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The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Illinois State Fair continues at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for ages 13 – 59, $3 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5, and $3 for senior citizens aged 60+. Parking per day is $7. Coupon books with 10 admissions are available for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will present Update Cuba: Illinois Agriculture and Business Leading the Way at the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce office (located at 201 Clock Tower Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. PAWAC President Don Samford, who accompanied the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) delegation to the island, where he met with government leaders and ministries, will serve as moderator of a panel of USACC and business leaders. Admission is free, however advance notice of attendance is requested and may be done by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz series will take place at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and feature Jim Markham Swing Band tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Chris Stapleton will perform at Three Sisters Park (located on Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with guests Jamey Johnson and Angaleena Presley tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $40 – $199 and are available online at http://www.budlightconcerts.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

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

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

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, relax with a variety of wines under a night sky and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an expert astronomy guide. Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for members and includes up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice and a variety of cheese & crackers Limited seating is available, so advance registration requested and may be made by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Ben Moore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Los Lobos will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $20 – $55 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Hairbangers Ball will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

Battle at the Ballpark, a CrossFit competition and Kids “Just For Fun” Competition, will be held at Dozer Park (located at 30 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Admission is free, however donations are welcome and benefit Team RWB, a non-profit supporting veterans through physical fitness. You can compete, do it for fun or be a spectator. For more information and to register, visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.com

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

The Alzheimer’s Association will present Learning to Connect at the Peoria Chapter Office (located at 612 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 309-681-1100 to make a reservation.

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

The 4th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and other Native American friends sharing culture from their tribal backgrounds, there will be storytelling, speakers, activities with the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, vendors, food, a drum/dance demonstration and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

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

CASA Caballos Ultimate Tailgate Party will be held at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 5806 W. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon. The Peoria and Madison, Wisconsin polo match begins at 4:30 pm. The cost for a 12 x 20 ft. tailgate space is $200. To register or to find out more about the event call 309-669-2939 or visit https://www.firstgiving.com/casapeoria/casa-caballos

Super Saturday: Infrared Light will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind infrared light. 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

India Fest 2016 will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, fashion, artifacts, textiles, jewelry and culture, admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the gate for ages 11 & up, ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Rock the Farm will take place at Green Acres (located at 605 W Lakeland Rd. in Morton) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. A benefit for Central Illinois Easter Seals, live entertainment will include Bones Jugs and The Way Down Wanderers. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information, visit http://www.goteamalex.com

Summer Sundown will take place at the Sun Foundation Center (located at 1276 Sun Road in Washburn) on Saturday at 5 pm. The VIP donation package of $200 includes a reserved table for 6 guests, choice of indoor or outdoor seating, 12 raffle tickets, 1 box of secret cash brownies plus a local and organically grown floral arrangement. Admission is free and a portion of the beer and food sales will benefit the organization. For even more information, visit http://sunfoundation.org

The Summer Soiree Poolside Event will be held at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring beer & wine, a strolling magician & poolside activities, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction plus live music by Rachel’s Hippo, proceeds benefit the group’s youth programs. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-692-7631 or visit http://peoriaymca.org/events

The Alumni Football Tail Gate Party 2016 will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) from 6 – 11:30 pm. Featuring live music with the Joe Stamm Band, food, drinks and the alumni game at 5:30 pm at the Washington Panthers Football Field, tickets are $5 for adults and high school students and free for junior high and under.  For more information visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Party on the Plaza will take place on the Peoria Riverfront Museum Sun Plaza on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Celebrate the wrap-up of the Rio games in Brazilian style with live music by the Brazilionaires, a cash bar with a signature Sangria and a Brazilian buffet, tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host a Prime Rib Dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. For a donation of $45 the dinner includes potato, Greek spanakopita, dessert, lemonade, iced tea or coffee.  All proceeds benefit the church. For more information and tickets, call 309-678-8746.

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

Actor/comedian Bill Bellamy will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday at 8 pm. Known for HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, tickets are $28, $33, $38, $43, and $53 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Triathlon will be held on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 am. Including a 500 yard swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run, both relay or individual registrations are available. Early registration fee is $50 for college students, $60 for individuals, and $95 for relays. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriatriathlon.com

52 years of the Mustang will be celebrated at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm.  Featuring three 1960’s Mustangs, admission is free for Mustang drivers, $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society August Concert will feature The Sally Weisenburg Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members, and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

The 2016 Heart of Illinois Fair continues tonight (Thursday) at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Saturday with gates open from 4 – 11 pm on weekdays and Noon – 11 pm on weekends. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, truck and tractor pulls plus the Axe Women Loggers of Maine. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. Buy tickets online at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

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

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

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lansing tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm and Great Lakes on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com  On Friday, use the code “CHAIL” so that a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Home.

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

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

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run every Friday in July beginning at 11 am tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present.  It entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 11 am.  And their “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in July beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

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

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

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

The Temperance Movement will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $9.99 – $15 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

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

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

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

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

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

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, you will learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

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

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

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

Super Saturday: Rockets will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind rockets. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spirit of Peoria will be having a Sundae Cruise on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and a cruise beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society July Concert will present the Richard Drexler Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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The 2016 Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront beginning tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 4:30 pm and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring the internationally renowned Steamboat Classic race, a carnival, live music, food and a bags tournament, admission is free on Thursday and carnival wristbands good for unlimited rides are $20 on Saturday from 11 am – 3 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

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

The 2016 Princeville Heritage Days will take place beginning at 5 pm today (Thursday) and Friday and at 7 am on Saturday and on Sunday at 8 am with a pancake & sausage breakfast. 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. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

David Huntsberger will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm with $15 tickets. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive 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 tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

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

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

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday featuring Vinyl (Classic Rock) at 6 pm and Metallica at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Pauly Shore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Amazing Kreskin will perform at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at http://jaytv.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Wings and Wheels will take place at the Pekin Municipal Airport (located at 13906 Airport Lane in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 7 am with a pancake breakfast. Lunch will be available beginning at 11 am. Featuring antique planes, cars, and motorcycles plus live music from local artists and a beer tent. Admission is free with $25 airplane rides and $30 helicopter rides plus aerial demonstration on short takeoff and landing/bush flying operations, weather permitting. For more information, visit http://pekinmunicipalairport.com/wings-and-wheels

The 2016 Steamboat Classic 4 mile, 15 Kilometer and 4 Kilometer Races will take place beginning at 7 am on Hamilton Street (near Adams Street) in downtown Peoria. To register and for complete details, visit http://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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Beau Knows 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. With 64 Teams in 2 divisions of both adult and high school participants, there will be a kids area, special appearances by Ronald McDonald, a Disney Princess, McGruff, Batman plus face-painting, bouncers, balloons, Silent Auction, raffles, 50/50 and music. Cost per team is $100 and registration is available at http://beaugrantfoundation.org/index.php/2016-3-on-3-team-registration/

Garden Walk: Enchanted Gardens of Peoria County will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm touring five diverse local gardens plus other garden-related artistic activities going on in each garden. Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $12 per person at the gardens on the day of the walk or pay $3 per person per single garden, sold at gardens on the day of the walk. Children under 2 are free. All proceeds of the garden walk will be used by Friends of Alpha Park Library to enhance Alpha Park Library resources and services. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

The 3rd Annual Stars of Hope Community Walk will take place at Oak Ridge Park (located at 1500 Cummings Lane in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Featuring a 2 mile walk, live music, family-friendly activities and a free lunch, proceeds benefit patients and families affected by Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders kicks through the OSF Foundation and Illinois Neurological Institute. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/centralilteamhope

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

The Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce will host the 11th Annual Duryea Festival on Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm at Tower Park (located at 1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) . Featuring live music, food, beverages, Fun on the Run Kids activities, arts & crafts vendors and a merchant sidewalk sale, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will host its Annual Parade of Homes from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. The tour includes 16 newly constructed homes built by 10 area builders located in 9 different communities. For full details including home addresses, visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

Space Age Ice Cream will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Studio 3 on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm. Mix up your own edible ice cream using liquid nitrogen, a substance that is -300º F and make several types of ice cream that are all safe to eat plus learn about how astronauts eat in space. Geared toward ages 7 – 16, admission is $10 for members or $12 for non-members and all materials are included. For more information and to buy tickets, call 309-686-7000 for more information or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Wine & Art Night: Galaxy Painting will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Studio 2 on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Celebrate the opening of Be the Astronaut with local artist, Eugene Nana Ekow Maison, who will lead participants in creating an out-of-this-world galaxy painting complete with glow-in-the-dark stars. For added inspiration, come early to explore the exhibition at no additional charge and enjoy a variety of wine. All materials are included and participants must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Heritage Ensemble will present Juneteenth: An American Celebration on Saturday beginning 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center East Peoria Campus. 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

Celebrate Father’s Day at Wildlife Prairie Park beginning at 9 am on Sunday with a scavenger hunt plus themed crafts for dad, games, animal programs, photo opportunities plus a super hero-themed cookout. Those dressed in a themed costume will receive a $1 off admission for the day. For more information, call 309-676-0998, ext. 105 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Star Wars Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt plus all dads get child’s admission price of $6. Adults are $9 and kids are $6. For more information call 309-681-3508 or visit www.peoriazoo.com

The Father’s Day Fishing, Craft and Home Show will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Fish in the pond during the day (catch and release) plus enjoy a craft and home show and live music by Protege plus there will be wine tastings and craft beer available. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine in the Pavilion Building.  For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Sports memorabilia expert Michael Osacky will offer appraisals of pre-1970s sports memorabilia at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 3 pm. To reserve an appraisal appointment, call 309-497-2150 or just come to watch. For more information, visit www.baseballintheattic.com

Father’s Day Cruises featuring a cookout on the dock and live Dixieland band music will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday at 12:30 pm and at 5 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and $19.50 for kids 4-15 for the 12:30 pm cruise or $45 for adults and $22.50 for the 5 pm cruise and free for ages 3 & under and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present Desafinado, featuring vocalist Elis Artz, a six piece Brazilian ensemble, at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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The 24th Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring hundreds of quality craft micro brews and import beers will be held at Exposition Gardens on Friday from 6 – 10 pm where you can taste over 100 brews from all around the world plus enjoy live music. Tickets for the Friday night event include a food voucher and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event on Saturday is from 1 – 8 pm and tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.peoriabeerfest.com

The Peoria Regional Learning Center and Senator Chuck Weaver will host Journey Like No Other tonight (Thursday) at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Featuring food, wine, live entertainment and more, proceeds will support the PRLC, located in Wildlife Prairie Park, which assists students who are at risk of not completing their high school academic career. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit www.peoriaregional.com

The 69th Annual Gridiron Dinner will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria tonight (Thursday) with cocktails beginning at 6:15 pm and dinner at 7 pm. Celebrating all that makes our region a special place to live, work…and lampoon. Attire is black tie only. Individual tickets are $185 and are available along with more information at www.peoriagridiron.org

James Johann will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm for $10 and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 27th annual APACHE Homeschool Convention will held at Grace Presbyterian Church (Located on Rt. 91 in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring homeschooling speakers to offer encouragement and tools for those considering homeschooling, there will be over 20 exhibitors with curriculum and supplies. Registration ranges from $35 – $60 and is available along with more information as well as a complete schedule of the convention at www.apachecentralillinois.org

Help raise awareness of child abuse at Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this is the ninth year that Youth Services Network Panel has hosted the event to draw attention to the 872 pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County. Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rosser Brothers Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets $18, $23, $33 and $48 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com

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

The ICC Theatre Program will present Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre in East Peoria beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. The show is rated R for mature themes and content. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens and are available by calling 309-694-5136 or by visiting www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Macon Mayhem in the Quarterfinal Game 2 Playoff at Owens Center in Lakeview Park in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. If a 3rd game is played, it will also be at Owens Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for bleachers and $11 for standing room only and are available by calling 309-676-1040. For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net

The Pediatric Resource Center will host the Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run/Fun Walk at Kickapoo Creek Winery on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. The run will benefit the fight against children abuse and neglect. Registration is $30 for adults and $25 for students and is available oline at http://go.illinois.edu/kickabuse5k

The Pekin Kids Fest will be held at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Ave. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Featuring Fun on the Run inflatables, balloon artists, face painting and an indoor rock climbing wall and more, admission is $5 or free for kids ages 3 and under or get a family 4 pack for $15 at the door. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PekinKidsFestival

Peoria Team RWB Chapter will participate in a group 3 mile Fun Run/Walk at place at Detweiler Park on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am. In conjunction with the nationwide Run as One, the run will benefit Team RWB, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues who aid military veterans. Hot dogs and lemonade will be provided after and you are invited to bring a side to share. Register at www.crowdrise.com/ilpeoria1

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Game Design from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday where you can explore board games and make your own with Ethan Ham, Chair of Bradley University’s Interactive Media Department. Admission is $5 for members pair or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Precipitation will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind precipitation. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

The Spirit of Living event will take place on Saturday at the Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria beginning at 6 pm. Honoring and recognizing those who are an inspiration in our community plus a motivational panel discussion with the “Pink Survivors” as they share their personal experiences battling cancer, tickets for the dinner and awards presentation are $275 per person. For more information call 309-692-6650 or for online registration, visit www.hulthealthy.org

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

Jump, Jive & Swing will take place at Monte Cristo Room (located at 383 Old Germantown Rd, Suite A in Germantown Hills) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The event will portray a 1930’s Supper Club featuring dinner followed by instructional swing dancing featuring the Metamora Township High School Jazz Ensemble providing live dance music along with guest vocalist Lizzy Frantik. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call 309-383-2177.

Justin Moore will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $45 for the Party Pit or $75 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present American Classics at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring jazz inspired classics by composers Bernstein, Copland and Antheil as well as teenage (16 year old) virtuoso pianist and composer, Tengku Irfan, who makes his Peoria debut playing on each piece, tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 2016 Grand Opening Demo Day will take place on Sunday at the Golf Learning Center (located at Golf Learning Center, 7815 N. Radnor Rd, in Peoria) from 11 am – 4 pm. Hit the latest clubs, get free fittings and enjoy the lowest prices of the season. For more information, call 309-689-3329 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum’s galleries.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) at no charge. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Central Illinois Youth Symphony (CIYS) will present their Spring Orchestral Concerts at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm featuring the Prep Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble and at 4 pm featuring the Youth Symphony. Featuring vocal soloist Masako Johnson at the 2 pm concert and dancers from the Peoria Ballet and senior solo concerto winner Grace Yoon at the 4 pm concert. One ticket gives you admission to both concerts which is $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.CIYS.org

Voting and Vodka: The Relationship Between Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm. In this lecture, Dr. Andrew Civettini will explore the relationship between the quests for Prohibition and women’s suffrage and how the two movements redefined voting and American politics more broadly on their way to amending the Constitution. 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
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The Sun Foundation’s 23rd Annual Clean Water Celebration kicks off at 4 pm on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront near the Gateway Building. A dinner and lecture at the GAR Hall will take place on Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by various sessions at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and various friends will fill the church with everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society April Concert will feature the Dunlap High School Jazz Band and Western Illinois University Jazz Student Orchestra at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Comedian/Ventriloquist/Musician/Actor Taylor Mason will perform at Pekin First Nazarene Church (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free, however an offering will be collected. For more information, visit www.pekinfirstnaz.org

Brian Regan will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $42.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

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The March Madness Experience will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 6 pm – 9 pm tonight (Thursday), 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and 10 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $2 at the door or get free admission with an IHSA game ticket stub.

The Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by 40 teams of high school students, will take place at the Bradley Renaissance Coliseum through 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and from 9 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges presented in this year’s game, First Stronghold. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Mike and Carrie will perform at Paddy O’Flaherty’s (located in the Best Western and Ashland House in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 pm – 9 pm. Admission is free.  Authentic Irish food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Peoria Players continues with its production of To Kill a Mockingbird beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

A Broadway Revue will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

The 2016 March Madness IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will begin with the Class 3A Semifinal Session on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and the Class 4A Semifinal Session will begin at 6:30 pm and at 8:15 pm. Saturday’s games will be held at 12:15 pm and 2 pm and at 6:30 pm & 8:15 pm.  Tickets for each game are $11, $9 and $7 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com For more information, visit www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/BoysBasketball.aspx

The Annual Mennonite Relief Sale will take place at the Interstate Center Bloomington on Friday beginning at 4:30 pm and on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring fish, chicken barbecue dinners, rib-eye steaks, butterfly pork chops, barbecues & pork burgers, there will also be a Dutch Market and Butcher Shoppe, an auction, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning plus various booths and a children’s auction. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ilreliefsale.org

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

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

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

Jerry Seinfeld will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday with two shows: one beginning at 7 pm and the second beginning at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $46.50, $62.50 and $147 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

Bruce Bruce will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm and Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets are $26 or $25 with cash payment. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host the Interplanetary 5K Race/1 Mile Fitness Walk on Saturday with registration beginning at 7:30 am, the 5K race beginning at 9 am, the 1 Mile Fitness Walk beginning at 9:05 am and the Kids’ Fun Run beginning at 9:30 am. The event takes runners and walkers of all ages through the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world’s most complete large scale model of the solar system.  Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System from the Sun, past Mercury, Venus, and Earth, to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail. Fees are $23 (or $28 on race day) for the 5K, $20 (or $25 on race day) for the Fitness Walk or $15 for the Kids’ Fun Run. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Spring Wake-Up will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Featuring animal feedings, train rides and other activities, admission is free for members and half price for the public: $4.50 for ages 13 & up, $3 for ages 3 – 12, $3.50 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under. Memberships start at $55. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Eggs on the Prairie will take Shoppes on the Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm in Suite 260, across from H&M. There will be free photos with the Easter Bunny, goody bags for the kids plus games and activities. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com

The 2016 Easter Egg Scramble will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. Ages through 3 years begins at 10:30 am, at 10:50 am for ages 4 – 6 years and at 11:10 am for ages 7 -9. Cost for member kids is $3.50 or $9 for non-member adults and kids. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.com

The Corn Stock for Kids Easter Egg Extravaganza will take place outside the Corn Stock theatre center (located in upper Bradley park in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring an egg hunt for ages 0-2, 2-3, 4-6, 7 – 8 and 9+, the Easter Bunny will be on hand plus there will be a bouncy house, games, arts & crafts and vendors. Admission is free, however pictures with the Easter Bunny and the bouncy house will have a small cost. Registration is requested and may be done at http://cornstocktheatre.com

The 35th Annual Hope in a Hangar event for LifeLine Pilots will take place at the Byerly Aviation Terminal in the General Downing International Airport on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Ryan Ideus & Feudin Hillbillys, there will also be a hog roast, a live & silent auction as well as aircraft on display (weather permitting). Cost is $75 per person with proceeds helping to provide free air transportation for those in medical need who are financially distressed. To make a reservation or for more information, call 309-229-0400 or visit http://lifelinepilots.org

The King of Diamonds will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center as part of the ICC Guest Artist Series on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Colt Ford will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $22 for the Party Pit in advance or $55 for VIP Loft Seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Pet Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Tendercare Animal Hospital (located at 9809 State Route 91 in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Help your furry friend sniff out treats in hidden eggs, while kids enjoy other Easter activities. There will be a bake sale, raffle plus free Easter Bunny pictures. Prize eggs are just $6 for 5 eggs with all proceeds go to help the homeless pets at Foster Pet Outreach. For more information, visit http://fosterpetoutreach.org/easter-egg-hunt/

Marchtoberfest will take place at at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. A buffet featuring Schnitzel vom Schwein, parmesan chicken, bratwurst, Bavarian smoked ham, German potato salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, spaetzle, sauerkraut, and red cabbage will be available for $12 for adults or $6 for kids 12 & under. Desserts and a full cash bar will also be available. Kids 10 and under who wear a German lederhosen or a Dirdnl will eat free. Entertainment starts at 1 pm and including Alphorns and Al’s Pals. If weather permits, arts and craft vendors will be available outside. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

A Jazz Vesper Service will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Dave Hoffman and friends will play everything from cool to hot jazz while Pastor Denise Clark-Jones will offer prayers, scripture and a homily. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://westminsterpeoria.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society March Concert will feature the Heartland Jazz Orchestra at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

The 2016 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $10 (suggested donation) and are available at the door. For more information, visit http://peoriaciviccenter.com

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $45, $55 and $72 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition opens at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday and runs through May 30. The exhibit brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life with a video game, a chance to take your picture with notorious gangsters and more.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount plus an additional $3 charge to view this exhibit for non-members. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Korea: A Nation Divided” in Room 116 of Westlake Hall at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Featuring Los Angeles-based photographer Mark Edward Harris, tickets are $30 for PAWAC members or $35 for non-members, or for the lecture only, tickets are $10 for PAWAC members or $15 for non-members and free for students with ID. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues Of Mice & Men at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Ron White will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $56 and $46 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the US Cellular Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

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

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

A Mardi Gras Whodunit Masquerade Ball will be held at The Waterhouse (located within the Maxam Building at 316 SW Washington St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Bring your mask, dancing shoes and your detective skills for this murder mystery fundraiser which includes a Louisiana Style dinner, dancing and murder. Admission is $65 per person and proceeds on Friday will benefit George Washington Carver Community Center and on Saturday will benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at Shore Acres Club House (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm with an introduction to barn dance basics at 6:45 pm. The Sangamo Stemwinders from Springfield will strike up their unique blend of old-timey music along with callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze who teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families. Please bring a snack to share.

The Songs from the Woods Concert Series featuring Barry Cloyd will take place at the Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit http://barrycloyd.com

The National Lutheran Choir will perform their Psalms and Spirituals: A Hymn Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, however a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

Luke Bryan will perform his “Kill the Lights Tour” at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75 & $74.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Charles Drew Blood Drive will take place at Proctor Recreation Center (located at 309 S DuSable St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 2 pm. Call 1-800-448-3543) to schedule an appointment.

The Chill Billy Winter Sporting Event will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Saturday starting at 9 am. Davis Lake will be open for Ice Fishing and other activities including an intro to orienteering course, bird hikes, winter survival, an introductory class to winter trail running plus a free chili lunch. Pre-register for the 2 hour & hour endurance run challenge by visiting www.runrace.net  General admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 309-579-2157.

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host a Kid Workshop called Altered Fashion on Saturday from from 1 – 3 pm. Redesign old clothing into something fit for the runway. Participants will use basic design, alteration, and machine sewing skills. Admission is $10 per non-member or $5 for members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Prairieland Sweetheart Dinner Show will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday with dinner at 5:30 pm and the show at 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and the show is $24. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Jammsammich will present a Cabin Fever Concert at Five Points Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are for 21 and over only and are $15 per person or $140 for a table for 10 and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

Wine & Art Night will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7- 9 pm. Taught by local artist Jana Maxwell, enjoy a selections of wines as you paint a piece on canvas to create a unique piece to take home. All materials are included and participants must be 21 or older. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for non-members. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Lock & Key Burlesque Troupe will perform at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 South Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring dancing, singing and surprises, admission is $15 for ages 18+ only. For for details and tickets, call California Style Fitness Studio at 309-397-3057.

Another Lost Year will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

BockFest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon to 6 pm.  Full dinners will be available including a bockwurst, a bratwurst and a knockwurst plus red cabbage, sauerkraut and German potato salad. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dessert will also be available for $2 extra. Also enjoy a glass of Dopplebock Bier as well as select from three other German Beers on draft as well as German wines plus additional bock and doppelbock biers will be available in bottles.  For more information, call 309-691-7484 orvisit www.PeoriaGermans.net

Engineering Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum will take place from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday with engineers providing hands on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, videos and more. Ask professionals and enthusiasts your engineering questions, explore potential career options plus visit the rest of the museum. Free for public and members to explore all galleries and planetarium shows, but does not include the Giant Screen Theater or special exhibits. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Foster Pet Outreach will host Pin for Pets at Landmark Bowling Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm to raise money for homeless pets. A family friendly event, cost is $2.50 per game with free shoe rental and there will be with prizes for all ages. RSVP to fpofundraiser@gmail.com  For more information, visit http://fosterpetoutreach.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society February Concert will feature Four Other Brothers at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

The Creve Coeur Club of Peoria will host Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the Keynote Speaker for the 118th Annual George Washington Banquet on Monday with cocktails beginning at 5 pm followed by seating and dinner at 6 pm. For ticket information and to make a reservation, visit www.crevecoeurclub.org

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The 2nd Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring keynote speaker Jones Loflin, an inspirational success panel, educational break out sessions and local vendor resources. Cost to attend the conference is $69 (see below for a discount). Register online at www.ivedecided.org
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host Dr. Paul Nixon of The Hague University of Applied Sciences for Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics tonight (Thursday) in the ballroom of the Bradley University Student Center with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the lecture will beginning at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.pawac.org

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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

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

The Millikin University Choir Choral Festival will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert2.html

Mary Poppins will be presented at Dunlap High School’s “Stage 323” (located at 5220 W. Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 309-648-4383.

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 for the 7 pm shows and $16 for the 9:30 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

CrossFit 309 (located at 5629 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) will host an Open House on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Including tours of their new 9,000 square foot facility, work-outs at 8 am and 9 am, an introductory work-out at 10 am, a yoga session provided by 309Yoga at 11 am, their registered dietician will also provide nutrition counseling and kick-off the Paleo Challenge at 9 am and 10 am. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-3224.

Collage for All Ages will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – Noon for ages 3 – 7 (adults must stay with children 5 years and younger) or 1 – 2:30 pm for ages 8 & up. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring two-dimensional items to add to your collage such as pictures, drawings, articles, dried leaves and flowers, etc. Admission is $5 for members with a $15 family maximum or $7 for the public with a $21 family maximum. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Small Fry Soirée: Party Like a Rockstar will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring dancing to the music of children’s artist Julie K, the Jim Smith Band, a buffet dinner, activity booths, vendors, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.  Benefitting Metamora Community Pre-School, tickets are $30 for kids aged 2 through adult or free for ages one and under and are available at www.facebook.com/smallfrysoiree  For more information, call 309-369-3061 or 309-369-7527.

Mystery at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be held at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The show is presented by Die Laughing Entertainment and prizes will be awarded for best ugly sweater and solving the murder. Call 309-692-3990 to reserve tickets.

Parmalee will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $40 for VIP loft seats plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Family Matinee at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring an afternoon of musical ghost stories and fairy tales told by some of the world’s greatest composers along with a celebrity narrator. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their favorite costume for the on-stage costume parade and contest. Preconcert activities begin at 2 pm.  Tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Bradley Braves will open their 2015-16 Season by taking on Ball State at Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Individual game tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 309-677-2625 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  Season ticket information is available at www.BradleyBraves.com

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its production of Heathers: The Musical at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday),  Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

FamilyCore (located at 330 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host a free Adoption Information Meeting tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. You can learn about the processes for domestic, international, and embryo adoptions, including a home study process, fees, timeframes, training, and placing agencies. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-676-2400.

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $20 for the other shows (the Saturday 8 pm show is sold out). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Peoria’s 5th Annual Prayer & Worship Experience will take place at the Peoria Civic Center in Meeting Rooms 401-402 on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Celestial Harp Concert will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Relax with the ethereal sounds of live harp music accompanied by synchronized celestial visuals overhead on the Dome. Award-winning harpist Ann McLaughlin will perform soothing music from the classics to pop as concert goers enjoy a glass of wine. One glass of wine or sparkling juice included with ticket. Advance tickets are required and are $15 for Museum members or $18 for the general public and are available at the museum, by phone at 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Drunken City will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults & $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

The Peoria Jaycees will host their annual Pancake Breakfast to support The Center for Prevention of Abuse at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 8 – 11 am. You can choose from original, cinnamon or chocolate chip pancakes with sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 a plate or $8 for all you can eat. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The Holy Family School Holiday Fair will be held in the school gymnasium (located at 3720 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Featuring dozens of vendors, there will be purses, kitchenware, accessories, custom jewelry, makeup, toys, homemade and personalized items and more. Admission is free. The event also will feature vendor raffle giveaways, a bake sale and lunch items available for purchase. For more information, email lauen1984@gmail.com or Kzike01@comcast.net.

The 2nd Annual CrossFit 309 Gobbler Games will take place at Crossfit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. Suite C in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. A partner competition, entry fees are $25 per competitor plus a non-perishable food donation for the Midwest Food Bank. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit www.facebook.com/CF309

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at at Sommer Park (located at 5329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Civil War soldier re-enactors will construct winter quarters and prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The Junior League of Peoria will host Superhero Saturday at Green Ford (located at 2211 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday with two sessions: one from 9:30 – 11:00 am and the second from 1 – 2:30 pm. The event focuses on superhero training with an emphasis on hand eye coordination, an agility obstacle course, self defense and brain power and each participant will leave a certified superhero. Children will also have opportunities to have their picture taken with their favorite superheroes. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.juniorleagueofpeoria.com

Play With Garbage Day will take place at Logan Center (located at 1414 South Livingston Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 2:30 pm. Celebrating America Recycles Day, learn how to give a second life to used items by creating new decorations, toys or handy household items from old soda bottles, cans, milk jugs and other recyclable objects. Admission is at least one clean item to be reused. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Super Saturday: Science of a Pinhole Camera will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior 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 Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Heritage Ensemble will present An Evening of Jazz Gala at the First Federated Church Life Together Center (located at the corners of War Memorial and Sheridan) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm featuring performances by the group, featured soloists and the John Cooper Jazztet. General admission is $50 per person or premium admission is $100 which includes reserved seating, pre-event presentation with the artistic director and a commemorative gift. For tickets, call 309-550-4242. For more information, visit http://heritageensemble.com

Uncle Kracker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Train Fair will take place on the Illinois Central College East Peoria campus on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. DVDs, videos, books, and photos as well as many model railroad parts and supplies will be available. Tables will also highlight new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be available including clothing (hats, shirts, patches, and pins). Refreshments will also be available. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host the Illinois Central Jazz Train directed by Larry Harms with the House Band opening on Sunday at 6 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). The Jazz Train will be performing old favorite big band numbers and modern arrangements. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will feature star of stage, screen, television, concert hall and Grammy-winner Audra McDonald, who will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 to $74 or $19 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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

Spider Hill continues on Friday and Saturday at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe with gates open at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from 7 -11 pm.  Tickets are $10 each for house and trail and $15 for the paintball war wagon with discounts for all three attractions and for groups. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com
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The Annual Chrysanthemum Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues from 10 am – 5 pm every day through November 8. The theme is “Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders” featuring a showing of magical plants and Professor Sprout’s corner.  Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) tonight (Thursday) 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 Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Uncovered: Why More Women are Shedding the Hijab in Egypt” with Dina Meshrif, Illinois Central College Fulbright Scholar at EastPort Banquet and Meeting Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) featuring an optional dinner at 5:30 pm with the presentation at 7 pm. Dinner is $30 for members or $35 for non-members and cost for the lecture only is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 309-677-2454 or visit www.pawac.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) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $3 for ages over 1, under 1 is free. Express tickets for an additional $4 which cuts waiting in line and are available to buy at the FonduLac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Josh Blue will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday and the Friday late 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 will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in October beginning at 1:30 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and from 4 – 8 pm on Sunday. A family friendly Halloween party where you can ride the Trainsylvanian Express through the woods, take a walk down the giant trick or treat trail or take a ride on the not so scary hayrack ride. Featuring a new extra scary event for older children and adults, the Hall of Horror for an additional cost, make sure to bring a bag for candy. Admission is $8 for WPP members, $10 for the public or free for ages up to 2 for a one-day admission and $12 for WPP members, $15 for the public for a two-day pass and are available at the gate or online at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets

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

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

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 Men’s Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday (barring heavy rain and storms) . 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 $15 for the haunted corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride including 200 paintballs and $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride with another 200 paintballs. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at the Pollak Hospital at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Bartonville) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available at the gate (cash only) or online at www.thehauntedinfirmary.org

Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side will be presented by the Central Illinois Ballet at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are general admission seating and are $18 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the studio (located at 3117 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) or online at www.ciballet.com

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free).  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The 24th Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls A-D. Featuring Heidi Floyd, Joy Erlichman Miller, PhD and Chef James Kremer, tickets are available now online at www.wlspeoria.com for $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the door are $10 and VIP tickets are $30 each and include show admission, free VIP parking , early entry into the show, access to a stage-side VIP lounge with refreshments and a gift bag and more valued at over $100. For full details about the event, visit http://osfwomen.org

A Halloween Costume Creations Workshop will be held on Saturday at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) from 10 am – Noon. Make a costume out of cardboard, foil, plastic, wood: anything other than fabric. Cost is $15, which includes 1 grownup and 1 child, $10 for members and $5 per additional family member. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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

The Peoria Park District Fall Book Sale will take place in the Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 7 pm on Sunday and Monday. Thousands of gently used books from all genres will be on sale. On Sunday, everything gets marked down 50% off. All remaining items will be marked down to 75% off on Monday. For more information, call 309-681-2681.

The 17th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest will take place at 16339 N. Springfield Road (at the corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Bring lawn chairs and comfortable shoes for a different fall outing featuring 25 to 30 machines built for the sole purpose of hurling a pumpkin as far as they can plus kid’s activities, kettle corn, carnival rides and food.  Distance tosses begin at Noon. Admission is free, however parking is $5 per car. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com/punkin_chuckin.php

The Spirit of Peoria will host a Fall Foliage Cruise featuring a hot lunch buffet, live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes and the best view of Illinois’ fall color on Saturday with boarding beginning at 10:30 am and cruise from 11 am – 1 pm. Admission is $39 for adults and $19.50 for ages 4-12. To make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Illinois Wesleyan University will be host a Fall Lacrosse Clinic for boys at the Peoria Stadium Grass Field from Noon – 2 pm on Saturday. All three IWU coaches and several IWU players will be on the fields to give participants as much individual attention as possible. Geared for ages 9 – high school, cost to participate is $40. For more information, call 609-489-3260 or visit www.titanselitelax.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise on Saturday & Sunday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Wine & Art Night on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm in Studio 2 featuring a work from their current exhibit “Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists” called “Single Tree” by Fay M. Barnes. The painting technique will be taught by artist and graphic designer, Kayla Phillips. Grab a few friends or plan to make new ones and enjoy a selections of wines as you try your hand at painting. Admission is $30 for members and $33 for the general public and registration is required by calling 309-863-3034. This event is for ages 21+ only. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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 Sunday 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 dozens of artists and artisans will have their art 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.

Pride of Peoria Men’s Barbershop Chorus will host their Annual Fall Show on Sunday at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door: to buy advance tickets, call 309-231-2471. For more information, visit www.prideofpeoria.com

Pint and A Half will perform as part of the Music in the McKenzie on Sunday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free.  CD sales help support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host The Brazilionaires with the CIJS House Band opening at 6 pm on Sunday at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Eastlight Theatre will present Peter Pan beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium.  The classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up, young and old alike will enjoy the adventure of Peter and his friends. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

Sister Act continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The 49th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival “Pumpkins of the Caribbean” will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus lots of food including pumpkin specialties like 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

A Twist of Lemmon, a true father/son story of the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Chris Lemmon as his father Jack Lemmon continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Performer, actor and classically trained musician, Chris Lemmon will pay tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon in his critically acclaimed show. Tickets are $42 and are available by calling 309-839-1220 or online at www.jaytv.com

Halestorm will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in September beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria). And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 33rd Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Enjoy over 20 demonstrating artists, live music, lunch by Haddad’s, a bake sale, a book sale, antique cars, special sales & event pieces in the Hayloft shops, a firemen’s pancake breakfast, and more. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

The 21st Annual Chinquapin Folk Arts Festival will take place at Camp Wokonda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) Friday through Sunday.  Featuring school field trips on Friday with art vendors, food and a ghost stories concert, live music, a children’s activity area, a petting zoo, storytelling, food, art vendors, demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, plus a barn dance on Saturday, admission is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend. Ages 4 and under are free or a Family Pass is available for the weekend for $45.  For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Author and Shelton descendant Ruthie Shelton will take a look Inside the Shelton Gang on Friday beginning at 1 pm at the Peoria Public Library North Branch’s (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) McKenzie Room. Admission is free and proceeds of book sales benefit the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

The 20th Annual Oktoberfest will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 5 – 11 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from 10:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm, and $10 after. This event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits as well as featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors and more. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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 Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

The Fall Spectacular Ice Skating Exhibition will take place at Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:15 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise featuring live entertainment plus a cash bar on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Central Illinois Dueling Pianos will present Howlin’ on the Water Dueling Pianos in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday with the dinner buffet at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. $38 per person for the dinner and show (reserved seating with reservations required) or $10 per person for the show only (general admission with no reservations available). This is an adults only event; 21 year olds and over. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

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

The Annual Illinois River Sweep will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday 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.

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

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Science Rocks! on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm where you can meet chemists, learn lab skills and conduct experiments while learning about the Peoria Ag Lab’s 75th Anniversary (Oct 9 & 10).  All activities are free and will take place in the museum lobby. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.RiverfrontMuseum.org

The NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition will take place on Saturday at Logan Recreation Center beginning at 1 pm. The competition gives young football fans a chance to exhibit their skills and is open to boys and girls ages 6-15 with five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15). The boys and girls compete against each other in punting, passing, and place kicking. The winners are determined based on distance and accuracy. The event is free for participants and entry forms are available at Logan Recreation Center or online at www.NFLPPK.com  For more information, call 309-676-8179.

The 1st Annual Reagan Fest Pro Rodeo will take place on Saturday in Eureka Lake Lower Park from 1 – 7 pm. Food and rodeo vendors will be available. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 at the gate, $8 for children 3-11 years-old in advance and $10 at the gate and free for children 2 and younger and are available at the Eureka IGA, the Eureka Public Library or online at www.eurekareaganfestival.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Dr. Lane Beckes, Bradley Professor of psychology and neuroscience as speaker for their monthly meeting at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Dr. Beckes’ research focuses on the social regulation of emotion, social bonding and affiliation and empathy and will speak about “Relationships and Health: The Neurobiology of Human Connection”. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring your own food & beverages. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will open their 2015-16 season with Carnival! at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Charles Yang on violin. Tickets start at $28 and are $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 4th Annual Das Bier Run 5K Run und Walk will be held on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront (in conjunction with Oktoberfest) beginning at 12:30 pm south of the Gateway building. Each participant will receive a commemorative one liter stein and two tokens to fill with the beverage of their choice. A costume contest is part of this year’s race and the registration fee is $35 and can be done online at www.DasBierRun.com

Peoria PlayHouse (located in Glen Oak Park) will host a 100th Day Celebration from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Celebration activities include cake, special masks plus art-making activities using 100 straws, 100 cups, 100 spoons, 100 bags, and more. Admission is free for members and ages under 1, $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military personnel. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Mammoths to Molecules…and Back Again will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. From ancient DNA to 3D scanning, Dr. Christopher Widga, the Associate Curator of Geology at the Illinois State Museum, will explain how paleontological research uses high-tech methods to investigate the behavior of long-extinct animals.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host Stephanie Aaron with the House Band opening on Sunday at 6 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org