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The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm Tuesdays – Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through August 13. Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

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

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present After Nazi and Soviet Occupation: Eastern Germany, Czech Republic and Poland Today at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:15 pm with a meal or 7 pm for the lecture only. Featuring PAWAC members Don Samford and Dennis and Judy Triggs, who were part of a World Affairs Council tour of three Eastern European countries, will share their observations of the devastation World War II brought to these countries and the progress they have made since. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

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

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

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

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

Oliver will be presented by Chillicothe Summer Theatre at IVC High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Legally Blonde will be presented by Arc Light Productions (located within Illini Bluffs High School at 212 N. Saylor in Glasford) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 and senior citizens & kids under 12 are $5 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://arclightpro.com

John Roy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. Tickets are $26. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The UnityPoint Wellmobile will visit the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (located at 1137 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – Noon. Free screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose (requires a 8-12 hour fast), cholesterol (requires a 8-12 hour fast), and spirometry will be available. No appointment is necessary and admission is free. For more information, call 309-495-4727 or visit https://www.unitypoint.org/peoria/services-methodist-wellmobile.aspx

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

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

The Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown will be held at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 5 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, formerly held in Morton, will include the BBQ competition, a backyard BBQ throwdown where spectators will be able to help judge, a people’s choice tasting, a craft and vendor fair, a pie baking competition, kid’s activities, a bags tournament and live entertainment. Admission is $7 on Friday or free for kids under 16 with an adult and $2 on Saturday until 2 pm when it will be $7 or free for kids under 16 with an adult. All proceeds go to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

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

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

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

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 online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by Rusty Pickup String Band 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 or 309-274-2228.

Jacob Powell will perform with Kickapoo Junction at the Sound Bar at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 – $10 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The “I’ve Decided to Ride” bicycling event will take place at Donovan Park (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. The goal is to enable beginner to intermediate riders to attempt a longer ride, assisted by more experienced cyclists. Riders can elect to do a 20-, 30- or 40-mile ride along the Rock Island Greenway Trail. Fee to participate is $25 and registrations are available online at www.ivedecided.org/signup/ive-decided-to-ride

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

The Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show will take place on Saturday at Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) from 9 am – 4 pm. Co-hosted with the Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club, find antique tractors featuring Allis-Chalmers, Akron Townhouse School tours, museum exhibits, tractor games, a tractor parade, kids activities, a silent auction and more. For more info call 309-385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com  or www.citractorclub.com

The 10th Annual Kids’ Day will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm at the Levee District in East Peoria. Benefiting Crittenton Centers, this family friendly event features a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids’ Dash, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, snow cones, Superhero photos, the Illinois Chip program, informational booths, live entertainment and more. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

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

The Comets & Crumpets Tea Party will take place in the Auditorium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 1 pm. Geared toward ages 3 – 5 (older kids are also welcome) will include stellar arts & crafts, delicious sweet treats and tea, and a special reading of “Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. Children will be able to participate in a space-themed obstacle course, Alien & Wormhole bean bag toss and a Space Photo Booth. Fee is $10 per family for members and $15 for the public and preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Summer Makers’ Market Bazaar will take place on Saturday at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) from 1 – 5 pm with free admission. Featuring one-of-a-kind fine art pieces, crafts, gifts, cards and more all made by talented local and regional artists, there will also be summer treats, music, door prizes and fun activities for the kids. For more information, call 309-657-6064 or visit www.prairiecenterofthearts.org

Picnic for Patriots will take place at the Creve Coeur Community Center (located at 586 Groveland St. in Creve Coeur) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Grilled hot dogs and chips will be available for free for veterans and military families or $1 for the public (while supplies last) as well as free patriot pops from Prairie Farms. Entertainment includes the Barnyard Discoveries traveling petting zoo, music by Plead the Fifth, kids lawn games, magic by Yort and face painting. Seating is limited, so bring chairs and blankets. For more information, call 309-363-3737.

A Peoria State Hospital History Tour will take place beginning at 6 pm on Saturday at the Pollak Hospital, the former tuberculosis ward of Peoria State Hospital (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) beginning at 6 pm. Starting with a historical slideshow presentation, take a of the cemeteries (weather permitting,) historical scenes with costumed actors, a tour of the Pollak Hospital, a trip to the Peoria State Hospital Museum (located just down the road at PSH’s firehouse) and after a brief intermission, guests may return to the Pollak for an optional 2 hour paranormal investigation. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available online at www.iwpstudio.com or at the door.

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.

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

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn plus a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw for $8, 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

Peoria Players Theatre will host their annual Get Acquainted event at the theatre on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Meet the directors of the 2016-2017 season, watch a preview of upcoming shows, sign up to work backstage and learn details on upcoming auditions. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight, Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Enjoy the classic story of Belle and the beast who is cursed along with his servants and how their meeting transforms all of their lives. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

Cheaper By the Dozen continues Friday night at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday. Enjoy the famous story of a large family and their time efficiency father made famous by the recent movie, tickets are $15 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

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

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

The 6th Annual Fort Crevecoeur Knap-In will take place at Fort Crevecoeur Park (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur) from 9 am – dusk today (Thursday) through Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Watch the process of chipping away material from high silica stones like “flint” in a carefully controlled manner with special tools to produce sharp projectile points or tools plus find suppliers selling rock flint, knapping tools, modern collectable points (arrowheads etc.), stone knives, and other Native American and Aboriginal collectables and crafts. Bring your Native American artifacts to be identified by experts in flint knapping. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-3193 or visit http://www.ftcrevecoeur.org

The 50th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Monday with carnival rides, games, a bags tournament, a parade on Saturday, food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

Massage Envy (located at 7424 N. Orange Prairie Rd in Peoria) will host a Grand Opening event tonight (Thursday) from 4:30- 6:30 pm. Featuring a a ribbon cutting ceremony and free mini massages, they offer guests exclusive healthy skin facials featuring Murad products in addition to therapeutic massages. For more information, call 309-683-3689 or visit www.MassageEnvy.com

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

The first CEFCU Thursday Night Jazz Series for the summer will take place at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and feature the Derel Montieth Trio tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) will host a “Build a Shelter” event on Friday from 11 am – 3 pm. Learn how you can build a temporary shelter using recycled milk jugs. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100.
The Lakeview Branch (located at 1137 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) will host a “Straw Rockets” event on Friday from 4 – 5 pm in celebration of Independence Day. You can make your own rocket to be blasted off outside (weather permitting). Geared toward grades 3- 5, admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2200.

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

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

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

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

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

An Ale and Art FUNdraiser will be held at Rhodell’s Brewery (located at 100 Walnut St. #111 in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The goal is to keep the sculpture, Prairie Walker, which was one of the 2015 Sculpture Walk pieces, in the area. Rhodell’s Brewery has created “Prairie Walker Pale Ale” for the event and t-shirts as well as 15 inch cast bronze sculptures that will be for sale. Live music will be provided by Random Strangers. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org/events

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Clinton on Friday beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 5 pm on Saturday, at 2 pm on Sunday and Kane County at 5:30 pm on Monday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville beginning at 8 pm on Friday plus fireworks after the show. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Red, White & “Blue” Comedy will be presented at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring local comedians Drift Roberts, Jeff Bailey, Michelle Desutter, Heath Thornton, Jake Merch and more, tickets are $10. Please note that this show is rated R. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Free Fallin’, a Tom Petty tribute band, will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm kicking off the 2016 Red, White, and Boom Celebration.  Admission is $7. For more information, visit http://www.freefallin.us

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

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

A Summertime Sangria Record Smash will take place on Friday at the Grand Prairie HyVee from 4 – 10 pm. A benefit for the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, they will attempt to break the record of the largest sangria plus there will be a BBQ throwdown, music from the Tri-County Tailgaters, bags and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-589-1001.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Biscuits & Gravy Band on Friday 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

Le Cabaret de Comedie Etrange Beaute (A Cabaret of Comedy and Strange Beauty) will take place at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Enjoy a Modern Twist on traditional Cabaret. In one evening, see seven acts in an intimate ‘theatre in the round’ experience. A thrilling variety show like nothing you have seen before, featuring performers from all over the country covering dark comedy, expressive dance, spectacular singing, outrageous magic, daring stunts and aerial wonders. Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

Brushville will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Part of the 2016 Red, White, and Boom weekend, admission is $10. For more information, visit http://brushville.com

The Peoria German-American Society will host their Annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Peoria Volkstänzer, and Grammy Nominee, Eddie Korosa from Chicago.  A Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruis’n will run from Noon to 5 pm with domestic & import cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990 plus a Fine Arts and Craft Village featuring a variety of handmade items from local handicrafters.  Other activities will include soccer, folk dancing, a 50/50 rafffle, a shooting tent and a kinder park for kids. Dinners will be available plus a sandwich line and German and domestic beer plus soft drinks and a cash bar. Admission and parking are free.  For more information, visit http://www.peoriagermans.com

Classic Cars and Classic Rock will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday featuring the Car Community Automobile Club beginning at Noon and live music by the Bygones from 6 – 9 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 Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place on Sunday from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks.  Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “Singin’ in the Rain” from 4:30 – 5 pm, Jammsammich from 5 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks Begin at dark. Admission is free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

The Fusion Night LIght Outdoor Dance Party will take place on Sunday on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing as part of the Red, White & Boom festivities from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. Featuring Kat Deluna, DJ Luke Nasty, Jason Maek & Zaena plus Jonathan “Miracle” Steele, Josiah Williams, DJ Caleeb and Lucky the DJ, tickets are $15 in advance and are available at http://www.redwhiteandboom.us or $20 the night of the show.

The Peoria Jaycees will host the 35th Annual Firecracker 5000 5k Run & Walk on Monday beginning at 7:30 am at Hooter’s (located at 418 SW Water St. in downtown Peoria). Registration fee is $35 through Friday or $40 July 2 – 4. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org/events/firecracker5000

The 46th Annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade will take place on Monday beginning at 10 am and will end with the flag raising ceremony at the Franciscan Center Park at approximately 11:30 am. For more information, visit http://cityofwestpeoria.org

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Monday beginning at 4 pm with a kids zone, a bags tournament, street performers and live entertainment by Spring Creek Station from 6 – 8 pm. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Admission is free. The VIP viewing area will take place from 5:30 – 10 pm including food, soda, water, beer and wine plus face painting, a balloon artist and live entertainment. Tickets are $59 for adults and $29 for kids under 17. Listen the soundtrack on any of the following radio stations during the display: 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, 102.3 Energy, and Goodtime Oldies 1290 and 102.7 WIRL. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The ELITE 4th of July Outreach Fundraiser will take place at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center on Monday beginning at 5 pm. For $40 admission, you’ll receive reserved parking with up to 4 people per car, exclusive use of the RiverPlex facility plus exclusive access to the riverfront lawn for viewing the fireworks. Enjoy the rock climbing wall, swimming, XR-Game Zone, indoor basketball and volleyball, totally tots indoor playground and elevated indoor viewing area for the fireworks. Reserved parking closes at 8:30 pm or until parking is full. Pre-register by calling 309-252-1510 or for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Riverfront Museum will host their 4th of July Backyard BBQ Summer Fundraiser on Monday from 6-10:30 pm featuring an all you can eat buffet plus the best seat in town for the Peoria fireworks. Also featuring a cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream & snacks, a live radio remote with Greg Batton of WMBD’s “The Greg and Dan Show”, your admission also gives you entrance to the “Be the Astronaut” exhibition, a Green Screen Photo Booth, $5 admission to the educational Giant Screen Theater shows plus indoor facilities. Cost for members is $35 for adults and $17 for kids aged 3 – 12 or $45 for adults and $22 for kids aged 3 – 12 for the general public.  For more information and to order tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

View the Peoria Fireworks Display from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Monday with gates opening at 6 pm courtesy of the Peoria Historical Society. Seating is limited to the first 200 and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Enjoy the classic story of Belle and the beast who is cursed along with his servants and how their meeting transforms all of their lives. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

Cheaper By the Dozen opens Friday night at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday, July 2. Enjoy the famous story of a large family and their time efficiency father made famous by the recent movie, tickets are $15 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

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

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

Metamora Old Settlers Days continues in the Park on the Square in Metamora featuring carnival rides, craft & food tents, games and free nightly entertainment. Hours are 5:30 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Noon – 10 pm on Friday and 7:30 am on Saturday. The 44th Annual Lincoln Douglas Run begins at 7:30 am on Saturday and the Old Settler’s Day Parade begins at 10 am. For more information, call 309-367-4044.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will present The Stories Behind the Images: Overseas Journalism Tales at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:15 pm and lecture at 7 pm. Featuring former public radio producer and current PAWAC Executive Director Kristin McHugh. McHugh, an award-winning journalist, who has reported from five continents will discuss the stark reality of life in poverty, conflict areas and displacement camps. The lecture is free, but an RSVP is encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org For more information, visit www.pawac.org

A Riverfront Park Fundraiser will be held at the foot of Morton Street, near Constitution Gardens on the Illinois River in Peoria tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Featuring Barry Cloyd and Freedom Street with special guest Robin Crowe, admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Caterpillar Employees Big Band will perform at the Alpha Park Pavilions in Bartonville tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13.

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

Way Down Wanderers with guest Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Jon Huck will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday from 10 am – 2 pm on the day prior to the opening of the Olde English Faire to provide educational opportunities for kids of all ages. See and feel what the Medieval era was like through an interactive educational experience like nothing you have seen before. Participants will be divided into 5 groups and spend time with each of the following activities: historical birds of prey, arms and armor, siege weapons, the life of a knight and light and heavy armor joust. Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/day-enlightenment

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum.   Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. The tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Tailgate N’ Tallboys Music Festival will take place at Three Sisters Park on Rt. 29 in Chillicothe kicking off on Friday at 1:30 pm and running through late Saturday night. Featured artists performing include Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Lewis and Turnpike Troubadours. VIP Ticket includes access to special VIP area at the Main Stage with private bars and bathrooms & Limited Edition Poster. Party Pit Ticket includes access to special Party Pit area at the main stage. No lawn chairs allowed in VIP or Party Pit areas. No single day Party Pit or VIP tickets will be sold. Tickets range in price from $69.99 to $249.99 for the concerts only. Camping is also available for an extra fee. For a full schedule, rules & regulation and to buy tickets and camping, visit www.BudLightConcerts.com

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

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

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

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

Zoo To Do will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Spend the evening mingling with the animals of Africa! while you enjoy cocktails, live music, a silent auction, a live auction and a raffle. Honoring those who have supported the mission of Peoria Zoo, including Henry “Chappie” Chapman and The Junior League of Peoria, the event will include a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Ryan Dunkle of Two25 Restaurant. VIP Tickets are available which will receive a commemorative glass and a special animal experience. Tickets are $125 per person or $150 for VIP and are available by calling 309-681-3500 or emailing pzs@peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present its Summer Concert at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Celebrating music written for the big & small screens, the orchestra will showcase some of the most fun and memorable compilations ever written. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-444-8222 or online at http://www.fivepointswashington.org

A Night of Magic and Comedy featuring Kyle Bassett will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

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

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

Run DCP will take place on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria). Featuring 8 age group awards, a pancake breakfast, a “drum off” drum kit competition, a live DJ, an 80s costume contest for individuals and groups, a celebrity “rum off” wing competition, a hip hop dancing and more, the cost to participate is $40. Registration may be made online at www.rundcp.org

The Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park from 9 am- 7 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring entertainment such as jousting, sword fighting, storytellers, archery and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

ARRL Ham Radio Field Day will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning with set up beginning at 9 am, transmitting beginning at 1 pm continuing until 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. More than 35,000 radio amateurs will gather with their clubs, groups or friends to operate from remote locations and enjoy a picnic, a camp out, plus will practice for emergencies and participate in an informal contest. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The “Let It Glide!” NASA Engineering Design Challenge will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. A one day workshop where students aged 9-13 will take part in NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge and learn about the physics of flight in the process, the cost is $25 per person. All materials are included and there will be a snack break. For more information or to register, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

Lego Day will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 11 am – 2 pm. Bring you favorite Lego master to the Zoo to build, play, and grow their love of Legos with a zoo spin. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for kids 2 – 12: members and ages under 2 are free. For more information call 309-681-3508 or visit www.peoriazoo.com

Space Blast will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 11:30 am. Geared toward children ages 3-5, kids can participate in various cool space science activities. This event is free with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria continue with its last weekend of their 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 Peoria State Hospital History Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at the Pollak Hospital, the former tuberculosis ward of Peoria State Hospital (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville). Starting with a historical slideshow presentation, take a of the cemeteries (weather permitting,) historical scenes with costumed actors, a tour of the Pollak Hospital, a trip to the Peoria State Hospital Museum (located just down the road at PSH’s firehouse) and after a brief intermission, guests may return to the Pollak for an optional 2 hour paranormal investigation. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available online at www.iwpstudio.com or at the door.

Heartache Tonight, an Eagles tribute band, will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Patrick and Swayze 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. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret-style show at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

The 49th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (Located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry outs will be available. Featuring beef Shish-Ka-Bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad, there will also be Lebanese bakery items and pastries. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

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

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County featuring various activities including hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. June’s focus is Raised Bed Gardening. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Music in the McKenzie will feature Eric Lambert at Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Dark Star Orchestra will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. You must be 18 or older to enter. Admission is $20 in advance available at http://jaytv.com/events/dark-star-orchestra or $25 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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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Sugar, the Some Like It Hot Musical, continues through Saturday as the summer season opener at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night.  The Broadway version of the movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Rent continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning production is a rock musical based loosely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème.  Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Tickets are $19 adults and $12 patrons 20 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are through 10 pm tonight (Thursday), 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull, a craft show, a community church service, car show and parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment there will also be food including turkey and strawberry shortcake throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Bach Festival continues celebrating its 14th year in 2016 with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. Performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, locations, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

The 8th Annual Pasta & Pizza Party for St. Jude will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm. Cost is $12 per plate and carryout meals are available. Children five and under eat free and ages six to 16 are $6. All proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Book of Mormon continues at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 8 pm on Friday, at 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 7 pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $45 to $125 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://Ticketmaster.com Use the code “MORMON” for discounted tickets.

Leonard Ouzts will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA State Softball Tournament will take place on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 am at Eastside Center in East Peoria. For full details, visit www.ihsa.org

Coal Black Exotics will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) beginning at 10 am.  A family-run, education-oriented business that uses live reptiles to provide demonstrations to groups of all ages, admission is free. The goal of the program is to provide entertainment and education, while also dispelling the common myths and fears associated with reptiles.

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

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.
Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. Trolley Tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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 online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

The Nerf Challenge will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) on Friday from 6 – 7:30 pm. Teams will work together to develop strategies.  Admission is free, however registration is required and may be done by calling 309-697-3822 ext. 14.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

A Comedy Hypnosis Stage Show will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 for a couple available at the door. For more information, visit http://hypnohumorist.com

Pub Trivia in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum will take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring Peoria Brewing Company. Trivia will cover topics from astronomy to earth science to pop culture and get a free drink and catered pizza buffet with admission plus a cash bar will be available, including Peoria Brewing Company beer on tap. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Steady Flow will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm with with special guests Herculez and B Lowd. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

The Grand Reopening for an expanded Lit. on Fire Used Books will take place at Studios on Sheridan (located at the corners of Sheridan Road and Main Street in Peoria) on Friday from 8 pm – Midnight. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live art demonstrations, stand-up comedy, live music and a meet-and-greet with visiting artists of the Artist & Comic Expo, admission is free. For more information, visit http://facebook.com/litonfireusedbooks

The M & M Vineyard Bike Tour starts and ends at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday with a 5, 15, 40, and 62 (100k) mile bike tour options starting at 6 am. Cost is $40 for brunch only or $50 for brunch and a ride. Featuring live entertainment plus a beer tasting and winery tour, proceeds benefit METEC’s affordable housing program and employment programs. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

Breakfast with the Tigers will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the tigers enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

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

The Craft Soda Festival Tour will be held on Saturday at Pekin Riverfront Park (located just east of the Illinois River at 121 Court Street in Pekin) showcasing over 80 unique and vintage craft sodas to sample from 10 am – 8 pm. Admission is free and soda samples will be available for purchase or VIP Craft Soda Festival Experience tickets will also available for $22 per person which includes a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited soda tastings throughout the day. For more information, visit www.craftsodafestival.com/pekin.html

The Artist and Comic Expo will be held from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday & 11 am – 5 pm Sunday at the at the Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave in Peoria). General admission is $10 for 1 day, kids aged 12 & under are free with a paid adult, students, military and senior citizens aged 55+ are $6 or get a 2-Day ACE pass for $15 which includes a badge and artist print. Featuring comics, artists, vendors, gaming, trivia and food, parking is free. Register and find more information at www.PeoriaParks.org

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

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

Robo Rumble 2016 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from Noon – 5 pm. Experience the world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-7000 for more information or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The River City Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and will feature five of Illinois’ best jazz groups playing from 3 – 10 pm. Performers include Travis Wesley Trio from 3 – 4 pm, David Hoffman and Friends from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Preston Jackson and Friends from 6 – 7 pm, Heartland Jazz Orchestra from 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Dexter O’Neal and The Funkyard from 9 – 10 pm plus the Peoria All Star Jazz Combo and Limestone HS Jazz Band . Admission from 2:30 – 6 pm is $5. After 6 pm, admission is $8. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature West McQueen Street 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. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Sir Mix- A- Lot along with DJ McFly, DJ Vamp, DJ Timmy 2 Times will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance for general admission, $22 in advance for Party Pit and $50 for VIP Loft seating plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

The 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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Sugar, the Some Like It Hot Musical, opens the summer season at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday, June 11.  The Broadway version of the movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Rent will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning production is a rock musical based loosely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème.  Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.Tickets are $19 adults and $12 patrons 20 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

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

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Business on US RT 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 1 pm on Friday, 7 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a dog variety show, a co-ed softball tournament and a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The IHSA State Baseball & Softball Tournaments will take place on Friday beginning at 10 am and Saturday beginning at 9 am. The baseball tournament will take place at Dozer Stadium in downtown Peoria and the softball tournament will take place at Eastside Center in East Peoria. For full details, visit www.ihsa.org

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.
Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. Trolley Tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations throughout Peoria including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

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

Str8 Sounds will perform with guest Nick Lee at Art Space (located at 817 SW Adams Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with Nick Lee on acoustic guitar and Str8 Sounds with techno synthesizers. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-868-0474.

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

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

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

Comedy beCAUSE: 3 Tons of Funny will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Mike O’Brien with Barney Winkler opening for Greg Batton to benefit the WMBD Children’s Fund, tickets are $15 and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

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

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

The Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda pop & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts, admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/elmwoodstrawberryfest

Mark Moran, antiques expert and appraiser, will return on Saturday to the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) beginning at 1 pm.  Conducting appraisals and sharing his expertise on antiques and collectibles, reserve your sport for $15, with $5 of that going to the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information on Moran, visit www.markfmoran.com  To make a reservation, call 309-497-2143.

The Peoria Historical Society will host an Upscale Porch Sale at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss in Peoria) from 9 am – Noon on Saturday and 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. This is a pre-sale of some of the Society’s finer items prior to the Moss Avenue sale. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaHistoricalSociety

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII & the Vietnam Conflict will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Relive the desperate days of Normandy, 1944, a World War II reenactment where allied and German troops will present authentic displays of gear, weapons, tanks and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between the opposing sides in the war that decided the fate of the world. Public Battle are at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday and at 11 am & 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 per carload or $7 for adults, $3 for kids aged 11-17 and kids aged 10 and under are free. For more information call 309-635-2147 or visit www.centralilww2.com

Canton Main Street’s Art on Main Fine Arts Festival will take place at Jones Park (located at 45 East Side Square in Canton) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring original art from the Midwestern artists, you can view and purchase paintings, drawings, jewelry, clay/ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles and woods plus enjoy live music and youth art activities, admission is free. For more information, call 309-647-2677 or visit www.cantonillinois.org

Operation Kidsafe will present Illinois Regional Child Safety Day at Green Ford (located at 2211 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm featuring free digital fingerprinting and a photo safety program.  The data collected will be given to parents for safekeeping. To learn more about Operation Kidsafe, visit www.operationkidsafe.org

The 19th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude will take place at Jubilee State Park Equestrian Area (located on W Fussner Rd. in Brimfield) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a trail ride. Lunch, an auction, raffles and giveaways will also take place to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-5857 or visit www.facebook.com/saddleupcentralil

Sommerfest will be held at Hickory Grove Park (located at at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring rock, blues and pop music plus soccer will be played on the main field. Food including bratwurst, saurkraut, German potato salad, Heidelburgers, hot dogs and German side dishes plus German beer and wine and other beverages will be available. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 opens for the new year of art on Saturday from 1:30 – 4 pm on Washington Street in downtown Peoria. See the new sculptures and meet the artists who created them. People’s Choice Award ballots will be available so you can vote for your favorite sculpture. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 2nd Annual Peoria Zero K will take place at the trail bridge over Knoxville by Junction City on Saturday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. A unique and family-friendly event, it’s a ‘non-race’ with a short walk over the bridge, so everyone can participate. Featuring music, food and more, all funds raised will benefit Peoria Promise. Cost is $12 to participate. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriazerok.com

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 $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Yoga Under The Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with Energetic at 5:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday and Gentle at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Let your mind go as you connect movements under the stars. Please bring a mat and a light blanket.  The sessions last an hour and a half. Advanced tickets are required and are $20 for members and $25 public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

Carmina Burana will be presented by the Heartland Festival Orchestra along with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm with Jesse R.S. opening. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Nyk’s Outrageous Roles Reversed will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Following the show there will be a Theatre Open Mic until Midnight. Tickets are $10 with a $5 credit for an additional food/bar purchase of $20 or more and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

The 2016 Summer Reading program starts at Peoria Public Library where you can sign up at your favorite branch and report back each week when you you have read 3 hours. Receive a weekly reward and after six weeks, earn a pass to the Summer Reading Party at Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitor Center with more grand prizes, museum attractions free in both buildings, Unique Twist balloons and wild style face-painting. Fore more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

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

Foster Pet Outreach will host Hawaiian Pawpurrazzi at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring food, free swag bags, a silent auction, kids activities and live music by Brian Dennison Acoustic, hula your way to helping the animals of Foster Pet Outreach. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and Children 8 & under $12.

Jammin for Jimmy will take place at Sky Harbor Steakhouse (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in West Peoria) on Sunday from 4 to 8 pm. A fundraising event to create a bronze relief by sculptor Preston Jackson to honor legendary jazz pianist and Peoria goodwill ambassador Jimmy Binkley, music will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends plus the Heritage Ensemble, conducted by Sharon Reed. Donations will help the sculpture to be installed on Park Road near Sky Harbor Steakhouse, where Jimmy held regular weekly performances. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Jammin-for-Jimmy-488572174671325

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

The Bach Festival Opening Concert will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm featuring Dr. James Kibbie, Chair of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan. Admission is free.  The Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 14th year in 2016 with performances throughout the week celebrating the renowned composer. Featuring soloist John Orfe on piano, performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, locations, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

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Swing Into Spring featuring the Peoria Area Civic Chorale and the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday. Enjoy “happy music” performed by two of Central Illinois’ premier ensembles performing Big Band swing era songs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students or $18 for groups of 10 or more and and are available by calling 309-693-6724 or online at http://peoriacivicchorale.org

The 31st Annual Komen Memorial Race for the Cure will take place at the Peoria Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 7 am and the Race walk/run beginning at 8 am. Registration fee is $35 for the adult walk/run, $38 for adult competitive runners, $25 for the kids walk/run and $28 for the kids competitive runners. On Race day, all prices will increase by  $5. Register online at www.komenmemorial.org or in person at the Memorial Affiliate office from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org/komen-race-for-the-cure

The “It’s A Girl Thing” Vendor Fair and Wine Tasting will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) from 5 – 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets include 5 wine tastings plus a souvenir glass, appetizers & desserts, live music by Brian Carroll, shopping, mini manicures, chair massages, raffles, a 50/50 and more. For tickets and more information, call 309-696-3329.

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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & The Romaniacs 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 with 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

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday show and the Friday 9:45 pm shows and $18 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2016 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration will be held every weekday through May 27 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11 am – 1:30 pm each day. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools and students in Pre-K -12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 120,000 students perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Visit www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The 45th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held on Friday at the Memorial Arena at Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

The 2016 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for floor seats, $18 for adults and $14 for children aged 12 & under and are available at http://supershrinecircus.com  A coupon for a free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket are available at http://supershrinecircus.com/special-offers

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

Peoria Players will present Hairspray beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

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

Magic Men Live will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $19.99 – $99.99 (for ages 18+) and are available online at https://www.showclix.com/event/MML050616

Peoria Players Theatre will host its 2016 Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crafters and vendors from all over the area, admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

A Civil War Spring Drill will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday with a special night-time tour from 7:30 – 9:30 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill) as Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held on Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located at 1700 N. Park Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Bring your lunch: snacks and drinks will be available at the concession stand. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Dodge Brawl, a co-ed dodge ball tournament, will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday with doors opening at 10 am. Teams of six will compete in a new round robin tournament format for the chance to win money to benefit the Children’s Home Association of Central Illinois. Registration cost is $20 per person or $120 per team of 6 and the event is free for spectators. Teams can sign up at http://3dc.d9a.myftpupload.com

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Animals Play, Too! on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can learn how animals learn through play. Meet some cats and dogs and watch them play. Then, make your own toy for one of these furry friends or for your pet at home. Admission is $10 per member pair (one grownup + one child), $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs, $10 per additional family member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Central Illinois Alzheimer’s Association Chapter’s Champagne & Champions Kentucky Derby Party will take place at WeaverRidge Golf Club on Saturday beginning at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $75 and include derby-style food, drinks, hat contests, live & silent auctions plus live entertainment from Windy City Dueling Pianos. For tickets, call 309-681-1100. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Peoria Push Roller Derby will take on the Midstate Mayhem on Saturday in their home opener at Expo Gardens beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance from a skater or available online at http://m.bpt.me/event/2536831 or are $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to featured charity Peoria Public Schools Foundation District 150. For more information, visit www.peoriarollerderby.org

The Rockin’ the House Family Dance Party will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A family friendly event for all ages, enjoy dancing to live music, performances by local dance groups, desserts, soft drinks and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood House Meals-on-Wheels and children’s meals programs. Tickets are $5 if reserved in advance at Rockinthehouse@yahoo.com or $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.nhpeoria.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Legendary London at Grace Presbyterian Church (located on Route 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Nicholas Stovall on oboe, tickets are $28 – $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

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring “Facebook Faves”, host Nyk Sutter will perform along with other local favorites.  Tickets are $10 with a $5 credit for an additional food/bar purchase of $20 or more and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  A Musical Theatre Open Mic night will follow featuring the cast of Peoria Player’s Hairspray. For more information, call 309-494-9100.

A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Featuring prime rib, honey-baked ham, chicken, shrimp, omelets, waffles, pastries, assorted salads, vegetables and a dessert table featuring a chocolate dipping fountain, cost for adults is $23.95 and children are $11.98. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

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

The Mother’s Day Orchid Show will take place on Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). See the Conservatory’s orchid collection, featuring exotic new acquisitions in cooperation with the Peoria Orchid Society there will be many beautiful orchids on display. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Take mom on a Mother’s Day Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday featuring a hot lunch buffet and live Dixieland music. The early cruise boards at Noon and runs from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Cost is $39 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free. The evening cruise boards at 5 pm and runs from 6 – 8 pm. Cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free.  Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Enjoy tea and light snacks along with crafts for the kids plus animal encounters. Reservations are required. Cost is $9 for member adults and $6 for member children ages 6-12 or $18 for non-member adults and $12 for non-member children. Registration is required: call 309-681-3506 for reservations or for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

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Corn Stock for Kids will present Charlotte’s Web at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday plus matinees at 2:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold out for all original performances, however you can sign up for a potential Sunday evening performance at 7:30 pm by calling 309-676-2196.  Tickets are $10 tickets for adults & $6 for kids aged 12 & under.  For more information, visit www.CornStockTheatre.com
In conjunction with the show, a Barnyard Discoveries display of farm animals will take place on Saturday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in upper Bradley Park next to the Corn Stock Theatre Center where kids can pet the animals and have pictures taken with them.  Admission to this event is free, however donations will be encouraged.

See the Lion Cubs at the Peoria Zoo, who have officially been named Nia, Kali and Zuri, on Saturday & Sunday from noon to 4 pm as well as on Saturdays & Sundays during those hours (weather permitting) through April 30.  The 3 cubs were born on December 4 to Lizzie & Arthur, the Peoria Zoo resident lions. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members. For lion cub updates, visit www.peoriazoo.org
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Speak Out: Be Heard 2016 will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8 pm. This voter registration rally will feature entertainment from DJ Miracle of Energy 102.3, free food, raffle prizes and hassle-free voter registration. Attendees can win gift cards and other prizes. Admission is free and is a strictly nonpartisan event. For more information, call 808-426-6685 or visit http://speakoutpeoria.wix.com/mdpr

Food Fight 2016 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Showcasing area chefs in a live culinary competition to benefit Neighborhood House, it will feature tastings of signature items from the chefs, wines from around the world plus a seated farm-to-table dinner. Tickets are $60 per person or $480 per table of 8 and are available online HERE

Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red and Good Tiger will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

The 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

Fortune Feimster will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday and Friday 9:45 pm shows and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Nick Cannon will present Wild ‘n Out at the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Brought to you by the Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU), tickets are available with cash only for $1 for Bradley students (or free with a donation of a non-perishable food item), $5 for faculty and staff and $10 for public at the Students Activities Office in room 28 in the basement of the Student Center. Faculty may purchase up to 4 tickets per ID. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Peoria Food Bank.

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Marbin on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The 2016 Central Illinois Auto Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from Noon – 8 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult. Friday is Senior Day where ages 60+ are admitted for $2.50 and Sunday is Family Day where 2 adults and 2 children aged 15 & under are $8. For more information, visit www.peoriaautoshow.com

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

The Nitsch Theatre Arts (NTA) Red Carpet Spotlight Cabaret will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring local community theatre singers performing their Broadway favorites, a sneak peak at songs from upcoming theatre shows plus the NTA Rising Stars and Stage Kids, tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at www.nitschtheatrearts.org

Blues For A Cause 2016 with Selwyn Birchwood will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 – $35 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

Prairieland Country Opry will perform at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country classics from George Jones and the Judds, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

The Fuller Flapjack Fundraiser will be held at Applebees (located at 900 Riverside Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 – 10 am. Tickets are $5 and includes pancakes, bacon and beverage. Tickets are available in advance by calling 309-363-3737:  only limited tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing who supply home repairs for veterans. For more information, visit www.ivfullercenter.org

The Peoria Lawn Mower Clinic will be held at the Exposition Gardens Textile Building on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. The $40 fee includes cleaning the deck, sharpening the blades, replacing the spark plug and air filter and cleaning of the mower. Drop off your mower in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon. All proceeds stay local with Peoria non-profits. This year, the proceeds go to Paws Giving Independence, JDRF, Ep!c, St Paul’s Lutheran Church and CIDGA. To make a reservation and for more information, visit www.cidga.org

A Maple Syrup Workshop and Pancake Breakfast will take place at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday with breakfast served from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Tours to learn the basics of how maple syrup is processed and collected are at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. Advanced registration is recommended: call 309-579-2157 to register.

The National Eating Disorder Association will launch a new Awareness Walk at the Markin Family Recreation Center (located on the Bradley University campus) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration is $25 or $15 for students. To register, visit www.nedawalk.org/peoria2016

2016 Membership Swap Weekend will take place this weekend where members of the Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Playhouse and the Peoria Historical Society can enjoy free general admission at all locations. Members must present a membership card and photo ID. For more information, contact any of the organizations.

Spring Loose 2016 will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe on Saturday beginning at 11 am. A benefit in memory of Drew Bannister, proceeds will help families in need for burial plots and interment services for loved ones. Featuring a motorcycle cruise, a stump carver, face painting, a balloon artist, bounce houses, glass blowing demonstrations and cake walks, live music will be performed all day starting with a Gospel Jamboree from 1 – 4 pm. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, call 309-231-7043.

Rock Steady Boxing Peoria will host an Open House at at CrossFit 309 (located at 5629 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11:30 am – 1 pm. A unique exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease based on training used by boxing pros that involves stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and non-contact boxing, exercises are led by experienced coaches. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability. For more information, call 309-682-9348 or visit http://www.crossfit309.com

Cool Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Foster Pet Outreach Mystery Dinner will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a Who Done It show, dinner, raffle prizes and a photo booth, tickets are $45. An additional $25 donation enters you into drawing for $500. To register and for more information, visit http://kickapoocreekwinery.com

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

East Peoria Community High School’s “Girl Up” will host Alex and the XO’s at the Apollo Theatre on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Also featuring “The Royalists” and Nat Lathrop, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Girl Up Campaign at the United Nations who supplies funds and awareness for girls in developing countries around the world. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information, email epchsgirlup@gmail.com

The LOVE Project Concert will take place at Crossroads United Methodist Church (located at 1420 N Main St. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and free for children under 12. For more information, visit, www.ghm.ticketleap.com/hgloveconcert

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington in their home opener of the season beginning at 6 pm on Saturday and again at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The Magic Mike Live Tour will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 – $50 plus a $3 for ages 21 and over and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will continue its production of Bug at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Mary Lynn Rajskub will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show & the Friday 9:45 pm show and $20 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Turas 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 8th Annual Frolic with the Fairies Tea and Style Show will take place on Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a party atmosphere for the more mature fairies including a dinner and a dance party for fairies ages 6 and over. On Saturday, guests can model their fairy costumes and dine on a light, themed meal and enjoy entertainment by the Cornerstone Academy and Julie K with tea times at 9 am, 12:30 pm (this session is sold out) or 4 pm. Tickets are $32 per person (adult or child) and are available online at www.frolicwiththefairies.com  Proceeds support Junior League of Peoria and its mission to build a better community.

Welcome Spring with an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by the string band Too Old to be Controlled and Callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Come fifteen minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 – $10 (give the amount that works for you), with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

The Prairieland Country Opry will perform at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country classics from Hank Williams and Reba McIntire, admission is $8 for adults and free for kids aged 5 and under. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

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

The 16th Annual Farmers Share of the Food Dollar Breakfast sponsored by the Peoria County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday from 7 – 11 am at the Youth Building at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The breakfast is an effort to help educate the public on the safe and affordable crops that American farmers produce. The price of this year’s breakfast is 80 cents and the menu includes two pancakes, two 2-ounce whole hog sausage patties, two scrambled eggs, an 8-ounce glass of Prairie Farms milk and an 8-ounce glass of orange juice. For more information, call 309-686-7070 or visit www.peoriacountyfarmbureau.org

The Blarney Blitz 5K, Central Illinois’ St. Patrick’s Day themed race, will take place on Saturday along Peoria’s riverfront with the start and finish outside of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on SW Water St. near the corner of Walnut and Water Streets beginning at 8 am. The first 700 registered participants will receive a race specific 19.5 oz drink stein, 1 drink token, party attire and entrance to the post-race party with live Irish music from Turas. Registration is $40 through Friday or $45 on race day. To register and for more information, visit http://blarneyblitz.com

The Peoria Camera Club will host a full day seminar “Creative Visualization for Photographers” at Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at One College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Registration is $85 for adults or $45 for students with student ID. For more information, visit www.peoriacameraclub.com

The Shop for a Cure Vendor Fair will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located at 200 S Main St. in Washington) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring vendors, a bake sale, a raffle table and a crafts table for kids, admission is free. Proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes research.

Ted’s Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday at the Havana Park District Gymnasium (located at 127 E. Jefferson in Havana) from 11 am – 7 pm. There will be brackets for 4-5th grades, 6-8th grades, 9-12th grades and adults. Admission is $3 for spectators. Food will be available all day and there will be a Pick Your Prize Raffle. For more information, call 309-543-6240.

The Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) will host Surreal Sculptures on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm where you can make a bizarre sculpture by starting a creation and then passing it to others and see what emerges. Admission is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Science of Flight will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 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. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Brewing Beer in the River City: Talk & Tasting, the first in the series of Speakeasy Saturdays, will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Join Peoria Brewing Company master brewer Todd Hayes and accomplished home brewer Brian Buss to learn about brewing great tasting beer while you enjoy a beer tasting. All materials included. Must be 21 or older. Seating is limited for this event. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Trivia Night will take place on Saturday at Metamora Fields (located at 801 W Progress St. in Metamora) beginning with an hors d’oeuvres buffet beginning at 5 pm. Teams of 8 people will compete during 10 rounds of trivia with cash prizes to be awarded. A cash bar will be available. Cost is $280 for a table of eight or $35 per person and tickets are available at Metamora Fields. For more information, call 309-367-4000.

The Irish Wake Murder Mystery Dinner Show will take place at the EastPort Banquet Center (located at 703 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Cost for dinner and entertainment is $40. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-692-3990.

Morton Civic Chorus will perform at Holy Family Church (located at 3720 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A preview concert for their annual performances at the end of May, admission to this concert is free, however donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit www.mortoncivicchorus.org

Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $65 and $105 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting Ticketmaster.com

Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It World Tour will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $65, $45, $29.75 and are available at the US Cellular box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Cosi fan tutte at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 Illinois Rt 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Mozart’s timeless opera of love, humor, and intrigue, featuring a cast of six acclaimed young opera stars from New York and Chicago along with a local chorus and the PSO, tickets range in price from $48 – $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The Zambezi River Lodge Reception Expo will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge. Vendors including Heaven on Earth, Johnny’s Steak House, One World Cafe, Barrack’s Catering, LeBakery, Behind Every Bride and the Cake Shop will offer samples and information about their services and tours of the facility will be available. Spaces are limited and reservations may be made by calling 309-681-3519.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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