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

Let’s Fall in Love!
featuring the Barn II Dinner Theatre’s multi-talented company members will be presented at the Five Points Performing Arts Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org
A Valentine’s Dinner will be available prior to the performances at Five Points Washington beginning at 5 pm each night provided by Countryside Banquet Catering. Cost is $25 per person and includes all taxes for a buffet style dinner. Seating is open, so large groups are recommended to come early for best table selection. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Louisiana Ice Gators at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Sam Morril will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm plus Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the 7 pm shows and $12 for the 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Of Mice & Men at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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38 Special will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Art of Marriage DVD Conference Event conducted by FamilyLife will take place at Glad Tidings Assembly of God (located at 2201 E Washington St. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 5 pm on with doors opening at 7:30 am. The cost is $50 per couple and must be prepaid. Registration includes conference books and materials, snacks and lunch catered by Chick-fil-A. Registration is available online at http://gladtidingsep.com/the-art-of-marriage-conference

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Romance at the Zoo will look at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple for ages 18 and up. Registration is required: call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host its 3rd Annual “Wild About Love” on Saturday with a happy hour beginning at 6 pm including wine and beer hour followed by a five-course dinner and prize drawings, couples’ photos, live DJ and dancing. Cost is $50 for park members and $75 for the general public. For more information, or call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/wild-love

Romance Under the Stars featuring a tour of the Cosmos will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Museum on Saturday beginning at 6:45 pm. There are also shows on Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm, but they are sold out. Explore romantic constellations in Peoria’s night sky plus visit the most breathtaking places in the Universe using the Museum’s real-time Uniview system. A complimentary glass of wine and small bag of chocolates is also included. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and tickets are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The Peoria German American Society will host its 13th Annual Fasching Ball, a Traditional German Costume Ball, at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $8 and attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a cash bar plus the West MacQueen Street Band will perform from 7 – 11 pm. For more Information, call 309-697-4195 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Romance at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Marisa Buchheit, soprano, tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

BoDeans will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission tickets or $75 for VIP tickets including a meet & greet, complimentary Bud Light and an Avanti’s sandwich and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Valentine’s Day Special Dinner will take place at EastPort Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with a 5 course dinner with a romantic river view. Cost per couple is $90 or $110 with wine service. A cash bar will also be available as well as vegetarian and gluten free options upon request. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Moon Taxi and Maia Sharp will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 plus a nonperishable food item and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday.  Celebrating the 25th consecutive year of this show, tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

Annie Jr.
will be presented by Community Childrens Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 students and senior citizens and are extremely limited and are available at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park.

The 32nd Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 20 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings – whomever they wish – while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturdays & Sundays only December 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, features ice skating outside tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 10 pm, Friday from Noon – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11pm and Sunday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its run of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Lee Greenwood will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday, from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday and from 3 – 7 pm on Sunday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal gift opening and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public and advance registration and payment are required. For tickets, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Night in Bethlehem Open House will take place at Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances Street in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Enter the ancient city of Bethlehem, be counted in the census, explore an unforgettable Marketplace where you can taste authentic foods, make crafts and visit with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Seating is extremely limited: for reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) will be presented by the Artistic Community Theatre at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 or $50 for a couple with dinner and dessert included and are available by emailing info@speakeasyartcenter.com  For more information, visit http://speakeasyartcenter.com/christmas-story

A Christmas to Remember featuring the Barn II Dinner Theatre’s company members will be presented at the Five Points Performing Arts Center on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi River Kings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

The River City Blues Society welcomes The Sinners from Iowa who will perform at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Prairieland Band Christmas Show will take place at the Fondulac Park Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a family friendly music variety show with country, gospel and oldies, admission is $8 for adults and $15 for a couple at the door. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

The Santa Cause 5K Race inaugural even will begin at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at 10 am and will go throughout the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. Registration is $35 for a standard sized Santa suit, $30 for a kids sized suit and $45 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a Santa Cause finisher souvenir ornament, on-site goodies and cocoa plus 1 free beer ticket for those 21 and older. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 6th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors (both indoors and outdoors) who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods. A number of imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available, including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. Please bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring World War II veterans, historians, and re-enactors of the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge with reenactment at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include a look into daily soldier life, military vehicles, drills, and food preparation. Cost is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria Ballet will present its 50th Annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $9 – $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at The Speakeasy Arts Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. Featuring Christmas Big Band music, admission is $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

Christmas in the Barn will take place at Linden Hill Farms (located at 8412 W. Middle Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 5 pm. The Christmas story will be read among the farm animals and Christmas carols will be sung also. Dress warmly and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate afterwards. There is no admission charge, however donations are accepted. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 309-697-4041.

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

A Christmas Carol Sing will take place at the Apollo Theater (located at located at 311 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Led by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel, the event will be followed by a showing of Jimmy Stewart at his holiday best in 1940’s “Shop Around the Corner“. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

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

Shall We Dance on Ice will be presented at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Rumer Willis, the show will feature performances by superstar ice dancers. Tickets are $78, $58, $48 and $28 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

105.7 The X Nutcracker 2015 will be presented at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will feature Barry Cloyd with TJ Jones on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The 40th Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring Kylie Toomer, soprano, Denise Gamez, mezzo-soprano, Trevor Mitchell, tenor and Andrew Whitfield, baritone accompanied by the special Handel orchestra conducted by Dr. John Jost of Bradley University. Join the choir as they sing. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. Vocal scores will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert1.html

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The Color Purple will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre opening on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 29. The musical version of the popular movie, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com 

The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. 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.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Can the World Prevent Genocide?” tonight (Thursday) at the Illinois Valley Yacht Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) with Keith Porter, president and CEO of the Stanley Foundation of Muscatine, Iowa. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 for PAWAC members and students and $35 for the general public. For more information and to register, visit www.pawac.org

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Wisconsin on Friday at 7 pm, on Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present the Darel Monteith Trio on the CEFCU center stage at The Landing on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This free series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present “Q Gents” tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and also on Friday & Saturday at 10 pm at the Center for the Performing Arts on the ISU Campus. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535. For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Flying Fish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament kicks off on Friday on the Peoria Riverfront with an international conference featuring experts on Asian carp from 8 am – 5 pm at the Gateway Building. On Saturday, the tournament runs from 5 am – 1 pm on the Illinois River, leaving from Bass Pro Shops with the festival from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Peoria-Flying-Fish/403370746473075

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Central Illinois Dueling Pianos will present Howlin’ on the Water Dueling Pianos in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with doors opening for the buffet at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. Cost is $38 per person for the dinner and show (reserved seating with advanced reservation required) or $10 per person for the show only (general admission with no reservations available). This is an adults only event; ages 21 and over only. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

Peoria Public Radio’s Concert in the Park will take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm at Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Lee Wenger will for the evening of music and friends. Admission is $10 at the gate. All proceeds go to supporting WCBU Radio. For more information, visit www.wcbu.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville on Friday beginning at 8 pm and Biscuits & Gravy Band on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. For more information, visit: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Pluto Pub Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy beer, pizza and the latest news from the New Horizons Pluto mission where Planetarium curator, Renae Kerrigan, will fly guests through the Universe using the Uniview software. End the night by making Pluto ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Guests must be 21 or older and will receive up to 3 beers included in the ticket price. Advanced tickets required, which are $25 for PRM members and $30 for the public and are available at the PRM front desk, by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar from 8 – 10 pm on Friday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows and $12 for the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Jammsammich will perform on Friday the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon. Admission is free for all ages. Vernon Kleen, licensed hummingbird bander, will demonstrate banding and discuss hummingbirds. For more information, call 309-686-3360.

Faith Lutheran Church will sponsor Jammin’ for Jason at Kep’s Sports Bar and Grill (located at 314 Muller Road in Washington) on Saturday from 11 am – 10:30 pm. Jason Hermacinsk, age 35 who suffers from ALD or Adrenoleukodystrophy and must have a stem cell transplant. Live music will be provided by “Billy Croft and the Five Alarm” at 8 pm.

Peoria Area Veterinary Group (located at 2815 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host an Adoption Fair for the Peoria Humane Society from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Various pets will be present, ready and waiting to find homes plus there will be a silent auction, a “play with puppy” where you rent time to play with a puppy, treats for animals and humans and an “ask a vet” 1 on 1 session to ask questions about your pets’ health. Donations will benefit the Peoria Humane Society. For more information, visit www.pavg.net

The Pulse of Peoria Drumline will host Community Drumline showcase at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring Marcus Joyner from the movie “Drumline” and drumlines from all over to share their programs and college recruiting teams, there will also be vendor tables in the lobby. Admission is $5. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PulseofPeoriaDrumline

India Fest will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 2:45 – 9 pm. Admission is $5. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and more, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/719847698141766/

The Beale St. Jingle Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Peking) beginning at 3 pm. Featuring live music by West MacQueen St. Band, N.R.A. and the Smokers Blues Band, there will also be food, a cash bar, a bags tournament, karaoke, a DJ and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $26 at the door and kids get free admission per one adult ticket. A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk, for more information, call 309-347-4277. To buy tickets online, visit http://www.icpronline.com/events/beale-st-jingle

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm. The 6 pm show will feature music by Led Zeppelin and the 7 pm show will featuring music by Metallica. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members get in for free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/544

Dramatic Crossroads & the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will present Hip-Hopera on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $8 for non-members, $7 for student/senior non-members, $5 for members, and $4 for student/senior members.  For more information, visit  www.dramaticcrossroads.org

A Bridal Showcase will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm featuring over 40 wedding professionals, a unique pop up shop with Adore Bridal & Specialty and entertainment by DJ4U.  Admission and parking are free and complimentary appetizers will be provided. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

The 6th Annual Homes of Hope Benefit Car Show will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free. Car Show Registration is $10. Featuring live music as well as wine tasting, food, raffles, and a bag tournament, for more information, call 309-862-0607 or visit Homes of Hope at www.homesofhopeinc.org

Kickapoo Creek Winery will host its 9th Annual Grape Stomp on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music by West MacQueen Street, admission is $10 per person which includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21 and kids aged 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit The Cancer Center for Healthy Living.  For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

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The 4th Annual Wine & Whiskey Walk will take place at Junction City (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 6 pm. Featuring over 30 samplings of eclectic wines and whiskeys, there will also be food, live entertainment, interactive art, an emerging artists celebration and swag bags. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Art Guild. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

The Brimfield Old Setteler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on Saturday in downtown Brimfield. Featuring food, a beer garden, a carnival, a 5k race, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a parade and live entertainment by David Frizzell, admission is free. For more information, visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) with a preview beginning at 6 pm and runs Friday through Sunday, August 23 from 7 am – midnight each day. 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.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Historical Society will be hosting “Americana Rhythms on the River” featuring live music by Switchback on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, Harp & Thistle and the PHS office. Enjoy the music of Switchback while cruising the Illinois River on the Spirit of Peoria for an evening of American Roots with Celtic Soul. Dinner is included with the concert. A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria will present the 6th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend to honor the musician and Peoria native. Tonight (Thursday), the movie “Dan Fogelberg Live: Greetings from the West”, a 1991 concert performance, will be screened at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6:30 pm. On Friday at 10 am, a plaque containing lyrics to one of his songs will be unveiled at the Peoria Heights Observation Tower. The foundation will also hold a tribute concert and fundraiser on Friday at the Gateway Building beginning at 7:30 pm and on Saturday, the weekend finishes off with a picnic at the Dan Fogelberg Memorial in Riverfront Park beginning at 11 am. For tickets or more details, visit www.fogelbergfoundationpeoria.org

The Peoria Area Senior Citizens Band and the Peoria Accordian Club will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaseniorband.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Brushville will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.jaytv.com

Dancing Dream: A Tribute to ABBA will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present “Q Gents” on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and 10 pm at the Center for the Performing Arts on the ISU Campus. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535. For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Battle at the Ballpark will take place on Saturday at Dozer Stadium from 8 am – 7 pm. A competition to raise money for CreatiVets, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD through performing arts, registration is $150 per team to participate and celebrate with an after party at New Amsterdam with live music provided by “3 and a Half Men.” For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.com

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Hike for Hunger will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5823 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 – 11 am. Registration is $20 for individuals and $50 for families and includes a t-shirt, hike premium and the opportunity to earn trail tickets for the prize table items including an iPad Mini. Participants may register online or on the day of the event and are encouraged to bring donations for the food bank and household items that will be taken to the South Side Mission Marts. For more information and to register, visit www.southsidemission.org/dvi-hike-for-hunger

The Annual “Day in Oz” Wizard of Oz Festival will be held on Saturday at Butler Haynes Park (located at 9424 S. Mapleton Rd) from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. Come tour the Wizard of Oz themed garden and yellow brick road. Meet Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and others.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park near Grange Shelter (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring fine art exhibitors, children’s activities, live music & food. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Peoria’s Grand Nationals Weekend will take place in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 11:30 pm. Admission is $15 before 4 pm and $20 after 4 pm.  Illinois’ largest motorcycle festival which celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races will feature a motorcycle parade, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food, beer and more. For more  information, visit www.jaytv.com/grandnationals.

A Tea-Rex Tea Party, a one-of-a-kind dinosaur themed tea party, will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Enjoy tea and treats, arts and crafts and a special reading of Molly Idle’s book “Tea Rex” plus a dinosaur photo-booth to capture your day of fun. Although geared towards pre-school and early elementary visitors, guests of all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited: call 309-863-3034. Admission is $10 for members or $15 for non-members (per family). For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/583

Northwoods Mall will host a Back to School Event featuring face painting, balloon sculpting and a magic show on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Parents and children are invited to come out and kick-off the start of the school year during this back-to-school celebration.

The Super Saturday: Living Fossils Sharks & Gars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount . Discover “living fossils” or sea creatures that have changed little from prehistoric times. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/471

A Great Burr Oak Science Club meeting will take place at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. This month they team up with the Peoria Magician’s Assembly for a fascinating look at the science of magic. Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.theGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

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

Wine & Art Night at the Peoria Riverfront Museum featuring painting with local artist Zac Zetterberg will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Explore a variety of art media and techniques with area artists while you relax and enjoy a sampling of different wines each session and paint your own version of Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom. All materials and wine are included. Space is limited and this event is for ages 21+ only. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the public.  For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will offer free admission all day on Sunday. Enjoy Feeding Frenzy and Predator Prowl at 11 am outside of the Visitor’s Center, Wildlife Chat at 12:30 pm outside of the Visitor Center, a Bison & Elk Feeding at 1 pm at the Hespell Deck, Creature Feature at 1:30 pm plus Adventure Trek and train rides for purchase plus prizes and giveaways. For more details, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

John Miller and the Romaniacs will perform in the Starting Gate Banquet Room, at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm. Members are $5, non-members are $7 and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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Footloose continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
See the ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about Footloose HERE

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

Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lake County tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Fort Wayne on Friday & Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Smokers Blues Band from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Jazz Series will present David Hoffman & Friends at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This series features local jazz artists and is supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Grease continues at Corn Stock Theatre in the main stage tent tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are sold out for all remaining performances.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Richard II tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm, Q Gents beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Love’s Labour’s Lost on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
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Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.   Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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.  Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in August beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, 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

The 10th Annual Tower Park Music Festival, featuring a variety of music from seven bands, will take place from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 3 – 11 pm pm on Saturday. Admission is free and features food, a beer tent and family fun in addition to the live music. For a complete list of performers and more details, visit www.peoriaheights.org/music

Kindred Spirits, a whiskey experience to benefit the Pediatric Resource Center, will take place on Friday from 5:30 – 8 pm J.K. Williams (located at 526 High Point Ln. in East Peoria) with whiskey tastings and tours of the distillery. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir J.K Williams glass. For more information or to buy tickets, call 309-624-9595 or email prcinfo@uicomp.uic.edu

The River City Soul Fest will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront this weekend. Admission is $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and $25 for a weekend pass (weekend pass only available in advance). Friday features Gospel music with a variety of local choirs and performers including Ricky Dillard. Saturday will feature more local talent with R&B artists Dru Hill and Silk. Tickets are available at Emack & Bolios on the RiverFront & Peoria Heights, Janet’s Just For You, & Co-Op Record Stores, or online at www.jaytv.com

The Original Skazz Band will perform at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. Refreshments may be brought to the event. For more information, visit www.youtube.com/theoriginalskazzband

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. will be presented on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Pritchard Theatre (located on the Eureka College campus). Reserved seating tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 12 & under. More information, visit www.nitschtheatrearts.org

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Jubilee College Historic Site will be open to the public on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm with free tours of Jubilee College and the cemetery plus tours and information on native prairie and gardening for butterflies and more. For more information, visit www.stateparks.com/jubilee_college.html

IGNITE Peoria will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 9 am. A celebration of creativity featuring a range of events to inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the imagination of the community, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Party on the Plaza with the Brazilionaires will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 6 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include the concert and food provided by Cracked Pepper. Tickets are available at the museum’s front desk, by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

Todd Rundgren will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating, $45 for reserved table seating or $50 for loft seating and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s 86th Summer Festa Picnic will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from noon – 6 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. There will be Italian food, beverages, gift booths, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest, and bocce ball. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) will host the Vintage, Vines and Wines Festival on Sunday from 12 – 6 pm. Vendors will have vintage chic furnishings and all sorts of “shabby chic” to “rustic vintage” items that they have re-purposed with a fresh flair for sale plus there will be live music throughout the day by Stewart’s Goose, wine tasting and Ropp Cheeses and Chocolatier Chocolates will be available for purchase in the tasting room. Admission is $5 per person and free for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Dinosaurs in Motion: Where Art & Science Meet will feature a guided tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at the Riverfront Museum on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount plus a $5 additional fee for the dinosaur exhibit.  For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/587

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

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

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

Nana’s Naughty Knickers
opens at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The 10th Annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day will take place all day today (Thursday): for every Blizzard treat sold at Dairy Queen locations in Peoria, Bloomington, Washington, Morton, Pontiac and Canton, $1 or more will be donated to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For participating locations, visit www.miracletreatday.com

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

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the 7 West Band from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. You’ll visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Running on Saturdays in August beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in August beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Library Con with Mario and Princess Peach will take place on Friday at the Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library (located at 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria) from 2 – 2:30 pm. Come to the Lakeview Branch to meet game stars Mario and Princess Peach.  For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Friday beginning at 7 pm at St. Philomena’s church (located at 3300 N 12 Oaks Dr. in Peoria). They will also perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

Grease will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre in the main stage tent on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, August 8. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with live entertainment included plus a cash bar will be available with boarding running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Hairbangers Ball will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

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

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through Sunday. Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Luck of the Irish Youth Music Festival will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Noble Center Auditorium (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $4 for adults or free for students with a valid ID.

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

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

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Heartland Jazz Orchestra from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  Cost for each tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place running from 11 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Harp on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

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

Take a Behind the Scenes Zoo Tour at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about how much do rhinos weigh, where giraffes sleep, plus more when you get to go through areas the public doesn’t normally see so you can learn more about the animals and how they are cared for. Cost is $22 per person and includes Zoo Admission. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559.

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

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

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

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Secret Garden continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Featuring guest artist and Peoria native, Bart Shatto, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Joe Stamm Band from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  Cost for each tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional Saturday cruise will also take place running from 11 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar is available also on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Slide the City will take place from 4 – 11 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday on Main Street in Peoria between Crescent Ave. and Kumpf Blvd. An inflatable 1,000 foot slip & slide ride will be the featured attraction at a block party which will also include games, food and music. Cost for the slide is $30 in advance or $35 at the game, $45 in advance or $50 at the gate for a triple slide or unlimited slides for $65 in advance or $70 at the gate. Inner tubes cost $10. For more information and to purchase slides prior to the event, visit www.slidethecity.com/events/peoria

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

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the Maxam Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

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

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

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

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

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

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

The Spirit of Peoria’s Tropical Rock ‘n Roll Jimmy Buffet themed cruise will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with the cruise from 8:30 – 10:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and is only for adults ages 21 years and older. Tickets are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com   For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

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

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

The Spirit of Peoria’s Sundae Cruise will take place on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy ice cream sundaes while Chuck Cunningham and the C-Notes entertain.  Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens, $18 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will perform in the Starting Gate Banquet Room in the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria) at 6 pm and the Old Style Sextet will perform beginning at 7:15 pm. Admission costs for members are $5, for non-members $7, and for students, free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Craig Wayne Boyd will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are free except for under 21, which is $3, but limited. Proceeds to this event will benefit St. Jude, so please only print what you will use, and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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The Heart of Illinois Fair opens with a   Preview Night tonight (Thursday) called “Ride & Return”from 5 – 10 pm at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria).  The Fair officially opens on Friday and runs through Saturday, July 18 with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, the Rising Star Singing Contest plus “Semis and Songs” in the motor sports arena featuring Nashville’s Two Way Crossing will be performing immediately following the Semi Pulls on Wednesday night. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. Save on fair admission tickets when you buy tonight at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Secret Garden will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, July 18. Featuring guest artist and Peoria native, Bart Shatto, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Things My Mother Taught Me
continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring Smokers Blues Band from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at  Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring a picnic supper. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present; it entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Running on Saturdays in July beginning at 11 am, the tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria).  And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running Saturdays in July beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub also.  Cost for each tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online.
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar is available also on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week.  For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

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

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

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

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. Tonight (Thursday) & Friday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. There will be no performance on Saturday.  Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring the Pekin Park Concert Band from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) at  Idlewood Park (located at 450 E Greenwood St. in Morton). Admission is free and dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring a picnic supper. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dave Lumsden & Friends on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Red, White and Blue Humor Showcase will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in July beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  Cost for the tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place on Friday from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, Troope Mirage from 4:30 – 5 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “Wizard of Oz” from 5 – 5:30 pm, the Clonmel Marching Band fro Clonmel Ireland from 6 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and bring a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through the summer. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

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

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Quad Cities beginning at 6 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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