet at the Woodland Theatre (located in Camp Wokanda at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm on Saturday and at 12:30 pm on Sunday. Performances will be located off the lower parking lot entrance. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Celebrate Flag Day with Scoops for Troops where veterans and military personnel will receive a free scoop of ice cream on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm at The Spotted Cow in Peoria (located at 718 W Glen Ave. in Peoria). For more information call 309-363-3737.

The Friends of Clonmel Art Auction will take place in the Exhibit A Gallery at Junction City (located at 5900 N Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The gallery may be previewed on Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Bidder registration begins at 5 pm on Saturday. Featuring original art work from local artists and from members of the Clonmel art community, admission is free. Call 309-688-5668 for more information.

Songs from the Woods featuring Mike Cheesman in concert with special guests, The Roundstone Buskers will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Heritage Ensemble will perform their annual “Juneteenth” concert at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Donnie Baker will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 or $18 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Father’s Day at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission for fathers and grandfathers is at the child’s rate, which is $5.25 (3 – 12 years), $9 for ages 13 & up, $8 for senior citizens and free for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy Father’s Day at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Admission is free for fathers and grandfathers. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Women of Duck Commander, a live author event featuring insights, stories and conversation from the Duck Commander Women, will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Each book & ticket package includes an autographed copy of the new book “The Women of Duck Commander”. Ticket packages are $25.99 plus taxes and fees and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

The Todd Kelly Quintet will perform at with the Central Illinois Jazz Society at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the house band under the leadership of Larry Harms. Todd Kelly, Jazz Professor at Bradley, will lead the quintet on trumpet with Clark Gibson on saxophones, Derel Monteith on piano, Andy Crawford on bass, and Jason Brannon on drums. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the show. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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

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The 2014 Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are 9 am – 10 pm on Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The event features the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull and live music by Heartache Tonight on Saturday, a community church service, car show and parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 12th year in 2014 with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. All performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 7:30 pm, and the show begining at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 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 Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 48th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Sunday with carnival rides, games, a parade on Saturday food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday at 2 pm. The songs of Leiber and Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a Grammy Award-winning musical revue that showcases 39 pop standards, including rock’ n’ roll and rhythm & blues. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Corn Stock Theatre continues its production of Funny Girl through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com  Season tickets for all 5 shows throughout the summer are $66 per person are also available.

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

The Luthy Botanical Garden Summer Plant Sale and Craft Show (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) runs from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday & Saturday and Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. In addition to plants there will also be a craft show featuring local crafts and vendors. Admission is $2.50 or free for ages 12 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour will take place every Friday in June beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). The Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run every Saturday in June beginning at 10:30 am and tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. This tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria)  And the Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in June beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Steady Flow will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with local bands The Sites and Unamused Dave opening beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Dierks Bentley with Tyler Farr and Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. will perform in concert on Friday at Three Sisters Park (located at 17189 N. Rt. 29 in| Chillicothe) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 in advance and are available at all Co-Op Records locations, by calling 800-514-3849 or online at www.jaytv.com

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

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

Run for the Sun, a 4-mile trail run to benefit the Sun Foundation, will be held on Saturday at the Sun Foundation Center (located at 1276 Sun Rd, Washburn) beginning at 8 am. Registration cost is $35. There will also be a non-competitive 1-mile Fun Run. Fun Run registration is $5 or $15 for a race t-shirt. To register, click HERE

The 34th annual Moss Avenue Sale will take place on Saturday along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900 or visit https://www.facebook.com/MossAvenueAntiqueSaleFestival

The 2nd Annual Running with the Dogs fundraiser for Paws Giving Independence will be held on Saturday at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) with registration opening at 8:30 am and the 5K Race and 3K Walk beginning at 9:30 am. The races take place on Prospect Road through both Peoria and Peoria Heights, with a post-race event taking place at Junction City. Cost is $35 per or free for children 12 & under. For more information, visit www.givingindependence.org

The Peoria Heights Tower Park Art Festival will take place at Tower Park from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring art vendors, face painting, balloon animals, live music and food, watch artists create sidewalk chalk art on the walkway throughout the festival. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com/events.htm

The Peoria Humane Society will host a “Kitten Shower” at the PACHS shelter (located at 2600 NE Perry in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Due to the overabundance of kittens available for adoption, the event’s goal is to find homes for the kittens as well as replenish diminishing supplies for the shelter to care for them. For more information, call 309-682-9015.

Zoo To Do, the annual gala event at Peoria Zoo, will take place at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a silent auction and a three-course meal in the Africa! exhibit. Interact with animals from from the education collection as they roam the event with their keepers and take a tour of the animal night quarters for an exclusive behind the scenes experience. Tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are also available for $150. To reserve tickets and for more information, call 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Gala of the Royal Horses will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 plus a limited number of VIP seats for $58 including a meet and greet. Children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over receive a $5 discount (excluding VIP). Tickets are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Local band The Generations and The Pulse will perform on Saturday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Roots of Folk Celebration featuring Barry Cloyd will take place on Saturday at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Opening act will be Walten Pond and main acts are The Way Down Wanderers and Barry Cloyd’s Celtricity. For more information, call 309-674-7121.

The 5th Annual Homes of Hope Benefit Car Show will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm featuring live music by Lost Haven and the Stevill Dan Band as well as wine tasting, food and raffles. Admission is free and car show registration is $10. For more information, call 309-862-0607 or visit www.homesofhopeinc.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 East Peoria Carnival will feature rides, games and food in the parking lot at the Festival Building (located at 2200 E. Washington St. in East Peoria). Hours are 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), 5 – 10 pm on Friday and 1 – 10 pm on Saturday. Individual ride tickets cost $1.25 each. A family pack of 20 tickets for $20 will be available. All rides take two or more tickets. Wristband days are from 5 – 9 pm on Thursday and 1 – 5 pm on Saturday where for $20, you’ll get unlimited carnival rides. Proceeds from the carnival will be donated to the Nativity Display Association, which erects and maintains the Narrated Nativity display in the Festival of Lights. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EPCityGovernment?fref=ts

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Business on US RT 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 9 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a dog variety show, a co-ed softball tournament and a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk. This festival was formerly known as the Cherry Festival. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Junior League of Peoria will host a Summer Social at the Ballance-Herschel House (located at 256 NE Randolph, Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Admission is free, however, please register by calling 309-685-9312 or send an email to juniorleagueofpeoria@gmail.com  For more information, visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

Boeing, Boeing continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington beginning at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 7 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and Kane County on Sunday at 6 pm all at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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David Alan Grier will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $23 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $28 for all other shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853. For more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Blue Stew beginning on Friday at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Barn Dance at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Dance to the lively music of the Rusty Pickup String Band, with Emmy Holmes-Hicks on fiddle and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze. First-time dancers and families are welcome and no partner is needed. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-868-7163 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Corn Stock Theatre will open its 2014 season with Funny Girl at their main stage located in the tent in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm Friday through Saturday, June 7. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com  Season tickets for all 5 shows throughout the summer are $66 per person and are also available.

Sixteen Candles will perform 80′s favorites on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Family House 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fitness Walk and Children’s Fun Run will take place at The Clubs at River City (located at 8603 M. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am followed by a pizza party. Held in memory of Carolyn Mannlein, the 5K Run registration fee is $35, the Fitness Walk is $30 and the children’s events are $10 and registration along with more information is available online at https://familyhousepeoria.webconnex.com/race2014

The 1st Annual MDA Memorial 5K Fun Run will be held at Laura Bradley Park in Peoria on Saturday beginning at 8 am to raise awareness for the over 1,100 people fighting neuromuscular disease in Central Illinois. Cost to participate is $25 and registration may be made online at www.mdaevent.org/memorial5k

Learning How to See Photography” will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am featuring Mike Boatman, a nationally recognized photographer. A fun and interactive session that will offer insights on how to make what you see through the lens come to life in a photo, participants will take a field trip through the park plus get a friendly critique session. Admission is free for WPP members or $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65 +, $6 for kids aged 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. To register for the event, call 309-676-0998 to register or email samshafer@wildlifeprairie.org

Normandy 1944, which re-enacts the desperate days of Normandy, 1944 of World War II, will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday with public battles at 11 am and 2 pm plus a veteran panel at 12:30 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm with a church service at 11 am and a public battle at 1 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. World War II veterans are especially encouraged to attend where they will be honored. There will be transportation available around the camps for those who need assistance. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their annual International Music, Wine and Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday & from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 55 wines and 55 beers for tasting and purchase from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese and confectionary chocolates. Live music includes: Cougar Bait 12 – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and South Side Cindy and The Slip Tones from 7-11 pm on Saturday and Johnny Quest from 12 – 3 pm and Colt 45 and Johnny Walker from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those age 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 per person for band cover. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will meet at the Speakeasy Art Center of Pekin on Saturday  beginning at 6 pm and will feature John VanDerVoorn of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and owner of Aqua Dive School in Morton discussing scientific aspects of scuba diving and marine life. Admission is free and open to all, with snacks and coffee provided. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

Noche de Fiesta will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday with Salsa dancing lessons from 7 – 8 pm and music and dancing will take place from 8 – 11 pm. Music will be provided by Angel Melendez & 911 Mambo Orchestra, as well as DJ Caballero El Dueno de la Salsa. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Hispanic Group. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and student tickets are $10 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Victorious Beethoven” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Sarah Gentry, Barbara Hedlund, John Dee and Michael Dicker, tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-444-3888, at Kidder Music in Peoria or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS on Saturday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Fine Art of Hospitality – Celebrating Brides will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage wedding gowns and other wedding pieces from the Reynolds/Morron family, the dining room table set for a wedding shower. Experience entertaining in a Victorian era home and The Fine Art of Hospitality by Miss Jean Morron and her staff.
In the Good Old Summertime will take place at the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) also on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring a nostalgic photo exhibit with historical summer scenes and activities in old Peoria including displays of early swimsuits, delicate white Edwardian lawn dresses, vintage tools plus sports and river life.  Admission for each tour is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12 or $10 for adults for both House Museums in one day. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Mindless Behavior and the OMG Girlz will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $45.50 and $40.50 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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