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An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Sunday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available on www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

The Institute of International Studies and Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Understanding Muslim Societies: the Role of Women in Rebuilding the Middle East” at Bradley University Student Center’s Marty Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli will talk about the current situation across the region, how tensions might be resolved and how women will play strong roles in rebuilding the region. Admission is free. To RSVP, email pawac@bradley.edu

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion will be presented at the US Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and also at 4 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Adult tickets range in price from $40 – $140 and for children range in price from $32 – $127 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the US Cellular Coliseum box office. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Proof will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

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

The Holidazzle Celebration will be held on Friday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm throughout downtown Morton. There will be a lighting of the the community Christmas tree, a chili supper plus a candle lit walk to the shops with hot cocoa & pretzels. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

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

The Bradley Braves will take on Texas Arlington at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday on their season opener beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

AV Performance Innovations will present The Bret Bunton Project at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N Galena Road in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with appetizers and drinks and live music at 7:30 pm. This original blues-rock band will perform and give a behind the scenes interview. Admission is free, however reservations are requested. For more information click HERE  To RSVP, email maggie@avperformanceinnovations.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Wiz Khalifa will perform at Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum on Friday beginning at 9 pm. The Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) will host the Billboard Music Award winning and five time Grammy nominee with $15 tickets for Bradley students, $20 for faculty and staff and $30 for the general public which are available at the Coliseum ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

Discover the Ice Age, an interactive educational exhibit, will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 9 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults (ages 13 years & older), $22 for children (ages 2-12 years), $16 for senior citizens (aged 65+) and children 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Nature Art Show & Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media from talented local artists during regular hours. Support local artists and find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6600 N Basket Oak Dr. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Living Historians portray Civil War soldiers constructing winter quarters and preparing for their winter encampment in authentic uniforms using period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale 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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A Concert by Anima: Young Singers of Greater Chicago will be held on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free – a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

The Heritage Ensemble Inspirational Choral Celebration Concert will take place at George Washington Carver Center (located at 710 W. Percy Baker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Proceeds support the revitalization of the Carver Center.  Tickets are $20 for the concert only and $50 for the dinner and concert and are available at www.thecarvercenter.com

Todd Rundgren will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 for loft seating, $40 for VIP tables, $30 for assigned seating and $25 for standing room only and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Elmer Szepessy Dedication Concert will be held at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm & 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. One ticket purchased will be valid for either or both performances and a small reception will be held between the concerts. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Illinois Central Jazz Train will perform at the Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly performance at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. The Jazz Train led by ICC’s Larry Harms will feature the CIJS house band members featuring Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery works. Admission is $5 members, $7 for non-members and free for students. Food and drink available for purchase. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass which are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present Super Circus Heroes at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16, $21, $28, $53 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Spook Hollow and M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

November will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Wesley McKinney will perform at Peoria Cabaret Theatre in the Broadway Lounge (located at The Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100.   For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Brian Regan will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay kicks off at 7:30 am on Saturday near the Gateway Building along the Peoria Riverfront. Events include a half-marathon, two-person relay, one-mile walk and post-race party. For more information, call 309-691-6906 or visit www.komenmemorial.org

CrossFit309 for CreatiVets will take place at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to participate is $40 and online registration is available at www.crossfit309.com  All proceeds benefit Creativets, a non-for-profit organization that assists veterans with emotional issues through creative arts.

Peoria Players Theater (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) will host a Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale from 8 am – Noon on Saturday in the theatre lobby. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2nd Annual Manito Volkswalk, a 5K & 10 K walk through the State Forest, and Art Bazaar, will be held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery (located at 25410 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Topeka) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Free tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning and an Art Bazaar will be held in Manito from 11 – 3 pm on Broadway where art will be available for sale and viewing. The Classic Car Museum will also be open featuring antique tractors on display plus scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Local foods will be available all day. For more information, call 309-202-0506.

The 34th Annul Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In “Shawl We Dance” will be hosted by the Bishop Hill Fiber Guild at at the Mossville Junior High and Elementary Center (located at 12207 N Galena Road in Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Spend the day creating new fiber skills and friendships at social learning centers featuring drop spindling, wheel spinning, beginning and advanced knitting, weaving, crocheting, and beading centers. Pre-registration is encouraged and is available at www.bishophillfiberguild.org/annual-spin-in.html  Cost is $5 for a shopping pass, $12 for those who pre-registered and $15 at the door. Bring your hooks, needles, spindles and spinning wheels to the event. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

ACS Science Rocks! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with applied chemistry activities on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm and a free lecture with fun chemistry demonstrations at 4 pm by Christopher Hamaker, PhD, Assoc Professor, Inorganic Chemistry at Illinois State University. Visit all the stations for a chance to win prizes including museum passes, lab swag, and cool science stuff. No pre-registration necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Two on Tap will be presented at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Lovers – Romeo & Juliet” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring the music of three great composers: Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Prokofiev, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Sunday Fun Day! Why Do Leaves Change Colors? will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Listen to “Why Do Leaves Change Colors?” by Betsy Maestro, learn a little about fall plus make a leafy project to take home. Admission is free and do pre-registration necessary. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Tri-County Urban League Guild will host the 5th Annual Guild Jazz Brunch Fundraiser on Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria). Tickets are $50 and include an all you can eat buffet with the band “Soft Spoken”. Tickets are available at Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Highway in Peoria). For more information or tickets, call 309-672-4354.

The Peoria Barbershop Chapter Heritage of Harmony Barbershop Show will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring traditional songs sung in barbershop style by combined Peoria & Bureau County Choruses and several chapter quartets with many sing-a-long numbers.  Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 at the door.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host The Romaniacs at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Featuring an authentic Django Reinhardt “gypsy jazz” experience, all tunes will be original compositions. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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A replica Nina and Pinta will be docked on the Peoria RiverFront at The Landing next to The Spirit of Peoria at the foot of Main street for self-guided tours of the ships every day through Sept. 22 between 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for students aged 5 to 16, children under 4 are free. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

Peoria County emergency management experts will present “It Can Happen to You,” a free public workshop on how to become better prepared before disaster strikes at the Illinois Central College North Campus tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Emergency management personnel will discuss preparedness steps, explain how to identify points of contact and create an emergency plan, and describe how to build an emergency supply kit for your home and vehicle. For more information, call 309-672-6918.

The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” lecture presented by James Clad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and consultant for Cambridge Energy Research Associates will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7pm in the Owens Professional Development Center in Westlake Hall on the Bradley University campus. James will discuss the changing dynamics of global energy production. Tickets for the program only are free: RSVP at pawac@bradley.edu or 309-677-2454.  Presented by Bradley’s Institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, for more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Fox on the Fairway opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances this Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Eastlight Theatre continues its regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

moe. will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the gate. For more information, visit www.jaytv.com

Sexy in Stillettos will take place at California Style Fitness Studio (located at 4450 N Prospect Rd, Suite S2 in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9 pm. A ladies only event, you’ll learn the proper way to walk in high heels. Admission is $10. For more information, call 309-397-3057 or visit www.calistyle.wix.com/studio

Nick Swardson will perform at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com

Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday & Friday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday 8 pm and both 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 that winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Captain’s Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 10:45 am and the cruise running from 11 – 1 pm. Tickets for the cruise only are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  A lunch will also be available for $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12. For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Jera & the Absoluts 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 take place also 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society will host the 19th Annual German Festival, Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront Friday through Sunday. The event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and more featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors, and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Friday Night RPGS will take place at the Chillicothe Public Library District (located at 430 N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) with an instructional session on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and a play session from 7 – 11 pm. This event is for ages 18 and up only who have always wanted to get into tabletop games, such as Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons but didn’t know where to start. Hosted by a long-time gamer, you can learn the basics of building characters, creating epic storylines, and fighting enemies. Snacks will be provided. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-274-2719.

The 2nd Annual Bluegrass in the Valley will take place at Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Admission is $10 per family on Friday and on Saturday, the festival runs from 10 am – 10 pm with an admission of $15 per person or $45 max per family. The event will showcase local Americana musical talent on two stages, food vendors, nature art vendors, and more.  For more information, call 309-579-2157.

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday & Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). 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

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com

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

The Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be held at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast with freewill donation, an auction will follow beginning at 10:30 am with vacation packages, sports tickets, antiques & handmade quilts and more. For more information, call 309-367-4300 Extension 116.

Peoria Superfest, an amateur radio, computer & electronics show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 6 am – dusk on Saturday and from 6 am – 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.w9uvi.org

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

The annual Illinois River Sweep will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.

Shakunthala – The Forgotten Ring will be performed on Saturday at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm.  Based on a beloved tale from Indian mythology, it’s been referred to as the Indian Cinderella, the production is a a collaborative production between Mythili Dance Academy and the Peoria Ballet. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students aged 16 & under and are available at the Peoria Ballet, by calling 309-690-7990 or online at www.peoriaballet.com

The Peoria Symphony will open its season with world-artist violinist Sarah Chang as soloist at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring famous works of the romantic era – Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.1, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Bodybag Fit For A King, Shows Inc, Prey for Us, Moterbiscuit, Undsheltered, Aterra Tale, Betrayal From Within, Burden Of The Sky, Through Eyes of Tomorrow, and The Truth will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Oktoberfest Das Bier Run 5k Race will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. The cost is $30 and includes a commemorative stein and admission to Oktoberfest for the day of the race. To register and for more information, visit www.DasBierRun.com

A Grand Victorian Tea Party will take place at the Pettengill-Morron Historical Home (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Have you wondered what it would be like to enjoy tea with an Earl and Countess? Experience a Downton Abbey afternoon with tea and delicacies on fine china plus tour the lavish Pettengill-Moron home. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Peoria Historical Society or by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Yacht Club will present the Columbus Cup, a series of sailboat races, on the Illinois River along the Peoria Riverfront. The second race is scheduled for Sunday and the third and final day of races will take place Sunday, October 12th, with local entertainment and activities for spectators viewing the races from the Riverfront. For more information, call 309-689-3019.

The Central Ill Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday at the Landmark Rec Center Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) with the Central Illinois Jazz Society house band opening for them beginning at 6 pm. The Orchestra is a sixteen-piece swing band made up of top area musicians led by Dr. Todd Kelly of Bradley University on trumpet playing jazz classics. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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The 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton continuing tonight (Thursday) and opens at 11 am on Friday, at 6:30 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through Sunday with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Blackjack Billy will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.73 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Ragime continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour that winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and by the GAR Hall, built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. The Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Brazilionaires 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Eastlight Theatre will present the regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

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

Sit Down Comedy: A Piano Player in Purgatory” starring Second City Alum Dan Gillogly will be presented on Friday in The Broadway Lounge at 8 pm (located at The Waterhouse, 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria). Tickets are $20 for adults reserved seating and $15 for students and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.peoriacabarettheatre.com  For more information, visit www.PianoMusicShow.com
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D. L. Hughley will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm, Saturday at 6 pm, 8:30 pm and 11 pm and Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 for the Friday & Saturday shows and $28 for the Sunday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

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

The Dads’ Dash is a 5K/1 Mile Family Walk and will begin on Saturday at 9 am on the Peoria Riverfront (at the corners of Water St. and Harrison). The cost is $35 for all runners, $20 for walkers 12 years and older and $15 for walkers 11 years and under and includes a Post-Race Party Kelleher’s Irish Pub. The event is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For more information, call 309-267-9620 and to register, visit www.dadsdashpeoria.org

Vendor Fair for a Cause will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm at ATS (Advanced Technology Services located at 8201 N University St. in Peoria). Vendors include Usborne Books & More, 31 Bags, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Mary & Martha, Nerium, Embroidery, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Explosion Scrapbooks, Photography, Younique and many more. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

The American Gothic Cat Club will present its 38th Annual Cat Show at Expo Gardens from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 4-12 and senior citizens 65+ and $12 for a family. Dozens of breeds will be entered. For more information, visit www.tagcc.org

Change 150 will host it’s first of three planned town hall meetings covering issues related to District 150 Schools on Saturday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 10:30 am – Noon. The panel of participants for this event, covering District 3, will include Rick Cloyd, District 3 Board Member, Jon Bateman, District 3 Board Member, Dan Dugal, Change150 Vice President, John Meisinger, Former District 150 Administrator, and representatives from other Change150 coalition groups.

The Central Illinois Black Expo will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls B and C. Admission is Free. Featuring over 100 exhibitors, a Back to School Hair Cut-a-thon with Free haircuts for kids, a career fair, raffles & prizes and much more, for more information, call 309-672-1374 or visit www.cibeltd.org

The 1st Annual Evening of Jazz With a Side of Bacon and Kegs is a music festival featuring performances by local and regional jazz performers on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront which will take place on Saturday from Noon – 10:30 pm. Bacon & Kegs is a walk around outside tasting component featuring creative bacon dishes in central Illinois. Other activities will include a Miss Bacon and Kegs Pageant, a bacon eating contest, a children’s area, the experience lounge (live feed from Twitter and Facebook) and the 5KEG Run/Walk. A joint venture between the Peoria Park District, Central Illinois Jazz Society and Plan Ahead Events, tickets are $7 for entrance from Noon – 4 pm or $10 after 4 pm. Advance tickets are also $7 and are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront.  Find more details at www.peoriajazz.com

Super Saturday: Electricity & Magnetism will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will explore the connection between electricity and magnets, including how electricity can make magnets move, and how moving magnets can create electricity. Experiment with simple circuit boards, a Van de Graaff generator and a simple electric motor. No pre-registration is necessary and this event is included with admission. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday 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 infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 17th Annual Lobster Roast to benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living will take place at Weaver Angus Farm on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The event, a roast of Hult Executive Director Matt George, will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, program, dancing and a performance from country music artist Drew Baldridge. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or email kwright@hulthealthy.org

Jukebox Saturday Night will perform at the Fon Du Lac Park District Administration Center (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A family friendly music variety show featuring country, oldies, gospel, top 40s and more, admission is $8 or $15 per couple. For more information, call 309-369-8487 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

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The Illinois State Fair continues from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The Peoria Historical Society will host Irish Rhythms on the River, a summer cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring entertainment by the Roundstone Buskers tonight (Thursday) with boarding at 5 pm, and departure at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and a cash bar and are available at Kelleher’s, Harp & Thistle, by calling 309-674-1921 or visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Donnell Rawlings will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm shows, which are $15. 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 takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the MoTown Junkies 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 Matt Vasquez 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday  and Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). 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

JC & the Redemption will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm with opening act 3 and a Half Men. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 3rd Annual Peoria Public Radio in the Park fundraising variety concert for WCBU 89.9 will be held at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located in Glen Oak Park off Prospect in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring singers, instrumentalists, choral groups and community theatre cast members, admission is $10 at the gate. For more information, visit www.peoriapublicradio.org

The SummerFest Local Karaoke Competition Final Round will take place on Friday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin) beginning at 7 pm. Live entertainment will include JammSammich. Admission is $15. Food will be available. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Peoria & Pekin. For more information, visit www.bgcpeoria.org

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

The Hike for Hunger to benefit the South Side Mission will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 8:30 am with registration. Each hiker will receive a t-shirt and breakfast. A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the hike. Cost is $15 or $45 for a family and registration is available online at www.southsidemission.org

The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will host the 9th Annual Antique Tractor & Equipment Show at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in Wyoming on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. The Featured tractor is Farmall & IH. You’ll find antique tractors and steam engines on display plus tractor games and parades, kids activities, live entertainment and more. Camping will be available. For more information, call 309-253-4842 or 309-579-3293 or visit www.citractorclub.com

Peoria’s Budweiser Grand Nationals Event will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday featuring a motorcycle parade beginning at 10 am, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food and beer. Bands include Tesla, Saliva, Iron Cowgirl Missy, ZZ Tripp, the Brian Dennison Band, B’Driven and United Groove Theory. Advance Tickets are $20 available online, at all Co-Op Records outlets in Peoria & Pekin, Emack & Bolio’s in the Riverfront Visitors Center & Peoria Heights and participating motorcycle dealers. For more information and online tickets, visit www.jaytv.com/grand-nationals-weekend

A Wizard of Oz Festival will be held at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. Dress up the little tikes and walk the yellow brick road around the Oz children’s garden and meet costumed characters. Other activities include a puppet show, a barnyard petting zoo, hayrack rides and an afternoon Oz costume parade around the grounds. Food and merchandise will be available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest

The 23rd Annual Reptile & Amphibian Fair will take place at The Grand Hotel (located at 4400 N. Brandywine Drive in Peoria) on Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. A variety of snakes, turtles, lizards and amphibians will be displayed plus there will be educational exhibits, face-painting & a fund-raising raffle. Students participating in the Peoria Academy of Science Annual Treasure Hunt can attend free with their passport & one paying adult. Admission is $3. For more information, call 309-682-3938.

Super Saturday: Shark Attack will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at Noon where you will learn about megalodons, an extinct species of shark that lived 28 to 1.5 million years ago and reached a maximum length of 46-59 feet. You will also be able to view an assortment of shark teeth and jaws. No pre-registration is necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Golfin’ in the Wild will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with registration beginning at 3 pm and a shotgun start at 3:30 pm. Benefiting the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, the event will feature a unique golf course set up throughout the Wildlife “terrain” that all skill levels can enjoy. Dinner, a silent auction & entertainment will follow immediately after. Cost is $50 per person, $95 per twosome or $180 per foursome. All proceeds will fund local cancer research, education and patient support. For more information or to sign up, call 309-243-3437 or visit www.IllinoisCancer.com/GolfinInTheWild

Rhythm in the Rainforest will take place at Luthy Botanical Gardens on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Admission is $25 in advance available at the Garden office. Live entertainment will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends along with food in the Rose Garden. A cash bar will be available (age 21 and over only). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/special-events-luthy

In conjunction with its 2014 Midwest Convention, the Islamic Circle of North America Open House will take place for the general public to explore and discuss topics related to Islam in Room 401 at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. The “Window to Peace” open house will cover topics including “What is Islam?”, “Women in Islam”, “Shariah Law” and “Jesus in the Quran”. Muslim imams will explain the basics of the faith of Islam and take questions from the audience. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 847-858-6680.

Super Hero Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids are encouraged to dress up like their favorite super hero and enjoy special games, animal encounters and more. There is no additional fee for the event. Admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Judy Page will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band begins at 6 pm followed by Judy Page and a group of local musicians playing both Jazz and R&B. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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Downtown Thursday” will take place on the 2nd Street Market in Chillicothe tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm featuring live music from Suckerpunch, a dance performance by Elite Dance Studio and a live auction plus food, vendors and door prizes. For more information, click HERE

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

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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Arts in the Park will feature Heartland Jazz Orchestra at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 2014 Princeville Heritage Days will take place from 5 pm – midnight tonight (Thursday), 9 am – Midnight on Friday from 7 am – Midnight on Saturday and beginning at 8 am with a pancake & sausage breakfast on Sunday. There will be food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a parade and a community church service beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Summer Solstice Celebration will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday with Solar Activities place from 11 am – 3 pm in the Lobby & Sun Plaza, an Electromagnetic Spectrum Family Workshop beginning at 1:30 pm (there is an extra $10 per family charge for this activity), plus a special planetarium schedule throughout the day. Admission to the museum is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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The 43rd annual Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront beginning tonight (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm, Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring a carnival, a NASCAR racing simulator, a craft show, live music, food and a Bags Tournament, admission is free on Thursday with carnival wristbands good for unlimited rides are $20 from 5 – 9 pm. Admission on Friday & Saturday is free until 6 pm, then it’s $5 per person and kids under 12 are free with a paid adult. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com/events/steamboat-festival.html

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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Arts in the Park will feature “New Odyssey” at the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

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

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

Night Ranger will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show or $75 for VIP seating and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday featuring live entertainment by The Brazillionaires with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar will be available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required.
A Jimmy Buffet Cruise, a Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday starting with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm and the cruise leaving at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and this cruise is for ages 21 and over only. Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or tickets will be available at the dock. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A benefit concert for Midwest Food Bank featuring the Legacy Five Gospel Quartet and The Collingsworth Family will be held tonight (Thursdy) beginning at 6 pm at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 North Heinz Lane in Edwards). Tickets are $20, children 15 and under are free with a paying adult, and are available at Midwest Food Bank (located at 9005 North Industrial Road in Peoria), Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore in Peoria and Bloomington and Bethany Baptist Church. For more information, call 309-691-5270 or 309-243-5446.

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

Dave Coulier will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for the Thursday show and $21 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 4th Annual Mike Seneca Golf Classic will take place on Friday at WeaverRidge Golf Course with two flights: one at 7:30 am and at 1 pm. benefits the Hult Center for Healthy Living cancer programs, in memory of Mike Seneca, cost for an individual golfer is $125 or $500 for a foursome and includes golfing and a cart, driving range, lunch and a golfer gift. Register at www.hulthealthy.org

First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University in Peoria) will host a Garage Sale from 8 am – 4 pm on Friday and from 8 am – Noon on Saturday. For more information, call 309-692-1420.

The Arts in Education Spring Celebration takes place every weekday through May 23 from 11 am – 1:30 pm at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza featuring area students performing vocal and instrumental music as well as displays of artwork. Admission is free. Performances may be cancelled due to weather: please visit www.springcelebration.org  for a complete calendar.

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

Play for the Promise will take place on Saturday at Brewer’s Distributing from 6 – 10 pm to help send a student to ICC for free. Tickets are $40 and $100 work of chips are available for $20 and are available online at www.peoriapromise.org  Participants must be 21 and over and will play craps, blackjack and roulette and all chips are traded in for raffle tickets at the end of the night.

The X Rocks Spring Fling Concert will be held on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Adelita’s Way and The Pretty Reckless, tickets are $32.50 and $42.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Ordinary Days will be presented by Arc Light Theatre at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and area available by calling 309-455-4095 or or visiting www.arclightprods.com

Let’s Face the Music & Dance, a ballroom and Latin dance, will be held at Countryside Banquet Hall (located at 659 School Street in Washington) on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm. Featuring Ed & Judy Howard SIX Band featuring swing, foxtrot, waltz, nightclub two step, rumbas and cha-cha. Cost is $10 per person which includes admission and a chance of winning door prizes. Cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-573-3822,

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with an optional Craft Beer Tasting on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. Live entertainment is included plus a cash bar is available 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 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For the Craft Beer Tasting Cruise, admission is $35 (must be 21 or over) and reservations must be made by calling 309-637-8000 by 5 pm that day. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Way Down Wanderers plus Chicago Farmer, Art of III Fusion and PM Buys will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance online at www.limelighteventplex.com or $13 at the door. For more information about the band, visit www.thewaydownwanderers.com

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will be held at Glen Oak Park Lagoon (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am for ages 9 & under, 11 am – 1 pm for ages 10 – 12 and from 1 – 3 pm for ages 50+ and those with disabilities. Admission is free and poles are available for use also. Bait, concessions and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Craft and Vendor Sale will be held at the Franciscan Recreation Complex (located at 908 Sterling Avenue in West Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Find local arts, crafts, and home-based businesses on the front lawn, rain or shine. For more information, call 309-677-6705 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie where riders will meet until 11 am. A police-escorted parade leaves at Noon for Walters Brothers Harley Davidson for a party featuring refreshments, entertainment, a bike show and a live auction. Cost to participate is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. For registration and full details, visit http://www.peoriarideforthecure.com

Wildlife Mountain Bike Breakout Bash, a weekend for mountain biking, begins at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday at 10 am, the new Bison Hump Pump Track being unveiled to the public with an official ribbon cutting and demonstration. At 10:30 am, there will be a guided tour of the bike trails, and at 2 pm, the NMBP Kids’ Ride #1 takes place. The BP Wild Flood Scramble Mountain Bike Race takes place on Sunday. Register at www.pambamtb.org or sign up the day of the event. The mountain biking events are free: those entering through the main park area must pay general admission, which is $8 for ages 13-64, $7 for ages 65+, $6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under and Park members. For details and a complete list of activities, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Awesome 80s Prom will take place in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The 2014 Run River City Marathon, featuring a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 5k, and youth run, will take place on Sunday, starting and finishing by the Caterpillar World Headquarters and the finish line is on Water Street in downtown Peoria beginning at 7 am. Fees to participate range from $30 – $100 depending upon the race and registration is available online at www.runrivercity.com  Proceeds from the race benefit St. Jude and Easter Seals. For more information, visit www.runrivercity.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host Carl Anderson and His New Orleans Jazz Band at Landmark Starting Gate (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Admission is $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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Boeing, Boeing opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 15th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and the Quad Cities on Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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The Great American Trailer Park Musical continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Eastlight Box Office or online at http://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Humpty Dumpty continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center on tonight through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Rivals will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Dept. tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm and Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm at the Hartmann Performing Arts Center on the Bradley campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley Theatre box office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

Pauly Shore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 for tonight’s (Thursday’s) show and $26 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Greener Morton, a program of the Morton Economic Development Council, will host Electronic Recycling Days in the K-Mart parking lot in Morton on from 9 am – Noon on Friday & Saturday. Residents and businesses are encouraged to dispose of old or unused electronics at no charge. Lists of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at www.agreenermorton.org

The Luthy Botanical (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) Big Spring Plant Sale will take place from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring new and hard-to-find perennials and native plants, ornamental grasses, and unusual tropical plants and annuals, top off your vegetable garden with the selection of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables. Luthy Garden members receive a 10% discount. Admission is free during the sale, however donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or www.peoriaparks.org

The 3rd annual “Purse and Suit of Happiness” Luncheon will be presented by the Dress for Success Peoria, a program of Peoria Friendship House, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a table of 8. Gently used clothing and shoes will be accepted at this event. To make a reservation or more information, call 309-671-5200 or visit www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org

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

A Keep Peoria Beautiful Cleanup will take place on the Rock Island Greenway and Rock Island Trail on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Participants should meet at the rear of the Peoria Heights Library (located at 816 East Glen in Peoria Heights) and wear sturdy shoes and gloves for picking up trash along assigned areas. Garbage bags will be provided. For more information, call 309-266-5085.

The Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) 50 Year Anniversary Hike will take place on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Explore natural features, wildlife and history found on the diverse trails of the park. For information and to reserve your spot, 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Annual Wildlife Prairie Park PowWow will be held beginning on Saturday at 10 am with the Bison Blessing Ceremony followed by the Feeding Frenzy with the Felines at 11 am and the Kick off of the PowWow at Noon. There will be Native American crafts, food, live demonstrations including drum circles, dancing and more. Activities begin on Sunday at 11 am. The event is free for Park members or $8 for ages 13 & up, $7 for senior citizens aged 65 +, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under. Two-day passes for the event are available for 11/2 times the regular admission price at the gate on Saturday. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 16th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner : A Night with a True American Hero will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. This event will feature a presentation by a special guest speaker behind one of the most sensational global news stories of the past five years. Tickets are $250 per person and online registration is available at www.hulthealthy.org

For the Fun of It, the annual Peoria Riverfront Museum fundraiser, will take place at the Museum on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Play Xbox on the Giant Screen, enjoy 11 Peoria area caterers each showcasing signature cuisine, a strolling magician, a caricature artist and live blues. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and are available by calling 308-863-3036 or online HERE. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “A Brief History of Embalming” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. Matthew Kendall, Mortuary Science Instructor for Carl Sandburg College is the keynote speaker and will explore embalming practices from ancient Egypt to modern day. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 10 pm. A family event to benefit the Neighborhood House Association’s new summer meal program to fight childhood hunger in downtown Peoria.  All ages are welcome to enjoy a salsa lesson, open dancing and music by DJ Ed Caballero and Beverly Caballero, dance performances by several local dance groups, desserts and soft drinks. Tickets are $5 if reserved in advance at RockintheHouse@yahoo.com or $7 at the door. For more information go to www.RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

The Owens Center (located at 1019 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) 34th Annual Ice Show will begin on Saturday at 7 pm. Featuring National Champion and world competitor Max Aaron, ticket prices are $10 for adults aged 13 and older, $6 for children ages under 12 and $6 for senior citizens aged 65 and older and free for ages 3 and under. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will welcome Barbara Padilla to the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children & students and are available at http://www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Spring Annual Dance Showcase will take place at Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 pm – midnight. A night of dance performances, open dancing, appetizers and desserts, there will be open dancing between performance segments, including Latin, Swing, Ballroom and more. Attire is formal, no jeans please and all dance styles and dance levels are welcome.  Advance tickets are $10, $15 for a couple, or $8 for students with valid ID through 4-23 or $15 per person at the door and are available at at Body Fitness. For more information, call 309-685-1950 or visit www.fitndance.com or www.peorialatinvibe.com

A Party for the Planet will take place on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). From recycling to butterfly gardens, explore what simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. There will be animal encounters, games and earth-friendly treats that the animals will receive throughout the day. Admission is $9 for adults aged 13 and over, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65 & up or free for ages 2 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3500 or www.peoriazoo.org

The Sun Foundation will host its Peoria Clean Water Celebration taking place in three different locations beginning on Sunday at Noon at the Gateway Building (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with the Parade of Waters. A total of 5 events over 2 days comprise the celebration to encourage ways to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies and to promote the wise use of natural resources. The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students and the general public with keynote sessions plus smaller breakout sessions. For more details on the celebration, click HERE

The St. Martin Chamber Players will present a concert at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring epic music from two masters of the modern Spanish style: De Falla – El amor brujo (Love Bewitched) and Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez para Guitar, the featured artist will be Wesley Sedrel on guitar. Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

The Orpheus Club Spring Concert will take place on Sunday beginning at 3 pm at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria). Featuring an all male voice four part harmony chorus, admission is $5 at the door.

WWE Live will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $18, $28, $38, $53, and $98 and at the Peoria Civic Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000. For more information visit http://www.wwe.com/events/wwepresents-live-peoria.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Bradley Jazz Ensemble led by Dr Todd Kelly in their monthly concert on Sunday beginning at 6 pm at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Bradley ensemble has performed at US and European Jazz festivals and will play a variety of popular big band tunes and swing music. The CIJS house band will open with a variety of jazz with vocals. Food and drink will be available. Admission is $5 for C I Jazz members, $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, call 309–692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com