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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

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

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

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) with a preview beginning at 6 pm and runs Friday through Sunday, August 23 from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Footloose continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
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Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2015 continues their production of the musical Big Fish beginning at 7:30 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7:30 pm.  The story of a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some.  His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. Tickets are $19 and are available by calling 309-699-7469 or visiting  www.eastlighttheatre.com
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Nana’s Naughty Knickers continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 13.  Tonight (Thursday), Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays.  For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lake County tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and Fort Wayne on Friday & Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Richard II tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm, Q Gents beginning at 8 pm on Friday and Love’s Labour’s Lost on Saturday beginning at 8 pm all at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $20 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
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Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.   Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 44th Annual Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront beginning tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 4:30 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Featuring a carnival, a NASCAR racing simulator, a craft show, live music, food and a bags tournament, admission is free on Thursday and carnival wristbands good for unlimited rides are $20 from 5 – 9 pm. Admission on Friday & Saturday is free until 6 pm, then it’s $5 per person and kids under 12 are free with a paid adult. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com/events/steamboat-festival.html

Dixie Swim Club opens Friday at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, June 27.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

Les Miserables
will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

The 2015 Princeville Heritage Days will take place from 5 pm – Midnight tonight (Thursday), 9 am – Midnight on Friday, from 7 am – Midnight on Saturday and beginning at 8 am with a pancake & sausage breakfast on Sunday. There will be food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a parade and a community church service beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

Things My Mother Taught Me continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through July 26. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Morton Fine Arts Association will present Arts in the Park featuring The King Family from 7 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) performing blue grass, gospel, & original songs. This performance will take place at the Morton CUSD 709 Administration Building located at the corners of 4th & Greenwood due to threat of rain. Dinner & snacks will be available starting at 6:30 pm or you can bring a picnic supper. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Velocity Summer Glow Tour, the official night club experience for teens ages 14 – 19, will take place tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at 8 pm. Proof of age is required. Admission is $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the door only. If you find a VIP from your school, you can text their VIP code in to get a discount when you buy your tickets. For more information, visit www.VelocityParty.com

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

The Peoria Public Library will host its Living Proof Exhibit a display of artwork by cancer patients and survivors, in its downtown gallery through June 30th. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Living Proof Exhibit, a nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors Mary Ellen Cunningham and Pamela Crouch, has been sharing the therapeutic benefits of creating art with cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers for several years. For more information, visit www.livingproofexhibit.org

The Helping Hand Resource Center Basement Sale will be held on Friday & Saturday at Liberty United Ministries (located at 1211 South Blaine Street in Peoria) from 8 am – 4 pm. Featuring appliances, men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing, furniture, household goods and other miscellaneous items, proceeds benefit the center. For more information, call 309-495-9095.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am telling the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained plus visits Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and drives by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, to hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall .And the “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria running every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm. The last two tours leave from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) Parking is available across the street from Kelleher’s. Cost for each tour is $15 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Cruises will also take place on Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.
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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Midwest Food Bank will present a gospel concert featuring The Collingsworth Family at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7411 N Heinz Lane in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for ages 15 and up, with proceeds benefiting the Midwest Food Bank. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.midwestfoodbank.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria with live entertainment included plus a cash bar available with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The 2015 Steamboat Classic 4 mile, 15 Kilometer and 4 Kilometer Races will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am on Hamilton Street (near Adams Street) in downtown Peoria. To register and for complete details, visit www.steamboatclassic.org

The RiverFront Market continues on the Peoria riverfront on 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. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 2nd Annual Central IL Team Hope Walk and Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday at Oak Ridge Park in Washington with check-in beginning at 9:30 am and the walk beginning at 11 am. “Unique Twist” balloons, the “Zoo Lady”, face painting, a bouncy house will also be on hand plus live music by Vinyl Tap plus a silent auction featuring items from Bremer Jewelry and other local businesses. Hosted by the Great Lakes Region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, registration and donations can be made online at www.hdsa.org/thwcentralil

The Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th Annual Duryea Festival on Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm at Tower Park (located at 1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights). Featuring a parade with antique high wheel bicycles, antique/classic cars, a children’s decorated bicycle contest, clowns, the historic Glide car, Fun on the Run bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, a bags tournament, a dunk tank, a “cruise in” event with 75 classic cars, chalk the walk by a local artists, there will be live music from 11 am – 10 pm plus food and beverages. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a photography session with nationally recognized photographer Mike Boatman entitled Shoot Like a Professional beginning at 10 am on Saturday. The session will offer attendees insights on how to use a camera to its fullest. Cost is $5 for park members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call 309-676-0998.

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

Relay For Life will take place from Noon to Midnight on Saturday at Stadium Park (located at 500 E Lake Ave. in Peoria). Featuring entertainment, food, a survivor ceremony, a luminaria ceremony and other activities, the registration fee is $10. Celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and learn how to fight back against cancer. For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org/peoriail

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

A Zentangle Meditative Drawing Workshop will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm. Zentangle combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed to create these unique patterns, called “tangles”. Once practiced, this technique can be used to decorate and accentuate a variety of things, all while fostering a clear, focused, and relaxed mind. Bonnie Cox will lead the workshop: both families & individuals are invited to participate. Cost is $12 for members (with a $25 family max) or $14 for the public (with a $28 family max). Registration is encouraged but not required : call 309-863-3034 for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/495

A Fundraising Benefit for Cooper James Adams aka “Super Cooper” will take place on Saturday at the Cue & Brew in Chillicothe (located at 13301 IL-29 in Chillicothe) from 2 pm – 2 am. There will be a bags tournament, food, live music, raffles, 50/50s, and more. Cooper was born with severe respiratory problems and has had several surgeries and has spent his entire life so far in the NICU at OSF and Children’s Memorial hospital in Chicago.

Colors of Rhythm with Ustad Taufiq Qureshi on Djembe, Pandit Ramdas Palsule on Tabla and Milind Tulankar on Jaltarang will perform at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 4.30 – 6.30 pm. Tickets are $35 which also includes all day admission to the Museum. For a preview of the music, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XWWIowTi8M

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will take place at at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm featuring Dr. Timothy Koeltzow, Bradley University Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology leading a discussion of the neurobiology of addiction. Admission is free. 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 Jury’s Out 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

Laser Light Night featuring the music of U2 & Classic Rock will take place in the Dome Planetarium on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 6 pm (Classic Rock) and 7 pm (U2). Tickets are free for members and $5 for one show or $8 both shows available at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Enjoy Father’s Day on the Spirit of Peoria complete with a cookout with all the trimmings on Sunday with a 2 hour cruise and live music from the Peoria Pops Dixieland Band. Boarding begins at noon and cruises from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 per adult and $19.50 for ages 4-12 and include cruise, hot lunch buffet, entertainment, taxes and gratuities.
The Spirit of Peoria Riverlife Gospel Dinner Cruise featuring The Kramers will board the Spirit of Peoria also on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and cruise from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults, $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. Please call for reservations . A cash bar is available. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Chip Stephens Trio will perform at the The Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly concert with the CIJS House Band opening for them at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Chip Stephens on piano, Joel Spencer on drums and Matt Hughes on bass, the trio will perform at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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

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

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Freddy Jones Band will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues every weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday – Saturday at 9 am – 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit on Friday beginning at 7 pm, on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The music is live and callers Jim Hicks and Peggy Holmes teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present “Built to Amaze: Nuts & Boltz” at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7 pm on Friday and at 1 pm & 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Select opening night tickets are $12 and all other performances start at $15 with VIP seating available for $40 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.Ringling.com or by visiting the U.S Cellular Coliseum Box Office. For group rates and information, call 309-434-2921. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with an optional Craft Beer Tasting on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd and a cash bar will be available. Boarding begins at 7:30 pm and the cruise runs from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For the Craft Beer Tasting Cruise, admission is $35 (must be 21 or over) and reservations must be made by calling 309-637-8000 by 5 pm that day. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

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

The Annual Fort Crevecoeur Spring Rendezvous and Gathering will be held at Fort Crevecoeur (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. Experience the way of life in the area from 1680 to 1850 with traders & American Indians from the Peoria area through encampments, demonstrations an open air flea market and live music. Food and a children’s area will be available. Admission is $1 for adults and free for kids aged 12 & under with an adult. For more information, visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

The Skill Sprout Academy Science & Technology Open House (located at 8500 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) will feature hands on exhibits of classes available at the school on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Students can interact with equipment and tools used in the Junior Science, Junior FIRST Lego League Robotics, FIRST Lego League Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge classes plus instructors will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, however, registration is required. Call 800-773-1682 x304 to register.

The 1st Annual George Jacob Gut Buster 5k & Fun Run will begin on Saturday at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams St. in Peoria) beginning at 9 am. Participants will be able to take “pit stops” along the way and partake in junk food snacks with “Brewapalooza” from 11 am – 3 pm following the race. Awards will be given for best times, pit stops and costumes. The fee to run is $45 and all participants must be 21 to be involved. All proceeds benefit Neighborhood House Association. For more information and to register, visit www.gutbusterpeoria.com

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

The 2nd Annual Diversity Festival will take place at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 323 Court St. in Pekin) as well as other downtown Pekin businesses on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. The event is free to the public and will focus on children ages 3 to 12 with kid friendly activities. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PekinDiversityFestival

Brewapalooza will take place at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. The Peoria Warehouse District’s largest craft beer tasting, there will be over 80 varieties of craft beer to sample, live entertainment, food and more. Admission is $15 with all proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood House Association.

The Peoria Zoo will celebrate its 60th Birthday on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm with classic birthday party games, bounce houses, the grand opening of the new Nature Play Area and presents given to the animals. Admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $6, senior citizens are $8 and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3559.

Super Saturday: Van de Graaff! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Learn why static electricity can shock you, see electrons shoot through the air and even make your hair stand on end with a Van de Graaff generator. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday  with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for 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 Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Scott Settelmyer, co-founder of TerraCarbon LLC who will explain how his Peoria-based company is helping to combat climate change on a global level in “Climate Change, Forests, and Markets” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information., visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

The 2015 Great Bloody Mary Mix Off will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at Noon. 9 local bars/restaurants will compete to be named the best Bloody Mary maker in Central Illinois. All proceeds from the event go towards benefiting Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center’s Community & Minority Outreach Programs. There will also be food, a silent auction & live entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person or $15 for dedicated drivers and are available online at www.greatbloodymarymixoff.com

The Philharmonic Chorale will perform their Spring Concert at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and Carl Anderson and His New Orleans Jazz Band will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for CIJS members, $7 for the public and free for students of all ages (college students are asked to show an ID). For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

Register HERE to 2 Tickets to “Legends” at the Peoria Civic Center, 2 Daily Passes to the Aquaplex or Dinner & the Show “Smoke on the Mountain” at Barn 2 Dinner Theatre!

The 34th Annual Congressional Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery during normal library hours through April 24th.  Entries from high school students from the 18th Congressional District will be exhibited. The work on display will represent a variety of mediums. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Tiptoe Through the Tombstones will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois will be presented tonight (Thursday) at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Road in Peoria) from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. The family-friendly event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and feature performances from more than 100 local performers including the Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz, Pulse of Peoria Drumline, ICC Readers’ Theatre, The Maloof Granddaughter Trio and more. Admission is free, however a collection will be taken during intermission. For more information, call 309- 694-5107 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1534733220144171

A Little Princess will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 & under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

All In The Timing continues at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

As You Like It will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the box office or by calling 309-677-2660. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre/current

August Osage County will be presented tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the Pritchard Theatre on the campus of Eureka College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, faculty & senior citizens and are available by calling the box office at 309-467-6363. Audiences should be advised this is an adult story with strong language and mature themes.

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

Peoria County’s Youth Services Network Panel will host the 8th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Friday beginning at Noon. Highlighting Child Abuse Prevention Month and drawing attention to 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 Jared Bartman on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place also on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 23rd Annual Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival featuring over 250 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. 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
Check out the ExplorePeoria.com Video Entertainment Report featuring the 2015 Beer Festival at https://youtu.be/u64GdHlrviE

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda in Mossville on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band, The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze will teach all the dances:  beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Monster Jam will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Arena with shows at 7 pm on Friday and at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets start at $15 with front row tickets are $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com

Money Smart Week 2015 will take place throughout the Peoria area beginning on Saturday and running through April 25th featuring financial classes intended to improve money management skills throughout the community offered to area residents at no cost. Approximately 45 free classes will be available: for more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org or visit any branch of the Peoria Public Library.

The 3rd Annual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K Trail Run and Fun Walkwill take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) through the vineyard and fields. Cost is $30 per adults, $25 for students and $8 for children under 3 years. Registration will happen at Great Clips in Metro Centre on Friday from 4 – 7 pm and on Race Day beginning at 7:30 am.  For more information, call 309-624-9595.

A Civil War Spring Drill Re-Enactment will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 2 on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Spring has arrived, and soldiers are preparing for a long march. Come experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill). Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 11th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy live music, local food, educational materials, hands-on demonstrations, kids’ crafts and face painting. There will be door prizes and an Earth Day Sale at the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 11th Annual ICC International Fair 2015 will take place at the ICC East Peoria Campus on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. Celebrating various cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing, there is a $2 suggested donation and all food samples are 25 cents each. All money raised will go towards scholarships for international students. For more information, call 309-694-8817.

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action when the Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. The event is free with admission to the Museum which is free for Museum members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. . Call 309-863-3034 to register and for more information or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Relay For Life of Northern Tazewell County will take place at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus on Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/northtazewellil

Peoria Players Theatre will host their 3rd Annual Trivia Night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $15 per person at the door. Call 309-688-4473 for reservations and for rules and regulations, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Beach Burger Blowout will be presented featuring the Jumbo Shrimp Trio from St. Louis at AmVets Post 169 (located at 660 Radio City Drive in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Cheeseburger meals will be available for purchase from 5 – 7 pm with proceeds to benefit Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Hosted by the Central Illinois Parrot Head Club, the North Pekin Amvets and Amvets Riders, for more information, visit www.ciphc.org

Body Fitness (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) will host a Dance Showcase featuring music, open dancing and dance performances on Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. Open dancing will include Latin, Ballroom and Swing styles plus appetizers, desserts and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. Formal attire is required: no jeans please. For more information, call 309-685-1950.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin beginning at 7 pm on Saturday at 6 pm and at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Clayton Anderson will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free plus you can enter to win a Mega Ticket at the event. You can reserve your free tickets at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Wicked Divas” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children & students and are available at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s Taste of Italy Dinner will take place at the Spalding Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 7403 N Radnor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 12:30 – 4 pm. Featuring cuisine from Northern Italy, choose from spaghetti & meatballs or spaghetti & Bolognese meat sauce plus a salad, bread and a soft drink. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Fried Zucchini and Fried Polenta and wine, coffee and Italian baked goods will also be available. Proceeds of the dinner support the Society’s annual scholarship program and donations to local charities. For more information, visit www.italianamericansociety.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Matinee at the Movies” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Sun Foundation’s 22nd 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

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will present the Derel and Ellen Monteith Quartet at the Landmark Starting Gate Banquet Room (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the ICC Jazz Train (big band) opening. Derel and Ellen have performed separately and together with great jazz musicians across the US and abroad for over 20+ years. The musicians filling out the quartet include Andy Crawford on acoustic bass and Jason Brannon on drums. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and students are free. For more information, visit www.centralilljazz.org